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hariH Om. Happy Navarātri!!

Rātri means "night" and Nava means "nine".

During Navarātri, the Lord in the form of the Mother Goddess is worshiped as Durgā, Lakśmi and Saraswati.

Day 1, 2, 3 - Durgā Ma
Day 4, 5, 6- Lakśmi Ma
Day 7, 8, 9 - Saraswati Ma


The tenth day is called Vijayadaśami. Vijaya means "victory", the victory over our own minds

First we invoke Durga Mata ji to wipe away all our ailments, troubles, inhibitions, and make way for better things to come, by removing all our obstacles that stagnate our emotional, intellectual and physical growth

Next, let Lakśmi Mata ji be invoked, to give us health, and wealth to enrich our minds and lives with all things good, and to make our endeavors successful.

and finally, Saraswati Mata ji, to give us wisdom, and knowledge. These are two of the most precious possessions.

Wisdom is that discriminative tool which which allows us to differentiate between right and wrong, eternal and non eternal, and exercise perfect control over the mind and bodily actions, thus protecting us from inner and outer elements.

Some of the things you can do during Navratri include

1) Mataji's Aarati
(Gujarati : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSO0S1Cl5Wg )
( Tamil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaZasRdMuwU )
( Hindi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvJUMbJsjpc )

2) Fasting: A few fasts that you may choose to do:

a) Eat just fruits and liquid for 9 days,
b) Eat just grains and liquids for 9 days (no spices, salt, sugar, oil)
c) Eat one meal each day, and liquids
d) Fast completely on the 9th day
- All fasts are broken on Daśami (the 10th day)

3) Prayers such as Durga Sukta, Sri Suktam, Medha Suktam, Durga Saptashti, Durga Kavachh, Lalita Sahasranama, Lalita Trishati- which you may read

Durga Suktam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gy2vHB6Xt4

(Laxmi) Sri Suktamhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VBQhTDUKTc

(Saraswati) Medha Suktam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtAzr-oKkYo

Lalita Sahasranama- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CF6agcwMdg

4) Reading On the evening of the 8th day. we keep our important books and tools related to study and work for pooja, and perform pooja on the 9th day. On the day of daśami (10th day), we take it back...this is called Āyudha pūja. Ayudham means tool.

5) Learning something new - On the day of daśami we do the vidyārambam. Which literally means "the beginning of the learning". In kerala, they even have public holidays in order to facilitate this. Learning something (old and new) on daśami is considered to be very auspicious, and also it is a great time to start afresh

You may also choose to learn new prayers, maybe a musical instrument, a new language like sanskrit, etc.

Navarātri is marked with a casket-full of auspicious events for your spiritual growth, let us make the best of it.

Wishing you a very happy festive season.
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Since the first three days of Navaratri are dedicated to Durga Ma, here are some prayers one can perform today.

108 Names Chanting: http://www.nriol.com/indianparents/goddess-durga.asp

Meanings of 108 different names: http://www.iloveindia.com/spirituality/goddesses/durga/durga-names.html

Durga Suktam - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gy2vHB6Xt4

Durga Saptashti : Sanskrit http://sanskrit.safire.com/pdf/DURGA700.pdf

Lalita Sahasranama : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CF6agcwMdg

Hariḥ Om

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:13:21 AM »
Today i.e Fri 4 Oct 2013 is Mahalaya Ammavasya Day and the day before which Navarathi starts and it is a very auspicious day celebrated all over India to give offering to the departed ancestors and get their blessings . On this auspicious day only Sringeri Acharya Sri Chandrashekara Bharati Mahaswamiji attained Mahasamdhi and given below is his brief life history and also the unique way in which he voluntary  cast his body which only few great souls can do . In Traditional Acharyas apart from Kanchi Mahaswamigal,I highly admire Sringeri Acharya Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Swamigal and always feel spiritually energized  when I read about his life , his dialogues and his talks .

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Biography of Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji

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


A Jivan Mukta is rare. Some time, in some country a great soul takes birth. One must be fortunate even to get a glimpse of such a being, for it ennobles his life. To this parampara of jivanmuktas belonged Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati, the 34th Acharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham.

Laureate among the scholars who were patronised by Sri Nrisimha Bharati VIII was Ishwari Subba Shastri. Later in life he retired to the Himalayas as a recluse. His only son Gopala Shastri inherited his father’s flair for learning and outshone him in his detachment. His spouse Lakshamma bore him eleven children and each of them died in their infancy. The couple sought the blessings of Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swamiji whom they looked up to for everything. When they met the Acharya, due to his spiritual insight, he could see the happy events in store not only to their family but also for the Peetham. It is said that the Acharya, while assuring them of the success of their pilgrimage, added that it would be in the best interest of their to-be-born son to be dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba.

On their pilgrimage to Gokarna on a Shivaratri day, Lord Mahabaleshwara appeared in the dreams of Gopala Shastri and Lakshamma, and assured them that they would be blessed with an illustrious son. Their hearts were filled with ecstasy. Soon the happy tidings came, Lakshamma had conceived her twelfth child. On Sunday, October 16, 1892, a son was born to this pious couple. It was the auspicious day of Ashwayuja Bahula Ekadasi (the eleventh day of the dark fortnight) in the lunar year Nandana. On the eleventh day the rituals of jatakarma and namakarana were done. The son was named “Sri Narasimha’. There is little doubt that Narasimha was an exceptional luminary who was born to teach, born to redeem. Even from his boyhood days he was introverted, had no attraction for the objects of the world.

He had his board and lodging in the house of Srikanta Shastri, the Agent of the Mutt. He was very fond of chanting the hymn Mookapanchasati. Once, while on way to the market, he was so immersed in the composition that he proceeded far beyond the limits of the Sringeri township. It was only when the recitation ended that Narasimha realised he had come far out.

Narasimha’s memory was prodigious, his intelligence was sparkling and his conduct was humble and simple. He was admitted to the local Anglo-vernacular school run by the Government. Narasimha used to study Sanskrit at home and English at school. The Brahmopadesa of Narasimha was performed when he was eight. He was regular in the performance of sandhyavandana three times each day and agnikarya, worship of fire god, twice daily.

Narasimha excelled in his class. In his twelfth year, Narasimha took the lower secondary examination and topped the list in the first division. However, Narasimha was just not made for a worldly career. He was the child of God born to adorn the Sharada Peetham. Narasimha changed over to Sadvidya Sanjeevini Patashala of the Peetham, according to the express wishes of Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swamigal.

During his tours, the Acharya established in 1910 an institution of higher Vedantic training, ‘Bharatiya Girvana Praudha Vidya Abhivardhani Pathasala.’ His automatic choice for the course was his special student, Narasimha for higher studies in Mimamsa and Vedanta. He prayed that His disciple and successor should embody in His person all the great traditions of knowledge and spirituality that the Peetham had stood for, and true to His samkalpa all of them found their abode and fulfillment in the disciple who ascended the Vyakhyana Simhasana under the name of Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati on April 7, 1912.
As a Peethadhipati

The new Jagadguru gathered round Him veteran scholars, one of them Virupaksha Sastri who later became head of the Kudli Mutt. Virupaksha Sastri often proclaimed that the Jagadguru’s profound scholarship was the result of divine grace rather than any effort on His part. Within three years, the Jagadguru mastered all the recondite works on Vedanta, not to speak of the other Shastras.

The renovation of the temple of Sri Sharada was completed, and a beautiful shrine was erected over the Samadhi of the late guru in Narasimhavana. In 1916, the Acharya had the Kumbabhishekam of both the shrines performed at which the Maharaja of Mysore was present, as also representatives of the Maharaja Gaekwad of Baroda and several other rulers. Thousands of disciples came to Sringeri to participate in the functions and receive the blessings of their own guru. The Jagadguru then set His heart upon tapasya, and placing complete faith in Sri Sharada and his guru, He withdrew into solitude, occasionally coming out to teach the bhashyas to deserving disciples.

Four years busy touring was followed by a long period of practical seclusion from the outside world, and the Jagadguru gave Himself up to intense tapasya oblivious of his surroundings. But the affairs of the Mutt required attention. Under inspiration from Sri Sharada, the Jagadguru designated Sri Srinivasan, a youth of remarkable intelligence and potentiality for spiritual eminence, His successor, and gave Him Sanyasa with the name of Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Swami on May 22, 1931. The Junior Acharya soon became highly proficient in learning and took over the spiritual and secular affairs of the Mutt, giving considerable relief to the senior Acharya.

At the request of the Jagadguru, the Mysore Government appointed a senior officer of their administrative service, who under the designation ‘officer-in-charge’, took charge of the revenue administration of the Samsthanam.

Seldom did the Jagadguru receive disciples while in retirement and on the few occasions that He did, for which hundreds would be waiting, a smile or a significant nod proved more efficacious and illuminating than a sermon, and would fill their souls with blessedness. By dint of introspection and tapasya, His body lost all suggestions of being material and appeared sublimated into spirit radiating a halo all around.
Videha Mukti

A few years later the Jagadguru of His own volition decided to free from the fetters of His mortal body. On Sunday, September 26, 1954, He got up very early in the morning and walked towards Tunga; a servant followed at a slight distance. He stepped into the water without heeding the servant’s warning about the depth of water at that spot, and advancing further into the current had a dip. Then he did Pranayama, and dipped again. The servant saw the Acharya’s body floating down the current. In consternation the servant plunged into the river, caught hold of the Acharya, but in the effort lost his consciousness. A gentleman who happened to hear the shouts of the servant, brought the two ashore. The servant was soon restored to life but ‘nothing could be done in the other case’. It was reported that His Holinesses body was in an erect sitting posture with legs crossed as at the time of contemplation and was straightened out only in an attempt to restore respiration and that there was no sign of drowning or of suffocation or of any struggles for life. His Holiness had ever been in the best of health, and His passing away naturally baffled all doctors, just as He was baffling them even when He was alive. In life as in death he was equally an enigma to all who sought physical explanation for spiritual experiences. The Jagadguru’s mortal remains found their resting place in a samadhi just by the side of that of his great guru in Narasimhavanam. The anniversary of the day will ever fall on the Mahalaya New Moon day, the day of the annual abhiseka of Sri Sharada preparatory to the Navaratri celebrations. His birth, upanayanam, sanyasa and videha mukti were all on Sundays.

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:39:39 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
Graduating to the Upanisads without being prepared for them through the performance of Vedic rites is a greater offence than failure to go along the path of jnana from that of karma. After all, to repeat what I said before, on has to go through the primary and secondary stages of education before qualifying for admission to college. The man who insists on being admitted to the B. A. class without qualifying for it is not amenable to any suggestion. The one who wants to remain in the first standard learns at least something; the other type is incapable of learning anything.

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 03, 2013, 10:38:32 AM »
Set aside all your worldly thoughts when you sit for Puja. Concentrate on Ishwara during that short period. Observe how your vacillating mind calms down. Joy will well up by itself.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal.

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 02, 2013, 07:10:43 PM »

Yes Subramaniam Sir , Tamil has its own beauty . If Language like Tamil /Sanskrit are taught like this ( to students etc ) then people will definitely take interest in studying these languages more in depth instead of considering it just a bore .

By the way here are some resources that I wish to point out for getting more info about Kanchi Maha Swamigal's Talks/ discourses /experiences

Blog dedicated to spread the life and teachings of Kanchi Sri Maha Periva
http://www.periva.org/


The goal of this blog is to consolidate any unique information about HH Sri Mahaperiyava under one place. The other benefit of this blog is to help our next generation(s) to know about mahans like Him and learn.
http://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 02, 2013, 06:50:54 PM »
பிரமிக்கவைக்கும் பெரியவாளின் தமிழ்

தமிழ் மொழியிலே பெரியவாளுக்கு இருந்த பேரறிவு முத்தமிழ்க் காவலர்களையெல்லாம் பிரமிக்க வைக்கிறது.

ஒரு முறை கி.வா.ஜ-விடம், “தமிழ் என்றால் என்ன?” என்று கேட்டார். மேலும் “சமஸ்கிருதம் என்றால், செம்மை செய்யப்பட்ட மொழி என்று அர்த்தம்! அப்படி தமிழுக்கு ஏன் அந்தப் பெயர் வந்தது சொல்லுங்கள்!” என்கிறார்.

கி,வா.ஜ. அடக்கமாக,”பெரியவா சொன்னால் தெரிந்து கொள்கிறேன்!” என்றார்

“எந்த மொழியிலும் இல்லாத சிறப்பான எழுத்து ‘ழ’ என்பது இந்த எழுத்து வரக் கூடிய எந்தச் சொல்லும், அழகு,இனிமை அவற்றைக் குறிப்பதகாவே இருக்கும். மழலை, குழல், அழகு, குழந்தை, கழல், நிழல், பழம், யாழ் இப்படி ‘ழ’ வருகிற எல்லாமே நமக்குப் பிடித்தவை. ஆகவே இனிமையான ‘ழ’வைத் தம்மிடத்தில் உடையது ‘தமிழ்’ (தமி+ழ்) என்று சொல்லலாமா” என்கிறார்.

உடனே கி.வா.ஜ., “இதைவிடப் பொருத்தமாக சொல்ல முடியுமா? இனி எல்லா மேடைகளிலும் நான் இதைச் சொல்லுவேன்!”என்றாராம்.

சீர்காழிப் பதிகத்தில் நற்றமிழ் வல்ல ஞானசம்பந்தர் பாடியிருக்கும் “யாமா மாநீ யாமா மா” என்ற மாற்றுமாலைப் பதிகம் மிகவும் கடினம். அவற்றுள் ஒன்றைப் பெரியவா எடுத்து, மிகவும் கடினமான அந்தப் பதிகத்தைப் பிரித்துப் பிரித்து மிக எளிமைப்படுத்திப் பொருள் சொன்னார். பெரிய வித்வான்கள் பிரமித்துப் போனார்கள்.

அதுபோல் காளமேகப் புலவர் பாடிய பாடலில் ஒன்று, முக்கால்,அரை,கால், அரைக்கால், இருமா, மாகாணி, ஒருமா,கீழரை என்று குறைந்துகொண்டே வரும் அளவுகளை வைத்து எழுதுகிறார், தெரியுமா?” என்று கேட்டு,

முக்காலுக்கு ஏகாமல் முன்னரையில் வீழாமுன்

அக்கா வரைக்கால் கண்டு அஞ்சா முன்

விக்கி இருமாமுன், மாகாணிக்கேகாமுன்

கச்சி ஒருமாவின் கீழரை இன்றோது….

 

என்ற பாட்டை பெரியவா எடுத்துக் காட்டுகிறார்.

அதன் பொருளையும் தனக்கே உரிய முறையில், “முக்கால்னா மூன்று கால்கள். வயதான் பின் இரண்டு காலில் நடக்கத் தள்ளாடி ஒரு தடியை மூன்றாவது காலாகப் பயன்படுத்துகிறோமே…..அந்த நிலை வருவதற்குள், முன்னரையில் வீழாமுன்…நரை வருவதற்கு முன்னாலே விக்கலும் இருமலும் வருவதற்கு முன்…. யமனுடைய காலடி நம்மை அணுகுவதற்கு முன்…..ஊருக்கு வெளியிலுள்ள மாகாணி என்ற சுடுகாட்டுக்குப் போகும் முன்…காஞ்சியில் ஒரு மாமரத்தின் கீழ் உள்ள ஏகாம்பரேசுவரரை இன்றைக்கே துதிப்பாய்!” என்று மிக அழகாக விளக்குகிறார்.

மேலும் “என்ன அழகு பார்த்தேளா! ஏகாம்பரரை, அந்த ஒன்று என்ற எண்ணுக்குக் கீழேயே கொண்டுவந்து கீழரை வரை எட்டு அளவுகளையும் கோத்துத் துதித்திருக்கிறாரே!” என்று சொல்லிச் சொல்லி மகிழ்ந்தார்.

எதையுமே இப்படி விளக்கமாகப் பொழிந்து தள்ளியதைக் கேட்டவர்கள் பாக்யசாலிகள்!!
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Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyfmmNi8GdI

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At 4-30 that afternoon( the day following Gandhi's death on his funeral ) , all the ladies began to sing “Raghupati Raghava Rajaram”.With tears in his eyes Bhagavan signed to us to continue. At 5 o’clock the conch shell blew and in view of the Mahatma’s death a special arati (waving of lights) was offered in the Mother’s temple. When the sacred ash and vermilion powder were brought,Bhagavan took them with great reverence.

The day before yesterday, while reading the paper,Bhagavan remarked to someone sitting near him, “Look, didn’t a comet appear some time ago? It is written in this paper that the death of the Mahatma was due to that. So the first result of it is now over.”

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram is a popular bhajan (Hindu devotional song) that was a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi. The version that is most common was put to music by Vishnu Digambar Paluskar, and was sung by Gandhi and his followers as they walked during the 241 mile Salt March to Dandi.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 02, 2013, 11:26:28 AM »
To pray to God and meditate on Him for two minutes with full concentration is better than doing so for long hours without it.”

“Repeating the Name of God once, with the mind controlled, is equivalent to a million repetitions with the mind away from God. You may repeat the Name for the whole day, but if the mind is elsewhere, that does not produce much result. The repetition must be accompanied by concentration. Then alone one gets the grace of God.”

Mother Sarada Devi

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Today Wed 2 Oct 2013 is Gandhi Jayanthi and though Bhagavan and Gandhi never met each other they admired each other and Bhagavan even wept when Gandhi was assassinated .

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General Discussion / Re: 'The Aged-people Day - 01.10.2013
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:36:22 AM »
Taking Care of Old people has become a big challenge in India now a days with joint family system breaking up and Children moving towards other cities ( within India and Outside India ) for advancing their careers . Many parents are tossed like a ball from one son /daughter to the other as no one wants to keep their parents full time with them . Lot of Old Age homes and Elderly care homes are coming these days and except for few most of them are run only purely for profit motives .

I went through the poem posted by Sri Ravi and I know of one incident where it really happened when a father confronted his son for putting him in Old Age home and the son also gave the reply - didn't you put me in Creche when I was young , did't u put me in hostel during school / collage ,so now why complain when I am putting you in an Old age home .

I really do not know what is the solution to this problem . Only advice for everyone ( young ,middle aged ,old ) is that as much as possible keep yourself fit and healthy , learn do your own things without depending upon others help ( like family members , servants etc ) , keep some savings to take care of your own needs , avoid wasteful expenditure and be spiritually immersed ( doing japa , parayana , meditation ,scriptural study ) so that you do not depend on others ( like TV ,Video , relatives ) to keep you happy and are happy with yourself wherever you are . I see many old people just wasting their time watching TV , reading 4-5 news papers and magazines and just always complaining about their sons / duagther in laws and always bitter .  If they involve in spiritual sadhana that place would be a really positive place and rather than being a burden they would be helping their family spiritually .Old age cant be avoided but at least let us not be a burden to others when we are old and contribute spiritually wherever we are when we are Old .

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: October 02, 2013, 10:17:14 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
In the old days there were many people who refused to take the path of knowledge and wished to remain wedded to the path of karma. Nowadays people who want to take the path of jnana, without being prepared for it through karma predominate. During the time of Sri Krsna also the majority clung to rituals. His criticism is directed against them, against those who perform Vedic sacraments without understanding their purpose and who fail to go beyond them. Unfortunately, this is mistaken for criticism of the Vedas themselves. The Lord could never have attacked the Vedas per se. After all, it was to save them that he descended to earth again and again.

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Pointer - 15

PROFESSOR KRISHNAMURTI ABOUT BHAGAVAN

Prof Krishnamurti Aiyer, an enlightened professor of physics said about Bhagavan:

" I observed the personal habits of Bhagavan and tried to follow his example. One noticed in Bhagavan's daily life, personal cleanliness, tidiness of dress, habitual wearing of vibhuti and kumkum on the forehead; equal sharing of all enjoyments with those around one; strict adherence to a time schedule; doing useful work however 'low' it be; never leaving a work unfinished; the pursuit of perfection in every action; ... never considering oneself superior to others; speaking the truth always, or strict silence if the expression of a truth would hurt or lower the reputation of others; perfect self-help, never asking another to do a piece of work which can be done by oneself; taking full responsibility for failure, if any, without shifting the blame on others; accepting success and failure with equanimity; never disturbing the peace of another; leaving the leaf-plate or plate clean after eating; complete non-interference in the affairs of others..."

In Bhagavad Gita , Lord Krishna talks about various qualities an Enlightened person will have and Bhagavan Ramana has all those qualities mentioned as the above list given by Prof Krishmanurti proves it .

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PROFESSOR KRISHNAMURTI ABOUT BHAGAVAN

Prof Krishnamurti Aiyer, an enlightened professor of physics said about Bhagavan:


" I observed the personal habits of Bhagavan and tried to follow his example. One noticed in Bhagavan's daily life, personal cleanliness, tidiness of dress, habitual wearing of vibhuti and kumkum on the forehead; equal sharing of all enjoyments with those around one; strict adherence to a time schedule; doing useful work however 'low' it be; never leaving a work unfinished; the pursuit of perfection in every action; ... never considering oneself superior to others; speaking the truth always, or strict silence if the expression of a truth would hurt or lower the reputation of others; perfect self-help, never asking another to do a piece of work which can be done by oneself; taking full responsibility for failure, if any, without shifting the blame on others; accepting success and failure with equanimity; never disturbing the peace of another; leaving the leaf-plate or plate clean after eating; complete non-interference in the affairs of others..."


Here is the thread where you can discuss about what you read here :
It is called Pointers from Bhagwan - For Discussion

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7565.0

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:30:23 AM »
Everyone knows Kanchi Mahaswamigal but very few know about his brother popularly called as "Sivan Sir " . He kept a very low profile but was a very big Jnani himself . According to Kanchi Paramacharya he called his brother a born Jnani . Today i.e Sept 30th is Sivan Sir's Jayanthi
The book that popularized the teachings of Sivan Sir is the book Yenippadigalil Maanthargal - YPM
Most of that books contents are translated in English in the site below . Just click the link below that has the contents of the book + also details about him .
http://srisivansir.com/ypm


HH Sivan Sir’s Jayanthi for this year falls on Sep 30th. An event is planned out in Sri Ramakrishna Matriculation School, T.Nagar, Chennai. As usual, this event is organized by Shri Shivaraman. Pl mark your calendar and attend this event.

Sri Sivan Sir Padham Saranam


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