A Medium created to share the contents of Advaita/Vedanta literature available in a huge corpus built over the centuries by many Acharyas.
Mar 21 • 4 tweets • 4 min read
🧵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
Mar 20 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
🧵#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
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
Mar 19 • 5 tweets • 4 min read
🧵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 1/5 #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
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
Mar 16 • 10 tweets • 4 min read
🧵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
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
Mar 12 • 11 tweets • 5 min read
🧵The self-realization path: In the famous Ankola Sloka of Shivanandalahari, the various stages of Bhakti are vividly portrayed. A chaste wife, whatever be the nature of her husband, devotes herself to the service of him. There is a clear distinction between the Bhagawan and
the Bhakta. It is the type of Bhakti characterized as 'dāsyam'. A creeper, which, growing near the tree, slowly catches hold of the trunk for support and ultimately when fully grown completely covers the tree. Here the relationship between the Bhagawan and the devotee is
Mar 11 • 12 tweets • 4 min read
🧵A #MustRead : The business of Vedas is not actually physical sciences. But, in the course of developing philosophy, Vedas make some scientific statements. When we consider the question of space. The Vedas say that space is not empty; it is not vacuum. There are pages &
pages of arguments to prove that there are some qualities for free space and therefore it is not vacuum. It is precisely those qualities that we associate with space today, e.g. propagation of light and radio waves. Then the Vedas say that space is distorted in the presence
Sri Jagadguru, when asked about the necessity of karma explained that it is needed for the cleansing of mind. Though
the real happiness lies in us, we are not aware of it because of ignorance. This ignorance does not allow us to escape the attractions of worldly pleasures. We deweed, put manure, water and then sow the seeds in the field. We also continuously watch the growth
"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
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
Mar 2 • 13 tweets • 4 min read
🧵How to Handle Sorrow ? - Life-transforming Vedantic concepts presented with such simplicity by #Swami#Paramarthananda
सुखं मे सर्वदा भूयात् दुखं मा भूत् कदाचन |
इति ईच्छा सर्व-सामान्या ज्ञानादेव तत् सिद्ध्यते ||
May I be happy all the time, may I never have unhappiness.
These two desires are basic and universal. How to fulfill these desires? - those two desires are fulfilled through Gnyānam or knowledge.
We will be surprised because we never think that knowledge is the one which will fulfill these two desires but this verse says they
(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?
"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
Feb 27 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
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
Feb 20 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
🧵Mysore Maharaja on the role of 'Guru' in one's life & their Guru Bhakti towards Sringeri Guru Parampara.
(Heartening to read that our ErstwhileRulers set aside their time for #AtmaVidya inspite of having umpteen things to do,while we mere mortals forever appear to be busy!) 1/n
H. H. Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar Bahadur
(The below was written when HH was the Governor Of Madras)
I remember that while I was yet a novice in spiritual learning, I read #Sureswaracharya's "Manasollasa", the commentary on the #Dakshinamurti Stotra, and what impressed me was
"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
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
Amongst the valued possessions and hallowed objects of worship in a devout Hindu's home, are the Salagramas, those pebble-like objects, smooth to the touch, 1/n
spheroid in shape, and black, red, or mixed in colour. That they are, for the most part, a hereditary possession of the family, handed down from generation to generation, is sufficient testimony to the veneration bestowed upon them by our ancients. Not to be bought or sold,
Jan 28 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
Generally people think that: Vishnu was already there & Brahma-Rudra arise later without having been in the beginning. By that, both of them are considered to be in the Jiva category.
श्रीमद्भागवतपुराणम्/स्कन्धः ४/अध्यायः १
मायागुणैरनुयुगं विगृहीतदेहाः ।
ते ब्रह्मविष्णुगिरिशाः प्रणतोऽस्म्यहं वः
तेभ्यः क एव भवतां मे इहोपहूतः ॥ २७ ॥
When Atri Maharishi
Jan 27 • 9 tweets • 5 min read
🧵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
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