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August 31, 2011

Saptaaham on Kanchi Mahaperiyava by Sri S Ganesha Sarma – Talk in tamizh in 7 parts

Saptaaham on Kanchi Mahaperiyava

by Sri S Ganesha Sarma – Talk in tamizh in 7 parts

If you are MahaPeriyavaa devotee, these audio files are a treasure trove of experiences with MahaPeriyavaa.

Here is the audio download of the sapthaaham in Tamil.

Here is the information about the sapthaham from Anand Vasudevan blog

I recently attended a Unique Saptaaham (meaning Seven day discourse). Generally the Saptaahams are conducted only for Puranas like Srimad Bhagavatham but this Saptaaham is about a person. Saptaaham for an individual who lived among us is very unique and rare. The Sapataaham is about none other than our Mahaperiyava, Paramacharya Pujyashri Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal, who was referred as “Nadamadum Theivam” or Walking God who have uplifted our society from the clutches of the Maya. The entire credit for the Saptaaham goes to Sri Ganesha Sarma whose way of speech is very natural like an ordinary person but the content of his discourse is very rich. Please read on to know more about the Saptaaham.

How the idea of a Saptaaham was conceived

MahaPeriyava Divya Charitram took shape as Saptaham-a seven day discourse like the Bhagavata Saptaham-without any of those involved in it i.e. members of the SSSMM TRUST or the Upanyasaka himself being conscious of it, so to say! One afternoon, a Trustee was asking Sri Ganesa Sarma whether he could devote himself to writing an authentic, factual account of every fact that went into the birth of the SSSMM Trust and the subsequent events to that day that account for the slow but steady progress of the Satabdhi ManiMantapam in Orirukkai by His Grace so that it can be compiled as a Sthala Purana for record.

As one in the know of things and also a devotee of Pradosham Mama, he is eminently suited to do it – he also readily agreed to carry it out. Another Trustee who is devoting all his attention to plans for the preservation of our Vedic heritage joined Sri Ganesa Sarma enthusiastically to help him in the task but when both of them got to work together, most unexpectedly the idea of these Saptaham discourses came to them. In hindsight, the whole thing looks like entirely Divinely inspired and nothing less! The visible impact Sri Ganesa Sarma makes on his listeners is testimony enough to the Divine inspiration of these Saptaham Discourses.

TAFE Sri Ganesha Sarma

Sri Ganesha Sarma (45) B.A., M.B.A from Madras University has about 21 years of Service in the accounts department of Tractors and Farm Equipments of India Ltd (TAFE). A native of Kumbakonam, he was inducted into the activities of the Kanchi Mutt by his father. Since then he has been an ardent devotee of our MahaPeriyava. He is a Sri Vidya Upasaka who can also render many Sanskrit and Tamil hymns combining melody with meaning.

These Saptaham discourses have earned him the hearty blessings of both Their Holinesses Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and Sri Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal who do not conceal their admiration for the manner in which he narrates the true story of Sri Kanchi MahaSwami. Sri Ganesha Sarma was fully trained by Sri Pradosam Mama. Late Venkatrama Iyer popularly known as PRADOSAM MAMA, himself soaked in Bakthi of Sri Mahaswami was instrumental in inducting many good souls in the path of Bakthi. His vision of constructing a Mani Mandapam for Sri Mahaswami and propogating Veda resulted in the formation of the SSSMM Trust.

A brief outline of the Saptaaham

The discourse lasts 7 days and contains 7 Kandams.

Avathara Kandam tells the story of MahaPeriyava’s early years from the moment of Jayanti.

Vijaya Yatra Kandam is an engaging travelogue of the decades of His pilgrimage on foot across the Bharat Varsha

Arpudha Kandam is a narration of true stories which qualify themselves to be called miracles but which MahaPeriyava would never own as such.
Upadesa Kandam – Not a single day has gone without MahaPeriyava discoursing on some topic or other (as Ra.Ganapati’s 7 volumes of Deivathin Kural reveal)-Upadesa Kandam dwells a little on it.
Anugraha Kandam – Countless are the devotees in India and abroad, who have been benefitted by His Grace to this day. Anugraha Kandam gives a glimpse of that marvel to us.

Sarvagna Kandam – Sarvagna Peetam was the name for the sacred Kamakoti Peetam when Adi Sankara Bhagavadpada ascended that Peetam in Kancheepuram as its very first Acharya. Omniscience is what is conveyed by it-how many have experienced it – Sarvagna Kandam gives a brief profile of Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal as a Sarvagnya.

Smarana Kandam is meant to explain why we we should adore our MahaPeriyava day in and day out and, incidentally one of the ways to keep that sacred memory alive and glowing in our hearts is to participate in the making of the Manimantapam in Orirukkai. Sri Ganesha Sarma concludes the Saptaham memorably with this Smarana Kandam.

If you get a chance to attend please don’t miss it!

August 25, 2011

Beautiful Pictures from Krishna Janmashtami 2011 –

Indian Hindu devotees throughout the world celebrate Janmashtami, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. Children and adults dress as the Hindu God Krishna and his consort Radha in bright, elaborate costumes and jewelry. Human pyramids form to break the ‘dahi-handi’ or curd pot. The large earthenware pot is filled with milk, curds, butter, honey and fruits and is suspended from a height of 20 – 40 feet. Participants come forward to claim this prize by constructing a human pyramid, enabling the uppermost person to reach the pot and claim its contents. — Paula Nelson (27 photos total)

August 24, 2011

Hindu Unity Day 2011 – Pictures and Videos

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Sanatana Dharma Foundation would like to thank you for attending/registering for our 4th annual Hindu Unity Day 2011 on August 7th 2011.

Please find the proceedings from the events below from our SDF youtube channel.

Dr Subramanyam Swamy speech on “Adharma of Corruption – Is there a Dharmic Solution ?”

Shri Tapan Ghosh speech on “Preserving Hindu Dharma in Bengal”

Kamal Kumar speech on “Plight of Hindu Temples”

Rajiv Malhothra speech on “Breaking India – External Intervention in India’s fault-lines”

Coming Soon in SDF youtube channel

Photos from Hindu Unity Day 2011

are available here

Photo archives of previous year’s events can be found at our picture gallery at

August 24, 2011

Devotion to Vaidika Karma anuShThAnam

There is a person even in these days of commercialization of human life, devotedto the adherence of vaidika karma anuShThAnam.

||Sri Gurubhyo Namaha||

Pradosha Pooja Group, Bangalore, recently honoured Agnihothri Sri Ranganatha Sarma on his completing 60 years of age. Sri Ranganthan, prior to moving to Mysore on official work, was an active member of the group.
Sri Ranganathan born on 23 Dec 1950, at Coimbatore, has walked on this planet for over sixty years.

Combining the characteristics of modernity and Dharmic-Vedic traditions, he has been a torch-bearer for many spiritually inclined fellow-men. He is what one may call “Nitya Agnihotri”, a rarity in these times practising Agnihotra Karmaanushtaanaas and maintaining the Aupasana Agni from day one of his marriage (1985) with sustained enthusiasm, albeit starting his Vedic education from the age of twenty (1970). His father (Late) Sri S Ganesha Sastri was a well known Vedic Scholar and had kramaantha adhyayanam from Palghat Chittur Paatashaala. His wife Smt.Bhuvana‟s father, an octogenarian Sri H.S.Krishna Dixit, is still in the services of Lord Srikanteshwara at Nanjangud temple. It is small wonder therefore that Sri Ranganathan was destined to accede to his inner call and follow his chosen path of divinity with such deep fervor. Mention must also be made of his two engineer sons, who are well versed in Yajurveda Samhitha and assist him in performing Ishti.

Sri Ranganathan cites an incident which at a later date lit the dormant fire in him, apparently answering his life’s ‘Why & What for?’ To quote his own words, ” I used to attend Upanyaasaas during younger days where I gathered informations regarding our Nityakarmaanushtaanas viz. Snaanam, Sandhya, Japam, Homam, Vaiswadevam/atityam Devata pooja et al. I had this nagging doubt regarding daily Homa. How come that our offering of Naivedya, is ultimately consumed by us without being able to feed Gods directly? That‟s when my father explained to me about Aupasana wherein Gods indeed get directly fed. I was also informed that Aupasana is to be taken up only after marriage.”

True to the saying “Udara nimittam bahukrita vesham”, Sree Ranganathan too had to don many a hat during his life’s professional Karma-trek. Basically a Chemical Engineer and a MBA (Finance) he worked initially in a private firm; thereafter successfully ran his own small scale industry; and finally joined KSIIDC, Bangalore from where he took VRS in Apr 2005 while he was still a DGM, all because he wanted to take up Agnihotra.

His Maargadarshin-s were Seers, men of divinity, spiritual seekers and scholars. He has been personally blessed and guided by the then pontiff of Sringeri – Jagadguru Abhinava Vidyateertha MahaswamgaL through Dr. Lakshminarayana Pandit. Sri Ranganathan has had occasions of visiting ishtis conducted by the latter, the then practising Agnihotri at Mysore, who
impressed upon him the sanctity of Agnihotra and the divinity in performing various yajnas for the betterment of society.

A few words about Agnihotra may not be out of place: The word Agnihotri is from agni (fire) and hotra (a ritual carried out in fire). Agnihotri means “one who carries out rituals in fire”, i.e. the Agnihotra. The one who performs Agnihotra daily with faith and full trust in the Almighty can be called an Agnihotri. The one who means it when he says “idem, na mama” ((O Lord, all this is Yours, NOT mine) is a true Agnihotri. Agnihotra is a Vedic Yajna mentioned in the Atharvaveda (11:7:9) and described in detail in the Yajurveda Samhita.

The central part of the Agnihotra consists of making two offerings of milk/Ghee/Rice into the fire exactly at, slightly before, or even after the time of sunset and sunrise, along with Vedic mantras that relate the fire and the sun to each other: This preserves the sun over night, which is also one of the interpretations of the ritual given in the Samhitas.

This small rite is surrounded by a large number of additional actions and is followed by the worship of other sacred fires (agni-upasthāna). The ritual is performed by a Brahmin for his own or for the benefit of a sponsor (yajamāna) and the universe as a whole.There is a simplified version of the Agnihotra in the Grihyasutras and in later post-Vedic texts. Having created Yagnaas along with mankind, the Creator expressed: “The Yagnaas are created with an intention of helping Devaas and manushyaas mutually for eternal happiness/prosperity.

Let manushyaas perform yaagaas to feed devaas (through Aahutis) who in turn would provide all necessities of life (like Sun, rain, wind, heat, environment etc) to the manushyass for their happy living on earth.
We marry in the presence of Agni which is maintained till death. All married people are to perform a homa in this Agni both at sunrise and sunset and this karma is called Aupaasanam.

And the Agni is called smaartha agni. All samskaaras pertaining to the yajamaana and his family are to be performed in this Aupaasanaagni. This Aupaasanaagni is split into two portions – – one portion is maintained as Aupaasanaagni and the second portion is developed – through a ritual called AgniAadhaanam- into a Srouta-Agni and maintained till the death of the Yajamaana. In this Srautaagni only all the 400 yagnaas described in Vedas are performed.

A yajamaana who maintains both Smartha as well as Srouta Agni and performs both Aupaasaman and Agnihotram daily is called an Aahitaagni (meaning embodiment of Agni). Srautaagni is generally maintained without quenching in a place called Gaarhapatya. At the time of Agnihotram Garhapatyaagni is further developed into two portions and kept in places called Aahavaneeyam and Dhakshinaagni where aahutis are offered through Vedic chanting.

Agnihotram is a nitya karmaanushtaanam like Snaanam, Sandhyaavandanam, Gaayatri Japam, Vaiswadevam, and Nitya panchaayatana poojaa. Agnihotra homa properly done reaches Surya; from Surya through antariksham it rains. From rains anna (food) grows on earth; and anna (food) affords happiness to all. Thus Agnihotri secures and ensures the well being of the universe as a whole. Agnihotra is the result of vedaadhyayanam. All the karmas / prayogas in the agnihotra are based on chanting of vedic mantras. Krishna yajurvedaa deals wholly with the concepts of performing various yagas for which agnihotram is the foundation.

In Mahabharata sage Daumya declares “O king Dharmaputra- if you want to witness all the pure rivers as well as all the devas together, please visit any house where Agnihotra is performed. Siva Geeta confirms that all japas performed in agnihotra sannidhi shall result in poorna phala.” Siva Rahasya confirms
the omnipresence of Siva in the 8 forms – 4 directions, Sun Moon, Nakshatraas and Agnihotri/ Aahitaagni.

That‟s why perhaps it is stated that “Agnihotra samo dharma: na bhootho na
bhavishyati” There is no karma ever equivalent to agnihotra. And as for Agnihotri himself, the benefits he reaps would seem the ultimate; for having realized the essence of these nishkaamya karma and continuing the anushtaanaas attains brahmasaakshaatkaara or brahmaswaroopi:

Brahmaarpanam Brahma havi: brahmaagnau brahmanaa hutam. Brahmaiva tena gantavyam brahma karma samaadhinaa. (BhagavadgItA 4.24)

[The ladle is Brahman. The knower of Brahman perceives the
instrument with which he offers oblation in the fire as Brahman
Itself. The oblation is Brahman, the offering is poured by Brahman
in the fire of Brahman. Brahman alone is to be reached by him who
has concentration on Brahman as the objective, as the goal to be
known and attained.]


August 24, 2011

Ancient Contributions of Hinduism to Science

Google Knol is a Wikipedia competetor from Google. Check it out.

May be SDF can publish authentic Sanathana Dharma information here to stop the Hindu misinformation scattered in the rest of the Internet. Just a thought.

Ancient Contributions of Hinduism to Science By Akshay Kulkarni

Aryabhatta (476 CE) – Master astronomer and mathematician

Born in 476 CE in Kusumpur ( Bihar ), Aryabhatta’s intellectual brilliance remapped the boundaries of mathematics and astronomy. In 499 CE, at the age of 23, he wrote a text on astronomy and an unparallel treatise on mathematics called “Aryabhatiyam.” He formulated the process of calculating the motion of planets and the time of eclipses. Aryabhatta was the first to proclaim that the earth is round, it rotates on its axis, orbits the sun and is suspended in space – 1000 years before Copernicus published his heliocentric theory. He is also acknowledged for calculating p (Pi) to four decimal places: 3.1416 and the sine table in trigonometry. Centuries later, in 825 CE, the Arab mathematician, Mohammed Ibna Musa credited the value of Pi to the Indians, “This value has been given by the Hindus.” And above all, his most spectacular contribution was the concept of zero without which modern computer technology would have been non-existent. Aryabhatt was a colossus in the field of mathematics.

Bhaskaracharya II (1114-1183 CE) – Genius in algebra

Born in the obscure village of Vijjadit (Jalgaon) in Maharastra, Bhaskaracharya’s work in Algebra, Arithmetic and Geometry catapulted him to fame and immortality. His renowned mathematical works called “Lilavati” and “Bijaganita” are considered to be unparalled and a memorial to his profound intelligence. Its translation in several languages of the world bear testimony to its eminence. In his treatise “Siddhant Shiromani” he writes on planetary positions, eclipses, cosmography, mathematical techniques and astronomical equipment. In the “Surya Siddhant” he makes a note on the force of gravity: “Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, planets, constellations, moon, and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction.” Bhaskaracharya was the first to discover gravity, 500 years before Sir Isaac Newton . He was the champion among mathematicians of ancient and medieval India . His works fired the imagination of Persian and European scholars, who through research on his works earned fame and popularity.

Acharya Kanad (600 BCE) – Founder Of Atomic Theory

As the founder of “Vaisheshik Darshan” – one of six principal philosophies of India – Acharya Kanad was a genius in philosophy. He is believed to have been born in Prabhas Kshetra near Dwarika in Gujarat . He was the pioneer expounder of realism, law of causation and the atomic theory. He has classified all the objects of creation into nine elements, namely: earth, water, light, wind, ether, time, space, mind and soul. He says, “Every object of creation is made of atoms which in turn connect with each other to form molecules.” His statement ushered in the Atomic Theory for the first time ever in the world, nearly 2500 years before John Dalton . Kanad has also described the dimension and motion of atoms and their chemical reactions with each other. The eminent historian, T.N. Colebrook , has said, “Compared to the scientists of Europe , Kanad and other Indian scientists were the global masters of this field.”

Nagarjuna (100 CE) – Wizard Of Chemical Science

He was an extraordinary wizard of science born in the nondescript village of Baluka in Madhya Pradesh . His dedicated research for twelve years produced maiden discoveries and inventions in the faculties of chemistry and metallurgy. Textual masterpieces like ” Ras Ratnakar ,” “Rashrudaya” and “Rasendramangal” are his renowned contributions to the science of chemistry. Where the medieval alchemists of England failed, Nagarjuna had discovered the alchemy of transmuting base metals into gold. As the author of medical books like “Arogyamanjari” and “Yogasar,” he also made significant contributions to the field of curative medicine. Because of his profound scholarliness and versatile knowledge, he was appointed as Chancellor of the famous University of Nalanda . Nagarjuna’s milestone discoveries impress and astonish the scientists of today.

Acharya Charak (600 BCE) – Father Of Medicine

Acharya Charak has been crowned as the Father of Medicine. His renowned work, the ” Charak Samhita “, is considered as an encyclopedia of Ayurveda. His principles, diagoneses, and cures retain their potency and truth even after a couple of millennia. When the science of anatomy was confused with different theories in Europe , Acharya Charak revealed through his innate genius and enquiries the facts on human anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, blood circulation and diseases like diabetes, tuberculosis, heart disease, etc. In the ” Charak Samhita ” he has described the medicinal qualities and functions of 100,000 herbal plants. He has emphasized the influence of diet and activity on mind and body. He has proved the correlation of spirituality and physical health contributed greatly to diagnostic and curative sciences. He has also prescribed and ethical charter for medical practitioners two centuries prior to the Hippocratic oath. Through his genius and intuition, Acharya Charak made landmark contributions to Ayurvedal. He forever remains etched in the annals of history as one of the greatest and noblest of rishi-scientists.

Acharya Sushrut (600 BCE) – Father Of Plastic Surgery

A genius who has been glowingly recognized in the annals of medical science. Born to sage Vishwamitra, Acharya Sudhrut details the first ever surgery procedures in ” Sushrut Samhita ,” a unique encyclopedia of surgery. He is venerated as the father of plastic surgery and the science of anesthesia. When surgery was in its infancy in Europe , Sushrut was performing Rhinoplasty (restoration of a damaged nose) and other challenging operations. In the ” Sushrut Samhita ,” he prescribes treatment for twelve types of fractures and six types of dislocations. His details on human embryology are simply amazing. Sushrut used 125 types of surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, needles, Cathers and rectal speculums; mostly designed from the jaws of animals and birds. He has also described a number of stitching methods; the use of horse’s hair as thread and fibers of bark. In the ” Sushrut Samhita ,” and fibers of bark. In the ” Sushrut Samhita ,” he details 300 types of operations. The ancient Indians were the pioneers in amputation, caesarian and cranial surgeries. Acharya Sushrut was a giant in the arena of medical science.

Varahamihir (499-587 CE) – Eminent Astrologer And Astronomer

Renowned astrologer and astronomer who was honored with a special decoration and status as one of the nine gems in the court of King Vikramaditya in Avanti ( Ujjain ). Varahamihir’s book “panchsiddhant” holds a prominent place in the realm of astronomy. He notes that the moon and planets are lustrous not because of their own light but due to sunlight. In the ” Bruhad Samhita ” and ” Bruhad Jatak ,” he has revealed his discoveries in the domains of geography, constellation, science, botany and animal science. In his treatise on botanical science, Varamihir presents cures for various diseases afflicting plants and trees. The rishi-scientist survives through his unique contributions to the science of astrology and astronomy.

Acharya Patanjali (200 BCE) – Father Of Yoga

The Science of Yoga is one of several unique contributions of India to the world. It seeks to discover and realize the ultimate Reality through yogic practices. Acharya Patanjali , the founder, hailed from the district of Gonda (Ganara) in Uttar Pradesh . He prescribed the control of prana (life breath) as the means to control the body, mind and soul. This subsequently rewards one with good health and inner happiness. Acharya Patanjali ’s 84 yogic postures effectively enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems and many other organs of the body. Yoga has eight limbs where Acharya Patanjali shows the attainment of the ultimate bliss of God in samadhi through the disciplines of: yam, niyam, asan, pranayam, pratyahar, dhyan and dharna. The Science of Yoga has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. Yoga also holds the honored place as one of six philosophies in the Indian philosophical system. Acharya Patanjali will forever be remembered and revered as a pioneer in the science of self-discipline, happiness and self-realization.

Acharya Bharadwaj (800 BCE) – Pioneer Of Aviation Technology

Acharya Bharadwaj had a hermitage in the holy city of Prayag and was an ordent apostle of Ayurveda and mechanical sciences. He authored the ” Yantra Sarvasva ” which includes astonishing and outstanding discoveries in aviation science, space science and flying machines. He has described three categories of flying machines: 1.) One that flies on earth from one place to another. 2.) One that travels from one planet to another. 3.) And One that travels from one universe to another. His designs and descriptions have impressed and amazed aviation engineers of today. His brilliance in aviation technology is further reflected through techniques described by him:

  1. Profound Secret: The technique to make a flying machine invisible through the application of sunlight and wind force.
  2. Living Secret: The technique to make an invisible space machine visible through the application of electrical force.
  3. Secret of Eavesdropping: The technique to listen to a conversation in another plane.
  4. Visual Secrets: The technique to see what’s happening inside another plane.

Through his innovative and brilliant discoveries, Acharya Bharadwaj has been recognized as the pioneer of aviation technology.

Acharya Kapil (3000 BCE) – Father Of Cosmology

Celebrated as the founder of Sankhya philosophy, Acharya Kapil is believed to have been born in 3000 BCE to the illustrious sage Kardam and Devhuti. He gifted the world with the Sankhya School of Thought. His pioneering work threw light on the nature and principles of the ultimate Soul (Purusha), primal matter (Prakruti) and creation. His concept of transformation of energy and profound commentaries on atma, non-atma and the subtle elements of the cosmos places him in an elite class of master achievers – incomparable to the discoveries of other cosmologists. On his assertion that Prakruti, with the inspiration of Purusha, is the mother of cosmic creation and all energies, he contributed a new chapter in the science of cosmology. Because of his extrasensory observations and revelations on the secrets of creation, he is recognized and saluted as the Father of Cosmology.

August 24, 2011

Why Hindus have Thilak on the forehead

Why Hindus have Thilak on the forehead?

This junction is one of the very significant chakra, called in spiritual terms AGYA chakra. This is a very sensitive point.
Without the worship of Sri Ganesh no work in Sanatana Dharma should begin. Likewise, no religious work should begin without a Tilak on the forehead.Chandan or sandal paste, Roli, Kumkum, Sindoor and Sacred Ash or Vibhuti can also be used as Tilak.

Tilak is a mark of auspiciousness. It is put on the forehead with sandal paste, sacred ashes or kumkum (red tumeric). The devotees of Siva apply sacred ashes (Bhasma) on the forehead, the devotees of Vishnu apply sandal paste (Chandan), and the worshippers of Devi or Shakti apply Kumkum, a red tumeric powder.

The scriptures say: “A forehead without a Tilak, a woman without a husband, a Mantra the meaning of which is not known while doing Japa (recitation) , the head that does not bend before holy personages, a heart without mercy, a house without a well, a village without a temple, a country without a river, a society without a leader, wealth that is not given away in charity, a preceptor without a disciple, a country without justice, a king without an able minister, a woman not obedient to her husband, a well without water, a flower without smell, a soul devoid of holiness, a field without rains, an intellect without clearness, a disciple who does not consider his preceptor as a form of God, a body
devoid of health, a custom (Achar) without purity, austerity devoid of fellow-feeling, speech in which truth is not the basis, a country without good people, work without wages, Sannyasa without renunciation, legs that have not performed pilgrimages, determination unaided by Viveka or discrimination, a knife which is blunt, a cow that
does not give milk, a spear without a point- all these are worthy of condemnation. They exist for name´s sake only.”
From this you can imagine the importance of Tilak or the sacred mark.

Tilak is applied at the Ajna Chakra, the space between the two eyebrows. It has a very cooling effect. Application of sandal paste has great medicinal value, apart from the spiritual influence. Application of sandal paste will nullify the heating effect when you concentrate and meditate at the Bhrumadhya. Tilak indicates the point at which the spiritual eye opens. Lord Siva has a third eye at the Brumadhya. When he opens the third eye, the three worlds are destroyed.

So also, when the third eye of the Jiva is opened, the three kinds of afflictions – Adhyatmika, Adhidaivika and Adhibhautika- are burnt to ashes. The three Karmas- Sanchita, Prarabdha and Agami,- and also all the sins committed in the countless previous births, are burnt. When you apply the Tilak, you mentally imagine: “I am the one non-dual . Brahman free from all duality. May my eye of intuition open soon.” You should remember this every time you apply a Tilak. There are various methods of applying Tilak. Saivas apply three horizontal lines with the sacred ashes. The vaishnavas apply three vertical lines (Tripundra) on the forehead.Some Vaishnavas apply only one vertical line. Only the method of application differs, but the significance is the same in both the Vaishnavas and the Saivas.

When they apply Tilak, they say: “O Lord, protect me from the evil effects of the Trigunatmika Maya which has Sattwa, Rajas and Tamas as its binding cords.”

The Tilak is used in various ways for different reasons.Without the Tilak,Sandhya, Pooja,Deva Darshan,Tarpan and other religious activities should not be performed.There are thirteen places on the human body where Tilak can be placed.However it is only on the forehead that it is noble.The head is the summit of the body with the brain being the axis of the entire body.According to Hindu Astrology,Mesh Rasi or the House of Aries is on the forehead.The Lord of Mesh is Mars and His colour is Red.This is why Red Chandan and Sindoor is placed as Tilak on the forehead.

The fingers used for applying Tilak are as follows.At the base of the little finger is Mecury,at the base of the ring-finger is Sun,at the base of the middle finger is Saturn,at the base of the index finger is Jupiter and at the base of the thumb is Venus.Perfect peace is experienced at Sunrise ,Saturn is the protector of lifespan,Jupiter represents immortality and Venus represents health.Tilak applied with the ring-finger and the thumb is very benifical.

In addition to this,the Sun represents firmness,brilliance ,honour,respect and faith.These are the blessings achieved by applying Tilak with the ring-finger. Venus gives lifeforce,health, is the creator of new life,the bestower of gentility and
politeness.This is achieved by applying Tilak with the thumb.Women should use the ring-finger for applying Bindie with unbroken rice grains. Men should also use unbroken rice grains(Akshat) mixed in red chandan and apply the Tilak with the thumb.The unbroken rice grains symbolises steadfastness and firmness of the brain and is also a symbol of peace. It is reffered to as Deva Dhanya—-grains of the Gods.

August 24, 2011

Simple ways to teach Hindu values to your kids.

by Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami

Imagine a teenager challenging her parents about three family practices: “Why are we vegetarian?” “Why do we need to go to the temple every week?” “Why can’t I listen to hip hop music like my friends do?”

Unfortunately, parents may not take the time to give thoughtful, complete answers to such questions, and instead take the easy route, decreeing, “It’s what our family has always done.” Because many of their friends don’t have to follow such a strict code of conduct, youth hearing this answer can easily conclude that Hinduism is a just a set of rules that makes life restrictive and unhappy.

Before answering these questions in a way that transforms them from rules into tools, let’s review some basic concepts. These are what I call “big ideas.”

Two Big Ideas

  1. The first big idea is that everything affects our consciousness. My guru’s guru, Yogaswami of Sri Lanka, explained:

“What you think, that you become. If you think God, you become God. If you think food, you become food. Everything influences consciousness.”

  1. The second big idea is that each of us is a soul, a divine being living in a physical body, and we have a three-fold nature. At the deepest level, we are a pure, radiant, blissful soul. That is our spiritual or intuitive nature. We also have an intellectual nature and an instinctive nature.

Spiritual nature (knowing, being) – The intuitive nature is the mind of light, of omniscient knowing, omnipresent awareness, pure consciousness, truth and love. This is our spiritual nature.

Intellectual nature (thinking) – The intellectual nature is our faculty of reason and logical thinking. It is the source of discriminating thought.

Instinctive nature (feeling) – The instinctive nature consists of our lower, animal instincts, such as self-preservation, procreation, hunger and thirst. It also includes the emotions of greed, hatred, anger, fear, lust and jealousy. This is our desire/feeling nature.

Using this pair of big ideas, we are now ready to answer the three questions.

Why Are We Vegetarian?

In India, vegetarianism is well established, and not eating meat is seldom a target for criticism. In other countries, however, being a vegetarian is the exception, and vegetarian children are often the brunt of ridicule, peer pressure and chiding. Adding injury to insult, in most school cafeterias and at social events, veggie options are meager, unimaginative and unhealthy. There is practically nothing a vegetarian student can eat!

Little wonder that children want to take the easy way out and abandon a vegetarian diet. However, there are compelling reasons for being a vegetarian.

The main one is that eating meat affects their consciousness in a negative way, bringing them into the instinctive nature. Explain to children that if they want to live in higher consciousness, in their soul nature, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, they cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. The reason for this is that by ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, fear, anxiety, suspicion and the terrible fear of death, all of which is locked, biochemically, into the flesh of butchered creatures.

In other words, meat eating will strengthen their instinctive nature and make them more prone to these lower emotions. By eating meat, they will become angry more often and experience darker moods.

My guru stated, “Vegetarianism is very important. In my fifty years of ministry, it has become quite evident that vegetarian families have far fewer problems than those who are not vegetarian.” Children who are awakening to this understanding all over the world are becoming vegetarians all on their own.

Why Must We Go to the Temple Every Week?

Explain to children that worshiping in the temple is one of the traditional ways Hinduism gives us for connecting with our soul nature and experiencing ananda, the natural bliss of the soul. They can visit the temple in state of discontent, receive the blessings of God and the Gods and go away uplifted and happy. How is this possible? The Deity’s blessings have cleared their mind and aura of congested thought forms and emotions, allowing them to reconnect with their inner self. The blessings lift them out of their instinctive nature and soften their intellectual nature, bringing them into their spiritual nature.

Once children catch the idea that temple worship is a great tool for stabilizing their emotions when they get upset, their reluctance to join the family will change. The temple will become important to them, not just to mom and dad. Temple worship will help them remain calm and centered even in difficult circumstances. They will find that going in the right spirit is a way of pulling themselves back together. It is also a place for assuaging long-held hurts.

Teach children to go to the temple and place their problems at the feet of the Deity, to bring offerings and talk to the Deity about their unhappiness, just as if they were talking to a friend in this physical world. There, with the Deity, they will go through a deep, inner process and receive blessings from the Deity if they open themselves in the right way. They may find that when they leave the temple they can’t remember what the problem was. That’s a sign of success.

Of course, the benefits of attending a temple every week are not limited to times that they are emotionally upset. Even when everything is going well in their life, worshiping at the temple with sincerity and attentiveness takes them deeper into their soul nature. They will be more compassionate and understanding, better able to deal with the challenges that come to them in life. Once your child realizes that worship is a powerful Hindu tool, and not just another adult rule, she will ask you to take her to the temple every week.

Why Can’t I Listen to Hip-Hop Music?

Music, especially when listened to for extended periods, strongly influences our state of consciousness. Whatever children listen to brings them into one state of consciousness or another. My guru, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, was outspoken on this topic.

He felt that the type of music played in the home and the message it delivers are crucial. He stated that great care should be exercised to exclude the crass music and lyrics of lower consciousness. “The drug culture and its demonic music erode the very fabric of human character and culture.”

If your child catches this idea, her musical preferences will evolve–not because of rules you impose, but because she understands how different kinds of music influence her mood and mind. At the very least, she will avoid crude, negative hip-hop and listen only to the genre’s higher strains. Ideally, the music played in the home should be beautiful Hindu music played on traditional instruments which takes everyone in the family into their refined and cultured soul nature.

Remember that Tools Out-Perform Rules!

Taking time to give sensible answers to your child’s questions about every Hindu practice is definitely worthwhile.

Include in your explanation how the practice or restriction influences her consciousness. This will greatly increase the chances of her enthusiastically following the practice. And in some instances, your child will become inspired to urge other Hindu youth to give it a try as well!

August 24, 2011

Vedic Chanting – a Perfectly Formulated Oral Tradition — Dr. S. YEGNASUBRAMANIAN

Very informative article on Vedic Chanting. Please read attached pdf which has samskritham references that are not available in the inline text shown below.

The author Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian (President, SVBF) is a scientist at Bell Labs., NJ. He has been teaching Vedic recitation & vedanta for several years.

Vedic Chanting – a Perfectly Formulated Oral Tradition — Dr. S. YEGNASUBRAMANIAN

Our tradition believes that the Vedas are the breath of God Himself!

With that belief, our Rishis exercised enormous care to preserve the Vedas in its original form without the infiltration of any errors. Especially in the absence of writing, and through only an oral transmission from father-to- son or teacher-to-disciple, for thousands of years, this is an accomplishment of unimaginable proportion! Considering the vast magnitude of mantras contained in the vedas, such a preservation, with built-in safeguards, is mind boggling!

It is believed that the complete benefit of Veda mantras could be achieved only when the following conditions are met:
¨ Correct pronunciation of letters (words)
¨ Correct duration for utterance of letters (words) – and,
¨ Correct intonation of letters,

Our Rishis prescribed several fool-proof methods to correctly recite the veda mantras.

Six ways of recitation were considered incorrect and they are :

One who chants in a sing-song fashion , who chants fast , who nods his head up and down without actually raising or
lowering the pitch , who reads from a book , who chants without knowing the meaning , and who chants in a feeble voice , are considered incorrect .

They believed that altering the pitch even (without any change in words and duration), might lead to diametrically opposite effects, as related in the story of Vrtra who, instead of killing Indra, got killed by Indra by just a change in the intonation alone of the mantras chanted by Vrtra’s father, Tvashta.

The rules of correct pronunciation and articulation of sounds are given in the Vedanga, known as Seeksha. Seeksha deals with varNa (letters), svara: (pitch); [there are essentially three svaras, namely,
anudatta (gravely accented or low pitched), udatta (high pitched or
acutely accented), svarita (circumflexly accented)] maatraa (duration – a prosodial unit of time); balam (strength or force of articulation); saama (uniformity); and santaana: (continuity) during recitation.

Our ancestors devised unique methods to protect and maintain the basic Veda mantras in its original form through various patterns and combinations of recitation. The basic mantra is called vakya or samhita paatha which is a full sentence.
Splitting them word by word is known as pada paatha , which gives the knowledge of each word to the student.

Next is krama paatha , where the first word of the mantra is added to the second, the second to the third and so on, until the

whole mantra is completed. This method enables the student not only to know individual words but also how to combine words in recitation and the changes in svara that occur as a result of such combination.

Both Pada and Krama methods of chanting retain the natural order of words of the samhita paatha and so, are known as prakrti or natural. For example, if we take sentence consisting of six words a-b-c-d-e-f, in samhita paatha, it will be chanted as six separate words a, b, c, d, e and f in pada paatha will be recited as a-b, b-c, c-d, d-e, and e-f in krama paatha. Actually, a reciter proficient in chanting in the krama format is honored as a kramavit !

In addition, they devised eight other combinations which do not follow the natural order, and are known as vikriti or
artificial order. The vikritis are given in the following verse: They are, jataa, maalaa, sikhaa, rekhaa, dhwaja, danda, ratha and ghana.

Among these only jataa and ghana are prevalent (or, only !) practices in the Krishna Yajur Veda which is mostly predominant in the South. In Sukla Yajur Veda, which is mostly predominant in Banaras and in the North, (the Madhyandina and Kanva schools) all the eight vikritis were practiced.

However, today, there may not be any scholars at all who might know all these vikritis Jataa (braid) paatha In the above example, the six words in the line, when chanted in the jataa format becomes, a-b-b-a-a-b; b-c-c-b-b-c; c-d-d-c-c-d; d-e-ed-d-e; e-f-f-e-e-f and so on. As can be seen, the forward-reverseforward arrangement of words resemble the way ladies braid their hair, and so this practice of chanting is termed jataa!

Two types of maalaa (garland) exist: a)krama maalaa and b) pushpa maalaa.

This is simialr to krama paatha in that two-word units with the characteristic overlapping are the foundation. sikhaa
(top knot) is similar to jataa except that, instead of two words being repeated forwards and backwards, three words are linked.

Recitations in rekhaa (row), dhwaja (flag), dand (staff), and ratha (chariot) are more complex and the reader can refer to Wayne Howard [2] for details.

Mention can be made here that there are three of ratha, namely, dvipaada (two wheels), tripaada (three wheels) and catuspaada (4 wheels). Each wheel corresponds to a quarter verse (paada) of the text. Among these, dvipaada catuspaada varieties are the ratha types most widely cultivated today.

Ghana (bell) paatha
This is one of the most popular format of recitations and requires years of learning and practice by the student. A scholar proficient in recitation in this format is honored as a ghana paathi . Here the arrangement of words take the shape of a bell.
For example, the group of words a-b-c-d-e-f mentioned earlier, when chanted in the ghana format will be, a-b-b-a-a-b-c-c-b-a-a-bc; b-c-c-b-b-c-d-d-c-b-b-d; and so on.

The earliar illustration of six words, when written in ghana format will appear as follows:
Please note that, what was originally six words in the samhita, evolve in to about sixty words in the ghana format – a ten fold
increase in this case – that gives an idea of how complex the chanting can become with larger sections of the mantras !! We can

now appreciate the rigor a ghana pathi has to go through in his education to learn, by heart, the thousands of mantras, to be able to recite in ghana format.

Our Rishis devised all these elaborate and complicated system of chanting in order to preserve the purity of the sound, word,
pronunciation, intonation , pitch and sound combination of the veda mantras which are the foundation for our sanaatana dharma itself.

Also, repetition of words in many ways, the correct tally of words was also maintained which ensured the purity. They also believed that higher merits (punya) accompany greater complexities in chanting – for example, a ghana recitation is several orders higher in merit than jataa recitation, which is higher in merit than krama recitation and so on.

Wayne Howard [2] noted in the preface of his book, “Vedic Recitation in Varanasi”, “The four Vedas (Rg, Yajur, Sama and
Atharva) 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 and hypnotic, abstruse melodies whose proper realizations demand oral instead of visual transmission. They are robbed of their essence when transferred to paper, for without the human element the innumerable nuances and fine intonations – inseparable and necessary components of all four compilations – are lost completely. The ultimate authority in Vedic matters is never the printed page but rather the few members … who are today keeping the centuries-old traditions alive.”

It is unfortunate that there is very little subscription to this education these days and it is an important duty of all of us to
ensure that this education is encouraged and adequate support is given to promote and propagate it.


1. “The Vedas”, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay 1988.
2. “Veda Recitation in Varanasi”, Wayne Howard, Motilal Banarasidass, Delhi 1986.

Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian ( President, SVBF) is a scientist at Bell Labs., NJ. He has been teaching vedic recitation & vedanta for several years.

August 24, 2011

Excellent Phrases from our Dharma – in picture form.

Here are some of precious quotes from the vast knowledge in the scriptures of Santana Dharma.

These are in the form of postures/pictures so that it can be printed or used for presentations.

Thanks to Ashwin Kumar Iyer from for creating this valuable pictures.

August 24, 2011

Sloka/Stothra resource with translations – All in one location.

Searching for a sloka/sthotra text ? here is a one stop place for your stothras/slokas needs, in english with translations.

For example, here is the Vishnu Sahasranama with translations

While i donot know the quality of samskrtham-to-english transliteration along with translation in this website , one might find this a handy and useful resource.

Here is more info about Hindupedia.,_the_Hindu_Encyclopedia:About#Advisory_Board

August 24, 2011

Maha Periyava helped find a buried temple – by Laksmi Narayanan

லக்ஷ்மிநாராயணனின் பெரியப்பா நடேசய்யரும் பெரியவாளும் திண்டிவனம் அமெரிக்க மிஷன் பள்ளியில் ஒன்றாகப் படித்தவர்கள். பெரியவர் விழுப்புரம் வரும்போதெல்லாம், நகர எல்லையில் உள்ள பாப்பான்குளத்தில் இருக்கும் பாபுராவ் சத்திரத்தில்தான் தங்குவார். பெரியவரை லக்ஷ்மி நாராயணனின் தந்தைதான் பூரணகும்பம் கொடுத்து வரவேற்று, சத்திரத்துக்கு அழைத்துச் செல்வார்.

மடத்தின் பரிவாரத்தில் யானைகள், குதிரைகள் எல்லாம் இருந்தன. சத்திரத்தில் அவற்றையெல்லாம் கட்டிப் பராமரிக்க அப்போது வசதி இருந்தது.

அப்படி ஒருமுறை, பெரியவா பாபுராவ் சத்திரத்தில் வந்து தங்கியபோதுதான், அவரை முதன்முறையாகத் தரிசித்தார் லக்ஷ்மிநாராயணன்.

”எனக்கு அப்போ ஆறு வயசு இருக்கும். என் பெரியப்பா என்னை பெரியவாகிட்ட கூட்டிண்டு போய், ‘என் தம்பி பிள்ளை இவன். மூணாங் கிளாஸ் படிக்கிறான்’ என்று அறிமுகப்படுத்தினார்.

‘பையனுக்குப் பூணூல் போட்டாச்சோ?’ன்னு விசாரிச்சார் பெரியவர். ‘இல்லை’ன்னு சொன்னதும், ‘சரி, சீக்கிரம் பூணூல் போட்டுடு. ஸ்கூல்ல லீவு சமயத்திலே இங்கே என்னண்டை அனுப்பி வை’ன்னார்.

அதுக்கப்புறம் நாலு வருஷம் கழிச்சு 1946-47-ல அதே பாபுராவ் சத்திரத்துல மறுபடியும் பெரியவா வந்து தங்கினா. அதுக்குள்ளே எனக்குப் பூணூல் போட்டாச்சு. பெரியவா சொன்னாப்பல, ஸ்கூல் லீவ் நேரத்துல மடத்துக்குப் போய் பெரியவாளுக்குச் சேவை செய்ய ஆரம்பிச்சேன். அதுதான் ஆரம்பம். வில்வம் ஆய்ஞ்சு கொடுக்கறது தான் என் முதல் டியூட்டி. பெரியவா பத்து நாள் அங்கே இருந்தா.

ஹைஸ்கூல் ஹெட்மாஸ்டர் ஜெயராமய்யர் பெரியப்பாவுக்கு சீனியர். அவர் பெரியவாளை வந்து தரிசனம் பண்ணினார். ‘நீங்க ஊருக்குள்ள வரணும்’னு கேட்டுண்டார். ‘ஊருக்கு வந்தா என்ன தருவே?’ன்னு கேட்டா பெரியவா. ‘உன்னோட வீட்டைக் கொடுத்துடறியா? நான் பத்து மாசம் இங்கேதான் தங்கப் போறேன்’னார். குறும்பா கேக்கறாப்பல இருக்கும்; ஆனா, அதுக்குப் பின்னாடி பெரியவா மனசுக்குள்ளே பெரிய திட்டம் ஏதாவது இருக்கும்.

‘தினம் என்னால அவ்ளோ தூரம் நடந்து பெண்ணையாத் துக்குப் போக முடியாது. அதனால எனக்கு இங்கேயே ஒரு குளம் வெட்டிக் குடுக்கறயா?’ன்னு கேட்டா பெரியவா.

பாணாம்பட்டுன்னு ரெண்டு கிலோ மீட்டர் தூரத்துல ஒரு ஊர். தோட்டத்துல வேலை பாக்கறவா 200 பேர் சேர்ந்து மூணு நாள் தோண்டினதுல, அஞ்சு அடியிலேயே ஜலம் வந்துடுத்து. ராமருக்கு அணில் உதவின மாதிரி நானும் இந்தக் குளத் திருப்பணியில பங்கெடுத்துக்கிட்டேன். முட்டிக்கால் ஜலம்தான். ஆனா, ஸ்படிகம் மாதிரி இருந்துது. அதுல இறங்கி ஸ்நானம் பண்ணிட்டு, கங்கா பூஜை பண்ணினார் பெரியவா.

பத்துப் பதினைஞ்சு நாள் போயிருக்கும். ஒரு நாள்… ‘இங்கே ஒண்ணரை கிலோமீட்டர் தூரத்துல வடவாம்பலம்னு ஒரு ஊர் இருக்கு. அங்கே சுப்பிரமணிய ரெட்டியார்னு ஒருத்தர் இருக்கார். அவரைக் கூட்டிண்டு வாங்கோ’ன்னார் பெரியவா. அவரைப் போய்ப் பார்த்து விஷயத்தைச் சொன் னோம். பெரியவா நம்மளை எதுக்குக் கூப்பிடறானு அவருக்கு ஒண்ணும் புரியலே. அவர் நல்ல வசதியானவர். அவர் வந்து பெரியவரைப் பார்த்து, ‘நான் என்ன செய்யணும்?’னு கேட்டார். ‘தாசில்தாரை அழைச்சுண்டு வாங்கோ’ன்னார் பெரியவா. அந்தக் காலத்துல, தாசில்தார்னா கலெக்டர் மாதிரி… அவ்வளவு பவர் அவருக்கு.

தாசில்தார் வந்தார். அவர் கும்ப கோணத்து பிராமணர். அவர்கிட்டே பெரியவா, ‘இந்த ஊர்ல என்ன விசேஷம்? ஃபீல்டு மேப் இருக்குமே? அதுல பாத்து கண்டுபிடிச்சு சொல்லு’ன்னா.

ஃபீல்டு மேப்பை வெச்சு அவரால ஒண்ணும் கண்டுபிடிக்க முடியலே!

அப்புறம் பெரியவாளே, ‘ஒரு இருநூறு வருஷத்துக்கு முன்னால பெண்ணையாறு இங்கே வடவாம்பலம் கிராமத்துக் குப் பக்கத்துலதான் ஓடிண்டிருந்திருக்கு. நாளாவட்டத்துல ஒதுங்கி ரொம்ப துரம் தள்ளிப் போயிடுத்து’ன்னார்.

‘வடவாம்பலத்துல முன்னே ஒரு பெரிய சித்தர் இருந்திருக்கார். அங்கேதான் ஸித்தி அடைஞ்சிருக்கார். ஆத்ம போதேந்திரான்னு ஒரு பீடம் இருந்திருக்கு. அதை எல்லாம் வெள்ளம் அடிச்சிண்டு போயிடுத்து’ன்னா பெரியவா.

தை மாசம் அஞ்சாம் தேதி வரை கங்கை அங்கே வர்றதா ஐதீகம். ஆத்துத் திருவிழாவா கொண்டாடுவா. சாப்பாடு எல்லாம் கட்டி எடுத்துண்டு போவா. அந்த இடத்துல ஆத்ம போதேந்திரா சமாதி ஆகி, லிங்கம் வச்சு அதிஷ்டானம் கட்டியிருக்காளாம். திடீர்னு ஒரு நாள் ராத்திரி, ‘இந்த க்ஷணமே அங்கே போகணும்’னா பெரியவா. நாங்க ரெண்டு பேர் டார்ச்லைட் எடுத்துண்டு அவரோடேயே நடந்து போனோம். ராத்திரி ரெண்டு மணி சுமாருக்கு அங்கே ஒரு குறிப்பிட்ட இடத்துல உட்கார்ந்து ஜபம் பண்ண ஆரம்பிச்சுட்டார் பெரியவா. விடியற்காலை நாலு மணி வரைக்கும் ஜபம் பண்ணினார். அப்புறம், இருள் பிரியறதுக்கு முன்னே ஊருக்குத் திரும்பி வந்துட்டார்.

அப்புறம், மூணு மாசம் கழிச்சு மறுபடியும் கிளம்பி, பெரியவரோடு அதே இடத்துக்குப் போனோம். ஒரு பெரிய ஸர்ப்பம் எதிரே வந்துது. நடுங்கிப் போயிட்டோம். ‘ஒண்ணும் பண்ணாது. ஒரு நிமிஷம் நில்லுங்கோ’ன்னார் பெரியவா. அது ஊர்ந்து போய் மறைஞ்சுடுத்து. முன்பு போலவே பெரியவா அங்கே குறிப்பிட்ட இடத்துல உட்கார்ந்து ஜபம் பண்ணினார். நாலு மணிக்கு ஜபத்தை முடிச்சுண்டு எழுந்து வந்துட்டார். அங்கே அப்படி என்ன விசேஷம்னு எங்களுக்கு எதுவும் புரியலே.

மறுபடி சுப்பிரமணிய ரெட்டியாரை அழைச்சுண்டு வரச்சொல்லி, அவர்கிட்ட, ‘எனக்கு இங்கே ரெண்டு ஏக்கர் நிலம் வேணும். வாங்கித் தர முடியுமா?’ன்னு கேட்டார் பெரியவா. ‘ஆகட்டும்’னார் ரெட்டியார்.

தஸ்தாவேஜு எல்லாம் ரெடி பண்ணி, ஏக்கர் 200 ரூபா மேனிக்கு ரெண்டு ஏக்கர் 400 ரூபாய்னு பத்திரம் எழுதிக் கொடுத்து ரிஜிஸ்டர் பண்ணியாச்சு. பணம் வாங்கமாட்டேன்னு மறுத்தார் ரெட்டியார். ‘இல்லே! நீங்க வாங்கிக்கத்தான் வேணும். இல்லேன்னா நாளைக்கு ஒரு பேச்சு வரும்’னு சொல்லி, மடத்துலேருந்து 500 ரூபாயை ரெட்டியாருக்குக் கொடுக்கச் சொல்லிட்டார் பெரியவர்.

அப்புறம், அந்த ரெண்டு ஏக்கர் நிலத்துல தோண்டிப் பார்க்கணும்னா பெரியவா. அவருக்கு மாமா பிள்ளை ஒருத்தர் இருந்தார். அவரையும் அழைச்சுண்டு அந்த இடத்துக்குப் போனோம். ஒரு இடத்தை செலக்ட் பண்ணி, அங்கே கடப்பாரையால தோண்டினார் அவர். வெளியே எடுத்தப்போ கடப்பாரை முனையெல்லாம் ரத்தம்!

அவர் அதைப் பார்த்து மூர்ச்சையாகி, அங்கேயே தடால்னு விழுந்துட்டார். என்ன பண்றதுன்னு தெரியாம கையைப் பிசைஞ்சுண்டு நின்னோம். அரை மணி கழிச்சு அவரே, ‘எனக்கு ஒண்ணும் இல்லே’ன்னு எழுந்து உட்கார்ந்துட்டார்.

பெரியவாகிட்ட விஷயத்தைச் சொன்னோம். ‘பயப்படாதீங்கோ! அங்கே, அடியிலே ஒரு கோயில் புதைஞ்சு கிடக்கு. நாளைக்குத் தோண்டிப் பாக்கலாம்’னார்.

அப்படியே மறுநாள் போய்த் தோண்டினப்போ, முன்னே ஒரு காலத்துல அங்கே கோயில் இருந்ததுக்கான அடையாளங்கள் தெரிஞ்சுது. ஒரு சிவலிங்கம் கிடைச்சுது. ரெண்டு மாசம் அங்கேயே இருந்து, அந்தக் கோயிலை மறுபடி புதுப்பிச் சுக் கட்டிட்டு, காஞ்சிபுரம் திரும்பிட்டா பெரியவா.

அந்த நேரத்துல நான் 3, 4 மாசம் பெரியவாளோடு கூடவே இருந்தேன். அந்தச் சம்பவங்களையெல்லாம் இப்போ நினைச்சுப் பார்க்கிறப்போ சிலிர்ப்பா இருக்கு!” என்று சொல்லி நிறுத்தினார் லக்ஷ்மிநாராயணன்.

विद्या ददाति विनयम्, विनयम् ददाति पात्रताम्, पात्रत्वात् धनमाप्नोति, धनात् धर्मम् ततःसुखम्

Education yields humility; humility yields character; character yields wealth (courage, fortitude & wisdom); wealth supports righteous (dharmic) life; righteousness yields happiness.

August 24, 2011

Videos of Sri Kanchi Mahaswamigal Sadas at Rathnagiriswarar temple in Chennai January 18 – 22, 2007

January 18 – 22, 2007 At Sri Rathnagiriswarar Temple Besant Nagar Chennai

Swami Dayananda Saraswathi

BrahmaSri Nannilam Rajagopalan Ganapadigal eloquently lays out the contribution of Sri Maha Periyava in us being able to enjoy all these Vedhic insights from such great Gananigals.

Brahma Sri Seshadrinatha Sastrigal is an authority on Dharma Sastras and has been delivering lectures across the nation with VaidikaSri Rajagopalan Ganapadgal. His short but sharp observation and how H.H. Sri Maha Swamiji blessed him and respected the Sastras, should not be missed!

Brahma Sri Sathanoor Krishnamurthy Ganapadigal – He is a very famous vedic scholar from Maha Swamiji’s days and his scholastic talent can be seen from his talk. He also has spoken a few words in honoring some of the speakers present in this series.

Brahmasri Mullaivasal S Krishnamurthy Sastrigal

Bringi T Venkatarama Sastrigal

Dr. Mahadevan – This young Ayurvedic doctor shares the experience of his Guru Ayurvedic Dr. Vaithyanathan with Sri Maha Swamiji. This talented doctor has mastered Sanskrit, Vedas and Ayurveda Medicine. His eloquent speech quoting Vedas and Slokas is highly remarkable and the mention about how his Guru’s Kataksham has changed him from an ordinary person to an Ayurvedic Doctor is simply superb. The explanation of Ayurveda will impress everybody as he explains very meticulously the importance and procedures.

Sri Umapathy Sivacharyar explains speaks about the Agama Sastra and H.H. Sri Maha Swamiji’s knowledge on Agama Sastras, in this interesting speech.

Chandrasekara Sthapathi

Muthaya Sthapathy

Tatwamasi Dikshith
Dr. Tatvamasi Dixit – “Is there anything that he does not know or has not read?” That is what you will feel when you hear his speech about Vedas, Ayurveda, Modern medicine, religion, Sastras etc.. Sri Sathanoor Ganapadigal’s praise about Dr. Dixit should not be missed out! You have watched Dr. Mahadevan in the earlier release, you will watch Dr. Dixit in this one and wait for the next release for their joint participation in the Q & A session for many of your doubts on medicine, sastras, etc.

Jabalpur Sri Nagaraja Sarma – Sarmaji found the cave in Narmada banks in which Sri Adi Sankara met His Guru Sri Govinda Bhagavad Pada. He narrates his experiences on this connected with Maha Swamiji and Kanchi Forum got a copy of the article he wrote about this in a Deepavali Malar and the same has been loaded in a separate link. Even though in the article he didn’t mention why Maha Swamiji asked Sarmaji to make so many trips around many caves before finding out the right one, Sarmaji was kind enough in sharing the same in the Sadas. This was not only so emotional but it makes us to feel how Blessed Sarmaji is. Kanchi Forum thanks Sarmaji for sharing this point in the Sadas.

Dr. S. Kalyanaraman – The world famous surgeon is an ardent devotee and his family is connected with the Sri Matam for generations. The viewers will be having a good time by listening to his experiences with Maha Swamiji and His knowledge on Medicine. However the classic one is about the doctor seeking Maha Swamiji’s permission when he wanted to visit abroad for the first time and what Maha Swamiji told him when he came back from the trip and was looking for Prayachittam. Through this, Maha Swamiji has sent a very strong message to everyone of His Devotees, as almost all the families in India would be having atleast one person who had crossed the ocean. Dr. Kalyanaraman shares how Maha Swamiji quoted by giving reference from Ramayanam. This was not widely known to public otherwise and Kanchi Forum thanks Dr. Kalyanaraman for sharing this point in public.

Dr. Veezhinathan – shares lot of his experiences with Maha Swamiji and clears the misconception about the great poet Kalidas. Maha Swamiji’s analysis about the poet makes us to feel how H.H. had taken pains to clear the misconception and how H.H. respects the poets. The speech will be a very motivating and inspiring one for many of us.

TN Sheshagopalan

TS Chari
Devotees would be emotionally charged on hearing Sri T.S. Chari Mama’s (that is how he is affectionately called by many musicians for almost three generations) speech of how Sri Maha Swamiji blessed this Sri Vaishnavite devotee and his family a few decades back. H.H. later graced Sri Chari mama to get interacted with all the prominent musicians over the last 40 years or so in promoting the music and the musicians and to bless them.

TAFE Ganesan

Sri Rathnagiriswarar Temple Sadas – Dr Mythili

Sri Rathnagiriswarar Temple Sadas – Sri CL Ramakrishnan

August 23, 2011

தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு சட்டம் ரத்து ஏன்? – ஜெ. விளக்கம்

தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு சட்டம் முன்னாள் முதலமை‌ச்சர் கருணாநிதியால் சுயவிளம்பரத்துக்காக இயற்றப்பட்டது என்றும் இதனால் மக்களுக்கு எந்தவித நன்மையும் இல்லை என்றும் முதலமை‌ச்ச‌ர் ஜெயலலிதா சட்டப்பேரவையில் கூ‌றினா‌ர்.

இது தொடர்பாக சட்டப்பேரவையில் அவர் இ‌ன்று பேசுகை‌யி‌ல், தமிழ் மொழி மீதும், தமிழர்கள் மீதும், தனக்கு மட்டுமே அக்கறை இருப்பது போன்ற ஒரு மாயத் தோற்றத்தை பொதுமக்கள் மத்தியில் உருவாக்குவதற்காக, முன்னாள் முதலமை‌ச்சர் கருணாநிதியால் தமிழ்நாடு தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு சட்டம், 2008 ஆம் ஆண்டு இயற்றப்பட்டது.

இந்தச் சட்டம், ஒரு சுய விளம்பரத்திற்காக இயற்றப்பட்டதே தவிர, இந்தச் சட்டத்தினால் மக்களுக்கு, எந்த வித நன்மையும் இல்லை. மாறாக, ஆண்டாண்டு காலமாக சித்திரை மாதப் பிறப்பை தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டாக கொண்டாடிக் கொண்டு இருக்கும் தமிழக மக்களின் உணர்வுகளை புண்படுத்தும் விதமாக இந்தச் சட்டம் அமைந்துள்ளது.

ஒரு நாட்டிலே, ஒரு சட்டம் இயற்றப்படுகிறது என்றால், அந்தச் சட்டம், அந்த நாட்டு மக்களுக்கு பயன்பட வேண்டும்; அல்லது, இது போன்ற சட்டம் தேவை என்று மக்கள் கோரிக்கை விடுத்திருக்க வேண்டும். இது மட்டுமல்லாமல், அந்தச் சட்டம் இயற்றப்படுவதற்கான காரணங்கள் தெளிவாக தெரிவிக்கப்பட வேண்டும். இவை எதுவுமே இல்லாமல், யாருக்கும் பயனளிக்காத ஒரு சட்டத்தை முந்தைய தி.மு.க. அரசு ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளது.

இந்தச் சட்டம் இயற்றப்பட்டதையடுத்து, உடனடியாக சென்னையில் கருணாநிதிக்கு பாராட்டு விழா நடத்தப்பட்டது. கருணாநிதியின் துதிபாடிகள் அனைவரும் அவரைப் போற்றினர். இதை தவிர, வேறு யாருக்கும் எந்த வித நன்மையும் இந்தச் சட்டத்தினால் ஏற்படவில்லை. தமிழக மக்கள் மத்தியில் தன்னை விளம்பரப்படுத்திக் கொள்வதற்காக, தமிழுக்கு மிகப் பெரிய சிறப்பினை செய்தது போன்ற ஒரு மாயத் தோற்றத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்காக, இது போன்ற சட்டத்தினை கருணாநிதி இயற்றியுள்ளார்.

தமிழர் காலக் கணிப்பு முறையின்படி, ஒரு ஆண்டுக்குரிய 12 மாதங்களில் சித்திரை முதலாவது மாதமாகும். இது சூரியனின் நகர்வை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டு கணிக்கப்படுகிறது. சூரியன், மேஷ ராசிக்குள் நுழைவதிலிருந்து, அந்த ராசியை விட்டு வெளியேறும் வரையில் உள்ள காலம் சித்திரை மாதம் ஆகும். ஆண்டின் தொடக்கம் வசந்தமாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என்ற அடிப்படையில், சித்திரை மாதத்தை ஆண்டுத் தொடக்கமாக நம் மூதாதையர்கள் கணக்கிட்டுள்ளார்கள் என்று கூறப்படுகிறது. பல்லாண்டு காலமாக, சித்திரை முதலாம் நாளையே புத்தாண்டாக தமிழர்கள் கொண்டாடி வருகின்றனர்.

சித்திரை மாதத்தில் புத்தாண்டு தொடங்குவது என்பது, வான நூலையும், பருவங்களின் சுழற்சியையும் அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டது. எனவே, பருவங்களின் சுழற்சியை அடிப்படையாகக் கொண்டு, இயற்கையை ஒட்டி, சித்திரை மாதத்தைத் தொடக்க மாதமாகக் கொண்டமைந்த ஆண்டு கணக்கீடு தான் பூர்விகத் தமிழ் மரபாக இருக்க முடியும். கோடைக் காலமே முதலாவது பருவம் என சீவக சிந்தாமணியில் வருணிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

சித்திரையே வா! நம் வாழ்வில் நல் முத்திரை பதிக்க வா! என்று சொல்லும் மரபு இருக்கும் காரணத்தால், சித்திரை மாதமே தமிழ் புத்தாண்டுக்கு உரிய, பொருத்தமான நாள் ஆகும் என மதுரை ஆதினம் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார். சித்திரைத் திங்கள் முதல் நாளை ஆண்டின் துவக்க நாளாகக் கொண்டாடலாம் என பல அறிஞர்கள் கருத்து தெரிவித்துள்ளனர். பண்டைத் தமிழர் வானவியல் ஆதாரப்படி, தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டுத் தொடக்கம் சித்திரை மாதம் தான்.

சங்க இலக்கியத்தின் மிகப் பழைய இலக்கியமான, பத்துப்பாட்டு இலக்கியத்தின் நெடுநல்வாடையில், சூரியன் மேஷத்தில் சஞ்சாரம் செய்து சுழற்சியைத் தொடங்கும் உண்மையை நக்கீரனார் தெளிவுபடுத்தி இருக்கிறார். சென்னைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தால் 1912 ஆம் ஆண்டில் பதிப்பிக்கப்பட்ட தமிழ் பேரகராதியிலும் சித்திரை முதல் நாளே தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு என்று குறிப்பிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. அரசவைக் கவிஞராக இருந்த நாமக்கல் வி. ராமலிங்கம் பிள்ளை அவர்களும், சித்திரை மாதத்தில் புத்தாண்டு தெய்வம் திகழும் திருநாட்டில் என்ற தனது வாழ்த்துப் பாடலின் மூலம் தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டின் தொடக்கம் சித்திரை மாதம் என்பதைத் தெளிவுபடுத்தியுள்ளார்.

மேலும், பல்வேறு கல்வெட்டுகளும், எண்ணற்ற இலக்கியங்களும், சித்திரை மாதம் முதல் நாளன்று தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு தொடங்குவதை உறுதிப்படுத்துகின்றன. இந்தச் சட்ட முன்வடிவு, சட்டப் பேரவையில் தாக்கல் செய்யப்பட்ட போது, இதை வரவேற்று பேசிய மார்க்சிஸ்ட் கம்யூனிஸ்ட் கட்சி உறுப்பினர், என். நன்மாறன், தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டை மாற்றி அமைத்ததற்கான காரணங்கள் இருந்தால் அதை தெளிவுபடுத்த வேண்டும் என்று கூறி இருக்கிறார். ஆனால், கடைசி வரையில் அதற்கான காரணங்கள் தெளிவுபடுத்தப்படவில்லை.

மேற்படிச் சட்டம் இயற்றப்படும் போது, அதற்கான நோக்கக் காரண விளக்க உரையில், தை திங்கள் முதல் நாள் தான் தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டுத் தொடக்கம் என்பது ஒட்டுமொத்தமாக எல்லாத் தமிழ் அறிஞர்களும் ஒப்புக் கொண்டுள்ள உண்மை என்பதால், தைத் திங்கள் முதல் நாளையே தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டுத் தொடக்கம் என அறிவித்து, நடைமுறைப்படுத்திட அரசு முடிவு செய்துள்ளதாகவும், அதற்கு செயல் வடிவம் கொடுக்கும் பொருட்டு சட்டம் இயற்றப்படுவதாகவும் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இந்தச் சட்டம் இயற்றப்பட்டு மூன்று ஆண்டுகளாகியும், சித்திரை திங்கள் முதல் நாளையே கோடான கோடி தமிழ் மக்கள் தமிழ்ப் புத்தாண்டு தினமாக கொண்டாடி வருகின்றனர். இந்தச் சட்டத்தை ரத்து செய்ய வேண்டும் என்று தமிழக மக்களிடமிருந்து அரசுக்கு கோரிக்கைகள் வந்துள்ளன. மக்கள் நம்பிக்கையை சட்டம் மூலம் மாற்றுவது சரியல்ல.

எனவே, தமிழக மக்களின் உணர்வுகளுக்கும், கருத்துகளுக்கும் மதிப்பளிக்கும் வகையில், யாருக்கும் பயனளிக்காத, காலங்காலமாக போற்றி பாதுகாத்து வந்த மரபுகளை மீறுகின்ற, தமிழக மக்களின் உணர்வுகளை புண்படுத்துகின்ற, இந்தச் சட்டத்தினை ரத்து செய்வது தான் பொருத்தமாக இருக்கும் எ‌ன்று ஜெயலலிதா கூ‌றினா‌ர்.

August 1, 2011

Krishna Bhajans – Nama Sankeerthanam