Simple shlokas to recite Before Meals

4 simple shlokas to recite Before Meals

  1. यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः षन्तोमुच्यन्ते सर्व किल बिशैहि |
  2.  भुन्जते ते त्वघं पाप ये पचन्त्यात्मा कारणात ||    bhagwad gita ch 3:13

2.यत् करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् |
यत् तपस्यसि कौन्तेय, तत्कुरुश्व मदर्पणम् ||  bhagwad gita ch 9:27

3.अहं वैश्वा नरो भूत्वा प्राणिनां देहमाश्रितः |
प्राणापान समायुक्त, पचाम्यन्नं चतुर्विधम् || bhagwad gita ch 15:14

4.ॐ सहनाववतु सहनौ भुनक्तु सहवीर्यं करवावहै |
तेजस्विना वधितमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ||

Transliteration

1.Yagna shishta shinah shanto muchyante sarva kil bishaihi |  Bhunjya tete tvagham papa,ye pachantyatma karnat||

2.Yat karoshi yadashnasi,yaj juhoshi dadasi yat| Yat pashyashi kaunteya, tat kurushva madarpanam.||

3.Ahum vaishva naro bhutva,praninaam deha maashritah.| Pranaapaana samaayukta,pachamyannam chaturvidham.||

4.Om sahavaavavatu, sahanau bhunaktu,saha viryam karvaa vahai. Tejashvinaa vadhi ta mastu,maavidhvishaavahai. Om shanti,shani, shanti. ||

Translation(Meaning) in short.

1.A righteous person who eats the food after offered for sacrifice is released from all sins.The others who cook and eat solely for their own sake, eat sin.

2.Oh son of Kunti (Which is Arjuna) whatever you do, eat, offer in sacrifice,giveaway,and practice as austerity, do it as an offering to me (God) – says Shri Bhagwan in Geeta.

3. I(God) become the fire of digestion(Vaishvanara) abide in all animals,and I an associated with the vital air of Life, going in and out of the body I digest all four kinds of food.

4.Oh Gods! We pray to you to please protect us,bless us with bliss, knowledge and Joy. Let us join forces together. May our studies be Bright.  May we not hate or quarrel with each other. Om Peace,Peace,Peace.

Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha)

Shraddha Paksha(Pitrupaksha) Pitru shraddha. (The day for remembering our ancestors)

In Hindu culture, Once a year, every year, comes Shraddha Paksha. (The Ancestors’ forthnight). The time to pay respects, perform some religious ceremony and remember our ancestors – Known as Pitrtus, honor their wisdom, sacrifices and their being that have helped us come into this world and be what we are today.  On the day of their particular shraddha day, It is believed that if we cook their favorite food and offer to the Pancha maha bhoot- birds/crows, cows, dogs, give some to children, the temple priest, the poor etc, the ancestors will be fully satisfied where ever they are for the next one year and will have a happy and fulfilling life no matter where they are at this time. They will shower blessings of happiness, health and prosperity upon us and our family of future generations.  Starting tomorrow, for the next 15 days, in Hindu calendar we offer prayers, respects to the dearly departed ancestors of our family. They have done a lot for us during their life time and this is a special day in one year when we remember them all, each on their specific day or departing from this world and from us.

In my family we  typically sing the following prayer/s of

In respect to our ancestors, I am posting these small prayers in audio/video in gujrati to remember them. Recitation of the bhagwad gita chapter 12 and 15 are also considered to be very beneficial for the ancestors as it helps them in achieving peace and happiness in their  abode/next life cycle. Cook their favorite food on this day  and feed all you can and after offering to all, enjoy the meal with your family.

In case you do not remember which day they passed, the last day is a good day to offer your food and prayers. It is know as Sarva Pitru shraddha. (The day for all the ancestors) Sarva pirtushraddha

 

Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Here is the written PDF Bilvashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani
Bilvaashtakam बिल्वाष्टकम् Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Shivratri Fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Mahesh Murti Shiva Elephantacaves India

shivlingam Pratibha Jani
shivlingam Pratibha Jani

 

 

 

 

 

So, today as I woke up this morning, I thought of how we used to gt up early in the morning and cook fasting recipes for the day. We also used to cook for the members of the  family who did not fat so we did two set of cooking on that day. Fun right? Yup. Actually it was.  Then, once all the kitchen was taken care of, we used to go to Shiva temple. Any temple close to home works just fine.So many times I was also very lucky to be a tour guide at the famous Elephanta caves in Mumbai on the day of shivratri. I loved it so much.

I still do my temple visits here even in NJ.  We are lucky to find Shiva temples in our area that do the special Pujas and follow the Hindu calendar days to perform the Puja.

Really it doesn’t matter if you follow the physical visit to the temple  social /cultural/religious set of customs or if you can just take some time for yourself in introspection and try to reach your inner self, to find that YOU within your self, and /or try to tap into the higher authority that makes the universe and beyond go around. Take a few minutes for yourself and just be at peace with yourself. Meditate and do some pranayam. Do some Shiva chants/shlokas, prayers , aartis, what ever works for you but do something.   So here are my this morning’s fasting recipes: cooking recipes all ready to enjoy and share.    This morning  I made

  • Moriya ni khichdi
  • Bhinda nu shaak
  • Rajagra ni Bhakhri
  • and Moriya ni kadhi
Shiv ratri fasting recipes Pratibha Jani
Shiv ratri fasting recipes Pratibha Jani

Let me know how your day goes today.

and yes fruits

fruits Pratibha Janisrecipes
Pratibha Janisrecipes

 

Happy shivratri everyone, and if you are not fasting you  can still eat these recipes

Mahashivratri shlokas prayers n Aarti

Mahashivratri shlokas prayers n Aarti

महाशिवरात्रि  Maheshmurti Shiva

Shiv Lingam
Shiv Lingam

This year Mahashivratri महाशिवरात्रि  is falling on Feb 27th, 2014.

Lord Shiva (Shivji) is considered to be self born. Mahashivratri  is usually celebrated at midnight on the indian calendar month of Magha chaturdashi of Krishna paksha. This roughly falls in feb/march of our English calender. Celebration of Mahashivratri is typically done by fasting on the day for the whole day and performing abhishek (offferings to shiv lingam) chanting shlokas, prayers and concluded by aarti. In case you do not have a shiv lingam a picture photo or image shud be fine. Lastly your mental prayers shud be fine as well.

As mentioned in my recipe blog on the page ” Fasting-Then and Now” we have various different levels  of fasts in Indian-Hindu culture. Fore more details visit the link  Fasting- Then and Now, and use your own personal and family discretion for the level of fasting that you wish or your body and mind can handle. Always remember if you do not wish to fast or cannot fast for any reason, you can still perform the puja/abhishek or visit temple or just pray at home. You can also most definitely do the mental prayer offerings.

Now let’s move to the rituals/shlokas/prayers/aarti/puja etc for Mahashivratri.

As far as time for this puja there are specific times although due to modern life styles/crazy work schedules, my personal opinion is that you can perform your puja any time during the entire day or evening up to midnight of this day. Again performing abhishek and all the rituals according to the time and energy.

jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2
jalaadhaari stand and jalaadhaari2

You can perform the abhishek  by slowly offering milk in a thin stream (with a nozzle pot or a small cup that can create a steady small stream on top of the shiv lingam while chanting ॐ नमः शिवायः Om Namah Shivay  for 5,7,9,11, or 21 or 108 times  is the simplest form of abhishek one can perform. After which you can end it by flowers and rice and chandan tilak. This would be a short simple puja. Bilva patra (three petaled leaf) is very dear to lord shiva and you offer that as well if you are able to find it in your area. Flowers would do as well, inc ase the bilvapatra is not available. Conclude with aarti at the end if you have time.

Best times for this puja would be early in the morning after shower. For those with busy schedules, any time that is peaceful and quiet and suits your daily schedule is good. Just before midnight, around sunset are other preferred best times for this puja. Most important is you should have the inner will and intention to do the puja. I am posting below all the shiv puja links from my blog on one page.

nozzle pot for jalaadhaari
nozzle pot for jalaadhaari

Om Namah Shivay    ॐ नमः शिवायः simple short mantra for Lord shiva (narrate 108 times if possible) while doing abhishek.

Shiv mahimna stotra श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम् (about twenty minutes)

Shiv Manas Pooja श्री शिव मानस पूजा (under seven minutes) as well during abhishek.

Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani द्वादश्ज्योतिर्लिङ्गानि (written sanskrit/english)  twelve names of Lord Siva jyotirlingam.   under two minutes

Vedasaar shivastavah  वेदसारशिवस्तव   (under six minutes) shiv prayers

conclude with

ShivJi’s Aarti शिवजी आरती