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« Reply #480 on: July 17, 2019, 12:34:52 PM »
Rama Bhujangam
By Adi Shankaracharya; Translated by P. R. Ramachander

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Vishudham param sachidananda roopam,
Gunadhara madhara heenam varenyam,
Mahantham vibhantham guhantham gunantham,
Sukhantham swayamdhama ramam prapadhye. 1

I salute that Rama, who does not have any support,
Who is pure at heart, who is the eternal truth,
Who is personification of the ultimate happiness,
Who is above characters, who is the greatest,
Who cannot be divided, who is end within himself,
Who is at the end of properties. Who is the ultimate pleasure,
And who is the way for himself.

Shivam nithyamekam vibhum tharakakhyam,
Sukhakaramakara soonyam sumaanyam,
Mahesam kalesam suresam paresam,
Naresam nireesam maheesam prapadhye. 2

I salute that Rama, who is the lord of this earth,
Who is peaceful, who is always alone,
Who is the way to salvation,
Who is the way to cross ocean of life,
Who is pleasure itself, who does not have any form,
Who is well respected, who is the greatest god,
Who is god of all arts, who is the lord of devas,
Who is the lord of the ultimate, who is the god of humans,
And who is one who does not have any Lord.

Yada varnayal karnamoole anthakale,
Shivo rama ramethi ramethi kasyam,
Thadekam param tharaka brahma roopam,
Bhajeham, Bhajeham, Bhajeham, Bhajeham. 3

Salutations, Salutations, Salutations, Salutations,
To that great eternal form of tharaka Brahma,
Which makes lord Shiva whisper in the ear,
At the time of death in Kasi, Rama, rama, rama.

Maha rathna peete shubhe kalpa moole,
Shukaseenamadhitya koti prakasam,
Sada Janaki Lakshmanopethamekam,
Sada Ramachandram Bhajeham, Bhajeham. 4

I always salute and Salute that Ramachandra,
Who sits on the bejeweled throne,
Placed below the wish giving tree,
Sitting in the pleasant style,
With the luster of billions of suns,
Always served by Sita and Lakshmana.

Kwanadh rathna manjeera padaravindam,
Lasan mekhala charu peethambaradyam,
Maha rathna harollasath kousthubhangam,
Nabha chanjari manjari lola malam. 5

I salute that Ramachandra,
Whose lotus feet is adorned by jingling anklets,
Who adorns himself with red silk tied by golden belt,
Who wears garlands of great gems and Kousthubha,
And also flower garlands attracted by bees.

Ladad chandrika smera sona dharabham,
Samudhruth pathangendu koti prakasam,
Namad Brahma rudhradhi koteera rathna,
Sphurath kanthi neerajanaradhadhagreem. 6

I salute that Ramachandra,
Whose smile with reddish lips reminds the pretty moon,
Who has luster of thousands of moons and suns,
Whose feet is worshipped by the light of billions
Of gems on the crowns of Brahma and Rudra,
Who bend and salute at his feet.

Pura pranjali nanjaneyadhi bhakthan,
Swa chin mudhraya bhadraya bhodhayantham,
Bhajeham, bhajeham sada ramachandram,
Thwadanyam na manye na manye na manye. 7

I always salute and salute that Ramachandra,
Who is surrounded by Saluting Hanuman and others,
And who teaches eternal knowledge by its symbol in his hands,
And say, Other than you, I do not think of any one, not think and not think.

Yada madsameepam kruthantha samethya,
Prachanda prakopair bhatair bheeshayen maam,
Thada vishkaroshi thwadeeyam swaroopam,
Sada apath pranasam sakodanda banam. 8

When the god of death comes before me,
And threatens me with his powerful angry soldiers,
Then please bring before me your form armed with Kodanda bow,
Which will remove all fear of dangers from me.

Nije manase mandhire sannidehi,
Praseeda, praseedha Prabho Ramachandra,
Sa soumithrina Kaikeyi nandanena,
Swa shakthanu bhakthya cha samsevyamana. 9

Be pleased and pleased, Oh Ramachandra,
Come in my real mind and be present in that temple,
Served by Bharatha, Lakshmana and Shathrugna,
And help this devotee by your power.

Swabhakthagraganyai kapeesair mahesai,
Neekaira nekai cha Rama, Praseedha,
Namasthe namosthweesa, Rama Praseeda,
Prasadi prasadi prakasam, prabho maam. 10

Be pleased with me, Oh Ramachandra,
Who is surrounded by great devotees,
Great monkey lords, kings and chieftains,
I salute you my God, be pleased with me,
Bless me, bless me with light, Oh Lord.

Thwamevasi daivam, param may yadhekam,
Su chaithanya methath thwadanyam na manye,
Yado bhoodameyam viyadwayu thejo,
Jalopadhi kayam charam cha acharam cha. 11

You are my only God, the only eternal fact for me,
I do not acknowledge any power except you,
As all the Bhoothas like air, ether, water,
Earth and fire have only come out of you.

Nama sachidananda roopaya thasmai,
Namo deva devaya ramaya Thubhyam,
Namo Janaki jeevithesaya thubhyam,
Nama pundarikayathakshaya thubhyam. 12

Salutations to Him, who is eternal happiness,
Salutations to Him, who is the God Rama,
Salutations to Him, who is the consort of Janaki,
Salutations to Him ,who bears lotus on his belly.

Namo bhakthi yukthanurakthaya thubhyam,
Namo punya punjai kalabhyaya thubhyam,
Namo Veda vedyaya chadhyaya pumse,
Nama sundrayindira vallabhaya. 13

Salutations to Him, who loves his devotees,
Salutations to Him, who can be seen only as a result of good deeds,
Salutations to the god of Vedas and the primeval man,
Salutations to the pretty one who is the consort of Sita.

Namo viswa karthre, namo viswa harthre,
Namo viswa bhokthre, namo viswa bharthre,
Namo viswa nethre, namo viswa jethre,
Namo viswa pithre, namo viswa mathre. 14

Salutations to him who creates the universe,
Salutations to him who destroys the universe,
Salutations to him who uses the universe,
Salutations to him, who rules over the universe,
Salutations to him, who is the eye of the universe,
Salutations to him, who wins over the universe,
Salutations to him, who is father of the universe,
And Salutations to him, who is the mother of the universe.

Namasthe, namasthe samastha prapancha,
Prabhoga, prayoga, pramana, pravena,
Madheeyam mansthwath pada dwandwa sevaam,
Vidhathum pravrutham sukha chaithanya sidhyai. 15

Salutations and salutations to the expert,
In working upkeep and control of the entire world,
Oh God, my mind is engaged in service of your feet,
With an aim of getting to the real eternal truth.

Shilapi thwadamgrikshama sangirenu,
Prsadhadhi chaithanya madhatha Rama,
Namasthwath pada dwandwa seva vidhanath,
Suchathanya metheethi kim chithramathra? 16

Even an ordinary stone, getting the dust of your feet,
Oh Rama, got the active life back,
And so by saluting and serving your two feet,
If people get perennial salvation, What is so strange?

Pavithram charithram vichithram thwadheeyam,
Nara yea smaranthyanwaham ramachandra,
Bhavantham bhavaantham bharantham bhajantho,
Labhanthe kruthantham na pasyanthyatho anthe. 17

Hey Ramachandra, those men, who remember,
Your holy story which is strange,
And those who chant the names of you,
Who is the destroyer of sorrowful life,
Get at the end what they desire and do not see God of death.

Sa punya sa ganya saranyo mamaayam,
Naro Veda yo deva choodamanim thwam,
Sadhkaramekam, chidannda roopam,
Mano vaga gamyam param dhama Rama. 18

That man who knows that you are the greatest of devas,
Who has a form that is real,
Whose form is eternal happiness,
Who is beyond mind and words,
And who is Rama, the object of salvation,
Is the only one who is blessed and counted one,
And he is the one who has submitted himself to you.

Prachanda, prathapa prabhavabhi bhootha,
Prabhuthari veera, Prabho Ramachandra,
Balam they kadam varnyathe atheva balye,
Yado agandi chandeesa kodanda dandam.19

Hey Lord Ramachandra, who is the greatest,
Who is very famous all over,
And who is the killer of his enemies,
There is no need to describe your prowess,
For even at a very young child's age,
You broke the great bow of Lord Shiva.

Dasagreevamugram saputhram samithram,
Sari durgamadyastharakshoganesam,
Bhavantham vinaa Rama, Veero naro vaa,
Asuro vaa amaro vaa jayeth kastrilokhyam? 20

Are there either heroes or asuras or devas,
Capable for killing the ten headed one along with his sons,
And friends in a place surrounded by the sea,
Except you Oh Lord Rama?

Sada rama ramethi ramamrutham they,
Sada rama mananda nishyanda kandam,
Pibantham namantham sudhantham hasantham,
Hanumantha manthar bhaje tham nithantham. 21

Always chanting Rama, Rama
Drinking always, the nectar of the name Rama
Which is ever pretty and a tide of real happiness,
Saluting you and having a smiling face Is Hanuman,
And I pray him always and always.

Sad Rama ramethi Ramamrutham they,
Sada ramamananda nishyantha kandam,
Piban anvaham nanvaham naiva mruthyor,
Bibhemi prasadaadasadaa thavaiva. 22

I who am always chanting Rama, Rama
Drinking daily, the nectar of the name Rama
Am not afraid of death,
Due to your uninterrupted grace.

Aseethasamethairakothanda bhooshai,
Soumithri vandhyair Chanda prathapair,
Alankesa kalair sugreeva mithrair,
Ramabhi deyairalam daivathair na. 23

No other God is required by us except Rama,
Who is always with Sita,
Who wears the Kodanda bow as ornament,
Who is being saluted by Lakshmana,
Who is well known as a great hero,
Who is the God of death to the king of Lanka,
And who is a friend of Sugreeva.

Aveerasanasthair chin mudrikadyair,
Bhkthanjaneyadhi Thathwa prakasair,
Aamandhara moolair mandhara malair,
Ramabhi deyairalam daivathair na. 24

No other God is required by us except Rama,
Who is sitting on the throne of heroes,
Who shows the sign of eternal truth,
Who exhibits eternal principles
To the devotee Hanuman and others,
Who sits on the roots of Mandhara tree,
And who wears the garland of mandhara flowers.

Asindhu prakopair vandhya prathapair,
Bandhu prayanair mandasmithasyair,
Danda pravasair ganda prabodhair,
Ramabhi deyairalam daivathair na. 25

No other God is required by us except Rama,
Who got very angry with the ocean,
Who is sufficiently famous as to be saluted,
Who traveled along with friends,
Who wears a pleasant smile,
Who lived in Danda forest,
And who taught the vast knowledge.

Hare Rama seethapathe ravanare,
Kharare murare asurare parethi,
Lapantham nayantham sada kalamevam,
Samalokayalokaya sesha bandho. 26

Oh lord who is the relation of the entire world,
Please cast your graceful look on me,
Who always spends all the time by chanting,
Hey lord Hari, consort of Seetha,
Enemy of Ravana, Killer of Khara and Mura,
Killer of asuras and Hey, eternal truth.

Namasthe sumithra suputhrabhi vandhya,
Namasthe sada kaikeyi nandanedya,
Namasthe sada vanaradheesa bhandho,
Namasthe, namasthe sada Ramachandra. 27

Salutations to him who is venerated by son of Sumithra
Salutations always to him who is respected by son of Kaikeyi,
Salutations always to him who is the friend of king of monkeys,
Salutations and salutations always to Lord Ramachandra.

Praseedha, praseedha, Prachanda prathapa,
Praseedha, praseedha, prachandari kala,
Praseedha, praseedha, prapannanukampin,
Praseedha, praseedha, prabho Ramachandra. 28

Shower your grace, shower your grace, He who has great fame,
Shower your grace, shower your grace, he who is death to his enemies,
Shower your grace, shower your grace, Who is kind to his devotees,
Shower your grace, shower your grace, My Lord Ramachandra.

Bhujangaprayatham param veda saram,
Mudha Ramachandrasya bhakthya cha nithyam,
Padan santhatham chinthayan prantharange,
Sa eva swayam ramachandra sa dhanya. 29

He who reads or always thinks about in his mind,
This Bhujanga prayer of Lord Ramachandra
Which is the summary of Vedas, daily,
Will attain Ramachandra and always be blessed.
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« Reply #481 on: October 26, 2019, 09:39:26 AM »
It is ridiculous to suppose that Prarabdha can be more powerful than one's will. The reason for this is that Prarabdha itself is a creation of one's will. What one performed guided by one's will in the previous births, is what is now appearing as fate. What one has brought about due to exercise of one's will in the previous births certainly can be overcome by exercise of will in the present birth, provided one makes adequate effort.
- Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal
(Source : Sri Jagadguru Vani, Sringeri Sharada Peetham website)
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« Reply #482 on: November 12, 2019, 08:51:06 AM »
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« Reply #483 on: November 19, 2019, 06:40:28 PM »
KARMA?THE DRIVING FORCE
Karma is the driving force of life. Even the celestial beings and the Trimūrtis abide by this law of karma. Needless to say, this entire world is also bound by this law of karma.
Action is karma, be it good or bad. But the fruit of karma is applicable to one and all. The karmas prohibited by śāstras are niṣiddha karma. Apart from this, there are karmas that are synonymous with nyāya and viveka.
Paropakāraḥ Puṇyāya Pāpāya Parapīdanaṁ. Man?s actions are broadly divided into two divisions, papa and puṇya. Paropakāra is puṇya whereas hurting others by action is considered as pāpa. The scriptures are a guiding light to mankind and hence it is always advisable and wise to follow them in an impeccable way.
Karma can be divided into three as nitya, naimittika and kāmya. According to śāstras, even though there may arise a mistake or two in the case of nitya and naimittika karmas, they are not of great importance and hence are excluded from severe punishment. But the kāmya karmas should be performed flawlessly. Śāstras warn that even a small mistake in this regard is sure to bring in unfavourable results.
Śāstras have laid down certain prayascittas (remedial measures) for the mistakes committed while performing the nitya and naimittika karmas. Even mistakes committed in previous births could be compensated with prayascittas. They are: 1. Adhyayana 2. Satya 3. Brahmacarya 4. Ahiṁsā 5. Tapas and 6. Yaj?a.
Man should be prepared to impart the knowledge he has obtained to others and observe brahmacarya very strictly. Performing dharma through the mind, thought and intellect is also important.
Let us pray to God to bless us with a pure mind filled with vairāgya, devotion, kindness and sanctity.
(Excerpts from a speech delivered by H.H. Śrī Abhinava Vidyā Tīrtha Mahāsvāmī in 1965 at Coimbatore; published in Tattvāloka of May 2001)
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« Reply #484 on: January 18, 2020, 06:27:33 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Complete the rituals and then come for darshan

Karvar Ramamurthi served at Sri Matha. He wanted leave. ?My mother?s obsequies? he said.

Sri Maha Periyava only said, ?You may go out of town and return.?

As was the tradition in the SriMatham, he received a month?s salary in addition to the usual pay and left. The next day his mother came for Sri Maha Periyava?s darshan. Everyone realised then that Ramamurthi had lied about his mother?s death ceremonies even when she was alive, and had left with the money.

When Ramamurthi returned two days later he learnt of what had happened. He realised that he could not face Periyava. He left for a distant place and worked in different towns. Thirty years later he came for Periyava?s darshan.

?Is your mother well??

?She passed away??

?Did you perform the last rites??

?No. I was in a very distant place in the North. I learnt of it only much later. My younger brother did everything.?

Periyava ordered that five thousand rupees be given to Ramamurthi. He was advised to perform all the rites in Kanchipuram itself.

?Complete the rituals and then come for darshan,? said Periyava.

The gentleman did so. He served SriMathaM for long and in his eightieth year attained the abode of Siva.

Narrated by SriMatham Balu Mama
Source: Maha Periyaval Darisana Anubhavangal
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« Reply #485 on: January 21, 2020, 11:22:05 PM »
Experiences with Maha Periyava: Gold Sahasranama Kasumalai (1000 Coin Necklace) for Mylapore Karpagambal

The very famous temple of ?Karpagambal Udanurai Kapaleeshwarar? temple is situated in Mylapore, Chennai. Starting in 1950, my mother, Smt. Anandavalli along with her women associates used to do ?Lalitha Saharanamam? chanting in this temple on a daily basis. Smt. Muthulakshmi Ammal was their group leader. This group was called ?Karpagambal Sahasranama Goshti? and the leader Smt. Muthulakshmi Ammal was called ?Guru Paati?. My mother (Smt. Anandavalli) was the Secretary. In addition to the daily chanting they also participated in other devotional activities during the festive season.

In 1970, one night, Karpagambal came in Guru Paati?s dreams and asked her ?You and your group are performing Sahasranama chanting for me everyday. I want a Sahasranama gold coin kasumalai (a gold necklace made out of 1000 gold coins with the 1000 names of the Goddess engraved on it) for me just like Visalakshi and Kamakshi (Goddesses in Varanasi, UP and Kanchipuram, TN respectively). Can you do it for me??. Guru Paati happily informed everyone in the group about her dream. All of them decided to collect donations from like minded devotees and make the Gold Coin Necklace for Karpagambal.

Years passed but the middle-class women of the group were unable to collect the huge amount required to make the gold necklace. As per suggestions from others, in 1978, Guru Paati and my mother along with their group went to Kanchi Matham to meet Paramacharya and ask for His guidance. When they were waiting to get His darshan, one of the persons working in the Matham came to them and said ?Periyava is calling you immediately ? Go inside? and so all of them rushed in. Once in, they were mesmerized by looking at Him. Periyava asked them ?Are you in short of gold and money for the Gold Coin Necklace??. My mother and their group were speechless on hearing this, since Periyava Himself had asked about this before they could even utter a word about the Gold Coin Necklace. Periyava continued ?The Goddess (Ambal) only asked you right? She herself will take care of it. You don?t have to worry! And He added ?Visalakshi and Kamakshi have Gold Coin Necklaces made out of riches. But Karpagambal is going to get a Gold Coin Necklace made of devotion (Bhakthi).? He then turned to Guru Paati and my mother and told ?Name your group as ?Karpagam Suvasini Sangam? and keep performing many Suvasini and Bala Thirupura Sundari pujas? and blessed them and gave Prasadam.

Since they strictly followed Sri Maha Periyava?s words, gold and money started to flow in abundance. In 1982, the work for the Gold Coin Necklace began. The responsibility of making it was handed over to ?Vummidi Bangaru Kannan?. On one side of every coin was one name of the Goddess and the other side contained the temple seal (Ambal in the background with Shivalinga being worshipped by a peacock in the foreground). At frequent intervals, the progress of the work was informed to Maha Periyava via Kanchi Mutt. Maha Periyava sent few scholarly Pandits from the Mutt?s Veda Patasala to ensure that the names of Goddess being engraved in the coin and their order were correct.

This great task also faced multiple barriers in the form of Religious Endowment Board, few members of the Temple board, few jobless social organizations and few anti-social elements. But due to the blessings of Sri Maha Periyava and due to the help rendered by the Managing Director, Sugavaneswarar, Thakkar Kuppuswamy, Head Priest Viswanatha Sivaachariyaar, Lawyer Krishnaswamy the task was completed successfully. The dedication of the Lalitha Saharanama Gold Coin Necklace to Arulmigu Karpagambal as decided to be celebrated on 26-2-1986 and Vivek & Co were designated as the host of the function.

Unfortunately, on 20-1-1986, my father was admitted in hospital due to ill-health. He lost his consciousness and lost movements in his hands and legs. Doctors who treated him lost hope and told that at the maximum he may live for 48 hours. My mother was unable to bear this, and she confined herself to our pooja room. Guru Paati along with the group, Vummidi Kannan and Vivek, carrying the completed Gold Coin Necklace, went to meet Maha Periyava in Kanchi Mutt. Seeing all of them, Periyava asked ?What happened? Why didn?t your secretary come along??. They emotionally informed Periyava about my father?s condition and my mother?s situation. Periyava looked the Gold Coin Necklace and said ?The chain has come out very well. Your secretary will be present to put this chain to Karpagambal. Carry on and don?t worry?. He blessed everyone and gave Prasadam. On their way back, everyone directly came to my home and informed my mother about Periyava?s blessings and gave Prasadam as well.

What a miracle! At the same time, we got news from the hospital that my father was back to conscious state and was doing very well. The doctors were surprised at the progress and they said, ?Some miracle has happened? and discharged my father the very next day. He walked back home from the hospital which is at a distance of 2 blocks.

On 26-2-1986, the function to dedicate the Gold Coin Necklace to Goddess Karpagambal happened in a very grand way. My father also participated in the festivities for some time. My mother, being the secretary of the group, presided the function in the morning and did her work. She participated in the evening meeting as well and submitted her report. Also, on behalf of the Suvasini group, she presented a Godrej Almirah to safeguard the chain and the documents related to the Gold Coin Necklace.

Even now, on all Fridays, on all Full Moon days and every year on February 26th, the Goddess can be seen wearing this Gold Coin Necklace. On 13-3-1986, my father reached the lotus feet of the Goddess without any sufferings. There are no words to describe the Kindness of Sri Maha Periyava, who, in the state when the doctors lost hope and told that my father won?t survive, gave the life back to my father and ensured that my mother did her duties very well and also gave us few more days with our father. Even to this date, me and my family along with my relatives and friends discuss about this wonderful incident and happily remember Sri Maha Periyava?s grace and blessings.

Author: Gowri Sukumar (in Tamil)
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« Reply #486 on: January 25, 2020, 11:10:56 AM »
I do not know the author of this Sanskrit Poem and no idea whether it was composed by Adi Shankara or another saint in the Advaita Paramapara .Anway it is a wonderful poem


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« Reply #487 on: January 25, 2020, 11:11:57 AM »
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