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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:56:23 AM »
DON’T LET TECHNOLOGY RULE YOUR LIFE The following are the discourses of H.H (His Holiness Jagadguru Bharathi Teertha Mahaswamigal) with a group of students from Technology Institute.
Stu – we are all proud to be the students of technological science
H H – I am glad to hear that. That is the correct attitude, unless you have such an attitude towards the job you have undertaken, you may not achieve great things in life.
Stu – Thank you Swamiji, for your encouragement. Its due to rapid improvement in the field of technology that the employment opportunities have shot up
HH – (laughing wholeheartedly) True, true! Even this Swamiji has received a number of job assignments!
Stu – (Surprised) Oh, is that so? Would your Holiness kindly explain the details?
HH – Sure, sure! See, you technologists develop some product, say, the TV. Once it comes in the market, three kinds of assignments are thrust on Me. One, the parents of the children who become addicted come to Me and assign Me the job of finding a solution to de – addict them!! Two those who cannot afford such expensive appliances face the wrath of their children at home. They too rush to Me and assign Me with the task of working out a solution to this. Three, those who invent huge sums of money to either take up the dealership for such appliances or manufacture similar items, face business fluctuations and reach Me promptly assigning Me the job of suggesting remedial solutions!. Don’t you see, every single appliance you technologists product opens up a 3-in-1 job opportunity to the Swamiji here!!
Stu – (in a tone of astonishment) Swamiji, we sincerely feel that your account, thought presented in a tons of amusement, aims at opening our eyes into the world of reality. Does you Holiness indicate that we technologists should keep in mind the socio – economic impacts of our creation?
HH – (Smiling) Yes technology is definitely a boon to the society, for society has benefitted from technology in countless ways... however, when the human mind becomes desire stricken, the same technology proves to be a curse!. You, the pillars of the future society should sincerely strive to create a state of affair, where technology is no more viewed as a “necessary evil” but treated as an an all –time friend. Stu – Thank you Swamiji. We have learnt a very valuable lesson. His Holiness then blessed them with the holy Prasad.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 12, 2014, 07:10:22 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: January 05, 2014, 07:03:02 PM »
New Year Calendar 2014

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 25, 2013, 12:18:26 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 25, 2013, 09:18:34 AM »
The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi on Vichara v/s Mantra Japa

Visitor: I am taught that Mantra Japam is very potent in practice.

Bhagavan: The Self is the greatest of all mantras and goes on automatically and eternally. If you are not aware of this internal mantra, you should take to it consciously as japam, which is attended with effort, to ward off all other thoughts. By constant attention to it, you will eventually become aware of the internal mantra, which is the state of Realization and is effortless. Firmness in this awareness will keep you continually and effortlessly in the current, however much you may be engaged in other activities. Listening to Vedic chanting and mantras has the same result as conscious repetitions of japam — its rhythm is the japam.

Visitor: As far as I can see it, it is impossible to realize the Self until one has completely succeeded in preventing the rushing thoughts. Am I right?

Bhagavan: Not exactly. You do not need to prevent other thoughts. In deep sleep you are entirely free from thoughts, because the 'I-thought' is absent. The moment the 'I-thought' rises on waking, all other thoughts rush out spontaneously. The wisest thing for one to do is therefore to catch hold of this leading thought, the 'I-thought', and dissect it — who and what it is —giving thereby no chance to other thoughts to distract one. There lies the true value of the vichara and its efficacy in mind control.

— from Guru Ramana, Chapt. XI, Meditation

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 24, 2013, 01:12:24 PM »
If you ask "Who in this world is rich or who poor?" the answer is that he alone is rich who is rid of desires, and whose heart is full of contentment. Lacking this quality, the others are indeed poor.
It is best, therefore, to uphold the ideal of contentment and lead a happy and prosperous life. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

This album of Unnikrishnan is what I listen to Often and I like it very much . Those who want can download the songs from the link below :
Jothi Vadivana Annamalai – Unni Krishnan

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 23, 2013, 04:52:12 PM »

I was a school teacher in Ooregaum. After my retirement I settled down in Bangalore. I first came to know about the greatness of Bhagavan in 1918. Immediately I went to Tiruvannamalai and met him at the Skandasram. He enquired about my name and the place from which I had come, and graciously asked me to partake of food at the Ashram.
His darshan, his gracious enquiry, his affectionate feeding, had a tremendous impact which cannot be adequately described in words. Just as a magnet attracts a needle, I got attracted to him. Thereafter until Bhagavan’s mahasamadhi I used to visit and stay with him whenever I got an opportunity.

A few months after my first visit, I took my wife with me. Bhagavan, with great love made us sit on a platform and served us food with his own divine hands. I cannot adequately praise the rich sweetness of the holy prasadam we ate from his hands. My wife often used to feel
sick and could not eat any food. When we consulted the doctors they said that hers was a case of tuberculosis and hence nothing could be done. However, one day Bhagavan appeared in her dream and blessed her. Thereafter, to the great surprise of all, she was completely cured of her disease without any medical treatment.

In the evening, we felt an intense desire to worship Bhagavan’s holy feet. Even though it was against the custom of the Ashram, and his disciples would not permit this, Bhagavan out of his abundant mercy knowing our ardent desire brought about a situation wherein those present went out for sometime for one reason or another. And we could offer pada puja to our heart’s content.

But when I again went in 1923, he firmly declined repetition of the puja as was done by us earlier. It looked as though Bhagavan avoided traditional worship in view of the increasing number of visitors, who could also have asked for the same privilege. Moreover, Bhagavan was very much against worshipping his physical form in any manner.

N. Ramachandra Rao authored Sri Ramana’s first biography in Kannada.


General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:51:27 PM »

One becomes eligible to do Sandhyopasana by getting
up before Arunodaya (twilight), attending to calls of nature, purifying the body etc. as laid down by the shastras, brushing the teeth and taking bath. Even in times when it is not possible to bathe by dipping in river or with hot water from a bucket, one of ten different forms of bath should be undertaken. (In addition to water, the other nine forms are: Aagneyam, Vaarunam, Braahmam, Vaayavyam, Divyam, Maanasam, Paarthivam, Kaapilam and Saarasvatam). Karmas mentioned in texts of dharma like Veda do not purify one who does not practise Achara (basic rules of conduct).

After bath, one should wear dry clothes, apply religious marks (pundras) on forehead etc., wash feet, have upavita (sacred thread), do Achamanam
twice as per rules and perform Sandhyopasanam facing east (or north). There is a Tamil adage meaning “Offer (Argya) without seeing (the Sun in the morning), without angularity (at noon when Sun is straight up) and with seeing (before Sunset in
evening)”. Sandhyopasanam must be done before Sunrise in the morning. In case of inconvenience, it
should be done at least within 3 ¾ nazhigas (1½ hours) after Sunrise after performing Pranayama as atonement.

Maadhyahnikam must be done after 11¼ nazhigas (10.30 a.m.). If it is not convenient to do it before Sun travels westward, it should be done at least before evening.

In the evening Sandhya, Argya should be given when the Sun’s zone is half set and upasthanam should be done as soon as stars rise. It should be done at least before close of Pradosha kala (i.e. 3¾ nazhigas, i.e. 1½ hours after Sunset).

Even during impure times like Sutaka (child birth), Sandhyopasana should be done, chanting mantras mentally. Gobila Smriti says that at times when Sandhyopasana has to be done with wet clothes on, Gayatri mantra alone should be chanted (while on the bank of river). If wet cloth is squeezed and blown 7 times, it is equal to dry cloth. It is best to chant Gayatri 1008 times; it is laid down that it should be chanted at least 108, 54, 28, 27 or 10 times.

In Sandhyopasana, Dhyanam (meditation) is important. In the morning Sandhya, one has to meditate that he is same as Sandhya Devata, who is Aditya Deva of red colour and named Gayatri. In the noon prayer, he mediates that he is same as Devata of white colour, of the form of Rudra and named Savitri. In the evening, he meditates that he is same as Sandhya Devata, who is Aditya Deva of black colour, of the form of Vishnu and named Saraswati.

Some say that four parts of Sandhyopasana, viz. offering Argya, meditating as mentioned above, chanting Gayatri and doing upasthanam, are important. In the Mahabharata war, Dharmaraja,etc all did meditation alone scrupulously, when they were unable to do Prokshanam (sprinkling),etc as water was not available.
From this it is clear that meditation (dhyanam) is very important. Further in view of the fact that Dharmaraja,etc did not leave Sandhyopasana completely even in times of danger to life and did dhyanam at least, it is certain that people, who are not in situations of emergency of that type, should perform all aspects of
Sandhyopasana in proper time as per rules laid down.

It is good to meditate on Rishi, chandas, Devata and Viniyogam of different mantras; it is beneficial to
meditate on the meaning of mantras too. It is very good
to understand and perform Bhutasuddhi, Pranaprathishtha, mudras etc. The greatness of Pranayama is immeasurable. It is important even for healthy life in this world.

Courtesy- VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA (Regd.), Publication no 45.

Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Sattvic curry recipe for lentils or beens
« on: December 19, 2013, 07:55:58 PM »
Dear Child of Arunachala

Sorry missed your post and only now looking at the same . For Fasting on Ekadasi and other important spiritual occasions where fasting or eating light food is recommended people take "Sabudhani Kitchadi" and I giving a link to recipe of the same here

Hope u find it useful .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: December 19, 2013, 11:16:22 AM »
What should we pray for before the deity? We should most humbly pray to the Lord thus:
1. Please cleanse my mind and make it pure; by immediately driving away my natural enemies – lust and anger.
2. Please grant me steadfast faith and devotion.
3. Kindly grant me the inspiration and strength to discharge all duties assigned to me faithfully.
4. May my mind refrain from wrong deeds.
5. Bless me with the company of the pious. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: December 18, 2013, 06:39:05 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
There are two categories: ‘JnAnavAn’ and ‘JnAni’. Both are above the level of any ordinary human being. A JnAnavAn, by learning and hearing, has convinced himself that the Atma that is called JivAtmA is nothing but Brahman itself, and is trying hard to bring that knowledge into one’s own experience. A JnAni on the other hand has gone to that peak of realisation of that knowledge as own experience.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:55:32 AM »
At least think Ishwara fore a Muhurtha ( 48 mts ) daily
How should we conduct ourselves with regard to Ishwara? Our forefathers have answered this question – muhUrthamAtre atikrAnte bhagavaccinthana.m vinA| dasyubhir muSiteneva yuktamAkranditu. Dhruvam|| If even a muhurtha (48 minutes) were to be spent by us sans the thought of Ishwara, we must feel sorry for it in the same way as we would have felt if we had been robbed of all our wealth. This should be the spirit of everyone. Contrary to this, we do not think of Ishwara even for a muhurtha. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:48:24 PM »

The essential purpose of creation of Varnas and Asramas by Iswara is that people should properly observe the dharmas enunciated in Vedas and Dharma Sastras and thereby help in the well being of all beings. Out of the many duties of Dvijas (twice-born), Sandhyopasanam is one, which is the most important, very fruitful and in fact the root of the characteristic of being a Dvija. For the tree of Dvija, the base root is Sandhyopasanam; the branches, the Vedas; the dharmas proclaimed therein, the leaves. It is said that if the root, viz. Sandhyopasanam is cut off, the tree will be destroyed, having lost the branches and the leaves. While
enunciating its benefit, Veda does not limit it to long life, good health, sons, wealth etc., but says that the
performer will attain all aspects of good life. Its purport is that one can reap all benefits through just
Sandhyopasanam and that the benefits that accrue by observing various other dharmas are in fact due to it only, as those who perform Sandhyopasanam are alone eligible to perform those dharmas.

Vyasa says that one who has failed to perform Sandhyopasanam is always impure. He has no right to
perform any karmas. He will not gain benefits of any karmas he may do.

Appayya Dikshitendra says that having failed to perform Sandhyopasanam, if one observes other dharmas, it is like decorating oneself without wearing any dress on the waist.

Manu says that Rishis enjoyed long life, superior intellect, lofty fame and radiant brilliance by performing Sandhyopasanam for long time. Dharma says that those who perform Sandhya in unbroken way are not touched by sin and attain to immortal Brahmalokam; through Sandhya one can get excellent living in this world, followed by everlasting bliss. There is an explanatory story in the Veda. A group of thirty crore of Rakshasas, named Mandehas, on the strength of boon obtained from Brahmadeva as a result of penance, come running with great speed in order to swallow Bhagavan Surya and fight intensely with him every day. When Dvijas offer Argya by chanting Gayatri mantra during Sandhya times, the consecrated Argya water turns into Vajrayudha and casts those Rakshasas into Aruna Island. Surya’s light brings well being to the world. For every good aspect, there is in nature an obstacle. There is an obstacle, not clear to our senses, to the light of Surya also. Researchers in Physics and Geology have measured the light of Surya as well its dullness scientifically. To remove the dullness and obstacle to the physical powers through the powers of chant of mantra and meditation is part of our procedures of Mantra Sastra. Of mantras, Veda mantras are beginningless. It appears that this principle is alluded to in the explanatory story mentioned above. Bhagavan Surya is thus saved and the world attains well being. The three Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Sankara, other Devas and Maharishis like Valakhilyas are performing this Argya. Not doing this amounts to the sin of killing Surya. Not doing this worship, one gets the birth of ghost, blind during the day and never experiencing Surya’s light. Sastras teach in many ways that Sandhyopasana should definitely be performed and that persons not doing it lose the characteristic of Dvija and become ‘Patitas’ (the fallen beings).

The absolute necessity of Sandhyopasana is clear from
the final teaching that even if Dvija leaves the three Vedas and many dharmas and performs Sandhyopasana
(chanting of Gayatri) at least, he averts the fear of Narakas etc. and attains to the fearless state of Moksha(Liberation).

(VEDA DHARMA SASTRA PARIPALANA SABHA (Regd.), Kumbhakonam, Publication No.45)

General Discussion / Re: The Significance of Ekadasi
« on: December 13, 2013, 10:02:18 AM »
கைசிக ஏகாதசி விழா ( Fri 13 Dec 2013)

1) கார்த்திகை மாதம் வளர்பிறை ஏகாதசி கைசிக ஏகாதசி என்று அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.

2) இந்த ஏகாதசியன்றுதான் யோக நித்திரையிலிருந்து பகவான் கண் விழிக்கிறார். அதனால் இதற்கு உத்தான ஏகாதசி அல்லது ப்ரபோத ஏகாதசி என்ற பெயர்களும் வழக்கத்தில் உள்ளன.

3) ஸ்ரீமந்நாராயணன் உத்தான துவாதசியன்று ஸாயங்காலம் துளசிதேவியை விவாஹம் செய்து கொள்வதாக சாஸ்த்ரம் தெரிவிக்கிறது.

4) ஸ்ரீபராசர பட்டரால் கைசிக ஏகாதசியன்று ஸ்ரீவராஹ புராணத்தின் ஒரு பகுதியான கைசிக மாஹாத்மியம் படிக்கப்பட்டு அவர் அருளிச் செய்த விளக்கவுரையைக் கேட்டு மகிழ்ந்த நம்பெருமாள் அவருக்கு கைசிக துவாதசியன்று மேல்வீடு எனப்படும் மோக்ஷத்தைத் தந்தருளினார்.

5) கைசிக மாஹாத்மியத்தில் ஸ்ரீவராஹமூர்த்தி பூமிப்பிராட்டிக்கு நம்பாடுவான் என்பான் திருக்குறுங்குடி திவ்யதேசத்தில் கைசிகம் என்னும் பண்ணால் தன்னை ஏத்தி மகிழ்ந்ததைக் குறிப்பிடுகிறார்.

6) நம்பாடுவான் என்னும் பஞ்சமகுலத்தைச் சார்ந்த பரம பாகவதோத்தமன் ஸோமசர்மா என்னும் ப்ராஹ்மணன் ப்ரம்ம ராக்ஷஸாகத் திரிந்து அலைந்தபோது அவனுக்கு தான் பாடிய கைசிகப் பண்ணின் பலனைக் கொடுத்து அவனுடைய சாபத்தை நீக்கினான்.

7) இன்றும் இந்த நிகழ்ச்சி கைசிக ஏகாதசியன்று திருக்குறுங்குடி திவ்யதேசத்தில் நடித்துக் காட்டப் படுகிறது.

கைசிக ஏகாதசியன்று திருவரங்கத்தில் நம்பெருமாள் அரவணையான பிறகு, அர்ஜுன மண்டபத்தில் எழுந்தருளியிருந்து ஆண்டுதோறும் வஸ்த்ரங்கள் சாற்றுவதில் ஏற்படும் குறைகளை நீக்க 365 “பச்சை” எனப்படும் பட்டு வஸ்த்ரங்களைச் சாற்றிக் கொள்கிறார்.

9) அப்போது கைங்கர்ய பரர்கள் திருவடி விளக்குவதேல்? அடைக்காய் அமுது நீட்டுவதேல்? திருவிளக்கு தூண்டுவதேல்? என்று கூறிக்கொண்டு பச்சை சாற்றுவர்.

10) அரையர்கள் எழுந்தருளி திருமங்கையாழ்வார் பெரியதிருமொழி ஒன்பதாம் பத்து ஆறாம்திருமொழி “அக்கும்புலியனதளும்” என்று தொடங்கும் 10 பாசுரங்களையும், நம்மாழ்வார் அருளிச் செய்த திருவாய்மொழி 5ஆம் பத்து ஆறாம்திருவாய்மொழி “எங்ஙனேயோ அன்னைமீர்காள்” என்று தொடங்கும் 11 பாசுரங்களையும் அபிநயம் மற்றும் தாளத்தோடு விண்ணப்பம் செய்வர்.

11) முறைகாரபட்டர்ஸ்வாமி எழுந்தருளி ஒன்றான ஸ்ரீபராசர பட்டர் அன்று வாசித்த முறையிலேயே ஸ்ரீவராஹபுராணத்தின் உள்ளீடான கைசிக மாஹாத்மியத்தைக் குல்லாய் தரித்து நம்பெருமாள் திருமுன்பு விண்ணப்பம் செய்வர்.

12) கைசிக துவாதசியன்று முறைகாரபட்டர் நிலையங்கி, குல்லாய், தொங்கு பரியட்டம் ஆகியவற்றைத் தரித்துக் கொண்டு கைசிக புராண ஸ்ரீகோஸத்தோடு நம்பெருமாளுடன் மேலைப்படி வழியாக சந்தன மண்டபத்துக்குள் எழுந்தருளுவார்.

13) மேலைப்படியில் நம்பெருமாள் எழுந்தருளும்போது சாத்தாத ஸ்ரீவைஷ்ணவர்கள் புஷ்பங்களையும், பச்சைக்கற்பூரப் பொடியையும் நம்பெருமாள் திருமேனி மீது வாரியிறைப்பர். இந்த நிகழ்ச்சி கற்பூரப்படியேற்ற ஸேவை என்று அழைக்கப்படுகிறது.

14) நம்பெருமாள் கருவறையில் பூபாலராயனில் எழுந்தருளியபிறகு மரியாதைகளைப் பெற்ற முறைகார பட்டர் ப்ரஹ்மரதம் கண்டருளுவார்.
திருவரங்கம் பெரியகோயிலில் கைசிக ஏகாதசி உத்ஸவம் நடைபெறும்.

ஸ்ரீங்கம் ரங்கநாதர் கோயிலில் நாளை கைசிக ஏகாதசி விழா நடக்கிறது. இதை முன்னிட்டு திருப்பதி கோயிலில் இருந்து வேங்கடமுடையான் மரியாதை நாளை கொண்டு வரப்படுகிறது. ஸ்ரீரங்கம் ரங்கநாதர் கோயிலில் கார்த்திகை மாத ஏகாதசி அன்று நடக்கும் கைசிக ஏகாதசி விழா முக்கியமானது. இந்த ஆண்டுக்கான விழா நாளை நடக்கிறது. இதை முன்னிட்டு உற்சவர் நம்பெருமாள் கோயில் 2ம் பிரகாரம் அர்ச்சுன மண்டபத்தில் எழுந்தருள்கிறார். இரவு முழுவதும் சிறப்பு பூஜைகள் நடைபெறும். நள்ளிரவுக்கு பின் கைசிக புராணம் எனப்படும் பக்தர் வரலாற்றை நம்பெருமாள் முன்பட்டர் வாசிப்பார். இந்த புராணத்தை கேட்பவர்களுக்கு நற்பலன்கள் கிடைக்கும் என்பது நம்பிக்கை. 14ம் தேதி அதிகாலை கற்பூர படியேற்ற சேவை நடைபெறும்.

வேங்கடமுடையான் மரியாதை வருகை: கைசிக ஏகாதசி விழாவை முன்னிட்டு திருப்பதி கோயிலில் இருந்து புதிய பட்டு வஸ்திரங்கள், மாலை, பச்சை கற்பூரம் உள்ளிட்ட மங்கல பொருட்கள் (வேங்கடமுடையான் மரியாதை) ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கொண்டு வரப்பட்டு, ரங்கநாதருக்கும், நம்பெருமாளுக்கும், தாயாருக்கும், உடையவருக்கும் காணிக்கையாக சமர்ப்பிக்கப்படுகிறது. அதன்படி திருப்பதியில் இருந்து ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோயிலுக்கு மங்கல பொருட்கள் நாளை வருகின்றன. அவற்றை திருமலை திருப்பதி தேவஸ்தான அறங்காவலர் குழுதலைவர் பாப்பிராஜூ, நிர்வாகி அதிகாரி கோபால் ஆகியோர் தலைமையில் தேவஸ்தான அலுவலர்கள் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் வீதிகளில் ஊர்வலமாக எடுத்து வந்து, ரங்கநாதர் கோயிலில் ஒப்படைக்கின்றனர்.

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