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    Dear student of vihe
    As far as I know mOdakam is a sweet preparation offered as nivEdyam to gaNapathy.I am not able to grasp how this word is translated as a special weapon.

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    Sri Saarangamji,

    In Telugu, Modaka(noun) means something which is used to beat, Modu(verb) means to beat very hard. I have translated Sri Thyagaraja Kirtana (Sri Gananatham) in the context of Telugu language. However, Sri Thyagaraja kritis contains many Sanskrit words, which are not being used in present form of Telugu as they are increasingly being replaced by native dialects with more or less same meaning. You are absolutely right, in sanskrit Modakam means 'offering'.

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    Dear student of vihe
    As far as I know mOdakam is a sweet preparation offered as nivEdyam to gaNapathy.I am not able to grasp how this word is translated as a special weapon.

    cheers.
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    Muddugare Yashoda - by Sri Annamacharya

    In this lovely song, Annamayya describes the beauty of child Krishna, comparing him with the various precious stones like diamond, ruby, sapphire, etc.

    He is the lovely toddler (pearl) of Yashoda, playing in her front yard. He is the all powerful; son of Devaki.||

    He is the manikyam (ruby) of all gopikas. He is the vajrayudham (all-powerful diamond like weapon) to the evil Kamsa. He is the emerald (paccha) of the three worlds (lokas), radiating light. Dwelling in everyone, He is our little Krishna.||

    He is the coral (pagadamu) of beautiful Rukmini. He is the agate (gomedhikamu) that lifted Govardhana mountain. He is the cat's eye (vydooryam) in between conch (Sankham) and discus (Chakram). He is lotus-eyed (Kamalaksha), our saviour.||

    He is like the topaz (pushyaragam) on the heads of Kaliya (serpent). He is the sapphire (Indraneelam), our protector, dwelling in Sri Venkatadri (Seshachalam). He is the divine gem in the ocean of milk. He is Padmanabha (one with lotus at navel), moving like a boy amongst us. ||


    - Sri Annamayya(15 Century)


    "Women are, all of them, the veritable images of Shakti. In northwest India the bride holds a knife in her hand at the time of marriage; in Bengal, a nut-cutter. The meaning is that the bridegroom, with the help of the bride, who is the embodiment of the Divine Power, will sever the bondage of illusion. This is the 'heroic' attitude. I never worshipped the Divine Mother that way. My attitude toward Her is that of a child towards its mother. "The bride is the very embodiment of Shakti. Haven't you noticed, at the marriage ceremony, how the groom sits behind like an idiot? But the bride - she is so bold!""
    - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


    "In India, the Mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the Universe.”
    - Swami Vivekananda
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    O Paalanhaare - written by Sri Javed Akhtar (for Lagaan)

    O Lord, beyond description(attribute-less/formless yet of multi-form) and beyond all

    You are our sole refuge

    Ease our difficulties, O God - The Mother of all

    You are our sole refuge

    You are our supporter

    You are our protector

    You are our sole refuge

    It is You who has filled the moon with moonlight

    The Sun's brightness is from You

    It is You who has given stars to the clear sky

    Lord, if you don't rescue us who else can

    O Lord, beyond description and beyond all

    You are our sole refuge

    Lord, we have a plea on behalf of all

    Give patience and strength to sorrowful people

    So that they won't get overpowered by the problems of Life

    Provide Protection to the powerless

    So that they live happily

    Give vigour to our devotion

    The Master of the Universe, please hear this plea

    There is darkness in our path

    Provide us with blessed light

    O Lord, beyond description and beyond all

    You are our sole refuge

    Ease our difficulties, O God - Mother of all

    You are our sole refuge

    YouTube - O Paalanhare - Lagaan

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    SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON LORD KRISHNA

    The next is He who is worshipped in various forms, the favourite ideal of men as well as of women, the ideal of children, as well as of grown-up men. I mean He whom the writer of the Bhagavata was not content to call an Incarnation but says, "The other Incarnations were but parts of the Lord. He, Krishna, was the Lord Himself." And it is not strange that such adjectives are applied to him when we marvel at the many-sidedness of his character. He was the most wonderful Sannyasin, and the most wonderful householder in one; he had the most wonderful amount of Rajas, power, and was at the same time living in the midst of the most wonderful renunciation. Krishna can never be understood until you have studied the Gita, for he was the embodiment of his own teaching. Every one of these Incarnations came as a living illustration of what they came to preach. Krishna, the preacher of the Gita, was all his life the embodiment of that Song Celestial; he was the great illustration of non-attachment. He gives up his throne and never cares for it. He, the leader of India, at whose word kings come down from their thrones, never wants to be a king. He is the simple Krishna, ever the same Krishna who played with the Gopis. Ah, that most marvellous passage of his life, the most difficult to understand, and which none ought to attempt to understand until he has become perfectly chaste and pure, that most marvellous expansion of love, allegorised and expressed in that beautiful play at Vrindaban, which none can understand but he who has become mad with love, drunk deep of the cup of love! Who can understand the throes of the lore of the Gopis — the very ideal of love, love that wants nothing, love that even does not care for heaven, love that does not care for anything in this world or the world to come? And here, my friends, through this love of the Gopis has been found the only solution of the conflict between the Personal and the Impersonal God. We know how the Personal God is the highest point of human life; we know that it is philosophical to believe in an Impersonal God immanent in the universe, of whom everything is but a manifestation. At the same time our souls hanker after something concrete, something which we want to grasp, at whose feet we can pour out our soul, and so on. The Personal God is therefore the highest conception of human nature. Yet reason stands aghast at such an idea. It is the same old, old question which you find discussed in the Bramha-Sutras, which you find Draupadi discussing with Yudhishthira in the forest: If there is a Personal God, all-merciful, all-powerful, why is the hell of an earth here, why did He create this? — He must be a partial God. There was no solution, and the only solution that can be found is what you read about the love of the Gopis. They hated every adjective that was applied to Krishna; they did not care to know that he was the Lord of creation, they did not care to know that he was almighty, they did not care to know that he was omnipotent, and so forth. The only thing they understood was that he was infinite Love, that was all. The Gopis understood Krishna only as the Krishna of Vrindaban. He, the leader of the hosts, the King of kings, to them was the shepherd, and the shepherd for ever. "I do not want wealth, nor many people, nor do I want learning; no, not even do I want to go to heaven. Let one be born again and again, but Lord, grant me this, that I may have love for Thee, and that for love's sake." A great landmark in the history of religion is here, the ideal of love for love's sake, work for work's sake, duty for duty's sake, and it for the first time fell from the lips of the greatest of Incarnations, Krishna, and for the first time in the history of humanity, upon the soil of India. The religions of fear and of temptations were gone for ever, and in spite of the fear of hell and temptation of enjoyment in heaven, came the grandest of ideals, love for love's sake, duty for duty's sake, work for work's sake.

    And what a love! I have told you just now that it is very difficult to understand the love of the Gopis. There are not wanting fools, even in the midst of us, who cannot understand the marvellous significance of that most marvellous of all episodes. There are, let me repeat, impure fools, even born of our blood, who try to shrink from that as if from something impure. To them I have only to say, first make yourselves pure; and you must remember that he who tells the history of the love of the Gopis is none else but Shuka Deva. The historian who records this marvellous love of the Gopis is one who was born pure, the eternally pure Shuka, the son of Vyaasa. So long as there its selfishness in the heart, so long is love of God impossible; it is nothing but shopkeeping: "I give you something; O Lord, you give me something in return"; and says the Lord, "If you do not do this, I will take good care of you when you die. I will roast you all the rest of your lives. perhaps", and so on. So long as such ideas are in the brain, how can one understand the mad throes of the Gopis' love? "O for one, one kiss of those lips! One who has been kissed by Thee, his thirst for Thee increases for ever, all sorrows vanish, and he forgets love for everything else but for Thee and Thee alone." Ay, forget first the love for gold, and name and fame, and for this little trumpery world of ours. Then, only then, you will understand the love of the Gopis, too holy to be attempted without giving up everything, too sacred to be understood until the soul has become perfectly pure. People with ideas of sex, and of money, and of fame, bubbling up every minute in the heart, daring to criticise and understand the love of the Gopis! That is the very essence of the Krishna Incarnation. Even the Gita, the great philosophy itself, does not compare with that madness, for in the Gita the disciple is taught slowly how to walk towards the goal, but here is the madness of enjoyment, the drunkenness of love, where disciples and teachers and teachings and books and all these things have become one; even the ideas of fear, and God, and heaven — everything has been thrown away. What remains is the madness of love. It is forgetfulness of everything, and the lover sees nothing in the world except that Krishna and Krishna alone, when the face of every being becomes a Krishna, when his own face looks like Krishna, when his own soul has become tinged with the Krishna colour. That was the great Krishna!

    Do not waste your time upon little details. Take up the framework, the essence of the life. There may be many historical discrepancies, there may be interpolations in the life of Krishna. All these things may be true; but, at the same time, there must have been a basis, a foundation for this new and tremendous departure. Taking the life of any other sage or prophet, we find that that prophet is only the evolution of what had gone before him, we find that that prophet is only preaching the ideas that had been scattered about his own country even in his own times. Great doubts may exist even as to whether that prophet existed or not. But here, I challenge any one to show whether these things, these ideals — work for work's sake, love for love's sake, duty for duty's sake, were not original ideas with Krishna, and as such, there must have been someone with whom these ideas originated. They could not have been borrowed from anybody else. They were not floating about in the atmosphere when Krishna was born. But the Lord Krishna was the first preacher of this; his disciple Vyasa took it up and preached it unto mankind. This is the highest idea to picture. The highest thing we can get out of him is Gopijanavallabha, the Beloved of the Gopis of Vrindaban. When that madness comes in your brain, when you understand the blessed Gopis, then you will understand what love is. When the whole world will vanish, when all other considerations will have died out, when you will become pure-hearted with no other aim, not even the search after Truth, then and then alone will come to you the madness of that love, the strength and the power of that infinite love which the Gopis had, that love for love's sake. That is the goal. When you have got that, you have got everything.
    Swami Vivekananda


    P.S: Krishna is now a Historical Character, thanks to the marvelous efforts of Marine Archeologist Sri S.R.Rao; whose findings have brought a new perspective on Modern Historians' attitude towards Epics, made them take a re-look into them as credible sources of Histrory, which were earlier thrown into dust-bin/ignored as mere mythological story books.

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    Shivoham - by Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya

    Mano budhyahankara chithaa ninaham,
    Na cha srothra jihwe na cha graana nethrer,
    Na cha vyoma bhoomir na thejo na vayu,
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    Neither am I mind, nor intellect,
    Nor ego, nor thought,
    Nor am I ears or the tongue or the nose or the eyes,
    Nor am I earth or sky or air or the light,
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    Na cha praana sangno na vai pancha vaayuh,
    Na vaa saptha dhathur na va pancha kosa,
    Na vak pani padam na chopastha payu,
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    Neither am I the movement due to life,
    Nor am I the five airs, nor am I the seven elements constituting the body (Dhatu),
    Nor am I the five sheaths which invest the soul,
    Nor am I voice or hands or feet or other organs,
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    Na me dwesha raghou na me lobha mohou,
    Madho naiva me naiva matsarya bhava,
    Na dharmo na cha artha na kamo na moksha,
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    I am not the state of envy and passion or the emotions of hatred, greed and attachment,
    Neither I am intoxication nor I am the emotion of jealousy,
    And I am not even the four Purushartha — Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha,
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    Na punyam na paapam na soukhyam na dukham,
    Na manthro na theertham na veda na yagna,
    Aham bhojanam naiva bhojyam na bhoktha,
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    I am not Punya (good deed), Paap (Sin), Saukhya (friendship), or Dukha (Grief),
    Neither I am holy chants (Mantra) or holy Shrine (Teertha)
    nor I am the Veda or the Sacrifice and Oblation,
    I am neither food or the consumer who consumes food,
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    Na mruthyur na sankha na me jathi bhedha,
    Pitha naiva me naiva matha na janma,
    Na bhandhur na mithram gurur naiva sishyah,
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    I do not have death or doubts or distinction of caste,
    I do not have either father or mother or even birth,
    And I do not have relations or friends or teacher or students,
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    Aham nirvi kalpo nirakara roopo,
    Vibhuthwascha sarvathra sarvendriyanaam,
    Na chaa sangatham naiva mukthir na meyah
    Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham.

    I am free from changes, and lack all the qualities and form,
    I envelope all forms from all sides and am beyond the sense-organs,
    I am always in the state of equality — there is no liberation (Mukti) or captivity (Bandha),
    I am Shiva, I am Shiva, the nature of Bliss.


    - Sri Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya


    YouTube - Shivoham - Nirvana Shatkam - Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya - by Sri Balasubramanyam

    Swami Vivekananda used to ask this question to religious preachers, “Sir, have you seen God?”. Of course they use to repeat his glories but No one used to give him a positive answer. At last he went to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, who calmly replied to this question,

    "Yes, I see Him as clearly as one sees an apple over the palm; nay, even more intently. And not only this, you can also see Him."

    "God can be realized through all paths. All religions are true. The important thing is to reach the roof. You can reach it by stone stairs or by wooden stairs or by bamboo steps or by a rope. You can also climb up by a bamboo pole.

    You may say that there are many errors and superstitions in another religion. I should reply: Suppose there are. Every religion has errors. Everyone thinks that his watch alone gives the correct time. It is enough to have yearning for God. It is enough to love Him and feel attracted to Him: Don't you know that God is the Inner Guide? He sees the longing of our heart and the yearning of our soul. Suppose a man has several sons. The older boys address him distinctly as "Baba"or "Papa", but the babies can at best call him "Ba" or "Pa". Now, will the father be angry with those who address him in this indistinct way? The father knows that they too are calling him, only they cannot pronounce his name well. All children are the same to the father. Likewise, the devotees call on God alone, though by different names. They call on one Person only. God is one, but His names are many.

    Men often think they have understood God fully. Once an ant went to a hill of sugar. One grain filled its stomach. Taking another grain in its mouth it started homeward. On its way it thought, "Next time I shall carry home the whole hill." That is the way shallow minds think. They don't know that God is beyond one's words and thought. However great a man may be, how much can he know of God? Sukadeva and Sages like him may have been big ants; but even they could carry at the utmost eight or ten grains of sugar!.

    As for what has been said in the Vedas and the Puranas, do you know what it is like? Suppose a man has seen the ocean, and somebody asks him, "Well, what is the ocean like?" The first man opens his mouth as wide as he can and says: "What a sight! What tremendous waves and sounds!" The description of God in the sacred books is like that. It is said in the Vedas that God is of the nature of Bliss - It is Satchidananda."


    "God is one; as many faiths, so many paths."- Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

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    O INDIA! FORGET NOT YOUR IDEALS

    This is the ancient land where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country, the same India whose influx of spirituality is represented, as it were, on the material plane, by rolling rivers like oceans, where the eternal Himalayas, rising tier above tier with their snowcaps, look as it were into the very mysteries of heaven. Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived. Here first sprang up inquiries into the nature of man and into the internal world. Here first arose the doctrines of the immortality of the soul, the existence of a supervising God, an immanent God in nature and in man, and here the highest ideals of religion and philosophy have attained their culminating points. This is the land from whence, like the tidal waves, spirituality and philosophy have again and again rushed out and deluged the world, and this is the land from whence once more such tides must proceed in order to bring life and vigour into the decaying races of mankind. It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country.

    If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed Punya Bhumi, to be the land to which all souls on this earth must come to account for Karma, the land to which every soul that is wending its way Godward must come to attain its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and of spirituality — it is India. Hence have started the founders of religions from the most ancient times, deluging the earth again and again with the pure and perennial waters of spiritual truth. Hence have proceeded the tidal waves of philosophy that have covered the earth, East or West, North or South, and hence again must start the wave which is going to spiritualise the material civilisation of the world. Here is the life-giving water with which must be quenched the burning fire of materialism which is burning the core of the hearts of millions in other lands. Believe me, my friends, this is going to be.

    O India! With this mere echoing of others, with this base imitation of others, with this dependence on others this slavish weakness, this vile detestable cruelty — wouldst thou, with these provisions only, scale the highest pinnacle of civilisation and greatness? Wouldst thou attain, by means of thy disgraceful cowardice, that freedom deserved only by the brave and the heroic? O India! Forget not that the ideal of thy womanhood is Sita, Savitri, Damayanti; forget not that the God thou worshippest is the great Ascetic of ascetics, the all-renouncing Shankara, the Lord of Uma; forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness; forget not that thou art born as a sacrifice to the Mother's altar; forget not that thy social order is but the reflex of the Infinite Universal Motherhood; forget not that the lower classes, the ignorant, the poor, the illiterate, the cobbler, the sweeper, are thy flesh and blood, thy brothers. Thou brave one, be bold, take courage, be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, "I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother." Say, "The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother." Thou, too, clad with but a rag round thy loins proudly proclaim at the top of thy voice: "The Indian is my brother, the Indian is my life, India's gods and goddesses are my God. India's society is the cradle of my infancy, the pleasure-garden of my youth, the sacred heaven, the Varanasi of my old age." Say, brother: "The soil of India is my highest heaven, the good of India is my good," and repeat and pray day and night, "O Thou Lord of Gauri, O Thou Mother of the Universe, vouchsafe manliness unto me! O Thou Mother of Strength, take away my weakness, take away my unmanliness, and make me a Man!"

    - Swami Vivekananda
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    Nagumomu Ganaleni - Sri Thyagaraja Kirtana

    Knowing my pitiable state that I am not able to see your smiling face.

    Why don't you come to me, O Raghuvara(O Rama - born in the dynasty/lineage of Raghu)||

    O Lord of Snakes (Nagaraja),

    You lifted (Govardhana) mountain.

    Your subjects may not advise you to be unhelpful to me||

    Garuda the king of birds obeys your orders and flews at once.

    Did he say that earth is too far||

    O Ruler of the Whole Universe,

    O Supreme Being

    Who else can I approach.

    Do not ignore me.

    I cannot bear.

    Redeem me, O Lord of Thyagaraja||


    - Sri Thyagaraja (18th Century)


    YouTube - Nagumomu Kanaleni (Abheri) - Sri M.S.Subbalakshmi

    “The Mind is like a white laundered cloth, whichever colour you dye it in, it takes up the same.”

    - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.


    "Among thousands of men, one perchance struggles for perfection; even amongst those that struggle, one perchance becomes perfect, and even amongst those that are perfect, one perchance knows Me in reality. - - - - -

    Higher than Myself there is nothing else, O Dhananjaya (Arjuna). In Me all this is strung like gems in a string. I am, O son of Kunti, sapidity in water, lustre in the moon and the sun, the syllable ‘Om’ in all the Vedas, sound in ether and enterprise in man. I am pure odour in earth, brightness in fire, life in all beings and austerity in the ascetics. Know me, O Partha, to be the eternal seed of all beings. I am the intelligence of the intelligent and the prowess of the powerful. - -

    Not knowing My immutable, unsurpassed supreme nature, the ignorant regard Me, the unmanifest, as coming into being. I am not manifest to all, being veiled by My mysterious power (Yoga-maya). This ignorant world does not know Me, the unborn and immutable. I know, O Arjuna, all beings past, present and future, but nobody knows Me."

    "The sun does not illumine it, nor the moon nor the fire; That is My Supreme State reaching which they do not return."

    - Bhagawad Gita
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    Dear student of VIHE
    In the translation of the thyAgaraja kR^thi, nagumOmu ganalEni, you have mentioned:" O king of dancers".Going through the kR^thi I could not find any word/phrase meaning like that.Can you please elaborate.
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    Shri Saarangamji,

    Thanks for correcting me. Having listened to the song rendered by Sri M.S.Subbalakshmi more than hundred times, i mistook 'Nagaraja'(Lord of Snakes) as 'Nataraja'('King of Dancers'). Saints/Realised souls like Sri Thyagaraja are very broad minded and progressive in their outlook; for them there is no difference between Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu or any other Avatar.

    He is indeed wise, who worships Lord Vishnu in Shiva Temple and Lord Shiva in Vishnu Temple, for all are the forms of that one SUPREME REALITY. Of course, this wisdom is given to us by Sri Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya, who gave life-breath to Hinduism by unifying all conflicting sects fighting in the name of God.

    My objective behind these posts is to appreciate the kind of intimacy these Bhakthi Saints enjoyed with the God in their imagination, their Supreme love, Intoxicated state, complete Self-surrender of one's self before the Universal Mother - - - .

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    Quote Originally Posted by saarangam View Post
    Dear student of VIHE
    In the translation of the thyAgaraja kR^thi, nagumOmu ganalEni, you have mentioned:" O king of dancers".Going through the kR^thi I could not find any word/phrase meaning like that.Can you please elaborate.
    regards.
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    Dear student of VIHE
    From your reply it seems that you have tried to translate the thyAgarAja kR^thi without the proper lyrics.

    The anupallavi of the kR^thi is:
    nagarAjadhara needu parivArulella
    Ogi bodhana jEsEvAralukArEyaTuluNDudurE
    The translation for these lines will be:
    nagarAja dhara --one who holds the great mountain (here thyAgarAja alludes to
    kR^shNa lifting the manthhara giri)
    needu parivAruulu ella -- all your fraternity (may be the reference is to the other dEvathas)
    Ogi -proper or correct
    Ogi bOdhana jEsEvAralukArE --are those who give proper advice
    aTulu uNDuthurE --are they not like that?
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    Bhavayami Gopalabalam - Sri Annamacharya Kirtana

    My mind thinks of pretty child Krishna always.

    It always thinks of his holy feet.

    The golden belt around his waist is studded with gems and jingling bells.

    He shines in his beautiful costume.

    He is a lovely toddler walking in a crooked way.

    He takes delight in performing wonderful acts.

    His playful hands are smeared with butter always.

    Brahma and other Devatas keep his auspicious feet in their minds.

    He is Hari, who dwells on the Holy Venkatachalam.

    He is Gopala, The Supreme Lord.


    - Sri Annamacharya (15th Century)


    "After attaining God one forgets His external splendour; the glories of His creation. One doesn't think of God's glories after one has seen Him. The devotee, once immersed in God's Bliss, doesn't calculate any more about outer things. When I see Narendra, I don't need to ask him: 'What's your name? Where do you live?' Where is the time for such questions?
    Once a man asked Hanuman which day of the fortnight it was. 'Brother,' said Hanuman, 'I don't know anything of the day of the week, or the fortnight, or the position of the stars. I think of Rama alone.'"

    - Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa


    "Do not mix in the fray, hold yourself as a witness and go on working. My master used to say, "Look upon your children as a nurse does". The nurse will take your baby and fondle it and play with it and behave towards it as gently as if it were her own child; but as soon as you give her notice to quit, she is ready to start off. Everything in the space of attachment is forgotten; it will not give the ordinary nurse the least pang to leave your children and take up other children. Even so are you to be with all that you consider as your own. The greatest weakness often insinuates itself as the greatest good and strength. It's a weakness to think that anyone is dependent on me, and that I can do good to another. This belief is the mother of all our attachment, and through this attachment comes all pain. We must inform our mind that no one is dependent on our self. No beggar depends in our charity; not one soul on our kindness. All are helped by the nature, and will be so helped even though millions of us were not here; Only blessed privilege to you and me that we are allowed, in the way of helping others, to educate ourselves. This is a great lesson to learn in life; and when we have learnt it fully, we shall never be unhappy; we can go and mix with the society anywhere and everywhere."
    - Swami Vivekananda


    "Even if a very wicked person worships Me to the exclusion of anybody else, he should be regarded as righteous, for he has rightly resolved. He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes."
    - Bhagawad Gita


    Om. Tejosi Tejo mayi dehi
    Viryamasi viryan mayi dehi
    Balamasi Balam mayi dehi
    Ojosi ojo mayi dehi
    Manyurasi Manyur mayi dehi
    Sahosi saho mayi dehi
    Om Shanthi! Shanthi! Shanthi!


    Om. O Lord, You are the embodiment of infinite energy; fill me with energy.

    You are the embodiment of infinite vigour; endow me with vigour.

    You are the embodiment of infinite strength; bestow strength upon me.

    You are the embodiment of infinite power; grant power unto me.

    You are the embodiment of infinite courage; inspire me with courage.

    You are the embodiment of infinite patience; fill me with patience.

    Om Peace! Peace! Peace!
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