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.

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Sadasiva Brahmendra Jeeva Samadhi Pictures

Please refer this post below to know about Sri Sadasiva Brahmendra

http://balajipalamadai.blogspot.in/2012/10/sadasiva-brahmendra.html

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.

Samadhi


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.

Songs

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.

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