Friday, August 28, 2015

Yajur Upakarma (Avani Avittam)-2015 – Text and MP3 Downloads

Yajur Upakarma which is performed in the month of Sravana, on the full moon day. This year, it  falls on 29th August, 2015

It is very important that all of us perform this ritual without fail and do prayshchita for removal of all the sins and secure the divine blessings.

PDF and Audio Downloads

The complete Upakarma vidhi is available in Tamil and Sanskrit as downloadable pdf files for the help of all devotees. The Audio recording for the same has also been provided for the benefit of devotees. The Mantras have been rendered by Sri V.Sriram Ghanapatigal

NOTE: While the below PDF and Audio Files will be helpful for the devotees to perform Avani Avittam at the comfort of their home by following these, it is for those who are hard pressed for time and are  in remote places where there are not many Vadhyars and also community members to get together and perform this at a common place.  Atleast on this day, it would be better if the members and devotees of our community come together at a place like a Temple, Community Halls, River banks, Veda Patasala etc and perform Avani Avittam, and attain the blessings of the Almighty. This would also serve our community to get together and stronger and save our ancient traditions and culture and do Dharma Karyams.

In case of difficulty or break ups in audio streaming, please download the entire mp3 to your local drive and play.

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  1. Prarthana : 
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  2. Introduction :  
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  3. Samitadanam :  
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  4. Kamokarshit Japam:  
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  5. Brahma Yagnam:  
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  6. Deva-Rishi Tarpanam:  
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  7. Pitru Tarpanam:  
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  8. Mahasankalpam:  
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  9. Yagnopaveetha Dharanam:  
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  10. Kandarishi Tarpanam:  
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  11. Vedarambham:  
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  12. Conclusion:  
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  13. Gayathri Japa Sankalpam :  
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Avani Avittam Mantram

(Upakarma) Avani Avittam

In English

(the source Shri.Ramachander)


28-08-2015 (Friday): Varalakshmi Vratham :

29-08-2015 (Saturday): Yajurveda Upakarma(Avani Avittam)
30-08-2015 (Sunday): Gayatri Japam
15-09-2015 (Tuesday): Samaveda Upakarmam

 

 


1.Yagnyopaveetha Dharana Mantram


(Only Bhramchari's has to change the yagnyopaveetam in the morning)

( Mantram for wearing Poonal)


1. Perform Achamanam

Take minute quantities of water(just sufficient to soak one grain of black gram) three times in the right hand and take it with the following manthra.

1.Om Achyuthaya nama 2.Om Ananthaya nama 3.Om Govindaya nama

Then

Touch with thumb both cheeks saying kesava Narayana

Touch with ring finger both eyes saying Madhava Govinda

Touch with the first finger both sides of nose saying Vishno-Madhusoodana

Touch with little finger both ears saying Trivikrama Vamana

Touch with the middle finger both shoulders saying Sreedhara-Hrishi kesa

Touch with all fingers the belly button saying Padmanabha

Touch with all fingers the head saying Damodara

 

2. Ganapathi dyanam*

Recite the following manthra slowly hitting the forehead with both fists together.:-

 

Shuklambaradharam Vishnum Sasi Varnam ChathurBhujam,

Prasanna Vadanam Dyayeth Sarva Vigna Upa Santhaye.

*This prayer is not recited by Vaishnavas. They are requested to go to the next section.

 

 

3. Do Pranayamam.

Hold both Nostrils with Thumb and the little and third finger of the hands and recite the following Manthra:-

 

Om Bhoo

Om Bhuva

Ogum Suva

Om Maha

Om Jana

Om Thapa

Ogum Sathyam

Om Tatsa vithur varenyam Bargo devasya dhi mahi dhiyo yona prachodayath

Om Apa

Jyothj rasa

Amrutham brahma

Bhoorbuvasuvarom

Touch the ears three times saying

Om, Om , Om

Sankalpam:

c.Mamo partha samastha duritha kshya dwara sri paameshwara preethyartham

Shroutha smartha vidhi vihitha nithya karma sadachara anushtanaa yogyatha sidhyartham bhramma tejah abhivrudyartham yagnopaveetha dharanam karishye.

 

d.Yagnopaveetha dharana maha manthrasya

Parabrhma rishih(Touch forehead)

Trushtup chandah (touch below nose)

Paramathma devatha (touch heart)

 

e.Yagnopaveetha dharane viniyogah

 

Wear Poonal one by one by reciting (poonal should be held by both hands, the tie in the poonal being held above by the right hand facing upwards)

Yagnopaveetham paramam pavithram praja patheh,

Yat sahajam purasthat aayushyam

Agriyam prathi muncha shubhram yagnopaveetham balamasthu thejah OM .

 

f.After wearing all poonals one by one do Aachamanam


g.Remove the old poonals and break them to pieces by reciting

 

Upaveetham bhinna thanthum jeernam kashmala dooshitham, visrujami jale punarbrahman varcho deergayurasthu me.

 

h.Do aachamanam.


Summary meaning: I wear the white yagnopavitha that is purifying , which was born along with brahma, which is capable of increasing life .I am sure this would give glory and strength to me.I am destroying the dirty , soiled yasgnopavita .

 

2.Kamo Karisheeth & Manyura Karisheeth Japam

 

a.Aaachamanam:Shuklaam Bharadharam…….Santhaye


b.Om Bhooh + Bhoorbhuvasuvarom…………..


c.Mamo partha--- Preethyartham


Tadeva lagnam sudhinam tadaiva, tharaa balam chandra balam thadaiva , vidhya balam daiva balam tadaiva, Sri Lakshmi pathe te aangriyugam smaramaami

Apavithra pavithro vaa sarvaavasthaam gathopi vaa , ya smareth pundari kaksham, sabahya Abhyanthara shuchi , manasam vaachikam paapam , karmanaa Samuparjitham, Sri Rama smaranenaiva vyopahathi na samshayah .Sree Rama Rama Rama, Tithir Vishnu, Tatha vaarah, Nakshatram Vishnu reva cha, Yogascha karanam chaiva sarvam Vishnu mayam Jagat , Sri Govinda , Govinda, Govinda

Aadhya sri bhagavatha mahaa purushasya Vishnoh Agnaya , Pravarthamanasya , Aadhya brhmanah , dweethiya parardhe, shweta varaha kalpe, , Vaivaswatha manvanthare, ashta vimshathi thame, kali yuge, prathame padhe, Jamboo dweepe, Bharatha varshe , Bharatha Kande, Meroh dakshine parshwe, Shakabde Asmin vartamane , vyaavaharike prabhavaadheenam sashtyah samvatsaranaam madhye ,Shri Manmatha nama samvatstare, Dakshinaayane, Varsha rithou, Simha mase(Shravana Mase), shukla pakshe, aadhya pournamasyam shubha tithou, Sthira vasara yukthayam, Shatabhishak nakshatra yukthayam, shubhayoga, shubha karana evam guna, viseshana visishtaayam, asyam vartamanayam pournamaasyam shubha thithou. Taishyaam pournamaasyam adhyayoth utsarjana akarana praayaschithartham , samvatsara praayaschithartham, ashtothara satha sankhyaka kamo karisheeth manyura karisheeth" ithi maha manthra japam karishye.

 

d.Then chant "Kamo karisheeth manyura karisheeth namo namah" 108 times.

 

e.Afterwards perform Aachamana and say Om tat sat brahmaarpanam asthu.

 

Summary meaning:The Brahmin first prays God that the time of doing whatever it may be should become holy and this he is sure is achieved by prayer to God.Then he tells when he is doing this japa, for example which year, which season, which day and so on.And he says that this japa is being done as a repentance for his not perfornming various religious duties during the year that he ought to have performed.The main manthra is a prayer to pardon the lapses which were due to Kama(passion) krodha(anger) and lopa(avarice).

 

Do Madhyaanikam & Bhramyagnyam

 

 

 

3.Bhram yagnyam

 

  1. Perform Achamanam …………
  2. Face eastern direction and do "Shuklam baradaram…." Followed by pranayamam "om Bhoo…" (As mentioned above)
  3. Mamopartha samastha duritha kshyadwara sri Parameshwara preethyartham Brahma Yagnam karishye. Brahma yagnena Yakshye.
  4. Chant and clean the hands with water

Vidhyudasi vidya me paapmanam amruthath Sathya mupaime

And then chant


Om Bhoooh tatsa vithurvarenyam

Om Bhuvah Bhargo devasya Dheemahi

Ogum suvah Dhiyo yonah prachodayath

Om Bhoooh Tatsa vithurvarenyam Bhargo devasya dheemahi

Om Bhuvah Dhiyo yonah prachodayath

Ogum Suvah Tatsa vithurvarenyam Bhargo devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo yonah prachodhayath

 

  1. Chant Vedic manthras

Om Agnimeele purohitham Yagnasya Dheva mruthvijam, hotharam Rathna Dhathamam

Om Ishe Tworje Twa vayavastha upayavastha Devo vassavitha prarpayathu sreshtathamaya karmane

Om Agna Aayahi veethaye grunano havyadathaye, ni hotha sadhsi bharhishi

Om shanno devirabheeshtaye Aapo bhavantu peethaye sanyoh abhishravanthu naha

Sprinkle water round the head by reciting

Sathyam Thapa shradhayam juhomi

 

  1. Recite three times with folded hands

Om namo brahmane namosthwagnaye nama pruthwyai nama oshadheebhya namo vaache namo vaachaspathaye namo vishnave bruhathe karomi.


8.Clean the hands again with water by reciting "vrushtirasi vruschame paapmanam amruthath sathyamupaagam"


deva-rishi-pithru tharpanam karishye.

Do deva tharpanam through the tip of fingers


1.Bramodaya ye deva thaan devaan tharpayami

2.Sarvaan devaan tharpayami

3. Sarva deva ganaan tharpayami

4.Sarva deva pathnis tharapayami

5.Sarva deva ganapathnis tharpayami

 

Do rishi tharpanam by wearing yagnopaveetha as garland and pouring out water from the liitle finger


1, Krishna dwaipayanadayah ye rishaya thaan rishin tharpayami

2. Sarvaan risheen tharpayami

3. Sarva rishi ganaan tharpayami

4. Sarve rishi pathnis tharpayami

5, Sarva rishi gana pathnistharpayami

6. Prajapathim kanda rishim tharpayami

7. Somam kanda rishim tharpayami

8. Agnim kanda rishim tharpayami

9. Viswan devan kanda rishin tharpayami


Pour water from the tips of fingers

10. Sagumhithir devatha upanishada tharpayami

11. Yagnikeer devatha upanishada tharpayami

12.Varuneer devatha upanishada tharpayami


Pour out water from the liitle finger

13. Havyavaham tharpayami

14.Viswaan devaan kanda rishin tharpayaami


Pour water by the bottom of the palm towards self

15.Brahmanam swayambhuvam tharpayami


Pour out water from the liitle finger

16.Viswan devan kandarishin tharpayami

17.Arunan kandarishin tharpayami


Pour water from the tips of fingers

18.Sadasaspathim tharpayami

19.Rig vedam tharpayami

20.Yajur Vedam tharpayami

21. Sama Vedam tharpayami

22. Atharvana Vedam tharpayami

23. Ithihasa puranam tharpayami

24. Kalpam tharpayami


(Only those who have lost their father do Pithru tharpanam wearing the yagnopaveetham on the right shoulder pouring water between the thumb. And index finger).


1.Somah pithruman yamo angiraswan agni kavyavahana ithyadaya ye pithara

thaan pithrun tharpayami,

2. Sarvaan pithrun tharpayami

3. Sarva pithru ganan tharpayami

4. Sarva pithru pathnistharpayami

5. Sarva pithru ganapanthnistharpayami

6. Oorjam vahanthi amrutham grutham paya keelaalam parisruyatham

swadaastha tharpayatha me pithrun trupyatha, trupyatha, trupyatha

(3 times)

15. Put the yagnopaveetha in the normal fashion

And then do aachamanam.

Brahma yagnam(sacrifice to Brahma) is the oblation offered to satisfy Devas, Rishis(sages) and Pithrus(ancestors). It is supposed to be performed daily after Madhyannikam, But nowadays it is done mainly on avani avittam days.

 

 

4.Maha Samkalpam

 

a.Aachamanam

b.Shuklam baradharam……..

c.Om bhoo

d.Maha samkalpam

Mamo partha--- Preethyartham

Tadeva lagnam sudhinam tadaiva, tharaa balam chandra balam thadaiva , vidhya balam daiva balam tadaiva, Sri Lakshmi pathe te aangriyugam smaramaami

Apavithra pavithro vaa sarvaavasthaam gathopi vaa , ya smareth pundari kaksham, sabahya Abhyanthara shuchi , manasam vaachikam paapam , karmanaa Samuparjitham, Sri Rama smaranenaiva vyopahathi na samshayah .Sree Rama Rama Rama, Tithir Vishnu, Tatha vaarah, Nakshatram Vishnu reva cha, Yogascha karanam chaiva sarvam Vishnu mayam Jagat , Sri Govinda , Govinda, Govinda,

Aadya sri bhagawatha, Aadi vishno, Aadinarayanasya achinthyaya , aparimithaya, sakthyaa, abriyamaanasya, mahaa jaloughasya madhye, paribrhamatham aneka koti brhmaandanam madhye, eka thame, prithvi aptejah vaayavya akasha ahankaradhi -mahatu avyakthaih -aavaranaih- aavruthe- asmin mahathi bramanda-karandaka-madhye aadhara sakthi –koormaa nandathi ashta diggajopari prathishtithasya , athala-vithala-suthala-rasaathala-thalaa thala-mahaathala-pathalakyaih loka sapthakasya upari thale, punya kruthaam nivaasabhuthe bhoor –bhuvar-suvar-mahar-janarr-thapa-satyaakhyai loka shatkasya adho bhage mahaa nalayamana phani raja seshasya sahasra phanaa mani mandala mandithe, dighdanthi-shunda dhanda-uttambhithe, panchasath koti yojana vistheerne, lokaloka –achalena valayithe lavaneshu-sura-sarpi-dhadhi-ksheera-udakaarnavischa parivruthe, jambhu-plaksha-saka-salmali-kusa-krouncha-pushkarakhya saptha dweepanaam madhye, Jamboo dweepe, Bharatha varshe, bharatha kande, prajaapathi kshetre dandakaaranya-chamapakaaranya-vindhyaaranya-veekshaaranya-vedaaranayaadhi, aneka punya aaranyaanam Madhya pradeshe, karma bhoomou, rama –sethu-kedharayoo madya pradaeshe , Bhaageerathi-Gouthami-Krishna veni-Yamuna-Narmadaa-Thungabadhraa-Triveni-Malaapahaarini-kaveri- ithyadi , aaneka punya nadhi viraajithe, Indraprastha-Yamaprastha-Aavanthikaapuri-Hasthinaapuri-Ayodhyaa puri-Maayaa puri-Kasi puri-Kanchi puri-Dwarakaa aadi aneka punya puree viraajithe Sakala jagat srushta, parardha dwaya jeevana, bramana dweethiya parardhe, Pancha sathabdhou, prathame varshe, prathame mase, prathame pakshe, prathame divasae, aahni, dweethiye yame, trithiye muhurthe, swayambhuva-swarochisha-uthama-thamasa-raivatha-chakshu shakheshu, shatsu manusha atheetheshu, sapthame vaivaswathe manvanthare, aashta vimsathi thame, kali yuge, prathame padhe, Jamboo dweepe, Bharatha varshe , Bharatha khande, Mero dakshine parshwe. Asmin varthamane , vyavaharike prabhavaadheenam sashtyah samvatsaranaam madhye , Shri Manmatha nama samvatstare, Dakshinaayane, Varsha rithou,Simha mase(Shravana Mase), shukla pakshe, aadhya pournamasyam shubha tithou, Sthira vasara yukthayam, Shathabishak nakshatra yukthayam, shubhayoga, shubha karana evam guna, viseshana visishtaayam, asyam vartamanayam pournamaasyam shubha thithou.

Anaadhi avidhya vasanaya pravarthamane asmin mahathi samsara chakre vichitrabhih karma gathibhih vichitrasu yonishu punah punah anekadha janithwa kenapi punya karmaviseshena idhaanimthana manushye dwija janma visesham prapthavataha mama janmabhyasat janama prabruthi ethath kshana paryantham , baalye, vayasi kaumare yowane vaardhake cha jagrath swapna sushupthi avasthasu mano vak kaya karmendriya jnanendriya vyaparaih kama-krodha-lobha-moha-madha-mathsaryaadhi sambhavithaanam iha janmani janmanthare cha jnana ajnana kruthaanam maha pathakanaam mahaa patathaka anumanthrattwadeenam , samapathakaanaam upapaathakaanaam malini karanaanam nindhitha dhana dhaano upa jeevanaadeenam aapathrikarananaam jathi bramsa karaanam vihitha karma thyaagaaadeenam jnanadha sakruth kruthanaam ajnanatha asakruth kruthaanam sarveeshaam papaanamsadhya aapanodhanartham

Lakshmi Narayana sannidhou-deva brahmana sannidhou-tryaa trimsath koti devathaa sannidhou-sri visaalakshi sametha vishweshwara swami sannidhou-mahaa ganapathi sannidhou-seetha lakshmana bharatha sathrughna-hanumt sametha sri Rama chandra swami sannidhou-sri rukmani sathyabhama sametha sri gopala Krishna swami sannidhou-hari hara puthra swami sannidhou Taiyshyam pournamasyaam adhyayopakrama karma karishye.Thadangam sravanee pournamasi punyakale sareera shudhartam shuddhodhaka snanam aham karishye.(take a bath or just sprink some water in your head with following mantra)

" Athi krura maha kaya, kalpanthahanopama,

Bairavaya namasthubhyam anujnam dathu marhasi"

 

Summary meaning:Here again apart from locating oneself with reference to time , one locates himself with reference to place also.We are supposed to live in Jambu Dweepa, Bharatha Kanda which is south of the great mountain Maha meru.Then again this Bhasratha Kanda is blessed with many holy rivers and holy places.Then prayer is done to God to pardon sins committed by word, thought and deed, because this was done inspite of his great grace which made us be born as human beings after several wheels of birth.Also the sins performed during several ages in life is highlighted.Some of the sins specifically mentioned are those done while earning money without conscience, giving money to improper people, actions which did not suit the caste we are born in, sins due to non performance of actions which ought to have been done and so on. We pray God and tell him that we would take bath in holy pure water and then start the veda parayanas which is our duty as Brahmin.

 

5.Yagnopaveetha dharana manthram

 

After bath change the poonal by reciting following mantra.(Please note that now a days very rarely people take bath after mahaa sankalpam but do prokshana snanam i.e bath by sprikling of water on the head).

 

( Mantram for wearing Poonal)

a.Aachamanam:Shuklaam Bharadharam………. Santhaye

b.Om Bhoo…………..Bhoorbhavaswarom

c.Mamo partha samastha duritha kshya dwara sri paameshwara preethyartham

Sroutha smartha vihitha sadachara nithya karmaanushtanaa yogyatha sidhyartham brhma teja abhivrudyartham yagnopaveetha dharanam karishye.

 

d.Yagnopaveetha dharana maha manthrasya

Parabrhma rishi(Touch forehead)

Trushtup chanda (touch below nose)

Paramathma devatha (touch heart)

 

e.Yagnopaveetha dharane viniyoga

 

Wear Poonal one by one by reciting(poonal should be held by both hands, the tie in the poonal being held above by the right hand facing upwards)

Yagnopaveetham paramam pavithram praja pathe,

Yat sahajam purasthad aayushyam

Agriyam prathi muncha shubram yagnopaveetham balamasthu theja.

 

f.After wearing all poonals one by one do Aachamanam

g.Remove the old poonals and break them to pieces by reciting

 

Upaveetham bhinna thanthum jeernam kasmala dooshitham, visrujami jale punarbrahman varcho deergayurasthu me.

 

6.Kanda Rishi Tharpanam

 

1,Aachamanam

2,Shklaama baradharam

3.Om bhoo

4.Mamo partha samastha durida kshya dwara sri parameshwata preethyartham sravanyaam pournamaasyam adhyoyapakrama karmangam kanda rishi tharpanam karishye.

Wear poonal as garland and do tharpanam using water mixed with thil (black gingely) and akshatha

Each manthra has to be chanted thrice and tharpanam done.

 

1.Prajapathim kanda rishim tharpayami

2,Somam kanda rishim tharpayami

3.Agnim kanda rishim tharpayami

4.Viswaan devaan kanda rishim tharpayaami

5.Saahinkeer devatha upanishadha tharpayami

6.Yagnigeer devatha upanishadha tharpayaami

7.Vaaruneer devatha upanishadha tharpayami

8.Brhamanagum swayubhuvam tharpayaami

9.Sadasaspathim tharpayami

wear poonal in the normal fashion and then do aachamana.

 

Summary meaning:Tharpanam means really satisfying.By this tharpanam we satisfy the rishi(sages) of Soma(moon), Agni(fire), Viswaan devan(all gods looking after earth), etc.

 

7.Vedarambham

Though these are essential part of Avani avittam ,

  1. Chant Vedic manthras

Rigvedam (Om Agnimeele............)

Yajurvedam (Om Ishe Tworje ......)

Samavedam(Om Agna Aayahi........)

Atharvavedam(Om shanno.............)

I am not giving this because Vedic manthraas are very diffcult to transliterate in to English and reading them wrongly would be counter productive.(It is Strongly Recommended that the Veda Mantras must be pronounced as per Gurus Directions).

 

8. Gaayathri japam (30-8-2015)

For Yajur, Rig and Sama Vedis

 

1.Aachamanam...

2,Shuklaam baradharam + Shantaye...

3.Om bhoo + Suvarom..

4.Mamo partha samastha duritha kshya dwara sri parameshwara preethyartham

Tadeva lagnam sudhinam tadeva, tharaa balam chandra balam thadeva , vidhya balam daiva balam tadeva, Sri Lakshmi pathethe aangriyugam smaramaami.

Apavithra pavithro vaa sarvaavasthaam gathopivaa , ya smareth pundari kaksham, sabahya abhyantaraha shuchi , manasam vaachikam paapam , karmanaa

Samuparjitham, Sri Rama smaranenaiva vyopahathi na samshayah .Sree Rama Rama Rama Shubhe Shobane muhurthe adya Brahmana dwiteeya paradhe , Swetha varaha kalpe, Vaivaswatha Manvanthare, Ashtavimsathi thame , Kali yuge, Prathame pade, Jambhu Dwipe, Bharatha Varshe,Bhartaha Kande, Meroh Dakshine Parshwe, Sakabdhe, Asmin Varthamane Vyavaharike, Prabhavadinam Sashtiyah Samavathsaranaam Madhye, Jaya nama samvatstare, Dakshinaayane,Varsha rithou, Simha mase ( Shravana Mase), Krishna pakshe, aadhya prathamayam shubha tithou, Bhanu vasara yukthayam,Poorva proshtapada nakshatra yukthaayam shubha yoga shubha karana evam guna viseshana visisishtaayam asyaam vartamanayam Krishna Paksha prathamaayam shubha tithou.

mithyaa Dheetha prayaschittartham ashtothara sahasra samkyaka or yatha shakti gayatri maha manthra japam karishye.

Start from Pranavasya Rishi brahma…. followed by aayathith anuvagasya… and then chant the gaythri manthra 1008 times.

 

Afterwards do Pranayaman and Achamanam,Namaskaram Abhivaadaye and then complete with

Kayena vacha…….

 

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti..

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Varalakshmi Vratham -- A Women's Prayer

Varalakshmi Vratham -- A Women's Prayer

 


Let Godess Varalakshmi shower blessings on you and your family on this auspicious day. We wish you Happy Varalakshmi Vratham and we pray to God Lakshmi for your prosperous life. May you find all the delights of life, May your all dreams come true. Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe Narayana Priyadevi supreethaa Bhava sarvada.

 

 The Hindu festival Varalakshmi Vratam is celebrated on second Friday of Sravanamasam that is, in the month of July – August. It is a festival to propitiate the goddess Lakshmi, the consort of Vishnu, one of the Hindu trinity. Varalakshmi is one who grants boons (varam).

 

It is said that Lakshmi will enter the house of anyone who thinks of her and bless them. There are many festivals in the year dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Among them, Varalakshmi Vratham is considered very auspicious because it is marked by strict observance of certain practices and austerities. It is also called Varalakshmi Nomu. It is more significant for newly married woman. On this special day, they clean the place tidy and there they place a wooden plank. On that they place rice with turmeric, on top of it they place Kalasam(representing the deity). Lakshmi being consort of Vishnu loves Allamkarana, so decorating her with as many flowers is part of puja.

 

History of Varalakshmi Vratam 


In the kingdom of Magadha of Yore, there lived a Brahmin woman named Charumathi in a town named Kundina. The prosperous town was the home of Charumathi and her husband. Impressed by her devotion to her family, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to worship Varalakshmi(Vara= boon, lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) and seek to fulfill her wishes. Varalakshmi is yet another form of Lord Vishnu's consort. When Charumathi explained her dream to her family, she found them encouraging her to perform the pooja. Many other women of the village joined her in performing the pooja in a traditional way and offered many sweet dishes to the Goddess Varalakshmi. they prayed with deep devotion.

 

"Padmaasane Padmakare sarva lokaika poojithe Narayana priyadevi supreethaa bhava sarvada"

On this occasion women worship Goddess Lakshmi with utmost devotion offering sweets and flowers, usually a kalasam (representing the deity) will be decorated with a saree, flowers and gold jewelry with offerings placed in front.

 

The name Vishnu really means pervading everywhere, and Lakshmi, his consort, is symbolical of the forces found everywhere. Eight forces or energies are recognized and they are known as Sri (Wealth), Bhu (Earth), Sarasvati (Learning), Priti (Love), Kirti (Fame), Santi (Peace), Tushti (Pleasure) and Pushti (Strength). Each one of these forces is called a Lakshmi and all the eight forces are called the Ashta Lakshmis or the eight Lakshmis of the Hindus. As health, wealth and prosperity depend upon the rythmic play of these forces, the worship of Lakshmi is said to be to obtain these three. Hence this festival is observed, invoking the blessings of Lakshmi.






 

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba’s Miracle before 1918

Blessed Devotee who Experienced Baba's Miracle before 1918


Baba heals illness to robust health 

Ganeshji Mahajan of Sawantwadi worked as a clerk at Khatau Mahajan Mills, Bombay. He earned a meagre salary of Rs.15/- per month. To add to this, he frequently fell ill with some malady or the other. His mother worried greatly and fervently hoped that her son would go to Shirdi and gain good health. Ganesh too wished likewise. But, he felt that he couldn't afford the trip. 

Once, the water pump in Shirdi required urgent repair. So, his mill manager, R.A.Tarkhad decided to send an engineer to Shirdi. The engineer seized the opportunity and decided to take his family with him. Mrs. Tarkhad, on hearing that the family was going, decided that she would accompany them. 

Tarkhad booked seats and made arrangements for both the families to go to Shirdi. Ganesh knew all this. So, on the date of departure, he came to V.T. station to see them off. He also brought some fruits, flowers and prasad to be offered to Baba. The families were comfortably seated, and there were just a few minutes for the train to depart. When Tarkhad asked Ganesh whether he would like to come, as one of the family members could not make it and there was a spare ticket. Ganesh couldn't believe his ears. He jumped into the compartment saying, "Yes! Yes! Of course I'll come!" Then he sent word to his mother about the wonderful news, at long last, his chance to go to Shirdi. His delight knew no bounds and he thanked his manager and Baba for making all the arrangements for the pilgrimage. 

He reached Shirdi, took Baba's Darshan. From that time, the illnesses took to their heels and he was in robust health.

  

Leela- 59 in Ambrosia in Shirdi - Part-I

(Baba's Leelas before 1918)

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIRACLE AND PROPHECY

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MIRACLE AND PROPHECY

 

 

Baba (to N G Chandorkar): None cares to take from me what I am prepared to give abundantly. But they want from me what I am unable to give.

 

Baba once told to N G Chandorkar about Chamatkars, something very interesting. It was about 1901-04. N G Chandorkar's daughter Minatai, at delivery had been helped by Baba with Udhi sent through Gosavi. That child however died very young. She was also widowed at that very early age and had no other issue. This cast a gloom over all the family. N G Chandorkar and family went to Shirdi and sat before Baba glum in sullen silence. Usually whenever he went, Baba would question and he would talk and all would be cheerful. Now on this occasion there was a sad sullen beginning. This continued for some minute. Then Baba broke the ice.

 

Baba: Why are you so silent?

 

N G Chandorkar: Baba, you know everything. While we are under your care, these calamities have befallen us; bereaved of child and son-in-law etc.

 

Baba: If you care for child (or son-in-law) and come to me for that, you are mistaken. You need not come to me for these. These are not in my power. These (i.e., birth of child and death of relatives) are dependent on poorva karma. Even Parameswar, the great God who has created the world cannot alter these. Do you think he can tell the sun or the moon, "Rise some two yards farther from your usual or appointed place." No, he cannot and will not do that. That would produce disorder, chaos.

 

N G Chandorkar: If that is so, how is it that you tell someone, "You will have a son" and he gets a son and you tell another "You will get appointment" and he gets an appointment. Are these not Chamatkars of yours?

 

Baba: No, Nana. I do not do any chamatkars. You have astrologers. They work 2 or 3 days ahead and give out their predictions, some of which come true. I look further ahead. What I say happens. My art also is a sort of Astrology. But you people do not understand this. To you, my words look like chamatkars, because you do not know the future. So you regard events as proof of my miracle working power and you turn your reverence on to me. I, in my turn, turn your reverence on to God and see that you are really benefitted.

 

 

(Baba's Charters and Sayings, No. 371)

 

 

Guruvaar Prarthna

Guruvaar Prarthna

 

 

Our Beloved Sadguru Sainath, please accept our humble prayers on this Holy Day of Guruvaar. Baba, always we conclude our Satcharita reading 'Peace be to all' as peace plays critical role in our life. With your nava-vidha bakthi, we are trying to attain stability and peace in our life. Without your grace, none of our efforts will be successful. Please extend your helping hands to rescue us from this sinking ship on this samsar sagar and help us to attain nava-vitha bakthi , one by one, right from this moment. Baba, on this holy day we start our prayers by reading your divine words in Shri Sai Samartha Satcharita.

 

 

The elucidation of the reality of the Atman is the subject of all Upanishads. This is in itself salvation, without anydoubt. This is the precept of the Gita also.

 

The beings are different but the Atman is one. The Atman is incapable of enjoyment and also action. It is not impure and is not bound by sins or merit of good deeds.

 

'I am a high-bred Brahmin by caste, and all others are low caste.' Till such conviction of discrimination exists, there are necessarily the bonds of Karma.

 

'I am formless and everywhere. There is nobody besides me. I am in all creation' – is the expression of a self-realised man.

 

Man has fallen from the highest state of Brahman-hood. His definite determination should be to retrieve that lost position again, somehow, in some way.

 

The shrutis, smritis and the Vedant philosophy also propagate this. This is surely the ultimate aim that the fallen may be lifted back to his original state.

 

'God resides in every being' – till such time that this consciousness is not attained, enlightenment cannot be granted even by Lord Hrishikesh10 himself.

 

By performance of one's duties, the mind will be purified. The concept of the oneness of the Atman will be clear; and this knowledge will protect, like a shield, against the dualities of passion and miseries of the material world.

 

That Almighty God, who envelops all the three worlds, along with the organic and the inorganic beings is Inactive, Blemishless, Beyond the Material Nature, Formless.

 

God pervades the world of names and forms, from inside and outside. I alone am that all-pervading Spirit, devoid of any particular shape.

 

That which in reality is without a form appears to possess a form because of illusion. For a covetous person only this material world exists; but the very same world is meaningless for a non-attached person.

 

This ordinary material world of beings, movable and immovable objects, should not be taken into account at all. You should have full faith in God, who is the Supreme One.

 

If you cannot comprehend this concept about this world and its nature, then at least try and give up the passion for accumulation of wealth and gold etc.

 

Even if this is impossible to practice, then remember that you only have a right to action. Perform duties as long as you live, even if it be for a hundred years.

 

That should be practiced always in accordance with the doctrines prescribed, by the scriptures, for example agnihotra etc. in the proper fashion, as per the caste and creed to which a person belongs, till the intellect becomes pure.

 

This is one way of inner-purification. The other is renunciation. But without practicing either, only mundane knowledge will be collected and one will have to undergo all suffering as destined, which will chain you forever to the cycle of life and death.

 

This Knowledge of Self-realisation and the Upanishads was not imparted unless the worth of the person is realised. The doctrines of the Upanishad remain only superficial till the sense of oneness is not developed within.

 

 

I bow down to Sree Ganesh

I bow down to Sree Saraswati

I bow down to the Guru

I bow down to the Family Deity

I bow down to Sree Sita-Ramachandra

I bow down to Sree Sadguru Sainath.

 

Sarveshaam Svaastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shaantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavatu

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanteeh

 

 

 

-(from Shri Sai Samartha Satchrita, Chapter  20, Ovi 108 - 124)

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