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Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Sattvic curry recipe for lentils or beens
« on: August 23, 2013, 01:15:59 PM »
Try this link for a simple moong dal recipe . This blog also has other recipes ,some bit spicy and some plain sattvic .The writer of this blog is herself a spiritual person and hence most of the dishes will be quite sattvic only . The explanations are quite detailed here with lot of pics in each stage of cooking keeping the beginner in mind .

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:29:02 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 18, 2013, 10:11:45 PM »
Saadhana - the effort has to start
At the same time what we learn from this is that to be the real Self instead of the false Self it is so difficult. The false self is the mind, a creation of MAyA.

The real Self is the Truth that is Brahman.

It may take many life-times; it may be very difficult and long. But the effort has to start right now.

The more you postpone it, the life-cycle will get more extended. Suppose we don’t start this ascent of the spiritual ladder now.

What do you think will happen? We will be continuing to commit further sinful activities and these will accumulate more and more dirt and trash in the mind.

More life-times have to be spent. That is why I said the effort has to start rightaway, in order to escape from this life-cycle.

I said just now ‘escape from this life-cycle’; I also said ‘efforts have to be done’. These two together constitute the definition of SAdhanA.

Instead of doing certain things in a haphazard fashion as and when the mood or the occasion arises, those great ancestors of ours who have reached the goal have prescribed for us specific methodologies for us.

To walk that path is what is called SAdhanA.

Kanchi Sri Maha Periva

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:27:17 AM »
It is possible for humans to earn the power of energy possessed by such an inert object as the radio set. Indeed we can earn much more, do much more. It is tapas, ascetic endeavour, that will give us such energy. What is tapas? It is the determination to find the truth: it is keeping the mind one-pointed in this search, forsaking food, sleep, home, everything. But when you are a seeker like this, you must remain humble and erase the least trace of egoism in you. You must realise that the truth you seek will be revealed to you only with the grace of Isvara.

Sage of Kanchi

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:22:13 AM »


On this happy occasion when our country Bharat has attained Independence, the people of this ancient country must pray whole heartedly and with one mind to Sri Bhagavan. Let us all pray to God to vouch safe to us strength of mind and energy to engage ourselves more and more in attaining spiritual knowledge. It is only by the grace of Almighty that we can safeguard the freedom that we have achieved and also help all the living beings on earth to lead a happy life.
It is worthy to note that luckily the Chakra of Bhagavan, who is the embodiment of Dharma, has its place in the centre of our National Flag. This Chakra reminds us of the moral values enjoined by Emperor Ashoka, who is historically famous as Devanampriyaha. Further, the Chakra makes us contemplate on the spiritual discipline imparted by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. That Dharma which shines in the form of a Chakra is clear from Lord Krishna's reference to the Chakra as "Evam pravartitam chakram" in Verse 16 of the III chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Also in Verses 14 and 15 of the same chapter Bhagavan avers that " The human body originates from food, food grains grow because of rains, rain showers because of performance of Yajnas(Vedic Sacrifices), these Yajnas are prescribed in the Veda and that the Veda has emanated from Brahman who is in the form of Akshara(Sound recorded as letter of the alphabet)". Thus, the Dharma Chakra explains to us that the supreme Brahman is manifest in Vedic sacrifices. May this Independence, dawning with the rightful remembrance of Emperor Ashoka, grant us such fruits as Aram(Dharma or Righteousness) Porul(Wealth), Inbam(Happiness) and Veedu(Moksha - deliverance), by the grace of God.
There are three stripes in our National Flag. They are of dark green, white and orange colours. These colours seem to indicate to us, that military strength for protection from enemies and evil, wealth for welfare and prosperity, and knowledge for the sake of proper administration are essential for the nation. It may be remembered that dark green is the colour of Durga - the Parasakti who is the mother protector, Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is of orange colour(golden hue) and Saraswathi the source divine of all knowledge is white in colour. It is a happy coincidence that the colour of the three Shakthis(Goddesses of Power) are seen in the three stripes of the National Flag.
For long, the Indian Nation has strived hard for winning freedom. By the grace of God, by the blessings of great men, and by the unique sacrifice of the people, independence has been won. Let us all pray to the Omnipresent God to shower his grace so that with the hard won freedom, our country becomes prosperous, is rid of famine, and there are no social skirmishes and the entire nation lives in an atmosphere of amity and kindness.
Now that freedom has been attained by the nation, all of us must also try to develop Independence. If we understand ourselves fully we may consider ourselves as independent. We are not capable of controlling the senses. We are unable to suppress desire and control anger, which always troubles us. Whichever thing in whatever measure we obtain does not lead us to contentment. Worldly sufferings cause worry to us. The mind gets confused on noticing these sufferings. What is the way out of all these? we must try to control, albeit gradually the mind which has been functioning vigorously for such a long time. Once the mind is set at rest, we will not be in need of anything. That state of mind which ensures complete freedom is what we must attempt to achieve.
Every day atleast some time should be set apart for practising the control of mind and bereft of other thoughts, we must meditate upon God. Then gradually, the mind will become calm, whereupon we will have the mental power to subjugate desire and anger. Spiritual knowledge will accrue fast for him who practises such meditation. Only these who attain such true spiritual knowledge can truly be independent citizens.
Any woman other than one's wife must be respected as one's own mother. We must regard other living beings as we would regard ourselves. Even at the risk of death, truth alone must be spoken. Petty social feuds must be averted totally, Every one must strive for improving his knowledge and his spiritual attainments and move with others in an atmosphere of kindness. We must sincerely wish that all people should live happily and peacefully.
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha

Security Issues / Re: Stealing password or something else?
« on: August 13, 2013, 09:20:45 PM »
There is a very good lesson here for us all - never use the same username/password combination for more than one site.

Very true Graham . I concur with the same .

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:02:17 PM »
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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 12, 2013, 07:13:49 AM »
Set aside all your worldly thoughts when you sit for puja and concentrate on Ishwara during that short period of ten minutes or so. Even though the time for which you do puja is very short, if it is spent with devotion, it will yield great punya (virtue).- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 11, 2013, 08:18:34 AM »
அம்பாள் இருக்க அஹம்பாவம் ஏன் ? – மஹா பெரியவா

நாம் இதைச் சாதித்தோம், அதைச் சாதித்தோம் என்று அகம்பாவப்பட கொஞ்சம்கூட நியாயம் இல்லை. நாம் எதையும் சாதிப்பதற்கான புத்தியோ, தேக பலமோ எங்கிருந்து வந்தது?இந்த பிரபஞ்ச காரியங்கள் அனைத்தையும் செய்கிற ஒரு மஹா சக்தியிடமிருந்தே நம்முடைய, சக்தி எல்லாம் வந்திருக்கிறது. அது இல்லாவிட்டால் நம்மிடம் ஒரு சுவாசம்கூட இருக்கமுடியுமா. ஒருநாள், இதனை சாதித்ததாக எண்ணிக் கர்வப்படுகிற நம்மைவிட்டுச் சுவாசம் போய் விடுகிறது. அதைப் பிடித்து வைத்துக் கொள்கிற சாமர்த்தியம் நமக்குக் கொஞ்சம்கூட இல்லை. அப்போது நம் சக்தி எல்லாமும் சொப்பனம் மாதிரிப் போய்விடுகிறது. கொஞ்சம் யோசித்துப் பார்த்தாலும்கூட, சக்தி சமுத்திரமாக இருக்கப்பட்ட அம்பாளின் ஒரு சிறு துளி அநுக்கிரகத்திலேயே நடக்கிற காரியங்களை, நம்முடையதாக நினைத்து அகம்பாவப்படுவது அசட்டுத் தனம்தான் என்று தெரியும். எத்தனைக்கெத்தனை இந்த அநுபவத்தில் தெரிந்துகொண்டு அம்பாளுக்கு முன் ஒரு துரும்பு மாதிரி அடங்கிக் கிடக்கிறோமோ அத்தனைக்கத்தனை அவள் அநுக்கிரஹமும் நமக்குக் கிடைக்கும்.

நாம் நன்றாக எழுதுகிறோம், பேசுகிறோம், பாடுகிறோம், வேறு ஏதோ காரியம் செய்கிறோம் என்று உலகம் புகழ் மாலை போடுகிறது. அதே சமயத்தில் நமக்குத் தலைகனம் ஏறத்தான் தொடங்கும். அப்போது நமக்குச் சக்தி உண்டா என்று யோசிக்க வேண்டும். எந்த இடத்திலிருந்து நம் சக்தி வந்ததோ, அந்த அம்பாள் இருக்க, புகழுக்குப் பாத்திரராகி அகம்பாவப்பட நமக்குக் கொஞ்சம்கூட உரிமையில்லை என்று உணர வேண்டும். வருகிற பெருமையை எல்லாம் அவற்றுக் குறிய பராசக்தியின் பாதாரவிந்தங்களிலேயே அர்ப்பணம் செய்துவிட வேண்டும். பெருமைப் பூரிப்பில் இருப்பதைவிட, இப்படி அர்ப்பணம் பண்ணிப் பாரம் இல்லாமல் லேசாக ஆவதுதான் நமக்கே பரம சௌக்கியமாக இருக்கும். நமக்கு அகம்பாவமே இல்லை என்கிற எண்ணம் வந்து அதில் ஒரு பூரிப்பு உண்டாகிவிட்டால், அதுவும்கூட அகம்பாவம்தான். எனவே அகம்பாவம் தலை தூக்க இடமே தராமல் சர்வ ஜாக்கிரதையாக இருக்க வேண்டும். எத்தனை கண்குத்திப் பாம்பாக இருந்தாலும், துளி இடுக்குக் கிடைத்தால்கூட ஏதோ ஒரு ரூபத்தில் நமக்கே தெரியாமல் அஹம்பாவம் உள்ளே புகுந்து விடும். இது போகவும் அவள் அருள்தான் வழி. அவளேயே வேண்டி நம் புகழையெல்லாம் அவளுக்கு அர்ப்பணம் பண்ணிவிட்டால், நமக்கு ஒரு குறைவுமில்லாமல் மேலும் மேலும் அவள் அநுக்கிரஹம் கிடைக்கும்.

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:17:36 PM »

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 03, 2013, 06:58:55 PM »
It is ignorance that causes one to fail to see the self as distinct from the body, mind, senses etc. This in turn leads to suffering. Understanding that you are not the body and engaging in acts of devotion to the Lord are very essential for a beginner on the spiritual path. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
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