Entries by Venu Payyanur

Lord Ayyappa – Part 3

Lord Ayyappa – Part 3 Venu Payyanur The pilgrimage to Sabarimala is a symbol of love, equality, and devotion. The outstanding feature of the pilgrimage is that it is not at all sectarian. Anyone notwithstanding the caste, creed or religion he belongs to, can unhesitatingly join the pilgrimage, subject to the observance of the prescribed […]

Lord Ayyappa – Part 2

Lord Ayyappa – Part 2 – VenuPayyanur What makes headlines of newspapers in India these days? If you read it carefully one can easily understand some of the major social issues facing our country. Religious intolerance, caste related violence, terrorism, Naxalism, alcoholism, regional and inter-state squabbles, atrocities against women, poverty related issues and rising inequality, […]

Lord Ayyappa – Part 1

Lord Ayyappa – Part 1 Venu Payyanur Lord Ayyappa is the best thing that happened to humanity for its spiritual and social upliftment. Mythological and historical stories of Lord Ayyappa are very interesting but not covered in this article. (Readers if interested can write to the author for details). In this era of social unrest […]

Mahalakshmi

Mahalakshmi    – Venupayyanur Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth, health and prosperity and is the consort of Lord Vishnu, the God of Preservation.  Lakshmi is depicted as a beautiful woman of golden complexion, with four hands, sitting or standing on a full-bloomed lotus and holding lotus buds and bestowing gold coins of prosperity to all […]

Ganesha

  Shri Ganesha, also called Ganapati or Vinayaka, is presented in the form of a human body with the head of an elephant. This blend of human and animal parts is a symbolic representation of a perfect human being, as conceived by Hindu sages. His head symbolizes wisdom, understanding, and a discriminating intellect that one […]

Shiva

Lord Shiva represents the aspect of the Supreme Being that continuously dissolves to recreate in the cyclic process of creation, preservation, dissolution and recreation of the universe. Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. He grants boons, bestows grace and awakens […]

Vishnu and You Part 2

  As mentioned in the part 1 of this article, Vishnu is the ultimate omnipresent reality and one of the most important Gods among the Trinity and is generally shown either in the standing position or lying on top of the snake Anantha with lakshmi, his consort serving him at his feet. Can you visualize […]

Vishnu and You – Part 1

VenuPayyanur Vishnu and You According to various Puranas, Vishnu is the ultimate omnipresent reality and one of the most important Gods among the Trinity. He is generally shown either in the standing position or lying on top of the snake Anantha with Lakshmi, his consort serving him at his feet. Let us try to understand […]

Bhagavata and Corporate life

Bhagavata and Corporate life By Venu Payyanur Most of us visit places of worship (temples, churches, mosques, etc) to pray to God to solve our problems or grand us a boon to fulfil our wishes. But does that work always? What do our scriptures teach us? The Bhagavata (also known as Śrīmad Bhāgavatam) is one […]

Attitude of Gratitude and Guru’s blessings are essential for Success.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” –Brian Tracy A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness. Gratitude builds humility as we recognize an act of kindness, service, or caring […]