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Volume I

 

Foreword

 

His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji was initiated into Sanyasa Ashrama and anointed to the pontificate of the venerated Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, by the then pontiff Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarawathi Swamiji, now popularly known as The Paramacharya, on the 22nd March 1954.

 

Ever since, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji, has been working tirelessly for the ideals and values of San at ana Dharma which the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam has always stood for.

 

The greatest quality of our Acharya is His simplicity. He firmly believes that one has to reach out to the masses to serve them effectively. It is this belief that made Him walk over a million kilometers and meet people in every nook and corner of our country not once, not twice but thrice.

 

The Acharya has taken the spirit of Hinduism to the doorsteps of society and has made people realize the importance of service to communities.

 

A Seer of the highest order, He stands tall amongst all spiritual orders for His immense contribution to National Integration. He has been continuously striving to bring about religious harmony and in particular, strengthen the unity between Hindus and Muslims, in the interest of our Nation. It is these efforts that have earned Him the admiration and respect of the leaders of other religions.

 

His deep understanding and astounding knowledge of our heritage and of Sanatana Dharma is now being made available to the public at large by this publication which is a compendium of his thoughts and discourses on the Heritage of Bharatha Varsha and Sanatana Dharma. This publication is brought out, with the Blessings of the Acharya, in our endeavour to preserve and propagate our rich heritage and culture and all that Sanatana Dharma stands for.

 

Our Sincere Pranams to the Acharya.

 

Introduction

 

It is well known that nearly 2,500 years ago, with a view to reform the society, Lord Parameswara himself incarnated as Sri Sankaracharya in Kaladi village (Kerala State).

 

Before he completed his 32nd year, he had gone round this country several times to bring about renaissance of Dharma and Adwaita. After condemning seventy two bad schools of thought. He re-established Sanathana Dharma under six major schools. With a view to perpetuate these and to continue such services, he established several Peethams. He handed over the Pooja of his Yoga Linga and Saligrama which were worshipped by him to his disciple Sarvagna Atma Muni with instructions to continue the poojas and also to continue to do the Dharma and Adwaita Pracharas. For this purpose, he established a Peetham at Kancheepuram and named it as Kamakoti Peetham. From that day till this day there had been 67 Acharyas on this Peetha without break. They were all following the instructions of Adi Sankara as regards Pooja and Dhrama Pracharas. The 68th Acharya to this Peetham is H.H. Shri Shri ChandrasekharendraSaraswathi Swamigal and He took to Sanyas Ashram in his 13th year and ascended the Peetham. He also followed his predecessors as regards Pooja and Dharma Precberes. Ho is now aged 80, stays at Kancheepuram and gives His Blessings to all His Bhakthas from there itself. The Present Matadhipathi (i.e, 69th Matadhipathi) to this Peetham is H.H. Shri Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. He took to Sanyas Ashram ill his 19th year from H.H. Shri Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal. He got Sasthra Abhyas, Pooja Abhyas etc. also from Him, and was always staying and travelling with Him.

 

H.H. Shri Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal commenced his Vijaya Yatra on Vasantha Panchami Punya Kala (February 1973) with Pooja Dieties etc. On the 7th June, 1973 he performed the Kumbabhishekam of Lord Kartikeya at Uttara Swami Malai Ttomple, Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi. This booklet contains his Upadesas during his stav at Delhi.

 

His discourses containing several Upadesas were in Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu and Hindi, which were taken down in English shorthand, by Mr. S. Balasubramanian and have been compiled in this book form. It is hoped all 8sthik8s would read this book. follow the Upadesas. conduct their lives on those lines and thus obtain the BlessIngs of TripuraSundari Sametha Chandra Mowleeswara and also the Anugrahas of Shri Shri Acharyas.

 

Contents

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Our Holy Motherland

1

2.

Our Country, its Culture and Civilisation

5

3.

Our Indian Cosmology

11

4.

Some Cosmological Data

20

6.

Is the World Really Bad ?

22

6.

The Trilinga Desa or the Telugu Region

27

7.

Our National Language Sanskrit

31

 

PART II

 

8.

The Basic Tenets of the Hindu Religion

37

9.

The Footpath of the Hindu Religion

44

10.

The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man

52

11.

The Bhuloka and Its Significance

53

12.

Swadharma or Duty of Each Individual

69

 

PART III

 

13.

Temple Worship

72

14.

The Significance of Kumbhabhishekam

80

15.

The Worship of God in Saguna Form-I

81

16.

Saguna Form of Worship-II

96

17.

The Worship of Lord Vinayaka

103

18.

Worship of Ardhanareeswara

110

19.

The Worship of Parashakti, the Supreme

 

 

Power

116

20.

The Worship of Durga, the Destroyer of

 

 

Fear

129

21.

The Worship of Subrahmanya

131

22.

The Worship of Anjaneya

132

23.

The Worship of Krishna

135

24.

The Wor,hip of Navagrahas

130

 

PART IV

 

25.

Bhakti as a Means of Realisation

137

26.

The Characteristics of Bhakti

140

27.

Namajaps or the Recitation of the Lord's Name

150

 

PART V

 

28.

The Great Epics of India

151

29.

The Ramayana, a Guide to Daily Life

153

30.

The Efficacy of Ramanama

168

31.

The Writing of Ramanama

172

32.

The Reading of the Ramayana

173~

33.

Rameshwara : A Grammatical Digression

174

 

PART VI

 

34.

The Mahabharata

177

35.

The Message of the Gita

178

 

PART VII

 

36.

The PUranas

187

37.

The Smritis and Dharmashastras

191

 

PART VIII

 

38.

The Three States of Man (Waking, Sleep

 

 

and Dream States)

200

39.

The Three Types of Pralayas or Submersions

209

40.

The Three Types of Reality

212

41.

The Need for Doing Shraaddhas or Ceremonies for Ancestors

214

 

PART IX

 

42.

Gayatri Upadesa (Upanayanam)

220

·43.

Tilakadharanam ( Wearing of Marks on the

 

 

Forehead)

226

44.

The Wearing of Vibhuti

232

45.

Namaskaram

233

46.

Pure Food Implies Pure Thought

239

 

PART X

 

47.

Some Thoughts on Marriage (Evil of Dowry)

243

48

Some Thoughts en Marriage (No Barter in

 

 

Brides.

250

 

PART XI

 

 

Cow-Protection and Worship, a Means to Wealth

256

 

PART XII

 

 

Some Cultural Habits of Ours

263

 

Volume II & III

 

Introduction

 

It is well known that nearly 2500 years ago, with a view to reform the society, Lord Parames'wara himself had' incarnated as Shri Sankaracharya at Kaladi village in the Kerala State.

 

Before he completed his thirty-second year, He had gone round this country, several times. to bring about the renaissance of Dharma and Advaita. After condemning several bad schools of thought, He re-established Sanatana Dharma under six major schools. With a view to perpetuate these and to continue such services, He established several Peetas. He handed over the puja of his Yogalinga and Salagrama which were worshipped by him to his disciple Sarvagna Atma Muni with instructions to continue the pujas and also to continue to do the Dharmas and Advaita pracharas. For this purpose, He established a Peeta at Kancheepuram and named it as Kamakoti Peetam, From that day till this day there have been 68 Acharyas on this Peeta without break. The present Peetadhipati is H.H. Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, who took to Sanyasa Ashram in His 19th year from H.H.Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal and used to stay and travel with Him. The successor pontiff-designate is H.H.Shri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal, who 'has followed in this tradition and who also travels and stays with His Guru.

 

Both the Swamijis commenced their Vijaya Yatra on the 19th January, 1997 with Puja deities etc. On the 9th November, 1991 they performed the Kumbhabhishekam of Sri Devi Kamakshi Mandir in Delhi. They had their sojourn in Delhi from 1st to 10th: November, 1997.

 

This booklet contains the- English version of their Upadesas during Their Stay in Delhi. (compiled from notes of Their discourses in Hindi/Telugu taken down in English shorthand by Mr. S.Balasubramanian) in Vol. II.

 

Subsequently, H.H.Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal had a brief sojourn in Delhi during His Vijaya-yatra in November 1999 from the 21st to the'25th November, 1999. He opened the Dhyana-Mendapem and multipurpose hall at Sri Devi Kamakshi Mandir. New Delhi, on the 21st November. 1999.

 

His Holiness Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal paid a brief visit to Delhi in connection with the Prana-Pratistha of Ganes'a, Lakshmi and Nageswara at the Adi Kityayani Mandir Complex in Chattarpur, and He had a brief sojourn in Delhi form 6th March to 11th March 2000.

 

The English version of Their discourses during Their stay in Delhi (compiled from notes of Their discourses in Hindi Telugu taken. down in English shorthand by Mr. S. Balasubramanian) has been included as Volume III in this booklet.

 

Oppurtunity has been taken to include also the English version of the discourses made earlier, one at Rishikesh, two at Moradabad and two at Jamshedpur in 1973-1974 in Volume In.

 

An exposition 00 Hindu Dharma in the form of questions and answers by H.H.Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal has also been included.

 

It is hoped that all asthikas will read this book, follow the Upadesas, conduct their Jives on those lines and thus obtain the blessings of Tripurasundarisametha Chandramouleeswara and also the anugraha of the Acharyas.

 

Contents

 

Salutations to the Guru

1

1.

Key to pronunciation

2-3

2.

Introduction

4-5

PART I

3.

Need to preserve and protect Vedas, our

rich and ancient heritage

9-15

4.

Need for renaissance of Vaidika dharma

16-19

5.

Spiritual awakening for action and service

20-21

6.

Service to others, part of dharma

22

7.

Moral upliftment and spiritual awakening,

need of the hour

23-24

PART II

8.

Guru -Sishya parampara (teacher-disciple

tradition)

25-29

9.

God as guru and guru 'as God

30-33

10.

Influence of guru in growth of bhakti

and faith in religion

34-35

H.

Need to approach God through guru and

methods therefore

36

PART III

12.

Role of the three gunas in daily life

37-39

13.

Need to mould mind properly

40-51

14.

Practice more important than precept

52-55

IS.

Unified action, key to prosperity

56

PART IV

16.

Kaumara school of worship

57-59

17.

Music,a means for moksha

60

 

PART V

 

 

The Trilingadesa or Telugu Region

61-63

 

PART VI

 

 

Hindu Dharma - An exposition in the form of questions and answers by H.H. Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

65-99

 

VOL.III

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Vinayaka. bestower of all things and remover of all obstacles

102-103

2.

Kartikeya and His many facets

104-105

3.

Worship of Guruvayurappan, .an avatar of Vishnu

106-107

4.

Hanuman, servant par excellence cum master

108-111

5.

Worship of God during sandhya

112

6.

Significance of Mahapradosham

113-115

7.

Significance of Annabbisbekam

116-126

 

PART II

 

8.

Role of Jagadguru in spiritual transformation

127-129

9.

Workship of Guru

130-131

10.

Service to parents is service to God

132

11.

Moral and spiritual base for true Bhakti

133-135

12.

March towards self-fulfilment

136

 

PART III

 

13.

Our Vedic heritage

137-147

14.

Sanctity of Vedic Sounds and significance of Atirudram

148-168


15.

Need to encourage centres of

Vedic learning

169

16.

Reforms in education to give

strength and power to children

170-174

17.

Education for good citizenship in

tune with our sanskriti

175-179

18.

Need for harmony between community

development programmes and sanskriti

180-183

19.

Harmony between Buddhism

and Hinduism

184-186

20.

Significance of Panchanga or almanac

187-204

APPENDICES

I

Welcome Address presented to Their

Holinesses by the Government of

,

Delhi at the civic reception on

7 November, 1997

205-206

II

Important events / functions during

the Delhi Vijaya-yatra

207-208

III

Names of Asterisms

209-210

IV

Names of the yogas during a day

211

V

Names of the Karanas during a day

212

VI

Horas and controlling planets during

different hours of a day

213-214

VII

Sounds, the organs that take part

in their production and Panini's

classification thereof

215-218

VIII

Glossary of some important

SanskritlHindilTamil words

219-226

 

Volume IV

 

Introduction

 

The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the most ancient Mutts founded by .Adi Sankara and presided over by himself as its first head. There has been an unbroken chain of successors to him on this Peetham.

 

The present Peethadhipati H.H.Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal is the 69 Acharya who has come in that spiritual tradition, the Golden Jubilee of whose ascension to this Peetham is being celebrated all over the country during the current year. He has travelled all over the country and has been continuously striving to bring about a renaissance of our Vaidik Sanatana Dharma and a greater awareness of our ancient heritage, culture and traditions. Through institutional and other devices, he has been trying to make religion a practical aspect of life, by catering to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation contains an English version of some of his discourses on various aspects of our heritage, dharma and way of life.

 

It is hoped that all devotees will read the upadesas contained in this publication, follow them in their life, and get the anugraha of Their Holinesses and the grace of Tripurasundarisameta Chandramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Worship of Swaminatha who is God as well as Guru

6

2.

Devi worship during Navaratri

9

3.

Pearls of wisdom for better life

24

4.

Golden words of wisdom

42

5.

Some valuable thoughts from Rigveda

65

6.

Some valuable thoughts from Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharvaveda and Isopanishad

70

7.

Greatness of japa

71

8.

The power of Gayatrimantra

75

9.

Some thoughts on Advaita Vedanta

78

10.

The significance of Karadaiyan Nonbu

82

11.

Greatness of Bharatavarsha

85

12.

Better governance for the people

90

 

Appendix A: Extracts from Prapancasdratantra re: Gayatrimantra

97

 

PART II

 

1.

Harmony and unity, sheet anchor of Hindu religion

99

2.

We are all children of one God

107

3.

Tamil Nadu and spirituality

111

4.

Sarvodaya ideal for rural uplift

114

5.

Experience formless God through God with form

115

6.

Daily routine of life

118

7.

Life should be lived according to dharma

119

8.

Worship ofNarayana

123

9.

Prosperity comes throughyagna

125

10.

Education and character

127

11.

Education and culture

130

12.

What does not bend at five cannot be bent at fifty

131

13.

Education and discipline

134

14.

Deepavali, a reminder to end terrorism

137

15.

Adi Sankara, our guru and guide for life

141

16.

What is special about Hindu religion vis-a-vis other religions?

159

17.

Sacred rivers and sacred places of India

169

18.

Be alert in regard to conversion

175

19.

Light of Atman lit by God

179

20.

Unity in diversity

192

21.

Need to impart moral instruction

195

22.

Worship of God unites people

197

23.

Duties of students

204

 

Volume V

 

Introduction

 

H.H. Jagadguru Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, the golden Jubilee of whose ascension to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is being celebrated all over the country during the current year has travelled far and wide throughout the country. He has been striving continuously to bring about a renaissance of our ancient heritage and way of life, by continuously promoting efforts through institutional and other devices in various parts of the country to cater to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation in English seeks to present his exposition on our ancient heritage and dharma/way of life, in the form of questions and answers.

 

It is hoped that all devotees and seekers of knowledge will derive benefit from this and receive the blessings of Their Holinesses as also the grace of Tripurarisundarisameta Chandramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

1.

Our ancient heritage

1

2.

Hindu dharma/way of life (some clarifications )

31

 

Appendix A: 64 Arts/sciences

42

 

Appendix B: Numerals in our ancient Heritage

44

 

Volume VI

 

Introduction

 

H.H. Jagadguru Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, the golden Jubilee of whose ascension to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham has been celebrated recently all over the country has travelled far and wide throughout the country. He has been striving continuously to bring about a renaissance of our ancient heritage and way of life, by continuously promoting efforts through institutional and other devices in various parts of the country to cater to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation in English seeks to present his exposition on our ancient heritage and dharma/way of life, in the form of questions and answers.

 

It is hoped that all devotees and seekers of knowledge will derive benefit from this and receive the blessings of Their Holinesses as also the grace of Sri Tripurasundarisarneta Candramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

1.

Salutations to Guru

i

2.

Introduction

ii

3.

Contents

iii

4.

Exposition by H.H. Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, on our ancient heritage, our Hindu dharma and Hindu way of life, in the form of questions and answers

 

 

Volume VII

 

Introduction

 

The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the most ancient Mutts founded by Adi Sankara and presided over by himself as its first head. There has been an unbroken chain of successors to him on this Peetham.

 

The present Peethadhipati H.H.Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal is the 69th Acharya who has come in that spiritual tradition, the Golden Jubilee of whose ascension to this Peetham was celebrated all over the country during the current year. He has travelled all over the country and has been continuously striving to bring about a renaissance of our Vaidik Sanatana Dharma and a greater awareness of our ancient heritage, culture and traditions. Through institutional and other devices, he has been trying to make religion a practical aspect of life, by catering to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation contains an English version of some of his discourses and articles containing his exposition on various aspects of our heritage, dharma and way of life.

 

It is hoped that all devotees will read the upadesas contained in this publication, follow them in their life, and get the anugraha of Their Holinesses and the grace of Tripurasundarisameta Chandramouleeswara,

 

Contents

 

 

Part I

 

 

Our ancient heritage and dharma

 

1.

Need for renaissance of the Vedas

1

2.

Need to revive Ayurveda for health and prosperity

5

3.

The basis of our Vedic Sanatana Dharma

9

4.

Karma

12

5.

The first religion of humanity

19

6.

Worship of Ayyapppan

20

7.

Worship of Skanda or Subrahmanya

21

8.

Greatness of Ramanama

23

9

Jyotirlinga at Rameswaram

25

10.

Similarities and dissimilarities in incarnations

27

11.

Pipal and tulasi are forms of God

28

12.

Worship of God

30

13.

Adi Sankara Jayanti

48

14.

Greatness of Guru

50

15.

Performance of .rituals/religious rites

55

16.

viveka and Vairagya

57

 

Part II

 

 

Festivals and vratas

 

17.

 Karadaiyan Nombu

64

18.

Rishipancamivrata

66

19.

Karttikaideepam

67

20.

Deepavali

70-79

 

A day of deliverance

70

 

Gangasndnam

72

 

Let darkness be driven away and knowledge shine

74

 

See the light of knowledge in your own heart

76

 

Abandon bad qualities and light the lamp of knowledge

76

 

Let us give an abode for Krishna in our hearts

77

 

Krishna as viratswaroopa

79

 

Sattwaguna paves the way to harmony and peace

80

 

Lessons to be learnt from Deepavali

82

 

Let us light the deepa of knowledge in our own hearts 84

 

 

Let us do good things 85

 

 

Deepavali and Jan Kalyiin or welfare of people

87

 

Let us light the deepa of knowledge in our hearts

89

21.

The festival of Bhogi

90

22.

Makara Sankriinti or Pongal festival

91

23.

Gokulashtami

92

24.

Sivaratri

94

25.

Navaratri

96

26.

Tamil New Year Day

98

27.

Sacred events during the year

101

28.

Avani Avittam

103

29.

Mahalayapaksham

106

30.

What is special in the month of Adi?

108

31.

What is unique in Avani?

109

32.

Saturdays are special in Purattasi

111

33.

Mahamagham

113

34.

vratas observed during the year

115

35.

 Chturmasyam-1

117

36.

Chturmasyam-2 119

 

 

PART III

 

 

General topics

 

37.

Mother

121

38.

Marriage

123

39.

What we should learn from Sita's marriage

126

40.

Advice to women

128

41.

 Importance of temples

132

42.

 Clay will mix with water but not sand

133

43.

 What do the Puranas say about eclipses

136

44.

 Let the spirit of unity grow

137

45.

 Eradicate the evil of dowry

139

46.

 Pure food implies pure thought

141

47.

Goal of education

144

48.

Mother, father and Guru

146

49

Ramagita

150

50

Uddhavagita (Gurugita/Avadhootagita)

205

 

Appendix

224

1.

Rigveda Samhita Homam

 

2.

Atimaasam

 

3.

Vedas and their rescensions

 

4.

108 Upanishads

 

 

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Volume I

 

Foreword

 

His Holiness Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji was initiated into Sanyasa Ashrama and anointed to the pontificate of the venerated Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, by the then pontiff Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarawathi Swamiji, now popularly known as The Paramacharya, on the 22nd March 1954.

 

Ever since, Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamiji, has been working tirelessly for the ideals and values of San at ana Dharma which the Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam has always stood for.

 

The greatest quality of our Acharya is His simplicity. He firmly believes that one has to reach out to the masses to serve them effectively. It is this belief that made Him walk over a million kilometers and meet people in every nook and corner of our country not once, not twice but thrice.

 

The Acharya has taken the spirit of Hinduism to the doorsteps of society and has made people realize the importance of service to communities.

 

A Seer of the highest order, He stands tall amongst all spiritual orders for His immense contribution to National Integration. He has been continuously striving to bring about religious harmony and in particular, strengthen the unity between Hindus and Muslims, in the interest of our Nation. It is these efforts that have earned Him the admiration and respect of the leaders of other religions.

 

His deep understanding and astounding knowledge of our heritage and of Sanatana Dharma is now being made available to the public at large by this publication which is a compendium of his thoughts and discourses on the Heritage of Bharatha Varsha and Sanatana Dharma. This publication is brought out, with the Blessings of the Acharya, in our endeavour to preserve and propagate our rich heritage and culture and all that Sanatana Dharma stands for.

 

Our Sincere Pranams to the Acharya.

 

Introduction

 

It is well known that nearly 2,500 years ago, with a view to reform the society, Lord Parameswara himself incarnated as Sri Sankaracharya in Kaladi village (Kerala State).

 

Before he completed his 32nd year, he had gone round this country several times to bring about renaissance of Dharma and Adwaita. After condemning seventy two bad schools of thought. He re-established Sanathana Dharma under six major schools. With a view to perpetuate these and to continue such services, he established several Peethams. He handed over the Pooja of his Yoga Linga and Saligrama which were worshipped by him to his disciple Sarvagna Atma Muni with instructions to continue the poojas and also to continue to do the Dharma and Adwaita Pracharas. For this purpose, he established a Peetham at Kancheepuram and named it as Kamakoti Peetham. From that day till this day there had been 67 Acharyas on this Peetha without break. They were all following the instructions of Adi Sankara as regards Pooja and Dhrama Pracharas. The 68th Acharya to this Peetham is H.H. Shri Shri ChandrasekharendraSaraswathi Swamigal and He took to Sanyas Ashram in his 13th year and ascended the Peetham. He also followed his predecessors as regards Pooja and Dharma Precberes. Ho is now aged 80, stays at Kancheepuram and gives His Blessings to all His Bhakthas from there itself. The Present Matadhipathi (i.e, 69th Matadhipathi) to this Peetham is H.H. Shri Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. He took to Sanyas Ashram ill his 19th year from H.H. Shri Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal. He got Sasthra Abhyas, Pooja Abhyas etc. also from Him, and was always staying and travelling with Him.

 

H.H. Shri Shri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal commenced his Vijaya Yatra on Vasantha Panchami Punya Kala (February 1973) with Pooja Dieties etc. On the 7th June, 1973 he performed the Kumbabhishekam of Lord Kartikeya at Uttara Swami Malai Ttomple, Ramakrishnapuram, New Delhi. This booklet contains his Upadesas during his stav at Delhi.

 

His discourses containing several Upadesas were in Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu and Hindi, which were taken down in English shorthand, by Mr. S. Balasubramanian and have been compiled in this book form. It is hoped all 8sthik8s would read this book. follow the Upadesas. conduct their lives on those lines and thus obtain the BlessIngs of TripuraSundari Sametha Chandra Mowleeswara and also the Anugrahas of Shri Shri Acharyas.

 

Contents

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Our Holy Motherland

1

2.

Our Country, its Culture and Civilisation

5

3.

Our Indian Cosmology

11

4.

Some Cosmological Data

20

6.

Is the World Really Bad ?

22

6.

The Trilinga Desa or the Telugu Region

27

7.

Our National Language Sanskrit

31

 

PART II

 

8.

The Basic Tenets of the Hindu Religion

37

9.

The Footpath of the Hindu Religion

44

10.

The Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man

52

11.

The Bhuloka and Its Significance

53

12.

Swadharma or Duty of Each Individual

69

 

PART III

 

13.

Temple Worship

72

14.

The Significance of Kumbhabhishekam

80

15.

The Worship of God in Saguna Form-I

81

16.

Saguna Form of Worship-II

96

17.

The Worship of Lord Vinayaka

103

18.

Worship of Ardhanareeswara

110

19.

The Worship of Parashakti, the Supreme

 

 

Power

116

20.

The Worship of Durga, the Destroyer of

 

 

Fear

129

21.

The Worship of Subrahmanya

131

22.

The Worship of Anjaneya

132

23.

The Worship of Krishna

135

24.

The Wor,hip of Navagrahas

130

 

PART IV

 

25.

Bhakti as a Means of Realisation

137

26.

The Characteristics of Bhakti

140

27.

Namajaps or the Recitation of the Lord's Name

150

 

PART V

 

28.

The Great Epics of India

151

29.

The Ramayana, a Guide to Daily Life

153

30.

The Efficacy of Ramanama

168

31.

The Writing of Ramanama

172

32.

The Reading of the Ramayana

173~

33.

Rameshwara : A Grammatical Digression

174

 

PART VI

 

34.

The Mahabharata

177

35.

The Message of the Gita

178

 

PART VII

 

36.

The PUranas

187

37.

The Smritis and Dharmashastras

191

 

PART VIII

 

38.

The Three States of Man (Waking, Sleep

 

 

and Dream States)

200

39.

The Three Types of Pralayas or Submersions

209

40.

The Three Types of Reality

212

41.

The Need for Doing Shraaddhas or Ceremonies for Ancestors

214

 

PART IX

 

42.

Gayatri Upadesa (Upanayanam)

220

·43.

Tilakadharanam ( Wearing of Marks on the

 

 

Forehead)

226

44.

The Wearing of Vibhuti

232

45.

Namaskaram

233

46.

Pure Food Implies Pure Thought

239

 

PART X

 

47.

Some Thoughts on Marriage (Evil of Dowry)

243

48

Some Thoughts en Marriage (No Barter in

 

 

Brides.

250

 

PART XI

 

 

Cow-Protection and Worship, a Means to Wealth

256

 

PART XII

 

 

Some Cultural Habits of Ours

263

 

Volume II & III

 

Introduction

 

It is well known that nearly 2500 years ago, with a view to reform the society, Lord Parames'wara himself had' incarnated as Shri Sankaracharya at Kaladi village in the Kerala State.

 

Before he completed his thirty-second year, He had gone round this country, several times. to bring about the renaissance of Dharma and Advaita. After condemning several bad schools of thought, He re-established Sanatana Dharma under six major schools. With a view to perpetuate these and to continue such services, He established several Peetas. He handed over the puja of his Yogalinga and Salagrama which were worshipped by him to his disciple Sarvagna Atma Muni with instructions to continue the pujas and also to continue to do the Dharmas and Advaita pracharas. For this purpose, He established a Peeta at Kancheepuram and named it as Kamakoti Peetam, From that day till this day there have been 68 Acharyas on this Peeta without break. The present Peetadhipati is H.H. Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, who took to Sanyasa Ashram in His 19th year from H.H.Shri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal and used to stay and travel with Him. The successor pontiff-designate is H.H.Shri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal, who 'has followed in this tradition and who also travels and stays with His Guru.

 

Both the Swamijis commenced their Vijaya Yatra on the 19th January, 1997 with Puja deities etc. On the 9th November, 1991 they performed the Kumbhabhishekam of Sri Devi Kamakshi Mandir in Delhi. They had their sojourn in Delhi from 1st to 10th: November, 1997.

 

This booklet contains the- English version of their Upadesas during Their Stay in Delhi. (compiled from notes of Their discourses in Hindi/Telugu taken down in English shorthand by Mr. S.Balasubramanian) in Vol. II.

 

Subsequently, H.H.Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal had a brief sojourn in Delhi during His Vijaya-yatra in November 1999 from the 21st to the'25th November, 1999. He opened the Dhyana-Mendapem and multipurpose hall at Sri Devi Kamakshi Mandir. New Delhi, on the 21st November. 1999.

 

His Holiness Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal paid a brief visit to Delhi in connection with the Prana-Pratistha of Ganes'a, Lakshmi and Nageswara at the Adi Kityayani Mandir Complex in Chattarpur, and He had a brief sojourn in Delhi form 6th March to 11th March 2000.

 

The English version of Their discourses during Their stay in Delhi (compiled from notes of Their discourses in Hindi Telugu taken. down in English shorthand by Mr. S. Balasubramanian) has been included as Volume III in this booklet.

 

Oppurtunity has been taken to include also the English version of the discourses made earlier, one at Rishikesh, two at Moradabad and two at Jamshedpur in 1973-1974 in Volume In.

 

An exposition 00 Hindu Dharma in the form of questions and answers by H.H.Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal has also been included.

 

It is hoped that all asthikas will read this book, follow the Upadesas, conduct their Jives on those lines and thus obtain the blessings of Tripurasundarisametha Chandramouleeswara and also the anugraha of the Acharyas.

 

Contents

 

Salutations to the Guru

1

1.

Key to pronunciation

2-3

2.

Introduction

4-5

PART I

3.

Need to preserve and protect Vedas, our

rich and ancient heritage

9-15

4.

Need for renaissance of Vaidika dharma

16-19

5.

Spiritual awakening for action and service

20-21

6.

Service to others, part of dharma

22

7.

Moral upliftment and spiritual awakening,

need of the hour

23-24

PART II

8.

Guru -Sishya parampara (teacher-disciple

tradition)

25-29

9.

God as guru and guru 'as God

30-33

10.

Influence of guru in growth of bhakti

and faith in religion

34-35

H.

Need to approach God through guru and

methods therefore

36

PART III

12.

Role of the three gunas in daily life

37-39

13.

Need to mould mind properly

40-51

14.

Practice more important than precept

52-55

IS.

Unified action, key to prosperity

56

PART IV

16.

Kaumara school of worship

57-59

17.

Music,a means for moksha

60

 

PART V

 

 

The Trilingadesa or Telugu Region

61-63

 

PART VI

 

 

Hindu Dharma - An exposition in the form of questions and answers by H.H. Shri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.

65-99

 

VOL.III

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Vinayaka. bestower of all things and remover of all obstacles

102-103

2.

Kartikeya and His many facets

104-105

3.

Worship of Guruvayurappan, .an avatar of Vishnu

106-107

4.

Hanuman, servant par excellence cum master

108-111

5.

Worship of God during sandhya

112

6.

Significance of Mahapradosham

113-115

7.

Significance of Annabbisbekam

116-126

 

PART II

 

8.

Role of Jagadguru in spiritual transformation

127-129

9.

Workship of Guru

130-131

10.

Service to parents is service to God

132

11.

Moral and spiritual base for true Bhakti

133-135

12.

March towards self-fulfilment

136

 

PART III

 

13.

Our Vedic heritage

137-147

14.

Sanctity of Vedic Sounds and significance of Atirudram

148-168


15.

Need to encourage centres of

Vedic learning

169

16.

Reforms in education to give

strength and power to children

170-174

17.

Education for good citizenship in

tune with our sanskriti

175-179

18.

Need for harmony between community

development programmes and sanskriti

180-183

19.

Harmony between Buddhism

and Hinduism

184-186

20.

Significance of Panchanga or almanac

187-204

APPENDICES

I

Welcome Address presented to Their

Holinesses by the Government of

,

Delhi at the civic reception on

7 November, 1997

205-206

II

Important events / functions during

the Delhi Vijaya-yatra

207-208

III

Names of Asterisms

209-210

IV

Names of the yogas during a day

211

V

Names of the Karanas during a day

212

VI

Horas and controlling planets during

different hours of a day

213-214

VII

Sounds, the organs that take part

in their production and Panini's

classification thereof

215-218

VIII

Glossary of some important

SanskritlHindilTamil words

219-226

 

Volume IV

 

Introduction

 

The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the most ancient Mutts founded by .Adi Sankara and presided over by himself as its first head. There has been an unbroken chain of successors to him on this Peetham.

 

The present Peethadhipati H.H.Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal is the 69 Acharya who has come in that spiritual tradition, the Golden Jubilee of whose ascension to this Peetham is being celebrated all over the country during the current year. He has travelled all over the country and has been continuously striving to bring about a renaissance of our Vaidik Sanatana Dharma and a greater awareness of our ancient heritage, culture and traditions. Through institutional and other devices, he has been trying to make religion a practical aspect of life, by catering to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation contains an English version of some of his discourses on various aspects of our heritage, dharma and way of life.

 

It is hoped that all devotees will read the upadesas contained in this publication, follow them in their life, and get the anugraha of Their Holinesses and the grace of Tripurasundarisameta Chandramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

 

PART I

 

1.

Worship of Swaminatha who is God as well as Guru

6

2.

Devi worship during Navaratri

9

3.

Pearls of wisdom for better life

24

4.

Golden words of wisdom

42

5.

Some valuable thoughts from Rigveda

65

6.

Some valuable thoughts from Yajurveda, Samaveda, Atharvaveda and Isopanishad

70

7.

Greatness of japa

71

8.

The power of Gayatrimantra

75

9.

Some thoughts on Advaita Vedanta

78

10.

The significance of Karadaiyan Nonbu

82

11.

Greatness of Bharatavarsha

85

12.

Better governance for the people

90

 

Appendix A: Extracts from Prapancasdratantra re: Gayatrimantra

97

 

PART II

 

1.

Harmony and unity, sheet anchor of Hindu religion

99

2.

We are all children of one God

107

3.

Tamil Nadu and spirituality

111

4.

Sarvodaya ideal for rural uplift

114

5.

Experience formless God through God with form

115

6.

Daily routine of life

118

7.

Life should be lived according to dharma

119

8.

Worship ofNarayana

123

9.

Prosperity comes throughyagna

125

10.

Education and character

127

11.

Education and culture

130

12.

What does not bend at five cannot be bent at fifty

131

13.

Education and discipline

134

14.

Deepavali, a reminder to end terrorism

137

15.

Adi Sankara, our guru and guide for life

141

16.

What is special about Hindu religion vis-a-vis other religions?

159

17.

Sacred rivers and sacred places of India

169

18.

Be alert in regard to conversion

175

19.

Light of Atman lit by God

179

20.

Unity in diversity

192

21.

Need to impart moral instruction

195

22.

Worship of God unites people

197

23.

Duties of students

204

 

Volume V

 

Introduction

 

H.H. Jagadguru Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, the golden Jubilee of whose ascension to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is being celebrated all over the country during the current year has travelled far and wide throughout the country. He has been striving continuously to bring about a renaissance of our ancient heritage and way of life, by continuously promoting efforts through institutional and other devices in various parts of the country to cater to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation in English seeks to present his exposition on our ancient heritage and dharma/way of life, in the form of questions and answers.

 

It is hoped that all devotees and seekers of knowledge will derive benefit from this and receive the blessings of Their Holinesses as also the grace of Tripurarisundarisameta Chandramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

1.

Our ancient heritage

1

2.

Hindu dharma/way of life (some clarifications )

31

 

Appendix A: 64 Arts/sciences

42

 

Appendix B: Numerals in our ancient Heritage

44

 

Volume VI

 

Introduction

 

H.H. Jagadguru Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, the golden Jubilee of whose ascension to the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham has been celebrated recently all over the country has travelled far and wide throughout the country. He has been striving continuously to bring about a renaissance of our ancient heritage and way of life, by continuously promoting efforts through institutional and other devices in various parts of the country to cater to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation in English seeks to present his exposition on our ancient heritage and dharma/way of life, in the form of questions and answers.

 

It is hoped that all devotees and seekers of knowledge will derive benefit from this and receive the blessings of Their Holinesses as also the grace of Sri Tripurasundarisarneta Candramouleeswara.

 

Contents

 

1.

Salutations to Guru

i

2.

Introduction

ii

3.

Contents

iii

4.

Exposition by H.H. Jagadguru Sankaracharya Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal, on our ancient heritage, our Hindu dharma and Hindu way of life, in the form of questions and answers

 

 

Volume VII

 

Introduction

 

The Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham is one of the most ancient Mutts founded by Adi Sankara and presided over by himself as its first head. There has been an unbroken chain of successors to him on this Peetham.

 

The present Peethadhipati H.H.Sri ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal is the 69th Acharya who has come in that spiritual tradition, the Golden Jubilee of whose ascension to this Peetham was celebrated all over the country during the current year. He has travelled all over the country and has been continuously striving to bring about a renaissance of our Vaidik Sanatana Dharma and a greater awareness of our ancient heritage, culture and traditions. Through institutional and other devices, he has been trying to make religion a practical aspect of life, by catering to the felt needs of the people in various spheres.

 

This compilation contains an English version of some of his discourses and articles containing his exposition on various aspects of our heritage, dharma and way of life.

 

It is hoped that all devotees will read the upadesas contained in this publication, follow them in their life, and get the anugraha of Their Holinesses and the grace of Tripurasundarisameta Chandramouleeswara,

 

Contents

 

 

Part I

 

 

Our ancient heritage and dharma

 

1.

Need for renaissance of the Vedas

1

2.

Need to revive Ayurveda for health and prosperity

5

3.

The basis of our Vedic Sanatana Dharma

9

4.

Karma

12

5.

The first religion of humanity

19

6.

Worship of Ayyapppan

20

7.

Worship of Skanda or Subrahmanya

21

8.

Greatness of Ramanama

23

9

Jyotirlinga at Rameswaram

25

10.

Similarities and dissimilarities in incarnations

27

11.

Pipal and tulasi are forms of God

28

12.

Worship of God

30

13.

Adi Sankara Jayanti

48

14.

Greatness of Guru

50

15.

Performance of .rituals/religious rites

55

16.

viveka and Vairagya

57

 

Part II

 

 

Festivals and vratas

 

17.

 Karadaiyan Nombu

64

18.

Rishipancamivrata

66

19.

Karttikaideepam

67

20.

Deepavali

70-79

 

A day of deliverance

70

 

Gangasndnam

72

 

Let darkness be driven away and knowledge shine

74

 

See the light of knowledge in your own heart

76

 

Abandon bad qualities and light the lamp of knowledge

76

 

Let us give an abode for Krishna in our hearts

77

 

Krishna as viratswaroopa

79

 

Sattwaguna paves the way to harmony and peace

80

 

Lessons to be learnt from Deepavali

82

 

Let us light the deepa of knowledge in our own hearts 84

 

 

Let us do good things 85

 

 

Deepavali and Jan Kalyiin or welfare of people

87

 

Let us light the deepa of knowledge in our hearts

89

21.

The festival of Bhogi

90

22.

Makara Sankriinti or Pongal festival

91

23.

Gokulashtami

92

24.

Sivaratri

94

25.

Navaratri

96

26.

Tamil New Year Day

98

27.

Sacred events during the year

101

28.

Avani Avittam

103

29.

Mahalayapaksham

106

30.

What is special in the month of Adi?

108

31.

What is unique in Avani?

109

32.

Saturdays are special in Purattasi

111

33.

Mahamagham

113

34.

vratas observed during the year

115

35.

 Chturmasyam-1

117

36.

Chturmasyam-2 119

 

 

PART III

 

 

General topics

 

37.

Mother

121

38.

Marriage

123

39.

What we should learn from Sita's marriage

126

40.

Advice to women

128

41.

 Importance of temples

132

42.

 Clay will mix with water but not sand

133

43.

 What do the Puranas say about eclipses

136

44.

 Let the spirit of unity grow

137

45.

 Eradicate the evil of dowry

139

46.

 Pure food implies pure thought

141

47.

Goal of education

144

48.

Mother, father and Guru

146

49

Ramagita

150

50

Uddhavagita (Gurugita/Avadhootagita)

205

 

Appendix

224

1.

Rigveda Samhita Homam

 

2.

Atimaasam

 

3.

Vedas and their rescensions

 

4.

108 Upanishads

 

 

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