April 19, 2015

Shankara jayanthi. India April 23rd. US April 22nd.

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In BhAratham, Shankara Jayanthi is falling on April 23rd Thursday.
In US, Shankara Jayanthi is falling on April 22nd Wednesday (According to mypanchang.com and drikpanchang.com)
Shankara Jayanti is observed on Vaisakha Shukla Panchami, fifth day in bright half of Vaisakha masam or Vaisakh month.

Adi Shankara’s contribution to the resurrection of Hinduism and his exposition on Advaita Philosophy is unfathomable and needs no mention.

Even though it is a working day on this year’s Shankara Jayanthi, let us close our eyes for 60 seconds and pray to Lord Dakshinamoorthy with Gratitude for giving Adi Shankara to us on this Jayanthi dinam.

Adi Shankara’s Life History. Some events, and an artist’s impression:

http://www.kamakoti.org/miscl/adi.html

Lord Shiva, also known as Dhakshinamurthy, who spreads the Universal Truth not by words but by his silence and by his sign of his hand which is held in the form of “Chin Mudra”.About 2500 years ago, when the spiritualisation of the people greatly reduced, all the Gods and the Rishis went to Kailash and pleaded with Lord Shiva to revive the world. Lord Shiva agreed with their request and informed that he will be born in this world. Lord Brahma, Indra and others also agreed to be born in this world to help Lord Shiva. 2
3 In Kaladi, Kerala, a learned brahmin, by the name of Sivaguru, and his wife, Aryambal, spent their life in pooja and in giving alms to poor and in other good deeds. This childless couple went to Trichur and performed puja for 48 days to Lord Vadakkunathan (Lord Shiva) and prayed for a son. Lord Shiva melted in their devotion and appeared before them and told them “I am extremely happy with your devotion and you will get what you want. But tell me whether you want a number of dull children or a son who is extremely intelligent, who will live for a short period only.” The couple replied the decision could not be theirs as the Lord knows what is good for them.
Lord Dakshinamurthy, pleased with the reply, was born to Aryambal under the star “Thiruvaithhirai”. As the Lord had already promised that he will be born to do good to this world, the child was named Sankara. Sam means prosperity and Karathi means te giver. All the visitors stood in awe at the divinity of the child and said “This is not an ordinary child”. 4
5 As Shankara grew up, he attraced everybody with his intelligence and kindness. At the age of three, he was given “Aksharabyas”, i.e., the learning of writing and reading. At the age of four, he lost his father. At the age of five, he was initiated in Brahmacharyam i.e., the holy thread ceremony was conducted and he was sent to Gurukul for learning of scriptures. As per the practice the brahmachari has to go from house to house and take alms and submit this to his guru. On a Dwadasi day Sankara happened to go to the house of a very poor lady jand asked for the alms. The lady did not have a single grain of rice in her house to give. However she had kept a single Amla fruit for herself as it was a Dwadasi day. She unhesitatingly gave this Amla fruit to Sankara as she could not send a Brahmachari empty handed. Sankara was moved by her selflessness and the poverty of the lady and prayed to Goddess Lakshmi in a beautiful sloka which is called “Kanaka Dhara Stotram”. On completion of this stotram, Goddess Lakshmi appeared in person and showered a rain of golden coins on the poor lady’s house.
One day, the rishis came to him and reminded him of his duty to the land in spreading spiritualism. Sankara agreed it was time to become a Sanyasi and go all over the country to kindle religious ferver.One day when Sankara was taking bath, a crocodile caught hold of his leg. Sankara called out to his mother. Aryambal came running and to her horror she found her son in the grip of the crocodile and she cried that se did not know how to help her son.

Sri Sankara informed his mother that his life was nearing to an end, but if he became a Sanyasi, he could start a new life as a sannyasi. Thus Sri Sankara obtained permission from his mother to become a sannyasi.

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7 Sri Sankara went in the search of a Guru to be formally initiated as a Sannyasi. At the banks of the river Narmada, he found the river gushing forth into floods. By using his powers, he encapsulated the river in his Kamandal (a vessel sannyasi’s carry) and released it in the banks of the river. Sri Govinda Bagawathpathar, an ascetic who saw this, marvelled at Sri Sankara dn took him on as a Shishya.
Sri Govinda Bagawathpadar taught various vedas to Sri Sankara. He also taught about Advaita, the principle that every one in this world is the manifestation of God and that God and Atman are one and the same. He advises Sri Sankara to go out in the world and spread this truth throughout the country. 8
9 Sri Sankara went to Kasi and by that time, he had a lot of disciples. One of them, Sanandhyaya, was drying the clothes of his Guru and suddenly Sri Sankara called him to the other bank of the river as he needed the clothes urgently. Sanandhyaya, little realising that he would drown, starts walking into the river. However, the Grace of his Guru resulted in a lotus materialising wherever he was keeping his foot. When asked as to how did he cross the river, he says that when his Guru calls, he is not to worry about anything. Sri Sankara named him as Padma Padar (lotus feet).
Once, in Kasi, when Sri Sankara was going to the Vishwanath Temple, his path was blocked by an “untouchable” who was accompanied by his wife and 4 dogs. The disciples of Sri Sankara shouted at him to make way, and to keep a distance. The untouchable smiled and said, “”According to your principle of Advaita, which you practice, all the Jivatma are same as God. How do you ask me to go? How am I different from your Paramacharya? What you say is unreasonable. How can I go away from myself?”Sri Sankara realised that it was not an ordinary person and understood that it was Lord Shiva himself who had come along with His consort and the four Vedas. He prostrated before the Lord and sang five slokas called “Manisha Panchakam”. Lord Shiva presented himself along with Visalakshi and blessed Sri Sankara. 10
11 When Shri Sankara was 16, a very old Brahmin of ill health started arguments with him about Brahmasutra bashyam which Shri Sankara had written. Shri Sankara was astounded by his intelligence and arguments but they continued their discussion. The arguments continued for days together and the more Shri Sankara argued, his ideas crystallised more and more and he understood that the old man was none other than Vyasa Rishi, who was the creator of Brahmasutra. Sri Sankara said that he has done a great disrespect to the sage by entering into an argument. Vyasa Rishi said “I fully agree with your bashyam and I wanted to establish that yours is correct. I bless that you should live another 16 years and you should spread this Advaita throughout the country.”
Sri Sankara learnt that there was a great learned person by the name Mandana Mishra who lived in Mahishmati and who followed the Karma Mimaamsa method of devotion. Sri Sankara arrived at his house and found his house was closed and Mandala Mishra was carrying out some rituals inside his house. Sri Sankara entered the house by using his powers and entered the house. Mandala Mishra became very angry and shouted at Sri Sankara. But Sri Sankara smiled and explained the uselessness of such rituals.However, Mandala Mishra admired the intelligence of Sri Sankara and started discussions with him after completing the rituals. Sri Sankara said that there should be a judge to decide the winner and suggested that Sarasawani, the wife of Mandala Mishra, to be the judge. Sarasawani, who was extremely intelligent and learned, realised that Sri Sankara was none other than Lord Shiva, did not want to declare her husband as the loser. She suggested that both of them should wear a garland of flowers and whichever garland fades first, that person would be the loser. Naturally, Sri Sankara won. 13
14 As per the original condition, Mandala Mishra became an ascetic and started to leave the house. Unable to bear the separation, Sarasawani stood transfixed and told Sri Sankara that according to our faith, the husband and wife, even though have two bodies, are spiritually one and she would be incomplete without her husband.Sri Sankara accepted this and started discussion with this lady. Saraswani showered questions like rain and Sri Sankara gave very beautiful answers and Sarasawani acknowledged him, and followed Sri Sankara and her husband’s footsteps.
In their travels, they reached Sringeri in Karnataka, which is on the banks of Tungabadra. While Sri Sankara and Mandala Mishra were walking, Sarasawani did not move and stood fixed in the sands of Tungabadra. Sri Sankara turned back and realised by his divine powers that Sarasawani did not want to proceed any further and created a seat for her for spreading the Advaita. This seat is today called the Sharada Peetham or the Seat of Sharada. This was the first Mutt installed by Sri Sankara, with the direction that all the heads of the Mutts will be called Sankaracharayas and they will have a lineage of Shishyas or disciples. 15
16 When Sri Sankara was in Sringeri, he divined by his superior powers that his mother was in her deathbed, and as per his promise while taking Sanyas that he would be by her side while she breathes her last, he reached Kaladi and paid his last respects to the old lady. Aryambal was happy that her son had come back. Sri Sankara prayed to Lord Venkateswara who appeared in person and blessed Aryambal. Sri Sankara did the last rites for his mother but the people of Kaladi said that a Sanyasi does not have the right to do the last rites, but he did not hear that and carried the body of Aryambal and put her in the pyre himself and lit it himself.
After the death of his mother, he went all over the country and converted the people of other faith to Advaita. He revived a number of temples and using his powers, he established a number of Yentras in these temples to spread the blessings of Parasakthi. During his travels, he arrived at Mukambi, a religious place in Karnataka. A poor brahmin came to Sri Sankara with his deaf and dumb son and prostrated before Sri Sankara. Sri Sankara asked the boy, “who are you?”. The dumb and deaf child, for the first time, opened his mouth and explained, “The body is not me, it is the Paramatma who is my body.” Sri Sankara was pleased with his answer and he gave an amla fruit and named this boy as Hastaaamalakan. (Hastaa means hand and Amalakan means amala). Hastaamalaka became one of the principle disciples of Sri Sankara. 17
18 Sri Sankara, with his three principle disciples, namely, Padmapadar, Sureshwarar (Mandala Mishra) and Hastaamalaka, went from place to place, and preached Advaita. Sri Sankara gave intense training to his disciples. One of the other disciples, Giri, while listening to the discourses, would not ask any doubts, would not open his mouth, and would be silent all the time. Some of the other disciples thought that this Giri was a dumb idiot and did not know anything. One day, all the disciples were ready to listen to Sri Sankara’s discourses. Sri Sankara waited for Giri to arrive. Ultimately, Giri turned up but instead of keeping silent on that day, burst forth into eight slokas which had never been heard by the disciples earlier. These were the creation of Giri. On hearing this, all the disciples felt ashamed and praised Giri. These slokas are called “Thotaka ashtakam”. Giri was named as Thotakar by Sri Sankara.
Sri Sankara visited Thiruvidaimarudur in Tanjore district of Tamilnadu, which is a great religious place, and the ruling deity in the temple was Lord Shiva. The learned Saivites of the temple informed Sri Sankara that Lord Shiva is the creator and that they are all merely lowly life created by Lord Shiva, and if that was so, how does Sri Sankara say that they were one with the Lord ? They did not agree with the Advaita principle. Sri Sankara asked them to enter the temple. As they reached the Sanctum Santorum of the temple, their was a thunderous statement “Satyam is Advaita”. This was repeated thrice and it was also followed by a hand which came out of the Linga which conformed the truth. All the learned persons acknowledged the principle of Advaita and accepted Sri Sankara as their Guru. Even today, there is a Sankara Mutt at Thiruvaimarudur and there is a linga with a hand materialising out of it. 21
22 Sri Sankara visited Thiruvanaikar, near Trichy in Tamilnadu. In this temple, the Goddess Akhilandeswari was having a feirce power and people who went to have her darshan could not stand the fierceness of this Goddess. Sri Sankara created two sets of earrings which are called Tatankam and he presented these to the Goddess. The fierceness of the deity reduced. This tatankam, the earrings, has been maintained over time by the Acharyas of the Kanchi Mutt.
Sri Sankara visited Tirupathi and recited the Sloka “Vishnu pathathi keshanta stotra” which describes the Lord from his foot to the head. He wanted the people to visit the Lord in great numbers and get his blessings, he established an yantra. From that day the number of followers of the temple increased and is increasing day by day. 23
24 Arjuna tree is the tree of “Marutha” and the place where Lord Shiva appears as a Linga under this “Martha” tree is called Arjuna Kshetra. The Thiruvadaimaruthur which Sri Sankara visited earlier is called Madhyaarjunam. Srisaila, in Andhra, is called Mallikarjunam as Lord Shiva resides under a Marutha Tree which has also got Jasmine creepers on this tree. Sri Sankara visited this tree and became ecstastic on seeing the linga at the foot of this tree. His happiness flowed like the waves of a flood and became a sloka called Sivanandalahiri.
Near Srisailam, there is a forest called Hatakeshwaram, that no man enters. Sri Sankara entered this place and did penance for many days. During this time, a Kabalika, by name Kirakashan appeared before him. Kapalikas are a set of people who live in the burial grounds and pray to God by giving human and animal sacrifice. They were against Advaita which preaches love and affection and shuns violence. He asked Sri Sankara that he should give his body as a human sacrifice to Lord Shiva. Sri Sankara was happy to hear this request and agreed. Kirakashan was about to cut off Sri Sankara’s head when Lord Narasimha appeared in the form of a lion and killed Kirakashan. 25
26 Sri Sankara completed his travels and went to Badrinath. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and told that his sculpture in Alaknanda river should be taken out and a temple should be built for it. This temple is called Badrinarayan temple and is one of the important religious places for Hindus.
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April 14, 2015

A visual masterpiece – Indian cultural performance at the Inaugural Session of Hannover Messe: 15 min.

Namaste Friends

On this happy juncture of Tamil/Vishu Newyear day I would like to share a masterpiece – a 15 minute show on how to present India’s cultulare heritage and technical prowess with pride in a forign country.

Under Shri Modi’s ‘Make in India’ Vision, INdia is shown in a brand new light we have never seen before. Even if you donot support or endorse modi, i request you to not miss this video.

Please watch with sound and in full screen and turn off your mobiles for 15 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoRD0aL6WIA

Now Modi has showcased India with “Make In India” vision.

make-in-india5.jpg

Until now India was showcased by our past politicians as a land of snake charmers and skull eaters.

Watch Modi’s speech after the 15 minute masterpiece, which is another masterpice showcasing the vision of Mision of India.

https://youtu.be/JHdZIiKBrCM?t=194

Vande Mataram – Jai Hind !!!

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

April 3, 2015

Amritha Varshini – 30th Issue

Yet another issue from Amritha Varshini magazine. Excellent paropakaram by Sri Anand Vasudevan.

Click here to download the pdf file.

http://www.mediafire.com/view/kq727x471d0nf8f/Amrithavarshini-Pallavi-30.pdf

Namaaste
​Hari​

March 28, 2015

Dasharatha, Ashwamedha and Rama – By SriSri Ravi Shankar

Dasharatha means one who can run ten chariots at a time. Your body is Dasharatha, the ten chariots, which include the five organs of senses and the five organs of action. These take the mind into ten different directions.

The three names of Dashratha’s queens are also very interesting.

The first wife is Kaushalya, which means skill.

The second wife is Sumitra, which means good friend. There could be many friends, but not all are good friends. Many times, friends drag you in the wrong direction. Sumitra is one who takes you in the right direction.

The third wife is Kaikeyi, one who stands by your side, although she appears differently; but deep within, she does benevolence. It is like a doctor who gives you a bitter medicine, or a vaccination. As soon as the children see him, they start yelling and crying, but the vaccination does good to them. Similarly, Kaikeyi who apparently is not pleasant, but inwardly, does that which is good for you.

Dasratha did a yagya called Ashwamedha, after which he got four sons. Shwa means yesterday or tomorrow, Ashwa means today – not yesterday, nor tomorrow. It means it is eternal and the present moment. Medha means purification. Medha also means intellect. Ashwamedha means purifying the intellect by being in the present moment, purifying the spirit, the senses, the body-mind complex; going deep in the spirit.

When Dasharatha did the Ashwamedha yagya, Rama was born. This is the spiritual significance of Sri Rama’s birth. The words – ‘rays’, ‘radiance’, all these come from the Sanskrit root Ra, which means to shine, radiance, brilliance and light. Ma means within me, in my heart. ‘Rama’ means ‘the light in my heart’. When the mind in this body, with some skill gets into the present moment, it purifies the mind and the heart, and then Rama, the light in our heart, shines.

Four things come out of you when Ashwamedha is done. When your senses are purified, then what comes up is the Divine light in your heart (Rama), and awareness (Lakshmana). Then, you have no enemies (Shatrugnan), and all the talents (Bharat) come to you.

Message from From Art Of Living. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

http://www.artofliving.org/ee-en/there-something-higher-physical-laws-0

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

March 24, 2015

Pravachanam by Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Shastrigal in Tamil



Excellent Pravachanam by Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Shastrigal in Tamil. He starts with Samskritham in the first 5 mins.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lgcy6su9nc

  • Shasthrigal talks about very practical topics about todays busy living and how it deviates from Vedic Heritage.
  • He gives various references to Maha Periyava of Kanchi.
  • He also talks about Sandhyavandanam (40th minute )

Here is another series of talks by Mullaivasal Krishnamurthy Shastrigal that he refers in the above talk.

Vedathin Suvai

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_sort=video_date_uploaded&search_query=vedathin+suvai&page=1

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

February 27, 2015

Conversion is an Act of Violence – by Swami Dayananda Saraswati

Aggressive religions have no God-given right to destroy ancient faiths and cultures


Religious conversion is a widely discussed topic in the Indian media these days. I think this issue needs to be thoroughly understood by all the people that count in every religion.

The world’s religions can be categorically said to be either aggressive or nonaggressive. Each religion has a certain promise in the form of an ultimate goal. Their faithful people try to live the prescribed life and reach the promised goal. Neither they nor their clergy are out to bring the people of other religions to their flock.

Zorastrians follow their religious tradition without attempting to convert anybody to their religion. This is true with the followers of the Jewish tradition, Vedic religion (now known as Hinduism), Shintoism, Taoism and the many other religions of various tribes in the world. I call these religious traditions nonaggressive because they do not believe in aggressive conversion.

Then there are religions like Christianity, whose theologies, containing a number of basic nonverifiable beliefs, advocate conversion. Evangelism and proselytization are sacred commitments of the entire cadre of the highly organized clergy. The clergy-inspired laity are not any less committed to conversion. They are zealous in their mission of preaching and conversion. In their zeal, the end more often than not justifies the means. From the days of the Inquisition, every attempt recorded in history to stop their program of conversion only stoked their flame of zeal.

As a result, many religions with their unique cultures have disappeared, leaving behind only mammoth relics, like the ones in Greece and Mexico. The loss of such great living cultures of the world is the mark of success for the zealous of the aggressive religions. The truth is that where there should be a sense of guilt and remorse, there is a sense of achievement and pride.

Many leaders of nonaggressive traditions think that the charity of the missionaries is designed to neutralize any protest from the native religious community. One cannot totally dismiss their thinking.

Religious conversion by missionary activity remains an act of violence.

Religious conversion by missionary activity remains an act of violence. It is an act of violence because it hurts deeply, not only the other members of the family of the converted, but the entire community that comes to know of it. One is connected to various persons in one’s world. The religious person in every individual is the innermost, inasmuch as he or she is connected to a force beyond the empirical.

The religious person is connected only to the force beyond he has now accepted. That is the reason why the hurt caused by religion can turn into violence. That is why a religious belief can motivate a missionary to be a martyr. When the hurt of the religious becomes acute, it explodes into violence. Conversion is violence. It generates violence.

Aggressive religions and nonaggressive religions are not on the same plank. Conversion is, therefore, a rank, one-sided aggression. The genius of the nonaggressive traditions cannot change, and therefore, they cannot be asked to do the same thing as the aggressive religions do.

Humanity cannot afford to lose any more of its existing living religious traditions and cultures. We want to enjoy the religious cultures of both Christianity and Islam as we also want to enjoy the cultures of Jews, Parsis, Taoists, Shintoists, Hindus and others. Humanity will not let a pyramid be razed to the ground by the Egyptian government to create a housing complex. Even though they are in Egypt, the pyramids are too ancient to be the property of that country. They are standing monuments of human genius–they belong to the whole of humanity. So, too, are all the monuments of the past lying all over the world.

Religion and culture are not often separable. This is especially true with the Hindu religious tradition.

The greeting word, namaste, is an expression of culture as well as religion. Even though a religious mark on the forehead is purely religious, it is looked upon as a part of Hindu culture. Rangoli [patterns drawn on the ground with rice flour] at the entrance of a Hindu house is not just cultural; it is also religious. Indian music and dance cannot separate themselves from the Hindu religious tradition. There is no classical dance, bharata natyam, without Siva Nataraja being there. The classical, lyrical compositions of Meera, Tyagaraja, Purandara, Dikshitar and many others are intimately connected to the Hindu religious traditions. Therefore, conversion implies destruction of this entire culture.

A committed Christian will not wear a tilakam, much less have rangoli in front of the house. If there is no rangoli at the entrance to a Tamil Nadu house, we immediately know that it doesn’t belong to a Hindu. A converted Christian woman ceases to wear Indian traditional clothes, like saris, etc. No Christian woman will wear a nose ring.

It is amazing how easily cultures disappear by the program of conversion through various means, leaving only dead monuments to be preserved for posterity. The living religious traditions, intimately woven into the fabric of their respective cultures, have to be allowed to live and thrive. Religious conversion should stop–the aggressive religions should realize that they are perpetrating violence when they convert. We want them to live and let others live.

Youtube videos on the same topic can be found here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4sEMVJuDCY#t=86

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnAo65rcye4

February 12, 2015

Crazy mohan – on paramacharya and deivathin kural – Tamil video – 19 mins

Excellent 19 min talk by Crazy mohan on the importance of knowing India’s heritage. He talks about Mahaperiyava and deivathin kural too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76K2NNZ7OAI#t=87

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

February 4, 2015

The word Hindu ‘Idol’ is derogatory. Lets start to say Murthi instead of ‘idol’ from today on.

Hindus use the word ‘Idol’ interchangeably to mean HIndu Gods that are worshipped in the stone or metal form.

If we know the correct meaning of ‘idol’ according to english dictionary , we will think twice about using this word in Hindu context.


In our Sanatana Dharma tradition, a murti (Devanagari: मूर्ति), ormurthi, or vigraha or pratima typically refers to an image that expresses a Divine Spirit (murta). Meaning literally “embodiment”, a murti is a representation of a divinity, made usually of stone, wood, or metal, which serves as a means through which a divinity may be worshiped.

​Lets see the current meaning of the word from mariam webster website.
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idol

Please note the term “False god” and “a false conception”. Why should we use the word that was foisted on us by the british ?

The notion that the term murti is equivalent to the English word “idol” is a misconception.

Scholar Steven Rosen notes that early European missionaries were largely responsible for conflating the two terms by informing local Hindus that “idol” was the correct translation for “murti”.

Furthermore, scholar Diana Eck explains that the term murti is defined in Sanskrit as “anything which has definite shape and limits; a form, body, figure; an embodiment, incarnation, or manifestation.” Thus, the murti is more than a likeness; it is the deity itself taken “form”. The uses of the word murti in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita suggest that the form is its essence.”[21] Thus, a murti is considered to be more than a mere likeness of a deity, but rather a manifestation of the deity itself.

The Murti is like a way to communicate with the abstract one God (Brahman) which creates, sustains, and dissolves creation. It is very interesting to note, that in Russian the word “morda” means some entity’s face or facial-expression which can hint at that original etymology.

More info about this topic is available at Wikipedia link on Murthi. and here http://www.hindupedia.com/en/Murti_Puja

The word Hindu ‘Idol’ is derogatory. Lets start to say ‘Murthi’ instead of ‘idol’ from today on.

Namaste

Hari ​R​

January 25, 2015

All videos from Sanyasa sweekara last week

For those who missed Sankara TV telecast, here are the videos of Sringeri shishya sweekara,

Uttaradhikari participating in Purusha sookta homa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NdJIYNCKSU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPKnPnn5mvc&x-yt-ts=1421914688&x-yt-cl=84503534

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHzvJiG2e7w

pranavapodaseha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLrFms-3L4s

Parayanka Soucha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qnXEbCr4tk

Vyakhyana SImhasana and Mangalarati

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnF2qNlgAcw

Padapuja

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBX8Yh1LMnY

Yogapatta announcement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVcIrfAgm_Y

Darshana of Sharadamba by the two Jagadgurus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DflTTqYwkkk

ANugraha Bashana by Sri Vidhushekarabharati swamiji

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t79q74S9s-Q

Anugraha Bashana by Sri Bharathitheertha swamiji

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXNr8p41xyc

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

January 11, 2015

Successor to Sringeri Sharadha Peetam. Some details.

Jagadguru Bharati Tirtha Swamigal of Sringeri Sharada Peetha has nominated Sri Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma as his successor-designate.

On Jan 4, 2015, devotees assembled in Sringeri in large numbers to celebrate the the silver jubilee of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji’s Peetharohanam.

At this historic event, the Jagadguru announced His decision, as divinely-ordained by Goddess Sharadamba, to accept Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma as His successor-designate.

​Video of Present Sringeri Acharya announces his sishya sweekara . Video in Kannada with English subtitles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdjCDSOIIxE&feature=youtu.be

The announcement happens around 29th minute of the video.

Photo of Jagadguru with his successor Sri Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma

Sri Kuppa Venkateswara Prasada Sharma with his parents.

Details of the successor to the peetam.

Family and Birthplace: Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma (current age 22) was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi. He belongs to the Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh.

Age 5 to age 16:

The Brahmachari had his Upanayanam at the age of five and began his first lessons in Krishna Yajur Veda under his grandfather and Yajur Vedic scholar, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeyayaaji. He continued his Vedic education up to Krishna Yajur Veda Kramanta under his illustrious father, who is currently serving as Principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in Tirumala and as Project Officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad managed by TTD.

Born in a family of disciples of the Sringeri Jagadguru, the Brahmachari had accompanied his father while the latter had come to Sringeri to participate in Dharmic activities in the years 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Darshan of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji during these visits made a profound impact on the Brahmachari.

Age 16 to Age 22: The Brahmachari expressed his desire of studying Shastras directly under the Jagadguru in early 2009. With the blessings and consent of Jagadguru Mahaswamiji, the Brahmachari took refuge under His Lotus Feet of the in June 2009. Under the tutelage of the Jagadguru, the Brahmachari mastered the Sanskrit language. Then, the Jagadguru Himself taught the Brahmachari the entire Tarka Shastra. The Brahmachari is endowed with Guru Bhakti, scholarship in the Vedas and Shastras, adherence to tradition and dispassion.

The Shishya Sweekara ceremony will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2015 at Sringeri. The Jagadguru will initiate the Brahmachari into Sannyasa on 23rd January 2015.

(Courtesy : Sringeri Mutt Official Press Release)

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

November 24, 2014

Sandhyavandhanam – Sringeri Acharya – I cannot change Dharma Shastra – Do atleast minimum 108 Gayatris.

Sringeri Jagadguru on Sandhyavandhanam

Gayatri Devi Goddess - Gayatri Mantra

In several Anugraha Bhashanams, Sringeri Jagadguru emphasized the importance of doing Sandhyavandhanam.

A rough translation below:

  • “People say they don’t have any time to do Sandhyavandhanam. But they have time to watch TV, read newspaper and engage in gossip. So to say that there is not enough time for Sandhyavandhanam is wrong.
  • The Shastras prescribe two pakshas: Mukya Paksham and GowNa Paksham
  • To do 1008 Gayatri Japam is Mukya Paksham. People used to do this for 3 kaalas in the olden days.
  • If there is not sufficient time, then the Shastras prescribe GowNa Paksham of doing 108 Gayatri Japam.
  • If there is further little time, then the Shastras prescribe doing at least 32 Gayatri Japam.
  • But people usually ask for an alternative and a way to leave Sandhyavandhanam. For that, there is no other alternative.
  • For a person who has had Upanayanam and Brahmopadesham (according to Shastras), he has to do Sandhyavandhanam till the end.
  • If he says he can’t do or has no time to do, it will become a grave mistake.
  • The reality is people don’t have the will to do Sandhyavandhanam and hence give various reasons.
  • In Kannada, there is an old saying: “Where there is will, there is way.” (Manasu irindal margam irukum)
  • What one needs is real Shraddha to do Sandhyavandhanam and not other reasons.”

Links of Sringeri Jagadguru’s Anugraha Bhashanam on Sandhyavandhanam:

Tamil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tsyqzMFsF8

Kannada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1g0BKdLEo6A

Telugu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnZaovlUjbU

​Source of this article: Sringeri Videos page in Facebook

More articles about Sandhyavandanam from Kanchi Mahaswami and others can be found here

https://thapas.wordpress.com/category/sandhyavandanam/

Namaste

November 14, 2014

Sri Guru Pahimam Paramadayalo Pahimam – Simple Slokha

 

Here is the audio of the two line shloka on the present Sringeri Acharya Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamigal.

This is a different audio version of what you hear when you visit sringeri.net home page.

I believe the singers are Sringeri Sisters. I do not know the exact names of the artists singing this slokha.

Video of the Slokha on Sringeri Acharya

 

Audio mp3 of Slokha on Sringeri Acharya

http://www.mediafire.com/listen/a3c9932i41rrhh9/Sri_Guru_Pahimam_Parama_Dayalo_Pahimam.mp3

 

Lyrics of the slokha

​श्रीगुरो पाहि मां परम दयालो पाहि माम् ।

शृङ्गेरिजगद्गुरो पाहि मां भारतीतीर्थ पाहि माम् ॥

SRI GURU PAHIMAM PARAMA DAYALO PAHIMAM

SRINGERI JAGADGURO PAHIMAM SRI BHARATI TIRTHA PAHIMAM

 

August 14, 2014

Blissful vandhE mAtharam by Bharathiyar – Tamil Lyrics with English Translation – Not to be missed

On the 67th Independence day of BhArath, here is a calming and mesmerizing tamil poetry on BhAratha mAtha ; composed by freedom fighter and renowned tamil poet Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar (1882 to 1921) and sung by BhAratha Ratna MS SubbuLakshmi in the 1980s.

Subramanya BhArathi

Subramanya BhArathi

Every word in this tamil poem is filled with devotion to mother pArvathi as BhAratha mAtha. Those who can understand Tamil will enjoy this deep and emotional composition.

Even people who do not understand tamil can read the translation and enjoy the poem. The depth of meaning in pure tamil along with devotional singing by MSS leaves one ecstatic listening to this song.

Here is the youtube link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcAZboFnJIA

Tamil Lyrics

நளிர் மணி நீரும் நயம்படு கனிகளும் குளிர் பூந்தென்றலும் கொழும்பொழிர் பசுமையும்
வாய்ந்து நன்கிலகுவை வாழிய அன்னை
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

தென்நிலவதனில் சிலிர்திடும் இரவும் தன்னியர் விரிமலர் தாங்கிய தருக்களும்
புன்னகை ஒளியும் தேன்மொழி பொலியும் வாய்ந்தனை இன்பமும் வரங்களும் நல்குவை
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

கோடி கோடி குரல்கள் ஒலிக்கவும் கோடி கோடி புயத்துணை கொற்றமார்
நீடுபல்படை தாங்கி முன் நிற்கவும் கூடு திண்மை குறைந்தனை என்பதென் ?
ஆற்றலின் மிகுந்தனை அரும்பதம் பூட்டுவை மாற்றவர் கொணர்ந்த வன்பகை ஓட்டுவை
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

அறிவு நீ தருமம் நீ உள்ளம் நீ அதனிடை மருமம் நீ , உடற்கண் வாழ்ந்திடும் உயிர் நீ
தோளிடை வன்பு நீ, நெஞ்சகத்தன்பு நீ ஆலயம்தோறும் அணி பெற விளங்கும்
தெய்வ சிலைஎல்லாம் தேவி இங்குனதே
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

பத்து படைகொள்ளும் பார்வதி தேவியும் கமலத்து இடழ்கலிற் களித்திடும் கமலையும்
அறிவினை அருளும் வாணியும் அன்னை நீ
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

திரு நிறைந்தனை தன்னிகர் ஒன்றில்லை தீது தீர்ந்தனை நீர் வளம் சார்ந்தனை
மருவு செய்களின் நற்பயன் மல்குவை வளனின் வந்ததோர் பைந்நிறம் வாய்ந்தனை
பெருகும் இன்பம் உடையை குறுநகை பெற்றொளிர்ந்தனை பல்பணி பூண்டனை
இரு நிலத்து வந்து எம்முயிர் தாங்குவை எங்கள் தாய் நின் பதங்கள் இறைஞ்சுவாம்
[வந்தே மாதரம் ஜெய வந்தே மாதரம் ]

 

English Translation: (Thanks to Sri K. Jayaraman of Chennai for the English translation)

You are rich with perennial Sweet streams You are bright with plentiful luscious fruits
You are cool with salubrious breeze You are reddish in hue, like a red garnet
[I venerably bow before you]

Your nights are lit with moonlight rays ;Your groves emit the fragrance of flowers
The chirping voice of birds echo in sync with the mild smile of lovers
O Giver of bliss, grant us boons [I venerably bow before you]

Countless voices string your harp ; Countless shoulders wielding weapons sharp
Stand alert to defend your virgin soil ; Who says you are timid and tremulous ?
You are mighty, Hail your grace; Your foes in shame bite the dust
[I venerably bow before you]

You are wisdom, you are the eternal law
You are our heart, you are our soul and breath
You are divine love, you are the awe in our hearts that conquer death
You are the strength that moves our arm
You are the beauty, yours is the charm that turns every image divine
In our temples , you are the deity serene
[I venerably bow before you]

You are Parvathi armed with embattlements; You are Lakshmi seated in ecstasy on lotus petals
You are Saraswathi the bestower of pure wisdom
[I venerably bow before you]

You are wealth personified, you are nonpareil; You are perfect, fertile with flowing streams
Your gardens are rich with fruit bearing trees; You reward virtues, your red hue reflects prosperity
You the storehouse of all bliss; Your scintillating smile adds to the splendor of your ornaments
Condescend on us and sustain our lives; We always adore the divine feet of our mother
I venerably bow before you; O my Mother, Mother India
[I venerably bow before you]

Any errors in Tamil typing is entirely mine (thapas blog), please point out mistakes in tamil typing (if any) so that it can be corrected.

July 23, 2014

HD Video of Sringeri Rajagopuram Kumbhabhisheka June 8, 2014.

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji performed the Kumbhabhisheka of the Rajagopuram and consecrated Sri Torana Ganapati at the newly erected granite temple on June 8, 2014.

A video documenting this historic event is now online. It is a high definition (HD) video, so if you have a high speed internet connection, please turn on the HD option in YouTube (it is usually low resolution by default).

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

July 20, 2014

Symbolism hidden in the story of Samudra manthan.

In Hinduism, Samudra manthan or Churning of the Ocean of Milk is a puranic story when the ocean was churned by Devas(people of good virtue) and Asuras (people of bad virtues) in order to bring back Devi Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth. It appears in the Bhagavata Purana, the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8ru5AhfUMU#t=503

Its a pity that while Thailand remembers its ancient heritage by building a replica of Samudra manthan at Bankok airport , Indian airports are built with election symbols at airports and no trace of ancient Indian heritage or culture.

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Symbolism hidden in the story of Samudra manthan.
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The story represents the spiritual endeavor of man for gaining immortality through concentration of mind, withdrawal of senses, control of desires and practice of austerities and asceticism.

The Gods represent the pleasure principle in ourselves. The demons represent the pain principle. The gods also represent the senses, while the demons the evil and negative thoughts and impulses. The participation of both the devas and the demons signify the fact that when one is seeking immortality through the spiritual practice one has to integrate and harmonize both the positive and negative aspects of ones personality and put both the energies for the common goal.

The ocean of milk is the mind or the human consciousness. The mind is always compared to an ocean (mano sagaram) while the thoughts and emotions to the waves. The mind as an ocean is in fact a universal symbol, known to other religions and cultures also.

Mandhara, the mountain stands for concentration. The word “mandhara” contains two words “man” (mind) and “dhara” ( a single line) which means holding the mind in one line. This is possible only during mental concentration

The mountain mandhara was upheld by Lord Vishnu as a Tortoise. The tortoise here stands for the withdrawal of the senses into one self as one practices mental concentration and meditation or contemplation. It also suggests that the mind should rest itself upon or freely surrender itself to the divine will.

The great serpent Vasuki stands for desire. The desire is always compared to a thousand hooded serpent. The Vasuki used in the churning of the ocean denotes that the devas and the demons held desire (to seek immortality) as a rope and churned the mind with the help of concentration and withdrawal of the senses. You can hold desire in your hands and manipulate it only when you have control over your desires. So control of desire is suggested through this symbolism.

The halahal represents suffering and pain we undergo at the beginning of spiritual sadhana. When the mind is subjected to intense churning by opposing forces, the first thing that comes out of the process is intense suffering and great inner turmoil. We are told by many that when an initiate starts his spiritual sadhana he faces a number of difficulties. The problems become intensified because of inner conflicts, where one part yearns to pursue the spiritual path while the other opposes it.

In the initial stages of sadhana a seeker’s mind throws out all kinds of reactions, negative thoughts, desires and impulses out into open so that he can deal with them appropriately. These problems are basically physical suffering and mental suffering without resolving which further progress is not possible. In short we can say that halahal is the instability of the body and the mind that arise as a counter reaction against ones spiritual practice.

Lord Shiva represents the ascetic principle. He is the destroyer of illusion, one who is innerly detached, pure and austere. His role in this story as the consumer of poison suggests that one can deal with the early problems of spiritual life, such as the instability of the mind and its restlessness, by cultivating the qualities of Lord Shiva, namely, courage, initiative, willingness, discipline, simplicity, austerity, detachment compassion, pure love and asceticism.

Alternatively it also means gaining control over the mind through breath control. Lord Shiva is controller of breath. He is prananath, or praneshwar, Lord of the Breath. In spiritual sadhana, it is essential that one gains complete mastery over ones breathing pattern. Many spiritually advanced souls have the capacity to hold their breath in their throat, near the palate, as they meditate.

The various objects that came out of the ocean during the churning stand for the psychic or spiritual powers (siddhis) which one gains as he progresses spiritually from stage to stage. These siddhis are spiritual powes which come to a seeker as he progresses on the spiritual path. We are told that a seeker is to be careful about these powers as they can hamper his progress unless he uses them judiciously, not for his selfish gains but for others’ welfare. This is the reason why the gods and demons distributed these powers among others without keeping anything for themselves as they did not want to lose sight of their original aim which was to gain immortality.

Dhanvantarari stands for health. The vessel containing the amrit was brought before the gods and the demons by Dhanvantari, the divine physician. This signifies that immortality can be achieved only when the body and the mind are in a perfect state of health. Spiritual success is not possible in case of a person who is mentally or physically sick or whose gross body is not fit for receiving divine illumination.

Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini stands for delusion of the mind in the form of pride. It is the pride of achievement to which the asuras or the demons succumbed and thus lost their right to enter into the world of immortality. Pride and egoism are the last hurdles one has to overcome in spiritual life before experiencing self-realization.

This is in brief the symbolism hidden in the story of Sagar manthan.

Credits: http://www.hinduwebsite.com/churning.asp

July 8, 2014

Beautiful rendition of Adi Shankara’s Devi Nava Ratna Malika Stotram

The Devi Navaratnamalika stotram (the garland with nine gems), composed by Sri Adi Sankaracharya in the Bhujanga-prayata (or Snake metre) which has an undulating pattern, just like a snake’s movement. It is composed in praise of the all-enchanting beauty and gracefulness of the Great Goddess who is the cause of this Universe.

Beautiful rendition of Adi Shankara’s Devi Nava Ratna Malika Stotram by Keerthana and Kriti Bhat; : This rendering is set as a beautiful ragamailka.

The ragas used are Hamir Kalyani, Hindolam, Naatakuranji, Shanmukhapriya, Saama, Mohanam, Anandabhairavi, Kaapi, Sindhubhairavi for the nine stanzas, and Sri Raagam for the phalastuti

6 mins Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdO4q3Fg_KY

Audio file : https://www.mediafire.com/?23029e07829lhti

Sanskrit Text :

हार नूपुर किरीट कुण्डल विभूषितावयव शोभिनीम्
कारणेश वर मौलिकोटि परिकल्प्यमान पदपीठिकाम्
काल काल फणिपाश बाण धनुरङ्कुशाम् अरुण मेखलाम्
फाल भूतिलक लोचनाम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

गन्धसार घनसार चारु नवनागवल्लि रस वासिनीम्
सान्ध्यराग मधुराधराभरण सुन्दरानन शुचिस्मिताम्
मन्धरायत विलोचनम् अमल बालचन्द्र कृतशेखारीम्
इन्दिरारमण सोदरीम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

स्मेरचारु मुखमण्डलाम् विमल गण्डलम्बि मणिमण्डलाम्
हारदाम परिशोभमान कुचभारभीरुतनु मध्यमाम्
वीरगर्वहरनूपुराम् विविध कारणेश वरपीठिकाम्
मारवैरि सहचारिणीम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

भूरिभार धरकुण्डलीन्द्र मणिबद्ध भुवलयपीठिकाम्
वारिराशिमणिमेखलावलय वह्निमण्डलि शरीरिणीम्
वारिसारवहकुण्डलाम् गगनशेखारीम् च परमात्मिकाम्
चारुचन्द्ररविलोचनाम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

कुण्डल त्रिविधकोण मण्डल विहार षड्दल समुल्लसत्
पुण्डरीक मुखभेदिनीम् च प्रचण्डभानु तडितोज्ज्वलाम्
मण्डलेन्दु परिवाहितामृत तरङ्गिणीम् अरुणरूपिणीम्
मण्डलान्त मणिदीपिकाम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

वारणानन मयूरवाहमुख दाहवारण पयोधराम्
चारणादि सुरसुन्दरी चिकुरशेकरीकृत पदाम्बुजाम्
कारणादि पतिपञ्चक प्रकृति कारण प्रथममातृकाम्
वारणान्त मुखपारणाम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

पद्मकान्ति पदपाणिपल्लव पयोधरानन सरोरुहाम्
पद्मराग मणिमेखला वलयनीवीशोभित नितम्बिनीम्
पद्मसम्भव सदाशिवान्तमय पञ्चरत्न पदपीठिकाम्
पद्मिनीम् प्रणवरूपिणीम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

आगम प्रणवपीठिकाम् अमल वर्णमङ्गळ शारीरिणीम्
आगमावयव शोभिनीम् अखिल वेदसारकृतशेखरीम्
मूलमन्त्र मुखमण्डलाम् मुदित नादबिन्दु नवयौवनाम्
मातृकाम् त्रिपुरसुन्दरीम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

कालिका तिमिर कुन्तलान्त घन भृङ्ग मङ्गळ विराजिनीम्
चूलिका शिखर मालिका वलय मल्लिका सुरभि सौरभाम्
फालिका मधुर गण्डमण्डल मनोरहानन सरोरुहाम्
कालिकाम् अखिलनायिकाम् मनसि भावयामि परदेवताम्

फलस्तुतिः

नित्यमेव नियमेन जल्पिताम्
भक्ति मुक्ति फलदामभीष्टिदाम्
शंकरेण रचितां सदा जपे
नामरत्न नवरत्नमालिकाम्

इति श्रीमत्परमहंस परिव्रजकाचार्यस्य
श्री गोविन्दभगवत्पूज्यपाद शिष्यस्य
श्रीमत्शंकरभगवतः कृतौ नवरत्न मालिका संपूर्णम्

 

Transliteration :

Haara noopura kireeta kundala vibhooshithaavayava shobhineem
kaaranesha vara maulikoti parikalpyamaana padapeethikaam
kaala kaala phanipaasha baana dhanurankushaa maruna mekhalaam
phaala bhoo tilaka lochanaam manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Gandhasaara ghanasaara chaaru nava naagavalli rasavaasineem
saandhya raaga madhuraadharaa bharana sundaraanana shuchismitaam
mandharaayata vilochanaa mamalabaala chandrakruta shekhareem
indiraa ramana sodareem manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Smera chaarumukha mandalaam vimala gandalambimani mandalaam
haaradaama pari shobhamaana kuchabhaara bheerutanumadhyamaam
veera garvahara noopuraam vividhakaaranesha vara peethikaam
maara vairi sahachaarineem manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Bhooribhaara dharakundaleendra manibaddha bhoovalaya peethikaam
vaariraashi manimekhalaa valaya vahni mandala shareerineem
vaari saaravaha kundalaam gagana shekhareem cha paramaatmikaam
chaaruchandra ravilochanaam manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Kundala trividhakona mandala vihaara shaddalasamullasat
pundareeka mukhabhedineem cha prachandabhaanu taditojjvalaam
mandalendu parivaahitaamruta taranginee maruna roopineem
mandalaanta manideepikaam manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Vaaranaanana mayooravaahamukha daahavaarana payodharaam
chaaranaadi surasundaree chikura shekareekruta padaambujaam
kaaranaadhipati panchaka prakruti kaarana prathama maatrukaam
vaaranaanta mukhapaaranaam manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Padma kaanti padapaanipallava payodharaanana saroruhaam
padmaraaga manimekhalaa valayaneevishobhita nitambineem
padmasambhava sadaa shivaantamaya pancharatna padapeethikaam
padmineem pranava roopineem manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Aagama pranavapeethikaa mamala varna mangala shareerineem
aagamaavayava shobhinee makhilaveda saarakruta shekhareem
moolamantra mukha mandalaam muditanaada bindu nava yauvanaam
maatrukaam tripurasundareem manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Kaalikaa timira kuntalaanta ghana bhrunga mangala viraajineem
choolikaa shikhara maalikaa valaya mallikaa surabhi saurabhaam
phaalikaa madhura gandamandala manoharaanana saroruhaam
kaalikaa makhila naayikaam manasi bhaavayaami paradevataam

Phalastuthi:

Nityameva niyamena jalpataam bhukti mukti phaladaamabheeshtadaam
shankarena rachitaam sadaa japet naamaratna navaratna maalikaam

Meaning :

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, whose body shines, due to her wearing a garland, anklets and ear globes, Whose feet are bowed with the crowns of Indra, Brahma and millions of the like, And who holds a cobra, a rope, arrow and bow and a goad in her hands and wears a girdle studded with rubies, And whose hair is adorned with the moon and the sun.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, who has the sweet smell of the scented areca nut, camphor along with the juices of tender betel leaves, Who is as sweet as the song of dusk, who has a pretty face which wears a sweet smile as a great ornament, Who has eyes which are circled by bees, Who wears the faultless moon on her head, And is the sister of Vishnu, the husband of Lakshmi (also called as Indira).

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, who has a very smiling face, who has a very clear shining cheeks, who shines by ornaments and necklaces she wears, Who has a chest which suffers due to her very heavy breasts, Whose anklets appear as if they would destroy the pride of heroes, Who sits on a platform whose legs are various gods, and who is the companion of the One (Lord Shiva) who is enemy to Maara (the God of Love, also known as Kamadeva or Manmadha).

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, whose seat appears as if it is the earth itself which is supported by Adhi Sesha wearing his gem stone, who wears a waist band made of special gems, who has a body which appears to be a sphere of fire, Who wears ear studs which appears to contain all the oceans within, Who is the divine soul touching the sky, And who has pretty eyes which are but the moon and the sun.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, Who shines in the six petals surrounding the triangle in the middle of the Sri Chakra, Who has such a pretty face that the lotus bends her head in shame, Whose radiance is similar to that of the Sun and the lightning, Who is similar to the cool waves which emanate out of moon,
Who is red in colour and who is like the (guiding) light surrounding all the worlds.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, who quenches the thirst of the God with the elephant face (Ganesha) and one who rides the peacock (Kaarthika) by her breast milk, Who has lotus like feet touched by the hairs of the saluting pretty heavenly maidens, Who is the cause of the power of the five gods including Brahma , Vishnu , Rudra, Easwara and Sadashiva, Who is the primeval mother, And who brings joy to the face of Lord Ganesha.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, Who has tender legs and arms, which are as charming as a lotus and are of hue of a fresh lotus bud floating in water, Who wears a hip belt made of rubies which shine along with her attire, Who sits on the throne with five legs representing the five Gods Brahma , Vishnu , Rudra, Easwara and Sadashiva, Who is sacred and Who is a form of “ॐ”.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, who has Vedas and the sacred ॐ as her seat, Who is the very pure form which does good to every one, Who shines with her body which is itself is the Vedas, Whose form is the essence of the Vedas, Whose face itself is the basic chant (known as Sri Vidya), Who has the youthful form of the mixture of The sound (ॐ) and The point (Sri Chakra), Who is mother of all and is the prettiest of the three worlds.

I pray with my mind the divine Goddess, who has the hair over her forehead which has a colour of black cloud and is similar to the row of bees sitting, Who has bands made of flowers like the sweet scented jasmine adorning the top of her hair, Who has shining red cheeks similar to the petals of lotus flowers, And who is the Goddess of the three worlds named as “Kali”.

Those who chant this garland of nine gems, composed by Sankara, would their life in this world and would attain salvation, and all their wishes would be fulfilled.


Courtesy
: http://satyamparamdheemahi.blogspot.com/2013/03/devi-nava-ratna-mala-stotram.html?view=classic

June 9, 2014

Sringeri Rajagopuram Kumbhabhisheka Videos


The Maha-kumbhabhishekam of the 127 feet majestic Rajagopuram ​is
performed by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji,

​from
the 8th of June 2014.

On this occasion, Laksha-modaka-ganapati homa as well as Atirudra and Sahasrachandika Maha-Yagas and Koti-kumkumarchana at the shrine of goddess Sharadamba

​is
performed.
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​Day 2​ video summary – 15 mins

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Day 1​ video summary – 15 mins

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May 28, 2014

Swami Omkarananda Tamil Satsangam – Saturday June 7 2014 6pm to 8pm – DFW Hindu Temple Irving TX.

Please find enclosed the info on a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity to listen to a Tamil speaking community in DFW.

Please RSVP in this form so that we can get a head count.

Please forward it to your friends and family who may be interested in this Tamil satsangam.

Excellent Youtube Video from Swamiji in Tamil: http://tinyurl.com/swamijitalk

Swamiji Website: http://www.vedaneri.org/

About Swamiji: Sri Swami Omkarananda was born in a traditional Vedic family and learnt the Vedas from a very early age. In his early twenties, greatly inspired by the teachings of Sri Swami Vivekananda, he joined Ramakrishna Tapovanam at Tirupparaithurai, was given Sanyasa by its founder Sri Swami Chidbhavananda, on 4th May 1985 and was named as Sri Swami Omkarananda. His quest for knowledge of Vedanta led him to Sri Swami Paramarthananda, disciple of Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswati, under whose guidance he studied Vedanta from 1987 to 1994.

On completion of his studies he founded “Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam” on the banks of river Surabhi Saraswathi or Mullaiyaru at Theni and established the Vedanta Sasthra Prachara Trust to manage the Ashram. As the Chief Acharya of the Ashram, Sri Swamiji takes Vedanta classes for the Brahmacharis, and conducts regular classes in the Ashram for the benefit of general public. He conducts regular Jnana Yajnas in India and abroad.

Sri Swamiji has succeeded HH Sri Sri Santananda Swamigal of Sri Sri Judge Swamigal Adhishtanam, popularly known as Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham, at Pudukottai. This Pitham has a long history of conducting various homams and pujas. Sri Swamiji is touring the US at the invitation of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

May 16, 2014

Advaita Sharada – Excellent project started today by Sringeri Sharadha Peetam to propagate the teachings of Adi Shankara.

http://advaitasharada.sringeri.net/

Advaita Sharada Project

Over a century ago, the 33rd Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Narasimha Bharati Mahaswamiji led the first ever compilation of the complete works of Sri Adi Shankaracharya — Sri Shaankara Granthavali. In keeping with this tradition and sensitive to our technology age, the presiding Shankaracharya of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji is blessing and guiding the Advaita Sharada Project.

The goal of the Advaita Sharada project is to make available our ancient Shastric texts (in particular Vedantic texts) for access via the Internet and other computer-based devices like tablets and smartphones. Leveraging audio, video, commentaries, sub-commentaries, notes, tags and hyperlinks, we hope to provide a platform for in-depth research and additional learning for seekers, scholars and students. We also plan to create a learning platform to introduce the Upanishadic philosophy of Advaita for beginners and early aspirants.

Invoking the blessings of Goddess Sharada (the presiding deity of Sringeri Sharada Peetham) and reflecting the Upanishadic teachings as expounded by Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the project has been named "Advaita Sharada".

Akhanda Bharata

First offering: Shankara Prasthanatraya Bhashya

The first offering of Advaita Sharada is a text searchable, extensively hyperlinked Intenet edition of the Sri Shaankara Granthavali, published by the Vani Vilasa Press, Srirangam. This is a result of a collaborative effort between Sri Shankara Advaita Research Centre, Sringeri, andSriranga Digital Software Technoloiges, Srirangapatna.

The source text in Unicode was provided by The Sringeri Math at Srirangam; it is scrutinised and proofread at the Sri Shankara Advaita Research Centre, Sringeri. The XML markup scheme and the technology framework for the Internet edition was developed by Sriranga Digital Software Technologies, Srirangapatna. This Internet edition was released on Shankara Jayanti – the Vaishakha Shukla Panchami day of the Jaya Samvatsara – 4th May 2014 by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji

In forthcoming releases, we will introduce multimedia, commentaries, sub-commentaries and tags for these Bhasyas. We invite you to register and view this first release.

April 9, 2014

Excellent explanation to the divine name Ra Ma

“Ra” in Sanskrit means “That which is Radiant” and “Ma” stands for “Myself”.

That which shines forth within me, is Rama. That which is radiant in every particle of the Being is Rama.

Rama is born to Dasharatha and Kaushalya.

Dasharatha (In Sanskrit this means “the ten charioted one”) signifies the five organs of sense and the five organs of action.

Kaushalya (Sanskrit for “skilled”) stands for skill. The skillful reiner of the ten chariots can give birth to Ram. When the ten are used skillfully, radiance is born within.

Rama was born in Ayodhya (Sanskrit for “the place where no war can happen”). When there is no conflict in our mind, then the radiance can dawn. Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, was born of Sumitra (the good friend). When the ten are cooperating with you then Awareness is born.

Source: http://www.artofliving.org/ram-navami

April 4, 2014

Guruvayur Utsavam Pictures !

The Utsavam lasts for ten days. Beginning on the day of Pushya (the 8th asterism) in the month of Kumbham ( February-March), it ends after the Aarattu on the 10th day.Religiously, it is the restoration of divine Chaithanya. Brahmakalasam is preceded by the Utsavam. It is aimed at the purification and energisation of the powers of the deity. It is the last of the long series of rituals of kalasam and at the end, the flag will be hoisted heralding the Utsavam.

Culturally, it consists of various processions, illumination and modest fire-works (this is a specialty of Guruvayur Utsavam that no explosives are used, unlike most of the other Kerala temples). All ten days, the place wears a festive look, streets dressed up with arches, festoons etc., houses freshly thatched and painted.

Every shrine and building is tastefully decorated with lights, plantain trunks, bunches of coconut and arecanuts. Two Gopurams and the bahyankana (outer-courtyard) are elaborately decorated with illuminations and eye-catching electric displays. The lamps, deepasthambams and vilakku are all lightened.

More Info about the festival can be found here.

 

March 14, 2014

Karadayar Nonbu – The Vrata by Tamil Women

Karadayan Nombu or Vratam is an important fast observed by Tamil women. Today March 14th is Karadayan Nonbu.
Karadayan Nombu is based on the legend of Satyavan and Savitri. Based on this legend, each region in India observes an Upvaas in different time of the year. In Tamil Nadu, it is observed during the transition of Tamil Month Maasi and Panguni. The story of Satyavan and Savitri is a sub plot in the Mahabharata.

Savithri among the five Satis leads the image of a loyal and steadfast wife who could bring back her husband from Yama the God of Death because of her intrepidity and thinking-on-her-feet capacities.

The oldest known version of the story of Savitri and Satyavan is found in “The Book of the Forest” of the Mahabharata. The story occurs is told by Markandeya. When Yudhisthira asks Markandeya whether there has ever been a woman whose devotion matched Draupadi’s, Markandeya replies by relating this story:

The childless king of Madra, Ashwapati, lived as an ascetic for many years and prayed to the Sun God Savitr. He wished to have a son for his lineage. Finally, pleased by the prayers, God Savitr appeared to him and granted him a boon saying that he will soon have a daughter. The king is joyful when his daughter is born and named Savitri in honour of the god. Savitri, born out of devotion and asceticism becomes the embodiment of these qualities later in life.

Savitri was so beautiful and pure that she intimidated all the men who came near her. When she reached the age of marriage, no man asked for her hand. So her father told her to find a husband on her own. She set out on a pilgrimage and founds Satyavan, the son of an exiled, penniless, blind king named Dyumatsena who was a forest-dweller.

Savitri returned to find her father speaking with Sage Narada who announced that Savitri had made a bad choice: although perfect in every way, Satyavan was destined to die one year from that day. In response to her father’s pleas to choose a more suitable husband, Savitri insisted that she had already chosen her husband. Narada finally agreed and King Ashwapati gets Savitri and Satyavan married. Savitri went off to the forest wearing the clothing of a hermit and lived in perfect obedience and respect to her new parents-in-law and husband.

Three days before the predicted death of Satyavan, Savitri began to observe a fast and vigil. Her father-in-law warned her that she had taken on too harsh a regimen, but Savitri assured him that she had taken an oath to perform these austerities and Dyumatsena offered her his support as well.

On the morning of Satyavan’s final day, Savitri asked her father-in-law’s permission to accompany her husband into the forest. Since she had never asked for anything during the entire year of her marriage Dyumatsena granted her wish.

The couple went into the forest and while Satyavan was splitting wood, he suddenly became weak and laid his head on Savitri’s lap. Yama, the God of Death, had come to claim the soul of Satyavan.

Savitri followed Yama as he carried the soul away. When he tried to convince her to turn back, she offered various wise arguments. She praised Yama for his just rule as King of Dharma, and for his noble conduct with no expectation of return.

Impressed by her oratorical skills Yama praised both the content and style of her words and offered her any boon, except the life of Satyavan. She first asked for the eyesight of her father-in-law and restoration of his kingdom. Next her wish was for a hundred sons for her father and then a hundred sons for herself and Satyavan. The last wish cleverly created a dilemma for Yama, as it would indirectly grant the life of Satyavan. However, impressed by Savitri’s dedication and purity, he offered her any boon, but this time omitting “except for the life of Satyavan”. Savitri instantly asked for Satyavan to return to life. Yama granted life to Satyavan and blessed Savitri’s life with eternal happiness.

Satyavan awoke as though he had been in a deep sleep. Meanwhile Dyumatsena regained his eyesight even before Savitri and Satyavan’s return. Savitri retells the story to her parents-in-law, husband, and the gathered ascetics. As they praised her, Dyumatsena’s ministers arrived with the news of the death of his usurper. Joyfully, the king and his entourage returned to his kingdom.

From then Savitri has always been idolised as the ideal woman who used her wits to win back the life and riches of her husband. Unfortunately in the modern mind the label ‘Sati Savitri’ has assumed a negative connotation and used to describe paragons of virtue in joint families, especially as dep[icted in TV serials. The strength and ability to hold families together under any circumstances has become somewhat unbelievable when the norm seems to be women who are ready to come out of relationships on the flimsiest of excuses.

However there are many caregivers who, being younger than their husbands by quite a few years, are spending their own twilight years caring and being loyal to ailing spouses. This is true of men as well who care for their wives but unfortunately they are not called Sati Savitris. They may be called Ekapatni Ramas, but considering what happened to Sita that may be an iffy title.

Today marriages happen because the couples think that they are Made for each other.
The next stage they become loving and Mad for each other.
Soon the fights and disagreements set in making them SAD for each other.
Incompatibility and different types of torture part their ways and the couple become BAD for each other.

February 26, 2014

Importance of Gayathri Manthra by Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.

Swami Dayananda talks about the importance and meaning of Gayathri Manthra.

Part of the 2013 Anniversary Talk titled ‘Living In the Present’.

The Gayathri Manthra topic from 19th minute of this 4o minute audio lecture.

Audio of the lecture

http://www.mixcloud.com/thapas/importance-of-gayathri-manthra-19th-minute-onwards/

The Gayathri Manthra topic from 19th minute of this 4o minute audio lecture.

Transcript from the lecture

Why is Gayathri Manthra a great prayer ?

You can prayer for wealth, power etc. Gayathri does not have that kind of a prarthana. The one who burns all confusions and ignorance is called Bhargaha.

Yo Bargaha , naha Asmakam , prachodanam kuryath.
May that lord who burns all confusions make our minds decide properly. To be at the right time right place is not in your hands.

In an intersection of a road, When we seen the green light, the assumption is someone else has seen the red light and responded to it also. That is why Prachodayat. Lord, bless to decide me properly. Between the two rights, what will work is another decision.

When a boy is 9 years old, the whole life is open for him. What prayer he has got. O lord, bless me to make decisions properly, to be at the right place at the right time. Every successful man was at the right place at the right time. Really true. It is not in your hands.

Therefore Gayathri prays for you to be at right place at the right time.  It is important to know that it is not in your own hands to be at the right place at the right time. Therefore one has to do One has to do.

There is no sharing karma, your karma is yours. You have to do it. You are doing what you have got to do. Decisions can become very painful. You do not have the heard to dismiss. It is allowed in Dharma to dismiss this person for helping in some other way. So this painful decision , the first thing should be painful decision.

Therefore when I told this to an audience, one fellow told me, ” I have been procrastinating, I have lost jobs, relationships. So I missed out a possible marriage, your talk was inspiring. So from next week onwards I’m not going to procrastinating”.

From NOW on make it a point to do what is to be done from NOW on. However painful it is, do it first. May the lord help you.

Om is the lord – Avathi , rakshathi ithi ohm.
Om is the bhu – Om is the earth, the lord is the earth.
Om is bhuva – Om is the all above the earth
Om is svaha – Om is all that is beyond our perception.
That is OM.
That Varenyam – Only in India it is possible. That OM thatvam , that lord has to be understand. You have to choose to know. Nowhere in the world, Bhagawan is to be understood. For us what it is here is easwara. Om is Bhuhu, Bhuvaha, Suvana.

God is to be understood not to be believed. Pending understanding, it is ok to be believe.

Dheemahi – we meditate up on. We include others also. We include all of them. Savitha is the sun, the solar system, and the whole universe.
Savithuhu – the lord of the entire universe.
Sabaraha – The one who is all knowledge and who burns all ignorance.

Make our minds think properly, decide properly, understand properly. Let there be no corners in my mind on what is to be done.

What is real and what is not real? Let there be no confusion about that. That’s how we should use the time. Time is available for what you are interested in. What is TO be done, it does not depend on your interest, and it should be done.

What choice you have got to play the role of a mother. You have no choice. What choice you have got. Just play the role.
There is no choice. What is to be done is Easwara. May the lord help to do what is to be done IN TIME.
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February 10, 2014

Hindu Antyeshti Samskar – Practical Guidelines for Final Rites.

Very useful guidelines on Antyeshti for Hindus living outside India, especially in USA.

Published by Hindu Mandir Executive Conference.

Foreword by Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.

To Read or download, see link below.

Anthyeshti01

Anthyeshti01

http://www.scribd.com/doc/206069530/Antyesthi-Last-Rites-in-Hinduism

January 10, 2014

Learn and Teach Vishnu Sahasranama – Compilation of resources

Tomorrow (Jan 11th) is Vaikunta Ekadesi day. Here is a compilation of resources found on the web to learn and understand Vishnu Sahasranamam.

This may be useful to start learning for yourself or teach Vishnu Sahasranamam to the next generation from the Vaikunta Ekadesi day.

Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra English & Samskritham PDF to read and download.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/198547470/Vishnu-Sahasranamam-English-Samskritham

You can download the pdf file from this page.

Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra SLOW recitation With English Subtitles – MS Subbulakshmi

THis video will be useful to listen and read the sthothra at the same time slowly , especially for kids.

Download the VishnuSahasranamam SLOW recitation in MP3 format

https://www.mediafire.com/?rg7r3i742xsm1r6

How to Teach Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra to Kids
This video will be useful to know the methodology to teach the stothra to kids.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbZFVIRtiDM&list=PLFF6C9AF4CBB282AC

Background of Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra

  • In Mahabharatha , at the end of Kurukshetra War King Yuddhishtra went to Bhishma who was laying on a death bed of arrows to gain his lifetime’s knowledge and experience. During the conversation (Anusasana Parva, Section 149, verses 14 to 120) he posed these questions –
  • Who may be said to be the one god in the world?
  • Who is the one refuge of all? By glorifying and worshiping whom, can people attain peace and prosperity?
  • What is, in your opinion, the greatest Dharma – one’s true nature?
  • By doing Japa of what, can creature go beyond the bonds and cycle of birth and death?

Bhishma responded by reciting these one thousand names of Lord Vishnu and reminded him that either by meditating on these names or by invoking the names through archana (Offering), our minds can be lifted to higher consciousness.

Benefits of Reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra – Phala Sruti

That man who hears the names every day or who recites them every day, never meets with any evil either here or hereafter.

  1. If one becomes desirous of earning the merit of righteousness, one succeeds in earning it (by hearing or reciting these names).
  2. If it is wealth that one desires, one succeeds in earning wealth (by acting in this way).
  3. So also the man who wishes for enjoyments of the senses succeeds in enjoying all kinds of pleasures, and the man desirous of offspring acquires offspring (by pursuing this course of conduct).
  4. That man who with devotion and perseverance and heart wholly turned towards him, recites these thousand names of Vasudeva every day, after having purified himself, succeeds in acquiring great fame, a position of eminence among his kinsmen, enduring prosperity, and lastly, that which is of the highest benefit to him (viz., emancipation itself).
  5. Such a man never meets with fear at any time, and acquires great prowess and energy. Disease never afflicts him; splendor of complexion, strength, beauty, and accomplishments become his.
  6. The sick become hale, the afflicted become freed from their afflictions; the affrighted become freed from fear, and he that is plunged in calamity becomes freed from calamity.
  7. The man who hymns the praises of that foremost of Beings by reciting His thousand names with devotion succeeds in quickly crossing all difficulties.
  8. That mortal who takes refuge in Vasudeva and who becomes devoted to Him, becomes freed of all sins and attains to eternal Brahma.
  9. They who are devoted to Vasudeva have never to encounter any evil. They become freed from the fear of birth, death, decrepitude, and disease.
  10. That man who with devotion and faith recites this hymn (consisting of the thousand names of Vasudeva) succeeds in acquiring felicity of soul, forgiveness of disposition, prosperity, intelligence, memory, and fame. Neither wrath, nor jealousy, nor cupidity, nor evil understanding ever appears in those men of righteousness who are devoted to that foremost of beings.
  11. This hymn in praise of the illustrious Vishnu composed by Vyasa, should be recited by that person who wishes to acquire happiness and that which is the highest benefit (viz., emancipation).
  12. Those persons that worship and adore the Lord of the universe, that deity who is inborn and possessed of blazing effulgence, who is the origin or cause of the universe, who knows on deterioration, and who is endued with eyes that are as large and beautiful as the petals of the lotus, have never to meet with any discomfort.

Astrological importance of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama

  1. As mentioned above recitation and meditation of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra can help anyone who is seeking relief from various problems and can fulfill his or her desires.
  2. Helps minimizing evil combinations/affliction of planets as indicated in one’s birth chart. One can also heal through and overcome various curses and misfortunes.
  3. Many astrological classics including Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra have mentioned its use to obtain peace and relief in difficult situations. In fact it is a universal remedy to pacify and empower all planets in one’s birth chart.
  4. Difficult periods indicated in a person’s birth chart including:
  5. Dashas and antadashas of death inflicting planets(marak periods) and functionally malefic planets.
  6. Difficult transits of Rahu, Ketu or Saturn especially over Luminaries, that is, natal Sun and Moon.
  7. When transiting Jupiter moves through one’s 8th House.
  8. Weak and inauspicious Sun, Moon, Lagna(Ascendant) Lord as indicated in one’s birth chart.
  9. Incurable diseases, health problems, fear, anxiety and low state of confidence and self-esteem.
  10. Financial losses, conflicts and poor economic condition.
  11. Problems with progeny and any problem affecting children.
  12. Marital problems and divorce conflicts.
  13. Ensuring success in exams, business ventures and other competition.
  14. Natural disasters or when one’s country/state is in a state of turmoil and distress.
  15. Spiritual progress and grace of Lord Vishnu.
  16. To fulfill any other desire or overcome any difficulty.

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu
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December 31, 2013

Useful e-book from periyava.org – Dharma Sastras & Common Dharmas Applicable To All

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Message from Periyava.org (summarized)

We are pleased to bring you the Twentieth edition of the e-book series from the Kanchi Periva Forum.

This month’s ebook is a special edition focused on Dharma Sastras & Common Dharmas applicable to all – which are extracted from a series of discourses given by Sri Maha Periva.

We also invite you to regularly visit our parent website www.periva.org which has a rich treasure of information, articles and a large collection of direct audio files of Periva’s Upanyasams.

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To View and Download the book, click this link.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/194772171/Kanchi-Periva-Forum-eBook-20-Dharma-Sastra-Special-Edition

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Table Of Contents.

December 30, 2013

50 Points about todays India – The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu – Vamadev Shastri

A Fantastic and must-read article on today’s India to be read by every educated Indian , written by David Frawley (aka Vamadeva Shastri).

This article is a light and quick read – 50 points in 10 minutes.

The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu – Vamadev Shastri – September 2, 2013

http://www.hinduhumanrights.info/the-colonial-native-vs-the-hindu

The Colonial Native Vs The Hindu

1. A defeatist tendency exists in the psyche of modern Indians perhaps unparalleled in any other country today. An inner conflict bordering on a civil war rages in the minds of the country’s elite.

2. The main effort of its cultural leaders appears to be to pull the country down or remake it in a foreign image, as if little Indian and certainly nothing Hindu was worthy of preserving or even reforming.

3. The elite of India suffers from a fundamental alienation from the traditions and culture of the land , that would not be less poignant, had they been born and raised in a hostile country.

4. The ruling elite appears to be little more than a native incarnation of the old colonial rulers who haughtily lived in their separate cantonments, neither mingling with the people nor seeking to understand their customs. This new English-speaking aristocracy prides itself in being disconnected from the very soil and people that gave it birth.

5. There is probably no other country in the world where it has become a national pastime among its educated class to denigrate its own culture and history, however great that has been over the many millennia of its existence.

6. When great archaeological discoveries of India’s past are found, for example, they are not a subject for national pride but are ridiculed as an exaggeration, if not an invention, as if they represent only the imagination of backward chauvinistic elements within the culture.

7. There is probably no other country where the majority religion, however enlightened, mystical or spiritual, is ridiculed, while minority religions, however fundamentalist or even militant, are doted upon. The majority religion and its institutions are taxed and regulated while minority religions receive tax benefits and have no regulation or even monitoring.

8. While the majority religion is carefully monitored and limited as to what it can teach, minority religions can teach what they want, even if anti-national or backward in nature. Books are banned that offend minority religious sentiments but praised if they cast insults on majority beliefs.

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9. There is probably no other country where regional, caste and family loyalties are more important than the national interest, even among those who claim to be democratic, socialist or caste reformers.

10. Political parties exist not to promote a national agenda but to sustain one region or group of people in the country at the expense of the whole. Each group wants as big a piece of the national pie as it can get, not realizing that the advantages it gains mean deprivation for other groups. Yet when those who were previously deprived gain power, they too seek the same unequal advantages that causes further inequality and discontent.

11. India’s affirmative action code is by far the most extreme in the world, trying to raise up certain segments of the population regardless of merit, and prevent others from gaining positions however qualified they may be.

12. In the guise of removing caste, a new castism has arisen where one’s caste is more important than one’s qualifications either in gaining entrance into a school or in finding a job when one graduates. Anti-Brahminism has often become the most virulent form of castist thinking.

13. People view the government not as their own creation but as a welfare state from they should take the maximum personal benefit, regardless of the consequences for the country as a whole.

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14. Outside people need not pull Indians down. Indians are already quite busy keeping any of their people and the country as a whole from rising up. They would rather see their neighbors or the nation fail if they are not given the top position.

15. It is only outside of India that Indians succeed, often remarkably well, because their native talents are not stifled by the dominant cultural self-negativity and rabid divisiveness that exists in the country today.

16. Political parties in India see gaining power as a means of amassing personal wealth and robbing the nation. Political leaders include gangsters, charlatans and buffoons who would stop short at nothing to gain power for themselves and their coteries.

17. Even so-called modern or liberal parties resemble more the courts of kings, where personal loyalty is more important than any democratic participation. Once they gain power politicians routinely do little but cheat the people for their own advantage.

18. Even honest politicians find that they cannot function without some deference to the more numerous corrupt leaders who often have a stranglehold on the bureaucracy.

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19. Politicians divide the country into warring vote banks and place one community against another. They offer favors to communities like bribes to make sure that they are elected or stay in power. They campaign on slogans that appeal to community fears and suspicions rather than create any national consensus or harmony.

20. They hold power based upon blame and hatred rather than on any positive programs for social change. They inflame the uneducated masses with propaganda rather than work to make people aware of real social problems like overpopulation, poor infrastructure or lack of education.

21. Should a decent government come to power, the opposition pursues pulling it down as its main goal, so that they can gain power for themselves. The idea of a constructive or supportive opposition is hard to find. The goal is to gain power for oneself and to not allow anyone else to succeed.

22. To further their ambitions Indian politicians will manipulate the foreign press to denigrate their opponents, even if it means spreading lies and rumors and making the country an anathema in the eyes of the outside world.

23. Petty conflicts in India are blown out of proportion in the foreign media, not by foreign journalists but by Indians seeking to use the media to score points against their own opponents in the country.

24. The Indians who are responsible for the news of India in the foreign press spread venom and distortion about their own country, perhaps better than any foreigner who dislikes the culture ever could.

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25. The killing of one Christian missionary becomes a national media event of anti-Christian attacks while the murder of hundreds of Hindus is taken casually as without any real importance, as if only the deaths of white-skinned people mattered, not the slaughter of the natives.

26. Missionary aggression is extolled as social upliftment, while Hindu efforts at self-defense against the conversion onslaught are portrayed as rabid fundamentalism.One Indian journalist even lamented that western armies would not come to India to chastise the political groups he was opposed to, as if he was still looking for the colonial powers to save him!

27. Let us look at the type of leaders that India has had with its Laloo Prasad Yadav ( ex CM Bihar), Mulayam Singh Yadav( ex CM UP) or Jayalalita to mention but a few. Such individuals are little more than warlords who surround themselves with sycophants.

28. Modern Indian politicians appear more like colonial rulers looting their own country, following a divide and rule policy, to keep the people so weak that their power cannot be challenged.

29. Corruption exists almost everywhere and bribery is the main way to do business in nearly all fields. India has an entrenched bureaucracy that resists change and stifles development, just out of sheer obstinacy and not wanting to give up any control.

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30. The Congress Party, the oldest in this predominantly Hindu nation, has given its leadership to an Italian Catholic woman simply because as the widow of the last Gandhi prime minister, she carries the family torch, as if family loyalty were still the main basis of political credibility in the country. And such a leader and a party are deemed progressive!

31. The strange thing is that India is not a banana republic of recent vintage but one of the oldest and most venerable civilizations in the world. Its culture is not trumpeting a militant and fundamentalist religion trying to conquer the world for the one true faith but represents a vaster and more cosmic vision.

32. India has given birth to the main religions that have dominated East Asia historically, the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh, which are noted for tolerance and spirituality.

33. It has produced Sanskrit, perhaps the world’s greatest language. It has given us the incredible spiritual systems of Yoga and its great traditions of meditation and Self-realization.

34. As the world looks forward to a more universal model of spirituality and a world view defined by consciousness rather than by religious dogma these traditions are perhaps the most important legacy to draw upon for creating a future enlightened civilization.

35. Yet the irony is that rather than embracing its own great traditions, the modern Indian psyche prefers to slavishly imitate worn out trends in western intellectual thought like Marxism or even to write apologetics for Christian and Islamic missionary aggression.

36. Though living in India, in proximity to temples, yogis and great festivals, most modern Indian intellectuals are oblivious to the soul of the land. They might as well be living in England or China for all they know of their own country. They are isolated in their own alien ideas as if in a tower of iron.

37. If they choose to rediscover India it is more likely to occur by reading the books of western travelers visiting the country, than by their own direct experience of the people around them.

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38. The dominant Indian intelligentsia cannot appreciate even the writings of the many great modern Indian sages, like Vivekananda or Aurobindo, who wrote in good English and understood the national psyche and how to revive. It is as if they were so successfully brainwashed against their own culture that they cannot even look at it, even if presented to them clearly in a modern light!

39. Given such a twisted and self-negative national psyche, can there be any hope for the country? At the surface the situation looks quite dismal.

40. India appears like a nation without nationalism or at least without any national pride or any real connection to its own history. Self-negativity and even a cultural self-hatred abound.

41. The elite that dominates the universities, the media, the government and the business arenas is the illegitimate child of foreign interests and is often still controlled by foreign ideas and foreign resources. It cannot resist a bribe and there is much money from overseas to draw upon. Indian politicians do not hesitate to sell their country down the river and it does not require a high price.

42. Fortunately signs of a new awakening can be found. There is a new interest in the older traditions of the country and many people now visit temples and tirthas.

43. Many young people now want to follow the older heritage of the land and revive it in the modern age. The computer revolution and the new science are reconnecting with the great intelligence of the Indian psyche that produced the unfathomable mantras of the Vedas.

44. Slowly but surely a new intelligentsia is arising and now several important journalists are writing and exposing the hypocrisy of the anti-Hindu Indian elite.

45. Yet only if this trend grows rapidly can there be a real counter to the defeatist trend of the country. But it requires great effort, initiative and creativity, not simply lamenting over the past but envisioning a new future in harmony with the deeper aspirations of the region.

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46. One must also not forget that the English-educated elite represents only about three percent of the country, however much power they wield. The remaining population is much more likely to preserve the older traditions of the land. Even illiterate villagers often know more of real Indian culture than do major Indian journalists and writers.

47. Meanwhile overseas Hindus have become successful, well educated and affluent, not by abandoning their culture but by holding to it. They see Hindu culture not as a weakness but as a strength.

48. Free of the Indian nation and its fragmented psyche, they can draw upon their cultural resources in a way that people born in India seldom can. Perhaps they can return to the country and become its new leaders.

49. However, first this strange alienated elite has to be removed and they will not do so without a fight. The sad thing is that they would probably rather destroy their own country than have it function apart from their control.

50. The future of India looks like a new Kurukshetra and it requires a similar miracle for victory. Such a war will be fought not on some outer battlefield but in the hearts and minds of people, in where they choose to draw their inspiration and find their connection with life.

51. Yet regardless of outer appearances, the inner soul of the land cannot be put down so easily. It has been nourished by many centuries of tapas by great yogis and sages. This soul of Bharat Mata will rise up again through Kali (destruction) to Durga (strength). The question is how long and difficult the process must be.

December 20, 2013

Swami Omkarananda – Sanskrit Upanyasam – Not to be missed.

An not-to-be-missed upanyasam about the greatness Samskritham , Bharatheeya culture and Vedas in Samskritham language for 45 mins.

I’m sure even people who have less Samskritham knowledge can understand it , since most Indian languages have Samskritham words.


Swamiji is from Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham and a great teacher of Vedanta. One of his vedanta guru is Swami Paramarthananda of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam(Swami Dayananda Saraswathi). His ashram is in lush and picturesque Theni, Tamilnadu.

More info at website is http://www.vedaneri.org/

More information about swamiji.

HH Sri Swami Omkarananda
  • HH Sri Swami Omkarananda has taken up the sacred mission of rejuvenating the spiritual values and cultural traditions of India.
  • Born in a family steeped in culture, he adopted the Vedic life style from an early age.
  • He took his Sanyasa from Pujyasri Swami Chidbhavananda, founder of Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Tirupparaithurai.
  • He studied Vedanta under Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda, one of the foremost disciples of Pujyasri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi.
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  • Through his eloquent discourses, he drives home the deep insights of the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads, such that even an average person can comprehend them with ease.
  • He expounds the essence of some of the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Tevaram, Tiruvachakam, Tirumandiram, Tayumanavar’s hymns, Bharatiyar’s songs and in particular Tirukural.
  • He interacts freely with people of all strata without discrimination of caste, creed, age, economic status or education and attracts them by his compassionate words and friendly demeanour.
  • It is no exaggeration to say that all those who have been attracted by his teaching are rooted in spirituality and lead a purposeful life of righteousness and love, and enjoy inner peace.
  • He is actively engaged in many social activities, contributing to the well being of the society through the two Trusts he has set up – Vedanta Sasthra Prachara Trust and Sri Dakshinamurti Seva Samiti.
  • Under the auspices of Vedanta Sasthra Prachara Trust, he has successfully developed a settlement called Vedapuri in Theni on the bank of the river Mullaiyaru and has established Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam there.
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  • Under the auspices of Sri Dakshinamurti Seva Samithi, he has constructed a magnificent edifice named Adiguru Sri Prajna Dakshinamurti Vidya Pitham and conducts its affair in a grand manner.
  • He succeeded Pujyasri Santananda Swamigal as the pontiff of Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham at Pudukkottai, in the lineage of Sri Dattatreya.
  • He has established Sadguru Santananda Satsangam Trust in Chennai to further enlarge his range of activities for the well being of people.
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  • Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra Saraswati’s (also known as Judge Swamigal) Samadhi is located at Pudukkottai. He attained Mahasamadhi around 1908.
  • His disciple Sri Swayamprakasa Mahaswamigal installed a Linga at the Adhishtinam and performed Mahakumbhabhishekam in the year 1936. He later directed his disciple Sadguru Sri Santananda Swamigal to look after Sri Judge Swamigal’s Adhisthanam. He installed the idol of Sri Bhuvaneshwari in the year 1962. He founded Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham. Under his divine guidance homams have been regularly performed for the past fifty years.
  • Sadguru Santananda Mahaswamigal attained Mahasamadhi in the year 2002. On 11th May 2005, Pujya Sri Omkarananda Mahaswamigal took charge of Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham.
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  • The most important mission of Pujya Sri Swamiji at Sri Bhuvaneshwari Avadhuta Vidya Pitham is to conduct various homams for the benefit of the world, which are executed by Sri Bhuvaneshwari Charities Trust and Sri Swayamprakasha Avadhuta Sadasiva Trust. Pujya Sri Swamiji has also founded Sri Bhuvaneshwari Seva Mandali to carry out social service activities like free tuition to needy children, etc.,

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu
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December 4, 2013

Mathur: Samskritham Village in Karnataka

Mathur, a culturally rich village on the banks of the river Tunga in Karnataka.
Villagers use Sanskrit here for their day to day conversation and not just during poojas.

It is one of the two villages in India where Sanskrit is the official language. The villagers speak a dialect called Sanketi, which is a mixture of Sanskrit, Tamil and Kannada. It has no written script.

There is a village paatashala, which teaches chanting of Vedas in the traditional way, especially Krishna Yajur Veda along with other ritualistic rites from Bodhayana sutras and Aabhasthamba sutras. Other rituals for yagnas are conducted for learning purposes.

An example of their brilliance was seen when they told about this famous verse from Bodhayana Sutra of the Shulba Sutra (around 4000 BC) in Mathematics, ‘Deergachatursasyaa akshanyaa rajjuh: Paarsvamanischa Thiryakmani cha. Yatpruthagbhute kuruthasthatubayam karoti.’ It is nothing but a Pythogaras’ theorem stated in Shulba Sutras, 1000 years before Pythogoras wrote it.

Venkatesh avadhaani( a sanyasi, whose knowledge of Sanskrit is amazing) explained it by drawing a rectangle and a diagonal with a chalk on the floor of his house and showed how these Sanskrit words state that the area of the square on one side of the diagonal is equal to the area of the sum of squares on the side and base of that rectangle.

A Japanese gentleman has been attending the classes for the last couple of years, learning and writing advanced Vedic scriptures.

Here is a video from Mathur Village where the villagers converse in Samskrtham.

Sankethis are Smartha Braahmanas who are descendants of Vadama Iyers who migrated to Karnataka 1000 years ago. One group from shencottai  and from other parts of tamilnadu. Musician R K Srikantan, violinist R K Venkatramasastri,  Shriramkumar, veena R K Surnarayana . You find a good concentration near Mysore, Hassan etc in Karnataka.
 Sankethis also pray to Narmada Nadi during Sandhya Vandana just like Vadamas as they come from Narmada River Valley.
 Sankethi can be written in Kannada Lipi. Sankethi is a language that is jaathi specific, ie, there are no non-Braahmana Sankethis.
More information about Sankethi’s are available here http://www.sankethi.org/

Source: Facebook – Untold Story Of India

November 14, 2013

Ashtakam on Kanchi MahaPeriyava from Kanchi Forum Admin

A peaceful and mesmerizing Ashtakam on Kanchi MahaPeriyava in Tamil .
It is sung by Master Avinash from California, composed by the administrator of Kanchi Periyava Forum

An Ashtakam is a song consisting of eight sections and each section being sung to the same tune.
Thotakashtakam is one example of an Ashtakam, sung by Thotakacharya.

Here is the link 6 minute ashtakam

Here is the lyrics of the ashtakam

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