Sunday, December 27, 2009

Veena wali Radhe























One day Radha and Krishna are playing together in a kunja when Krishna faints out of ecstasy. No matter what Radha tries, She can not bring Krishna back to His senses. The boat-like mind of enchanting Mohana has sunk in the bottomless ocean of Sri Radha's beauty and sweetness. Radha is desperate. She cannot find anyone who can pull Krishna out of this deep ocean-like swoon. Then Tulasi, who sits outside with her back against the wall of the kunja, begins to sing a beautiful song. When Krishna hears this song about Radha’s sweetness, He slowly comes back to His senses and becomes fit again to continue the loveplay. These songs cannot be taught in the presence of the sakhis, therefore they are taught within the caves of Govardhana Hill.
The subject of these songs are the various pastimes of Rasaraja Krishna and Madanakhya Mahabhavavati Sri Radha. Radha Herself is the subject of these songs, so She can't sing them Herself to bring Krishna back to life. A third person is necessary, and a maidservant of Sri Radha is the most fitting person to do it. Of all maidservants, Tulasi is again most intimate with Sri Radha, so Radha calls her into a cave of Govardhana Hill to teach her these intimate songs in different tunes. This is the limit of human perfection, the great gift of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Now Radha will examine if Tulasi has properly learned the songs. This examination is also so wonderful! The cave of Govardhana Hill is like a wonderful temple of play. Radha takes a veena in Her hand and teaches a sweet song. The song itself is endlessly sweet and on top of that there is Radha’s own nectarine voice. This sound attracts Krishna, who comes close and stares through a slit in the cave at the beauty of Radha’s form. She is there alone with Tulasi. Her head is not covered by Her veil and Her fingers, that defeat the beauty of golden Champaka-buds, twang the strings of the veena. Along with the strings of the veena She twangs the strings of Krishna’s heart! How wonderfully Her jewelled rings are blazing on Her golden fingers! It is as if Her beauty and sweetness comes gushing out of Her limbs!
Krishna is enchanted by Her lovely nectarine voice and can’t hide Himself anymore. He approaches slowly and enters into the cave as if He is enchanted by some mantra. Seeing Krishna, Radha at once stops singing, puts the veena away and quickly pulls Her veil over Her head. Gravely She says: "Krishna! Are You here?” Syama says: “What song have You taught to Tulasi?” Radha : “What’s that to You? Tulasi! Let us hear what song You have learned!” Tulasi takes the veena in her hand and begins to sing. How wonderful is the prowess of Tulasi, the object of Radha’s affection! She has learned the song after one single hearing. It is as if the song takes shape before Their eyes. Krishna does not hear a song -- He relishes Radha’s sweetness. Krishna is enchanted and sits down next to Radha to listen. Tulasi asks: “Did I pass the examination?” Radha and Krishna praise Tulasi!
(BASED ON VILAPA KUSUMANJALI OF RAGHUNATH DAS GOSWAMI).
SRI RADHA RASA SUDHA NIDHI,EXCERPTS REVEALING RADHA'S EXPERTISE IN VEENA:-
Sloka No 49:-May Sri Radha, who, taking the sweet sounding Madhumathi Veena in Her hand, and then singing many songs describing Her pastimes with the crest jewel of lovers, suddenly bursts into tears, appear in my heart!
Sloka No 58:-When, on the Yamuna's shore, will I meet Sri Radha, as, like a passionate female elephant meeting e regal male elephant in the forest, She wealthy in musical skill, sweetly plays the veena as Krishna plays the fifth raga on His celestial flute?
A disciple of Srila Rupa Goswami's select verses indicating Sri Radha's expertise in veena:-
"Pranaya-krodha-sach-choli
bandha-gupti-kritha-sthanam
sapathni-vakthra-hric-chosi
yashah-sri-kachchapi-ravam"
Meaning:-Her transcendental breasts are covered by Her saree in the form of affection and anger towards Krishna. She has a stringed instrument known as a 'Kachchapi-veena', which is the fame and fortune that actually dries up the faces and breasts of the other Gopis!(Sloka No.47)
"Kunda-Kunjagane-valgu
gayad-ali-gananvita
veenananditha-govinda
datta-chumbena-lajjitha"
Meaning:-In a forest courtyard by a lake, Radha played Her veena as Her friends sang sweetly. Pleased by Her musical skills,Krishna suddenly kissed the embarrassed Radha.(Sloka No.117)
"Apurva-bandha-gandharva
Kalayonmadhya madhavam
smithva haritha-tad-venu
hara smera-visakhaya."
Meaning:-As a smiling Radha charms Madhava with Her exceptional music skills, smiling Visakha (one of the eight closest gopika friends [Ashta Sakhis] of Sri Radha )steals Krishna's garland and flute! (Sloka No.120)
"Veena-dhwani-dhutopendra
hasthac-chyothitha-vamshika
chuda-vana-hritha-shyama
deha-geha-patha-smrithih."
Meaning:-The sound of Radha's veena makes Krishna tremble and the flute slips from His hand. The tinkling of Her bracelets and ornaments makes Him forget His own body and the path that leads to His home. (Sloka No.121)
Among Radha’s innumerable transcendental attributes, She has twenty-five principal qualities. 1) Radha is very sweet and most charming to look at; 2) Radha is adolescent and always freshly youthful; 3) Radha’s eyes are doe-like and restless; 4) Sri Radha’s face is smiling and every blissful; 5) Auspicious, beautiful lines adorn Sri Radha’s lotus hands and feet; 6) Radha maddens Krishna with Her fragrant bodily aroma; 7) Sri Radha is the most exceptional singer and veena player; 8) Radha’s words are charming and pleasing; 9) Radha is expert at telling jokes that delight Krishna; 10) Sri Radha is exceptionally humble; 11) Radha is the embodiment of mercy and compassion; 12) Sri Radha’s intelligence and wit surpasses all; 13) Radha is expert at performing all activities of love; 14) Shyness is the shining gem in Radha’s character; 15) Sri Radha is the beacon light of modesty and never swerves from the path of honesty; 16) Radha is never perturbed by worldly sorrow or misery; 17) Sri Radha has unbounded gravity and sublimity; 18) Radha is ever fascinated to unite Herself with Krishna; 19) Radha possesses Mahabhava, the highest sentiments of love; 20) Radha is the reservoir of loving affairs in Gokula; 21) Radha’s transcendental glories are shining in all the worlds; 22) Sri Radha is most affectionate to her superiors; 23) Radha is submissive to the love of Her senior girlfriends; 24) Radha is the chief among Krishna’s gopi lovers; 25) Radha always keeps Sri Krishna under Her control. Krishna submissively obeys Radha’s command.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

ENERGY BEARERS 1

(Photograph of Moonstone )

Gems are not only precious, they can be semi-precious too! Gems and crystals are terrific energy-carriers. People who believe in the benefits of gems generally tend to overlook the importance of cleansing and energising the gem or crystal they wear on their body. The open-back style (for the rays of the gems to fall on the finger related to the corresponding mount)finger rings are meant for astrological purposes. Such rings are prone to dust and fungus collection between the metal and the gem behind the ring. Bad energies gather around fungus and dust collection, blocking the positive vibrations of the stone! Consequently the gem fails to yield the expected good results and gradually may even bring negativity into the life of the wearer.
Washing the rings with ordinary soap water is recommended. To clean the insides thoroughly, keep aside a new,unused toothbrush, which will ensure that every particle of dust and fungus is removed from the open-set ring. To energise, the rings have to be immersed in a copper glass of fresh water overnight. It is also recommended to wash the same in milk (unboiled). Finally incense sticks are used to energise the rings further.
Even the most beneficial gems operate effectively when they are worn periodically. Constant and continuous wear of the same gem-ring tends to gradually slow down to zero-activity. This could happen for apparently no reason, but the fact remains the same! By using it periodically (alternate between wearing for a month, or two weeks or 10 days to keeping it aside for a week , ten days, one fortnight or even a month!) the wearer gains the added benefit of experiencing a fresh surge of positivity, boosting his morale as well as his prosperity!
In a discussion with a gem specialist, I learnt that the wearer would attain instant wealth (money in the form of a bonus, gift or even lottery) by wearing or keeping a Garnet close to his body! But using the same stone for a longer period than the required amount of time could produce ulcers in the stomach, or any other abdominal problem! He even said the required period of using the Garnet varies from one person to another and it is difficult to determine the exact duration suitable for different individuals.
I also learnt that the usage of American diamond helps in weight reduction! Pearl and Moonstone are the friends of women. These stones set in an open ring (of gold or silver) are best worn on the index finger. Even though the index finger is identified with the mount of Jupiter and recommended for usage of Jupiter related stones like Yellow Saphire or Topaz, this finger is most suited for the usage of Pearl and Moonstone essentially because certain nerves of this finger are directly connected to the brain! The lustre, coolness and tranquility of Pearl or Moonstone when worn on index finger are transmitted to the brain, the effect of which is startlingly evident within just one week of using the stone. The wearer gets sound sleep, there is an added lustre in the countenance and complexion of the wearer and a general feeling of well-being. The negative aspect of continuous usage of either Pearl or Moonstone is hyper-senstivity. It makes the wearer highly emotional and touchy to the point of breaking into tears at the drop of a hat! Moon being the karaka of mind, its stones,Pearl and Moonstone naturally influence the mind.Whenever this point of touchiness is reached, it is advisable to remove the stone and keep it aside for a while. The best way to energise Pearl or Moonstone is by immersing them in a cup of purified water (not tap water) and keeping them exposed to the rays of a full-moon. For that matter, all other gems also benefit from energising in a similar manner. Pearl and Moonstone are representatives of the Goddess Herself! Most of the slokas of Soundarya Lahari compare Goddess to the moon and Her lustre to that of a Moonstone!
Moonstone brings out psychic abilities in people. Moonstone helps in heightening intuition and also fulfills wishes. For people suffering from insomnia, Moonstone is ideal. Even if it is not worn on the index finger, it could be held in the palm of the hand or kept under the pillow to drift into a dreamless slumber!
For anybody into gardening, they would see miraculous results by watering plants wearing a Moonstone pendant or carrying the stone close to the body. It is even better if the water runs down over the Moonstone and onto the plants for abundant growth and fertility!
It is highly recommended to carry a Moonstone in the shirt pocket to one's own business venue or for meetings to ensure maximum productivity!
The Moon Dasa (Chandra Dasa) and natives who belong to Kataka Rasi (Punarvasu 4th Padam, Pushyami, all the 4 Padams and Aslesha, all the four Padams) are generally advised to wear Pearl or Moonstone. This is a safe stone that can be used by anybody!
For people who believe in idealistic stuff, here is the method for wish fulfillment through Moonstone: Place a Moonstone on the palm of your hand and whisper your wish to it.Keep it exposed to the rays of a full moon and let it remain there till the next full moon, the moon will ensure that your wish gets fulfilled!
Diamonds and Blue Saphires are extremely potent stones capable of yielding remarkably good or bad results. It is always advisable to test them before buying them, like placing them under the pillow during night time and holding them close to the body during daytime. Princess Diana lost her precious life within hours of wearing a Diamond Solitaire gifted by Dodi Fayed.


(To be continued.........)


Saturday, November 21, 2009

His Excellency!



















I landed in Delhi for a concert on the day Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam was sworn in as President of India.The streets of Delhi were decorated with hoardings announcing in colourful letters-"SALAM KALAM!" I liked the sound of it! Like the rest of the country, I was tremendously drawn towards his intellectual personality. His informal and simple behaviour was an added attraction, not to mention his vegetarianism! I have this soft corner for anybody who is a vegetarian, more so when it is chosen as an option. His knowledge of Hindu scriptures touched me further. As though all that was not enough he also knew how to play the veena!!!!!!!!!!! I told myself, now this is somebody I've gotta meet!!
I was glued to the TV in my hotel room in Delhi, watching the swearing-in ceremony. To my delight, the President quoted "Endaro Mahanubhavulu..."(the famous pancharathnam of Sri Thyagaraja Swami). I was swept off my feet!
It so happened that in the same year I had received Sangeet Natak Akademi award from His Excellency!!
I wondered if our paths would ever cross again, and YES, they did! Rashtrapathi Bhavan called me to perform for the President on International Women's day in March 2003. I was ecstatic that I would be meeting Dr. Kalam finally!
At some point I had to ring up Rashtrapathi Bhavan to inform them of our travel arrangements, and while my call was being connected to the concerned person, I was taken aback to listen to my own veena playing on the phone. Later, as requested by the concerned officials in Rashtrapathi Bhavan, I had presented all my latest CDs.
Sri Madirimangalam Swaminathan (mridangam), late Sri. Kovai Viswnathan (ghatam) and I arrived in Delhi a day prior to the concert. We were accomodated in Rashtrapathi Bhavan itself. We were taken around the Bhavan. We also toured the Moghul Gardens and within the identical wing of the President's living quarters. We were impressed by the size of the rooms and the grandeur of the place.
As per our appointment the three of us reached the President's office next morning. After a short wait we were shown inside the office. To our utter shock and delight, the President of India himself walked all the way from his chair to the doorway to welcome us, his personal security following him closely. The three of us felt a little flustered by his gesture. He spoke in chaste tamil and put us at ease. His courteous and humble manners swept us off our feet.
He gently asked Sri. Swaminathan, "Where do you stay in Chennai?"
"Tiruvanmiyur"
The President was keen to know where in Tiruvanmiyur.
"Near the bus terminus Sir."
President looked very interested, "Is your house anywhere near Hotel Bharani?"
Sri. Swaminathan was clearly flustered, "Yes Sir."
His Excellency went on to tell us that he used to frequent Hotel Bharani on Lattice Bridge Road, Adyar while was teaching in Anna University. He said he liked the tiffin there.
His Excellency asked me about my family and when I told him that my second daughter, Haritha was doing her Electrical and Electronic Engineering (she was in second year of the course in 2003) in Anna University, he looked very happy and spoke very highly of Anna University.
I presented him a copy of my work on veena and he promised to go through it. While we were conversing, he abruptly got up from his chair, saying, "Please come with me". The three of us got up uncertainly. He turned and walked towards the wooden (or was it glass?)wall lining behind his table. He pushed at a panel which opened slowly to reveal a garden. We almost gasped, not realising all the while that it was a door, and that too a private access to the Moghul Gardens!
"Please come", the President repeated and we moved behind him slowly. The security man inside the office leapt into attention, quickly picking up his walkie talkie or whatever, issuing crisp orders in hushed tones, all the while pinning us with his sharp gaze. Obviously the security never expected the President to lead us into the garden as casually as though we were all sashaying out for some fresh air! Since the garden was open to public view, we could even spot many tourists at a little distance. We were flabbergasted and terribly concerned that His Excellency was walking nonchalantly into the gardens !
In no time atleast 20 or 25 armed guards rushed to surround us, walking cautiously and closely behind us. The three of us felt uneasy, but we walked respectfully behind the President. After a reasonably long walk, he stopped near a jasmine creeper and described how he had stamped it accidentally during his morning walk. His Excellency narrated a poem (which he had written on the creeper). I was not sure if Sri.Swaminathan and late Sri. Viswanathan were able concentrate on the poem, as for me, I was totally keyed up by the situation and by the presence of alert security men surrounding us. I felt a great sense of relief as we walked back towards the President's office.
While taking leave of His Excellency, I told him that my mother was a great admirer of his, but that she could not come as she was not keeping well. What he said took my breath away, "No, no, don't worry, I myself will go to her house to see her."
On our way out I ran into the President's private musicians (most of them spoke malayalam). They were a friendly lot. They played their musical instruments to show us a song composed by the President.
Instantly it struck me that I should learn the song and present it in my evening concert. I sat with the musicians and learnt the entire song. In the evening, I started my concert with "Endaro Mahanubhavulu" as it happens to be the President's favourite pancharathnam ( I am sure by now the President would've got an earful of " Endaro Mahanubhavulu" from all the artists from South who were invited to perform in his presence!).
The President looked very relaxed and happy, enjoying our music by shaking his head. Towards the end when I announced and played the song composed by him, he lifted his eyebrows, a look of surprise and delight on his face. The song was a roaring success and the audience gave a long ovation, to show their appreciation of His Excellency's composition.
After the concert, a surprised President asked me in tamil,"When did you manage to learn it ?" In the buffet, His Excellency mingled with us like one of us and strongly recommended the masala vadai,"I told them how to do it!"
The President enquired casually,"Can I find a good veena teacher in Delhi?" I almost choked on my masala vadai not believing it was the President of India who was enquiring about a veena teacher!
The entire day had a surreal quality to it. A rare treat indeed, to be in the company of simplicity capsuled in aristocracy!




Receiving the Sangeetha Nataka Akademi award from Former President late Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Ascent of Kundalini


When the Sringeri Jagathguru gave me the title of "Asthana Vidushi" of Sringeri Mutt in the year 2003, my joy knew no bounds! Sringeri and Sarada Kshetram are close to my heart. I feel there is a special sanctity attached to Sringeri Mutt and all the branches of Sringeri Mutt, wherever they are in India. The temples are maintained extremely well and there is immense dignity and discipline in the way the temple priests conduct the poojas in the temple.
His Holiness, Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamiji was born in Narasaraopet, Andhra Pradesh in 1951. As I am already attached to Sri Vidyaranya Swami's ashram in Narasaropet, I was overjoyed to learn that His Holiness, Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamiji also hailed from the same place!
The Jagadguru's Guru, Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamiji in His interview with Sri R.M.Umesh (in the book titled "Yoga, Enlightenment and Perfection") has described the ascent of 'kundalini' in detail.
Paramacharya of Sringeri states that one morning He sat in 'siddhasana' and did four pranayamas with 'jalandhara', 'uddiyaana', and 'moola-bandhas'. He began His meditation by directing His gaze to the middle of His eyebrows while mentally chanting "OM". Gradually a blue hue had manifested and He could not see any particular form. Suddenly He felt an electric shock at the middle of His soles. He felt intense heat and His body jerked sharply as the sensation moved upwards. His breathing stopped abruptly as the sensation continued to travel upwards and into His head. At that moment, He went deep into "savikalpa-samadhi".
The Acharya lost all sensation of His feet and legs and the lower portion of His body.The movement of the heat from the soles of His feet to His back had been swift and sudden, but from the base of His back to a little below the navel, the ascent was slower at the same time swift. From the navel to upwards, the heat moved with the speed of an ant.
The Acharya declared that when the heat reached the base of His back, He was able to momentarily view the lotus of the Mooladhara Chakra in full bloom. after that, He had a brief view of the Swadhishtana Chakra. As the sensation ascended His back to the level of His navel, He could clearly have a glimpse of the lotus of the manipooraka chakra facing downwards, with the petals fully closed. When the senstaion touched the chakra, the lotus instantly blossomed. The same pattern was repeated when the sensation reached the levels of Anahatha, Vishuddhi and Agna Chakras.
After the Acharya had briefly witnessed the Agna Chakra in full bloom, He experienced a bright flash of light like that of a lightning. Next He witnessed a beautiful, luminous, tiny blue orb. His attention became glued to this tiny blue orb and gradually its smallness became inapparent. Thereafter the Acharya apprehended the forms of Shiva and Parvathi within the blue orb. Acharya describes that moment as His "savikalpa-samadhi".

Friday, November 13, 2009

LOVE!

I have a book in telugu titled, "Nadichey Demudu" authored by Sri. Neelamraju Seshaiah. This book is a compilation of the experiences of many devotees (from Andhra Pradesh ) of Kanchi Maha Periyavaa, concerning His Holiness. Every essay is a moving account of feelings, devotion and experiences of the bhakthaas of Maha Periyavaa, I had read this book atleast twice.

The most touching version came from a devotee called Sri Kalloori Venkata Subrahmanya Dikshithulu. His experience strengthened my belief about 'bhakthi'. People usually misinterpret 'bhakthi' as overwhelming respect/fear, to the extent of distancing oneself from the deity instead of approaching and attaining the deity. I had always felt that 'bhakthi' meant overwhelming love aimed towards spiritual proximity packaged with intensity of passion and longing, same as the lovelorn sentiments expressed by Sri Thyagarja ('Nannu vidachi kadalakura'-Rithigowla, towards Lord Rama, ...'Ika thalanu nenu', Devibrova, Chinthamani by Sri Syama Sasthri towards Goddess Kamakshi, and innumerable other compositions of theirs in other ragas and compositons of various other saint composers, Azhwars and Nayanmars.)

I had read the article of Sri Kalloori Venkata Subrahmanya Deekshithulu many number of times as I found the dialogue in sanskrit between Maha Periyavaa and Sri Deekshithulu spiritually stimulating and emotionally fulfilling. The conversation between Maha Periyavaa and Sri. Deekshithulu in sanskrit left a deep impact in my heart. Here is a translation of the same from telugu to english in first person as narrated by Sri Kalloori Subrahmanya Deekshithulu:-
SANNIDHAANA BHAAGYAM
Srivaru ( devotees from Andhra address Maha Periyavaa as "Srivaru") was touring in Tamilnadu.I usually try to be in His divine presence( His 'Sannidhi' )during summer holidays. One evening, in a remote village in Tamilnadu, Srivaru commenced His discourse:-
" Birth and death are natural phenomena in human life. Manmatha is the cause of birth and Yama is the cause of death. If not for the misery caused by these two, there would be no birth or death. To avoid rebirth, we need to appeal to the One who had controlled Manmatha. To eradicate death, we need to propitiate to the One who had punished Yama. Both these jobs were done by only One Supreme being, who is none other than the Smarahara and Mrithyunjaya, Lord Shiva! Lord Srikantha (Maha Vishnu) is not easy to attain, whereas, Lord Shiva is very easy to please and attain. Let us all surrender to Lord Shiva,'Namah Parvathipathaye Harahara Mahadeva!"
I joined the chorus of voices. Srivaru then went on to another episode.
After the discourse Srivaru rested on the terrace of a small house in the village. The person who was appointed to attend on Srivaru was reclining on the steps. It was past midnight and I was unable to sleep. I sat downstairs on the 'arugu' ( a small cement slab in the frontyard of the house),pining for the Darshan of Srivaru. I mustered up some courage and decided to go upstairs. The man in attendance stopped me,"Periyavaa is taking rest, don't go upstairs." Feeling dejected, I went back downstairs to resume my earlier position. I tried to find solace in reading about the sentiments of the Gopikas towards Lord Krishna and the poetry of Sri Pothana. My mind refused to feel settled and I abruptly got up to go upstairs. I found the man in attendance half asleep. Without waiting for a second thought, I quickly jumped up the stairs towards the terrace.
I found Srivaru resting on His side, using His hand as a pillow. Without disturbing Him, I tiptoed to a distant corner, watching Him.
"Kaha?" (Who?) Srivaru asked me in sanskrit.
"It is me, Kalloori."
Srivaru asked immediately, "Nidraa Naayaathaa Kim? Naidaaghasthopo Baadhatheyvaa?" (Are you unable to sleep because of the heat?)
"Na Naidaaghasthaapaha (it is not because of the heat). From morning onwards I was trying to get atleast 5 minutes of time in your "sannidhi", I was pining to be with You! I want atleast five minutes of "Ekaantha Seva" (private darshan) in the presence of Your Holiness, You have to give me that." my voice was tremulous.
"Thvayi Gopikaathva Mathi Dishya Mayi Krishnathvam Sambhaavya Kimapi Sambhaavitham Khalu-"(Are you attributing Gopika tattvam [nature of Gopikas] to yourself and Krishna tattvam [nature of Lord Krishna] to me and imagining further?)
I wondered how He had guessed! I could not bring myself to reply.
Srivaru continued, "Adya Asmaabhi sthamila Bhaashaayaam Prasangaha Kruthaha Thvam Bhaashaanabhignyaha Kim Jaanaasi Maduktham" (We were conversing in Tamil, were you able to understand?)
I replied,"Srivaru ordained that I should understand, that is why I could understand." I had been travelling extensively in Tamilnadu for the sake of Srivaru, yet I could never understand the native language. Most surprisingly, I could follow the discourse of Srivaru on that day, as per His 'sankalpam'(His wish).Srivaru asked me to tell Him what I inferred from His discourse. I narrated the essence of His discourse in the form of a small sloka:-
"Janimrithi Virathirbhavedithithvaam Rathipathi Shaashakameesha Kaalakaalam
Himagiri Thanayaa Dvitheeya Meedey Parama Dayaarasa Meesha Madvitheeyam."
Translation:-"Manmatha is the cause of birth, Yama is cause of death. The Supreme Lord who had supressed both of them is Kamavairi Mruthyunjaya, Chandrasekhara, Lord Shiva. He presented half of His body to the daughter of Himalayas, He is merciful and compassionate. To defeat birth and death, we should surrender to Him!"
Srivaru listened with a smile. His smile felt like moonlight.
"You asked me for 5 minutes of my private time, how many minutes have passed?" Srivaru asked.
"Maybe 15 minutes have passed..."I replied.
I felt remorseful and guilty for disturbing His rest, I said,"I am unable to bear the sight of Srivaru resting on this hard floor."
He immediately replied,"Kim Nashrutham?"( have you not heard?)
'Kshithithala Shayanam Tharuthalavaasaha
Karathalabhikshaa, Kowpeenavanthaha Khalubhaagyavanthaha!"
(The most prosperous are the ones who wear nothing other than a loin cloth. Sleeping on hard floors, living under trees, food in the palm of the hand - who can be more prosperous than this? A materialist can never be so prosperous!)
He consoled me and sent me back.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Coffee /Self-Defense!

I had done my first level in Pranic Healing under Master Cliff Saldanha who is a great pranic healer and a clairvoyant. His training had been most absorbing and enlightening! I was fascinated to learn about chakras bearing different names ( there are additional chakras in pranic healing) according to Grand Master Choa Kok Sui's Pranic Healing, the founder of Pranic Healing. A Filipino of Chinese descent, he also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and is a succesful businessman. He has authored many books and had extensively used his God-given gifts to touch countless lives. He had also conducted many lectures and workshops worldwide on pranic healing.
Pranic healing has eleven major chakras against our 'Shat Chakras' (6)or seven chakras including the Sahasrara Chakra (which are the 1)Mooladhara, 2)Swadhishtana, 3)Manipooraka, 4)Anahatha, 5)Vishudhi, 6)Agna and 7)Sahasrara Chakras).
The eleven major chakras in pranic healing are:-1) Basic Chakra, 2)Sex Chakra, 3)Meng Mein Chakra, 4)Navel Chakra, 5)Spleen Chakra, 6)Solar Plexus Chakra, 7)Heart Chakra, 8)Throat Chakra, 9)Ajna Chakra, 10)Forehead Chakra and 11)Crown Chakra.
Pranic healing is all about cleansing and energising the chakras mentioned above while treating a particular ailment or for general health. Meng Mein Chakra should never be energised, it can be cleansed- BUT NEVER ENERGISED! Energising or over-energising this chakra is bound to cause severe high blood pressure! (Master Cliff Saldanha, during his class joked -"Even if you fight with your mother-in-law, don't energise her Meng Mein Chakra!")
I was fascinated by the chakra-theory behind pranic healing, but all the extensive sweeping and gestures required to carry out a healing session came in way of my veena practice, as a result I do self-healing when absolutely necessary.
In the advanced therapy, colours are used for healing. I remember the time when I had cut my left hand middle finger while I was chopping carrots and I had to perform in The Music Academy the very next evening! Frantic with worry I rang up my musician friend (who has done his basic as well as advanced courses in pranic healing) for some quick colour prana-remedy. He advised me to apply Blue Prana which relieved me of my pain within no time and despite an ugly gash on my left hand middle finger, I gave a pain-free concert on the very next day in Academy!
Apart from healing physical ailments, Pranic Healing also deals with psychic self-defense against attacks by black magicians. Master Choa Kok Sui recommends water, salt and coffee bath for psychic self-defense. The method is as follows:-
Prepare a bath of warm water. Put 2 or 3 kilos of salt in it, then add 250-300 grams of pure instant coffee. Soak in the bath tub for 15-20 minutes. While in the bath, you may invoke for divine help and protection. After this, take a shower to wash the body.
The water, salt and coffee bath has a deep cleansing effect. People usually feel much lighte after taking it. It can also be used for self-healing. Salt breaks down dirty, diseased/destructive energies while coffee has the abiltiy to expel them. Unfortunately, to a slight degree, it also expels some of the healthy pranic energy from the body. This may cause some people to temporarily feel tired after taking the bath. To neutralize this possible effect, it is necessary to take food supplements with high pranic energy content such as juices, powders or tablet of barley grass, wheat grass and other green stuff, ginseng and bee pollen before taking the bath. In severe cases of psychic attacks by black magicians, it is necessary to take the above mentioned bath once or twice a day for the next several days or weeks until the condition in normalised.














Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sant Kabir's message through my father's music!

'Shabda is the power of the Supreme Being that has created even the Creator of the three worlds. The world of illusory manifest-ation came into being from the power of Shabda, the Divine Word, and it is sustained by it. The Lord pervades the entire creation in the form of Shabda.
True secret of Shabda is known only to the perfect Masters and it can be experienced by their Grace (Gurukripa), neither to be expounded nor to be analysed. This is one of the most important reasons why musicians have to religiously render the compositions of the "Mummoorthi Composers" for attaining the Grace of these saint composers.
Saint Kabir distinguishes the divine word or Shabda from the words that can be spoken, written or read.
This is the distinction between "Dhunyathmika Shabda" and "Varnathmika Shabda". The latter originates from the former. Spoken language originates from pure, unarticulated sound. This is the Shabda Kabir refers to. The mantra leads to that pure Shabda, that has the nature of Space. That is why it is also called the "Chidaakaasha Vani", the song of the Space of Consciousness.
True detachment and desirelessness come as a natural result of the practice of Sound/Shabda. Therefore it is useless to pursue austerities as an end in themselves.
When the aspirant goes within and contacts the Shabda, he naturally develops "premabhakthi" or love for God.
Kabir says: Apply yourself, my friend, to the pracitce of Shabda. The Shabda from which even the Creator came into being. Imprint Shabda in your heart, O friend! The vedas and the scriptures extol the merits of Shabda. The Shabda that sustains all shabdas in the world (that is: the primordial Shabda).Men, sages and God sing its praises yet they do not fully know its mystery. Shabda is the Master, listening to the Shabda one becomes the disciple.(The Shabda that Kabir refers to cannot be repeated, it can only be heard and listened to. By attending to that Shabda which rsides in the heart region, one naturally attunes to the Shabda to attain liberation.)
Kabir further states that people who repeat mantras mechanically do not enter the door of the Shabda that is behind every mantra. There is a difference between external repitition of the name (mantra) and internal listening of the True Word or Shabda which is primordial (inarticulated).Kabir reaffirms in His Sant kabir Ki Shabdavali that a person's life, achievements and material possessions are wasted if he is unable to taste the True Word or Shabda.He also states that between Shabda and Shabda there is a vast difference.He instructs,"Churn the Primal Shabda and realise the truth, O Friend!"
The Kabir Bhajans which my father, film music director, late Sri. G. Aswathama had composed for "Bhakta Ramadasu" (1964,Telugu) were sung by the legendary singer, Mohammed Rafi. Each bhajan had been composed soulfully by my father and sung soulfully by Mohd. Rafi Saab.After recording these numbers for my father, Sri.Rafi had given the title of "Naushad of the South" to my father. In this movie Sri. Chittoor Nagaiah Garu had tuned all the Ramadasu Krithis and also acted as Bhakta Ramadasu, the bhajans were composed by my father. These songs move me to tears out of missing my father, as I can touch my father's soul through these songs! I have provided links for my father's compositions sung by Mohd. Rafi for Bhakta Ramadasu below:-
The music direction for all Kabir Bhajans in the film is by my father, Sri.G.Aswathama and not Sri.Chittoor V.Nagaiah ( composer of only Ramadasu Krithis and enacting the role of Bhakta Ramadasu in the film) as wrongly mentioned in musicindiaonline.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"..........in the eyes of the Beholder!"

"I am That!', "You are That!"... an age-old saying coming from great spiritual masters, the import of which we understand without realising, we empathize without experiencing and trust without attaining! The end result is frustration which we supress by rigorous pooja-meditation or even charity routine.
I remember discussing the "there-and-yet-not-there" syndrome with a musician who observed that the attuning of Jeevatma and Paramatma could be compared to fine-tuning a radio towards achieving accurate band frequency. As we all know, it is very simple, yet not that simple ,especially when the radio is out of range (like our lives which are entangled in this material world), and worse still, without an antenna (bhakthi).
I came very close to "feeling"God during one of my visits to Tirupathi. Inside the sanctum-santorum of the temple, I caught a fleeting glimpse of the Lord from His Feet to His Head ("Aapadamasthakam") trying to literally "sponge-Him-off" with my concentrated gaze. Realising that any amout of time is not sufficient to drink in the sight of Him, and any number of eyes insufficient to feast themselves on Him, I resignedly turned back to walk out of the sanctum santorum. Normally I move backwards, trying not to lose sight of the Lord as far as possible, but that was the first time I turned back to walk out without a backward glance. As I did so, my breath stopped at the sight I witnessed! A God, Whom I could not absorb in the given few moments of Darshan, had manifested everywhere in front of me!!!! I felt as though lightning had struck me when I caught a glimpse of everybody's EYES!!!!!Every devotee was staring at the super-imposing figure of Lord Venkateswara,their eyes wide-open with an expression of limitless rapture and wonder! The sight of so many pairs of eyes exuding naked and wondrous devotion seemed like an extension of God Himself!The devotees were oblivious to their surroundings, looking entranced and mesmerised by the sight of the Lord. Their eyes were aglow with the dazzling radiance cast by the precious gems adorning God and the bright lamps lit around Him. Becoming aware of God, in the eyes of everybody present there, my palms felt sweaty and I got goosebumps instantly!!! Had I receded with my back towards the exit and facing God, I would have missed God! Lord Venkateswara's conveyed Himself through the eyes of His devotees!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Chinnamasta/Veena

Chinnamasta is a deity who has always been in my thoughts. She is responsible for veena and the power behind veena-playing. Chinnamasta is the sixth Goddess in the "Dasa Maha Vidya". She resides in the Surya Mandala. She is the deity who represents the planet Rahu. The other deities of Dasa Maha Vidya and their planetary associations are as follows:-
1)KALI-SATURN
2)TARA-JUPITER
3)TRIPURASUNDARI-MERCURY
4)BHUVANESWARI-MOON
5)TRIPURA BHAIRAVI-LAGNA or ASCENDANT
6)CHINNAMASTA-RAHU
7)DHUMAVATHI-KETU
8)BAGALAMUKHI-MARS
9)MATHANGI-SUN
10)KAMALATHMIKA-VENUS
Rahu is the planet which is reponsible for the nervous system (also for breath, bones, nails etc.) that supports veena playing, and veena strings made of the metal associated with Saturn , steel-("Sani Vat Rahu"-which means Saturn and Rahu have similar qualities as per authentic vedic astrology).
Chinnamasta is also known as "Prachanda-Chanda-Chandika" or "Prachanda Chandika". Lord Parasurama was a Sadhaka of Chinnamasta. Guru Sri. Gorakhnath, who belonged to the Natha Sampradaya was a Sadhaka of Chinnamasta.The most popular temple for Chinnamasta Devi is in Himachal Pradesh , in a town called Chintapurni. This temple is among the "Sakthi-Peethas", and known as Chinnapurni, which means, the Goddess who fulfills the desires of Her devotees. People throng to this temple to find solutions for their problems and to achieve peace of mind.
Scriptures state that Goddess Parvathi, accompanied by Her two attendants, Jaya and Vijaya went to bathe in the River Mandakini. The Goddess was deeply engrossed in Her own thoughts, unaware of the hunger pangs of Her attendants. On repeated demands from Jaya -Vijaya for food, the merciful Goddess severed Her own head, which fell on the palm of Her left hand. Three bloodstreams gushed out of Her throat, the right and left falling respectively into the waiting mouths of Jaya and Vijaya and the centre stream falling into Her own mouth.
According to the vedic tale of Rishi Dadhyach Atharvana (who appears as Kabanda Atharvana in the Brihadaranyaka, with the later name of Chinnamasta's spouse) the attendants were known as Dakini and Vamani. This tale states that the two Ashwins, known for their mystic powers had approached Dadhyach for the secret knowledge of "Soma", the nectar of immortality and food of the Devas, 'amrutham'. Lord Indra warned Dadhyach that his head would fall off if he did so, and the sage continued headless, till the Ashwins fixed the head of a horse to his body.
Dadhyach personifies Indra's thunderbolt or Vajra, whose head is cut off in order to reveal "Soma"(Rig Veda 1. 134. 13-15) According to Rig Veda (IX. 108.3) Dadhyach also grants the amrutham and is the Lord of "Soma".
Chinnamasta is Vajra Vairochani, the effulgent thunderbolt, as much as Dadhyach is.The three streams of blood gushing out of Chinnamasta symbolises "granthis"(knots). Chinnamasta is said to remove the three granthis or knots in the Sushumna (representing the three Gods Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra and the three worlds).
While the above is the story, I had the good fortune of receiving more information on Chinnamasta from Sri Duddu Sarma, General Manager of a major Pharmaceutical Company in Minneapolis/St.Paul, US, and a devotee of Sri Vasishta Ganapathi Muni (also known as "Nayana garu"), who was a great follower of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi. Sri Nayana Garu (1878-1936) who is a mighty spiritual personality had a large following and famously known as Kavyakantha.He recognised the uniqueness of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi's teachings, accepted Him as his Guru and proclaimed Him as the Maharishi to the whole world.
Nayana Garu, in his work, "Uma Sahasram" interprets Sahasrara Chakram as Kamadhenu and Mooladhara Chakram as the calf. He further states that Sahasrara Chakram is Goddess Uma in the form of Renuka and Her son, Lord Vinayaka, the Lord of space and physical existence, as the calf at Mooladhara Chakram. The one who milks is the "atman".
Nayana Garu's belief was that Chinnamasta was none other than Renuka (personified as Lord Parashurama's mother and saint Jamadagni's wife). As Parashurama beheads Her (Lord Parashurama who is an avatara of Lord Vishnu, literally beheads His own mother with an aim to teach Her perfection in 'kundalini' for achieving moksha through Sahasraram). Goddess Uma induced Her own Shakthi into Renuka, making Her the immortal "Prachanda Chandi" and hence She is the Maha Vidya of Shakthi. The sahasrara chakram (1000 petalled) is represented by Kartha Veeryarjun (the demon with 1000 hands). Lord Parashurama cutting off the 1000 hands of Kartha Veeryarjun to release His mother from sin is depicted by His act of severing Her head to attain salvation through Sahasrara chakra. It is also likely that Renuka Devi was probably the first female in human form to have achieved this, with Goddess Uma making her immortal by inducing Her own Energy into her.Renuka Devi was also known as Kamadhenu like the Sahasrara Chakra, that which continuously delivers the nectar of life and gnana.
Sri Nayana Garu's message about Chinnamasta is echoed in the beautiful composition of Sri Muthuswami Dikshithar (Raga-Kannada Bangala, Thala- Khanda Jampa).
PALLAVI:-
Renuka Devi Samrakshithoham Anisham
SAMASHTI CHARANAM:-
Venu Vaadyaadiyutha Vijaya Nagarasthithey
Maanikya Bhooshani Madhura Rasa Bhaashini
Baana Sadrusaakshini
Parashurama Janani
MADHYAMA KALAM:-
Konatraya Vaasini Guruguha Vishvaasini
Kannada Bangaley Gaandharva Bhanjani
Sri Renuka Devi's temple is in Vijayapuram, a small village located towards the north of Thiruvarur. The krithi mentioned above, states that the Goddess is the mother of Lord Parashurama and is very closely associated with all the musical instruments ("venu vaadyaadiyutha") and resided in Vijayapuram ("Vijayanagara sthithey!"). Renuka Devi, who manifested as Chinnamasta is an important deity to propitiate for achieving expertise in the field of arts.
Chinnamasta is naked,the jewel on Her forehead is tied with a serpent. She has three eyes. Her breasts are adorned with lotuses and She represents Indrani Shakthi, which is associated with Swadhishtana Chakram which is responsible for creativity and lust.
Her mantra as per Mantra Mahodadhi :
"Om Shreem Hreem HreemAim Vajra Vairochaniyai Shreem Hreem Hreem Phat Swaha!"
More information is availble in an article by Sri Prakhya Madhubabu on Chinnamasta. He quotes Sri Nayana Garu's sloka-
"Chinnaam Bhinnaam Sutharaam Sannaa
Mannaa Bhaavadabhithaha Khinnaam
Ethaam Paathum Bharatha Kshoneem
Jaaye Jishnoho Kurumaam Shakthaha!"
("Uma Sahasram"- Nayana Garu, November 26th, 1907).
Meaning:Oh Devi, please give me the strength to protect the Mother land which is scattered and deprived of food.
In the same article, Sri Prakhya Madhubabu has stated that Renuka (Chinnamasta) is the source of atomic energy. Meditating on Her is extremely powerful and intricate. This practice is conducted in secrecy by tantriks of high order in Himalayas, all the way upto Kerala.In Nepal and Tibet, She is known as 'Vajrayogini' and Buddhists consider Her as the Goddess who grants meditative powers and salvation. Even the harijans in Andhra Pradesh worship Her as the village Goddess, "Ellamma".The villagers and devotees of Ellamma recount the many miracles performed by Ellamma. In Andhra,there used to be a practice of decorating young girls in households as Ellamma and worshipping her. They would also address her as "Mathangi"!
Mathangi or Raja Mathangi, is the presiding deity for veena! Chinnamasta's represents Rahu (the most important planet for veena-playing). The kundalini-sadhana intended through veena -playing derives stength through worship of Chinnamasta, who cuts off the 'ida' and'pingala' nadis for salvation through "Sahasraram".






























Monday, October 5, 2009

VEENA CALLING!

"The sight of auditoriums and halls where I had performed sends the adrenaline pumping through my veins!" -this declaration of a popular artiste puzzled me no end, as I tried to figure out why a similar sight made absolutely no impact on me! Pausing to think for the first time in my 4-decade-old career of veena, I realised that I desperately needed a break, to get away from the entire scenario! This happened last year, rejecting all offers that came my way for the 2008 Music Season in Chennai ( the most painful part was having to reject an award from a reputed sabha, because it required me to perform as well), I headed towards Delhi (where my husband was doing a project for Jindal Steel), excited that I would be visiting many pilgrim spots in the North. I had the time of my life visiting Haridwar, Rishikesh, Vrindavan, Barsana, Banaras etc. Watching the moon, the colourful lights floating on the Ganges, watching the evening Aarthi, listening to bhajans on the shore of Ganges,were all sheer bliss to me! The Ganges in Haridwar rejuvenated me, I was awestruck by the touch and sight of the Holy Mother.
Back to Chennai this year again I could not workup a mood to perform or even play the veena.I flew to San Diego to be with my daughter for 4 months. Except for my good friends like Sri.G.J.R.Krishnan and Sri Trichur Narendran, not many people were aware of the fact that I was taking a break .I noticed that in all my break time, I never once missed music, veena or even performing. I hardly thought of music, my mind was still, all I could listen to were the latest genres of western music on my daughter's music system in her car. Nothing touched me, nothing moved me, I went into a vacuum and felt nothing. I wondered how much more longer my detached state of mind would last. By the end of the third month in the US , I found that I was humming hindolam to myself, at first I did not notice it, then it registered in me that I had started to hum not only hindolam,but many more ragas like behaag, mohana kalyani, rithigowla, surati, madhyamavathi, sama, arabhi.......... I also took a long, hard look at my left hand forefinger and middle finger, concerned whether they were fit to press against my veena strings. I then realised with a bang that I needed to get back to my veena! This realisation, rapidly grew into impatience and by the time I landed in Chennai on September 1st, 2009, I was missing my veena desperately.
On arrival I rushed to my bedroom, where my veena stood next to my cot as usual, (my mother had taken the pains of cleaning the veena in my absence). I hugged my veena for a long time, sensing the receptive vibes from my veena.
I had not planned on performing, I only needed to be with my veena, listen to my veena's sweet and loving speech. My veena was obviously very cut up with me for leaving her behind and going away! She refused to speak to me for a long time, my fingers, due to long lapse from practice could not bring out a single word from her. I was worried and concerned, I did everything to woo her, I coaxed her, pleaded with her, indefatigable in my attempts despite terrific pain in my hands and shoulders and blisters on my fingers. During night time, whenever I woke up to drink water, I would again attempt fresh talks with my veena which is always kept next to my bed. Despite sleepless nights, I pushed myself out of the bed at 4 in the mornings to sit with my veena.
All the push ups and stretches I had learnt from Mr. Kannan of YMCA and ortho exercises for postural problems from Dr.Krishnaraman were next on my agenda. Amidst such hectic activity and battling the pain in my right leg, the first call came from SVBC TV Channel, inviting me to perform in Tirumala for their channel on October 29th. I felt it was God asking me to perform again. Immediately the next call came from Sri. Mudhra Bhaskar inviting me to perform on October 10th for Veenotsav'09. I will be facing an audience on the 10th of October for the first time after a long lapse filled with uncertainity of whether I would get back to perfoming or not!
God's will!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Seven Hills/Seven Lakes

Whenever we go to Tirupathi, our eyes strain to locate and sustain within them the sight of the Lord of the hills, (even if it is only for a few seconds!). In the process we are not aware of nor do we pay attention to other wondrous details attached to the divine seven hills.
Narayana Giri which is situated 2 km. from the temple, is the highest point in Tirumala. It is believed that Lord Narayana, as he descended from Vaikuntham, first set His foot here on Narayana Giri. The foot print is said to be available here.
There are many lakes in Tirumala. Swami Pushkarini, which is situated towards the west of Sri Varahaswami Sannidhi and to the south of Sri Venkateswaraswami Sannidhi is said to be the purest and holiest lake. It is believed that Swami Pushkarini was brought all the way from Vaikuntham (where it had belonged to Lord Vishnu), to the Seven Hills by Garuda, for the sport of Lord Venkateswara.
Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam, which branches off from 'Sri Skaanda Puranam', states that Swami Pushkarini is among the seven most important lakes situated in Tirumala. They are the 1)-Kumaradhara Lake, 2)Thumburutheerdha Lake, 3) Akasha Ganga Lake, 4)Pandavatheerdha Lake, 5)Papanashana Lake, 6) Devatheerdha Lake.
Each lake has a special significance attached to it.
1)-SWAMI PUSHKARINI-The merging of three crore lakes in Swami pushkarini occurs on 'Mukkoti Dwadasi' (the twelfth day of the fortnight of Dhanur Masam). It is believed that bathing in Swami Pushkarini on this day, is equivalent to bathing in the Holy Ganges.
2)KUMARADHARA - This is where Lord Subrahmanya Swami and His spouse, Devasena had bathed and offered Their prayers to Lord Venkateswara. It is stated in Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam that bathing in Kumaradhara on a full moon day, while moon is in Makham constellation, during the month of "Magha"(between January 20th to February 20th) while sun is in Aquarius (kumbha rasi), during the afternoon time, yields great results equal to bathing for 12 long years in all the holy rivers including Ganges. It is also recommended that the devotee should give some charity on the shores of Kumaradhara after bathing.
3) THUMBURUTHEERDHAM- It is stated in Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam that bathing in Thumburutheerdham on a full moon day while moon is in the constellation of Utthara Phalguni, during 'Phalguna' month (between February 20th to March 20th), while sun is in Pisces, during brahma muhurtham (early hours of dawn) ends the cycle of births of the devotee. There will be no rebirth by bathing here on the above mentioned day and timing.
4)AKASHA GANGA-Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam states that by bathing in Akasha Ganga during the early hours of dawn, on a full moon day, while moon is in the constellation of Chitra, when sun is in Aries (between March 20th to April 20th) in the month of Chaitra, the devotee attains salvation.
5)PANDAVATHEERDHAM- Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam states that by bathing in Pandavatheerdham on Dwadasi, on a Sunday during waxing moon (Shukla Paksham) and on a Tuesday during waning moon (Krishna Paksham) in the month of Vaishakha, when sun is in Taurus (between April 20th to May 20th), during anytime of the day, the devotee will be released from difficulties and sorrows permanently and attains liberation.
6)PAPANASHANATHEERDHAM- The epic states that by bathing in Akashaganga during waxing/waning moon on Sunday, especially on a day that combines Hastha Nakshatram and Sapthami thithi or any other auspicious star and thithi eradicates all the sins committed in crores of births and relieves the devotee of karma.
7)DEVATHEERDHAM-The epic states that by bathing in Devatheerdham while Jupiter (Guru) is in Pushyami Nakshatram, moon is in Shravana Nakshatram and on a Monday, the devotee washes of all sins which he/she had committed knowingly/unknowingly for the past many births and attains soul-liberation.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Saturn chills in Virgo!

Today's transit of Saturn from Leo to Virgo is a great relief for all zodiac signs. Saturn is at its worst in Leo, an inimical sign, owned by Sun, a deadly enemy of Saturn.
Sun and Saturn are father and son, but mutual enemies.They are opposite to each other in their nature and qualities.Aries is where the Sun is exalted, it is here that Saturn is debilitated. Again Saturn is exalted in Libra, where Sun is debilitated. Sun is the ruler of East, whereas Saturn reigns over the West. Sun is aristocratic and the King, Saturn denotes labour and servant-class.
With an intolerance of the highest degree between them, Saturn's transit in the Sun-owned-Leo in the last two and a half years had every reason for causing shudders in natives, especially in their sade-sathi (seven and a half saturn), kantaka Sani (Saturn in 7th house), ashtama sani (Saturn in 8th house) and ardhaashtama Sani (Saturn in 4th house) and people who are running their Sani Mahadasa. All the natives belonging to Kataka, Mesha,Kumbha,Makara, Rishabha etc. have every reason rejoice. Vrischika Rasi, Mesha Rasi and Kataka Rasi are on the list of favourites of Saturn throughout its transit in Virgo.
Due to the bitter enemity between Sun-Saturn, the past two and a half year transit of Saturn in Sun's house has not been able to yield the best of results in favour of the so-called benefitting rasis like Mithuna, Meena and Thula. Saturn would have been capable of much more good from any other house as transiting planet in 3rd, 11th and 6th houses.
Saturn's grand entry into friendly Virgo (owned by Mercury) today to stay there for the coming two and a half years will cause overall good results for all zodiac signs, because the planet itself is heaving a great sigh of relief, after staying in an enemy's house for two and a half long years. All we have to do is to imagine how terrible we would feel if we had to stay in an enemy's house. What good can we do even if we are supposed to be favouring a chosen few (like Saturn as transiting planet of the 3rd, 6th and 11th houses?) The minute we are able to escape from the confines of an enemy's house, we will be so happy, we would end up smiling at everybody, whether they live in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th house from our residence, that is the kind of relief we all would feel! Saturn is sure to exhibit the same kind of relief and bestow His choicest blessings on all Rasis!
"Divakara Thanujam", the Krithi for Sani composed by Sri Muthuswami Dikshithar in the raga Yadukula Kambodhi is ideal for warding off Saturn- related evils. Playing, singing or even listening to it once a day and especially on Saturdays are ideal for pampering Saturn. Vishnu Sahasranamam is the best prayer for Saturn Maha Dasa and bad transits of Saturn.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.100




YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.100
SLOKA NO.100:-
"Pradeepajjwaalaabhirdivasakaraneeraajanavidhihi
Sudhaasootheyshchandropalajalalavairarghyarachanaa!
Svakeeyairambhobhihi Salilanidhisouhithyakaranam
Thvadeeyaabhirvaagbhisthava Janani Vaachaam Sthuthiriyam!"
Literal Meaning:" Just as doing 'niraanjana'( the flame waving ritual)to the sun is only the offering of his own light to him; just as making an offering of arghya to the moon with water that oozes out of the moon-stone is only to give back what belongs to the moon, and just making 'tharpana' (water-offering) to the ocean is to return what belongs to it, -so is, O source of all Learning, this hymn is addressed to Thee composed of words that are already Thine."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 16 (45) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering different kinds of flowers.
Offerings:Cooked rice, sweet gruel, fruits, betels and nut slices.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:All round success, freedom from diseases and accomplishment of all desires.
Literal Results:Retrieving lost property, gaining control of belongings and contentment.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.99















YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.99

SLOKA NO.99:-
"Saraswathyaa Lakshmyaa Vidhiharisapathno Viharathey
Rathey Paathivrathyam Shitthilayathi Ramyena Vapushaa!
Chiram Jeevanneyva Kshapithapashupaashavyathikaraha
Paraanandaabhikhyam Rasayathi Rasam Thvadbhajanavaan!"

Literal Meaning:"O Mother! A devotee of Thine sports with Saraswathi (learning) and Lakshmi (wealth), and courts the jealousy of their consorts, Brahma and Vishnu. By the charm of his body, he attracts the attention of Rathi, the wife of Kaama Deva (the God of love) and thus violates her chastity. And freed from the bondage of birth and ignorance, he lives long and enjoys the essence of Supreme Bliss."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 16 days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Thrishathi offering vermillion.
Offerings:Cooked rice, raw sugar, honey and plantain.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Getting valour, happiness and God's grace.
Literal Results:All kinds of enjoyments , attractive looks and the grace of God.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.98















YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.98

SLOKA NO.98:-
"Kadaa Kaaley Mathaha Kathaya Kalithaalakthakarasam
Pibeyam Vidyaarthee Thava Charananirneyjanajalam!
Prakruthyaa Mookaanaamapi Cha Kavithaakaaranathayaa
Kadaa Dhatthey Vaaneemukhakamalathaamboolarasathaam!"

Literal Meaning:"O Mother! Tell me when I, a seeker of knowledge, shall have the privilege of imbibing the red-tinged water with which Thy lac-painted feet have been washed,- water that can generate poetic genius even in a naturally dumb person. When shall I expect it to flow out of my mouth as great poetry, which resembles the chewed betel leaf juice of Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning and poesy!"
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold or copper plate. Sit facing North-East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 30 (16, 8) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering red flowers.
Offerings:Cooked rice, fruits and honey.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Virility and divine knowledge for men, pregnancy for women desirous of children.
Literal Results: Eloquence, magnetic speech, creative prowess and great knowledge.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.97














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.97

SLOKA NO.97:-
"Giraamaahurdevee Druhinagruhineemaagamavido
Hareyhe Pathneem Padmaam Harasahachareemadrithanayaam!
Thureeyaa Kaapi Thvam Duradhigamanihseemamahimaa
Mahaamaayaa Vishvam Bhramayathi Parabrahmamahishee!"

Literal Meaning:"O Consort of the Supreme God! The scholars who know the real meaning of the scriptures describe Thee as Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning and the wife of Brahma. Besides, they speak of Thee as the lotus-born Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu, as also as the daughter of Mountain and the Consort of Shiva. But Thou art, however, the unique fourth Power (that is the source of the three Deities mentioned) having inconceivable and limitless majesties- the indeterminable Mahamaya who revolves the wheel of this world."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on stout white 'arka' (a type of wood) stem or white sandal plank. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 8 (10) days.
Archana:Chant the 108 names of Saraswathi offering white flowers.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Erudition, youthful energy and appearance, robust body.
Literal Results:Leadership,great physical strength.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.96














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.96

SLOKA NO.96:-
"Kalathram Vaidhaathram Kathikathi Bhajanthey Na Kavayaha
Shriyo Devyaaha Kovaanabhavathipathihi Kairapi Dhanaihi!
Mahaadevam Hithvaa Thava Sathi Satheenaamacharamey
Kuchaabhyaasangaha Kuravakatharorapyasulabhaha!"

Literal Meaning:"O Chastity Embodied! How numerous are the poets who have courted and attained Saraswathi, the wife of Brahma and the deity of learning and fine arts! So also who with some wealth fails to become the Lord of Lakshmi, the wife of Vishnu and the Goddess of wealth! But O the foremost of Chaste Ones!None besides Shiva, the great God, not even the tree called Kuravaka, has ever had the embrace of Thy breasts."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate or gingely oil. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 (1008) times daily for 45 (3) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering vermillion.
Offerings:Cooked ric mixed with curds sesame, jaggery, coconut, honey and plantain.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Healing of long-standing wounds, peace of mind, influence over others.
Literal Results:Women can attain loving spouse, strengthening marital relationships.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.95















YANTRA FORSLOKA NO.95
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SLOKA NO.95:-
"Puraaraatheyranthaha Puramasi Thathasthvachcharanayoho
Saparyaamaryaadaa Tharalakaranaanaamasulabhaam!
Thattha Hyethey Neethaaha Shathamakhamukhaaha Siddhimathulaam
Thava Dvaaropaanthastthithibhiranimaadyaabhiramaraaha!"

Literal Meaning:"Thou rt the Consort of the Destroyer of the Cities, residing in His inner partment. Hence, the privilege of worshipping Thy feet is not easy for the fickle-minded. It is, therefore, that all the Deities headed by Indra have by their unparelleled austerities been able to attain only 'anima' and other nine psychic powers which are all but Thy gate keepers peripheral to Thee and far removed from Thy innermost attributes."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate. Sit facing North-East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 45 days.
Archana:Chant 108 names of Shiva at top triangle with bilva leaves and Lalitha Ashtotharam offering vermillion at bottom triangle of Yantra.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Cure of nervous debility, relief from debts and sins, gift of poesy.
Literal Results: Security and nervous strength.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.94






YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.94



SLOKA NO.94:-
"Kalankaha Kasthooree Rajanikarabimbam Jalamayam
Kalaabhihi Karpoorairmarakathakarandam Nibiditham!
Athasthvadbhogeyna Prathidinamidam Rikthakuharam
Vidhirbhooyo Bhooyo Nibidayathi Noonam Thava Kruthey!"


Literal Meaning:The dark mark on the moon is musk. The moon's watery disc is an emerald cup fully filled with pieces of camphor in the form of the digits of moon. As and when the contents of that receptacle are exhausted by Thy using them, Brahma, fills it up day by day for Thee with the digits of the waxing moon."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate or sandal paste. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 108 (501) times for 45 days in a Devi temple before yantra and a lamp lit with ghee.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering red flowers.
Offerings:Rice cooked with green-gram pulse, milk-gruel, mangoes and honey.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Getting great renown, moksha (liberation), bright face.
Literal Results:Ideal sloka for people born during waning moon period. Clears misunderstandings, blames, public scandals etc. Also suitable for reviving closed chapters (business/personal).Face becomes radiant.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.93














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.93

SLOKA NO.93:-
"Araalaa Keysheyshu Prakruthisaralaa Mandahasithey
Shireeshaabhaa Chitthey Drushadupalashobhaa Kuchathatey!
Bhrushaam Thanvee Madhye Pruthururasijaarohavishaye
Jagatthraathum Shambhorjayathi Karunaa Kaachidarunaa!"

Literal Meaning:"Curly in hair and inherently artless in smile, heart soft as the 'sireesha' flower, breasts as tight and hard like a grinding stone, waist extremely slender, hips and breasts generous in size, the indescribable 'aruna shakthi', the grace of Shiva, shines gloriously for the protection of the Universe."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on fine turmeric powder. Sit facing North-East. Chant this sloka 2000 (1000) times daily for 30 (45) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Ashtotharam and Lakshmi Ashtotharam offering lotus petals.
Offerings:Cooked rice, milk, honey and fruits.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:All desires fulfilled, obtaining wealth and prosperity.
Literal Results:Happiness, contentment, sound health and prosperity.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.92














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.92

SLOKA NO.92:-
"Gathaasthey Manchathvam Druhinaharirudreyshwarabhruthaha
Shivaha Svachchachchaayaaghatithakapataprachchadapataha!
Thvadeeyaanaam Bhaasaam Prathiphalanaraagaarunathayaa
Shareeree Shrungaaro Rasa Iva Drushaam Dogdhi Kuthukam!"

Literal Meaning:"Thy functionaries Brahma, Vishnu,Rudra and Ishvara have taken the shape of the four legs of Thy cot in order to serve Thee very closely. And Sadashiva has formed Himself into Thy bedspread, reflecting Thy crimson glory in His lustrous whiteness, thereby causing amazement to Thee by presenting Himself as the very embodiment of erotic sentiment."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on goldplate or plate made of alloy of five metals. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 4000 (2000) times daily for 15 (45) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Thrishathi offering vermillion.
Offerings:Cooked rice mixed with milk, pulses, curd and pepper powder (4 different kinds), milk-gruel and betel with nut slices.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Recovery of lost property, getting large estates and vast knowledge.
Literal Results:Support and patronage in high circles. Easy and lucky life.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.91














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.91

SLOKA NO.91:-
"Padanyaasakreedaaparichayamivaarabdhumanasaha
Skhalanthasthey Kheylam Bhavanakalahamsa Na Jahathi!
Athastheyshaam Shikshaam Subhagamanimanjeerarnitha-
chchalaadaachakshaanam Charanakamalam Chaarucharithey!"

Literal Meaning:"O Goddess of graceful gait!The royal swans in Thy household are never abandoning their pursuit of Thee, in their effort to observe Thy gait for correcting their own defective ways. And Thy lotus feet are, it seems, giving instructions to them in the guise of tinkling sounds of the anklets on them, studded with precious stones."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate. Sit facing South-East. Chant this sloka 2000 (1000) times daily for 45 (25) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering vermillion before recitation and Lakshmi Sahasranamam offering red lotus petals at the end.
Offerings:Cooked rice mixed with boiled milk, milk-gruel, coconut, fruits and betels with nut slices.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Buying of lands, obtaining riches, contact with great men and scholars.
Literal Results:Ideal for dancers.Patronage and mass support.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.90















YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.90

SLOKA NO.90:-
"Dadaaney Deeneybhyaha Shriyamanishamaashaanusadrusheem
Amandam Soundaryaprakaramakarandam Vikirathi!
Thavaasminmanmandaarasthabakasubhagey Yaathu Charanau
Nimajjanmajjeevaha Karanacharanaha Shatcharanathaam!"

Literal Meaning:"Thy feet form a veritable bunch of flowers dripping the honey of beauty and are a liberal supplier of wealth to Thy poor devotees. May my life with its six sensory organs (including the mind) become a six-footed honey-sucking bee at those feet forever."
Mode of worship:Yntra to be made on copper plate or holy ashes. Sit facing South-East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 30 days.
Archana:Chant Durga Ashtotharam offering red flowers.
Offerings:Cooked rice mixed with tamarind soup, sweet-gruel, honey and fruits.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Removal of charms and enchantments by enemies, dispel poverty.
Literal Results:Patronage of high society, gains influence, control of senses.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.89














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.89

SLOKA NO.89:-
"Nakhairnaakasreenaam Karakamalasankochashashibhihi
Tharoonaam Divyaanaam Hasatha Iva They Chandi Charanau!
Phalaani Swahstheybhyaha Kisalayakaraagrena Dadathaam
Daridreybhyo Bhadraam Shriyamanishamahnaaya Dadathau!"

Literal Meaning:"Thy feet, with the moon-like nails, which cause the lotus-bud like palms of adoring heavenly damsels to close, do shower abundant wealth quickly on humble and poor devotees, and thus mock at the wish-yielding Kalpaka trees of Heaven, whose tender branches bestow desired gifts only to Gods who live in heavenly affluence."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate or holy ashes. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1008 times daily for 30 days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Ashtotharam offering red flowers.
Offerings:Cooked rice mixed with curd, sweet-gruel, honey and water.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Cure of all diseases, physical strength.
Literal Results:Prayer to Chandi.Great physical strength, materialisation of wishes.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.88














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.88

SLOKA NO.88:-
"Padam They Keertheenaam Prapadamapadam Devi Vipadaam
Katham Neetham Sadbhihi Kathinakamatheekarparathulaam!
Katham Vaa Baahubhyaamupayamanakaaley Purabhidaa
Yadaadaaya Nyastham Drushadi Dayamaaneyna Manasaa!"

Literal Meaning:" O Devi! How do great poets equate Thy fore-foot, a seat of fame and beyond the reach of mishaps, to the hardened back (shell) of the tortoise? And how did Thy Consort, the Destroyer of the Cities, inspite of all His tenderness towards Thee, have the heart to place Thy foot on a hard granite grinding stone at Thy marriage rite?"
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold or silver plate. Sit facing South-East. Chant this sloka 1008 times daily for 182 (100) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering fried paddy grains.
Offerings:Cooked rice, jaggery gruel, raw sugar and plantains.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Controlling wild animals, freedom from troubles and prosperity.
Literal Results:Great fame, enhances creativity controls brutal force.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.87














YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.87

SLOKA NO.87:-
"Himaaneehanthavyam Himagirinivaasaikachathurau
Nishaayaam Nidraanaam Nishi Charamabhaagey Cha Vishadau!
Varam Lakshmeepaathram Shriyamathisrujanthau Samayinaam
Sarojam Thvathpaadau Janani Jayathashchithramiha Kim!"

Literal Meaning:"O Mother of the Universe! The lotus of Thy feet, which always remain on the snow Mountain (Himalayas), blooming day and night bestowing their grace on devotees, is undoubtedly far superior to the common lotus flower which perishes in snow, closes at night and in dependent, for its grace, upon Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth whose blessings on devotees are quite temporary."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate, sandal paste or holy ashes. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 12 (10) days.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Thrishathi offering lotus petals.
Offerings:Milk-gruel, honey, coconut and fruits.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Power to plan, to foresee things and get vast wealth.
Literal Results:Accumulation of riches and jewellery.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.86













YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.86

SLOKA NO.86:-
"Mrushaa Kruthvaa Gothraskhalanamatha Vailakshyanamitham
Lalaatey Bharthaaram Charanakamaley Thaadayathi They!
Chiraadanthahshalyam Dahanakruthamunmoolithavathaa
Thulaakotikvaanaihi Kilikilithameeshaanaripunaa!"

Literal Meaning:"O Devi!Thou didst deliver a kick (in love quarrel) at the forehead of Thy Consort when He bent His head in shame for calling Thee inadvertently by the name of another woman, his enemy Kama got an oppurtunity to get rid of his long-standing rancour towards Him, for consuming him in fire, and he gave out his joyous acclamations, as it were, in the form of the tinkling of Thy anklets."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate or water. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1001 times daily for 21 days. With any liquid, Yantra can be made by squeezing the same from a cloth soaked with that liquid.
Archana:Chant Durga Ashtotharam and Lalitha Ashtotharam offering vermillion.
Offerings:Milk-gruel, honey, coconuts, mangoes and pomegranates.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Subduing enemies, warding off evil spirits, obtaining power and strength.
Literal Results:Gaining strength and infrastructure to attack and subdue enemies.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.85















YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.85

SLOKA NO.85:-
"Namovaakam Broomo Nayanaramaneeyaaya Padayoho
Thavaasmai Dwandwaaya Sphutaruchirasaalakthakavathey!
Asooyathyathyantham Yadabhihananaaya Spruhayathey
Pashoonaameeshaanaha Pramadavanakankeylitharavey!"

Literal Results:"Our respectful salutations to Thy feet, a delight to our eyes because of their brilliance arising from tBoldhe liquid lac dye applied to them! Thy Consort, Pashupathi, desiring to be kicked with those feet, is extremely jealous of the Kankeli tree of Thy pleasure garden, as that tree too is a rival aspirant for such kicks."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold plate or holy ashes. Sit facing South-East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for 12 days.
Archana:Chant Durga Sahasranamam offering eight varieties of flowers.
Offerings:Cooked rica mixed with soup of vegetables, honey, milk and sweet gruel.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Deiverance from hold of evil spirits, attainment of devotion to Devi.
Literal Results: Relief from binding situations and people.Ability to bring about quick changes.

Soundarya Lahari Slokas/Yantras No.84













YANTRA FOR SLOKA NO.84

SLOKA NO.84:-
"Shrutheenaam Moordhaano Dadhathi Thava Yau Shekharathayaa
Mamaapyethau Maathaha Shirasi Dayayaa Dhehi Charanau!
Yayoho Paadyam Paathaha Pashupathijataajootathatinee
Yayorlaakshaalakshmeerarunaharichoodaamaniruchihi!"

Literal Meaning:"O Mother! Be pleased to place Thy two feet, which the upanishads (the crowns of vedas) wear as crest gem, on my head too. River Ganga who resides in the matted locks of Shiva, waters them in worship; and the bright red dye on them gives a crimson brilliance to the jewels on the diadem of Vishnu."
Mode of worship:Yantra to be made on gold sheet. Sit facing East. Chant this sloka 1000 times daily for one full year.
Archana:Chant Lalitha Sahasranamam offering vermillion.
Offerings:Cooked rice, milk-gruel, honey and betels with areca nut slices.
BENEFICIAL RESULTS:Power of mesmerism and transmigration into other bodies, ability to cure illness of others.
Literal Results:Activation of muladhara and swadhishtana chakra. Purification and elevation.

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