Hindu scriptures

Scriptures     The Vedas are the HolyScriptures of Hinduism. Literally Veda means knowledge or wisdom.Because the Rishis or sages had the Vedas channelled to them whilst in deep meditative states, they have been described as apaurusheya, i.e., not created by any human agency. These Vedas are four: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. Out of […]

Stages of hindu life

STAGES OF HINDU LIFE In Vedic times, the span of a normal human life was averaged to be eighty-four years, with four sections of twenty-one years each. The first twenty-one years is known as the “Brahmacharya ashram”, the stage of youth or learning, which requires a certain discipline, guidance and purity to gain the knowledge […]

Forms of worship

Forms of Worship Hindu ritual is divided into three types: (1) daily rituals called nitya; (2) specific rituals, called naimittika; and (3) personal rituals, called kamya. These three religious activities, nitya, naimittika, and kamya, are accomplished through three types of ritual. These rituals are yajna, (involving a sacrificial fire); puja (devotional offerings, usually flowers); and […]

Mother Lakshmi

Mother Lakshmi arose out of the sea of milk, the primordial cosmic ocean, bearing a red lotus in her hand.  Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva (creator, preserver and destroyer respectively)- wanted to have her for themself. Shiva’s claim was refused for he had already claimed the Moon, Brahma had Saraswati, so Vishnu claimed her and she […]

About last night.

Ok, I haven’t written regular blog stuff thus far so here goes. Last  night I visited my temple in Orlando (Shri Shivdham Hindu temple) . We are celebrating the one year anniversary of the installation of Sri Radhakrishna at the temple.  Here’s a few photos of the temple you might like. As always it was […]

Sri RadhaKrishna

Sri RadhaKrishna Before I begin I must say that Lord Krishna is my Ishta Devata and so I have more than a a soft spot for Sri Radha Krishna. Oh and if you read only one Holy Hindu book make it the Bhagavad Gita, a guidebook on how to conduct your life. Lord Krishna is […]

Lord Ganesha

Lord Ganesha Lord Ganesha is the most widely worshiped Hindu God. Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles. He is the Lord of the followers (Ganas) and therefore called Ganesha or Ganapati.He has a human body with the head of an elephant. The eldest son of Lord Shiva is also known as Vinayak ( […]

Hindu Do’s and Dont’s

Yamas and Niyamas These are the codes of Conduct within Hinduism but they will work for all. They were written by the Saiva Guru Patanjali using codes already contained within the Vedas. (I have been abbreviated them ) THE 10 VEDIC RESTRAINTS, YAMA 1. Noninjury, Ahimsa – Do not harm others by thought, word or […]