Namaskar or Namaskaram - Benefits and Significance
Daily Life and Practices, Hinduism, Spirituality, Vedic Practices, Yoga

Namaskar or Namaskaram – Significance and Benefits

Why Namaskar, not hand shake? There are several ways in which people pay obeisance (namaskar or salutation) to the divine. Various types of hand actions or postures accompany prayers or obeisance. Some people hold up their hands as in asking, while others bring their fists together, while yet others may pray with hands folded, as […]

Daily Life and Practices, Hinduism, Vedic Practices

16 Samskaras in Hinduism – The Hindu Way of Life

There are forty samskaras prescribed in the Vedas of which sixteen, called the Shodasha samskaras, are in practice today. These samskaras to be performed by or for an individual beginning with conception and continuing up to the last rites performed after death. They are done in the five different stages of a human life i.e. […]

Dhyana Yoga - Meditation in Hinduism
Daily Life and Practices, Spirituality, Vedic Philosophy, Vedic Practices, Yoga

What is Dhyana? Meditation in Hinduism

What is Dhyana? The Sanskrit word dhyana, derived from the verbal root dhyai (“to contemplate, meditate, think”), is the most common designation both for the meditative state of consciousness and the yogic techniques by which it is induced. The Vedanta tradition also employs the terms nididhyasana, which stems from the same verbal root, upasana (literally […]