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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 27, 2016, 11:09:49 PM »
A vessel in which coal-tar is kept takes a very long time and effort for cleaning. So is the Tamasic mind. You will have to do intense Tapas for a very long time for cleaning it.- Swami Sivananda

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« on: May 25, 2016, 11:05:02 PM »

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Today i.e Sat 21 May 2016 ( apart from being Buddha Purnima ) is also Vaikasi Visakam , a day auspicious for Lord Muruga

வைகாசி விசாகத்தின் சிறப்புகள் :

இந்த மாதத்தின் மிக முக்கிய விசேஷம் வைகாசி விசாகம். விசாகம், முருகனுடைய ஜென்ம நட்சத்திரம். ஆறு முகங்கள் கொண்டதால் ஷண்முகம் என்றழைக்கப்படும் முருகன் மிக விசேஷமான கடவுள். சொல்லும் பொருளும் போல இணைந்திருக்கும் சக்தியும் சிவமும் இணைந்த சொரூபம்தான் முருகன்.

?முருகா? என்று கூப்பிட்ட குரலுக்கு ஓடி வருபவன். ?முருகா? என்ற பெயரே மிகவும் சக்தி வாய்ந்தது. காரணம், ?முகுந்தன்? என்ற விஷ்ணுவின் நாமத்தில் முதல் எழுத்து.. ?ருத்ரன்? என்ற சிவனின் நாமத்தில் முதல் எழுத்து.. ?கமலன்? என்ற பிரம்மாவின் நாமத்தில் முதல் எழுத்து.. மூன்றும் சேர்ந்ததுதான் ?முருக?!

எப்போதுமே முருக வழிபாடு அழகு தரும்! அதுவும் வைகாசி விசாக தினத்தில், குமரக் கடவுளை வழிபாடு செய்தால், அகத்தின் அழகு கூடும் (அதாவது தீய எண்ணங்கள் விலகும்). உள்ளத்தூய்மை கிடைக்கும். அதன் பயனாக மோட்சம் கிட்டும்.

அதுவுமில்லாமல், வைகாசி விசாகத்தன்றுதான், 90 சதவிகித கோயில்களில் பிரம்மோத்ஸவம் நடைபெறும் என்பதும் இந்த மாதத்தின் விசேஷம்தான்!??

Source : Sakthi Vikatan

Buddha Jayanthi /Buddha Purnima comes on Sat 21 May 2016 this year and sharing here a story from Swami Sivananda that happened in the Life of Buddha and that contains the essence of Buddha's teaching . Here is the story - "Once Buddha went to the house of a rich Brahmin with bowl in hand. The Brahmin became very angry and said, "O Bhikshu, why do you lead an idle life of wandering and begging ? Is this not disgraceful ? You have a well-built body. You can work. I plough and sow. I work in the fields and I earn my bread at the sweat of my brow. I lead a laborious life. It would be better if you also plough and sow and then you will have plenty of food to eat". Buddha replied, "O Brahmin! I also plough and sow, and having ploughed and sown, I eat". The Brahmin said, "You say you are an agriculturist. I do not see any sign of it. Where are your plough, bullocks and seeds ?". Then Buddha replied, "O Brahmin! Just hear my words with attention. I sow the seed of faith. The good actions that I perform are the rain that waters the seeds. Viveka and Vairagya are parts of my plough. Righteousness is the handle. Meditation is the goad. Sama and Dama - tranquillity of the mind and restraint of the Indriyas (senses) - are the bullocks. Thus I plough the soil of the mind and remove the weeds of doubt, delusion, fear, birth and death. The harvest that comes in is the immortal fruit of Nirvana. All sorrows terminate by this sort of ploughing and harvesting". The rich arrogant Brahmin came to his senses. His eyes were opened. He prostrated at the feet of Buddha and became his lay adherent. " ( Source : Lord Buddha by Swami Sivananda ) .

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 16, 2016, 06:58:51 AM »
Namasmaran or constant remembrance of the Lord is the only easy Sadhana for God-realisation.

- Swami Chidananda

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 15, 2016, 06:55:49 AM »
Charcoal gets some time for burning so is the aspirant with a Rajasic mind. He has to do severe Sadhana and purify himself before he attains God-realisaton.
Swami Sivananda

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: May 14, 2016, 02:48:06 PM »
There is no thought or aspiration which cannot be fulfilled if only it is sincere and strong enough.

- Swami Krishnananda

This is from Sri Ramanashram FB page on Sri Shankara Jayanti ( Wed 11 May 206 )

On this sacred day of Shankara Jayanti we remember the ten verses selected by Ramana Maharshi from Sivanandalahari (शिवानन्दलहरी) the composition of Adi Shankaracharya on the bliss of Lord Siva. Verse 65, fifth one below, is particularly inspiring because it assures devotees that ?nothing is impossible? for them!
Sri Bhagavan has selected 10 stanzas from the famous work of Sri Sankara - Sivananda Lahari - describing devotion (bhakti):
(1) What is bhakti?
Just as the ankola fruit falling from the tree rejoins it or a piece of iron is drawn to magnet, so also thoughts, after rising up, lose themselves in their original source. This is bhakti. The original source of thoughts is the feet of the Lord, Isvara. Love of His Feet forms bhakti. (61)
(2) Fruit of bhakti:
The thick cloud of bhakti, formed in the transcendental sky of the Lord?s Feet, pours down a rain of Bliss (ananda) and fills the lake of mind to overflowing. Only then the jiva, always transmigrating to no useful end, has his real purpose fulfilled. (76)
(3) Where to place bhakti?
Devotion to gods, who have themselves their origin and end, can result in fruits similarly with origin and end. In order to be in Bliss everlasting our devotion must be directed to its source, namely the Feet of the ever blissful Lord. (83)
(4) Bhakti is a matter only for experience and not for words:
How can Logic or other polemics be of real use? Can the ghatapatas (favourite examples of the logicians, meaning the pot and the cloth) save you in a crisis? Why then waste yourself thinking of them and on discussion? Stop exercising the vocal organs and giving them pain. Think of the Feet of the Lord and drink the nectar! (6)
(5) Immortality is the fruit of Devotion:
Nothing is impossible for the devotee to achieve. At the sight of him who in his heart has fixed the Lord?s Feet, Death is reminded of his bygone disastrous encounter with Markandeya and flees away.
All other gods worship only Siva, placing their crowned heads at His feet. Such involuntary worship is only natural to Siva.
Goddess Liberation, His consort, always remains part of Him. (65)
(6) If only Devotion be there - the conditions of the jiva cannot affect him.
However different the bodies, the mind alone is lost in the Lord?s Feet. Bliss overflows! (10)
(7) Devotion always unimpaired:
Wherever or however it be, only let the mind lose itself in the Supreme. It is Yoga! It is Bliss! Or the Yogi or the Bliss incarnate! (12)
(8 )  Karma Yoga also is Bhakti:
To worship God with flowers and other external objects is troublesome. Only lay the single flower, the heart, at the feet of Siva and remain at Peace. Not to know this simple thing and to wander about! How foolish! What misery! (9)
(9) This Karma Yoga puts an end to one?s samsara:
Whatever the order of life (asrama) of the devotee, only once thought of, Siva relieves the devotee of his load of samsara and takes it on Himself. (11)
(10) Devotion is Jnana:
The mind losing itself in Siva?s Feet is Devotion. Ignorance lost! Knowledge! Liberation! (91)

Today i.e Wed 11 May 2016 is Adi Shankara Jayanthi and sharing below an article on the same by Swami Sivananda .

Shankara Jayanti
Swami Sivananda

atguru charanam, bhava haranam.
Maanasa bhajare, guru charanam,
Dustara bhava saagara taranam.
Guru maharaaj guru jaya jaya,
Para brahma satguru jaya jaya

RELIGION IS realisation; it is not mere learning?this is the divine message which stands deeply in the minds of every Hindu. This is not a mere fancy. This is not a mental conception. This is not a stretch of imagination. It is not a coinage of the brain. Nor is it a decision arrived at by vehement vituperation and incongruent argumentation promulgated by an ordinary intellectual prodigy.

This is the assertion of Shankara, India?s greatest philosopher-saint, the incarnation of Lord Shiva, reverently known as Srimath Adi Shankaracharya.

What can we take him for except the Lord Himself, who proclaims authoritatively and undauntedly: ?I am the Self of all; I am the all; I am transcendent; I am one without a second; I am the Absolute; I am the infinite Consciousness; I am homogeneous bliss?.

Shankara is our Vedanta Guru. He was God incarnate. He was born at a time when Indian thought and culture were decaying; when they underwent sore distraction; when ethical glory and the widespread influence of the Buddhistic cult was gradually dying; when there was complete chaos and confusion; when innumerable sects sprang up and, with their own individual doctrines, confounded the masses; when evil social influences and blind superstitions, garbed falsely in the clothes of religion, attracted the credulous masses into a frenzy, and ambushed them into complete ignorance of the ultimate Reality. There were no less than seventy-two cults and sects of this type which carried away people from the right path.

The advent of Lord Krishna rejuvenated Hindu religion and saved many a soul from complete ruin, souls which would otherwise have subjugated themselves to passivism due to the misinterpretation of the Vedas and the Upanishads. In the same way, Shankara appeared on earth to deliver very many struggling souls. He set them free, and enlightened them through his peaceful, unostentatious persuasion and loving propaganda. Through his irresistible logic, he planted the triumphant banner of unique intellectual conquest over all other schools of philosophy. Before him, all other theories proved to be phantoms and fallacies.

It was only Shankara who gave the unshakable concrete form to Hinduism and established the unity and purity of enlightened Hindu thought and culture. Superstitions and corrupt practices melted away in no time.

The age-long six systems of theism which were suppressed by the prattlers re-emerged in their original glory only through the concerted efforts of Shankara.

His victory over other systems of philosophy was not due to a stubborn grip onto his own faith and reasoning without considering the pros and cons of others. He had mastered even the minutest intricasies of the other theories. The underlying currents of his thoughts were the foundations of the other systems. It is for this reason alone that his philosophy was recognised with much reverence by all the other schools of thought, despite differences in their superstructure.

The secret of his conquest and the charm therein lay in his most apt and reasonable illustrations in every case. He never based his arguments on theoretical axioms and untestified hypotheses, but entirely on integral experience. Further, all his arguments were based upon the Vedas as well, which are genuine and authoritative.

Shankara never entered into hot discussions to substantiate his case or disprove others? theories. With his gigantic intellect he poured out his masterly exposition in simple and clear terms with the same supreme authority of the Gita, Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras, the self-evident validity of the Sruti Pramana, and so on.

Above all, the philosophy of Shankara is not restricted to the highly intellectual. It is within the easy reach of even the layman. With his profound knowledge, all-comprehensive learning, keen intuitive insight and convincing explanations, he has erected the strong edifice of Vedanta, equally accessible to the scholar and the layman. How effectively he prescribed ?Bhaja Govindam? to the scholar who was racking his brains in committing various scriptures to memory!

Vedanta is not the only aspect of philosophy he has preached to the world. He has entered the heart of every earnest seeker after truth. He encourages the worship of various forms of the Lord and greatly advocates Bhakti. Without a tinge of partiality to one form or the other, he has composed innumerable hymns, each brimming with devotion and philosophical truth, each inculcating divine ecstasy and perennial joy even in the tender undeveloped mind. His untiring work for the welfare of mankind marks him out as a veritable, dynamic Karma Yogi, too.

At the background of all these, his devotion to his Guru is supermost. Mark what he says: ?Any person who realises ?I am That Brahman? through the unparalleled mercy and glance of the Sadguru, loses all feelings of doubt and, with his mind free from illusion, attains liberation even while living in the body?. How much efficacy and glory lie in devotion to the Guru!

Shankara Jayanthi falls on the 5th day of the bright half of Vaisakh (May-June). On this day, study his works, pray and meditate. May you be showered with his blessings!

This article has been reproduced from "Hindu Fast and Festivals" by Swami Sivananda.

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