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Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:


Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:

Om Namo Narayanaya:

Submitted at the lotus feet of Shree Guruvayoorappan, Krishna


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Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:
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Hare Rama Hare Krishna!

Om Namo Narayanaya:
Editorial
Dear GuruDevs,

We skipped the Member of the Month this time to feature “Navaneetham Event of the Month “. Featured event is
a new Guruvayur temple in Houston, Texas. Please see the details towards the end of Navaneetham. We will
continue the member of the month feature in future issues, please write to gvreditor@gmail.com with your
member of the month suggestions or your own biodata to be profiled in Navaneetham.

As we are getting ready for the Ramayana Maasam next month with Karkkidakam, I like to remind everyone
about the Ramayanam audio we have on Guruvayoor.com for your listening pleasure. You will find solace in
Sukuamrji's melodious voice.

We are working on another wonderful project to have “Guruvayoorappan Kathakali” video online at
Guruvayoor.com. We will upadate you in a couple of weeks if not days.

Samashta Loka sukhno Bhavanthu!! May everyone in the whole universe be happy!

Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya: Om Namo Narayanaya:

– Sunil Menon

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The Samputa method

COURTESY:'GITA JAYANTI' By SRI SWAMI SIVANANDA


Submitted by Balagopal

At the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, the holy and auspicious Gita Jayanti is observed every year on a grand scale:

All the aspirants wake up at 4 am and meditate on the Lord. From sunrise to sunset there is unbroken recitation of the
Gita. The Samputa method is used, that is, before and after each verse the following Samputa is recited:

"Sarva dharmaan parityajya maamekam sharanam vraja;


Aham twaa sarvapaapebhyo mokshayishyaami maa shucha."

Thus, between two verses, this verse is recited twice. This is an extremely efficacious method of earning the Grace of the
Supreme Lord and the Gita, the Mother.

Aspirants fast on the day, as it is also the Ekadashi day. Competitions are held among the little children, to develop their
talents in the recitation of the Gita. In the case of the slightly older children, they are given a chance to deliver discourses.
This is a wonderful way of encouraging them to study the scripture.

In the evening, a special Satsang is held at which scholars, Yogis and Sannyasins discourse upon the Gita. Leaflets,
pamphlets and books containing the teachings of the Gita, as also translations of the holy scripture, are distributed.

Take a resolve on Gita Jayanti that you will read at least one discourse every day. Recite the fifteenth discourse before
taking your meals. This is done at the Sivananda Ashram.

Keep a pocket-sized edition of the Gita with you at all times. Mark a few verses in it which inspire you. Everyday, while
you wait for your bus or train, or whenever you have a little leisure, pull out the book and read these verses. You will be
ever inspired.

May you all lead the life taught by the Gita! May the Gita, the blessed Mother of the Vedas, guide and protect you! May it
nourish you with the milk of the ancient wisdom of the Upanishads!

Glory to Lord Krishna, the Divine Teacher! Glory to Sri Vyasa, the poet of poets, who composed the Gita!

May his blessings be upon you all!

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OHM NAMO BHAGAVATHE VASUDEVAYA:


WHY WE WORSHIP GOD?

M P R Nair.

Principle of God or Iswara Tatvam:


We worship God because we have Bhakthi or love towards God. Bhakthi really means remembering
always God. ‘Swaswaroopa sathanam Bhakthi.’, meaning discovery of one’s own soul (atma
swaroopa) is Bhakthi. All the other rituals are only the ways and means to reach that goal. The
realization of God in oneself is Jnana. It requires ‘Vairagya’, hesitation towards excessive worldly
pleasures. Realization of Brahman or Self-realization, requires Bhakthi, Jnanam and Varagyam.
‘Sadhakas’ by repeated ‘Sadhanas’, like repetition of God’s name and constant prayers with austerities
in all its sacredness and sanctity, become ‘Sidhas’. At that stage, God becomes the same as man. But,
it is not an easy task to become a Sidha.

Isavasya Upanishad says:


“Om Isavasyamidam sarvam yatkiñca jagatyam jagat |
tena tyaktena bhuñjitha ma grdhah kasyasvid dhanam..”…., meaning:

Isam (the One God) is present (inhabits) here everywhere; the entire universe is covered by the
Supreme Being;live a happy life in this world, enjoy your existence; and do not suffer.
“Ulppathimcha vinasham cha , bhoothanam agathim gathim
vethividyam avidyam cha savachyo Bhagavan ithi”

It is another definition of God.


“ Thathathvameesvara: sakshath paramathmethi geeyathe
Thadeva jeevasamjnamsyath samkhaathopadhi samyutham”
meaning, the principle of God is that, it is the Absolute Truth which is non dual, Unique and Indivisible
(Ekam and Aparischinnam). It is ‘Paramathma’ or Iswara or Sat-Chit-Ananda. The same exists in
various forms and names in different living beings.

In the Vishnu Purana (6.5.79) Parashara Rishi defines Bhagavan as:


aiśvaryasya samagrasya vīryasya yaśasaḥ śriyaḥ
jñāna-vairāgyayoś caiva  ṣannāḥ bhaga itīṇganā”, meaning-

strength(Potency); fame, wealth, knowledge, beauty, detachment. Ithi shannan iva Bhagavan
Sruthi, refers to God as ‘Brahmam’; Smrthi, as ‘Paramathma’ and Puranas, as ‘Bhagavan’. They are all

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the same; the great ocean of boundless mercy and grace. God alone is the Reality. HE flourishes
ubiquitously. His Power is quite unlimited and there is no other power in the world to control it. In no
time it can access the peak of the highest mountain and the depth of the deepest sea and cause
explosion there. No one can predict its actions. Only a very small fraction of His power is given to us,
the whole living beings. As His creations, we owe him worship to replenish His power. Love leads the
Devotees to God. He is Transcendent, Immanent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. HE is
not an object; HE is the Subject, the only one subject. Our Sanathana Dharma teaches us that there is
Divinity in anything and everything. Worshipping God through Bhakthimargam is proved to be easier
than Karmamargam and Jnanamargam. The saying goes that ‘Manthramoolam gurorvakyam..’, and
hence a S`at-Guru can help facilitate Self-Realization. Also, Adi Sankara re-iterates that ‘Isvaro
gururatmeti ...’ , meaning, God is the same as Guru and Self. A Sat-Guru can therefore make us
‘Adhikari’ for God-Realization, which is the ultimate purpose of human birth.

Meeting a S`at-Guru:
I had the fortune of having Darshan of H.H. Sree Maharanyam Muraleedhara Swamiji of Madhurapuri
Ashram, Madras. It was a quite unique experience that ever remain fresh in my memory. The Ashram
was like Vrindavan, every inch of it was permeated with the sublime presence of the Lord. The place
was exquisitely beautiful. It was almost surrounded by mountains. On one side of the Ashram, beautiful
and healthy cows along with their sweet calves were seen grazing freely. It really defied description.
The atmosphere echoed with sweet and melodious ‘Akhandanama Sankeerthan’. On the other side of
the Ashram, we found Tulasi plants, like a little dense forest amidst various kinds of other flowerings
plants. Reaching closer, devotees were seen reciting Hare Rama keerthan, while perambulating
around a tall and shining lighted brass lamp, near a most beautiful and effulgent vigraha of Lord
Krishna, in a big and grand prayer hall. Devotees were deeply immersed in singing the Lord’s name
and playing musical instruments according to its tune, while they were walking. My joy and ecstasy
knew no bounds; I felt that I was in some heavenly world. Unknowingly within seconds we were also in
that stream of devotees, singing His glorious names.
The Veda Patasala on one side of the Ashram, like that we heard of in ancient Nalanda and
Thakshasila, attracts special attention. The Sanctum Sanctorum there, is known as ‘Namadwaar’,
being followed in the same way as those of Chaithanya Maha Prabhuji of the 15 th centuary. Swamiji
has started many such Namadwaars at different places in various parts of India and they are all
functioning perfectly well with increased attendance of devotees, day by day. A long cherished desire of
Swamiji was materialized here in America at Manvel, Houston, when the Mayor inaugurated the first
Namadwaar, outside India on Sunday, 28 th February, 2010. The Namadwaar is a power house of Divine
Prayers, for universal peace and harmony by the manifestation of the power of Divinity in each
individual through the very simple path of chanting the Divine Name. Prayers to the Almighty from time
immemorial are most powerful; they will never go in vain. More things are wrought by prayer, than this
world dreams of. Prayers, powered by the Divine names, are extra ordinarily powerful. All our ancient
scriptures extol this fact in unequivocal terms. We are really fortunate and blessed for partly being the
instrumental inspiration in the enlightening process of as many people as possible.

The existence of Universe:


We are watching these days that the most modern Science is coming to agree that it is because of the
transformation of the Supreme Power that the Universe exists. The processes of Creation, Sustenance
and Dissolution are taking place on a regular basis on account of this Supreme Power. Most modern
books of Science like ‘Hyper Science’, ‘…After Einstein’ etc. are throwing light on this unknown Power
and more and more researches are on the way finding out the truth in our old adages of the yore, and
those in our Ancient Scriptures. I am sure that even if all the great Scientists of the world try together,
they cannot even create a tiny ant, not to speak of man, the number one miracle of His creation. But,
the all embracing power of God, binds everything in the world together, since it is equally related to
everything alike. The God is not in heaven, He is within our reach, very near to us, in us, around us,
and we can touch and feel Him, if we can overcome the delusion or Maya, His own creation, between
Him and us. Who knows it is not His protective shield, for His own self-defense. I don’t know.

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The purport of Temples:


Temples are constructed following ‘Tantrasamuchayas’, also compromising between sacred and
spiritual ideals, worldly, secular and local restrictions. They are intended to limit and accommodate at
first a fraction of the Power of God therein, with the help of ‘Agama Sastras’ etc., physically and
mentally into various units, so that people can access and enjoy the blessings of that Supreme Power,
more easily, than to stand aghast at its manifestly voluminous, invisible and invincible form. It is for our
comfort and convenience that temples are made, installing there Moorthy or Moorthies in lovable forms,
of the Supreme Consciousness, obeying the rules of Vastu, and also combining with pragmatic
concerns. The various Moorthies are made inter connecting mutually their names and forms for us to
concentrate our attention in worshipping them in front of us. They are often divided and given separate
assignments of the affairs of our day to day life, like for removing hindrances Lord Ganapathy, Lord
Dhanwanthari Moorthy for curing diseases, Lord Maheswara for ‘Ayur dosha’, and Lord Maha Vishnu
for peaceful life etc.The temples turn our static piety into dynamic spirituality, when it becomes a
Sanctum-Sanctorum, by appropriate rituals and sacred observances as per temple rules. The
effulgence emerging from the ‘Sreekovil’ of such a temple, makes us enjoy the immeasurable and
inexplicable experience of bliss of ecstasy of devotion to God. Worship of God, in its proper
perspective, establishes Divine Presence in abundance there, and it enables the Divine Energy within
us to manifest itself, besides granting favors by Him. It is laid down in our Scriptures that idols of gods,
worshipped in our temples are considered as the incarnations of the chosen deities of devotees or
personal gods. They are known as ‘Archavatharas’ of God, as different manifestations of the
BRAHMAN. The more we worship properly, the more will be the Divine Grace there, and that is why
we experience the impact of saturated Devotion by having Darsan at Guruvayoor, Sabarimala,
Chottanikkara, Vadakkum-Nathan etc; they are oceans of Devotion while many temples are like
tributaries, rivers, backwaters and the like. “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudha Vadanti..”, meaning, the
Universal Reality is the same , but different people call it by different names.
They are worshipped by people using elaborate rituals prescribed in the ‘Agama Shastras’. The idols
thus become ‘Moorthies’, with full Divine Presence in them and then they lavishly shower blessings on
true Devotees. It is like, there is water on earth, but in order to get it for drinking without contamination,
we want a good well or tap or the like. There may be milk all over the body of a cow, but we could get it
only through its udder. A fan can give you breeze, only when it is switched on, and the like. The temple
is the LKG for learning Bhakthi.

The easiest Bhakthi Marga:


Satsangs bring together the similarly placed souls for common worship, service, charity,
education and culture. Satsang is like nectar. It is precious. As water diminishes when we drink it, we
have to replenish the deficiency of the Divine Power, by mantra-sakthi and restore the grace, always to
the brim.
In ‘KaliSantharanopanishad’, writen about 5000 years ago, it is laid down that, at the end of Dwapara
Yuga, when Brahmarshi Narada asked Lord Brahma, as to what could be done for salvation in
Kaliyuga, Brahma gave Narada, the following mantra: (This is the one Swamiji uses in all his
Namadwaars):-
“Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare,
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare,”
and said that by the mere recital of this Mahamantra, consisting of 16 times the holy names of the Lord,
man gets relieved from all the evils of Kaliyuga and that he could not find any other way to get-rid of the
miseries, though he searched all the four Vedas. Sage Narada then asked Lord Brahma, ‘Lord, what
are the rules to be observed for reciting this Mahamantra? ‘. In reply Lord Brahma said ‘There are no
special rules to be observed for reciting this Mahamantra; it can be chanted by any one at any time,
without regard to purity or impurity and anywhere and everywhere. They are really ‘manthrastras’,
meaning arrows of manthra, perfectly fruitful, if hit at the target. It will definitely hit if done with Divine
Providence and dedication

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After giving us all Vedic Scriptures, Brahmarshi VedaVyasa said that he had searched all Sastras and
finally found out that the very essence of all Sastras is to worship Lord Narayana, through
Namasankeerthan, for real salvation in this age of Kali. Our Scriptures also tell us ;
‘Dhyanal krite; yanjai; tretayam; dwaparerarchanad,
Yadapnoti, tadapnoti, kalou sankeerthya Kesavam’, meaning,
for getting Salvation, meditation was the way in Krita Yugga or Satya Yuga; Yanja or sacrifice was the
way in Treta Yuga; Archana or worshp of idols was done in Dwaapara Yuga. Namasankeerthan is the
only way to achieve moksha in Kali Yuga. All our Scriptures exhort us for Namasankeerthan in this
KaliYuga.
In the 11th Canto (ekadasa skanda) in Srimad Bhagavatha, it is written: ,
“Namasankeerthanam yasya, sarva papa pranashanam
Pranamo dukha shamana: tam namami Harim param’. ,
that is, prostrate unto that Supreme Power Sree Hari, the singing of whose Divine names, obliterates
all sins, and paying respects to whom attenuates all the sorrows of the world. Namasankeerthanam
causes inner transformation.
Bhagavat Gita re-iterates that Jnana is the highest state in life. As such, how can one attain the highest
state by merely chanting the Lord’s Divine names? Our Swamiji answers the question simply quoting
from the Gita itself as;
‘Swalpamalpasya dharmasya, trayate mahato bhayat’, meaning;
even if you perform the smallest Dharma, I will protect you from the worst fear. Smallest dharma is
really Namasankeerthan, and ignorance or ajnana, is the worst fear and enemy. Annihilation of anjana
is verily, Jnana.
All famous Philosophies of great Sages like that of Madhvacharya, Ramanujacharya, Sankaracharya,
Sri Vallabhacharya, etc. teach us the importance of reciting Nama or God’s name. God is love and our
hearts should abound in unconditional love for God. We should believe in God, as a fish believe in
water.

Sharanagathy:
God or Deva has Grace and Effulgence. Only complete surrender to God or ‘Sharanagathy’, is easiest
way to realize the fullness and grandeur of His love. God is the only reality; the only Truth. One cannot
but sing His glory, because we are all parts of the God - individual units of microcosms of the huge,
voluminous and indefinable Macrocosm. The Supreme Power is Brahman, the Paramatma, and it is
infinite. It is the all pervading Consciousness. We are jeevatmas, the infinitesimals; the relation is like
that of an ocean and a drop of water, thereof. If Brahman is fire, jeevatma is a spark, therein. The
union of jeevatma with Paramatma or the Jeevatma-Paramatma aikyam, or Pindandam merging with
Brhmandam or the Microcosm becoming one with the Macrocosm, is the ultimate aim of our birth and it
will be repeated until the last life exists. Only God, the Supreme Truth is perennial; everything else is
ephemeral. Sanathana Dharma, the perennial wisdom, makes it clear to us. We should try to
concentrate on things which last long, for only it could give us permanent joy. So, we should
concentrate on God. The higher the soul evolves the more spiritual the understanding becomes, until
rapport with the Divine Spirit is attained. This is atonement and it makes a man perfect. For making
easily eligible to be loved by God, we must remain grateful, humble, patient, generous, show response,
be motivating, be brave in all our actions, be disciplined in prosperity, spread good ideas, fetch name,
fame and reputation to the family and to the country by dedication to work, be intuitive, and also have
patience, persistence, perseverance, and providence.

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What, if we negate God:


If we negate or contradict, God, He will not punish us.

Srimad Bhagavatham says (11-2-37):

“ Bhayam dwiteeyabhiniveshata: sya – deesadapetasya , viparyayo smrti:

tanmayayato budha aabhajetham, bhaktyaika yogam Gurudevatatma.”, meaning:

one who turns away from God, loses his real self and falls a prey to the erroneous belief due to His
Maya and believes that the body is the self and finally he is endangered and he himself will be put in
troubles and ruined at the end. No one can save him.

Whom can we emulate in Bhakthi?:

In Bhakthi and Worship, we can emulate the example of Bhaktha Hanuman.

“Deha drshtya tu dasoham, jeeva drshtya tvadamsaka:

Vastutastu tvamevahamiti me nischitamati:”, meaning,

Apparently, I am your servant, but really I am your jeevamsa, and in that sense you and I are the same.

The inter relation between Bhagavan, Bhakthi and Bhaktha is the real Bhagavatha Dharma, which we
should follow invariably, for a meaningful and peaceful life.

(nairradhakrishnan@hotmail.com)
Pearland,
14th June 2010.

‘Subham’

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SHATPADHEESTHOTHRAM BY SANKARACHARYA
Dr. Saroja Ramanujam, M.A., Ph.D, Siromani in sanskrit.
3.sathyapi bhedhaapagame naaTha thavaaham na maamakeenaH thvam

saamudhro hi tharangaH kvachana samudhro na thaarangaH

Even though there is no difference between you and me in reality, I am yours but you are not in my control. The waves are
controlled by the sea but the ocean is not under the control of the waves.

According to the sruthi text 'thath thvam asi' the self is identical with Brahman. So Sankara says that the real ' I ' is the Lord
only, who is the inner self of all, from the visishtadvaita point of view also. Then there is no difference between you and me
in reality, says Sankara, I am you , aham brahmasmi. But, speaking as a devotee he says, "I am yours but you are not in my
control. " The waves are in the ocean and controlled by the ocean but the ocean is not controlled by the waves because it can
exist even without the waves whereas the waves cannot exist without the ocean.

The Lord says in the Gita, "mathsThaani sarvabhoothaani na chaaham theshvavasThithaH, all beings are in Me but I
am not in them." Then He says "na cha mathsThaani bhoothaani paSya me yogamaiSvaram. But they are not in Me, see
my all pervading power." This means, the Lord is all-pervading like the aakaasa but not attached to them in any way. This
idea is expressed here that the sea controls the waves in the sense that the very existence of the sea is responsible for the
waves but the sea is not affected by the waves in the sense that the existence of the sea does not depend on the waves.

4.udDhrathanaga nagabhidhanuja dhanujakulaamithra mithraSaSi dhrshte

Dhrshte bhavathi prabhavathi na bhavathi kim bhava thiraskaaraH

Oh Lord who upheld the mountain and who is the younger brother of Indra, foe to the clan of asuras, who is having the Sun
and the Moon as the eyes, When you, with lustre are seen, will there not be disappearance of the samsara?
The Lord is the one who lifted the Govardhana mountain as Krishna and was born to Kasyapa and Adhithi as the younger
brother of Indra in Vamanavathatra because of which He is known as Upendhra. He proved to be the enemies of asuras in all
His incarnations. Sun and the Moon are His eyes, meaning, He is fierce liektneh Sun to the enemies of His devotees whereas
He is cool like the Moon to His devotees, oozing nectar of mercy from His eyes. WheHe is seen by the devotee in his mind's
eye, His lustre drives put the ills of the samsara like the darkness dispelled by the Sun and the Moon.

In this sloka the poetic fervour of sankara is illustrated in the usage of words.

udDhrathanaga nagabhidhanuja dhanujakulaamithra and

bhavathi prabhavathi na bhavathi kim bhava thiraskaaraH

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Geeta Dhyanam

Veena Nair
Ajnash-chaashraddha-dhaanashcha samshay-aatmaa vinashyati;
Naayam loko’sti na paro na sukham samshayaatmanah || 4.40 ||
The ignorant, the faithless, the doubting self proceeds to destruction; there is neither this
world nor the other nor happiness for the doubting.

Up until the previous verses Krishna had been emphasizing that one who has complete faith and devotion and engages in
persistent efforts, would in due course of time gain knowledge of the Self- knowing which one remains in bliss always. In
this sloka, Krishna now reiterates the same point but making the assertion in the reverse fashion – one who does not
have faith and devotion would in due course of time be completely destroyed. Swami Chinmayananda explains that even
if one doesn’t have a deep spiritual understanding of spiritual matters, one must have the willingness to be open and the
readiness to attempt to study the scriptures. Those who are constantly in doubt and engage in intellectual exercises
without the willingness to practice and undertake sincere sadhana will not have any happiness or peace, neither in this
life, nor hereafter.

Yoga-sannyasta karmaanam jnaana-samcchinna-samshayam;


Aatmavantam na karmaani nibadhnanti Dhananjaya.||4.41||
He who has renounced actions by Yoga, whose doubts are rent asunder by knowledge,
and who is self-possessed,—actions do not bind him, O Arjuna!

When one engages in Yoga (work without clinging to the results), and when one’s doubts have been removed by
knowledge, i.e. the understanding of the real Self in all beings, then such an individual is no longer bound by his actions,
there is no accumulaiton of Karma for such a person, and he becomes free from the cycle of birth and death.
It is only the sense of “my-ness” and “I-ness” that is at the root of all suffering; when we work with the sure
knowledge that we work for God, that the results are given by God, and that the same divine spirit exists in all beings,
then we no longer suffer from feelings of anger, jealousy, envy, or hatred. Being freed of these vasanas, one is no longer
bound by one’s actions.

Tasmaad ajnaana-sambhootam hritstham jnaanaasin-aatmanah;


Chitt-vainam samshayam yogam aatishth-ottishtha bhaarata.||4.42||

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Therefore, with the sword of knowledge (of the Self) cut asunder the doubt of the self
born of ignorance, residing in thy heart, and take refuge in Yoga; Arise, O Bhaarata!

Krishna now asks Arjuna to take up his arms and fight – He has imparted to Arjuna the weapon of Knowledge, of the
supreme Self residing within, which leads to Yoga, union with the Self. Arjuna needs to now cut through all doubts and
take refuge in that Yoga. Significantly, here Arjuna is addressed as Bharata, once again Krishna reminding him that it is
not for his own sake, but it is for the sake of the country that he needs to fight.

Hari Om Tat Sat


Iti Srimad Bhagavadgeetaasoo Upanishatsu Brahmavidyaayaam
Yogashaastre Sri KrishnaaArjunasamvaade
Jnaana-Karma-Sanyaasa-yogo Naama Chaturtho adhyaayah

Thus ends the discourse on the Yoga of Renunciation of Action in Knowledge.


The discourse has as its major theme, the cultivation of an equanimous mind, which is the beginning of Knowledge; to be
stable inspite of Life’s constant fluctuations, to be aware that change is the only constant and that what is required is a
mind that rises above it, undisturbed by the environment and working in the sure knowledge that all actions are for God,
and fruits of all actions are just that – fruits granted by God, and through it all to be firmly attached to God. Eesha
vaasyam idam sarvam – says the Isha Upanishad. The Supreme Power resides everywhere; All actions performed with
that Knowledge become an offering. The message is not to fear and renounce, not to escape, but to face and fight.
(to be continued..)

“True and sincere surrender unto the Lord is the essence of Bhakti (God-love). ‘I am Thine, All is Thine. Thy Will be done,
my Lord’ – This is the best Sharanaagathi Mantra or prayer of self-surrender. Seek His will. Do His will. Surrender to His
will. You will become one with the Cosmic Will.” ...Swami Sivananda.

Srimad Bhagavad-Gita – Swami Chinmayananda, Chapter IV.


For excellent resources on the Geeta, visit
http://www.gitasupersite.iitk.ac.in/
http://www.bhagavad-gita.org/
http://sanskrit.safire.com/Sanskrit.html
http://www.vaisnava.cz/clanek_en.php3?no=24

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"NAMASKAR" - Meaning and Benefits You Never Knew


Submitted by Anil Kumar

The word 'Namaskar' is derived from the root 'namaha', which means paying obeisance (Namaskar) or
salutation. From Science of Justice - 'Namaha' is a physical action expressing that 'you are superior to me
in all qualities and in every way'..
Worldly Benefits - By doing Namaskar to a deity or a Saint, unknowingly their virtues and capabilities are
impressed upon our minds. Consequently we start emulating them, thus changing ourselves for the better.
Spiritual Benefits - Increase in humility and reduction of ego / Enhancement in the spiritual emotion of
surrender and gratitude / Gaining the Sattva component and faster spiritual progress. We receive the
highest amount of Sattva component from the posture (mudra) of Namaskar. By doing Namaskar to Deities
or Saints we receive subtle frequencies emitted by them, e.g. Frequencies of Sattva or Bliss.
How does one do Namaskar to an individual of the same age group?
When meeting someone of the same age-group do Namaskar by joining the fingers and placing tips of the
thumbs on the Anahat chakra (at the centre of the chest). This type of Namaskarincreases the spiritual
emotion of humility in the embodied soul. Sattva frequencies from the universe are attracted by the fingers
(which act as an antenna) and are then transmitted to the entire body through the thumbs which have
awakened the Anahat chakra. This activates the soul energy of the embodied soul. In addition, by doing
Namaskar in this manner to each other, frequencies of blessings are also transmitted.
What is correct method & science of doing Namaskar to God?

A. 'While paying obeisance to God, bring the palms together.


1. The fingers should be held loose (not straight and rigid) while joining the hands or palms.
2. The fingers should be kept close to each other without leaving any space between them.
3. The fingers should be kept away from the thumbs.
4. The inner portion of the palms should not touch each other and there should be some space between
them.

Note: The stage of awakening of spiritual emotion (Bhav) is important to the seeker at the primary level.
Hence, for awakening spiritual emotion (Bhav), he should keep space in between the joined hands, whereas
a seeker who is at the advanced level should refrain from leaving such space in between the palms to
awaken the unexpressed spiritual emotion (Bhav).
B. After joining the hands one should bow and bring the head forward..
C. While tilting the headforward, one should place the thumbs at the mid-brow region, I.e. At the point
between the eyebrows and try to concentrate on the feet of the Deity.
D. After that, instead of bringing the folded hands down immediately, they should be placed on the mid-
chest region for a minute in such way that the wrists touch the chest; then only should the hands be
brought down.
Underlying Science in this action

A. The fingers should not be stiff while bringing the palms together because this will lead to a decrease in
Sattva component from the vital and mental sheaths and thus increase the raja component in them. By
keeping the fingers relaxed, the subtlest Sattva component will get activated. With the strength of this

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energy, embodied souls are able to fight powerful distressing energies.


B. In the Namaskar posture, the joined fingers act as an antenna to assimilate the Chaitanya (Divine
consciousness) or the Energy transmitted by a Deity. While joining the palms, the fingers must touch each
other because leaving space between the fingers will result in accumulation of energy in that space. This
energy will be immediately transmitted in various directions; therefore the seeker's body will lose the
benefit of this potent energy.
C. About the space to be maintained between the palms:
For a seeker at the primary level, it is advisable to leave space between the palms; it is not necessary for a
seeker at an advanced level to leave space between the palms.
D. After joining the palms, bow a little. This posture puts pressure on the navel and activates the five vital
energies situated there. Activation of these vital energies in the body makes it sensitive to accepting sattvik
frequencies. This later awakens the 'Atma shakti' (I.e. Soul energy of an embodied soul). And later, Bhav is
awakened. This enables the body to accept in large measures the Chaitanya emitted by the Deity.
E. Touch the thumbs to the mid-brow region. (Please see images above..) This posture awakens the Bhav
of surrender in an embodied soul, and in turn activates the appropriate subtle frequencies of Deities from
the Universe. They enter through the ’Adnya chakra’ (Sixth of the 7 chakras in the Kundalini) of the
embodied soul and settle in the space parallel to it at the back interior of the head. In this space the
openings to all the three channels converge; namely, the Moon, the Central and the Sun channels. Due to
the movement of these subtler frequencies in this space, the Central Channel is activated. Consequently it
facilitates the speedy transmission of these frequencies throughout the body, leading to purification of both
the gross and subtle bodies at the same time.
F. After doing Namaskar, to completely imbibe the Chaitanya of the Deity (that has entered the hands by
now), instead of bringing the folded hands down immediately, place them on the mid-chest region in such a
way that the wrists touch the chest.

The 'Anahat chakra' is located at the centre of the chest. Akin to the Adnya chakra, the activity of the
Anahat chakra is also to absorb the Sattva frequencies. By touching the wrists to the chest, the Anahat
chakra is activated and it helps in absorbing more of the Sattva component.
Effect of this Posture
By doing Namaskar in this manner, the Deity's Chaitanya is absorbed to a greater extent by the body, as
compared to other methods of doing Namaskar. This gives maximum distress to negative energies. The
negative energies that have manifested in a person are unable to touch their thumbs at the mid-brow
region in Namaskar. (The negative energies are subtle. But at times they enter an individual's body and
manifest it. - Editor)'
Q. What is the reason for not wrapping a cloth around the neck while performing circumambulation, doing
Namaskar, ritualistic worship, sacrificial fires, chanting and while visiting Guru and deities?
A. When a cloth is wrapped around the neck, it does not activate the Vishuddha chakra (in the throat
region) and hence an individual gets less benefit of the Sattva component.
Why should one always do Namaskar to elders?

Meaning: When an elderly person arrives, the vital energy of the young person starts rising and when he
gets up and does Namaskar, it returns to normal. - Manusmruti 2.120; Mahabharat, Udhyog, Chapter
(Section) 38.1, Sr. no. 104, 64-65
Explanation: 'As the sojourn of the elderly person is gradually towards the southern direction, that is,
towards the region of Lord Yama (towards death), his body starts emitting raja and tama frequencies on a
high scale. When such an elderly person comes in the vicinity of any younger individual, these frequencies
start affecting the younger person. A subtle magnetic field is created between the two. Consequently, the
vital energy of the younger person is pulled upward. This way the younger person can suffer due to sudden
momentum to his vital energy. When this younger person doesNamaskar to the elderly person, some
amount of the Central channel of his Kundalini system is activated and the Sattva component in it starts
increasing. Consequently the raja and tama components in him are influenced by the Sattva component
and the vital energy comes back to normal state. Hence on arrival of an elderly person, it is customary for
the younger individuals to do Namaskar to them.'

Doing Namaskar to Elders..


When travelling, prior to the commencement of a journey and upon returning, why should one do Namaskar
to elders in the family?
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embodied soul bows in Namaskar to an elder by surrendering to the God principle in him, at that time a
sense of compassion is created in his body. This compassion percolates right upto his subtle body. At that
time, energy of his mind is activated and in turn activates the five vital energies, which are located at the
seat of the Manipur chakra (situated in the Naval region). Transmission of these five vital energies all over
the body then awakens the soul energy. With the strength of the soul energy, the Central channel gets
activated and converts the expressed energy of spiritual emotion to the unexpressed energy of spiritual
emotion. With the help of this unexpressed energy of spiritual emotion, the embodied soul, through the
medium of elders, gains the required Deity's principle from the Universe. For this purpose, while leaving the
house on a
Journey, the embodied soul should do Namaskar to elders and with the strength of Sattva frequencies has
to protect himself from distressing frequencies in the atmosphere. Similarly, returning from a journey, one
should immediately do Namaskar to elders and awaken the God principle in them, which would disintegrate
the raja-tama particles from the air around him, which might have been brought along.
What is the correct method of doing Namaskar to Saints?
1. The portion of head, which should be placed at the feet :
We can imbibe maximum Chaitanya through the Brahmarandhra (the seventh chakra of the Kundalini
system located in the crown of our head). Since it (Brahmarandhra) cannot be placed at a Saints's feet, the
part of head beginning above the forehead is to be placed at the feet of Saints. Due to this, maximum
Chaitanya emanating from Their feet can enter into the one doing Namaskar.
2.. The exact spot to place one's head on a Saint's feet:
The big toes of Saints emit maximum Chaitanya; hence we should place our head on the big toe, than on
their foot. If we are in a position to touch both the toes, then place the head on the right big toe.
3. The position of hands when placing the head on a Saint's feet:
A. Some interlock their hands behind their backs at the waist and do Namaskar. If we are in a position to
touch both their toes, then we should place the hands one on each foot and the head should be placed on
the big toe of the right foot. If we are in a position to touch one of Their toes, then place both the hands on
it and keep the head on the big toe.
B. Some do Namaskar by placing hands on the ground. This is also wrong because if the hands are placed
on the ground then the Chaitanya emanating from the Saint's feet are absorbed by one and then returns to
the earth through the hands of the one doing Namaskar. Thus the person does not benefit from it.
C. Some cross their hands and place them on the feet of Saints, that is, their right hand on the right foot of
the Saint and their left hand on the left foot of the Saint while doingNamaskar. This is a crude imitation of
the manner in which Christians place their crossed hands on their chest.. Instead, our right hand should be
placed on the left foot of the Saint and our left hand on the right foot of the Saint. This is convenient also.
However, if a Guru has started some procedure in a particular sect, then the hands are to be placed in that
manner only.
D. The hands are to be positioned in such a way that the palms are placed on the feet..
How to do Namaskar to the wooden footwear (paduka) of Saints?
Namaskar to the wooden footwear (paduka) of Saints

'The left paduka symbolises Lord Shiva and the right symbolises Divine Energy. The left paduka is the
unmanifest saviour energy and the right is the unmanifest destroyer energy of the Supreme God. The
saviour or destroyer energy of the Supreme God emanates from the 'pegs' of the paduka as per the need.
When we do Namaskar by placing our head on the 'pegs' of the paduka, some may experience distress due
to the inability to tolerate the manifest energy emitting from it. Hence, while doing Namaskar to the
paduka, instead of the pegs, place the head on the foremost part i.e. The place where the Saints place their
toes.'
Should one do Namaskar to a dead body?
Q. If this be so, should we do Namaskar to the dead bodies in Kaliyuga only as a custom? If it is a custom,
can we discontinue it?
A. One can maintain respect for the dead person by doing Namaskar and in addition set an ideal with
regards to respecting elders. In Kaliyuga, from this one will benefit at an emotional level and not at a
spiritual level. However, one should not discontinue this custom; instead one could learn how to get spiritual
benefit from it. Due to the deterioration of the Sattva component in embodied souls, this practice has
become a mere custom in Kaliyuga.

However, as per the saying, 'God exists where there is spiritual emotion', while doing Namaskar to a dead
body if we have a spiritual emotion that we are doing Namaskar to the God principle in it, then the God
principle in the dead body awakens and we receive God's blessings. This happens because the God principle
is immortal and has no limitations that a physical body has.

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Q. It is said that one should not do Namaskar to a sleeping person. In Kaliyuga if one does Namaskar by
touching the dead body, then are the chances of getting distress from negative energies not higher?
A. Yes it is; but while doing Namaskar it is important that the action be performed with correct spiritual
emotion. Since Namaskar is done to the God principle in the dead body instead of activating raja, tama
components, it activates the Godly principle in the dead body and bestows Sattva corresponding to the
degree of spiritual emotion.'
'One hand' touch to the Temple Steps
Action: Touch step with fingers of right hand & move same hand over head.

Science: 'The area around the temple is charged with frequencies of Deities which leads to an increase in
the Sattva component. The presence of Divine consciousness in the area charges even the stairs in a
temple. 'Climbing' steps is one of the activities, which increases the raja component in the body. Hence, the
raja component is already activated in the body of an embodied soul so by touching the steps with the
fingers of the right hand, the Sattva component and peace from the charged premise, get transmitted to
the body through the right hand. In addition, from this action, the activated raja component in the body can
be controlled through the medium of the surya nadi (Sun channel). This means that, for a moment, the
activities of the Sun channel can be stopped. From this process, the embodied soul learns to enhance the
Sattva component through raja dominant actions. Therefore, it is very essential to perform the appropriate
sattvik actions at each corresponding level, hence the method of touching the steps with fingers of the right
hand and then moving the fingers or palm over the head. Even the dust present on the steps is charged
with Chaitanya and so we must respect it and derive spiritual benefit from it.. If the embodied soul harbours
the spiritual emotion that 'the Chaitanya from the steps be transmitted all over my body from the dust on
my hand', then it will give increasing benefit to the embodied soul. In addition if the ego of the embodied
soul is less at that time then it gives even more benefit. When any action is performed devoid of ego or
'I'ness it is treated as a 'non-action' (akarma-karma) .'

Do's and Dont's while doing Namaskar


Q. Why should the eyes be closed while doing Namaskar?
'Joining hands while bowing the head amounts to saluting God or the divinity in the person in front. The
eyes are closed while doing Namaskar to God or any respected person, to enable one to have the vision of
God within us.'
Q. Why should the footwear be taken off while doing Namaskar?
While sitting, partaking meals, sleeping, wishing and doing Namaskar to Gurus and other elderly people,
footwear should not be worn. - Gautamsmruti 9.

1. Footwear increases the raja-tama components in a person.

2. Paying obeisance (Namaskar) with high raja-tama components will not help in activating the Kundalini
(centre in the spiritual energy system).

3. The ability to absorb the sattva component too is reduced, due to an increase in the raja-tama
components, leading to little benefit from a Namaskar.

4. Doing Namaskar to a Deity, with footwear on, may also invite the wrath of the Deity.’
Q. Why is it not advisable to hold any object while doing Namaskar?
1. While doing Namaskar if an object is held in the hands, usually the fingers and their tips are in a curled
position and not straight. As a result, the sattva component received is unable to enter the tips of the
fingers.

2.. The sattva component emitted towards the seeker, strikes the object held and bounces back. Also, at
times, instead of the person absorbing the sattva component, the object may absorb it.

3. If the object in the hand is raja or tama predominant, and if it is touched to the forehead or chest while
doing Namaskar, then the raja-tama components from it mayenter the body of the one who is doing
Namaskar.
Q. While doing Namaskar, why are men not supposed to cover their head, whereas women are
advised to cover their head?
One should not do Namaskar with footwear on, covering the head or holding any objects. (But women
should cover their head with their saris and only then do Namaskar) - Apastamb Dharmasutra1.4.14.19

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leads to the absorption of the Sattva component in greater proportion in the body. Sometimes due to the
activation of the Kundalini, Sattva component starts entering the body through the head. But at times the
distressing energies try to take advantage of this and mix black energy with the Sattva component. The
potential to activate the Kundalini is higher in men as compared to women. Hence they are hardly affected
by this negative energy. Contrary to this, as women are more vulnerable, they get affected by distressing
energies to a greater extent and thus they can experience distress. That is why, when doing Namaskar,
women are advised to cover their head with the ends of their sari. This creates a barrier between the head
and the distressing energies and prevents themfrom penetrating the body of the woman. However, to some
extent this also blocks
benevolent frequencies from entering the women. (Benevolent frequencies are subtler than negative
frequencies; hence they enter a woman to some extent even though the sari covers her head.) However,
the proper posture of Namaskar gives maximum Sattva component to an individual and hence women too
get required benefits. This shows how God takes care of every devotee. Doing Namaskar without these
restrictions is equally effective if the devotee does it with spiritual emotion.

GUIDE TO INDIAN CULTURE AND SPIRITUALITY


Based on The Divine Teachings of BHAGAWAN SRI SRI SRI SATHYA SAI BABA
Smt. KAUSALYARANI RAGHAVAN Courtesey (http://scriptures.ru/guide_in.htm )
Why do Avatars take place?
God mahifests Himself in order to destroy evil and re-establish dharma. The universe has to be frequently
cleansed and remade in order to be a worthy "Kshetra" of the Divine. So Avatars takes place.
Which Avatar is called the "Purna Avatara"?
Lord Krishna is called the "Purna Avatara". ("Purna" means "Full")
What kind of Bhakthi did the Gopis have towards Lord Krishna?
Gopis' Bhakthi is called Madhura Bhakthi. It is not mere ordinary love but the soul's deep longing for union
with the Divine through the path of self-surrender and Prema.
What does the well-known "Bhramara Geeta" symbolise?
The well-known "Bhramara Geeta" symbolises perennial longing for Divine love, Example Gopis' Bhakthi.
They cannot bear the separation of their Lord from them even for a moment. They poured out their yearnings
to the Bhramara (bee) to be conveyed to their Lord Krishna.
What are the stories or Upakhyanas in the Bhagavata?
The Upakhayanas in the Bhaghavata are conveyed in the following stories. They are:
1. Daksha's Sacrifice,
2. The story of Dhruva,
3. The story of Ajameela,
4. Suyagnopakhyana and the story of the hunter and the Kulianga bird,
5. Gajendra Moksha,
6. The stories of Yayathi and Ranti, and
7. Chitraketu,
8. Bhagavata Speaks of Sriman Narayana Kavacha which protects men from all sin and sorrow.

What is meaning of Yaga?


Yaga means the giving up of the material for the sake of the Divine. By so doing the inner power of man
blossoms forth.
What kind of Yaga is of the highest order?
The Gita suggests many kind of sacrifices. The highest of all is Satya Yajna. God showers grace on those who
perform yaga. If one who performs yaga has no selfish eye on its fruits, it will bring blessings to the world.
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Submitted by Balagopal

Karma Yoga
1. Work is worship of the Lord.
2. Karma Yoga is the Yoga of selfless action, without agency and expectation of fruits.
3. Karma Yoga removes the impurities of the mind. It is a potent purifier of the heart.
4. Karma Yoga prepares the mind for the reception of Divine Light, Divine Grace, and Divine Knowledge.
5. See God in every face. Behold the Lord in all creatures.
6. Share what you have with others. Serve the saints and sages.
7. Serve the sick. Serve the poor. Serve your parents. Serve your motherland. Serve humanity in general.
8. Scrutinise always your inner motives. Destroy selfish motives.
9. Work without egoism. Cultivate the Nimitta-Bhava. Feel you are an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
10. Surrender always your actions and their fruits to the Lord.
11. Have equal vision and balanced mind in pleasure and pain, gain and loss, success and failure.
12. Develop nicely adaptability. Serve always with Atma-Bhava and Narayana-Bhava.
13. Sing Sitaram, Radheshyam or Hare Rama while you work. Remember the Lord always.
14. Give up Abhimana of all sorts. Kill the Vairagya-abhimana, Seva-abhimana, Tyagi-abhimana, Kartritva-
abhimana, male-female-abhimana, and doctor-judge-abhimana.
15. Do not expect even thanks or appreciation for your work.
16. Do actions as your duty, duty for duty’s sake.
17. Never say: “I have helped that man.” Feel and think: “That man gave me an opportunity to serve.”
18. Watch for opportunities for service. Never miss even a single opportunity.
19. Cultivate amiable, loving, social nature, generosity, catholic nature. Kill selfishness. Control the senses,
practise self-restraint, tolerance, sympathy and mercy. These are the qualifications of a Karma Yogi.
20. Bear insult, injury, harsh words, criticism, heat and cold.
21. If you are a doctor, treat the poor free of charge. If you are an advocate, plead for the poor. If you are a
teacher or a professor, give free tuition to poor boys. Give them books free.
22. Keep Twelve Tissue Remedies or some household remedies and treat the poor.
23. If anyone is suffering from acute pain, shampoo the painful part. Feel you are shampooing the body of the
Lord.
24. Do not make any difference between menial and respectable work.
25. Keep always some small coins in your pocket and distribute them to the poor and the decrepit.
26. Feed the poor. Clothe the naked. Comfort the distressed. Remove glass pieces from the road.
27. There are three kinds of Karma, viz., Sanchita, Prarabdha and Agami or Kriyamana.
28. Sanchita is the accumulated storehouse of actions of previous births. Prarabdha is that part of Karma which
has given rise to your present birth. Agami is current action.
29. Sanchita is destroyed by Brahma-Jnana. You will have to enjoy the Prarabdha. Agami has no binding force as
there is no agency or egoism in the sage.
30. Do not be attached to the work itself. You must be able to give it up at any moment.
31. As you sow, so you reap. Virtue gives you happiness. Vice gives you pain.
32. You are the master of your destiny. You sow an action, reap a habit. You sow a habit, reap a character; you
sow your character and reap a destiny. Destiny is your own making. Abandon desires and change your mode
of thinking. You can conquer destiny.
33. Think you are man; man will you become. Think you are Brahman; Brahman will you become. This is the
immutable divine law.
34. If there is no agency, if there is no selfish motive, action becomes an inaction. You are not bound by an
action.
35. Sastras and saints and your own pure, clean conscience will point out to you what is right, what is wrong.
Follow them and do the right.
36. An egoistic man alone thinks: “I am the doer.” Really it is the Guna or Prakriti or the sense that does the
action. Atman is actionless, Akarta, Nishkriya.

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37. Practise your Svadhanna, your Varnashrama Dharma unselfishly, without egoism. You will attain purification
of heart. Knowledge of Brahman will dawn in your heart.

Japa Yoga
1. In this Iron Age, Japa Yoga is an easy way for attaining God-realisation.
2. Japa is the repetition of any Mantra or Name of the Lord with Bhava and feeling.
3. Japa removes the impurities of the mind, destroys sins and brings the devotee face to face with the Lord.
4. Every Name is filled with countless powers; just as fire has the natural property of burning things, so also the
Name of God has the power of burning the sins and desires.
5. Sweeter than all sweet things, more auspicious than all good things, purer than all pure things, is the Name of the
Lord.
6. Name of the Lord is a boat to cross this Samsara. It is a weapon to destroy the mind.
7. The repetition of the Mantra again and again generates great spiritual force and momentum and intensifies the
spiritual Samskaras or impressions.
8. Mananaat Trayate iti Mantrah:By theManana,constant thinking or recollection, one is released from the round of
birth and death; so it is called Mantra.
9. Repetition of Mantra raises vibrations. Vibrations give rise to definite forms. Repetition of Om Namah Sivaya gives
rise to the form of Lord Siva in the mind; repetition of Om Namo Narayanaya gives rise to the form of Lord Hari.
10.The glory of the Name of God cannot be established through reasoning and intellect. It can certainly be
experienced or realised, only through devotion, faith and constant repetition.
11. Japa is of three kinds, viz., Manasic Japa, Upamsu Japa or humming, and Vaikhari Japa, loud and audible Japa.
12.Mental repetition of Japa, Manasic Japa, is more powerful than loud Japa.
13.Get up at 4 a.m. and do the Japa for two hours. Brahmamuhurtha is most favourable for Japa and meditation.
14.If you cannot take a bath, wash your hands, feet, face and body, and sit for Japa.
15.Face north or east when sitting. This enhances the efficacy of the Japa.
16.Sit on a Kusha-grass seat or deer-skin or rug. Spread a white cloth over it. This conserves body-electricity.
17.Do some prayer before starting the Japa.
18.Have a steady pose. Have Asana-Jaya or conquest over Asana. You must be able to sit in Padma, Siddha or
Sukha Asana for three hours at a stretch.
19.When you repeat the Mantra, have the feeling or mental attitude that the Lord is seated in your heart, that Sattva
or purity is flowing from the Lord to your mind, that the Mantra purifies your heart, destroys desires and cravings
and evil thoughts.
20.Do not do the Japa in a hurried manner, just as a contractor tries to finish his work in a hurried way. Do it slowly
with Bhava, one-pointedness of mind and single-minded devotion.
21.Pronounce the Mantra distinctly and without mistakes. Do not repeat it too fast or too slow.
22.Use not the index finger while rolling the beads. Use the thumb, the middle and the ring fingers. When counting of
one Mala is over, revert it and come back again. Cross not the Meru. Cover your hand with a towel.
23.Be vigilant. Keep an alert attention during Japa. Stand up and do the Japa when sleep tries to overpower you.
24.Resolve to finish a certain minimum number of Malas before leaving the seat.
25.Mala or rosary is a whip to goad the mind towards God.
26.Sometimes do the Japa without a Mala. Go by the watch.
27.Practise meditation also along with Japa. This is Japa-Sahita-Dhyana. Gradually Japa will drop and meditation
alone will continue. This is Japa-Rahita-Dhyana.
28.Have four sittings for Japa daily—early morning, noon, evening and night.
29.A devotee of Lord Vishnu should repeat “Om Namo Narayanaya”; a devotee of Lord Siva, “Om Namah Sivaya”; a
devotee of Lord Krishna, “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya”; a devotee of Lord Rama, “Om Sri Ramaya Namah”
or “Om Sri Ram Jaya Ram Jaya Jaya Ram”; a devotee of Devi, Gayatri Mantra or Durga Mantra.
30.It is better to stick to one Mantra alone. See Lord Krishna in Rama, Siva, Durga, Gayatri.
31.Regularity in Japa Sadhana is most essential. Sit in the same place and at the same time.
32.Purascharana is repetition of the Mantra Akshara-Laksha, one lakh of times for each letter.
33.Japa must become habitual. Even in dream you must be doing Japa.
34.Japa Yoga is the easiest, quickest, safest, surest, and cheapest, way for attaining God-realisation. Glory to the
Lord! Glory, glory to His Name!
35.O man! Take refuge in the Name.Nama(Name) andNami(Lord) are inseparable.

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BHAGAVAN SHRI SATHYA SAI BABA’S DISCOURSES

A respectful compilation from the series of postings by Dr. BGY Sastry


( drbgysastry@yahoo.com )

14 - A professional pickpocket

One day goddess Parvathi asked Shiva: "Lord! I have heard that there is a sacred shrine for your worship by name Kasi and that
those who visit Kasi and offer worship to you after a holy bath in the Ganges will earn the merit of coming to Kailas and stay there for
ever. Is it true?" Lord Shiva replied: "All the people cannot earn that merit. Mere visiting Kasi and offering worship to my image are
not enough. Presently, I shall make the point clear to you. Let us go to Kasi as an aged couple. I shall make you enact a drama!"

Lord Shiva and Parvathi appeared before the entrance of the temple of Shiva, Parvathi as an old hag of eighty years and Lord Shiva a
rickety old man of ninety. Shiva laid his head on the lap of Parvathi and started groaning in severe pains. The old woman was crying
helplessly. She begged every pilgrim saying: "Oh ye devotees! Look here, this is my husband. He is terribly thirsty and may die any
moment. Will you please fetch some water for him to drink? I cannot leave him alone and go to fetch water". The pilgrims were
coming from the ghats after their ceremonial bath in the Ganges. Their clothes were wet and they were carrying water in small bright
vessels. They saw and heard the woman's lament. Some said: "Wait, we shall attend to your husband after offering the sacred Ganges
water to Lord Viswanath."

Some said: "Oh what a nuisance! Why can't these beggars allow us at least to offer worship in peace." Some others said: "These
beggars should not be allowed to sit here".

There was a big crowd near the temple entrance. A professional pickpocket walked along with some of these pilgrims. He also heard
the old woman's lament. He could not bear the sight of the suffering old man and the bewailing old woman. He walked up to them and
said: "Mother, what do you want? Who are you? Why are you here?” The old woman replied, "Son, we came here to have the darsan
of Lord Visweswara. My husband suddenly took ill and fainted out of exhaustion. He might survive if someone were to pour some
water into his parching mouth. His condition is too critical for me to leave him and go to bring water. I requested many people to help
me, but nobody would spare any water though they have been carrying pitchers full of it." The thief was moved to compassion. He had
brought some water in the dried gourd-pot. The woman stopped him and said: "Son, my husband may die any moment, he will not
accept water unless the person who gives water speaks truth." The pickpocket could not catch the meaning. He said: "Mother, please
tell me what I should do"? With a cynical laughter, he said: "Mother, I have not done any good deed so far. I am a professional
pickpocket. The only good deed is that which I am going to do now, to offer water to this dying old man. This is true." He poured
gently some water into the mouth of the old man. No sooner had the pickpocket done this deed than the old couple disappeared and in
their place stood Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi, in their entire full splendor. Shiva said: "Son, you are indeed blessed. There is no
greater morality than speaking the truth, and no true worship more faithful than service to fellow human beings. You have been
atoned for all the sins you have committed so far because of this one good deed.

REQUEST
Please do a special prayer to Guruvayoorappan for our respected group elder and author Dr. BGY Sastryji to
recover fast from illness.

We also plead everyone who can financially help Sastry-ji's family at this
difficult time when his medican expenses are huge. Please contact
guruvayur-owner@yahoogroups.com for information on how to help.

May Guruvayoorappan bless him with Ayurarogyasoukhyam!!


Om Namo Narayanaya:

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Opening of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple at Houston, Texas

Chittoor K. Ramachandran

An electrifying vigor has sprung up among Sri Guruvayurappan devotees of Greater Houston area with the opening
of the Sri Guruvayurappan temple at Houston, Texas.

Devotees of Sri Guruvayurappan living in the western world will now be able to get His darshanam at Houston. The
balalaya prathista that took place during May 21 to 23, 2010 marks the beginning of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple in
Houston. A temple with the unique architectural and the tantric ritualistic worship procedures of
Sri Guruvayurappan Temple at Guruvayoor will be an added attraction to the Hindus in the western world.

Carving of granite for the structures of this temple has already begun in Kerala, India. The construction is expected to
be completed by the summer of 2012. Until then, the deities will be worshiped in the temporary building.

Sri Kariannur Divakaran Nambuthiri (thanthri) and Sri Chekur Unnikrishnan Nambuthiri (priest) in prathishta ceremony. Junior
Chekur offering helping hands.

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Hundreds of devout families are now eagerly looking forward to His Darshanam as often as possible, several times a
week. Families of neighboring Cities have started making plans for their family trips to Houston, just to visit the
newly opened temple. One of the devotees I met at the beautifully manicured lawn said ‘ It is as if the roses, tulasi,
thechi and jasmine are silently waiting to reach Bhagavan’s sannidhi’. Sri Guruvayurappan just gave back the
genuine happiness of Prabhatham and Sandhya which He had taken away from me for more than four decades of my
US-vaasam. Breaking my fast with a spoon-ful malar prasadam I receive from Sri Narayanan Nambuthiri tastes
many fold better than my favorite bagels or kolache. The sound of Edakka, the smell of karpuram, chandanam and
the burning ney vilakkukin thiri at dusk and bhakthi rasam in the bhajan by the local bhajan group are all bringing
back my child hood memories. As I close my eyes with many of us before the elegantly built Srikovil to listen to the
rhythmic line ..Chelanga ketti odi odi vayo .. ente thamara kanna.., He appears before us - the Sahashra Sheersha
Purusha or Papanasham Sivan’s Eerezhu bhuvanagal padaithavan ! We have a place now to do pradakshinam while
all that we hear is the idyllic Om namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya. Sri Chekur Unnikrishnan Nambuthiri religiously
ensures that daily puja is conducted in accordance with the guidance from Thanthri Brahmasri Kariannur Divakaran
Nambuthiri.

Balalaya Prathishta of Sri Guruvayurappan Temple was a very important event at Texas during May 21to 23, 2010.
Both for the religious Hindu commoners and for the connoisseurs of Indian fine arts, 11620 Ormandy Street,
Houston, TX 77035 turned into the most attractive address during the weekend. Under the direction of the thanthri,
prathishta karmam of the utsavamurthies of Sri Guruvayurappan, and upadevathas Sri Ganesha, Sri Ayyappan and
Bhagavathi were all conducted in a serene ambiance in front a crowd that exceeded two thousand.

The elegant decor, chenda melam, processions, classical dances and music, bhajans, veda parayanam, discourses on
Narayaneeyam and sumptuous meals were all capable of attracting many visitors. The concept of Thulabharam and
Nirapara vekkal perhaps, for the first time in this part of the world elicited criousity amongst many visitors. Hindus.

The new temple will be an added attraction to the attraction to the Hindus in the western world. Carving of the
granite structures has already begun in Kerala, India. The construction is expected to be completed by summer 2012.
Until then, the deities will be worshipped in the current temporary building. It is an exciting fact that the prathishta
festival was driven by the team spirit of a few volunteers and their family members who worked round the clock to
make it happen. Please visit www.guruvayurusa.org for further information. In the event you plan to make a visit to
the Sri guruvayurappan temple of Houston, kindly contact the office ahead of time. ot only participated
enthusiastically,

More info about the new temple www.guruvayurusa.org

Photos of the event.

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