Nakshatra refers to an area of the sky in the Vedas

The image below shows a Rg veda mantram of which Vasishtha is the Rshi. It explains how the sun (Suryah) on rising at dawn illuminates the nakshatras. Since the sun illuminates the sky and not constellations, as it rises, I believe this mantra supports the definition of nakshatra, as a region […]

Helplessness: A 6th cakra imbalance?

June 7, 2015 On the grounds that helplessness springs from a desire to be in control or Agnya (command) cakra, I guess a feeling of helplessness might be a 6th cakra imbalance. kundAji said that daydreaming was an imbalance somewhere near the sOma cakra, between 6th and seventh.

Brahma’s Yuga – Paitamaha Siddhantha – from PancaSiddhantika

January 6, 2010 Reference : (Page 292 in the Reference : The Text and Translation of The PanchaSiddhantha by Mahamohopadhyaya Sudhakara Dwivedi and G. Thibaut, 1889. available at the Digital Library of India) In the Valmiki Ramayanam, Brahma is frequently referred to as Pitamaha or grandfather. In my previous posts we have explored together,  Brahma […]

Padmasana, Padmanabha : Yogic Interpretation

Recovered from : “Padmasanasthithe Devi, Parabrahma Swaroopini… Oh Devi! seated in a Padmasana, whose form is that of Parabrahma…” so begins a stotra in praise of  Devi. Brahma is referred to as Sarasijasana, Padmasana, Kamalasana All meaning “Lotus – Asana”. Does Padmasana refer to sitting on a lotus as shown […]

The fifth head of Brahma and Siva (Astronomical Significance)

Satya Sarada Kandula / December 6, 2009 Various legends mention that Siva removed the 5th head of Brahma.  (Each quotes a different reason).  (See : Siva Mahapuranam Vidyesvara Samhitam 8th Adhyayam : Brahma loses his fifth head.) I have long been searching for the astronomical significance of this. Today I found an important […]

The word arya in the Rg Veda : RV_04.026.02.1 : Gautamo Vamadeva Rshi

March 18, 2010 Recovered from : Today, after a lot of searching for a very long time I came across the word Arya in a mantram by the RSi vAmadEva the son/descendant of Gauthama Maharshi. Gautama Maharshi (Part 1) Gautama Maharshi (Part 2) When Vamadeva experienced the Brahman, he […]


We have heard a lot of such statements made about the Devas since our childhood. The Devas are the luminaries of the Vedas. The Devas are the heroes of the puranas. They live in Amaravathi (Click for location). They are the children of Aditi and Kasyapa. They can perform magic and miracles. Sri Vishnu is always on their […]


See Index Page : Ancient Beings, People, Tribes, Races In the early Vedic age, the word Asura meant mighty! In present day Kannada, arasu menas king. By one of the nirukta rules given by Yaska, arasu and asura can be related or indicated by the same thing. “The word Asura […]


As per Mahabharata (Sambhava Parva) : Brahma had another son named Manu. And Manu had a son of the name of Prajapati. And the sons of Prajapati were eight and were called Vasus whom I shall name in detail. They were Dhara, Dhruva, Soma, Aha, Anila, Anala, Pratyusha, and Prabhasa. These eight […]

Bhutas, Pisachas etc : Ghosts and Demons or Translation Errors?

Ghosts and Demons or Translation Errors? All the words that are used to describe the various words for ghosts, demons etc in modern Indian languages are derived from Sanskrit. But in Sanskrit literature, they refer to human beings of different geographical areas of India and around India. Bhutah, the wonderful people of […]


Apsarasas are the divinely beautiful dancers of svarga lōka. The following section from the itihāsa – mahābhārata gives some of their names. Some of them married kings and some married RSIs and started great dynasties and lineages. Some writers have suggested that they were connected to water sources. […]


Some mountain tribes, run up the hills using their toes and balls of their feet, never touching their heels to the ground, giving the impression of “horse feet” or “goat feet”. The word kinnara comes from kim +nara = what (is it) human? The Kinnaras frequently occur in […]

Maya Danava (Maya Asura)

Lineage : Maya is often called Danava which means descendant of Danu, one of Kasyapa‘s 13 wives and a daughter of Dakhsa Prajapati. However in the Uttarakanda of Ramayana, Maya is also described as Diti’s son (a Daitya and as the king of the Daityas). Diti is a different wife of Kasyapa. Some modern people speak […]


dAnavAs : Kasyapa’s wife Danu had a hundred sons, chief amongst whom was vipracitti. They and their descendants were known as the danavas. (from Linga Puranam). A famous Danava was Maya, the son of Vipracitti and Simhika, the author of the Surya Siddhantam. However in the Uttarakanda of Ramayana, Maya is also described as Diti’s son (a Daitya and […]


daityAs : The Daitya Hiranyakasipu, the son of Diti (finite) and Kasyapa, the brother of Hiranyaksha, father of Prahlada, (and the father-in-law of Bhrgu or of Sukra – I need to verify), was killed by Narasimha. Our legends also tell us that Kasyapa had 13 wives and all of  them were Daksha‘s daughters. aditi’s children were […]


Adityas : As per the Linga Purana : Aditi’s sons were the twelve Adityas, named Indra, Dhata, Bhaga, Tvashta, Mitra, Varuna, Aryama, Vivasvan, Savita, Pusha, Amshuman and Vishnu. Vivasvan is father of Vaivaswatha Manu. Bhaga, Mitra, Savita, Pusha, Vivaswan and Amshuman are sometimes taken to be the names of Surya Deva. Dhata is […]

Notes From upAdghAta of ādi śankarācārya’s gītā bhāšyam.

Here I will try to give my commentary on the upAdghAta (introduction) of Adi Sankara’s Commentary on the Gita. (Recovered from : Purusha, Avyakta, Brahmanda : Narayana is beyond the avyakta (undifferentiated) : vyakta or’ the differentiated’ refers to the matter-energy universe that we see manifested all […]

Do my actions count as karma? Do they purify my manas?

Karma is that which should be done, Akarma is not doing and Vikarma is doing the wrong thing. In today’s world.. it’s hard to determine what is karma because we no longer believe in caste, gender and age guidelines and the distinction between right and wrong blur as […]

What are samskArAs?

In Hindu Practice, from conception to death, there are well-defined rituals, called samskaraas, to help the manas engage with the chitta and become pure. Today, people follow very few of these practices, a good example being the vivaha or marriage samskara. But even then few focus on the […]

kRtsna karma kRt.

kRtsna karma kRt : one who has done the entire karma (work) that is to be done : There are 3 kinds of mokshas : sarupya – same form, salokya – same world and sayujya – same identity. There comes a time in our lives when we want God either ‘to […]

What are karma, akarma and vikarma?

karma is action. Not just action, but right action. akarma is inaction. vikarma is wrong or bad action. Karma is for citta śuddhi. The purification of the cit. A close but inexact translation of cit is consciousness or awareness. Dēvi is called cit svaroopi ie, one who has consciousness […]

More on Prarabdha karma

Please find below notes from this source on the internet. (Now, not available.) about Prarabdha karma. Like an arrow released towards its target, the karma begun before the dawn of knowledge (prarabdha) is not destroyed by gnyana. 454 : Shankaracharya in his Vivekachudamani. Once he is convinced of the unreality […]

How does karma-phala accrue across many lives?

 There are 3 kinds of karma – prArabdha, sancita and Agamya (aagami) My Veda Guru says : prArabdha karma is a bit like your EMI (Equated Monthly Installment). Every birth you take you are required to exhaust only part of your previously earned karma, good and bad. The best attitude towards this karma is […]

Types of knowledge, karma and motivation.

Three  things differentiate the guNAs as per गुणसंख्यान, ie the theory of the 3 essential properties (sattva, rajas and tamas) Knowledge or gnyAna The action –  karma The karta – the doer. If you everything as one – your knowledge is sAttvika. If you see everything as different – your knowledge is rAjasa If you think […]

Audio : harē rāma harē kṛṣṇa

harē rāma harē rāma rāma rāma harē harē |1| harē kṛṣṇa harē kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa harē harē |2| The vaidīka tradition is to chant line |1| first. Some others chant line |2| first. All the words in this chant are in sambōdhana prathamā vibhakti. hē harē, hē rāma, […]

What are the causes for success, or karma siddhi?

Can a person take full credit for his success or failure? There are 5 reasons for the fulfilment of all tasks. (sarva karmANAm siddhayE). (Causes of Karma Siddhi : Bhagavad Gita : 18.13-18.17) adhiSThAna : the place or the base kartA : the doer karaNa : the means, […]

Karma definitions

Karma definitions  according to Kunda Miss : karma : any action karma : duty karma : consequences of one’s action karma : vedotkta karma : from karma kAnda Recovered from :

What constitute the karma sangraha?

The Karma-Collection (karma sangraha) has three kinds (of elements). The instrument/means – karaNa The action –  karma The karta – the doer. Recovered from :

Audio : कृ कृष्ण kṛ kṛṣṇa

कृ is a verb root which means to do. The word karma is derived from kṛ. Practice the sound kṛ. The words chosen for kṛ practice are mostly from the Vishnu Sahasranama and the Bhagavad Gita. कृ कृ क्+ऋ kṛ kṛ k+ṛ To Do कृ कृष्ण​ क्+ऋ+ष्+ण्+अ kṛ […]

Audio : What motivates us to act (to do karma)?

Karma, in the sense of action is normally done for one four reasons, according to Kunda Guruji : phalApEkSa : a desire for results/benefits. rAga dvESa : emotions like fondness and hatred sanga : attachment ahankAra : the sense of doership (I am the doer). Absence of these […]

Audio : What is Karma?

Recovered from : General (Popular) Understanding : Every action has it consequences. The consequences of one’s actions are often called “karmaphala”. Typically, good karma is puNyam and leads to benefits; bad karma is pāpam and it leads to hardship. When unpredictable bad things happen, Hindus attribute it to […]

Audio : त तकार​ ta takāra तत् tat

Practice saying ta. Tat which means that, is used to indicate the brahman in the upaniṣads. That’s why I have given the declension of the tat śabda. One can practice the takāra as well as put oneself in mind of the brahman. As usual I have tried to […]

Audio : र रकार ra rakāra राम rāma

Many folks are unsure about the differing pronunciations between the vowel ऋ and the soft vowel र. Since I’ve just posted the  ऋ ऋकार​ ṛ ṛkāra lesson, I’ve decided to follow up with the रकार lesson. This lesson includes the bīja mantra ram of the agni or third […]

Audio : ऋ ऋकार​ ṛ ṛkāra ऋषि ṛṣi

ऋ ऋकार ऋ+क्+आ+र्+अ ṛ ṛkāra ṛ+k+ā+r+a The sound ṛ ऋ ऋ ऋ ṛ ṛ ṛ To rise ऋ ऋक्ष ऋ+क्+ष्+अ ṛ ṛkṣa ṛ+k+ṣ+a A bear ऋ ऋच् ऋ+च् ṛ ṛc ṛ+c To praise, extol ऋ ऋक्षनेमि ऋ+क्+ष्+अ+न्+ए+म्+इ ṛ ṛkṣanēmi ṛ+k+ṣ+a+n+ē+m+i A name of viṣṇu ऋ ऋच्छका ऋ+च्+छ्+अ+क्+आ ṛ […]

Audio : ऊ ऊकार​ ū ūkāra

ऊ ऊकार​ ऊ+क्+आ+र्+अ ū ūkāra ū+k+ā+r+a The sound ū ऊ ऊ ऊ ū ū ū śiva, moon, protector ऊ ऊर्मिला ऊ+र्+म्+इ+ल्+आ ū ūrmilā ū+r+m+i+l+ā Lakshmaṇa’s wife ऊ ऊरू ऊ+र्+ऊ ū ūrū ū+r+ū Thigh ऊ ऊर्ध्व ऊ+र्+ध्+व्+अ ū ūrdhva ū+r+d+h+v+a Above ऊ  ऊर्मि ऊ+र्+म्+इ ū ūrmi ū+r+m+i Wave ऊ […]

Audio : उ उकार​ ukāra

उ उकार​ उ+क्+आ+र्+अ u u+k+ā+r+a ukāra The sound u उ उ उ u u u Name of śiva उ उवाच​ उ+व्+आ+च्+अ u u+v+ā+c+a uvāca Said उ उपरि उ+प्+अ+र्+इ u u+p+a+r+i upari After उ उदय​ उ+द्+अ+य्+अ u u+d+a+y+a udaya Rise उ उत्थित​ उ+त्+थ्+इ+त्+अ u u+t+th+i+t+a utthita One who is […]

Audio : ई ईकार​ ī īkāra

ई ईकार​ ī īkāra ī+k+ā+r+a The sound ī ई ई ई ī ī ī A name of lakṣmī ई ईश्वर​ ई+श्व+र​ ī īṣvara ī+ś+v+a+r+a The best of Gods ई ईशा ई+शा ī īśā ī+ś+ā By īśa, by Him whose will commands everything, By God. ई ईप्सित​ ई+प्+स्+इ+त​ ī […]

Vasishta tells us in RV_07.020.01.2 : that Indra killed Vrtra

RV_07.020.02.1{01} hanta vṛtramindraḥ śūśuvānaḥ prāvīn nu vīro jaritāramūtī RV_07.020.02.2{01} kartā sudāse aha vā u lokaṃ dātā vasu muhurā dāśuṣe bhūt virah indrah – The valorous indra; vRtram hantA – killed vritra; sudAsE lokam kartA – he gave the world (kingdom) to sudasa (lit.. good dAsa or devotee) muhuh dAs’uSE […]

Vasishta addressed Indra as Chakri! RV_07.020.01.1

All of us born in the last century think of Vishnu as Chakri. Vishnu has a sudarshana chakra also used by Sri Krishna. It can take a man’s head off. A discovery channel program actually demonstrated a weapon like a chakra that could be used for exactly the same […]

RV_07.020.03.1 : Indra, an invincible hero from birth: Vasishta

RV_07.020.03.1{01} yudhmo anarvā khajakṛt samadvā śūraḥ satrāṣāḍ januṣemaṣāḷhaḥRV_07.020.03.2{01} vyāsa indraḥ pṛtanāḥ svojā adhā viśvaṃśatrūyantaṃ jaghāna yudhmah : A warrior anarvā : unstoppable khajakṛt : yuddhakrt : one who wages wars samat va śūraḥ : valorous in battle satrāṣāḍ – invincible and victorious januṣA – from birth Im – This, […]

Indra in the Valmiki Ramayanam.

indra deva has been given a lot of bad press in some movies. In the Vedas and in the Valmiki Ramayana, Indra is a hero. I have so far shared some posts about how Valmiki presented Indra in his Ramayanam. =================================================================== In the beginning, he led the team […]

Indra, Vajra and Vrtrasura:

Indra himself used the Vajrayudham and the Sakthi. Vajra means hard. And Ayudham means weapon. It can mean diamond too. Indra’s Vajrayudham was made of the backbone of a great sage called Dadichi. Hanuman is called Vajranga Bali (the strong one with hard limbs – as hard as diamond or bone). In Hindi […]

Audio : ikāra

इ इकार​ इ+क्+आ+र्+अ i ikāra i+k+ā+r+a to remember, study, go इ इन्द्र इम्+द्+र्+अ i indra im+d+r+a the king of the devas इ इच्छा इ+च्+छ​+आ i icchā i+c+cha+ā desire इ इज्य इ+ज्+य्+अ i ijya i+j+y+a one who is worthy of worship इ इक्षु इ+क्+ष्+उ i ikṣu i+k+ṣ+u sugarcane इ […]

Indra and Sravana Kumara (Valmiki Ramayana – Balakanda)

All of us know that  Dasaratha (Rama’s father) accidentally killed Sravana Kumara. But did you know that Indra came personally to take Sravana Kumara to heaven? Sravana Kumara was a devoted son of his blind parents and had gone to fetch water for his parents. Dasaratha thought that it […]

Indra with Sarabhanga (Valmiki Ramayana – Aranyakanda)

Kaikeyi had Sri Rama exiled to the forest for 14 years. Sita and Lakshmana went with him. Rama refused to stay with his friend, Guha, the Nishada king and went further into the forest. He refused to turn back, irrespective of whoever asked him to come back home, his […]

indra’s divine weapons given to rāma.

Agastya gives Sri Rama Divine Weapons. (Valmiki Ramayana – Aranyakanda) Sri Rama defeated and killed the Rakshasas wherever he went, at the request of the Rishis. After meeting Sutikshana and before meeting Agastya, Rama met a lot of Rishis. They told him that the Rakshasas were troubling them and trying to do […]

Indra feeds Sita ( valmiki rāmayańa – arańyakānDa )

Ravana abducted Sita, when they were staying at Panchavati and arranged for to stay in the Asoka Vana, till she agreed to marry him. Sita refused to eat the food offered to her by Ravana. Then, Ravana’s paternal grandfather, Brahma asked Indra to go and feed Sita. Indra entered […]

Indra’s Children.

One of Indra’s sons, Jayanta, a Kaka (crow), attacked Sita. Rama put out one of his eyes, but did not kill him. Another son of Indra’s was Vali, the brother of sūryaputra sugreeva. Rama killed vāli because Vali had taken away Sugreeva’s wife. Sugreeva and Rama had promised each […]

Audio : slōka chanting for heart cakra.

यं बृहन्तं बृहत्युक्थे यमग्नौ यं महाध्वरे।यं विप्रसङ्घा गायन्ति तस्मै वेदात्मने नमः।। This ślōka is from bhīshma stavarāja yam bRhantam bRhatyukthē yam agnau yam mahādhvarē yam viprasanghā gāyanti tasmai vēdātmanē namah | yam is the bīja mantram of the anāhata cakra. This is the cakra of the heart. Love […]

Audio : hakāra

Read : ह ha is a form of śiva ह हरि Hari – višńu ( also green, wind, sun, monkey, lion …) ह हर​ Hara – śiva ( also destroyer, stallion, fire, one who chases/takes away ….) ह हम्स Hamsa – swan ( One who is enlightened – […]

Audio : ākāra

Listen and Practice. आ‍ आनन ānana Faceआ आनन्द​ ānanda Joy आ आत्मा ātmā Selfआ आदि ādi Beginningआ आदित्य​ āditya Sun aa a is hrasva short. It is one mātra long. ā is dīrgha long. It is two mātrās long. aaaaa is pluta. It is many mātras long. a […]

agnim īłe

Recovered from an old post by me on and It has my translation of some Veda mantras to Agni agnih dēvatā Devata means luminary, the one who is bright. The root of the word is related to light. Diva is lamp, Diva is day, Divi is heaven. […]

Audio : Letters : alpaprāNas and mahāprāNas

Oct 12, 2015, 3:40 PM from Ancient Indians – Satya Samhita The letters from ka to ma are called classified consonants or vargIya vyanjanAs. Each varga or class ends with a nasal sound or anunAsika that is pronounced from the same area of the mouth as the other […]

अहं मोक्षयिष्यामि| शरणं व्रज|

अहं त्वाम् मोक्षयिष्यामि | अहं त्वाम् सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यामि | ( त्वं ) मा शुच| भगवान्, त्वं माम् मोक्षयिष्यसि | भगवान्, त्वं माम् सर्वपापेभ्यो मोक्षयिष्यसि | नाहं शुचामि | शरणं व्रज, शरणं गच्छ| माम् एकं शरणं व्रज| त्वाम् शरणं व्रजामि| श्री कृष्ण! तव शरणं | सर्वधर्मान् परित्यज्य, माम् एकं […]

Audio : Iśā vāsya upanišad

This upanišad contains the mahāvakyam so-ahamasmi. It is both a vēda and an upanišad. Not all students have the physical capacity to chant vaidīka svaras. There will be an entrance test for chanting lessons. Most people can sign up for the meanings classes or for the philosophy discussions. […]

Audio : buddhir balam : Hanumān

बुद्धिर्बलम् यशो धैर्यम् निर्भयत्वम् अरोगता अजाड्यम् वाक्पटुत्वञ्च हनुमत्स्मरणाल्लभेत् । The austerity to practice is remembering Hanumān. The benefits (karmaphala) of this activity are listed in the ślokam as follows. बुद्धि: – buddhih – That which has been learned – Learning र्बलम् – balam – strength यश: – yaśah […]

Audio : śukla yajurvēda śānti mantram.

Listen to Rg Veda śānti mantram : Vangme manasi pratishtita Isa Vasya Upanishad (Complete) Interpretation by Satya Sarada Kandula Buy the eBook or Print Book on Is’A vAsya upaniSad (Isa Upanishad) Excerpt : Peace Invocation : s’Anti mantram AUM pUrNamadah pUrNamidam pUrNat pUrNamudacyatE | pUrNasya pUrNamAdAya pUrNamEvAvas’iSyatE.||0|| AUM s’Antih, s’Antih, s’Antih. Every Upanishad […]

Audio : śrī śrīdah śrīśah. Learn to say śrī.

About śrī. śrī dēvī is associated with every form of well being. She is the daughter of bhRgu maharši and the wife of višńu. The word siri in kannada and telugu has evolved from śrī and is often used to denote all manner of material wealth. śrī gives […]

Audio : akāra

Listen. Read. अ अथ​ atha : now अ अनादि – अन + आदि anādi : without beginning अ अभ्यास​ – abhyāsa : practice अ अमर​ – amara : immortal अ अम्बा – ambā : mother, dēvī अ is also one of the names of višńu Practice : अकार​ […]

Audio : lingāšTakam

My present understanding is that ङ्गं sound at the end of each line helps us with our sahasrāra cakra. In addition, this namana, destroys all the pain of birth, pride, accumulated total sins, 8 kinds of daridra and burns desire. In addition the person who chants this goes […]

Audio : dēvī prārthana

One of my friends, who has been giving a lot of participative support in this effort, asked me if I would post dēvī prārthanas, today (since it is a Friday). To take a headbath on a Friday and worship dēvī, is the norm for many Hindu women.

Audio : manōjavam : Hanumān

मनोजवं मारुततुल्यवेगम् । जितेन्द्रियं बुद्धिमतां वरिष्ठम् । वातात्मजं वानरयूथमुख्यम् । श्रीरामदूतं शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥ Faster than the mind, As fast as the wind, Victor over the senses, The best among the learned, The son of the wind, Foremost among the Vānara horde, The Messenger of rāma, is The […]

Audio : subhāšitam – śatēšu jāyatē

सुभाषितम् : श्रोता भवति वा न वा शतेषु जायते शूरः । In a hundred is born a valiant man. सहस्रेषु च पण्डितः ।  And in thousand, a scholar. वाग्मी शत सहस्रेषु ।   An orator, in ten thousand.  श्रोता भवति वा न वा  । May be one who hears […]

Audio : svasti prajābhyah

This is a good blessing for the people of the earth and her rulers. Justice and Happiness. Feel free to share. There is good for the people and for those who rule. The lords of the earth rule the earth in the way of justice. May there always […]

Audio : yadaksharapadabhrashTam

Even though I (or you) focus on accuracy in chanting, there are sometimes some slips and errors. In these ślōkas we seek forgiveness (kšamā) for errors in our practice, sādhana, ācāra for whatever reason. If there is a bhrashTa (falling, failing) of a letter, word, mātra (duration), then […]

Audio : jayatu jayatu mantram – śrī rāma mantram

This is a beautiful and easy set of ślōkās. All related to śrī rāma. rāma mantra grants fulfilment of life, attainment of mōkśa and is equivalent to chanting the thousand names of višńu. One of the meanings of mantram, is that which protects the mind. rāma, rām, ram, […]

Audio : candraśēkharāšTakam

This is a prayer or prārthana. The son of mRkanDu mahaRši, mārkanDēya created this stavam. It is found in māgha māhātmya. He prays to candraśēkhara, to save him. He takes refuge in candraśēkhara and says what can yama do? The phalaśRti says that whenever anyone feels scared of […]

Audio : lalitā dēvī pancaratna

This pancaratna says that (I) do the following 5 things in the morning. Morning Remembering – prātah smarańa of the dēvī’s face Morning Regarding – prātah bhajana of her shoulders Morning namana – prātah namana of her feet Morning Praise (Stating) – prātah stuti of her divine attributes […]

Audio : śrī rāma mangała ślōkah

mangała or mangala ślōkah are auspicious chants generally used at the conclusion of a pūjā. The ślōkah recorded above, are for śrī rāma and for the gurus. If you would like to learn chanting from me, please register below.

Audio : sūryāšTakam – śiva prōktam

These 8 slōkas which offer namah (manah) to the Sun, sūrya, were spoken by śiva. At the end there is a phalaśRti. This tells of the fruit of constantly (daily) chanting the suryashtakam. The chanter will not have disease, sorrow or poverty. All the pain due to grahas […]

Audio : siddhalakshmi

siddha-lakshmīh, mōksha-lakshmīh, jaya-lakshmīh, saraswatī, śrī-lakshmīh, vara-lakshmīh, ca, prasannā, mama, sarvadā. There is a variant which says suprasannā bhava sarvadā. The essence is – my Lakshmi should always be pleased.

Audio : namah sūryāya candrāya

This is navagrahanamana. In this ślōkam, the namah (manah) is for sūrya, candra, mangala, budha, guru, śukra, śani, rāhu and kētu. They are the kārakas for the Self, Mind, Conflict, Learning, Wisdom, Comfort, Work, Illusion and Freedom, in that order, respectively. Some Notes. A graha is any celestial […]

Audio : yā dēvī

That dēvī, who is well-established, in all the lōkas (worlds) and in all beings, for her namah, for her namah, for her namah, namah, namah. There are many variants of this ślōkam. I have often prescribed this stuti to people who show effects of rāhu’s illusory influence. And […]

Audio : Sriman Narayana – Bhāva Prāmukhyata

s’rīmannārāyaNa is a kīrtana by annamācārya. It is mostly in samskRtam. If the phrase “nee paadame saraNu’ is replaced by “tava pādam u śaraNam”, then the song is completely in sanskrit. I sang this in front of the divine Cheluva Narayana Swamy at Melkote, Karnataka. I sing this […]

Audio : Bhagavad Gita Chapter 1

If you would like to learn the Bhagavad Gita from me, please register below. If you would like to hear me chant, here is my recording of the first chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Previous : Audio : bhagavad gītā karādi nyāsah. The Bhagavad Gita (Complete) – A Primer.

Audio : kāyēna vācā

This is a karma phala samarpaNa ślōkam. It is not a stotram or praise. It is ślōkam for those who wish to practice karma yōga. It says that whatever I do, with my body, speech, manas (the part of the mind that deals with sensory experiences), indriyās (powers […]

Audio : bhagavad gītā karādi nyāsah.

Before we begin chanting the bhagavad gītā, it is customary to chant the karādi nyāsah. Here we associate different important phrases from the gītā, with our hands, fingers, heart, eyes and so on, with specific hand gestures. We invoke Bhagavad Gita as a deity and worship her. And […]

Audio : śuklāmbaradharam višńum (with meanings)

This prayer is for vighna upaśamana. The quietening of disturbances. s’abda ācara All pūjās start with this ślōkam. Most Hindus recognise this as a prayer to gańēśa. Some śrī vaišńava gurus differ on this matter. I recall that they say it is a prayer to viśvaksēna. artha He […]