Category: YOGA

My Musings on Yoga – Practice and Philosophy

Sapta Puri

Sapta puri are seven holy cities in India that are considered to be the most sacred places for Hindus. They are believed to grant liberation from the cycle of birth and death to those whoContinue reading

Temple architecture

Connection to Chakras According to some sources, there is a symbolic and scientific link between the structure of a Hindu temple and the human body. The temple is seen as a representation of the bodyContinue reading

Six Shastras

The six shastras, or Vedangas, are the auxiliary texts that explain the proper interpretation and application of the Vedas, the sacred scriptures of Hinduism. They are as follows: ¹ ¹: Shastra – Wikipedia Source: ConversationContinue reading

Hanuman and Surya

Hanuman ji prayed to Sunadev to become a teacher According to a narrative, it is said that when Hanuman ji grew up a little older than childhood, his parents i.e. Anjani and Kesari sent themContinue reading

Lord Ayyappa

Lord Ayyappa is a Hindu deity who is popular in South India. He is considered to be the son of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini, a female avatar. He isContinue reading

Origins of Universe

The origin of the cosmos according to Hindu mythology is a fascinating and complex topic that has been explored in various ancient texts and myths. There are different versions and interpretations of how the universeContinue reading

51 Shakti Peethas

According to the web search results, there are different numbers of Shakti Peethas (seats of power) in Hinduism, depending on the sources and traditions. Some texts mention 51, 52, 64, or 108 Shakti Peethas, whichContinue reading

Skanda Purana

The Skanda Purana is a Hindu religious text that contains various stories and legends related to the god Skanda, also known as Kartikeya or Murugan. Here are 10 bullet points that summarize the content ofContinue reading

14 Lokas

The 14 lokas are the worlds or realms of existence in Hindu cosmology. They are divided into seven higher worlds (Vyahrtis) and seven lower worlds (Patalas). Here is a table with their names, their residentsContinue reading

Sati

what is the strory of Sati’s self immolation during Daksha’s yagna? The story of Sati’s self immolation during Daksha’s yagna is a tragic and important event in Hindu mythology. It is narrated in various HinduContinue reading

Lord Murugan

Also called as Karthikeya, Skanda, Subramanya, Shanmugam and many other names Lord Murugan is one of the most important and popular deities in Hindu mythology, especially among the Tamil Hindus. He is the son ofContinue reading

Durga

What is the story behind Durga Puja? Durga Puja is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura. According to one legend, Mahishasura was a powerful buffalo-demon who obtainedContinue reading

Ashtau Nidanani

According to Ayurveda, there are eight main types of diseases, which are called ashtau nidanani or eight causes of diseases. They are: Name Root cause Symptoms Location Jwara Aggravation of all three doshas (vata, pittaContinue reading

Daksha

Daksha was a son of Brahma and had two wives: Prasuti and Asikni. He had many daughters from both of them, who became the mothers of various creatures and deities. ¹² Prasuti bore Daksha 24Continue reading

Brahma

The sons of Lord Brahma are also known as Prajapatis, who are believed to be the fathers of the human race. All these sons were born out of his mind rather than body, they areContinue reading

Head, Heart, Gut

Head, Heart, Gut

Research shows that decisions are made through a combination of Cognition, Emotion and Intuition Higher Mindfulness Head, heart and gut are three types of intelligence that we use to process or relate to the world.Continue reading

12 months

12 Maasa

The National Calendar of India is based on the Saka Calendar, which is adopted as the official civil calendar beside the Gregorian Calendar 1. The Saka calendar consists of 365 days and 12 months, whichContinue reading

Beej Mantras

Here is a table of various gods and goddesses and their beej mantras: God/Goddess Beej Mantra Brahma Om Brim Brihaspataye Namaha 1 Durga Dum Durgayei Namaha 1 Ganesha Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha 1 Saraswati AimContinue reading

Navagrahas

Navagrahas

The Navagrahas are the nine celestial bodies in Hindu astrology that are believed to influence human life on Earth 123. The following table lists the Navagrahas, their family members, and their qualities: Navagraha Family MembersContinue reading

Nishkama-Karma

Karma

Everyone is done through me, not by me. Let there be no trace, no residue, no identification to the self. Only surrender to your higher SELF. Nishkama Karma – Desireless Action is the way. TheContinue reading

The only battle ever

is between self and SELF. Inside an individual with oneself Outside an individual with other selves. the limited self to the infinite SELF. This is the journey. The SELF has no identity. It is pureContinue reading

64 Yoginis

Click here KUNDALINI AND TANTRA THE 64 YOGINIS, Right-hand path, Left-hand path and Kaula path (Georg Feuerstein)

Nath Sampradaya

The Nath monastic movement is a Hindu sub-tradition that emerged in India and Nepal around the 11th or 12th century CE. ¹ It is based on the teachings and practices of yogis, who are devoteesContinue reading

30 Tithis

Tithis are the lunar days in the Hindu calendar, which are based on the phases of the moon. Each tithi is the time it takes for the moon to move 12 degrees away from theContinue reading

Shad Ritus

Shad Ritus

Shad ritus are the six seasons of the Hindu calendar, each lasting for two months, which are based on the movement of the sun and the moon. They are: The following table shows the sixContinue reading

Ashta chiranjeevis

According to Hindu mythology, there are eight immortals or Chiranjivis, who are said to live until the end of the current cycle of creation and destruction, known as Kalpa. They are: These are some ofContinue reading

Saptarishis

The saptarishis are the seven great sages of Hindu mythology, who are regarded as the mind-born sons of Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe. They are the guardians of the divine laws and theContinue reading

Shad Rasas

According to Ayurveda, there are six tastes or rasas that have different effects on the body and mind. They are as follows: Rasa Element Dosha Example Madhura ( Sweet ) Earth and water Vata andContinue reading

Pancha Kleshas

Name Meaning How to Overcome Avidya Ignorance or misconception of reality Cultivate wisdom and discernment through study, reflection, and meditation Asmita Egoism or identification with the false self Practice detachment and self-inquiry to realize theContinue reading

Chakras

Chakra Location Element Lotus Petals Beej Mantra Goddess Color Muladhara Base of the spine Earth 4 LAM Dakini Red Svadhisthana Below the navel Water 6 VAM Rakini Orange Manipura Above the navel Fire 10 RAMContinue reading

Malas

Mala Definition Dhatu Purisha (faeces) The feces or stool that is excreted from the large intestine.  Mainly composed of undigested food residues and waste products from rasa and rakta dhatus. Mutra (urine) The urine thatContinue reading

Ayurveda

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Tridoshas

Sure, I can help you with that. Here is a table that explains the three doshas, their elements and their significance, based on the web search results: Dosha Element Significance Vata – Air + EtherContinue reading

Navadurgas

Name Meaning Symbolism Shailaputri Daughter of the mountains Purity and devotion Brahmacharini One who practices devout austerity Happiness and grace Chandraghanta One with a half-moon shaped bell on her forehead Peace, tranquility, and prosperity KushmandaContinue reading

14 Vidyas

4 Vedas 4 UpaVedas (abodes of knowledge) 6 Vedangas

Chausath Kalas

The 64 arts or kalas are the skills or techniques that one must learn as part of Indian culture. They are believed to be mastered by Lord Krishna, who learned them from his guru SandipaniContinue reading

The three Granthis

The three granthis are the psychic knots or blockages in the human body that hinder the free flow of energy. Name Location Chakra Element Associations Brahma granthi Base of the spine Muladhara and Svadhisthana Earth,Continue reading