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Why Newly Married Couples Stay Apart in Aadi Month?

Newly married couples are advised to stay apart in Aadi Month in Tamil Nadu. The wife goes to her home. Poor husband remains baffled. This is something most newly married couples can’t digest. There is science this ancient tradition but it is irrelevant now. If a woman conceives in the month of Aadi she would normally deliver the baby in the Chithirai Month (April – May). This is the speak summer season in Tamil Nadu. The labor and delivery will be both painful for mother and the new born baby. Also it was difficult to control blood flow during summer season. Hospitals and good treatment was rare then. So for the safety of the new mother and baby, newly married couples were asked to stay apart. With scientific developments, modern day comforts and hospitals, this practice is irrelevant. As part of the tradition, the husband is invited on the 18th day of the month known as Aadi Perukku and is given a sumptuous feast and gifts. If you are one of those unlucky couple, try

Bala and Atibala Mantra in the Ramayana - Vishwamitra Rishi

Bala and Atibala are two mantras mentioned in the Ramayana.  It is mentioned in the Balakanda of the Valmiki Ramayan. The mantras were given to Sri Ram and Lakshman by Vishwamitra Rishi while he was taking the two brothers to defend his yajna from Rakshasas (demons). It is believed that one who meditates on Bala and Atibala Mantras will not feel hunger, thirst and tiredness. No one will be able to defeat them in fights. Although this mantra is mentioned in the Ramayana, it is not originally from the epic. The Bala and Atibala mantra is found in the Savitri Upanishad. In Valmiki Ramayana the mantra is mentioned in the Balakanda – Sarga 22. But the mantra is not given in written format – it is mentioned that Sage Vishwamitra gave it to Sri Ram and Lakshman. The glory of it is also said in the chapter. Although Bala and Atibala Mantra are two mantras – they are considered as one and are chanted together. Apart from control over physical urges, knowledge, intelligence, be

Mitra – Vedic God in Hindu Tradition

Mitra is a Vedic God mentioned in the Vedas but he is rarely worshipped today in Hinduism. He is one among the Adityas and is associated with friendship and solidarity. The name Mitra means a ‘devoted friend’ or ‘friendship.’ He is the son of Aditi. He represents the relationship between the living beings. Social morality, comradeship and rules of association are his domain. In Vedic society, as the guardian encouraged the virtuous and pious and protected them. He also punished the sinners who did not keep their promise in the society. Code of honor important in early society was looked after by Mitra. Legend has it that Sage Vasishta and Agastya were born to Mitra and Varuna in Urvasi. Legend has it that Mitra and Varuna placed their semen in an urn before Urvasi. From the semen was born Sage Vasishta and Agastya – the men who defined code of behavior in ancient society. According to Bhagavad Purana, Mitra also had sons in Revathi, who represents prosperity. The three so

Sahaj Samadhi Meditation

Sahaj Samadhi meditation is a kind of yoga. Sahaj is a Sanskrit word formed of two parts: saha (along with) and ja (birth). Each of us is born with great potential, which however is covered and prevented from unfolding our ignorance, attitudes, traits and acquired weaknesses. If this covering were removed, we could all enjoy our true potential. Sahaj when it appears exhibits the three qualities: Sat – to be ever conscious of the truh; Jnanam – to have a total understanding of all that is perceived; Anandam – to be in a state of boundless joy. In Hatha Yoga Pradipika, a person who has realized sahaja is called a jivanmukta (jivanmukti scha sahaja turiya cetyekavacakaha 4/4) The state of sahaj is called jivanmukti because in it a person is free from the bondage that prevents the realization of the qualities of sat, jnana, and ananda. The state of sahaj samadhi meditation   is compared to a seedless raisin. Just as every part of the raisin tastes sweet, so too a per

Cumin Digestive Aid – Cumin Powder For Good Digestion in Ayurveda

Those who are facing various problems related to digestion will get good relief by using cumin as a digestive aid. As per Ayurveda, natural and organic cumin powder helps in having a good digestion. How To Use Cumin Powder To Solve Digestion Problem Fifty grams of cumin seeds powder and coriander seeds powder each should be mixed with twenty-five grams of salt. There will not be any digestive problems if one teaspoonful of this powder is taken just before eating. You can take the mixture along with the first bite of food. It should be only taken once a day.

Why shoes, chappals and other footwear are not allowed inside the Hindu Temple?

Hindus leave their footwear like chappals, sandals and shoes outside the Hindu temple. Footwear is not allowed inside the temple and there are a couple of reasons for it. Why shoes are not allowed in Temple? Temples are the place that contains pure vibrations of magnetic and electric fields with positive energy. In the olden days the temples were built in such a way that the floor at the center of the temple were good conductors of positive vibrations allowing them to pass through our feet to the body. Hence it is necessary to walk bare footed while you enter the temple. Another reason is shoes and slippers are used everywhere hence they tend to get all the impurities like dirt, germs etc. which will spoil the pure environment of the temple and is a source of negative energy.

Sankatahara Ganapati - Form Ganesha

Sankatahara Ganapati as the name indicates is the one who removes the sorrows. This is one among the 32 forms of Ganesha. Sankatahara Ganapati mantra is Balakarunakantih Vaame, Balam Vahashranke! Lasadindi varahastam gowrangee ratna Shobhaddyam!! Daksheankuksha vardaanam vame pasham cha paayasam patram! Neelanshu kalashamaanah peethe padarune tishtan Sankatahara Nah payata sancta poogadra janano nityam!! Sankatahara Ganapati is depicted as seated on a red lotus flower. He holds a bowl of sweet (payasam), a goad, and a noose. The fourth hand is in boon granting posture. The four-armed Sankatahara Ganapati is always depicted with a Shakti. Constant mediation on Sankatahara Ganapati helps in removing sorrows and impediments on the path to progress. He removes all hardships and protects those who follow the path of Dharma.

Subhashitas – Immortal Teachings From Sanskrit

This is a collection of Subhashitas. Subhasitas are sanskrit teachings and this is a English translation of them. One who frequently ask questions, listens carefully, who always recapitulates what he has learn and makes it perfect, blooms like a lotus as the flower blooms when it comes in contact with the rays of the sun. Where is the question of knowledge for one who is interested in pleasure? And where is the question of pleasure for a knowledge seeking student? If one wants pleasure, he must sacrifice knowledge, and if one wants knowledge, he must sacrifice pleasure. Knowledge and money should be gained using every second and every ounce of money. Where is the gain in knowledge if one loses every second of time, and where is the question of raising money if one loses an ounce of that money? One must gain knowledge and earn money thinking that he will never die or grow old. Simultaneously, one must perform righteous deeds thinking that death is holding his hair. ‘This p