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Does Maha Mrityunjaya mantra work?

Many people ask me this question, ''Does Maha Mrityunjaya mantra work?''. Mantras always work but the problem is that we are often not open to believing this.  The query about whether the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra works comes in different forms, sometimes by email, in the comments section or in person. Most people are curious, some are interested but few are committed to sincerely want the answer.

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I am just an ordinary seeker on the spiritual path but my experiences have taught me valuable lessons and I am sharing this with you so that it helps your spiritual progress.
From what I have learned from my grandmother, who was a devout Shiva Bhakt throughout her life, the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is a powerful mantra that has ancient sounds which provides an aura of protection to those who chant it with faith regularly and it triggers powerful energies to remove sufferin…

Significance of Gayatri Mantra: Can ladies chant the Gayatri mantra?

Like all working mothers, there is no "ME" time once I wake up. But I chant the Gayatri mantra almost all the time - while I am making the morning tea, washing the dishes, putting the clothes to wash, whatever chores I am doing I chant the Gayatri along with it. The good thing is that it fills me with amazing, joyous energy. Laughable as it may sound to many of you, the energy sounds that form the base of the Gayatri Mantra are believed to provide a powerful aura of protection to those who chant it regularly. 

Now, it always amazes me when I get queries from women asking, ''Can ladies chant the Gayatri mantra?" and I can't help but ask, "Why do you think women can't chant the Gayatri mantra?" The next question that comes my way frequently is this, ''Can ladies chant the Gayatri mantra during their periods?" and my answer is the same, "Why can't they chant the Gayatri mantra during their periods?"

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Onam Special: 9 Things nobody tells you about celebrating Onasadya with a true Malayali spirit!

Last Sunday, there were several Onam community celebrations across Delhi and Noida. After my amazing Onasadya which I enjoyed with thousands of simple devotees in Prashanti Nilayam, I had no doubts which one to attend this time. I know this sounds silly but I like to keep things pretty simple. Fancy stuff - nooo!

See this Onam pookalam below - it was so lovingly made by a few Tiruvalla Christian families. The home is that of a Christian too who gave his unoccupied home for the Onam celebration. We tend to go crazy on social media about religion, the right to eat beef and so on. What amazes me is that not one person expressed an interest to cook a non-vegetarian dish for this Onasadhya, which had mostly Malayali Christians! To me, this is the spirit that Malayalis always had - to actually care for others, to show respect to another's faith whether they endorse it or not. [READ: Happy Onam celebrations - Revisiting Memories]

If this spirit doesn't capture the simplicity and essenc…

A Dad's advice to the daughter he loves: Be yourself, remember you are special and treasure your strengths

Just a week ago, Dad gave me a very emotional pep talk at the Bangalore airport. The good thing is that whenever I feel emotionally vulnerable or stressed out, I replay Dad's conversation. It lifts me up and instantly brings a huge smile to my face. That's my Dad - yeah! 




As a teenager, Bangalore used to be one of my favorite cities though the garden city was not as ''global'' and ''vibrant'' as it is today. It was a pretty cool place to go shopping for stylish accessories, not that I could splurge and go crazy with shopping but I could do so on a limited budget. So, I used to look forward to our summer trips to Bangalore, from where we would head out to Whitefield. 

The busy, broad streets, the scent of street food and the vibrant atmosphere had always perked me up every time I reached Bangalore. Be it heading to Puttaparthi or Whitefield, my parents and I have traveled to Bangalore so many times that it became a kind of ''routine'…

This Investment Banker from London left his high flying career to lead a simple life in Puttaparthi

''Hey, you are Swapna, right?''

For the first time in over 30 years during my frequent visits to Puttaparthi, I was asked this question by a stranger. I was taken aback because this is a very unusual occurrence for me in Puttaparthi. My parents and I were about to sit down for dinner when the stranger walked over to us. 

"I am Rakesh Menon, your husband's friend from Class 1,'' he said.




Phew! Of course, I have heard about Rakesh Menon from my husband though the two friends have not met each other for over two decades. 

''Heard so much about you and now I finally got to meet you....the year was 1997. Sanand couldn't stop talking about you and I have heard so much about your romance...,'' Rakesh was smiling as he said this.

I was literally squirming - it does feel a little odd to hear about my romance in front of my parents and my very curious 11-year-old son. But Rakesh Menon has this amazing way of making everyone feel at ease, especiall…

Life in Puttaparthi: This Japanese lady I met in Prashanti Nilayam left me mesmerised

I met a Japanese lady inside Prashanti Nilayam, as my mother and I were waiting to meet someone. The lovely lady had a serene look that completely made us feel serene too - you believe in energy vibes that people carry around them, right? I do - there are people who exude amazing positive energy vibes that can instantly lift you up. This Japanese lady, whose name I do not know, is one such a person.



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''You can go inside and ask for the person you came to meet,'' she told us.

Her voice was soft, sweet and melodious. She looked poised, graceful and so lovely, especially when she speaks. It reminds me ever so gently that there are real people in this world who know how to speak respectfully and lovingly, without treating you like some one they can use later on in life. A majority of people, especially on social media, use such aggression to prove their point of view as superior,  that when I meet people w…

The Meaning and Significance of Guru in Hinduism: 3 Important Things You Need to Know Right Away

In Hinduism, the 'Guru' is a most sacred bond that a spiritual seeker has with an Enlightened One. A question that every seeker is likely to ask - ''Who is a Guru?'' There are many interpretations to this. In a simple way, I find this to be based on my experience - a Guru is the One who helps you navigate from untruth to Truth, from darkness to Light, and from mortality to Immortality. 

                                                                           [Image: Pixabay.com] The toughest part of a spiritual aspirant's life is not the constant mockery and disbelief that one faces from loved ones or friends - it is the ability to hold on with steadfast faith that the Guru appears when the disciple is ready. 
This simple truth is absent from the lives of most spiritual seekers. Of course, the easiest thing to do is to google on the Internet, find a suitable Guru, sign up for different meditation and pranayama packages, pay up hefty amounts for these holisti…

Best way to build a strong online identity - Be passionately desperate

The biggest change in my life happened when the world of Internet opened up amazing opportunities to unlock, receive and send information. We all agree now and take this as a part of our life - emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. But these were not a reality back then when I was growing up. Back in the 90s, it wasn't even something I would have guessed would become an integral part of who I am today. But you are bound to laugh out loud when you figure out how I became so hooked to the Internet. Get ready for a good laugh.

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I was passionately in love and desperate with a guy who had gone to the UK to study and according to 'well-wisher' sources, would not be likely to return soon. Yes, you read it correctly, my friend. As we all know, being in love makes you fearless and ready to undertake any risk and put in any effort to make things work.

I was passionately in love, desperate to make the relationship work. T…

Sarahah.com app: This is what I discovered after signing up!

Since last week, I have seen my friends on Facebook and Twitter talk about the feedback they received through Sarahah.com app. It got me curious.  As an introvert, I am curious about the world around me but I like to stick to my safety zone - which is my immediate family and a close bunch of friends. I was not sure whether to give Sarahah.com app a try. This is where I started mine: https://svaraa.sarahah.com/in case you want to share your feedback.


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Curiosity is a strange thing - it is what got me hooked on to the spiritual path and the world of literary books. It is what makes me wake up every morning with a huge smile, even though I know that there may be a huge disaster to deal with at the corner.

Life is forever giving us new challenges, new moments - what's the fun if we don't find out the hard way? When we resist, we become boring to our own selves and we definitely stagnate from within.

Some people loved the feedback they receive…