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« Reply #345 on: December 23, 2014, 06:41:49 AM »
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« Reply #346 on: January 23, 2015, 10:15:31 PM »
Today, on January 23, 2015, continuing this unbroken Guru-Shisya lineage that stretches directly back to Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji anointed His successor. In a traditional ceremony, the Jagadguru initiated Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma into Sannyasa and bestowed upon him the Yoga Patta (monastic name) of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati.

Over 40,000 people from all corners of the country and abroad, descended upon the sacred town of Sringeri to witness this rare event. Several dignitaries from all walks of life also attended this occasion.

DETAILS REGARDING THE NEWLY ELECTED PONTIFF OF SRINGERI SHARADA PEETHAM (Courtesy : Sringeri Mutt Official Press Release)

Brahmachari Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma was born in Tirupati in 1993 to Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi. He belongs to the Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. The Brahmachari had his Upanayanam at the age of five and began his first lessons in Krishna Yajur Veda under his grandfather and Yajur Vedic scholar, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeyayaaji. He continued his Vedic education up to Krishna Yajur Veda Kramanta under his illustrious father, who is currently serving as Principal of TTD Veda Pathashala in Tirumala and as Project Officer in Dharma Prachara Parishad managed by TTD.

Born in a family of disciples of the Sringeri Jagadguru, the Brahmachari had accompanied his father while the latter had come to Sringeri to participate in Dharmic activities in the years 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Darshan of Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji during these visits made a profound impact on the Brahmachari. The Brahmachari expressed his desire of studying Shastras directly under the Jagadguru in early 2009. With the blessings and consent of Jagadguru Mahaswamiji, the Brahmachari took refuge under His Lotus Feet of the in June 2009. Under the tutelage of the Jagadguru, the Brahmachari mastered the Sanskrit language. Then, the Jagadguru Himself taught the Brahmachari the entire Tarka Shastra. The Brahmachari is endowed with Guru Bhakti, scholarship in the Vedas and Shastras, adherence to tradition and dispassion.



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« Reply #347 on: January 27, 2015, 09:09:45 AM »
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« Reply #348 on: January 27, 2015, 05:18:41 PM »
    Biography Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji -the new Acharya of Sringeri Sharada peetam

    Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji was born as Sri Kuppa Venkateshwara Prasada Sharma on the auspicious Naga Panchami day ? July 24, 1993 ? in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Born as the second son of Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani and Smt. Seetha Nagalakshmi, He belonged to the Kaundinya Gotra and is a native of Anantavaram, Guntur District in Andhra Pradesh. His family has a long lineage of illustrious Vedic Pandits who were all ardent disciples of the Srungeri Jagadgurus.

    Family Background


    In 1961, when the 35th Jagadguru of Sringeri, Sri Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Mahaswamiji visited the Anantavaram village, the Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather?s elder brother, Sri Bhairagi Shastri welcomed the Jagadguru with sincere devotion, performed Pada Puja and received His blessings. In 1985, Sri Shastri also had the good fortune of welcoming and serving the present Jagadguru of Srungeri. Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather?s elder brother, Sri Kuppa Venkatachalapati Yaaji, embraced Sannyasa in 2002 with the permission of the Srungeri Jagadguru.

    Sri Prasada Sharma?s grandfather, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeya-Yaaji is an eminent Vedic Pandit of the Krishna Yajur Veda and has performed the Shrauta Yaga of Vaajapeya. Deeply devoted to the Jagadgurus of Srungeri., Sri Vajapeya-Yaaji has participated in many Vedic ceremonies at Srungeri Sharada Peetham.
    Sri Prasada Sharma?s father, Sri Kuppa Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani studied at the Jagadguru Abhinava Vidya Tirtha Shastra Samvardhini Pathashala in Hyderabad, that was established by Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji. He became an eminent Pandit in Veda and Veda Bhashya with great devotion to the Jagadgurus of Srungeri. He is presently the Principal of the TTD Veda Vigjnana Peetham in Tirumala and Project Officer, S.V. Institute of Higher Vedic Studies, TTD

    Childhood

    From a young age, Sri Prasada Sharma developed a deep devotion towards Lord Krishna and visited the Krishna temple near his home, every day. Seeing his son?s devotion, Sri Shivasubrahmanya Avadhani performed his Upanayana (sacred thread ceremony) at the age of fve. His frst lessons in Krishna Yajurveda were taught by his grandfather, Sri Kuppa Ramagopala Vajapeya-Yaaji. Showing rapid progress, Sri Prasada Sharma continued his studies up to Krishna Yajur Veda Krama under his father.

    He grew up in an environment steeped in devotion to God and adherence to a Vedic way of living. Hamsaladeevi is a holy place in Andhra Pradesh where the Krishna river meets the ocean. Tere, on the banks of the river, is a beautiful temple dedicated to Venugopala Swamy. For the last 95 years, without a break, his family has conducted an annual Bhagavata Saptaha at this temple. Sri Prasada Sharma attended this sacred event from an early age. He also accompanied his father on pilgrimages to holy places such as Ayodhya, Haridwar, Hrishikesh, Kashi, Kalady, Madurai, Mathura, Pashupathinath (in Nepal), Rameswaram and Ujjain.
    Education in Srungeri

    Starting in 2006, when he was 13 years old, Sri Prasada Sharma began to accompany his father and grandfather who were participating in the Dharmic events at Srungeri Sharada Peetham. During his frst visit, the Darshan of the present Jagadguru, Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji had a profound impact on him. He visited Sringeri again in 2008, and during his subsequent visit in early 2009, he expressed to the Jagadguru his desire to study Shastras under Him. Touched by the young boy?s sincerity and impressed with his intelligence, the Jagadguru blessed him and Sri Prasada Sharma took refuge under the Lotus Feet of the Jagadguru in June 2009.

    Under the guidance of the Jagadguru, he rapidly gained mastery in written and spoken Sanskrit. Srungeri Vidwan Sri Tangirala Shivakumara Sharma taught him Sanskrit poetry and literature. He also learned the basics of Vyakarana Shastra under Sringeri Vidwan Sri Krishnaraja Bhat.

    Observing his Guru Bhakti, humility, intelligence and dedicated application to his studies, the Jagadguru was pleased and decided to personally teach him the Shastras. The Jagadguru began to teach him the Tarka Shastra in 2011. Sri Prasada Sharma grasped the teachings quickly and the lessons moved at an intense pace. Even during the hectic Vijaya Yatra of 2012-13, the Jagadguru continued to teach him without missing even a single day. The Jagadguru soon transformed him into a great Tarka scholar. When he spoke at Srungeri Sharada Peetham?s prestigious Ganapati Vakhyartha Vidwat Sadas, an annual conference of the nation?s foremost Shastric Pandits, the attendees were taken by surprise at the young man?s scholarship.

    Under the guidance of the Jagadguru, Sri Prasada Sharma also studied Mimamsa Shastra. He regularly attended the nightly Chandramoulishwara Puja performed by the Jagadguru. During this Puja, he also chanted the entire Krishna Yajur Veda Moola and the entire Yajur Veda Krama.

    Sri Prasada Sharma always had a pleasing and helpful demeanor. Stories about his intelligence and learning capabilities spread quickly. Soon, other students started seeking his help. While pursuing his own learning, he also began teaching the Vedas, Sanskrit literature and Tarka Shastra to other students. He subsequently began his studies in Vedanta under the Jagadguru.

    Through these five and half years of intense study (2009-15) under the direct tutelage of the Jagadguru, Sri Prasada Sharma became steeped in the Vedic tradition and blossomed in many ways as a student, scholar, teacher and devotee. The Jagadguru was pleased by his Guru Bhakti, devotion to God, deep immersion in his studies, scholarship and respect towards elders. He was beloved by all and had developed a strong inner core of dispassion and discrimination for pursuing a spiritual path.

    Conclusion

    The Srungeri Guru Parampara lineage has been central to the preservation and growth of Sanatana Dharma. The induction of Sri Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamiji is therefore an event of historic importance to followers of Sanatana Dharma throughout the world.


 
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« Reply #349 on: January 29, 2015, 02:00:00 PM »
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« Reply #350 on: February 01, 2015, 08:18:00 PM »
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« Reply #351 on: February 02, 2015, 08:52:03 AM »
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« Reply #352 on: February 03, 2015, 01:46:08 PM »
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« Reply #353 on: February 03, 2015, 01:54:25 PM »
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« Reply #354 on: February 13, 2015, 12:53:55 PM »
"Learn as much as possible in your youth!"
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?This whole world is one big family whose parents are Parvathi and Parameswara. The first verse of Kalidasa?s Raghuvamsam portrays this truth. The teachers and you are living like a small family. As children you have to learn as much as possible in your youth.

There are two aspects to learning: one is devotion to the guru and the other is morality and personal discipline. Students should avoid getting angry and not criticize anyone or anybody. Just like we maintain a diet while taking medication, while obtaining education, refrain from talking about freedom or disobeying the instructions of elders.

Guru Bhakti, moral righteousness and humility are essential for a student. Children who are humble in their youth will rise high later in their life.


Devotion to mother, father and guru (matrubhakthi, pitru bhakthi and guru bhakthi) are all key for you. You should strive to remove the ego that destroys. Avvaiyar has said that mother and father are the primary gods. The Vedas also say the same thing.

When you are studying, do not interfere in worldly activities. You might ask, ?Isn?t it necessary to do service for the well being of the world?? It is definitely necessary to do service. However, first obtain all the knowledge needed in this world to do the service. You have to think that your studying is your contribution to the world and involve yourself in it completely.?

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The above is a summary of Kanchi Maha Swamigal?s lecture on December 18th, 1932 to the students at Hindu Theological High School situated on Thangasalai Road, Chennai.
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« Reply #355 on: February 19, 2015, 11:39:51 AM »
कोऽहं कथमिदं जातं को वै कर्ताऽस्य विद्यते ।
उपादानं किमस्तीह विचारः सोऽयमीदृशः ॥ १२॥


ko.aha.n kathamida.n jAta.n ko vai kartA.asya vidyate |
upAdAna.n kimastIha vichAraH so.ayamIdR^ishaH || 12||

Who am I?
How is this (world) created?
Who is its creator?
Of what material is this (world) made?
This is the way of that Vichara (Enquiry).


Adi Shankara's Aparoksanubhuti (DIRECT COGNITION)



I would like to provide a further clarification of the translation of the above verse. The translator slightly changes by meaning it as world etc... the subject matter of teh entire verse is Koham, and when he says, idam, asya, ayam, he is talking about 'I' and not world.

Koham - Who am i?
Katham idam jaatam - who did 'this' (I) come about?
Ko vai karta asya vidyate - find out (know) from whom is 'this' (I) being created?
Upadanam kim astiiha - what is the material cause for this (I - that has arised)
Vichara soayamidrusha - Enquiring thus (about I) in this sort - makes Vichara

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« Reply #356 on: February 20, 2015, 10:33:59 AM »
शिष्य उवाच ।
को जीवः कः परश्चात्मा तादात्म्यं वा कथं तयोः ।
तत्त्वमस्यादिवाक्यं वा कथं तत्प्रतिपादयेत् ॥ ७॥ 

गुरुरुवाच ।
अत्र ब्रूमः समाधानं कोऽन्यो जीवस्त्वमेव हि ।
यस्त्वं पृच्छसि मां कोऽहं ब्रह्मैवासि न संशयः ॥ ८॥


shishya uvacha |
ko jivah kah paraschatma tadatmyam va katham tayoh |
tattvamasyadivakyam va katham tatpratipadayet || 7||

gururuvacha |
atra brumah samadhanam ko'nyo jivastvameva hi |
yastvam prichchhasi mam ko'ham brahmaivasi na sanshayah || 8||

Disciple:

ko jivah - What is Jiva (Individual soul)
kah paraschatma - What is Supreme Atma?
tadatmyam va katham tayoh - How can there be sameness (between them - Jiva and Paramatma)
tattvamasyadivakyam va katham - How can the statement such as 'Tattvamasi [That (Paramatma) Thou (Jiva) Art]
tatpratipadayet - establishes that [(That Thou Art) Tattvamasi]

Guru:

atra brumah samadhanam - we shall provide clarity (for your doubt)
ko'nyo jivastvameva hi - Who else is Jiva, but yourself?
yastvam prichchhasi mam ko'ham - Verily you art the one that asks me the question "Who am I"
brahmaivasi na sanshayah - 'You' (the one that asks the question are) that Brahman without doubt' or ['I am that Brahman without doubt']

(Adi Shankara, Vakyavritti)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #357 on: February 20, 2015, 10:59:08 AM »
नाहं देहो न मे देहः केवलोऽहं सनातनः ।
एकमेवद्वितीयं वै ब्रह्मणो नेह किंचन ॥


naham deho na me dehah kevalo'ham sanatanah |
ekamevadvitiyam vai brahmano neha kinchana ||

naham deho na me dehah - Neither am I the body nor the body mine\
kevalo'ham sanatanah - I am Only eternal
ekamevadvitiyam vai brahmano neha kinchana - Brahman is the 'Only' (one) without an-other, here or anywhere

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« Reply #358 on: February 20, 2015, 11:05:57 AM »
सदा साक्षिस्वरूपत्वाच्छिव एवास्मि केवलः ।
मय्येव सकलं जातं मयि सर्वं प्रतिष्ठितं ॥

sada sakshisvarupatvachchhiva evasmi kevalah |
mayyeva sakalam jatam mayi sarvam pratishthitam ||

sada sakshisvarupatvachchhiva evasmi kevalah - Always, I remain, only as the Witness-Shiva
mayyeva sakalam jatam - From Me alone everything germinates
mayi sarvam pratishthitam - In Me is everything stationed

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« Reply #359 on: February 20, 2015, 11:13:04 AM »
न मनोऽहं न बुद्धिश्च नैव चित्तमहंकृतिः ।

na mano'ham na buddhischa naiva chittamahankritih |

I am neither the Body-Mind-Ego nor the (thinking) Intellect

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