A day in the life of Shree Maa, as portrayed by a young photographer devotee.
Guru: The syllable Gu means darkness, Ru means light. The Supreme Divinity which destroys ignorance is verily the Guru, without a doubt.
The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru is Lord Mahesvara. The Guru is actually the Supreme Divinity, and all other expressions are links in the chain which bring us close to that realization.…read more
“The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru is Lord Shiva, Maheswara” has many interpretations and many levels of meaning.
It means that my Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Your Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. …read more
~~OM~~ June 12 – June 18 Become so firm in your faith that you will never swerve from your ideal. – from Gems of Wisdom Ramakrishna: You may discriminate a thousand times, yet the I who is the thinker does not leave. For devotees to regard me with devotion is a very good thing. To […]
Shree Maa’s Ashram is as big as your heart. Together with Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Shree Maa teaches the meaning and method of worship. Through the tantric traditions of prayer and meditation, Shree Maa and Swamiji teach that every home is a temple devoted to God. Shree Maa’s Ashram is home to a world of seekers devoted to the goal of self-realization.
The Guru is an example of inspired leadership and faultless karma. Wherever there is perfect union with God, perfect teaching, and perfect understanding, the Guru is present. Worship is karma performed with respectful attention, sincerity, and devotion.
Wisdom flows from the Guru to the student. The student learns to worship by learning to pay attention to the teachings of the Guru. Respect to the Guru is offered through paying attention. The student offers the highest respect when the student emulates the teachings of the Guru. Becoming one with the object of respect is the highest respect that anyone can offer. Therefore, the goal of the student is to follow the Guru’s example so closely that one cannot tell who the Guru is and who is the disciple.
The practice of concentrating attention is called meditation. The student new to the practice of meditation begins to understand that concentrating the attention is an all-inclusive process of daily living. Loving, being respectful, worshiping, serving, and paying attention increase the efficiency of our lives.
Panchang 2011-2012: At Devi Mandir we follow the traditional sacred calendar called the Panchang, which gives the dates for the holy days and festivals through out the year. The Panchang is the Hindu lunar calendar. The Hindu Panchang for 2011-2012 is available for download: Panchang Please use the Panchang to find the western dates for […]
So many lives have been touched by Shree Maa and Swamiji. The following represents a small selection of testimonials from seekers around the world who have offered their stories and expressions of thanks to Shree Maa, Swamiji, and the Devi Mandir.
Part 1. This is the story of the life of Trailinga Swami, an Indian Saint who did tremendous sadhana for over 250 years and attained to the heights of spiritual knowledge. Even during his life, many realized him to be an incarnation of Shiva. Shree Maa has had an intuitive sense of him for many years of her life, and would like to share this life with all of us as a source of inspiration for perseverance in our sadhana.
Topics covered in this Question and Answer session with Swamiji:
- Negative thoughts, anxiety, tamas guna
- Bad dreams
- Customs for a child’s teeth falling out
- Mantras for honoring deceased
- Marjana, Anushthana, and Purascharana
- Remedy for pain
- Restless mind
- Tarpan Viddhi
- Puja for the loss of a parent
- Singing for God
- Puja for a deceased pet
Topics covered in this Question and Answer session with Swamiji:
- When to do japa
- Break in japa
- Chanting loudly or silently
- Japa with fingers or mala
- Mantra and deity
- Mantras when taking a dip in holy river
- Sam and Aim bijas
- Brahmarpanam – replacing Brahma with Chandi
- Order in mantra japa
- Mantra for Bhumi Devi
- Mantras for Radha and Radha-Krishna
- Meaning of Dhamodara
- Fire sacrifice for Krishna
- Initiation into mantra
- Mantras from other teachers
- Gayatri mantra
- Nyasa of mantra
- Shanti mantras
- Mala to use for Kushandika
- Types of malas
- Others touching one’s mala
- Wearing japa mala around the neck
- Transitioning from the secular world
- Index finger touching mala
- Benefit of deity name versus 108 or 1008 names
- Mantra for protection from black magic
- Mantra to remove sins
- Special purpose mantras
~~OM~~ Shree Maa gives us the message that we can learn from everybody. When Maa was a little four-year old child, She was cleaning a room and upon finishing, she threw the broom to a corner. Then She heard the voice of Sri Ramakrishna say, “Hega, you threw that broom? See how beautifully you cleaned […]
~~OM~~ From the Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam Book Eight, Chapter Twenty-Four Every day of each month you should offer the following: MONTH OFFERING Vaishak Gur Jyaishtha Honey Ashar Butter & Honey Shravan Yogurt Bhadra Sugar Ashwin Rice Pudding Kartik Milk Agrahayan Candy or Rock Sugar Paush Cream Magh Cow’s ghee Phalgun Coconut Chaitra Food prepared with […]
~~OM~~ Patal Bhuvaneshwar looks over steep green valleys to the Himalayan foothills, beyond which lies the glorious view of the snow-capped mountains from Kailash to Yamunotri. Between Gangolihat and Berinag in Pithoragarh District, the atmosphere remains pure and uncompromised from when rishis performed their tapasya over several hundreds of years ago. View of the Himalayan […]
Vegetarian food is definitely pure. Whose goal is directed only towards Dharma, they will do well with vegetarian food. And those who are working for advancement in this world, it is true that meat can be of benefit to them.…read more
Oh Beautiful Mother !
Oh Beautiful Mother!
You always give refuge
To your children in need,
Oh Glorious Mother!
You provide a shelter,
To the Children of Faith.
Oh Radiant Mother!
Your Grace is Limitless,
Oh Great Divine Goddess.
To the Hungry and Lost,
To the Homeless and Poor,
To the Unloved and Sad,
All they must really do
Is surrender to You!
Your love — like the ocean,
Is peaceful, deep and calm.
Your eyes — like the night sky
Shining with Sacred Light.
We find your Loving Shade
Universal Mother —
Liberate us for Grace.
Let us Recognize You
With Our Hearts, Minds and Souls.
And Cherish you Always