IDOL WORSHIP IDEAL WORSHIP

“Many things are wrought by prayer than the world dreams of”
So said Lord Tennyson; Prayer to whom looms large to think of
To the humans or Gods-prayer to the Judge in the Bench
Or to the Masters in our profession; or ones we search!

Theists who worship idols in the temple regular
Atheist who decry idol worship in temple
Worship idols-peculiar the busts kept in street corner
Paradoxical is the behavior of humans-simple!

Idol worship is ideal worship for a devotee
Of God – calm and peaceful temple sanctum sanctorum
Mother Mary in a noble and great Church pious
Insha Allah-Masha Allah in a mosque virtuous!

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NAVARAATHRI SONG

 

 

Here is a great song of Mahakavi Bharathiyaar on Navaraathri Goddesses.
நவராத்திரிப் பாட்டு
பராசக்தி
மாதா பராசக்தி வையமெலாம் நீ நிறைந்தாய்!
ஆதாரம் உன்னையல்லால் ஆரெமக்குப் பாரினிலே
ஏதாயினும் வழிநீ சொல்வாய் எம துயிரே!
வேதாவின் தாயே! மிகப்பணிந்து வாழ்வோமே! (1)

வாணி
வாணி கலைத் தெய்வம் மணிவாக் குதவ்டுவாள்
ஆணிமுத்தைப் போல அறிவுமுத்து மாலையினாள்
காணுகின்ற காட்சியாய்க் காண்பதெலாங்காட்டுவதாய்
மாணுயர்ந்து நிற்பாள் மலரடியே சூழ்வோமே. (2)
ஸ்ரீதேவி
பொன்னரசி நாரணார் தேவி புகழரசி
மின்னுநவ ரத்தினம்போல் மேனி யழகுடையாள்
அன்னையவள் வையமெலாம் ஆதரிப்பாள், ஸ்ரீதேவி
தன்னிரு பொற்றாளே சரண் புகுந்து வாழ்வோமே. (3)

பார்வதி
மலையிலே தான் பிறந்தாள் சங்கரனை மாலையிட்டாள்
உலையிலே யூதி உலகக் கனல் வளர்ப்பாள்
நிலையில் உயர்த்திடுவாள் நேரே அவள் பாதம்
தலையிலே தாங்கித் தரணிமிசை வாழ்வோமே. (4)

TRANSLITERATION

NAVARAATHRI SONG
Paraasakthi

Maathaa paraasakthi vaiuamelaam nee niraindhaay!
Aadhaaram unnaiyallaal aaramekkup paarinilae
Aedhaayinum vazimee solvaay emadhuyirae!
Vaedhaavin thaayae! MidappaNindhu vaazhvoamae. (1)

VAANI
VaaNikalaith dheyvam maNivaak kudhaviduvaaL
AaNimuththaippoala arivumuthtu maalaiyinaaL
KaaNukinra kaatchiyaayk kaaNpathelaangkaatuvadhaay
MaaNuyarndhu nirpaL malaradiyae soozvoamae. (2)

Sreedhaevi
Ponnarasi naaraNaar dhaevi pugazarasi
Minnunavaraththinam poal maeniyazhagudaiyaaL
AnnaiyavaL vaiyamelaam aasharippaaL, Sreedhaevi
Thanniru potraaLaesaraN pugundhu vaazvoamae. (3)

Paarvathi
Malaiyilae thaan pirandhaaL sankaranai maalaiyittaaL
Ulaiyilae yoodhi ulagak kanal vaLarppaaL
Nilaiyil uyarththiduvaaL naerae avaL paadham
thalaiyilae thaangith tharaNimisai vaazvoamae. (4)

TRANSLTION
Navarathri Song

1.Parasakthi
Mother Parasakthi, you do pervade and fill
All worlds! Other than you, who is our support true?
Show us some way, oh our Life, Mother of Brahma!
We do adore you meekly and thus will we live.
2. Vani
Vanim Goddess of Arts, will grant us utterances, all gems!
She wears a Wreath of Wisdom, like a chain of pure pearls!
As sight and as the revealer of all that is seen
She stands majestic; we will Her flower feet hail!
3. Sree Devi.
The golden queen, Vishnu’s Devi, the queen of fame!
Her body sports the sheen of the nine precious gems!
She is the nurturing Mother, Goddess of Wealth!
We take refuge in Her golden feet twain to thrive.
4. Parvati
She was born to the mountain; She married Siva
She tends the oven and thus the Cosmic Flame;
She is of lofty stature non-pareil; we wear
Her feet on our head to flourish well on earth!

September 26th KING AMONG KARNATIC MUSIC (Papanasam Sivan’s Birth day is today)

RAMAIAH alias Papanasam Sivan

Our holy Motherland is home of Divinity pure
Through great MUSIC-Karnatic or Hindustani quite sure
Many scores adorned the stage – nice composers and singers
From East and West, North and South-Here is one from South lingers!

Tamilnadu blessed with great composers. Singers
And exponents in Divine languages different- noble
Papanasam Sivan one kept in exalted position
Born this day years hudred and twenty seven earlier!

Composer and singer prominent, recipient of
Awards several- Sangeetha Kalanidhi to be proud of
And his hits popularized by the Queen of Carnatic
Music em es es and em ke ti Bhagavathar-prolific!

“em es es”-M S Subbalakshmi

“em ke ti Bhagavathar” – M K Thyagaraja Bhagavathar

September 2- “BAKRID” IS TODAY

“Eid al -Adha”-Festival of the Sacrifice-‘Bakr-eid’ is to day
A great and holy day all over the Muslim World -Festival day
Ibrahim ready to sacrifice his son- an act of submission
To HIS command-God accepted and blessed in great appreciation!

To share our pleasures with others and sharing their pains true is Divine
Islamic families share the sacrificed animal and remain
Satisfied with one third to them, one third to friends, relatives- the last
One third to the poor and needy- principle of sharing pleasure fast!

Allahu Akbar
Ashahadunna la ilaha illillahu
Asahadunna Mohammadu Rasulillahi
Hayya lassala
Lailaha- illalahee!

Sing in praise of Allah sure five times
Spare one fifth of what you earn
For those who suffer hard all times
Make them happy with what you can!

Polygamy surely not a ban
Without which happily live I can
Sunflower plant holds only one
Never a second flower born in its stem!

Allahu Akbar
Allah is undoubtedly great!

Asahadunna la ilaha illillahu
To me Allah and Allah alone is God!
Asha ha duanna Mohammadu Rasulillahi
Prophet Mohammed last messenger of Allah!

Hayya lassalla
Come rush to namaz
Hayya lalfala
Get deliverance from the pain of Hell!
La ilaha illillahee
Allah is holy and great!

Day is gone and time for namaz
Call is heard from the holy tower
Allahu Akbar
What a great mystic experience
Godly light from sacred Mecca
Heavenly light from holy Bethleham
Divine light from hallowed Himalayas
All flash through mind’s layers!

Allah, Christ and Maheshwara
Blessing me fine to reach the Goal
Goal when reached redeems the soul
Through love and piety, peace and poise
Compassion and universal brotherhood all to rejoice!

Hayya lal fala
Get me the deliverance from the pains of hell!
Bismillah irrehiman nirrahim
Most merciful and benevolent Allah!

Hayya lassalla

KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI TODAY.

 

 

In the Hindu calendar to day is one of the most imporatand holy days. Lord Krishna- very significant God in the Hindu pantheon is believed to have taken his avathar on this day. Toda’s ENVIUS THOUGHTS carries Mahakavi Nharathiyar’s- a great devotee of Kannan- Lord Krishna-   poem titled KANNAN PIRANTHAAN” (Krishna was born) in original Tamil, transliteration and translation in English.

Original in tamil

கண்ணன் பிறப்பு
கண்ணன் பிறந்தான் – எங்கள்
கண்ணன் பிறந்தான் – இந்தக்
காற்றதையெட்டுத் திசையிலுங் கூறிடும்

திண்ண முடையான் – மணி
வண்ண முடையான் – உயர்
தேவர் தலைவன் புவிமிசைத் தோன்றினன்
பண்ணை யிசைப்பீர் – நெஞ்சிற்
புண்ணை யொழிப்பீர் – இந்தப்
பாரினிலே துயர் நீங்கிடும் என்றிதை
எண்ணிடைக் கொள்வீர் –  நன்கு
கண்ணை விழிப்பீர் – இனி
ஏதுங்குறைவில்லை; வேதம் துணையுண்டு (கண்) 1

அக்கினி வந்தான் – அவன்
திக்கை வளைத்தான் – புவி
kaரிருட் பொய்மைக் கலியை மடித்தனன்.

துக்கங் கெடுத்தான் – சுரர்
ஒக்கலும் வந்தார் – சுடர்ச்
சூரியன், இந்திரன், வாயு, மருத்துக்கள்;
மிக்க திரளாய் – சுரர்
இக்கணந் தன்னில் –இங்கு
மேவி நிறைந்தனர் பாவி யசுர்ர்கள்
பொக்கென வீழ்ந்தார் – உயிர்
கக்கி முடித்தார் – கடல்
போல ஒலிக்குது வேதம் புவிமிசை  (கண்)  (2)

சங்கரன் வந்தான்; -இங்கு
மங்கல மென்றான் – நல்ல
சந்திரன் வந்தின் நமுதைப் பொழிந்தனன்;
பங்க மொன் றில்லை – ஒளி
மங்குவதில்லை; – இந்தப்
பாரின்கண் முன்பு வானத்தினிலே நின்று,
கங்கையும் வந்தாள் – கலை
மங்கையும் வந்தாள்; – இன்பக்
காளி பராசக்தி அன்புடனெய்தினள்;
செங்கம லத்தாள் – எழில்
பொங்கு முகத்தாள் – திஉருத்
தேவியும் வந்து சிறப்புற நின்றனள்.  (கண்) 3 .

TRANSLITERATION

KaNNan pirandhaan – engaL
KaNNan pirandhaan – indhak
Kaatradhaiyettuth  thisaiyilung kooridum
ThiNNamudaiyaan – maNi
VaNNa mudaiyaan – uyar
Dhaevar thalaivan puvimisaith thoanrinan
PaNNai yisaippeer – nenjil
PuNNai ozhippeer – indhap
Paarinilae thuyar neengidum enridhai
ENNidaik koLveer –nangu
KaNNai vizhippeer – ini
Aedhung kuraivillai; vaedham thuNaiyuNdu  (KaN) 1

Akkini vandhaan – avan
Thikkai vaLaiththaan – puvi
Yaarirut poymaik kaliyai madiththanan
Thukkang keduththaan –surar
kkalum vandhaar – sudarch
Sooriyan, Indhiran, vaayu, maruththukkaL;
Mikka thiraLaay  -surar
IkkaNan thannil – ingu
Maevi niraindhanar paavi yasurargaL
Pokkena  veezhndhaar – uyir
Kakki mudiththaar – kadal
Poala plikkudhu vaedham puvimisai  (KaN)            (2)

Sankaran vandhaan; – ingu
Mangala menraan – nalla
Chandhiran vandhin namudhaip pozhindhanan;
Banga mon rillai  – oLi
Manguvadhillai  – indhap
paarinkaN munbu vaanaththilae ninru,
Gangaiyum vandhaaL – kalai
Mangaiyum vandhaaL; – inbak
KaaLi parasakthi anbuda neydhinaL;
Sengama laththaaL – ezhil
Pongu mugaththaaL –thiruth
Dhaeviyum vandhu sirappura ninranaL.  (KaN)        (3)

TRANSLATION

1 Kannan is born
Our dear Kannan is born!
Proclaims the wind in directions eight
The solvent great   is He
The one who is gem-hued
The Celestial Lord
Yes, He is born on earth.
Sing hymns and solemn strain
Get cured of  your heart sores
Know this world will be
Rid of all  its sorrows sure
Open your eyes fully wide
No more shall flaw mar us
Vedas are sure to help nd guide.
Came Lord Fire encircling
All the points cardinal
And routed Kali vile
The false earth possessing murk:
Misery did He quell
Came all the Lords of Sky
Dazling Sun, Indra
Vayu and Maruts too.
This moment gathered all
Devas in throngs good many
WEho stood wholly fulfilled
Down-fell sinner demons
Puking out their dear lives.
Over earth resound Vedas
Like ocean’s roar great!
Cane Sankara and said:
“Let there be bliss on earth”
Moon came and with light
Nectareanm bathed good earth
Nought of blemish shall be
And no more will light pale
To the witnessing earth
From Heaven is born Kannan.

Kannan is born
Our dear Kannan is born.
Ganga cane; the Goddess
Of arts also; Kali
Mother delightful, arrived
In grace abounding
Lakshmi- the bright faced beauty
Came and stood majestic.
Kannan is born
Our KaNNan is born!

Hearty Krishna Janmashtami greetings!

CARPENTER’S PRAYER

God has created this wonderful world for the good of all
To live in peace and amity, with health and happiness tall
Skills various, trades different, work of different nature
All to join together for promoting harmonius future!

Physical purely, intellectual highly, technical
All to go together supplementing each other practical
God has destined me to shine as a carpenter-I know work
With my saw, cutting and drilling machines, wood I can select!

Internal decorations I make, comfortable chairs, tables
And sofas I create with my skills and experience
All for my customers to enjoy for life with their kith and kin
With peace and joy, health and wealth is all my PRAYER thick and thin!

Dear all,
Kindly click one of the following links- in particular the second link, choose the article on Bharathiyar “WANTED FREEDOM” and kindly spare time to read and make your comment on the pace provided below the article for the benefit of other readers. Thanks.
http://indianperiodical.com/
http://indianperiodical.com/2016/09/list-of-contents/
https://www.facebook.com/IndianPeriodicalmagazine

Yours N V Subbaraman

TALE OF A BLOGGER PART 17

N V Subbaraman in Goa in front of the famous Church

Introduction

50. 100, 150. 200,
250, 300, 350, 400,
450, 500, 550, 600,
650,700, 750, 800
850!!!!!!
Yes, I am sure my esteemed viewers of ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com may readily recollect that these figures indicate the posts on which the TALE OF A BLOGGER appeared. It was so designed that there will be one TALE for every 50th post and thus so far there have been SIXTEEN TALES OF A BLOGGER from Number 1 @50th and Number 16 @800th! And today it is 850th post and naturally TALE OF A BLOGGER Part 17 is on your computer screen!

JOURNEY OF THE VIEWS

With the grace of the Goddess of Learning Shri Saraswathi sitting on the white petals of the Lotus with her Veena on HER hands, the grace of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Bharathiyar and Mahatma Gandhi and the support of more than 89000 viewers from more than 200 countries, the Tale of A Blogger continues and today it is Part 17 heralding the EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTIETH (850th) post in 787 days.
Esteemed viewers may kindly recollect Part 16 on the 800th post was published on 23rd March 2017.

23rd March overall view score 83493- 796th post in 734 days.
84000 crossed on 26/3/2017-800th post in 737 days.
85000 03/4/2017-808th post in 745 days
86000 10/4/2017-815th post in 752 days.
87000 19/4/2017-824th post in 761 days.
88000 26/4/2017-831st post in 768 days.
89000 04/5/2017-839th post in 776 days.
90000
Many of our esteemed viewers were wishing for crossing the ONE LAKH mark and hopefully their wish will become a reality before 31st July 2017!(which day happens to be the start of my 77th year of age!)
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS PAPERS
Two of the neighborhood newspapers brought out news on crossing 87000 views and that was communicated through this Blog. To repeat

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This is in ANNA NAGAR TIMES dated 3rd April 2017.

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THIS IS MOGAPPAIR MAIL dated 23/4/2017.
BACK TO THE VIEWS
Between Part 16 and Part 17, the average views per day is consistently above 100 and the maximum was 222 on 27th March.
More than 150 views were registered on the following days:
1st May 2017 773rd day and 836th post 208 views
23rd April 2017 765th day and 828th post 177 views.
3rd April .2017 745th day and 808th post 160 views.
21st April 2017 763rd day and 826th post 155 views.
9th April 2017 751st day and 814th post 152 views.

This Blogging has become a passion for me and as such I spend quite some time on this every day. I have already mentioned that looking at the statistics and recording the same in my diary has become a routine. Many a time, I ruminate about the purpose and the effect of my postings, how best to improve upon the theme, content and expression that can have a better impact over my esteemed viewers from more than 200 countries.
I used to analyze my earlier and past postings.
ABOUT A FEW VIEWERS

I gauge this from the responses I receive from my viewers and I am really proud that there are quite a few viewers who look for four a.m for the scheduled post appear on the screen! Out of the several, some are very vocal and express on a daily basis their views on the Blog. I thought it fit and interesting to others and hence consolidate and post as Sunday stories under different heads as below:
Viewer’s View of ENVIUS THOUGHTS (in several parts- of Shri OKR Sivanganam)
Voice of the Viewer on ENVIUS THOUGHTS (in a few parts of Shri Rajeev Jha from Bhagalpur))
A journalist’s view of ENVIUS THOUGHTS (of Shri Muthu Aiyer from Hyderabad)
Uthaya’s view on ENVIUS Thoughts (of Shri PH Uthayamurthy from Bangalore)
LICsian’s View on ENvius Thoughts (of Shri T Chandra Sekara Reddy from Kadapa)
Ramamurthi on Envius Thoughts (of Shri Ramamurthi from Bangalore)
Jagan on Envius Thoughts (of Shri Jagannathan from Chennai)
Prasad on Envius Thoughts (of Shri KVVS Prasad from Vishakapatnam)
“Consolidated comments of several viewers” (other than those referred to above) in two parts.

One Mrs. Elezabeth K Mona from Hyderabad appreciates every post and in particular posts on Special Days. She says “We gain a lot of knowledge in an interesting way by reading your posts. Thanks for sharing”.

While the responses are very positive and encouraging, inspiring and motivating, I have a feeling that further improvement is very much called for lest interest may gradually wane and fall into oblivion!

SOOTHING POSTS

Some of my posts do give me a sense of satisfaction as those particular posts appear to give a specific category of viewers some solace and a greater sense of anticipation of something good.
Some time ago, I wrote a PRAYER series out of which “A CANCER PATIENT’S PRAYER” is a regular lead by many and it occupies the TOP position of VIEWS TOPICWISE.
Yes total number of Views as of now is 16731 out 0r 89000. Almost 20%.
Second highest is again related to my post on CANCER- NATIONAL CANCER SURVIVORS’ DAY (USA) which has a view score of 8812 as of now- more than 10% of the total view.
There are Cancer Patients/Cancer survivors who find reading this post giving solace and comfort. I also pray for their wellbeing. With a heavy-very heavy-heart, I recollect my beloved wife suffering with cancer for a few moths and succumbing to the deadly decease on that fateful day 20th August 2014.
TOP THREE VIEWING COUNTRIES
Country- wise top three in terms of overall views are as below as of now:
India 23085
Pakistan 9607
United States 8790
What an amazing figures!

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SUMMER IN CHENNAI
Summer in Chennai is awful-not less than 40 degrees in the last quite a few days. Practically confined to home- what else to expect from a person in his 76+ !!!!!!! Early morning walk, morning temple visit, post sunset a twenty minute outing to enjoy fresh air- away from the electric fan and the AC!

CELEBRATING THYAGARAJA

“Entharo mahanubhaavulu andhariki vandhanamu”
1767-2017.

One of the greatest Saint Poets Tamilnadu has seen is Thyagabrahmam- a great devotee of Lord Rama on whom the poet has written and sung hundreds and hundreds of keerthanas in Telugu is 250 years now.
He was serving Rama and spent all his time in Ramasmarana having been born in 1767. He was born in Tiruvarur and spent his time on the banks of THIRUVAIYARU- in Thanjavur district.
I happily recollect the appreciation my Tamil translation of Thyagayya’s Telugu PANCHA RATHNA KEERTHANAS- FIVE PEARLS OF HIS OFFERINGS- first of its kind in Tamil- from our former President Dr. Abdul Kalam who visited the house of the musicians who brought out the CD of Tamil keerthanas, asked them to sing, had dinner with them in Madurai.

Dr. Abdul Kalam with the musicians in their Madurai residence.

A detailed story you can read from the archives of ENVIUS THOUGHTS here in https://nvsr.wordpress.com under the caption “A GREAT DAY WITH DR. ABDUL KALAM”. I am glad that the Tamil version is being rendered in many places including US. It is all the will and gift of Goddess of LEARNING SARASWATHI.
During the 4 day Thyagabramma festival being conducted on the banks of the CAUVERY river in Thiruvaiyaru a holy and sacred village near Thanjavur in Tamilnadu( where I started my career as A MATHEMATICS-ENGLISH teacher in the year 1961-62 in the centenarian School ) musicians from all over the globe participate –including John Higgins of yesteryear from US.-
Thanks my dear viewers, I stop for the part 17 of the TALE.

Blogger in his working table in his casual attire!

 

POST SCRIPT

THE E magazine INDIAN PERIODICAL regularly publishes my articles in their weekly updates. For this Sunday’s  kindly click the second link, select my ARTICLE on BHARATHIYAR’s – OBEISANCE TO THE NATION read and make your kind comment on the space provided beneath the article which will benefit  other readers also.

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