pachai maamalai pol mene

Monday, October 01, 2018

meet and depart....

meet  and depart....
एकवृक्षसमारूढा नाना वर्णा विहङ्गमाः।
प्रभाते दशसु दिक्षु तत्र का परिवेदना॥
चाणक्य नीति
ekavṛkṣasamārūḍhā nānā varṇā vihaṅgamāḥ|
prabhāte daśasu dikṣu tatra kā parivedanā||
cāṇakya ṇiti

Another poignant reminder from Chanakya
Birds of feathers with different colours and of myriad species all flock togher in the branches of the same tree duing night..
But come the morning, they would fly away in differenct directios, to come back again or not..
What is there to regret about it.. ?

The couplet portryas a very deep truth of life with a very simple example..
When we are all enjoying and sharing the company of one another, we somehow presusme that such togetherness is for ever.. And often when some of the company depart, we feel the void too.. 
It is not we can help feeling sad about it.. 
But if we realize that no status in life, no situation in life is permanent, and that change is the only truth of life, our deep sorrow and disappoint can be assuaged very much

Another message the idea can coney is that we should celebrate and be happy in the company of our near and dear, and make use of such togethersness in the best way, because, after a period, there would be separation, perhaps for ever, and it is not of any use to regret then of what has alreday been lost.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The shatterer of Vighnas.. or impeditments..

The shatterer of Vighnas.. or impeditments..
The great hymn on Lord Subramania of Tiruchendur, penned by Shankarabagavatpada himself is among the holiest of prayers in the annals of Hindu spirituality..

The hymn is rich in imagery and literary techniques, 
and at the same time soaked in deep devotion for Skanda..

It is believed that Shankaracharya was afflicted by a problem in the stomach, and this hymn was composed by Him in praise of Skanda .. to get relief from that malady..
It is believed that Shankara camped at Jayantipuram or Tiruchendur composes the hymn and partook in the holy ashes prasadams distributed in leaves received from the temple and got cured ..
Till date the prasadams and the hymn Subramania Bhujangam are both considered as sacred among the most sacred..

The first sloka in the Bhujangam is a prayer of Lord Ganesha.

सदा बालरूपापि विघ्नाद्रिहन्त्री महादन्तिवक्त्रापि पङ्चास्यमान्या।
विधीन्द्रादिमृग्या गणेशाभिधा मे विधत्तां श्रियं कापि कल्याणमूर्तिः॥
आचार्यैः शङ्करभगवत्पादैः प्रणीते सुब्रह्मण्यभुजङ्गे॥
sadā bālarūpāpi vighnādrihantrī mahādantivaktrāpi paṅcāsyamānyā|
vidhīndrādimṛgyā gaṇeśābhidhā me vidhattāṁ śriyaṁ kāpi kalyāṇamūrtiḥ||
ācāryaiḥ śaṅkarabhagavatpādaiḥ praṇīte subrahmaṇyabhujaṅge||


May that Glorious Divinity which has the name Ganesha bestow on us all wealth and welfare..
That Divine form.. though looking like just a child is capable of shattering huge mountains of difficulties for the devotees.
That Divine form though having the face of a huge elephant is viewed with awe and respect by the natural enemy and adversary, the lion
That Divine form which is sought after with great respect by Lords Brahma and Indra and other deities and gods too.
( Panchasya.. means Shiva.. Himself with the five Heads. Sadyojatham, Vamadevam, Eashaanam, Tatpurusham and Aghoram.. So panchasyamaanya.. could mean the divine form which is given great affection by Lord Shiva Himself.. Ganehse is also the ultimate in Knowledge.. Panchasya is also an epithet for scholars.. so it could mean that Ganesha is respected by all the learned people too..)

the contrast is more important..
He is just a boy, but he will shatter a mountain.. 
Baala indicates infant.. not grown and stron.. but the mountain is old and sturdy.. and the lord in infant form can shatter the tough mountain
Mahaadanti vaktra means having the face or a big elephant.. And elephant is always an enemy of a lion..
Her panchaasya means a lion.. Even though He is elephant faced, he is respected by a lion.. Panchaasya has the meaning of Shiva also.. so it implies the affection of lord Shiva too .. but that is secondary..
vidhi.. brahmadeva.
Indra lord Indra the king of the gods..
Vidheendraadhimrigyaa.. vidhi indra aadhibhiH mrigyaa.. sought after by the greats like Brahma and Indra..

Ganesha abhidhaa.. having the name of ganesha..
I had already posted on the greatness of the ashes distributed in Tiruchendur.. in panneer leaves..

I am repeating the same.
Skanda Shasti 
a very auspicious day for that beautiful and powerful God Subramania or Murugan.. is just two days away
I would love to share a few words on the glory of the Holy ashes adorning that cute warrior..
the words which are endorse by Shankaraacharya Himself
Lord Subramania was born to fight the Cruel Demons Like Soora, Simhavaktra and Thaaraka..
The Lord vanquished Soorapadma on the Skanda Shasti day, and gave Moskhsam to the demon by permitting him to be his mount the peacock and also the insignia in His flagstaff the rooster..
This happened in Lanka and the Lord Murugan (Skanda) stood on the shore of the Bay of Bengal, at Jayanti puram of Tiruchendur.. with his spear of Shakti pressed on the ground and held in one hand and casting a challenging glance westwards to see if anyone was left behind to challenge him in a battle..
With another hand he offered Bilva leaves to his Father, the Supreme Lord Shankara..
The lord Stands there in His most ferocious form -- the Supreme Commander of the Army of Gods just after concluding a victorious campaign .. 
No force could dare to stand facing him..
He is also manifest in his six-faced form in Tiruchendur
After the glorious victory he is manifesting himself in all Royal glory..
The Vedas themselves wanted to praise Him and took the shape of a tree with lots of branches full of leaves.. and flowers ( The tree according to the local lore is called Panneer tree) and the Lord is worshiped with these flowers and each leaf represents a great mantra of the Veda, it is believed..
Adi Shankara, was once afflicted by an incurable abdominal ailment.. and all medicines and yogic powers could not give any relief.. 
So the Saint Visited the Shrine of Skanda at tiruchendur and praised the Lord with a hymn. Subramania Bhujangam.. a beautiful piece of literature in elegant Sanskrit, composed in Bhujanga Metre..
It is believed that Shankara got cured of all His ailments by the mercy of Subrahmnya of Tiruchendur..
The main prasadam at the temple is the holy ashes which bathe the idol of the lord and is distributed in the leaves of the Panneer tree..
The greatness of this ash on the leaf.. "patrabhooti " is underlined at stanza 25 of Subramanian Bhujangam
अपस्मारकुष्ठक्षयार्शःप्रमेह ज्वरोन्मादिगुल्मादिरोगाः महान्तः।
पिशाचाश्च सर्वे भवत्पत्रभूतिम् विलोक्य क्षणात् तारकारे द्रवन्ते॥२५॥
॥श्रीमद् शङ्कराचार्य विरचिताद् सुब्रह्मण्यभुजङ्गात्॥
apasmārakuṣṭhakṣayārśaḥprameha jvaronmādigulmādirogāḥ mahāntaḥ |
piśācāśca sarve bhavatpatrabhūtim vilokya kṣaṇāt tārakāre dravante ||25||
||śrīmad śaṅkarācārya viracitād subrahmaṇyabhujaṅgāt||
Shankara Says, 
Oh Slayer of the demon Tharaka, ( Muruga) 
on just seeing the holy ashes placed on leaves in your presence, powerful and incurable diseases like epilepsy, leprosy, tuberculosis, piles, diabetes, fever, mental disorders, delusions, and enlargement of spleen just vanish within split seconds, and the demons afflicting people flee for their life..
The diseases which are cured by the Lords Holy ashes in the leaf given at Tiruchendur temple
Apasmaara.. epilepsy.. 
Kushta leprosy 
Kshaya Tubeculosis 
ArshaH piles 
Prameha Diabetes 
Jvara..fever unmaadi.. mental disorder, delusion 
gulma.. the abdominal disorder.. enlargement of spleen
and if any evil demi gods or demons have afflicted the body of the visitor to the temple, those depart and bolt away on the sight of the holy ashes..


ശക്തി കുറഞ്ഞ ഒരു ബാലന്റെ രൂപമാണെങ്കിലും വിഘ്നങ്ങളുടെ വലിയ പര്‍വതങ്ങളെപ്പോലും തകര്‍ക്കാന്‍ കഴിയുന്ന 
ആനയുടെ മുഖമാണ് എങ്കിലും സ്ഥിരം ശത്രുവായ സിംഹത്താല്‍ പോലും ബഹുമാനിക്കപ്പെടുന്നയാള്‍
ബ്രഹ്മാവ്‌ ഇന്ദ്രന്‍ എന്നിവരാല്‍ ഇപ്പോഴും തേടപ്പെടുന്ന 
ഗണേശന്‍ എന്നാ പേരുള്ള ഒരു മംഗള രൂപമുള്ള വസ്തു നമുക്ക് സമ്പത്തുകള്‍ നല്‍കട്ടെ..

പഞ്ചാസ്യന്‍ എന്ന വാക്കിന്നു ശിവന്‍ എന്നും അര്‍ത്ഥമുണ്ട്.. സദ്യോജാതം, വാമദേവം ഈശാനം തത്പുരുഷം, അഘോരം എന്നീ അഞ്ചു മുഖങ്ങള്‍.. 
പണ്ഡിതന്‍ എന്ന അര്‍ത്ഥത്തിലും പഞ്ചാനനന്‍ പഞ്ചാസ്യന്‍ എന്നൊക്കെ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ടു

ഈ പ്രാര്‍ഥനയില്‍ ആചാര്യസ്വാമികള്‍ ഗണേശന്റെ നിഷ്കളങ്കവും എളിയതും ആയ രൂപവും അതേ സമയം അളവില്ലാത്ത ശക്തിയും തമ്മില്‍ താരതമ്യം ചെയ്യുകയാണ്.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

ante naryanana smritiH..

ante naryanana smritiH..

अन्ते नारायणस्मृति:

Was just reading a book on mantrams.. or holy chants.

Yes, mantrams do work.. mantrams are potent..
whenther I belive in them or not they ar not abracadabra..

And the minimum guarantee is that a mantram can never harm me..

As a fairly devout brahmin, I was initated into the great mantram of Gayathri.. more than half a century ago..
and it was an unavoidable duty nd ritual to chant that mantram, whether I like it or not,
at least a few times a day

during the worship of Sandhya,

and during pooja

and during preparation for taking food etc..

So whether with faith or just as a mechanical affair
Gayatri.. mother Gayatri a part of my life..
as good as my own mother..

Of course, this is the case with every brahmin.. I am sure about that at least till the last generation.

But Gayatri can be chanted only under prescribed conditions.. not any time and anywhere.. at least that is the prescription and promise handed out when we are initiated into that mahamantram by our elders.. and I had made this promise to my father more than half a century ago, although he is not there to remind me of that promise any more.. A promise is a promise..

But my father, a devout but a naive and rather ignorant person with no initiation into Sanskrit or Vedas,
but extremely rich just is his faith,
had got the mantram of Rama from a guru
and he instructed me too to repeat that..
but again for a limited number of times in the morning and evenings..

But he used to ask me and my siblings to sit together at least for five minutes in the evening every day and chant "Naraynana"

Of course, no rules are prescribed..
The time and number given by him are just the minimum..
Yes, Narayana namam can be chanted anywhere, any way, any number of times..

So simple, so profound.. I have not leaned any greater lesson in faith, in spirituality..

Narayana, the owner of the name..
He is presumed to the the Supreme one..
But His name is powerful.. maybe more powerful that Him, I trust..

Of course I have seen Srivaishnavas acquire the holy name in a more formal fashion with more words and beejams attached to it..

Even the mere name is formallly prescribed with dhyanam, rishi chandas etc.. and is chanted at prescribed times and on prescribed occasions..

But we can call out Narayana at any time..
Ajamila is the witness..

The great saints, who have relinquished all worldly possessions,
if they are called upon to affix their signature,
usually invoke
Narayana Smriti..
remembering the name of Narayana

The word seems to cost nothing, but it is of immense value..

Chant Narayana all the time..
Every moment in life can be the last moment..
And the last moment can be blessed only
if we breathe our last
with Narayana in our lips, memory and hearts..

Ante Narayanasmriti..

Friday, August 24, 2018

retrospect on Onam and maveli..

Let us see how we can relate the Legend of Mahabali being vanquished and sent to nether worlds by Vamana and the story of the just and happy rule of Mahabali in Kerala..
especially since Kerala is supposed to have been created by Parasurama much after the Vamana incarnation..

Our Puranas and Itihasas are huge bundles of facts, fictions, myths and legends..
But there is an inbuilt message that the good prevails over the evil ultimately..
We have to love our legends more for that message and not for the fluff..

There is an apoarent chronological inconsistency..

But this is not the only one such situation in our legends..

There are too many

Some people just feel explanation of such events and narrations by some sort of convoluted logic is the be all and end all of Hinduism..
It is not so..

Some apologists would say the Avatars replicate again and again in each succeeding chathuryuga or a string of four yugas and so the Vamana incident of a later cycle could have occurred after the Parasurama episode in Kerala..

But such arguments are facetious..

of course, a distant possibility.. people who settled in Kerala after Parasurama created that land by throw of an axe from Gokarna to Kanyakumari or vice versa also brought the legend of Mahabali with them..
That again is just a guess..

It seems the Maaveli legend of Kerala is a local myth confined to Kerala alone ..

But that myth is an emotion, a dream, a hope for every Keralite..
The man of Kerala builds up and lives on Nostalgia on such a benevolent rule of prosperity and fair-play.. by Maveli of yonder years..
Perhaps there was a ruler in Kerala living up to that standards sometime in the history..
And as is usual with all dynasties or systems of administrations, the citadel of such welfare state was once shattered by some strife and Maveli just had to abdicate and flee..

The imaginative minds of the populace connected this story with the Puranic episode of Mahabali being vanquished by Vishnu as Vamana..

The two myths just gelled together..

No Puranam worth its name says that the Yajna conducted by Mahabali happened in Kerala..

And the legend of Onam in Kerala is a local legend which is not found in any Puranam or Itihasam..

So we need not try to put test in the light of puranams the facts and chronology of these two incidents which got superimposed..

Onam is our dream.. for us Keralites, Maaveli or Mahabali is that just and fair ruler of men whom we wanted to have all the time.. irrespective of systems, isms and ideologies..

Permit us to live our fond dreams,, at least for ten days..

No questions asked..

I just attempted to trace the historical possibilities..
I have not tried to give nor support any theories..
There is a local legend about a great ruler of Kerala..

The ballad sung by all from Layman to the learned..
for millenniums ago till this onam..
and the same refrains might reverberate our cultural horizons for even centuries to come..

മാവേലി നാടു വാണീടുംകാലം മാനുഷരെല്ലാരും ഒന്നുപോലെ ( when Maveli ruled this land, all human beings were equal)
Sometimes, just to forget everything mundane and often distressing, we have to live in some utopia.. some imaginary ideal environs at least for a very small slice of time..
The festivals and festivities have taken shape from this acute awareness..
Any festival among any set of people however varied they are in their living conditions, is celebrated just to throw to winds all tension and enjoy life..
The frills and theories all follow.. just as appendages...

May this Onam bring us all happiness.. and hope.. and renewed determination to raise from setbacks to Greatness once again..
असतो मा सद्गमय
तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय
मृत्योर्मा अमृतं गमय

Saturday, July 14, 2018

time to bury the hatchet...

परैः परिभवं प्राप्ते वयं पञ्चोत्तरं शतम्।
परस्परविरोधे तु वयं पञ्च शतं तु ते॥
महाभारते वनपर्वणि २४३-३
paraiḥ paribhavaṁ prāpte vayaṁ pañcottaraṁ śatam|
parasparavirodhe tu vayaṁ pañca śataṁ tu te||
mahābhārate vanaparvaṇi 243-3

A very interesting situation in the epic Mahabharatham, Vanaparvama.. Ghoshayatra Parvam

After being defeated in a game of Dice 
The Pandavas along with Draupadi are having their sojourn in the forest called Dvaita Vana.. 
Even there, by virute the power of their own great qualities and by the Grace of Krishna they are leading a frugal but very nice life, and people from all walks of life and sages visited them and they received the hospitality of the Pandavas in a befitting manner.

Meanwhile, Duryodhana, who had usurped the kingdom, is still not very confident about retaining the standards set by Yudhistira. 
Once a brahmin, who had visited Yudhistira in Dvaita forest and has been his guest, paid a visit to Hastinapura and during his talks with Duryodhana, 
He described the grand style of living of the Pandavas and the hospitality of Dharmaputra, even while the brothers were in exile.. 
This kindled the jealousy of Duryodhana, and prodded by Shakuni and Karna he set out on a forest expedition, ostensibly with a view to visit his own forest areas and tame the wild animals by hunting, but with the intention of causing as much damage to Pandavas as possible.

A big retinue of vassals, friends, ministers, armed soidiers, tradesmen and even some ladies accompanied the king in this expedition which was named Ghoshayatra..

While entering the forest, very near the camp of Yudhistira and his brothers, Duryodhana and his men were accosted by a celestial group of Gandharvas, who challenged them for fight..

First Karna fought them and was defeated and held in captivity by them..
Subequently Duryodhana himself with all his men, women and belongings was captured and kept under arrest..

Some soldiers who had sneaked away from Duryodhana's camp fled to where Yudhistira was living, and informed Bhimasena of the pathetic plight of Duryodhana and company..
Bhimasena was rather pleased and stated that Duryodhana got only what he deserved.. 
But the King Yudhistira overheard the conversation and was very disturbed..
He was all the more worried that the ladies of the clan were also captured...

He felt that the honour of the Kuru Race to which the Pandavas too belonged was at stake and he told Bhima that He, Arjuna and the Twins Nakula and Sahadeva should immediately act and ensure the release of Duryodhana and his people..

The above sloka states exactly what Dharmaputra told his younger brother Bhima..
" When we are challenged and under attack by others, we are one hundred and five..( hundred kauravas and five pandavas together) ..
Maybe we are inmical to each other as a group of five against another group of one hundred.. as far as that family feud is concerned."

(this is the meaning of the slokam quoted at the top)

Of course, the Pandavas waged a fierce battle with the Gandharvas and secured the release of Duryodhana and his retinue..

But the Kaurava cousins and their henchmen , true to their character, were thankless..

Later on a fierce battle, Mahabharata war occured and the Kauravas were decimated and Pandavas were restored to power.. That is history.

But the lesson here is that in the matter of unequivocal allegience to one's own race and country all persons belonging to the race and all the subjects and citizens of the nation should rally together forgetting all the inernal squabbles and stand as one man against the disruptive forces and secure victory too...
"We may fight as five on one side and hundred on the other side,, but when outsiders attach, we are hundred and five.. "

This spirit projected by the epic Mahabharatham is worth emulation by any patriotic group..

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Suryamandala Stotram..

Suryamandala Stotram..

This is a great hymn in praise of the ever manifest Divine being, Sun.. The most important Hindu hymn and prayer in Vedas, 

Rigveda to be precise, 

is Savitri.. which is called Gayatri 

because of its composition in the meter of that name It is is praise of Savita, the deity of the Sun. This Stotram also contains in it the spirit of the Mahamantra, Gayatri. 

नमः सवित्रे जगदेकचक्षुषे जगत्प्रसूति स्थिति नाश हेतवे। 

त्रयीमयाय त्रिगुणात्म धारिणे। विरिञ्चि नारायण शङ्करात्मने॥ १॥ 

namaḥ savitre jagadekacakṣuṣe jagatprasūti sthiti nāśa hetave| 

trayīmayāya triguṇātma dhāriṇe| viriñci nārāyaṇa śaṅkarātmane|| 1|| 

Pranams to the Sun, Savita (the source of all that is great) who is the sole pair of eyes for the entire universe 

Who is the cause for birth, existence and destruction of the whole universe 

Who is the quintessance of the three Vedas, Rik,Yajus and Sama Who contains in whom the essence of the three Gunas Sattva, Rajas and Tams Who is the soul of Virinja the Brahma, Narayana theVishnu and Shankara, the Shiva 

नमोस्तु सूर्याय सहस्ररश्मये सहस्रशाखान्वित सम्भवात्मने। सहस्र योगोद्भवभूतिभागिने सहस्रसंख्यायुगधारिणे नम:।। namostu sooryaaya sahasrarashmaye sahasrashaakhaanvita sambhavaatmane.. sahasrayododbahavabhooti bhaagine sahasrasankhyaayudha dhaarine nama 

pranams to the Sun.. who shines forth with innumerable (sahasra.. thousand) rays who is the source and origin for Vedas with innumerable Sakhas.. or who contains within him the knowledge of all that is sublime who is manifest in the form of the parabrahma who is the source of innumerable Yoga.. or who encompassed in himself all the yogas. who is carrying within himself or who is the eternal witness to all time which encompasses innumerable yugas.. or huge slices of time 

Here thousand or Sahasra indicates the innumerable or the infinite.. 

Surya is conceived as the Supreme being. 

यन्मण्डलं दीप्तिकरं विशालं रत्नप्रभं तीव्रमनादि रूपम्। 

दारिद्र्य दुखक्षयकारणं च पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ २॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ dīptikaraṁ viśālaṁ ratnaprabhaṁ tīvramanādi rūpam| 

dāridrya dukhakṣayakāraṇaṁ ca punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 2|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere which is shining forth in utter resplendance which is having its huge area of manifestation Which is brillinantly glittering with all precious gems which is intense in its radiations, and the time of its original appearance and who original form could not be even thought of as a guess which is capable of causing annihilation of all our grief may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं देव गणैः सुपूजितं विप्रैः स्तुतं भावनमुक्ति कोविदम्। 

तं देवदेवं प्रणमामि सूर्यं पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ३॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ deva gaṇaiḥ supūjitaṁ vipraiḥ stutaṁ bhāvanamukti kovidam| 

taṁ devadevaṁ praṇamāmi sūryaṁ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 3|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere which is ever worshipped hordes of celestial beings, devas which is praised in high esteem by the learned men 

which is capble of granting emancipation or moksha to all those who contemplate on it I offer my humble prostation every day to Surya the God of Gods.. may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं ज्ञानघनं त्वगम्यं त्रैलोक्यपूज्यं त्रिगुणात्म रूपम्। 

समस्त तेजोमय दिव्यरूपं पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ४॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ jñānaghanaṁ tvagamyaṁ trailokyapūjyaṁ triguṇātma rūpam| 

samasta tejomaya divyarūpaṁ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 4|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is concentrated with pure knowledge 

which is not attainable with ease for laymen 

which is being worshipped in the three, sky and ether 

which is the manifest essence of the three gunas, sattwva, rajas and tamas 

which is the sum and substance of all resplendent forms and manifestations of the entire Divine 

may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं गूढमतिप्रबोधं धर्मस्य वृद्धिं कुरुते जनानाम्। 

यत्सर्व पापक्षयकारणं च पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ५॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ gūḍhamatiprabodhaṁ dharmasya vṛddhiṁ kurute janānām| 

yatsarva pāpakṣayakāraṇaṁ ca punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 5|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is capable of providing enlightenment to clouded minds and intellects 

which acts as the destroyer of all the sins incurred 

which enhances the virtuous action and enhances the effects of such action by the people 

may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं व्याधि विनाश दक्षं यदृग्यजुः सामसु संप्रगीतम्। 

प्रकाशितं येन भूर्भुवः स्वः पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ६॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ vyādhi vināśa dakṣaṁ yadṛgyajuḥ sāmasu saṁpragītam| 

prakāśitaṁ yena bhūrbhuvaḥ svaḥ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 6|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is capable of relieving the living beings of all its illness and maladies 

which is praised and sung with great enthusiasam in all the three Vedas.. Rik, Yajus and Saman 

which illuminates the three worlds.. bhuH bhuvaH suvah.. the earth, the sky and the ether.. 

may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं वेदविदो वदन्ति गायन्ति यच्चारण सिद्ध सङ्घाः। 

यद्योगिनो योगजुषां च सङ्घाः पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ७॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ vedavido vadanti gāyanti yaccāraṇa siddha saṅghāḥ| 

yadyogino yogajuṣāṁ ca saṅghāḥ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 7|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is described or spoken of in great reverence by the great scholars of Vedas 

about which the minstrels of the heaven, Charanas and Siddhaas sing with great enthusiasm 

whom the great yogis too praise 

and groups of practitioners and seekers of yogic path too sing in approval and reverence 

may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं सर्वजनेषु पूजितं ज्योतिश्च कुर्यादिह मर्त्यलोके। 

यत्काल कल्पक्षयकारणं च पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ८॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ sarvajaneṣu pūjitaṁ jyotiśca kuryādiha martyaloke| 

yatkāla kalpakṣayakāraṇaṁ ca punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 8|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is the subject of worship and reverence among all men which provides great resplendance too to the entire world inhabited by men 

which is the cause of time and timely functions of all phenomena of the world 

which is the cause of destruction of the whole creations at the end of kalpas may purify and protect me.. 

यन्मण्डलं विश्वसृजां प्रसिद्धं उत्पत्तिरक्षा प्रळय प्रगल्भम्। 

यस्मिञ्जगत्संहरतेऽखिलं च पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ९॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ viśvasṛjāṁ prasiddhaṁ utpattirakṣā praḻaya pragalbham| 

yasmiñjagatsaṁharate'khilaṁ ca punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 9|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is the famous and favoured nucleus for the creators of the universe 

which is eminently capable of causing the creation.. utpatti, sustenance—raksha and destruction by final deluge.. pralayam of the universe unto which the everything reverts back and merges ultimately 

may protect and purify me 

यन्मण्डलं सर्वगतस्य विष्णोरात्मा परं धाम विशुद्धतत्त्वम्। 

सूक्ष्मान्तरैर्योगपथानुगम्यं पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ १०॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ sarvagatasya viṣṇorātmā paraṁ dhāma viśuddhatattvam| 

sūkṣmāntarairyogapathānugamyaṁ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 10|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is the favourite abode of Vishnu the all encompassing Lord 

which is the sacred tattvam or principle of that Lord Vishnu whose very secret inside principles are understood by those who tread the hallowed path of yoga 

may protect and purify me 

यन्मण्डलं वेदविदो विदन्ति गायन्ति तच्चारणसिद्ध सङ्घाः। 

यन्मण्डलं वेदविदो स्मरन्ति पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ ११॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ vedavido vidanti gāyanti taccāraṇasiddha saṅghāḥ| 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ vedavido smaranti punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 11|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

which is understood well by those who are learned in vedas 

whose glory is sung by the group of celestial minstrels Sidhdhas and Charanas which is ever remembered in deep meditation by the scholars of vedas 

may protect and purify me 

यन्मण्डलं वेदविदोपगीतं यद्योगिनां योग पथानुगम्यम्। 

तत्सर्व वेदं प्रणमामि सूर्यं पुनातु मां तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम्॥ १२॥ 

yanmaṇḍalaṁ vedavidopagītaṁ yadyogināṁ yoga pathānugamyam| 

tatsarva vedaṁ praṇamāmi sūryaṁ punātu māṁ tatsaviturvareṇyam|| 12|| 

The abode and orb of the Sun the Savita 

which is the ultimate in its power and capacity to effectively maintain order and truth everywhere 

whose glories is ever sung by the learned scholars of Vedas 

which could be understood only by yogins and those who have embarked upon the path or sadhana of yoga 

may protect and purify me 

Daily, I offer my humble prostrations to Lord Surya who knows everything.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Prayer to Agni for removal of Sins...

Prayer to Agni for removal of Sins...

अग्नेर्मन्वे प्रथमस्य प्रचेतसः यं पाञ्चजन्यम् बहवस्समिन्धते।
विश्वस्यां दिवि विविशिवांसमीमहे स नो मुन्चत्वग्ंहसः॥
तैत्तिरीयप्रपाठके ॥ अपि च अथर्ववेदे
agnermanve prathamasya pracetasaḥ yaṁ pāñcajanyam bahavassamindhate|
viśvasyāṁ divi viviśivāṁsamīmahe sa no muncatvagṁhasaḥ||
taittirīyaprapāṭaka|| api ca atharvavede

Oh Agni, who is kindled to supreme vigour( by offerings of twigs and ghee etc,)
you the great one of Supreme vitality,
you, whom we praise as Paanchajanya,
Oh Agni who is spread all over this universe,
we make this prayer to you. with humble prostrations
May you be pleased to annihilate our sins and relieve us of all that is not good..

We see the word Panchajanya in this mantram.. and the holy Conch which we use in pooja comes to our mind.. So we chant this mantram when offering pooja to the Shankham.. relating the word Panchajanya to the Shankham.. as Lord Narayana holds in his hand a conch by name Panchajanya..

Panchajanya is the shell of a demon by that name whom Krishna defeated in the famous Santhanagopalam episode..

In Bagavat Gita first chapter we find Krishna blowing the conch Panchajanyam..
Paanchajanyam Hrisheekesho....

But the real mening of Panchajanya is Agni or the Lord of Fire.

He is called Panchajanya because he manifest in five forms.. In devayajna, pitru yajna, bhutayajna, manushyayajna and brahmayajna..
He is manifest in Panchabhoothas, Panchavarnas and so on..

This is a mantram in daily use..
Found in Krishna Yajurveda Taittireeya school.. and also in Atharvaveda in a slightly altered form..