04th July-Vivekananda’s Death Anniversary.

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Men may come and men may go but going man leaves his foot prints great
Not to get erased for decades and centuries! Here is one above
Birth and Death Anniversaries come and go and people recall and
Revere! India that is Bharath has a lot of men of gold !

Death anniversary of Swami Vivekananda is today
Fourth July -hundred and eighteenth anniversary of Swami
Vivekananda – Punyatithi or Mahasamadhi.  messenger
Uplifted the dying spirit of Indians. reminded us
Of our past glory, and our present wretched condition and what bright
Future holds for us..  “Arise! Awake! And stop not until the goal is reached.”

He died at an early age of thirty nine on July fourth Nineteen not two.
Known in  pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, revived
Vedanta and took to the world.  mentor and Guru Sri Ramakrishna
Paramahamsa guided him on the spiritual path.
After the passing away of Sri Ramakrishna, under the leadership of
Swami Vivekananda, disciples of Sri Ramakrishna formed a new monastic Brotherhood. Swamiji was not happy with a settled monastic life.
He took the teachings of his Guru to the world.after discovery of real India.

When Guru Ramakrishna had said to Swami Vivekananda, 'Your bones ...

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16th June- Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev.

Guru Arjan Dev Ji Martyrdom Day 2020: Know All About The Fifth Guru of Sikh And The Event That Led to His Martyr

Our holy Motherland India that is Bharath home of religions
Several- coexisting with freedom of practice- Hinduism,
Jainism, Sikhism, Islam and Christianity, -all great religions
Preaching peace and harmony, love and service to all human beings!

Guru Arjan Dev, the fifth guru of Sikhs,  first of the two gurus to be
Martyred in the Sikh faith. compiled the first copy of the Sikh scripture
Adi Granth- Guru Granth Sahib. First Guru  born in the Sikh family,
Completed the construction of Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, compiled the
Hymns of previous Gurus and other saints into Adi Granth and installed
In the Harimandir Sahib. In sixteen hundred and Six, he was captured by Mughal Emperor Jahangir and was imprisoned in Lahore Fort due to his  Influence in
Northern India and the fast spread of Sikhism.
Guru also blessed Jahangir’s rebellious son Khusrau.  his conversions to
Sikhism threatened the orthodox Muslim clergy and Hindu elite.
After arresting  guru, Jahangir asked him to convert to Islam but he refused.
He even fined the guru with Rupees Two Lakh plus removal of all text
From the Adi Granth that the Mughal emperor found ‘offensive’ !
He refused. Jahangir condemned him to be tortured to death.

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Guru Govind Singji.

Freedom that we enjoy today is the result of freedom struggle
Under  our Father of the Nation Mahatmaji -all Indians
Irrespective  of their religion-came together and struggled
Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs and Jains all together!

Twenty Sixth May today is the Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun
Devji of Punjab.
Guru Arjun Dev born in April Fifteen Sixty Three Goindval,
To father  to become Guru Ramdas and his mother’s  Mata Bhani.
Arjan Dev’s  grandfather  Guru Amardas and his father Guru Ramdas
Were  the third and fourth Gurus of the Sikhs.
Became the fifth Guru of the Sikhs after the death of his father.

Guru Arjun laid the foundation of the Golden Temple  in Amritsar.
Also designed the four doors in a gurdwara – the Sikh places of worship – Proclaimed that “My faith is for the people of all castes and all creeds from whichever direction they come and to whichever direction they bow.”
He also declared that all Sikhs should donate a tenth of their earnings to charity.
His enduring legacy to the Sikh faith  compiling  all  the past Gurus’
Writings into one book – the holy scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib.
Guru Arjun Dev included the compositions of both Hindu and Muslim saints
Consistent with the teachings of Sikhism and the Gurus.

Muslim Mughal Emperor Jahangir imposed a fine  and
Demanded that Guru Arjun erase some of the hymns
He found offensive. According to the Sikh tradition,
Guru refused to remove the lines and pay the fine,
For which  he was  tortured  and executed.

On this day full reading of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib is done.
With a procession with the Sri Guru Granth Sahib,
And sweets are offered to the general public outside gurdwaras.

Martyrdom Day of Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji in Punjab in 2020

Amritsar Golden Temple.
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March 8th- Chinmayananda Jayanthi

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Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven
To be the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Thanjavur was indeed a bliss
At  young age of twenty two-it was all HIS blessings still green memories!
Attended Geeta Gnana Yagnas-great spiritual experience and that is bliss!

Thanjavur Mission Branch at my home in North Main Street has seen
Weekly Study classes,  library and mission members meets!
Geetha Gnana Yagyas in Big temple premises for almost a decade!
Monthly Sathsangs, quarterly Sadhana camps annual yagyas !
Bissful period in my life! Still I ruminate at age to enter eighty in a days few!

More than Geeta- “MY six thirty means six thirty neither six twenty nine
Nor Six thirty one! My eight means neither seven fifty nine nor eight not one!”
Such a punctualist to the core not to come across any longer
My refrain in my training classes used to be a subject of discussion on this
With a quiz “Can you tell me a Barrister turned spiritual head?”
As a clue poorvashrama name started with ‘B’ sanyashrana name started with ‘C”!

Eighth May is today a holy day! Guru purnima day!Swamiji’s jayanthi day!
Chinmayananda Saraswati born as  Balakrishna Menon born on Eighth May
Ninteen Sixteen, entered God’s feet on Third August Nineteen Ninety Three
A Barrister at Law turned spiritual leader and a teacher who inspired the
Formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation,
And spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, non-dual system of thought
In the Upanishads, which epitomize the philosophical teachings of Vedas.

Swami taught Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Scriptures
For four decades and more, led a global Hindu spiritual  Cultural renaissance
And popularized religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching in English
All across India and abroad His greatness indeed!

Inspired  formation of Chinmaya Mission program  by his disciples
And led by him, a spiritual, educational, and charitable  organization
In more than three hundred centers in India and internationally. authored
Ninety five works  commentaries on the major Upanishads and  Gita.
Visiting professor of Indian philosophy at  American and Asian universities-
Conducted university lecture tours in many  countries. India’s greatest son!

Visited Sandhipani Sadhanalaya- College of Hinduism at Powai, Mumbai!

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NAGORE SHAHUL HAMEED IS*42

IS*42 Indian Saint 42.

 

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In the Ramzan month just born, this week’s Envius Thoughts Sunday Story carries the life sketch of one of our noble Sufi Saints and I am sure our esteemed viewers from more than two hundred and ten countries in the world will enjoy this post and get some useful  and valuable inputs on an Indian Saint.

My N in my name stands for NAGAPATTINAM-and my family name is also that! NAGAPATTINAM VISWANATHAN SUBBARAMAN is my full name!

My home town is Thanjavur and Nagore is hardly 80 kilometers from my home. Officially also I had to visit Nagapatnam  district of which Nagore is a part. There is a NAGAUR  near Bikaner, Rajasthan where I spent a couple of years. Hence today’s Sunday story is special for me!

Shahul Hamid  is a mystic saint, Islamic preacher in Tamil Nadu and a 13th generation descendant of the renowned Sufi saint, Muhiyudin Abd al-Qadir al-Jalani. His tomb is located in the eastern coast of Bay of Bengal at Nagore, Tamil Nadu, India.

Early life

Shahul Hamid Badusha Kaadiri was born to Syed Hassan Kuthos Baba Kaadiri and Bibi Fathima at Manickpoor, in Pratapgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. He had his Islamic education at Gwalior under the guidance of Mohammad Ghouse. He left on pilgrimage to Mecca and then moved to Maldives, Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu with his spiritual team. He led a simple and pious life, but believed to have performed lot of miracles giving him the name Nagore Andavar(meaning Sufi of Nagore). He was also called Meera Saheb.

History

Shahul Hamid Badusha Kaadiri cured King Achutappa Nayak(1529–1542 A.D.), a Hindu ruler of Thanjavur of his physical affliction believed to be caused by a sorcery. Shahul Hamid found a pigeon struck with pins in the palace attic to be the cause of the misery. He removed the pins from the pigeon resulting in the king’s health improvement. The ruler was satisfied and in return donated 200 acres of land to the entourage. In remembrance of the event, the practice of setting pigeons free is continued by worshippers. In the last quarter of 18th century, when the conflict between European powers, the nawab, the Maratha kings and Tipu Sultan of Mysore all came in focus of Thanjavur domain, the dargah was in focus for this strategic rivalry.

Architecture of Nagore Durgah

The tallest minaret of the dargah

It is believed that 60 percent of the shrines were built by Hindus Pratap Singh (1739–1763 A.D.), the Hindu Maratha ruler of Thanjavur, built the one of the five and tallest minaret (periya manara) with a height of 131 feet. This minaret is located on the west face just outside the main darwaza. This was erected 195 years after Shahul’s era. As a mark of respect people also venerate the sandals of the saint which are preserved in the shrine. The central part of the dargah is the tomb of the saint, Shahul Hamid, who is a direct descendant of Mohammed, through his grandson Hassan, through Abdel Khader Gilani, Sultanul Awliya, and approached through seven thresholds (four made of silver and three of gold). The saint also known as “Ganj e Sawai” meaning the doorway of one and a quarter. Whosoever asks will be bestowed with plenty “Barakah” as per the custom of giving a little more. Since the saint was celibate he is offered a “Sehra”, and not the customary chadar of flowers as at other dargahs. He was approached by a childless couple who were told they would be blessed with children but the first offspring would he his, meaning would be presented to him to adopt. There is a shrine for Shahul’s adopted son Yusuf and wife Ceytu Sultan (Sayid Sultan) Bibi. The doors of the shrines are open only during early morning and evening. Currently there are approximately 1500 male descendants, who are called Mujawars. There is a hereditary Khalifa, from among the descendants of the saint Yusuf (the adopted son, who is a saint in his own right). He is recognized as the first hereditary khalifa, the first born of the first born. This khalifa performs all the official religious duties. The work of administration and maintenance is the responsibility of a committee who operate under a scheme decreed by the Madras High Court.

There is big tank within the precincts, called “Shifa gunta”, and its waters are held sacred. Anyone bathing therein is cured of many maladies.  In the Nakaiyanthathi, the Tamil devotional poems, there is a mention about the tank as a haven of sweetness and comfort bedecked with the auspicious lotus.

There are other shrines built in his honour in Penang (Malaysia) and Singapore.The Singapore dargah has been built during 1827 and 1830 A.D. and has been declared a national monument. The above shrines along with the Masjid Jame at Chulia in Singapore and the Keramat Data Koya in Penang are influenced by the style of Nagore Durgah.]

Festivals

Kanduri festival is a 14‑day event celebrated for the annual urs(anniversary) of the saint. The urs is celebrated in commemoration of the anniversary of the saint’s death, and pilgrims participate in the rituals and rites. The word kanduri is derived from Persian word for table cloth. The festival is also called Qadir Wali Ke Fande festival. A saffron flag carrying ceremony is also observed when the flag is carried in procession from the devotee’s house after a procession in streets and hoisted on a tree known as Fande ka Fahad. The Islamic rites include the recitation of Quaranic verses and observance of Fatiha ritual. The main attraction of the festival is the presence of Fakhir Jamas(mendicant priests) and the disciples of the saint who witness the festival. On the 9th day of Jamathul Akhir month, at 10 p.m., one of the disciples (called pir) is chosen for the spiritual exercise of offering prayers to the saint. The pir throws lemons at the end of the prayers on the devotees, which is believed to provide miraculous relief to worldly sorrows. The festival is also seen as a sacred exchange between Hindus and Muslims expressing solidarity of mixed faith in the region. In the evening of the ninth day of Akhir month, the chariot containing sandal paste is pulled by the pilgrims and devotees accompanied by banging of instruments across the streets of Nagore. The sandal paste is received by the saint’s descendants and used to anoint the on the Rowla Sharif of the saint by the spiritual successor (Khalifa) of the dargaha.

Worship and Rituals

Dargah is a commonplace of veneration of devotees of various religious faiths. Muslims believe that the saint is one who is close to God, hence they seek assistance either asking God through this holy saint’s closeness that he has to God, or, ask the saint himself based on the powers that God has bestowed upon the saint, due to his closeness and acts of worships he has done in his lifetime. The reason being is that Muslims believe that a soul doesn’t cease to exist after death, but instead it transcends to the next realm. A realm where the soul is more powerful, as it is no more bound to the physical needs and requirement such as hunger, thirst and tiredness. This isn’t an act that ascribes a partner to God (commonly known as Shirk), as the fundamental belief is that all powers are from the one and only, the most powerful God.

Other worship practices that can be found there, but not necessarily affiliated to Islam are offering flags and lighting lamps of ghee at the saint’s tomb. Devotees shave their heads near the tank and offer tin or silver-plated facsimiles of body parts, houses, sailboats matching their material needs.

With this we end this Sunday special story and we shall meet tomorrow as usual. Till then BYE!

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RAMANA IS* 41

IS 41 * Indian Saint 41

Ramana Maharshi - Wikipedia

Our holy Motherland has blessed this Land India that is Bharath
With great and noble saints and seers in all  faiths and religions!
One  such noble soul is from Tamilnadu-Ramana Maharshi
Born on December thirtieth Eighteen Seventy nine and lived
Up to Fourteenth April Nineteen Fifty Hindu sage and jivanmukta.

Venkataraman known as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Born in Tiruchuli,  attracted by the sacred hill Arunachala and
The  Nayanmars sixty three  aroused in him, to be in Thiruvnnamalai.
He left his uncle’s home in Madurai, and journeyed to the holy mountain
Arunachala, in Tiruvannamalai, where he took on the role of a
Sannyasin  and remained for the rest of his life.

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Founder of Jainism Day-April 6th

Mahavir Jayanti Wallpaper 2019

“Namo Arihantanam: – I bow to the enlightened souls
Namo Siddhanam: – I bow to the liberated souls
Namo Ayariyanam: – I bow to religious leaders
Namo Uvajjayanam: – I bow to religious teachers
Namo Loe Savva Sahunam: – I bow to all monks of the world
Eso Panch Namukkaro:   – These five salutations are capable of
Savva Pava Panasano:    destroying all the sins and this is
Mangalancha Savvesin:    the first happiness among all forms
Padhamam Havai Mangalam:   of happiness”

Prayer of all Jains living all over the world-noble and great
Any prayer is Divine and appealing to the Omnipotent to grant!

India, the land of sanctity and holiness,
Gave birth to a chain of seers and saints of great virtues
A link in the chain is Mahavira-twenty fourth
Jain Thirthankara – Vardhamana,-the last and great!!

Though  born in a family royal, left at thirty
And for years twelve pursued  spirituality!
Meditation intense and penance very severe
Made him omniscient became a kevali-austere!

Non-injury, truth, non-stealing, chastity and sure
Non-attachment elevates quality of life pure!
Mahaveera spread the message for years thirty
Gautama Swami compiled the teachings quite swiftly!

Oh! My Lord! Let me not do any harm even to germs
Let me finish my dinner early,-avoiding harm to worms
No harm to humans, animals and birds- any living being
Grant me moksha allowing no karmas accumulating!

Jains a great set of pious and peaceful Indians
Serving the cause of Motherland India- Bharath
Mahaveera attaining moksha-liberated soul
At his age seventy two-golden birth and samadhi!

.15th Century carving detail, Jain Temple. Ranakpur, India

ERIPATHTHA NAYANAR IS51

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Of the Nayanmars Sixty Three- Tamil Saint Poets of Shaivism
One is a great nayanmar by name Eripaththa Nayanar
Venerated extensively by the devotees of Lord Shiva
Counted as the eighth in the list of  Nayanars Sixty three.

Life of Eripatha Nayanar described in the Periya Puranam by Sekkizhar of
Twelfth Century a hagiography of the  Nayanars. Eripatha Nayanar
Belonged to Karuvur, known as Karur, which is famous for
Pasupateeswarar temple dedicated to the patron god of  Shiva.
Karuvur  one of the chief centres of the Chola kingdom.

Pugal Chola, who is also venerated as Nayanar, ruled over the land.
Eripatha a devotee of Shiva , worshipped him daily at the shrine of
Pasupateeswarar.  spent his time serving Shiva and his devotees.
Always carried an axe with him for protection of the devotees of Shiva.
He would punish any one who harmed the devotees by his axe.

A devotee  Sivakami Andar used to collect fresh flowers
In the morning for making garlands for Shiva’s worship.
Once on the day of Maha Navami, the royal elephant of
The Chola was being paraded through the town.
The elephant saw Sivakami Andar and seized the basket of flowers
Crushed the flowers. The devotee pursued the elephant, but failed
To keep pace due to his ripe age. While passing by, Eripatha saw
The wailing devotee and chased the elephant to punish it.
Caught up with the elephant and not only slew the beast, but also its
Mahout and accompanying guards  failed  to control the elephant.

• March 7, Hazarat Ali’s Birthday IS 49

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India that is Barath-our holy Motherland is indeed unique
In that  it is blessed with a series of Saints and Seers-Hindus
And Sufi, Christian and Jains,  Parsis and all to guide the people
To lead  a life of nobility and peace, harmony and happy!

Today the Seventh  March  is the birth anniversary of Imam
Hazrat Ali .. The Hazrat Ali Jayanti is indeed a great day for all.
Hazrat Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad,
Is a respected figure in Islam held in high esteem across India and beyond.

Ali was born inside the sacred sanctuary of the Kaaba in Mecca,
The holiest place in Islam, to Abu Talib and Fatimah bint Asad.
Ali was an early companion of Hazrat Muhammad and fought
In the battles that forged the early Muslim community.

Appointed caliph after the assassination of Uthman ibn Affan.
Ali was  assassinated while praying in the Great Mosque of Kufa.
He was struck in the head with a poisonous sword While he was saying
His prayers.Let us on this holy day invoke His grace!

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KACHIYAPPAR DAY-March3rd. IS 47

Of the scores and scores of Saints and Seers India that is Bharath
Is blessed with, Tamilnadu had its own share-indeed a share with
We can be proud of!! One great Saint of Tamilnadu was Kachiyapper .
Kacchiyappa Shiva āchāriyār was a temple priest  a poet and Vedantist.

Kachiyapper  a Shaivite Brahmin and officiated as a priest in
Ekambareswarar Temple in  Kumara Kottam Murugan temple,
Kanchipuram. His greatest composition was Kandha puranam,
Tamil counterpart of the Sanskrit Skanda Purana. The meters
Composed in the same style as the former. with six volumes
having thirteen thousand three hundred and five stanzas.
The work was completed in Seven Hundred and Seventy Eight .

Kandhapurāna Arangetra Mantapam where Kacchiyappar
Composed the text still exists in the temple complex.
Peacocks flock the premises even now. He wrote the epic in six cantos,
It is believed that the first line of the first stanza was written by
Kacchiyappar’s patron deity, Murugan himself. HE corrected the
Hundred stanzas written by the priest during the day.The poet took his
Composition to the God and rehearsed it. Even now the priests
In the temple are the descendants of Kacchiyappar. Let us on this
Holy day invoke HIS blessings and grace and read Kandhapuranam.

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Kandakottam Kanchipuram, Tamilnadu.