The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashaad (July-August) is considered extremely auspicious and is observed as a day to pay homage to, and celebrate the presence of the divine Gurus or teachers in our lives. It is an occasion to meditate on the Guru and also provides a unique opportunity for new […]
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe four bhavanas or human traits that are essential for our spiritual growth. Two of these traits – compassion and friendship – were discussed in previous articles. This article focuses on the third trait – Joy.
The particular sutra that encourages us to acquire and remain in a […]
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 […]