The Refugee Controversy and Crisis.

 Refugees are ordinary people facing extraordinary conditions. A refugee is a person who has fled his or her own country and cannot return due to fear of persecution, in the other hand A refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. A refugee has…

The Acharya

The terms guru and acharya refer to a teacher or master of a tradition. The basic meaning is of a teacher who teaches through example and conveys knowledge and wisdom to his disciples. The disciple in turn might become a teacher and so the lineage continues through the generations. One story that captures the spirit…

Universal law – Dharma

Dharma is an important term in Indian religions. In Hinduism it means ‘duty’, ‘virtue’, ‘morality’, even ‘religion’ and it refers to the power which upholds the universe and society. Hindus generally believe that dharma was revealed in the Vedas although a more common word there for ‘universal law’ or ‘righteousness’ is rita. Dharma is the…

Application of Tilak

There are different types of Tilak, each differing in its significance. Tilak is worn on the Ajna Chakra, the centre of forehead, on the space between the eyebrows. Tilak is applied on the point at which the third eye or the spiritual eye is believed to open. All the actions of humans are governed by…

Classical Advaita Tantra Yoga

Classical Advaita Tantra Yoga tradition was fathered by Lord Sadashiva, the original expounder of Tantra, the indigenous mystical tradition of Eastern India. He is supposed to have lived around 5000 BC in Eastern India, a contention supported by archeological explorations in the area.Sadashiva is traditionally considered the founder of Tantra and Yoga systems and the…

Guru – A honorific designation

“Guru is Shiva sans his three eyes, Vishnu sans his four arms Brahma sans his four heads. He is parama Shiva himself in human form” ~ Brahmanda Puran Guru is the God, say the scriptures. Indeed, the ‘guru’ in Vedic tradition is looked upon as one no less than a God. ‘Guru’ is a honorific…

The Brahmacharya

Brahma aacharya is Brahmacharya. The person who follows the Brahma thathwa in maintaining the discipline of body and mind is a Brahmachari. A Brahma aachari alone can know the Brahmaswa of the aathman through meditation. Prasnopanishad says: “Here is Brahmana wherein the master clearly points out that no upasana is possible or spiritual perfection practicable…

The law of karma

The law of karma governs the universe and all beings within it; it acts impersonally and binds each atman (inner Self) to the world and in addition to the cycle of transmigration. The law of karma acts impersonally, yet we may meaningfully interpret its results as either positive (punya) or negative (papa) — terms describing…

The Sanchita karma

It is karma operating through the law of cause and effect, action and reaction, that governs all life and binds the atman (the Self) to the wheel of saṃsara (birth and death). The process of action and reaction on all levels — physical, mental and spiritual – is karma. God does not give us karma….

Religion and Dharma

In modern day language, dharma is equated, quite unfairly with religion. Organized religion demands adherence of the followers to the Book and the Prophet. Anything outside the boundaries of a faith is considered irreligious, if not downright sinful. It is believed that salvation lies only through the body of the Prophet or His words. History…

Pure Heart & Delight soul

The man who is pure of heart Is bound to fulfill himself In whatever way he is taught. A worldly man seeks all his life, But is still bewildered. Detached from the senses, You are free. Attached, you are bound. When this is understood, You may live as you please. Astavakra Gita

The sapta rishi

Rishis can be classified as brahmarshi, rajarshi and devarshi. Though all the three are engaged in the service of Vishwa vasudha (world) the areas of work are different. Brahmarshi is always engaged in chintan. He can reach to the depths of consciousness and subtlety of universe and find the principles of life. This type of…

The Rishi – Practice to God

rishi (Sanskrit: “seer; one who sees”) — is a word that simply means a sage or a divine seer in general. the great sages of ancient India who, in deep states of meditation (communion with the cosmos), and through spiritual experimentation, discovered the underlying, fundamental truths of the Universe, and whose teachings formed the basis…

The Soul and Its Practice

From the absolute standpoint, the soul is non-dual, immortal, ever pure, ever free, ever illumined, and one with Brahman. It is untouched by hunger or thirst, good and evil, pain and pleasure, birth and death, and the other pairs of opposites. That is the soul’s true nature. The realisation of which is the goal of…

What is Dharma

What is Dharma? Vedas-The Sole and Ultimate Authority- The Changing Dharma- Dharma In Other Religions- Benefits of the Practice of Dharma -Kinds of Dharma- Fundamentals of Dharma- Non-violence (Ahimsa)- Truth, Purity, Self-control- Varnasrama Dharma (The Four Castes) Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra- The Four Asramas(Student, house-holder, recluse, renunciate) Brahmacharyasrama, Grihasthasrama, Vanaprasthasrama, Sannyasthasrama -Yuga Dharma- In Satya-Yuga,…

Tilak – The Symbol of Holiness

Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes or kumkum (red tumeric). The devotees of Siva apply sacred ashes (Bhasma) on the forehead, the devotees of Vishnu apply sandal paste (Chandan), and the worshippers of Devi or Shakti apply Kumkum, a red tumeric powder. The scriptures…

Pure Life – The Sadhu Life

The Sanskrit word ‘Sadhu’ is translated into English by the word ‘mendicant’ and very rarely with another word ‘Sage’. But ‘Sadhu’ is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the ‘Bhagwat Geeta’ the qualification of a ‘Sadhu’ is based on one’s faithfulness in the transcendental service of the…

Follower’s of Shiva

The term swami is more specific and usually refers to an ascetic who has been initiated into a specific religious order. In recent years, it has come to be applied particularly to monks of the Ramakrishna Mission. An ascetic who practices yoga in order to achieve his spiritual goals is a yogin or yogi.A Saivite…

Symbols of God

The typical Hindu ascetic (sadhu) usually wears a distinctive mark (pundra) on his forehead and often carries a symbol of his sect. If the sadhu is a Vaishnava he might have a discus (chakra) and a conch shell (sankha), replicas of Vishnu’s flaming weapon and his instrument of beneficent power and omnipresent protection, or a…

Role of Sadhus in Hindu Religion

Sadhus and swamis are not Hindu religious officials. Compared with Christianity, they are the counterpart of the hermit monk, not the minister. In fact, it is considered inauspicious (unlucky) for a sadhu to show up at a Hindu wedding, for he represents celibacy and infertility. The Hindu attitude toward asceticism has always been ambivalent. On…

Religious ascetic – The sadhu Life

One way of life in Hinduism is renunciation of the world and asceticism, which is the path of the sadhu or Hindu holy man. The term sadhu comes from the Sanskrit for “accomplish” and can refer to any religious ascetic or holy man. They include saints of various traditions, men (and occasionally women) who have…

The Hanogi Mata Temple

The Hanogi Mata Temple is located on the Mandi-Manali National Highway. Dedicated to Hango Mata, the temple is located amidst lush green forests near Pandoh in Mandi District.India

The Aghor Panth – The Most Chronicle Saints In Indian Mythology.

Aghories are supposed to Be One of The Most Chronicle Saints In Indian Mythology. They Don’t Come Out Generally In Day Time. They eat Human Dead Bodies and Drink wine. Do terrific acts, Eat Water and Food in Human Skull. They Don’t Speak To Anyone, etc. The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals….

Samadhi – Ethical and spiritual living

In classical Sanskrit, the word samadhi refers to a state of higher awareness in which a person who is meditating feels at one with the object of his meditation. Samadhi is also the eighth of the eight limbs of yoga, or the Eightfold Path. The Eightfold Path is classical yoga’s guide to virtuous and meaningful…

Incredible Yoga – The Purification of Souls

The Yogi as well as the Philosopher revolts against this bondage of the human mind. Both of them aspire to break through the walls of this prison. They want to transcend the limitations, under which the ordinary human consciousness is placed by nature. For the satisfaction of the innermost craving of their souls, they attempt…

The Yogi and a Philosopher

A yogi is a practitioner of yoga. The term “yogi” is used broadly to refer to sannyasi or practitioners of meditation in a number of Indian religions. The Sanskrit word “yoga” has many meanings, and is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, meaning “to control” (self discipline), “to yoke” (egolessness) or “to unite” (live in…

The Tapasya -generation of heat or energy referring to spiritual practice

Tapasya is practical  spiritual discipline. Literally it means the generation of heat or energy, referring to spiritual practice and its effect, especially the “roasting” of karmic seeds, the “burning up” of karma. It also refers to the heat necessary for the hatching of an egg. Without tapasya there is no significant spiritual progress. Tapasya of…

The Remake of Soul – The Samadhi

Samadhi yoga is a style of yoga that combines conscious breathing, or pranayama, with gentle yoga postures, or asanas, to offer practitioners a spiritual path to enlightenment. In ancient Sanskrit, the classical language of India, samadhi, means bliss or super consciousness, and yoga means union. Samadhi yoga is a meditation practice by which the meditator…

The Mantra Yoga

While most forms of yoga focus on postures, positions, and movements, mantra yoga focuses on sound. It is believed that reciting mantras brings out emotions from deep within a person and gives suggestions to the mind. The mind then interprets these suggestions through the sounds, and a higher state of consciousness is achieved. Common reasons…

Shiva yoga

Shiva yoga is a living path of inner transformation to enlightenment. Stemming from the Vedas, Shiva yoga addresses our perpetual questions of our origin, destiny, purpose, the purpose of the cosmos, love and faith. This particular form of yoga (or union) is devoted to Lord Shiva. Shiva yoga explains Shiva as one of the three…

The Bath of Holy water – Mahakumbh

The first written evidence of the Kumbh Mela can be found in the accounts of Chinese monk Xuanzang who visited India in 629–645 CE, during the reign of King Harshavardhana However, similar observances date back many centuries, where the river festivals first started getting organised. According to medieval Hindu theology, its origin is found in…

Baba Kedarnath

Kedarnath is a town located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district. The most remote of the four Char Dham sites, Kedarnath is located in the Himalayas, about 3,583 m (11,755 ft) above sea level near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river…

The Slok & Sadhu

The prime qualifications of a devotee Sadhu are mentioned in the Chaitanya Charitamrita. It is said there that a ‘Sadhu’ has innumerable good qualifications but primarily a ‘Sadhu’ is always found to have possessed the following signs of goodness. He is (1) kind, (2) tolerant, (3) truthful, (4) equal, (5) stainless, (6) liberal, (7) mild,…

The supreme Soul – Aghori

The Aghori are Shaivites, ascetic sadhus devoted to Shiva. They believe the Hindu god of transformation through death and destruction is the supreme being, embracing death and devoting their lives to living in filth. They often live in or near cremation sites, covering themselves in ashes of the dead, and use bones to make bowls…

The Mahakaal

Mahakaal means the destroyer of one who destroys i.e annihilator, it’s Supreme Command. Like, if human acts as destroyer who destoys some other animal, then the God is Supreme Destroyer of that Destroyer. For eg. If an executioner kills someone, he is Kaal(destroyer) of that person, Mahakaal is that which acts on that executioner and…

The Smoking Mahaprashad – Bhang (Booti) of Lord Shiva

Bhang has been used as an intoxicant for centuries in the Indian sub-continent. Bhang in India and Nepal is distributed during some Hindu festivals like Holi, and consuming bhang at such occasions is a standard practice It is also available as Bhang goli (pill) which is just freshly ground cannabis with water. Apart from this,…

yoga for several and the yogi for All

In Sanskrit, yuj means “yoke” or “union,” and yoga is a practice which focuses on achieving union with the divine. Archaeological evidence suggests that Indians have been involved in yoga for several thousand years, as seals, texts, and artwork show people in meditation and yoga poses. Several other Asian religions integrate yogic practice, especially in…

PRASHAR TEMPLE – built in the 14th century

This temple, built in the 14th century, is a shrine where the rulers of Mandi once worshiped. The pagoda-style temple stands in the little green hollow around the Prashar lake, above the town of Pandoh. The views of the mountains are spectacular.

Manimahesh abode of Shiva – (3,950 m)

The Manimahesh Lake, high up in the mountains near Bharmaur, is an important place of pilgrimage. The solitary Manimahesh Kailash Peak- the legendary abode of Shiva, is reflected in its still waters. A little temple in the shikhara style with an exquisite brass image of Lakshmi Devi as Mahishasuramardini stands near-by. Every year, following Janmashtami,…

Shoolini Mata Temple

Shoolini Mata Temple dedicated to Shoolini Mata, is one of the prime attractions of Solan. The town of Solan was named after Shoolini Mata, the presiding deity at Shoolini Mata Temple of neighbouring village, Solan Gaon. It is believed that Shoolini Mata Temple existed long before the origin of Solan Gaon. This temple attracts huge…

The Shiva -The most powerful god

Shiva is ‘shakti’ or power, Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful god of the Hindu pantheon and one of the godheads in the Hindu Trinity. Known by many names – Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath – Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. Hindus recognize this by…

Holy India – world’s oldest religious tradition

Hinduism is the world’s oldest religious tradition; it goes back to the very dawn of history. The hymns composed some 5,000 years ago are still recited today. Hinduism is the third largest of the world’s religions, after Christianity and Islam. Nearly 800 million people or one-seventh of humanity call Hinduism their spiritual home. Millions more…

The Aghori Yogis

Sadhus are followers of Shiva and are divided into various sects. The Dasanami (monks with ten names) sect has about ten branches scattered all over India. They each have an armed militant branch called the Nagas. They follow Tantrism and Shaktism, eat meat, take stimulants and are often criticized for their erotic practices. The Gorakhnath…

Tungnath Temple – nestled at an altitude of 3,680 m

The excellent surprises of nature is the Tungnath Temple, among the highest erected shrines of Lord Shiva, nestled at an altitude of 3,680 m. It has been magnetizing millions of Hindu pilgrims from the last five years because of its majestic setting and religious significance. Tungnath Temple, attained a second position in pact of Pench…