Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2019 07 02 Ashta Lakshmi (Sanskrit: अष्टलक्ष्मी, lit. "Eight Lakshmis")

Ashta Lakshmi (Sanskrit: अष्टलक्ष्मी, lit. "Eight Lakshmis") or Ashtalakshmi are a group of eight manifestations of Devi Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. She presides over eight sources of wealth: "Wealth" in the context of Ashta-Lakshmi means prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power. The Ashta Lakshmi are always depicted and worshipped in a group in temples.



Nine videos play for 35 minutes.

All commentary regarding the Eight Lakshmis are courtesy of Wikipedia-Ashta_Lakshmi


Adi Lakshmi or Maha Lakshmi ("Primeval Lakshmi" or "Great Lakshmi") is an ancient form of Lakshmi. She is an incarnation of Lakshmi as the daughter of the sage Bhrigu. She is depicted as four-armed, carrying a lotus and a white flag, other two arms in Abhaya mudra and varada mudra.

Dhana Lakshmi ("Money Lakshmi"), is the goddess of wealth. She is depicted as four-armed, in red garments, and carrying a chakra (discus), shankha (conch), kalasha (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on top) or Amrita kumbha (a pitcher containing the elixir of life), bow and arrow, a lotus and her arm in abhaya mudra with wealth in the form of gold raining down from it.
 
Dhanya Lakshmi ("Grain Lakshmi") is the goddess of agricultural wealth. She is depicted as eight-armed, in green garments, carrying two lotuses, gada (mace), paddy crop, sugarcane, bananas, and her two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra. 
 
Gaja Lakshmi ("Elephant Lakshmi") is the giver of animal wealth (such as cattle) or the giver of power of royalty, as interpreted by Swami Chidananda. According to Hindu mythology, Gaja Lakshmi brought back the wealth lost by Indra (king of demi-gods) from the ocean. Vasudha Narayanan interpreted the name as "one who is worshipped by elephants." She is depicted as four-armed, in red garments, carrying two lotuses, other two arms in abhaya mudra and varada mudra, surrounded by two elephants bathing her with water pots. 
 
Santana Lakshmi ("Progeny Lakshmi") is the goddess of bestowing offspring. She is depicted as six-armed, carrying two kalashas (water pitcher with mango leaves and a coconut on it), sword, shield, a child on her lap, a hand in abhaya mudra and the other holding the child. Her sword and shield symbolises a mother's ability to even kill someone to save her own child . The child holds a lotus.
 
Veera Lakshmi ("Valourous Lakshmi") or Dhairya Lakshmi ("Courage Lakshmi") is the goddess who bestows valour during battles and courage plus strength for overcoming difficulties in life. She is depicted as eight-armed, in red garments, carrying a chakra, shankh, bow, arrow, trishul (or sword), a bundle of palm leaf scriptures, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.

Vijaya Lakshmi or Jaya Lakshmi ("Victorious Lakshmi") is the goddess and the giver of victory, not only in battles[3] but also for conquering hurdles in order to achieve success. She is depicted as eight-armed, in red garments, carrying the chakra, shankh, sword, shield, lotus, pasha, other two hands in abhaya mudra and varada mudra.
 
Vidya Lakshmi ("Knowledge Lakshmi") is the goddess and the bestower of knowledge of arts and sciences.She is dressed in white saree and has resemblance to godess Saraswati. She holds a book of vedas , peacock feather as a pen , vard mudra and abhay mudra.


1 Ashtalakshmis singing Ashtalakshmi Stothram - 'Vande Guru Paramparaam' 8:35
(This is dedicated to all eight Lakshmis)
 
2 AADHI LAKSHMI - Sri Ashtalakshmi Stuthi - Goddess Lakshmi Devi Songs - Singer Vani Jayaram 3:42

3 Shree Dhana Lakshmi Stotram - Goddes Lakshmi Mantra With Lyrics By Shailendra Bhartti 5:13

4 Dhaanya Lakshmi Stotra - Goddess Lakshmi Songs - Ashtalakshmi Stotram 2:13

5 Gajalaxmi 3:13

6 SANTHANA LAKSHMI - Sri Ashtalakshmi Stuthi - Goddess Lakshmi Devi Songs - Singer Vani Jayaram 3:11

7 Sri Dhairya Lakshmi 3:34

8 Vijaya Lakshmi Stotram - Goddess Lakshmi Songs - Ashtalakshmi Stotram 2:13

9 Vidya Lakshmi Stotra - Goddess Lakshmi Songs - Ashta Lakshmi Stotram 2:29





Playlist url:
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

2019 02 19 Popular and Useful Bija Mantras

Here are eight of the most popular, useful, and commonly used bija mantras to change and improve your life. (Bija or Beeja means Seed or Essence, one syllable that represents the essence of the deity.) There is a bija mantra for Shiva, but Om Namah Shivaya is used far more than any other and so I stayed with that tradition.

Eight videos play for 79 minutes

1 - Ganesh – opens doors to new beginnings and leads you around obstacles. Call upon him when you begin something new, and for intelligence.
Ganesh means Gana (group, multitude) Isha (Lord/Master) Overseer of the demi-gods who followed his father Shiva.
Om gum ganapathaye namah - Deva Premal - 8:13

2 - Kali – a fierce fighter yet loving mother figure; destroyer of evil; protection
Kali means 'fulness of time' or 'force of time'
Om Kreem Kalikaye namah - no artist info - 7:48

3 - Krishna – spiritual or unconditional love. If you need to love yourself, or are trying to forgive someone, this could be useful.
Krishna means black; dark-colored
Om kleem krishnaya namaha - no artist info - 13:16

4 - Lakshmi – fortune and wealth
Lakshmi means 'kindred mark' or 'sign of auspicious fortune'
Om shreem Mahalakshmiaya namaha - Deva Premal - 7:55

5 - Saraswati – creativity and learning [education], music and arts
Saraswati means 'She of the stream'
Om sum saraswathaye namah - Sahil Jagtiani - 12:47 

6 - Shiva – destroyer of illusion; when you need a breakthrough or clarity
Shiva means 'the Auspicious, the Perfect'
Om namah shivaya - no artist info -11:55

7 - Surya - The Sun, an excellent mantra to demonstrate Gratitude.
Surya is the name for the sun, ghrin means 'favor'
Om ghrin suryaya namah - SBV Music - 11:42

8 - Vishnu – peace, love, protector of the universe
Vishnu means 'all-pervading' or 'the being who supports all things'
This one is done as a kirtan (call and response) so I am not sure there are 108 repetitions, but I loved this version. You'll notice he includes Krishna in this one, too
Om namo narayanaya - Sahil Jagtiani - 5:18


Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 12 11 Vivah Panchami - Marriage Anniversary of Sita and Ram

Info from Vivah Panchami website

It is believed that Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who visited Janakpurdham in Nepal and in the Swayamvar of Goddess Sita, broke the bow (Dhanush) of Lord Shiva and got married to Goddess Sita.

Vivah Panchami is the day celebrated as the marriage anniversary of Goddess Sita and Lord Rama as it is believed that they got married on this day. Vivah Panchami falls on the fifth day of Hindu month of Margashirsha in the Shukla Paksha.

The celebrations of Vivah Panchami take place across India in almost all the regions at Ram-Sita temples. But the most pious and grand celebrations can be seen on the lands of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama and also at Janakpur, in Nepal, the birthplace of Goddess Sita.

Vivah Panchami Puja is performed by the priest and the celebrations are concluded with the aarti of Lord Ram.

 Six videos play for 70 minutes


1 Ramayan song - Ram Sita marriage  13:42

2 Shri Ram Jaanki Baithe Hein Mere Seene Mein 8:30

3 Devi Sita Song | Ghar Mein Padharo Sita Maiya | New Devotional Song  4:08

4 Sita Ram Sita Ram Kahiye -Ram Bhajan-Anup Jalota  7:18

5 Seeta ram seeta ram by manoj tiwari  10:48

6 Group Lakshmi Narayan Puja on Vivah Panchami  25:28





Playlist URL:
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2018 10 10 Fall Navratri

The Nine forms of Durga celebrated during Navaratri are; Shailaputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayini, Kaalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. 

Navadurga Navratri 9 forms of Durga by ShotgunMavericks on WikiPedia




















 
First: Shailputri means the daughter of Mountain-King Himavan, her vehicle is a bull and is hailed as Vrishabhda.

Second: Brahmacharini, Brahma means penance and Charini is a lady follower, this form is the embodiment of knowledge and teaching, the way she attained Lord Shiva to be her husband.

Third: Chandraghanta, a semi-circular moon shaped like a bell on her head, this form is very serene and victorious, weapons are strongly held in her eight hands, her third eye is always open, Chandraghanta's vehicle is a lion, by worshipping her, she is always prepared for war, one can experience fearlessness and bravery by worshipping her, the death imparted by her assumes the state of assureness and happiness.

Fourth: Kushmanda, that is the fourth form of Navadurga, eight-armed, the holder of weapons, rider of the tiger, the cheerful Goddess, she is the only one who resides in the core of the sun, all the ten directions are being lightened up.

Fifth: Skandamata meaning the mother of Kartikeya, the fifth form of Navadurga, rider of the lion, by worshipping her, one is on the way to salvation.

Sixth: Katyayani, one can receive righteousness, desire, salvation and sense from worshipping her. She killed demon Mahishasur.

Seventh: Kaalratri holds an iron weapon in one hand, and another a sword, a trident, hook and scimitar is held. This form destroys all darkness, one can scare away the demonic forces by worshipping her.

Eighth: Mahagauri is white complexioned, wearing white clothes, four-armed, holding a trident, and a musical instrument in another.

Ninth: Siddhidatri has the eight powers - Anima, Mahima, Garima, Laghima, Prapti, Prakambya, Ishitva and Vashitva can be attained by her grace, his half-Shiva and half-Shakti form of Ardhanarishwar is granted by her.

The Playlist and chants: 


Shailputri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 1 Navratri ) Pratipada 11:32
Om Shaam Sheem Shoom Shailputryai Namaha 

Brahmcharini Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 2 Navratri ) Dwitiya 11:32
Om Braam Breem Broom Brahmcharinyai Namaha 

Chandraghanta Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 3 Navratri ) Tritiya 11:32
Om Hreem Kleem Shreem Chandraghantayai Namaha

Kushmanda Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 4 Navratri ) Chaturthi 11:32
Om Hreem Kushmandayai Jagatprasootyai Namaha

Skandamata Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 5 Navratri ) Panchami 11:32
Om Hreem Saha Skandmatryai Namaha

Katyayani Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 6 Navratri ) Sashti 11:32
Om Hreem Shreem Katyayanyai Namaha

Kalaratri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 7 Navratri ) Saptami 11:50
Om Aim Hreem Kleem Kalratryai Namaha

Mahagauri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 8 Navratri ) Ashtami 11:30
Om Hreem Shreem Glaum Gam Gauri Geem Namaha

Siddhidatri Jaap Mantra 108 Repetitions ( Day 9 Navratri ) Navami 11:31
Om Hreem Saha Siddhidatryai Namaha

Day 10 (Dashami) - Sharadiya Navratri ends
The Story of Vijaya Dashami - Dussehra Festival History 5:22




 
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

2018 09 02 Krishna Janmashtami - birth of Krishna

Krishna Janmashtami for the year 2018 is celebrated/ observed on Sunday, September 2.

Krishna Janmashtami is observed on the 8th day of the month of Bhadon on the Hindu calendar which falls in the months of July, August and September for the Gregorian calendar. The day celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

Eight videos play for 53.15 minutes 

1 Shri Krishna Gayatri- Suresh Wadkar ( Album: Sacred Morning Mantras Muralidhar Krishna ) 7:32

2 Krishna Govinda Gopala | Popular Art of Living Krishna Bhajan 5:16

3 Sweet Surrender (Shri Krishna Govinda) [by Prema Hara] 9:40

4 Devikanandan Gopala by Krishna Das 7:30

5 GOVINDAM ADI PURSHAM 5:56

6 Samsara Davanala ~ George Harrison: 5:23

7 Hare Krishna Hare Rama ~ "Beautiful Chant" ~ [by] Agnideva Dasa 6:06

8 Beautiful Aarti ( Just Watch ) 5:45






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