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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 02, 2015, 08:52:03 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 01, 2015, 08:18:00 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 29, 2015, 02:00:00 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 27, 2015, 05:18:41 PM »
    Biography Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji -the new Acharya of Sringeri Sharada peetam

    Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji was born as Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma on the auspicious Naga Panchami day ? July 24, 1993 ? in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Born as the second son of Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi, He belonged to the Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. His family has a long lineage of illustrious Vedic Pandits who were all ardent disciples of the Srungeri Jagadgurus.

    Family Background

    In 1961, when the 35th Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Mahaswamiji visited the Anantavaram village, the Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather?s elder brother, Sri Bhairagi Shastri welcomed the Jagadguru with sincere devotion, performed Pada Puja and received His blessings. In 1985, Sri Shastri also had the good fortune of welcoming and serving the present Jagadguru of Srungeri. Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather?s elder brother, Sri Kuppa Venkatachalapati Yaaji, embraced Sannyasa in 2002 with the permission of the Srungeri Jagadguru.

    Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeya-Yaaji is an eminent Vedic Pandit of the Krishna Yajur Veda and has performed the Shrauta Yaga of Vaajapeya. Deeply devoted to the Jagadgurus of Srungeri., Sri Vajapeya-Yaaji has participated in many Vedic ceremonies at Srungeri Sharada Peetham.
    Sri Prasada Sharma?s father, Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani studied at the Jagadguru Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Shastra Samvardhini Pathashala in Hyderabad, that was established by Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji. He became an eminent Pandit in Veda and Veda Bhashya with great devotion to the Jagadgurus of Srungeri. He is presently the Principal of the TTD Veda Vigjnana Peetham in Tirumala and Project Officer, S.V. Institute of Higher Vedic Studies, TTD


    From a young age, Sri Prasada Sharma developed a deep devotion towards Lord Krishna and visited the Krishna temple near his home, every day. Seeing his son?s devotion, Sri Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani performed his Upanayana (sacred thread ceremony) at the age of fve. His frst lessons in Krishna Yajurveda were taught by his grandfather, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeya-Yaaji. Showing rapid progress, Sri Prasada Sharma continued his studies up to Krishna Yajur Veda Krama under his father.

    He grew up in an environment steeped in devotion to God and adherence to a Vedic way of living. Hamsaladeevi is a holy place in Andhra Pradesh where the Krishna river meets the ocean. Tere, on the banks of the river, is a beautiful temple dedicated to Venugopala Swamy. For the last 95 years, without a break, his family has conducted an annual Bhagavata Saptaha at this temple. Sri Prasada Sharma attended this sacred event from an early age. He also accompanied his father on pilgrimages to holy places such as Ayodhya, Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Kashi, Kalady, Madurai, Mathura, Pashupathinath (in Nepal), Rameswaram and Ujjain.
    Education in Srungeri

    Starting in 2006, when he was 13 years old, Sri Prasada Sharma began to accompany his father and grandfather who were participating in the Dharmic events at Srungeri Sharada Peetham. During his frst visit, the Darshan of the present Jagadguru, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji had a profound impact on him. He visited Sringeri again in 2008, and during his subsequent visit in early 2009, he expressed to the Jagadguru his desire to study Shastras under Him. Touched by the young boy?s sincerity and impressed with his intelligence, the Jagadguru blessed him and Sri Prasada Sharma took refuge under the Lotus Feet of the Jagadguru in June 2009.

    Under the guidance of the Jagadguru, he rapidly gained mastery in written and spoken Sanskrit. Srungeri Vidwan Sri Tangirala Shivakumara Sharma taught him Sanskrit poetry and literature. He also learned the basics of Vyakarana Shastra under Sringeri Vidwan Sri Krishnaraja Bhat.

    Observing his Guru Bhakti, humility, intelligence and dedicated application to his studies, the Jagadguru was pleased and decided to personally teach him the Shastras. The Jagadguru began to teach him the Tarka Shastra in 2011. Sri Prasada Sharma grasped the teachings quickly and the lessons moved at an intense pace. Even during the hectic Vijaya Yatra of 2012-13, the Jagadguru continued to teach him without missing even a single day. The Jagadguru soon transformed him into a great Tarka scholar. When he spoke at Srungeri Sharada Peetham?s prestigious Ganapati Vakhyartha Vidwat Sadas, an annual conference of the nation?s foremost Shastric Pandits, the attendees were taken by surprise at the young man?s scholarship.

    Under the guidance of the Jagadguru, Sri Prasada Sharma also studied Mimamsa Shastra. He regularly attended the nightly Chandramoulishwara Puja performed by the Jagadguru. During this Puja, he also chanted the entire Krishna Yajur Veda Moola and the entire Yajur Veda Krama.

    Sri Prasada Sharma always had a pleasing and helpful demeanor. Stories about his intelligence and learning capabilities spread quickly. Soon, other students started seeking his help. While pursuing his own learning, he also began teaching the Vedas, Sanskrit literature and Tarka Shastra to other students. He subsequently began his studies in Vedanta under the Jagadguru.

    Through these five and half years of intense study (2009-15) under the direct tutelage of the Jagadguru, Sri Prasada Sharma became steeped in the Vedic tradition and blossomed in many ways as a student, scholar, teacher and devotee. The Jagadguru was pleased by his Guru Bhakti, devotion to God, deep immersion in his studies, scholarship and respect towards elders. He was beloved by all and had developed a strong inner core of dispassion and discrimination for pursuing a spiritual path.


    The Srungeri Guru Parampara lineage has been central to the preservation and growth of Sanatana Dharma. The induction of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji is therefore an event of historic importance to followers of Sanatana Dharma throughout the world.


General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:09:45 AM »

General topics / Re: Thirukural Thread
« on: January 25, 2015, 06:11:20 PM »
Yes,I understand that and the great Sage is indeed pointing to the attainment of the state of sahaja only.Only he is emphasizing on proceeding from wherever one is and in consonance with one's nature.He hence wisely refrains from defining how life ought to be lived and is just giving useful hints and clues here and there-and thus prodding the earnest learner to do this homework at his own pace and with his own syllabus!
Tiruvalluvar is hailed as poiyyaa mozhi pulavar-The Sage whose words can never be falsified.His setting forth of the couplets is such that they are free from any reference to any particular country,Religion,Sex,community,Times,etc.Truly universal.

The above piece if  Sri Ravi's response to Sri Anil in Anil's Thread . The sentance highlighted in Bold needs to be reflected upon . The Majority of the people today expect spoon feeding to all the problems that they encounter ( in the secular matters as well as spiritual matters ) and expect all the solutions to be given in detail and on a platter without the need for the individual to do his /her basic homework . The fault lies in the way Education is being taught in schools and Univerties which are only Uni dimensional and superficial and training an individual just to get a degree that enables him to get a job . Today one can see many so called Highly Educated people syffering from depression especially in Urban India .  Tamil has a beautiful word for education and it is called "Kalvi ( educated in a holistic sense ) " , what one learns in University is called "Padippu ( i,e qualified in a subject )" .We confuse Padippu with Kalvi and that is where the whole problem lies .
Saint Thiruvalluvar has many Kurals related to Kalvi and when he talks of Kalvi he means in a holistic sense and not a narrow view of being qualified in a particular subject .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:38:37 PM »
Just saw this post in Facebook ( in one of the various Bhagavan Ramana Pages in FB and sharing the same here .

Whatever you put first in your life that's what you ultimately become.

It's really interesting how many people want to be enlightened, to be self-realized and yet when you look into their lives, they put

everything else first. By putting everything else first, I mean they worry about their jobs, about their families or about the world

situation. They concern themselves about their happiness, about the future, about the past. How can you possibly wake up when you have

all these things on your mind?

And another thing that is funny to me is, all the holidays we take, vacations. Someone called me the other day and asked me, "How much

longer will it be before I awaken? And by the way, I'm going to Acapulco for a memorial day."

Well this an enigma to me. I recall when I was about 13, 14, 15 years old I wanted this so much that I used to have to sneak out of the

house to go listen to Joel Goldsmith speak, back in New York. And in the winter time I had to take a train and a bus and a train again.

It took me about two and half hours to get downtown. But something in me was driving me toward spiritual people.

What I'm getting at is this: Whatever you put first in your life that's what you ultimately become.

- Robert, a great disciple of Sri Bhagavan

Source : Facebook

General topics / Re: Thirukural Thread
« on: January 24, 2015, 01:01:10 PM »
Dear Sri Ravi & Others

I know about Sage TGN's views on Thirukural and I suggest that when you have time you write his explanations on the same .This thread is only meant only for  Thirukural .So feel free to share any good insights , resources that you have on Thirukural .
BTW Thanks for the link to the book "Weavers Wisdom" ,I have downloaded the same .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:15:31 PM »
Today, on January 23, 2015, continuing this unbroken Guru-Shisya lineage that stretches directly back to Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji anointed His successor. In a traditional ceremony, the Jagadguru initiated Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma into Sannyasa and bestowed upon him the Yoga Patta (monastic name) of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati.

Over 40,000 people from all corners of the country and abroad, descended upon the sacred town of Sringeri to witness this rare event. Several dignitaries from all walks of life also attended this occasion.


Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi. He belongs to the Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. The Brahmachari had his Upanayanam at the age of five and began his first lessons in Krishna Yajur Veda under his grandfather and Yajur Vedic scholar, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeyayaaji. He continued his Vedic education up to Krishna Yajur Veda Kramanta under his illustrious father, who is currently serving as Principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in Tirumala and as Project Officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad managed by TTD.

Born in a family of disciples of the Sringeri Jagadguru, the Brahmachari had accompanied his father while the latter had come to Sringeri to participate in Dharmic activities in the years 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Darshan of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji during these visits made a profound impact on the Brahmachari. The Brahmachari expressed his desire of studying Shastras directly under the Jagadguru in early 2009. With the blessings and consent of Jagadguru Mahaswamiji, the Brahmachari took refuge under His Lotus Feet of the in June 2009. Under the tutelage of the Jagadguru, the Brahmachari mastered the Sanskrit language. Then, the Jagadguru Himself taught the Brahmachari the entire Tarka Shastra. The Brahmachari is endowed with Guru Bhakti, scholarship in the Vedas and Shastras, adherence to tradition and dispassion.

General topics / Re: Thirukural Thread
« on: January 23, 2015, 10:08:02 PM »

I am really not an authority to give my opinion on the Kurals that you have given or on  Kamathu Pal as I have not studied that .I am also a beginner only to Kural and have learned it in bits and pieces  and only now studying them properly and have started with Arathu Pal . As I said I consider Thirukural to be a very practical text that we need to use it to reflect on our own life as well as others .Just like when we feel dejected we contemplate on the wise words of our elders ,I feel Thirukural ( as well as Bhagavad Gita ) are tools for ur to reflect and apply appropriate course correction .
Also I feel the solution for one Kural will be in another chapter in another Kural and so it is better to study all the Thirukurals to get a very complete picture .
One More thing I wish to add - do not be too focussed on getting the right meaning in the first attempt itself .Keep studying the text and keep memorising the Thirukuals and these Kurals will enter your mind as divine seeds and will start yielding divine fruits in due course .That is the power of these divine texts like Thirukural , Bhagavad Gita , Thevaram , Thiruvachagam , Thiru arutpa , Bhagavan Ramana's Tamil Works etc . People go to Temples , Holy Places , Samadhis of Saints etc etc to receive the divine blessings and no doubt all these activities give divine blessings but one thing which I found effective that everyone can follow wherever they are are to study these divine texts daily with devotion and these divine texts will shower their grace of the reader .  Bhagavan Ramana may not be available in a Human form but his grace is available to us through his divine works . Same with Thirukural . The divine poets grace is there for those who study it sincerely and contemplate on  it daily . I will keep sharing my insights here as and when I progress on the same and till then keep posting others talks , views on Thirukural .

I suggest you listen to the excellent talk on Thirukural by Ilankai Jeyraj , a Tamil Eelam Saivite Spiritual Scholar

General topics / Re: Thirukural Thread
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:20:35 PM »
An Excellent site for all the Thirukurals , their Trnsliteration with their meanings in Tamil as well as English .

General topics / Re: Thirukural Thread
« on: January 23, 2015, 12:59:29 PM »
please write one kural in a post.  i think your font size is very large.

Dear Kskat

I am right now studying Thirukural along with Bhagavad Gita and once my study matures I will write my own thoughts on the same . Right now I will only be posting here others opinions and translations of Thirukural as they are also part of my continued study . I conider Thirukural more as a reflective text that one must meditate upon and reflect his/her own life according to the Kurals and see the Truth of the same . Take For example this Thiru Kural "Theeyinal sutta punn ullaarum aaraathe naavinaal sutta vadu -தீயினால் சுட்ட புண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே நாவினால் சுட்ட வடு -
The wounds of fire would vanish with time but the wounds caused by words never. "
  If we reflect on this Kural and see for ourselves how we were effected by wounds caused by words of others and how we caused wounds to others through our words then we can really see the Truth of this Thirukural . The same with each and every Thirukural .
I will do my best to share as much as I can the various resources of Thirukural First and then write in my own thoughts of the same .
As regards Fonts I deliberatly keep it big and highlight the key points accordingly as I found many Senior Citizens have diifculty in reading the small texts and want it big enough so that they can read it clearly even at a distance . That is one of the reasons why I also keep my posts quite short but with big fonts .

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: January 21, 2015, 05:03:40 PM »
Swami Krishnananda on real Charity

Charity of things is of less consequence than possession of charitable feelings, and resorting to charitable speech, charitable demeanour, and charitable actions through a general charitable temperament. This is, in short, what is called self-sacrifice, for it involves parting with some part of the delights of the ego.- Swami Krishnananda

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: January 20, 2015, 07:32:01 AM »
Swami Sivananda on the importance of doing Collective Sadhana

Collective sadhana such as common meditation, common prayer, common San Kirtan, Pra bahati Pheri, Likit Japa, and Akhanda Kirtan in groups, Gita or Ramayan Patek are more potent and effective than individual Sadhana.
When people join together and practice common meditation or San Kirtan, you get the combined or massive effect produced by the simultaneous efforts of all those who take part in the common spiritual Sadhana. A large amount of spiritual force flows in.
- Therefore do collective Sadhana. - Swami Sivananda

General topics / Re: Maha Kavi Bharati's Birthday - 11.12.2014
« on: January 20, 2015, 06:26:30 AM »
By the way, Swami O is doing the amazing job of bringing Tamil works into vedantic study.. his Kaivalya Navaneetham lectures on on youtube for those interested. After all, Bhagawan recommended it too.


What you say is true . Swami Omkarananda  is doing a great work in delivering Vedanta Lectures in Tamil and also commenting on some great Tamil Works like Kaivalya Navaneetham and I have the complete work in Audio CDs .
Though I follow Swami Paramarthanandas Vedanta Lectures in English ,I also like Swami Omkarananda as I find many useful information about our Sanathanana Dharma , Vedic rituals , Temple worship , our festivals ,our culture in his talks .

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