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Prayer In Vedas For Getting Rid Of Bad Dreams

Duswapna Nivarana Suktam is the hymn or sukta in the tenth mandala of Rig Veda Samhita. This is a very powerful Rig Vedic hymn for getting rid of bad dreams. The main theme of the hymn is the nashanam (destruction) of unpleasant and horrifying dreams, i.e. duswapna. Duswapna Nivarana Suktam consists of five verses or mantras; apart from this, there is only one other verse on bad dreams. Pracetas Angirasa is mentioned as the seer, i.e. rishi of the sukta. In Vedas, Varuna Deva is often invoked by the name Pracetas. It is noteworthy that in this sukta he is also referred to as a deity. This concise and interesting hymn from Rig Veda is of particular importance, as it highlights the hidden powers and manifold nature of the human mind. It concerns the psychological aspects of bad dreams that result from sinful acts and thoughts. It clearly states that bad or unpleasant dreams are the result of man’s own evil deeds and sinful acts done during the time he is awake.

Meaning Of Atman - Swami Vivekananda Explains

Swami Vivekananda explains the meaning of the word Atman in Hinduism. I will not translate this word to you in English because the idea does not exist in Europe ; it is untranslatable. The modern attempt of German philosophers is to translate the word Atman by the word ‘Self’, and until that word is universally accepted, it is impossible to use it. So, call it as Self or anything, it is our Atman. This Atman is the real man behind. It is the Atman that uses the material mind as its instrument, its Antahkarana as is the psychological term for the mind. Vedanta Kesari Magazine published by Ramakrishna Mission, Chennai, Explains more about the term and what Swami Vivekananda meant Etymologically the term Atman means that which is eternal (from the Sanskrit root word  att, ‘that which exists always’). So, eternal soul means Atman. Is there also non-eternal soul? In a way, yes, and that is called Jiva which is Atman plus body and mind (so it becomes jivatman). While Atma