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Prayer - Asking or Celebrating

How should we pray – Asking or Celebrating?

If we look back to the beginnings of religion, people prayed for good fortune from a mix of fear and desire, this was a calling to the gods for protection or bounty which has continued into this day.

People of all religious beliefs pray for salvation from suffering and good fortune, and even those who consider themselves as atheists set aside a degree of hope and faith that the world around them will be supportive.

What is Prayer?

The most limited form of prayer is the asking God, the asking of the universe for some freedom or blessing. In that sense prayer is an acknowledgement that an individual is not in control

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A Ritual Life

Stand Up, Reason Out and know life

Sacred space via Arjuna Vallabha

We are creatures of habit and we unconsciously create many rituals in our lives such as waking time in the morning and retiring time in the evening, watching a particular genera of movie, drinking a particular beverage when we feel thirsty or eating certain types of foods. Some people keep their houses clean because they know it makes them feel good and in contrast some people due to laziness or belief live in squalor although some are forced into that situation by social deprivation.

Many years ago the concept of feng shui spread through the modern world, a system of home design and layout

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Hymn for Mother of God

By Monks of St.Nectarius of Aegina in church-slavonic

St.Sergius & Herman of Valaam church, Russia.

An ancient prayer Chant to Agni Parthene or Devi Kumari [Pure Virgin female energy] Russian/Slavonic Пресвятая Богородице in Arabic Tahir aleadhra’. This was originally in Byzantine or ancient Greek and is still popular in Arabic, Greek, Russian and East European languages. Just by listening this ancient prayer specually sung by this great Choir in Russia, anyone can feel peace, light and healing on quantum level. This is presented here in Slavonic version performed gracefully in Vallam Russia.

Hundreds of years before Christianity was replaced by Constantino, the Byzantine culture was the predominant culture in what is now Much of Balkans, Greece, Turkey, Syria and Iraq

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Prārthana

Appreciation through prayer

Like describing love, most everyone has a different understanding of prayer and there can be no one description. For some prayer maybe asking, beseeching or petitioning God, confessing to God, thanking God, praising and worshipping God, being with God or as in meditation, conversing with God.

A prayer can also take the form of a person merely pouring out his/her emotions as an act of sharing. One of the main ends of a prayer across all religions and cultures is seeking inspiration or solace. What is almost universal is bringing one’s palms together to facilitate this communication. This is based on ancient yogic science

THE HINDU WAY OF PRAYER : In a Hindu’s life, the prayer forms

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Bharathanatyam

Classical temple dances of Bharatha (India)

Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from Southern India is not an entertainment, first and foremost it’s a prayer, a celebration and an offering to the divine. The ultimate goal is both the performance and the closer connection between the dancer and the source of creation.

As a visual meditation, the audience can also be drawn into the story as Bharatanatyam expresses Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism.

The origins of Bharatanatyam are thought go back to about 500 BC and much has been lost over time as various Muslim and British rulers banned it. But a possible origin of the name is from Bharata Muni who

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The Sound of Mantra

Connecting and uplifting

In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one’s heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.

Mantra मंत्र – is a sacred utterance, a syllable or group of words written and spoken in Sanskrit believed to have psychological and spiritual powers.

Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.

Mantra if you like is the most

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