Saturday, 8 July 2017

Reclaiming Indra : The Devaraja.

This article is what I would call a tribute to Indra ( haha ) . Actually more of an awareness article to bring light to the glories of Indra.

 I had always adored Lord Indra despite His downgraded recognition as a vedic deity on the contemporary ( present day ) . My friend Anirudh Sainath ( Molee Art ) 's profound interest and facebook posts on Lord Indra inspired me to write this article - mainly to promote his pages on rare vedic references on Lord Indra,and his marvellous artworks as a digital painter

                                 Anirudh Sainath's artwork on Indra

 I have attached the link at the end of this article which directs you to Anirudh's page on the Vedic references on the glories of Indra.

 Why ?

 What has happened in the past few decades is that,certain comics and serials on Ithihasas and Puranas have portrayed lord Indra in a horrid manner. Even in many narrations,Lord Indra is often targeted for His flaws in an exaggerated manner.He is made to see as a weakling.The actual glories of Indra as per the Vedas ( particularly RigVeda ) has been forgotten.

                             TV serials often portray Indra as a joker

In real, Indra is very highly gloried and given a prestigious importance in the Vedas.In fact,it is said that Indra and Rudra are one with two names ( symbolically ).

 Even Thiruvalluvar had revered Indra in his kural as such :

(1) ஐந்தவித்தான் ஆற்றல் அகல்விசும்பு ளார்கோமான்
இந்திரனே சாலுங் கரி
Aindhaviththaan Aatral Akalvisumpu Laarkomaan
Indhirane Saalung Kari
The king of gods Indra the great, is the prime example for the power that one can acquire by conquering his senses.

(2) பொறிவாயில் ஐந்தவித்தான் பொய்தீர் ஒழுக்க
நெறிநின்றார் நீடுவாழ் வார்
Porivaayil Aindhaviththaan Poidheer Ozhukka
Nerinindraar Neetuvaazh Vaar
Those shall long proposer who abide in the faultless way of Him who has destroyed the five desires of the senses

 I had previously written an article on Indra and Rudra , which can be found here :

 Article on " Rudra and Indra : Their Parallels "

 Note that Indra is adored as 'the master of the senses' or 'the aspect of the mind'.

 A lot of vedic mantras bring Indra into reference.To quote,I will display certain images from several parts of the Vedas.

 Indra is mentioned in the Medha Suktam, from Krishna Yajur Veda.He is acknowledged to bestow us with knowledge, together with Agni and Surya.

  Chamakam, from Krishna Yajur Veda which is part of Sri Rudram ( the most powerful chant of Lord Shiva ) , has the mention of Indra abudantly in the 6th Anuvaka ( part ) .Indra is brought along with other deities to bless us.

   In Ganapathi Atharva Sirsam  ( Ganapathi Upanishad ) from Atharva Veda, the most powerful vedic hymn of Lord Ganesha , it quotes Ganesha as '' thou art bramha,vishnu,rudra,indra,agni,vayu,surya and chandra''. 

   In Narayana Upanishad from Atharva Veda, Indra is given reverence along with Bramha,Rudra  and the Adityas.Sakras refers to Indra.

   Indra is mentioned in the first verse of Pavamana Suktam , which is chanted as a purification mantra in puja and yagyas.

   In Laghunyasa, the invocation chant from Krishna Yajur Veda done before Rudram,glorifies Lord Indra as the basis of our strength - both mentally and physically.From the strength derived from Indra,guided by our heart,we utilise it rightly.

   In Nyasa done during puja, Lord Indra is invoked to reside in the shoulder.

   A digital artwork of Anirudh Sainath - depicting the saptarishis ( the celebrated 7 sages, the 7 disciples of Lord Shiva as the Adiyogi ) with Indra.

  Indra is worth a prestigious recognition at present. His importance as the master of senses and mind must be revived.This is a justice I believe,we should all do.Please kindly do not blindly follow the depiction shown in tv serials,where much distortion happens. 

  It is evident that disrespecting Indra is equivalent to disrespecting the Vedas.

 Indra as the cosmic pillar - the fulcrum of the Universe.Art by Anirudh Saniath.Indra is said to be the cosmic pillar where all 33 crore devas reside.

 Anirudh has created a facebook page titled ' Reclaiming Indra', where he updates vedic quotations on Indra. Access it below :

  Hoping that Anirudh's magnificent artworks get further appreciation.He is very much underrated for his great talent.His artwork can be accessed here :

                             Lord Indra as a child - Anirudh Sainath

                          Lord Indra the dragon slayer - Anirudh Sainath

             Lord Indra as a baby with His mother, Aditi - Anirudh Sainath

                       OM NAMO BHAGAVATE INDRAYA

Gayatri For Lord Indra : 


 May we know the devaraja ( King of Devas )
 Let us meditate on the wielder of Vajrahasta ( Thunderbolt - weapon of Indra )
 Let Lord Indra enlighten us.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Transform your body into temple

  This article is on a simple yet powerful practice ( extremely powerful actually ).It is capable of transforming your self into a walking temple - a dynamo of powerful spiritual energy.

 The pros of this practice is that : - 

(1) You can do it anywhere irrespective of time and place.
(2) It is very simple
(3) Results come fast
(4) You start living as a powerful force,benefitting yourself and those around you

So this is how you do it.

All you have to do is visualise a form in your chest area - as shown in the picture above.This is the spiritual heart ( hrdayam which is often mentioned in scriptures , not the anatomical heart. )

The form that you visualise is anything that you see as divine

Precisely, fill in that space with the favourite image of what you see as God or cosmos. It could be your favourite deity such as Shiva,a guru such as Sai,a symbol such as a linga, or basically anything that you have established as divine.

 Choose the favourite picture of this divine entity.It could be a form that you adore.It could be that of head to toe, face alone, an insignia such as a trident .. or anything that links to the entity in the form you adore most.

  Do this as frequently as possible.Try your best to make the visualisation or picture as vivid ( real ) as possible.Believe that as you imagine,the deity or form is already sitting in your spiritual heart !

  You can strenghten this visualisation with any form of prayer you like as well.Instil in your mind that the entity has permanently resided in your spiritual heart.Get this rooted deeply into your consciousness. 

Practice this and the results are for you to experience and share.

Why the chest region ? 

  So why do we use this region around the chest ? The Vedas describe this as the place where pure consciousness is centred or concentrated. In simpler terms,you can say that this is where the atma ( soul ) is centred. The Narayana Suktam accurately describes this as displayed below :

 The Narayana Suktam, which is a veda mantra that expounds on meditation describes the location of pure consiousness in a human being.This pure consiousness is non-other than God or the supreme intelligence of the universe.

  So this is the place you utilise to empower your spiritual potent.And this given method is perhaps the simplest way.

   Lord Hanuman demonstrates the supreme consiousness in the form of Rama-Sita , seated in His Hrdaya ( spiritual heart ) . 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Is Life Going Tough ?

 This article is not a fancy sugar-coat script to soothe your life convincing that everything will be okay.There are enough of such motivational quotes out in the vast net.

  What I am going to do here is,let you visualize yourself in Lord Rama's shoes - and embark yourself in a virtual narrative story.The interesting point to note here is - I am going to negate the divine avatarhood nature of Sri Rama.All these years,much serials and speakers have narrated the Ithihasa ( history ) of Sri Rama as that of God incarnate,all smiley,joyful,free from human bondages,free from human suffering,ultimate,powerful and the One who always made situations into His favour.

  Please note that I am not denying the divine nature of Sri Rama - He is definitely divine incarnate,born for a mission.But unlike other avatars of the divine like Shri Krishna,the role of Sri Rama was that of an ordinary mortal , or human being.He did not magically demonstrate his enlightenment, godly powers,manipulate nature,changed the fate of others,or deviated destiny.He demonstrated righteousness ( dharma ) with all human capabilities,in whatever situation He was in.

Alright,enough of the prologue,let's start the journey. Now imagine yourself in Sri Rama's position.You do not have to be enlightened to do this.Just live the character.

    Sri Rama , was born as Ramachandra - into a royal patronage.He was the most favourite prince amongst his siblings.He attended the gurukula education system.Rama and His brother Lakshmana,were particularly trained by sage Vishwamitra - into various knowledge regarding mantras,sound 
tehnology,dharmic laws,weapons and the secrets to Sun Worship.Soon,these two brothers mastered these knowledge.Sage Vishwamitra particularly ventured into the science and secrets of the solar energy-  Sun Worship,through the Gayatri Mantra and Aditya Hridayam hymn.Both siblings also spent their childhood destroying many demons that were terrorising Ayodhya.


Throughout His childhood,Sri Rama was brought up to be a king,as it would be.He even broke the Pinaka Bow ( Mighty Bow of Rudra ) to win King Janaka's daughter, Sita Devi.At a young age,His father had him marry Sita Devi,who was only a child.

( Note that Ramayana occured more than 20 000 years back.The royal norms and cultures varied back in ancient times.Kings got their prince married off at a very young age.The maturity and lifespan of people also varied.It is unwise to make a direct comparison to today's lifestyle to the ancient. )

  Soon came the coronation day where Rama was to be made the king.Unfortunately,several politically motivated events occurred which forced His father, Dasharatha to send Rama to exile for 14 years.Just imagine that - Rama got ready to be coronated at 7 am,and within moments He was made to leave to a forest with his newly married wife.No throne,no royal facilities,no family, literally nothing that He grew up with.

   Without any ill-feeling,Rama obeyed His father's words and left to the forest.His brother Lakshama accompanied Him.These three youngsters now had to live in the forest.No facebook or whatsapp to send smileys and voice notes to the beloved ones.Totally isolated from the public.

  Things did not go all fine within this exile years.Surphanaka,the sister of the King of the wealthy utopia - Lanka caught a glimpse of Rama and fell in love with Him.He politely declined her proposal as He was already married.Surphanaka then threatened and even attempted to harm his wife,Sita whom she felt jealous about. His brother,Lakshama,defended and cut Surphanaka's nose away.

  Now,we can expect something big awaiting after a great Kingdom's princess got her nose cut ( literally ). Ravana,upon hearing his sister's narration about the incident,got interested by the beauty of Sita Devi.Using sly trickery,Ravana managed to kidnap Sita Devi in the absence of Sri Rama and Lakshamana.He also slayed Jatayu,the bird who tried rescuing Sita Devi.

  Rama and Lakshamana reached at the site of this scenario only to realise missing Sita,and a dying bird.Jatayu,the bird explained how this humongous and wicked demoniac king kidnapped Sita Devi and flew away in an aircraft ( Ravana was a genius in engineering and aeronautics- his plane was called Pushpaka Vimana.Well,what is the point of genius in a demonic attribute ? ).

   As if the exile was not enough, Rama had to lose his wife in a forest.And no idea of who Ravana was.No GPS.No CCTVs.Only a dying Jatayu and some jewelries of Sita Devi as evidence.

   Rama still did not break and give-up.He might have underwent sorrow and grief.But even then,He did what He had to do , at His best.He started to gather an army of vanaras ( monkey-like humanoids ) to wage a war against Lanka.This was also when He got into contact with Hanuman and Sugreeva.

   Waging a war against Lanka is no ordinary thing.Lanka during the Ramayana was an utopia - a land extremely rich in resources and wealth.Their demon king,Ravana was no ordinary man.He was a genius in many fields.Any modern day terrorist would be put to shame by Ravana.He was an expert in astronomy,aircraft technology,magic, and even scriptures.He was giant-built.He was also an extremist in Shiva worship.He wore several grandiose jeweleries including a chain made up of 365 shiva lingas. 

    Somehow,again,after many many incidences  :- such as Hanuman burning off Lanka,meeting Mother Sita,conveying messages between Rama and Sita Devi etc... Sri Rama and his troops built a bridge to Lanka ( with floating rocks ) and destroyed Ravana.

The war was no ordinary.Many lives were lost.Sri Rama almost lost his brother Lakshmana.Terrorising astras ( ancient weapons empowered by mantras ) sent the lands to shiver.Sri Rama won the demon from what he learnt from His guru.No special army training or war tutorials.

   Destiny did not let Him rest even then.After coming back to His Kingdom,Rama was put to more tests.His wife,Sita devi had to undergo agnipariksha ( a trial by fire ) to validate her chastity and purity.Rama could no longer play a single role of a husband.He was now again the ruler of Ayodhya.He had to play various roles according to dharma.


  After several incidents, Rama had to send His then pregnant wife to exile,in order to maintain the stability of His kingdom,due to certain conflicts going about in the public.In the forest,Sita Devi gives birth to twins - Lava and Kusa,who grew up to be valiant heroes.Sita Devi told them stories about their valiant father- Sri Rama and brought them up,though they themselves have not seen their father.

  Meanwhile,Lord Rama was playing the role of an emperor.He was no ordinary king.This is proven by the fact that He conducted the Ashwamedha Yagya.This is a unique sacrifice or yagya.The emperor lets his horse free for a year or so.Whichever land the horse ventures,it belongs to the emperor.The emperor wages a war with whoever who refuses to give his land conquered by the horse.This was an ancient practice of the kings.

  Eventually,Rama's horse conquered the lands owned by Lava And Kusha.Lava and Kusha,being Rama's children themselves,refused to give up their land.Hence,a war waged between Rama and His own children.The war was indeed intense.Lava and Kusha managed to defeat many of Rama's army and even Bharata ( His brother).They even tied up the mighty Hanuman.Alas,Rama Himself went to the battlefield.The battle was extremely intense that Rama was close to killing Lava and Kusha,until intervened by sage Valmiki.Only then does Rama realise that He had been fighting His own children all this while.Lava and Kusha were equally as shocked to realise that they had been fighting their own father-whom they idolised from childhood.

  Things did not subside to a happy ever after ending even then.Several events occurred where finally,Sita Devi sorts of 'immolates' herself by submerging into the Earth ( pleading mother earth to swallow her ) . Lord Rama then walks into River Sarayu and disappears (the end of His avataric mission).

 Rama,underwent severe turbulences and hardships.Yet He was always in a samadhic state.He was not elated by joy not depressed by sorrow.He acted according to dharma at all times.He never had a what we would call a 'successful' marriage life.Nor did He experience a joyful fatherhood.

  Today,Sri Rama is still being highly worshiped and revered.It is not that He saw much prosperity and success in His life.No.It is the state of godhood that He was always fixed in.

 Hence,even today,we glorify Rama as the embodiment of dharma.The Atma is indeed Rama and therefore,Rama is always referred to as 'atma-rama'.We must understand the significance of Rama beyond the form.

   Sri Rama is perhaps the biggest motivation I can ever think of.The way He responds to life is simply tear-inducing.No matter what happens in life,never deviate from righteousness or break.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Rudra and Indra - The Parallels


     * Digital painting of Indra in pic above is by Anirudh Sainath aka Molee Art*

   Rudra and Indra - two vedic deities that share a lot in parallel.In fact,the Vedas describe Indra and Rudra as the One with two names. A profound and deep meaning to the link between these two deities will be concluded at the end of this article.

  Foremostly,let's analyse these two deities.Before that,we must understand that in the vedic culture,everything has different dimensions of expressions to it.You cannot limit anything to a single form of understanding.For example, Shiva is seen as a being , yet He is also the formless aspect of the cosmos in the form of Linga.Like this,different dimensions exists.When we talk about Rudra or Indra,we may be talking about different dimensions - more than just limiting them as beings with a form and role.


Rudra is the usual term used to depict the fierce ( ghora ) aspect of Shiva 

Again,note that Rudra here being 'fierce' can have more symbolisms or understanding than just an angry Lord Shiva.Rudra is also associated with roar ( fierceness - the big bang is often described as a roar - from which creation happened. We often hear stories or puranas on how Rudra does His tandavaa ( dance ) and the universe undergoes the cycle of destruction and birth 


Shiva is described as Mangalakara or the One who gives prosperity and auspiciousness.The opposite side of it is called Rudra-Akara.These two aspects differ in form and apearance,but we need to realise the oneness or unity that is present in both aspects.We see these two aspects of anger and peace occuring side by side in God as well as in the whole created world.

 Rudra,is very often associated with storm,thunder,rain,weapons and terror.

 The Vedas also adore the mind as Rudra.


Indra is the King of Angels of the heavens - this is what we commonly know of.We often see Indra seated on His elephant ( Airavata ) and holding his Vajra - thunderbolt weapon - going for war with the Asuras.

 Yet,Indra in a different dimension is said to be the master of senses.Therefore,Indra here means the indwelling God who is the real master of senses.This dimension of Indra explains why Indra is given much importance in various veda mantras.

 Thiruvalluvar has beautifully put this in his kural as such : 

(1) ஐந்தவித்தான் ஆற்றல் அகல்விசும்பு ளார்கோமான்
இந்திரனே சாலுங் கரி

Aindhaviththaan Aatral Akalvisumpu Laarkomaan
Indhirane Saalung Kari

The king of gods Indra the great, is the prime example for the power that one can acquire by conquering his senses.

(2) பொறிவாயில் ஐந்தவித்தான் பொய்தீர் ஒழுக்க
நெறிநின்றார் நீடுவாழ் வார்

Porivaayil Aindhaviththaan Poidheer Ozhukka
Nerinindraar Neetuvaazh Vaar

Those shall long proposer who abide in the faultless way of Him who has destroyed the five desires of the senses

  For example,the chamakam portion of Sri Rudram displays this :

  Now let's analyse.Seeing them as beings, Rudra and Indra are both associated with thunder and storm.Both appear warrior-like and fierce.

 In another dimension,the mind is adored in the Vedas as Rudra.The mind contacts the objective world ( outer world ) and experiences it through the function of the five senses.This aspect of the Mind is the Indra aspect.As we had seen, Indra is also  said to be the  master of senses.

 The Indra aspect of the Mind has another capability too.It can master the senses and become aware of the Universal Inner Truth of the multiplicity called the Objective world.This aspect of the Mind is designated as Rudra.

 To put it in a nutshell :

(1) The aspect of the mind which experiences the outer world through the five senses is Indra

(2) The aspect of the mind that can master the senses and become aware of God or the world is Rudra

 This is why the Vedas describe Indra and Rudra as the One with two names.

     A comic displaying how Indra replaces the position of Shiva in His absence...Interesting...very interesting.

   The essence of this article is that from Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Something of my personal expression - I had always associated the thunder and stormy representation of Indra and Rudra to resemble the neuronal activity in our brains. Since the mind is associated with the brain functionality - and the mind is verily associated with these deities... why can't the thunder and roary emphasis of Rudra and Indra not denote the haphazard 'thundering' of neuronal impulses in our brain ?

  By the same token, isn't it wise to calm down the mind so that it is in samadhi -  so as to experience Shiva ? - Just like how Rudra is pled to calm down His fierce form into a calmer and auspicious Shiva form in the Sri Rudram hymn.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

The Unknown Power of Bhajans

  Bhajans form a crucial component of many religious and spiritual groups,foundations,organisations and so forth.The quintessence of Bhajans and events parallel to it such as Sangkirtanam ( Congregational singing of bhajans ) is the action of interlocking the five senses into pouring out devotion to God via divine songs accompanied by musical instruments,gestures and even dance which is done in a group.The songs often glorify the various divine names of the Almighty and plays the rhythmic repetition of divine names in a musically hypnotising manner.

These events take place in other forms such as nagar-sankirtan - whereby devotees march and dance in the streets - singing the glory of God,thereby purifying the entire aura of a village or town with the vibrations of the divine.

 Another interesting form is that of Akhanda Bhajan-where bhajans are done without break for 24 hours.Spiritual centres that hold this remain vigil for an entire day.

 There is not much need to emphasise on the introduction of Bhajans as many are familiar with it.

 However,unfortunately, myriads of people have a distorted or corrupted view towards Bhajans.This powerful practice  is even made a mockery in Indian movies.So called comedians give cheap remarks synonymous, if not in verbatim to the quotes below :

'' I am afterall a Bhajana party...''
'' Kadhal ( love ) Bhajan            ''
'' Ratri   ( night ) Bhajan            ''

  As if this ain't enough,we have moronic choreographers who portray unsightly dances of our famous drunkard 'heroes' singing in streets,accompanied by singers clad in holy symbols.Because you see,we lack drunkard Indians in the planet-and we need to encourage the young apply it to normalcy.

  Drunk hero and friends dance and sing with a sangkirtan group.The irony of 'Indian' cinema

  Hence,these 'Indian' cinema business powers have much insulted and displayed an ugly view on singing the glory of the Lord - which has been indeed a tradition of  the ancestors of our Indian audience ( oops.... I forgot that tradition meant only Jallikathu.. my bad )... no not Indians,I revoke.The right term is Bharateeyas.. the residents of the great Bharata-now reduced to India housing pests like these Indian cinema business powers.

  Right,this and various other minor factors has deeply enrooted the idea in many that bhajans are a low form of practice - suitable for the handicapped.
Many even claim that bhajans are a slow-path to experiencing god-realisation and such.Others even put other spiritual sadhanas above bhajan.They ask ,' what are bhajans in comparison to practices of hatha yoga,pranayama,chakra awakening,meditating,tratak and so on ? 

    Bhajans may look simple but it does tremendous wonders.Do not perceive anything just by logic.Let us dive in :

1. Bhajans are a superpower karma buster.    

    Sitting with a group and singing out your heart , pouring your devotion to God is simple-yet explosive.Emotion is an extremely powerful tool.The whole world can be controlled by emotion.It can make you cry,smile,laugh and even take over your very life.Such a tremendous gift,used into concentrating our entire life energies and senses towards the supreme,infuses us with indescribable divine energy- which destroys a whole lot of karma,negativities and blockades in you.Bhajans are capable of bursting much more density of doshas,sins,karmas,negativity or whatever you call them than if you light up lamps for the planetary deities.Yes.It is true.


2. Bhajans put you in a meditative state.You simply meditate !

   If you cannot meditate by sitting still .. or if you simply find it boring,jump into bhajans.You achieve it in a joyful manner.As stated,you put in your entire attention towards the Lord.All your senses are also directed towards the divine.When you clap hands while singing,you subconsciously block other thoughts from occupying your mind.Each subsequent clap halts the entry of random thoughts.As your mouth sings the glory of the lord,your mind is again subconsciously geared into remembering the lord only.Without even you realising,you slip into a blissful meditative state.The beauty here is = you achieve the prime goal of meditativeness - which is being in meditation without even you knowing you are 'meditating'.

3. Bhajans churn the divine energy and infuse you with it

   When you dance,actively play instruments or simply clap with intensity during bhajans, you churn the divine energy which is getting saturated in you.In other words,you are digesting the divine energy which has built up within you - before it gets wasted or dissipated in some other form.It's like breaking down a large chunk of food with your teeth ( mechanical digestion ) so that absorption in the gut is facilitated.This is why many devotees who casually start dancing with the flow of bhajans start getting very intense and wild - sometimes dancing out of their control ! It is a way of catalysing the divine energy.And when this happens,divine consciousness spikes.Those who cannot adapt to this sudden rise - go into trance.

  4. Bhajans purify the atmosphere-a service to render

 What bliss is there in bhajans! What a demonstration of oneness is it when a myriad throats join in uttering the name of God! The vibrations emanating from them make the heart vibrant. If you sing alone in your shrine, the vibrations return to you as a reaction. But in community singing, what you have is not a reaction but a wave of vibrations. They enter into the atmosphere and purify the polluted air. The atmosphere today is polluted by bad thoughts and feelings. When you sing the glory of God, the bad germs in the air are destroyed and the air gets purified by a treatment of anti-biotics, as it were.  (Sai Baba, Jan. 1995, 26)  

 In a nutshell,do not feel ashamed to sing the glory of God in a crowd.You do not need to know the science of devotion and bhajans.You do not need to know your spiritual level or closeness to enlightenment.You need not know your sins and virtues.Just involve and sing out loud.Throw yourself to the ultimate with bhajans.Once you have rendered yourself empty and devoid of self-identity,God flows into you.Your body,mind and system is now a tool for the divine to manifest.

 This is the beauty of Bhajans - which implements devotion- the  sweetest and pleasantest way to Godhood.

  It is beautifully put that - ' devotion is the sweetest experience that even God yearns to experience

   However,on the contemporary,it is difficult for people to even have love for God- then how would they amplify this love through bhajans ? Because remember- Bhajan without love is futile ! Whatever has been expressed in this article works with only total involvement and love.

                                              Keep chasing.....

So how to invoke love ? simply surrender.Think of Him until He overflows you with love.Don't leave Him.God can be a naughty child.Chase ( Think of.. ) Him till He has no choice left...

                                      Till He has no way out  !