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By Benjamin C. Collins
Great stories from Vedic mythology, traditional recitation of mantras, and Indian music presented from a western perspective with a sense of fun and enjoyment.
The story of Daksha's sacrifice and how and why Shiva created Virabhadra to destroy it
The story of Subramanyam continues with a yagya performed by the demons to please Shiva who grants them great power. Chanting of Tandava Stotram by Ravana.
The story of Subramanyam continues with the battle against Taraka and stories about Kashyapa Rishi, the father of Soorapadhman. Chanting of Ardhanarishwara Stotram and Subramanyam Suprabhatam.
The story of Subramanyam, from the Sri Kandha Puranam. Shiva eminates sparks from his eyes, scaring Parvati. Young Subramanyam scares both the demons and devas. Chanting of Saraswati Stotram and Sri Devi Navaratna Maalika.
The story of Subramanyam, son of Shiva as told in the Sri Kandha Puranam by Kachiappar Sivachariyar. Chanting of Shanmuganar and the 108 names of Subramanyam.
Using modern astronomy we can establish Agastya was alive in 4000 BC. Also, a quick look at his verses in Rig Veda. Chanting of Surya Suprabhatam and two prayers to Lalitha
Agastya; a great Rig Veda rishi who created his own wife, author of Lalitha Sahasranam, and consumer of the oceans. Chanting of Aditya Hridayam and Lalitha Trishati
Lakshmi is found in different forms throughout the vedic tradition. Chanting of Lakshmi Stuthi, Lakshmi Ashtakam and Sri Suktam.
The story of Ayyappa, the child born of Vishnu and Shiva who eventually milks a leopard! Chanting of Mahishasura Mardini
Stories of Ganesha from the Mudgala Purana describing his 8 forms. Thoughts on the inner meanings of Ganesha Puja. Chanting of Ganapati Pancharatnam and Ganesha
There are different form and incarnations of Ganesha; one for each Yuga and each with their own great story. Chanting of Ganapati Dhynam and Ganesha Stuthi
The story ofBaradwaja, one of the original rishis and the story of his son Drona in the Mahabharata. Chanting of Pahimam Ramachandra and Matha Maheshwari
The story of Meenakshi, sister of Vishnu and wife of Shiva and the traditional story of the jeweled anklets. Chanting of Meenakshi Pancharatnam and Kamakshi Stotram
The concept of gotra or lineage and stories about Kashyapa one of the original rishis. Chanting of slokas about the Surya, the Sun
Two stories that feature birds, taken from the Mahabharata. Chanting of Garuda Dandakam and Purusha Suktam
Shakalya bothers Yajnavalkya with disasterous results. Chanting of Saraswati Stuthi and Asvamedha Prakarana.
Gargi and Yajnavalkya: Stories from the Brihadarnayaka Upanishad in which Gargi challenges Yajnavalkya. Chanting of Taittariya Upanishad
Rahu and Ketu, these uniquely vedic planets and their effects in our lives. Chanting of Rahu and Ketu Kavacha and a long selection from Sama Veda.
Madhu Vidhya, the story of Dadhyann Rishi, the Ashwin Twins, and how Indra cut off his head attempting to keep this knowledge secret. Plus chanting of Goshi Shanti, Purusha Suktam, and Rishi Suktam.
Gosha, one of the woman seers of the Rig Veda is author of hymns on the Ashvin Twins, the divine physicians. Plus chanting of Navagraha stotras and a mantra from the Ashvameda ritual.
An examination of Shivarati;the night of Shiva, plus stories about this festival. Also, modern versions of traditional songs about Shiva
The conversation about Jyotish with Trisha George continues with a discussion of using astrology to predict the weather.
An examination of their traditions followed by an amusing story about renunciation. Chanting of Trotaka Ashtakam and Guru Paduka Stotram.
Ascetics and Sadhus; the mystic renunciates of the Vedic tradition. Chanting of Sani Stotram, Kalabhraiva Stotram and a complete Shiva puja.
Shankara as Amaruka writes on the nature of love. Chanting of Saraswati Stuthi, Lalitha Ashtotra, and the beautiful Ardhanareshwara stotram.
Adi Shankara meets Mandana Mishra in debate and Mandana's wife asks an unexpected question. Chanting of Guru Stotram and Vedasara Shiva Stotram
Adi Shankara meets Vyasa whcih leads to further travels ending with the great debate against Mandana. Chanting of Govindashtakam and Shivananda Lahari
Lalitha is a playful goddess and the universe is her playground. The story of Hayagriva and Rishi Agastya. Chanting of Lalitha Trishati
A look at the meaning and significance of Rudram - the main hymn for Shiva from Yajur Veda. Chanting of Rudram by Seetharama Sastry
Seetharam Shastry explains the traditional mantras to be recited as one gets up in the morning. Chanting of Hayagriva Pancharatnam and Hayagriva Panjaram.
An interview with a traditional Yajur Veda pundit about his many years of training. Chanting of Ganapati Thalam.
More stories about Saturn and how he tortured even his own guru for 3 hours and 45 minutes. Chanting of a Saturn puja and a Vedic Ashirvadam; a blessing for happiness and prosperity.
Saturn and Ketu are the planets of misfortune but also the planets of enlightenment. Stories of Saturn and Ketu followed by chanting of their mantras and Mahalakshmi Jaganmataa
Dhumavati, the smoky widow goddess who was created when Sati swallowed Shiva. Chanting of Dhumavati mantras and Kripa Stotram by Vasistha
Bhairivi, The Fierce Goddess of Decay and Destruction who has 10 different forms. Chanting of Bhairivi mantras and Saraswati Dasastotrani.
Chinnamasta, The Goddess of Sacrifice. Chanting of Chinnamasta mantras and Mahisura Mardini Stotram.
Bhuvaneshwari, The Goddess of Creation. Chanting of Bhuvaneshwari mantras and Vanistavam.
Tripura Sundari, The Goddess of Beauty and 3rd of the Mahavidhyas. Plus a new story about the origin of Ganesha! Chanting of Bala mantras and Lalitha Trishati.
Tara The Wisdom Goddess, the fierce form of Saraswati. Chanting of Tara mantras and Saraswati Stotram and Mangalam
The 10 Forms of the Divine feminine; Kali The Universal Mother, the terrifying protectress. Chanting of Kali mantras and Kali Karpura Stotram and Durga Suktam.
The divine feminine is seen in 10 forms which range from the terrifying to the beautiful. Chanting of Rajarajeshwari Ashtakam and three selections for Lalitha
The conclusion of the story that centers on Bhishma and Amba. She finally has her revenge in the battle of the Mahabharata. Chanting includes PanchaShanti, Bala Mukundam, and Amba Pancharatnam.
The continuation of Amba's story from the Mahabharata leading to Pandu and the birth of Arjuna and the other Pandava brothers. Chanting of Surya Kavacham and Bala Mukunda Ashtakam.
The Amba story from the Mahabharata, Amba becomes Bhishma's enemy and with help from Shiva and Subramanyam plots to kill him. Chanting of Shivastuthi and Muruganar from Tamil Nadu
Draupadi, born of a yagya fire becomes wife of the 5 Pandavas. Stories from the forest, the Kauravas court, and Mahabharata War. Chanting from Chapter 13 of the Gita and Vishnu Sahasranam
Annapurni, Parvati argues with Shiva, Shiva fights with Brahma, and Shankara composes the Kanakadhara Stotram. Chanting of Kanakadhara stotram, Annapurna ashtakam and Saraswati Navaratnamala
Vishwamitra tries to steal Vasistha's cow. He goes off to become a Brahmarishi and eventually becomes the seer of 3rd mandala of Rig Veda and Gayatri Mantra. Chanting of Gayatri Mantra and Rig Veda
Markendeya and the Mrytunjaya Mantra, Markendeya lives only 16 years, Shiva kills Yama, the Lord of Death, Markendeya is tested by Indra and visited by Vishnu and Shiva. Chanting of Mrytunjaya gayatri, kavacham, and stotram
Nandi, Shiva's Bull, Parvati creates Ganesha so she can take a bath, Shiva gets in trouble and Nandi turns into a shark to help him out. Chanting of Ganesha's morning song, and Garuda Dandakam