Vedic Yagya Newsletter April 2012
|Dear DevoteeStarting April 2012 (this month) VYC has come up with this new idea of sharing some of the ideas and tips from the Vydic Shastras, Puranas and such other holy texts which would be useful for people seeking betterment in different areas such as health, wealth, prosperity. This is for your information only.
As per the Vydic Vastu, it is said and is believed to do good if you place the Deity Picture/statue/water fountain/Musical instrument/ Religious books in the North-East (known as “Eshanya” in Sanskrit) corner of your home / office. North east part of the home or office as per Vastu Shastra is meant for Spirituality, meditation, music or educational and such other sacred activities. When one places things that are in parallel with the direction, this will enhance the beneficial energy that will redirect towards the dwellers of the home or office, resulting in their betterment, progress and prosperity.April is the Month for Akshaya Tritiya – (Days of Lasting Achievements) and Anantha Triyodashi:
Vedic Yagya Center will be performing Special Poojas (the rituals such as Abhishekam – the holy bathing ceremonies to the Deities and Homas – the fire ceremonies. The schedule of various special Yagyas for May are below in the May Yagya calendar:
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As per the Vydic Vastu, it is said and is believed to do good if you place the Deity Picture/statue/water fountain/Musical instrument/ Religious books in the North-East (known as “Eshanya” in Sanskrit) corner of your home / office. North east part of the home or office as per Vastu Shastra is meant for Spirituality, meditation, music or educational and such other sacred activities. When one places things that are in parallel with the direction, this will enhance the beneficial energy that will redirect towards the dwellers of the home or office, resulting in their betterment, progress and prosperity.
For wealth & prosperity, you may place Sri Lakshmi Narayana picture/ statue or any wall mirror in the North -East corner of your office or home.
For good health, long life, peace of mind and tranquility, you may place Shiva ling, Lord Shiva & Parvati picture or statue or water fountain in the North -East Corner of your office or home.
You may also place other things such as Musical instruments, religious books, Rudraksh/ lotus seeds Mala (beads garland), conch-shell for spiritual progress.
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej is a sacred and extremely auspicious day as per Hindu as well as in Jain Calendar. It falls on the third Tithi (Lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of Hindu month of Vaishakha, when the Sun and Moon are in exaltation and they are simultaneously at their peak of brightness, which happens only once every year.
As per Vydic calendar and tradition, This day is extremely special and auspicious as it is ruled by Lord of the Gods Sri Maha Vishnu, the preserver. It is also traditionally celebrated as the birth day of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth Avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most holy and sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven. Akshaya Tritiya is one such momentous occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu calendar. It is believed, any meaningful activity started on this day would be fruitful.
The word “Akshaya” means the never diminishing or never ending in Sanskrit and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. It is believed that if you do a charity on this day you will be blessed and will receive blessings many fold. The day is particularly considered auspicious for starting new ventures, investing in new businesses, or property. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow successfully and bring prosperity, and happy. Hence, it is normal to see many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground breaking ceremonies, purchasing gold, silver, lands, cattle and so on. Many also consider this Day ideal for construction of new homes, home extensions, remodeling also. But buying gold is the most popular activity observed on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune and happiness.
People conduct special Pujas on this day, take bath in holy rivers, make charity, worship Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi and also God Kubera (Yaksha King) on this day. It is also believed that people born during this time shine bright in life. Appeasing Goddess Lakshmi Lord Narayana and God Kubera is extremely important to gain their blessings and for continuity of this auspicious flow.
Chant of the Month – Mahalakshmi Astakam
Pundit ji suggests that devotees who recite this mantra
every morning after taking a bath.
The following octet is called the Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam. Sri Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam is one of the most popular one recited. This stotra was first recited by God Indra in praise of Goddess Shri Lakshmi originally appeared in Padmapuranam (Padma Purana) propitiate Goddess Mahalakshmi. It is written in eight couplets and is and an octet hence got the name “ashtakam” in Sanskrit. This is a prayer to Goddess Maha Lakshmi who is also called “Shree” and represents wealth as well as auspiciousness. Reciting or listening Sri Mahalakshmi Ashtakam every day will benefit the person will be bestowed with success and worldly benefits. It is said at the end of this Ashtakam itself, that if always read once a day, great sins will be destroyed. If always read twice a day, wealth and prosperity will be ensured. If always read three times a day, the great enemy (ego) will be destroyed. Mahalakshmi will be ever pleased with that auspicious one.
April 2012 Yagya Calendar
Important Note: Please provide your mailing address if you choose to sponsor one or more of these below events for us to be able to say the correct sankalpa and also to be able to send your Prasadams to you promptly.
Sponsorship information: Sponsorship for the above given Homas/Yagyas or events: For sponsoring any single above given event for an Individual is only $108.00 and for a Family (not exceeding more than 4 members) it is $151.00. But if you choose to sponsor all of the above given events for this month (Except Vasantha Navarathri Special Event), the flat rate sponsorship for an individual is $251.00/ entire month events and for a Family (not exceeding more than 4 members) it is $351.00.
APRIL 2nd, Monday: Kamada Ekadashi: Sri Vishnu Sahastranama Homa: This is day is very auspicious day of Sri Maha Vishnu. VYC will be performing Sri Vishnu Sahastranama Homa for attaining Sri Maha Vishnu’s powerful and everlasting divine protection from all calamities, negative energies and karmas, and neutralizes such negative forces. Along with this participants will gain increase spiritual strength and eventually give liberation (Moksha). Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 5th, Thursday: Pradosham & Anantha Trayodashi: Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam: Anatha Padmanabha Pooja & Homa: VYC will be performing 2 special events on this exclusive special day of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
VYC will be performing Mahanyasa Poorvaka Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam. On this day, a special elaborate Rudrabhishekam (eleven Rudra will be performed with Maha Rudram chanting) and Archana will be performed to the Sacred Shiva Lingam (also Known as ‘Pindi’) for His blessings followed by the sacred ritual of Rudra Homam. Participants for Pradosham will be blessed and benefited with good health, prosperity, eradication of poverty and all their desires will be fulfilled. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
VYC will also be doing Anantha Padmanabha Swami Pooja & Homa. This is also known a sAnantha Vratam and is performed only on the fourteenth day in Bhadrapad masa (as per Vydic calendar) and this is dedicated to the Anantha Shyana Lord Sri Maha Vishnu is laying on the Anantha Shesh Naag with the Divine mother Goddess Sri Maha Lakshmi next to him. This day is very special and comes only once in a year.
This Vrata is performed by married couples for marital bliss and Moksha. This also removes miseries and blesses the performer with endless joy, happiness and content. It is advised that every one ought to do this at least once in their life time definitely. But if one does this Vrata for 14 consecutive years the performing couple marital bliss, love, affection and bondage will become eternal and increases manifold.
APRIL 6th, Friday: Pournami & Hanuman Jayanthi: VYC will be performing Sri Hanuman Moola Mantra Homa and Manyu Sookta Homa. This is an excellent opportunity to get extremely Strong protection for evil forces such as evils spirits, witch craft, evil voodoo spells, evil eye etc. This Hanuman Moola Mantra Homa gives special Divine Protection and Energy to combat and destroy such effects from your life. This is an excellent opportunity to get relief from such problems with victory over foes. Manyu Sooktam has been enjoined with this to completely clear the foes out of the way of the performer and ensures peace and sanctity too. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 10th, Tuesday: Sankatahara Chaturthi: Sankatahara Chaturthi: Sahastra Modaka Homa: Sri Ganesha Sankatahara (Problems solved and obstacles removed) for those of you who are seeking solutions to their problems and removal of obstacles from their path of success should rejoice. VYC will be performing Special Ganapathi Sahastra (1008 count modakas) Modaka Homa on this special day for Lord Ganesha to please him and attain His blessings by offering 1008 Modakas to him as Lord Ganapathi is very fond of Modakas. Participants will be blessed and benefited with Success in all their work, Removal of obstacles, for fulfilling their Desires and Prosperity in all walks of life.
This Vrata / Fasting are for Lord Sri Ganesha. Sankatahara Chaturthi occurs during the fourth day of the Full Moon Day, Every Month. The Vratha starts before the sun-rise and lasts until moon-rise just before Mid-Night. This is observed in order to overcome difficulties and problems. People suffering from the bad Effects of Moon or Mars can perform this Vrata to be relieved from those difficulties. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 16th, Monday: Varuthini Ekadashi: Sri Sudarshana Homa: VYC will be performing Sri Sudarshana Homa on this sacred day. Participants for this Homa will be blessed and benefited with Divine protection, enemies will be defeated or removed, eradication of sins, ‘Moksha’ (Salvation) and enlightenment. They will be spiritually uplifted and all their desires will be fulfilled. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 19th, Thursday: Masa Sivarathri: Masa Sivarathri: Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam: VYC will be performing Ekadasha Rudrabhishekam – Rudrabhishekam will be performed Eleven times to Shiva Linga with the holy chanting of Sri Rudram with natural nectars like Cow Milk, Yogurt, Sugarcane Juice, Honey, and Saturated Butter from Cow milk, and other Fruit juices. These Natural nectars will be poured over the Shiva Linga along with the chanting of Sri Rudram. This is known as Rudrabhishekam. At the end of every Rudra adhyayam Shiva ling will be cleaned with Holy water or Ganga Jal (Holy water from the Ganges River) and will be adorned with Holy Ash which pleases Lord Shiva the most. It indicates the under lined philosophy of life which keeps reminding us that everything in life is transient and has to reduce to ash eventually. Participants will be blessed with Prosperity, Protection and Health improvement and especially for long life. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 20th, Friday: Amavasya: Amavasya Tarpanam: Amavasya or the New moon is a special dedicated specially to pay respects to our respective ancestors. This is supposed to ward off all sins that one has accumulated over seven generations. This also relieves one from any past sins, curses of ancestors or forefathers. Hence offering Amavasya Tarpanam removes all sins and helps in fulfilling all the desires. During Amavasya Tarpanam, our priests pay homage to forefathers on your behalf. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
APRIL 24th, Tuesday: Akshaya Tritiya (The Day of Lasting Achievements): Sri Maha Lakshmi Kubera Homa: This is an extremely an ideal and auspicious day for Investments, purchasing Gold, Silver, Property, Real estate dealings and Business Ventures. This day is most popularly known as THE DAY OF LASTING ACHIEVEMENTS. VYC will be performing Sri Maha Lakshmi Kubera Homa. It is important for prosperity to pray to the Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity along with Kubera, who is in charge of permitting the wealth distribution (Depending on their Good Karmas in this and in previous lives) to those who right fully deserve it, will appease them and gain their blessings. Participating in the sacred ritual of Maha Lakshmi Kubera Homa may enhance their chances to do much better in their endeavors. Interested people may sign up for either individual or group sponsorship.
Please note: Read our article about Akshaya Tritiya in our April 2012 News letter to learn more.
APRIL 26th, Thursday: Sri Adishankara & Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi: Guru Pooja Day: Vedic Yagya Center will be performing Special Poojas (the rituals such as Abhishekam – the holy bathing ceremonies to the Deities and Homas – the fire ceremonies with the offerings of lotus flowers, Honey, some special herbs) during the Vasantha Navarathri – the Nine Sacred Nights of Spring. The schedule of various events by Vedic Yagya Center is Special Lakshmi Poojas for each form of Mother Lakshmi (Eight forms, Ashta Lakshmi Pooja)
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