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Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« on: October 23, 2008, 12:03:38 PM »
Once a devotee asked  Bhagavan Ramana:

"What is the purport of Namaskaram, prostration?"

Bhagavan said:

" A true prostration is the prostration of the 'ego' to the Atma.
The true meaning is that Guru or God will not be deceived by
your namaskarams.  They will only see whether you ego is
subdued or not."

Once another devotee asked for some food from the leaf plate
of Bhagavan Ramana, as a prasad.  (Some others have also
asked for remnants of the food, left on the leaf plate.)

Bhagavan Ramana replied, with all compassion:

"Please eat your food without ego.  Then all that you eat will be
Guru Prasadam."

(Source:  Maharshi Voi Mozhi - Tamil.)

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2008, 07:21:13 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji


Daily after doing Naivedyam to family Altar people have lunch. But after serving on a plate people do anna sudhi.
They take water around their plate and eat. What does it mean. I am told the naivedyam should not be heated again also.
If it is offered once to God, everything becomes naivedyam, so how we can offer again.


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Re: Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2008, 07:47:30 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Anna Suddhi is purifying the rice with ghee.  The ghee is always
considered right from Vedic times, as a purifier.  It is offered in
Agni for sacrifices.  Sprinkling water around the plate by Brahmins,
is called Pari-seshanam.  There could be many reasons.  One is to
prevent the ants and other moving small insects from crossing
towards the plate. Or, it is again to purify the surrounding the leaf.

The other aspects regarding Naivedyam are not clear to me.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 08:55:21 PM »
Dear sir,


Thanks. What you gave the clarifications are correct. We normally eat on floor not dinning table. So quite natural to keep away insects etc.etc.. I thought sprinkling water again they are doing naivedhyam (offering to God).There are many things which our Hinduisim tells. It is really a ARTHAMULLA HINDUMADHAM. But ultimate  we have to adopt vichara marga which is shown by Bhagavan.

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Re: Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2008, 09:05:42 PM »
Dear sir,

In my childhood I attended Radha Kalyanam. When all the Bhajan Goshti finished eating. the gentelman who organized this kalyanam rolled on the eaten leaves.  That age I could not understand anything. Now I think, he wanted to be a non doer.
or it is like a prasadam...  Now still they do Radha kalyanam but I do not see this event.Each things teach advaita only.
They all sing and dance around the Lamp. during the Gopika Geetham. Each one thinks other person is Lord krishna.
At last there is no Radha (jeeva athma) All paramatham only.

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Re: Namaskarams and remnants from Guru's leaf plate.
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2008, 11:44:20 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Rolling over the leaf plates, where others had eaten, etc., are all
to belittle your ego and make you more sublime in understanding
the Godhead.  Saint Manikkavachakar says in Tiruvachakam, that
he is like a blind-cow, going behind a herd of cows, reaching the
cowshed of the Master! If, Manikkavachakar says that he is a
blind cow, where are we, the useless felllows, to go?  What is
the way out?  As Dr. Raju, these are all for chitta suddhi.

In Siva Puranam, the first decad of Tiruvachakam, Manikkavachakar
says:

I am a slave, lower than the lowly dog!
But You are like a Mother!

Arunachala Siva.