Jesus, thank you for Summer. Thank you for light and warmth. Thank you for the sun. Thank you too that while we can appreciate the gifts of nature, we are not subject to living our lives within the limits of cycles and seasons. We can rise above and beyond all natural limits by faith in you. Today, give us that grace again, to see you as the Creator of creation and the One who lifts us up to be with you forever, even now. In Jesus!”
Celebrating the solstice may be an ancient practice, but it is still commonplace in Scandinavia, where Midsummer Festivals are considered as important as Christmas. It is always marked with some form of fire ritual because of a reverence for the Sun and it’s transformative and purifying abilities. Bonfires are lit as the sun sets, as people dance around the fire clockwise and hold torchlight processions. In some places, people set fire to wheels of hay which are rolled downhill. The use of fires, as well as providing magical aid to the sun, were also considered by our ancestors to drive out evil and to bring fertility and prosperity to men, crops, and herds. The photo left shows revelers in Sweden leaping through the flames as a purifying and strengthening rite.
Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Meditation is extremely beneficial to mental, physical health and spiritual growth. This is very useful for every human being.
Meditation has been practiced since antiquity in numerous religious traditions and beliefs. Since the 19th century, it has spread from its origins to other cultures where it is commonly practiced in private and business life.
Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception and wellbeing. Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.
The mantra has Bheej sounds of Baglamukhi. It prays for the goddess to make the enemies ineffective by arresting their vicious speech, feet, and intelligence. Once their movements are restricted, they can never act against you.
Oh Mata Baglamukhi, we pray that you destroy our sins, bring prosperity into our lives and fulfill our desires.
How to chant Baglamukhi Mantras
The best time to chant the baglamukhi mantras is early morning. Take bath and sit on a mat or wooden plank. Carry a rosary and use it for counting the mantra chanting. Chant your chosen mantra for any number of rosaries. The ideal count for Baglamukhi mantras is 1,25,000 times. While chanting, place a picture of Baglamukhi in front of you and concentrate on the form(Baglamukhi Mantras to Succeed in all Efforts)
The best flowers to worship Ma Baglamukhi are yellow flowers.
Benefits of Chanting Baglamukhi mantras
Removes all the sorrows and gives confidence, fearlessness, and courage.
• Fills the minds and hearts of the devotees with a positive energy to move the success path
• Removes the debts and enhances prosperity at home
• Fear of enemies is removed and the devotee experiences a great degree of comfort in mind. The enemies will no more be able to confront you. They will grow powerless when trying to act against you and their vicious plots will turn futile and ineffective.
• Students get good marks and get a focused mind to concentrate on the studies better.
• The devotee triumphs over lawsuits and succeeds in quarrels and competitions.
• If there are fluctuations in your life, this mantra can help balance the positive and negative aspects and establish harmony in home and life.
In the human body, we have 6 chakras. Every chakra has its own unique quality. The chakras are vortices of psychic energy and they are visualized and experienced as circular movements of energy at particular rates of vibration. In each person, there are myriads of chakras, but in the practices of tantra and yoga, only a few principal ones are utilized. These chakras span the full spectrum of man’s being from the gross to the subtle. The chakras are physiological as well as psychic centers whose structures correspond more or less with the traditional descriptions. These nerve centers are not situated inside the spinal cord itself but lie like junctions on the interior walls of the spinal column. If you cut the spinal cord transversely at different levels you can see that the grey matter in the cross-section resembles the lotus shape and the ascending and descending tracts of nerve fibers correspond to the nadis. These communicating nerve fibers control the different physiological functions of that portion of the body. Many books state that the chakras are reservoirs of power, but this is not true. A chakra is like a centrally placed electricity pole from which electrical wires are run to different places, houses and street lights in the vicinity. This arrangement is the same for each of the chakras. The nadis which emerge from each chakra carry prana in both directions. There is a forward and backward pranic motion in the nadis, analogous to the flow of alternating current in electrical wires. The outgoing communication and the incoming reaction enter and leave the chakra in the form of this pranic flow in the corresponding nadis.
There are six chakras in the human body which are directly connected with the higher unillumined centers of the brain. The first chakra is mooladhara. It is situated in the pelvic floor and corresponds to the coccygeal plexus of nerves. In the masculine body it lies between the urinary and excretory openings, in the form of a small dormant gland termed the perineal body. In the feminine body it is situated inside the posterior surface of the cervix. Mooladhara is the first chakra in the spiritual evolution of man, where one goes beyond animal consciousness and starts to be a real human being. It is also the last chakra in the completion of animal evolution. It is said that from Mooladhara chakra right down to the heels there are other lower chakras which are responsible for the development of the animal and human qualities of instinct and intellect. From mooladhara chakra upwards lie the chakras which are concerned with illumination and evolution of the higher man or super man. Mooladhara chakra has control over the entire range of excretory and sexual functions in man. The second chakra is Swadhisthana, located at the lowest point or termination of the spinal cord. It corresponds to the sacral plexus of nerves and controls the unconscious in man. The third chakra is Manipura, situated in the spinal column exactly at the level of the navel. It corresponds to the solar plexus and controls the entire processes of digestion, assimilation and temperature regulation in the body.
The fourth chakra is Anahata, and it lies in the vertebral column behind the base of the heart, at the level of the depression in the sternum. It corresponds to the cardiac plexus of nerves, and controls the functions of the heart, the lungs, the diaphragm and other organs in this region of the body. The fifth chakra is Vishuddhi, which lies at the level of the throat pit in the vertebral column. This chakra corresponds to the cervical plexus of nerves and controls the thyroid complex and also some systems of articulation, the upper palate and the epiglottis. Ajna, the sixth and most important chakra also known as the Third eye, corresponds to the pineal gland, lying in the midline of the brain directly above the spinal column. This chakra controls the muscles and the onset of sexual activity in man. Tantra and yoga maintain that ajna chakra, the command center, has complete control over all the functions of the disciple’s life. What is Kundalini?
These six chakras serve as switches for turning on different parts of the brain. The awakening which is brought about in the chakras is conducted to the higher centers in the brain via the Nadis. There are also two higher centers in the brain which are commonly referred to in kundalini yoga: Bindu and Sahasrara. Bindu is located at the top back of the head, where Hindu brahmins keep a tuft of hair. This is the point where oneness first divides itself into many. Bindu feeds the whole optic system and is also the seat of nectar or amrit.
Sahasrara is supreme; it is the final culmination of kundalini shakti. It is the seat of higher awareness. Sahasrara is situated at the top of the head and is physically correlated to the pituitary gland, which controls each and every gland and system of the body.
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Kundalini represents the coming consciousness of human. Kundalini is a sleeping dormant potential force in the human which is situated at the root of the spinal column. In the masculine body it is in the perineum, between the urinary and excretory organs. In the female body its location is at the root of the uterus, in the cervix. This center is known as mooladhara chakra and it is actually a physical structure. It is a small gland which you can even take out and press. However, kundalini is a dormant (Supt) energy, and even if you press it, it will not explode like a bomb. To awaken kundalini you must prepare yourself through yogic techniques. You must practise asanas, pranayama, kriya yoga and meditation. Then, when you are able to force your prana into the seat of kundalini, the energy wakes up and makes its way through sushumna nadi, the central nervous canal, to the brain. As kundalini ascends, it passes through each of the chakras which are interconnected with the different silent areas of the brain. With the awakening of kundalini there is an explosion in the brain as the dormant or sleeping areas start blossoming like flowers. Therefore, kundalini can be equated with the awakening of the silent areas of the brain. Although kundalini is said to reside in mooladhara chakra, we are all at different stages of evolution, and in some of us kundalini may have already reached swadhisthana, Manipura or anahata chakra. If this is so, whatever sadhana you do now might start an awakening in anahata or any other chakra. However, the awakening of kundalini in mooladhara chakra is one thing, and awakening in sahasrara, the highest center of the brain, is another. Once the multipetalled lotus of sahasrara blossoms, a new consciousness dawns. Our present consciousness is not independent, as the mind depends on the information supplied by the senses. If you have no eyes, you can never see; if you are deaf, you will never hear. However, when the superconsciousness emerges, experience becomes completely independent and knowledge also becomes completely independent.