Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 27 & 28

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa Nasei rog hare sab peera Japat nirantar Hanumant beera Diseases and pain will not afflict the one who repeats the name of the mighty Hanuman constantly.  Sankat se Hanaman chhudavei Man kram bachan dhyan jo lavei When one focuses on and […]

Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 25 & 26

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa Aapan tej samhaaro aapei Tinau Lok Hank Te Kanpei Your might and brilliance can be controlled by you alone, and when you roar the three worlds tremble. Bhoot pisaach nikat nahi aavei Mahabir jaba naam sunavei Ghosts and monsters never […]

Commentary on Hanuman Chalisa verses 23 & 24

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa. You are the (ever vigilant) Guard at the door of Sri Rama’s abode. No entrance is possible without your consent. Rama represents the aspect of the Divine which protects, illumines and gives that peace which passes all understanding. The name […]

Commentary on Hanuman Chalisa Verses 20, 21 & 22

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) Jug sahastra jojan par Bhanu Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu You lept towards the sun, situated millions of miles away, thinking it to be a sweet fruit. Prabhu mudrika meli mukha maaheen Jaladhi langhi gaye acharaj naheen You kept the Lord’s ring in your mouth and, no wonder, you jumped […]

Commentary on Hanuman Chalisa verses 18 & 19

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) Tum upkara Sugreevahin keenha // Ram milai raj pad deenha You extended your value to help Sugriva, brought about his meeting with Rama with whose help he was awarded the kingship. Tumharo mantra Vibhishan mana // Lankeshwar bhaye sab jag jana Vibhishan accepted your council and became the king of […]

Commentary on Hanuman Chalisa verses 15, 16 & 17

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) Insight into verse 15 Sahastra badan tumharo jas gavain // Asa kahi shripathi kanth lagavain Shesha-naga, the thousand hooded divine serpent sings your glory. Saying thus the husband of the Goddress Shree embraced you. In the previous verse, Rama is expressing gratitude to Hanuman for saving Lakshmana’s life. In verse […]

Bagalamukhi – The Great Stabiliser and Restorer of Order

The legend goes that Lord Vishnu called upon the Supreme Goddess Rajarajeshwari to bring under control a cataclysmic storm that would destroy the world. As well as the storm, all the celestials were behaving bizarrely – consumed with violence and aggression – that threatened the cosmic order.  The Goddess took the form of Bagalamukhi – […]

What enlightenment may be like / Goddess Chinnamasta

I’ve often wondered what “enlightenment” would be like. My idea has evolved over time, and may continue to do so. This striking image, encapsulates what I currently feel enlightment may be like. It is a somewhat shocking image of the state of moving into an enlightened state of consciousness beyond the mind/body complex. Experiencing the […]

Very simple Marjanam procedure for Purashcharan of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

Items required: Petals of a yellow flower. Bagalamukhi Yantra Vessel of water Start the ritual in the same way as you would usually start your Mantra Japa session, honouring the Guru, Lord Ganesh, and meditating / contemplating upon Shri Bagalamukhi and carrying out Nyasas, Pancapuja etc. Say something to the effect of: “Oh Bagalamukhi, I […]

Very simple Tarpanam procedure for Purashcharana of Mantras of Shri Bagalamukhi

Get a vessel with 1-2 litres of water. Add some Gangajal, a little tumeric, honey, sugar, saffron and milk. Keep a second vessel to do the Tarpans into. Start the ritual in the same way as you would usually start your Mantra Japa session, honouring the Guru, Lord Ganesh, and meditating / contemplating upon Shri […]

Bagalamukhi: The Hypnotic Power of the Goddess (chapter from David Frawley book)

Below is a link to the chapter about Shri Bagalamukhi Devi from the book Tantric Yoga and the Wisdom Goddesses by David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri). It is perhaps the best article in the English language for understanding Shri Bagalamukhi. Bagalamukhi: The Hypnotic Power of the Goddess (David Frawley, Tantric Yoga & the Wisdom Goddesses, 1994) […]

Shri Bagalamukhi Kavach

śrībhairavī uvāca (श्री भैरवी उवाच ) – śrutvā ca bagalā-pūjāṃ stotraṃ cāpi maheśvara । idānīṃ śrotum-icchāmi kavacaṃ vada me prabho ॥ 1 ॥ vairi-nāśakaraṃ divyaṃ sarvā-‘śubha-vināśanam । śubhadaṃ smaraṇāt-puṇyaṃ trāhi māṃ duḥkha-nāśanam ॥ 2 ॥ śrībhairava uvāca (श्रीभैरव उवाच) – kavacaṃ śṛṇu vakṣyāmi bhairavī prāṇa-vallabhe । paṭhitvā dhārayitvā tu trailaukye vijayī bhavet ॥ 3 ॥   viniyogaḥ (विनियोगः) – om̐ asya śrī-bagalāmukhī-kavacasya । nārada ṛṣiḥ । anuṣṭup chandaḥ । śrī-bagalāmukhī devatā । lam̐ bījaṃ । īm̐ […]

A more positive story

Some time back, I wrote about a few experiences where I got mocking reactions for expressing some visible signs of being a practising Hindu from a section of “modern Hindoos”, who are simply unaccustomed to see young Hindus actually striving to live out the Dharma, either because (a) they think that in the rat race of […]

Education system in Pre-British India (by Ram Swarup)

Ancient India was celebrated for its learning all over civilized Asia and Europe. Metatheses (ca. 302 BC) was struck by the depth of this learning during his mission to the court of Chandragupta. Fa-hien, the famous Chinese traveller (399-413 D) spent some years at the Paliputra and Tamralipti monasteries. He also spent two years in […]

The Somnath Temple

For sheer grandeur and exuberance – the Akshardham Swaminarayana Temple complex is the largest temple in the Indian state of Gujarat. However – for history, spiritual significance and emotional bonds that Hindus carry, Somnath is by far the most important temple in Gujarat, and indeed one of the most sacred sites in the whole of […]

Modi offers hope, but please play your part too…

I remember a talk by Shri Pandurang Shastri Athavale, in which he was simultaneously joking and lamenting the weak and selfish way that many people who should know better conduct their lives. One comment that really struck me is as follows: People sometimes ask me “When will Kali Yuga end?” I tell them “How can […]