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2551
Humour / Re: Zen Humour
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:16:19 AM »
A Million

A man trying to understand the nature of God asked him:
“God, how long is a million years to you?”God answered,
“A million years is like a minute.” Then the man asked,
“God, how much is a million dollars to you?” And God replied,
“A million dollars is like a penny. ”Finally the man asked,
“God, could you give me a penny?” And God said,
“In a minute!”



2552
General topics / Re: Constant dreams every night
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:35:20 AM »
Sri Jewel, thanks for that link, this link will be of much use to friend of mine!


2553
General topics / Re: Tamil Scriptures
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:11:11 AM »
உண்டதும் பொருந்தி உவந்ததும் உறங்கி உணர்ந்ததும் உலகியல் உணர்வால்
கண்டதும் கருதிக் களித்ததும் கலைகள் கற்றதும் கரைந்ததும் காதல்
கொண்டதும் நின்னோ டன்றிநான் தனித்தென் குறிப்பினில் குறித்ததொன் றிலையே
ஒண்தகும் உனது திருவுளம் அறிந்த துரைப்பதென் அடிக்கடி உனக்கே


(thiruvarutpA)

unable to translate.


2554
General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:14:58 AM »

Do you know why images of Krishna or Kāli are three
and a half cubits high? Because of distance. Again, on
account of distance the sun appears to be small. But
if you go near it you will find the sun so big that you
won't be able to comprehend it. Why have images of
Krishna and Kāli a dark-blue colour? That too is on
account of distance, like the water of a lake, which
appears green, blue, or black from a distance.
Go near, take the water in the palm of your hand,
and you will find that it has no colour. The sky also
appears blue from a distance. Go near and you will
see that it has no colour at all.
     



The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna


2555
General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: November 09, 2012, 07:04:07 AM »


कः पथ्यतरो?
धर्मः

कश्शुचिरिह?
यस्य मानसं शुद्धं ।

कः पण्डितो? विवेकी किं विषं?
अवधीरणा गुरुषु॥


kah paThyatarO?
dharmah,

kah shuchiriha?
yasya mAnasam shudDham

kah panditO? vivekI kim visham?
avadhIraNA guruShu

   

Q: Which is the greatest good?
A:  Dharma

Q: Who is clean in this world?
A:  He who is pure in mind.

Q: Who is wise?
A:  He who has discimination,
     who can discriminate good from bad,
     dharma from adharma,
     eternal from the ephemeral  etc.

Q: What is poison?
A:  Disregarding the words of one’s guru
     and elders


(prashNOttara ratna mAlikA)


2556

Not forgetting consciousness [i.e. not forgetting one's own Self-consciousness due to pramada or inattentiveness] is the path of devotion [bhakti], the relationship of unfading real love, because the real consciousness of Self, which shines as the undivided [non-dual] supreme bliss itself, surges as the nature of love [or bhakti].

(Guru Vachaka Kovai, 974)


2557
General topics / shradDhA
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:23:43 PM »
           shradDhA

श्रद्धा कीदृशी ?

गुरुवेदान्तवाक्यादिषु विश्वासः श्रद्धा ।


shradDhA kIdRushI ?

guruvEdAntavAkyAdiShu vishvAsah shradDhA .


What is the nature of shradDhA ?

Faith in the words of the guru and vEdAntA (scriptures) is shradDhA


(tatvabOdhA, Adi shankarA)


2558
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:40:33 PM »

Have faith and patience.

Then I will be always with you wherever you are.



shrI sAi satcharitrA


2559
General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 08, 2012, 04:48:48 PM »

2560
Humour / Re: Zen Humour
« on: November 08, 2012, 04:31:08 PM »
MIND


Chan master Fa-yen (885-958) interrupted an argument among
some monks concerning the relationship of mind to reality by
posing to them a question: “Over there is a large boulder.
Do you say that it is inside or outside your mind?” One of the
monks replied, “From the Buddhist viewpoint everything is an
objectification of mind, so that I would have to say that the
stone is inside my mind.” Quipped Fa-yen, “Your head must
be very heavy!”


       

2561
General topics / Re: Bhajana Dhyana
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:27:31 AM »
நம்பிக் கெட்டவர் எவரய்யா உமை
நாயகனைத் திருமயிலையின் இறைவனை

அம்புலி கங்கை அணிந்த ஜடாதரன்
அன்பர் மனம் வளர் சம்பு கபாலியை

ஒன்றுமே பயன் இல்லையென்று உணர்ந்தபின்பவர் உண்டென்பார்
ஒவ்வொரு மனிதனும் ஒருநாள் இந்நிலை எய்துவதுறுதி இதை மறந்தார்
அன்று செயலழிந்தல மருபொழுது சிவன் பெயர் நாவில் வாராதே
ஆதலினால் மனமே இன்றே சிவநாமம் சொல்லிப்பழகு அன்புடன்

  nambi keTTavar yevar aiyyaa - umai
naayaganai tirumalaiyin iraivanai

ambuli gangai aNinda jadadharan
anbar manam vaLar sambu kabaliyai

onDrumE payan illaiyenDru unarndapinbavar undenbaar
ovvoru manidanum orunaaL innilai yeiduvaduruti idai marandaar
anDru syalazhindala marupozhudu sivan peyar naavil vaaraadE
aadalinaal manamE inDrE shiva naamam sollippazhagu anbuDan
Meaning: (approximate…)


Who ("evar") has suffered ("kettavar") after
believing ("nambi") in you, O Lord Shiva ? O the
husband ("naayakanai") of Uma! O the lord ("iraivanai")
who resides ("il") in Tirumayil (?)

O Shiva, the lord who wears ("aninda")
a crescent moon ("ambuli") on his forehead and the river
ganga ("gangai") on his matted hair ("jataadharan").
You fulfill the desires ("manam valar") of those
you worship you with love ("anbar").
O Shambhu! O Kapali!

Those who realize ("uNarnda") that there is nothing ("illai")
created in the universe ("onrume payan") but you will
subsequently ("pinbavar") reach you ("uNDenbAr"). 
       

Every ("ovvoru") person ("manidanum") will have to leave ("eiduadurudi") this state of life ("innilai") one day ("oru nAL"), but they forget ("marandAr") this universal truth ("idai"). 

On that day ("anru"), the time  ("-pozhudu") when their body and speech ("sheyal azhindala") will cease to function
("maru-"), they will not be able ("vArAdE") to invoke your name ("Shivan Peyar") on their tongue ("nAvil"). 

Therefore in preparation for that eventuality ("AdalinAl "), O Mind ("manamE"), start now itself ("inrE") getting into the habit "pazhakku") of constantly chanting ("shollip ") the name ("nAmam") of Shiva, with love ("anbudan").


(Papanasam Sivan)


2562
General Discussion / arghya pradAnam - Discussion
« on: November 08, 2012, 10:56:17 AM »
Even with regard to arghya pradAnam, it has been dealt with enough information. I would only like to present once again this verse of Adi shankarA about arghya pradAnam. This verse explains almost the essence of arghya pradAnam very nicely.

अनादिकल्पविधृतमूलाज्ञानजलाञ्जलिम् ।
विसृजेदात्मलिङ्गस्य तदेवार्घ्यसमर्पणम् ॥१२॥


anAdikalpaviDhRutamUlAjnyAnajalAnnjalim .
visRujEdAtmalingasya tadEvArghyasamarpaNam ..12..

anAdi - beginningless,
kalpa - measure of time (in aeons),

samvRudDha - grown, accumulated,
mUlAnjnyAna - the original nescience,
jalAnjalim - waters offered by folded hands to the deity;
Atmalingasya - for the Supreme Self,
visRujet - to be offered, Casting off, to be given up, release, discard
tadEva - that indeed,
arghya-samarpaNam - (is worth to be) offered to (the Supreme truth, Self)
           

The beginning-less original nescience accumulated over the timeless (countless aeons of years, births - metaphorically referred to as water) is (truly) what has to be given up, with folded hands to/before that Supreme Spirit; is alone indeed, the (essence of) offering to the Supreme Truth, that is.


(nirguNa mAnasa pUjA, Adi shankarA)


2563
General Discussion / Update - Discussion
« on: November 08, 2012, 10:55:14 AM »
I have updated the mArjanam step prAshanam evening step, and punarmArjanam step in the respective posts itself as they are almost already explained except a couple of lines which i have briefly covered.

Deva Tarpanam has been briefly covered in the procedure section itself, and does not require further discussion over it. So i would conclude the discussion here for the first part of sandhyA kriyA with one more post related to arghyA pradAnam. Next we will start looking at the pUrva bhAga, that is the second part of the sandhyA kriyA, the gAyatrI japa. Thank you


2564
General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: November 08, 2012, 07:03:25 AM »
     
Where there is knowledge there is
also ignorance. The sage Vasishtha
was endowed with great knowledge
and still he wept at the death of his
sons. Therefore I ask you to go
beyond both knowledge and ignorance.

The thorn of ignorance has pierced the
sole of a man's foot. He needs the thorn
of knowledge to take it out.




The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna


2565
General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:46:52 AM »
Another thing i wanted to share with you, which i forgot was that in the dining hall, i happened to notice the picture of Sri Ramakrishnar, a small Chandrashekhara Bharati Swamigal of Sringeri, in a corner, along with Adi Shankara, and a picture with all the Sages of India, many unknown to me. This gladdened me much.

The monkeys were having gala time, bathing in the well near the iluppai tree, jumping, and playing, a little one was learning to swim, was hesitant to jump into waters easily, the mother was perhaps trying to teach it to swim, it was displaying its heroics in jumping long and going underneath the waters, it was a treat, as usual the ashram dogs were majestic and dignified, so did the peacocks, the Hill was gloriously giving darshan, i felt, Ramanshram was so ideally located. The Dakshinamurthy statue at the new library is a treat to watch, as one enters the ashram, one gets the darshan directly at the other end near the hill. What to say about the Ashram food, it was nectar. The Ashram people at service were exceptional, each one immersed in their duties, i felt extreme gratitude to each one of them.


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