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Yes, the sanskrit word Bhuta can have different meanings e.g. 1. For addressing happened in past, 2. For Pancha Mahabhuta (five elements - Agni, Vayu, Jala, Prithivi and Aakash) and 3. For living beings. More accurate translation would be "becoming" or manifasting. Here it's used to address living beings. According to Sanskrit Dictionary: bhūta भूत ...


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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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Traditionally Hindus are the one who believe in Aparusheyatva of Vedas. Swami Prabhavananda says the following in book Spiritual Heritage of India. The Vedas, on the other hand, are said to be apauruseya, which means divine in origin. In fact, in the words of Sayanacarya, the learned commentator on the Vedas, Yo vedebhyaH akhilaM jagat nirmAne — God ...


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It is found in the Uttara Khanda of the Padma Purana: The wife said: O Lord, O ocean of virtues, listen to my words. If for some reason you are angry with your mother, speak out to me. O good one, formerly you never resorted to silence like this. Some younger brother has insulted you. This parrot in the cage does not eat food without you. Give ...


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The word is made up of two words - sarva (meaning all) and bhooteshu. The word bhooteshu itself is the plural locative form of the word bhoota. Literally it means "in (as in inside) bhootas". The meaning of bhootas is already explained in the other answer. The literal meaning I found on a french site is bhūtā été; devenu, qui a existé, qui s'est produit; ...


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R. L. Kashyap in Essentials of Rig Veda lists about 30 ṛṣhikās along with the verse numbers. The author notes the list is not exhaustive. Appendix Women Ṛṣhis (ṛṣhikā) in the Rig Veda Samhitā Aditi 4.18 Aditirdākshāyaṇī 10.72 Agastyasvasā 10.60.6 Apālā Ātreyī 8.91 Dakshiṇā Prājapatyā 10.107 Godhā ...


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These Mantras are found in the Padma Purana and are also used during Achamana by certain sects. Quoting from the book "Essence of Padma Purana" @Kamakoti.org: The arrangement of the ‘Samudra Mathana’was that Manthara Mountain was to be set as the churning rod, Maha Sarpa Vasuki was the string with which to tie up the Mountain and Bhagavan himself as ...


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As for belief in Vedas - Belief is central to religion. The whole concept of religion revolves around belief. That's why nonbelievers are called atheists. So when it comes to religion there cannot be a part belief and a part disbelief. Either you believe or you don't. Our belief in the Vedas are absolute because it was handed down to us by our great ...


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Om is a Mantra, so chanting Om constitutes Mantra Japa. Other names for it are Pranava Mantra, TAraka Mantra etc. Om represents the Adi Dvani (primordial sound) and is an Ekakshara Bija Mantra (mono-syllabled seed Mantra). It also represents the Brahman in the MAntrik level. EkAkshare tathA kute traipure mantra nAyike | Shtri datte swapna lavdhe cha ...


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Why is it required for it to be actually effective for the reciter? The reason is - "the scriptures say so". That Mantra Japa is fruitful only if the Mantra is Guru-given and otherwise it is not. For example, Lord Shiva says: PAramparyAgamAmnAyam mantra AchArAdikam priye | Sarvam gurumukhAllabdham saphalam syAnna chAnyathA || Traditions,...


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It is not surprising that it is working and you are realizing the benefits. Because, according to Tantras, there is no difference whatsoever between Devata and his Mantra. YathA devas tathA mantro yathA mantras tathA guruh | Deva mantra gurunAncha pujAyAh sadrisham phalam || What is deity that is Mantra and that is Guru. Worship of any of ...


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The Kalas of Vahni (Agni), Arka (Surya) and Soma (Chandra) are mentioned in the Mahanirvana tantra's Chapter 6, in the context of preparing the Sri Patra and Samanya argha. Vahni Kalas: Vahni has 10 parts (Kala-s). Then the six parts of the body should be worshipped in the six corners of the hexagon. Then worship the triangle, with the Mula−...


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Mantra-Chaitanya and Mantra-Diksha are both related to the Guru who gives the Diksha. Other than that there is no link between them as such that there will be differences. In other words those are not comparable entities. However both are required for the Mantra-Japa to be a success. Lord Shiva says, without Mantra-Chaitanya, Japa bears no fruit. ...


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Stotras Stotras should never be recited in mind. In Stotras' case there should be loud recital. In Mantra Japa, the best form is Manasa Japa (the silent chant). Loud Mantra Japa is considered as the inferior kind of Japa. Manasaa yah smaret stotram vachashaa vaa manum japet | Ubhayam nishphalam devi bhinna-bhaandokadam yathaa || O Devi! The act of ...


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First of all one has to legally obtain the mantra through initiation (Diksha). This is the first step. Next, Purascharan, as prescribed, has to be done. Without Purascharana, a mantra is stated to be devoid of any powers. The Puras’charanam of Gâyatrî is repeating this twenty four lakh times (i.e., as many lakh times as there are syllables in the ...


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Rashmi Mala (Rashmi=Ray; Mala=Garland) Mantras are part of Sri Vidya worship. The Mantras are mentioned in the Parashurama Kalpa Sutra. Details are also mentioned in the expository text Nityotsava's 3rd chapter, a text which is based (chapter by chapter) on Kalpa Sutra itself. After a disciple is initiated into Sri Vidya, he/she must perform daily some ...


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The "निरंजनो निराकार एको देवो महेश्वरः (Niranjano nirakara, eko devo Maheswara)" comes from an ancient Sanskrit tantric text named Shiva Swarodaya. This is found in 6th shloka of the text which contains total 395 shlokas: देव्युवाच तत्वमेव परं मूलं निश्चितं तत्त्ववादिभिः। तत्त्वस्वरूपं किं देव तत्त्वमेव प्रकाशय।।5।। Devi said: The ...


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As per PADMA-PURANA: UTTARAKHANDA: Chapter 78 The Hymn called 'Apamarjana', Mahadeva said: 1-2. I shall hereafter tell you about the excellent vow of the sprinkling with water, as told by Pulastya to the magnanimous Dalabhya. It destroys all faults caused by diseases. It gives auspiciousness. I shall tell it to you. Listen, O daughter of the (...


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It has nothing to do with enmity or friendship between the Grahas. Actually one needs to worship the Grahas in their due order. And, this order is given in the following verse: Surya (The sun), Soma (the moon), Mahiputra (the son of the earth, Mars), Somaputra (the son of the moon. Mercury), Brihaspati (Jupiter), Sukra (Venus), Sanaichara (Saturn), ...


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The original mantra is indeed "Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare". The scriptural basis of this mantra comes from the Kali-Saṇṭāraṇa Upanishad where Brahma reveals this mantra to Narada in response to the latter's question of how Jivas can resist the effects of Kali in Kali-Yuga: At the end of ...


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As noted in this answer, a Shakta should get a Shakta Guru and same for a Vaishnava. But when a Siddha Guru is giving Mantra the disciple should not consider which Mantra it is. Omkarnath was a Vaishnava saint. His Sampradaya was Ramanandi. But he gave Dikshas of various other deity Mantras too. Quoting from their website: The Ramananda sect ...


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The correct Tryakshara Mrityunjaya Mantra is Om jum sah, the 2nd one you gave. Sarva Devadevi Mantra Koshah (Mantras collected from Tantras for all deities-complied by Upendranath Mukhopadhyaya) gives the following Mantra: Atha mrityunjaya mantrah: TAram sthirA sakarnendu bhriguhusarga samnvitah | TryakshAratmA nigadito mrityunjaytmakah || ...


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This is the Dhyana Mantra for the Kojagari Lakshmi Puja. I am giving the translation by Gautam Kumar Jha. It's there in one of my Sarva Devadevi Puja Paddhati books. You are the mother of the three worlds; you are of the form Shri. In your left hand you have the Ankusha and a golden lotus held in vara(boon-giving) mudra; in your right hand you hold ...


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The letters and personal conversations are more very contextual and you may just see contrary statements depending on the person and context elsewhere. Books are more authoritative than the personal conversations and letters. Though in some places even in books, he wrote some things as per some modern surveys he heard if that helps it. And that survey result ...


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