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October 18 , 2013

This week Sundarakanda moves to Chapter 67 .

In Chapter 67 we hear Hanuman recounting his conversations with Sita. While chapter 58 gives an overview of Sundarakanda, the three chapters namely Chapter 66, Chapter 67, and even Chapter 68 give a summary of Sundarakanda narrative with emphasis on 'Sita Hanumat Sambhashana'

Last week writing about Saundaryalahari , we referred to a book on Saundaryalahari published by Theosophical Publishing House, Adayar , Madras ( 1937) authored by Pandit Subramanya Sastri and Srinivasa iyyengar. This book has an interesting Appendix listing for each mantra the method of Japa ( number of times the mantra is to recited ), the chakra associated, the expected benefit , and the number of days for the Japa etc !

To guard against one being carried away by the tantra lore and apply the same for crude materialistic purposes, there is one illuminating line which is as follows. ' The very essence of of Sri-Vidya consists in its being availed by its votaries to serve lofty and altruistic purposes' !!!

As everywhere, even in tantra there are two schools of thought.

One School follows the Advaita - the Sankara school- which looks at tantra also for knowing the 'Brahman'. These are also called ' Samayins' referring to the sameness of Shiva and Shakthi. They look at Tantra for the lofty and altruistic purposes referred to above

The other school ( Kaula-s) being focused on Kundalini ( see Wikipedia). They worship Kundalini and are satisfied with the attainment and enjoyment of temporal objects , believing that with the eventual rousing of Kundalini, they attain Moksha or liberation

A copy of this book is available on the web .

When you dig deeper using Google search you come across interesting bits !. There was a British citizen who started as a barrister at Calcutta High court, later became its chief Justice and there after became a Professor of Indian Law at Oxford(?) . When he was not wearing his legal garb he became orientalists , translating Sanskrit books into English. One of the areas of his interest in Sanskrit is Tantra and Kundalini and it probably includes Saundaryalahari; Apparently there were lot of Britishers who came as part of establishment and were captivated by India's antiquity !!

This week's one more thing !! is a sequel to the earlier story - 'Vakbhushanam bhushanam'. It is about cultured speech! We like to repeat that we do not mean that cultured speech solves all the problems. A cultured speech is more likely to pave the way for the other one to hear your point. Ultimately winning the argument depends on the merit of the case. Cultured speech gives you only an opening. In any case an uncultured slog at the boss is unlikely to get you anywhere. And bosses, who use one too many uncultured slogs, will certainly find themselves where they deserve to be, with no loyal following!!

This week's Chapter 67 also means that in one more week we are completing our Sundarakanda Yagnya !!

Recently there was a query on the archives of kasarabada.org ! The structure is simple. Each of the main pages namely (i) Valmiki Ramayanam (ii) Bhagavatam (iii) Athato brahma jignyasa ( iv) one more thing! carry the links for archives in their domain directly on their pages !!. The archives for the home page are provided with a link on the main page

Happy reading !!

om tat sat !


This Ugadi beginning is continuing with a Happy Dussera. The page in Telugu titled - "Subbalakshmigari Kalam loninchi" has some notes on Saundaryalahari. This is now moving at its own pace . This time in inkomaata we have some reminiscences from previous Dussera's!!

For Telugu Home page click here

om tat Sat



What is on the kasarabada.org?

For the new visitors we thought of adding a few lines on navigation , so that they may know what is available on Kasarabada.org !

We have 89 chapters of Dasama Skandha of Bhagavatam. All these chapters (stories on Krishna) are listed by name and are available on a link on the Bhagavatam page.

We have 65 chapters of Sundarakanda and also complete bouquet of articles on Ramayana. These articles include "Role models from Ramayana" namely Srirama , Sita , Hanuman , Jataayu , Sabari , Bharata , Lakshmana. Apart from these there were some special articles namely The Message of Ramayana , Going to the Forests and about Hanuman in "In the thick of the Battle " . Along the same lines are the earlier articles in praise of Hunuman 1 , Hanuman 2 and Valmiki Sundarakanda . Added to this bouquet is the Sundarakanda as a Telugu poem by Pandit Vijayraghavrao. We have also added some downloads specifically for the Sankshipta Sundarakanda ( with Sanskrit slokas) reproduced in different language scripts namely Sanskrit , Telugu , Kannada and Malayalam . There is also a Telugu Sundarakanda Katha for those interested in reading the same as a prose story !!,.

One more thing is a page where we get articles which could be on anything , informative and educative handled with a light heart and a touch of contemporary realities. The page lists all the earlier stories on its page

The last column is Athato Brahma Jignyasaa . This page is focused on Indian Philosophy /Darsanas. This has been started a few months ago and all its earlier issues are listed on its page

In effect to have a look at what is available from the earlier issues you only need to visit the four pages of Ramayanam , Bhagavatam , one more thing. and Athato Brahma Jignyasaa. Each page of these banner pages carry the list of all earlier articles .

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- contributed by Kamaraju Turaga


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