A fresh perspective on life and Death

Month of September has commenced in the year of Covid 2020, we are in a new phase of learning about fear, life, death and disease.

It would be wrong to think of death as cessation of life or life as beginning of living.  The fact of the matter is, there is no cessation of life,  as life goes on forever.  Death marks the cessation of embodiment or the loss of the outer covering or container for life.  This realisation of difference between life and death is very critical in the living of a meaningful life.

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Today is the 73rd Independence Day

Historic Day as it follows the 5th August 2020, Dwithiya Thithi of Shravana Krishna Paksha ,Sharvari samvatsara, on which day, foundation stone of Ram Temple was laid at Ayodhya by Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India.

Ever since the invasion of invadors since 10th Century or earlier over the Hindu Kingdoms of Bharatha Varsha, first by Turkish Sultans, Mughals, Muslims, the unity of the Hindu rulers was challenged, Kings defeated, foreign regimes forcibly imposed.  National character, religious practices, cultural practices were forcibly changed, temples desecrated, local education systems uprooted, entire religious, cultural practices of northern India changed. Islam ruled, religious conversions took place.

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Gowda Saraswath Brahmins, Their Gotras and Kuladevatas

Gowda Saraswath Brahmins were originally residents along the banks of Saraswathi river. There are references to these Brahmins in Veda, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavatam and Bhavishyothara Purana, as one among several Brahmins. In Vanaparva of Mahabharata when Pandavas were residing in Dwaitaranya and Kamyakhavana along the banks of Saraswati, Rishi Vakadalbhya while addressing Yudishtira, says “O King, you are indeed fortunate to have got the services of learned Brahmins belonging to the Gotras of Bhrugu, Angiras, Agastya, Kashyap, Atri to do the Agnihotra rituals”. These are the Gotras of Saraswath Brahmins. Continue reading Gowda Saraswath Brahmins, Their Gotras and Kuladevatas

Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji – 20th Pontiff of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi

Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji was the Twentieth Pontiff and Mathadhipati of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi. As the Dharmaguru of the Gowda Saraswat Brahmins of India, Swamiji had been guiding the community in spiritual matters for the past seven decades. Continue reading Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji – 20th Pontiff of Sri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi

Divya Dvaita Drishti – October 2016

The giving of alms (daana), visiting holy places (tirthayaatra), aus-terity (tapas), rituals and worship (yajna) are our aids towards the service of Lord. It is unflinching devotion towards Vishnu alone that liberates us. But all those are essential aids nonetheless. One cannot do away with them & attain any progress towards liberation. These tasks enable the clean-sing of inner senses making them fit to receive the knowledge of God. And it is the devotion enabled by such knowledge of God that liberates us.

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Another New Year

Years come and go.Days come and go.Moments come and go.Not a moment stands still.Movement of time is closely interlinked with the movement of the sun,which is described in great detail in Srimad Bhagavatam(SK.5_chapter 21).

The tiniest atomic particle of time is called a dwyanuka which is not perceivable to the naked eye.What is perceivable however,is a tryanuka,which is the duration it takes for a sunray to enter a darkroom thru a window which has  been just opened.A tryanuka is twice the duration of a dwyanuka.Further up the scale of time are truti,vedha,kshana and much later,muhurta,prahara,nimisha,galige,etc.and ultimately the day is over.Another day dawns.

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Madhva Navami pravachana of Samyamindra Tirtha

Below is translation of the pravachana of Sri Samyamindra Tirtha rendered on 16 Feb 2016, at Bangalore Kashi Math, on the day of Madhva navami.
[I have provided references at places possible in brackets, translations mistakes are all mine – Girish Prabhu]
We are Maadhvas!
Today is a great day for all of us. We are Madhvas and today is Madhva navami.
“Madhva sambandhinaH MaadhvaaH”. We follow Maadhva siddhanta.
“ante siddhastu siddhantaH” – this is the final philosophy. After this there has been nothing that has been made ‘siddha’. This is the ultimate philosophy, the concluding one. [ From Yukti Mallika of Sri Vadiraja ]
“anusrutya gacchanti iti anuyaayinah” “yaati iti anuyayina” “yaa gatou”
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Peetarohana of 21st Mathadipathi Of Shri Kashi Math at Haridwar

I visited Haridwar from 27 Jan to 31 Jan to attend Peetaarohana of Srimad Samyameendra Tirtha swamiji,following Mukthi of Srimad. Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji at  Haridwar in the early hours of 17th Jan.

Vrindavan of Sudhindra Tirtha has been located inside the Vyasa Mandir at Haridwar  on the circulambulatory path around the inner temple on the right side of Sri Vadavyasa and on the left side of SARASWATI temple .Vrindavan is now in the initial stage of construction.

Aaraadhana Mahotsava was held between 22 and 26th Jan.The weather was chilling cold between 22 max and 6 min.

Peetaarohana was held on 28th Jan in which mover 3500 people from all over India and few from overseas attended. This was a grand function and historical function which heralded the ascension to the peetha of the 21st Guru of  Kashi Math to lead the desciples in the 21st century.

It is the first time that a vrindavan of Kashi math swami is situated in Aaryaavirta,the original habitat of saraswata brahmins.