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Subramanian.R

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Durga Pooja Celebrations - (8)
« on: October 07, 2008, 12:37:34 PM »
I was thinking about Sri Sankara, while reading Mouni Sadhu's
book on his meeting with Bhagavan Ramana.  He is M. Soudousy,
who came to Bhagavan Ramana in 1949.

Sankara is the Advaitin but he came down to the level of
followers of bhakti and raja yoga margas to compose poems
on various gods of Hindu pantheon.  Neither Saivaite saints
like Manikkavachagar. nor Vaishnava saints like Azhwargs
never sang anything about the gods of other schools.

Sankara's masterpieces like Sri Soundarya Lahari and Sivananda
Lahari, gloriy Sakti and Siva, in rajayoga and bhakti margas
respectively.  He also wrote on Kamakshi of Kanchi and the
famous Chatur shashti upachara stotram and Siva manasa pooja
about giving bath, adorning and feeding of Sakti and Siva.

I was looking then for his poems on Sarasvati.  He did not sing
directly on Sarasvati but composed Sarada Bhujangam on Sarada
of Sringeri.  Sarada is the form of Sarasvati.  It is in the west coast
of India, Hastamalaka met him and sang the Hastamalakam and
he was taken as a disciple by Sankara.

Sankara's poem on Lakshmi is the famous Kanakadar Sthavam.
It starts as Angam hare pulaga bhushana....  It is with this song,
Sankra brought rains of gold on the backyarad of a poor Brahmin,
utterly poor that she could give only an old rotting alma fruit to
Sankara when he went and stood before her house for bhiksha.
The lady's descendants are still in Kerala and their heriditary
house, is called Svrnathu Illam, meaning the Gold House.

On this Durga Pooja Celebrations, let us contemplate on Sankara,
the fore runner of Ajata Vada, a pure form of Advaita, which was
the main teaching of Bhagavan Ramana also.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Durga Pooja Celebrations - (8)
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2008, 01:17:04 PM »
excellent . and atleast we can feel it is a gift to have had darshan of Paramacharya who we beleive as rebirth of Adi sankara 

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Re: Durga Pooja Celebrations - (8)
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2008, 02:31:52 PM »
Dear venkat 61, Your post reminded me of Kanchi Acharya,
Sri Chandrasekhara Sarasvati.  There are a few things concerning
both Bhagavan Ramana and Sri Chandrasekara.

1. It is Kanchi Mahaswami, who said:  Ramana is an avatara
of Kumarila Bhatta, the exponent of karma marga, who is now
advocating Pure Jnana.  Kavyakanta of course called Bhagavan,
as an avatara of both Kumarila Bhatta and Jnana Sambandha.

2.  It is Kanchi Mahaswami who directed Paul Brunton to
Bhagavan Ramana.

3.  The common devotees of Bhagavan Ramana and Sri Chandra
sekhara wanted to arrange for a meeting between Bhagavan Ramana
and Sri Chandrasekhara when the latter had come down to Tiru-
vannamalai.  The meeting was fixed at Pala Kottu.  Somehow,
the meeting did not come through.

David Godman says while Kanchi Mahaswami was a champion
of dharma, Bhagavan was a champion of Atma, which is beyond
both dharma and adharma.  However, both came and did the work
for which they had come to this earth.  It is difficult to see such
phenomena for another 1000 years!

Arunachala Siva.