The Hindu Hub would like to share the awesome news about the birth of the World Institute for Hinduism (WISH). WISH is a dream come true for every Hindu around the world. Hindus from all walks of life can now learn about Hinduism at the comfort of their home. Please read about the News Release here
Kathir is a Hinduism teacher who is highly respected for his Hindu spiritual knowledge and discourses on the truths of Hinduism based on Hindu scriptures. He has conducted numerous workshops, courses and seminars for youths, couples, families, groups and the elderly for over 17 years. He has also trained batches of teachers in Hindu/Vedic Philosophy and counsellors in spiritual rehabilitation amongst others. Besides teaching and training, he is also an ardent advocate for Inter-Faith appreciation. Kathir had his tutelage with Swami Satprakashananda Saraswati for several years studying the subject of Advaita Vedanta (Vedic Nondualism) meticulously.
Gayatri Mantra appears in the Rig veda (3.62.10), attributed to the great Sage Viswamitra. This mantra is composed in a very auspicious metre named Gayatri (8 syllables x 3 lines) and hence the name Gayatri Mantra, the original name being Savitri Mantra. There are many Gayatri Mantras in Hindu scriptures, but Savitri Mantra is of special significance and superiority according to the Gita and endorsed by the Upanishads.
To appreciate Moksha, we need to understand life. Life flows through ups and downs – we spend a lot of time managing problems on a daily basis. What are we hunting for in life? Where does all the achievements lead us to? Deeper analysis will reveal that, a feeling or emotion of happiness is what we go after. In Bhagavad Gita, Krishna describes this life driven by Raga and Dvesha: attraction to things that bring happiness and staying away from things that brings sadness. This is programmed and very natural, so every one behaves the same way. No choice in this for us and hence no need to judge ourselves because of this
We have planned a talk on Vastu and consultations by a Vastu expert, Mr Kanippayyur Krishnan Namboodiripad, for a week in February 2014. Indulge in learning and changing your life for a greater connection with nature.
Sanatana Dharma as a way of life has to be an integrated lifestyle. All that one does in life needs to be connected including Vedic yoga. It is not always about what you do but about doing the right thing to tap Ishvara's grace. Actions/Karmas need to be conducive to remove possible obstacles in life.
Is stress normal? Of course it is. As long as the mind has a challenge it will be stressed. What stresses us? Anything practically! Difficult decisions, unexpected visitors, not arriving on time for an appointment or catching the plane. The problem is in the mind. The sanskrit word for stress is 'Adhi'.
What are the factors for Japa (mantra repetition) to be successful?
The first is your connection with your Devata (god) - how intense is this connection and how much faith you have. The Devata can be your Ishta Devata (favourite deity who you pray on all occasions) or a 'functional' god who you pray to based on your situational goal (Example, you may pray to Lakshmi for wealth and prosperity today, and to Shiva for long life tomorrow). The mantra you chant can be related to your favourite deity or the functional deity - please remember that these two are equally beneficial and one method is not superior to the other.