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Vibhuti - Greatness of Sacred
« on: August 23, 2016, 08:13:04 AM »
Bhagavan always sported the sacred daily on his forehead. I felt a need to open a thread on Vibhuti, to extol the greatness of Sacred Ash. We Indians have always considered it inauspicious to leave the forehead empty. These days, unfortunately due to times, most even hesitate to sport Vibhuti even in the size of small bindi as being socially unacceptable or being judged! There are so many benefits by sporting the sacred ash which we are not aware of. It wards of evil, negative energies around you. You will not attract unnecessary attentions. Most of all, you will be worshipful, as the Sacred ash is Lord Shiva Himself, one who sports it traditionally - when we even look at them, we feel a sense of spiritual fervor, people automatically become respectful towards the ones who sport Vibhuti.

There are added benefits, Sporting Vibhuti encourages you to engage more in the activities of God. Prayers and Anushtanam are naturally motivated. It is a motivational factor. It is also a wonderful catalyst!

With the evolution of too much Vedanta, i.e. the (essence alone) in our times, we have given up the time tested habits followed by our ancestors, in sustaining the Vedanta with well nourished Daily Anushtanams.

In the same lines, even wearing a Japa Mala, such as Tulasi Mala, Rudraksha Mala, Spatika Mala, all help the aspirant upwards! Adorning them, one actively keeps off the negatively influencing energies.

Most of all, they are constantly reminding you to remember God, His Gunas, His Tatva.

This attempt is to encourage this message among all Astikas.

Holy Ash

The holy Ash is the substance the devotees wear on their bodies with adoration and respect. This along with the rudrAxa beads (1) shows up the devotees of the Simple but Supreme Lord shiva. The holy Ash has lots of spiritual sense. There are lots of hymns telling the glory of the holy Ash. ((2) - for example). Ash - the substance that is arrived when things are completely burnt off. In natural terms it is a final state. The state where it has nothing left to burn off ! This indicates the transience of the beings and the Permanence of the Supreme that smears in this ash. This also indicates the matured state of bliss the devotees would be heading towards which stands beyond perturbance - transformation (nothing to burn off).

The purANic events associated with the holy Ash show its significance. When the three daemons of impurities (tripura) were burnt down by the mere smile of the God, the ash that remained got settled on the Lord, Who danced there. Thus the tripurAri was smeared in the Ash that came out of burning out of the three impurities. When the cupid - the deva of lust, tried to fire his arrows on the yogic Lord, he was burnt by the Lord into a heap of ash. The unruffled Lord appeared decorated with that ash. At the times when everything reduces unto It, the Everexistant Lord wears that ash.

The devotees of the Lord, Who gives His form to the ardent worshipper, wear the same way the holy Ash on their body. This holy Ash is prepared in the ritual fire in a specified way (3) along with the chanting of the Holy Five Letters (4) and other vedic hymns. Thus obtained Holy Ash is worn on various specified places of the body including the forehead chanting the Holy Five Letters. (There are two broad categories of wearing the Holy Ash. One is uddUlanam that is sprinkling the Holy Ash on the body and the other is tripuNDram that is in three distinct bands)

(Source: Shaivam.org)
« Last Edit: August 23, 2016, 08:22:39 AM by Nagaraj »
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Re: Vibhuti - Greatness of Sacred
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 08:14:37 AM »


The places to apply the holy ash on the body

vibhUti can be worn either in 32 places or 16 places or 8 places or five places.

32 Places

Head
Forehead
Two ears
Two eyes
Nose
Mouth
Neck
Two shoulders
Two elbows
Two wrists
Chest
Two ribs
Navel
Two sides of groin
Buttocks
Two UrUs
Two thighs
Two knees
Two ankles
Two feet
 Total 32 Places
16 Places
       Forehead
2 Shoulders
Chest
Navel
Total 5 places
       Head
Forehead
2 ears
Neck
2 Shoulders
2 Elbows
2 Wrists
Chest
Navel
2 Ribs
Back
Total 16 places
8 Places
       Head
Forehead
2 ears
2 Shoulders
Chest
Navel
Total 8 places
5 Places

(Source: Shaivam.org)
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Re: Vibhuti - Greatness of Sacred
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 08:20:19 AM »
திருஞானசம்பந்தர் அருளிய திருநீற்றுப் பதிகம்

மந்திரமாவது நீறு வானவர்மேலது நீறு
சுந்தரமாவது நீறு துதிக்கப்படுவது நீறு
தந்திரமாவது நீறு சமயத்தி லுள்ளது நீறு
செந்துவர் வாயுமை பங்கன் திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

வேதத்திலுள்ளது நீறு வெந்துயர் தீர்ப்பது நீறு
போதந்தருவது நீறு புன்மை தவிர்ப்பது நீறு
ஓதத் தகுவது நீறு உண்மையிலுள்ளது நீறு
சீதப் புனல்வயல் சூழ்ந்த திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

முத்திதருவது நீறு முனிவரணிவது நீறு
சத்தியமாவது நீறு தக்கோர்புகழ்வது நீறு
பத்திதருவது நீறு பரவ இனியது நீறு
சித்திதருவது நீறு திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

காண இனியது நீறு கவினைத் தருவது நீறு
பேணி அணிபவர்க் கெல்லாம் பெருமை கொடுப்பது நீறு
மாணந்தகைவது நீறு மதியைத் தருவது நீறு
சேணந்தருவது நீறு திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

பூச இனியது நீறு புண்ணிய மாவது நீறு
பேச இனியது நீறு பெருந்தவத்தோர்களுக்
கெல்லாம் ஆசைகெடுப்பது நீறு வந்தம தாவது நீறு
தேசம் புகழ்வது நீறு திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

அருத்தமதாவது நீறு அவலம் அறுப்பது நீறு
வருத்தந் தணிப்பது நீறு வானம் அளிப்பது நீறு
பொருத்தமதாவது நீறு புண்ணியர்பூசும் வெண்ணீறு
திருத்தகு மாளிகைசூழ்ந்த திருஆல வாயான் திருநீறே.

எயிலதுவட்டது நீறு விருமைக்கும் உள்ளது நீறு
பயிலப்படுவது நீறு பாக்கியமாவது நீறு
துயிலைத் தடுப்பது நீறு சுத்தமதாவது நீறு
அயிலைப் பொலிதரு சூலத் தாலவாயான் திருநீறே.

இராவணன்மேலது நீறு எண்ணத்தகுவது நீறு
பராவணமாவது நீறு பாவமறுப்பது நீறு
தராவணமாவது நீறு தத்துவமாவது நீறு
அரா வணங்குந் திரு மேனி ஆலவாயான் திருநீறே.

மாலொடயனறி யாதவண்ணமு முள்ளது நீறு
மேலுறை தேவர்கள் தங்கள் மெய்யது வெண்பொடி நீறு
ஏல உடம்பிடர் தீர்க்கும் இன்பந்தருவது நீறு
ஆலமதுண்ட மிடற்றெம்மால வாயான் திருநீறே.

குண்டிகைக் கையர்களோடு சாக்கியர் கூட்டமுங்கூடக்
கண்டிகைப் பிப்பது நீறு கருத இனியது நீறு
எண்டிசைப்பட்ட பொருளார் ஏத்துந் தகையது நீறு
அண்டத்தவர் பணிந்தேத்தும் ஆலவாயான் திருநீறே.

ஆற்றல் அடல்விடை யேறும் ஆலவாயான்
போற்றிப் புகலி நிலாவும் பூசுரன் ஞான்சம்மந்தன்
தேற்றித் தென்ன்னுடலுற்ற தீப்பிணி யாயினதீரச்
சாற்றிய பாடல்கள் பத்தும் வல்லவர் நல்லவர் தாமே.
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Re: Vibhuti - Greatness of Sacred
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 08:27:03 AM »


Letter 143

MOTHER?S GIFT

14th September, 1947

Last month, Niranjananandaswami sent a bull, born and bred in the Ashram to the Meenakshi Temple, Madurai, as a present. People there named it Basava, decorated it nicely and took a photo of it along with Sri Sambasiva Iyer who had accompanied it. Sambasiva Iyer returned with a copy of the photo besides an old fashioned silk-fringed shawl, some vibhuti, kumkum and prasad 1 given to him by the temple authorities.

Due to the great crowd of visitors since August 15th, Bhagavan has been spending the days out in the Jubilee Hall.

Sambasiva Iyer came into Bhagavan?s presence with the shawl, vibhuti, etc., on a large plate. The brahmins who had accompanied him recited a mantra while all of us prostrated before Bhagavan, then rose. Looking at me, Bhagavan said, ?Our bull has been sent to the Meenakshi Temple, did you know?? ?Yes, I knew,? I said. ?On the day it was going, I saw it decorated with turmeric, 2 kumkum, etc. and came to know of the purpose when I asked the cattle-keeper.? Holding the plate reverentially and smearing the vibhuti and kumkum on his forehead, Bhagavan said, ?See, this is Meenakshi?s gift.? And his voice quivered as he said it.

Sambasiva Iyer spread the shawl over Bhagavan?s feet, and when Bhagavan, deeply moved, removed it with evident feeling of reverence, the attendants took it and spread it over the back of the sofa. Adjusting the shawl properly with his hands, Bhagavan, looking towards us, said, ?Mother 1 Vibhuti: sacred ash. Kumkum: vermilion powder. Prasad: any flower or food consecrated by being offered to the Deity.

2 Turmeric: a bright yellow powder of the turmeric root.

Meenakshi has sent this. It is Mother?s gift.? And, choked with emotion, he was unable to say more and became silent.

His eyes were full of tears of joy and his body became motionless. Seeing this, it seemed to me that Nature herself had become silent. When, as a boy, Bhagavan was in Tiruchuli and someone had been angry with him, he had gone to the temple and wept, sitting behind the image of Sahayamba.

He alone knows how the Mother consoled him and what hopes she gave him.

Three years ago, the Ashram doctor said that hand- pounded rice would be good for Bhagavan?s health.

Thereupon the Ashramites approached Bhagavan with a request to take such rice, which would be specially cooked for him. When Bhagavan asked them whether the same rice would be served to all, they said that it would not be possible, as the supply of such rice was limited. Bhagavan therefore would not agree to having it however much they tried to persuade him. At last they said that they would use the hand- pounded rice for the daily offerings to the deity in the temple, for which rice is usually cooked separately and they requested Bhagavan to partake of that rice. ?If that is so, it is all right.

I will take it because it is Mother?s prasadam,? said Bhagavan.

And from that day onwards, they have been cooking hand- pounded rice separately and, after offering it to the goddess in the temple, have been serving it to Bhagavan, giving what was left over to all others in his company.

Last summer, Ramaswami Iyer?s son got married and for the occasion there was a feast here. That day, Iyer noticed that there was white rice on the leaves of all, whereas the rice on Bhagavan?s leaf was reddish, and he enquired the reason. Bhagavan smiling, said, ?This is Mother?s prasadam.

What is wrong with it? It is cooked specially as an offering to Mother.? He then related the above incident. He once again said, ?This is Mother?s gift; I have accepted it only because of that.? Is this not a great lesson to those who say that they have given up visiting temples and such things?

(Letters from Sri Ramanasramam)
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Re: Vibhuti - Greatness of Sacred
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2016, 08:50:16 AM »
अपस्मारकुष्टक्षयार्शः प्रमेह_
ज्वरोन्मादगुल्मादिरोगा महान्तः ।
पिशाचाश्च सर्वे भवत्पत्रभूतिं
विलोक्य क्षणात्तारकारे द्रवन्ते ॥२५॥


Meaning:

25.1: (Salutations to Sri Subramanya) Apasmara (Epilepsy), Kussttha (Leprosy), Kssaya (Consumption), Arsha (Piles), Prameha (Urinary diseases like Diabetes), ...
25.2: ... Jwara (Fever), Unmada (Madness, Insanity), Gulma (Enlargement of Spleen or other glands in the abdomen) and other formidable Diseases, ...
25.3: ... as also all types of Pisachas (Evil Spirits), ... (when) in Your Bibhuti (Sacred Ash) contained in a Leaf, ...
25.4: ... sees You, Who is the Enemy of the formidable Taraka (i.e demon Tarakasura), they hasten to Run away Immediately.

(Subrahmanya Bhujangam - Adi Shankaracharya)
(For full stotra CLICK HERE)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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