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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #165 on: June 09, 2013, 11:05:27 PM »
தியானம் (Dyanam)

மனஸை அடக்கினவன்தான் முனி. ‘முனிவனின் குணம் எதுவோ அதுதான் மௌனம்’ என்பதே அந்த வார்த்தைக்கு அர்த்தம். முனிவனின் குணத்தில் பேசாமலிருப்பதுதான் தலை சிறந்தது என்று பொதுக் கருத்து இருந்திருப்பதால்தான் ‘மௌனம்’ என்றால் ‘பேசாமலிருக்கிறது’ என்று ஆகிவிட்டிருக்கிறது.
மனஸை அடக்கினவனின் தன்மை என்றாலும், அதுவே நம் மாதிரி மனஸ் அடங்காதவர்கள் அந்த நிலையை அடைவதற்கு உதவுவதாகவுமிருக்கிறது.
பிரம்மஞானியான முனிவன் மௌனம், மௌனமாயில்லாமலிருப்பது என்ற இரண்டையும் விட்டு விடுகிறான் என்று உப நிஷத் சொல்கிறது.
முதலில் படித்துப் பண்டிதனாகி, ரொம்பவும் வாதங்கள் சர்ச்சைகள் பண்ணி ஸத்ய தத்வத்தைத் தெரிந்து கொள்கிறான். அப்புறம் பாண்டித்யம், பேச்சு எல்லாவற்றையும் விட்டு விட்டு ஒரே நிஷ்டையில் போய் விடுகிறான். அப்புறம் பிரம்ம ஞானியாகிறபோது மௌனத்தையும் விட்டு விடுகிறான், மௌனமில்லாமையையும் விட்டுவிடுகிறான் என்று உபநிஷத் சொல்கிறது. இப்படிச் சொன்னால் அது எப்படி ஸாத்யம்? ஒன்று பேச்சை விட்டு மௌனமாக வேண்டும்; அல்லது மௌனத்தை விட்டுப் பேச வேண்டும். இரண்டையுமே விடுவது என்றால் எப்படி முடியும்?
அந்த ஞானியின் நிலைக்குப் போனால்தான் இது புரியும்.
அவனுக்குப் பேச வேண்டும் என்றோ, பேச வேண்டாமென்றோ எந்த சொந்த அபிப்ராயமும் ஆசையும் இருக்காது. லோகாநுக்ரஹத்துக்காக அவன் மூலம் உபதேசமாகப் பேச்சு வந்தாலும் அவன் தான் பேசுவதாக நினைக்க மாட்டான். அதைவிடப் பெரிய மௌன உபதேசத்தில் தக்ஷிணாமூர்த்தி மாதிரி அவனைப் பராசக்தி உட்கார்த்தி வைத்திருந்தாலும் ‘நாம் மௌன விரதம் என்று ஒன்று அனுஷ்டிக்கிறோம்’ என்று அவன் நினைக்க மாட்டான். இதைத்தான் மௌனம், அமௌனம் இரண்டையும் விட்ட நிலை என்பது.
- ஜகத்குரு காஞ்சி காமகோடி ஸ்ரீசந்திரசேகரேந்திர சரஸ்வதி சங்கராச்சார்ய ஸ்வாமிகள்

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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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #166 on: July 06, 2013, 05:10:51 PM »
Do not derive satisfaction that you have done a puja well simply because you have oferred fragrant flowers, special perfumes and a variety of eatables as Naivedhya. Without offering one’s mind, no amount of other offering will make the Puja complete.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #167 on: July 13, 2013, 08:04:16 AM »
Here Kanchi Paramacharya talks about the futility of trying to convince Atheists / Rationalists about the existence of something beyond 5 senses that were discovered by our sages .


"The sages transcended the frontiers of human knowledge and became one with the Universal Reality. It is through them that the world received the Vedic mantras, “this is one of the basic concepts of our religion. If you do not accept that human beings can obtain such Atmic power as exemplified by these seers, any further talk on the subject would be futile. One could point to you great men whom you can see for yourself, great men who have perfected themselves and acquired powers not shared by the common people. But if you think of them to be cheats or fraudulent men, any further talk would again be useless. In your present state of limited understanding, the argument that denies the existence of anything beyond the range of human reason and comprehension itself betrays the height of rationalism.

Kanchi Paramacharya
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« Reply #168 on: July 14, 2013, 08:07:07 AM »

A wonderful incident from the Life of Sri Kanchi Maha Periva

பல வர்ஷங்களுக்கு முன் நடந்த சம்பவம். ஒருநாள் மடத்தில் பெரியவாளை தர்சனம் பண்ண "கியூ"வில் நின்றிருந்தனர் ஒரு வயஸான தம்பதி. அவர்கள் முறை வந்ததும், பெரியவாளை நமஸ்கரித்தனர்.

"பெரியவா, நான் ஸர்வீஸ்லேர்ந்து ரிடையர் ஆய்ட்டேன்.. கொழந்தைகள்ன்னு யாரும் கெடையாது. அதுனால, மடத்ல வந்து கைங்கர்யம் பண்ணனும்னு ரொம்ப ஆசையா இருக்கு. அனுக்ரகம் பண்ணணும்." பேச்சில் உருக்கம், பணிவு. பக்கத்தில் வயஸான மனைவி.

"வாழ்றதுக்கு ஒனக்கு பிடிப்பு எதுவும் இல்லேன்னுதானே கவலைப்படறே?"

"ஆமா." "எதாவுது கார்யம் குடுத்தா பண்ணுவியா?"

"உத்தரவிடுங்கோ பெரியவா! காத்துண்டிருக்கேன்." அவரை அப்படியே விட்டுவிட்டு அடுத்து வந்த மற்றொரு தம்பதியிடம் குசலப்ரஸ்னம் பண்ண ஆரம்பித்தார்.

அவர்களும் வயசானவர்கள்தான். கூட அவர்களுடைய பெண்ணும் வந்திருந்தாள். "இவ எங்களோட ஒரே பொண்ணு. இவளுக்கு கல்யாணம் பண்ணணும். பெரியவாதான் ஆசீர்வாதம் பண்ணணும்." கையை உயர்த்தி ஆசி கூறினார்.

பக்கத்தில் நின்று கொண்டிருந்த "பிடிப்பு" மாமா இதை பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருந்தார். இப்போது பெரியவா "பிடிப்பு" பக்கம் திரும்பி, "பிடிப்பு வேணும்னியே! இதோ, இந்த பொண்ணுக்கு நீயே ஜாம்ஜாம்னு ஒன் சொந்த செலவுல கல்யாணம் பண்ணி வை! நீதான் கன்யாதானம் பண்ணணும்."

"செஞ்சுடறேன் செஞ்சுடறேன்." பிடிப்பு கீழே விழுந்து வணங்கினார். பெரியவா அவரைப் பார்த்து ரெண்டு விரலைக் காட்டி, அவர் மனைவியை பார்த்தார். அவருக்கு புரிந்தது.

"ஆமா, இவ என் ரெண்டாவது சம்ஸாரம். மூத்தவ காலகதி அடைஞ்சதும் இவளை கல்யாணம் பண்ணிண்டேன்". பெரியவா முகத்தில் இப்போது ஒரு தீவ்ரமான மாறுதல்!

"சரி. ஒனக்கு மூத்த தாரத்தோட பொண் கொழந்தை இருந்துதே! அது என்னாச்சு?." "இடி" தாக்கியது போல் அதிர்ந்தார் "பிடிப்பு".

பெரியவாளுக்கு எப்டி தெரியும்? ரொம்ப கூனிக்குறுகி, "இவ சித்தியா வந்ததும், அந்தக் கொழந்தையை படாதபாடு படுத்தினதால, அந்தக் குழந்தை சின்ன வயஸ்லேயே ஆத்தை விட்டு போய்ட்டா.
நானும் தேடாத எடமில்லே! போனவ போனவதான்." துக்கத்தால் குரல் அடைத்தது.

"ம்ம்ம்ம் பிடிப்பு வேணும்னு சொன்னியோல்லியோ? இதோ. ஒன்னோட காணாமப் போன பொண்ணு! இவதான்! போ! அழைச்சுண்டு போய் நல்லபடியா கல்யாணம் பண்ணிவை." அதிர்ச்சி மேல் அதிர்ச்சி. ஆனால், இன்பமான அதிர்ச்சி! என்னது? இது சத்யம் சத்யம்! பெண்ணின் கூட வந்த தம்பதிகளும் வாயை பிளந்தார்கள்!

உண்மைதான்! பல வர்ஷங்களுக்கு முன் ஏதோ ஒரு ரயில்வே ஸ்டே ஷனில் இந்தக் குழந்தை அழுது கொண்டு நின்றதாகவும், விவரம் எதுவும் சொல்லத் தெரியாததால் அவளை தாங்களே வளர்த்து வருவதாக கூறினார்கள். பெற்றோர், வளர்த்தோர் ரெண்டு பேரும் சந்தோஷமாக அந்தப் பெண்ணின் கல்யாண ஏற்பாட்டை பண்ணினார்கள்.

இப்போது அதிகமாக எல்லார் வாயிலும் அனுபவம் இல்லாமலே வரும் வாக்யம் "எல்லாமே pre planned " என்பது. மஹான்களின் சந்நிதியில் அது சஹஜமாக, அனுபவத்திலும் வரும். நம் வீடுகளில் கண்ணாடியை எங்கேயோ வைத்துவிட்டு, வீடு முழுக்க தேடியதும்,வீட்டார் யாராவது "இதோ இருக்கு" என்று எங்கிருந்தோ கண்ணாடியை எடுத்துக் குடுப்பது போல், சர்வ சாதாரணமாக "cosmic level " ல் விளையாடக்கூடியவா பெரியவா மாதிரி அவதார புருஷர்கள்
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #169 on: July 14, 2013, 07:32:55 PM »
Ch-6 Of Bhagavad Gita discusses this
A seeker first purifies himself gradually by means of karma yoga, later, when he gains maturity in meditation, he can realize his actionless Self, free from all mutabilities like birth.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #170 on: July 17, 2013, 10:04:11 PM »
We know many faults we commit, even if others do not know them. Sometimes we realise we are doing so many evil things and repent bitterly and feel why we should be born . Our duty is to pray to God -"I have committed so many faults. Will you not, 0 God, give me the will power not do like that in future and will you not purify my mind?" We must note down in a diary every night before we go to bed the faults committed by us and pray to God to give us courage and intelligence not to do so. This must be propagated widely.

Kanchi Paramacharya
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« Reply #171 on: July 26, 2013, 07:41:13 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
How can we claim that a small group of people in this country (dedicated to maintaining the Vedic tradition) can create happiness throughout the world? Well, take the case of a powerhouse. Only four or five work in it but the entire town receives light. If these four or five people do not work, the whole town will be plunged in darkness. In the same way only a few people are required to keep the auspicious world lamp of the Vedas burning.
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« Reply #172 on: July 26, 2013, 11:54:51 AM »
Paramacharya's Shade of Mercy

An incident that happened many years ago.



It was the time when in the Satara town of Maharashtra, the construction works of Uttara Sri Nataraja temple were going on in accordance with AcharyaaL's orders. People thronged daily to have darshan of PeriyavaaL who was camping in the town.



A Sunday. Three o' clock in the afternoon. A 30-year-old youth prostrated to AcharyaaL, his eight limbs touching the ground, and got up. Tears were seen in his eyes. Noticing it, Periyavaa asked him with affection, "EmpA, who are you? Which place, why do your eyes go red?" Without replying, he started crying. People nearby assuaged him and made him sit before SwamigaL.



"Which place are you from appA?" SwamigaL asked him.



"Palakkad, Periyavaa."



"You are coming all the way from Palakkad?" asked AcharyaaL immediately.



"Yes Periyavaa. I am coming all the way from that place."



"Alright. What is your name?"



"Harihara Subramanian."



"besh* (well) a good name. Right, what's your thagappanAr (father) doing?"



"My father is not in jIva dashA (living condition) now, Periyavaa. He was practicing Ayurveda in Palakkad. His name was Dr. Harihara Narayanan--"



Before he finished, SwamigaL with kutUhala (interest) said, "ada (I see), you are the son of Palakkad Ayurvedic doctor Narayanan? Very glad. In that case, tell me, you are the grandson of doctor Harihara Raghavan! All of them earned very good name in Ayurveda!". SwamigaL looked at him keenly, raising his eyebrows.



The youth said, "Yes, Periyavaa."



Smiling, AcharyaaL said, "besh! A lofty vaidhya paramparA (medical lineage). It is alright. You have not added any doctor title before your name?"



"I did not study for that Periyavaa. My father did not prepare me in that way," said the youth, without interest.



"You should not say that way! Did your father not prepare you, or you did not have the shraddhA (strong wish) in getting prepared in that way?"



There was no reply. "Taking birth in that vaidhya paramparA, you missed the chance to know things? Right, up to which class you have studied?"



"Up to the ninth, Periyavaa."



"Why? You had no wish to study further?"



"Somehow I did not have the wish Periyavaa. I now feel for it!"



"Your vivAham (marriage) is done?"



"Done Periyavaa. I have a daughter who is seven years old."



"Right, what do you do now?"



Tears gushed from his eyes. "Since I had no education, I could not get any high jobs, Periyavaa. I am doing the work of a supervisor in a local rice mill. The salary is seven hundred rupees. My family is running only on that amount."



"Oho... Is that so? Right. You have your own gRuham left for you by the periyavaaLs (ancestors)?" SwamigaL asked him.



Wiping his tears, Harihara Subramanian said, "There is a house Periyavaa, built by my grandfather. The very purpose of my coming here is to supplicate to Periyavaa about it. Many years ago, since her husband passed away, my father's sister came over to Palakkad bringing her two daughters. During a Navaratri festival time, my father mortgaged the house to a local person, took twenty-fve thousand rupees from him, conducted the marriage of the two daughters of my aunt, and then suddenly passed away. My aunt too passed away.



"My grievance, Periyavaa, is that during the festival time of Navaratri my father mortgaged the house that was lakshmikaram (prosperous, Lakshmi-given) and passed away. The amount has now come to forty-five thousand rupees including the interest. It seems the house is going to sink!"



SwamigaL lapsed into contemplation for a while. His silence dissolved presently and he said as he smiled, "Alright, now you celebrate the Navaratri festival at home, raising a kolu (an assembly of divine dolls) every year?"



"No, Periyavaa. I stopped the custom of raising a kolu after my father passed away, doing what he did."



AcharyaaL promptly interrupted him and said, "You should never talk so disrespectfully of Atthup periyavaaL (family ancestors). They are all very lofty people. I know it well! They have all gone after doing only excellent things! Keeping something in mind, your stopping the custom of celebrating Navaratri every year with a prosperous kolu is wrong! The Navaratri starts in a week from now. You revive the custom of raising a kolu in Palakkad from this year. All your afflictions will be solved and your will get prosperity!" Blessing the youth and giving him prasAdam, SwamigaL bid him farewell.



Twenty days passed. It was a Sunday. A large crowd in Satara to have darshan of AcharyaaL.



An assistant of the MaTham made way parting people in the queue and brought before SwamigaL a respectable man of 60 to 65 years of age, wearing a saffron jippa (tunic) over a pancakaccham (tucked in dhoti), and a number of tulasi, rudrAkSa garlands on his neck. He prostrated to AcharyaaL and started conversing in Hindi. SwamigaL also did his saMbhASaNaM (conversation) in Hindi and then asked the gentleman to go and sit on the stage opposite him.



At length, a small trunk box in hand, Palakkad Harihara Subramanian came and stood before Maha SwamigaL. He prostrated resting his eight limbs to the ground.



With artha puSTi (wealth of meaning) SwamigaL looked alternately at the youth and his trunk box. The youth opened the box slowly. Very ancient palm leaf scripts numbering 10 to 15 were kept inside the box, wrapped in a silk cloth. That Parabrahmam looked at him knowingly, yet as if it did not know.



The youth said innocently, "You gave me the orders to revive the custom of kolu from this year. When I climbed up the loft to retrieve the kolu dolls, I found this box there. I had not seen it until then Periyavaa! I checked its contents and found these scripts whose letters were unintelligible to me. So I brought it straight here."



AcharyaaL laughed and beckoned to the gentleman in saffron tunic who was sitting on the stage opposite him. To the gentleman he said in Hindi, "The apUrva vastu (rare article) you asked me about only a little while go has come here, look!"



The gentleman immediately sat down on the floor, took the palm leaves and started having a glance at their grantha letters using a lens he had with him. His face blossomed. Lifting those scripts and keeping them over his head, he grinned happily and said, "O Parama Acharya Purusha! I am searching for this apUrva ayurveda grantha for many years. You are the pratyakSa deivam (God present before the eyes)! Within half an hour you have brought before my eyes what I prayed to you for!" He prostrated to SwamigaL with wonder.



Harihara Subramanian stood amazed looking at all this. AcharyaaL called him near and said, "This gentleman is a great Ayurveda Siddha research scholar of Pandaripuram. Only half an hour back he told me about his searching for such an apUrva suvadi (rare palm leaves). Something struck my mind, I told him to sit and wait for sometime. And now you come and stand before me with this trunk box!" AcharyaaL ordered the youth, "All these will be very useful to him. Thinking of your father and grandfather, you submit with your own hands all these things to that gentleman."



The youth did as he was told. Tears of joy in the face of the gentleman who received the contents.



The gentleman looked at him and said, "I have come to possess an apUrva grantha by your grace! It would not be dharma to receive them without paying a kANikkai (an amount as a token of gratitude)." Then he placed five hundred-rupee-sections** (each having 100 bills in it) along with some fruits in a plate and held them politely to Harihara Subramanian. The youth looked at SwamigaL, who smiled and asked him to receive the money. Hands shaking, the youth received those fifty thousand rupees!

Calling him near, that walking God said, "What did I tell you when you spoke out your grievance about your family ancestors? I said they were all lofty people, they would have gone only after doing excellent things. It somehow struck in my mind. You saw the excellent thing your people had done, on the loft where the kolu dolls were kept? You said your house mortgage loan had swelled to forty-five thousand rupees in principal and interest! Now Sri ChandraMauleesvara has done his anugraham for it. Get back to Palakkad with happiness. Let the money be safe with you!" and bid him farewell after blessing him.
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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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #173 on: July 27, 2013, 06:37:44 PM »


Translated from an article in Kalki Deepavali Malar of 1990:

A memorable incident when Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati, Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt,gave a wonderful commentary on Muthuswami Dikshitar's kriti on
Subrahmanya to Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar.


The article appeared in Ariyakkudi's centenary year, when Paramacharya was in his 97th year.

http://www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/srisubramanya_translated.htm

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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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #174 on: July 28, 2013, 01:34:25 PM »
Sage of Kanchi
Of the four aims of life - dharma, material acquisitions, desire and
liberation - we seek gratification of kama alone (in the form of pleasure, love, etc.). And to have our desires satisfied we keep struggling to acquire material things. Our efforts must be directed towards obtaining liberation through the practice of dharma. All that we need to do for this ideal is to resolve to live a simple life. There should then be no compulsion to run after money and other material goods and other. It would naturally become easier for us to practice dharma and reap the ultimate fruit that is eternal bliss.
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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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #175 on: July 28, 2013, 10:29:23 PM »
This link has a good collection of transcribed talks of Kanchi Mahaswamigal .Thanks to Nagaraj for sharing this link in another thread .
http://blog.periva.org/
« Last Edit: July 28, 2013, 10:32:32 PM by atmavichar100 »
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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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #176 on: July 28, 2013, 11:10:04 PM »
Please refer this link for a translation of Deivathin Kural of Kanchi mahaswami-presently the 7th volume is being translated.
http://advaitham.blogspot.in/2012_11_01_archive.html

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #177 on: August 01, 2013, 10:44:46 AM »
 
नार्थज्ञानविहीनं शब्दस्योच्चारणं फलति
भस्मनि वन्हिविहीने न प्रक्षिप्तं हविर्जलति ॥

अर्थमजानानां नानाविधशब्दमात्रपाठवताम्
उपमेयश्चक्रिवान् मलयजभारस्थ वेढैव ॥


    nārthajñānavihīnaṁ śabdasyoccāraṇaṁ phalati
bhasmani vanhivihīne na prakṣiptaṁ havirjalati ||

arthamajānānāṁ nānāvidhaśabdamātrapāṭhavatām
upameyaścakrivān malayajabhārastha veḍhaiva ||

One who chants a 'mantra' without understanding its meaning is like one
performing 'Yagna'(Havana) by throwing dry pieces of wood into a 'Kunda'
(Holy Pit) which has no fire. He only feels the pleasure of utterring words

One who chants many mantras without understanding their meaning is like
a donkey carrying a load of sandal-wood, (not being able to feel its
aroma but only its weight.


('Varivasya Rahasya', Bhaskara Raya)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #178 on: August 01, 2013, 12:20:20 PM »
 

नैवेन्द्रियाणि विषयेषु नियुंक्‍त एष
   नैवापयुंक्‍त उप्दर्शनलक्शणस्थः।
नैव क्रियाफलमपीषदवेक्शते स
   स्वानन्दसान्द्ररसपानसुमत्तचित्तः॥ ५५२॥


   
naivendriyāṇi viṣayeṣu niyuṁk‍ta eṣa
  naivāpayuṁk‍ta updarśanalakśaṇasthaḥ|
naiva kriyāphalamapīṣadavekśate sa
  svānandasāndrarasapānasumattacittaḥ|| 552||

He does not direct the sense-organs to their objects,
nor does he detach them from these,
but he remains like an indifferent onlooker.
His mind being drunk with the 'wine' of Bliss of the Self,
he holds not the least regard for the fruits of actions.


(Vivekachoodamani)
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #179 on: August 01, 2013, 02:01:16 PM »

Dear Nagaraj,

Your post on Varvasya Rahasyam made me think about Bhaskara Raya.  Bhaskara Raya was a great adept in Sri Vidya
Tantra and Sri Lalita Sahasranama.  He was a grihasta.  He has written commentary on Sri Lalita Sahasranama.  He was
a Marathi Brahmin and the then ruling Chozha King delighted by Bhaskara Raya knowledge on Saktam requested him
to come and stay in Tiruvidai Maruthur near Kumbakonam and he lent a house and supplied rice, dhal and family provisions
to him every month.  Bhaskara Raya used to go Tiruvidai Maruthur Madhyarjuneswara Temple every morning and rest of the
time he used to spend in Pujas and contemplating on Devi.  Once he was sitting on the outer portal of his house contemplating
on Devi and chanting  Sri Lalita Sahasranama.  On the street a sadhu (sannyasi) was going.  He came to Raya and told him:
'I am a Sannyasi.  But you have not prostrated to me.'  Raya replied: I am contemplating on Devi.  My body is full of heat.
If I do namaskraam, it will not be good for you.  However, you place your kamandalu and I will do namaskaram.  The sannyasi
accordingly placed the kamandalu on the street.  Raya did namaskaram to the kamandalu.  The kamandalu got exploded into
hundred pieces!  Then Raya said, 'If I do namaskaram to you, your head would also have the same same fate.

The sannyasi shivered with fear. He placed his dhandam and did namaskaram to Raya and quietly left.

Raya's commentaries on Sri Lalita Sahasranamam is worth reading.  Of late one Ganesa Iyer has done the commentary
in Tamizh from Raya's Sanskrit version.  It was available in Giri Trading Co., Mylapore, Chennai.


Arunachala Siva.