In the Vedic culture, Healing and Caring are considered to be part of a spiritual process. The energy of healing and caring is considered pure and divine. The Kavacam (literally meaning an ‘armor) is a spiritual armour that brings the divine source of pure energy closer to the heart. Thus ensuring that the healing process is safe, pure and sacred.Read More
In the Vedic culture, Healing and Caring are considered to be part of a spiritual process. The energy of healing and caring is considered pure and divine. The Kavacam (literally meaning an ‘armor) is a spiritual armour that brings the divine source of pure energy closer to the heart. Thus ensuring that the healing process is safe, pure and sacred.
Here is the chant titled Sudarsana Kavacam, that honors the deity Lord Sudarsana, who is the sacred disc of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that listening to this chant removes all obstacles that may come our way and elevate our consciousness.Read More
Goda or Andal, as she is popularly called, is regarded as more than a saint or a poet. She is the only female Alvar among the 12 Alvar saints of South India. She is also regarded as a symbol of the strength of womanhood, a person with a sense of sublime purpose, complemented with a strong determination to attain the divine purpose successfully.
Lord Rama is considered one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. It is attributed that he is the seventh avatar, and was a king of Ayodhya. He is the main character of the famous epic the Ramayana, where he is portrayed as a noble and pious leader, while at the same time being a courageous warrior.Read More
The Kavacam is a spiritual armour that the care-giver adorns, so that it brings the divine source of pure energy closer to the heart. This would not only ensure that the healing process is safe, but that it is also essentially pure and sacred. By linking strongly with the Kavacam not only is the care giver being protected in the long term, but is also linking to the divine source of healing.
Through the chant called Candra Kavacam, practitioners are linking to the moon to provide nourishment, comfort and protection in their own healing journey, as well as when they are facilitating a transforming journey for others.Read More
The Sudarsana Chakra is a spinning, disk-like super weapon with 108 serrated edges used by Lord Vishnu. It is usually portrayed on the right rear hand of the four hands of Vishnu, who also holds a conch in his left fore hand, a mace in his left rear hand, and a lotus bud in his right fore hand. According to the old texts, The Sudarsana Chakra is used for the ultimate destruction of an enemy who represents darkness.
The great acarya Vedanta Desika composed this chant called Sudarsana Astakam to ward off a dark plague that afflicted the region at his time. Since then this powerful chant has been used in practice and ritual to ward of negative or evil energy and bring forth positivity.Read More
Lord Krishna is considered the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and is often considered as the complete incarnation (purna avatara). His popularity is unparalleled in India, with temples in almost every corner of the country. Explaining his exploits as a young child forms one of the most favourite pastimes of grandparents, who educate their grandchildren of the nature and valour of God. He is also the central character in the Bhagavad Gita, the most important text for most Hindus, where he is teaching his protege Arjuna on the nature of Dharma.Read More
The Vedic tradition put the teacher at the forefront of learning. It viewed the teacher as the crucial link between the student and the teaching. Owing to the fact that it was the teacher who revealed the subtle intricacies of the teaching, which facilitates the student to evolve into his potential, the teacher was regarded very highly.
This is the reason why so many chants exist to honor the teacher. Here is a chant that is called Guru Stotram, that is perhaps a compilation of different verses that honor the preceptor.Read More
Lord Ganesa is one of the most loved deities in the Vedic Tradition. He is represented by a form that has a human body fitted with an elephant head. Considered the elder son of Lord Siva and his consort Parvati, Ganesa finds place in most temples around India. He also has millions of little shrines dedicated to him in homes, street corners or even under trees.Read More
Vedanta Desika is celebrated as one of the most prolific poet and philosopher in the Vedic tradition. He ascended to the rank of Acarya (great preceptor) very early in his life and was fully committed to this cause. He spent most of his time in interpreting scriptures and performing kalaksepam (teaching) to his students. He spurned wealth and led a simple and contented life and his practice, knowledge and detachment were exemplary.Read More
In Vedic mythology Mahalakshmi is the consort of Lord Visnu, and is worshipped as the Goddess of Wealth and good character. She is considered the divine feminine and a very essential aspect in creation and sustaining of this world. Orignally appearing from the Padma Purana, this octet on her worships her as the divine feminine. Chanting this or even listening to it is believed to confer innumerable benefits including removal of obstacles and illness, obtaining wealth and character, and warding off evil spirits.Read More
Sri Damodara Vrata (The fast of Damodara) is usually observed for the entire month of Kartika. This is considered the most important fast for Gaudiya Vaisnava-s. Damodara is another name for Lord Krishna, who used to be bound by a rope (Dama) around his stomach (udara), as he was often mischievous as a child. This chant is in honour of Lord Krishna through this name, and was composed by Sri Satyavrata Muni, and is part of the Padma Purana. The poem consisting of eight verses reveals the many deep and fundamental secrets of Lord Damodara and his beautiful pastime.Read More