pachai maamalai pol mene

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Prayer to Agni for removal of Sins...

Prayer to Agni for removal of Sins...

अग्नेर्मन्वे प्रथमस्य प्रचेतसः यं पाञ्चजन्यम् बहवस्समिन्धते।
विश्वस्यां दिवि विविशिवांसमीमहे स नो मुन्चत्वग्ंहसः॥
तैत्तिरीयप्रपाठके ॥ अपि च अथर्ववेदे
agnermanve prathamasya pracetasaḥ yaṁ pāñcajanyam bahavassamindhate|
viśvasyāṁ divi viviśivāṁsamīmahe sa no muncatvagṁhasaḥ||
taittirīyaprapāṭaka|| api ca atharvavede

Oh Agni, who is kindled to supreme vigour( by offerings of twigs and ghee etc,)
you the great one of Supreme vitality,
you, whom we praise as Paanchajanya,
Oh Agni who is spread all over this universe,
we make this prayer to you. with humble prostrations
May you be pleased to annihilate our sins and relieve us of all that is not good..

We see the word Panchajanya in this mantram.. and the holy Conch which we use in pooja comes to our mind.. So we chant this mantram when offering pooja to the Shankham.. relating the word Panchajanya to the Shankham.. as Lord Narayana holds in his hand a conch by name Panchajanya..

Panchajanya is the shell of a demon by that name whom Krishna defeated in the famous Santhanagopalam episode..

In Bagavat Gita first chapter we find Krishna blowing the conch Panchajanyam..
Paanchajanyam Hrisheekesho....

But the real mening of Panchajanya is Agni or the Lord of Fire.

He is called Panchajanya because he manifest in five forms.. In devayajna, pitru yajna, bhutayajna, manushyayajna and brahmayajna..
He is manifest in Panchabhoothas, Panchavarnas and so on..

This is a mantram in daily use..
Found in Krishna Yajurveda Taittireeya school.. and also in Atharvaveda in a slightly altered form..

Sunday, April 08, 2018

The mangalya sutra

The mangalya sutra.. a cotton thread, smeared with turmeric is supposed to carry the thali.. or the divine insignia which a groom ties to the bride and the bride as wife is expected to wear it as long as the husband lives.. 

I read somewhere a remark that manjal kayiru (the cotton thread smeared with turmeric) is a thing of the past and the ladies now wear only golden chains carrying the thaali.. 

But this is not correct.. according to the traditions.. 

My views. 
manjal kayiru should not be removed.. 
if anyone claims she is sumangali . 

The mangalyam is tied to a thanthu.. 
a cotton thread and not gold chain.. 
and this tantu is the jeevana hetu of the one who ties the thread.. 

jeevana hethu means the cause of longevity of the husband and that depends on this thread and mangalyam... 

it is at least believed so... 
as per the following manthram 

maangalyam tantunaa anena mama jeevana hetunaa.. 
kanTe badnaami subhage saneeva (or twam jeeva) sharatam shatam.. 
माङ्गल्यम् तन्तुनानेन मम जीवन हेतुना 
कण्ठे बध्नामि सुभगे त्वम् जीव शरदः शतम् 
māṅgalyam tantunānena mama jīvana hetunā 
kaṇṭhe badhnāmi subhage tvam jīva śaradaḥ śatam 

Oh fortunate lady, I am tying this Manglyam made of thread around your neck , This thread represents or is the cause of my longevity.. 
May you live happily for hundred autumns.. 

The thread is smeared with turmeric or manjal because manjal represents Mahalakshmi herself. 
A thali chain cannot replace a manjal kayiru as per our religion and traditions .. 

If someone is claiming that it does not matter even if mangalyam is not worn.. the possibilities can be many and I have nothing to say.. 

I am just viewing the issue from the angle of traditions and our faith. 



Tuesday, April 03, 2018

the sins get cleared thus..

विद्यातीर्थे विमलमतयः साधवः सत्यतीर्थे
गङ्गातीर्थे मलिनमनसो दानतीर्थे धनाढ्याः।
लज्जातीर्थे कुलयुवतयो योगिनो ज्ञानतीर्थे
धारातीर्थे धरणिपतयः कल्मषम् क्षालयन्ति॥
vidyātīrthe vimalamatayaḥ sādhavaḥ satyatīrthe
gaṅgātīrthe malinamanaso dānatīrthe dhanāḍhyāḥ|
lajjātīrthe kulayuvatayo yogino jñānatīrthe
dhārātīrthe dharaṇipatayaḥ kalmaṣam kṣālayanti|

Great souls and good persons avoid committing sins.. But the existence in the world is so complicated that they may not be able to steer clear of many errors happening beyond their control.
The sloka quoted above from a text Prasangaaharana talks about how people wash away thier sins..
Normally the sins are cleared off when peopl visit holy places or teerthas.
The people of clean and blemishless thoughts was away their sins in the holy waters of knowledge
The people of lofty character with little attachment to worldy matters could wash away any possible sins in the holy waters of truth.
The people whose minds have been contaminated by evil thoughts might wash away their sins by visiting the holy river Ganga and taking dip there/
The rich people, who have incurred sins whle earning the welath could was off their sins in the holy waters of sacred and well deserved gifts.
The ladies born in high families could was off their sins in the holy waters of bashfulness tinted with repentence..
The realized souls that are the yogins could wash off their sins in the holy waters of the Supreme Realizaton
And the brave rulers of the earth would wash off their sins in the holy waters that are the battlefields.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

misused words can be fatal...

मन्त्रो हीनः स्वरतो वर्ण्णतो वा मिथ्याप्रयुक्तो न तमर्थमाह।
स वाग्व्ज्रो यजमानम् हिनस्ति यथेन्द्रशत्रुः स्वरतोपराधात्॥
mantro hiinaH swarato varNNato vaa mithyaaprayukto na tamarthamaaha.
sa vaagvjro yajamaanam hinasti yathendrashatruH swaratoparaadhaat..
a manthra which is defective either in swara (pronunciation) or varna (in letter) will give adverse and dangerous effects.. 
The mispronounced word may... become something like vajraayaudha and will annihilate the yajamaana (the one who chants or offers oblations with the mantra).. 
This happened in the case of twastaa who wanted the increase in the number of enemies of Indra, chanted Indrashatroo vardhaswa इन्द्रशत्रू वर्धस्व
 in bahuvreehii instead of tatpurusha samasa..
that is,
 he chanted
indrashcha asau shatruscha इन्द्रः च असौ शत्रुः च (bahuvreehi)... meaning Indra the enemy may grow in valour
instead of
Indrasya shatroo इन्द्रस्य शत्रूः vardhaswa..(tatpurusha)
 that would mean
 Indra's enemies may grow valourous.

Thus instead of getting strong enemies for Indra,
Twsashtaa got a very strong enemy in Indra,, 
So the misused words acted as if thunderbolts which worked against Twashtaa.

This incident is usually narrated to the students of Vedas and Upanishads, during their study sessions.

(Once Vishvaroopa the son of Twashta was appointed as the priest of the Devas with Indra in the lead, because there was some misunderstanding with their usual priest Brihaspati. 
But Visvaroopa had some Asura connection in the mother's side, 
and was not faithful to the Devas.. 
Once, the priest Visvaroopa misappropriated the share of Devas in a yajna and diverted the benefits to the Asuras.. 
Indra got the wind of it and lost no time in beheading Vishvaroopa .. 
Vishvaroopa's father Twashtaa, himself a Deva of sorts, could not forgive Indra for this, 
and therefore he conducted the yajna for obtaining powerful enemies for Indra and to wage a battle against Indra.. 
In fact the demon Vritra was created.. and after a lot of fight and after obtaining Vajrayudha crafted from the backbone of Sage Dadeechi, Indra could finish off Vritrasura.. 
That is the entire story of enmity between Twashta and Indra)

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

musings 35

To maintain our physical body in all its strength and verve, we consume food, and do various exercises and expose the body to sunlight etc.. 
We consume carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins, water and so on.. 
Such nutrients are derived from various sources in nature or some are even synthezised..
But utlimately, it is not the Carbohydrate or protein or Vitamin or Sunlight that manifest as our body or its activities.. 
The materials and nutrients are given as inputs or fuels and some process in the body, just converts these into the building and maintenance materials needed for the body..
So if we surround ourselves with gunnybags of rice or wheat or kilolitres of milk or keep our body inside a well, our body is not going to grow..
We have to cook or process and eat or drink and the body should process the material consumed.. and for that the vital force.. may be the Divine force in necessary.. 

Similarly we gather a lot of information and knowledge from books, from the talks and opinions of others and through media outpours.. 
We have to understand that all this is just crude raw material for the consumption and processing by our mind.. and the thinking structure built in our body..
What we imbibe or understand is just what the mind and brain processes or infers through functionals and sensory orgnas.. 
Eating a few pages of a book or swallowing a tabala or nadaswaram will not make us enjoy a novel or a piece of music..

So, ultimiately the vital force inside ourselves is our master..
And we should always keep our mastery over external influences by properly channelling our own physical and mental networks..

The controller of these networks, the one who supplies the correct power and oil to run these is perhaps an unseen force.. Maybe it is God.. 
it is not at all difficult to trust and depend on that God..
But instead, if we trust gunny bags, empty drums and gas balloons, who can save us?

life is there just to be lived...

Most of our time is spent on planning  to live, earning to live, reading to live and dishing out advices on how to live.. 

Often we spend our time is destroying our own means and methods of good life..
But most often we tend to overlook what exactly we want from our lives.. 
and therefore we do not spend our time in what really we want..

In short, we plan a lot but live very little..

At least for five minutes every hour we are awake, is it better to review our own flow of existence.. to see whether we have lived our life the way we want at least for a little while?

The fact is, we rewind, we ruminate when we are no longer able to do anything at all.. when we are at the close of our innings in this world..
Too late in the day..

They say a good technician spends a lot of time in sharpening and fine tuning his gadgets.. so that he can use them effectively at the right time..

But if the technician is just sharpening his gadgets for ever but never uses it.. what is the use of his being called a technician at all?

We collect books, build libraries, fill our memories with data, but never recall them for any use.. Why?

Life is like that..
But then we have to live at least a little, is it not?

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

learn by experience....

learn by experience....

शास्त्रज्ञोप्यलोकज्ञो मूर्खतुल्यः॥
चाणाक्यसूत्रं ५४३
śāstrajñopyalokajño mūrkhatulyaḥ||
cāṇākyasūtraṁ 543
Even if one is well read and even learned in Science and scriptures, if he does not know the ways of the world he is just equal to a fool, idiot and ignoramus..

So says the master Guru Chanakya..

Yes, we can learn the principles and theories of science, statecraft or for that matter almost anything through books and records.. 
But such learning has inherent limitations.. 
The basic principles as studied from books may be very correct.. But they have meaning and relevance only if they are applied for the benefit of all.. 
Such knowledge can be applied only if we know and understand the nature and mindset of the people.. 
The people and the environment could be understood only through interaction and observation.
Theoretical and academic knowledge cannot help us in this matter..

The attitudes and mindsets of the people are shaped on the history, geography, economics and sociology of ther respective target groups.. And no textbook can ever supply correct and complete data on this..

So if we are presuming that we are just perfect in our knowledge by going through many standard texts and famous books, we are almost equal to idiots.

One cannot learnn swimming by reading a book, for example..

It would be nice to recall the following subhashitam too..
It is a quote from Udyogaparvam of Mahabharatam..

आचार्यात् पादमादत्ते पादं शिष्यः स्वमेधया।
पादं सब्रह्मचारिभ्यः पादं कालक्रमेण च॥
ācāryāt pādamādatte pādaṁ śiṣyaḥ svamedhayā|
pādaṁ sabrahmacāribhyaḥ pādaṁ kālakrameṇa ca||

The student receives one fourth of his education from his preceptors..
one fourth from ones own perception, by application of mind and brain
one fourth from living in the company of fellow scholars and by comparison of mutual experience..
And the final quarter can be gained only through the efflux of time.. that is by living and experiencing..

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Description or Dhyana Slokam of Mother Gayatri

मुक्ताविद्रुमहेमनीलधवळच्छायैः त्रीक्ष्णैः मुखैः
युक्तामिन्दुकलानिबद्धमकुटाम् तत्वार्त्थवर्ण्णात्मिकाम्।
गायत्रीम् वरदाभयाङ्कुशकशाः शुभ्रम् कपालम् गदाम्
शङ्खम् चक्र्मदारविन्दयुगळम् हस्तैर्वहन्तीम् भजे॥
muktāvidrumahemanīladhavaḻacchāyaiḥ trīkṣṇaiḥ mukhaiḥ
yuktāmindukalānibaddhamakuṭām tatvārtthavarṇṇātmikām|
gāyatrīm varadābhayāṅkuśakaśāḥ śubhram kapālam gadām
śaṅkham cakrmadāravindayugaḻam hastairvahantīm bhaje||
I pray with great reverence and depend entirely for my welfare on Mother Gayatri 
Who has five faces with the colours of 
Pearl (Shiny Trasparency)
Coral (the red )
Golden yellow
Saphire blue 
spotless white
each face having three eyes
Who has her crown bound with the fresh bright crescent of the moon
Who is the embodiment of the Chaturvimshati tattwas in her holy twentyfour letters ( or alternately containing in her letters which would explain and reveal all the great knowledge available anywhere)
who in her hands wield
the Varada Mudra.. the benedictory gesture of the hand showing that she is granting her devotees all the boons and welfare
the Abhaya Mudra.. the benedictory gesture of the hand indicating that she is offering protection to all those who fall at here lotus feet in supplication
a goad.. the weapon used to control the elephant
a whip
a white human skull
a mace 
a conch
a discus
a pair of lotuses
This is the simple meaning of the Dhyanaslokam of Mother Gayatri.. But there have been many interpretation on each of her aspects.. that would fill in hundreds of volumes..
abhaya murdra.. open palm with all the fingers held up 
varada mudra open palm with all the fingers held down.