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18 Jan
#BookExcerpts #Venkateshwara #Balaji

In Part-2 of the thread series, today I will give an insight into the rituals and details about various Prasadam and significance of the same.

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To recollect from yesterday, the priest chants Atma Suktam inviting Maha Vishnu onto himself to perform the archana.

After the celestial bath (Snanasanam) & Yatrasanam (holding Durbar), food is offered tot God which i called Bhoyasanam.

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The offering is called Naivedhyam, which is complete surrender to God. It's not a momentary surrender, but an entire lifetime to him.

There are rules and regulations regarding the preparation procedure, ingredients, proportions, timings etc.

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18 Jan
#Shloka for the day

संकटनाशक गणेश स्तोत्र / Sankata Nashak Ganesh Stotra
- from Narada Purana

प्रणम्य शिरसा देवं गौरीपुत्र विनायकम् ।
भक्तावासं स्मरेन्नित्यायुष्कामार्थसिद्धये ॥१॥

प्रथमं वक्रतुण्डं च एकदन्तं द्वितीयकम् ।
तृतीयं कृष्णपिङ्गाक्षं गजवक्त्रं चतुर्थकम् ॥२॥

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Meaning:

1.1: (Salutations to Sri Ganesha) Who is the Deva (Who is) to be Saluted (first) by bowing the Head, Who is the Son of Gauri, and Who is Vinayaka

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1.2: Who is the Abode of the Devotees, and Who should be Remembered always for accomplishing Long Life, Health, Fulfillment of Desires and (also) Objectives (of Life)

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17 Jan
#BookExcerpts #Venkateshwara #Balaji

I will write a 3 part thread series with some interesting points from this book.

Part-1 : History of Tirumala & Venkateshwara Swamy
Part-2: Rituals & Prasada Procedure
Part-3: Historical records

Part-1 thread below

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Venkatachala Hill

Maha Vishnu wished for the mountain Krida / Krida Parvatham / Kridhachalam from Vaikunta to be brought to the earth for his avataram.

This was brought to earth by Garuda and Ananta & placed it on banks of river Swarna Mukhi

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This is where current Tirumala temple is located. The fact that this was transported from Vaikunta is apparently a scientifically proven fact.

The scientific dating of the sedimentary rocks have confirmed the date to be around 120 million years ago..

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17 Jan
#Shloka for the day

अर्गलास्तोत्रम् / Argala Stotram from Devi Mahatmayam

मधुकैटभविध्वंसि विधातृवरदे नमः ।
रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि ॥३॥

महिषासुरनिर्नाशि भक्तानां सुखदे नमः ।
रूपं देहि जयं देहि यशो देहि द्विषो जहि ॥४॥

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Meaning:

3.1: Salutations to Devi Durga Who Destroyed the Demons Madhu and Kaitabha, thus Granting the Boon of Protection to Sri Brahma

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3.2: O Devi, Please Grant me (Spiritual) Beauty, Please Grant me (Spiritual) Victory, Please Grant me (Spiritual) Glory and Please Destroy my (Inner) Enemies.

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16 Jan
#Ramayana #LecturesOnTheRamayana

In the past, we had a glimpse of Lakshmana's devotion towards Sri Rama, his brother and father figure.

However, it is interesting to note his unique relationship with Sita, especially as seen by from her perspective.

Thread below

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We all know about the Golden Deer / Maricha incident and the way Sita influences Lakshmana to go in search of his brother.

Personally, I am unable to get 2 strong emotional points in one thread and hence, I will skip this incident for today.

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In Sundara Kanda, when Hanuman meets Sita, she says the following

सिंहस्कन्धो महाबाहुर्मनस्वी प्रियदर्शिनः।
पितृवद्वर्तते रामे मातृवन्मां समाचरन्।।

Lakshmana, who has lionshoulders and strong arms, who is handsome, who takes Rama as his father & treats me as his own mother

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15 Jan
#Shloka for the day

श्रीसुक्तम् / Sri Suktam (from Rig Veda)
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हिरण्यवर्णां हरिणीं सुवर्णरजतस्रजाम् ।
चन्द्रां हिरण्मयीं लक्ष्मीं जातवेदो म आवह ॥१॥

तां म आवह जातवेदो लक्ष्मीमनपगामिनीम् ।
यस्यां हिरण्यं विन्देयं गामश्वं पुरुषानहम् ॥२॥

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Meaning:

1.1: (Harih Om. O Jatavedo, Invoke for me that Lakshmi) Who is of Golden Complexion, Beautiful and Adorned with Gold and Silver Garlands.
(Gold represents Sun or the Fire of Tapas; Silver represents Moon or the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva.)

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1.2: Who is like the Moon with a Golden Aura, Who is Lakshmi, the Embodiment of Sri; O Jatavedo, please Invoke for Me that Lakshmi.
(Moon represents the Bliss and Beauty of Pure Sattva and the Golden Aura represents the Fire of Tapas.)

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14 Jan
#Mahabharatha #AdiSesha #Balarama

In yesterday's thread on Lakshmana, there was a point on the anger of Lakshmana i.e. Adi Sesha avatara. In Dwapara, even Balarama was famous for his anger.

A couple of instances where his famous temper was faced by the world.

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1. Dragging Hastinapura to Ganga

This incident is captured in Srimad Bhagwatham Skanda 10, Chapter 68.

Samba, Krishna's son from Jambhavati, tries to abduct Lakshmaanaa, Duryodhana's daughter. The Kuru army surround him and engages in a battle.

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Being a Mahrathi himself, Samba was an accomplished warrior. However, the Kuru warriors i.e. Duryodhana, Karna, Sala etc finally capture him and hold him hostage.

Yadavas wanted to extract revenge and rescuse Samba. The Yadu army was prepared for a battle.

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12 Jan
#Ramayana #LecturesOnTheRamayana

Today, I will share a very touching, quite surprising unconventional thought process from Ramayana.

When Lakshmana erected the hut in Panchavati, Rama said something which is quite strange & unexpected. Thread on this incident below:

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We all know about Lakshmana's unflinching devotion and respect for Rama. We will visit this theme quite often in this series.

In the context where Lakshmana has just built the hut, Rama gave a glowing tribute as below

Section: Aranyaa Kanda, Sarga 15

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Verse 27

सुसंहृष्टः परिष्वज्य बाहुभ्यां लक्ष्मणं तदा।
अतिस्निग्धं च गाढं च वचनं चेदमब्रवीत्।।

Deeply pleased with Lakshmana, he hugged him tightly and said those loving words :

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11 Jan
#Ramayana #LecturesOnTheRamayana

I will share some tidbits from the book I am currently reading.

Today, I will write about something that captivated my attention. This is about Rama whose name was invoked by Lakshamana before killing Indrajit

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When Lakshmana sends the astra to kill Indrajit, he invokes the name & prowess of Rama & discharged the missile.

Let's look at the shloka from Yudha Kanda

Dharmatma satya sandhasya Ramo daasarathir yadi.
Paurushe cha apratidwandwam sarainam jahi Raavaneem.

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The commentary for this quoted by the author is what makes it very interesting.

When Lakshmana invoked Rama as "Dharmatma", the arrow didn't budge, as there were doubts about the righteousness of his act of killing Tataka who was a woman

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10 Jan
#Shloka for the day

अर्गलास्तोत्रम् / Argala Stotram from Devi Mahatmayam

जय त्वं देवि चामुण्डे जय भूतापहारिणि ।
जय सर्वगते देवि कालरात्रि नमोऽस्तु ते ॥१॥

जयन्ती मङ्गला काली भद्रकाली कपालिनी ।
दुर्गा शिवा क्षमा धात्री स्वाहा स्वधा नमोऽस्तु ते ॥२॥

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Meaning:

1.1: Victory to You, O Devi Chamunda, Victory to You Who are the Remover of Worldly Afflictions and Sorrows

1.2: Victory to You O Devi, Who are Present in All Beings; Salutations to You, O Devi Kalaratri (a form of Devi Durga, literally means the Dark Night)

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2.1: Salutations to Jayanti (Who is Ever-Victorious), Mangala (Who is the bestower of Auspiciousness), Kali (Who is beyond Kala or Time), Bhadrakali (Who is the controller of Life and Death, being beyond Kala or Time), Kapalini (Who wear a Garland of Skulls),

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9 Jan
#Vyasa #Satyavati #Parashara

There are some very interesting stories Vyasa's birth from both his parents. Satyavati who plays a major role in Mahabharatha has a very interesting story leading to her birth

Thread on Vyasa's parents, specially his mother

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Parashara muni was a descendant from Brahma directly..

Brahma --> Vasishta --> Shakti --> Parashara

Extremely knowledgeable and author of any works, he was blessed by Maha Vishnu that Bhagwan would be born as his son along with Satyavathi.

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Satyavati's story is lot more interesting.

Once there was a King of Chedi called Vasu, who undertook a severe penance. This made Indra jittery who presented him with vast kingdom and a "vimana".

Vasu gave up his penance & started to look after his kingdom...

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9 Jan
#LifeLessons #GuruUpadesha

A real life incident shared by H.H. Shrimad Sudheendra Tirtha Swami, 20th Pontiff of Kashi Mutt Samsthan

In purvaashrama days, when Swami was going to school, he had a classmate who was the son of a school attendant, earning Rs. 8 per month

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The man had to take care of his wife, 4 children, in-laws. Though the father-in-law had some meager income, life was a challenge to the family.

Once the boy had to attend an exam in a school far away from his own school / home. He can't return home for mid-day meals

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His father gave him 1 anna (6 paise) for tiffin. The boy spends only half of it i.e. half anna / 3 paise which definitely wouldn't have filled his stomach.

When Swami asked him : "Why did you save half anna and remain hungry?"

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8 Jan
#SamskritaDivas #SanskritDay #WorldSanskritDay #VishwaSamskritaDivas

Do you know that World Sanskrit Day / Vishwa Samskrita Divas is not celebrated on a day, but a specific tithi?

Yes, that's correct. It's celebrated on Shravan Poornima day.. a practice started in 1969

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This practice was started by V.K.R.V. Rao who was the education minister in 1969

Now, do you know we have had Indian Sanskrit Commission in the past? Many of mutt seers and swamijis have been part of the discussions and contributed immensely to many of the same..

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Chronology:

1957 : First Sanskrit Commission started by Nehru (report available publicly)

1961 : Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha at Tirupati

1965 : Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth by Shastri
Renamed to Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidaypeeth (deemed university)

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8 Jan
#kaGGa for the day

ಕಗ್ಗ - 133

ಬಹಿರಂತರಗಳೊಂದು ಭೂತಭವ್ಯಗಳೊಂದು |
ಇಹಪರಂಗಳುಮೊಂದು ಚೈತನ್ಯವೊಂದು ||
ಬಹುಪಾತ್ರನಾಟಕದಿ ಮಾಯೆ ಶತವೇಷಗಳ |
ವಹಿಸಲೀವಳು ಪತಿಗೆ - ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ||
IAST Transliteration:

Bahirantaragaḷondu bhūtabhavyagaḷondu |
ihaparaṅgaḷumondu caitan'yavondu ||
bahupātranāṭakadi māye śatavēṣagaḷa |
vahisalīvaḷu patige - maṅkutim'ma ||
Meaning:

The "outer" and "inner" worlds are one. Th "past" and "future" times are one.

The "here" and "there" aspects are one. The divine essence / spirit is one.

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7 Jan
#Shloka for the day

अग्नि सुक्तम् / Agni Suktam (Rig Veda - Mandala 1 - Sukta 1)
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ॐ अग्निमीळे पुरोहितं यज्ञस्य देवमृत्विजम् ।
होतारं रत्नधातमम् ॥१॥

अग्निः पूर्वेभिर्ऋषिभिरीड्यो नूतनैरुत ।
स देवाँ एह वक्षति ॥२॥

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Meaning:
1.1: Om, I praise Agni who is the Purohita (Priest) of the Yagya (Sacrifice) (Priest leading the Sacrifice), (as well as) its Ritvij (Priest performing Sacrifice at proper times); the Yagya which is directed towards the Devas,

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1.2: Who is (also) the Hotara (Priest invoking the Gods) and the bestower of Ratna (Wealth of physical, mental and spiritual plane).

2.1: Agni was in former times praised by the Rishis, and (is still praised) now (at present times)

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6 Jan
#TimeManagement

I got asked this question quite too often and hence, I am jotting down some practices I follow on Time Management and how I land up reading books.

This is just a reference and my methods may / may not work for others.

Thread below

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1. Wake up early

Traditionally, I wake up quite early in the morning ~ 4:45 am or so. Most of my reading happens between 4.45 - 6:00 am.

Thanks to Covid LD, I sleep quite late and hence, I land up waking at 6. Still 6-7 is my new reading time

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2. Plan the day

Usually before I hit the bed, I make a mental note of the day coming up, personally and professionally.

When there are far too many things, I jot down into a list which is visible to me in the morning when I resume

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6 Jan
#Shloka for the day

पुरुष सुक्तम् / Purusha Suktam
(Rig Veda - Mandala 10 - Sukta 90)

तं यज्ञं बर्हिषि प्रौक्षन्पुरुषं जातमग्रतः ।
तेन देवा अयजन्त साध्या ऋषयश्च ये ॥७॥

तस्माद्यज्ञात्सर्वहुतः सम्भृतं पृषदाज्यम् ।
पशून्ताँश्चक्रे वायव्यानारण्यान् ग्राम्याश्च ये ॥८॥ Image
Meaning:

7.1: The First Divine Men were created as the Holy Water sprinkled with the Kusa Grass in that Yagna (Sacrifice of Creation)

7.2: The First Divine Men were the Sadhya Devas and the Rishis, Who were created by Him, the Deva (the Shining One, referring to Virat) ...

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Who performed the Yagna. (These Rishis were not human but divine Rishis like Saptarshis created directly by Virat).

8.1: From the Complete Offering of His (i.e. Virat's) Yagna (Sacrifice of Creation) was obtained Ghee mixed with coagulated Milk, ...

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4 Jan
#kaGGa for the day

ಕಗ್ಗ - 129

ಧರೆಯ ನೀರ್ಗಾಗಸದ ನೀರಿಳಿದು ಬೆರೆವಂತೆ |
ನರನ ಪ್ರಾಕ್ತನಕೆ ನೂತನಸತ್ತ್ವ ಬೆರೆತು ||
ಪರಿವುದೀ ವಿಶ್ವಜೀವನಲಹರಿಯನವರತ |
ಚಿರಪ್ರತ್ನನೂತ್ನ ಜಗ - ಮಂಕುತಿಮ್ಮ ||
IAST Transliteration:

Dhareya nīrgāgasada nīriḷidu berevante |
narana prāktanake nūtanasattva beretu ||
parivudī viśvajīvanalahariyanavarata |
cirapratnanūtna jaga - maṅkutim'ma ||
Meaning:

To the water on earth, water from the skies that descends in the form of rain mixes.

To the old philosophies of man, newer realities come up and merges,

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26 Dec 20
#NewYearResolutions

With the advent of calendar year 2021, it's time for resetting our goals / resolutions.

One resolution that I am steadfast on is to contribute to our temples / social causes. Here's a list of temples which have online options which I frequent.

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1. Sringeri Shardaamba Temple

sringeri.net/forms/seva
2. Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mata, Mantralayam

srsmatha.org/srsbook/index.…
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26 Dec 20
#FF

Last weekend of 2020, I will share 20 specific FF recommendations whom I follow / interact and learn from on regular basis

1. @/swamy64 - Guru par excellence, there many aspects one can learn by following Rajan Sir like Management, Humor, Life realities

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2. @AnuSatheesh5 - Spirituality, Temples, History

3. @Bhattavakya - Srimad Bhagwad Gita

4. @GirishArvind1 ,@Naraprasanvital - Raghvendra Swamy Darshana

5. @hamsanandi , @ShrikaanthK - Language, Music, Ragas, Sanketi

6. @ProfMKay - Pens, Artistic Writing, Intriguing Videos

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7. @Vaaridhii : Kannada & English writing

8. @chittukuruvi4 - Interesting anecdotes, birds

9. @IAnnapurnna - Food for the body and soul, Spirituality

10. @almightykarthik - Siddhars

11. @Maha_periyava_ - Periyava, Social Causes

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