Role and Importance of Aachman and Anga Sparsh Mantras (June 2019)

Rituals are the actions that convey specific meaning without explicitly stating them. While they are not uttered, the meaning must be clear in the minds of the doers; otherwise, the ritual would become meaningless. Think about the ritual of namaste, which a person carries out by pressing both palms against each other, thumbs closes to heart, and head slightly bowed.

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Mid-Year Revision (May 2019)

Dear Kids, This month’s assignment is to review the lessons learnt so far this year. Here is what we have covered: Asato Ma Sad Gamaya (April, 2019) http://hawan.net/?p=843 Mrityunjaya Mantra मृत्युंजय मंत्र (March, 2019) http://hawan.net/?p=837 Gayatri Mantra – गायत्री मन्त्र (February, 2019) http://hawan.net/?p=820 God – ईश्वर (January, 2019) http://hawan.net/?p=822 If you have missed any of the assignments this year, please

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Asato Ma Sad Gamaya (April, 2019)

Our rishi-munis were masters of concision. Whether it is the Vedas, Upanishads, Darshan, or any scripture, it is amazing how they packed vast information and limitless wisdom in the fewest of the words. A reflective reader of the scriptures would attest to the fact that often life-long lessons and philosophies are packed even in a single Vedic sutra. Unfortunately though,

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Mrityunjaya Mantra मृत्युंजय मंत्र (March, 2019)

The topic for this month’s kids assignment is Mrityunjaya Mantra मृत्युंजय मंत्र, which literally means victory over death. (Jaya means victory; Mrityu means death). It comes in the Rigveda (RV 7.59.12).   On this earth, is there any living being who doesn’t want to evade death? Probably no one. Not just healthy, happy, and prosperous, but sick, miserable and poor

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Gayatri Mantra – गायत्री मन्त्र (February, 2019)

One of the most potent prayers of all-time is captured in the Vedas in the form of the Gayatri Mantra. Unlike several other mantras that fulfill specific material needs, the Gayatri Mantra bestows its worshipers with sharp intellect and righteous wisdom, enabling them to fulfill any and every worthy goal on their own. The Gayatri Mantra is also termed as

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Revision – पुनरावृति (December, 2018)

Namaste Kids, For the last two years, the theme of your assignments has been to identify and remove vices from life. Every year, as part of the December assignment, we review our year long learning. This year, however, we will revise our learnings from the last two years. The purpose is twofold: one, without the revision (पुनरावृति), the learned topic

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Teachings of Mahabharata – महाभारत से हमने क्या सीखा (October, 2018)

महाभारत से हमने क्या सीखा   Durga Puja, Namnavami, Garba, Dushehra, Diwali etc. constitute a long list of festivals we celebrate during this time of the year. While enjoying the flashiness and grandeur of the festivities, let’s also take this time as a wonderful opportunity to analyze the events/stories behind these festivals. In the last two years, we have learnt

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