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Sri Sankara Bhagavadpada!

Sankara was born to Aryamba and Sivaguru in Kalady. He exhibited extraordinary intelligence and mastered all that was taught to him and even composed – Balabodha Sangraha. Even at that young age, Sankara wanted to embrace sanyasa. However his mother did not give him permission, but someday he hoped that his desire would be granted. One day when he was taking a dip in the river, a crocodile caught hold of his leg and started pulling him into the river. He cried out to his mother who was on the banks of the river for help, but she was helpless. At that moment, Sankara cried out and told his mother that now he was in the jaws of death and nothing could be done. He pleaded with her to atleast grant him permission to take on the sanyasa robes at this crucial juncture. The desperate mother agreed. Sankara loudly chanted “sanyastoham…sanyastoham…sanyastoham” (I have renounced). Miraculously the crocodile released its hold on his legs!

Sankara came out of the waters, and he requested her to give him permission to go in search of his Guru, now that she had allowed him to take sanyas. The mother agreed to let him go with a promise from him that he will be there by her side at the time of her death. Sankara promised her that he would be there at the time of her death.

Just before Sankara left, he had a vision of Lord Achyutha who directed him to go to the ascetic Sri Govindapadacharya, the disciple of the great Sri Gaudapadacharya of the Mandukya Karika fame at Omkaranath. Sankara composed tha Achyutha Ashtakam in praise of the Lord during this time.

Sankara walked Northward. As he was travelling, he came across a place where he saw something astonishing. A huge cobra had spread its hood like an umbrella over a frog to protect it from the scorching heat of the sun. Creatures who are inimical by nature were in harmony and peace with each other at this place! He concluded that it must be because of a great tapasvi’s presence somewhere around. It was the place where Maharshi Rishyasringa had performed tapas. Sankara immediately decided that if ever in future he established a math it would be at this sacred place. Years later, he established the Sringeri Math over here. 
Walking ahead, Sankara came to the banks of river Narmada. Sri Govindapadacharya lived in a cave very close by. He searched for the Mahatma and finally found him in meditation in a cave. Coming out of his meditation, yet with closed eyes, the Acharya asked him (Sankara) who he was. Sankara composed a beautiful hymn, known as Dasa Sloki expressing his perfect identity with the Supreme Reality. Sri Govindapadacharya opened his eyes and saw in front of him a young realized soul prostrating at his feet. The Master was filled with joy. Sri Govindapadacharya accepted Sankara as his disciple. The young ascetic stayed there with his Guru for three years and mastered all the scriptures.

Once during the rainy season, when Sri Govindapadacharya was meditating in the cave, there was sudden flash-floods in the river Narmada. The waters kept rising and rising and threatened to enter the cave, and disturb the Master who was in deep samadhi. At that time, Sankara placed his kamandalu at the entrance of the cave saying that it would absorb the waters into itself. As the waters rose and reached the kamandalu, the flash-flood immediately subsided and in a couple of minutes everything was back to normal. The other disciples were wonderstruck at Sankara’s feat and narrated it to the Master later on. Supremely happy at his disciple devotion and extraordinary achievement, Sri Govindapadacharya blessed him saying, “just as you contained the flood waters in the kamandalu, similarly you should write commentaries on the scriptures which will carry the essence of all the Vedas. This will bestow upon you eternal glory”. Sankara prostrated at his Master’s feet. To test the student’s calibre, Govindapadacharya asked Sankara to write a commentary on Vishnu Sahasranama – his first ever commentary. The teacher was extremely pleased with Sankara’s work. 

Sankara was sent to Kashi to invoke Lord Vishwanatha’s grace and wait for further instructions. Lord Vishwanatha blessed him and directed him to write commentaries on all the sacred scriptures. Many disciples reached him to pursue their vedantic studies. His disciples reverentially addressed him as SANKARACHARYA. 

Sankaracharya then decided to go to Badarikashram. It is here that he wrote the commentaries on the Brahma Sutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Geeta which are known as Prasthana Traya. Later Bhagavan Veda Vyasa blessed Sankara with an extension of another sixteen years (he was sixteen years at that time). Sankara extensively travelled from place to place across the length and breadth of the country to establish the supremacy of Advaita Philosophy and adorned the Sarvagnya Peeta – the Throne of Omniscience. He composed beautiful Hymns on all the principle deities and authored books on the fundamentals of Advaita Philosophy. He organised the Dashanami Sampradaya for the monastic order and unified the Sanmatha tradition of worship. In spite of the various different traditions, customs and rituals followed by the people, Sankaracharya with his lofty vision and zealous missionary successfully brought about integration amongst the people – indeed, a UNIFIED CULTURAL REVIVAL in BHARAT! NATIONAL INTEGRATION through SPIRITUALITY!! 

“Jaya Jaya Sankara! Hara Hara Sankara! Hara Hara Sankara! Jaya Jaya Sankara!!”

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Yaksha Prashna – 3

[This post is in continuation of the post – Yaksha Prashna – 1 , 2 , where Lord Yama in the form of a yaksha asks questions to Yudhisthira (eldest among the Pandavas). In the 1st post 4 sets and in the 2nd post 7 sets of questions & answers were posted. In this post, 6 sets of questions & answers have been posted. The next post on Yaksha Prashna will be on next Wednesday. Link for Yaksha Prasna – 1: http://atomic-temporary-25401030.wpcomstaging.com/2020/06/03/yaksha-prashna-1/ , For post 2 : http://atomic-temporary-25401030.wpcomstaging.com/2020/06/09/yaksha-prashna-2/ ]

12] Yaksha Prashna: What traverses its path all alone? What is it that is born again after its birth? What is the antidote to hima (snow)? What is the most expansive field?

Yudhisthira Answers: The Sun traverses its path across the sky all alone. The moon is born again (moon waxes after waning) . Fire is the antidote to hima. Earth is the most expansive field.


13] Yaksha Prashna: What is the highest dharma (law of living)? What represents fame/glory? What denotes the highest standard of life? What defines the state of happiness?

Yudhisthira Answers: The ultimate dharma is in realizing one’s own true nature. Real glory is in being charitable. Truth is the highest standard of life. Moral and ethical values define the state of happiness.


14] Yaksha Prashna: Who represents one’s own identity? Who is the companion provided by the laws of karma (destiny)? What is the prime support of all life? What is the prime duty of a human being?

Yudhisthira Answers: Son (off-spring) represents one’s own identity. Wife is the companion bestowed by the law of karma (destiny). Rain (water) is the prime support for all life. Charity is the prime duty of a human being.


15] Yaksha Prashna: What is the greatest fulfillment? What is the noblest wealth? What is the biggest gain? What denotes the state of supreme happiness?

Yudhisthira Answers: Being in the state of mindfulness is the greatest fulfillment. Knowledge of the scriptures is the noblest wealth. Good health is the biggest and most important gain. Contentment represents supreme happiness.


16] Yaksha Prashna: What is the greatest virtue? What dharma yields good results? What is that by controlling which man never experiences misery? What is that bond which never breaks?

Yudhisthira Answers: Absence of cruelty is the greatest virtue. The practice of the injunctions of the sastras yields good results. Mind is the instrument by controlling which man never experiences misery. Bonding with the wise never breaks. 

17] Yaksha Prashna: By the giving up of what does one become endearing? By giving up what does one become devoid of sorrow? By giving up what does one become more prosperous? By giving up what does one become contented?

Yudhisthira Answers: Absence of pride makes one more endearing. Absence of anger leads to a sorrowless state. Renunciation of desire leads to real prosperity and fullness. Absence of greed leads to contentment.


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Sri Rama Anjaneya Yuddha!

Once there was a debate in Kailasa : whether Rama’s incomparable strength and might is greater OR the power and glory of Rama Nama is greater. Nobody could arrive at any conclusion. Sage Narada who also happened to be there decided on a plan to solve the problem. 

Narada took the help of Maya – the Lord’s power of illusion. She created rakshasic creatures and sent them to create havoc in the kingdom of Kashi, whose king was a great devotee of Lord Rama. Seeing his people in trouble, the king set out to destroy the demonic forces. The terrible creatures started to flee and he pursued them. One of them assumed the form of an ashramite and entered Sage Vishwamitra’s ashram. The king discharged an arrow which hit this illusory form. Sage Vishwamitra became very angry on seeing an innocent ashramite being targeted. However much the king tried to convince the sage that this was a rakshasic form, he would not listen. He walked off warning the king that he will have to indeed pay for his wrong doings. 

Viswamitra reached Ayodhya. He narrated what had happened in his ashram and asked Sri Rama to punish the wrong-doer with death. Rama agreed. When He heard that it was the king of Kashi, His devotee, Rama was taken aback, but He had given His word to the Sage.
On the other side, the worried king was going back when he met Sage Narada. On being questioned, he narrated everything to Narada. Narada asked him not to worry and sent him to Anjanadevi, the mother of Lord Hanuman for protection. Anjanadevi immediately granted the King protection. When Hanuman came, Anjanadevi told him all that had happened and to keep up his mother’s words, he too readily granted his protection to the king. The king happily stayed with Hanuman. Neither the king, nor Hanuman or his mother knew that Rama had given his word to Viswamitra to punish the king.

Narada came along and told Hanuman and his mother that it was Rama who had promised Sage Vishwamitra to punish the king. Hanuman was shocked and sad. It meant that he had to encounter none other than Lord Rama, His dear Lord and Master. In the meantime, Rama also came to know under whose protection the king was. He too was not happy. Rama and Hanuman, both of them had given their words and both of them were very firm on keeping up their words! It meant a conflict between the two of them!

Lord Rama came equipped with His bow, Kodanda to where Hanuman was and asked him to surrender the king to Him. Hanuman refused to do so, saying that he had learnt to keep up his words from Rama Himself! Words were exchanged – in the beginning soft and gentle, but slowly they became hard and firm.

Finally, Rama decided to use His strength and might against Hanuman. Hanuman on the other side was very clear. He was not going to fight the Lord; how could he? He asked the king to hide behind him, sat down facing Rama; closed his eyes and started chanting RAMA…RAMA…..RAMA. Rama very reluctantly released arrow after arrow towards Hanuman. Those arrows which never turned back, but always sure hit the target, could not even touch Hanuman! In front of the power of Rama Nama, they simply lost their power and paled into insignificance! All the devatas assembled in the sky to watch this unique battle between RAMA-SHAKTI and RAMA-BHAKTI!
Finally, Rama decided to use His Brahmastra to shake Hanuman out of his samadhi. By then everyone had understood the POWER and GLORY of RAMA NAMA. Narada immediately brought Sage Vishwamitra, and Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva also came there. Viswamitra then told Rama about the play of maya to prove to the whole world the power, glory and supremacy of the Lord’s name: SRI RAMA. Nothing can…..NOTHING CAN equal or stand in comparison to RAMA NAMA!

Hanuman woke up from his samadhi, prostrated to the Lord and asked for forgiveness for having stood against Him to keep up his mother’s words. The king of Kashi was overjoyed to have a glorious darshan of the Lord-of-his-heart and he offered his prayerful prostrations unto the Lord. Everyone went back to their divine destination. Sage Narada also went on his way supremely happy, singing the Lord’s glories.

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Sri Dakshinamurthi: Chin-Mudra

Lord Shiva, in order to instruct the Rishis and the Seers, assumed the form of a Guru and sitting on the peak of Kailash, He turned southward to serve all seekers. The term “dakshina” means “that divine power of subtle perception which is generated in a fully integrated pure intellect”. This “dakshina-power”, when flowing towards the vasana-conditioned hearts of the disciples, is called “turned southward” and this is Shiva. The Teacher is none other than the Supreme, who manifests Himself in the divine form of Sri Dakshinamurthi to bless the struggling aspirant.

It is such a Teacher, who has become one with the Infinite, and has established his Oneness with the Infinite Substratum of the Universe who instructs an integrated and well-disciplined student in the Highest Truth through the SIGN of Knowledge, called Jnanamudra (Chin Mudra).

The auspicious SIGN demonstrated beautifully to the disciple the oneness of the inner Self and the Self everywhere. Jnanamudra (Chin Mudra) is generally indicated by holding the little, ring and middle fingers erect, straight and together, and the index finger bent to touch the middle of the thumb, so that a circle is formed between the index finger, palm and the lower-half of the thumb. This sign shown with the palm they called as the “Sign of Knowledge”.

This is indeed significant. The three fingers can be indicated to mean the gross, subtle and the causal bodies, and when they are completely disciplined and made single-pointed, the (individual) Self indicated by the index finger, that presides over the body of the seeker, gets itself detached and comes forward to meet the thumb, that represents the Self everywhere present. This experience that the “Self within” is the “Self everywhere” is the Infinite Experience, and the Infinitude is represented here by the circle formed between the index finger and the thumb – a circle which can have no beginning and no end.

~ Swami Chinmayananda

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