Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

This is one of the most popular and powerful of all of the Vedic mantras.  It calls upon Lord Shiva, "the Three-eyed God," to grant protection, abundance, and enlightenment to the devotee.  I have put together a short video to help facilitate the chanting of this great mantra.

OM tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhim puṣṭivardhanam

Urvārukamiva bandhanān-mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt

"We invoke and do homage to the three-eyed Lord [Shiva], creator and protector of the three worlds, whose immanent fragrance of energy and bliss enhances the life and joy of existence all three times. O Rudra, destroyer of evil and suffering, giver of bliss, Release me from the bonds of mortality like the ripe melon falling off the stalk and redeem me into the infinite presence of Immortality."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Authoritative Guru Gita Book Release

I am very pleased to announce that The Authoritative Guru Gita of H.H. Mahamandaleshwar Paramahamsa Swarupananda Vishwa Guru Maharaj is now available for purchase HERE!

Sanatana Dharma (AKA Hinduism) is founded upon the Guru-disciple relationship. The Guru Gita is the most comprehensive work on the subject. While there are many versions of the Guru Gita, this effort contains an original translation of the complete version, which consists of 352 couplets (called shloka-s). Additionally, this book, The Authoritative Guru Gita, includes a commentary that is notable for a few different reasons. First, it provides insight into the philosophies and traditions that the author (or authors) of The Guru Gita draw from: namely, Kashmir Shaivism, Shri Vidya, and, possibly, some form of Vaishnavism. All of these fall under the broader umbrella of Tantra in this case. The commentary found here is also practical in nature. It is intended to serve as an aid in the practice of the yoga associated with the Guru Path. Incidentally, The Authoritative Guru Gita also includes the full 352-shloka Guru Gita in its original Sanskrit (in Roman script rather than Devanagari) in order to facilitate the chanting of The Guru Gita, which is one of its purposes. Finally, the above-mentioned commentary is noteworthy in that it was composed at the request and under the close supervision of Mahamandaleshwar Swarupananda, one of Hinduism's eighty Mahamandaleshwars. By definition, a Mahamandaleshwar is a theological authority, the weight of whose stance is second only to four Shankaracharyas. Thus, this truly is the authoritative position on The Guru Gita.