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  1. very nice article. Blessed are those that had the oppurtunity to be in his midst and bask in his grace and benevolence.

  2. Kreem Hreem Hoom Mathurakalike Kreem, Hreem Hoom,
    Bhadrakali Karaaleecha Mahakali Tilothamaa
    Kaali Karaala Vakthraantha Kamakshi Kaamathaa Subaa

    Om Girisaraaye cha Vidhmahe Siva Priyaaya cha Dheemahi
    Tanno Durga Prachodaayaath

  3. This evokes deep feelings and distant memories.
    Madurai Mani iyer had a certain uniqueness- we now know the reason: he had his first public performance in the presence of Paramacharya and was blessed by him! Once Mani Iyer sang a kriti, it was etched in our memory .We remember it still after half a century. And we could never relish the same sung by any one else! And not many could even dare to render the kritis he had sung.
    Mani Iyer had other distinctions. After Paramacharya had asked that ‘Veyuru Toli Pangan’ , Sambandar’s hymn be recited to ward off the evil effects of planetary conjuction in 1962, Mani Iyer used used to render this invariably in all his concerts, revealing his Acharya bhakti. He never sang the Tyagaraja Kriti ‘Nidhi chala sukhama’ in Kalyani. He said that as a professional musician he was accepting payment and so in all conscience, he could not sing this..
    Paramacharya’s praise for Nama Sankeertanam reminds us that it was Sri Bhagavannama Bodhendra, the 59th Pontiff of Kanchi Peetha who initiated this philosophy in the Tamil land,anticipating the decline in Dharma and the difficulty in following the more orthodox karmas in this Kali age. As it is said:

    Kali kalmasha chittanaam, papa dravya jeevinaam
    Vidhi karma viheenaanaam, gatir Govinda kirtanam.

    When we think of Sampradaya bhajans or Nama Sankirtan, we dutifully remember Sri Bodhendra.and pay obeissance to him thus:
    Yasya smarana maatrena nama bhakti prajayatey,
    Tam namami yati sreshtam Sri Bodhendram jagataam Gurum.

    About the tradition of group singing of divine names, Sri Tyagaraja sang:
    Hari dasulu vetale muchchata (koni)
    Anandamaye dhayalo..
    Hari Govinda Narahari Rama Krishna yani
    Varusaga naamamu karunato jeyusu….
    Jnanamuto Rama dhyanamuto manchi

    Our Paramacharya has shown that more than ananda is involved here. It is the very means to liberation.
    We should thus remember our Paramacharya also whenever we attend Bhajans.

  4. Shankara. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Mahesh anna.

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