Montag, Dezember 13, 2010

white elefants get into upanayana ceremony!

how mysterious is Lord Sri Krishna for his devotees? Breaking the boundage of cast and religious prejudice - that shows even the concept of cast in india can be transformed to a good and healthy system for better livin on this earth!
Here you see a complete vedic grhya sutra ceremony (preserved only for the socalled 3 upper casts with birth rights) done for a two gurukulis from england. Is it that the old english men of indiology did teach us that this system of Jata (Cast) cannot be given to people outside??? Does those early christian invaders with their bible in the hand, got everything wrong from the vedas just to overpower the eastern "harmony of consciousness" into the western "survial of the fittest" theory?
Brutal is the history of inquisition in Goa and other parts of india, resulting in blocking western born people out of vedic teachings.
Only in recent years of the last century things has changed, and by the grace of highly advanced saints like Srila Prabhupada and other yogis, people from the west were introduced to vedic wisdom. Hope we westerners will not mess up things again, and take those invitation back to the original tradition of humans with great respect and high spirit.

Freitag, November 05, 2010

Happy Deepavali 2010

Dear Friends and wellwishers, i do wish all of you the blessing and the light in your heart as this festival has to offer us. May Lord Narasimha glance with his lotuseyes on all our activity, thought and desire!
Jaya jaya sri Nrsimha!!!

Sonntag, Oktober 31, 2010

Lord of Kanchipuram in Navaratri Festival 2010

When i came first time to Kanchipuram in the year of 1991 i had a wonderful experience were the priests put a Urdhvapundram on my face and let me enter the sanctum very close to the Lord. Later in 1995 i had made here in this city my first Narasimha Vigraha by a very farout Stapathy who was a Shakta devotee of Kamakshi Amman (ParvathiDevi). When he completed the eyeopen ceremony he stood on his wooden padukas which had long ironnails on them. Then he screamed wild Narasimha mantras and finally trow the Lord (which weighted around 25kg) in my arms. I almost flew on my knees... Now that Yoga Narasimha is served in the Radha Krishna temple of Vrindamission in Berlincity. I hope i can post soon a picture of Him here.
Anyhow Kanchipuram is a very impressive and powerful city which is mentioned even by Panini (3th century BC) to be the city of 1000 temples. It is divided in two parts, one is Shiva kanchi were all the main important Shiva and Shakta temples reside (like Kamakshi, Ekambeshwara etc.) and Vishnu kanchi were Lord Varadaraja, the bestrower of all boons and the Lord of the Devas. When i visited Kanchipuram in my first years i never went anywhere else as i stayed only in Kanchi for long. I always thought why going to Srirangam or other divya deshams, as here you have Him so close. And the architecture, culture and history of Kanchi is fascinating and trilling. Everyone feels a very powerful force of blessing and curse (if one acts improper or demoniac) if one enters the sacred city. Great Acharyas have lived here, and Sri Ramanuja did serve Lord Varadaraja for many years. Here you see wonderful pics of Lord Varadaraja with his consort Sri devi on Navaratri festival 2010!

Mittwoch, Oktober 13, 2010

Ayodhya issue unending like the universe seems for the atheist

(the remains of sri prahladpuri, the ancient city of Narasimha worship in the state of nowadays pakistan by the city name "Multan")

The babri mosque had be abadoned 65 years prior to the demolition in the year 1992 and under Islamic law the building ceased being a mosque in such circumstance.

But a few days later, after the demolition of the mosque, CNN reported that the highest ranking Imam in the Islamic world from Saudi Arabia said that the Babri Mosque was the second most important mosque in the Islamic world and all Muslims should be outraged!!!
The violence what broke out after the demolition killed many more hindus in the streets of india, and some of the last standing temples of history in Pakistan (some speak of more then 100 temples and shrines in P.) were erased from the ground. Commentators may express excuses and blind slogans over this, but fact is there will be no harmony as the Koran delcares it by its own words "Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-Fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures." (Surah 98 - Al Bayyinah THE CLEAR EVIDENCE)
welcome to the stupid world of education as "islam is a religon of peace" and part of western culture, as recently the prime minister Mr.Wulff of Germany proclaimed. Good night my sleeply europe, as the moon of islam has risen above our heads to proclaim to be part of our life. Even we dont want it!!!

Freitag, Oktober 01, 2010

Ayodhya trough the ages... issue 1

this is a very interesting text one should read if you plan to understand the demolition of the Babri Masjid. Of course no excuse of bloodshet, only a word of showing the real dilemma of india history.

Through the centuries of brutal Islamic rule over India, tens of thousands of Hindu temples were destroyed and mosques built at their sites. In northern India, which was under Islamic rule for a longer period of time, hardly any temple has survived the Islamic period. Among the temples destroyed were the 3 greatest temples of Sanatana Dharma - those dedicated to Shri Ram, Shri Krishna, and Shankar (lord Shiva), at Ayodhya, Mathura, and Benaras (Varanasi), respectively.

Muslims kept fairly accurate accounts of their temple demolitions, since they considered them acts of great poius activity -which should give them the right to go to heaven (what absurd idea for killing innocent people). By destroying the temples of the "kafirs" (unbelievers of islam), they were doing Allah's bidding, and imitating Muhammad, who himself had destroyed all the idols in the Kaaba and made it into a mosque. Muslim rulers throughout history have repeated this act. The West knows of the conversion of the St. Sophia in Constantinople into a mosque. But indian history has thousands of such tragic instances.
Given below are some of the accounts left by muslim historians of the destruction of the Ram Janmabhumi temple in Ayodhya - one of the greatest temples of Sanatana Dharma. We will never know its splendour, but judging by the temples of South India that did survive Islamic rule, it must have been a stupendous feat of architecture.

The muslim writers unanimously describe the following:

1. The temple complex comprised of the Janmasthan of Shri Ram at Kot Ram Chander, the private apartments (mahal sarai) of King Dasaratha and Sri Rama, and a temple and a kitchen popularly known as Sita Ki Rasoi, where tradition held that Sita (wife of Shri Ram) lived.
2. All three were demolished and a mosque constructed thereupon in 1528 A.D. under orders of Babur's commander Mir Baqi, and the religious guidance of a Muslim cleric named Sayed Musa Ashikan.

The earliest of such authors is none other than the granddaughter of the Mughal (Mogul) emperor Aurangzeb. Many of these Muslim writers were residents of Ayodhya (Awadh) and some were eye-witness to or participants in the Hindu-Muslim clashes that resulted from the numerous (77 recorded) attempts by Hindus to regain control of their holy site. Muslim records state that over 100,000 Hindus, over the centuries, perished in attempts to regain the temple.

Let us now see what the Muslim writers have said:

1) Abul Fazl (late sixteeth century)

Abul Fazl, the author of Akbar Nama and Ain-i-Akbari is an eminent writer of the Moghul age who describes Ayodhya as the residential place (banga) of Sri Ram Chandra who during the Treta age was the embodiment of both the spiritual sovereign supremacy as well as the mundane kingly office. Abul Fazl also testifies that Awadh (Ayodhya) was esteemed as one of the holiest places of antiquity. He reports that Ram-Navami festival, marking the birthday of Rama continues to be celebrated in a big way.

2) Safiha-i Chahal Nasaih Bahadur Shahi, written by the daughter of Bahadur Shah Alamgir during the early 18th century.

Out of the above Chahal Nasaih ("Forty Advices"), twenty-five instructions were copied and incorporated in the manuscript entitled Nasihat-i Bist-o-Panjam Az Chahal Nisaih Bahadur Shahi in 1816 AD, which is the oldest known account of the destruction of Ram Janmabhoomi for construction of the Babri Mosque, and its author is none other than Aurangzeb's grand daughter.

Mirza Jan, the author of Hadiqa-i-Shahda, 1856, Lucknow, has reproduced the above text in Persian on pp.4-7 of his book. The text runs as follows:

"... the mosques built on the basis of the king's orders (ba farman-i Badshahi) have not been exempted from the offering of the namaz and the reading of the Khutba [therein]. The places of worship of the Hindus situated at Mathura, Banaras and Awadh, etc., in which the Hindus (kufar) have great faith - the place of the birthplace of Kanhaiya, the place of Rasoi Sita, the place of Hanuman, who, according to the Hindus, was seated by Ram Chandra over there after the conquest of Lanka - were all demolished for the strength of Islam, and at all these places mosques have been constructed. These mosques have not been exempted from juma and jamiat (Friday prayers). Rather it is obligatory that no idol worship should be performed over there and the sound of the conch shell should not reach the ear of the Muslims ..."

3) Hadiqa-i-Shahada by Mirza Jan (1856), pages 4-7.

The author was an eye-witness and an active participant in the jihad led by Amir Ali Amethawi during Wazid Ali Shah's rule in 1855 for recapture of Hanumangarhi from the Hindus. His book was ready just after the failure of the jihad due to stout Hindu resistance, and was published the following year (1856) in Lucknow. In Chapter IX of his book, entitled Wazid Ali Shah Aur Unka Ahd ("Wazid Ali Ahah and His Regime"), we find his account of construction of the Babri mosque.

Mirza Jan who claims to have gone through various old sources says in his own account as follows:

"The past Sultans encouraged the propagation and glorification of Islam and crushed the forces of the unbelievers (kufar), the Hindus. Similarly, Faizabad and Awadh(Ayodhya) were also purged of this mean practice [of kufr]. This [Awadh] was a great worshipping centre and the capital of [the kingdom of] Rama's father. Where there was a large temple, a big mosque was constructed and where there was a small mandaf, there a small kanati masjid was constructed. The temple of Janmasthan was the original birthplace (masqat) of Ram, adjacent to which is Sita Ki Rasoi, Sita being the name of his wife. Hence at that site, a lofty (sarbaland) mosque has been built by Babar Badshah under the guidance of Musa Ashikan... That mosque is till date popularly known as Sita Ki Rasoi..."

4) Fasana-i Ibrat by the Urdu novelist Mirza Rajab Ali Beg Surur.

Dr. Zaki Kakorawi has appended an excerpt from this book by Surur (1787-1867) in his work. The excerpt reads as follows :

"During the reign of Babar Badshah, a magnificent mosque was constructed in Awadh at a place which is associated with Sita ki Rasoi. This was the Babari mosque. As during this period the Hindus could not dare to offer any resistance, the mosque was constructed under the benign guidance of Saiyed Mir Ashikan. Its date of construction could be reckoned from [the words] Khair-Baqi. And in the Ram Darbar, a mosque was constructed by Fidai Khan, the subedar."

5) Zia-i Akhtar by Haji Muhammed Hasan (Lucknow 1878), p.38-39.

The author states :

"The mosque which had been built by Saiyid Musa Ashikan in 923 AH in compliance with the order of Zahiruddin Badshah, Delhi, after demolishing the private apartments (mahal sarai) of Raja Ram Chander and the kitchen of Sita, as well as the second mosque built by Muiuddin Aurangzeb, Alamgir Badshah, [in fact] both these mosques have developed cracks at various places because of the ageing character. Both these mosques have been gradually mitigated by the Bairagis and this very fact accounts for the riot. The Hindus have great hatred for the Muslims..."

6) Gumgashte Halat-i Ajudhya Awadh ("Forgotten Events of Ayodhya"), i.e. Tarikh-i Parnia Madina Alwaliya (in Persian) (Lucknow 1885), by Maulvi Abdul Karim.

The author, who was then the imam of the Babri Masjid, while giving a description of the dargah of Hazrat Shah Jamal Gojjri states :

"To the east of this dargah is mahalla Akbarpur, whose second name is also Kot Raja Ram Chander Ji. In this Kot, there were few burjs [towery big halls]. Towards the side of the western burj, there was the house of birthplace (makan-i paidaish) and the kitchen (bawarchi khana) of the above-mentioned Raja. And now, this premises is known as Janmasthan and Rasoi Sita Ji. After the demolition and mitigation of these houses [viz. Janmasthan and Rasoi Sita Ji], Babar Badshah got a magnificent mosque constructed thereon."

7) Tarikh-i Awadh("History of Ayodhya") by Alama Muhammad Najamulghani Khan Rampuri (1909).
Dr. Zaki Kakorawi has brought out an abridged edition of this book. An excerpt from vol.II (pp.570-575) of this edition runs as follows :

"Babar built a magnificent mosque at the spot where the temple of Janmasthan of Ramchandra was situated in Ayodhya, under the patronage of Saiyid Ashikan, and Sita ki Rasoi is situated adjacent to it. The date of construction of the mosque is Khair Baqi (923 AH). Till date, it is known as Sita ki Rasoi. By its side stands that temple. It is said that at the time of the conquest of Islam there were still three temples, viz. Janmasthan, which was the birthplace of Ram Chanderji, Swargadwar alias Ram Darbar, and the Treta ka Thakur. Babar built the mosque after having demolished Janmasthan."

8) Hindustan Islami Ahad Mein ("India is under Islamic rule") by Maulana Hakim Sayid Abdul Hai.
The book contained a chapter on "The Mosques of Hindusthan" (Hindustan ki Masjidein), giving at least six instances of the construction of the mosques on the very sites of the Hindu temples demolished by the Indian Muslim rulers during the 12th-17th centuries. As regards Babri Masjid, he writes :

"This mosque was constructed by Babar at Ajodhya which the Hindus call the birthplace of Ram Chanderji. There is a famous story about his wife Sita. It is said that Sita had a temple here in which she lived and cooked for her husband. On that very site Babar constructed this mosque..."

It is this Babri mosque, built as a symbol of the subjugation and humiliation of Hindus at a spot they venerated so highly, that was damaged by a crowd of Hindus in 1992 at the height of the nationalist movement to rebuild a temple for Shri Ram at the site which had been venerated as his birthplace by Hindus for millenia.

Islam deliberately destroyed and desecrated what was most sacred to Hindus, and replaced it with a symbol of Islamic victory. The same reason Sultan Mehmet converted the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. The Hindus and the West have been fighting the same foe for centuries.

I end with the lament of Will Durant, from his Story of Civilization

"We can never know from looking at India to-day, what grandeur and beauty she once possessed."

Donnerstag, September 30, 2010

Ayodhya and the issue of trying to please two fighting parties

I was waiting the verdict of the Ayodhya Case with great tension today, and would rather watch the news then do puja attentively. Why??? Because it is not just a political or socialreligious issue, but a emotional one too. I have been in india 1992 i have seen the riots in Varanasi and Chennai and i still see the volcano of hatred and war could just explore any moment india into a very heavy bloodshet.
The Ghandhi theory to join two opposite believes together, which separated India into two countries are still the same problem over hundred of years. It created Kashmir issue, bombing and killing in bombay, hijacking planes and will never end. It is in the name of politics and religious politics where political and religious leader never come with the truth and say openly right or wrong, fearing to loose power or influence.
The Rama Janmabhumi Sthana (Place of Lord Ramas birthsite in ayodhya) was always a place of worship in antiquity (at least from the time of the Kushans, 2000 years ago!!!) or better to say the holy Mekka of the believers in Sanathana Dharma! Stumping those places of worship to dust while bringing a so called better GOD* has been the policy of the fanatic muselman not ONLY in India but all over the world right from the beginning with mohammed, the founder of this strange belief, in the year 611 AD. His Jihad* has come to our german brother doors of vienna in the year 1683 AD, and if not polish soldiers were interferring we would follow ramadan and read in arabic our newspapers today (you see germany today you could get the impression the islamic invasion did win those years back!!!).

Anyhow in the modern western world we only recognized the islamic treat from the events of the civilwar in ex jugoslavia, were our supported "uncle" Osama binLaden tried to built a first europian "real"muslim state with stoning and other shariahorrorLaws but failed, before he went to Afganistan and did it there.
But if you start to read the history of India from the time of Gazni*Mahmud (10th century) you would shiffer of fear and disgust! It was always normal practise to kill all unbelievers (kafirs) and destroying their places of worship (temples, shrines etc.) as a holy act sanctioned by Mohammed it self! And using the materials for building a mosque on top of it, was just practical. One of the most horrific events was the invasions of GazniMahmud were he invaded 17 times indias soil, destroying holy cities like Multan, Thaneswar, whole area of Rajasthan and the famous and glorious town of Somanatha (one of the 12 jyothilingam). I will write later about this maniac, who is still considered to be a great men in arabic lands.
So what you can think could bring peace after such history?

Sonntag, August 29, 2010

Gopurapatti 2010 completed part 2

Gopurapatti 2010 completed!!

Here are some pictures of impression on the new restoration and re-installation of our beloved Lord Ranganatha next the Kaveri only 12 km away from his main island. It was a ancient place of worship of Lord Ranganatha after the onslaught and demolition of Lord Ranganathas temple in the year 1311 AD, were the surviving priests escaped the killing by the muslim army and settled here. After returning of normality in south india in the 17th century the village became extinct and the temple fell apart. Only in the year 2007 our friend and wellwisher Murali Bhattar re established the temple with his personal effort and we all thank him for his wonderful service. Please all of you go there and visit this very unique place of Lord Ranganathas worship!

Donnerstag, August 19, 2010

restored Gopurapatti Ranganatha Temple 2010

Gopurapatti, the holy refuge of sri Vaishnavas in the hard times of muslim invasion

Gopurapatti is a small village around 12 km from srirangam temple away, and became a refuge village of the emigrating priests around srirangam in the years 1310- 1311 AD as a muslim invasion laid south india into fire by the great Hater of Hindu culture Malik Naib and his famous general Ulugh Khan. In that time a huge muslim army plundered the temple of Lord Ranganatha, and killed tousands of priests and devotees aroung the temple (that story will be told later in this blog). The utsava Murthy (Namperumal) fleed the island with one of his very close priests, and Pillai lokacarya was the head priest who carried Nammperumal to hide him, around his neck.

Who could flee from this onslaught were hiding in the hidden small villages around srirangam. Gopurapatti was one of those places, and it became soon after this devastating incident a refuge place for vaidika priests, as Kaveri is flowing in two parts as it would do around srirangam island. Those refuge priests started to worship they beloved Lord Ranganatha and very soon after they had built a small temple for Him here. After 46 years of hidding the original Utsava Murthi of Lord Ranganatha he returned from Tirupathi and recieved his original temple in Srirangam. So did the surviving priests and their family returned to srirangam, and the village Gopurapatti kept it secret and the temple declined. Only recently the ruins of Gopurapatti Ranganatha was restored and renovated by the community of Archakas from Srirangam, especially Murali Bhattar did his best to return Gopurapatti to his ancient glory and worship of Lord Ranganatha. The temple is rebuilt and i had the pleasure to visit this place, when it was still rebuilding. On 26th of august 2010 will be the Samprokshana Ceremony (reinstallation of the Main deity).
As the Mula Vigraha (the main deity from inside the sanctum sanctorum) was digged out the ground and many items were missed he was remodelled by the stapathies. The utsava Murthies were casted newly and blessed by the two Ahobilam Jeeyars recently (see picture).
Gopurapatti is a very smooth and relaxed village and has a very beautiful scenery around. It is perfect for spiritual practise and anyone who wants to support this temple (as it is in need of funds for the daily seva, like puja, food etc.) please contribute. If you want to visit Gopurapatti please do so and get the anugraham (blessings) of the Lord of Gopurapatti Ranganatha!!!

festivals and other occacions

dear friend, we had recently few nice festivals in and around berlin city, with a flux of hundreds of interested people. Beginning of august we had the Rathayatra festival on the very famous location, Kurfuerstendamm (also known as "Kuhdamm") with around 300 hare krishnas and tousands of tourists who are willingly or not had to hear the sound of chanting and wild cymbal concerts... all in all a very successful as i met many old friends and devotees who showed up. Then we had a 4 day festival of spiritual healing festival, 150 km away from berlin city. A mixture of techno/Goasound with the idea of healing and spiritual search. There was a healing area with 5 tipis in the middle of a nice forest were inside that circle we had done a nice and elaborate Fire sacrifice. Around 120 people joined those vedic chanting and offered rice and lots of fruits to Agni... The festival may have seen around 2 - 3000 visitors with a huge Lord Nataraja Statue in the middle of the dancefloor... (pics will be given later)

Samstag, Juni 19, 2010

Fair of Munich with HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamij

Due to the higher arrangements of the Lord we were able to bring HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamij from south India to a Fair of esoteric and wellness in munich, as his devotees organized a lakshmi Narayana Puja at the same weekend. On that Fair he spoke about vedic traditions and the search of every human for peace and happiness. His servants Varada, Madhusudana, gopi and Bhagavadcarya did some very nice chants with the shanti mantras and the Narayanopanishad on small stage.
People from that fair liked the performance and were impressed with the purity and the powerful speech.
The next day we went to switzerland for one programm in the iskcon temple with around 25 members with the question and answer discourse.
On 12th of june the munich devotees of him organized a Lakshmi Narayana Puja performed by all guest guided over microphone by him. That took 4 hours all in total. Prasadam was also served there and around 70 familygroups (around 100 people?) from in and around munich came and did that puja with Swamiji. On Sunday the 13th of june he went to Frankfurt to do the same there with the indian telegu community there with what i heard with great success.
We stayed over night in ones friends house in munich who has a vegetarian (prasadam) distro for 600 kids in munichs kindergartens every day! Very beautyful to see this great seva is going on in munich. Please support them:

Next day we came to see him off back to India. That last evening we brought one friend of ours to him, a scholar from the tuebingen university, well versed in greek and sanskrit. They exchanged feelings, thoughts and new ideas and hopefully some very powerful project will emerge.
Leaving him and seeing him going back to India was a great pain for us, and even my small son were crying after him.
A pure soul were ever he steps will bring good fortune and the truth around, and that was a very deep expierence for all of us.
The munich devotees of him were very dedicated and impressed us with their devotion to him. So many things we westerners can learn from this great culture. let it be around the whole globe!

Sonntag, Juni 06, 2010

Caturdasi part 3

Good darshan of Lord Narasimha by the service of our friend Gauranga who did all those nice pictures. Also with the help of so many devotees this festival would not be there in germany. Thanks to all of you!

Caturdasi part two

We started with Garuda flag hoisting and parayana (mantra chanting). Then we did the pavitra puja like every year to nullify and purify the mistakes done by the priests in the service of the Lord. Special silk pavitras will be placed on his body with 12 times sodasopacara. in the night special homa for Lord Narasimha and next day is Jayanthi time with great abhishekam. Over the next coming days we had forest outfit (were Lord Narasimha is inside his beloved jungle) full in green and real branches from the famous birch, flieder and castanie! We had two big abhishekas over 5 days and one nice procession around the temple complex. the weather was mixed with rain and sun and around 400 people had come to celebrate Lord Narasimhas birthday.

Sri Narasimha Caturdasi 2010

celebrated in germany again, for the 11 year for me to perform the pujas. Many guests from around the world and missed my friends who did not come or unable to participate. We did also a special fund raising for Padmanabhas family to help them t overcome the loss. Sankirtan devotees did a good part and also we sold many of his collections of ancient books to the audience.
On the 4th day we had sandesh outfit for the Lord, and he looks really sweet in it.

Dienstag, April 13, 2010

Pujas in Kumbakonam

As i came from Pondicherry to my next destiny Kumbakonam* i did stop in Vaiteshwarankoil, a Shiva Temple, especially dedicated for the Graha of Mangala (Mars) were i had the luck at 9 pm to attend a special offering to Him. I met a very friendly nadi ready from the town here, who explained me every corner in this temple. As they follow the shiva agama scripture it has very close details to the Vaishnava Agamas as well. The town is famous for Nadi palmleaf horoscopes coming from the teaching of Suka, Shiva, Agastya and Brghu Muni's. Those astrology has a lot to do with psychology and mind reading if patients coming directly to them. And as with every business cheating is going on as well. So for Nadi reading pleas be careful with who you are connected. Im not saying everything is bogus, BUT a lot.
After this i went to Kumbakonam and arrived late night. Next morning i went for Darshan of Lord Sarangapani and recieved my blessing from my Agama Teacher Chakrapani Bhattar. At the evening we had a fantastic puja done and planed for the next days to come. Next day after Homa we went for Gangaicholapuram, the ancient capitol of the chola dynasty. The great Kulotunga the first has conquered even the ganges area, so he called his capitol according to this great tusk. The main temple what is left from the city is still intact for keeping tourist coming here. There are still some pujas inside to a very huge and fantastic shiva lingam, and are very impressive to take darshan. I will write later about the great empire of cholas, and some history about the connection with Vaishnavism in this country. One of the reason why i went here is this huge Narasimha with a cave inside to go in the mystic land of Lord Nrasimha!!! (see pic!) On the way back we crossed over a very huge Dam, built by the cholas - and it still function!! There i have seen the first time huge water crocodiles inside the kaveri... and huge signs dont bathe here otherwise you meet some nice crocosss... brrrrrrrr

Montag, März 15, 2010

Tour to Ayodhya for Padmanabha

We will bring his ashes back to the holy land of Bharat, and do puja for this istha Devata Lord Ramachandra in Ayodhya. If you have any information for accomodation in and around ayodhya, especially in citrakut, we would be very thankful.

Jaya sriman Narayana!!!

Padmanabhas demise March 2010 part two

But Padmanabhas departure not only has left a emotional and personal but also a material hole in the Family.
Apart from the inexpressible loss also a large embarrassment exists in material regard.
Without foresighted social security now continual new Commitments and financial problems are arising, since Padmanabhaji had no health insurance and the family depended entirely on his income now they have to pay many bills like funeral costs, search for employment, authority costs and infinitely much more.
On behalf of Madanalasa (the wife of him) we want to appeal directly to the helpfulness of all of you.
We ask you, as far as your conditions permit it, to help also financially or in any other way the family.
If you would like to send some Laxmi u could dispatch the Laxmi in a brown envelope and send it to Madanalasa directly:

Marlies Binder-Knott
Neuburger Strasse 50
94032 Passau

or you could transfer it on the accountof a friend of the family:
Heidi Griem
Berliner Bank Acct. - No. 4742915100
BLZ: 100,200 00

Please address the donation under “Madanalasa”

For Madanalasa this whole situation is very inconvenient but we could convince her that there is no other way since right now she has no more financial savings left.
Please be helpful and support this family.
Thank you very much!!!

Padmanabhas demise March 2010

Dear Friends and well wishers,
Our beloved friend and learned scholar Padmanabha has left us and leave behind a big scar on our souls. We will miss his cheerful and wonderous assosiation we had with him. He served for over 15 years as a pujari of Lord Narasimha in the german Narasimha farm, and for around 30 years in different temples around the world. He had done hundreds of yagyas, vedic marriages and pujas of different purposes for all kind of people.
His whole life dedicated to the service of mankind as he functioned as guide in vedic astrology. Beside of this he knew ayurveda, palmistry and was a great master in subtle sattvic tantric practises. Many people from different background came to him to get answered some difficult questions for their own life, and he never rejected any request for help. Beside of all of this he was a great Devotee of Lord Rama and Sri Hanuman and knew the Ramayana of different versions very well. He liked the Valmiki Ramayana as well Tulsi Dasas Hanuman carisa, and could recide sanskrit with meaning of all the stories by remembering only.
In November 2009 he himself fell sick while giving a seminar on Astrology with broncitis which went on his lungs and finally on his heart. His kidneys failed to function properly and finally he left the world on 5.3.2010 at 11 pm night.

Dienstag, Februar 23, 2010

Kumbakonam - the ancient city of all mystic arts

Kumbakonam, the city with one of the most striking temples in and around Tanjore district, has a very long and ancient tradition in mystic arts. Those mystic arts include abhichara (black magic), yogic and siddha traditions and finally Vaishnava tantra as well. One of the most famous praticioner was a saint by the name Sri Vijayendra Tirtha Swami, a pondiff of the Madhva Tradition. He was not just a ascetic and yogi, but also he possessed many secret arts in tantra procedure. His istha Devata was of course Lord Narasimha, who saved him in several incidents. One of those "lila" was a lethal attack by poison which was consumed by his puja vigraha Lakhsmi Narasimha, and he was surviving. As he was a strong preacher of Madhva Philosophy, he had many enemies, mostly from the nastikas. But due to his mantric power he all defeated those haters of Lord Vishnu, and even pacified both traditions of Shiva and Vishnu worship in this town. He worshipped Kumbeswara Swamy (Lord Shiva) as well Sarangapani Swamy, the main Deity of this town. Sarangapani (the bow holder..) is right after Lord Ranganatha the second most important Temple of all the 108 divya desams in bharatvarsa, as it was sung by 6 alwars, and Tirumangai Alwar (the thief* saint!) made a composition in a very special style, called Ratham... each verse holds one part of a cart, were Lord Vishnu is sitting inside and pulled by his devotees, like on Ratha Yatra.
Kumbakonam also has one very unique Maha Sudarshana Temple, Sri Chakrapani Perumal, worshipped by Ahirbudhnya Rishi, the kuluguru of our son Sri Prahlad, and the main teacher of Lord Narasimha Anustub maha Mantra. That Sudarshana Deity is a very impressive and powerful Lord, and here you can see him in his utsava Murthy in standing position with 8 hands, and in his Moola Vigraha you have him with 16 hands, almost in 2 meters size!
Kumbakonam has in and around some nice small Narasimha shrines, one is the old Ahobilam Matham, with a beautiful Malola Lakshmi Narasimha Vigraha, very similar to the Jeeyar Deity. There is another Narasimha in the flower market, with Kurattalwar next to it, who did special puja to Narasimha in Kumbakonam for the save of his Guru Sri Ramanuja from the onslaught of the chola king krimikantha!!! But this story we will tell in the next post...

Dienstag, Februar 16, 2010

Chidambaram Nataraja Akasha Lingam and Sri Govindaswamy Temple

From Pondycherry i left in direction to one of the 5 Element (Pancabhuta) lingam, in the town of Chidambaram. This linga (symbol of Lord Shiva) is the first of the 5 element lingams found in tamil nadu, and stands for akasha (either). The temple once was only a temple of Lord Vishnu, by the name Govindaraja Swamy, sung by the alwars, especially Tirumangai Alwar had sung 32 songs about Him, in Chidambaram. But due to the rivaly between the shiva kings Kulotunga I. (Rajaraja) of chola dynasty and the sri vaishnava community, Sri Govindaraja Swamy was removed and only later restored in the temple. Now the temple housing two seperate shrines inside, one for Shiva and one for Vishnu. I was there when it got very crowed and many people came to Nataraj Shiva to get the blessings, so the Shiva shrine was overpopulated like a indian train. I had a peaceful darshan of Sri Govindaraja Swamy and next to him is a nice small Ugra Narasimha shrine too. The whole temple looks very confusing as the Shiva temple is built around the Vishnu deity, and there are two prakaras interwaving each other. The priests here look very unusal with those sikhas on top of their head instead in the back. Just recently the atheistic goverment of tamil nadu has taken the rights of those priests to be independent, and made it a goverment run institution, to make it more bankrupt and misuse the money for anti religious propaganda. anyhow a very unfortunate chapter of indian history with those temples ...

Mittwoch, Februar 10, 2010

Tri Narasimha Ksetras in and around Pudducherry area

One of the most impressive Narasimhas are found in and around of Pudducherry /Pondicherry area. Those are Singakovil, around 15 km from Pondicherry in a very unknown village. The place is only possible to find if you ask for Singakovil, then may some villagers can direct you there. The Temple is of impressive structure and built in typicial south indian style with Gopuram (entrance tower), prakaras (walls around) vimana (tower structure in aeroplane style) etc... The Deity is one of my favoured Vigraha in south india, a Big 16 handed Ugra Narasimha around 2 Meter in size. A very impressive Deity indeed!!! Even in the middle of ricefields and nothing else the temple is properly taken care by some priests around, and you can get darshan in early morning time nicely.
The next temple is around 30 km from Singakovil away by the name Puvasamkootam, also a total village area. The Deity is a Lakshmi Narasimha with very nice alankarams, and most of the time he flanks on either side two lions... (see pic) This temple also goes under renovation right now, and will get a better temple complex.
The next of the three Pudducherry Narasimhas is the Parikkal Lakshmi Narasimha, a very protective Narasimha in nature. Many people come here for relief from distress, black magic and other problems. It is around another 30 km from Puvasamkootam, so to have all 3 darshans at a day, you best hire a car from Pondicherry early morning and do the tour from here! Im promise it will make you wonder after having darshan of all those special Narasimha Murthies!

Dienstag, Februar 09, 2010

Puducherry or better known as Pondicherry

Organized for trade with europe and controlled by the french for more then 250 years, this city is a very surprise to see, as it is not much of indian culture left. Even the police carries french helmets, street names are in big letter french and french bakerys all over the place (with french schools, education done in french etc.). Also the whole street settlement are done quite in europian style. And at last funny to see indians speak fluenty french!!!!
Beside it is very much influenced by the ashram culture of Sri Aurobindo who established 1926 his "integral Yoga" theory here in Pondy. Some of his followers started in the 1960`s a village idea outside of Pondycherry by name "auroville" planning of 50000 inhabitans living all around the utopia meditation hall looking like a Vimana/aeroplane. But until now only 2000 people have come and built some house around this area. Anyhow the park and the whole area around is nicely mantained, with many small teastalls, restaurants, french bakerys and kashmiri antique stores... The area of the meditation hall is pure clean and hardcore checked that you dont get stranded on some of the grassfields forbidden for outsiders. On of the most important incense production is here established by the name "Maroma products" who sell those incense all over the world. Those sticks are mainly pure oil dipped incense with freshy blends, beside of their soap, bathing powder production in aromatheraphy style.
All that is a very good point to relax and settle a bit from stress, and i guess one can get a fairly hotel room price the village area, if one doesnt want to stay inside the city.