What is Nitya karma? what are the principle means by which it is accumulated? Does it offset or neutralize bad karma from the past? There are four kinds of karma: Samskipta-past, over and done with, a present memory. Bartman-present, what is happening right now. Bhavishya-future, the actions begun in the past, the fruits of which […]
Enjoy this Christmas Song Book from the Devi Mandir family which includes beautiful images of Jesus, Shree Maa and Swamiji. It is sure to fill you with the love and devotion that our Gurus inspire us to bring into the celebration of every season and every tradition of worship! Devi Mandir Christmas Songs 2020
In the West, the “ego” is discussed a great deal. What is the Sanskrit equivalent, and what practices are best in the process of overcoming it? What is EGO? We equate “Ego” with Ahamkara. The sense of “I” being different or distinguished from everything else, as compared with the “I” of Shiva, being Aham Brahmasmi. […]
Happy Holidays with Blessings from Shree Maa, Swamiji, and the Devi Mandir Family! Shree Maa is getting very excited to sing her Christmas songs for Christmas Eve… and we would be so delighted if you would join us! There will be several live broadcasts which you can join from our zoom page: https://www.shreemaa.org/zoom-meetings/nightly-satsang/ Christmas Eve […]
What are the different ways to practice japa, and what effects do they have? Types of Japa-: Primarily there are three methods of performing Japa: loudly, moving the lips, and completely inside in thought. When someone is far away from you, you must call loudly so they will hear your voice. When someone is very […]
Shree Maa and You always emphasize on a ‘Sadhu means being efficient. How does one introduce and apply ‘efficiency’ in all aspects of life? You do something without focus and planning, you fail! Often at times, others sway us by demand for money, skills, or even one’s presence. let’s take an example-: For owners: Family, […]
Swamiji answers some questions about renunciation: Question 1: Is Renunciation a decision or step on the path, or rather a journey on the spiritual path? Because God is infinite, and the ways to talk about God are infinite, many terms in Sanskrit indicate the practice and the achievement, the achievement being a step […]
Today Swamiji answers a question about the types of relationships we can enjoy with deities: Much of post-modern Western religion focuses on a “personal relationship” with a deity. Within our tradition, Rama Krishna had a deeply personal relationship with many deities. What is the path to having a relationship with your deity ? Its is […]
The rudraksha mala is one of the most familiar symbols of Hinduism. Swamiji answers some questions about malas and recitation of a mantra ( japa): 1. What is a mala? According to the dictionary, the term mala is derived from the Sanskrit word “Japamala,” which is a string of beads used for prayer and meditation […]
That we meet with Swamiji and Shree Maa every night at 8 pm PST, 9:30 am IST on Zoom? We do! And that after the class some of us stay on Video Zoom for fellowship? Well we do! Join us by clicking on “Zoom Live” at the top of this website!!!
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As Pujaris, we must want to extend the principles of sadhana to every type of puja we perform. We know there are five parts to every puja: preparation, purification, invitation, union, and offers. In formal worship this means: Preparation: gathering the materials, organizing the altar, preparing the offerings, preparing the worshipper and your asana. Purification: cleaning […]
Namaste Friends and Family, The month of November is dedicated to Kali Maa. Shree Maa and Swamiji have given us a new sankalpa, but before we give the mantra, let’s remind ourselves why worship Kali this month. Listen to Shree Maa sing to Kali Maa Kali Maa takes away our darkness – our kala. She […]
This season of this year is a very significant time for the worship of Gaṇeśa; first, because the month of Badra is extremely important to Gaṇeśa, and second, because this is a leap year, and the month of Ashwin comes as an Adhika month, meaning it comes twice, in order to reconcile the lunar calendar […]
In the MahaKali Chalisa we sing praises to Kali Maa for Her good deeds as Her numerous Divine actions are recounted. Before you download the Kali Chalisa, we ask you to please sign up on the form below. Then download and read Swamiji and Shree Maa’s translation of this devotional hymn and meditate on Her […]