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No Ticket, No Visa

No luggage. Hands free. Just a call and you are off.

Watch nature. A fruit hangs by a stem. It grows drawing food from the stem. When it matures and no more food is required, it just drops off.

Bond between stem  and stock is a miracle. It allows food to  go through. Finally food is cut off, bond dries up and fruit falls down. Neither the mother  tree nor brother fruits cry.  Continue reading No Ticket, No Visa

Amazon lists the book ‘Genius named Sudhindra Tirtha’

The book ” A Genius Named Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha ” is listed on Amazon here:

“Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha, the present pontiff of Sri Kashi Math samsthan, fits the definition of a genius in more aspects than one.

Here is a Maadhva ascetic of our times, who has composed 30 stotras in chaste Sanskrit. The number of verses composed by Sudhindra Tirtha is a whopping 500!! A feat which could be envied by a full-time Sanskrit scholar of yore.

Nearly 350 of these are composed using the popular Anushtup Chandas, while Trishtup chandas is used in around 50 verses. Swamiji uses even complex meters and vrattas like Sragdhara, Shardula Vikridita with ease (the vrattas used in Hari Vayu Stuti).

The stotras include Baadarayana Suprabhata, Vedavyasa Sahasranama stotra, Bala Vyasa stotra in addition to Ganga Stotra and Praarthana Stotras.

The stotras also refer to a lot of incidents from Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavata and other Puranas and Vedic scriptures. The tenets Madhvacharya’s Tattvavada philosophy are spread across these works.”

A new book ‘A Genius Named Srimad Sudhindra Tirtha’ was released on 5th April 2015, at Vyasashram, Haridwar by the divine hands of Sri Sudhindra Tirtha.

The book contains:
– All the Sanskrit stotras composed by Sri Sudhindra Tirtha in Devanagari/Hindi script

– Translations of these stotras into English

– Commentaries on these Sanskrit works including references to Mahabharata, Bhagavata along with an analysis on the meters used by Swamiji

The book is available to be bought in Amazon here:

The cost of the book is a nominal Rs.100. One can buy the book online or send a note to me (


Significance of Sri Rama Navami

Ugadi is once again upon us. The present Vijaya Samvatsara comes to a close on 30th March and the new  Jaya Samvatsara starts on 31st March, Ugadi day, the first day of chaithra month. It is a time to renew hopes and aspirations and to leave behind the small and big frustrations of the year past which came in the way of our realizing our full potential. The celebrations take several hues. People are dressed in their best, preferably new clothes, greet and wish each other in gathering, pray at home and temples, prepare customary food items and eat meals together.

Rama Navami follows faithfully after nine days of Ugadi, this year on 8th April, as a timely reminder to the resolutions taken on Ugadi, through remembering Sri Rama, the avathar of the Supreme Lord among humans.Valmiki has given a wonderful portrayal of characters in Ramayana, through whom the great Sri Rama by personal example, demonstrated to the people at the time and to all posterity, how human beings should carry themselves and interact with one another. Continue reading Significance of Sri Rama Navami

The Origin and History of Shri Kashi Math Samsthan and the Guru Parampara – Shrimad Vijayindra Tirtha Swamiji to Shrimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji and Shrimad Samyamindra Tirtha Swamiji

The Origin  and History of Shri Kashi Math Samsthan and the Guru Parampara-

Shrimad Vijayindra Tirtha Swamiji to Shrimad Sudhindra Tirtha Swamiji and Shrimad Samyamindra Tirtha Swamiji

V. Sudhish Pai

Shri Kashi Math Samsthan, Varanasi is a Dharma Peetha of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin (GSB) community – a religious institution with glorious traditions and a hoary past. The GSBs are those Saraswats who migrated from Goudadesha, known as Trihothrapura in the Puranas.  The Peetha has been occupied and adorned by great Yatis who radiate spirituality and divinity.

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Moola Narayana rejoins his roots – A Tribute to Sant Bhadragiri Achutdas (1931-2013)

With the passing away of Sant Bhadragiri Achutdas on 22 October 2013 in Bangalore, a glorious era in the annals of Gowda Saraswatha Brahmins in particular and of Sanathana Hindu Dharma in general, has come to an end. Born in 1931 to Venkataramana Pai and Rukmini Bai in a large family in the small village of Bhadragiri near Udupi, Achut Pai learnt the rudiments of Bhajans from his mother. Though his formal schooling stopped at the 3rd Standard, he was able to absorb knowledge from the surroundings in the village particularly in Yakshagana, Thalamaddale, Bhajans, Keerthans etc. The world around became his school and he started practising the art of Harikatha, which is a unique form of mass communication  in the area of Puranas, incorporating the arts of singing, acting and elocution. He also took part in the performances of Yakshgana both as an actor and as Arthadhari(Narrator).

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Krushna Consciousness

My mother’s aunt was a devotee of Gauranga Mahaprabhu. In my childhood she read out to me episodes from his life.  I remember the book had  pictures in colours. When I was in middle school ,my uncle joined the Ramakrushna order  and interest shifted to Ramakrushna.

I went to Banaras for engineering studies. My Bengali friend there taught me Bengali .He said a  person is not cultured unless he learnt Bengali and studied  Bengali literature. I had an English version of Tagore’s Geethaanjali. I could now read it in original Bengali. And then I met a girl from my native place down south. She  had come to Bengal as a child. All her education was in Bengali, her tastes were Bengali. She sang Bengali. I married her after I finished my studies five years later. Luckily I was posted in Calcutta.  She taught me Bengali bhajans. Finally she put me deep in Chaitanya and Ramakrushna lore. She would read passages from lives of these two Avatara Purushas of Bengal. We  shared our interest for 52 years. It is a blessing to read  in original words of great saints in their original dialect.

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Sri Kashi Math In Badrinath

On the 6th June, H.H.Srimad Sudhindra Teertha Swamiji of Sri Kashi Math Samasthan, camping in Bangalore, announced that the newly built Kashi Math branch of Sri Badrinath, would be inaugurated on 19th June. His Holiness extended an invitation to all to attend the function. I decided to attend this historical programme with a few of my friends. From Bangalore we went to Delhi and from there to Haridwar. We left Haridwar early morning on the 17th June by 4:30 AM on our way to Sri Badrinath. Our Swamiji was camping at Kali Kamblivala Ashram in Rudraprayag, which is 163 km away from Haridwar. We reached Rudraprayag at about 9:30 AM passing through picturesque hilly territories of Rishikesh,Deo Prayag and Srinagar. Rudra Prayag is at an altitude of 610 mtrs at the confluence of the river Mandakini flowing from Kedarnath and Alakananda from Badrinath.

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