The Birth of ‘The Awakened One’: Is Buddhism a part of the Vedantic thought process?

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By Gaurav Sharma

India has eternally served the world with an oceanic infinitude of religious doctrines and postulations in order to bridge the fissures of boundaries which have been created by the puny mind of man.

While superficially it may appear that such a multitude of religious credos amplify the fault lines between men, such a notion is akin to thinking that different opinions and views are pernicious to the health of a democracy.

The current of history is replete with epochs that marked a departure from the customary thoughts and prevalent mode of living, specifically, when they reached the nadir of degraded existence.

And this is also true for the genesis of Buddism.

The Birth of ‘The Awakened One’

Buddha, also known as ‘Shakyamuni’ or Gautama Buddha, literally translates as ‘The Awakened One’. He is thought to have been born between the 6th and 4th century BCE, a time when the people of India, although following the Vedas in the namesake, had deviated from the true goal of Vedic philosophy.

Ritualistic ceremonies and rites for material pleasures had become prominent. Animal sacrifices, which form an important edict of the early Vedic schools, had reached a flash-point of unscrupulous meat eating.

More importantly, the Vedic scriptures had been usurped while becoming the sole preserve of the priestly class or the brahmanas, who had eschewed the essential tenet of non-violence and consequently become like degraded dirt.

To revitalize the decaying morality of individuals, Buddha propounded one of the most basic yet critical precepts of Dhammapada: “All beings fear death and pain, life is dear to all; therefore the wise man will not kill or cause anything to be killed.”

By rejecting the Vedic rituals, Buddha saved the people and the animals from the barbaric onslaught of the corrupt and degenerate priests.

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Confounding Conundrums

The crown jewel of the the Vedanta–Srimad Bhagavatam declares boldly: “In the beginning of the age of Kali, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in the province of Gaya as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, to bewilder those who are always envious of the devotees of the Lord.”

On the contrary, Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and his mother was Queen Mahamaya. By making such a statement, the revered Hindu scripture clearly appears to be at odds with framework of history.

A deeper scrutiny into the life of Buddha suggests otherwise and, indeed verifies the claims of the scripture.

Siddhartha became the Buddha after he attained spiritual enlightenment during his meditation under the Bodhi tree in Gaya.

Furthermore, Siddhartha’s mother, Queen Mahamaya, died several days after Siddhartha’s birth, leaving him to be raised by his grandmother, Anjana.

Buddhists, however, staunchly denounce the claim that Buddha was an incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu. Conversely, they cite it as a concerted attempt by Hindus to stem the flow of Buddhism.

In the metaphysical realm, Buddhism, with its emphasis on ‘non-self’ or non-belief in the existence of the soul and God embraces and espouses Shunyata– the void or nothingness that is the essence of everything to which we must return.

This stands in stark opposition to the propositions of the Vedas which clearly accept the existence of a Supreme controller and, in fact, seek to reestablish the link between God and man.

While the Buddha unequivocally refused to discuss how the world was created or what was existence in Nirvana, the Vedas contain vivid descriptions of the spiritual world and the creation of its counterpart.

Demystifying the Riddle

While the distinctions might seem to be the only visible commonality amongst the two fraternal religions, there are striking parallels where the tide of humanistic Buddhist teachings congregate with the profound spiritual wisdom of the Vedas.

The Buddhist conception of arahant is synonymous with the Hindu brahmin. The Dhammapada states: “Not by birth is one an outcast; not by birth is one a brahmin. By deed one becomes an outcast, by deed one becomes a brahmin.”

Treading on similar lines, the Bhagavad Gita elucidates a set of qualities that fine-tunes the Buddhist concept of Brahmin with the Vedic conception.

Both Krishna and Buddha define purity as a state of mind and reject birth as a determinant of ones spiritual progress.

Within the Buddhist tradition Nirvana–release from the cycle of birth and death is attained when the ‘three fires’ of raga, dvesha and moha–passion, aversion and ignorance are extinguished.

Nirvana bears a striking resemblance to the Hindu concept of Moksha, which is also achieved by transcending the three modes of ignorance, passion and goodness.

Even the means of breaking the shackles of suffering or the fetters of Karma bear a staggering similitude.

The Noble Eightfold Path–the system of eight steps propounded by the Buddha for progressing towards Nirvana are nothing but mere offshoots of yama and niyama–a set of basic do’s and don’ts as mentioned by the Hatha-Yoga of Patanjali.

The pali term jhana or zen used by Buddhists is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyan–to meditate. Both propose the cultivation of insight to prevent the oscillations of the mind.

In his fascinating odyssey of enlightenment, Buddha denied the existence of God. Yet, paradoxically, he was tempted by Mara– the Evil One, with many pleasures in an effort to make him relinquish his quest. Mara can easily be visualized as Yamaraj–the Hindu God who doles out punishments for ‘sinful’ activity.

The mesmerising correlations do not end there. In the Vayu Purana Daksha calls Shiva–the God in charge of the mode of ignorance–as Buddha.

The fragrant essence of the teachings of  the Buddha– Look inward: Thou art Buddha, is a euphemism for the ambrosial Vedantic aphorism:

Tat Tvam Asi–Thou are That.

 

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Yoga: A Sacred Gift, with Love from Hinduism and India to the World

Yoga as a means of exercise for the body and mind is a deeply rooted concept of Hinduism for centuries, it is a gift from India to the world

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Yoga as a means of exercise for the body and mind is a deeply rooted concept of Hinduism in India. Pixabay

BY Varuni Trivedi

Lord Krishna said to Arjun in the Geeta, “Restless senses, O Arjuna, forcibly carry away the mind of even a wise person striving for perfection.” Patanjali’s description of the practice of yoga after the yamas and niyamas, directs towards the pratyahara, meaning turning inward of the senses. In simple terms when one is unable to restrain the senses, they become powerless to direct their minds. No matter how well-read or wise they sound while talking, it carries little importance without the practice discipline. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word ‘yuj’ (“to yoke”) which is more literally translated as “union of the individual’s Atma or soul with Paramatma or god (the universal soul). This is often understood as a union with the divine power by the integration of body, mind, and spirit. Thus, Yoga is what imparts an internal discipline, not only to the body but also to the mind and spirit. 

 

History of the art of Yoga

Bhagavad Gita, the holy scripture of Hindus also states the importance of yoga, “Yoga is the journey of the self, to the self, through the self” it beautifully quotes. The history of Yoga is accurately is difficult to trace its has many places of obscurity and uncertainty. In those ages, texts and teaching were passed down orally. Not only was the oral transmission of sacred texts is a common occurrence but the secretive nature of its teachings was also a recurring phenomenon. Furthermore, earlier writings on yoga were transcribed on fragile palm leaves that were easily damaged, destroyed, or even lost making it difficult to trace the exact time of its inception. However, experts claim that the development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, some researchers even think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old old. 

The word yoga was first mentioned in the oldest sacred known to mankind, the Rig Veda. These Vedas are sacred Hindu texts and were a collection of songs, mantras, and rituals to be used by Brahmans and Vedic priests. Later on, Yoga was slowly refined and developed by the Brahmans and Rishi munis who documented their practices and beliefs in the Upanishads, which contains 200 scriptures. However, to date, the most renowned Yogic scriptures where Yoga and its benefits are mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita which was composed in around 500 B.C.E. 

Yoga’s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice, and development or the pre-classic, classical, post-classical, and the modern period. Yoga as a means of exercise for the body and mind is a deeply rooted concept of Hinduism in India for centuries.  Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga are considered the four main yogas, but with time and development now there are many other types. 

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Yoga is more of a spiritual act and it remains a vibrant living tradition. Pixabay

 

Yoga in the modern period

Yoga is more of a spiritual act and it remains a vibrant living tradition. It is seen all across the world as a means to enlightenment for the mind and soul. In the 1800s and 1900s, yogic gurus traveled to the West, gaining attention, and followers and making Yoga more and more famous. Essentially this spread can be traced back to, 1893 when in the Parliament of Religions in Chicago, Swami Vivekananda left the attendees spellbound with his speech. His lectures on yoga and wellbeing were a great catalyst in spreading the word about this art. Late, in the 1920s and 30s, Hatha Yoga was strongly promoted in India as the work of T. Krishnamacharya, Swami Sivananda, and other yogis became popular.

Krishnamacharya was the first to open a Hatha Yoga school in Mysore in 1924. Sometime later in 1936 Sivananda founded the Divine Life Society on the banks of the holy river Ganges, he aroused three students that continued his legacy and increased the popularity of Hatha Yoga. They were B.K.S. Iyengar, T.K.V. Desikachar, and Pattabhi Jois. Sivananda himself wrote over 200 books on yoga and established nine ashrams and many yoga centers across the world, making yoga popular worldwide. In the western world, the importance of yoga and its popularity soared when Indra Devi opened her yoga studio in Hollywood in 1947. 

Yoga is popular in many parts of the world. Especially in the United States, yoga has become associated with the asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga, which have gained immense popularity as fitness exercises. Even though Yoga is central to Hinduism, other religions like Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, have also been greatly influenced by it throughout the world. Some of the most important Hindu texts which have laid the ground for yoga worldwide include the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

 

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The practice of Yoga asanas and meditation provides natural support to the immune system. Pixabay

Yoga and Modi

PM Modi has been a patron of yoga, practicing and propagating the idea of yoga and its importance worldwide. Recently at a yoga event called “Yoga for Peace” in Argentina’s capital Mr. Modi addressed the participants saying that the practice of Yoga connects everyone to happiness. The Prime Minister further said that if the mind is at peace, there would be peace in family, society, country, and the world as well. He went on to say that “Yoga is India’s gift to the world for health, wellness, and peace.” Yoga can be credited to connects us with wellness and happiness and bring peace of mind to many across the globe.  PM Modi further said that Yoga is bridging the vast distance between India and Argentina. It is connecting people worldwide and binding them in a positive light. PM Modi has on other occasions termed yoga as the “unifying force of the world”

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Yoga In the Times of Pandemic

The multiple benefits that the practice of yoga has on a person’s wellbeing are accepted all across the world. In these tough times when people are locked inside their houses as anxiety and worklessness eat them up, Yoga can be a great support. It would not only help to bring the mind at peace but also help with the body at such times when physical activity is low. Yoga could help deal with anxiety and stress which commonly surround people in a lockdown. In fact, recent studies have said that Yoga even helps in quitting smoking and other tobacco products. This can be a great time for people to quit their bad habits and turn to a path of spirituality. Yoga in every sense of the world is excellent support in these stressful times or literally every time. It brings harmony and peace not only to the mind but also to the body. 

 

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The White House Echoes With Recitation of Hindu Vedic “Shanti Paath”

Religion also plays an open role in election campaigns

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Introducing the peace prayer at the multi-religious service on Thursday, Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt said, "In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it's not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace". IANS

The Vedic Shanti Paath derived from the Yajurveda has been recited at the White House during the National Day of Prayer by a pujari from a Swaminarayan temple.

Introducing the peace prayer at the multi-religious service on Thursday, Pujari Harish Brahmbhatt said, “In these troubled times of COVID-19, social distancing, and the lockdown, it’s not unusual for people to feel anxious or not at peace.”

Making a spiritual prescription for these troubled times, he said, “The Shanti Paath, or the peace prayer, is a prayer that does not seek worldly riches, success, fame, nor is it a prayer for any desire for heaven. It is a beautiful Hindu prayer for peace a” Shanti.

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Brahmbatt is from the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sanstha Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Robbinsville, New Jersey.

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The Vedic Shanti Paath derived from the Yajurveda has been recited at the White House during the National Day of Prayer by a pujari from a Swaminarayan temple. Pixabay

Representatives of various Christian sects, Judaism and Islam participate in the service with US President Donald Trump.

Religion plays a central role in public affairs in the US and has evolved from dominance by protestant denominations to being more inclusive with the participation of other Christian sects and other religions.

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Both chambers of Congress and several state legislatures start their sessions with a prayer. Religion also plays an open role in election campaigns. (IANS)

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Mother India- A Nostalgia I am Very Proud of!

Om and Namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. An NRI doctor- as a tribute to her motherland has written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names).

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By Dr. Devakinanda Pasupuleti

As Indians, we are very blessed to receive the spiritual wisdom of the ancient seers (rishis) of India that shaped our values, customs, traditions and culture for millennia. 

Though I now live in the United States, I had the good fortune to grow up in India. As a result, the positive values included in this article were deeply instilled in me. They’ve made me more mindful, compassionate, and centered. They’ve also contributed to my success as a neurologist, teacher, and professor of medicine at Michigan State University and Central Michigan University. With that nostalgia in my mind, as a tribute to my motherland and with great enthusiasm I have written the qualities unique only to India as an ashtottarm (108 names). In today’s “modern” world, where the positive values are too often replaced with materialism, intolerance, violence, extremism, and terrorism; these mantras will help you stay calm and centered in face of adversity, and in the “little” moments. We can all find beauty, peace, strength everywhere we look—if we remember to look for it.

I believe ignorance is the root cause of all the problems in the world. Divisions, differences and duality are due to ignorance only and knowledge alone is the solution. I hope you feel that way when you read this article. And, in addition to you enjoying learning more about India, I hope this ashtottaram on our Bhāratamata brings you greater peace, happiness, and harmony.

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                                    ‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram

108 Sanskrit Mantras 

Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word.

Oṃ bhāratabhūmyai namaḥॐ भारतभूम्यै नमः
Om vedabhūmyai namaḥॐ वेदभूम्यै नमः
Om jnānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ज्ञानभूम्यै नमः
Om mokhabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षभूम्यै नमः
Om yogabhūmyai namaḥॐ योगभूम्यै नमः
Om puyabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Om tapobhūmyai namaḥॐ तपोभूम्यै नमः
Om yāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ यागभूम्यै नमः
Om dharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om swakarmānuhtānabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वकर्मानुष्ठानभूम्यै नमः
Om karmabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मभूम्यै नमः
Om dhyānabhūmyai namaḥॐ ध्यानभूम्यै नमः
Om ādhyātmikabhūmyai namaḥॐ आध्यात्मिकभूम्यै नमः
Om ahimsābhūmyai namaḥॐ अहिम्साभूम्यै नमः
Om sanātanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सनातनभूम्यै नमः
Om omkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ ओंकारभूम्यै नमः
Om namaskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ नमस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Om tattvamasibhūmyai namaḥॐ तत्त्वमसितत्त्वभूम्यै नमः
Om ācharyabhūmyai namaḥॐ आचार्यभूम्यै नमः
Om sadāchārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सदाचारभूम्यै नमः
Om gopũjābhūmyai namaḥॐ गोपूजाभूम्यै नमः
Om ṛushibhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋषिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gītāmrutabhūmyai namaḥॐ गीतामृतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sanyāsitvabhūmyai namaḥॐ संन्यासित्वभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ svārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्वाराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ suphalabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुफलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ gangāpavitrabhūmyainamaḥॐ गङ्गापवित्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampradāyabhūmyai namaḥॐ सम्प्रदायभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ strīgauravabhūmyai namaḥॐ स्त्रीगौरवभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvadevatārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वदेवतार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ puruhārdhabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुरुषार्थभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ punarjanmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ पुनर्जन्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bodhabhūmyai namaḥॐ बोधभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāruyabhūmyai namaḥॐ कारुण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhakti bhūmyai namaḥॐ भक्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ tyāgabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्यागभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ krutajnatānugrahabhūmyai namaḥॐ कृतज्ञतानुग्रहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dhanyabhūmyai namaḥॐ धन्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samadrishtibhūmyai namaḥॐ समदृष्टिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ śāntibhūmyai namaḥॐ शान्तिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āsramadharmabhūmyai namaḥॐ आश्रमधर्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ devabhāshābhūmyai namaḥॐ देवभाषाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ āyurvedabhūmyai namaḥॐ आयुर्वेदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ samaikyabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ समैक्यभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jātirahitabhūmyai namaḥजातीरहित भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ janmabhūmyai namaḥॐ जन्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ आलयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ hindubhūmyai namaḥॐ हिन्दुभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ priyamvadabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रियम्वदभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchasēlabodhitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चशीलबोधितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ paramatasahanabhūmyai namaḥॐ परमतसहनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ brāhmaapujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ himālayabhūmyai namaḥॐ हिमालयभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ triveisangamabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवेणिसङ्गमभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pāpavināśabhūmyai namaḥॐ पापविनाशभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trivarapatākabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिवर्णपताकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dharmachakrabhūmyai namaḥॐ धर्मचक्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kalmasharahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कल्मषरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahasranāmadevārchitabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहस्रनामदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokhasādhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षसाधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ jīvitārdhabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ जीवितार्थबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prakrutipujanabhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रकृतिपूजनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ advayabrahmabhūmyai namaḥॐ अद्वयब्रह्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sampūrṇabhūmyai namaḥॐ संपूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ bhāgyabhūmyai namaḥॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ prapanchakhyātibhūmyai namaḥॐ प्रपञ्चख्यातिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānasopachārapūjitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानसोपचारपूजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guruparamparābhūmyai namaḥॐ गुरुपरम्पराभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ trikālasandhyānuthiṫabhūmyai namaḥॐ त्रिकालसन्ध्यानुष्ठितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kshamābhūmyai namaḥॐ क्षमाभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāgniho’trabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याग्निहोत्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrudevapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृदेवपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ pitrudevārćitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पितृदेवार्चितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ nityāchāryasevitabhūmyai namaḥॐ नित्याचार्यसेवितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ atidhisatkārabhūmyai namaḥॐ अतिथिसत्कारभूम्यै नमः

 

Oṃ pūrnabhūmyai namaḥॐ पूर्णभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mahimānvitabhūmyai namaḥॐ महिमान्वितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahajasetusailabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहजसेतुशैलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ panchabhutārādhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ पञ्चभूताराधनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mokṣhakārakabhūmyai namaḥॐ मोक्षकारकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ guṇasampadbhūmyai namaḥगुणसम्पद्भूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kāryadakshatābhūmyai namaḥॐ कार्यदक्षताभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sukhavardhanabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुखवर्धनभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sādhusandohabhūmyai namaḥॐ साधुसन्दोहभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sahrudbhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ सहृद्भावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ halabhritibhūmyai namaḥहलभृतिभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karṣhakapujitabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्षकपुजितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ṛuavimochakabhūmyai namaḥॐ ऋणविमोचकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ yuktyāhārasaṃpannabhūmyai namaḥॐ युक्तत्याहारसम्पन्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ e’kapatnīvratabhūmyai namaḥॐ एकपत्नीव्रतभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sakalambrahmārpaabhūmyai namaḥॐ सकलर्ब्रह्मार्पणभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mantrabhūmyainamaḥॐ मन्त्रभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ kartavyabodhakabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्तव्यबोधकभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ susaṃskārabhūmyai namaḥॐ सुसंस्कारभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ matonmādarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मतोन्मादरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ karmasiddhāntabhūmyai namaḥॐ कर्मसिद्धान्तभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ satchidānandātmabhūmyai namaḥॐ सच्चिदानन्दात्मभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ īśvaramedhāprasādabhūmyai namaḥॐ ईश्वरमेधाप्रसादभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ parākramaarahitabhūmyai namaḥॐ पराक्रमणरहितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ ratnabhūmyai namaḥॐ रत्नभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ dākshiyabhūmyai namaḥॐ दाक्षिण्यभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mātrupitrusamabhāvabhūmyai namaḥॐ मातृपितृसमभावभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ mānavottamajanma prakaṭitabhūmyai namaḥॐ मानवोत्तमजन्मप्रकटितभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarva

bhūtabhagavatsamānabhūmyai namaḥ

ॐ सर्वभूतभगवत्समानभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvamangaḷabhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वमन्गलभूम्यै नमः
Oṃ sarvasukhadātrubhūmyai namaḥॐ सर्वसुखदातृभूम्यै नमः

 

Iti Vaidyasri Pasupuleti Devakinanda Vithal Rāja Viraċhitam            

‘Sri Bhārata Māta Ashtottaram.

इतिवैद्यश्री-पसुपुलेटि-देवकिनन्द-विठल-राज-विरचितंश्री-भारतमाताष्टोत्तरम्

Most gods and goddesses have Gāyaṫri mantras. I humbly attempted to compose a few Gāyaṫrī mantras for our Bhāraṫamāta. 

‘SRI BHĀRAṪAMĀTĀ

Gāyaṫrī mantras

1) OṀ Veda Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

            Bodha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāṫ

 

2) OṀ Dharma Bhūmyaischa Vidmahe

             Karma Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

             Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

3) OṀ Janma Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Māṫru Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

4) OṀ Yāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Yoga Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

5) OṀ Puṇya Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhanya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

6) OṀ Dhyana Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Dhānya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

7) OṀ Ṛishi Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Ṫapo Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Ṫanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

 

8) OṀ Jnāna Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

           Yajna Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

           Ṫanno Hinḋ Prachodayāt

 

9) OṀ Gītā Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

            Mokṣha Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

            Tanno Dharā Prachodayāt

 

10) OṀ Tyāga Bhumyaischa Vidmahe

              Bhāgya Bhūmyaischa Dhīmahi

              Tanno Bhārat Prachodayāt

IṪI VAIDYAŚRĪ PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHIṪAM 

ŚRI BHĀRATA MĀTĀ GĀYAṪRIHI

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

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EKAVIMŚAṪI SONG (with 21 names of Bhāraṫamāṫa)

Om hindu mantra
Om and namah are separate words. Leaving those two words, everything else has to be combined into a single word. Pixabay

Ekavimśaṫi means 21 (Eka- means One, Vimsati- means Twenty). Our body has 21 ṫaṫṫvams (essence, root, reality). The 3×7 Ṫrayi Sapṫa Samidha Kṛitaha is the offering of 21 sticks of fire wood (samidhās) in a homam. I have composed this song with very simple lyrics so that it’s easy to hum and sing by every Indian from a rickshaw puller to a college professor, house wives and children making it a catchy household song, constantly reminding us of the glory of our mother-land. According to Hindu culture, the earth, Bhoomi, is considered to be our mother. 

1) Veda bhūmi, Bodha bhūmi

     Dharma bhūmi, Karma bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—-Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī—- Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

2) Yajna bhumi, Yāga bhūmi

     Yoga bhūmi, Bhāgya bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

3) Puṇya bhūmi, Dhanya bhūmi

    Dhānya bhūmi, Dhyāna bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī —Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

4) Oṁkāra bhūmi, Ṫapo bhūmi

Gopūja bhūmi, Gītāmṛuṫa bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

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5) Sujala bhūmi, Suphala bhūmi

    Susaṁskāra bhūmi, Namaskāra bhūmi

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmaḋīya māṫru bhūmi—–

Bhāraṫa bhūmī— Asmadīya janma bhūmi—— (repeat)

IṪI VAIḊYAŚRI PASUPULETI DEVAKINANDA VITHAL RĀJA VIRACHITAM

ŚRI BHĀRAṪA MĀṪA EKAVIMŚAṪIHI’

Oṁ Śhānṫi, Śhānṫi, Śhānṫihi! (Peace, Peace, Peace)

Devakinanda Pasupuleti, MD is Michigan based professor of Neourology.