Dakshinamurthy Stothram · Spirituality · Vedanta

Dakshinamurthy Sthothram – Sloka 1 – Conclusion

Adi Sankarar, Manicka Vasagar, Thirumoolar Essentially the first Sloka of the Dakṣiṇāmūrti Sthothram deals with “atma svaroopam” which Adi Sankaracharya reveals with two day to day examples of “darpana nagari” and “svapna nagari”. The Atma is revealed as the base “adishtaanam” of the Universe, as the independent existence – truth “sathya”, as the one unaffected… Continue reading Dakshinamurthy Sthothram – Sloka 1 – Conclusion

Carnatic Musings

Carnatic Musing 38 – Sringara Saktyayudha – Raga Rama Manohari

Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshithar. Pl. refer http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html Audio Link Listen to Sanjay Subramanian at https://www.dropbox.com/s/cbi8nezfgrg59dq/Sanjay%20Subrahmanyan%20-%20shrngAra%20shaktyAyudhadhara%20-%20rAmamanOhari%20-%20dIkshitar-Je9UnymFHqs.mp3?dl=0 Sanskrit Verse पल्लवि शृङ्गार शक्त्यायुध धर शरवणस्य दासोऽहं अनिशं धन धान्य प्रदस्य समष्टि चरणम् गङ्गामृत पूरित घटाभिषेकस्य गद्य पद्यादि नुत कोमळ-तर पदस्य अङ्गारकादि नव ग्रह वन्दितस्य आदि मध्यान्त रहिताप्रमेय वरस्य (मध्यम काल साहित्यम्) जगदम्बिकादि सकल देवता मोहित - जननादि खेद भञ्जन… Continue reading Carnatic Musing 38 – Sringara Saktyayudha – Raga Rama Manohari

Dakshinamurthy Stothram · Spirituality · Vedanta

Dakshinamurthy Stothram- Sloka 1 – ஆன்மாவும் அண்டமும் – SELF & THE UNIVERSE – “JIVA & JAGAT”

We saw in the last two blogs the Vedantic Concepts behind the Mirror and Dream. Let us now see how Bhagwadpaada Adi Sankara uses these two examples and teaches us further. DAKSHINAMURTHY STHOTHRAM SLOKA 1 विश्वं दर्पणदृश्यमाननगरीतुल्यं निजान्तर्गतं पश्यन्नात्मनि मायया बहिरिवोद्भूतं यथा निद्रया । यः साक्षात्कुरुते प्रबोधसमये स्वात्मानमेवाद्वयं तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥१॥ தமிழ்… Continue reading Dakshinamurthy Stothram- Sloka 1 – ஆன்மாவும் அண்டமும் – SELF & THE UNIVERSE – “JIVA & JAGAT”

Dakshinamurthy Stothram · Spirituality · Vedanta

Dakshinamurthy Stothram – Sloka 1 – Introduction – Part 2 – Dream

We saw in the first part, the four features of the Mirror and the reflected image. These are adhiṣṭānatvam, sathyatvam, asaṃgattvam, advaiyatvam (the supporter, independent existence, unaffectedness and unitary nature of the Mirror and the opposites for the reflected images. Now let us see what happens in a dream. The features of a dream: Now… Continue reading Dakshinamurthy Stothram – Sloka 1 – Introduction – Part 2 – Dream

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Madhuvanti Malligai – மதுவந்தி மல்லிகை – A Nectar with Fragrance

When a flower predominantly grown in South of India and a Hindustani Classical Raga of the North India merges, you get nothing but pure Nectar (madhu). No wonder, I saw these Jasmine flower plants in the apartment of a Delhi based “Madarasi” (a typical name given to people from South India living in North India),… Continue reading Madhuvanti Malligai – மதுவந்தி மல்லிகை – A Nectar with Fragrance

Dakshinamurthy Stothram · Spirituality · Vedanta

Dakshinamurthy Stothram- Sloka 1 Introduction – Part 1 – Mirror

It has been a month since I commenced my journey in search of myself by trying to understand Dakshinamurthy Stothram. Someone told me en route, “If you are searching yourselves, then why don’t you look at the mirror ? simple; why do you undertake arduous journeys?” Very valid question. Infact, this is what all of… Continue reading Dakshinamurthy Stothram- Sloka 1 Introduction – Part 1 – Mirror

Spirituality

Absolute Surrender to Sankara – TOTAKAASHTAKAM – ॥ तोटकाष्टकं ॥

In the process of my spiritual journey, I have been trying to understand the works of Adi Sankaracharya. The child in me ventured and tried to understand the following works of Adi Sankara so far. Sivananda Lahari, Siva Panchaksharam, Subramanya Bhujangam, Nirvana Shatakam, Bhaja Govindam and Ganesha Pancharathnam. The current venture is into Dakshinamurthy Sthothram.… Continue reading Absolute Surrender to Sankara – TOTAKAASHTAKAM – ॥ तोटकाष्टकं ॥