The Wrong Mantra

I've spoken before about how challenging meditation has been for me. Part of me wants to still my mind but the mind hates that! What a lot of meditation resources leave out is the fact that it is really hard work. Stilling the mind, ceasing thoughts for even a single moment, is enormously challenging.If you're trying meditation you should know that it isn't easy. But you should also know that there are things that could make it a little easier. Such as practicing a style of meditation that … [Read more...]


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Punswan: Ritual of Fertilisation

When I was in India I bought a copy of this book about the 16 major life rituals.Previously I talked about the first samskar, garbhadhana and today I want to look at the second samskar: Punswan.This one is performed three months after conception. Though some believe it to be a way to get a male child, this author insists that it is actually calling the life force to enter the womb. It is supposed to help the fetus become physically and mentally balanced. The author says it is very … [Read more...]


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Meditation Debate: Quiet or Not?

Generally, when meditating, one seeks out a peaceful and quiet environment to do it in. Makes sense. Meditation requires focus and concentration.Complete silence, though, is never really possible in this world. Even if you go out into nature and sit beneath a tree, you'll still hear birds chirping and leaves brushing one another.When doing a meditation in which the goal is to focus inwardly and to keep one's attention on a mantra without thinking, do we need as much silence as … [Read more...]


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Mantra v.s. Prayer: What’s the Difference?

There are a number of set prayers, like the Vedic prayers, that are said in Sanskrit. Then there are sanskrit verses called mantras used for meditation or for a change in one's life. Certain mantras are given as formulas for a better marriage or better fertility.What makes something a prayer rather than a mantra? What makes something a mantra?Here's the big difference: In a mantra, the pronunciation is critical.The Sanskrit mantras were created with sacred vibrations in mind. The … [Read more...]


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Using the Mantra for Sleep

They say that when you meditate regularly, your body needs less sleep.I've never meditated regularly enough to know if this is true. I do know that when I was growing up, sleep was akin to laziness.  Oversleeping, I was taught, is wasteful and decadent. We were instructed to never go back to sleep once awakened.If you happened to be awakened in the middle of the night, you were to get up and start doing something.I always had a lot of trouble with that one. The few times I tried to … [Read more...]


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Reading the Upanishads – Part Three

I thought it would be nice to read along through some scriptures and discuss the passages. I have a translation of the Upanishads done by Eknath Easwaran, a teacher whom I deeply trust and love. In this book there is an introduction before each translation with some insight from Easwaran.Here is a link to the Amazon page for the book I have:I want to thank Seeker for pointing out that it is good to look at different translations. This is not an ideal rendering of the Sanskrit and even … [Read more...]


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Music to Enjoy

Sorry I'm late posting today! I got caught up with some things at my office and lost track of time.I wanted to share something that I found on YouTube. This woman sings beautiful kirtans and mantras. She seems to be another white Hindu! Happy Friday! … [Read more...]


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