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Ganesha, Remover Of Obstacles
« on: September 19, 2012, 06:18:44 PM »
http://timesofindia.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/faith-and-rituals/ganesha-remover-of-obstacles

Ganesha offers lessons in how to be successful for devotees familiar with his incarnations as it’s faith in the elephant-headed god that propels them. The neighbourhood temple to Ganesha is where they light a lamp, break a coconut and hope fervently that the deity also known as ‘Remover of Obstacles’ will pitch in to help. This belief comes with ancient stories of his prowess, even of his mount, the rat, which can reach any corner of the world and burrow through a mountain, even.


Ganesha took many forms as visualised in the Mudgala Purana to show the path to success. Of them, eight are particularly significant. First, in his incarnation as Vakratunda or the one with a curved trunk when he vanquished the demon Matsarasura. Matsara means jealousy and the anger born thereof. His very birth is ascribed to a remiss by Indra and true to his nature the demon desired to rule all the three worlds. His boon of fearlessness from Shiva helped him and soon he was tormenting everyone, heady with power. Vakratunda cut him down to size. He comes riding a lion. He says, however well endowed you are, wisdom lies in  knowing and understanding your limits.

 

Second, his avatar as Ekdanta or the one-tusked one was taken in order to subdue Madasura or the demon of vanity. In this avatar Ganesha stresses the need to not let illusions enter your head and intoxicate you with pride. This is possible only when you understand that you are but a part of the divine and that the divine energy is acting through you. So give up pride in the self.

 

Third, Ganesha as Mohadara teaches us to get rid of moha or attachment by killing the demon Moha. Fourth, as Gajanana he kills the demon Lobha or greed. Fifth, as Lambodara he overcomes krodha or the demon of anger. Lust is another demon of undoing and so sixth is Ganesha’s incarnation as a deformed Vikata who destroys the demon Kama. Seventh, as Vignaraja, he destroys the ogre of self-indulgence.

 

In his eigth incarnation as Dhumravarna he cuts at the root of it all, ahankara or arrogance. Brahma felt the sun, the sustainer of life, deserved the post of the minister of life actions and so appointed him as such. With this, the sun became  so arrogant, that when he suddenly sneezed, the personification of arrogance, Ahantasura, was born. The terror he was wreaking and the misery he was bringing by his sheer arrogance was unimaginable. Eventually the gods prayed to Ganesha, asking him to end their suffering at the hands of Ahantasura.

 

Ganesha appeared as a smoke-coloured deity riding a rat. Ahantasura was overcome. Arrogance is the root of self-destruction, says Dhumravarna. Even though the sun is so powerful, his arrogance created havoc in the world.

 

Ganesha is elephant-faced, pot bellied and with short legs because he has no ego. And that is why the attributes which would otherwise be seen as disproportionate and strange now become endearing. We all have eight negative energies in some measure in us and we need to overcome them in order to control the ego. The ills that derive from these negative emotions manifest in a similar manner. It is divine power that makes you powerful, beautiful, desired… so do not ascribe it all to yourself, says Ganesha and that remains the most valuable lesson to success. Let the excitement of achievement be the celebration of your Muse.


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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2012, 06:27:08 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Nice write up Ganesa. His the remover of vigna (obstacles), dhukka (miseries), ever smiling and child-like simplictiy.
At the same time, he can create obstacles (vigna) and dhukka too. Whe Siva went to destroy the Three Cities, his chariot wheel got broken
because he did not pray before hand to Ganesa! Saint Arunagiri Natha speaks this story wonderfully.

Ganesa is easily pleased. One dhurva grass and a little water would do. One can if he can afford, parched rice, nuts and jaggery!


Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2012, 06:38:38 PM »
Dear prasanth,

Saint Poetess Avvyair was a great devotee of Ganesa. Her Vinayakar Ahaval - is said to the essence of Yoga Sastra.
Usuually Ganesa is said to be in Mooladhara in the various chakras. It is he who directs prana to move upwards
to reach Sahasrara.

There are a few saints who were Vinayaka devotees in Tamizh literature. Foremost is Avvayiar., Then comes Nambi Andar
Nambi. He was a young boy and took the prasadam as per his mother's advice to the temple in Tirunavalur. There the you9ng
boy thought Vinayaka would eat the prasadam! But he did not eat in the beginning. Later seeing boy's crying, he extended his
trunk and took the food and emptied the contents.

The mother and father did not believe this story. Next morning, the young boy took the prasadam, and the father hiding himself behind
a pillar was watching. But in fact, on that day too, Vinayaka took the food!  The father was amazed.

The same Nambi Andar Nambi later became the compiler of Tiiruthonda Tiruvandadi,, a detailed list of 63 Saiva Saints on the basis of
Sundaramurti Nayanar's brief work called  Tiruthtohnda   Thoahai. On the basis of these works, Sekkizhar composed Priya Puranam
and was read first in  Kanchipuram.

Arunachala Siva,

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2012, 07:00:23 PM »
Hope Everyone would have celebrated Vinyaka Chaturti well today .
Lord Ganesha is the most accepted of all Gods . We cen see him in Shiva Temples , in Vaishnava Temples , Devi Temples , in Rich Man's house , in a poor man's house , under a tree . Rich people , poor people , children , Business man , Scholars etc every one worship Vinayaka .
Not much rules and regulations are there for his worship and even children can worship him . Yet Vinayaka represents the highest Truth .
Om Gam Ganapathaye Namah .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2012, 07:34:57 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,

Yes. We all celebrated Vinayaka Chaturthi today. Since my wife was doing well, she could do only Payasam, and submit
along with it, parched rice, jaggery, and  fruits.  Ganesa is the kindest of all Hindu Gods. He takes any offerings and be happy.
The story goes that why he did not mart at all? He wanted a wife like Parvati!  How can there be any girl as beautiful as
Parvati? So he had to remain a bachelor!

He is the embodiment of Jnana. All Jnana comes from his kind gaze. A simple Ganesa made of clay is sufficient.
However in modern times, he is adorned with pants, shirts, colorful beads, a multi color umbrella, etc.,

It was Balagangadhara Tilak who introduced Vinayaka worship as a national festival of joy all over India. He found it
as the unifying force for Hindus, Even Vaishnavas, pray to him but call him as Thumbikka Azhwar. They call him a devotee,
with a trunk. And to take them into their fold, they have placed red and white marks on his forehead!

Jains also pray to Ganesa. In their religion, his name is different. In Buddhist literature, Vinayaka is called a different name.

In Cambodia, in a place called Angok Vat, there are several wall paintings which included Vinayaka also on a white elephant!

Sri Sankara says in Ganesa Pancharatnam: sadha vimukti sadhakam... one who ever is anxious to give his devotees the
liberation.

Arunahchala Siva.   
 

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 08:02:06 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,

In the year 1922, when Sri Bhagavan was staying in Virupaksha Cave, at the request of Iswara Swamimgal,
Sri Bhagavan composed a verse on the Ganesa on the niche. (You can see this Gansesa when you see the photograph
of Sri Bhagavan, when  He was 21).

You have made your younger brother, an alms-seeker but as the first son, you went around and had your stomach's full..
O the stone hearted Pillaiyar in the niche, have a glance on this younger brother too!

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 10:47:55 PM »
Prashant/Subramanian/Friends,
I wish to share kAnchi mahAswami's absolutely charming talk on piLLaiyAr(Ganesha)and pAttiyAr(AvviyAr):It is titled, 'Kuzhandai Swamy', that is, <b>'Baby God'</b>, in pages 01 to 16, of Deivathin Kural,Volume 2.

"I am going to talk to you about one old grand mother(called 'paatti', in Tamil). Paatti normally will be seated in one place, with her legs extended. But this Paatti was not like that. Instead of staying in one place, she kept moving from place to place, all over Tamil Nadu. Not sparing even a small, tiny village, she kept on spreading the word of God and a stream of advices on humaneness and good behaviour. Let us leave the Paatti to her circumambulations, and come back to her later.
Let us take a look at this Baby. It is a rolly-polly, well fed baby. Normally one would expect a baby to be running about, playing and prancing, without a second's let up. No. Not this baby. This one does not move easily and remains static in one place. Funny twosome! Baby like, the Paatti is ever active and mobile. Paatti like, the baby is inactive and static. But the baby is the reason for Patti's hectic power of mobility.
Who is this baby? If you ask this question in Tamil, it will sound, "pillay yar?". That will also be the answer, 'pillaiyar'. He is the Pillay or Son. With respect we add '.....ar' and call Him Pillaiyar. If somebody remains seated firmly in one place, we tick him or her off by saying, "why are you sitting on one place like a 'Kallu Pillayar'?" He is the first son of the Parents of the whole world and Universe, Parvathy Parameswara. So we call Him with respect, ' p i l l a i y a r '.
In other states, He is called Ganapathy or Ganesh. For the army of Siva's Bootha Ganas, He is the Pathy or Easar or Chief. So He is Ganapathy or Ganesar. As the Head of the Ganas, He is also known as Vinayaka. Nayak is Head. The prefix 'Vi' is added either to enhance the emphasis or indicate the opposite. So He is the 'vi + nayak = vinayak' to mean, the special chief or 'for whom there is no other chief'! There is nothing in this world that, He cannot bless us with! Especially, He can and does remove all obstacles in one's way. So He is also addressed as 'vigneswarar'. Before embarking on any venture, we invoke His blessings to off-set any likely obstacles enroute! So the first Pooja is to Him, as He is at the top of the 'pecking order'.
He is also known as, 'gajamukha or gajarajan', since He is depicted with the head of an elephant. Elephant is physically very powerful. Still it does not hurt or injure as does a Lion or Tiger. In places like Burma and Kerala, Elephant do the job of tractors and carriers elsewhere. Pillaiyar also does many big jobs as He is very powerful. But He does not show off His powers and never hurts but always does good to us all! Elephant has a sharp intelligence, incisive and analytical brains and a fine memory. So is Pillaiyar the embodyment of Knowledge and Awareness".
Whatever an Elephant does is a pleasure to watch. It's pendulous walk, it's use of the trunk and mouth while eating, it's ears and small tail flapping and relentlessly chasing away the flies, the way it uses the trunk to lift a flower delicately or a tree trunk effortlessly; is all a trmendous show! It's face is absolute peace. Those small eyes while being observant, seem to have so much Love in them, without any agitation. Out of all animals, we prefer to watch an Elephant. Similarly, out of all human beings in various activities, we prefer to watch a baby. A baby with no bad thoughts, absolutely innocent, happily playing, is again a 'sight for sore eyes'.
Pillaiyar is an elephant and a baby too. One can never have enough of Him. His is the innocent baby heart. Like an elephant He is powerful and brilliant and sharp. More than anything else, such a beauty that can never satiate; a fountain of happiness and a bundle of joy! Opposites and contrdictions coalesce in Him so beautifully naturally! Below the neck, a baby; human. Above the neck an elephant; an animal. In reality He is neither animal nor human; but a Deity! That too, foremost amongst deities.
Despite being a baby, He is the personification of immense, mammoth principles and ideas. In Him a variety of contrasts so beautifully merge; that everything seem to unify. For example, He has a piece of broken tusk in one hand and in the other a sweet 'kozhukkattai', (made of rice powder, kneeded, made in to small receptacles in which a mix of cocnut powder and jaggery is kept, sealed and steamed). This mix is known as 'Poornam', or complete / wholesomeness. So, in one hand is incomplete / half / broken tusk. In the other, complete wholesomeness. The totally complete being is Pillaiyar Himself. He is the 'poornam'. To know 'poornam' is happiness. Another name for happiness is, 'modam or modakam'. This 'kozhukkattai' is known as Modakam too.
Another contrast-Pillaiyar is a baby. He is a Brahmachari or ever celibate. He came as an elephant and drove Valli in to the hands of Subrahmanya, His younger brother, to enable them to get married. Even to-day, when people want to get married, they take Pillaiyar's help; this permanent bachelor! What does it mean? What He may not need in His State, He is willing to provide for the devotees and there by lift us slowly above our wants. As a 'kallu pillaiyar' made of stone, though He is static, He can lift us to the highest level of existance. He did so for 'Avvaiyar', lifting her in one fluent stroke, from South India to Kailasa in the Himalayas".

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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 11:02:47 PM »
kAnchi mahAswAmi on PillaiyAr continued...
"<i>As we keep looking at Pillaiyar, many such ideas and deep rooted meanings will become apparent. Actually the limitation is our brains and not His infinite abilities or grandeur</i>. They say that, 'kuzhandaiyum deivamum kondadum idaththil', meaning, 'children and gods thrive where they are adored'. The divinity itself has come as a baby, in Pillaiyar. So in Tamil Nadu, which celebrates Him as the Infant-God, He is there in every nook and corner, blessing all and sundry. It is His blessing that the old lady paatti, ran around every village of Tamil Nadu. 'Who is that paatti?', in Tamil will be, 'paatti yar?' She is 'paattiyar' or 'Avvaiyar'. 'Pillaiyar - Avvaiyar', what a combination, as a boon for Tamil Nadu!
There is nobody who has done more social and religious service for Tamil Nadu, as Avvaiyar. <b>If there was, good behaviour and devotion, for thousands of years, in this part of the country, it is undoubtedly due to Avvaiyar</b>. From early child-hood, if good behaviour and devotion to God becomes deep rooted, based on the correct attitude to self and the world; then that attitude and behaviour becomes permanent. <i>There have been many great poets and devotees in the past. But what they wrote or sang were mainly for elders. Avvaiyar did not lack in poetical abilities or devotional intensity. Actually she was too great a Gnani; extremely well grounded in Yoga Sastra. She correctly identified children as the target audience of her advices. So whatever she sang were in the form of 'teachings for children'. When it comes to these matters after all; even grown ups are children only</i>.
She adviced all the children with the same concern that any grand mother has for her grand children. Her love is so great that, even generations later, when it comes to teaching children, 'Aathichudi' comes first. <i>First puja is for Pillaiyar; first reading is Avvaiyar's teachings. For thousands of years, if her words have sustained and flourished; the power of her words is apparent. When you make a sincere true statement, soaked in love; that becomes universally and eternally acceptable. Avvai's words are such that they have retained their charm even after translations into other languages</i>! Amongst us there may be many who have not read the poetry of Kambar, Pugazhendi, Ilango; but there cannot be any who does not know at least one saying of Avvaiyar.
Where did Avvaiyar get such power in to her words? She was also very strong physically. Walking on foot, she went to every small Patty, Thotty, Kukgramam, Puri, Puram, Palli and Halli. Assembled the children and tought them her 'Upadesas'. Where did she get such power in her being? Both power of words and physical power are Pillaiyar's blessings. She was a great devotee of Pillaiyar. It is His blessings that she became an old woman, even in her young age! She wanted to avoid the normal route of falling in love; getting married and begetting children. She got this obstacle to a life of devotion and service removed, by praying to Pillaiyar to give her the looks of an old woman, in her youth!
Pillaiyar, who assisted Subrahmanya Swami to get married; helped this woman to short circuit the very process of growing. When the world is full of people who want to retain their youth even in old age, she asked for and obtained old age, so as to obviate lustful thoughts from the onlooker's minds! Pillaiyar agreed with her views totally. He decided that it is not enough to only retain her devotion. He spun her off as the Ambassador and Minister of Devotion, to catch the young minds of generations yet to come. From a woman with no family, He made her the grand mother of all children, including those yet to be born! She fulfilled her appointed role quite willingly. She spent her life in Pooja and Dhyana of Pillaiyar; and teaching children".

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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 11:04:11 PM »
nice writeup ravi garu.

thanks once again to everyone and hope all had a blissful vinayaka chavati

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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 11:20:07 PM »
kAnchi mahAswAmi on piLLaiyAr continued...
"That old woman went around thousands of years back. I have also done so now. She went around Tamil Nadu. <i>I have included the whole country in my ambit. What I have noticed is that, it is only in Tamil Nadu, that Pillaiyar is seated in every nook and corner, on the river banks, under a tree, with or without a roof! He is as happy under a tin roof, as with elaborate Praharam, Gopuram and Vidhanam. If nothing else, the sky as the roof will do most suffiently, thank you. This is the speciality of Tamil Nadu</i>. Wherever she went, Pillaiyar happily took station there.
Pillaiyar is easily accessible even to very poor people. You can invoke His presence in a spoonful of turmeric or clay or cow-dung! He is easily pleased. He comes and installs Himself, wherever and whenever You call Him, in stone or clay and bless you. You do not have to know elaborate procedures and mantras. Even an unread can get His response anytime, as He is always available 'on call / on line!'. With other devatas, it is said that a proper detailed procedure is adopted. You have to do 'Prana Prathishta' and invoke the 'life force' of that devata, in the statue. No such procedural formalities with Pillaiyar. You think of Him and He is there.
With other Gods, we have to look for a suitable time, have a bath, buy or collect the necessary 'pooja dravyani' and then, go to the temple. Even there, we cannot go to the particular deity directly. Go around the 'prahara', and not go too near either. Pillaiyar is not like that. Whatever time, on the way to the office or school or shop; just happen to raise your head and notice a Pillaiyar there, on the road turning or street corner or under a tree. We do a tap - tap on the head with the closed fists of both hands, and do a 'dobir karanam', in which, we catch both ears with crossed hands and do a 'sit -stand' action. That is all. The pooja is over. <b>We get a not easily definable mix of peace and satisfaction</b>."
All that He has as a temple is only a room. So without any restraint or differenciation, all are able to approach quite close and have His 'darshan'.
His ease of accessibility seems to contribute to His popularity, with which He is able to receive 'dobir karanam' from His devotees.
There are some special steps which have evolved by tradition. They are, 'sidaru thengai poduvathu', meaning 'to smash a coconut to cause its pieces to scatter in all directions'. Second is to lightly tap on your forehead with closed fists. Third is to hold your ears with hands crossed in front, sit down on your haunches till the knees touch the ground and stand up. This third action is called, 'dobir karanam'. Why do we do this?
There is a Yoga Sastra. It tells us as to how by various exercises, we can make the body supple, control the breath and cause it to become systematic. By this process we gain control over the mind, avoiding negative thoughts and cultivating positive vibrations. The light tapping on the forehead and 'dobir karanam', are part of this process of mind control through Yoga Asanas. These changes are accentuated by faith and sincerity. Avvaiyar who has written widely for the benefit of the children, has also written 'Vinayagar Agaval', full of very deep principles of Yoga Sastra. It is only a small stotra on Pillaiyar but has very subtle esoteric truths. It is worth knowing by heart. It is good to think of Pillaiyar and Avvaiyar simultaneously. Everybody should chant this 'Vinayagar Agaval' at least once every friday, in front of Pillaiyar and submit it to Him".
Everybody belongs to Pillaiyar and Pillaiyar belongs to everyone. He is related to the poor and downtrodden too. Even unread people and poor urchins have a direct access to this 'common man's God'. The 'sidaru thengai' are meant for poor children mainly. They have a right over the pieces of coconut so distributed in His presence. As an infant-God, He is very popular with children. He is also very close to woman folk, as He is very dear to the Mother's instinct in every woman. As Avvai Paatti is a woman, they have a direct special right on this sloka. So, it is in the rightness of things that, woman and children, should all learn this 'Vinayagar Agaval'. You need not worry if the meaning is somewhat difficult and the pronounciation in places is slightly tough. Avvaiyar's words have the power to directly appeal to the inner self. By the time it becomes committed to memory, the import will be known to your heart! That will benefit the family, community, country and the world at large!
Say there is a beautiful box containing gems but whose key has been misplaced. Will we forsake the box for this reason? 'Let the key be found in its time'. In the meanwhile, we will keep the box very safe, 'is it not so? As otherwise, even if the key is found later, there will be no gain! Vinayagar Agawal, is such a box of Yoga Sastra gems. It does not matter if we presently do not have the necessary understanding and grasp. We will keep chanting it. Slowly the inner meanings will reveal itself. Pillaiyar will grant us the 'key' of understanding."

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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 11:28:08 PM »
kAnchi mahAswAmi on piLLaiyAr continued...
Pillaiyar is good for all, dear to all. The symbols connected to Siva will not be seen in Vishnu Temples / Perumal Koils, such as, Shiv Ling, Ambal and Murugan statues. But Pillaiyar can be seen there too. He is called, 'Thumbikkai Azhvar', there. He is beyond the conflict between the devotees of Siva and Vishnu! That is why, He is accepted by Buddhists and Jainas too. Though He may not be found as preponderate as in Tamil Nadu, He is to be found in every religious kshetra, all over India. For example, in Gokarna on the west coast, as Bala Ganapathi, He is said to have taken the 'Atma Linga' from the hands of Ravana! He is the Vatapi Ganapathy of Middle India and Dundi Vinayagar of Kasi. He is also there in Kedarnath.
Not only in India, but all over the world, from Japan to Mexico, Ganesh statues are reverred and cherished and continues to be discovered in excavations! We should continue to be devoted to such a God, who is popular all over the world. We should offer sugar-cane, Modakam, all types of leaves, fruits, flowers and grass to Him and distribute them to the children. He is the God who came as the child. He should be fed with enough to retain His chubby - rolly - polly - ness. His 'thoppai' that is, tummy, should never be permitted to sag or shrink out of hunger! By 'sidaru thengai', we should make his children-devotees happy. As elders if we thus make children happy, as the son of Easwara, He will enable us too, to enjoy His company as children do.
<i>Growing up always increases responsibilities, care, stress, pressure and tension. We must raise above all this by making this Baby God, a partner in all our endevours and become as happy as He is. He is called, 'sumukha and prasanna vadana' meaning, sweet and pleasant faced. He can easily make us like Him, if we have true devotion</i>. As people of South India, we should consider Him as boon never to be forgotten. If we all make it a habit to visit Ganapathy Temple, chant 'Vinayagar Agaval' and offer 'sidaru thengai'; then the existing thousands of temples may not be sufficient. With the increase in the number of devotees visiting temples, we may have to construct more temples!
There is one peculiar tradition I have heard about when constructing a new temple for Pillaiyar. As per that tradition, instead of making a new statue for the new temple, an old one should be stolen and installed. You may ask as to how, 'when stealing is as it is forbidden, this sort of a tradition could have come into vogue?' The only answer I can think of is that, only when such a threat exists, the already installed ones will be well taken care of. The point to understand is that, 'If we take care of Him, He will not only take care of us, but shower all His blessings on us!' The best for us, our country and the world, is to catch hold of Pillaiyar through Avvaiyar!

Sambhomahadeva.


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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 11:34:24 PM »
Prashant/friends,
Yes,kAnchi mahAswAmi's talk is available as a mp3 CD and this talk in tamil is absolutely charming.The mahAswami has himself become kuzhandai Swami(Baby god)!
It is a joy to share this wonderful talk of the Great one.
Namaskar.

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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2012, 08:21:19 PM »
Nagaraj/Friends,
Nagaraj had posted the VinAyakar agaval of Grandma Sage avvaiyAr.It recalled to my mind the talk of Kanchi Mahaswami on PillaiyAr that I have posted in this thread.Truly a wonderful and endearing narration by mahAperiyavA.
Namaskar.

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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2012, 05:48:06 AM »
Fascinating speech of Mahaswami, i remembered the talk of Sri Nochur Acharya, where he talked about the significance of Modakam, the bestower of bliss, how children are more interested in the Poornam [the sweat within] than the outer cover [sheaths] Those who are not familiar may compare with cream biscuits, children are interested in the cream more than the biscuits :) cream being Poornam.



I have heard of many incidents in Mahaswami's journyes how the Elephant God has appeared in various instants in the form of elephant and otherwise and unfolded events such beyond the grasp of mind.

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2014, 08:06:53 AM »
Friends,
Today is vinayaka chaturthi.'A Thing well began is half done' goes the proverb-goes to show the importance of Beginning anything on a sound footing.Lord Vinayaka represents the power of the Divine that enables one to start anything on this note.
Who else can describe the Beauty and glory of the 'Beloved son' PiLLaiyAr than our Kanchi MahAswAmi.Here is an excerpt from his talk:

புது வருஷம் பிறக்கும்போது பஞ்சாங்கம் படிப்பது வழக்கம். அப்போது முதலில் ஒரு ச்லோகம் சொல்லப்படுகிறது :

வாகீசாத்யாஸ் - ஸுமநஸஸ் - ஸர்வார்த்தாநாம் உபக்ரமே
யம் நத்வா க்ருதக்ருத்யாஸ்யு : தம் நமாமி கஜாநநம்


'கஜானன' என்று முடித்ததால், ச்லோகம் பிள்ளையாரைப் பற்றியது என்று எல்லாருக்கும் புரிந்திருக்கும். அவரைப் பற்றி இங்கே என்ன சொல்லியிருக்கிறது?
"ப்ரம்மாதி தேவர்களும்கூட எந்தக் கார்யத்தின் ஆரம்பத்திலும் எவரை நமஸ்கரித்தே எடுத்த கார்யத்தை முடித்தவர்களாகிறார்களோ அந்த கஜானனரை-யானை
முகரை - நானும் நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணுகிறேன்"என்று சொல்லியிருக்கிறது.

';அல்ப சக்தர்களாக உள்ள மநுஷ்யர்கள்தான் என்றில்லை, நிரம்ப சக்தி படைத்த தேவர்களும்கூடப் பிள்ளையாரை வணங்குகிறார்கள். எப்போதாவது,
முக்யமான ஸமயங்களில், பிள்ளையார் சதுர்த்தி மாதிரியான தினங்களில்தான் வணங்குகிறார்கள் என்றில்லை. எப்போது பார்த்தாலும், எந்தக் காரியத்தை
ஆரம்பித்தாலும் வணங்குகிறார்கள்';. என்று ச்லோகம் தெரிவிக்கிறது.

அது மட்டுமில்லை. வணங்கியதன் பயனைப் பூர்ணமாகப் பெற்றுவிடுகிறார்களென்றும் தெரிவித்துவிடுகிறது. அவர்கள் நமஸ்காரம் பண்ணினார்கள்,
இவர் அதை வெறுமனே வாங்கிக்கொண்டார். என்று முடிந்துபோகவில்லை. அவர்கள் எந்தக் கார்யத்தின் ஆரம்பத்தில் அவரை நமஸ்காரம்
பண்ணினார்களோ அந்தக் கார்யத்தைப் பலிதமாக்கி, நிறைவேற்றிக் கொடுத்துவிடுகிறார். அவர்களை எடுத்த கார்யத்தை வெற்றிகரமாக முடித்தவர்களாக,
அதாவது ச்லோகத்தில் சொல்லியிருக்கிறபடி ';க்ருத க்ருத்யர்களாக , ஆக்கிவிடுகிறார்.

தேவர்கள்கூடப் பிள்ளையாரை நமஸ்கரிக்கிறார்கள் என்பதற்கு ச்லோகத்தில் "வாகீசாத்யா: ஸுமநஸ:"என்று சொல்லியிருக்கிறது. "வாகீசன் முதலான
தேவர்கள்"என்று அர்த்தம்.

​ ​'​ஸுமநஸ்' என்றால் தேவர். ​

'​ஸுமநஸ்' என்றால் நேர் அர்த்தம் 'நல்ல மனம்'; நல்ல மன விசேஷம்தான் தேவ சக்தி. துஷ்ட மனஸ்தான் அஸுர சக்தி. புஷ்பத்துக்கும் ஸுமநஸ் என்று
பேர் உண்டு
. ஒரு செடி அல்லது கொடியின் நல்ல மனம் மாதிரி இருப்பது அதன் புஷ்பம். நல்ல மனஸுக்கு அடையாளம் என்ன அதில் அன்பு
ஊறிக்கொண்டிருப்பதுதான். இம்மாதிரி ஒரு செடியிலோ கொடியிலோ மாதுர்யத்தின் ஸாரமான தேன் ஊறிக்கொண்டிருப்பது அதன் புஷ்பத்தில்தானே?அதன்
பழத்தை விடவும் தித்திப்பு தேன்தான். கசப்பாகக் கசக்கும் காய், பழம் கொண்ட தாவரவகைகள் எத்தனையோ உண்டு. ஆனால் அவற்றிலும் புஷ்பத்திலே
ஊறுகிற தேன் கசப்பாக இருப்பதாக எங்குமே கிடையாது. ஒரு செடி அல்லது கொடியில் பார்க்கவும் ரொம்ப அழகானது, ஸ்பர்சத்துக்கும் ரொம்ப மென்மையானது,
வாஸனையும் அதிகம் கொண்டது, எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலாக அதனுடைய பரம மாதுர்ய ஸாரத்தைத் தருவது அதன் புஷ்பந்தான். இப்படிச்சொன்னதால்
ஐம்புலன்களில் கண், சர்மம், மூக்கு, நாக்கு ஆகிய நான்குக்கும் ஒரு புஷ்பம் இன்பம் ஊட்டுவதாகத் தெரிகிறது. கண்ணுக்கு ரொம்பவும் அழகான ரூபம் பூவுக்கு
இருக்கிறது. சர்மத்துக்கு ஸுகமாக அதன் மார்தவம் (ம்ருதுத்தன்மை) . மூக்குக்கு நல்ல ஸுகந்தம். நாக்குக்கு ருசியான தேன். பாக்கி இருப்பது காது.
அந்தக் காதுக்கு இன்பமான வண்டுகளின் ரீங்காரத்தையும் ஒரு புஷ்பம் தன் தேனைக்கொண்டு வரவழைத்துவிடுகிறது ஸுமநஸ் என்றால் அழகானது என்று அர்த்தம்.
இப்படி நல்ல மனம், அழகு, தேவர்கள், புஷ்பம் ஆகிய நாலுக்கும் ';ஸுமனஸ்';என்று பெயரிருப்பதை வைத்துச் சிலேடை செய்து பல ச்லோகங்கள் உண்டு
(ஸ்ரீ அனந்த ராம) தீக்ஷிதர் பிராபல்யப் படுத்திவரும் மஹிஷாஸுர மர்த்தினி ஸ்தோத்தரத்தில்கூட இப்படி ';ஸுமநஸ்-ஸுமநஸ்';என்று மூன்று நாலுதரம்
அடுக்கிக்கொண்டு போயிருக்கிறது. ';நல்ல மனம் கொண்ட தேவர்கள் அர்ச்சனை பண்ணுகிற அழகான புஷ்பங்களின் நிரம்பவும் மநோஹரமான காந்தியுடன்
கூடியவளே!';என்று ஸ்தோத்ரிக்கும்போது, ';நல்ல மனம்';, ';தேவர்கள்';, ';அழகு';, ';புஷ்பம்';, ';நிரம்பவும் மநோஹரமான';என்கிற ஒவ்வொன்றுக்கும்
ஒரு ';ஸுமந';வைப் போட்டு அழகாக ச்லோகம் அமைந்திருக்கிறது.

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