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NAMADWAAR AUSTRALIA

GURUJI SRI MURALIDHARA SWAMIGAL MISSION AUSTRALIA 9, Ridgemont Close Cherrybrook NSW email: [email protected] web: http://www.ozmadhuramurali.org email: [email protected] web: http://www.godivinity.org.au

HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE

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"Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success" Swami Vivekananda

Sri Shridhara Ayyaval joined Sri Bodendra Swamigal in spreading the message of TRINITY SAINTS chanting the Divine Names as the easiest means to gain both material and spiritual benefits.

In this Kali Yuga, all the great saints who have incarnated in the holy land of "Bharata Desa" (India) have chiefly shown us one of the easiest paths to liberation "Nama Sankirtan"- singing the Divine Names of God. Govindapuram Sri Bodhendra saraswathi swamigal, Thruvisainallur Sri Sridhara Ayyaval and Marudanallur Sath Guruswamy are considered as the three Gurus of Dakshina Bharatha Sampradaya Nama Sankirtan. They lived in Cauvery delta near Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu in 17th ­ 18th centuries. Sri Bodhendra saraswathi swamigal alias Sri Bodhendral was the 58th pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, who came in the lineage of Aadi Sankara Bhagawat Pada. He propagated RAMA NAMA japam as the means to liberation in this Kali Yuga. Sri Bodhendral undertook the great task of Nama Siddhantha, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of His writings, chiefly in Rama Nama Rasayanam and Rama Nama Rasodhayam. It was the Nama Siddhanta of Sri Bodhendral that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradhaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. He attained jeeva samaadhi at a place called Govindapuram near Kumbakonam. Even today, one can feel the spiritual presence of Sri Bodhendral in His Adhistaanam at Govindapuram. Sri Sridhara Venkateswara ayyaval was a contemporary of Sri Bodhendhral. Sri Sridhara ayyaval was a Siva Bhaktha and was an embodiment of humility. He composed many books, such as Bhagavan nama Bhooshanam, Dayashatakam, Shiva Bhakti Kalpalatha, Achyutaashtakam, Dola Navaratna Malika etc. Though titled differently, all these works were primarily about the greatness and glory of the Divine Names of the Lord. Once, while performing ceremony for his father, Sri Sridharaya Ayyaval offered the food prepared for the Brahmins to a Bhikshaka, who was hungry and who was an outcaste. When the Brahmin priests insisted that Sri Ayyaval should take a bath at Holy River Ganges, Ganges water started over flowing from the well in his own house when Sri Ayyaval composed a song and sung with great devotion. Every year the anniversary is celebrated at Thiruvisanallur on Karthiga-Amavasa day. Sri Bodendra Swamigal had deep reverence for Sri Shridhara Ayyaval. They used to meet often and enjoy the bliss of talking about the glory of the Lord. Sri Sadashiva Brahmendra, another great Saint of the same time, also used to join Sri Shridhara Ayyaval and Sri Bodendra Swamigal in their discussions.

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2 Sri Shridhara Ayyaval joined Sri Bodendra Swamigal in spreading the message of chanting the Divine Names as the easiest means to gain both material and spiritual benefits. Sri Marudhanallur Sathguru Swamigal is considered to be the father of Dakshina Bharatha Sampradhaaya Naamasankeerthanam in its present form. Sri Marudhanallur Sathguru Swamigal was born after about 100 years of Sri Bodhendra Swamigal's Samadhi. Sri Sathguru Swamigal was the one who identified the Samaadhisthal of Bhagavan Naama Bodhendra Swamigal in the Cauveri river bed in Govindhapuram, which was earlier washed away by flood waters and people did not care for it. Sri Sadguru Swamigal followed the Bhagavatha Dharma meticulously and travelled throughout India and observed and collected the songs composed and sung regularly by various Bhakthaas/Saints in their own languages such as Hindi, Maratti, Thelugu, Kannada, Tamizh,Malayalam and Sanskrit. He felt that to involve people in Bhakthi Marga, there must be unity and he compiled the songs sung by the above Bhakthaas in various languages, codified them into a Paddhathi and made it his daily routine. Thus, Marudaaanallur Sathguru Swaamigal was the one who provided us the basic Dakshina Sampradaaya Bhajan paddhathi by incorporating songs in different languages, which came to stay as the basic Paddhathi Krama that are in use today, though added and developed by the later Bhagavathas. Even today, to show our indebtedness to these Bhajan Trinities, we sing in praise of these three Gurus (a must) at the beginning of our Bhajan Paddhathi (Guru Keethanam).

Guru's Grace

In order to light a lamp a wick is essential. But this alone does not suffice, since oil is also needed. If there is no oil in the lamp the wick will be wholly burnt out. The light will also die out. It is the oil poured into the lamp that protects the wick from burning out. It is only the oil that also helps the lamp burn continuously. Likewise, if a man does not enjoy the Grace of the Guru his 'prãrabdha' (destiny) will trouble him to the core. This is similar to the wick in a lamp that is bereft of oil. Here it is the Grace of the Guru that is akin to the oil poured into the lamp. 'Prãrabdha' shudders at the prospect of even approaching a 'jivã' who enjoys the Grace of the Guru. When the lamp contains oil, the wick is protected from burning out even while the lamp is alight. Similarly, 'Prãrabdha' in the life of a 'jivã' does not trouble him who enjoys Guru's Grace. - Sri Swamiji

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December 2008

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NAMA SANKIRTAN EVENTS DECEMBER 2008

· Sunday 7th Dec 2008 10:30am-12:00 Noon

All the sins of the body fly away if one chants the Name of God and sings His glories. The birds of sin dwell in the tree of the body. Singing the name of God is like clapping your hands. As at a clap of the hands, the birds in the tree fly away, so do our swins disappear at the chanting of God's name and glories. Sri Ramakrishna

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Nama Sankirtan at Smt Pushpa and Sri Rajagopalan's residence. Address: 4, Broadoak Place, Castle Hill . · Sunday 14th Dec 2008 3:00pm -4:00pm

Nama Sankirtan at Smt Vasanthi and Sri Shankar's residence Nama Sankirtan is an absolutely easy and simple path suited to the Age of Kali. The chanting of Divine Names is a free path. It has no `binding' of rules and regulations. Namasankirtan can be done by anybody, anytime and anywhere. It involves no cost. It is a path that requires no paraphernalia but leads one to the very Lotus Feet of the Lord. Nama Sankirtan at Sri Mandir, Auburn. · Sunday 21st Dec 4pm-6pm Address: 38A, Cherrybrook Rd, West Pennant Hills

Prayer Session & Nama Sankirtan at The Scout Hall, Plympton Road, Carlingford. Paramahamsa · Friday 26th Dec 7:45pm-8:15pm

The worries

When one is in the death bed, he worries about all those sad faces around him. But the person attending on him is worried if he would While mental repetition of the receive the fee on time after his death.

Divine Names leads to the good of the individual, chanting the Divine Names loudly purifies the singer and

The in-laws are worried if the person lighting the pyre would get a gold ring.

The sons are worried about the costs of funeral after his death. The cremator is worried about getting the maximum money out of the very place where the the entire episode.

chanting is done.

The neighbours are worried if the cremation would be delayed. No one worries about the person who is dying. So instead of worrying about others, is it not best to worry about our own fate and find a way to avoid re-birth?

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Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.19

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vayam tu na vitrupyAma uttamaslOkavikramE | yachchruNvatAm rasajnAnAm svAdu padE padE || (19)

Verse Meaning We shall not be just satiated with the stories about the prowess of the Lord. Narrate to us, those grand qualities of the Lord which gives sweetness moment by moment for those who listen and comprehend its import.

Commentary The Lord is infinite and has no limitations. He is also not governed by anybody as he is "Svarat"Ð the ruler of his own self. So his activities are according to his free will as he is "Svachandagathi". The Rishis, in this verse express their eagerness to listen in detail to the sports of Lord Vishnu in his various incarnations such as Matsya, Kurma and others. The Rishis are perfect "Srothas" ( or listeners ) of the Glories of the Lord. They show how a Srotha does not at all feel satisfied even after listening to the Glories of the Lord infinite times. Sri Swamiji says - " A person who says - " Oh! Are you going to narrate the childhood games of Krishna? I know them already!" and goes away is a misfit to listen to Lord's Glory. He is not at all a Rasika (enjoyer of sentiments). A real lover of God would listen to the stories as though for the first time, every time they are narrated" .For the Bhagavatam itself says - "Tadeva Ruchiram Navam Navam". Here the Rishis say that every word seems to be filled with nectarine bliss every time it is read. This is the real heart of a Srotha

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POET'S CORNER

Nasha aap ki bhakti meh Hota hai mere Keshav, Sharab meh nahi Shardha dil meh Hota hai mere Keshav Mandir meh nahi Dhiyan aap ke naam japne seh Bardhti hai mere Keshav Kitab pardhaneh seh nahi Joh bhi jana Woh aap ki kripa hai mere Keshav Joh bhi paya Woh aap ka pyaar hai mere Keshav

By Krishna ki Dasi

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CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU NAMA BHIKSHA KENDRA CENTERS AUSTRALIA

The chanting of the Maha Mantra "HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE" is done during fixed hours at the below listed locations

Name

Address

Contact No.

Nama Sankirtan Timings

Sri Bhaskaran

No.79 Meurants lane, Glenwood

0411 581 489

Mon 7:30-8:00pm

Sri Guruva Reddy

No. 26 Salisbury Ave Gelnfield

0421 890 310

Wed 7:15-8:15pm

Sri Karthikeyan

No. 35/196 Harrow Rd, Glenfield

02 9618 1394

Mon 6:30-7:30pm

Sri Narayanan

No. 37 Windamere Av, Woodcroft

0404 866 146

Thur 8-9:00pm

Sri Rajagopalan

No. 4 Broadoak Pl, Castle Hill

0418 569 841

Sun 8-9:00am

Sri Rajaram

No. 5 Northcott Wy, Cherrybrook

0404 992 403

Fri 8-9:00pm

Sri Ramanan

No. 113 Adderton Rd, Telopea

0430 487 780

Sat 8-9:00am

Sri Soma Sekhar

No. 7 Ruth St, Merrylands

02 9885 0256

Fri 6:15-6:30pm

Sri Sudheendra Rao

No. 44 Foss St, Blacktown

02 9621 5501

Sat 6:15-6:30pm

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Satsang News

Saturday 8th Nov 4pm-4:30pm Satsang members performed Nama Sankirtan at Smt Kavitha and Sri Suresh's residence 6:40pm-7pm Satsang members performed Nama Sankirtan at Smt Jayashree and Sri Ramakrishnan's residence Sunday 9th Nov 4pm-6pm Satsang at Smt Vasanthi and Sri Muthu's residence started with Nama Sankirtan which was followed by bhajans. After the bhajans, Sri Deepakji spoke on the importance of chanting Maha Mantra. Saturday 15th Nov 5pm-7pm Satsang at Smt Indira and Sri Surender Reddy's house started with Nama Sankirtan followed by bhajans. Sri Muthu spoke on Importance of Japa. Sunday 16th Nov 4pm-6pm Maha Mantra Prayer session was conducted at Scout Hall, Carlingford Saturday 22 Nov 08 5:30pm-7pm Satsang devotees performed Namasankirtan at Geetha and Narayanaswamy's residence. The satsang started with the chanting of Maha mantra for an hour followed by bhajans for 30 minutes. The maha mantra chanting continued after the bhajans and the satsang ended with the recital of Hanuman challesa. Saturday 29th Nov 4pm-5pm Satsang at Smt Rani and Dr Sundar's residence commenced with the chanting of maha mantra for 30 minutes, followed by bhajans for half an hour. Sri Muthu gave an inspiring speech on Prahald charithra. Sri Muthu pointed out the important gunas and behaviour of a true bhagavatha, such as the ability to listen to the Guru with total attention, to remain steadfast in the chosen path and to not complain about the hardships and sufferings. Muthuji spoke about the importance of not lamenting during hard times but to remain steadfast in the chosen path as portrayed by Sri Prahlad. When his father threw him in fire, Prahalad did not deter from his path but remained focussed on Lord's feet and continued the chanting of Lord's name and came out of the fire unscathed. When his father questioned about the existence of God, without a trace of doubt, Prahalad told his father that God existed in the pillar. The complete faith, total surrender and the commitment and focus on chanting the mantra initiated by his Guru illustrates the qualities of a true bhaktha and it is for this reason that Prahald is hailed high among the devotees. Muthuji spoke about the importance of human life and emphasised that the goal of a human life is God realisation and concluded his speech by requesting everyone to chant the maha mantra at least 11 times a day. After the speech, maha mantra chanting continued and the satsang culminated with the chanting of Hanuman chaleesa. Sunday 30th Nov 5pm-6pm Satsang devotees performed Namasankirtan at Sri Anbhazagan's residence. The one hour satsang was divine as the devotees chanted the maha mantra with a lot of enthusiasm. The satsang began with the chanting of "Kaliyayum bali kollum" song by Sri Guruji followed by maha mantra chanting. Sri Deepakji spoke about the need for satsang and how our association with others determine our thoughts and our lives and stressed on the need to associate ourselves with the wise and holy men and devotees with similar frame of mind. Sri Deepakji explained the meaning of a verse from Srimad Bhagavad Gita and spoke on the glory of nama chanting. The satsang ended with the rendering of Hanuman chaleesa. Mangala arathi was performed and Prasad was served to everyone

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