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General Discussion / Quotes from qurAn
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:51:13 PM »
In the same spirit of my thread on Christian quotes, i am prompted to open a thread dedicated to present some quotes from qurAn that touch my heart, occasionally. Thank you.


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General Discussion / Kabir
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:36:36 AM »
ऐसी वाणी बोलिए, मन का आपा खोय |
औरन को शीतल करे, आपहु शीतल होय ||


aisI vANi bOliyE, man kA ApA khOy
auran kO shItal karE, Apahu shIetal hOy

Speak in words so sweet, that fill the heart with joy
Like a cool breeze in summer, for others and self to enjoy



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General Discussion / Quotes of Nagarjuna
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:12:47 PM »
Nagarjuna has extensively written many sanskrit works the revelation of the truth of Buddha. i open this thread to occasionally post some insightful quotes of his. Thank you.


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General Discussion / Sri Sai Sat Charitra
« on: November 18, 2012, 07:02:03 PM »
Opened this thread to post occasionally, the teachings of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba. Thank you.


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General Discussion / Christian quotes
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:26:38 PM »
Friends, i am suddenly compelled to open a thread on Christian quotes that touch my heart. I am deeply touched by reading some quotes, hence dedicate this thread for the purpose. thank you.


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General Discussion / mahAkavi Poems
« on: October 31, 2012, 09:09:25 PM »
Sri Ravi, Friends,

I am so glad that i stumbled upon this, mahAkavi has himself translated his own poetry:


கண்ணன்- என் தாய்

உண்ண உண்ணத் தெவிட்டாத - அம்மை
     உயிரெனும் முலையினில் உணர்வெனும் பால்;
வண்ணமுற வைத்தெனக் கே - என்றன்
     வாயினிற்கொண் டூட்டுமோர் வண்மையுடையாள்,
கண்ணனெனும் பெயருடையாள், - என்னைக்
     கட்டிநிறை வான் எனுந்தன் கையி லணைத்து
மண்ணெனுந்தன் மடியில் வைத்தே - பல
     மாயமுறுங் கதைசொல்லி மனங்களிப் பாள். 1

இன்பமெனச் சில கதைகள் - எனக்
     கேற்றமென்றும் வெற்றி யென்றும் சில கதைகள்
துன்பமெனச் சில கதைகள் - கெட்ட
     தோல்வியென்றும் வீழ்ச்சியென்றும் சில கதைகள்
என்பருவம் என்றன் விருப்பம் - எனும்
     இவற்றினுக் கிணங்கவென் னுளமறிந்தே
அன்பொடவள் சொல்லிவரு வாள்; -அதில்
     அற்புதமுண் டாய்ப்பர வசமடை வேன். 2

விந்தைவிந்தை யாக எனக்கே - பல
     விதவிதத் தோற்றங்கள் காட்டுவிப் பாள்;
சந்திரனென் றொரு பொம்மை - அதில்
     தண்ணமுதம் போல ஒளி பரந்தொழுகும்.
மந்தை மந்தையா மேகம் - பல
     வண்ணமுறும் பொம்மையது மழைபொழியும்;
முந்தஒரு சூரியனுண்டு - அதன்
     முகத்தொளி கூறுதற்கொர் மொழியிலையே. 3

வானத்து மீன்க ளுண்டு - சிறு
     மணிகளைப் போல்மின்னி நிறைந்திருக்கும்;
நானத்தைக் கணக்கிடவே - மனம்
     நாடிமிக முயல்கினும் கூடுவதில்லை;
கானத்து மலைக ளுண்டு - எந்தக்
     காலமுமொ ரிடம்விட்டு நகர்வதில்லை;
மோனத்தி லேயிருக்கும் - ஒரு
     மொழியுரை யாதுவிளை யாடவருங்காண். 4

நல்லநல்ல நதிகளுண்டு - அவை
     நாடெங்கும் ஓடிவிளை யாடி வருங்காண்;
மெல்ல மெல்லப் போயவை தாம் - விழும்
     விரிகடற் பொம்மையது மிகப் பெரிதாம்;
எல்லையதிற் காணுவ தில்லை; - அலை
     எற்றிநுரை கக்கியொரு பாட்டிசைக்கும்;
ஒல்லெனுமப் பாட்டினிலே - அம்மை
     ஓமெனும் பெயரென்றும் ஒலித்திடுங் காண்.    5

சோலைகள் காவினங் கள் - அங்கு
     சூழ்தரும் பலநிற மணிமலர் கள்
சாலவும் இனியன வாய் - அங்கு
     தருக்களில் தூங்கிடும் கனிவகை கள்
ஞாலமுற்றிலும் நிறைந் தே - மிக
     நயந்தரு பொம்மைகள் எனக்கென வே;
கோலமுஞ் சுவையு முற - அவள்
     கோடிபல கோடிகள் குவித்துவைத் தாள். 6

தின்றிடப் பண்டங்களும் - செவி
     தெவிட்டறக் கேட்கநற் பாட்டுக ளும்,
ஒன்றுறப் பழகுதற் கே - அறி
     வுடையமெய்த் தோழரும் அவள்கொடுத் தாள்;
கொன்றிடு மெனஇனி தாய் - இன்பக்
     கொடுநெருப் பாய், அனற் சுவையமு தாய்,
நன்றியல் காதலுக் கே - இந்த
     நாரியர் தமையெனைச் சூழவைத் தாள். 7

இறகுடைப் பறவைக ளும் - நிலந்
     திரிந்திடும் விலங்குகள் ஊர்வன கள்
அறைகடல் நிறைந்திட வே - எண்ணில்
     அமைந்திடற் கரியபல் வகைப்பட வே
சுறவுகள் மீன்வகை கள் - எனத்
     தோழர்கள் பலருமிங் கெனக்களித் தாள்;
நிறைவுற இன்பம்வைத்தாள்; - அதை
     நினைக்கவும் முழுதிலுங் கூடுதில்லை. 8

சாத்திரம் கோடி வைத்தாள்; - அவை
     தம்மினும் உயர்ந்ததோர் ஞானம் வைத்தாள்;
மீத்திடும் பொழுதினி லே - நான்
     வேடிக்கை யுறக்கண்டு நகைப்பதற்கே
கோத்தபொய் வேதங்களும் - மதக்
     கொலைகளும் அரசர்தம் கூத்துக்க ளும்
மூத்தவர் பொய்ந் நடை யும் - இன
     மூடர்தம் கவலையும் அவள்புனைந் தாள்! 9

வேண்டிய கொடுத்திடு வாள்; - அவை
     விரும்புமுன் கொடுத்திட விரைந்திடு வாள்;
ஆண்டருள் புரிந்திடு வாள்; - அண்ணன்
     அருச்சுனன் போலெனை ஆக்கிடு வாள்;
யாண்டுமெக் காலத்தி னும் - அவள்
     இன்னருள் பாடுநற் றொழில்புரி வேன்.
நீண்டதோர் புகழ்வாழ் வும் - பிற
     நிகரறு பெருமையும் அவள் கொடுப்பாள். 10

 

The Realms of Life are Her bounteous breasts;
and consciousness. Her milk of endless delight,
which she yieldeth into my lips unasked;
such grace is my Mother’s.

They call her Krishna. Ah, she has clasped me in
fond embrace with her arms of ethereal space! And,
placing me on her lap of Earth, she loves to tell me
endless stories, strange and mysterious. 1

And some of the tales I call by the name of pleasure,
evolutions, victories. Yet others come to me as pains,
sad defeats and falls; stories, all these,
that my Mother recounts to suit my various moods
and stages, lovingly told, ever entrancing 2

And many are the wondrous toys and dolls which
my Mother showeth me:

There is one that is named the ‘Moon’, and it sheds
a nectar-like flood of light. And there are herds and
herds of ‘clouds’, many-colored toys, yielding rain.
There’s the Sun, too, foremost of my play-things,
the beauty of whose face I have not words to depict 3

Toys, toys, toys:

A heavenful of stars sparkling like tiny gems.
Many a time, but in vain, have I essayed to count
them all. And then you have those green hills,
that never stir from their seats, silent toys,
offering speechless play. 4

Rivers and rivulets, fair and playful, that wander
all o’er the land and, in the end, they flow into that
marvelous toy, you ocean, wide and boundless-seeming,
with dashing billows, spouts of spray and its long,
continuous chant where in my Mother’s name
is eve sounded: Om, Om, O….M. 5

Groves and gardens abounding in many-hued gems
of flowers; and delicious fruits hanging one the trees,
strong in essence, rich in for. Ah, the world is full of
such exquisite play-things. All these,
my Mother has given me. 6

Nice things to eat and songs all sweet to hear,
and companions gifted, like me, with minds, to play
with and become one; and these fair girls, fit objects
of love, that passion of flaming delight like fiery nectar,
killing – sweet. 7

Yet more play-mates:

The winged birds, the beasts that walks the earth,
and countless fishes of many and many a kind, there,
in that thundering Sea.

Quiet a glut of raptures, too many even to think! 8

And endless sciences and arts she has ordained and,
nobler than all these, divine wisdom-for my serous hours.

But when the light mood is on me and I would fain laugh
and be merry, many are the jokes she has planned to
amuse me with: the lies of priests, the comic feats of kings,
hypocrisies of age and the silly cares of youth. 9

Whatever I demand, she gives, my Mother.

Aye, she hastens with gifts, ere I tell her I’d like to have them.

With high grace does she protect me, and says she will make
me a yogin, like Arjun, my brother in race.

Always and in all places, my work shall be to sing of the
bounteous love of my Mother.

And a long and shining life and other matchless glories,
she will grant me as reward-Krishna, My Mother. 10

(http://www.mahakavibharathiyar.info)


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General Discussion / Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: October 30, 2012, 09:47:38 PM »
Friends,

I felt, i have to open this topic to present the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna as i receive his teachings as along with the teachings of Sri Bhagavan, the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna also has begun to consume me, the sheer simplicity is mind blowing (literally ego blowing!). This is a small effort to collect those teachings that touch the core of my heart :) For discussion, we may use the common discussion thread as usual. thank you.


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General Discussion / 12 tirumurais
« on: October 27, 2012, 08:48:40 PM »
12 Tirumurais in 5 languages. Excellent effort!

http://www.thevaaram.org/


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Humour / Zen Humour
« on: October 27, 2012, 07:11:17 PM »
One zen student said, “My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating.”
The second said, “My teacher has so much self-control, he can go days without sleep.”
The third said, “My teacher is so wise that he eats when he’s hungry and sleeps when he’s tired.”



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Humour / Change
« on: October 26, 2012, 04:46:08 PM »
The Zen Master is visiting New York City from Tibet.
He goes up to a hot dog vendor and says, “Make me
one with everything.” The hot dog vendor fixes a
hot dog and hands it to the Zen Master,
who pays with a $20 bill.

The vendor puts the bill in the cash box and closes it.
“Where’s my change?” asks the Zen Master.

The vendor responds,

“Change must come from within.”


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General Discussion / Common Discussion
« on: October 25, 2012, 07:04:36 PM »
Common discussion thread. Sri Tushnim, kindly request you to continue the discussion here.


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General Discussion / Holy Feet
« on: October 20, 2012, 01:56:46 PM »


Sri Bhagavan and Sri Kanchi Mahaswami


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Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Gems from vEdAs and upanishads
« on: October 18, 2012, 06:43:30 PM »
Friends, it occurred to me, that we open a thread exclusively to present the voice of the vEdAs and upanishads as they are the original source of all wisdom. Also, we will get an opportunity to have a small peak into the the ocean of vEdAs. Let us begin with this shAnti mantrA (prayer) that appears in the bruhadAranyaka upanishad.

ॐ भद्रड् कर्णेभि: शृणुयाम देवा: ।
भद्रम् पश्येमाक्षभिर्यजत्रा: ।
स्थिरैरङ्गैस्तुष्टुवांसस्तनूभि:
व्यशेम देवहितं यदायु: ॥

स्वस्ति न इन्द्रो वृध्दश्रवा: ।
स्वस्ति न: पूषा विश्ववेदा: ।
स्वस्ति नस्तार्क्ष्योऽअरिष्टनेमि:
स्वस्ति नो बृहस्पतिर्दधातु ॥
ॐ शान्ति: शान्ति: शान्ति:


Om bhadram karNEbhih shruNuyAma dEvAh
bhadram pashyemAkShabhiryajatrAh
sthirai rangaih stuShtuvAmsastanUbhih
vyashEma dEvahitamyadAyuh

svastina indrO vRudDhashravAh
svasti nah pUShA viShvavEdAh
svasti nasthArkShyO arishtanEmih
svasti nO bRuhaspatirdadhAtu

May we hear and what is auspicious (dEvA, Gods)
May we see what is auspicious
May we be blessed with healthy body
May we praise the Gods all our life

May indrA bless us with great swiftness
May pUshan bless us with the wisdom of vEdas
May tArkShya (garudA) protect us from all harms
May bRuhaspati bless us with the best

Om Let there be Peace, Let there be Peace, Let there be Peace


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Srimad BhagavadGeeta Tatparya is a modern exposition of the meaning and significance of the Bhagavadgita(1967) by D. V. Gundappa. It received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967. Whose poems, i occasionally post under "My Musings". I did not want to disturb the existing discussion on Bhagavad Gita, hence i chose to reproduce the article here. It also covers the Caste system as well.

The very process of its composition is significant, D. V. Gundappa expounded his interpretation over a year and a half to his listeners at a study circle and students made notes; later, the notes were revised and rewritten. This gives the work clarity and flavour of the spoken word and doubts and question reckoned with.

The primary purpose of the author is to bring out the relevance of the Gita to the common man even in his everyday life. The Gita is not repository of recondite philosophy but, as the subtitle of the book shows(Jeevan Dharma Yoga), it is an intensely relevant guide to every man. The author steers clear of sectarian interpretations in the main body of the work, recognizes the pattern natural to conversation in the Gita, and expounds the great work as exploration of the nature of 'Dharma' which can guide, comfort, sustain and strengthen the individual. According to Gundappa, the Gita faces unequivocally the challenges of both individual and social existence and provides the illumination to find one's way in the maze of actual life.


THE GITA FOR EVERY MAN

 D.V.G.’s exposition of the Bhagavad Gita is unique in the vast literature on the “Song Celestial”. It is the record of talks before an audience seeking guidance in the real concerns of living. It is not a deliberate work of philosophical discussion or dry, intellectual analysis. Even where philosophical problems are taken up, academic interest is subordinated to practical concern. Material for explanation and illustration is taken up from everyday life. It is an easy, informal and clear stream of discourse without the ponderousness of a formal composition. As the author describes it, it is the conversation of a “common man” with other common men. “Intricate, distant and sacred questions of Religion, Reality, Dharma and Divinity are not for me,” says the author, .... such has been my belief from the outset. It was not my good fortune to have had transcendental experiences, concentration on religious austerities, or the philosophical knowledge to qualify me for the exposition of abstruse problems.”
 
            D.V.G’s outlook is rationalistic without being opposed to reve­lation and tradition. He seeks to combine and synthesise the spirit of modern science and rationalism with that of revelation and tradition emphasised by orthodox commentators. He accepts the validity of suprarational or revealed truths from genuinely inspired and authentic sources but stresses on the need for caution because this is the most fertile field for deception and fraud by varieties of god men and religious impostors.
 
            Revealed truths fall outside the range of the senses and the reason but they cannot be rejected on that ground. They are the basis of belief and faith without which life can have no stable ground. This is vedasastra sraddha or faith in revelation. Reason comes into play in the daily affairs and concerns of life, in the regulation of life and conduct and in its proper direction and enrichment - sadgati. The synthesis of faith and reason can alone provide the answer to the bewilderment and doubt of the individual and the society in our time. This aspect of D.V.G’s work provides the key to his social philosophy of enlightened conservatism.
 
            From another point of view, too, the commentary is unique. It is the personal life and experience of the author which forms its back­ground. It was his life of stoical resolution and uncomplaining acceptance, one must say, defiance, of privation and hardship, the loss of the ones dearest to him, his experience as a journalist and, not the least, his attraction towards the ideals of G.K. Gokhale and his own labour for the Gokhale Institute in Bangalore which led him to reflect on the nature of public life and the place of values in the life of the individual and the community.

Contd.


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Discussion thread
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:15:56 PM »
Friends, Kindly use this thread for any discussion, for the topic "Bhagavan Ramana Teachings" or any other general discussions on any topic pertaining to "Teachings of Bhagavan"

Thank you


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