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Category Archives: Bhakthi maarga

sri anandamayi mata about guru bakthi


Once the Guru has accepted a disciple, He [She] will never leave him until the goal has been attained. The question of leaving does not arise at all. ~ Sri Anandamayi Maam_3by5_2

இறைவனிடம் நம்மை சேர்க்கும் எட்டு அம்சங்கள் – நாராயண பட்டத்திரி

காயத்ரியைக் காட்டிலும் சிறந்த மந்திரம் இல்லை. தாயை விஞ்சிய தெய்வம் இல்லை. காசியை விஞ்சிய புண்ணிய தீர்த்தம் இல்லை, அது போல எகாதசியை விஞ்சிய விரதம் இல்லை. எனவேதான் நாராயணீயம் பாடிய நாராயண பட்டத்திரி இந்த கலி காலத்தில் எளிதில் இறைவன் அருள் கிட்ட  இறைவனிடம் நம்மை சேர்க்கும் எட்டு அம்சங்களாக

1. கங்கை,

2. கீதை,

3. காயத்ரீ

4. துளசி

5. கோபி சந்தனம்,

6. சாளக்கிரம வழிபாடு,

7. இறைவனின் திருநாமங்கள்,

8. ஏகாதசி விரதம் ஆகியவற்றை கூறுகின்றனர். 

இவற்றிலெல்லாம் தமக்கு பற்றுதல் உண்டாக்குமாறு  குருவாயூரப்பனிடம் வேண்டுகிறார்.


Can I wear the garland(mala)/dress god has worn? – Clarity given by Saint Periyazhwar

Whenever I visit a Jeeva Samadhi/Temple, I am comfortable in the having the Prasad (food) offered to God and Vibuthi, Kumkum etc. However I feel awkward in the wearing the garland that the God has worn. The same goes with the dress of the god. Can I wear the dhothi which God has worn? If I wear it, will I not become his equal? which definitely I am not!

I have always been asking this question to myself..It was in the shoulders of the God a minute ago and now it is in my shoulders..A minute before and a minute after –  His and my shoulders? – So am I qualified to have it? He was wearing the Dhothi..Now I am wearing his?!! So am I his equal?

Some how till date I feel that the garland should be had in the hands and that the devotee must hold it in Bhakthi. In the Dhothi front, I feel that it has to be kept in the pooja room in front of god and should be worshiped and not worn! I use to have a mixed feeling i.e an Awkward Bhakthi (both together)!!

I was going through Thiruppalandu sung by the great Saint Periyazhwar..I am quoting the verse here which changed my thought process completely herewith:

உடுத்துக் களைந்தநின் பீதக வாடை யுடுத்துக் கலத்ததுண்டு

தொடுத்த துழாய்மலர் சூடிக் களைந்தன சூடும்இத் தொண்டர்களோம்

English Translation:

O Lord, we wear the yellow vestments you wear and discard.  We eat the food offered to you.  We wear the woven Tulasi flowers you wear and discard, and rejoice.

Oh..Oh..My understanding is partially right..Saint Periyazhwar is talking about a higher quality of Bhakthi here. He says that you can wear what he has worn provided you are his “Thondar”. The person who has surrendered himself totally to him. While wearing it, we should be conscious (throughout if possible) that we are wearing the garments worn by God. Thus lifting our stature in spirituality.

Henceforth I can peacefully wear the garland and wear the dress worn by the god..with Awareness and Bhakthi that god has worn it before!

What about wearing it before? Like Andal? Hmmm…



“I” wont die – Thondaradipodi Azhwar

“தலையறுப் புண்டும் சாவேன் சத்தியங் காண்மின் ஐயா”

Thirumalai 1, Thondaraipodi Azhwar

English Translation:

Even if you cut my head, “I” will not die, I swear

Thondaradipodi Azhwar in his Thirumalai aserts that even if you cut off his head, he swears that he i.e  the quality “I” wont die.

Lovely! Marvelous!

Once a person who has tasted the “I” and is in it always only can make such a beautiful statement. I bow at your lotus feet.



Staying close to guru – Guruji Sundar


Bhakthi & Logic

Bhakthi mostly defies logic. Any one in bhakthi can be closely associated with a person who is mad and there is every possibility they will treated as such. The reverse is also true. A mad person in all probabilities will look like a Bhaktha. How to distinguish them? A very tough question indeed. Only with experience we can find it. Let me not go further into it and stay with the topic

Let me take an example. One of name of Lord Vishnu is Madhavan. I don’t know it actually means and also don’t want to know.

Whenever I hear this name, I get two thoughts.
1. Ma + Davan – A person who does a lot of penance.
2. A person who does great penance reaches him.

Both appears to convey a wrong meaning?!!

This helps me to connect with him and think about him whenever I hear the word Madhavan. So without going into the Logic/Meaning, my thoughts remain with him. This name also reminds me that I will have to focus on Meditation.

Saint Valmiki repeated “Mara Mara” instead of saying “Rama Rama” and got the god’s blessing. The meaning I understand for “Mara” is evil i.e the reverse. For Bhakthi, the intention matters and not the meaning.

I feel that whatever helps us to connect us with God is Bhakthi. The very purpose is to stay connected and not the meaning. To me, it does not matter whether there is any logic or not to it.

Prayer by a disciple to his Guru

I would love to quote this prayer again and again. A saint poet who has written this does not give his name to this. The poem is

त्वमेव माता च पिता त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव बन्धुश्च सखा त्वमेव ।।
त्वमेव विद्या द्रविणं त्वमेव ।
त्वमेव सर्वं मम देवदेव ।।”

‘Twameva Mata, Cha Pita Twameva
Twameva Bandhu, Cha Sakha Twameva
Twameva Vidya, Dravinum Twameva
Twameva Sarvam, Mama Deva Deva

You are my Mother, You are my Father
You are my Relatives, You are my Friend.
You are my Knowledge, You are my Wealth
You are EVERYTHING to me my lord.

Guru disciple relationship surpasses every other relationship in the world as it gives the ultimate i.e Mukthi or Liberation. If any disciple exhibits these quality I am sure they would achieve their very purpose of their birth.

A different version of Guru Brahma Sanskrit verse

Guru Brahma – Guru is the creater who initiates you and starts you spiritual journey
Guru Vishnu – Guru is the protector who protects you throughout your spiritual journey
Guru Devo – Guru is all the gods to the meditator as he does all the work of the gods
Maheswaraha – Guru is the destroyer who destroyers the wrong ” I ” and make you realise the real ” I ”
Guru satchat para Brahma – Guru is the ultimate
Thasmai shree Guruve Namaha – That is respectable Guru Sundamurthy swamigal whom I bow and pray day in and day out.

Beloved Guruji

I wanted to say which I wanted to say and hence this poem


Thanks for orchestrating this soulful rendition

Thanks for opening the window of soulful existence

Thanks for dropping a drop of elixir/nectar on us

Thanks for dropping a drop of awareness on us

Thanks for..

Beloved Guru, I am your slave

Tell me to jump in to a well I shall

Tell me to quit office I shall

Tell me to amputate my arms I shall

Tell me to tonsure my head I shall

Tell me to fall as a drop in the ocean of existence I shall

Tell me to be consumed and destroyed I shall


Why are you bestowing me with such grace, O my guru, I tell from the bottom of my heart that I do not deserve it..


In the bright shine of the sun, I have to do a lot of cleaning

I have to clean my own backyard



The last and final step for a disciple

When a disciple first see his Guru, he does not identifies him as his Guru but the Guru knows him. Because it is not just this one day meeting. This relationship has continued from the previous births.

As the disciple is not conscious, he does not know this. However as the Guru is pure consciousness, he knows this instantaneously.

The disciple starts with a lot of inhibitions about realising self, knowing the truth etc. There is a constant fight between the Mind and the heart. He gets confused frequently about which path to follow – Bhakti or Jnana?

The first quality disciple feels is – Feeling the silence which eminates from and surrounds the master.

Then the disciple understands that he can follow both path – Bhakti and Jnana together

Then slowly the fight between the mind and the heart ends. The heart wins

Then the disciple sheds all inhibitions about realising self, knowing the truth etc.

The last and final step for the disciple is ——— He learns the art of waiting

He waits without any expectation

He waits patiently serving his master.

He waits indefinitely




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