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108 names of Durga (decl)
108 names of Durga v1
108 names of Durga v2
108 names of Durga (sanskrit only)
All 9 forms of Durga (Navadurga)
Durga yantra
Durga mantras +audio
Durga pictures
108 names of Shiva (decl)
108 names of Shiva v1
108 names of Shiva (sanskrit only)
Shiva Sahasranama +audio only
Shiva yantra
Shiva mantras +audio
Shiva pictures
108 names of Vishnu (decl)
108 names of Satya Narayana
1000 names of Vishnu +audio
108 names of Vishnu (sanskrit only)
Vishnu sahasranama (sanskrit) (pdf, 79kb)
Vishnu Sahasranama +audio only with subtitles
Vishnu yantra
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108 names of Krishna (decl)
60 names of Raja Gopala (decl)
108 names of Raja Gopala in sanskrit
Demons killed by Krishna
Krishna yantra
Krishna mantras
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12 names of Brahma
About Brahma (Shrimad-Bhagavatam)
Brahma mantras
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108 names of Lakshmi (decl) +audio
108 names of Lakshmi in sanskrit
8 forms of Lakshmi
Lakshmi yantra
Lakshmi mantras
Lakshmi pictures
108 names of Parvati (decl)
1008 names of Parvati
Parvati yantras
Parvati mantras
Parvati pictures
108 names of Sarasvati (decl)
Sarasvati yantras
Sarasvati mantras
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108 names of Gayatri
108 names of Gayatri (sanskrit)
Gayatri Sahasranama (pdf, 115kb)
Gayatri worship (sanskrit) (pdf 1.2MB)
Gayatri yantra
Explanation of Gayatri mantra +audio
Gayatri devi pictures
108 names of Ganesha (decl) v1
108 names of Ganesha (decl) v2
108 names of Ganesha explained
Ganesha names meanings
108 names of Ganesha
Ganesha bhajana (sanskrit)
Ganapati 108 names (sanskrit)
Vinayaka 108 names (sanskrit)
Ganesh arati
Ganesh Sahasranama +audio only
108 names of Ganesha +audio only
Ganesha yantra
Ganesha mantras
Ganesha pictures
108 names of Skanda (decl)
Skanda mantras
Skanda pictures
16 names of Radha
108 names of Radha
158 names of Radha on K
291 names of Radha
Radha stuti
Radha mantras
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108 names of Tulasi (decl)
108 names of Tulasi (sanskrit)
Tulasi mantras +audio
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108 names of Hanuman
108 names of Hanuman (decl) +audio
1008 names of Hanuman +audio only
Hanuman yantra
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100 names of Kali
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108 names of Bagalamukhi
1108 names of Bagalamukhi (decl)
Bagalamukhi yantra
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108 names of Patanjali
About Patanjali
Patanjali mantras
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108 names of Chaitanya
Pancha tattva gayatri and beeja mantras
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108 names of Nityananda
Nityananda mantras
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Agni mantra
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108 names of Dattatreya (decl)
Dattatreja mantras
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108 names of Vishvakarma (decl)
Vishvakarma yantra
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108 names of Kubera (decl)
Kubera mantras +audio
Kubera yantra
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Description and forms of Bhairava
108 names of Bhairava (decl)
108 names of Bhairava (sanskrit)
Kaal Bhairava Ashtakam +audio
Bhairava mantras
Bhairava yantra
Bhairava pictures
Dhanvantri mantra
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Indra mantra
Indra pictures
Tara mantras
Tara yantras
Tara pictures
Tripura Sundari yantras
Tripura Sundari mantras
Tripura Sundari pictures
Matsya pictures
Kurma pictures
Varaha pictures
108 names of Narasimha (decl)
1000 names of Narasimha v1
1000 names of Narasimha v2
Narasimha kavacham
Narasimha yantra
Narasimha mantras
Narasimha pictures
Vamana pictures
Parashurama pictures
108 names of Rama (explained, decl)
Rama mantras
Rama pictures
Balarama sahasranama (pdf,  ...kb)
108 names of Balarama
Balarama yantra
Balarama mantras
Balarama pictures
Buddha mantras
Buddha pictures
Kalki pictures
108 names of Surya (decl)
108 names of Surya (pdf, 103kb)
1008 names of Surya +audio only
Surya yantra
Surya mantras
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108 names of Chandra (decl)
108 names of Chandra (sanskrit)
Chandra yantra
Chandra mantras
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108 names of Mangala (decl)
108 names of Mangala (sanskrit)
Mangala yantra
Mangala mantras
Mangala pictures
108 names of Budha (decl)
108 names of Budha (sanskrit)
Buddha yantra
Buddha mantras
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108 names of Guru (decl)
108 names of Guru (sanskrit)
Guru yantra
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108 names of Shukra (decl)
108 names of Shukra (sanskrit)
Shukra yantra
Shukra mantras
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108 names of Shani (decl)
108 names of Shani (sanskrit)
Shani yantra
Shani mantras
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108 names of Rahu (decl)
108 names of Rahu (sanskrit)
Rahu yantra
Rahu mantras +audio
Rahu pictures
108 names of Ketu (decl)
108 names of Ketu (sanskrit)
Ketu yantra
Ketu mantras
Ketu pictures
Asatoma mantra +audio
Poornam mantra +audio
Shanti mantra +audio
Moola mantra +audio
Tryambakam mantra +audio
Chapter I on Asanas
Chapter II on Pranayama
Chapter III on Mudras
Chapter IV on Samadhi
Aindra Das on chanting Holy Name

 

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Hare Krishna mantra in sanskrit
Tryambakam mantra in sanskrit
Lakshmi moola mantra in sanskrit
Kuber mantra in sanskrit

 

Asato Ma Sadgamaya

 

asato ma sadgamaya

tamaso ma jyotirgamaya

mrtyorma amritam gamaya

 

Lead me from the asat to the sat.

Lead me from darkness to light.

Lead me from death to immortality.

 

(Brhadaranyaka Upanishad — I.iii.28)

 

This is true prayer—the seeker’s admission of his sense of limitedness and his heartfelt cry for assistance in transcendence. It is not a prayer for the things of the world. It is not a pray for food, shelter, health, partnership, riches, success, fame, glory or even for heaven (to learn more about concept of heaven , please, see comment at the very end of the text). One who recites these three mantras has realized that such things are full of holes, soaked in pain and, even in abundance, will forever leave him wanting. It is in this full understanding that one turns to this prayer. The essence of each of these three mantras is the same: "O, Guru, help me free myself from my sundry misunderstandings regarding myself, the universe and God and bless me with true knowledge."

 

The first mantra—asato ma sadgamaya—means, "Lead me from the asat to the sat." In fact, it is best to not translate sat (nor its negative counterpart asat) for, as with many Sanskrit words, sat has many meanings and not only are most of them applicable here, their deliberate combined import provides a depth that no one of them could hold independently. These co-applicable meanings include: existence, reality and truth. (Co-applicable meanings for asat being: non-existence, non-reality and untruth.)

 

We often speak of religion or philosophy as a search for Truth. But only in India’s philosophy of Advaita Vedanta has the concept of "truth" been so meticulously and successfully dissected. According to Advaita, for something to be considered true in the ultimate sense, it must be true not just at one given moment, but always be true—true in all three periods of time: the past, present and future. In fact, Advaita goes one step further. It says if something does not exist in all three periods of time that it does not truly exist, it is not ultimately real. Thus, truth, existence and reality are one and the same. That reality, Vedanta says, is what we call God.

 

The universe and its things are in a constant state of change. The planets are in constant motion, their positions in relation to each other and the other astral bodies are in continuous flux. The seasons similarly are ever-shifting. Scientifically, we can easily understand that our bodies (and the cells within them) come into existence, are born and then go through periods of growth, sustenance, deterioration and death. In fact these six modifications are part-and-parcel of everything in creation. On the level of emotions, we move back and forth between happiness, sorrow and anger. Even our intellectual convictions rarely stay fixed for very long. So, according to Vedanta, we cannot call this world ultimately real. It is not ultimately true. Ultimately, it does not exist. It seems real etc. but it is not. Such a thing is called asat.

 

The seeker giving voice to this prayer has come to understand the finite nature of all the objects of the world, and he wants the Guru to guide him from the asat to the sat. He is fed up with depending on things that are not real. Why? Because just as the sandcastle is always washed away by the tide, dependence on the asat always ends in pain. Sat is our True Self—the blissful consciousness that ever was, is and ever will be. Being beyond time, this consciousness can never be washed away by the time’s tides. In fact, sat is there as the essential part of all of the asat objects. It is a matter of separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were.

 

When speaking about the ultimate reality, Sages say it is of the nature of sat-cit-ananda: pure existence, pure consciousness and pure bliss.

 

The second mantra—tamaso ma jyotirgamaya—means "Lead me from darkness to light." When the Vedas refer to darkness and light, they mean ignorance and knowledge, respectfully. This is so because ignorance, like darkness, obscures true understanding. And in the same way that the only remedy for darkness is light, the only remedy for ignorance is knowledge. The knowledge spoken of here is again the knowledge of one’s true nature.

 

Currently, in the darkness of our ignorance, we believe ourselves to be bound and limited (otherwise we would not be reciting these mantras in the first place). But the Guru and the scriptures are telling us that, in truth, we are not, never will be and never have been bound. Eternally we sat-cit-ananda. The only thing that can remove our ignorance regarding our true nature is a spiritual education at the hands of a True Master. At the culmination of such an education, light floods the room, as it were; darkness vanishes.

 

The final mantra—mrtyorma amrtam gamaya—means: "Lead me from death to immortality." This should not be taken as a prayer to live endless years in heaven or on earth. It is a prayer to the Guru for assistance in realizing the truth that "I was never born, nor can ever die, as I am not the body, mind and intellect, but the eternal, blissful consciousness that serves as the substratum of all creation."

 

It is important to remember that, with all these mantras, the leading is not a physical leading. The Atma is not something far away that we have to make a pilgrimage to, nor is it something we need to transform ourselves into. Atma means "self." We don’t need to transform our self into our self. Nor do we need to travel to it. We are it. The journey is a journey of knowledge. It is journey from what we misunderstand to be our self to what truly is our self. What the mantras really means is "Lead me to the understanding that I am not the limited body, mind and intellect, but am, was and always will be that eternal, absolute, blissful consciousness that serves as their substratum."

 

We need to continuously be fed the knowledge that our true nature is the Atma and not the body mind and intellect. Slowly as we understand that everything in the world—all worldly relationship, all worldly things—are ever-changing an impermanent, our attitude towards the world changes. We gain detachment. As we become more and more detached, our desires also naturally decrease, because we know that the things of the world are impermanent and cannot bring us lasting happiness. As the desires decrease, the mind becomes less and less agitated. It obtains serenity, stillness, peace. Then, with this stilled, subtle, penetrating mind we can finally come to realize our true nature.

 

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In Vedanta, heaven—or rather heavens—are accepted as part of the lower reality. Unlike in other religions, going to heaven is not the professed to be the ultimate goal of life. According to Vedanta, heaven can be likened to a vacation resort. After death, if one has done enough good deeds in life, one can go to heaven for a very long time. But eventually he will have to return to the earthly plane. Thus even though one may be in heaven, he is still bound and mired in ignorance to his true nature.

 

As it says in the Bhagavad-Gita:

From Brahma Loka to the lowest world, all are places of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place O Arjuna. But one who comes to me, O son of Kunti, never takes birth again. (Gita 8:16)

 

The human goal according to Vedanta is Self-realization. The Atma is the ultimate reality. When one realizes his true nature, he attains spiritual fulfillment in this life itself. Then, upon death, he does not go to any heavenly abode but simply merges into the supreme reality.

Asatoma mantra

Explanation of mantra from Amritapuri.org