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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #45 on: October 18, 2012, 08:14:32 PM »
अविनयमपनय विष्णॊ दमय मनः शमय विषयमृगतृष्णाम् ।
भूतदयां विस्तारय तारय संसार सागरतः


avinayamapanaya viShNO damaya manah shamaya viShayamRugatRuShNAm
bhUtadayAm vistAraya tAraya samsAra sAgaratah

O Lord viShNO! Drive away (my) immodesty,
quell (my) mind and dispel the mirage of objects of worldly pleasure.
Spread out compassion (in me) for all beings.
Make (me) cross the ocean of worldly existence.



(shatpadI stOtram, Adi shankarA)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #46 on: October 19, 2012, 05:23:34 PM »
आत्मा त्वं गिरिजा मतिः परिजनाः प्राणाः शरीरं गृहम्
पूजा ते विषयोपभोग रचना निद्रा समाधिस्थितिः ।
सञ्चारः पदयोः प्रदक्षिण विधिः स्तोत्राणि सर्वा गिरः
यद्यत् कर्म करोमि तत्तदखिलं शंभोः तवाराधनम् ॥


AtmA tvam girijA matih parijanAh prANAh sharIram gRuham
pUjA te viShayOpabhOga racanA nidrA samAdhisthitih
sancArah padayOh pradakShiNa vidhih stOtrANi sarvA girah
yadyat karma karOmi tattadakhilam shambhO tavArAdhanam

                   
Thou art my Atman, my budDhi is Thy consort, my prANAs are Thy attendants my body is Thy temple, the way in which I enjoy the things of the sense is Thy worship, my sleep is the state of contemplating Thee in samAdhi, my wanderings are circumambulation (pradakShiNA) of Thee, All that I talk is in praise of Thee, whatever I do all that is worship of Thee, O' shambu.

(shiva mAnasa pUjA, Adi Shankara)



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

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« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2012, 06:36:20 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

This Siva Manasa Puja is one song I like most. And I chant this every day in the morning. If our words are pure, it becomes
Stotram for Him, if we do good karmas, it becomes wonderul aradhana for Him.  Wherever we roam about (for good purpose)
it becomes pradakshina for Him.  All my vishaya bhogas become pujas for Him. My nidra is Samadhi. All are your aradhana.

Wonderful poem.

Arunachala Siva.           

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #48 on: October 20, 2012, 03:31:17 PM »
A person had a hArmonium. When he played it, melogious music flowed out of it. Hearing the enchanting tunes, another man thought, "How does such sweet music come out of this? Probably. these sounds are present inside this instrument." Getting very curious, he dismantled the hArmonium and searched for the sounds in every nook and corner. However, much as he toyed with the internal parts, he could not get the original music music out of them. "Ah, what a wonder! This instrument produces music out of nowhere", he conclulded!

While there are certain occasions when one should dismantle and analyse, there are numerous other situations where this technique will not be of any help. Analysis of the Atman falls under latter category.

(HH srI abhinava vidyA thIrtha swAmijI)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #49 on: October 21, 2012, 12:29:13 PM »
A brief discourse by kAnci paramAcAryA:

धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सुवः ।
मामकाः पाण्दवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत सञ्ज्य ॥ १,१॥


dharmakShEtre kurukShEtrE samavetA yuyutsavah .
mAmakAh pANdvAchcaiva kimakurvata sanjaya ..

This is the opening verse of the bhagavad gItA and it is capable of an interpretation which will convey the central teaching of the gItA. The first line of the shlokA can be rendered into the following prose order:

क्षेत्रे धर्मक्षेत्रे (सति) कुरु (kShEtrE dharmakShEtrE [sati] kuru)

According to the interpretation I have in mind, the meaning of this line of this:

When the क्षेत्र​ (kShEtra) of the body is धर्मक्षेत्र (dharmakShEtra), that is, strong and fit enough to perform dharmAs or virtuous and meritorious deeds, कुरु (kuru) perform those deeds. Why should you do them? Here, in the body, are gathered intent on fight, मामकाः पाण्दवाश्चैव​ (mAmakAh pANdvAchcaiva). मामकाः (mAmakAh) in this context are ममकारा (mamakAra) and अहंकार​ (ahamkAra), the egoistic sense of "my" and "I", which is rAjasic and tAmasic in quality. pAndavAh are the sAtvic qualities which are absolutely pure chittavrittis signified by white. This conflict between mAmakAh and pAndavAh makes a mess of your being (kim-akurvatA) and fould the springs of dhArmic action. Therefore, this is the time when one should act in accord with dharmA as prescribed in the shAstrA. Says the Lord in another place:

तस्माच्छास्त्रं प्रमाणं ते कार्याकार्य व्यवस्थितौ ।
ज्ञात्वा शास्त्रविधानोक्तं कर्म कर्तुम् इहार्हसि ॥१६, २४॥


tasmAcCAstram pramANam tE kAryAkAryA vyavasthitau .
jnyAtvA shAstravidhAnOktam karma kartum ihArhasi ..

Let shAstrA be thy authority in determining what ought to be done and what ought not to be done. Knowing the scriptural law, thou shouldst do thy work in this world according to it.

Secular laws are determined by time, place and circumastances and are liable to modification. They are limited in the duration of their validity and in the extent of their application. But the laws of dharmA, enunciated by our ancient seers, are valid for all times, from shristi to pralayA, for this world or for any world. shAstra pramANam is unshakable as it has stood firm as a rock, in spite of all vicissitudes. According to the interpretation of the opening verse of gitA, I was referring to, if you perform your duties as prescribed in the shAstrAs, as an offering to God, without attachment, you become सत् (sat), noble and pure, and then जय​ (jaya) victory is yours.

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #50 on: October 22, 2012, 02:30:45 PM »

कस्त्वं कोऽहं कुत आयातः
का मे जननी को मे तातः ।
इति परिभावय सर्वमसारम्
विश्वं त्यक्त्वा स्वप्नविचारम् ॥२३॥


kastvam koaham kuta AyAtah
kA mE jananI kO mE tAtah .
iti paribhAvaya sarvamasAram
vishvam tyaktvA svapna vicAram .. 23

Who are you? Who am I? Where do you come from? Who is my mother? who is my father? Think and ponder over these, once you understand, will realise that the world is nothing more than just a dream!


(bhaja gOvindam, Adi shankarA)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #51 on: October 22, 2012, 11:21:06 PM »
अविनयमपनय विष्णॊ दमय मनः शमय विषयमृगतृष्णाम् ।
भूतदयां विस्तारय तारय संसार सागरतः


avinayamapanaya viShNO damaya manah shamaya viShayamRugatRuShNAm
bhUtadayAm vistAraya tAraya samsAra sAgaratah

O Lord viShNO! Drive away (my) immodesty,
quell (my) mind and dispel the mirage of objects of worldly pleasure.
Spread out compassion (in me) for all beings.
Make (me) cross the ocean of worldly existence.



(shatpadI stOtram, Adi shankarA)



Beautiful prayer from Bhagavan Shankara!
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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2012, 09:38:47 AM »
या कुंदेंदु तुषार हारधवला या शुभ्र वस्त्रावृता ।
या वीणा वर दण्डमंडितकरा या श्वेत पद्मासना ॥
या ब्रह्माच्युत्त शंकर प्रभृतिभिः देवैःसदा वन्दिता ।
सा मांपातु सरस्वती भगवती निःशेष जाड्यापहा ॥


yA KundEndu tushAra hAra DhavalA
yA ShubhrA vastrAvritA
yA VINA Vara danDa manditakarA
yA shvEta PadmAsanA
yA brahmAcyuta shankara prabRuthibhih
devai sadA vanditA
sA mAm pAtu saraswatI bhagavatI
nishyeSha jyAdyApahA

My saluations to Goddess Saraswathi,
Who is while like a Kunda flower,
Who shines like the full moon,
Who carries in her hand a Veena and a stick,
Who is seated on the throne of white Lotus,
Who is worshipped by the holy trinity,
With a prayer to drive away all my slothfulness.

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #53 on: October 24, 2012, 10:24:20 AM »
प्रौढो‌ऽहं यौवनस्थो विषयविषधरैः पञ्चभिर्मर्मसन्धौ
दष्टो नष्टो‌ऽविवेकः सुतधनयुवतिस्वादुसौख्ये निषण्णः ।
शैवीचिन्ताविहीनं मम हृदयमहो मानगर्वाधिरूढं
क्षन्तव्यो मेऽपराधः शिव शिव शिव भो श्री महादेव शम्भो ॥३॥


prauDOahm yauvanasthO viShayaviShadharaih pancabhirmarmasandhau
daShtO naShtOavivEkah sutadhanayuvatisvAdusaukhyE niShaNNah .
shaivIcintAvihInam mama hRudayamahO mAnagarvAdhirUDam
kShantavyO mEaparAdhah shiva shiva shiva bhO shrI mahAdEva shambhO .. 3..

In youth the venomous snakes of sound, sight, taste, touch, and smell,
Bit into my vitals and slew my discrimination;
I was engrossed in the pleasures of wealth, sons, and a youthful wife.
Alas! My heart, bereft of the thought of Siva,
Was filled with arrogance and pride,
Therefore, O Siva! O Mahadeva! O Sambhu! Forgive me, I pray, for my transgressions.

(shiva aparAdha kShamApana stOtram, Adi shankarA)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #54 on: October 25, 2012, 05:05:52 PM »
भवाब्धावपारे महादुःखभीरु
पपात प्रकामी प्रलोभी प्रमत्तः ।
कुसंसारपाशप्रबद्धः सदाहं
गतिस्त्वं गतिस्त्वं त्वमेका भवानि ॥२॥


bhAvabdhavapArE mahA dhukhabhIru
papAta prakAmI , pralObhI pramatta
kusamsAra pAsha prabadDha sadAham
gatistvam gatistvam tvamEkA bhavAni

I am in this ocean of birth and death,
I am a coward, who dare not face sorrow,
I am filled with lust and sin,
I am filled with greed and desire,
And tied I am, by the this useless life that I lead,
So you are my refuge and my only refuge, Bhavani.

(bhavAni aShtakam, Adi shankarA)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #55 on: October 25, 2012, 06:47:03 PM »
श्रद्धाभक्तिध्यानयोगाम्मुमुक्षोः
मुक्तेर्हेतून्वक्ति साक्षाच्छ्रुतेर्गीः ।
यो वा एतेष्वेव तिष्ठत्यमुष्य​
मोक्षोऽविद्याकल्पिताद्देहबन्धात् ॥४६॥


shradDhabhaktidhyAnayOgAmmumukShOh
mukterhEtUnvakti sAkShAcCrutErgIh .
yO vA etEShvEva tiShTatyamuShya
mOkShOavidyAkalpitAddEhabandhAt ..

Faith, devotion and the practice of meditation - these are declared in the scriptures as the chief factors that help a seeker to attain liberation. Whoever pursues these is liberated from the bondage of the body mysteriously forge by spiritual ignorance.

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2012, 10:37:00 AM »
अहं ब्रह्मेतिवाक्यार्थबोधो यावद्दृढीभवेत् ।
शमादिसहितस्तावदभ्यसेच्छ्रवणादिकम् ॥


aham brahmEtivAkyArthabOdhO yAvaddRuDIbhavEt
shamAdisahitastAvadabhyasEcCravaNAdikam ..

Untill the direct personal experience of "I am Brahman" is gained,
 we must live values of Self-Control, etc., and practice listeniing to teachers,
or reading scriptures and doing daily reflection and mediation upon those ideas.


(vAkya vriti, Adi shankarA)

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2012, 10:53:53 AM »
Today is Friday and very auspicious day for Mother Goddess and sharing this quote of Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal on importance of Lalitha Sahasranama .BTW Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahswamigal is leaving Chennai after finishing his Chaturmasya Vrata here ( I do not know his exact time of departure ) . Personally I was benefited a lot by Acharya's visit to Chennai and had his Darshan 3 times ( one very close and personal with my family Vedic Priest ) and those visits, listening to his talks, watching his ChandraMouliswear Puja etc  helped me develop more shraddha in our Sanatana Dharma, seriousness in learning Sanskrit as well as studying the works of Adi Shankara( his stotras , commentaries etc )  .
Lalita Sahasranamam enunciates the Vedantic truths and describes the Paradevata's saguna rupa; the ways of worship and the manner in which She blesses the devotees. May all devotees gain their well-being by reciting the Lalita Sahasranama - a veritable kalpavriksha - 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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2012, 12:33:34 PM »
shradDhA:

शास्त्रस्य गुरुवाक्यस्य सत्यबुद्ध्यवधारणम् ।
सा श्रद्धा कथिता सद्भिर्यया वस्तूपलभ्यते ॥२५॥


shAstrasya guruvAkyasya satyabuddhyA avadhAraNA |
sA shraddhA kathitA sadbhiH yayA vastu upalabhyate || 25
 
The firm conviction that what the scriptures and the guru say is true, is called `shraddha' by the wise. By this (shraddha) the reality is attained.

The faithful holding on strong to the words of the Guru with the right humility and reverence is held as shradDhA by which the Truth is grasped.

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

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Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« Reply #59 on: October 26, 2012, 01:31:21 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

This axiom of Sri Sankara speaking about sraddha, without which Reality cannot be attained, should also satisfy
Tusnim, regarding the essential need for sraddha for self inquiry.

Arunachala Siva.