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) […]

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 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 […]

Jnanadeva – (13th Century CE) – Biography of a great yogi

Jnanadeva (also written as Jnandev, Jnanesvar, Jñanadeva or Dnyāneshwar) was a Hindu saint of the Nath tradition, who lived in Maharasthra  in the 13th century during the rule of the Yadava King Ramadevarao, immediately prior to the Islamic invasions of that part of India which started in 1296. Ramadevarao provided a stable and secure government compared with […]

Is it OK to “leave justice to Karma”?

When someone harms you or someone to whom you have a sense of responsibility, getting suitable justice, or ensuring that the perpetrator is punished is not always easy. In Hinduism we have the concept of karma, so if justice is not easy to come by there is a temptation to feel that even if we […]

Satsang: what it really means

“The company of the great is very difficult, even inaccessible, but it is infallible.” (Narada Bhakti Sutras. 39) Literally speaking, “sat” means truth, and “sang” means to be associated with. Satsang in Hinduism usually refers to a gathering of spiritual aspirants, and participating is such gatherings is meant to lead to tremendously greater progress than […]

Some comments on the “India’s Daughter” documentary

Unlike some Indian or Indian origin commentators (particularly in the social media), I feel that the BBC had the right to publish the documentary “India’s Daughter” and that the Indian government shouldn’t create a huff about it. Freedom in such matters is virtually absolute, no matter if the documentary reflects badly on India (and by […]

Debate outside of one’s comfort zone

Over time we tend to form social groups of people with similar views to ourselves. Those of us join organisation and associations will of course do so with people who we think are like-minded. As such, it is usually the case that the discussions we have on various subjects – both formal and informal – […]