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Let us see 10 most important Mudras.
Method: Touch the tip of the thumb to the tip of the index finger, with the other three fingers stretched out.
Speciality: As it is a mudra of knowledge, it enhances the knowledge. The tip of thumb has centers of pituitary and endocrine glands. When we press these centers by index finger the two glands work actively.
Time duration: There is no particular time duration for this mudra. You can practice by sitting, standing or lying on bed whenever and wherever you have time.
Benefits: Increases memory power and sharpens the brain. Enhances concentration and prevents Insomnia. If we practice it regularly, it will cure all psychological disorders like Mental, Hysteria, Anger and Depression.
Method: Tip of the ring finger touches the tip of the thumb, with the other three fingers stretched out.
Speciality: It reduces all physical weaknesses.
Time duration: It has no particular time duration. You can practice it any time you want.
Benefits: It helps to increase the weight for weak people. It improves the complexion of skin and makes the skin to glow. It makes the body active by keeping it healthy.
Method: Tip of little finger touches the tip of thumb, with the other three fingers stretched out.
Speciality: It balances the water content and prevents all diseases which come due to lack of water.
Time duration: It has no specific time duration and one can practice it according to their time.
Benefits: It retains clarity in blood by balancing water content in the body. Prevents the pains of Gastroenteritis and Muscle Shrinkage.
Method: Keep the index finger on the base of the thumb and press with thumb keeping the other three fingers straight.
It prevents all the diseases that occur due to the imbalance of the air.
Time duration: The practice of this mudra for 45 minutes reduces the severity of the disease in 12 to 24 hours. For better results practice it for two months.
Benefits: It cures Rheumatism, Arthritis, Gout, Parkinson's disease and paralysis without any medicine. It is useful for Cervical Spondilytis, paralysis to face and catching of nerve in neck. It corrects the disorder of gas in the stomach.
Method: Keep the middle finger at the mount of Venus and press it with thumb.
Speciality: It reduces the dullness in our body.
Time duration: One can practice it for 40 to 60 minutes daily until to be cured from the disease.
Benefits: It relieves an earache within 4 or 5 minutes. It is useful for the deaf and mentally challenged, but not for inborn ones.
Method: Bend the ring finger and press it with thumb.
Speciality: It sharpens the center in thyroid gland.
Time duration: Practice it daily twice for 5 to 15 minutes.
Benefits: It reduces cholesterol in body and helps in reducing weight. It reduces anxiety. It corrects indigestion problems.
Method: Bend ring finger and little finger and touch the tip of thumb with their tips keeping the remaining two fingers stretched.
Speciality: As it is the mudra of life, it improves the power of life. Weak people become strong. It reduces the clamps in blood vessels. If we practice it regularly, we will become active.
Time duration: No specific time duration. One can practice it any time.
Benefits: It improves immunity. Improves the power of eyes and reduces eye related diseases. It removes the vitamin deficiency and fatigue.
Method: The tips of middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of thumb while the other two fingers are stretched out.
Speciality: It plays an important role in our health as it regulates the excretory system.
Time duration: Practice it daily for 45 minutes, but practice for longer time yields more benefits.
Benefits: It regulates diabetes, cures constipation and piles. It also helps excreting the normal waste regularly.
Method: The tips of the middle finger and ring finger touch the tip of thumb, while the index finger touches the base of thumb and little finger stretched out.
Speciality: It benefits the heart. It works like injection in the reduction of heart attack. It is as powerful as sorbitate tablet. It reduces the gas content in body.
Time duration: Practice it as many times as you can. Heart patients and High BP patients can practice it for 15 minutes daily twice for better results.
Benefits: It strengthens the heart and regularizes palpitation, regulates excretory system and redeems gastric trouble.
Method: Interlock the fingers of both the hands and keep the thumb of the left hand vertically straight and encircle it with the thumb and the index finger of the right hand.
Speciality: It generates heat in our body. Take milk, ghee, more water and fruit juices in addition to practice of this mudra for much benefits.
Time duration: Practice it any time you want. But don't practice it a lot as it produces heat in the body. It can cause sweating even in winter if you practice it longer.
Benefits: It stops production of phlegm and gives power to lungs, cures severe cold and bronchial infection. It also invigorates the body.
You can do this anytime, anyplace – in the bus, train, car, office or at home. To believe it, you must try it. There is nothing to lose and much to gain.
Thopukkaranams (in Tamil) also known as "Ketuk Ketampi" in Malay were traditionally performed by Hindus in front of the deity of Lord Ganesha, as part of the worship ritual. This practice involved crossing the arms in the front of the chest, and holding the right ear lobe with the left hand and the left ear lobe with the right hand, and performing a series of squats in front of Lord Ganesha in the temple or the pooja room at home.
It was also widely used in Hindu schools, especially in the old times, as form of punishment for an erring child. The misbehaving child or one who has neglected to do his or her homework, would be asked by the teacher to stand in the corner and do series of Thopukkaranams. This is also practiced in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Recently Philippines had banned such practice in schools as they find it as a very cruel mode of punishment.
Now, the western scientists have found that this practice stimulates the brain, and increases and improves intelligence, reduces behavioral problems in children, and minimizes the risks of age-related Alzheimer's disease, Autism and Dementia. The scientific findings were reported in the CBS news in the US, and can be watched below or at youtube.
Some schools in the US, it seems, have adopted the practice of Thopukkaranams in their classrooms to improve the intelligence and academic performance of the school children. It is also being advocated for older people to keep the mind sharp and active.
It is ironic that Hindu society, which came up with so many ancient yogic practices that were often incorporated as part of the daily worship ritual and were known to benefit the mind and body greatly, has discarded these practices because they are viewed as ‘old-fashioned,’ whereas the western societies are discovering these practice and attempting to adopt the same to improve the physical and mental well-being of their people.
Even though we can see a lot of people do this practice in Vinayagar Temples, not many people know how to do it properly. They seems to simply move up and down a few inches. This will not bring any benefits to the practitioners. Most of them are doing it just as a symbol without knowing that there is an actual benefits behind the practice.
The right way of doing this is to breath in through your nose and out from your mouth with the tongue at the roof of the mouth as when you say "zha" as in "Tamizha".
Place your left thumb on the right ear lobe with the thumb facing out. Squat all the way down. Remember to breath out all the down and in on the way up. When you reach either top or the bottom positions, pause your breathing and your movement for a second. Do this 14 times a rep. Its best done twice a day.
As the above report states, it is never too late to start doing Thopukarranams in front of Lord Ganesha, introduce such practices to your children from very early age, and revive such practices in schools.
As per the medical research and subsequent report, doing these special kind of situps while holding the opposite earlobes help stimulate brain power and remember things better.
Hindus have been doing "Super Brain Yoga" for ages in front of temples devoted to Lord Ganesha. In fact, I have observed that while crossing a Ganesha temple on road, most people stop, take off their footwear, perform "Thoppukaranam", and then resume their journey. Lord Ganesha is associated with Knowledge/Memory, a point which is now proved by this research.
But what is saddening is that many of our traditions are being copyrighted by the western world, and the latest point in this case is "Thoppukaranam" being copyrighted as "Super Brain Yoga". What is a very common sight in every Ganesha temple in South India (not sure about North India) has become Super Brain Yoga in the West. Now that, the Westerners have certified the practice to be yielding both physical and intellectual benefits, our folks can begin to look at the practice as a scientific one. Cheers to the slavish mentality, which we Indians have not left even though when "the White Masters" have.
Why do we light a lamp?
By: Swami Chinmayananda
Note: Notes in the [ ] were added by me and not the original author.
Most of you might still remember the "Milk Drinkng Vinayagar" somewhere a decade ago. For those who wasn't able to see it then enjoy the videos now.
It was a world-wide phenomenon. In India, it took by surprise until the milk price went to the point where the poors could not afford to provide to thier children.
Never before in history has a simultaneous miracle occurred on such a global scale. Television stations (among them CNN and BBC), radio and newspapers (among them Washington post, New York Times, The Guardian and Daily Express) eagerly covered this unique phenomenon, and even sceptical journalists held their milk-filled spoons to the statues of gods - and watched as the milk disappeared.
It all began on September 21st when an otherwise ordinary man in New Delhi dreamt that Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of Wisdom, craved a little milk. Upon awakening, he rushed in the dark before dawn to the nearest temple, where a skeptical priest allowed him to proffer a spoonful of milk to the small stone image. Both watched in astonishment as it disappeared, magically consumed by the God.
Word of the event spread quickly, and by mid-morning it was found that statues of the entire Hindu pantheon in temples all over North India were taking in milk.
By noon the news had spread beyond India, and Hindu temples in Britain, Canada, Dubai, and Nepal among other countries had successfully replicated the phenomenon, and the World Hindu Council (an Indian Hindu organisation) had announced that a miracle was occurring.
The apparent miracle had a significant effect on the areas around major temples; vehicle and pedestrian traffic in New Delhi was dense enough to create a gridlock lasting until late in the evening. Many stores in areas with significant Hindu communities saw a massive jump in sales of milk, with one Gateway store in England selling over 25,000 pints of milk, and overall milk sales in New Delhi jumped over 30%.
Within hours news had spread like a brush fire across India that Ganesha was accepting milk offerings. Tens of millions of people of all ages flocked to the nation's temples. The unworldly happening brought worldly New Delhi to a standstill, and its vast stocks of milk - more than a million liters - sold out within hours. Many minor temples struggled to deal with the vast increase in numbers, and queues spilled out into the streets, reaching distances of over a mile.
The unworldly happening brought worldly New Delhi to a standstill, and its vast stocks of milk - more than a million liters - sold out within hours. Just as suddenly as it started in India, it stopped in just 24 hours. In some place it was reported the incident continued for a few more days.
But it reoccured again 11 years later on 20/21 August 2006 in almost exactly the same fashion, all though initial reports seem to indicate that it occured only with statues of Ganesh, Shiva, and Durga. The first reported occurance was on the evening of the 20th in the city of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, from where it spread throughout India like wildfire. It was reported that the incident occured again on 12th January 2008.
Seeking to explain the phenomenon, scientists from through-out the world offered capillary action as an explanation; the surface tension of the milk was pulling the liquid up and out of the spoon, before gravity caused it to run down the front of the statue. Fearing loss of faith among non-Hindus, some religious factions of Christianity and Muslim even came out with documentaries to prove thier theories.
This reasonings still could not explain some major questions among Hindu devotees namely
1. If surface tension is the likely cause why it happened to all the statues (including those made of plastic, bronze, silver) .
2. Why this phenomenon did not occur in any other non-Hindu religious statues?
3. Why did they stopped "drinking" at the same time?
4. Does surface tension occur through out the world at the same time?
It remains a mystery and miracle of Hinduism.
Sarvam Siva Mayam!
I bow to Lord Vishnu the One Master of the Universe,
who is ever peaceful,
who reclines on the great serpent bed,
from whose navel springs the Lotus of the Creative Power,
who is the Supreme Being,
who supports the entire universe,
who is all-pervading as the sky,
who is dark like the clouds and has a beautiful form;
the Lord of Lakshmi,
the lotus-eyed One,
whom the yogis are able to perceive through meditation,
He, who is the destroyer of the fear of Samsar.
Meaning of Stotra
Lord Vishnu who is ever peaceful, who lies on the great serpent bed, from whose navel springs the Lotus of the Creative power, who is the controller of the Gods, whose form is the entire Universe, who is all pervading as the sky, of the hue of the clouds, of fascinating beauty, the Lord of Lakshmi, the lotus eyed, he who dwells in the heart of the Yogis and who can be approached and perceived through meditation. He who is the destroyer of fear of Samsar, we bow down to the Master of the universe.
The Paramaatma is present in the minutest particle; Being in everything; that remains unaffected.
Shantam means equanimity, unruffledness. The countenance of the Lord depicts the inner calm, happiness; balance, inner grace and mercy, the consciousness of strength and sovereignty - the very picture of peaceful calm. (All the deities exhibit this Bhava on their faces and in their stance.
The Lord is the very embodiment of peace calm, though reclining on a thousand hooded snake. The snake is the symbol of the objective world, with its poisonous fangs. Being in the world but not of it, bound by it - that is the secret. Immanent in the universe, yet transcending it. The Ocean on which He reclines is symbolic of the Bhavasagar.
This refers to the lotus arising out of the navel of the Lord; Brahma is depicted as seated on the Lotus. Brahma stands for creation. The lotus stalk represents the umbilical cord. Just as the child draws sustenance from the mother through the umbilical cord, the creation draws sustenance from the God, who is the Viswadharam or the basis of the universe.
That universal consciousness (Vishnu) pervades everything in creation. The Lord is like the sky, Sarva vyapi, pervades everything. He is at all times, everywhere, besides His children. He is in the most distant star as well in the blade of grass. He is the core of everything, as butter in every drop of milk. A person who realizes this becomes fearless. Therefore, the Lord is called Bhavabhayaharam. Despair is sin against God. When he is in your heart, why do you lose hope?" Be always joyful, optimistic and Courageous - Baba.
The dark color of the Lord is the color of the deep sea and the vast sky. It signifies the fathomless, unfathomable. He secret is beyond us. However long you try, whosoever seeks to know, by whatever means, you cannot grasp the mystery of My Majesty. Only intense study with faith of the scriptures can help you catch a glimpse of my glory. "Yogibhirdhyanagamyam".
He is purer than the whitest snow. His form is full of Loveliness and charm which radiates auspicious everywhere.
That universal consciousness illumines and sustains the three worlds.
His is the source of all wealth. He is the universal provider.
The five elements that sustain life, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.
The Wealth of sound Indriyas and good health.
The wealth of virtues.
The Lord is the master of the five elements. He is the source of all virtues. He is the provider of sound body; mind and buddhi.
The Lord is the like the lotus, unaffected by the environment where He is. That is the reason why His eyes and His feet are compared to the lotus.
Sustainer of the universe.