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Who Is Good Do We Know

In Hinduism, Parenting on August 28, 2014 at 19:35

I recently watched the popular talk show on StarVijay TV with participation from parents,teachers and students.


And what the teachers see as good and how do they identify the Good Student in general and a Good man in particular.


To my shock none of them have been able to specify a single attribute that characterizes a good Man.


The yard stick to determine One who is Good seems to be,


1.Good education with top rank.

2.Settling well in Life.

3,Respect to elders.


5.Good communication skills.

6.Well groomed.

7.Being open with parents in sharing their personal experiences including Love affairs.

8.Respecting parents.


None of them have been able to specify a single Human value, excepting one man who said ‘Love others’, that makes a Good man or woman.


Truthfulness, Honesty,Integrity,Righteousness, Concern for others,Helping others,flexibility in handling Life’s problems…


Where are we heading?


Is Life all about getting a Rank and settling (?) in Life with self-centered existence?


Is the anchor rightly pointed out, all the people in the show indicated what they do not want to see in  Man or woman, implying that they have a Clear concept of what is bad and none at all about what is Good!


When you do not know what Good is how do you set standards for your children?


I recall the statement by Henri Bosanquet on the question of defining what Good is,


‘Just as you can not explain what the color of yellow is to one who is born Color Blind, you can not explain what Good is to one who has never done anything Good in Life”


I consider this as the best definition.


And what defines Bad?

‘Doing things in Public which you would be ashamed of doing it in Private”


Well we from the land of Bharat are not short of Dharma Sastras or Moral literature.


Let us look a simple one from Tamil, Athichoodi by Avvaiyar.


தமிழ் எழுத்து தமிழ் வாக்கியம் English Translation
அறம் செய விரும்பு Intend to do right deeds
ஆறுவது சினம் Anger will be cooled off,Cool your Anger
இயல்வது கரவேல் Give to others what you can
ஈவது விலக்கேல் Do not stop, discourage others when they attempt to help others
உடையது விளம்பேல் Never be boastful of your possession
ஊக்கமது கைவிடேல் Never loose enthusiasm
எண் எழுத்து இகழேல் Learn the Three R’s
ஏற்பது இகழ்ச்சி Never accept Alms
ஐயமிட்டு உண் Feed others before you eat
ஒப்புர வொழுகு Move with world, act in harmony with the others.
ஓதுவது ஒழியேல் Never give up learning
ஒள ஒளவியம் பேசேல் Never gossip
அஃகஞ் சுருக்கேல் Never short change in Business

The fine point is that the first letter of all these Truisms  start with the Tamil Alphabets in order.

There is more.


One may learn this and pass on to children instead of Jack and Jill, Baba Black Sheep, Rain rain go Away in country where the Climate is Hot and there is dearth of rains.

Hope elders learn this first.


Mantras Types Procedure Anushtana Details

In Hinduism on August 6, 2014 at 08:34

I had posted an article on how to do Japa some time back.


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Avalokiteshvara Mantra.


This post is about mantras.


While japa is about the procedure of reciting the Mantras, this post is about mantras.


Mantra is a word or group of words with specific meaning and intonation.


The letters of the words in a mantra are mystically locked to fulfill a specific purpose.


When a mantra is chanted properly , with the correct pronunciation and the Yama and Niyama associated with it shall deliver the results.


I had seen, in my childhood, people, nullifying the effect of Snake,poisonous Insects’ bites.


Mantra was also used for curing Jaundice!


I have first hand experience of the latter, where a small needle was held in water while the Mantra was being chanted mentally.


The dark Yellowish tinge of water kept in a brass vessel before the person afflicted with Jaundice slowly turned its color.


When the water comes colorless, after some days of this procedure, you are declared cured and that’s it.


There are thee types of mantras.


1.Mantra as a Part of Bhakthi Yoga.


One is devoted toa particular Deity.


To worship a Deity a Mantra is chanted .


Here the God or its Image takes the pride of place and the mistakes in chanting the Mantra does not affect, provided the image is fixed in the mind.


A word here about Mantra and Stothra.


Mantra I have explained here above.


A stothra is simply a praise of the God, it need not carry the power of the Mantra.


2.Mantra as a part of Mantra Sadhana.


Here the Mantra in all its aspects is important.


The chanting or incantation is important.


The sound is given importance more than the Deavata.


There are some stothras , Sukthas which are Mantras as well.


The Five Sukthas, Purusha Suktha, Narayana Suktha, Vishnu Suktha, Sri Suktha and Durga Suktha belong to this category.


They can be used as a Stotra or a Mantra.


A portion of the Suktha is also a Mantra.


Durga Sapthasati sloka is a Mantra as a whole.


The third category of Mantra is from the angle of Jnana Yoga, where th meaning of the meaning of the Mantra is contemplated upon more than anything else.


Though wrong pronunciation does not produce adverse effects, it is better, in all the cases, to know the right intonation in all the cases as we do not know where we have erred in the other aspects.


That is why we say, at the end of evry pooja, or chanting,


Mantra heenam, kriya heenam’ mantra to seek pardon.


To cap it all we declare,


‘Budhyaatmana Prakruthe swabhavaath’- it is my nature i have been driven to perform, implying that my mistakes are unintentional.


How to chant the Mantra.


  • The duration of each tone is fixed and one should chant the mantra according to the swara with each syllable stressed to the required extent, and each tone (for the corresponding syllable) chanted for that duration.
  • Chanting should not be done like singing, or like reading. It should not be muttered fast, each syllable should be properly uttered with the required stress and pronounced with clarity.
  • While chanting one should sit with his back upright, and not shake or move while chanting. Chanting should be done with a fixed posture to allow the complete effect of the sound energy. While this rule in general applies to singing also (say for instance classical music), it applies even more rigidly in case of chanting a mantra.
  • Whether the mantra is chanted aloud or internally, it should be done along with the swara.

Chanting mantra like a song, chanting like reading a text quickly, muttering, chanting louder than required, making unnecessary movements of hands or head, are incorrect ways of chanting.

Taittiriya Upanishad specifies six elements of chanting (Siksha Valli, chapter 2):

  1. Varna or alphabet (or in general syllable)
  2. Swara or intonation of each syllable
  3. Matra or duration of uttering each syllable
  4. Balam or stress on each syllable
  5. Saama or the balance of chanting (the tune of entire mantra)
  6. Santana or the spacing of words.


Mnatra Anushtana, The Rules.


Mantra-Anusthana is the encapsulation of mantra japa into the astanga yoga. The steps like yama, niyama, pratyahara are general rules. A few of them are: Each devata is said to have specific timings in the day when the devata wakes/sleeps. Japa is prescribed in the time the mantra adhidevata (deity of the mantra) wakes. One should do japa facing different directions when seeking different results. Asana is the posture in which japa is done. Pranayama is the breath regulation done before japa. Dharana is done through karanyasa and anganyasa, this is invoking devata in the body. Dhyana sloka is chanted after that, this is concentrating on the form of the devata. And then japa is started. Japa is the means to get one to the Samadhi state.


Man Upasna and Purascharana.


Mantra upasana is the systematic worship through Mantra. It is done for a specific duration of time or for life, in two modes – deeksha (specified) and nitya (regular). There are stipulations for deekha, such as timings, food and clothes (of the devotee), offerings (made to the devata) and so on. There is a purascarana for every Mantra. There is a specific minimal count for every Mantra for the sadhaka to “see” its effect, which is called purascarana sankhya. The count varies from Mantra to Mantra. There are five parts in purascarana.

  1. Japa – the mantra should be chanted for the count specified in purascarana for that mantra.
  2. Homa – oblations to be offered to the devata through fire, along with the mantra. This is a tenth of japa count. If japa is done 100,000 times then 10,000 oblations are offered in fire with the mantra.
  3. Tarpana – satisfying the devata by offering water, milk or any other specified substance. It is generally a sweet fluid. The offering is made by chanting the mantra. This is done with a hundredth of japa count. If japa is done 100,000 times then tarpana is done 1000 times.
  4. Abhisheka – the idol of devata is bathed with water, milk or any other specified substance, while chanting the mantra. This is a 1000th of japa count. If japa is done 100,000 times then abhisheka is done 100 times.
  5. Samaradhana – this is the conclusion of purascarana where Dvijas are invited and fed every 10,000th count of japa. If japa is done 100,000 times then ten dvijas are to be invited for samaradhana. There are alternatives for all these, and if nothing is possible japa itself multiplied five times should be done. If one has to do just the japa, and the purascarana is 100,000, then the mantra should be done 500,000 times to substitute for the entire process. However, homa is the most effective way to get Devata’s grace.


Some  axioms.


  1. Beejas represent natural phenomena. The beejas used in a mantra define the nature of Devata.
  2. Sound and meaning are inseparable. Meaning is known through sound and sound is realized through meditation on the meaning.
  3. Mantra is sound-specific or dhvani pradhana. Therefore its effect is specific to the language in which it is composed. Mantra cannot be translated, and it remains merely text and no more a mantra once translated to another language.
  4. Mantra and Devata are inseparable. Mantra is the sound-form or subtle body of Devata. Chanting mantra is the same as worshiping Devata, it is not merely a means but the yoga itself.
  5. Mantra yoga is about using the upadhi of external sound to realizing the one beyond upadhi. Mantra yoga at the four different levels of vak is basically the path of realization.
  6. In case of kamya, mantra serves istapurti. Mantra Japa is Karma, Yajna. Its fruit is two-fold. One is the immediate result of karma. Another is its impression on the doer. Thus along with istapurti, mantra upasana results in the elevation of the upasaka. Karma is called isti in the pravritti marga, because it results in ista purti. However when performed according toDharma, it will also ensure the doer’s elevation, develop antarmukhatva – from gross to subtle to causal. The seeker’s attention slowly shifts from the result of action to the one who grants the results, namely the Devata. And the object of worship too, gradually becomes more Devata centric and less desire centric. Thus the sadhana phases into nivritti from pravritti, and karma becomes more of nishkama karma and causes karma nivritti because of non-attachment to the immediate result. The sole objective of karma/mantra yoga will be the fulfilment of Devata’s wish, and the being starts realizing himself as an instrument of divine.

Reference :Hindupedia.




Vedas Not Clear Women Chastity Pancha Kanyas Chaste?

In Hinduism on August 1, 2014 at 09:09

I have been under the impression that he Vedas and the Epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata are very strict in the  chastity of women.


There is also a view that women were suppressed and that there was no sexual intransigence during this period.



And in such cases the punishment was severe by a Male dominated Vedic society.


I searched the texts , both the Sruthi and Smriti.


I have not been able to find a clear-cut definition of chastity of women relating to Physical interaction in the Vedas.


Corrections, inputs are welcome.



Smritis, especially the Manu Smriti is eloquent in describing the Adultery by men and the punishment to be meted out to them, the need to protect women


and how society will disintegrate because of a woman being not Chaste.


However I have  not been able to locate the definition of Adultery by women specifically.


One finds the instance of Jamadagni, father of Parashurama, asking Parasuram to cut off his mother Renuka’s head.


That a part of her became to be worshiped as Mariamman is a different story.


There is also the instance of Lord Rama asking Sita to prove her chastity by Fire.


Compare this with the Panchakanyas, Five Virgins who are worshiped as the embodiment of Virtue and chastity in Hinduism.



अहल्य द्रौपदी सीता तारा मन्दोदरी तथा
पञ्चकन्या स्मरेन नित्यं महा पातक नाशनं


ahalyā draupadī sītā tārā mandodarī tathā ।
pañcakanyāḥ smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśinī

English translation
Ahalya, Draupadi, Sita, Tara and Mandodari
One should forever remember the panchakanya who are the destroyers of great sins

A variant replaces Sita with Kunti:[4]

Sanskrit transliteration
ahalyā draupadī kuṃtī tārā mandodarī tathā ।
pañcakanyāḥ smarennityaṃ mahāpātakanāśinīm

Differences are underlined.

Orthodox Hindus, especially Hindu wives, remember the Panchakanya in this daily morning prayer. Their names are extolled and the prayer is pratah smaraniya, prescribed to be recited in the early hours of the morning.

The panchakanya literally means five kanyas. Kanya may be translated as girl, daughter, maiden or virgin.

Though all being married, the choice of the word kanya, not nari(woman) or sati (chaste wife), seems interesting to scholar Pradip Bhattacharya”

Of these five,


Ahalya was violated by Indra,


Draupadi had five Husbands,


Tara lived with her husband Vaali’s Brother , Sugrreeva


Mandodai married Vibhishana, Ravanas’ brother, after Ravana’s death?


Only Sita fits the concept of Chastity and loayalty to the core!


That’s why She is treated as Moher by all, Thayar in Tamil.




I am confounded!




Become Pregnant By His Stare

In Interesting and funny on July 26, 2014 at 14:35

A Croatian from Zagreb claims that  he can make you pregnant if you stare at his eyes, if ca even be his photo in the web!


Funny fac is that people do belive him even on this count.


A good match for our on Swamijis and self -styled Gurus who talk about addressing UN and the EU!


Enjoy nuggets about him and his site.

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Braco Stares.


A 47-year-old man from Zagreb in Croatia known only as Braco (pronounced Bratzo) has whipped up a storm of New Age followers across the globe.

How does he do it? With his eyes, apparently.

As reported by Gawker, His seemingly unassuming optics have had an extraordinary range of miracles attributed to them including exploding a woman’s ovaries to heal them.

He achieves these through mass ‘gazing sessions’ where loving followers gaze at this mysterious healer.

Here a just a three of his bounty of miracles:

1 .A DVD of Braco played repeatedly on a DVD player that previously did not have the capability to play on a loop.

2. A woman did not scream during a gazing event event even though a yellow jacket (very scary) was climbing up and down her leg.

3. A woman woke up in the middle of the night and ‘knew’ she had to follow Braco to Hawaii and ended up liking living on a sunny tropical island.

According to promotional videos, Braco makes no money from his work and his own website makes it clear ‘he makes no claim to being a healer and does not promise to cure anyone.’

He does make one concession to his followers that people do “commonly report warm feelings and physical sensations during a gazing experience with Braco.”


Braco’s gaze touches his visitors with peace, silence and hope. Amazing transformations happen, and many find new power, vitality and a zest for life resulting from their experience. Braco does not teach, talk or diagnose to give treatments—he simply gazes in silence and offers his gift to visitors—independent from religion, ideology, race, color and culture.

For over 19 years, Braco has dedicated his life to giving. Over this time, more and more people have come for this unique experience to improve their lives. Today Braco travels to countries globally by invitation; including Europe, Asia, Australia, Russia, and he frequently tours in the United States. Scientists have developed various theories and explanations as to why fundamental transformations happen through “the gaze.” A number of books about Braco have also been published. But Braco just holds his peace without talking or offering explanations, focusing completely on his life task—to give and help.”





Daksha Yagna Temples Daksha’s Head Severed

In Hinduism on July 23, 2014 at 10:16

Daksha Prajapathi was the Human being to be created by Lord Brahma.


While there by be differences among the Puranas on some legends, thee is no variation in the Legend of Daksha.


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Shivlingam- This is the neck portion of Daksh Prajapati who was decapitated by Maha Rudra.


“As mentioned in the Mahabharata and other texts of Hinduism, King Daksha Prajapati, the father of Sati, Shiva’s first wife, performed Yagna at the place where the temple is situated. Although Sati felt insulted when her father did not invited Shiva to the ritual, she attended the yagna. She found that Shiva was being spurned by her father and she burnt herself in the Yajna Kunda itself. Shiva got angry and sent his Gaṇas, the terrible demi-god Vīrabhadra and Bhadrakali to the ritual.[2] On the direction of Shiva, Virabhadra appeared with Shiva’s ganas in the midst of Daksha’s assembly like a storm wind and waged a fierce war with the gods and mortals present culminating in the beheading of Daksha, who was later given the head of a goat at the behest ofBrahma and other gods. Much of the details of the Ashvamedha Yagna (Horse Sacrifice) ofDaksha are found in the Vayu Purana.”


There are quite a few Temples in India where Daksha is reported to have performed the Daksha Yagna.


Kamakya, Assam, near Gwahati,


Kankhal, about 4 km from HaridwarUttarakhandIndia


Draksharama, Andhra Pradesh,


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Draksharama Temple.

and curiously,


in Kerala,Kottiyoor.


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Daksha Yagna, Neyaatam,Kottiyoor.


Loard Brahma and Loard Vishnu approached Lord Siva and prayed to shed his anger. Siva became calm and agreed to restore Daksha’s life for yaaga completion. As his head could not be traced, head of a lamb was fixed on Daksha’s body and he was revived. By the grace of Loard Siva Daksha completed his yaaga.

The site of this yaaga was subsequently covered with dense forest. Centuries later hill tribes called Kurichyas were hunting deer in this forest area and he was sharpening his arrow on a stone, suddenly blood oozed out. This strange phenomenon confused the hill tribes and they reported this incident to nearby Padingitta Namboothiri’s illam. The Namboothiri well-versed in tantric lore got an intuition that an idol is lying at a particular spot. Namboothiri  told Kurichyas to inform four prominent Nair families in Manathana village. Kurichyas reach Manathana and informed Kulangarayath, Aakkal, Karimbanakkal chathoth and Thittayil families.

All four members of Nair family and Padingitta Namboothiri were went to the spot where the incident happen. Great surprise they found a bleeding stone in the forest.  Ablutions with water, ghee and milk could not control the blood flow and finally tender coconut water stopped the blood.

On consultation with astrologer they come to know that it is a holy land where Daksha conducted his yaaga and bleeding stone was a ‘swayambu idol’. It is belived that Lord Siva took form of ‘swayambu ’ next to where Devi Sathi immolated herself in the ‘yaagagni’.

The place where swayambu idol was found is known as ‘Akkare Kottyoor’. “Akkare Kottiyoor”  is opened only during the Vyskha Mahotsavam.   ‘Ikkare Kottiyoor’ is nalukettu temple complex where regular poojas happening. Regular poojas and other rituals were to be conducted and it is believed that Sri Shankaracharya who set out present day rituals with his spiritual vision.


I am curious as to how a King from Himalayas could have performed this in deep South.


To me Haridwar seems to be the correct one,Kamakya could have been the place where Sati immolated herself.


Inputs welcome.

“The name Draksharama is said to be a corrupted form of ‘Draksharama’ or the garden of Drakshaprajapathi. The place is said to depict the well-known puranic legend of Dakshaprajapathi’s Yagna. According to this, Dakshaprajapathi’s daughter Dakshayani had married Lord Siva, though Drakshaprajapathi was not very happy over it. Once Drakshaprajapathi performed a great yagna, to which, out of his ‘dambha’ and ‘darpa’, he did not invite Lord Siva. Dakshayani was anxious to attend this Yagna of her father, but at the same time could not openly attend it in as much as her Lord viz., Lord Siva, had been deliberately excluded from it. She was thus torn between two compelling desires. Finally, she resolved to attend the sacrifice even though she too had not been invited as the consort of Lord Siva.”














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