Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXIX

  • Sloka 281: One should wear the mark of Gada on the forehead, the marks of bow and arrow on the head, the marks of Padma and Koustubha on the heart and the marks of Shankha and Chakra on the shoulders
  • Sloka 282: Even a realized soul should not go after materialistic results. One should always be performing the Karmas as prescribed in the Shastras
  • Sloka 283: Even if one knows the past, present and future and even if one is capable of uplifting (doing good) the whole world, one should never give up the prescribed duties, as detailed in the Shrutis and Smrutis
  • Sloka 284: If one performs his duties according to his capacity and nature and with utmost devotion to, and knowledge of,  the Lord, the actions of such a person will yield maximum results
  • Sloka 285: One should desire to live a hundred years by continuously doing the duties prescribed to oneself. If this is done, then no sins, from any activity, will stick on to an individual. If one gives up action, the sins will definitely stick!
  • Sloka 286: That which is in accordance with the Vedas is Dharma. That which is against the Vedas is Adharma. That which is in accordance with the practice of good people (Satvik people) and that which pleases them is Dharma
  • Sloka 287: That karma which is done without attachment to the results, and which is done with the knowledge of the Supreme Lord is known as ‘Nivrutta Karma’. One who performs Nivrutta Karma will attain Parabramha, the One who is eternal and who is full of auspicious attributes!
  • Sloka 288: In the Balittha Sukta, the three amazing avatars of Lord Vayudeva are described. The three avatars have taken place as per the wishes of Lord Hari and the avatars have the same strength and knowledge as the Moola Roopa (of Mukhya Prana). The three avatars are also worthy of worship and are excellent. The first avatar of Hanuman carried the words of Lord Rama to Seeta. The second avatar of Bhima destroyed the army of the Kauravas. The third avatar of Madhva has composed this creation to obtain the grace of Lord Keshava
  • Sloka 289: Let this work, which is like the rays of the glowing Sun called Anandatirtha, and which is like bright rays absorbed by even the Devatas, grant all the good desires of ours
  • Sloka 290: Lord Vishnu is full of all auspicious attributes; He is free from all defects; He is always satisfied (contented, with no desires); He is my beloved Lord. Let HIM be pleased with this work!

|| Thus ends the Krishnamruta Maharnava, a work composed by Sri Madanandatirtha Bhagavatpadacharya ||

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Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXVIII

  • Sloka 271: Even the biggest sinner should approach a Vaishnava and request him for the food offered to Lord Vishnu in his home. If food is not available,  he should at least drink water (from the Vaishnava’s home)
  • Sloka 272: In order to cleanse oneself from all the sins, one should go to the home of a Vishnu devotee, offer respects to him devoutly and request for food that has been offered to the Lord
  • Sloka 273 and 274: A true Vaishnava is one who takes bath according to the rituals prescribed, performs Anga-nyasa, Mudra-nyasa, remembers the name of the Rishi, Chandas and Devata, chants the best mantras of Narayana Ashtakshara and Vasudeva Dwadashakshara and maintains the Vaishnava Deeksha always. One who sees such a Vaishnava, even if he is carrying the sins of Brahma Hatya, will be rid of all the sins. The Vaishnava himself will become sin free as well!
  • Sloka 275: One who is an ingrate; One who has killed cows; One who finds faults in the Vedas; One who has committed all sins; Even such people will be pure upon contact with Gopi Chandana
  • Sloka 276: If one donates even a small piece of Chandana, that has been touched by Gopis, to brahmins, seven generations of such a person will become free from sins!
  • Sloka 277: One should not offer any alms, not even a drop of water, to a person who is not a devotee of Vishnu. To a brahmin who has the Chakra and Shankha signs on his body, one should donate even the Havis given to Devatas and the Kravya offered to Pitrus
  • Sloka 278: Vyasa said:: While chanting the mantra “Tad Vishnoh paramam padam”, on the right shoulder, one should wear the mark of the Sudarshana (Chakra) and on the left shoulder, one should bear the mark of the Shankha
  • Sloka 279: A brahmin who has the Yagnopavita should tie his ‘Shikha’ and bear the marks of Shankha and Chakra at the base of his shoulders. So says the Shruti “Pavitram Te Vitatam…”
  • Sloka 280: Rudra said:: Those who have devotion towards Lord Hari should wear the marks of the five weapons viz Shankha, Chakra, Gada, Padma and Narayana using Gopi Chandana. The marks of each of the five weapons should be borne separately on the forehead, head, heart and shoulders

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Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXVII

  • Sloka 261: The face of a person who does not have Urdhva Pundra is like a cemetery. If one sees such a face, one should look at the Sun (to purify oneself)
  • Sloka 262: Yagas, donations, Tapas, learning Vedas and tarpana to Pitrus, all these become worthless if done without putting on Urdhva Pundra
  • Sloka 263: All those people who are merely seen by a person who has applied Gopi Chandana to his forehead, hands and other parts, become purified. There is no doubt about this!
  • Sloka 264: “A Vaishnava has been born in our family. He will take us out of hell!” saying so, the Pitrus of a just-born clap and celebrate. The Pitamahas of the family dance in joy!
  • Sloka 265: Just five days of life as a devotee of Lord Vishnu is excellent. Enough a lifetime of thousand Kalpas is a waste if one does not have devotion towards Keshava
  • Sloka 266: A person who does not perform worship, remembrance or chanting of Lord Vishnu is a burden on earth and an enemy of food. What is the use of the birth of such a person?
  • Sloka 267: On this earth, if a person does not have devotion towards Vishnu, one should not even look at him, even if he is a Brahmin. If a person is born outside of the four Varnas, but is a devotee of Lord Vishnu, such a person will purify the three worlds!
  • Sloka 268: Yama said:: The person, in whose home a Vaishnava has food, and who has contact with devotees of Vishnu, will be rid of all his sins due to his acquaintance with Vaishnavas
  • Sloka 269: O Vaishya! Even the servants of a Vaishnava and those brahmins who eat the food of a Vaishnava (given by a Vaishnava) will be rid of the sorrows of life and attain salvation, just like the Vaishnava
  • Sloka 270: One should always strive for and pray for food from a Vaishnava. Due to this, one will be rid of all sins and will be respected in the abode of Lord Vishnu

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Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXVI

  • Sloka 251: Once a man crosses 14 years of age, he keeps doing enough Karma to guarantee himself at least 10 more bodies (births). How is it then possible to attain salvation after exhausting previous Karmas?
  • Sloka 252: If one treats people of equal merit unequally, or if one treats unequals at the same level, such a person will fall from his position even if he is a devata
  • Sloka 253: Wealth, Relation, Age, One’s Achievement and the fifth one is Knowledge. These are the five things which command respect. The subsequently mentioned one is a better factor than the previous one(s)
  • Sloka 254: One who treats and respects all sentient beings according to their inherent Gunas and position; Lord Vishnu is very pleased with such a person
  • Sloka 255: One who treats his parents, enemies, children and friends after understanding their nature (Gunas) and in accordance with their nature; such a person is known as ‘Samabuddhi’ (level headed person)
  • Sloka 256: Even if one has to obtain death, one should never wear a horizontal ‘Nama’. One should not utter the name of any other God than Narayana!
  • Sloka 257: One who consumes the remaining Naivedya of Lord Hari day after day, such a person will obtain merits in excess of hundred Chandrayana vratas for every morsel of such food he has
  • Sloka 258: Even if a person is a Chandala, if we find a simple and beautiful Urdhva Pundra (vertical or upright mark – sign of a Vaishnava) on his forehead, such a person is a meritorious one and is worthy of respect. Let there be no doubt about this!
  • Sloka 259: The Urdhva Pundra on the forehead should be straight like a stick, beautiful and should have a gap/perforation/opening in the middle.  That gap is my residence!
  • Sloka 260: One who is unclean; One who does not practice any rituals; One who commits sins in his mind; Such people too become pure if they put on the Urdhva Pundra every day

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Regular guest!

Since several months now, we have a regular guest at our place. He comes in once in a while, say once every 10 days or so. The guest doesn’t demand any special treatment, nor does his he stay for long. He is satisfied with whatever he can lay his hands on 🙂 Yes, he doesn’t wait for the “hosts” to serve him. Today, I managed to take a few photos of him. Take a look.

Hanumantha Raya

Enjoying chana dal

Enjoying chana dal & bananas

He is now almost a regular on Dwadashis. I am happy to have this guest join us for Dwadashi Parane 🙂

Last Dwadashi, he quietly sneaked in to our kitchen and made away with a bottle of groundnuts. This time, some chana dal we had kept for drying was happily taken. The guy is so particular about his food hygiene that he did not eat any of the dal that got spilled on the balcony. He only ate the stuff present in the plate! In the end, we also gave him a banana which he very carefully peeled and ate sitting on our balcony perch and then left.

Shirooru Matha website

Co-inciding very nicely with the upcoming Paryaya of Sri Sri Laxmivara Thirtha Swamiji, Shirooru matha has come out with a new website. The site, though under construction, is very appealing and has lots of information already.

The section on the Guru Parampara is quite detailed and gives accurate dates of the lives of the various Swamijis who have adorned the Peetha.

Sri Sri Shirooru Swamiji is very well known for the excellent alankaras he does to Lord Krishna at Udupi. We can all hope to get the pictures of the alankaras in the new website from now on.

Krishnamruta Maharnava – XXV

  • Sloka 241: Those who touch the Shaligrama Shila everyday, even the Gods desire to touch the hands of such people
  • Sloka 242: It is very difficult to tolerate the fire and Yama Kinkaras in hell. The path of Naraka is very laden with difficulties and the state of being a “preta” is very tough
  • Sloka 243: All this must be thought through and evil actions, which lead to hell, must be given up. For this purpose, the constant remembrance and chanting of Lord Vishnu’s name must never be given up
  • Sloka 244: Veda Vyasa said:: By the chanting of the Lord’s names such as Achyuta, Ananta and Govinda, all diseases are utterly scared and they get destroyed. What I say is the truth – truth indeed
  • Sloka 245: Those who utter the two letters “Ha-ri” at least once, have got ready their luggage for the journey towards salvation!
  • Sloka 246: In this way, Lord Brahma, all the other Gods and pious Rishis chant the holy name of Lord Narayana, the one who is the best, the one who is the Supreme Lord of all
  • Sloka 247: For one who meditates with devotion upon Lord Narayana daily, what is the use of donations, of pilgrimages, of Tapas or of Yagnas?
  • Sloka 248: For one who meditates upon Lord Hari in his heart, thinking of HIM as the Supreme One and the One with all auspicious attributes, every day is a festival, every day he obtains fame, every day he attains wealth and every day he emerges victorious
  • Sloka 249 and 250: Irrespective of whether one is male or female, once a person crosses fourteen years of age, he or she commits enough Karma every single minute so as to ensure at least ten more births. This cycle of birth and death has been going on for an eternity. Therefore, without realizing the Supreme Lord Hari, how can one desire of Moksha?

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