Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Sri Suktam - Mantra to Invoke Maha Lakshmi





      Above : Sri Suktam chanting


  Sri Suktam is a powerful vedic chant associated with MahaLakshmi.



Vedic chants are a profound science.I have elaborately written an article on vedic chants.Please read it here.

 To make a long elaboration short - vedic chants are the vibrations of the universe heard or perceived by sages - who taught them as mantras to disciples..



                     Video above : Tutorial video for Sri Suktam.

Lyrics with meaning 

http://www.greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/devi_lakshmi-sri_suktam.php


Lyrics { PDF } and audio ( downloadable  - scroll to find )

http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/Vedam_schedule.htm


You can learn Sri Suktam today online.Lyrics and audio are provided in the youtube video above.

 You can chant the Sri Suktam any time.You can perform rituals such as homam,abishekam or even kumkum archana while chanting- or simply chanting with love will do.

 As such, Sri Suktam is an example of a vedic chant that expresses prosperity,wealth,radiance and such.

   It is said that the basis of the entire carnatic music originates from Sri Suktam.




Benefits of chanting Sri Suktam

  The benefits described below expresses the potent and glory of the Sri Suktam as the very embodiment of Mother Lakshmi Herself.These are taken from the phala sthuti ( effect ) of Sri Suktam itself.It is a vedic reference and not a mere exaggeration.




- Those who chant Sri Suktam will be blessed and they will attain Mother Lakshmi.

-They will be granted all goodness and auspiciousness.They will be blessed with children and cattle.

-They will be granted an unending flow of delight,glory,wealth,grains of food,cattle and many sons.




-They will be granted a long life of hundred years.They will be granted immortality.

-They will have their lives removed of debts,ill-health,poverty,sins,hunger,fear,sorrow and mental agitations for all times.

-They will be blessed with harmony,wealth,longetivity,fame and ever-lasting victory.




    Two famous mantras are found in the Sri Suktam namely :

(1) Sarva Mangala Maangalye Shive Sarvarthe Sadhike Saranye tryambake Devi Naaraayani Namostute

(2) Mahalakshmi cha vidmahe Vishnu-patni cha dheemahi thanno lakshmi prachodayaat

  When you chant Sri Suktam,the expression and energy of Maha-lakshmi flows and fills your space tremendously.




  This will spike and bring abundance of radiance,wealth,prosperity and knowledge into your life.

Mother Lakshmi is the source and provider of the following enumerated well-known sixteen types of wealth and many more : 

(1) Fame
(2) Knowledge
(3) Courage and Strength
(4) Victory
(5) Good Children
(6) Valour
(7) Gold and other gross properties
(8) Grains in abundance

(9) Happiness
(10) Bliss
(11) Intelligence
(12) Beauty
(13) High Aim,High Thinking and Meditation too
(14) Morality and Ethics
(15) Good Health
(16) Long Life




Is wealth a sin ? 

  A misconception about wealth is very much enrooted in many.They believe that spirituality and wealth  cannot come together.This is a false conception.




  Wealth is wealth.Nothing wrong or sinful about it.Go on and make wealth.Infuse your spirituality with wealth.

   With wealth,you can serve the society in multifolds of manner.Becoming a pauper does not secure you a God's assistant job

Certain spiritual icons portray themselves as poor and beggar-like for different purposes.Some expressed renunciation.Some simply had no interest to make wealth.


  The essence is that,none of them were against wealth.They just conveyed the message on non-attachment through different acts.It was not that Buddha or Swami Vivekananda were against wealth.

 The only point to be noted here is not to get attached to wealth ! The problem does not lie with the money,but your attachment to it.


  Attachment can happen with just about anything - humans, food,animals, memories , your ex... just anything ! 



  If you can just remain unattached yet involved,life can be wonderful. You can manifest wealth and channel it for good.
 Be like a lotus leaf - Ever in contact with water but not wet by it.

Be actively involved with the world,but not influenced or affected by it. Play your role well on Earth, strive to earn Godhood and spread the experience around.




  So go on,learn Sri Suktam,chant it, meditate on it, and fill your life with the presence of Maha Lakshmi.Prosperity is knocking at your door.Jai.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Not the Age for Spirituality - The Indian Hypocrisy



   It's not yet the age for spirituality ! -


     shouted her mother. The vibrative waves of those words pierced the 17 year old's eardrums of her mid-ear.But what bled was , her young heart .The stench of hypocrisy filled the atmosphere as the little girl was emotionally pressured to stop her puja ( ritualistic worship comprising of art,devotion,action,creativity and concentration - which induces a meditative field which opens up dimensions to higher consciousness and possibilities ).


 She felt a weight - like a lump on her throat as she stopped chanting the Ganapathi Atharva Sirsam for her beloved Ganesha ( oh and before I forget , her 40 year old mother's dictionary is void of the word ' Ganapathi Atharva Sirsam' ) .The sindoor ( kumkum ) paste meant to adore Ganesha's elephantine forehead dropped from her anxiety filled ring finger onto the floor, resembling drops of blood from her battered heart...


  The little girl retreated to her room, accessed the social media and had a glimpse of what the society has established as 'normalcy' - her peers posting their selfies taken in modern day temples. The girl frowned as she saw the typical hashtags of - '' traditional me , saree day, cultural me , proud to be an Indian , VinayagarChathurthi ,  proud to be a Hindu .... etc ''


 Her mind resonated with the convoluted question - Is this normalcy they speak of ?


   




The scenario above depicts a common happening in many Indian families on the contemporary.Apparently, they have set a legalised age for spiritualism and culture.


 Yet,the elders of the family who are at the age of nearing their graves wouldn't have made the slightest effort to get into spiritualism.. and they won't.Because this is something that you have to engrave from a young age, and not when you have retired from life.


And yet,these hypocritic parents act and behave like saviours of the Indian culture and spiritual heritage - only when they feel their identity threatened. Examples include ( sarcasm included ) :


- Disallowing children from marrying partners of a different religious background.Because you see,these parents are intensely aware of the ABCs of Hinduism and have raised their kids perfectly in line with the culture , so much that marrying a person of another religion would wipe out their entire generation within a jiffy, like how a toilet paper would do its job.


- Sharing whatsapp videos or newspaper headlines that shows western interest in the Indian culture and Hinduism.For example,the viral video of the American Erhard boys chanting the Sri Rudram in the American Hindu Conference.These people share something they don't even know of- and yet claim pride from it.Neither do they learn it or allow the young to venture into learning it.. but why ?? you may ask .. well because we have the western countries doing the job for us . We just claim pride from it ... Tee hee !






- Speaking about the ancient Indian marvels and spiritual icons in drink parties.Not to forget about stealing their credits and claiming pride from it.You can see this coming from drunk uncles very commonly. It could be as silly as - '' swami vivekananda delivered a speech about Hinduism in Chicago,and so I am proud to be an Indian drinking wine in this party''.  And not to be surprised if their kids have never heard of Swami Vivekananda.


 More like saviours and lovers of their identity with terms and condition applied - only when they feel threatened or the urge to steal the credits of the forefathers.


This may sound disrespectful,but i don't regret it because what these people have done to our cultural heritage is far more disrespectful.


There have been myriads of youngsters - potential like Swami Vivekananda who have had their passions and love for their culture killed by such parents.


For such parents,they are happy with their kids going to temples on a specific day of the week( for which they have no idea of its significance ) , light some lamps in front of the deities ( also without knowing the reason to do so ) , beg God to fulfil their personal wishes ( this is called ' prayer' for them ) , pay no attention to the veda mantras chanted by priests ( which they have no idea as to what they are.What more, most people can't distinguish the difference between songs and veda mantras.There are some who even have the habit of classifying everything as 'thevaram' ).




Other examples include revolving themselves around the Navagrahas at godspeed , begging the planets to reduce their effects on them and whispering their personal wishes into Nandi's ears...


 These shameful acts only concludes that - most Indians have no clue about their own cultural practices.Neither will they learn them,or let their offsprings learn..


 When their children venture into spiritual dimensions,become vegetarian,read scriptures,chant mantras,meditate,bathe and dressup deities,these parents get all agitated.This is when they start with their mental pressure upon their kids..


'' This is not the age for this ! ''..


  then why haven't you started at your old age yet ?? Can you even sit in a yogic asana and eat like how your forefathers did ? oops , osteoarthritis will knock the door.


'' You can't be vegetarian ! Stop being a hindu fanatic ! ''


  Fanatic  ? The basis of the Indian culture is ahimsa (non-violence).Vegetarianism is a crucial part of the ancient culture.It is okay if you can't control your cheap desires for flesh,but we can - so allow us to be human.


'' Why are you chanting high level mantras and performing elaborate worships ? Are you going to be a priest ??


Why are you belittling priests ? Why did you get the help of priests for your marriage, house-warming, homams and even for death rites ? Are you even aware of the science of mantras ? Why is it that you share western researches done on vedic mantras and yet prevent me from chanting them ? and when you can spend time ELABORATELY on gosssips and TV serials , why can't I spend something elaborately which brings goodness ?


'' Why can't you be like other children ? I am ashamed when you are different from the rest ''


By asking me to be like others,you simply mean smoking,drinking, listening to 'harahara mahadevaki 'jokes' , clubbing,partying,substance abuse and such fake life that brings no benefits to me or others right ?  If you are ashamed, please disown me as your child.I have the support of your own forefathers,the founders of the Indian culture,sages, enlightened beings and gurus who will take care of me. I have no time for such hypocrisy.You belittle the very culture you are embedded into.Have some reverence for it.




 Image above : Hara Hara Mahadevaki is a whatsapp sharing of dirty sexual jokes.It is a direct insult to the hindu culture.It is extremely famous amongst the tamil youths.Shameless actors even portray it in TV shows and movies.Do our oldies get agitated by this ? *pothikithu irupanga*


'' These things were possible in the past .. things have changed ''


Nothing has changed.It is just the irresponsibility of your generation that has brought this downfall. If you feel unattached to the Indian culture , why are you keeping figures of its icons like Meera Bhai and Swami Vivekananda in your house ? Discard them all. Stop going to temples and celebrating festivals.Don't slither into the culture and fill it with superstitions - which has already been done.


THese are the common questions put forward by parents.. and the right answers do exists,but most teenagers do not retaliate because they too understand the importance of parenthood and the identity of parents as divine.


 However, tolerance has its limits.Parents should do what is their dharma.In ancient times,it was parents who introduced the spiritual culture to their kids.There are many instances were children have disowned their parents for goodness... Stop sticking to the idea of ' parents are god' if you can't uphold the dharma of it.Such statements are subject to change on the contemporary.We know parents who rape and sexually abuse their kids today... would you still give such parents a 'godly' label ?


Even back then,the divine took the form of Narasimha to kill the demonic father of Prahlada, who refused to worship his father but only Narayana ( God) .The divine who is the very representation of dharma did not stop  killing Hiranyakashipu in front of his own son just because he is a 'father'.



Every parent who prevents their child from nearing godhood is indeed the modern day Hiranyakashipu.They possess the same demonic quality as him.


In Shiva temples too,one can easily find the vigraha ( idol energised with energy- brought into life ) of Chandikeshwarar facing the Shivalingam. Many are still unaware of the story behind Chandikeshwara.


 Chandikeshwarar was one of the Naayanmars of Tamil Nadu ( one of the 63 revered saints ). His method of worshiping the lord was to build a shivalinga out of sand and do abishekam ( ritualistic bathing ) to the shivalinga with milk , while chanting the Sri Rudram.




Chandikeshwarar's father was enraged with this scene of witnessing his son pouring milk onto sand and immediately rushed to beat his son.Chandikeshwarar,being immensely absorbed into his worship,was unaware of his father's presence.He took an axe ( some say it was a wood - later transformed into an axe) and hurled it towards the disturbance he felt.The axe chopped off his father's leg and the father died then and there.Chandikeshwarar was blessed by Lord Shiva Himself into enlightenment...


 The elders should understand that stopping spiritualism upon their children is in no way their rights.Harsh may be this article,but harsher is the current reality.If the upcoming generation is left to rot this way,we will have our culture sinking down.We can't be waiting for another Vivekananda to descend all the time.We are all Vivekanandas.It is time we uplift the spiritual culture and heritage of India,which is the very essence of our blood and genetics.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Veda Mantras ( The Very Breath of God )



                           

                           Vedam being chanted in Prashanti Nilayam

    Veda mantras or vedam chanting are the recital you hear being done by priests during homam or temple poojas.Well,these are the commonest examples that may get you to the idea of what these veda mantras mean.

 Are you familiar with these verses  ?  :


'' Yopam puspam Veda puspavan Prajavan pasuman bhavati ..''

'' Sarvamangala mangalye shive sarvartha sadhike saranye tryambake gowri naarayani namostute''

'' Namah Sivaya ''

'' Rajadi rajaaya prasayasahine vayam vaishvanaraya ... '' 

'' Tatpurushaya vidmahe mahadevaya dheemahi thanno rudra prachodayaat''

'' Namaste astu bhagavan visveshvaraya mahadevaya trymbakaye...''

 Well ,these are small portions from specific veda mantras.Most of the common mantras you chant are also veda mantras - just that most are not aware of what exactly they are chanting.They are unaware of the power and greatness of what they are reciting.


  Veda mantras are not songs or 'prayers' like many people assume.There is a big difference actually.They are not to be confused with bhajans,kirtans, devaram or poems - which are written or composed from devotion by devotees or sages of a specific time.



So what are these veda mantras ? Where did it originate from ? 



 Veda mantras are cosmic sound (shabda brahman). Cosmos is the universe- the entire creation. So how are veda mantras  cosmic sounds ?







  See, where there is a movement,motion or vibration,there is sound.Conversely, to produce a sound,the vibration corresponding to it must be created. Veda mantras are the sound vibrations that are ever present in the cosmos.It is not composed or made by anyone.


This is why Vedas are also called as apaurusheya - not of human origin.


 When ancient sages were meditating,these veda mantras appeared to them,in a flash,in their hearts.The sages whose names are associated with various chants ( veda mantras will have the name of the Rishi associated with it .For example, the Rishi for  Sri Rudram is Agni ) are not the composers of these chants.

They are merely the instruments who have seen ( or heard ) the chants. Thus,the sages are sometimes referred to as 'seers'.The Vedic seers have the name of mantra-drashtaas.A drashtaa is one who sees.



  'Seeing' or 'looking' here does not denote merely what the eyes perceives.It is a term that covers all forms of perception and all modes of cognition.For example, when we say that a man has 'seen' all sorrows in his life,does the term 'seen' imply only what he saw with his eyes ? The term mantra-drashtaa also could be taken in a similar manner as referring to what is perceived through inner vision.The sages were able to hear the Vedas in their hearts.



  The Rishis or sages are like radios who were able to tune in to the frequency of these cosmic sounds and hear them.They are like downloaders who downloaded these veda mantras from the cosmos.


   For example, each radio station emits radiowaves across the country.But we cannot listen to the waves or sounds ( music ) played by the radio stations.We need to use a radio and tune to the particular FM - only then we can hear to the songs played in the desired radio stations.



 Ancient sages were like these radios - who acted like an instrument to transmit these veda mantras.They taught these mantras orally to disciples, in a guru-shisya system.In ancient India of Satya Yuga ( the Golden age ) , people were extremely brilliant.They could learn everything just by listening.





 This is why, the Vedas initially had their name as just ' Shrutis' ( that which was heard ). Only then , they were compiled,written and arranged into four divisions - namely Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Yajur Veda was then subdivided into two parts - Krishna  Yajur Veda and Shukla Yajur Veda. 

   Even today,with modern instruments, scientists have been able to identify certain Veda mantras. For example, the sound of Sun has been managed to be identified by scientists and they confirmed it as " OM ". 


 Then arises a question - '' If its just the vibrations of the cosmos, how do we give meanings to the mantras we chant ? why is there a logical translation to what we chant ? 

  Answer : The meanings given are merely the expressions of the rishis or sages who had received or perceived these mantras.For example , when a mantra perceived by the seer gave an expression or experience of prosperity and radiance upon the sage, he gives the meaning as per his experience.And obviously,the best representative for prosperity and radiance is Maha-lakshmi - the Goddess of wealth. Hence,we associate Maha-lakshmi as the presiding deity for the mantra... and this mantra is called ' sri suktam',



                   Video above : Sound from the Sun recorded as "OM"


  We don't have to go that far indeed.Our grandparents have told us symbollically '' If you sit quietly and meditate in the early mornings , you can hear God ... '' , Try it .If you sit silently around 4 am and just be still , you can hear the sound ' OM '. 




 The Power of Veda Mantras

  The power of veda mantras are indescribable.The mantras have the power to inspire good thoughts in people.




 In fact,in ancient times, Rishis and sages used to move to forests and chant these powerful veda mantras.These mantras spread across the world and purified everything.It purified all the elements polluted by bad thoughts and actions.Even today, if we chant , we are doing a great service by killing harmful microorganisms,destroying harmful electromagnetic waves in the air and such.

This is one of the main reasons for conducting Homam and Yagya. I have written an elaborate article on the significance of Homam and Yagya , which you can find here :

  http://maiyiliragu.blogspot.my/2016/10/why-do-we-conduct-yagya-  or-homam-fire.html



  In the past,veda mantras were used elaborately as technology. If the mantras are recited in particular ways,certain amazing results would take place, including changes in the weather, producing certain types of living beings or even palaces.



 Others have used it to produce weapons equal to the modern nuclear bombs,like the brahmaastra weapon - which was used in the Mahabaratha war.Specific mantras could be attached to arrows with the sound causing powerful explosions when the arrow reached its target.

   The Veda mantras also activate our subtle energies.The sound also affects the atmosphere resulting in individual and collective wellbeing of the world - which includes all beings and not just humans.




  These mantras can create new subjective states in ourselves,alter our physical being,reveal knowledge and faculties that we did not possess before.


  LEARN VEDA MANTRAS NOW :  


     The veda mantras were declining in use.This is a great gift from our culture,which is not very well recognised today.Today people have labeled it as a 'brahmin' thing. Everyone can and should chant the vedas.There is no restriction to anyone .


       

Video above : Baba emphasising the importance of Veda Mantras

  Many spiritual gurus and particularly - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had greatly emphasised that every individual should learn the vedam.Today,anyone can learn them.Tutorials online have been created too :-


Learn Veda mantras here : 


https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIeP9vZsuEsbq7Y1rAOvKo5VZ4Rzi-JUU


There are many veda mantras :- famous ones include Sri Rudram , Chamakam, Purusha Suktam, Sri Suktam, Durga Suktam,Medha Suktam, Sivopasana mantra,Ganapathi Upanishad , Narayana Upanishad, Narayana Suktam and so on...


Try listening to some of these veda mantra recital in youtube..They will mesmerise you. 




There is an interesting point to note as to what Suktams are - as a lot of these veda mantras are called ' suktams'.

Rig Veda is the largest and the most important of all the Vedas.The Rig Veda consists of mantras and hymns of praise to various deities.These hymns are called riks. A collection of riks is a suktam. Each suktam consists of a number of riks


So all the suktams are from the Rig Veda in general.

Perhaps,the most important and emphasised veda mantra is Sri Rudram. I have even made a specific article on the importance of Sri Rudram specifically ( click here to read ) 



 
                           Video : Erhard Boys chanting Sri Rudram


  Different veda mantras have a particular deity associated with it. For example, Sri Rudram is associated with Lord Shiva and Purusha Suktam, for Lord Vishnu.




  Each confers various benefits and realisation. To briefly put, Sri Rudram is a great karma , dosha and sin destroyer and healer of everything , and it usually brings rain after chanting. Ganapathi Upanishad empowers our stability in life and intelligence.
Sri Suktam is said to be the basis of the entire carnatic music.Durga suktam empowers shakti within us... and so 

   When we chant the veda mantras, the very Gods start becoming alive within us.


  Let us all learn and chant the vedam.May we create a prosperous age in the future.Particularly,impart to kids while young - they will rock in every field of their life, guaranteed.



                 Video Above : Space sounds for healing and meditation

   The video above shows how other cultures have tapped into the science of cosmic vibrations and use it for spiritual purposes.. Our ancients have gifted the most advance method by providing us with veda mantras.Let us utilise and make sure it is transmitted to the upcoming generations.


  


For any enquires and doubts , email to mayiliragai@gmail.com.

Do contact too if you are interested in working together to spread vedic chantings across and work in helping people learn it .