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

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Significance of 28th Day Thread Ceremony for Newborns.


It is a common custom followed to tie a black or black and yellow thread around the the waist of a Newborn at the 28th day.Initially this custom was followed  exactly at the 28th day after the child was born.Now since people are pre-occupied with work this ceremony is conducted on a Holiday and extends to 29th or 30th day.Majority of the people do not know the significance of this ceremony why it has to be on the 28th day.

There are 28 stars associated with our system starting with Aswathy,Bharani and going up-to Abhijith (28th Star.2.5 Nazhika). Normally Astrologers take only 27 stars into consideration because Abhijith has a short time duration when compared to other stars.But Abhijith is strong during the period when it is present.28 days constitute a Chandra Masa(Moon Month). In 28 days these stars will come face to face with the Moon one by one.The rays from the star will get mixed with the rays of the Moon and Somam( A subtle matter in the form of liquid ) which is present on the surface of the moon and fall on the earth in all living and non living beings.Moon is also called Soman because of presence of Somam. A combination of the rays from the star of that day,Moon and somam fall on all human beings at night.These rays get solidified when sun rays fall on it and become a  grain which is very subtle.This grain is so subtle that several grains may be confined to the point of a pin.This grain is called Pithru Pindam as per Rig Veda.Pindam is the smallest form of matter.The Scientists from West have named this " Paternal mass". Pithru Pindam got from 28 stars in 28 days forms a jelly like seed called Tandulum.In a normal person after 16 years of age this Tandulum will mix with blood to produce the necessary count for reproduction.This process exists in plants too and is responsible for their growth.This is the reason why Moon is also called" Aushadheesan".

When a baby is born 21 Pithru Pindam will get transferred to the child from the father.The remaining 7 remain with the father.From the second generation to 3rd,4th,5th,6th and 7th generation 15,10,6,3 and 1 are transferred. This is how heredity of a person spans to 7 generations.The Vedas have already stated the genesis long back.

For a newborn 28 days signifiy 28 Pithru Pindam which binds 7 generations and the newborn is indebted to previous 7 generations. It has been already stated that by the doctors "Ancestral discipline of the successor-ship is in 7 ancestor sections". Black thread signifies that you are bound to the world. Also, the color of Thamasa Gunam is black.Yellow thread signifies your duty to free yourself from ancestral bondage.Yellow color has the property to overcome difficulties.This explains why it is  important to conduct the thread ceremony on the 28th day and not on any other day.

Concept of 28th Day Thread Ceremony for Newborn taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal. Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below. 
http://youtu.be/UtyCUCiLTyo


Monday, December 12, 2011

Life Principle of Plants


Hindu or Bharathyia culture considers World as one family  (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).This single entity includes all living and non living beings.In this post we look at plant kingdom and how it is closely associated with human beings.Plants around you can be the reincarnation of  your grandfather,father, children etc.

Cleve Backster, an interrogation specialist, had done lot of research in analyzing the behavior of Plants.In one of the research he used polygraph electrodes attached to Philodendron.The polygraph machine can record physiological changes just like ECG.After setting the electrodes, Baxter asked one of his colleague  to pluck the leaf of the plant.No changes were observed on the tape.Next he asked to pluck the bud and now again the plant did not show any change.Then Baxter asked him to burn the plant.Suddenly abnormal  waves were recorded on the tape.Initially Baxter thought there was some problem with his physiology and after repeated experiments confirmed that abnormal wave forms were from the plant itself.The Plant was responding to the negative intention of burning the Plant.This experiments shows that if we pluck leaves or bud from the plant which can benefit  others it has no issue but responds if we try to destroy the plant.This shows how plants are closely associated and part of our world family and ready to sacrifice for the benefit of other living beings.

If we take the seed of Arayaal (Peepal),it contains the life principle of the Tree and if the life principle is not there it won't grow in the form of a tree.The matter contained in the seed is responsible for the growth of the tree.It contains the seed for the structure,the life force of the future tree and the environment in which it can sprout and grow.All these things are fused together in the seed. The sound waves formed in this state is useful for all living beings. Studies conducted during Athirathram Yajna (Kundoor,Kerala) on plants before and after Yajna showed positive changes in the Plants during Yajna's or chanting Mantra's.

Swamiji in his speech narrates another incident associated with plants.Couple of people from Mahatma Gandhi University visited swamiji. Swamiji was having a discussion how to evaluate the concept of  World as one family  (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) using Science.One of the visitors Dr Joseph from Mahatma Gandhi University told swamiji his experience with Plants. He planted a small Thottavadi (Mimosa pudica) and took great care of it just like he would look after his own child.When the plant grew up he noticed the leaves of the plant did not fold when he touched it.The normal behavior of this plant was  to fold its leaves if somebody touches it. It has also got another name "Touch Me Not". When the leaves did not fold he was very surprised.In order to understand the  behavior of the plant he asked another person in his house to go near the plant and check if the plant needed some watering .When the other person reached near the plant it sensed the breath and immediately folded it's leaves.When Dr Joseph went near it, it suddenly came back to normal form.This shows the relationship build between plant and human being when the person was emotionally close to it.

Concept of Life Principle in Plants taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal..Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.
http://youtu.be/jMwHSE6H0oY


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Concept of Vegetarianism in Swamiji's words

The thought waves of previous births of all beings exist in the atmosphere.These thought waves are in the form of channels and life force of the respective person traverses through it during life and after death.During animal slaughter, powerful anti-waves are created in the atmosphere due to the merciless killing of a helpless animal.The atmosphere contains anti waves of the animals which are killed. A person who has slaughtered the animal or consumed the flesh , will be unable to overcome the anti-waves created during the willful slaughter of the helpless animal after death. In order to resist the anti-waves(these prevent the soul from rising from earth's atmosphere) his soul takes the form of the animal in the next birth. In the next birth the animal will become a human being and human being an animal . Here the new human slaughter's the new animal due to previous impressions.This cycle continues until one of them stops killing the other.During animal slaughter, a serum is also formed in the animal which is helpless and under immense fear. This is another powerful negative force acting on the person consuming it.

In the current world, eating meat is projected as a source of protein.Meat has only 22.5% protein when compared to Soya beans which has 42% protein.Vegans also tend to have stronger immune systems and, on average, live 10 years longer than meat-eaters do.(http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/default2.aspx)

Concept of Vegetarianism taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spuI9K5htDw

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam recited by Swamiji

Sree Lalitha Sahasranama is from Brahmandapurana. Sree Lalithambika instructed Vasini and the Vagdevathaas to compose a hymn for the benefit of the devotees,hearing which Sree Lalithambika would be extremely pleased with the devotee and that hymn is Sree Lalitha Saharsanama.

Sree Lalitha Sahasranamam should be recited after the dhyana slokam with devotion and sincerity,visualizing the Divine Mother in all her glory.Dhyana slokam visualises the full form of the  Divine Mother in all aspects.It contains roopavarnana, alamkaram and the divine power which helps the person chanting to devout completely to  the  Divine Mother .It is of great importance and benefit when we visualize and chant Lalitha Sahasranama.

Lalitha Sahasranamam can be chanted in many  different ways.   In Stotram form, all 1,000 namams are separated into stotrams of a few namams each and recited in this way.  In mantra form, each namam is said individually, preceded by "Aum" and followed by "Namah".  When chanted in mantra form, the endings of each namam are generally changed to "e" or "yai".  Mantra form is commonly used to recite Lalitha Sahasranamam during archana.  In the homam form, homam is conducted by ending each namam with Swaha: Homam is the most powerful form of offering  and considered as the most revered solution for all problems of man kind.

Related Links
Learn & Recite Sree Lalitha Sahasranama Namavali
The History of Sree Lalitha Sahasranama
PDF versions of Sree Lalitha Sahasranamavali in different languages
Impacts of chanting Sree Lalitha Sahasranama
Visual Impact in the form of as Jyothi (brilliant and lustrous light)

Listen to  Lalitha Sahasranamam Namavali recited by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WV8-BKKTsbA


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Understanding Renunciation from Swamiji's Padapooja Book

Happiness and Sorrow originates from the attachment of an object to the person who relates to it.To accept or renounce an object depends on the person's relationship to that object.The happiness in accepting the object, which a person experiences will not be there when the person renounces the object.This is because there is an inherent feeling that the object belongs to me.

There are 2 types of desires.One in which a person  sacrifices something because he does not like it and another is where he accepts something because of liking. To Sacrifice something which a person does not like and the freedom experienced after that are the same.

Renunciation should be understood in a different way.When you sacrifice something which you don't like it cannot be called Renunciation.Renunciation is something which you like and sacrifice it for the benefit and prosperity of others.When you sacrifice something which gives you sorrow that does not mean it can give happiness to the person who accepted it.

Lets look at an example of a farmer who has got a cow which has got some disease.Normally what the farmer would do is to sell off the cow for whatever money he gets.The farmer does not even think that the difficulty he encountered with the sick cow is passed on to the person who buys it.Even if the farmer donates the cow by hiding the illness then also it cannot be called  Renunciation as his action is involved with cheating and falsehood involved in hiding the disease of the cow.

Renunciation is sacrificing something which gave  happiness and prosperity so that the person who accepts also enjoy the same level of  happiness and prosperity.

The above points are taken from Padapooja book written by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal .This book is an exhaustive text on the Guru -Shishya relation between BrahmaSree Neelakanta Gurupadar and Swamiji and the significance of the interactions of the Guru with the disciples and devotees.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Identifying positive and negative waves using dowsing rods

A pair of L shape dowsing rods can be used to detect positive and negative waves. A wave can be a sound or thought wave.A positive wave is one which is good for us and the other which is not.For example if somebody shouts at us using filthy language then negative sound waves are propagated in the environment and this negative waves does not align with our culture and net result is a disaster.On the other hand when someone speaks good about  us positive sounds waves are propagated and we feel happy.The same principle apples when we think bad or feel jealous about another person or if we are in the company of a person with negative thoughts.This gives us an idea of positive and negative waves.

If the 2 L shaped rods are brought in front of our gurus or Gods these rods will deflect showing positive waves.In one of the instance when the L shaped rods was brought in front of the picture of Brahma Sree Neelakanta Gurupadar,Guru of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal the rods deflected to an angle of 180 degrees and remained there even when the guru's picture was removed.This shows how divine was swamiji's guru  and also whenever we think of our gurus or Gods  positive waves are formed in the environment and provides a healthy atmosphere.

The same   L shaped rods can be checked for negative waves.The easiest one is bringing it in front of an orchid and the rods will cross showing negative waves and instead of Orchid use Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum ) leaf and it will show positive waves.Tulsi or Tulasi is a sacred plant for Hindus.

Listen to the concept from Swamiji's own words below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOEBbUX30Vo


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cyclic Model proves Hinduism's concept of the Universe.

Great Hindu saints from time immemorial have described the nature of the universe.The universe never ends and goes on in a cyclic manner.It expands and then contracts to an atom.The above theory was not accepted by the Western scientists for a long time.

Two scientists Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University )  and Neil Turok (Cambridge University) did research on the Big Bang Theory and ended up with "cyclic model".They came to the conclusion that  there could be a timeless cycle of expansion and contraction. It’s an idea as old as Hinduism, updated for the 21st century.Whatever the  Hindu scriptures described about the universe millions of years ago has been proven scientifically in this century.

This drives us to the conclusion that Hindu scriptures are very scientific and to the point.Most of what we discover today can be traced back to Hindu Scriptures written by Great Hindu Sages millions of years ago.

Related Links
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077357/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/questioning-big-bang/
http://www.physics.princeton.edu/~steinh/dm2004.pdf

Listen to the concept from Swamiji's own words below.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E1NEcx8DVM


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Importance of Annadanam from Swamiji's Padapooja book

Of all the Yajna Annadanam is considered one of the most important. Annad bhavanti bhutani (All living beings subsist on food grains).This sloka from Gita tells us how Annam is closely knit with all living beings.

"ദദസ്വാന്നം ദദസ്വാന്നം 
ദദസ്വാന്നം യുധിഷ്ഠിര:"

The above  sloka from Bhavishya Purana tells  us to give annam as danam.Without Annam one cannot imagine the existence of nature itself.

"അന്നമേവ മനുഷ്യാണാം പ്രാണാനാഹുര്‍ മനീഷിണ: "

Annam is the life force(pranan) and life force is annam as told by great saints.

Ramayanam also speaks about Annadanam done by King Dasaratha and Lord Sree Ram.Of all the Yajna conducted Annadanam is considered to be the most important one.

"കാലെ വര്‍ഷതി പര്‍ജന്യ 
സുഭിക്ഷം വിമലാ ദിശ:.."

Annandanam should be conducted in abundance as told by Kula Guru Vashishta muni.Always maintain  equal respect for all the people who take part in Annadanam and do not differentiate people based on character,status etc.Annam should be distributed equally to all.All sections of people should be invited and everybody should be equally respected.This shows our ancient Bharath varsh culture.

നിമന്ത്രയസ്വ നൃപതീന്‍ പൃഥിവ്യാം യേ ച ധാര്‍മികാ: 
ബ്രാഹ്‌മണാന്‍, ക്ഷത്രിയാന്‍, വൈശ്യാന്‍, ശുദ്രാന്‍ശൈ്‌ചവ സഹസ്രശ:

While doing Annadanam there should  not be any differentiation based on caste,creed or color.Everybody should be treated equally ..This rule holds good while inviting people for Annadanam.Also there should not be any distinction observed for people invited and not invited.Just by doing Annadanam a person will not get elevated to a higher spiritual  level unless it is done with total dedication.

Swamiji narrates an incident about Brahma Sree Neelakanta Gurupadar.Gurupader after performing Pattabhishekam gives the Nivedyam to the dog who is waiting for the prasadam by his hand instead of throwing it near the dog.Also eats the leftover from his hand.The above act of Gurupadar shows the level of sanctity maintained for all living beings while doing Annadanam. .

The above points are taken from Padapooja book written by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal .This book is an exhaustive text on the Guru -Shishya relation between BrahmaSree Neelakanta Gurupadar and Swamiji and the significance of the interactions of the Guru with the disciples and devotees.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Poem on Gurupadar by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal

കാവിമുണ്ടില്ല കമണ്ഡലുവില്ലനല്‍- 
യോഗദണ്ഡില്ല വിഭൂതിയില്ല 
കാണാന്‍ കൊതിച്ചവയൊന്നുമില്ലെന്‍ഗുരു- 
സീമയിലെത്താത്തതൊന്നുമില്ല 

കാലാനുവാചിയായ കാമാനുരക്തമായ്‌ 
കാണ്‍മവയൊന്നുമവിടെയില്ല 
കാണ്‍മതിനൊക്കെയും കാരണഭൂതമായ്‌ 
കാണുവതേതൊന്നതൊന്നുമാത്രം 

ആദിമധ്യാന്തങ്ങളില്ല, പ്രപഞ്ചത്തെ
നീതീകരിക്കുന്നഭേദമില്ല. 
നീതിശാസ്ത്രത്തിന്‍നിയമത്തെവെല്ലുന്ന 
നീതിയല്ലാതവിടൊന്നുമില്ല 

ആ ദിവ്യതേജസ്സിലാദിവ്യ ജോതിസ്സി-
ലാമഗ്നമാകാത്തതൊന്നുമില്ല. 

രചന:ജഗദ്ഗുരു സ്വാമി സത്യാനന്ദ സരസ്വതി
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVlWPofZZWU

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Things to follow while cooking and serving food from Swamiji's Padapooja Book.

Blog readers may find a bit surprising  to find a post on cooking and serving in a religious blog.However in reality without food there is no existence of nature itself.Annam or food is everybody's life force or if we put it in another way Life force is everybody's Annam or food.

Annad bhavanti bhutani (All living bodies subsist on food grains)
Annam bahu kurvita.(Ensure abundance of food all over)
Annam na nindhyath (Do not abuse food)

I have summarized a couple of points below from Swamiji's Padapooja book

  • Kitchen should be considered equivalent to a Pooja Room. Cleanliness and purity should be maintained similar to a Pooja Room.
  • While cooking make sure our mind is clean and not filled with unwanted thoughts.Any unwanted thought has a negative effect on the food.
  • Avoid discussion on anybody/anything while cooking and serving the food.
  • Prepare only the food required and concentrate on quality rather than increasing the number of dishes to show our financial status.
  • Always maintain good thoughts and words during cooking and serving. Any change in thought will affect the action and hence the food.All good action of ours will  benefit the person who consumes the food in a positive way..
  • Always use proper utensils for cooking.
  • Fresh vegetables will add up to the taste.If possible get vegetables not contaminated with pesticides.
  • Avoid cooking and eating non  vegetarian foods.Animals facing slaughter develop a chain of psychological infirmities. A serum forming out of fear would poison the blood and flesh of  the killed animal. This acts as a negative force and is harmful to the health of the person consuming it.

The above points are taken from Padapooja book written by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal .This book is an exhaustive text on the Guru -Shishya relation between BrahmaSree Neelakanta Gurupadar and Swamiji and the significance of the interactions of the Guru with the disciples and devotees.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adhyatma Ramayanam Recital - Sree Ram Stuthi


ശ്രീരാമ! രാമ! രാമ! ശ്രീരാമചന്ദ്ര! ജയ! 
ശ്രീരാമ! രാമ! രാമ! ശ്രീരാമഭദ്ര! ജയ! 
ശ്രീരാമ! രാമ! രാമ! സീതാഭിരാമ! രാമ!
ശ്രീരാമ! രാമ! രാമ! ലോകാഭിരാമ! ജയ!
ശ്രീരാമ! രാമ! രാമ! രാവണാന്തക! രാമ!
ശ്രീരാമ! മമ ഹൃദി രമതാം രാമ! രാമ! 
ശ്രീരാഘവാത്മാ രാമ! ശ്രീരാമ! രമാപതേ!
ശ്രീരാമ! രമണീയവിഗ്രഹ! നമോസ്തൂതേ
നാരായണായ നമോ നാരായണായ നമോ
നാരായണായ നമോ നാരായണായ നമ: 

ശ്രീരാമനാമം പാടിവന്ന പൈങ്കിളിപ്പെണ്ണേ!
ശ്രീരാമചരിതം നീ ചൊല്ലീടു മടിയാതെ.
ശാരികപ്പൈതല്‍ താനും വന്ദിച്ചു വന്ദ്യന്‍മാരെ
ശ്രീരാമ സ്മൃതിയോടെ പറഞ്ഞുതുടങ്ങിനാള്‍:

കാരണനായ ഗണനായകന്‍ ബ്രഹ്മാത്മകന്‍
കാരുണ്യമുര്‍ത്തി ശിവശക്തിസംഭവന്‍ ദേവന്‍
വാരണമുഖന്‍ മമ പ്രാരബ്ധവിഘ്നങ്ങളെ
വാരണം ചെയ്തീടുവാനാവോളം വന്ദിക്കുന്നേന്‍.
വാണീടുകനാരതമെന്നുടെ നാവുതന്‍മേല്‍
വാണിമാതാവേ! വര്‍ണ്ണവിഗ്രഹേ! വേദാത്മികേ!
നാണമെന്നിയേ മുദാ നാവിന്‍മേല്‍ നടനം ചെ-
യ്കേണാങ്കാനനേ! യഥാ കാനനേ ദിഗംബരന്‍.
വാരിജോത്ഭവമുഖവാരിജവാസേ! ബാലേ!
വാരിധിതന്നില്‍ തിരമാലകളെന്നപ്പോലെ
ഭാരതീ! പദാവലി തോന്നേണം കാലേ കാലേ
പാരാതെ സലക്ഷണം മേന്‍മേല്‍ മംഗലശീലേ!
വൃഷ്ണിവംശത്തല്‍ വന്നു കൃഷ്ണനായ്പിറന്നോരൂ
വിഷ്‌ണു വിശ്വാത്മാ വിശേഷിച്ചനുഗ്രഹിക്കേണം.
വിഷ്‌ണുജോത്ഭവസുതനന്ദനപുത്രന്‍ വ്യാസന്‍
വിഷ്‌ണുതാന്‍ തന്നെ വന്നൂ പിറന്ന തപോധനന്‍
വിഷ്‌ണുതന്‍മായാഗുണചരിത്രമെല്ലാം കണ്ട
കൃഷ്ണനാം പുരാണകര്‍ത്താവിനെ വണങ്ങുന്നേന്‍. 

Source : Adhyatma Ramayanam (kilippattu) by Thunchathu Ezhuthachan

Listen to Sree Ram Stuthi Recital below

 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Lord Sree Ram's association with other sections of people


Common allegation against Sree Ram is that Ram was against people belonging to other caste and the incident narrated is that Sambhooka who belonged to sudra caste was killed by Sree Ram while in meditation.The fact is Lord Sree Ram was not against any section of people.There are a couple of examples in Ramayan to prove it.

Sree Ram consumed food given by Sabari. and advised her the path of salvation.Sabari means parachi or chandali which belongs to a group below sudra.As per Marathi Ramayan the fruits offered to Sree Ram was tasted by Sabari.Sabari tasted the fruits to make sure she gave only the fruits with good taste to Sree Ram.Sree Ram  visted Sabari's Monastery because  she had attained supreme knowledge by practicing penance.

Another example is about Guhan the tribal leader.Sree Ram on his way to Lanka met Guhan and embraced him and also while coming back from 14 years of exile with help of hanuman met Guhan again.

Another allegation raised against Sree Ram is instead of listening to Sugriva the King ,Ram listened to Hanuman who was minister or messenger of Sugriva.This was because Hanuman was more superior in knowledge compared to Sugriva .This is cited by the following incident-when Sree Ram met Vibheshana,Sugriva tells Rama not to accept him.Hanuman on the other hand advised Rama that Vibheshana did not have any Rakshasa quality even though he belonged to Rakshasa group.

Hanumanji's words from Ramayanam
ജാതിനാമാദികള്‍ക്കല്ല ഗുണഗണഭേദമെന്നത്രേ ബുധന്‍മാരുടെ മതം

The above incidents show Lord Sree Ram never cared for any caste,creed or color and only the quality of the person.

Source :REFLECTIONS ON HINDUISM BY H.H. SWAMI SATHYANANDA SARASWATHY
 Listen to the concept in Swamiji's own words below.http://youtu.be/juxKEWJJtQ8

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Relationship between Sound and Form(Roopam)


It may be a surprise to hear that sound and form are one and the same.Lets look at an example and understand the above statement.A child sitting inside the house hears his father’s voice outside the house.After hearing his father’s voice the child need not go outside to confirm in order to tell his Mother that father is coming.When father’s voice is heard a picture of his father is formed in his mind.On the other hand  if the child did not have the image of the father associated with the sound he would have told somebody else had come.

The image formed in child’s mind after hearing his father’s voice is through thought waves.With thought waves sound is formed as well as the image associated.When the child calls father also the same thought waves are used.

When sound (Nada) is heard the first motion is Bindu and the image formed is Kala.The theory of creation is explained from Nada Bindu Kala.This explains that an image is merged in sound.When a glass falls and breaks we say with the help of sound and image that the sound was that of a glass breaking.Likewise when  a crow caw’s the same principle is applied and we say a crow is cawing and not a hen.All this is possible because of the association of image and sound.The basis of sound and image(Roopam) are the same.This Principle was discovered by our sages in Ancient Bharath.It is unfortunate that the modern scientists are still groping in darkness when all this had already been described ages ago. They do not acknowledge the contributions of our Sages due to their ignorance.

Concept taken from the speech of Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal.Listen to the concept from swamiji's own words below

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Is it meaningful to blow off a candle during birthday celebration ?


There is a custom followed , to blow off a candle kept at the top of the birthday cake.It is normally believed that if we make a wish and blow the candle the wish will come true.

As per Hindu traditions blowing off the candle is inauspicious .All functions begin with lighting the lamp and the lamp is kept lighted until the function gets over,even after the function the lamp is turned off by hand or some other material like flower and not by blowing off.

Light which is lit causes shining,anything that shines on its own makes other things to shine and acquire brilliance.To Hindus, darkness represents ignorance, and light is a metaphor for knowledge. Therefore, lighting a lamp symbolizes the destruction, through knowledge, of all negative forces.

Viewed spiritually the lamp has the concept of Goddess Lakshmi ,the goddess of prosperity offers praeyas(tranquility in this world) and Saraswathi,the Goddess of learning offers Sreyas(tranquility in other world).Darkness caused by sorrow and ignorance are removed by lighting the lamp.The radiance of the light spreads in the endless atmosphere.

So blowing off the candle invites ignorance and sorrow.Light the candle and move it to a safer place so that it does not get turned off.

Most acceptable solution would be to use oil stand lamp (Nila Vilakku) instead of the candle as we use in other Hindu functions because the polished and shining lamp and the light ignited by gingelly and other oil will attract germs and destroy them.Studies tell that candle light has got its own ill effects and can cause allergies,asthma and even cancer.
Asato maa sadgamaya
Tamaso maa jyotirgamaya
Mrityor maa amritan gamaya
Om shaanti shaanti shaanti

From the unreal, lead us to the Real;
From darkness, lead us unto Light; 
From death, lead us to Immortality,
Om shaanti shaanti shaanti"

Source :REFLECTIONS ON HINDUISM BY H.H. SWAMI SATHYANANDA SARASWATHY

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Harivarasanam Project by Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi Tiruvadikal

The Harivarasanam project was the dream project of Swamiji aimed at development of Sabarimala, the biggest Hindu piligrimage destination in the world. This eco friendly project was submitted to Travancore Devasom board & Government of Kerala in the year 1995 for approval..So far no action has been taken.The project was aimed at removing all difficulties faced by the crores of Ayyappa devotees who throng Sabarimala every year and to develop the overall infrastructure at Sabarimala.The project covers all aspects related to the temple starting from Flyover,Yajna mandapam,Tanthri Mandhiram,Gopuram,Hospitals ,Security towers etc

Shri A.K Antony did try to implement this plan but due to other pressures did not succeed.The world famous architect from America Harby also had good words of appreciation for this project.

The project was designed in a such a way that nobody could loot sabarimala money when implementating the project.If somebody alters the plan then it can open up for other people to loot the sabarimala money.

News Links related to Harivarasanam Project
Save Sabarimala, Implement Harivarasanam Project
Harivarasanam Project Details
The Hindu : Kerala News : Sabarimala development in limbo
The Hindu : Kerala News : Row over new master plan for Sabarimala
Rediff On The NeT: Hindus ask Kerala to improve Sabarimala
The Hindu : Kerala / Pathanamthitta News : Government asked to

Read Punnyabhoomi report for further details.