PARAKUNNATH VETTAKKORUMAKAN PAYYAN KSHETHRAM (TEMPLE), AROLI, KANNUR

TEMPLE POOJA





On 26 October, 2014 and 27 October, 2014 Thanthri Puthuserri Illath Shankaran Namboothiri will come to our Temple to do certain poojas to include the constructed chutambalam in the Temple, to increase the divinity of Our God and to do ‘Sudhikalasham’. 



On 26 October, 2014 evening Thanthri will start the poojas like Vasthu Pooja and others.  


On 27 October, 2014, poojas will start at 05:00am and will be finished by 09:00am. The ‘Puthari Vellatam’ which is being annually conducted in our Temple will be at 07:00-08:00pm and after that there will be an ‘Annadanam ‘(feast) in our Temple.

Requesting everyone to attend to make these poojas a success.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Typical calender art. Note the snake garlanding both shiv and parvati in togetherness. Interestingly, the snake is also the symbol of arisen energy- Kundalini.Indeed Shiva and Parvati are the most exalted energy of the cosmos.

Photo: Typical calender art. Note the snake garlanding both shiv and parvati in togetherness. Interestingly, the snake is also the symbol of arisen energy- Kundalini.Indeed Shiva and Parvati are the most exalted energy of the  cosmos.

Typical calender art. Note the snake garlanding both shiv and parvati in togetherness. Interestingly, the snake is also the symbol of arisen energy- Kundalini.Indeed Shiva and Parvati are the most exalted energy of the cosmos.

Happy Bhai Dooj

Photo: Happy Bhai Dooj
Celebrating the bond between brother and sister.

Happy Bhai Dooj
Celebrating the bond between brother and sister.

Amruteshwar Temple is located at the start of the Ratanwadi village, Maharashtra. Built in 11th century AD, it is dedicated to #Shiva. The Shivling was drowned under water. Constructed in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the temple is surrounded by lush green fields and Mount Kalsubai, the highest mountain in Maharashtra.



Amruteshwar Temple is located at the start of the Ratanwadi village, Maharashtra. Built in 11th century AD, it is dedicated to #Shiva. The Shivling was drowned under water. Constructed in a distinct Hemadpanti style, the temple is surrounded by lush green fields and Mount Kalsubai, the highest mountain in Maharashtra.

Watch this exclusive video of Amruteshwar temple and know some interesting mythological facts behind this ancient holy place




Everything is Siva

Photo: FB941 *Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara * 

The enlightened being's meditation is without cessation because the Lord creates diverse forms and his meditations constitute the variety of forms depicted by the mind.

Yogaraja's commentary:

A form which has been imagined is destroyed when the attention of the mind is diverted and goes elsewhere. But meditation by an enlightened spiritual adept is uninterrupted because the Lord, infinite Siva, who is the same as the pure Self of the spiritual adept, incessantly creates the variety of forms by operating his power of action (kriya). He possesses infinite powers for imagining any form he likes. The continuous creation of the infinite variety of objects takes the form of his conceptualizations or imaginings, which he depicts in the mirror of his mind. His imaginings are without beginning or end, and they are nothing but his meditation. For one who knows all this, all the activities of his mind, free from limitations, become divine.

When a particular deity is meditated upon, then the meditation takes a definite form in accordance with the imagination of the face and limbs etc. But in fact every activity of the mind is only a manifestation of the highest sakti. Thus, whatever form is imagined in the meditation of the spiritual adept as a mental formulation is not different from illumination, despite its being only the mind's imaginings. This is due to the omnipresence of pure consciousness. This has been stated in the Svacchanda Tantra:

 'Wherever the mind goes, one should concentrate one's mind there. Where can it go that is not Siva, as everything is Siva.'

Similarly the Saiva Upanishad says:

 'O dear one, wherever the mind goes, externally or not, it is not separate from Siva, who pervades everywhere.'

*Abhinavagupta's Paramarthasara * 

The enlightened being's meditation is without cessation because the Lord creates diverse forms and his meditations constitute the variety of forms depicted by the mind.

Yogaraja's commentary:

A form which has been imagined is destroyed when the attention of the mind is diverted and goes elsewhere. But meditation by an enlightened spiritual adept is uninterrupted because the Lord, infinite Siva, who is the same as the pure Self of the spiritual adept, incessantly creates the variety of forms by operating his power of action (kriya). He possesses infinite powers for imagining any form he likes. The continuous creation of the infinite variety of objects takes the form of his conceptualizations or imaginings, which he depicts in the mirror of his mind. His imaginings are without beginning or end, and they are nothing but his meditation. For one who knows all this, all the activities of his mind, free from limitations, become divine.

When a particular deity is meditated upon, then the meditation takes a definite form in accordance with the imagination of the face and limbs etc. But in fact every activity of the mind is only a manifestation of the highest sakti. Thus, whatever form is imagined in the meditation of the spiritual adept as a mental formulation is not different from illumination, despite its being only the mind's imaginings. This is due to the omnipresence of pure consciousness. This has been stated in the Svacchanda Tantra:

'Wherever the mind goes, one should concentrate one's mind there. Where can it go that is not Siva, as everything is Siva.'

Similarly the Saiva Upanishad says:

'O dear one, wherever the mind goes, externally or not, it is not separate from Siva, who pervades everywhere.'

If whatever we do is in search of happiness, then why is there so much pain and misery in the world?

Photo: If whatever we do is in search of happiness, then why is there so much pain and misery in the world?

Q: I think of things to do but I feel like resting before I can convert it into action.

Guruji : Do the action and then rest.

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Q: If whatever we do is in search of happiness, then why is there so much pain and misery in the world?

Guruji : There is a story of Mullah Nasserudin. His wife was pregnant and the time of delivery had come. But the baby was not coming out. When doctor told this to Mullah Nasserudin, he ran to the market, bought a toy, and kept that toy in front of her wife. He said, “After all this is my child, so he will surely come out with greed”. Whole our life we keep on running behind things with the hope of getting something. We keep on looking for some kind of profit. How would such person experience happiness? Neither does a greedy person get happiness nor does a person who is bombarded with too many desires. The one who relaxes in his consciousness, is happy. One who is centered, experiences the true happiness. I am not saying there is no happiness in the outer world, but the happiness you get when you go within is incomparable. The world is running in search of happiness. The body gets baked, the mind gets baked, the intellect gets deluded but still we keep on getting stuck in the same repetitive cycle. When you meet the Guru, you come to know that you are the source of happiness. Then the mind calms down, and you realize that you are the one in whose search you kept on running here and there.

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There are three things to keep in mind: We have to do something for society, We have to spread the knowledge that we have received in our lives, How many of our acts have pleased others? How many have pleased us? If we only do things that please us, then others will be unhappy. And if we only act for the happiness of others, then we will be unhappy. We have to be attentive to this balance

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Sharing and Caring

There are two tendencies that are within us, one of taking and the other of giving. What is worth noting is which value system we are imbibing in our children. 
If they are hesitant to take or ask, then that is a sign of good values. But if they are hesitant to give then there is something wrong there.

It is a good sign when people feel hesitation to put their hand out to take. But if people hesitate to extend their hands out to help then we need to change the direction of society.

We have got to imbibe the value of giving and sharing in children; happiness in giving and sharing. And they should feel hesitation to put their hands out and ask. 
There are people who have enough yet they keep asking for more. This is very strange.

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In the world, you resolve one conflict and another one comes up. Without any intention, misunderstandings happen. It's not up to you to try to resolve them. Ignore them and be alive.

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When hearts are united, then whatever one talks, it is music. That’s why when lovers repeat the same thing ten times, one likes to hear it. That is because our relationship is from our hearts.

Om Namah Shivay

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If whatever we do is in search of happiness, then why is there so much pain and misery in the world?

Q: I think of things to do but I feel like resting before I can convert it into action.

Guruji : Do the action and then rest.

========================

Q: If whatever we do is in search of happiness, then why is there so much pain and misery in the world?

Guruji : There is a story of Mullah Nasserudin. His wife was pregnant and the time of delivery had come. But the baby was not coming out. When doctor told this to Mullah Nasserudin, he ran to the market, bought a toy, and kept that toy in front of her wife. He said, “After all this is my child, so he will surely come out with greed”. Whole our life we keep on running behind things with the hope of getting something. We keep on looking for some kind of profit. How would such person experience happiness? Neither does a greedy person get happiness nor does a person who is bombarded with too many desires. The one who relaxes in his consciousness, is happy. One who is centered, experiences the true happiness. I am not saying there is no happiness in the outer world, but the happiness you get when you go within is incomparable. The world is running in search of happiness. The body gets baked, the mind gets baked, the intellect gets deluded but still we keep on getting stuck in the same repetitive cycle. When you meet the Guru, you come to know that you are the source of happiness. Then the mind calms down, and you realize that you are the one in whose search you kept on running here and there.

========================

There are three things to keep in mind: We have to do something for society, We have to spread the knowledge that we have received in our lives, How many of our acts have pleased others? How many have pleased us? If we only do things that please us, then others will be unhappy. And if we only act for the happiness of others, then we will be unhappy. We have to be attentive to this balance

========================

Sharing and Caring

There are two tendencies that are within us, one of taking and the other of giving. What is worth noting is which value system we are imbibing in our children.
If they are hesitant to take or ask, then that is a sign of good values. But if they are hesitant to give then there is something wrong there.

It is a good sign when people feel hesitation to put their hand out to take. But if people hesitate to extend their hands out to help then we need to change the direction of society.

We have got to imbibe the value of giving and sharing in children; happiness in giving and sharing. And they should feel hesitation to put their hands out and ask.
There are people who have enough yet they keep asking for more. This is very strange.

========================

In the world, you resolve one conflict and another one comes up. Without any intention, misunderstandings happen. It's not up to you to try to resolve them. Ignore them and be alive.

========================

When hearts are united, then whatever one talks, it is music. That’s why when lovers repeat the same thing ten times, one likes to hear it. That is because our relationship is from our hearts.

Om Namah Shivay

WORDS OF SRI ANANDAMAYI MA-16

Photo: WORDS OF SRI ANANDAMAYI MA-16

In true meditation Reality is contacted, and just as the touch of fire leaves an impression, this contact also leaves its mark.

What happens as a result?

Impediments fall away - they are either consumed by vairagya, or ‘melted’ by devotion to the Divine.

Worldly things seem dull and insipid, quite foreign to oneself; worldly talk loses all its appeal, becomes devoid of interest, and at a further stage even painful. When a person’s earthly possessions are lost or damaged, the victim feels disturbed, which gives evidence of the stranglehold that sense objects exercise over men’s minds. This is what is called granthi - the knots constituting the I-ness.

By meditation, japa and other spiritual practices, which vary according to each one’s individual line of approach, these knots become loosened, discrimination is developed, and one comes to discern the true nature of the world of sense perception. In the beginning, one was enmeshed in it, struggling helplessly in its net. As one becomes disentangled from it, and gradually passes through various stages of opening oneself more and more to the Light, one comes to see that everything is contained in everything, that there is only One Self, the Lord of all, or that all are but the servants of the One Master. The form this realization takes depends upon one’s orientation. One knows by direct perception that, as ‘one exists, so everyone else exists ; then again, that here is the One and nothing but the One, that nothing comes and goes, yet also does come and go - there is no way of expressing all this in words. To the extent that one becomes estranged from the world of the senses, one draws nearer to God.

When attaining to true meditation, one’s chosen posture no longer represents either an obstacle or a source of enjoyment ; in other words, it is quite immaterial in what particular pose one happens to be. Whether one sits straight or crooked, the right posture will form of itself, pulling the body into the proper position. Again, there are occasions when one becomes entirely independent of the physical pose; in whatever attitude the body may happen to be, meditation just comes about effortlessly. Though, without a doubt, there is also a state in which, if one takes up a special pose, such as for instance, padmasana (the lotus pose) or siddhasana (the perfect pose), no interruption of one’s union with the Supreme Being can ever occur.

EIGHT

Benares. August 11 th , 1948.

QUESTION: The other day, when speaking about visions and similar experiences that one has during meditation, you said these were not real visions but mere ‘touches’.

SRI MA : Yes, viewed from the level where one can speak of ‘touch’, this is so; that is to say, you have not been changed by the experience. Yet it is attractive to you, and you can express the feeling in words, which implies that you still take delight in sense objects. Therefore it is a mere touch. If transformation had ensued, you would be unable to feel worldly enjoyment in this way. How can there be enjoyment or relish in a transformed state of being?

QUESTION: Atman and Brahman are different only by way of posited limitation. The vision that comes by constant ‘meditation on ‘I am Saccidananda’ is Atma darsana (the vision of the Self). Since there can be no vision of the Brahman, it must therefore be a partial, that is a limited vision of the Brahman. Is this correct?

SRI MA: If you think there are parts in the Brahman, you may say ‘partial’. But can there be parts in the Absolute? As you think and feel in parts, you speak of ‘touch’ - but He is whole, THAT which IS.

Om Namah Shivay

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WORDS OF SRI ANANDAMAYI MA-16

In true meditation Reality is contacted, and just as the touch of fire leaves an impression, this contact also leaves its mark.

What happens as a result?

Impediments fall away - they are either consumed by vairagya, or ‘melted’ by devotion to the Divine.

Worldly things seem dull and insipid, quite foreign to oneself; worldly talk loses all its appeal, becomes devoid of interest, and at a further stage even painful. When a person’s earthly possessions are lost or damaged, the victim feels disturbed, which gives evidence of the stranglehold that sense objects exercise over men’s minds. This is what is called granthi - the knots constituting the I-ness.

By meditation, japa and other spiritual practices, which vary according to each one’s individual line of approach, these knots become loosened, discrimination is developed, and one comes to discern the true nature of the world of sense perception. In the beginning, one was enmeshed in it, struggling helplessly in its net. As one becomes disentangled from it, and gradually passes through various stages of opening oneself more and more to the Light, one comes to see that everything is contained in everything, that there is only One Self, the Lord of all, or that all are but the servants of the One Master. The form this realization takes depends upon one’s orientation. One knows by direct perception that, as ‘one exists, so everyone else exists ; then again, that here is the One and nothing but the One, that nothing comes and goes, yet also does come and go - there is no way of expressing all this in words. To the extent that one becomes estranged from the world of the senses, one draws nearer to God.

When attaining to true meditation, one’s chosen posture no longer represents either an obstacle or a source of enjoyment ; in other words, it is quite immaterial in what particular pose one happens to be. Whether one sits straight or crooked, the right posture will form of itself, pulling the body into the proper position. Again, there are occasions when one becomes entirely independent of the physical pose; in whatever attitude the body may happen to be, meditation just comes about effortlessly. Though, without a doubt, there is also a state in which, if one takes up a special pose, such as for instance, padmasana (the lotus pose) or siddhasana (the perfect pose), no interruption of one’s union with the Supreme Being can ever occur.

EIGHT

Benares. August 11 th , 1948.

QUESTION: The other day, when speaking about visions and similar experiences that one has during meditation, you said these were not real visions but mere ‘touches’.

SRI MA : Yes, viewed from the level where one can speak of ‘touch’, this is so; that is to say, you have not been changed by the experience. Yet it is attractive to you, and you can express the feeling in words, which implies that you still take delight in sense objects. Therefore it is a mere touch. If transformation had ensued, you would be unable to feel worldly enjoyment in this way. How can there be enjoyment or relish in a transformed state of being?

QUESTION: Atman and Brahman are different only by way of posited limitation. The vision that comes by constant ‘meditation on ‘I am Saccidananda’ is Atma darsana (the vision of the Self). Since there can be no vision of the Brahman, it must therefore be a partial, that is a limited vision of the Brahman. Is this correct?

SRI MA: If you think there are parts in the Brahman, you may say ‘partial’. But can there be parts in the Absolute? As you think and feel in parts, you speak of ‘touch’ - but He is whole, THAT which IS.

Om Namah Shivay

Journey With Confidence And Viveka

Photo: Journey With Confidence And Viveka

The journey looks difficult and lonesome, the goal very far away; what do we do? Anything and everything may look difficult at times, but you should never lose confidence in yourself and feel that you have no motivation and drive. As long as you are confident of your own abilities to achieve what you wish in life, I do not think that you will ever feel lonely.

We are constantly under the sway of our mind, performing and desiring according to our likes and dislikes, but we should realise that our likes and dislikes are not the final destination. Sometimes we may have to go against our likes and dislikes as part of viveka, the ability to discriminate between what is just, proper and correct and what is wrong. With viveka and confidence, that tiny spark will eventually become a torch.

There is a song: `When the day is dark and dreary and the way is hard to find, don't let your heart be weary, just keep this thought in mind: It is better to light one little candle than to stumble in the dark; it is better to light one little candle, all you need is a tiny spark.' When we are confronted by darkness, we get nervous and tense, not realising that the spark can be produced by many methods. We can use a lighter, match, flint, wood, anything, because everything which surrounds us in this universe has the power to assist us in our evolution. Every circumstance, even if difficult, helps you grow. Have confidence.

Can yoga change our destiny? Yes, it can. First, know what our destiny is and what we mean by destiny. If we know ourselves, our mind, personality, behaviour, actions and reactions; if we direct our actions and transform our negative tendencies into positive ones with a clear mind, inner tranquillity and inner vitality; if we go beyond the normal frame of mind, emotions and behaviour and develop a better perspective, then we can definitely direct our own lives and thus change our destiny.

There are two paths: one is the path of ignorance; the other is of knowledge. Usually human beings live in the area of ignorance, a lack of total knowledge. We may be sharp intellectually , we may be brilliant in our career, but we do not know our mind or personality; we do not really know any thing about ourselves. One can be a scientist, great mathematician or philosopher, but when it comes to the human personality there is lack of understanding. We do not know what we think, what we believe, what we experience or how to understand these experiences, and we do not know what to rationalise and what not to rationalise. There are so many things which we can and cannot understand. When we walk the path of knowledge, our awareness and consciousness bloom. We see everything clearly with a new perspective. It is like sitting in a room in total darkness and looking around, and then sitting in a room filled with bright light and looking around.There are two viewpoints here. When we are in the bright room we can see every detail; when we are in the dark room we cannot see much.

Through the growth of awareness, development of consciousness and awakening of our inner faculties, we can reconstruct our life and personality .

Om Namah Shivay

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http://www.vedic-astrology.co.in/

Journey With Confidence And Viveka

The journey looks difficult and lonesome, the goal very far away; what do we do? Anything and everything may look difficult at times, but you should never lose confidence in yourself and feel that you have no motivation and drive. As long as you are confident of your own abilities to achieve what you wish in life, I do not think that you will ever feel lonely.

We are constantly under the sway of our mind, performing and desiring according to our likes and dislikes, but we should realise that our likes and dislikes are not the final destination. Sometimes we may have to go against our likes and dislikes as part of viveka, the ability to discriminate between what is just, proper and correct and what is wrong. With viveka and confidence, that tiny spark will eventually become a torch.

There is a song: `When the day is dark and dreary and the way is hard to find, don't let your heart be weary, just keep this thought in mind: It is better to light one little candle than to stumble in the dark; it is better to light one little candle, all you need is a tiny spark.' When we are confronted by darkness, we get nervous and tense, not realising that the spark can be produced by many methods. We can use a lighter, match, flint, wood, anything, because everything which surrounds us in this universe has the power to assist us in our evolution. Every circumstance, even if difficult, helps you grow. Have confidence.

Can yoga change our destiny? Yes, it can. First, know what our destiny is and what we mean by destiny. If we know ourselves, our mind, personality, behaviour, actions and reactions; if we direct our actions and transform our negative tendencies into positive ones with a clear mind, inner tranquillity and inner vitality; if we go beyond the normal frame of mind, emotions and behaviour and develop a better perspective, then we can definitely direct our own lives and thus change our destiny.

There are two paths: one is the path of ignorance; the other is of knowledge. Usually human beings live in the area of ignorance, a lack of total knowledge. We may be sharp intellectually , we may be brilliant in our career, but we do not know our mind or personality; we do not really know any thing about ourselves. One can be a scientist, great mathematician or philosopher, but when it comes to the human personality there is lack of understanding. We do not know what we think, what we believe, what we experience or how to understand these experiences, and we do not know what to rationalise and what not to rationalise. There are so many things which we can and cannot understand. When we walk the path of knowledge, our awareness and consciousness bloom. We see everything clearly with a new perspective. It is like sitting in a room in total darkness and looking around, and then sitting in a room filled with bright light and looking around.There are two viewpoints here. When we are in the bright room we can see every detail; when we are in the dark room we cannot see much.

Through the growth of awareness, development of consciousness and awakening of our inner faculties, we can reconstruct our life and personality .

Om Namah Shivay