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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 10, 2016, 09:00:23 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 10, 2016, 08:53:43 AM »
The Name of the Lord alone is the sure remedy for all ills of life. Therefore, take the holy Name of the Lord always. Feel His presence wherever you go, God is everywhere. Take shelter in Him.

- Swami Chidananda

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 08, 2016, 07:08:31 PM »

The 8th of September is the Birthday of Swami Sivananda  and sharing below is the chanting of the Mantra "Om Namo Bhagavate Sivananandaya " by one of his Chief Disciple Swami Chidananda . Ever grateful to Master Sivananda for all the blessings in my life .Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 07, 2016, 09:01:52 AM »

But why do people wrangle saying that one deity is superior to the rest, that the deity whom they worship alone is the highest?

A bridge across a river has a number of arches To a man standing under one arch, all other arches will appear smaller than the one he stands under. This arch will appear biggest to his eyes. Even so, to a votary of a particular deity, all other deities will appear inferior.

But the truth is that deities are manifestations of the One God. All arches are similarly constructed and have the same dimension.

? Paramacharya

General Discussion / Re: Vishnu Sahasranama
« on: September 06, 2016, 02:32:42 PM »
I know many people who follow this advice of Kanchi Paramacharya by chanting Vishnu Sahasranama in their spare time  , even when travelling by train , bus or flight .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 04, 2016, 11:42:21 PM »
Ganesh Chaturthi comes falls on Mon 5 Sept 2016 this year and we all know Kanchi Paramacharya requested people to learn Tamil Saint AvaiYar's Vinayakar Aghaval but there is another elementary  work of Avaiyar in Tamil  titled "Athichudi" that we all learnt when we were young in schools but it is not as elementary as it seems because once when the great Intellectual Sri Raja Gopala Chari ( Rajaji ) came to meet Kanchi Paramacharya ( when Rajaji was too old and sort of retired from active Politics ) and he asked Paramacharya seeking "Jnanam" and Paramacharya asked Rajaji whether he knew "Athichoodi" and Rajajai replied he knows but cant remember it fully and Paramacharya told him that he will sing the Athichudi and if possible let Rajaji correct the same and Paramacharya did sing the Athi Chudi and Rajajai nodded his head and then Paramacharya told him that this "Athichudi" is enough for Rajaji to receive Jnanam and it is better he relearns it and follows it . Now here the Might Rajaji who was called as the greatest Intellectual was giving a simple "Athichudi" by Paramacharya as the best text  for Jnanam . The message is not just for Rajaji but for all of us .

Here is Athichdui in Tamil

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 04, 2016, 10:21:17 PM »


September 4, 2016
​?SAMITHADHANAM? ? Not to be missed

What is Samithadhanam?
it is a ritual to be performed by a Brahmi boy after Sacred Thread Function , usually after Sandhyavandhanam ! ?SAMITHADHANAM? is a ?SUN WORSHIP? ! This is continued till his marriage .
It is a kind of worship , offering prayer to the FIRE GOD or SURYA i.e Sun. This prayer offer in itself is an environmental cleansing act .
How is it performed ?
1. Usually, a four-sided elevated platform is created (Bricks model or nowadays , even Cement Model is available) ?. Camphor is placed in the centre and is lit.
2. While chanting the mantras , the sticks (from branches) of Peepal Tree (Arasa-Maram or Ashvatha-Tree) is placed on the fire accordingly .
3. Sticks will get burnt and the residue (Ashes) of the pooja is kept on the forehead , shoulders , throat ?.
4. This is regarded as a purification process , not only for the person who is performing it , but also for the environment !!
Why is Peepal tree?s branch sticks been used ?
Peepal tree has its significance not only mythologically but also scientifically !
Traditionally , people are of the belief that even Goddess Lakshmi dwell in the tree on Saturdays . Women who are not blessed with a child tie a red thread around the trunk or o its branches asking the deities to bless her and fulfill her desire .
Scientifically , this tree has the power to purify the human body system ? especially NERVOUS System . Peepal tree is of great medicinal value. Its leaves serve as a wonderful laxative as well as tonic for the body and as a cure for about 50 types of disorders including Asthma, diabetes , Diarrhea , Epilepsy , Gastric problems , inflammatory disorders. It is especially useful for patients suffering from Jaundice. The leaves of Peepal are highly effective in treating heart disorders. It helps to control the palpitation of heart  and combat the cardiac weakness. Ayurveda makes an extensive use of the leaves of peepal due to the numerous benefits it provides.
Does this smoke while performing Samithadhanam cause pollution ?
This is the most awkward question asked by many of my friends in my batch while a HOMAM was conducted in my school. At that point of time , even though being a regular performer of SAMITHADHANAM , I couldnt give them the best answer due to lack of scientific reasoning.
The appropriate justification is that the smoke caused here is not something like the smoke caused through CARS BUSES  etc? (where harmful chemicals like BUTENINE is released) , thus has its own ill effects !
The smoke when the branch sticks of Peepal are burnt during SAMITHADHANAM performance is a kind of BIO-Fuel when burnt , and the release of smoke from it is said to be of   a medicinal purification process (specifically for Nervous Systems) , and might just create a minute CO (Carbon-monoxide) which is a gas that is required to maintain a balance in the atmosphere !
Furthermore, what I personally feel is the power of the positive vibrations of the mantras which is chanted alongside during SAMITHADHANAM ! It has its own GODLINESS in it and the same can be realisesd wonly when performed.
A little upset about the fact that not many are practicing this and I have to come to a mindset that it is purely their loss ( which is a loss to the welfare of all the people too) ?. Nothing can be done! Hope practices are kept alive with the scope of extra-ordinary communication transfer facilities , so these are not left uncared for !
Parents can also enable their sons to perform this by motivating their sons like how my mother made it possible for me !!!
I have to cite this incident : you all might be aware of the BHOPAL GAS TRAGEDY which took away the lives of many , but the chemical harmful gas didn?t have any effect on the people and their houses in which SAMITHADHANAM and HOMAMS where regularly performed !
It is clearly evident from all this that our traditions and cultural practices has its own divinity and supreme significance ? not just that , but also has scientific reasons and justifications behind it too!
P.S :- What motivated me to do a research and find out the real reasons of my regular practice was just because of the people who knew nothing about its sginificance and had words to say that SAMITHADHANAM causes POLLUTION !

Ganesh /Vinayaka Chaturthi falls on Mon 5 Sept 2016 and when we talk about Lord Ganesha immediately comes to our mind "Vinayakar Aghaval" by Saint Avaiyar . For more about Lord Ganesha and Vinayakar Aghaval kindly go through this short intro by Kanchi Paramacharya and after going through it listen to the chant of Vinayakar Aghval by TL Maharajan .
"Everybody belongs to Pillaiyar and Pillaiyar belongs to everyone. He is related to the poor and downtrodden too. Even unread people and poor urchins have a direct access to this 'common man's God'. The 'sidaru thengai'( broken pieces of coconut ) are meant for poor children mainly. They have a right over the pieces of coconut so distributed in His presence. As an infant-God, He is very popular with children. He is also very close to woman folk, as He is very dear to the Mother's instinct in every woman. As Avvai Paatti is a woman, they have a direct special right on this sloka. So, it is in the rightness of things that, woman and children, should all learn this 'Vinayagar Agaval'. You need not worry if the meaning is somewhat difficult and the pronounciation in places is slightly tough. Avvaiyar's words have the power to directly appeal to the inner self. By the time it becomes committed to memory, the import will be known to your heart! That will benefit the family, community, country and the world at large!
Say there is a beautiful box containing gems but whose key has been misplaced. Will we forsake the box for this reason? 'Let the key be found in its time'. In the meanwhile, we will keep the box very safe, 'is it not so? As otherwise, even if the key is found later, there will be no gain! Vinayagar Agawal, is such a box of Yoga Sastra gems. It does not matter if we presently do not have the necessary understanding and grasp. We will keep chanting it. Slowly the inner meanings will reveal itself. Pillaiyar will grant us the 'key' of understanding." - Kanchi Paramacharya .
Now listen to this very clear chanting of Vinayagar Aghaval by Sri TL Maharajan and there is an abhisehekam done to Lord Vinayaka in this video and if we cant do Vinayaka Puja in our house , let us at least listen to this chant watching the Video . May the blessings of Lord Ganesha be on all of you .Om Gam Ganapathaye Namah .

Vinayagar Agaval by T L Maharajan

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:14:37 AM »

Every family must perform puja to Iswara. Those who find it convenient to do so may conduct elaborate types of puja after receiving proper initiation into them. Others need perform only a brief puja, not lasting more than ten minutes or so. Office goers must offer at least this brief worship. The sacred bell must ring in every home.

Images must be installed to worship Siva, Amba, Vishnu, Vinayaka, and Surya. This is called "panchayatna puja". According to one custom, no graven images (images with limbs) are used but instead natural objects to represent the five deities. The "bana-linga" for Siva is obtained from the Omkara -kunda of the Narmada river. The swarnamukhi stone for Ambika (it has a golden streak on it) is to be taken from the bed of the Swarnamukhi river in Andhra Pradesh. The symbol of Vishnu, salagrama, is obtained from the Gandaki river in Nepal. The crystal stone for Surya is got from Vallam, near Tanjavur. The sonabhadra stone for Vinayaka is obtained from the Sone river, a tributary of the Ganga. These five stones are symbolic of the unity of India.

None of these five stones has eyes, nose, ears, etc. Since they have no corners that become untidy, they are easy to bathe and dry. Being small they do not occupy much space. No big puja hall or room is necessary. A small casket is enough.

Panchayatna puja was revived by Sankara Bhagavatpada. As the creator of the Sanmata system (the worship of six deities), He added Subrahmanya to the five. So with the five stones we may add a small spear to represent Velayadah (Subrahmanya) who bears the spear.

Not much effort is needed for the puja. If you have the will, it could be performed wherever you happen to be.

At home when you do the puja you have to present to the deities cooked rice called "maha-naivedya". The Lord has created the entire cosmos for our sake. Our sense organs take delight in the various objects in creation. All that gives us joy, all that is beneficial in creation, must be offered to the Lord (symbolically) before being partaken of by us. When we offer any food as naivedya to Him, do we really give it away to Him? We just place it before Him and then partake of it ourselves.

Some ask, scornfully, whether the Lord himself eats what is offered to Him. "Nivedana" does not mean making the Lord really "eat" what is offered. He does not have to eat. Puja is meant to make us inwardly pure and the Lord does not have anything to gain from it. "Nivedayami" means ?I am making it know to you (informing you)" and does not mean "I am feeding you". You must speak thus to Iswara, "O Lord, in your compassion you have given us this food." Then you must eat the food thus offered, thinking of Him. Without His grace how does the rice grow? Experts may conduct research and write big tomes on rice. But are they capable of making one grain of rice? What is called synthetic rice is made out of materials already created by Iswara. So all that seems to be made of man must be finally traced to God's creation. To enjoy what he has given us without first presenting it to Him would be tantamount to thieving.

He who is present everywhere must be present where we want Him to be present so that He may be grasped by us. Whatever the material out of which His image of symbol is made-stone, earth, copper- he will come to us in that material and in that image or symbol. He will do so out of His compassion and He has the power to do so. We would have no need for him otherwise.

The Lord must be worshipped in every home. He must be invoked and it must be made known to Him that we are using nothing but what he has made over as a gift to us. If we keep doing so, we will in due course have the wisdom not to use in puja things not fit to be offered to Him. We ourselves will come to possess good qualities.
Source: "Hindu Dharma"- English translation of "Deivathin Kural", a collection of invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:13:22 AM »
From Dinamalar

வெந்து போச்சு!

காஞ்சி மகாப்பெரியவருக்கு காபி குடிப்பது என்பது அறவே பிடிக்காது. தன்னை வணங்க வரும் பக்தர்களுக்கும் இதை அறிவுரையாகச் சொல்வார். ஒருமுறை சென்னையில் இருந்து ஒரு தம்பதி காஞ்சிபுரம் வந்து பெரியவரைத் தரிசிக்க காத்திருந்தனர். தங்கள் முறை வந்ததும் பெரியவரின் திருவடிகளில் விழுந்து வணங்கினர். அப்போது பெரியவர் அந்தப்பெண்ணிடம், "உன் ஆத்துக்காரர் நிறைய காபி குடிப்பாரோ?'' என்று கேட்டார்.
அந்தப் பெண்ணும், "ஆமாம் பெரியவா! காலையில் ஆபீசுக்கு கிளம்பும் முன் மூணு முறையும், போய் வந்த பிறகு மூணு முறையும் குடிப்பார். ஆபீசில் வைத்து எத்தனை தடவை குடிக்கிறாரோ... தெரியாது...'' என்றார்.

பெரியவர் அந்த நபரிடம், "இனிமேல் காபி குடிக்காதே. வேண்டுமானால் மோர் நிறைய குடி...'' என்றார்.
ஊருக்கு சென்ற பிறகு இரண்டு நாள் மட்டும் பெரியவர் சொன்னபடி அவர் நடந்து கொண்டார். மூன்றாம் நாளிலிருந்து மனைவியிடம் காபி கேட்டு நச்சரிக்க ஆரம்பித்து விட்டார். கணவர் வற்புறுத்தும் போது, அந்த அம்மையாரால் என்ன செய்ய முடியும்? அவரும் காபி கொடுக்க ஆரம்பித்து விட்டார்.

அந்த நபர் பெரியவரின் படத்தின் முன் சூடாக காபியை வைத்து, "பெரியவா! என்னை மன்னிச்சிடுங்கோ! என்னால் காபி குடிக்காமல் இருக்க முடியவில்லை,'' என்று சொல்லி வணங்கி விட்டு குடித்து விடுவார். இப்படியே பல நாட்கள் தொடர்ந்தது.
பின், அவர்கள் மீண்டும் ஒருமுறை காஞ்சிபுரம் வந்து பெரியவரைத் தரிசித்தார்கள். பெரியவர் அவரிடம், நீ சுடச்சுட எனக்கு தினமும் காபி கொடுத்து நாக்கு வெந்து விட்டது. இனிமேலாச்சும் எனக்கு காபி கொடுக்காதே,'' என்றார். அந்த நபருக்கு தூக்கி வாரி போட்டு விட்டது.

நம் வீட்டில் பெரியவர் படத்தின் முன் வைத்த காபியை நைவேத்யம் போல் ஏற்று பெரியவர் பருகியிருக்கிறாரே! அப்படியானால், அது சாதாரண படமில்லையே! உயிரோட்டமுள்ளதாக இருந்திருக்கிறதே! தவறு செய்து விட்டேனே! மேலும், வீட்டில் நடந்த சம்பவம் இவருக்கு எப்படி தெரிந்தது. ஒரு மகாஞானியின் அறிவுரையைக் கேட்காமல் அவரையும் சிரமப்படுத்தி விட்டோமே!'' என்று வருந்தினர்.

கண்களில் நீர் வழிய பெரியவரின் பாதத்தில் விழுந்து, "பெரியவா! இந்த ஜென்மத்தில் இனிமேல் காபியை தொடவே மாட்டேன்,"" எனக்கூறி மன்னிப்பு கோரினார்.

பெரியவரும், "திருந்தினால் சரி...'' என்று சொல்லி பிரசாதம் தந்தார்.

முக்காலமும் அறிந்த அந்த ஞானியின் திருவடி பணிவோம்.
? with கிருஷ் ராம்.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 04, 2016, 09:06:51 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 02, 2016, 03:23:13 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 02, 2016, 03:08:18 PM »


Annamalai Swami: Self-enquiry must be done continuously. It doesn't work if you regard it as a part-time activity. You may be doing something that doesn't hold your interest or attention, so you think, ?I will do some self-enquiry instead'. This is never going to work. You may go two steps forward when you practice, but you go five steps backward when you stop your practice and go back to your worldly affairs. You must have a lifelong commitment to establish yourself in the Self. Your determination to succeed must be strong and firm, and it should manifest as continuous, not part-time, effort.

For many lifetimes you have been immersed in ignorance. You are habituated to it. All your deeply rooted beliefs, all your patterns of behavior reinforce ignorance and strengthen the hold it has over you.
This ignorance is so strong, so deeply enmeshed in all your psychological structures, it takes a massive effort over a long period of time to break free from it. The habits and beliefs that sustain it have to be challenged again and again.

Ignorance is ignorance of the Self, and to remove it Self-awareness is required. When you come to an awareness of the Self, ignorance vanishes. If you don't lose contact with the Self, ignorance can never arise.

If there is darkness, you remove it by bringing light. Darkness is not something real and substantial that you have to dig out and throw away. It is just an absence of light, nothing more. When light is let into a dark room, the darkness is suddenly no longer there. It did not vanish gradually or go away piece by piece; it simply ceased to exist when the room became filled with light.

This is just an analogy because the Self is not like other lights. It
is not an object that you either see or don't see. It is there all the time shining as your own reality. If you refuse to acknowledge its existence, if you refuse to believe that it is there, you put yourself in imaginary darkness. It is not a real darkness. It is just your own willful refusal to acknowledge that you are light itself. This self-inflicted ignorance is the darkness that has to be banished by the light of the Self within until we become one with it.

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