Vedic Living

mantra maṅgalavāra – OM Namah Shivaya

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about seva, or selfless service. When participating in seva, it is a great practice to use mantra japa while you're working--repeat your mantra silently or outloud as you complete your activities. The mantra I use all throughout the day--while...

sādhana somavāra – cultivating sevā

I helped build a fence yesterday, and I've got the sunburn to prove it!! It's difficult to perform actions and not think about the result or outcome of those actions. There is a yogic practice called sevā, or selfless service, that encourages that we do just...

śāstra śukravāra – Vishnupati meditation!

Today is Vishnupati! Vishupati happens just 4 times a year. Astrologically, this is the day on which the Sun enters one of the fixed signs: Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio or Taurus. The first Vishnupati in this Vedic year is today--May 14th--as the Sun transits into Taurus....

unanswered prayer?

Prayer is a demand of the soul. God did not make us beggars; He created us in His image. The Bible and Hindu scriptures declare it. A beggar who goes to a rich home and asks for alms receives a beggar's share; but the son can have anything he asks from his wealthy...

Ahaṃ viśvam. I am the universe.

Ahaṃ viśvam. I am the universe. Taittirīya Upanishad 3.10. This coming Friday is Vishnupati, which brings in the energy of Vishnu. Vishnu is the great preserver or the one who sustains the universe. In Friday's blog, I'll go into a bit more detail about the...

practicing dhyana

Nothing we do is without consequence. Each of our actions shows its effects either immediately, or later down the road. Sometimes our actions can take the form of a residue left behind that action. For example, if we behave in a friendly manner towards someone, they...