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Today is Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanthi !

Hari Om !

Today is Full Moon Day (Pournami) and also happens to be the Jayanthi (birth anniversary) of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the greatest saints of Bhakti path born in Bengal who has spread the Nama Sankirtan or devotional chanting of Lord’s glories and Divine Names. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has revived the fervor for chanting the Mahamantra:

“Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare,
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare.”

Sri Chaitnya is considered to be the incarnation of Radha-Krishna according to many. He has made freely available the path of Nama Chanting and Devotion to Divine form as the way to Supreme Peace. An account of his life and his Leelas is compiled in the volume “Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam” which is recommended for spiritual seekers on the path of devotion. Sri Chaitanya is the ideal for the seekers to cultivate and pursue the path of Devotion.

Hari and I have watched a very inspiring Black & White movie on the life of Sri Chaitnya Mahaprabhu in Bengali at Ramakrishna Mission’s Ganges Monastery in Michigan. We both really liked it and felt it to be very elevating. Since then, we have been very fond of the line “Jagannatha Swami.. Nayana Patha Gaami.. Nayana Patha Gaami Bhavatu Me..” and sing it often.

Fortunately, I found the movie in Youtube !! Below is the link for the youtube movie. I am sure you will like it and enjoy it immensely. (If you cannot find play button on this video in your email, please go to original post on saranaagathi blog to click it).

“Shishtashtak” by Sri Chaitanya is 6 verses of instructions and it became very famous. One of the verses, which Swami Chidananda ji often recites in his talks is the following:

तृणादपि सुनीचेन तरोरपि सहिष्णुना ।

अमानिना मानदेन कीर्तनीयः सदा हरिः ।।


Oh, my mind,
Be humbler than a blade of grass,
Be patient and forbearing like a tree,
Take no honor to thyself,
Give honor to all,
Chant unceasingly the name of the Lord.

Click on the image below to download the Shishtashtakam:

Best wishes to all of you on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Jayanthi.

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari.

Maha Sivaratri Wishes

Dear All,

Hari Om !
Jai Kailasavasa Sankara Bhagavan ki !

We convey to all our readers Mahasivaratri wishes. May Lord Siva bless us all with wisdom, spiritual strength and Self-knowledge.


(Image is courtesy of Hinduim Today Magazine)

The Divine Supreme in the form of Siva is easily pleased like a father pleased with even the smallest act of his child, and hence he is called Bhole Baba ! In all the temples in India and abroad, chanting of Rudram – Namakam & Chamakam is performed throughout day and night on the auspicious Maha Sivaratri day, and the devotees generally fast and do vigil in the night spending their time in worship, prayer and meditation.

Sivaratri is an auspicious occasion to please Lord Siva. He will be very pleased with Japa, Dhyana and Abhisheka today. Generally Upavas (fast) and Jaagaran (Night Vigil) are carried on today by devotees. Japa of Panchakshari mantra (Om Namah Sivaya) will benefit immensely. The worship of Lord Siva will remove all impurities and make our mind and hearts pure and clean.

The following can be done today according to the feasibility of the devotee:
1. Fast
2. Abhishekam (holy bath of Siva Linga) of Siva, with pure water, milk, honey, Ghee, Banana – Panchamruta Snanam
3. Decorate with flowers, Sandal paste and if available Bael leaves (Bilva or Maredu)
4. Offer Naivedyam and Arati
5. Recite Ligashtakam, Rudram, Purushasuktam, Rudrashtakam, Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantram
6. Engage in Kirtan of Lord Siva
7. Do Japa of Panchakshari or Mrutyunjaya Mantra
8. Perform Japa throughout night and do Japa with Dhyana of Lord Siva
9. Try praying only for Spiritual Upliftment, and not any material gains.
10. Offer all your worship and prayers unto Lord Siva.

We are presenting here a book by Swami Sivananda ji on ” Lord Siva and His Worship.” It is a wonderful source for understanding Siva Tattwa and for sadhana unto Lord Siva.

Also, please find the following links for a beautiful rendition of Rudrashtakam by Swami Tejomayananda ji.

Download Rudrashtakam Audio here !
(In the Voice of Param Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, President of Chinmaya Mission).
Dowload Rudrashtakam Text here !
(Author: Goswami Tulasidas in RamacharitManas)

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari.

Horton Hears a Who !!

Hello All !

Hari Om.

You must be wondering what this post is about ! For those who are familiar with Dr Seuss – The Author of children books, you know that this is one of his stories/creations. Mainly kids are the entertained audience, but there is wisdom catered to adults also 🙂

Well, when Swami Prakashananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad & Tobago visited Milwaukee last year, we were chatting with him at our home and he mentioned about this movie called “Dr Horton Hears a Who !” and recommended us to watch it.

The crucial theme of this story is “Relativity of Space”, as you can understand after you watch it. The relativity of space and time have been repeatedly brought out and emphasized in the extraordinary treatise “Yoga Vasishtha” which is the dialogue between Sage Vasishtha and his student, the Prince Rama.

There is a particular story in Yoga Vasishtha, which I remember – “The Story of Lila“. In that the whole world and life of the Queen Lila, with all its splendor, occurs in a small corner of the mind of a holy man in a corner of a tiny hut in a corner of the mind of the creator in a corner of the existence !! It is a fascinating and mind-boggling exposition by Sage Vasishtha about the relativity of time and space, and of human existence.

There is another children’s story/movie series called “Chronicles of Narnia” highlighting the Relativity of Time .
According to Vedanta, Time and Space are evolutes (products) and appear because of the Self or Atman which is consciousness.

I really enjoyed watching this movie and I am sure you will too ! Click below to watch it ! Enjoy !

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari

Audio of Vishnu Sahasra Namavali Uploaded !

Dear All,

Hari Om.

We had been getting many requests about audio of Vishnu Sahasra Namavali – Names of Lord Sri Vishnu with “Om” in the beginning and “Namah” at the end.

PDF of Vishnu Sahasra Namavali has been posted on this website in the Vishnu Sahasra Nama Page. Please click here to download the Vishnu Sahasra Nam PDF file:

We are happy to make the in-home recorded audio of Vishnu Sahasra Namavali available to you !

You can hear Namavali by clicking the play button below:

http://ia700805.us.archive.org/12/items/VishnuSahasraNamavaliAudio/Sri_Vishnu_Sahasra_Namavali_Audio.mp3%20

You can also listen to the audio on Archive.org here.

We are also working on putting audio of each Name recitation in the online pages of Vishnu Sahasra Namavali on this website.

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari

New Year Message by Swami Tattvavidananda

Dear All,

Namaste. Hari Om.

We received a DVD three days back from Arsha Vidya Gurukulam which consisted of the New Year Worship in the DakshinaMurthy temple at the Ashram and message from Swami Dayananada and Swami Tattvavidanananda.

Swami Dayananda did not come to Pennsylvania this time for conducting the christmas retreat and was not in person here to deliver new year message. It was delivered remotely, short and powerful as usual.

Swami Tattvavidananda gave a motivating message and I felt it reveals the urgency for us to exert to Know oneself.

Please listen to the audio here:

http://avgsatsang.org/hhstvs/mp3/General%20lectures/New_Years_Message_2012.mp3%20

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari.

28-Day Meditation Challenge !!

Dear All,

Hari Om.

On 30th Jan, I received a newsletter in my Google Inbox. I subscribed two years back to Sharon Salzberg website. Sharon is founder of Insight Meditation Society in Masaachusetts and conducts workshops & retreats all over North America, focusing on developing “Loving Kindness” or “Metta”. The Loving Kindness meditation is something I have been thinking of taking up myself too.

So, when I opened the newsletter, it read “28 day Meditation Challenge”. I felt intrigued and read the post. It is an invite for all interested seekers to take up 28-day meditation challenge. Actually Sharon Salzberg has written a book called “Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation. A 28 Day Program.” The 28 day meditation challenge is actually derived from the week-by-week meditation practice outlined by Sharon in her book.

I went through the First Chapter which was available for Download on their website. Since Sharon Salzberg’s background is Vipassana meditation and the Metta or Loving kindness that is derived from it, this book also follows Vipassana in essence. For those of you who have taken Vipassana meditation course before or who have been doing meditation regularly, this 28-day meditation should be smooth.

For others who do meditation regularly, you may feel that taking this practice up is not necessary; but nonetheless, it gives an opportunity to get insight into Vipassana and Metta meditation if you want to explore. For others who are new to meditation or for those who want to meditate, I think this is a good opportunity to start the practice and set aside sometime daily for this practice.

Please click on the below link for the Sample first chapter in the “Real Happiness” book.

You can find more information on the 28-day Meditation Challenge here:

Almost 3-4 years back, I came across a nice website called BuddhaNet which is a resource of good materials related to Buddhism and downloaded a very useful book on Metta Meditation. I read and re-read it at that time and liked it immensely and was all set to practice. But ufortunately I did not sincerely practice.

You can download it by clicking the image below:

I have signed up for this challenge. My objective was not to get too fussy with the details of meditation technique, but I want to use this opportunity to sit, observe and improve my awareness. I missed my meditation today 😦 but I hope to continue till end of this month.

If you take up this challenge, Good Luck !

Yours,
In Service of The Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari

Ratha Saptami Festival – Salutations to the Brilliant Sun

Dear All,

Hari Om.

The auspicious day of Ratha Saptami falls on 30th January (tomorrow) in the year 2012. Ratha Saptami falls on the seventh day in the Shukla Paksha of Magha month. This day is marked by Sun’s northerly movement (Uttarayana) of vernal equinox starting from Capricorn (Makara). It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses (representing seven colours) towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction.


Sun is the life-source for all life on this earth. It is auspicious to daily do salutation to Sun who is the life-giving Source of brilliance and light.

On Ratha Saptami day, a stotra in praise of Sun called “Aditya Hrudayam” is chanted. This Stotra was taught to Lord Rama by Sage Agastha on the battlefield. This Stotra is known for its extreme power in bestowing good health and brilliance in life. In our childhood, I clearly remember taking a special head bath with Jilledu leaf on head along with 2 paise coin 🙂 on this Rathe Sapatmi day. Jilledu leaf is supposed to take off heat from the body and restore balance.

Watch Youtube Video containing a nice rendition of this Stotram.
Please download the PDF of Aditya Hrudayam (in Sanskrit with English Translation obtained from http://sanskrit.safire.com/) by clicking below:

Yours,
In Service of the Lord & Gurudev,
Aparna & Hari.