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Hindu Scriptures


Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in English

Published on Apr 16 2014 11:13 AM  |  Posted by The Editor |  Hindu Scriptures  |  2,130 views

Vigyan Bhairav Tantra in English
The Vigyan Bhairav Tantra is a key text of the Trika school of Kashmir Shaivism. Cast as a discourse between the god Shiva and his consort Devi or Shakti, it briefly presents 112 meditation methods or centering techniques (dharanas). These include several variants of breath awareness, concentration on various centers in the body, non-dual awareness, chanting, imagination and visualization and contemplation through each of the senses. A prerequisite to success in any of the 112 practices is a clear understanding of which method is most suitable to the practitioner.

The text is a chapter from the Rudrayamala Tantra, a Bhairava Agama. Devi, the goddess, asks Siva to reveal the essence of the way to realization of the highest reality. In his answer Siva describes 112 ways to enter into the universal and transcendental state of consciousness. References to it appear throughout the literature of Kashmir Shaivism, indicating that it was considered to be an important text in the monistic school of Kashmir Shaiva philosophy.


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Thiruppavai in English

Published on Apr 16 2014 06:03 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  13 views

Saint Andal also known as Nachiar and also as Kodhai was the daughter of Vishnu Chitta alias Nammazhwar of Srivilliputtur. She is one of the most important saints of Sri Vaishnavism. At an early age she well in love with Lord Krishna and because she used to wear the garlands meant for the deity before it is worn by the God, she was also called Chudi Kodutha Chudar Kodi. People believed that she was an avathara (incarnation) of Bhooma Devi. At the end of her life she left her ethereal body and mingled with her Lord.


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Lalitha Trishathi Stotram with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 05:41 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  10 views

There is a very large school of thought which gives primacy to Shakthi which is the female aspect of energy of the Gods. The followers of Shakthi were called Shakteyas. Among this group rose a peculiar group of sages who were called Tantrics. They believed in Shakthi only and worshipped her using methods which was not considered "normal", for example worshipping a virgin, doing Yoga sitting on a corpse and so on. They also preferred acts over mostly. To them, the names of Goddess had some divine meaning, which would give them supernatural powers. They also believed in animal and even human sacrifice. From them rose voluminous religious literature dedicated to Shakthi. In these books sounds were considered extremely important. Chanting each Sound was believed to result in different benefits. The most important of these ancient books are the Devi Bhagavatam, Devi Mahatmyam (from Markandeya Purana), Lalitha Sahasranama and Lalitha Trishathi (both from the Brahmanda Purana).


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Thiruvempavai in English

Published on Apr 16 2014 05:37 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  9 views

The ancient Tamil Nadu saw two important Bhakthi movements, which most probably preceded the philosophical movements of Adi Sankara and Saint Ramanuja. The sentinels(sages) of Bhakthi movement worshipping Lord Shiva were called Nayanmars and those worshipping Lord Vishnu were called Azhwars. History records the story of 63 Nayanmars and their story is chronicled in a book called “Periya puranam(Big epic)” written by Chekizhar who was an eminent poet of those times. Among those 63 sages, four Natyanmars were the most important and they were Appar, Thirugnana Sambandar, Thirunavukkarsar and Manika Vasagar.All of them were great poets and traveled through out Tamil Nadu visiting the shiva temples and composing poems on the deities in each Temple.The work of Manika Vasagar who was a Kshatriya by caste is called as Thiru vasagam (Holy script).”Thiru Vasagathukku urugar Evvasagathukkum Urugar” meaning,” those who do not melt for Thiruvasagam will never melt for any other book”, is a famous Tamil Saying of those times.


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Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham with English and Tamil Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 05:11 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  14 views

This great Suprabhatham was composed by one of the greatest savants of Vaishnaism, Sri Prathivadhi Bhayangaram Annangaracharyar and is a splendid Sri Sookthi that is recited every morning in front of the Sayana Mantapam (place for sleeping) at Thirumalai. This was composed by the author because of a request from his Guru Sri Manavala Mamunigal.


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Surya Ashtakam with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 05:08 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  9 views

From ancient times hindus recognized the Sun God as the one who is the cause of nature. They believed worshipping the Sun God would clear off all their sins. Surya, the Sun God, was the son of Sage Kasyapa and Adhithi. He rides a huge chariot driven by Aruna. The God of death Yama and the planet Saturn were his sons. This beautiful octet is a prayer addressed to the Sun God, Surya.


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Sri Vishnu Shodasa Nama Stotram with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 04:56 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  12 views

This is one of the prayers to be addressed to Lord Vishnu as soon as you wake up. It lists the twelve names of Lord Vishnu to be recited at different times of the day.

Oushade Chinthaye Vishnum,
Bhojane cha Janardhanam,
Sayane Padmanabham cha,
Vivahe cha Prajapathim.
Yuddhe Chakradharam devam,
Pravase cha Trivikramam,
Narayanam Thanu thyage,
Sreedharam priya sangame,
Duswapne smara , Govindam,
Sankate Madhu soodhanam,
Kanane Jalasayinam,
Jalamadhye Varaham cha,
Parvathe Raghu nandanam,
Gamane Vamanam Chaiva ,
Sarva Karyeshu Madhavam.


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Shivaparadha Kshamapana Stotram with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 04:10 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  10 views

Adhou karma prasangath kalayathi kalusham,
Mathru kakshou stithou maam,
Vin moothra madhye madhye kwadhayathi niratharaam,
Jaadaro jadhaveda,
Yadyadwaithathra dukham vythayathi sutharaam,
Sakyathe kena vakthum,
Kshandavyo me aparadha shiva Shiva Shambho,
Sri Mahadeva shambho. 1

Due to the remnants of Karmic sins,
I was created inside my mother’s womb,
And placed between urine, excreta and heat,
And suffered a lot by the heat and smell.
And possibly none can describe,
The sufferings that I underwent there,
And So Shambho, be pleased to pardon,
My sins, Oh Mahadeva.


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Shiva Panchakshara Stotram with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 04:06 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  9 views

Shiva is the destroyer among the trinity and is worshipped as their main deity by millions of Hindus. The holy word chant to worship him is made of five letters and is popularly called Panchakshara- “Na Ma Si Va ya”. In this popular stotra each of these letters is considered as him and he is praised for his great qualities.

Nagendra haraya Trilochanaya,
Basmanga ragaya maheswaraya,
Nithyaya shudhaya digambaraya,
Tasmai nakaraya namashivaya. 1


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Purusha Suktam with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:48 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  10 views

Among the great Gods of the Vedas is the Purusha, which in simple translation means the “male”. But the word actually indicates Lord Vishnu, who is the God among the great trinity in charge of the care of the created beings. He is supposed to live in the ocean of milk and his consort is Lakshmi the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Along with the Rudram it is one of the greatest stotras originating from the Vedas. While the devotees of Rudra are afraid of his anger and request Him again and again, the devotees of Purusha keep praising him, describing his various facets and request boons from him.Though the original Purusha suktha manthra occurs in Rig Veda, it also occurs in Vajaneya Samhitha of Shukla Yajur Veda, Taiteeriya Samhitha of Krishna Yajurveda and also with slight differences in Sama Veda as well as Atharva Veda. Many great sages have given details of how this great Suthra should be used in fire sacrifices and many sages including the great Sayanacharya have written commentaries on Purusha Suktham.


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Sundara Kanda Mahatmya (Parayana Vidhana of Sundara Kandam)

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:45 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  9 views

Parvathy said: Oh, God of all beings, I would very much love to know from you, the greatness of Sundara Kanda in detail.

Sri Parameshwara replied:

I would summarize the greatness of Sundara Kanda for you, because to tell in detail, only the great Lord Ramachandra is capable. Similar to the fact that God Rama is the greatest among Devas, similar to the fact that Kalpaga tree is greatest among trees, similar to the fact that the Kousthubha gem is greatest among gems, in Ramayana, Sundara Kanda is the greatest chapter. By reading or listening to Sundara Kanda with devotion, all the wishes are fulfilled, all dangers will vanish, all diseases will be cured and all types of wealth will grow. Especially it is the greatest panacea for those who suffer from great diseases. Even diseases like tuberculosis, Leprosy and epilepsy, which cannot be cured by even divine medicines, would be cured completely by reading Sundara Kanda 68 times by the grace of Lord Ramachandra. Please hear its greatness, which I am telling you with attention.


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Nava Graha Stotram with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:32 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  8 views

Surya (Sun)

Japaa Kusumasankasham Kasyapeyam Maha Dhyuthim
Tamognam Sarvapaapghnam Pranatosmi Divakaram

My salutations to the Sun,
Who is like the flower of meditation,
Who belongs to the clan of Kashyapa,
Who is of greatest brilliance,
Who is the destroyer of darkness,
And who is the destroyer of all sins.


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Narada Bhakti Sutra with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:31 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  7 views

1. Atha tho Bakthim vyakyasyama

Now I will explain in detail what is meant by devotion to God(Bhakthi)1.

2. Saa tasmin Parama prema roopa

Devotion to God is personification of intense(highest) love towards Him.

3. Amrutha swaroopa cha

It also is deathless or as sweet as nectar (or it also confers deathlessness to one).


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Namam Japikkuga with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:18 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  9 views

This stotras by an unknown devotee of Kerala prays the Lord to help him chant the names of Lord Narayana even on his death bed.The graphic numbing description of the state of the devotee in his death bed and the essentiality of his being able to chant the names of Lord Narayana is well brought out. Sung with devotion, this small sthothra will definitely transport any one to divine ecstasy.


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Nama Ramayanam with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:15 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  8 views

A devout Hindu believes that if he reads Ramayana (the story of Rama) daily, he would be nearing God. He also would like to meditate on the name Rama, so that all his sins are washed off. Nama Ramayana is the story of Rama written for this purpose. Apart from condensing the story, it helps the devotees to meditate on the different sterling aspects of Rama. Here is a translation in English to help the devotees do just that.


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Kanaka Dhara Stotra with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 03:02 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  8 views

Adhi Sankara was one of the greatest saints of his time. He was born in a poor Brahmin family in Kerala. After brahmopadesa, as is usual during those times, he was asked to beg alms for his lunch. One day when he went to a brahmin house, the lady of the house was so poor that she did not have anything to give him. She searched hard and found one small fruit of gooseberry, which she gave to Sankara the boy. He was so touched by her gesture that he sang these 21 mellifluous hymns on Goddess Lakshmi, who poured golden goose berries as rain to the poor woman’s house. Even today it is believed that poverty would be banished by singing this hymn.


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Devi Mahatmya from Markandeya Purana with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 02:55 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  21 views

Sri Devi Mahatmyam, Prathama Charithram (First Part)
Pradhmao adhyaya:Madhu Kaidaba Vadha Varnanam

Chapter 1: Description of Killing of Madhu and Kaidabha

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1.Markandeya Uvacha:-
Savarni Surya thanayo yo Manu Kadyatheshtama,
Nisamaya Thad uthpathim vistharath gadatho mama.

Makandeya told: -
Please hear from me about the origin of Savarni who is the son of Sun god and the eighth Manu in detail.

(There were fourteen Manus who ruled the world. The seven before Savarni were Swayambhuva, Swarochisha, Uthama, Thapasa, Raivatha, Chakshusha and Vaiwaswatha. Markandeya was the son of Sage Mrukandu and was telling this story to another sage called Bagoori. Some versions have two additional slokas regarding the announcement of Sage Sootha that Jaimini the disciple of Vyasa approached Sage Markandeya and requested him to tell the story of Devi Mahatmya)


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Devi Keelakam with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 02:37 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  11 views

Since the chanting of Devi Mahatmya leads to all the luck and good things in the world and at the end salvation, Lord Prameshwara decided to impose certain conditions to get that full benefit. This is the nail (keelakam) that he has put.

Rishir Uvacha:-

1.Vishudha gnana dehaya trivedi divya chakshushe,
Sreya prapthi nimithaya nama somardha dharine.

The sage told:-

My salutations to that Parameshwara(The greatest lord) who is in the form of doing extreme penance, who has three holy eyes , who is the prime cause leading to salvation and who wears the crescent.


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Devi Kavacham from Devi Mahatmya with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 02:34 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  8 views

1. Markandeya Uvacha:

Yath guhyam paramam loke sarva rakshakaram nrunam,
Yanna kasya Chidagyatham, thanme bruhi pithamaha.

Oh Lord Brahma (Grand father of all) Please teach me that which is secret to all the world, which is great, which gives complete protection, and which has not been told to any one.

2. Brahmo Uvacha:-

Asthi guhya thamam vipra, Sarva bhoothopakaarakam,
Devyasthu kavacham punyam tachrunushwa maha mune.

Hey great sage, There is a very secret Devi Kavacha (Armour of Goddess, which is useful to all animals and which has not been told to any one.


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Devi Argala Stuti with English Translation

Published on Apr 16 2014 02:30 AM  |  Posted by P.R. Ramachander |  Hindu Scriptures  |  7 views

(The fountain of prayer to the Goddess)

1.Jayanthi mangala kali bhadrakali kapalini,
Durga kshama shiva dhathri swaha swadha namosthuthe.

Salutations to you who is Jayanthi, Mangala, Kali, Bhadrakali, Kapalini, Shiva, Dhathri, Swaha and Swadha.

2.Madhukaidabha vidhravi, vidhathru varadhe nama,
Roopam dehi, jayam dehi yaso dehi, dwisho jahi.

Hey goddess who killed Madhu and Kaidabha and who gave boons to Brahma, give me looks. Give me victory, give me fame and destroy my enemies.


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