Wednesday, November 24, 2010


"Bhgavad Gita (11th Chapter-32nd Verse)

"Kaalosmi Lokakshayakruth Pravrudhdho
Lokaan Samaaharthumiha Pravruththaha.
Rutheypi Thvaam Na Bhavishyanthi Sarve
Ye 'Vasthithaah Prathyaneekeshu Yodhaaha"

Meaning: Lord Krishna stated: Time I am, the great destroyer of the worlds, and I have come here to destroy all people. With the exception of you (the Paandavaas), all the soldiers here on both sides will be slain.
"Kaalosmi" (I am TIME), Lord Krishna stated in Bhagavad Gita. Any mantra yields sure and fast results when recited at the same time everyday. As God and Time are one and the same, a time-conscious mantra becomes power-packed due to the grace of God and yields amazing results. Time is God and the needles on a clock are to be regarded as the representatives of God!
Timing of the mantra is very important, if somebody is able to recite the mantra only at 8.00 am everyday, it is advisable to maintain the same time everyday for the enhancement of the mantra-power. There are people who recite mantras at 12 noon sharp when all the three needles on the clock join together. Late Sri.Kama Sastri, music director and conductor of Vadya Vrinda, All India Radio, Chennai used to bring work to an abrupt halt at 12 noon to observe a minute's silence for offering prayers. There are many who keep awake at 12 midnight to repeat the recitation for further power-inducement into their mantra (it is best if the mantra is given by a spiritual Guru or a Srividya Upasaka if it is a Devi mantra). I have known few devotees who recite the same mantra four times in 24 hours, at 12.00 midnight, 6.00 am, 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm everyday.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ultimate Bliss

You need rest, perfect rest. There comes a time in the life of man when the body and the brain and the mind want to feel the stillness of the Universal Spirit. Then, the best thing is to do nothing, to think about nothing. That takes away all misfortune, that cures all disease, that soothes all sorrow, that alone makes man whole again.
Ananda Acharya, Yoga of Conquest (Hoshiarpur, India: Vishveshvaranand Institute, 1971) pp. 33-34 [February 29, {1924}]

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rama Nama.

"Ram" has more than one application in Sanskrit. It is the "Beeja Mantra" (seed sound) for the manipura chakra (solar plexus chakra). Manipura could be translated as "City of jewels". Meditation on this chakra yields occult powers and this is one of the important chakras responsible for radiating 'prana' or life-force energy throughout the body.
By reciting the mantra, 'RAM' the manipura chakra is activated to be able to handle the flow of kundalini energy.
Secondly, 'Ra' and 'Ma' that forms the name 'Rama' are interpreted as follows: 'Ra' which is associated with the solar energy flows through the right side of the human body whereas 'Ma' which is associated with lunar energy flows through the left side of the human body. Repeating the mantra, 'RAMA' (even mentally) one is able to balance the solar and lunar energies for sound mental and physical health. Sidhdhi of Rama Nama blesses the entity with spiritual powers and elevation of soul.

Following are 3 powerful Rama Mantras:-

1)Om Namo Bhagavathey Raghunandanaaya Rakshognya Vishadaaya Madhura Prasanna Vadanaaya Amithatheyjasey Balaaya Raamaaya Vishnavey Namaha Om!!

The above sloka if recited one lakh times will grant "mantra-siddhi".

2)Om Kleem Namo Bhagavathey Raamachandraaya sakalajana vashyakaraaya Swaaha!!Above sloka is meant for general success and attraction.

3)Dasha Raama Naama Sthothram:-

Dhyaayaami RAAMA MabhiRAAMA
GiRAAMAranda DhaaRAAMAdhagna
MithaRAAMA MareyrviRAAMAm
AaRAAMA Madbhutha ThaRAAMAlasadgunaanaam
GhoRAAMAyagnya MasuRAAMAravandithaanghrim!!
The above if recited yields the benefit of chanting the powerful name of Lord Rama ten times within one sloka,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Out of the world!

Sameykshanaayai Vishameykshanaaya
Namah Shivaaya Cha Namah Shivaaya!"

(Excerpt from Ardhanaareeshwara Sthothram, by Adi Sankaracharya).
Kumudakriya, the janya raga of Panthuvarali (Kamavardhini), 51st melakartha has been chosen by the great saint vaggeyakara, Sri.Muthuswami Dikshithar for his grand composition, "Ardhanareeswaram". The scale of Kumudakriya-Ascending:-Sa Ri Ga Ma Dha Sa; descending:-Sa Ni Dha Ma Ga Ri Sa. This raga falls in the "adbhutha rasa" (wonderment and awe)category of the navarasas (nine emotions).Contemplation on the prayogas or phrases Sa Ni Dha Ri', Ri Ga Ma Dha Ri, etc. invoke a sense of fantasy, make-believe or illusion. Imagine suddenly walking into somebody who is split into a perfect half of a perfect man and a perfect woman! It certainly is a heart-stopping sight! Absolutely dazzling and surreal! Kumudakriya, a breathtaking raga of fantasy, bestows wonderful events, fantastic happenings in life. Ragas yield results only when the "jeeva swaras" (soul-notes) are tapped and mastered. Mere humming or rendering of the scale are not sufficient to induce life into the raga.
Bhogavasantham another janya of Kamavardhini (Ascending:-Sa Ri Ga Ma Dha Ni Sa, descending:- Sa Ni Dha Ma Ga Ri Sa), so close to Kumudakriya (with only a slight variation in the ascending order) does not yield results like that of Kumudakriya. Bhogavasantham invokes joy, festivities and enjoyments.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Radhey Radhey!

15/09/2010,Jyeshta Nakshathram, Ashtami Tidhi.
Divine Birth of Radha.

Om Vrishabhaanujaaya Vidmahey
Krishnapriyaaya Dheemahi Thanno Raadhaa Prachodayaath!

Popular Radha Bhajan by Shradeya AcharyaGaurav Krishnaji Maharaj

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sufism on Veena

Hazrat Inayat Khan

Noor Inayat Khan

The Sufi saint and Saraswathi Veena player, Hazrat Inayat Khan had authored several books regading abstract and unstruck sound ('anahatha shabda'). He used Veena as his vehicle to attain self-realization. His daughter, Noor Inayat Khan (visit website for more details about Noor) was a fine musician herself and played the Saraswathi veena. She authored the book, Sufi Princess. Noor Inayat Khan was born in the year 1914 in Moscow, Russia to Hazrat Inayat Khan and Ameena Begum. Almost all her youth was spent in Paris. After her father's demise in 1927 and the declaration of the 2nd World War and the invasion of France, Noor had no option but to move to England and she returned to France (Paris) in 1943 as an Allied spy radio operator. Captured by the Gestapo, she was held in solitary confinement and subjected to cruel interrogation methods. Despite the torture, Noor never revealed her identity to her captors. At the age of 29, in the year 1944, she was executed by the Gestapo. England and France posthumously awarded her the "George Cross" and "Croix De Guerre" respectively.
In one of his innumerable Sufi messages Hazrat Inayat Khan has stated that the Sufi knows of the past, present and future, and about all things in life, by being able to know the direction of sound. Every aspect of one's being in which sound manifest has a special effect in every direction. The knower of the mystery of sound knows the mystery of the whole Universe. Whoever has followed the strains of this sound has forgotten all earthly distinctions and differences, and has reached that goal of Truth in which all the Blessed Ones of God unite. Space is within the body as well as around it; in other words the body is in the space and the space is in the body.
This being the case, the sound of the abstract is always going on within, around and about man. Man does not hear it as a rule, because his consciousness is entirely centred in his material existence. Man becomes so absorbed in his experiences in the external world through the medium of the physical body that space, with all its wonders of light and sound, appears to him blank.
This can easily be understood by studying colour. There are many colours that are distinct by themselves, yet when mixed with others of still brighter hue they become altogether eclipsed; even bright colours embroidered with gold, silver, diamonds or pearls serve merely as a background to the dazzling embroidery. So it is with the abstract sound compared with the sounds of the external world. The limited volume of earthly sounds is so concrete that it dims the effect of the sound of the abstract to the sense of hearing, although in comparison to it the sounds of the earth are like that of a whistle or a drum. When the abstract sound is audible all other sounds become indistinct to the mystic.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Aadi Pooram - Ariyakudi


Above is a photo of the street on which the Carnatic Music Emperor, Sri. Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar lived. The first photo is of the legend himself.

I had performed in the Vairavar Temple (Kala Bhairavan) in Vairavanpatti on Aadi Pooram (August 12th). As it is a small, remote village my mother and I had to stay in Kaaraikudi which is around 15 kms from Vairavanpatti.That day being Andal Jayanthi, in the morning my mother and I went to Ariyakudi (5Kms from Kaaraikudi where we stayed) to Lord Venkateswara temple (famously known as "Thenn Tirupathi"). I asked the temple priest to give me guidelines to go to Sri Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar's house. I was eager to see where the Monarch lived. Saying "Vaango" the temple pujari walked with me all the way outside the temple and pointing towards the opposite street he told me, "Ado avaaloda veedu inda theruvule daan irukku!"
Awestruck,I stared at the street. From there I clicked with my mobile.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Miracles of Veena


Maithraayanniya Upanishad states-"A drop of blood as it circulates within a human body takes along with it one breath of the human being. This drop of blood along with one breath takes nearly 7 minutes to circulate within the human body. Similarly, when the veena string is plucked once, the nada wave emanating from it takes nearly 7 minutes to travel back and forth between the bridge of the veena to the base fret of the veena."

The different properties of the woods used have an effect on the tonal characteristics of the veena. The grain pattern of the jackfruit wood used is important for veenas. The choice of wood plays a vital part in the aesthetics of the instrument.
Veena playing is not only about chemistry between 'nadam' of the veena and 'life-force energy' of the player. The interaction between human-body cells and the wood grains in the veena are equally thought provoking. Coming to think of the interaction between cells and grains/ 'nadam' and kundalini', we are able to understand how types of veena affect the player. The veena, appearing deceptively innocent has a potent nature and life of its own which can directly affect the player (provided he/she adapts the posture and breathing patterns required for veena-playing).
Continuous practice on a good veena (wood of fine quality due to seasoning at spiritual places, temples, on the banks of holy rivers or under a banyan tree, thereby devoid of doshas) yields results corresponding to the nature of the veena such as- sudden spurt of energy, sense of positivity, improvement in complexion, lush hair growth (in the case of middle-aged and the old, reduction in hair fall), shedding fat, agelessness, youthful looks etc. Playing on such veenas bring about good fortune, spiritual elevation and general prosperity. While such is the case with good veenas, one should watch out for any untoward events, ill health, bad luck, general disharmony, deterioration in physical complexion/ lack-lustre looks, fatigue, depression etc while playing on certain veenas. While all events and circumstances in life cannot be attributed to the veena one is handling, continual turn of bad events or atmosphere could certainly be attributed to the veena one is handling at the time of occurrence of bad happenings. This could be due to doshas in the wood, alignment of the frets (bad 'melam' of the veena dandi) etc. I have seen a veena that was made only on full moon nights. The veena maker would keep the wood aside on all other days except full moon nights to periodically transform the wood into a veena. Such veenas contain great spiritual powers and also lend a heavenly glow to the player.
Even the size of the veena plays a major part in affecting the player. It is essential for the player to feel comfortable while running his left hand across the dandi and plucking the strings with his right hand. Any strain on his/her biceps, elbows, hands and the chest region means the veena he/she is handling is not the corresponding size of the player. Normally a Saraswathi veena measures roughly upto 24 and a half 1/2 inches from the base note to the top note and 4 and a half feet from the simha mukha to the end of the kudam. Any addition or subtraction even by an inch or two to the length of the veena could be due to the size of the kudam (right side of the veena), resulting in an overall distinction in size yielding corresponding effects on the player. An ideal veena merges with the player to become his/her extension.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Yet another cosmic message!

(Above is a photograph of the Mother of Pondicherry)Many times we come across people with familiar features or attitude (body language, features, articulation etc.)bearing strong resemblance to our friends, relatives, acquaintances or someone who has hurt/angered or pleased/made us happy in the past. I made the startling discovery that such people bearing similar features of our past contacts cross our paths generally after we have lost touch ( for any reason) with those 'past contacts'. It could be a cosmic reminder or a karmic chain of contact!I recall the period when I had lost touch with a person many years ago. Within just a year of the event, I ran into another person from a totally different field, yet bearing an overwhelming resemblance to the past friend. That is when I realized that another entity bearing a strong resemblance to the past contact bumped into me to remind me of unfinished karmic business. Even if we are convinced that there is nothing more to the past, unfinished karmic business points to lingering thoughts or an interest from the past contact to reestablish contact. The only means to break the chain of karma is through detachment to the past and the person.
I tried to analyse the cosmic message behind such an occurrence (of meeting somebody who resembles a past contact). I understood that the person with whom we have lost touch could be mentally following us through powerful thought waves emanating from his/her aura, automatically invoking an interaction between their "breed" of people ( similar "saamudrika lakshanam") and ourselves. While all this is about living people, evolved souls have explained about after death phenomena such as the following:-
In one of the books by Navajata Bhaiji, a close associate and devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry, he states that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother have described in very great detail what happens to the soul, the psychic being and the astral personality after death. The mind continues to exist, the vital continues to exist, even after death. People may say out of ignorance that so and so would be born as a snake or a cat or a bird. Bhaiji states that it is incorrect. He says that according to what he has learnt from Mother, only a part of the personality of a person, like the lower part, may join a snake, a cat or a bird. That doesn't mean that his entire personality, including his soul have joined with that animal! He quotes Mother's examples of this phenomenon. She said that a young man She knew, died in the First World War. She was living in Paris at that time. She was sitting in a room when suddenly a cat ran to Her and pulled at Her dress. She saw in the cat's eyes the eyes of that man and could feel his presence. She immediately knew that the young man had been killed. Later She found that he had indeed died on the battlefront exactly at the time the cat had come to the Mother. So the astral body hardly took any time to travel from a battlefield in Germany right upto Paris and get in touch with the Mother. That is the speed with which the astral body can travel, it can even go through a wall and keep its personality intact.
The book has another account of the Mother's narration of an incident regarding a musician (a pianist). He had trained his hands in piano-playing over years of pracitce. After his death, his subtle hands got concretised- they got the skill- and so even after the man died, his hands, only the hands, remained in the subtle-physical. This is truly amazing that not the total personality but the hands alone could combine with the hands of another person who was trying to become a good pianist. But this second musician must be in an attitude of invoking- and this is very important- invoking some force to help him and for that moment he may play very beautifully, which normally he may be incapable of doing.
This means it is quite possible to build a connection; to build a contact with subtle-physical forces, and combine with even a part of the personality of another person who has died and thus improve one's life!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Who is the monk?

Above is a group photo taken way back in early 60s, after I rendered 2 or 3 krithis in All India Sai Samaj (Saibaba Temple, Mylapore). In the audience were a revered monk (at whose feet I am seated) and somebody called "Professor Rege" (I still remember his name). The eyes of His Holiness are deep with knowledge of the Self. I was too young to know any details about Him. I wish to know particulars about His Holiness.
(Click on photo to enlarge).

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Acupressure on veena for tonal enhancement- Clarification

While thanking Music Lover for raising the point if other set of melakartha ragas that contain swaras (notes) missing in each other (for eg. Chakravakam-Simhendramadhyamam, Hanumathodi-Mechakalyani, etc.) could be used, I would like to clarify that it is acceptable and possible to do so. I had mentioned Mayamalavagowla-Haimavathi specifically only because the former is traditionally used for Sarali Varisai, Janta Varisai and Alankaram. Haimavathi is the only raga that has entirely different notes (swaras) than that of Mayamalavagowla.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Acupressure on veena for tonal enhancement!


The brass-plated bridge (tonal enhancer)

Parts of Veena
'Naadam' (resonance) is the life of veena. A veena devoid of 'naadam' is lifeless and fails to evoke any emotion in the player as well as the listener. The tone of a veena is enhanced only when it is used. How does it happen? As we all know the bridge is the tone-determining part of the veena. It is located on the kudam-(see diagram).The process is like this:-
Veena is subject to acupressure simultaneously while the player is involved in producing music through the instrument. Acupressure is an ancient art using the fingers (or other parts of the body which is irrelevant in the case of veena)to skilfully press key points, which stimulates the body's (in this case -veena) natural abilities. When these trigger points (frets and strings) are pressed, they release muscular tension (tonal inertia) and promote blood circulation ('naadam'-resonance).
The index finger and the middle finger of the left hand press on the metal frets as they move from one swara to another. The right hand's index and middle fingers strike (pluck) the strings firmly, matching the movements of the left hand. As both the hands operate simultaneously,the strings that runs across the bridge rub tightly across the brass plate on top of the bridge (there are two bridges, the top of the bridge which is covered by a brass plate supports four main strings, holding them tightly and firmly while the side bridge, which is a curved brass plate supports the three side strings) creating a black line-like dent or mark over the brass plate while the metal frets, due to the pressure of the left hand fingers dip ever so finely into the wax-bed. Both, the line-like mark on the brass plated bridge and the frets that are being pressed and ground by the act of playing the instrument gradually bring about a deep timbre in the tonal quality of the veena. Obviously the points (swaras) wherever the frets are pressed by the left hand and plucked by the right hand fingers trigger particular zones on the brass plate resulting in tonal enhancement. If a particular krithi or raaga or the mere scale of Mayamalavagowla from open sarani to the middle shadjamam could produce tonal enhancement to a certain extent, the result would be far greater and wholesome when the veena is played or subject to acupressure from the first fret (rishabha) to the topmost shadjamam, that is, on all the 24 frets.
The two ragas, Mayamalavagowla and Haimavathi when played on three octaves (starting from the open shadjamam of the third bass string to the topmost shadjamam on the first string) in all the three speeds activate every zone on the brass-plate. The 15th melakartha raga, Mayamalavagowla and the 58th mealakartha raga, Haimavathi consist of swaras that are missing in each other, thereby encompassing the 24 frets of the veena, leaving no scope for an untouched pressure-point.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 137-147)

Sri Kumara Swami

137)Evamukthaha Kubeyreyna Sreenivaasaha Sathaam Gathihi!
Shanmukham Preyshayaamaasa Vahneyraahvaanakaaranaath!!

Lord Srinivasa asked Lord Kumara Swami to summon Agnihothra (Fire God).

138)Sa Gathvaa Thvaritham Skandaha Shaasanam Gnyaapayan Hareyhe!
Sampraaptho Vaayuveygeyna Sahitho Jaathavedasaa!!

Lord Kumara Swami set off immediately to carry out the wishes of Lord Srinivasa. Accompanied by Lord Agnihotra, Lord Kumara Swami returned in lightning speed.

139)Thathaha Provaacha Bhagavaan Thvaritham Havyavaahanam!
Sree Bhagavaan:-
Kshanaadbhrakshyaannashaakaadi Pacha Swaahaa Samanvithaha!!

Lord Srinivasa ordered Lord Agnihothra-" I command Yourself and your wife, Swaaha Devi to prepare hot and delicious food immediately!"

140)Ithi Naaraayanavachaha Shruthvaagnisthamabhaashathaha!
Paakaardham Bhaajanam Krishna! Naa Sthye Kama Pi Mey Harey!!

Lord Agnihothra said,"Krishna! How can I cook without any vessels here?!...

141)Kaaryaha Paako Mahaaraaja! Bahoonaam Bhakthavathsala!
Ithi Thasya Vachaha Shruthvaa Shaarngyinam Prathyabhaashatha!!

O Merciful and Compassionate One to devotees! Lord Srinivasa! I have to cook for so many people and how is it possible without any vessels?!"

142)Sree Bhagavaan:-
Bhavathaam Bhavaney Thaatha! Kinchijjaathey Mahothsavey!
Bhaajanaani Mahaabhaaga Vardhanthey Vatabeejavath!!

Lord Srinivasa said, "Agnihothra! I am sure you have as many vessels as Banyan seeds in your house which you use for festivities!

143)Mama Kalyaana Samaye Bhaanda Meykam Na Drushyathey!
Deivameyva Param Manye Sarveyshaam Sarvasaadhaney!!

For my wedding celebrations I do not have even one vessel! Alas! Without God's grace how can anyone carry out the rituals and procedures?!

144)Upaayam Shrunu Sapthaasya Paakaardham Paajanairvinaa!
Annam Swaamisaromadhye Soopam Paapavinaashaney!!

Agnihothra, One who is blessed with seven tastes ("jihwa")! If you do not have vessels to cook, please cook rice on the banks of Swami Pushkarini, Dhal on the banks of Papavinashanam...

145)Viyadgangaa Jaley Vahney!Paramaannam Gudaanvitham!
Deyvatheerthey Shaakamagney! Thumbutheerthey Thu Chithrakam!!

Sweet Rice pudding made out of jaggery ('chakkera pongali') on the banks of Aakasha Ganga, Vegetables on the banks of Deva Theertham, Tamarind rice ('pulihora') on the banks of Thumburu Theertham....

146)Kumaaradhaarikaatheerthey Bhakshyaani nVividhaani Cha!
Paandutheerthey Cha Karthavyaha Thinthrineerasa Uththamaha!!

On the banks of Kumara Theertham a variety of savouries ('pindi vantalu'), on the banks of Paandu Theertham tamarind soup (sambar and rasam)....

147)Vyanjanaanyanyatheerdheyshu Kandamoolaphalai Ssaha!
Kriyathaam Lehyapeyaani Theerdheyshvanyeshu Paavaka!!

On the banks of the other 'theerthams' (divine lakes), dishes made out of herbal vegetables and fruits. Please organise for such dishes that can be licked and tasted with the tongue and delicious syrups and juices that are to be drunk, etc. on the banks of the rest of the divine lakes!"

Friday, May 28, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 127-136)

127)"Dhanam Dehi Dhaneyshaana!Pathrey Likhithamaathrakam!
Evamuktho Vasupthihi Vaasudeyveyna Bhoomipa!!

"Kubera! As per the agreement, please handover the money to me!"

128)Dadau Dhanam Kubeyrasthu Klupthasankhyam Vrushaakapeyhey!
Drushtvaa Thadhdhanaraashisthu Thathkareydaadhdarirnapa!!

Lord Kubera handed over the agreed amount to Lord Srinivasa. and Lord Srinivasa handed the money back to Kubera saying..........

129)Kuberamabraveeddevaha Sambhaaraanayanam Prathi!

Shree Bhagavaan:-
Aaneeyathaam Thandulancha Mitham Prasthairdhaneyshwaram!!

"The required articles, rice grains to the required measure......

130)Maashaadikancha Mudgaadeen Godhoomaamshcha Samaanaya!
Guda Thaila Madhu Ksheera Sharka Raajya Dadheena Cha!!

Black gram,
whole green gram, wheat, jaggery, oil, honey, milk, sugar, ghee, curd, and other groceries,....

131)Vasthraani Yogyamoolyaani Soththareeyaani Chaanaya!
Thilahinjyu Mareechaadi Jeera Sarshapa Meydhikaan!!

Nice and expensive 'dhoties' (garment worn by men, tied around the waist), 'uththareeyam' (garment worn around the shoulders by men), sesame seeds, asafoetida, pepper, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, please purchase all these articles and groceries and bring them here....

132)Haridraakthaani Kurveedhaaha Vasthraani Dvijayoshithaam!
Kambalaashcha Dhanaadheesha! Kreeyanthaa Mithi Chaabraveeth!!

Please soak the garments to be given to Brahmin women in turmeric water, purchase rugs, ....

133)Devaanaamuththareeyancha Devasthreenaam Dukoolakam!
Poogeephalaalani Divyaani Nagavalleedalaani Cha!!

Also purchase 'uththareeyams' for the Devas (men of the divine clan) and silk garments for the women of the Deva clan. Along with it, please arrange for good betel nuts, betel leaves............

134)Elaalavangakarpoora Mruganaabhirasam Thadhaa!
Maangalyathanthum Kanyaardham Paadaangushthaadimudrikaam!!

Cardamoms, cloves, camphor (Borneo-camphor), saffron, 'Mangalasuthram" for the bride (the auspicious yellow thread which the bridegroom ties around the bride's neck), bangles, mirrors, toe-rings (mattelu)....

135)Hasthaanguleeyakam Meydya Kubera! Kuru Sheeghrathaha!
Ithi Govindavachanam Shruthvaasau Nirmamey Kshanaath!!

Please arrange for my finger ring at the earliest!" As Lord Srinivasa ordered, Kubera organised everything within just one minute and then....

Thvathprasaadeyna Govinda! Sarvam Sajjeekrutham Mayaa!
Paakaardham Pundareekaaksha! Niyumkshvaagnimathaha Param!!

Kubera said, "O Lord! I have organised everything (as ordered by Lord Srinivasa) with Your Grace! Please order "Agnihothra" to start cooking."

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 113-126)

113)Bruvathyevam Dhanapathau Shreepathirvaakyamabraveeth!
Ekasmin Brahmadivasey Thvavathaaraa Dasha Smrutha!!

As Lord Kubera completed His speech, Lord Srinivasa said," The "Dasavatharam" (ten avathaaraas,'incarnations') had taken place during one day for Brahma. (Srimad Bhagavatham states that 1,ooo cycles of the four yugas (one cycle of four yugas equals 4.32 million years, which is also known as one "kalpam")....

114)Mamaavathaarasamaye Naanayaami Dhanam Gruhaath!
Bhoogathancha Dhanam Raajan! Naiva Neyshyaami Madgruham!!

Whenever I incarnate (take an "avathaaraa"), wealth is neither supplied from Vaikuntham (the celestial world of Lord Vishnu) to Bhoolokam (earth where human beings reside), nor is the wealth carried from Bhoolokam to Vaikuntham....

115)Yadhaayugam Yadhaakaalam Yadhaadesham Yadhaavayaha!
Avathaaramaham Kurvan Rameythra Ramayaa Saha!!

My "avathaaraa" (incarnation) on the planet of Earth along with my Spouse, Sridevi will be in accordance with the particular yuga (the four yugas being-Kritha Yugam, Threthaa Yugam, Dwaapara Yugam and Kali Yugam), in accordance with the times, in accordance with the circumstances and in accordance with the age.....

116)Nimiththamaathramapimey Dhanam Thvam Dhanadaadhunaa!
Yugaanusaariney Dehi! Deshakaalaanusaarathaha!!

I take human form in adherence to the circumstances and times, therefore I appoint you as the caretaker of the wealth and give me when I need it!", as Lord Srinivasa asked..

117)Sa Thasya Vachanam Shruthvaa Kubero Vaakyamabraveeth!
Yugaanusaarinastheydya Kadham Daasyaami Chakrabhruth!!

Lord Kubera replied,"O Lord who adorns the discus ("Chakram"), how can I lend money to You who reincarnates according to changing times and cicumstances?!....

118)Yadi Daththam Thvayaa Pathram Thadaa Daasyaami They Vasu!
Adhanaha Sadhanam Lokey Yadhaa Kaankshathi Maadhava!!

Just like how a poor man would seek loan from a rich man, You will have to apply for a loan in writing (document) and I shall then give You the required amount!"....

119)Thadhaiva Narashaardoola! Bhagavaan Loukikaissamaha!
Evam Thadvachanam Shruthvaa Harirbrahmaanamabraveeth!!

Agreeing to that, Lord Srinivasa after consulting experts asked Lord Brahma....

Kadham Lekhyam Mayaa Pathram Runaadaaney Vadaadya Mey!
Runagraahee Sreenivaaso Dhanadaayee Dhaneshwaraha!!

Lord Srinivasa asked Lord Brahma, "O Four-Faced One! How do I draw a written document seeking loan?" Brahma replied as follows,"I,Srinivasa am the receiver of the loan. Kubera is the giver of the money....

121)Aathmakaaryanimiththam Thu Kalyaanaardham Kalau Yugey!
Vaishaakhey Shuklasapthamyaam Vilambey Chaiva Vathsarey!!

In the 'Yuga' of 'Kali', in the year of 'Vilambi' (name of the year according to vedic panchangam), in the month of Vaishakha (31 days starting from April 21st), on the 'Tidhi' (date) of "Shuklapaksha Sapthami" (seventh day of the waxing moon), for my wedding......

122)Nishkaanaam Raamamudraanaam Lakshaani Cha Chathurdasha!
Dravyam Dattham Dhaneysheyna Vrudhdhigrahanakaaranaath!!

With an agreement to pay back with interest a loan of fourteen lakhs of in the form of "maadalu" (currency during those times) bearing the imprint of Sri Rama has been received from Kubera.....

123)Sa Vrudhdhi Dithsathathaa Moolam Sveekrutham Chakrapaaninaa!
Vivaahavarshamaarabhya Sahasraanthey Dhanam Punaha!!

Receiving the amount from Kubera, an agreement to return the loan with interest was subsequently issued by Lord Srinivasa. The period between the first year of the wedding to 1,000 years was marked as...

124)Daathavyam Yaksharaajaaya Sreenivaaseyna Shaarrnginaa!
Ekaha Saakshee Chathurvakthro Dwitheeya Sthu Thrilochanaha!!

The time given to Lord Sreenivasa for returning the loan with interest to Kubera with Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva...

125)Thritheeyoshwathdharaajasthu Veththi Sarvamidam Drudham!
Ithyethadrunapathrasthu Sreenivaasolikhithsvayam!!

And as the third person, theBanyan Tree as witnesses", as Lord Brahma dictated, Lord Srinivasa Himself drew the agreement with His own Hand....

126)Evam Pathraardhamaakarnya Runapathram Ramaapathihi
Likhithvaa Thathkarey Dathvaa Dhaneysham Chaabraveeddharihi!!

And Lord Srinivasa handed over the document to Kubera and told him.....

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 104-112)

Lord Kubera

104) Sri Bhagavan:-
Sabhaayaam Kimidam Proktham Pourusheyna Vachashshiva!
Ko Vaadya Runadaathaasthi Vivaahasyaasya Pushkalam!!

Lord Srinivasa said,"Rudra! You are talking so vehemently in this assembly! Now who will give us required money to conduct this marriage?..

105)Purushaha Pourusham Yathnam Aachareynnaiva Bhashayeth!
Evamukthvaa Shivam Praaha Kuberam Purushoththamaha!!

Man should act instead of speaking loftily!" Having said thus, Lord Srinivasa addressed Lord Kubera (God of wealth)....

106)Nimiththam Varthathey Kinchi Ditha Ehi Dhanaadhipa!
Ithyevamuktho Dhanadaha Pithaamahasamanvithaha!!

"O Lord of wealth! I have a job for you, please come here!", on being summoned, Lord Kubera along with Lord Brahma....

107)Samuththasdhau SabhaamadhyaathThvaritham Shivasamyuthaha!
Brahmanaa Sa Kubeyreyna Shankareyna Ramaapathihi!!

Stood up hurriedly. Accompanied by Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma, Lord Kubera followed Lord Srinivasa....

108)Ekaanthey Swaamitheerthasya Pashchimeyshwaththasannidhau!
Gathvovaacha Dhaneyshaanaam Sreenivaasaha Sathaam Gathihi!!

To the western side of the lake Swami Pushkarini, at a secluded place near the banyan tree. The protector of all....

Saadhayasva Mahaabhaaga! Kalyaanam Mey Kalau Yugey!
Dathvaa Dhanam Yaavadishtam Puthrasya Naravaahana!!

Lord Srinivasa said:- "Kubera! Please lend required amount of money to Lord Brahma for conducting my marriage in this "Kali Yuga"!

110)Vaasudevavachaha Shruthvaa Vasupaalobraveedhdhareem!!
Thvadadheenam Deva! Sarvam Jagadeythachcharaacharam!!

On hearing the Lord speak thus, Kubera spoke,"O Lord! The entire Universe is in your control!....

111)Bahoonaam Jeevaraasheenaam Madhye Koham Jagathpathey!
Niyojitheyna Bhavathaa Rakshitham Thvaddhanam Mayaa!!

Am I not insignificant among the crores of living beings in this Universe?! I am at your command and the Guardian of Your wealth....

112)Thaddaanaa Daanayoho Shakthihi Mama Nasthi Khagadwaja!
Graheethaa Thvam Cha Daathaa Cha Svathanthrothra Thvameyva Hi!!

I am not eligible to lend you the wealth nor claim the wealth as mine! You have all rights to claim the wealth as your own or to gift the wealth to others!!"

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Divine Bird!

Learned scholars and pundits are aware of the fact that Lord Krishna had never cohabitated with any of His 16,000 wives. It is blasphemous to view Lord Krishna as a mere human being in whatever sphere of His 'Avathaara'.. His Divine presence and "saanghathyam" (company) gave Ultimate contentment and joy to all His 16,000 wives. His divinity was overpowering, throwing open flood gates of overflowing love residing in the center of the hearts of all His wives.
This pure and divine love is termed as "Bhakthi Yoga", which is sublime and not in the least related to physical desire or chemistry. The peacock feather adorning Lord Krishna's forehead depicts the purity of the Lord. Hindu mytholgy claims that peacocks are pure and chaste. It is also largely believed that a peahen conceives by consuming the teardrops of a peacock in order to maintain the pristine purity of the peacock.
Peacock is also the 'vaahana' (vehicle) of Lord Subrahmanya Swami. The Lord was seated on a peacock when He fought Surapadma.
A certain section of tribals firmly believe that Goddess Saraswathi changed Her "vaahana" from the Swan to a Peacock!
In Ramayana, Sage Valmiki has stated that Bharatha was assisted by peacock breeders called Mayoorakaas when he went in search of Lord Rama during His exile in forest. Separated from Sita, Lord Rama expresses His grief to His brother, Lakshmana. In His conversation, Lord Rama makes a special mention of the affinity between a peacock and peahen lamenting that He was not as fortunate as the peacock which is inseparable from the ever-loving peahen! During their separation, Lord Rama recalled how Sita clapped her hands daintily to the dancing steps of a majestic peacock on the branch of a "Kadambaa Tree". That particular peacock became as dear as a son to Lord Rama.
Peacock represents the spring season. The joyous dance of peacock is associated with this most romantic and aesthetic season. The ragas Vasantha and Brindavani are strongly associated with this bird and are said to invoke the beautiful peacock dance, as it spreads its enchanting feathers!

The note "C" in the western music and the shadjamam of Indian classical music are described as the voice of the peacock by renowned musical treatises. Even veenas are made with peacock heads in the place of lion heads.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter 94-103)

Kruthvaa Punyaahakarmaani Prathishtaapya Kuleshvareem!
Nopavaaseyna Govinda! Ganthavyamithi Mey Mathihi!!

Lord Brahma said, "Having performed all the auspicious rituals like the 'naming ceremony' ("Punyah Vachanam") and installed your Kula Devatha, which is the Samee Vruksham, O Lord Govinda, please do not fast and travel on an empty stomach! This is my opinion..

95)Munayaha Kshudhithaassarvey Baalavrudhdaadayasthadhaa!
Vadathyevam Chathurvakthrey Chakrapanirabhaashitha!!

Children, women folk and all the monks are hungry!" as Lord Brahma tried to convince....

Vachanaani Mahaarhaani Thava Puthra! Pithaamaha!
Kadham Kaaryamakaaryancha Naiva Jaanaasi Puthraka!!

Lord Srinivasa said,"Dear Son, O Four-Faced One, Your words are invaluable!But how is it that You are unaware of the good and bad of a situation?...

97)Deshakaalaavanaalochya Bhaashasey Baalisho Yadhaa!
Dravyaanaamayutham Thaatha! Gatham Mey Kaananey Girau!!

You are ignorant of the ways of the world and you are talking like an unintelligent man! On the hills amidst the deep woods, thousands of my properties were destroyed!....

98)Evam Vyayam Samaapannam Kadham Pashyasi Chakshushaa!
Gnyaathvaapi Rikthathaam Vaachaa Thveyvamukthey Kadham Bhaveth!!

Have not you seen the loss of much property with your own eyes?! Having known about poverty, how could you speak like this?!"

99)Vadathyevam Svapithari Brahmaa Lokapithaamahaha!
Thooshnimabhoonmahaaraaka! Bhagavathpurathasthadaa!!

Lord Brahma listened silently while Lord Srinivasa was speaking.

100)Neelakanthobraveedvaakyam Pitharam Svapithusthathaha!
Shrothavyam Vachanam Thaatha! Mama Balasya Maadhava!!

Lord Shiva addressed His Father, Lord Srinivasa, "Srinivasa! As your son I request you to listen to my words!...

101)Vivaahakaraney Deyva! Thadhaa Bhavanakarmani!
Praarabdhasyaanthaparyantham Yo Hi Yathnam Samaachareth!!

While performing a wedding or a house-warming ceremony, an ideal man would perform all the necessary rituals unfailingly as his duties.....

102)Sa Eva Punyavaan Lokey Keerthimeythi Na Samshayaha!
Sampaadyaaha Sarvasambhaaraaha Shubhakaaryeshu Pushkalaaha!!

Undoubtedly such a man is most fortunate and will attain great name and fame! It is necessary to gather abundant goods and articles for performing auspicious ceremonies...

103)Bahulaardhavya Thadabhaavey Thvrunam Chareth!
Sa Shambhuvachanam Shruthvaa Shambaraaripithaabraveeth!!

For accumulating articles and things needed to perform an auspicious ceremony such as this, wastage of any amount of money should not be taken into account! When somebody cannot afford so much money, He should atleast acquire loan to be able to perform all the necessary rituals!" As Lord Shiva spoke, Lord Srinivasa....

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter85-93)

Above is a photograph of the temple of Lord Sreenivasa and Goddess Padmavathi's wedding, Narayanavanam

85)Varaahavachanam Shruthvaa Vaasudevobhyabhaashitha!
Sreenivasaha:- Kuladeveeprathishtaancha Karishye Sharaney Thava!!

Lord Sreenivasa told Lord Varaha Swami,"I shall place my Kuladeivam, Shamee tree close to You, here itself!"

86)Ithyevam Praardhayantham Tham Sreenivaasam Paraathparam!
'Thadhaasthvi Thyabraveedraajan!' Kolaroopee Harissvayam!!

Lord Varaha Swami agreed with Lord Sreenivasa, Who is the Lord of the Universe!

87)Kalashey Swarnakhachithey Mukthaaraashim Prapoorya Cha!
Vasthreyna Veyshtayithvaadha Poojaam Kruthvaa Vidhaanathaha!!

Taking a gold pot (kalasham) filled with pearls and covered by fine fabric, worshipping the same reverentially....

88)Prathishtaapya Varaahasya Sannidhau Praakrutho Yadhaa!
Swashthaanam Punaraagathya Sreenivaasaha Sathaam Gathihi!!

Like a common man, installing the Shamee tree along with the golden pot close to Lord Varaha;Lord Sreenivasa returned to His place...


Abhojaneyna Ganthavyam Naaraayanapuraahvayam!
'Aakaasharaajanagara' mithi Nishchithya Cheythasi!!

Even without having His meals, Lord Sreenivasa decided to go to Narayanapuram which is the township where King Aakaasha Raja (Goddess Padmavathy's father) resided...

90)Brahmaanamabraveethraajan! Thvarayaa Gamaney Rathaha!
Vidhey! Dyaiva Niyukshvaithaam Seynaam They Chathurangineem!!

Lord Sreenivasa was eager to start His journey to Narayanapuram, He requested Lord Brahma, "Chathuraananaa, Organise an army consisting of immense strength (all the vital four strengths) to accompany me in the journey...

91)Sheeghram Ganthum Chathurvakthra! Naaraayanapuram Prathi!
Maa Bhoothkaalo Vrudhai Vaathra Doorodhvaa Hyasya Varthathey!!

Aakaasha Raja's city, Narayanapuram is very far away from here. Let us not waste anymore time!...

92)Balam Sarvey Vaney Thaatha! Vrudhdabaalaabalaanvitham!
Shanairgachchathu Raajendra! Munimandalapoorvakam!!

Let the old people, children and women be accompanied by the army that has been allotted for the group of pious monks!"

93)SaThasya Vachanam Shruthvaa Chakrapaaneyshchathurmukhaha!
Vachanam Vyaaharachcheeghram Pitharam Purushoththamam!!

Lord Srinivasa spoke thus. After listening to what Lord Srinivasa had to say, Lord Brahma spoke as follows to Lord Srinivasa who was his Father....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Karma control!

Above is an image of planet MarsMars has been in debilitation in Cancer for nearly 6 months (right from October 2009-May 26th 2010). Mars being a fiery planet, its debilitation generally causes world wide disturbances on the political arena, terrorism, aggressive tendencies in women and children (Cancer being a moon sign), crime rates and general violence. Thankfully Jupiter's transit in Pisces from May 2nd till Mars's departure from Cancer on May 26th could slow down the aggressive Mars, the fifth aspect of Jupiter on Mars is most welcomed by Aries, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces signs.
No science is superior to God:-
"Sooryendubhouma Budhavaakpathi Kaavya Souri
Swarbhaanukethu Divishathparishathpradaanaa
Twaddaasa Daasa Charamaavadhi Daasadaasa
Sri Venkatachalapathey! Thava Suprabhaatham!"
The sloka above (from Sri Venkateswara Suprabhaatham) states that all the planets are subservient to the Lord, directed and maneuvered by Him While unconditionally accepting the above, astrology could still be viewed as a very relevant science. The Law of Karma being the determining factor behind the planetary alignment in one's natal chart, I strongly believe that our good deeds could strengthen the weak planets in our natal charts, likewise sins and bad deeds could contaminate the best 'yoga' in one's natal charts.
A business man who ran into tough times and bankruptsy knew just how to get his fortune back. He simply shut down everything (his residence and his business) and went away to a lepers' colony to serve them. He spent nearly 6 months serving the lepers dedicatedly. On his return, he found that his business not only picked up momentum rapidly, but flourished like never before!
Even small gestures add upto good Karma. A simple smile invokes good karma! Regardless of whether it is a salesperson from a famous brand name, hellbent on demonstrating his vacuum cleaner and water filter (never mind if you don't want to buy it, he is only obsessed with demonstrating the item), or the innumerable couriers you have sign for in a day - wedding invitations ,arangetram invitations etc. etc.,umpteen wrong numbers one receives on the landline, the servant not turning up on one of your crucial days, the list is too long to complete; the bottomline is-SMILE kindly at everybody! It is true that even a frown or a minor show of irritation (that could hurt many sensitve souls like me) adds up to bad karma. Smile even when you are simmering within. After all, doesn't every religion demand the same thing? Smiling comes easily when you know that it can lessen the intensity of a bad planet in your natal chart!
Serving a cause, a sickly person, keeping company with a lonely person, offering solace and comfort to destitutes, emotionally deprived and abused people, being generally kind, helpful etc. nullifies bad planetary alignment and their consequences in one's natal chart.
The following are the best ways to get out of misfortune:
1)Healing a sick person (it could be through Pranic or Reiki, charging a reasonable fee for healing is perfectly alright).
2)Feeding a hungry or an under nourished person.
3)Offering shelter.
4)Keeping company with old and neglected people and orphans.
5) Serving handicapped or terminally ill people.
General patience, kindness, generosity, love and warmth contribute towards enhancing one's fortune in life! Not to mention that optimism and positive thinking literally eradicate doshas from one's natal chart.
This posting started with the lengthy transit of debilitated Mars in Cancer, to enter Leo on May 26th and to stay there till July 20th, 2010. How is it going to be for the 12 moon signs while Mars transits Leo?

Mesha Rasi (transit in 5th house)
(Aswini 4 padams, Bharani 4 padams, Krittika 1st padam):-
Fever, futile and unnecessary worries, if having progeny, anxiety due to them. Misunderstandings and clashes with one's children, strife and jealousy.

Vrishabha Rasi (transit in 4th house)-(Krittika 3 padams, Rohini 4 padams and Mrigasira 2 padams):-
Lack of happiness and peace, loss of position and humiliation. Mother should be taken care of.

Mithuna Rasi (transit in 3rd house)- (Mrigasira 2 padams, Ardra 4 padams, Punarvasu 3 padams):-
Happiness through victory, success and enjoyment. Extremely favourable transit.

Kataka Rasi (transit in 2nd house)-(Punarvasu 1 padam, Pushyami 4 padams, Aslesha 4 padams):-
Loss of wealth, aggressive speech, arguments and quarrels.

Simha Rasi (transit in 1st house)- (Makham 4 padams, Poorva Phalguni 4 padams, Uttara Phalguni 1 padam):-
Dejection and separation from loved ones. Blood impurities and diseases related to the same.

Kanya Rasi (transit in 12th house)-(Uttara Phalguni 3 padams, Hastha 4 padams, Chittha 2 padams):-
Misunderstandings with wife, quarrels and lack of sleep, restlessness of mind, tiresome travels to distant places.

Thula Rasi (transit in 11th house)-(Chittha 2 padams, Swathi 4 padams, Vishakha 3 padams):-
Financial gains, freedom from diseases, gaining properties, contentment and good health.

Vrischika Rasi (transit in 10th house) ( Vishakha 1 padam, Anuradha 4 padams, Jyeshta 4 padams):-
Obstacles in work, tedious works, health problems, generally unfavourable transit.

Dhanush Rasi (transit in 9th house)- (Moola 4 padams, Poorvashadha 4 padams, Uttarashadha 1 padam):-
Humiliation, loss of position, tremendous body weakness, wastage of dhatus in body and energy and dispirited attitude.

Makara Rasi (transit in 8th house)- (Uttarashadha 3 padams, Shravana 4 padams, Dhanishta 2 padams):-
Insults, travel to distant places, loss of wealth, problems due to debts, blood impurities and bodily sickness.

Kumbha Rasi (transit in 7th house)- (Dhanishta 2 padams, Sathabhisha 4 padams, Poorvabhadra 3 padams):-
Loss of conjugal happiness, uterus related problems for women, problems regarding food and clothing, untimely food, eye diseases, misunderstandings with one's family.

Meena Rasi (transit in 6th house)-(Poorvabhadra 1 padam, Uttarabhadra 4 padams, Revathi 4 padams):-
Victory over enemies, freedom from diseases, conducting religious and auspicious functions, gain of wealth, success in all fields, fame, general happiness and enthusiasm. Excellent transit.

Mars being a fiery planet, the results due to its transit in unfavourable houses may sound a little scary, but as long as we know that karma depends upon our actions and that natal charts are ever changeable through attitude and behaviour, there is no cause for worrying!!
P.S:To appease Mars, prayers to Lord Subrahmanya Swami, fasting on Tuesdays and "Angarakam" in Surati are recommended.

While on Mars, the famous saying, "Men are from Mars and women are from Venus" has a contrary functioning when it comes to instant attraction and chemistry between man and woman. It is Venus in the man's chart and Mars in the woman's chart and their respective placements in mutual charts that are given primary importance in determining mutual attraction. Woman's Mars and Man's Venus in conjunction, opposition or mutual squares (kendras) cause deadly attraction and magnetic pull towards each other. In such cases the benevolent aspect of man's Jupiter on woman's Mars safe guards the woman's position, by leading to matrimony in most cases.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Spiritual action!

Above is a photograph of a snowboarderDr. Frederick Lenz's conversations with Master Fwap in "Surfing the Himalayas" are so awe-inspiring, which is not the only reason why I read the book so many times! This book literally transports me to the Divine Himalayas, I can almost feel the air turning chilly around me every time I read it!
Master Fwap is a Buddhist monk who identifies Dr. Frederick Lenz as 'the chosen one' for enlightenment. In all the preachings of Master Fwap, the best one was about the practice of perfection towards 'samyoga' through one's profession or constant job.
According to Master Fwap, in Tantric Buddhism even inanimate objects possess inherent knowledge (which the Buddhists term as 'emptiness'). Buddhist believe that all things, experiences and people are inherently empty! Tantric Buddhism further states that all physical and nonphysical things have another side, a side that is not visible to the senses or accessible to the reasoning mind. This different side can only be known and experienced intuitively by emptying one's own mind of thoughts, judgements and predispotions about life and how it works.
Master Fwap further describes Dr. Frederick Lenz's snowboarding as 'samyoga' ( the act of uniting), in which the action aimed at perfection (of performing the act of snowboarding) synchronises the doer (Dr. Frederick Lenz) and the object (the board) to a state of 'oneness'!
According to Master Fwap, the first step is to allow the action of an activity or an event to take precedence over one's point of view. That is the Tantric Buddhist way. To allow the emptiness inherent within actions and experiences to guide and shape one's choices thereby letting the actions to direct us, the actors, and not the other way around.
The Tantric Buddhist way - before beginning an activity one must always empty oneself of thoughts regarding what is to be done. Then allowing the inherent emptiness within to act as a guide instead of one's ego directing and making innumerable mistakes. One should allow oneself to be guided by the invisible principles of the Universe WITHIN one's actions! At that time there will be a perfect flow of energy in whatever one chooses to do, and there will be a grace and power present in all of one's movements. Tantric Buddhism hails such an act as perfect!

At this juncture, Master Fwap instructs Dr. Frederick Lenz,"Now you will go on your board down the mountain. But first you must make your mind still. Then allow the emptiness within your BOARD to guide you. Let it become your will. Remember, YOU are the BOARD!!! Then your ride down the mountain will be perfect action!"

To achieve the above, the aim should be towards nothing less than perfection! In the quest for perfection, man loses himself in the job at hand to the extent of naturally blending/ merging ('samyoga')with the action as well as the inanimate object he is handling! Many great instrumentalists, engineers, doctors, accountants, carpenters, electricians, mechanics, sportsmen, ......................the list includes everybody belonging to various fields, are eligible for this yoga. The bottom line is to discard ego and turn into the object ( it could be a musical instrument, sports equipment, or any gadget in relation to one's profession) towards which your actions are directed, thereby inducing power of action into the inanimate object, creating the 'samyoga' of the actor, action and the object. It is therefore not surprising that the actions of experts handling various gadgets in different fields are natural and almost involuntary! Such experts take their natural skills for granted without realizing that they have merged themselves with whatever they are handling!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam(wedding chapter 76-84)

Above is a photograph of Bhudevi Sametha Sri Varaha Swami

76)Ithi Sampraardhya Deveyshaha Kuladeyveem Suraarchithaam!
Archayithvaa Vidhaneyna Skandhamalpam Maheepathey!!

Lord Srinivasa followed all the necessary procedures for prayers of the tree which is worshipped by the Divine clan (Devas). After that, He plucked a small branch from the tree...

77)Nikruthya Shirasaa Dhruthvaa Vaadithraanaam Swaneyna Cha!
Poorayannambaram Sarvam Punaha Swasthaanamaagathaha!!

And wore it on His head, and accompanied by auspicious instrumental music, He returned to His throne.

78)Srinivaasaha :
:Saa Kuthra Sthaapyathey Brahman ! Vasishta ! Kuladeyvikaa"!
Vadathyevam Vaasudeyvey Vasishtam Vasudhaadhipa!!

Lord Srinivasa asked,"Vasishta! Where should I place this tree (Samee Vruksham) which is my 'Kula Deivam'? While He asked...

79)Sree Naaradaha:
Varaahasharaney Deyva Sthaapyathaam Kuladeyvathaa!!

Narada said,'Lord Srinivasa, please keep the tree where Lord Varaha is placed!..

80)Yasmin Sthaaney Svakam Dhaama Thathra Thaam Krishna! Poojayeth!
Evam Vidvanmatham Poorvam Nirmitham Parameyshtinaa!!

....As each and everything has a place of its own, it is mandatory to place the Divine tree where it belongs for the purpose of worshipping, as opined by the elders and as decided by Lord Brahma.'

81)Sa Naaradavachaha Shruthvaa Vasishtasahitho Harihi!
Varaahasharanam Gathvaa Vacha Ethaththamabraveeth!

When Narada told as above, Lord Srinivasa, along with Sage Vasishta went to the place where Lord Varaha resided and told Him as follows:..

Prasaadaaththava Govinda!Vivaaham Karthumuthsukaha!
Sahitho Dharayaa Saardham Thvamaagachcha Nrupaalayam!!

"Govinda! I wish to marry with Your blessings and Divine Grace! I invite you and Bhudevi to the residence of Aakaasha Raja..

83)Gurusthvam Sarvalokaanaam Kruthakruthyancha Maam Kuru!
Sreenivaasavachaha Shruthvaa Bhoodharo Vaakyamabraveeth!!

You are the Guru (Acharya) of the entire Universe! I want to fulfill all my duties with you Divine Grace!" Lord Srinivasa spoke reverentially.

84)Sree Varaahaha:
Mama Sthaaney Mahaaraaja! Vakulaam Vidhdhi Mey Sakheem!
Kshethram Pakvam Madeeyam Yath Thasmaanmaam Thyakthu Marhasi!!

Lord Varaha said," Srinivasa! My friend Vakula is already with you! Please do not insist that I should come, as my paddy field is fertile!"

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam(wedding chapter 67-75)

Above are photographs of "Shamee Vruksham" which is the Kula Deivam of Lord Venkateswara and the Pandavas. Also known as Jhand (hindi), Jammi Chettu (telugu), Jambu Maram (tamil) and Prosopis Cineraria (Botanical name). According to epics, Pandavas hid their weapons on the Shamee Vruksham during the last leg of their exile in forest (AGNYAATHAVAASAM).Click to enlarge photos.

67)Thatho Niyukthavidhinaa Dakthvaa Thaambooladakshinaaha!
Vipraanaam Vedavidushaam Thadhaa Mangalavaadinaam!!

Afterwards 'thaamboolam and dakshina' (auspicious gifts like beetle leaves, nuts, vermillion and turmeric along with remuneration) was given to the vedic pundits and musicians who sang auspicious tunes.

68)Dadurdevaa Dhanam Vasthram Vaasudevasya Ye Priyaa!
Thathaha Samaapya Karmaani Shaasthrokthaani Yadhaavidhi!!

The near and dear of Lord Srinivasa presented gifts like cash and clothing to the Lord. After the presentation ceremony, they proceeded with other auspicious rituals.

69)Kuladeivamapruchchaththam Vasishto Vasudhaadhipa!
Sa Thasya Shruthvaa Bhagavaanaaha Vai Munim!!

Sage Vasishta asked Lord Srinivasa, " Srinivasa, Who is your 'Kula Deivam(God of His clan)?"


70)Sri Bhagavaan:-
Vasishta Mama Kalyaanee Kuladevee Smruthaa!
Mamaapi Paandavaanaancha Naathra Kaaryaa Vichaaranaa!!

Lord Srinivasa told Sage Vasishta:" O Vasishta, my clan as well as the Pandavaa clan have "Shamee Vruksham" (jammi tree) as our 'Kula Deivam', there are no second thoughts on this matter."

71)"Kva Chaasthi Sa Dhrumasreshtaha" Ithyuktheygasthya Oochivaan!
Athraivoththaradibhaagey Theerdhey Kowmaarasanjakey!!

When Sage Vasishta questioned regarding the location of "Shamee Vruksham", Sage Agasthya replied that in the Northern direction on the shores of "Kumaradhara Theerdham"...

72)Varthathey Vruksharaajashcha Thathra Gathvaa Thamaanaya!
Agasthya Vachaneynaivam Thathra Gathvaadha Tham Dhrumam!!

Shamee Vruksham could be found. When asked to go there and fetch the tree, Lord Srinivasa who is the incarnation of "Dharma Varaaha" went there...

73)Kruthvaa Pradakshinam Raajan! Bhagavaan Loukika Samaha!
Samshchakrey Shameevruksham Kuladeivam Vrushaakapihi!!

and like an ordinary mortal, the Lord performed the circumambulation and worship of the tree..

74)Sri Bhagavaan:-
Shamee!Paapam Shamaya Mey Shamee! Shathruvinaashini!
Arjunasya Dhanurdhaathri Raamasya Priyadarshini!!

The Lord said:-"O Shamee Tree! Please rid me of my sins! You are the destroyer of enemies! You became the armoury for Arjuna's weapons! You are dear most to Rama!

75)Maatharmey Kuru Kalyaanam Avighneyna Surapriye!
Kalahaha Sarvadevaanaam Raagnyasthasya Cha Nodbhaveth!!

O dear most of the entire Deva clan (Divine clan), please conduct my wedding smoothly without any obstacles. During the wedding, please prevent clashes between Deva clan (Divine clan) and Aakaasha Raaja (father of Goddess Padmavathi)!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Maha Periyava's message!

rAbove is a crown made of Tulasi beads, cardamom and 'lavangam' strewn around and shaped as "OM" (in sanskrit) on it. This is the crown which His Holiness, Pujyasri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi asked me to wear on my head while I performed in His Divine Presence (in Orikkai village, while He was observing Silence) when I was 11 years old.
Kumudam Bhakti
magazine (Issue:-April 16-30,2010) carried my photographs and interview. The interview though well presented had a few gaping holes (obviously due to a communication gap) which I thought I would fill up here.
The interview states that I had been to the Ashram of Paramahamsa Yogananda in Encinitas and I also had His darshan!!!! He had attained liberation in the year 1952,even before I was born!
The article also states that I do not go abroad due to my belief that Hindu Dharma is opposed to flying overseas. This statement is partially true. There was a long period of time (through the best part of the 80s and all through the 90s) when I had simply refused to go abroad as I firmly believed that my living God, Paramacharya was against Hindus crossing the high seas. In the bargain I had even rejected plum offers from abroad inviting me to perform veena. In the latter half of 80s to the best part of 90s, I was frequenting Kanchipuram, involving myself (for a brief period during mid-90s) in the fund raising of the temple that is being constructed for Paramacharya in Orikkai village, near Kanchipuram. In the bargain I had the great fortune of meeting and interacting with renowned vedic scholars and close associates of Paramacharya. In all our conversations, the one thing that struck a chord in me was His objection to Hindus crossing the mighty Oceans. I wondered whether the rule (not to go abroad) applied only to vedic pundits and sanyasis. I even knew of a few staunch devotees who not only travelled abroad frequently, but also raised funds abroad towards the construction of Paramacharya's temple. I was genuinely confused and no matter how much I discussed about this, I could never get a clear and concrete answer whether women and artistes could go abroad. After much introspection, I decided not to accept concerts abroad. My trips to Muscat in early 90s and Berlin, Germany in 2002 for unavoidable reasons were the only exceptions. I had rejected many offers all through till last year, when the mother got the better of the aritste in me.
2009 was the year I rushed to San Diego to be with my daughter, Haritha who works for Qualcomm.
In my interview I had mentioned all about the dreams I had while in San Diego. From day one in San Diego, I had dreamt of saints and great sages. The prophetic dream about Paramahamsa Yogananda got me trailing the path to His ashram in Encinitas (a half-an-hour's drive from San Diego).
I had semi-visions of Sri Vidyaranya Swami while in San Diego and Houston. I was taken aback that all these divine things were happening to me in the US!!!! While I was posting articles on Soundarya Lahari (mantras,yantras and text) in my blog, 'Jasmine Strings' while in San Diego, I had curious dreams of 'Kundalini' rising like a serpent!
The ultimate dawning (that I was all along wrong in believing that Paramacharya was opposed to Hindus going abroad) ascended on me in the form of a prophetic dream!
In my dream, Paramacharya, in His saffrons,smiled gently as He beckoned to me. I was pushing back my two plaits and more keen to play in the sand (which means I was a child of 6 or 7 when I used to wear two braids and loved to play in the sand!) I slowly walked towards Him and He smilingly made me sit on His lap. He started chanting a famous and most powerful mantra and asked me to repeat it. I repeated it and word by word He made me repeat the entire mantra. In between, when I mispronounced a verse, He smiled and asked me "Idu yaaru solluvaa?". I corrected myself and repeated the whole mantra to His satisfaction. I asked Him in english,"how many times should I say this everyday?" He smiled widely as though to a child and told me the number, allowing me to run towards the sand.
When I woke up the next day, I understood the implication of Paramacharya appearing in my dreams while in San Diego. His appearance in my dream not only reaffirmed the fact that He was "Sarvaantharyaami" (Omnipresent), He also let me know through the dream that He was not against Hindus travelling anywhere under the sun! He actually sought His child (myself) in the US to preach me the mantra! I also realized that while I was in India I had never had such powerfully divine dreams almost everyday! From the next day of my dream till today, I recite the mantra everyday as instructed and guided by Paramacharya in my dreams in San Diego.
The Kumudam Bhakti interview mentions my dream without mentioning the crux, that Paramacharya IS NOT opposed to Hindus crossing the oceans to go abroad.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prayers as Affirmations!

Above is the photograph of Lord Vishnu (jalashayanam) at Budhanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal.(This temple has devotees from Hinduism and Budhism sects. The entire idol is carved out of a single stone. This temple is one among the 108 Sri Vaishnavite Divya Kshetrams).
Rhonda Byrnes' "The Secret" is all about the well-known law of attracting whatever we think. OUR THOUGHTS BECOME THINGS! So think positively!!!! Simple but tough! For instance, when someone abuses us right on our faces, we not only have to smile at them warmly in return, the warmth (here is the crux of the matter) has to originate from the bottom of your heart to fill your being, (better still if the warmth overflows!!!!). Now we know how tough it is!!!!!! We would be incensed and nothing would deter us from getting the final word or having the 'last laugh'?!
Modern philosophers and self-help experts (like Louise L.Hay)advise the practice of affirmations for the implementation of positive thinking. It goes like this-
Take a book and pen, sit down to write what you desire the most in present tense (at least 10 times a day).
A few affirmations,
1) I am beautiful
2)I am slim and I have a great body
3)I am surrounded by love
4)Divine energy flows through me to attract the best of people and opportunities.
5)The Universe is my home and everything belongs to me
6) I have a great life
and blah, blah, blah.......

Our "nithya parayanam" of slokas are nothing but affirmations and we know that the phrases mentioned above are no match to the slokas that sing the glories of God!
Whenever a paaraayanam (sloka recitation) is performed, it is important to visualize God in the centre of our heart region. Once this is accomplished, each and every naamam (name) of the ashtotharam or sahasranamam is automatically directed to the divinity within us, thereby strengthening and enhancing the Divine within us ( as consciously visualized and practised by us), transforming our prayer into an affirmation!!
The power of vedic affirmations :-
"Om Vishvam Vishnurvashatkaaro
Bhoothaathmaa Bhoothabhaavanaha!"

(Meaning:1)Vishvam-Universe or cause of Universe orOne who is full in all respects (Om Vishvaaya Namaha)
2)Vishnu-One who permeates everything, One who is inside every sentient and non-sentient being. One who surrounds everything (Om Vishnavey Namaha)
3)Vashatkara-One who controls and directs (not merely permeates)
4)Bhootha-Bhavya-Bhavath-Prabhuhu-The Lord of all things that exists in the past, present and future.
5)Bhootha-Krud-The Creator of all beings.
6)Bhootha-brud- The Supporter of all beings. One who supports all.
7)Bhavaha-He who exists in all splendour, always independent of everything else.
8)Bhoothaathma- The soul or life of all beings.
9)Bhootha-Bhaavanaha-One who nourishes and nurtures all beings He has created.

Sri Vishnu Sahasranama or Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam or the other ashtotharams/sahasranamams (slokas or stothra parayanam like Sri Subrahmanya Bhujanga stothram, Lingashtakam, Soundarya Lahari, Devi Khadgamala, Vinayaka Agaval, Srimad Bhagavatham, Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam, Srimad Narayaneeyam, Bhagavad Githa, Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatham etc. etc.............the list of our rich slokas are endless) if understood and implemented correctly as affirmations (because the Divine is within ) yield results beyond the proportions of nature!!!! It is important to understand that it is God we are invoking here and not merely a few material benefits for the sake of our jivaathma like the english affirmations mentioned above!
Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam combined with Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam are the most mind-blowing affirmations one could ever think of in our present times!
Likhitha japa (written affirmations like "Sri Rama Jayam", Sri Maathrey Namaha" etc. are absolutely potent too!)
If one has the time and energy, 'aakarshana mantras' of Lord Sudarshana or Goddess Raja Mathangi could also be used as written affirmations. The results are absolutely instantaneous and magical!
The western author, Thomas Ashley-Farrand has mentioned many mantras in his book, "Healing Mantras".
For health:
2)Ganapathy Mantra-"OM GUM GANAPATHAYE NAMAHA"(to remove energy blockages and obstacles).
The above two mantras are two examples out of the innumerable mantras given in his book that has mantras for health, wealth, prosperity, peace, joy, love and marital relationships.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam(wedding chapter 58-66)

58)Thadaa Muhoothakaalasthu Darshitho Deivachinthakaihi
Bhooshanaani Svaputhrasya Pouthrasthu Jagadeeshithuhu!!

After that, the divine authorities declared the auspicious time.

59)Yaachayithvaa Mahaaraja! Kubera Madha Saa Ramaa;
Aaadaaya Tham Dadarshaadha Bhagavaanaaha Thaam Nrupa!!

Pleading Kubera for goods, Goddess Lakshmi Devi displayed them to Lord Sreenivasa, and He said....

60)Sree Bhagawan:-
Sambhooshaya Varaarohey! Bhooshanairmaam Varaananey!
Evamukthaa Hasanthee Saa Bhooshanaisthamabhooshayath!!

"O Beautiful One! Please decorate me with those ornaments!" and the Goddess smilingly decorated the Lord as He wished!

61)Peethaambaram Dadhaaraashu Katisoothramanarghyakam!
Swarnairaabharanairvasthraihi Bhooshithasthu Thatho Harihi!!

After the decoration of ornaments, Lord Sreenivasa adorned Himself with 'peethambaram' ('dhothi' made out of pure gold) and invaluable waist bands.Lord Sreenivasa, adorning priceless jewels and golden attire....

62)Kashyapaathribharadwaaja Vasishtaadeen Mahaamuneen!
Namashchakrey Virincheysha Vinuthopi Vidambayan!!

And despite being worshipped by Lord Brahma and the enitre Universe, pretending and behaving like a common man, prostrated to the sages, Kashyapaa, Athri, Bharadwaaja and Vasishtaa!

63)Sandhyaamupaasya Vidhivath Kruthvaa Thaathkaalikakriyaaha!
Vasishtamaahooyovaacha Santhoshodrikthamaanasaha!!

After that, Lord Sreenivasa performed all the necessary rituals to carry out 'Sandhyaavandanam' and summoned sage Vasishta.

64)Sree Bhagavan:-
Munisreshtaa! Vasishtaa! Thvam Uththaram Kaaryamaachara!
Vaasudevavachaha Shruthvaa Vasishto Vadathaam Varaha!!

"O Virtuous sage! Kindly carry out all the necessary auspicious rituals!" thus spoke Lord Sreenivasa, and on hearing Him Sage Vasishtaa..

65)Virachya Vedikaam Thathra Moukthikaishchathurashrikaam!
Sreenivaasaam Prathishtaapyaa Sankalpavidhipoorvakam!!

Seated Lord Sreenivasa on a dais that was decorated with pearls on all four sides

66)Chakrey Punyaahakarmaadha Varayithvaa Dvijanmamaha
Ashtavargam Thathashchakrey Srushtikarthaa Pithaamahaha!!

where the naming ceremony of the Lord was conducted. After the ceremony, Lord Sreenivasa, with the assistance of the brahmin purohiths performed the vedic ritual for marriage known as "Ashtavarga."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sri Venkatachala Mahathyam (wedding chapter49-57)

Above is a photo of the temple in Narayanavanam (35kms from Tirupathi, 95kms from Chennai and 5kms from Puttur, where Lord Venkateswara married Goddess Padmavathy).

49)Rathishachyau Chaamarey Cha Veejayanthyau Sthithey Thadaa
Chchathram Dadhaara Saa Devee Bhaarathee Bhakthisamyuthaa
Paadukey Pradadau Bhadraa Gangaa Gangaapithusthadhaa!!

Rathidevi and Sachidevi holding the fans ('chaamaram') in their hands, fanned gently. Bharathidevi held the umbrella ('chathram') reverentially. The most auspicious Ganga having originated from the Feet of Lord Vishnu, offered footwear to Her Father, Lord Srinivasa.

50)Nidhaaya Paadau Parapaadukaadvaye
Yayau Prapannaarthiharo Harihi Swayam
Yaabhyaam Puraa Paavanathaam Gathaa Muneyhey
Shaapeyna Chaashmathvamupaagathaabalaa!!

Ahalya, who had taken the form of a rock due to the curse of Sage Gauthama, placed both the feet that had cleansed and purified her (relieving her of the sage's curse), in their holy footwear ('padukas').Lord Srinivasa who offers shelter to the needy...

51)Paadukaabhyaam Charan Bhoomim Varaasana Magaadharihi!!

Walking on the planet Earth, seated Himself,decorating the throne.

52)Brahmaadaya Ssurasreyshtaaha Indraadyaaha Lokapaalakaaha
Kashyapaadimunisreshtaaha Vasishtaadithapodhanaaha!!

The divine clan including Brahma, the rulers of the Indraloka (heaven of Lord Indra), great sages including Kashyapa Maharshi, sages known for their penance including Sage Vasishta....

53)Sanakaadyaashcha Yogeendraaha Bhrugvaadyaashcha Rusheeshwaraaha
Aaaryamaadyaashcha Pitharaha Thumburvaadyaashcha Gaayakaaha!!

Yogis such as Sanaka, 'mouneendras' (who practice silent penance) like Sage Bhrigu, the likes of Arya who are the 'pithru devathas' (dead ancestors or departed souls), great singers such as Tumburu..

54)Rambhaadyaashchaiva Narthakyaha Soothamaagadhavandinaha
Upaasathaasaney Ramye Pashyanthaha Purushoththamam!!

Dancers such as Rambha, the 'Soothas'( the race of 'soothas' is highly celebrated in the puranas.They were widely known as the reciters of Ithihasa-puranas like Ramayana, Mahabharatha and the eighteen puranas. They were devoted to the vow of truth), 'maagadhas' (who sing epic poems and ancient ballads), people who praise others for a living....

55)Swaamipushkarineetheerey Dakshiney Pakshivaahanam
Ashtameendukalaakaarey Lalaatey Darpanasphutey!!

All the above mentioned meditated on Purushottama (the best among human race), who was seated on a ruby-studded plank placed in the southern direction of Swami Pushkarini Lake, and on Whose clear forehead , the crescent moon of the eighth lunar digit..

56)OordhvapundramDadhaaraadha Sreenivaasa Ssathaam Gathihi
Thadaaha Kamalaam Raajan! Vakulaa Lokamaatharam!!

formed the symbol of 'Oordhvapundram' ('thilakam' or traditional symbol). The Divine Mother, Vakuladevi addressed Goddess Sridevi,...

57)Rekhaam Rachaya Kalyaani Lalaatey Kunkumeyna Thu
Evamukthaa Devamaathraa Ramaa Kunkumamaalikhath!!

"Sridevi, please decorate His forehead with 'kumkum' (sindoor' or vermillion)". Sridevi followed the Divine Mother's instructions.


RADHASHTAMI - 23rd September, 2023