What is mantra chanting – MANTRA is a sacred utterance of few syllables or even a numinous sound which may vary from a single Sanskrit alphabet to a group of alphabets to poetic verse even which has both psychic and spiritual importance when chanted rhythmically and often the chants of mantras are associated with rhythms and even melodies which are soothing and in a particular flow which tends to incite concentration and focus while being recited in various repetitions generally in a calm way and sometimes in repetitive rates of rythms.
Chanting of mantra while attaining gentle and calm posture often induces peace and calm with more focus and attentiveness bringing about a feeling of calmness and peace as the chanting of these mantras repels and dissolves various disturbances and changes in and around the surroundings. The importance of the chanting of mantras both verbally and mentally is sought for in yogic practice since ancient times and it also acts as one of the ways to kindle the self enlightened soul and dive deeper further within the unconscious mind and knowing the true self of being.
Meditation - meditation is the deep and fixed concentration of mind devoid of any thoughts or any form of disturbance which also involves chanting of mantras both verbally and mentally. Meditation is a technique to withdraw the senses within to witness the inner self as the thoughtless but aware mind is directed towards the inner self and so self and self realization begins to enlighten for the practitioner further witnessing the divine bliss and joy of this immensely intricate practice
Yajna(fire worship)- since the ancient tradition of the Vedic civilization the fire sacrifice or YAGNA has been the most important ritual ceremony to pay oblations and tributes to the various gods. For the sacrifice preparing the fire altar or the HAVAN KUND is also instructed as per the requirements and specific regulations as per the texts. The fire sacrifice involves kindling of fire by the attending priests and devotees kindling the kindle twigs and branches of the mango tree preferably. Then with recitation of passages from the holy scriptures sacrificial offerings are given in the fire including preparations from milk like clarified butter ( ghee) and Havan Samagri a specially prepared mixture of various herbs and incenses. Through the chanting of the various passages from the texts devotees pay their respects and gratitude to the respective deities extending their thankfulness for their divine gifts and blessings which they have bestowed upon the devotees and human beings and also on all the living creatures while requesting them to continue their graciousness towards them.
The fire sacrifice is a ceremonial ritual which is an integral part of the culture of Hindu devotees and adherents of Hindu faith and is therefore an essential practice during all auspicious occasions and festivals in the Hindu society.
Worship of God- One of the defining aims of spirituality and all the principles involved in it is the final union and realization of the supreme most creator or almighty controller and regulator of the entire creation. The same creator, the same supreme soul of which we all are a part and in whose creation all living beings exist.
As is evident from the various scriptures as well as the schools of philosophy the final aim for each soul is to ultimately unite with the almighty in a state of eternal bliss or salvation liberated from the bondage of worldly desires and the cycle of births and rebirths. It is this belief which develops profound faith for the supreme creator and almighty god to whom we pay our gratitude and tribulations in the form of virtuous deeds and unconditional love and affection for humanity and towards the nature that surrounds us. While doing so and trying to contemplate the nature and ways to attain god we might adopt austerities , sacrifice ourselves in devotional service towards the same godly path or through the contemplation of the self as in the philosophy of yoga realizing the very same divine individual within ourselves which would then further lead us to the ultimate supreme most eternal soul where our final objective is achieved in the final union if this soul with the supreme soul and attain the state of MOKSHA ( salvation). To worship and contemplate this divine godhead a pure and spotless intent with the values of serving and loving all in the most humble of ways is the key to attain or achieve our final goal of worshipping.
Vedic astrology - among the rich scriptural tradition of Indian culture one of the most flourishing and extant one passing on from generation to generation is the study of Vedic astrology which is also called JYOTISH in Sanskrit , it derives its name from the “ light” the divine light which can forecast future and events which have to happen in the life of an individual. The study of Vedic astrology involves the basic knowledge of the 9 planets or heavenly bodies, the 12 celestial constellations also called RASHIS and the 27 constellations or NAKSHATRAS. One of the first steps in making predictions and assumptions is the calculation and construction of the Vedic birth chart also called as KUNDLI which has 12 houses corresponding to the 12 constellations which occupy their respective positions as per the date , time and place of birth.
The planets represent various aspects of one’s personality, one’s qualities , capabilities and the type of fortune and misfortune one would encounter along with various other dimensions of one’s life like family , friends , wealth, health and likewise nearly everything regarding an individual can be estimated. The study of astrology seemingly simple and straight forward is interestingly deep and as one begins to know more and more about it one becomes evidently more interested due to some of the peculiar accuracies and the ways in which predictions made are so much in agreement with the present situation and what situations may turn out to be, an extensive research and examples that have been seen points to the same.
As it has always been a fascination for any person to know about their past or present and future outcome Vedic astrology is one such field where such curious and mystic seeking folks would truly enjoy.