Monday, February 19, 2018

Satsangam at Thambyah Chathiram on 24-2-2018

Satsang / Satsanga / Satsangam is a word which comes from Sanskrit, meaning "to associate with true people", to be in the company of true people - sitting with a sat guru, or in a group meeting seeking that association. Inner satsang is to raise the consciousness to a level of realization that soul (atma) and Lord (Parmatma) are One.



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On 7th of August 2017.




Swami Vivekananda’s Second Visit
The Ramakrishna Movement can be said to have really come to Sri Lanka when its founder-leader Swami Vivekananda, landed in Colombo in January, 1897 on his way back to India from the West. He was no more an unknown monk. This time, he landed on the soil of Sri Lanka as a world celebrity and as a prophet of a new order of things. The Hindu Community of Sri Lanka had all along noted with keen interest and pride the signal success achieved by the Swami in spreading the message of the Hindu faith in the West at the World’s Parliament of Religions held in the City of Chicago in September, 1893. Some of the more popular local dailies had carried the news of the ‘arrival of the Hindu sage’ in Colombo by the ‘Prinz Regent Luitpold’ on the 15th of January, 1897. This was enough to rouse the enthusiasm of the local Hindu Community to instant activity. A large number of Hindus assembled at the Tambyah Chatram to consider the steps to be taken for the purpose. To meet the expenses a subscription list was started and a sum of about Rs. 800/- was collected on the spot.2

Arrival of Swami Shivananda
In the early part of July, 1897, a middle-aged ochre-clad sannyasin from far-off Calcutta, India, landed at the Colombo Port. Many prominent Hindus of Colombo were ready at hand with flowers and garlands, expecting eagerly the arrival of the Swami. The Swami was received, on landing, with oriental greetings and respects due to a sage, and was conducted to Thambyah Chatram where he was to stay for the next seven or eight months, spreading the message of Sri Ramakrishna. Swami Shivananda, for that was the name of the apostle, was one of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna and brother-disciple of Swami Vivekananda at whose behest he had come to the Island to continue the work of propagating the Master’s Message. He carried with him a letter of introduction from Swami Vivekananda to Mr. T. ARRIVAL OF SWAMI SHIVANANDA 133 Sokanathan of Colombo who had the unique privilege of hosting the great Swami when he had earlier visited the Island on his triumphal return to his Motherland from the West. The letter read as follows: ... ALMORA, 30th June, 1897. To, T. SOKANATHAN, Esqr, My dear friend, The bearer of this note, Swami Shivananda, is sent to Ceylon as promised by me during my sojourn. He is quite fit for the work entrusted to his care, of course with your kind help. I hope you will introduce him to other Ceylon Friends. Yours ever in the Lord Vivekananda

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Maha Sivaratri 13-2-2018 - Siva Puja


“Shiva bound is Jiva; Jiva liberated is Shiva.”
 – Sri Ramakrishna

 Jiva is Shiva, and Shiva is jiva. In other words, we ordinary beings are really Shiva but ignorant and bound. Our goal in life should be to reclaim our Shivahood.














Maha Sivaratri in Belur Math Video


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Vibuthi - Thiruneeru - Holy Ash

It is holy ash which Hindus put it across their forehead during or after prayers. 
  

Thiruneeru which is an disinfectant when applied with the recitation of certain mantras has the ability to cure diseases.  

The Thiruneeru has always been considered as having a certain sakti which manifest if it is applied with faith and the recitation of certain mantras.  

When applied with devotion coupled with sincere practice, is said to be able to rid one of the fruits of his bad actions and acts as a purifier.

The healing powers of the Thiruneeru are legend.  Saint Thirunaavukkarasar is one of those who was thus cured. Saint Thirunyanasambandhar has sung a lovely song about the qualities of the Thiruneeru.

All sages and wise men advice us to apply the thiruneeru at all times for it has the power to bring success. 

It is also applied to concentrate our minds on good thoughts. It is to remind ourselves that we must ever strife to lead a godly life. The sakthi in thiruneeru is believed to be able to speed up the process of our own divinisation so that we become one pointed and finally reach God.

It must be noted that the ash cannot be reduced further by burning. No matter how long you burn it, it will remain ash. The use of the holy ash here is to remind man that God is eternal and unchanging in a sea of changing phenomena.All else changes; we change; but God remains the same and it is our duty and our inherent nature to seek to unite with the permanent. Every time he applies the thiruneeru, the devotee is reminded of the need to become more and more god conscious in his life so that finally he can have vision of God.


There is also another meaning: by applying the ash, man is reminded that he is not immoral and that one day he too will become ash. Therefore, he should not be egoistic or treat people badly.


He should do whatever good he can in the world and lead a divine life of service practising virtues like simplicity, humility, hospitality and honesty. He must be compassionate, loving and have devotion for God. He should realise that God gave him this life. Everything in the world is a creation of God.  He should therefore not only be thankful and worship God with added devotion but should also act in consciousness of God.

Since he is mortal and may die at any time, it is therefore imperative that he try his best to achieve the goal of life which is having unitive knowledge of God or becoming one with God, thereby achieving immotality.  He cannot put this off for he never knows when he will die so he must start on his God-ward journey now itself.

Normally, the Thiruneeru is picked up with three fingers of the fight hand and applied such that three lines form across the forehead.

This indicates the Trinity or the functions of Lord Shiva in his manifestation as Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra.  Brahma is the Creator of all life, Vishnu is the Sustainer and Protector while Rudra dissolves everything back into its primal energy state from which Brahma again brings forth life.
This symbolic act is also an indicator of the play of the subatomic particles that are involved in a constant dance – called the Dance of Siva even by by some physicists – of creation, sustenance and destruction which gives us this universe of name and form.

This again reminds us that we come from God and must return to God.
Applying the Thiruneeru thus also represents an appeal to God to eradicate the three impurities of Aanavam, Maya and Karma from our life for only when we are free of these can we hope to achieve union with God.

While the prayer goes out to God, we have also to ralise this truth and endeavour to drop off the shackles of these three impurities.

It can therefore be seen from the above that the Thiruneeru is not applied simply for show or for fun.  It has deep psychological meaning.  We must always be conscious of this when applying the Thiruneeru to ensure max-mum benefit from our prayer and actions. 

When applying the Thiruneeru repeat the mantra “Om Namahshivaya” thrice.   Once can also just say “Siva Siva” or chant the mantra of one’s lshtha Devatai when applying the Thriuneeru.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Medical Aid - Request for Liver Transplant Operation

Request from a student - Age 12 years - for Medical Aid
for Liver Transplant Operation


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Swami Vivekananda on Charity
  • Every act of charity, every thought of sympathy, every action of help, every good deed, is taking so much of self-importance away from our little selves and making us think of ourselves as the lowest and the least, and, therefore, it is all good. Here we find that Jnâna, Bhakti, and Karma — all come to one point.[Source]
  • Those who are acquainted with the literature of India will remember a beautiful old story about this extreme charity, how a whole family, as related in the Mahâbhârata, starved themselves to death and gave their last meal to a beggar. This is not an exaggeration, for such things still happen.[Source]


If you don’t have the resources 

‘Charity does not need money.’ 

It is about giving your time.”




Sri Ramakrishna Birthday Celebrations - 17-2-2018

Celebrations -  Maha Sivaratri & Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Birthday

1.         Maha Sivaratri Worship on 13-2-2018
2.         180th  Birthday Celebrations of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna on 17-2-2018
3.         Public Celebration of the Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna on 04-3-2018

The Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Ramakrishna will be celebrated with Religious, Cultural & Welfare programmes in:
1.       Colombo,
2.       Batticaloa
3.       Urumpirai, Jaffna,
4.       Kilinochchi 
5.       Viswamadu, Mullaitivu.
6.       Hulandawa Estate, Akkuressa

Photo Album - Puja on 17-2-2017




If you don’t have the resources 

‘Charity does not need money.’ 

It is about giving your time.”


“Sri Ramakrishna’s message was unique in being expressed in action. Religion is not just a matter for study, it is something that has to be experienced and to be lived, and this is the field in which Sri Ramakrishna manifested his uniqueness. His religious activity and experience were, in fact, comprehensive to a degree that had perhaps never before been attained by any other religious genius, in India or elsewhere.”
—Arnold Toynbee

Prayer

O Krishna, Thou loving Shepherd of the people,
Buddha, Lord of infinite compassion,
Jesus, Thou lover and Saviour of the soul,
Ramakrishna, Thou face of the Divine Mother, and
Vivekananda of the mighty heart,
May Ye and all the nameless Masters of the spirit,
Receive and save this soul.

(From Sister Nivedita's An Indian Study of Love & Death)


Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna

“Different people call on [God] by different names: some as Allah, some as God, and others as Krishna, Siva, and Brahman. It is like the water in a lake. Some drink it at one place and call it ‘jal’, others at another place and call it ‘pani’, and still others at a third place and call it ‘water’. The Hindus call it ‘jal’, the Christians ‘water’, and the Moslems ‘pani’. But it is one and the same thing.”
“Knowledge leads to unity; ignorance to diversity.”
“When God is realised, the world never appears empty. He who has attained Him sees that the Lord Himself has become all these—the universe and its creatures.”




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Monday, January 8, 2018

Swami Vivekananda Birthday 8-1-2018

Swami Vivekananda Birth Anniversary on 08-01-2018

Celebration in Colombo

Song - Arise Awake - in Tamil
Ezhumin-vizhimin

Photo Album


Swami Vivekananda in Colombo Jan 1897.

Swami Vivekananda  12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta  was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.

On October 5th 1893 Free Press (USA) -  Our Visitor from India
Is he a Buddhist? Is he a Mohammedan? What is his mission? Such are the questions that are heard on all sides about Mr. Vive­kananda who speaks here Saturday evening. Following is something from a Chicago source that bears on this question:
Vivekananda is a representative from In­dia to the World's Parliament of Religions. He, more than any other of the eminent scholars, has attracted universal attention, first, by his unique attire in Mandarin color; second, by his magnetic presence; and last, but not least, by his brilliant oratory and wonderful exposition of Hindu philosophy.
Vivekananda is not a Brahmin, is not a Buddhist, is not a Parsee, is not a Moham­medan. He may be said to represent the best in all of these. He speaks for universal truth or the unification of all truth. At all times his appearance at the Memorial Art Palace has been attended by the greatest enthusi­asm. Indeed, his stay in Chicago has been a continual ovation. He is a scholar among scholars, yet simple in his life and earnest in conquering all limitations of the flesh, all propensities born of the sense world.
The "Chicago source" hit the nail right on the head when it said, among other things, that Swamiji repre­sented the best in all these religions. This only goes to show how deep an impression Swamiji carved into his Chicago audience.


Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was Narayana and Swami Vivekananda was nara in the ‘Nara Narayana’ pair. They just visited the earth to uplift the humanity and rejuvenate Hinduism.



Gist of Vedanta in Two Words
 Vedanta and Swami Vivekananda point to divinity in us in two levels. At the empirical level, the Will is our divinity. It is our power to decide what to do and be responsible for what we do, that puts us apart from inert things. At the absolute level, the Consciousness is our divinity.


To Arise is to claim ourselves as people with a will. To Awake is to claim ourselves as pure Consciousness. 

About Swami Vivekananda

Swami Atulananda reminiscences: 1899 - 1900 period 
The first non-Indian monk of the Ramakrishna Order, from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Swamiji was so simple in his behaviour, so like one of the crowd that he did not impress me so much when I first saw him. There was nothing about his ways that would mark him as the lion of New York society as so often he had been. Simple in dress and behaviour he was just like one of us. He did not put himself aside on a pedestal as is so often the case with lionised personages. He walked about the room, sat on the floor, laughed, joked, chatted—nothing formal. Of course I had noticed his magnificent, brilliant eyes, his beautiful features and majestic bearing, for these were parts of him that no circumstances could hide. But when I saw him for a few minutes standing on a platform surrounded by others, it flashed into my mind:
"What a giant, what strength, what manliness, what a personality! Every one near him looks so insignificant compared with him/' It came to me almost as a shock, it seemed to startle me. What was it that gave Swamiji this distinction ?Was it his height? No, there were gentlemen there taller than he was. Was it his build? No, there were near him some very fine specimens of American manhood. It seemed to be more in the expression of the face than anything else.Was it his purity? What was it? I could not analyse it. I remembered what had been said of Lord Buddha,—"a lion amongst men' I felt that Swamiji had unlimited power, that he could move heaven and earth if he willed it. This was my strongest and lasting impression of him.


"I was listening to Vivekananda this morning an hour. I believe him to be the reincarnation of some great spirit, perhaps Buddha, perhaps Christ. He is so simple, so pure, so unselfish..... His discourses this morning was most uplifting, his mere presence is that."

—Ella Wheeler Wilcox  (A celebrated journalist & poetess of Chicago, America).