Monday, August 29, 2011

Saama Upaakarma

Date to remember for Saama Vedins--- 31st August,2011, Wednesday-- Saama (Veda ) Upaakarmaa.
Complete Saama Upaakarmaa procedures including Sankalpams has been posted already to andavanyahoogroup members as well as ramanujamissionyahoogroups 

Mysore Andavan Vaazhi Tirunaamam & Mangala slokam

Sreemathe Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

In connection with 103rd Tirunakshatram of Srimath Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikan, Srimath Mysore Andavan, please find below His Vaazhi Tirunaamam & Mangala slokam

மைசூர் ஆண்டவன் வாழித் திருநாமம்

श्रीनिवास दयापात्रं श्रीपतिन्यस्त चेतसम्।

श्रीवास लक्ष्मणाख्यं तं देशिकेन्द्रमुपास्महे॥

ஸ்ரீநிவாஸ தயா பாத்ரம் ஸ்ரீபதிந்யஸ்த சேதஸம்|

ஸ்ரீவாஸ லக்ஷ்மணாக்யம் தம் தேசிகேந்த்ரமுபாஸ்மஹே||

வாழி எதிராசன் மாதகவால் வையமெல்லாம்

வாழி ஸ்ரீவாஸ ராமானுசனும் வாழியவன்

வடகலையும் மன்கலையும் வண்மையுற வாழவைக்கும்

திடமுடனே தந்தருளும் சீர்.

வேதத்தின் முடியதனை விளங்க வைத்தான் வாழியே

வண்ணமிகு கண்ணனையே வணங்கி நின்றான் வாழியே

வேதாந்த வாரியர் போல் விளங்கியவன் வாழியே

வினயத்தின் விளக்கமென வாழ்ந்திருந்தான் வாழியே

தீத்ற்ற தொல் பொருளைத் தந்தருள்வோன் வாழியே

தெவிட்டாத கவியமுதம் தனையீந்தான் வாழியே

கோதில் புகழ் நிறைந்த குருவானான் வாழியே

மேதினியில் ஸ்ரீநிவாஸ முனிவர் கோன் வாழியே

வாழி எதிராசன் மாதகவால் மாநிலமும்

வாழிய வேதாந்ததேசிகனடிகள் வாழியவே

மன்னுசீர் சீவாஸராமானுச முனிவ! நீர்

இன்னுமொரு நூற்றாண்டிரும்.

திருநாள் பாட்டு

மேதினி மீது யதீந்திரன் தம்மருளீண்டென மீண்டிடுநாள்

மாசறுசோதி மயக்கமறுந்திட மண்ணிடை வந்திடுநாள்

தீதறு தேசிகர் நல்லுரை ஓர்ந்திடத் தேசமுயர்ந்திடுநாள்

தேவரும் மானிடராக அவாவுறு தேசு நிறைந்திடுநாள்

ஓதரும் வேதமனைத்து முரைத்திடுமோரொளி தோன்றியநாள்

வேதமுடிப் பேராசிரியன் பினும் வாழ்ந்திட வந்திடுநாள்

மேதகு சீர் சீர்வாஸ யதீந்திரர் மேதினி தோன்றிய நாள்

ஆசறு மாவணித் திங்களமைந்த தோருத்திரத் திருநாளே.


Srirangam Srimath Andavan at Poompuhar on Aavani Amavasai

                                      Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

We are pleased to attach with this the photographs taken on the occasion of Aavani Amavasai,28th August,2011 at Poompuhar Samudrakarai with His Holiness performing the sankalpam for samudra Snanam on that day.These photos were sent by Sri Jagannathachariar of Ashramam
R Srinivasan

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Life history of Srimath Mysore Andavan

Sreemathe Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

Aavani Uththiram is the day of Tirunakshatram of Srimath Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikan.
This year the main celebrations of this GREAT Acharyan is being done at Therazhundur, where His Successor to this Acharya Peedam Sri RangaRamanuja Mahadesikan is observing His 23rd Chaturmasya Sankalpam. I used the word "Great" as an adjective, but I would like you read the page on Life History of this Acharyan.
Click on the link  "GuruParampara" In that Chapter 11

Our Ashramam website has this feature as well as many other important very interesting pages, compiled over many years. Apart from history of our Ashramam, you can access audio files of all important sthothrams Swami Desikan's Paduka Sahasram, Desika Stothrams. The beauty is that these are rendered by H H Himself. I request to visit each and every page of the web site and I am sure that you will appreciate the contents. But remember that all those information are pertaining to Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam

For the immediate attention of the readers, I have copied from the web site the same page and reproducing the same below.
Srimath Andavan Ashramam--Guru Parampara--Chapter-11--> chap.12

Life History Of Srimath Mysore Andavan

(1909 – 1989)


Srimathe Rangaramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha:

Srimathe SrinivAsa rAmAnuja Mahadesikaya Namaha:

Thirunakshatram: Avani - Uthiram


Srimath Srivasa yOgeeswara munikarunAlabdha vEdhantha yugmam

Srimath vEdhantha rAmAnuja gurupadhayorarpitha swAthma bhAram

Srimath srudhyantha rAmAnuja yathi nrupathE:prAptha mOkshasramam tham

Srimath SrivAsa rAmanuja munimaparam samsrayE gnanavArthim

This article covers the life history of Srimath Mysore Andavan

Parthipa-Avani Uthiram is the 103rd thirunakshatram day of Srimath Mysore Andavan Sri SrinivAsa RAmAnuja MahA dEsikan ,who adorned Acharya peetam as the 10th Andavan in the Andavan Periashramam Munithraya Sampradayam AchArya Lineage.

AdiyEn is transmitting the source material provided by:-

Sri. Sunder KidAmbi(of Boston,USA–purvAsrama grand son of Srimath Mysore Andavan and Sri R. Rajagopal ,in his article” Looking back and Looking forward-III in

September issue of 2004,(Dharana varsusham –Purattasi madham)

as a life history of Kaviratna, Vedanta Vibhushana, Vedantasara, Pravachana Kalanidhi, Sri U Ve Vidwan Hariharapuram Gopalacharya (in his purvAsramA) and as Srimath Mysore Andavan, Sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikan ( in ThuriyAsramA).

An elderly scholar of vidwat scholarship in Sanskrit, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi, Sri Hariharapuram Gopalacharya was born on 19.08.1909 ( Soumya Varusham –Avani Madham Uthira Palguni Nakshathram) to Sri Krishnamaachaarya and Smt. Ranganaayakamma (Gowri festival day, Sosale village, T. Narasipura Taluk on the banks of Cauvery near Sangamam of Cauvery and Kapila rivers, Mysore district) who belonged to an orthodox Srivaishnava family which had a scholastic background. Other members of the family included two brothers and two sisters.

During his childhood, due to epidemic plague that spread widely, swAmi's father passed away, following which, the family's financial position was not sound. He lived in Sosale village and studied in a higher primary school there. Knowing the budding scholar in swAmi, the scholars persuaded him to join Mysore Maharaja Samskruta Paathashaala and continue his studies. Accordingly, swAmi came to Mysore, joined the Sanskrit college, completed his further studies in Saahitya and Vyaakarana and became Vidwan.

During the student days, he had to depend for his daily food in Sri Parakaala mutt, where the then Aacharya Sri Abhinava Ranganaatha parakAla mahA dEsikan who adorned the peetam, noticed the brilliant boy and provided him necessary facilities. By the grace of lord Hayagreeva, he also brought his brothers and used to help them by giving good education and food (padi) that he received in the Parakaala mutt and there by facilitated their studies also.

Having completed matriculation, Sanskrit (vidwat degree), Kannada Pandit and Hindi Pandit exams, he attained proficiency in 'Naalaayira Divyaprabhandam' (Tiruvaymozhi), chanting of vedas, literature and grammar. He passed all higher examinations of philosophy (Vedanta Shastra) and obtained Vidwat Prashasti. In his 14th year, he had the blessings of Srimath NammAndavan and with Pancha Samskaaras and Bharanyasa. At that juncture, he composed a beautiful collection of 134 poems (Srimad Aandavan Vaibhavam) and visualizing the scholar in him, Srimad Aandavan blessed the boy immensely and he came to be known as Mysore Vidwan Gopu.

Regarding discharging duties and responsibilities, Sri Gopaalaachar married Smt Jayalakshmi from Talkad who belonged to a respectable family. The couple were blessed with six daughters and two sons.

Srimath Mysore Andavan was famous amongst the other scholars from Sosale. He worked hard towards the improvement of the Sri Venugopalaswamy temple at Sosale. He was an ardent devotee of Srimath Aandavan, all through. He was a beloved disciple of many great scholars and he successfully completed the studies of and Upanishads and grantha chathushtya kAlakshEpams under Srimath Akkur Andavan

In his efforts to invite Srimath Aakoor Andavan to Karnataka, his journey on cycle to Chamarajanagar, Sathymangalam, Erode and Srirangam to arrange for the stay of Andavan was commendable. With all these devotional services to Sri Aacharya, he obtained the blessings of Srimath Aakoor Aandavan. Sri Gopalacharya served in a high school at Sakaleeshpuar (Karnataka) and thereafter he came to Mysore and served as Sanskrit teacher in Mahajana high school (1945 to 1975).

Srimath Thembarai Andavan became weaker as the days passed by,and gave upadesam on “Preksha manthram” and “Mokshasrama Ahnika Anushtanam” to three vidwans of the Asramam - U.Ve. Sri. Kannan swami(who later became Thirukkudanthai Andavan), U.Ve. Sri. Mysore GopalachAr swami, and Mannargudi Ganapadi vidwAn U.Ve. Sri. Narasimhacharya swami , to be ready and take up sanyasam any time when called.

when the health condition of His holiness Srimad Tembirai Andavan was badly affected, Vidvan sri Gopalachar Swamy was the alternate candidate to become ninth peetathipathi to succeed His holiness thebirai Andavan Himself in April 1963,had not sri Kannan swamy turned up for taking up sanyAsam for any reason. Sri kannan swamy entered Thuriyasramam in 5th April 1963 as 9th peetathipathy with the name Srimadh Vedhantha Ramanuja Maha Desikan.(SRP-sep-2004)

Sri Chitrakoodam Vijayaraghavachariar was the srikaryam till late 60s.Then, Sri Mysore Gopalachar became Srikaaryam of the Srimad Andavan Ashramam , and continued as srikaryam for almost 2 decades. As srikaryam of Srimath Andavan asramam, He travelled all along with the then pontiff H.H.Thirukkudanthai Aandavan, & undertook paadayatra all over India and specially Badrikasramam. He was respected for his devotion, dedication, commitment to Srivaishnavism (Sri Ramanuja Darshanam) and his wide scholarship in all shastras. He was a good swimmer too.

Scholarly works : Srimath Andavan has contributed many works of scholarly nature. They include;

1. Ramanuja Noothandadi (1959) a translatory work (with commentary in Kannada) from Tamil to Kannada.

2. Sri Ramanuja Panchashat in Sanskrit

His master pieces :

1. A complete translation of 'Sri Paadukaasahasram' with scholarly commentary in Kannada (1969). This work of 465 pages, was published at Sri Parakaala mutt Mysore.

2. A translation of 'Deshika prabandham' from Tamil to Sanskrit and commentry in Kannada.

3. Srimad Aacharya Parampara Prabhavam in Sanskrit.

4. Shaattumurai Kramam and Aacharya Thanian

5. A beautiful work about Vishnusahasranama

6. Sragdharaa Shatakam in Sanskrit

7. Sri Rahasyatraya Saara Sangraha of Vedanta Deshika in poetry (sanskrit version)

8. Sri Mahaalakshmi Stuti, a fine stotram about Goddess Lakshmi of 108 Divyadeesha (at the time when Sri Tirukkudanthai Andavan was ill and bedridden)

9.A commentary to 'Tiruvaimozhi', following the lines of Poorvaachaarya's commentary.

10. Translated works of Sri Vedanta Deeshika to Kannada.

11.Pillai Anthaadi (Sanskritized)
Deshika Vaibhava shatakam
VenkatanAtha gurustuti

S wAmi was an Aashu Kavi of a very high caliber, and used to compose Padabandhams spontaneously. SwAmi has also written numerous articles about Sri Ramanuja philosophy. Following his contribution to Sanskrit literature, SwAmi was recognized as an outstanding scholar both by state and center, and was given an honorarium (President's Gold Medal).

When Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan,s health was very much affected ,His holiness gave sanyasam to ,Vidvan Mysore Gopalachar on 11.04.1988 (PRABHAVA VARUSHAM-PANGUNI MADHAM –Sravana Nakshathram) and HH became the successor of Thirukkudanthai Andavan and 10 th peetathipathi of Srimadh Srirangam Andavan Ashram at the . age of 79 years.,Since then he was popularly called as Mysore Andavan.

The health of His holiness was also very much affected,in 1988/89 by repeated debilitating strokes of cerebral thrombosis .Even then, His holiness used to remember and recite fluently the verses that He composed more than six decades earlier.And yet Padukas

Saw to it that HH Srimad Mysore Andavans’s mental faculties & speech were not affected (excepting for a minor loss of recent memories!)When not bedridden, HH could move about freely and perform Perumal and Paduka Aradhanam daily and recite the Seva Kalams fluently (when the senior Acharya Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan was too much indisposed to do so.) HH srimad Mysore Andavan’s Kalyana Gunas were many .Indeed a rare combination of of Gnanam Santham ,Virakthi, Vairakyam,and Anagam.(blemish less or Faultless)and above all an un shakeable Acharya Bhakthi that had to be seen to be believed) “(SRP. SEP., 2004)

Both the Acharyas,Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan and Srimad Mysore Andavan were

together for a period of exactly one year

His holiness Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan adorned the Thirunadu on 10-04-1989.Within a short period of 42days His holiness Srimad Mysore Andavan also attained Paramapadam at Srirangam Ashramam -Dwidhiyai on 22 -05-1989 ( @ 3:10 AM on a Monday, SUKLA VARUSHAM –VAIKASI MADHAM_-Krishna Paksham thithi ) thus becoming an illustrious ardent devotee of Sri Ramanuja. Words cannot explain the saintly nature of Srimath Mysore Andavan, but it could only be felt by the disciples who loved and adored him with devotion.

With Obeisance to His Holiness Srimath Andavan, Sri SrinivAsa RAmAnuja mahA DEsikan.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mysore Andavan Srimath SrinivasaRamanuja Mahadesikan Tirunakshatram

 Aavani, Uththiram-- 30th Aug,2011

ஆவணி ,உத்திரம் மைசூர் ஆண்டவன் திருநக்ஷத்ரம், 30 ஆகஸ்ட் 2011

ஸ்ரீமத் ஸ்ரிவாச யோகீஸ்வர முநிகரூணாலப்த வேதாந்த யுக்மம்
ஸ்ரீமத் வேதாந்த ராமானுஜ  குருபதயோரர்பித  ச்வாத்மா  பாரம்
ஸ்ரீமத் ஸ்ருத்யந்த ராமானுஜ யதி  நருபதே: ப்ராப்த மோக்ஷாச்ரமம் தம்
ஸ்ரீமத் ஸ்ரிவாச ராமானுஜ முநிமபரம் சம்ஸ்ரயே ஞானவார்திம் 

Srimath Srivasa yOgeeswara munikarunAlabdha vEdhantha yugmam
Srimath vEdhantha rAmAnuja gurupadhayorarpitha swAthma bhAram
Srimath srudhyantha rAmAnuja yathi nrupathE:prAptha mOkshasramam tham
Srimath SrivAsa rAmanuja munimaparam samsrayE gnanavArthim

Meaning: I resort to sri Srinivasa Ramanuja Maha Desikan (MYsore Andavan) who is the ocean of sampradAyaika gnanam, and Who had studied ubayaVedhantha granthas at the holy feet of Akkur Andavan Srimad Srivasa Maha Desikan, and who had his Bhara samarpanam done by Nammandavan Srimad Vedhanha Ramanuja Maha Desikan) and Who was ordained into sanyasa Asram by srimad Vedhantha Ramanuja Maha Desikan (Thirukkudanthai Andavan)

28th August,2011- Sarva Amavasai-- Tharpana Sankalpam

‎28th August,2011, Sunday Sarva Amavasai,   Tharpana Sankalpam details--Kara naama samvathsaram (varusham),Dakshinaayanam,Simha Maasam, Krishnapaksham,Amavasyaayaam punyathithi ,Bhaanuvaasaram , Aaslesha Nakshatram

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Current Events

25th August,2011 Sarva Ekadasi,
26th August,2011 Dwadasi, Maha Pradosham

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ancient Sri Santhana Venugopalan Temple near Sholinghur Divya Desam

Today being Sri Jayanthi, from my album, I picked up this beautiful image of Sri Santhana Venugopala Perumal with ubhaya Nachimaars..This temple is located at a distance of 10KMs from Sholinghur Divyadesam, on way to Tiruttani. The beauty of this Moolavar idol is that the whole vigraham and its Prabhai also the cow licking the Thirupaadam of Perumal are carved out of a single stone. Sri Venugopalan is playing His flute majestically.It is great work by the Sthapathi. The vigraham will be about 4  feet tall. This is an ancient temple some centuries old and has been renovated with the assistance of Srimath Andavan Swamigal. Another main point is that this is Vadakalai Sampradayam Sannathi Swami Desikan vigraham is installed there. Whenever you visit Sholinghur divyadesam, please find time to go to this temple and enjoy the beauty of this charming Sri Venugopalan, in the company of Swamy Desikan. This is an abhimana sthalam of our Acharyan, Sri Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikan

23rd August,2011, Tuesday's event

Tomorrow's event, Tuesday, 23rd August,2011, Paancharaatra Sri Jayanthi

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Today's Event-22 August,2011

Today's Event : 22nd August,2011 ; Munithrya Sri Jayanthi- for Andavan Ashramam sishyas.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sreemathe RangaRamanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

Our Ashramam's web site -- main page has been recast and you are invited to visit the same, for some important announcements.
R Srinivasan.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ashramam Calendar for Aavani Month

Sreemathe Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikaya Namaha

Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam Calendar for Aavani Month
22 Aug 2011        Mon           Munithraya Sri Jayanthi
23 Aug.2011        Tue             Rohini - Paancharatra Sri Jayanthi
25 Aug 2011        Thu             Sarva Ekadasi
26 Aug 2011         Fri              Dwadasi, Maha Pradosham
28 Aug 2011         Sun             Sarva Amavasai
30 Aug 2011         Tue             Mysore Andavan Tirunakshatram, Srimath Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikan, Aavani Uthiram
31 Aug 2011         Wed           Sama Upakarama
06 Sept 2011          Tue           Kadanthethi Andavan Tirunakshatram Srimath Srinivasa Ramanuja Mahadesikan, Aavani Moolam
08 Sept 2011          Thu           Sarva Ekadasi
09 Sept 2011           Fri            Sravana Dwadasi vratham, Maha Pradosham
12 Sept 2011           Mon         Therazhundur Andavan Tirunakshatram, Srimath Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan ,  Also Vazhuthur Andavan Tirunakshatram, Srimath Vedantha Ramanuja Mahadesikan. Aavani Poorattathi,
13 Sept 2011           Tue          Maalaya Paksham Begins. Srimath Andavan Sankalpam ends , Uththanam today.
15 Sept 2011           Thu          Thenpirai Andavan Tirunakshatrm, Srimath Ranganatha Mahadesikan Aavani Revathi
17 Sept 2011            Sat          Aavani 31st. But Purattasi Maasa Pirappu -- Tharpanam-- Mahabarani
18 Sept 2011            Sun         Purattasi 1st
20 Sept 2011            Tue         Madhyashtami


andavan] 23rd ChathurmAsya Sankalpam HH Srimadh Andavan

andavan] 23rd ChathurmAsya Sankalpam HH Srimadh Andavan
SrImathE RangarAmAnuja MahAdEsikAya Namaha||
SrImathE SrInIvAsa RAmAnuja MahAdEsikAya Namaha||
SrImathE VEdAntha RAmanuja MahAdEsikAya Namaha||
SrImathE SrInivAsa MahAdEsikAya Namaha||
SrImathE SrI RanganAtha DivyamaNi PAdukAbhyAm Namaha||
As many of you know, His Holiness ParamahamsyEthAdhi SrImushnam SrImadh Andavan is observing his 23rd ChAthurmAsya Sankalpam in the Divya Desham of ThErazhudhUr, the famous abode of Amaruviappan and GOsakan, and the birthplace of Kambanaaatu Azhwan and His Holiness NammAndavan. The ChathurmAsya Sankalpam is scheduled to continue until UttAnam, September 15th, 2011.
Sponsoring/SEva for ThadhiAradhanam during this ChathurmAsya Vratham at His Holiness’ campsite has been an invaluable, classic tradition. Sri Ramanuja Mission Inc., (SRI) of Srirangam Srimadh Andavan Ashramam will be collecting the sponsorships outside India and especially the United States. SRI will pass along the sponsorship details including the name and day/days you would like to sponsor, to Therazhundhur Ashramam. If no dates are specified by the sponsor, sEvakas at the ThErAzhudhur Ashramam will figure the best possible date to apply/dedicate the sponsorship.
Mode of Payment
$100.00 (1 unit or 1 particular day)
ThadiArAdhana SEvA
- Paypal (go to, Appeals page, mention Chathurmasyam/ThadhiarAdhanam in the comments section during payment)
- Mail checks to - 5623 Willow Valley Road
Clifton, VA 20124 (indicate purpose on the check)
Acharya Sambhavana (ChathurmAsya Prayuktham)
- Paypal (go to, Appeals page, mention Chathurmasya Sambhavana in the comments section during payment)
- Mail checks to - 5623 Willow Valley Road
Clifton, VA 20124 (indicate purpose on the check)
In Service of His Holiness Srimadh Andavan,
Sri Ramanaja Mission Inc., (SRI) of Srirangam Srimadh Andavan Ashramam

Srirangam Srimath Andavan Ashramam's function in Atlanta, USA

Srirama jayam
Srirangam Srimath Andavan ashramam
Venugopala Perumal’s 5th year Atlanta sancharam
Dear Bhaktas:
The much-awaited auspicious occasion of the Annual Sancharam of Sri Rukmani Sathyabhama Sametha Sri Venugopala Perumal to Atlanta is now very much in progress . The overwhelming enthusiasm exhibited in the earlier years have duly captured the Perumal’s DHAYA in enabling and ennobling the Atlanta Bhagavatas with extended stay in Atlanta this time.
With the blessings of the Divya Thambathis and HH Srirangam Srimath Andavan Sri Rangaramanuja Mahadesikan, Sri Ramanuja Mission is happy to announce Sri Venugopala perumal's sancharam in Atlanta from 14 Aug 2011 to 05 Sep 2011.
Please see the attached invitation flyer and also visit , http://atlantadolai. ( past dolai events in Atlanta)
Rajesh Veliyanallore
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pranayamam & its significance

Srimath Andavan after Tiruvenkadamudayan Mangalaasaasanam-2010
Pranayamam & its significance

Human activities cover a very wide range .It includes not only physical activities but also intellectual activities. For this wide range of activities of a human , only one raw material input is the food we take. The human body has to function as an individual complex , to convert this input into various requirements of the body to meet the needs of the different activities. In any Industrial plant , it is well known that for conversion of raw materials to end products , the plant has to be provided with energy .This is done through electricity in most plants.In the case of human body , how is this energy provided ??
The Vedic references mention about 'Prana' , as the source of energy for the activities of the human body.This is available everywhere in the universe. According to vedic tenets ,'Prana' enters the body and divides itself into five forms to cover different zones and also assumes different names .'Prana' is the prime source of energy and enters the body through respiration. The life energy or 'Prana' distributing itself all over the body is known as 'Vyana' .The energy regulating excretory organs is known as 'Apana'.The life energy catering for the neck region is known as 'Udana' .The life energy covering nabhi region to support digestion etc is known as 'Samana'.These are known as 'Pancha Pranas' or five life energies . It is customary practice to make offerings to 'Pancha Pranas' before taking food .Thus respiratory system is a source of energy supply to the body .This apart Vedic references mention also ' Chakras' in our body as another source of supply .Of these , the respiratory source is considered very important and measures for respiratory control developed .The pranic energy referred to here is not of one particular type but a mixture of several types.They serve not only as source of energy but also provide faculties such as speech , hearing etc. They also influence personality. Vedic philosophies discuss this aspect .

Realising the importance of pranic energy , efforts were also made for their intake as a part of our living .Sages such as Manu , Yagnavalkya , Parasara , Gautama and others in their 'Smritis' have given the art of living ( Dharma Shastra ) based on their experience .Their one objective was to enhance the nobility and respectability of humans and establish an ideal human society . Out of a rock lying uncared for and tredded by one and all , if our artisan carves an idol of God , it becomes worthy of worship .In the same manner , a human birth alone cannot reach a level of respect .Some processing is necessary .This is called 'Samskaras', and were made integral part of living .These 'Samskaras' enabled the individual to acquire various qualities through absorption of appropriate pranic energy.
Our predecessors realised that respiration held the key to health and personality of humans .Thus ,respiratory control or 'Pranayamam' was evolved.
This view of the Indian sages was not acceptable to Scientists and the Western world. Hence , these remained as a mere ritual . Around 1960 , some studies of the brain and the Kirlian photography brought about a revolution .The approach of our sages received recognition .Since then lot of progress has been made.
This is also used in all Vedic rituals . Our sages have given a format for 'Pranayamam' .This format is discussed in the light of research of human body through Kirlian photography , brain studies etc. . It will be seen from these discussions , that the format for 'Pranayamam' given by our sages is indeed unique and helps a great deal in preserving our physical health and also develop personality

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By courtesy Sri Rangaraj Ramaswamy

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Avani Avittam's nature and purpose

Upakarma (Avani Avittam): Nature and Purpose  

(/upaakarma/) means beginning or "Arambham", i.e. to begin the study of the Veda (Veda Adhyayanam). For example, Yajur Upakarma means to begin the study of the Yajur Veda. Those belonging to the Yajur Veda observe the Upakarma in the month of Sravana (August-September), on the day of the full moon (paurnami). Why begin study of the Vedas on this particular day? This auspicious day also happens to be the day when Lord Narayana took the avatara as Lord Hayagriva. Lord Hayagriva as we all know restored the Vedas to Brahma and also is the God of Knowledge.
The next question is: why do this every year? In the not too distant a past, Veda Adhyayanam was performed only during the period Avani to Tai (from mid-August to mid-January). Therefore, one is supposed to perform an "utsarjanam" in the month of Tai, i.e., a giving up of the learning of Vedas from Tai to Avani. Just like a Upakarma function there was a Utsarjana function in Tai. The period between January to August was then devoted to learning other branches of our shastras. Thus the cycle of Upakarma and Utsarjana with regard to Vedic studies was established. However, this method took 12 or more years to learn just one veda. Slowly this became impractical and Vedic studies continued throughout the year.
Therefore, the first thing to do before the Upakarma function is to do a praayaschitta (atonement) for having learned Vedas during the prohibited period. Specifically, one atones for not having performed the Utsarjanam in the month of Tai. That's why we begin the function by doing the "kAmo'karshIt..." japam. The purpose is declared as "adhyAya-utsarjana-akarana-prAyaScittArtham.." (to atone for not doing the utsarjana of Vedic study) and the sankalpam continues as "...ashTottara-sahasra-sankhyayA kAmo'karshIt manyur akArshIt mahA-mantra-japam karishye" (I will now do recite the great "kAmo'kArshIt" mantra 1008 times). The meaning in Tamil is "kAmaththAl seyya pattadhu, kOpaththAl seyya pattadhu" -- done out of desire, done out of anger. The correct way of chanting this mantra is "kAmo'karshIt manyur akArshIt". Don't add namo nama: etc. The right time to perform is immediately after your morning anushthanam like sandhya, samidaadaanam (if you are a brahmachari), brahma-yajnam etc. This is performed during the abhigamana kaalam. Brahmacharis are supposed to have a hair-cut (prefarably by a man!) after this.
The Kanda Rishis and their Significance
We saw that the "kAmo'karshIt manyur akArshIt" japam is done with a sense of contrition. Who else but Vasudeva can bear the burden of our acts of omissions and commissions with regard to shastras? SAstramayena sthira pradIpena -- Daya Devi (compassion of the Lord personified) lights the lamp of shastras so that the jiva can find its way to its home in the Absolute.
After the kamo'karsheeth japam, we proceed to perform the Upakarma function. It is done after mAdhyAhnikam and bhagavad-ArAdhanam (ijyA). The main purpose of the Upakarma function is to offer prayers and express our gratitude to those rishis who gave us the Vedas -- the rishis through whom the Vedic mantras were revealed. These rishis are known as "kaanda rishis". There are different rishis for the different Vedas. We are expected to worship those rishis who belong to our shakha or branch of the Veda, one of Yajur, Rk, Samam etc. The Yajur Veda consists of 4 kaandams. These are known as
1. prAjApatya kaaNDam
2. saumya kaaNDam
3. Agneya kaaNDam and
4. vaishvadeva kaaNDam.
These kaandams are named after those rishis who first taught the Vedas, viz., Prajapati, Soma, Agni and Vishvadeva. Subsequently we also offer our prayers to the Upanishads saamhiti, yaajniki, and vaaruni, and finally to Svayambhu and Sadasaspati, through whom the Yajur Veda came down to us.
The sankalpam is mainly taken for performing the Upakarma Homam. Then we say tad angam snAnam karishye, tad angam yajnopavIta-dhAraNam karishye, tad angam kANDarshi tarpaNam karishye -- which implies that all other activities like snaanam, yajnopaveeta dhaaranam, tarpanam etc., are only performed as an 'angam' or subsidiary to the Upakarma Homam (which is the angi or primary).
In the Upakarma Homam as well as in the tarpanam, the offerings are made to the kaanda rishis. In fact this tarpanam is so important that it is included as part of our nitya karma-anushthaanam, our daily worship. There are other minor points that are worth noting:
1. Brahmacharis should wear maunji (belt made of sacred grass), ajinam (deerskin) and dandam (stick made of palaasa wood) after they wear the poonool (sacred thread). There are separate mantras for each.
2. It is said that: purAtanAn parityajya which implies that you should wear a new set of clothes (veshti and uttarIyam) before the tarpanam and homam.
3. It is also said that: kAndarshi tarpaNa-kAle punaH snAtvA Ardra vastra eva tat kuryAt, i.e, before performing the kaanda rishi tarpanam you should once again take a dip in the water and do it with wet clothes.
4. The rishi tarpanam is done with the poonool in the nivita position (like a garland) and the water along with rice and sesame seeds should leave the root of the small finger.
5. In some traditions you fast on the Upakarma day or at least fast till the end.
6. In some traditions a general pitr tarpanam is also done.
-- Vijayaraghavan
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why visit Hindu Temples?

Here is a very useful information sent by Sri Rangaraj Ramaswamy in one of his postings in andavanyahoogroups. For a wider coverage, I am repeating the same message in this blog as well ashramam facebook.
R Srinivasan


There are thousand and thousands of temples all over India in different size, shape and locations but not all of them considered to be in the Vedic way.
Generally the temples are located in a place where earth's magnetic wave path densely passes through. It can be in the outer skirt of the town/village or city, even in middle of the dwelling place, or on a hilltop. The essence of visiting a temple is considered here. For every Srivaishnava, it is a must to pay a visit twice every day to the Vishnu Temples in their locations. In simple terms, these temples are located strategic to a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic wave distributions of north/south pole thrust.

Because of its location where high magnetic values are available, the Main Idol is placed in the core center, and also because they place a copper plate written with some Vedic scripts, which is buried, beneath the Main Idol's placement known as "Garbhagriha" or Moolasthan, the copper absorbs the earths magnetic waves and radiates to the surroundings. Thus a person who regularly visiting a temple and taking clockwise rounds of the Main Idol's placement, automatically receive the beamed magnetic values absorbed in his body. This is very slow and a regular visit will make him absorb more energy. What scientifically it is known is positive energy. In addition, the Sanctum sanctorum is completely enclosed on three sides. The effect of all energies is very high in here. The lamp that is lit radiates the heat and light energy. The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers gives the sound energy. The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out the chemical energy. The effect of all these energies is activated by the positive energy that comes out of the idol. This is in addition to the north/south pole magnetic energy that is absorbed by the copper plate and utensils that are kept in the Moolasthan known as grabagraham. The water is used for the Pooja is mixed with Cardamom, Benzoine, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Clove, etc. are mixed that is known as "Theertham". This water becomes more energized because it receives the positive ness of all these energies combined. When persons go to the temple for the Deepaaraadhana, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there. The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all. That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies. It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized. Hence it is given as prasadam to the devotees

Lost energy in a days work is regained this way and one gets being refreshed slightly. The positive energy that is spread out in the entire temple and especially around where the main idol is placed, are simply absorbed in one's body and mind, for those who take a regular clock-wise round circle every day. In addition at the temples they offer holy water about three spoons. This water is mainly a source of magneto therapy kind because usually they place the copper water vessel at the Garbhagriha. It also contains the values of cardamom, clove, saffron, etc to add taste and Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves are put into the water to increase its medicinal value! The clove essence protects one from tooth decay, the saffron & Tulsi leave essence protects one from common cold and cough, cardamom and benzoine known as Pachha Karpuram, acts as a mouth refreshing agents! This way, one's health too is protected, by regularly visiting the Temples . The entire thing just become more energized locally, that the visit and consuming the holy water and the other offerings are worth for the visitor's health and longevity.

Apart from the above facts, each and every round taken in the temple is just simply burning fats in human body and in those days people regularly visited temples and never used to get sugar complaints/diabetic! In addition to it the Vedic chanting helps visitors some refreshing feeling in body and mind thus achieving mental peace, which is the ultimate aim of every soul. And in those days, it was quite rare, you'll see persons with Sugar level high in their blood. In fact, the regular round trip to the temple itself protects one from increasing sugar levels.
From: VijayaRaghavan R <>
Sent: Mon, 25 July, 2011 10:53:51 AM
Subject: Then Thirupathi Lord Srinivasa Temple

Then Thirupathi Lord Srinivasa Temple is located on a hill top, about 32 kms from Coimbatore.

It is a Privately maintained prarthana mandapam(temple )with ISO 9000/14000 certfication.

Very neatly maintained. Very meticulous in administartion and pooja worship.

No darshan charges,no ubeydarar charges for any of the sevas.

From morning to night, all the Sevas/activities at TTD Tirumala temple are replicated here.

Entire cost is borne by the owners of the temple.

Free prasadam available to all sevarthees.

Laddu, similar to TTD laddu, available at a cost of Rs.20 per laddu.

To reach the temple:-

From Coimbatore-Mettupalayam Road-Veerapandi pirivu-Shantimedu-Kaaramadai-Cross the main road to reach the temple.

From Avinasi-Annur- Annur-Mettupalayam high Rd, about 4 kms take a right turn-2 kms reach the temple.

Sevarthees visiting Coimbatore, please do not miss to have darshan of Lord Srinivasa @ Then Thirupathi.

According to the temple officials, Marriage vows get fulfilled here within 4 months of prarthana & darshan.



Monday, August 8, 2011

Importance of Sandhyavandanam

In connection with the forthcoming Avani Avittam, Veda Upakarmas, an interesting write up on the importance of Sandhyavandanam has been posted in Andavan yahoogroups today. The same is now added to this blog also for facilitating wider coverage and spread the awareness of the same, Our thanks are due to Sri Rangaraj Ramaswamy.

Subject: Sandhyavandanam & its significance
Our planet not only goes around the sun but also rotates on it's own axis. Sun rise and Sun set are caused by the rotation of earth on it's own axis. At every instant of time , there will be Sunrise at one place and Sunset at another place. At Sunrise , rays of Sun will hit that part of the earth for the first time for that day , resulting in release of energies .Similarly at Sun set there will be withdrawal of energies.

Sun rise constitutes a change from 'darkness' to 'light' and hence constitutes a 'Sandhya' i.e junction. Similarly sun set is also a 'Sandhya' i.e. a junction.
Upanishads speak very highly of Sandhya times. It says that benefits are far more during Sandhya times than that at other times. Recent researches have also brought out abundant release of beneficial energy at sun rise and withdrawal of non-beneficial energy at sun set.
Though Upanishads refer to two Sandhya-names Sun rise and Sun set , the sages have added one more 'Sandhya' namely 'Madhyanika' or mid-day. Sun rises in east , moves upward , reaches zenith , and then descends to west. The point at zenith represents change from upwards to downwards.This sandhya is considered to be beneficial for worship of 'Pithru Devatas' - that is devatas who are instrumental for one to get son , grandson , etc and also one to be a son or grandson , etc

Prayers at Sandhya time are called "Sandhyavandanam" .The main objective of Sandhyavandanam is to avail benefits of Sandhya for an individual.
Vedic References
References are there regarding 'Sandhyavandanam' in Thaithria , Ishavasya and Chandogya Upanishads. They all bring out the importance of offering 'Arghya' meditating on 'Adithya'. This form of worship will help an individual to acquire the qualities of 'Adithya'- namely lustrous and healthy body and mind , high intellect with grasping power , high intuition , memory etc.Chandogya Upanishads brings out also the importance of worshipping 'Adithya' through Gayathri Hyms. 
Keeping the observations in Upanishads , our sages have evolved a format for Sandhyavandanam covering:-
Purification, Offering Arghyam, Meditation through Gayathri
Purification : The purification measures in sandhyavandanam are essentially to strengthen this aspect and condition the body , to receive the beneficial cosmic radiation
The purification essentially tunes the body to receive cosmic radiation's available at Sandhya time.The purification measures are:

  • Achamanam Pranayamam
  • Prasanam Prokshanam
The present day studies of Naturopathy , like Pranic Healing , Reiki etc have brought out the role of Bio- electricity in humans in regard to health. The purification measures in 'Sandhyavandanam' are essentially to strengthen this aspect and condition the body to receive the beneficial cosmic radiations.
'Achamanam' helps in the flow of bio-electricity within the body.
'Pranayamam' helps to activate the chakras.
'Prasanam' is swallowing energized water and
'Prokshanam' is sprinkling of energized water.
'Sandhyavandanam' starts with purification process so that the benifits of 'Arghyam' and 'Gayathri' are realised.
Though Sandhya time refers to sun rise and sun set , it's benefit spreads on either side of this point.Under Indian situations , approximately two hours on either side is beneficial.
A 'Hymn' or 'Mantra' is a prayer ( With words and alphabets specifically chosen) addressed to God or Deity . It is supposed to have mystic and supernatural powers. The energy from the universe is present everywhere . By reciting a Mantra either orally or mentally , we tune ourselves to receive this energy .The hymns chosen for Sandhyavandanam are meant to realize the benefits of Sandhya.
Every Mantra has a Chandas - the Chandas explains the potential of the Mantra or the power it can create in our body by receiving it.
What is the meaning of the word Sandhyavandanam?
Vandanam means worship. Both worship and meditation are involved in Sandhyavandanam.
What is the meaning of Sandhya?
Sandhya means the time of union. The time which relates to the union of two things, i.e. the time between the night and morning (first junction Dawn), between forenoon and afternoon (second junction Noon) and between afternoon and evening (third Jn. Dusk); Sandhya means dawn, noon and dusk. Sandhyavandanam means a ritual done at the time of three junctions, Dawn, Noon and Dusk.
Sandhyavandanam is a junction between the devotee and the Lord. Between Jeevathma and Paramathma.
Sandhyavandanam is an amalgamation of meditation and rituals. The principles of Yoga are the basis on which the rituals of Sandhyavandanam are designed. Being an integral ritual connected with Indian Culture in a very prominent manner, Sandhyavandanam reveals the cultural identity of the person performing it.
What are the benefits we get out of Sandhyavandanam?
According to Veda, Nityakarmas are to be done purely for the sake of spiritual upliftment. If done regularly, we will get spiritual progress - Chitta Suddhi, Bhagavad-anugraha and Chitta Visaradha. Even though we are not supposed to ask for material benefit, still there are many material benefits through Sandhyavandanam. In the prayers that form part of the Sandhyavandanam, we ask the Lord for long life, health and prosperity and ultimately, we ask for more jnana. All these are included in the mantra. The very performance itself gives the result.
The second benefit is, since Pranayama and Japam are involved, physical health is gained. It has been proved that Pranayama is very good for physical health. To-day Pranayama is taught as a therapy. The greatest problem is stress. Sandhyavandanam is the best method because Pranayama not only helps the physical system but also helps the mind. It is a relaxation exercise, a tension relieving exercise. But we are not supposed to do that for that purpose. Relaxation should be a by-product; the primary purpose should be spiritual benefit.