Author: Chitvish

The Significance of Aum or Om

Aum, also known as Om is the most sacred and most powerful word-symbol for Hindus. It is also called Pranavam or primordial mantra because most mantras and Vedic prayers start with it. Pranava means it runs through our breath and pervades our life. Aum is chanted before starting auspicious actions. ” Hari Aum” is used as a greeting as well. Aum has the distinction of being both articulate and inarticulate, alphabetical and with intonation. It has a deep philosophical significance. It is used for chanting and meditation. The above two aspects together help an individual attune with the Eternal...

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What is Culture?

What is Culture ? I wish to make a mention that my inspiration is mainly drawn from the books by Chinmayananda ,Dayananda and ofcourse, Vivekananda. I respect their schools of teaching very much. Man’s control of external nature is called civilization. His control of internal nature is called culture. Our culture is deep and beautiful. We must learn to admire and respect the same. Instead of mechanically following the customs, if we try to understand their significance we learn there is logic, science, social as well as spiritual significance in many of them. We must make an effort to...

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Why Do We Go To Temple ?

An individual who worships some form of God according to his religious tradition and belief, and people gathering in one place to collectively offer obeisance to God for the fulfillment of their desires, are intrinsic to Indian culture. People criticize those who go to the temple saying that if God is all pervading, He must be equally present everywhere! We are not worshipping the stone idol in the temple, but the presence of God within that form. The temple & the idol are simply to bring in our minds, an awareness of the presence of God. Many people keep...

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The Significance of Pradakshinam

We go round the sanctum sanctorium in the temples and sometimes the deities in the pujas or yajnas at home in a clockwise direction. This is called Pradakshinam. We always assume God is the center of our existence. He also exists everywhere. So when we do Pradakshina or circumambulation, we accept that our actions and thoughts are always centred around God. The center point is always fixed and remains the same at whatever distance we do the pradakshina. So we are reminded of the eternal truth that God is the center of gravity and the main focus of our...

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Why Do We Light a Lamp?

In every Hindu household it is customary to light the deepam ( lamp) twice, both in the morning and evening. This is usually done in the prayer room before the deity. Our daily worship starts with the lighting of the lamp. All auspicious functions, religious as well as social, start with the lighting of the lamp. This custom has deep intellectual and spiritual significance. Primarily deepam signifies knowledge. All our activities should be governed by the light of knowledge, especially the knowledge of dharma. By this knowledge, ignorance or darkness is dispelled. We bow to knowledge which is the...

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