Warrier's Collage 05092020 : Guruvandanam

Warrier's Collage 05092020 : Magazines Today is Teacher's Day. See AA. M G Warrier AA Teacher's Day 2020 Remembering Dr S Radhakrishnan https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/teachers-day-2020-know-all-about-dr-sarvepalli-radhakrishnan-2288581 Gurustotram Lyrics https://vignanam.org/veda/sri-guru-stotram-(guru-vandanam)-meaning.html Guruvandanam https://youtu.be/XpgzkcHUK48 A Interaction 1) R Narayanan "I really enjoyed the article written by Vatsala Jayaraman "Malayala Samsaram" She has narrated the various incidences her daughter has encountered due to differences in the words used by people from different places/states. Expecting many more such humorous posts from her. Congratulations Smt.Vathsala Jayaraman" 2) P K K Nair "Shri V Babusenan is an eye opener to many like me, so to say! Many of us learned the song, in our childhood days, ”Kakke Kakke Koodevide.... “, but till this date, I didn’t know the author of the poem! And many more such wide ranging pieces of GK, Shri Babusenan is giving us in and through WC!! Hats off to him 🎩 🎩🎩" B Magazines 1) Kalyan-Kalpataru https://www.geetapressclothshop.in/magazines.php 2) Evolution of Magazines https://www.printweek.in/Features/a-quick-history-of-the-rise-of-magazines-43392 A brief history of Magazines C Readers Write 1) Balasubramanian, Coimbatore "As usual keying problem, but you can also call it as "thee"(your) economy my blabberrings on this: "Cooperation has failed but must succeed" ..does this sound familiar? Similarly Bank's inspectors were telling that : Bills' culture be cultivate...in other words most of banks credit utilisation by the industries is not through bills...i.e. to say that most of the Covid 19 funds to industries could have gone to enrich the personal assets of the borrowers...but economy should kick start. Therefore , make release of bank credit only on the basis of accepted bills because bills represent movement of goods and movement of goods indicates kick start of economy. Well, as usual none will listen to me and this message will not provoke your Think Tank" 2) V Babusenan Kathakali, Ramanattam and Krishnanattam Kathakali is a 17th century art form of Kerala which remained within temple precincts, palaces and manors of Savarna chieftains, until the temples in Kerala were opened to all Hindus, irrespective of caste. It is a developed form of Ramanattam and an antithesis of Krishnanaattam. Kathakali, as a performing art, is not popular like Kunchan Nambiar's Ottan Thullal in the sense that it demands a lot from the spectators for a full appreciation of it. One should have an acquaintance with the Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata and a fore-knowledge of the highly stylised mudras shown by the actors. If one is also blessed with a little bit of imagination to suppose that the tripod is a throne or a chariot, as the situation demands, there is, perhaps, no performing art as absorbing as Kathakali. The dress code and facial make-up of the actors are based on the three gunas: 'patcha', for saatwiks, 'chutti ' for raajaswiks and 'thaadi' for thaamaswiks. All women are 'minukku' The singer sings from a text known as 'aattakkadha' which the actors interpret thorough mudras and facial expressions. This needs years of arduous training. The aattakkadha consists of songs in Malayalam based mostly on popular Carnatic ragas like thodi, kalyani, mukhari, bhairavi, saveri and kambhoji. The prominent percussion instrument used is chenda.For a lover of chenda,watching kadhakali is like being in the seventh heaven! Kottarakkara Thampuran, Kottayam Thampuran, Unnayi Variyar, Dharma Raja and Irayimman Thampi are a few names among the Aattakkatha writers.Warier's 'Nalacharitham' is the most famous among them, especially for its literary value. There are two legends(euphemism for untrue stories) attached to Kathakali. One is about Kottarakkara Thampuran, supposed to be the father of Ramanaattam, the precursor to Kathakali. He was a dullard and totally innocent of Sanskrit. Once he was obliged to visit a relative's house where a death had taken place. Custom demanded that he should talk in Sanskrit only. His mother taught him the opening words : 'Mayaa kim karthavyam?' (what am I to do?) But on reaching there, he said :"Maya kim karthavyam?" Pat came the reply: "Deerghocchaaranam karthavyam." (you should have said 'mayaa ' not 'maya' ). This taunt, it is said, made him learn Sanskrit with a vengeance. The other story is that this Thampuran asked the Zamorin, who was the patron of Krishnanaattam, to send a troup of Krishnanaattam players to Kottarakkara. The Zamorin refused saying that the people of the south didn't have the cultural standard to appreciate that art. And, in retaliation, he created Ramanaattam" 3) Vathsala Jayaraman Lalitha Sahasranamam The month of Adi is essentially devoted to the worship of Shakthi. On all the Fridays of the month, Lalitha Sahasranamam is chanted in most of the Hindu homes. Lalitha Sahasranamam is in the 36th Chapter of Lalitopakhyana in Brahmanda Purana. It is presented in the form of instructions imparted to the Sage Agasthya by Hayagriva who is the horse-headed incarnation of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu. Hayagriva tells Agasthya the story of the incarnation of Lalitha Devi and describes her sports. He then describes the city of Sripura, Her abode, the greatness of Her Mantra, the panchadasakshari, the essential oneness of Sri Yantra, Sri Vidya. ( https://youtu.be/aoO_mL_Jb1k )* He initiates Agastya into the Sahasranamas of Devi's attendant deities. Though he described everything so far, Hayagriva did not mention anything about Lalitha Sahasranama. On repeated questioning of the anxious student, Agastya Maharishi, Hayagriva first explains the reasons why Lalitha Sahasranama is so divine and sacred, and why it can be imparted only to the highly potent and exalted and the reasons why it was not imparted to Agastya earlier. After getting convinced of Agastya's greatness, Hayagreeva initated Lalita Sahasranamam to Sage Agastya. The mythology goes that Bhandasura was creating lot of problems to Rishis and Devas. On being commanded by Devi they performed yagna. Lalitha Devi appeared from the Yagna Kundam along with Sri Chakra. Lalithambika destroyed Bhandasura. Even after killing him her anger did not subside. Just as Shiva took the form of Sarabheswara to control the anger of Narasimha, this time also Lord Shiva took the initiative. He requested Lalitha to go to Bhooloka and do penance . She went to a place called Thirumeeyachur in Tiruvarur District of Southern India and worshipped Lord Shiva. After sometime Lalitha Devi's anger subsided. She requested Vasini and the other Vagdevathas (Goddesses of speech) who knew the secrets of Srichakra, and of Sri Vidya and other Mantras to compose a hymn of a thousand names that would reveal Her greatness and lead the way to let Her devotees obtain Her grace by chanting. Accordingly Vasini and the other deities of speech composed the Lalitha Sahasranama consisting of the most secret mantras. Subsequently one day Devi sitting on her throne, gave the opportunity of her Darshan to all those who were present in the court, including countless Devatas and other inhabitants of heaven. She gave them all the opportunity to worship her. As every one took their seats after the worship, Lalitha Devi allowed Vasini and the other deities to chant the Sahasranama. Shri Meghanatha( Lord Shiva) and Lalithambika are the presiding deities of Meeyachur Temple. It is said that Sage Agastya with his wife Lopamudra visited this temple. Lalithambika gave Darsan in the form of nine gems to the couple. Immediately Agastya composed 'Lalitha Navaratna Malai' in Tamil in praise of Lalithambika. Rice mixed with pirandai (a herb) is the unique Naivedyam here to Lord Shiva. Though Lalitha Sahasranamam is stated to be a part of Brahmanda Purana, Some Sanskrit scholars have a different opinion. The language of Lalitha Sahasra Namam is highly refined and seems to pertain to a much later period. They opine that Laitha Saharanamam might belong to a later period of foreign invasion. In earlier works, they say, the deities' ornaments did not include the Mangala Sutra or the Thali. The habit of tying Mangala Sutra came to vogue much later as a protection to women. They say that the words "Kaameswara Baddha Mangalya Sutra Shobitha Kandhara"(One whose shoulders are adorned with Mangalya Sutra tied by Lord Shiva). It is entirely left to the research scholars. To whatever period it belongs, Lalitha Saharanamam is a garland of jewels -that excels not only in literary beauty but also appealing to the intellect, heart and mind. May Goddess Lalithambika bless everybody." (*Link to the Manthra added by Collage) D Blogs and Links 1) Swami Sarvapriyananda on Shankaracharya https://youtu.be/u_fHrjl0m3I 2) Happiness https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/ecstatic-thoughts/ruling-out-hardship-25501/ If happiness is available in the market... 3) Call a friend https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/someones-waiting-for-your-call-24781/

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