The Hanuman Chalisa For Difficult Times

By Vaughn Paul Manley, M.A. 

POPULAR HANUMAN

Hanuman, the celebrated monkey devotee of Ram in the epic story The Ramayana, is one of the most popular Hindu deities. There are arguably more temples and small roadside shrines to Hanuman than all of the other Hindu deities combined. You...

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The Mystical Power of the Name of Rama

By Vaughn Paul Manley, M.A. 

RAMA AS LIGHT

Over the years I’ve made it a practice to read the Ramayana by Tulsidas, also known as the Ramcharitmanas, which is an inspirational text about the life of Rama that was highly praised by Mahatma Gandhi, as the "best work on...

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The Significance Of The Mystical Number 108

By Vaughn Paul Manley, M.A. 

Have you ever wondered why a typical beaded necklace from the East, called a mala, is always strung with 108 beads? You’ll find this to be the case not only in Hindu traditions but also Buddhist, Sikh, Jain and virtually any tradition that has its roots in...

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Vedic Astrology as a Spiritual Practice

By K.N. Rao

A few months before he took mahasamadhi (a yogi’s conscious death) the great yogi, Devaraha Baba, had told a friend-astrologer:

Every great and true mahatma (great soul) I have met, has called it both sacred and a vidya… I have referred in my...

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