Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya 🙏🏻

Today is Birth Anniversary of Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya. If there was no Adi Shankracharya, Sanatan Hindu Vedic Dharma would have perished.

Life of Adi Shankracharya:

Birth: Kalladi, Kerala, India

Date of Birth: 788 CE

Mother: Aryamba

Became Sanyasi; at the age of 12

Lord Adi Shankaracharya who founded and established the Four Maths (peaks/monastery):

Govardhan Pithi-Puri(W),

All remain as four powerful pillars of Hinduism and Divided Hindu monks into ten categories.

In a short life span of 32 years, Jagadguru Adi Shankracharya achieved more than most people can in several lifetimes. May the life and teachings of Adi Sankaracharya inspire us to do our Dharma.

Salutations to To the Hindu Reviver, The Poet, The Philosopher, The Visionary, The Strategist, The Advaitin & The Enlightened.
Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya,
Incarnation of Lord Shiva,
founder of Advaita Vedanta and one of the greatest spiritual masters of India.

Adi Shankara, who causes welfare to the universe, who is the repository of the Divine Knowledge of Vedas, Upanishads, and who is the embodiment of mercy.

Adi Shankaracharya brought India back to Sanatan Dharma simply by beating Buddhist monks in religious debates.

Adi Shankara revived Advaita Vedanta, composed the main stotras used today for honoring the Hindu Devatas (Deities), established four maths (peaks/monastery) at the corners of India, renovated the chardham in the Himalayas, honored Shakti.
Though born in Kerala embraced all India.

The more we learn to adore Shri Adi Shankaracharya, not as a divine incarnation but as a sincere man inspired to serve the country and reconquer the nation from its slavery to alien ideologies, the more we shall successfully pay our tribute to our own culture.

I wonder how we can pay our debt to Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankracharya, it’s impossible. He lived for just 32 years but prepared whole Hindu civilization for next 1000 years of invasions & plunder. If one must choose a ‘father of the nation’, who else deserves it more than Shankara?

Salutations to Jagadguru Adi Sankaracharya, the greatest benefactor of Universe by his teachings of Advaita Vedanta that emphasizes the oneness of this world. One needs to be afraid when something else does exist other than him. When none is there beyond himself, where does fear come from?

He just didn’t stop discussing his lofty ideals of Advaita philosophy with scholars. His mission was to revive Sanatana dharma at all levels. His advaitic view of the society helped him stoop to the level of children & innocent & made stotras & other philosophical works to help them realize truth

At social level, he brought in kind of unity among practitioners of Sanatana Dharma & integrated modes of worship of Gods under 6 branches & getting rid of all violent practices found in our religion.

In all the four corners of India with having Kanchi as the middle of entire universe, he established spiritual centres & appointed ambassadors of Sanatana dharma to move around society & help people realize their purpose of life by offering updesa (preachings) on spiritual matters.
Even in temples

The cultural centres of india, he brought in positive changes by appointing officiating priests from other regions in several important temples like Rameswaram, Badari, Kathmandu, Tiruchendur, Gokarnam, Kanchipuram, Kedarnath, Srirangam, Chidambaram, Tirupathy, puri, dwaraka etc.

From Kalady’s sweet streams to Kashmir’s snowy peaks; from Dwarkadhish’s sandy shores to distant Kamakhya, Jagadguru, you are our foremost teacher, guiding light & unifier. May we be your worthy students.

Shankara, the Great Yogi:

Shankaracharya, or Shankara the teacher, is one of the greatest spiritual masters in the history of India. Shankara has often been called the greatest philosopher of India, if not of all time and of the entire world. His teaching is highly rational, clear and concise, as well deeply mystical, unfolding all the mysteries of Self, God, the universe, the Absolute and immortality. Most of what today is called Advaita (non-dualistic) Vedanta reflects the mark of his insights. He is the main classical teacher of the Advaita Vedanta tradition.

Shankara’s greatness has been hailed by such monumental modern gurus of India as Swami Vivekananda, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Ramana Maharshi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Paramahansa Yogananda, to name a few. In fact, most of what Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta taught as Advaita is pure Shankara Advaita. Perhaps more notably, most of the original Yoga that came to the West starting with Vivekananda was styled “Yoga-Vedanta,” reflecting Shankara’s influence, and aimed at Self-realization through meditation, not simply at skill in asana practice. Indeed Shankara has been a much more dominant figure than Patanjali in for these great Yoga-Vedanta masters and for India as a whole historically. He has been regarded as a veritable manifestation of Lord Shiva, the king of the Yogis himself, evidenced by his name Shankara, which is one of the main names for Shiva as well.

Travelled and Preached across:

Kollur, Trivandrum, Mysore, Srisailam, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Srinagar, Rameswaram, Madurai, Kanakdurga (Vijayawada), Puri, Gaya, Dantewada, Kamakyadevi, Manasarovara, Muktinath, Pasupatinath (Nepal), Alampur, Kolhapur, Triyambkeshwar, Ujjain, Ayodhya, Dwarka, Somnath, Prayag, Bhimashankar, Mathura, Badri, Kedar, Kanchi, Jwala, Ambaji, Hinglaj Dev (Balochistan). etc

At the age of 32 Jagadguru took Samadhi in Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, India.


Story of Lord Parsuram 😊🙏🏻

Parashurama is 6th avatar(incarnation) of Lord Vishnu. He is a Brahmakshatriya. Like other avatars of Lord Vishnu, he appears at a time when overwhelming evil prevailed on earth. Born in Tretayuga, he is believed to be still roaming the earth as one of the 7 Chiranjeevis (immortals).

He is also referred to as Rama Jamadagnya , Rama Bhargava and Veerarama in some texts. Parashurama is worshipped as Mool Purush, or founder, of the Niyogi Bhumihar Brahmin, Chitpavan, Daivadnya, Mohyal, Tyagi, Anavil and Nambudiri Brahmin communities.

Some 10,000 years ago, in the era of Treta, Mahrishi Bhrigu had a son named Richik, who married Satyavati, daughter of King Gaadhi. Since Gaadhi did not have a heir, Satyavati requested Maharishi Bhrigu to prepare a potion that would result in begetting one.

(Remember Rishi = scientist)

Bhrigu gave Satyavati two potions, one for her, other for the queen. He had prepared each with desired qualities for the respective families. But Satyavati gave own container to her mother thinking it may yield a better result.

When Bhrigu got to know of this unfortunate exchange of containers he was very upset, He told the princess, his daughter-in-law, your brother will now be born with ascetic tendencies while your son will be one of the most valiant and skilled warriors alive.

Satyavati begged him to correct the mistake somehow. Bhrigu gave her another potion which delayed birth of warrior Brahmin by one generation, Satyavati gave birth to Jamdagni, who remained true to the Brahmin traditions. Later Jamdagni married Renuka!


Happy Parsuram Jayanti (The Appearance Day of Lord Parsuram)

Today is Lord Parsuram Jayanti

So some shlokas about Him from bhagavatam :

yam āhur vāsudevāṁśaṁ
haihayānāṁ kulāntakam
triḥ-sapta-kṛtvo ya imāṁ
cakre niḥkṣatriyāṁ mahīm

Learned scholars accept this Paraśurāma as the celebrated incarnation of Vāsudeva who annihilated the dynasty of Kārtavīrya. Paraśurāma killed all the kṣatriyas on earth twenty-one times.

dṛptaṁ kṣatraṁ bhuvo bhāram
abrahmaṇyam anīnaśat
rajas-tamo-vṛtam ahan
phalguny api kṛte ‘ṁhasi

When the royal dynasty, being excessively proud because of the material modes of passion and ignorance, became irreligious and ceased to care for the laws enacted by the brāhmaṇas,
Paraśurāma killed them. Although their offense was not very severe, he killed them to lessen the burden of the world.

atha rājani niryāte
rāma āśrama āgataḥ
śrutvā tat tasya daurātmyaṁ
cukrodhāhir ivāhataḥ

Thereafter, Kārtavīryārjuna having left with the kāmadhenu, Paraśurāma returned to the āśrama. When Paraśurāma, the youngest son of Jamadagni, heard about Kārtavīryārjuna’s nefarious deed, he became as angry as a trampled snake.

ghoram ādāya paraśuṁ
satūṇaṁ varma kārmukam
anvadhāvata durmarṣo
mṛgendra iva yūthapam

Taking up his fierce chopper, his shield, his bow and a quiver of arrows, Lord Paraśurāma, exceedingly angry, chased Kārtavīryārjuna just as a lion chases an elephant.

tam āpatantaṁ bhṛgu-varyam ojasā
dhanur-dharaṁ bāṇa-paraśvadhāyudham
aiṇeya-carmāmbaram arka-dhāmabhir
yutaṁ jaṭābhir dadṛśe purīṁ viśan

As King Kārtavīryārjuna entered Māhiṣmatī Purī, he saw Lord Paraśurāma, the best of the Bhṛgu dynasty, coming after him, holding a chopper, shield, bow and arrows. Lord Paraśurāma was covered with a black deerskin, and his matted locks of hair appeared like the sunshine

acodayad dhasti-rathāśva-pattibhir
akṣauhiṇīḥ sapta-daśātibhīṣaṇās
tā rāma eko bhagavān asūdayat

Upon seeing Paraśurāma, Kārtavīryārjuna immediately feared him and sent many elephants, chariots, horses and infantry soldiers equipped with clubs, swords, arrows, ṛṣṭis, śataghnis, śaktis, and many similar weapons to fight against him.

Kārtavīryārjuna sent seventeen full akṣauhiṇīs of soldiers to check Paraśurāma. But Lord Paraśurāma alone killed all of them.

kṣamayā rocate lakṣmīr
brāhmī saurī yathā prabhā
kṣamiṇām āśu bhagavāṁs
tuṣyate harir īśvaraḥ

The duty of a brāhmaṇa is to culture the quality of forgiveness, which is illuminating like the sun. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, is pleased with those who are forgiving.

jāmadagnyo ‘pi bhagavān
rāmaḥ kamala-locanaḥ
āgāminy antare rājan
vartayiṣyati vai bṛhat

My dear King Parīkṣit, in the next manvantara the lotus-eyed Personality of Godhead Lord Paraśurāma, the son of Jamadagni, will be a great propounder of Vedic knowledge. In other words, he will be one of the seven sages.

āste ‘dyāpi mahendrādrau
nyasta-daṇḍaḥ praśānta-dhīḥ

Lord Paraśurāma still lives as an brāhmaṇa in the mountainous country known as Mahendra. Completely satisfied, having given up all the weapons of a kṣatriya, he is always worshiped, adored and offered prayers for his exalted character and activities by such celestial beings

evaṁ bhṛguṣu viśvātmā
bhagavān harir īśvaraḥ
avatīrya paraṁ bhāraṁ
bhuvo ‘han bahuśo nṛpān

In this way the supreme soul, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the Lord and the supreme controller, descended as an incarnation in the Bhṛgu dynasty and released the universe from the burden of undesirable kings by killing them many times.


Akshay Tritiya 😊🙏🏻

Akshay Tritiya is the day in which both Sun and Moon are exalted according to Jyotish (Astrology). Shows mutually highest state of solar and lunar, Lakshmi-Narayana and Shiva-Shakti energies. Not just a good date for material gains but for sadhana and any higher samkalpas.

Akshay Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया) or Akha Teej an extremely fortunate and sacred Hindu festival carrying good luck to start new beginnings is said to be the day when Shri Ganesha under the guidance of Maharshi Vyas started writing Mahabharata.

As per Hindu calendar, Akshay Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया) is celebrated on third day of bright moon (Shukla paksha) of Vaishakha / Baisakh month.
Akshay Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया) in 2018 will be observed on, 18th April.

This is considered to be one of the most sacred day in Hinduism, if you wish to start something new then you can do it on Akshay Tritiya.

The Sanskrit word Akshay means “eternal or everlasting”. On, this auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya, may the goddess of wealth Lakshmi and Lord Kuber bless everyone with everlasting wealth and prosperity. A very happy Akshay Tritiya to all.

Akshay Tritiya Significance :

1) Akshay Tritiya is considered the day when Treta Yuga commenced. The Treta Yuga is the 2nd Yuga and is significant for the births of Lord Vishnu’s incarnations in the form of Lord Vamana, Lord Parasurama and Lord Sri Ram.

2) It is also the birthday of Lord Parasurama (6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu)
Ved Vyas and Lord Sri Ganesha began writing the Mahabharata
This is believed to be the day when the Pandavas discovered weapons which made them victorious against the Kauravas.

3) On this day Kubera received his riches and position as custodian of wealth and riches along with Goddess Lakshmi by praying to Lord Shiva
Buying gold and gold jewellery on Akshay Tritiya signifies ever increasing good fortune.

4) Scriptures suggest the following deeds on Akshay Tritiya :

i) Yajanam propitiate the divine through fire rituals etc.
ii) Yaajanam involve in auspicious activities.
iii) Dhaanam donate to poor and needy.
iv) Pratigraham buying or accumulation of assets.

5) The holy river Ganga descended on earth on this day.

6) Adi Sankaracharya composed the Kanakadhara Stotram on this day
In Jainism Lord Rshabhanath broke His year long fast by having sugarcane juice.

7) Akshay Tritiya was the day when Vyasa started writing the history of the great Bharat war in the form of an epic Mahabharata.

8) The most sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven.

9) It was on this day that Goddess Annapurna Devi was born.

10) It is on this day that poor Sudama, the best friend of Lord Krishna visits Him (Lord Krishna) to greet Him after He became the King. With nothing to offer, Sudama takes with him Poha (puffed rice) and offers it to his friend and never discusses his poverty though he intends to. On his return he finds his hut changed to a palace.


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