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

 Long ago, it was the days when the world did not know Sri Sri Swamiji. In those days Sri Swamiji had not begun giving public talks. Once, He was traveling by train. Sri Sri Swamiji was returning from Kumbakonam and among His co-passengers were this fine couple from Chromepet, Chennai.

 As it always happens in Sri Sri Swamiji's presence, the conversation mostly centered round Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavan Sri Krishna. The couple at some point, amazed by Sri Sri Swamiji's wonderful expounding of Srimad Bhagavatam, requested Him to discourse in their residence in Chrompet. Sri Sri Swamiji accepted it as Sri Krishna's will.

Sri Sri Swamiji talks about His divine experience --

Once Sri Sri Swamiji asked Lord Krishna, 'There are three different well-known commentaries to Bhagavad Gita. Which one of those should I accept?'  

Sri Krishna replied, 'I taught the Gita. Why do you bother about others' commentaries?  You ask me and I will tell you the essence and meaning of Bhagavad Gita.'  

When Sri Sri Swamiji asked Bhagavan Sri Krishna Himself, He answered,

'The essence of Bhagavat Gita taught by me is -- Chant the Maha Mantra always and do not worry about anything. I will take care of the rest! The extract given above is not a figment of imagination. These are intense spiritual experiences, which His Holiness has condescended to reveal. Such spiritual experiences cannot be possibly appreciated unless the reader either believes in such spiritual experiences or he/she himself has had a taste of similar experiences.

Our Guru Maharaj would say often that the uniqueness of our Sanatana Dharma lies in the fact that it quite literally, encompasses all. There is nothing that is left untouched by our scriptures and works of Mahatmas.

From the greatest principles of spirituality to even a simple recipe for a food delicacy, one can find “everything under the sun” in our Vedas, Itihasas, puranas and works of Mahatmas. Every scientific fact that is accepted today can be found in our scriptures – represented cryptically as riddles or artistically as stories.

Let us consider the following …. Did our Maharishis not accurately predict so many astronomical facts such as the red colour of Mars, the timing of eclipses, the shape of the earth, so and so forth without the aid of the sophisticated device of this age?

This multi-faceted nature is the beauty of our religion. Look at anything from any standpoint – spiritual, philosophical, scientific, psychological or social – it will always make perfect sense!

In Srimad Bhagavatam, there is a conversation between the great Kapila Vasudeva and his mother Devahuthi in which the stages of development of a fetus during pregnancy from the moment of conception to delivery has been described in a chronological order. The amazing thing about this description is that it is in perfect synchrony with the embryological timeline given by modern science. To imagine that all this was done in an age when there were no modern laboratories and investigative tools like ultrasound scanners is simply startling!

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.