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  • Sreyas - A Great Spiritual Resource
    on May 16, 2012 in Resources
    I stumbled upon a great online resource for Hindu spiritual resources. In fact the majority of the site is in malayalam. But there is a lot of content in English too. You can download a lot of ebooks, audio and videos which are of excellent quality.
  • Open Source Community for Vedic Audio Resources
    on Jul 27, 2009 in Resources
    Wisdomspeak is an open source community collection of audio resources on Vedic culture. You can listen to mantras, bhajans, spiritual discources etc 24x7 via online radio. If you are a shoutcast radio user, you can easily find the streams by searchin...
  • Goddess Saraswati - Legends
    on Jul 25, 2009 in Legends
    The Goddess of learning and speech is Saraswati, also known as Sarada, Bharati, Brahmi etc. I've always been confused about the origins of this white complexioned goddess dressed in white or yellow and accompanied by a swan as her vahana. Even thoug...
  • Kerala's Carnatic Music Learning Programme in Malayalam
    on Jun 11, 2009 in News
    In today's hectic world, it is very difficult for a common man to find enough time to master the fine arts like carnatic music. Also it is not possible everywhere to find a suitable guru to learn it from. It is in this scenario the electronic media i...
  • Sacred Saligramam ( Saligrama )
    on May 24, 2009 in Articles
    If you ever happened to have a look inside a Vaishnavite's Pooja room, you might have had a glimpse of a black stone called Saligramam being worshipped. It is usually black in color with the symbol of sudarshana chakra. The chakras can be seen both o...
  • Namakarana - Naming ceremony
    on May 17, 2009 in Articles
    Naming a baby is a religious ceremony for the Hindus. In Kerala, usually a baby boy is named on the 27th day after birth and a girl is named on the 28th day after birth. The right day for the ceremony is defined by Gruhyasutras and there are differen...
  • East - the most sacred direction
    on Apr 29, 2009 in Articles
    Of the four directions, east is the most sacred for orthodox Hindus. The ancient Indians believed that one magnetic field passes from the south to north and another one in east to west directions. The latter force field is considered essential for th...
  • Harivarasanam - A nostalgic and divine lullaby
    on Apr 27, 2009 in Prayers
    Harivarasanam was written by Kumbakudi Kulathur Iyer in 1950. Swami Vimochanananda recited this song for the first time at Sabarimala in 1955. This beautiful song originally has 16 padas of which only the first 7 are sung at Sabarimala. This song is...
  • The Technique of Transcendental Meditation
    on Apr 22, 2009 in Articles
    Since I have already given an Introduction to Transcendental Meditation in my previous blog post, I would like to discuss the steps involved in the technique in this post. The technique of TM is taught in seven systematic steps. Step 1 – Introd...
  • 28 Hindu temples to be relocated
    on Apr 22, 2009 in News
    In Malaysia, Hindu activists have protested severe repression, including forcible conversions and the destruction of scores of temples. Frustrations among the country’s Indian minority has been bubbling under the surface for decades. Adding to the...
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