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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kerala commies embark on mission to spread Sri Ramanyana


எம்பெருமானின் அவதாரங்களிலே  இராம அவதாரமும் கிருஷ்ணாவதாரமும் மிக்க சிறப்புற்றவை.   சக்ரவர்த்தியான  ஸ்ரீராமபிரான், சகல சிறப்புகளும் மிக்கவன்.  மிகுந்த உயரிய குணாதிசயங்கள் கொண்டவன்.




रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः साधुस्सत्यपराक्रमः । राजा सर्वस्य लोकस्य देवानां मघवानिव ॥

ராமோ விக்ரஹவாந் தர்ம: ஸாதுஸ்ஸத்யபராக்ரம: ।
ராஜா ஸர்வஸ்ய லோகஸ்ய தேவாநாம் மகவாநிவ ॥

Sri Rama was the embodiment of Dharma; He was a great personality endowed with great valour coupled with all virtues.  He was the King of all Worlds yet chose to go to the forest forsaking all pleasures obediently following the words of His father to Kaikeyi. 
The great epic ‘Sri Ramayana’ is not just a story which happened long ago; it has a philosophical, spiritual significance and a deep truth in it.  The words ‘rays’ and ‘radiance’ come from the Sanskrit root word ‘ra’. ‘Ra’ means light, ‘Ma’ means within me, in my heart.   The mighty warrior yet the most benevolent Rama was born in Ayodhya. Ayodhya means ‘a place where no war can happen’. When there is no conflict in our mind, then the radiance can dawn.
Valmiki Ramayana, Adhyatma Ramayana, Vasishta Ramayana, Ananda Ramayana, Agasthya Ramayana in Sanskrit, Ranganatha Ramayana in Telugu, Kamba Ramayana in Tamil, Tulasi Ramayana or Ramacharitamanasa in Hindi, Kirtivasa Ramayana in Bengali, and Ezuthachan’s Adhyatma Ramayana in Malayalam are some of the well known versions  ~  there are more too.  For all these works on the saga of Rama, Ramayana authored by Valmiki who is called Aadi Kavi has been the basis.   When Rama was a young boy, he was the perfect son. Later he was an ideal husband to his faithful wife, Sita, and a responsible ruler of Aydohya. "Be as Rama," young Indians have been taught for 2,000 years”. 

When King Dasaraqtha  banished Rama to forest and ordered Bharata be crowned, the faultless Sri Rama accepted the decree unquestioningly. "I gladly obey father's command," he said to his stepmother. "Why, I would go even if you ordered it."

The tourism wing of Indian Railways will run a unique pilgrim train, Shri Ramayana Express, from November 14. The train will be flagged off from Delhi Safdarjung railway station. "The train will cover all important destinations associated with the life of Lord Shri Ram in a 16 days all inclusive tour package which is spread both in the countries of India as well as Sri Lanka in which 4 destinations will be covered," said the railways in a statement.   IRCTC communiqué says that after  leaving Delhi, the train will make its first stop in Ayodhya followed by Hanuman Garhi Ramkot and Kanak Bhawan temple. The train will then cover the important destinations of Ramayana circuit such as Nandigram, Sitamarhi, Janakpur, Varanasi, Prayag, Shringverpur, Chitrakoot, Nasik, Hampi and Rameshwaram,"

For pressitudes and secularists, any reference to ‘Lord Sri Rama or Sri Krishna’ would immediately open the sluice gates for discussions and ‘award-vapsi’ – in a secular State, the party (BJP) is trying to divide people with religion – there should be no talk about religion, immediately a non-starter of dozen unheralded parties would go on appealing !! ~ said is the State of affairs – to them anything connected with Hinduism is bad – and one can hear cacophony of some actors crying hoarse !!  ~  at this juncture a party (now reduced a party in a State) is planning to spread awareness of Sri Rama .. .. !! !!  -  and it is not BJP, any of its affiliates or any Right wing party !

Kerala’s ruling communist party is rethinking religion, admitting that the ‘opium of the masses’ may have its uses.  The Communists in Kerala swear by their working class ideology and dialectics, but in practice they deftly spin it to survive and gain from a neoliberal world order. On paper, they are Communists, but in reality, they can only aspire to be, at best, social democrats.  Marxists would certainly detest being called social democrats because ideology is what they wax eloquent about and what gives them cover. Everything they do, whether it’s an alleged political murder or taking advertisements from homegrown crony-capitalists, are ideologically sanitised by their formal and informal network of supporters and proxies. Everything, according to them, is part of their long-term plan of a revolutionary project.

Kerala’s Sanskrit Sangham, an organisation formed last year under the aegis of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), has embarked on a mission to spread awareness about the various versions of the Ramayana. Its members say this is being done in order to prevent the Sangh Parivar from appropriating the ancient Indian epic for political gains.  One immediately remembers that its  rank and file were encouraged  active engagement with religious beliefs and customs, having held massive public rallies on Janmashtami, the Hindu festival. For the last few years, the party has been holding rallies with tableaux of Hindu gods—borrowing a leaf from saffron organizations, but mixing it with European communist icons Karl Marx and Joseph Stalin.
pic : credit - scroll.in

Now the  month-long initiative will begin on July 15 with a series of seminars titled Thoughts on Ramayana that will be held across all of the state’s 14 district headquarters. It is trying to camouflage claiming that Sanskrit Sangham is collective of people who love the Sanskrit language.  “The majority of them are CPI(M) sympathisers. As usual they maintain that the outfit was not a feeder organisation for the communist party.  The organisation was possibly inspired to launch this exercise after seeing the huge success of a lecture series on the cultural history of the Mahabharata, the other major Indian epic, by Left-leaning intellectual Sunil P Ilayidom. Ilayidom’s lectures on the epic in several Kerala cities in 2016 drew thousands of people as audience members. It also attracted a huge online viewership. His speeches dwelled on the diversity and pluralistic essence of the Mahabharata.

But political observers say that there could be more pragmatic reasons behind the seminars on the Ramayana. They are trying to ape RSS and trying to get some political mileage by propagating Ramayana & Mahabaratha in their own flavour. Since 2016, the party has also been promoting yoga under the banner of the Indian Martial Arts Academy and Yoga Study Centre.  If the Ramayana seminars draw a good response, the Sangham plans to organise similar events on the Mahabharata, Vedas and Upanishads.

The seminars begin two days before the start of the month of Karkidakam, the last month of the Malayalam calendar. In Kerala, it is also known as Ramayana Masam or the month for reading the Ramayana. Some Hindus in the state read the Adhyatma Ramayanam during this 30-day period.  Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, the state secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) denied that the party was celebrating Ramayana month. “CPI(M) is not organising any such event,” he said – but would the Commies come out in open and keep away totally from any link to the newly floated outfit and its diluted ideology ?

Secularism has many many definitions ~ and Kerala communists are trying to give their own colour  !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15th July 2018.

Thiruvallikkeni Kodai Uthsavam day 3 - 2018


**தேசும் திறலும் திருவும் உருவமும், மாசில் குடிப்பிறப்பும் மற்றவையும் – பேசில்**

எம்பெருமானை நினைத்த மாத்திரத்திலே, அவனது - தேஜஸ்ஸும், பராக்ரமமும், செல்வங்களும்,  அழகிய ரூபமும், குற்றமற்ற நற்குலமும் மற்றுமுள்ள நன்மைகளும், நம்மை நலம்புரிந்து வந்தடையும். 


At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam, it is ‘kodai Uthsavam’ ~ though associated as a festivity in summer – it actually is towards the end of summer season – in the Tamil month of Aani.  It usually rains too during this period.



Summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons -  the days are longer and the nights are shortert, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice.  In Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” a sweeping, seven-part composition inspired by Earth’s neighbors in the solar system, the song of Saturn begins softly, with the gentle hum of flutes. The melody, solemn and nostalgic, marches slowly forward. Then the woodwinds subside, and there’s an explosion of sound, a frenzy of horns and clanging bells. Melancholy seems to morph into menace. The roar is brief, and the movement returns to its opening softness, closing on the dreamy whisper of violins.

The Atlantic Daily reports that the  movement, first performed in late 1918, is enchanting and unsettling at the same time—just like the real music around Saturn.  .. .. and music here means these noises from the space between Saturn and its icy moon Enceladus: The source of this ethereal chorus is the movement of plasma waves between Saturn and Enceladus, recorded by the Cassini spacecraft and then converted into sound the human ear can register.

Away,  NASA’s administrator is a strong defender of President Donald Trump’s proposals for space – including an armed force and a permanent presence on the moon – and says he wants Americans to realize how much their well-being depends on what happens far above Earth.  “Every banking transaction requires a GPS signal for timing,” Jim Bridenstine said in an interview. “You lose the GPS signal and guess what you lose? You lose banking.” “If you look at what space is, it’s not that much different than the ocean,” added Bridenstine, who made 333 aircraft-carrier landings as a Navy pilot. “It’s an international domain that has commerce that needs to be protected.”

Last summer, when he was still in Congress, Bridenstine supported a measure that would have created a “space corps.” It passed the House but was removed from the final defense spending bill. Then last month, Trump called for the Pentagon to develop a sixth branch of the American armed services that would protect national and commercial interests in space.  UAE students who dream of travelling to space, engineering rockets, or delving into the depths of designing a mission to Mars are in for a treat next month as the NASA Space and Rocketry Summer Camp 2018 comes to the UAE for the first time. Open to all students aged from 9 to 18 years, the camp will be led by NASA experienced space experts from North America and Europe and will employ NASA’s and the UAE’s space curriculum, space projects, astronaut training and other activities. Students will learn what it’s like to live and work in space, learn about missions to Mars and design their own Mars base.

At Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam, it was day 3 of Kodai uthsavam – at 5 pm, Sri Parthasarathi Perumal and ubaya nachimar in separate kedayam had chinna mada veethi purappadu, kulakkarai via Venkatrangam Street, Gate aam – in the purappadu it was Moonram thiruvanthathi of Sri Peyalwar.

Here are some photos taken during the purappadu.

~ adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
15th July 2o18.












Saturday, July 14, 2018

Thiruvallikkeni Kodai uthsavam ~ day 2 : 2018


செய்வதற்கு அரிய செயலும்  மஹாபுருஷனான எம்பெருமானை பெற்றால்  எளிது ஆகும்.
Thiruvallikkeni Kodai uthsavam ~ day 2 : 2018

There are a row of houses in Kairavini kulakkarai known as ‘Gate aam’ – one entrance is at Tank Square and the other is at the other end – Venkatrangam Street – during Kodai uthsavam, Perumal has purappadu through this gate !!.. 
Summer rains are not totally uncommon – people expect rains for reducing the heat and more so for water ..  but at Thiruvallikkeni,  devotees would think that it should not rain in the evening for it is Kodai uthsavam now.  This is 7 day Uthsavam  and on earlier days,  Sri Parthasarathi used to visit Vasantha Bungalow. Today (14th July 2018) is day 2  of Kodai Uthsavam for Sri Parthasarathi Swami at  Thiruvallikkeni divyadesam. 

அரியது எளிதாகும் ஆற்றலால் மாற்றி*
பெருக முயல்வாரைப் பெற்றால்* - கரியதோர்
வெண்கோட்டு மால்யானை வென்று முடித்தன்றே*
தண்கோட்டு மாமலரால் தாழ்ந்து.   ~    ஸ்ரீ பூதத்தாழ்வார் பாசுரம். இரண்டாம் திருவந்தாதி.




There is nothing  impossible for the devotee who has sought refuge in Sriman Narayana.  He accepts all with love just as He did for that elephant Gajendra. That beautiful white elephant battling life, yet offered flowers, bowed low and attained desired fruit by surrendering to Sriman Narayana. 

During Kodai Uthsavam, Sri Parthasarathi and Ubaya Nachimar have purappadu in separate kedayams… in those days when He visited Vasantha bungalow, there would be Unjal and on return Perumal and Nachimar would be together in the same kedayam.   Here are some photos taken by me  during today’s purappadu.






திருவல்லிக்கேணியில் ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாளுக்கு வருடம் முழுவதும் பல உத்சவங்கள் விமர்சையாக நடைபெறுகின்றன.  கோடை கால முடிவில் நடைபெறும் உத்சவம் "கோடை உத்சவம்".  சில வருடங்கள் முன் வரை,  நம் ஸ்ரீபார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாள் மாலை வேளையில் வசந்த உத்சவ பங்களாவுக்கு எழுந்து அருளி இளைப்பாறிபின்பு வெய்யில் தணிந்ததும் திரும்புகால் புறப்பாடு கண்டு அருள்வார்.

இப்போது 'வசந்த உத்சவ பங்களாஇல்லாத காரணத்தால் 'பெருமாள் வெங்கடரங்கம் பிள்ளை தெரு வழியாக புறப்பாடு கண்டு அருளி, "கேட் ஆம்"  என்று அழைக்கப்படும் வீடுகள் வழியாக குளக்கரைக்கு திரும்பி புறப்பாடு கண்டு அருள்கிறார்.  இவ்வுத்சவத்தில் 'ஸ்ரீ பார்த்தசாரதி பெருமாள் தனி கேடயத்திலும்,உபய நாச்சிமார் தனி கேடயத்திலும்"  எழுந்து அருள்வது விசேஷம்.

~ adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.







Friday, July 13, 2018

Shocking ! Pazhani idol to Kumbakonam Court - prasadam to be certified !!!


Many of us go to Temples daily and have darshan of Perumal ~ in this Kali yuga, our Lord blesses us in the idol form (Archavatharam) – devotees offer donations of money, produce, commodity, land, animals and more to the Temples thinking that they are doing their wee-bit for the maintenance of the Temple – sadly, in Tamil Nadu the money flows elsewhere and often used for non-religious purposes and purposes for which the donations were never intended to.  The unsavoury incidents getting reported about the maladies in administration would outsmart all that one can imagine as a ‘movie story’ !..

The money in Hindu temples get channelized to various ways of the State which claims to practice secularism – but that applies to only one religion, for Govts often offer more and more sops to pilgrims of other religion.  The priests are poorly paid, there are either no infrastructure for pilgrims or the ones are very poorly maintained.

Did you read this news item :  -  As many as 47 major temples in Tamil Nadu run by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department will get Food Safety and Standards Authority of India certification for their ‘prasadam,’ an official said today. Prasadam, a material substance of food, is a religious offering and is normally consumed by devotees after offering prayers. The exercise, aimed at ensuring quality and bringing in standardisation, began with the prasadam of the famous Sri Palani Murugan temple’s (Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple) ‘Panchamirtham’ (a mix of banana, ghee, honey, sugar and dates). – one wonders what this is all about ?  - is this hotel food ? – while thousands of road side eateries and unlicensed hotels and even rated hotels dish out food uncontrolled, unchecked – comes the beautiful scheme of certification of prasadam.. .. what is prasadam ?  - it is  that divine food, which is offered to the Lord  and partaken by devotees.  But in most places, ‘selling of prasad’ is auctioned – those who win the auction, run it like any other eatery – mostly the food is made outside, not offered to Lord and has no sanctity at all !! – yet sold at higher price, for it is sold inside the Temple and the gullible believe it to be the Prasad of the Lord.

For saivaites, visit to arupadaiveedu (the six divine places) of Lord Muruga are of utmost importance.  Lord Murugan is the deity of the Tamil Land. Palani (Tiru Avinankudi) is the third Padai Veedu. The temple at Palani is an ancient one, situated at an elevation of 1500 feet above sea level. It is a charming campus from where one can take a look at the Idumban Hill, the Kodaikanal Hills, the Western Ghats, the greenery of the paddy fields, rivers, tanks, Palani town and the colleges. On a lovely, clear and mist-free day, the Kurinji Andavar Temple is visible from here against the bright Sun. In daytime, Palani is Hill Beautiful at night, it is Hill Resplendent.

Thai Poosam and Panguni Uthiram festivals are very famous festivals and large number of devotees coming here at that time. It belongs to 9th  century and the king namely Cheraman Peruman constructed this temple.    Palani has been mentioned in the Tamil Sangam Literature as Podhini, which came to be called as Palani later, according to the historions. In Thirumurukatruppadai, Palani is mentioned.   Many Siddhas  had  lived in this region. The idol of Palani Andavar is said to have been made of Navapashanam ( a combination of Veeram, Pooram, Rasam, Jathilingam, Kandagam, Gauri Pasanam, Vellai Pasanam, Mridharsingh, Silasat), by a siddhar called Bhogar.  Bakthas firmly believe that  the materials of abhishegam like milk, sandalpaste, etc., attain medicinal properties on being poured over Lord Palaniandavars idol and they cure  many diseases.  Panchamirtham is the specialty of Palani temple.

This news item shocked devotees : 
பழனி: பஞ்சலோக சிலை முறைகேடு வழக்கு காரணமாக பழனி முருகன் கோயிலின் உற்சவர் சிலை காவல்துறையிடம் ஒப்படைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. வழக்கு விசாரணைக்காக பழனி முருகன் சிலையை கும்பகோணம் நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஒப்படைக்க கும்பகோணம் நீதிமன்றம் கூறியது. பழனி போலீசுக்கு இதற்காக ஆணையிட்டது. இந்த நிலையில் சிலை கடத்தல் தடுப்பு காவல்துறையினரிடம் பழனி முருகன் உற்சவர் சிலை ஒப்படைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.   பலத்த பாதுகாப்புடன் இந்த சிலை கும்பகோணம் நீதிமன்றத்தில் ஒப்படைக்கப்படும்.

One shudders to understand ! ~ what, what is happening – the idol of Muruga, which is to be worshipped has been ordered to be placed before the KUmbakonam Court and is taken custody by the Police ! ~ what – what a shockwave and pain .. .. how can an idol be taken to Court and in possession of Police – are there not honourable ways of handling this case ??

A couple of months ago, a  special police team, led by Inspector-General of Police (Idol Wing) A.G. Pon Manickavel, kick-started its third phase of investigation into the alleged conspiracy behind an attempt to replace the main idol of the Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple in Palani 14 years ago. This time he came to the temple town with a team of experts from IIT, led by Metallurgy Department Professor Murugaian Amirthalingam, to check the quality and quantity of metals used in the 200 kg idol.  The man who has unearthed many temple scandals,  interrogated HR&CE Joint Commissioner R. Selvaraj at the PWD guest house. The 200 kg panchaloha idol of Lord Muruga was installed as abishekamurthy near the main idol (moolavar) in the garbagruham of the Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple on January 25, 2004, and removed on June 7, 2004.

The management and control of the temples and the administration of their endowments is one of the primary responsibilities of the State . A number of measures have been undertaken prior to the year 1925 for efficient control and supervision of the administration of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments – website of HR& CE claims .. .. .. if there were irregularities, the Dept is to check and weed out them by managing ~ but what is the remedy when such irregularities galore in their administration. 

In 2004, the then newly-sculpted "panchaloha" idol of Lord Murugan in the famous Sri Dandayuthapaniswamy Temple on the Palani hills was placed next to the 3,000-year-old navabashana idol, to replace the latter since it was "wearing away". However, within a couple of months, the new idol, was removed and shifted to a strong room of the temple.  Fourteen years later, officials now suspect that the new idol was sculpted only to "smuggle" the centuries-old old navabashana idol to a foreign land and possibly sell it to an art gallery to rake in crores of rupees, after moving it from the sanctum sanctorum. The idol wing of the Tamil Nadu Police arrested Padma Shri awardee M Muthiah Sthapathi, chief sculptor of the government, and K K Raja, the then executive officer of the Palani Temple, for causing a loss of Rs 1.31 crore in making the statute.  Following the arrest of the EO, former  commissioner of Hindu religious and charitable endowments -  Dhanapal, was named co-accused in the conspiracy to steal gold.  Dhanapal is the fifth accused in the case of the alleged misappropriation. 

Temple idol is planned to be replaced – irregularities reported – people arrested are the sculptor, EO of the Temple, Commissioner of HR&CE .. does that augur well for the Hindus, the devotees – and what the responsible State would do ?? – absolutely paining – makes one cry with blood. Sad is the state of affairs

With deep anguish
~ a bakthan
13th July 2018.