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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« on: August 01, 2009, 01:59:03 PM »
From Devaprayag, Sankara came with his disciple to Srinagar.
(This is not the Srinagar, in Kashmir; it means only Devi's
City).  This is the place where there were a lot of Sakti worshippers,
following Sakta marg.  They used to give animal and human sacrifices.  The king was worried about Sankara's visit.  He told
one of the Saktas to debate with Sankara.  Sankara debated with
him and advised the Saktas that the Sakti worship is quite good
but should not be taken too far with animal and human sacrifices.
The Saktas understood the purport and started resorting to Sattvic
Sakti worship.  They themselves demolished the sacrificial seats,
Bali peetam.  Only one Sakta wanted to kill Sankara during night.
Sankara was in deep meditation, in Manonmani Mudra. Sanantana
prayed to Siva and requested the Sakta to abide in Siva, the non-
moving, sattvic state for ever, where Siva and Sakti are in complete
repose.  The Sakta prostrated to Sanantana and left.

Sankara and his disciple then came to Rudraprayag, where Siva
sits in meditation without Uma, the latter having gone to Kanchipuram for her own penance.  This is the holy place, where Mandakini and
Alaknanda are in confluence.   From here, Sankara proceeded to
Karnaprayag, also called Virahi Ganga, where Siva sits without
Sakti.  Here Siva is in the form of an Effulgence, Agni rupa and meditates on the other seven forces, five elements and moon and
vaccuum.  Uma is doing her tapas, as Aparna, in Kanchipuram.  Aparna is one who does not eat even dry leaves for food!  Sankara composed here, the famous Siva aparadhamana Stotram, seeking forgiveness of Siva and the famous Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram, where Siva is prayed in eightfold form.  He also composed the famous
Siva Panchakshara Stotram and Siva Manasa Puja.

Sankara then went to Jyotir Math area.  The king welcomed him
and asked for some teachings for the ordinary citizens in the
place.  Sankara wrote many bhakti verses and taught simple path
of devotion to them.  Sankara then went to Pandukeswaram and
Naranarayana Parvatam and reached Badrinath.  In Badrinath,
he had a darshan of Badrinarayana and visited the Badrikasrama,
the famous cottage of great Sages like Narada.  He went into a bhava-samadhi immediately.  He had a vision of Badrinarayana, where
the devotion and wisdom got merged totally. 

In Badrinath, he found that again the image of Badrinarayana
was not original.  He found in his samadhi state, that the original
Badrinarayana image had been stolen and thrown into Naradakuntam in Alaknanda.  He dived there and recovered the original image.
He found the image to be slightly damaged.  He immersed the image
in Alaknanda and purified it.  He still found the image defective
but thought that this is adequate for devotees for full benefits.
He appointed one of the Kerala brahmins who had come to see
him therre, as the priest for the temple for regular pujas daily.
He then visited Saraswathikuntam, where Saraswathi, the unseen,
subterrenan river is curled up.  Saraswati is Jnana.  Here, he
taught his commentary of Upanishads and Brahma Sutra to
Sanantana and others.  He stayed there in Vyasa Guha, the
Cave of Vyasa.  Sanantana understood the commentary in one
reading and repeated them to Sankara.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2009, 06:05:38 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R sir
Thanks for the posting precious information on Sankara, please tell which book you referred so that i can buy it.
Thanks

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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2009, 06:45:29 PM »
Dear Aham Brahmasmi,

I have read Sri Sankara Vijayam by Sri Ramakrishna Math,
in English and Sri Sankara Vijayam in Tamil by Ra. Ganapati.
I have also listened to the excellent Satsangh of Brahmasri
Nochur Venkataraman, which runs on record for about 10 hours.
The posts have been largely based on these.  I have included
the English translation of Sri Sankara's important poems in
between by referring to certain other books like the one by
Sri Nikhilananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math, which is an appendix
to their book titled Self Knowledge, Atma Bodham of Sri Sankara.
If you want to listen to the original Sanskrit version, you should
listen to these audio records of Brahmasri Nochur.  This was sold
for a very concessional price when he was in Tiruvannamalai during
his last visit.  It is not a Sri Ramansramam publication.

Arunachala Siva.

karthikeyan M

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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2009, 07:40:21 PM »
Dear Subramanian R sir,

I have read Sri Sankara Vijayam by Sri Ramakrishna Math,
in English

Is this available in Bangalore Ramakrishna Math?

I have also listened to the excellent Satsangh of Brahmasri
Nochur Venkataraman

Is it entirely audio based or video also?

Where is this available.

Thanks
« Last Edit: August 02, 2009, 07:42:08 PM by Aham Brahmasmi »

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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 11:47:53 AM »
Dear Aham Brahmasmi,

The English version is available in Sri Ramakrishna Math, Bangalore.  But I am not sure about today's position.  You have to check up
with them. 

The recordings are only audio.  These were sole by Sri Ramanasamam,
when I had been there on 1st July 2009.  These should also be available wherever Brahmasri Nochur conducts satsangh. Right
now, he is in Chennai.  You may talk to your friends/relatives in
Chennai and find out.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Sri Sankara Vijayam - 16
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009, 10:54:52 PM »
who is Brahmasri Nochur ?
I'm sorry i don't know him, please let me know

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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 11:22:54 AM »
Dear Aham Brahmasmi,

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman, is a family man, in his mid-30s.
He and his wife with a cute little child called Sadasiva came to
Tiruvannamalai when I had been there during 30th June - 3rd
July 2009.  He is from Kerala, a post graduate in Sanskrit literature,
hailing from a village near Palakkad.  He had a similar death experience, not his own death, but father, paternal uncle elder,
and paternal uncle younger, all dying within 3 months, when he
was about 10.  He enquired about death and found the way out
in Self Realization.  He is Brahma Jnani, highly devoted to Sankara
and Bhagavan Ramana.  He tours to many places, for Satsangh,
when some devotees call him to conduct Satsangh.  He talks about
Sankara Vaibhavam, Ramana-Anubhavam, Sad Darsanam and
Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam.   He conducts Satsangh in Tamil,
Malayalam and English.  His Guru is Bhagavan Ramana.  I met
him in a small satsangh in Tiruvannamalai, Sri Ramanasramam,
in Matrubhuteswarar Temple precincts.  He talked for about 1 hour
and answered questions of devotees.  He is a very lively person,
a Brahma Jnani, thorough in Sri Ramana literature.  His son Sadasiva, hardly two years old, when asked 'What is your name?' answers
with total abandon, Yaro in Tamil, 'Who am I?'  This child was the
darling of the crowd in Asramam for 2 days.

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman has got  piercing eyes and smiling
face.  Any Ramana devotee would be attracted by him.  A few of his
satsangh discourses have been recorded in audio cassettes.  These
are available at his place of tour, at a very concessional price.  Some CDs of his Coimbatore, Tiruvannamalai and Chennai discourses have been purchased recently by me.  These are all NOT publications of
Sri Ramanasramam. 

Brahmasri Nochur owns an apartment very near to the Asramam
in Tiruvannamalai.  He stays there with his family, on days when
there are no Satsanghs outside Tiruvannamalai.  His devotees
have got a blog under nochurlisteners.com, where there are information about his travel plans etc.,   

Arunachala Siva.