"Trikal Sandhya is an expression of gratitude towards GOD for the gift of memory at dawn, energy at noon and peace at night."
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Promises to God
Speak the Truth
Do our Duties
Give respect to mother because she is like God.
Give respect to father because he is like God.
Give respect to our teacher because our teacher is like God.
Give respect to guests because they are also like God.
Do not be negligent in studying yourself.
Whatever we give to someone, give faith and love
The light represents moving from darkness into the light. But do you know there is a scientific reason too behind this tradition.
The light of diya produces magnetic changes in the atmosphere of the surroundings. The electromagnetic force produced henceforth lingers on the skin for at least three hours and activate blood cells.
Secondly, diyas are burnt during the festival of Diwali, which comes in the month of October-November. This is a time when geographically, the western disturbances bring rain in northern India. Due to rains, the atmosphere becomes humid- a condition which supports the spread of bacteria and insects. In such a situation, the fire of diya and the chemicals it releases in air kill the germs.
A mala is a strand of beads (traditionally 108, or a fraction thereof) used for keeping count during meditation. Mala beads have been in use for thousands of years, with the earliest examples dating back to the 8th century B.C.
A mala can be used for meditation only, or worn as a necklace, or wrapped around your wrist several times. Most importantly, it is a tool focusing our awareness and concentration during your spiritual practice, meditation, prayer or reflection. Also, if you wear your mala throughout the day, it serves as a constant reminder of your intentions.With use, particularly if you have set it with your intention, the mala becomes infused with your personal energy. The more you meditate and use your mala, the stronger the bond will become between you and your beads.
Wrist malas, or bracelets, are a great alternative to long malas. They are easy to wear, are beautiful, and you can use them for practice or as a reminder no matter where you are.
There is no right or wrong way to pick a mala. If you are initially drawn to it, it might be the one that’s meant for you. Or you can choose a mala that will serve a specific purpose important to you at the time.
More often than not, these beautiful necklaces and bracelets hold special significance based on where you got them, why you chose the stones, and the energy resonance with the beads. Different stones and beads all have different meanings and specific energetic properties, so you will always find the mala that is perfect for your current needs and goals.
Treat your mala gently and with respect. Keep it close throughout the day - it will help you to stay calm and positive, and to remember your intentions every time you touch it.
Traditionally, malas are used during a meditation, but they are also often worn as jewelry - necklaces or wrapped bracelets - to remind you of your practice.
Using a mala is simple, easy, and powerful. Follow these steps to get started:
If you don't have a traditional mala, you can use a wrist mala or bracelet with large beads, in the same way as 108 beads.
As in many religions, fasting is also practiced in Hinduism. In the Hindu religion, fasting is not an obligation, but a moral and spiritual act where the aim is to purify the body and mind and acquire divine grace. ... In some cases, fasting involves abstaining from one meal in the day.
Om is first word of the universe. Om is a sound. OM is symbol.
OM is mantra in Hinduism also know as AUM. OM is single word that represent whole universe. OM is a sound of the universe and it is also a first sound in universe. Om is known as seed mantra. OM embodies divine energy. Om is known as god name. Om is beginning, the middle and the end. Om is timeless. OM contains past, the present and the future. Om is before the five elements earth, water, fire, air and space.
OM is before time and before any elements.
Om is everywhere. Om is omnificent.
Om because Om is divine energy that runs everything. The creation, preservation and liberation.
God Brahma’s thoughts started a vibration that turned into the sound OM, and this is what lead to creation of the world. OM and AUM came about because of translation from the Sanskrit to English.
Say Om every time you begin something or end something by saying Om you are harnessing a divine energy. By saying OM three time the vibration created by the sound of OM will align your energy with universe.
Shree is Sanskrit word. Often use to address goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh.
Shree is Yantra. Yantra is gematric diagram of mother goddess. Mother of all Yantra. Shree is also sri and Shri. Shree is combination of two letters “SHI” and “Hri.” Shi is first sound of lord Shiva pure and auspicious and Hri is part of Hrim. Hrim is seed mantra of the Goddess herself. It represents a heart mother goddess. Both combine forms Shree which is not female or male therefore Shree can be use for any GOD or Goddess. Word Shree can conject with many titles as well for example Shrimat and shrimati which refers as husband and wife respectively. It is also can be use to respect prominent people. The word Shree is containing God and the Goddess therefore it is complete by itself.
Shree is before the time because it contains God and Goddess.
Shree because without Shree there is no wealth, prosperity, abundance, grace, love and beauty. Union of Shiv and Shree complete the universe.
Shree is Mother Goddess and without her there will be no prosperity love and beauty. Use the word Shree in front of countless mantra and harness the power of Divine mother goddess. Shree Krishna, Shree Ram, Shree Ganesh, Shree Lakshmi.
Ekadashi is the 11th day of the lunar calendar. On this day we practice self-control by fasting and devoting the day to God. Fasting on Ekadashi helps us strengthen our command over our mind and body. This means we give up the food we desire by refraining from eating grains, or anything made of grains, and typically only eat one meal for the day. The purpose of fasting on Ekadashi reminds us to keep God at the center of our lives while teaching ourselves to control our senses.
Panchamrita is a mixture of five intrigants used in Hindu worship, puja and abhiseks. Usually consist of honey, liquid jaggery or sugar, cow milk, curd and ghee. After pachamrita is used in puja and abhisheka it is distributed as prasad.
Definition - What does Panchamrit mean?
Panchamrit is a sweet concoction used in Hindu worship in the prayer rituals known as pujas. The name comes from Sanskrit, “pancha” meaning “five,” and Amrit, meaning “immortal” or “nectar of the gods.” Traditional recipes for panchamrit consist of five ingredients: raw milk, curd (yogurt), honey, liquid jaggery or sugar and ghee. Some people use sugar instead of jaggery, which is not accepted by all, as sugar is not a natural element like jaggery. Each of the traditional ingredients has symbolic significance:
Typically, panchamrit is offered to the deity or deities and is consumed at the end of worship or after puja.
Panchamrit may also be known as charnamrit (nectar from the feet of the gods), although the latter term also refers to the water used to bathe deities that is collected in basins at their feet.
Panchamrita is used as an offering during poojas and abhisheka.
Panchamrita is not Panchamrita until it is offered to god otherwise it is just a mixture of five ingredients.
According to Ayurveda, the 5 ingredients used in Panchamrit have lots of health benefits and when these ingredients are combined in the right quantity, we get an extremely nourishing Panchamrit. Panchamrit has the ability to nourish the seven bodily tissues, which are mainly responsible for our immunity and vitality. Traditional Ayurvedic Panchamrit Recipe: Sugar 1 tsp (preferably Jaggery), Curd 1 tsp, Honey 1 tsp, Milk 4 to 5 tsp (Preferably cow milk), Ghee 2 tsp (cow milk ghee).
Always drink freshly made Panchamrita as its shelf life is only for few hours. According to Ayurveda, Ghee and Honey should not be consumed in ‘equal’ quantity. Refer the measurements mentioned above. Always use a stainless steel, ceramic or glass bowl to prepare Panchamruta. This helps avoids any chemical reaction with other reactive and harmful metals. Traditionally silver bowls were used to mix the Panchamrita for added benefits of silver metal.
When you pray in morning today use the recipe above and offer panchamrita to god and consume the panchamrita at the end of your prayer and you will also rip the benefit as well.
God loves you very much.
Umropujan is where one draws the swastika symbol or OM with Kumkum (red powder) and offers rice and flower on top of it This puja is mainly carried out in Hindu religion.
The home is the place where most Hindus conduct their worship and religious rituals. For many households, the day begins where the women in the house draws the auspicious swastika symbol or OM in red Kumkum or rice flour on the front door doorstep with offering of rice and flowers. You also find Umropujan at all temples and many businesses as well. Very traditional Hindus recite from the Rig Veda or the Gayatri Mantra and offer prayers to the SUN while doing this puja. During the special occasions one would also hang mala (toran) made from mango leaves or asopalav leaves at front door. Banana tree leaves are also placed around the front door.
The most important times of day for performance of household rituals are dawn and dusk. Although devout families may engage in devotion more often.
Umropujan is at every Hindu home and temple front door doorsteps.
Umropujan is done for many reasons. One reason is to do prayer for SUN in morning and dusk and to invite SUN god in there home and life to enrich the life of all living things. Another reason is to remind every person leaving the house to put god in center of there life and do the work they set out to do and god will be there to help you and when you return home. The doorstep will remind you and ask did you let god lead you in life today.
Umropujan started when people asked rishi muni if you cannot do Surya namaskar what are other ways one can pray to the SUN. Rishi came up with Umro Puja as one of the ways. There are other reasons as well that you may search for if you like.
One can benefit greatly by starting the day with Umro Pujan in the morning and dusk. This helps in recognizing the benefit of the SUN which gives life to all leaving things regardless if you do Umro puja or not. By doing the puja you are being grateful.
Being grateful promotes better life.
Tulsi or Tulasi known as Holy basil or sometimes known as Vrinda. It is a sacred plant in Hindu belief. Hindus recognize it as an earthly manifestation of the goddess Tulsi/Vrinda; she is knowns as the avatar of Lakshmi and thus the consort of the god Vishnu. The offering of its leaves is mandatory in ritualistic worship of Vishnu and his avatars like Krishna and Vithoba.
Many Hindus have tulsi plants growing in front of or near their homes, often in special pots or a special masonry structure known as Tulsi Vrindavan as this is related to their culture. Traditionally, Tulsi is planted in the center of the central courtyard of Hindu houses. The plant is cultivated for religious purposes.
* The Tulsi with green leaves is called Shri-Tulsi ("fortunate Tulsi");
- Shri is also a synonym for Lakshmi, Vishnu's principal consort.
- This variety is also known as Rama-Tulsi the “bright Tulsi".
* The Tulsi with dark green or purple leaves and purple stem is called Shyama-Tulsi the "dark
Tulsi" or Krishna-Tulsi.
- This variety is considered especially sacred to Krishna, as its purple color is similar to
Krishna's dark complexion.
Tulsi is an aromatic shrub in the basil family Lamiaceae (tribe ocimeae) that is thought to have originated in north central India and now grows native throughout the eastern world tropics. Within Ayurveda, tulsi is known as “The Incomparable One,” “Mother Medicine of Nature” and “The Queen of Herbs,” and is revered as an “elixir of life” that is without equal for both its medicinal and spiritual properties.
Tulsi is everywhere there is puja for Vishnu and in every house hold of Hindu homes.
'Tulsi' is an oxygen-generator which can give competition to the best air purifiers in the world. “It gives out oxygen for 20 of the 24 hours in a day as well as ozone for 4 hours a day." 'Tulsi' also absorbs harmful gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide. Tulsi is also use for medicine which makes it a 24 hours day 7 days week great all-round plant.
Tulsi came about from story of Vishnu and mata Lakshmi and tulsi was born out of curse and blessing to bring Vishnu and Lakshmi together.
Offering water, lighting a diva in front of the Tulsimata every morning/evening and eating the leaves will give you blessings from the heavens. Please have tulsi around your house it will only enrich your life.
Surya Namaskar is from the Sanskrit सूर्य Sūrya, "Sun" and नमस्कार Namaskār, "Greeting" or "Salute". Surya is the Hindu god of the sun. This identifies the Sun as the soul and source of all life. In everything that you eat, drink and breathe there is an element of the sun. Only if you learn how to better "digest" the sun, internalize it, and make it a part of your system, do you truly benefit from this process.
Surya Namaskar, which is known as "Sun Salutation" in English, is essentially about building a dimension within you where your physical cycles are in sync with the sun’s cycles, which runs at about twelve-and-a-quarter years. It is not by accident but by the intent that it has been structured with twelve postures or twelve ‘asanas’ in it. If your system is in a certain level of vibrancy and readiness and in a good state of receptivity, then naturally your cycle will be in sync with the solar cycle.
Surya Namaskar is conducted by bowing down to the sun in the morning.
Surya Namaskar should be done in the morning where you are facing the sun to harness the power of sun.
Yoga was developed over 5,000 years ago by the ancient sages or Rishis in India who believed that each part of the body was in some way linked to a certain aspect of the natural world. In particular, the solar plexus (located behind the navel at the center of the body) is said to be intimately connected to the sun. The state of one’s solar plexus is said to be linked to emotions and intuition, which is where the term “gut feeling” originated. The Rishis prescribed the practice of Sun Salutations in order to expand the solar plexus and achieve increased mental clarity, heightened intuition, and a tranquil emotional state.
Do Surya Namaskar every morning like the image shows above and chant the mantras with each pose. Start with 3 sets every day and gradually increase up to 12 sets per day. By doing Surya Namaskar you will learn to harness the power of the sun where all life begins and ends.
Katha (or Kathya) is an Indian style of religious storytelling. Performances of which are a ritual event in Hinduism.
Katha involves professional storytellers (kathavahchak or vyas) who recite Hindu religious texts, such as the Puranas, the Ramayana or Bhagavata Purana, followed by a commentary (Pravachan). Kathas sometimes take place in households which involve smaller stories related to the Vrat Katha genre. The didactic Shri Satyanarayan and Ramayana kathas instill moral values by revealing the consequences of human action.
There are three major katha traditions: Purana-Pravachana, Kathakalakshepa and folk narratives.
Katha is after the Vedas and Puranas.
Katha is in temples, community gatherings or your own home or wherever there are teachings to be a good human being there is katha.
Our Vedas and Puranas were written in Sanskrit which were only being taught to baramins and the cast system did not allow everyone to learn but our well-wisher Rasimuni thought of a way to pass down the knowledge of Vedas and Puranas in the form of storytelling to teach the way of Hindu life. Sole purpose of the Katha is to make you a better human being. Even today katha is the best way to pass knowledge of any kind.
There were times in history were written text were sinful and only a few were privileged with knowledge of text, therefore out of necessities Katha was invented to preserve ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences.
You can apply Katha in your life today by keeping a Satyanarayana Katha were you will learn the 1000 names of God and how to pray to lord Ganesh and the 9 planets with the story of lord Vishnu where he showered the worshipers with love. Devotees were taught to never lose hope by taking the righteousness path where you will always prevail.
God loves you very much.
Swastika can be interpreted as the four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Sama, Atharva), which are the core Hindu scriptures. They can be thought of as the four goals of life: Dharma (right action), Artha (world prosperity), Kama (world enjoyment), Moksha (spiritual liberation). The limbs are also interpreted as representing the four seasons, the four directions, and the four yugas, or epochs (Satya, Treta, Dvapara, Kali).
The word swastika comes from Sanskrit: स्वस्तिक, romanized: svástika, meaning 'conducive to well being'. In Hinduism, the right-facing symbol (卐) is called swastika, symbolizing surya ('sun'), prosperity and good luck, while the left-facing symbol (卍) is called sauvastika, symbolizing night or tantric aspects of Kali symbolizing the dark side.
In Sanskrit, the word swastika is a combination of “su asti”. ‘Su’ meaning ‘good’ and ‘asti’ meaning to exist. Translated, this means ‘all is well.’ The swastika is thus understood to be a symbol of auspiciousness and good fortune, and is regularly donned in Hindu homes, businesses, printed materials, cars, temples, and ashrams.
Swastika is everywhere where a hope for good fortune and sun is.
Swastika hornists the divine energy that runs in everything. Right-facing symbol hornist the power of the sun and with sun all life begins.
Swastika represents the north pole, and the rotational movements around a center or immutable axis (axis mundi), and secondly it represents the Sun as a reflected function of the north pole. It is a symbol of life, the vivifying role of the supreme principle of the universe, the absolute God, in relation to the cosmic order.
Use of swastika symbol are commonly found before entrances or on doorways of homes or temples. It is used to mark the starting page of financial statements which helps to harness the divine energy and power of sun both combining will fruit in good fortune.