Vedas

Difference between mantra, suktam, shloka, stotra and stuti ?

Mantra ( मंत्र) –  is a sacred utterance, a syllable orgroup of words believed to have psychological and spiritual powers. Example – Gayatri Mantra , Om...

What does Om (ॐ) signify?

Om ( ॐ )  is a symbol represtenting Atman (soul) or Brahman (ultimate reality).  It is often found at the beginning and the end of...

Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य)

Yajnavalkya (याज्ञवल्क्य) is a vedic sage of Hinduism Yajnavalkya is credited to be the one who coined the word Advaita (non-dual) one of the important...

Rishi Aṇimāṇḍavya (अणिमाण्डव्य)

1. How he got the name Aṇimāṇḍavya ( अणिमाण्डव्य ) Once there was a famous Brahmin named Māṇḍavya. He did Tapas (penance) for many years standing...

Do Vedas talk about rebirth or reincarnation?

Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says about the rebirth. The text is contained within the Shatapatha Brahmana, which is itself a part of the Shukla Yajur Veda. It...

Manvantara or age of a Manu

Manvantara or age of a Manu,is a period of time measurement. Each Manvantara is created and ruled by a specific Manu, who in turn is...

What are shanti mantra’s and when should they recited?

Shanti Mantras or “Peace Mantras” are Hindu prayers for peace  from the Vedas. Shanti Mantras are found in Upanishads, where they are invoked in the...

Does a soul who attains Moksha, it reincarnate in next cycle...

If a soul liberated,  than there is no rebirth in next cycle of creation.   As Lord Krishna himself said in Bhagavat Gita ch. 9 Verse 21  अव्यक्तोऽक्षर...

Purusha Suktam ( पुरुषसूक्तम् )

Purusha sukta (पुरुषसूक्तम्) is hymn mentioned in Rigveda 10.90, dedicated to the Purusha, the "Cosmic Being". This Sukta is also found in the Shukla Yajurveda...