Friday, September 19, 2014

"Difference between a Sarangi and this Mandolin?" --- Mahaperiyava to Srinivas!

"என் பதினேழாவது வயதில் காஞ்சி மகாப்பெரியவர்

 முன் மாண்டலின் இசைக் கச்சேரி செய்தேன். அது,

 ஆர்வமிக்க ஒருவனுடைய கலை வெளிப்பாடு 

என்று பரிபூரணமாக உணர்ந்த அவர், முழுக் 

கச்சேரியையும் ஈடுபாட்டோடு ரசித்ததோடு, 

‘நீ வாசிக்கற இந்த மாண்டலினுக்கும் சாரங்கிக்கும்

 என்ன வித்தியாசம்?’ என்று கேட்டு விவரம் 

தெரிந்துகொண்ட எளிமை இருக்கிறதே, அதைச்

 சொல்லால் விவரிக்க முடியாது.

என் மாண்டலினைத் தொட்டு, பெரியவர் 

ஆசிர்வதித்த அந்த சம்பவத்தை நினைக்கும்போதே

 என் மன நெகிழ்ச்சி கண்களில் நீராகப் பெருகும். 

அவர் அளித்த ஸ்படிக மாலை என் மார்பில் 

நிரந்தரமாக வாசம் செய்கிறது."

"When I was seventeen years old I was fortunate to play the mandolin in the august presence of Kanchi Mahaperiyava. His Holiness fully discerned the mandolin notes to be the expression of an art enthusiast and listened to the entire kutcheri with complete involvement and joy.

"What is the difference between a Sarangi and this Mandolin that you play?", He asked me after the concert.

What struck me indelibly was the child like enthusiasm and simplicity with which HH got to 'know' the details from me in the conversation that ensued. Something which cannot be described with mere words!

Not only that, He blessed me by touching the mandolin with His hands. Just thinking of that incident sends me into raptures, tears streaming out! And the Spatika chain (made of crystals) that He gave me resides in my Heart permanently!"


Yes, even now.

Srinivas was honoured as Asthana Vidwan of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Oct 1, 1990.

Tamil article courtesy of Thanks a ton to for the picture of the Spatika chain with a Shiva lingam.

Srinivas was born on February 28th in the year 1969.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Soundarya Lahari in the divine voice of HH Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal! (please click this link to download the mp3 onto your device)

In Deivathin Kural Kanchi Swamigal has expounded the meanings of the verses by plumbing the deepest of depths, just an astonishing bhashyam it is. And He goes on to say, "If anyone can give a different interpretation (different to what I have said) to the verses, then nothing can make Me more happpier!".  Goes to reveal the towering height of humility in Him, His unsurpassable love for Ambal and His supreme bhakthi and respect for His Guru Adi Shankara.

This is quite a powerful sthothram, with each of the 100 verses laden with a specific benefical effect. So let us take a resolve to memorize it and chant on Fridays.

In time for a blessed Navarathri to you all.

Song courtesy of 'Kamakoti Kamakshi' who had posted it in youtube.

The topmost picture is that of the golden chariot of Kamakshi Amman in a procession in Kanchi.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

"Oh God! Something happened!"

"You see, there is a village Kilpennathur near Thiruvannamalai. Near that is another village called Mekalur. Some people used to feed this Beggar many many years before. There is a tank. Some advocates from around were there. We were all talking and laughing!

This Beggar asked, "When is Paramacharya coming?"

He was coming in palanquin already and was there in 5 or 10 minutes! Oh God! This Beggar was talking and laughing!

Paramacharya had a dip in the tank. He chanted a mantra and made people repeat it and did Surya Namaskar. He prostrated to the Sun God. Then He suddenly moved to... there is a Navagraha temple... He went round that and reached Srinivasa Iyer's place where He was staying.

Oh God! Something happened! This Beggar slept!... (Smile) Just as it happened with J. Krishnamurthi!

Then Paramcharya's voice came loudly, "Um... Um...!""

*** This Beggar slept --- This implies that HH Yogi Ramsuratkumar went into the the state of Samadhi.

Bhagavan now looked around and smiled in that sweet way of His, which drew smiles all around. Again Bhagavan closed His eyes for a few minutes.

The last two sentences were spoken by Ma Devaki in 1992.

The above incident with Paramacharya happened in 1948 and was narrated by HH Yogi Ramsuratkumar to His disciple Ma Devaki and others in 1992.

Typed the whole thing from Ma Devaki's diary.

Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Yogi Ramsuratkumar

Jaya Guru Raya!