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General Discussion / Efficacy of sandhyA prayers
« on: October 15, 2012, 12:37:17 AM »
Efficacy of sandhyA prayers

kAnci mahAswAmi discourses (1957 - 1960)

The sandhyA period is a time when IshwarA performs his cosmic dance and draws all creatures towards himself. At the setting of the sun, birds flock back o their nests and cattle return to their sheds. An atmosphere of peace and calm prevails. When IshwarA dances at such a time, bissgenerating peace radiates around Him. Those watching th dance get permeated with that peace and their mind and heart get merged with the Supreme.

According to tradition, when IshwarA danced, besides His usual attendants, nandi and bringi, patanjali and vyAghrapAdA are also present. The formar is depicted as human in his upper half and snake in his lower half. He is believed to be an incarnation of Adi seshA. vyAghrapAdA, as the name indicates, as the name indicates, is depicted as having the feet of a toger and he face of a Rushi. Figuratively the entire creation is represented by these four, nandi, bringi, patanjali and vyAghrapAdA. IshwarA dances for them and radiates joy. patanjali sang the glory of IshwarA and His dance in about ten rses, so composed as to keepp with the steps of the dance and the beating of the drums. The special feature of his composition is the absence of long vowel sounds. The story is that patanjali was mocked at having neither horns nor legs ike his other companions and patanjali is reported to have retorted by saying that he can sing the praise of the Lord without horns (kombu) or legs (kAl). in tamil script, kombu and kAl are the signs added to consonants to indicate the addition of long vowels. One of th vrses composed by patanjali runs thus:

अनन्त नवरत्न विलसत्कटक किङ्किणी झलञ्झल ञ्झलरवम् ।
मुकुन्दविधिहस्तगत मद्दललयध्वनि धिमिद्धिमित नर्तनपदम् ।
शकुन्तरथ बर्हिरथनन्दिमुखदन्तिमुख भृङ्गिरिटि सङ्घनिकटम् ।
सनन्द सनक प्रमुख वन्दितपदं पर चिदम्बर नटं भज ॥


ananta navaratna vilasathkataka kinkiNi jhalanjhalanjhalavam
mukundavidhihastagata maddalalayadhvanti dhimidDhimita nartanapadam
shakuntharaTha barhiraThanandimukhadantimukha brungiriti sanghanikatam
sananda sanaka pramukha vanditapadam para chidambara natam bhaja

In this verse, patanjali has asked us to meditate upon the Dancer of cidambaram, srI IshwarA, at whose feet vishnu, murugA, nandi, bringi, sanandA, sanakA and host of others pay their respects and who dances to the accompaniment of the "thimidhimi" sound of the drum played by mukundA, and the sound of the cymbal produced by brahmA, and the musical note, jhalam-jhala-jhalam, of the tiny bells tied to His own feet. In this composition of patanjali, IshwarA has been depicted as the All-pervasive, All-knowing Supreme, whose purity has made Him so transparant as to enable us to see the dark poison retained inside His throat, and who alone can liberate us from the cycle of birth and death by vouchsafing us the jnAnA to thow off the fetters of his restricting human body and to find bliss supreme in the merger of the jIvAtmA with the paramAtmA.

srI paramEshwarA destroyed tripurA by the smile that appeared on His face on a contemplation of the humor of the situation. In relation to ourselves, the tripurA is the physical body in the three states of sthUlA, sUkshmA and kAranA (Gross, Subtle and Casual states). The consciouosness of these three states of our body can be overcome only when we realise the supreme bliss that radiates from IshwarA.

To attain this bliss, srI Adi shankarA has asked us to study the vEdAs, perform the anuShTAnAs enjoined therein, in a spirit of dedication to God, and to practice devotion without any thought of asking for favours.

वेदो नित्यमधीयतां
तदुदितं कर्मस्वनुष्ठीयतां
तेनेशस्य विधीयतामपचितिः ....


(for translation http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7164.msg32189#msg32189 )

In the kural, it is stated that to get free of attachment, we should atach ourselves to the Unattached.

பற்றுக பற்றற்றான் பற்றினையப் பற்றைப் பற்றுக பற்றுவிடற்கு

partruga partrartrAn partrinaiyap partraip partruga partruvidarku

Desire the desire of Him who is without desire; in order to renounce desire, desire that desire.

Both these ideas are contained iin a song of srI sambandhar about cidambaram. He asserts that if we perform our anuShTAnAs properly, kali or evil (kAma krOdhAdi..., lust, anger, etc) can come nowhere near us.

கற்றாங்கு எரியொம்பிக் கலியை வாராயெ, செற்றார் வாழ்த்தில்லைச் சிற்றம்பலமெய, முற்றா வெண்திங்கள் முதல்வன் பாதமெ, பாற்றா நின்றாரைப் பற்றா பாவமெ

(translation: N/A at the moment)

We can move fast only when we sail with the wind. The sandhyA kAlA is the time when the cosmos is ripe to respond to correct vibrations emanating from us. Is it proper on our part to waste such a propitious time, either in eating houses or in clubs? A majority of those belonging to the new religions observe prayers have neglected oour duty. Therefore, at the approach of sandhyA, wherever we may be, we must wash our hands and feet, wear vibhUti, perform our anuShTAnAs, and spend a little time in praying to IshwarA.


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 14, 2012, 11:25:11 PM »
अनायासेन मरणं विनादैन्येन जीवनं ।
देहि मे कृपया शम्भो त्वयि भक्तिं अचन्चलं ॥


anAyAsEna maraNam vinAdainyEna jIvanam
dEhi mE krupayA shambhO tvayI bhaktim acancalam

a painless cessation, life without misery, please, grant me, shambhO, an unwavering love in Thou

anAyAsena - AyAsa means trouble, stress, fatigue etc. anAyAsa is the opposite of that. anAyAsena means without trouble, or pain;
maraNaM - death;
vinA dainyena - dainya is poverty. vinA means without. vinAdainyena is without poverty;
jIvanaM - life;

dehi me - grant to me;
kRupayA - out of compassion;
shambhO - addressing shambhU (shivA), literally shambhU means one who is always kind;
tvayi - in you;
bhaktim - devotion;
acanchalam - unwavering.


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General Discussion / In a controversy
« on: October 14, 2012, 08:13:21 PM »
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger,
we have already ceased striving for the truth,
and have begun striving for ourselves.

(unknown quote)


2884
Humour / impossible to defeat
« on: October 14, 2012, 08:01:42 PM »
Light Humor

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.

(William G. McAdoo, a former US Presidential election nominee)

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:44:21 PM »
What actions are most excellent?
To gladden the heart of a human being.
To feed the hungry.
To help the afflicted.
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful.
To remove the wrongs of the injured.
That person is the most beloved of God
who does the most good to God's creatures.


(The Prophet Muhammad)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:32:05 PM »
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.


(Confucius)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:30:52 PM »
Dear Sir,

yes, anger is killer, very true. and a person who can exercise his anger for a rightful purpose is sure to be in control of his anger, otherwise, even if it is for a rightful purpose, if such one is not in control of his anger, though the purpose served may be good, but still, it is a loss for ones own self!


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General Discussion / Re: sandhyA vandanam - Discussion
« on: October 14, 2012, 07:25:43 PM »
Sorry but I have a basic doubt,  seems you told only are discontinuing this Thread right?  not forum itself.  Please clarify that for the benefit of all.

yes, your are right Krishnan. That was what, i had conveyed!


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:09:07 PM »
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

(Buddha)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:06:59 PM »
Suppose an enemy has hurt you in his own domain, why should you annoy yourself and hurt your mind in your own domain?
Suppose someone, to annoy, provokes you to do some evil act, why allow anger to arise and thus do exactly as he wants you to do?

(Visuddhi Magga)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 11:01:07 PM »
Even in the greatest yogi, sorrow and joy still arise just as before. The difference between an ordinary person and the yogi is how they view their emotions and react to them.

An ordinary person will instinctively accept or reject them, and so arouse the attachment or aversion that will result in the accumulation of negative karma.

A yogi, however, perceives everything that rises in its natural, pristine state, without allowing grasping to enter his perception.


(Sogyal Rinpoche)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:56:36 PM »
It is a simple fact: whatever you resist will persist. If you are resisting suffering, you suffer more. If you are resisting confusion, you remain confused. If you are looking for peace, you find yourself constantly disturbed. If you are seeking after clarity, you are in a muddle. If you do not want to be angry, you are going to walk around angry. If you do not mind being angry, you will never be bothered about anger, because you will not be holding on to it. Having no opinion for or against, just being open to whatever comes, you are free.

(Dennis Genpo Merzel)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:53:15 PM »
Do not have opinions in other people's actions
When we see defects in others, people in general but particularly those who have entered the Dharma, who are the banner of the monastic robes, are the support for the offerings of gods and men alike, we should understand that it is the impurity of our perception which is at fault. When we look into a mirror, we see a dirty face because our own face is dirty. In the same way, the effects of others are nothing but our impure way of seeing them.
By thinking this way, we should try to rid ourselves of this perception of the faults of other, and cultivate the attitude whereby the whole of existence, all appearances, are experienced as pure.

(Dilgo Khyentse)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:51:04 PM »
Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will know complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with the world will have come to an end.

Someone commented, I can observe desire and aversion in my mind, but its hard to observe delusion.
You're riding on a horse and asking where the horse is! was Ajahn Chah's reply.

Just know yourself, this is your witness. Don't make decisions on the strength of your desires. Desires can puff us up into thinking we are something which we're not. We must be very circumspect.

(Ajahn Chah)


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 13, 2012, 10:48:12 PM »
"Merchants come from the north and south,
To gather in the trading center;
But after three days have passed,
Each goes his separate way.
Meeting for but a flash in time,
They should avoid fights and fancies.

Hooked by karmas from previous lives,
Love and hatred run fierce,
But soon we all go our own ways,
And each takes his suited rebirth.
Right now abandon interpersonal discrimination
Made on the basis of attachment and aversion."

(HH 7th Dalai Lama)


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