Thursday, August 27, 2015
1) PROGRAM AT TRICHY
DATE: 26TH SEPT
VENUE: MAHATHMA GANDHI AUDITORIUM, TENNUR
ORGANISED BY: RR SABHA, TRICHY
TIME: 6.30 P.M
TOPIC: SUNDARA KANDAM
2) PROGRAM AT SRIRANGAM
DATE: 27TH, 28TH SEPT
VENUE: KEEZH CHITRA VEEDHI, SRIRANGAM ( NEAR CHITRA THER)
TOPIC: SEETHA KALYANAM, RUKMINI KALYANAM
TIME: 7.30 P.M
3) PROGRAM AT VIZHUPURAM
DATE: 1ST OCT TO 7TH OCT
TOPIC: SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM
TIME: 6.30 P.M
VENUE: VAIKUNTAVASA PERUMAL TEMPLE, VILLUPURAM
1) PROGRAM AT KUMBAKONAM--KUMBHABHISHEKAM OF SRIRAMASWAMY
DATE: 4TH SEPT
VENUE: SRIRAMASWAMY TEMPLE-SAMPROKSHANAM
TIME: 6.00 P.M
TOPIC: SABARI MOKSHAM
2) PROGRAM AT PARANOOR
DATE: 11TH SEPT
VENUE: SRIBAKTHKOLAHALAN SANNIDHI
3) PROGRAM AT BANGALORE- CHILDRENS SPECIAL ( ADULTS WELCOME TOO)
DATE: 19TH SEPT
VENUE: CHOWDIAH HALL
ORAGNISED BY: BHOOMIJA TRUST
TOPIC: MATHRU DEVO BHAVA- IN ENGLISH
TIME; 6.30 P.M
4) PROGRAM AT TRICHY
DATE: 27TH SEPT
ORGANISED BY: R R SABHA
VENUE: MAHATHMA GANDHI AUDITORIUM TENNUR
TOPIC: SYAMA KRISHNA SODARI
TIME: 7.00 P.M
5) PROGRAM AT SRIRANGAM
DATE: 28TH SEPT
VENUE: KEEZH CHITRA VEEDHI, SRIRANGAM
TOPIC: PADMAVATHY KALYANAM
TIME; 7.00 P.M
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE QUIZ
1) The answers to the quiz should be sent to the email firstname.lastname@example.org within 26th of each month.
2) Every month the answers will be evaluated and marks shall be given as points. These points shall get cumulatively added each month.
3) The highest score winner of the year ( April to March) will be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
QUIZ ON SRIMAD BHAGAVATHAM FOR THE MONTH OF SEPT 2015
1) “Viraktha Indriyartheshu” “Prashanthathma””--- merging these two words what message do you get?
2) “ You do not desire money”---- who said this to whom?
3) The Lord is not as pleased by penance, celibacy, sacrifice etc as He is pleased by this. What is it?
4) “ Kvaham Daridraha Papeeyaan”--- Why did Sudama call himself a sinner?
5) The Lord hugged Sudama as he welcomed him. How does Sri Suka compare this act?
There is a kshetra called Kadambavana ( uththamar kovil). It is to the north of Srirangam. There was a sage by name Kadamba rishi who did Cauvery snanam at the banks and did severe penance. He was engaged in Ashtaksshara japam. Once many sages came to the ashrama of Kadambamuni. Those sages included Athri, Chyavanar, vasishta, markandeya, Brugu, Marichi, Kashyapar, Kanvar, Yagnavalkyar,z, narada, Vishwamithra, Gowthamar, Daththathreya, Sukar, Parasara etc. They were engaged in the discussion of the parathathva. Kadamba muni addressed this august gathering “ may you all research the Vedas, smruthis, shastras and come to a conclusion regarding the parabruhma.
Brahma said “ since the Vedas sing sukthas on all Devathas like Indra, Yama, Vishnu, Siva it is difficult to come to a conclusion regarding the nature of Parathathva.
Yagnavalkya said “ The Lord is one. The devathas are but angas ( parts) of this one Lord. He is formless and nameless. He is immortal . Hence he is aksharaswarupa.
Vyasa said” The Vedas definitely extol narayana as the supreme Being. Other Devas are but forms of this Narayana.
Markandeya says ‘ I doubt it. I feel the mumoorthy ( Bruhma, Vishnu and Siva) are all parathathvas.
Brugu says “ Creation, sustenance and destruction are carried out by one and the same Lord . The Vedas talk of the creation of Bruhma. Shathapadabrahmanam talks of creation of Siva. But there is no creation of Vishnu being spoken about. Hence He is the primordial energy.
Athri says “ Why waste our time over arguments ? Lets do penance here wishing to see the Lord who is the source of all.
All of them thus sat for penance along with Kadamba muni. The Lord appeared along with Bruhma and Siva.
Kadamba Muni says “ Oh Lords, please tell me who is the Best ( uththaman) among the three of you and please tell me your specialities. Then Bruhma and Siva extolled the transcendental qualities of the Lord and Narayana too spoke high of Brahma and Siva. Narayana said ‘ Those who differentiate between us and think low of any one of us is indeed a lowly person. I reside in the heart of Siva and Bruhma. Even the devathas get high posts only because of Brahma’s mercy. Siva on the other hand is the controller of mruthyu ( death) and has conqured th inconquerable Kama ( lust). Thus all of them have their own specialities. Brahma then said “ Of course yes. But I, Brahma have been born out of His nabhi and Siva , out of my mukha. But Vishnu does not have an origin. He is the moola vasthu and giver of moksha. Hence He is Purushothama.”
Thus it was concluded that Vishnu is Purushothathama, the Uthama of all. Those who worship Him in Karambanur beget moksha.
Monday, August 10, 2015
Ajaadyam Vaakpatuthvam cha Hanumathsmaranaathbhaveth"
The very thought of Hanuman will bestows us with intelligence, strength, courage, health, fearlessness, eloquence of speech. Hanuman was a very intelligent person. He knew all sastras. He learnt sastras from the Sun God. He was endowed with strength. Some have wisdom but are weaklings. Some have strength but are not wise. Though some have both intelligence and strength it does not benefit the society at large. Both should be of use to a dharmaathma, for the sake of righteousness. Hanumans strength and wisdom was of great use to Sri Rama. When Hanuman crossed the ocean a naagamatha by name Surasa wanted to test his prowess. She wanted to swallow him up. He grew monstrous in size for 100 yojanas. Surasa also grew in size. But hanuman immediately shrank himself and entered her mouth, came back swiftly. This leela shows his strength when he grew in size. When he shrank his size it manifests his presence of mind.
Hanuman is a famous figure. He even threatened Ravana at his sabha. He advised Ravana. He did not fear even when his tail was lit on fire. He did not pray to Rama to save him. He lit Lanka instead. All these shows his fearlessness.
He was very strong because of his staunch brahmacharyam. He had good health because of celebacy. He brought the Oshadiparvatha and bestowed all the warriors with new life.
He also talked sweetly. Sri Rama Himself appreciated his meaningful words. There are no words to describe Hanuman's glory.