Girivalam is a powerful spiritual practice. Bhagavan Shree Ramana Maharshi said, "Girivalam alone is sufficient."
However, for those of us who cannot go to Tiruvannamalai as often as we would like to, there are three spiritual practices that we can do at home.
Japam is a powerful way to work out one's karma and obtain God's blessings. Japam done with love, faith and total concentration will bring about harmony and facilitate healing. Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh called it the spiritual soap which will cleanse our mind of impurities. See Om Namah Shivaya and Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Annadanam is an offering of food to all living beings. There is no better puja and ritual in Hindu religion than feeding another living being. The Hindu scriptures say that this one act alone can burn off all our karma from previous lifetimes and set us free. See Annadanam is Mahadanam.html
3. DASHAMAMSHA OR TITHING
Every spiritual path has an avenue for people to give back to the Universe. Hindus call it Dashamamsha or tithing.
While tithing is traditionally one-tenth of one's income, Hindu elders say if you have never tithed before, start with three per cent of your income. Tithing is not something that will deplete your resources, but multiply and increase it. You will see. Info at: Dashamamsha Vrata
We, at this website, do NOT recommend donating to any organization, no matter how good their promos and photo ops look, because many of them have highly-trained professional fundraisers or brainwashed devotees handling their publicity. Many of these charities we have found, even the best of them, are used by their owners to enhance their own power and status in society; to give themselves legitimacy; buy awards and titles for themselves, and then use the vast monies they raise for their own personal needs.
So our advice to our readers is: Feed people you know directly with your own hands as opposed to giving your money to a charity and then losing control of how it is used.
Educate a child you know by paying directly to the school or meet the medical needs of someone you know by paying directly to the hospital or dispensary.
This way you will remain in control of how your hard-earned money is used and you will not incur the additional karma of your money being diverted to uses you did not authorize. Besides, the people you know are, in all probability, the people YOU have karma to resolve.
Also please do NOT take photographs of people you are helping so you can use them for purposes of publicity later. Charity is a very sacred and deeply spiritual practice where the person taking from you is helping you release your karma. THEY are doing you a favour. YOU are NOT doing them a favour at all. By taking photographs of people you are helping and using them later to raise more funds, you will be creating bad karma for yourself and not releasing any karma.
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