who adore Lord Siva praise His dancing feet as their place of refuge, said M.A.
Manickavelu in a discourse.
It is obeisance to His feet that saves.
This is something all saints have known and they have therefore praised His
Siva’s Cosmic dance is praised by Saint
Thirumoolar, who says that the Goddess Sakti too dances with Him. It is an
Ananda tandava — a joyous dance. It is a pleasant dance, as pleasing as honey.
To Manickavachagar, it was Lord Siva’s
feet that gave deeksha.
The touch of the Lord’s feet worked like
magic and the moment the Lord put His feet on Manickavachagar’s head, the saint
stopped thinking of his relatives and concentrated all his thoughts on the
Appar’s verse talks of a woman
surrendering at Lord Siva’s feet.
As a result of this, she forgot all
about her family and became so immersed in the Lord that she even forgot her
In another verse, Appar sings of Lord
Nataraja’s raised eyebrows, His red lips that sport a smile, His locks of hair,
and His resplendent body that shines like a coral.
But Appar ends the verse praising Lord
Nataraja’s lifted foot as He dances, and Appar concludes that if a person has
the good fortune to see all of these, then he is truly blessed.
Markandeya, son of sage Mrikandu, was
destined to die at the age of sixteen.
But when Yama came to take his life, the
boy hugged a Siva linga. Yama was unable to take him away and so he cast his
rope around the linga too!
Lord Siva then kicked Yama away and
granted Markandeya the boon of immortality.
here again it was His feet that saved a devotee.
NAVAGRAHA STOTRAM* According to astrology, the positions of the nine planets in the twelve constellations of the zodiac and their movements are considered to be quite significant. The nine planets ‘Navagraha’ affect every aspect of human life. They play an important role in the activities, physical and mental health and life of any individual. The unfavorable positioning of any of these planets can be the cause of problems, bad health, and stagnation for many people. However, there is a solution to avoid the ill effects of the position and movement of the ‘Navagraha’ in our lives. Navagraha mantras (or stotram) are simple mantras which work as powerful healing tools to reduce the negative effects of any of the nine planets. These mantras are Hindu holy hymn addressing the nine planets. Benefits Of Navagraha Stotram And The Way to Practice The Navagraha Stotram is written b y Rishi Vyasa and is considered to be the peace mantra for the nine planets. They are powerful m
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*SUNSET OF THE CENTURY: Rabindranath Tagore THE LAST SUN OF THE CENTURY SETS AMIDST THE BLOOD-RED COLOURS OF THE WEST AND THE WHIRLWIND OF HATRED. THE NAKED PASSION OF SELF-LOVE OF NATIONS IN ITS DRUNKEN DELIRIUM OF GREED IS DANCING TO THE CLASH OF STEEL AND THE HOWLING VERSES OF VENGEANCE. THE HUNGRY SELF OF THE NATION SHALL BURST IN A VIOLENCE OF FURY FROM ITS OWNSHAMELESS FEEDING FOR IT HAS MADE THE WORLDITS FOOD, AND LICKING IT, CRUNCHING IT AND SWALLOWING IT IN BIG MORSELS, IT SWELLS AND SWELLS TILL IN THE MIDST OF ITS UNHOLY FEAST DESCENDS THE SUDDEN HEAVEN PIERCING ITS HEART OF GROSSNESS… *Note: “The Sunset of the Century”, translated by the poet, from Naivedya; The English Writings of Rabindranathtagore, Volume II,Delhi 1996, page 466. Quoted in his article ‘Critiquing nationalism’ by K Satchidanandan (Frontline, November 14, 2014). The article takes you to a much broader spectrum. HAPPY READING(READ MORE STAN