Friday, 12 February 2016

Mantras may be used on their own or as part of a visualization practice.

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Mantras may be used on their own or as part of a visualization practice. In a typical visualization practice there is a communication from the “deity” to the practitioner (in the form of blessings, or rays of light, or even speech), and there is a communication from the practitioner to the deity, in the form of mantra. Mantras can also be used as “mind protectors” while walking, doing the dishes, or even in sitting meditation. Often, Devotees will count the mantras they are chanting by telling beads on a “mala.” The physical action of counting round the mala helps to keep the mind focused. A mala usually has 108 beads, this number having a mystical significance in ancient India. To use mantras in formal meditation, chanted out loud or internally, first of all make yourself comfortable and upright, and spend a few minutes following your breathing and letting your mind settle.You may want to slow your breathing, directing it into the belly, and deepen it. This will help to still your mind, although you don’t need to have an absolutely quiet mind before you start the mantra. If you’re saying the mantra out loud, then let the sound resonate in your chest. It will help if you take a deep breath into your belly before each mantra. Generally, mantras sound better if you can do each mantra with a single exhalation. But if you can’t manage that, then that’s okay. Let the last note of each mantra linger before starting the next mantra. You’ll find that the mantra naturally falls into rhythm with your breathing. Make sure that the mantra follows your breathing and not the other way round, otherwise you may become breathless.
Don’t actively think about the meaning of the mantra. If you know what some of the words mean, then they will have associations for you. These associations will have an effect on your mind, and will deepen in significance over time as you explore them outside of meditation. Let go of any concerns that may arise about whether you are doing the mantra properly. It doesn’t matter if your pronunciation is a little off, it’s the spirit that counts. To bring the mantra to a close, gradually let your chanting decrease in volume until it fades away as an external sound and can only be heard internally. Then let the internal sound fade away into silence. At the conclusion of the practice, sit in the resonant silence, letting the vibrant quietness have a refreshing effect on your mind and emotions.
Om Namah Shivaya ~ Jai Shri Mahakal ��������������

We all have dark days. But one thing is true, no cloud is so dark that the sun can't shine through. Yes, it's Friday and it's time for Friday Vibes.

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We all have dark days. But one thing is true, no cloud is so dark that the sun can't shine through. Yes, it's Friday and it's time for Friday Vibes. Good Morning Beautiful People ���� No one has it easy. We all have issues. Don't worry. You are not supposed to be perfect. Just Live life. Experience everything, good and bad. Take care of yourself and those closest to you. Have fun, be a little crazy and weird. Go out and make mistakes, you’re going to anyway. Enjoy yourself, and exploit the countless opportunities to learn something along the way. Life is tough, but you are tougher. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing. ~ Hari Om Tat Sat ~ Jai Shri Mahakal ��������
हरि ऊँ तत सत ~ जय श्री महाकालेश्वराय नमः ~ श्री महाकालेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग उज्जैन , द्वादश ज्योतिर्लिंगों में से एक उज्जैन में विराजित राजाधिराज पृथ्वी अधिपति बाबा महाकाल के 12/02/2016 के भोग आरती श्रृंगार दर्शन
Ujjain - Baba Mahakal ke 12/02/16 ke Bhog Aarti Shingar Darshan ~ Jai Shri Mahakal ! Blessed Friday ~ Love, Light & Peace ��������

Happy Basant Panchami

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Happy Basant Panchami
The significance of the day lies in the worship of Goddess Saraswati, symbol of wisdom and also the onset of spring season. Basant Panchami is an important Indian festival celebrated every year in the month of Magh according to the Hindu calendar. Celebrated on the fifth day of Magh in the months of February or March according to the Gregorian calendar.

Vasant Panchami | A celebration of Knowledge and Nature.

With festivals and celebrations dawning upon its face, Jammu stands proud in its vivid colours and diversities it enjoys from its head to toe and wrist to wrist. Traditions and cultures are in full bloom at the time of festivities and one such festivity is ‘Vasant Panchami’ or ‘Basant Panchami’, literally meaning the fifth day of the spring. 

Spring or Basant means a lot to a country that is agricultural at its heart. So, the season of good crops and favourable temperature is celebrated with great zest and zeal in states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and surrounding ones. Al though, each festival in India is synonymous with some other through most of its states, Basant Panchami derives its full glory in Punjab, where the celebrations are marked with gold of yellow, and with fields flowering with mustard, a picturesque sight to see.

Kites adorn the skies like butterflies in the air, jasmine garlands adorn the necks and scent the souls and Goddess Saraswati is blessing all over the temples. It is also observed as the birth of Saraswati as she is worshipped in eastern parts of India. Saraswati marks knowledge, wisdom, talent for arts and calibre for science and technology. Her devotees worship her to attain enlightenment and knowledge and drive away the ignorance.

Vasant arrives and along with MaaSaraswati, Mother Nature and Mother Earth are also worshipped. Spring marks the revival of life after the long and intense winters in North India. In Uttrakhand, people place cow dung heaps along with barley, wheat and incense sticks on these heaps as a part of worshipping Mother Earth. People indulge in eating sweet rice and dress themselves in yellow, sporting the yellow of flowers that mustard colour the fields with.

Vasant Panchami is a celebration of knowledge, wisdom, talent, calibre and nature. Respects are paid to Gods for returning the spring in the lives after harsh and cold winters. Another year is set off with good wishes and intentions as we welcome spring with great zest. Jammu, in its every colour gets even more beautiful in spring and Vasant Panchami marks it in a celebratory mood. Wishing all a very happy and knowledgeable Vasant/Basant Panchami.

Forget everything and draw close to HIM! No one in this creation can remain happy by receiving material things. Everyone knows everything material is temporary and they will be separated from their family and possessions one day. Permanent happiness can only be derived by seriously engaging in spiritual life.

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Forget everything and draw close to HIM! No one in this creation can remain happy by receiving material things. Everyone knows everything material is temporary and they will be separated from their family and possessions one day. Permanent happiness can only be derived by seriously engaging in spiritual life.
Spiritual knowledge can immediately reward peace of mind. Only the very fortunate understand that devotion to Lord rewards eternal peace, and thus sincerely engage in spiritual life. The gift of devotion to Lord is real and can never be completely destroyed by any means or manner. Lord Shiva himself said: "O dear wife Parvati, I tell you the truth, only devotional service and chanting names is eternal and real.
Except for this, everything else of this world is temporary and illusory". Shiva is always seen with his eyes half closed because he is himself always meditating. He himself chants powerful Ram Naam, the Taraka Mantra. Anyone who dies in Shivas city, Kashi receives liberation from the cycle of rebirth and death. The chanting of the Taraka Mantra (liberating mantra) in the ear of anyone who dies in Kashi, by the power of which they will receive liberation. The power of chanting Mantra is so great that it purifies even the most contaminated soul. Even Shiva, who is honoured and worshipped by everyone is in constant meditation.

THE SACRED PLACE OF SHIVA

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THE SACRED PLACE OF SHIVA
The Guru Suta said "Shiva was accredited with a peculiar penchant for earth, roaming its length and breadth in general, but preferring in particular its mountains, the Himalayas, as His abode.
The Himalayas actually meant ‘The abode of snow’. They were noted for their majestic stature, always touching the sky; noted for their stunning beauty and their crisp air, as though preserving the pristinity of life itself.”
Shaunaka looked to the North, where he could actually see the snow-clad mountains, and smiled.
“Ironically, the other place where Shiva was said to visit frequently was where life ended: it was said He was always present at the cremation grounds. A presence as certain as the
lit-up pyres that devoured life. Some of them were actually named ‘Shiv Dhaam’—The sacred place of Shiva,”

EVERYONE WEARS A PEARL GLADLY

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EVERYONE WEARS A PEARL GLADLY
Everyone wears a pearl gladly.
But Shiva,
He wraps the snake around His neck as call.
Everyone takes measure of their kingdoms,
large or homely small.
But Shiva,
He looks skyward,
embracing All.