Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 1 JUNE 2018


Time uploaded in London – 13-25


Post No. 5067


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The following anecdote is the proof; I will narrate it very briefly.


A newly married couple enjoyed their life for the first one year and there came a thorn in the beautiful rose plant- that is the mother in law thorn! The thorn became sharper and stronger every time the husband called his wire @  Hi, Honey!”.


Mother in law was boiling when he heard her son saying, ‘Hi Honey I have never tasted such a tasty food in my life’ (about her cooking). Now the jealousy mother in law was fed with more fuel. She used all that fuel to torture her daughter in law. Every evening when her son came back from the office she boy’s mother submitted a list of the ‘crimes’ she did on that day; but he never listened to them; just ignored his mother.

In the meantime, the torture of mother in law went beyond the tolerance level and so the daughter in law approached a spiritual Guru. Guru listened to her patiently and said to her,

“This is no problem; I have solved lot of cases like yours. I will give a bottle of medicine. But keep it away from children; it is a slow killing poison; it will solve the problem in nine months; just add one drop of this medicine to her favourite food. and it is absolutely free. You may come to my Ashram whenever you need my help”.


She was very happy and literally snatched the medicine from the Guru and was about to rush outside. Guru called her and said to her there two important conditions which she must strictly follow them:

  1. She must prostrate to her Mother in Law every morning and cook her favourite dish

2.She must ask her the favourite dish and then cook it.

Guru told her to pretend like a very kind and caring person so that mother in law wont suspect her. Daughter in law said to swamiji:-


“Guru! you don’t need to worry about me. I have been watching  lot of T V Serials and films; So I can easily act like a good girl.”


Months went by. The mother in law started praising her sky high to every one who visited the house. Friends of the daughter in law phoned her and asked about the secret potion which made her mother in law soft. But she did not tell anyone the 9 month project.

One day mother in law called her daughter in law and praised her as ‘Maha Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth)’, most beautiful girl she ever saw and her son was lucky to get her. She also whispered into her ear that she asked her son to give her a diamond necklace very soon. She sent her old jewellery for recycling into a diamond necklace.

Now the daughter in aw felt very guilty for mixing the slow killing poison in her food. Next day she ran to Guru’s ashram and started talking. Guru interrupted, “I knew everything; the medicine is working very well; she will have to wait for a few more months to finish her off”.


But the girl said, No, Guruji, I don’t want to kill my mother in law.

Guu said to her that he cant stop it half way through. It would create more problems for her, because the poison has already started working. When she felt sad, Guru promised her to give her a better medicine which will make her happier and take away her guilt after ‘project mother in law’ finish . Half heartedly she went back.

In course of time, she got her diamond necklace  and there was a big function to celebrate her birth day—it was a surprise party!


Now she felt guiltier. Next day she ran to her Guru and told him in stronger terms. She even threated the Guru that if he did not stop the slow killing poison she would commit suicide on the day her mother in law dies and both the sins would come to the Guru.

As soon as the Guru heard this, he burst into laughter.- Big laughter- It went through the roof. And he said

Hello, my girl! your mother in law will never die; she will for long. The medicine—the slow killing poison- was nothing but sugar syrup. The real medicine was given to you (the girl)  in the form of two conditions to prostrate to mother in law every morning and cook her favourite dish. Actually, that was the medicine which worked very well”. Saying this, Guru gave her Kunkum, flowers and blessings to her.

Tears of Joy rolled over her cheek. She couldn’t speak a single word.

Be the change you wish to see in others- Mahatma Gandhi.

( This story was told by Mr M K Angajan in a spiritual talk held yesterday in London; I have given it in my words)



Written by London Swaminathan 


Date: 16 NOVEMBER 2017


Time uploaded in London- 21-09



Post No. 4402

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Manu said that if anyone can recite the Rig Veda, even if he destroys the three worlds, he incurs no sin!

Buddha said that even if a Brahmin killed a king, his father and mother, he incurs no sin! It may look strange. But one must read between the lines.


What is the message they want to give us?

A true Brahmin who has mastered Rig veda can’t think of anything like hurting anyone; leave alone destroying the three worlds.

A true Brahmin, according to Buddha, is equal to a saint, i.e. one with saintly virtues. So, he can’t think of hurting anyone.


Tamil poet Tiru Valluvar also said that “A Brahmin is kind to all creatures” (Kural 30)



“A Brahmin by retaining Rig Veda (RV) in his memory incurs no guilt, though he should destroy the three worlds”– 11-261

Manu on the Veda

“The Veda is the eternal eye of the ancestors, gods and humans; the teachings of the Veda are impossible to master and impossible to measure; this is an established fact”–Manu 12-94

The same verse is translated by Monier Williams as follows:-

“The Veda is of patriarchs and men

And even of gods, a very eye eternal

Giving unerring light; it is beyond

All finite faculties, nor can be proved

By force of human argument—this is

A positive conclusion”–  Manu 12-94



Buddha Says:–


“And a saint, a Brahmin, is pure from past sins; even if he had killed his father and mother, had murdered two noble kings, and had ravaged a whole kingdom and its people”

–Buddha in Dhammapada, Sloka 294


Because he has put away evil, he is called a Brahmin; because he lives in peace, he is called a ‘samana’; because he leaves all sins behind, he is called a ‘Pabbajita’, a pilgrim.

–Buddha in Dhammapada, Sloka 388

Ons should never hurt a Brahmin; and a Brahmin should never return evil for evil

–Buddha in Dhammapada, Sloka 389


It is important that we should never quote anything out of context; more important is that we should understand the meaning behind the words.

Foreigners who quoted Vedic hymns always used them out of context and took literary meaning. So we must be careful when we read anything written by foreign and non-Hindu hands.

–Subham, Subham-

Why did a Tamil King Kill 1000 Goldsmiths? (Post No.3821)

Written by London swaminathan


Date: 15 APRIL 2017


Time uploaded in London:- 15-59


Post No. 3821


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Silappadikaram, the Tamil epic, is the story about Kannaki and Kovalan (The details of the story are given at the end of this post).

Matalan, the Brahmin, is a link in the story. He plays a key role and fills the gaps in the story. He advised the mighty king Cheran Senguttuvan about the good things in life (Dharma).


In the Nirpataik (Chapter) Kaathai of the epic he gives some important details:-

While King Senguttuvan was sitting on the throne, the Brahmana Matalan appeared before him and said:

“Long live the King! After going around the Potiyil Hills, sacred to the great sage (Agastya) and bathing in the famous ghat of Kumari, I was returning, when, as if impelled by fate, I went into Madura belonging to far-famed Tennavan (Pandya King) of the sharp sword.


There when Matari heard that beautiful (Kannaki) had defeated the Pandyan king of the mighty army with her anklet, she proclaimed in the Taateru manram (common meeting place of the cowherds and cowherdesses, and was generally under a tree):-

“O people of the cowherd community! Kovalan had done no wrong; it is the king who has erred; I have lost her to whom I gave refuge. Have the king’s umbrella and the sceptre fallen from the righteous path?”  With these words, she (Matari) threw herself into the burning flames in the dead of night.

Kavunti, distinguished for her penance, took a vow to die of starvation and thus gave up her life.

I heard in full detail all this and also of the devastation that over took the great city of Madurai ruled by the Pandyan of the golden car. Overcome by this I went back to my native place (KaveriPumpattinam, Port city of Chozas) and leant that Kovalan’s father distributed all his wealth in charity and entered Indra Viharas/Buddhist temple and practised penance. Kovalan’s mother died of pity. Kannaki’s father also gave away his wealth in religious gifts and adopted Dharma in the presence of Ajhivakas. His wife gave up her good life within a few days ( of Kovalan’s execution , followed by the death of Pandya King and Queen and Kannaki burning Madurai city).


The lady Matavi (courtesan), shorn of her hair with the flower wreaths therein, entered the Buddha Vihara and received the holy instruction. She told her mother that her daughter should not become a courtesan.


Brahmin Matalan continued………….

“These people died because, they heard this news from me, therefore I come to bathe in the holy waters of the Ganges (In order to purify myself). Long live you, O King of Kings!


When Matalan gave the king the tragic news about Kannaki’s parents, Kovalan’s parents, Cowherd woman Matari, Jain woman saint Kavunti and courtesan Matavi, the mighty lord of the Cheras, asked Matalan:


“May I hear what happened in the highly flourishing Pandya Kingdom after the king’s death?”

Matalan said,

“May you long live, King of the great world! You destroyed in a single day nine umbrellas of nine kings, who joined together in an alliance against your brother in law Killi valavan.

Human Sacrifice of 1000 people!


“The victorious (Pandya king) Ver Chezian residing at Korkai (Port City of the Pandyas), offered a human sacrifice of one thousand goldsmiths in a day to divine Pattini (chaste woman) who had twisted off one of her breasts (with which Kannaki burnt Madurai city).

“And when ancient Maduria lost her glory and was chafing in untold trouble owing to royal injustice, this Pandyan prince of the lunar line (Chandra vamsa) which was celebrated for the exemplary way in which it gave protection to the people of the southern regions, mounted in succession the royal throne of Madura, like the (sun) mounting in the morning, with his rays crimson, the divine chariot with the single wheel, yoked to seven horses with tiny bells attached to its necks. May the king of our land live for all time protecting the world from aeon to aeon; live he in fame.”


Thus, from the Brahmin Matalan we come to know the fate of cowherdess Matari, Jain woman saint Kavunti, Courtesan Matavi, Parents of Kannaki and Kovlan and the human sacrifice of 1000 goldsmiths.


Silappadikaram Story:–


Silappathikaram is the earliest among the available Tamil epics. It was written by a poet cum prince Ilango. The story of the epic is as follows:-

Kannaki and Kovalan were the daughter and son of wealthy merchants of the port city Kaveri Pumpattinam of Choza kingdom . Both of them were married  and before long Kovalan fell into the spell of courtesan Matavi. But Kannaki was a faithful wife and received Kovalan wholeheartedly when he came back to her. They wanted to start a new life away from their home town and so they travelled to the renowned city of the Pandyas, Madurai.


Kannaki came to Madurai along with her husband Kovalan to sell her anklet and start a new life. But, her husband was unjustly accused of stealing the anklet of the Queen by a GOLDSMITH and was killed under the orders of the Pandya King. To prove the innocence of her husband, and expose the heinous crime of the Great Pandya King, Kannaki went to his court with one of her anklets. She accused the Pandya King of having ordered the death of her husband without conducting proper trial. The Pandya Queen’s anklet had pearls whereas the anklet of Kannaki had gems inside. She broke her anklet in the presence of the king and proved that her husband Kovalan was not guilty. Immediately Pandya King and Queen died, probably of massive heart attack.

Image of Kannaki and Kovalan

Afterwards Kannaki burnt the city by twisting one off her breasts and throwing it in the streets of Madurai City , Capital of the Pandya Kingdom, sparing the elderly, invalids, children, Brahmins and women. In other words, all the bad people were burnt alive. Later she went to Chera Nadu (present Kerala in South India) and ascended to Heaven in the Pushpaka Vimana/ pilotless airplane, that came from the Heaven. When the Chera King Senguttuvan heard about it from the forest tribes who witnessed her ascension, he decided to go to Holy Himalayas to take a stone and bathe it in the holy Ganges and then carve a statue out of it for Kannaki. King Senguttuvan’s brother Ilango composed the Silappadikaram giving all the details about the chaste woman/Patni Kannaki. Though the incidents happened in the second century CE, the epic in its current form is from the fourth or fifth century CE (Post Sangam Period).