Asadha Gupta Navaratri

Thursday, July 12, 2018

            āṣāḍha gupta navarātrī ( आषाढ गुप्त नवरात्री )

The month of āṣāḍha in the Lunar calendar, falls during June and July and sometimes may end in August. This month is generally considered inauspicious for any undertaking related to material affairs. It is the belief that most undertakings that begin during this month, face great hurdles and some may eventually fail. Some religious matters are also postponed and not conducted during this month (āṣāḍha māsa), due to this very reason. Having said that, Ashada Navaratri is considered excellent time for Spiritual pursuits and progress. The second part of this lunar month starting with the first day of the waxing moon, marks the first day of the secret navarātrī, or the nine nights of Śrī Vārāhī, Śrī Durga and also Śrī Lalita for the destruction of all enemies, internal and external.

Navratri: Navratri or 9 Nights of Goddess are considered very important for Shaktas (who worship Divine Mother in the form of Shakti) in order to receive receive blessings of Maa Shakti in various forms such as Sri Durga, Sri Varahi, Sri Lalitha Tripurasundari, Sri Shakambari, Sri Chamunda etc. Some worship 9 forms of Durga also called as Nava Durga on the each day of Navaratri.

Gupt Navratri: There are 5 Navratris in a year that are considered important (while some say 4) out of which Sharad Navatri and Magha Navratri are popular and known to all and remaining 3 are considered secretive and generally observed by advanced Spiritual practioners .

Sharad Navaratri: This is the most important of the Navaratris and is synonymous with Dussehra and Durga Puja. It is celebrated during September–October


Vasanta Navaratri:  In the month of Chaitra (March–April) and is observed during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra. The beginning of this Navaratri also marks the start of the new year as per the Hindu mythological lunar calendar and Sri Rama Navami is celebrated during this Navaratri


Ashad Navaratri : Ashad Navaratri, also referred to as Gupta, Gayatri or Shakambhari Navaratri, is observed during the Asadha month and is mostly observed by shaktas only

Pausha Navaratri: Paush Navaratri is another Gupt Navaratri observed during the Pausha Shukla Paksha, in the month of December–January.



Magha Navaratri: This Navaratri is also a kind of Gupta Navaratri. The waxing phase of moon in January–February marks the beginning of Magha Navaratri. Vasant Panchami is celebrated during these Navaratri.

In order to progress in the spiritual path, One needs to obtain a great degree of concentration and calmness of the mind. The thoughts that clog the mind, usually relate to our desires as well as difficulties that we face on a day to day basis. Our inherent nature consisting of our ego, pride, anger, jealousy, stubbornness, lust, likes and dislikes etc, as well as our wealth, health, family and desires dominate our thinking and thus control the mind. To silence the mind, we need to silence the thoughts. The thoughts are difficult to silence, especially when we are preoccupied in our material affairs. These issues therefore become our internal enemies and some of them could be triggered by external elements as well.

True knowledge, unlearning of what we believe to be right vs what really is right, as well as appropriate action will surely lead us towards self-realization.

Rājā Mātaṅgi represents True spiritual knowledge and is the left spiritual channel iḍa nāḍi, Vārāhi represents the right spiritual channel piṅgala nāḍi representing the correct action that needs to be undertaken towards spiritual progress. When both the channels that flank the central suṣumna nāḍi or the spinal cord are balanced, then the kuṇḍalini rises from the mulādhāra or the root cakra and journeys it’s way towards the crown sahasrāra cakra gradually.

The āṣāḍha gupta navarātrī-s are also called Vārāhi navarātrī-s, when the energy of Śrī Vārāhī is considered to be very latent and effective. Propitiating Her during these 9 nights is very auspicious and may help accelerate the achievement of both our spiritual and material desires and provide immense and everlasting happiness.

The following dhyāna śloka can be recited by anyone, to meditate upon Her.

kṛṣṇa varṇātu vārāhī mahiṣastā mahodarī ।
varadā danḍinī khaḍgaṃ bibhratī dakṣiṇekare ।
kheṭa pātrābhayān vāme sūkarasyā lasadbhujā ॥

कृष्ण वर्णातु वाराही महिषस्ता महोदरी ।
वरदा दन्डिनी खड्गं बिभ्रती दक्षिणेकरे ।
खेट पात्राभयान् वामे सूकरस्या लसद्भुजा ॥

She is dark in complexion with a face resembling a boar, seated on a buffalo (mahiṣa). She’s enormous in size and has eight arms. One Her right arms from bottom to top, She displays the vara mudra (grants all wishes), holds a sword, large stick (daṇḍa). On Her left hands from bottom to top, She displays the abhaya mudra (removes fear and offers protection), shield and a plough (hala).

The following vedic mantras can also be recited as many times as desired.

oṃ vārāhī! sarvato mām rakṣa rakṣa durge huṃ phaṭ svāhā
ॐ वाराही! सर्वतो माम् रक्ष रक्ष दुर्गे हुं फट् स्वाहा

Her Gayatri mantras are as follows. These can also be recited by anyone and require no initiation.

mahiṣavāhanāyai ca vidmahe ।
daṇḍahastāyai ca dhīmahi ।
tanno vārāhī pracodayāt ॥

महिषवाहनायै च विद्महे ।
दण्डहस्तायै च धीमहि ।
तन्नो वाराही प्रचोदयात् ॥

mahiṣadvajāyai ca vidmahe ।
daṇḍahastāyai ca dhīmahi ।
tanno vārāhī pracodayāt ॥

महिषद्वजायै च विद्महे ।
दण्डहस्तायै च धीमहि ।
तन्नो वाराही प्रचोदयात् ॥

All mantras, kavacas, stotras etc have been provided in the śrī vārāhī folder on the main page. The link can be accessed here.

For the year 2018, āṣāḍha gupta navarātrī-s start on 13th July and end on 21st July.

 

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Sri Baglamukhi Pratyangira Kavacham

Friday, June 08, 2018

śrī bagalāmukhī pratyaṅgirā devi kavacam  ( श्री बगलामुखी प्रत्यङ्गिरा देवि कवचम् )

Prologue :-

The śrī bagalāmukhī pratyaṅgirā devi kavacam is one of the most protective shields or armor, that one can deploy to protect himself, dear ones or close friends and family against formidable enemies, very dangerous life threatening conditions or in situations when one is perceiving immense threat from foes, competitors and other adversaries, adamant on destruction and causing immense pain and misery. Under these adverse situations, One may consider reciting this kavacam to ward off all threats.

The kavacam is immensely powerful and even capable of halting adverse weather, if One has gained siddhi or fructification of the kavaca mantra of śrī bagalāmukhī pratyaṅgirā. All forms of sorrow caused by people, other entities and even ill-effects of planetary motion, can be reversed by the sincere and utmost dedicated recitation of this kavacam. This kavacam is also capable of fulfilling all wishes and bestowing immense fortune, curing life-threatening diseases and release from the karmic bondage, for those who recite at least three times a day with utmost concentration. It is also capable of granting the power of captivating and mesmerizing anyone, including people at the highest levels of authority and position.

No harm shall befall the devotees. There will be no afflictions from evil spirits or black magic spells cast upon the devotees. All of these will be destroyed by the power manifested by this kavacam.

The kavacam would be most effective for those, who are woshippers of śrī bagalāmukhī pratyaṅgirā and it's suggested to get initiated, prior to reciting the kavacam, to avoid any adverse effects or for quicker and effective results.


Viniyogaḥ ( विनियोगः ) :-

asya śrī bagalā pratyaṅgirā mantrasya nārada ṛṣiḥ । triṣṭupcchandaḥ । pratyaṅgirā devatā hlrīm̐ bījaṃ hūm̐ ...Read More

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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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Sri Matangi Ashtottara Shatanamavali

Friday, June 01, 2018

Sri Matangi Ashottara Shatanamavali (108 Names of Sri Matangi)

श्री मातंगी अष्टोत्तरा शतनामावली

The aṣṭottara śatanāmāvali (108 names) of śrī mātaṅgi is a treatise in itself, containing the very essence of the śrī mātaṅgi sahasranāma. All the benefits that can be accrued through reciting the sahasranāma, may also accrue through the aṣṭottara śatanāmāvali, if we can also meditate upon the meanings of each nāmā.

The aṣṭottara śatanāmāvali describes the key attributes of śrī mātaṅgi, spanning across the entire spectrum ranging from Her physical attributes to Her spiritual splendor described from the purānic accounts, tantric śāstrās, relationship with śrī vidyā, kuṇḍalini meditation and Her aspect as Brahman Itself!

She is the tantric form of Sarasvati (Saraswati) or Vāṇi, the goddess of Knowledge. From the nāmā-s, we see Her true form and splendor. Worshipping Her in majestic form and beauty, provides us with not only knowledge of what all we seek, but also that of the greatest spiritual secrets and the real knowledge of our own true form, that is, of pure consciousness Itself. She is also śrī lakṣmi, the bestower of all wealth, material and spiritual. She is śrī mātā Herself and is everything that exists! In a śrī vidyā parlance, She is śyāmala, the chief advisor of śrī Lalita. She and śrī Vārāhi, are the closest to śrī Lalita and lead us to Her. In the human body, śrī mātaṅgi is the left nāḍi, iḍa corresponding to the left nostril and the right side of the brain, indicating artistic and logical aspects and śrī Vārāhi is the right ...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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