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It was the pleasant morning of October 23, 2006.

Venue: Mathurapuri Ashram.

It was a special day and a lot of devotees had gathered there. Yes it was the Jayanthi day of our Guru Maharaj.  In the center of the hall was placed a Krishna idol and a few devotees were going around the idol chanting the Maha Mantra enthusiastically.

As Sri Sri Swamiji was performing pooja to the divine couple, Sri Sri Swamiji suddenly experienced two divine forms emerging out of Him, and traveling out towards the center of the hall.

'Premika Varadan's Displeasure'

Sri Sri Swamiji talks about His divine experiences.  These are being narrated here by Dr. Bhagyanathan of our satsang.

   Madhuri Sakhi Sametha Sri Premika VaradanWe rear a few cows and bulls in our ‘Go-shala’ (cow-shed) in the Mathurapuri Ashram precincts.  As there were quite a few calves, Sridharji, who is the caretaker of the Ashram, decided to give one of the bulls to our Ashram gardener Venkatesan.  Thus, one evening, Venkatesan drove home the bullock.

That day, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, in the form of Sri Sri Swamiji’s Puja Murti,  Premika Varadan, appeared in His Bhaava.  Sri Sri Swamiji narrated this vivid scene – “For some reason, He seemed very unhappy.  When I asked him for the reason,  He said, He was missing one of the bulls from his herd, which he grazed everyday!”

 

 

 

 

Once a devotee asked Bhagavan Yogiramsuratkumar, 'How do I see God?'

Yogi replied, 'NO NAME, NO FAME, NO SELF-INTEREST -- Only with these, it is possible!'
                                                               

The Power of Nama Kirtan - 3  - 'Yogiramsuratkumar'

As we continue to enjoy the bliss of Nama Kirtan and chant the Maha Mantra regularly, we are starting a new series of articles -
'The Power of Nama Kirtan'.  This is a series of articles of short anecdotes, stories and facts by Sri Sri Swamiji Himself, at different occasions. 

What is special?
In addition to the textual stories, we bring to you video clippings of Sri Sri Swamiji Himself narrating these stories.

The second episode focuses on the glory of our Motherland - the past, present and future....

 'Yogiramsuratkumar'

"A story in the Puranas goes thus—

An elephant named Gajendran was struck in the mouth of a crocodile as it went to drink water.  In spite of help from a thousand other elephants, it could not get relieved.  It was then that it called out to the Lord and He came down to help.

 In Tiruvannamalai lived a Mahatma by name Yogiramsuratkumar.  He was then in Tirukkovilur where is located the ‘Tapovanam’ of Swami Gnanananda.   River Pennaiyar flows through this town.  Next to the river is the Samadhi of another Mahan called Ragottama Swami.  It was his Aradhana day and thousands of devotees were gathered there.

The Power of Nama Kirtan - 2  - 'The Glorious INDIA'

As we continue to enjoy the bliss of Nama Kirtan and chant the Maha Mantra regularly, we are starting a new series of articles -
'The Power of Nama Kirtan'.  This is a series of articles of short anecdotes, stories and facts by Sri Sri Swamiji Himself, at different occasions. 

 What is special?
In addition to the textual stories, we bring to you video clippings of Sri Sri Swamiji Himself narrating these stories.

 The second episode focuses on the glory of our Motherland - the past, present and future....

 'The glorious INDIA'

"Starting with Alwars, Nayanmars, Kumaraguruparar, Nakeerar, Arunagirinathar, Abhirami Bhattar and Avvayaar in Tamil Nadu, Narayana Bhattatri in Kerala, Bhadrachala Ramdasa in Andhra, Purandaradasa in Karnataka, Mira Bhai in Uttar Pradesh, the innumerable Pandarpur devotees in Maharashtra, Guru Govind Singh, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Swami Vivekananda, Saradha Mani and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in Bengal, Ramana Maharshi, Seshadri Swamigal and Yogiramsuratkumar in Tiruvannamalai, Swami Jnanananda in Tapovanam
-- this country has given birth and still giving birth to Jnanis and Jivan Muktas throughout. And all of them have preached Nama Kirtan.

RAMA NAVAMI - 27th March 2007

As we continue to enjoy the bliss of Nama Kirtan and chant the Maha Mantra regularly, we are starting a new series of articles -
'The Power of Nama Kirtan'.  This is a series of articles of short anecdotes, stories and facts by Sri Sri Swamiji Himself, at different occasions. 

What is special?
In addition to the textual stories, we bring to you video clippings of Sri Sri Swamiji Himself narrating these stories.

Today is Rama Navami.  It is that day when Sri Rama was born - the owner of the Name which can destroy all the sins from the face of the earth and help us attain that inexplicable Supreme Bliss! 

We could not find another auspicious day to start this series.  As the first episode, we bring to you Sri Sri Swamiji's narration of Senanayi's tale.

 'The Senanayi Episode'

"In Pandharpur there lived a devotee called Senanayi.  He was a barber by profession.  He constantly sang the Name of the Lord.  Honest and straightforward, he did not know any deceit.

It was a royal practice that the king's hair had to be dressed before he came to the court everyday.  He was searching for the right person to to the job.  The citizens unanimously proposed Senanayi's name owing to his devotion to God, calmness and guileless disposition
The king gave Senanayi the job.

His Holiness Sri Sri Swamiji discusses briefly about the significance of Rama Nama as cited in the different scriptures. The information given here on this glorious Nama is just the tip of the iceberg

 In Sri Swamiji's words, 'Even if the whole sky were used as a paper and all the waters of the Universe were used as ink, it would just not suffice to pen down the glories of Rama Nama!'

 Rama Nama

The Name of the Name!

Every other mantra in our scriptures have their own names. Rama Nama is the only Mantra that is called ‘Taraka Mantra’. The word ‘taraka’ means the one that helps us cross. It helps us cross the ocean of ‘samsara’. It helps us cross the cycles of birth and death. If it is chanted as 'Rama', then it is a Nama.

If it is chanted 'Ram', then it is a Mantra.

A lesson for practical life from Ramayana

All of us know that Ramayana is about Sri Rama’s story wherein Kaikeyi asked for boons ordaining Rama to go to the forest, Sita humbly following Him, her falling in love with a deer, Ravana taking her away, Rama waging a war with Ravana and eventually getting Sita back.

 Beyond this, Ramayana is a great benefit to our everyday life too. How?  If we read Ramayana carefully, chapter by chapter, we can realize the import of the story in our daily life, as conveyed by the great Maharshi.

 

The first part of the epic talks about a prosperous Ayodhya.  The overflowing Sarayu river, the abundance of grains, the devoted king and the devoted subjects, the  affluence of the people – all these signifying a wealthy and prosperous land of Ayodhya is clearly depicted.

The Most Apt Avatar for the Age

 --His Holiness Sri Sri Swamiji

 Which is the one incarnation of God that can be considered the most apt Avatar for the Age?

 Let us consider all the avatars of the Almighty one by one in terms of their relevance to us, the mortals stuck in the sea of ignorance and yet aspiring for liberation.

 Even before we venture deeper into this discussion, I would like to firmly reiterate the fact that when we say that all are avatars of the Almighty we automatically admit that they are all great, relevant and significant in their own way. We bow down before all these great ones and the legacy that they have left behind. Our intention is not to compare one with another or hurt any individual sentiments. What we wish to convey is the relevance (or the lack of it!) of each avatar from the point of view of a commoner in this Kali yuga! Blessed are those few who have managed to rightly comprehend and tread the paths exactly as shown by those great ones! But what is the solution for the majority who are unable to understand the essence or the true intent of those great teachers? What is the most relevant avatar for them - one that is open to all? That is the standpoint from where we are about to view every avatar. Let us bear that in mind firmly and clearly as we move along.

Nectarine Droplets from Srimad Ramayana

 In Sri Swamiji's words, 'The water from the seas is salty and cannot quench thirst.  However, the same water is consumed by the clouds and given back to us as rain which is pure and pristine.  Similarly, scriptures should not be interpreted according to one's own whims and fancies.  It should be heard from the lips of Mahans who alone can sift through them and give us the best of the best ."

 In this context, Nama Dwaar presents to you Nectarine Droplets from the great epic Srimad Ramayana from the lips of Sri Sri Swamiji.

 In the Sundara Kandam in Srimad Valmiki Ramayana, Hanuman narrates the Ramayana from the beginning up to that point of time, to Sita Devi who is held captive by Ravana. Following this, Thrijada describes a dream where she says that she witnesses Sri Rama Pattabhishekam. Therefore, effectively, the entire Ramayana is covered in this one Kandam and that is the reason Thy doing parayana of the Sundara Kandam alone is considered equivalent to reading the whole text.