Gayatri, is the form of the rising sun that is honoured through the most renowned Gayatri mantra. The mantra is traditionally used in a procedure called Sandhyavandanam, through which the sun is honoured at different times of the day. A key aspect of this procedure is the Gayatri mantra japa, where the timeless Gayatri mantra is recited a number of times, in order to honour the sun.Read More
Sraddha, meaning intense faith or conviction, is the cornerstone for success in any endeavour, be it in our spiritual or personal path. It enables us to perserve in the face of even the greatest difficulties. The Sraddha suktam, which is part of the Taittiriya Brahmana, underlines the significance of Sraddha and honours it as a goddess.Read More
Pavamanasuktam is a very famous chant from the Vedic tradition. It is often chanted to help clean/refine energy be it in a place or a person. Many times when entering a new house or space of work, this chant was recited to purify the space of its past energy so that a new positive beginning could be commenced.
It is also used in healing, when dark energy such as past traumas, abuses or impressions from abuse/violence needs to be transformed.
Both Listening and learning to chant this chant can be very helpful in a number of circumstances.
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 Ksamasodashi stotram is a powerful chant composed by the great Parasara Bhatta, which pleads to the Lord Ranganatha to offer forgiveness for our continued mistakes. The chant recognizes that being the supreme dispenser of the fruits of the actions, it is only the Lord who indeed guides us to act in one way or the other. Hence the chant appeals to his compassion to forgive our sins and guide us with light through our journey of life.Read More
Part of the Taittiriya Brahmana, this chant appeals to the natural elements like fire, sun, moon, earth etc., to sustain and nourish the organs and functions in the human system. It teaches us to receive nourishment from the natural sources that surround us, and through that connect to the divine source of nourishment within us. Thus it teaches us that the external and internal are extraordinary sources of nourishment.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
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
Adi Sankara is not only the founder and principal proponent of Advaita Vedanta, but has also written significant works including important commentaries on the principal Upanisad-s, The Bhagavad Gita and even the Yogasutra-s of Patanjali. This apart he has written innumerable poems on a wide variety of themes.
Here is one that is dedicated to Lord Siva, and requesting his forgiveness. Read More