Monday, 25 December 2017

The virtue of Organ Donor



Register yourself as an organ donor today !

 Organ donation by itself possesses a profound amalgamation of servitude,a sense of completion and a spiritual essence.

  Let's get to the core : 

 Contemplate on the truth - you are consciousness. Absolute consciousness. This consciousness which you are is not part of the mind and body which most are identified to. Your body - composite of organs and networks of complex systems only serves as a vehicle for your consciousness - packed in karma , commonly termed 'soul' to play its part in this creation.

  When you take an oath of being an organ donor, a lot of higher truths fall into your sense - that could transform your whole being and self tremendously.




Let's see : 

1. Your immortality strikes you ! 

When are your organs being transplanted into another being ? - When you are physically dead. This creates an awareness in you that what you have identified with is no permanent. Your skin,flesh,beauty - is superficial at its best. This truth,unfortunately strikes many only at their time of death. If you live with this truth in awareness, you will start noticing as to how efficiently and blissfully you start walking the path of life.

 You become centered in your consciousness. Instead of living as a body with consciousness - you start living as an infinite consciousness experiencing life within a small body.

 This high spiritual truth is referred to as aham bramhasmi. Aham Dehosmi is the term used when one have all their sense organs functioning with the feeling of ' I am the body'.




There are several, who, despite chanting the Lord’s name for several hours, days and months together, did not transform themselves even one bit. The demonic nature of Ravana, Bhasmasura and Kamsa did not diminish even a little, despite their chanting of the Lord’s name. What is the reason for this? All their sense organs function with the feeling: "I am the body (Aham Dehosmi)." Those who utter the name of the Lord while being immersed in body consciousness cannot realise the Divine, however long their penance may last. You are the embodiment of Divine Consciousness. Only when you are pure, you can experience that consciousness. Through attachment to worldly pleasures one gets bound to the physical and becomes oblivious to one’s essential Divinity.
- Sai Baba


2.  You are no longer attached with your body

 The biggest attachment most have is perhaps the attachment with their body.They are so glued to their physical nature that the very idea of losing it sends bouts of terror into their minds. Being an organ donor, you allow a channel or perhaps a fistula for this truth to seep into your awareness gradually. This will lead you to a higher state where you realise that you are not the body,but yet utilise it at its best. Once you have mastered this, everything else in life becomes a play in your hands. Be it wealth - you can be a millionaire yet remain unattached to money.Not perturbed by its presence or absence.

3. Giving life to someone else

 You serve even after you leave your body.Parts of your body function in someone who lacks it.In this way,you are able to give sight or vital visceral organs to someone who lacks it.It creates a deep sense of unison amongst us.The truth that the world is a family - Vasudeva Kutumbakam can be achieved through this.




 ''Just imagine that one day our heart will beat for someone else , our corneas could give sight to two people, our bone marrows are used for treating patients with certain types of leukemia and sickle cell anemia while skin grafts give a hope for a girl who suffered from burn accident to step out of her house bravely.. And this all will happen just because of us..Let's give the gift of life at the end of our life!! I have already registered to be an organ donor and how about you? ''


- S.E  ( The sole cause of this article and awareness ) 



 Please register yourself as an organ donor today.If you are a regular visitor of my blog and should it be in your appreciation, do register yourself as an organ donor and take the pledge to inspire all around you. This is my sincere request to all.

Thank you.



Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Caste system in Vedas





The caste system,as widely spoken of - did it have its origin from the Vedas ?
Let's look 

 The caste system has been abused and misunderstood.The original concept of caste system was different.

 The Purusha Suktam,a vedic chant which finds place in all four Vedas ( Rig,Sama,Yajur and Atharva ) expounds on the caste system.



                  Video above : Purusha Suktam chanting in Puttaparthi


  The Purusha Suktam is a very famous veda mantra which is chanted in Yagyas and pujas.In this hymn, God is personified as a person ( Purusha ) .The Godly attributes are reduced to a human nature so as to express the glory of this supreme energy we call as God.

 For instance,this suktam describes God as possessing infinite heads and limbs.This is not to be taken literally as it describes how every head is His.God is present in everyone.In this manner,this hymn glorifies God in many ways as a person.

  







At one point,the caste system is related to the Purusha ( God) .




 BraamhaNo sya mukhamaasiit

-  The thinkers ( bramhaNo ) represent the head ( mukham) of the Supreme Person as they symbolize the power of thought and discrimination of Purusha.

Baahuu raajanyaH kRitah

- The rulers or soldiers ( raajanyaH ) represent the Purusha's hands ( baahuu ) as they symbolize the power of protection and preservation of the Purusha.

Uru tadasya yad-vaishyaH

- The businessman ( vaishyaH ) represent His thighs ( uru) or the power of acquisition and distribution.

Padbhyagm sudro ajaayata

- The workers ( sudro ) represent the feet ( padhyaagm) or the power of support and the movement of the Purusha.


What the Purusha Suktam explains is that




Brahmin - the priestly class - those established in higher knowledge and wisdom,emerged from the head of the God.









Kshatriya - the warrior class- those who are predominantly courageous ,physically and strong,emerged from the shoulders ( hands ) of God







Vaishya - the business class- efficient in the art of commerce , emerged from the thighs of God











Sudra - the labour class - those who are active and engaged in physical labour - emerged from the feet of God.

Can there be a body without a head ? Can there be a body without the feet ? Can there be a body without the hands ?

So,all the castes are compared to the limbs of the same body - the body of God.This holy and profoundly significant Varna Organisation fell into the hands of unintelligent and selfish men with restricted outlook and narrow ideals ; they expounded it in writing as their fancy dictated.Thereby,they brought about great harm to the world.

The original design of the caste system was based on the temperament,profession,vocation,avocation and attitude to life of individuals.All were considered equally important.

Caste is the Cosmic Person Himself,manifesting as human society.It is the visible form of the Lord,charming in every limb.


- Baba

 When the Vedas say that the Sudras emerged from the feet,it does not mean that they are discriminated.Feet is used as it illustrates the power of support and movement contributed to the society.

 This was wrongly propagated by certain groups to discriminate and tarnish the truth of the Vedas.












 What is the relevance of Purusha Suktam for modern society ?

 - Man is the limb of society
 - Society is the limb of the nation
 - The nation is the limb of Divinity

 So, man and God are related.Part of God is nature ,part of nature is society and part of society is man.So,man,society,nature and God are interlinked,interconnected,inter-dependent and inter-related.This relationship is very well explained in the Purusha Suktam

 - Baba


 The Purusha Suktam further explains and expounds on the mind, god realisation,nature and other truths of the cosmos or existence.

  You may learn the Purusha Suktam and chant this powerful hymn to experience these deep vedic truths.Link attached below : 



 English translation ( meaning ) :-

- https://www.scribd.com/doc/306980642/Purusha-Suktam-Lyrics-with-English-Translation

lyric PDF and audio ( downloadable )  - scroll to find  :- 

http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/Vedam_schedule.htm

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Surya Upanishad Mantra - Awaken your solar power






                         Video : Tutorial for learning Surya Upanishad

Links ( scroll to find ) :

Audio : http://media.radiosai.org/journals/Archives/Vedam_schedule.htm

Lyrics with meaning
  
 : https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxeSoIgoGbdOcWZhem0zTWtVTW8

If you have practiced and want clarification ( if you are chanting it correctly ) ,you can send your recorded voice message via whatsapp to +60163059916.



 Surya Upanishad is a very powerful veda mantra from Atharva Veda.Atharva Veda is well known for the Upanishads.Namely, Ganapathi Upanishad,Narayana Upanishad and this well-known Surya Upanishad.Each of these mantra expounds the related deity as Para-Brahman ,the source of creation and all glories.

Contents of Surya Upanishad.

 As Surya Upanishad is a veda mantra,you should understand as to how it was founded.Veda mantras are cosmic sound vibrations perceived by sages who were in meditation.These vibrations were orally chanted and taught to disciples.

Origin of Veda Mantras ? What are Veda Mantras - Click here





 The Sage ( Rishi ) who received Surya Upanishad is Bramha.Gayatri 
 Chandah ( the metre used.Vedas are chanted in particular tone and length known as 'metres' ).

  These details are found at the introduction of Surya Upanishad.






Then,the form of Lord Surya, seated on a chariot with 7 horses,having four arms bearing two lotuses,the others bestowing promise of refuge and boon,
set in the red lotus is described.

 Then comes the Gayatri Mantra.Gayatri mantra invokes the energy of the Sun.



 Lord Surya is later glorified as the manifestation of the entire creation and the source from which creation existed.

 He is also described as the senses,motor organs and bodily functions.

 Surya is also described as the energy from which all creatures were born and who will merge back into.




 Effects of Chanting Surya Upanishad.

 These are taken from the Upanishad itself.

(1) If this mantra is chanted facing the Sun,one is released from the fear of great diseases

(2) His poverty perishes

(3) He becomes free from various sins such as eating forbidden foods,having forbidden sexual relationships,indulging in conversation with people having no character.



(4) At midday, if one recites this facing the Sun,he is released from the great 5 sins.

(5) One should be careful when imparting this knowledge to undeserving people.

(6) He who chants at dawn becomes fortunate,gets livestock,masters Vedas


(7) When recited during three periods namely, dawn,mid-day and dusk, one gets the fruit of performing hundred Yagyas.

(8) Reciting this when the Sun is in Hasta Nakshatra,one conquers death.








 Sun worship has been a very prominent part of our ancients.Even today,many of you would be carrying the traits of affinity to solar energy.Chanting the surya upanishad can stir this inbuilt memory within you to its fullest potent.


Lord Surya's energy played an important role in Mahabaratha.Kunti Devi conceived Karna - a prominent character of this Ithihasa through Lord Surya's energy.

 The manifestation of Surya's energy expressed through Karna's mystical and superhuman traits.





In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshamana were intitiated into the secrets of sun worship by Sage Vishwamitra.Lord Rama recited a hymn  known as 'Aditya Hrdayam' which guaranteed His success in the war.

 By chanting the Gayatri.( Remember that Gayatri addresses the Solar energy and is chanted in Surya Upanishad.This is something not many know of ) .Sage Vishwamitra could summon powerful weapons.

 Lord Rama belonged to the Solar Dynasty.

Correct way to chant and the benefits of Gayatri - Click here


Unfortunately, Sun worship has declined evidently today.

 Why is it important for Sun worship ?

 You function with solar energy itself ! 

The Sun exists as an objective physical phenomenon.The Moon and the Earth are there.The Earth has come from the Sun.The Moon has come from the Earth.Both the Earth and the Moon have come from the Sun.They are fragments of the Sun. Without the Sun the world cannot exist ; there can be no birth or death.Nothing can exist without the Sun. This was the reason the ancients worshiped the Sun as Divine. Elements of the Sun are present in every human being.Everyone has originated from the rays of the Sun.The light within each one is derived from the Sun.As His light is present within us,we are a fragment of the Sun.Each one of you carries the imprint of the Sun within you.




When the Surya Upanishad refers to the Sun,it is not just the physical Sun.It also refers to the inner Sun- the embodiment of the spiritual light within.The physical Sun we observe everyday.But the inner Sun,the Sun of divinity that we have inside us,we may not observe unless we learn to look within. The physical Sun gives us light that nourishes and purifies.The inner Sun gives us illumination and spiritual wisdom that removes the darkness of ignorance.

The intense heat of the physical Sun scorches everything and kills germs.The spiritual wisdom of the inner Sun has the power to burn out evil desires,dears and harmful attachments.
The physical Sun is very far from the planet Earth.When we observe the Sun from here,we see a tiny disc,but we know how bright and vast it really is.Similarly,the inner Sun that we have deep within us,is very far from us and it seems very tiny and insignificant.But when we approach our inner Sun we realise just how infinite it really is.Experiencing this infinity,we are illumined and transformed. - Baghwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

In a nutshell...

Sun worship should be appreciated once again.As a deity, Surya is visible to our naked eyes as a star.Chanting the Surya Upanishad and the Gayatri to this visible form of God will elevate us highly.

Remember that most of us carry a dense affinity to solar energy as our ancients were ardent worshipers of the Sun.This genetic makeup can hasten our progress in tapping this energy.

May the chant of Suryopanishad fill the atmosphere as dawn peels over the sky to kiss our forehead with its nourishing rays.





Surya Upanishad Recitation

Monday, 16 October 2017

History of Karrupar

  



 Karrupuswamy as a deity is stealing the limelight on the contemporary.His popularity is rising as we speak and people of different ethnicity around the globe have started worshiping Him.

  This would be my third article on this deity,who is indeed very much close to my heart.The other two articles can be found here :

(1) Karrupar Mantra

(2) Mystery behind the salt immersed Karrupar @ Sivakaliamman temple

 So let's look into the 'morphological' aspects of this deity.We start with Sri Karuppar.

 Sri Karuppar or Karuppanaswamy or Karrupuswamy ( all three terminologies denote the same deity ) is the prototype of the Karrupar vamsam or lineage.This means that there are many other individualised consciousness or identities of karrupar along the line after sri karuppar,which we will discuss later.

 Sri Karuppar is described as a fierce looking warrior,dark in colour ( depicted blue) , handsomely moustached, forehead adorned with tirunaamam ( vaishnavite tilak ) , holding a machete or sword (aruval ) and riding a white horse.These are the standard features of Sri Karuppar, or the standard form of Karuppar.




 The widely-accepted legend behind Sri Karuppar dates back to the period of Ramayana,which occurred more than 20 000 years ago.



 Kusha,brother of Lava who is the child of Sri Rama is said to be Karuppar.When Sita Devi was sent to exile into the forest,some series of events occurred where Sage Valmiki creates a child from darbha grass after Sita's child, Lava went missing from his sight.However,Lava was actually safe with his mother.Hence,this resulted in two children. In order to differentiate the children,they were asked to walk through a fire test.Lava braves it unhurt while Kusha gets somewhat charred into a dark-skinned child.Sri Rama blesses Kusha as a guardian deity.

 There are several versions of this story above with slight variations.Again,emphasising that this is the widely-accepted story and not purely authentic.There's no solid evidence for this story.

  Some facts correlate with the incidences of this story though.

1. Kusha in sanskrit means darbha grass.It corresponds with the story which claims that Kusha was created from darbha grass.In many Karuppar temples,the dhyana sloka ( invocation prayer describing the deity to be meditated upon) sung in tamil address the deity as ' He who is born from darbha' ( darbhaiyil piranthavane ).



2. Karuppuswamy's naamam ( forehead marking) indicates a vaishnava relation.This could be highly possible if Karrupar is Kusha, son of Rama.




 Other karuppars along the line

 Sri Karuppar,as mentioned earlier,is the prototype in the karuppar deities.There are more forms of karuppars.Each have their own name,features,history and traits.

  Many have confusions regarding this.They confuse other forms of karrupar and associate them with Sri Karuppar.However, there's no significance in this confusion as all of them express the same energy.But some clarification does no harm.There are 108 karuppar identities overall.


                                        108 names of karuppar

  Sangilli Karuppar



 Sangili karuppar is one of the most well-known identities amongst the 108 karuppars.His history dates back to the era when Madurai was ruled by Tirumalai Naicker ( 1623 - 1659 AD ).He was the leader of the Piranmalai Kallars ( Kallars of the forest region ).Madurai Veeran,another well-known guardian deity co-existed with Sangili Karuppar.Apparently ,they were rivals, as the former was under the king while the latter,Sangili was a robinhood.




 An interesting part is that there are elders who reside in Madurai today who claim that their grandparents were certain that Sangili Karuppar and Veeran were the same person.In fact,there is a famous saying in tamil about how Veeran and Sangili cannot be seen together.Sangili Karuppar is said the be the mask uptaken by Veeran to help the poor beyond his duties within the royal patronage.

 If you notice the features of Sangili,He is different from Sri Karuppar.Sangili does not wield an aruval or sword,eventhough it is considered as an important insignia of karuppar worship.He wields a spear instead and is wrapped with chain.You can see these features in Sangili Karuppar trance sessions to verify this.

 18 aam padi Karrupar





 Another famous form of Karuppar.Also known as Malayala karuppu.Legends say that Malayala Karuppu appeared to the priests who protected the temple in the form of a pitch-black warrior,with a long sword and matted locks.He promised to guard Azhagar temple. 

 Similarly,there are many other forms of Karuppar, such as Periya karuppu,chinna karuppu,nondi karuppu,bhootaraja etc..



 Video above : Sankaran Kovil Karuppar.The priest here channels the karuppar through trance.You can see that the karuppar's language,style of speaking and even diet varies from other karuppar forms.


 Ultimately,they all express the same energy.They respond fast to one's prayer,protect dharma ( righteousness ) and safeguard justice and control time.

  Karuppars are associated with both Shaivism and Vaishnavism.Karuppuswamy is said to be the expression of Kala Bhairava.He is also seen as the fierce aspect of Krishna or Vishnu.Personally, I have testified this as well.You can access His energy in the same way whether you see Him as an expression of Shiva or Vishnu.



 The Bhairavas. We can see the parallel of Karuppar system to that of the Bhairava system. The picture depicts the Ashta-Bhairavas - eight expressions of Bhairava, headed by Kala Bhairava - who is the standard form of Bhairava ( like how Sri Karuppar is the standard in the karuppar system ).

  Note that each of the Bhairava forms are unique in their own way.They have their own vahana ( vehicle ) , attribute and form.60 more forms of bhairava branch from these ashta-bhairavas.So that totals to 68 forms of bhairava excluding the prototype Kala Bhairava.

  



 This is the form of Swarna-Akshara Bhairava.He does not have a fierce form as how we would expect a Bhairava to be.He sits with His consort and blesses devotees with wealth.A form of Bhairava who gives wealth. Heard of it ? Yes,He exists.

 In a nutshell...

  Whichever guardian deity you worship,worship them with the adhered protocol.If you are going into rituals,it may be better to learn up about the forms properly.For example,the shrine of Sangili Karuppar must have a chain.






 If these are too complicated,simply use the karuppar mantra-meditation technique I have posted via a link at the beginning of this article.That can get you connected to the energy of karuppar through any form you like.Or you could even worship Karuppar as Vishnu or Kala Bhairava. Sivakaliamman temple of Serdang express their Karuppar as Vishnu.I have articled this as well,which you can find in a link at the beginning of this article as well.


         
                          KLEEM HAAM KARUPPUSWAMIYE SWAAHA

                                       OM NAMO NARAYANAYA

                          KASHI KAAPU RAADHI NAADHA KALA
                                       BHAIRA VAM- BHAJE
  

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Reviving Legends

 This post is on legends and heroes whose tales are on the verge of dying from memories of fellow men.

  There were some stories apparently from history told by my father some time back. that I could not find reference elsewhere.I shall list them here.I do not have evidence for these stories,but let's keep them alive should they be authentic. 

1. The Doctor who revived the dead

     This was narrated by my father's professor,around 1970s.There lived a doctor somewhere in ( Greece ? If I am not wrong ) who had mastery over the art of reviving the dead.However,the public saw him as a wizard and killed him.Over time,death-rate increased in the population with uncontrolled disease spread.That was when they started appreciating the doctor's skills.They erected a temple for him and worshiped him there,with remorse.

   There were and are many yogis in India who can do this by means of yogic powers.However, having someone out of India at that time ( ancient perhaps ) was something commendable. I have no further knowledge about this incidence.Perhaps,I wish someone ,somewhere in this globe has.

2. The Indonesian King , bled by blood.

   Also narrated by father.Not sure of the source.. but here is what I can recall 
There was a king in Indonesia,who was born with a beard.He was extraordinary and interestingly - invincible.He was resistant to death.He was a strict vegetarian.The invaders could not overcome him to conquer his territory.Hence,they sought cheap-trickery.The king's invincibility could be broken only by having him contact with blood. 

 The invaders resorted to the king's cook so she could spike some blood drops into the king's meal.The cook however mentioned that the king was to be as sharp as a tack to the slightest presence of blood - adding to his attribute of strict vegetarianism.

 So this is what these cheap folks did.They shot the king's young daughter who was playing outdoors.Upon sighting this,the king rushed to aid.Ultimately,he was stained by his daughter's blood,which thus perished his invincibility.The invaders took advantage of the emotional play and killed the king with gunshots at once...

  These stories had been engraved in me quite deeply.Despite knowing their whereabouts,these two heroes remain close to my heart.

  

Friday, 1 September 2017

Mystery behind the salt immersed Karrupar @ Sivakaliamman Temple , Serdang

Karrupar shrine in 2013


   Sivakaliamman temple of Serdang, Malaysia is a a rather prestigious temple most Malaysians are aware of. A unique feature of this temple is that of the karrupar deity who is pooled by generous mounds of salt.Devotees are allowed to offer salt around the deities

  to an extent where they are immersed in it...


                                               September 2017

So what is the relation between this salt ritual and Karrupar ?

  Salt is associated with Lord Vishnu and Vaishnavism,specifically as being originating from Vaikuntha ( the abode of Lord Vishnu ) . Vaikunta is the place or stage of no ' kunTitha' - a stage where there is no dullness or stupidity ; no mutilation,misery or grief and no fear.




 The Lord of the Universe is the Lord enshrined in your heart.If you play on the heart strings with ecstasy, the heart will be Vaikunta itself.

 Vaikunta as the abode of God means a place that is changeless.Many things may change in a man,but his heart is changeless.

   Where the singing of the Name of the lord fills the air with its splendour and fragrance,that place is indeed Vaikunta-  abode of Vishnu.


                            Image : Offering of salt to Lord Vishnu


  Puranas apparently glorify salt for its divine qualities.Salt is revered as it plays an important role in various aspects - particularly food.In many cultures,salt is also used to repel negative energies.



  Coming to Karrupaswamy..

 Karrupar is a deity who has legends associating Him to Lord Vishnu.He is more often seen as Kala Bhairava or the fierce aspect of Shiva.

  Nevertheless,many see Karrupar as the fierce form of Krishna as well..Another commoner view is the parallel between Karrupar and Kalki - the 10th Avatar of Lord Vishnu.


Karrupar - who is depicted as a fierce looking 
warrior deity,dark in colour ( illustrated blue) with a machete or sword held high, riding a white horse , with a Naamam tilak ( forehead marking used by Vaishnavites - devotees of Lord Vishnu ) adorning His forehead.These are the standard features of Sri Karrupar.




The parallels in Lord Kalki's form

 Link below will enable you to read in-depth on the connection between Karrupar worship and Perumal worship by ancient tamils : 



Oppiliappan

Another interesting point to note is that,the Karrupar in Sivakaliamman temple is also called by the name ''Uppiliappan''.Uppiliappan is the form of Lord Vishnu in Uppiliappan temple , Kumbakonam, India.
                                                                            



In a nutshell,this temple adores the touch of Vaishnavism and this has found its expression in the Vishnu-expression of Karrupar.That's the reason for the salt bath.Even Pratyangira Devi in this temple is expressed under the touch of Narayana.





 Pratyangira Devi of Sivakaliamman temple.She holds a conch and chakra ( disc ) prominently,as how Lord Narayana would.This is something unique to the deity in this temple.Other Pratyangira shrines do not hold this feature.



Lord Vishnu holds the conch and chakra to symbolise sound and time.The conch indicates sound and chakra indicates time.Lord Shiva,similarly expresses sound through his damaruka and time through the trident ( trisula) 


Sound and time are the essence of the universe or creation.


As such,our team who generally chant the Sri Rudram to Karuppar,chose to recite the Narayana Upanishad this time - and it was a great experience.Below is the sharing of the video :




Narayana Upanishad chanting for Karrupar,Sivakaliamman temple , Serdang.

Narayana Upanishad is a veda mantra from the Atharva Veda that exalts the all-pervasive Narayana as the source of creation and cosmos.

Ps - Sri Rudram was later chanted during archanai for Kaliamman as per the Gurukkal ( head priest's ) instruction.

Lalitha Sahasranam archanai is done every Fridays,besides grandiose Yagyas and poojas on special occasions,in this temple

 Jai Kali