Category Archives: About India

Neem Karoli Baba – Miracle of Love

Dear Friends,

Hari Om.

Recently I got a book called “Miracle of Love – Stories about Neem Karoli Baba” when I went to Madison Univeristy Library, and since then I am absorbed in reading it whenever I have time. It contains personal experiences and stories Maharajji’s (as Baba is called) by his disciples and devotees, compiled by the famous Ram Dass, his western disciple. The time setting is between 60-70’s since Maharajji passed away in 1971 (He was a contemporary of Swami Sivananda). It is a very engaging book, and each incident and narration is instructive and has a spiritual message to convey.

I have known the name and form of Neem Karoli Baba when I was studying in BITS, Pilani. But I did not know much details about him at that time as I know now. We have a very small and beautiful Hanuman Mandir in the campus grounds of BITS, Pilani (in Rajasthan). Hari and I owe a lot to this temple. For me, personally, it is the source of blessings and divine grace. (Pilani itself has bestowed blessings one me since I met my husband Hari there, but that is a different story :)). Everyday in the Hanuman mandir, after the Aarati and Prasad, there would be Tulasi Ramayan Path. That is where I have got my initial knowledge and interest in Tulasi Ramayan.

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Ratha Saptami Festival – Salutations to the Brilliant Sun

Dear All,

Hari Om.

The auspicious day of Ratha Saptami falls on 30th January (tomorrow) in the year 2012. Ratha Saptami falls on the seventh day in the Shukla Paksha of Magha month. This day is marked by Sun’s northerly movement (Uttarayana) of vernal equinox starting from Capricorn (Makara). It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses (representing seven colours) towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction.


Sun is the life-source for all life on this earth. It is auspicious to daily do salutation to Sun who is the life-giving Source of brilliance and light.

On Ratha Saptami day, a stotra in praise of Sun called “Aditya Hrudayam” is chanted. This Stotra was taught to Lord Rama by Sage Agastha on the battlefield. This Stotra is known for its extreme power in bestowing good health and brilliance in life. In our childhood, I clearly remember taking a special head bath with Jilledu leaf on head along with 2 paise coin 🙂 on this Rathe Sapatmi day. Jilledu leaf is supposed to take off heat from the body and restore balance.

Watch Youtube Video containing a nice rendition of this Stotram.
Please download the PDF of Aditya Hrudayam (in Sanskrit with English Translation obtained from http://sanskrit.safire.com/) by clicking below:

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari.

Scientific Verification of Vedic Knowledge

Dear All,

Namaste. Hari Om.

Vedas, which are considered the treasure-store of Knowledge of the Self, consist revelations to the ancient sages and seers. The branches of knowledge covered in Vedas and related Scriptural texts range from mathematics, geology, cosmology and the like. Many erudite Scientists are wonder-struck at the depth of the knowledge contained in the Vedas.

When I was a graduate student, I had a friend who was adept in Vedic Mathematics. His skill in solving equations was acquired from the branch in Vedas dealing with Mathematics.

If you read “Kapilopadesha” in Bhagavatam (Instruction of Kapila to his mother), you will find a very detailed knowledge of development of foetus in mother’s womb which is a very evolved piece of knowledge.

I came across a wonderful video on you tube which highlight this knowledge hidden in Vedas, and which throws light on the ancientness of India. Truly, this is a moment to be grateful to the Sages and Seers of yore for giving us this great treasure.

You can watch the videos here:

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Part-2:

Part-3:

Hope you enjoy these videos and are proud of the scientific and vedantic heritage that we are part of.

In Service of the Lord and Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari