In the Lalita Sahasranama Stotram we sing the praises of the Goddess Lalita and her divine qualities. Jai Maa! Download Lalita Sahasranama: 1000 Names of Lalita Roman/English Text 1000 Names of Lalita Sanskrit/Devanagari Text
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Which deity is the Supreme Divinity? The Divine Mother or Father? How can one decide whether to dedicate all their efforts to propitiate the Divine Mother, Vishnu, Shiva, or Ganesha? The list of possibilities is so long! Please shed some light on this matter. The Divine Mother and Divine Father are inseparably connected; in fact, no […]
Why is Goddess Dhumvati depicted as the Goddess of misfortune, poverty, death, destruction, quarrels, or as being hungry and thirsty, etc? (The iconography is quite contradictory to all the other bejeweled and bedecked Goddesses one normally comes across in the Hindu pantheon.) Dhumavati is shown as the Goddess of misfortune, poverty, death, destruction, quarrels, or […]
Do Gurus see the faults of the disciples when they come to their shelter? What pre-requisites does a guru require in a student? Do they offer guidance to the saint & sinner alike? Can anyone come to the Gurus basically? Sometimes I feel, not enough, why do they still keep shining their grace on me? […]
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~~OM~~ Questions About Transmuting Sexual Energy, the transcript of which can be found at https://www.shreemaa.org/transforming-sexual-energy-1/ Please visit the link for the exact technique! Click here for Talk on Sexual Energy What is meant by “contracting the muscles of the heart”? It means to expand your chest cavity to its maximum by contracting the muscles of […]
” Bathing has special importance in our spiritual tradition. Not only do we take a bath or shower before worship at the altar, but we also offer a series of baths to the deity during puja. Let us learn about the best way to bathe before worship, there are specific instructions that we should follow […]
I am interested in Kali kavacha construction. In the Kali Kavacha from the Kali Puja book, before the phalashruti, it refers to writing the mantra using Kasturi, Chandana, and kumkum on bhojpatra. When it says mantra what exactly is it referring to? Is it a part of the kavacha, the navarna, or some other mantra?” […]
In the Laxmi Puja, the Nine Durga section, we worship the Nine Durgas. I am curious about why we include this in an elaborate Laxmi Puja. The Nine Durga Puja is a formula for success towards any goal which we define. Our goals are what we value, our values are our wealth, it is appropriate […]
What’s the difference between a puja for a male deity and a puja for a female deity (such as Shiva/Durga)? In my opinion, we all agree that there is one God/Goddess with a multitude of names. These names are indicative of the various attributes which we describe to God/Goddess. Even though, we know that She/He […]
Does attachment bring inefficiency? If so, what is the process which brings this phenomenon? What has Sri Krishna taught us about this? “A quote from the Gita clarifies Krishna’s teaching on inefficiency”: “karmany akarma yah pasyed akarmani ca karma yah sa buddhiman manusyesu sa yuktah krtsna-karma-krt~ Bhagavad Gita, 4.18” “One who sees inaction in action, and […]
“So many people live under the weight of intense guilt. Sometimes the guilt is rooted in the religious teachings the person has received. Sometimes it’s rooted in social or familial teachings. Often people suffer from feelings of guilt over situations they couldn’t have controlled. How is the phenomenon the West calls “guilt” described in our […]
After many hundreds of conversations with spiritual seekers over the last several years, I have noticed a recurring theme. It was as common in India as it was with Sanatana Dharma devotees in the West: Many people seem to be waiting for a moment to arrive when they can completely embrace ascetic practices like keeping […]