Category Archives: Saranaagathi

HH Sri Tridandi China Jeeyar’s Samkshipta Ramayanam

We have come across this wonderful recital of Samkshipta Ramayanam by HH Sri Tridandi China Jeeyar Swami ji. The audio is available to donwload on their website Download link for HH China Jeeyar Audio Collections

I am also linking to the Samkshipta Ramayanam by Swami ji here. Please donwload them, listen to them and be highly benefitted:

Intro by HH Sri Tridandi China Jeeyar Swamy

Purva Slokas

Main Slokas

Uttara Slokas

Jai Sri Ram

Bhakti Yoga of Swami Vivekananda : Retreat with Swami Chetanananda

We attended a one-day retreat with Swami Chetananda ji of Ramakrishna Mission (St. Louis Branch) on April 14th. This retreat was conducted at Vivekananda Vedanta Center, Chicago. Hari and I were looking forward to go to this retreat. We already decided that we would try to attend all the retreats that are conducted in Ganges, Michigan.

The retreat was on Bhakti Yoga by Swami Vivekananda. Swami Chetananda ji is a Bengali, and he provided very good and humorous anecdotes when talking about how to develop Bhakti Yoga. He is a very great devotee of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ma Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananada. He is a very humble person. He also emphasized that Bhakti and Jnana are not mutually exclusive paths, but very compatible and one cannot exist without the other.

He also presented a meditation technique which I found very interesting – of dynamically meditating on the life of our Ishta-Devata. It is like a movie, only difference is here, our hero is our Lord and all the scenes are his glories or acts and deeds, which we might have read in any devotional text like Ramayana and Bhagavata.

We also saw a movie, as part of our retreat, on Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It was a Bengali movie which was taken in may be 1940s or so, and a Black & White film. There were subtitles in English. We enjoyed the movie thoroughly. We made our way to the front and sat on the floor. Lord Mahaprabhu is the incarnation of love for Sri Krishna. He has revolutionized by the Chanting movement.

The movie was so wonderful. After finishing the movie, the second part of the discourse on Bhakti Yoga continued. In the evening at 6:00 pm, we had Rama Naam sankirtan. Swami Chidananda ji is a very great soul and his love-filled bhajans are melodious. We had a wonderful satsang in this retreat. We returned in the night to Milwaukee.

We look forward to Swami Brahmarupananda’s retreat on “Kaivalya Upanishad” in Ganges, Michigan on May 12, 2007.

Mystic Lotus Centers in Yoga System

Beta Cell Lotus

Lotus has a very spiritual significance in the Hindu religion. It is considered a very sacred flower, first among those fit to worship God. All the divine incarnations are represented to have lotus-like limbs. Patanjali, who is the master of a Philosophical system of Yoga says that the centers in our body represent lotus and the biggest lotus is found on the crown of the head – called the “Sahasrara Chakra” or the “Thousand-petalled Lotus”.When I was doing my modeling of the architecture of beta-cell network (beta-cells are insulin secreting cells in the pancreas), we came up with a new architecture of arranging them in the following pattern (see figure). This is called 3-D Hexagonal Closest Packing (3D HCP). The following picture also represents the unit cell of the entire structure of network. Our body might have millions and millions of such structures. You can see that the 3-dimensional arrangement of beta-cells have amazingly given a “2-Dimensional Lotus” shape. When I showed this to Hari, he said that the Yogis have looked into the very fundamental organization of the body through meditation and thus have found that its organization is actually a vast 3-D Lotus.

Thanks,
Jai Sriram,
Aparna Hari

Sanskrit, Physics and Vedanta – MUST SEE Video

One of the members of the local Bhagavadgeeta Group in Milwaukee has forwarded these links to us. These are very interesting videos containing some valuable information from a renowned physicist and colleague of Dr Albert Einstein, and who wrote english translations of Upanisads. These videos contain talks between Jefferey Mishlove and Dean Brown. Hari and I found these videos very interesting.

I am posting these links here:

Dave Brown on Sanskrit: Part-1
Dave Brown on Sanskrit: Part-2
Dave Brown on Sanskrit: Part-3

I have taken a book from our library which contains wonderful etymological information – It is called Word Origins. In that book also I found, how many sanskrit words have been come into usage and how many of them have been adapted well.

Have a good read and watch !

Regards,
Aparna Hari

Tyagaraja Kriti – 1: sompaina manassutO impaina bangAru

 
 కృతి-1 
 
 
సొంపైన మనస్సుతో ఇంపైన బంగారు                 

గంపలతో మంచి చంపకములను                 

చల్లరే రామచంద్రుని పైని పూల ..                 

1. పామరములు మాని ప్రేమముతో రామ                 

    మనోహరుని పై తామర పూల .. చల్లరే                 

2. ధాత వినుతుడైన సీతాపతి పైన                  

    చేతులార జాజి సంపెంగ పూల .. చల్లరే                 

3. అమిత పరాక్రమ ద్యుమణీ కులార్ణవ                 

    విమల చంద్రుని పై హృత్కుముద సుమముల .. చల్లరే                 

4. ఎన్నరాని జనన మరణము లేకుండ                 

    మనసార త్యాగరాజ నుతుని పైని పూల .. చల్లరే 

sompaina manassutO impaina bangaaru

gaMpalatO maMci caMpakamulanu

callarE rAmacandruni paini pUla ..

1. pAmaramulu mAni prEmamutO rAma

manOharuni pai tAmara pUla … callarE

2. dhAta vinutuDaina sItA pati paina

cEtulAra jAji saMpenga pUla .. callarE

3. amita parAkrama dyumaNI kulArNava

vimala caMdruni pai hrutkumuda sumamula .. callarE

4. ennarAni janana maraNamu lekuMDa

manasAra tyAgaraja nutuni paini pUla .. callarE

NEW !! Tyagaraja Kritis

For a recent update of this post, view the latets post: Download Tyagaraja Kriti Lyrics

Dear fellow-seekers,

I have added a new category on “Tyagaraja Kritis”. In this category I will post the Tyagaraja Kritis in both Telugu and also English fonts. This consists of the Kritis composed by Tyagaraja. Since I am not a musician,  I do not present any raagas or talas in which these are sung. I will add lyrics, both in Telugu and English, and also the meaning, so one who sings these can sing them with full understanding of their meaning, which cultivates devotion to Rama in our heart.

 Let us bear it in our hearts that, knowledge of music, though very fine, but devoid of Bhakti, is useless and does not take us any near to Rama. Even if we are devoid of the knowlede of music, and yet if we possess pure faith and devotion to Rama’s feet, that will take us to Him. It is only “Bhava” that is important, not the “Knowledge of Music”.

Thanks,
Aparna Hari

Text of MS Rama Rao gari Sundarakanda in Telugu – UPLOADED !!

Finally, I could upload this file that I have written in Indic Font long time ago. I promise you now that you will not get any occasion of viewing a “File not found” link. And, please feel free to distribute this to any people who might be interested, and also, if you please, give a link of this web-site.

You can either download it from the “DOWNLOADS” section or follow this link for a copy:
Sundarakanda of Sri MS Rama Rao

Link removed intentionally due to pressure from MS Rama Rao Memorial Trust

If you want Sundarakanda and Hanuman Chalisa Lyrics, please contact MS RamaRao Memorial Trust for the same.

Thank you so much for your patience !

Regards,

Aparna Hari

Update after a long break !!

Thanks to all of you who have shown great interest in this website. Unfortunately I was away till mid-Febraury in India, and there is limited access to the internet. I had a Visa VS Vedanta experience in India (I had an unexpected one-month long delay in visa issuance) !!

I am going to be active and resume the update of this website as I have ealier intended. The download links for the Downloads section – Books,  are not working. Many of you have reported the problem to me. I am extremely sorry for this delay. I have to find an active server which does not suspend my account after a period of inactivity. I am sorry that the pictures are also not showing up. I will fix all these problems very soon.

This year, I intend to finish compiling BhagavdGita from Chapters 2 to 18, and many small stotras and Ashtaks. Please stand by and let me know what you feel I should do. Thank you very much.

 -Regards,

Aparna Hari

Online Sundarakanda of Tulsidas

With great pleasure, I would like to inform that the Sundarakanda of the Great Saint, Goswami Tulsidas is available now on this web page. As you all know, Goswami Tulsidas has written Ramcharitmanas in “Avadhi” dialect. The english meanings or translations are taken from the Gita Press, Gorakhpur book of Ramacharitmanas. The proof-reading of this (typo mistakes and other errors) needs to be undertaken yet and present this in a readable and enjoyable form to whoever browses this page. The entire Sundarakanda is divided into 5 pages, each page consisting of 12 choupais each.

Thank you.

-Jai Ram ji ki

Thanksgiving Day Retreat at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylosburg, Pennsylvania. 23 – 26 November, 2006

We came to know from a family friend about Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Pennsylvania. Swami Tadatmananda, who is a disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, often visits Milwaukee, USA, the place where we live, to conduct satsangs, Lectures on Bhagavd Gita and Vedanta. Actually, Swami Tadatmananda was born and brought up in Milwaukee and studied here before his spiritual quest carried him to India, and there met his Guru Swami Dayananda Saraswati. We had great fortune to meet Swami Tadatmananda and attend his discourses. In this context, we came to know that Swami Dayananda Saraswati has an ashram in Saylosburg, and that it was established in 1986. We took the 2006 Retreat Schedule at this ashram. Hari and I were excited about this opportunity and we registered for the Thanksgiving retreat on “Yama and Niyama of Patanjali’s Yoga-Sutras”, which was to start on Thursday, November 24th on Thanksgiving day and conclude on Sunday, under the guidance of Swami Tattvavidananda.

We set off in the early after-noon on Wednesday, as we had a plan to stop-over in Chicago for Sundarakand Path by Sri Ajay Yagnik, a great artist, with whom we had the fortune of meeting during Sri Rama Navami this year. As usual, it is so vibrating and enchanting. As expected, we were held up in traffic in Chicago, but could reach the host’s house where the satsang was to be conducted at around 7:00 pm. The satsang concluded at 11:00 pm, and then we drove on, inorder to complete as much distance as we could during that night. We continued for an hour or so and lodged that night in Hampton Inn, and continued at sunrise the next day. Then it was my turn to drive and I speeded up, as we had another plan of stopping at Pittsburgh to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara. And as I speeded up, I did not know that Ohio cops were always on the alert. So I was signaled by the cop to pull over. The police officer was so courteous and he just gave me an unofficial warning. This was the first time I met with a cop, and I was almost on the verge of asking the cop to pose for a photograph, but ofcourse did not ask him. Then, we maintained a 75-ish speed and reached Pittsburgh at around 2:40 or so, had darshan, had curd rice and pulihora, and proceeded to Saylosburgh. The orientation for the retreat was to commence at 8:00 that night. We knew we could not make it to the orientation. The mapquest cannot give exact directions to this Gurukulam, and says “Address cannot be found”. The Gurukulam website has specific directions as to how to reach them.

We reached the Gurukulam at around 9:00 or so. It was raining heavily. There were some cottage kind of houses disperesed here and there, and we were given the ‘Room 331” in “Godavari”. We were very happy. In other retreats that we attended (Kenopanishad and Chandogya Upanishad retreat in Ganges, Michigan, and Didji’s retreat near Milwaukee), men and women had separate rooms or dormitories. But, here, the rooms were allotted to families. Our room was very cosy and another family was staying in the room opposite to us and we shared a common bath. Totally, there are 4 families per cottage. We went to the kitchen, had some food, and then slept heartily as we were very tired that day.

Every day at Gurukulam starts with Abhishekam to Lord Dakshinamurthy, the personification of Jnana and the Universal teacher. I cannot describe in words how beautiful the statue of Dakshinamurthy is. He has a wonderful smile. The retreat was to be conducted by Swami Tattvavidananda, who is from Hyderabad and who took up sannyasa five or six years ago. After the Abhishekam, there is half an hour of guided meditation, and then breakfast. Breakfast was very tasty (Upma, cereal, bread, whatever you want), and there is selfless service in Gurukulam’s kitchen-cutting vegtables, making chapathis, and the like. Hari and I enjoyed this immensely, because in any other retreat, we were eating, listening and sleeping. There was no service. Always, the same set of people had a monopoly over the kitchen, and other gurukulam matters. After the selfless service, there is some coffee, and then the class started.

It was on Yama and Niyama – Control of the Senses, which according to Patanajali, is the actual yoga. Swami Tattvavidananda is a natural, capable and yet humorous speaker. We enjoyed all his classes thoroughly. There were some very nice anecdotes, stories and similies that he brought into the discussion. They were very enlightening, very kind and very upto the point. After a class, there is a chai break, and either a chanting class or music class followed it. Later, we had another class, lunch break and free time. We walked over the gurukulam in our free time, wondering at its natural beauty and its tall pine trees. At 3:00 in the evening, we had Yoga by a Yoga instructor. She is a disciple of Sri Iyengar, who is an exponent in Hatha Yoga. We learned some very important techniques in her class. This usually lasted for an hour and a half. After that, snacks, and then one more class, followed by dinner. After dinner, we had satsang, when Swamiji would kindly answer our questions and enlighten us on some sadhana etc. On the last day, the children enacted a play, sang bhajans and danced and all were given a chocolate by Swamiji.

We enjoyed this retreat immensely and we derived new motivation from this satsang. We look forward to visiting Gurukulam next year.

I will try to upload the class material that Swamiji has chalked out and some points and anecdotes that we noted. It is of benefit to all of us.

-Jai Sri Ramji ki