Saturday, 16 November 2019

In Hindu tradition, Mundan ceremony refers to a child's first ever haircut

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In Hindu tradition, Mundan ceremony refers to a child's first ever haircut. Hindus perform this ceremony because we believe that the hair from birth are considered impure, and is associated with undesirable traits from past lives. In this ceremony, the priest shaves off a part of the child's hair while chanting sacred hymns. Also known as the Tonsure Ceremony, it is performed to free the child from the sins and negativity of his past life.
This practice follows the age-old tradition in Hinduism to initiate any new milestone with a ceremony on an auspicious day. For instance, there are ceremonies to celebrate the opening of a new house, new business, new vehicle, new harvest, and so on.
All these are in many ways connected the Hindu belief in rebirth and past life. Keep making new beginnings and hope and pray for better compliance with the way of God. It's believed that there have been some shortcomings in our past lives that should be corrected in this lifetime in our journey towards Moksha.
The Mundan ceremony of a Hindu child has similar significance as it is believed that this ritual rids the child of the backlog of his or her bad Karma in past life. This metaphysical rationale is of primary importance in relation the child's Mundan and only thereafter, are other more physical attributes considered.
It needs to be remembered that the date and time of a child's Mundan also have to be done as per the Hindu calendar and the child's astrological horoscope or Janampatri. The date and time, referred to as the Mahurat, is of course set by the priest after consulting the child's horoscope.
Mundan ceremony should be specifically performed a year after the child is born. It can be extended till the third birthday of the child. It is believed that the mental development of the child depends on the Mundan Sanskar ceremony. The sooner it is performed the better it is for the child. Therefore the Tonsure ceremony should be completed before the child turns three years old. ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ
Om Namah Shivaya ~ Shubh Prabhat ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐Ÿ“ฟ

Maa Saraswati is the beloved Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts.


Maa Saraswati is the beloved Hindu goddess of knowledge, music and the arts. In Buddhism, she is a guardian deity who upholds the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Her name, which derives from two words, "saras" (meaning "flow") and "wati" (meaning "a woman"), gives clues as to her origin.
Ten thousand years ago, a mighty river flowed, three to ten kilometers wide at its largest point. Called the Saraswati by those who lived along its banks. it carried glacial water from the Himalayas through the plains of northwest India and probably ended in a series of large lakes within the Thar Desert, its water only reaching the sea in very wet rainy seasons. Many significant archaeological sites have been excavated along its course-way, indicating that the river played a vital part in the development of the Indus Valley civilisation. However, the Saraswati began to dry up during the Harappan and Late Harappan phases, disappearing completely around 1900 BCE. This probably occurred due to the capture of its tributaries by the Indus and Yamuna River systems and the loss of water in much of its catchment area, caused by deforestation, overgrazing and irrigation.
To the people who lived along her banks, the goddess Saraswati was originally a personification of the river itself. As its waters began to fail and the Harappa settlements shifted eastward towards the mighty Indus Valley, Saraswati began to lose her status as a river goddess and became increasingly associated with literature, the arts and music. As centuries passed, she grew further to embody the concepts of intelligence, consciousness, knowledge, creativity, education, enlightenment and power.
Today Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful, light-skinned woman dressed in white, signifying the purity of true knowledge. She may be depicted near a flowing river, relating to her early history as a river goddess. Her mount is the swan, symbolising her ability to discriminate between good and bad; however she is more often pictured seated on a white lotus, indicating her association with Absolute Truth and with enduring purity. Occasionally she is associated with the colour yellow, the colour of the mustard plant flowers that bloom at the time of her festival in the spring. She is dressed modestly without ornaments or jewels, representing her preference for knowledge over material things.
Saraswati has four arms, representing the four aspects of human personality in learning: the mind, intellect, alertness, and ego. These four arms also represent the 4 Vedas (the sacred books of the Hindu faith), which in turn represent the 3 forms of literature, poetry, prose and music. She holds in her hands a book (prose), a rosary of crystal beads (poetry) and a vina (music). Her final hand holds a pot of sacred water, which represents the purity of these three arts and their power to purify human thought.!! ๐Ÿ•‰๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ•‰
Jai Maa Saraswati ๐Ÿ•‰๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“–๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ•‰

Some religions speak of God as being formless. Aum, Omkar, Brahman, Ha shem, Nirakaar, and so on in different cultures to denote Supreme Consiousness, or 'The One'.

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Some religions speak of God as being formless. Aum, Omkar, Brahman, Ha shem, Nirakaar, and so on in different cultures to denote Supreme Consiousness, or 'The One'.
So, what is the position of the Shiva bhakts regarding the form or formlessness of their Chief?
Shaivites also have their own word for the formless essence, the essential 'God stuff ', from which the whole Universe is projected.This is 'Shiva Tattva', and each of us is made from this primal element.
So is there a difference between Shiva Tattva and the Shiva we know from pictures and stories?
No.
Everyone is essentially Shiva Tattva, but we tend to forget our own Divine nature and live in the state of forgetfulness till it is revealed to us by our own higher Self.
Shiva, the Yogi, who we love and are familiar with, as the one who is always immersed in Dhyana, is simply that :
The one who knows the Shiva Tattva the most. He is also called Para Pramatra, The one who is the highest experient of the highest.
Aum Namah Shivaye.
Shail Gulhati

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

"My dear Lord, You are full in all opulences, but I do not beg You for opulence. I simply offer my respectful obeisances unto You. You are the husband and master of Lakshmi devi, the goddess of fortune, who has all opulences. Therefore You are the master of all mystic yoga. I simply offer my obeisances unto You.

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"My dear Lord, You are full in all opulences, but I do not beg You for opulence. I simply offer my respectful obeisances unto You. You are the husband and master of Lakshmi devi, the goddess of fortune, who has all opulences. Therefore You are the master of all mystic yoga. I simply offer my obeisances unto You.
My Lord Vishnu, full in six opulences, You are the best of all enjoyers and the most powerful. O husband of mother Lakshmi, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You, who are accompanied by many associates, such as Vishvaksena. I offer all the paraphernalia for worshiping You.
You are both the supreme rulers and benedictors of the three worlds. Therefore, my Lord, Uttamashloka, may my ambitions be fulfilled by Your grace.”
A devotee knows how to appreciate the Supreme God. The Personality of God is perfect and complete, and because He is completely perfect, all emanations from Him, such as this phenomenal world, are perfectly equipped as complete wholes. Whatever is produced of the complete whole is also complete in itself. Because He is the complete whole, even though so many complete units emanate from Him, He remains the complete balance." Therefore, to take shelter of the Supreme Lord. Whatever a devotee needs will be supplied by the supreme Lord. Therefore a pure devotee will not ask anything from the Lord. He simply offers the Lord his respectful obeisances, and the Lord is prepared to accept whatever the devotee can secure to worship Him, even patram pushpam phalam toyam (BG 9.26) ; a leaf, flower, fruit or water. There is no need to artificially exert oneself. It is better to be plain and simple and with respectful obeisances offer to the Lord whatever one can secure. The Lord will bless the devotee with all opulences.!
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Namah ~ Jai Shri Vishnu ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ””๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿฆš๐Ÿฆš

In the Vishnu Purana, Tulasi is referred to as Vrindavati Devi, goddess of the forest, and also as Sati Vrinda. (‘Sati’ is the title given to a wife who is totally chaste and devoted to her husband.

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In the Vishnu Purana, Tulasi is referred to as Vrindavati Devi, goddess of the forest, and also as Sati Vrinda. (‘Sati’ is the title given to a wife who is totally chaste and devoted to her husband. This one-pointed devotion makes her very powerful, and therefore no one can harm her husband.) It is said that in her previous birth Tulasi Devi was called Sati Vrinda. Her husband, who was named Jalandhara, was a very cruel man, because he took birth at the time Lord Shiva burnt Kamadeva, the god of love. Jalandhara used to harass the rishis and munis and destroy their sacrifices. In this way he was becoming very powerful, and the gods were worried.
Lord Vishnu therefore had to set about killing him, but due to the purity of his Jalandhara’s wife, Sati Vrinda, and her devotion for her husband, he could not do so. So Vishnu took the form of Jalandhara and stole her virginity. Only after doing this was he able to rid the world of Jalandhara and restore peace and harmony. When Sati Vrinda discovered the trick Lord Vishnu had played on her, she cursed him to become a shaligram, an oval stone used in sadhana and worship, in his next incarnation. Vishnu then gave Sati Vrinda the boon that in her next birth she would incarnate as Tulasi, and be worshipped everywhere. That is why Tulasi is virtually married to Shaligram.
Tulasi pooja
In the Devi Bhagavatam it is written that, “One who worships Tulasi with the mantra Om Shreem, Hreem, Kleem, Aim, Vrindaavanyai Swaahaa attains all siddhis.” Goddess Tulasi, who dwells in the Tulasi plant will appear and grant this boon. For it is said that goddess Tulasi is a benevolent force presiding over all the lokas, or planes of existence. From ancient times, many cultures have worshipped plants and trees, and regarded all flora and fauna as sacred. This reveals the sensitivity, foresight and refinement of such cultures. Those who wish to be righteous and live a happy and prosperous family life worship Tulasi. Girls pray to her for good husbands. Either in the front, back or central angan (courtyard) of most Indian homes there is a Tulasi-chawra or altar bearing a Tulasi plant. Pooja or worship of Tulasi is part of the daily morning ritual of most Hindus, whether they understand the scientific purpose behind this worship or not. The common belief is that where Tulasi always resides, auspicious vibrations, peace and prosperity always dwell.
Tulasi is especially worshipped during the month of Kartik (October/ November). After bathing, the worshipper offers water, flowers, kumkum, sandal paste, naivaidya (food) and incense to Tulasi, who is then circumambulated. In the evening her aarti is performed, along with pooja of the household deities. Aarti is performed by waving incense and a deepak of ghee before her in a clockwise direction. Vaishnavites (followers of Vishnu) in particular worship Tulasi with full reverence and due observance of scriptural injunctions. Traditionally, before she is worshipped, she is nurtured for a period of three months. Side by side with Tulasi, it is customary to have a pot of either kusha grass or sugar cane which, like the shaligram, are symbols of Lord Vishnu. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ“ฟ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ❤️๐Ÿ””๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ
Om LakshmiNarayana Namah ~ Jai Maa Tulsi ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ”†๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ“ฟ๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿš๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ❤️๐Ÿ””๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒ€๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒธ

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Kartik Maas, ( 14 October - 12 November, 2019), the holiest of the twelve months, Is the purest of purifiers and most glorious month.

As Satya-yuga is the best of yugas, as the Vedas are the best of scriptures, as Ganga is the best of rivers, so Kartik is the best of months, the most dear to Lord Narayana. ~ Skanda Purana.
Kartik Maas, ( 14 October - 12 November, 2019), the holiest of the twelve months, Is the purest of purifiers and most glorious month. It's significance is mentioned in various Puranas. Kartik, the most favourite month of Shri Vishnu, is the sin destroying month and is said to be endowed with divine influence. As per Shrimad Bhagwatam, Kartik month is ever so dear to Lord Vishnu and is the bestower of both worldly pleasures and moksha.
Any fast or religious activity, even the smallest, will yield huge results. The effect of performing a Kartik Vrata lasts for one hundred lifetimes, Kartik or the festival of offering lamps to Lord Narayana, glorifies Lord Krishna’s pastime. It was during Kartik that Krishna allowed Himself to be bound with ropes by His mother, Yashoda. Out of loving anger at her transcendentally naughty child, she tied him (dama) around the abdomen (udara) with ropes. Thus the month of Kฤrttika is also known as the month of Damodara, “He Who was bound around the abdomen”.
๐ŸŒทLord Shri Krishna says, “Of all plants, the sacred Tulasi is most dear to Me; of all months, Kartik is most dear, of all places of pilgrimage, My beloved Dwarka is most dear, and of all days, Ekadashi is most dear.” (Padma Purana, Uttara Khand 112.3)
๐ŸŒท “O Narada! I have personally seen that a person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”
the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal. A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic. ~~(Skanda Purana)
๐ŸŒทOne should adopt following practices in Kartik month:
1. Practice brahmacharya – celibacy.
2. Daily offer a ghee lamp to Krishna and sing the Damodarastakam, meditating on meaning.
3. One should always remember Supreme Lord Hari. Devotees should try to do more Harinam Chanting. Do extra rounds and more kirtana.
4. Hear Srimad Bhagavatam. All other duties should be given up in favor of hearing the scriptures during this month. It is most beneficial to recite and read Gajendra Moksha Lila-stava from 8th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, which teaches complete surrender/dependence of Supreme Lord.
5. Eat only prasadam.
7. Worship Lord Narayana with tulsi and, amla. In the evening worship Lord Vishnu and goddess Tulsi by lightning a diya. Worshipping Lord Vishnu, goddess Tulsi in Kartik month has a special significance and the one who does it is blessed with good fruits.
๐ŸŒทExcerpts from some scriptures (Puranas) describing the glory of the pious Kartik month ;
1. “If somebody performs even a little worship of Lord Shri Hari in this month, He offers that devotee His own abode (VAIKUNTHA).”
2. “If somebody burns a lamp in the temple of Lord Shri Hari even for a short time (in the month of Kartik), then whatever sins, he has acquired for millions of kalpas (one kalpa equals 1000 yugas) are all destroyed.”
3. “A person, who for the entire month of Kartik eats only once a day, becomes very famous, powerful and heroic.”
4. “A person who happily reads the Bhagavad Gita in the month of Kartik does not return to the world of birth and death.”
5. “Of all gifts, the gift of a lamp during the month of Kartik is the best. No gift is its equal.”
6. “The pious result obtained by bathing in all holy places and giving all charities is not equal to one ten-millionth part of the result obtained by following the vow of Kartik."
๐ŸŒท"The last five days of Kartik month are known as Bhisma_Panchak, And if one is unable to fast for full Kartik Month should fast aleast for last 5 days of Kartik Month and of course he will get all the benefits which one gets fasting for Full month. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿš๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒท
เฅ เคจเคฎो เคญเค—เคตाเคคे เคตाเคธुเคฆेเคตเคฏा เคจเคฎः, เฅ เคจเคฎो เคญเค—เคตाเคคे เคตाเคธुเคฆेเคตเคฏा เคจเคฎः, เฅ เคจเคฎो เคญเค—เคตाเคคे เคตाเคธुเคฆेเคตเคฏा เคจเคฎः
Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya Namah ~ Om Namo Narayana ~ Jai Shri Vishnu ~ ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ•‰๐Ÿ”†๐Ÿš๐ŸŒ€๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ””๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒท