Hindu God Surya Dev




As per the Hindu Religion, Surya symbolizes the Sun God. Surya is considered as the only visible form of God that can be seen every day. God Surya is regarded as an aspect of Shiva and Vishnu by Shaivites and Vaishnavas respectively. Surya is also known as Surya Narayana. Surya, the Sun God is also acknowledged as one of the eight forms of Lord Shiva (Astamurti). Surya is the lord of excellence and wisdom.

Surya - The Image


The celestial body, Surya (the sun) is visible in the sky. Still according to the Hindu beliefs, Surya is depicted as a red man with three eyes and four arms, riding in a one wheeled chariot pulled by seven horses.

Surya - The God of Light


Surya forms the major god of the Navgraha (nine planets).Surya is the God of light as per the Vedic texts. Surya is the literal source of life. According to the scientific fact, the whole universe is based on the process of photosynthesis which takes place due to the presence of Surya (the sun).

God Surya - The worship 


It is believed that Surya has been worshipped since ages to receive the kind blessings of God. A simple namaskaar (folding hands) to the lord makes him happy. Offering water to the God is too considered to receive the mercy. Surya is believed to be a generous deity capable of curing sick people, in India. It is also proved in Science that sunlight is a rich source of Vitamin-D. Surya is usually remembered for the brilliance and light in one's life.

Surya - The Gayatri Mantra


The Gayatri Mantra of the Hindu Religion is also associated with the Sun God, Surya. Aditya Hridayam is another hymn associated with Surya, recited by the sage Agatsya to Rama on the battlefield before the fight with Ravana.

Symbol of Surya is also regarded as one of the auspicious signs of the Hindu religion. People place the sign of the Sun over main doors as they think it would bring them good luck.

Art of Living Foundation


What is the Art of Living?

Art of living is all about leading a normal and enjoyable life, amidst all the tensions and stresses that inundate living today. It is more of a technique through which we learn to eliminate strains and worries and increase happiness and joy in our life. The concept of art of living has become so popular that it is being adopted at the corporate level also. Organizations are using it to help their executives in dealing with high levels of stress.

Art of Living Foundation by Sri Sri Ravishankar 


Sri Sri Ravishankar is the one who pioneered the art of living concept. He established a foundation, known as the Art Of Living Foundation, in India, to promote this concept. People come to the various centers of this foundation, also known as the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Foundation, to listen to the Guru and learn the technique of coping with life. The Mecca of Art of Living Foundation is in the Bangalore city of India.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 

As far as appearances go, Sri Sri Ravishankar comes across as a tiny little man with flowing hair and beard. But, it is his soothing voice and the power of his words that keep people glued to their seat throughout his discourses. He speaks very softly, eulogizing the virtues of love and brotherhood. He embraces all the people who come to attend his discourses. After attending the art of living sessions by Ravishankar, you will feel more at peace with yourself.
Also known by the name of Gurudev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been walking on the path of a spiritual guide and a teacher since a long time. Right from childhood, he was involved with scriptures and religious environment. He has served the Transcendental Meditation Guru and mystic, Maharishi Maheshyogi, as a senior and trusted lieutenant. The credit of spreading Maharishi's gospel in South Africa as well as the rest of world goes mainly to Sri Sri Ravishankar.

The Technique of the Art of Living 

The main technique behind the art of living concept is the Sudarshan Kriya. The basic course is based on this Kriya only and the other courses also derive from it. As per this technique, the main reason behind lethargy, inefficiency, ill health and sickness are the toxins, which accumulate in our system at a cellular level. Sudarshan Kriya aims at removing the toxins from the body, by oxygenating and revitalizing these cells. This leads to a balance in the physical, emotional and mental states and brings satisfaction in life.

The Courses
  • Basic Course: The basic course of the art of living aims at all round development of an individual - at the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level.
  • Advanced Courses
  • Art Excel Course: It is meant for children between 8 and 16 years of age.
  • Sahaja Samadhi Course
  • There are also courses for HIV and AIDS patients as well as the inmates in prison.
These courses are held all over the world and are open for each and every one. The fee that is charged for these courses varies from place to place.

Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore, India 

The center situated in Bangalore is considered to be the Mecca of the Art of Living Foundation. It is the headquarters of the foundation and lies in the outskirts of the city, on the Kanakapura Road. The official name of the center in Bangalore is 'Ved Vignan Mahavidya Peeth Bangalore International Center'. Perched on a small hillock, it spreads over a large area. The entire complex comprises of offices, snack shop, dining hall, residential quarters, library, prayer hall, lawns, a lotus-shaped tower and a school.

How to Reach Art of Living Foundation, Bangalore

By Air 
Bangalore airport has direct flights to all the major cities in the country.

By Rail
Bangalore railway station has regular train services, linking it with the key cities in India.

By Road
Bangalore is covered by an extensive network of roads.

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Ramdev Baba - Spiritual Gurus




About Ramdev Baba 

Baba Ramdev is a renowned Yoga teacher. Through the medium of television, he has taken the art of yoga to each and every household far and wide. He is the host of a program named 'Divya Yog' that airs on Aastha TV everyday, at 5 am in the morning. People from different parts of the country watch this program and have started doing yoga from the comforts of their home.

Early Life 

Swami Ramdev was born as Ramkishan Yadav in the Mahendragarh district of Haryana. After studying at school till the eight standard, he joined a yogic monastery (gurukul) in Khanpur village. There, he started learning the techniques of Yoga, along with the Sanskrit language.

Renunciation 

After completing his period of study at the Gurukul, Baba Ram Dev renounced the world and entered into Sanyas (monastic living). It was then that he assumed the name of Ramdev. He went to Jind district and joined the Kalva gurukul. There, he started teaching Yoga to the villagers across Haryana. It is believed that some time later, he traveled to the Himalayas, spending a number of years there. Thereafter, he went to Haridwar and till date, the city serves as his base.

Initiation into Ascetic Order 

Swami Ramdev was initiated into the ascetic order by Swami Shankerdevji Maharaj. After his initiation, he joined the order of swamis and started studying the ancient Indian scriptures. At the same time, he also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation.

Divya Yoga Mandir Trust 

As a promotional vehicle for Yoga, Baba Ram Dev established the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust in 1995. In this project, he was accompanied by Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna. The headquarters of the trust are at the Kripalu Bagh Ashram of Haridwar. Baba Ramdev teaches yoga mainly at this ashram.

Baba Ram Dev Yoga 

Baba Ramdev teaches Pranayama, a form of Yoga. The program consists of six breathing exercises, practiced in the following sequence…
  • Bhastrika Pranayama
  • Kapal Bhati Pranayama
  • Bahaya Pranayama
  • Anulom Vilom Pranayama
  • Bhramri Pranayama
  • Udgeeth Pranayama

Lord Bhairav



Lord Bhairav is considered to be the incarnation (Avatar) of Lord Shiva. In the contemporary times, Bhairon has been worshipped by millions of people to get the powerful blessings from the god. Bhairav is a fierce form of Shiva. It is believed that Bhairon is connected to the Southern face and relates to the Mahavidya goddess named Bhairavi who gives Lagna shuddhi (purification of the Disciple). This purifies and protects the body, self concept, personality, and other attributes associated with the Disciple.

Bhairon- Lord of Rahu
Bhairav or Bhairavi are worshipped when there are malefic planets in the birth lagna (time) or when natural malefic planets are transiting. Bhairon removes and protects person from these types of effects. As per the Indian astrology, Rahu is known as a shadow planet, which plays an important role in the life of a creature. The Indian astrologers often suggest people, the worship of Lord Bhairav to reduce the evils caused by the malefic position of Rahu in the horoscope.

Bhairon - The Lord of Yogis 
Lord Bhairav is worshipped by Yogis and Tantriks to gain Siddhis. Bhairon is regarded as the guardian of Yogis and Tantriks who attain accomplishment of Mantras by doing Sadhana (devotion).

Bhairon - The Kotwal
Lord Bhairav guards the temple of Lord Shiva and due to this fact, he is also known as "kotwal" (Guard).

Bhairav - The Worship
Worship of Lord Bhairon is very useful to win over your enemies, success and all materialistic comforts. It is very easy to please lord Bhairav by doing normal worship daily. Coconut, Flowers, Sindoor, Mustard oil, black til etc are offered to the God and the following mantra is chanted with devotion to get God's Blessings.

Main (Mula) Mantra :
"OM BATUK BHAIRVAYE NAMHA"

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Dhyana



Dhyana Yoga forms the seventh constituent or limb of the ancient science of Yoga. It is derived from the Sanskrit root "dhyai" which means, "to think of". The literal meaning of Dhyana is Meditation. It concentrates upon a point of focus, with the intention of knowing the truth about it and is the thought and meditation of spiritual things. While practicing Dhyana Yoga, we meditate on a single flow of idea. The purpose is to withdraw all senses from various objects of interest. The focus is laid upon on one object.

Dhyana Yoga produces a state of tranquility. Its objective is to cleanse the subconscious, develop concentration, clear the mind, and bring about various stages of unified communion with God. Practising Dhyana Yoga allows the person to calm his mind and allow him/her to look at the outside world without any distractions. This enables him/her to reach a heightened level of awareness. Meditation, consciousness, and experience, are all but a single unity. There are different forms of Dhyana Yoga and it is very important to remember the three things given below.
  • One-pointedness of mind is the first thing, that means controlling its movements.
  • Secondly, setting bounds to one's life to help achieve this, this means doing actions after weighing and measuring them.
  • The third thing is the evenness of vision or state of level-headedness, which means having the nobility and decency to think in terms of the whole world.
Benefits Of Dhyana
  • Dhyana Yoga is a system that, in the form of meditation, tranquilizes the body and mind.
  • In the process of meditation, we calm the mind that leads to the realignment our inner self to the right path.
  • Meditation leads to have lesser thoughts that give rise to lesser worries, which in turn results in spending a simple life.
  • It enables us to contemplate on important things that we are connecting with the inner self. It also cut shorts too many distractions from our life.
  • The mind becomes so occupied with a particular subject that it concentrates deeply in the object to find the underlying differences, making a connection of the mind to a particular object.
  • While practicing Dhyana, the consciousness of the practitioner flows in the subject and helps in becoming one with the same. The mind is totally observed in the point of focus while concentrating on the same.
  • On physical level, Dhyana Yoga helps each cell in the body to refresh and regenerate itself.
  • It also facilitates digestion and makes respiration more efficient as well as improves circulation and quality of blood.
  • Moreover, it improves your ability to analyze your emotions objectively, and the way you react in certain situation.

Legends of Ganesha


There are many stories of Lord Ganesha regarding his origin and various others which tell about the nature and traits of his character. Ganesha is known as the god of wisdom, literature and worldly success. He is known as the eldest son of Lord Shiva and Parvati (Uma), younger brother being Kartikay. Here are some legends associated with lord Ganesha.

The Elephant Head - Story of Ganesha

This story is about Lord Ganesha's birth and how he gets the head of an elephant. Once upon a time, Parvati was going to take the bath and before going, she made a boy out of the dirt of her body ,to guard the entrance of her house. She asked him not to allow anyone inside .After saying this, she went inside to take the bath. After this lord shiva came himself to meet his consort and he was quite thirsty. Ganesha stopped him at the door as he was unable to recognize his father ,Lord Shiva. Lord Ganesha was beheaded by Shiva, who took him as an outsider, when Ganesha was trying to defend his mother's bath. 

When Parvati came to know about this, she persuaded Shiva, to restore Ganesha to life. Shiva ordered his servants (Gana) to bring the head of any creature that they come across first. An elephant, the wisest of animals, appeared and became the spontaneous donor in the head transplant of Ganesha. Shiva attached the head of the elephant to the torso of Ganesha. After looking at the child (Ganesha), Parvati asked Shiva that who will consider this god with the face of an elephant.

Understanding Parvati's viewpoint, Shiva blessed the child, Ganesha that he will be the lord of beginning and people will worship him first, before any other God in any kind of undertaking. He ordained that the annual worship of Ganesha, should take place on the fourth day of the bright half of Bhadrapada (August-September).

Who is elder? Ganesha or Kartikay

This is another interesting story of Lord Ganesha.Once Ganesha and Kartikay got into an argument as who was the elder of the two. The matter was told to Lord Shiva for an answer. Lord Shiva asked that whoever would travel around the world and come out first had the right to be the elder of two. Lord Kartikay flew off on his vehicle, the peacock, to take the round of the world. But Ganesha went round his parents and asked for the reward of his success. 

Lord Shiva said: "Beloved and wise -Ganesha! You did not go round the world". Ganesha replied: "No, but I went round my parents. My parents symbolize the entire world.'' The argument was settled in favour of Ganesha and thereafter recognized as the elder of the two brothers. Ganesha got a fruit as reward from his mother Parvati for this.

Ganesha and His Love for Laddoo

Lord Ganesha is very fond of Laddoo (Modaka - a sweet delicacy). Once upon a day of Ganesha Puja, Ganesha went from house to house and accepted the offerings of laddoo. He stuffed himself to the capacity and decided to take a ride on his mouse at night. Along the moonlit road they got to see a large snake and the troubled rat stumbled, with the consequence Ganpati fell down .He hit the ground hard and as a result his stomach burst open. All the laddoos came out but Ganesha again stuffed them into his stomach. He caught the snake and tied it round his belly. 
Moon witnessed the whole event and laughed heartily. Lord Ganesha lost his temper and furiously looked about for something to throw at his tormentor. Getting nothing, he pulled out one of his tusks and hurled it at the moon. He cursed the moon that no one should look at the moon on the day of Ganesha Puja .If anyone would look at it , he will get a bad name ,criticism or ill reputation. If anyone gets to see the moon by chance, he would be free from that bad name or blame, after hearing the story of Lord Krishna's clearing, his personality in respect of the Syamantaka jewel. Thus, Ganesha was happy to proclaim this.