Likhita Japa – Write Divine Mantras to Reduce Stress

Powerful Mantra Meditation Writing or Likhita Japa is a relatively easy yet lesser known meditation technique and devotional practice for spiritual, mental and emotional wellness. It is tremendously valuable for increasing concentration and depression free life.

Writing the mantra with full concentration is one hundred times more beneficial and powerful than Japa chanting.” – Vaishnava Tantra.

My grandmother first told me about this sacred practice. Sitting in a Lotus position, she would use a red pen to write divine mantras on her brown journal everyday. She taught us the value of this transformational ancient Hindu practice that involves many parts of a person’s body-mind while chanting and writing a mantra. It is interesting how eyes follow sacred words, hands are used to write it down, the mouth recites the pure sounds, ears enjoy, and the mind gets connected to the divine flow of energy.

After filling all the pages of the brown journal, she would offer it to some temple in a holy place in India. Once, she asked me to take few of her journals to Hrishikesh for the offering and I felt privileged to do that. She lived a stress free life for more than a century.

This age-old practice is great for developing great concentration and ensures holistic well-being!

The Method of Likhita Japa – Likhita Japa is easy to practice and has a far better impact than any other technique. Alternatively, you can use the journal to write positive thoughts in any language and make that your mantra!

Step 1: Choose a particular time of a day and be consistent.

Step 2: Purify yourself by washing your hands and feet.

Step 3: Sit comfortably with the spine straight and carefully choose a particular mantra based on your intent or just write the name of your ishtdeva (God) or a positive thought in your own language.

Step 4: You can use different colored pens for writing to make it interesting.

Step 5: Chant gently while you write.

Step 6: You can write as many times as you want (108, 27, 21, or 11 is considered auspicious).

Step 7: Sit quietly for a moment after finishing, reflecting on the mantra. Be grateful for this divine opportunity.

Step 8: Keep the journal and pen in an appropriate place.

Step 9: You can choose to offer the journal to a place of worship after filling all the pages.

The memories of my grandma’s journal prompted me to create one Likhita Japa or Mantra Meditation Journal. So, if you wish you can buy my journal from Amazon .

Hari Om!

Halloween #Freebie – Funny Witch Book on Amazon

Trick or treat!!! Offering my latest funny witch book for children in print and digital versions! This free eBook offer runs on Witch Hua Hukka’s Silly Tooth is valid only till Halloween night so grab your copy fast for your kiddo from Amazon (US) and Amazon.in (India).

Why should you buy this book – This funny rhyming treat is an amazing bedtime book — sure to delight even the youngest reader! Check out the panels for a glimpse of this Halloween book –


The Story – Witch Hua Hukka has one silly tooth that makes her look weird in her fashion photoshoot. At the Cat photographer’s suggestion, she decides to get rid of it.
But even after trying clever tricks, the tooth does not come out. Hua Hukka feels dejected, but all is not lost! Several surprising incidents are in store for the witch that will make her happy again. But will she succeed in getting rid of the stubborn tooth? Find out more in the book…

Let’s celebrate this fun day of ghosts, ghouls, vampires and witches in our own safe way and not let Coronavirus restrictions dampen our ‘spirit’. Witch Hua Hukka’s Silly Tooth is sure to make you and your child smile as well as enjoy the fun day.

Go on, download and please do leave a review, it will pull my book up on Amazon. Thank you Halloweeneers….

(Check out my other books on Amazon. Change the Amazon address URL according to the country of your residence to find the book.)

Small Things#29 – Hey Google, does Santa have enough money?

Have you ever eavesdropped on chats between a kid and Google Home or Alexa? Well, it is funny how smart home devices mix up things.

When the kids came down for breakfast this morning, they were pleasantly surprised to find a holiday toy list booklet on the table.

Looking at the pleasure in their eyes, I said – “Maybe Santa has placed it on the table, considering, you two have been very nice boys.” The older one played along but the little one expressed his wish for a fancy toy to ask from Santa this Christmas.

The older one forbid the little one to not go for expensive toys. The little one complained, “Why can’t I ask for expensive toys?”.

“It might be expensive for Santa as he has to deliver a lot of gifts. He might not have so much money. Elves make toys for him to deliver!”, reasoned big bro.

The little one came running to me. “Is Santa rich? How much does he earn?” he asked me.

“I don’t know how much Santa earns!” I replied.

He turned to Mrs. Google Home, his favorite machine, who patiently answers his unlimited questions.

“Hey Google, does Santa have enough money? Will it be difficult for him if I wish for expensive toys? How much does he earn?” asked the little one.

Well, Mrs. Google, answered readily, quoting from a random site – “Freelance Santas typically rake in $150 an hour and some make as much as $500.”

“See!” said the little one victoriously to big bro, “Santa makes enough money. He is rich!”

I silently laughed at the question and the answer by Mrs. Google. While Mrs. Google is a great in telling answers, stories and informing about great things, she clearly has a lot to learn!

(Note – A Big Halloween Surprise is Coming Up. So, do subscribe and keep an eye on this space to grab the freebie.)

Images courtesy Google

Happy’s Hairy Tale – On Best Sellers List – Thank You!

A big thank you to all those who have downloaded my eBook! Happy’s Hairy Tale was at No #7 in the free Dog book category this morning. It is currently running at No #14. I am very grateful to my readers. Your support makes me inspired to write more funny and motivational books for our kids.

If you haven’t already, do go over to this link to avail this limited time free eBook offer! Thanks a ton!

Free dog eBook for kids – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

Finally, here is my fourth book (Print as well as Free eBook Version) – ‘Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut’. The book will be available free for a limited time only from Oct 8 – Oct 11 on Amazon.com – (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHL8SHT) and Amazon.in (https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08KHL8SHT).

Please download the ebook (only ebook version is free) and do leave a review if it connects with your kids. Also, share it with others if you find it good.


About the Book: Happy, the handsome dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor shuts due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, his Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful and humorous tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Message: This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and humorous bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.
The book will help raise positive kids who would learn to embrace sudden change in life.

Please watch the video preview of the book.

Check out the print version as well which is priced at $6.49 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KQBYRDZ (US only). Your feedback is extremely important and very welcome. Thanks again for being a great support!
Shivangi

Note – If you have problems downloading the book, please wait and try again after a while. Contact me if you are unable to do it.

Important Announcement by Happy the Dog

My Dear Human,

Bow-wow! This is to inform you that my important book is going to be published soon on Amazon. It’s called Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut.

I am the main character and it is my story of dealing with changes in my life due to the Coronavirus.

It will be published in both print as well as ebook version. And the good news is – the ebook version will be Free, Free, Free for a limited number of days. Do not forget to download a copy and leave a review, it will help the mom a lot.

Kids in my neighborhood adore me and are waiting for my book. I am sure your child will love my book too.

So, follow this blog and wait for the second announcement that will follow.

Love Bark,

Happy Singh

Coming Soon – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

I am delighted to share a little about my upcoming children’s ebook – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut.

This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and funny bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.

Blurb – Happy, the dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor closes due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

I am sure it will inspire and entertain the little readers. My kids are excited about the book since it is based on Happy, our dog. I hope to release it soon on my Amazon Author Central Page. I will need your support and best wishes.

The Dream of the Closed Door!

It felt like a nightmare. I was standing in front of a beautifully carved closed door, frantically trying to open it. But it was not opening. I was knocking and screaming. But nothing… I was not getting any answer.

I was stuck, obsessive and angry. Was I incapable, unworthy and a failure? Why was that closed door not opening for me? Why were others getting access to it? Why, not me?

I couldn’t explore anything else because I was stuck with this one. And it won’t open. And this was the only reason for my not moving on – because it won’t open. I had a vague idea that there was ‘That’ behind the closed door. And I wanted ‘That’ like others.

Finally, my ego couldn’t take anymore. So, I broke open the door. And enjoyed breaking the damn door. But when I broke the door, something broke in me too.

And what did I find behind the door? Nothing! A partially dark room with no outlet. It was stifling and suffocating. Those walls had imprisoned me.

Who was playing such ghastly tricks on me? I had seen a group of revelers go inside through the same door, just a while ago. I had heard blissful chanting from inside. They had all got ‘That’. But I was being denied! I felt unlucky and miserable.

Just then, I heard a voice. A shadowy character appeared in the empty room.

“What, how did this closed door open? Wow, there is nothing here!”

“I broke it open. Yes, there is nothing here for us. But I think others got access to ‘That’,” I said quietly.

“Ah, I see! This door wouldn’t open for me too so I moved on. And found ‘That’ through another door. I am glad I didn’t waste my time here. This door was never meant for me.”

“Why didn’t you come earlier? I wasted my time staying stuck and then breaking this damn door,” I cried.

“May be you were supposed to break it…”

The shadowy character disappeared and I stood there startled. “May be I was supposed to break it…!”

But how was I to go further from here? There were just four walls around me and no doors.

I had nothing to do so I started fixing the broken door. It felt good. Then I painted a bright red sign on that door using my lipstick.

If this door opens for you, it’s great! But if it doesn’t, that’s even better. Accept it and move on or you will be stuck.

It was funny. After years of struggle, anger, frustration, defeat, ego crush and emptiness I was doing some fixing job on the same door that had brought me so much misery.

Just then, I became aware of light in the room. There was a small closet towards the right wall. Light was coming through there.

With great effort, I said good bye to the now fixed door and entered the closet.

The closet opened to a corridor on the other side. There were many people and many doors. And they were all trying to open doors.

Unfortunately, everyone was busy knocking at the wrong doors. Some like me, were obsessed with the wrong door. Others were simply stuck.

But I had learnt my lesson. The only way to find ‘That’ was to move on and explore. My door was somewhere near. I felt like a little girl on a mission…

I was fearlessly liberated after a long time, open to every kind of experience in my journey towards ‘That’.

And the best thing was – I had learnt to gratefully say ‘Thank You’ to every door that was closing on me.

It was not a nightmare, rather a beautiful dream!

(Image courtesy Google)

Birthday Blog by Happy the Dog!

I am officially one year old now in dog years and seven in human years. So, yesterday was my birthday, there was cake, a little party and my neighborhood friends wished me.

It felt so weird and special! And when they sang – Happy Birthday Happy, it sounded so different. Two times ‘Happy’ huh? Also, I did a lot of mischief yesterday and was forgiven. It’s cool to be a big birthday dog!

People often remark, I look like a lion, may be because my zodiac sign is Leo. However, I am not ferocious like a lion rather friendly. All the neighborhood friends love me and bring treats for me. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I don’t go out much but love to bark and say hello to them from the backyard.

We have a really great neighborhood.

 

I am so tall that I have outgrown the big crate I used to sleep in. Now, I just lie down wherever I want. I still love to steal slippers and bite things when I get bored. I am also pushy and love to get attention. Border Collie dogs are like that!

You know the brothers designed a T-shirt for me (BTW the mom’s T-shirt brand has my name in it. Cool!).  They took hours to create designs on a sleeveless Tee and made me wear it. It was rather uncomfortable because it’s summer time but I accepted it since it was my birthday.

The father was busy but he took out time to pet me. The mom’s cake was great. I liked the first bite of that melt-in-mouth, fluffy cake. I heard the brothers ask the mom – Does Happy know it is his birthday?

“Of course, yes! It feels great to be the birthday dog,” I barked in reply.

The birthday is over today but my spirit remains upbeat. Hope you liked this blog by a birthday dog! Can’t wait for my next party. Meanwhile you stay safe and Happy like me! Love, Bark!

My book made it to Amazon’s Bestseller List, Thank You.

My book, The Boy Named Joy, has made it to the Amazon’s bestseller list in the U.S. and India. It is much more than what I had expected. All thanks to you dear readers! If you haven’t already, do buy the eBook for free now:(https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DMGH8J for US and https://www.amazon.in/dp/B084DMGH8J for India.

Do read about the book here. The promotion will get over by February 5, U.S. time. The Boy Named Joy is for little kids as well as adults. It tells us how simple it is to be happy!

I am grateful that this joint effort got some recognition. I collaborated with my son to create this book that talks about the power of choice. My other family members supported it, then my small group of book launch team (Husband, sisters, brothers, family and dear friends) did there magic to bring it into the bestseller list of free books. And then there is Krishna always!

This has been my maiden effort on Amazon KDP. My  two eBooks have been sold on other platforms but not exclusively here. And I am loving it. Do download, read it and review it and it will greatly help a humble beginner like me.

Thank you my reading and blogging community for your support always. You help me create! Thank You!

Bedtime Book – The Boy Named Joy on Amazon!

Children’s bedtime book, The Boy Named Joy is now available on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084DMGH8J). Download your eBook copies on Amazon.com or Amazon.in (if you are in India).
Here is the preview:

About the Book: Why is King Boo-Hoo always sad although he has everything? And why is the boy named Joy always happy although he has nothing. What is the secret? The magic painting or something else… Read this endearing tale to know all about JOY!
 
The Making: The story was written quickly but the illustrations were a problem. Then, my eight-year-old, Adiraj stepped in and created the characters. He was enthusiastically encouraged by my little kindergartner, Aviraj. And after the characters were drawn on paper, I digitized the pictures and put it all together. This is how we created the book.

Message: The Boy Named Joy has a message for school children and adults as well! This Children’s eBook tells us that happiness does not really depend on cool gadgets, apps, video games or fancy clothes. That kind of happiness is momentary. True happiness comes by choosing to be happy irrespective of what we have and what we don’t have.

The eBook will help raise, good, happy kids who would learn to make wise choices in life. It is my sincere hope that this special tale will entertain as well as teach the kids to stay positive despite challenges in life just like the main character Joy.

Our kids face many challenges in life and this simple book might help.

Your feedback is extremely important and very welcome. Don’t forget to write a review on Amazon if you like it. Thanks again for being a great support!
– Shivangi