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What is Bhasma Snaan and Why Is It Important?

What is Bhasma Snaan and Why Is It Important?

Featured, Hinduism, Srijan Snippets, Tantra, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfbuh55ccB4 Now we come to very important part of Shaivite. It is Bhasma. We know that bhasma is a very important part of Shaivite traditions, bhasma is sacred to shaivites, loved by shaivites, but what we don’t know is that, Mahadeva has said that bhasma has importance in relieving you of physical diseases ad relieving you of many mental problems. So bhasma snaana is prescribed. Bhasma is prepared from - Can you guess? It’s prepared from cowdung! There are processes given. 4-5 types of Bhasma are described. Most important among them is sacred Kalpa bhasma. Many descriptions are given in agamas, what I’m giving is just a quick summary. By no means exhaustive, just a reference. So Mahadeva has given these descriptions and also in the order of their impo
What Are The Two Parts Of All Mantras And Their Significance ?

What Are The Two Parts Of All Mantras And Their Significance ?

Hinduism, Srijan Snippets, Tantra, Videos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ3GePymmFQ Now we come to the fundamentals. What is a Mantra? Now, aspects of Hinduism as we understand it today versus what is mentioned in our agamas, what Mahadeva has to say. How far we are from the originally revealed to where we are today. Now according to Mahadeva, not a single activity is performed without a mantra. This not what I’m saying- this is what he says. ‘Mantra vina kriya naasti’. So, he has given mantra for every action. So, Manana or contemplation if roughly translated, is the ability to know everything and Tranaa is the liberation from everything, all the ills, bondages of samsara. Since mantra gives you both, ability to know everything and capacity to get liberated from, everything is the mantra. This is the meaning of mantra. Ma
History of Yoga (Film)

History of Yoga (Film)

Featured, Kriya Yoga, Videos, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - Deepika Kothari / YouTube. https://youtu.be/92J-JPChaeI Full film History of Yoga 96 mins available @ https://www.vishuddhifilms.com/ Film History of yoga 6000 year journey of history & philosophy of Yoga. The first ever authentic & extensively researched film on Yoga from India. Visit us Online at: - https://www.vishuddhifilms.com/ The Film:- The Film “History of Yoga-the Path of my Ancestors” is a 6000 year journey into origin, evolution &  development of yoga. Six years of extensive research, filming; contribution of 30 eminent scholars; 35000 kms travel, 137 locations to record from 84 Archaeological sites, 37 Museums, Libraries, Temples & Shrines. The story explores the elements of Yoga in Harappa Civilization, Veda, Jainism, Buddhism, Sufism,
Brandi Shoombe: How Yoga Transformed My Life [Excerpt]

Brandi Shoombe: How Yoga Transformed My Life [Excerpt]

Kriya Yoga, Yoga, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - https://neweralive.na WINDHOEK - Thirteen years ago Brandi Shoombe was told she would never walk again, following a devastating car accident. Today, the 37-year-old yoga instructor not only walks but her life is more fulfilled than ever, thanks to yoga, she tells Health Focus. Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness. Today it is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. Shoombe shared how she refused to accept the doctors’ verdict for her life that she would not be able to walk again, and after trying out several alternatives, yoga did not disappoint. Not only did she risk h
Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Why India Must Celebrate Shankara [Excerpts]

Adi Sankaracharya, Gyana Yoga, Hinduism, Indic Religions
Source: - Swarajya Magazine. मा गच्छ त्वमितस्ततो गिरिश भो मय्येव वासं कुरु स्वामिन्नादिकिरात मामकमनःकान्तारसीमान्तरे | वर्तन्ते बहुशो मृगा मदजुषो मात्सर्यमोहादयस् तान् हत्वा मृगयाविनोदरुचितालाभं च संप्राप्स्यसि || (Śivānandalaharī of Ādi Śankara) Primeval Hunter, Shiva! Why wander here and there in search of game ? The wilderness of my mind harbors many beasts like pride, jealousy and lust; Come, kill them, you’ll enjoy the sport. People have been praying since forever for God to reside in their hearts, but it took Ādi Śankara’s pluck to suggest the offer as a favour to God! Śankara Jayantī was celebrated last week, and now is a good time to ruminate upon the ideas of this philosopher. Śankara is also a poet of the firs
Put Down That Painkiller, Pick Up A Yoga Mat: VA Study Finds Yoga Helps Chronic Back Pain Without Pills [Excerpts]

Put Down That Painkiller, Pick Up A Yoga Mat: VA Study Finds Yoga Helps Chronic Back Pain Without Pills [Excerpts]

Health & Wellness, Yoga, Yoga & Meditation
Source: - San Diego Union Tribune. By Jeanette Steele Aug. 6, 2017 2:20 PM In the middle of a prescription painkiller overdose crisis in the United States, a San Diego VA study finds that veterans with chronic pain would be well-served to put down the pills and pick up a yoga mat. After six months of twice-a-week yoga sessions, San Diego veterans reported a significant drop in back pain — one of the signature complaints of a demographic that suffers higher rates of chronic pain than the general population. Also, the number of patients in the study on opiate-based pain pills dropped from 20 percent to 8 percent. It’s a potentially important finding, as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs weans its members off of long-term addictive painkillers such as hyd
An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

An Australian Woman In India Shares Her Journey Of ‘Living The Bhagavad Gita’ [Excerpts]

Bhakti Yoga, Converting to Hinduism, Hinduism
Source: - https://www.sbs.com.au Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in India for the last 20 years. An author, pilgrim and spiritualist, Ms Sorensen's latest book is Living the  Bhagavad Gita: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Life where she states the 5,000-year-old teachings hold the answers to the stress, anxiety and confusion that many face in modern life today.  Braja Sorensen is an Australian who has been living in West Bengal for the last 20 years. It was in the early 90s when Braja first visited India. The country captivated her. A few years, in 1997, after having worked in television, tourism, and publishing in Australia, London, and the U.S, Braja returned to India to make it her home. In 2000, she met her Swedish husband and the duo has never looked ba
Hinduism: Religion Or Way Of Life – Swami Chinmayananda Speaks

Hinduism: Religion Or Way Of Life – Swami Chinmayananda Speaks

Advaita, Featured, Hinduism, Swami Chinmayananda, Videos, What is Hinduism
Source: - Dharma Raksha Vedi / YouTube Channel “ISN’T HINDUISM SIMPLY A WAY OF LIFE?” This is a question I am frequently asked at satsang gatherings. It invariably makes for spirited discussion, as there is avid interest and a lively diversity of opinion. Years ago, Swami Chinmayananda, founder of Chinmaya Mission, gave a dramatic lecture on the subject https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJcpEvmruOQ
What are the Contents of Agamas?

What are the Contents of Agamas?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-EYUBoA7q4 Now every Agama has 4 types of content. One is the Kriya Pada. Kriya Pada are all the rituals, all the practices, everything, like Prana Pratishtha, like offering water, offering Achmaneeyam, doing the mudras, all of those things, everything which can be contained broadly in the category of ritual or spiritual process, that is the Kriya Pada. So Kriya Pada, this classification is actually mentioned in the Kamika Agama itself and at the end of every chapter it says which Pada it belongs to. Now, Pada, by the way, is not ‘step’. It is ‘part’. So, all four, it’s not like you go step by step, not at all. These are 4 parts and all 4 have to be practiced. Carya is the lifestyle aspects. So for example, when should you take bath, why should you take bat