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Thiruppallandu – Dedicated To Vishnu – Composed By Periyalvar

Thiruppallandu is a composition in twelve verses in honor of Bhagavan Vishnu or Sri Narayana. It was composed by Vishnuchitta, or Periyalvar, one of the twelve Alwars (or Vaishnavite saints) of South India. It finds a place at the very beginning of the first part of Nalayiradivyaprabandham, a collection of verses by the twelve Alvars and a sacred scripture of the Vaishnavas. While all Alvars sang hymns as expressions of their love for Vishnu, Periyalvar’s Thirupallandu reveals his anxiety that no harm should come to Bhagwan Vishnu. Periyalwar’s fear that some calamity could befall Vishnu is evident in the very first verse of Tiruppallandu – ‘Many years, many thousands of years, many crores and millions of years, O Lord of blue emerald hue and great shoulders (arms), may your bewitching, beautiful pair of feet be protected.’ In Thiruppallandu, with mangalasasana (well wishes), the devotee-composer actually assumes the role of a protector of Bhagavan Vishnu. Manavalamamuni, a famous


Tirukkulatar is class of Vaishnava devotees at Melukote in Karnataka. Thirukkulatars were denied entry into temples due to their low caste. They were allowed to enter the temple of Thirunarayana Swamy, built by Ramanujacharya (1017-1137 CE), at Melkote of Mandya district of Karnataka. Tirukkulatars were allowed for two days in a year to have darshan of Sriman Narayana. This system was introduced by the magnanimous Sri Vaishnava Acharya. Ishwara’s grace is one to all bhakas (devotees). Tirukkulatars are allowed to have darshana (sight) of Thirunarayana, the main deity of the temple along with Ramanujacharya, Pillai Lokacharya, Salvapillai (utsava deity) and Yadugiri Nachiyar (consort of the main deity). People throng in numbers for grace on this day with utmost devotion. Usually this date falls four days after Vairamudi utsava, in which a crown studded with invaluable precious jewels and diamonds is place on the head of the deity. Sri Ramanujacharya went from Srirangam to Thirunarayan

Nalladikshita – Advaita Scholar 18th Century

Nalladikshita, also known as Nallasudhi, Nallakavi, Nallabudha and Bhuminatha, was a Advaita scholar of 18th century CE. Nalla Dikshita was the son of Balacandra Deekshita and a native of Kandaramanikkam village in Tamilnadu. He studied under Sadasivabrahmendra, Ramabahdradikshita and Vaidyanathadikshita and was a contemporary of Sridharavenkatesa Shastri and Ramachandra Makhin. Advaitarasamanjari of Nalladikshita, containing forty five verses in simple Sanskrit, is an Advaita treatise well known for its witty examples and profundity of expression. The author himself has written a commentary on this text called Parimala. He describes his composition as a sweet pill of immortality to help digest the difficult implications of the Upanishads, which are a bitter but sure remedy for the problem of suffering in the form of samsara. In the introductory verse of Advaita Rasamanjari, Nalladikshita shows that even the distinctly different parts of the body of Ganesha, the head of the elephan

Tiger Varadachariar – Renowned Musician

Tiger Varadachariar is a renowned musician of the 20th century CE. He was born at Kolathur of the musical discourser, Ramanujacariar. The renowned musicologists K.V. Srinivasa Ayyangar and Vainika (Pulihodarai) Krishnamachariar were his brothers. His sister was also a talented musician. When the family moved to Kaladipet near Madras (now Chennai), the musical instincts and receptive ears of Varadachariar drew inspiration and knowledge from bhajanas, dramas, etc., at a time when opportunities to learn were limited. Music was not then a prosperous vocation, and his father was disciplined to guide his sons towards expertise in it. But quite remarkably, all three sons became experts in the field. Varadachariar got encouragement from Photo Masilamani and Pedda Singaracaryulu, who were prominent then in promoting musicians. He was fortunate to enjoy gurukula vasa under the great titan, vocalist and composer, Patnam Subramania Ayyar, from the age of fourteen for three years. His heart and m

Tatparyajnana In Hindu Philosophy

Tatparyajnana is the knowledge of a speaker’s intention in Hindu philosophy. Tatparyajnana is often as necessary for the right understanding of a sentence as any of the three requisites, akanksha (expectancy), yogyata (compatibility) and sannidhi (juxtaposition). For instance, the sentence saindhava manaya might convey two distinct meanings ‘bring salt’ and ‘bring a horse’. Akanksha, yogyata and sannidhi, which are all satisfied here, are not in themselves able to tell us which of the two meanings is to be accepted on a particular occasion, i.e., which of the two meaning is intended by the speaker. This can be determined only by knowing the vaktrtatparya (intention of the speaker), which again is to be gathered from the circumstance under which the sentence is spoken. If the speaker is dining, he almost certainly asks for salt, and if he is dressed and going out, the orders a horse. According to Visvanatha, without this knowledge of the speaker’s intention, it will be impossible to int

Baba Panap Das Ji – Information

Baba Panap Das Ji is a Hindu saint and founder of Panap panth. He was born in 1719 CE and his birthplace is said to be somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Panap Das Ji was brought up by a mason because his parents could not support him. When young, Panap was absolutely detached from worldly affairs. He was sharp-minded and gained proficiency in Sanskrit and Persian within a short time. He got deeksha from Mahatma Magni Ramji at Tijara (Alwar district, Rajasthan). Magni Ram advised Panap Das that he should perform his sadhana quite secretly. Once, he went to Dhampur in Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh, where a house was under construction. He started working as a laborer at this site. He was initiated into spiritual sadhana by a saint who happened to pass by. Thereafter, Panap Das reached Delhi and exhorted the people to take to the path of meditation. After some time, he returned to Dhampur and started working as a laborer at the same building site. The other laborers got jealous of Pana

Tatparyacandrika - Commentary On Tattvaprakasika Concerning The Dvaita School Of Vedanta

Tatparyacandrika is a commentary on Tattvaprakasika concerning the Dvaita (dualism) School of Vedanta. Tatparyacandrika by Vyasatirtha (alias Vyasayati) is a superb commentary on Jayatirtha’s Tattva Prakasika, which is a commentary on Madhvacharya’s Anubhashya. Anubhashya is Madhvacharya’s original commentary on Brahma Sutras of Badarayana. It is known from the colophon that Vyasatirtha was a direct disciple of Madhvacharya, and a contemporary of Jayatirtha, also a disciple of Madhvacharya. The purpose of writing this super commentary was to present a logical exposition of Dvaitavada, the dualistic doctrine as propounded by Madhvacharya, and also to refute Advaitavada, the absolute non-dualism expounded by Adi Shankaracharya. In this work the author also refutes the viewpoints of Vacaspati Mishra, as set forth in Bhamati, and those of Prakasatman, Anandagiri and Govindananda. Visishtadvaita interpretation of Vedanta, put forward by Ramanuja in his Sribhashyam and the commentary the

Tatparya In Hindu Philosophy

In Hindu philosophy, Tatparya is intention. For Nyaya, tatparya is one of the four conditions to be fulfilled for a sentence to be meaningful. It stands for the meaning intended to be conveyed by a sentence. The meaning of a sentence is what the speaker/writer intends the listener/reader to understand. For instance, in the sentence, kakabhyo dadhi rakshayatam (protect the curd from crows), the intended meaning is to protect the curd not only from crows but also from all other birds and animals. On the other hand, if the intention of the speaker/writer is not known the listener/reader, the meaning of the sentence would be lost. Tatparya is more significant when a particular word of sentence conveys more than one meaning. For example, someone while having dinner asks for saindhava, he means salt but not a horse. Conversely, while one is about to move out and asks for saindhava, he means a horse but not salt. In Sanskrit, saindhava can mean both salt and horse. Thus, tatparya (or the in

Lakshana In Hindu Religion – Tatastha – Swarupa

Lakshana is a definition based on the characteristics of something. Lakshana is one of the basic criteria of any scientific treatise, according to Hindu tradition. Lakshana is defined as that characteristic which resides in a substance and nowhere else (Vatsyayana Bhashya I.1.2). Thus, the definition identifies the characteristic devoid of three faults – ativyapti (over pervasion), avyapti (non pervasion) and asambhava (improbability). Over-pervasion means the characteristic resides in other objects, too, e,g., goh, sringitvam (the horns of a cow). This cannot be a characteristic only of a cow, because other animals also have horns. Non-pervasion means the definition applies only to some instances of that substance, e.g., the cow is red. Here, black or white cows are excluded. When the character mentioned in the definition cannot be found in the substance, it is a fault called ‘improbability’. For example, the cow is an animal that has non-cloven hooves. Actually, the cow has no such

Tarkasamgraha – An Introductory Work On Nyaya Vaisesika

Tarkasamgraha is an introductory work on Nyaya Vaisesika system of Hindu philosophy by Annambhatta (author). Tarkasamgraha is the ancient Hindu system of logic. Anuksiki, served as means for the ancient rishis (seers) to understand the Ultimate Reality. The system of tarka employed by them is also vital for understanding the different systems of Hindu philosophy, since most of these systems depend on the application of detailed logic. Tarkasamgraha deals with a detailed explanation of the nature of substance, qualities and many other ontological groups of Vaisesika and the Nyaya schools of philosophy. Annambhatta also wrote a lucid commentary on Tarkasamgraha called Dipika. Tarkasamgraha (along with Dipika) is the most important and famous introductory treatise for studying Nyaya Vaisheshika system. It is invaluable for students of Hindu philosophy at the beginning of their study. In the very first verse of Tarkasamgraha, Annambhatta states that he had compiled this book for the ea

Dreaming Of Lauki – Meaning

Dreaming of lauki is good and positive as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means success and happiness in life. It is also associated with progress and new hope. Dreams of lauki also mean childbirth or new member in your life. Dream of green lauki in garden means you will get to hear happy news. It means fulfillment of desire especially related to travel and relationship. Dreams of large number of lauki mean get together or happy occasion in life. Dreaming of fighting with lauki or playing with it means change of luck and better fortune. Dream of lauki going bad or in bad shape or getting crushed means lost opportunity. You need to stay alert and make use of opportunities that comes your way. Dreaming of lauki in an unknown place means you will find it difficult to adjust to the culture and food in a new place.

Dreaming Of Latrine – Meaning

Dreaming of latrine is bad omen as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means that soon you will be doing weird things under the influence of bad friends or due to the usage of alcohol or drugs or other substances. Dreams of latrine in an unknown area mean physical attack on you by strangers. Dreaming of you sitting down in a latrine is a sign of turbulent days ahead especially in matters of relationship. Dreaming of seeing potty in latrine means you might break or will have to give up something that you valued most. Dreaming of crying or doing some kinds of activities inside the latrine means you will be emotionally disturbed by an event. The dream is a sign for you to prepare mentally to face something really bad. Dreaming of falling down in latrine means you will face accidents. It also means enemy activity will increase or people will try to hurt you intentionally.

All Pleasure Ultimately Turns Into Pain

The Katha Upanishad points out that God has made the senses outward-oriented. So we seek happiness in things of the external world. Sensory pleasures, however, are transient; sooner or later they fail to satisfy. They become even counterproductive. When an anticipated pleasure is not attained, frustration sets in. Pleasure turns into pain. What appeared to be a merry-go-round at first glance is found to be really a misery-go-round. Trying to get happiness by pursuing sense-pleasures is like attempting to put out a fire by pouring ghee on it. So the Upanishad asks us to take a U-turn. Direct the buddhi inwards and discover the true source of all joy, the Atman. The Upanishad calls the aspirant who dives within to attain the immortal Self dhira, a word that has a double meaning – one who is bold, as also one who is intelligent. Self-realization is the highest wisdom and most thrilling adventure. Expanding this concept further the Upanishad says we have two options: to go in for preya

Dreaming Of Late Father – Meaning

Dreaming of late father is considered good omen as per those who believe in dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means success, peace and prosperity. It also means you will realize a mistake and correct it soon. Dreams of late father in dream means you are doing something illegal or wrong and he is dream to warn you about the consequences. It is believed that those who see late father will soon achieve peace, progress and prosperity. Such people will also have the opportunity for new work. Father also appears in dream to warn about future accidents and illness. Some people believe that father comes in dream to warn children about future. You need to be careful with all your activities, new relationships and friendship. Father also appears in dream to help a person with difficult decision. You need to then think what father would have done in the difficult situation.

Dreaming Of Lake – Meaning

Dreaming of lake is a good omen as per dream interpretation and meaning. The dream means travel and success. It also means you will visit a place that is famous for its water bodies. Dreams of lake also mean stagnation and nothing new in life. You will be going in circles without finding an exit. Dream of lake and you are not seen in the dream means you will decide to stay away from a vacation planned by someone close to you. It also means doing something different from what your friends or colleagues are doing. Dreams of lake and you are unhappy or wake up terrified or disturbed means you will hear bad news about friends or relatives. It also means water related death. Dreaming of lake and you are happy means desire fulfillment. It also means solution to financial problem. The dream also means meeting someone special that will make your life fruitful temporarily.

Dreaming Of Laughing Hard – Meaning

Dreaming of laughing hard is both good and positive sign as per dream meaning and interpretation. The dream means you will meet old friends or relatives. It also means get together and hard partying. Dreams of laughing hard and you are doing it alone means defeat or you will be cheated or abandoned. Dream of laughing hard and you are with other people means it is a positive sign and you will see improvement in life. It also means opportunity to forget your worries for a short period of time. Dreaming of laughing hard and you see strangers in the dream means embarrassment in public. It also means sudden change of events. You will also witness something silly. Dreams of laughing hard and you see your enemy means victory over your enemies and downfall of people you hate.   Dream of laughing hard and you see people around angry means you will create new enemies. It also means a thoughtless action of yours will result in future damage.

8 September 2022 Tithi – Panchang – Hindu Calendar – Good Time – Nakshatra – Rashi

Tithi in Panchang – Hindu Calendar on Thursday, 8 September 2022 – It is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during waxing or light phase of moon in Hindu calendar and Panchang in most regions. It is Shukla Paksha Trayodashi tithi or the thirteenth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 7:42 PM on September 8. Then onward it is Shukla Paksha Chaturdashi tithi or the fourteenth day during waxing or light phase of moon till 5:35 PM on September 9. (Time applicable in all north, south and eastern parts of India. All time based on India Standard Time.  Good – Auspicious time on September 8, 2022 as per Hindu Calendar – Good and auspicious time on the entire day.  Nakshatra  – Shravan or Thiruvonam or Sravana nakshatra till 1:18 PM on September 8 . Then onward it is Dhanishta or Sravishta or Avittam nakshatra till 11:53 AM on September 9. (Time applicable in north, south and eastern parts of India).  In western parts of India (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, no