Saturday, April 28, 2018

Dig in the same place again and again to get water

Dig in the same  place  again  and again  to get water


(Based on what   I read   recently  .Unfortunately  I do not know the author  of that peace . My thanks    to him.)

There   was  a great  devotee  of  God  Rama   ,
Who used   to worship   Lord Rama  always,
And who used   to  go to the temple of Rama always ,
Though  he believed in all   Gods     equally.

One day  he went    to his friend’s home  ,
His    wife told that,he was worshipping  Lord Krishna,
He then dug  a hole  of one   feet deep, in  front of his house
Waited   for some time    and returned  back

Next day , his friend   was  doing   a Yaga
He  dug another  hole of one feet  and came back,
Next day his  friend was  sri chakra  pooja,
He dug   another   hole  of one feet  and came back

Like this   it went   on for  more   than a year ,
And whenever  he went  his friend was  doing  a different  type of  worship,
And every time   the friend   dug  a hole  of one feet  and returned,
And one day    the friend   came out of his   house,

He was surprised   to   see  several  holes  of one feet deep,
And he thought  , what a  fool he  is , had he dug  at the same place ,
He would   have   atleast  Got   water  to drink,
And  the  friend who dug    the holes  smiled  and  said ,
“My friend  , you too would  have  seen God  ,
Had   you   done  the same    worship  with faith  ,
Again and again instead  of daily  changing  your form of worship.”

Friday, April 27, 2018

Daughter’s role in satisfying our Pithrus

Daughter’s role  in satisfying   our  Pithrus 


THarpanam for a person is done

Their son, (Pitha  and Matha)
Their son’s son, (Pitha maha   and Pitha mahi)
Their son’s   grand son (Prapitha maha , Prapitha  mahi)

And also

Daughter’son, (Matha  maha , Matha mahi)
Son’s  daughter’s son,(Mathru  pitha maha , Mathru Pitha mahi)
Grand son’s daughter’s son(Mathru  prapitha maha  , Mathru prapitha  mahi)

   This shows   how important daughter’s are in taking care of the needs  of family  Pithrus .In fact, when our great grand son’s daughter’s  son does  tharpanam for us , possibly he   would be the  only person to do tharpanam for us

A birthday wish in the form of a Rig Veda blessing

A birthday   wish in the form of a Rig Veda blessing

Given with approximate meaning by

Request  the birthday person  to light a lamp and pease  recite  this blessing  from Rig Veda on  his/her   birthday . The meaning is given in a simple form to   suit the  present days  , so that , the birthday boy/girl will uunderstand. You can even read  only   the english blessing

सुकल्प  - दीर्घायुष्मान भव ____________(name of   the  birthday  boy/girl)

शतं जीव शरदो वर्धमानः शतं हेमन्ताञ्छतमु वसन्तान्
शतमिन्द्राग्नि सविता बृहस्पतिः शतायुषा हविषेमं पुनर्दुः ll 

Om Deerga ayushman bhava ___________

Om shatam jeeva sharado vardhamaanah shatam hemanta satham  vasantaan l
Shatam indraagni savitaa bruhaspatih satha ayusha haviShemam punarduh ll

Om  live for  long years______________________

Live   with increasing prosperity   for  one  hundred autumns ,
One hundred  winters    and one   hundred    summers    and let  ,
Indra, Agni  , Sun  , Brahaspathi   grant   you   hundred years  ,
 Which are   filled   with material, intellectual and spiritual successs  again and again.

साग्रं वर्षशतं जीव, पिब, खाद मोद
आयुर्बलं यशः प्रज्ञां प्राप्तुयाः शुभसम्पदाम् ll 

saagram varSha shatam jeeva piba khaada cha modha cha l
aayurbalam yashah prajnaam praaptuyaah shubhasampadaam ll

In  this whole life   of hundred  years which are  allotted to you  , ive, drink, eat    and be  happy,
Get   strength  of life, get fame   and become wise  along with  wealth earned well.

इन्द्र श्रेष्ठानि द्रविणानी धेहि चित्तीं दक्षस्य सुभगत्वमस्म
पोषं रयीणामरिष्टिं तनूना स्वाद्मानं वाचः सुदिनत्वमहनाम् ll 

Indra shreShThaani draviNaanee dhehi chitteem dakShasya subhagatvamasma l
poSham rayeeNaamariShTim tanoonaa svaadmaanam vaachah sudinatvamahanaam ll

Oh Indra  give him wealth  ,knowledge   , strength   as well  as courage.
Grant him alertness, caution, fortune, boundless  prosperity,
Good health , life free   from obstacles and sweet voice ,
May every day of this   person be auspicious and prosperous.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tooth brush and paste and your class

Tooth brush and paste  and  your class


Translated by

When you  go for a two day visit to a new place ,
If you  do not carry   your  brush and paste ,
But think , I can  manage   with the paste  there,
And brush   there  with my hand you are lower middle class.

When you  go for a two day visit to a new place ,
If you  do not carry   your  brush and paste ,
Thinking   you may forget   your new brush therem
And take  one  of your old brushes, you are  middle class

When you  go for a two day visit to a new place ,
If you  do not carry   your  brush and paste ,
Thinking   that   you can buy    a new   brush  ,
And paste   in that place you are an upper middle class

When you  go for a two day visit to a new place ,
If you  do not carry   your  brush and paste ,
Because  you would be staying   in hotel ,
Which gives  them, you  are higher  upper middle class.

When you  go for a two day visit to a new place ,
If you  do not carry   your  brush and paste ,
Because  you know that an oderly will come,
With a medicated  cart  ewith these  things , you are  superior class.

Disqualifications of a Tamil Brahmin groom

Disqualifications  of a  Tamil  Brahmin groom

Estimated  due to experience  ,

( the greatest problem our community   faces   is for boy’s getting suitable brides. Once upon a time  he never had any disqualifications but now   times have changed  . You may not agree   to my estimates  but , they could be   only higher   and lesser.  There are many other aspects   which brings down the chances   of groom getting married  I am telling this very great sorrow  ) 

The groom said , matching horoscopes  is a must   for me,
His chances of getting married came down by  20%

The groom said  , I  would not   marry    in the same  gothra,
His chances of  getting married   came down by  another 10%

The groom said, I am a single son to my parents  ,
His chances  of getting married     came down by 50%

The groom said  , I am only   a graduate and  works as clerk,
His chances  of getting married    came down by   80%

The groom said  , I am a business  man with good income  ,
His chances   of getting married comes    down by 50%

The groom    said, I   have studied Vedas  and am a priest,
His chances   of getting married    came down by 80%

The Groom said  ,  I  could not get married  early, I am 35,
His chances of getting married came down by    80%

The groom said, I am qualified , live in a village  to take care of parents,
His  chances   of getting   married   came down by 90%

The groom said rituals are must for me and I want my wife  to wear  9 yards sari always,
His chances  of getting married    came down by   90%

The groom said   , my parents are 80 plus and I have to look after   them,
His chances   of getting   married   came down by 90%

Chitra Pournami Vritham on 29-4-2018

Chitra Pournami  Vritham  on  29-4-2018

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Chithra  Guptha is the book keeper  of Yama the God of death    who keeps tag of the sins and good  deeds committed   by  each individual being on earth .It is based on his accounting that  God of death sends one to hell or heaven. There  are  few   great stories  about his origin .

1.Yama  the God of death  was the son of Sun  God  and one day he rushed to Kailasa, the  abode of Lord  Shiva. He was obviously  worried  and when  Lord Shiva   asked him, what he wanted, Lord Yama  told him, “God too many beings are there in   the earth and I am finding it extremely   difficult to keep track   of the sins and good deeds   done by them, so that  I can  punish them or honour them. So please  help me by giving a  helper  who is pious  , judicious , wise  , skilled and  can write quickly ..” AS soon as  as he heard this request  Lord Shiva instructed Lord Brahma  to do the needful. Lord Brahma   made God of love  enter the mind of Lord Sun. That day he was watching   his rays reflected in the ocean and splitting in to seven colours and Sun wished to have a lady as pretty   as that and  suddenly a rain bow  was formed and Lord Sun made  her in to a lady and called her Nila  Devi and Sun God started living with her   and a son was born to her on the full moon day of the  Chithre month ( April –may)and he   was named as Chithra  Puthran.At birth the boy had  a writing stylus   and dried palm leaf. He was given  to Lord Yama   as book keeper .Since  all that he maintains should be secret he was later named as Chithra Guptha (Guptha means secret).He later  got married to three ladies Prabhavathi, Neelavathi  and  Karniki.(some references say two wives)   It seems he had   eight sons.

2.There  is another version of the story   given in Wikipedia. Lord Brahma, determined to solve this problem for Yama, sat in meditation for many thousands of years. Finally he opened his eyes, and a man stood before him with a pen and paper. As Chitragupta was born of Brahma's body or kaya in Sanskrit, Brahma declared that his children would forever be known as Kayastha*( a major   caste in North India)
3.Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction was discussing with his wife Parvathi about maintaining Dharma amidst all human beings in earth and maintaining good account of their deeds. He felt that he wanted to have someone to have a close watch on the people to prevent them from indulging in crime and involving themselves in good deeds. Shiva drew a picture in a gold plate - Parvathi was impressed and wanted Shiva to detail it. The picture turned into a deity by the divine grace of Shiva and Parvathi. Shiva entrusted the duty of maintaining the account of deeds of all human beings in earth. He came to be known as Chitraguptha as he was derived from a Chitra (piture) and Gupta (accountant). He was set as the accountant of Yama, who is the deity of death..

4.Brihaspati, the Guru of planetary deities had a disagreement with Indra  the king of celestial deities. On account of the confrontation, Brihaspati discontinued his advocacy to Indra. At a later point, Indra realized his mistakes and patched up with his Guru. To expiate himself from the sins created, he started on a pilgrimage and reached the place to find a Linga. He constructed a temple in the place and golden lotuses started appearing in the nearby temple tank. The day was Chitra Pournami.

5.Indra  prayed to Shiva to have a child, but as per the divine wish, his wife Indrani was not supposed have any progeny. Shiva directed Kamadhenu , the holy cow to give birth to a child. Shiva later entrusted the child to Indra and Indrani, who later brought him up as Chitragupta.

Chithra pournami    festival which xcomes this year on 30-4-2018   is considered as birthday   of Chithraguptha 

In olden days people  alone or    in groups observe Vratham(Penance)   on Chithra pournami  and go to the temple and read  the story of Chithra  Guptha   in Tamil.     They  believed that Chithra Guptha would come to earth and visit every being   and the  effect of sins done knowingly or unknowingly would get reduced    by reading  his story. They also believed   that   by reading or hearing the story they and their family would be   healthy and prosperous.

There   is also a story regarding why penance on Chithra  pournami   was being undertaken. This is the summary  of the story that   they used to read

There was country  in olden times called  Mukthi puri  and there   was a young girl there   called  Kalavathi. Once she went in side the forest   and saw a  pretty small temple there. Some deva  maidens were doing pooja there, They were   reading the story of Chithra guptha. When they came out Kalavathi asked them, what they were   doing and what story they were   reading,. They told her that  it was God Chithra Guptha’s story and all those  who observe penance  on his birthday(Chithra pournami)   and read the story    would become prosperous, get good husnands   , sweet children and  succeed  in all that they do  Kalavathi requested them to teach her that   story .She became the queen of that country.Being a great devotee , she spread the  procedure of the penance    and the story throughout the country.

 Preparation for the penance   and pooja on the previous day

On the previous night of Chitra Pournami, please  

wash the lamps, keep turmeric, kumkum dots, put thread and keep it ready for the next day.

Sweep the house and keep it clean.

Usually we make sweet pidi kozhukattai using homemade rice flour. So we prepare the homemade rice flour in advance and keep it ready for next day’s use. (Some people offer  Jaggery payasam)

Draw maakolam in the entrance and in front of pooja room.

Usually we draw  kolam in the entrance and pooja room(see image) .

 Foot of Chitra gupta along with an umbrella, hand fan, stick,foot of bull, foot of horse and flag should also be drawn. Refer picture attached

Should draw it from entrance till pooja room feet   just the way you put Lord Krishna feet for Gokulashtami/Krishna jayanthi. It is believed that Chitra Gupta is entering our house on this day. Refer  image

Wash the muram and divide into 9 parts by drawing segments using maakolam.

Keep 9 types of grains/ Navadhaniyam in them as shown in the image. Keep a fresh bunch of neem flower if you have. I have kept some dried flowers.You should also keep a coconut, raw mango and palm hand fan(visari)  nearby the muram.

. In a white paper, write “Chithiranaar Puthiranaar Sivanadiyaar Perungkanakkar” ( "சித்திர  புத்திரனார் சிவனடியார் பெருங்கணக்கர் ") and keep a Pen nearby. Place a raw mango & coconut in the muram.  In olden days  they used to keep   "Kothoda manga kulaioda thengai" (Bunch of mangop and coconuts
Keep this muram ready the previous night itself.

 On  the  Festival Day 

Fasting Rules:
We should avoid taking milk and milk-products on that day since he came out from Kamadhenu. (It is preferable to take buffalo milk if available). Then after finishing usual pooja and
naivedhya, we have to donate rice, vegetables, dhal and dakshina in a
“MURAM” to Brahmins. It is a customary to eat curd rice without salt
on this day and to fast without eating anything else. In any case avoiding salt
in food items throughout the day is recommended on this day, if possible

On that day   early morning ( around 6 am), we take head bath and start to make dishes for neivedyam.

We make sweet Pidi kozhukattai by mixing the 1 cup of homemade rice flour in jaggery syrup ( 1 cup grated jaggery & 1.25 cups of water) adding 1/4 tsp of cardamom powder & 2 tbsp of grated coconut. Make shapes using fingers and steam it in an idli pot. In the mean time, wash and pressure cook 1/2 cup of raw rice adding 2.5 cups of water.Cook for 2 whistle in very low flame. Remove and mash the rice.Transfer to a bowl. Make a dent in the center. Keep a small piece of banana, jaggery and add a tsp of ghee. (some people do not make   these kozhukattais but only offer  Chakarai pongal)  If you wish you can make a no onion no garlic sambar as well. Then make Panagam by mixing water, jaggery, a pinch of edible camphor, crushed cloves, cardamom. Make neer mor and temper it. Keep all the neivedyam dishes in mud pots and plates if you haveIn an auspicious time of the day, light the lamp and keep the neivedyam in front of God.

 Avoid Rahu Kalam and Yama kandam.Place the muram ( winnowing basket) with 9 grains, hand written paper & pen. In a plate, keep betel leaves, nuts, banana and a coconut. Keep the panakam, neer mor in bowls.Sweet pidi kozhukattai  and white pongal in a plate. Show the deep, dhoop and mangala harathi.Finish the pooja. If you wish, you can read the story of Chitra Gupta and chant some slokhas as well. 
This is one famous sloka

Chita guptham mahaa praagyam lEkanee pathra dhaarinam
Chitra rathnaambaratharam madhyastham sarva dEhinaam.

Chithra guptha  , the very wise one, who carries the pen and palm leaves,
Who  wore  gems of various colours,  and who  is the witness   of all beings

This is how we celebrate Chitra Pournami festival in one house. There may be slight variations in the celebration procedures based on your tradition. Consult the elders in your home and do the changes accordingly. Some people also make Vada, Payasam for lunch.
If you wish, you can offer food to the poor & needy on this night to get the blessings of Almighty and remove the bad karma on you. I hope this post would help you to get some idea of Chitra Pournami

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sacred kolam for Chithra Pournami (29-4-2018)

Sacred  kolam   for  Chithra  Pournami (29-4-2018)


Chithra pournami  is a festival  meant to pray to  Lord  Chithra  Guptha  , the book keeper  of Lord Yama . Like all  other festivals  on that   day  the home is decorated  by a Rangoli(Kolam) .On line search will show  many kolams but they are  all  normal KOlam designs.  I also saw  a Kolam design in the form of a Radham(chariot)   in one of the web sites. 
   Two days back , I   received a  phone call   from  a family friend and an octogenarian  Smt Thailamba Mami ,belonging to Puthucode   but settled  in Bangalore  . Me and my wife  consider  her more like  our elder  sister (because it was she who introduced us to Bangalore  fifty years back) but   we have not  heard   from her for a long time  . She told us   that her   daughter in law   regularly briefs her  about my write   ups  in face book  about  several festivals    and she had  a request to make to me  .I said, “Any thing Mami.”
   Then she said  that right from  her child hood   she was taught  a peculiar KOlam to be drawn on Chithra Pournami day and she wanted   this KOlam which very few  people know    should be preserved for posterity .The kolam   according to her    is drawn  in such a way that  it has  entry from north, east and west but not  the south  indicating that  those   who do   draw   it and pooja  on that day   would go to heaven    and not hell. With namakarams to THailambal Mami  I am giving   the image of the kolam  as well a photo of Mami who   even at the old age   wanted  the sacred kolam   to be preserved for   our future   generations  . 

Monday, April 23, 2018

The gutter of flowing thoughts and acts

The gutter  of flowing  thoughts and acts

Binu Thomas

Translated from Malayalam

(Thanks my friend  for these great flow of thoughts)

The greatest  gutter in the world  flows  ,
Unfortunately through   the mind of human being ,
Unfortunately  only  when thoughts come  out of it,
AS words  , sentances, pictures  and acts we recognize it.

Though some people   due   to   their intelligence , education,
AS well as their command in language are able to decorate ,
The gutter of their mind and try to  make it appear   as some other thing,
Some time, their  real look , opens the screen   and comes out.

If  a person does not take bath   but wears  pretty silk cloth,
Does the dirt and smell of his   mind   ever disappear  ?
And like that  though  decorated greatly , a dirty mind,
Shows itself out by  polluting  the good world by  uncivilized words.

Not even a   single flower   does  not open in  some of these
Gutters  Of  the mind, possibly   because  , the content of poison,
Of the belief   in those minds    has increased   so much,
That   good   thought like flowers    are  killed instantly

Sunday, April 22, 2018

What a fool is a human being ?

What a fool  is a  human being ?

(I was jolted   when I read it i Hindi  .I said to myself, “Oh God what a fool i am?)

Translated   By

When he is praying to God, he thinks , God is listening to him,
But when he  shouts at God  , he forgets this,
When he is doing good deeds, he thinks  God is seeing him,
But   when he is doing a sin, he forgets about it,
When he is foing charity  , he thinks God lives in every one,
But when he steals, he forgets about it,
When he  loves, he thinks, God has  made this entire world,
But when he  hates  , he foegets abut it.

In spite of all this, we think   he is the most   wise   , all knowing being

            मनुष्य कितना मूर्ख है |
👌प्रार्थना करते समय समझता है कि भगवान सब सुन रहा है,
👉पर निंदा करते हुए ये भूल जाता है।
👌पुण्य करते समय यह समझता है कि भगवान देख रहा है,
👉पर पाप करते समय ये भूल जाता है।
👌दान करते हुए यह समझता है कि भगवान सब में बसता है,
👉पर चोरी करते हुए ये भूल जाता है।
👌प्रेम करते हुए यह समझता है कि पूरी दुनिया भगवान ने बनाई है,
👉पर नफरत करते हुए ये भूल जाता है।
👌..और हम कहते हैं कि मनुष्य सबसे बुद्धिमान प्राणी है।

Curious little daughter- My reason for working night shift

Curious little daughter- My reason  for working  night shift

Translated by

(This is based  on a   good write  up by my scholarly   face book friend  Vasu Iyengar . I believe   that  intelligence   has  three  top ingredients- Curiosity , memory   and power of  understanding .None of   us can   become intelligent  unless  we are curious.  If you a curious daughter  like this    and discourage  her from being curious , she would not   become  intelligent  Fortunately  the mothers of all children know this   and  whatever may be the troubles that have to undergo, they will  never discourage a child   from being curious.)

My Little daughter came   to meet me, before I slept ,
And asked me  .”Daddy  , why are  mosquitoes  biting  only at night?”
And she also wanted   to know   ,”when those  poor ones will sleep?”
And I said, “They will sleep when they feel sleepy?”

My daughter    then asked “I sleep   when it is night,
But when will  these poor mosquitoes    sleep,?”
I said,  “they will  sleep when they take  their food.”
And she told  “Mummy told   it does  not eat our food.”

I yawned  but my little one said  , “Daddy , one more question?”
“Where   is the home  of  the poor    little  mosquito?”
I said , “It does  not have a  home  because  it is too small”
And then she asked “I too am small but I have a house”

Then I said to her , “This home   was built  by your daddy.”
And then my baby’s   face brightened   and she   asked,
“Oh  Does it mean that  mosquito   does not have  daddy and mummy?”
And then I told her.”It has   but they too are small  and do not have a house.”

Then  she asked , “Who decided   to call it a  mosquito?”
And I told “God” and she asked , “Will mosquito   bite  God?”
I said , “No,  they would not? “ and she asked “Why?”.
I said , “God is big, he will beat   it  , if it bites  him.”

Then she asked  “Does it mean, God   is a  bad person?
I got wild , “ofcourse he is good.”  And she asked,
“Why  did such a big God   then beat  such a small mosquito”
I said, “I am feeling sleepy , Why are you not sleeping now?”

“Daddy  , please, few more   doubts  please, Why is  it biting us?”
I was  about to cry  and said ,  “ It is   feeling   Hungry.”
She asked “Will it eat idli , I do not like  it and I will give it mine.”
I said, “It does  not  idli”  and she asked, “Is it because  it is hot , will it drink cold  Lassi?”

I shouted   at her  , “Shut   your   mouth   and sleep.”  And she ,
Raised her  little finger   and asked  , “Daddy , ony one  more question?”
I  said , “Okay”  and she asked  “Does   it have   teeth?”
And I said “No”  and she asked, “Then how  can it bite?”

I became terribly  angry and said  , “Unless  you close  your mouth,
I will   give it to a  ghost?”  and she wanted to know  “ Will,
Mosquito bite the  Ghost  ?  Or will  Ghost bite mosquito”
I shouted  and called my wife  and ordered her  to take  care of my daughter.”

She asked , “Why ? I have  work to do in the  kitchen   and cannot  you,
Take care  of this darling    and answer    her   very simple Questions?”
And I told my wife  , “tomorrow  onwards  I am   asking my boss ,
To shift me    to the night shift  , otherwise  I will become mad.”

Saturday, April 21, 2018

An unsocial old man alone in his home.

An unsocial old  man alone in his home.


He   was   a very old man of   very  unsocial type ,
And he   did not have  any friends  to talk ,
And he spent   all his time  in  reading,
And writing  in the  computer but never talked.

She     too was  old,  more   social than him,
But   she spent all  her time in,
Learning to sing   prayers, going to temples, 
Cooking and various   other handicrafts.

She   wanted   to attend  a marriage ,
And he said  , Okay you do go  ,
AS I am not   interested  in ,
Meeting people   and wasting my time there.

She asked  him,”how will you manage ?”
And the reply   was a sarcastic laugh   from him,
And he told her  .” I know how   to cook,
And   even if you are  here, I rarely talk  with you.

She   did go   for a few   days  and  on the first day,
He did not feel   her absence    at all  but the next day.
He felt , he was  missing  her  and the  third day,
He felt   miserable    without   her in the home

When she returned  , with sincerity   he told her.
“I missed   you a lot “  but then she laughed at him and told ,
“You know  how to cook   and you  do not like to talk,
And how did you miss me  “ and he   said  ,
“Without   you I felt   our  home was a vacuam”