Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sama Vedam chant by Melattur Veda Patashala students!

Thanks to Shri Halasya Sundaram Iyer for this precious Sama Veda chant by the Veda Patashala Students in Melattur.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Adi Shankaracharya’s statue work to commence from August 26, 2017 in Madhya Pradesh!

Metal collection campaign for the massive statue of Adiguru Shankaracharya will begin from August 26 on Rishi Panchami. Collection yatras will begin from Adiguru Smriti Sthals of Madhya Pradesh. All the yatras will culminate at Omkareshwar. This unanimous decision was taken on Thursday at a Vimarsh Sabha of seers in the presence of Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

The ‘Vimarsh Sabha’ was organised at the Tribal Museum’s community hall. Swami Prabodhanand Saraswati, Swami Vishnudutt Bourasi, Swami Raghavendradutt Maharaj of Chinmayanand Mission, Public Works Minister Rampal Singh and Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa were also present on the occasion.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that State Government is making efforts to reach out Adiguru Shankaracharya darshan to the masses and to inspire people to follow his path by setting up his huge statue. Adiguru Shankaracharya has done the work of uniting India culturally. Adiguru connected the country from all four directions in such a manner that the country cannot break up or scatter. He said that the country is indebted to Adiguru for its form today. He said that Adiguru Shankarachaya’s darshan will give a feeling of peace to the humanity soaked in the fire of materialism. Adiguru gave human beings a feeling of perfection. If everyone accepts that there is the same chetna in all, all enmity, hatred will end. All conflict and upheavals will end. The whole world will become one family.

The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Acharya Sabha for acceptance of the responsibility of the campaign by the seers. He said that the campaign will be such an amazing event in the hands of the seers community that it will fill the entire state with creativity and spirituality. He informed the seers about the programme in which 6 crore saplings will be planted on coming July 2 and invited them in it.

He told them that development, construction works and environment protection is government’s responsibility. State Government is working with this feeling. Rivers in the state will not be exploited for sand anymore. After adequate discussion, arrangement for scientific mining will be made. 
The mining model will be changed after bidding. Mining will be done by women and youth self-help groups through human labour. Government will control sale of sand. The profit from sand trade which untill now was going to a few coffers will now reach the poor man’s hut. He said that state is leading in the implementation of Prime Minister’s programmes. First two clean cities of the country are from the state. Out of total 100 clean cities of the country, 22 are from Madhya Pradesh. The state is moving ahead of Punjab, Haryana in filling up food storages in the country.

Good work is being done in rural development. Mahamandeleshwar Jagadguru Swami Avdheshanand Giri said that Adiguru has spoken about Atma not Dehdharma. It is the soil of Madhya Pradesh that has turned boy Shankar into Adiguru Shankaracharya. He said that Omkareshwar should become the centre of Vedic education. Workshops and Lecture series should be organized here. Arrangements to teach Mathanamayaha and Vyavasthayen should be made. He said that Neer se hi Narayan hai (Where there is Water, there is God). No campaign or venture like Narmada Seva Yatra has been initiated for the last 100 years for river conservation. He said that other states should also follow the initiative of the state government. The state’s spiritual vibes, energy and vigour should be for the welfare of the whole country.

Acharya Sabha co-ordinator Swami Parmanand Saraswati said that Adi Guru has done the work of bringing religious culture and spiritualism to the fore. In accordance with this Omkareshwar should be accorded a new identity. It should become a centre of research based knowledge which can remove the myths of Hinduism. Save religion. Acharya Sabha is eveready to develop organized Hindu Chetna. Swami Hariharanand said that he is overwhelmed with the efforts of the state government to revive Indian culture. Narmada Seva Yatra is an exemplary effort of the fulfillment of satya-kartavya. Swami Akhileshwaranand stressed on the need to co-ordinate the organisational structure at the district, division and state level for implementation of the campaign. He said that a guidance team be formed at the state level. Principal Secretary Culture Manoj Shrivastava informed about the project.

The campaign is a public movement of cultural unity. He said that the construction of Adiguru Shankaracharya’s statue with public participation is a unique work of its kind in the world. No such statue of any philosopher has ever been constructed with public support in the world. He said that memories of Adiguru Shankaracharya is associated to the state. Public awareness yatras will be started at these places under the campaign. Chief Minister Chouhan and the guests dedicated the CD of the campaign song and Chaturmath game during the Vimarsh. Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi sang Adiguru’s creation Gurupadashtam. There was a group performance of the campaign song written by Mahesh Shrivastava.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Making of Sri Sankara Vibhuthi (Holy Ash)!

Vibuthi being made at a Karaikal unit. 

Cow is seen as a goddess of wealth. So ‘goshalas’ are set up in temples but the ‘goshala’ at Sri Kasi Viswanathaswamy Devasthanam at Melavanjur, established in 1892 by the Sri Sankara Mutt in Kancheepuram, has taken up a series of activities.

Production of ‘vibuthi’ Holy Ash using cow dung, got at Goshala, has been a major activity. The gosala has about 50 animals - 10 calves, 10 bulls and 30 cows. About 10 kg of dung is got from each animal every day and it is converted into two kg of ‘vibuthi’, says its administrator, B. Ganapathy Subramanian, who is an auditor.

The cow dung, rolled into balls, is collected and dried up. The balls get heated up when the purest form of ‘vibuthi’ is got. It is filtered before being packed as ‘Sri Sankara Vibuthi.’ There has been a growing demand for this quality vibuthi and the returns have been so encouraging that the Sri Sankara Mutt does not receive any donation for maintenance of this gosala, says Mr. Ganapathy Subramanian.

On an average, he could market 800 kg of ‘vibuthi’ to its customers - mostly religious institutions and temples such as Sri Gnaananda Ashramam at Thapovanam near Tirukoilur and other temples in Hyderabad and Kasi.

He says that value-addition in cow dung would fetch attractive returns and he has been imparting training on making ‘vibuthi’ to a number of unemployed youth in the nearby area. The product is free from any adulteration and is in its purest form. It is sold through the Sri Sankara Mutt’s branches all over the country.

His wife, Bharathi, who has been coordinating the programme, says that there has been a growing demand for the quality ‘vibuthi’ and the cow dung should be utilised optimally.

The returns from the sale of ‘vibuthi’ has been quite adequate to meet the expenditure for maintenance of the gosala, wages for workers and other overheads, he said, indicating that the cows could be best utilised as a means for promoting rural economy.

The Devasthanam, in its another service, has been exchanging old cows from farmers in the vicinity and gives them healthy and lactating ones. “Under this programme, we ensure that the farmer gets an assured income. The farmer should give calves of his new cow to the Devasthanam,” he adds.

There has been a strong case for raising fodders.


Source: The Hindu

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mahaswamigal Jayanthi in Boston, US on June 3rd, 2017!

Mahaperiyava's Jayanthi will be celebrated on June 3rd, 2017 in Sri Kalikambal temple in Boston, US at this address:15 N Main St, Bellingham, MA 02019-1551 Phone: (508) 966-8332

Please see above flyer for more details.

Those nearby, please do attend and be blessed.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Poems composed on Mahaswamigal by a devotee in 1939 and 1961!

1) First screenshot --- மஹா பெரியவர் மீது தாத்தா இயற்றிய சித்திரக்கவி இது. Arvind Swaminathan's grandfather Shri Swaminatha Sharma had composed this poem on Kanchi Mahaperiyava sometime in the 1950s or 1960s.

2) Second one from the top --- Song composed by Shri Swaminatha Sharma on Mahaperiyava on the the occasion of Vyasa pooja in the year 1961, August 6th.

3) Last one --- Another poem composed by Shri Swaminatha Sharma on Swamigal on June 6th, 1939.

Shankara. How precious these are! And how beautiful they are to even look at!

So sorry that I am unable to translate them to English, for those of you who cannot read Tamil. Please bear with me on the poor quality of the pictures too.

Thanks a ton to Shri Mohan Ramiah for running this by me.

Russians chanting Sri Rudram!

Thanks to Sriram Kovvali for this precious video.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Sringeri Shankaracharyas visit Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram!

His Holiness Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal, the 36th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri Sharada Peetham, and HH Shankaracharya Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamigal the 37th Sringeri Shankaracharya arrived in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday May 16th, 2017 evening.

His Holiness Sri Bharati Tirtha Swamigal, the 36th Jagadguru Sankaracharya of Sringeri Sarada Peetham, concluded His three-day visit to Rameswaram on Thursday May 18th, 2017. The Peetham has ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram.

The Shankaracharya, who is on a ‘Vijaya Yatra’ of the State of Tamil Nadu since May 2, arrived on the island on Tuesday to a warm welcome.

He was accompanied by the 37th Sringeri Shankaracharya HH Sri Vidhushekhara Bharati Swamigal. Priests and temple authorities, led by Raja N Kumaran Sethupathy, temple thakkar, S. Selvaraj, Joint Commissioner, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department, and K. Mayilvahanan, assistant divisional engineer of the temple, received the pontiffs with poornakumbham as They entered the island at Kaattupillayarkoil.

The Senior Jagadguru performed abishekam to Sri Ramanathaswamy at the sanctum sanctorum and aradhana to Ambal Paravathavardhini on Wednesday May 17th, 2017.

On Thursday morning, the HH Vidushekara Bharati Swamigal performed special puja at Dhanushkodi and took a holy dip in the sea. In the evening, They offered darshan to devotees in Ramanathapuram before proceeding to Aruppukottai.

The Jagadguru is visiting the temple after six years. He last visited the temple during His previous ‘Vijaya Yatra’ in 2011, Mr. L. Narayanan, manager of Sringeri Mutt, said.

The Shankaracharya, who had graced the kumbabhishekams of Sri Ramanathaswamy temple in 1975 and 2001, did not attend the Maha Kumbabhishekam performed on January 20, 2016, after a disagreement with temple authorities over the date of the ceremony, Mr. Narayanan said.

The Karnataka-based Sringeri Peetham built two rajagopurams at the southern and northern entrances of Ramanathaswamy temple, fulfilling a long-cherished dream of devotees.

The Peetham had also built a granite Mangala Gopuram in front of Amman sannadhi.

Source: The Hindu.