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A prayer for everyone affected by the Haiti earthquake

A Sanskrit prayer from India for Haiti’s quick recovery

Sarve sukhinah santu

sarve santu niraamayah

sarve bhadraani pashyantu

ma kashchid dukh bhaagbhavet

May all be happy. May all be free of disease, trauma and infirmities. May the blessing of abundance and good luck be with all. May none be affected by sorrow, want, hurt, loneliness and loss.

Lesson in spoken Sanskrit

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Mamh naam Ramkrishna. Bhavatyaa naam kim?

My name is Ramkrishna. What is your name?

Adyaa Ravivasaraah.

Today is Sunday.

Somvaasaraah (Monday), Mangalvaasarah (Tuesday), Budhvaasarah(Wednesday), Guruvaasarah (Thursday), Shukravaasarah (Friday), Shanivaasarah (Saturday).

Aham adyaa praatah kaale aham shat-vaadane uttishtava.

Today I woke up at 6.00 am.

Uttaayitvaa mukham prakshaalitavaa.

After waking I cleaned my mouth.

Anantaram chai peetva. Peetva kaaryaalaya gatva.

Then I drank tea. After drinking I went to office.

Gatva kim krutva?

What did I do there?

Gatva karyam krutva.

I went and worked.

Ashtvaadane karyaleyam gatva.

I went to office at 8 ‘O clock.

Nav vaadane kim krutvaam?

What did you do at 9 ‘O clock?

Future tense

Aham swah praatah shat-vaadane mukh prakshaalyitvaam. Anataraam kaaryalam gamishyaam.

Tomorrow I will wake up at 6 ‘O clock. Then I will go to office.

Past tense

Shanivaasare shat-vaadane uttitava.

On Saturday, I woke up at 6 ‘O clock.


Baalakah gachhati. Baalakah gamishyati. Baalakah gatva.

A boy goes. A boy will go. A boy went.

Baalakah gachhati. vartmaan kaal asti.

A goes goes. This is in present tense.

Baalakah gamishyati. bhavishya kaal asti.

A boy will go. This is in future tense.

Baalakah gatva. Bhootkaal asti.

A boy went. This is in past tense.

Etad kim? Tat pustakah.

What is this? This is a book.

Mahamrityunjai mantra, lyrics and video

Mahamritunjai mantra, Sanskrit text, Shiva

Meaning of Mahamritunjay mantra

I worship the three eyed (the third eye is synonymous with wisdom) lord Shiva, who is full of fragrance and who nourishes everybody with health and vitality. May Shiva liberate me from mortality, just as a cucumber fallls off the creeper when it is fully ripe, may I live a full life...and know my immortal self.

Uses of Mahamrityunjai mantra

Chanting of the Mahamrityunjai mantra is recommended for a healthy body and mind. It is said to ward off untimely death by accidents or illness. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh has recommended chanting the mantra on one's birthday for a minimum of 50,000 times. The video here helps recite the mantra correctly.

Mahamrityunjaya mantra comes from the Vedas. It is chanted to help fight physical or mental ailments. It brings peace and tranquility to the mind.

Hath Yoga Pradipika ch.2 Pranayama

Chapter 1. Hath Yoga Pradipika, About Asanas

Chapter 2. Hath Yoga Pradipika

About Pranayama

Food for yogi1. Mastering asanas or postures, a Yogi, master of himself, eating food which is moderate and has offered to Shiva, should practice pranayama, as instructed by the guru.

2. Respiration being disturbed, the mind becomes disturbed. By restraining respiration, the Yogi gets steadiness of mind.

3. So long as the (breathing) air stays in the body, it is called life. Death consists in the passing out of the (breathing) air. It is, therefore, necessary to restrain the breath. 

4. The breath does not pass through the middle channel (susumna), owing to the impurities of the nadis. How can then success be attained, and how can there be the unmani avastha.

5. When the whole system of the nadis which is full of impurities, is cleaned, then the Yogi becomes able to control the Prana.

6. Therefore, Pranayama should be performed daily with satwika buddhi (intellect free from raja and tama or activity and sloth), in order to drive out the impurities of the susumna.

Process for Pranayama

7. Sitting in the Padmasana posture the Yogi should fill in the air through the left nostril (closing the right one); and, keeping it confined according to one's ability, it should be expelled slowly through the surya (right nostril). More...

Hatha Yoga Pradipika ch. 1. Asana

Hatha Yoga pradeepika is a Sanskrit text dated 15CE, written by Swatmarama to explain this system of health cum spiritual upliftment. It is to be used in tandem wih Raja Yoga, Patanjali Yoga Sutras for best results. Here is a English translation facilitated by various scholars.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Chapter 1

About Aasanas

Shiva, the father of Hatha Yoga1. Salutation to Adinatha (Siva) who expounded the knowledge of Hatha Yoga, which like a staircase leads the aspirant to the high pinnacled Raja Yoga.

2. Yogi Swatmarama, after saluting his Guru Srinatha explains Hatha Yoga for the attainment of Raja Yoga.

3. Owing to the darkness arising from the multiplicity of opinions people are unable to know the Raja Yoga. Compassionate Swatmarama composes the Hatha Yoga Pradipika like a torch to dispel it.

4. Matsyendra, Goraksa, etc., knew Hatha Vidya, and by their favor Yogi Swatmarama also learnt it from them.

5. The following Siddhas (masters) are said to have existed in former times: Sri Adinatha (Siva), Matsyendra, Natha, Sabar, Anand, Bhairava, Chaurangi, Mina Natha, Goraksanatha, Virupaksa, Bilesaya.More...

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