Spirituality

Human birth is rare indeed! Adi Sankara says: ‘jantu nAm nara janma durlabham!’ (of all births it is human birth that is the rarest). ‘aridu aridu mAnidarAi pirathal aridu’ (rare indeed it is to be born as a human), says …

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‘If only I had…’ Such a thought is a sure recipe for personal disaster. Even if the intention is noble, these words and this thought lead one to sorrow and inaction. One should never lament for not having for things …

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Madhura Geetham – Sloka Series  “Athichoodi” is a type of poetic work (in Tamil) that comprises of a collection of one-line philosophical verses. HH Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji has composed a “Vedanta Athichoodi”, a poetic work that speaks of life’s most important …

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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught his disciples regarding Nama apachara (maligning the Divine Name of Bhagavan) and how it is an unforgivable sin. But where do our scriptures prove this? The answer to this question lies in the fourth canto where Shuka Muni tells Parikshit …

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Pandharpur is known for many great devotees of Lord Panduranga. One such exceptional devotee was Gorakumbhar. He was a potter by profession, and yet he was always engrossed only in chanting Lord Vittal’s (Panduranga’s) name. Once a tragic incident happened …

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King Prithu was a descendant of Dhruva. After being informed that the people in his land were suffering from lack of food, strength, and happiness, he became disheartened. Mother Earth came to him in the form of a cow and …

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This month’s quiz is on the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial located near the southernmost tip of India in Tamil Nadu. 1. In which town is Vivekananda Rock Memorial located? a. Trichy b. Kanyakumari c. Madurai 2. Name the sea that …

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This series chronicles interesting experiences recounted by the devotees of HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. These articles are translations from the series, “Madhuramaana Mahaneeyar” that is published every month in Madhuramurali Tamil monthly magazine.  The original article was written by Dr. Bhagyanathanji, Personal …

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Sri Swamiji celebrated the special occasion at the holy kshetras of Senganoor and Govindapuram, near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. That night was a rare total lunar eclipse, an extremely auspicious time to perform Nama sankirtan. So on Guru Poornima night, at Govindapuram (the hallowed  ‘Nama’ kshetra that is home to the jiva samadhi of the great saint Sri Bhagavan Nama Bodhendra Saraswati Swami), at Chaitanya Kuteeram (the abode of Lord Jagannatha and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself), under the shining full moon, blissful Mahamantra kirtan was performed. During the day, as part of the celebrations at Senganoor, Sri Swamiji gave a brief upanyasam about the significance of Guru Poornima and the importance of the Guru.

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In Srimad Bhagavatam, Sri Shuka extols the extraordinary glories of Bhagavan. King Parikshit’s very first questions paved the way for this -“What is to be listened to? What is to be chanted? What is to be remembered? What is to …

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