July 17, 2017

Amritha Varshini – 42nd Issue

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Namaskaram

We are glad to release the 42nd issue of our E-Magazine Amritha Varshini today on the auspicious commencement of Dakshinayana Punya Kaalam.

Kindly read and share your valuable feedback.

Humble Pranams

Anand Vasudevan
Dharumamigu Chennai
17th July 2017

June 27, 2017

Amritha Varshini – 41st Issue

Ram Ram

Please find the link to Amritha Varshini 41st Issue from Shri Anand Vasudevan.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgaHB5RWhFRExYbnc

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgaHB5RWhFRExYbnc

May 12, 2017

Amritha Varshini 40th Issue

Ram Ram

Please find the link to Amritha Varshini 40th Issue from Shri Anand Vasudevan.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgWk9ZeW5fTG9Oa3M

 

 

April 9, 2017

Hevilambi 2017-2018 Calendar from Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam

जय जय शंकर हर हर शंकर

Here is the calendar from Kanchi Srimatam for this year.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgTnVKVmVkb2tyN0E

April 8, 2017

Sampradaya Bhajan – Book – PDF – In Tamil

What is Sampradaya Bhajana or Dakhshina Bharatha Sampradaya Bhajana? It is the tradition of Bhajans in India and as the name suggests particularly in South India. It’s the collection of Kirtanas and Namavalis in specific order. Mainly the order has been evolved by Sri Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal, Sri Pudukottai Gopala Krishna Bhagavathar.

The trinity of gurus as far as Sampradaya Bhajans are considered 1. Bodhendra Swamigal 2. Sridhara Ayyaval 3. Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal. The sampradaya bhajana paddhati has mainly evolved due to the tradition and efforts of Marudhanallur Sadguru Swamigal.

The bhajans are typically rendered in the following order:

  1. Dhyana Slokam
  2. Sangraha Thodaya Mangalam (Thotakam – Beginning with a praise, Mangalam – End)Thodaya Mangalam is different from Thotaka Ashtakam of ADI SANKARA
  3. Guru Dhyanam
  4. Guru Abhangs
  5. Sadhu Keertanas (hymns on Sadhus and sants. It can be abhangs also)
  6. Jayadeva Ashtapadi
  7. Narayana Teertha Krishna leela Tharangini

Here is a book in tamil that has has most of the krithis that is sung during a pracheena sampradaya bhajan.

Download/View this book — https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgWGpmTFdGVDFqZjg



April 7, 2017

Ebook #2 – Important Daily Rituals – Kanchi Periyava Forum

Ebook #2 – Important Daily Rituals – Kanchi Periyava Forum

Link to download and read the book — https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgbjJ6NlVYMmhiZGM

April 7, 2017

Feb 2017 – Voice Of Jagadguru E-Magazine


Sri Gurubhyoh Namaha!

With the blessings of our Jagadguru Mahasannidanam Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Teertha Mahaswamigal and Sannidanam Sri Sri Sri Vidhushekara Bharathi Mahaswamigal, we are publishing the Feb’ 2017 edition of the e-magazine, VoiceOfJagadGuru. Please use the below links to access the magazine

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgclFpMTVfaXdCZEk

April 7, 2017

Pooja Sangraham – Pooja steps in Samskrtam and Tamil. – Kanchi Kamakoti Matam Publication.

Pooja Sangraham book contains panchAyathana pooja, Guru pooja and many special festival poojas from South Indian tradition.

This book is published by Pratyaksha Trust (Guidance of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Matam)

Download/View Link

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-Qgd2ZKWTBEUVk5Y0k

If you are using this book, do consider donating to Prathyaksha Trust at

https://sripratyaksha.wordpress.com/projects/

https://sripratyaksha.wordpress.com/contact-us-2/

March 30, 2017

Ebook #1 -Essense of Hindu Tradition & Culture – From Kanchi Periyava Forum

Ebook #1 -Essense of Hindu Tradition & Culture – From Kanchi Periyava Forum

 

Link to download and read the book — https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgYzh4bW11TUVuMnM

March 30, 2017

March 2017- Voice Of Jagadguru E-Magazine

Voice of JagadGuru – Mar 2017 Edition

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgdXFhZmNZWlNaZUU
Sri Gurubhyoh Namaha!

With the blessings of our Jagadguru Mahasannidanam Sri Sri Sri Bharathi Teertha Mahaswamigal and Sannidanam Sri Sri Sri Vidhushekara Bharathi Mahaswamigal, here is the Mar’ 2017 edition of the e-magazine, VoiceOfJagadGuru. Please use the below links to access the magazine

March 23, 2017

39th Issue of Amrithavarshini

Ram Ram

Please find the link to Amritha Varshini 39th Issue from Shri Anand Vasudevan.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2fhZcwHT-QgU3h3OHp0MDlhbHM

 

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Ram Ram
Hari

March 7, 2017

Amritha Varshini – 38th Issue

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Download/Read Amritha Varshini 38th issue.

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Namaskaram

By the divine grace of Guru and God we are glad to release the 38th issue of Amritha Varshini today on the auspicious occasion of Shivaratri.

May the Lord shower his blessings on all.

Kindly read and share your valuable feedback.

Humble Pranams

Anand Vasudevan
Dharumamigu Chennai
Shivaratri, 24th Feb 2017

November 2, 2016

Amritha Varshini – 37th Issue

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October 6, 2016

Upanyasams – Pithru Poojanam–Mahalayam–Navarathri-Vidhyarambam

Namaskaram

Important and not to be missed upanyasams in tamizh and some in telugu. There are so many upanyasams on many topics related to our culture.
It will take a life time to listen to these upanyasams and adhere to them.

Pithru Poojanam–Mahalayam–Navarathri-Vidhyarambam by VadakudiBrahmmasri T.SundararamaDikshidar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp4ia6b_4bE

தற்காலம் நேர்ந்திருக்கும் கஷ்டங்களுக்கு எல்லாம் கர்மானுஷ்டானங்களே மருந்து
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad3cu9vv0Pc

ஸ்ரீ காஞ்சி காமகோடி பீடாதிபதி ஜகத்குரு ஸ்ரீ சங்கராசார்ய ஸ்வாமிகள் அவர்களின் ஆக்ஞைப்படி “வேத தர்மசாஸ்த்ர பரிபாலன ஸபை” என்ற பெயருடன் இந்த ஸபை 1942 வருஷம் செப்டம்பர் மாதம் 11 (s No.1 of 1942-43 ஆக) பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டது.

As per instructions of Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peethadhipathi Jagadguru Shri Shankaracharya Swamigal, “VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA” has been registered on 11th September 1942 (S.No. 1 of 1942-43).

Objectives of this Sabha:
1. Primarily encouraging and developing Niyama Adhyayana (Study as per rules) of Vedas while staying in Gurukulam.

2. Developing knowledge of Vedas and Dharma Sastras.
3. Teaching in traditional manner and spreading of Vedas and Dharma Sastras.
4. Collecting funds from brahmanas for looking after brahmana upadhyayas (traditional teachers) and brahmana students of Vedas, Veda Bhashyas (commentaries on Vedas), Grihyasutras and Dharma Sastras; giving honoraria to students who pass the examinations and Guru dakshina to upadhyayas.

ஸபையின் நோக்கங்கள்.
இந்த ஸபையின் நோக்கங்கள் :

  1. முக்கியமாக குருகுல வாஸமுறையில் வேதங்களில் நியம அத்யயனத்தை ஆதரித்து, வ்ருத்தி செய்வது.
  2. வேதங்கள், தர்மசாஸ்த்ரங்கள் இவைகளில் ஞானத்தை வ்ருத்தி செய்வது.
  3. வேதங்களையும், தர்ம சாஸ்த்ரங்களையும் சாஸ்த்ரீக முறையில் கற்பிக்கவும், பரவவும் செய்வது.
  4. வேதங்கள், வேதபாஷ்யங்கள், க்ருஹ்யஸூத்ரங்கள், தர்ம சாஸ்த்ரங்கள் இவைகளை கற்பிக்கும் ப்ராஹ்மண உபாத்யாயர்களையும், கற்கும் ப்ராஹ்மண மாணவர்களையும் ஆதரிக்க நிதியை ப்ராஹ்மணர்களிடமிருந்தே பெற்றுக்கொண்டு அந்த மாணவர்களுக்கு அவ்வப்பொழுது பரீக்ஷைகளில் தேறினவர்களுக்கு ஸம்பாவனைகளும், உபாத்யாயர்களுக்கு குருதக்ஷிணைகளும் கொடுப்பது.

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

August 16, 2016

Meaning of AvaniAvittam MahaSankalpam Audio (Tamil)

https://www.mixcloud.com/thapas/avaniavittam-mahasankalpam-yajurveda/

Meaning of AvaniAvittam MahaSankalpam mp3 file .

Above is Maha Sankalpam for Yajur Veda Upakarmaa – from SrisrisriMusiri Maamaa’s son Vajpeyayaaji Shrimaan Yegnappa of MUSIRI.

ஹர ஹர சங்கர ஜெய ஜெய சங்கர| ஹர ஹர சங்கர காமகோடி சங்கர|

Credits : Vajpeyayaaji Shrimaan Yegnappa of MUSIRI and Ganesh Raghu , Houston.

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Why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ ?

“When we chant Gayatri as part of Sandhyavandanam every day, why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ day for chanting it again?” A valid doubt.

THE POWER OF GAYATRI JAPA:
A question I was asked once about the chanting of Gayatri come to my mind. “When we chant Gayatri as part of Sandhyavandanam every day, why is a day allotted separately as ‘Gayatri Japa’ day for chanting it again?” A valid doubt.

But the question was followed by an admission which became the answer to the question itself! “Of course we look forward to this day every year and perform the japa with great enthusiasm and much devotion, and when I was a brahmachari I used to do the Gayatri homa as well with great care”. So what makes this day so special? What gives us that inexplicable joy when we do Gayatri Japa?

Generally the Gayatri Japa day comes the day after ‘Sravana Pournami’. It is the same day for all the Veda branches, though the day of Avani Avittam is different for different Vedas. On this day, ‘Sahasra Gayatri japa’ i.e. chanting of Gayatri 1,008 times has to be performed without fail. The sankalpa that precedes Gayatri Japa, which comprises Mityaadeeta praayaschitta, Apadaneeya dosha praayaschitta and Samvatsara praayaschitta gives you an idea of the importance given to the Sahasra Gayatri Japa.

Mityaadeeta praayaschitta is considered the most significant among these, and seeks forgiveness for our omissions, errors, mispronunciations and tonal lapses in the chanting of mantras on different occasions during the entire year. With this praayaschitta the Brahmacharis also seek pardon for other transgressions if any from the Brahmacharya vrat.

This is what you do when you chant “Mityaadeeta praayaschittaartham sahasra Gayatri maha mantra japam karishyae” during the sankalpam on this ‘Gayatri Japam’ Day.

If we go strictly by the rule, all of us – not only Brahmacharis but even grhasthas – are supposed to do Gayatri homa, with 1,008 samit’s offered to the Agni at the rate of one samit per chant. Over time the custom has changed and the current practice is that homa is done by Brahmacharis only.

One is not supposed to eat till the Japa is completed. After completing the Japa, doing the Madhyahnikam and Brahma Yagna, one can partake of lunch.

It can be averred with authority that if everyone required to do Gayatri japa does it diligently with pavitra on their finger and chant the mantra as it should be done i.e. in five distinct sections within the mind and without moving the lips and tongue, the benefit to the person as well as to the community at large will be immense.

Let us remember the definition of Gayatri: “gaayantam traayata iti Gayatri” meaning “that which protects the singer, one who chants, is Gayatri”.

The Gayatri Japa comes this year, Manmata varusham, on 30th August. I hope we all use this wonderful opportunity to perform the Gayatri Japa sincerely and pay homage to our Rishis, our Vedas and to Paramatma.

Sarma Sastrigal

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

August 6, 2016

AMRITHA VARSHINI – 36th ISSUE





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Namaskaram

We are glad to Offer the ​​
36th Issue of Amritha Varshini at the divine lotus feet of Mahaperiyava today on the Auspicious occasion of Ashada Ekadasi coupled with Anusham.

Kindly take your time to read and share your valuable feedback.

Humble Pranams

Anand Vasudevan
Editor – Amritha Varshini

August 5, 2016

Sraavana Purnima – Purpose of Upakarma

http://isatsang.blogspot.in/2014/08/sraavana-purnima-purpose-of-upakarma.html

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Sraavana Purnima – Purpose of Upakarma

  • by Siva Subramanyan
  • Aug. 5, 2016
  • 2 min read

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Sri Chandramoulisvaraya Namah:

VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA (Regd.)

Kumbhakonam

Publication No. 24

This is the right name for it; not ‘Aavaniyavattam’. Though this is the right name, it does not convey the right meaning. We should call it ‘Aavani Purnima’; nay, even this is incorrect. We should in fact call it ‘Sraavana Purnima’. Followers of Aapasthambha sutra should perform a karma called ‘Upakarma’ on the day of Purnima in the lunar month of Sraavana, if there are no blemishes on that day. Sraavana Purnima generally is found to occur on the day of Avittam star in the solar month of Aavani. Hence that day is referred to as Aavani Avittam, further twisted in spoken parlance to ‘Aavaniyavattam’.

This same Upakarma should be performed by Rigvedis on the day of Sravana (Tiruvonam) star in the lunar month of Sraavana and by Samavedis on the day of Hastha star in the lunar month of Bhadrapada, which comes next to Sraavana.

What is the purpose of Upakarma?

The purpose of performing any karma will be known if we note the Sankalpa uttered by the Upadhyaya during that karma. When he utters Sankalpa, we should ask him for the meaning of the Sankalpa. Only then he will at least show interest in learning the meaning himself. Rigvedis’ sankalpa is as follows:

“Adhitanam chandasam ayatayamatvaya adhyayana viryavattartham”

Import of this: That which is not ‘yatayamam’ is ‘ayatayamam’. What is ‘yatayamam’? Even in Bhagavadgita, we come across “Yatayamam gatarasam puti paryushitam cha yat”. One yamam means three hours. Food loses its efficacy after three hours after cooking. Based on this, the term ‘yatayamam’ is used to denote objects which have become useless with time. For food it is three hours; similarly various materials have different limiting times upto which they are useful. If these time limits are crossed, their efficacy diminishes. Same with Vedas. After Upanayanam, study of Vedas commences on the first Aavani Avittam day. Utsarjana karma is done in the following Pushya (Thai) month, study of Vedas is halted and in the next six months, as much as possible of the six Vedangas, viz. Siksha, Vyakarana, Chandas, Niruktam, Jyotisham and Kalpasutram is studied. Then in the Sraavana month of the following year, on the day of Upakarma, Upakarma is performed and study of Veda mantras is commenced again. This karma of starting study of Vedas is known as Upakarma. Only if Upakarma is performed in this manner, will the meagre store of Veda mantra with us have power. If not, it will become ‘yatayama’ like the food described in Bhagavadgita.

If at least the Gayatri mantra which is with us is to have power, we must perform the karma of Upakarma without mistakes in mantra and with understanding of meaning. Only because Upakarma is not performed with sincerity, some karmas done these days become useless owing to loss of power of mantras. Hence Upakarma should certainly be performed.

If we are to commence uttering a mantra, it will bear fruit only if we worship the Rishis and Devatas who gave us that mantra at the beginning and receive their blessings. Their power of Tapas (austerity) will accrue to us through that mantra. There are three ways of worshipping them. One is invoking them in an object (kurcha of darbha, purna kumbha, lemon, betelnut fruit or lump of clay) and worshipping them with sixteen specified upacharas. The second method is doing ‘Tarpanam’ with water for those Rishis. The third method, more powerful than the previous two, is to perform ‘Homam’ in Agnimukham for them.

Hence during Aavani Avittam, we should arrange for an additional Upadhyaya to explain to Grihasthas during the progress of Homam the Rishi or Devata for whom oblations are being given in Agni by the main Upadhyaya.

More important action required:

On a Sunday prior to Aavani Avittam Grihasthas should assemble in a place and learn as far as possible from knowledgeable Upadhyayas the Upakarma procedures properly and completely with meaning and intent; on the day of Upakarma, they should observe those procedures without forgetting the meaning.

August 2, 2016

Avani avittam Mantras and Varalakshmi Vratham mantras (2016) – IN Tamil

Namaste

Yajur upAkarma and Varalakshmi vratam mantras pdf.

 

http://www.mediafire.com/download/4u0vpfn27r65dc0/AVANIAVITTAM_2016.pdf

 

http://www.mediafire.com/download/2s3y3v6echrwirk/VARALAKSHMIPOOJA_2016.pdf

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

April 5, 2016

AMRITHA VARSHINI – 35TH ISSUE

Namaste

Please find below Amritha Varshini bi-lingual spritual magazine by Sri Anand Vasudevan.

Download: http://download1502.mediafire.com/tknfs9h435fg/9jrw93n0ow2cn3g/Amrithavarshini-Pallavi-35.pdf

Past IssuesHere is the permanent link to see every magazine that is published until now in downloadable pdf format.

​https://thapas.wordpress.com/category/amrithavarshini/​

 

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January 6, 2016

AMRITHA VARSHINI – 34TH ISSUE

Namaskaram

Please find below Amritha Varshini bi lingual spritual magazine by Sri Anand Vasudevan.

View: http://www.mediafire.com/view/55yfx8cx59rs1cx/Amrithavarshini-Pallavi-34.pdf

Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/55yfx8cx59rs1cx/Amrithavarshini-Pallavi-34.pdf

Past Issues: Here is the permanent link to see every magazine that is published until now in downloadable pdf format.

​https://thapas.wordpress.com/category/amrithavarshini/​

Ram Ram
Hari

October 30, 2015

Sandyavandanam – Many resources in one place – mp3 – articles, how to, audio etc.

Namaste

Here is a collection of Sandhyavandanam resources ( documents, manuals, books, audio, videos) in one place.
Please email at hari.ramasubbu at gmail dot com to add sandyavandanam related content so that everyone will benefit.

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http://tinyurl.com/sandyavandanam

The link has three parts, articles , audio and how-to manuals. Please click the above link to see all and download.

Special Mention on Audio: The audio directory has some useful audio but Swami Paramarthananda’s Sandyavandanam audio talks is worth a mention.
Swamiji’s audio content is a treasure for those who want to truely understand this important nithya karma.

Here is a direct URL to Swami Paramarthananda’s Sandyavandanam audio talks.

http://tinyurl.com/SPji-Sandyavandanam

 

 

More articles are published also at
https://thapas.wordpress.com/category/sandhyavandanam/

http://tinyurl.com/sandyavandanam

One stop source for see many Sandhyavandanam related info.

Namaste
Hari
thapas.wordpress.com

October 21, 2015

Amritha Varshini 33rd Issue

Namaskaram
 
Please find below details of 33rd Issue of Amritha Varshini. Amritha Varshini is a spiritual magazine in english and tamil on bhakthi related topics, started in Jan 2012.

Sri Anand Vasudevan is the editor and has published more than 30 issues. Every issue has lots of information to read and benefit.

Download PDF : http://www.mediafire.com/view/1dodomm62dlg83n/Amrithavarshini-Pallavi-33.pdf

 
All past PDFs: Here is the permanent link to see every magazine that is published until now in downloadable pdf format.

All future issues of Amritha Varshini magazine will be catelogued here as they are published.

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October 8, 2015

Book : Yoga, Enlightenment and Perefction – Download pdf

Yoga, Enlightenment and Perfection book by Sringeri Jagadguru

H.H. Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal

Download pdf https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=0B-e80P45j1t6bzZDNS1odWFVVUk

Acharya unnamed

By way of paying reverential homage to the 35th Acharya of the Dakshinamnaya Sri Sharada Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji (1917-1989), on the occasion of His Aradhana on October 4, 2015, Sri Vidyatheertha Foundation is pleased bring out and make available to all, free of cost, the digital version of the book titled, ‘Yoga, Enlightenment and Perfectionof H.H. Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal’. This book, which contains a detailed account of the Jagadguru’s spiritual practices and His realization of and steadfast establishment in the Supreme, also serves an authoritative exposition of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta. It was first published in the year 1999 and reprinted many times thereafter. The present digital edition – with both PDF and EPUB versions to facilitate reading of the book in various devices – may be downloaded free of cost from the website of the Foundation at the following link: http://www.svfonline.net.

An unmatched authority on the scriptures, a peerless Yogi, a consummate Jivanmukta, an ocean of mercy and perfect preceptor, Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji adorned Shankara Bhagavatpada’s Sringeri Sharada Peetham as its 35th Acharya. He was born on November 13, 1917, and was initiated into Sannyasa on May 22, 1931, by the 34th Acharya, the renowned Jivanmukta, Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji. His Holiness intensely engaged in spiritual practices, which strictly conformed to the scripture, right from the day of His Sannyasa and these culminated in His full realization of and steadfast establishment in the Supreme Brahman on December 12, 1935.

The book Yoga Enlightenment and Perfection contains a short account of the life of the Jagadguru in the words of the reigning, 36th Acharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji. This is followed by a short account in the words of Acharyal – which is how Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji has been referred to in the book – about His Guru (Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji). Then, after some relevant information about Acharyal’s pre-Sannyasa days, commences a detailed account of His practice of Hatha Yoga, devotion, Karma Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Nada Anusandhana, contemplation on the Atman, meditation and Samadhi on divine forms, scripture-based reflection on the Truth and Savikalpa Samadhi and Nirvikalpa Samadhi (the acme of Yoga) on the Absolute; and of His thorough elimination of notions of non-Atman, His enlightenment and Jivanmukti. Citations from the scriptures and other authoritative texts as also extracts from the discourses and dialogues of the Jagadguru have been included to provide clarifications and additional information. Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji has approvingly conferred on the work a benedictory foreword (Srimukha).

http://www.sringeri.net/2015/10/03/affiliate-news/vidyatheertha-foundation/digital-version-of-the-book-yoga-enlightenment-and-perfection.htm

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

September 21, 2015

மகாளய பட்சம் – விளக்கம்

Mahalaya paksham for all time zones starts on September 28th and ends on 12th october.

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மகாளய பட்சம் – விளக்கம் & மகாளய பட்சத்தின் ஒவ்வொரு திதியிலும் தர்ப்பணம் கொடுப்பதன் பலன்கள்

"மகாளயம்’ என்றால் "கூட்டமாக வருதல்’. மறைந்த நம் முன்னோர் மொத்தமாக கூடும் நேரமே மகாளய பட்சம். "பட்சம்’ என்றால் 15 நாட்கள். மறைந்த முன்னோர் 15நாட்கள் (சில சமயங்களில் 16 ஆக மாறுபடும்) நம்மோடு தங்கும் காலமே மகாளய பட்சம்.

இது புரட்டாசி மாத பவுர்ணமிக்கு மறுநாள், பிரதமை திதியில் துவங்கி, அமாவாசை வரை நீடிக்கும். புரட்டாசியில் வரும் அந்த அமாவாசையே மகாளய அமாவாசை எனப்படும். தை அமாவாசை, ஆடி அமாவாசை ஆகியவற்றை விட உயர்ந்தது இது.

மற்ற மாதங்களில் அமாவாசையன்று முன்னோரை நினைத்து தர்ப்பணம் செய்வோம். அவர்கள் மறைந்த தமிழ் மாதத்தில் வரும் திதியில், சிராத்தம் முதலியன செய்வோம். ஆனால், மகாளய பட்ச
காலத்தில் பிரதமை துவங்கி அமாவாசை வரை தினமும் தர்ப்பணம் செய்ய வேண்டும்.

ஒட்டுமொத்த முன்னோரையும் அப்போது நினைவு கூர வேண்டும். தீர்த்தக்கரைகளுக்கு சென்று புனித நீராடி, நம் முன்னோர் ஆத்மசாந்திக்காக பிரார்த்தித்து வர வேண்டும். அந்தணர்களுக்கு ஆடைகள், ஏழைகளுக்கு உணவு, படிக்க சிரமப்படும் மாணவர்களுக்கு கல்வி உதவித்தொகை என தானமளிக்க வேண்டும்.

நமது தேசத்தின் பல நூற்றாண்டுகளுக்கும் முந்தைய வரலாறைக் கூட தெரிந்து வைத்திருக்கும் பலர், தங்கள் மூதாதையரில் மூன்று தலைமுறைகளுக்கு முன்புள்ளவர்கள் பெயரை நினைவில் வைத்திருப்பதில்லை. அந்த பயிற்சியை இந்த காலத்தில் நமது குழந்தைகளுக்கு அளிக்க வேண்டும். தற்போது நினைவில் உள்ள தலைமுறையினர் பெயரை டைரியில் குறிக்கச் சொல்ல வேண்டும். அப்படியானால் தான் எதிர்காலத்தில் தர்ப்பணம், சிராத்தம் குறித்த அறிவு நம்மிடையே நீடித்து நிலைத்திருக்கும்.

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மகாளய பட்சத்தின் ஒவ்வொரு திதியிலும் தர்ப்பணம் கொடுப்பதன் பலன்கள் தரப்பட்டுள்ளன.

முதல்நாள் – பிரதமை – பணம் சேரும்

2ம் நாள் – துவிதியை – ஒழுக்கமான குழந்தைகள் பிறத்தல்

3ம் நாள் – திரிதியை – நினைத்தது நிறைவேறுதல்

4ம் நாள் – சதுர்த்தி – பகைவர்களிடமிருந்து தப்பித்தல்

5ம் நாள் – பஞ்சமி – வீடு, நிலம் முதலான சொத்து வாங்குதல்

6ம் நாள் – சஷ்டி – புகழ் கிடைத்தல்

7ம்நாள் – சப்தமி – சிறந்த பதவிகளை அடைதல்

8ம் நாள் – அஷ்டமி – சமயோசித புத்தி, அறிவாற்றல் கிடைத்தல்

9ம்நாள் நவமி – சிறந்த வாழ்க்கைத்துணை, குடும்பத்திற்கேற்ற மருமகள் அமைதல், பேத்தி, புத்திசாலியான பெண் குழந்தைகள் பிறத்தல்.

10ம் நாள் – தசமி – நீண்நாள் ஆசை நிறைவேறுதல்

11ம்நாள் – ஏகாதசி – படிப்பு, விளையாட்டு, கலையில் வளர்ச்சி

12ம் நாள் – துவாதசி – தங்கநகை சேர்தல்

13ம்நாள் – திரயோதசி – பசுக்கள், விவசாய அபிவிருத்தி, தீர்க்காயுள், ஆரோக்கியம், சுதந்திரமான வேலை அல்லது தொழில்

14ம்நாள் – சதுர்த்தசி – பாவம் நீங்குதல், எதிர்கால தலைமுறைக்கு நன்மை.

15ம் நாள் – மகாளய அமாவாசை – முன் சொன்ன அத்தனை பலன்களும் நம்மைச் சேர முன்னோர் ஆசி வழங்குதல்.

எனவே, மகாளய பட்சம் என்னும் அரிய சந்தர்ப்பத்தை நழுவ விடாமல் இருந்தால் லாபம் நமக்கு மட்டுமல்ல! நம் தலைமுறைக்கும் சேர்த்து தான்.

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http://temple.dinamalar.com/news_detail.php?id=22463


Namaste
Hari Ramasubbu

August 24, 2015

Avani Avittam – 2015

Avani Avittam 2015.

Here are couple of links for resourses related to Avani avittam.

http://vedabhavan.org/yajur-upakarma-avani-avittam-2015-text-and-mp3-downloads/

Many documents in one location regarding Avani Avittam 2015. Thanks to K Raman ji for compiling this.

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/iy71hxynrhf9s/Avani_Avittam_related

Namaste
Hari

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This year’s Avani Avittam is slated on

Rig veda avani avittam – 28 Aug 2015

Yajur veda avani avittam – 29 Aug 2015

Sama veda avani avittam – 15 Sept 2015

Gayatri Japam for Rig and Yajur – 30 Aug 2015


I tried to compile as much on Avani avittam and uploaded. These can be downloaded, shared and viewed too on line.

https://www.mediafire.com/folder/iy71hxynrhf9s/Avani_Avittam_related

You are free to share the above link.


Just one file is attached.​

Greetings and best wishes.​
K.Raman.

kramansmail@gmail.com

August 2, 2015

Importance of Gayatri Manthra. Published on “Arulamudam” book by Rama.Aranganathan in Tamil.

Quotes from various sources on the Importance of Gayatri Manthra. Published on “Arulamudam” book by Rama.Aranganathan in Tamil.

Sharing this in the interest of reviving Nithya Karma and Karmanushtana as advocated by our Shastras and Guru parampara.

More resources on Sandhyavandanam and Gayatri can be found at
https://thapas.wordpress.com/category/sandhyavandanam/

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

July 30, 2015

AMRITHA VARSHINI – 32nd Issue


Namaskaram

We are glad to release the 32nd Issue of our eMagazine “AMRITHA VARSHINI” today on the auspicious occassion of Ashadi Ekadasi coupled with Anusham.

Kindly read and share your valuable feedback to us.​ ​
Please pass on the eMagazine to all your Friends, Family and Groups.

Humble Pranams
Anand Vasudevan

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July 3, 2015

Ghana Parayanam – ​​Loka Sarasvatya Yanti Ghana Parayanam during 2015 Shankara Jayanti

A melodious and blissful Ghana Parayanam at Sringeri Sharadha Peetam. ​​

Loka Sarasvatya Yanti Ghana Parayanam during 2015 Shankara Jayanti (7 mins)

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNiIo9KvOZM

mp3 : http://www.mediafire.com/listen/dmp8iihizk3htkd/Loka_Sarasvatya_Yanti_Ghana_Parayanam_during_2015_Shankara_Jayanti.mp3

Rescuing our Vedic Priesthood

Insightful article about 1. Significance of Vedas 2. How Vedas are organized 3. The art & science of Vedic Chanting 4. The plight of today’s Vydicaas in India.

Rescuing our Vedic Priesthood – Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian

Source: http://www.brahmanworld.org/conv_fls2k6/pdfiles/subramanian_rescuing_priesthood.pdf

I. Our Scriptures The word Veda is derived from the Sanskrit root vid which means “to know”. Since our religion follows the vedic injunctions, it is known as “Vedic Religion”. The word religion implies the meaning of dharma. The texts that give us the complete knowledge of dharma are called dharma- pramANa. They are fourteen in number and are: four Vedas, six VedAngas (the organs of the Vedas), and four UpAngas (secondary organs of the Vedas). 14= 4 Vedas +6 VedAngAs+4 UpAngas = VidyaAstAna These fourteen texts are glorified as vidyAsthAna’s – the abode of true knowledge and wisdom. (See Appendix 1 for a comprehensive list of our scriptures and what they deal with). As codified by Sage Veda Vyasa, all four Vedas put together had 1,131 SakhAs (branches). However, only 10 are available today, and of those, only two are nearly complete! The Vedic literature can be broadly classified into four groups: 1. SamhitA: the mantra portion; 2. BrAhmaNas: the portion dealing with rituals; 3. AraNyakas – the forest texts, and 4.Upanishads – the portion dealing with Vedic philosophy. The principles of Dharma as embodied in our religion are all centered on the Vedas.

2. Glory of the Vedas Apasthambha Sutra describes Vedas as the Pramana: (authority – pramanam vedasca). Manu Smriti hails them as vedokhilo dharma moolam (the root of dharma); Bhagavan Sri Krishna says: vedaisca sarvair-ahameva-vedya: (I am known through the Vedas). The Vedas are Infinite (anantA vai vedA;); They are the very breath of Iswara: (yasya niSvasitam vedA:) They are without beginning: (anAdi) and of non-human origin (apourusheya.) They teach the glories of all creations and the principles of dharma and enshrine true knowledge and wisdom. That is why our scriptures proclaim: vedo nityam adheeyatAm tad uditam karma svanushtIyatAm (practice the Vedas daily; practice well their prescriptions) It is our great fortune that we have inherited such a rich and cherished dhArmic tradition. It should be our foremost duty and goal to preserve such a tradition. Our ancestors led a peaceful and contented life following the path set by the Vedic guidelines. That path withstood the tests of historic times and was smooth to follow without obstacles.

3. The guardians of our scriptures – the Vedic Priests Wayne Howard, in his book “Veda Recitation in Varanasi” writes: “ The four Vedas are not “books” in the usual sense, though within the past hundred years each Veda has appeared in several printed editions. They are comprised rather of tonally accented verses of hypnotic, abstruse melodies whose proper realizations demand oral instead of visual transmission….. The ultimate authority in Vedic matters is never the printed page but rather the few members of the Brahmana caste who are today keeping the centuries-oldtraditions alive. However, the Vedas are approaching a point in history, which willdetermine whether they survive or slip into extinction. They have shown remarkable vigor and perseverance in the past – thriving under potentially destructive political, economic, and religious upheaval – but whether they can withstand the accelerated rate of social change in the twentieth century is a formidable question which leaves their future in grave doubt”. No – that doubt should never be allowed to sustain. Because, if Vedas have to perish, it amounts to the destruction of dharma itself, the root of an entire civilization, culture and tradition. However, as Howard had correctly observed, the ultimate authority of Vedas lies with the vedic priest , who, through a tradition of oral transmission, has been propagating them over generations.

4. Vedic Chanting – a perfectly formulated oral tradition The Vedas are called ‘Sruti”- which means, what is heard. It is never read from a text, since the recitation of any veda mantra should conform to the following six parameters, namely,

  1. varNa (letters);
  2. svara (intonation);
  3. mAtrA (duration of articulation);
  4. balam (force of articulation);
  5. sAma (uniformity), and
  6. santAna (continuity).

If any of these parameters is not maintained, it would change the meaning of the mantra itself, leading to even diametrically opposite effects! In the absence of a written text, our rishis had devised many ways to prevent even a small error to creep in to the recitation of the veda-mantras. These fool-proof methods used to chant each veda-mantra in various patterns and combinations are known as : vaakya,pada, krama, jaTA, mAlA, SikhA, rekhA, dvaja, danDa, ratha, and Ghana. Among these, vAkya, pada, krama, jaTa and Ghana methods of chanting are more popular and let us analyze them only here. Vaakya or samhitA pATha is to recite a mantra in a sentence straight with appropriateintonations. In sentences, some of the words have to be conjoined in chanting. In padapAtha, a sentence is broken down to ‘words’ or pada’s, which gives the student theknowledge of each word. In the krama method, the first word of a sentence is added to the second, the second to the third, the third to the fourth and so on, until the whole sentence is completed. This method enables the student to understand not only individual words but also how the words combine in recitation with the attendant modification of the svaras. Scholarly priests capable of reciting the entire veda-SakhA in the krama format is given the title kramavit. In the jaThA method, the first word and the second word are recited together and then the words are recited in the reverse order and then again in the original order. For example, in the krama method, if they are recited as 1-2;2-3; 3-4; 4-5 etc., in the jaThA method, they are recited as 1-2-2-1-1-2; 2-3-3-2-2-3; 3-4-4-3-3-4 and so on. Scholarly priests capable of reciting in the jaThA method are given thetitle “jaThAvallabha”. The Ghana method is more difficult than the above where thecombinations of words will be 1-2-2-1-1-2-3-3-2-4-4-2-3; 2-3-3-2-2-3-4-4-3-2-2-4 and soon. A priest who can recite in the Ghana method is given the title ghanapAThi. These methods of complicated recitations in a oral tradition were devised in order to preserve the purity of the word, the sound, intonation, pronunciation, accent and sound combinations of the vedamantras. By repeating the words in manifold ways, the correct tally of words was also kept which has naturally ensured its purity. To enable the scholars to take up the difficult methods recitiation, it was believed that, more difficult methods of chanting earned more puNya or merit!

5. The Merit, and the Plight of a Vedic Scholar Today Just to illustrate what it takes for a priest to earn the title of a ghanapAThi, let us briefly analyze what is involved in the training. For illustration, let us consider only one portion of the krishNa yajur veda, called the taittiriya samhitA. In this portion there over 2,000 pancASat’s (1 pancASat = 50 pada’s), amounting to 109,308 pada’s. We can roughly assume each pada to have 3 syllables, thus totaling ~330,000 syllables. In the Ghana method of chanting, each syllable gets repeated 13 times, thus amounting to 4,290,000 utterances. And each of these utterances have to conform to all the six parameters discussed earlier. Only when a person becomes capable of reciting this in any order asked, gets the title of a ghanapAThi. This is for only one samhitA portion in krishna yajur veda alone. Then there is Sukla yajur veda, rig veda, sAma veda, and atharva veda. There were scholars proficient in more than one veda as evident from the names dvivedi, trivedi and caturvedi. In addition, there are other samhitA portions, brAhmaNa portions, AraNyaka poritons, and the Upanishads, in the vedic scriptures alone. After proficiency in ghanapATha, some learn lakshaNa-ghanapATha, which deals with the characteristics of each letter, its origin, how it has to be emphasized in a mantra, its varNa, the presiding deity, etc etc. Then there are purANa’s, dharma-Sastras etc. All these were learnt without any book, tape or any such instruments in the oral tradition, and were stored just in ~200 grams of the human brain! And the most interesting thing is, it was not that one or two individuals who were proficient in this dharma, but an entire society was well versed in this! Such a scholarship takes well over 25 years of intense education in a gurukulam, in addition to observing all the religious disciplines! Having analyzed what it takes for a vedic priest to become a ghanapAThi, let us look at his plight in modern day society. When there is so much of respect and recognition for all other secular professionals – be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, scientist, businessman, artist etc. – the respect and the compensation extended to these vedic scholars are patheticallyfar below standards. On the one end we are all proud to inherit such a rich and cherished vedic tradition, but, on the other, not being sensitive enough or even negligent towards preserving and transferring it forward. At this rate, what were originally 1,131 SakhAs, and are only 10 today, will further deteriorate leading to a great loss to human-kind. The only guardians of this rich tradition are the vedic priests. Because of the way the society treats them and the poor compensation, they are not motivated to send their children to vedic schools (pAThaSAlA’s). Generally they come from economically backward families, and so they drop out of schools early, striving to make a living and to support their poor families. All others who have already migrated to secular education are not going to revert back to vedic learning in the traditional sense. In addition, the personal discipline to be observed by the vedic priest being so stringent (otherwise, the rituals and mantras are believed not to give the desired result, and to even bring demerit), it makes one to shy away even more. When compared to the status of priest-hood in other religions, the plight of the vedic priest is really sad.

6. What can be done to bring back the lost glory of the vedic priest ? Even though the situation appears very gloomy, there is lot of hope today. The very fact that a forum like this wants to address this issue itself is very encouraging. Following are some of my thoughts to help foster and propagate this tradition, though by no means exhaustive: 1. The first step is for every member of this varNa to be aware of what we have in our vedic scriptures and become sensitive to this education. 2. Even if one may not have time or may have other limitation to learn, observing the disciplines, one could at least support those who learn, and the pAThaSAlA’s that teach. 3. Many of the teachers in these pAThaSAlA’s are highly under-paid and they continue to teach just to foster this dharma. With the affluence of the NRI community, support can be given to increase the compensation for the teachers and stipend to the students. 4. Scholarships for advanced vedic learning can be implemented to motivate students not to discontinue from a full curriculum due to economic reasons. 5. Most of the mantra’s employed in rituals are from Vedas. Actually rituals(samskAras) are aimed at developing the eight inner values (Atma guNa’s),which are: compassion (dayA), patience (kshamA), free from jealousy(anasooyA), purity (soucam), keeping cool (anAyAsam), not beingmiserly(akArpaNyam), absence of attachment (aspruhA), and peace (mangaLam). The more we shy away from rituals, more are the chances of losing those mantra’s, since less will be the motivation for the priest to practice them! 6. There can be awareness courses on samskAra’s (there are ~ 41 samskAra’s from conception to cremation!), so that every member of the varNa will develop an interest and faith in them. Such faith will increase their respect for the vedic priest as an AchArya. 7. We believe that giving dAnam (gift) to a priest washes our sins. The priest gets this power because of his vedic knowledge. Hence, the compensation for the priests should be given with faith, humility and sincerity so that, it is not just a compensation for a job done, but an offering (sambhAvanA) for blessing our families in the name of Vedas. Unless this varNa raises to bring back the glory of the vedic priest, it may be difficult to expect others to raise to this call. After all, religious practices are only for the believers, and these discussions are aimed at those who have an implicit faith in this dharma. With a renewed thrust and commitment, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The vedic-priesthood will certainly become well respected in society with this awareness. Institutions like the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation Inc. USA, organize mega yajnas like the ati-rudra-mahA-yajna of 1997 bringing ~100 vedic scholars from India, essentially to appreciate and respect the vedic priest-hood, in addition to showing to the present and the future generation, how an authentic vedic ritual could be conducted, even outside of India, and how such knowledgeable priests are available even today. Source Material: 1. “The Vedas”, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay 1988 2. “Rescuing our Vedic Pundits”, Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian, Page 9, The Hinduism Today, Dec. ‘97 About the Author: Dr. Yegnsaubramanian (Dr. Mani) is the Chairman of the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, and the Sanatana Dharma Foundation, USA. He is also the advisor for several temple organizations within USA, Canada and India. Dr.Mani has been teaching vedic/puranic scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita and Vedanta for the past two decades in New Jersey, to groups of adults and children. He is the editor and publisher of the international journal, Paramaartha Tattvam in which he writes regularly on various topics of Vedanta, vaidika samskaras, and bhakti in general. He was the general chairman of the first Ati-rudra Mahayajna conducted in the Poconos in 1997 and the Satachandi yajna in 2001. Under the auspices of the Sringeri Shankar Mutt, he organizes veda sammelans all over India every year involving thousands of vedic scholars. He was a trustee and the Chairman of Religious affairs of the Bridgewater temple from inception until the kumbhabhishekam in 1998. He gives lectures and short courses on sanatana dharma, scriptures, and Vedanta, all over USA and Canada. He represents the Hindu Faith in Interfaith Forums and conducts Youth Forums. He was awarded the title of “Dharma-rakshA-mani” by the Shankaracharya of Kanchi in 2003. Dr. Mani is a scientist by profession who retired from Bell Labs. in 2001. He works presently at Andrew Corporation in Warren, NJ and lives with his family in Skillman, NJ.

Appendix 1.

Our Scriptures (Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian)

I. Vidyasthanas (Source of Supreme Knowledge) – 14

a) Vedas (4) : Classified by Vyasa – 1131 recensions (SakhAs): ~25,000 mantras

b) Vedangas: (6) & c) Upangas (4) (to understand Vedas completely and in depth)

II. Upa Vedas (4) 1. Ayurveda Science of Life 3. DhanurvedaScience of Weaponary and Warfare 2. Artha SAstras – Science of Wealth /Economics 4. Gandharva veda Treatise on fine arts, music,etc.

III. Aranyakas and Brahmanas – Vedic Scriptures learnt and interpreted by Rishis in the forests are Aranyakas and those interpreted in homes for homely use are Brahamanas:

Upanishads: are placed towards the end of Aranyakas. They deal with aspects of realizing through the path of knowledge (jnana marga), the nonduality (abhedha) of Brahman. They are considered as the quintescence of Vedas.

PrasthanatrayI: (Texts on Tattvajnana – Knowledge of Self – Metaphysics): 1. Upanishads; 2. Bhagavad Gita; 3. Brahmasutras; 2 & 3 are not vedic scriptures, they are given this status due to their content.

32 Primary Vidyas:(Primary Knowledge) 4 Vedas, 6 Vedangas, 4 Upangas, 4 Upa Vedas, 2 Ithihasas, Tantra, Smriti, Nastikamata (agnosticism), 3 Sastras (artha, kama andshilpa), Alankriti (asthetics), Kavya (poetry), Desabhasha (linguistics), Avasaokti, Yavanamata, Desadhidharma.

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June 7, 2015

E Magazine “Voice of Jagadguru” June 2015 Issue.

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June 2, 2015

Amritha Varshini – 31st Issue

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