The Gyan Mudra steps and Benefits

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Gyan  or Chin Mudra 

The word Gyan means wisdom in Sanskrit. Thus, practicing the Gyan Mudra is believed to help instill wisdom and spiritual enlightenment.

This is why the Gyan Mudra is widely used in many yogic meditation poses such as Pranayama. The Gyan Mudra is also known as the Chin Mudra.

Steps of doing Gyan Mudra :

The Gyan Mudra should ideally be performed along with meditation asanas and Pranayama. Here are the steps of Gyan Mudra:

  1. Sit down in a meditative pose such as the Sukha Asana (Easy Pose), Vajra Asana (Diamond Pose), or Padma Asana (Lotus Pose). You may even perform the Gyan Mura while standing in the Tada Asana (Mountain Pose) or sitting comfortably on a chair.
  2. Ensure that your back is held straight and your chest and head held up high.
  3. Rest your hands on your knees with your palms facing upwards.
  4. Touch the tip of the index finger to the tip of the thumb.
  5.  The rest of the finger should be held straight and parallel to each other. This Mudra is performed with both hands.
  6.  Close your eyes and focus on your breath.
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    To further enhance the effectiveness of the Gyan Mudra, you may chant the word Om (Aum) in conjunction with every exhale.

 

 Benefits: Effective in cases of mental ailment, imparts happiness, the intellect develops, memory is sharpened. It also helps to relieve stress and transcend worldly problems.

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Surrogacy and Hindu mythology.

Surrogacy is a complex and contentious moral and ethical issue across global cultures. The rise of Westerners using Indian surrogate mothers has added a political dimension to the religious and legal debate.

The surrogate mother: Spiritualism and  Hindu Mythology 
In the Bhagvata Purana, there is a story that suggests the practice of surrogate motherhood. Kan(sh) the wicked king of Mathura, had imprisoned his sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva because oracles had informed him that her child would be his killer. Every time she delivered a child, he smashed its head on the floor. He killed six children. When the seventh child was conceived, the gods intervened. They summoned the goddess Yogamaya and had her transfer the fetus from the womb of Devaki to the womb of Rohini (Vasudeva’s other wife who lived with her sister Yashoda across the river Yamuna, in the village of cowherds at Gokul). Thus the child conceived in one womb was incubated in and delivered through another womb.

Buddhism and Hinduism

Buddhism totally accepts surrogacy. This may be because Buddhism, unlike Christianity, Judaism and Islam, doesn’t make procreation a moral duty. Couples are not under pressure to marry or have children, and there are no Buddhist teachings suggesting that infertility treatments or surrogacy are immoral. Hinduism allows infertility treatments in specific circumstances. Children are very important to Hindu families, and medical help is allowed if a couple can’t conceive. Hindus permit artificial insemination using the husband’s sperm, but not that of an unknown donor , because the child would not know its lineage.

It is said surrogacy is rarely used by Hindus, but surrogacy clinics are a booming industry in India. surrogacy clinics are a booming industry in India.

See the dark side of Surrogacy

Can we change our personality?

Our personality was learned as a result of the experiences you have been through. Whatever unwanted behavior you don’t like now might be nothing more than a coping strategy your mind developed to help you achieve a certain goal.

Just like this coping strategy was developed it can also be unlearned. Of course it takes some time and a lot of persistence to change your personality but the good news is that you are able to change it.

Personality is to overcome things, learn from them and become stronger, both personally and professionally. To be honest, I welcome those hardships.

1. Online Personality test myth :  It happens often that someone searches for an online personality test then ends up frusted of thinking that the quiz results are facts that can’t be changed.

In fact you can change your personality if you wanted to provided that you know the right way to do it.

2. Genes affect personality myth : I found many  people who wonder whether they can build self confidence or not because of believing that self confidence and similar good traits has something to do with their genes. This belief that states that a person is stuck because of his genes doesn’t only prevent him from growing but it also prevents him from developing essential life skills that are vital to building his self confidence.

The second very important fact is that the presence of one gene can limit the function of another gene completely even if those genes were not related at all. This means that even if you have a certain gene you might not be affected by it at all because another gene is limiting its effect.

The conclusion was can make is that looking at only one gene and believing that you are stuck because of it is a big mistake.

In short, yes personality can be changed.

To be able to change your personality you must understand it

Most people think that they understand themselves well while in fact many of the personality change attempts fail as a result of lack of self understanding.

A behavior that has been bothering you for years can be changed if you understood what’s causing the behavior in the first place.

Lets take the example of the a girl who wears high heels in order to feel beautiful. Of course when you ask her why she only wears high heels, she will never tell you “I look taller and beautiful” because most probably she won’t be aware of the fact that beauty encompasses beyond wearing high heels.

Now if that she tried hard to change her  behavior using all possible methods she might never succeed until she finds another way to help herself satisfy the need to feel like a beautiful girl.

In short,Our attempts to change our personalities will not work before we understand the underlying dynamics behind our behaviors and attitudes.

Next : How to change your personality?

 

25 Idyllic powerful Chants

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According To Sadhguru, “Mantra means a sound, a certain utterance or a syllable. Today, modern science sees the whole existence as reverberations of energy, different levels of vibrations. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be a sound. So, that means, the whole existence is a kind of sound, or a complex amalgamation of sounds – the whole existence is an amalgamation of multiple mantras. Of these, a few mantras or a few sounds have been identified, which could be like keys. If you use them in a certain way, they become a key to open up a different dimension of life and experience within you.”

“There are different types of mantras. Every mantra activates a particular kind of energy in a different part of the body. Without that necessary awareness, just repeating the sound only brings dullness to the mind.” -Sadhguru

Chanting is a spiritual discipline believed to improve listening skills, heightened energy and more sensitivity toward others. The practice gained popularity when an album of Gregorian chants by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Damingo in Spain became a best seller. Chants can express devotion, gratitude, peace, compassion and call in light into someone’s life. Here are chants that can help improve your life.

1. Idyllic Om or Aum

Translation: The sound of the universe. It’s the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.

Chanting the sound OM brings us into harmonic resonance with the universe – this is a scientific fact! OM is said to vibrate at 432 Hertz, which is the natural musical pitch of the Universe, as opposed to 440 Hertz, which is the frequency of most modern music.

Decreasing your frequency to coincide with that of the Universe stills the fluctuations of the mind, allowing you to practice yoga through sound. OM is an idyllic way to begin and end a yoga or mediation practice, and also comes in handy when you just need to chill out.

2. Compassionate Buddha

“Om Mani Padme Hum”

Translation: most famous chant in the world is the Compassionate Buddha “Om Mani Padme Hum” which translates to “Hail to the jewel in the lotus.” It is the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion, known by the Chinese as Goddess Kuan Yin. The mantra calms fears, soothes concerns and heals broken hearts.

3. Amazing Grace of Sanskrit

“Om Namah Shivaya”

Translation: Given the name “Amazing Grace of Sanskrit by the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” Elizabeth Gilbert, the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” translates to “I bow to Shiva, the supreme deity of transformation who represents, the truest, highest self.” Gilbert translates the meaning to “I honor the divinity within myself” as a reminder that there is a divine energy in everyone and that each person should be treated as if they are divine.

4. Happiness and Freedom

“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu”

Translation: This is commonly associated with the Jivamukti Yoga School. It translates to “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.” It is a powerful chant that focuses on living a life as a servant to the greater good. It encourages cooperation, compassion and living in harmony, not only among other humans but with nature as well.

5. Medicine Buddha Mantra

 “Tayata Om Bekanze Bekanze Maha Bekanze Radza Samudgate Soha”

Translation: is a chant that is recited for success, helping to eliminate problems and suffering. It is also recited for healing and to benefit people or animals at all times, even when they are healthy.

6. Mantra of Ganesh

“Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah,”

Translation: The Mantra of Ganesh is dedicated to the Hindu god of wisdom and success who destroys all obstacles. “Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah,” which translates to “I bow to the elephant-faced deity (Ganesh) who is capable of removing all obstacles. I pray for blessings and protection.” The mantra is especially beneficial when facing big challenges and when traveling.

7. Lakshmi Chant

“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha.”

Translation: A mantra that translates as a greeting to the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, “Om Shrim Maha Lakshmlyei Swaha.” The chant asks for Lakshmi’s assistance with material wealth and abundance.

Buddhist Money Mantra

“Om Vasudhare Svaha,”

Translation: The Buddhist money mantra, “Om Vasudhare Svaha,” is a prayer to the earth goddess, Vasudhara. The chant should be repeated 108 times in order to be blessed by deities who will shower them with abundance.

8. Mantra forspeech, arts, music, knowledge, and mind power

Om Saraswati Mayaa Drishtwa, Veena Pustak Dharnim | Hans Vahini Samayuktaa Maa Vidya Daan Karotu Me Om

Translation:  Goddess Saraswati is the deity of Saraswati Mantra. Saraswati Devi is the goddess of speech, arts, music, knowledge, and mind power. Saraswati Devi is also called ‘Vak Devi’ the goddess of speech and sound. Saraswati Devi revealed language to man. Goddess Saraswati is depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white epresenting purity; sits on a white swan symbolizing knowledge and truth, her four hands holding a veena through the strings of which flows all creativity and art form and a book symbolizing the Vedas (the original source of all nowledge); a sphatik mala representing the power of meditation and a pot of sacred water having rejuvenative and purifying powers.

9. Mantra before Interview/Meetings

“Pravisi Nagar Kijal Sab Kaaja Hrudaya Rakhi Kosalpur Raja”

Translation: “Having the impression of Lord Ram, I am entering in the city for doing my work. May all my works and wishes get complete.” It can also be used when you enter an office building or the office of the person you are planning to meet.

10. Mantra for Success

“Jehi Vidhi Hoi Naath Hit Moraa Karahu So Vegi Daas Main Toraa,”

Translation: When you are not sure what option is right for your success, chanting “Jehi Vidhi Hoi Naath Hit Moraa Karahu So Vegi Daas Main Toraa,” which means “O lord, I am your devotee. I don’t know what to do. So do at once whatever is good for me.” This mantra is said to show the door of success as long as they are practiced with faith and reverence.

11. Manjushri Mantra

“Om a ra pa ca na dhih”

Translation: For those who want to enhance wisdom and improve skills, chanting “Om a ra pa ca na dhih” will increase skills in all types of learning. The more emphasis and times the chant is recited, the more likely it is to succeed.

12. Vajrapani

“Om vajrapani hum”

Translation: Vajrapani represents the energy of an enlightened mind, which is why it is said that chanting”Om vajrapani hum” will cut through delusion and make the chanter free from hatred. He is often pictured dancing wildly within flames as a representation of transformation. The chant helps gain access to excessive energy and even the chant sounds energetic.

13. Peaceful Life

If it is a peaceful life you seek, the mantra “Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu, Saveshaam Poornam Bhavatu, Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu, Om Shanti, Shanti Shanteeh” is said to bring peace and tranquility.

Translation: 

“May health abound forever
May peace abound forever
May complete abundance abound forever
May auspiciousness abound forever
Om Peace, Peace Peace.”

14. Health, Strength and Peace

“Aham Aarogyam”

Translation: There are several mantras that can be used to bring health, strength and peace. For health, chanting “Aham Aarogyam” which translates to I am healthy, is said to bring health, while adding “Om Trayamabakam” brings health for a longer period. For strength, the chant suggested is “Aham Brahmaasmi” which means “I am God,” while peace can be obtained by chanting “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”

16. Difficult Times

It is said that the chant

“Mookam karoti vaachaalam
Pangum langhayatey girim
Yatkripaa tamaham vandey
Paramaananda Maadhavam”

Translation: Can make the cripple climb mountains and the mute speak eloquently. The mantra asks for grace in order to ease someone out of difficult situations.

“I salute that Madhava
The source of Supreme Bliss,
Whose grace makes the dumb man eloquent
And the cripple cross mountains.”

17. Bhagvad Geeta Verse

The 15th verse in the 15th chapter of the Bhagvad Geeta is chanted when a difficult situation becomes worse.

“Sarvasya chaaham kridi sannivishto
Mattas smritir inaanama pochanamcha
Vedaishcha sarvaair ahameva vedyo
Vedaanta krid veda videva chaaham”

Translation: Krishna says that He is seated in the hearts of all men and women so someone who is causing you difficulty is aware of what you are experiencing as well. By placing your trust in a higher power, whatever is right is what will happen.

18. Seeking Success

For those seeking success, chanting

“Krishna Krishna Mahaayogin
Bhaktaanaam Bhayankara
Govinda Permaananda
Sarvey Mey Vash Maanay”

Translation: Is said to bring that success. The translation asks Krishna to give Supreme Bliss and to bring everything to your favor.

 

19. Chant for Prosperity

“Har Har Har Har Gobinday
Har Har Har Har Mukhunday
Har Har Har Har Udharay
Har Har Har Har Aparay
Har Har Har Har Hariong
Har Har Har Har Kariang
Har Har Har Har Nimamay
Har Har Har Har Akamay”

Translation: This chant contains the eight facets of God and uses for repetitions in each verse to give the power necessary to break down barriers from the past and give power to the person chanting.

20. Ancient Mantras

“Namo AmitaBha”
Translation: A simple chant is designed to be an homage to Buddha, “Namo AmitaBha” gives honor to the Buddha of Boundless Light, while “Ham-Sah” is a Hindu variant of “I am that I am” meaning “I am that.”

21. Amithaba

“om ami dewa hrih”
Translation: The chant that is the sacred mantra of Buddha, Amithabha enhances compassion while bringing blessings each time it is spoken. By chanting “om ami dewa hrih” you will be protected from dangers and obstacles.

22. Green Tara Mantra

Om tare tuttare ture soha
Translation: This is often chanted to overcome physical, mental or emotional blockages, although it can also be used for blockages in relationships. “Om tare tuttare ture soha” helps you release hope for a particular outcome and bring the energy back to yourself, generating inner peace and clarity.

23. Lord Hanuman Gayatri Mantra

“Om Anjaneyaya Vidmahe Vayuputraya Dhimahi।
Tanno Hanumat Prachodayat”
Translation: We pray to the son of Anjana and the son of the wind god Vayu, may Lord Hanuman lead our intellect towards intelligence and knowing.

24. Shiva Moola Mantra

“Om Namah Shivaya”

 

Translation:  I bow to Shiva. Shiva is the supreme reality, the inner Self. It is the name given to consciousness that dwells in all.

25. Shanti Path Mantra

Om dyauh shanti rantariksham shantih
Prithvi shantirapah shantih
Oshadhayah shantih Vanaspatayah shantih
Vishvedevaah shantih Brahma shantih
Sarvam shantih Shantireva shantih
Saamaa shantiredhih
Om shaantih, shaantih, shaantih!
Translation: May peace radiate there in the whole sky as well as in the vast ethereal space everywhere.
May peace reign all over this earth, in water and in all herbs, trees and creepers.
May peace flow over the whole universe.
May peace be in the Supreme Being Brahman.
And may there always exist in all peace and peace alone.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti to us and all beings!