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Voice of God (Set of 7 Volumes)
Voice of God (Set of 7 Volumes)
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Introduction

A young boy of thirteen is chosen to become the 68th Pitadhipathi of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam, in the illustrious parampara of Acharyas who adorned the Pitam established by Sri Adhi Sankara more than 2500 years ago.

That boy is none other then His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal. To millions of devotees he was simply ‘Periyava’- the revered one or Maha-Periyava. ‘Periyava’ in Tamil means a great person. That term however has acquired a special meaning because it has come to refer to His Holiness. It is a term that at once conveys endearment, reverence and devotion. It would never be mentioned in a casual manner. Mahaswami and Paramacharya are his other well-known appellations.

The Paramacharya was the Pitadhipathi of the Mutt for 87 long years. During this period, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam acquired new strength as an institution that propogated Sri Adhi Sankara’s teachings. The devotion, fervor and intensity with which the Paramacharya practised what Adhi Sankara had preached, is unparalleled. He lived a Spartan life. Throughout his life, the main focus of his concern and activities was rejuvenating Vedha adhyayana, the Dharma Sasthras and the age old tradition which had suffered decline. ‘Vedha rakshanam’ was his very life breath and he referred to this in most of his public discourses and private conversations. His prodding regular support to Vedha Patasalas through the Vedhic scholars, holding regular sadhas which included discussions on arts and culture- these led to a renewed interest in Vedhic religion, Dharma sasthras and Sanskrit. His long tenure as Pitathipathi was the golden era of the Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam.

Paramacharya was a walking university. Scholars of all sects, not only from all over India but also from countries abroad came to him and deemed it a blessing and a privilege to go back enlightened after meeting him. His regular visitors ranged from the most ordinary village fold to the highest in the land. Presidents and Prime ordinary village folk to the highest in the land. Presidents and Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens, Highnesses and Excellencies came to spend a few moments with him and seek his blessings.

That the Paramacharya was an extraordinary phenomenon can be seen from this incident. When he was in his late eighties he left Kanchipuram and undertook a padha yathra through Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra. Before he returned to Kanchipuram he made all arrangements for the construction of an exquisite Nataraja temple at Satara (Uttara Chidambaram). The uniqueness about this temple is the fact that the states of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karanataka, and Maharashtra came together to build the 5 doorways to the temple. The state of Kerala supplied the entire wood required for the temple. It was only his grace and moral influence that made this possible. The Paramacharya’s catholicity of outlook was extraordinary. He was the Advaitha Acharaya. He was the authentic spokesman of Hindu religion and its Dharma Shastras and of Sanathana Dharma. He even believed that it was Vedhic religion that had prevailed all over the world in ancient times. But, just as he had high regard for the Acharyas of other philosophical doctrines like Ramanuja nnd Madhva and the Nayanmars of Saiva Siddhanta, he had great respect for Jesus and Mohamed Nabi, the prophet. He could be so considerate as to express the view that those who indulged in proselytisation did so out of their conviction that their religion alone could secure redemption.

February 13, 2006 marks the beginning of the 100th years of the Paramacharya’s Sanyasa Swikarana (entering the ascetic order) and Pitaarohana (becoming the head of the Sri Kanchi Kamokottipitam). Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Mahotsava Trust has been specially formed to celebrate this significant milestone in the spiritual history of India.

The main objective of the Trust is to spread the thoughts and the message of the Paramacharya across the world, not just to his devotees, but even to others who might never have had the opportunity to have his dharsan. With this objective in view the Trust has undertaken on priority the translation into English and other major Indian languages of his discourses in Tamil (upansayam). To begin with, we have chosen ‘Deivathin Kural’-Voice of God in Tamil. It is a collection of the Paramacharya’s discourses starting from 1932. These are seven volumes each of about 1000 pages. His talks cover a wide range of topics apart from all aspects of Vedhic dharma and Hindu religion which is the main focus. It is a veritable encyclopedia of Hindu religion and dharma to which people refer for authentic information on these aspects.

‘Deivathin Kural’ is a monumental work by Sri Ra Ganapathy and it occupies a special place among many books written about Paramacharya. Sri Ganapathy painstakingly collated all of Paramacharya’s talks, conversations, casual comments, answers to questions etc covering several aspects of our ancient religion, dharma and culture. Sri Ganapathy not only collected the material but also collated and organized under various subjects everything that the Paramacharya had spoken about a subject over many years at several places.

The purpose of the English translation is two fold. One is to reach Paramacharya’s thoughts and message to a wider audience. The second is to use the English translation as the basic text for translation into other Indian languages. The original in Tamil portrays in large measure the simplicity and clarity of thoughts and expressions and the unique story telling style of the Paramacharya. It has been our attempt to capture it in English. As readers will know this is not an easy task. In one of his talks, while explaining the need to protect the Vedhas in their original form, the Paramacharya himself has, in his characteristic style, referred to the limitations of any translation.

The Paramacharya’s observations are a warning to us and we are deeply conscious of our responsibility. Effort has been made to address the average reader through this work in simple language. Since the English version is to be the base from which translation into other Indian languages will be done, suitable diacritical markings have been used for Sanskrit and Tamil words. Wherever necessary the actual Sanskrit words and Slockas have been given with diacritical markings and the meanings are also given along with the words. This should make it more convenient for the reader than a separate glossary at the end.

It is usual to share one’s good and memorable experiences with others. When two devotees of the Paramacharya meet, it turns out to be an occasion for sharing of experiences. Entire train journeys could be spent talking only about him and his various qualities. He has indeed created a huge family, truly a Vasudaiva Kutumbhakam. It is the hope and wish of Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Mahotsaa Trust that readers will experience the Paramacharya through these pages, which in itself would be an elevating experience.

His talks do more than providing insight into Vedhic Dharma and Hindu religion. There is indeed hope that inspite of the declining moral values all around, dharma will prevail. It should also be clear that mere wishful thinking will not make that happen. All of us have a duty and responsibility towards making it happen. The many schemes which the Paramacharya introduced are simple and effective. If anything, we have to revive many of his practical ideas and implement them.

The blessings of H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal and H.H. Sri Sanara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 69th and 70th Acharyas of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam have provided encouragement to this Trust to embark on a project of this magnitude. It is their Sankalpa that the Paramacharya’s message should reach every Indian wherever he may be. We are overwhelmed by the responsibility they have placed on us.

Millions of the Paramacharya’s devotees sincerely believe that He is alive even today and He is guiding us on the path of dharma. It is his spirit that acts as the beacon in these troubled times. It is through his grace that this work is being published.

Contents
Volume I
SrimukhamI
GurustuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronounciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
Vinayaka3
Vinayaka, The embodiment of Philosophical truths5
2Advaitham9
Advaitham- Are we the Brahman? It not…11
Advaitham13
This is that alone18
Why Worship God?
To attain the peace of non-dual state21
Advaitha and atomic science29
How to clear the impurity31
The little part and the transcendental33
Enduring bliss35
What lord Krishna said, Poet Kamban echoed37
Where is bliss (Ananda)?40
The Lord will step forward and welcome43
Maya45
The internal and the external48
The way to ease the Burden of sorrow50
Yogi52
The antidote to sorrow55
Dhvaitham/Buddhism= Adhvaitham58
The Acharya’s Commandment62
3Religion65
Righteousness- The great protector67
The sins and the Punya73
The sue of religion/The role of religion77
Man and the Animal81
Bhakthi is common to all religions84
The unity of religions87
The qualifications of a religious preacher90
4Vedhic Religion95
The religion without a name97
Religion that had spread the world over100
The unique features of our religion107
The classification of Dharma117
Varna Dharmam120
Unity in deversity125
Difference in functions and attitudes128
Why should it be here only?134
Who is responsible? What is the remedy?141
Minimum remedy152
Why should Vedha Rakshanam (Preservation of Vedhas) Be a lifetime undertaking?156
My Job176
Antidote to the disease of civilization188
Religion and society191
Headache- Is the remedy beheading?193
Vedha-s, The Root200
The Vedhic way and Tamil204
The original form of the Vedhas207
Sasthras or conscience?210
Sanathana dharmam is the path shown by Sankara212
5Common Dharmas215
Samanya Dharmas (Common Dharmas)217
Are common to all Ahimsa (Non-Violence)220
Truth (Sathyam)224
Where have the Thil seeds (Sesamum) And water gone?228
Puja (Worship)231
Service to others (Paropakaram)234
Service is the greatest fortune237
For the satisfaction of all beings240
A few small tips for purifying the mind244
Faults and virtues247
Anger249
Are we qualified to get angry?251
Love and sorrow253
Love255
6Society257
Which is self-rule? (Swarajya)259
Dharma, Love and The government261
The way to reduce crime263
True education266
Defects of the education system268
Quality of life270
Simple living272
‘We should be calculative’275
Shun money and imbibe good qualities280
The problem of dowry282
Duty of he youth285
Wanted, Ahimsa soldiers287
The way to remedy miseries of the world291
7Culture293
The heart of culture295
The goal of music is peace298
Experiencing the lord through music300
Gandharva Vedha302
The value of speech304
The Lord is the basis of speech and its substance307
The duty of writers309
Mahabharatham311
Science & spiritual fulfilment314
Can we commit a fraud on future generation?317
The glory of the culture of Tamil Nadu319
Being engaged in external action with Dhyana inside323
8The Path of Karma331
The way to develop good character333
Samsare Kim Saram? (What is the essence of worldly life?)335
The internal and the external338
Rituals340
Yoga begins with Karma (Performance of prescribed duties)343
Karma Yogam345
9Bhakthi347
The Lord349
What is meant by Lord? (Swami)352
The godhead principle as revealed by nature (Iswara Thathwal)354
Karma (Performance of duties) and Bhakti (Devotion)356
The form and the formless359
The lord (Iswara)361
Idol worship and Matured Jnana364
Worship at temples367
Purity of temples370
The temple and the divine acts373
The temple and the hospital375
The five senses and five offerings377
The glory of the lords names (Nama)379
Namaskaram382
Bhakti (Devotion)384
What for Bhakthi?387
Practising Bhakthi without reason390
Bhakthi before the state of ‘Mukthi’393
Give me myself396
Characteristics of ‘Bhakthi’ according to Bhagavadhpadha398
The favourite deity (Ishta Devata)401
The Godhead principle as revealed by nature (Iswara Thathwa)407
10Devatha Murthis and Avatara Purushas405
Sambu became Sankara407
Human birth is also necessary413
The founding gather (Mula Purusha) of our Dharma416
The day Krishna was born- Krishna’s birthday (Krishna Jayanthi)422
Sri Rama425
Sri Rama Navami428
Ayyappan429
Swami means only ‘Kumaraswami’432
Grace that flashes like lightning442
Kumaran445
Where the Siva-Sakthi united448
The son who excelled the father451
The one who keeps alive the Vedhic way455
Murugan’s Avataram (Incarnation) in Tamil Nadu459
Murugan’s Avataram in the north463
Divine personages who disappeared in fire475
The previous avatar of Murugan478
Saravanabhavan, The most fulfilling of all paths486
“Ummachchi”491
Pasupathi493
Devas499
Sivarathri505
Non-distinction between siva, Vishnu509
Hari and Siva are one512
Siva Mayam; Sarvam Vishnu mayam Jagath514
“Never forget hara” “Serve thirumal with devotion”516
Thirumal (Vishnu) in the morning- Mahadev in the evening518
Eminent places which remind us of unity520
The two Rajas523
Who is Bhagawan? (Bhagavadhpadha’s answer)526
The greatness of Vibhuthi & Thiruman as symbols529
Words of eminence from two youngsters532
Saraswati535
Mahalakshmi541
Parasakthi herself is Mahalakshmi543
Mahalakshmi who showered her grace on great persons (Mahans)545
Bhakti is the greatest Lakshmi554
Navarathri Nayakis (The presiding deities)556
“To me, Ambal is important”559
Mother who is God563
Meditating on the holy feet of Devi565
Nature deceives! Ambal deceives!567
Kamakshi570
Kamakshis red colour573
Kamakshi who is black and red575
The blackness of Kamakshi577
Kamakshi’s compassion582
The glory of Kamakshi586
The story of Kamakshi594
The eyes of Kamakshi605
Ambal’s Swarupam (Form)609
The abode of Ambal613
Jananambikai615
The reward for worshipping Ambal620
Bhavanithvam625
She will shower the power of speech627
The Devi who gives ‘Guru Bhakthi’ and ‘Pathi Bhakthi’631
Why feel arrogant when there is ambal635
Ambal as shown to us by Acharya639
Afflictions are also her grace645
The Sakthi of Siva; Sister of Narayana649
Annapurni661
Mother (Amma)665
11Mangalaraththi667
Hanuman will bless us all669

Contents
Volume II
Srimukham I
GurusthuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronunciationXVII
1)Mangalarambham1
Child God3
The Old Lady & The Child5
Tamil Nadu's Greatness9
He Belongs to The Whole W orld12
2)Guru17
He Who Makes Us Who We Are A Tale of A King and Queen19
Guru-Parampara25
The Subject of "Dravida "31
The Hunter is The King: The Jiva is the Brahman35
Devotion to the Guru39
Gurukulavasa46
Surrender Above All64
3)Adhvaitham 69
Adhvaitham71
How Is The W orld An illusion?79
How Do 'Different' Things Become Different?85
Vedhas and Sankara Arrive At One Conclusion88
Sankara's Tradition (Sankara100
Adhvaitha or Dhvaitha? All In Paresakthi's Hands130
The Third Way144
4)Vedhic Religion155
The Basic Texts of Hinduism : Our Ignorance of Them157
Why Religion ?164
The Fourteen Abodes of Knowledge166
Past Glory and Present Pathetic Condition168
The Root of our Religion171
Eternal174
Sound and Creation182
Western Vedhic Research189
Date of the Vedhas : Inquiry not Proper191
Methods of Chanting196
Word of God199
The Vedhas are Infinite200
Manthrayoga204
The Benefits from Sound and Its Meaning207
The Glory of the Vedhas209
Yajna or Sacrifice212
What is not in Other Religions213
The Threefold Purpose of Yajna216
The Celestials and Mortals Help Each Other218
The Capacity to Work and the Capacity to Protect223
Rites for Celestials, Rites for Deified Souls (Pithrus)226
The Purpose of Sacrifices228
Is Sacrificial Killing Justified?229
The One Goal234
Animal Sacrifice in the Age of Kali235
Those Who Conduct Sacrifices237
The Four Vedhas239
To Discover The One Truth247
Brahmanam and Aranyakam248
The Upanishads249
The Brahmasuthra253
Vedha and Vedhanta : Do they Contradict Each Other?255
The Ten Upanishads271
What do the Vedhas Teach Us ?290
Essence of the Upanishadhic Teaching307
Vedhic Dharma and Tamil Nadu311
Vedhic Sakhas330
Brahmins and Non-Brahmins332
Sakhas now Studied334
Duty of Brahmins342
Steps to Promote Vedhic Learning345
Vedha -bhashya349
My Duty355
Greatness of the Vedhas358
5)Shandanga361
The Six Limbs of the Vedhas363
6)Siksha367
Nose of the Vedha Purusha369
Yoga and Speech371
Root Language - Sanskrit373
Pronunciation375
Scripts377
A Language that has all Phonemes386
Languages and Scripts: Indian and Foreign388
Akshamala389
Importance of Enunciation and Intonation390
Versions with Slight Differences392
Vedhic Vocalisation and the Greatness of Regional Languages402
Impact of Siksha Sasthra404
Names of Months408
Other Notable Aspects of Siksha409
7)Vyakaranam411
Mouth of the Vedha Purusha412
Grammar and Siva422
Works on Grammar423
Sanskrit and Tamil Grammar425
Sanskrit : The Universal Language426
Linguistic Studies and Religion429
8)Chandas431
Foot of the Vedha Purusha433
Pada or Foot434
Feet and Syllables435
How Poetry was Born437
Some Metrical Forms440
Uses of Chandas Sasthra441
Foot for the Vedhas - Nose for the Manthras443
9)Niruktha445
Ear of the Vedha Purusha447
10)Jyotisham449
Eye of the Vedha Purusha451
Astronomy and Astrology452
Ancient Mathematical Treatises456
Planets, Stars458
The Grahas and Human Life460
Omens, Signs461
Modern Discoveries in Ancient Works466
Not Blind Belief471
Empirical Proof473
11)Kalpa475
Hand of the Vedha Purusha481
12)Mimamsa Karma Marga483
Explication of Vedhic Laws487
No Concept of God in Mimamsa490
Nyaya and Mimamsa: They brought about the Decline of Buddhism492
Buddhism and Indian Society494
Sankara and Non-Vedhanthic Systems495
Sankhya499
Mimamsa and Adhi Sankara502
Determining the Meaning of Vedhic Texts503
Mimamsa Theories Sankara's reply512
Vedhantha and Mimamsa515
How Mimamsa is Held in Esteem516
13)Nyaya517
Science of Reasoning519
Padarthas521
Pramanas527
Power of Discrimination is for Knowing God529
We Need All Types of Knowledge531
Tharka Treatises532
Cause of Creation534
Some Stories, Some Arguments537
14)Puranas543
Magnifying Glass of the Vedhas545
Puranas and History547
Are the Puranas a lie or Are They Metaphorical?551
Meaningful even if Imaginary559
Vyasa's Priceless Gift to Us562
Upa-Puranas and Others566
Ithihasas and Puranas567
The Epics and their Greatness569
Why Differences among the Gods?571
The One as Many575
Many paths to the One Goal579
Who Taught the Puranas? To Whom?581
They Speak like a Friend582
Puranic Discourses and Films584
Sthala Puranas587
The Authenticity of Sthala Puranas589
Interconnected Stories592
Importance of Sthala Puranas604
Preserving the Puriiniis606
Palm-leaf Manuscripts, libraries607
15)Dharmasasthra (Smurthi)611
Realising the Ideals of the Puranas613
Smruthis and Allied Works617
Vaidyaniitha - Dikshithiyam619
Freedom and Discipline621
Signs, Marks624
Smruthis - Not Independent Works626
The Source of Smruthis is the Vedhas628
Sruthi-Smruthi - Srautha-Smartha632
16)The Forty Samskaras635
Samskara637
Paradise (Swarga) or the Path of Athmajnana ?638
Three Types of Worlds641
Meaning of Samskara643
The Eight Qualities645
Cunas in Practical Life648
Importance of Agni (Sacred Fire)651
Names of Samskaras653
Samskaras Performed by Parents655
Why All Samskaras Not for All ?660
17)Brahmacharyasrama661
Upanayana663
The Sasthras and Popular Custom667
Basic to the Vedhic Tradition669
Qualities of a Brahmacharin671
Naishtika Brahmacharyii and Family Life673
Upanayana: When to Perform It678
Role Models to Follow680
Why Age Stipulation for Upanayana681
Domestic Life and the Carnal Desire683
Gayathrt684
The Brahmin must keep his Body Pure685
Gayathrl and Sandhyavandana687
Other Aspects of Sandhyavandana691
What about Women?694
The High Status of Our Women696
18)Marriage699
For the Practice of Dharma701
Family planning and increase in female population704
Upanayana for Girls706
The Age of Marriage and the Law708
Controversy about Age of Marriage710
Eight Forms of Marriage713
Concept of Child Marriage720
Our Duty Now728
Make Marriages Simple729
Duty of Women730
Duty of the Bridegroom733
Arrangements made by the Mutt735
The Real Reform737
Any Use Talking?739
Marriage Expenses and the Sasthras743
Three Ways to Economy748
Ideals of Marriage749
19)Gruhasthasrama751
Gruhastha, Gruhini753
Aupasana756
Aupasana Women's only Vedhic Property757
The Greatness of Agni759
Samskaras with Agni760
Other Samskaras771
Goal of Samskaras772
A Day in the Life of a Brahmin775
20)Vidhyasthanam779
Vidhyasthanam: In Conclusions Upavedhas781
The Foreign - The Indigenous The Old and The New 785
Required in the Beginning to be Given up Later788
21)Varnadharma793
Jathis - Why so many Differences ?795
Jathi According to the vedhas and the Gita 798
Qualities and Vocation by Birth801
Vocations eccording to Guna-not in Practice804
A Wrong Notion807
Strength of Unity810
The Eternal Religion813
Brahmins are not a Privileged Iathi815
Universal Well-being818
The Fourth Varna has its own Advantages819
Removal of Ego821
The Ultimate Purpose of Varna Dharma824
22)Mangalaraththi827
The Begining and the End are Same829

Contents
Volume III
Sri MukhamI
GurustuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronounciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
The pillaiyar symbol3
Vinayakas connection with writing7
Let us go around (Circumambulate) Valampuri Vinayakar10
2Guru10
Giri, (Teacher)15
Guru, Acharya (Preceptor)17
Definition of ‘Guru’20
External relationship of ‘Guru’ with inner glory23
Dhikshai27
Dhikshais bestowed by Ambal31
Several paths for the one final bliss35
Non-Distinction between Guru and Acharya37
Regard the Acharya as Iswara40
Follow the traditions of the clan42
Guru bhakthi displayed by great souls Gods as Sishyas44
Adhi Sankara’s Acharya Bhakthi46
Ramanuja’s Guru Bhakthi47
The Sishyas of Sankara48
In Ramanuja Sampradhayam51
Guru Bhakthi of the Sikhs58
3The Rules of Conduct for the Society and the Individual59
Charity (Paropakaram)
Aswamedham to which all are entitled61
‘My duty is to keep serving without any expectation’64
Inner purity is essential69
Vedhic religion and service to the world71
Randhi Devan74
The strange mongoose82
Charity is the highest Dharma87
The significance of Karthikai dipam92
For the good of those in hell too95
Charity as extolled in Vedha Sasthras98
Those who are exceptions105
Gift away the thought of charity also107
Sacrifice by A dove109
When Yama (The Lord of death) Himself was afraid111
The great donors (philanthropists) of Tamil Nadu112
The essence of Sanathana Dharma114
‘Purtha Dharmam’: Public service by collective action115
Service to god and service to humanity120
The intrinsic worth of service122
The scheme of ‘Mudhradhikaris’129
Weekly worship135
Spending money-need for extreme caution137
Both with money and body140
Service not influenced by caste factor is the need143
Make the means for a living, The means for ‘Dharma’144
How to help preserve the traditional religious discipline (Achara)148
Ancient Sasthras along with school education152
To earn respect without a degree154
Service by ladies155
Ladies and Sramdhan157
Hard work and progeny158
Manliness through bodily labour160
The need for both physical and spiritual accomplishment161
Co-operation between husband and wife163
Charity begins at home- A new interpretation164
The great cruelty of dowry166
Simple living169
Kindred and relatives170
To help the growth of vedhic ways172
Duty towards the dead173
Cremation/Burial of the dead- The greatness of a Human body174
Unclaimed corpses179
Hindu society’s blemish180
This is Asvamedha182
The path shown by Rama and Krishna184
The distress of some is a test for many185
When life leaves the body189
What is practised throughout life will come at the moment of death192
Remembering the Lord193
The thought at the last moment- Its importance195
Remembering God while going to sleep197
Shortcut to Moksha198
Noble service when life departs200
What needs to be done203
Why ‘Divasam’ (Annual ceremony) when soul has reached The Lord206
Purification of body and mind207
A day without service is a day wasted208
This is Vedha Dharma209
Self help is the best help- Praise and criticism216
Public service and duties towards the family218
Hindu religion and the individual219
How it differs form other religions220
The object of temple worship221
Reasons for contradiction224
Why I do not speak about one’s own mundane affairs227
I have been a bit less careful228
Fraud, Hypocrisy231
The injunctions of the sasthras233
The example of the great234
Matters pertaining to parents236
Matters pertaining to wife and children237
Adverse effect on the objective itself238
First the home, Then the rest239
The highest state cannot be the example241
Punishment for failing in duty242
The quality of service- Mindedness243
Condemnation is itself praise245
Thrift and service to others object of thrift is service to others260
Debt is harmful for all262
Service to others is itself a ‘debt’!265
How to save267
Established rules of discipline and conduct (Acharam)268
The Achara of the clan is the way of redemption271
The weight of experience274
Decline in discipline due to reforms275
What the Gita commands276
Reformist leaders277
The leaders and the followers279
Practical evidence282
A single test is enough283
Purity of mind and external activities284
Modern superstitions287
God, religion and Dharma290
The duty of a leader; What the Gita says291
Three different ideologies293
Reform for achieving worldly goals294
Reforms with spiritual goals297
Heads of the modern religions which have not become a separate sect299
The modern vedanthis306
Net result308
The one who knows and those who do not know309
Sugar- Coated pill315
The development of those times and the deterioration of these times316
A narrow pathway319
Mental discipline ruling over nature’s laws The internal division of religious Achara (Madhacharam)320
(This is an explanation of the earlier talk)324
The great ones who are exceptions345
The duty of religious enthusiasts348
Matters relating to Acharam the characteristic of Acharam350
From the external to the internal352
Ordinary Dharmas in Acharam354
The relationship between Dharmam and Acharam357
Containing everything358
Rewards- Seen and Unseen359
Relating all activities to Iswara362
The subtleties of science In Acharas Sasthras364
Not subordinate to science367
Acharam is for spiritual satisfaction375
The division of Achara; The Verdict of Kural378
Acharam and Varnasrama382
The ideal state and what is practicable383
The drawbacks of not differentiating functions391
Absence of Exception- The consequences394
Flexibility in Acharam397
Complete Acharam to the extent possible400
Types of bath402
Involvement and faith (Sraddha)407
Some rules of Acharam409
Karmas laid down by Sasthras and synthetic materials413
The evil that befalls due to personal pollution415
Matters emotional/ sentimental416
Activities to be conducted with the thought of God and with Manthras417
The original sasthra and contrary traditions418
Without questioning422
Gives worldly benefits too423
Acharam and office routine425
Let us all become orthodox (Vaidhikam)427
What needs to be done urgently429
Benefits of being bound by discipline431
Books on Acharas433
The greatness of those days and the fallen state of these days434
Sasthras which evolved by the examples of those who practised436
Acharam and the food we take439
Food and all those connected with it444
The three qualities (Guna)448
Food and qualities (Guna)450
Purity of materials455
Distinction in the rules458
When the ideal agrees with the practical459
‘Saiva’ food464
Is there not violence involved in eating vegetables?466
The virtues of vegetarian food470
Ancient customs and the practices of kali Yuga474
To progress step by step477
Vegetarian food is of greater need now than before478
Prohibition480
Smoking: An anti-social act482
Coffee and other soft drinks483
Milk based products486
Chewing pan488
The goal of peace should not be spoiled489
Quantity is important490
Rules to suit the times491
Chathurmasyam and rules for food492
Avoiding salt495
Cooking one’s own food496
Swayampakam, A new tune497
The divine ‘Rasa’ In ‘Anna Rasam’498
Those taking food with Us501
The way to nurture vedhic learning504
Bikshai and Swayampakam506
The superior customs of the northern parts508
Cookery in the scheme of education512
True reform of food preparation515
How to extend hispitality517
Nivedhanam (Worshipful offering to God)518
Benefits which are the essence519
The importance of food in the enjoyment of senses520
Upavasam does it mean eating twice on Ekadasi day?522
The need for upavasam524
Upavasam as deal with in the Upanishads528
Mederation, The right way- Acharya and Krishna529
Days of household festivals, Vrathas and the glory of Ekadasi533
High Status of Ekadasi537
Upavasam and hard work539
Very strict observance by Madhvas540
Exalted status accorded by people of all divisions542
The names of Ekadasi543
Let us have the sense of fulfilment545
Mounam (silence) to reduce work for the mouth547
Silence is the nature of a muni549
Days Suitable for Mounam550
Keeping Awake551
The beginning and the state of ending552
Arresting the thoughts555
Thought of Iswara557
Will help also social good560
Silent Prayer561
The lesson that I have learnt562
Know the limit and act- Extremes are intended to lead to moderation563
Being Calculative in all kinds of income and expenditure570
Aparigraham572
4Vaithika Aspects of Religion577
What for upa Vedham?579
The subsidiary (Upa) and the main (Mulam)582
Vasthu Sasthra583
What for should the body be nurtured?585
Spiritual goal even in medical treatment587
Mani (Gem)- Manthra- Aushadham (Medicine)592
Ayurvedham and Religious observances596
Surgery600
Other sciences in Ayurvedha604
Regulation of deit when taking medicine605
Reasons for following the ayurvedha system606
Let all be blessed with long life608
Dhanurvedham why it was evolved610
The code for Punishment612
What is Dhanur?614
Asthram, Sasthram615
The bows of Gods618
Three types of weapons620
The classification of the army622
Fort623
Fight by wrestling625
Dharma Yuddham626
Gandharva Vedham- The utility of something Which is of no Use!629
Why the name?633
The sixty-four arts634
Entertainment and control of senses635
Aesthetic sense and experience of self637
Capable of making a deep impression641
Thevaram and Divyaprabhandham traditions643
The Dharma appropriate to jathis645
The glory of Nadham (Music)648
Sound which is expansive and sound that is limited651
The knowledge our ancients had about sound engineering654
Reaching through the senses what is beyond sense656
Kinds of musical instruments and dances659
The divine link660
Love and peace through music663
Creation and release through Nadha and Natya665
The great and divine masters of fine arts667
Folk songs and songs related to day to day life669
Art that enhances national pride671
Ideal should not be forgotten672
Artha Sasthram673
Artha Sasthram and Dharma Sasthram676
The eternal law and temporary changes680
The constraints and discipline to which the king was subject682
Two important duties of the king691
Criminal jurisprudence applicable internally692
Is there partiality to the Brahmin?695
Nurturing of Dharma is the foundation; Ensuring the observance of varna Dharma696
Laws of Punishment in respect of other countries705
Noble aspects even in punishment708
Six policies to be followed in respect of other countries710
The Various organs of a government711
This is the substance712
5Culture715
Poetic genius- Play of words717
A bharatha ‘Guttu’719
Siva-Sakthi as Siva-Vishnu726
Fantastic change by removing a single letter728
One dot more732
Exchange of garlands734
The holy feet (Of Kamakshi) and the planets735
The mosquito and Kesava737
6The Principle of Divinity; The Gods739
Can nature function without Iswara?741
Navanitha Krishnan: Vatapathrasayi744
The glory of the name of Siva; The glory that Siva Bestows752
The place of Siva Nama in the Vedhas758
Nama which is for all759
A vaishnava’s acclaim760
Minakshi766
7Mangalaraththi779
A Tower of strength to Sita and Rama781

Contents
Volume IV
Sri MukhamI
GurusthuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronunciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
Child of high Parentage3
Grandfather’s Distinction3
Uncle’s Distinction6
Vishnu and Ambal7
Suklambaradharam8
The Greatness of the Parents10
Murugan and the Eldest11
Other Deities paying homage to pillaiyar13
The Venerable Child13
As the Principal deity13
The Son Who was worshipped by his father14
To the Rescue of his mother16
Helping Muruga19
Rama and Vinayaka20
Gananatha worshipped by Krishna23
The Story of Syamanthaka23
Surya and Vinayaka23
The Divine Gem Obtained Through Thapas24
Krishna’s detachment25
Jambavan28
Fourth Phase of moon seen by Krishna29
The Mater who was the Victim of suspicion30
Krishna Cracked it32
The Gem and the young Woman34
Bliss of Touch During the Fight36
The Gem resulting in Marriages38
The Enmity Due to the Woman40
Again Victory and Blame Again42
Akura and the Gem45
Reason for the Blame and Accusations46
Bhadhrapadham differences in Panchangam47
Question and Answer story within Story49
Moon’s Pride Shattered50
The Curse’s Implication52
Relief from the Curse53
Bhalachandhran55
Sankatahara Chathurthi Pillaiyar bestowed another honor upon moon)57
Krishna and Moon58
Boon to clear the Blame59
Benefit of Lila welfare of the world60
One Sloka is Enough61
Significance of the Jayanthis (Manifestation)64
Conclusion65
2Guru67
Gurukulam Ghatikasthanam69
Guru, Acharya, Vadhyar69
Connection to Vedhas70
Upadhyaya and Acharya71
Teaching As A Livelihood73
Similarity and Dissimilarity Between Guru and Acharya73
Special Aspects of Gurukula Not Available at Home75
The Greatness of Mother and Father77
Guru Younger than oneself78
Mother Father Acharya80
Adhyapaka80
Elevated Status of Upadhyaya80
As Worship of Iswara82
Receiving is lowly83
Specially not found in other countries85
Distinguished Acharyas in Secular Education too87
Not Intuitionally but through Individuals only88
Kulapathi89
The rise of the Ancient Teaching system89
Language a discipline of sound91
Teaching without writing91
Kula Sakha, chathra, charana93
Guru dakshina95
The Arts and Sciences of Old95
Dharma and the Brahman98
All subjects are Vedhic98
Education for all castes99
Compulsory education99
The Deserving Alone100
No Caste Bias101
Vidhya and the Fourth caste102
The Supreme gift of Knowledge103
Length of terms104
Why Upakarma for Gruhasthas ?108
Holidays109
Is it right To Beat a student ?110
Qualities of a student111
Promoting Health112
Individual Teachers mostly112
The Individual Teacher and his greatness113
Drawbacks of institutional Education114
Examples in the Upanishads116
Sraddha Paroprasna118
Testing Students120
Gurupatni or guru’s wife120
Taught by Divine Powers but122
Independent thinking123
Krishna and his Acharya129
Learning by Questioning131
The Guru is Moulded by the Disciple133
The Gurupitas134
A Sanyasin who is on his own and a Pita guru136
Institutionalism : Sankara’s work for a necessary evil138
Big Educational Institutional of old139
The new Religion and Big Educational Institutions143
Peculiar Circumstances143
Different Syllabuses147
Two Different Stories147
Brahmins during the Buddha’s time150
Kshathriyas and Brahmins151
National Unity fostered by Vedha Dharma153
Adhvaitha and the State156
Restraint Even in Conflict157
Opposition Based on knowledge157
The Big Schools of the New Religions160
Gurukulas for Brahmins161
Manava Manakkan162
System of labor not affected163
Buddhism and Jainism never took root on a nationwide basis168
Leadership and the common People174
The Great Achievements of Adhi Sankara175
Comparing past and present180
Buddhist Jaina education185
Writing187
Big Vedhic Universities191
The Gurukula Elements in Bug Schools194
Kanchi As a Center of Education196
My research regarding Ghatikas197
Why the name Ghatika198
The Antiquity of Ghatikas200
Stone Temples203
The temple and the Ghatika204
In the Eight Century205
Format of Sasana206
Seven Thousand students207
In Andhra and Karnataka208
In the Chola land209
In Maharastra210
Ghatikachalam210
Rewarded at last211
In Prayaga in the 5th century B.C211
Light on name212
A little bit of Sanskrit216
Appropriateness of the Pot216
Vedhic Schools in Tamil Region217
Atharva Vedha218
Respect for many sasthras219
The Vedhas Agamas220
Harmony220
Temples and Vidhya220
Pride and Shame222
A Plan for national Vidhya223
The Right Method224
Village Statistics226
The Essential Statistics226
Literacy and Crime227
Is Education unnecessary ?228
The Land of white men and Muslims228
In the Communist countries230
Vidhya with humility231
Gurukulavasa to Curb Aham232
Why not possible ?233
Responsibility of the public233
For the Growth of Vedha Vidhya234
Learning and Money235
Bhikshacharya236
One or two enough237
Preserving the Ideal237
Their Sacrifice and our sacrifice238
Vedha Bhashyam, Vedhanga, Vedhantha239
Comparative Philosophy242
Similarities and Dissimilarities243
The Puranas244
Agama Sasthra244
Vasthu Sasthra245
Silpa Sasthra245
Village Arts folk lore247
Moulding Teachers foe ancient arts and sciences247
Vidhya that transcends the laws of nature248
Medical Science249
Yoga Sasthra249
Only Theory no practice250
In Vedhantha Too251
What is to be done252
Learn and teach252
Propaganda253
Financial Aid and Social prestige255
Be Vidvans each of you256
To Curb Aham257
Be a Learner not an idler258
When most people were Vidvans259
Age life style no bar to learning260
Not the state but people and Sishyas responsible261
Support for half knowledge262
A request to Vidvans263
Ideal scholars264
For the Future265
Make it part of life265
Gurukulavasa in all fields266
May Amba shower her blessings267
3Public life 269
The Remarkable election system of Uththaramerur271
Aspects of Democracy in Vedhas Also271
Caste Head275
Qualification is Essential276
King as the Head of State276
Head of Town277
Membership in local Sabha by election279
Republic and Democracy280
Difference of Opinion281
Election Method with strange Aspect281
Chola Dynasty282
Stone inscription Regarding Election282
Divisions of the Kingdom283
Structure of Grama Sabha284
Details about the Stone Inscriptions285
Brahmin Velala officials286
Qualification of Candidates287
Rules Subject to Amendments and rules not Subject to Amendments288
Knowledge of Sasthra and Ability to act290
The Heart and Soul of qualification purity of wealth and purity of self290
Shall not serve contiguous terms291
Relative not eligible291
Condition on Wealth291
Ideal Dharma and Practical possibility292
Under Islamic and British Rule293
Eligibility based on property295
Reduced incentive for Bribery296
Bribery297
Experience of property Management Essential298
Reason for home on own land299
Age qualification299
Characteristics of Elder302
Sathya the foundation for dharma303
Elders who are exempt306
Office work and duties of public Sabha307
Advisory council of elderly intellectuals307
To Prevent Authority being permanently entrenched In positions308
Educational qualification309
Does not refer only to the Brahmins310
The Heart and Soul312
Potentials Cause for proliferation of corruption312
Spiritual purity315
To prevent corruption afterwards too315
Five year Term316
Induction of new blood317
Backbone of Dharmic administration318
The Royal seat and the Local Sabha319
Dismissal and Permanent Bar321
Disqualified Relatives322
Panchamampthkam (Five Grave sins)322
Sasthras and the Law323
A few Other Disqualifying Aspects325
An Election without contestants or voters325
Who is a Candidate?326
Selection Election Officers326
Election Procedure328
Election which has iswara’s Approval330
No Room for hiding or Concealment331
No Individual Charisma332
Not based on majority333
Administrative Divisions334
Till the Sun and Moon exist334
The New story and the old335
Worrisome Aspects336
Give Responsibility after maturity338
Solace from old election methods340
Drawback and justification for it341
Ramarajya344
4Adhvaitham347
To Experience peace after end of war349
Who are Devas and Asuras?349
Why does Asuric Tendency arise?352
Dhvaitha that gives room for fear353
Adhvaitham is abhayam354
Abhya Moksham Bhayam Samsaram356
Naraka bhyam356
Mind is the Reason for Bondage357
The Bliss of the Mindless Athma358
The I even in the mindless state359
The True I360
Awareness of life independent of mind361
Realization of Athma and living through the mind362
Mind which is separate form Athma365
Self Realization is abhya moksha368
Dharma the loosens the bondage of karma368
Preyas and Sreyas369
Dharma Medicine for the disease of Karma371
Dharmika Karma not a Direct means for moksha373
Dharma Karma not sufficient for mind’s fulfillment373
Love Devotion374
Good thoughts as background for sasthra karma375
Splintering of mind Reduced by good karma376
Action and Meditation378
Karma yoga and Detachment381
Why does good karma not bear fruit385
Possibility of fear Reduced386
Swadharma even in the face of death388
Direct Result for welfare of the world389
Drama of the universe and the Deluge391
For Worldly life’s greater good393
For Order in worldly life394
Why not other’s dharma ? 398
What is it that pushes one in papa 400
Kama krodha403
All the Evils spring form desire406
Happiness itself Cause of Hardship409
Bliss and Satisfaction410
Desire and Pleasure and Pains411
Man destroyed by all five senses412
Permanent bliss will not result form desire413
Affected by situations415
A Desire that overwhelms another desire415
Different kinds of desire for one own body416
Mind is in between Athma and Sense Organs419
Mind’s Pleasure not permanent either420
Tired of it but not rid of it421
Misery in everything except Adhvaitham424
Even by subjecting others to hardship425
Desire that harms noble virtues427
Uninterrupted bliss not available to mind428
To End the Battle destroy desire429
Will death destroy desire? 430
The Punishment of Birth 432
The Sweetness of Neem fruit432
Constant effort is necessary433
What desire does and Adhishtana434
Arjuna’s difficulty436
Remedy suggested by Krishna436
Atham the Changeless438
Nija Athma and the Mind in Guise441
Mind’s Activity only through Athma443
Maya444
State of being and state of action444
Consequences of the hunger of desire445
Acquiring and relinquishing447
Sleep is not the way449
Vairagya and Abhyasa450
Blissful of Jnana peace451
External pleasure is simply Rays of bliss form Athma453
Peaceful bliss which mind Cannot Understand455
(Para) Sakthis’s Anandha is also in the Santha Athma456
State of sleep459
Dream State461
How can mind come under athma’s control ?463
By Iswara’s grace464
Beyond logic466
Obvious Evidences466
Jivan Mukthas469
Anandha Comes only form athma469
Possessor not possessed470
Desire’s target is Really the Athma472
Annihilation of Asure army is victory for attaining Athma474
Root Cause of Trouble475
Indhriya is also highly regarded476
Athma is always the Truth484
Step by Step to the state of Athma485
Taming the Athma by Athma489
Why no mention of the grace of Iswara?490
Iswara bridge between dhvaitha and Adhvaitha492
Adhvaith Sasthra and Benediction of Iswara493
Brahman Athma Iswara495
Jiva from Iswara only496
Release granted by Iswara Alone497
Maya Subdued only by Iswara498
Jiva Iswara difference499
From Dhvaitha ti Adhvaitha500
Intermediate Stages501
Variants of Upadesa Corresponding to the stage of Rightful Recipient504
Why Sasthra for Iswara’s Action ?509
Explicitly expounded truth in Gita510
Iswara’s knowledge grant also mentioned by adhi Sankara512
Dhvaitha of guru not a snag518
Maya Sakthi also grants Jnana519
Bondage of Karma due to Iswara attainment of Jnana also due to him520
Knowledge of Athma is indeed the destruction of desire522
A Subtle indication about iswara522
Moksha in this world523
Idea that preceded Buddha524
After the mind Stops526
Realization of Athma is the true knowledge527
Drawback of living through the mind529
Mind needs to disappear not body530
Views pertaining to birth and liberation531
Effort towards the release is what is necessary534
Samsara Does have an end unanimous opinion535
Adhvaitham accept stages of dhvaitham536
Truth and bliss only in Adhvaitham541
Fear is one of Desire’s many Untoward results542
Dhvaithma that denotes many things543
Mind will not be alone544
Athma is the only Stand alone entity546
Example of Electricity547
Parmathma jivathmas548
Pramathma Cause of Universal Antharyami549
Iswara or Saguna Brahmam551
Vedhanta Iswara is not Siva553
Worship of Iswara553
Research for truth from Jiva’s Angle from Universe’s angle554
Jiva Athma Iswara Athma556
Jivathma pramathma in dhvaitha and visishtadhvaitha560
Two Entities that are connected563
Why Paramathma Instead of Iswarthma?564
A few Principles of Adhvaitha564
Jiva cannot become Iswara566
Dhvaitha Jiva has connection to Iswara570
Iswara Jiva Avidhya Anthahkarana571
Dhvaitha Moksha and Prakruthi (Maya)574
For Dhvathic Tendency misery is unacoidable578
Task of Getting Purified579
Like Scrubbing a pot580
The Ravai Salla Analogy583
To Avoid Mixing up the Bad with the Good586
Various Names of love588
Bhakthi Definition of love588
Adhvaith Mukthi through Bhakthi588
Bhakthi love’s necessity592
Case of the self realized594
Our Path599
Connection to other paths non should be condensed600
Maturation of Sadhana Comes on its own601
The Medicine of Dharma602
Wrongful Accusation603
Dharma Adharma and the Adhvaithi606
Jnani and the Fruit of Actions607
Dharma and Love616
Love is Necessary for the Mind to Wither Away619
Without lofty goals lofty stages do not materialize621
Deva Sakthis afflict too624
Grace of God According to Desired goal625
Words of wisdom from Thirumular and Thirucalluvar626
Thoughts fi Adhvaitham right from the beginning629
Sufferings that release the bondage630
Performing action without feeling the burden632
The Three paths right from the beginning634
Foundation of Adhvaitham laid by Gita638
Start from today!639
Go Beyond the Good!641
Contemplating Athma is Essential for Everyone642
Things to learn after deep thinking644
5Bhakthi649
Adhvaitha philosophy and the Current state of Affairs651
From Current state to Adhvaitham652
Adhi Sankara’s Devotional Hymns653
Shatpadhi Sthothra653
Padham part of poetry654
Life body and consonants655
Hymns with Six Slokas656
The Mystery of the pun658
What do we pray for ?659
Bhagawan’s view660
Justification for worldly prayers663
Unfulfilled prayer and Atheism667
Praying for Athma Sreyas668
Vishnu fro Jnana Also669
To Set Right the mind670
Humility the most important virtue672
Sankara his Discipline and humility674
In Sikhism679
Two Kinds of disciplines680
Aptness of the desert simile685
Sahara sagaram688
Why Santhi after Dhanthi?689
For the World’s salvation with own salvation689
May you take me to the other shore692
A sweet Simple Sloka694
Sridevi and the Lotus695
Scared feet from which Ganga flows696
Feet that Rid us of Smasara and Grant Eternal Bliss697
Adhvaitha Acharya speaks Bhakthi and Dhvaitham699
Amazing Anthadhi704
Sloka that has continuity of ideas too706
Getting Rid of Smasara by dharsana711
Iswara Sabdha for Sri Hari712
Avatharas713
Twelve names Namam Applied on the forehead716
Damodhara718
Meaning of the Sacred names719
Nirguna and Gunanilaya (Attribute less and the adobe of Attributes)721
Adhvaiths who are Krishna Bhakthas723
Uniqueness of Govinda and Hara Nama727
Govinda who is without any Kurai730
Guru Deiva Govinda732
One of Three733
Divine churn that churns the ocean of Samsara734
A few great men as role models736
Essence of the Hymn Removal for eh sufferings is Samsara739
As it Begin so it ends741
Expression is surrender like Phala Sruthi743
Saramgathi (surrender and Being in the state of Brahman are one745
Six Slokas and six words747
The Riddle of bee gets Resolved!748
6Culture755
Poets Sense of dignity755
Surpassing the kings !757
Mahan poet Difference758
Mahans Who had turned away form their kings759
Vairgaya and the sense of dignity761
Kalisdhasa and king bhoja761
Enmity followed by broken friendship762
Asked for his own charama sloka762
Kaliodhasa’s Refusal and its greatness763
Disguise766
Traditional tales and research767
Kambar and kulotthunga769
Intricacies of friendship turning into enmity770
Kambar’s flare up an vow771
Comparison of Kalidhasa and Kambar772
Visit to Chera kingdom and chera’s noble virtues774
In Chola’s court Chera appears as Adaipaikkaran775
Kambar’s Nobel Culture777
Two Kutty’s778
King Shahji778
Poem Glorifying the king779
King and the child mutual admiration782
Prathapa simha and Kutty kavi784
Buffalo hymn785
Poet who saved the nation786
The Youth who conquered the Bengali scholar787
Sasthri who wouldn’t bow down to Serfoji788
Sasthri who excelled in friendship too789
Turning down the king of Mysore791
Our Relative792
Boasting of poets and intellectuals792
Beauty in that too!792
Seeking Divine justice794
Kalidhasa and Ambika794
Nilakantar and Mahadhevar800
Even Distortion gets extolled805
7Mangalaraththi807
Greatness of Maruthi809

Contents
Volume V
Sri Mukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambham1
The deity worshipped even by the devas3
Success in efforts due to the elephant-faced God3
The flower and the mind3
Anaikka Anaimugan4
Who is Vagisar?6
One who removes the obstacles of even the Devas8
Thath-Heathu Nyayam12
The lotus feet14
What is done by those who know ‘nyayam’ and those who do not know it16
Even if he does not grant all the fruits18
The need for several Gods19
The one who has two mothers (Dwaimathurar)23
One who has six mothers24
The dispute about Ayyappa’s mother24
May Vigneswara protect Us30
When Pillaiyar playedwith ‘Chandrakala’ (One sixteenth part of the moon)32
May he lighten the burden and bless us37
2Guru41
Iswara and the Guru43
The wealth that Guru gives and other types of wealth43
Bhakthi to God and to the Guru44
Jnana gained by experience45
The intellect and the heart48
Sruthi-Yukthi (reason)- Experience49
Are there two kinds of Bhakthis?51
Iswara only grants the fruits52
All obeisance go to the only one53
Only one Bhakthi; Only one Krupa55
Change in the meaning of the Sloka57
If only one is enough, is it Iswara or Guru?57
Human nature likes changes58
Boundless Bhakthi: Means to the Ideal60
Boundless Bhakthi: Practical difficulties60
Iswara is Guru and ‘Guru is Iswara himself62
How to consider the Guru as Iswara?62
The special aspects of worship of Guru64
Yadhokthakari65
Perumal who did what he was told to do65
The ‘Divya Desa’ within Kanchipuram67
The Pallavas and Saivism-Vaishnavism67
The origin of the Pallavas69
The glory of the Thruvekka Perumal72
Kanikannam: The heart with grace and the fearless heart75
When perumal did what he was asked to do77
The Guru who brings Iswara himself83
Somasi Mara Nayanar84
The great man who could take liberties with the Lord85
Actions of great men which are beyond our understanding86
The green (climbing brinjal) (called Thuthuvalai in Tamil) Which acted as an emissary88
The test that the Lord gave92
Even if the Guru has drawbacks…..95
The benefits of Guru Bhakthi96
Three different attitudes104
The Lord’s grace in return for Guru Bhakthi105
The Guru and the disciple- Personification of two Dharmas107
Iswara’s grace cab be obtained by any attitude108
The greatness of knowing through a Guru108
Gurumurthi and The Thrimurthis110
Not treating the Thrimurthis as the supreme one110
God without a festival110
God without temple111
Reason for absence of Puja111
Murthis in Vaishnava Temples116
Brahma in Agamas116
Brahma’s function is only compassionate117
Rudram- Sivan (Sivam, Nataraja)- Maheswaran118
In Vaishnavam120
Gurave Namah121
Worship is not because three functions are performed121
Murthis who are functioning as the supreme129
Why the exception only for Brahma?130
The reason why Thrimurthis came to include Brahma137
Why is there no temple for Sarasvathi?141
Matter concerning Narada, Savithri and Gayathri143
Brahma in Guru Parampara (tradition)144
Narayanam Padmabhuvam145
No reason for doing Namaskaram146
Three functions with a difference147
One who is entitled to Namaskaram152
As Parabrahmam153
One who has reached the Shore and Takes us to the Shore154
Characteristics of an acharya according to our Acharya154
The Guru is worthy of Namaskaram even if he is Brahmam159
Namaskaram is wealth: What the Acharya says160
Amba, Matha: Amman, Thayar162
Benefits of Namaskaram163
A correction: Dhuritha Uddharanam164
Seeking the benefit of the other world167
To which word should ‘eva’ be joined?168
The Guru of the three worlds170
Guru Vandana- Nindhana: Amrutham- Poison171
Guru’s efforts have in view uddharanam only173
3The life history of Sri Sankara177
Pravruthi-Nivruthi179
Two different paths for two different types of people181
The two fruits of karma Marga185
Decline of Karma Yoga with the passage of time190
The upadesas of two margas192
Bhakthi194
The Yagas dealt with in Gita196
Advaitha which is the permanent Yoga198
The resurgence brought about by Lord Krishna199
Krishna and Sankara203
Avatharas of earlier times204
Kaliyuga: In the early stages and later207
The great danger of kali: The deceitful make-up208
Founders of New religions209
Buddhism- Jainism and Hinduism210
Not for condemning other religions; only to oppose condemnation of our own religion213
Is Kali ordained only for Adharma?218
Sankara Vijayam222
Seventy two religions223
Acharya’s wonderful achievements225
It is Acharya’s religion which is Vedhic and inclusive of everything226
About other religions227
The principle of Godhead235
Buddhism-Jainism and the attitude of the common people238
Absolute materialism241
Religions which accept Vedhas but not Vedantha242
Forms of worships in those times243
Vaidhikam means total acceptance of Vedhas246
Revolutionary religions251
Circumstances which necessitated the Avathar252
The principle (Thathva) of Avathar:253
Indication of the secret of Avathar257
Human nature and divinity in Avathar262
Also because of the desire to move with people264
There should be no doubt about Avathar267
Decline of Dharma as never before268
Implementing the assurance given in Gita: The problem and the Solution269
Why the Avathar as sanyasi?271
In Brahmacharya Asramam also276
Avatharam in Brahmin family279
Vishnu Avatharam and Siva Avatharam: Similarities and differences between Siva-Vishnu:280
Jnana Siva taking the Jnana Avathara292
Dakshinamurthi’s Avatharam holding Sakthi within295
Acharya who is Saktha, Saiva and Vaishnava:296
Preliminaries to Avatharam299
The compassion of the one who is actionless300
Adhvaitha is the disappearance of the duality of mind301
It is not Sunya; It is the perfect Sachithanandam302
There is no distinction between Jivathma and Paramathma305
Even if Iswara is with Maya, He is Jnani308
There is no Unmixed good312
Disservice even in service313
Avathar to preach the actionless state320
The benefits of good Karma in practical life321
Activities are meant to take one to actionless state322
Practical approach: To engage in activity the goal: To remain in the actionless state323
Not being selfish327
Not engaging in action is also doing good to the world329
Sam-bu became Sam-kara:330
Authority in Vedha, Ithihasa and Purana for Iswara’s Avathara336
Evidence provided by Acharya himself362
The parampara (lineage) of old Acharya’s364
From Vasishta ot Vyasa368
Sukha Brahmam373
Pathanjali Charitha381
Siva Natanam in Maha Vishnu’s Heart382
Ajapa- Hamsa Natanam384
The Avathara of Adhisesha386
Serice to the three senses388
Wonderful way of teaching one thousand sishyas396
Brahma Rakshas: Rakshasa Jathi397
Disastrous end398
Gaudar; Dravidar399
Curse and blessing to the disciple who survived399
The later part of Gaudar’s history402
Jnani and Bhakthi407
Acharya’s praise408
The life story of Chandra Sarma410
Sanyasis in Guru Parampara416
Nirvanam417
Sanyasa Nama: The glory of Sankara Nama428
Similarity with Rmanuja430
The greatness of Govinda434
Acharya Parampara is only the line of those who have been given the authority443
The prayer and the boon444
The Avathara of Devas447
The help rendered by Mimamsakas in the condemnation of Buddhism448
The three-pronged objection of Buddhism449
Establishing the God Principle450
Acharya’s Classification454
The reason why those who had followed karma marga took Avathara457
The avatharas of Indra, Sarasvathi: Acharya’s service without help from government458
History of Kerala459
The Brahmins of ancient Tamil Nadu: Tamil in Kerela462
Kanchi Sri Matam and Kumbakonam: Was kumbakonam the original?468
The parents who had earned Punya477
The prayer at thrichur: Greatness of the place478
Granting of the boon480
The greatness of the Jayanthi482
Celebrate in a grand manner484
Special connection of Kanchi region485
Sankara Jayanthi in Kamakshi temple486
Dedication of the mind and silent meditation488
The greatness of Namakaranam490
Katapayadhi Sankya491
The day of Siddhi according to Katapayadhi492
The auspicious day a avatharam495
That which does good: Practical evidence496
The proper matching of Vasantha Ruthu and the month of Vaikasi497
Srisailam: ‘Arjuna Kshethra498
Determining Sri Sankara’s period501
Principles of Buddhism in Acharya’s Bashyam507
References to A.D. in Acharya’s Sthothras508
The ulterior motive of the westerners and their ridicule513
Child prodigy555
Upanayana at the young age556
Understanding the meaning of a Sloka563
Spirituality in Worldliness: It rained gold566
The seed for the later day Upadesa in the very first Sthothra575
The river which changed its course581
The world calling: Dharma of the people and the secret of Avathara583
Became a sanyasi586
Let him narrate his own story589
Taking leave of the mother and going in search of Guru591
Why doe s he need a Guru?594
Books called ‘Sankara Vijayam’ and other books relating to Acharya595
Meeting the Guru- Taking sanyasam- writing commentary on Brahmasuthram (suthra Bashyam)616
Preaching Vedhic religion during the stay at kasi618
Acharya’s literary works620
One who founded the three paths (Marga)623
The story of Padmapadha- The greatness of the Hunter626
Compassion even to a murderer629
Debate with Vyasa and extension of life630
Even an outcaste (Panchama) is my Guru if he is a Jnani633
Equal vision of a jnani and social equality are different643
Lord Viswanatha’s sport (Lila)648
The story of Kumarila Bhattar- Karma and Jnana648
The city of scholars where mandanar lived657
Acharya defeating Mandanar- Sarasawani659
The greatness of Srungeri666
The individuality and greatness of Sureswara668
Padmapadha’s Panchapadhikai671
Hasthamalakar, the mouna Jnani672
Thotakar: Personification of devotion to Guru675
Two more gems of sishyas: Sarvajnathmar and Pruthvithavar679
Great Dhigvijayam which achieved wonders: Spiritual unity and National unity684
Converting ‘Ugra’ (severe) deities into peaceful ones687
Removal of differences between deities: Panchayathana murthis689
Jagadguru who was Acharya for people at all levels692
A resume of religions including Adhvaitha693
Sri Sankara Mutts701
Mother passes away703
Pilgrimage through the entire Bharath705
Siva-Sakthi Dharsan: Sivalingas and Sakthi Sthuthi708
The greatness of Kanchi (Kanchipuram)715
Acharya in Kanchi716
4Mangalaraththi729
May Anjana’s son bless us with the spirit of action (Ajadyam)731

Contents
Volume VI
Srimukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambam1
A life blessed with sixteen is a great life3
Remedy for all obstacles3
The greatness of sixteen6
Shodasa Nama Slokas7
Sumukar8
How Ganapathi wit Human face became elephant-faced9
One who is of the form of joy10
One with the good mouth10
The greatness of the elephant’s mouth and its philosophy11
Ekadanthar: ‘One who will do his utmost to others’12
One who is also a female13
Vigneswara Gayathri13
Kapilar: Vinayaka of tiruchengattankudi14
Vathapi Ganapathi: Some historical details15
The elephant- Faced and Agasthya18
Gajakarnakar20
Lambhodharar23
Vikatar24
Vikata Vinayakas in some holy places26
Vikata Chakra Vinayakar28
Vigna Rajar28
Noble purpose in creating obstacles too29
‘Personal’ Experience30
Vinayakar; Double Pillaiyar32
The famous name35
The qualifying letter ‘Vi’36
Vi-Nayakar in two meanings36
The names of Pillaiyar in Amaram37
Dhumakethu38
Ganadhyakshar40
Bhalachandrar41
Pillaiyar and the moon43
Gajananar44
The great qualities of the elephant44
Animals which have divine links47
One who has within himself all the beings48
The outline of the original49
The face and the mouth50
Vakrathundar51
Surpakarnar52
Herambar53
Elephant which is worshipped by lion54
The five-faced one with the lion as the vehicle56
Skandha Purvajar56
The greatness of being Murugan’s elder brother57
The role of the elder in the birth of Muruga57
The role of the elder in Murugan’s marriage61
The role of the elder in Murugan’s Sanyasam62
Murugan who has all the benefits of the Phalasruthi63
The greatness of the name of Skanda66
Let us start the day by remembering the elder brother68
2Guru69
Desikar who gives Upadesam71
The way and direction in life71
Purvoththaram: East- North71
The world ‘Dhich’ both as noun and verb72
Desam, Upadesam73
The meaning of ‘Upa’75
The word ‘Desikar’ with two meanings77
Word that shows cordial relationship77
Higher than the mother and the father is the Guru78
Acharya Dharmam79
The greatness of the mother and the father79
The ‘cucumber mukthi’ of the Jnani83
The love and sacrifice of the guru87
No Jnanam without Guru’s Upadesam89
The great merits of the word ‘Desika’92
Paramacharyar94
Devi as Desika95
3Adhvaitham99
The practice of Adhvaitham101
The gist of religious philosophies101
Adhvaitham which is so different from others102
What appears simple is so difficult104
Moksham through iswara’s grace (Anugraham)106
Effort has to be continued even if the goal is delayed109
Sadhana Chathushtayam111
The path laid down by Acharya on the lines of Vedhas111
Karma and Bhakthi- Preliminary to Jnana114
Sraddha (Faith) is necessary115
The qualification for spiritual practice118
The highest Sadhana is only for the Sanyasi121
Why should what is appropriate to a Sanyasi be prescribed for every one?126
Two different paths for two different types of people127
The reason why it is being told to all131
About Bhakthiyogam134
Basic knowledge of Adhvaitha for all135
Discrimination of the permanent and the ephemeral139
Vairagyam: (Distaste for worldly desires)146
Six kinds of wealth159
Samam- Dhamam160
What is Samam?160
Uparathi171
Thithikshai173
Sraddha182
Samadhanam194
Who is entitled to formally learn Upanishad?202
Strictness in Samadhanam204
Paramathma’s six and Jivathma’s six205
Mumukkshuthvam206
Why is the ultimate state described only as ‘Release’?207
Mumukshu: As defined by Acharya210
The lower level, Middle level mumukshu214
Guru’s prasad216
Acharya and ancient texts on Mumukshu217
Four kinds of spiritual army224
Before the three parts of the third stage224
Bhakthi: Its place in Jnana Marga225
What is Bhakthi?227
What is love?227
Anthahkaranam (Inner sense organs) and the heart228
Ahankaram and love231
What is the object of the love of a spiritual aspirant? (Athma Sadhaka)233
Bhakthi of the Nirguna and Saguna forms235
A pleasing love which is full of life237
For the removal of haughtiness also239
Ahankaram in Sadhana: Two stages240
Bhakthi and Hrudhayam243
The nadis of the Hrudhayam; the life of a Jnani subsiding and the life of others departing246
Death during Uththarayanam- The correct meaning255
Two differing fruits of Karma Yogam256
Nadi going from the ‘Hrudhayam’ To the head- wrongly understood257
The Bhakthi of Jnana Marga is greater than that of Bhakthi Marga262
Bhakthi itself is Jnana as shown by Krishna266
Third stage269
Reununciation269
Serial names in Vishnu Sahasranamam277
Sanyasakruth Samo278
Sravana etc. As the injunction of the Vedhas279
Sravanam and Susrusha (service to guru)280
Can a guru who has had anubhuthi (spiritual experience) be found?283
To be after a single target283
The characteristics of sravana, Manana and Nidhidhyasana285
The state before Siddhi286
Mananam which transcends the little intelligence: Nidhidhyasanam which transcends emotions287
For the two differing attitudes (Bhavana) to go289
The greatness of Mananam-Nidhidhyasanam291
Worm becoming a wasp; To make a worm a wasp292
What needs to be done immediately297
4Saundaryalahari299
The Acharya- A divine incarnation301
The saundaryalahari- The crest of devotional poetry303
The Jnani and devotion304
The divine origin of the ‘Saundarylahari’314
Why the Drama enacted by Nandhikesvara?319
Three great devotional Hymns325
The saundaryalahari- Its grandeur330
A divinely inspired poet- in two senses331
Commentaries on the Hymn337
Mother worship341
Devi in sacred literature345
The two ‘Laharis’ and their names345
A title with universal appeal351
Names of ambal: Not many used in the Hymn353
On ‘Anandalahari’357
Appreciating beauty is its own reward360
What is beauty?364
Ambal: Beauty that is full, Love that is total369
The hymn itself a portrait of ambika375
‘Anandalahari’ : Adhvitha and Saktha376
The Hymn to Sakthi starts with Siva385
Imparting life-force to Siva masculine and feminine names395
Acharya for both paths400
Panchakruthya and Kamesvari and Kamesvara405
Siva and Hara415
‘Pundarikam’Namam’416
Siva’s Spandhana or Vibration419
Hymn composed with an open mind425
Adhvaitha maya and sakthi in the Saiva and Saktha dortrines430
Jnania through Maya440
Sakthi and Lila in Adhvaitha443
How we must approach the Hymn445
Kundalini Yoga great caution needed454
Explaining the Hymn before a public assembly462
The Saktha system and science465
The first stanza: What it teaches473
Cosmic functions with the dust on Ambal’s feet476
Can we start with the feet?478
The dust on Ambal’s feet it does good here and hereafter480
Abhaya and granted by the hand486
Deity of the Hymn Hinted at489
Can kama ever be a blessing492
The power of Ambal’s sidelong glance it made kama a Triumphant Hero499
Kama’s conquest of Siva not mentioned509
Not Siva and Sakthi but Sivasakthi511
Portrait Of Ambal513
Ambika’s residence524
In the Kundalini Form530
Whatever path you follow…531
The srichakra and its greatness536
Yanthra, Thanthra, Capital city each without a separate name541
The incomparable beauty of Ambal543
Embodiment of time548
Bestowing the gift of eloquence importance of sound in the saktha system548
Curing illness561
‘Good snake’, ‘Bad snake’568
The importance of red the inner meaning of ‘Attraction’572
The ‘Sahasranamam’ and the ‘Saundaryalahari’581
From ‘Daso’ ham to ‘so ham’585
Three arathis595
Why rudra is not mentioned sleep, Death and Thuriya Samadhi597
Devotees who are Adhvaithis Never Perish602
The glory of Ambal’s Chastity606
Ambal’s sport and Isvara and other deities607
The sport of protection and punishment612
Ambal: The medicine that gives life to Isa614
Ambal’s Thatanka620
Why Vishnu is left out625
The theft committed by Ambal627
Dedicating one’s all637
Siva-Sakthi: Life-body642
The mother who suckles all the Sesha-seshi concept646
‘Sesha’; ‘Seshi’= Property; Owner of property650
Gist of th two stanzas659
Siva and sakthi in the Chakras661
Father and mother663
Siva and Sakthi in different states671
Chandra-Surya-Maulisvari685
The black that dispels darkness691
‘Saundaryalahari’696
The two half-moons-that changed places713
The eyebrows as bow- The eyes as bowstring718
The three eyes: The three Gunas730
Nethra and Kshethra734
Ambal’s eyes and poetry739
The eye: Abode of the nine rasas745
‘Minalochana’ Hinted at752
‘Mother, Bathe me too in your grace’756
The nose-ornament and the finer points of Yoga769
The incomparable beauty of ambal’s lips772
The smile that ‘Sours’ Moonlight774
Thambula Prasada779
The praise that shames786
Creases in the throat the male white and the female red794
Beauty of hands803
Milk of Jnana804
The Tamil child805
The knees of a Pathivratha807
The Bhagvatpadha and the Bhagavatipadha809
The lotus that blooms in the mind-stone814
Surrendering at Ambal’s feet616
Even the lotus is no match818
Red has its glory819
The moon- A vessel for perfumes821
The Acharya cautions us…822
Ambika’s amazing pathivrathya830
Chief queen of the Parabrahmam833
The richly rewarding mother worship839
The auspicious conclusion847
5Mangalarathihi861
The Immortal Anjaneyaswamy863

Contents
Volume VII
Srimukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambam1
Vinayaka and Tamil3
Vigneswara’s great help to Tamil Nadu3
Important Vaishnava temples and Vigneswara’s sport4
Three deities which face the south: Amity between saivam and Vaishnavam7
The truth and appropriateness of Vinayaka’s lila8
The exclusive feature of bharat10
Worship according to prescribed procedure and devotional worship11
Growth of culture only due to Ganesa14
One who has the maximum number of temples14
Vinayaka and Tamil15
The grace that gives good mind and speech from Dharma and Upto Moksha15
Sanskrit and Tamil16
2Guru19
The relationship between the Guru and the Sishya21
‘Ra’ Which destroys sin23
‘Wo’ Is the form of Maha Vishnu24
Vishnu, Vasudeva- The Terms explained25
What the Sishya gains from guru’s qualities26
Adhvaitham and the aspect of Anugraham (grace)27
Maha Vishnu as the Guru29
Father-Guru29
Guru too has the qualities of the father30
Father-Guru in other religions32
Paternal lineage being the lineage of Guru34
Names of Rishis in maternal lineage glory of mother as expounded by Acharya35
Women and Brahma Vidhya36
Scholarship of women: Difference between the olden times and these days38
The high status accorded to women by Acharya40
Mother too as Guru: Acharya’s approval41
Sathyakama Japalar43
Guru who is above the mother and father44
Development of the brain and the heart45
The present fallen state47
Secular education47
Guru: Acharya49
Adhyakshaka: Adhyapak50
Characteristics of the Guru will be imbibed by the Sishya also50
Greatness of the word ‘Acharya’51
Upadhyaya52
Desikar Who shows the way53
In Upanishad- Guru who shows the way54
Even great men have had several Gurus55
Pathivratham and Guruvratham57
The Guru who shows the way, as seen in Vedhas64
Guru as Kshethrajna66
Guru: For the final goal and Intermediate stages69
The entire knowledge of the Guru is for Sishya70
The duty of Acharya as laid down by our Acharya71
Sadhguru and Sadhsishya72
The entire ‘Wealth’ of the Guru is for the Sishya72
More lessons about Guru-Sishya74
Explanation of Sishya75
Guru’s Humility76
Not just being humble but telling the Whole truth78
Guru’s Upadesam cannot be compensated for78
Upadesam that comes as a tradition79
One who Violates tradition Is ‘Stupid’- Acharya.80
Acharya’s Bhakthi to Guru Parampara81
One who never says a thing he does not know82
Making sure of the Guru’s qualification and doing surrender84
The noble culture of the Guru himself becoming a Sishya:85
Half-baked knowledge is pride perfect knowledge is humility87
Purohithar90
Culture undermined in free-India91
Vidhya Guru and Diksha Guru92
Guru’s great responsibility92
Purohitha and Guru93
Sishya’s effort and the Guru’s grace95
The next line97
Guru who raises the sishya to his own level98
The qualifications of a Sishya and the compassion of the Guru100
The spurious pundits exposed by the Upanishads and Sankara101
The authority of Vedhas; Other religions104
Sraddha (faith) in Vedhas and the Guru106
Surrender (Saranagathi)106
Vedhas- Sasthras to be learnt only through a Guru Ambal’s strange plan107
Common simple way of worship and prayers through sthothras108
The community of people: Even if an exclusive Guru is not there, A common Guru is necessary113
Humility and Sraddha115
The greatness of Sraddha as shown by Acharya116
Saranagathi flows from Sraddha117
Two kinds of surrender and Guru-Sishya relationship118
3The State121
The State and Religion123
Dharma Chakram- Indication of Lord’s grace123
True secularism123
Responsibilities of the state in elevating the peoples mind124
Limitations of the role of the state in matters of religion125
Independent body of representatives of all religions126
What the government gains by nurturing religion127
Government support: Hindu religion and other religions128
Institutions of Hindu religion: Lacking in man power and financial support129
Religions nurtured by kings and people130
What the freedom movement failed to do: How Hindu religion was affected130
People of all religions to live as brothers132
The strange position of the minorities and the majority in India132
Aspects of religion which need state support133
People’s support is the asset in matters of religion133
Freedom of religion and religious conversion134
Propaganda- The right and wrong way135
Ban on and punishment for wrong methods135
Hindu religion and conversion; Re-conversion to set right original conversion140
Use of methods unrelated to religion to meet with severe punishment:141
So long as conversion prevails, return to parent religion should be permitted145
Religion and spirituality: The high point of India145
Decline of religious feeling in India: What the history of a thousand years shows146
The cunning ways of foreigners and the ‘Two revolutions’147
The big question mark before us148
Atmosphere of disbelief; The result of Gandhism not being adopted149
State religion150
Changes in educational scheme: Giving importance to teaching of religion151
People have to fight for spiritual freedom just as for political freedom151
The real reason for the Dharma Chakra having found a place in the national flag153
Vedhic saying as the nation’s motto154
Is it Dharma chakra or a factory wheel?155
Gita’s Dharma Chakram155
The path of Dharma Chakra- Sacrifice is it essence156
Prayers and blessings for the freedom of the individual and the country158
4Society161
For the Youngsters163
For the Youngsters- 2: Bathe your mind164
Clean mind165
Uttering lies and fear166
Jealousy166
The Lord’s love and rules of Dharma169
Pray to become good Children169
For the young- 3: One who is mother and father of the world170
Mother and father- The first God we know of170
For the mind and intellect to become clear171
Being of help to others172
In order that bad qualities do not affect173
Arohara173
For adult students174
Bhakthi is essential174
For the development of good conduct175
Politics- Never175
Service without hindrance to studies177
Cinema, Drugs, Newspapers, Narcotics178
Educational institutions of olden times179
Discipline is Needed180
Self control is itself a great achievement181
A new type of students union181
Develop the good and curtail the bad182
Go Samrakshanam (cow protection)183
Gomatha and Bhumatha184
Srimatha and Gomatha185
Glory- Both in practical terms and spiritually186
Cow’s milk: Wholesome food, Improves sathva guna186
Where there is universal love187
Even the cow’s dung is pure188
The example of Bhopal189
Panchagavyam190
In medical treatment and in musical instruments191
Cruelty to the cow is like killing the mother191
The cow’s horn is something special192
Abhishekam with ghee193
Vibhuthi193
The dust rising from the cow’s hoof194
No Yajna without the cow195
Protecting the cow is protecting the world196
Gomatha and Lakshmi197
Unpardonable crime199
The duty of the state and the people199
Easy way to feed a cow200
Protective shelters201
People to come together as a family in the service of the cow202
Nurturing the cow is punya, neglecting it is sin202
Cow protection in olden times203
National wealth204
Milk not to be wasted on coffee204
Ghee lamp205
Law to protect cow slaughter206
5Culture209
The Art of Drama- Then and Now211
Drama and Emotion212
The Hero214
Happy end214
Navarasas- Peace (Santham)216
Arts must help in reaching the state of peace (Santham0218
Today’s fallen state220
Adhvaitham and Kanchi Sri Matam figuring in a Swayamvaram222
Sacrifice by mothers225
Adhvaitham in Swayamvaram227
Saraswatjo’s skill230
How literature speaks of Dharma231
The deity of Kanchi mutt in the story of Nala231
The great Chola king one who had on his head the holy feet of the Lord (Sivapadhasekaran)233
Nothing can be a bar to knowledge236
Kesidhwajar238
Adhwaitha Jnanis and the phenomenal world238
Kandikyar240
The story takes shape240
Prayaschitham: Lord’s name and vaidhika karma242
Asking the enemy for Prayaschitham242
Indian culture245
Guru Dakshina245
Sworn enemies become Guru-Sishya248
The lessons of the story250
Where the Gita, The Bible, The Kural speak alike250
6Matters Divine253
Athma as Witness (Sakshi)255
Sakshi- In practice257
Sri Rama and ‘Agni Sakshi’261
When the Gods become witness264
Sakshi Ganapathi264
Sakshi Gopal269
Sakshina Yakeswarar275
Sakshina Theswarar277
Dipavali- Holi bath in Ganga and Kaveri282
Plea to Krishna283
Narakasura’s death; Sathyabhama’s role284
Bhumadevi’s Prayers287
Gita: Dipavali’s younger brother290
Why ‘Ganga Snanam’?292
A blemish even for the lord (Dhosham)293
Prayaschittha prescribed by Iswara294
Kaveri-Thula Ghat296
Kaveri Snanam on Dipavali day297
7Sadhasivam299
Adhi Guru301
The eight names (Ashtanama): Mahadeva302
Mahalingam- Maheswaran303
The five functions304
Only Siva has the adjective ‘Sadha’305
Sadhasiva in Rig Vedha306
He is what is Good and the bad too307
‘Race theory’ Is wrong308
One who is always ‘Ugra’ and always ‘Sowmya’308
Rudra too is Siva inside310
Sadhasivom- What the Vedha declares311
Siva and Sivam312
The bliss of ‘Sath’ and ‘Chith’ combining in Subrahmanyam315
Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram316
8Principles Underlying Namaskaram319
Namonamah321
The Mahaswami’s grievance321
Acharya’s rule for a Sanyasi321
Acharya and Narayana Nama321
All Namaskaras are for Narayana only327
True Smaranam328
True Sanyasi and Namaskaram328
Sanyasi who is Matadipathi and Namaskaram330
The power of ‘Asirvadham’ (Blessing)331
Narayana is the basis for the power of Asirvadham332
Lifting the hand as a sign of ‘Asirvadham’332
His prayers and the faith of the devotees333
High status334
One who does Namaskaram is fortunate337
Namaskaram by Sanyasi:337
The principle underlying ‘Dhandam’338
‘Dhandam’ carried by a Sanyasi339
Whe humility attains fullness340
The living great command more respect341
His misfortune342
For humility to grow343
The internal and external rise and fall of man344
Bowing the heat to reduce ego345
Why fall flat with face down?345
Sashtanga Namaskaram346
Panchanga Namaskaram- Greatness of motherhood349
Vanakkam350
Men also can do Panchanga Namaskaram350
Love for the country and Parochialism351
Archana in Tamil352
Valour and obeisance357
Obedience; Susrusha360
Prampatham (Pranamam)360
Abhivadhanam362
Before and after the name of God:369
No Abhivadhanam to a Sanyasi370
Doing Anjali; Shaking Hands371
When hooding hands becomes holy374
Holding the hand and ‘Dhandam’376
Culture that distinguishes between men and women377
Types of Anjali378
Pradhakshinam379
The Mahaswami continues380
Movement of the planets and our Pradhakshinam382
Namaskaram which follows Pradhakshinam385
Rules of Sasthras which transcend rationality386
The greatness of humility387
Those entitled to Namaskaram: Age limit387
Single ‘Namah’- Not uttered388
What gives even final release389
Namaskaram is useful by itself393
Manakaram393
Economic prosperity- Not an end itself393
Exceptions395
Namaskaram which removes darkness395
9Mangalaraththi397
Hanuman the Jnani and his Jnana Guru399

Voice of God (Set of 7 Volumes)

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Introduction

A young boy of thirteen is chosen to become the 68th Pitadhipathi of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam, in the illustrious parampara of Acharyas who adorned the Pitam established by Sri Adhi Sankara more than 2500 years ago.

That boy is none other then His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal. To millions of devotees he was simply ‘Periyava’- the revered one or Maha-Periyava. ‘Periyava’ in Tamil means a great person. That term however has acquired a special meaning because it has come to refer to His Holiness. It is a term that at once conveys endearment, reverence and devotion. It would never be mentioned in a casual manner. Mahaswami and Paramacharya are his other well-known appellations.

The Paramacharya was the Pitadhipathi of the Mutt for 87 long years. During this period, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam acquired new strength as an institution that propogated Sri Adhi Sankara’s teachings. The devotion, fervor and intensity with which the Paramacharya practised what Adhi Sankara had preached, is unparalleled. He lived a Spartan life. Throughout his life, the main focus of his concern and activities was rejuvenating Vedha adhyayana, the Dharma Sasthras and the age old tradition which had suffered decline. ‘Vedha rakshanam’ was his very life breath and he referred to this in most of his public discourses and private conversations. His prodding regular support to Vedha Patasalas through the Vedhic scholars, holding regular sadhas which included discussions on arts and culture- these led to a renewed interest in Vedhic religion, Dharma sasthras and Sanskrit. His long tenure as Pitathipathi was the golden era of the Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam.

Paramacharya was a walking university. Scholars of all sects, not only from all over India but also from countries abroad came to him and deemed it a blessing and a privilege to go back enlightened after meeting him. His regular visitors ranged from the most ordinary village fold to the highest in the land. Presidents and Prime ordinary village folk to the highest in the land. Presidents and Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens, Highnesses and Excellencies came to spend a few moments with him and seek his blessings.

That the Paramacharya was an extraordinary phenomenon can be seen from this incident. When he was in his late eighties he left Kanchipuram and undertook a padha yathra through Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra. Before he returned to Kanchipuram he made all arrangements for the construction of an exquisite Nataraja temple at Satara (Uttara Chidambaram). The uniqueness about this temple is the fact that the states of Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karanataka, and Maharashtra came together to build the 5 doorways to the temple. The state of Kerala supplied the entire wood required for the temple. It was only his grace and moral influence that made this possible. The Paramacharya’s catholicity of outlook was extraordinary. He was the Advaitha Acharaya. He was the authentic spokesman of Hindu religion and its Dharma Shastras and of Sanathana Dharma. He even believed that it was Vedhic religion that had prevailed all over the world in ancient times. But, just as he had high regard for the Acharyas of other philosophical doctrines like Ramanuja nnd Madhva and the Nayanmars of Saiva Siddhanta, he had great respect for Jesus and Mohamed Nabi, the prophet. He could be so considerate as to express the view that those who indulged in proselytisation did so out of their conviction that their religion alone could secure redemption.

February 13, 2006 marks the beginning of the 100th years of the Paramacharya’s Sanyasa Swikarana (entering the ascetic order) and Pitaarohana (becoming the head of the Sri Kanchi Kamokottipitam). Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Mahotsava Trust has been specially formed to celebrate this significant milestone in the spiritual history of India.

The main objective of the Trust is to spread the thoughts and the message of the Paramacharya across the world, not just to his devotees, but even to others who might never have had the opportunity to have his dharsan. With this objective in view the Trust has undertaken on priority the translation into English and other major Indian languages of his discourses in Tamil (upansayam). To begin with, we have chosen ‘Deivathin Kural’-Voice of God in Tamil. It is a collection of the Paramacharya’s discourses starting from 1932. These are seven volumes each of about 1000 pages. His talks cover a wide range of topics apart from all aspects of Vedhic dharma and Hindu religion which is the main focus. It is a veritable encyclopedia of Hindu religion and dharma to which people refer for authentic information on these aspects.

‘Deivathin Kural’ is a monumental work by Sri Ra Ganapathy and it occupies a special place among many books written about Paramacharya. Sri Ganapathy painstakingly collated all of Paramacharya’s talks, conversations, casual comments, answers to questions etc covering several aspects of our ancient religion, dharma and culture. Sri Ganapathy not only collected the material but also collated and organized under various subjects everything that the Paramacharya had spoken about a subject over many years at several places.

The purpose of the English translation is two fold. One is to reach Paramacharya’s thoughts and message to a wider audience. The second is to use the English translation as the basic text for translation into other Indian languages. The original in Tamil portrays in large measure the simplicity and clarity of thoughts and expressions and the unique story telling style of the Paramacharya. It has been our attempt to capture it in English. As readers will know this is not an easy task. In one of his talks, while explaining the need to protect the Vedhas in their original form, the Paramacharya himself has, in his characteristic style, referred to the limitations of any translation.

The Paramacharya’s observations are a warning to us and we are deeply conscious of our responsibility. Effort has been made to address the average reader through this work in simple language. Since the English version is to be the base from which translation into other Indian languages will be done, suitable diacritical markings have been used for Sanskrit and Tamil words. Wherever necessary the actual Sanskrit words and Slockas have been given with diacritical markings and the meanings are also given along with the words. This should make it more convenient for the reader than a separate glossary at the end.

It is usual to share one’s good and memorable experiences with others. When two devotees of the Paramacharya meet, it turns out to be an occasion for sharing of experiences. Entire train journeys could be spent talking only about him and his various qualities. He has indeed created a huge family, truly a Vasudaiva Kutumbhakam. It is the hope and wish of Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Peetarohana Shatabdi Mahotsaa Trust that readers will experience the Paramacharya through these pages, which in itself would be an elevating experience.

His talks do more than providing insight into Vedhic Dharma and Hindu religion. There is indeed hope that inspite of the declining moral values all around, dharma will prevail. It should also be clear that mere wishful thinking will not make that happen. All of us have a duty and responsibility towards making it happen. The many schemes which the Paramacharya introduced are simple and effective. If anything, we have to revive many of his practical ideas and implement them.

The blessings of H.H. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal and H.H. Sri Sanara Vijayendra Saraswathi Swamigal, the 69th and 70th Acharyas of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Pitam have provided encouragement to this Trust to embark on a project of this magnitude. It is their Sankalpa that the Paramacharya’s message should reach every Indian wherever he may be. We are overwhelmed by the responsibility they have placed on us.

Millions of the Paramacharya’s devotees sincerely believe that He is alive even today and He is guiding us on the path of dharma. It is his spirit that acts as the beacon in these troubled times. It is through his grace that this work is being published.

Contents
Volume I
SrimukhamI
GurustuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronounciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
Vinayaka3
Vinayaka, The embodiment of Philosophical truths5
2Advaitham9
Advaitham- Are we the Brahman? It not…11
Advaitham13
This is that alone18
Why Worship God?
To attain the peace of non-dual state21
Advaitha and atomic science29
How to clear the impurity31
The little part and the transcendental33
Enduring bliss35
What lord Krishna said, Poet Kamban echoed37
Where is bliss (Ananda)?40
The Lord will step forward and welcome43
Maya45
The internal and the external48
The way to ease the Burden of sorrow50
Yogi52
The antidote to sorrow55
Dhvaitham/Buddhism= Adhvaitham58
The Acharya’s Commandment62
3Religion65
Righteousness- The great protector67
The sins and the Punya73
The sue of religion/The role of religion77
Man and the Animal81
Bhakthi is common to all religions84
The unity of religions87
The qualifications of a religious preacher90
4Vedhic Religion95
The religion without a name97
Religion that had spread the world over100
The unique features of our religion107
The classification of Dharma117
Varna Dharmam120
Unity in deversity125
Difference in functions and attitudes128
Why should it be here only?134
Who is responsible? What is the remedy?141
Minimum remedy152
Why should Vedha Rakshanam (Preservation of Vedhas) Be a lifetime undertaking?156
My Job176
Antidote to the disease of civilization188
Religion and society191
Headache- Is the remedy beheading?193
Vedha-s, The Root200
The Vedhic way and Tamil204
The original form of the Vedhas207
Sasthras or conscience?210
Sanathana dharmam is the path shown by Sankara212
5Common Dharmas215
Samanya Dharmas (Common Dharmas)217
Are common to all Ahimsa (Non-Violence)220
Truth (Sathyam)224
Where have the Thil seeds (Sesamum) And water gone?228
Puja (Worship)231
Service to others (Paropakaram)234
Service is the greatest fortune237
For the satisfaction of all beings240
A few small tips for purifying the mind244
Faults and virtues247
Anger249
Are we qualified to get angry?251
Love and sorrow253
Love255
6Society257
Which is self-rule? (Swarajya)259
Dharma, Love and The government261
The way to reduce crime263
True education266
Defects of the education system268
Quality of life270
Simple living272
‘We should be calculative’275
Shun money and imbibe good qualities280
The problem of dowry282
Duty of he youth285
Wanted, Ahimsa soldiers287
The way to remedy miseries of the world291
7Culture293
The heart of culture295
The goal of music is peace298
Experiencing the lord through music300
Gandharva Vedha302
The value of speech304
The Lord is the basis of speech and its substance307
The duty of writers309
Mahabharatham311
Science & spiritual fulfilment314
Can we commit a fraud on future generation?317
The glory of the culture of Tamil Nadu319
Being engaged in external action with Dhyana inside323
8The Path of Karma331
The way to develop good character333
Samsare Kim Saram? (What is the essence of worldly life?)335
The internal and the external338
Rituals340
Yoga begins with Karma (Performance of prescribed duties)343
Karma Yogam345
9Bhakthi347
The Lord349
What is meant by Lord? (Swami)352
The godhead principle as revealed by nature (Iswara Thathwal)354
Karma (Performance of duties) and Bhakti (Devotion)356
The form and the formless359
The lord (Iswara)361
Idol worship and Matured Jnana364
Worship at temples367
Purity of temples370
The temple and the divine acts373
The temple and the hospital375
The five senses and five offerings377
The glory of the lords names (Nama)379
Namaskaram382
Bhakti (Devotion)384
What for Bhakthi?387
Practising Bhakthi without reason390
Bhakthi before the state of ‘Mukthi’393
Give me myself396
Characteristics of ‘Bhakthi’ according to Bhagavadhpadha398
The favourite deity (Ishta Devata)401
The Godhead principle as revealed by nature (Iswara Thathwa)407
10Devatha Murthis and Avatara Purushas405
Sambu became Sankara407
Human birth is also necessary413
The founding gather (Mula Purusha) of our Dharma416
The day Krishna was born- Krishna’s birthday (Krishna Jayanthi)422
Sri Rama425
Sri Rama Navami428
Ayyappan429
Swami means only ‘Kumaraswami’432
Grace that flashes like lightning442
Kumaran445
Where the Siva-Sakthi united448
The son who excelled the father451
The one who keeps alive the Vedhic way455
Murugan’s Avataram (Incarnation) in Tamil Nadu459
Murugan’s Avataram in the north463
Divine personages who disappeared in fire475
The previous avatar of Murugan478
Saravanabhavan, The most fulfilling of all paths486
“Ummachchi”491
Pasupathi493
Devas499
Sivarathri505
Non-distinction between siva, Vishnu509
Hari and Siva are one512
Siva Mayam; Sarvam Vishnu mayam Jagath514
“Never forget hara” “Serve thirumal with devotion”516
Thirumal (Vishnu) in the morning- Mahadev in the evening518
Eminent places which remind us of unity520
The two Rajas523
Who is Bhagawan? (Bhagavadhpadha’s answer)526
The greatness of Vibhuthi & Thiruman as symbols529
Words of eminence from two youngsters532
Saraswati535
Mahalakshmi541
Parasakthi herself is Mahalakshmi543
Mahalakshmi who showered her grace on great persons (Mahans)545
Bhakti is the greatest Lakshmi554
Navarathri Nayakis (The presiding deities)556
“To me, Ambal is important”559
Mother who is God563
Meditating on the holy feet of Devi565
Nature deceives! Ambal deceives!567
Kamakshi570
Kamakshis red colour573
Kamakshi who is black and red575
The blackness of Kamakshi577
Kamakshi’s compassion582
The glory of Kamakshi586
The story of Kamakshi594
The eyes of Kamakshi605
Ambal’s Swarupam (Form)609
The abode of Ambal613
Jananambikai615
The reward for worshipping Ambal620
Bhavanithvam625
She will shower the power of speech627
The Devi who gives ‘Guru Bhakthi’ and ‘Pathi Bhakthi’631
Why feel arrogant when there is ambal635
Ambal as shown to us by Acharya639
Afflictions are also her grace645
The Sakthi of Siva; Sister of Narayana649
Annapurni661
Mother (Amma)665
11Mangalaraththi667
Hanuman will bless us all669

Contents
Volume II
Srimukham I
GurusthuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronunciationXVII
1)Mangalarambham1
Child God3
The Old Lady & The Child5
Tamil Nadu's Greatness9
He Belongs to The Whole W orld12
2)Guru17
He Who Makes Us Who We Are A Tale of A King and Queen19
Guru-Parampara25
The Subject of "Dravida "31
The Hunter is The King: The Jiva is the Brahman35
Devotion to the Guru39
Gurukulavasa46
Surrender Above All64
3)Adhvaitham 69
Adhvaitham71
How Is The W orld An illusion?79
How Do 'Different' Things Become Different?85
Vedhas and Sankara Arrive At One Conclusion88
Sankara's Tradition (Sankara100
Adhvaitha or Dhvaitha? All In Paresakthi's Hands130
The Third Way144
4)Vedhic Religion155
The Basic Texts of Hinduism : Our Ignorance of Them157
Why Religion ?164
The Fourteen Abodes of Knowledge166
Past Glory and Present Pathetic Condition168
The Root of our Religion171
Eternal174
Sound and Creation182
Western Vedhic Research189
Date of the Vedhas : Inquiry not Proper191
Methods of Chanting196
Word of God199
The Vedhas are Infinite200
Manthrayoga204
The Benefits from Sound and Its Meaning207
The Glory of the Vedhas209
Yajna or Sacrifice212
What is not in Other Religions213
The Threefold Purpose of Yajna216
The Celestials and Mortals Help Each Other218
The Capacity to Work and the Capacity to Protect223
Rites for Celestials, Rites for Deified Souls (Pithrus)226
The Purpose of Sacrifices228
Is Sacrificial Killing Justified?229
The One Goal234
Animal Sacrifice in the Age of Kali235
Those Who Conduct Sacrifices237
The Four Vedhas239
To Discover The One Truth247
Brahmanam and Aranyakam248
The Upanishads249
The Brahmasuthra253
Vedha and Vedhanta : Do they Contradict Each Other?255
The Ten Upanishads271
What do the Vedhas Teach Us ?290
Essence of the Upanishadhic Teaching307
Vedhic Dharma and Tamil Nadu311
Vedhic Sakhas330
Brahmins and Non-Brahmins332
Sakhas now Studied334
Duty of Brahmins342
Steps to Promote Vedhic Learning345
Vedha -bhashya349
My Duty355
Greatness of the Vedhas358
5)Shandanga361
The Six Limbs of the Vedhas363
6)Siksha367
Nose of the Vedha Purusha369
Yoga and Speech371
Root Language - Sanskrit373
Pronunciation375
Scripts377
A Language that has all Phonemes386
Languages and Scripts: Indian and Foreign388
Akshamala389
Importance of Enunciation and Intonation390
Versions with Slight Differences392
Vedhic Vocalisation and the Greatness of Regional Languages402
Impact of Siksha Sasthra404
Names of Months408
Other Notable Aspects of Siksha409
7)Vyakaranam411
Mouth of the Vedha Purusha412
Grammar and Siva422
Works on Grammar423
Sanskrit and Tamil Grammar425
Sanskrit : The Universal Language426
Linguistic Studies and Religion429
8)Chandas431
Foot of the Vedha Purusha433
Pada or Foot434
Feet and Syllables435
How Poetry was Born437
Some Metrical Forms440
Uses of Chandas Sasthra441
Foot for the Vedhas - Nose for the Manthras443
9)Niruktha445
Ear of the Vedha Purusha447
10)Jyotisham449
Eye of the Vedha Purusha451
Astronomy and Astrology452
Ancient Mathematical Treatises456
Planets, Stars458
The Grahas and Human Life460
Omens, Signs461
Modern Discoveries in Ancient Works466
Not Blind Belief471
Empirical Proof473
11)Kalpa475
Hand of the Vedha Purusha481
12)Mimamsa Karma Marga483
Explication of Vedhic Laws487
No Concept of God in Mimamsa490
Nyaya and Mimamsa: They brought about the Decline of Buddhism492
Buddhism and Indian Society494
Sankara and Non-Vedhanthic Systems495
Sankhya499
Mimamsa and Adhi Sankara502
Determining the Meaning of Vedhic Texts503
Mimamsa Theories Sankara's reply512
Vedhantha and Mimamsa515
How Mimamsa is Held in Esteem516
13)Nyaya517
Science of Reasoning519
Padarthas521
Pramanas527
Power of Discrimination is for Knowing God529
We Need All Types of Knowledge531
Tharka Treatises532
Cause of Creation534
Some Stories, Some Arguments537
14)Puranas543
Magnifying Glass of the Vedhas545
Puranas and History547
Are the Puranas a lie or Are They Metaphorical?551
Meaningful even if Imaginary559
Vyasa's Priceless Gift to Us562
Upa-Puranas and Others566
Ithihasas and Puranas567
The Epics and their Greatness569
Why Differences among the Gods?571
The One as Many575
Many paths to the One Goal579
Who Taught the Puranas? To Whom?581
They Speak like a Friend582
Puranic Discourses and Films584
Sthala Puranas587
The Authenticity of Sthala Puranas589
Interconnected Stories592
Importance of Sthala Puranas604
Preserving the Puriiniis606
Palm-leaf Manuscripts, libraries607
15)Dharmasasthra (Smurthi)611
Realising the Ideals of the Puranas613
Smruthis and Allied Works617
Vaidyaniitha - Dikshithiyam619
Freedom and Discipline621
Signs, Marks624
Smruthis - Not Independent Works626
The Source of Smruthis is the Vedhas628
Sruthi-Smruthi - Srautha-Smartha632
16)The Forty Samskaras635
Samskara637
Paradise (Swarga) or the Path of Athmajnana ?638
Three Types of Worlds641
Meaning of Samskara643
The Eight Qualities645
Cunas in Practical Life648
Importance of Agni (Sacred Fire)651
Names of Samskaras653
Samskaras Performed by Parents655
Why All Samskaras Not for All ?660
17)Brahmacharyasrama661
Upanayana663
The Sasthras and Popular Custom667
Basic to the Vedhic Tradition669
Qualities of a Brahmacharin671
Naishtika Brahmacharyii and Family Life673
Upanayana: When to Perform It678
Role Models to Follow680
Why Age Stipulation for Upanayana681
Domestic Life and the Carnal Desire683
Gayathrt684
The Brahmin must keep his Body Pure685
Gayathrl and Sandhyavandana687
Other Aspects of Sandhyavandana691
What about Women?694
The High Status of Our Women696
18)Marriage699
For the Practice of Dharma701
Family planning and increase in female population704
Upanayana for Girls706
The Age of Marriage and the Law708
Controversy about Age of Marriage710
Eight Forms of Marriage713
Concept of Child Marriage720
Our Duty Now728
Make Marriages Simple729
Duty of Women730
Duty of the Bridegroom733
Arrangements made by the Mutt735
The Real Reform737
Any Use Talking?739
Marriage Expenses and the Sasthras743
Three Ways to Economy748
Ideals of Marriage749
19)Gruhasthasrama751
Gruhastha, Gruhini753
Aupasana756
Aupasana Women's only Vedhic Property757
The Greatness of Agni759
Samskaras with Agni760
Other Samskaras771
Goal of Samskaras772
A Day in the Life of a Brahmin775
20)Vidhyasthanam779
Vidhyasthanam: In Conclusions Upavedhas781
The Foreign - The Indigenous The Old and The New 785
Required in the Beginning to be Given up Later788
21)Varnadharma793
Jathis - Why so many Differences ?795
Jathi According to the vedhas and the Gita 798
Qualities and Vocation by Birth801
Vocations eccording to Guna-not in Practice804
A Wrong Notion807
Strength of Unity810
The Eternal Religion813
Brahmins are not a Privileged Iathi815
Universal Well-being818
The Fourth Varna has its own Advantages819
Removal of Ego821
The Ultimate Purpose of Varna Dharma824
22)Mangalaraththi827
The Begining and the End are Same829

Contents
Volume III
Sri MukhamI
GurustuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronounciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
The pillaiyar symbol3
Vinayakas connection with writing7
Let us go around (Circumambulate) Valampuri Vinayakar10
2Guru10
Giri, (Teacher)15
Guru, Acharya (Preceptor)17
Definition of ‘Guru’20
External relationship of ‘Guru’ with inner glory23
Dhikshai27
Dhikshais bestowed by Ambal31
Several paths for the one final bliss35
Non-Distinction between Guru and Acharya37
Regard the Acharya as Iswara40
Follow the traditions of the clan42
Guru bhakthi displayed by great souls Gods as Sishyas44
Adhi Sankara’s Acharya Bhakthi46
Ramanuja’s Guru Bhakthi47
The Sishyas of Sankara48
In Ramanuja Sampradhayam51
Guru Bhakthi of the Sikhs58
3The Rules of Conduct for the Society and the Individual59
Charity (Paropakaram)
Aswamedham to which all are entitled61
‘My duty is to keep serving without any expectation’64
Inner purity is essential69
Vedhic religion and service to the world71
Randhi Devan74
The strange mongoose82
Charity is the highest Dharma87
The significance of Karthikai dipam92
For the good of those in hell too95
Charity as extolled in Vedha Sasthras98
Those who are exceptions105
Gift away the thought of charity also107
Sacrifice by A dove109
When Yama (The Lord of death) Himself was afraid111
The great donors (philanthropists) of Tamil Nadu112
The essence of Sanathana Dharma114
‘Purtha Dharmam’: Public service by collective action115
Service to god and service to humanity120
The intrinsic worth of service122
The scheme of ‘Mudhradhikaris’129
Weekly worship135
Spending money-need for extreme caution137
Both with money and body140
Service not influenced by caste factor is the need143
Make the means for a living, The means for ‘Dharma’144
How to help preserve the traditional religious discipline (Achara)148
Ancient Sasthras along with school education152
To earn respect without a degree154
Service by ladies155
Ladies and Sramdhan157
Hard work and progeny158
Manliness through bodily labour160
The need for both physical and spiritual accomplishment161
Co-operation between husband and wife163
Charity begins at home- A new interpretation164
The great cruelty of dowry166
Simple living169
Kindred and relatives170
To help the growth of vedhic ways172
Duty towards the dead173
Cremation/Burial of the dead- The greatness of a Human body174
Unclaimed corpses179
Hindu society’s blemish180
This is Asvamedha182
The path shown by Rama and Krishna184
The distress of some is a test for many185
When life leaves the body189
What is practised throughout life will come at the moment of death192
Remembering the Lord193
The thought at the last moment- Its importance195
Remembering God while going to sleep197
Shortcut to Moksha198
Noble service when life departs200
What needs to be done203
Why ‘Divasam’ (Annual ceremony) when soul has reached The Lord206
Purification of body and mind207
A day without service is a day wasted208
This is Vedha Dharma209
Self help is the best help- Praise and criticism216
Public service and duties towards the family218
Hindu religion and the individual219
How it differs form other religions220
The object of temple worship221
Reasons for contradiction224
Why I do not speak about one’s own mundane affairs227
I have been a bit less careful228
Fraud, Hypocrisy231
The injunctions of the sasthras233
The example of the great234
Matters pertaining to parents236
Matters pertaining to wife and children237
Adverse effect on the objective itself238
First the home, Then the rest239
The highest state cannot be the example241
Punishment for failing in duty242
The quality of service- Mindedness243
Condemnation is itself praise245
Thrift and service to others object of thrift is service to others260
Debt is harmful for all262
Service to others is itself a ‘debt’!265
How to save267
Established rules of discipline and conduct (Acharam)268
The Achara of the clan is the way of redemption271
The weight of experience274
Decline in discipline due to reforms275
What the Gita commands276
Reformist leaders277
The leaders and the followers279
Practical evidence282
A single test is enough283
Purity of mind and external activities284
Modern superstitions287
God, religion and Dharma290
The duty of a leader; What the Gita says291
Three different ideologies293
Reform for achieving worldly goals294
Reforms with spiritual goals297
Heads of the modern religions which have not become a separate sect299
The modern vedanthis306
Net result308
The one who knows and those who do not know309
Sugar- Coated pill315
The development of those times and the deterioration of these times316
A narrow pathway319
Mental discipline ruling over nature’s laws The internal division of religious Achara (Madhacharam)320
(This is an explanation of the earlier talk)324
The great ones who are exceptions345
The duty of religious enthusiasts348
Matters relating to Acharam the characteristic of Acharam350
From the external to the internal352
Ordinary Dharmas in Acharam354
The relationship between Dharmam and Acharam357
Containing everything358
Rewards- Seen and Unseen359
Relating all activities to Iswara362
The subtleties of science In Acharas Sasthras364
Not subordinate to science367
Acharam is for spiritual satisfaction375
The division of Achara; The Verdict of Kural378
Acharam and Varnasrama382
The ideal state and what is practicable383
The drawbacks of not differentiating functions391
Absence of Exception- The consequences394
Flexibility in Acharam397
Complete Acharam to the extent possible400
Types of bath402
Involvement and faith (Sraddha)407
Some rules of Acharam409
Karmas laid down by Sasthras and synthetic materials413
The evil that befalls due to personal pollution415
Matters emotional/ sentimental416
Activities to be conducted with the thought of God and with Manthras417
The original sasthra and contrary traditions418
Without questioning422
Gives worldly benefits too423
Acharam and office routine425
Let us all become orthodox (Vaidhikam)427
What needs to be done urgently429
Benefits of being bound by discipline431
Books on Acharas433
The greatness of those days and the fallen state of these days434
Sasthras which evolved by the examples of those who practised436
Acharam and the food we take439
Food and all those connected with it444
The three qualities (Guna)448
Food and qualities (Guna)450
Purity of materials455
Distinction in the rules458
When the ideal agrees with the practical459
‘Saiva’ food464
Is there not violence involved in eating vegetables?466
The virtues of vegetarian food470
Ancient customs and the practices of kali Yuga474
To progress step by step477
Vegetarian food is of greater need now than before478
Prohibition480
Smoking: An anti-social act482
Coffee and other soft drinks483
Milk based products486
Chewing pan488
The goal of peace should not be spoiled489
Quantity is important490
Rules to suit the times491
Chathurmasyam and rules for food492
Avoiding salt495
Cooking one’s own food496
Swayampakam, A new tune497
The divine ‘Rasa’ In ‘Anna Rasam’498
Those taking food with Us501
The way to nurture vedhic learning504
Bikshai and Swayampakam506
The superior customs of the northern parts508
Cookery in the scheme of education512
True reform of food preparation515
How to extend hispitality517
Nivedhanam (Worshipful offering to God)518
Benefits which are the essence519
The importance of food in the enjoyment of senses520
Upavasam does it mean eating twice on Ekadasi day?522
The need for upavasam524
Upavasam as deal with in the Upanishads528
Mederation, The right way- Acharya and Krishna529
Days of household festivals, Vrathas and the glory of Ekadasi533
High Status of Ekadasi537
Upavasam and hard work539
Very strict observance by Madhvas540
Exalted status accorded by people of all divisions542
The names of Ekadasi543
Let us have the sense of fulfilment545
Mounam (silence) to reduce work for the mouth547
Silence is the nature of a muni549
Days Suitable for Mounam550
Keeping Awake551
The beginning and the state of ending552
Arresting the thoughts555
Thought of Iswara557
Will help also social good560
Silent Prayer561
The lesson that I have learnt562
Know the limit and act- Extremes are intended to lead to moderation563
Being Calculative in all kinds of income and expenditure570
Aparigraham572
4Vaithika Aspects of Religion577
What for upa Vedham?579
The subsidiary (Upa) and the main (Mulam)582
Vasthu Sasthra583
What for should the body be nurtured?585
Spiritual goal even in medical treatment587
Mani (Gem)- Manthra- Aushadham (Medicine)592
Ayurvedham and Religious observances596
Surgery600
Other sciences in Ayurvedha604
Regulation of deit when taking medicine605
Reasons for following the ayurvedha system606
Let all be blessed with long life608
Dhanurvedham why it was evolved610
The code for Punishment612
What is Dhanur?614
Asthram, Sasthram615
The bows of Gods618
Three types of weapons620
The classification of the army622
Fort623
Fight by wrestling625
Dharma Yuddham626
Gandharva Vedham- The utility of something Which is of no Use!629
Why the name?633
The sixty-four arts634
Entertainment and control of senses635
Aesthetic sense and experience of self637
Capable of making a deep impression641
Thevaram and Divyaprabhandham traditions643
The Dharma appropriate to jathis645
The glory of Nadham (Music)648
Sound which is expansive and sound that is limited651
The knowledge our ancients had about sound engineering654
Reaching through the senses what is beyond sense656
Kinds of musical instruments and dances659
The divine link660
Love and peace through music663
Creation and release through Nadha and Natya665
The great and divine masters of fine arts667
Folk songs and songs related to day to day life669
Art that enhances national pride671
Ideal should not be forgotten672
Artha Sasthram673
Artha Sasthram and Dharma Sasthram676
The eternal law and temporary changes680
The constraints and discipline to which the king was subject682
Two important duties of the king691
Criminal jurisprudence applicable internally692
Is there partiality to the Brahmin?695
Nurturing of Dharma is the foundation; Ensuring the observance of varna Dharma696
Laws of Punishment in respect of other countries705
Noble aspects even in punishment708
Six policies to be followed in respect of other countries710
The Various organs of a government711
This is the substance712
5Culture715
Poetic genius- Play of words717
A bharatha ‘Guttu’719
Siva-Sakthi as Siva-Vishnu726
Fantastic change by removing a single letter728
One dot more732
Exchange of garlands734
The holy feet (Of Kamakshi) and the planets735
The mosquito and Kesava737
6The Principle of Divinity; The Gods739
Can nature function without Iswara?741
Navanitha Krishnan: Vatapathrasayi744
The glory of the name of Siva; The glory that Siva Bestows752
The place of Siva Nama in the Vedhas758
Nama which is for all759
A vaishnava’s acclaim760
Minakshi766
7Mangalaraththi779
A Tower of strength to Sita and Rama781

Contents
Volume IV
Sri MukhamI
GurusthuthiV
IntroductionIX
AcknowledgementsXIV
Guidance to PronunciationXVII
1Mangalarambham1
Child of high Parentage3
Grandfather’s Distinction3
Uncle’s Distinction6
Vishnu and Ambal7
Suklambaradharam8
The Greatness of the Parents10
Murugan and the Eldest11
Other Deities paying homage to pillaiyar13
The Venerable Child13
As the Principal deity13
The Son Who was worshipped by his father14
To the Rescue of his mother16
Helping Muruga19
Rama and Vinayaka20
Gananatha worshipped by Krishna23
The Story of Syamanthaka23
Surya and Vinayaka23
The Divine Gem Obtained Through Thapas24
Krishna’s detachment25
Jambavan28
Fourth Phase of moon seen by Krishna29
The Mater who was the Victim of suspicion30
Krishna Cracked it32
The Gem and the young Woman34
Bliss of Touch During the Fight36
The Gem resulting in Marriages38
The Enmity Due to the Woman40
Again Victory and Blame Again42
Akura and the Gem45
Reason for the Blame and Accusations46
Bhadhrapadham differences in Panchangam47
Question and Answer story within Story49
Moon’s Pride Shattered50
The Curse’s Implication52
Relief from the Curse53
Bhalachandhran55
Sankatahara Chathurthi Pillaiyar bestowed another honor upon moon)57
Krishna and Moon58
Boon to clear the Blame59
Benefit of Lila welfare of the world60
One Sloka is Enough61
Significance of the Jayanthis (Manifestation)64
Conclusion65
2Guru67
Gurukulam Ghatikasthanam69
Guru, Acharya, Vadhyar69
Connection to Vedhas70
Upadhyaya and Acharya71
Teaching As A Livelihood73
Similarity and Dissimilarity Between Guru and Acharya73
Special Aspects of Gurukula Not Available at Home75
The Greatness of Mother and Father77
Guru Younger than oneself78
Mother Father Acharya80
Adhyapaka80
Elevated Status of Upadhyaya80
As Worship of Iswara82
Receiving is lowly83
Specially not found in other countries85
Distinguished Acharyas in Secular Education too87
Not Intuitionally but through Individuals only88
Kulapathi89
The rise of the Ancient Teaching system89
Language a discipline of sound91
Teaching without writing91
Kula Sakha, chathra, charana93
Guru dakshina95
The Arts and Sciences of Old95
Dharma and the Brahman98
All subjects are Vedhic98
Education for all castes99
Compulsory education99
The Deserving Alone100
No Caste Bias101
Vidhya and the Fourth caste102
The Supreme gift of Knowledge103
Length of terms104
Why Upakarma for Gruhasthas ?108
Holidays109
Is it right To Beat a student ?110
Qualities of a student111
Promoting Health112
Individual Teachers mostly112
The Individual Teacher and his greatness113
Drawbacks of institutional Education114
Examples in the Upanishads116
Sraddha Paroprasna118
Testing Students120
Gurupatni or guru’s wife120
Taught by Divine Powers but122
Independent thinking123
Krishna and his Acharya129
Learning by Questioning131
The Guru is Moulded by the Disciple133
The Gurupitas134
A Sanyasin who is on his own and a Pita guru136
Institutionalism : Sankara’s work for a necessary evil138
Big Educational Institutional of old139
The new Religion and Big Educational Institutions143
Peculiar Circumstances143
Different Syllabuses147
Two Different Stories147
Brahmins during the Buddha’s time150
Kshathriyas and Brahmins151
National Unity fostered by Vedha Dharma153
Adhvaitha and the State156
Restraint Even in Conflict157
Opposition Based on knowledge157
The Big Schools of the New Religions160
Gurukulas for Brahmins161
Manava Manakkan162
System of labor not affected163
Buddhism and Jainism never took root on a nationwide basis168
Leadership and the common People174
The Great Achievements of Adhi Sankara175
Comparing past and present180
Buddhist Jaina education185
Writing187
Big Vedhic Universities191
The Gurukula Elements in Bug Schools194
Kanchi As a Center of Education196
My research regarding Ghatikas197
Why the name Ghatika198
The Antiquity of Ghatikas200
Stone Temples203
The temple and the Ghatika204
In the Eight Century205
Format of Sasana206
Seven Thousand students207
In Andhra and Karnataka208
In the Chola land209
In Maharastra210
Ghatikachalam210
Rewarded at last211
In Prayaga in the 5th century B.C211
Light on name212
A little bit of Sanskrit216
Appropriateness of the Pot216
Vedhic Schools in Tamil Region217
Atharva Vedha218
Respect for many sasthras219
The Vedhas Agamas220
Harmony220
Temples and Vidhya220
Pride and Shame222
A Plan for national Vidhya223
The Right Method224
Village Statistics226
The Essential Statistics226
Literacy and Crime227
Is Education unnecessary ?228
The Land of white men and Muslims228
In the Communist countries230
Vidhya with humility231
Gurukulavasa to Curb Aham232
Why not possible ?233
Responsibility of the public233
For the Growth of Vedha Vidhya234
Learning and Money235
Bhikshacharya236
One or two enough237
Preserving the Ideal237
Their Sacrifice and our sacrifice238
Vedha Bhashyam, Vedhanga, Vedhantha239
Comparative Philosophy242
Similarities and Dissimilarities243
The Puranas244
Agama Sasthra244
Vasthu Sasthra245
Silpa Sasthra245
Village Arts folk lore247
Moulding Teachers foe ancient arts and sciences247
Vidhya that transcends the laws of nature248
Medical Science249
Yoga Sasthra249
Only Theory no practice250
In Vedhantha Too251
What is to be done252
Learn and teach252
Propaganda253
Financial Aid and Social prestige255
Be Vidvans each of you256
To Curb Aham257
Be a Learner not an idler258
When most people were Vidvans259
Age life style no bar to learning260
Not the state but people and Sishyas responsible261
Support for half knowledge262
A request to Vidvans263
Ideal scholars264
For the Future265
Make it part of life265
Gurukulavasa in all fields266
May Amba shower her blessings267
3Public life 269
The Remarkable election system of Uththaramerur271
Aspects of Democracy in Vedhas Also271
Caste Head275
Qualification is Essential276
King as the Head of State276
Head of Town277
Membership in local Sabha by election279
Republic and Democracy280
Difference of Opinion281
Election Method with strange Aspect281
Chola Dynasty282
Stone inscription Regarding Election282
Divisions of the Kingdom283
Structure of Grama Sabha284
Details about the Stone Inscriptions285
Brahmin Velala officials286
Qualification of Candidates287
Rules Subject to Amendments and rules not Subject to Amendments288
Knowledge of Sasthra and Ability to act290
The Heart and Soul of qualification purity of wealth and purity of self290
Shall not serve contiguous terms291
Relative not eligible291
Condition on Wealth291
Ideal Dharma and Practical possibility292
Under Islamic and British Rule293
Eligibility based on property295
Reduced incentive for Bribery296
Bribery297
Experience of property Management Essential298
Reason for home on own land299
Age qualification299
Characteristics of Elder302
Sathya the foundation for dharma303
Elders who are exempt306
Office work and duties of public Sabha307
Advisory council of elderly intellectuals307
To Prevent Authority being permanently entrenched In positions308
Educational qualification309
Does not refer only to the Brahmins310
The Heart and Soul312
Potentials Cause for proliferation of corruption312
Spiritual purity315
To prevent corruption afterwards too315
Five year Term316
Induction of new blood317
Backbone of Dharmic administration318
The Royal seat and the Local Sabha319
Dismissal and Permanent Bar321
Disqualified Relatives322
Panchamampthkam (Five Grave sins)322
Sasthras and the Law323
A few Other Disqualifying Aspects325
An Election without contestants or voters325
Who is a Candidate?326
Selection Election Officers326
Election Procedure328
Election which has iswara’s Approval330
No Room for hiding or Concealment331
No Individual Charisma332
Not based on majority333
Administrative Divisions334
Till the Sun and Moon exist334
The New story and the old335
Worrisome Aspects336
Give Responsibility after maturity338
Solace from old election methods340
Drawback and justification for it341
Ramarajya344
4Adhvaitham347
To Experience peace after end of war349
Who are Devas and Asuras?349
Why does Asuric Tendency arise?352
Dhvaitha that gives room for fear353
Adhvaitham is abhayam354
Abhya Moksham Bhayam Samsaram356
Naraka bhyam356
Mind is the Reason for Bondage357
The Bliss of the Mindless Athma358
The I even in the mindless state359
The True I360
Awareness of life independent of mind361
Realization of Athma and living through the mind362
Mind which is separate form Athma365
Self Realization is abhya moksha368
Dharma the loosens the bondage of karma368
Preyas and Sreyas369
Dharma Medicine for the disease of Karma371
Dharmika Karma not a Direct means for moksha373
Dharma Karma not sufficient for mind’s fulfillment373
Love Devotion374
Good thoughts as background for sasthra karma375
Splintering of mind Reduced by good karma376
Action and Meditation378
Karma yoga and Detachment381
Why does good karma not bear fruit385
Possibility of fear Reduced386
Swadharma even in the face of death388
Direct Result for welfare of the world389
Drama of the universe and the Deluge391
For Worldly life’s greater good393
For Order in worldly life394
Why not other’s dharma ? 398
What is it that pushes one in papa 400
Kama krodha403
All the Evils spring form desire406
Happiness itself Cause of Hardship409
Bliss and Satisfaction410
Desire and Pleasure and Pains411
Man destroyed by all five senses412
Permanent bliss will not result form desire413
Affected by situations415
A Desire that overwhelms another desire415
Different kinds of desire for one own body416
Mind is in between Athma and Sense Organs419
Mind’s Pleasure not permanent either420
Tired of it but not rid of it421
Misery in everything except Adhvaitham424
Even by subjecting others to hardship425
Desire that harms noble virtues427
Uninterrupted bliss not available to mind428
To End the Battle destroy desire429
Will death destroy desire? 430
The Punishment of Birth 432
The Sweetness of Neem fruit432
Constant effort is necessary433
What desire does and Adhishtana434
Arjuna’s difficulty436
Remedy suggested by Krishna436
Atham the Changeless438
Nija Athma and the Mind in Guise441
Mind’s Activity only through Athma443
Maya444
State of being and state of action444
Consequences of the hunger of desire445
Acquiring and relinquishing447
Sleep is not the way449
Vairagya and Abhyasa450
Blissful of Jnana peace451
External pleasure is simply Rays of bliss form Athma453
Peaceful bliss which mind Cannot Understand455
(Para) Sakthis’s Anandha is also in the Santha Athma456
State of sleep459
Dream State461
How can mind come under athma’s control ?463
By Iswara’s grace464
Beyond logic466
Obvious Evidences466
Jivan Mukthas469
Anandha Comes only form athma469
Possessor not possessed470
Desire’s target is Really the Athma472
Annihilation of Asure army is victory for attaining Athma474
Root Cause of Trouble475
Indhriya is also highly regarded476
Athma is always the Truth484
Step by Step to the state of Athma485
Taming the Athma by Athma489
Why no mention of the grace of Iswara?490
Iswara bridge between dhvaitha and Adhvaitha492
Adhvaith Sasthra and Benediction of Iswara493
Brahman Athma Iswara495
Jiva from Iswara only496
Release granted by Iswara Alone497
Maya Subdued only by Iswara498
Jiva Iswara difference499
From Dhvaitha ti Adhvaitha500
Intermediate Stages501
Variants of Upadesa Corresponding to the stage of Rightful Recipient504
Why Sasthra for Iswara’s Action ?509
Explicitly expounded truth in Gita510
Iswara’s knowledge grant also mentioned by adhi Sankara512
Dhvaitha of guru not a snag518
Maya Sakthi also grants Jnana519
Bondage of Karma due to Iswara attainment of Jnana also due to him520
Knowledge of Athma is indeed the destruction of desire522
A Subtle indication about iswara522
Moksha in this world523
Idea that preceded Buddha524
After the mind Stops526
Realization of Athma is the true knowledge527
Drawback of living through the mind529
Mind needs to disappear not body530
Views pertaining to birth and liberation531
Effort towards the release is what is necessary534
Samsara Does have an end unanimous opinion535
Adhvaitham accept stages of dhvaitham536
Truth and bliss only in Adhvaitham541
Fear is one of Desire’s many Untoward results542
Dhvaithma that denotes many things543
Mind will not be alone544
Athma is the only Stand alone entity546
Example of Electricity547
Parmathma jivathmas548
Pramathma Cause of Universal Antharyami549
Iswara or Saguna Brahmam551
Vedhanta Iswara is not Siva553
Worship of Iswara553
Research for truth from Jiva’s Angle from Universe’s angle554
Jiva Athma Iswara Athma556
Jivathma pramathma in dhvaitha and visishtadhvaitha560
Two Entities that are connected563
Why Paramathma Instead of Iswarthma?564
A few Principles of Adhvaitha564
Jiva cannot become Iswara566
Dhvaitha Jiva has connection to Iswara570
Iswara Jiva Avidhya Anthahkarana571
Dhvaitha Moksha and Prakruthi (Maya)574
For Dhvathic Tendency misery is unacoidable578
Task of Getting Purified579
Like Scrubbing a pot580
The Ravai Salla Analogy583
To Avoid Mixing up the Bad with the Good586
Various Names of love588
Bhakthi Definition of love588
Adhvaith Mukthi through Bhakthi588
Bhakthi love’s necessity592
Case of the self realized594
Our Path599
Connection to other paths non should be condensed600
Maturation of Sadhana Comes on its own601
The Medicine of Dharma602
Wrongful Accusation603
Dharma Adharma and the Adhvaithi606
Jnani and the Fruit of Actions607
Dharma and Love616
Love is Necessary for the Mind to Wither Away619
Without lofty goals lofty stages do not materialize621
Deva Sakthis afflict too624
Grace of God According to Desired goal625
Words of wisdom from Thirumular and Thirucalluvar626
Thoughts fi Adhvaitham right from the beginning629
Sufferings that release the bondage630
Performing action without feeling the burden632
The Three paths right from the beginning634
Foundation of Adhvaitham laid by Gita638
Start from today!639
Go Beyond the Good!641
Contemplating Athma is Essential for Everyone642
Things to learn after deep thinking644
5Bhakthi649
Adhvaitha philosophy and the Current state of Affairs651
From Current state to Adhvaitham652
Adhi Sankara’s Devotional Hymns653
Shatpadhi Sthothra653
Padham part of poetry654
Life body and consonants655
Hymns with Six Slokas656
The Mystery of the pun658
What do we pray for ?659
Bhagawan’s view660
Justification for worldly prayers663
Unfulfilled prayer and Atheism667
Praying for Athma Sreyas668
Vishnu fro Jnana Also669
To Set Right the mind670
Humility the most important virtue672
Sankara his Discipline and humility674
In Sikhism679
Two Kinds of disciplines680
Aptness of the desert simile685
Sahara sagaram688
Why Santhi after Dhanthi?689
For the World’s salvation with own salvation689
May you take me to the other shore692
A sweet Simple Sloka694
Sridevi and the Lotus695
Scared feet from which Ganga flows696
Feet that Rid us of Smasara and Grant Eternal Bliss697
Adhvaitha Acharya speaks Bhakthi and Dhvaitham699
Amazing Anthadhi704
Sloka that has continuity of ideas too706
Getting Rid of Smasara by dharsana711
Iswara Sabdha for Sri Hari712
Avatharas713
Twelve names Namam Applied on the forehead716
Damodhara718
Meaning of the Sacred names719
Nirguna and Gunanilaya (Attribute less and the adobe of Attributes)721
Adhvaiths who are Krishna Bhakthas723
Uniqueness of Govinda and Hara Nama727
Govinda who is without any Kurai730
Guru Deiva Govinda732
One of Three733
Divine churn that churns the ocean of Samsara734
A few great men as role models736
Essence of the Hymn Removal for eh sufferings is Samsara739
As it Begin so it ends741
Expression is surrender like Phala Sruthi743
Saramgathi (surrender and Being in the state of Brahman are one745
Six Slokas and six words747
The Riddle of bee gets Resolved!748
6Culture755
Poets Sense of dignity755
Surpassing the kings !757
Mahan poet Difference758
Mahans Who had turned away form their kings759
Vairgaya and the sense of dignity761
Kalisdhasa and king bhoja761
Enmity followed by broken friendship762
Asked for his own charama sloka762
Kaliodhasa’s Refusal and its greatness763
Disguise766
Traditional tales and research767
Kambar and kulotthunga769
Intricacies of friendship turning into enmity770
Kambar’s flare up an vow771
Comparison of Kalidhasa and Kambar772
Visit to Chera kingdom and chera’s noble virtues774
In Chola’s court Chera appears as Adaipaikkaran775
Kambar’s Nobel Culture777
Two Kutty’s778
King Shahji778
Poem Glorifying the king779
King and the child mutual admiration782
Prathapa simha and Kutty kavi784
Buffalo hymn785
Poet who saved the nation786
The Youth who conquered the Bengali scholar787
Sasthri who wouldn’t bow down to Serfoji788
Sasthri who excelled in friendship too789
Turning down the king of Mysore791
Our Relative792
Boasting of poets and intellectuals792
Beauty in that too!792
Seeking Divine justice794
Kalidhasa and Ambika794
Nilakantar and Mahadhevar800
Even Distortion gets extolled805
7Mangalaraththi807
Greatness of Maruthi809

Contents
Volume V
Sri Mukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambham1
The deity worshipped even by the devas3
Success in efforts due to the elephant-faced God3
The flower and the mind3
Anaikka Anaimugan4
Who is Vagisar?6
One who removes the obstacles of even the Devas8
Thath-Heathu Nyayam12
The lotus feet14
What is done by those who know ‘nyayam’ and those who do not know it16
Even if he does not grant all the fruits18
The need for several Gods19
The one who has two mothers (Dwaimathurar)23
One who has six mothers24
The dispute about Ayyappa’s mother24
May Vigneswara protect Us30
When Pillaiyar playedwith ‘Chandrakala’ (One sixteenth part of the moon)32
May he lighten the burden and bless us37
2Guru41
Iswara and the Guru43
The wealth that Guru gives and other types of wealth43
Bhakthi to God and to the Guru44
Jnana gained by experience45
The intellect and the heart48
Sruthi-Yukthi (reason)- Experience49
Are there two kinds of Bhakthis?51
Iswara only grants the fruits52
All obeisance go to the only one53
Only one Bhakthi; Only one Krupa55
Change in the meaning of the Sloka57
If only one is enough, is it Iswara or Guru?57
Human nature likes changes58
Boundless Bhakthi: Means to the Ideal60
Boundless Bhakthi: Practical difficulties60
Iswara is Guru and ‘Guru is Iswara himself62
How to consider the Guru as Iswara?62
The special aspects of worship of Guru64
Yadhokthakari65
Perumal who did what he was told to do65
The ‘Divya Desa’ within Kanchipuram67
The Pallavas and Saivism-Vaishnavism67
The origin of the Pallavas69
The glory of the Thruvekka Perumal72
Kanikannam: The heart with grace and the fearless heart75
When perumal did what he was asked to do77
The Guru who brings Iswara himself83
Somasi Mara Nayanar84
The great man who could take liberties with the Lord85
Actions of great men which are beyond our understanding86
The green (climbing brinjal) (called Thuthuvalai in Tamil) Which acted as an emissary88
The test that the Lord gave92
Even if the Guru has drawbacks…..95
The benefits of Guru Bhakthi96
Three different attitudes104
The Lord’s grace in return for Guru Bhakthi105
The Guru and the disciple- Personification of two Dharmas107
Iswara’s grace cab be obtained by any attitude108
The greatness of knowing through a Guru108
Gurumurthi and The Thrimurthis110
Not treating the Thrimurthis as the supreme one110
God without a festival110
God without temple111
Reason for absence of Puja111
Murthis in Vaishnava Temples116
Brahma in Agamas116
Brahma’s function is only compassionate117
Rudram- Sivan (Sivam, Nataraja)- Maheswaran118
In Vaishnavam120
Gurave Namah121
Worship is not because three functions are performed121
Murthis who are functioning as the supreme129
Why the exception only for Brahma?130
The reason why Thrimurthis came to include Brahma137
Why is there no temple for Sarasvathi?141
Matter concerning Narada, Savithri and Gayathri143
Brahma in Guru Parampara (tradition)144
Narayanam Padmabhuvam145
No reason for doing Namaskaram146
Three functions with a difference147
One who is entitled to Namaskaram152
As Parabrahmam153
One who has reached the Shore and Takes us to the Shore154
Characteristics of an acharya according to our Acharya154
The Guru is worthy of Namaskaram even if he is Brahmam159
Namaskaram is wealth: What the Acharya says160
Amba, Matha: Amman, Thayar162
Benefits of Namaskaram163
A correction: Dhuritha Uddharanam164
Seeking the benefit of the other world167
To which word should ‘eva’ be joined?168
The Guru of the three worlds170
Guru Vandana- Nindhana: Amrutham- Poison171
Guru’s efforts have in view uddharanam only173
3The life history of Sri Sankara177
Pravruthi-Nivruthi179
Two different paths for two different types of people181
The two fruits of karma Marga185
Decline of Karma Yoga with the passage of time190
The upadesas of two margas192
Bhakthi194
The Yagas dealt with in Gita196
Advaitha which is the permanent Yoga198
The resurgence brought about by Lord Krishna199
Krishna and Sankara203
Avatharas of earlier times204
Kaliyuga: In the early stages and later207
The great danger of kali: The deceitful make-up208
Founders of New religions209
Buddhism- Jainism and Hinduism210
Not for condemning other religions; only to oppose condemnation of our own religion213
Is Kali ordained only for Adharma?218
Sankara Vijayam222
Seventy two religions223
Acharya’s wonderful achievements225
It is Acharya’s religion which is Vedhic and inclusive of everything226
About other religions227
The principle of Godhead235
Buddhism-Jainism and the attitude of the common people238
Absolute materialism241
Religions which accept Vedhas but not Vedantha242
Forms of worships in those times243
Vaidhikam means total acceptance of Vedhas246
Revolutionary religions251
Circumstances which necessitated the Avathar252
The principle (Thathva) of Avathar:253
Indication of the secret of Avathar257
Human nature and divinity in Avathar262
Also because of the desire to move with people264
There should be no doubt about Avathar267
Decline of Dharma as never before268
Implementing the assurance given in Gita: The problem and the Solution269
Why the Avathar as sanyasi?271
In Brahmacharya Asramam also276
Avatharam in Brahmin family279
Vishnu Avatharam and Siva Avatharam: Similarities and differences between Siva-Vishnu:280
Jnana Siva taking the Jnana Avathara292
Dakshinamurthi’s Avatharam holding Sakthi within295
Acharya who is Saktha, Saiva and Vaishnava:296
Preliminaries to Avatharam299
The compassion of the one who is actionless300
Adhvaitha is the disappearance of the duality of mind301
It is not Sunya; It is the perfect Sachithanandam302
There is no distinction between Jivathma and Paramathma305
Even if Iswara is with Maya, He is Jnani308
There is no Unmixed good312
Disservice even in service313
Avathar to preach the actionless state320
The benefits of good Karma in practical life321
Activities are meant to take one to actionless state322
Practical approach: To engage in activity the goal: To remain in the actionless state323
Not being selfish327
Not engaging in action is also doing good to the world329
Sam-bu became Sam-kara:330
Authority in Vedha, Ithihasa and Purana for Iswara’s Avathara336
Evidence provided by Acharya himself362
The parampara (lineage) of old Acharya’s364
From Vasishta ot Vyasa368
Sukha Brahmam373
Pathanjali Charitha381
Siva Natanam in Maha Vishnu’s Heart382
Ajapa- Hamsa Natanam384
The Avathara of Adhisesha386
Serice to the three senses388
Wonderful way of teaching one thousand sishyas396
Brahma Rakshas: Rakshasa Jathi397
Disastrous end398
Gaudar; Dravidar399
Curse and blessing to the disciple who survived399
The later part of Gaudar’s history402
Jnani and Bhakthi407
Acharya’s praise408
The life story of Chandra Sarma410
Sanyasis in Guru Parampara416
Nirvanam417
Sanyasa Nama: The glory of Sankara Nama428
Similarity with Rmanuja430
The greatness of Govinda434
Acharya Parampara is only the line of those who have been given the authority443
The prayer and the boon444
The Avathara of Devas447
The help rendered by Mimamsakas in the condemnation of Buddhism448
The three-pronged objection of Buddhism449
Establishing the God Principle450
Acharya’s Classification454
The reason why those who had followed karma marga took Avathara457
The avatharas of Indra, Sarasvathi: Acharya’s service without help from government458
History of Kerala459
The Brahmins of ancient Tamil Nadu: Tamil in Kerela462
Kanchi Sri Matam and Kumbakonam: Was kumbakonam the original?468
The parents who had earned Punya477
The prayer at thrichur: Greatness of the place478
Granting of the boon480
The greatness of the Jayanthi482
Celebrate in a grand manner484
Special connection of Kanchi region485
Sankara Jayanthi in Kamakshi temple486
Dedication of the mind and silent meditation488
The greatness of Namakaranam490
Katapayadhi Sankya491
The day of Siddhi according to Katapayadhi492
The auspicious day a avatharam495
That which does good: Practical evidence496
The proper matching of Vasantha Ruthu and the month of Vaikasi497
Srisailam: ‘Arjuna Kshethra498
Determining Sri Sankara’s period501
Principles of Buddhism in Acharya’s Bashyam507
References to A.D. in Acharya’s Sthothras508
The ulterior motive of the westerners and their ridicule513
Child prodigy555
Upanayana at the young age556
Understanding the meaning of a Sloka563
Spirituality in Worldliness: It rained gold566
The seed for the later day Upadesa in the very first Sthothra575
The river which changed its course581
The world calling: Dharma of the people and the secret of Avathara583
Became a sanyasi586
Let him narrate his own story589
Taking leave of the mother and going in search of Guru591
Why doe s he need a Guru?594
Books called ‘Sankara Vijayam’ and other books relating to Acharya595
Meeting the Guru- Taking sanyasam- writing commentary on Brahmasuthram (suthra Bashyam)616
Preaching Vedhic religion during the stay at kasi618
Acharya’s literary works620
One who founded the three paths (Marga)623
The story of Padmapadha- The greatness of the Hunter626
Compassion even to a murderer629
Debate with Vyasa and extension of life630
Even an outcaste (Panchama) is my Guru if he is a Jnani633
Equal vision of a jnani and social equality are different643
Lord Viswanatha’s sport (Lila)648
The story of Kumarila Bhattar- Karma and Jnana648
The city of scholars where mandanar lived657
Acharya defeating Mandanar- Sarasawani659
The greatness of Srungeri666
The individuality and greatness of Sureswara668
Padmapadha’s Panchapadhikai671
Hasthamalakar, the mouna Jnani672
Thotakar: Personification of devotion to Guru675
Two more gems of sishyas: Sarvajnathmar and Pruthvithavar679
Great Dhigvijayam which achieved wonders: Spiritual unity and National unity684
Converting ‘Ugra’ (severe) deities into peaceful ones687
Removal of differences between deities: Panchayathana murthis689
Jagadguru who was Acharya for people at all levels692
A resume of religions including Adhvaitha693
Sri Sankara Mutts701
Mother passes away703
Pilgrimage through the entire Bharath705
Siva-Sakthi Dharsan: Sivalingas and Sakthi Sthuthi708
The greatness of Kanchi (Kanchipuram)715
Acharya in Kanchi716
4Mangalaraththi729
May Anjana’s son bless us with the spirit of action (Ajadyam)731

Contents
Volume VI
Srimukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambam1
A life blessed with sixteen is a great life3
Remedy for all obstacles3
The greatness of sixteen6
Shodasa Nama Slokas7
Sumukar8
How Ganapathi wit Human face became elephant-faced9
One who is of the form of joy10
One with the good mouth10
The greatness of the elephant’s mouth and its philosophy11
Ekadanthar: ‘One who will do his utmost to others’12
One who is also a female13
Vigneswara Gayathri13
Kapilar: Vinayaka of tiruchengattankudi14
Vathapi Ganapathi: Some historical details15
The elephant- Faced and Agasthya18
Gajakarnakar20
Lambhodharar23
Vikatar24
Vikata Vinayakas in some holy places26
Vikata Chakra Vinayakar28
Vigna Rajar28
Noble purpose in creating obstacles too29
‘Personal’ Experience30
Vinayakar; Double Pillaiyar32
The famous name35
The qualifying letter ‘Vi’36
Vi-Nayakar in two meanings36
The names of Pillaiyar in Amaram37
Dhumakethu38
Ganadhyakshar40
Bhalachandrar41
Pillaiyar and the moon43
Gajananar44
The great qualities of the elephant44
Animals which have divine links47
One who has within himself all the beings48
The outline of the original49
The face and the mouth50
Vakrathundar51
Surpakarnar52
Herambar53
Elephant which is worshipped by lion54
The five-faced one with the lion as the vehicle56
Skandha Purvajar56
The greatness of being Murugan’s elder brother57
The role of the elder in the birth of Muruga57
The role of the elder in Murugan’s marriage61
The role of the elder in Murugan’s Sanyasam62
Murugan who has all the benefits of the Phalasruthi63
The greatness of the name of Skanda66
Let us start the day by remembering the elder brother68
2Guru69
Desikar who gives Upadesam71
The way and direction in life71
Purvoththaram: East- North71
The world ‘Dhich’ both as noun and verb72
Desam, Upadesam73
The meaning of ‘Upa’75
The word ‘Desikar’ with two meanings77
Word that shows cordial relationship77
Higher than the mother and the father is the Guru78
Acharya Dharmam79
The greatness of the mother and the father79
The ‘cucumber mukthi’ of the Jnani83
The love and sacrifice of the guru87
No Jnanam without Guru’s Upadesam89
The great merits of the word ‘Desika’92
Paramacharyar94
Devi as Desika95
3Adhvaitham99
The practice of Adhvaitham101
The gist of religious philosophies101
Adhvaitham which is so different from others102
What appears simple is so difficult104
Moksham through iswara’s grace (Anugraham)106
Effort has to be continued even if the goal is delayed109
Sadhana Chathushtayam111
The path laid down by Acharya on the lines of Vedhas111
Karma and Bhakthi- Preliminary to Jnana114
Sraddha (Faith) is necessary115
The qualification for spiritual practice118
The highest Sadhana is only for the Sanyasi121
Why should what is appropriate to a Sanyasi be prescribed for every one?126
Two different paths for two different types of people127
The reason why it is being told to all131
About Bhakthiyogam134
Basic knowledge of Adhvaitha for all135
Discrimination of the permanent and the ephemeral139
Vairagyam: (Distaste for worldly desires)146
Six kinds of wealth159
Samam- Dhamam160
What is Samam?160
Uparathi171
Thithikshai173
Sraddha182
Samadhanam194
Who is entitled to formally learn Upanishad?202
Strictness in Samadhanam204
Paramathma’s six and Jivathma’s six205
Mumukkshuthvam206
Why is the ultimate state described only as ‘Release’?207
Mumukshu: As defined by Acharya210
The lower level, Middle level mumukshu214
Guru’s prasad216
Acharya and ancient texts on Mumukshu217
Four kinds of spiritual army224
Before the three parts of the third stage224
Bhakthi: Its place in Jnana Marga225
What is Bhakthi?227
What is love?227
Anthahkaranam (Inner sense organs) and the heart228
Ahankaram and love231
What is the object of the love of a spiritual aspirant? (Athma Sadhaka)233
Bhakthi of the Nirguna and Saguna forms235
A pleasing love which is full of life237
For the removal of haughtiness also239
Ahankaram in Sadhana: Two stages240
Bhakthi and Hrudhayam243
The nadis of the Hrudhayam; the life of a Jnani subsiding and the life of others departing246
Death during Uththarayanam- The correct meaning255
Two differing fruits of Karma Yogam256
Nadi going from the ‘Hrudhayam’ To the head- wrongly understood257
The Bhakthi of Jnana Marga is greater than that of Bhakthi Marga262
Bhakthi itself is Jnana as shown by Krishna266
Third stage269
Reununciation269
Serial names in Vishnu Sahasranamam277
Sanyasakruth Samo278
Sravana etc. As the injunction of the Vedhas279
Sravanam and Susrusha (service to guru)280
Can a guru who has had anubhuthi (spiritual experience) be found?283
To be after a single target283
The characteristics of sravana, Manana and Nidhidhyasana285
The state before Siddhi286
Mananam which transcends the little intelligence: Nidhidhyasanam which transcends emotions287
For the two differing attitudes (Bhavana) to go289
The greatness of Mananam-Nidhidhyasanam291
Worm becoming a wasp; To make a worm a wasp292
What needs to be done immediately297
4Saundaryalahari299
The Acharya- A divine incarnation301
The saundaryalahari- The crest of devotional poetry303
The Jnani and devotion304
The divine origin of the ‘Saundarylahari’314
Why the Drama enacted by Nandhikesvara?319
Three great devotional Hymns325
The saundaryalahari- Its grandeur330
A divinely inspired poet- in two senses331
Commentaries on the Hymn337
Mother worship341
Devi in sacred literature345
The two ‘Laharis’ and their names345
A title with universal appeal351
Names of ambal: Not many used in the Hymn353
On ‘Anandalahari’357
Appreciating beauty is its own reward360
What is beauty?364
Ambal: Beauty that is full, Love that is total369
The hymn itself a portrait of ambika375
‘Anandalahari’ : Adhvitha and Saktha376
The Hymn to Sakthi starts with Siva385
Imparting life-force to Siva masculine and feminine names395
Acharya for both paths400
Panchakruthya and Kamesvari and Kamesvara405
Siva and Hara415
‘Pundarikam’Namam’416
Siva’s Spandhana or Vibration419
Hymn composed with an open mind425
Adhvaitha maya and sakthi in the Saiva and Saktha dortrines430
Jnania through Maya440
Sakthi and Lila in Adhvaitha443
How we must approach the Hymn445
Kundalini Yoga great caution needed454
Explaining the Hymn before a public assembly462
The Saktha system and science465
The first stanza: What it teaches473
Cosmic functions with the dust on Ambal’s feet476
Can we start with the feet?478
The dust on Ambal’s feet it does good here and hereafter480
Abhaya and granted by the hand486
Deity of the Hymn Hinted at489
Can kama ever be a blessing492
The power of Ambal’s sidelong glance it made kama a Triumphant Hero499
Kama’s conquest of Siva not mentioned509
Not Siva and Sakthi but Sivasakthi511
Portrait Of Ambal513
Ambika’s residence524
In the Kundalini Form530
Whatever path you follow…531
The srichakra and its greatness536
Yanthra, Thanthra, Capital city each without a separate name541
The incomparable beauty of Ambal543
Embodiment of time548
Bestowing the gift of eloquence importance of sound in the saktha system548
Curing illness561
‘Good snake’, ‘Bad snake’568
The importance of red the inner meaning of ‘Attraction’572
The ‘Sahasranamam’ and the ‘Saundaryalahari’581
From ‘Daso’ ham to ‘so ham’585
Three arathis595
Why rudra is not mentioned sleep, Death and Thuriya Samadhi597
Devotees who are Adhvaithis Never Perish602
The glory of Ambal’s Chastity606
Ambal’s sport and Isvara and other deities607
The sport of protection and punishment612
Ambal: The medicine that gives life to Isa614
Ambal’s Thatanka620
Why Vishnu is left out625
The theft committed by Ambal627
Dedicating one’s all637
Siva-Sakthi: Life-body642
The mother who suckles all the Sesha-seshi concept646
‘Sesha’; ‘Seshi’= Property; Owner of property650
Gist of th two stanzas659
Siva and sakthi in the Chakras661
Father and mother663
Siva and Sakthi in different states671
Chandra-Surya-Maulisvari685
The black that dispels darkness691
‘Saundaryalahari’696
The two half-moons-that changed places713
The eyebrows as bow- The eyes as bowstring718
The three eyes: The three Gunas730
Nethra and Kshethra734
Ambal’s eyes and poetry739
The eye: Abode of the nine rasas745
‘Minalochana’ Hinted at752
‘Mother, Bathe me too in your grace’756
The nose-ornament and the finer points of Yoga769
The incomparable beauty of ambal’s lips772
The smile that ‘Sours’ Moonlight774
Thambula Prasada779
The praise that shames786
Creases in the throat the male white and the female red794
Beauty of hands803
Milk of Jnana804
The Tamil child805
The knees of a Pathivratha807
The Bhagvatpadha and the Bhagavatipadha809
The lotus that blooms in the mind-stone814
Surrendering at Ambal’s feet616
Even the lotus is no match818
Red has its glory819
The moon- A vessel for perfumes821
The Acharya cautions us…822
Ambika’s amazing pathivrathya830
Chief queen of the Parabrahmam833
The richly rewarding mother worship839
The auspicious conclusion847
5Mangalarathihi861
The Immortal Anjaneyaswamy863

Contents
Volume VII
Srimukham(I)
Gurusthuthi(V)
Introduction(IX)
Acknowledgements(XIV)
Guidance to Pronounciation(XVII)
1Mangalarambam1
Vinayaka and Tamil3
Vigneswara’s great help to Tamil Nadu3
Important Vaishnava temples and Vigneswara’s sport4
Three deities which face the south: Amity between saivam and Vaishnavam7
The truth and appropriateness of Vinayaka’s lila8
The exclusive feature of bharat10
Worship according to prescribed procedure and devotional worship11
Growth of culture only due to Ganesa14
One who has the maximum number of temples14
Vinayaka and Tamil15
The grace that gives good mind and speech from Dharma and Upto Moksha15
Sanskrit and Tamil16
2Guru19
The relationship between the Guru and the Sishya21
‘Ra’ Which destroys sin23
‘Wo’ Is the form of Maha Vishnu24
Vishnu, Vasudeva- The Terms explained25
What the Sishya gains from guru’s qualities26
Adhvaitham and the aspect of Anugraham (grace)27
Maha Vishnu as the Guru29
Father-Guru29
Guru too has the qualities of the father30
Father-Guru in other religions32
Paternal lineage being the lineage of Guru34
Names of Rishis in maternal lineage glory of mother as expounded by Acharya35
Women and Brahma Vidhya36
Scholarship of women: Difference between the olden times and these days38
The high status accorded to women by Acharya40
Mother too as Guru: Acharya’s approval41
Sathyakama Japalar43
Guru who is above the mother and father44
Development of the brain and the heart45
The present fallen state47
Secular education47
Guru: Acharya49
Adhyakshaka: Adhyapak50
Characteristics of the Guru will be imbibed by the Sishya also50
Greatness of the word ‘Acharya’51
Upadhyaya52
Desikar Who shows the way53
In Upanishad- Guru who shows the way54
Even great men have had several Gurus55
Pathivratham and Guruvratham57
The Guru who shows the way, as seen in Vedhas64
Guru as Kshethrajna66
Guru: For the final goal and Intermediate stages69
The entire knowledge of the Guru is for Sishya70
The duty of Acharya as laid down by our Acharya71
Sadhguru and Sadhsishya72
The entire ‘Wealth’ of the Guru is for the Sishya72
More lessons about Guru-Sishya74
Explanation of Sishya75
Guru’s Humility76
Not just being humble but telling the Whole truth78
Guru’s Upadesam cannot be compensated for78
Upadesam that comes as a tradition79
One who Violates tradition Is ‘Stupid’- Acharya.80
Acharya’s Bhakthi to Guru Parampara81
One who never says a thing he does not know82
Making sure of the Guru’s qualification and doing surrender84
The noble culture of the Guru himself becoming a Sishya:85
Half-baked knowledge is pride perfect knowledge is humility87
Purohithar90
Culture undermined in free-India91
Vidhya Guru and Diksha Guru92
Guru’s great responsibility92
Purohitha and Guru93
Sishya’s effort and the Guru’s grace95
The next line97
Guru who raises the sishya to his own level98
The qualifications of a Sishya and the compassion of the Guru100
The spurious pundits exposed by the Upanishads and Sankara101
The authority of Vedhas; Other religions104
Sraddha (faith) in Vedhas and the Guru106
Surrender (Saranagathi)106
Vedhas- Sasthras to be learnt only through a Guru Ambal’s strange plan107
Common simple way of worship and prayers through sthothras108
The community of people: Even if an exclusive Guru is not there, A common Guru is necessary113
Humility and Sraddha115
The greatness of Sraddha as shown by Acharya116
Saranagathi flows from Sraddha117
Two kinds of surrender and Guru-Sishya relationship118
3The State121
The State and Religion123
Dharma Chakram- Indication of Lord’s grace123
True secularism123
Responsibilities of the state in elevating the peoples mind124
Limitations of the role of the state in matters of religion125
Independent body of representatives of all religions126
What the government gains by nurturing religion127
Government support: Hindu religion and other religions128
Institutions of Hindu religion: Lacking in man power and financial support129
Religions nurtured by kings and people130
What the freedom movement failed to do: How Hindu religion was affected130
People of all religions to live as brothers132
The strange position of the minorities and the majority in India132
Aspects of religion which need state support133
People’s support is the asset in matters of religion133
Freedom of religion and religious conversion134
Propaganda- The right and wrong way135
Ban on and punishment for wrong methods135
Hindu religion and conversion; Re-conversion to set right original conversion140
Use of methods unrelated to religion to meet with severe punishment:141
So long as conversion prevails, return to parent religion should be permitted145
Religion and spirituality: The high point of India145
Decline of religious feeling in India: What the history of a thousand years shows146
The cunning ways of foreigners and the ‘Two revolutions’147
The big question mark before us148
Atmosphere of disbelief; The result of Gandhism not being adopted149
State religion150
Changes in educational scheme: Giving importance to teaching of religion151
People have to fight for spiritual freedom just as for political freedom151
The real reason for the Dharma Chakra having found a place in the national flag153
Vedhic saying as the nation’s motto154
Is it Dharma chakra or a factory wheel?155
Gita’s Dharma Chakram155
The path of Dharma Chakra- Sacrifice is it essence156
Prayers and blessings for the freedom of the individual and the country158
4Society161
For the Youngsters163
For the Youngsters- 2: Bathe your mind164
Clean mind165
Uttering lies and fear166
Jealousy166
The Lord’s love and rules of Dharma169
Pray to become good Children169
For the young- 3: One who is mother and father of the world170
Mother and father- The first God we know of170
For the mind and intellect to become clear171
Being of help to others172
In order that bad qualities do not affect173
Arohara173
For adult students174
Bhakthi is essential174
For the development of good conduct175
Politics- Never175
Service without hindrance to studies177
Cinema, Drugs, Newspapers, Narcotics178
Educational institutions of olden times179
Discipline is Needed180
Self control is itself a great achievement181
A new type of students union181
Develop the good and curtail the bad182
Go Samrakshanam (cow protection)183
Gomatha and Bhumatha184
Srimatha and Gomatha185
Glory- Both in practical terms and spiritually186
Cow’s milk: Wholesome food, Improves sathva guna186
Where there is universal love187
Even the cow’s dung is pure188
The example of Bhopal189
Panchagavyam190
In medical treatment and in musical instruments191
Cruelty to the cow is like killing the mother191
The cow’s horn is something special192
Abhishekam with ghee193
Vibhuthi193
The dust rising from the cow’s hoof194
No Yajna without the cow195
Protecting the cow is protecting the world196
Gomatha and Lakshmi197
Unpardonable crime199
The duty of the state and the people199
Easy way to feed a cow200
Protective shelters201
People to come together as a family in the service of the cow202
Nurturing the cow is punya, neglecting it is sin202
Cow protection in olden times203
National wealth204
Milk not to be wasted on coffee204
Ghee lamp205
Law to protect cow slaughter206
5Culture209
The Art of Drama- Then and Now211
Drama and Emotion212
The Hero214
Happy end214
Navarasas- Peace (Santham)216
Arts must help in reaching the state of peace (Santham0218
Today’s fallen state220
Adhvaitham and Kanchi Sri Matam figuring in a Swayamvaram222
Sacrifice by mothers225
Adhvaitham in Swayamvaram227
Saraswatjo’s skill230
How literature speaks of Dharma231
The deity of Kanchi mutt in the story of Nala231
The great Chola king one who had on his head the holy feet of the Lord (Sivapadhasekaran)233
Nothing can be a bar to knowledge236
Kesidhwajar238
Adhwaitha Jnanis and the phenomenal world238
Kandikyar240
The story takes shape240
Prayaschitham: Lord’s name and vaidhika karma242
Asking the enemy for Prayaschitham242
Indian culture245
Guru Dakshina245
Sworn enemies become Guru-Sishya248
The lessons of the story250
Where the Gita, The Bible, The Kural speak alike250
6Matters Divine253
Athma as Witness (Sakshi)255
Sakshi- In practice257
Sri Rama and ‘Agni Sakshi’261
When the Gods become witness264
Sakshi Ganapathi264
Sakshi Gopal269
Sakshina Yakeswarar275
Sakshina Theswarar277
Dipavali- Holi bath in Ganga and Kaveri282
Plea to Krishna283
Narakasura’s death; Sathyabhama’s role284
Bhumadevi’s Prayers287
Gita: Dipavali’s younger brother290
Why ‘Ganga Snanam’?292
A blemish even for the lord (Dhosham)293
Prayaschittha prescribed by Iswara294
Kaveri-Thula Ghat296
Kaveri Snanam on Dipavali day297
7Sadhasivam299
Adhi Guru301
The eight names (Ashtanama): Mahadeva302
Mahalingam- Maheswaran303
The five functions304
Only Siva has the adjective ‘Sadha’305
Sadhasiva in Rig Vedha306
He is what is Good and the bad too307
‘Race theory’ Is wrong308
One who is always ‘Ugra’ and always ‘Sowmya’308
Rudra too is Siva inside310
Sadhasivom- What the Vedha declares311
Siva and Sivam312
The bliss of ‘Sath’ and ‘Chith’ combining in Subrahmanyam315
Sathyam, Sivam, Sundaram316
8Principles Underlying Namaskaram319
Namonamah321
The Mahaswami’s grievance321
Acharya’s rule for a Sanyasi321
Acharya and Narayana Nama321
All Namaskaras are for Narayana only327
True Smaranam328
True Sanyasi and Namaskaram328
Sanyasi who is Matadipathi and Namaskaram330
The power of ‘Asirvadham’ (Blessing)331
Narayana is the basis for the power of Asirvadham332
Lifting the hand as a sign of ‘Asirvadham’332
His prayers and the faith of the devotees333
High status334
One who does Namaskaram is fortunate337
Namaskaram by Sanyasi:337
The principle underlying ‘Dhandam’338
‘Dhandam’ carried by a Sanyasi339
Whe humility attains fullness340
The living great command more respect341
His misfortune342
For humility to grow343
The internal and external rise and fall of man344
Bowing the heat to reduce ego345
Why fall flat with face down?345
Sashtanga Namaskaram346
Panchanga Namaskaram- Greatness of motherhood349
Vanakkam350
Men also can do Panchanga Namaskaram350
Love for the country and Parochialism351
Archana in Tamil352
Valour and obeisance357
Obedience; Susrusha360
Prampatham (Pranamam)360
Abhivadhanam362
Before and after the name of God:369
No Abhivadhanam to a Sanyasi370
Doing Anjali; Shaking Hands371
When hooding hands becomes holy374
Holding the hand and ‘Dhandam’376
Culture that distinguishes between men and women377
Types of Anjali378
Pradhakshinam379
The Mahaswami continues380
Movement of the planets and our Pradhakshinam382
Namaskaram which follows Pradhakshinam385
Rules of Sasthras which transcend rationality386
The greatness of humility387
Those entitled to Namaskaram: Age limit387
Single ‘Namah’- Not uttered388
What gives even final release389
Namaskaram is useful by itself393
Manakaram393
Economic prosperity- Not an end itself393
Exceptions395
Namaskaram which removes darkness395
9Mangalaraththi397
Hanuman the Jnani and his Jnana Guru399
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