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With pranams from K.V,Ananthanarayanan, IRS, Addl Commissioner of Incometax, Trivandrum 1

devotion makes god out of stone

na devo vidyate khe na pae na mmaye| bhve hi vidyate deva tasmd bhvo hi kraa|| caaakyantiataka : It is futile to argue that god resides only in a piece of wood, or a part of a rock or a lump of clay. It is the mind of the devotee which attributes divinity to an idol made of wood, stone or clay. It is his devotion that is reflected by the idol. So the attitude of the mind is the cause of everything. The master implies that the idols are only symbols. True, but when millions of minds perceive sacredness in that idol the idol will definitely turn into God. -2water,

the mother and physician

------ oomnam po mnur amukta ghta tokya tanayya a yo| yya hi ha bhiajo mttam vivasya sthtur jagato janitr|| gveda 6----50--7 waters, you are the greatest friends of human beings, please give your unfailing protection and blessings to our sons and grandson. For you are the most benevolent and motherly physician, no, you are the mother of all that are moving in remaining still. The greatness and the life sustaining nature of the water was recognized all the time and our forefathers were aware that the existence of future generations hinged on our earnest attempt to worship and preserve the water resource... so they equated water to the mother, the physician etc., -kvananthanarayanan@gmail.com mob 09446508855

With pranams from K.V,Ananthanarayanan, IRS, Addl Commissioner of Incometax, Trivandrum 3initiative

prrabhyate na khalu vighnabhayena ncai prrabhya vighnanihat viramanti madhy| vighnairmuhurmurhurapi pratihanyamn prrabdhamuttamagu n parityajanti|| bharthare ntiatakam dhairyapaddhati praarabhyate na khalu vighnabhayena niichaiH praarabhya vighnanihataa viramanti madhyaaH. vighnairmuhurmurhurapi pratihanyamaanaaH praarabdhamuttamaguNaaH n parityajanti.. bhartR^ihareH niitishatakam dhairyapaddhatiH Men who are by nature cowards will never think of any new initiative because the fear of defeat, real or imaginary has taken deep roots in their psyche. Another category of men are those who would give a try if the environs are propitious, but would silently backout at the sight of the slightest possibility of a setback. But the really bold visionaries who are the salt of the earth, would start a project with meticulous planning and will bring it to victorious conclusion even if they face multiple roadblocks-many of them really tough(of course there is a difference between people who are assiduous and who are assinine... i can be crowned as the leader of the second group... against heavy odds.. the worst being eccentricity, I am prodding on with these slokas for about a year now... but i have not given up not because i am noble but I do not have anything worthy to do apart from this.)

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With pranams from K.V,Ananthanarayanan, IRS, Addl Commissioner of Incometax, Trivandrum

4 Aaapadi Kim Karaneeyam...?By ananthanarayanan vaidyanatan

Aapadi Kim Karneeyam? Smaraneeyam padyayugalam ambaayaah, tat smaranam kim kurute ? brahmaadeenapi kimkareekurute

When one faces real threat to his existence, the only way out for him is the worship of the lotus feet of Ambaa Sree Lalithaambika. And even if one remembers her for a fleeting second, the entire world including the Brahmadeva Himself wait on his side prepared to obey his orders. The worship of a male god, as the fountainhead of all virtues and strength and a female counterpart as the source of beauty, wealth and fertility is a common thread that runs throughout almost all the ancient civilizations in the world. The greatest ever civilization in the world, that of India also has the same tradition. In tribal worship we can find the presence of this, either as Sakthi and Siva, Prakriti and Purusha or whatever format and name that appealed to the ancient mind. The remnants of Mohanjadaro and Harappa, which according to some schorlars is the starting point of our Hindu Tradition, and by some others is a separate culture has left the remnants of a fatherly male god the protector with a prominent phallus and a mother goddess, the mother from whom springs all living beings, whose symbol is yonimudra. Whether that culture was a separate one which went into ruins by some serious and shortlived calamity, or which gave us the prototype of the prime Indian religion in its present form, the worship of linga and yoni representing Shiva and shakti remains for ever. In the beginning of Vedic culture the prominence was for the male gods under the commandership of Indra with goddesses like Ushas, Medha, etc getting only fleeting reference. Even in those periods the names of Goddesses like Swaahaa and Swadhaa were prominent in connection with agni (fire) and aryamaa (the god of pitrus). However may be out of human experience that one's own mother was the greatest source of energy and protection for each of us and also the fact that the woman as the wife alone can make the life of a male worth living, people started giving prominence to the female as a deity. Through passing ages, in some cults, the mother goddess gained ascendancy over the male counterpart. The tendency was germane even in Vedas where great mantras were always considered as representing a female deity. Gayathri is the most prominent example. The prominence of Devi became unquestionable because life was never easy for any members of an evolving culture, especially when it was subjected to a great extent by non democratic controls by stronger constituents of the society, and the suffering human being always craved for some mercy and tenederness and the woman

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was always the embodiment of these virtues while the strong male was always domineering. In our country the fusion of the male and female divine forces is really wonderful. Every great thinker and philosopher has underlined the mutual complimenting of the male and the female forces. Maybe the evolution is like this. The Lord Parameswara carried the entire universe on His head in the shape of a crescent representing the upper worlds. In his matted hair he carried the entire resources for the existence of humans, in the form of Ganga. He carried the the two most potent natural sources of energy, the Sun and the Fire, in his two eyes and the moon took his third eye. When concentrated evil oozed out in the form of the poison Halahalam he gobbled it up and kept it as a concentrated lump in his throat so that it cannot harm anyone. All the demonic forces, he kept under his feet in the form of apasmaara. Then he burned of Kamadeva who created mutual attraction between male and female, which represented happiness and fertility. This was too much. The Sakthi, the prakriti, challenged this. She burned herself using her own yogic powers. The world came to a standstill. Siva the purusha could not suffer the pangs of separation. He carried the body of the burning Sakthi and ran amuck across the whole country running and crying half in anger and half in anguish all the time. The diplomat that is Mahavishnu, saw the catastrophe overtaking the universe and hence he followed the Rudra at a safe distance and tactfully cut off one part after another of the burning body of Sakthi. The pieces fell in one hundred and eight places in our sacred country and each place became Sakthi Stala and the presence of Siva the great and Vishnu the protector could be seen everywhere. The things took a beautiful turn when the Sakthi again took birth as Parvathi and adorned the Siva with the marriage garlands and the latter, realizing that it was too difficult for himself to bear the brunt of maintaining the whole world all alone, gifted half of his body to Shakthi, to become Ardhanaareeswara. Adi Sankara, who is Lord Shiva himself. knew this well and so he proclaimed in the Soundaryalahari....Sivah Sakthya yuktho yadi bhavati sakthah prabhavithum, na ched evem devo na khalu kushalah spandithumapi.... Shiva when in the company of Shakthi is capable of performing all the functions of creation, maintenance and destruction, but the same God, if Sakthi is not with him will have the capacity even to move. a little To express our gratitude to the mother who is the source of knowledge, wealth, energy and all that is great we celebrate the Navarathri. The greatness of the celebration is in its uniqueness that it is the one festival which is observed all over the country in all the temples or households irrespective of what is the favourite deity of that temple or the househlod. May we place our pranaams at the lotus feet of the mother.Sree Maatre Namah

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5path to eterninty

prghtnnivtti paradhanaharae sayama satyavkya| kle akty pradna yuvatijanakath mkabhva pare tsrotovibhago guruu ca vinaya sarvabhtnukamp smnya sarvastrevanupahatavidhi sreyasmea panth|| bharthare ntiatakam The following actions and traits will make a person eternally famous. 1. Abstaining from causing danger to the life of all beings. 2.Lack of inclination to steal others' wealth. 3.Truthfulness in words and deed 4.Inclination to help others financially at the appropriate time according to ones own capacity. 5.Absolute silence when it comes to the question of respectable ladies of other families. 6.Being helpful to poor and indigent people. 7.Complete sense of surrender to preceptors. 8.Capacity to see equality in all living beings and exhibiting compassion to them. 9.Adequate knowledg