Monday, November 20, 2017

Non Dharmic emotions lead to destruction

Non Dharmic emotions  lead   to destruction

By
P.R.Ramachander
(Based on a  small write up posted in Facebiook-given  at the end.)



There  was a king called Dasaratha ,
Who destroyed   himself  completly ,
Due    to his  desire   for his pretty wife,
By sending  his  god like son  to forest

There was   king  of Chedhi  called Shisupala,
Who destroyed  himself   completly ,
Due to his  great  outburst  of anger,
When he  forgot how powerful  was Lord Krishna

There   was  king   called   Duryodhana ,
Who destroyed     himself   completly ,
Due to his unbridled   greed   for kingship,
Forgetting how   strong and right  Pandavas  were

There   was  a powerful asura   called Ravana,
Who   destroyed    himself    completly ,
Due to  his misplaced passion  for a lady,
Thouggh he had a pretty wife  and a huge harem.

  There   was a powerful Rakshasa  king called  Surapadma,
Who was completly   destroyed    by his pride,
Which made   him think  he was most  powerful  ,
And  God Shiva can never   have a child  who can kill him,

There    was great king   called  Kamsa  ,
Who was completly destroyed by his envy,
Which made him think   that   he can very  easily destroy,
The eighth   darling    son   of  his very dear sister.

The   great  saint poet   Valluvar  who wrote,
Umpteen verses  using seven words   only ,
Has  due to this  possibly told    that “Dharma  lies in avoiding
Jealousy, Desire  , Anger   and bad words”


‎Based on the  post of many of my friends .THaks to them all

காமத்தால் கெட்டவன் தசரதன்
குரோதத்தால் கெட்டவன் சிசுபாலன்
லோபத்தால் கெட்டவன் துரியோதனன்
மோகத்தால் கெட்டவன் இராவணன்
மதத்தால் நானே பெரியவன் என்று கெட்டவன் சூரபத்மன்
மாற்சரியத்தால் கெட்டவன் கம்சன்’’

Dasaratha  got destroyed  by  love ,
Shishupala got destroyed  due to anger,
Duryodhana   was destroyed by greed,
Ravana    was destroyed by passion ,
Soorapadma got destroyed by pride,
And Kamsa  was destroyed  by his envy,


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Vellai nirathoru pooonai

Vellai  nirathoru pooonai
வெள்ளை நிறத்தொரு பூனை
A white coloured  cat



(My  sad  comments  on this great poem:-
Here is another great poem by  Mahakavi BHarathi .Seeing all around him, he felt   that even in our country   colour  is going to make people  inferior or superior.In this simple song he tells us that , just like kittens of different colours are  same,people  of different colour   are same. I had written in a poem:-

Why God did you create me black? A girl asks the Lord  

By
P.R.Ramachander

Oh  Krishna
There are none who would want  not to see you,
But  There   are none   who would want to see me
OH Krishna ,
There  are  none who hate you after  seeing you,
But there  are none  who love me   after  seeing me,

Oh Krishna .
It is always   welcome to you,
And always  no entry for me

Oh Krishna
No one can see  my good mind,
But  all of them  only see the colour of my skin,

Oh Krishna ,
The people   to whom I belong hate  to see me  ,
If Woman means prettiness, what am I?

Oh Krishna ,
You are  not worried, for people come to see  you made of rock,
 Was there  any need for  you , to create me as black.)


By
Mahakavi  BHarathiyaar

Translated by
P.R,Ramachander

(Hear this moving song   in a   young girl’s voice- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_63uNySY5I

Vellai  nirathoru pooonai-yengal ,
Veetil  valaruthu kandeer ,
Pillaigal pethadhappoonai-Avai,
Perukkoru niramaagum

வெள்ளை நிறத்தொரு பூனை;- எங்கள் 
வீட்டில் வளருது கண்டீர்
பிள்ளைகள் பெற்றது பூனை 
அவை பேருக்கொரு நிறமாகும் 

You have seen a white cat ,
Groeing in our home  ,
That  cat gave birth  to kittens,
And each of them  were of different colour

Chambal niramoru kutti  -Karum,
Chanthu niramoru  kutti,
Pambu niramoru kutti-Vellai ,
Palin niramoru kutti

சாம்பல் நிறமொரு குட்டிகருஞ் 
சாந்து நிறமொரு குட்டி 
பாம்பு நிறமொரு குட்டிவெள்ளை
பாலின் நிறமொரு குட்டி 

Ash coloured was  one kitten,
Dark black coloured  was another kitten,
One kitten was  of the colour  of the snake,
And another  was of the colour  of white milk.

Yentha niramirunthalum –avai,
Yaavum  ore   tharamandro,
Indha niram   chirithendrum-ikthu ,
Yetham  endrum chollalaamo?

எந்த நிறமிரு ந்தாலும்அவை 
யாவும் ஒரே தர மன்றோ
இந்த நிறம்சிறி தென்றும்இது 
ஏற்ற மேன்றும் சொல்லலாமோ


Whatever   may be their colour,
Are they not of the same kind,
How can we tell   that one colour ,
Is inferior and the  other superior?

Vannangal   vetrumai pettaal  -athil,
Maanudar   vethumai   yillai  ,
Yennangal   cheigaigal   yellaam –ingu,
Yaavarkkum ondrena  kaaneer.

Just because   their colours  are different  ,
Human beings  do not differ ,
Whether it is thought or action  , please,
See  that they are   same   for every one.

வண்ணங்கள் வேற்றுமை பட்டால்அதில் 
மானுடர் வேற்றுமை இல்லை;
எண்ணகள் செய்கைக ளெல்லாம்இங்கு 
யாவர்க்கும் ஒன்றெனல் காணீர் 


What a tragedy ?Why are we loving a white cat more  than a black one?

No selfishness in a prayer please

No selfishness  in a  prayer  please

Recreated  by
P.R.Ramachander



(Rewriitten based on    write up by my friend , who isa scholar  who never  asks  anything himself –Sri Sivan jaykat)

One day I happened  to meet  Lord Krishna ,
And I asked him , “Do you know why  I pray you?”
Lord Krishna  with a pretty smile told ,”Only you will know,
For  my job is   getting   the prayers   from you people.”

I nodded  in agreement told  , “True  Krishna,
I too was nagging you daily to fulfil all my wants,
And I know  millions  of people do it, I pity you,
As to which prayer   would you be able to attend?”

“For me all devotees   and all prayers are the   same,
To me all languages   are the same  , all castes are thesame,
Dont think   that  I am a man like you to be biased.”
He replied and I had  to agree   with him one hundred percent.

Lord Krishna   smiled again and told ,”The requests ,
That   come to me are   some times selfish   and sometimes,
To the good of all and it may be asked by asura or deva ora man.
But I do  take a decision  , only based  on the request.”

“Hey see , the one who really believes  in me  ,
Would never ask me for anything as he  would feel,
That it is my duty to look after him , whether  he asks or not,
And to that devotee I am the mother  and to me he is the child.”

Did not  read your great poet  Mahavi Bharathi sing,
“One kitten is like ash , another  black,
Another the colour of a snake and another of milk,
But they are  all kitten and how can there be differences among them.”

“You need not chant a prayer to  please me  ,
For you would   be wasting   your time  as well as effort,
When you ask anything , I would see whether  your mind is wet,
And I would be  waiting for you  to ask for others and not for yourself.”

I realized   what  he told me   and remembered  about a  Guru,
Who conducted  prayer sessions , where  first he  will  group them,
In to  two each, ask them to understand the need of each  other ,
And then ask each of them  to pray for fulfilling   the  need  of his partner.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Venni Karumbeswarar temple of Kovil Venni

Visit   the  God who cures Diabetes, which is the major disease nowadays

Venni Karumbeswarar   temple of  Kovil Venni

Compiled by
P.R.Ramachander





(I saw about this temple  in the post of Athreya Gothram Bairava Ramani  and I collected   more info from various web sites. Thanks to Ramani    and the several web sites)
   This temple which is 1000-2000  years old   is situated   in a village called  “Kovil Venni”  near (5 km)  Needamangalam  of Thiruvarur district  of Tamil Nadu.
This place  was once upon a time called    as THiruvenni,   Venni thonnagar   or Venniyoor , The rays of the sun fall   on the Lord on 2, 3, and 4th   day of Panguni month. Lord in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. The Bana of the Shiva Linga appears as if covered by sugarcane bundles. The mandapam located on the outer side of Karuvarai was built at a later stage like Agazhi. Naalvar with Shankaracharya paintings can be found in Artha Mandapam. There are lots of inscriptions found on the outer walls of Karuvarai. 

History
This is the birth place of noted Tamil Scholar Vennikuyathiar belonging to the Sangam Age. One of her songs in Purananuru mentions the war of Karikal Chola known as Vennippor - war of Venni. The Battle of Venni was fought by Karikala Chola between Pandya and Chera kings. The battle resulted in absolute victory for Karikala Chola and the Chera King Uthiyan Cheralathan starved himself to death. The battle, dated approximately 190 CE, is considered historical and Karikala is believed to have contributed to this temple’s development after the victory. He won the Pandya, Cheras and other chieftains with the blessings of Mother Pidari Amman at the age of 18. This is mentioned as the Great Victory in an epigraphic note. It is believed that worshippers of Pidari Amman have no fear of enemies. Celebrating their victories, Karikal Chola and Emperor Muchukunda have done extensive renovations to the temple

There are no shops near the temple and so  people going to temple   should carry necessary pooja materials. If they are coming for cure of diabetes , they should bring Rava and Sugar   with them.
    The God   of this temple is Venni  Karumbeswarar  and the Goddess   is Soundara Nayagi (also called as Azhagiya nayagi)  .Venni  is a white flower called Nandiyar Vattai  which  is considered  as a flower dear to Lord Shiva.  The God in this temple appears as if he s made of tying   sugarcane stems . The god is also called as Rasapureeswarar  m, Trimbakeswarar and Venni nathar It seems this entire place   was once covered by sugarcane(Karumbu)   and Nandiar vattai (venni)  and two saints came here  and they found the Statue of God here and built a temple for him. There was some argument as   to  which should be the Sthala Vruksha(Temple tree)  and both   had different opinions and they finally decided  to call the God as  Venni Karumbeswarar    with Venni as the sthala Vruksha. Both Thirunavukarasar and Thirujnaa Sambandar   have sung about this temple, The God and Goddesses face east . The holy tanks of Surya Pushkarani and Chandra Pushkarani are situated  opposite the temple. is situated opposite the temple. Other deities in the temple include Murugan,Narthana   Vinayagar, Gajalaxmi, Bairavar and Navagraha. Goshta moorthies include Narthana Vinayagar, Dakshinamoorthy, Lingothbavar and Durgai.
    People with  Diabetes come to this temple  with a 50:50 mixture of sugar   andwheat Rava   and go round the temple sprinkling the mixture .It is believed that  as the ants keep  on removing sugar  , our sugar level would also get reduced ,After this they should worship the God and goddess  of the temple   and offer the God  SArkarai pongal.
iT is believed  that  if  ladies whose Valai Kappu , ceremony is over   come here and tiea few bangles in front of the goddess  , they would have   a sae delivery,
 People   With Shukra dosha come here   and light lamp before  Lingothbhavar  , For destruction of their enemies people pray before Pidari  Amman.
Nine dat  Navarathri  celebrations in September –october , Panguni Uthram , Chithra  Pournam , Vaikasi visagam  , Aani Thirumanjanam  , Trikarthigai , Thiruvadirai  , Thai poosam   and Masi magam are  celebrated in the temple.

Approach
The Temple is located at about 8 Kms from Needamangalam, 10 Kms from Avalivanallur, 13 Kms from Haridwaramangalam, 20 Kms from Mannargudi, 36 Kms from Thiruvarur, 26 Kms from Thanjavur, 31 Kms from Kumbakonam and 81 Kms from Trichy. This Shivasthalam is about 26 Kms from Thanjavur on the way to Needamangalam via Saliyamangalam and Ammapettai. Immediately after Ammapettai, one has to get down at Koil Venni bus stop and take a branch road going towards north for about 2 Kms to reach the temple. Koil Venni located on Tiruvarur to Thanjavur route. Nearest Railway Station is located at Koil Venni and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

The temple is open   8 Am to  12 noon   and from 5 pm – 8 PM

The temple priest can be contacted  in 9626769424/ 9842294416

Match stick

Match stick

Posted  by
SWarnam  Meenakshinathan

Rewritten in english by
P.R.Ramachander




Matchstick lit the lamp,
Everyone saluted the lamp,
But that one  who appeared mad,
Saluted the match stick and ,
I asked   him  , “Why?”
And he said, “Is not that which brightens,
Greater than  that which is brightened?
Is not the teacher   great   than the student?”


தீக்குச்சி
விளக்கை ஏற்றியது
எல்லோரும்
விளக்கை வணங்கினார்கள்
பித்தன்
கீழே எறியப்பட்ட
தீக்குச்சியை வணங்கினான்
"ஏன் தீக்குச்சியை
வணங்குகிறாய்?"
என்று கேட்டேன்
"ஏற்றப்பட்டதை விட
ஏற்றி வைத்தது
உயர்ந்ததல்லவா" என்றான்

Nenmeli Sradha samrakshana Perumal

Nenmeli  Sradha samrakshana  Perumal

A place where God will do Sradha for people who could not do Sradham or to people who do not have anybody to do Sradham.

Compiled by
P.R.Ramachander




(I saw about this temple in a post by my friend  Prof  Viswanath Das , Half the article is a translation from his post and the other half from a web site http://www.divyadesam.com/hindu-temples/nenmeli-temple.shtml .THanks and acknowledgements to both of them.)
      This temple is located  in nEnmeli   which is 5 km   ftom   CHengalpat  town  on the road to Thirukazhukundram  . The deity is called  Sri Lakshmi  Narayana  Perumal  and the Ulsavar of the temple is called  “Sradha samrakshana Perumal” meaning God who protects   the Sradha) . The sthalam is called with the name "Pundareega Nallur" (Pindam vaiththa Nallur) and is considered sacred and is equivalent to Gaya and Kasi.
  This God is   believed to do Sradha( worship of our dead ancestors called Pithrus) , when for some reason    we are not able to perform it.. It could be that  we have lived in a place where  there are no priests or just left it due to non belief. When a couple   die without children, there would  not be anybody to do sradham for them. People hesitate   to do sradham to people who have committed suicide  , people who have met a bad death, people   whose profession  is  black magic etc. This non performance of Sradha  to Pithrus (whatever   the reason may be)  would make  our Pithrus(manes)   curse us . This can bwe detected  by our  children having Sarpa dosham or or our family  not getting any male child to do Sradham for us. IN all such cases people can  go to this temple (even ladies can go)  and  get Sradha  performed  by the God to all those  ancestors,
        There is an interesting story behind this. “Sthalapuranam :
“The place where the temple is situated once was under the kingdom of Arcot Nawab. And, in this kingdom, lived an aged couple - Yagna Narayana Sharma and Sarasavani. Yagna Narayana Sharma had a Guru - Yagnya Valkiyar, who belonged to Suklaya jeer Vedam. Yagna Narayana Sharma worked as a Diwan in the Nawab kingdom and both he and his wife Sarasavani had a great bhakti towards Sriman Narayanan.
Because of bhakti, the money, which they wanted to pay to the Nawab, was spent towards Deiva Kainkaryam. And as a result of this, they both were ordered to be prisonned. But they don't want to accept the punishment and thought they spent the money only for good needs and for Deiva Kainkaryam. So, they went towards the Pushkarani of Thiruvedenthai Divyadesam and let their death happen in the Pushkarani.
But after their death, both of them were worried that they didn't have any children to perform the Srardham for them. It is Bhagavan Sriman Narayanan who knows all of his Bhaktas thoughts and He fulfills them. And, He himself performed the Srardham, Thithi for the couples and even today the first theertham is given to the family members of Yagna Narayana Sharma and Sarasavani. And even today, the Perumal himself perform Srardham for the people, who doesn't have son or anyone else to perform  Sradha   to them “ (From  http://www.divyadesam.com/hindu-temples/nenmeli-temple.shtml with thanks)
   People who want to do SRadham (Because they were not able to do it  or for person who do not have  people   to do Sradha) should reach the temple at 11 AM along with  Turmeric , Gingelly  , Dhurbha grass  , Pavithram , Thamboola   as well as Banana  fruit and do SAnkalpa for Sradha to their pIthrus and dedicate  it to the God.
Then along with priest  theys shold go to the back side of the temple along with  priest   and again to SAnkalpa and offer it to the God .This is SRadha samrakshanam(Protection  of Sradha) 
     They shouldagain come before God   and do detailed worship of the God  along with all rituals  .There just like the Sradha  cooking in out homes  , Ven pongal  , Curd rice and PPirandai thuvayal are prepared and  offered to the God  ,It ids believed   hat God accepts   them from us and satisfies our manes(Pithrus)  .It is believed by doing so we can avoid or even get rid of  Pithru SApas
The Pithru Poojai, which is performed during Amavasai and Ekadasi thithi, is said to equivalent to that of the Srardham that's being performed in Gaya.
The priest   of the temple can be contacted  at  04427 420053

The address of   the temple is  Address : SH58, Nenmeli, Porunthavakkam, Tamil Nadu 603001

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Then and now

Then  and now

Translated from  Malayalam
By
P.R.Ramachander

(Image gives original text)

During those days
One small pot of water    was sufficient for  cleaning oneself
One  hurricane lantern used to give light throughout the night
One small  vessel of  Gruel  was the  fuel for the entire day
One   dilapidated hut was the cage   for lots and lots of love
But today
Even one tank of water    is not sufficient for  cleaning   a person
No halogen bulb  is sufficient to light the path of any person
Even a heap of rice is not sufficient to satiate  any one’s hunger
No concrete bungalow  can li the wick of joyful love