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Gita Jayanthi Celebrations @ Udupi Geetha Mandir

Hare Srinivasa,

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Srimad Bhagavad Gita Jayanthi was celebrated in a grand manner as usual in Udupi kshetra on 10-Dec-16. Along with Paryaya Pejavar Swmaijis, Sri Suvidyendra Theertha Swamiji and Sri Puthige Swamiji also particiapted and graced the devotees with their anugraha sandesha. 

|| Sri Krishnarpanamasthu ||

Sri Bhagavad Gita Pravachana by Sri Gothe Narasimhachar

Hare Srinivasa,

Sri Bhagavad Gita Pravachana Malika      



Srimad Bhagavad Gita Pravachana

By

Sri Gothe Narasimhachar

Coimbatore

Venue


Parimala Mantapa

Yathi Thraya Sannidhana

Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt

16, 10th Street,
NANGANALLUR,

CHENNAI 600 061
Ph: 22671575

Date 26-Oct to 30-Oct-14
Time 06:30 PM

 

As we are in the last 10 days of the auspicious Chaturmasya Vratha, here comes an opportunity to listen to Lord Sri Krishna’s words in Bhagavad Gita. All are Welcome for the pravachana. This pravachana is part of the Sri Bhagavad Gita Pravachana Malika series.

|| Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||

 

 

 

Sri Gita Jayanthi – 24 Dec 2012

Hare Srinivasa, 

We are in the very auspicious Dhanur Masa and we have Sri Gita Jayanthi on 24th Dec, Ekadasi day. What an auspicious day for us!! As you are aware, this type of jayanthi celebrations is not being observed for any other grantha/stotra. Only Gita Jayanthi is celebrated in a big way. This is on this day Lord Sri Krishna delivered the universal and suitable for all time sandesha to the mankind.


Gita is very dear to Sri Madhva. His maiden work is ‘Gita Bashya‘. Later Acharya Madhwaru has penned one more grantha by the name ‘Gita Tatparya‘ thereby emphasizing how important Sri Bhagavad Gita is to everyone. Also our great guru has quoted shlokas from 15th chapter in many of his granthas. Gita is very dear to Sri Krishna as well. In this work He has addressed Himself as ‘Purushotama‘.

‘Purushotama’ is not a mere name. All the ‘jivas’ in this cosmos can be classified under two groups namely ‘Kshara’ and ‘Akshara’. As He is superior to both these classes, he is Uttama Purusha. He has said that it is quoted in the Vedas and is also well known in this world. This is the essence of all ‘shaastras’. One who has understood this concept is ‘sarvavith’ – ‘Sa sarvavith bhajathi maam’.

‘Sarvavith’ and ‘Sarvajna’ carry the same meaning. ‘Sarvajna’ is Sri Madhva’s name. There is no other ‘Mathacharya’ with this name. Therefore Lord Krishna on the day of Gita jayanthi itself declared to Arjuna that, ‘In kaliyuga only Madhva who has correctly understood the ‘Purushotama Tatva’ will be presenting this ‘tatva’ through his ‘Sarva Moola Grantha’.

Let us not miss this divine opportunity on 24th and chant yatha sakthi parayana of Gita Shlokas on this day and earn the blessings of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu. Gita Mahatmya is extensively discussed in Padma Purana and even chanting one Shloka of Gita everyday will do a lot good for us and bring immense benefits. And we need to note here that, Gita Chanting is very easy even for beginners as Lord Sri Krishna has said those great words in simple form and not difficult like Taittiriya Upanishad or Pavamana Suktha. Still if you need some help, please click on the below link to listen to this sacred Gita Shlokas. 

|| Sri Krishnarpanamastu ||

Bhagavad Gita – 18 Shlokas for daily parayana

Hare Srinivasa,

Today is Sri Geeta Jayanthi. What an auspicious day!! Already it is Ekadasi(Hari dina) and this day is very dear to Sri Vishnu. And top of it, today is also celebrated as Geeta Jayanthi day. Lord Sri Krishna selected this day to give His Amruthavani to the entire world that are very relevant even today through His dearest disciple Arjuna in the battlefield of Kurukshetra. We need to note only Gita has the distinction of being celebrated in this fashion and we don’t know the day when other epics like Ramayana/ Mahabharatha were released to the world.

Enough has already been said and written on this great Bhagavad Geeta. How we can quantify the punya we will get by chanting these shlokas that has come out direct of Lord’s mouth!!! It is for this reason our great guru Shriman Madhwacharyaru has written TWO granthas on Gita namely Gita Bhashya and Gita Tatparya to grace us.  No other acharya has done this. Madhwaru has done this only to emphasize the greatness of Gita to us and this shows how much Acharyaru revers and celebrates Bhagavad Gita.


The greatness of the Gita:

Its excellence is vindicated as perennial philosophy and sacred Scripture rolled into one. It substantiates the disguised words of the Vedas and the Upanishads in ordinary words for the sake of common people without any loss in their spiritual significance and so appeals to everyone who has a religious penchant. Its glowing message is duty and dedication to the divine. Sri Madhwacharya says it is the honey of the Mahabharatha-parijatha.

Sri Madhwacharya posits that the main theme of the Gita is the primacy, Supremacy and independence of Paramatma. The Gita has undoubtedly establishes Sri hari’s Supremacy in the beginning(2-17) in the middle(7-7; 7-14) and the end(180-62; 18-66) of the Scripture; and total surrender to Him alone would be the wanted boat for the Jeeva, to cross the occean of samsara. Cognising the supremacy of the Lord dedicate all acts without aspiring for its fruits to the Lord with devotion.

To interpret the Highest Brahman with the intended meaning of the words is not easy and safe and requires Sri Madhwacharya’s GITA BHASHYA and GITA TATPARYA and Sri Raghavendra Swamy’s Gita Vivrutti. These alone reveal the heart of the Gita and could read the doctrines in it. We know Gita is one grantha that has been translated in many of the World’s languages and there are umpteen materials on this available in the streets; but they would not take you anywhere; they are just sheets of papers with some ink marks on it. If you need to understand the true meaning of Gita, you need to depend on our Acharyaru’s grantha only.

Sri Madhwacharya’s twin commentatires establish the Hari Sarvothama concept and highlight the Dwaitha tenets like the rays of the Sun and the Moon illuminating the world, says narayana Panditacharya in Sumadhwa Vijaya(15-75).

In this regard Sri Madhwacharya Seva Sangha Trust, KK Nagar, Chennai-78 has done a commendable job and a great service to our society by bringing out the book SRI KRISHNA’S Words in the BhagavatGita with their meaning with Bhashya of Sri Madhwacharya in Two parts.  

The 18 shlokas for Parayana purpose (ASHTADASASHLOKI) are printed in bold font and if these 18 selected shlokas are chanted with devotion, meaning and proper inquiry and feeling(Anusanhdana) it would bring it its wake lots of merit to the devotee.  These shlokas can be found listed below :

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BOOK DETAILS:

Published by:

Sri Madhwacharya Seva Sangha Trust,

1395, 31st Street, 6th Sector,

K.K. Nagar, Chennai – 600 078. Ph: 2474 0049.

Price :  Rs. 50 each.

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Part – I

Part II:


||  Sri Krishnaarpanamastu  ||

Bhagavad Gita Parayana @ Nanganallur Rayar Mutt – 06Dec11

Hare Srinivasa,

Bhagavad Gita parayana @ Yathi Thraya Sannidhana, Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt, Nanganallur on 06-Dec-11, Geeta Jayanthi day.

Date:          06-Dec-2011 (Ekadasi)

Time:         08:00  AM

Program:   Bhagavad Gita Parayana 

Venue:     Yathi Thraya Sannidhana, SRS Mutt, 16, 10th Street, NANGANALLUR, Ch-61.


Please join in for the Gita parayana on this very auspicious day and get the blessings of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu.

||  Sri Krishnaarpanamastu  ||

Nine Gems in Bhagavad Gita

Hare Srinivasa,

In the earlier post on Gita, we had a look at the Gita Mahatmyam. Here are some Quotable Quotes from great scholars on the Gita:

  • It is the quint essence of Mahabharatha.
  • Its enduring value is not only for Indians but for all mankind.
  • The Gita is not a mere revered book of the Hindus, but is also a book of Universal Wisdom. The Gita is the most beautiful and perhaps the only true philosphical song existing in any known language of the world. It must be the most profound and sublime thing to be found in the whole world. Certainly, the entire mankind should ever be grateful to the Lord for having given this most holy, sacred, rational, logical, unique and extrardinary scripture namely, the Bhagavad Gita.

In this post the focus in on the 15th Adhyaya of Gita, namely the Purushothama Yoga. Since the supreme Lord is above Kshara and Akshara, He is known as Purushothama. The fifteenth chapter sings the glories of the Paramatma, and illustrates all the nine tenets that form the backbone of Madhwa Siddhanta. Sri Madhwa Siddhanta is in tune with the song of Geetacharya. So madhwa Siddhanta is Krishna Siddhanta, Madhwa matha is Krishna matha. The five slokas of Purana Purushothama Yoga, 15th Adhyaya (shlokas 16 – 20)forms the heart of Bhagavad Gita. The entire vedantic philosophy, the result of the benefit are condensed in these 5 slokas.

If one recites these five slokas, he would get punya, as though he has recited the 20 slokas of that Adhyaya, as though in turn having recited the 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita, as though in turn having recited 1,00,000 Granthas of Mahabharatha.

These five slokas only tell about the “Nine Gems” of Dvaita School, which is shown here in a brief way.

Please find below the text from the 15th Chapter.

Please click below to listen to these sacred slokas:

These slokas cover the entire Vedanta in a Nut shell. The Nine Gems of Dvaita Sastra are conained in these slokas.

1) Hari is Supreme –

In the verse 18, it is stated that Paramatma is far superior to Chaturmukha Brahma and others, who have thier bodies subject to destruction. He is far above and Uttama to Lakshmi who never had perishable body.

2) World is Real –

In the verse 17, it is aid that he enters into the three worlds. If the worlds are false, how can He enter inside.

3) Hari is Supreme –

(i) Difference between Jadas: In the verse 17, it was stated as three worlds and so there is difference between Jadas.

(ii) Difference between Jada and Jiva :     In the verse 17, since Sri Krishna states that He has entered inside the worlds,

there is difference between Chetana and Jada.

(iii) Difference between Jiva and Iswara: In the verse 17, it was stated that Uttama person is a different one. In the

verse 18, it was stated that Sri Krishna has surpassed Mahalakshmi and other Devatas.

(iv) Difference between Jivas: In the verse 16, it was stated that Chetanas are of two kinds.

(vi) Difference between Jiva and Jada: In the verse 16, it was Chetanas – Jivas who have perishable bodies and not

having such bodies.

4)  Groups of Jivas are obedient servants of Sri Hari –

In the verse 17, it was stated tthe He supports all and nourishes them also.

5)  Gradation between Jivas are there  –

In the verse 16, there who have perishable bodies are inferior and such do not have such bodies are superior.

6)  Mukti is the enjoymenet of one’s innate bliss-

In the verse 20, krutakatyasya is stated which means Mukta.

7)  Pure devotion without any blemish is the Sadhana for Moksha –

In the verse 19, it is stated that Sri Krishna says, sarvabhavena bharata.

(8)  Three Anu-Pramanas – Jnana Sadhanas –

In the verse 16, emow by this pratyaksha is proved – perception

In the verse 17, He protects the three worlds, by this by inference. It can be done that He is the most supreme.

In the verse 18, vede loke cha – in the Apoursheya and Authorship Granthas – by these Agamas are metioned.

9)  Hari can be known only by Agamas –

In the verse 19, Sri Krishna says that the devotee who knows like this, has known all sastras. So Agamas are covered and God can be known by Agamas only.

Hence these five slokas are very important and contain the essence of Vedanta Sastras.

Courtesy and Thanks :  Sri T S Ragavendran, CBE (TSR)

Gita Mahatmyam

We are in the month of December and two things come to our mind at once. One is the upcoming “Margashira Masa” or “Dhanur Masa”. This is the most sacred and auspicious of all the months. In Puranas, Margashirsha maasa is mentioned as ‘Maasonam Margashirshoham which means there is no auspicious month as Margashiram.

Margasirsha month is also mentioned in the Bhagvad Gita by Lord Sri Krishna. The below sloka tells about the significance and spiritual importance of margasirsha maasa.

Bruhatsama thatha samnam  Gayatri Chandasamaham

Masanam Margashirshoam Ruthunam Kusumakarna ||   [ BG 10.35 ]

It means – Lord Krishna says “I, myself, stay in Bruhathsama in the Samaveda, Gayatri in Chandassu or literature, Margashira or Margasirsha in months and Vasant rithu in rithus or seasons”. I manifest more in Margasirsha Masa among the different months in a year. The Sannidhana of the Lord is more in Margasirsha Masa. Hence this Masa is regarded as superior to other Masas.

Bhagavad Gita

And the other important event in Dhanur Masa is the “Gita Jayanti” which is observed on 17-Dec-10 this year. It is on this day many ages ago, in the sacred battlefield of Kurushetra, Lord Krishna not only blessed Arjuna with His amrutopadesha but the entire world with His words. Bhagavad-gita is also known as Gitopanishad. The Bhagavadgita, or the Song of the Lord, is a dialogue between Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, and His friend and disciple, Arjuna. This dialogue takes place in the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabharata. The Bhagavad Gita is composed of 701  shlokas (verses) arranged in 18 chapters. It is one of the best-known philosophical texts of Hinduism, and is said to contain the essence of Upanishadic thought. No other work in the world has been translated in as many different languages as the Gita. It is eternal and applicable to entire world at all times.

The Bhagavad Gita has not only attained the status of Classics in literature but also accepted as the Pre-eminent scripture.  The fact that it has attracted numerous commentaries by many saints exhibits that it is the philosophy of  perennial nature.  The word Gita  itself would mean nectar. The Baghavad Gita scores a point over the vedhas for the  following reason.  The vedhas praise the Lord Krishna  and therefore the paramatma is superior to the vedhas.  Gita being the essence of the vedhas is the word of the Lord and hence the conclusion. And we need to note here with gratitude, our great Acharyaru has written not one but two granthas on Gita in Gita Bhasya and Gita Tatparya. Such is the emphasis and greatness of this Gita. No other Acharya has done this.

In the first of the series on Gita, we would look at Gita Mahatmayam in this article. Varaha Purana has this and it is also found in Padma Purana where the Gita Mahatmayam is mentioned and there is a story associated with every chapter of Bhagavad Gita in it. Padma Purana discusses in detail the glory and greatness of The Bhagavad Gita in Uttarkhand section of the purana. Uttarkhand contains a discussion about the metaphysical knowledge of religion presented in a dialogue style between Lord Shiva and Parvati.  Lord Vishnu says He himself has manifested in the form of Bhagavad Gita and anyone who daily recites one chapter or even one shloka will attain great position by His grace.

Thanks to Samskrita Bharati and in particular, Sri Venkatakrishnan Mahodaya for bringing me closer to Bhagavad Gita and helping me to sail steady in this Ocean of Knowledge.

Lord Krishna showing His Vishwaroopa to Arjuna

GITA MAHATMYA

GLORY OF THE GITA

(To be read at the end of the day’s Gita study)

Dharovaacha:

Bhagavan parameshaana bhaktiravyabhichaarinee;

Praarabdham bhujyamaanasya katham bhavati he prabho.

Goddess Earth queries –

1. O  Supreme Lord! How continous devotion would arise to one who is enjoying or suffering the consequences of his past actions ?

Sri Vishnuruvaacha:

Praarabdham bhujyamaano hi geetaabhyaasaratah sadaa;

Sa muktah sa sukhee loke karmanaa nopalipyate.

Lord Vishnu replies:

2. If one who is reaping th consequences of his past actions involves himself in reading BhagavatGita always, he enjoys happiness and gets released from the bangs of birth and death and his is not touched by the effects of his actions.  He is the happy man in this world. He is not bound by Karma.

Mahaapaapaadipaapaani geetaadhyaanam karoti chet;

Kwachit sparsham na kurvanti nalineedalam ambuvat.

3. As water does not wet the petals of the lotus, even great sins do not affect the person who devotes his attentions to the study of Bhagavat Gita.

Geetaayaah pustakam yatra yatra paathah pravartate;

Tatra sarvaani teerthaani prayaagaadeeni tatra vai.

4. All the sacred centres of pilgrimage, like Prayag and other places, dwell in that place where the Gita is kept, and where the Gita is read.

Sarve devaashcha rishayo yoginahpannagaashcha ye;

Gopaalaa gopikaa vaapi naaradoddhava paarshadaih.

5. All the gods, sages, Yogins, divine serpents, Gopalas, Gopikas (friends and devotees of Lord Krishna), Narada, Uddhava and others (dwell here).

Sahaayo jaayate sheeghram yatra geetaa pravartate;

Yatra geetaavichaarashcha pathanam paathanam shrutam;

Tatraaham nishchitam prithvi nivasaami sadaiva hi.

6. Help comes quickly where the Gita is recited and, O Earth, I ever dwell where it is

read, heard, taught and contemplated upon!

Geetaashraye’ham tishthaami geetaa me chottamam griham;

Geetaajnaanam upaashritya treen Uokaan paalayaamyaham.

7. I take refuge in the Gita, and the Gita is My best abode. I protect the three worlds with the knowledge of the Gita.

Geetaa me paramaa vidyaa brahmaroopaa na samshayah;

Ardhamaatraaksharaa nityaa swaanirvaachyapadaatmikaa.

8. The Gita is My highest science, which is doubtless of the form of Brahman, the

Eternal, the Ardhamatra (of the Pranava Om), the ineffable splendour of the Self.

Chidaanandena krishnena proktaa swamukhato’rjuna;

Vedatrayee paraanandaa tatwaarthajnaanasamyutaa.

9. It was spoken by the blessed Lord Krishna, the all-knowing, through His own mouth, to Arjuna. It contains the essence of the Vedas—the knowledge of the Reality. It is full of supreme bliss.

NOTE: The Gita contains the cream of the Vedas and Upanishads. Hence it is a universal scripture suited for people of all temperaments and for all ages.

Yoashtaadasha japen nityam naro nishchalamaanasah;

Jnaanasiddhim sa labhate tato yaati param padam.

10. He who recites the eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita daily, with a pure and

unshaken mind, attains perfection in knowledge, and reaches the highest state or supreme goal.

Paathe’asamarthah sampoornam tato’rdham paathamaacharet;

Tadaa godaanajam punyam labhate naatra samshayah.

11. If a complete reading is not possible, even if only half is read, he attains the benefit of giving a cow as a gift. There is no doubt about this.

Tribhaagam pathamaanastu gangaasnaanaphalam labhet;

Shadamsham japamaanastu somayaagaphalam labhet.

12. He who recites one-third part of it achieves the merit of a bath in the sacred river

Ganges; and who recites one-sixth of it attains the merit of performing a Soma sacrifice (a kind of ritual).

Ekaadhyaayam tu yo nityam pathate bhaktisamyutah;

Rudralokam avaapnoti gano bhootwaa vasecchiram.

13. That person who reads one discourse with supreme faith and devotion attains to the world of Rudra and, having become a Gana (an attendant of Lord Shiva), lives there for many years.

Adhyaayam shlokapaadam vaa nityam yah pathate narah;

Sa yaati narataam yaavanmanwantaram vasundhare.

14. If one reads a discourse or even a part of a verse daily he, O Earth, retains a human body till the end of a Manvantara (71 Mahayugas or 308,448,000 years).

Geetaayaah shloka dashakam sapta pancha chatushtayam;

Dwautreenekam tadardhamvaa shlokaanaam yah pathennarah.

Chandralokam avaapnoti varshaanaam ayutam dhruvam;

Geetaapaathasamaayukto mrito maanushataam vrajet.

15-16. He who repeats ten, seven, five, four, three, two verses or even one or half of it, attains the region of the moon and lives there for 10,000 years. Accustomed to the daily study of the Gita, a dying man comes back to life again as a human being.

Geetaabhyaasam punah kritwaa labhate muktim uttamaam;

Geetetyucchaarasamyukto mriyamaano gatim labhet.

17. By repeated study of the Gita, he attains liberation. Uttering the word Gita at the time of death, a person attains liberation.

Geetaarthashravanaasakto mahaapaapayuto’pi vaa;

Vaikuntham samavaapnoti vishnunaa saha modate.

18. Though full of sins, one who is ever intent on hearing the meaning of the Gita, goes to the kingdom of God and rejoices with Lord Vishnu.

Geetaartham dhyaayate nityam kritwaa karmaani bhoorishah;

Jeevanmuktah sa vijneyo dehaante paramam padam.

19. He who meditates on the meaning of the Gita, having performed many virtuous

actions, attains the supreme goal after death. Such an individual should be considered a true Jivanmukta.

Geetaam aashritya bahavo bhoobhujo janakaadayah;

Nirdhootakalmashaa loke geetaa yaataah param padam.

20. In this world, taking refuge in the Gita, many kings like Janaka and others reached the highest state or goal, purified of all sins.

Geetaayaah pathanam kritwaa maahaatmyam naiva yah pathet;

Vrithaa paatho bhavet tasya shrama eva hyudaahritah.

21. He who fails to read this “Glory of the Gita” after having read the Gita, loses the

benefit thereby, and the effort alone remains.

NOTE: This is to test and confirm the faith of the reader in the Bhagavad

Gita, which is not a mere philosophical book but the word of God and should therefore be studied with great faith and devotion. The Gita Mahatmya generates this devotion in one’s heart.

Etanmaahaatmyasamyuktam geetaabhyaasam karoti yah;

Sa tatphalamavaapnoti durlabhaam gatim aapnuyaat.

22. One who studies the Gita, together with this “Glory of the Gita”, attains the fruits

mentioned above, and reaches the state which is otherwise very difficult to be attained.

Suta Uvaacha:

Maahaatmyam etad geetaayaah mayaa proktam sanaatanam;

Geetaante cha pathedyastu yaduktam tatphalam labhet.

Suta said:

23. This greatness or “Glory of the Gita”, which is eternal, as narrated by me, should be read at the end of the study of the Gita, and the fruits mentioned therein will be obtained.

 

Please click here to view the Glories of Gita First chapter from Padma Purana.

Sri Vyasanakare Prabhanjanachar has given a detailed pravachana on Gita Mahatme from Padma Purana. Please check the link below to listen to the pravachana: