English Collector saw Lord Rama in Madurantakam! (Post No.4831)

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Date: 19 MARCH 2018

 

 

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Post No. 4831

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There years ago I wrote in this blog an article about Lord Rama giving Darshan to an English collector and a Muslim ruler. From that day I wanted to visit the temple and see the lord for myself. In the first week of March,2018, I and my brother drove to Madurantakam where there is a vast sea like lake. Though the temple is relatively small, it is famous because of Lord Rama’s appearance.

 

Priest Aramuthan explained to us the incident and asked us to visit the Manadap where there is an inscription regarding this. We saw it and I took some photographs. It is said that the collector reconstructed Sita’s shrine as well. She is called Janakavalli. When you read such anecdotes, you admire it; but when you see it it gives thrill and excitement. We become more devoted to Lord Rama.

 

I saw some old temple drums and some modern paintings in the Anjaneya temple opposite the main shrine.

Madurantakam is in Kanchipuram district. One can reach it within two hours from Chennai/Madras. The distance between the tow places is approximately 80 kilometres/50 miles.

I wrote in this blog four anecdotes about God’s love for his devotees where I explained how an English Collector and a Muslim Ruler saw Lord Rama. See below my three year old post.

Post No 1948

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Date: 22 June 2015

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British Collector who saw Lord Rama

During the British rule, Colonel Lionel Place was the collector of Chengalpattu District near Chennai. Madurantakam, a nearby town has a huge lake. Every year the monsoon rains filled the lake and many a time it overflew or its banks breached. During his collectorship between 1795 and 1799, Col. Lionel Place Durai camped there to oversee the repairing of the banks.

 

When he saw big granite pillars in the famous ancient Rama temple he told that it could be used for strengthening the banks of the lake. The priests objected to the proposal saying that Rama would protect the town. But the collector insisted that if God could protect the lake why it breached several times. But he wanted to wait and see what happens in the next few days’ rain. The lake was full to the brim. Worried collector was supervising the banks at the dead of night. Suddenly he saw a flash of light and there stood two people with bow and arrow walking on the banks of the lake. The rain also stopped and nothing untoward happened. The collector knew that it was Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana who were guarding the lake. He had seen those pictures in the local temple. Collector Place’s name is in the inscription in the temple and the temple was renamed as Eri Kaatha Ramar in Tamil meaning ‘Rama who protected the Lake’– temple. It is on record that Col. Place along with Robert Clive had donated jewellery to the temples in that area including Kancheepuram.

 

Collector Lionel Place

Drums in the temple

–Subham–

Adi Sankara, Andal and Alangium hexapaetalum (Post No.4825)

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Date: 17 MARCH 2018

 

 

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Post No. 4825

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Great men think alike! So, no one would believe that one copied it from the other. But there is a strange coincidence between Andal and Adi Shankara. Andal has composed two poems Thiruppavai and Nachiar Thirumozi. Adi Shankara mentioned a plant known as Azinjil in Tamil and Ankola in Sanskrit, in his hymn Sivananda Lahari. Though Andal did not mention this plant in her hymn Nachiar Thirumozi, a commentator has mentioned the plant and its strange properties.

In the commentary to Nachiar Thirumozi (4th Thirumozi, Fourth poem), Periyavachan Pillay says the following:

“The Kadamba tree which was burnt down due to the poison spit by the Kaliya snake, came back to life at the touch of Krishna’s feet. One may wonder how was it possible. Don’t you know that the mango seed smeared with Ankola (tree) oil becomes a tree at once and bears fruits? If it is so, cant Vishnus’s feet which secretes Amrita (elixir of life, ambrosia) for ever revive a tree?

 

The common belief is that the seeds of the Ankola (azinjil in Tamil) tree falls on the ground and when the lightning strikes the seedS go and stick to the tree. If the seeds (fruits) are collected at that time and crushed into oil and used on the mango seed, it would sprout into a full tree IMMEDIATELY and bear fruits. Another example is Rama’s feet turned a stone into a woman ( Ahalya)…… The commentary continues……………

 

So the miraculous properties of the Ankola tree are used by the commentators and composers for at least 2000 years.

 

My Visit to Singaperumal Koil

When I went to Singaperumal Koil in the first week of March 2018, I was surprised to see this tree in the hillock around the temple. It was written on the rock that Nachiar Thirumozi commentary speaks about the miraculous property of this plant. It also says that those wanted to become a genius or those who wanted to get married quickly or get an issue, have to take a thread from their clothes and hang it on the tree! As soon as I saw the tree, I remembered my old article about this plant (Please see below)

 

Following is my research article published in this blog on 21st August 2013.

Adi Shankara & Alangium hexapetalum

 

Adi Shankara, the greatest philosopher of India uses lot of similes from nature to illustrate Advaita philosophy. In one sloka he used four birds. I have written about it in my earlier post. One of his interesting observations is about a tree called Ankola in Sanskrit, Alinjil in Tamil and Alangium hexapetalum in botanical term. Its other variety is Alangium salvifolium.

 

‘’ True Bhakti or devotion is explained with the help of Ankola tree and magnet in Sivananda Lahari and Viveka Chudamani of Adi Shankara.

Ankolam nijabeejasanthathi syaskanthopalam suchika………… (Sivananda Lahari, verse 61)

 

 

Sri Shankara has explained what real Bhakti is. The relation between the devotee and Iswara(God) is explained with reference to five examples. They are the tree known as Ankolam and its seeds; the magnet and the needle; a chaste woman and her husband; a creeper and a tree; and a river and the ocean.

 

The ankola tree (Azinjil in Tamil) is found in the forest. It is said that when its fruits fall to the ground, the seeds, liberated from the fruit by some compelling force within, move close to the trunk of the tree, gradually climb up, and get inseparably attached to the tree. During my travels, I was shown this tree in a forest. I saw the seeds sticking o the trunk of the tree, though I was not able to observe the actual movement of the seeds from the ground to the tree. This example of the seeds which fall away from the tree struggling back and attaching themselves to the tree, is denoted by the words ‘’aankolam nija beeja santatih’’.

—- Kanchi Paramacharya’s Talk on February 8, 1958 in Madras (Page 90/91 ‘Acharya’s Call Part 2)

 

Later Tamil literature Seevaka Chintamani refers to this tree. This tree and its parts have got medicinal properties. It has got anti microbial activity. It is traditionally used for tonic and treatment of haemorrhoids (Piles complaint).

Andal posted by Ponnambalam Stapathy

ஞானாநந்த தபோவன அதிசயம்- செவ்வாய் கிரஹ ஞானிகள் (Post No.4824)

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Date: 17 MARCH 2018

 

 

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Post No. 4824

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தமிழ்நாட்டில் விழுப்புரம் அருகிலுள்ள திருக்கோவிலூருக்குச் சென்றேன். தென் பெண்ணை ஆற்றின் கரையில் அழகான சூழ்நிலையில் ஞானாநந்த தபோவனம் உள்ளது. அங்கு விலைக்கு வாங்கிய மலரில் (புஸ்தகத்தில்) ஒரு அதிசயச் செய்தியைப் படித்தேன்; எனக்கு முழுதும் விளங்கவில்லை; உங்களுடன் அதைப் பகிர்வேன் .

திருவண்ணாமலை மற்றும் விழுப்புரம் ஆகிய இரண்டு இடங்களில் இருந்து சுமார் 35 கிலோ மீட்டர் தூரத்தில் உள்ள திருக்கோவிலூரில் பல முக்கிய இடங்கள் உள; அவற்றில் சில:– சிவன் கோவில், உலகளந்த பெருமாள் கோவில், ஞானாநந்தா தபோவனம் மற்றும் பல ஆஸ்ரமங்கள்.

 

நான் சிறு பையனாக இருந்தபோது எங்கள் அண்ணன் இருவருக்கும் திருப்பதியில் பூணூல் போட்டார்கள். எனது தந்தை வேங்கடராமன் சந்தானம் மதுரையின் மிகப்பெரிய தொழில் நிறுவனமான டி.வி.எஸ்-சுக்கு நெருக்கமானவர். அங்குள்ள ராமசந்திரன் என்பவர் பெரிய காரையும் கொடுத்து, நல்ல டிரைவரையும் கொடுத்து எங்களை ஊர்வலம் அனுப்பினார். அப்போது வரும் வழியில் திருக்கோவிலூருக்கும் சென்றதாக நிழல் போல சில நினைவுகள்.

 

நான் பள்ளிப் படிப்பு படிக்கையில் திருக்கோவிலூரில் தபோவனம் (ஆஸ்ரமம் அமைத்த) சுவாமி ஞானாநந்தா மதுரைக்கு வந்தார். எந்த சுவாமிகள் மதுரைக்கு வந்தாலும் மிகப்பெரிய ‘பப்ளிசிட்டி’ கொடுப்பது எங்கள் தந்தயின் கீழ் இருந்த மதுரை தினமணி மட்டுமே! அந்தக் காலத்தில் ஆன்மீகச் செய்திகளை முதல் பக்கத்தில் வெளியிடுவது ‘’ஹராம்’’ (அபச்சாரம்) என்று கருதினர். மதுரை தினமணிப் பொறுப்பாசிரியர் வெ. சந்தானம் மட்டும் இதற்கு விதிவிலக்கு. இதன் காரணமாக மதுரைக்கு சுவாமி ஞானாநந்தா வந்தபோது பழக்கடை தங்கவேலு, அவரது அம்மன் சந்நிதி பழக்கடையின் மாடியில் சுவாமிகளை தரிசிக்க எங்கள் குடும்பத்தை அழைத்து இருந்தார்; அடியேனும் ஒட்டிக்கொண்டேன்; அப்பொழுது அவரது தரிசனம் கிடைத்தது. எங்கள் வீட்டின் சுவாமி அறையில் இருந்த 108+ சாமியார் படங்களுடன் சுவாமி ஞானாநந்தா படமும் பூஜையில் இடம் பெற்றது. அது முதற்கொண்டு  அவருக்கும் பூ வைப்போம்.

நீண்டகாலமாக திருக்கோவிலூர் செல்ல வேண்டும் என்ற ஆவல், இந்த முறை இந்தியாவுக்குச் சென்றபோது நிறைவேறியது (7-3-2018). தபோவனம் நல்ல அமைதியான சூழ்நிலையில் அமைந்துள்ளது. காலை பத்தரை மணிக்குக் காலை பூஜை முடிந்துவிடும் என்பதால் விருத்தாசலத்தில் இருந்து சிட்டாகப் பறந்தோம்; சமாதியைத் தரிசித்தோம்; வலம் வந்தோம் புகைப்படம் எடுத்தோம். நன்கொடை கொடுப்பதற்குப் பதிலாக புத்தகங்கள் வாங்கி ஆஸ்ரமத்துக்கு பணம் அளித்தோம் ; ஒரு புஸ்தகம் 1999-ல் வெளியான கும்பாபிஷேக மலர். அதில் ஹரிதாஸ் சுவாமிகள் முதல் பலரும் அரிய பெரிய கட்டுரைகள் எழுதி இருந்தனர். அத்தனையையும் படித்+தேன். அது ஒரு படி, தேன் (one measure of honey) போல இனித்தது.

 

(ஸ்டாலின் பற்றிய நூலைப் படித்தேன்; அது ஒரு படி, தேன் என்பது கலைஞர் கருணாநிதி சொன்னது). நிற்க

 

யார் இந்த சுவாமி ஞானாநந்தா?

கர்நாடகத்தில் மங்களூரில் பிறந்து, வடக்கில் ஜோதிர் மடத்தின் சங்கராச்சாரியாராக சில காலம் இருந்து, இமய மலைக்கு மீண்டும் சென்று தவம் செய்து, பின்னர் நேபாளம் முதல் இலங்கை வரை பயணம் செய்து, தமிழ்நாட்டில் ஆட்டையாம்பட்டி ஏற்காடு முதலிய சில இடங்களில் ஆஸ்ரமங்கள் அமைத்து, இறுதியில் திருக் கோவிலூர் எனும் புனித க்ஷேத்ரத்தில் தபோவனம் நிறுவி, ஹரிதாஸ் சுவாமிகள் போன்ற பல பக்தர்களை உருவாக்கி, புகழ் மணமும் பக்தி மழையும் பொழிந்து 1974-ஆம் ஆண்டில் சமாதி அடைந்தார் ஞானாநந்தா.

இவருடைய சமாதி ஜீவ சமாதி- அதாவது பூத உடல் மறைந்தாலும் அவர்கள் அங்கே எப்போதும் இருந்து அருள் புரிவர். சுவாமிஜியின் குரு- ஜோதிர் மடத்தின் தலைவர் சிவரத்ன கிரி.

 

இவரைப் பற்றிய இரண்டு அதிசயச் செய்திகள்:

இவர் 150 ஆண்டுகள் வாழ்ந்தாராம்; இவர் என்று பிறந்தவர் என்பது யாருக்கும் தெரியாது; கர்நாடகத்தில் ஒரு பிராமண குடும்பத்தில் பிறந்தார். இவர் பேச்சுவாக்கில் சொன்ன செய்திகளில் இவர் ராமலிங்க சுவாமிகள் (வடலூர் வள்ளலார்) முதலிய பல பெரியோரைச் சந்தித்தவர் என்பது புலப்படும்.

 

இரண்டாவது செவிவழிச் செய்தி என் தந்தை மூலம் அறிந்தது- இவர் சமாதி நிலையில் அடிக்கடி இருந்ததால் உண்மையில் பூத உடலை விட்டுச் சென்றாரா என்பது பக்தர்களுக்குப் புதிராக இருந்ததாம்; பல நாட்களுக்கு உடல் அசைவில்லாமல் இருக்கவே காஞ்சி முனிவர்- மஹாபெரியவர்- சங்கராசார்யாரிடம் கருத்து கேட்டனராம்; அவர் குறிப்பிட்ட சில நாட்களைச் சொல்லி- அதற்குள் எழுந்திருக்காவிடில் சமாதியில் இறக்கிவிடுங்கள் என்று சொன்னவுடன் சீடர்கள் அப்படிச் செய்தனராம்.

 

இவை அனைத்தும் உண்மை என்றே நான் நம்புகிறேன்.

தபோவன மலரில் பல அதிசயங்கள் எழுதப்பட்டபோதும் நான் படித்த ஒரு அதிசயச் செய்தி எனக்கு விளங்கவில்லை. தபோவனம் எப்படி விரிவடையப் போகிறது என்பதெல்லாம் அவர் சொன்னபடியே நடந்தது. அவர் இருக்கும் காலத்திலேயே தபோவனத்தில் பல சந்நிதிகளையும் வைத்து பூஜை செய்யவைத்தார். ஆனால்…………..

 

ராஜ மாணிக்கம் என்பவர் எழுதிய கட்டுரையில் சுவாமிகள் பம்பாய் சென்று செவ்வாய் மண்டல ஞானிகளை அழைத்துவரப்போவதாகவும் அப்போது சுவாமிகளின் 1008 சங்க நாதம் ஒலிக்கும் என்றும் உலகமே சுபிட்சமாக வாழும் என்றும் இந்த நிகழ்வினைக் கண்டு உலகமே ஆச்சர்யப்படும் என்றும் — அந்தக் கட்டுரை முடிகிறது.

 

ஒரு பக்தரின் எழுத்து மூலம் வந்த செய்தி என்பதால்,  ஞானாநந்தா என்ன சொன்னார், எந்த சூழ்நிலையில் சொன்னார், செவ்வாய் மண்டல ஞானிகள் என்பது நாம் அறிந்த கிரஹங்களில் ஒன்றான செவ்வாயா அல்லது வேறு பொருள் உடைத்தா  என்பது விளங்கவில்லை.

சுவாமிகளின் பூத உடல் சமாதியில் இறக்கப்பட்டு விட்டாலும் அவருடைய அருள் அவர் சொன்னபடியே இன்றும் அங்கே இருப்பதை நாம் உணரமுடிகிறது. ஆகவே அவர் புகழ் உடம்பு அந்த அதிசயத்தை நிகழ்த்தும் என்று எதிர் பார்ப்போமாக ( ஆஸ்ரம மலரில் வெளியான கட்டுரையின் கடைசி பக்கத்தை இங்கே இணைத்துள்ளேன்; ப டித்து மகிழ்க.

 

ஞானாநந்த சுவாமிகளுக்கு நமஸ்காரம்; அவர் புகழ் ஓங்குக!

 

–subham–

Short Story-Fate can be changed by Good Action! (Post No.4815)

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 14 MARCH 2018

 

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Post No. 4815

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Great Tamil Hindu saints like Alvars and Nayanmars say that one’s fate can be changed to good by God. Manikkavasagar, Andal, Tirumular,  Sambandar and Appar say it in very clear words that the previous Karma (action and reaction) will be powdered or  will be burnt to ashes. Hindus generally believe that Karma/action done by one will have definite after effect. Good Karma (action) will bring good things and bad karma will bring bad things to the doer. But one’s intense devotion to god can change one’s fate. There is a short story to illustrate this point.

It is similar to Pusalar Nayanar story who built a temple mentally.

There was a poor man in a village. All his efforts to earn his livelihood failed miserably. One day his close friend asked him to see an astrologer in a nearby village. When he went to see him, the astrologer looked at his horoscope and was shocked. But he did not show it to the customer. He asked the poor man to come tomorrow, ‘if it is possible’. The poor man told the astrologer that he would come next day. Astrologer was laughing inside and pitied that man.

 

When the villager was returning to his home town, heavy rains poured down. He ran to a dilapidated building and took shelter. To his surprise it was an ancient but disused temple. He felt very sorry to see the condition of the temple. Various thoughts ran into his mind. He thought, “If I win a lottery prize tomorrow, first I will build a huge hall and then I will build a tall tower on top of it. Then I will install the golden statues of the gods inside and celebrate the consecration. If there is money, I will do Anna Dhanam to all the poor people (Anna Dhanam= Food donation). When the rain stopped, he returned home and felt very happy. He slept thinking of the temple.

Next day he went back to the astrologer according to the plan. The astrologer was greatly surprised to see him. He asked what he did in the past 24 hours. he said that he went back home after taking shelter in the huge rain previous night. The astrologer was not satisfied with his answer; so he asked to relate minute by minute account. Then he told the astrologer he stayed in a temple. Even then astrologer wasn’t satisfied. He asked him whether anything happened like seeing a holy man or any miracle. The poor man said, N I was only thinking about renovating the temple.

At the point the astrologer got a grip over the matter and asked the poor man about everything he thought. Then the astrologer realised that he built a golden temple in his mind and that only saved him; because according to his horoscope he should have died already. That is why the astrologer told him the first place “to come tomorrow, if possible”.

 

Then the astrologer explained to him everything that should have happened to him astrologically, but God changed his fate. Even Yama would fail in his arithmetic if God interferes!

 

One can change his bad days into good days with good thoughts.

 

Purity in mind, word and deed (Three way purity= Mano, Vak, Kayam) is called Tri Karana suddhi. If one has it permanently one can do miracles.

 

–Subham–

Story-‘Aasaa Dukhasya Kaaranam’ (Post No.4748)

Date: 15 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Written by London swaminathan

 

Post No. 4748

 

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There is no misery, if there is no desire- says Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar (Kural 368)

 

‘’Aasaa Dukhasya Kaaranam’’ , (Desire invites Misery) says a Sanskrit proverb.

 

‘’Striving for wealth with different designs, we follow our desires like cattle’’- says Rig Veda 9-19(3)

 

‘’Desire, which is never extinguished by the enjoyment of desired objects only becomes more intense like a fire fed with butter ‘’– Manu Smrti 2-94

 

There is a Telugu folklore in a hundred year old book. The story is as follows:

Four friends lived in Chitrapur and they were extremely poor. They decided to practise austerities. After some time, Goddess Kali appeared before them and gave them a talisman each. Since they asked for richness and happiness she told them to place the talisman on their heads and walk northwards. She told each one of them to dig the earth when a person’s talisman fell on the earth and take whatever one gets.

 

The four friends set out on their travel. At a distance, the talisman of the first man fell on the ground. Immediately he dug out the earth, an enormous quantity of copper was found. he told the other three friends that he was very happy and wanted to go back. Everyone agreed.

When they walked further north the second person’s talisman fell on the ground. The spot was dug into and he found enormous quantity of silver. He told them that he also wanted to go back like the first man. The other two proceeded further. one of the person’s talisman fell on the ground and the ground was dug into. There was enormous quantity of gold. By this time both of them were very tired. So the person who found gold said to the other man to come back with him and he would share the gold. But the fourth man who was very greedy still had the talisman on his head. He told the gold- man to go back and then proceeded further north.

 

After some time he was very happy because his talisman fell on the ground. He thought that he was  going to see mine of diamonds. But there was only iron when he dug into the ground. He was very tired and could not even take back the iron. He came such a long distance and already friends had gone back. So he could not take any of the iron. More over it would be uneconomical to transport from such a  long distance. He was dis appointed.

Now he learnt “ The man with unlimited desire is indeed poor but, if one is satisfied with what one has, can be rich” (Bhartruhari)

–Subham —

 

NONE HAS GROWN RICHER BY ENVYING- A STORY (Post No.4744)

Date: 14 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4744

 

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Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar has sung about Envy (jealousy) in his work Tirukkural, which was praised as Tamil Veda by his contemporaries.

Tiruvalluvar says,

‘’None has grown richer by envying

Ans no one has lost by not envying’’ (Kural 170)

 

In another couplet he says

‘’If an envious man accumulates wealth, and a virtuous man

Comes by misfortune, both these need scrutiny’’ – 169

 

‘He who is envious needs no enemies to ruin him’ – 165

‘The Goddess of Fortune shuns the envious’-  167

‘Envy destroys one’s wealth’ – Kural 168

 

Here is a story about envying told by C Hayavandana Rau in a book published 100 years ago. I have summarised it:

 

“A poor man with numerous children to support was daily begged by his wife to try his luck in a different town. At last he yielded to her request and started on a long trip. Overjoyed at his determination, his wife, who was a thoughtful woman, prepared him some dishes and packed them in a box.

Half way through his travel he wanted to take rest and so placed everything under a tree and went to wash his hands and feet in the nearby river. He suspended his meal box in a tree branch after looking around and making checks for monkeys and other animals.

Siva- Uma Rangoli by Mangalam srinivasan

Since it was evening, Parvati and Parameswar were on their usual round. The soft breeze carried the sweet smell of the dishes to the gods. Parvati, being a woman wanted to taste the food and get the recipe. Parameswar (Siva) agreed.

Before the person came back they ate the food and replaced the bronze box with a golden box with magical powers.

When the person came back from the river he was very hungry and so spread the banana leaf and tried to empty the box. Nothing was inside but he noticed the box is a golden box now. And he turned it over on the leaf before him, and his plate (leaf) was full of the tastiest food in the world. Now he realised it was a gift with magic powers sent by the gods. He returned home hurriedly to tell his wife and others the story. Just to thank the deities who gave him the magic box husband and wife arranged a big party for the villagers.

       

Everybody heard the story about the bronze box becoming a golden box and it gave food for everyone and it never runs out. The word about miracle spread far and wide and he had a very jealous couple in the very next door. The jealous wife asked her husband to go on travel like him. She expected a bigger golden box. She also made pack lunch for him and asked to do everything the same way his neighbour did. He went on a trip and took rest like his neighbour. At that time a Brahma Rakshas ( Ghosts) couple were travelling along that path. When the jealous man went to take a bath the ghosts took his bronze box with food and left him a lead box with evil powers. When the jealous man saw the change in the bundle ran to his wife saying the box had changed. Without checking, his wife invited all the villagers for a lunch. When she emptied the box, the ghosts (brahma rakshas) appeared before everyone and cut off the persons’ nose.

 

The moral of the story is ‘Jealousy brings punishment in its train’.

–Subham-

 

 

 

 

 

MUSLIM, CHRISTIAN SUPERSTITION ANECDOTES (Post No.4725)

Date: 10 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4725

 

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Superstition Anecdotes 

Coleridge, when asked by a lady if he believed in ghosts, replied,

“No, madam, I have seen too many to believe in them”.

 

Xxx

How to serve Meals?

Carefully explaining the correct procedure in serving meals, the wealthy society lady ended her little lecture to the new maid by saying,

Now, Mary, don’t forget. You always serve from the left and take the plates from the right.

 

I won’t forget, Madam, answered the girl in a conciliating tone of voice, but what is the matter? Superstitious or something?

Xxx

Negros Superstition

 

Abraham Lincoln told this story

A balloon ascension occurred in New Orleans before the war, and after sailing in the air for several hours, the aeronaut who was arrayed in silks and spangles like a circus performer, descended in a cotton field where a gang of slaves were at work. The frightened negroes took to the woods ,all but one venerable darky, who was rheumatic and could not run, and who, as the resplendent aeronaut approached, having apparently just dropped from heaven, said,

Good morning. Massa Jesus; how is yo pa?

 

Xxx

Muslims object to Telephone

 

When the first line was put in for King Ibn Saud in Arabia, Moslem religious leaders protested against such innovations and works of the devil from the land of the Infidel. Ibn Saud listened to their complaint and gave judgement,

If the telephone is really the work of the Devil , the holy words of Koran will not pass over it,if the holy words do pass over it. It assuredly cannot be the work of the Devil. So we will appoint two mullahs, one to sit in the palace and one in the telephone exchange, and they are to take turns reading a passage from the Holy Book, and we will see. By this test the r religious leaders were convinced.

 

Xxxx

Key and Snake!

A snake having twined itself round a key, which was declared by the seers to be a portent, Leotychidas (Spartan Ruler 545 BCE) remarked

It would have been more of a portent if the key had twined itself round a snake.

Xxxx

No Boots!

General Emilio Mola, second in command with the Spanish fascists, was killed in an airplane crash. When the peasants picked him up they found he was in his stocking feet. A brother officer explained that a Gipsy had once told the General he would die with his boots on, and he therefore always took his shoes off when in an air plane.

 

Xxxx subham xxxxx

 

 

CHRISTIAN MIRACLE ANECDOTES (Post No.4689)

Date: 1 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Post No. 4689

 

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Miracles Anecdotes

Caedmon was unlettered that he had to retire for shame from the Refectory at Whitley Abbey when the harp passing from hand to hand during dinner approached him with its implication that he must recite. On one of these occasions, as narrated by Bede, it happened to be Caedmon’s to keep guard at the stable during the night and overcome with vexation, he quitted the table and retired to his post of duty, where ,laying himself down, he fell into a sound slumber.

 

In the midst of his sleep, a stranger appeared to him, and, saluting him by his name, said,

“Caedmon , sing me something”.

Caedmon answered, “I know nothing to sing; for my incapacity in this respect was the cause of my leaving the hall to come hither”.

“Nay, said the stranger, but thou hast something to sing “

“What must I sing?” Said Caedmon

“Sing the Creation, was the reply and there upon Caedmon began to sing verses which he had never heard before”.

Caedmon then awoke, and he was not only able to repeat the lines which he had made in his sleep, but he continued them in a strain of admirable versification. In the morning he hastened to the town reeve, or bailiff of Whitley, who carried him before the Abbes Hilda ; and there in the presence of some of the learned men of the place he told his story and they were all of the opinion that he had received the gift of song from Heaven.

 

Xxxx

Impossible!

On February 10,1872 Mr Wallace Wright publicly challenged Mrs Mary Baker Eddy :-

 

1st. To restore the dead to life again as she claims she can

2nd. To walk upon the water without the aid of artificial means as she claims she can

3rd. To live 24 hours without air, or 24days without nourishment of any kind without its having any effect on her.

4th. To restore sight when the optic nerve has been destroyed

5th. To set and heal a broken bone without artificial means

 

Mr Wright ended the controversy by the exulted announcement on February 17 that his opponent and her science were preictally dead and buried .

Xxx

Miracle of Eating!

A negro preacher addressed his flock with great earnest ness on the subject of miracles, as follows,

“My beloved, friends, de greatest ob all miracles was ‘bout the loaves and fishes. Dey was 5000 loaves and 2000 fishes, and de twelve apostles had to eat ‘em all. De miracle is dey didn’t burst .

Xxx

Saved from Burning House!

John Wesley, the hymnist, was nominated a special person by divine fiat. When a baby, he was miraculously saved from his father’s burning office. Just after his escape, the roof fell in. This incident contributed so strongly to his later evangelism, giving him conviction that he had been saved by god for a special mission, that he adopted a device found on some of the contemporary prints, of him, namely, a house in flames, with this motto from the prophet,

“Is he not a brand plucked from the burning?”

Xxxxxxx SUBHAM xxxxxxxxxxxx

சத்ய சாயி லீலை- சோகத்தால் அழுத நான்கு புடவைகள்! (POST. 4688)

Date: 1 FEBRUARY 2018

 

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Written  by S NAGARAJAN

 

Post No. 4688

 

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((நல்லவர்களை எப்படி அறியலாம்? பிறர் எழுதியதை, பிறர் எடுத்த படங்களை அவர்களுடைய பெயர்களுடன் வெளியிடுவார்கள். கெட்டவர்களை எப்படிக் கண்டுபிடிக்கலாம்? பிறர் எழுதியதை,அது வெளியான பிளாக், பத்திரிக்கை பெயர்களை நீக்கிவிட்டு , தங்களுடையது போல வெளியிடுவார்கள்; கெட்டவர்களைக் கண்டுபிடிப்பது மிகவும் எளிது))

 

 

சோகத்தால் அழுத நான்கு புடவைகள்!

 

ச.நாகராஜன்

 

ஸ்ரீ சத்யசாயி பாபாவின் அவதாரத்தில் ஆயிரக்கணக்கான லீலைகள் உண்டு.

 

ஒவ்வொரு லீலையும் ஆனந்தத்தைத் தருவதோடு அல்லாமல் ஒரு அற்புதமான பாடத்தையும் கூடவே தரும்.

பம்பாயில் தர்மக்ஷேத்ராவில் நடந்த நிகழ்ச்சி இது. ஆண்டு 1968.

அங்கு சேவையில் ஈடுபட்டிருந்த பெண்மணிகள் நூறு பேருக்கு அருளாசியுடன் புடவைகள் தர ஸ்வாமி எண்ணி, நூறு புடவைகளைக் கொண்டு வருமாறு பணித்திருந்தார்.

ஒரு கார்ட் போர்ட் பெட்டியில் நூறு சேலைகள் வந்தன.

அவற்றில் 96ஐ ஸ்வாமி தேர்ந்தெடுத்தார். நான்கு புடவைகளை வேண்டாம் என்று ஒதுக்கி விட்டார்.

 

பின்னர் நடந்தது தான் அதிசயம்.

அணுக்க பக்தரான ஹிஸ்லாப், அவர் மனைவி, இன்னும் பல பக்த்ர்கள் குழுமி இருந்த அறையில் ஹிஸ்லாப் புடவைகளை நோட்டம் விட்டார்.

 

அவற்றில் நான்கு ஈரமாக இருந்தன.

 

உடனே அவர் இதை பாபாவிடம் சுட்டிக் காட்டினார்.

இந்த அறையில் ஈரம் வருவதற்கான வாய்ப்பே இல்லை. நூறில் நான்கில் மட்டும் எப்படி ஈரம் வர முடியும்? பெட்டியோ டேபிளின் மீது இருந்தது! ஸ்வாமியோ ஒவ்வொன்றையும் செக் செய்து ‘அப்ரூவ்’ செய்து கொண்டிருந்தார்.

 

ஆக புடவைகள் ஈரமானது எப்படி?

ஸ்வாமி கூறினார்: ஸ்வாமி அவற்றை வேண்டாம் எனச் சொல்லி விட்டதால் அவை அழுகின்றன!

இதைக் கேட்ட ஹிஸ்லாப் திடுக்கிட்டார்.

 

ஹிஸ்லாப்: அது எப்படி? உயிரற்ற ஜடங்களுக்கு உணர்ச்சிகள் உண்டு, அவை கூட அழும் என்றா ஸ்வாமி சொல்கிறார்?

பாபா: உயிரற்ற ஜடங்களுக்கு கூட உணர்ச்சிகள் உண்டு. அவை கூட துக்கத்துடன் அழும்.

 

இலங்கைக்கு சேது பாலம் கட்டப்பட்ட போது குரங்குகள் பாறைகளைக் கொண்டு வந்து பாலம் கட்ட உதவின. பாலம் கட்டி முடியப் போகும் தருணத்தில் ஒரு பெரிய மலை அந்தப் பாலத்திற்கு அருகில் கொண்டு வரப்பட்டது.

ஆனால் பாலமோ முடிந்து விட்டது; இனி அந்த மலை தேவை இல்லை. கொஞ்சம் தாமதமாக அங்கு அந்த மலை வந்து விட்டது.

 

அந்தத் தருணத்தில் தன்னை வேண்டாம் என்று சொல்லப்பட்ட வார்த்தைகளைக் கேட்டவுடன் துக்கம் தாளாமல் அந்த மலை அழ ஆரம்பித்தது.

 

உடனடியாக் இந்தச் செய்தியை ராமனுக்கு அறிவித்தனர்.

கருணையின் திரு உருவான ராமன் மனம் நெகிழ்ந்தார்.

உடனடியாக அந்த மலைக்கு ஒரு செய்தியை அனுப்பினார்- அந்த மலை கவலைப்பட வேண்டாம் என்று!

அந்த மலை இனி வரும் அவதாரம் ஒன்றில் சிறப்பாகப் பயன்படுத்தப்படும் என்று உறுதி மொழியையும் சொல்லச் சொன்னார்.

மலை துக்கம் தீர்ந்து மகிழ்ந்தது!

கிருஷ்ணாவதாரத்தில் அது தான் கோவர்த்தன கிரியாக இருந்தது! தன் ஒரு விரலால் அந்த  மலையைத் தான் கிருஷ்ணர் தூக்கி தன் லீலையைச் செய்தார். மலையும் பரவசம் அடைந்தது!

கோகுலத்தில் இந்திரன் மழை பெய்து வருத்திய காலத்தில் இடையர்களை மழையிலிருந்து காப்பாற்றியது அந்த மலையே!

 

 

பாபாவின் இந்த அருளுரையைக் கேட்ட ஹிஸ்லாப் உள்ளிட்ட அனைத்து பக்தர்களும் ஆச்சரியத்துடன் பரவசமாயினர்.

 

ஹிஸ்லாப்: ஸ்வாமி! அந்த பெரிய நாடகம் இன்று எங்கள் கண் முன்னாலேயே திருப்பியும் இப்போது அரங்கேறி விட்டதே!

‘இங்கு வந்த புடவைகளில் நா பயன்படுத்தப்படப் போவதில்லை என்று அழுதனன்குவே. அவை ஸ்வாமியின் கருணையால் கொண்டுவரப்பட்ட காரணத்திற்காக இல்லாவிட்டாலும், ஸ்வாமியால் இன்னொரு விதத்தில் பயன்படுத்தப்பட்டு விட்டனவே’ என்று கூறி மகிழ்ந்தார்.

 

ஆம், அந்த நான்கு புடவைகளையும் ஹிஸ்லாப்பின் மனைவி, இன்னும் அங்கிருந்த இதர மூன்று பெண்மணிகளுக்கு அருளாசியுடன் பாபா வழங்கினார்.

 

அதைத் தான் அதிசயமாக ஹிஸ்லாப் குறிப்பிட்டார்!

ஸ்வாமி: ஆம்! நீங்கள் கூறியது சரியே! எவர் ராமனாகவும் கிருஷ்ணனாகவும் வந்தாரோ அவரே தான் இப்போது இங்கு உங்கள் முன் இருக்கிறார்!

 

அவதார மஹிமையைச் சொல்லவும் வேண்டுமோ!

இதைப் படிக்கும் போதே ஆனந்தம் அடையும் போது அதை நேரில் அனுபவித்தவர்களின் ஆனந்தத்திற்கு ஒரு எல்லை உண்டோ!

லீலையின் வாயிலாக உயிரற்ற ஜடங்களுக்கும் கூட உணர்ச்சிகள் உண்டு என்ற பாடத்தையும் கூட அல்லவா அறிய முடிகிறது!!

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ஆதாரம் : Conversations with Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba by John S. Hislop

p 31; Sri Sathya Sai Books And Publications Trust வெளியீடு

1968 ஜனவரியில் நடந்த டேப் செய்யப்பட்ட உரையாடல்கள்

நன்றி : ஹிஸ்லாப்; நன்றி : Sri Sathya Sai Books And Publications Trust

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GHOST AND MUSIC STORY (Post No.4606)

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 11 JANUARY 2018

 

Time uploaded in London  8-31 AM

 

 

 

Post No. 4606

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India is a paradise for lovers of folk tales; all the Indian languages have hundreds of folk tales. Several people have collected them and published them for the benefit of the future generations. Natesa Sastri of Tamil Nadu has published some folk tales in Tamil and English. I am giving below my own translation of a folk tale about ghosts.

A poor Brahmin lived in a town in Tamil Nadu. He tried all the tricks in his bag to earn his livelihood but failed. So, he thought that it was his bad Karma (evil things he did) of the previous birth and it should be spent by going to Kasi—that is Varanasi, the holiest city for the Hindus. He started on his journey with some pack lunch.

 

In those days, people who go on pilgrimage or long journeys used to take packed lunch that will last at least for a few days. On his way he saw a shady tree and a tank. So he decided to take rest and have his lunch there. First he went to wash his hands and feet in the tank. But he heard a voice, “Don’t wash your hands and feet”. He ignored the warning and went ahead with his plans. When he was about to eat he heard the voice again warning him not to eat. But his hunger did not wait for anything and so he consumed his food. While he was about to leave the place, the third warning came saying not to proceed any further and to stop.

 

The poor Brahmin stopped and asked who the person was issuing such warnings. A Brahma Rakshas appeared before him and told him his story. Brahma Rakshas means a Brahmin Ghost. If a Brahmin does not do his duty and he meets with some untimely death, then that person will become a Brahmin ghost.

This Brahmin was very greedy and possessive and so he did not teach his music to anyone in the Purva janma/ previous birth and so he became a Brahmarakshas/ ghost. He continued his story saying that he was now tormented by the bad music of a Nagaswara Vidwan in a temple just outside the forest. The ghost requested the poor Brahmin to take it to another place where he cant hear music with any bad or discordant notes (Abaswara).

 

Nagaswara= traditional music pipes in Tamil Temples

Vidwan = a musician or a scholar

 

The poor Brahmin readily agreed and asked what he would get in turn. The ghost told him that it would enter the daughter of Mysore Maharaja, King of Mysore, and wait for the Brahmin to return from Kasi/Benares. As soon as he comes into the room of King’s daughter he would run away and the king would give him a big prize. The verbal agreement was done and executed. The ghost put one condition. The Brahmin should do the ghostbusting only once and if at all he tried for the second time he would be finished.

 

After a few months, the Brahmin returned from Kasi via Mysore. He stayed there in an old woman’s house. When he asked the lady the latest news in that part of the country, the lady told the Brahmin that the king’s daughter was possessed by a ghost and not even the biggest magician or sorcerer of the land could drive it away. And the king had announced a big reward for any one driving the ghost out.  Immediately the Brahmin planned his next move.

When he went to the king the next day, the king did not have much faith in him but allowed him to try ghost busting. As soon as the poor Brahmin entered the room of king’s daughter, the Brahmarakshas recognised the Brahmin and ran away reminding him the condition (that he should not try sorcery for the second time). When the king’s daughter became a normal woman, the king was very happy and gave the Brahmin several villages and a bag of gold coins.

 

The Brahmin went home and settled happily in life. As the time went by the Brahmarakshas went to the palace of king of Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and now his daughter was possessed with this Brahmarakshas. That king also tried all the sorcerers to drive it away. When all the attempts failed, he came to know that Mysore Maharaja tried one magician and succeeded. Somehow They found out the address of this Brahmin and contacted him through Mysore Maharaja. It gave him jitters.

 

The Brahmin had to go to Thiruvananthapuram under the orders of Mysore Maharaja. He went and dragged the matter for many months without visiting the palace citing bad omens. One day he made up his mind and arranged everything for the future of the family and boldly went into the palace. He thought that it was his last day on earth.

 

He entered the room where the possessed girl was sitting. As soon as he entered the room the Brahmarakshas- Brahmin ghost- recognised him and reminded its condition. It took a big iron rod and came running to attack the Brahmin. His body was shivering but his brain worked. He shouted

“If you come near me I will call the Nagaswara Vidwan’ (of discordant note) to come here. He is waiting just outside”. The minute the ghost heard the name of the Abaswara (discordant note, out of tune) Nagaswara musician it ran away from the palace itself! The daughter of the king became normal. The king was extremely happy and gave the Brahmin a big pot of gold coins and lot of villages.

 

Even ghosts hate music with discordant notes!

Sing well or Don’t sing at all!

 

–Subham–