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Tue, 01/29/2013 - 17:15
The Kumbh Mela at PrayAg this Year has been a grand spectacular spiritual and cultural event   demonstrating the multi-faceted dynamism of sanAtana dharma.  I was  fortunate to be present in PrayAg and take a holy dip in TriveNI Sangamam along with my family. The sacred banks of  GangA / YamunA got further sanctified with the sacred dust from the holy feet of a multitude of mystic SAdhus . The  wide spectrum of  sanAtana  dharma is picturized vividly there. The fragrant aroma of SraddhA is manifested all through. The Government of  Uttar Pradesh has done a very commendable job in maintaining the cleanliness, orderlines and sacredness of  PrayAg Kumbh Mela. Our deep sense of   gratitude is due to them. Om namah parama Rishibhyo namah parama Rishibhyah !जय जय श्रीराधे
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 23:06
The following are the five key constituents of Vedic VivAha:(1)VAk dAnam(2) KanyA dAnam(3) VaraNam(4) PANigrahaNam(5) saptapadIvAgdAnam ca pradAnam ca varaNam PANi PIdaNam !saptapAdIti pancAngo vivAha; parikIrtita: !!By proper performance of the vivAha as per Vedic scriptures with sraddhA (faith), all the graha doshas (planetary deficiencies) get fully neutralised and the couple lead a joyful, prosperous and harmonious long life.

mAngalyam tantunAnena mama jIvanahetunA !kaNthe badhnAmi subhage sanjIva Saradah Satam !!जय जय श्रीराधे 
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Fri, 01/11/2013 - 06:31
The following are the important aspects of Vedic VivAha (Wedding) :
1. vAk dAnam2. kanyA dAnam3. vara prekshaNam4. mangala snAnam5. mAngalya dhAraNam6. pAni grahaNam7. saptapadi8. pradhAna homam9. aSma ArohaNam10. lAja homam11. gruha praveSam12. praviSya homamBy proper performance of the vivAha as per Vedic scriptures with sraddhA (faith), all the graha doshas(planetary deficiencies) get fully neutralised and the couple lead a joyful, prosperous and harmonious life.mAngalyam tantunAnena mama jIvanahetunA !kaNthe badhnAmi subhage sanjIva Saradah Satam !!जय जय श्रीराधे
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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 08:23
In the Vedic culture, the bride and groom are considered as loving friends as they perform the saptapadi ritual wherein the groom holds the right leg of the bride and together they take seven steps to the north of the homa kuNda on the wedding day.BhagavAn Sri LakshmI NarAyaNa is propitiated through the Vedic hymns by the Groom for attainment of the following by the bride:(1) Anna samruddhi (Plentiful food) by the first step(2) Vrddhi ( multiple development) by the second step(3) Sat karma siddhi ( Good deeds) by the third step(4) Sukham (Pleasure) by the fourth step(5) paSu samruddhi (Cattle wealth) by the fifth step(6) Kshema (welfare) in all the six Rtus (seasons)by the sixth step(7) Performance of Yajnas (sacrifice) like soma yAga by the seventh stepHaving walked together seven steps, the groom and bride have become loving friends.The Vedic hymns are intended to seek life-long loving and sweet companionship between the bride and groom without any separation at any point of time. Thus mutual love and affection based friendship is established between the couple.Ekamisha VishNus tvAnvetuDve Urje VishNus tvAnvetutrINI vratAya VishNus tvAnvetucatVAri mayobhavaya VishNus tvAnvetupanca paSubhya: VishNus tvAnvetushat Rtubhyah VishNus tvAnvetusapta saptabhyo hotrAbhyo VishNus tvAnvetusakhA sapta padA bhavasakhAyau saptapadA babhUvasakhyante gameyamsakhyAtte mayoshamsakhyAnme mAyoshthA:--- EkAgni kAnda i-3-7 to14By proper performance of the sacred vivAha ritual  using Vedic Mantras with utmost faith and devotion , all the graha doshas   (planetary deficiencies) get fully neutralised and the couple enjoy a long life with mutual love, prosperity, peace and sound health.
जय जय श्रीराधे
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Wed, 01/09/2013 - 05:48
According to Devala, a  Srotriya is one  who is born as a BrAhmaNa , who has duly performed all the samskAras(Dvija) as ordained in the SAstras and one who is  well-versed in the Vedic Scriptures (Vipra). 
janmanA brAhmaNo jneya: samskArai: dvija ucyate!vipratvam vidyayAcApi  tribhi: Srotriya ucyate !! ---- Devala
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Thu, 01/03/2013 - 22:49
VrndASo  vraja vrshA  mrga gAvo
VeNu vAdya hrta cetasa ArAt !
danta dashta kavalA dhrta karNA
nidritAlikhita citram ivAsan !! 
 -- SrImad BhAgavatam

Hearing the sweet melody of  SrI KrshNa's flute, the bulls, cows and deer get attracted and approach   Him. Forgetting the grass taken into their mouths, they stand silently with ears raised and look like animals drawn in painting.
जय जय श्रीराधे

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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 07:21

With the efflux of time, the practice of dharma undergoes certain changes and this is well recognized in the dharma SAstras.As the yugas change, the yuga dharma also changes as determined by the great Rishis. Accordingly, the major shift has happened as follows in the four yugas:Kruta yuga = DhyAnamTretA yuga = YAgadvApara yuga = PUjAKali yuga = nAma sankIrtanam (keSava)
dhyAyan krute yajan yajnaih tretAyAm dvAparercayan !yadApnoti tadApnoti kalau sankIrtya keSavam !!---- vYAsa
YAvanna kIrtayet rAmam kalikalmasha sambhavam !tAvattishthati dehesmin bhayam cAtra pravartate !!---- Sivasarvasvam
SrutismrutipurANeshu rAma nAma samIritam !tannAma kIrtanam bhUyas tApatrayavinASanam !!---- cyavana smruti
sarvapApa prasaktopi dhyAyannimishamacyutam !punastapasvI bhavati panktipAvana pAvanah !!---- PaiThInasI
na tAvatpApamedhena yannAma hatam hareh !atireka bhayAdAhuh prAyascittAntaram vrithA !!----YogayAjnavalkya
prAyascittAnyaSeshANi tapah karmAtmakAni vai !yAni teshAmaSeshANAm krishNAnus smaraNam param !!----SrI vishNu purANa
One should not condemn the changing yuga dharmas and those dvijas who follow those, as the dvijAs are suited to the yuga concerned.
yuge yuge ca ye dharmAs tatra tatra ye dvijAh !teshAm nindA na kartavYA yugarUpa hi te dvijAh !!------- parAsara

krute tu mAnavA dharma: tretAyAm gautamA: smrutAh !dvApare SAnkha likhitAh kalau pArASarAh smrutAh !!
It is said that Manu smruti is applicable in Kruta yuga, Gautama smruti in tretA yuga, Sankha and Likhita smrutis in dvApara yuga and ParASara smruti in kali yuga.Let us take the case of performance of SrAddha and see whether we can go fully  by only what is stated in ParASara Smruti. But ParASara smruti does not deal with the elaborate provisions regarding performance of SrAddha. A smruti is like a policy document. Only in the grhya sUtras, the detailed procedures are explained. We cannot ignore what is said by the sUtrakAras. The Sraddha prayoga that we practise today is a digested form based on various relevant smrutis and the sUtras. Hence we have to take this as the benchmark and try to follow to the extent possible.It is to be noted that  in many places what we find is that the smrutis differ in the subtle aspects of performance of samskAras, karmAnushtHAnas and so on depending on the yuga dharma about which only the great Rishis deeply know. If a particular aspect has not been dealt with in a smruti, but is contained in another smruti, it can be considered  for guidance. There are areas of conflicts as well. All these call for proper reconciliation and resolution by experts in dharma SAstras from time to time. Hence we have to go by what is based on traditional practice wherever there is conflict in the statement of the various smrutis.
kalau kalmasha chittAnAm pApadravyopa jIvinAm !vidhikriyA vihInAnAm gatir govinda kIrtanam !!
nama: parama Rishibhyo nama: parama Rishibhyah !
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Tue, 01/01/2013 - 21:11
According to Smrtiratnam, the following mantra is to be recited at the time of performing kanyA dAnam during vivAha :kanyAm lakshaNa samyuktAm kanakAbharaNairyutAm!dAsyami vishNave tubhyam brahmaloka jigIshayA !!Desiring to reach the abode of Brahma, I give as kanyA DAnam  the bride with good features and decked with golden ornaments to you (a deserving groom) who is VishNu svarUpa .
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Sat, 12/29/2012 - 17:52
The divine name "SrI" representing the  beloved consort of BhagavAn  can be interpreted in six varied ways.(1) SrIyate - One who is resorted to.(2) Srayate- One who resorts to BhagavAn.(3) SrNAti-  One who removes the  obstacles in the path of the devotees.(4) SrINAti - One who moulds the devotees towards perfection for attainment of moksha.(5) SrNoti -  One who lsitens to the  prayers of the devotees.(6) SrAvayati - One who entices BhagavAn to listen to the prayers of the  devotees.जय जय श्रीराधे
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Fri, 12/28/2012 - 20:27

The Vedas insist on proper distribution of wealth. Wealth earned by 100 hands has to be distributed to 1,000 hands.
What accounts for the sudden downfall of otherwise successful organisations? Are there any insights from the scriptures in this regard? In answer to these questions, Dr S. Kannan, a Chennai-based chartered accountant, and author of Vedic Management (, finds it apt to cite the maxim ‘Vinasa kale viparita buddhih,’ which in Sanskrit means that when one is on the path of destruction, his mind gets perverted. “This happens due to the negative vasanas (inherent impressions) of a person which suddenly manifest and show the true colours,” he explains during the course of a recent email interaction with Business Line. “Kings like Ravana and Duryodhana, though highly learned, powerful and wealthy, faced destruction finally when they went against dharma (righteousness). The great king Harischandra suffered a lot but emerged finally victorious as he remained steadfast and upheld truth at all costs,” says Dr Kannan, making a reference to the epics. He also quotes from the Vajasaneya Samhita that one shall not covet the wealth of others. “In the organisational context, it is the top leader who either makes or breaks the organisation. Hence a leader should master the art of proper self-management and abide by the moral and ethical values.”Excerpts from the interview:These days, we hear a lot about corporate governance. Is this a topic on which we can draw from ancient Indian wisdom?There is a lot to learn from our ancient Indian wisdom, which would be of immense help in the modern times where there is a steep fall in the value system. To put it simply, the Vedas inspire us to speak the truth and follow the path of righteousness. (Satyam vada! Dharmam cara! - Taittiriya Upanishad i-11). The path of truthfulness is said to be supreme (Tasmat satyam paramam vadanti - Mahanarayana Upanishad lxxviii-1). Truth is the foundation of the earth (Atharva Veda Samhita xiv-1-1). Truth alone wins (Satyameva jayate - Mundaka Upanishad iii-1-6). Do not swerve from truth. Do not swerve from righteousness (Taittiriya Upanishad i-11). Truth is honey to all beings and all beings are honey to this truth (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad ii-5-12).In order to say that you follow corporate governance, you need to be truthful, transparent and righteous. For this purpose, your thought, speech and action have to be the same (Tasmat yatpurusho manasabhi gacchati! Tad vaca vadati! Tad karmana karoti! – Taittiriya Aranyaka i-90). Business has to be done truthfully (Vajasaneya Samhita iii –50).Can you list a few values that can be imbibed from our traditional literature as guidance for corporates?The Vedas, which represent the storehouse of our ancient value systems, talk about the following key values as very important: (a) Satyam — Truth; (b) Tapah — Austerity; (c) Damah — Sense control; (d) Samah — Tranquility of mind; (e) Dharmah — Righteousness; (f) Danam — Charity; (g) Daya — Mercy; and (h) Nyasah — Renunciation.The Bhagavad Gita specifies twenty values in Chapter XIII (8 to 12), which are immensely relevant for any manager in the modern day corporate context as well. All these are declared as knowledge: (a) Amanitvam — Humility; (b) Adambhitvam — Pridelessness; (c) Ahimsa — Non-violence; (d) Kshanti — Tolerance; (e) Arjavam — Simplicity; (f) Acaryopasanam — Service to the teacher; (g) Saucam — Cleanliness (internal and external); (h) Sthairyam — Steadfastness; (i) Atma vinigraha — Self-control; (j) Vairagyam – Renunciation; (k) Anahankara — Absence of ego; (l) Janmamrityu jaravyadhi duhkha dosa anudarsanam — Reflection of the sufferings of life-death, old age-disease, and distress; (m) Asakti — Non-attachment; (n) Anabhisvanga putradaragrhadishu — Detachment towards son and wife; (o) Nityam samacittatvam istanistopapattishu — Equanimity amidst pleasant and unpleasant happenings; (p) Mayi ca ananyayogena bhaktih avyabhicarini — Constant and unalloyed devotion towards God; (q) Vivikta desa sevitvam — Love for solitary life; (r) Aratir janasamsadi — Detachment towards company of people; (s) Adhyatmajnana nityatvam — Understanding the importance of self-realisation; and (t) Tattvajananartha darsanam — Philosophical search of the ultimate truth.Did our rishis and munis favour only asceticism frowning upon development and growth, competition and excellence? Or is it just one of the many myths doing the rounds?The Vedas contain a lot of mantras which focus on welfare, prosperity and wealth. In the Rig Veda, the very first mantra eulogises Agni the Fire God as the bestower of wealth (Hotaram Ratna Dhatamam - Rig Veda Samhita I-1-I). There are verses to encourage and motivate us to maximise wealth so that we can take care of those dependent on us. (Annam bahu kurveta! Tad vratam! - Taittiriya Upanishad iii-9). At the same time the Vedas guide us to earn wealth only through deeds of glory (Rig Veda Samhita vi-19-10). They advise us to take care of our wealth as well as welfare. (Bhutyai nappramaditavyam! Kusalanna pramaditavyam! - Taittiriya Upanishad i-11). One shall not blame wealth and that’s the vow (Annam na nindyat! Tad vratam! Taittiriya Upanishad iii-7). They encourage us not only to possess wealth but also enjoy the same (Annavan annado bhavati! Taittiriya Upanishad iii-7). The rich have to satisfy the poor (Rig Veda Samhita x-117-5).The Vedas insist on proper distribution of wealth. Wealth earned by 100 hands has to be distributed to 1,000 hands (Atharva Veda Samhita iii-24-5). They encourage us to give charity in plenty with utmost faith and humility (Sraddhaya deyam! Sriya deyam! Hriya deyam! Taittiriya Upanishad I-11). Thus the social obligations are also taken care of.The Vedas also inspire us to innovate and improve upon (Rig Veda Samhita i-31-8), and also to succeed in trade (Atharva Veda Samhita iii-15). And, there’s more: Take care of quadrupeds in addition to bipeds (Atharva Veda Samhita vi-107-1 to 4). Overcome all encounters (Rig Veda Samhita ii-40-5). Be vigilant, closely united, happy and prosperous in the new environment (Rig Veda Samhita x-85-36). Aspire to be the eldest, the best, the effulgent and the sovereign (Chandogya Upanishad v-2-6). Importantly, the Vedas caution us to take care of the ecology and environment as well, in the process of development and growth.On values, again, how are they best imparted: In schools or in organisations? Are there gaps in our education system that can be filled with learnings from traditional wisdom?The values have to be followed in letter and spirit as a way of life. Mere preaching without actual practice makes no sense. In the Bhagavad Gita iii-21 it is said, “Whatever a great man does, others follow it.” (Yadyat acarati sreshtah tad tdeva itara janah. Sa tat pramanam kurute lokas tadanuvartate.)In the traditional Gurukula system, the students lived together with the teacher and learned the values from the latter as a role model. The absence of appropriate living role-models to inspire the youth is a sad reflection of the contemporary reality. One shall emulate the best practices of others (Yan yasmakam sucaritani! Tani tvayopasyani – Taiitiriya Upanishad i-11).It is always advisable to start value-system-based teaching from the early days of schooling. The scriptures contain a wealth of knowledge, which would definitely fill the gaps in our understanding of the moral and ethical values.What are the time-tested truths about right approach to work?Action has to be done whole-heartedly without attachment to its fruits. The result of an action has to be accepted by a learned person as the gift of God (Isvara prasadah). One has the right only to perform the duty but has no right over its results (Karmanyevadhikaras te ma phaleshu kadacana – Bhagavad Gita ii-47).There should be proper understanding of the concepts of karma (action), akarma (inaction) and vikarma (forbidden action). You have to see action in action and inaction in action. You attain perfection only through action. You have to perform action equi-poised (Yogasthah kuru karmani - Bhagavad Gita ii-48).How do the Vedas describe and condemn untruth, such as what we saw in the recent disclosures about tainted accounts?The Vedas condemn one who speak the untruth and impel him to speak the truth. Man can either become a demon or a God depending on his truthfulness. One who follows the path of untruth suffers in the end.Here are a few quotes:The deluded demons preach untruth (Maitrayana Brahmana Upanishad Vii-1-10).One who speaks the truth verily suffers; but in the end he prospers like Gods (Satapatha Brahmanam ix-5-1- 16).One who speaks untruth becomes prosperous; but in the end he suffers like demons (Satapatha Brahmanam ix-5-1-17).Guile closely follows those who are untruthful (Rig Veda Samhita vii-61-15).Bio: Apart from being a CA, Dr S. Kannan is a post-graduate in Management Accounting, a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Certified Information Security Manager. He holds a Ph.D. in Commerce and another inter-disciplinary Ph.D. in Management and Sanskrit in the domain of Vedic Management. Currently a Consultant with Tata Consultancy Services, Dr Kannan has authored books on Corporate Laws, Industrial Laws, and Project Evaluation.D.
(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 2, 2009) 
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Wed, 12/26/2012 - 22:27
The following are the RAgam and TAlam of the  24 ashtapadis of SrI Jayadeva's famous  GIta Govindam:

ashtapadi                        RAgam                                      TAlam1                                      saurashtram                                  Adi2                                      Bhairavi                                        Truputa3                                      vasanta                                         Adi4                                      pantuvarAli                                   Adi5                                      todi                                               Adi6                                      kAmboji                                       Truputa7                                      bhUpAlam                                    Truputa8                                      saurashtram / KanadA                   Adi9                                      desAkshi / bilahari                         Truputa10                                    Ananda bhairavi                            Adi11                                    KedAra gaulam                             Adi12                                    SankaRAbharaNam                      Triputa13                                    Ahiri                                              jampa          14                                    SAranga                                        Triputa15                                    SAveri                                            cApu16                                    punnagavarAli                                Adi17                                    Arabhi                                           Adi18                                    yadukula kAboji                            Adi19                                    MukhAri                                      Truputa     20                                    KalYANi                                     CApu21                                     ghantA                                         jampa22                                     madhyamavati                               Adi23                                     NAda NAmaKriya                       Adi    24                                     MangalakauSika                           CApu  
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Wed, 12/26/2012 - 04:12

Both Sruti and smrutis constitute valid pramANas. We have to keep in view that smrutis have only Sruti as the base. Though there were many SAkhAs (recensions) of the Vedas in the days of  yonder, only a few are available now due to various reasons. anantA vai vedAh ! ---- TaittirIya KAthakaThe Vedas are infinite. Thus while a particular aspect (for example, mandatory performance of trikAla sandhyA including  mAdhyAnikam) specifically covered in the smrutis could have been  based on a Vedic statement which was existing  in a particular Vedic recension at that point of time but not now, it may not be correct for us to conclude that the particular aspect is not backed by Vedas. Hence it would be very difficult to overlook what is stated in the smrutis as being something which is not mentioned in the Vedas and hence need not be followed.
One cannot properly understand the intended and intrinsic meaning of Vedas. As Vedas are complex and innumerable, the Rishis through their great tapas composed the Smrutis which define what is dharma for a particular Yuga.
In order to understand the Sruti in the proper perspective, one requires the guidance of smruti. Interpreting the original Vedic Mantras on our own accord is dangerous in the modern environment.

For each Mantra, there is a Rishi, a Chandas and the devatA. One cannot overlook the Rishi and chant any Mantra including GAyatrI MahA Mantra. As Rishis are the Seers of Vedic Mantras and the authors of smrutis, we hold them in high esteem. Rishi TarpaNam is offered to them. KAnda Rishi TarpaNam is also there. All the Srauta, grihya and smArta PrayogAs are done even today based on the statements of great Rishis like Apastamba, BodhAyana, ASvalAya, Jaimini, LAtyAyana, KAtyAyana and so on. In addition, we have sanakAdi Rishis, Sapta Rishis , NArada, BharadvAja, Veda VyAsa and so many others.Each BrAhmaNa (however materially he may be rich) is born only as a debtor with triple debts. He is indebted to the Rishis, DevAs and Pitrus. The Rishi debt is discharged through brahmacarya, Deva debt through performance of yajnas and Pitru debt through progeny.JAyamAno ha vai brAhmaNah tribhir rNa vA jAyate !brahmacaryena rishibhyah !yajnena devebhyah!prajayA pitrubhyah!The Rishis including Rishi Patnis are to be respectfully worshipped. Without them, the Vedas would have disappeared. The smrutis, which are Rishi Proktam are therefore equally valid like Sruti.
namah parama Rishibhyo namah parama Rishibhyah !
Whatever one feels like doing according to his mental make-up does not constitute dharma. That is why in Bhagavad GItA , BhagavAn advises all to follow dharma as ordained in the Scriptures :tasmacchAstram pramAnam te karYAkArya vyavasthitau!jnAtvA SAstra vidhinoktam karma kartum ihArhasi !!-----Bhagavad gItA ! 16.24One who does not follow SAstras gains not Sukham or Siddhi or parama gati.yah Sastra vidhim utsrijya vartate KAma kAratah !na sa siddhim avApnoti na sukham na parAm gatim !!---Bhagavad gItA 16.23Learned sees through the eye of SAstras" ----kavibhih SAstra cakshushA ---"---- SrImad BhAgavatam x-84-36Sruti smruti mamaivAjnA yad tad ullanghya vartate !AjnAcchedhe mama drOhi mat bhaktOpi na vaishNava !!--- VishNuvedamUlAh smrutayah !---- SankhadurbodhA vaidikASSabdAh prakIrNatvacca ye khilAh !tatraita eva drushtArthAh smruti tantrai pratishthitAh !!---- MarIciSrutim paSyanti munayah smaranti ca tathA smrutim !tasmAt pramANamubhayam pramANaih pramitam bhuvi !!---- ManuAccording to Angiras, those who are learned in pramANas should duly take care of them. Otherwise, authentic pramANas would get destroyed by baseless pramANas.pramANAni pramANajnaih paripAlyAni yatnatah !sIdanti pramANAni pramANairavyavasthitaih !!--------Angiras
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Tue, 12/25/2012 - 16:19

The talented Vidushis have to settle down in marriage before it is too late. They have to be flexible in  taking the right decision  at the earliest so that their beloved parents do not become anxious as they advance in age. They have to moderate  their expectations realistically taking into consideration the pressures of modern living. The accomplished music teachers who are versatile Vidushis should guide their young students in this regard so that the latter can settle in married life without delaying the decision.The positive role of the husband of the Vidushi is vital for the well-being of the family. Music  profession demands continuous practice and on-going learning from experts. Proper time management is crucial so that the family responsibilities are not overlooked. The groom should be one who appreciates music and encourages the Vidushi to put in her best efforts. Mutual trust and love is the key for marital success.The Vidushis have to be patient and exercise self-restraint in their pursuit of music as a career.  Whenever significant family responsibilities emerge, they have to be attended to by the Vidushis with full dedication and commitment. In order to enhance learning, Music research can be taken up so that over a period of time the Vidushi builds  strong competence in understanding and applying the nuances of music.Self-exploration has to be undertaken by the gifted Vidushis in order to analyse their inherent strengths and weaknesses and build on their holistic personality. No doubt a young Vidushi who does contemplation and reflection in the proper perspective would be a great precious asset to one's harmonious  and vibrant family life based on our ancient culture and rich heritage.जय जय श्रीराधे
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Fri, 12/21/2012 - 19:45
The need of the hour is to make our gifted young Vidushis of Carnatic Music realize the paramount significance of harmonious family life. They have to be oriented towards understanding the true meaning and purpose of living harmoniously by properly balancing their profession and family responsibilities.Carnatic Music is a great gift of God. Only a blessed few can perform to perfection. Vocal music constitutes the rarest divine blessing as carnatic music with real bhAva and pristine rAga lakshaNa can be performed only when the musician is in a position to holistically identify , associate and integrate with the Supreme. Having been blessed with this rare divine gift, our young Vidushis have an important role to play in their families. It may be advisable to work hard by continuous and rigorous practice in the early years to gain mastery over vocal carnatic music . There is nothing wrong in aspiring for genuine name and fame to start with. However, when the Vidushi comes of marriageable age, it is the responsibility of her parents and well-wishers to highlight the importance of family life and teach her as how to combine her passion for singing with the smooth and uninterrupted running of the day to day family life bringing laurels to the family of her parents as well as the in-laws. Too much craving for name and fame neglecting the family harmony may bring in undesirable and unwanted consequences.Another key distraction of recent times for the young Vidushis is to enter light music and participate in TV reality shows. It would be advisable for the accomplished Vidushis to stay committed to pure Carnatic Music and leave the entertainment music to others.By following the above , the gifted Vidushis can lead a peaceful and harmonious family life, bring up their children lovingly, imbibing our great culture and tradition and comfortably realize the purpose of human life.
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Wed, 12/19/2012 - 21:02
(1) According to VyAsa, after obtaining gAyatrI, one should start from sAyam sandhyA.
gAyatrIM tu guror labhdvA sAyam sandhyAmupakramet !
(2) According to gautama, starting from sAyam sandhyA one shall do trikAla sandhyA.
sandhyA trayam tu kartavyam sAyamadi tatah param !
(3) According to pracetas, one shall do sandhyopAsana starting from sAyam sandhyA.
abhyopAsayet sandhyAm sAyamAdi yathAkramam.!
Kindly note that according to jaimini , one shall start with mAdhyAhnika sandhyA.
tato madhyAhna sandhyAdi sarvakarma samAcaret !
According to our traditional practice, we start with MadhyAhnika sandhyA after brahmopadeSa.
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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 07:02
By devotionally worshipping KrshNa in a steadfast manner, onemay be in a position to reach Goloka after so many births. But byserving RAdhA, the epitome of loving grace, one reaches Golokaeasily.anArAdhya RAdhA padAmbhoja reNumanASritya vrndAtavIm tat padANkAm !asambhAshya tad bhAva gaMbhIra cinttAnkutah SyAma sindhau rasyasAvagAhah !!— sva-sankalpa-prakASa-stotramWithout devotionally worshipping the sacred dust of RAdhAWithout approaching the sacred land of BrndAvanImprinted with Her divine footprintsWithout realizing the depths of Her Prema bhAvaHow is it possible to immerse in the Ocean of the Nectar of DivineLove of KrshNa?
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Sat, 12/15/2012 - 15:33
SrI RAdhA is MahAlakshmI in the form of NIlA Devi. She is worshipped with intense bhakti bhAva by AlvArs and AndAl (GodA) as Nappinnai. She is also fondly adored as Pinnai. SrI RAdhA represents the hlAdini Sakti.
Along with chanting of TiruppAvai , chanting of SrI RAdhA KrupA katAksha Stava helps one to gain the bliss of KrshNa katAksha and His divine association.
SrIgovindapriyAm rAjnIm brundAvana manoharIm !KrupAsvarUpiNIm divyAM RAdhA DevIm namAmyaham !!
I offer my respectful obeisances to the Goddess SrI RAdhA DevI, SrI KrshNa’s beloved Queen, the source of the beauty of BrindAvan, who is auspicious and is of the form of mercy.
SrIRAdhikAkruPAPAtrAM VishNucittasutAm sudhAm !SrIKrishNapremamagnAm tAm GodA DevIm namAmyaham !!
I offer my respectful obeisances to SrI GodA DevI (AndAl) who is blessed by SrI RAdhA  DevI (in the form of NIlA DevI), the nectar like daughter of SrI VishNu citta (PeriAlvAr), immersed in SrI KrshNa Prema Bhakti.


SrI RAdhA-krupA-katAksha-stava-rAja-stotram 1 munIndra-vrinda-vandite triloka-Sokha-hAriNi prasanna-vaktra-pankaje-nikunja-bhU-vilAsini vrajendra-bhAnu-nandini- vrajendra-sUnu-sangate kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 2 aSoka-vriksha-vallari vitAna-mandapa-sthite pravAla-vAla-pallava-prabhArunAnghri-komale varAbhaya-sphurat-kare- prabhUta-sampadAlaye kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 3 ananga-ranga-mangala- prasanga-bhangura-bhruvAm sa-vibhramam- sa-sambhramam- driganta-bAna-pAtanaih nirantaram- vaSI-kruta-pratIta-nanda-nandane kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 4 tadit-suvarNa-campaka- pradIpta-gaura-vigrahe mukha-prabhA-parAstakoti-SAradendu-maNdale vicitra-citra-sancarat- cakora-SAva-locane kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 5 madonmadAti-yauvane- pramoda-mAna-maNdite priyAnurAga-ranjite- kalA-vilAsa-paNdite ananya-dhanya-kunja- rAjya- kAma-keli-kovide kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 6 aSesha-hAva-bhAva- dhIra hIra-hAra-bhUshite prabhUta-SAtakumbha-kumbha –kumbhi- kumbha-sustani praSasta-manda-hAsya-cUrNa -pUrNa-saukhya-sAgare kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 7 mriNAla-vAla-vallari taranga-ranga-dor-late latAgra-lAsya-lola-nIla-locanAvalokane lalal-lulan-milan-manojna -mugdha-mohanASrite kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 8 suvarNa-mAlikAncita -trirekha-kambu-kaNthage tri-sUtra-mangalI-guna-tri-ratna-dipti-dIdhiti salola-nIla-kuntala-prasUna-guccha-gumphite kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 9 nitamba-bimba-lambamAna -pushpa-mekhalA-guNe praSasta-ratna-kimkiNI -kalApa-madhya-manjule karIndra-SuNda-dandikA- varoha-saubhagoruke kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 10 aneka-mantra-nAda-manju -nUpurArava-skhalat samAja-rAja-hamsa-vamSa- nikvaNAti-gaurave vilola-hema-vallari- vidambi-cAru-cankrame kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 11 ananta-koti-vishNu-loka -namra-padmajArcite himAdrijA-pulomajA-virincijA-vara-prade apAra-siddhi-riddhi-digdha -sat-padAngulI-nakhe kadA-karishyasIha- mAm- krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam 12 makheSvari- kriyeSvari- svadheSvari- sureSvari triveda-bharatISvari - pramAna-SAsaneSvari rameSvari- kshameSvari - pramoda-kAnaneSvari vrajeSvari- vrajAdhipe- SrI-rAdhike- namo'stu- te 13 itItamadbhutam- stavam – niSamya- bhAnu-nandini karotu- santatam- janam - krupA-katAksha-bhAjanam bhavet- tadaiva- sancita-trirUpa-karma-nASanam bhavet- tadA- vrajendra-sUnu-maNdala-praveSanam

जय जय श्रीराधे
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Fri, 12/14/2012 - 08:14
SrI DIkshitar has composed nine kritis propitiating the navagrahas. By devotionally  singing the glories of the navagrahas, one attains peace, prosperity and health.Graha – Kriti - RAga - TAla sUrya - sUrya mUrte namostu te -- saurAshtram - Dhruvamcandra – candram bhaja MAnasA --- asAveri – MatyamangAraka – angArakamAsrayAyaham – surati - rUpakamSukra – SrI Sukra bhagavantam – paraju – ataBudha – budhamASrayAmi – nAtakurinji – jhampaBrhaspati – brhaspate tArApate – athANA – triputaSani – DivAkaratanujam Sanaiscaram- yadukula kAmbhoji - catuSra ekamRAhu – smarAmyaham sadA rAhum – ramAmanohari – rUpakamKetu- mahAsuram ketum – cAmaram - rUpakam
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Sun, 12/09/2012 - 19:34
According to SArnga Deva, the three-fold symphony in terms of Song, instrumental music and dance is known as SangItam. gItam vAdyam tathA nruttam trayam sangItamucyate !According to Locana PaNdita, GItam comprises of nAda and akshara. Nada is the musical sound while akshara refers to the musical composition in words.DhAtu mAtu samAyuktam gItamityucyate budhaih !Tatra nAdAtmako dhAtur mAtur akshara sambhavah !!Anything which is sung is known as gItam.gIyata iti gItam !GItam owes its origin to sAma Veda which is made up of Suddha svara.sAma VedAt idam gItam samjagrAha pitAmahah!VAdyam includes string instruments like VINA, drum instruments like Mrudanga, bell metal instruments like cymbals and pipe instruments like flute.Nrutya consists of abhinayas representing various gesticulations in terms of eye glances, hand poses and feet movements.
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Fri, 12/07/2012 - 07:30
The 72 Melakarta Ragas constitute the basic  and fundamental Ragas from which other Ragas can be generated.The Melakarta Ragas are classified into 12 divisions known as Cakras comprising 6 Ragas each as follows: Indu Netra Agni Veda Bana Ritu Rishi Vasu Brahma Disi Rudra Aditya
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