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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 12, 2017, 06:56:44 PM »
Mooka Panchashathi is a very important work that was recommended by Kanchi Mahaswamigal . Found the following link in a site dedicated to Kanchi Mahaswmaigal .It has access to download an old bashyam of this book in PDF format for free .Those interested can check out the links .

Mooka Panchashathi Bashyam from old Tamil book

Thanks to Sri Ganapathy for providing these links. I downloaded these documents ? they are true treasures?.It seems that these bashyam was done by Sri GV Ganesha Iyer, who has done similar work on Lalitha Sahasranamam and Soundarya Lahari. Great work. It seems that the first edition was in 1950s and the second edition was in 1965 or so and was sold for Rs 1.50!!!! I am not sure if Janardhana Printing Works, Kumbakonam still around as they seem to have the copyright. If they don?t exist, then this can be brought back in paperback edition too. Ram ? something you might want to consider!

Regardless, here are the links for all 5 parts?.

Arya Sathakam ? Stotras on Kamakshi (Stuthis)
Paadharavinda Sathakam ? Describes about Kamakshi?s paadharavindam
Manthasmitha Sathakam ? Kamakshi?s smile ?
Kataaksha Sathakam ?  Kamakshi?s Kataaksham
Stuthi Sathakam ? Stotras on Kamakshi (Stuthis)
Although I have heard about this greatness of Mooka Pancha Shathi, I never read this before. With this pdf made available, I think I will start reading soon?

Om Sri Kamakshiye Potri!

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 10, 2017, 05:42:07 AM »
Since Yesterday was Thai Poosm  sharing the article below that best describes the significance of light worship in Satya Janan Sbai founded by Vallar at Vadalur and how the worship is conducted during normal poosam days as well as on Thai Poosam day .

The Sathya Jnana Sabhai is the unique Sanctuary in the world for the worship of the Supreme Divine. The deathless divine master Ramalinga Vallalar with the Supreme Will built this Sanctuary in the year 1872 and named it Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathya Jnana Sabhai. Sathya Jnana Sabhai means the Gnostic Centre of the Supreme Truth (the divine Truth-Consciousness) and it is the Sanctuary of Light for the adoration and worship of the Arut-perun-jyothi Aandavar (means the Divine Lord of the Supreme-Grace-Light). The Sathya Jnana Sabhai is an octagonal shape shrine facing south direction. The long chain around the Sathya Jnana Sabhai is made of iron metal that is not rusted till date. The metal rings have two holes and they are connected together in a line as if a single mould and it is said that it signifies the two nostrils of nose through which human beings breathes. The first Jyothi Darshan took place on the Thai Poosam ? 25 January 1872.
The Jyothi Darshan takes place in Sathya Jnana Sabhai on every Poosam days. What is Poosam? Poosam is a star name. Poosam is a propitious star and it is one of the brightest stars. There are total seven veils before the Jyothi (the Light), the veils are unveiled during the Jyothi Darshan (6 veils are unveiled during the monthly Poosam Jyothi Darshan and all seven veils are unveiled during the Thai Poosam (Thai is the name of the Tamil month and Thai Poosam comes either in January or February). These veils represent the mayas ? the illusions blocking the radiance of the Soul, the Self-Light as well as the Supreme-Grace-Light. These veils are as follows:
1.    Black colour veil ? signifies Mamayai (Maya Saththi, Asuddha Maya Saththi)
2.   Blue colour veil ? signifies Aaruyir (Suddhaa Suddha Maya Saththi)
3.   Green colour veil ? signifies Paraveli (Kiriya Saththi)
4.   Red colour veil ? signifies Chithuru Veli (Para Saththi)
5.  Golden colour veil ? signifies Poruluru Veli (Iccha Saththi)
6.  White colour veil ? signifies Meipathi Veli (Jnana Saththi)
7.  Mixed coloured veil ? signifies Karudhu Anupavam (Adhi Saththi)
The significance of Sathya Jnana Sabhai is to lead us to realise the Self-Light within us as well as the Supreme-Grace-Light in the Supreme Abode above (the transcendental Suddha Shiva Veli) and everywhere ? the realisation of the Supreme-Grace-Light within and without. Here in this Sathya Jnana Sabhai a lot of divine miracles and wonders would take place according to Vallalar. Here one would get enlightenment and all Siddhis (divine powers and divine perfection ? divine transformation), therefore, Vallalar also calls this holy place as a Siddhipuram ? the Sanctuary of Siddhis.
Vallalar has advised people who take non-vegetarian food and kill living beings to avoid entering the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. One should follow Jeevakaarunyam and also other spiritual disciplines (Indhiriya, Karana, Aanma and Jiva Ozhukkam) to go inside the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. The rules of Sathya Jnana Sabhai must be followed and the sanctity of the Sathya Jnana Sabhai should be maintained. This Sanctuary would help everyone to receive the Arulamudham ? the nectar of the Grace and Arutsaththi ? the Grace Power and the Grace-Light if each and every one who goes there maintains discipline and silence and open to the Arutperunjyothi with ardent adoration. Vallalar calls all to receive the Supreme-Grace-Light, how wonderful it would be to heed the great call. Vallalar says that those who come to Vadalur may get good boons. Get a great boon and live divinely ? the blissful Supernal Life.

Jyothi Darshan in Sathya Jnana Sabhai, Vadalur on Poosam Days
Every month on the propitious Poosam Day (actually the Poosam Star comes once in 27 days cycle according to Tamil calendar), the Jyothi (the Light) is shown by unveiling 6 veils between 7.45 PM and 8.45 PM approximately (In this 1 hour, 3 times the Jyothi (the Light) is shown ? each time 15 minutes approximately and 5 minutes pause will be there in between the Jyothi Darshan). Note the last veil ― the seventh one remains there covering the one third of the portion from the top approximately. On Poosam days, hundreds and thousands of devotees come to Vadalur to have the Jyothi Darshan in Sathya Jnana Sabhai.   
Thai Poosam is the biggest festival in Vadalur. The most auspicious day is Thai Poosam, on the Thai Poosam Day (once in a year, in the Tamil month of Thai that comes in January or February), in the Sathya Jnana Sabhai, the Jyothi (the Light) is shown by unveiling all the 7 veils at 6 AM, 10 AM, 1 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM and the next day 5.30 AM ? each time the Jyothi (the Light) is shown for about 1 hour. (In this 1 hour, 3 times the Jyothi (the Light) is shown ? each time 15 minutes approximately and 5 minutes pause will be there in between the Jyothi Darshan). On Thai Poosam, very great numbers of devotees (several lakhs of people) visit ? Vadalur is thronged with devotees and pilgrims.
Come to Vadalur to have the Jyothi Darshan. During the Jyothi Darshan, avoid talking and socialising. Do concentrate only on the Jyothi Darshan ? it is time for prayer and worship and glorification of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty and it is also a time for receiving the Divine Grace of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty. Have Jyothi Darshan and carry with you the supernal blessings of Vallalar and the nectar of supreme Grace-Light of the Arutperunjyothi Almighty.   
Daily Poojai in Sathya Jnana Sabhai, Vadalur
The daily poojai is performed in the Sathya Jnana Sabhai. There another small earthen oil lamp is kept before the veils for worship. (NB: The Darshan of the Jyothi behind the veils is only on the Poosam days.)
Daily Poojai Time: 11.30 AM to 12 Noon, and 7.30 PM to 8 PM
We offer our infinite gratitude to the Arutperunjyothi Almighty ? the Divine Lord of the Supreme-Grace-Light and to the sanmarga master Vallalar, the deathless divine being of the Supreme-Grace-Light.
Glory to the Arutperunjyothi Almighty!
Glory to the deathless divine master Vallalar!
May all beings receive the Supernal Grace and live blissfully!
NB: It has been planned to update the content of regularly. Please do see it from time to time ? please do visit all the pages and keep on visiting on a regular basis to know about the Supernal Life which will help your right pursuit of the Supernal Life.
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 08, 2017, 10:02:21 PM »
Q: Swami kept mauna [silence] for at least a year in the 1940s. In those days it must have been very peaceful and quiet here.
Nowadays the area is filled with the noise of loudspeakers, buses, trucks, radios, etc. I feel that I would also like to keep mauna for some time. But is there any point in keeping silent when there is so much noise around?
AS: Mauna means inner silence, not outer silence. If there are a lot of noises and disturbances outside, we should take them as manifestations of God. If we take the attitude that they are disturbances, we are resisting ?what is?. This will only create anxiety within us. If we see all that is as divine, nothing will ever disturb us.
You should not make judgments about the world. You are thinking, ?A quiet environment is good; a noisy one is bad?. If you have thoughts like these you will inevitably get caught up in the workings of the mind. There is nothing wrong with the world or with the environment you live in.
The only defects are in the mind which is looking at the world. If you change the outlook of the mind, the world automatically changes. Alternatively, you can give your whole mind to God.
The saint Jnanasambandhar said. There is a way that we can
live happily in this miserable world. That way is to give our minds to God.'
Bhagavan said: 'Surrender your mind to God and see all forms as God. Have impartial love towards all beings. One who lives like this, he alone can be happy.'
- Living by the Words of Bhagavanp. 318

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:09:11 AM »
Q. How to get rid of the mind?
A. Is it the mind that wants to kill itself? The mind cannot kill itself. So your business is to find the real nature of the mind. Then you find there is no mind. When the Self is sought the mind is not. Abiding in the Self, one need not worry about the mind. [Talk 146]
The illumination is experienced in the right side of the chest, in the Heart, when Self is realized. [Talk 81]
Kundalini and chakras exist for beginners who practice that path of Yoga; but for the one who is practicing Self-enquiry, they do not exist.
- Conscious Immortality

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 06, 2017, 06:18:38 AM »

God's name destroys sin - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

NEIGHBOUR: Sir, we are sinners. What will happen to us?
MASTER Ramakrishna Paramahamsa : All the sins of the body flyaway if one chants the name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As, at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree flyaway, so do our sins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories.
Again, you find that the water of a reservoir dug in a meadow is evaporated by the heat of the sun. Likewise, the water of the reservoir of sin is dried up by the singing of the name and glories of God.
You must practise it every day. The other day, at the circus, I saw a horse running at top speed, with an Englishwoman standing on one foot on its back. How much she must have practised to acquire that skill!
Weep at least once to see God.
These, then, are the two means: practice and passionate attachment to God, that is to say, restlessness of the soul to see Him.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 26, 2017, 06:56:19 AM »
When the "spirit" of sadhana is lacking,the "routine" of sadhana is like a corpse.You may be a very busy sadhaka, but you may be lacking the "spirit" of sadhana. Draw a distinction between the "spirit" of sadhana from the "routine" of it. Whatever be the number of times you may roll the beads,if the spirit of it is lacking,you will gain nothing.- Swami Krishnananda, Divine Life Society

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 19, 2017, 09:20:34 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 12, 2017, 08:14:48 AM »
Today i.e 12 Jan 2017 is the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda and sharing a quote from him :"Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God."- Swami Vivekananda .

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: January 01, 2017, 01:43:46 PM »
Q: What is the purpose of meditation?
M: Seeing the false as the false, is meditation. This must go on all the time.
Q: We are told to meditate regularly.
M: Deliberate daily exercise in discrimination between the true and the false and renunciation of the false is meditation. There are many kinds of meditation to begin with, but they all merge finally into one.
Q: Please tell me which road to self-realization is the shortest.
M: No way is short or long, but some people are more in earnest and some are less. I can tell you about myself. I was a simple man, but I trusted my Guru. What he told me to do, I did. He told me to concentrate on 'I am' -- I did. He told me that I am beyond all perceivables and conceivables -- I believed.
I gave him my heart and soul, my entire attention and the whole of my spare time (I had to work to keep my family alive). As a result of faith and earnest application, I realized my self (swarupa) within three years.
You may choose any way that suits you; your earnestness will determine the rate of progress.
Q: No hint for me?
M: Establish yourself firmly in the awareness of 'I am'. This is the beginning and also the end of all endeavor.
- I AM THAT ch 16

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: December 31, 2016, 07:54:27 PM »
The ?I AM? Meditation
?You are not what you take yourself to be. Find out what you are.

Watch the sense ?I am?, and find your real Self.
Go deep into the sense of ?I am? and you will find your true Self.
How do you find a thing you have mislaid or forgotten?
You keep it in your mind until you recall it.
The sense of being, of ?I am? is the first to emerge.
Ask yourself whence it comes or just watch it quietly.
When the mind stays in the ?I am?, without moving, you enter a state,
which cannot be verbalised, but which can be experienced.
Hold on to the sense ?I am? tenaciously and do not swerve from it even for a moment.
This will bring an end to the mind;
in the stillness of the mind you will see yourself as ?I am? ? unbound.
The sense of ?I am? is always with you, only you have attached all kinds of things to it ?
body, feelings, thoughts, ideas, possessions and so on.
All these self-identifications are misleading,
because of these you take yourself to be what you are not.
All you need to do is to try and try again to stabilise within the naked ?I am? experience.?

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 30, 2016, 06:09:05 AM »
Where God is worshipped every day, there the whole house becomes blessed with the highest prosperity. All joy, all blessedness, all prosperity comes to that house where God is worshipped regularly. Say thanks when you get up in the morning, for your health, for your body, for a clean mind, for energy in the body to live a life of usefulness to yourself and to all, and in the evening thank God again for the bounty of a good day, for clear weather, fresh air, good health and energy, opportunity to serve and be useful to yourself and to others. If every day there is thanksgiving and you always worship God in your home, there is bound to be prosperity. Where there is worship, in that place, there is the tangible presence of God, and where there is this tangible presence of the Deity, what to say of prosperity ? Everything that is good, everything that is blessed, will pervade that house, will fill that house.Where God is, all auspiciousness, all blessedness, all prosperity is there as a matter of course - just as luminosity is there, radiance is there, where there is light. So, if you wish to fill yourself with prosperity, be worshipful. Do not make the church/Temple alone the place of prayer and worship. Let every house be a centre of prayer. Let every house be the abode of God.
Swami Chidananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 25, 2016, 01:56:20 PM »
Today ( 25 Dec 2016 ) is the Aradhana Day of Kanchi Mahaswamigal and so sharing an excellent talk rendered by the great Dancer Dr.Padma Subramanian and she has explained very beautifully who is Kanchi Mahaswamigal , what did he stand for and how he played a very vital role in many people's live be it rich , poor , Indian or foreigner , Upper Caste , Lower Caste etc . One of the best talks ever on Kanchi Mahaswamigal that even an Ordinary person can follow and get inspired . Listen to it and if inspired share it with others . Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

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