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March 30, 2017

March 2017- Voice Of Jagadguru E-Magazine

Voice of JagadGuru – Mar 2017 Edition

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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

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June 7, 2015

E Magazine “Voice of Jagadguru” June 2015 Issue.

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Let Noble Thoughts Flow from Everywher

November 24, 2014

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

Sringeri Jagadguru on Sandhyavandhanam

Gayatri Devi Goddess - Gayatri Mantra

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

A rough translation below:

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

Links of Sringeri Jagadguru’s Anugraha Bhashanam on Sandhyavandhanam:

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

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

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

​Source of this article: Sringeri Videos page in Facebook

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

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

Namaste

November 14, 2014

Sri Guru Pahimam Paramadayalo Pahimam – Simple Slokha

 

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

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

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

Video of the Slokha on Sringeri Acharya

 

Audio mp3 of Slokha on Sringeri Acharya

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

 

Lyrics of the slokha

​श्रीगुरो पाहि मां परम दयालो पाहि माम् ।

शृङ्गेरिजगद्गुरो पाहि मां भारतीतीर्थ पाहि माम् ॥

SRI GURU PAHIMAM PARAMA DAYALO PAHIMAM

SRINGERI JAGADGURO PAHIMAM SRI BHARATI TIRTHA PAHIMAM

 

July 23, 2014

HD Video of Sringeri Rajagopuram Kumbhabhisheka June 8, 2014.

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

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

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu

November 4, 2013

Deepavali Anugraha Sandesha by Sringeri Acharya

Deepavali Anugraha Sandesha by Sringeri Acharya

Following is the Anugraha Sandesha in Kannada elucidating the significance of Deepavali by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji.

For the benefit of non-Kannada speaking devotees, also provided is a transcript of the Anugraha Sandesha in English as well as English captions in the video.

Transcript of the Anugraha Sandesha on Deepavali 2013.

Among the festivals that we celebrate every year, the Deepavali festival is an important one. “Deepavali” means – a row of lamps. A Lamp represents Jnana (knowledge). Move away from darkness towards light of Jnana – this is the message of Deepavali. Darkness represents ignorance. Dispelling Ignorance and Attaining Jnana – is the essence of Deepavali. Jnana is most important to man.

Bhagavan says in the Bhagavad Gita – Na hi Jnanena Sadrisham Pavitram iha Vidyate. (There is nothing that is as Pavitra as Jnana). The Shastras say that Mukti (liberation) can be obtained only by Jnana. Hence Jnana is of paramount importance. We must acquire this Jnana and dispel ignorance. This is possible only through a Sadguru.

Without a Guru’s Grace, ignorance remains and the acquisition of Jnana does not come about. When we realize this fact and make efforts towards acquiring Jnana, our life becomes purposeful. May this Deepavali festival bring about such a realization and inspire everyone. May everyone rid themselves of their mental impurities, be of a pure mind, and cheerfully and lovingly engage with all.

Sri Adi Shankaracharya has said Tvayi mayi ca anyatra eko vishNuH Vyartham kupyasi mayi asahahisNuH.(When the same consciousness pervades you and me, “who hates whom? Who can be angry with whom?). Hence hate and anger are unwarranted. Everyone must be amicable and loving to all. This is our message on this occasion. May this Deepavali bring about the welfare of all. May everyone joyfully celebrate this Deepavali and be a recipient of God’s Grace.

Bhagavan Krishna Paramatma annihilated Narakasura on the Ashwayuja Krishna Chaturadashi.Hence the day is called Naraka Chaturdashi. It is on this day that Bhagavan put an end to Narakasura and brought about the wellbeing of all. Hence on this occasion, we must remember Bhagavan with utmost devotion, worship Him and be a recipient of His Grace. May everyone be a recipient of Bhagavan’s Grace and live with joy. Such is Our blessing on the occasion of this Deepavali Mahotsava.

Video in Kannada

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

Source : Jagadguru Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal Facebook group

July 29, 2013

Bhagavata Saptaha at Sringeri

From Sringeri Acharya on Bhaghavatham and Narayaneeyam

http://www.sringeri.net/2013/07/29/news/bhagavata-saptaha-at-sringeri.htm

Nochur Venkataraman during the Bhagavata Saptaha in Guru Nivas in the Jagadguru’s presence

With the blessings of Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji, a Bhagavata Saptaham was organized in Sringeri by a group of devotees led by Sri Natarajan of Arasikere. Renowned Upanyaska and Sadhaka, Sri Nochur Venkataraman conducted the Bhagavata Saptaha in Pravachana Mandiram near Goddess Sharadamba temple from 14th June to 21st June. The Saptaham began on 14th June 2013 with the Jagadguru personally blessing the start of the event.

The event commenced with the Parayana of the Bhagavata Mahatmyam followed by a discourse on the significance and greatness of Bhagavatam by Sri Nochur Venkataraman. Hundreds of devotees attended the event.

From 15th June onwards, Parayanam of Srimad Bhagavatam began everyday at 5:30 am and went on till 3:30 pm in the afternoon. Sri Nochur Venkataraman delivered lectures in Tamil in the mornings from 7:30 am to 9 am and from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. The lectures were tinged with Bhakti and Jnana as Sri Venkataraman described various events in the Bhagavatam such as the Kapila Upakhyanam, the Uddhava Gita, the Jada Bharata Upakhyanam, the Prahlada Charitam and so on.

On 19th June 2013, at the request of the devotees, the afternoon lecture of Sri Nochur Venkataraman covering the Dashama Skanda of Bhagavatam took place in the divine presence of the Jagadguru at Guru Nivas in Narasimha Vanam.

Audience listening to Nochur Venkataraman during the Bhagavata Saptaha in Guru Nivas in the Jagadguru’s presence

On the concluding day In His Anugraha Bhashanam rendered in Tamil at the Pravachana Mandiram, the Jagadguru said that Srimad Bhagavatam’s importance is underlined by the fact that Bhagavan Veda Vyasa found satisfaction only after composing this Mahapurana that extols the Supreme Being. The ever-fresh and attractive Lilas of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, described in the 10th Skanda of Srimad Bhagavatam bring divine joy to the reader and the listener. Inspired by the account of the life of Bhagavan in Srimad Bhagavatam, many great people penned literature in the form of Kavyas, Natakas, Stotras in many languages and fulfilled the purpose of their lives. One has to only look at the Krishna Karnamrtam of Lila Shuka or the Gita Govinda of Jayadeva to get a taste of the devotion and emotion expressed in such literature.

The Jagadguru then talked about the greatness of Bhagavan Sri Krishna. Referring to a statement of Bhagavan in the Gita – यन्मे त्वदन्येन न दृष्टपूर्वम् – where Bhagavan tells Arjuna that he is the first to see the Vishwaroopam or the Cosmic form, the Jagadguru said that some wonder if this statement is indeed true.

This question arises because Bhagavan had shown a similar form to Mother Devaki at the time of His birth, and also to Mother Yashoda, when she demanded that He open His mouth to check if He had indeed swallowed mud. The Jagadguru pointed out that it is not uncommon in the world that in order to give joy to the recipient, the giver says, “What I am giving you now has never been given to anyone else before”. Similarly, we also say, “What I am saying has never been told to anyone else”. This too gives a sense of importance to the hearer. Could Bhagavan also be doing the same when He says to Arjuna that He has never shown the Vishwaroopam to anyone else before?.

However, Bhagavan cannot lie. The Jagadguru in His own inimitable way explained that Bhagavan had used the word “anyena” (by others) in the masculine gender to imply that no man before Arjuna had seen the Vishwaroopam. Hence no one need have the doubt in the statement of Bhagavan for Devaki and Yashoda who had also seen the Vishwaroopam earlier were women. The Jagadguru explained that He had provided this illustration to indicate that the words of Bhagavan can never be categorized under falsehood. The intelligence and the adherence to Dharma that Bhagavan exhibited during His presence on earth is impeccable.

Some question the relation between Bhagavan and the Gopikas and wonder if it conforms with Dharma. Sri Shuka Maharshi Himself says in the Bhagavatam – तेजीयसां न दोषाय वह्नेः सर्वभुजो यथा – that Bhagavan remains unaffected, even as fire that burns everything, cannot itself be burnt or be affected.

The Dharma Shastras also say – दृष्टो धर्मव्यतिक्रमः साहसं च महताम् – Great personages appear to transgress Dharma (sometimes). However they remain unaffected. This does not mean that we too can take to this course of action. Anything that is dropped in the sacrificial fire is burnt and reduced to ashes. However, we cannot consume all of them and assume that the digestive fire in our stomachs can burn everything. Similarly, we cannot imitate every act of Bhagavan. Rather we must foster devotion and faith towards Him.

Bhagavan Himself declares this and says in His own words that such a person who surrenders everything and acts for Him, is freed from all bondages of Karma and attains Him –

मन्मना भव मद्भक्तो मद्याजी मां नमस्कुरु ।
मामेवैष्यसि युक्त्वैवमात्मानं मत्परायणः ॥

यत्करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् ।
यत्तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्कुरुष्व मदर्पणम् ॥
शुभाशुभफलैरेवं मोक्ष्यसे कर्मबन्धनैः ।

That is why we end even our Pujas with the statement – तत् सत् ब्रह्मार्पणमस्तु – that conveys that the Puja itself has been done as an offering to Him.

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The uniquess of the Avatara of Bhagavan Sri Krishna is that it is here that the Gita Upadesha has been given. Even if people cannot study Srimad Bhagavatam, one may study Sriman Narayaneeyam that is a concise form of the Mahapurana and was penned by Sri Narayana Bhattatiri.

The Jagadguru then praised Sri Nochur Venkataraman for conducting the Bhagavata Saptaham in a befitting manner, and blessed one and all.

Jagadguru blessing Nochur Venkataraman

The event ended with Sri Nochur Venkataraman receiving the Jagadguru’s Blessings and the Avabhrita Snanam of the Vigraha of Bhagavan Sri Krishna taking place in the sacred waters of the holy Tunga river.

June 16, 2012

Biography of Srigeri Acharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji

http://www.sringeri.net/jagadgurus/sri-bharati-tirtha-mahaswamiji/biography-of-sri-bharati-tirtha-mahaswamiji

Inspiring Life

Sri Bharati Tirtha, the present Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham, a sanyasin of the highest paramahamsa order, is arguably the foremost scholar today of Vedanta and sastras.

In 1966, he approached the then Sringeri Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji as a bachelor at the age of 15 seeking his blessings and instruction in the sastras. The Sringeri Acharya was then observing chaturmasya at Ujjain. Sitarama Anjaneyulu (that was the Acharya’s name in his poorvashrama) had come with great vairagya growing in him.

As the great Acharya was returning after bath in the river Sipra, Sitarama Anjaneyulu prostrated before him and sought his tutelage, which was granted. The very next day the Acharya started teaching him. He soon became a gem of a scholar and a dear disciple.

What prompted the boy who had just finished high school studies, and who was advised by his father to go for higher education, to leave his home? Why did he go all the way to Ujjain from his home in Narasaraopet in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh? It must have been predetermined so by Goddess Sharadamba, the presiding deity of Sringeri Mutt.

When the same question was put to brahmachari Sitarama Anjaneyulu, he replied: “I had the good fortune of having the darshan of the Jagadguru quite early in life. Once I was asked to talk in Sanskrit by my teacher before His Holiness in Vijayawada. I got a special prize from him. At that time, it struck me that His Holiness was my teacher and my saviour. His beaming smile was giving me a message. I thought I got what I wanted.

“His Holiness has since been in my mind always. I used to feel that I was guided by His Holiness whenever there was a problem. This feeling grew in me to such an extent that I could not stay in my place.”

Since then Sitarama Anjaneyulu did not leave the lotus feet of the Acharya. He accompanied the Acharya during all his tours.

Within eight years he finished the study of Krishna Yajur Veda, Purva and Uttara Mimamsa, Nyaya Sastra and many other treatises and commentaries. He also became a poet in Sanskrit.

Childhood Days

Acharyal Childhood 1

Sitarama Anjaneyulu’s childhood is worth recalling in the context of his spiritual background. He was born into a Smartha family bearing the name “Tangirala”, of Apasthamba sutra, Krishna Yajur sakha, Kutsasa gotra, living in Alugumallepadu village in Palnadu area of Guntur, on the banks of river Naguleru.

He was born on April 11, 1951 as a result of long prayer and vrata (fast) by his father Venkateshwara Avadhani and mother Ananthalakshmamma. Venkateshwara Avadhani had studied the Vedas , though learning English was the current fashion.

The pious couple desired very much to have a son after begetting four daughters. Avadhani used to wake up early in the morning, bathe in the river and worship Lord Bhavani Shankara, the local deity, with Rudrabhishekha. This he did for a year.

He also used to perform Sri Rama Navaratrotsava. He took a vow to name his child after Sita and Rama if his wish was fulfilled. The Lords Shankara and Rama were kind to him. He was blessed with a son. For her part Smt.Anantalakshmamma had sought Lord Anjaneya’s favour and promised to name the male child born to her ‘Anjaneyulu’. Hence the infant was named Sitarama Anjaneyulu.

Sitarama Anjaneyulu even at the age of three evinced signs of great devotion towards the Gods. The name of Lord Shiva was on his lips constantly. During his boyhood days he used to forget himself worshipping the Lord.

Acharyal_after Upanayanam

Outside school hours, he always devoted time to Sanskrit studies. By the time he was nine, he had considerable command over the language. He was aware of its subtleties. Scholars and poets, including the Kavi Samrat Sri Viswanatha Satyanarayana, praised him for his eloquence. He won a number of prizes and was invited by All India Radio Vijayawada to participate in Sanskrit programmes.

At night, he learnt the Vedas from his father. He studied Samhita, Brahmana and Aranyaka so well that he could take part in the Guntur District Vedapravardhaka Vidwat Pariksha. He passed the examination with honours.

Command over Languages

Sri Bharati Tirtha was seen more often talking in Sanskrit than in Telugu, his mother tongue. Quite early in life, he completed his study of grammar, literature, logic and philosophy. With an inborn love of Sanskrit, he composed poetry at a very early age. Even at games he would talk in verse. Rules of prosody were never violated. Rhyme, rhythm, irony, suggestion: every poetic beauty came naturally to him. Even ordinary things of life found expression in his poetry.

The mastery of His Holiness in Indian languages is well known to devotees. The Sringeri Mutt has under its preview Andhra, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Kerala. People of these states visit him to pay their respects and are naturally drawn by his amazing versatility in the languages together with a command over the local idiom.

In 1974 on the day in which he was initiated into Sanyasa, His Holiness spoke in Kannada for the first time at the felicitation meeting with such a telling eloquence that all those present, including ministers, High Court judges, members of the Legislature and University professors, could not control their admiration while listening to him. A few months after Sishya Sweekaram both the Holinesses started on a Vijayayatra to Rameshwaram. Enroute at Gobichettipalayam, the Acharya delivered a speech in chaste Tamil, electrifying the devotees as they had never expected such a clear language flow from someone whose language was not Tamil and who had not been taught Tamil by anyone. The eloquence with which he delivers speeches in Telugu, his mother tongue, is indeed a matter of rare experience.

Sri Bharati Tirtha accompanied his Guru in his tour of the northern parts of India, and lectured in Hindi. His benedictory speeches were highly appreciated. Even scholars in Hindi language and literature were fascinated with his melodious Sanskritised Hindi.

All his speeches have one thing in common. They are built brick by brick on a sound proposition. They are forceful, thought-provoking and inspiring. The language is always within the reach of the listeners. He reminds us of the ancient sages who taught in the gurukulams.

Devotion to Guru

Devotion to Guru

The Guru Gita instructs : “One should meditate on one’s Guru through out one’s life. Even though one enjoys independence, one should not show even a fraction of indifference in one’s attitudes towards one’s Guru.” For Sri Bharati Tirtha (also Sri Sannidhanam), His Guru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal (also Sri Mahasannidhanam) was everything. He never let the fact that He had been given a separate identity as the Peetadhipati, distract Him at any time. Sri Sannidhanam’s mind was ever engrossed on his guru.

Those who have had the great fortune of seeing both the Acharyas together, could have noticed the great reverence with which Sri Sannidhanam conducted himself in the presence of his Guru. Sri Sannidhanam used to visit Sri Mahasannidhanam every morning, offer His prostrations at the most sacred lotus feet of His beloved Guru and only then commence the day’s work. Whenever Sri Mahasannidhanam spoke to Sri Sannidhanam, the latter would reverentially bend forward and listen. Whenever They walked together, Sri Sannidhanam would never over-step his Guru. Whenever both of Them were to occupy Their seats, Sri Sannidhanam would wait for Sri Mahasannidhanam to be seated first. Sometimes when Sri Sannidhanam arrived a little later than Sri Mahasannidhanam to attend a function, He would pay his respects to His Guru first and only then take his seat. Sri Sannidhanam would listen to Sri Mahasannidhanam’s discourses intently. While conducting the Vidwat Sadas (an assembly of scholars), Sri Sannidhanam would ensure that whatever He talked met with Sri Mahasannidhanam’s approval.

Admiring the divine relationship between Sri Mahasannidhanam and Sri Sannidhanam, Dr. Mandana Mishra, a reputed educationalist and Sanskrit scholar, once said to Mahasannidhanam : “We have read that Shankara’s disciple’s went with him. How was He? How were his disciples? I was only conjecturing. Now I have come to the conclusion that they must have been like this. It is so satisfying.”

Ideal Pontiff

Ideal Pontif

For the convenience of the increasingly large number of devotees and pilgrims coming to Sringeri, the most compassionate Guru, Sri Mahasannidhanam, had decided in the mid 1980s to construct a bridge across the river Tunga to link the Mutt complex on the northern bank with Narasimhavanam on the southern bank. He had entrusted the design and construction of the bridge to a reputed concern with the requisite expertise.

The top management of the company held His Holiness in great regard and undertook the task with dedication. Sri Mahasannidhanam lucidly explained the requirements and His conception of the bridge. He unfailingly kept Himself fully posted with the developments. Unmindful of the strain, He regularly visited the construction site, keenly observed the work and, whenever appropriate, proffered encouragement and sagacious counsel. By His grace considerable progress was made by the time He attained Maha Samadhi in September 1989. Actively interested in the quick completion of the noble task commenced by His Guru, His Holiness finally inaugurated the bridge on 21st May 1990. On the day, Sri Sannidhanam named the bridge ‘Vidyatirtha Sethu’.

The Sharada Dhanvantari Charitable hospital run by the Math at Sringeri is the brainchild of Sri Mahasannidhanam who strongly felt that the residents of Sringeri and of the neighboring areas should be given proper medical facilities. The 100-bed hospital received constant attention from Sri Mahasannidhanam who took all steps to modernize it in all respects. Now Sri Sannidhanam, whose very life-breath is the fulfillment of His beloved Guru’s wishes, is taking fruitful steps to add more facilities so that the hospital becomes an ultra-modern health center. The hospital now has separate units for ‘Ayurveda’ and ‘Homeopathy’ too. A ‘Photo Gama Isotope Scanner’ was installed in the hospital in November 1992.

Vedic Scholars

Sri Mahasannidhanam always gave priority to the needs of Vedic Scholars. He was very firm in His view that in order to protect the Vedas, we must protect Vedic Scholars. Sri Sannidhanam is fully aware of His beloved Guru’s praiseworthy intentions.

Following Sri Mahasannidhanam’s magnanimous attitudes, Sri Sannidhanam has compassionately announced a lifetime allowance of Rs.1000/- per month to deserving Sastra Pundits. Paying a fitting tribute to Sri Mahasannidhanam, Sri Sannidhanam had a beautiful and majestic granite Adhistanam (Samadhi temple) built at Narasimhavanam. Sri Sannidhanam performed the Kumbabhisheka of the Adhistanam on the 12th of May 1993.

At Sringeri, under Sri Bharati Tirtha, the Mutt has undergone many changes. Now one can write to the office in any of the Indian languages, or in English.

Under the directions of His Holiness, a lot of improvement has been made in the Veda Patashalas. Most competent and well-learned Scholars have been appointed to teach the students. Free food, textbooks and comfortable accommodation have been provided to the students. Sri Sannidhanam not merely supervises the schools, but also teaches the senior students. He personally conducts tests, encourages deserving students, tries to help the slow learners and encourages even the teachers through some programmes. The Veda Patashala has been producing competent Scholars who settle down in various parts of the country and serve as Pundits or Purohits.

As for performances of Homas and Yagnas Sri Sannidhanam personally supervises them so that the scriptural injunctions are implemented to the last letter. The Mutt conducts Sata Chandi Homas, Sahasra Chandi Homas, Atirudra Homas and the like for the welfare of the world and Sri Sannidhanam, an authority on the scriptures, sees to it that they serve their purpose.

Sri Sannidhanam, being aware of the increasing inflow of pilgrims and devotees, has had new guest houses built and named them ‘Sri Sharada Krupa’ and ‘Yatri Nivas’.

Sri Sannidhanam is accessible to the devotees twice a day, in the morning during the Theertha Prasadam distribution and in the evening. His Holiness receives everyone cheerfully, with a smile. He poses tender questions, listens to what they have to say and offers valuable suggestions. He accepts Bhiksha and witnesses the Pada Puja, which the devotees perform to His Guru’s and to Goddess Sharada’s Padukas.

Even though His daily schedules are very tight, His Holiness attends to all His pontifical duties with admirable enthusiasm and sincerity keeping in mind not only the rich traditional values of the Sringeri Guru Parampara but also the great responsibility entrusted to Him by none other than His peerless Preceptor, Sri Mahasannidhanam.

Scholar Par Excellence

Scholar par Excellence

Once, a scholar approached Him and sought clarifications regarding a particular portion in Ghana (a mode of Vedic chanting). Though not having practiced Ghana chanting, Sri Sannidhanam at once recited the same beautifully and the scholar was stunned.

On another occasion, a group of Ghanapatis came for the Darshan of Sri Sannidhanam. His Holiness was pleased to see such learned ones. When He enquired about their studies, the senior-most Ghanapatigal, informed with pride that they all had completed the entire study of Ghana and that they could recite any portion that His Holiness would require them to recite. Sri Sannidhanam was immensely happy at their confidence and asked them to recite a portion of their choice from Vedas. The scholars however insisted that Sri Sannidhanam choose the portion for their recital. With a bewitching smile, Sri Sannidhanam suggested a particular portion. To their own surprise none of those Ghanapatis could recollect and recite that particular portion. Finally, it was Sri Sannidhanam who recited the initial lines of that portion with the appropriate intonation. It was only then that the wonder-struck Ghanapatis could recollect that portion and recite it.

Sri Sannidhanam’s unquestionable scriptural knowledge would be evident to anyone who has watched His Holiness during the Vidwat Sadas dedicated to Lord Ganapati, conducted every year for 10 days commencing on the fourth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Bhadrapada. The Sadas is held every evening in the august presence of His Holiness. Learned scholars and philosophers, invited from all over India and Nepal, assemble in the Sadas. It is customary for each Vidwan to choose some text and analyze it in the mornings with other Vidwans and discuss it in detail in the evenings in the august presence of His Holiness. His Holiness encourages candid communication among the scholars, and intervenes when any issue remains undecided and settles the same in His characteristic style. The most impressive aspect in the Sadas is Sri Sannidhanam’s off-hand quoting of Sastraic passages and His encouragement to young scholars and debutants.

For the past many years, during the Chaturmasya period, His Holiness has been conducting classes in the Brahma Sutras to a select band of sincere devotees. The students invariably assert that they are delighted by the lucid way in which His Holiness makes them understand the text.

Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada in his Mathamnaya Sashana said that any sage occupying the position of the Jagadguru of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham in the unbroken apostolic succession is an incarnation of himself. Sri Bharati Tirtha is a worthy example.

April 27, 2012

Kalady: The Triumph of Faith Over Time (Full Film)

Kalady: The Triumph of Faith Over Time (Full Film)

1hour 20 mins

ABOUT

An authentic film on the birth and childhood of Sri Adi Shankaracharya and the fascinating story of the rediscovery of his birthplace, Kalady, by the 33rd Jagadguru of Sringeri.

BACKGROUND

Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism is vibrant today largely due to the efforts of Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher saint, who lived over 1200 years ago. In his brief life of 32 years, he restored the pristine glory of the Advaita Vedanta philosophy of the Upanishads and re-established the path through which everyone can experience and become one with divinity.

Seldom in history has one individual had so much influence on a nation, its civilization and its religion.

While his achievements are eternal and unforgettable, his birthplace was forgotten by society for many centuries. In this film, we describe how his birthplace Kalady was rediscovered by the 33rd Jagadguru of the Sringeri Sharada Peetham. We will take you on a visual journey of Kalady from the time of Sri Shankara’s parents, his birth and the miraculous events of his childhood.

The film also chronicles the contemporary history of Kalady, including the various landmarks and temples associated with his life. There are fascinating interviews with ordinary people, former rulers and spiritual leaders who are all influenced by this great philosopher. Through beautiful and heart-stopping images of nature, people and temples, this film provides an unforgettable experience of what Sri Shankara’s life may have been like, and how he touched the lives of the Kalady’s residents over the centuries.

Speaking in lucid Sanskrit, Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji enlightens us about the life of Sri Shankaracharya and the 33rd Jagadguru of Sringeri who rediscovered Kalady. The 33rd Jagadguru instituted the now internationally observed Shankara Jayanti celebrations and was the inspiration behind the first ever publication of the complete works of Sri Shankaracharya.

This documentary film is dedicated to the 33rd Jagadguru of Sringeri. It is solely due to his untiring efforts that the glory of Kalady and its special place in the legacy of Sri Shankaracharya has been preserved for the world.

[Released on May 23, 2010 during the centenary celebrations to mark the consecration of the temples for Sri Shankaracharya and Goddess Sharada at Kalady]
All Rights Reserved by Sri Sharada Peetham, Sringeri, Karnataka, India.

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More such articles can be found at thapas.wordpress.com

April 24, 2012

A report on First Veda Sammelanam Of North America – APRIL 14, 2012

Anugraha Bhashanam of Sringeri Acharya Swamigal for Veda Sammelanam at SVBF Stroudsburg, PA
(11 mins, in Samskritham language)

Veda Parayanam at Sringeri Vidhya Bharathi Foundation, Stroudsburg, USA
(45 mins)

Lecture Demonstration at Veda Sammelanam held at Sringeri Vidhya Bharathi Foundation, Stroudsburg, USA
By Dr YagnyaSubramaniam (1 hour 40 mins, in English language)

Part 1 http://youtu.be/H7s8XWCguoo

Part 2 http://youtu.be/U9mSJ809as8

|| Shree Gurubhyo Namaha ||

FIRST VEDA SAMMELANAM OF NORTH AMERICA – APRIL 14, 2012

With the Blessings of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Teertha Mahaswami of Sringeri Sharada Mutt and the boundless Grace of Goddess Sharadamba, the first Vedasammelan in North America was conducted in a grand manner on April 14, 2012 at the Sringeri Sadhana Center, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The Sammelan coincided with the 100th year of ascension to the Spiritual Throne by the 34 th Pontiff of Sri Sharadha Peetham, Jagadguru Sri Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal.

The Vedasammelan was conducted mainly to honor the Vedic scholars living in the U.S.A and Canada, and to create and propagate awareness of the Vedic dharma to all Asthikas living in this part of the globe. On the day of the event, around 130 Vedic scholars from all over the United States and Canada, comprising, Vedic Scholars, Agama/ Sastra Pundits, Shivacharyas and Vaishna Bhattacharyas, assembled at the Sringeri Sadhana Center at 8 AM. The event started with Guru Vandanam, by praying to the entire Guru Parampara of the Sanatana Dharma tradition.

A special pooja was performed to H. H. Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji to seek His blessings. The pooja was followed by Ganapati Homa and abhisheka to Lord Chandramouleeswara in the temple. Then, all the Vedic scholars assembled at the Veda Vyasa shrine. Prayers were offered to Veda Vyasa, who codified the Vedas into four major branches. Pooja was performed to the Veda Book of all four Vedas, the personification of Veda Purusha.

The Veda Book was then placed on a beautifully decorated pallakki, and was carried on the shoulders by the Vedic scholars themselves. The images of Sri Sharadamba, Sri Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji, and Sri Sri Bharati Teertha Mahaswamiji led a ceremonious procession that resounded with Veda mantras of different Shakhas from Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda and also from other Agamas. It was a fitting tribute to the Veda Purusha, the Jagadgurus and Goddess Sharadamba as the entire procession advanced on red carpet. Blessed were those people who witnessed a rare procession in their life time. The procession ended at temple. ‘

The Vedic scholars then assembled in the Sri Sharadamba’s shrine, and sat in groups according to their own shakhas. The assembly of scholars was welcomed by the President of SVBF USA, Dr. S. S. Iyer. He formally welcomed the priests and Padmashri Dr. V. R. Gowrishankar, CEO, Sringeri Peetham, India. A video message of H. H. Jagadguru Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswami was played. The Jagadguru, in his benedictory message, explained the importance of Vedas and the importance of following our Dharma.

The gathering was then addressed by the Chairman, SVBF, Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian. He stressed the importance of fostering the Vedic Dharma and explained how the Vedic scholars play an important role in fostering the dharma. He also pointed out that all other shastras, like music, dance, etc. will flourish only if the root of all of them, the Vedas is properly nourished. The Vedic scholars are the custodians of the Vedas, and if we need to preserve the treasure of the Vedas, Vedic scholars should be encouraged to send their kids to pathashalas, he said. He also mentioned that if Vaidika dharma is preserved, it will in turn protect us. He appreciated the Vedic scholars for turning out in big numbers and showing full support to propagate this dharma, which was the main objective of the mutt.

Dr. V. R. Gowrishankar, who was kind enough to make a flying visit for the event amidst his busy schedule, gave a very good speech on the uniqueness of Sanatana Dharma. He recounted an anecdote where H. H. Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswami posed a question to a group of scholars as to what is unique about our Sanatana Dharma that we want to follow this dharma? Even though the scholars came up with many good answers, the saint was not convinced with any of them. The Pontiff Himself gave the answer – our dharma is the only one which is apaurusheya, i.e., not of a human origin.

Dr.Gowrishankar also praised the Vedic scholars for their commitment to spread the dharma in this part of the world. He urged them to lead the asthikas in the dharmic path by giving them the right advice.A very elaborate and special Ashtavadhana seva was offered to Goddess Sharadamba, the abode of all Knowledge, by the Vedic scholars. It was a rare treat to the audience who enjoyed the recitation for nearly two hours and was a great experience to hear many Vedic scholars, synchronizing to one single voice.

A few Veda Mantras from the following shakhas were recited:
Rig Veda – Shakala shakha
Shukla Yajur Veda – Kanva shakha, Madhyamdina shakha
Krishna Yajur Veda – Taittiriya shakha
Sama Veda – Kouthuma shakha, Jaiminiya shaka, Pranayaniya shaka
Atharva Veda – Saunka Shakha
Agama – Vaikanasa, Shaiva, Pancharatra, Madhva

The special offering was followed by lunch prasadam. All the Vedic scholars were served food in the most traditional style by the volunteers of the foundation.

In the afternoon, the Chairman of SVBF, Dr. S. Yegnasubramanian gave a very informative lecture-cumdemonstration of the various Vedic recitation practices. He illustrated in simple terms the prakrti and vikrti pathas of reciting Veda mantras. The oral recitation practices were beautifully demonstrated by the highly qualified priests of SVBF, Br. Sri. Shringeswara Bhatt, Br. Sri. Shyamasundara Rao and Br. Sri. A. R. Chandramouli.

The different prakrti pathas – Samhita, Pada and Krama – and vikrti pathas – Jata, Mala (Pushpa Mala), Shika, Rekha, Dwaja, Danda, Ratha (Dwichakra, Trichakra and Chatuschakra), Pancasandhi Ghana and Ghana – were illustrated and recited. Dr. Yegnasubramanian enlightened the audience with the various chanting methods and the pattern involved in each of the oral recitation patterns. He also illustrated Varna Krama – the phonology of accent and classification of each syllable.

Br. Sri. Sivaramakrishna Salakshana Ghanapathi from Sri Guruvayoorappan Temple, Morganville NJ demonstrated the Varna Krama for a single Vedic word “Saraswati”. Dr. Yegnasubramanian described the Vedic method of analysis of each syllable in the Vedas, and explained how the various parameters of each Vedic syllable, along with the recitation practices served as an impeccable record for propagating the Vedic texts without distortion in an oral tradition. The lecture was well received by an enthusiastic full house audience (more than 300) at the Sri Bharati Theertha Community Center Hall.

The Vedic scholars then assembled at the temple premises again for the concluding session. Every Vedic scholar was individually honored in front of a huge audience. The Vedic scholars in turn expressed their gratitude to the Foundation and praised the efforts of Dr. Yegnasubramanian for his untiring efforts in fostering the Vaidika dharma. The program concluded with Rashtra Aseervadam by the participating scholars.

All the scholars left the place with rejuvenated energy. It was a very good break from their routine and they were already looking forward to many more conferences of Vedic scholars in the years to come. All participants greatly appreciated the way the Sammelan was organized and were pleased with the hospitality, food and other facilities provided by the foundation. It was a very fruitful and memorable day for all the participants.

The whole event was well attended and appreciated by many devotees. A group of more than 75 people came from Canada in two buses to witness the Vedasammelan. The event was also webcasted live on the Internet, and was watched by devotees all across the globe. It was also covered by TV5, a television channel.The Foundation is grateful to the volunteers, who were responsible for pulling the event off to a grand success.

Meticulous planning (up to finest details) for two full weeks and faultless execution of tasks by the independent committees were appreciated by all the participants. The volunteers worked as a part of several committees – parking & transportation, food, registration, hospitality and religious – to execute the tasks. The volunteers were honored by the organizers at the end of the event.

In summary, with the blessings of the Jagadguru and grace of Sri Sharadambal, the first Vedasammelanam event was a grand success – another good achievement by the Chairman of the Foundation and organizers of the event, a matter of pride for the participants, a pleasant treat for the audience, a great source of information for enthusiasts of the Vedas, a great blessing for the devotees and a big accomplishment for the volunteers and SVBF SAINT THYAGARAJA DAY

On April 15th, Sunday we had the Inaugural Saint Tyagaraja Day, a dedication to the Saint at the Feet of Goddess Sharada who is none other thanRajamathangi Herself! The Sangeetopasana/Nadopasana followed the Vedopasana of the previous day on the same stage.

Shri. RK Shriramkumar led the Pancharatna kritis session in the morning and it was Supreme Bliss and divinity that filled the air and hearts and minds of the devotees! Shriramkumar gave an inspiring chaste concert following that. He chose the Karaharapriya Rame Nee Samanamevaru, appropriately for his main. The afternoon session was filled with Group presentations by the teachers and students of Tiruvottiyur, Lalgudi, Kovur pancharatnams etc. The children had wellprepared and practiced for the event and presented their pieces in One Voice! An adult group of 10 people trained by a Senior Teacher, Mrs. Padma Srinivasan sang in unison the Kambhodi, Mahita Pravrddha Srimati. It’s one of the Lalgudi Pancharatnams of Tyagarajaswamy.

We also recognized and honored the talent of the North American Carnatic Idol, Shyamala Ramakrishna as an Young Musician, on the occasion of Saint Tyagaraja Day! Shyamala gave an inspiring concert for an hour and a half and deserved the appreciation of the Foundation and the audience.

Every April, we will celebrate Saint Tygaraja Day, Americavil Thiruvaiyaru. We invite the teachers and students of Carnatic Music to come forward and participate in all the sessions of the event and dedicate the day to Goddess Sharada and Saint Tyagaraja with whose blessings we learn, develop and grow our talent to blossom.

Starting next year, Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation, an Overseas Affiliate of Sringeri Sharada Peetham will recognize and honor an Young Musician with an award and a citation.

About SVBF: http://www.svbf.org

March 22, 2012

Sringeri Acharya – Coimbatore talk – 30 mins – in Tamil

Must watch Anugraha Bhashanam in Tamil for 31 mins delivered by

Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji

upon his arrival at Coimbatore on March 21, 2012 during the Dakshina Bharata Vijaya Yatra undertaken in 2012.

http://youtu.be/6ywDTCIN0eY

Watch for Sringeri Acharya talking about Sandhyavandam at 7th and 18th minute of the above talk.

Sringeri Acharya also talks about “why do pooja and how it is related to Shankara Advaitha”

Move videos can be found at this youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/sharadapeetham

I will try to translate it into English shortly.

Namaste
Hari

October 17, 2011

Sringeri – Navaratri 2011 – Videos

Navaratri 2011 – Mahanavami Durbar
Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Following is the footage of Durbar conducted in the temple of Sri Sharadamba recorded on Mahanavami during the auspicious Navaratri festivities at Sringeri.

Navaratri 2011 – Mahanavami Durbar from Sringeri Sharada Peetham on Vimeo.

(20 mins video in Kannada language)

Navaratri Anugraha Sandesha

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Following is the Anugraha Sandesha delivered by Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji in Kannada on the occassion of Navaratri in 2011.

Navaratri 2011 – Anugraha Sandesha from Sringeri Sharada Peetham on Vimeo.

(3 mins video in Kannada language)

Namaste
Hari

September 19, 2011

Sringeri Acharya in Hinduism Today Q4 2011 Issue.

Namaste

Hinduism Today has written 9 pages of excellent articles with nice pictures on Sri Bharathi Thirtha Swamigal of Sringeri Shankara Mutt, Sringeri, Karnataka.

You can read them from page 30 to 39 from this link that opens in full screen by clicking here

You can also download the PDF version of the magazine from here.

August 25, 2011

Sringeri Mahasannidhanam on Naama Mahima

Please click on each image to read the article

Please click on each image to read the article

Please click on each image to read the article


November 24, 2010

Experiences with Sringeri Jagadguru – Tamizh

http://ammandharsanam.com/magazine/eMagazine/Magazine/Deepawali2009/pages/238Jagathgurukkaludan%20inimaiyana.htm

http://ammandharsanam.com/magazine/eMagazine/Magazine/Deepawali2009/pages/239Jagathgurukkaludan%20inimaiyana.htm

http://ammandharsanam.com/magazine/eMagazine/Magazine/Deepawali2009/pages/240Jagathgurukkaludan%20inimaiyana.htm

http://ammandharsanam.com/magazine/eMagazine/Magazine/Deepawali2009/pages/241Jagathgurukkaludan%20inimaiyana.htm