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« Reply #225 on: September 30, 2013, 10:30:23 AM »
Everyone knows Kanchi Mahaswamigal but very few know about his brother popularly called as "Sivan Sir " . He kept a very low profile but was a very big Jnani himself . According to Kanchi Paramacharya he called his brother a born Jnani . Today i.e Sept 30th is Sivan Sir's Jayanthi
The book that popularized the teachings of Sivan Sir is the book Yenippadigalil Maanthargal - YPM
Most of that books contents are translated in English in the site below . Just click the link below that has the contents of the book + also details about him .
http://srisivansir.com/ypm


HH Sivan Sir’s Jayanthi for this year falls on Sep 30th. An event is planned out in Sri Ramakrishna Matriculation School, T.Nagar, Chennai. As usual, this event is organized by Shri Shivaraman. Pl mark your calendar and attend this event.

Sri Sivan Sir Padham Saranam

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« Reply #226 on: October 02, 2013, 10:17:14 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
In the old days there were many people who refused to take the path of knowledge and wished to remain wedded to the path of karma. Nowadays people who want to take the path of jnana, without being prepared for it through karma predominate. During the time of Sri Krsna also the majority clung to rituals. His criticism is directed against them, against those who perform Vedic sacraments without understanding their purpose and who fail to go beyond them. Unfortunately, this is mistaken for criticism of the Vedas themselves. The Lord could never have attacked the Vedas per se. After all, it was to save them that he descended to earth again and again.
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« Reply #227 on: October 02, 2013, 06:50:54 PM »
பிரமிக்கவைக்கும் பெரியவாளின் தமிழ்

தமிழ் மொழியிலே பெரியவாளுக்கு இருந்த பேரறிவு முத்தமிழ்க் காவலர்களையெல்லாம் பிரமிக்க வைக்கிறது.

ஒரு முறை கி.வா.ஜ-விடம், “தமிழ் என்றால் என்ன?” என்று கேட்டார். மேலும் “சமஸ்கிருதம் என்றால், செம்மை செய்யப்பட்ட மொழி என்று அர்த்தம்! அப்படி தமிழுக்கு ஏன் அந்தப் பெயர் வந்தது சொல்லுங்கள்!” என்கிறார்.

கி,வா.ஜ. அடக்கமாக,”பெரியவா சொன்னால் தெரிந்து கொள்கிறேன்!” என்றார்

“எந்த மொழியிலும் இல்லாத சிறப்பான எழுத்து ‘ழ’ என்பது இந்த எழுத்து வரக் கூடிய எந்தச் சொல்லும், அழகு,இனிமை அவற்றைக் குறிப்பதகாவே இருக்கும். மழலை, குழல், அழகு, குழந்தை, கழல், நிழல், பழம், யாழ் இப்படி ‘ழ’ வருகிற எல்லாமே நமக்குப் பிடித்தவை. ஆகவே இனிமையான ‘ழ’வைத் தம்மிடத்தில் உடையது ‘தமிழ்’ (தமி+ழ்) என்று சொல்லலாமா” என்கிறார்.

உடனே கி.வா.ஜ., “இதைவிடப் பொருத்தமாக சொல்ல முடியுமா? இனி எல்லா மேடைகளிலும் நான் இதைச் சொல்லுவேன்!”என்றாராம்.

சீர்காழிப் பதிகத்தில் நற்றமிழ் வல்ல ஞானசம்பந்தர் பாடியிருக்கும் “யாமா மாநீ யாமா மா” என்ற மாற்றுமாலைப் பதிகம் மிகவும் கடினம். அவற்றுள் ஒன்றைப் பெரியவா எடுத்து, மிகவும் கடினமான அந்தப் பதிகத்தைப் பிரித்துப் பிரித்து மிக எளிமைப்படுத்திப் பொருள் சொன்னார். பெரிய வித்வான்கள் பிரமித்துப் போனார்கள்.

அதுபோல் காளமேகப் புலவர் பாடிய பாடலில் ஒன்று, முக்கால்,அரை,கால், அரைக்கால், இருமா, மாகாணி, ஒருமா,கீழரை என்று குறைந்துகொண்டே வரும் அளவுகளை வைத்து எழுதுகிறார், தெரியுமா?” என்று கேட்டு,

முக்காலுக்கு ஏகாமல் முன்னரையில் வீழாமுன்

அக்கா வரைக்கால் கண்டு அஞ்சா முன்

விக்கி இருமாமுன், மாகாணிக்கேகாமுன்

கச்சி ஒருமாவின் கீழரை இன்றோது….

 

என்ற பாட்டை பெரியவா எடுத்துக் காட்டுகிறார்.

அதன் பொருளையும் தனக்கே உரிய முறையில், “முக்கால்னா மூன்று கால்கள். வயதான் பின் இரண்டு காலில் நடக்கத் தள்ளாடி ஒரு தடியை மூன்றாவது காலாகப் பயன்படுத்துகிறோமே…..அந்த நிலை வருவதற்குள், முன்னரையில் வீழாமுன்…நரை வருவதற்கு முன்னாலே விக்கலும் இருமலும் வருவதற்கு முன்…. யமனுடைய காலடி நம்மை அணுகுவதற்கு முன்…..ஊருக்கு வெளியிலுள்ள மாகாணி என்ற சுடுகாட்டுக்குப் போகும் முன்…காஞ்சியில் ஒரு மாமரத்தின் கீழ் உள்ள ஏகாம்பரேசுவரரை இன்றைக்கே துதிப்பாய்!” என்று மிக அழகாக விளக்குகிறார்.

மேலும் “என்ன அழகு பார்த்தேளா! ஏகாம்பரரை, அந்த ஒன்று என்ற எண்ணுக்குக் கீழேயே கொண்டுவந்து கீழரை வரை எட்டு அளவுகளையும் கோத்துத் துதித்திருக்கிறாரே!” என்று சொல்லிச் சொல்லி மகிழ்ந்தார்.

எதையுமே இப்படி விளக்கமாகப் பொழிந்து தள்ளியதைக் கேட்டவர்கள் பாக்யசாலிகள்!!
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« Reply #228 on: October 02, 2013, 07:04:23 PM »
Dear Atmavichar100,

Wonderful explanation by Mahaperiyava.  Like poet's Kalamegam's songs, there are many songs playing with words
and letters.  Tamizh got its name from Ta (which is vallinam), ma or mi (which is mellinam) and zha which is idaiyinam.
Thus Tamizh contains one letter from each of three consonants.


ka, cha, ta, tha, pa, Ra  are Vallinam, that is consonants which have to be pronounced with pressure.   
ya, ra, la,va, zha, La are idiaiynam, the middle type.
gna, jna, na, ma, n.a, Na are Mellinam - the consonants, which are yet to pronounced with least pressure.

Thus there are 18 consonants.

Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #229 on: October 02, 2013, 07:10:43 PM »

Yes Subramaniam Sir , Tamil has its own beauty . If Language like Tamil /Sanskrit are taught like this ( to students etc ) then people will definitely take interest in studying these languages more in depth instead of considering it just a bore .

By the way here are some resources that I wish to point out for getting more info about Kanchi Maha Swamigal's Talks/ discourses /experiences

Blog dedicated to spread the life and teachings of Kanchi Sri Maha Periva
http://www.periva.org/


The goal of this blog is to consolidate any unique information about HH Sri Mahaperiyava under one place. The other benefit of this blog is to help our next generation(s) to know about mahans like Him and learn.
http://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/
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« Reply #230 on: October 02, 2013, 07:17:03 PM »
Dear Atmavichar100,

(This is not from Sri Sankaracharyas.  But I am giving it here for obvious reasons):


 கத்துகடல் சூழ்நாகைக் காத்தான்தன் சத்திரத்தில்
அத்தமிக்கும் போதில் அரிசிவரும்; குத்தி
உலையில்இட ஊர்அடங்கும்; ஓர்அகப்பை அன்னம்
இலையில்இட வெள்ளி எழும். .


This is again from Kalamegam.  He was waiting in the food choultry of Nagappattinam.  There seemed to be no way
of getting any food. He was very hungry.  Then he composed this song:

In Nagai (Nagapattinam) which is surrounded by roaring sea,
There is a chatram (food choultry) called Kathan Chatram,
There rice would  be delivered (by donor) when the sun sets.
Then when the lazy cooks put it in the pot for cooking, it will be midnight, and the whole town would go to sleep.
When one ladle of cooked rice is served on your leaf plate, the morning star Venus (VeLLi) would arise, ie. at 2.00 am.!

Arunachala Siva.         

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« Reply #231 on: October 03, 2013, 10:38:32 AM »
Set aside all your worldly thoughts when you sit for Puja. Concentrate on Ishwara during that short period. Observe how your vacillating mind calms down. Joy will well up by itself.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal.
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« Reply #232 on: October 03, 2013, 10:39:39 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
Graduating to the Upanisads without being prepared for them through the performance of Vedic rites is a greater offence than failure to go along the path of jnana from that of karma. After all, to repeat what I said before, on has to go through the primary and secondary stages of education before qualifying for admission to college. The man who insists on being admitted to the B. A. class without qualifying for it is not amenable to any suggestion. The one who wants to remain in the first standard learns at least something; the other type is incapable of learning anything.
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« Reply #233 on: October 04, 2013, 11:13:21 AM »
Today i.e Fri 4 Oct 2013 is Mahalaya Ammavasya Day and the day before which Navarathi starts and it is a very auspicious day celebrated all over India to give offering to the departed ancestors and get their blessings . On this auspicious day only Sringeri Acharya Sri Chandrashekara Bharati Mahaswamiji attained Mahasamdhi and given below is his brief life history and also the unique way in which he voluntary  cast his body which only few great souls can do . In Traditional Acharyas apart from Kanchi Mahaswamigal,I highly admire Sringeri Acharya Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati Swamigal and always feel spiritually energized  when I read about his life , his dialogues and his talks .

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Biography of Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji

http://www.sringeri.net/jagadgurus/sri-chandrashekhara-bharati-mahaswamiji/biography


A Jivan Mukta is rare. Some time, in some country a great soul takes birth. One must be fortunate even to get a glimpse of such a being, for it ennobles his life. To this parampara of jivanmuktas belonged Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati, the 34th Acharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham.

Laureate among the scholars who were patronised by Sri Nrisimha Bharati VIII was Ishwari Subba Shastri. Later in life he retired to the Himalayas as a recluse. His only son Gopala Shastri inherited his father’s flair for learning and outshone him in his detachment. His spouse Lakshamma bore him eleven children and each of them died in their infancy. The couple sought the blessings of Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swamiji whom they looked up to for everything. When they met the Acharya, due to his spiritual insight, he could see the happy events in store not only to their family but also for the Peetham. It is said that the Acharya, while assuring them of the success of their pilgrimage, added that it would be in the best interest of their to-be-born son to be dedicated to Goddess Sharadamba.

On their pilgrimage to Gokarna on a Shivaratri day, Lord Mahabaleshwara appeared in the dreams of Gopala Shastri and Lakshamma, and assured them that they would be blessed with an illustrious son. Their hearts were filled with ecstasy. Soon the happy tidings came, Lakshamma had conceived her twelfth child. On Sunday, October 16, 1892, a son was born to this pious couple. It was the auspicious day of Ashwayuja Bahula Ekadasi (the eleventh day of the dark fortnight) in the lunar year Nandana. On the eleventh day the rituals of jatakarma and namakarana were done. The son was named “Sri Narasimha’. There is little doubt that Narasimha was an exceptional luminary who was born to teach, born to redeem. Even from his boyhood days he was introverted, had no attraction for the objects of the world.

He had his board and lodging in the house of Srikanta Shastri, the Agent of the Mutt. He was very fond of chanting the hymn Mookapanchasati. Once, while on way to the market, he was so immersed in the composition that he proceeded far beyond the limits of the Sringeri township. It was only when the recitation ended that Narasimha realised he had come far out.

Narasimha’s memory was prodigious, his intelligence was sparkling and his conduct was humble and simple. He was admitted to the local Anglo-vernacular school run by the Government. Narasimha used to study Sanskrit at home and English at school. The Brahmopadesa of Narasimha was performed when he was eight. He was regular in the performance of sandhyavandana three times each day and agnikarya, worship of fire god, twice daily.

Narasimha excelled in his class. In his twelfth year, Narasimha took the lower secondary examination and topped the list in the first division. However, Narasimha was just not made for a worldly career. He was the child of God born to adorn the Sharada Peetham. Narasimha changed over to Sadvidya Sanjeevini Patashala of the Peetham, according to the express wishes of Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava Nrisimha Bharati Swamigal.

During his tours, the Acharya established in 1910 an institution of higher Vedantic training, ‘Bharatiya Girvana Praudha Vidya Abhivardhani Pathasala.’ His automatic choice for the course was his special student, Narasimha for higher studies in Mimamsa and Vedanta. He prayed that His disciple and successor should embody in His person all the great traditions of knowledge and spirituality that the Peetham had stood for, and true to His samkalpa all of them found their abode and fulfillment in the disciple who ascended the Vyakhyana Simhasana under the name of Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati on April 7, 1912.
As a Peethadhipati

The new Jagadguru gathered round Him veteran scholars, one of them Virupaksha Sastri who later became head of the Kudli Mutt. Virupaksha Sastri often proclaimed that the Jagadguru’s profound scholarship was the result of divine grace rather than any effort on His part. Within three years, the Jagadguru mastered all the recondite works on Vedanta, not to speak of the other Shastras.

The renovation of the temple of Sri Sharada was completed, and a beautiful shrine was erected over the Samadhi of the late guru in Narasimhavana. In 1916, the Acharya had the Kumbabhishekam of both the shrines performed at which the Maharaja of Mysore was present, as also representatives of the Maharaja Gaekwad of Baroda and several other rulers. Thousands of disciples came to Sringeri to participate in the functions and receive the blessings of their own guru. The Jagadguru then set His heart upon tapasya, and placing complete faith in Sri Sharada and his guru, He withdrew into solitude, occasionally coming out to teach the bhashyas to deserving disciples.

Four years busy touring was followed by a long period of practical seclusion from the outside world, and the Jagadguru gave Himself up to intense tapasya oblivious of his surroundings. But the affairs of the Mutt required attention. Under inspiration from Sri Sharada, the Jagadguru designated Sri Srinivasan, a youth of remarkable intelligence and potentiality for spiritual eminence, His successor, and gave Him Sanyasa with the name of Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Swami on May 22, 1931. The Junior Acharya soon became highly proficient in learning and took over the spiritual and secular affairs of the Mutt, giving considerable relief to the senior Acharya.

At the request of the Jagadguru, the Mysore Government appointed a senior officer of their administrative service, who under the designation ‘officer-in-charge’, took charge of the revenue administration of the Samsthanam.

Seldom did the Jagadguru receive disciples while in retirement and on the few occasions that He did, for which hundreds would be waiting, a smile or a significant nod proved more efficacious and illuminating than a sermon, and would fill their souls with blessedness. By dint of introspection and tapasya, His body lost all suggestions of being material and appeared sublimated into spirit radiating a halo all around.
Videha Mukti

A few years later the Jagadguru of His own volition decided to free from the fetters of His mortal body. On Sunday, September 26, 1954, He got up very early in the morning and walked towards Tunga; a servant followed at a slight distance. He stepped into the water without heeding the servant’s warning about the depth of water at that spot, and advancing further into the current had a dip. Then he did Pranayama, and dipped again. The servant saw the Acharya’s body floating down the current. In consternation the servant plunged into the river, caught hold of the Acharya, but in the effort lost his consciousness. A gentleman who happened to hear the shouts of the servant, brought the two ashore. The servant was soon restored to life but ‘nothing could be done in the other case’. It was reported that His Holinesses body was in an erect sitting posture with legs crossed as at the time of contemplation and was straightened out only in an attempt to restore respiration and that there was no sign of drowning or of suffocation or of any struggles for life. His Holiness had ever been in the best of health, and His passing away naturally baffled all doctors, just as He was baffling them even when He was alive. In life as in death he was equally an enigma to all who sought physical explanation for spiritual experiences. The Jagadguru’s mortal remains found their resting place in a samadhi just by the side of that of his great guru in Narasimhavanam. The anniversary of the day will ever fall on the Mahalaya New Moon day, the day of the annual abhiseka of Sri Sharada preparatory to the Navaratri celebrations. His birth, upanayanam, sanyasa and videha mukti were all on Sundays.
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« Reply #234 on: October 05, 2013, 10:11:00 PM »
Whey do people flock to a jnanin?

Why do they fall at his feet even if he keeps himself aloof from them? It is because they receive his grace. Whether or not he wants to give any blessings, the Lord's grace flows into this world through him. In his very presence people feel tranquil and, sometimes, even their worldly desires are satisfied.


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« Reply #235 on: October 25, 2013, 01:13:14 PM »
The discipline of knowledge is only cultivated by the grace of a realised Guru, and not by any amount of verbal discussions. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamaigal
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« Reply #236 on: October 30, 2013, 06:08:51 PM »
When does an action result in sin?

It is when, acting with selfish desire, we venture to indulge in all kinds of wrongful actions to achieve our selfish goal. By doing so, we load our mind with the impurity of enmity, fear, sorrow etc.

“Total commitment to our action becomes possible only when the itch for selfish desire is absent and therefore the action is honest”


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« Reply #237 on: November 04, 2013, 07:18:22 AM »
The Puranas are the magnifying glass of the Vedas. The principles and rules of dharma that are briefly dealt with in the Vedas are enlarged or elaborated upon in them in the form of stories. A subject briefly touched upon may not make a deep impression on the mind. If the same were told as an absorbing story it would at once make an impact on the mind of the listener or reader.

Kanchi Mahaswamigal
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #238 on: November 15, 2013, 04:12:01 PM »
TEMPLE WORSHIP

"One of our duties as human beings is to avail ourselves of every opportunity to do good to others. The poor can serve others by their physical labor and the rich by their wealth. Those of you who are influential can use your influence to better the condition of others. That way, we can keep alive in our hearts the sense of social service.


India is a poor country; but it is the poor that joined together in ancient times and built the grand temples and towers which we find today in every town and village of South India. The economy of those days was different from what it is now. People's wants were few and the surplus produce of the land was utilized to hire labor to build these great structures of public utility and spiritual admiration.

In the present day, social service is viewed in a different manner. Schools and hospitals are built and banks organized on a community basis with the object of eradicating ignorance, diseases and poverty. But it is evident that these forms of social service have not been an unmixed blessing.
Education has not eradicated falsehood and corruption. On the other hand, unsophisticated tribal people, whom modern education has not reached, are found to be more honest than the so-called educated people. Confidence of obtaining cure in hospitals has made people lead reckless lives. All the banks that have come into existence have not succeeded in eradicating poverty among the masses.

In our modern mode of life, we have multiplied our wants. This will lead only to perpetual discontent.
A life of extreme simplicity alone can bring contentment and happiness to the people. In this country, there are, what may be called, community temples. For instance at Avadayarkoil, it is the custom to offer large quantities of cooked rice to the presiding deity and this rice is made available to all at a nominal cost. In many temples the sense of community life is fostered by devoting special days and occasions for it. Consecrated food is made available through them to all those in need.

Gratitude for help received is a cardinal virtue. The taxes that you pay to the Corporation of Madras and to the Government are your expression of gratitude for the services rendered by those agencies. There are super-human agencies which confer benefits on us. We must express our gratitude to those agencies in the manner prescribed in the Vedas. This expression of gratitude is known as yagna. Though schools, hospitals and banks and such other social service organizations may be necessary in the context of
our present times, these institutions cannot serve their respective purposes in the absence of devotion. The one cure for all human ills is the power to endure them with faith in God’s grace. Bhakti alone can give that power of endurance. Temples are the agencies for the cultivation of bhakti. Hence the obligation to build temples in every place.

What is the significance of making offerings to the idols installed in temples? This is done as an expression of gratitude to the Power that created all things. Man by himself cannot create even a blade of grass. We will be guilty of gross ingratitude if we do not offer first to God, what we eat or wear. Only the best and the choicest should be offered to God. It is not everyone that can do pooja at home and make these offerings to God. It is here that temples come into the picture. Offerings are made to God in the temples on behalf of the entire community.

It is not even necessary that every one should worship inside the temples every day. Gopura darsanam will itself elevate our minds and make us remember the source from which we derive all the earthly benefits. At the same time, it is necessary for the community to see that worship at the temples is conducted properly. We should make it a point to see the temple tower every day and thereby concentrate a while in the contemplation of God. At least once a week we should go round the temple, reciting naamaas (God’s names) and doing bhajan. If we do so, we will derive real and lasting benefit."

-Mahaperiyava Chandrasekharendra Saraswati

(October 7, 1957)
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 #239 on: November 17, 2013, 12:04:30 PM »
As the Sun of Sri Adi Shankaracharya rose, the gloom and darkness off ill-informed interpretations of the Vedas were totally destroyed. It s our duty to study Sri Adi Shankaracharya's works and understand the essence of His exposition on the Upanishadic philosophy of Advaita. - 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