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« Reply #180 on: August 01, 2013, 04:27:45 PM »
Dear Sir, yes, there is also a view that a commentary on Lalita Sahasranama was reserved to only Bhaskaraya and not even Adi Shankara for when Shankara wanted to write a commentary on LS, the student of his was only able to bring Vishnu Sahasranama alone more than twice.

in another occasion Bhaskararaya invited some pundits to his house for a participation in a yajna. There they opened a debate with him and asked him intricate questions about mantra and tantra. Being an adept in these he shot back all the answers without the least hesitation. One witness to this drama, a sannyasi named Kumkumanandaswami cautioned the challengers and declared, "Bhaskara Raya cannot be defeated in debate or by questions. It is the goddess Herself standing on his shoulders who is answering all your questions. I am able to see her standing on his shoulders!" Kumkumanandaswami himself was a great devotee mystic and ritual worshipper of the Goddess. He was so much full of "Devi-consciousness" that it is said even sacred ash thrown on his body immediately transformed into saffron (kumkumam) - hence his name. The pundits wanted to put to test this declaration of the Swami. They asked Bhaskararaya what looked like an impossible question- "The Lalitha-sahasranama mentions the Goddess as being served by sixty-four crores of goddesses called yoginis. Can you name each one of them, their origin and their qualities?" Bhaskararaya answered their question without hesitation, and went on to repeat those names prompting the pundits to accept defeat and call off the debate.

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

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« Reply #181 on: August 01, 2013, 04:53:49 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes It is a horripilating story.  When he chanted "Chadush sat upasArAta chadush shahti yogini" all the 64 crore yoginis were
standing on his shoulders and one by one he told their names.  When he said ''Kuamara Gananadhamba' ,  both Kumara,
(Muruga) and Ganapati were sitting on his shoulders !

Bhaskara Raya is a noble adept in Sakam.  Sri Lalita Sahasranama was his forte!

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #182 on: August 03, 2013, 06:58:55 PM »
It is ignorance that causes one to fail to see the self as distinct from the body, mind, senses etc. This in turn leads to suffering. Understanding that you are not the body and engaging in acts of devotion to the Lord are very essential for a beginner on the spiritual path. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #183 on: August 11, 2013, 08:18:34 AM »
அம்பாள் இருக்க அஹம்பாவம் ஏன் ? – மஹா பெரியவா

நாம் இதைச் சாதித்தோம், அதைச் சாதித்தோம் என்று அகம்பாவப்பட கொஞ்சம்கூட நியாயம் இல்லை. நாம் எதையும் சாதிப்பதற்கான புத்தியோ, தேக பலமோ எங்கிருந்து வந்தது?இந்த பிரபஞ்ச காரியங்கள் அனைத்தையும் செய்கிற ஒரு மஹா சக்தியிடமிருந்தே நம்முடைய, சக்தி எல்லாம் வந்திருக்கிறது. அது இல்லாவிட்டால் நம்மிடம் ஒரு சுவாசம்கூட இருக்கமுடியுமா. ஒருநாள், இதனை சாதித்ததாக எண்ணிக் கர்வப்படுகிற நம்மைவிட்டுச் சுவாசம் போய் விடுகிறது. அதைப் பிடித்து வைத்துக் கொள்கிற சாமர்த்தியம் நமக்குக் கொஞ்சம்கூட இல்லை. அப்போது நம் சக்தி எல்லாமும் சொப்பனம் மாதிரிப் போய்விடுகிறது. கொஞ்சம் யோசித்துப் பார்த்தாலும்கூட, சக்தி சமுத்திரமாக இருக்கப்பட்ட அம்பாளின் ஒரு சிறு துளி அநுக்கிரகத்திலேயே நடக்கிற காரியங்களை, நம்முடையதாக நினைத்து அகம்பாவப்படுவது அசட்டுத் தனம்தான் என்று தெரியும். எத்தனைக்கெத்தனை இந்த அநுபவத்தில் தெரிந்துகொண்டு அம்பாளுக்கு முன் ஒரு துரும்பு மாதிரி அடங்கிக் கிடக்கிறோமோ அத்தனைக்கத்தனை அவள் அநுக்கிரஹமும் நமக்குக் கிடைக்கும்.

நாம் நன்றாக எழுதுகிறோம், பேசுகிறோம், பாடுகிறோம், வேறு ஏதோ காரியம் செய்கிறோம் என்று உலகம் புகழ் மாலை போடுகிறது. அதே சமயத்தில் நமக்குத் தலைகனம் ஏறத்தான் தொடங்கும். அப்போது நமக்குச் சக்தி உண்டா என்று யோசிக்க வேண்டும். எந்த இடத்திலிருந்து நம் சக்தி வந்ததோ, அந்த அம்பாள் இருக்க, புகழுக்குப் பாத்திரராகி அகம்பாவப்பட நமக்குக் கொஞ்சம்கூட உரிமையில்லை என்று உணர வேண்டும். வருகிற பெருமையை எல்லாம் அவற்றுக் குறிய பராசக்தியின் பாதாரவிந்தங்களிலேயே அர்ப்பணம் செய்துவிட வேண்டும். பெருமைப் பூரிப்பில் இருப்பதைவிட, இப்படி அர்ப்பணம் பண்ணிப் பாரம் இல்லாமல் லேசாக ஆவதுதான் நமக்கே பரம சௌக்கியமாக இருக்கும். நமக்கு அகம்பாவமே இல்லை என்கிற எண்ணம் வந்து அதில் ஒரு பூரிப்பு உண்டாகிவிட்டால், அதுவும்கூட அகம்பாவம்தான். எனவே அகம்பாவம் தலை தூக்க இடமே தராமல் சர்வ ஜாக்கிரதையாக இருக்க வேண்டும். எத்தனை கண்குத்திப் பாம்பாக இருந்தாலும், துளி இடுக்குக் கிடைத்தால்கூட ஏதோ ஒரு ரூபத்தில் நமக்கே தெரியாமல் அஹம்பாவம் உள்ளே புகுந்து விடும். இது போகவும் அவள் அருள்தான் வழி. அவளேயே வேண்டி நம் புகழையெல்லாம் அவளுக்கு அர்ப்பணம் பண்ணிவிட்டால், நமக்கு ஒரு குறைவுமில்லாமல் மேலும் மேலும் அவள் அநுக்கிரஹம் கிடைக்கும்.

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 #184 on: August 11, 2013, 09:04:43 AM »
Dear atmavichar,

Yes. Amba is ahabhava swarupini  and she is also ahambhava nivarani.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #185 on: August 12, 2013, 07:13:49 AM »
Set aside all your worldly thoughts when you sit for puja and concentrate on Ishwara during that short period of ten minutes or so. Even though the time for which you do puja is very short, if it is spent with devotion, it will yield great punya (virtue).- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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 #186 on: August 15, 2013, 09:22:13 AM »
A VERY TRULY THOUGHT PROVOKING INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE FROM A SAINT REVERED AS THE GREASTEST ONE THAT LIVED AMIDST US IN OUR TIMES.

MESSAGE GIVEN BY HIS HOLINESS PUJYASHRI CHANDRASEKHARENDRA SARASWATHI MAHASWAMIJI on 15 AUGUST 1947 - Independence Day

On this happy occasion when our country Bharat has attained Independence, the people of this ancient country must pray whole heartedly and with one mind to Sri Bhagavan. Let us all pray to God to vouch safe to us strength of mind and energy to engage ourselves more and more in attaining spiritual knowledge. It is only by the grace of Almighty that we can safeguard the freedom that we have achieved and also help all the living beings on earth to lead a happy life.
It is worthy to note that luckily the Chakra of Bhagavan, who is the embodiment of Dharma, has its place in the centre of our National Flag. This Chakra reminds us of the moral values enjoined by Emperor Ashoka, who is historically famous as Devanampriyaha. Further, the Chakra makes us contemplate on the spiritual discipline imparted by Bhagavan Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. That Dharma which shines in the form of a Chakra is clear from Lord Krishna's reference to the Chakra as "Evam pravartitam chakram" in Verse 16 of the III chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Also in Verses 14 and 15 of the same chapter Bhagavan avers that " The human body originates from food, food grains grow because of rains, rain showers because of performance of Yajnas(Vedic Sacrifices), these Yajnas are prescribed in the Veda and that the Veda has emanated from Brahman who is in the form of Akshara(Sound recorded as letter of the alphabet)". Thus, the Dharma Chakra explains to us that the supreme Brahman is manifest in Vedic sacrifices. May this Independence, dawning with the rightful remembrance of Emperor Ashoka, grant us such fruits as Aram(Dharma or Righteousness) Porul(Wealth), Inbam(Happiness) and Veedu(Moksha - deliverance), by the grace of God.
There are three stripes in our National Flag. They are of dark green, white and orange colours. These colours seem to indicate to us, that military strength for protection from enemies and evil, wealth for welfare and prosperity, and knowledge for the sake of proper administration are essential for the nation. It may be remembered that dark green is the colour of Durga - the Parasakti who is the mother protector, Mahalakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity is of orange colour(golden hue) and Saraswathi the source divine of all knowledge is white in colour. It is a happy coincidence that the colour of the three Shakthis(Goddesses of Power) are seen in the three stripes of the National Flag.
For long, the Indian Nation has strived hard for winning freedom. By the grace of God, by the blessings of great men, and by the unique sacrifice of the people, independence has been won. Let us all pray to the Omnipresent God to shower his grace so that with the hard won freedom, our country becomes prosperous, is rid of famine, and there are no social skirmishes and the entire nation lives in an atmosphere of amity and kindness.
Now that freedom has been attained by the nation, all of us must also try to develop Independence. If we understand ourselves fully we may consider ourselves as independent. We are not capable of controlling the senses. We are unable to suppress desire and control anger, which always troubles us. Whichever thing in whatever measure we obtain does not lead us to contentment. Worldly sufferings cause worry to us. The mind gets confused on noticing these sufferings. What is the way out of all these? we must try to control, albeit gradually the mind which has been functioning vigorously for such a long time. Once the mind is set at rest, we will not be in need of anything. That state of mind which ensures complete freedom is what we must attempt to achieve.
Every day atleast some time should be set apart for practising the control of mind and bereft of other thoughts, we must meditate upon God. Then gradually, the mind will become calm, whereupon we will have the mental power to subjugate desire and anger. Spiritual knowledge will accrue fast for him who practises such meditation. Only these who attain such true spiritual knowledge can truly be independent citizens.
Any woman other than one's wife must be respected as one's own mother. We must regard other living beings as we would regard ourselves. Even at the risk of death, truth alone must be spoken. Petty social feuds must be averted totally, Every one must strive for improving his knowledge and his spiritual attainments and move with others in an atmosphere of kindness. We must sincerely wish that all people should live happily and peacefully.
Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha
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 #187 on: August 16, 2013, 07:27:17 AM »
It is possible for humans to earn the power of energy possessed by such an inert object as the radio set. Indeed we can earn much more, do much more. It is tapas, ascetic endeavour, that will give us such energy. What is tapas? It is the determination to find the truth: it is keeping the mind one-pointed in this search, forsaking food, sleep, home, everything. But when you are a seeker like this, you must remain humble and erase the least trace of egoism in you. You must realise that the truth you seek will be revealed to you only with the grace of Isvara.

Sage of Kanchi
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 #188 on: August 18, 2013, 10:11:45 PM »
Saadhana - the effort has to start
At the same time what we learn from this is that to be the real Self instead of the false Self it is so difficult. The false self is the mind, a creation of MAyA.

The real Self is the Truth that is Brahman.

It may take many life-times; it may be very difficult and long. But the effort has to start right now.

The more you postpone it, the life-cycle will get more extended. Suppose we don’t start this ascent of the spiritual ladder now.

What do you think will happen? We will be continuing to commit further sinful activities and these will accumulate more and more dirt and trash in the mind.

More life-times have to be spent. That is why I said the effort has to start rightaway, in order to escape from this life-cycle.

I said just now ‘escape from this life-cycle’; I also said ‘efforts have to be done’. These two together constitute the definition of SAdhanA.

Instead of doing certain things in a haphazard fashion as and when the mood or the occasion arises, those great ancestors of ours who have reached the goal have prescribed for us specific methodologies for us.

To walk that path is what is called SAdhanA.


Kanchi Sri Maha Periva
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« Reply #189 on: August 21, 2013, 08:47:54 AM »
Gayatri contains in itself the spirit and energy of all Vedic mantras. Indeed it imparts power to other mantras. Without Gayatri-japa, the chanting of all other mantras would be futile.

Kanchi Sri Mahaswami

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« Reply #190 on: August 21, 2013, 08:50:26 AM »
We find hypnotism useful in many ways and we talk of “hypnotic power”. Gayatri is the hypnotic means of liberating ourselves from worldly existence as well as of controlling desire and realising the goal of birth. We must keep blowing on the spark that is the Gayatri and must take up the Gayatri-japa as vrata. The spark will not be extinguished if we do not take to unsastric ways of life and if we do not make our body unchaste.

Kanchi Sri Mahaswami

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« Reply #191 on: August 21, 2013, 09:28:55 AM »
Dear Ravi,


Yes. Yagnopavidam paramam pavitram
Gayatri mantram paramam pavitram.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #192 on: August 31, 2013, 06:55:27 PM »
"How can any Brahmin perform so many samskaras these days?" is perhaps a natural question. "What is the use of speaking about things that are not practicable?"Suppose I myself give two lists, the first containing the samskaras that are easy to perform these days and the second containing those that are not so easy. What will happen then? You will keep on adding items to the second from the first list and, eventually, I am afraid nothing will be left for you to perform. So, on your retirement at least, you must perform all the religious rites imposed on you as Brahmins. You must not ask for an extension of service with your present employers nor look for a new job.

Let me now speak about a Brahmin's daily religious life according to the sastras. It is indeed a harsh routine. A Brahmin must get up five nadikas, or two hours, before sunrise. "Panca -panca-usatkale", so it is said. "Panca-panca" means five*five - "panca-panca usatkale"denotes during the 25th nadika". From sunset to sunrise is 30 nadikas. So a Brahmin must rise during the 25th nadika- from this time to sunrise is "Brahma muhurta".

After getting up, he cleans his teeth, bathes in cold water and performs sandhyavandana and japa. Next he goes through aupasana and agnihotra. These rites come under "devayajna", sacrifices to the gods. Next is "Brahmayajna", the daily study and chanting of the Vedas. As part of this rite there are some tarpanas or libations to be offered. (For people following certain sutras these come later). If daytime is divided into eight parts one part would have been over by now.

In the second part of the daytime, the Brahmin must teach his disciples the Vedas-this is adhyapana. Afterwards, he must gather flowers himself for the puja he is to perform. Since he is not expected to earn a salary- and if he does not own any land received as gift - he must beg for his food and also for the materials for the conduct of various sacrifices. The Brahmin has the right to beg, but it is a restrictive right because it means that he can take only the minimum needed for the upkeep and what is required for the performance of the rituals. A considerable part of what he receives as gifts is to be paid as daksina to the priests officiating at the sacrifices he performs.

Of the six "occupations" of the Brahmin one is "pratigraha" or accepting gifts. Another is "dana", making donations to others. It is asked why Brahmins alone have the right to receive gifts. The answer is that they are also enjoined to make gifts to others. Indeed, the Brahmin accepts gifts for the purpose of the charity he himself has to render. This apart, he has also to make gifts during the rites to be mentioned next, "atithya" and "bhutayajna".

After the second part of the day and a portion of the third have been spent thus, the Brahmin must bathe again and perform madhyahnika. Next he does pitr-tarpana, that is he offers libations to the fathers; and this rite is followed by homa and puja. In the latter rite he must dedicate to the deities all those objects that he perceives with his five senses(the five jnanendriyas). It must now be midday and the fourth part of the daytime will have been over and the Brahmin must have completed the rites meant for the deities, the Vedas and the fathers.

Of the five great sacrifices or panca-mahayajnas, two remain- manusyayajna or honouring and feeding the guests and "bhutayajna" which includes bali to the creatures of the earth and feeding the poor (vaisvadeva). Rice is offered in the sacrificial fire and also as bali( that is without being placed in the fire). In bali, food is placed in different parts of the house to the chanting of mantras- food meant for outcastes, beggars, dogs, birds, etc. In the manusya-yajna, guests are entertained and it is also known as atithya. The Brahmin has his mealtime only after going through these rites. Until then he must not take anything except perhaps some milk or buttermilk, but never coffee or any snacks. If he has any other sacrifices to conduct, paka, havir or soma, his mealtime will be further delayed. If he has a sraddha to perform also he will have to eat later than usual. A sraddha ceremony must be commenced only in the "aparahna": I will tell you what it means.

Daytime, we have seen, is divided into eight parts. But it can also be divided into five, each of six nadikas. If the sun rises at 6, 6 to 8. 24 is morning or "pratah-kala"; 8. 24 to 10. 48 is "sangava-kala"; and 10. 48 to 1. 12 is "madhyahnika". From 1. 12 to 3. 36 it is "aparahna"; and from 3. 36 to 6 (or sunset) is "sayam-kala". (The time close to sunset is "pradosa". "Dosa" means night, the prefix "pra" meaning "pre" or "before". The English "pre' is derived from "pra". Pradosa thus is the time before night).

I said that the time for sraddha is aparahna. Rites meant for the gods may be performed only after the completion of the sraddha. After his meal, the Brahmin must read the Puranas. Next he has the duty of teaching members of other castes their hereditary vocations, arts and crafts. He does not have a moment for rest or relaxation. For soon it will be time for his evening bath, sandhyavandana, sacrifices and japa. Vaisvadeva has to be performed at night also before the Brahmin has his meal and retires to bed. On most nights he takes only light food consisting of fruits, milk, etc. On Ekadasi he has to fast the whole day.

There is not a moment without work. It is clear that, if the Brahmin created the sastras, it is not because he wanted to live a life of ease and comfort. On the contrary, the sastras impose on him a life of hardship and austerity, a life of utter physical and mental discipline.

Even today Brahmins who work in offices or other establishments must try to live according to the sastras. They must get up at 4 a. m. (Brahma muhurta), perform aupasana, agnihotra, Brahmayajna, etc, in the traditional manner. They may perform puja and madhyahnika during the sangava time (8. 24 a. m. to 10. 48 a. m. ). "Madhyahnika" as the name suggests is a midday rite but, making allowances for present-day life, it may be performed during the sangava kala. In the evening too the rites may be gone through in the sastric manner. as they say, if there is a will there is a way. On holidays it must be possible for a Brahmin to perform all the rites expected of him.

Even those who are on the morning shift and have to rush to their places of work must perform the rites as best they can. In the evening the Gayatri-japa be extended to compensate for non-performance in the morning. If it is morning shift for a week, will it not be mid-shift or night shift in the subsequent weeks? There could be adjustments made to suit these timings.

Brahmins must feel repentant if they fail to perform the rites they are duty-bound to perform. They must devote the years of their retirement to the pursuit of their dharma instead of feeling sorry for not going out to work. There are rare cases ---perhaps one in a lakh---of people who have learned the Vedas during their retirement and lived the rest of their life according to the tenets of the sastras.

The rites of our religion go back to a time when no other faith was prevalent. We must make every effort to ensure that they do not cease to be performed. They are not meant for our sake alone [as individuals] but for the welfare of all mankind.

Source: Hindu Dharma (selected discourses by Sri Maha Periyava)
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 #193 on: September 04, 2013, 08:18:24 PM »
इदं शरीरमुत्पाद्य इह लोके एवं सुखदुःखादिप्रदं यत्कर्म
तत्प्रारब्धं भोगेन नष्टं भवति प्रारब्धकर्मणां भोगादेव क्षयं इति ।


idaṁ śarīramutpādya iha loke evaṁ sukhaduḥkhādipradaṁ yatkarma
tatprārabdhaṁ bhogena naṣṭaṁ bhavati prārabdhakarmaṇāṁ bhogādeva kṣayaṁ iti |

Having given birth to this body, the actions which give results in this very world , in the
form of hapiness of misery, and which can be destroyed only by enjoying or suffering
them, is called Prarabdha Karma.

Adi Shankara, Tatvabodha
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #194 on: September 10, 2013, 08:05:42 AM »
Sage of Kanchi Power of Sound Vibrations
Not all mantras that create benign vibrations are necessarily meaningful. In this context we have the example of the music. The alapana of a raga (the elaboration of a musical mode) is "pure" sound, that is, it has no words, but it is still is capable of producing emotions like joy, sorrow, etc. During the researches conducted by a university team, it was discovered that the vibrations created by the instrumental music quickened the growth of the plants and resulted in a higher yield. Here is a proof that the sound has the power of creation. Also to be noted is the fact that the instrumental music played to the plant does not obviously have any verbal contact--- this establishes that the sound has its own power.
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