Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 33 & 34

Ashtha sidhi nau nidhi ke data Asa bar din Janaki Mata You are the dispenser of the eight supernatural powers and the nine treasures of Kubera. Mother Janaki has bestowed this graceful blessing upon you. Ram rasayan tumhare pasa Sadaa raho raghupati ke dasa You have the ambrosia of Sri Rama with you and you […]

Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 31 & 32

Charo juga pratap tumhara Hai parsiddhi jagat ujiyara Your glory is spread over four yugas and your effulgence is known throughout the world. Sadhu sant ke tum rakhvare Asur nikandan Ram dulare You are the protector of the sages and the saints and the destroyer of demons. Sri Rama has great affection for you. Hanuman […]

THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN BEAUTY

Original source: https://poetrypoem.com/cgi-bin/index.pl?poemnumber=1130982&sitename=viswabrahma&poemoffset=6&displaypoem=t&item=poetry Author: Venkat Viswabrahma * THE GLORIOUS GOLDEN BEAUTY *~*~ It was at the moment before Sunrise;Goddess Parvati, the Mother of the universe hadTaken Her bath in the nectar pool of Golden light andCame out with the brilliance of thousand rising sunsDripping light from all Her glistening golden limbs!Although, She wore the lustrous […]

Devatas / Divine Beings / Deities – some random musings

From my teens, I set out attracted to & tried to promote Hindu dharma through the prism of rationality. This can be gleaned from many of my writings on this website, some of which I wrote nearly 20 years ago, such as this or this article. I would always try and make everything make sense, […]

Commentary / explanation of Hanuman Chalisa verses 29 & 30

Visit Hindu Perspective’s HANUMAN SECTION (special feature) for explanations to the other verses of the Hanuman Chalisa Sub par Ram tapasvee raja Tinke kaaj sakal tum saaja The ascetic king Rama is the ruler of all, and you accomplish even his missions. Aur manorath jo koi lave Soi amit jivan phal pavei Whosoever comes to you with a […]

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. Ram duware tum Rakhavare / Hot na aagya bin paisare You are the (ever vigilant) Guard at the door of Sri Rama’s abode. No entrance is possible without your consent. Sab such lahe tumhare saran / Tum rakshak kaahu ko […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

In search for scientific proof of reincarnation: Dr Ian Stevenson (1918-2007)

From the time in our childhood when we first learn about death, that most unsettling truth of life, the question and curiosity of the afterlife arises; what has happened to the person who has died? Does anything of that person survive in one form or another? A lot of people believe the truth to be […]

Friendship overcoming religious fanaticism – A true story from multicultural London

Nadia and Reena grew up in the East London borough of Newham, and were best friends who had known each other since the tender age of 6. Nadia was a Muslim and Reena was a Hindu. Growing up, and they often played at one another’s homes. Through their childhood, religion had never got in the […]

A Tale of Two Neighbours & the Mysteries of Karma

There once lived a great yogi named Gorakhnath, an enlightened soul, who had experienced all the great truths of life, death and the Divine. He lived a simple life, revelling in the unparalleled bliss that only enlightened soul’s experience, and had great compassion for all life forms. Although he did not seek a following, many […]

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 […]

The symbolism of the Churning of the Ocean

One of the most famous stories of Hinduism is that of the Great Churning of the Ocean by the Devas and Asuras (Gods and Demons) in the quest for the Nectar of Immortality. This tale has deeper dimensions, capturing insights into the nature of existence that the ancient Rishis (sages) discovered in deep meditation. All […]

The Patel agitation – a Patel’s perspective

Many Patels in Gujarat are agitating for Other Backward Caste status, in order to access the same “Reserv­ation” benefits as Scheduled Castes, Schedules Tribes and Other Backward Castes. Reservations are a quota based form of affirmative action, through which a certain percentage of government jobs and places in educational institutes are guaranteed to members of certain […]