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Rama Warrier Kaikulangara – 19th Century Sanskrit And Malayalam Scholar From Kerala

Rama Warrier (1832 – 96 AD) of Kaikulangara was born in family of traditional scholars, in Thalappilly (Thrissur). The systematic traditional education that he received in his own place, coupled with the studies he had at different educational centers, made him a master of several disciplines. Rama Warrier wanted to propagate Sanskrit study among the masses throughout Kerala by writing elucidate commentaries in Malayalam on the major texts in Sanskrit, not only in literature but in other fields of study. The amount of translation and commentaries he did from Sanskrit to Malayalam is mind boggling. It gives an idea that he was a voracious reader and writer. The sad aspect is that this genius never got the desired recognition in modern Kerala. Books And Writings Of Rama Warrier These included Raghuvamsa, Kumarasambhava, and Meghasandesha of Kalidasa, Shishupala Vadha of Magha, Naisandhya Charita of Sriharsa, Narayaniya of Narayana Bhattathiri, Yudhisthira Vijaya of Kulase

Story Of Name Guruvayur - The Origin Of Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple

Krishna is fondly called as Guruvayurappan by the devotees of the famous Guruvayur Sri Krishna Temple in Kerala. The origin of the name of Guruvayur is associated with Vayu, the Hindu god of wind and, Guru, one of the navagrahas or nine planets in Hindu astrology. Legend has it that the murti of Bhagavan Sri Krishna worshipped at the Guruvayur Temple was originally worshipped by the parents of Krishna, Devaki, and Vasudeva. When Dwaraka was being submerged in the ocean, Sri Krishna himself asked Uddhava to hand over the murti to Guru (Brihaspati) and Vayu and ask them to take it to a holy place on earth. Brihaspati, the Guru of Devas, and Vayu took the murti to present day Guruvayur and had it installed there. The temple thus got the name Guruvayur. Guruvayur is a world famous temple town in Kerala, South India. It is twenty kilometers to the west of Thrissur. 

Story Of Parashuram And Five Ghosts

Story of Parashuram and five ghosts were narrated by Bhishma while lying on the bed of arrows in the Mahabharata during the Kurukshetra war. Parashurama was on pilgrimage around the world and once he came across give ghosts. The ghosts were attracted by the unusual combination of warrior and saintly form of Parashuram. They started talking to Parshuram and during the conversation they revealed their stories. The first ghost told Parashuram that his name was Sachimukha. He was the son of a warrior. He ignored people who asked him food. He ignored the guests and ate food first. Therefore he was born as ghost named Sachimukha. The second ghost was Shigrakh. He was a hunter. He drove away people who came asking for food. He was thus cursed to be born as a ghost. The third ghost was Lekhak. He was the son of a Brahmin priest. He used to drive away poor people who came to the temple or his house asking for food. The fourth ghost was Pashyurshit. He was the son of

Importance Of Mental Composure – Chitta Prasadana In Hinduism

Chitta Prasadana in Hinduism is the mental composure. Prasada means serenity, purity or composure and the term citta stands for the mind. Unless the mind has this quality, it cannot become steady. To possess this quality the mind must be free from all those factors which cause disturbances and distractions. So long as they are active in the mind, tranquility cannot be achieved. Hence, Patanjali had discussed the means to promote serenity and purity of mind (prasada). In Yoga Sutra I.33, Sage Patanjali has recommended four sentiments or mental attitudes (bhavanas) which help to remove the distractions and disturbances. They are: friendliness, compassion, pleasure and equanimity. One should learn to entertain these attitudes in respect of four kinds of events in our daily life. These are enjoyable, painful, virtuous and vicious. Whenever and wherever we come across an enjoyable even we should react to it with friendliness. To anyone who is in pain, we should show sympathy

There is No Crash Course in Spirituality – Swami Chinmayananda

Swami Chinmayananda states that there are no shortcuts in spirituality.  These days, unfortunately, we find seekers who think nothing about calling over the phone to enquire from the teacher at the other end of the city about the goal of life, the path, means and so on. Such telephone tuition is not possible in spirituality. The seeker of spiritual life is asked to approach the master in an attitude of reverence and surrender. Then alone can the teacher acquaint the disciple with the knowledge of the Self. Self realization is not like going to a shopping center and collecting it in a shopping bag, throwing it in back seat and driving away. It is much deeper than that. Inspired flashes of wisdom are possible in rare moments of life such as during study, or when listening to a master. At such moment, an individual gets a glimmer of the higher possibility of the greater consciousness. To known in Vedanta means to realize the Self. It is not an intellectual grasp, nor is it