॥ भवान्यष्टकम्‌॥ || bhavānyaṣṭakam || Eight stanzas to Goddess Bhavani. These are the most powerful stanzas (prayers) asking for protection and spiritual guidance. This is the first stotra that you learn to sing in MSP Year-1 तातो न माता न बन्धुर्न दाता न पुत्रो न पुत्री न भृत्यो…

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This is one of the two stotras that the MSP students have to learn to recite during MSP Year-1. Twelve stanza are the prayer and the last four are the prayoga. श्रीगणेशाय नमः। śrīgaṇeśāya namaḥ | ॐ अस्य श्रीसरस्वतीस्तोत्रमन्त्रस्य। ब्रह्मा ऋषिः। गायत्री छन्दः। श्रीसरस्वती देवता। धर्मार्थकाममोक्षार्थे जपे विनियोगः।…

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The Gaṇarāja sādhanā for the first year is to be initiated with the teachings of Maharṣi Mudgala (Gaṇeśa Purāṇa). Simple procedure ĀSANA ĀSTIKA MANTRA Gaṇeśa is the giver of faith and the one who removes the doubts and evils caused by Rāhu and tamas graha He sits…

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The day Sūrya enters a rāśi is known as saṅkrānti. Parāśara tells us that those born on saṅkrānti are likely to suffer from poverty, sorrow and other misfortunes. To avoid this, the grahas must be pacified by performing Navagraha Pūjā and the specific Saṅkrānti Doṣa puja as laid down…

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Saṅkalpa in this context means a solemn vow or determination to perform any ritual observance. The declaration of purpose and intent. For example, a declaration to perform chaturmāsa vrata which is for four months or a simple religious observance for a day or two. The śivarātri vrata refers to…

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On the day of Śivarātri, one should get up early in the morning. Since we will be leaving by 4am, you must awaken at 2am and get ready. कराग्रे वसते लक्ष्मीः करमध्ये सरस्वति। करमूले तु गोविन्दः प्रभाते करदर्शनम्‌॥ karāgre vasate lakṣmīḥ karamadhye sarasvati | karamūle tu…

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You are required to observe a fast on the day of Mahā Śivarātri. The very detailed procedure is quite difficult to follow, for ordinary people and what is being advised is a simplified version or the bare-bones of what must be done. The moot point is that the entire…

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This puja will be done by the priest and you too will be doing this puja. Do not get anxious as you will be guided. All materials for the puja will be provided at Jageshwar dham. Those of you well versed in sanskrit can use this document to follow the…

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Vishwarupa teaching the Narayana Kavacha In the Bhagavat Gita, Kṛṣṇa reveals His universal form (Viśvarūpa) to Arjuna which was so formidable for the great hero to even behold. Therefore, before jumping to worship Viśvarūpa, we need to see the teachings in the Śrīmad Bhagavataṁ. Bear in mind that the…

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Sattva (Devanāgarī सत्त्व) is the quality of purity and goodness. It is regarded in sāṁkhya philosophy as the highest of the three guṇa (i.e. among rajas, sattva and tamas) because it renders a person true, honest and wise. It makes things pure and clean. A guṇa is a constituent…

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