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« Reply #300 on: June 14, 2014, 10:10:23 PM »
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« Reply #301 on: June 18, 2014, 01:28:16 PM »
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« Reply #308 on: June 28, 2014, 10:43:06 AM »
'வாழ்வு' என்ற வார்த்தை ஸம்பந்தமானதே 'வாழை'.

பெரியவாள் போடும் சாப்பாட்டு விருந்தை சாப்பிட்டு முடிக்கிறோம். இலை போட்டு அதில்தானே விருந்தைப் படைப்பது? அந்த இலையைத் தரும் வாழை ஜாதி பற்றி அவர் வாய்மொழி கூறாது முடிக்கலாமா?

'மர ஜாதியில் வாழை ரொம்பச் சின்னதான ஒன்றுதான். ஆனால் பெரிய பெரிய மரங்களுக்கும் இலை துளியளவே இருக்கும்போது இதற்குத்தான் 'போட்டுக் கொண்டு சாப்பிடுகிற' அளவுக்குப் பெரிசாக இலை! அப்படி, தாய் மனஸோடு சாதம் போட்டுப் பார்க்கிறதாலேதான் வாழையை நம் ஸம்பிரதாயத்தில் உசத்தி வைத்திருக்கிறது.

'எத்தனையோ பழங்கள் நல்ல ருசியாக, தேஹாரோக்யம், புஷ்டி தருவதாக இருக்கத்தான் செய்கின்றன. ஆனால் அதில் வாழை ஒன்றைத் தவிர எதையாவது அதையே முழுச் சாப்பாட்டுக்குப் பதிலாகச் சாப்பிட முடிகிறதோ? முப்பழங்களில் மீதி இருக்கிற மா, பலாப்பழங்களைக் கூட வயிறு ரொம்புகிற மாதிரிச் சாப்பிட முடிகிறதோ? ஒரு வேளை ஆப்பிள் அப்படி இருக்கலாம் ஆனால் அது பணம் படைத்தார்களுக்கு மட்டுந்தான் கட்டுப்படியாகும். சர்வ ஜனங்களும் காசு கொடுத்து நாலு பழம் வாங்கிச் சாப்பிட்டு வயிறு 'தம்' மென்று நிறையும்படி இருப்பது வாழைதான். அதுதான் (சிரித்து) 'பீபிள்ஸ் ஃப்ரூட்!'

வாழைப்பழம் ஆஹாரம் என்றால், வழைப் பூ மருந்து. பழமாகும்போது தித்திக்கிற அது பூவாக இருக்கும்போது துவர்க்கிறது. துவர்ப்புப் பண்டங்களே உடம்புக்கு ரொம்ப நல்லது. பூஞ்சைக் குடலுக்குக் கூட வாழைப் பூ ஏற்றது.

மற்ற பூக்கள் வாஸனை. வழைப் பூ மட்டும் அப்படியில்லை. வாஸனா ஸஹிதம், வாஸனா க்ஷயம் என்று வேதாந்தத்தில் சொல்கிறார்களே, அதைக் காட்டுவதாக இது இருக்கிறது. இன்னும் வேதாந்தமாக ஒன்று. விதை போடாமல் முளைப்பது அது. கர்மா விதையிலேதான் ஜீவன் மறுபடி, மறுபடி பிறந்து, வினையைப் பிறவி தோறும் விதைத்துப் புனர்ஜன்மங்கள் எடுத்துக் கொண்டே இருப்பது. அந்த வித்து அடிபட்டுப்போன ஞானத்தை வாழை நினைவூட்டுகிறது.

இப்படிச் சொன்னதால் அது வாழ்க்கைக்கு ஸம்பந்தப்படாதது என்று அர்த்தம் இல்லை. வழ்கிற மட்டும் நல்லபடி வாழ்வதற்கும் அதுதான் பாடம் போதிப்பது.

'வாழ்வு' என்ற வார்த்தை ஸம்பந்தமானதே 'வாழை'. நம்முடைய வாழ்க்கையில் கொஞ்சமும் வீண், வ்ருதா இல்லாமல் முழுக்கப் பிரயோஜனமாக இருக்க வேண்டுமென்பதுதானே 'ஐடியல்'? அந்த 'ஐடிய'லை ரூபித்துக் காட்டுவதாக இருப்பது வாழை. தண்டு, பட்டை, தார் உள்பட, இலை, பூ, காய், பழம் என்று அதன் ஸர்வாங்கமும் பிரயோஜனமுள்ளதாக இருக்கிறதல்லவா? ஆனபடியால், 'வாழ்க்கை' 'வாழ்வு' என்று அதற்கே பெயர் வைக்கிற அபிப்பிராயத்தில்தான், 'வாழை' என்று பெயர் வைத்தது.

அதை வாழை மரம் என்கிறோம். மரம் என்றால் அது சொர சொரவாக இருப்பதுதானே வழக்கம்? இது ஒன்று மாத்திரம் வழவழாவாக இருக்கிறது! கரட்டு முரட்டுத்தனமில்லாமல் மழமழவென்று எல்லாவித மனுஷ்யர்களுக்கும் ஸந்தர்ப்பங்களுக்கும் அநுகூலமாக நம்மைப் பண்ணிக்கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்பதை உபதேசிக்கிறதே அந்த வழவழ. வழவழப்பை வைத்தும் அதற்கு 'வாழை' என்று பெயர் கொடுத்திருக்கலாம்.

விதையாகி வம்ச விருத்தி ஏற்படுத்திக் கொள்ளும் மா, ஆல், இன்னும் அநேக வ்ருக்ஷங்களில் கணக்கு வழக்கில்லாமல் விதைகள் தோன்றுகின்றன. அது ஒவ்வொன்றும் முளைத்தால், இந்த பூமியே ஒரு வ்ருக்ஷ ஜாதிக்குக்கூடப் போதாது. அப்படி நடக்காததால் அந்த விதைகளில் பெரும்பாலானவை முளைப்பதில்லை என்று தீர்மானமாகிறது. முளைத்திருப்பதிலும், எந்தக் கன்று எந்தத் தாய் மரத்தின் விதையிலிருந்து முளைத்திருப்பது என்பது எவருக்கும் சொல்லத் தெரியாததாக இருக்கிறது. வாழையில்தான் தாய் மரத்தைச் சுற்றியே அதன் கன்றுகள் முளைப்பதால் இதிலிருந்து இது பிறந்தது என்று தீர்மானமாகத் தெரிகிறது. கன்று பிறந்ததோடு தாய் வாழ்க்கையை முடித்துக் கொண்டு விடுகிறது. ஸத்பிரஜை உண்டான அப்புறம் தாம்பத்யம் இல்லாமலிருந்து ஸந்நியாஸம் வாங்கிக் கொள்ள வேண்டும் என்று நமக்கு தர்ம சாஸ்திரம் சொல்கிறதென்றால், வாழையோ அதைவிட ஞானத்துடன் பெரிய ஸந்நியாஸமாகப் போயே போய் விடுகிறது. இங்கே வேதாந்தம். இதிலேயே வாழ்க்கைத் தத்துவமும்! நல்ல ப்ரயோஜனமுள்ள ஒரு வாழை, அதே ப்ரயோஜனத்திற்காக லோகத்திற்குத் தரும் ப்ரஜைகளான கன்றுகளை, இந்தப் ப்ரஜை இந்த அம்மாவுக்குப் பிறந்தது என்று நமக்கெல்லாம் காட்டும்படி இருக்கிறதல்லவா? வேறே எந்த மரத்தின் விஷயமாகவும் அப்படி இல்லையே! அதனால்தான் ?வாழையடி வாழையாக வாழ்? என்று வாழ்த்துவதாக இருக்கிறது! அந்த வாழ்த்துக்கு அடையாளமாகவே கல்யாணங்களிலும் மற்ற மங்கள வைபவம் எதிலுமே வாழை கட்டுவதாக ஏற்பட்டிருக்கிறது. வாழை மரம் மங்களச் சின்னம்.

சொல்லின் செல்வர் ஸ்ரீ காஞ்சி முனிவர் என்னும் நூலிலிருந்து....ரா.கணபதி

We are absolutely overwhelmed by Mahaperiyava's wonderful observation and sensitivity.The way he presents it so beautifully is something that is inimitable.
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #309 on: July 01, 2014, 11:01:08 AM »
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 #310 on: July 06, 2014, 06:57:20 AM »
We sin in four different ways. With our body we do evil; with our tongue we speak untruth; with our mind we think evil; and with our money we do so much that is wicked. We must learn to turn these very four means of evil into instruments of virtue.

We must serve others with our body and circumambulate the Lord and prostrate ourselves before him. In this way we earn merit. How do we use our tongue to add our stock of virtue? By muttering, by repeating, the names of the Lord. You will perhaps excuse yourself saying: "All our time is spent in earning our livelihood. How can we think of God or repeat his names? " A householder has a family to maintain; but is he all the time working for it? How much time does he waste in gossip, in amusements, in speaking ill of others, in reading the papers? Can't he spare a few moments to remember the Lord? He need not set apart a particular hour of the day for his japa. He may think of God even on the bus or the train as he goes to his office or any other place. Not a paisa is he going to take with him finally after his lifelong pursuit of money. The Lord's name (Bhagavannama) is the only current coin in the other world.

The mind is the abode of Isvara but we make a rubbish can of it. We must cleanse it, install the Lord in it and be at peace with ourselves. We must devote atleast five minutes every day to meditation and resolve to do so even if the world crashes around us. There is nothing else that will give us a helping hand when the world cosmos is dissolved.

It is by helping the poor and by spreading the glory of the Lord that we will earn merit.

Kanchi Paramacharya
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« Reply #311 on: July 11, 2014, 11:23:57 AM »
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 #312 on: July 12, 2014, 10:00:13 PM »
"Anasuya" means nonjealousy. Heart-burning caused by another man's prosperity or status is jealousy. We ought to have love and compassion for all and ought to be patient and forgiving even towards those who do us wrong. We must not envy people their higher status even if they be less deserving of it than we are and, at the same time, must be mature enough to regard their better position as the reward they earned by doing good in their previous life.

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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 #313 on: July 16, 2014, 01:56:33 PM »
Paramacharyar?s 3 Commandments
http://mahaperiyavaa.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/paramacharyars-3-commandments/

This is the English translation of my previous post ?Maha Periyavalin 3  Kattalaigal? with more additional information.

I. Perform Sandyavandanam 3 times daily.
II. Do Sahasra Gayathri.
III. Observe Ekadasi Upavasam.


I. Sandyavandanam:

It is a MUST that you do Sandyavandanam daily 3 times without fail. If for any reason you could not perform any one time or so, keep an account of it and do it whenever possible in future ? either the same day or next day or the day after or any day in future in day or night. The idea is it should NOT be omitted. ( As told by Sri Musiri Periyava ) He is one of the 4 who Maha Periyava mentioned in His own voice as Mahan.

I I. Sahasra Gayathri Japam:


Maha Periyava has elaborated the sanctity and importance of Gayathri japam many times. That too Sahasra Gayathri. He has given Upadesam to a retired devotee like this. ?Keep doing Sahasra Gayathri daily. This is for your divinity or Aanmigam. Help illiterate people coming to post office to read and write and accept whatever they give you. That is enough for your livelihood?

This Upadesam is not only to him but also to every one of us. We should not be running after money all the time. Money is essential but only just. I used to tell my students that money is like a dog. If you chase it, it will go away and if you go away from it, it will chase you.  A decent income is enough during our retired life. He has asked us to do Sahasra Gayathri at least on Sundays before retirement and daily after.

If we get 1 hour daily, avoid watching TV and perform Sahasra Gayathri, we get the punyam of following His order. You are wondering that it is easily said than done right? Let me give you a method.

Daily in the morning or evening make yourself free for 1 hour. Take bath, perform Sandyavandanam wearing Panchakachcham and settle in a secluded place on an aasanam, sit erect facing east, north or west and start.

It is said that our palm is comparable to Maha Meru. Each finger has 3 parts. Take the middle of right ring finger as 1, base as 2. Little finger 3,4 and 5 (base, middle and top), tip of ring finger is 6, tip of mid finger is 7, index finger 8,9 and 10 ( top, middle and base). Then the reverse ie 11, base of index finger to 20, middle of ring finger. Chant 1 Gayathri for 1 number. Total is 20 Gayathri. If you do like this, it is equivalent to doing Pradakshina of Maha Meru. (Aadi Parasakthi?s abode). Chant silently and properly without movement of lips or any sound. This is 1000 times more powerful than open chanting.

We have not seen Maha Meru. So let me give you a way out for this. Imagine Tiruvannamalai as Maha Meru.

1. Do namaskaaram in front of east Gopura vaasal.
2. Dharshan of Pillayar in south Gopura vasal.
3. Seshadri Swamigal dharshan.
4. Ramana Maharishi?s dharshan.
5. Yama linga dharshan.
6. Nandiemperuman dharshan.
7. Maha Vishnu dharshan.
8. Anjaneya Swami dharshan.
9. Girivala pathai.
10. Aadhi Annamalaiyar sannathi. ( Brahmma poojai seitha Lingam).
11. Namaskaaram to  Aadhi Annamalaiyar.
12. North Girivala path. An old gopuram is seen.
13. Kubera Linga dharshan.
14. Idukku Pillayar.
15. Panchamuga dharshan.
16. Eesanya moolai. North east.
17. East Girivala path.
18. East Girivala path.
19. We are nearing the Gopura vasal.
20. Reaching East Gopura vasal.

Those who have done Girivalam can understand the above.

Now let us see what is breathing practice.

Our normal breathing should be abdominal breathing. Abdomen should move back and forth and not thorax. Keep one hand in abdomen and one on the chest. As you breath out, your abdomen hand should go in or backwards completely. During inhalation, that hand should move forward first and in deep inhalation, your hand on the chest should move forward. When you exhale, chest should go in first and then abdomen fully inwards. In normal breathing only abdomen should move and not the chest. In deep breathing both should move sequentially as explained. Understand?  The placement of hand is only for practice. In due course you will get it automatically and without your knowledge you will breath abdominally. They have established that anything you practice for 21 days becomes a habit.

This is a bit different from Pranayama. As a doctor I advocate abdominal breathing to everyone. Diaphragm is the major muscle of respiration and by abdominal breathing, maximum air goes in and is good in many ways.

Now let?s come back to Girivalam.

1-20 Gayathri: Take a deep breath as mentioned above and start, simultaneously moving the thumb along the other fingers as mentioned, keeping your thought on the relevant places along the Girivala path and do Gayathri. Do as long as you can hold your breath. Usually upto 8 and then slowly exhale while chanting the next 2. Repeat from 11 to 20. (2 deep breaths). Initially you may take 3 or 4 and will improve with practice.

Now place an aasanam in front of you and keep 10 nel or beads or anything on top. After doing 20 as mentioned above, fold your left ring finger as 1. After completing 5 times ie all 5 fingers are folded the count is 100. Place 1 nel. Like this place 3 nel on left, 3 on top and 3 on the right. Now you will get the shape of a Lingam. Place the 10 th nel as Aavudai facing any direction other than south. Now 1000 Gathri is over. Chant another 8, do Neivethyam (offering), chant Rudram and complete it by doing Totakashtagam.

While doing Girivalam, instead of you going alone, you may take your family with you.

There are lots of benefits by this method. Let?s see what are they.

    They say that by thinking of Tiruvannamalai, you attain Moksha. Now we have done 50 pradakshinas.
    We have made our family members also benefit from this.
    You have performed deep abdominal breathing 100 times.
    Abdominal muscles will strengthen.
    Your tummy will reduce.
    As you sit erect with or without support, your back muscles will strengthen.
    This type of breathing will stimulate brain and keep your body, mind and brain healthy.
    As pancreas is in the upper abdomen at the back, doing abdominal breathing may stimulate it and control your diabetes as well. (Research needed on this)
    Your concentration power will sharpen.
    Above all you have had dharshan of Mahans, Deiva sannathis 50 times and the Giri itself- non other than Lord Siva.
    As I mentioned in the beginning, various points in the fingers represent various places along the path. It is common that our thoughts go astray many times if you start meditation. It may even go to the extent of cursing somebody whom we consider as enemy! In that event we can always quickly come back to the assigned place and continue our goal. In due course our concentration will be intact and this is a good exercise for that.
    This is 1 hour japam. At least in this 1 hour we will be in Satsang without any bad thoughts.

The benefits are much more.

I mentioned Tiruvannamalai as I am familiar. Used to do Girivalam on Pournami nights since young. Will write about it later. It is an example only. Each one may focus on any temple or kshetram or anything you are familiar with, Siva or Vishnu or any other God. The idea is to do Sahasra Gayathri, deep breathing and be in Satsangam. Mainly 3 in 1. It is important to do that as per Maha Periyava?s order for Logakshemam.

III. Ekadasi Upavasam:


Maha Periyava has mentioned a lot about Upavasam. Especially Ekadasi Upavasam. A recent American study shows that fasting reduces our cholesterol level!

Mahan has said ? Fast on Ekadasi and eat moderately on other days?  We will NEVER get into trouble if we meticulously follow his order. Try fasting on Ekadasi. Then you will understand the benefits of it. First out tummy will start reducing. As our stomach Is conditioned to be small, the next day you cannot eat your normal amount of food and if you continue in the coming days to maintain the same amount of food intake, that is the best think to do for a healthy life style. Have to stop at first burp. Eat only when hungry. Eat slowly. Have a balanced food of moderate amount and enjoy it. Don?t eat anything in between meals except drinks. Drink water to thirst. If you practice like this, you won?t have the urge to eat this and that. This will help in spiritual advancement.

Diabetics also can fast. There is no need for anti diabetic medication on the fasting day. Nothing will happen. Use home blood sugar monitoring 2 or 3 times that day initially to assess your blood sugar response. If uncontrolled, limit your fasting. These are exceptions. Use your common sense in these matters. Normally only when food enters mouth, it stimulates L cells in the terminal ileum which in turn produces substances which stimulate insulin and other hormones. So during fasting insulin will not be released but need to monitor blood glucose and act accordingly. But other medications for hypertension may be taken.

On Ekadasi day one should be all the time thinking about divinity and Satsangam. That is essential. Should not sleep during day time. By practicing with passion and determination, one will see the change in the mindset and attitude. I practice all the three with His Blessings. Take only udhrini jalam during Sandyavandanam on that day if possible.
When have to drive long, should not fast. Have to use discretion on these days. The method of Girivalam, Gayathri and Meditation just occurred to me and I am 200% sure it is due to Maha Periyava?s Grace. I pray to Him to give me strength to continue this for ever. I consider all His devotees as my brothers and sisters. If you have any doubt in your health condition and need a second opinion, please feel free to ask me. I will be more than happy to assist you in any possible way. You may email me or call in person. I close with the statement ? Bhakthi is essential but Bhakthi without determination (vairagyam) is useless?

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara.
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 #314 on: July 16, 2014, 05:44:13 PM »
Sadhana Panchakam of Sri Adi Shankara

As the name suggests, Adi shankarAchArya has listed down in 5 verses, 40 steps of sAdhanA (discipline) to be followed to achieve the only meaningful goal of human life- Moksha (liberation)

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