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« Reply #240 on: November 21, 2013, 12:38:45 PM »
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« Reply #241 on: November 22, 2013, 05:59:46 PM »
HOW TO CONTROL THE MIND


" What is the obstacle to one-pointed meditation? The answer is the unstill mind. All problems are caused by the mind, by the desires arising in it. It is not easy to
control the mind and keep it away effectively from desire. If we ask the mind to think of an object, it seems to obey us for a moment, but soon it takes its own course, wandering off. When I speak to you about meditation and tranquillity, for a moment your mind will perhaps become still and you will be happy. But in a trice it will go astray and the calm you experienced for a few seconds will give place to unquietness.

If you bid your mouth to keep shut, it obeys you for a brief moment. Similarly, if you close your eyes asking them not to see anything, they shut themselves off from the outside world for some moments. But try as you might to tell your mind not to think of anything, it will not listen to you.

The mind must be kept under control. Thinking and non-thinking must be governed by your will. Only then can we claim that it is under our control, that we are masters of our own consciousness.

Lunatics are usually referred to as people with no control over their minds. In fact none of us have any
control over the mind. A madman keeps blabbering. But what about us? We let the mind go freely to keep blabbering inwardly.


Do you know what it means to have mental control? Suppose you are suffering from a severe pain. If you ask your mind not to feel the pain, it shall not feel it in obedience to you [that is you will not feel the pain]. Even if a tiger comes face to face with you and growls you will feel no fear if you ask your mind not to be afraid of the beast. Now we keep crying for no reason. If the mind is under control we will keep smiling even if
there is cause for much sorrow. And under the gravest of provocations it will not be roused to anger and will remain calm.

First we must train our mind not to keep wandering
. One way of doing it is to apply it to good activities. When oil falls in a steady flow, without spraying, it is called "tailadhara". The mind must be gathered together and made steady. It must be accustomed to think of noble and exalted objects like the Lord. Eventually, the very act of "thinking" will cease and we will dissolve in Isvara to become Isvara.

Yoga is controlling the mind in this manner.

Before we pass on, we must find a way to control the mind. Otherwise, we will be born again and we will be subject to the constant unquietness of the mind again. So we must use the opportunity of this birth itself to subdue the mind even while we are in the midst of so much that can rouse our desire or anger. A man who has succeeded in bridling his mind thus is called a "yukta" by the yogins. He is a "sukhin", one who truly experiences bliss, so says Sri Krsna.

You must not turn away from yoga thinking that it is meant only for people like the sages. Who needs medicine? The sick. We suffer from manovyadhi, mental sickness. So we must take the medicine that cures it.

There are two different ways of mastering the mind- the first is outward(bahiranga) and the second is inward (antaranga)
. We must have recourse to both. The Matha has a cartman and a cook. Their work is outward in nature. Then there are those who prepare the wicks of the lamps, gather flowers for the puja - they are "inward" workers. Both types are needed for the functioning of the Matha. By employing both the outward and inward means, the mind must first be applied to good things one pointedly and eventually lead to a state in which it does not think of anything at all.

The outward means consists, for example, of sandhyavandana, sacrifices, charity and so on. The best inward means is meditation. There are five inward(or antaranga) means to aid meditation. They are ahimsa
(non-violence), satya(truthfulness), asteyam(non-stealing), sauca(cleanliness) and indriya-nigraha [subduing the senses, if not obliterating them]. To practise ahimsa is to imbue the mind with love for all and not even think of harming others. Asteyam means not coveting other people's goods. For satya, or truthfulness, to be complete one's entire being, including body, mind and speech, must be involved in its practice. Sauca is hygiene, observing cleanliness by bathing, maintaining ritual purity, etc. Indriya-nigraha implies limits placed on sensual enjoyment. "The eyes must not see certain things, the ears must not hear certain things and the mouth must not eat certain things"- restrictions with regard to what you can see, listen to, eat and do with your body. The body is meant for sadhana, for Atmic discipline. The senses must be "fed" only to the extent necessary to keep the body alive. These five dharmas are to be practiced by all Hindus without any distinction of caste or community."

-Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswamiji
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« Reply #242 on: November 24, 2013, 07:30:49 AM »
why do we light deepam for Kathigai?
HH Sri Sri Paramcharya explained this in 3rd Volume of Deivathin Kural.

We light up a series of earthen lamps on the day of the star of Kruttika in the month of Kaartigai. At that time we are to sing this sloka as given in the saastraa-s:-

keedaa: patangaa: masagaascha vrukchaa: jale stale ye nivasanti jeevaa: I drushtvaa pradeepam na cha janma baajaa bavanti nityam svabasaa hi vipraa: II

This means, “We pray that, whosoever sees this lamp that we are lighting, they be worms, birds or mosquitoes or trees and such plants; all life forms which live in water or on earth; or may be human beings of whatever caste or creed; seeing this light may have the effect on them that all their sins are washed away and they may transcend the cycle of life and death and reach ever lasting happiness”!

Not only life forms in land and water. By saying ‘patangaa:’ (birds) and ‘masakaa:’ (mosquitoes) all flying birds and insects have been included. Though they fly in the air, the mosquitoes lay the eggs in water only. Birds similarly have to come down to a nest to rest and lay eggs. There are fishes which can live only in water while some animals like frogs and crocodiles which are equally adept in land and water. Having identified each such variety, the prayer is for cancellation of all their sins and crossing over the ocean of life.

This Kaartigai Deepam seen by any of these life forms may give them ever lasting merit, it is prayed! The word ‘drushtvaa’ in the slokam means, ‘having been seen’. ‘Vruksham’ the tree is also mentioned. The tree cannot see. As per science, the plants do have some senses. But, we do not know if they have any capacity to see. They do differentiate between sunlight and shadow and grow towards the sunlight! I feel that the interpretation is that, it does not matter even if they cannot see or do not see this light. The prayer is that, still the effect of cancellation of all sins should be there!

As light does not differentiate between Tom, Dick and Harry; between all castes, creeds and sects; between birds, animals, plants and insects; between mobile (jangama) and static (staavara) life forms; the Love from our hearts should be universally applicable and effective! With such inner intension, the outer earthen lamp should be lighted, with the prayer as quoted above to make the Kaartigai Deepam effective.

In the past during festivals, it was the custom to light up what is known as ‘chokkap paanai’, which was a massive earthen lamp. In Thiruvannamalai, it is a practice even in modern times, on Kartigai evening as the Sun goes down, to light up a huge Deepam in which several Kilo Grams of Ghee is poured in a wide hole in the rock face on top of the hill. The wick is several feet thick. It is a sight to be seen and heard some ten lac people shouting, ‘Arohara’ as the light comes on to be seen miles away.

Similarly as the pilgrimage season ends in Sabari Hills in Kerala, the light comes up on ‘Kaanta Malai Hill’ known to Ayyappa devotees as ‘Makara Jyoti’ on Makara Sankranti evening! The idea is to instill universal unconditional Love in the minds of all onlookers!

Normally there are more animals with two and or four legs. The fly, roach and beetle have six, spider has eight and some of the creepers like the centipede have many legs. There are prayers in the Veda-s seeking the welfare of two, four, six, eight and many legged animals and those without legs, such as the snake and the fish!

The fully realized soul does not differentiate between Brahmin and Non-brahmin, says Bhagawat Gita (5.18.). Though we may differ in our occupations and Karma Anushtaana, when it comes to compassion and love, there should not be any differentiation whatsoever! That is how, Rantideva did daanam to a brahmin and finally gave his last bit of water to a sudra. In this Kaartigai Deepam slokam too, all human beings are included as ‘svabasaa hi vipraa:’, meaning ‘the whole range of people from non-brahmin to the brahmin’! Our saastraa-s do not differentiate even between the good and bad, when wishing well. Our saastraa-s go even beyond and conveys its best wishes to all those residents of the Naraka (Hell) too.
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« Reply #243 on: November 26, 2013, 08:56:37 AM »
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« Reply #244 on: November 28, 2013, 08:27:36 AM »
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« Reply #245 on: November 30, 2013, 01:15:26 PM »

A wonderful incident of how Kanchi Mahaswamigal illustrates the importance of giving respect to Lord Hanuman while reciting Ramayanam and how he clears the doubt of a student who has doubt about the real visit of Hanuman  while reciting Ramayanam  .


The fifth day upanyAsam was also completed. SwamigaL, who elaborated well in a way the students could understand, also explained them the nuances of dharma shAstra s.

A student named Venkatesan belonging to the Tirunelveli Veda PAThashAlA came up slowly, prostrated to Jagadguru and said in hesitation, "I have a doubt, Gurudeva."

"What doubt, ask it", said SwamigaL.

He stumbled as he asked: "GurunathA! From the day the upanyAsam was commenced, you ask them to place a plank near you and also keep the guava fruits in a plate before it! Can't understand what is it for..."

Hearing this and laughing rattlingly, AchAryAL said, "Shall tell you, listen... ' yatra yatra raghunAtha kIrtanam, tatra tatra krta-masta kAnjalim '--'wherever Sri Rama's greatness is talked about there will readily come Sri Anjaneya Swami' is a belief. Here we recite Srimad Ramayanam itself. So Swami would come certainly? Can we make him stand? He is the 'nava vyAkaraNa pandita'! The Asana palakai is for him to sit on. Then... this is like doing upachAram with fruits, bakShaNam (savouries), coffee to a guest who comes to our home. Swami likes koyyAppazham (guava fruit) very much. Have understood now?"

Venkatesan nodded yes. Didn't that Deivam (God) know that this tender fruit wasn't clear yet!

Heavy crowd on the sixth day too. Jagadguru completed that day's upanyAsam in a way that moved everyone.

After everyone prostrated to SwamigaL and went away, the PAThashAlA students also, one by one prostrated and moved away. At the last of them was the Tirunelveli PAThashAlA student who prostrated shASTaangam and stood with joined palms. SwamigaL glanced at him with a smile and asked, "What's your full name?"

"Prasanna Venkatesan, GurunathA!"

"Which place is your pUrvIkam (native)?", SwamigaL asked.

"A hamlet near Tirunelveli Kadayanallur, GurunathA!"

"What is (your) takappanAr (father) doing?"

" upAdhyAyam (Vedic occupation), GurunathA!"

Saying " bEsh, bEsh", AchAryAL took with his golden hands the two guava fruits dedicated to Anjaneya Swami and gave it to him. Then he gave him leave with the words, "VenkatesA! These are the uchChiShta prasAdam (remnants) eaten by Anjaneya. Cut it, drop a piece in your mouth and share it with others!"

But then Prasanna Venkatesan did not move away from that place. He stood rolling the guava fruits in his hand and looking at them!

Having understood his flow of thoughts, AchAryAL said smiling within himself, "What Prasanna Venkatesa? Keeping the fruits in hand, what is that deep contemplation? Why not tell me a little, let me also know it!" He hesitated.

"Come on", the Jagadguru emboldened him.

"Nothing else, GurunathA! On that seat, Anjaneya Swami comes and sits and listens to Srimad Ramayanam, eats the guava fruits dedicated to him and leaves..." SwamigaL interruped him before he could finish.


"This is not told by me! This is a custom observed tradition after tradition with pUrNa nambikkai (full faith) by the elders who do Ramanayanam pravachanam . This is satyam too! What is your doubt in this?" asked the JnAnaguru.

Even in that chill weather Prasanna Venkatesan was perspiring. He hesitated to talk. Asking him to come nearer, AchAryAL encouraged him, "Whatever the matter... tell me boldly what strikes your mind."

He said in reply, "While listening to the pravachanam I was also looking at that plank often... For my eyes, nothing of Anjaneya Swami coming and sitting was seen! I also checked up with the saka s (friends) near me. They also said having seen nothing. That's why..." Venkatesan gulped and faltered.

AchAryAL asked, "Alright, alright. This is your first doubt! The two guava fruits are intact, they should have been parted had Anjaneya Swami eaten them is your second doubt (right)?"

Then he explained, "With AtmArta bhakti (soulful devotion) and shraddhA (trust), we too can have darshan of Anjaneya Swami sitting bhavyam (pious) with bhakti and doing Srimad Ramayana shravaNam ! If Anjaneyar comes as viShva rUpi and sits, will everyone have the shakti to look at him and bear with the sight? So he would come in sUkShmam (subtle form) and return after listening!" Further he asked Venkatesan, "You know to read grantha letters?"

"I know, GurunathA!" said the boy.

Forthwith, he asked for a Upanishad related grantha book to be brought to him from inside. Opening it at a page and showing a small passage, "You should memorize this in five minutes and recite to me, try if you can", he said with a laugh.

Venkatesan moved to a distance with the book. Precisely five minutes passed by. Coming back to AchAryAL he recited the specific pasage with no mistake of even a syllable.

parama santoSham on AchAryAL's face. He took the book in his hand. Keeping the passage he asked the boy to memorize, he said, "Venkatesa! As asked by me you read and recited (the passage) in just five minutes! Just because you have absorbed those specific akShara s (letters), they haven't disppeared from their places! Aren't the grantha letters intact in their places? This is similar to that! Whatever we dedicate to God, He does svIkAram (claim) of only the ruchi (taste) accompanied by bhakti shraddhA and leaves the padArtha s (eatables) to us with supreme compassion. Do you now understand the secret of those two guava fruits remaining intact, in full, without withering or shrinking?", AchAryAL asked him and laughed rattlingly.

Prasanna Venkatesan was sitting in amazement. Peace prevailed there for sometime. They all prostrated in shASTaangam .

The day of pravachana pUrti (completion of discourse)! At three in the afternoon itself AchAryAL came to the stage. The upanyAsam was going on very movingly. The time of completion, and everyone was listening, forgetful of their own selves. It was at that time that miracle took place!

A large vAnaram (monkey) came by leaps and bounds to the upanyAsam hall. Without taking heed of anyone, it jumped up the stage, went and sat quietly on the Asanam meant for Anjaneya Swami, facing AchAryAL! The Jagadguru was looking at it for sometime without moving his eyes away. It did not even regard the guava fruits kept before the seat! The crowd wondered at this sight!

Five o' clock in the evening. That vAnaram did not sway this way or that until then. Did not also touch the fruits. Completing his upanyAsam , AchAryAL recited the phala sruti . Then turning his head to his right and looking at the vAnaram , he said, "Anjaneya Swami, very happy that you came and sat here to listen to Srimad Ramayanam!" and requested, "Those two guava fruits are only for you, should do svIkAram of them." Looking around at the crowd once, the vAnaram took the fruits and keenly looked at AchAryAL for sometime with affection.

Meantime a voice proclaimed from the crowd, "Anjaneya... Rama, Rama!" Everyone looked towards the direction the voice came from. Prasanna Venkatesan was standing there with joined palms, his eyes filled with tears. By this time the vAnaram descended slowly from the stage, walked majestically and disappeared.

Coming to Jagadguru with filled eyes Prasanna Venkatesan said, "Gurudeva! That which came and sat on the plank near you did not appear as a vAnaram to my eyes. I saw sAkShAt Anjaneya Swami with his sharIram (body) that is AjAnubAhu (arms reaching knees) sitting in gAmbhIryam (majesty)! I also saw Swami saying something to AchAryAL! The tAtparyam of what you told me is now understood by me, GurunathA!" He fell at the Jagadguru's pAdAravinda . With so many people consoling him, no one could control his flowing tears.

That para brahmam blessed him with raised hands!
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« Reply #246 on: December 03, 2013, 02:01:44 PM »
ராம நாம மகிமை–(மஹா பெரியவா)


“நடமாடும் கடவுள்” மஹா பெரியவா எனக்கு ஒரு உபதேசம் செய்தருளினார். அதாவது “நீ நித்தியம் படுக்கப்போகும் போது, சத் விஷயங்களையே நினைத்துக் கொள். சதா “ராமா, ராமா” என்று ஜபம் பண்ணிக் கொண்டிரு. இந்த மந்திர ஜபத்திற்கு விதி நிஷேதம் ஒன்றுமில்லை. நீ இதை எப்போதும், எந்த நிலையிலும் ஜபம் செய்யலாம்” என்றருளினார்.
இப்படி அந்தக் கருணாமூர்த்தி, எனக்குத் தாரக மந்திரோபதேசத்தைச் செய்து அருளினார். என்னே அவரது ஸௌலப்ய குணம் ! இன்று நினைத்தாலும் என்னை மெய் சிலிர்க்க வைக்கிறது. ஆக, என்றுமே அவர்தம் அருளாலே அவர்தாள் வணங்கி, சதா அவரையே தியானம் செய்து, அவரது உபதேசத்திற்கிணங்க, அந்த தேஜோமயமான திவ்ய ஸ்வரூபத்தை என் ஹ்ருதய கமலத்தில் ஆரோஹணித்து இடைவிடாது பூஜிப்பதே என் வாழ்வின் லக்ஷியம் எனக் கடைப்பிடித்து வருகிறேன்.
பரம பாவனமான இந்த மந்திரத்தின் பெருமையை அவர் பல தடவைகளில் தெளிவுபடுத்தியிருக்கிறார். சிவ விஷ்ணு அபேதத்தின் அடிப்படைத் தத்துவமே இதில் அடங்கியிருக்கிறதென்றும், “ரா” என்ற எழுத்து அஷ்டாக்ஷத்திரத்தின் ஜீவன் என்றும், “ம” என்ற எழுத்தோ பஞ்சாக்ஷரத்தின் ஜீவன் என்றும் தெளிவுபடுத்தியிருக்கிறார்.
ஸ்ரீ தியாக பிரம்ஹமும் தாம் இயற்றிய “தேவாம்ருதவர்ஷணி” ராகத்திலமைந்த “எவரனி” என்ற பிரசித்தி பெற்ற கிருதியில் இக்கருத்தையே — “சிவமந்த்ரமுனகு மஜீவமு” என்றும் “மாதவமந்த்ரமுனகு ரா ஜீவமு” என்றும் பாடியருளியிருக்கிறார்.
–ஆர். சங்கரநாராயணன் (நடமாடும் கடவுள் – வானதி பதிப்பகம் வெளியீடு)
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« Reply #247 on: December 04, 2013, 08:05:18 AM »
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« Reply #248 on: December 05, 2013, 07:11:52 AM »
When you make an effort to rise higher in life, you may or may not succeed. If you fail despite putting in your best efforts, it is not your fault, but if you do not try, it is. A Sadhaka must go step by step and Sri Adi Shankaracharya's Upadesha Panchakam is a great source of inspiration for all seekers in this regard. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #249 on: December 15, 2013, 07:55:32 AM »
At least think Ishwara fore a Muhurtha ( 48 mts ) daily
How should we conduct ourselves with regard to Ishwara? Our forefathers have answered this question – muhUrthamAtre atikrAnte bhagavaccinthana.m vinA| dasyubhir muSiteneva yuktamAkranditu. Dhruvam|| If even a muhurtha (48 minutes) were to be spent by us sans the thought of Ishwara, we must feel sorry for it in the same way as we would have felt if we had been robbed of all our wealth. This should be the spirit of everyone. Contrary to this, we do not think of Ishwara even for a muhurtha. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #250 on: December 18, 2013, 06:39:05 AM »
Sage of Kanchi
There are two categories: ‘JnAnavAn’ and ‘JnAni’. Both are above the level of any ordinary human being. A JnAnavAn, by learning and hearing, has convinced himself that the Atma that is called JivAtmA is nothing but Brahman itself, and is trying hard to bring that knowledge into one’s own experience. A JnAni on the other hand has gone to that peak of realisation of that knowledge as own experience.
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« Reply #251 on: December 19, 2013, 11:16:22 AM »
What should we pray for before the deity? We should most humbly pray to the Lord thus:
1. Please cleanse my mind and make it pure; by immediately driving away my natural enemies – lust and anger.
2. Please grant me steadfast faith and devotion.
3. Kindly grant me the inspiration and strength to discharge all duties assigned to me faithfully.
4. May my mind refrain from wrong deeds.
5. Bless me with the company of the pious. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal
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« Reply #252 on: January 05, 2014, 07:03:02 PM »
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« Reply #253 on: January 06, 2014, 10:20:08 AM »
Many thanks for sharing this calendar.

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #254 on: January 12, 2014, 07:10:22 PM »
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