Rudraksha Yoga wishes everybody Happy Deepavali: Lord! take us from darkness to the Light!

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Happy Deepavali, the festival of lights!

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Rudraksha Yoga wishes all our readers,well-wishers and everybody worldwide a very happy Deepavali! One of the most important Indian festivals, Deepavali, the festival of lights, is celebrated across India and abroad starting from today, i.e. 22 September 2014.

In this auspicious occasion of winning of good over evil, let us pray the Almighty:

Asato ma Sadgamaya, Tamaso ma Jyothirgamaya, Mrityorma Amritangamaya | – The Vedas

Meaning: (Lord!) Take us – from temporary to the Eternal, – from darkness to the Light and – from death to the Immortality(Ever-living)!

Let us kindle the Light of Highest Knowledge in our Hearts to destroy darkness of ignorance to realize the Universal Self within Ourselves!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Update: Article on mala beads updated.

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Folks,

Happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami festivals!

We have recently updated one of our most popular articles, i.e.:

Spiritual symbolism and significance of mala beads(Japa Mala) in meditation.

You may want to read and enjoy!

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Kalidas

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Rudraksha Yoga Wishes Everybody Very Happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami !

Shri Lalita Maha Tripurasundari

Shridevi  Lalita Maha Tripura Sundari: the most beautiful form of the Greatest Goddess Shridevi Durga

 

 

Hari Om! Namaste!!

Taamadishaktim pranatah sma nityam |

Meaning: Let us keep on praying that Primordial Power(Aadi Shakti) Shridevi eternally(for Her kind Grace)!

Rudraksha Yoga wishes everybody around the world very happy Navarathri and Vijayadashami festivals!

About Navarathri

Navarathri(a.k.a Dasara) starts on the first day of bright lunar fortnight of Ashvina month on the Hindu calendar. This year, it starts from today, i.e. 25th September 2014. Vijayadashami is celebrated on the 10th day after nine days of Navarathri, i.e. on 3rd October 2014.

The word  Nava-rathri means nine-nights. Traditionally, on each night of Navarathri, a specific form of Great Goddess Shridevi Durga is worshiped. According to the Scripture Markandeya Purana, the nine forms are   Shailaputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skandamata, Katyayani, Kalaratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri, in that order.

When the entire world  was terrorized by a notorious daemon called Mahishasura(Buffalo-headed daemon), the Gods prayed the Greatest Goddess Shridevi for help. Their devoted prayers were finally answered. Suddenly, a brilliant flame appeared. The Supreme Mother Durga  emerged from that flame.

Gods asked her who she was. She announced  “Gods, don’t be scared! I am Durga(meaning inaccessible and invincible). I am none other than Adishakti Parvati, the Primordial power and the consort of Lord Shiva. I have come in this form to fight Mahishasura.”

The Gods became very happy. They donated their weapons to her: Indra gave his Vajrayudha(thunderbolt), Lord Vishnu gave Sudarshana Chakra(wheel), Lord Shiva gave his Trishula(Trident) and so on.

After nine days of fierce battle, the Goddess Durga killed Mahishasura finally.  Entire world was jubilant and happy! This day on which Shridevi slayed the daemon Mahishasura is celebrated even in this era as Vijayadashami(Literally,10th Day of victory). This auspicious day comes after Navarathri festival.

On this very auspicious occasion of Navarathri, let us all pray the Divine Mother and the Greatest Goddess Shridevi Durga with full devotion and complete surrender for her compassionate and kind Grace on us.

Ya Devi sarva bhooteshu Shakti roopena samsthita |
Namstasyai namastasyai namastasyai namo namah ||
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Durga Saptashati

Meaning: Salutations to Shridevi Durga, who is present as power in all beings. Salutations to Her, Salutations to Her and Salutations to Her(…again and again, always and forever!…)..

May the Goddess Shridevi Durga bestow health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, the Highest Knowledge and the liberation to every one of us!

Om Shri Durgayai Namah |

Om Namah Shivaya ||

- Rudraksha Yoga

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

Lord Shiva's Family(Credit: Google)

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.

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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

Picture of Lord Shiva and Shridevi Parvati

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,

Picture of Mother Shridevi Gayathri

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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