Sunday, October 23, 2011

santhi manthra - RIG Veda

Om vaang mae manasi prathishtithaa
mano mae vaachi prathishtitham
aaviraaveerma aedhi
vaedasya ma aaNisthah
s(h)rutham mae maa prahaasi
anaenaadheethae naahoraathraan sandadhaami rutham vadishyaami
sathyam vadishyaami
tad vakthaaram avathu maam avathu vakthaaram
om shantih shantih shantih

May my speech be fixed in the mind.
May my mind be fixed in the speech.O self-manifested Atman, do Thou manifest Thyself unto me.O my mind & speech, may you be fit to reveal unto me the highest knowledge.May I not forget what I have heard.
Without forgetting what I have learnt, may I be able to study day & night.
The right will I speak.
The truth will I speak. May Brahman protect me, May Brahman protect the preceptor.
May Brahman protect me.
May Brahman pretect the perceptor.

Rig Vedic Santhi manthra

Om vaang mae manasi prathishtithaa
mano mae vaachi prathishtitham
aaviraaveerma aedhi
vaedasya ma aaNisthah
s(h)rutham mae maa prahaasi
anaenaadheethae naahoraathraan sandadhaami rutham vadishyaami
sathyam vadishyaami
tad vakthaaram avathu maam avathu vakthaaram
om shantih shantih shantih

May my speech be fixed in the mind.
May my mind be fixed in the speech.O self-manifested Atman, do Thou manifest Thyself unto me.O my mind & speech, may you be fit to reveal unto me the highest knowledge.May I not forget what I have heard.
Without forgetting what I have learnt, may I be able to study day & night.
The right will I speak.
The truth will I speak. May Brahman protect me, May Brahman protect the preceptor.
May Brahman protect me.
May Brahman pretect the perceptor.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Poorthe Mokshamavapnuyath

thapaparam kruthayuge threthaayaam jnaanamuchyathe

dwapare yajnamevahurdhaanameka kalau yuge

sasy manusmruthi. In kruthayuga only penayanace. In threthayugam knowledge. Dwaparayuga sacrifis. And in kaliyuga benevolence. This would have been defined for the historical and geographical reasons, taking the societal, environmental situation into account.

Bharatheeya Dharma, branchedout into Buddha, Jain, or as told in the Kural will talk about being Philanthropy.

Manushyayajna is important. The Panjamahayathna is what is prescribed.

Every morning a handful of rice (uncooked) must be seta apart for the poor. All families must do this without fail everyday. The rice thus kept must be collected from house to house, from quarter to quarter, cooked, offered to the deity of the local temple as nivedya and then distributed among the poor. With the handful of rice set apart some money also. This would be sufficient to support for the side dishes and the preparation cost. This will be a great service to the poor and to the god also. Charity like this should be to encourage people to go to temple, not to speak about devotion. Since the food is first offered as the naivedya, it would mean that the devotees will take it as prasada (radiance or happiness) which will impart the inner purity.


Annadana or the gift of food is one kind o service or paropakara. We talk of service to the poor, social service and so on. Today all this is done with much fanfare and publicity. In the past the needy were served naturally, without making any noise.

With education we purify our intelligence, with meditation we purify our mind, with sloka or poetry we purify our speech, by exerting ourselves in the service of others one must purify the physic or body.

Many slokas indicate the importance of the annadanam.

gajathuragasahasram gokulam kotidhaanam

kanakarajitha paathram medhinee saagarantham

ubhayakula visudham kotikanyaapradhaanam

nahi nahi bahudhaanam annadhaanassamaanam

says annadhaanam is greater than donating many horses, elephants, gold ornaments, vessals, land, kanyadhanam etc.

The importance of feeding a knowledgeable person indicates the importance given to education and learning and teaching.

sudrakoti sahasraanaam, ekam viprathu bhojayel

viprakoti sahasraanaam, ekam Vishnu prathishtitham

vishnu koti sahasraanaam ekaarudra prathishtitham

rudrakoti sahasraanaam ekojnaanihi bhojyathaam

meaning; donation to one Brahmin is equal that to a crore sudras – feeding one crore Brahmins is equal to constructing a Vishnu temple – making a siva temple is equal to making a crore Vishnu temple – feeding a knowledgeable person is equal to making one crore siva temple.

This inner meaning can be read in many ways, in this context it says all Brahmins are supposed be knowledgeable but not. The real knowledgeable person if not Brahmin too is seen as higher. Thus the learning and teaching is the best service to the people and to god.

The importance of vidyadaanam is given here

annadhaanam param dhaanam, vidyadhaanam athath param

annena kshanikaa thrupti yavath jeevancha vidyaya

Feeding is a good philanthropy activity. But educating is much higher. The food will get digested soon. The education will remain the whole life.


Bharatheeya Dharma talks about two activities. Ishta and Poortha. Ishta karma is the activity that one does for the self, salvation, piece, better life, prosperity, what so ever. The poortha dharma is more of a social commitment.

agnihothram thapa sathyam vedaanaam chaanupaalanam

aadithyam vaisyadhevam cha ishta ithyabhitheeyathe

Service comes under “poortha karma” and it includes digging wells and ponds, feeding the poor, building temples for the spiritual well-being, laying out gardens. Excavating wells and ponds has been mentioned first.

vaapee koopa thadakaani dhevathanayathanani cha

anna pradhanamudyannam poortha ithyabhitheeyathe

Ishta will take people to swarga and poortha can give moksha. Thus the social service is seen as higher.

ishtathelabhathe swargam poorthe mokshamavapuyeth

Moksha (Freedom or Salvation) from the cycle of birth and death is the ultimate goal of Hindu religious life. Moksha is the state of supreme bliss and there is no quest beyond it. Moksha is release from all attachments. It is a state in which the self remains ever in fully freedom and blessedness. The chief purpose of religion is to teach us how this supreme state may be attained.

Panchmahayajna include brahmayajna, devayajna, pitruyajna, manusyayajna, and bhoothayajna. Chanting of the veda constitutes brahmayajna. Sacrifices and puja are devayajna. Tharpana is pitruyajna. Feeding guests is manushyayajna. Offering bali to various creatures is bhuthayajna. The Panchamahayajna together with agnihotra and aupasana are to be performed everyday.

Four hundred yajnas or sacrifices are said to be mentioned in the Vedas.

Swargalokam - heaven is the place of world after death for the good people and naraka – hell for the bad ones. The swargaloka is not the place of gods. The gandharvas used to be some time at the swarga loka too as guests from their gandhrvaloka.

Samskaras, all forty of them, are to purify the individual.

Vivekananda said that Indians can be influenced only through spirituality.

This was understood long back by the rishis and they have built the education system associated with spirituality.

Environmental education was also not different.

.... thena thekthena bhoonjeetha ,ma vidwisha vahai..

says that let us learn together and eat together.

The first annapraasanam of the baby on the lap of the father, while feeding the first rise bit, any father will tend to pray that let my son get sufficient food. But the rig veda sloka

... dwipathe ... chathushpade...

says when all the two legged and the four legged animals have sufficient food, let my son also have. The exemplary example of living together ands the respect for the other animals in the nature.

The panjamahayajna prescribes the bhootha yajna that is for the other living being in and around. The concept of feeding ants, snakes, etc. is prevailing as the rituals even today.

The temple festival and the pooja do not start without the bali (food) given to the prani (the bhootha yajna. - the other animals around.

The sloka

dasa koopam eka vaapi dasa vaapi eka nadi

dasa nadi eka vruksha dasa vruksha eka puthra

shows the respect that the trees have and the river and the well had.

The ishta karma is for the individual benefit like the pooja, bhajan etc. But the poortha karma which is from the environmental concept

vaapi koopa thadakani ...

this shows the lakes to be cleaned, the trees to be planed so that the benefit is much higher than the ishta karma.

As explained in the sloka

ishtathe labhathe swargam
poorthe mokshamavaapnuyath

The son of the river, the son of the sun, wind, vayu, etc. are the heros and they are in the path of dharma as in the Mahabharata purana. The depicted picture of the heros shows as they are the part and parcel of the environment and they stand for the dharma.
As the one opposite are not in the dharma as they are materialistic.

The concept of the mother earth and the first stepping on the mother earth with the sloka

samudra vasane devi...

shows the respect towards the mother earth. The concept that the earth is the mother itself is of high end imagination and need to be appreciated.

The pithru tharpana at the river and the prayer of praising the rivers is of the concept of ekatha the unified sharing of water among fellow being, this is a good lesson for the people who are fighting for the sharing of the water.

All the yaga / yajna is called the sacrifice, the concept is again for the environmental cleansing. The little bit of ingredients being fed to the agni, the symbolic sun, is with the chanting that

.... idam namama ...

It is to say that the item is not mine but of the sun. It ensures the faith that all that is as it is considered as mine is not mine but belongs the sun and thus to the environment.

The symbolic representation of the god and their pictureaization is to show how the family needs to live in accordance with the nature.

The river on the head of siva, or the lotus on which the brahma sits , the devi mostly on the lion, the karthikeya on the peacock, ganesa on the rat are examples of this life with the environment. The devi and the deva are called by the name of the rivers or the rivers are called by the name of the goddesses shows that they are to be respected. Same is the case with the mountains and places.

Temple had associated pooja for sarpa, cow, elephant.

The kavu, the hub of forest around the temple is the requirement of every temple that is to say that all the group of people in the village needs some place of greenery for the well being.

The people tree and the neem planted together in and around the temple gives a good de-densify oxygen and make the breath smooth and anti-bacterial. Good for the health of the living beings around.

The vasthu concept of traditional India identified the best location for the house, by watching the place of settlement of the cows in the night. This show how human was associated with the nature. The custom of first day on the house warming the entrance of the cow inside the house is a cow. This shows the respect that the human have to the animal. The tradition is still continuing. The house being decorated on festival day with leafs shows the closeness to nature.

In Andhra Pradesh one day people go to the field and stay out in the garden and cook and eat, this is still followed, shows the association with nature.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

helped us tremendously .....

Dear Sir,

I am a research student (Indian Rituals & Manuscripts) and works for The National Mission For Manuscripts. We preserve them.
I got the reference to your blog 'Science of Rituals / Slokas' from my Professor / Guide Dr. Vijay Shankar. We are a group of 7 students & i would like to thank you for all of us. It was a humbling gesture from your side to impart such knowledge that helped us tremendously in our research and we will acknowledge you in our thesis.

Thanking You Sincerely,
Kaveri Nair


Dear Sir,

Thought of dropping a mail just to thank you for you collection of slokas

I was thrilled to find it and read some of the sloka that I have heard in
CDs where I have no idea of the correct sound
of the word or the meaning of it.

Im 40 and a Sri Lankan. Buddhist by birth. I say "by birth" because Im
just a buddhist by birth :-D
Until very recently, none of the religions or any religious beliefs played
a big role in my life.

Somewhere in May 2010 I had a near-death experience due to a lung failure
in the operating theater while
being operated for something else!!! (was not being operated on lungs-but
the tummy!) :-D

I had lot of complications and my recovery took a long time. A young
astrologer who has great belief in
Vishnu urged me to recite "maha murthunjaya" for 30 days - 108 times a day
- which I did and found great relief from

He sent me to a temple dedicated to Sri Venkateshwara a few times too, to
perform a "Vishnu sahasranam"
and a "kaala-sarpa" pooja

Upon a visit somewhere in August, there was some festival in the
Venkateshwara temple. The music was playing
and there were chantings of "hare krishna" and they took the statue of lord
vishnu from the "mangala mandapa" and
walked it around the temple reciting some slokas and returned to the same

This whole thing took only about 5 minutes and I cant explain the feeling I
had at that time.

I didn't understand a word that was being said or chanted (Ashamed to say
that I dont understand the tamil
language) . i didn't know any of the rituals that were done there but I
couldnt stay without joining the pocession that
was taking Lord Vishnu's statute around the temple.

I walked right behind the statue crying - wiping away tears because for
some unexplainable reason it touched
me so very much.

Even to date I don't know why I cried - what made me cry or in what way I
was touched for I didnt understand
anything that was done there ........ It was not happy - sad or fear...
May be that is devotion ... something that's
a part of me which I didn't know that existed

Anyway from this time on, I had been searching and learning about hindu
gods and also about my own religion
and listening to hindu strotrams in the morning has became a routine
because nothing sounded more right for me.
like -

prabhum praana natham - Vibhum vishwanatham,
Jagannatha natham - Sadananda bhajam
bhavath bhavya bhootheshwaram bhoothanatham,
Shivam shankaram shambu meeshana meede
(to date - I dont know the meaning of this -but love - simply adore hearing
it in the mornings)


Om gan ganapathaye namaha ...


Kaushalya rama poorwa sandya prvasthathe (or some words that sound similar
- I still cant find the lyrics on net for this one)

I get up at 4.30 on every work-day. From that time until I leave the house
at 6.15, I let
these play filling my mornings

So Sir, here ends my explanation of my search for the slokas and how I
landed at your page.

Anyway with all that has happened, I am now a changed person. My religion
- my beliefs are now the centre
of my life.

By viewing your profile, I do understand that you are a person with a very
busy life

BUT whenever you find the time, if you can add the meanings of those
slokas, Im sure it will add much
more value because although your intended audience is the young hindu
devotees (by the printed book) -
when its on the internet its much more wide open and you attract a variety
of audience - even the least expected
- like me! :-D

It is said this is 'kali-yuga' and much more people than we realize will be
in search of the escape - the truth. Sometimes we see them - meet them -
but most
of the time they have their own travelling path and it just may not cross

Whatever you have put on the internet is a great service. It may have
already helped many people like me. Some may write to you - some may not.
Whether they say Thank you or not - they still benefit from your work.

The internet and whatever we put on it will survive much after we are gone
too. So your 'dharma-dhana' (alms of dhamma) will survive and continue to
as a guide towards Gods much after we are gone too.

Thanks again Dr Sasikumar, I pray for your life be blessed!

With warmest regards


11th january 2011

Monday, March 23, 2009


Our Success is in our hand

Morning from the sleep as soon as one wakes up; we are supposed to chant

karaagrey vasathey laxmi,
karamadhey saraswathi !
karamooley sthitha gouri,
prabhathey Kara darshanam !!

Meaning :
On the tip of the palm is Goddess Lakshmi, in the middle of the palm is Goddess Saraswathi, on the base of the palm is Goddess Gouri, see the palm in the palm in the early morning.

Wake up and get up
The wakeup call is at the brahma muhurtha, the time when Brahma calls each one of us for the activities of the day. The time of creativity, the beginning of the activity. The god is who calls us in the morning. And one who doesn’t listen to this call of god will never get the ear of the god when he calls him. Thus be creative, getup as soon as we wakeup. Chant the above sloka and rub the eyes with the hand and take a deep breath by stretching the hands back, shake your legs and hands.

This sitting and chanting have a health concept
One who is on the bed is horizontal to the ground. Thus the gravity pull is not on him. The balance is not an issue. The body is at ease. (This is explained with the understanding of the non-Newtonian fluids in the body). As he gets up the whole body gets in to a different state of balancing. This should not be done without a preparation. The time for the preparation is the intermediate level in the body posture. That is the sitting position. The time for this is the one sloka chanting time. Thus the person will get out of the bed only after making sure that he is in full consciousness of the body. Thus the risk of any shock to him is taken care of.

The Motivational Message
The money, the goddess of wealth - the Laksmi is in the tip of the hand. One rubs the fingers to each other to show the money, thus matches for the position given to the goddesses.

Just behind the money, if education does not exist, the money will not be spent wisely. Thus the presence of education is very much essential in the hand. Olden days the iron-pen is used and it is pushed against the palm center while writing. Thus the godess of education, saraswathi is seen in the center of the palm.

No one can use the force without folding the hand. Thus the power, the sakthi remains at the base of the palm. Having money and skill without health is useless. Thus the arogya, the sakthi is essential in our hands. The Goddess of power, energy is the Gouri and the place for this goddess in the palm is given at the right place.

Look at these three powers, which are most essential factors for any one to act. The Kriya sakthi is the combination of money and energy. The Jnana sakthi is the skill. These are essental and knowing that these powers are in our own hand will make us active. The feeling that my abilities are in my own hands makes me to be a good performer. The sloka is to remind us that the Goddess is with us, now it is for us to act. Work hard to make money, learn well to create skill, eat properly and exercise will to generate energy. Then goddess will remain with us on our palm.
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Feeling Cold : Say NO with Bhakthi, Festival and Aroma Therapy

Feeling Cold : Say NO with
Bhakthi, Festival and Aroma Therapy

It is the cold season. People have more pain for silly reasons. Lot of respiratory problems also starts disturbing in this season.

Don’t keep telling people that feeling cold. The mind will start feeling. You agree that it is the feeling and not the reality. Thus if u keep feeling that it is not cold, the cold will not be felt.

He body reacts as the mind reacts. It is said that

sareera manaso yoga
aadhaara adheya bhaavena
thapthajya khadayoriva

The body and the mind is such related as the vessel and the oil.

There is no use of telling that I am feeling cold in the cold season. He season is same for all of us. And we say ‘very bad cold’. It is not that the cold is bad. It is that we are bad and thus we feel that the season is bad. The outlook must change.

The ‘namajapam’, Rama Rama, Krishna Krishna, Govindha Hari Govinda, Amme Narayana, Swamiye Saranamayyapa …. Just try these when u feel cold, the cold will go.

Try to take bath in the early morning in the cold water, once the body get conditioned in cold, the outside cold will not be a problem. If you take bath in the hot water the cold will be felt more.

Many of the festivals are necessarily to change the eating pattern, as the cold season demands more of eating. The cold season will also make people lazy, the festivals keep people on motion and enjoys and demands the social visits.

Accept the nature, and live with that. Enjoy the cold.

It is easy to say but difficult for the people, those who are sick.

The skin has more than 3000 pores in an inch-by-inch surface area on our body. The air gets into body through these pores in the skin. The cold season the pores get shrink and the oxygen flow gets reduced.

Thus many diseases and the pain increase for a small silly wound hit or hitch.
The body stretching can increase the oxygen and the blood flow.
Warming up.
Those who are sick, and to be protected from the cold could apply oil and cover the pores in the skin. And once the oil is removed, after a bath in hot water is a must, so that the pores will get opened. Use of Karpooradi thailam on the body before bath after a dry heating is good for the blood circulation. Dry heating can be done with water bag or use of bottle filled with warm water and rolling on the body.
At night keep the heating machine, at least a small mosquito mat heater in which keep the camphor. This will give a good smell and helps for the easy breath. This is camphor aromatherapy.

Dr T P Sasikumar 9502038875