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  1. 94 points

    hello - test

    hello - test:tongue:
  2. 70 points

    I am new here.

    Hello friends, I am new here. I want to learn about Hinduism. In my opinion, we don't give time for feeding ourself with dharma gyan because we are addicted to western culture. That's why I am here and it's a wonderful website.
  3. 23 points

    Thread deletion

    How can members delete threads that they have created?
  4. 21 points

    Life is meserable

    Im 47 years of old my life always have problem i have two kids ,im really scat after looking at my life,never end with so many problem.see astrology it make me more scary and its say you will face alot problem How i can solved this problem. For time being only way that im doing now is go to temple and pray tell all problem it will released my tension.
  5. 21 points
    Hi.. I need to share Triplicane Brahmotsavam 2013 Videos. Where and How to share the youtube videos... Kindly Help me...
  6. 21 points

    Good day everyone.

    Hello I am new member to this Forum with keen interest in Astrology. This msg is just to say 'Hello' to all. Kind regards VBN21
  7. 20 points
    The Editor


    Testing attachments.
  8. 20 points

    Hare Krishna Hare Rama

    Dear all Can anyone have mp3 JAPA of Hare Krishana Hare Rama (continuously). If yes please mail me the same at I will be highly thankful for the same. Hare Krishna CS Sandeep Sharma
  9. 19 points
    Hello Dear Friends, Im writing this letter to ask for some help about how to get an acupuncture license in Europe (it can be also North of Africa). My Teacher is Korean Buddhist monk and a doctor of acupuncture with licenses from Korea, China and Mongolia. Now he lives in Mongolia but wants to move to Europe or North of Africa. With some good help we have discovered that it is difficult to get a license in France bcs he needs to study French about 3 years and then he needs to study as a doctor there at the university and pass exams and it will take more than 6 years total or even more. We would really love to get some help about any information where it is easier to get an acupuncture license in Europe or North Africa. We understand that Europe includes many countries, that's why you can share any information about any country and we will combine all of this knowledge from you and choose the best one. Thank you very much! Stay in peace.
  10. 19 points
    swetha hare krishna

    Goddess sita's child

  11. 19 points

    About my sukhra dasha

    Dear Guruji, I have experienced financial loss and ill health during my ketu dasha which would be ending on 13th April, 2011. As per the guidelines given by some astrolgers the next dasha would be shukra dasha. I request you to kindly let me have some indications about my future and any precautions to be taken. I am giving my details as under. Date of Birth: 30.06.1955 Place of Birth: Janardhanapuram (Gudivada) Time of Birth : 4.30 PM Regards Kandala
  12. 18 points
    my father diagnosed with advanced Liver cancer is there any medicines avaialable in ayurveda.pls inform me.
  13. 17 points

    Nice to be back here!

    Namaskar all, It is nice to see the forum is back. It has been a vade-mecum of spirituality and Hinduism at large, at least for me, as I was so novice about these a few years ago. This forum has been a good platform to share views, discuss substantial things and meet people that had a lot of impact in my life. Still missing so much friends here... I still miss a close friend of mine here, Jndas Ji and so many more learned people...I wish to read more topics from you. Do keep in touch. Kshama
  14. 17 points
    Hi, I am new to this forum. I got registered in the site one day ago and since then whenever I try to post anything, it says it will not be visible until Administrator approves it. What is the procedure for getting approval of Administrator. Is it mandatory for every post or only for the first post? Please educate us on procedures and processes of this forum. Thanks & Regards, Krishna
  15. 16 points

    A little Intro & Test Message

    Namaste, ya'll... My given name is Reese though I now spell my name "Rij" of course pronounces much the same I have been away from my Sanatana Dharma for some twenty-five-plus-years, aba maiṁ vāpasa ā gayā hūṁ. As for quite the abbreviated "cliffnotes" version of a background: I started out as a harē kr̥ṣṇa in high school and, ironically, much much later after practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa-style yoga for eight-and-half years, had not made any sort of connection with my Hindu past until recently after my former partner and best friend died of renal cell carcinoma. It's wonderful to be here and to have rediscovered this beautiful and rich tradition!
  16. 16 points
    Hello Dear Friends, Im writing this letter to ask for some help about how to get an acupuncture license in Europe (it can be also North of Africa). My Teacher is Korean Buddhist monk and a doctor of acupuncture with licenses from Korea, China and Mongolia. Now he lives in Mongolia but wants to move to Europe or North of Africa. With some good help we have discovered that it is difficult to get a license in France bcs he needs to study French about 3 years and then he needs to study as a doctor there at the university and pass exams and it will take more than 6 years total or even more. We would really love to get some help about any information where it is easier to get an acupuncture license in Europe or North Africa. We understand that Europe includes many countries, that's why you can share any information about any country and we will combine all of this knowledge from you and choose the best one. Thank you very much! Stay in peace.
  17. 16 points

    Hello everyone

    Hello I am Jack a new member in this forum. I Join this forum to enhance the more knowledge. Regards,
  18. 16 points

    Jeevan Mukthi

    I just joined this forum yesterday day/ I have few questions about What happens after death? I have finished reading the Great Bhavat Gita about a month ago. It is quite interesting to read the Gita and felt like everyone should read it and try to understand the teachings of Lord Krishna. Since I know Sanskrit from my childhood, I was able to read both Tamil and Sanskrit versions. I am now coming to my question to learned audiences. One (like me) did not practice the Gayatri Mantra though it was taught to me in my childhood, which I felt at my old age, can I get the Nama Japam from a Guruji and practice it sincerely be able to attain my wishes? Since I missed this great opportunity, I am willing to have a rebirth as very sacred soul like Adi Sankara or St Thiagaraja Swamigal and live like a Sanyasi or Siddha Purusha and learn the Vedas, Upanishads, puranas and slogas etc so that I become deserved soul to reach the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna. Is this a possible wish come true.I need to seek the blessings of learned Guruji. It may look funny to some, but it is my true wish. Thanks for all those who read this post and responses and guidances.
  19. 15 points


    Namaste! Greetings all Beloves Sisters and Brothers of the Hindu Dharma path, I would like to state on the very beginning that I am very happy to be here and therefore I feel with all of my heart that it is the wonderful place to maintain the discussions conncerning our path and that Guru is in everyone and I would like to tell that it is by the nature that all of us are spiritual perceptors and I am not afraid to state that I am such being but I am not an egocentric and I am only purely working with myself without telling anyone who he / she shall do to fulfill on the path as well as I will not participate in the paid Hindu courses whcih I've found on the internet and thought that they are free but they are not. I am not throwing around the advanced expert names for the Gods, Worship and other aspects of working and I work with all of the aspects of the Hindu Dharma even sikhsism without being one but just exploring all of them in balance and without dividing as a true Mystic and what is mysticism is everything that leads toward the inner and outer cleansing and this process goes on eternally and is not going to be finished after a couple of some achievements. I am here not to spam but to share with all of you the experiences and discuss over all aspects of our path and everyday existence, I would like to send my sincere words of Loyalty and Love to the Adepts of the Hindu Dharma path as I will continue my progress naturally and without having any so called temples as this is not my aims, I am not a follower neither but I am loving the Hindu Faith truly and faithfully without making other traditions of Hindu Dharma less important and I work with all of them in balance, thank you for spending time and reading the message I left here with the best wishes for all of you on the path of Hindu Dharma. Om Namah Shivaaya.
  20. 15 points

    benefits of char maghaz

    hello, i need detail information upon watermelon(tarbooj)seeds , kharbooja seeds , cucumber (khira) seeds and kakri seeds . for which purpose and which part of body they are benefifcial and for which dosha espacially pitta dosha, and do they also cleans blood???
  21. 15 points
    Ronni Pinsler

    Divine art/ street paintings.

    I have always been fascinated and intrigued by the drawings one finds on streets and pavements, even in homes . Some with graphic designs, geometric patterns, stars, flowers, triangles etc. They are done with chalk, paint, powder and whatever . They are commonly seen at high holidays like at Taipusam or Timithee. Is there a name for this "street art"? Are there particular designs used for particular reasons. Ive seen fresh flowers offered on top of the drawings. Is there a book I could read to learn more about this? Appreciate any information supplied .
  22. 14 points

    Aparajitha manatram

    Hi Can you guys help me to clear a doubt about Aparajitha manatram ? The mantram which starts with namo devayi mahadevayi is a Tantrik matra or not ? if so how to recite the matra ? is there any rituals to follow the same? Thnx
  23. 14 points

    Yellow Sapphire

    Hello Dear Experts, I am a new joinee to this forum. Actually, I did not know whom to approach and so am posting my doubts here. Recently, I wore a yellow sapphire of 4.3 Carats and found that whatever Loans I had proceeded for got sanctioned but then I also noticed that there is no improvement in business situation; infact I kind of made losses. Please can anyone of you suggest if this is a good sign and how much time it takes for showing results. Regards, Ary
  24. 14 points

    About my career

    Hi, I am new to this forum. I have one question to ask my date of birth is 15-01-1985 and timing is 08:50 AM at Latitude: 27° 34' 60 N, Longitude: 81° 35' 60 E My career is not going smooth. I have planned to give UPSC (IAS exams). Will I get success? if not then what profession shall i pick. currently I am an engineer. I am confused a lot. Please some one knowledgeable reply Thanks
  25. 13 points


    just putting my head through the door to say...hello/namaste.....often stumbled across this site and read different articles....so thought it was time to jump aboard. maddas
  26. 13 points

    105 yrs datta temple hyderabad

    hi all im new member of this forum im also devotee and recently visisted 105yrs old datta temple in asif nagar
  27. 11 points

    is kundli matching necessary???

    Hi all, Iam Saira & iam a member here. I just want to know whether kundli (jataka) matching is mandatory for a happy marriage?? iam half hindu half muslim girl who is abt to get married(no particular boy selected yet). iam more confused bcoz arent there people of other religion who dont practise this matching yet r happy?? plzz help me out. (P.S. : i dont intend to hurt feelings of anyone but i need a solution in my case)
  28. 11 points
    hi i am new one i am here because i have a problem about my marrige and life can any one help me plz rep:rolleyes2:
  29. 9 points

    About my life.

    I'm getting very much depressed these days. All my friends and colleagues are always when r u getting to be married. Actually my date of birth was 5-11-1987 at 04:23 AM. My parents are searching groom for me. Till now some 5 grooms saw me. Sometimes he rejected me and some times i cannot accept them. But now i want to get marry soon. Or else i have feeling to commit sucide. Because living lonely, always give me thought like this. i know to commit sucide is wrong thing. But i cant able to live in this world. Also get the feeling that i have done wrong in my college life that i have to accept the proposal that came to me. Now i want that boy to contact me. Also i wnat to know whether my marriage is arranged one or love? Please help me to get rid of this thing by giving some solutions. Actually i want to post this topic in jyothish forums. But that forums didnt allow me to post. Though i verified my account i am unable to post.
  30. 7 points

    Kerala Pillai's

    Hi can any one tell me what caste Kerala Pillai's belong to? I have heard they are not sudras like Tamil and Marathi Pillay's. Please help because I a brahmin want to marry a pillai and so my family would like to know their caste . Thanks - SK Namboodiri
  31. 3 points


    The book titled "The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology" in English in PDF format.
  32. 3 points

    flag planting

    im from trinidad and when we do a pooja we tend to plant flags that is dedicated to different gods and godesses. but ive also observed that many people from india do not practice the planting of the flag. i was woindering if any one know of the origion of planting of the flags came from, why dont many hindus from india do not practice this? <!-- im from trinidad and when we do a pooja we tend to plant flags that is dedicated to different gods and godesses. but ive also observed that many people from india do not practice the planting of the flag. i was woindering if any one know of the origion of planting of the flags came from, why dont many hindus from india do not prctice this? --> <!-- / message --> <!-- controls -->
  33. 2 points


    The 108 Names of Lord Shiva (Shiva Ashtottarashata Namavali) in PDF format with English translations.
  34. 2 points

    Weight Loss/ Fat Loss

    Can someone recommend a tried and tested way for weight/fat loss.
  35. 2 points
    The Editor

    Simple Sadhna

    In the present age of Kali yuga mantra japa is the yuga dharma, or main process for self realization. It is simple, requires no background qualification, and can be done anywhere at any time. Sit down in a peaceful place and silently chant your mantra. In the beginning start for 10 minutes, and gradually increase. The mind will become fixed and peaceful usually after 30 minutes, and then the more fruitful sadhana will start. Other options for sadhana are puja (worshipping a deity of God), meditation (dhyanam), svadhyaya (self study of scriptures), etc.
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    The book "Science in the Vedas in Telugu" in Telugu in PDF format.
  37. 2 points
    Dear Sir/Madam I'm a student of Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi. I want to join this group for helping the people with whatever knowledge of astrology i've. Plz add me in this group. Regards N
  38. 2 points

    Which Carrier Option to Choose

    Dear All i am very much Confused about my carrier ...for Last 4 year my carrier is goin nowhere ,i am still on same position where i was 4 years ago ...This makes me feel very ashamed when i saw the person younger then me are doin very fine and now far ahead of me though we all started from begining...Plz guide me m i into wrong Profeesion ? Cureentely I am into Retail sector In Company Outlet ....I am Also Cosidering to change My Proffesion From Sellin to HR Field ....Is it Right Desicion .......? Some said that i Should Start my Own Business ..Is it Right ...? Plz Plz Plz Guide I am very very Confused Rajneesh 27-01-1981 01:30 AM New Delhi
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    Srimad Bhagavatam Paribhasa-sutra

    Paribhasa-sutra "seed" or "theme" verse of every scripture revealing its topic (SB 1.3.24 - krsnas tu bhagavan svayam)
  40. 2 points

    VedAnta-sUtra 2nd adhyAya, 1st . (37)

    anusmRtez ca from remembrance also Memory & recollection both prove things r not momentary.
  41. 2 points

    VedAnta-sUtra 1.3.1-43

    "itara parAmarzAt sa iti cet, na, asambhavAt" other one, that is jIva; due to reference; he = jIva; thus if not; because of possibility 82) If it b objected: reference to other as jIva in dahara passage exists, ergo, it means jIva; vaisnavas say no: for it's impossible epithets applied to dahara should =ly apply to jIva too. Chh Up 8.7.3 yields 8 epithets such as free from sin, free from decay... Can these apply to jIva jAgo jIvAtma? Indradev heard from Prajapati of a self free from sin, old-age... So these 8 r applicable to jIva too? VedavyAs goes deeper...
  42. 2 points

    VedAnta-sUtra: 4th adhyAya

    dattvA vidyAuSadhaM bhaktAn, niravadyAn karoti yaH | dRk pathaM bhajatu zrImAn, zrI tyAtmA sa hariH svayam || He who gives vidyA tonic to His devotees, making them disease-free, may that Joyous One, Hari Himself, come within my vision's scope. adhyAya/section 4.pAda/part, root 1.sUtra/code 1 4.1.1 AvRttir asakRd upadezAt Repetition repeatedly instructions Practice sAdhana requires repetition because scripture itself repeats instructions. 482 4.1.2 lingAt Due to/from indication And there's indication showing repetition's necessity. 483 4.1.3 Atmeti tupagacchanti grAhayanti ca Supreme Self as but acknowledge apprehend and. But Masters contemplate Brahman & teach it so to their disciples. 484 4.1.4 na pratike na hi Not in symbols not because Brahman is not contemplated as Self in symbols like manas/mind for the symbol is not God. 485 4.1.5 brahma dRStir utkarSAt View of Brahman due to superiority God should be thought of as Brahman, for such meditation is most exalted. 486 4.1.6 AdityAdi matayaz cAnga upapatteH About Sun etc. ideas and in limbs that being proved reasonable Contemplation that Sun etc. (emanates from His Eyes) should be held with regard yo His Limbs due to its reasonableness. 487 4.1.7 AsInaH sambhavAt sitting due to, from possibility God should be meditated upon by devotee in sitting posture. 488 4.1.8 dhyAnAn ca due to concentrated meditation and And because meditation is possible in sitting posture only. 489 4.1.9 Acalatvan cApexa motionlessness indeed referring to And zruti refers to motionlessness as dhyAna condition. 490 4.1.10 smaranti ca They recall (mentioned in SmRti) also SmRtis also teach same (sitting posture meditation requisite) 491 4.1.11 yatraikAgratA tatrAvizeSAt where mind concentration unspecified Whenever mind's one-pointedness occurs, there let meditation be performed. 492
  43. 1 point

    Chapter 4: Karma, Akarma and Vikarma

    Karma, Akarma and Vikarma While explaining Karma, Gita talks of akarma and vikarma also. One has to clearly distinguish the action, inaction and wrong action (IV. 17). Vikarma is wrong action while akarma is inaction. One should not indulge in either wrong action or be inactive. Actions consist of bodily actions, verbal actions and mental actions. All these are satvika, rajasa or tamasa. Yajna, dana, tapas etc. are different forms of activities. There are many forms of yajnas: dravyayajna, tapoyajna, yogayajna, svadyaya yajna, jnanayajna etc. All these involve various kinds of activities. Thus, Gita concept of yajna is not confined to rituals only. Cultivation of sama, dama etc. is as much an activity as the performance of rituals. Performing one's varnasrama duties is a part of one's activities. Service to the people at large in all possible ways is also one's duty. Thus, Gita concept of karma consists of all such activities that are essential for the physical, moral and spiritual progress of an individual and society. Any slackening or abandoning of one's duty is adharma and executing the same is svadharma. Transgressing into some one else's duty is also adharma. Philosophical Meanings of Karma, Akarma and Vikarma: The expressions karma, akarma and vikarma apart from meaning action, inaction, and wrong action have deeper philosophical meanings also. This philosophical meaning is brought out in the verse `Karmani akarma yah pasyet (4-18)' etc. When one undertakes an activity, one has to realize that it is not he who is doing it but God is behind it. This is what is meant by `Karmani akarma'. Similarly, when one is not doing anything, say in the dream, one has to realize that God is active even then, this is `akarmani karma'. Thus one has to realize that all his activities are prompted by God and even when one is not active God is active. This is the philosophical meaning of `Karmani akarma' etc. The expressions karma and akarma also mean Jiva and God respectively. Karma i.e. jiva is akarma inactive in the sense that he cannot undertake every activity independently. Similarly akarma i.e., God is karma always active independently. The realization of these philosophical meanings gives correct perspective in respect of one's ability. This will check our kartrtvabhimana and enable us to subdue our raga, dvesa etc. Further, one has to realize that all activities are sponsored by the God, designated as Prakrti, according to the nature of the jiva concerned and given effect to through his body, antahkarana etc. He has also to realize that it is all the play of the attributes of prakrti. i.e., satva, rajas etc. directed and regulated by the supreme God. Such a realization will pave the way for nivrttakarmanuthana. The word Prakrti has both the meanings viz. God, and Jadaprakrti. Engaging oneself in such a nivrttakarma, one has to dedicate the results of his activity at the feet of God. This is tyaga. Gita declares it more than once. `Mayi sarvani karmani sannyasya (3-30),' `Yat karosi yad asnasi' etc. several statements make it clear that the fulfillment of work is in the dedication of it to the God. Work is worship is the motto of Gita. `Svakarmanatam abhyarchya Siddhim Vindati manavah'. Sankara explanation comes from the Advaitic stand point. He contends that in Atman (SELF) there is akarma (no action) and in the self (body/mind/intellect) there is karma (there is no rest even while resting!) Ramanuja points out that akarma is Atmajnana. The wise person visualizes jnana in the true performance of karma. For such persons, jnana and karma always go together and they become inseparable! According Madhava, akarma is the inactivity of the self and the activity of the MahaVishnu. Wise persons with such an attitude witnesses the activity of the Lord without paying attention to work performed by body/mind/intellect. Interestingly we don't see any contradiction if we look carefully the interpretations of karma and akarma using advaita or dwaita or visitadwaita points of view. Gita fundamentally focuses on the attitude of the person performing the action and the verses 16 to 22 of chapter 4 should be studied and comprehended fully. Gita is more concerned with the right approach to the performance of karma rather than running away from karma. The right approach consists of two important aspects: 1. Sankalpa sannyasa or abdication of motives. 2. Tyaga or offering of the results at the feet of God. This way of performing karma is known as niskamakarma or nivrttakarma. Gita declares that one should concern oneself with the duties to be performed but not with the results that may accrue. `Let not the result of thy activity be the motive of thy activity' Gita retorts. The Mimamsakas define the eligibility or adhikara for an undertaking in terms of the interest in the results on the part of the person undertaking it. Certain undertakings are enjoined for those who are desirous of the results of those undertakings. Gita reverses the process. Eligibility is to be determined with reference to the duty as prescribed by the Sastra but not in terms of the interest of an individual in the result of that particular undertaking. This approach is expressed in Gita by the expressions like `sangam tyaktva', `asaktah', `kamasankalpavarjita' etc. Activity undertaken with such a frame of mind is known as riskamakarma or nivrttakarma. Such an attitude is possible only, if one understands his role in the activity correctly, Agent alone does not execute an activity: Most men are under the wrong impression that it is only the karta or the agent who is solely responsible for the activity undertaken by him. But there are five factors underlying each activity. These are: I. Adhisthana i.e., the place, the ground, or the object with reference to which an activity is initiated. 2. Karta i.e., agent, the Jiva when is only a dependent agent. 3. Karana i.e. the instruments i.e. Indriyas etc. 4. Vividha chesta i.e. the various actions of these that are necessary for the production of results. 5. Daiva i.e. the supreme God who is behind all these as director and regulator. One who knows this will easily realize his limited role and will be able to undertake niskamakarma.
  44. 1 point
    Namaste My DOB is July 5 1991 kolkata 11.25 PM. I graduated in 2013 with decent academic scores yet unable to find suitable job.When I say suitable I mean I do get jobs but they are either of low class as per my education or most times the companies aren't reliable . I have had received interview calls from outside my state but couldn't attend since every time some or the other family problem would occur. My friends with much less scores got job in 2013 . Plz guide me.what's wrong ? Also- About a year ago I was given a Gomed to wear by an astrologer & within 2 months my grandmother caught cancer out of blue and died,I don't know if its related or not. Also this guy also suggested Coral,Moonstone,Topaz . Being cautious I contacted another astrologer who said I can't wear coral since ishta phala of Mars < Kasta phala and can't wear Moonstone since I was born with waning phase of Moon. He said my saturn is retrograde along with ishta phala>kasta phala so although being functional malefic Amethyst/Neelam can be worn. Now i am totally confused. I didn't buy any gem aside that Gomed that I didn't wear after grandma's death. O another thing I can't concentrate & feel lazy lately
  45. 1 point


    i want to buy your tortoise i am very mych interested in it so please reply to me soon !
  46. 1 point

    Navarna mantra

    This is the most powerful and popular Mantra. The combination of the three Bijas means it is addressed to the Supreme Deity Chandi as enunciated in Devi Mahatmya. This is also known as Chandi Navakshari. The difference between "Om Aim Hrim Klim Chamundaye Vichche" and "OM AING HREENG KLEEN CHAMUNDAYE VICHCHE" is because of the way the Bija mantras are pronounced in South India and North India. Everyone swears that his pronunciation is correct. This is an ideal mantra for reaching GOD. If you are using it for spiritual advancement, you do not have to bother about pronunciation. MAA is Dayamoyi and Karunamoyi. It is ridiculous to think that MAA will punish you if you mispronounce the Mantra or do not have concentration. This canard has been spread by Pundits who wanted a monopoly of the Mantra Yoga and did not want others to reach GOD. They are/were interested in ensuring that anyone who wants to approach GOD does it only through them after paying a hefty commission. Death is a punishment in the Abrahmic religion. Death is deliverance in Hinduism. About the use of this Mantra for other purposes, all mantras can be used for various purposes. It is not the fault of the Mantra. Nor is it designed for that. For example a hand Gun can be used to protect yourself from harm. It can be also used for murder. It is not the fault of the Gun.
  47. 1 point
    vedika kulkarni

    I got possessed by Mataji

    hi i have been getting amba.renuka and saptashringi since i was 15 yrs....it still continues...and leaves me drained after i have it...can someone help...? thanks
  48. 1 point

    Big bang was not the beginning of time

    What a load of rubbish! The silly old man who made up the theory of the 'big bang' must have been on drugs. I wonder if he has heard of god. How can anyone think that. It's like saying god threw a couple of nukes into space and denotonated them. What a laugh. It's a theory just used for buisness and fame.
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    Urdhav-pundra (thiruman)

    SrI: SrImathE rAmAnujAya namah: This refers to the question on ThirumaN SrichoorNam for women for which there is a reply that women can also wear them on their foreheads. I would like to supplement what was told by Srimad Pondareekapuram Andavan SwamigaL. He said that it is imerative for the Sri VaishNava women too to wear the 12 ThirumaN on their bodies (which I remembered to have seen in my Grandmother's body, as she used to wear 12 thirumaN everyday). This only goes to prove that the better half is in no way inferior (in fact BETTER only due to their getting half of their husband's puNyam automatically). (in lighter vein: I read in Reader's Digest once: Do not complain your wife. Had she been better, she would have got a better husband) There was a query on Signififcance of Naamam (ThirumaN kappu) on forheads: ThirumaN kappu- is called "Urdhva puNdram-Urdhva - vertical; puNdram- mark..It has been widely discussed and can be found in archives. Swamy Desikan explains the saasthra pramANam of the same in crystal clear terms in His Saccharitharaksha, which is divided into three parts with the titles: SudharsanapaanchajanyadhAranavidhi UrdhvapuNdra dhAraNa vidhi BhagavannivEdhithOpAyOga vidhi Swamy Desikan starts the Sacharitharaksha which establishes the absolute and prime need of Pancha samskaram: (meaning of 1st sloka): Let us carry the people on our head who bear the mark of Sudharsana and Paanchajanya; who wear the UrdhvapuNdra (ThirumaN kaappu) on forheads; who consume only the food offered to the Lord and by virtue of the above who are saluted even by NithyasUris. All of us have these doubts as to where the saasthRAs says that one should wear Thiruman kappu. Swamy Desikan has beautifully explained it in this work. Vedic authority of Urdhva puNdram dhAraNam is: GruthOdhvapuNdra: paramESithAram nArAyaNam saankhya yOgAdhi gagyam | jnAthvA vimuchyEtha nara: samasthai: samsaara paaSairiha chaiva vishNu: || MahOpanishad statement above sys: One who wears Urdhva puNdra and meditates on Lord Sriman Narayanan and realizes Him through his mind gets liberated from the bondage of samsaara. In Paancharaathra samhitha it is said: yagnO dhAnam thapou hOma: bhOjanam pithru tharpaNam sarvE bhavanthi viphalaa: Urdhva puNdram vinAkruthA: Yaga, charity, penance, daily sacrifice, taking food, offering of water to manes (argyam?) etc., is all null and void if one does without wearing Urdhva pUndram. Libations means pouring of water in honour of God. Manes means spirit of the dead (deceased Father, Mother. Grand father, Grand mother, Great grand father, Great grand mother et al). pithru tharpaNam means offering water with sesame seeds to those twelve Pithru dEvathAs. Hence, wearing Urdhva pUndram is essential. The shape of Urdhva pUndra should be in the shape of HaripAdakruthi (in the shape of the Lotus Feet of Sriman Narayanan). In Varaaha pUrAna Lord says: yEkAnthina: mahAbhAgA: math swarUpa vidha: amalA: sAntharAlAn prakurvIran puNdrAn *mama padhaa kruthin* As per Brahmaanandha purAna, in the middle of every Urdhva puNdra, which is wide and good looking, Lord Sriman Narayanan stays with His Consort Goddess Mahalakshmi. The symbol of Mahalakshmi is Sri choorNam which may be either in red or yellow colour. Thus, Swamy Desikan in the three chapters, establishes by his beautiful and inimitable style and power of arguments based strictly on scriptures, the three important customs and rituals of Srivaishnavas which are Pancha samskaram, UrdhvapuNdradhAraNam and partaking of the food offered to the Lord Sriman Narayanan in archa form. (The above article is based on write up of Sri U Ve Anantha Naarasihmachariar Swamin of Srirangam) In this connection, a fervent appeal is made to every Srivaishnava to strictly adhere to the above customs and eschew any contact or worship of any deities other than Lord VishNu. More important: DO NOT WIPE OFF when you step out of the house.The sikhs do not remove their turbans; the arabs not their head ring.. But why should we? That is as bad as not wearing it, if not worse. Regards Namo Narayana dAsan
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