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November Dedications

Kartigai Deepam In the Tamil calendar (Solar based) of Kartigai (around mid November - mid December), the full moon day is divinely important. Two important events - the arrival of Lord Katikeya (Subramanya/Arumugam) and the manifestation of Lord Siva as an endless flame of light (even Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma couldn’t find the start… Continue reading November Dedications

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The BLISS (Sivananda Lahari Verse 95 – 100)

Verse 96 धैर्याङ्कुशेन निभृतं रभसादाकृष्य भक्तिशृङ्खलया । पुरहर चरणालाने हृदयमदेभं बधान चिद्यन्त्रैः ॥ ९६॥ துணிவெனும் அங்குசம் கொண்டு மதமிகு என் மனயானைதனை அடக்கி பக்தியெனும் சங்கிலி கொண்டு விரைவிலே உன் பாதமெனும் தூணில் பிணைத்து புத்தியெனும் கால்விலங்குதனைப் பூட்டிடுவாய் முப்புரம் எரி முதல்வோனே ------------------------------- Verse 97 प्रचरत्यभितः प्रगल्भवृत्त्या मदवानेष मनः करी गरीयान् । परिगृह्य नयेन भक्तिरज्ज्वा परम स्थाणुपदं दृढं नयामुम् ॥ ९७॥ மனமெனும்… Continue reading The BLISS (Sivananda Lahari Verse 95 – 100)

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The BLISS (Sivananda Lahari Verse 91 – 95)

Bliss From a practising manager's perspective, at a very crude level, possibly one can with full limitations draw an analogy by comparing this state with the Ultimate State of Transcendence that Abraham Maslow advocated in his later years. In his later years, Abraham Maslow explored a further dimension of motivation, while criticizing his original vision… Continue reading The BLISS (Sivananda Lahari Verse 91 – 95)

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 86 – 90) Continued

Verse 86 पूजाद्रव्यसमृद्धयो विरचिताः पूजां कथं कुर्महे पक्षित्वं न च वा किटित्वमपि न प्राप्तं मया दुर्लभम् । जाने मस्तकमङ्घ्रिपल्लवमुमाजाने न तेऽहं विभो न ज्ञातं हि पितामहेन हरिणा तत्त्वेन तद्रूपिणा ॥ ८६॥ பூசைப்பொருட்கள் அனைத்திருந்தும் நினைத்துதிப்பது எங்கனம்? அன்னப்பறவை அல்லது கேழம் எனவடிவெடுக்க இயல் எங்கனம்? ஆதலினால் அடியேன் உன் அடிமுடி காண்பது ஆகுமோ எங்கனம் ? அயனும் மாயவனும் அவ்விரு வடிவெடுத்தும் காண இயலவில்லையே… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 86 – 90) Continued

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 81 – 85) Continued

  Verse 81 In this verse, Adi Sankara brings out the various types of Bhakti.   कञ्चित्कालमुमामहेश भवतः पादारविन्दार्चनैः कञ्चिद्ध्यानसमाधिभिश्च नतिभिः कञ्चित्कथाकर्णनैः । कञ्चित् कञ्चिदवेक्षनैश्च नुतिभिः कञ्चिद्दशामीदृशीं यः प्राप्नोति मुदा त्वदर्पितमना जीवन् स मुक्तः खलु ॥ ८१॥   சில காலம் உன் மலர் பாதம் தொழுதிடவும் சில நேரம் உன் உள்கலந்து தவம் புரியவும் சில நேரம் உன் நாமம் கேட்டு… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 81 – 85) Continued

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 76 – 80) Continued

Verse 76 भक्तिर्महेशपदपुष्करमावसन्ती कादम्बिनीव कुरुते परितोषवर्षम् । सम्पूरितो भवति यस्य मनस्त्तटाक- स्तज्जन्मसस्यमखिलं सफलं च नाऽन्यत् ॥ ७६॥ உன் பொற்பாதமெனும் வான் உறை பக்தியெனும் முகில்கூடல் என் மனமெனும் நீர்தடாகம் நிறைந்திட மழை மாரிப்பொழிய என் பிறவிப் பயனெனும் பயிர் செழித்து பலன் அனைத்தும் பெரும், பிற வேறெதுவும் பலனளிக்க இயலாது அந்தமில்லாஅரியனே ! ------------------------------------------------------ Verse 77 बुद्धिःस्थिरा भवितुमीश्वरपादपद्म- सक्ता वधूर्विरहिणीव सदा स्मरन्ती । सद्भावनास्मरणदर्शनकीर्तनादि संमोहितेव… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 76 – 80) Continued

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 71 – 75) Continued

Continuing his treatise on Bhakti, Adi Sankara now comes out with some tips to lodge securely one's intelligence in the mind and issue out with actions that will take one to the ultimate goal of self realisation. He does this poetically by comparing Bhakti, Mind and Intelligence to Actions, Persons and Manifestations of Nature. Let… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 71 – 75) Continued

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 66 – 70) Continued

When one talks about Bhakti and Gyana, one can’t miss out the life of Saint Kanakadaasa. His life was inseparable from the Lord. Here is one such incident from his life: “ One day Kanaka’s guru Vyasarayalu distributed fruits to his disciples and asked them to eat them secretly without being watched by any one.… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 66 – 70) Continued

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Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 61 – 65)

Remember this cover! In end August 1970, an LP Gramaphone Record by MS Subbulakshmi with "Bhaja Govindam" on one side and "Vishnu Sahasranamam" on the other side was released. Soon it became part of our family's LP Record Collections. Not a day passed without listening to these Divine renditions. As a teen, what caught my… Continue reading Knowledge & Devotion (Sivananda Lahari Verse 61 – 65)

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Figure of speech for the Figureless (Sivananda Lahari Verse 58 – 60)

American Management Association in its website, brings out this interesting prelude to How to manage the Boss”: “Realize that you are more dependent on your boss than your boss is on you, because your boss holds the key to your short-term future. You need to take the initiative to set expectations. It’s your responsibility to… Continue reading Figure of speech for the Figureless (Sivananda Lahari Verse 58 – 60)