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“Dear MOM, you grew me from a seed, You’d sacrifice your meal so I could feed, you gave me air so that I could breathe, The person I turn to in times of need. How on earth can I thank you? For all the selfless things that you do, Not giving up on me, seeing this through, Unrivaled dedication, you were my medication still you are, without any hesitation, My saviour, my salvation.
DEAR MOM, thank you. For being there every second still you are with me, supporting me, protecting me. I was the most naughitest, stubborn, mischievous child still I am, noone can handle me only you. Superwoman of my life. Strongest and very Strict Hitler (solly 😂) Mom. I remember all your slaps and scoldings for my betterment. Your voice melts my worrying. Thank you for teaching me how to walk on my own, You were been my life’s greatest teacher and even now. You have colored my days with your guidance, affection, care and attention. Thank you for teaching me how to write, count and read. I love you and respect you more than you’ll ever know. You are the greatest; you are my everything. And I will always see you in every wonderful experience that will happen to me.
Mom’s LOVE for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things, crushes down remorselessly all that stand in its path.”

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“Riddle of a Hue”

I am a crow lover
In the night I hover
Sometimes ‘Jet’- my first name
I’m a hue of fame
The colour of the dark
Into her eyes I spark
The day I swallow
I am the hollow
I am the deep
I’m a creepy creep
I’m the owl’s heaven
I rest on a raven
I can fall
I can crawl
Into the old woman’s lap
I love to take a nap
embracing her cat’s skin
I’m the thick; I’m the thin
I’m a hater of ‘green’
I’m a colourless screen
I’m the canvas of stars
I’m the curer of scars
I’m precious on ‘rose’
I sniff with coloured nose
I feed on Asian Hair
I’m the electricity’s scare!!
I lick the Mercedes-Benz
Loved by Ladies and Gents
I worship the mean
I kiss the ‘Gothic Teen’
On her lips and eyes
And when a liar lies
I flee with the flies
I’m a hue; I’m a hue
Of the hat of a jew
I live in a funeral suit
I shine on the boot
I engulf the light
As the dead becomes white
The sun I fight
You hold me tight
When life has gone
Dusk dims the dawn
Whenever nights you lack
You just call me- BLACK!

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HANUMAN CHALISA

Hanuman Chalisa is a Hindu devotional hymn addressed to Hanuman. It was authored by 16th Century poet Tulsidas in the Awadhi language. The word “chālīsā” is derived from “chālīs”, which means the number forty in Hindi, as the Hanuman Chalisa has 40 verses (excluding the couplets at the beginning and at the end).

Hanuman is a vanara (a monkey-like humanoid deity), a devotee of Lord Rama, and one of the central characters in the Indian epic poem, the Ramayana. Folk tales acclaim the powers of Hanuman, and he is considered by many to be an avatar of the god Shiva. The qualities of Hanuman – his strength, courage, wisdom, celibacy, devotion to Rama and the many names by which he was known – are detailed in the Hanuman Chalisa. There are more temples devoted to Hanuman than any other deity in India, and recitation or chanting of the Hanuman Chalisa is a common religious practice. The Hanuman Chalisa is the most popular hymn in praise of Hanuman, and is recited by millions of Hindus every day.

Introduction Doha Part I

Shri Guru Charan Saroj Raj
Nij mane mukure sudhar
Varnao Raghuvar Vimal Jasu
Jo dayaku phal char

After cleansing the mirror of my mind with the pollen dust of holy Guru’s Lotus feet. I Profess the pure, untainted glory of Shri Raghuvar which bestows the four-fold fruits of life.(Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha).

Introduction Doha Part II

Budhi Hin Tanu Janike
Sumirau Pavan Kumar
Bal budhi Vidya dehu mohe
Harahu Kalesa Vikar

Fully aware of the deficiency of my intelligence, I concentrate my attention on Pavan Kumar and humbly ask for strength, intelligence and true knowledge to relieve me of all blemishes, causing pain.

Verse 1

Jai Hanuman gyan gun sagar
Jai Kapis tihun lok ujagar

Victory to thee, O’Hanuman! Ocean of Wisdom-All hail to you O’Kapisa! (fountain-head of power,wisdom and Shiva-Shakti) You illuminate all the three worlds (Entire cosmos) with your glory.

Verse 2

Ram doot atulit bal dhama
Anjani-putra Pavan sut nama

You are the divine messenger of Shri Ram. The repository of immeasurable strength, though known only as Son of Pavan (Wind), born of Anjani.

Verse 3

Mahavir Vikram Bajrangi
Kumati nivar sumati Ke sangi

With Limbs as sturdy as Vajra (The mace of God Indra) you are valiant and brave. On you attends good Sense and Wisdom. You dispel the darkness of evil thoughts.

Verse 4

Kanchan varan viraj subsea
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa

Your physique is beautiful golden coloured and your dress is pretty. You wear ear rings and have long curly hair.

Verse 5

Hath Vajra Aur Dhuvaje Viraje
Kandhe moonj janehu sajai

You carry in your hand a lightening bolt along with a victory (kesari) flag and wear the sacred thread on your shoulder.

Verse 6

Sankar suvan kersi Nandan
Tej pratap maha jag vandan

As a descendant of Lord Shankar, you are a comfort and pride of Shri Kesari. With the lustre of your Vast Sway, you are propitiated all over the universe.

Verse 7

Vidyavan guni ati chatur
Ram kar karibe ko aatur

You are the repository of learning, virtuous and fully accomplished, always keen to carry out the behests of Shri Ram.

Verse 8

Prabu charitra sunibe ko rasiya
Ram Lakhan Sita man basiya

You are an ardent listener, always so keen to listen to the narration of Shri Ram’s Life Stories. Your heart is filled with what Shri Ram stood for. You therefore always dwell in the hearts of Ram, Lakshman and Sita.

Verse 9

Sushma roop dhari siyahi dikhava
Vikat roop dhari lanka jarava

You appeared before Sita in a Diminutive form and spoke to her in humility. You assumed an awesome form and struck terror by setting Lanka on fire.

Verse 10

Bhima roop dhari asur sanghare
Ramachandra ke kaj sanvare

With over-whelming you destroyed the Asuras (demons) and performed all tasks assigned to you by Shri Ram with great skill.

Verse 11

Laye Sanjivan Lakhan jiyaye
Shri Raghuvir Harashi ur laye

You brought Sanjivan (A herb that revives life) and restored Lakshman back to life, Shri Raghuvir (Shri Ram) cheerfully embraced you with his heart full of joy.

Verse 12

Raghupati kinhi bahut badai
Tum mam priye Bharat-hi sam bhai

Shri Raghupati (Shri Ram) lustily extolled your excellence and said: “You are as dear to me as my own brother Bharat.”

Verse 13

Sahas badan tumharo yash gave
Us kahi Shripati kanth lagaave

Thousands of living beings are chanting hymns of your glories; saying thus, Shri Ram warmly hugged him (Shri Hanuman).

Verse 14

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
Narad Sarad sahit Aheesa

When prophets like Sanka, even the Saga Like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha (one of immeasurable dimensions).

Verse 15

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan te
Kavi kovid kahi sake kahan te

Even Yamraj (God of Death) Kuber ( God of Wealth) and the Digpals (deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe) have been vying with one another in offering homage to your glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.

Verse 16

Tum upkar Sugreevahin keenha
Ram milaye rajpad deenha
Tumharo mantro Vibeeshan mana
Lankeshwar Bhaye Sub jag jana

You rendered a great service to Sugriv. You united him with Shri Ram and he installed him on the Royal Throne. By heading your advice, Vibhishan became Lord of Lanka. This is known all over the Universe.

Verse 17

Yug sahastra jojan par Bhanu
Leelyo tahi madhur phal janu

On your own you dashed upon the Sun, which is at a fabulous distance of thousands of miles, thinking it to be a sweet luscious fruit.

Verse 18

Prabhu mudrika meli mukh mahee
Jaladhi langhi gaye achraj nahee

Carring the Lord’s Signet Ring in your mouth, there is hardly any wonder that easily leapt across the ocean.

Verse 19

Durgaam kaj jagat ke jete
Sugam anugraha tumhre tete

The burden of all difficult tasks of the world becomes light with your kind grace.

Verse 20

Ram dware tum rakhvare
Hoat na agya binu paisare

You are the sentry at the door of Shri Ram’s Divine Abode. No one can enter it without your permission.

Verse 21

Sub such lahai tumhari saran
Tum rakshak kahu ko dar na

All comforts of the worlds lie at your feet. The devotees enjoy all divine pleasures and feel fearless under your benign protection.

Verse 22

Aapan tej samharo aapai
Tenhon lok hank ke kanpai

You alone are befitted to carry your own splendid valour. All the three worlds (entire universe) tremor at your thunderous call.

Verse 23

Bhoot pisach Nikat nahin aavai
Mahavir jab naam sunavai

All the ghosts, demons and evil forces keep away, with the sheer mention of your great name, O’Mahaveer!!

Verse 24

Nase rog harai sab peera
Japat nirantar Hanumant beera

All diseases, pain and suffering disappear on reciting regularly Shri Hanuman’s holy name.

Verse 25

Sankat se Hanuman chudavai
Man Karam Vachan dyan jo lavai

Those who remember Shri Hanuman in thought, words and deeds with Sincerity and Faith, are rescue from all crises in life.

Verse 26

Sub par Ram tapasvee raja
Tin ke kaj sakal Tum saja

All who hail, worship and have faith in Shri Ram as the Supreme Lord and the king of penance. You make all their difficult tasks very easy.

Verse 27

Aur manorath jo koi lavai
Sohi amit jeevan phal pavai

Whosoever comes to you for fulfillment of any desire with faith and sincerity, will he alone secure the imperishable fruit of human life.

Verse 28

Charon Yug partap tumhara
Hai persidh jagat ujiyara

All through the four ages you magnificent glory is acclaimed far and wide. Your fame is Radiantly acclaimed all over the Cosmos.

Verse 29

Sadhu Sant ke tum Rakhware
Asur nikandan Ram dulhare

You are Saviour and the guardian angel of Saints and Sages and destroy all Demons. You are the angelic darling of Shri Ram.

Verse 30

Ashta sidhi nav nidhi ke dhata
Us var deen janki mata

You can grant to any one, any yogic power of Eight Siddhis (power to become light and heavy at will) and Nine Nidhis (Riches, comfort, power, prestige, fame, sweet relationship etc). This boon has been conferred upon you by Mother Janki.

Verse 31

Ram rasayan tumhare pasa
Sada raho Raghupati ke dasa

You possess the power of devotion to Shri Ram. In all rebirths you will always remain Shri Raghupati’s most dedicated disciple.

Verse 32

Tumhare bhajan Ram ko pavai
Janam janam ke dukh bisravai

Through hymns sung in devotion to you, one can find Shri Ram and become free from sufferings of several births.

Verse 33

Anth kaal Raghuvir pur jayee
Jahan janam Hari-Bhakht Kahayee

If at the time of death one enters the Divine Abode of Shri Ram, thereafter in all future births he is born as the Lord’s devotee.

Verse 34

Aur devta Chit na dharehi
Hanumanth se hi sarve sukh karehi

One need not entertain any other deity for Propitiation, as devotion of Shri Hanuman alone can give all happiness.

Verse 35

Sankat kate mite sab peera
Jo sumirai Hanumat Balbeera

One is freed from all the sufferings and ill fated contingencies of rebirth in the world. One who adores and remembers Shri Hanuman.

Verse 36

Jai Jai Jai Hanuman Gosahin
Kripa Karahu Gurudev ki nyahin

Hail, Hail, Hail, Shri Hanuman, Lord of senses. Let your victory over the evil be firm and final. Bless me in the capacity as my supreme guru (teacher).

Verse 37

Jo sat bar path kare kohi
Chutehi bandhi maha sukh hohi

One who recites Chalisa one hundred times, becomes free from the bondage of life and death and enjoys the highest bliss at last.

Verse 38

Jo yah pade Hanuman Chalissa
Hoye siddhi sakhi Gaureesa

All those who recite Hanuman Chalisa (The Fourty Chaupais) regularly are sure to be benefited. Such is the evidence of no less a witness as Bhagwan Sankar.

Verse 39

Tulsidas sada hari chera
Keejai Das Hrdaye mein dera

Tulsidas as a bonded slave of the Divine Master, stays perpetually at his feet, he prays “Oh Lord! You enshrine within my heart and soul”.

Verse 40

Pavantnai sankar haran,
Mangal murti roop.
Ram Lakhan Sita Sahit,
Hrdaye basahu sur bhoop.

Oh! Conqueror of the Wind, Destroyer of all miseries, you are a symbol of Auspiciousness. Along with Shri Ram, Lakshman and Sita, reside in my heart. Oh! King of Gods.

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JAGADGURU SRI ADI SHANKRACHARYA

Jagadguru Adi Shankaracharya, the greatest philosopher that India has ever produced was a religious reformer, a poet, a mystic and a devotee of the 8th century A.D. His thoughts and ideas have been a constant source of knowledge for the followers of Advaita philosophy, or non-dualism. His works are subjected to research by many Indian and foreign scholars even today.

Though he lived around twelve hundred years back, India and the world feel the impact of life and work of this spiritual genius even today.

The Lord in the Bhagawad Gita had given assurance to Arjuna that

“Yada Yada hi dharmasya

glanir bhavati bharata

Abhyutthanam adharmas

yatadatmanam srijamyaham”

Translated as – Whenever and wherever there comes a decline in any religious practice, O descendant of Bharata (India), and an overriding rise of irreligion – at that time I descend Myself.

As per this promise, Shankaracharya appeared on the Indian landscape during the times when impiety, immorality and religious bedlam swept over the nation. Further during the 8th Century A.D. foreign invasion had taken a toll on Hinduism and other religions like Jainism and Buddhism were widely spreading their philosophies. Atheism was becoming the vogue and the general creed of the people. Hinduism was broken up into innumerable denominations and sects each intolerant of and opposed to one another. In short the religious coherence in the land was lost and the purity and spirit of the religion was corroded beyond measure. This religious decadence and disharmony had to be arrested and this could be done only by a divine personality. Shankara came on to the scene and carried out this mighty and stupendous task of regenerating the religion. He brought about spiritual coherence and religious harmony in the country.

Shankara advocated the famous Advaita philosophy, or non-dualism. This philosophy regards God and man as aspects of the same unified consciousness. Shankara’s philosophy resisted dogma and ritualism and restored the substance and magnitude of the Vedas, placing special focus on the Upanishads. Shankara’s teachings contributed to the Hindu renaissance when Buddhism and Jainism were earning immense popularity. He is considered the founder of the Dasanami Sanyasins, an order of Hindu renunciants.

Shankara is the foremost among the master-minds and the giant souls which Mother Bharat (India) has produced. He was a great metaphysician, a pragmatic philosopher, an infallible logician, a vibrant personality and a stupendous ethical and spiritual force. He was a Yogi, Jnani and Bhakt of the highest stature. He was a Karma Yogi of no mean order.

Early Age:

Shankara was born in the year 788 A.D. to a Nambudiri Brahmin family. Shankara was born to Kaippilly Sivaguru and Aryamba Antharjanam near Kaladi, Kerala. As per the lore, after being childless for many years, his parents prayed at the Vadakkunnathan temple, Thrissur and thus Shankara was born under the star Thiruvathira.

Shankara’s father Sivaguru died when Shankara was seven years old. Shankara’s Upanayanaṃ or thread ceremony was performed in his seventh year, after the death of his father. Shankara had none to look after his education. However, his mother was an extraordinary woman who took special care to educate her son in all the Shastras.

Shankara exhibited extraordinary intelligence in his boyhood. He showed remarkable erudition and mastered the four Vedas by the age of eight. Eventually, Shankara conquered the knowledge of all the theologies and philosophies. He started writing commentaries on the Bhagavad-Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahma Sutras by the tender age of sixteen.

Renunciation:

When Shankara reached adulthood his mother began consulting various astrologers who could help finding a suitable girl for Shankara’s marriage. But Shankara had a firm resolve to renounce everything and attain Sanyasa.

Though from a very young age, Shankara was inclined towards Sanyasa, it was only after much persuasion that his mother finally gave her consent.

An interesting episode took place which compelled Shankara’s mother to allow her son for choosing Sanyasa as his path of life. One day, Shankara and his mother went to take a bath in the river. Shankara plunged into the river and felt that a crocodile was lugging him by the feet. Shankara’s predicted the end of his life and shouted out to his mother asking permission to let him die peacefully as a Sanyasi. He begged for Apath-Sanyasa (the adoption of Sanyasa when death is near).

The mother immediately allowed him to take Sanyasa. Shankara took Apath-Sanyasa at once. However, the crocodile let him go unharmed. Shankara came out of the water as a nominal Sanyasi.

Before leaving home and starting off his life as Sanyasi, Shankara assured his mother that he would fulfill his duties as a son and return to serve her at the death-bed and perform her funeral rites. He then proceeded to find out a guru who can get him formally initiated into the holy order of Sanyasins.

In search of a Guru:

From Kerala, he travelled towards north as his mind and soul were continually longing for a guru. He met Govinda Bhagavatpada, the disciple of Gaudapada, on the banks of the Narmada River. During Shankara’s first meeting with Govinda Pada at an ashram in Badrinath in the Himalayas, he prostrated at the teacher’s feet. When Govinda Bhagavatpada asked Shankara’s personal identity, he replied with an extempore verse that unveiled the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta.

Shankara answered his revered guru that neither is he fire nor air. Neither is he earth nor water. He is the Immortal Atma (Self) that is veiled in all forms and names. Shankara concluded by saying that he is the son of Sivaguru, a Brahmin residing in Kerala. After his father’s demise, he was brought up by his mother. He has studied the Vedas and the Shastra and has taken Apath-Sanyasa. He thereby asked his Guru to formally initiate him in the holy order of Sanyasa.

Govinda Pada became extremely pleased and impressed with the truthful narration given by Shankara. The guru then initiated him, invested him with the robe of a Sanyasi and took him as his disciple. Govinda Pada imparted the knowledge of Advaita philosophy to his disciple which he had inherited from his Guru Gaudapada. After Shankara finished learning all the philosophical tenets from Govinda Pada, the guru asked him to proceed towards Kashi. It was during his Kashi stay that he wrote all his famous commentaries on the BrahmaSutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita, and successfully met all the criticisms leveled against them. He then began to spread his philosophy. Shankara had the greatest esteem for Govinda Bhagavatpada and his Param Guru or teacher’s teacher, Gaudapada.

Contribution to Society:

Shankara wrote Bhashyas or commentaries on the BrahmaSutras, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita. Specifically,he was instructed by his guru GovindaPada to propagate Advaita philosophy. Therefore he wrote the commentary on the BrahmaSutras. The Bhashya on the BrahmaSutras is called BhasyaSariraka. Shankara wrote commentaries on Sanatsujatiya and SahasranamaAdhyaya.

In the form of his eternal commentaries, Sri Shankaracharya has passed onto posterity the fundamentals oflogic and metaphysics. Shankara’s commentaries emphasize on gaining practical knowledge in order to unfold and strengthen devotion towards the Almighty.

A few of these commentaries which are treasures to Hinduism are Vivekachudamani, AtmaBodha, Aparokshanubhuti, AnandaLahari, Atma-AnatmaVivek, Drig-DrishyaVivekaand UpadesaSahasri. These innumerable works are pure and original in verses and are matchless in sweetness, melody and thought.

In his works, Adi Shankara reinvigorated the essence of Vedas amongst the people of India, and his efforts helped Hinduism regain its earlier strength and popularity.

Even though he lived a very short life and renounced his body at thirty-two years, his impact on India and on Hinduism is extremely striking. He re-introduced a finer form of Vedic thought. His traditions and teachings form the basis of the Smartas and have influenced Sant and Mutt lineages.

The Vedanta school stresses mostly on the Upanishads (which are themselves called Vedanta, the apogee of the Vedas), unlike the other schools that gave tremendous stress on ritualistic Brahmanas, or to texts authored by their founders.

It is known that Shankara’s Brahman was Nirvisesha (without attributes), Nirguna (without the Gunas), Nirakara (formless), and Akarta (non-agent). This means he was above all needs and desires. Regarding meditation, Shankara straightaway refuted the system of Yoga and its various disciplines as a direct means of attaining moksha. As per Shankara, moksha could be attained solely through concentration of the mind.

Travels:

Shankara is known as Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya or the “best of peripatetic teachers.” He undertook a triumphant tour of the entire country vanquishing great scholars and establishing the Absolute Truth. At Badrinath he wrote his famous Bhashyas(commentaries) and Prakarana Granthas (philosophical treatises).

Adi Shankara then traveled to Srisailam (Andhra Pradesh) and Maharashtra with his followers. At Srisailam, he composed a devotional (bhakti) hymn called Shivanandalahari in praise of Lord Shiva. The Madhaviya Shankaravijayam explains that when Adi Shankara was about to be sacrificed by a Kapalika, Lord Narasimha came to rescue Shankara in response to Padmapada’s prayer. Finally, Adi Shankara composed the Laksmi-Narasimhastotra. He then visited the Mookambika temple at Kollur, the Lord Mahabhaleshwara at Gokarṇa, and the Harishankar at Gandhamardhan hills in Orissa. At Kollur, he accepted a young boy as his disciple. The boy was believed to be desereted by his own parents. Shankara named the boy Hastamalakacarya and initiated him to the world of spiritualism. Next, he visited Sringeri (Śṛngeri) to establish the Śarada Piṭham and made Totakacharya his disciple.

After this, Adi Shankara started off his tour of conquest or Dig-vijaya to propagate the philosophy of Advaita and in his teachings he controverted all philosophies opposed to Advaita. He traveled from South India to Kashmir and Nepal. On his way, he greatly promoted and disseminated his ideas to the local masses. He stood for his philosophy and entered into extensive debates with Hindu, Buddhist and other monks and scholars. In his tour, he was accompanied by Malayali King Sudhanva and they extensively traveled throughout Andhra Pradesh, Vidarbha and Tamil Nadu. On their way to Karnataka, they were besieged by a group of armed Kapalikas. However, King Sudhanva and his Nairs confronted and defeated the group and the duo safely reached Gokarna. At Gokarna, Shankara initiated and participated in many impromptu debates. In one such debate with a Shaiva scholar named Neelakanta, he acquired a sweeping victory for his lucid speech acts on Advaita philosophy. Moving towards Saurashtra or ancient Kambhoja and other places in Gujarat including shrines of Girnar, Somnath and Prabhasa and imparting the teachings of Vedanta in all these sites, he arrived at Dwarka. At Ujjayini in Madhya Pradesh, all the established scholars – including Bhaṭṭa Bhaskara, the proponent of Bhedabeda philosophy – accepted with pleasure the Advaita philosophy preached by Adi Shankara. He debated against the Jainas at Bahilka and surpassed them in religious confrontations. Thereafter, he gained victory over many philosophers in Darada (Dabistan), Kamboja (North Kashmir) and from there he got across deserts and the Himalayas and finally reached Kashmir.

Shankaracharya’s thoughts on ‘Brahman’:

‘Brahman’‘Self’ and ‘Atman’ – To quote what the spiritual-master Shankarasaid and preached, “This Atman is self-evident. This Atman or Self is not established by proofs of the existence of the Self. It is not possible to deny this Atman, for it is the very essence of he who denies it. The Atman is the basis of all kinds of knowledge.

The Self is within, the Self is without, the Self is before and the Self is behind. The Self is on the right hand, the Self is on the left, the Self is above and the Self is below.”

In the above phrase Adi Shankara explains the core of no-dualism philosophy, stating that the fundamentals of life – Satyam-Jnanam-Anantam-Brahma – are inseparable attributes. The essence of Brahman is formed by these attributes, in total. Since any type of description requires distinction, to describe a Brahman cannot be made possible under any circumstances. On the other hand, Brahman can be distinguished from no one but Almighty.

The objective world has no sovereign existence rather only the Atman has the one. The world is merely Vyavaharika (phenomenal).

Shankara was the exponent of the Kevala Advait philosophy. His teachings on Kevala can be summed up in the following phrase:

“Brahma Satyam JagatMithya,

JeevoBrahmaiva Na paraha”

Meaning – Brahman alone is real, this world is unreal; there is no difference between the Jivatma and paramatmaie Brahman.

‘Brahman’ and ‘VivartaVada’ – Out of the three major concepts (vaadas) of the Vedanta philosophy, i.e. Arambha, Parinama and Vivarta, the VivartaVada forms the basis behind Shankara’sAdvait philosophy.

The three vaadas support different causes of the existence of this universe. The philosophy of VivartaVada, propagated by Shankara says that Brahman is said to be without change but only appears as the Universe, through the play of maya.

Just as a rope is mistaken for a snake, this world and this body are laid over on Brahman or the Supreme Self. The illusion of the snake automatically vanishes once you derive the knowledge of the rope. Similarly, the illusion of the body and the world vanishes, once you get true knowledge of Brahman.

Establishing Maths:

Adi Shankara founded four mutts to guide the Hindu religion. These are at

Sringeri in Karnataka in the south,Dwaraka in Gujarat in the west,Puri in Orissa in the east, andJoshi Mutt in the north.

He ordered Sureshwaracharya, Hastamalakacharya, Padmapadacharya, and Totakacharya as heads of these mutts.

Even today, the heads of these mutts inherit the title ‘Shankaracharya’ (the learned Shankara) after Adi Shankaracharya. By establishing these Mutts, Shankara comprehended the physical and spiritual harmony of India. Another Mutt known as the Kamakoti Mutt at Kanchi in South India was also established by him.

The Order of the Dasanami Sanyasins:

Adi Shankaracharya was the founder of the Dasanami Sanyasins (Dasanami Sampradaya) of Hindu monasticism and Ṣhaṇmata of Smarta tradition. He brought in the Pancayatana worship tradition. He played an instrumental role in the revival of Hinduism and he achieved this in coordination with Madhva and Ramanuja. Later, three prominent Hinduism factions emerged under their respective leaderships which are in practice even today. All the three leaders have been the most central figures in the recent past of Hindu philosophy.

Shankara organized ten definite orders of Sanyasins under the title ‘Dasanamis’ who lend, at the end of their names, any one of the ten below mentioned suffixes:

Sarasvati,Bharati,Puri (Sringeri Mutt);Tirtha,Asrama (Dwaraka Mutt);Giri,Parvata andSagar (Joshi Mutt);Vana andAranya (Govardhana Mutt).

The highest of all grades is Paramahamsa and it is only through extensive learning of Vedantic study, meditation and Self- realization that one achieves this stature. The Ativarnashramis are above caste and other conventional orders of life. Shankara’s Sanyasins are settled all over the country, till date, preaching and propagating the works of their divine guru.

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Adi Shankara

Adi Shankara – The Person Who Saved Vedic Dharma in India

Also known as Adi Shankaracharya, Adi Sankara is why the Vedic Dharma in India exists today. During his days, the forces that opposed Vedic religion was greater and in more numbers than they are today. There was a chaos in matter of religion and philosophy in India. Religions and sects such as Charvakas, Lokayathikas, Kapalikas, Shaktas, Sankhyas, Buddhas and Madhyamikas were competing. Not only them, there were about 72 sects in total and there was a conflict between them. Superstition and bigotry prevailed during the times.

Some of those threats are:

Greece, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern countries were invading India. Sanatana Dharma was starting to get corrupted. Preachers who were not complete followers of Vedas started to preach their own religious methods and their own ways of rituals. Vedas were difficult for even the intellectuals of those times to understand because of the complexity of the language. Since many did not know Sanskrit, people were ignorant about the religion. Vamachara of Tantric started to gain popularity, and it led to cruel practices such as Nara Bali. Buddhist and Jain religion launched right then. They were based on spoken language, so most of the people could understand it. Moreover, they picked these two because Sanatana Dharma was getting more and more corrupted. Other Hindu kings like Asoka and Harsha were attracted to Buddhism and Jainism rather than Sanatana Dharma.

During such heavy threats, Adi Shankara single-handedly restored the Vedic Dharma and Advaita Vedanta to its pristine form in India, and that too in a very short period of time.

Interesting Facts About Adi Shankaracharya:

By the age of sixteen, he mastered the Vedas. He understood Buddhism and ancient Vedic tradition, then he transformed the extant ideas, especially of the Vedanta tradition of Hinduism. He worked to make it the most important tradition in India that has lasted now for more than thousand years.He understood the importance of monastic life, and he sanctioned it as per the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra. He traveled across India and other parts of South Asia to spread the Hindu philosophy, not in a sense of preaching, but rather through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He founded four monasteries, Shankaracharya peethas, also called mathas, in four corner of India to keep up with his spiritual teachings:
Sarada Peetham at Sringeri Kalika Peetham at DwarakaJyotih Peetham,
Badarikashrama
Goardhana Peetham in Jaggannath, Puri.
He is regarded to be the greatest teacher and reformer of Smarta. He was the one who introduced Panchayatana form of worship – the worship of five deities in a simultaneous manner – Ganesha, Surya, Vishnu, Shiva and Devi. He explained that these were all different forms of the one Brahman, the Supreme being.He wrote many books – bhasya, prakarana grantha, stotra

Adi Shankracharya succeeded at doing all these at just the age of 32. He is, in fact, a profound philosopher, an able propagandist, a matchless preacher, a gifted poet, a great religious reformer.

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TO LORD JAGANNATH, THE OMNIPRESENT!

Among the thick leaves’ rustles
In the rolling waves’s ripples
In the minute sore pimples
I notice Your Mighty Robes Purples!

Under barbars’sharp shaving razors
Between the doctors’s operating scissors
Beneath the myriad comforting geysers
I feel Your gifted, unusual Pleasures.

On the swift wheels of the trains
In the mysterious bloackboxes of the planes
In the ever evolving human brains
I realize Your unceasing benevolence Rains.

In the green golden corn fields
Behind the warriors’ protective shields
In the weeds and in the water reeds
I perceive Your bestowed blissful Yields.

In the laughters of the joy brides
In the grins of the victory rides
In the salvation of the ultimate flights
I behold You shower infinite Delights.

In the faithful prayers of the needy
In the honest sweats of the steady
In the decrees of the judges’ just
I find Your Presence is a must.

In the Moon’s cool, silvery shines
In the sky-kissing peaks, lofty pines
In the sands, stones, shrubs, and herbs
I view only Your Omni-pulsating Throbs.

In the incalculable Light years’ distance
In the forests dark, dangerous, dense
In the gorges, icebergs, stars and grains
I watch Your all permeating, generous Lens.

In all the so-called man-made inventions and discoveries
In the great visionaries’ dreams and lovers’ reveries
In the known- unknown, human-Natural treasuries
I observe Your Mercy Oceans and Bounty Seas.

JAI JAGANNATH 😊🙏🏻

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Bender

Shrouded voices,
Whispered lies-
Bend the spoon
and paint the skies,
Whiskey bent-
Not heaven bound,
Hidden moments
Never found…
Spin and sleep,
Then drift and
Dream,
Nothing ever
what it seems-
Sliding back,
Or moving in-
Grand illusions
Sin to win…
Flaming footprints
‘cross this realm,
Sinking swiftly-
Slinging spells,
Deadman in the
Afterlife-
Voices whisper
Thru his
Night…
A meeting with
A memory,
She was the
One-
But now she’s
Free,
Nobody seems to
Hear his cries
Afterburner–
Tainted skies…
Seasons far
‘tho storms are
Near-
A lake of
Blazing Angel
Tears,
Form as swiftly,
Then erupt-
Drinking from
The
Devil’s
Cup…

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