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Sri Rama Natakam by Arunachalakavi!

Arunachalakavi was born in a small village in Tanjore district of Tamilnadu. He was very intelligent, bright and sattvic by nature. He was sent to the Dharmapuram Mutt for education. He very easily mastered the religious texts both in Sanskrit and Tamil languages. He was greatly influenced by Thiruvalluvar’s Thirukural and Kamban’s Ramayana. He was so proficient and scholarly that the head of the Dharmapuram Mutt wished to initiate him into the monastic order so that he could take over the reins of the Mutt. However he politely declined the offer, got married and settled down as a grihastha.

He set up a jewelry shop for his livelihood. Once he went to Pondicherry on a business trip. On the way he reached Sirkazhi and met once of his classmates Chidambaram Pillai who was the head of the Dharmapuram Mutt at Sirkazhi. At his friend’s request Arunachalakavi composed few verses which were greatly appreciated by all. Knowing Arunachalakavi’s proficiency and talent his friend requested him to permanently stay in Sirkazhi and made all the arrangements to get his friend’s family also there. He became well known as “Sirkazhi Arunachalakavi”. In time Arunachalakavi met two renowned musicians Venkataramayyar and Kodandaramayyar who came to study the Kamba Ramayana from him. They asked Arunachalakavi to compose keerthans on Lord Rama based on Ramayana written by the great poet Kamban. They helped him with the raga and tala. These compositions were sung by his disciples on the music platforms in Chennai and were greatly appreciated by one and all.

Encouraged by the response, the musicians asked Arunachalakavi to compose a full length integrated musical opera and thus the famous “Sri Rama Natakam” which includes all the important incidents that are there in Ramayana came into being. After composing the great work, Arunachalakavi wanted the arrangetram or the first stage performance of his great musical drama in the auspicious presence of Sri Ranganathaswamy in Srirangam just like Kamban had presented his Ramayana first time in the same temple. The priests did not agreed to this. They wanted divine sanction for it. Arunachalakavi then sang his famous keerthan in mohana raga: “En pallikondeeraiyaa….” on Lord Ranganatha, wherein he describes the exploits of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna and at the end seeks the Lord’s grace and blessings upon himself. This keerthan is even to this day an all time favourite amongst Bharatnatyam dancers. The Lord was very pleased and appeared in the dream of the priest and gave his consent for the “Sri Rama Natakam” rendering.

Subsequently, “Sri Rama Natakam” was presented in front of Maharaja Tulaja, the King of Thanjavur and other great patrons of art. He was honoured for his great works. Arunachalakavi’s musical opera was highly appreciated and accepted by everyone for its sheer beauty. The musical drama is in simple Tamil language, the incidents are arresting, the bhava or mood captivating and the music enchanting! The compositions endear themselves to one and all – to the performer (music or dance) and to the onlooker.

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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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Guruvayoor Sri Krishna

Lord Brahma started his work of creation by first invoking Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before the creator and gave him an idol of himself having four arms carrying the shankha, chakra, gada and padma. Lord Vishnu told him that the idol was purna (full) manifestation of His divinity and therefore it signified “shuddha sattva”. Pure or Shuddha Sattva is the nascent state of Sattva which is extremely subtle and cannot become gross. However, this “murthi” or idol which represents Shuddha Sattva is an exception! Brahma worshipped the idol with great fervour. 

King Sutapas and his wife Prisni, who belonged to the Satya Yuga were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu and they undertook rigorous tapas. Pleased with their devotion and austerity, Lord Brahma gave them this divine idol. They worshipped the idol of Lord Vishnu for a number of years. When Vishnu manifested himself in front of them and asked them what boon they wanted, they said, “we want a son like you, a son like you, a son like you.” The Lord replied that there cannot be anyone like him, and therefore he himself will be born as their son and since they repeated the request three times, he would be born three times at three different periods of time, in three different manifestations. 

In their present manifestation as Sutapas and Prisni, in the Satya Yuga, the Lord was born as Prisnigarbha. In Treta Yuga, in their second manifestation as Sage Kashyapa and Aditi, the Lord was born as Vamana. In Dwapara Yuga, in their third manifestation as Vasudeva and Devaki, the Lord was born as Sri Krishna. In all their manifestations, they worshipped the idol that Lord Brahma had given them. The idol was installed in Dwaraka, and even Krishna worshipped the idol of Lord Vishnu. At the end of the Dwapara Yuga, during the dissolution, Krishna entrusted the safety of the idol with Uddhava, his devotee. Krishna asked Uddhava to take the help of Brihaspati, the Guru of the devatas and Vayu, the wind-God to install the idol in an appropriate place. The Lord folded up his manifestation and Dwaraka was submerged in the deluge waters. 

Uddhava invoked Deva-guru and Vayu. They both appeared and as instructed by Lord Krishna carried the idol with them and went in search of an appropriate place to install it. They reached Bhargava-kshetra (Kerala) and saw a beautiful lake full of lotuses. The place looked most appropriate for the installation of the idol. This was the place where Lord Shiva had performed tapas and the lake was known as Rudra teertha. On seeing Brihaspati and Vayu, Lord Shiva and Parvati appeared there and suggested that this was the most suitable place for the installation of the Lord’s idol. The divine architect, Vishwakarma was assigned the work of constructing a beautiful temple for the Lord. According to legend, the uniqueness of the temple originally constructed by Vishwakarma is that on Vishu (summer equinox) day, the sun’s rays enter the temple and fall on the Lord’s feet. Traditionally it is believed that the “pratishta” of the Lord’s idol was performed on the auspicious Guruvayur Ekadashi. Since Brihaspati (Guru) and Vayu were involved in the installation of the idol of the Lord, the sacred place was called as Guru-Vayu-Pura, and the Lord as Guruvayurappan. Guruvayur is also known as Bhuloka Vaikunta. 

Lord Guruvayurappan gave darshan to Sri Adi Shankaracharya when he visited this sacred place. He composed the beautiful Govinda Ashtakam in praise of the Lord and laid down the procedures for the various daily rituals to be carried out in the temple which are followed till today.
“Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murare, Hey Natha Narayana Vasudeva!”

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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 . 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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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/-

We are also releasing a few books with colour illustrations.They will be available only during the book launch in Bangalore. Discounted colour edition book price: Rs 300/-

Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if u want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)This is indeed a wonderful Deepavali gift for children! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..

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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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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 is scheduled for release shortly….(Nov 2nd week).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..

We are also releasing a few books with colour illustrations.They will be available only during the book launch in Bangalore. Discounted colour edition book price: Rs 300/-

Those who wish to avail of this offer, please contact/message me.(Especially if u want a full color version book, please inform at the earliest..)This is indeed a wonderful Deepavali gift for children! You can order in bulk too. Orders are welcome for libraries, schools etc..

For orders please whatsapp : 9739003467 or email : naadopaasana18@gmail.com