Vedic Prayers Sooth Babies

I don't know any lullabies and I don't know many songs. I tried to learn some before my son was born but nothing really stuck. However, I have something just as good as a lullaby. My baby loves Sanskrit chants.I captured this video, though I'm sorry it's dark and not always pointed in the right direction. But you can see the effect the Perfect Prayer has on Garrick Ravi. It works every time!My husband sings him the Gayatri mantra. I'm so proud of Brad for learning that! … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Language Learning Update

Amazingly it's been around seven years since I first started stumbling towards learning Hindi.For those who are new here is some background: my parents study Sanskrit and so I grew up with some influence of that. I knew the letters of the devanagari alphabet (which both Sanskrit and Hindi use) by the time I was in college. I knew some Vedic prayers. I had a little kid's learn Sanskrit book from the St. James school (affiliated with SES). The one I had is Stories of Krishna part one. Back … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Katy Perry and Sanskrit Tattoos

Reading my Cosmo magazine this month (yes, I love Cosmo. Shut up) I noticed Devanagari on Katy Perry's arm. The image wasn't clear enough for me to make it out.So I went online to find out what her tattoo is (or is supposed to be, anyway).Interetingly, the two sites that came up first in a search don't transliterate the script correctly at all.Look at the close up image here:Notice that it says "Anugacchatu Pravahan" which that site gives as “Anuugacchati Pravaha." But t … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Pronunciation Guide for Sanskrit Words

There are a few guidelines that will help you to almost always pronounce Hindu words correctly.*Emphasize the third to last syllable of a word. In many words that's going to be the first syllable, so default to the first if you're put on the spot to pronounce something. If you have a chance to look at the word, count the syllables back from the end to emphasize the third to last. Here are some examples:  SADhana, not SadHANA. raMAyana, not RamaYAna. ARjuna, not ArJUNa. *When you see an "a" … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Reading the Upanishads: Isha Verse Sixteen

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad.Here are a few different translations of verse 16 of the Isha Upanishad...16) O Nourisher, lone Traveller of the sky! Controller! O Sun, Offspring of Prajapati! Gather Your rays; withdraw Your light. I would see, through Your grace, that form of Yours which is the fairest. I am indeed He, that Purusha, who dwells there. … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook:

Reading the Upanishads: Isha Verse Fifteen

We are doing a scripture study together: reading along through some scriptures and discussing the passages. I've started with the Isha Upanishad.Here are a few different translations of verse 15 of the Isha Upanishad...15) The door of the Truth is covered by a golden disc. Open it, O Nourisher! Remove it so that I who have been worshipping the Truth may behold It. -From http://www.swamij.com/upanishad-isha.htm15) Truth lies concealed by golden vessel. Do thou o Sun! Open the e … [Read more...]


Stay in touch! Like Patheos Hindu on Facebook: