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What is Maya?

Only Grace can reveal the true character of our spiritual reality. The scriptures repeatedly declare that all of us are trapped in this world of Maya. “What is this Maya?”, we wonder. In a gist, Maya refers to a thing that is there but it is not; it i...

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About Sri Krishnan Temple

History The Sri Krishnan Temple was established in 1870 when Hanuman Beem Singh set up an idol of Sri Krishna under a banyan tree on Waterloo Street, so as to cater to the religious needs of a large Hindu community that had established itself in the ar...

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Prayer to invoke divine energy in water

Gange cha yamune chaiva Godaavari sarasvati Narmade sindhu kaaveri Jalesmin sannidhim kuru Meaning: O Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Sarasvati, Narmada, Sindhu and Kaveri rivers, bless us with your presence in this water. Brief Explanation: Water is th...

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Why do we apply holy ash?

The words Vibhuti or Bhasma (Sanskrit) or Thiruneeru (Tamil) refer to holy ash. Bhasma means ‘that by which our sins are destroyed and the Lord is remembered’. Thus, when a devotee applies holy ash, it signifies the destruction of the evil tendencies (wit...

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How to Nurture the Tree of Bhakti?

Many a times we hear the word Bhakti and start wondering what is its real meaning. Different people define Bhakti differently. Some say it is worshipping the Lord; some say it is chanting his name; some say it is doing service to him, while some others...

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Prayer for Peace

Om sarve bhavantu sukhinaha Sarve santu niraamayaah Sarve bhadraani pashyantu Maa kaschit dukkha bhaag bhavet Om shaanti shaanti shaanti Meaning: May all be happy. May all be free from disabilities. May all see the good of others. May none be in m...

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Why do we have a prayer room/altar at home?

Hindus believe that God is the creator and sustainer. To show our gratitude to God and offer prayers, a prayer room or altar is usually set up at home. It is the home temple that you can ‘visit’ every day. A lamp is lit daily and spiritual practices su...

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About Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple

History Located in Katong near East Coast Road, this Hindu temple strongly identifies with its location and the community it represents – the Ceylonese Hindus. Ceylon Road, in fact, derived its name from the many Ceylonese, or Sri Lankan Tamils, one of...

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Kara-darshana Prayer

Kara-darshana or looking at one’s palms is done as one awakes from sleep in the morning. This simple prayer is performed while sitting straight in bed. Join both palms and while looking at both palms, recite the following: Karaagre vasate lakshmi Kara...

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Shruti- The Vedas (Part 4)

Upanishads As the concluding portions of the Aranyakas, the Upanishads are the doctrines of “secret knowledge”. The name is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘upa’ which means near, “ni” which means down and “shad” meaning sit. Thus, it literally means to s...

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