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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Panchayatana puja

sir i want to know about panchayadhana pooja.
What are the moorthams to b placed on that.
please clear my query

Manikandan, Chennai

Panchayatana puja is the
system of worship which was most common in every Brahmin house till few decades ago.

The Panchayatana is a system which consists of
the worship of five deities:
"Adityam Ambikaam Vishnum Gananaatam Maheswaram"

Aditya is Surya; Ambika is Devi; Vishnu is
Narayana; Gananaatham is Ganesha, Mahesvara is shiva.
These five are the great divine force whom every householder worships as pancha devata puja.

Based on the tradition
followed by the family, one of these deities is kept in the center and the other four surround it and worship is offered to all the deities.

Adhi Shankara systemetised the Sanatana Dharma(Hinduism) and classified it into broad Six categories.

Shaiva - with Shiva as the Presiding deity
Vaishnava - with Vishnu as the Presiding deity
Shaktha - with Devi as the Presiding deity
Ganapatya - with Ganesha as the Presiding deity
Kaumara - with Subramanya as the Presiding deity
SoWra - with Surya (planets) as the Presiding deity

People mistake that Shri Shankara actually started this Panchayatana puja system - which is wrong. Deva Puja and Archana is one of the most important duties imposed by the Shastras. The Shastras are filled with details of the Panchayatana puja details and Shankra only prescribed us to follow it without fail..

The panchayatana scheme represent the five elements:

AkAshasyAdhipo viShNuH agneshchaiva maheshvarI |
vAyoH sUryaH kShiterIshaH jIvanasya gaNAdhipaH ||

Akasha : Space : Vishnu
Vahni : Fire : AmbikA
Vayu : Air : Aditya
kShiti : Earth : Shiva
Jala : Water : Ganapati

All the five deities are not Panchaloka or any other metal idols; But these five are represented by small natural stones found in various parts of Bharatha Desham.

Deity Stone River Place

Ganesha Red Sonabhadra Sone Bihar
Surya Crystal Vallam Tamil Nadu (Tanjavur)
Vishnu Saligrama Gandaki Nepal
Shiva Bana Linga Narmada Madhya Pradesh
Ambika Swarna Mukhi Swarnamukhi Andra Pradesh

The image of that particular devata is kept in the centre, surrounded by the other gods.
If he is a devotee of Vishnu, he places the idol of Vishnu in the centre with the other idols surrounding it. If he is a devotee of Lord shiva, a lingam is placed in the middle with the other images around it. If he is a devotee of Suryanarayana, he has a sphatika as the central object of worship.

The positioning in the panchayatana poojas are as follows:

Shiva Panchayatana Puja
  • Shiva at the center
  • Aditya at Southeast
  • Gananatha at Southwest
  • Ambika at Northwest and
  • Vishnu at the Northeast.

Ganapathy Panchayatana Puja
  • Ganapathy at the center
  • Vishnu at Northeast
  • shiva at Southeast
  • Adithya Southwest and
  • Ambal at Northwest

Vishnu Panchayatana Puja
  • Vishnu at center
  • shiva at Northeast
  • Ganapathy at Southeast
  • Adithya at Southwest and
  • Ambal at Northwest

Ambal Panchayatana Puja
  • Ambal at center,
  • Vishnu at Northeast,
  • shiva at Southeast,
  • Ganapathy at Southwest and
  • Adithya at Northwest
Adithya Panchayatana Puja
  • Adithya at center,
  • shiva at Northeast,
  • Ganapathy at Southeast,
  • Vishnu at Southwest,
  • Ambal at Northwest
Along with this people worshipping Subramanya will include Him in the form of a (silver) Snake or Vel (spear)

shaiva ca vaiShNavam shaaktam sauram vainaayakam tathaa .
skaandam ca bhaktimaargasya darshanaani Shadeva hi ..

I can surely say - till panchayatana puja was strictly followed in our country we were really flourishing. Though the technical advancements were not present people were peaceful, satisfied and happy.

Only when this Panchayatana stopped during english invasion- we began to loose our glory- happiness, mental peace and everything.

Panchayatana Puja is a systematic procedure which involves physical and mental discipline, requires inner and outer cleanliness. This - when done systematically will surely bring the progress in the material world and the final truth - awareness of the true Self. By following it, one obtains the Lord’s Anugraha, without
which liberation is not possible.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Iron Vilakku for God Sani


In home can we lit valluku with oil in Iron vallaku for God Sani?


Materials made of iron are generally prohibited in puja. Iron not only has a negative energy but also absorbs the positive vibrations in the temple / puja room. Thats the reason we dont find any puja materials in iron.(This includes Stainless steel - but people may not accept my view - just because they dont want to loose their convenience)

Lighitng a deepa is a good pariharam for Shani Bagawan - but that will be more effective if it is done at a temple premises. (Only when you dont have any temple nearby, you can opt to light the lamp at your place)

If you are lighting the lamp for Shani Graha Preethi - you can use a simple clay lamp (Man agal vilakku) and use Sesame oil (Nallennai) and feed the crows . This will do...

Worshiping Anchaneya and Lord Ayyappa (especially on Saturdays) is also a remedial measure to please Shaneeshwara and get out of troubles

Swamy Sharanam
Aravind Subramanyam

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sastha – the Lord of the Vedhas

      Sastha – the Lord of the Vedhas

The Vedas declare the nature of the Supreme Truth in many ways. Sometimes they call It Brahman (the great and glorious essence);

other times they call it Sat (Being); still other times they call it Purusha, other times Vishnu, Rudra, Atma, Paramaatma, etc. How are we to reconcile all these various names? Surely they all refer to one Supreme, as the Vedas declare that there is only one Supreme Cause -- ekam eva advitIyam.

It is beyond doubt that Lord Maha Sastha is the Supreme Being described in the Vedas.

Fortunately, the Vedas themselves offer a reconciliation of all these names, contained in the various Upanishads and even in the text of the Veda proper. In the Purusha Sukta, found in all four Vedas, the Supreme Brahman is described as the being who exists everywhere. This most important Vedic hymn praises the transcendental "cosmic man" – the Parama Purusha, the personification of the all-pervading Brahman- who is none other than “Sastha”

There are even more direct Veda vaakyas on our Lord Sastha.

In the Yajur Veda, we see for example,

“Sastha adhipathir vo asthu” - (Sastha is the ultimate ruler), a reference to the supremacy of Sastha over every being.

The Maithrayini Upanishad Says

“Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Sastha, Pranava and Brahman – is one and the Same”.

The Kalagni Rudropanishad calls Shiva as “Sarva Sastha”

These Veda vaakyas clearly spell out the principle that the concept of Sastha encompasses all other deities. Even otherwise, the meaning of the word “Sastha”has perhaps the deepest philosophical significance of any name of God, over and above even the terms Vishnu, Siva, Brahma, Indra, etc. The latter terms respectively mean “pervader”, ``pure'', ``great'', and ``king'', and are applicable to any number of things, including the individual self. However, Sastha means ``One who rules all the creatures'', which by implication can only refer to the Supreme.

Though the Sastha temple at the holy Sabari hills is very famous, it is to be noted that there are innumerable Sastha shrines throughout the country. Sastha is not only the Lord who is in Sabarimalai… Infact Lord Sastha is the actual source for Ayyappa incarnation..

Lord Sastha is the Primary force; He has two consorts – Poorna and Pushkala. Sastha has taken eight divine incarnations for His divine missions. Out of his eight incarnations, the most popular avathara or incarnation is stationed at Sabari hills as Ayyappa (as brahmachari or bachelor).

But Maha Sastha as a principal force, resides in his abode as Poorna Pushkala Sahitha Hariharaputra. Even during the Vedhic age when deities were worshipped only through fire, Sastha had a significant position and was worshipped in stone idols. The Vedhic seers (rishis) who lived in dense forest had Sastha as their ishta devata and that is reason we find numerous Sastha shrines in the forest area today.

Thus, Sastha’s worship who is the Supreme Lord of the Vedhas will bestow health, wealth and all the good things in life one can desire... and also grant moksha after the life.

It is to be noted that that Lord Hariharaputra is the most celebrated Lord among the Vedhic community of Brahmins. He is the Ishta devata, Para devata and Kula devata of them. During the magnificent Sastha Preethi celebrations held at every nook and corner of the world today, one can witness the significant role of the Vedhas in the rituals.

Sastha is called “Vipra pooja” – one who is worshipped by the Vedhic Scholars.

All our saints and ancestors have stated unambiguously that in Kaliyuga, Sastha’s worship is the only way of salvation.

“Kalau Sasthru Vinayakau”- Sastha is the only master in Kali

It is true that the Vedas themselves often praise other gods. However, it should be understood that that the personality to which the vaakyas refer is only Maha Sastha – the ultimate divine force.

Among the most important duties of Vedhic Bramins, the Vedhic Yagnas stands first. Vedic yajnas such as Vajapeya, Pashubhanda, Jyotistoma, Ashwamedha are well known. Out of the forty samskaras a human has to perform, these Vedhic yagnas are to be done at least once in a lifetime. This is of top-most value in the life of every householder. Whatever he gets from his farms, from his trade and commerce, whatever he earns from his job, must be shared with other members of universe.

If one observes the Hariharaputra Sahasranama carefully, it will be evident that Sastha is explicitly described as the Lord who gives the fruit of these Vedhic yagnas.

Namas which clearly explains the Vedhic yagnas which are not to be found even with the famous Vishnu, Shiva or Lalitha Sahasranamas are very clear and continuous in Sastha’s Sahasranama.

From the namas like Dwadasaahakrathu preethaa, Aptoryaamakratu mayaa, Poundareeka Phalaprathaa, Pasubhanda phaladhaathre, Vaajapeyathma Daivatham etc – the only point being made is that the ultimate Truth explained in the Vedhas is none other than Lord Maha Sastha.

Taittria Aranyaka Says:

Anthah Pravishtas Sastha Jananaam Sarvaathma |

Sarvaa: Praja Yathraikam Bavanthi |

"Where all are united, He who has entered within, that are born, and is the self of all, is beyond comprehension, He is Sastha the ruler of all things

Friday, September 11, 2009

Connection of Sastha with Srividya Upasana

sidharth kris

could u plz tell me the details of connection of sastha with srividya upasana....


Connection of Sastha with Srividya Upasana

You will find a brief explanation regarding this in my book "Shri Maha Sastha Vijayam"... and I shall try to throw some more light in the area:

Sastha is the dear most son of Lalitha and the upasana of Sastha is always in Line with Shrividyopasana...
Every Shrividyopasaka will know that the physical form of Laitha parameswari can be witnessed only at Kanchipuram. It is her Rajadhani... Lalitha parameshwari's headquarters is Kanchipuram - the Shri Nagaram of Bhuloka.. The whole of Kanchi Kshetram is Shrichakraakara(in the form of Shri Chakram). and the Bindu is Kamakshi Sannidhanam.. Right behind Kamakshi is her beloved son with his consorts.. Poorna and Pushkala...

I've heard from scholars like Harshanandanatha that a shrividyopaska entering the Kanchi Kshetram must worship all the deities with due Mudras and mantras and finally end the journey with Lord Sastha by worshipping him with Kalyana Shastru mantra and display the Khadga, pasham karavala and other mudras.
In general the practice of Srividya - in the Saubhagya Vidya of Dakshinamnaya one can find Sasthru moorthi. Here he is worshiped in the forms Darma Sastha and Kirata Sastha.

Sastha, (w.r.t to this area) helps the upasakas in begetting children and to overcome the enemies.

You can see an explicit reference of Sastha in Lalithopakhyana, as the Son of Lalitha Parameshwari. Shri.Manidasar of the illustrious Kambankudi family (also a devi upasaka) exclaims the glory of the Lord and concludes his songs praising "the son of Lalitha"

Though you find these details and explicit references...

The upasana of Sastha in the Shrividya cult is maintained with utmost secrecy that too only with a few specific schools of Shri Vidya...
In the Sadi Vidya - Sastha is one of the Gurus in the Ogatraya

For example if you observe carefully you can find Sastha in the 9th avarana of Maha Prasada vidya (Mahaprasada Avarana has to be worshipped after Urdhwamnaya Puja -only by the Poornabhishiktas and that too - with Sri Guru's guidance)
My Paramaguru who was an exponent in Srividya (whose kuladevata was Shasta) worshipped the Lord 100% with the Srividyopasana paddathi.

I dont know how many of us are aware of the fact the power house of all the Sastha Kshetrams lie at Karanthapuri(today - Kallidaikuichi) - in the banks of river Tamrabarani. The Kulathooril Ayyan there is worshipped in a stone peeta with Shri Chakram engraved on it...
(Due to the merits accumulated for thousands of my previous births - the Lord gave me an opportunity to touch the Srichakram here and offer my worship with my own hands)

And even at Sabarimalai - the Lord is seated on Srichakram and not on a Sasthru Yantram.
There is an exclusive Srichakra puja paddathi for Sastha(which is unfortunately not available with anyone and Iam searching for it)

And let me conclude this with a "Deva Rahasya" which was shared to me by a great Srividyopaska:

Devi has four powerful deities guarding her kingdom. The two are the powerful deities Ashtamukha Gandabherunda Nrisimha and Sashaktika Maha Vamana. The third is Kalasamkarshini Kali and fourth is our Master - Lord Shasta accompanied by Purna and Pushkala.

A special thanks to you - because of your question, I had a great opportunity to contemplate on these wonderful informations and on my mother Lalitha and her Laalitha Sudha.

ஓர் ஆறும் விம்சதியும் ஓர் தசமும் ஓர் ஏழும்
சீராயிணை சேர்ந்து ஸ்ரீ புரத்தில் வாழுமெங்கள்
பாராளும் லலிதை பெற்ற பாலகா உனை மறவேன்

Swamy Sharanam
V.Aravind Subramanyam

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dasavatharam & Dasamahavidya

Is there any connection between Dasamahavidya of Devi and Dasavatharams of Vishnu?

Chandramouli Iyer, Pune

Though this topic is little bit off the track... I myself wanted to answer this becoz it falls more under my domain....

Amba is not different from Vishnu... She is called Govinda Rupiri in Lalitha Sahasranama. And the ten incarnations of Vishnu are Her expansions...
You wont find any puranic lore for the relation between these Vidyas and Avatharas but the logic of putting the Dasamahavidya with the Dasavataram is related thru perception and thru the Tanric interpretation.
If watched carefully one can find the theory of evolution in the Dasaavathara.
The same way the Dasamahavidyas represent the evolution of the Soul.

The First Avatara in an 100% aquatic fish and the Last is the Man of Purnathvam(complete) - Kalki.
- from a fish to a complete man..

Similarly as Nirguna Swaroopi, she is Kali of Darness;
As Saguna roopi she is Sundari of ultimate Gnana(wisdom)

A sloka from Lalita Sahasranama says ``karanguli nakhotpanna Narayana dasa kritih" that from the nails of the ten fingers of the Devi emerged the ten manifestations of Narayana as Dasavataram.

The ten manifestations of devi as Kali, Tara, Tripurasundari, Bhairavi, Bhagalamuki, CHinnamasta, Doomavati, Kamala, Bhuvaneswari and Matangi embody a whole range of attitudes gracious and awesome, benign and destructive. The same force called "Shakti" is the motivational force for the ten incarnations of Vishnu.
She is Vishnu and He is Devi; There is no difference between them.

These comparisons only mean that Amba's being non-different from
Narayana and need not be taken literally.

If amba wills, I shall write about all these 10 vidyas in detail.

kadAchidAdyA lalitA puMrUpA kR^iShNavigrahA |
1. Lalitha or Tripurasundari is Krisha

kadAchidAdyA shrItArA puMrUpA rAmavigrahA |
2. Tara devi is Shri Rama.

ChinnamastA nR^isiMhaH syAt vAmano bhuvaneshvarI |
3. Chinnamasta is Nrusimha and
4. Bhuvaneswari is Vamana

jAmadagnyaH kAlikA syAt mIno dhUmAvatI bhavet ||
5. Kali is Parasurama and
6. Doomavathi is Mathsya

bagalA kUrmamUrtiH syAt balabhadrastu bhairavI |
7. Bagalamuki is Koorma Murthi and
8. Bhairavi is Balarama

mahAlakShmI bhaved bauddhI durgA syAt kalkirUpiNI |
9. Mahalakshmi(Kamala) is Varaha and
10. Durga (Matangi) is Kalki


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rama Nama

I do the chanting of Rama Nama Japa when ever possible.. Some people say we can say rama nama any time, this true...
Ofcourse... without any doubt... Rama Naama is Tharaka naama and there is no constraint for it...

It is said that the "Ra" in the name comes from the "Ra" in "Na Ra yana".
The "Ma" comes from "Na Ma Shivaya".

So that single name combines the power of both Shiva and Vishnu, who in turn are responsible of everything in the Universe.

In Vishnu Sahasranama, Parvathi Asks Shiva for a easy mean of reaching God then chanting a 1000 names. The Lord answers in a single word " Rama ".

Rama Nama is considered the greatest manthra. U need not do anything else, only that name is a great Pooja, said Sadguru bagva Nama Bhodendral, the 59th Acharya in Kanchi kamakoti Peetam. In fact in his Samadhi(holy grave), if u keep ur ears close, u can still hear the chant of the name Rama from inside.

This happens till date in the place of his Samadhi - Govindapuram, a village in Tanjore dist of Tamilnadu, near Kumbakonam.

Mantras require achara, shareera shuddi etc. But Bagawan Naamas are different from Mantras.. Chanting of the Taraka Nama has no restrictions. You can chant them always, anywhere, anytime, whenever you want or whatever else you are doing.

Kalau Sankeeerthya Keshavam...

Gayathri japam during Sandhya vandhana

Question :
During sandhyavandhanam.. how many times we need to chant the gayathri much is the minimum number..
Gayathri is called Vedha Matha- the mother of Vedhas. And Gayathri Japa is a duty of every Dwija. (Dwija is not only a Brahmin but includes even Kshatriyas and Vaishyas - who are initiated with Brahmopadesha and given Upanayanam.

It is one of the foremost duty given to you... Consider the case of your employment... You are given the promised salary for the work you do and do not get any additional or special pay for doing your job.. but you are questioned or even punished when you fail to do it.. The same is the case with Sandhyavandhanam.. By doing it you dont gain any special punya. But by leaving it you incur papa.

Gayathri Japam is a part of Sandhya vandhanam. The significant feature of Sandhyavandanam is the self contemplation or meditation through the Gayatri Mantra.

This is done first and foremost for one's personal Shreyas as well as Lokakshemam.

Simply chanting this Japa is of no use. One's mind should be completely focused towards Gayathri Devi. Minimum of 1008 times, is what our Shastras suggest. And if its not possible, it is suggested for a minimum of 108 times.

And now people need to reduce it even. Not only gayatri, any mantra - the more is the number the more you are benefited.

-------- An interesting episode is to be seen in an Islamic book "Akbar nama", the biography of Emperor Akbar
when Akbar was ruling India . Birbal was his minister .Akbar and Birbal would often travel incognito to collect first hand information about the various happenings within the country.

On one occasion , they noticed a brahmin going begging from house to house. Akbar pointed this out to Birbal. Birbal noticed the beggar and kept quiet. After reaching home he sent word for the brahmin to meet him.

When the brahmin called on Birbal , Birbal said ,

"Oh ! Brahmin - You collect your daily earnings through begging from me every day . In lieu of begging please chant Gayatri Japam during the three sandhya periods 108 times everyday. I shall pay you daily for chanting the mantra"

The brahmin agreed and after collecting the money from Birbal, started chanting Gayatri Mantra. This continued daily. After a few days , he thought , why not increase the chanting to 1008 times, since he had a lot of time. Birbal paid him more for increasing the count. This continued for some days but after few days the brahmin stopped going to Birbal's house for begging .

After a few days, Birbal suddenly remembered this Brahim and thought of inquiring about him. He visited the brahmin and asked him as to why he had stopped coming to his house. He was really surprised to see more and more people visiting the brahmin for his blessings and he had become a well known personality. The brahmin welcomed Birbal and profusely thanked him for putting him on the right path by guiding him at the right time. His daily meditation earnt him the power to acquire knowledge , acquire an attractive personality and soon he transformed into a good expounder of knowledge.

One day Birbal mentioned to Akbar that a saintly person had come to town and Akbar promptly invited the person and honoured him. Birbal then asked Akbar whether he remembered this saintly person but akbar could not recollect. Birbal then reminded Akbar about the brahmin beggar episode . Akbar after hearing this exclaimed "Oh! what a change".

This episode appears in the Akbar Nama and brings out the virtue and greatness of the Gayatri Mantra.
Coming to your question, the minimum in 108.. But Shastras say during Aapath-kaalam(when one is in danger or extraordinary situation) one can chant a minimum of 10 gayathri. If you chant Gayatri for 10 times in a fully involved manner, she will definitely going to bless you. But you have to decide whether are you always in Aapath Kalam? By doing Gayathri Japa, a dwija will grow and glow in social and spiritual life and reach the final destiny.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Q & A-7 Bhagawan


he who knows:
1. the birth and deathof pancha bhoothas,
2. the place from where pancha bhoothas come and go to at the end,
3. vidhya and avidhya
is called "bhagwan".

so, if "bhagwan" is just the person who has the knowledge of things, what is "everything"?

Again to square one..

I'l put your question in a different term:

The one who is
3.omniscient is God...

Just think...

This is not Just a person's capacity...

Again every soul is the none other than the Omnipresent Brahmam and is everything.

But the biggest question is do we know that?

If you mean Bhagwan as a separate person -May be Saguna Brhman.. He is always in unification with Nirguna Brahmam and projects himself as an entity with form and action just fo our sake.

Now.. approach the question from another view point... The person who has the knowledge of things is Bhawagan...
By knowing the self, a person attain a state of oneness with the divine-brahmam and becomes Bhawagwan.

Q & A 6 Bhagawath Githa

In Bhagawat Gita, Sri Krishna says that he is "gayatri among mantras" , "Garuda among birds", and so on.....

that means, he is saying he is "the best part of things".... but not "everything". then, what is "everything" in which he is a part???

Regarding Bhagawath Gita-

Plz dont get carried away with only the famous quotes of the Githa.. If you can read it fully.. You will get the meaning...

The slokas you mention is from the tenth Chapter if I remember right..
In Geetha each chapter deals with One path to Mukthi.

The first chapter in the Gita is designated as system of yoga. It is called Arjuna Vishada Yogam - Yoga of Arjuna's Dejection.

Krishna explains the paths like 1.Bhakthi 2.Karma 3.Gnana etc

And they may or may not be complementary to each other.

This chapter is called Vibhuti Yoga...
This chapter dwells on the manifested attributes of the Lord.

to put in simple terms... Krishna declares that everything that is best and admirable is God...

Q & A 5 - Moksha

another topic i always wanted to ask you:

...... Astavakra Gita

All gods like indra are so desparate to reach a place (place here refers to moksha / aathmanubhava)
but the yogi who reaches that place is not expressing any joy.

isn't it unusual?
if Bhagwan can grant us MOKSHA / BANDHA VIMUKTHI, why is he - himself bound to this world?

Moksha doesn't exist anywhere(to reach).. Its right here-within you..

Once you know the self-it is moksha. When you are in that Supreme state, how to express the joy?

The happiness or pleasure of Gods like Indra are temporary but Moksha is eternal and permanent.

The formless Brahman assumes various forms and Divine entities..

You are a part of the everything(all pervading Prabrahmam) but totally unware of it. Realizing this state is Moksha.

This brahma vastu assumes various divine forms voluntarily in order to raise us from the lower level towards this self realization.

This happens only by his own will and just because of this he projects as if bound to this world...

But He is not..

Q & A 4- Guru

dear sir,

what is the importance of guru?

they say, "a tantra / mantra / yoga / jaap / upasan / etc... will not succeed without a guru who got 'siddhi' in that."

if a learner wants to learn more than one vidhya, do he has to make more than one person his guru?

we don't know each other. still, i get perfect answers from you. i don't know how to express my gratitude.
Please also kindly explain me the importance of GURU. I don't want to know who is guru. I want to know WHAT GURU IS.

please explain.


GU, means Darkness,and RU means Eradication. GURU is the one who removes this Darkness(of ignorance).

Once a devotee asked Ramana Maharshi- Whom should one take for one’s Guru?
Sri Ramana said: Choose that one where you find you get shanti (peace)

So the person who gives the eternal bliss and peace(to the soul) is the Guru.

You have asked about Guru's importance: According to me Guru is more than God.

God accepts a person, only after removing his impurities or bad qualities.
In other words, God accepts what is Best.
But the ever compassionate Guru accepts us as we are(with all our plus and minus)... that is His greatness.

Coming down to other Areas as you have questioned, any spiritual practice will not succeed without a guru "who got 'siddhi' in that."

Simple Logic- Only fully charged battery can make the light glow. Only a Guru with the Siddhi(mastery) can bestow it to a sishya.

In general it is always better to accept Eka Guru (single guru). Just like one father and one mother -the Guru too should should be one. This is mostly advised for Athma Guru.(the one who is going to liberate you)

if a learner wants to learn more than one vidhya, do he has to make more than one person his guru?

Yes. In such a case it is allowed. But with the consent of the (original) Guru. Note.. you may have more than one Guru but you cant change your Guru.

All Gurus should be treated with equal importance. Nothing should be concealed between them. Devotion, service, treatment and behavior everything should be alike.

In other words, you must serve all the Gurus with a Bhava that they are nothing but different forms of the Same entity.

dear sir, I'm grateful to your kind self in many ways. I express my apologies to you as I was gathering answers to the same questions from various persons. I wanted to get various views on the same matter. one of them wrote to me as follows:

"One needs a guru.. esp for spiritual purpose becos they have to be learnt under able guidance - not in the sense of commercialisation. There are vidyas, which are passed on in parampara - so a teacher + student relationship is very cohesive that way. Being a teacher it becomes an obligation to choose the right student, and for the student its a gr8 chance to learn good things. Thats the reason why, a spiritual guru is supposed to come to you by himself .. when you are good enuff.... "

Please advise me wether I am not good enough to be a shishya or is it that a guru approached me and i didn't recognise him???

The answer for this question... is the divine secret.

The Guru -Sishya relationship cannot be determined in One janma..

You may have come across 1000s of janmas and at some point you step into the path of realisation.. At that time your Guru comes...

He is the one who is going to liberate you and take care of you..

This is the reason for many people..the Guru come to you by himself.

This doesnt mean that you should keep quiet..

But how to estimate or evaluate your spiritual caliber?
It is not practically possible....
Dont underestimate yourself or over estimate yourself.

(one small advise.. never try to estimate your Guru)

You be sincere.. and Amba will send you Your Guru..
This will happen automatically and involuntarily...

Q & A3- Satwa Rajas and Thamas

dear sir,
what satwa, raja, thamo gunas? where do they come from?

what i've heard:
satwa guna is to be a sadhu. to accept and excuse all the sins done against us.

thamo guna is to be voilent. to punish the person who harms us.

rajo guna is to be in between these two.

now the question arises that if god is above all these, why did he act as guru datta, buddha, rama, krishna, narasimha, kali, durga, mahishasura mardhini, rudra, dakshinamurthy, etc... who are role models of the gunas


Satwa, characterised by lightness, consciousness, pleasure and clarity, is pure, free from disease and cannot be disturbed in any way.

Rajas, the most active of the gunas, has motion and stimulation as its characteristics.

While Tamas is characterised by heaviness and resistance. It produces disturbances in the process of perception and activities of the mind.

Satwa activates the senses and is responsible for the perception of knowledge.

All desires, wishes, ambitions and fickle-mindedness are a result of Rajas.

Delusion, false knowledge, laziness, apathy, sleep and drowsiness are due to Tamas.

God is called Gunatheetha.. -the one above the Gunas. But that is in the supreme pure state.. Nirguna Brahma state.

Once He assumes order to suit the mind of different variety of people in the world. Here, He voluntarily accepts these gunas (or rather exhibits that he has this guna)(though he remains untouched by these gunas) in order to reach the devotees..

Q & A 2- Karma & Parihara

Dear sir, many thanks for your explanation. I have some more questions along with some questions on the answers you gave.

Allow me to express my other questions first.

They say god is a perfect judge. If he is, why do they say that if we do some ritual (like vrath, pooja, nomu, etc...), the sin will be cancelled? So, what if bad people take advantage of this, and commit sins, and they follow the told ritual, to escape the punishment after death.

I think, the perfect judge will never have partiality towards the sinner.

So, I think, whatever rituals we do add to our plus points but will never deduct the minus points. Like, for example, I will definitely go to hell if I commit sins along with heaven for my good deeds and good rituals.

please advice your view.


Dear Charan..

Iam happy to see your interest. This is a nice and meaningful question...

Consider a normal human judge...
He rewards for your good deeds and punish for your bad deeds.. Suppose if he accepts some benefit from you and makes a partial decision, will you respect him thereafter?

Similarly, our perfect judge (GOD) never favour sinners..

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction

The rituals.. are for people who REALLY repent for their mistakes and want to do a remedy for the wrong done. Even then God may only dilute the effect but will not remove or erase it fully.

Heartfelt bhakthi is the only way to earn God's grace and nothing else... And only for these people God intervenes in their Karma...

For all others, (who try to escape through these rituals) these rituals are mere events... They try to fool God but fooling themselves. Their rituals will have zero effect.

Q & A -1 Vedhas

what are vedas? why are they existing?

The Vedhas
Vedhas are eternal and are the basis for all dharma.

It always existed... And Why they are existing? BECAUSE THEY EXIST.. -that is the only answer that can be given.

They were identified and given to us by the ancient seers. See, these seers intuited nothing new but what already existed. They re- discovered this ancient treasure.

The Vedhas are without beginning or end; they are eternal messages caught by developed
consciousnesses in the silence of meditation.

Question & Answers

Dear sir,
sorry i went through your profile. we don't know each other.
but if you can kindly help me with the following doubts, i will be very thankful to you.

A boy named Charan, approached me with this note to my orkut scrap book and with never ending questions...

These are the Following answers I gave to this interesting questioner called Charan:
Many friends suggested that I could post in this blog so that every One will be be benefited.

So from the next posting you may see the Questions and answers

Sanathana Dharma series - 1. What is it?

The Following article by my friend Rajesh Girirajan

Now, immediately after going through a few lines of this post, people may start criticizing me as ‘yet another Hindutva extremist’, or ‘RSS guy’ or whatever. I mean, we are present in such a situation that anything which is written about Hinduism is taken in that spirit, of late. This post is to express how tolerant the Hindu religion is, and how it has escaped all the fight is has experienced from all the other religions, and how it remains to be one of the supreme religions, throughout the world, expressing the human community about the culture and heritage of the people of India, who follow the oldest of all religions.

To begin with, what is Hinduism?

Well, it’s basically a religion followed by the majority of people in India. The name, by which it should be called, is ‘Sanathana Dharma’, roughly meaning ‘The eternal law’. From way down the ancient times, this religion has prevailed, which has guided people towards eternity, or Moksha. It is interesting to know that Sanathana Dharma had no name whatsoever in the past. Since it was a way of life, more than a mere religion, and was the ONLY one of it’s kind, there was no name, until the other religions came in to existence and only at this time, it was referred as Sanathana Dharma, since it was very old and eternal.

Now, what does Sanathana Dharma say?

Well, if, shedding all inhibitions, one looks closely, he will know that Sanathana Dharma has the root principle of Advaitha. Now, one might protest that Sanathana Dharma preaches Vishistadwaitha or Dwaitha, the other two variants. That’s why I said, one has to look closely, shedding all inhibitions. The Sanathana Dharma has its base as the four Vedas, the Rig, Yajur, Sama and the Atharvana. These four Vedas have one Mahavaakya, or the powerful phrase. One phrase each for all the four Vedas. These Mahavaakyas are that powerful that they can liberate a mortal to the stage of immortality. It’s a common practice for a person when becoming a sage or a Sannyasi, that these are preached by his guru, to enable him to attain the goal. These Mahavaakyas are:

1. Rig Veda – ‘Prajnanam Brahma’ – the consciousness is Brahman
2. Yajur Veda – ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ – I am Brahman
3. Sama Veda - ‘ Tat Tvam Asi’ – That thou art
4. Atharvana Veda - ‘Ayam Atma Brahma’ – The (this) self is Brahman.

Now, ‘Brahman’ here is not Brahma, the creator. Brahman is the eternal element, which created everything, and which prevails in everything it created, and without which nothing will function. In short, ‘GOD’.

These four Mahavaakyas are the key to a person becoming a Sannyasi and achieving Moksha. If one recites them again and again, he will, one day realize practically that the one who resides outside, is the one residing inside the person. Once this is practically realized, the Moksha is attained. That means, the person continues to live till his allotted time becomes complete in the world, but now after attaining Moksha, he realizes that the creator and the creation are the same. With this practical knowledge, he serves the human kind, as Ramana maharshi, the Paramacharya of kanchi, Ananthamayee ma, the mother and Arobindo Gosh of Pondycherry, Ramakrishna paramahamsa, served humanity.

This philosophy, which clearly explains that Moksha is not anywhere in the outer world, but which can be attained, at the very instant the truth of the creator and the creation are the same, unfolds. This philosophy is stated well in those 4 Mahavaakyas.

The root meaning of these Mahavaakyas themselves, without any prejudice, clearly states this fact. There are many other proofs as well, which clearly explain that the Advaitha is the root philosophy of Sanathana Dharma.

Now, we know about the religion and the root principle of it. Let’s take a look at another aspect, without which the Sanathana Dharma would have been nearly extinguished.