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Lord Rama answers a Britisher’s Prayer!


Madurantakam is a small town in Tamilnadu which has one of the oldest temples dedicated to Lord Sri Rama constructed by the Chola kings. There is also a huge lake or tank measuring 13 square miles and 21 feet deep also built by the Chola kings. From 1795-1799, a British officer by name Colonel Lionel Blaze was the collector who was in charge of Madurantakam. During this time he saw the tank breach twice and create havoc. He therefore decided to camp at Madurantakam and construct a strong bund to the lake to save the people and the agricultural land. 

Lionel Blaze saw a large number of granite stones near the temple and decided to use them for the tank bund. But the priests of the temple told him that they were for the extension of the temple complex. He ridiculed them saying that it was much better to use the stones for the bund rather than for the temple. He asked them, “Will your Rama come and protect the tank from breaching?” He had made up his mind that the granite stones would be used for protecting the tank.

One night it rained very heavily. The waters in the tank were continuously rising. When Lionel Blaze was apprised of the grave situation, he immediately went and camped near the tank praying and hoping that the tank would not breach. But the waters were continuously rising. At that moment, in utter desperation, he surrendered to the Lord and prayed that if the Lord saved the tank from breaching, he himself would build a temple for the Lord. He looked up to the skies helplessly. There in the lightning-flash he saw two handsome and charming youngsters with bow and arrows standing on the tank bund guarding the tank! The rains mysteriously subsided. The tank was full and almost overflowing, but it did not breach! The people and the fields were saved. Lionel was sure that the two youngsters who were on guard were none other than Lord Rama and Lakshmana.

As a mark of his gratitude and as he had promised, Collector Lionel Blaze constructed the temple. The Collector’s name is inscribed as a benefactor in the temple and the Lord is known as ERI KATHA RAMA – “Rama who saved the tank!”


Madurantakam is also the sacred place where Sri Ramanujacharya was initiated by his Guru Periya Nambi. It also houses one of the most well known Sri Ahobila Math Sanskrita Patasala.

“Sri Ramaya Tubhyam Namaha!”

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I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
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Kartika & Deepavali: Festival of Lights

KARTHIKA MAASA heralds the onset of winter with shorter days and longer nights. The light and heat from the sun which depends on the inclination of the sun’s rays and the consequent energy that we receive is completely different from that which we receive in summer. Due to the cold climatic conditions, growth is less and stunted in Nature. As in Nature, so in our minds, because Nature is only an extension of our minds. To counter the ‘abundancy of darkness’, we bring in LIGHT, within and without. This is known as DEEPAVALI. When rows of lamps are lit, there is light, warmth and a positive conducive energy field. Similarly, the tamas, inertia and lethargy in our minds is dispelled by bringing in the Light of Knowledge within ourselves by the study of the scriptures. 

When a lamp is lit, the light not only illuminates the lamp but it lightens up the entire surroundings. By keeping the lighted lamps at the threshold, there is illumination inside and outside the house. With the Light of Knowledge within oneself, not only are we benefited, but all those around us are also benefited. The Knowledge helps the inner subtle equipments – the mind and intellect to perform brilliantly and also helps the outer gross physical body to accomplish efficiently.

It is only with the Light of Knowledge, that one can discriminate between the right and wrong, the true and false, between dharma and adharma. Hence the whole month of Karthika wherein we light lamps daily is dedicated to invoking the Light of Knowledge within ourselves, and subsequently exercising the “faculty of discrimination” (Viveka) in us to walk the path of Dhyana or Meditation.

Significance of Deepa : Each one of us is a WALKING LAMP (Deepa). The “body” made up of matter represents the EARTHEN LAMP. The “mind” which is nothing but a flow of thoughts represents the OIL. The “intellect” is the WICK. The BRIGHT FLAME represents the “Light of Spiritual Knowledge” – the SAT-CHIT-ANANDA, the Lord Himself. Another alternative interpretation: the MIND is the vessel or the “lamp”. DEVOTION is the “oil” within the lamp. FAITH is the “wick”. KNOWLEDGE of the Scriptures is the “Light”. Hence the importance of LIGHTING THE LAMP.
The flame of the lamp is brilliant and golden. It always points upwards. The entire conical flame that we perceive is made up of minute flame-lets clustered together. The total vibrational frequency of all the flame-lets give us the appearance of one whole single flame. Similarly, our life should be always progressive – one should move forward as well as higher on the path of spirituality. Though there is so much of plurality, multiplicity and diversity in the world of things and beings, one should learn to recognise the ONENESS behind them all. This is possible only with the brilliant Light of Spiritual Knowledge.

A lighted lamp has immense benefits. The material with which the lamp is made up of, whether mud or metal, the oil which is used, and the material with which the wick is made up of contribute greatly and immensely to our personality. One can feel the presence of something Higher and Diviner by just holding a lighted lamp in our hands in a dark environment – TOUCH THERAPY. The golden flame bestows focusing and concentration and helps lift the mind to higher levels – VISUAL THERAPY. The fragrance of the oil or ghee which is used in the lamp makes the mind calm and serene. It also pervades the entire environment and purifies it – AROMA THERAPY. There is a sense of deep tranquility in the stillness and silence that emanates from the lighted lamp and pervades the entire surroundings – AUDIO THERAPY. Just by being there, the lighted lamp serves one and all – perfect KARMA YOGA – an experience so enriching and fulfilling – RASA THERAPY (RASAVATH).

“Deepa Jyotir Parabrahma, Deepa Jyotir Janaardanah; Deepo Harathu Me Paapam, Deepa Jyotir Namostute”

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Dear friends, Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book release was on 12th Nov 2020 . This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers..

You can pre-book your copy if you wish to and collect it on the day of book release at a discount of 20%. [B&W illustrations]Discounted Book Price : Rs120/-

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Ramadasu restores temple at Bhadrachala!

Kancherla Gopanna, who later came to be known as Bhadrachala Ramadasu because of his immense faith and extraordinary devotion to Lord Rama was a native of Nelakondapalli in Andhra Pradesh. He belonged to the 17th century. His uncles Akkanna and Madanna held very high administrative positions in the Kingdom of Tana Shah of the Qutub Shahi Sultan dynasty. Because of their influence, Gopanna became the Tahsildar (revenue tax collector) of Polvancha. He went about his work very sincerely and endeared himself to all the people.

Once he happened to visit Bhadrachalam for a religious fair and was pained to see the dilapidated condition of Seetaramaswamy temple there. A unique temple dating back to the pauranic age where the Sage Bhadra did severe penance to propitiate Lord Rama. His desire was to carry the Lord on his head and therefore he became the Bhadragiri hill on which stands the temple of Sri Rama.

Gopanna decided to restore back the temple to its original glory. People donated large amounts for the temple. As the work was going on, they fell short of funds. The people urged him to spend the money from the revenue collected, promising to raise the amount over a period of time and reimburse it back soon. The temple was rebuilt. Orders were also placed for beautiful golden ornaments made of pearls and gems for Lord Rama, Seeta and Lakshmana. The procedure for conducting poojas and utsavas were all laid out. Because of his extreme devotion and dedication to Lord Rama, everybody around started addressing Gopanna as Ramadasu, the sevak of Lord Rama.

Some people who were jealous of Ramadasu went and complained to King Tana Shah about the money collected as tax being used for the temple building. Ramadasu pleaded innocence saying the money had been used only for the temple which is also for the public. But the angry Shah would not listen. He wanted the money back and till accounts were settled, he had Ramadasu put behind the bars. 12-13 years Ramadasu was in jail. In the prison he was very badly treated. All the pain and torture only reinforced his faith and devotion to the Lord of his heart – Sri Rama. He composed beautiful krithis on the Lord. And there are some emotional ones in which he asks Mother Seeta to intervene and put in a word in his favour to the Lord! And he has used the unique style called: “Ninda Stuti”, wherein the composer addresses the Lord in an angry tone and even mocks Him for not helping him! 

After about 12-13 years, one day in the middle of the night, two young handsome youth calling themselves Ramoji and Lakshmoji carrying bow and arrows, appeared in the bed-chambers of King Tana Shah. The Shah was shocked to see them in his inner chambers! They introduced themselves as having been sent by Ramadasu to settle the accounts. They handed over to him a bag full of gold coins. It was just the right amount that had been used up from the state coffers. They demanded a receipt for the same along with a note for the release of Ramadasu from the prison, which the King gave. They both collected the receipt, showed it to the prison-in-charge and got Ramadasu released. By the time Ramadasu could realize what had happened, Ramoji and Lakshmoji had disappeared. 

On enquiring, Ramadasu told the king that he had not sent anyone nor any money. On checking back, the king saw the seal of Sri Rama on the coins. Now they knew — it was Sri Rama and Lakshmana who had come in disguise. The Shah was fortunate to have had the darshan of the Lord! He was overwhelmed and sought forgiveness from Ramadasu for imprisoning him. Ramadasu on the other side pleaded with the Lord for a glimpse of His divine form. The Lord accompanied by Mother Janaki gave him darshan along with the assurance of mukti at the end of his life. King Tana Shah on behalf of the State, handed over the entire amount to the temple. Even to this day, on the auspicious Sri Rama Navami, when Sri Seetarama Kalyanotsava is performed in Bhadrachala temple, it is the practice of the State Government to offer gifts to the divine couple — Sri Rama and Sita — an honour and fortune, and indeed a blessing for the State and its people!

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I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for
children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and
popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the
life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for
children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in
bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
Please note that Ebook kindle versions and paperback version [B&W
illustrations] can be bought online..Find the links..

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Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour
illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on
author’s request .Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message
me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the
earliest..)

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books you can contact For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 Email: naadopaasana18@gmail.com

                                                                                   

MAHA-RAASA: the Universal Dance of Life: A Celebration of Life!

SHARAD PURNIMA is the full moon day in the autumn season. The full moon on this day is closest to the earth and therefore its influence and healing benefits are immense and profound. The moon represents the mind and the sun represents the Light of Knowledge. On the purnima day, all of the sun’s light falls on the moon unobstructed. Therefore the full moon in all its glory represents a pure satwic mind endowed with knowledge. The minds of the Gopis of Vrindavan are likened to the full-moon and Sri Krishna, the Personification of Knowledge (Sun) danced in their minds! This is the true inner RAASA-KREEDA. The entire inner Raasa-kreeda is externalised and dramatized beautifully as the dance-sport of Sri Krishna with the Gopis. Therefore Sharad Purnima is also called as RAASA PURNIMA. In some parts of the country, Karthik Purnima which comes in the next calendar month is also called as Raasa Purnima. 

On the full moon night (Sharad Purnima), Sri Krishna revelling in His own Ananda Swaroopa picked up His flute by name “Aakarshini” (the one which attracts) and started playing upon it. The flute represents the entire world of things and beings, macro as well as micro, through which Krishna – the LIFE flows, enlivening it and making it dynamic. SAARA means “essence”, the INCOMPREHENSIBLE “TOUCH-OF-LIFE” – the Ultimate Reality. When the word is reversed, it becomes RAASA, the COMPREHENSIBLE “PLAY-OF-LIFE” through the gross and subtle matter-equipments. KREEDA is “sport”. Hence RAASA-KREEDA represents the CELEBRATION-OF-LIFE: the play or sport of SPIRIT (Purusha) through MATTER (Prakriti): the Creation-Sustenance-Dissolution of the Universe. This Celebration is full of Joy and Happiness (Rasavath). This “Eternal Dance of Life-through-Matter” is both, at the individual (micro) as well as at the cosmic (macro) level, and hence it is known as MAHA-RAASA.

There is Naada (music), Nritya (dance) and Naataka (drama) very beautifully represented in the Raasa-Kreeda of Lord Krishna with the Gopis. The Nava-rasas (the nine moods) of the mind starting from Shringara (Beauty) to Shanta (Peace) are beautifully depicted. The GOPIKAS danced with KRISHNA. “Go” means “knowledge”. “Pi” means “to drink” and “Ka” means “happiness”. Therefore GOPIKA means “one who is revelling in the blissful spiritual knowledge”. GOPIKA hence symbolises all spiritual seekers. Infact, all things and beings created by the Lord are GOPIS – all for the Lord’s Leela (Sport). The Lord’s music enthralls the whole of Nature, the whole Universe.

In Sage Bharata’s Natya Sastra, RAASA has been defined as “a form of dance wherein a number of women, dance in a circle with their hands interlocked in the company of men who dance with them with their arms placed round the neck of their female partners.” In the Raasa-kreeda, though Lord Krishna stood at the centre, each gopi visualised the presence of Krishna next to her. Hence there were as many Krishnas as there were Gopis on the circumference of the circle. 
Krishna as the “motionless centre” represents the Absolute Reality: the UNIVERSAL LIFE, the BRAHMAN. All movement is at the circumference. Each Gopi representing the mind or the thoughts totally identifies herself with Krishna, and therefore sees Krishna next to her rather than at the centre. Therefore, the Krishna-and-Gopi pairs represent the “Individual Life expressing through the mental-thoughts”. Their dance of identifying and interlocking with each other, and their movement represent the INDIVIDUAL LIFE functioning through MATTER: the relationship between Prakriti and Purusha, the Vishwa and Vishwanatha.

According to Bhagavat Purana, Krishna is blue in colour representing Infinitude. Gopis are depicted as yellow (brilliant lustre) in colour. When they are dancing, the blue and yellow mutually overlap to yield green colour. Hence Krishna as well as the Gopis look like green emeralds! Green is the colour of balance, equilibrium and equipoise. In the infinite play of Prakriti and Purusha, there is divine equilibrium and balance in the cosmos (macro) and in each individual (micro). 
The Krishna-Gopi pair at the micro level represent “Consciousness+Thought” playing about within oneself – a mini Raasa! Infact, the Whole Universe is a MAHA-RAASA. From the celestial bodies, the planetary system, the silent mountain ranges, the rains, the roaring ocean, the flowing rivers, the passing breeze, the nodding fields upto the complex body system, the mind-intellect equipment – all are a play of Prakriti and Purusha – perpetual Raasa-Kreeda! So many…many mini Raasa-s in the Cosmic Raasa! 

“Tava kathaamrutam tapta jeevanam kavibhiriditham kalmashapaham; sravana mangalam srimadaatatam Bhuvi grhnanti te bhuridaa janaaha” (Lord’s divine glories in the form of nectarine stories, most auspicious to hear are recited and spread amongst the mortals by the great and compassionate sages which alone is the life-giving antidote to the miseries of samsara) ~ Gopika Geeta (Bhagavat Purana)

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I Am delighted to inform you all that I have authored a book of stories for children titled: ” Bharatiya Katha Vaibhava -1″.

The book was released for Deepavali. This book features 25 unique and popular short Stories with beautiful illustrations from our Epics, and from the life of our Saints, Sages and Rulers… This is indeed a wonderful gift for children especially to be given as a prize for competitions! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..
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Note: To buy the full colour version book (paperback with colour illustrations) please contact the author , as they are only being printed on author’s request . The discounted price of the full colour version book is Rs 300/-.Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if you want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)

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