Rudraksha Yoga Site Update: 108th Article Posted and Site Statistics.

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Rudraksha Yoga: Knowing the Unknown, Knower and the Known!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Here are some important updates and news about Rudraksha Yoga Website.

1. 108th Post published: A Milestone Reached!

Yes!  We recently published 108th post on Rudraksha Yoga. We are very happy about it. At the same time, it is humbling that we could only contribute this much to our society, without expecting any returns. We pay our gratitude to our Great Goddess Shridevi Durga and our Master(Sadguru) for inspiration and guidance throughout the journey so far. We pray these Great Forces for their kind Grace to help us in future.

We also thank all our readers and well-wishers around the world who encouraged and helped us in our mission to spread the Highest Knowledge to accomplish the vision of Rudraksha Yoga, viz., everybody must be equipped  with the right knowledge to realize the God within.

About  page has been refined to bring it up-to-date.  If have any questions or comments, you may use  the Contact Us page to leave your feedback.

2. Statistics on the Rudraksha Yoga Website from  our MBA (Master of Blog Administration :) )

Good news! We have crossed 45,009 views now, after its launch on January 28, 2013. It is a sustained growth of the viewership for spiritual articles in such a short span of time! We thank once again, all our readers and well-wishers who contributed directly or indirectly to this excellent growth to help us spread the Highest Knowledge. We are very fortunate to contribute something to our society by disseminating authentic information on the topics related to Hinduism and the Highest Knowledge.

2.1 Web Traffic
Actually, we are not at all bothered about mass traffic. However, we would like to reach as many qualified interested readers as possible.

As per our earlier projection, we could have reached 30,000 views in an year. However, due to continuous growth of views, we crossed the estimate well ahead. It shows that there exists a niche need for authentic spiritual articles from India, world over.

Note: Since the parameters such as number of views change almost every moment, the statistics given here is just a representative snapshot of the ongoing movie of dynamic internet transactions.

  • Recent total views: 45,676
  • Number of unique visitors: 30,450 (calculated)
  • Traffic growth: Average 5% WoW!(Week over Week); Average 10% MoM(Month over Month)
  • Projected annual views(conservative estimates): 47,007 views.
  • Projected annual readership: 31,333 readers.

2.2 International Reach by Geographical Coverage

  • Number of countries represented by at least a single view: 133
  • Top nine countries with the number of views with digits three or more(i.e. >350):
    1. India                                :  22,796
    2. United States                 : 11,288
    3. United Kingdom            :   1,587
    4. Canada                            :   1,282
    5. Australia                         :   950
    6. Malaysia                         :   861
    7. United Arab Emirates  :   770
    8. Singapore                       :   687
    9. South Africa                   :  367

2.3 All Time Top Posts (so far!)

  1. Soundarya Lahari: A Powerful and Beautiful Hymn to Shridevi ! : 5,097 views
  2. Lord Ganesha and His Trunk: What is the Symbolism? : 4,330 views
  3. Lord Shiva in Deep Meditation: Whom does he meditate upon? : 3,768 views
  4. Why Lord Ganesha is Worshiped First? : 1,664 views
  5. Vagarthaviva: A Magical Verse from the Great Poet Kalidasa: Part – 1 : 1,370 views

2.4 Subscribers

  1. WordPress.com followers: 24
  2. E-mail followers: 13

2.5 Shares

Total shares of various articles in social media networks(FaceBook, Twitter, Google+ etc.) : 65 .

3. Research and Analysis of the web traffic from a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy ;) )

The numbers speak for themselves! As you can see, there is an almost exponential growth of views and visitors.

Majority of our readers(almost 50%) are from India, followed by the U.S.(~25%).  The two contribute to approximately 75% of our views. Consequently, other countries are trailing by a large margin.  Although, number of countries with at least one views is increased to 133, there is a real need to spread the knowledge significantly in many areas of the globe. We solicit the help of our readers in this endeavor of fulfilling of Personal Social Responsibility to serve the society selflessly.

Top three articles on Shridevi, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva contribute whopping 37% of the views. Obviously, these are the most popular articles on the blog and hence the statistics of number of views are heavily influenced by this. Moreover, interesting trend is  more and more of our articles are being shared in social media networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc.

The data suggest that our readers would like to read the articles on the various topics of Sanatana Dharma, such as traditional yoga, Highest Knowledge, Hindu Deities  and  others.  However, for the reasons discussed earlier, our primary focus is going to be on the Highest Knowledge.

4. The Path Forward

As discussed above, unfortunately, there is a very less readership for articles on traditional yoga in general and Raja Yoga in particular. So, there is a great need to reach the critical mass to disseminate the right knowledge in this domain. To achieve this, we invite everybody to help us  in spreading the wealth of Highest Knowledge, described in our Divine Scriptures and practiced by our Great Masters, to the worthy and the needy.

As discussed earlier, moving forward, irrespective of statistical indications, our focus of the blog will continue to be on the Highest Knowledge and Traditional Yoga. We strongly believe that our Sadguru’s Grace and Shridevi’s Inspiration will be on our side and continue to support in our mission as ever. Our respectful salutations to them.

5. Words of Gratitude

Only by our Sadguru’s Grace and Shridevi’s inspiration, we could contribute a little to our society in some way to enrich everybody with the Highest Knowledge.  We pay our humble gratitude and respect to these Great Divine Forces for providing us an opportunity to share our insights  to help one and all, worldwide.

Enjoy Reading! Have fun!!

Vasudhaiva kutubakam | Sarve janah sukhino bhavantu |

Entire world is our family! May everybody be happy !

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Site Update: Happy Shri Gowri and Shri Ganesha Festivals !!

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Lord Shiva’s Divine Family: Lord Shiva, Shridevi Parvati, Lord Ganesha and Lord Karthikeya

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Om Shri Maha Ganapathaye Namah ||

Rudraksha Yoga wishes our esteemed readers, followers and well-wishers around the globe a very happy Shri Gowri and Lord Ganesha Festivals celebrated in India on 28th and 29th August 2014.

On this auspicious occasion, we suggest you to read some of our most popular articles on Rudraksha Yoga:

  1. Lord Ganesha and His Trunk: What is the Symbolism?
  2. Esoteric Meanings of Soundarya Lahari, the Confluence of Beauty and Power of Shridevi !
  3. Lord Shiva in Deep Meditation: Whom does he Meditate upon?
  4. Esoteric Secrets of Lord Shiva and his Family: From a Perspective of Kundalini Yoga.

You may want to take a look at our devotional conVerses to understand more and pray these supreme powers.

Just a quick update on the blog:

  1. Total number of views so far(and counting!): 115,009
  2. Number of countries with at least a single view: 160
  3. Number of followers: 53
  4. Number of shares of our articles in social media: 147

Enjoy reading! Have fun!!

May Shridevi Gowri, Lord Ganesha and Lord Shiva bless everybody in the world!

Let us pray them for their kind Grace on everyone of us:

Om Shri Ganeshaya Namah | Om Shri Durgayai Namah |

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Rudraksha Yoga

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 7

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Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati : The Great Dual Powers of the Non-dual Reality!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Aaseeno dooram vrajati shayaano yaati sarvatah |
Kastam madamadam Devam madanyo jnatumarhati|| – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.21

Meaning: Sitting he wanders afar; lying down he goes everywhere. Who, other than myself is fit to know that God who rejoices and rejoices not?

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality  is subtler than the subtlest, greater than the greatest etc.  He elaborates on the nature further.

This mantra says that the Ultimate Reality(a.k.a God) is omnipotent and omnipresent. He can do things simultaneously. Lord Yama illustrates these points by apparently contradicting actions. God can wander everywhere by sitting in a place.  By sleeping, he goes everywhere. These statements mean that the God is omnipotent and omnipresent.

Moreover, the God is always blissful because of his own nature. So, he does not have to rejoice to make himself happy separately!

These attributes of the Ultimate Reality unleashed by the Great Master Lord Yama cannot be understood by teaching/coaching by somebody else. They must be experienced by ourselves by connecting our own Individual Self to the Universal Self via Traditional Indian Yoga.

The word Madanyo means other than myself. This word has been strategically used to mean that the Ultimate Reality is nothing other than our own Individual Self. According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.

The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to  attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas.

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 6

Folks,

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The Universal Self and the Mother of the Vedas: Supreme Power  Shridevi Gayathri

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa in Katha Upanishat.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Anoraneeyanmahatomaheeyan Atmaasya jantornihito guhayaam |
Tamakratuh pashyati veetashoko dhatuprasadan mahimanam Atmanah || – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.20

Meaning: Subtler than the subtler, bigger than the biggest, the Individual Self is concealed in the heart-cave of this creature. He who is free from desire and free from sorrow perceives the glory of the Individual Self – 1. through the purity of mind and senses. 2. by God’s Grace.

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality does not get killedDuring death, only body gets killed; not the Individual Self.

In this mantra, Lord Yama describes the strategy to see that Individual Self. Individual Self is smaller than the smallest, bigger than the biggest. In other words, Individual Self pervades everything which is small or big.

Individual Self is located in our heart region. We can experience it by becoming desireless and by purity of  mind and senses.  We can see it by equipoise and by God’s Grace (by devotion).

In other words, since the Individual Self is subtler than the subtlest and grosser than the grossest, we cannot see it easily. It pervades the entire universe just like oil in a sesame seed. Then how can we see it? Lord Yama says authoritatively: we can experience the Universal Self(a.k.a. God) within our hearts! How? by devotion and meditation.

In this mantra, Lord Yama unleashed a secret doctrine elaborated in our Upanishads: 1. God is within our hearts; don’t have to look outside!. 2. God cannot be shown to us by somebody else; we need to experience God within ourselves by devotion and meditation. What a great teaching indeed!

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankara bhashya by our Great Universal Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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ConVerse: Shridevi ! You are the Light and the Fire!

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Parashakti Goddess Shridevi Durga : The Supreme Mother of the Universe!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

It has been a long time since we had the last conVersation. :) Here is another one.  It is addressed to Shridevi and requests her to destroy our fears and annihilate all our enemies*.

Shridevi by her very nature  is  kind, compassionate and caring towards her devotees. She is there to save them from all dangers. She is both the light and the fire. According to Vaidic hymn Agni Durga Sukta, Shridevi Durga is  shining(light aspect) with blazing flames(fire aspect), because of her power of penance(tapas).

In this conVerse, we pray light and fire attributes of Shridevi. Both these aspects are useful and important in their own ways. Just think about it. If the fire is pleased and controlled, it gives us light to dispel darkness and fears. If the fire is angry and unchecked, it can cause enormous damage and destruction.

In this hymn, we are praying Shridevi to shower her Grace upon us to guide us by her light. Also, we request her to destroy the fears and enemies by her fierce fire aspect.

Here is the conVerse at the lotus feet of Shridevi and Lord Shiva. Come on! Let us pray with complete surrender and devotion.

Potential benefits: Dispelling all fears.

Mother Shridevi Durga!

You are the Light, to those in a plight    |
You are the Fire, for enemies who fight ||1||

You are the Light, for those who pray   |
You are the Fire, for those who prey  ||2||

You are the Light, in darkness of fear  |
You are the Fire, for demon we fear ||3||

You are the Light, to folks who’re good   |
You are the Fire, to those who’re bad    ||4||

You are the Light, that directs the dear    |
You are the Fire, that destroys the fear ||5||

You are the Light, that shows the way  |
You are the Fire, burning evils away   ||6||

You are the Light, for us to  gain   |
You are the Fire, for all who pain ||7||

You are the Light, for all benign |
You are the Fire, for all malign ||8||

You be the Light, and kind to me |
You be the Fire, to zap my enemy || 9||

*Esoteric Glossary: The words in the conVerse have esoteric spiritual interpretations too. You may re-read  the conVerse with these meanings in mind. Enjoy!

  1. Light: The Highest Knowledge, direction.
  2. Fire: The Supreme Force that destroys all evils.
  3. Darkness: Illusion.
  4. Enemy: ignorance.
  5. Evils: sins, karmas.
  6. Fear: fear of being in the infinite birth and death cycle.
  7. Me: Individual Self.

Esoteric Insight:
The Light and Fire symbolize Varada(“boon giving”) and Abhaya(“Do not fear”) gestures of Shridevi respectively. The devotee is requesting for both material prosperity and liberation from birth and death cycle by praying these two aspects of Shridevi.

For details, read a detailed article on these gestures here. Thanks to Shridevi’s Grace we could get this mystical interpretation of the conVerse.

Tamaadi Shaktim Pranatah sma nityam |

Meaning: Let us pray Shridevi Shakti always!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Great Upanishat’S peaks : Nature of the Ultimate Reality – 5

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Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati : The Great Dual Powers of the Non-dual Reality!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Let us continue to explore more esoteric secrets of nature of  the Ultimate Reality from the great teachings of Yama(the Lord of Death) to Nachiketa.

Suggested Prerequisites

  1. The Pillars of Yoga
  2. FAQ

The Verse
Hanta chenmanyate hantugn hatah chet manyate hatam |
Ubhau tau na vijaneetho nayagm hanti na hanyate || – Katopanishat Mantra 1.2.19

Meaning: If slayer thinks of slaying and the slain thinks of being slain, both of them do not know. He neither slays nor he is slain.

Notes: In the earlier verse, Lord Yama(Lord of Death) said that the Ultimate Reality is eternal He further emphasizes this point further.

This mantra essentially means that one’s body can be killed, not his spirit, i.e. Individual Self. One’s body can be killed, not his Individual Self.

According to our Upanishads, our Individual Self is same as the Universal Self. This is the core of non-dualistic (Advaitha) teaching of our Greatest Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah.

When a person dies, only his body gets killed. But, not himself(i.e. Individual Self). The person’s spirit(Individual Self) escapes during death. It takes another body to burn its karmas and this process of death and birth continue infinitely. This vicious circle is termed as cycle of Samsara in our Scriptures.

The supreme goal in our lives is to escape the the birth and death cycle and to  attain the Ultimate Reality Om, so that we will not born again to suffer due to accumulated  karmas.

It is important to remember that this secret teaching on life after death is unleashed by none other than the Lord of Death, i.e. Lord Yama himself. Thus, it comes from the authority.

Scientist folks! don’t demand for an evidence or a proof. You cannot prove it by experiment nor experience.  Because, we are talking about spirit and death here! Just kidding ;-)

Caution: Interpretation and views expressed above are ours own, from our limited understanding of the verse. Authentic traditional meaning of the Upanishads can be grasped by reading authoritative commentary Shaankarabhshya by our Great Realized Master Shri Shankara Bhagavatpadah. So, reader’s discretion is advised.

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Site Update: First Anniversary of the Blog!

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Rudraksha Yoga: Knowing the Unknown, Knower and the Known!

Folks,

Hari Om! Namaste!!

We have some good news for you! Yes! Today is the first anniversary of Rudraksha Yoga!!

It has been a year since the blog Rudraksha Yoga was started, i.e. on 28th January 2013. Only by the Grace of Shridevi and the guidance of our Saduru, we could contribute a little to our society via authentic articles on Traditional Indian Yoga, Sanatana Dharma(a.k.a Hinduism) and its philosophy. It was an exciting year for us indeed!

We thank all our readers and well-wishers who directly or indirectly contributed to this blog. We solicit their continued support to spread the message of our Scriptures and Great Masters to the entire world!!

As per our policy, we will continue to focus on the Highest Knowledge and Traditional Yoga in our articles, as long as the Grace of Shridevi and our Master is on our side to help us. So…

Enjoy Reading! Have fun!!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Rudraksha Yoga

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