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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 24, 2015, 08:26:27 AM »
Swami Dayananda attained Samadhi on Wed 23 Sept night at 10.15 pm by the Banks of Ganga in his Ashram in Rishikesh . Though he does not belong to any Shankarachara Order , he did an extraordinary work in preserving and giving more clarity and freshness to Adi Shankara's works - especially his commnetaries on the Bhagvad Gita , the Upanishads and the Brahmasutras and in honor of the same Sringeri Achraya Sri Bharati Teertha Mahaswamigal gave the  first Adi Shankarcharya award of the Peetham to Swami Dayananda Saraswati who has strived for  hoisting  the flag of Advaita  Vedanta and keeping the  teaching tradition alive . I am sharing this Totaka Ashtakam as a tribute to Swami Dayananda on his Samadhi .


Totka  Ashtakam

Totka  Ashtakam eight verses composed in honor of Adi ShankarAchArya by one of his chief disciple Sri Totaka Achraya .


 The hymn is so called because it has been composed in the difficult but beautiful meter called toTaka.
There is an interesting history associated with this stotra . Anandagiri
was one of the less scholarly disciples living with Shankara at Sringeri.
But Giri, as he was called, was extremely devoted to the AchArya . Giri
would always engage himself in the service of his Guru . Once it so
happened  that Shankara was about to begin his usual morning discourse
on the upanishads and the other disciples started reciting the shAnti
pATha . But Giri was absent because he had gone to the river to wash his
Guru's clothes . So Shankara asked the other disciples to wait for Giri's
return . But PadmapAda, who was obviously proud of his erudition, said,
``Giri is a dull fellow . He really does not deserve to learn the shAstras.
What is the point in waiting for him to join us?''
Shankara decided to humble the pride of PadmapAda and other disciples.
Out of sheer compassion for Giri, the AchArya blessed him with the
knowledge of the shAstras, making use of supernatural powers to do so.
As a result, Giri became a learned scholar instantaneously . Returning
from the river, he composed the toTakAShTaka, eight verses in praise
of his Guru . The other disciples were struck with wonder to hear him
extemporaneously compose the aShTaka in the difficult meter . Giri also
composed another work, again in the toTaka meter, called the
ShrutisArasamuddharaNa . Due to the grace of the Guru, Giri became
a knower of all scriptures, and he earned the respect of PadmapAda and
other disciples . He came to be known as toTakAchArya, because he was
an adept in composing verses in the toTaka meter . He became one of Shankara's
four most important disciples, and was later entrusted with running the
JyotirmaTh at BadriNath .

Here is MS Subbhalakshmi's Devotional Rendering of the same and below it is given the Transliteration and Translation of the same

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UOEj3vFuGE


viditAkhilashAstrasudhAjaladhe mahitopaniShat kathitArthanidhe |
hRRidaye kalaye vimalaM charaNaM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 1||



O knower of the nectar-ocean of the scriptures, the expounder of the
knowledge of the great upanishadic treasure! I meditate on Your pure lotus
feet in my heart . O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

karuNAvaruNAlaya pAlaya mAM bhavasAgaraduHkhavidUnahRRidam |
rachayAkhiladarshanatattvavidaM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 2||



Save me whose heart is afflicted by the misery of the ocean of births,
O (You who are) the ocean of compassion! (By Your grace) make me the
knower of the truths of all the systems of philosophy .  O Preceptor Shankara,
be my refuge.

bhavatA janatA suhitA bhavitA nijabodhavichAraNa chArumate |
kalayeshvarajIvavivekavidaM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 3||



The people have found happiness due to You, who have the intellect adept in
the inquiry into Self-knowledge . Make me understand the knowledge of God
and the soul . O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

bhava eva bhavAniti me nitarAM samajAyata chetasi kautukitA |
mama vAraya mohamahAjaladhiM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNaM  || 4||



You are Lord Shiva Himself . Knowing this my mind is filled with an
abundance of joy . Put an end to my sea of delusion . O Preceptor Shankara,
be my refuge.

sukRRite | adhikRRite bahudhA bhavato bhavitA samadarshanalAlasatA |
atidInamimaM paripAlaya mAM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 5||



Only after numerous virtuous deeds have been performed in many
ways, does a keen desire for the experience of Brahman through You arise.
Protect (me who am) extremely helpless . O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

jagatImavituM kalitAkRRitayo vicharanti mahAmahasashChalataH |
ahimAMshurivAtra vibhAsi guro bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 6||



For the sake of saving the world, (Your) great (disciples) wander assuming
various forms and guises . O Guru, You shine like the sun (among them).
O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

gurupu~Ngava pu~Ngavaketana te samatAmayatAM nahi ko | api sudhIH |
sharaNAgatavatsala tattvanidhe bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 7||



O Best among the Gurus! The Lord whose flag bears the emblem of the
bull! You have no equal among the wise . You who are affectionate to those
who seek refuge! The treasure of truth! O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.

viditA na mayA vishadaikakalA na cha ki~nchana kA~nchanamasti guro |
drutameva vidhehi kRRipAM sahajAM bhava sha~Nkara deshika me sharaNam || 8||


I have neither understood even one branch of knowledge clearly, nor do I
possess any wealth, O Guru . Quickly bestow on me the compassion which is
natural to You . O Preceptor Shankara, be my refuge.
http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~vidya/advaita/advaitatml

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: September 24, 2015, 07:40:28 AM »
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Swami Dayananda Saraswati passed away yesterday at his ashram in Rishikesh:

Got the news earlier from my brother who is right now in Swami Dayananda Ashram in USA .  Swamiji was not in good health for the last few weeks and was mentally preparing all his devotees and students for this final end by giving darshan to all in spite of his illhealth . Swamiji wanted to be by the side of Mother Ganga in his last days and it did happen as per his wish .  I have been immensley benefitted by the Talks and Books of Swami Dayananda ( talks I have attended little but read most of his books which are Transcript of his talks ) and they have given me lot of clarity not just on Advaita Vedanta but also on Sanathana Dharma and the role of Tradition . If today I am able to understand Bhagavan Ramana's teachings  better it is due to the clarity I got through the  excellent and clear interpretations of  the Bhagavad Gita & Other Vedanta Texts  through the teachings of Swami Dayananda and also through his close disciple Swami Paramarthananda who is my Vedanta Teacher and the best being his explanations of Bhagavan Ramana's Upadesa Saram . Ever grateful to Swami Dayananda for helping me get more clarity with regard to not only Advaita Vedanta but also about Sanathana Dharma and though he may no longer be in the body but his teachings are very much alive through his publications and also through some of his excellent disciples ( like Swami Paramarthananda , Swami Guruparananda , Swami Omkarananda  etc etc ) who are great teachers themselves and this teaching tradition will continue .

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« on: September 23, 2015, 10:36:10 PM »

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Bhagavan on Different types of Meditators



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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 21, 2015, 08:20:48 PM »
> A Russian Scientist?s experience with Kanchi Maha Periyava & <<

A Russian Scientist?s experience with Kanchi Maha Periava Many years ago, some Russian scholars had come to Chennai for a research on Hindu culture. Maha Swami was then camping at Mylapore and so they had darshan of Him and took many photographs of Him. They gave the photographs to the Russian Ancient Culture Academy in Russia also.

In 1987, Russia held a festival of Indian Culture in the Soviet Cultural Academy in Chennai. Dr.Padma Subramanyam (PS) gave a lecture on Bharatham, Kutchipidi, etc. Then, she was invited to Russia, where she met Prof.Ribakov, who was the chief of Russian Scientific Academy and Russian Ancient Culture Institute.

She was surprised to see a portrait of Maha Periava in his room. When asked, he said it was given by a friend who had visited Him in Chennai and he also wanted to meet Him and clarify a few doubts. Subsequently, he came to Chennai and Dr.PS accompanied him to Kanchipuram. But, Maha Swami was down with fever and the sishyas said they cannot meet Him. They were disappointed and didn't know what to do.

Just then another sishya came to them and said that Periava asked them to come in. They went in, and Prof.Ribakov and Periava kept looking at each other for a while. Then, Dr.PS asked the Prof to clarify his doubts. But the Prof said that all his doubts have already been clarified.

Now comes the best part. Periava asked 'Russians speak their language mixed with Sanskrit, but in Northern Russia do they speak the language without any mix of Sanskrit?' Ribakov was surprised and said 'yes'.
Then Periava said, ' you say Russia now. In the ancient times it was known as Rishivarsham. You know why? That is where Rishis like Yagnavalkiyar were running a Vedic Research Center. Then he spoke about the history of Russia at length. Then the Prof said that he wanted to become a Hindu.

Periava said 'you already are'. But the Prof insisted on a Hindu name for him. Periava laughed and said ' he has grey beard like Rishis. So, from now on his name is Rishi'.

Well, that Rishi, runs a branch of Ramakrishna mutt in Moscow now...
Let us all remember this great Mahan who lived only for our sake to teach us how we should lead our lives!

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