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It took a lot of work, but through careful searching of the Oxford's Rig Veda translation through Google Books, I was able to compile most of the Anukramani's sage and deity information, except for some hymns in books 8 and 9 as I'll describe below. So without further ado, here's the list of seers and deities for each Book of the Rig Veda, in PDF format: ...


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Don't believe blindly what you see on internet. Hinduism or सनातन धर्म (Sanātana Dharma) can't be false as name itself says it is eternal and has "Dharma" in it. Hinduism is confusing for some people because they don't read scriptures in Sanskrit or in other language with proper interpretations of Guru or Acharyas. To understand Hinduism properly, first you ...


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No. Sanātana Dharma doesn't allow chanting "translation" of Veda Mantras. Samhitas are core portions of Vedas. They are directly heard by sages in deep tapasya (transcendental meditation). One must chant these Veda mantras exactly how those Rishis heard. Hence Vedas are called Shruti (that which is heard). Mrityunjaya Mahamantra or any Veda mantra must be ...


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What is a Mantra? The definition of Mantra is Mananat Trayate Iti Mantrah The repetition of which protects or liberates one is called a Mantra (one of many possible translations) Traditionally Mantra's are the ones commonly chanted by priests. But most saints say that the most powerful mantra is just chanting the name of your Ishta Deva. Sri Swami ...


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The Mahamrityunjaya Mantra In Devanagari script: ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिंम् पुष्टिवर्धनम् । उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात् ।। In English script: om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ǀ urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā'mritāt ǁ This is Great Death-conquering Mantra, also called the Tryambakam Mantra, is a ...


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Yes, that's true. Usually three forms of chanting (japa) are mentioned in scriptures. From Tantra SAra: NijakarnAgocharohayam Sajapo MAnasah Smrito | UpAnsunijakarnasya Gocharaha Parikirtitaha || MantromucchArayedvAchA Sajapo VAchika Smrito | ........................ When the chants are completely done in one's mind and they are not ...


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The sloka is from the Pandava Gita. It was said by Gandhari & addressed to Lord Krishna. Gandhari Uvacha:- (Queen Gandhari said:- ) Thwameva matha cha pitha thwameva, Thwameva bhandusha , sakha thwameva, Thwameva vidhya, dravinam thwameva, Thwameva sarvam mama deva deva. 27 Of my god of gods, you are my mother and father, You are my ...


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First of all to which deity a revealed Veda mantra is addressed to is known by looking at 'Devata' of the mantra. Each revealed Veda mantra has a 'Rishi' denoting sage who heard the mantra, 'Chhanda' denoting in which meter is that mantra revealed and 'Devata' to whom deity is a mantra addressed. So, it is not that one ...


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You can chant following mantras daily: Gayatri Mantra ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।। Panchakshara Mantra ॐ नमः शिवाय ।। Raam Naam राम राम.... In case you have time then you can either read the Hanuman Chalisa or hear the Hanuman chalisa from .mp3 player (The best one is Gulshan Kumar's Hanuman ...


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The Aditya Hridayam, meaning heart of Surya, is a hymn to Surya the sun god that the sage Agastya told Rama on the battlefield of Lanka right before his battle with Ravana, as described in the Yuddha Kanda of the Ramayana. Here is what Agastya tells Rama: O Rama, the mighty armed! Hear the following eternal secret, by which you can conquer all the enemies ...


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The proper practice to be followed in the use of the Mrityunjaya Mantra is described in this excerpt from the Rudra Samhita of the Shiva Purana. The sage Dadhichi once got into a fight with a king named Khshuva. Kshuva easily overpowered Dadhichi, so Dadhichi's ancestor Sukracharya (guru of the Asuras) came and magically healed his wounds, and then told ...


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We do have a "bhojan mantra" which we should chant before eating food: ओम् यन्तु नदयोः वर्षन्तु पर्जंया सुपिप्पला ओषधयोः भवन्तुः । अन्नवताम् ओदनवताम् मामिक्षवताम् एशाम् राजा भूयासन् ।। ओदन् मुत्ब्रुवते परमेष्ठीवा एषः यदोदनः । परमामेवैनम् श्रियंगमयति ।।1।। Om Yantu Nadyo Varshantu Parjnyah Supipala Aosadhyao Bhavantu । AnnVata ...


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From Markendya Purana there is Argalastrotram created by Vishnu sage. There is a verse in that. Taken from Durga saptashati of Markandeya Purana . पत्नीं मनोरमाम देहि मनोवृत्तानुसारिणिम तारिणीमदुर्गसंसारसागरस्य कुलोद्भवाम patnim manoramaam dehi manovrittanusarineem taarineem durgasansar sagarasye kulodbhavaam Give me a wife in harmony with ...


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Yes, there are scriptures which prescribe using the mantra 'Gananam Tva Ganapatim.. ' to worship Lord Ganesha. Let's look at some scriptural references: 1) Sage Vyasa says so in Padma Purana: In the Shristikhanda of the Padma Purana chapter 65, sage Vyasa specifies to use this mantra to worship Lord Ganesha: व्यास उवाच- नांदीमुखेषु सर्वेषु पूजयेद्यो गणाधि...


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The meaning of "Om Tat Sat" is given by Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Om denotes Brahman, Tat (that) also means Brahman like in the popular mahavakya of the Upanishad Tat twam asi (you are That), and Sat (truth) also means Brahman. So these are the three names of Brahman, the absolute truth: oṁ tat sad iti nirdeśo brahmaṇas tri-vidhaḥ smṛtaḥ ...


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The verse occurs in this chapter of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here is what the sons of Rishabha tell Nimi (the solar dynasty king whom I discuss here): I consider that one whose intelligence is constantly disturbed by his falsely identifying himself with the temporary material world can achieve real freedom from fear only by worshiping the lotus feet of the ...


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srI: shrI hayagrIva stOtram srImathE rAmAnujAya nama: AzhhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE sharaNam http://acharya.org/sloka/vdesikan/HayagreevaStotram-eng.pdf || shrI hayagrIva stOtram || shrImAn vEngkaTanAthArya: kavitArkika kEsarI | vEdAntAchAryavaryO mE sannidhattAm sadA hrudi || ज्ञानानन्दमयं देवं निर्मलस्फटिकाकृतिम् । आधारं सर्व विद्यानां ...


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Here is an Agamic mantra (or Tantric mantra) dedicated to Lord Indra taken from the Mantradeva Prakashika. Im IndraYa Hrith | asya Brahmarishi Pangtischandaha Indro DevatA Im Bijam Ayethi Shaktihi | ..... Im Indraya namaha, for this mantra the Rishi is BrahmA, Chandah is Pangti, Devata is Indra, Bija is Im, and Aya is the Shakti. Nyasa ...


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No it is not the same MahAmrityunjaya Mantra. It is a special Mantra which is formed by combining the GAyatri Mantra and the Mrityunjaya Mantra in a certain manner. It has a special name viz- "ShukropAsita Mrityunjaya Mantra" Or "the Mrityunjaya Mantra which was worshipped/practiced/mastered by Shukra" Quoting from the Krishnachandra AgamvAgis's TantraSAra'...


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First dealing with uninitiated persons. The mantra you are talking about is a Vedic mantra. Can anyone chant it without initiation? The answer is usually NO as per scriptures. Without Vedic initiation (Upanayana) one must not chant any Vedic mantras. Manu Smriti 2.172. (He who has not been initiated) should not pronounce (any) Vedic text excepting (...


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Mantras are classified as either masculine, feminine or neuter. Swaha type mantras are feminine and Namaha type are neuter. Swaha is used in havi, homa or yajnas to offer oblations to gods where as Swadha is used to offer oblations to pitars or manes: svāha devahavirdāne praśastā sarva karmasu piturdāne svadhā [BVP - 2.40.6] Meaning Swaha is ...


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Here is the Source of this Verse from Brihad-Aranyaka Upanishad असतो मा सदगमय ॥ तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय ॥ मृत्योर्मामृतम् गमय ॥ Meaning: 'Lead me from the unreal to the real! Lead me from darkness to light! Lead me from death to immortality!' Now when he says,' Lead me from the unreal to the real,' the unreal is verily death, the real immortality. He ...


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The mantra being chanted is "oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya", which means "Om! Salutations to Bhagavan Vāsudeva." Bhagavan literally means the one who has wealth, but in this context it means "supreme being". And Vāsudeva is a name of Vishnu. In any case, this mantra occurs in the very first verse of the Srimad Bhagavatam, which says this: oṁ namo ...


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It occurs in this chapter of the Narada Purana: The immutable, the consort of Vishnu, the wife of Shambhu, minaketana, smriti, mamsa adorned with indu with manu and with the moon in the crest, Ganapati in the dative, then at the end vara veranda be added, then at the end of sarva one should utter janam, then add me vasham anaya bring them all to my ...


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In Agamas DikshA or initiation is given utmost importance. Mantras should be taken from a bonafide Guru only. If one chants mantra by obtaining it through some other sources (like books etc) then that is regarded as an offence. For example, the KriyAsAra Tantram says: Kalpe drishtA tu yo mantram japed gurumanAsritaha | SutanAsho bhavet tasya phalam ...


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First of all Panchadasi refers to a 15-lettered mantra. Among the three mantras that you have given only Mantra 1 is 15-lettered the others are both 16-lettered. And, Mantra 2= Mantra 1+ Srim and Mantra 3= Hrim + Mantra 1. To understand how these Sri VidyA Mantras are formed we first have to understand what is a Koota and what are the three Kootas. A ...


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I just found that mantra in Patha Bheda of First Anuvaka of Mahanarayana Upanishad. Mahanarayana Upanishad contains some Gayatri Mantras and it looks like some variants/lections include this mantra as follows: गायत्र्याः । तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि । तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात् ॥ २३॥तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि । तन्नो दन्तिः प्रचोदयात् ॥ ...


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Refer to this article by the Kamakotimandali : According to it, the following texts either mention it or discuss things associated with it (like Pathoddhara of the Mantra-- getting the correct formation--whether Rama will come first or Krishna --- things like that): Sanat Kumara Samhita (which is a Pancharatra Agama), 2. Radha Hridaya (a Tantric work, not ...


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The Omkāra is made up of 3 letters: (1) akāra - अ; (2) ukāra - उ; (3) makāra - म and also an anusvāra (ardhamātrā). It is often a misconception that it has only the first three letters but the Upanishads are clear that it has even an anusvāra. So you will pronounce it as Om and let the ma resonate after for a bit in the mouth/ nose area. The Nādabindūpaniṣad ...


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Yes, you can chant the following mantras before eating food. Bhagavad Gita 3:13: यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः षन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्व किल बिशैहि | भुन्जते ते त्वघं पाप ये पचन्त्यात्मा कारणात || Translation: The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food ...


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