Swami Vivekananda on Concentration

on Monday, December 17, 2012

"Concentration is the essence of all knowledge, nothing can be done without it. Ninety per cent of thought force is wasted by the ordinary human being, and therefore he is constantly committing blunders; the trained man or mind never makes a mistake. When the mind is concentrated and turned backward on itself, all within us will be our servants, not our masters. 

The Greeks applied their concentration to the external world, and the result was perfection in art, literature, etc. 

The Hindu concentrated on the internal world, upon the unseen realms in the Self, and developed the science of Yoga. Yoga is controlling the senses, will and mind. The benefit of its study is that we learn to control instead of being controlled. 

Mind seems to be layer on layer. Our real goal is to cross all these intervening strata of our being and find God. The end and aim of Yoga is to realise God. To do this we must go beyond relative knowledge, go beyond the sense-world. The world is awake to the senses, the children of the Lord are asleep on that plane.

 The world is asleep to the Eternal, the children of the Lord are awake in that realm. These are the sons of God. There is but one way to control the senses — to see Him who is the Reality in the universe. Then and only then can we really conquer our senses.

Concentration is restraining the mind into smaller and smaller limits. There are eight processes for thus restraining the mind.

 The first is Yama, controlling the mind by avoiding externals. All morality is included in this. Beget no evil. Injure no living creature. If you injure nothing for twelve years, then even lions and tigers will go down before you. 

Practise truthfulness. Twelve years of absolute truthfulness in thought, word, and deed gives a man what he wills. Be chaste in thought, word, and action. Chastity is the basis of all religions. Personal purity is imperative.

 Next is Niyama, not allowing the mind to wander in any direction. 

Then Âsana, posture. There are eighty-four postures: but the best is that most natural to each one; that is, which can be kept longest with the greatest ease. 

After this comes Prânâyâma, restraint of breath. Then Pratyâhâra, drawing in of the organs from their objects. 

Then Dhâranâ, concentration. 

Then Dhyâna, contemplation or meditation. (This is the kernel of the Yoga system.)

 And last, Samâdhi, superconsciousness. 

The purer the body and mind, the quicker the desired result will be obtained. You must be perfectly pure. Do not think of evil things, such thoughts will surely drag you down. If you are perfectly pure and practice faithfully, your mind can finally be made a searchlight of infinite power. There is no limit to its scope. But there must be constant practice and non-attachment to the world.

 When a man reaches the superconscious state, all feeling of body melts away. Then alone does he become free and immortal. To all external appearance, unconsciousness and superconsciousness are the same; but they differ as a lump of clay from a lump of gold. The one whose whole soul is given up to God has reached the superconscious plane."


Bharathi's Birthday Today

on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chinnaswami Subramanya Bharathi (Tamil: சின்னசுவாமி சுப்பிரமணிய பாரதி) (December 11, 1882 – September 11, 1921) was a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as Mahakavi Bharathiyar (Tamil: மகாகவி பாரதியார்), he is a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry.

Born in Ettayapuram in 1882, Subramanya Bharathi studied in Tinnevely and worked as a journalist with many newspapers, notable among them being the Swadesamitran and India. Bharathi was also an active member of the Indian National Congress. In 1908, an arrest warrant was issued against Bharathi by the government of British India for his revolutionary activities forcing him to flee to Pondicherry where he lived until 1918.

Bharathi is considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets of the modern era. Most of his works were on religious, political and social themes. Songs penned by Bharathi have been widely used in Tamil films and Carnatic Music concert platforms.

Bharathi on Feminism

Bharathiyar advocated greater rights for women. His verses called Prem for women and put a premium on their education. He visualised a modern Indian woman at the vanguard of society. He was of the strong opinion that the world will prosper in knowledge and intellect if both men and women are deemed equal.
Poetic extract - (The new age women will learn many intellectual texts. They will set the base for many scientific discoveries that facilitate human life. They will expunge all backward superstitions in the society. They will, all the same, be devoted to God and present all achievements of mankind as a tribute to God. They will earn good name from men.)

Bharathi on Caste System

Bharathi also fought against the caste system in Hindu society. Although born into an orthodox Brahmin family, he gave up his own caste identity. He considered all living beings as equal and to illustrate this he even performed upanayanam to a young harijan man and made him a Brahmin. He also scorned the divisive tendencies being imparted into the younger generations by their elderly tutors during his time. He openly criticised the preachers for mixing their individual thoughts while teaching the Vedas and the Gita.
சாதிகள் இல்லையடி பாப்பா!-குலத் தாழ்ச்சி உயர்ச்சி சொல்லல் பாவம்; நீதி உயர்ந்த மதி,கல்வி-அன்பு நிறை உடையவர்கள் மேலோர்.
(There is no caste system. It is a sin to divide people on caste basis. The ones who are really of a superior class are the ones excelling in being just, intelligent, educated and loving.)

Later years and death

He was badly affected by the imprisonments and by 1920, when a General Amnesty Order finally removed restrictions on his movements, Bharathi was already struggling. He was struck by an elephant at Parthasarathy temple, Triplicane, Chennai, whom he used to feed regularly. Although he survived the incident, a few months later his health deteriorated and he died on September 11, 1921 early morning around 1 am. Though Bharathi was a people's poet and a great nationalist, outstanding freedom fighter and social visionary, it is a recorded sad fact that there were only 14 people to attend his funeral.
he delivered his last speech at Karungalpalayam Library in Erode, which was about the topic Man is Immortal.

Some poems by Bharathi

Praying to Mother Godess!

Should all my wishes be fulfilled
Should I wish only that is good!
Should I possess a heart that is strong
So should I acquire a knowledge devoid of doubts
All my sins
like the mist before the sun
In your graceful presence
disappear should all they be! O! Mother!

Made a good Veena, will I throw it for waste?
Please tell me oh goddess siva sakthi – you have created me with this bright wisdom.
Will you give me strength, to live my life useful to this world?
Oh Goddess please tell me, or will you let me become a burden to this earth on which I stand upon.
Please give me a body which can sing in praise of you even when it is hurt with burnt.
Give me a faultless mind, and a life that will light up every day.
I asked for a steady confidence, and do you have any objection in granting me this.

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Dog's Love for Sri Ramana Maharishi

on Thursday, December 06, 2012

A diseased dog was trying to enter the gates of Ramanashram daily for 3 days. Other dogs and some Ashram people kept driving it away. One night Bhagavan slowly walked out of the hall without disturbing anyone. The person attending him thought he was going to the bathroom and followed him at a distance. After a couple of minutes, when Bhagavan did not return, he went looking for him and heard Bhagavan’s voice saying “Thrupthiyachaa?” “Podhumaa ?” (Is it enough ?, Are you satisfied?). He found Bhagavan squatting next to the diseased dog. The dog was licking Bhagavan all over his body including his face while Bhagavan was talking to the dog with these words. After a few minutes, Bhagavan got up and slept on the cot without bothering to clean himself. 

Next day morning, the Ashramites found the dog lying dead near the entrance. The dog was holding on to its life to have Bhagavan's Darshan.

Tribute to the heroes of 26/11

on Monday, November 26, 2012

Tribute: The 26/11 heroes who laid their lives for Mumbai

26/11, a date remembered in infamy, forever etched into India’s consciousness. An attack so brazen, that a country was left reeling in shock for days afterwards. But amongst the chaos, there emerged stories of incredible heroism in the face of terror, where it proved that despite the best attempts of those who would seek to destroy it, the spirit and nobility of humanity would always shine through.

Assistant Sub- Inspector Tukaram Omble:

Ex-Army man Tukaram Omble was a casualty of the Mumbai attacks, giving his life to ensure the survival of his men and the capture of the sole, surviving gunman, Ajmal Kasab.

Omble was on duty on the night of the attacks and was ordered into position on Marine Drive, following the attack on the popular Leopold Café nearby. Minutes after taking up his position, he and his team engaged the terrorists, who were attempting to make their escape in a hijacked car. Omble reportedly gave chase to them on his motorcycle, armed with only a lahti.

As the attackers approached a barricade, Omble maneuvered his motorcycle to force the attacker to swerve and hit the dividers. With the terrorists distracted, Omble charged them down and attempted to wrestle Kasab's weapon from him. During the struggle, Kasab managed to fire of several rounds which struck Omble in the abdomen. Collapsing, Omble used his body as a shield to prevent his team being shot. He managed to hold onto the gun and bought enough time for his colleagues to kill the other terrorist in the car and capture Kasab alive, thereby saving their lives and the lives of countless others.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram Omble was posthumously awarded the Ashoka Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award for his services to the nation.

Hemant Karkare, Vijay Salaskar & Ashok Kamte:

The head of Mumbai's anti terrorism squad, Karkare is regarded as a legend in the Mumbai police force, forging a reputation as being extremely honest and forthright. Formerly a member of India's Research and Analysis Wing, Karkare was the lead investigator in a number of high level cases, including the 2008 Malegaon blasts, which alleged the involvement of Hindu extremist groups. This placed him under severe criticism from various political parties, who claimed that the investigations were flawed.

On the night of the attacks, Karkare was at his residence when he was informed about the attacks at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. He immediately left for C.S.T with his bodyguards and driver to take charge of the situation there. On several news channels, he was shown donning a bullet proof vest and helmet, in preparation for leading the counter attacks on the terrorists.

C.S.T was found to be deserted as the terrorists had moved on to the Cama and Albless Hospital, near the Azad Maidan police station. Relocating there, Karkare teamed up with SPI Vijay Salaskar and AC Ashok Kamte.

SPI Vijay Salaskar was a renowned encounter specialist who was the head of the Anti-Extortion Cell in Mumbai. He was reportedly responsible for the killing of 75-80 criminals. Amongst his most famous cases, was his pursuit of the former Mumbai don, Arun Gawli, currently an MLA.

AC Ashok Kamte was a highly decorated police service officer who was also an accomplished athlete, who had represented India in the junior power lifting championships in Peru in 1978. Kamte was renowned for being an excellent negotiator in crisis situations and for being a secular officer, equally loved by Hindus and Muslims alike, as evidenced by the huge turn out for his cremation.

At the Azad Maidan police station, the officers boarded a Toyota Qualis, and in the company of four constables, proceeded to the hospital. Five minutes into their journey, they were ambushed by two gunmen with AK-47's, who poured fire into the men trapped in the Qualis. The three officers were killed instantly, despite their protective apparel, and the constables at the back where helpless as the bullets flew into them. Constable Arun Jadhav, the sole survivor of the attack, was helpless to do anything as the terrorists dragged the dead and dying men out of the car while he lay wounded on the road.

Following their deaths, all three men were awarded the Ashoka Chakra in recognition of the sacrifices they had made. However, in recent months, controversy has arisen over the deaths of the officers, with media investigations alleging that the protective equipment given to them was substandard and barely usable. A proper investigation has not been launched due to the mysterious disappearance of Karkare's 'bulletproof' vest, which has led to suspicions of improper conduct by the higher powers and suppliers.

Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan:

The major was a member of the elite National Security Guards, within the Indian Army. A popular officer, he was known for his bravery and determination in the face of overwhelming odds. During Operation Vijay in Kargil, Major Unnikrishnan led a team of six soldiers in establishing an observation post 200 meters from the enemy, while coming under direct fire.

During the Mumbai attacks, Major Unnikrishnan was the team commander of 51 Special Action Group commandos, who were deployed at the Taj Mahal Hotel to flush out the terrorists hiding in there.

Locating the terrorists on the third floor, the Major led a team of 10 men into the hotel, where the found the men holed up in a room with women being held as hostages.

In the ensuing firefight, one of the commandos was hit and severely wounded, Major Unnikrishnan arranged for him to be evacuated before continuing onwards, regardless of his own safety, chasing the terrorists, who had fled to another floor. In the encounter that followed, he was ambushed and shot in the back, succumbing to his injuries.

His funeral was held with full military honors in Bangalore, where thousands lined up to pay respects to the soldier who had paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country. However, his funeral unwittingly caused further controversy, with no representative from the Kerala government present. Attempting to save face, Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan called on the Major's family. However, his father refused to meet them and asked them leave, sparking off a war of words between him and the Chief Minister, which invited further criticism and controversy. Major Unnikrishnan was posthumously honored with the Ashoka Chakra.

Rajan Kamble, Nitin Minocha and Karambir Kang:

The three are all members of the staff of the Taj Mahal Hotel and are credited with saving the lives of hundreds of guests.

Karambir Kang is the General Manager of the hotel, who personally supervised the evacuation of hundreds of guests and staff, to ensure that as many lives were saved as possible. What makes this feat even more remarkable is that Karambir did all this, while battling the grief of losing his own wife and two young children in a fire on the sixth floor of the hotel, at the start of the attacks.

Nitin Minocha is a sóus chef at the Golden Dragon restaurant at the Taj. He is believed to have saved over 200 people from death, by leading them to The Chambers and to safety. During the evacuation of the guests, he helped organize the staff and ensure that guests were protected as they were removed from the building. During this, he was shot twice in the arm, with one bullet shattering the bone, and six other employees lost their lives in the terrorists' attacks.

One of the slain was Rajan Kamble, a member of the hotels maintenance staff, who selflessly gave his life to save a Mangeshkar couple. During the evacuation, as the terrorists attacked, the gunfire lead to panic amongst the guests, and Kamble ushered his group back into The Chambers, shielding them with his body. He was shot in the back, with the bullets perforating his intestines, leaving him to bleed to death. The Mangeshkar couple, doctors themselves, did everything they could to save him, trying to staunch the blood flow and push the intestines back into place with makeshift bandages and bed sheets, but he succumbed to his injuries.

These are just a small number of the people who risked their lives over those three days so that others could live. There are dozens of stories of unspeakable bravery and courage that have yet to be told or even uncovered. But as time goes by, more and more stories are being uncovered, ensuring that India never forgets the events of one of the darkest days in its history. The sacrifices made by these ordinary people are poignant reminders of the truth in the words of an unnamed survivor, 'love is stronger than terrorism...'...it truly is.

Source: India Syndicate

Thiruvannamalai Deepam Festival

on Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tiruvannamalai (Thiruvannamalai) is a world renowned temple town in TamilNadu which is synonym to deepam(fire). Here Shiva (Arunachaleswar) is worshipped in the form of fire. This temple city is located about 180 kilometres from Chennai or when accessed from Vellore it is around 80 kilometres by road.

It is believed that this temple on the foot hill of Annamalai hill came to be built around 750 A.D. period as per the details available from archeological sculptures. It is the biggest temple in India dedicated to Lord Shiva.

This Shiva – Parvathi Arunachaleswarar temple has a 66 metre high gopuram that comprises of 13 storeys or tiers.Here Shiva is known as Annamalayar in the form of Lingam and Parvathi known as Apitakuchambal. This term Annamalayar is derived from the name of the hills Annamalai that means an inaccessible mountain.This sthala has been inhabited by many great saints and poets who have sung many poems on Lord Shiva.

Among the many saints. Saint Ramana Maharishi is believed to have lived here for about fifty years till his death in the year 1950. The Ashram of this Saint is located on the hill Arunachala that is located on the western side of this town.Tiruvannamalai has many meditation and research centres attributed to siddha medicine. 

Reputed siddha yogis have lived here to offer their services to cure many ailments for all the sick people who came seeking for treatment. This place also proves to be a apt place for a break with good yoga centres available here in plenty.As in most hindu temples Lord Arunachala temple has the biggest walking path around the hill.

Devotees are expected to go around the hill at least one time to reap the full benefit and the blessings of the lord. Going around the hill is also known as Girivalam or Giripradhakshana. At Tiruvannamalai it is great sanctity to go girivalam during every full moon day of a month or during the annual Tiruvannamalai deepam day.
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The Man who moved a mountain

on Sunday, October 21, 2012

My wife, Phalguni Devi, was seriously injured while crossing the hill to bring me water; I worked then on a farm across the hills. That was the day I decided to carve out a proper road through this hill,” he told us.
“My love for my wife was the initial spark that ignited in me the desire to carve out a road. But what kept me working without fear or worry all those years was the desire to see thousands of villagers crossing the hill with ease whenever they wanted.When I started hammering the hill, people called me a lunatic but that steeled my resolve.” 

- Dashrath Manjhi

Almost five decade ago, a landless farmer Dashrath Manjhi from Gahlor Ghati, of Gaya (a district of Bihar) resolved to end the difficulties of his villagers by shouldering a near impossible task of slitting a 300-feet-high hill apart to create a one-km passage.

His village would nestle in the lap of rocky hills for which villagers would often face gigantic troubles for crossing small distance between Atri and Wazirganj, the outskirts of Gaya town. He started hammering the hill in early 1959 in the memory of his wife, who could not be taken to the nearest health care center on time for the immediate treatment as the nearest road that connected them to the city was 50km long.

He knew his voice will not create any reaction in the deaf ear of the government; therefore, Dashrath chose to accomplish this Herculean task alone. He sold his goats to purchase chisel, rope and a hammer. People would call him mad and eccentric spirited with no idea of his plans. Unfazed by his critics’ discouraging remarks, Dashrath hammered consistently for 22 long years to shorten the distance from 50km to 10km between Atri and Wazirganj. The day came when he stepped through a flat passage — about one-km long and 16-feet wide — to his dream, ‘the other side of the hill’.

After this impossible accomplishment, Dashrath Manjhi became popular as the ‘mountain man’. On August 17, 2007, he breathed his last after fighting cancer at New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. 

The government attempted amends by giving him a state funeral on August 17, 2007 — but, as he well knew, it is his work for the love of his life- Phalguni that will live on longer than any honor.

Today, the villagers have nothing but gratitude for Gaya’s “Mountain Man”, known almost universally now as Sadhuji.

Dashrath Manjhi belonged to Bihar’s Musahar community, regarded as the lowest among the state’s Scheduled Castes. While other Dalits in Bihar had at least some land rights under the erstwhile Zamindari system, the Musahars never enjoyed any such. Nearly 98 percent of the state’s 1.3 million Musahars are landless today. Not even one percent of them are literate, which makes them the community with the country’s lowest literacy rate. For many of them, the day’s main meal still comprises roots, snails or rats, from which the community’s name is derived.

After Manjhi completed his road, he worked tirelessly for the betterment of his community. Among his other efforts, he managed to persuade nearly 50 Musahar families of his village to settle on government- granted land, although most of them were unwilling to leave their old homes. But when Manjhi started living on the allotted land, the rest followed suit. This new settlement is now known as Dashrath Nagar. Manjhi’s other efforts have been less successful. Despite his herculean feat, the Bihar government has given him only token appreciation and insincere help.

Himself landless, he made a petition once for property on which to build a hospital. Then chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav allotted him a five-acre plot in a village called Karzania — the people of the village never allowed him to take possession as they were using the land as a grazing ground. More recently, the Bihar government recommended Manjhi’s name for the Padma Bhushan. This never materialized, nor did Nitish Kumar’s promised support for a road Manjhi wanted from Wazirganj to Gahlaur. Government sources say the forest department had refused permission for the road, claiming that Manjhi had violated regulations by cutting away at the hill without the department’s permission. The Padma Bhushan was reportedly denied to Manjhi because of claims made by certain quarters in the bureaucracy that he did not actually carve out the hill road single-handedly. The villagers who benefited from his labor were outraged at these reports.

Where was the forest department sleeping all these years when Sadhuji was creating history to help thousands of poor villagers? We have seen him from our childhood, hacking at the hill day and night as if he were possessed,” said Raj Kumar, a 30- year-old Gahlaur resident. But Manjhi was unfazed. “What I did is there for everyone to see. When God is with you, nothing can stop you,” he told us as we left. “I will keep working for the development of the villages here so long I am alive. I am neither afraid of any punishment from any government department for my work nor am I interested in any honor from the government.” Brave words, but perhaps only what one would have expected from the man.

Sources : http://www.successstories.co.in,

Sadasiva Brahmendra Jeeva Samadhi Pictures

Please refer this post below to know about Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra


Exclusive Jeeva Samadhi Pictures of Sri Sadasiva Brahmendrar from Nerur. 

Sadasiva Brahmendra

The Adhisthaanam (holy resting place) of Shri Sadashiva Brahmendra, an enlightened saint who lived about 350 years ago and composed many scholarly treatises on philosophy and also devotional songs on Rama, Krishna etc.

Sadasiva Brahmendra was a great saint and composer of Carnatic music and an Advaita philosopher who lived near Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu during the 18th century. He composed mainly in Sanskrit. Only a few of his compositions have survived but they are recognised as great compositions of Carnatic Music.

Early life

Sadasiva Brahmendra was born to a great pandit named Moksha Somasundara Avadhani. He prayed to Rama and Krishna while his wife Parvathi prayed to Shiva. As a result their son was named Siva Rama Krishna.

Right from his birth, he proved himself different from other people. He had vairagya which reached its zenith in his youth but as typical parents, his parents assumed that he would behave perfectly normal after he was united in wedlock. He tried to oppose, but he had to yield ultimately to their persuations, being a dutiful son. He was married at the age of seventeen.

Siva Rama Krishna could not change after his marriage as his parents assumed. The vairagya and a quest for knowledge continued to be deep rooted in him. In the mean while his wife matured and their first night was arranged on a grand scale in his in-law’s house. Siva Rama Krishna was very hungry. He stood at the door step of kitchen and pleaded. ‘I am hungry. Will you serve me food ?’ He was asked to wait for some time. He insisted I am terribly hungry. I don’t require delicious meal. Serve me a simple meal. That’s enough!’ ‘Oh! just wait. You don’t have to wait too long. Don’t step in, stand there.’ ‘These words were spoken by his own mother-in-law.

A turning point in life comes in a split second and quite unexpectedly. ‘Don’t step in, stand there, ‘The innocent casual words of mother-in-law conveyed a deeper message.’ Don’t step into Gruhastasram. Stand outside and seek knowledge was the implied message. The human beings who could not satiate his hunger, how will they quench his thirst for knowledge? That decided his fate. The next minute he shot out of the house like an arrow. His relatives couldn’t trace him. How can they when he is in search of the infinite knowledge?. Sadasiva Brahmendra, from childhood, was not attracted towards the materialism of life and became the disciple of Paramashivendra Sarasvati. He was so wise that he could win anyone in argument and debate. A few scholars who lost arguments with him turned against him. They went and complained to the Guru that he has pride which is not good for a practising student. His Guru asked him to be silent. He took it as a command and remained as a silent saint for the rest of his life.

Saint and his miracles

On River banks of Cauvery in Mahadhanapuram he was asked by some children to be taken to Madurai (more than 100 Miles away) for an annual festival. The saint asked to close their eyes. A few seconds later they were asked to open their eyes and were in Madurai. After the festival they all came back to the banks of cauvery the same way.

He used to be in trance most of the time. Once he was found to be in the middle of the river meditating when suddenly a flood covered him. People thought that he would have been drowned. After many months when the flood subsided, they found the saint in the same posture meditating.

He was a brahma-jnani who sees nothing but brahman everywhere, he would not distinguish between the different human figures which cross his path nor would he be distracted by the sights or noises that his environment may present to him.

 It was in this state of trance that he was walking along and once walked into a Nawab’s harem. The news reached the nawab, he had his men cut off both his hands. He was walking along silently as if nothing had happened. The nawab got scared, picked up the hands that had been severed, ran to the Sage and offered them in total remorse. The sage stopped his walking, the severed hands were restored to their place. The nawab begged the saint for guidance and he wrote on the sand " Dont do what you want to and then you may do what you want". The nawab rightly understood this to be a guide to mastery of the ego and is said to have evolved highly.


At Nerur, Brahmendra resolved to shed his body. He gave directions as to how his Samadhi should be raised. On the appointed day, he sat in the pit in the yogic posture. It was filled with sacred ash, camphor, salt, turmeric powder and powdered brick and covered. As per Brahmendra's prediction, a bilva shoot sprouted on the ninth day and a Banalinga arrived from Banaras on the twelfth day. A linga, was installed twelve feet away from it. The bilva tree was left exposed to the sky. Brahmendra's aradhana coincides with Sankara Jayanti. A second samadhi exists behind the sanctum of the Anandavalli Somanathesvara temple in Manamadurai. A third samadhi was said to exist in Karachi, now Pakistan, and was located in the twentieth century before partition.


He is the author of several Sanskrit works including Advaita rasa manjari, Brahma tattva prakaashikaa and Yoga sudhaakara. He also wrote several Carnatic compositions to spread the advaita philosophy among common people. His compositions are quite popular and can be heard frequently in Carnatic concerts. Some of these are Bhaja Raghuviram (raga Mohanam), Bhajare Gopalam (Hindolam), Manasa Sancharare (Sama) and Pibare Ramarasam (Ahir bhairav)

Sources : Wikipedia

Man of the Millennium

on Saturday, October 20, 2012

Mr.Kalayanasundaram worked as a Librarian for 30 years. Every month in his 30 year experience(service), he donated his entire salary to help the needy. He worked as a server in a hotel to meet his needs. He donated even his pension amount of about ten lakh rupees to the needy.

He is the first person in the world to spend the entire earnings for a social cause. In recognition to his service, the American government honored him with the ‘Man of the Millennium’ award. He received a sum of Rs 30 crores as part of this award which he distributed entirely for the needy as usual.

Moved by his passion to help others, Super Star Rajinikanth adopted him as his father. He still stays as a bachelor and dedicated his entire life for serving the society.

Realizing Self

Question: You say one can realize the Self by a search for it. What is the character of this search?

Bhagavan Ramanar: You are the mind or think that you are the mind. The mind is nothing but thoughts. Now behind every particular thought there is a general thought, which is the `I', that is yourself. Let us call this `I' the first thought. Stick to this `I'-thought and question it to find out what it is. When this question takes strong hold on you, you cannot think of other thoughts.

Question: When I do this and cling to my self, that is, the 'I'-thought, other thoughts come and go, but I say to myself `Who am I ?' and there is no answer forthcoming. To be in this condition is the practice. Is it so?

Bhagavan Ramanar: This is a mistake that people often make. What happens when you make a serious quest for the Self is that the `I'-thought disappears and something else from the depths takes hold of you and that is not the `I' which commenced the quest.

Question: What is this something else?

Bhagavan Ramanar: That is the real Self, the import of `I'. It is not the ego. It is the Supreme Being itself.

Vallalar Birthday Today

on Friday, October 05, 2012

Vallalar was born in South Arcot district , at a village called Maruthur, located near Chidambaram. His father Ramaiah Pillai was a village Munsif, and his mother was Chinnamayar. He was born on 5th October 1823 as a 5th child to this noble couple.

Once a great Saint came to Chinnamayar for some food. She served him with a great respect! Pleased with the service of Chinnamayar, the saint offered her noble ash as Prasadam and blessed her saying "You shall very soon have a son like me born onto you". It is said that the saint was Lord Siva himself. After receiving the noble ash, Chinnamayar had Vallalar as her 5th child!

They named him after Lord Siva as Ramalingam.

When he was 5 months baby, his parents took him to Lord Nataraja's temple in Chidambaram. The 5 month old Ramalingam laughed towards Lord Siva and waved his hands towards the deity. The temple priest assured the parents that the baby was a sacred child of Lord Nataraja.

When Ramalingam was 6 months baby, his father passed away! His brothers Sabapathy and Parasuraman took charge of running the family.They settled in Madras after the demise of their father. Ramalingam, at the age of 5, was put into school. The elder brother Sabapathy kept teaching him tamil verses too.. But Ramalingam gave very poor attendance to school and seemed absolutely uninterested in academic progress.

Sabapathy was very angered and thought of giving him a serious punishment and he ordered his wife not to allow him to take his meals thereafter. But his wife (named Pappathy) was too kind and noble lady kept on feeding Ramalingam during Sabapathy's absence. As on a day, the memoir of Ramalingam's father's demise, everyone including all the poor people had free gift of food. Ramalingam is the only person to have his food. 

His sister-in-law, Pappathy burst into tears and requested Ramalingam to put an end to all this and live the life of a good regular student. Ramalingam promised her that he would prove to be a deityful student from theron. He also requested her to allot a room upstairs for his private lonely study.

In his room upstairs, one day Ramalingam had a spectaculr view of Lord Muruga in the mirror.
Ramalingam's elder brother Sabapathy would often visit the residence of Somu Chettiar, a rich merchant who lived in Lingichetty street, Madras. He used to deliver spiritual discourses to a huge audience gathered there. Once, Sabapathy could not able to attend to deliver speech due to his illness. He sent Ramalingam to report the matter. The audience there requested him to substitute his brother and he started to speak. His performance was so excellent and the audience admired him very much. All the eager listeners pleaded Ramalingam to deliver the lectures thereafter. When the news reached Sabapathy, he couldnot believe himself and came to listen his brother's speech. He was astonished by his lecture.

By listening to Ramalingam's lectures, many rich people offered him gold and money. In order to please those rich people, he would accept all the gifts but he threw away them into a near by pond.
In 1850, Ramalingam was married to his sister's daughter Dhana Kosthi merely to satisfy his family members. But the wedding night was spent by Ramalingam in a strange way. when the bride and bridegroom were allowed to sleep together, Ramalingam started reading Thiruvasakam written by Manikkavasagar. The whole night was spent in this way.

He then departured from his family and left Madras. He chose Chidambaram for his next residence.
He attained a state of blissfulness of Immortality. He felt that religion, caste, creed and such diversities are great barriers to man. He felt disillusion of vaidik cult of spiritual ceremonies. He tried his level best to put an end to the vaidik domination in the temple of Chidambaram. The vaidik priests of the temple did not allow him to putforth.

His physical body was transformed into divine light. Vallalar cured the diseases of the two wives of Vettavalam Zamindar. The Zamindar and the people in and around Vadalur offered their lands for the construction of Samarasa Sudha Sanmarga Sathya Sangham at Vadalur. He constructed DharmaSaalai - house for feeding the poor and GnanaSabhai - the temple of true wisdom. On 23rd May 1867, DharmaSaalai was inaugurated and the Gnana Sabhai was dedicated to the public on 25th January 1872 with the star poosam representing the day.

Vallalar lit the lamp with the help of water in Venkat Reddiar's house in Karunguzhi while Reddiar's wife forget to keep oil for the lamp in his room. On 18th April 1972, in Mettukuppam, he wrote ArutPerum Jyothi Agaval in a single night. It explain-es about his whole transformation. The first Sanmarga Flag was hoisted at Mettukuppam on 22nd october 1873 and offered Perupadesam on the same day at Mettukuppam - Sidhivalagam.

On 30th January 1874, Friday at midnight Vallalar locked himself inside the room at Mettukuppam - Sidhivalagam and ordered his disciples not to open the door until they get the next message. If the door was opened before with the pressure of govt, there will be seen nothing!

Later, the government ordered to open the door. when it was opened, there was seen nothing except ArutPerum Jyothi. It clearly indicates that Vallalar had transformed into grace light! Also, in his last words he said that from then, he will enter into all the physical bodies of the universe.

The cardinal tenets of Vallalar's teaching are enumerated here in  a brief manner:

1. There is but one God for all.

2. He is in the form of Supreme Grace Light and is to be worshipped in this form.

3. Worship of minor and sacrificial offering by killing animals is forbidden.

4. Meat eating is forbidden.

5. Differential treatment to persons on the basis of their different religions should be removed.

6. Caste distinctions should be abolished.

7. Recognized the right of Universal kinship of all souls, one must treat all living creatures with loving care, holding all life as par with one's own life.

8. The path of compassion, alleviating the suffering and the hunger of the
'have nots' is the one and only key to salvation.

9. Mythologies and scriptures (Purana and shastaras) cannot reveal the final conclusive truth.

10. A general broad and liberal outlook is required in all matters, all round.

Somebody should bell the cat!

on Friday, September 21, 2012

Somebody should bell the cat!
By Dr. Mrs. Hilda Raja

I know about World Vision personally because many of my students were recruited to work in it. But invariably at the interview the question which they asked is about “evangelisation”. Even a friend of mine who had applied for a chartered accountant post in response to an advertisement, was asked not of his professional and knowledge skills but about evangelisation. He came home and shared this with me and wanted to know if World Vision was a purely a development organization or one for evangelisation. Poor fellow does not know that development is the cover up for its evangelisation.

At a public meeting I raised this issue in Chennai. I had even responded to Mani Shankar Iyer who stated that to his knowledge there is not a single Christian development agency involved in evangelisation. I reacted to that by citing the case of World Vision. It was published in the papers. I can cite quite a few examples. World Vision will not recruit a single non-Christian, no matter the competence. They will not even recruit a Catholic because they do not trust the Catholics.

They once offered one of my Catholic students a job provided she leaves the Catholic church and joins in a Protestant church. She did convert because she was in dire need of a job for financial support. Two Brahmins were converted to the Protestant church and placed in high official positions.

In fact World Vision looks out for Brahmin converts to make them show pieces. These head the various departments which is highly remunerative. This is my own micro-level first hand knowledge. So what will it be on the all India level?

World Vision has a narrow, myopic vision of the world where their main agenda is evangelisation. The government of India must be aware of it. I have been always advocating for a ban on foreign funds. China, France and so many countries will not tolerate what India not only tolerates but even abets. The fight against terrorism will be futile unless and until foreign funds for “development” are monitored and banned.

About the Author:
» Dr. Mrs. Hilda Raja is a retired professor of social sciences from Stella Maris College, Chennai (Madras). She is Roman  Catholic by religion and an outspoken critic of religious conversion as it is practiced by Christian missionaries in India.

Take, for instance, World Vision New Zealand’s report (4 September 2002) on the funding of ADP in Dahod, Gujarat. Under the head, “spiritual development” the report states:

“Held a vacation Bible school for 150 children from different villages. The children participated in games, Bible quizzes, drama and other activities. Organised a one-day spiritual retreat for 40 young people and a children’s Christmas party. Each of Dahod’s 45 villages chose five needy children to attend the party.” In Dumaria, Banka district, eastern Bihar, “the ADP supports local churches by running leadership-training courses for pastors and church leaders.”

In India, World Vision projects itself as a “Christian relief and development agency with more than 40 years experience in working with the poorest of the poor in India without respect to race, region, religion, gender or caste.” However, Tehelka has in its possession US-based World Vision Inc.’s financial statement filed before the Internal Revenue Service, wherein, it is classified as a Christian church ministry. In any case, its mission statement is self-explanatory:

“World Vision is an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in working with the poor and oppressed, to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the Good News of the Kingdom of God.”

My Comment:
I am not against any religion, but I hate the conversion which happens in the name of Religion!! God save my country !!

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