Sunday, December 31, 2017

Preliminary results in the medical miracle of chanting Vishnu Sahasra Nama

Preliminary results  in the   medical miracle  of chanting  Vishnu Sahasra Nama

By
P.R.Ramachander



  Kumar SAilesh et al(2016) have conducted  a study on the effect of chanting Vishnu  Sahasranama in reducing stress  of a participant .They have concluded that   Depression, anxiety  , stress and coristol  significantly   reduced by chanting  Vishnu SAhasranama   from 8 AM to 12 Noon for 12 weeks  .They  recommended further  studies  on this aspects when it is chanted  regularly
The authors  were from a medical college in Angamali , Kerala, a medical college in THandalam , chenni, Department of Physiology , JIPMER, Pondichery and Stress management Institute  , Hyderabad .

This was published in  International  Journal of research on Ayurveda Vol7(Suppl4)   , September-october 2016


Get defeated to win in 2018


Get defeated  to win in 2018

By
P.R.Ramachander



Get defeated  by your mother ,
  Her affection will  increase

Get defeated by your father
    Our wisdom will increase

Get defeated   by your wife  ,
    The joy would get doubked

Get defeated  by   your children
      Their will increase manifold

Get defeated by relatives
     The relationship would become stronger

Get defeated  by friends
     The friendship would become stronger

So get defeated in 2018,
          You would get victory


(Based on an old   Tamil poem.Thanks anon) 

New year a poem in Hindi

नया साल- New year

Translated  by
P.R.Ramachander





नया साल क्या लाएगा.. नया साल भी सताएगा
ख्वाब दिखायेगा, कदम बहकायेगा
ठोकरे देकर संभालना सिखाएगा
याद दिलाएगा, हमे रुलाएगा
वास्ते देकर फिर चुप कराएगा
आरज़ू जगायेगा, नींदें उड़ाएगा
दिलासे देकर फिर सुलाएगा
यादें महकाएगा, गीत लिखवाएगा
आंसू छलकाकर अकेला छोड़ जायेगा
उम्मीदे लाएगा, हसरतें जगायेगा
जीना सिखाएगा, यादें दे जायेगा
नया साल क्या लाएगानया साल भी गुजर जायेगा

What will new year bring,
It will   show us dreams, it would make us miss our steps,
It would give us shocks and teach us how to manage,
It would remind us  and it would ruin us,
It would gave chance and make us silent,
It would wake up desires in us  and wake us from sleep,
It would console us and again make us sleep,
It would waft  back memories and make  us write songs
It would make us shed tears  and leave us alone
It would give us hopes and wake up desires  in us,
It would teach us living and give us more memoirs,

What will new year bring , new year  also will pass on

Friday, December 29, 2017

Three great approaches to God in Hinduism explained by Bhagawan Ramana

Three  great approaches   to God in Hinduism explained  by Bhagawan Ramana

By
P.R.Ramachander

(What is your opinion ? Is it OK?)



I read  an interesting  post   in  Tamil  about BHagawan Ramana’s  teaching ,which is as follows:-

A  disciple   who went to see  Saint  Ramana ,
With a mango fruit  asked  him

“Oh sir, I am  terribly   confused ,
Please  tell me what is Dvaitha, Visishtadvaitha  and Advaitha?’

The saint  smiled  and told  that disciple

“You and mango fruit are  two separate things , that is Dvaitha,

You ate  the mango and the mango is within you , it is vIsishtadvaitha,

You ate the mango and it got digested, and now ,
It is not different from you , this is advaita.”

                    Here  mango is God and you are  the human being.What the sage has said is that


1,In Dvaitha  you and God are different

2,In Visishtadvaitha, God  is within you but is different


3,In Advaitha , the god and  you are one  for it is not possible to differentiate  between you.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ten incarnations in two lines

Ten incarnations in two lines

By
P.R.Ramachander






After seeing the face book post  of  Santanam Swaminathan.Thanks to him)

When the great Athi Madhura Kavi Rayar challenged  other poets Poet Kalamegha  Pulavar  accepted the challenge . Kavi Rayar   challenged KalaMegham to write   about the  ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu  in a four line poem.Kavi Kalamegham laughed   and said he can  write it  in two lines  and this is the poem he wrote:-

மெச்சுபுகழ் வேங்கடவா! வெண்பாவிற் பாதியிலென்
இச்சையிலென் சென்ம மெடுக்கவாமச்சாகூர்
மாகோலா சிங்காவா மாராமா ராமாரா
மாகோபா லாமாவா வாய்

Mechu pugazh venkadava , venpavir pathiyil yen,
Ichchayilen  chenma medukkavaa, Machaa koor,
Makkola Singaa Vamaa  Rama, Rama ra-
Ma Gopala  Maavavai

When others could  not understand  he explained:-

மெச்சு புகழ்தேவர் முனிவர் ஆகிய அனைவரும் மெச்சுகின்ற பெரும் கீர்த்தியை உடைய-Fame which is praised
வேங்கடவாதிருவேங்கடம் உடையானே!- Lord Venkatesa
வெண்பாவில் பாதியில்ஒரு வெண்பாவில் பாதியில்-Half of a four line verse
என் இச்சையில்எனது விருப்பப்படி-as per my wish
உன் சென்மம் எடுக்கஉன் அவதாரம் பத்தையும் எடுத்துக் கூற-To take  all your incarnations
வாவந்து அருள்வாயாக!-Bless me with your grace
மச்சாமச்சாவதாரத்தைச் செய்தவனே- He who became fish
கோலாவராஹாவதாரத்தைச் செய்தவனே-boar
கூர்மாகூர்மாவதாரத்தைச் செய்தவவே-turle
சிங்காநரசிங்கனே=-Narasimha
வாமாவாமனனே-Vamana
ராமாபரசுராமா!-Parasurama
ராமாதசரத ராமா! Dasaratha Ram
ராமாபலராமா!-Bala Rama
கோபாலாகிருஷ்ணா-Krishna
மா ஆவாய்இனி கல்கி அவதாரம் செய்யப் போகின்றவனே!-He who is going to be Kalki

And I have tried  to translate  it in to a four line poem

Oh Lord  Venkata  whose  fame is praised,
Help me to sing  about ten incarnations in a half a verse,
Fish, boar ,  turtle , lion , dwarf, rama  with an axe ,

with a  bow, and with a plough, Krishna who will become Kalki

My grand daughter who is a poetic genius-Raja Thatha

My grand daughter who is a poetic genius-Raja  Thatha

Maithree  Venkatesan is my  grand daughter .I am extremely proud of her  because  she is a thinker  as well as poet .I am below  two poems , the first one written by her  when she was  eight years old  and the second one  nine years later.You can see  that she was  a  budding thinker then and accomplished  thinker now




The butterfly park

By

Maithree Venkatesan

(This poet is only eight years old and is my grand daughter: Raja Thatha)

I once went to a butterfly park,
And was greeted by dogs, ready to bark,
With many pretty little butterflies,
Flittering around the sky.

Two little butterflies came and sat on me,
I laughed and smiled, shining with glee.
We watched a film, which told us about butterflies,
In which I learnt how butterflies fly.

Finally it was time to go,
The butterflies said “Hi” though!
I said ‘bye” and turned around the bend,
My little trip came to an end.


A Fish out of Water

BY MAITHREE VENKATESAN

Sometimes, I feel like a goldfish. 
Watching the sun rays race through the illusioned glass,
To shimmer like the love I desired. 
Swimming around in a pool of necessity,
I am confined by walls of unrequited sight, 
As the world watches me watch them. 
Sometimes, I feel like a goldfish, 
Stuck in a solitary bowl, void of echoes.
'Build bridges, not walls', they all told me,
But my bridges had been burned down a time too many. 
And so I chose to put up these walls instead. 
My teary eyed reflection hears,
But walls seldom listen.
She's my sole companion,
A figment of the other half I so desire,
My necessity. 
Sometimes, I feel like a goldfish. 
And so, I brought one home today. 

The world would have two less lonely hearts. 

Palakkad Brahmins or Kerala Iyers

Palakkad  Brahmins  or Kerala Iyers

By
P.R.Ramachander




(I have  lived several years   in Kerala, Karnataka , Andhra, Telengana   as well as Tamil Nadu .In each of these states there were social reformers  and atheists  . But in  no other state except Tamil Nadu, Brahmins are treated  so badly. I have never heard of Brahmin  rituals jeered at , as it is being done  in Tamil Nadu in any of the states   that I have lived. In fact they are treated with great respect  in all other states.A small write  up about  my community in Kerala)
    In Kerala  mainly three  types of Brahmins live . They are the  Nambudiris (some of them are called Bhattathiris) whose  mother toungue   is Malayalam , The Kerala Iyers (also called   as Palghat  Brahmins  or Pattars)  whose mother  is  Tamil  and the Embrandiris(also called  as Pothis)   whose  mother toungue is   either  Thulu or Kannada.  Among them  , by nature  of their ritual practices  , Nambudiris  marry Nairs  or Kshatriyas   and have  completely merged   with   the  locale of Kerala . The Embarndiris are   settlers in Kerala( an extremely minute percentage)   who came to Kerala    as Temple Archakas. Most of them have forgotten their mother toungue and speak only   in Malayalam.
    The kerala iyers  migrated  through the Palghat pass  and Shenkotha pass  in to Kerala. They are mainly from THanjavur and  Tirunelveli   districts of Tamil Nadu.
       In the  villages   which are  not far away from Tamil Nadu, they speak   a mixture  of  Tamil and Malayalam (termed as Thalayalam by  my friend and  classmate  Kalakkad Sundaram Natarajan)  But those tamil Brahmins    who have   moved to deep inside Kerala  prefer  to  talk mostly in Malayalam. Those who migrated  via Palghat  pass   are termed  as Palghat iyers, but in general  Tamil Brahmins are   called  Pattars or Swami  (Sami)   in Kerala, Legally  once upon a time they were termed as “Paradesi Brahmanas(Brahmins of another country)  They were  even legally referred to like that  , once upon a time. For example  in judicial papers  , the name of my father (whose real name  was P.R.Rama Iyer)  was referred to as  “ Paradesi Brahmanan  Puducode Rama Pattar  magan Rama Pattar”.
   The word “Pattar  “  must have originated from the word “Bhattar”. Some  of the common sayings  about them  are   “Pattaril Pottanilla(There  is no fool  among Pattas)”  , “Onnum Kanathe  Pattar Kenathil chadilla (Without  any  strong reason , Pattar  would  not Jump  in to the well)” and so on. There   are  some unfavourable   sayings about them also.  When our  friends some times jeeringly   call  them  “Pattare”   then they  are slightly offended. But  when need arises  they are called “Sami” which is derived from  word  “Swami”  , which is indeed  a honourable word
   I  have always felt  that  Brahmins of all hues  in Kerala   are not second class  citizens   and  they are  always honoured. When a Brahmin tells some thing , all other people including those  belonging to other  religions listen to  it with respect . All of them feel   that Brahmins   would  not cheat and  would not do any crime, One reason for this   is that , though they may deny it  , Keralites , whoever religion they belong are  strong believers  in God.
  When a Brahmin character comes in  cinemas and serials , they are  not portrayed as jokers but intelligent and serious people who follow their own culture.

  Most have them have migrated  away from Kerala  to different metropolises  in India, to the middle east   and to western countries ,But  they all love Kerala their mother  state and make it a point to gather  in their villages  in very large numbers when  temple festivals are celebrated. They also contribute liberally  to the upkeep  and repair  of their village temples.  As one of the trustees of Kerala Iyer  Trust(Run entirely online), i know  how liberally they contribute  to the welfare   of the Kerala iyers troubled  by poverty.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Thirumalpur Manikandeswara temple

Thirumalpur Manikandeswara  temple

Compiled by
P.R.Ramachander





   This is a  famous  temple of Lord Shiva which  is 14 km from Kanchipuram on the Kancipuram Arkonam route. It is 40km from Thiruvallore and there is electric train to this temple from Chennai It is believed  that Lord Parvathi  made this Shiva LInga here  with  sand .It is also believed that Lord Vishnu worshipped  Lord Shiva  in this temple. The  linga is never touched by  human hands including that  of the priest  and is kept covered by metal  and the Lord is  supposed to have  “THeenda Thirumeni.  The God of the temple is also called Dhyanitheswarar  and also Maal vangeswarar(God saluted by Vishnu)  and the Goddess  is called  Anchanathchi  Amman   and also Karunai nayagi. Lord Shiva iis seen here  being worshipped by  Lord Vishnu  in this temple . * As Lord Vishnu got back His Sudharsana Chakra in this temple, it is believed that devotees who pray here would have no threats, whatsoever!
The temple  is in the Banks of Palaru  and is believed  to be 1500   years old and believed  to be built by Paranathaka Chozha-1
There  are some interesting legends  about the temple.
It seems Goddess Parvathi playfully closed the  eyes of Lord Shiva and  was cursed  to come to earth. She came and installed a  Shiva Linga   with sand , below a Vilwa  tree on the shore of Palar and when she  was worshipping it , the waters  of the river rose up.She hugged the Lingam to protect it and prayesd to  her brother Lord Vishnu.Lord Vishnu came here and in his reclining pose acted as a dam  and saved   the Linga. The place where  he did this is called  THiruparkadal   and  there is a temple of Lord Vishnu there.
There  is also another story that wanting to have a powerful weapon back( the previous one was destroyed when he sent it against saint Dadheechi) , Lord Vishnu came here and worshipped Lord Shiva  daily by offering  one thousand lotus flowers.One day he found one flower was short and for  that purpose he plucked his one eye  and offered it to Lord Shiva .Lord Shiva was pleased   and gave him Sudarshana  Chakra and also blessed  him to have lotus like eyes.Because of this, the place was called  Harichakrapuram in Sanskrit  and Thirumalpuram in Tamil.Lord Vishnu it seems requested Lord Shiva that a  devotee worshipping Lord Shiva here  should get equal benefit of worshipping in all  Shiva   temples in the world. “ He also prayed that the devotees who visit the lord here may be granted salvation. Acceeding to Lord Mahavishnu’s request, Lord Shiva informed him that whoever chants his 1000 names or at least chants his eight names (Theentachivanthar, Sadarubar, Manikandar, Dayanithiyar, Pavalamalaiyar, Vattanthavirthar and Sakisanar- சாந்தரூபர், மணிகண்டர், தயாநிதியார், பவளமலையார், வாட்டந்தவிர்த்தார், பாசப்பிணி விண்ட சாகிசனார்,  ), would be granted salvation.”Because  of this the Uthsava murthy of Lord Vishnu in this temple holds a lotus flower in one hand and one of his eyes on the other hand.

   Another story is that Lord Ravana came to worship Lord Shiva in this temple and entered the sanctum without  permission of Lord Nandi.Lord Ravana  who was a great devotee told him that he being a  great devotee  need not take any body’s ermission and cursed  that Lord Nandi should have a monkey face  and in turn Lord Nandi cursed  him that  his city would be destroyed by monkeys.Because i of this the Nandi in this temple is in a standing position and has a  face  of a monkey. It is also believed that Lord Moon worshipped Lord Shiva here  and got the boon to grow again.
There is also a belief that it was in this temple   that Lord Vishnu as Vamana asked for three  feet of land   from king Mahhabali.
There are temples   of Lords Vinayakar, Murugan with his consorts, Chidambareswarar, Somaskandar, Choleeswarar, Chandikeswarar, Natarajar, Veerabathrar, Bairavar, Suryan, Chandran, the four nayanmars , Goddess Gajalakshmi, Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma and Durgai  around the main temple
   Though Shiva temple , since Lord  Vishnu also is with him, Theertha is offered and Chadari is kept on the heads  of devotees,Vilwa is the Sthala  Vriksha of this temple 
Temple Timings
 06.00 AM to 12.00 Noon and 04.00 PM to 09.00 PM
Temple Address

Sri Manikandeeswarar Temple
Thirumalperu Post
Arakkonam Taluk
Vellore District
Tamil Nadu – 631 053.
Tele: +91 4177 - 248 220, 093454 49339.

The priest, Sri Shanmugam Gurukkal can be contacted at 09444386442.


Sunday, December 24, 2017

Do not punish yourselves by getting angry

Do not  punish  yourselves  by getting angry

By
P.R.Ramachander





(Long , long back I had read somewhere  that anger is a poison that  we eat. When I read what sri Anantha Narayanan had written in Tamil , I wanted to write   about anger. I borrowed heavily from what he wrote.My thanks are to him)

Once some   I   did research   on anger,
To find out why  and   when it comes?
One person said , no one  is obeying him
And another said, he got  it when some one blames him

Yet another  person told   that he  would be angry ,
If some one falsely  implicates  him for a mistake,
Another said, if some one keeps on repeating  the same thing, he will be angry
And another said , he will be angry if he fails to get what he wants.

Those  persons were  asked  whether  they would ,
Ever  get  angry  on themselves   and without  even thinking,
They told, never , how can we  get angry on ourselves
And so anger comes on others  for small  errors  that they did.

I then remembered   that   the  great  sage   Durvasa  ,
Would have  become  the king  of   heaven but   for his anger,
Because   everytime   he got angry , he lost ,
All  the accumulated  Punya   that  he had earned.

Anger  is a self  inflicted  punishment  that  we give,
To ourselves which results  in  our loosing friends  and relatives,
Which creates  tension  within us affecting our body and mind,
And may lead  to nervous disorders  and  higher  blood pressure.

To avoid this anger  which leads  to strokes  and madness,
Please  do not  act in such a way  that others get angry with you,
Do not find fault  with others, do not expect   anything from others,
And if  some one gets angry at you , say first “Sorry” to them.

If some one makes you angry , tell them ,”Please let me think”,
And then think whether  it was  his fault  or your   fault ,
Normally by this time , the   cause  of  thatanger   would vanish,
And if it did  not , move away from there  and think.

To the person  who gets angry at you, talk normally,
Even if some one errs , do good to him  ,
Think about what you have really lost and you will realize,
Nothing very great   was lost and getting angry is a waste.

Realize that   we are all born in this world to achieve,
And not to get angry itself   is a very great achievement,
And also that out life is short  and to make it sweet ,
WE should never get   angry    against    anybody?

Am  I saying   what is correct?
Hope you are  not angry with me.



Saturday, December 23, 2017

Methods of worship to God in Hinduism

Methods  of worship to God  in Hinduism

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander

(I saw the original in Malayalam   script  as a whatsapp message, possibly  from some book on BHakthi)















Worship of  god  in Hinduism  can be  ,
In nine   different  ways of approach,
They are  Sravanam, Keerthanam ,
Smaranam, Padha   sevanam, Archanam,
Vandhanam , dasyam , sakhyam and Athma Nivedanam

Hearing  Gods  name , his prayers  and his stories  is Sravanam,
Learning  what we  heard  about God  and telling or singing it is Keerthanam
Smaranam  is always  thinking  of God and meditating  on him,
Padha  sevanam is serving  God   and God’s   creations,
Archanam  is  worshipping  God by offering him flowers,
Dasyam is feeling  that you are slave of God  who always  serves him,
Sakhyam is feeling of friendship to God, and moving like a friend to him,
Athma  NIvedanam is completly   surrendering  ourselves   to God



Friday, December 22, 2017

Mad, semi and sane

Mad, semi and sane

By
Sri Guru moorthi

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander






(I have taken some independence in my translation.Hope the author would pardon.)

One journalist went  to interview a psychiatrist  ,
And asked  him , “How will  you find our  ,
That   your patient  is completely  cured  ?”
And the doctor told  ‘We will give  him,
A bucket of water , a sppon and a mug .
And request him to   empty  the bucket.”

The journalist understood   and told the doctor,
“If he  empties it with a spoon, I hope he  is not cured or he is a baby,
But I were  given the task , I will empty   with the mug.”
The doctor  laughed  and said, “Oh then you are semi,

A normal man will simplyoverturn and empty the  bucket.”

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Sorrow tinged with joy

Sorrow tinged with joy

By
P.R.Ramachander




I  had a  non believer  atheist friend  ,
And one day   we both saw  ,
That one of our common fiend has died,
Because   we were  informed by his crying son,
My father  has  reached the  lotus feet  of god.

My  atheist  friend  laughed  uproariously  ,
And told  me, “If  our friend    has really reached God ,
Why  is his son crying  and weeping,
Instead  he should be full of joy.”

My friend   had a  married  daughter ,
And I asked him , “I know  you gave ,
Your daughter in marriageto a prosperous family,
But on her marriage  day I saw you crying ,
Why were you not happy  that your daughter,
Would lead  a much happier life than you?”
My friend told because I  would miss her company,
And I told him,”Our  friend;s son  would also miss his father,
And that  may be the reason  that he is sad ,
Though  he  knows that  his father  would,

Reach  the lotus  feet  of God and be eternallay happy.”

Tirupattur Brahma Pureeswarar temple

The only Brahma  temple in Tamil Nadu  is located here

Tirupattur   Brahma Pureeswarar  temple and a great prayer   addressed  to Lord Brahma

Compiled by
P.R.Ramachander



(Lord Brahma has  a separate   temple in this temple  of Lord Shiva.You can see  a video about the temple  shown in SAnkara   TV  in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBIva3FGUu8. At the end I am also  attaching a prayer  addressed  to Lord Brahma which would fulfil    all your desires.)

   This is a great and ancient temple   and is situated near TRichy. You can reach Tirupattur, which is 10 kms from Samayapuram (5 kms diversion from Siruganur on the trichy-chennai highway and Perambalur route) by Tiruchy- Perambalur bus and also a town bus.       It takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour.       The temple is opened at 7.30 am and upto 1 pm in the morning and is opened at 4pm and upto 8pm in the evening.     Thursdays and Sundays are busy days for the temple.    Guru’s Adidevatha is brahma.  The shops in front of the temple sell flowers and also lotus to be offered to Brahma.  The Rajagopuram faces the east and is of 5 stages.    On entering, you see the Kodimara and then the Nandhi under the Rudraksha mantap.  This mantap is known as Vedha Mandapam.    The inner mantapa known as Nadha Mantapa houses the sapthaswara pillars.    You cross this mantap and dwara palakas and enter to have the blessings of Lord Siva who showered his blessings on Brahma known as Brahmapureeswarar.
The  main deities  of the temple are Brahmapureeswarar, Brahmasampathgowri and Brahma.   Lord ganesha is in sanctum sanctorium of both Siva and Brahma.     The general belief of devotees is that Brahma does not have temples.   But the truth is that there is no temple of Siva without brahma, as he is present on the left hand side of Siva, from where the abhiseka theertham comes.    On the south of Nadha mantapa, a large sized brahma faces east.   The brahmasampathgowri temple is adjacent and on the northern side of kodimara and the goddess was prayed by brahma and the goddess bestowed the tejas back to Brahma and thus the power of creation and hence called brahmasampthgowri.  The Murugan,Valli and Deivayanai Sannadhi is behind the sannadhi of Brahma.   Other deities are mahavishnu, gajalakshmi, durga, sapthamadhas, Dakshinamurthy and Navagraha.
  There is interesting story about the origin of the temple ,It seems Lord Brahma got the  job of creation from Lord Shiva. Wanting to give him equal status Lord Shiva gave five heads to Lord Brahma  just like himself .When Lord Brahma became very proud and insulted lord Shiva he took away one jhead of Lord Brahma  and took away the  job of creation from him.. When Lord Brahma realised his mistake and begged   his pardon, Lord Shiva asked him to to THirupattur and consecrate there  his DWadasa lingas.Lord Brahma obeyed his order and installed  12 lingas of Lord Shiva  , which were 
The Twelve Siva Lingas installed by Brahma are:
1.       Sri Brhamapureeswarar                                (Moola sthanam)
2.       Sri Pazhamalai nathar                                   (opp to Pathanjali munivar sannadhi)
3.       Sri Pathala Iswarar                                        (Near to Chandikeswarar)
4.       Sri Thayumanavar                                         (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
5.       Sri Mandooganathar                                      (Northern side of goodess sannadhi)
6.       Sri Ekambareswarar                                      (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
7.       Sri Arunachaleswarar                                    (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
8.       Sri Kailasanathar                                           (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
9.       Sri Jambukeswarar                                        (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
10.   Sri Kalathinathar                                              (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
11.   Sri Saptharishiswarar                                       (Northern side of goddess sannadhi)
12.   Sri Suddha Rathineswarar                               (Near Navagraha)

AS a result  Lord Brahma got back his power   and the  main deity of  the temple was  called  Brahmapureeswarar   and Goddess  was called Brahma  Nayagi  .Maha Periyava   once had told that  Lord Shiva handed over Vedas to the Goddess Ambika , who in turn handed it over   Lord Nandi who in turn , handed it over  to the sages in this temple.Possibly because  of that  there  is a temple for Lord Brahma  , a huge gigantic Nandi as also  prathishta for several sages  in this temple. Devotees believe that when you touch the Nandi idol , you have a sensation of touching  the real bull.
There is a peculiar  method of worship of Lord Brahma  in this temple. Devotees believe    that by worshipping lord Brahma  in this temple   marriages  take place, they get children , separated couples join together, fate changes , diseases   would be cured  and business  flourishes.  .He is worshipped with 36 lamps representing 27 stars and 9 planets ,He is offered 108 tamaring bals   and the devotee is asked to go  round the temple 9 times chanting  “GUrr Brahma  , Gurur Vishnu” .Lord Brahma    can be worshipped  only at 8 Am  on all days except Thursday and on Thursday(He is dressed on turmeric on that day.)  , he has to be worshipped  at 6 Am.It is also believed   if people worship   Lord Brahma without dfaith  things will worsen.
Since the twelve forms of Lord Shiva are   consecrated  in this temple  , the devotee  can worship all the jyothir lingas  in this temple itself. It is also believed   that sage Patanjalis Samadhi is in this temple.
The temple structure
The  main deities are Brahmapureeswarar, Brahmasampathgowri and Brahma.   Lord ganesha is in sanctum sanctorium of both Siva and Brahma.     The general belief of devotees is that Brahma does not have temples.   But the truth is that there is no temple of Siva without brahma, as he is present on the left hand side of Siva, from where the abhiseka theertham comes.    On the south of Nadha mantapa, a large sized brahma faces east.   The brahmasampathgowri temple is adjacent and on the northern side of kodimara and the goddess was prayed by brahma and the goddess bestowed the tejas back to Brahma and thus the power of creation and hence called brahmasampthgowri.  The Murugan,Valli and Deivayanai Sannadhi is behind the sannadhi of Brahma.   Other deities are mahavishnu, gajalakshmi, durga, sapthamadhas, Dakshinamurthy and Navagraha.There is
   The Shodasa lingas   worshipped   by Lord Brahma   are  kept  in a hall where Lord Shiva   took away the curse  he has given to Lord Brahma.
On the southern side of kodimara is Pathanjali Munivar.       He is the one who gave ‘Yoga Sutra’  and also called as ‘Nithya kaingaryal’ as he prays daily the Brahmapureeswarar of this temple.
The Sthala Viruksha of this temple is Makizha maram.  This is on the northern side of the goddess sannnadhi and is believed to be of 150 years old.    The theerthas in the temple are: 1. Brahma theertham  2.  Bahula theertham   3.  Shanmuga river.     Brahma theertham is the one from which the water was taken by Brahma for abhisekam of the dwadasa lingams.  Bahula theertham is outside the temple, 150 metres away.    Shanmugha river is on the eastern side of the temple, 500 metres away, and flows from north to south and hence considered equal to River Ganges.
There is a ten day festival  in the month of Panguni  (March-April)  at this temple,.All Pradoshams are  celebrated with great  fanfare.
The temple   is open from  7 AM-12.30 PM  and from 4 PM to 8 PM
Address of the temple
Arulmigu Brahmapureeswarar Temple,
  Tirupattur,
  Irrungalur (via),
  Tiruchchirapalli District.,
    Pincode : : 621 105 ,
  Phone no: +91- 431 2909 599 

Abheeshtadha  Brahma Stotram
(Desire fulfilling prayer addressed  to Lord Brahma)

Translated by
P.R.Ramachander

( There are few prayers addressed to Lord Brahma. Here is a great prayer addressed to him which would fulfill all our desires.)

1.Namo Hiranya garbhaya , Brahmane  , Brahma roopine  ,
Avijnatha  swaroopaya  kaivalyamruthaya cha.

Salutations to Hiranya Gharbha* who is absoulute and has the form of Brahma,
Who has an unknown form  and is the nectar of salvation.
                           * The golden generator of the universe.
2.Yam na Deva Vijananthi   , mano  yathrapi kuntitham,
Na yathra  vaak prasarathi  namasthasmai chidathmane .

When  devas   do not  understand  you  , then  they have worries in mind,
And    their voice   does not advance from them, Salutations to the divine soul.

3.Yoginio yam Hrudayakase pranidhanena nischala,
Jyothi roopam  prapasyathi thasmai sri Brahmane nama.

When Yogis with no activity in their mental sky    mediate on you,
They will see you in the form of a flame  and so salutations to Lord Brahma.

4.Kaalaath paraya kaalaya   swechaya  purushaya cha,
Guna thraya  swaroopaya   nama prakruthi roopine.

Oh God who is beyond time , is time   and  is an independent Purusha,
Who  has the  form of  Sathva, Rajas and Thamas, salutations to form of nature.

5.Vishnave sathva roopaaya   Rajo roopaya Vedhase ,
Thamase  Rudra roopaya   Sthithi sarganthakarine

Oh God who is Lord Vishnu in Satva form  , Lord Brama in Rajo form,
And Lord  Rudra in  the base form  , Oh god who creates maintains and destroys.

6.Namo Budhi Swaroopaya   tridahamkruthaye  nama,
Pancha thanmathra roopaya  , Pancha karmendriyathmane .

Oh God of the form of intelligence   Salutations   to him who  has thre types of egos,
Who has the form of  five subtle elements,   and who is the soul of five  organs of action.

7.Namo mana  swaroopaya, Pancha budhendriyathmane 
Kshithyadhi pancha roopaya  , namasthe vishayathmane.

Salutations to God of the form of mind  , who is the soul  of the five organs of  knowledge ,
Salutations to God who is the soul of five type of dwellings who is  also the soul of  material objects.

8.Namo Brahmanda roopaya  , thad antharvathine nama,
Arvaacheena  paraacheena , viswarooopaya they nama .

Salutations to God of the form of universe , salutations to god  who works within it,
Salutations    to God who is modern and ancient and has the form of supreme form.

9.Anithya nithya roopaya  sadasadpathaye nama,
Samastha bhaktha krupayaa  swechavishkrutha vigraha

Salutations  to him who is stable and unstable and who exists and does not exist,
Oh God who  of his own manifest s himself due to mercy to  his devotees.

10.THava niswasitham Vedaa , thavaswedho akhilam Jagath,
Viswaa bhoothani  they padaa, seershno  dhvow  samavarthatha.

Your breath are the Vedas , your perspiration  is the entire world,
All  beings of the world are at  your feet  and your two  head  return back  .

11.Nabhyaa  aaseed anthareeksham ,lomaani cha vanaspathi,
Chandrama manaso  jatha , chaksho  surya sthava prabho.

Your belly is the atmosphere, your hairs are the trees,
Moon was  born out of your mind and Oh Lord. Sun is your eye.

12.THwameva sarvam , THwayee deva sarvam,
Sthothaa Sthuthi  , sthavya   iha thwameva cha,
Eesaa  thwayaa  vasyumidham hi sarvam,
Namosthu   bhooyopi namo namasthe.

You are everything   , You are all the Gods,
One who prays, the prayer and the  one who is prayed are all you only,
Oh God ,  you are the one whose place of stay is in all places,
Salutations,  again salutations and salutations.

13.Ithi sthuthvaa vidhim  devaa  nipethur  dandavath kshithow,
Parithushta sthadaa Brahma  prathyuvcha  dhivoukasa.

After  the Devas prayed like this to Lord Brahma , they fell down on earth and saluted him,
And Brahma who was greatly pleased  told like this to the Devas.

Brahmo Uvacha:-
Lord Brahma said:-

14. Yadatha yaanaaya  sthuthyaa  thushtosmi   pranthaa suraa,
Uthishtatha  prasannosmi  vrunu thwam   varam uthamam.

 I am greatly happy with  your prayer  , Oh devas who are saluting me,
Please get up   as I am extremely pleased   and request for good boons.

15.Ya  sthoshyanaya  sthuthyaa   sradhavan  prathyaham suchi,
Maam vaa  haram vaa Vishnum vaa  thasys thushtaa sadaa vayam,

Daily  in a pure state   with devotion   if you pray using this prayer,
I or Lord Shiva or Lord Vishnu   would be greatly happy with you.

16.Dasayaama sakalaan  Kaman puthran  pouthram  , pasun vasu,
Soubhagyam   ayur arogyam  , nirbhayathwam rane   jayam.

I am granting you fulfillment of all your desires, sons, grandsons  , cattle wealth,
Luck , long life , heath , fearlessness and victory in battle.

17.Aihikamushtikan bhogaan   apavargam adhakshayam,
Yadyath ishtathamam   thasya thathath   sarvam bhavishyathi.

You will get firm grip   on all the  pleasures  which would not be divided  nor vane,
And whatever   you desire most that will happen that way.

18.Asmad sarva prayathnena   padithavya sthavothama ,
Abheeshtasha ithi khyathaa  stavoyam sarva sidhidha.

If you  put is effort   and chant this great prayer addressed to me  ,
This prayer which  would be famous as “fulfiller of desires”   would get you all that you want

    Ithi   Skanda purane  , Kasi Khanda anthargatham   Abheeshtadha Brahma stotram.

This is the desire fulfilling prayer addressed to Lord Brahma which occurs   in the chapter of Benares 
 In the Skanda Purana.


Monday, December 18, 2017

Ten lessons that Bhagwad Gita teaches us

Ten lessons   that  Bhagwad Gita   teaches us

By
P.R.Ramachander



(I read this in Malayalam  in a Whatsapp  message.The person who saw these  great and relevant teachings in Gita  is indeed a  great person.My thanks to him.)

1.Never get scared  of anything

Every one is scared  of death ,
But in Gita  the God teaches Arjuna ,
Not to be ever  scared of death,
AS    every death  is only a  change of form,
Even relationship   and wealth die,
And a life without   fear is indeed pretty.

2.Never  suspect  anything

Unnecessary suspicion is the chief  cause,
Which takes away  peace   and joy  from life,
For a person who  suspects   everything ,
Cannot live with peace  in this or  his future lives,
But the curiosity  to know  oneself   should never,
Be  considered as  suspicion .

3.Get freedom  from  attachments

Our mind   would be peaceful  only ,
If we  get  freedom from  innumerable ,
Attachments  like  possession , passion,
Ambition , pride   and   egoism,
And only a  peaceful mind  can,
Get wisdom   and  freedom from worries.

4.Get freedom from worry about the result

When we  plan carefully to do anything,
Never  start  worrying   weather  ,
WE will meet   with  failure  or victory,
But do the entrusted job  with truth  and honesty.

5,Never swerve   away  from the  path of duty

Running away and hiding    ourselves  ,
From  the job  entrusted   to us  does not take  us forward,
Getting away   from attachment  to the family and friends ,
Is not path  to spiritual knowledge or permanent  peace,
Running away   from  our responsibilities  when  we lead a  normal life,
Is not at all easy  and would lead  to  utter failure and great sorrow

6.Understand   the  ultimate  Godhead

If we are able to bid farewell  to all attachments,
Then it would be easy   for us    to submit to that  Ultimate God,
Understand   that  each individual  is the work of  art of God,
And  blaming  the  past and fearing the future is a useless  exercise ,
Which would take us away  from  understanding ultimate  Godhead .

7.If  you are egoistic, wisdom is of no use

If  a mirror is fogged ,  we will not be  able to,
See  our  reflection  on that  mirror   clearly  ,
Similarly   the  mind  of an egoistic person ,
Is fogged and it cannot reflect  wisdom ,
And his  day today life    would be  full of problems.

8.Observe  tolerance  of   view  on everything

The person who cannot   do proper  meditation,
Would not  be able to observe control  over his actions.
Taking lot of  food or  no food at all  does not take you,
Nearer   to God  but proper meditation can win always.

9.Anger is   the path to errors so practice  peace

Uncontrolled   anger  makes  you incapable of  finding out,
The good or bad  in every   thing   we do or attempt,
And anger is the reason for failure  of  every thing in life,
And it is the  main gate   to  the disaster  in life and hell.

10.Understand that body is temporary but soul is   for ever

Lord Krishna   compares  our life  to a piece  of dress ,
And says that the soul changes  its   dress (the body) often,
And he also tells Death is to the  body and not to soul.


Even an atheist can be a good person

Even an atheist  can be  a good person

By
P.R.Ramachander



(Completly based on the face book post  of  கங்கை சுந்தர்(Gangai Sundar) .My deep sense of gratefulness   )

An Atheist is also  a human being  within whom God is there,
But he is internally blind  and he realises  God just like  blind people,
A blind one  who feels  elephant’s feet   says Elephant  is like a pillar,
And when he tells  elephant is like pillar , he  is not telling a lie.

Suppose   that blind one feels    the ears   of the elephant  ,
He would say   that  Elephant   is like  a winnow   and if he feels,
Its tail  , he would say   that  elephant  is like a broom .
He cannot  see  and what  he feels depends on where he stands

Since  none of them can see  , all of them tell  the truth,  that they know,
When one says “yes”  and another   says “No” both are telling the truth,
When one person sees you from front   and says   that you have face ,
And another one sees you from back   and you don’t have  face both are telling the truth

But  each of them   tells only   one part  of the truth ,
Because  of their  limited vision  and only a person,
Who has  a broadest   vision can see   every thing  ,
And tell   the   complete   truth   about   any thing.

If we say  God is many   , then He  indeed  is many  ,
If we say  there  is only one God  , then indeed He is one,
If we say  He is there , then indeed  He is there  for you,
And if we say  He is not there. He is not there for him.

Everything  that   we know  is based on our belief,
And if we  realize this  , we would lead a happy pleasant life,
WE often hear  people  of Islamic faith   telling us  ,
That  we salute  the creations   and they salute   the creator.
Are we worshipping   stone and mud  created by God.
AS God  and answer is no, because  we worship their innate  spirit

Vedas say  that our soul is only  the all pervading  Brahman ,
And one who realizes it   does not speak about it  ,
And he  is happy   within himself  and that Brahman,
Atharvana  Veda  says  is the   soul in everybody’s mind.

That stainless  body less  Brahmam   is within  ,
The lustrous  mind   of every one   and those who know,
It as  light of lights   and resplendent  Brhaman  ,
Knows  everything  that is to be known says Mundakopanishad.

The Vedas  say   that this soul sd does not have  birth ,
Does  not die , does not have a form , does not grow,
Does not decrease  and cannot be seen by our outer eye,
And this  cannot  be seen by an atheist without an inner eye.

WE must be able   to keep our outer and inner  eye  open ,
And understand   that  even an atheist  is a good person,
AS even within him   God lives but  he is handicapped ,
AS he is blind  inside and let us pity him but not hate him.

But if his inner  blindness makes   him  feel that ,
There is no sin, no bad actions, anger  is good,
Cruelty is fine, being  proud   or jealous is okay,

Then  that person could be bad due to all  these  wrong beliefs