Archive for March, 2012
Majority of people in India know about the story of Lord Sri Rama, the epic Ramayana, and Lord Hanuman (the greatest devotee of Lord Sri Rama) but only few know the significance of Rama Nama. To talk about Lord Sri Rama and the significance of Rama Nama perhaps Lord Hanuman is the most competent person. In this regard a small but sincere attempt is being made to share the information collected from various sources about the glory and significance of Rama Nama.
Who is this Rama?“!Ramanthe Sarve Janaah Gunaih Asmin Ithi Ramah! ! Ramayatheethi Ramah! (Ramayatha ithi Ramah) ! Ramante yogino-nanthe brahmanande chidatmani!”
Rama is one of the names of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu in Vishnu Sahasra Nama. Sloka No.43 of Vishnu Sahasra Nama Sthothram describes Rama as,“Ramo Viraamo Virajo Margo Neyo Nayo-anayaH Veerah Shaktimataam Shresshtah Dharmo Dharmaviduttamah” The meaning of the above Sanskrit verse is that Rama is the one, who keeps the entire living beings happy, the one in whose memory Yogis always revel (take pleasure) in the bliss of Brahman. He is the one, who is omniscient and full of bliss. He is the place of final rest for all deserving souls. He is the one before whom, all else becomes pale and More >
Chaithra maasam also known as Madhu maasam marks the beginning of spring season, known as Vasantha Ruthu first among the Hindu seasons. Madhu means honey and Chaithra maasam is as sweet as honey. In Bhagawadgeeta, Vibhoothi Yoga (canto#10 sloka#35) Lord Sri Krishna says that He is the Vasantha Ruthu among the seasons “Ruthunaam Kusumaakarah” All pervading Supreme Lord, Kaala Purusha, Lord Vishnu is the presiding Deity (Maasa Niyaamaka) of Chaithra maasam and hence this month is also known as Vishnu maasam.
It is so auspicious that in this month Lord Brahma had commenced the creation and to commemorate that day we celebrate Ugaadi festival. Ugadi festival or new year festival is celebrated by Telugu, Kannada and Marathi speaking people on the same day. Maharashtrians call it as Gudi Padwa. Ugaadi is in fact Yug + aadi = Yugaadi. It means begining of Yug.
Chaithra maasam is the sacred month in which Maryaada Purushottama; Lord Sri Raama was born on the 9th day of bright fortnight, which is celebrated as Sri Raama Navami. It is the most sacred and auspicious month in which highly meritorious and powerful Thaaraka manthra” RAMA ”took birth. It is the sacred month in which Lord Vishnu incarnated More >
History of Kallas Community
The backward tribes, Kallas, who were the very first settlers, in Tamilnadu, the successors of the Chola Kings have participated in the rulings and also served in their military. In due course of time, Tamilnadu has witnessed the regimes like Muslim Sultans, Vijaya Nagara rulers, Bhamini Sultans, Maratiya rulers, Nayakas and then British regime. Because of these frequent changes of the rulers, the Kallas were compelled to give up their jobs like political and military administration. They served long term in the military because they could not get the jobs other than the military. So they were forced to participate actively in some unlawful activities.
The Tamil kingdoms couldn’t oppose the English because they are very strong in their intellectual subtlety and modern ammunitions; this would eventually lead them to dissolve their military.
Is any inclination to them to choose the unlawful deeds?
No, because of the military dissolution, the men who were in the service have lost their jobs and also get frustrated. The soldiers who owned lands could engage themselves in the agricultural works whereas the rest were compelled to take up the unlawful activities such as robbery and theft.
Criminal Tribes Act (VI of 1924)
The Britsh More >
Paravstu ChinnaSuri was one of the most famous pandits of the 19th century. He is considered as one of the prominent figures of modern Andhra who worked for the development of Telugu language. He was born in 1807 in Perambur of Chengalpattu district and died in 1861. He was the son of Venkata Rangayya, who was a scholar in those days. Sri Chinnayasoori was a Telugu pandit in the Government college of Madras. He dedicated his entire life to the progress and promotion of Telugu language and literature. Sri Chinnayasoori wrote the Baala Vyaakaranamu in a new style after doing extensive research on “Andhra Grammar” which is the greatest gift to all of us. One can not come across any one who has not studied his grammar on the entire Andhra soil. Other well-known writings by Chinnayasoori are: Neetichandrika , Sootandhra Vyaakaranamu , Andhra Dhatumoola and , Neeti Sangrahamu.
Chinnayasoori translated ’Panchatantra’ written by Vishnu Sharma into Telugu.The Panchatantra is the most famous collection of fables in India and was one of the earliest Indian books to be translated into Western languages. He transalted ’Mitra Labham’ and ‘Mitra Bedham’ as “Neeti Chandrika”. Moonlight of Morals is the English meaning of the Telugu word Neeti Chandrika. More >
The greatness lies in simplification. Right from Google’s Search page to Apple’s iPhone/iPad to Microsoft’s Windows, the designers are running after how to best simplify the user experience. Complexity does not always mean best results. In fact, very often complexity does mean incomplete research. To put it in other way, simplicity does not always mean poor outcomes. In fact, very often simplicity of the process to achieve greatest results proves the caliber of subject matter experts. And Surya Namaskar represents one such example of the greatness of ancient Bharat’s rishis – who simplified extensive daily workout for mind and body into such a simple set of asanas while maintaining the exemplary benefits of the same.
What is Surya Namaskar?
Its literal meaning is Sun Salutation. Basically it is a simple set of few body postures combined amazingly well with spirituality, pranayama and yoga, to comprise into one of the most simplified packages towards healthy mind, body & soul. Different Yogic scholars have put forth slightly different variations of the sequence and combinations of simple asanas to be done every cycle. A cycle may consist of 10 steps to as much as 24 steps. There are probably more than 40 variations of More >
I have read a story of women’s emancipation in an online news paper and as such I am awe struck to write this article. The true story placed below is based on the phrase ‘’ Where there is a will, there is a way’’.
This unique experiment takes place in a barefoot college at a remote village, Tilonia in Rajasthan, India. This institution is started by a social entrepreneur, Sujit Bunker Roy in 1972. This college has broken all social stigmas wherein the poor women condemned to be restricted to the kitchen and discouraged to study by their husbands are encouraged to learn and earn in an unique way. People are obsessed with the certificates. As such this college simply doesn’t give any certificate or degree after completion of the course, which is generally of six to nine months duration.
They prefer teaching older women rather than men who come from nearby villages, who have no patience and run away to find some job as soon as some certificate is given to them. So their students comprise poor illiterate grandmothers who had to face abusive drunken husbands throughout their lives. Some students come from far of Countries like Africa to learn the More >