MAY 2021 ‘GOOD THOUGHTS’ CALENDAR; QUOTES FROM SRI RAMAKRISHNA (Post.9548)

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Post No. 9548

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HOLIDAYS AND HOLY DAYS:- May 1- May Day;14-Akshaya Trutyai, Parasurama Jayanti  and Ramzan, 17-  Shankara Jayanti, 25- Vaikasi Visakam, 26-Buddha Purnima, Lunar Eclipse and Kanchi Mahaswamikal Jayanti (Hot Summer Days- Agni Nakshatra period- 4th to 28th May)

Ekadasi –May 7, 22/23; New Moon Day/ Amavasai-11; Full Moon Day– 26;

Muhurtha Days/ auspicious Days—May 9,14,17, 23,24,28

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Following quotations are taken from ‘Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna’, published by Sri Ramakrishna Math, Mylapore, Chennai-600004. Page numbers are given after the quotations.

May 1 Saturday

You see many stars in the sky at night, but not when the sun rises. O man, because you cannot find god in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no god -page 23

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May 2 Sunday

He is born in vain, who having attained the human birth, so difficult to get, does not attempt to realise god in this very life page 23

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May 3 Monday

A man is rewarded according to his thoughts and motives page 23

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May 4 Tuesday

Man is born in this world with two tendencies—

Vidya, the tendency to follow the path of liberation and

Avidya, the leaning towards worldliness and bondage, page 23

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May 5 Wednesday

Know the One, and you will know the all. Ciphers placed after the figure 1 get the value of hundreds and of thousands , but they become valueless if you wipe out that figure. page 24

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May 6 Thursday

There are pearls in the deep sea, but you must hazard all perils to get them . So also in the quest for the Lord, if your first attempt to see Him proves fruitless, do not lose heart. Persevere in the attempt, and you are sure to realise Him at last. Page 26

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May 7 Friday

As a lamp does not burn without oil,so man cannot live without god. Page 27

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May 8 Saturday

The Union of the Jivatman with the Paramatman is like the union of the hour and the minute hands of a watch once in every hour. They are inter related and inter dependent, and though usually separate, they may become united as often as favourable opportunities arise. Page 27

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May 9 Sunday

The soul enchained is man,but when free from the chain (Maya), it is the Lord page27

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May 10 Monday

The idea of an individual ego is just like enclosing a portion of the water of the Ganges and calling the enclosed portion one’s own Ganges. Page 28

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May 11 Tuesday

The Self is not attached to anything. Pleasure, pain, sinfulness, righteousness can never affect the Self in anyway. Page 29.

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May 12 Wednesday

Men are of different natures according to the preponderance of Sattva, Raja’s or Tamas in them. Page 29

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May 13 Thursday

A Brahmana s son is no doubt a Brahmana by birth; but some of these born Brahmanas grow up into great scholars, some become priests, others turn out cooks, and still others roll themselves in the dust before courtesan s doors. Page 30

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May 14 Friday

It is true that god is even in tiger; but we must not therefore go and face the animal. It is true god dwells in the most wicked beings, but it is not proper that we should associate with them. Page 31

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May 15 Saturday

Even at the time of death the ‘bound souls’ speak of worldly matters only. A parrot may ordinarily sing the holy name of Radha- Krishna, but when it is attacked by a cat, it cries out Kang, Kang, its natural cry. Page 31.

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May 16 Sunday

A man’s rebirth is determined by what he has been thinking about just before death. Devotional practices are therefore very necessary. Page 32

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May 17 Monday

Siva and Sakti (Intelligence and Energy) are both necessary for creation. With dry clay no potter can make a pot; water is also necessary. So Siva alone cannot create without the help of Sakti. Page 33

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May 18 Tuesday

As the cloud covers the sun, so Maya hides the deity. When the cloud moves away , the sun is seen again, when Maya is removed, God becomes manifest-35

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May 19 Wednesday

The cat catches her kitten with her teeth and they are not hurt;but when a mouse is so caught,it dies. Thus Maya never kills the devotee, hough it destroys others.36

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May 20 Thursday

Woman and gold, remember, keep men immersed in worldliness and away from god.

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May 21 Friday

As the monkey sacrifices its life at the feet of the hunter, so does a man at the feet of a beautiful woman 39

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May 22 Saturday

Money can fetch you bread alone. Do not consider it as your sole end and aim. 43

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May 23 Sunday

As a piece of rope ,when burnt, retains its form,but cannot serve to bind, so is the ego which is burnt by the fire of supreme Knowledge-51

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May 24 Monday

The knowledge which purifies the mind and heart alone is true Knowledge , all else is only a negation of Knowledge .54

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May 25 Tuesday

It is easy to utter, sa,re, ga , ma , pa, dha, ni with the mouth, but it is difficult to play them on an instrument. So it is easy to talk on religion, but difficult to practise it. 55

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May 26 Wednesday

In the kingdom of God, reason, intellect and learning are of no avail. There the dumb speak, the blind see, and the deaf hear.55

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May 27 Thursday

Grantha does not always mean a holy scripture, but often it comes to mean a Granthi or a knot.56

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May 28 Friday

He alone is the true teacher who is illumined by the light of true Knowledge, page

63.

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May 29 Saturday

As water can never soak a piece of stone, so religious teachings can produce an impression on a soul in bondage page 69.

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May 30 Sunday

Water poured into an empty vessel makes a bubbling noise, but when the vessel is full, no sound is heard. Similarly the man who has not found god is full of vain disputation about his existence in nature.but who has seen him, silently enjoys the bliss Divine.

May 31 Monday

When the grace of the Almighty descends on anyone, he immediately understands his mistakes; knowing this,you should not dispute – page 58.

–subham—

 tags – May 2021, Calendar, Sri Ramakrishna, Quotations

APRIL 2021 ‘GOOD THOUGHTS’ CALENDAR (Post No.9428)

Thirty quotations from the Tamil book “Neethi Venbaa” are given in this calendar.

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Post No. 9428

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TAMIL APRIL 2021 CALENDAR

APRIL 11- NEWMOON DAY/AMAVASYAI ;26- CHITRA PURNIMA/FULLMOON DAY ; APRIL 7, 23- EKADASI FASTING DAYS

AUSPICIOUS DAYS IN AORIL -22, 25, 26, 29

APRIL – 1 NEW ACCOUNTING; 2- GOOD FRIDAY;4- EASTER SUNDAY; 12-GUDI PADWA; 13-UGADHI AND BAISAKHI; 14- TAMIL NEW YER DAY – PLAVA YEAR; VISHU; CHETI CHAND. 21- SRI RAM NAVAMI; 23- THRISSUR POORAM; 25- MAHAVIR JAYANTHI; MADURAI RATHA YATRA; 26-CHITRA POUNAMI FESTIVAL IN MADURAI

APRIL 1 THURSDAY

Mantras and medicine, God and Gurus grace, Tantra and Yantra are effective only for believers. They cease to be effective for the skeptics.

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APRIL 2 FRIDAY

Gods servant s are more powerful than god. One can bear the heat of sand but not the hot sand heated by the sun.

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APRIL 3 SATURADY

The beauty of a woman ceases with the birth of a child. The greatness of a Saint will cease the moment he seeks anything worldly.

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APRIL 4 SUNDAY

Nobody worships a blazing forest fire, but worship s only a small flame in a lamp. Though God is present everywhere , he is easily seen in the devotees of god.

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APRIL  5 MONDAY

Whatever good or bad happens to a person is due to Karma. One cannot escape them.

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APRIL 6 TUESDAY

Suns and moons rays are present everywhere. But they shine the best in the sunstone and moonstone. Likewise God is present everywhere, but is seen best in his devotees.

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APRIL 7 WEDNESDAY

Some people look like good, but they never do anything good.

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APRIL 8 THURSDAY

People who are half learned make much noise, but who are well read don’t open their mouth.

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APRIL 9 FRIDAY

If good people see bad people, they move away and don’t encounter them face to face.

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APRIL 10 SATURADY

The Vedas declare that even Vishnu and other gods have an end . We also see people dying daily on this earth. Why then do we love this body? The only way is then to worship Sankara the eternal God.

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APRIL 11 SUNDAY

Virtue which gives both intelligence and salvation, alone can make people flourish, not vice.

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APRIL  12 MONDAY

Living with a wife is better than another woman, who will hold the tail of a dog instead of a cow to cross the river.

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APRIL 13 TUESDAY

One who has enslaved his desires, will enslave the world.

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APRIL 14 WEDNESDAY

It is a sin to harm cows, brahmins, women, children, brahmins

Plan a work before you start it.

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APRIL 15 THURSDAY

Poison is in the head of a fly, sting of a scorpion, teeth of a snake, the whole body of a bad guy.

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APRIL 16 FRIDAY

Whatever spices you add to a garlic dish, still the garlic smell wont go away. Bad people also cannot be changed

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APRIL 17 SATURADY

Sweet words are liked by everyone

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APRIL 18 SUNDAY

Keep yourself safe by staying away at least 5 yards from a cow ,10 yards from a horse, 1000 yards from an elephant and run away from a bad guy till you disappear from his sight.

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APRIL  19 MONDAY

A wise enemy is like a friend. An unwise friend is like an enemy.

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APRIL 20 TUESDAY

Truth is unpalatable to many, but falsehood is sweet to all.

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APRIL 21 WEDNESDAY

The power of speech distinguishes a scholar from a fool, not the body shape.

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APRIL 22 THURSDAY

The learned alone know the greatness of the learned, not the unlearned

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APRIL 23 FRIDAY

Everyone has two eyes. The eyes are infinite to those who had performed penance and attained wisdom.

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APRIL 24 SATURADY

If hair on the head, sharp nails, white teeth are fallen no one cares for them. If esteemed men fall from their places they are not respected.

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APRIL 25 SUNDAY

But the sages are honoured even if they slipped from their places like the claws of tiger, hair of yak, and tusks of elephant s.

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APRIL  26 MONDAY

If your tongue has a sweet speech, wealth and many friends will come to you.

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APRIL 27 TUESDAY

Lotus, gold, pearls milk, honey and spicy products from animals are valued irrespective of the places they are born. Hence, does it matter where the good are born?

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APRIL 28 WEDNESDAY

The World loves a sweet voice and despises a harsh one.

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APRIL 29 THURSDAY

Women without husbands, Saints with anger, sons without mothers are useless.

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APRIL 30 FRIDAY

One who eats only once a day is a Yogi, twice eating are (Bhogi)enjoying life, thrice eating becomes Rogi/sick person and the Four times eater is a gone case.

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 tags – April 2021 Calendar, Neethi Venba, Quotations

QUOTATIONS ON INDIA (Post No.9408)

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Post No. 9408

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FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN TO SRI AUROBINDO WE HAVE BEAUTIFUL QOTATIONS ABOUT INDIA.

HERE ARE SOME QUOTES FROM SWAI VIVEKANANDA, ROMAIN ROLLAND, MARK TWAIN, WILL DURANT, COL. JAMES TODD, SYLVIAN LEVY, ALBERT EINSTEIN, SHRI AUROBINDO AND HU SHIH. IT WAS COMPILED BY RAKHAL SAHA.

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Quotations on Wealth & Goddess of Wealth (Post No.8971)

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Post No. 8971

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DECEMBER 2020 ‘GOOD THOUGHTS’ CALENDAR

FESTIVAL DAYS –  DEC.16- MARKAZI MONTH BEGINS; 25- VAIKUNDA EKADASI, CHRISTMAS; 26 BOXING DAY; 30- ARUDRA DARISANAM

FULL MOON/PURNIMA- 29; NEW MOON/AMAVASYAI- 14; EKADASI/HINDU FASTING DAYS – 11, 25; MUHURTA DINA/AUSPICIOUS DAYS –4, 10, 11.

DECEMBER 1 TUESDAY

Wealth resides in the diplomatic and the heroic Hitopadesam 3-116

DECEMBER 2 WEDNESDAY

Wealth must be acquired by righteousness by honest work. Such wealth brings virtue and happiness. Kural –754

DECEMBER 3  THURSDAY

He who serenades Lakshmi may not get her, but the one she woos

definitely will –Sakuntalam 3-12

DECEMBER  4 FRIDAY

Earn wealth with verve-Vikramorvasiya

DECEMBER 5  SATURDAY

There is nothing other than wealth which turns a man of no worth into one of great worth –Kural 751

DECEMBER 6 SUNDAY

All virtues repose in gold–Niti Sataka 41

DECEMBER 7 MONDAY

Off with money acquired not by love., grace and mercy. It is disgraceful. Hoest men throw it away. Kural 755

DECEMBER 8 TUESDAY

The goddess of fortune shuns the envious and hands them over to her elder sister, the goddess of poverty KURAL167

DECEMBER 9 WEDNESDAY

A man’s influence is itself great wealth even if he lacks riches —– Kahavatratnakar

DECEMBER 10  THURSDAY

Prosperity is indeed cruel for it annihilate s the love of one’s own– Ramayana Manjari

DECEMBER  11 FRIDAY

How can the once rich ever be subservient to the moneyed

Valmiki Ramayana 2-8-35

DECEMBER 12  SATURDAY

Great prosperity is never free of the malevolent element

Padatasadika 56-1

DECEMBER 13 SUNDAY

That by which one helps others is Lakshmi –Sanskrit proverb

DECEMBER 14 MONDAY

Wealth is an unfailing lamp that reaches wherever it is wanted and dispels darkness –Kural 753

DECEMBER 15 TUESDAY

Far more excellent is the extreme poverty of the wise than wealth obtained by heaping up of sinful deeds KURAL 657

DECEMBER 16 WEDNESDAY

Ill luck resides with the indolent and good luck of the lotus deity Lakshmi with strenuous strivers- Kural 617

DECEMBER 17  THURSDAY

Loss of wealth is due to undertaking tasks without assessing one’s ability-Sisupalavadha

DECEMBER  18 FRIDAY

The poor are scorned by all. The rich are esteemed by all– Kural 752

DECEMBER 19  SATURDAY

When the plate itself is golden, why enquire about the condiments

–Sanskrit proverb

DECEMBER 20 SUNDAY

Alas! The deceitful rob the affluent of their property—Subhasita ratnavali.

DECEMBER 21 MONDAY

Gambling is the elder sister of Lakshmi. Those who are deluded and swallowed by her, suffer grief, misery and poverty –Kural 936

DECEMBER 22 TUESDAY

Amass wealth without straining the body

Manu Smrti 4-3

DECEMBER 23 WEDNESDAY

Never make money by evil means

Such money will be snatched away by others Yuktikalpataru

DECEMBER 24  THURSDAY

Wealth earned unscrupulous ly will get wasted the same way — Kahavatratnakar

DECEMBER  25 FRIDAY

Wealth earned by one is happily enjoyed by another — Kahavatratnakar

DECEMBER 26  SATURDAY

A rag to riches man rubbishes the whole world–

SANSKRIT proverb

DECEMBER 27 SUNDAY

Wealth appears and disappears like unseasonal clouds — Katha Sarit Sagara

DECEMBER 28 MONDAY

All profits that make others weep, depart with tears. Even if lost, blessings flow from good deeds Kural 659

DECEMBER 29 TUESDAY

Whose prosperity is permanent ?–Rajatarangini

DECEMBER 30 WEDNESDAY

Neither wealth nor misfortune generally last eternally Hanuman Nataka 9-21

DECEMBER 31 THURSDAY

What is achieved by a man that has wealth is like witnessing a fight between two elephants having climbed to the top of the hill – Kural 758

JANUARY 1, 2021 FRIDAY

—-SUBHAM—

BONUS QUOTATIONS……..

Whom does not a windfall delude? — Katha Sarit Sagara

Where and when are twilight, lightning and wealth  Constant?

Wealth is extinguished by high handedness as fames by

Water—Brhat Katha Manjari

Goddess Lakshmi abandons the homeless Subhasita ratna khanda manjusa

In good times all gems come to one effortlessly—Ramayana manjari

Wealth amassed is to be enjoyed gradually. Panca Tantra  2-81

Prosperity follows the courageous — Katha Sarit Sagara

Who is not beguiled by wealth? –Subhasita Ratna Bhandagara

Usually, one in whose home wealth dwells is alone honoured

What will one, who has hidden all his riches in a hollow show –Mrhcha katikam

LAKSHMI invests her heart in none but Sri Vishnu — Brhat Katha Manjari

PROSPERITY follows the lucky – Bharata Manjari

 tags– wealth, quotations, December 2020, calendar 

—- subham—

STAR QUOTATIONS FROM THE VEDAS (Post No.8956)

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Post No. 8956

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Vedic Hindus were keen observers of the sky. They recorded all the 27+1 stars even before the world started writing in their languages. Some parts of old testament were written in 9th century BCE. Zend Avesta of Persians came around that time. Latin and Tamil literature came vey late, just 2000 years ago.

Hindus differentiated stars from the planets; stars twinkle and planets don’t. Stars maintain relative distance and remain static, but planets move. Mahabharata beautifully describe the stars as

Nakshatra means the one which does not move- says Mahabharata- na ksharati iti nakshatra-

Shanti parva 290-36.

Rig Veda says,

One of the sages went on observing  the sky day and night, says ,

The pure and alert king Varuna presents a heap in the bottomless sky above the world. The rays of light  placed inside dome come down though the source or base in above—Rig Veda  1-27-7

Atharva  Veda 13-12-17 and 20-47-14 state that

The stars run away with the night, just like the thieves, for the sun to see the world.

The suns are powerful than the moon and the earth is greater than the moon. The moon is kept in the lap of stars- RV 10-85-2 and  AV  14-1-2

Rig veda mentioned some stars out of 27 stars.

Agha-Magha and Arjuni ; Revati ; Punarvasu ; Chitra ;

Tishya .

The word

Nakshatra is used in the Rig Veda  at 1-5o-2; 10-68-11; 7-86-1

Taitriya Samhita of  Black  Yajur Veda 4-4-10  gives all the names of the stars. This means that they observed the path of moon and recorded everything even before other cultures started producing literature. Black  Yajur Veda  is dated before 1000 BCE.

Here is the list; the deity of the ‘nakshatra’ is given in the bracket-

Kritika –-Agni ,

Rohini – Prajapati ,

Mrgasirsa –Soma ,

Ardra – Rudra ,

Punarvasu- Aditi,

Tisya –  Brhaspati,

Aslesa – S arpa,

Magha- P itr

Purva Phalguni – Aryama,

Uttara Phalguni-  Bhaga,

Hasta – Savitr,

Chitra – Indra,

Svati – Vayu,

Vishaka – Indra , Agni

Anuradha – Mitra,

Jyeshta – Indra

Vichrti –  Pitr,

Purva Ashada-   Aapa,

Uttara ashada- V isve Devaah,

Srona –  Vishnu,

Svavista- Vasu,

Satabhisaja – Indra,

Purva prostapada –  Aja Ekapada ,

Uttara Prostapada –  Ahirbudhnya,

Revati-  Pusan,

Asvayujau-   Asvinau,

Apabharani-  Yama.

Knowing that moon, sun and earth are in one line they named new moon day as Amaa vasya;

Amaa means together and Vaasya means residing .

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Here are some more details from our previous posts-  

FROM OUR OLD POSTS IN THIS BLOG……………………………..

  1. Ashwini –Alpha, Beta –Aries அஸ்வினி
    2) Bharani – No 28,29,41 Taurus பரணி
    3) Krittika – Pleiades கார்த்திகை
    4) Rohini – Aldebaran Hyades, Alpha, Theta, Gama, Delta and Epsilon Taurus ரோஹிணி
    5) Mrigashirsha – Lambda, Phi 1, Phi 2, Orion மிருகசீர்ஷம்
    6) Aardraa –Betelgeaux – Alpha Orion திரு ஆதிரை
    7) Punarvasu – Castor, Pollux with Procyon Alpha, Beta, Gemini-Alpha Canis Minor respectively புனர் பூசம்
    8) Pushya – Gama, Delta and Theta of Cancer பூசம்
    9) Ashlesha – Delta, Epsilon, Eta, Rho and Zeta Hydra ஆயில்யம்
    10) Maagha – Alpha, Ela, Gama, Zeta My and Epsilon Leonis மகம்
    11) Poorva Phalkuni – Delta and Theta Leo பூரம்
    12) Utra Phalkuni – Beta and 93 Leo உத்தரம்
    13) Hasta – Delta, Gama, Eta, Virgo ஹஸ்தம்
    14) Chitraa – Spica, Alpha Virgo சித்திரை
    15) Swaati – Arcturus – Alpha Bootes ஸ்வாதி
    16) Vishaakha – Alpha, Beta etc Libra விசாகம்
    17) Anuraadha – Beta, Delta, Pi –Scorpia அனுஷம்
    18) Jyestha – Antares Alpha, Sigma Tau Scorpio கேட்டை
    19) Mula – Scorpio, tail stars மூலம்
    20) Poorvaashadaa – Delta and Epsilon Sagittarius பூராடம்
    21) Uttaraashaada – Zeta and Omicron Sagittarius உத்திராடம்
    22) Shraavanaa – Altair – Alpha Aquila திரு ஓணம்
    23) Dhanishtha – Delphinus அவிட்டம்
    24) Shatabhisak – Lambda Aquarius சதயம்
    25) Poorva Bhaadrapada – Alpha and Beta Pegasus பூரட்டாதி
    26) Uttara Bhaadrapada – Gama Pagasus and Alpha Andromeda உத்திரட்டாதி
    27) Revathi – Zeta Piscum ரேவதி

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Like we have Graha purusa and Vastu Purusa, Varahamihira gives us some information about Nakshatra Purusa:

The FEET of the stellar deity are represented by the star Mula

The LEGS by Rohini

The KNEES by Asvini

The THIGHS by two (Purva/Uttara) Asadas

The PRIVITIES by two Phalgunis (Purva/ Uttara)

The HIPS by Krittikas

The SIDES by Purva and Utthara) Bhadrapadas

The STOMACH by Revati

The BREAST by Anuradha

The BACK by Dhanista

The ARMS by Visakha

The HANDS by Hastha

The FINGERS by Punarvasu

The NAILS by Aslesa

The NECK by Jyeshata

The EARS by Sravana

The MOUTH by Pusya

The TEETH by Svati

LAUGHTER by Sathabishak

The NOSE by Magha

The EYES by Mrgasiras

The FOREHEAD by Chitra

The HEAD by Bharani and

The HAIR by Arudra

Hindus always describe Gods from Foot to Head and human beings from Head to Foot. It is seen in Sangam Tamil and more ancient Sanskrit literature.

12 signs of zodiac (12 Rasis) represent Kalapurusa (Time in the form of a Person). Likewise the 27 Nakshatras are distributed among the limbs of the Nakshatra purusa.

TAGS– 27 STARS, NAKSHATRA, QUOTATIONS, VEDAS

–SUBHAM–

TRI SANKU NAKSHATRA/ SOUTHERN CROSS IN THE SOUTH SKY

QUOTATIONS ON INDIA AND BHAGAVAD GITA (Post 5352)

Compiled by London swaminathan

Date: 22 August 2018

 

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Post No. 5352

 

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FOLLOWING TWO PAGES ARE TAKEN FROM LONDON HOLY MISSION SINDHI COMMUNITY HOUSE NEWS LETTER, AUGUEST 2018.

TWO PAGES OF QUOTATIONS ON BHAGAVAD GITA (HINDU HOLY BOOK) AND INDIA.

 

 

 

 

 

-subham-

30 Beautiful Quotations from Kalhana’s Rajatarangini( Post No.4856)

April 2018 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

COMPILED by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 27 MARCH 2018

 

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Post No. 4856

 

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Kalhana was a minister in Kashmir King Harsha’s (1089-1101) Kingdom. He wrote his epic poem in Sanskrit, Rajatarangini (River of Kings). It gives the history of Kashmir

 

FESTVAL DAYS:  APRIL 14- TAMIL NEW YEAR DAY, 18-AKSHAYA THRUTHYAI, 29- CHITRA PURNIMA, BUDDHA PURNIMA

APRIL 1– EASTER DAY, 2-EASTER MONDAY

 

EKADASI/ HINDU FASTING DAYS- 12 and 26

 

AMAVASYAI/ NEW MOON- 15

 

FULL MOON DAY/ PURNIMA- 29
Auspicious Days in APRIL-  5, 20, 22,25, 27

 

In the past three years, hundreds of quotations are given in both Tamil and English monthly calendars in my blog. Please use them

 

April 1 Sunday

Opportunity
A lost opportunity is considered equivalent to the three worlds. RAJATARANGINI 8-2457
April 2 Monday
Opposition
By going against a stream, one cannot succeed in accomplishing a matter which takes away what comes in its wake like the current of a river 8-3010
April 3 Tuesday
Passion
In the cases of the hearts of a king, a crystal and an unchaste woman, in the absence of their constant companions, there enters a passion for another. 6-33
April 4 Wednesday
People
An enterprise if crowned with success is not equally condemned by the people for they  hardly think whether or not it was justified by its relevant conditions 7-1422

 

April 5 Thursday
Perversity
In the ways of the creator, perversity is shown indeed 8-1275


April 6 Friday
Pity
There is none, who has not a good plan but its execution is neglected. Every one may know how to use a dart but rare is one who has the aim for it. 8-1529
April 7 Saturday
Plot
Whoever devises a plot to harm others certainly ruins himself from that same plot. Fire produces smoke which blinds the eyes. After turning into a cloud, it extinguishes the very fire by its torrential rain 4-125

 

April 8 Sunday
Poet
If the poet didn’t perceive what he is to reveal to all men, what other proof would there be of his divinity 1-5

April 9 Monday
Polity
Every one is aware of polity but few know its practical application 8-1529

April 10 Tuesday
Possession
As possessions are controlled by fate, the pride of foolish people in their family greatness is vain and false 7-206


April 11 Wednesday
Promotion
No metals can break a diamond and stone dykes can withstand the waters, but against the wicked, nothing is proof 6-273
April 12 Thursday
Prosperity
Men of small merits hardly survive long in their good fortune 8-1999
April 13 Friday
Proximity
The heat of summer becomes severe when rains approach and nights darkness when the dawn is close. Likewise, when extraordinary good fortune of surpassing glory dawn s for a person, receding Ill-luck accelerates the violence of its woes. 7-795

April 14 Saturday
Prudence
What wrath recommended, prudence forbade. 8-1359
April 15 Sunday
Reality
Can a lion in a picture emulate the activities of the real one? 7-60

 


April 16 Monday
Refuge
When the dignity of honourable men is outraged by a slight which cannot be remedied, their minds are tormented. What other refuge can they have except death? 6-278
April 17 Tuesday
Refuge
What refuge other than death is possible now? To us, who have forsaken the battle, even that is not possible. 7-847
April 18 Wednesday
Regret
It is futile to regret what one has done, right or wrong. 7-502

 
April 19 Thursday
Remedy
Against sedition there is no remedy 7-913
April 20 Friday

Splendour
The splendour which clings to men who shine for a brief moment like stars, passes away like a short summer night.7-133

 

 
April 21 Saturday
Retribution
That the clouds send down on the trees rain as well as lightning is the consequence of retribution for good or evil actions of a former existence. 7-342

April 22 Sunday
Riches
The rivulets waxing powerful feed the earth at its roots from the heavens showers fall and from all sides through the mouths of the channels the water courses through, filling a tank during the rainy season. When good fortune smiles, why will not riches come in hundred ways? 7-505

 

April 23 Monday
Scruples
Those who long for the acquisition of wealth have truly no dislike for evil practices 8-1099
April 24 Tuesday
Self- respect
The renunciation of self -respect cannot be eradicated even by a sage. 7-238

April 25 Wednesday
Self -respect
Men of honour should never break the great word of keeping their self -respect. 7-329

April 26 Thursday

Spark
One who clasps a spark mistaking it for a gem only burns his fingers. 4-299

April 27 Friday
Servant
A servant not trusted at a critical moment, brings disaster on his master like a hand sword in a struggle. 7-1160
April 28 Saturday
Service
In truth the service of the kings is more dangerous than the raising of a demon, the leap over a precipice, the chewing of poison or fondling of a snake 8-2187

 

April 29 Sunday
Skill
Even a little mischief, if repeated without skill, breaks out again and again through a hundred openings just as an old piece of cloth as when stitched with a needle.
7-849
April 30 Monday
Sleep
Sleep ,like a sweet heart left me in a huff and went somewhere far away. The night, like land bestowed on an unworthy person, is not yet over. 3-181

–SUBHAM–

31 Quotations from Tirukkural of Tiruvalluvar (Post No.4438)

Written by London Swaminathan 

 

Date: 27 NOVEMBER 2017 

 

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Post No. 4438

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December 2017 ‘Good Thoughts’ Calendar

31 Quotations from Tamil Veda Tirukkural of Tiruvalluvar, Great Tamil Poet.

 

Important Days- 2-Kartikai Deepam; 11-Bharati’s Birth Day; 25-Christmas; 29- Vaikunda Ekadasi

Auspicious Days- 7, 13

Ekadasi Fasting Days- 13, 29.

New Moon/amavasyai-17/18

Full Moon/ Purnima- 3

December 1 Friday

Just Rule: The world clings to the feet of the great leader who wields his sceptre with love for his subjects (Kural 541)

December 2 Saturday

Miracle: Rains and harvests are rich in the land ruled by the righteous sceptre of an able leader (Kural 545)

December 3 Sunday

Vigilance: He who is not forearmed against coming danger, shall repent his fault at the end (535)

December 4 Monday

Success: Concentrate the mind upon what you want to achieve; it becomes easy then to attain (540)

December 5 Tuesday

Sharing with Kith and Kin: The crow invites its kind to share its prey without concealing it; fortune abides only with men of a similar nature (527)

 

December 6 Wednesday

Employing: Entrust affairs to men of four virtues: loyalty, intelligence, clear vision and non-craving (513)

December 7 Thursday

Suspicion: Fortune forsakes the leader who suspects the loyalty of him that endeavours to carry out a design (kural 519).

 

December 8 Friday

Selecting and Entrusting: Apply four tests in choosing genuine officers:Virtue, wealth, pleasure and fear of death (501)

 

December 9 Saturday

Greatness: A man’s deeds are the touch stone of his greatness and littleness (505)

December 10 Sunday

TRUST: Never trust a man without testing him; when the test is over, decide what you can entrust him with (Kural 509)

 

December 11 Monday

Crocodile Tactics: In deep waters the crocodile overpowers all; out of waters, others overpower it. (495)

December 12 Tuesday

Elephant and Fox (BE TACTFUL) : A fierce elephant that has faced lancers, can be foiled by a fox, if it is stuck in a marshy grounds (Kural 500)

December 13 Wednesday

TACTIS: The sea sailing ship cannot move on land. The strong wheeled high chariot cannot run on water (Kural 496)

December 14 Thursday

Time of Action: The crow defeats the owl during daytime. The leader seeks right time to quell the enemy (481)

December 15 Friday

Right Time: One can even win the world if he chooses the proper place and acts in the right hour (484)

 

December 16 Saturday

Time and Ram: The quiescence of a strong man is like the step back of a fighting ram before charging (Kural 486)

December 17 Sunday

Heron and Time: In adverse time feign peace and wait like a heron; strike like its peck when the time is opportune (490)

December 18 Monday

Overloading (FORETHOUGHT): The axle of an over loaded cart breaks by adding even a gentle peacock’s feather (475)

December 19 Tuesday

Thrift (SAVE THE MONEY): His amassed wealth will quickly vanish who lavishes it without thrift, upon needless things (480)

December 20 Wednesday

To be or Not to be (TAKE DECISIVE ACTION, DON’T DELAY): It is ruinous to do what should not be done; and ruinous also to omit what should be done (466)

 

December 21 Thursday

Have Good Company:-Purity of heart and purity of action both come from good company (455)

 

December 22 Friday

Greatmen:-The leader who has worthy friends and acts ably, has nothing to fear from terrible enemies (Kural 446)

December 23 Saturday

Supporters:-There is no profit without capital; there is no stability for a leader without strong supporters (449)

December 24 Sunday

Self-Introspection: Let a man cure his faults and then scan others’. Who then can find fault with him? (Kural 436)

December 25 Monday

Boasting: Never extol yourself in any mood nor do any act that is good for nothing (439)

 

December 26 Tuesday

Wisdom: Wisdom is a weapon which defends against decline; it is the inner fortress that baffles the enemy’s entry (421)

December 27 Wednesday

Do in Rome as Romans do:- To live in conformity with the world is wisdom (426)

December 28 Thursday

Listen:- Listen to whatever is good, however little; little as it may be, it will bring you much greatness.

 

December 29 Friday

Depression:- Though a man has no learning, let him listen; like a staff , it will support him in his depression

December 30 Saturday

Wise discourses: Polite speech is difficult for those who do not listen to wise discourses (419)

 

December 31 Sunday

Lady without breasts: The unlettered man aspiring to speak (in public platforms) is like a lady without her two breasts courting love. (Tirukkural couplet 402)

January First 2018 Monday- HAPPY NEW YEAR

–Subham–

 

Great Men Praise Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar and Tamil Veda Tirukkural! (Post No.4152)

Compiled by London Swaminathan

 

Date: 12 August 2017

 

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Post No. 4152

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Great Men Praise Tamil Poet Tiruvalluvar and Tamil Veda Tirukkural! (Post No.4152)

TIRUVALLUVAR TEMPLE IN MYLAPORE, CHENNAI

Tirukkural, written by Tamil Poet Tiruvaluvar, is considered as the Tamil Veda. It consists of 1330 aphorisms grouped into 133 chapters of ten couplets each. These fall into three sections Dharma (virtue), Artha (wealth) and Kama (love).

 

Tirukkural literally means a ‘book of sacred couplets’

We can ungrudgingly compare it to the Confucian Analects, Plato’s Dialogue and Aristotle’s Ethics. Western scholars who have scrutinised it in translation are unquestionably impressed by its universal content and appeal.

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Tirukkural is neither a scripture nor an epic, but an extraordinary treatise on the art of living, which delves deep into the unshifting foundations of human life and attempts to provide guidelines, not for the society in general but for the individuals – the ascetic, the family member, the father, the son, the ruler, the minister, the ambassador, and in general to the individuals in society with responsibilities to themselves and others  — Dr V C Kulandaiswamy

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“There hardly exists in the literatures of the world a book of such lofty maxims”- Albert Schweitzer

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M.Ariel (Journal Asiatique-1848)

“The Kural is the masterpiece of Tamil literature:- one of the highest and purest expressions of human thought.”

 

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Dr Graul (1856)

“No translation can convey an idea of its charming effect. It is truly apple of gold in a net work of silver.”

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Dr G.U. Pope (1886)

“The Kural owes much of its popularity to its exquisite poetic form. The brevity rendered necessary by the form gives an oracular effect to the utterances of the great Tamil ‘Master of Sentences’. They are the choicest of the moral epigrams. Their resemblance to gnomic poetry of Greece is remarkable as to their subjects, their sentiments, and the state of society when they were uttered. Something of the same kind is found in Greek epigrams, in Martial and Latin elegiac verse. There is a beauty in the periodic character of the Tamil construction in many of these verses that reminds the reader of the happiest efforts of Propertius”.

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Dr Barth (Religions of India)

“The Kural is that admirable collection of stanzas in the Tamil language, which is instinct with the purest and most elevated religious emotion……………………… What philosophy he teaches seems to be of the eclectic school as represented by the Bhagavt Geeta.”

 

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Frederic Pincott

“There are two books in India which have taken entire possession of the hears and minds of the people; the first of these is the Ramayana of Tulsidas, which is known to every peer and peasant in Northern India, and the other is the Kural of Thiruvalluvar which is equally well-known throughout the South of the Indian Peninsula. The authors of both these works were essentially moralists and monotheists, and their poems have moulded the characters and guided the lives of many generations of their countrymen.

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Rev.Elijah Hoole D.D.

“Some of the sayings (of Cural) are probabaly as old as the earliest writings of the Old Testament. The Cural of Tiruvalluvar is a poetic work on morals, of great merit as literary performance”

 

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Rev.W .H.Drew (1840)

“Called the first of works, from which, whether for thought or language, there is no appeal, the Cural has a strong claim on our attention as a part of the literature of the country, and as a work of intrinsic excellence”.

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Rev. E.J. Robinson

“We may regard Valluvar… as Tamil Solomons, Ezras or Tuppers, who collected and arranged the ‘proverbial philosophy’ of primitive times”.

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G.U. POPE’S POEM ON TIRUVALLUVAR

‘’Sage Valluvar, priest of the lowly clan,
No tongue repeats, no speech reveals thy name;
Yet, all things changing, dieth not thy fame
For thou art bard of universal man;

And still thy ‘book’ above the waters wan’
Virtue, true wealth, and joy, and being’s aim,
In sweetest mystic couplets doth proclaim
Where winds sea-wafted palmy forests fan.

Haply undreamed of ‘visions’ glad thine eyes
In reals beyond thy fabled ‘seven fold birth’,
And clouds of darkness from thy spirit roll;

While lands far off have heard with strange surprise
Faint echoes of thy song. Though all the earth
Men hail thee brother, seer of spotless soul’’
—Written by Dr G.U. Pope

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Tirukkural Commentaries

Tradition says that there were ten commentaries on the Kural in medieval times. Of these only five have been bought to light, namely those of Parimel alagar, Manakkudavar, Kalingar, Parithiyar and Paripperumal. Parmellagar was the most popular and authoritative commentary on the book. He was a native of Kanchi, where he lived and taught about 600 years ago. His style is almost as terse and vigorous as the original and all students of Kural are greatly indebted to him for his clear and convincing exposition of the couplets. His criticisms of the various readings current in his day are incisive and dignified.

Manakkudavar differs from him in many places and he often adopts a different renderings of the same text.

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Tiruvalluvar’s Age

Tiruvalluvar hailed from Mylapore in Chennai and he lived at least 1500 years ago. Though the Tamil Nadu government publications place him around 31 BCE, linguistically he can be placed in the fourth or fifth century CE only. His style, language and grammatical constructions show him that he lived in the post- Sangam age. Sangam Age covers the first three centuries of modern era.

–Subham—

 

QUOTES ON CONCENTRATION (Post No.4119)

Compiled  by S NAGARAJAN

 

Date: 2 August 2017

 

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Post No.4119

 

 

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Without Concentration nobody could achieve anything.

Here are the best quotes on Concentration.

 

  • The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: Concentration, Discrimination, Organization, Innovation and Communication.

Harold S. Geneen

  • (To) have one’s ideas exclusively focused on one central interest

– Sigmund Freud

 

  • What does it take to be a champion? Desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win.

Patty Berg

 

  • Beware of dissipating your powers, strive constantly to

concentrate them.

Johann W. Von Gothe

 

 

  • When you want a thing deeply, earnestly and intensely, this feeling of desire reinforces your will and arouses in you the determination to work for the desired object. When you have a distinct purpose in view, your work becomes of absorbing interest. You bend your best powers to it; you give it concentrated attention; you think of little else than the realization of this purpose; your will is stimulated into unusual activity, and as a consequence you do your work with an increasing sense of power.

Grenville Kleiser

 

  • Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Andrew Carnegie

 

  • When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.

Michael Le Boeuf

  • I have admired two principles. The first one is to train hard and get into the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight.

Rocky Marciano

 

9) Concentration of the mind is in a way common to both Knowledge and Yoga. Yoga aims at union of the individual with the universal, the Reality. This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now, and it does exist.

Ramana Maharshi

 

10) The first law of success in this day, when so many things are clamoring for attention, is concentration – to bend all the energies to one point, and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor to the left.

 

William Matthews
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