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fulfilment of a dream in Ayodhya

it was in May of 1979 when I first visited Ayodhya. the temple of Lord Sri Ram temple was not there, it was just iron fencing surrounding the statue of Ram Lala, guarded by few police officers with guns.

the top of the statue was covered with just a blue tarpaulin, an image that is still vivid in my mind.

in 1979

i remember standing, feeling helpless and sad about our Sri Ram, as we were not allowed to go near the statue and had to be at a distance of 50 meters.

a few drops of tears rolled down my cheeks to the ground, as I sincerely prayed and wished to see the real temple of Sri Rama come up there. That was a long time ago… 41 years !!!

in 2000

on two other occasions I tried to go, but could not even enter that area.

with a lot of tapas and sacrifice of so many good people, today is the stone laying ceremony for the foundation of Sri Rama temple in Ayodhya.
the very birthplace of Sri Rama who has inspired millions and millions of people, who influenced our culture, music, arts, tradition, lifestyle, family and everything else.

for me Rama means everything, when we learn Sanskrit, we begin with रामः रामौ रामाः

even in the modern age Ram & Sita are relevant, computers cannot work without RAM! SITA is also a system integrated teaming assistant

in 2020

i am very happy and overjoyed to see that, at last, our land has recognised its master and decided to honour him. may he continue to inspire the coming generations to live the life of dharma.

Jai Sri Ram… finally !

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Bharat

Sri Rama Navami

One of the most influential characters of history who held the fabric of values and family relations ships even after 8000 years !!! Without Sri Rama and Sri Krishna, all our literature, dance, music, sculptures, festivals all will be void. They are the fabric of our culture. Sri Rama showed man can become God. Sri Krishna showed God can come down to man. Both are fantastic.

Today is his Avatara Day.. happy Rama Navami.
साधूनां परित्राणाय, दुष्कृतां विनाशाय, धर्म-संस्थापन-अर्थाय च, अहं युगे युगे सम्भवामि । (Gita 4.0-8)

Read more about Sri Rama in these 14 days of lockdown. How he lived his 14 years in the forest will be very interesting. Valmiki Maharshi is the one who wrote Sri Rama’s biography. He wrote, taught this to Sri Rama’s children – Lav & Kush. They recited this in front of Sri Rama and he approved it. That is Valmiki Ramayan. Have look at this wonderful scripture https://www.valmiki.iitk.ac.in/

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Bharat sanskrit

गुर्वष्टकम् – Guru Ashtakam by Sankaracharya

शरीरं सुरुपं तथा वा कलत्रं
यशश्चारू चित्रं धनं मेरुतुल्यम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।1।।

Shareeram Suroopam Thatha Vaa Kalatram,
Yasascharu Chitram Dhanam Meru Tulyam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….1

The Body is handsome, the wife is attractive,
Fame spread far and wide, wealth is enormous and stable like Mount Meru;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

कलत्रं धनं पुत्रपौत्रादि सर्वं
गृहं बान्धवाः सर्वमेतद्धि जातम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।2।।

Kalatram Dhanam Putra Poutraadi Sarvam,
Gruham Bhaandavaa Sarva Mettadhi Jaatam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….2

Wife, wealth, son, grandson, and the like,
House, relations and relations all are born in a great family;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

Shri Adi Sankaracharya

षडंगादिवेदो मुखे शास्त्रविद्या
कवित्वादि गद्यं सुपद्यं करोति।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।3।।

Shadangaadhi Vedo Mukhe Shastra Vidhyaa,
Kavitva Aadhi Gadhyam, Supadhyam Karoti,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….3

Expert in six parts of Vedas, knowledge of Scriptures on the lips,
With poetic skill, prose and beautiful verses he composes;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

विदेशेषु मान्यः स्वदेशेषु धन्यः
सदाचारवृत्तेषु मत्तो न चान्यः।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।4।।

Vidheseshu Maanyaha, Swadheseshu Dhanyaha,
Sadhaachaara Vrutteshu Matto Na Cha Anyaha,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….4

Well respected in foreign lands and affluent in the homeland,
with the thought ‘In righteous deeds and conduct, no one is like me’;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

क्षमामण्डले भूपभूपालवृन्दैः
सदा सेवितं यस्य पादारविन्दम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।5।।

Kshamaa Mandale Bhupa Bhupaala Vrindihi,
Sada Sevitam Yasya Paadaaravindam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….5

The emperors and kings on this earth
have been incessantly serving one’s feet:
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

यशो मे गतं दिक्षु दानप्रतापात्
जगद्वस्तु सर्वं करे सत्प्रसादात्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।6।।

Yasho Me Gattam Dhikshu Dhaana Prataapaath
Jagadvastu Sarvam Kare Yatprasaadaath
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….6

My reputation is spread in all directions owing to the glory of my charity
All worldly possessions are within my reach as the rewards of these virtues;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

न भोगे न योगे न वा वाजिराजौ
न कान्तासुखे नैव वित्तेषु चित्तम्।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।7।।

Na Bhoge, Na Yoghe, Na Vaa Vaajiraajaa,
Na Kaantaa Mukhe Naiva Vitteshu Chittam,
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….7

Neither in indulgence nor in the discipline; in horses or in kingdoms
neither in the women’s enchanting face nor in riches the mind engrossed;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

अरण्ये न वा स्वस्य गेहे न कार्ये
न देहे मनो वर्तते मे त्वनर्घ्ये।
मनश्चेन्न लग्नं गुरोरंघ्रिपद्मे
ततः किं ततः किं ततः किं ततः किम्।।8।।

Aranye Na Vaa Svasya Gehe Na Kaarye
Na Dehe Mano Vartate Me Tvanargye
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,
Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim, Tatah Kim……….8

Not in the forest, not in one’s own house, not in work
not in the body, nor in the invaluable things my mind dwells;
But if the mind is not immersed in devotion to the lotus feet of the Guru
Really of what use is all these, what use, what use, what use?

गुरोरष्टकं यः पठेत्पुण्यदेही
यतिर्भूपतिर्ब्रह्मचारी च गेही।
लभेत् वांछितार्थ पदं ब्रह्मसंज्ञं
गुरोरुक्तवाक्ये मनो यस्य लग्नम्।।9।।

Phalasruti:
Gurorashtakam Yah Patetu PunyaDehee
Yatir Bhupatir Bhrahmachaari Cha Gehi
Labhed Vaancitaartham Padam Brahma Sanjnam
Manasche Na Lagnam Guro Ranghri Padme,

Result of reading: That pure one who recites this octad on Guru
whether be an ascetic, king, a brahmachari (celibate) or a householder
achieves the wishes परम पुरुषार्थम् for the highest state known as Brahman
by keeping his mind on the words of Guru.

— गुर्वष्टकम् – श्रीमद् शंकराचार्यविरचितम्
— Guru Ashtakam by Shri Adi Sankaracharya

Listen to the beautiful rendition of that song by Kuldeep M Pai & Surya Gayatri

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ramayana heritage trip

today we had a heritage trip with the students of amrita vidyalayam from pulpally. visited 3 places connected with ramayana in wayanad – valmiki ashram where sita devi and her children lav & kush were living, jadayatta kav – where sita devi disappeared into the ground, and sita devi – lav & kush temple.

Valmiki ashram, pulpally
the ‘mandaram’ plant

at the valmiki ashram there is a flowering plant – mandaram (bauhinia acuminata), pink in colour – which will bloom throughout the year – at least 2 flowers will be there on any given day. the belief is that they represent lav & kush.

it was a beautiful trip. spending sufficient time in each place, we discussed the importance of valmiki and his work, about sri rama & sita devi and their understanding and practice of dharma.

at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at Sita Devi – Lav & Kush temple, pulpally, wayanad
at munipara, pulpally
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Bharat bliss

i feel so blessed…

i was listening to the victory speech of prime minister narendra modi ji. he was speaking to the workers of bjp this evening at the party office after a landslide victory, for the second term to rule the country.
this is what he said:
“you, the people of india have given me more faith, so more responsibility. you have filled up the shoulder bag of this sadhu with hope, desires, and resolves..

i promise you, the people of india that
1.i will not misuse my power or do anything against the law. i may make mistakes while performing action. but i will not do anything which will not suit my position and the law.

2. i will not do anything for myself.

3. every second of my life and every cell of my body is dedicated to the people of india.
whenever you evaluate me, pls evaluate against these 3.”

am still finding it difficult to control the surge of emotions, the tears of joy within me. because i know these are not just words, being in power for the last 18 years he has been living that and he will continue to live.. that is modi ji

being a citizen of india, he is my prime minister … one with such a vision, purity in the heart and efficiency in the hands, culture and matured, selfless to the core, dedication of this level… i see the dawn of india becoming the viswa guru. am sure, it is not far away.
i feel blessed to have such a prime minister
vande maataram.

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Hanuman and Sri Rama

यत्र यत्र रघुनाथकीर्तनं तत्र तत्र कृतमस्तकांजलिम्
वाष्पवारिपरिपूर्णालोचनं मारुतिं नमत राक्षसान्तकम्

Wherever praise of Lord Rama is sung,
With head bowed and folded palms in veneration,
eyes filled with tears of devotion,
I salute that Maruti, who is the son of wind,
who destroyed the demons.

Sri Rama asked Hanuman ji once…
Who are you?
he said
देहबुद्ध्या तु दासोऽहं जीव बुद्ध्या तवदंशकः
आत्मबुद्ध्या त्वमेवाहम् इति मे निश्चितामति:
when i consider my self as body .. i am your servant
when i consider my self as jeeva.. i am your part
when i consider my self as atma .. i am yourself.
there is no confusion in this understanding.

such a disciple and a guru are not two, but one !! Jai Sri Ram !!

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sitaram kedilya

with Sri Sitaram Kedilya at Amritapuri. He has a remarkable feat of traveling 23,100 km by foot from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and back, visiting 2350 villages in just 5 years!! the journey was undertaken to know India, be Indian, and to awaken India to the status of Jagat-guru.

17 Jul 2017, Amritapuri

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art Bharat

Ajantha & Ellora – the wonders of the world

The beautiful Ajantha and Ellora Temple caves, architecture and paintings.
One of the unrecognised wonders of the world of Indian cultural heritage.
This Ellora caves should have been the icon of India’s tourism. When you read the story you will understand it.