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  • Bagalamukhi – The Great Stabiliser and Restorer of Order

    Bagalamukhi – The Great Stabiliser and Restorer of Order

    The legend goes that Lord Vishnu called upon the Supreme Goddess Rajarajeshwari to bring under control a cataclysmic storm that would destroy the world. As well as the storm, all the celestials were behaving bizarrely – consumed with violence and a…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Jun 20, 10:54am -
  • What enlightenment may be like / Goddess Chinnamasta

    What enlightenment may be like / Goddess Chinnamasta

    I’ve often wondered what “enlightenment” would be like. My idea has evolved over time, and may continue to do so. This striking image, encapsulates what I currently feel enlightment may be like. It is a somewhat shocking image of the state of m…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Jun 20, 10:23am -
  • Very simple Marjanam procedure for Purashcharan of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

    Very simple Marjanam procedure for Purashcharan of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

    Items required: Petals of a yellow flower. Bagalamukhi Yantra Vessel of water Start the ritual in the same way as you would usually start your Mantra Japa session, honouring the Guru, Lord Ganesh, and meditating / contemplating upon Shri Bagalamukhi…
    - 51 days ago, 12 May 20, 5:23pm -
  • Very simple Tarpanam procedure for Purashcharana of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

    Very simple Tarpanam procedure for Purashcharana of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

    Get a vessel with 1-2 litres of water. Add some Gangajal, a little tumeric, honey, sugar, saffron and milk. Keep a second vessel to do the Tarpans into. Start the ritual in the same way as you would usually start your Mantra Japa session, honouring t…
    - 51 days ago, 12 May 20, 4:55pm -
  • Bagalamukhi: The Hypnotic Power of the Goddess (chapter from David Frawley book)

    Bagalamukhi: The Hypnotic Power of the Goddess (chapter from David Frawley book)

    Below is a link to the chapter about Shri Bagalamukhi Devi from the book Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri). It is perhaps the best article in the English language for understanding Shri Bagalamukhi. Bagalamukhi…
    - 24 Aug 19, 5:12pm -
  • Shri Bagalamukhi Kavach

    Shri Bagalamukhi Kavach

    śrībhairavī uvāca (श्री भैरवी उवाच ) – śrutvā ca bagalā-pūjāṃ stotraṃ cāpi maheśvara । idānīṃ śrotum-icchāmi kavacaṃ vada me prabho ॥ 1 ॥ vairi-nāśakaraṃ divyaṃ sarvā-‘śubha-vi…
    - 24 Aug 19, 1:40pm -
  • In search for scientific proof of reincarnation: Dr Ian Stevenson (1918-2007)

    In search for scientific proof of reincarnation: Dr Ian Stevenson (1918-2007)

    From the time in our childhood when we first learn about death, that most unsettling truth of life, the question and curiosity of the afterlife arises; what has happened to the person who has died? Does anything of that person survive in one form or…
    - 2 Apr 17, 3:41pm -
  • Friendship overcoming religious fanaticism – A true story from multicultural London

    Friendship overcoming religious fanaticism – A true story from multicultural London

    Nadia and Reena grew up in the East London borough of Newham, and were best friends who had known each other since the tender age of 6. Nadia was a Muslim and Reena was a Hindu. Growing up, and they often played at one another’s homes. Through thei…
    - 25 Mar 17, 9:08pm -
  • A Tale of Two Neighbours & the Mysteries of Karma

    A Tale of Two Neighbours & the Mysteries of Karma

    There once lived a great yogi named Gorakhnath, an enlightened soul, who had experienced all the great truths of life, death and the Divine. He lived a simple life, revelling in the unparalleled bliss that only enlightened soul’s experience, and ha…
    - 12 Mar 17, 5:26pm -
  • A more positive story

    A more positive story

    Some time back, I wrote about a few experiences where I got mocking reactions for expressing some visible signs of being a practising Hindu from a section of “modern Hindoos”, who are simply unaccustomed to see young Hindus actually striving to…
    - 1 Jan 17, 11:15pm -

Hindusim Today Magazine

  • newHinduism Today's July/August/September Issue Released On-Line

    Hinduism Today's July/August/September Issue Released On-Line

    SourceKAUAI, HAWAII, July 1, 2020: Hinduism Today's July/August/September, 2020 issue, has gone to press and is now available at "source" above. You can also download our free Hinduism Today app and get the entire magazine in a mobile-friendly format…
    - 21 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:27pm -
  • newNew York Times Article on American Racism with Comparisons to India's Social Structure
    SourceNEW YORK, NEW YORK, July 1, 2020 (NY Times): This very long article by Isabel Wilkerson is titled "America's Enduring Caste System: Our founding ideals promise liberty and equality for all. Our reality is an enduring racial hierarchy that has p…
    - 21 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:24pm -
  • newDaily Inspiration
    SourceEverything changes, everything passes; things appearing, things disappearing. But when all is over--being and extinction both transcended--still, the basic emptiness and silence abide, and that is blissful peace.-- Mystical song from a Hindu st…
    - 21 hours ago, 1 Jul 20, 2:19pm -
  • Covid Fears Cancel Chidambaram Festival Cancelled for First Time Ever

    Covid Fears Cancel Chidambaram Festival Cancelled for First Time Ever

    SourceINDIA, June 18, 2020 (The Hindu): The annual Ani Thirumanjanam car festival at Sri Sabanayagar temple, popularly known as Sri Natarajar temple, in Chidambaram scheduled on June 27 has been cancelled this year owing to COVID-19 outbreak. Officia…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 2:31pm -
  • International Yoga Day Live: Yoga Is India's Great Gift to World, Says PM

    International Yoga Day Live: Yoga Is India's Great Gift to World, Says PM

    SourceINDIA, June 21, 2020 (Hindustan Times): People across the world celebrated International Yoga Day on June 21 from the confines of their homes as restrictions continue due to the coronavirus outbreak. In India, the celebrations kicked off with P…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 2:31pm -
  • Daily Inspiration
    SourceDo not say that you do not have time for God. The busiest of men will have the most leisure, and the laziest will always be short of time, for the former utilizes time and the latter only wastes it. If you really want God, you will find time fo…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jun 20, 2:30pm -
  • UK Temples Expand Engagement During Lockdown

    UK Temples Expand Engagement During Lockdown

    SourceUNITED KINGDOM, June 27, 2020 (Leicester Mercury): Volunteers at a Hindu temple in Leicester are seeing "more engagement than ever" despite the fact it is still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir remains clos…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 3:17pm -
  • Daily Inspiration
    SourceEveryone makes mistakes. It is natural and simply shows we do not understand something. Perceptive self-correction enables young ones to quickly learn from their mistakes, refine their still-developing behavior accordingly and thereby make rapi…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jun 20, 3:17pm -
  • Scaled-Down Jagannath Temple Festival Proceeds

    Scaled-Down Jagannath Temple Festival Proceeds

    SourceINDIA, June 23, 2020 (Vice): The annual seven-day Rath Yatra festival typically sees millions of devotees gathering at the Jagannath temple in Puri, in the eastern state of Odisha, to worship statues representing Lord Jagannath and his family.…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 4:18pm -
  • Hindu Temple Submerged 200 Years Ago Uncovered

    Hindu Temple Submerged 200 Years Ago Uncovered

    SourceINDIA, June 24, 2020 (Daily Mail): An ancient Hindu temple that was submerged in a catastrophic flood 200 years ago has re-emerged, as lower water levels reveal its sunken spire for the first time in decades. The 500-year-old monument to an ava…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jun 20, 4:18pm -

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Hindu Expressions

  • Who is a Bhakti saint?
    In order to answer this question, we will first take a look at the simpler question, “Who is a saint?” and then simply add the element of bhakti to the answer. As my reference, I am selecting the discussion between Garuda and Kakbhushandi in the…
    - 3 Nov 13, 10:22am -
  • In a temple: Rituals vs. Devotion
    If journalists are asked by their boss to visit a temple and find out whether attendants are performing a non-devotional ritual or an act of pure devotion, why would this task be scary for them? Because both events would probably be occurring simulta…
    - 2 Aug 13, 2:18pm -
  • Nine forms of Bhakti
    We have already talked about the Navadha bhakti summarized in the Ramacharitamanasa. For a quick comparison, the nine forms of bhakti from the Puranas are listed in the table below.<!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria…
    - 28 Jun 13, 9:38am -
  • Hinduism: Main beliefs
    Though the beliefs presented below are popular, I would not like to impose them on all Hindus. So I’ll say that I am sharing some of the Hindu beliefs that I find significant.Existence of TruthHindus believe in the existence of a supreme reali…
    - 20 May 13, 3:06am -
  • Devi Parvati’s dedication for Shiva
    Though Bhagavan Shiva is extremely benevolent towards all, it was not easy for Devi Parvati to please him and have him accept her marriage proposal. After obtaining the panchakshara mantra [1] from Devarishi Narada, the Mother Goddess started her tap…
    - 7 Mar 13, 9:32am -
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