Archive for ‘Bhajans\NamaSankeerthanam’

August 14, 2014

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

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

Subramanya BhArathi

Subramanya BhArathi

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

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

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

Tamil Lyrics

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 10, 2014

Learn and Teach Vishnu Sahasranama – Compilation of resources

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

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

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

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

You can download the pdf file from this page.

Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra SLOW recitation With English Subtitles – MS Subbulakshmi

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

Download the VishnuSahasranamam SLOW recitation in MP3 format

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

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

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

Background of Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra

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

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

Benefits of Reciting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stothra – Phala Sruti

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

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

Astrological importance of Sri Vishnu Sahasranama

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

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu
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November 24, 2012

Krishna Bhajans from Dubai Bhajan festival – Oct 2012 – Shri Kadayanallur Rajagopal Bhagavathar

For those interested in South Indian Bhajana Samparadya , please enjoy these below bhajans by Shri Kadayanallur Rajagopal Bhagavathar sung at Dubai Oct 2012.

For other who are not familier with South India Bhajan Sampradya , it is a perfect tradition blended with the Bhakthi traditions from orrissa, maharashtra, tamil nadu and else where in Bharath.

See more information here.
http://www.sriradhakalyanam.org/sampraday.htm

Vanamaali Vasudeva Bhajan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=1469s

Panduranga Panduranga Panduranga

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=2143s

Tehigopala Srivanamala Radhalol Ayahi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=2594s

Deepa Pradashinam (by ladies dancing around the sacred lamp in traditional wear)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=3294s

Jaya Jayathu Pandari – Deepa Pradakshinam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=3720s

Danya Danya DenaJhara ( by men dancing around the sacred lamp in traditional wear)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=VgJF2_wtoQA#t=4389s

August 10, 2012

Krishna Abhang Bhajan – Bansi Dhara Khannayya

Belated Happy Krishna Jayanthi wishes to all our Krishna Bhakthaas !!

Here is a blissful Abhang sung by Sri Manjappara Mohan. Play it for kids and they will start dancing !

December 11, 2011

Useful Hindu spiritual sites/blogs for learning on the net.

If you are a spiritual seeker (Asthika) following Sanatana Dharma , these web sites might come in handy for you.

http://sumukam.wordpress.com/
Excellent resource to find tons of bhajans, namasankeerthanam audio, discourses, upanyasams, vedanta talks and many more.

http://www.pravachanam.com/
Excellent discourses in samskritham, tamil, hindi, telugu and english. Dont miss Swami Paramarthananda’s Sandhyavandanam audio lecture in this site.

https://www.vedavichara.com/index.php
Excellent resource to find structured teaching by Swami Dayananda Saraswathi’s “Arsha Vidya” teaching tradition of Advaitha Vedanta.This site also has authentic Vedic chants from Kalancheri, TN Veda Pata Shaala.

http://mystudyofvedanta.blogspot.com/2008/03/introduction.html
Textual transcript of Swami Paramarthananda’s “Introduction to Vedanta”. Swami Paramarthananda is a great vedanta teacher and sanyasi from Arshya Vidya Parampara. This site has the very introduction to the Vedanta which will answer many questions most Hindus have. Questions like “What is the varna system” , “Why we must follow Dharma”. If one really wants to learn about Hinduism , you must read this with patience. The basics.

Namaste
Hari

September 5, 2011

Tamil Devotional Songs

http://sumukam.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/tamil-devotional-songs/

Hindu Devotional Songs in Tamil

A collection of more than 200 albums of Hindu devotional songs in Tamil by artists such as TMS, Sirgazhi, KJ Jesudas, K Veeramani, P Susila, M Shobhana etc are presented here. Each album is compressed as a single RAR file and uploaded.

All credits go to the Bhakthas who had initially made these treasures available on the Net.

Please download and enjoy!

August 1, 2011

Krishna Bhajans – Nama Sankeerthanam

Namaste
Hari

October 24, 2010

Rama Nama Mahima

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Shri Bodendra Saraswati Swamigal while camping at Kanchipuram, went to Tirukokarnam for observing Chaturmasya Vrata. To some scholars, he was expounding sutra bhashya; so some he was expounding veda rahasyas and to some mandAdhikArIs, he was initiating into “rAma nAma”. Among them was one untouchable lady who asked the Swamigal if she could chant “rAma nAma” being an outcaste. Swamigal immediately with affectionate tone said that he would initiate her in “rAma mantram”. And saying so, initiated that untouchable lady into rAma mantra. This lead to repercussions among the orthodox scholars and started speaking ill of Swamigal saying that how an orthodox brahmin being a muttadhipati of Sankara Mutt could initiate an untouchable that too a lady into the mantra japa.

Swamigal didn’t care all this and left that place. After several years, again, Swamigal visited that same place for observance of Chaturmasya Vrata. The moment swamigal came to the village, the same untouchable lady, who became old by them, came to have the darshan of the saint and fell at his feet. On being asked by Swamigal about the progress in rAma mantra anushtAna, she said that she had already finished 1 crore of rAma nAma.

Saying so, she sat cross legged in padmasana posture, uttered rAma nAma with kumbhaka, held her breath, raised the kundalini and piercing all the 6 chakras alongwith Brahmarandhra at Sahasrara Chakra, shed her mortal coil. Her spirit left the body from Sahasrara thereby achieving Kapala Moksha.

Swamigal blessed her by performing the antya samskaras.

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Blessed are such pious souls.

May 24, 2010

BhajaGovindam

Dr M.N. Nandakumara looks at the beauty and meaning of Adi Sankaracharya’s 8th century poetic hymn Bhaja Govindam
page18-bhaja-govindam.pdf