The verse or suktam presented below is considered a ‘great sequence’ or ‘maka-panktii’ (महापंक्ति) in the vedas – one that carries great […]
This series of articles on the Vedas began with the Gayatri Mantra and a hymn to the Lord of the Heavens, Indra. This article presents two short hymns to Agni, also known as Fire, or the primordial energy. The presence of Agni is essential for the completion of all pujas or prayer sessions […]
The word Veda is derived from the Sanskrit root word ‘Vid’, which means, ‘to know’. The word ‘Rig’ in Sanskrit means ‘praise’ and the hymns of the Rig Veda (one of the oldest available scripture of Vedic thought) are expressions of adoration to various Vedic deities.
The hymn below is an invocation to Lord […]
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Na Prachodayaat!
तत सवितुर वरेण्यम
भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि
धियो यो न प्रचोदयात!
We meditate on the brilliant light of the creator. Who has created the Universe. Who is worthy of Worship. Who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light. Who is […]
“The offering of wisdom is better than any material offering, Arjuna; for the goal of all work is spiritual wisdom.” (Bhagavad Gita 4:33) Reading these ancient words from The Bhagavad Gita this morning on a flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis, I was struck with inspiration. The goal of all work is spiritual wisdom? What a life-changing truth! Contemplating this deceptively simple statement, I had several revelations: