My Favorite Ramayana Character – who and why (October 2019)

This month, Diwali happens to be on the same day as our monthly Hawan. Therefore, rather than continuing with the current theme, Ishwar Stuti Prarthana Upasana Mantras, this month, we will focus on the Ramayana characters.   Almost everyone has read/watched Ramayana story or show. If your kids haven’t, let’s take this as an excellent opportunity to teach them –

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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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