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Lord Surya's Rays and the Mystery of Vidyashankar Temple 🌞🎪

Vidyashankar Temple (Karnataka) has12pillars,
On which solar symbols are made. Every morning when the sun rays enter the temple, they hit a special pillar indicating the current month of the year...surprise isn't it
But some people, being blind in the darkness of ignorance and being fooled by stupidity, make fun of #HinduCulture and for the information of those people, let me tell that this temple was built during Vijayanagara Empire and
Vijayanagara Empire was the most powerful of medieval India. There was a huge Hindu empire and the surprising thing is that the #MalechhaArmy never had the courage to confront this empire directly.
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🧵A #MustRead on the Holy Master Jagadguru #SriSri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji :

Even a remote reference to the Advaitic(non-dualistic) nature of any form of the god would immediately carry away Sri Jagadguru to the realms of Samadhi state. This was observed on many

occasions and especially during the pooja HH offered to Sri Chakra. The #Lalitha #Sahasra Nama, which is usually chanted in the Sri Chakra pooja is replete with names which suggest the Advaitic concept of the One Brahman manifesting in different forms

(For ex प्रत्यक्चितीरूपा, ब्रह्मात्मैक्यस्वरूपिणी, ब्रह्मानन्दा…) Sri Jagadguru would enter into the Samadhi state while chanting these Namas, and the mechanics of pooja would stop and not proceed to its conclusion. It would end only when HH would come out of the trance,

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🧵#Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji: People have a natural capacity to love. Affection requires an object & when that object is God, it gets labelled #bhakti or devotion. Nārada defines bhakti as the extreme love of God. He who attains such

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devotion no longer longs for anything and is ever fully satiated and happy. While attachment to wife, wealth, etc., causes bondage, attachment to God liberates. A sense object sometimes gives joy and sometimes sorrow. It is not always available and has several faults. On the

other hand, God is ever-captivating, constantly available and totally free from blemishes. Further, what or who can be as loveable as God who is the repository of all good qualities? So bewitching are His glories that even sages who have realized the Truth and have

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🧵4 Commands by #Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji: People are habituated to satisfy their Svartha(self-interests)."I shall act upon something only if I get something out of it."This Svartha is present in everyone.We say that everyone is selfish but
#AdiShankara #Bhagavatpada says that it is good to have Svartha – provided you know what Svartha actually is. That which is beneficial to you is Svartha. Acquiring wealth, name and fame do not actually constitute Svartha. For all of these are transitory. Exert yourself to

attain that which is permanent. Then you can be truly said to have Svartha. He who does not realize this having attained the rare human birth is indeed pitiable.

इतः को न्वस्ति मूढात्मा यस्तु स्वार्थे प्रमाद्यति ।
दुर्लभं मानुषं देहं प्राप्य तत्रापि पौरुषम् ॥


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🧵#NamamiJagadgurum 008 on the #Jayanthi of Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava #Narasimha Bharathi #Mahaswamiji-33rd #Sringeri #Jagadguru

It may be fairly said without fear of contradiction that Sri Jagadguru had gone through every branch of #Sanskrit #Literature and retained

most of it in his memory. The most knotty points HH would unravel in a marvellously easy way to the intense admiration of his audience. The Sastras were Jagadguru’s playground & would revel in them as often and as much as he could. Besides, the Sastras HH was adept in Kavyas

and dramas also. It was a very favourite pastime with HH to repeat what are known as Antadi Slokas. More than a dozen Pandits may range together against the Jagadguru and still he would be a match to them all. HH would repeat from memory Slokas by thousands and all his

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🧵Just as in the world, some thief might lead a person with his eyes covered from a village(called Gandhara), and might leave him, with eyes covered and hands bound, in a forest where there are no human beings; and this person not being able to find his way calls out for

help and just as some sympathetic person may hear his cry, then removed his blindfold & handcuffs and tells him- "Gandhara is to the north from here, go in this direction." Then having his bondage removed by the sympathetic person, goes along asking his way from village to

village, and having been rightly advised, he reaches Gandhara. Here, two expressions are to be taken note of: The man in question would have first to secure information from some source, or other as to the path he has to follow, and secondly he must have the desire and the

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🧵#Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji: While engaging in noble deeds, one must not cause intense strain to one’s own physical body such as engaging in unduly long periods of fast. The physical body being the instrument to engaging in #Dharma must

also be taken care of. Likewise, one need not attempt to do what is much beyond one’s capacity. Not all can desire to perform the Atirudra Mahayuga. Instead, a Ekadasha Rudra performed with sincere devotion and faith will bring about one’s welfare.

The intention to engage in noble deeds is important & good but we must be principled even in such matters.Noble deeds must be engaged in without causing inconvenience or harm to others & without getting any kind of support from unrighteous persons.


#SanatanaDharma #Sringeri
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🧵#NamamiJagadgurum Series 007

The 12th Sringeri Jagadguru #SriSri Vidyaranya Mahaswamigal was a great sage, prolific writer, statesman, spiritual leader of a throne that lasted for more than two centuries, and preceptor of that Vijayanagara empire’s first three sovereigns.

HH’s works constituted the greatest treatises in post-Shankara Advaitic literature. HH’s marvellous interpretative skills reconciled many apparent differences in philosophic texts.

The South provided a stronghold for Vedic dharma, which had suffered under Muslim rule in the

North. The resurgence of Vedic practices was evident in all areas, including politics and socio-religious activities.Sri Vidyaranya played a significant role in the formation of a Hindu empire, and HH also helped to restore worship in several temples that had been suspended.

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🧵#NamamiJagadgurum 006

Sri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava #Narasimha Bharathi #Mahaswamiji the 33rd #Sringeri #Jagadguru

"There was no branch of knowledge which Sri Jagadguru did not know and that too Sastraically."

HH was grand in simplicity.People would give anything and

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everything to get HH’s blessings. All comforts that love or money could secure were at HH’s beck and call. Still HH was perfectly indifferent to them. HH never cared for them. Not only did HH not care for them, but HH actually did not know the value of them as it is

understood by us. HH did not know the difference between one Rupee and one lakh of Rupees. HH considered both as valuable as the mud HH was treading on. HH would very often lie down on the bare ground and as often wander in lonely forests and derive therefrom

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🧵#NamamiJagadgurum Series 005

(From 1981 When Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji was Sannidhanam): The past history of the Sringeri Math proves that its Pontiffs are chosen by the will of the Divine Mother and that this pre-ordainment is no accident. Otherwise, why

should a boy in his teens go all the way and all alone, from Andhra Pradesh to Ujjain and stay with His Holiness from then on, without a day's break as student and disciple, for twelve years with no thought other than to study the sastras?

At a meeting in Calcutta he said

with characteristic humility "when I joined His Holiness, I had no thought in mind except to learn the sastras according to ancient Hindu tradition and leave the future to itself. But by the Grace of the Goddess I have been entrusted with great responsibility". And how

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🧵A #MustRead : #Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri #Chandrashekara Bharathi Mahaswamigal on the "Conquest of Desire":

"Do not depend on outside things to make yourself happy.."

To call a man healthy, it is quite unnecessary to postulate of him that he had some disease..

before and that he is now cured of it. Freedom from sickness is a condition of health and certainly not an antecedent sickness and a recovery from it. Similarly, happiness can only mean freedom from unhappiness. And it cannot be a necessary condition of happiness that it

should have been preceded by a state of unhappiness. The health which is not preceded by sickness is more natural, true and permanent than the one obtained on the cessation of a sickness. Similarly, happiness which is not preceded by a mental disturbance is sure to be more

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Let us.. look at how #traditional people, of times when #Shankaracharya lived, treated him though him being one of the realised beings of his times & respected, when it comes to #scripts&how he responded
One incident is of the cremation of his #beloved #mother.
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#AdiShakara’s father #Shivaguru passed away when he was a child.

#AdiShakara’s father #Shivaguru passed away when he was a child.

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Vid Dr M L Narasimha Murthy, a great Scholar of Vedanta attained Sadgati. He was a patron of this medium. It is an irreparable loss to the academic and Sanskrit world and a huge void will be felt for a long time to the #Vedanta-seeking community. He was a regular invitee to

all the prestigious Vakyartha Sabhas including at Sringeri. #Jagadguru #Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji had honoured him with a Golden ring. Post-retirement he had gotten busier with advanced students of Sanskrit & Vedanta constantly seeking his help

& Peethadhipatis from across the country used to entrust him with important work as he was a Scholar of the highest order. He was also in the process of writing more books. Apart from these commitments he believed in spreading far & wide the True purport of our Shastras &

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🧵Words of #Sringeri #Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji on his Parama Guru (Sri Sri Sri Chandrashekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji):

"As said in his Astottara, a lump of earth, a stone & gold were the same to him, & he did not value one above the other"

Brahmasri Sri Virupaksha Sastrigal was appointed to complete the study of the Sastras (for the new Guru). Sri Virupaksha Sastrigal, who was famous in those days for his erudition in Nyaya and Vedanta, was astonished at the intellectual power of the Sri Guru. The study which

took others three years to complete was finished by the guru in one year. Greatly surprised, Sri Sastrigal used to share his gratification with those around him.

The extent of scholarship acquired by the guru could be measured by the commentary which he wrote on

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🧵#Shankaracharya #SriSri Vidhushekara Bharathi Mahaswamiji on The glory of #Shiva’s names spoken by Vayu in the Shiva Purana

शिवो महेश्वरश्चैव रुद्रो विष्णुः पितामहः॥
संसारवैद्यः सर्वज्ञः परमात्मेति मुख्यतः॥
नामाष्टकमिदं मुख्यं शिवस्य प्रतिपादकम्॥

Those eight names are Shiva, Maheswara, Rudra, Vishnu, Pitamaha, Samsaravaidya, Sarvajna and Paramatma.

He is named ‘Shiva’ as he is very pure Or as the source of all auspicious qualities, Lord Shiva is called so.

This doctrine of #Parameshwara is found in the beginning

of Veda and in the end of Veda. This is the principle that can be understood from the Veda alone.

Maya should be understood as Prakriti. The wielder of this is Maheshwara. His Vibhuti, glorious manifestation, is the whole world.

‘Rud’ is the cause of grief or sorrow.

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Profound words of Scholar, Congress Leader Late Prof. Siddheshwar Prasad Ji:

"Unfortunately, the books on Indian philosophy, culture, history and literature, written by Indian and foreign writers, have miserably failed to underline the importance of the sound formulation,

the metaphysical and sociological foundation of the #Bharatiya #Samskṛti. This has led them to present it in a very distorted manner. Therefore, they have also failed to see its positive features.
There are weak points and there have been lapses also. After all why #Bharat

was almost always defeated at the hands of the foreign invaders? But how and why it not only still survives but is rejuvenated? Why the #Egyptian, the #Greek, the #Babylonian, the #Asyrian and some other ancient civilizations and cultures disappeared? The simple answer is,

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🧵Invaluable gem from the pen of #Jagadguru #SriSri Sacchidananda Shivabhinava NrisimhaBharati:

In the Siva-gita of the Padma Purana,it is said that Rama asked Siva: "How does immaculate knowledge about You, the Lord,arise in a man? O Hara,if you are gracious to Me, tell me

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the means to it." On being asked thus, the Lord replied:
"Having become detached towards everything inclusive of the state of Brahma & disinclined towards everybody inclusive of one's sons and friends, possessed of faith in the scriptures dealing with liberation and desirous
of the knowledge revealed by the Upanishad-s, one should, with an offering in one's hand, approach a Guru who has realised Brahman."

"Being attentive, one should please one's Guru through services rendered for long. One should then listen with intense concentration to the
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🧵Jagadguru #SriSri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamiji on Fate & Free Will:

Neither destiny nor personal effort singly determines the course of human life; there is great interaction between the two. Destiny or actions of the past that have begun to fructify, human effort and 1/n
divine grace together govern what comes to pass. Manu has compared destiny and personal effort to the two wheels of a chariot; a chariot cannot move on a single wheel.

Two students wrote an examination.The boy who had studied better answered all except two questions well.The 2/n
other managed to answer just two questions correctly. The examiner was an impartial but a lazy man. He scrutinized two of the first boy’s
answers. They happened to be the incorrect ones. Assuming the other answers too to be incorrect, he awarded the boy low marks.
He then 3/n
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Speech as a 20 year old in 1912 upon ascending the Vyakhyana Simhasana under the name of #SriSri #Chandrasekhara Bharati.

HH:All of us must jointly pursue the ways & means of protecting our #SanatanaDharma.Do participate in dharmic activities,pave the way for #Dharma rajya.

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"It is your great devotion to the Guru, and the Peetha which has brought you here in your thousands travelling long distances to reach remote Sringeri. From Rameswaram to the Himalayas you have all assembled here. Is this not sufficient evidence of your awareness of the 2/n
greatness of this Sarada Peetha and Sankara Bhagavadpada? Where is sacred Sringeri, the spiritual abode of Rishyasrunga and where are the mighty Himalayas, the home of great seers? Where flows the river Tunga and where is the river Ganga? Yet, an old adage says, "Bathe in the 3/n
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Sri #Chandramoulishwara sphtika linga, radiant like the moon, representing gyana and bliss, is the principal idol of worship not only in #Sringeri but also in the other three Amnaya Peethams – Badrinath, Dwaraka and Puri.


#HarHarMahadev 🚩
Legend has this linga, along with those of the other 3 Amnaya Peethams aswell, was handed over by #Shankaracharya to his 4 disciples, he himself received the 4 lingas from Shiva. Since then, the Lingas have been propitiated by the various Acharyas who have adorned the Peethams.
My apologies 🙏🙏 this is not in Sringeri but in Sri RamachandraPura Matha, Gokarna, Karnataka. And Shankaracharya is performing Abhishekam.
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#Jagadguru #Shankaracharya #SriSri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji: We have to take care to spend our lives every day purposefully. That is why it is said –
प्रत्यहं प्रत्यवेक्षेत नरश्चरितम् आत्मनः।
किं नु मे पशुभिस्तुल्यं...
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his day went. He has to examine himself thus, “Did I live like a noble person or did I spend it like an animal?”. We must always remember that we can never shut our own conscience to errors we committed. A thief may deny that he committed a theft despite being roughed by cops.2/5
However despite his denial, his own conscience knows that he committed the theft.
Sri #AdiShankara states – नलिनीदलगतजलमतितरलंतद्वज्जीवितमतिशयचपलम् (The life of a person is as fragile as water drops trembling on a lotus leaf). Hence when we are blessed with this human birth,3/5
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Story behind Kanakadhara Stotram

Kanakadhara Stotram is a popular prayer dedicated to Maa Lakshmi and was composed by Adi Shankaracharya. It is said that Jagadguru Adi Shankara created this prayer on seeing the financial difficulties of a poor woman.
During the time of Shankaracharya, students used to stay in the home of Guru and study. They also used to go around the houses in the village and used to beg for food for the day. Feeding a Brahmachari was considered highly meritorious.

Once young Shankaracharya went
to the home of a poor woman and asked for food. The poor woman had not cooked anything on the day. She did not know what to do and on searching, found a single gooseberry on a corner of her house.

She offered the gooseberry to Shankaracharya and said to him that she did not have
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यत्र यत्र रघुनाथकीर्तनं...Ray of wisdom by #SriSri #Chandrashekara Bharathi Mahaswamiji:

On the occasions of #Srimad #Ramayana Parayana, HH used to cause a plank to be kept near the place of parayana and offer pooja before conclusion. Others could not understand why.. 1/4
Sri Jagadguru offered pooja to a vacant plank. When asked once, He remarked, "haven't you heard the Sloka we read in the beginning of Ramayana Parayana, which says - prostrate to #Hanuman, who is present in all humility wherever #SriRama is being worshipped, shedding 2/4
tears of joy?' Is it not our duty to offer a proper seat and offer poojas to Him, though He is invisible to the naked eyes?" Such was the unshakable faith, Sri Jagadguru had in the scriptures, such is the real Shraddha. 3/4
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#Jagadguru #SriSri Vidhushekhara Bharati Mahaswamiji on Three important qualities for a #Spiritual #aspirant:

The first is Astikyam- firm faith in the Vedic tenets. The Kathopanishad states that one devoid of Astikyam would attach more importance to materialistic possessions,1/5 Image
would believe not in the existence of other worlds, would remain unaware of साम्परायः – the means to spiritual welfare – and end up remaining in the cycle of Samsara–
न साम्परायः प्रतिभाति बालं प्रमाद्यन्तं वित्तमोहेन मूढम्
अयं लोको नास्ति पर इति मानी पुनः पुनर्वशमापद्यते मे॥2/5
The second quality that is essential for anyone in the spiritual path is Vairagya or dispassion. Someone once asked “I seek Moksha for myself and my family.” – this very statement indicates the absence of Vairagya that is essential for those in the path of liberation.Vairagya 3/5
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