Tranquility

Chapter - 8    Define tranquility and what are the ingredients of tranquility? Tranquility literally means freedom from disturbance. It means calmness. The following are the ingredients of T-R-A-N-Q-U-I-L-I-T-Y :- Touchstone of immobility Reticence in disposition Ambrosial feeling Nagging silence Quietness in approach Unassailability with ultimate reality in mind Impervious to criticism Laudable action or reaction... Continue Reading →

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Mantra sadhana

Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha: The importance and value to every ritual, sadhana, anustana, practice, yāga, yagna, dhāna, dharma, japa, mantra japa, dhyāna, jnāna, yoga, Vedaopasana, Nadopasana, mantra sadhana, thapas and every other methodology prescribed in the scriptures and by the myriad forms of the Supreme Self is to reveal the origin of existence namely the Supreme Self... Continue Reading →

Avyakta beeja or seed

Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha: The upadesh of Maha Vakyas has been extolled in  Shukarahasyopanishad, called as the crown of the Upanishads. Generally, it has been an important discipline followed by Jeevanmuktas and Jnanis and seen in the biography of Sadguru Seshadri Swamigal of Thiruvannamalai.   In the Shukarahasyopanishad, Lord Shiva gives the upadesh of the Maha Vakyas to Shree Shuka Paramarshi as a beautiful composition worthy... Continue Reading →

Maha Vakyas

Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha: Vedas are said to be anadhi or endless, without beginning and infinite. Vedas are self-luminous aksharas or letters that have their origin in Aksharam or Imperishable or the Supreme Self. Vedas are Avyakta or Unmanifest but appear Vyakta or Manifest. Vedas are timeless yet appear to be bound to Time.   Vedas are self-luminous aksharas... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to “Arunāmbara – Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha”

Harihi Aum Prostrations to Adi Moola Ganapathi, Ocean of Mercy and Kindness. Salutations offered to Sri Shuka Paramarshi, the venerable Great Guru of the Rishis. Obeisance paid to Bhagawan Shree Krishna, the Supreme Self, The Perfect Being.   "Arunāmbara - Adi Moola Ganapathi uvaacha" is an English translation of doctrines, teachings, instructions and discourses rendered by Adi Moola Ganapathi in the form... Continue Reading →

Poems from Rhyme and Rhythm

The poet Mahabharata was woven by Vyasa Valmiki filled the cup with Ramayana rasa! Beauty against beast their topics The tragic tale of two epics!   Rishis perceived Reality Ultimate Their literary creations fascinate The readers and writers alike To keep Consciousness awake!   Epics shed light on Light of Light Critics see That as... Continue Reading →

Foreword to Rhyme and Rhythm

Foreword to "Rhyme and Rhythm" by  Ihaparasowbhagyavathiseshanadarupini Brahama-rishi Smt. Umadevi Amma (reflecting the Inner Voice of Sadguru Sree Seshadri Swamigal)   There is rhythm in everyone’s birth.There is rhyme in one’s everyday life. So the forces of rhyme and rhythm are with us always! we can witness rhyme and rhythm in the Parabrahman’s blessings on... Continue Reading →

Sita above Suspicion: Conclusion

Sita’s abduction, the killing of Ravana, the redemption and recovery of Sita, the suspicions against Sita who was irreproachable, her rejection by Sri Rama – all provide by far the greatest lessons in enlightenment for man and clues to permanent and impermanent values in human life. The undercurrent of thought is the Leela of the... Continue Reading →

The philosophical significance

The purpose of writing great epic of Ramayana, according to the author Valmiki himself, as is obvious from the 4th Sarga of Balakanda, is mainly to convey the philosophy of the Vedas to the public at large and for the dissemination of the Vedic tattva among all:   “Vedopabrihmanaarthaaya thaavagraahayataha prabhuhu”   The essence of... Continue Reading →

Vagaries of public suspicion

As the day dawned, Lakshmana and Sumantra left their  camp on the banks of Gomathi river and proceeded towards Ayodhya. By afternoon their chariot reached the captivating city of Ayodhya. As they were approaching Sri Rama’s palace, Lakshmana was overcome by a new wave of sorrow. “What should I submit at the lotus feet of... Continue Reading →

Divine Will

Lakshmana sought to know from Sumantra what transpired in the past.   Sumantra proceeded to recount what Durvasa had told Dasharata:   “Lakshmana!” said he, “Once in the past, Durvasa, son of Atri Maharshi, chose to spend four months of austerities in a rainy season in Vashishta Maharshi’s ashram. At that time, your reputed father... Continue Reading →

Banishment cruel, says Lakshmana

Lakshmana saw from a distance Sita migrating to Valmiki’s ashram. The helpless one found the whole episode agonizing and he could not bear Sita’s predicament. Sumantra, the minister and the charioteer was engaged in conversation with Lakshmana. “Sarathi!” said Lakshmana, “Imagine Rama’s plight in getting estranged from Sita. What more sorrow can he expect than... Continue Reading →

Valmiki : Sita Above Reproach

Valmiki Maharshi came to know directly from the ashramites that a great virtuous woman looking like the veritable Lakshmi was crying and that she needed protection and shelter. He was able to know from his inner vision the identity of the dame in distress. He left the ashram immediately to meet her on the banks... Continue Reading →

Sita’s distress

Lakshmanasya vachaha srutwaa daarunam Janakaatmajaa, Param Vishaadam-aagamya Vydehee nipapaataha (U. Kan. Sar: 48 Sl; 1) Sita’s reaction to what Lakshmana said is obvious from the above sloka. It was so distressing to swallow them that she lost her balance and fell down. A little later, she recovered from the shock she sustained and said to... Continue Reading →

Sita banished to the forest

Swastwam prabhaate Soumitre Sumantra-adhishtittam ratham, Aaruhya Seetaam-aaropya vishayaante samut-srija (U. Kan. Sar 45; Sl. 16) At the height of sorrow, Sri Rama said: “Lakshmana! As the day dawns tomorrow, take Sita in the chariot driven by Sumantra and leave her outside the border of our kingdom. On the other side of the river Ganga, there... Continue Reading →

Discussion on suspicion

Seated among the brothers with down-cast eyes was Sri Rama sporting only a place face. He said to Lakshmana and others: “Sarve srunuta bhadram vo maa kurudhwam mano-anyathaa, Pouraanaam mama Sitaayaam yaadrishee vartate kathaa.” (U. Ka 45 – 2) “Brothers!” he said, “God bless you! Without diverting your mind and attention on other matters, know... Continue Reading →

The agony

After he came to know about unpleasant and uncharitable words about Sita from Bhadra and others, Sri Rama thought over what he would do and what steps he should take to silence the critics.   He sent for his brothers. Clad in white dress, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna arrived immediately. As they entered Sri Rama’s... Continue Reading →

Cobra of suspicion raises its hood

In the Central Hall of the palace, Rama sat surrounded by several friends known for their humour and talks in lighter vein. Prominent among them were Vijaya, Madhumatta, Kashyapa, Mangala, Kula, Suraaji, Kaaliya, Dantavakra, Sumaadha and Bhadra. They were all delighted with the turn of events leading to Rama adorning the Ayodhya throne and winning... Continue Reading →

Sita’s pregnant desire

Valmiki describes in Uttara Ramayana that one day Sita, adorned with all the jewels and a palatial dress, went to Sri Rama just as Shachi Devi would go to meet her consort Indra. As she was approaching him, Rama noted noticeable features of pregnancy in Sita. He was immensely delighted.   “Devi!” said Rama to... Continue Reading →

Dasharatha extols Sita’s purity

Rama did exactly as he was told; with Lakshmana he offered prostration to Dasharata seated in the Vimaana.   “Raghava!” said Dasharata warmly embracing Rama, “Let me tell you the truth. Neither the heavenly happiness nor the honor conferred by the devatas can make up the distressing gap of separation from you. You have conquered... Continue Reading →

Maheshwara praises Rama

“Etat-srutwaa shubham vaakyam Raaghavenaanubhaashitam, Tataha shubhataram vaakyam vyaajahaara Mahesawaraha (Sar. 119; Sl: 1)   Valmiki records that Maheswara, pleased by what Sri Rama said on the suspicious occasion, spelt out words of divine blessing:   “Pushkaraaksha! Mahaabaahu! Vishaalavaksha! Paramtapa! Great among dharmaatmas!” said Maheswara, “you have achieved the unique task of inflicting death to Ravana... Continue Reading →

Sri Rama accepts Sita

After Sita emerged more effulgent then ever before from the raging fire along with Agni, in accordance with the wishes of all including Brahma and Agni, Sri Rama accepted Sita and won the encomium of all those who had assembled there as it was a very courageous move on his part to allow Sita to... Continue Reading →

Sita above suspicion

Etat-srutwaa Shubham vaakyam Pitaamahasameeritam Ankenaadaaya Vydeheem utpaata vibhaavasuhu (Sar. 118; Sl: 1) Brahma’s words were receptive to all; They were auspicious. The lord of fire, Agnideva was so much pleased that he came out of the fire with Sita on his laps. He pushed some of the pieces of wood and emerging with Sita came... Continue Reading →

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