Sri Lalitha Kavacam

Friday, October 19, 2018

Lalitā Mūlamantra Kavacam (ललिता मूलमन्त्र कवचम्)

Prologue:-  Śrī Lalita Tripura Sundari is the second of the Tripura triad of deities. She is the Preserver in the context of the Tripura. As Mahā Tripura Sundari, She represents the entire triad and therefore the Divine Mother Śakti Herself as Saguṇa Brahman – The Dynamic Superconsciousness with attributes. The famous Pañcadaśī Mantra unlike regular Vedic mantras, does not hold any literal meaning, nor is it a salutation or obeisance to Śrī Lalita. There are hidden meanings in each letter of the mantra, which must be fully understood and comprehended, prior to the recitation of Her mantra. The mantra by Itself, when fully understood and practiced through the Pañcadaśī mantra japa, opens up the entire spiritual spectrum and leads the devotee towards self-realization as well as complete liberation from the cycle of life and death - jīvanmuktā.

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Sri Durga Saptashati - Sri Siddha Kunjika Stotram

Friday, October 05, 2018

Śrī Siddhakuñjikā Stotram ( श्री सिद्धकुञ्जिका स्तोत्रम् )

Prologue:- The Śrī Devī Mahatmyaṃ, an abstract from Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, is a grand compilation of a war between good and evil, the fight between Goddess Durgā and the demonic asura Mahiṣāsurā.  Spiritually, this applies to the removal of all ills, such as lust, greed, anger, laziness, constant wavering of mind, etc. impacting our spiritual ascension. The Śrī Devī Mahatmyaṃ, also called Caṇḍī Pāṭha or Durgā Saptaśati, consists of 700 verses or ślokas, each of which is considered very sacred and has a material and spiritual purpose associated with it. One who recites the entire 700 verses periodically, gains immense happiness and finally gains eligibility and inclination towards self-realization. In total, the Śrī Devī Mahatmyaṃ is an adulation of the Divine Feminine. It is an outpouring of selfless devotion and surrender to the Divine Mother, seen as a representation of the infinite and everlasting energy and bliss.

Śrī Siddhakuñjikā Stotram, is a sacred hymn that is recited prior to the recitation of Śrī Durgā Saptaśati and is also a pre-requisite for those interested in reciting one of the most powerful mantras - Śrī Caṇḍī Navākṣarī Mantra.  It needs to be noted that the bīja-s or mantra seed syllables of this stotram, reference the Dasamahāvidyā-s or the ten aspects of the Divine Mother, such as the references to Goddesses Kāli with the krīm̐ bīja, Dhūmāvati as Dhūrjaṭa by the dhūm̐ bīja, Kamalātmikā as Mahālakṣmī by the klīm̐ bīja, Bhuvaneśvarī by the hrīm̐ bīja, etc. The mātṛkā-s or the aspects of the Divine Mother ruling the letters of the Sanskrit Alphabet from ‘a’(अ) to ‘kṣa’(क्ष), constitute the bhūta lipi, which is used in the life-infusing (prāṇa pratiṣṭha) ritual. Reference is made to the mātṛkā-s, for infusing life to the Śrī Durgā Saptaśati and the Śrī Caṇḍī Navākṣarī Mantra.

The word kuñjikā, refers to the One who has the keys to unlock the mystic secrets of the Creation. It is therefore of great and immense value, to recite this stotram on its own and also as a pre-requisite for the sacred 700 verses of Śrī Devī Mahatmyaṃ. A mere recitation is not sufficient, but fully comprehending the meaning and performing the sādhana, will definitely provide fruitful results.

There are primarily two variations of the Stotram specified in many books. One of them ends at verse 13 itself. The other goes has an additional śloka. Both versions have been clubbed in this document and the smaller version has been mentioned in square brackets [] at the verses 12 and 13.

śrī gaṇeśāya namaḥ ।

श्री गणेशाय नमः ।

      May Lord Gaṇeśa bless us and fulfill all our wishes. May He remove all the obstacles and ensure success in all our endeavors.     

Viniyogaḥ (विनियोगः) :-

oṃ asya śrī kuñjikā stotra mantrasya sadāśiva ṛṣiḥ ।

anuṣṭup chandaḥ ।

śrī triguṇātmikā devatā ।

oṃ aim̐ bījaṃ ।

oṃ hrīm̐ śaktiḥ ।

oṃ klīm̐ kīlakam ।

mama sarvābhīṣṭasiddhyarthe jape viniyogaḥ ॥

ॐ अस्य श्री कुञ्जिका स्तोत्र मन्त्रस्य सदाशिव ऋषिः ।

अनुष्टुप् छन्दः ।

श्रीत्रिगुणात्मिका देवता ।

ॐ ऐँ बीजं ।

ॐ ह्रीँ शक्तिः ।

ॐ क्लीँ कीलकम् ।

मम सर्वाभीष्टसिद्ध्यर्थे जपे विनियोगः ॥

       Meaning:- To fulfill all my heartfelt desires, I ...Read More

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Sri Bala Tripura Sundari Kavacham

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

               ŚRĪ BĀLĀ TRIPURA SUNDARĪ KAVACAM (श्री बाला त्रिपुर सुन्दरी कवचम्)

 

Prologue:-

Tripura represents Bālā, Sundarī and Bhairavī encompassing all the triads. Śrī Bālā represents the entirety of Creation and Knowledge within the Tripura analogy. She opens up new vistas of opportunity and bestows us with the knowledge to take advantage of the same. Mahidhara of Mantra Mahodadhi, states that Her mantra can bestow material riches equal to Kubera and also grant mokṣa or liberation, to the sincere devotees. All the deities of Tripura, namely Śrī Bālā, Sundarī and Bhairavī are associated with the three kūṭa-s or parts, namely - vāgbhava kūṭa, kāmarāja kūṭa and śakti kūṭa. The first vāgbhava kūṭa represents vāc or word, implying all the letters of the alphabet through which the entire Creation is expressed as well as the sounds emanating from the letters and their combination. Goddess Sarasvati, the Knowledge giver and the consort or Śakti of the Creator Brahma, is represented by Her bīja mantra aim̐ (ऐँ), which signifies the vāgbhava kūṭa in it’s entirety. Likewise, the kāmarāja kūṭa encompasses desires, wishes ...Read More

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Some Ways to Celebrate Navaratri

Friday, October 04, 2013

1. Reciting Śrīdevī Māhātmyam (Durga Sapta Shati): There are three sections in Śrīdevī Māhātmyam - pūrva bhāgaḥ, madhyama bhāgaḥ (contains 13 chapters) and uttara bhāgaḥ. The following schedule can be adopted to recite (pārāyaṇa) Śrīdevī Māhātmyam spread over a period of nine days. Day 1 - pūrva bhāga; day 2 - madhyama bhāga chapter 1; day 3 - madhyama bhāga chapters 2 and 3; day 4 - madhyama bhāga chapter 4; day 5 - madhyama bhāga chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8; day 6 - madhyama bhāga chapters 9 and 10; day 7 - madhyama bhāga chapter 11; day 8 - madhyama bhāga chapters 12 and 13; day 9 - uttara bhāga.

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Ucchista Ganapati - ekonaviṃśatyakṣara (19 Lettered) Mantra

Sunday, May 27, 2018

                             Ucchiṣṭa gaṇapati Ekonaviṃśatyakṣara Mantra

 

1.viniyogaḥ ( विनियोगः ) :-

oṃ asya śrī madekonaviṃśatyakṣarocchiṣṭa gaṇeśa mantrasya kaṃkola ṛṣiḥ virāṭ chandaḥ। ucchiṣṭa gaṇapatir devatāakhilāptaye jape viniyogaḥ

ॐ अस्य श्री मदेकोनविंशत्यक्षरोच्छिष्ट गणेश मन्त्रस्य कंकोल ऋषिः विराट् छन्दः। उच्छिष्ट गणपतिर् देवता। अखिलाप्तये जपे ...Read More

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SELF-INITIATION OF MANTRAS

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mantra Initiation (dīkṣā paddhati) - śrī dakṣiṇāmūrtī ( श्री दक्षिणामूर्ती ) invocation and other essentials.

 

As much as possible, one must try and obtain a guru, to guide with mantras and properly initiate the devotee or sādhakā. But often, we are faced with a situation, where we cannot find an appropriate guru to guide us. In such situations, one can go ahead and initiate themselves. The procedure to initiate, as well as guidance from the śāstras or scriptures, is provided below.

One must note that all mantras are not suitable. Care and caution must be exercised in this ...Read More

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MINDFULNESS AND CONCENTRATIVE MEDITATION

Saturday, December 02, 2017

This article is authored by Dr. L. Gandhi Bhaskar Patrudu, MBBS, MD (Physiology), MA (Psychology), M.Sc (Biotechnology), Dip in Yoga. He is an Assistant professor of Physiology.

Recently I got some insights about the use of mindfulness and concentrative meditation in our daily lives.  In this article I want to share these insights.  In mindfulness there is some duality. You are centered on your true state (consciousness) and witness everything which is not you (emotions, thoughts etc). But in deep concentration or Samadhi there is no duality.  You lose awareness of ...Read More

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SHIVA IN CONVERSATION WITH SHAKTI - AN OVERVIEW

Friday, June 23, 2017

Shakti: My Lord! You have taught me 64 tantras several yugas ago. The universe that you have created billions of years ago is undergoing constant changes. Is there anything you would like to teach me, which is more relevant to the present time period, I mean kālapuruṣa ………..

Shakti: Then what is the difference between mind and intellect?

Shiva: Mind is explained as “saṁkalpa-vikalpātmākaṁ manaḥ संकल्प-विकल्पात्माकं ...Read More

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GURUJI SPEAKS - AN OVERVIEW

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Guru Pūrṇimā this year (2017) falls on July 08/09. Full moon tithi begins at 07.31 hours Indian Standard Time on July 08 and ends at 09.20 hours IST on July 09. Therefore, Guru pūrṇimā can be celebrated either on July 08th evening or July 09th morning before 09.20 hours IST.

A series of articles titled GURUJI SPEAKS have been published in the year 2013. Some snippets ...Read More

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SRI SUKTAM - Part 12 (Concluding Part)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In the original Khilasūkta, there are 29 verses, out of which we have discussed 16 verses so far. These 16 verses are the main part of Śrī Sūktam. Now the balance of 13 verses are being discussed. These verses do not form part of homa procedure of Śrī Sūktam.

पद्मानने पद्मविपद्मपत्रे पद्मदलायदाक्षि।

विश्वप्रिये विष्णुमनोनुकूले ...Read More

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AVADHŪTA GĪTĀ - 7

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bhagavān Dattātreya continues:  

Upaniṣad-s explain how māyā projects objects as different things from Brahman (It is the māyā that makes us to think that the objects we see are real and different from Brahman; the fact is that everything is Brahman, hence It is called Omnipresent or all pervasive). Brahman is not divisible (hence omnipresent) and hence, there cannot be any comparison for a non-dual Brahman (comparison is possible only if more than one object is present). It is free from actions ...Read More

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PATANJALI YOGA SUTRAS - 10

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Samādhi is attained through the mind that is free from all kinds of thought processes or desires. If the mind has traces of thought processes or desires, they will disturb samādhi after sometime. First ten or fifteen minutes of samādhi is important. Thoughts, if any, compromise the quality of samādhi during this time. (Different types of samādhi-s are discussed in GURUJI SPEAKS). Patañjali speaks about dharmamegha samādhi ...Read More

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Ashwatthama – The Saptarishi of 8th Manvantara

Sunday, July 30, 2017

(This article is published by Santosh Kumar Raja)

In Indian mythology, I think there is no other name that evokes more curiosity, mystery and mixed feelings than that of Ashwatthama. If you punch in “Ashwatthama” in google or any other search engine, you will get umpteen sites, videos, TV channel programs and legends about Ashwatthama each describing a different aspect. But ...Read More

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DAKSHINA KALI MANTRA JAPA

Friday, December 23, 2016

Śrī Dakṣiṇakālī Mahā Mantraḥ || श्री दक्षिणकाली महा मन्त्रः॥

1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः

अस्य श्री दक्षिणकाली महामन्त्रस्य। भैरव ऋषिः। उष्णिक् छन्दः। दक्षिणकालिका देवता॥

asya śrī dakṣiṇakālī mahāmantrasya | bhairava ṛṣiḥ । (open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead | uṣṇik chandaḥ (right palm on the mouth) । dakṣiṇakālikā devatā || (right palm on the heart ...Read More

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Theory And Practice of Kundalini Meditation - Introduction

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kuṇḍalinī is not just a force, but Parāśakti Herself in Her subtlest form. It is one of the quickest methods to liberation. Even without practicing kuṇḍalinī, She ascends to higher chakras depending upon one’s level of love (the highest form of devotion) for Her. Ascension of kuṇḍalinī is directly related to the purity level of one’s mind. Yoga Cūḍāmaṇi Upaniṣad talks abou90t the importance of kuṇḍalinī. Verse 37 says, “Kuṇḍalinī rests in the passage of Brahman. If one goes through this passage, Brahman is attained.” Passage of Brahman that is referred here ...Read More

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Maha Shodashi Mantra Explained

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Mahāṣoḍaśī mantra is formulated like this.

First line:  om - śrīṁ - hrīṁ - klīṁ - aiṁ - sauḥ (ॐ श्रीं ह्रीं क्लीं ऐं सौः)

Place śrī bīja, then place māyā bīja, then kāma bīja, then vāgbhava bīja and finally parā bīja. Thus the first line of this mantra is formed.

There is a common doubt whether to include ॐ in the beginning or not. Any mantra should start with ॐ. Kulārṇava Tantra (XV.57) says that not beginning a mantra without ॐ causes impurity of birth. Further, Chāndogya Upaniṣad begins by saying “om iti etat akṣaram udgītham upāsīta ॐ इति ...Read More

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ATMA BODHA - THE EPILOGUE

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Śaṃkarācārya who had authored many works on dvaita or dualism such as Saundaryalaharī, etc. had also authored Supreme Advaita Scriptures or non-dualistic Scriptures like Ātmabodhaḥ, Tattvabodhaḥ, Vivekacūḍamaṇi, etc. What is the need for Śaṃkarācārya to author both dualistic and non-dualistic Scriptures? He was a loka Guru (Guru for the world) and he had the dual responsibility of developing bhakti (devotion) and at the same time, leading elevated souls to the path of ...Read More

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Will You Come Back Guruji - Part 1

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Part 1

Guruji in the horizon is a short story about a rustic boy ultimately transforming into a Spiritual Guru. The story will be published as a series, containing a number of parts. Here is part 1:

It is yet another day.  I always like the dawn - the creeks of birds, misty leaves and the redness of the dawn. Red stands for compassion.  I used to wonder how the sun being so red at the time of dawn gradually turns white.  I live near river Cauvery. It is good to walk on the sandy river bed.  The tiny sand grains acupressure my feet and I used to enjoy this.  The river was flowing with the rustic sound that changes every minute.  In ...Read More

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SHIVA PANCHAKSHARI MANTRA JAPA

Saturday, December 17, 2016

श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रः Śrī Śivapañcākṣarī Mahāmantraḥ

 1. Ṛṣyādi nyāsaḥ ऋष्यादि न्यासः 

अस्य श्री शिवपञ्चाक्षरी महामन्त्रस्य। वामेदेव ऋषिः। पङ्क्तिछन्दः। सांबपरमेश्वरो देवता॥

asya śrī śivapañcākṣarī mahāmantrasya । Vāmedeva ṛṣiḥ|(open the right palm and touch the top of the forehead)| paṅktichandaḥ (right palm on the mouth)| sāṁbaparameśvaro ...Read More

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Spiritual Journey - 20

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Avadhūta and Paramahaṁsa are essentially jīvanmukta-s. After evolving into a jīvanmukta, one decides how he or she pursues his or her life, till he or she becomes videhamukta (mokṣa – after death). Only a yogi can evolve into a jīvanmukta. A perfect yogi is the one, who has realized the Self within. He is shaped into a yogi by his Guru, without whom, imparting higher spiritual knowledge and practice is not possible. All Advaita Scriptures ultimately convey that Brahman is within and what is within, pervades the entire universe. This essence is conveyed to his disciples by a Guru. There are hundreds of Scriptures in Advaita such as Upaniṣad-s, Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, Pañcadaśi, etc. Each of these Scriptures reveal Brahman ...Read More

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ŚRĪ DURGĀ SAPTAŚLOKĪ

Saturday, December 03, 2016

श्री दुर्गा सप्तश्लोकी Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī

Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī consist of seven verses, which is considered as the essence of Śrī Durgā Saptaśatī, also known as Śrī Devī Māhātmyam consisting of 700 verses. It is said that Śrī Durgā Saptaślokī should be chanted daily, three times. It is also said that proper recitation of this removes, poverty, ailments, fear and mental afflictions.

ज्ञानिनामपि चेतांसि देवी भगवति हि सा।

बलादाकृष्य मोहाय ...Read More

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MANTRA RĀJA PADA STOTRAM

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

श्री मन्त्रराज पद स्तोत्रम्॥ Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram ||

Śrī Mantrarāja Pada Stotram is one of the powerful mantras. It cures serious diseases and ailments. It also gives knowledge, wealth and all types of auspiciousness. It is said that this hymn should be recited, first with mantra rāja mantra which is given below (commencing with om ugraṁ vīraṁ mahāviṣṇuṁ).  There are highlighted words in each of the first ten verses. If we place these words one after another, we will get mantra rāja mantra. There are eleven verses in this hymn and one verse for phalaśruti. There is a YouTube clipping at the end of this article for correct ...Read More

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Kundalini Meditation - Video (for Turiya and Turyatita Stages of Meditation)

Friday, August 01, 2014

This audio is on kundalini meditation for turiya and turyātīta stages. Duration of this audio is 30 minutes. 

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Mahaganpati Mantra Japa

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mahaganapati Mantra Japa

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Chakra Cleansing and Energisation

Monday, June 13, 2016

This is another audio in YouTube for cleansing and energising psychic chakras. Duration of this audio is 15 minutes. This is different from YouTube audio uploaded for kundalini meditation which includes turya and turyātītā stages. This audio is meant for practicing cleansing and energizing chakras.

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