~~OM~~ When Sati, the wife of Shiva, sacrificed herself at the Yajna performed by her father Daksha, a very distraught Shiva started dancing with her body. He was dancing the dance of destruction. And the gods said, “Oh, we are doomed! Shiva is dancing the dance of destruction. How are we ever going to to […]
~~OM~~ Daksha decided he would have a Yajna. Remember he was going to have the Yajna by which he would initiate the new creation. And he invited Brahma, he invited Vishnu, and he invited all the Gods and all the Munis, but he didn’t invite Shiva. He said, “I’ll show that Shiva is nobody. He’s […]
The following transcripts and notes from Swamiji’s Chandi Path classes contain extremely valuable information. Just a fore note, their Sanskrit vocabulary and general content will be best suited for advanced practitioners who are familiar with the story and the practice of the Chandi Path. Transcripts of Swamiji’s classes on Chandi Path Introduction and Table of […]
~~OM~~ Vindhya is the name of a mountain range which indicates knowledge, which begets humility. Because remember, Vindhya, he had a very interesting story, he did tremendous tapasya. He said to Shiva, “I want to be taller than Mount Meru.” And Shiva said, “What would you want that for?” And he said, “Well I’m […]
~~OM~~ Dhyanam to Durga In the Dhyanam to Durga, the twelfth sloka, Chanda appears to be translated both as passion and as fear, as in “The Terrible Slayer of Passion” and “She Who Tears Apart Fear,” respectively. How are these descriptions related? Swamiji says: Passion, fear, desire – these are all inseparably connected. Whatever we […]
I’m about halfway through performing the 16-week Santoshi Mata fast,and now am starting to get a little worried about how I will be able to get the udyapan performed to conclude the fast. I am supposed to feed eight boys with kheer and gram curry and be sure that none of them eats any sour […]
Title of the Chaṇḍī Pāṭhaḥ Question: Sometimes the Chandi Path is referred to as the The Devi Mahatmyam, and The Durga Saptasati. Why are there three names for the same scripture? Are there differences in the contents in a book with one of the other names? Swamiji says: The scripture became known by different names […]
The Chart shows the various positions of the several Nyasas and is suitable to be blown up to poster size. It describes the mudras and indicates the locations for the various mantras of …read more
Saptamī, the seventh day of Navaratri, is the day of Kumāri Pūjā. Kumāri literally means a young girl, and this pūjā, or worship, teaches us to see Divine Mother in a little girl – and ultimately in all of creation. Kumāri Pūjā is also an initiation to the young girl, for on that day She […]
The path to attaining perfection in all of our endeavors:
Labra is the perfect festival dish. It’s five vegetables bring a variety of flavor, color, and texture, while spices add exotic aromas and taste to this healthy dish. When prepared and offered with purity and devotion, it nourishes the body, mind, and soul!
Arghya is an item that we offer to our deity during puja. It is a corsage, consisting of a banana and other offerings wrapped inside of a red cloth.
These are Shree Maa’s instructions on how to make an arghya.