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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #210 on: September 16, 2013, 06:54:44 PM »
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Kaupina Panchakam:

Sri Sankaracharya:
Subramaniam Sir

It seems Adi Shankara wrote Kaupina Panchakam keeping Bhagavan Ramana in Mind .It completely reflects the way Bhagavan Ramana lived especially in the early stages before the Ashram came .
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« Reply #211 on: September 16, 2013, 07:44:57 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,


Yes. Bhagavan lived as Sri Sankara said  in that beautiful poem.  But there are two differences.  Bhagvaan was ati-varnasrmii.
Sri Sankara was a sannyasi.

Bhagavan's first 18 years were full of hardships. He has taken food begged from streets, without salt even. Later, thanks
to devotees, He had a couch and some comforts.  These were needed for His rheumatic pain and other illnesses from time to time.
There is a funny story.  One devotee who had seen Him in his Virupaksha Cave days came later and found Bhagavan sitting
on a couch and with pillows etc.,  He said (perhaps he thought a sannyasi should live like He lived Virupaksha Cave) : Bhagavan!
'You'  have changed so much.  Bhagavan said: Yes.  'I' (ego/mind) have changed a long time back. But these comforts have
come only to my body which in transient.  One day if someone wants this sofa and pillows, I shall readily give. If someone wants
the tiger skin, I shall allow him to take it. (In fact one day, a fellow took away His tiger skin and some devotee brought it back
giving nice blows to him).    If someone wants me to live like Virupaksha days, I shall gladly live that way.           

One a person is Self Realized, all outwards comforts can be dispensed with at anytime.  If they come to Him it is due to prarabdha.
If it goes away it is again due to prarabdha.  He had liked many times the rice gruel brought by villagers.

Sri Sankara has written one poem called Anatma Sweekaranam.  All anatama (i.e. non self) can be dispensed with by a Brahma Jnani
at anytime. 

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« Reply #212 on: September 18, 2013, 02:46:31 PM »

Sivanamavalyashtakam:

O Mahadeva ! O Thou Auspicious One, with the moon shining in Thy crest !
Slayer of Madana ! Wielder of the trident ! Unmoving One !  Lord of the Himalayas !
O Consort of Durga !  Lord of all creatures ! Thou who scatter the distress of the fearful !
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (1)

O Beloved of Parvati's heart ! O Thou moon-crested Deity !
Master of every being !  Lord of ghosts! O Thou, the Lord of Parvati !
O Vamadeva ! Self Existent One ! O Rudra, Wielder of the bow!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                  (2)

O Blue-throated God !  Siva, whose emblem is the Bull !  O Five faced One !
Lord of the worlds, who wears snakes about Thy wrists ! O Thou Auspicious One !
O Siva!  O Pasupati !  O Thou, the Lord of Parvati !
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (3)

O Lord of the Universe ! O Siva Sankara ! O God of gods !
Thou who dost bear the river Ganga in Thy matted locks !
Thou, the Master of Pramatha, and Nandika ! O Hara, Lord of the world !
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (4)

O King of Kasi ! Lord of the cremation ground of Manikarnika !
O mighty Hero ! Thou destroyer of Daksha's sacrfice ! O All Pervasive One !
O Lord of ghosts! O Omniscient One, who are the sole indweller in every heart! O God!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (5)

O Mahadeva ! Compassionate One!  Benign Deity!
O Vyomakesa !  Blue throated One, O Lord of ghosts !
Thou whose body is besmeared with ashes ! Thou who art garlanded with human skulls!
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (6)

O Thou who dwells on Mount Kailas!  Thou whose carrier is the Bull !
O Conqueror of Death !  O Three Eyed One ! Lord of the three worlds !
Beloved of Narayana! Slayer of lust!  Thou, Sakti's Lord !
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (7)

Lord of the Universe!  Refuge of the whole world ! O Thou of Infinite Forms!
Soul of the Universe ! O Thou in whom repose the Infinite virtues of the world !
O Thou adored by all !  Compassionate One ! O Friend of the poor !
Rescue me, helpless as I am, from the trackless forest of this miserable world.                   (8)

(Tr. Swami Nikhilanada)

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« Reply #213 on: September 18, 2013, 09:17:45 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,


Yes. Bhagavan lived as Sri Sankara said  in that beautiful poem.  But there are two differences.  Bhagvaan was ati-varnasrmii.
Sri Sankara was a sannyasi.

Bhagavan's first 18 years were full of hardships. He has taken food begged from streets, without salt even. Later, thanks
to devotees, He had a couch and some comforts.  These were needed for His rheumatic pain and other illnesses from time to time.
There is a funny story.  One devotee who had seen Him in his Virupaksha Cave days came later and found Bhagavan sitting
on a couch and with pillows etc.,  He said (perhaps he thought a sannyasi should live like He lived Virupaksha Cave) : Bhagavan!
'You'  have changed so much.  Bhagavan said: Yes.  'I' (ego/mind) have changed a long time back. But these comforts have
come only to my body which in transient.  One day if someone wants this sofa and pillows, I shall readily give. If someone wants
the tiger skin, I shall allow him to take it. (In fact one day, a fellow took away His tiger skin and some devotee brought it back
giving nice blows to him).    If someone wants me to live like Virupaksha days, I shall gladly live that way.           

One a person is Self Realized, all outwards comforts can be dispensed with at anytime.  If they come to Him it is due to prarabdha.
If it goes away it is again due to prarabdha.  He had liked many times the rice gruel brought by villagers.


Subramanian-ji
What does ati-varnasrami really mean? (literally it indicates a person is beyond varna and ashrama, but what does it mean in life?)

Your subsequent para on Bhagawan's dispassion towards bodily comforts is the sign of a sanyasi, isn't it? Is referring to Bhagawan as a sanyasi wrong? After all, isn't that the best bhava to have?

It is a different matter that "labels" don't matter to Him... neither does any formal initiation or wearing of ochre. We all know those are superficial.. but, why cannot we refer to Bhagawan as a sanyasi?
Deepa

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« Reply #214 on: September 19, 2013, 08:58:41 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
Sankara, who has expounded the ideals of Selfrealisation and jnana, says: "Vedo nityam adhiyatam taduditam karma svanusthiyatam" (Chant the vedas every day. Perform with care the sacrifices and other rites they enjoin upon you). The Acharya wants us to conduct sacrifices not for happiness in this world, nor for the enjoyment of the pleasure of paradise. No, not for any petty rewards. Sankara exhorts us to carry out Vedic works without our hearts being vitiated by desire. This, according to his teaching, is the way to make our mind pure in order to realise the Self.
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« Reply #215 on: September 19, 2013, 09:27:49 AM »
Dear deepa,

Ati varnasrami means one who is beyond all varnas and asramas.  He is not a sannyasi who only adopts the asarma of Sannyasa.
Whereas an ati varnasrami is beyond all these.  He can even marry !  (See His conversations with Rangan His school mate.  KaduveLi
Siddhar is an ativarnasrami.  He married a dancing girl who wanted a child through him.).  An ativarnasrami can also own property!
This is the point which makes Him win the case against Perumal Swami, because Perumal Swami contested that the Asramam is
not Bhagavan's and he will take over the Asramam.


Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #216 on: September 19, 2013, 02:19:01 PM »
Vishnu Shatpadi:  Six verses on Vishnu:

Save me from pride, O Vishnu ! Curb my restless mind.
Still my thirst for waters of this world's mirage.
Be gracious, Lord ! To this Thy humble creature
And rescue him from the ocean of the world.                                 (1)

I worship Thy lotus feet, whose honey is sacred Ganga
Whose fragrance is Knowledge, Truth, and Bliss;
I worship the feet of Lakshmi's consort,
Who overcomes the fear and misery of the world.                         (2)

Even when I am not daulity's slave, O Lord,
The Truth is that I am Thine, and not Thou art mine;
The waves may belong to the ocean,
But the ocean never belongs to the waves.                                  (3)

Bearer of Govardhana ! Slayer of the demon ghosts!
Almighty One, whose eyes are the sun and the moon;
can anyone doubt, O Lord of the universe!
That the vision of Thy form dispels this world's mirage?                (4)

Sovereign Lord ! With Thy manifold incarnations
Ever hast Thou protected the universe from harm !
Come to my rescue, then O Lord !
Save me, who am afflicted by the fire of the world.                        (5)

Govinda! Damodara! Thou art possessed
Of infinite virtues and surpassing charm !
Thou churner of the sea of worldliness !
Be gracious unto me and destroy my extreme fear.                       (6)

Naryana!   Thou who art ever compassionate !
I have taken refuge in Thy two feet:
May these six verses, even as a honey bee,
Ever remain on the lotus of my lips!

(Tr. Swami Nikhilananda)

Maha Periyava has given the meaning of this poem under the title Aru kAl Stotram (Prayer of six legs)
in His Deivathin Kural.  The bee or beetle has got six legs.  Here Sri Sankara mentions about honey bee,
which has got six legs. So the name of the title of this poem.

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« Reply #217 on: September 22, 2013, 08:59:19 PM »
Everyone cries “Sanatana Dharma is on the decline”, and repeats it endlessly, but does not stop, to have an introspection into his own conduct. He, who does not set an example himself, but goes on blaming others for the decline of dharma, is the greatest enemy of Dharma.-  Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #218 on: September 23, 2013, 04:51:07 PM »
Gurvashtakam - Sri Sankara:

Though your body be comely and ever remain in perfect health,
Though your name be unsullied, and mountain high your hoarded gold,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail you? What, indeed, will it all avail?                               (1)

Even if fortune bless you with riches, and a virtuous wife,
With children and their children, with friendship and the joy of home,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it avail you?  What, indeed, will it all avail?                                   (2)

Though the lore of the Vedas take up its dwelling on your tongue,
Though you be learned in scripture, gifted in writing prose and verse,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail you?  What, indeed, will it all avail?                               (3)

Even if you be honored at home and famed in foreign lands,
Given to pious deeds, and ever averse to wickedness, Yet
  if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail? What, indeed, will it all avail?                                      (4)

Though you become at last, the emperor of the universe,
Though you possess for servants the mightiest kings of earth,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail? What, indeed, will it all avail?                                      (5)

Even if every nation resound with your beneficence,
Yet if he mind be not absorbed in he lotus feet of Him,
By grace of whom alone, everything in this word is won,
What will it all avail you?  What, indeed, will it all avail?                              (6)

Though you pursue no pleasure, derive no joy from wealth or wife,
Reject the powers of Yoga, and scorn the fruits of sacrifice,
Yet if the mind be not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will avail of you?  What, indeed, will it all avail?                                   (7)

Even if you be ready to dwell in the forest as at home,
No more attached to work, untrammeled by an ugly form,
Yet, if the mind is not absorbed in the Guru's lotus feet,
What will it all avail you?  What, indeed, will it all avail?                                (8)

Of novices and monks, of rulers and of worldly men,
That noble soul who ponders these verses in the Guru's praise,
And to the guru's teachings applies his mind with constant zeal --
He will attain to Brahman, the treasure coveted by all.

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« Reply #219 on: September 24, 2013, 04:22:39 PM »
The effects brought about by fate, a product of your own past actions, can always be countered by your efforts now. Never lose heart if you do not succeed initially. Keep on trying and you are bound to succeed. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #220 on: September 24, 2013, 04:28:36 PM »
Sage of Kanchi
"Anantah vai Vedah", the Vedas are unending. The seers have, however, revealed to us only a small part of them but it is sufficient for our welfare in this world and next. We are not going to create many universes like Brahma that we should know all the Vedas. We need to know only as many as are necessary to ensure our good in this world.
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« Reply #221 on: September 25, 2013, 02:18:30 PM »
Bhavani Ashtakam:

No father have I, no mother, no comrade,
No son, no daughter, no wife, and no grandchild,
No servant or master, no wisdom, no calling;
In Thee is my only haven of refuge,
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani !                                   (1)

Immersed as I am in the limitless ocean
Of worldly existence, I tremble and suffer.
Alas! I am lustful and foolish and greedy,
And ever enchained by the fetters of evil;
In Thee is my only haven of refuge.
In Thee is my help and my strength, O Bhavani !                                 (2)

To giving  alms and to meditation,
To scriptures and hymns and mantras, a stranger,
I know not of worship, possess no dispassion;
In Thee is my only haven of refuge,
In Thee my help and my strength, O Bhavani !                                    (3)

O mother! of pilgrimage or of merit,
Of mental control or the soul's liberation,
Of rigorous vows or devotion, I know not;
In Thee is my only haven of refuge,
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani !                                    (4)

Addicted to sinning and worthless companions,
A slave to ill thoughts and to doers of evil,
Degraded am I, unrighteous, abandoned,
Attached to ill objects, adept in ill speaking;
In Thee is my only haven of refuge,
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani !                                    (5)

I know neither Brahma nor Vishnu nor Siva.
Nor Indra, sun, moon, or similar being --
Not one of the numberless gods, O Redeemer !
In Thee, is my only haven of refuge.
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!                                    (6)

In strife or in sadness, abroad, or in danger,
In water, in fire, in the wilds, on the mountains,
Surrounded by foes, my Savior ! Protect me.
In Thee, is my only haven of refuge,
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!                                   (7)

Defenceless am I -- ill, again, and helpless,
Enfeebled, exhausted, and dumbly despairing,
Afflicted with sorrow, and utterly ruined,
In Thee is my only hope of refuge,
In Thee, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!                                   (8)

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« Reply #222 on: September 26, 2013, 10:45:11 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
The importance of the Yajurveda is that it systematises the karmayoga, the path of works. The Tattitiriya Samhita of the Krsna-Yajurveda deals with sacrifices like darsapurnamasa, somayaga, vajapeya, rajasuya, asvamedha. Besides it has a number of hymnic mantras of a high order not found in the Rgveda. For example, the popular Sri Rudra mantras are from the Yajurveda. The Rgveda does contain five suktas known as "Pancarudra", but when we mention Sri Rudra we at once think of the mantras to this deity in the Yajurveda. That is why a supreme Saiva like Appayya Diksita laments that he was not born a Yajurvedin - he was a Samavedin.
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« Reply #223 on: September 28, 2013, 07:53:59 AM »
Subrahmanya Karavalambashtakam
Subrahmanya Karavalambam
(Support of the hands of Subrahmanya)
Translated by
P.R.Ramachander
http://stotrarathna.blogspot.in/2009/07/subrahmanya-karavalambashtakam.html

(This prayer is also called “Swaminatha Karavalambam”. It sings the glory of Lord Subrahmanya, who is the consort of Valle to give a helping hand to the devotees.)


Here is the youtube audio/video link to this beautiful composition :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nk5h2WOv0DQ


Hey Swaminatha karunakara deena bandho,
Sree Paravatheesa mukha pankaja padma bandho,
Sreesadhi deva gana poojitha pada padma,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 1


Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who is the chief of gods, who is merciful,
Who is friend of the oppressed,
Who is the son of the lotus faced lord of goddess Parvathi,
And whose lotus feet is worshipped
By all gods and also by Lord of Goddess Lakshmi.

Devadhi deva sutha , deva ganadhi nadha,
Devendra vandhya mrudu pankaja manju pada,
Devarshi narada muneendra sugeetha keerthe,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 2

Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who is the son of God of gods, who is the chief of all gods,
Whose soft lotus like feet is worshipped by Devendra,
And whose fame is sung by deva sage Narada and others.

Nithyanna dana nirathakhila roga harin,
Bhagya pradhana paripooritha bhaktha kama,
Sruthyagama pranava vachya nija swaroopa,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 3

Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who gives food daily in charity, who cures all prevalent diseases,
Who bestows luck , who fulfills all wishes of devotees,
And whose real form is the pranava given in Vedas.

Krouncha surendra parigandana sakthi soola,
Chapa thi sasthra parimanditha divya panai,
Sree kundaleesa drutha thunda sikheendra vaha,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 4

Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who is the Lord of mountains, who holds,
Shakthi, Soola, bow and arrows in his holy hands,
Who wears ear rings and who rides the fast moving peacock.

Devadhi deva radha mandala Madhya methya,
Devendra peeda nagaram druda chapa hastha,
Sooram nihathya sura kotibhiradyamana,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 5


Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who is the god o gods,
Who rides the central Chariot among a group of chariots,
Who prevents problems for Devendra,
Who can send arrows very fast,
And who by killing Sura became,
The object of adulation of billions of devas.

Heeradhi rathna vara yuktha kireeda hara,
Keyura kundala lasath kavachabhirama,
Hey Veera tharaka jayaa amara brunda vandhya,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 6


Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who wears crowns and chains with diamonds and gems,
Who wears armlet, ear rings and strong armour,
And who is the valorous one who killed Tharaka,
And was saluted by the groups of devas.

Panchaksharadhi manu manthritha ganga thoyai,
Panchamruthai praudhithendra mukhair muneendryai,
Pattabhishiktha maghavatha nayasa nadha,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 7

Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who was crowned as their leader by Indra,
With the chanting of the holy five letters,
With the bathing of the holy water of Ganga,
After strengthening it further by holy chants,
And who was anointed with the five holy nectars,
By very learned and holy sages.

Sree karthikeya karunamrutha poorna drushtya,
Kamadhi roga kalushi krutha drushta chitham,
Sikthwa thu mamava kala nidhi koti kantha,
Valleesa nadha mama dehi karavalambham. 8


Extend a hand of support, Oh Lord of Valli,
Who is known as Karthikeya , who with his ,
Fully nectar like looks of mercy cures,
Passion, diseases and mind which has made been dirty
Who is the treasure house of arts and
Who shines like billions of suns.


Subrahmanyashtakam punyam yeh padanthi dwijothama,
They sarve mukthimayanthi subrahmanya prasadatha,
Subrahmanyashtakamidham prathar uthaya ya padeth,
Kodi janma krutham papam thath kshanad thasya nasyathi.


The twice born who reads this octet on Subrahmanya,
Would attain salvation by the grace of Lord Subrahmanya,
And for him who reads this octet on Subrahmanya , as soon as,
He gets up in the morning , the sins committed in billons,
Of previous births will vanish in a second.
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« Reply #224 on: September 28, 2013, 06:15:19 PM »
Nirvana Shatkam:  Six Stanzas on Nirvana:

Om. I am neither the mind
  intelligence, ego, nor chitta
Neither ears nor the tongue, 
  nor the senses of smell and sight;
Neither ether nor air 
  nor fire nor water nor earth;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awarness
-- I am Siva!  I am Siva!                                   (1)

I am neither the prana
  nor the five vital breaths
Neither the seven elements of
  the body, nor its five sheaths,
Nor hands nor feet or tongue,
 nor other organs of action;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
-- I am 'Siva! I am Siva!                                   (2)

Neither greed nor delusion,
 loathing nor liking, have I;
Nothing of pride and ego,
  of dharma or Liberation;
Neither desire of the mind
  nor object for its desiring
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
-- I am Siva ! I am Siva!                                   (3)

Nothing of pleasure and pain,
 of virtue and vice do I know,
Of mantra or sacred place,
 of Vedas or sacrifice;
Neither am I the eater,
  the food nor the act of eating;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
-- I am Siva!  I am Siva!                                   (4)

Death or fear I have none,
 nor any distinction of caste;
Neither father nor mother,
  nor even a birth, have I;
Neither friend nor comrade,
  neither disciple nor guru;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
-- I am Siva!  I am Siva!                                  (5)

I have no form or fancy;
 the All Pervading am I;
Everywhere I exist,
 and yet am beyond the senses;
Neither salvation am I,
 nor anything to be known;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness
-- I am "Siva!  I am Siva.                               (6)

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Arunachala Siva.