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ASHTTOTTARA SHATA NAMAVALI
I do not have any inclination or inspiration to makee the whole of world religious. Hinduism is a vast tree that nobody can befall the age-old tree. It has survived onslaughts from Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Christianity. I am not referring to physical conversion of Hindu population. Brahmins in Vedic age stopped animal sacrifice and the founder of Buddhism, Gowtama Buddha is regarded as an incarnation of Mahavishnu! Hindus do not hate Jains who worship the same Gods. They attend Urs of Muslim Saints. They watch the Christian movie Karunaamayi, (story of Jesus Christ) and shed tears. A true Hindu cannot hate any religious faith, for he finds all these within his own religious fold, he has been exposed to the thoughts of other faiths since his birth! Hinduism is not a tender tree that needs anybody's protection. It is for us to derive benefits from the vast tree. Even if I want to add a new thought, it is not possible, as the same has already been explored elsewhere! I do not believe in" spreading the Gospel to one and all". I know several highly placed officers who make their staff write religious, astrological and management topics for them while they are busy making black money in various ways. There is a saying in Kannada, "ಮಂತ್ರ ಹೇಳಲಿಕ್ಕೆ, ಬದನೇಕಾಯಿ ತಿನ್ನಲಿಕ್ಕೆ!" [Mantras are for telling others and brinjals for my eating].e
Taittariya Samhita in Shikshavalli says, "स्वाध्ययने च न प्रवदितव्यम्। प्रवचने च न प्रवदितव्यम्॥" (Do not give up self-study and teaching others). A Brahmin (learned man) who does teach others, becomes brahmaraakshasa (a demon) after his death, it is said. No, I do not wish to become a brahmaraakshasa! I am merely giving directions to a traveler like a policeman - nothing more, nothing less. The collection is based on the request of my learned readers. In case any mantras, stotras or slokas are required to be included, do let me know at astrovidya.com at gmail.com (replace 'at' by '@'). As the name indicates, ashttottara shata namavali is 108 names in praise of a particular God, Goddess or a Saint. These are either recited or used to do pooja by offering flowers, akshata, turmeric and kumkum. Though all the gods are same, their powers unlimited and immense, we identify a particular God with some special powers. For example Mahalakshi is worshipped for attaining wealth while Saraswathi is worshipped for acquiring wisdom. In this collection, you will find ashttottara shata namavali for various gods. These have been provided here in various India languages, as reading them in the mother tongue is very easy. The specific purpose for recitation has also been suggested. If you find these difficult to recite small mantras are also available.
One need not be religious to talk religion! I am not an IAS or IFS who use their subordinates to release "cut and paste" books instantly. What you see here is, my hard work. Once I wanted to gift a small book containing certain mantras to my close friend. It would cost perhaps Rs.20 or less. But, I searched for that in all book stalls, temples and such places. Letters to the publisher did not produce any result. Later on, I came to know, he had stopped publication of such books, as the market is not encouraging! Some of my enlightened readers ask me to provide them certain mantras, not readily available in the market. In India, we speak many languages. Many people prefer to read mantras in their respective mother tongues. I believe, I would be of some help in their spiritual progress. Hence, this publication. You can view these mantras on your android devices without downloading. For offline use you can also save the document on your local machine. Unless it is very essential, please do not take paper prints - "वृक्षो रक्षति रक्षित:।" [Trees protect those, who protect them].