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THIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS:


Worshiping Goddess of
Wealth, Maha Lachumi...4
Is Mount Kailash a Man Made
Pyramid7
Jawla Matha Temple11
Shiva Sakhti ...14
Hindu Dharma18
Maha Shivaratri33
Inspired Message39
Setting Inner Goal40

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recent times we have seen many mushrooming of self claimed Gurus, and
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in the social media from facebook, twitter including whatsapp. This has caused so
much of confusion among Hindus because the general public has not gone in depth
in knowledge by knowing our religion. While we cannot stop these group of people
we can practice cautiousness in not quickly believing into a new practice or ritual
above all loosing your money. Always consult a learned Gurukkal who has learned
the Agamas and Vedas. If you are not satisfied you may consult another Gurukkal.
Be clear of the facts before blindly believing.
Some of the new teachings includes:
o Rituals for Pitur Poojas, Removing of Dhosam or Charms, Good Luck rituals etc.
o Sales of lucky stone, Yandras, Rudras, some statues etc. claiming it has special
powers.
o Vastu Sastras consultants who make you make so many changes in your house
and charges high fees.
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will further inform you that by doing this pooja or ritual you could remove your
problems.
o Guru teaching that has deviated from the original teaching from our agamas and
vedas. Mushrooming of Baba, Sridi Centeres or other Guru worship centres are
fine until they deviate from the original teaching that has been in practice over
thousands of years.
It occurs to me that people are more religious now days, hungry for spiritualism or
wanting to solve lifes challenges by searching for shortcuts. Not realizing that there
is no short cut in overcoming ones karma. Hinduism teaches us everything it
needs true devotion or bakhti and the right way of worship. Above all it is not for us
to demand what we want from God. We will have to ask ourselves from our heart,
do we deserve it.
Hindus must understand that God helps us through us, God does not help us for
us. This is very important to understand that by prayers we seek Gods blessing
and for showing is the path. The rest is up to us. In the Tamil saying Vithiyai
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you may still go by using an umbrella. Yes you can overcome the rain by using an
umbrella and achieve your goal but one must also be prepared to face any
circumstance such as getting wet, falling sick or even meeting in an accident.
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power to bravely face any issues and go on with your life or objective. Being
prepared to face any challenges. Then comes faith power, the confidence that God
is with you and he will help or save you. Trust me God really favours people who
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Worshiping Lakshmi the


Goddess of Wealth

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Everyone wants wealth and money, some work very hard to earn money and some
want to get easily without any effort. Likewise, many people faces financial
problem, inspite of working hard and earning loads of money. Those who face
financial instability ultimately take on the spiritual path in order to get solace from
the divine power. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth. She is widely
worshiped by Hindus and devotees try hard to seek her blessings for overall growth,
especially to attain wealth. There are some Lakshmi Mantras and Hindu prayers that
are very effective. In order to invoke the blessing of Goddess Lakshmi, chant the
Lakshmi mantra and pray with certain disciplinary in order to bring wealth and
prosperity in your life.
Lakshmi Mantras:
1) OM Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Namaha
2) OM Hreem Shreem Kleem
Maha Lakshmi Namaha Here are some of the tips to pray to Goddess Lakshmi and
invoke her blessings upon you:
1) Keep your house clean: Keeping the house clean is very necessary, as the
Goddess appreciates cleanliness and visits the cleanest homes first. Light lamps
in the morning and evening. Goddess Lakshmi's visit brings great fortune and
triumph over evil.
2) Decorate the puja room: Decorating the puja room once it is clean is imperative
as it gives the whole atmosphere a festive feel. Lay a fresh cloth on a bench or
table with a small pile of grains in the center of the cloth. Also place a metal or
earthen pitcher on the cloth. Place five leaves in the pitcher including a betel
nut, a flower, a coin and some rice grains.
3) Place Lakshmi statue correctly: Even direction plays an important role in making
your prayers effective. For this, place a saucer or small plate with a few rice
grains on the pitcher. Sprinkle turmeric in the shape of a lotus over the rice.
Place a statue of Lakshmi with a few coins over the turmeric.
4) Perform Ganesh puja: Perform Ganesh puja to seek blessings for overall success.
Place a statue of Ganesha to the southwest of Lakshmi on the cloth. Lay books
that relate to your occupation with the idol.
5) Chant Lakshmi Mantras: Chanting Mantras bring positive energy to oneself. And
in order to get wealth, chant Lakshmi Mantras by offering flowers to Lakshmi's
idol. Sprinkle water and a mixture of milk, ghee, honey and sugar on the idol.
6) Spread the fragrance: Apart from lighting incense sticks, offer sandalwood
paste, saffron paste and fragrance to the idol. Offer Her flowers and light dhoop
or incense sticks. Also offer fruits, sweets and puffed rice. Pour a mixture of
puffed rice, coriander and cumin seeds over Her idol. These are some of the
effective ways to invoke Goddess Lakshmi's blessings.

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Ways to Attract Goddess Lakshmi

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Recite Sri Sukta and Chanting of Lakshmi Gayathri


Keep a picture or an idol of Goddess Lakshmi in the prayer room. Pray to her with
deep sincerity. Recite Sri Sukta for 30 days and life will change. It is a composition of
15 verses and all desires are fulfilled by her mercy on its holy recitation. Google for
Sri Sukta. Chant the Lakshmi Gayathri mantra for 108 times everyday Om
Mahalakshmyaye Vidmahe , Vishnupriyaye Dhimahi, Tanno Maha Lakshmth
Prachodayath
Lotus Seed Mala and Use Of Ghee Lamps in your prayers
Use Lotus seed mala or rosary for reciting the mantra. It is called Kamal Gatta mala.
To get rid of poverty and have material gain this bead is used for daily worship as
this pleases the Goddess immensely. Light two ghee lamps every day with offerings
of coconut, lotus flowers and kheer.
Lotus Stem Wick
Every Friday, light an earthen lamp of ghee, using nine wicks of lotus stem. It
attracts highly positive wealth vibrations and grants all kinds of material success.
Sea Shells Or Cowries and Sri Lakshmi Conch or Shankh
Place cowries or sea shells in the place of worship to attract highly positive energies
into the household. Place a right handed conch shell or Dakshinavarti conch shell at
home for worship. It is also called Sri Lakshmi Shankh .Blessings of Lakshmi flow out
from the conch. Keeping the conch at home removes all negative vibrations
surrounding the house. By its placement, Goddess Lakshmi removes sorrows and
gives intelligence, success and worldly freedom. The shell should be cleaned and
placed on a cloth of color white or yellow or red. Sometimes it is placed on a silver
or clay pot. Water is collected in the conch shell and sprinkled during pooja. Keeping
this at home attracts wealth and prosperity and is closely associated with God
Kubera.
Lakshmi Dwadasa Stotra
Chant Lakshmi Dwadasa Stotra 12 times for 12 days to get free from debts, financial
burdens. This stotra is very dear to Vishnu`s consort, Lakshmi. Google for it.
Praying to Tulsi and Feed Cow
Another way to please Goddess Lakshmi is by lighting a lamp and praying to tulsi
plant. All the Gods reside in the place where a tulsi plant is grown. Fragrant
agarbattis or incense can be lit to fill the atmosphere with pleasant vibrations. All
wishes get fulfilled by worshipping tulsi and immense merit is accrued by paying
obeisance to her. On Fridays, feed a cow with sweetened white rice to attract the
grace of Mahalakshmi. All obstacles are removed and sins are destroyed. Immense
wealth is obtained when cows are fed well.

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Footprints of Lakshmi
Draw the footprints of Lakshmi by using raw rice flour in the pooja room to welcome
her into the house. Drawing the auspicious footprint of Lakshmi will invite the
presence of Vishnu too. Both Lakshmi and Vishnu are inseparable. Their blessings
will relieve one of all sins, curses and grant eternal blessings of good conduct, right
living, virtues and abundance. Peace and wellbeing is assured.

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Is Mount Kailash a Man-Made Pyramid ?

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by Rosie Fernandez

Mount Kailash, the Himalayan peak, is shrouded in mysticism. Besides being the religious seat of various religions,
viz., Hinduism, the various sects of Buddhism and Jainism, the peak nestled in the Western parts of Tibet, has
evoked great curiosity among scientists and mystics alike. Hindus revere Mount Kailash as the snowy abode of Lord
Shiva, the supreme force. Jains believe Rishaba, the first of the twenty-four Tirthankaras attained liberation in this
very mountain. Tantric Buddhists believe Kailash is the home of Buddha Demchok, who represents supreme bliss.
Bonpos believe their founder descended from heaven and first landed on this sacred Himalayan peak. For the
Tibetan Buddhists, Kailash is a natural mandala that represents the Buddhist cosmology on the earth. They also
believe Demchog and his consort, Dorje Phagmo reside here.
The perpendicular four wall faces of Mount Kailash make climbing an impossible task. Modern-day satellite images
from Google Maps and NASA reveal that Mount Kailash, with an altitude of 6,714 meters, is the axis mundi, or
center of the Earth. The grandeur of the peak lies in its distinct shape; four perpendicular faces marking the cardinal
points of the compass. It appears like a huge pyramid, like the one in Giza. There have been many speculations that
such a perfect-shaped structure is not natures wonder, but would need human intervention.

Mount Kailash the Centre of the


Universe

NASA Pix

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The perpendicular four wall faces of Mount Kailash make climbing an impossible task. There has been no official
record of any climbing attempt, and the handful of people who dared to walk up the mountain never returned.
This site is like energy vortices that can either uplift physical and mental states or degenerate the climber. In 1999,
a group of Russian scientists, led by Professor ER Muldasheva, claimed that Mount Kailash is actually a massive
man-made pyramid built in the ancient times. The study said the mountain is made of hundred smaller pyramids,
and could be the centre of all paranormal activities. The reference is not new.The Ramayana refers to Mount
Kailash as a pyramid, much before history was written by humans. The Vedasmentioned the peak as a cosmic axis
and world pillar.

Mount Kailash is the religious seat of various religions, viz.,


Hinduism, the various sects of Buddhism and Jainism.

Scientists headed by Muldasheva concluded that the complex structure of pyramids was built by people from an
advanced civilization, who were well-aware about the laws of subtle energy (torsion field) and gravitational force.
But the Russian claim was refuted by Chinese scientists three years later; they officially negated the finding in the
Chinese Press. China, which believes Mount Kailash belongs to them, must have thought it was necessary to refute
Muldasheva claims, or else the idea would gain a lot of international press. Several intellectuals have tried to
discover the world hidden in Mount Kailash. Many of these people were ready to believe in the existence of the
super-natural in whatever form higher intelligence, power, or energy. This interest remains strong to this day to
find the most powerful point of power, but the mysterious mountain has retained its secrets within, not letting any
human successfully scale it ever.
On the contrary, Hindus believe Mt.Kailash to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Like many of the Hindu gods, Shiva is a
character of apparent contradictions. He at once the Lord of Yoga and therefore the ultimate renunciate ascetic,
yet he is also the divine master of Tantra, the esoteric science that regards sexual union as the most perfect path
to spiritual enlightenment. According to legend, immortal Shiva lives atop Kailash where he spends his time
practicing yogic austerities, making joyous love with his divine consort, Parvati, and smoking ganja, the sacred herb
known in the west as marijuana, Hindus do not interpret Shiva's behaviors as contradictory however, but rather
see in him a deity who has wisely integrated the extremes of human nature and thus transcended attachment to
any particular, and limited, way of being. For a Hindu, to make the arduous pilgrimage to Kailash and have the
darshan (divine view) of Shiva's abode is to attain release from the clutches of ignorance and delusion.

Finding Happiness through Satseva

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Satseva (Service unto the Absolute Truth)


Service to the Absolute Truth (satseva) is the next step in spiritual practice. Here one has understood the
importance of spiritual practice and has also been graced with a number of spiritual experiences while chanting
the Name of God and also attending satsang (Company of God principle). One has seen how ones life has been
positively impacted by spiritual practice and that one is happier, irrespective of the situation that he is in. At this
point in ones spiritual journey, one undertakes service to Absolute Truth or serving God.
The best way one can serve God is to assist in spreading spiritual knowledge. This can be done in a number of
ways. For example, telling others about what one has learnt and experienced so that they too can benefit from the
positive changes in their lives. We have seekers who spread Spirituality by giving lectures free of charge, to awaken
people to the science of Spirituality. They do not earn any money for this then what is the benefit for them?
Serving God gives them an inner feeling of Bliss (Anand), which no amount of money or worldly success can give.
When one is involved in Satseva one will understand life and the path to happiness.

Finding Happiness
The one common aspiration that links each and every human being, regardless of faith, gender and social or
financial status is the desire to be happy. And in this quest our species is not alone. Every living creature, from the
tiniest ant to the majestic elephant seeks how to find happiness. Although finding happiness is our aim in life,
Spiritual research has shown that worldwide, the average human being is happy only 30% of the time, while 40%
of the time he or she is unhappy. The remaining 30% of the time, a person is in a neutral state where he or she
does not experience happiness or unhappiness. This is because often we are trying to find happiness outwardly.
But what if we looked within? Deep within each of us, is a soul (atma). The soul is the God within us and one of
the qualities of God, is perpetual Bliss (Anand). Bliss is that happiness which is of the highest order that is not
dependent on anything else. In the course of the process of our spiritual evolution we acquire the ability of going
within and gaining access to the Bliss from our soul. The quality and quantity as well as the duration of the
experience of the Bliss are directly proportional to the stage of our spiritual evolution. By starting spiritual practice
and making consistent efforts to increase it will also bring about more happiness and bliss in our lives.

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GOD is not to be known


GOD is to be LOVED
REALIZATION will come
on its own

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The Glory of Nama Japa or repetition of the


Divine Name:
(References from Japa Yoga by Swami Sivananda & Shiva Mahapuran)

Often

we come across devotees who take their Ishta Dev's or desired deitys name either loudly or silently
throughout their daily routine. For those who are not familiar with this act may ask what is the significance of this
act of repetition of the Lords name? Or how this act will benefit the devotees in their spiritual path?
The answer to the above questions would be This continous chanting or repetition of Lords name while carrying out our daily routine is called Nama Japa. It
calms and strengthens the mind; eradicates all kinds of evil thoughts; makes the mind introspective and forces the
mind to move towards God and eventually helps to have a Darshan or glimpse of ones Ishta Deva or God
realisation. By taking Lord Ramas name that too reversely, Ratnakara, a rogue became Valmiki a great sage
who authored Ramayana. Tukaram, a great saint had direct darshan or glimpse of Lord Krishna by repeating
simply Vitthal, Vitthal (another name for Lord Krishna). Such is the magical power of Nama Japa.
The Shiva Purana says
By taking the name of Lord Shiva only once, man can neutralize all his sins. Even he can not accumulate that
much sin in his entire lifetime that can not be neutralized by taking the name of Lord Shiva only once.
Once Saint Kabir Dass son Kamal advised a rich merchant to repeat the name of Rama twice for curing his leprosy.
But when the merchant was not cured of the disease even after repeating the name of Rama twice, Kamal
reported this incidence to his father. Saint Kabir Das was very much annoyed after hearing this and told Kamal
The repetition of the name of Rama only once is quite sufficient. Now beat the merchant severely with a stick on
his head. Ask him to stand in the Ganga and repeat the name of Rama once from the bottom of his heart. Then
Kamal followed the instructions of his father and gave a good thrashing on the head of the merchant. The
merchant as per Kamals instructions repeated the name of Rama only once with devotion, from the bottom of his
heart. He was completely cured of leprosy.
Sometimes devotees may become complacent by knowing the fact that they can earn merits of a lifetime by
taking the name of the Lord a few times and even if they commit some sin, it can be neutralized by taking the
Lords name. But it should be remembered that the goal of a devotee or a human being is not to earn merits; but
to attain God realization which can be achieved easily by doing continuous Nama Japa from the bottom of ones
heart. So let us not waste any more time. From this very moment let us do Nama Japa and attain God realization.

Jwala Mukhi/ Jwala Mata Temple

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Contributed by Suparna Sen Gupta

Jwala Mukhi is considered to be the most


ancient temple besides Vaishno Devi in
India. The miracle is that there is a natural
cave where nine eternal flames are
continuously burning for thousands of
years without any fuel. People believe that
these nine ceaseless flames are forms of
Goddess Durga named as Mahakali,
Annapurna, Chandi, Hinglaj, Vindhya Vasini,
Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, Ambika and Anji
Devi respectively. This shrine is located in
the lower Himalayas in Jwalamukhi town of
Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. The temple is
one of the 51 Shakti Peetha (Places of
worship consecrated to the goddess Shakti
or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism) of
Hindu Mythology.

The Belief:
Sati threw herself in holy altar after her father King Daksha accused Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva in unconscious state
started wandering in the space placing the burnt dead body of his wife, Sati on his shoulders. To save the world
from the destructive wrath of Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu cut down the limbs of the dead Goddess in 51 pieces. The
places where the body parts of Sati fell became sacred centers for the worship of Shakti or Power. Jwalamukhi is
the place where the tongue of Sati fell. The flames that come out of the openings in the earths surface are
regarded as the manifestations of the fallen tongue of Goddess Sati and are worshiped as Jwalamukhi Devi,
the Goddess, who emits flames from her mouth.
The Natural Flames:
As the name suggests, Jwalamukhi village is situated on a sleeping volcano and it may be possible that Jwala ji
flames are burning due to some natural jets of combustible gas. The flame burns flawless and in blue color. Some
says it could be reserve of natural gas but same could not be validated. In 60s & 70s, with the help of German
and Russian companies, ONGC, tried to extract the natural gas. But these efforts were failed and nothing
substantial was made out. Hence, it was declared by the scientists that the natural gas underneath is quite low
pressured and of lesser volume for any extraction.
The Temple:
In this temple, there is no idol because the Goddess is considered to be residing in the form of flames. In the
center of the temple, a hollowed stone holds a flame which is burning continuously since first date of its known
history. The temple style is typical of Jwala Ji shrines, four cornered, with a small dome on the top and a square
central pit of hollowed stone inside where the main flame burns endlessly. An annual fair is held in the environs
of the temple every July/August months during Navratri. The temple had an associated library of ancient Hindu
texts, many of which were translated from Sanskrit into Persian at the orders of Firuz Shah Tughlaq when the
Delhi Sultanate overran the Kangra area.
The Legend:
Jwala Ji is mentioned in the Mahabharata and other scriptures as well.

*The Cowherd And The Flame:


Long time back, a cowherd noticed that one of his cows was always without milk. He followed the cow to find out
the reason. He saw a girl who came from forest, drank his cows milk and disappeared in a flash of light. The
cowherd told this incident to the King of his area. The king was aware that Satis tongue had fallen somewhere in
that area. The king tried to find out the sacred spot but no success. Some years later, the cowherd went to the King
to report that he had seen a flame burning in the caves inside the mountain. The king had darshan (vision) of the
holy flame in the cave and built a temple there. It is believed that the Pandavas came later and renovated the
temple.
*Dhyanu Bhagat And Akbar
Dhyanu Bhagat was a supreme devotee of Jwalaji during the reign of Akbar. Once he was passing through Delhi
with a group of pilgrims on their way to Jwalaji. Akbar summoned him to his court to inquire into the nature of their
Goddess. Dhyanu Bhagat told him She is all powerful and answers the prayers of Her devotees. Akbar asked
Dhyanu Bhagat to qualify a hard test to prove the supreme power of Jwalaji. Akbar cut off the head of Dhyanus
horse ordering him to have the Goddess put it back. Dhyanu went to Jwalaji and prayed day and night to no avail.
Out of desperation he cut of his own head and offered her. She then appeared to him riding a lion. She reconnected
both his head and that of the horse. Goddess also offered Dhyanu Bhagat a boon. He requested that it should not
be so difficult for pilgrims to show their devotion. Goddess said that in the future if someone offered a coconut she
would accept it as if they had offered their own head. To this day people continue to offer coconuts to the Goddess
in Her temples. Impressed by this incident, Akbar wanted to know more about the Goddess and came to know
about the eternal flames. In a fit of anger, he tried to douse the flames with a stream of water which is very much
present today also in the name of Akbar ki nahar (spring of Akbar). The water course which today drips into a tank
in the temple premises is said to have been constructed by Akbar in an attempt to douse the jets of flames in the
temple. However, the great power of the Goddess, still kept the flames burning. Realizing the power of Jwala Ji,
Akbar came with his army to this temple. He brought a Chhatra (Gold umbrella) for the Goddess, but on offering,
the umbrella turned into an unknown metal. The said umbrella has also been kept in the temple library.
9 Forms of Jwala Maa:
There are always 9 jyotis (flames) which are constantly running. They are either considered as the divine sisters of
Maa Bhagwati or the 9 swaroops of Maa Durga.
1. Maa Mahakali Jwali Ji
The first roop/ Jyoti of the auspicious Maa Jwala Jyoti is present in the form of Maa Maha Kali. She is situated in
front across the main kund after entering the main temple gate.Earlier her Jyoti was covered around with a silver
temple case and now it is replaced by a golden temple case. She is in the form of a Blue Jyoti and thus refered as
Mata Mahakali. This form is world famous as the Poorn Brahma Jyoti Jwala Mukhi. She is the giver of Mukti and
Bhakti. This is the main Jwala Maa Jyoti swaroop out of all the jyotis/ flames which you should not miss.
2. Maa Annapoorna Jwali Ji
Just below Mahakali Maa Jyoti is the second form of Maa Jwalaji known as Mahamaya Annapurna Jwala Mata. Maa
Annapoorna is Bhandaar Bharnewali Maa. She is the giver of food. The one who always keeps your home filled with
eatables.
3. Maa Chandi Mata Jwali Ji
On the other side is Mata Chandi Devi or Maa Chandika Jwala Jyoti . This form of Maa Jwala is the destroyer of
enemies. She is the 3rd form of Maa Jwala Ji.
4. Maa Hinglaaj Bhwani Jwali Ji
Maa Hinglaaj Bhawani is the remover or destroyer of obstacles. She is the 4th roop/ form of Mata Jwalaji.
5. Maa Vindhyavasini Jwali Ji
This is the 5th form of Maa Jwala Jyoti, i.e. Mata Vindhyavasini Devi which is the reliever from sorrow and
depression. She is also present in the front wall, across the main kund.

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6. Maa Maha Lakshmi Jwali Ji
She is present in the main kund. Out of the 4 main jyotis present in the main kund after you enter the main temple
room, on the right most side at the bottom is the Mahalakshmi Jwala Maa. No need for an introduction that she is
the one Who gives wealth/ money. If She blesses you, you will not have the scarcity of money or Dhan.
7. Maa Maha Saraswati Jwali Ji
Towards the left and little higher is Mata Mahasaraswati Jwala Ji Jyoti. She is present in the main kund along with
Maa Mahalakshmi. And as we all know, Maa Saraswati is the Vidya and Gyan Datri.
8. Maa Jwali Ji
The Eigth form of Maa. This jyoti is also present in the main kund. This Maa Jyoti is present in the left most side in
the main kund.
9. Maa Jwali Ji
At the bottom of the eighth form of Maa Jwalaji towards the right and before Maa Maha Saraswati Jwala Jyoti is
the ninth form of Maa Jwala. It is also in the main kund.
Maa Anjana Jwali Ji
In addition to the nine forms of Maa Durga in the main temple room, is Maa Anjana Jwalaji. She is present in the
form of 2 flames and She is present in a water kund known as the "Rudra Kund" where it is said that worshipers
pray to Maa for a long time. Maa Anjana Devi Jwala Ji is the giver of long life and happiness.

A few steps up is
room where you will
find the Rudra Kund.
At this kund, Maa
Jwala is present in the
form of Maa Anjana
Jwala Ji Jyoti.

The Divine Couple


SHIVA SHAKTI

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In the Tantric cosmology, the whole universe is perceived as being created, penetrated and sustained by
two fundamental forces, which are permanently in a perfect, indestructible union. These forces or
universal aspects are called Shiva and Shakti. The tradition has associated to these principles a form,
respectively that of a masculine deity and that of a feminine one. Accordingly, Shiva represents the
constitutive elements of the universe, while Shakti is the dynamic potency, which makes these elements
come to life and act. From a metaphysical point of view, the divine couple Shiva-Shakti corresponds to two
essential aspects of the One: the masculine principle, which represents the abiding aspect of God, and the
feminine principle, which represents Its Energy, the Force which acts in the manifested world, life itself
considered at a cosmic level.
From this point of view, Shakti represents the immanent aspect of the Divine, that is the act of active
participation in the act of creation. Maybe exactly this Tantric view of the Feminine in creation
contributed to the orientation of the human being towards the active principles of the universe, rather
than towards those of pure transcendence. Therefore, Shiva defines the traits specific to pure
transcendence and is normally associated, from this point of view, to a manifestation of Shakti who is
somewhat terrible (such as Kali and Durga), personification of Her own untamed and limitless
manifestation. Owing to the fact that in a way, Shakti is more accessible to the human understanding
(because this regards aspects of life that are closely related to the human condition inside the creation),
the cult of the Goddess (DEVI) has spread more forcibly.

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This cult was combined with notions of the Shamkhya philosophy and has offered the premises necessary to the
later Maya doctrine, formulated by the sage Shankaracharya. This possibility of combining, of interpenetration of
two or more notions belonging to two or more spiritual systems is due to the fact that the Hindu philosophical
systems are not isolated, closed systems, but complex and manageable doctrines, which may adjust and may be
understood from different perspectives. The Samkhya philosophy promulgates a primordial cosmic duality. From the
Tantric perspective, this scheme of creation is transformed, in the sense that the two cosmic principles are
considered united, not separated. This is the fundamental difference introduced by Tantra, based on a conception
that favours the unity between the two principles, opposed in appearance, but indissoluble united in each act of the
creation. Nevertheless, Tantrism confers to Shiva and Shakti the qualities of the feminine and masculine principles
from the Samkhya philosophy. The idea of an act of fertilization at the divine, purely spiritual level comes to life and
is admitted in the tantric cosmogonic conception, unlike the Samkhya philosophy. The eternal and indestructible
union between Shiva and Shakti gives birth to the whole Macrocosm, in its stable, static aspect as well as in its
dynamic one. The different representations in the rich tantric iconography obviously underline the antithetic
characteristics of the two principles, determining a more clear understanding.
Thus, on one hand is presented the cosmic dance of Shakti on the lying body of Shiva. On the other hand, the two
deities are pictured in what is called VIPARITA-MAITHUNA, meaning tantric sexual union. This sexual union is
different from what is usually understood by this in the western traditions, in the sense that man is immobile, while
the woman, embracing him, assumes an active role during the sexual act. In conclusion, the Tantrism envisages the
cosmic evolution as a polarisation within the Supreme Being, which is God, the Unmanifested Absolute, in its two
fundamental aspects: static and kinetic. Tantra symbolises this aspect by comparing the couple Shiva and Shakti
with a seed of grain (CHANAKA). Such a seed is made up of two halves so closely linked that they seem one, and one
single cover covers them. Symbolically, the two halves represent Shiva and Shakti, the cover represents Maya (the
cosmic illusion). When the cover is on, the two halves are separated, but the cover goes off when the seed is about
to germinate, unifying thus the two halves in one.

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Sri Raja Rajeshwari

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"Rajarajeshwari is the presiding deity of Sri Chakra she is the mother of love and grace. All sentient and insentient
being are linked to, and dependent upon her power for their existence. She is the personification of the Divine
desire to create the universe and also the Divine desire to merge the creation back into the ultimate Bhraman
(God the father). This two fold desire is the basis of love, the vivifying bond that ties the Creator and the created.
She controls our minds and sensory organs and holds the key to transcendental knowledge. She resides on the top
of the head (Sahasrara) , and also in the second chakra (Swadisthana).
She is having four hands and three eyes. She wields in her four hands the noose, the goad, sugar cane bow, and
five flowered arrows. Her three eyes are Sun, Moon and fire representing the three triads in creation. Her crown
is decorated with the crescent moon the symbol of divine delight. The noose represents strong determination and
love by which She binds the whole creation. The goad is the symbol of the power of knowledge, it is the wrath of
fiery emotions by which the whole creation is spurred into activity. The sugar cane stem depicts the mind principle
of man. The five flowered arrows are the five tanmatras, sound, touch, form, taste and smell the source of the five
elements. She is having three forms, the gross physical form (sthula sharira), subtle astral form, (sukshma sharira)
and the causal archetypal form of the macrocosm and microcosmic creation.
When She is meditated upon, this ultimate energy, in the first and second chakra (Muladhara and Swadhisthana)
the sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) is performing internal fire sacrifice. She emerges out of the lotus chakras as
Kundalini the supreme power elevating the sadhaka. The graceful Mother removes evil and develops goodness
within all of us. She is the power of Bhraman; pure consciousness embodied. She is the bliss of "Sat - Chit Ananda" existence, knowledge and bliss."

Essential Facts of Hindu Dharma

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Researched By David Frawley

Contributed to JOTHY by Parkunnan Subramaniam

Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)Hinduism rejects ideas of sin and salvation, heaven and hell. It
states that our main problem is spiritual ignorance that is overcome by knowledge born of meditation. It teaches
that each soul is originally pure and one with the universal Being, with the ultimate origin and goal of all as
Supreme Bliss or Ananda. Dr David Frawley.
Sometimes people ask what Hinduism is, and how it compares with the other religious/spiritual traditions of the
world. Most of the time Hindus find it difficult to provide simple and cogent answers to such questions, which can
make other people doubt the validity of Hindu Dharma.
I have compiled the following information highlighting key points that can be used to show to the uninformed
person what Hindu Dharma truly is, and all the factors that it relates to, which go far beyond what other religions
normally address. The vastness, abundance and diversity within Hindu Dharma is a strength rather than a
weakness, and places it far above more circumscribed beliefs. But this diversity needs to be explained properly
and in detail for people today to understand, particularly for those coming from the background of western
education or western religions who may have many misconceptions already.
Each of these paragraphs can be used as a basis for discussion.
Symbols of Religions Place of Hinduism among the Religious and Spiritual Traditions of the World Hinduism is the
oldest continuous religious and spiritual tradition in the world, going back over five thousand years, with no
specific point of origin historically. It is connected more with cosmic time cycles and eternal truth than it is with
any historical person, revelation or community.
Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world with over a billion followers worldwide, comprising about one in
every seven people on Earth. It has been one of the largest followed religions since its inception long before the
other major world religions came into existence.
Hinduism is the largest of the non-Biblical and non-Abrahamic traditions, with only Christianity and Islam having
more followers today. As such, it represents the non-Abrahamic religious movements of humanity, of which
Biblical monotheism is only one.
Hinduism is the largest and oldest of the Dharmic traditions, comprising Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and
Sikhism and related spiritual traditions of India and Asia, which emphasize the pursuit of truth over any creed or
dogma. More religions have originated in India than in any other country in the world.
Hinduism is the largest of the so-called Pagan traditions, such as existed before Christianity and Islam arose, like
the older European and Middle Eastern traditions, including the Greek, Roman, Celtic, Germanic, Slavic, Persian,
Babylonian, Egyptian and many more. A number of these Pagan traditions have survived and several are being
revived today. Hinduism can help in this renewal process as its continuity has remained unbroken.
Hinduism is the largest of the native and indigenous traditions of America, Africa, Polynesia and other parts of
Asia, including many oral traditions, which are rooted in nature and the Earth rather than any human revelation.
Hinduism encourages the preservation of native traditions and can help us understand the deeper spiritual
meaning of their rituals and view of the sacred.

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Hinduism, though primarily found in India and Nepal, historically has spread throughout Central Asia, Indochina
and Indonesia, and aspects of Hinduism came with Buddhism wherever it went as far as Japan, which still has
many temples to Hindu deities today. Angkor Wat in Cambodia Hindu and Vedic related traditions from the
Zoroastrian to the Greek, Roman and Celtic spread west through the Middle East to Europe in early ancient times.
The largest traditional Hindu temple complex is Ankor Wat in Cambodia, showing that Hinduism is not just an India
based but a universal and global tradition.
Hinduism is the largest of the worlds pluralistic spiritual traditions, honoring many paths to God or truth, and
many names and forms of the Divine. Hinduism therefore easily blends in with pluralistic social traditions, such as
found in democratic traditions today.
Hinduism is a dharma or way of truth that places individual spiritual practices through ritual, Yoga, mantra and
meditation over any particular belief, faith or institution. In Hinduism truth is even more important than God,
whose best definition is the eternal truth.
Hinduism is not a local formation or limited to one community of believers or practitioners. It calls itself as
Sanatana Dharma, the eternal and universal truth that is relevant to all beings and arises from the cosmic mind
itself.
Hinduism is beyond all views of monotheism or polytheism, teaches us to see the Divine in everything as the
power of universal consciousness. Hinduism cannot be put into the straight-jackets of western theological thought.
Hinduism formulates itself as Manava Dharma or a teaching for all human beings. It has never divided humanity
into believers or non-believers, or one religious community as against another. It has never rejected any portion of
humanity as condemned by God or the Divine, but teaches that all living beings must eventually return to the
highest state of bliss.
Hinduism has the greatest number of followers regularly engaged in pilgrimage of any religion in the world. The
Kumbha Mela is worlds largest religious gathering and has been for many centuries, with as many as thirty million
participants on a single day. Local Hindu festivals throughout India commonly see hundreds of thousands of
participants on a single day.
Hinduism has the largest number of temples and shrines of any religion, with numerous temple complexes and
temple cities built over thousands of years, as well as many local and home-based shrines. It also has the greatest
diversity of temples and shrines in terms of different types of construction, formation, forms and images.
Hinduism has the largest number of monks and priests of any religion, with extensive religious orders of swamis,
yogis and sadhus, more than two million in India today. It also has the oldest set of religious orders, priests and
gurus, with lines and lineages going back to before the time of Lord Buddha.
Hinduism has the largest number of teachers, gurus and holy men and women of any religion. It emphasizes living
teachers over teachers and prophets of old. Hinduism says that God-realization is the right of every human being.
Hinduism has a greater variety of religious and spiritual teachings than any other religion in the world. There are
perhaps more religions inside of Hinduism than outside of it. These include even atheism and agnosticism.
Hinduism has more names and forms for the sacred and Divine than any tradition, including extensive traditions of
iconic worship and formless approaches that use no murtis. Hindu deities routinely have chants to them of a
thousand names. Yet Hindu Dharma also honors the nameless and formless, the infinite and unbounded.

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Hinduism has the most festivals and holy days of any religion, with some lasting as long as ten days. Hinduism has
its own sacred calendar that directs us to spiritual practices on a daily basis and tells us the unique spiritual
qualities of each day of the year.

Hindu Cosmology Key Points of Hindu Philosophy and Cosmology Hinduism is the most tolerant and syncretic of
the worlds major religions. It does not aim at outer conversion but at inner spiritual practices, and regards the
same One truth as capable of innumerable manifestations relative to different times, places and persons.
Hinduism has both a universal orientation and a local adaptation.
Hinduism does not promote any single religious belief but rather encourages us to pursue the exploration of
consciousness as our real spiritual quest. It places individual spiritual practices over any en masse belief.
Hinduism has the most detailed philosophy and psychology of any spiritual tradition in the world, with numerous
systems of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra, covering every angle of the spiritual life and quest for higher consciousness.
Hinduism recognizes that each individual soul can realize Divinity as ones true Self and inmost consciousness, and
does not regard as any teacher, messenger, prophet or savior as final. It teaches that your true Self and the
universe are one.
Hinduism rests upon honoring each individual as Divine and all nature as sacred. It does not demand conversion,
but directs us to understand and respect ourselves as we are according to our own inner being.
Hinduism is the most prominent spiritual tradition in the world emphasizing Self-knowledge gained through Selfinquiry over any person, form, name, book or deity. It regards religious or spiritual practice as various approaches
to Self-realization, not as ends in themselves. It understands our true Self as beyond both body and mind, as well
as time, space and karma. This takes it far beyond the limitations of western psychology.
Hinduism is the primary tradition in the world that teaches karma and reincarnation, with each soul having many
lives in its quest for the Divine. Such ideas of karma and reincarnation can be found in many spiritual and religious
traditions throughout the world, reflecting an extensive Hindu influence.
Hinduism rejects ideas of sin and salvation, heaven and hell. It states that our main problem is spiritual ignorance
that is overcome by knowledge born of meditation. It teaches that each soul is originally pure and one with the
universal Being, with the ultimate origin and goal of all as Supreme Bliss or Ananda.
Hinduism is rooted in the Sanskrit language, arguably humanitys greatest language based upon a science of
cosmic sound. Hinduism has numerous mantras, chants and prayers, more so than any other religion.
Hinduism has the largest literature of any religion, with numerous texts in Sanskrit and the regional languages of
South Asia going back many thousands of years. Its ancient Vedic literature is the largest Vishnu
Vishvarupaliterature that has been preserved from the ancient world, going back long before the time of Buddha.
Only a small portion of Hindu literature has been translated into western languages.
Hinduism has the main literature and tradition of Yoga, including all aspects of Yoga as knowledge, devotion,
service, and methods of both Hatha and Raja Yoga. Hinduism contains many Yoga lineages from the greatest Yoga
gurus like Patanjali, Vasishta and Yajnavalkyaand the great Natha and Siddha Yogis.
Hinduism has the largest philosophical literature of any religion or country, comprising every shade of dualism and
non-dualism, theism and non-theism, worship of the Divine as One or Many. Hindu philosophy examines the whole
of life and the nature of knowledge on all levels, inner and outer. It includes many schools of Vedanta, Samkhya,
Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Mimamsa, Puranaand Tantra, including modern teachers and their new insights.

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Hinduism has the largest and broadest set of teachings of any religion extending into philosophy, mysticism, yoga,
psychology, medicine, science, astronomy and astrology, art, literature, dance, music. It embraces all of human life
and culture and excludes no aspect of learning as unsacred. Hinduism teaches us how to make any vocation, way of
knowledge or culture into a spiritual path or way of Self-realization.
Hinduism has the largest literature of any spiritual tradition exploring and mapping higher states of consciousness
beyond the physical, extending to the entire manifest universe of body, life, mind and intelligence. Hinduism
describes in detail the many levels of the universe beyond the physical, extending to the Absolute beyond all time
and space.
Hinduism has an understanding of time extending to vast cosmic cycles of billions of years, such as recognized by
modern physics, and is not bound to any limited historical perspective. It teaches us that life on Earth is influenced
by such longer cosmic time cycles.
Hinduism recognizes vast realms of spaces and numerous worlds, both physical and in the astral and causal realms,
extending far beyond what science has yet imagined. It says that our current humanity is only one of many over
time. It holds that intelligent life inhabits the universe as a whole and is interrelated in many ways that we can
access within our own consciousness.
Hinduism finds holy sites everywhere in nature. It honors all nature as sacred. Hindu sacred sites can be found in
mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, rocks and sea. It has mapped the sacred sites throughout the Indian
subcontinent since ancient times. Such are the sacred Ganga River or Mount Kailash in Tibet. Yet Hindus can find
sacred sites in the nature everywhere that they live.
Hinduism sees the human body itself as a temple of Divinity reflecting the structure of the universe through the
chakra system. It has a deeper understanding of the subtle energy and thought patterns behind our physical form,
such as science is only beginning to note.
Hinduism as Sanatana Dharma, a universal and eternal tradition of Self knowledge and cosmic knowledge, is the
least divisive of any religion. It does not divide us by community but directs us to discover our inner unity. India
Facts, 12 January 2016
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) D. Litt., is a guru in the Vedic tradition. He is recognized as a
Vedacharya (Vedic teacher) because of his unusual wide scope of studies in Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta and Vedic
astrology, as well as the ancient Vedic teachings going back to the oldest Rigveda.

Jai Maha Kaali

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Om Kali, Kali,
Maha Kali
Maha Sakhti Kali
Ustisya Kali
Pat Guru Guru
Swahaa, Haa Haa !
(Repeat 21, 108, 1008 Times)
By Residing the above Sakhti Kali Maha Manthara
with devotion as jabam or during homam
offering, one will be able to overcome fear,
enemy, evil, charm and one will also be able to be
freed from what so ever negative elements that is
an obstacle to our lives or progress.
The Bharmin Siavite Gurukkals or even the
Vaisnavar Gurukkals secretly worship Goddess
Kali during Ammavasai thidi at midnight. This is to
protect them from evil forces that may prevent
them from their spiritual rituals or worship.
Prayer to Kali will also create a kalasam/ shield
that will prevent any form of thosham, pinni,
suniam, charm, coursing or bad eye.
Make death a part of life by understanding that life without death is incomplete. As soon as we are born, we
begin to die. Life is sacred and so we cannot afford to squander it in daydreams, fantasies, and false hopes. Life
without death, pleasure without pain, light without darkness, and good without evil, are never possible. We must
either accept both or rise above both, by overcoming embodiment through the Knowledge of the Self. Death is
certain for all who are born. As the Bhagavad Gita says: "For to that which is born, death is certain, and to that
which is dead, birth is certain. Therefore you should not grieve over the unavoidable.
Develop immunity against death by practicing meditation and dispassion. In meditation we try to reach our true
identity, the deathless Self, by crossing over the three states of consciousness waking, dream, and deep sleep
and becoming videha, or bereft of body-consciousness. In this practice, we partially and temporarily die in our
physical and mental existence. Along with meditation, practice dispassion, which is knowing that nothing material
will accompany us when we leave this earth, and that nothing in this world can be of any help to us to overcome
death.
Build your own raft. Vedanta compares this world to an ocean, the near shore of which we know, while the far
shore remains a mystery to us. The ocean has bottomless depth, high winds, fearful currents, and countless
whirlpools. Life is a journey, an attempt to cross this ocean of the world and reach the other shore, which is
immortality. No one can take us across this ocean. Vedanta urges us to build our own raft by practicing meditation
on our true Self. No practice of this self-awareness is ever lost. As we go on with our practice, all our experiences
of self-awareness join together and form a raft of consciousness, which the Upanishads call the 'raft of Brahman'.
Sitting on this raft of Brahman, a mortal crosses the ocean of mortality: "The wise man should hold his body
steady, with the three [upper] parts erect, turn his senses, with the help of the mind, toward the heart, and by
means of the raft of Brahman cross the fearful torrents of the world."

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Promoting Temple Worship

Voice for Hindus

Defender for
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Preserving
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Promoting Hindu Teaching

Community Aid

Community Programs

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MHS.NS ACTIVITIES

Final review of the PLKN Hinduism module headed by Thon. Velayuthan and assisted by Mrs. Verni, Mrs. Jayanthi
and Mrs Nagammah. Below, Mr. Kandasamy makes it a point to visit deceased MHS family members, conduct
prayers and console the family

MHS Activities: Christmas-Interfaith


Open House

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MHS Seremban Local Council


2016 AGM Activities

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Shri Kalki Avatharam

"Lord Vishnu appearing as Kalki adorned of the whole animate and inanimate creation, and the soul of the
universe, appears in this world of matter for protecting the virtue of the righteous and wiping out the entire stock
of their karma and thereby liberating them. The Lord will appear under the name of Kalki ... riding a fleet horse ...
and capable of subdueing the wicked. The Lord of the universe wielding ... divine powers and possessed of endless
virtues and matchless splendor, he will traverse the globe on that swift horse and exterminate with his sword the
robbers (those whose minds are devoted to iniquity) by the tens of millions."

Maha Shivaratri

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Falls This Year On The Night Of The 7th Of March 2017


Abstracted from: www.arthadharma.net

Legends

Hindus

celebrate Mahashivratri, because according to Vedic Literatures ; there is a legend associated with
Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean), a process in which the asuras (demons) and the gods joined hands to churn
out amrut(nectar) from the depths of the ocean, using a mountain as a churn-dash and a snake as a rope. The
devas( deities) and the asuras (demons) counterparts were churning for a nectar of immortality. Among many
things that came out, a pot of poison came out of the ocean. This poison was so potent that it has the power to
destroy the whole universe. The problem that arose was that the poison could not be discarded, it had to be drunk
by one of the devas or asuras. No one wanted to drink the poison because they all felt that they were too valuable
or sacred to drink it. Shiva, upon the request of the gods, came forward in a calm disposition and said that he would
drink the Halahala (poison) for the sake of his family to sustain peace and allow them to find the nectar of
immortality. By drinking the Halahala, he eliminated its destructive capacity. Shocked by his act, Goddess Parvathi
strangled his neck and hence managed to stop it in his neck itself and prevent it from spreading all over the
universe supposed to be in Shiva's stomach. However the poison was so potent that it changed the color of His neck
to blue. For this reason, Lord Shiva is also called Neelkanta.. After drinking the poison, Shiva went to the Himalayas
to meditate. The nectar of immortality was found, and the asuras tried to steal it from the devas. They wanted to
become more powerful than the devas to be able to destroy them. After a series of divine interventions, the
devas emerged as the winners and received the gift of immortality. By drinking the poison, Shiva sacrificed himself
for the safety of his family and humanity.

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Pralaya (the Deluge)


Another version relates that the whole world was facing destruction and Goddess Parvati worshipped her husband
Shiva to save it. She prayed for the jivs (living souls) remaining in se - like particles of gold dust in a lump of wax
during the long period of pralaya (deluge) night, that they should, upon becoming active again. Have His blessings,
but only if they worshipped him just as she did. Her prayer was granted. Parvati named the night for the worship
of Ishwar by mortals Maha-Sivaratri, or the great night of Shiva, since Pralaya is brought about by Him.
The Lord Shiva's Favorite Day
After creation was complete, Parvati asked Lord Shiva which devotees and rituals pleased him the most. The Lord
replied that the 14th night of the new moon, in the dark fortnight during the month of Phalgun, is his most
favourite day. Parvati repeated these words to her friends, from whom the word spread over all creation.
The Story Of King Chitrabhanu
Once upon a time King Chitrabhanu of the Ikshvaku dynasty, who ruled over the whole of Jambudvipa (India), was
observing a fast with his wife, it being the day of Maha Shivaratri. The sage Ashtavakra came on a visit to the court
of the king.The sage asked the king the purpose of his observing the fast. King Chitrabhanu explained that he had a
gift of remembering the incidents of his past birth, and in his previous life he had been a hunter in Varanasi and his
name was Suswara. His only livelihood was to kill and sell birds and animals. The day before the new moon, while
roaming through forests in search of animals, he saw a deer, but before his arrow flew he noticed the deer's family
and their sadness at its impending death. So he let it live. He had still not caught anything when he was overtaken
by nightfall and climbed a tree for shelter. It happened to be a Bael tree. His canteen leaked water, so he was both
hungry and thirsty. These two torments kept him awake throughout the night, thinking of his poor wife and
children who were starving and anxiously waiting for his return. To pass away the time he engaged himself in
plucking the Bael leaves and dropping them down onto the ground.
The next day he returned home and bought some food for himself and his family. The moment he was about to
break his fast a stranger came to him, begging for food. He served the food first to stranger and then had his own.
At the time of his death, he saw two messengers of Lord Shiva, sent to conduct his soul to the abode of Lord Shiva.
He learnt then for the first time of the great merit he had earned by unconscious worship of Lord Shiva during the
night of Shivaratri. The messengers told him that there had been a Lingam (a symbol for the worship of Shiva) at
the bottom of the tree. The leaves he dropped had fallen on the Lingam, in imitation of its ritual worship. The water
from his leaky canteen had washed the Lingam (also a ritual action), and he had fasted all day and all night. Thus, he
unconsciously had worshipped the Lord. As the conclusion of the tale the King said that he had lived in the abode of
the Lord and enjoyed divine bliss for a long time before being reborn as Chitrabhanu. This story is narrated in
the Garuda Purana.
Sivaratri means night of Lord Siva. The important features of this religious function are rigid fasting for
twentyfour hours and sleepless vigil during the night. Every true devotee of Lord Siva spends the night of Sivaratri
in deep meditation, keeps vigil and observes fast.

The worship of Lord Siva consists in offering flowers, Bilva leaves and other gifts on the Linga which is a symbol of
Lord Siva, and bathing it with milk, honey, butter, ghee, rose-water, etc.
When creation had been completed, Siva and Parvati had been living on the top of Kailas. Parvati asked: O
venerable Lord, which of the many rituals observed in Thy honour doth please Thee most? Lord Siva replied: The
thirteenth night of the new moon, Krishna Paksha, in the month of Phalguna (FebruaryMarch) is known as
Sivaratri, My most favourable Tithi. My devotee gives Me greater happiness by mere fasting than by ceremonial
baths, and offerings of flowers, sweets, incense, etc. Just hear, My Beloved, of an episode which will give you an
idea of the glory and power of this ritual, said Lord Shiva to Parvati.

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Once upon a time, there lived in the town of Varanasi a hunter. He was returning from the forest one evening
with the game birds he had killed. He felt tired and sat at the foot of a tree to take some rest. He was overpowered
by sleep. When he woke up, it was all thick darkness of night. It was the night of Sivaratri but he did not know it,
He climbed up the tree, tied his bundle of dead birds to a branch and sat up waiting for the dawn. The tree
happened to be My favourite, the Bilva. There was a Linga under that tree. He plucked a few leaves dropped
them down. The night-dew trickled down from his body. I was highly pleased with involuntary little gifts of the
hunter. The day dawned and the hunter returned to his house.
In course of time, the hunter fell ill and gave up his last breath. The messengers of Yama(Hinduism) arrived at his
bedside to carry his soul to Yama(Hinduism). My messengers also went to the spot to take him to My abode. There
was a severe fight between Yamas messengers and My messengers. The former were easily defeated. They
reported the matter to their Lord. He presented himself in person at the portals of My abode. Nandi gave him an
idea of the sanctity of Sivaratri and the love which I had for the hunter. Yama surrendered the hunter to Me and
returned to his abode. Thereafter, Yama has pledged not to touch my devotees without my consent.
The hunter was able to enter My abode and ward off death by simple fasting and offering of a few Bilva leaves,
however involuntary it might be because it was the night of Sivaratri. Such is the solemnity and sacredness
associated with the night. Parvati was deeply impressed by the speech of Lord Siva on the sanctity and glory of
the ritual. She repeated it to Her friends who in their turn passed it on to the ruling princes on earth. Thus was the
sanctity of Sivaratri broadcast all over the world.
Rituals of Maha Shivratri
From the very early morning, Shiva temples are flocked by devotees, young and old, who come to perform the
traditional Shivalinga worship (puja) and hence hope for favours from the god. Devotees bathe at sunrise,
preferably in the Ganga, or any other holy water source (like the Shiva Sagartank at Khajurao). This is a purificatory
rite, an important part of all Hindu festivals. Wearing a clean piece of clothing after the holy bath, worshippers
carry pots of water to the temple to bathe the Shivalinga. They offer prayers to the sun, Vishnu and Shiva.Women
pray for the well-being of their husbands and sons. An unmarried woman prays for a husband like Shiva, who is
considered to be the ideal husband. The temple reverberates with the sound of bells and shouts of Shankerji ki
Jai meaning 'Hail Shiva'. Devotees circumambulate the linga, three or seven times, and then pour water over it.
Some also pour milk.
According to the Shiva Purana, the Mahashivaratri worship must incorporate six items:
1. Bathing the Shiv Linga with water, milk and honey, and Wood apple or bel leaves added to it, representing
purification of the soul;
2. The vermilion paste applied on the Shiv Linga after bathing it, representing virtue;
3. Offering of fruits, which is conducive to longevity and gratification of desires;
4. Burning incense, yielding wealth;
5. The lighting of the lamp which is conducive to the attainment of knowledge;
6. And betel leaves marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures.
Tripundra refers to the three horizontal stripes of holy ash applied to the forehead by worshippers of Lord Shiva.
These stripes symbolise spiritual knowledge, purity and penance(spiritual practice of Yoga), so also they represent
the three eyes of Lord Shiva.
Wearing a rosary made from the rudraksha seed of the rudraksha tree (said to have sprung from the tears of Lord
Shiva) when worshipping Lord Shiva is ideal. A rudraksha seed is a mahogany-like color, sometimes black, and
sometimes may have traces of sacred sandalwood powder, turmeric, kumkum, or holy ash if the rosary was used
in worship ceremonies or anointed.

Veeratteswarar Shiva Temple at Tirukoilur

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Veeratteswarar Temple at Tirukoilur is one of the eight Veeratta Sthalas, where Lord Shiva destroyed asuras. In
this particular place Lord Shiva killed Andhakasura. Once Mother Durga was playing with Lord Shiva, and she
covered his eyes with her hands. The entire universe is illuminated by the jyothi that emanates from the eyes of
Lord Shiva, thus when she had covered his eyes, the entire universe became dark. From the darkness arose
ignorance, and out of that emerged the asura named Andhakasura. There was a great battle between Lord Shiva
and Andhakasura. Lord Shiva struck the head of Andhakasura and blood began to pour to the earth, but every drop
of blood that touched the earth turned into another demon. In order to stop the demons from manifesting,
Mother Durga caught the blood in a pot. As the lines of blood collected in the pot, it formed a pattern of 64
squares which later became known as the Vaasthu Mandala. Lord Shiva manifested 64 Bhairavas, one for each
square, to help him in his battle with these demons. This combination and the worship of the 64 Bhairavas became
known as Vaastu Shanti Puja. Thus science of Vaastu originated from this temple.
This temple is praised in the Thevaram by Thirugyana Sambandhar, Appar and Sundarar. Inside this temple the
Sangam period poetess Avvaiyar composed her famous prayer to Lord Ganesh. He was so pleased with her that he
carried her to Kailasha in her own body. The story is that the great shaivite saint Sundarar was being taken to
Kailasha by a white elephant, which had been sent personally by Lord Shiva to take him. At that time Avvaiyar
was performing worship in this temple. She became eager to quickly finish the puja and also go to Kailasha along
with Sundarar, so she started to rush through her puja so as not to be late. At that time Lord Ganesha appeared
and told her to perform the puja slowly and not to rush through it. She worshipped Lord Ganesha and patiently
completed the puja. Afterwards Lord Ganesha took a gigantic form and carried her to Lord Shivas abode of
Kailasha, reaching even before Sundarar could arrive. This temple is also connected to the sangam period poet
Kapilar, who fasted till death on a rock in the river next to this temple (those pictures will be in a separate post).
Another historical story is that this city was originally named Thiru-kai-vel, which indicated the place where Mother
Durgas Vel fell from her hands.

The Household Spice that


Destroys Cancer Cells,
Stops Heart Attacks and Rebuilds the Gut

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Did you know that there is a common spice in almost every kitchen that could rebuild the gut wall? So, when this
spice improves and rebuilds the gut wall, it will provide many health benefits, such as improved digestion, destroy
cancer cells, stop a heart attack in its tracks and its also extremely useful as a weight loss aid. So, we guess you
want to know more about this spice and whats the name of it, right? Well, lets get on with it, shall we? The
cayenne plants (capsicum annuum) hot fruit has been used as a superb culinary spice for hundreds of years and it
can be one of the most important medicinal herbs in the entire plant kingdom. This is because of the many reasons
mentioned above.
Its loaded with many healthy nutrients, such as: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, calcium and potassium.
Several studies have confirmed that cayenne can rebuild the tissue on the stomach and the peristaltic action in the
intestines. This spice also works as a catalyst. It increases the effectiveness of other herbs, plants and alternative
cancer treatments. Youve probably noticed that after eating chips and salsa with gusto, you get a runny nose,
right? Well, thats because the cayenne warms the entire body and stimulates the release of mucus from the
respiratory passages. And youve probably noticed that when you eat fresh hot pepper, it will clear your sinuses
and it will cause sweating. Well, the cayenne peppers raise the body temperature, because it stimulates circulation
and blood flow to the skin. Did you know that herbs and plants that promote fever and sweating are considered to
have diaphoretic (sweat inducing) action? This will help you reduce the fever and it will help you relieve congestion
of sinuses and colds.
The most important and active compound in cayenne is capsaicin. Dr. Sanjay K. Srivastava and colleagues, at the
University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, in 2004, treated pancreatic cells with capsaicin from cayenne. The
researchers have found that capsaicin disrupted mitochondrial function and induced apoptosis (programmed cell
death) in cancerous cells without affecting normal pancreatic cells.

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Theyve published the study results in April, 20th, 2005, in the Innovations Report magazine. In this article, Dr.
Sanjay K. Srivastava said that their results showed that capsaicin is a potential anti-cancer agent. Capsaicin induces
apoptosis in cancer cells and produces no significant damage to normal pancreatic cells, indicating its potential use
as a novel chemotherapeutic agent for pancreatic cancer. This wasnt the only one. There was another article,
published in Reuters magazine, on March 16, 2006, which was entitled Hot Pepper Kills Prostate Cancer Cells in
Study. One of the lead researchers of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Soren
Lehmann, said that capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture.
Capsaicin caused almost 80% of the prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process, which is
known as apoptosis. According to a study, conducted by group of researchers in Japan, medical experts have also
found that cayenne pepper can dramatically slow the development of prostate tumors, and its an excellent
addition to alternative cancer treatment for this type of cancer. We can also say that cayenne pepper is incredibly
nourishing the heart as well. It has been known to stop heart attacks in just 30 seconds. So, if cayennes cancer
fighting capabilities are not enough, its effects upon the venous structure and heart are nothing short of
miraculous. So, guys, if you want to carry something in your first aid kit for a heart attack cayenne tincture should
be your first and best option. Dr. John R. Christopher has more than 35 years of practice, and working with people
and teaching in the medical service.
He said that he never lost any patient from heart attack, any time he got a house call. Dr. John said that whenever
he got a house call for a heart attack patient, he goes to their house immediately and if the patient is still breathing,
he pours down a cup of cayenne tea (1 tsp. of cayenne in a cup of hot water) and in just few minutes they are up
and walking. We can also say that there is other evidence that shows how cayenne pepper can be useful for
treating obesity as well. According to a recent study, the study results showed that consumption of 10 grams of
cayenne pepper with meals helped to reduce appetite, while results of another revealed that cayenne increases the
metabolism of dietary fats. Did you know that old herbalists from centuries past would pour some cayenne pepper
directly on fresh wounds in order to sterilize and stop bleeding ?
A lot of people in the world, almost 90%, may have worms and different parasites in our organism. So, let me tell
you the simplest and the most effective way to get rid of them. Start drinking cayenne drink immediately! All you
have to do is fill up a glass with water or your favorite juice and then add tsp of cayenne pepper. Stir it well and
drink it all at once. It will be a bit spicy, but dont worry youll get used to it very shortly.

Inspired Message from


Swami Bodhinandha,
Kauai, Hawaii:

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I always try to keep the approach to the study of life and the
unfoldment of the inner Self very simple by giving examples of the
flower that begins as the little seed and grows into a stem forming a
bud. We know nothing of the blossom until the bud opens, and we
know little of the bud after it has become a blossom. However, each
process within that growth to maturity is an experience for the plant.
The seed contains within itself its basic laws of growth. The stem will
tell its own story as it grows. The bud contains many experiences and
has contained within it a complete story of its own. As the blossom
unfolds, it tells a radiant autobiography of beauty. In the philosophies
of the Orient, the inner mind is often depicted as the lotus flower.
That is what the mind would look like if you could see the mind. We
can look at things on the material plane. The ugly things tell us how
ugly the mind can become. When we look at the beautiful creations of
nature, we see how lovely the mind can be.
It is up to us to choose how we want to create the mind, conscious and subconscious. I say "how we want to create
the mind" because we are creating our mind each instant. There is no past! That dream as it passes before our vision
is right now. We call it the past because we say we remember, but as we are remembering, we are recreating what
we are remembering in the present. There is no future! That is also a dream or a vision, just like the past, because
when we think of the so-called future we are recreating it before our vision right now. Therefore, there is no past,
there is no future. Now is the only apparent reality! Now is the only apparent reality, and it is up to us to decide how
we want to create our mind, because we do create our mind each instant. We can make basic decisions. "I would like
to be nice to a certain friend of mine. That is the one who has not been too friendly to me lately." This is a basic
decision. Go out today and if someone does harm to you, or your friend is not kind to you, show your love by doing
something kind for him. It is up to us to decide how to face life, be it "Love your neighbor," or "An eye for an eye and
a tooth for a tooth." It is up to us to fathom the reaction we are going to cause in ourselves and others by each of our
decisions. Since each decision will bring its own reward, it is up to us to determine whether we want to suffer
through a reaction as a result of an action that we have not duly considered in the light of dharmic principles. Life is a
series of decisions. Each instant, as we create the instant, we are creating the decision. We are facing the reaction
we caused to come before us, and in facing it with the power of principle we are building the so-called future. So, a
man has two paths, and every moment is a moment of judgment. Good judgment comes from concentration-directing the flow of thought. It does not always have to be difficult to choose.

Setting Inner Goal

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If we plan our meditation goals unrealistically, we create


unnecessary problems. For example, it might be unrealistic
to say, "I am going to realize the all-pervasive Sivam in two
months." The seeker setting this goal for himself may be far
too externalized to face the resultant reaction in the short
period of two months. Ten years, however, may be a more
realistic goal for him, providing time is spent regularly every
day in meditation as he directs awareness in and in and in,
day after day after day, until all of the forces of the nerve
currents of the inner body begin to respond. As they
respond, something new happens. He gains firm confidence
in his own abilities to fulfill positive goals by using his
willpower. As each inner goal is established then met, the
pattern of his life is changed and refined. The conscious
mind, the subconscious mind and the super conscious areas
of the mind come together, and a spiritual dynamic occurs.
All aspects of his nature work together to strengthen and
deepen his meditations.
Doubts and fears loosen their hold on him, allowing awareness to penetrate to the core of mind substance. The mind
becomes quiet enough to turn back upon itself. In the early stages of meditation, it's very difficult to sit without
moving, because that has not been part of our lifestyle. The subconscious mind has never been programmed to
contentedly sit quietly. We didn't see our families doing that. Perhaps we haven't seen anybody doing that. No
example has been set. Therefore, we have to be patient with ourselves and not sit for too long in the beginning. Start
by sitting for ten minutes without moving. In a few weeks extend it to twenty minutes, then a half hour. Thus we
avoid being fanatical and allow the subconscious to make its necessary adjustments. These adjustments are physical
as well as emotional and intellectual.
The nerve currents rearrange themselves so that prolonged stillness and absence of external activity is comfortable.
Similarly, the philosophy of the path of enlightenment fully penetrates every layer of the subconscious, adjusting
previous erroneous concepts of ourselves and enabling us to consciously intuit various philosophical areas and know
them to be right and true from our personal experience of super consciousness. This, then, may take a few years. If
we plant a tree, we have to wait for it to grow and mature before we enjoy its shade. So it is in meditation. We make
our plans for beginning the practices of meditation, then give ourselves enough time, several years, to fully adjust and
remold the subconscious mind. Living as we do in the externalized culture of the West, we are conditioned to be in a
hurry to get everything. When we try to internalize awareness too quickly through various intense and sometimes
fanatical ways, we reap the reaction.
Meditation goes fine for a brief span, but then externalizes again according to the programming of our family and
culture. To permanently alter these patterns, we have to work gently to develop a new lifestyle for the totality of our
being--physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. This we do a little at a time. Wisdom tells us that it cannot
be done all at once. We have to be patient with ourselves. If we are impatient on the path, failure is in view. We are
going to fail, because instant spiritual unfoldment is a fairy tale concept. It is far better that we recognize that there
will be difficult challenges as the subconscious looms up, with all of its conflicts and confusions, heavy and strong.
When it does, we must face them calmly, through spiritual journaling, vasana daha tantra. If our eventual goal is
clearly in mind and we have a positive step-by-step plan on how to reach that goal, then we won't get excited when
something goes wrong, because we view our mental and emotional storms in their proper and temporary
perspective. (Himalayan Academy)

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He is always present everywhere, anywhere


and at all times.
He is present in the past, present and future.
We cant see Him with both eyes but clearly see
His presence with our 3rd Eye He is There !

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The
Sivajnani
Nagappan

Colum
Vanakam And Blessed Day To All Of You.
Who are you ? Where are you from ? Where are you going ? What is
your purpose of life ?

These are the common questions that you ask your self and your friends
too.
Simple. You are an Atma, self effulgent being. You are Divine light, Divine
love and Divine being.
Our purpose of life is to discover and realize that true self. How to
discover that ?
That is the path of spirituality which we follow, religion in specifically.
That is not just reading and learning only. It is reading learning,
practicing and finally experiencing the true self , the inner self.
When you realize that you attain nirvikalpa samadhi and there is no birth
for you. Until you realize that, you keep coming and coming and be born
in this world. In order to do that, you need a guidance from a spiritual
guru who himself realize that truth within him.
Many claims to be a realize person but only a handful are there. So while
you are doing your personal religious practices and your dharma, keep
your mind open and request for a spiritual guide from God.
When you are Ready, they appear in front of you.
Om Namasivaya
Serve above Self

Sivajnani Nagappan
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