"Keep one step back,one forward Make a shot on ghosts inward" - H. H. Swami Sathyananda Saraswathy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cow Sacrifice - The misinterpretation of Pasumedham.

Cow Sacrifice in Hinduism was the result of misinterpretation of the Vedic Texts by westerners.Not sure this misinterpretation  was done willfully or not but has caused great damage to the community by entering into academic curriculum also.Pasu was translated as cow by westerners and same meaning was carried forward by others but Pasu has several other meanings.Other meanings of Pasu are Jeevan,Kundalini,jnanam,ajnanam,Meaning suitable to the context has to be taken.For eg Pasupathinathan is not a bulls owner but pathi of all Jeevas which is Lord Shiva.Tantra Text  Rudra yamalam  26th Chapter Uttarakhandam has given the meaning of Pasu.

 പുണ്യാപുണ്യപശൂൻ  ഹത്വാ
ജ്ഞാനഖഡ്ഗേന യോഗവിത്‌
Punnyapunnyapasoon Hathwa
Jnanaghadgaena Yogavith

Here Pasu stands for the 2 egos.One which is endowed with punnyam and the other with apunyam.One which is formed out  of ignorance thinking that one is a sinner and the other one being the arrogance in assuming that one is pious. Both this  ignorance should be destroyed with the sword of knowledge.This has to be done by a Yogi or enlightened person.Here what is to be sacrificed is one's own ignorance and not innocent animals.The principle of Self which needs apt attention has been downgraded to killing of animals.This has led to the tarnishing of the principle of universality in Hinduism.

Concept taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.http://youtu.be/1yRyplkcVAc

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sunderkand - Meaning of Sundara

Sundara has got several meanings.The word Sundara has different meanings Handsome,Beautiful,Pretty,Fair ,Lovely,Homely,Elegant,Good Looking etc.These are the equivalent words or synonyms that can be used as the meaning of Sundara.But in a Indian context the word has a deeper meaning. It is not merely materialistic or mundane .It has more sacred ,divine, altruistic  or spiritual meaning.They are related to different situations of life.For example the situation created and explained to get word the handsome is related to a male principle or a male person. The male principle is the masculine cause of creation where from the nature is created or originated.

According to Indian philosophy there are 2 aspects of function ,one is the stagnating function which is always tranquil it has no motion but the other is full of motions and here in our society we normally use the phrase  "a handsome young man" not "a handsome young lady". Only a beautiful young lady  and not  handsome lady .Spiritually here the man is the primordial cause or the first cause of the universe which is always explained in  literature as the masculine feature.

Kandam means a chapter . Sundara Kandam bears the meaning a handsome chapter .The word handsome signifies  Sree Ram. It bears the meaning Sree Ram. Why? because he is the masculine principle  for the creation of this world or he is the formless Brahman in form by name Sree Ram  He is the personified one and the Brahman is the impersonified. The incarnated masculine cause and force is Ram. The purpose of incarnation is establishment
of Dharma,the fundamental principle of the universe. The devotees know very well that Rama is Dharma Swaroopa .Swaroopa means a form. Dharma is always invisible, it has no form at  all. Hence Dharma Swaroopam means an invisible principle or ethic brought into a person that is Ram. Anything invisible or unseen should be brought to something visible otherwise we cannot explain the principle.We have our own body and life.We haven't seen our life but to say the man is alive, the invisible life though it is invisible  in our plane it is working through the body  and through the body which is visible we know that life is there. So the impersonal life is explained through the visible body like that the impersonality of the cosmos is explained through Ram. It is visible body. So here the principle or ethic is brought into a person that is Ram.

The word Sundara explores the meaning of both handsome and beautiful.Handsome stands for Ram the masculine principle or the cause of creation and beautiful stands for Sitaji in the form of Prakrthi or in the form of motion or in the form and name that we see everywhere.Ram is the cause and Sitaji the effect. The nature is with forms and names. Here the nature is personified as Sitaji.So Sudara Kanda is a personified chapter of Rama's life and then the  life of Maya Sita.

There are 18 different meaning for Sundara.Swamiji beautifully explains in detail all the 18 different meaning in the  video below.
  1. Handsome ,the masculine principle.
  2. Beautiful,the principle of Prakrithi.
  3. Ruchiram,beautiful and pleasant.
  4. Charu means that which occupies the mind or which enters to the mind or which is going towards the mind.
  5. Sushamam refers to one in which the contents are all glorious and shine.
  6. Sadhu relates to a story or chapter  that enchants the mind of a devotee and fascinates him.
  7. Shobhanam means bright or luminous.
  8. Kantam means worth having.
  9. Manoramam means that which entices or attracts the mind.
  10. Manojnam refers to something that is found out with a meditative mind.
  11. Manju and manjulam are one and the same are related to the character of pervading everywhere 
  12. Sudring athere-Mostly respected one.
  13. Su Undi kledane means melting the mind into nector of devotion.
  14. Sundarathe ithi sundara-Cleaves up off all the sins from the mind.
  15. "nashtaarthasya punar labhah sudarah pari keerthithah" - Regaining and retaining the property that  is lost 
  16. From Bhagavatham "Anandarasa sundaram"  - The soul and nectar of bliss
  17. From Narayaneeyam "saundaryOttaratO(a)pi sundarataraM"  - the beauty beyond the most beautiful.
  18. Sundara-the messenger
Meaning of Sundara taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.http://youtu.be/R8vjp3jDPqU

Monday, February 11, 2013

Shiva Lingam Concept

Shiva Lingam is the most widely misunderstood concept in Hinduism.As per Manusmruti there are 16 different meanings for Lingam. Meaning suitable to the context has to be taken while explaing the concept.
Limah Gamayiteeti Linga (That which originates from the condition of absorption is Lingam)
Lim Gamayiteeti Linga (That which reaches the condition of absorption is Lingam)
Lim means absorbed condition of knowledge or consciousness. Matter orginates from consciousness and finally gets absorbed back into consciousness.The nature comes into existence ,exists and is later absorbed.This process is repeated in a cyclic manner in nature. Since from the Leena (absorbed) condition it is going forward (Gamikkuka) so the name Lingam. Linga sound indicates the principle ,which is the cause of creation,sustenance and absorption. All the meaning of Linga sound are related to the condition of absorption.For example tree comes into existence from absorption and finally once decayed the tree will merge(absorbed) in nature.The nature originates from Shiva and later gets absorbed in it .The blending of absorbed Shiva and Sakti is Shiva Lingam where Shakti is prakriti and Siva is the principle beyond consciousness.

Shiva Lingam Concept taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below. http://youtu.be/Y_3BN408Mow

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scientific Analysis of Vigraham (consecrated idols) and Dwajasthambam (Flag pole) in Temples

Modern science has been used to understand the importance of Temple culture and its impact on the society irrespective of religion, caste, creed or color. It is well known that all objects reflect light rays 360 degrees around the object and this phenomenon permits us to visualise objects around us as these rays fall on our retina. The rays emanating from the consecrated idols can be analyzed using Kirlian cameras. Kirlian cameras take photo of light and energy (shakti). Studies have shown that before consecration the idol's photo is black and white and after consecration, an aura of brightness forms around the idols. Photos of each ray emanating from the idol has the full form of the idol on anlaysis. For example , each ray coming from an Idol of Sree Krishna has the full photo of Sree Krishna. The rays coming from the consecrated idol's have the power to kill harmful germs. So when a person prays standing in front of the idol he gets the full benefit of these very powerful rays. This has been proved at Temple University. The rays coming from the idols traverse to the topmost part of the temple called the Stupika and get reflected. For this reason the Stupika's are usually gold plated.

In front of the sanctum sanctorum there exists a Flag Pole called Dwajasthambam. The topmost part is made of Panchaloham and carries the symbol of the Idol's chariot. If it is a Sree Krishna Temple, it will have Garuda at the top. The rays reflected from the Stupika strike the topmost part of the Dwajasthambam and get reflected all around. The region covered by these rays can be calculated by holding a thread at the topmost part of the Dwajasthambam and extending it to the farthest point it can touch on earth. These rays are also reflected from the earth and reach further objects in it's vicinity.

When a person stands in front of the temple and prays, the rays from the consecrated idol enter his body and it has the capacity to cure infectious diseases. If the body of the person is warm, the rays get reflected like rays falling on a glass surface and the person does not benefit from them. Thus people in earlier times visited the temple right after a dip in the Temple pond to get the maximum benefit of these rays. All Temples had a pond next to it for this purpose. The famous scholar Sri Melpathur Narayana Bhattathiri did penance at Guruvayoor Temple and prayed daily with wet clothes after a bath at the Temple pond for curing his illness.So we should visit Temples as frequently as we can and preferably with wet clothes or right after a bath.

Scientific Analysis of  Vigraham (consecrated idols) and Dwajasthambam (Flag pole) in Temples taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.http://youtu.be/RrIswAak35E

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sundar Kand -Hanumanji Sloka Meaning

Atulita-bala-dhaamam Svarnashailaabha-deham
Danujavana-krushaanum gnaninaam-agraganyam
Sakala-guna-nidhaanam vaanaraanaam-adhisham :
Raghupati-vara dutam vaatajaatam namaami
Word by word meaning

Atulita-bala-dhaamam - One who is the seat of immense strength
Svarnam - Gold
Shailam - Mountain
Abha - Luminosity
Deham - Body or physique
Svarnashailaabha-deham - One who is bearing a shining physique like a golden mountain
Danujan - Demon
Vanam - Forest
Krushaanu - Fire
Danujavana-krushaanum - One who is fire against the forest of demons.Here if mind is filled with bad thoughts as Demon he annihilates those demons inside also.
Gnaninaam-agraganyam - The wisest among all the enligtened people.
Nidhaanam - Abode or resting place or a place where from anything is created.
Sakala-guna-nidhaanam - The mine of all virtues.
Vaanaraanaam-adhisham = The master of all monkeys.
Vaanara has got another meaning which is expounded with an exclamatory sense means it is a mark of exclamation.Person who is beyond anything limited. Who just goes  beyond the limitations of human being .There Va is an exclamatory mark
Raghupati-vara dutam - The great messenger of the Lord of Raghu's Race
Vaatajaatam - The son of wind God or born as a son of wind god.That is what we call Vayuputra.
Namaami  - I prostrate

Here Hanumanji is excelled and exalted as the mine of all virtues The wisest among all.The fire against the forest of demons. He is bearing a shining physique like a golden mountain with immense strength.He is the master of all monkeys and the great messenger of Lord of Raghu's Race Sree Ram. I prostrate  before such a son of the wind God.

Sundar Kand -Hanumanji Sloka Meaning  taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sundar Kand Sree Ram Sloka Meaning

Shaantam Shaashwatamaprameyam anagham Nirvaana-shaantipradam
Brahma-shambhu-phanindra-sevyam anisham vedaanta-vedyam vibhum
Raamaakhyam Jagadishwaram sura-gurum maayaa-manushyam Harim
Vandeham karunaakaram Raghuvaram bhupaala-choodaamanim

Word by word meaning

Shaantam -One who is in a state of Tranquility.Tranquility means peacefulness,the ultimate peace or experience of our own mind merging with bliss or feeling bliss
Shaashwatam- means eternal
Aprameyam -Inexplicable or one who cannot be explained or one who cannot be introduced in words.Beyond all words and beyond all explanation
Anagham - One who is immaculate or without blemish.One who may not have any mistake to commit.
Nirvaana-shaantipradam -One who blesses with bliss
Brahma-The Lord of creation.One of the trinities.
Shambhu -Shiva ,the lord of dissolution.
Phanindra - The Serpent King,Ananda or Sesha
Sevyam - One who is served upon.
Anisham -always
Vedaanta - vedyam -One who is known through Vedaanta or Upanishads
Vibhum - All pervading or omnipresent ,The strongest or Omnipotent and one who knows everything or omniscient.
Raamaakhyam - One who is well known as Rama or one who is inspiring and illuminating everything in the form of Soul.
Jagadishwara - Lord of the whole Cosmos
Sura- guru - The preceptor  of the Devas
Maayaa - manushyam- A person who has veiled himself with his own delusions or one who creates all delusions;
Hari -One who attracts the minds of the devotees in the form of Vishnu or one who absorbs the sins of all
Vandeham - I salute,pay homage to,pay respect to
Karunaakaram -Ocean of compassion.
Raghuvaram -The noblest in Raghu's Dynasty.
Choodaamani -Diadem
Bhupaala - choodaamanim- One who is glittering as the diadem of all kings.

Thus the stanza means

I pay homage to the one who is eternal ,tranquil,immaculate, inexplicable with words and who blesses with bliss .I salute the omnipresent ,the omnipotent and omniscient one well known as Rama who is always served upon by the Lords of  Creation and Destruction as well as by the serpent King Sesha. I pay respect to The Lord of all Cosmos, The preceptor  of the Devas and ocean of compassion, who is known through upanishads and has veiled himself with his own delusions. I prostrate before the noblest in Raghu's Dynasty who glitters as the diadem of all kings and who absorbs the sins of all

Sundar Kand Sree Ram Sloka Meaning taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Essence of Ramayana

Ramayana is the first and noblest of its kind as an epic.It uplifts a person from a lower  to the higher status of Life.The sublime principles of life are glorified in it.The viles and virtues are given importance in personal  life and in social order.Dharmic discipline is established in all walks of life.Strength and steadiness ,vigor and vitality, wit and wisdom are taken as the instruments  for the promotion of Dharma.Dharma is accepted as the nucleus of life.The morals and values  of human life are always protected .The indiscipline of negative forces of life is discouraged and defeated

The symbolism in Ramayana is very much attractive.Here the lower status of human mind is gradually lifted to the higher status of spiritual order for which the qualities of the human mind are transformed into the characters of Ramayana.The Heroes and heroines wear significance as symbols to suggest the qualities of the human mind .The viles  and virtues are discussed through this brilliant technique The viles are defeated and virtues are promoted The negative forces are discouraged and positive values are encouraged .

Animate and inanimate are included as tools and instruments for the success of this noble venture.Brahma, Vishnu,Maheswara, Rishis, Rakshas, Devas and Asuras, Men and Monkeys Emperors and Empires,Mountains and Seas, Birds and Animals, Jungles and Beaches are effective participants in this mystical and mundane operation for which avatar is taken as a medium through which the sublimity is explained.

The concept of Avatar or Incarnation.
The luminous of sublimity of the great epic is Rama  His superior personality leads us to higher status of impersonality. Impersonality means an ethic which is  visible an all pervading  power which is invisible.which is explained through a person. Rama is the nucleus and the central figure in the mystical science formed as a epic.In all mystical poems the great sage poets have adopted a beautiful method to explain  the invisible truth. By explaining the visible media they lead us to the unseen and unfelt truth. Incarnation is a function with a word meaning that comes down from a higher stage to the lower.

The higher truth has a no quality.It is beyond all qualities but the lower is with qualities.The higher is formless,the lower is in all forms.The higher is experience and the lower is experiment.The higher is purusha and the lower is prakrithi.The higher is Nirguna but the lower is saguna.Nirguna means having no quality which cannot be explained through qualities Which cannot be visible through the qualities but the lower is saguna Saguna means with qualities.Visibly having guna and by other programs of organs it can be explained so it is called the Saguna.The higher is Brahman the lower is Prakrithi The higher is knowledge and the lower nescience.Nescience means ignorance The higher is luminousness   and the lower luminous. Luminousness  is the status of being  illumined Lower is luminous means which is inspired or instigated  to shine or to glitter or to make anything active The higher hiranyagrabha the other virat cosmic The higher is impersonal and the lower personal .

Enlightened Gurus try to impart the knowledge of the impersonal through the personal but being personal, formed into personal ,the latter never looses the capacity to transform himself  into  luminousness.Here the meaning is, anything in the form with  a name has its own limitation.It will be never be all pervading.It will never be omniscient  or omnipresent which cannot do anything other than the law of form and name.So here, the avatar is not like that Though the avatar has a form and name it is not within the limitations of its form and name but it goes beyond it, breaks all the limitations and then merges with the impersonal. All the impersonal qualities are explained through the personality,so  Ram. the incarnation and Brahman are one and the same.That means personal is equal to impersonal So service to Ram is a service to ones own self. Why?  because Self is the Brahman,Self is the Soul and Self is the Ram.That is a sacred work to transform oneself into Atma Ram .Atma Ram means by ones own contemplation and meditation the upasaka is becoming with  the qualities of  the upasyam or if  somebody's is contemplating or meditating on Ram in the final end he himself is transformed into Ram or with Ram;s qualities .Thus serving Ram means lifting oneself to the status of Ram.

Essence of Ramayana taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below. http://youtu.be/L_r0EgzX92M