Lakshmi Quotes- Mantras – Hymns

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Mantras are believed to bring in harmony and peace of mind to the devotees who faithfully chant it to please their favorite deities. Chanting mantras can relieve mental stress, strain and even help in maintaining a normal heart rate. The word “mantra” is derived from two Sanskrit words “manas” and “trai“, which literally means “to free from the mind”.  From recent medical studies it was found the chanting of mantras in the right form evokes the production and spreading of the certain chemicals in the brain, which improve the health and the mental status of the devotee.

As per Hindu mythology, each Hindu God is associated with a moola mantra which when chanted in the specified time and period, will serve different purposes. The most evoked mantras are devoted to Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman and the Hindu Goddesses Lakshmi, Durga and Devi.

The Goddess Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of wealth, luxury, beauty, power and prosperity.  Her mantras are evoked by most of the entrepreneurs as they believe that She will be pleased and bring fortune to them.  One of the most chanted mantra of Goddess Lakshmi is as follows:

“Sarvagyay Sarvavarday
Sarvadushtbhaydkree Sarvadukhaharay

Devi Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Goddess Maa Lakshmi, you are aware of everything; you bestow blessing upon all and defend us from the evils. You remove all miseries of life. Oh auspicious one, I surrender myself to you.

“Siddhi Buddhipraday
Devi Bhuktimuktipradayeenee
Mantramurtay Sada Devi
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O divine Maa, you are the one who gives me all success and intelligence. You bless me with all the worldly pleasures, wealth and freedom. The magical words in the mantra comprise your grace with form and Mother, I surrender myself to you, always.

Aadhantarhitay Devi
Aadhshakti Maheshwari
Yogajay Yogasambhutay
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Mother Supreme, your art does not have a beginning or end. Your art is the primal power. Your art is born out of Yogic practice and manifested through yoga. O Mother auspicious, I bow to Thee.

“Sthulsukshmay Maharodray
Mahashakti Mahodray
Mahapaapharay Devi
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: O Goddess Lakshmi, your art gross and subtle, most awful and dominant. Your art encompass even the smallest things, and saves us even from the greatest sins. O Mother auspicious, I bow to Thee.

“Padnaasanstithay
Devi Parbrahmaswaroopeenee
Parmashree Jaganmatra
Mahalakshmi Namostutay”

Meaning: Maa Lakshmi, you reside in the heart of the faithful devotees and verily art the supreme Brahman. Your supreme art depicts that you are the mother of the universe. Promising Mother, I surrender to you.

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The Hindu Goddess Lakshmi is the consort of Lord Vishnu and is known as the Empress of Satyug. The Goddess is depicted in different forms, to bestow blessings and save the devotees from evils. Evoking the mantras of Goddess Lakshmi will bring peace and prosperity to your home or business.

Top 40 Hindu Blogs

Over the years of reading and researching Hindu gods and Hindu statues we have developed a fondness for many Hindu blogs.  Here is our list of the top 40 Hindu blogs we read.  Please take a look at them!

Named to the top 40 Hindu Blogs

1.   Hindu Blog
2.   Hindu Devotional Blog
3.   Pakistan Hindu Post
4.   Western Hindu
5.   Hindu Voice
6.   Hinduism Facts | Facts about Hindu Religion
7.   Himalayan Academy Blog
8.   India Divine
9.   Hindu Devotional Power
10.  Rolling with Vishnu
11.  Sathya Sai Baba – Life, Love & Spirituality
12.  Accidental Hindu
13.  Practical Sanskrit
14.  Vachana-A-Week
15.  Also Hindu
16.  A Western Sri Vaishnava
17.  A Soul’s Journey
18.  drik Panchang
19.  Hindu Existence
20.  Hinduism Today
21.  Internet Sacred Text Archive
22.  Divya Jnana
23.  jnana·nanda, the bliss of divine knowledge
24.  Bliss of Hinduism
25.  Hindu Adhyathmikam
26.  Hinduism – A Scientific Way of Life
27.  Only Hinduism for any Hindu….for every Hindu
28.  Hinduism Beliefs
29.  Navratri Pooja
30.  Ganesh Wallpaper
31.  Bharata Bharati
32.  thepedalingpujari of thepacific
33.  Hindu God Photo
34.  Divya’s Cooking Journey
35   Sanatana Dharma
36.  The Astro Junction
37.  Bhadesia Hindu blog
38.  Rajarshi14′s Blog
39.  Jaisiyaram
40.  Bamboo Thoughts

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The Origins of Budai: Commonly Confused with Gautama Buddha

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Many Americans mistakenly identify the Budai as that of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.  The Budai is often depicted holding a cloth sack and is commonly referred to as the laughing Buddha or the fat & happy Buddha.  It is believed that the Budai is an incarnation of Maitreya or the future Buddha form that will succeed the historic Gautama Buddha by appearing on earth someday in the future at a time when Dharma will have been forgotten, in order to re-teach the pure dharma.  He is said to appear on earth one day and achieve complete enlightenment, just as the historic Gautama, teaching the world his wisdom.

In Buddhist folk traditions it is said that the Budai is a man of good and loving character and is admired for his genuine happiness, plentitude, and contentment.  A popular belief is that rubbing his belly will bring about good luck, wealth, and overall prosperity.  Incorporate a Fat & Happy Buddha Statue from Lotus Sculpture into your life and rub his belly for good luck and happiness!

The Story of Shiva and the Goddess Ganga

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Bronze statue of Lord Shiva bringing the Goddess Ganga down to the earth in his matted hair

Most of the images and sculpture of Lord Shiva depict the River Ganga flowing from his matted hair. As with all symbols within Hindu iconography there is an interesting tale behind Shiva and the Hindu goddess Ganga. According to Hindu mythology, there was a powerful king in India named Sagar. He decided to conduct Ashwamedha Yagya, a horse sacrifice, to declare his supremacy over the gods. The king of Heaven, Indra grew jealous of King Sagar and decided to steal the ritual horse. Indra successfully abducted the horse and tied him in the ashram of Sage Kapil, who was silently meditating for many years. King Sagar ordered his 60,000 sons to search and find his sacrificial horse. After a long search they found the horse tied at the ashram and began assaulting the great sage thinking he was the culprit who stole the horse. The sage awoke from his trance and in his anger started to destroy all the sons of king Sagar who were accosting him. Anshuman, the grandson of King Sagar, pleaded for forgiveness. The sage told him that he could save his life by bringing the sacred river Ganga down from the heavens to purify the souls of him and his ancestors and help them to attain nirvana.

King Dilip, son of Anshuman pleaded with Lord Brahma to help them bring the Ganga to earth. He failed to appease Brahma so he passed the task to his son, Bhagiratha. Bhagiratha was able to please Brahma, who ordered Ganga to descent to Earth. The furious Ganga felt this as an insult and decided to destroy Earth with her force while descending from heaven. Bhagiratha was warned by Brahma that earth will not be able to hold Ganga while descending from heaven, so he must seek the help of Lord Shiva, the only one who can withstand the power of Ganga. Bhagiratha pleaded with Lord Shiva to help him and Shiva agreed to receive Ganga in his matted locks. Ganga was arrogant and tried to drown Shiva by pushing him to the core of the earth, but the mighty Shiva easily held her in his locks.   Shiva’s tie was so strong that Ganga became helpless.

Lord Shiva wanted to teach Ganga a lesson, but instead released her in seven streams as he was satisfied with the prayers of Bhagiratha. The seven streams of Ganga are Bhagirathi, Janhvi, Bhilangana, Mandakini, Rishiganga, Saraswati and Alaknanda. Ganga became calm and followed Bhagiratha, who lead her to his ancestors and with her purity, released their souls.
There are a number of legends associated with Ganga and the different names she has at different places. This is but one.

Ganga is considered to be the most sacred river in India and it originates from the depths of Gangotri glacier. Ganga, otherwise known as Ganges, brings purity to human life. By bathing in her sacred waters one is purified to the core of their being.

Bhagiratha’s great effort in bringing Ganga to earth is known as “Bhagiratha Prayatna”. What would you consider to be the noble quality of Bhagiratha – his strong affection to his ancestors or his determination to meet any challenges to attain the ultimate goal?

Karna- The Unfortunate Warrior of the Mahabharata Epic

Karna is a fascinating character in the Mahabharata epic.  He is depicted as a tragic hero; gifted, righteous and brave, whose warrior skills won the admiration of Bhishma and Krishna. He remains as a tragic figure for millions of Hindus and Indians.  The story of Karna not only portrays his warrior skills, generosity, but also the strong friendship he had with Duryodhana, the eldest of Kauravas.

Birth of Karna: Karna is the eldest illegitimate son of Kunti, the mother of the Pandava clan. When Kunti was a teenage girl, she got the opportunity to serve the great saint Durvasa.  She took great care of him, which pleased him so much that he blessed her with a varada or boon. The boon were the words to a powerful mantra.  Whenever she chooses to chant this mantra she will have a baby boy endowed with Godly qualities from any God she wants.
As a teenage girl, without thinking of the consequences, Kunti decided to test the mantra.  While reciting the mantra, she pictured Surya the Sun God.  To her wonder Surya appeared before her in resplendent glory.  Kunti was terrified by Surya as she never expected him to come.  She wanted him to go back, but it was not possible since he was bounded by the strength of the mantra.
Kunti was blessed with a pretty boy, named Karna, and she was surprised to see the protective armor over his chest and in his ears – the kavacha and kundalas.  Because she was a single teenage mother she was left with no choice but to give up the baby.  She prepared a basket for her child and left him in the holy Ganges to float away from her life.
Karna was spotted by a couple named Adhiratha and Radha who desperately wanted a child of their own.  The couple adopted him and found happiness in raising him.  He came to be known as Suta Puthra as his father, Adhiratha, was the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra.  Karna was also known as Vasusena (Born with wealth) and Radheya (as his mother’s name was Radha).

Education: As a youth, Karna wanted to become a great warrior and learn archery and martial arts.  He contacted Guru Dronacharya and pleaded him to teach the art of warfare, but the guru refused his request as Karna belonged to low caste.  Karna realized that he could never fulfill his ambition as his lowly caste would prevent anyone from taking him on to teach him.

Curses: Hiding his identity Karna contacted Parshuram, a great warrior, and revealed his desire to be his disciple.  Mistaking him as a Brahmin, Parashuram accepted him. He taught him to master all the weapons of war.  Parashuram later discovered that he was deceived by Karma.  He placed a curse on Karna that all he learned from Parashuram would not be useful to protect him at the most crucial juncture in his life when he needs it most.
A second curse was placed on Karna while he was practicing the archery and he accidentally missed the target and killed a sacred cow.  A brahmin saw this and cursed him that he will have to face death as his innocent cow did; defenseless.

Karna’s natural mother, Kunti eventually was married to Pandu the King of Hastinapura, and he exhorted her to use the mantra and gave birth to three sons – Yudhishthir, Bhim and Arjun.  Madri, the second wife of Pandu, gave birth to Nakul and Sahadev.  The five brothers came to be known as sons of Pandu -the Pandavas and lived with Kauravas, the sons of Dhritarashtra, Pandu’s elder brother.  The Kauravas and Pandavas were master warriors learning all their skills from Kripacharya and then from Dronacharya.  However, all was not well between the brothers and the Kauravas and Pandavas had a dispute which eventually started a war between the two families.

The friendship with Duryodhana begins: Karna came to the arena of the great event organized by Dronacharya to showcase his disciple’s skills.  At the arena Karna challenged Arjun to a duel.  Duryodhana, the King of India and eldest of the Kauravas, was very happy to hear of Karna’s challenge to Arjun.  Duryodhana was very jealous of Arjun’s skill and wanted to defeat the Pandavas by all means.  However, the combat was declined since, Karna belonged to a low caste and Arjun was a prince.  Duryodhana came to the help of Karna and announced that Karna was the king of Anga.  From this moment, Karna became loyal to Duryodhana and a friendship grew between them.

Kunti meets Karna: The dispute between the Pandavas and Kavravas, regarding the right to rule Hasthinapur, eventually led to the Kurushethra war.  Before the war begins, Kunti meets Karna and reveals the truth that she is his biological mother.  She asks him to leave Kauravas and join his half-brothers.  However, the loyal Karna denies his mother’s request and promises that she will be left with five sons at the end of the battle as he only wishes to kill Arjun.  He also requests his mother to keep their relationship and his royal birth heritage a secret until his death.  Indra, the father of Arjun, becomes worried and disguises himself as a Brahmin and asks the generous Karna to give away his armor bestowed on his as a child as a gift for him.  Despite of the warning from his father, Surya, Karna fulfills the wish of the masked Brahmin and gifts his armor away.

Bronze Chariot of Arjuna and Krishna of the Mahabharata epic

Bronze Statue of Krishna and Arjuna having a conversation in their chariot during the Mahabharata epic

Battle of Kurushethra: In the Mahabharata war Karna fights on the Kauravas’ side and opposes his own half-brothers, the Pandavas.  Lord Krishna becomes the charioteer of Arjun, to see that the Pandavas win the battle.  Karna enters the battlefield on the 11th day, after Bhishma was wounded.  He kept his word to Kunti and did not capture any of the Pandavas, even though he has several opportunities to do so. On the 15th day, Karna is appointed as the commander-and-chief of the Kaurava forces as Drona was killed by unfair means. Karna was able to defeat all the Pandavas, except Arjun in the individual confrontations, but spares their lives as he does not want to break the promise he had given to his mother.
On the 17th day, Karna and Arjun come face to face in battle.  Karna tried his hardest to kill Arjun and Lord Krishna came to the rescue of Arjun.  During the course of battle, one of the wheels of Karna’s chariot plunges into the earth’s loose soil.  Karna asks Arjun to temporarily stop the fighting, which Arjun agrees to.  Karna gets off his chariot unarmed and to fix the wheel of the chariot. During this, Lord Krishna reminds Arjun about the incidents in which his wife Draupati was disgraced and Karna’s role in the death of his son Abhimanyu. Arjun was so desperate that he obeyed the advice of Krishna and aimed the fatal shaft Anjalika at Karna.  Though Karna was able to protect himself from the arrow, he couldn’t do it.  The curse which was placed upon him by his former teacher, Parshuram worked and he was unable to protect himself and the arrow hit him.

Salvation: Lord Krishna meets Karna in the battle field just before his death and promises to grant him any two wishes.  Karna asks Krishna to inform his mother, Kunti, about his death so that she can reveal the secret that he was the eldest of the Pandavas.  For his 2nd wish he wanted his rebirth to be in a noble family so that he can feed others (annatanam).  Lord Krishna was very much moved by his requests and informs him that in the next life he will be Siruttontar Nayanar and finally the brave and courageous hero dies in harmony.
After his conversation with Krishna, Karna was then beheaded brutally as he was helpless in the battle field fulfilling the curse of the brahim saying he would die defenseless.  All the curses worked upon him at once in the battle.

What are the reasons for Karna’s downfall?  What paved the path for his ultimate destruction?  His dedicated friendship and support for Duryodhana’s malicious plans or his generosity in giving away things without considering his own safety?