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General Discussion / Re: Vishnu Sahasranama
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:06:54 AM »

விஷ்ணு ஸஹஸ்ரநாமம்
August 20, 2016   
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விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமம் சொல்வதால் ஏற்படும் நன்மைகள் !!

🌷மகாபாரதத்தின் இறுதிக்கட்டம். பீஷ்மர் அம்புப் படுக்கையில் மரணத்தை எதிர்நோக்கிப் படுத்திருக்கிறார். கர்ணனும் வஞ்சனையால் கொல்லப்படுகிறான். குந்திதேவி கர்ணனை மகனே என்றழைத்து துக்கம் அனுஷ்டிக்கிறாள். கர்ணனுடைய மனைவியும் அவன் உடல்மேல் விழுந்து கதறுகிறாள். இவர்களோடு இன்னொரு பெண்மணியும் கர்ணனுக்காக அழுதாள். அதைக் கண்ட தருமபுத்திரர் கிருஷ்ணனைப் பார்த்து, ??இவள் யார்? இவள் ஏன் அழுகிறாள்?? என்று கேட்டார். அதற்கு கிருஷ்ணர், ??இவள் தர்ம தேவதை. இனி உலகில் தர்மமே இருக்கப் போவதில்லை.
தர்மம் செய்வதற்கென்றே பிறந்தவன் கர்ணன். அவனே போய்விட்ட பிறகு பூமியில் எனக்கென்ன வேலை என்று உலகை விட்டுப்போகிறாள் அவள்? என்றார். தர்மபுத்திரரைப் பயம் சூழ்ந்து கொண்டது.
🌷காரணம்- பாண்டவர்களுடைய பேரனான ஜெனமேஜெயன் ஆளும்போது இந்த நாட்டில் தர்மம் இருக்காதா என்கிற பயம்தான் அது. ??தர்மம் மீண்டும் செழிக்க வேண்டுமென்றால் என்ன செய்ய வேண்டும்?? என்று பரந்தாமனை தர்மர் கேட்க, பரந்தாமனோ ??அம்புப் படுக்கையில் படுத்திருக்கும் பீஷ்மரைக் கேள்; அவர் சொல்வார்? என்றார்.
பீஷ்மரும் தர்மதேவதை உலகை விட்டுச் சென்றதால் ஏற்படப் போகும் அவலங்களைச் சொல்கிறார்:??இனி உலகம் செழிப்புற்று விளங்காது. தேசங்கள் ஒவ்வொன்றும் அநியாயமாகச் சண்டையிட்டு அழியும். அரசர்கள் நீதிமான்களாக இருக்க மாட்டார்கள். அவர்களிடம் பணிபுரியும் அமைச்சர்கள் முதல் பணியாட்கள் வரை ஊழல் செய்து, மக்களை வாட்டி தவறான வழியில் தனம் சேர்ப்பார்கள். அரசனிடம் நல்ல வற்றிற்கு நீதி கிடைக்காது. குருமார்கள் தங்கள் சீடர்களுக்கு ஒழுங்காகப் பாடம் சொல்லிக் கொடுக்க மாட்டார்கள்; சீடர்களும் ஒழுங்காகப் படிக்க மாட்டார்கள். படித்தவன் சூதும் வாதும் செய்வான். மழை பொழியாது; நிலங்கள் விளைச்சலைக் கொடுக்காது; பஞ்சமும் பட்டினியும் தலைவிரித்தாடும். கணவன்மார்கள் தங்கள் மனைவியைச் சரிவர காப்பாற்ற மாட்டார்கள்; மனைவிமார்களும் பதிவிரதையாக இருக்க மாட்டார்கள். அவர்களின் குழந்தைகள் தவறான வழியில் நடக்கும்?
🌷?இப்படி பீஷ்மர் சொல்லச் சொல்ல பாண்டவர்கள் பயந்தார்கள். இதிலிருந்து தங்கள் சந்ததியினர் தப்பிப்பது எப்படி என்று கேட்டார்கள். ??அதை ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணனே சொல்லுவார்? என்று பீஷ்மர் கை காட்ட, கிருஷ்ணனோ, ??நீங்கள் பிதாமகர். நான் சொல்லுவதைவிட உங்கள் நாவிலிருந்தே நல்ல வார்த்தைகள் புறப்படட்டும்? என்று சொன்னார்.
அப்போது புறப் பட்டவைதான் ஸ்ரீ விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமம். அதாவது, எம்பெருமான் ஸ்ரீமந் நாராயணனை ஆயிரம் பெயர் சொல்லி அர்ச்சித்து அவன் மனம் குளிர வேண்டினால் தர்மம் மீண்டும் தழைக்கும் என்பது தான் விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ரநாமத்தின் மகிமை. பகவானுக்கு ஆயிரம் பெயர்கள் உண்டா என்று நாம் வியப்படையலாம்.
🌷சாதாரண மனிதனாகிய நமக்கே பாலசுப்பிரமணியன் என்று பெயர் வைத்தால், பாலா, பாலு, சுப்பிரமணி, சுப்பி, மணி, மணியன் என்று பல பெயர்களால் அழைக்கும் போது, பகவானுக்கு ஆயிரம் பெயர்கள் இருக்காதா என்ன? இந்த ஆயிரம் பெயர்களைச் சொல்லி, பகவானை வேண்டினால் கொஞ்சமாவது தர்மம் பிழைக்கும் என்பது பீஷ்மர் வாக்கு.
🌷உடனே பார்வதி தேவிக்குச் சந்தேகம் வந்து விட்டது. அவள் சர்வேஸ்வரனான தன் கணவனைப் பார்த்து, ??சுவாமி, இது எப்படி சாத்தியமாகும்? ஆயிரம் நாமங்கள் சொல்லி அதனால் தர்மம் தழைக்கும் என்றால், அந்த நாமங்களை பண்டிதர்களால் சொல்ல முடியலாம்; படித்தவர்களால் சொல்ல முடியலாம். ஆனால் படிக்காத ஒருவன் தர்மம் தழைக்க வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக ஆயிரம் பெயர்களை நினைவில் வைத்துக் கொண்டு சொல்ல முடியுமா?? என்று கேட்டாள். ஈஸ்வரன் புன்னகைத்தார்.??தேவி? நீ சொல்வது சரிதான். ஏதுமறியாத ஒருவன் ஆயிரம் பெயர் சொல்லி திருமாலை வேண்டுவது நடக்காத காரியம்தான். ஆனால் அதற்கும் ஓர் வழி உண்டு.
🌷?ஸ்ரீராம ராம ராமேதி ரமே ராமே மனோரமே ஸஹஸ்ர நாம தந்துல்யம் ராம நாம வரானனே?- இப்படி மூன்று முறை சொன்னால் போதும். சஹஸ்ரநாமம் சொன்ன பலனை அடையலாம்? என்று பார்வதி தேவியின் சந்தேகத்தை நிவர்த்தி செய்தார் ஈஸ்வரன். சரி;

இப்படிச் சொல்வதால் நமக்கு என்ன பலன் கிடைக்கும்? என்று கேட்கலாம். மரா? மரா? மரா? என்று சொல்லியே ராமநாமத்தை உச்சரித்த வேடனும் திருடனுமாக இருந்தவனே வால்மீகி மகரிஷியாக உயரவில்லையா? அது தான் ஸ்ரீராம நாம மகிமை.
மேலும் விஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ர நாமத்தை யார் வேண்டுமானாலும் சொல்லலாம். ஆண்கள், பெண்கள், குழந்தைகள் என்று அனைவரும், அனைத்து இனத்தைச் சேர்ந்தவர்களும் சொல்லலாம். முழு மனதோடு பகவானைச் சரணாகதி அடைந்தால் பலன்களை அவன் தருவான். பேய், பிசாசுகள் அண்டாது. வியாதிகள் அணுகாது. வைத்தியர்கள் கைவிட்ட தீராத நோயும் தீரும். சுகப்பிரசவம் சரியாக நேரும். நோயாளிகளின் காதருகே அவர்கள் மனம் கேட்கும்படியாக சஹஸ்ரநாமப் பாராயணம் செய்வது மிக மிக உத்தமம். மேலும் தர்மங்களும் தழைக்கும்.
🌷ஸ்ரீஆதிசங்கர பகவத் பாதர், ஸ்ரீராமானுஜர், ஸ்ரீதேசிகன், ஸ்ரீமத்வாச்சாரியார், ஸ்ரீராகவேந்திர சுவாமிகள் போன்ற மகான்கள் ஸ்ரீவிஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ர நாமத்திற்கு மிக அருமையான பாஷ்யங்கள் (பதவுரை- பொழிப்புரை) எழுதியிருக்கிறார்கள். இதிலிருந்தே இதனுடைய பெருமையை அறியலாம். சமஸ்கிருத மொழியைச் சரியாக உச்சரித்துச் சொல்ல வேண்டும். இல்லையேல் பாரத ரத்தினமாய் விளங்கிய எம்.எஸ். சுப்பு லட்சுமி அவர்கள் இசைத்த ஸ்ரீவிஷ்ணு சஹஸ்ர நாம ஒலிநாடாவையோ குறுந்தகட்டையோ தினமும் காலையில் நமது வீடுகளில் ஒலிக்கச் செய்வதன் மூலம் நாம் சகல சௌபாக்கியங்களுடன் வாழலாம். பலருடைய வாழ்விலும் இப்படிக் கேட்டு நன்மைகள் விளைந்திருக்கின்றன.
🌷?பரித்ராணாய ஸாதுநாம் விநாசாய ச துஷ்க்ருதாம் !!தர்ம ஸம்ஸ்தாபனார்த்தாய ஸம்பவாமி யுகே யுகே !!🌷
அனைவரும் விஷ்ணு சகஸ்ரநாமத்தை பாராயணம் செய்து விஷ்ணுவின் அருளை பெறுவோமாக !!
ஹரே கிருஷ்ணா

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Some Chants to be used for worship of Lord Krishna ( during Krishna Jayanthi as well as at other times )


The 108 names of Lord Krishna ( Krishna Ashtottaram )
Here sharing the 108 names of Lord Krishna in this link that has both the audio , sanskrit text , english transliteration /translation of each of the names of Lord Krishna .
http://www.drikpanchang.com/hindu-names/gods/lord-krishna/108-krishna-names.html

Mantra of Lord Krishna - Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
Sharing below a very beautiful meditative chant of the Mantra of Lord Krishna "Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya " and it is chanted very slowly to take you to a relaxed meditative state ..May the blessings of Lord Krishna be on all of you .Happy Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Gi1Az65Dc8

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Today i.e Thu 25 Aug 2016 is the Birthday of Lord Krishna ( Krishna Janmashtami ) and given below is an article by Swami Sivananda on the significance of this festival

http://www.dlshq.org/religions/krishna_jan.htm

Krishna Janmashtami

By
Sri Swami Sivananda


Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya

This is the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth Divine Incarnation. It falls on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September). This is one of the greatest of all Hindu festivals. Lord Krishna was born at midnight. A twenty-four hour fast is observed on this day, which is broken at midnight.

Temples are decorated for the occasion. Kirtans are sung, bells are rung, the conch is blown, and Sanskrit hymns are recited in praise of Lord Krishna. At Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, special spiritual gatherings are organised at this time. Pilgrims from all over India attend these festive gatherings.

The Lord appeared when the moon entered the house of Vrishabha at the constellation of the star Rohini, on Wednesday, the 8th day of the second fortnight of the month of Sravana, which corresponds to the month of Bhadrapada Krishnapaksha according to the Barhaspatyamana, in the year of Visvavasu, 5,172 years ago (from 1945), which means 3227 B.C.

Study the Bhagavatam and the Pancharatras, which are equal to the Upanishads. You will know all about the glory of Lord Krishna, His Lilas and superhuman deeds. The eighth Avatara, Krishna, who has become the Beloved of India and the world at large, had a threefold objective: to destroy the wicked demons, to play the leading role in the great war fought on the battlefield of Kurukshetra (where he delivered His wonderful message of the Gita) and to become the centre of a marvellous development of the Bhakti schools of India.

There is no true science except devotion to Lord Krishna. That man is wealthy indeed who loves Radha and Krishna. There is no sorrow other than lack of devotion to Krishna. He is the foremost of the emancipated who loves Krishna. There is no right course, except the society of Sri Krishna's devotees. The Name, virtues and Lilas (divine pastimes) of Krishna are the chief things to be remembered. The Lotus Feet of Radha and Krishna are the chief objects of meditation.

Sri Krishna is the ocean of bliss. His soul-stirring Lilas, which are the wonder of wonders, are its waves. The honeyed music of His flute attracts the minds of His devotees from all three regions. His unequalled and unsurpassed wealth of beauty amazes the animate and the inanimate beings. He adorns His friends with His incomparable love.

His palms bear the signs of a lotus and discus, the right sole of His feet of a flag, lotus, thunderbolt, an iron goad, barley seed, and the Swastika. His left sole has the rainbow, triangle, water-pot, crescent, sky, fish, and a cow's footprint. His Form is composed of condensed universal consciousness and bliss. His Body pervades the entire cosmos.

Devotion is the only means of attaining Lord Krishna. Bhakti kindles love for the Lord. When love is directed towards Krishna, man is freed from the bondage of the world.

Though Lord Krishna appeared in a human body, He had a divine body not composed of the five elements. He did not take any birth here in the usual sense of the term. He did not die. He appeared and disappeared through His Yoga Maya as He has declared in the Gita. This is a secret, known only to His devotees, Yogis and sages.

His enchanting form with flute in hand is worshipped in myriads of homes in India. It is a form to which is poured out devotion and supreme love from the hearts of countless devotees not only in India but also in the West. Millions of spiritual seekers worship Him and repeat His Mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.

Lord Krishna was great in knowledge, great in emotion, great in action, all at once. The scriptures have not recorded any life more full, more intense, more sublime and grander than the life of Sri Krishna.

Krishna has played various roles during His stay in the world. He was Arjuna's charioteer. He was an excellent statesman. He was a master musician; he gave lessons even to Narada in the art of playing the veena. The music of His flute thrilled the hearts of the Gopis and everyone else. He was a cowherd in Brindavan and Gokul. He exhibited miraculous powers even as a child. He killed many demons. He revealed His Cosmic Form to His mother, Yasoda. He performed the Rasa Lila, the secret of which can only be understood by devotees like Narada, Gauranga, Radha and the Gopis. He taught the supreme Truth of Yoga, Bhakti and Vedanta to Arjuna and Uddhava. He had mastered every one of the sixty-four fine arts. For all these reasons He is regarded as a full and complete manifestation of God.

Incarnations of God appear for special reasons under special circumstances. Whenever there is much unrighteousness, whenever confusion and disorder set in on account of unrighteousness and baffle the well-ordered progress of mankind, whenever the balance of human society is upset by selfish, ruthless and cruel beings, whenever irreligion and unrighteousness prevail, whenever the foundations of social organisations are undermined, the great Incarnation of God appears in order to re-establish righteousness and to restore peace.

An Incarnation is the descent of God for the ascent of man. A ray from the Cosmic Being in His potential state of manifestation descends on earth with mighty powers to keep up the harmony of the universe. The work done by the Incarnation of God and His teachings produce a benign influence on human beings and help them in their upward divine unfoldment and Self-realisation.

The Incarnation comes to reveal the divine nature of man and makes him rise above the petty materialistic life of passion and egoism.

The greatest manifestations are called Incarnations proper. Rishis, Munis, prophets, sons of God and messengers of God are minor manifestations.

The Incarnations usually come with their particular or favourite groups or companions. Lord Rama came with Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. Lord Krishna came with Balarama, Devas and Rishis. Sanaka came with Sanandana, Sanatkumara and Sanatsujata. Some, like Sri Shankara and Ramanuja, come as teachers and spiritual leaders. Some, like Chaitanya, are born to instill devotion in the hearts of people and turn their minds towards God. The Incarnations proper, like Krishna, come only when there is widespread catastrophe in the world.

On the holy Krishna Janmashtami, the ladies in South India decorate their houses beautifully, ready to welcome the Lord. They prepare various sweetmeats and offer them to the Lord. Butter was Krishna's favourite, and this is also offered. From the doorway to the inner meditation room of the house the floor is marked with a child's footprints, using some flour mixed with water. This creates the feeling in them that the Lord's own Feet have made the mark. They treat the day as one of very great rejoicing. There is recitation of the Bhagavatam, singing and praying everywhere.

The Janmashtami is celebrated at the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, with the following programme of intense spiritual activity:


1. During the preceding eight days, Japa of Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya is done intensely.

2. Those who can, will recite the Bhagavatam during this period. Others will listen to it being recited.

3. On the birthday itself everyone fasts and spends the whole day in holy communion.

4. Everyone greets others with the holy Mantra, Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya.

5. A grand havan is performed on that day.

6. There is continuous Satsang from 4a.m. early in the morning till night. Yogis, Sannyasins and learned men discourse upon the glorious life and teachings of the Lord.

7. From sunset people assemble in the elaborately decorated temple and sing the Lord's Names and glories.

8. Many hymns and portions of the Bhagavatam, especially the Gopika Geetam, are recited.

9. Towards midnight, there is a grand worship of Lord Krishna. The Lord is bathed with milk while His Name is chanted 108 times.

10. This worship concludes with offerings of flowers, waving of lights (Arati), and reading of that portion of the Bhagavatam which deals with the birth of Krishna. This synchronises with midnight, the hour of the Lord's birth, at which time the murti of the Lord is rocked in a beautifully decorated cradle. After this item, all the assembled devotees partake of the holy prasad or sacrament, and then retire, filled with the Grace and blessings of Lord Krishna.

If you cannot read the whole of the Srimad Bhagavatam during these days, at least you should recite the following four most important verses from the book. The leading two verses and the closing verse are the prologue and the epilogue respectively:


"Hear from Me the most secret knowledge coupled with the essential experience and its component parts.

"May you realise by My Grace, the knowledge of Myself and what form, qualities and actions I am endowed with.

1. "Before creation I alone existed. There was nothing, neither existence nor non-existence. I am that which remains after dissolution.

2. "Understand that to be Maya or illusion which is devoid of any purpose, which is not to be found in the Self and which is unreal like light and darkness.

3. "As the primary elements are amalgamated, with one another and also separate from one another at the same time, so I pervade the whole universe and am also separate from it.

4. "The aspirant should, by the method of positive and negative, know that thing which exists always and everywhere.

"Experience this truth through the highest superconscious state so that you will not be disturbed even by illusory objects".

There is another beautiful verse in the Bhagavatam which you can recite daily: "In days of yore, the Lord, born of Devaki, brought up in the house of Yasoda, killed the wicked Putana of illusive form and lifted the Govardhana hill, killed Kamsa and the sons of the Kuru race, and protected the sons of Kunti. Thus is recited the essence of the ancient Bhagavat Purana consisting of the nectarine stories of the deeds of Lord Krishna".

May the blessings of Lord Krishna and Sri Radha be upon you all!

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« on: August 25, 2016, 01:49:18 PM »
My first intrroduction to Bhagavan's Akshara Mana Malai was by listening to the Cassette of the Ramananjali group and later I switched on the Ashram's Chants for my regular listening . However what motivated me to take interest in Bhagavan's works was  the cassette of the Ramanagali group and I offer my prostrations to this great soul who kindled my interest in Bhagavan's Tamil works .

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« on: August 22, 2016, 10:03:46 AM »

Dear Sri Ravi

Thanks for posting this excellent dialogue between Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Mahaswamigal with this disciple on the topic of "Fate & Free Will" .  Of course the debate on fate v/s free will is never ending so best is for people to see the truth of the same in their own lives .


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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 21, 2016, 08:25:13 AM »
The strength of a religion does not lie in the numbers of those who practice it; but in the conduct of those who practice it. The best "propagandist" for the Hindu religion is the Hindu who lives up to its tenets. It is on account of such great men that our religion survives even to-day. - Kanchi Paramacharya ( from the article "Sanathana Dharma - Its Unique Features )

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Thoughts
« on: August 20, 2016, 03:02:54 PM »
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2. Are we Bhagavan?  Bhagavan was not the body and stated that the body was a disease. Only someone who has no fear of death (of himself or his near and dear ones) can say that. Bhagavan spoke something that was true to Him. He lived that way. But we are strongly identified with the body, and we worry about anything that happens to the body, even a headache. That is our true situation. Self deception is not the path to self inquiry.

Of course if you are also living in the same state as Bhagavan then you won't take medicines or care for them. But then this question would not even arise.

True and I know few in my family and friend Circle who were thinking they could also be like Bhagavan ( with regard to his quote "The Body is the biggest disease ") and did not take properr care of themselves ( more out of  laziness )  and finally it reached a critical stage when they had to be hospitalised and they were crying like a  coward  in the hospital afraid of the surgery and all there previous Vedantic thoughts like " I am not the body " ,  "The body will die but the soul does not die " etc etc was of no use and they ended up paying a fat bill to the hospital and now more running to various temples , astrologers etc for doing Pariharams .

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« on: August 20, 2016, 02:55:25 PM »
" BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM " ....

Q: There can be no religion without words.

M: Recorded religions are mere heaps of verbiage. Religions show their true face in action, in silent action. To know what man believes, watch how he acts. For most of the people service of their bodies and their minds is their religion. They may have religious ideas, but they do not act on them. They play with them, they are often very fond of them, but they will not act on them.

Q: Words are needed for communication.

M: For exchange of information -- yes. But real communication between people is not verbal. For establishing and maintaining relationship affectionate awareness expressed in direct action is required. Not what you say, but what you do is that matters. Words are made by the mind and are meaningful only on the level of the mind. The word ?bread?: neither can you eat nor live by it; it merely conveys an idea. It acquires meaning only with the actual eating. In the same sense am I telling you that the Normal State is not verbal. I may say it is wise love expressed in action, but these words convey little, unless you experience them in their fullness and beauty.

Words have their limited usefulness, but we put no limits to them and bring ourselves to the brink of disaster. Our noble ideas are finely balanced by ignoble actions. We talk of God, Truth and Love, but instead of direct experience we have definitions. Instead of enlarging and deepening action we chisel our definitions. And we imagine that we know what we can define!

Q: How can one convey experience except through words?


M: Experience cannot be conveyed through words. It comes with action. A man who is intense in his experience will radiate confidence and courage. Others too will act and gain experience born out of action. Verbal teaching has its use, it prepares the mind for voiding itself of its accumulations.
A level of mental maturity is reached when nothing external is of any value and the heart is ready to relinquish all. Then the real has a chance and it grasps it. Delays, if any, are caused by the mind being unwilling to see or to discard.

-I AM THAT ch 98

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 20, 2016, 01:45:02 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: On the Path of Righteousness


https://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/on-the-path-of-righteousness/


Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara Hara Sankara ? Sri Maha Periyava is Saakshath Dharma Swaroopam as seen in this great incident. We have million other incidents where Periyava does not given an inch to adharma. Let?s pray to Periyava that he guides us in the path of dharma and not go astray. Thanks to Shri Shyam for the share. Ram Ram



Sri Maha Periyava was camping at Kalavai. One morning an advocate from Thanjavur came for darshan by car. There was a lot of fanfare. His wife wore the saree in the traditional manner, the sons, dhoti and upper cloth, the gentleman himself a dhoti in a traditional manner, upper cloth and a gem studded gold chain around his neck.

He held a large plate on which were fruits, flowers, sugar candy, grapes, cashew nuts, honey and with all these, money, packed inside a cover. They placed the plate in front of Sri Maha Periyava and prostrated to Him. Periyava gently probed the plate with His eyes.

?What cover is that??

?Just a little? money??

?By little do you mean ten or fifteen rupees??

The lawyer?s ego was probably hurt. He was known to be the best criminal lawyer in his district. ?Why did Periyava estimate of him so low??


With an excessive display of humility, he said in a honeyed voice, ?Fifteen thousand rupees?.

Periyava was silent for a while and then asked, ?How did you come here??

?We came by car?.

?Put away this cover safely in the car. The fruits and flowers will do?.

The advocate was shaken. He carried out Periyava?s instructions. Periyava conversed with him in a peaceful manner for a long time and then sent him away with prasada. The sound of the car leaving was heard. Did not Periyaval know that the attendants were disappointed because Periyaval refused fifteen thousand rupees?

?He argued a false case and won it. The fifteen thousand rupees he offered was a portion of the money he got for that. It was tainted money. That is why I refused it?. The attendants understood and accepted.


There were times when Sri Matham went through dire circumstances. The Manager would be worried. Even then Periyava never accepted money anxiously, disregarding righteousness.

?A tiny drop of salt is enough to curdle a pot of milk. If dharma is slackened for the sake of one man, it will become a habit,? He would say.



Narrated by: Sri Matham Balu Mama
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal

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« on: August 19, 2016, 10:52:47 PM »
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Swami Vivekananda has simply clinched this:

"We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act."

Sringeri Acharya Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati has said the same in the wonderful interview with one of his close disciple titeld "Fate and Free Will " from the book "Dialogues with the Guru "

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« on: August 19, 2016, 07:46:38 PM »
True Ravi .I concur with what you have said and my suggestion to people visiting any Ashram is first get a proper info regarding the same from a regular visitor to that Ashram who can guide you in advance regarding the same so that you can be better prepared instead of getting frustrated with no one guiding you properly there .More better I would feel that people also be part of that Ashram satsang group for a few months before to make the experience more rich not just physically but elso emotionally as well as spiritually for eg.If someone wants to visit Sri RamanaAshram first try attending the Ramana Satsangs in that particular city for a few weeks and learn what are the basic works of Bhagavn and if possible visit the Ashram when they go on group tours and later visit the ashram alone .This will give a more richer experience .Satsangha is the best to start with and for me the Sivananda Satsanga in Chennai  for nearly 1 year helped me stay in the Sivananda ashram ( in Neyyar Dam , Kerala ) more smoothly when I visited there for my 1 month Yoga Sadhana and that also helped me later when I visited their Ashram in Quebec Canada in few years back . As for Sri Ramana Ashram I had few people to guide me before that and it was a very smooth affair .

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