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General Discussion / Re: The Significance of Ekadasi
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:01:38 PM »
Since the next ekadasi is coming on Sun 15 Sept I am sharing this information .
Ekadasi 2013 Dates  from Sept 2013 to Dec 2013
 

01    September    (Sunday)    Aja Ekadashi
15    September    (Sunday)    Parsva Ekadashi
30    September    (Monday)    Indira Ekadashi
15    October    (Tuesday)    Papankusha Ekadashi
30    October    (Wednesday)    Rama Ekadashi
13    November    (Wednesday)    Devutthana Ekadashi
29    November    (Friday)    Utpanna Ekadashi
13    December    (Friday)    Mokshada Ekadashi
28    December    (Saturday)    Saphala Ekada

Source :
http://www.drikpanchang.com/vrats/ekadashidates.html

Rules Of Ekadasi Fasting :

Ekadashi fasting is observed on every 11th Tithi in Hindu calendar. There are two Ekadashi fasting in a month, one during Shukla Paksha and another during Krishna Paksha. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe Ekadashi fasting to seek His blessings.

Ekadashi fasting spans for three days. Devotees take single meal in the afternoon a day before fasting day to make sure there is no residual food in the stomach on next day. Devotees keep strict fast on Ekadashi day and break the fast on next day only after sunrise. Eating of all type of grains and cereals is prohibited during Ekadashi fasting.

Devotees can choose to observe fasting without water, with only water, with only fruits, with one time latex food according to their will and body power. However it should be decided before starting the fast.

At times Ekadashi fasting is suggested on two consecutive days. It is advised that Smartha with family should observe fasting on first day only. The alternate Ekadashi fasting, which is the second one, is suggested for Sanyasis, widows and for those who want Moksha. When alternate Ekadashi fasting is suggested for Smartha it coincides with Vaishnava Ekadashi fasting day.

Ekadashi fasting on both days is suggested for staunch devotees who seek for love and affection of Lord Vishnu.

This page list Ekadashi fasting days for Smarthas. Vaishnavas should check Vaishnava Ekadashi Fasting to know Vaishnava fasting days. Vaishnava fasting day might be one day after of Smartha fasting day.

Note : Kindly follow the link above for more details with regard to Smartha /Vaishnava fasting

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 14, 2013, 11:48:34 AM »
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete - Buddha

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 14, 2013, 09:52:17 AM »

The Seven Practices for a Healthy Mind


l Our breath is our best friend

2 Long breaths are first-aid for the mind

3 Developing mindfulness of the breathing at least 20 minutes is cultivation

4 Adhering to right speech

5 Trying to correct yourself

6 Adding at least one good deed daily

7 Reserving one hour daily for right thinking

Source : Buddhism for a Healthy Mind
http://thesevenpracticesforahelthymind.blogspot.in/

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:45:05 PM »
For performing penance to cleanse your life, it is not necessary to go to a forest. Take a vow to speak the truth, say it at an appropriate time and in a pleasing manner; not to tell a lie, even if it is going to please another. If you follow these precepts, you are no less than a great sage.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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Quote
She described the more popular idli and sambhar as a "complete meal".

"The rice and urad dal in idlis complement each other, making it a complete protein. The vegetables and dal in the sambhar are good supplements," she said.


The  essence of the above article is given above in the Highlighted text .
Plus we must note the following :

1) Skipping of breakfast is not good for health .
2) Eating excess of any good breakfast be it Idly ,Sambar etc is also not good in morning .
One Doctor told on TV couple of years back that Idly,chutney is the good breakfast  but for that matter do not eat 10 Idlis and do not eat Idllis floating in a bowl of sambar ( as served in some famous Hotels in Chennai )  and do not eat Idlis fully soaked in Oil + Chilly powder . He told Idlis taken with mint chutney is more than enough and take not more than 2 Idlis in the morning .


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General topics / Re: Subramanya Bharati's death anniversary - 11.09.2013
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:40:17 PM »
http://blog.nilavan.net/2008/07/blog-post_4616.html

Poet Bharatidasan who kept Bharathiar as his Guru also wrote about the greatness of Tamil in his song given below .This song came in a Tamil movie .

இனபத் தமிழ்

தமிழுக்கும் அமுதென்று பேர் - அந்தத்
தமிழ் இன்பத் தமிழ் எங்கள் உயிருக்கு நேர்!
தமிழுக்கு நிலவென்று பேர் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் சமுகத்தின் விளைவுக்கு நீர்!
தமிழுக்கு மணமென்று பேர் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் வாழ்வுக்கு நிருமித்த ஊர்!
தமிழுக்கு மதுவென்று பேர் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் உரிமைச்செம் பயிருக்கு வேர்!

தமிழ் எங்கள் இளமைக்கு பால் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் நல்ல புகழ்மிக்க புலவர்க்கு வேல்!
தமிழ் எங்கள் உயர்வுக்கு வான் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் அசதிக்குச் சுடர்தந்த தேன்!
தமிழ் எங்கள் அறிவுக்குத் தோள் - இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் கவிதைக்கு வயிரத்தின் வாள்!
தமிழ் எங்கள் பிறவிக்குத் தாய் -இன்பத்
தமிழ் எங்கள் வளமிக்க உளமுற்ற தீ!

Here is the source to all poetic works of Bharathidasan
http://blog.nilavan.net/2008/07/blog-post_3027.html

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General topics / Re: Subramanya Bharati's death anniversary - 11.09.2013
« on: September 11, 2013, 08:52:49 PM »
A complete source to Subramania Bharathiar's Poetic Works

http://www.tamilvu.org/library/l9100/html/l9100ind.htm

We can use this thread to share about Subramania Bharatiar's works and sayings

Here is Bharathiar talking about greatness of Tamil Language
தமிழ்

யாமறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ்மொழிபோல்
  இனிதாவது எங்கும் காணோம்.

பாமரராய், விலங்குகளாய், உலகனைத்தும்
  இகழ்ச்சி சொலப் பான்மை கெட்டு
நாமமது தமிழரெனக் கொண்டிங்கு
  வாழ்ந்திடுதல் நன்றோ? சொல்லீர்!
தேமதுரத் தமிழோசை உலகமெலாம்
  பரவும்வகை செய்தல் வேண்டும்.    1

யாமறிந்த புலவரிலே கம்பனைப்போல்,
  வள்ளுவர்போல், இளங்கோ வைப்போல்
பூமிதனில் யாங்கணுமே பிறந்ததில்லை,
  உண்மை, வெறும் புகழ்ச்சியில்லை;
ஊமையராய்ச் செவிடர்களாய்க் குருடர்களாய்
  வாழ்கின்றோம்; ஒருசொற் கேளீர்!
சேமமுற வேண்டுமெனில் தெருவெல்லாம்
  தமிழ் முழக்கம் செழிக்கச் செய்வீர்!    2

பிறநாட்டு நல்லறிஞர் சாத்திரங்கள்
  தமிழ்மொழியிற் பெயர்த்தல் வேண்டும்;
இறவாத புகழுடைய புதுநூல்கள்
  தமிழ்மொழியில் இயற்றல் வேண்டும்;
மறைவாக நமக்குள்ளே பழங்கதைகள்
  சொல்வதிலோர் மகிமை இல்லை;
திறமான புலமையெனில் வெளிநாட்டோர்
  அதைவணக்கஞ் செய்தல் வேண்டும்.    3

உள்ளத்தில் உண்மையொளி யுண்டாயின்
  வாக்கினிலே ஒளி யுண்டாகும்;
வெள்ளத்தின் பெருக்கைப்போல் கலைப்பெருக்கும்
  கவிப்பெருக்கும் மேவு மாயின்
பள்ளத்தில் வீழ்ந்திருக்கும் குருடரெல்லாம்
  விழிபெற்றுப் பதவி கொள்வார்;
தெள்ளுற்ற தமிழமுதின் சுவைகண்டார்
  இங்கமரர் சிறப்புக் கண்டார்.    4



Note : This line யாமறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ்மொழிபோல்
  இனிதாவது எங்கும் காணோம்.


A Tamil fanatic will say Tamil is the best language and that is understandable but Bharathiar was an expert not just in Tamil but also in Sanskrit , English and also few other languages and with this background if he has praised Tamil then we must understand how much depth in what he says .

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:21:29 AM »
LOL  :)


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:31:11 AM »
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My father was transferred to various remote places all over India to the North and East when we were at school in Chennai.He decided to be alone and the rest of the family stayed back in Chennai in the 60s.He cooked his own food,was absolutely dedicated to his work,very efficient ,did his sadhana -he used to carry a small copy of sivananda lahari written in his own hand and used to chant it while travelling in buses or trains.

The above quote is a from Ravi's comment to Anand in the other thread .
The highlighted portion is what I want to talk about .
1) regarding making hand written copies of divine texts
These days due to availability of Xerox , Printers , IPOD ,IPHONES , Laptops , Tablets etc we do not take effort to write in hand the divine hymns that we want to master and are content to listening them in our computer ,IPODs ,laptops etc or take a xerox copy or printout of the same the net and read it .No doubt it is a very good thing but real sadhana is when we really write out in our own hand what we want to memorize . Writing with our own hand involves all our senses to operate and we end up learning the divine hymns much faster and more clearer .
In the past they had no access to such technology devices and hence relied on making a original copy of the same with their own hand and in a way it was a great blessing .
I am also quite lazy in making hand written copies ( I started it few months back and then gave it up  thinking I have it in my IPOD ,Computer etc ) and after reading the above quote from Sri Ravi I feel I have to  restart the same .

2) regarding cooking one's own food

This is again a great sadhana in itself and I see many people suffering because they are unable to make simple meals for themselves .Either they are too dependent on their wives /maids /mothers and  if they are not available they resort to eating in hotels / ready made junk foods that is not only expensive ( in today's high inflation ) but also not good for health .
Once in a way eating outside is Ok for a change or when u are really busy etc but it should never be a regular habit .
Also some people over complicate their cooking by making many dishes and end up completely drained after cooking and also at the end they waste most of the food .
I read once Kanchi Paramacharya scolding a person who in his late 50s or so marrying for the second time ( after his first wife died ) just because he wants a  wife  to cook good food for him . He told that this guy is increasing his samsara just because he cant cook himself and used that opportunity to advise all young men to learn to cook right from a young age so that they are not too dependent on their wives /mothers/cooks for their day to day meals and also when they cook their own food people keep it simple ( since they will not have much time ) and do not over complicate it and that is also good for their health .
Cooking is a great sadhana as it involves using all the senses ( right from buying the vegetables , to washing them , cutting them , cooking them , serving them , tasting them etc ) at the same time but one must approach it with love and not a burden .

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Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Kind request for your prayers please...
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:41:22 AM »
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BTW, you will be surprised to know what is the most favorite song of my son - It is the group chanting Aksharamana Malai CD tha I have.

Sanjay

It is really a blessing that your son loves listening to  AAMM group chanting . I have a friend of mine whose son aged 5-6 also loves listening to the same and he has started memorizing the verses slowly .In the Sankaracharya thread I have given Kanchi Mahaswamigal's quote on power of  words /sound vibrations and how it differs from one good word to bad word  and it is really a blessing that kids get to hear these divine words / divine sounds at a very young age .

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Thanks to Sri Ravi for sharing the letter of Yogi Suddhanantha Barathi . That letter is useful for everyone .

To Anand

One insight that I received from a spiritual person with regard to Fate and Free Will is that when u start the day start with the thought that you have absolute free will to change things in your favor  and put all your efforts in that direction ( like improving your area of expertise ,using common sense , taking feedback from others ,your day to day prayer and sadhana etc etc  ) and at the night before you sleep , accept whatever the outcome ( Good , Bad ,Worse ,Ugly , Excellent etc ) as the Will of God and do not curse yourself for some mistakes that you did or jump with joy for the success you had .
Repeat the same process the next day .
Try it and see for yourself .Om Peace .

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Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Kind request for your prayers please...
« on: September 10, 2013, 06:14:12 PM »
Got this link to a beautiful Medicine Buddhist Mantra from a Buddhist friend of mine and they have great faith in this mantra especially to heal others .I do not know its meaning but very beautiful to listen to around 8.30 mts .

Medicine Buddha Mantra (with words)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUJucA-mrgE&feature=youtu.be
Tibetan Buddhist Mantra - To eliminate not only pain of diseases but also help in overcoming the major inner sickness of attachment, hatred, jealousy, desire, greed and ignorance. Mantra chanted by Khenpo Pema Chopel Rinpoche from the CD 'The Blessing from H.H. Penor Rinpoche for World Peace'.


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Common People staying in big Urban cities who are deeply involved in spiritual practices are usually looked upon as misfits ,impractical ,idealists by others ( family , friends , office people , relatives etc ). There is no easy way out of this .We have to lean to balance the matter as well as spirit . No one had it easy in the past and the same applies now . Trust in God and Guru and carry on what best is possible for your situation .

The following quote from Aurobindo's Essays on The Gita pg.32-33 is worth reflecting , of course we must not equate ourselves to Vivakananda , Buddha , Ramakrishna  but take the spirit of the message
Quote
An inner situation may even arise, as with the Buddha, in which all duties have to be abandoned, trampled on, flung aside in order to follow the call of the Divine within. I cannot think
that the Gita would solve such an inner situation by sending Buddha back to his wife and father and the government of the Sakya State, or would direct a Ramakrishna to become a Pundit
in a vernacular school and disinterestedly teach little boys their lessons, or bind down a Vivekananda to support his family and for that to follow dispassionately the law or medicine or journalism.
The Gita does not teach the disinterested performance of duties but the following of the divine life, the abandonment of all dharmas, sarvadharmam, to take refuge in the Supreme alone, and the divine activity of a Buddha, a Ramakrishna, a Vivekananda is perfectly in consonance with this teaching. Nay, although the Gita prefers action to inaction, it does not rule out the renunciation of works, but accepts it as one of the ways to the Divine. If that can only be attained by renouncing works and life and all duties and the call is strong within us, then into
the bonfire they must go, and there is no help for it.
The call of God is imperative and cannot be weighed against any other considerations.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:26:23 PM »
Mentally repeat, `Let all beings be happy; let all beings be peaceful; let all beings be blissful.' So do to the east, south, north and west. The more you do that the better you will feel yourself. You will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. After doing that, those who believe in God should pray -- not for money, not for health, nor for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish.

~ Swami Vivekananda

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:11:34 PM »
Dhamma is not upheld by talking about it.
Dhamma is upheld by living in harmony with it."

~ The Buddha ~

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