Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from January 14, 2009


Book for Friday evening sermons in Hindu Temples in Malaysia

A book titled '52 Velli Sinthanai Manikal' or 'Virtuous Thoughts for 52 Fridays' has been compiled by Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) to serve as a guideline in delivering sermons at temples all over Malaysia. The book lays stress on national unity, important teachings of Hinduism and community service.The topics for sermons in 52 Velli Sinthanai Manikal highlights universal human values advocated by all religions and the ones that were vital for enhancing the spirit of unity and togetherness. The book was complied in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's call that all religious institutions play a proactive role in strengthening national unity.

"The prime minister's proposal that religious leaders help get the message across on unity through the Friday khutbah for Muslims and Sunday sermons for Christians is most appropriate.

"In line with this, temples in the country are encouraged to use this book as a guideline in their sermons eve…

Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies launches online course on Hinduism

Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is an academy for the study of all Hindu traditions at OxfordUniversity. The new online course by Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies is titled Understanding Hindu Identity and it has been designed by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies to provide a thorough grounding in the beliefs, practices and traditions of Hinduism. The course begins on February 2, 2009 and is available to anyone with an interest in Hinduism, whether or not they regard themselves as members of the Hindu community.The course is approved and accredited by the University of Wales, Lampeter, widely recognized as a centre of excellence for the academic study of religion, working in partnership with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. The online course is modeled on classroom courses taught by the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies for the past seven years in Oxford, Leicester, Harrow, and Birmingham.The course is taught online. The tutor is available for live consultation at set times of the …

Prayer to Lord Surya

Surya Ashtakam – a prayer dedicated to Lord Surya – the Sun GodAdhi deva Namasthubhyam,
Praseeda mama Bhaskara,
Divakara namasthubhyam,
Prabha kara Namosthu thy.

Salutations to the primeval God,
Please be kind to me , he who creates the morn.
Salutations to you the creator of day,
Salutations to you the creator of light.

Saptha aswa radha roodam,
Prachandam, Kasypathmajam,
Swetha padma dharma devam,
Tham suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who rides on chariot with seven horses,
Who is the brightest of lights,
Who is the son of Sage Kashyapa,
And who wears the white lotus flower.

Lohitham Radha maroodam,
Sarva loka pithamaham,
Maha papa haram devam,
Tham suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is reddish brown in colour,
Who rides on a chariot,
Who has created all the worlds,
And who is the god who kills all the sins

Trigunyam cha maha sooram,
Brahma Vishnu maheswaram,
Maha papaharam devam,
Tham suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is blessed with three fold qualit…