Message for the Day…”Do not pit your tiny ego against the Almighty; leave it to His Will and you will enjoy lasting peace.”

In the present times, there is none fully good, and so who deserves the protection of God? All are tainted by wickedness! Will anyone survive if God decides to uproot evil? Therefore I have to correct the buddhi (intellect) by various means; I have to counsel, help, command, condemn and standby as friend and well-wisher to all, so that they may give up evil propensities, recognise the straight path, tread it and reach the goal. I have to reveal to the people the worth of the Vedas and the scriptural texts, which lay down the norms. The easiest path to self-realisation is the surrender of the ego. Arjuna surrendered and so the war he was engaged in was transformed into a yajna, a sacrifice! Daksha performed a yajna, but was so full of egoism and chose not to surrender! So his yajna was transformed into a war filled with hate. Do not pit your tiny ego against the Almighty; leave it to His Will and you will enjoy lasting peace.

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Message for the Day…”What you should place before Me as offering is Pure Love from within. When you offer Me that, I derive Ananda! …Conduct yourself appropriately and realise the goal of your life. My blessings to you!”

Embodiments of the Divine Self! You are celebrating today as the Birthday of Swami, and deriving divine bliss (ananda) through various programs carried on with enthusiasm; but in fact, I have no wish to consider this as a special day! Such desire, does not exist in Me at any time, in this or any other sojourn. I need nothing, however great or small, in this Universe! I have come with one purpose: To reveal to everyone of you the mystery of your reality and the goal of your life! What you should place before Me as offering is Pure Love from within. When you offer Me that, I derive Ananda! From today, spend your days and years in activities that help and care for those who are in dire need, and make this human existence of yours worthwhile and fruitful. Conduct yourself appropriately and realise the goal of your life. My blessings to you

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Legends of Thiruchendur: The Temple That Didn’t Bow to European Colonialists or Tsunamis…

Situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the ancient temple of Thiruchendur is one of the six prime shrines in India where the Hindu god of war Murugan or Kartikeya is revered as the principal deity.

Amongst the largest temple complexes in South India, it has a lofty entrance tower measuring up to 140 feet!

The 2000-year-old Murugan temple is also amidst one of the few religious sites in the country to have been accredited with ISO certification and finds references in ancient texts like Purananuru, Silappadikaram, Tirumurugatrupadai, Adi Sankarar Sri Subramanya Bhujangam, Kanda Puranam, Tiruppukazh, etc.

The present temple rests at the site believed to have been chosen by Murugan to worship his father, Lord Shiva, following the intense battle of Surasamharam.

Even the manner in which the sanctum sanctorum’s residing deity has been modelled lays testimony to this myth with the idol chiselled in a worshipping posture. Like most ancient structures in India that come along with a string of seemingly unbelievable tales and miracles, the Thiruchendur temple too has its share of implausible events that make it a legend.

One such story goes back all the way to the time when European conquests of Asian countries were in vogue. Ancient India was touted as a golden bird with its widespread trade network reaching as far as Egypt and Greece.

Hence most conquests were flagged off with the sole intention of accumulating as much wealth as they could plunder upon.

So when an entourage of Dutch mercenaries stumbled upon the temple in Thiruchendur in 17th century AD, they looted everything that they could lay their thieving hands upon, even the panchaloha (five-metal alloy) idol of Murugan, which they’d foolishly assumed of being entirely made of gold.

With huge caches of looted treasures, the soldiers soon embarked on their ships to set sail for their homeland.

But little did the soldiers know that a greater conspiracy was in the making that would not let them cross the Indian Ocean.

Having crossed only a few nautical miles from the shore, the ship fell prey to a storm so daunting that the sailors began to believe that it was the wrath of the local god from the temple they had looted, which must have induced the thunderstorm. Petrified out of their minds, they decide to heave the idol into the ocean.

According to the tale, the ominous demeanour that the ocean and skies had embodied only a second ago mysteriously vanished the moment the statue touched the waters, much to the soldiers’ astonishment. As the shaken soldiers restarted their journey, the idol sank and rested somewhere into the depths of the ocean.

The story doesn’t end here. Apparently, one of the priests who performed the sacerdotal duties in the shrine had a dream in which Murugan urged the man to bring back the idol from the clutches of the ocean.

Upon seeing the devotee’s struggle with the request of finding an idol that could be anywhere in the ocean, Murugan explained that few miles from the coast, he would find a lemon floating in the waters and if he swam deeper, he would find the idol.

As per the fantastic story, the priest, accompanied by a group of fishermen, did find a lemon floating in the ocean and as Murugan had proclaimed in the man’s dream, the statue was found resting at the very location in the ocean bed.

It is the same legendary idol that now rests peacefully in the temple chambers and welcomes thousands of pilgrims and worshippers year after year.

The Thiruchendur temple once again scripted its name in the annals of history for guarding devotees against the onslaught of the lethal Tsunami waves that quite literally washed away the shores of the Indian subcontinent in 2004.

While many coastal towns in Tamil Nadu didn’t stand even a chance in withstanding the wrath of the sea, the entire temple complex – situated just 50 metres from the coast – was remarkably left untouched and every person within the sanctum sanctorum lived to tell the tale.

Even today, the incident continues to baffle even the best of sceptics, while believers hail Murugan for being the merciful guardian of not just his abode but the devotees as well.

Be it greed-driven plundering or natural disasters, the Murugan temple of Thiruchendur has transcended every onslaught that had fallen on its way and continues to watch over its subjects like a solitary custodian.

Source… in www. the betterindia.com 

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Message for the Day…”Life today is based on show, expenditure, and comfort. Humanity’s problems can be solved not by money or science but by humanity alone. People must transform themselves to live as human beings.”

It is essential for students to understand why morality and spirituality have disappeared from society. Education without character, science without human values, commerce without ethics, and politics without truth are responsible for the erosion of virtue. Students have a duty to develop patriotism and restore these forgotten values. Today’s education makes one clever but does not instill virtue. Students transform their heads (mastakam) into books (pustakam) without practising human values. There is no benefit in turning your head into a book or vice versa. Recognise the path of Truth and demonstrate it in day-to-day living. The world needs people imbued with integrity. All that is learned must culminate in behaviour. Life today is based on show, expenditure, and comfort. Humanity’s problems can be solved not by money or science but by humanity alone. People must transform themselves to live as human beings.

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Message for the Day…” Being a human being, you should cultivate human qualities and do not get angry! Even if anger overpowers you, you should try to become calm and quiet”

Sanctify your life by developing sense control. It is only because people have no control over their senses and no limit to their desires that there is a lot of unrest and agitation in society. Many people roam about in society like animals. You should not become so. Whenever some evil thoughts arise in you, you should remind yourself that you are a human being and not an animal. Anger is an animal quality. When animals get angry, they fight with one another. Unfortunately, today human beings are also fighting among themselves like animals. Animals have a reason and a season, but human beings have no reason, no season and behave worse than animals. Being a human being, you should cultivate human qualities and do not get angry! Even if anger overpowers you, you should try to become calm and quiet. Do not lose your cool. When you cultivate calmness, you will never become agitated and restless.

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Message for the Day…” Truth is unchangeable, irrespective of time and place. Wherever you are, truth is truth, love is love! “

Truth is unchangeable, irrespective of time and place. Wherever you are, truth is truth, love is love! If you have love, truth will automatically become part of you and vice versa. You are all born with love. But unfortunately, as you grow up, the selfless love in you gradually starts declining, and hatred and jealousy begin to increase. Jealousy is a very bad quality. It will not only harm others, but also will cause harm to you as well. Hence do not ever give scope for such evil qualities to germinate within you. Strive to cultivate good qualities like love and truth. Only then can you experience uninterrupted peace. When you develop the firm faith that God is in you and you are God and that your body itself is the temple of God, then there will be no scope at all for anger, jealousy, pride, etc., to trouble you. Hence beloved ones, develop love and compassion.

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Message for the Day…”Noble souls like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa could attain exalted positions in their lives only due to the sacred feelings of their mothers. It is because of the feelings of the mother that the children become good or bad. It is because of such women that the children take to the path of righteousness.”

Ladies’ Day is celebrated on this day in order to delve into the sacred qualities of women and disseminate them. Though the Earth is one, the plants vary depending upon the seeds sown. The womb of the mother symbolises Mother Earth. As is the seed of thought sown in it, so is the fruit that it yields. So the mother should foster good thoughts, words and deeds. Only then can she beget virtuous children. Aryamba was a paragon of virtues. She spent all her time in the contemplation of God and in undertaking noble deeds. As a result, Sankaracharya was born to her. Sankaracharya could become Jagadguru (world teacher) because of his mother’s virtuous thoughts. Noble souls like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa could attain exalted positions in their lives only due to the sacred feelings of their mothers. It is because of the feelings of the mother that the children become good or bad. It is because of such women that the children take to the path of righteousness.

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