Archive for ‘Vedanata’

April 9, 2014

Excellent explanation to the divine name Ra Ma

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

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

Rama is born to Dasharatha and Kaushalya.

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

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

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

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

December 20, 2013

Swami Omkarananda – Sanskrit Upanyasam – Not to be missed.

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

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


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

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

More information about swamiji.

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

Namaste

Hari Ramasubbu
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August 31, 2013

How does prayer influence destiny? – Answers by Swami Viditatmananda

Destiny is like the river that is flowing and my free will is like the boat.

Answers by Swami Viditatmananda of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam

Question: Does prayer always go along with devotion?

Answer: When I pray to the Lord, I accept in my mind that the Lord is all-powerful and merciful. He can give me what I need and is kind enough to give it to me. I cannot pray if I don’t have this kind of trust. I cannot perform a prayer unless I am convinced that my prayer is going to be answered, or at least going to be heard, with a sympathetic ear. I do not want to say something to deaf ears! If God does not listen to me at all, then I do not want to pray to him. So when I perform the prayer, I know that He listens and cares. There is at least that understanding or acceptance on my part! This is devotion. This kind of śraddha or trust is involved in prayer.

Question: How does prayer influence destiny?

Answer: Prayer is an expression of free will. The human being has been given free will and, therefore, the capacity to perform a deliberate action, which is what we call purushārtha. Purushartha means a deliberate action that is performed, using free will. Then there is destiny, prārabdha. There are many forces in life, which are not in my control. My own action, however, is in my control. In every situation, there are two factors, prārabdha and purushārtha or destiny and free will.

In explaining this, a certain example is sometimes given. Let us say that I have a boat and it is floating in the river. Destiny is like the river that is flowing and my free will is like the boat. I have a certain freedom with reference to my own sail with which I can guide my boat whichever way I wish, even as the river is flowing. Similarly, there is a flow of destiny in life, but I do have a limited amount of freedom to navigate my boat to my destination. In life, there are many things and situations that are not under our control. How we respond to each situation is something that is within our control. This is where free will, purushārtha or self-effort, comes in.

Prayer is an expression of my free will. Although there is destiny, with the help of my prayer, I can bring about some change in my destiny. If my destiny is very strong, I may not be able to change it significantly, but if my destiny is weak, I can change it. So prayer can definitely influence destiny. In praying, we are performing a deliberate action that we call puNya, meaning that we are worshiping the Lord and thus creating a positive influence. The positive influence created by prayer can counteract any negative influence that may be in my destiny. In that sense, I can bring about some change in the effect of destiny. How much change, however, will depend upon how powerful my destiny is and how powerful my prayers are. But any positive thing that I do will definitely counteract something negative, which may be there in my destiny.

Posted by AVG Sevak

June 24, 2010

BMI Chart by Swami Chinmayanada

Be very patient to understand what he is saying. The video is very poor quality, but all you need is the audio.

Also look at the diagram he shows in the second video for reference. I figured this out after listening to it many times.