Sree Raghavendra Swamy Birthday – March 4th 2017

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The birthday of our beloved Rayaru is on March 4th 2017. Since the past 8 years, I have been posting regularly about giving a Birthday Gift to our Rayaru. What might a person like Rayaru need you may ask? He needs nothing materialistic since he left all those very early in his life. He needs our utmost love and devotion and sincere Bhakthi. And now you have an opportunity to show all these to our beloved Rayaru by giving him a gift which he loves immensely.

Yes, I and many in my family have been giving a little bit our time and chanting “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha” a minimum of 16,000 times. Once you complete the chanting, any number greater than 16,000 offer it our be beloved Rayaru. Start chanting and get the blessings from Sree Raghavendra Swamy.

Last year, I did 101,088. This year the count has come close to 6000. Some tips on how I do the Japa Count:

1. Chant in the morning, and in the evening. Keep a notepad and write down how many you have chanted. I usually have an excel spreadsheet since it makes easy to count. No writing, just recite “Sree Raghavendraya Namaha”.

2. No head bath everyday, regular thing you do for every day Pooja. In the evening, no bath, again whatever you do to perform evening pooja. Wash your face, hands and legs and perform the chanting in the evening.

3. If I miss chanting a few days, I will make up the count during the weekends when I have time.

4. I recite 1080 times everyday in the morning. I have a Japa Mala with 108 beads, so used to chant 10 rounds everyday morning.

P.S: I sent  email to info@saptaaha.com to see if they were performing the pooje they did every year. I didn’t receive any response. Please visit a nearby Rayara Mutta and perform seva there and dedicate the japa count.

Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – March 9th 2017

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The common interpretation of Pushyaarka Yoga is the combination of Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday or Sunday.This common interpretation is when moon entering Pushya nakshatra on Thursday or Sunday is PushyArka yoga .

Raghavendra Mutta says “On this Holy day one should Recite or Chant Guru Stotra ( Raghavendra Stotra)s, Singing songs will bring happiness and prosperity in your life.”

The significance of this day is also mentioned in Rayara Stotra – 27th Stanza.

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Anyone who recites this holy Sri Raghavendra Stotram 108 times with intense devotion, on the occasion of solar/lunar eclipse or the combination of Sunday with the star Pushya, will be relieved of all evil influence, e.g., haunting etc. (27)

You can find more details about this great day below in the link:

To find lyrics on Rayaru, please visit this page:

The Raghavendra Stotra to be recited is posted here:

Shri Raghavendra Stotra or Shri Poornabhodha Stotra Lyrics/

Rayaru is our Savior

This is a long post, take time to read. Blessed we are by our Beloved Rayaru.

Last week Wednesday through Friday I performed seva for Rayaru. This time I decided to do the seva in the most strict possible way. We have all heard that if it is Ekadashi for us once in 15 days, it was Ekadashi for Rayaru every single day. I decided why not do the same thing for the 3 days seva and decided to have just fruits, vegetables and curds. No rice, no chapathi, no upma nothing. I know this is not the traditional way anyone does Rayaru seva, but there is no tradition according to me for our Bhakthi and how we want to show it to our God, of course doing it the right way.

So, during the seva I did 108 namaskaras morning and evening and also had to attend to work. It was really tough to sleep at night with the stomach growling of hunger, but who said doing seva was easy right?

Once the seva was over on Saturday we visited our SBAT temple where we have Rayaru brindavana. Since this not like Rayara mutta in Bangalore, I decided to give away a bag of Rice, Toor dal, Moong dal and Jaggery as hastodaka to the priest in the temple. While at the temple I met one of our Satangha devotees and as we were talking about Rayaru she said “Meera you are a true devotee of Rayaru”. I kept saying I am just like anyone of you and after the pooje we came home.

The whole 3 days and Friday night I kept thinking about any sign from Rayaru that he had accepted my Seva. No dream, no sign even on Saturday. Saturday night I just couldn’t sleep, kept looking at the watch and kept asking my Beloved Rayaru” Guru Sarvabhowma, everyone I meet tells me I am a great devotee of yours. It is not going to matter until you feel that way. Why have you not accepted my seva this time? What is it that was missing from my Bhakthi”. Clock waits for no one right?

It was 3.00 AM, 4.30 AM and 5.00 AM no dream no sign. Since we had satsangha today, I kept thinking what should I say at Satsangha today if they ask me about my Seva, You never came in my dream. And slowly I again dozed off.

At around 6.00 AM, I was in Mantralaya, and a archaka asks me to walk with him to another place. He says ” Amma, neevu Rayaru nijjavagalu iddara antha kelidaralla, banni nannu nimage yeno thorisalu Rayaru helidhare. In English, Amma, please come with me, you asked if Rayaru is there are not right, Rayaru wants me to show you something”.

The priest opens a brown cover and says Amma in this cover is flowers which were offered to our Beloved Rayaru the day he entered Brindavana. It has never been opened and Rayaru has asked me to open this for the very first time for you. No one has seen how the flowers are. He opens the brown cover, there is white rose petals and other white flowers as fresh as they were offered today to Rayaru. He says Amma see there is no science or anything which was done to keep these flowers fresh, our Rayaru is still there even after 422 years, please see these flowers. In the dream I come back to USA and tell my Sister in her house about the dream. My sister and two of my nieces are sitting and I explain to her my dream and she says” Meera, even in your dream I am not with you to witness this, I hope one day I can be with you in your dream”

I wake up in shock, and realizing the dream open my eyes. My Husband Raghavendra Raghu as we call him was standing and as I was telling him the dream completely broke down. I have 100% faith, but this dream has proven that no matter where you are, what you are, how you are, who you are, our Beloved Rayaru will bless us all for our Bhakthi.

Like I said, I didn’t do the seva the traditional way, I didn’t touch food, I didn’t eat rice, but our Rayaru didn’t care. He cared for my bhkathi, he cared for my devotion, and when I cried and begged asking him what was missing in my seva, he came in my dream on his Birthday. Instead of me giving a gift to him, he gave me the gift to cherish my entire life.

As my extended family members, I wanted to share this dream of mine with you all which is of course what our beloved Rayaru wanted as well. Guru Sarvabhowma Ki Jai.

 

Rayaru in Mom’s Dream

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About a few months back, my dad had severe cough and cold, as usual he went to a Doctor close to home and got medicine. Even after a week his symptoms never improved, and he started having swelling in this throat and could hardly swallow anything. The Doctor suggested seeing an ENT specialist.

ENT specialist did ultrasound and found out he had stones in his salivary duct glands. Since there was lot of infection due to puss formation, they decided Dad needs to stay in the hospital for couple days to get rid of the infection first. Dad was in the hospital for 5 days, got better and better. The ENT surgeon suggested getting the stones removed by Surgery. Dad was against surgery and kept saying he didn’t want to have one at the age of 83.

Like I have told you all, Mom and Dad are great devotees of Rayaru. Every sloka, stotra I know I have learnt from them. So, when I called my parents, my Mom told me she will do Rayara seva for 3 days if he cures dad without having surgery. I told my Mom ” Amma, why are you testing our Rayaru by saying such things. We are all humans, such things happen to our body, the surgery is very simple, please don’t ask Rayaru that”. Mom was adamant.

Dad stayed in the hospital for 5 days, came back home, they consulted an Ayurveda Doctor and started getting treatment. Dad started getting better, could eat better, and things went back to normal. My Sister visited India end of December, they traveled to Tirupathi with her and almost everyone forgot about the seva they had promised Rayaru.

Last week as we were driving to SBAT for Madhwa Navami festival, my mom told me the amazing incident. Saturday early morning Rayaru came in her dream, gave her threee bananas and asked her ” Amma, seve maduthini antha helidyala, marathe bitteya?”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, “Amma, you told me you are going to do seva, did you forget?”)..

Mom couldn’t understand for almost few hours what the dream was, and after taking shower and when she was reciting Rayara stotra she said it flashed to her that Rayaru came and asked for her to complete the seva she had promised. As mom was telling me her dream, I kept telling her” Amma, yentha bhakthi ninnadu, Rayaru bandhu ninna nanna seve madu antha helabekadare”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, I said Amma, your bhakthi is great, how fortunate you are for Rayaru to come in your dream and ask to complete the seva”).

I was a little worried how Mom was going to do the seva at this age. She started the seva on Monday last week, completed three days of Seva, on Thursday she performed KanakabhiShekha for Rayaru at 4th T block temple, and also had food at the temple. Mom and Dad are just amazed by our Rayaru’s grace. They can’t stop telling the same incident over and over again. The surgery was something which was bothering both of them very much, and at for Rayaru to have listened to them shows how karunamayi our beloved Rayaru is.

I mentioned this dream of Mom yesterday during our Monthly Satsangha. And I had to share with you all my extended family as well.

This shows that if you have complete faith in our Beloved Rayaru he will protect his devotees. Rayare Gathiyu Namage – Guru Rayaru is our ultimate saviour. Guru Sarvabhowma Ki Jai as I always say.

Pushya Nakshatra and Sunday – November 20th 2016

Rayaru

Rayaru

The common interpretation of Pushyaarka Yoga is the combination of Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday or Sunday.This common interpretation is when moon entering Pushya nakshatra on Thursday or Sunday is PushyArka yoga .

Raghavendra Mutta says “On this Holy day one should Recite or Chant Guru Stotra ( Raghavendra Stotra)s, Singing songs will bring happiness and prosperity in your life.”

The significance of this day is also mentioned in Rayara Stotra – 27th Stanza.

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Anyone who recites this holy Sri Raghavendra Stotram 108 times with intense devotion, on the occasion of solar/lunar eclipse or the combination of Sunday with the star Pushya, will be relieved of all evil influence, e.g., haunting etc. (27)

You can find more details about this great day below in the link:

To find lyrics on Rayaru, please visit this page:

The Raghavendra Stotra to be recited is posted here:

Shri Raghavendra Stotra or Shri Poornabhodha Stotra Lyrics/

Power of Reciting Shree Raghavendraya Namaha

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A few months back when we performed Satsangha at my place I mentioned about a miracle. Hope you all remember that. If not, link below:

A miracle on Thursday

Since the Satsangha we attended just two weeks back, my Husband and I decided we would spend 1 hour every evening from 7.00-8.00 PM in our Pooja room, learn new slokas, stotras, understand the meanings of several we already know. We started by reciting Shree Guru Raghavendra Stotra, and reading the meaning from the book I mentioned in the above post. We are almost done, and will be reading the last sloka today. Next, since it is Dasara, we will start reciting a few of Lord Venkateshwara Stotras and Slokas. I will definitely keep you all posted on anything new I learn.

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I might have also mentioned several times that I recite “Shree Raghavendraya Namaha” 108 times every single day. I really have no clue when I started this. So, to know how powerful reciting this Japa brought chills. Maybe now I realize why I have so much calmness, so much confidence in the work I do, and courage when I jump for any new opportunity which comes my way at work or at home.

So, here are some of the details from the book. All credit goes to the author and publisher of the book. I have no intention of copying, I am just trying to spread the word about how powerful doing the Japa is.

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The 16th sloka which goes like this:

ದೋಷಾಸ್ತೆ ನಾಶಮಾಯಾಂತಿ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಸಾದತಃ |
ಓಂ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ನಮಃ ಇತ್ಯಷ್ಟಾಕ್ಷರಮಂತ್ರತಃ |
ಜಪಿತಾದ್ಭಾವಿತಾನಿತ್ಯಮ್ ಇಷ್ಟಾರ್ಥಾಸ್ಸ್ಯುರ್ನ್ಯ ಸಂಶಯಃ || ೧೬ ||

दोषास्तॆ नाशमायांति राघवेंद्रप्रसादतः ।
ओं श्री राघवेंद्राय नमः इत्यष्टाक्षरमंत्रतः ।
जपिताद्भावितानित्यम् इष्टार्थास्स्युर्न्य संशयः ॥ १६ ॥

doshaaste naashamaayaanti raaghvendraprasaadataha |

“OM shri raaghavendraaya namaha” ityashtaaksharamantrataha |

japitaadbhaavitaanityam ishtaarthaahasyurna samshayaha || 16 ||

This 16th sloka tells us the power of Shree Raghavendra Mantra – “OM shri raaghavendraaya namaha”.

Shree Raghavendraya Namaha is the Raghavendra Ashtakshara Mantra, consisting of eight syllables.

The meaning of this mantra is: Salutations to the great Guru Shree Raghavendra, who rules the hearts and minds of devotees, who destroys all sins and fulfills all wishes.

The next few paragraphs explain about what Japa is. Devotees who sincerely do Japa of Guru Mantra are insulated and protected from shocks and dangers of life. Guru Mantra instills calmness, confidence, and courage in a devotee, who is comforted and secure in the warmth of Sadguru’s love. His mind is purified.

It is mandatory to chant the Guru Mantra 108 times daily in the morning, after bath. Fix the mind on Guru and chant the mantra mentally with eyes closed before lit lamps in the puja room. Wear washed cotton or silk clothes, as these are natural fabrics which effectively absorb and transmit the energy of the mantra into the body. The mantra loses its power if chanted aloud, or within anybody’s hearing.


Now, that you all know the power of this mantra, start reciting it everyday after bath for 108 times. Simple and yet so POWERFUL!

 

 

Prayer by Sree Appanacharya

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As I was browsing through FB, I found this amazing link which gave a complete day to day activities of our Beloved Rayaru in the greatest detail as written by Sree Appanacharya who resided with Rayaru for several decades. This is one of the Prayers Sree Appanacharyaru used to recite. The very first time I read the Stotra and the meaning, I had tears rolling down my eyes. I couldn’t wait to share it with you all devotees of Rayaru.

Below is the Stotra in Kannada and Baraha English. You can copy and paste in Baraha and translate to any language of your choice.

ಸ್ವಾಮಿರಾಜ ಪ್ರಭೊ ರಾಮಚಂದ್ರ ಪ್ರಭೊ
ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಪ್ರಭೊ ಪಾಹಿಮಾಂ ರಕ್ಷಮಾಮೇಹಿ
ಮಾಂ ಯಾಹಿ ಮಾಂ ಸರ್ವದಾ ಸರ್ವದೇಶೇಷು
ಸರ್ವಪ್ರಕಾರೇಣ ಸರ್ವೇಷ್ಟಸಿದ್ಧರ್ಥ್ಯಮತ್ಯಂತ
ಮಾರ್ದ್ರೇಣ ಚಿತ್ತೇನ ಸಂಸೇವಮಾನಂ

ಸದಾಬಾಲಬಾಲೋಪಮಾನಂ ತವ
ಶ್ರೀಪಾದಂಭೋಜದಾಸಾನುದಾಸಂ ಸದಾ ಪಾಹಿ
ಮಾಂ ಪಾಹಿ ಜೀಯಾದ್ಭವಾನಸ್ತು ಮೆ ಶ್ರೀಃ ಸದಾ
ನಮಸ್ತೇ ನಮಸ್ತೇ ವಚಸ್ತೇ ಶಿರಸ್ತೇ ಕರಸ್ತೇ
ಯಶಸ್ತೇ ನಮಸ್ತೇ ನಮಸ್ತೇ ನಮಃ

swAmirAja prabho rAmachaMdra prabho
rAghavEMdra prabho pAhimAM rakShamAmEhi
mAM yAhi mAM sarvadA sarvadEshEShu
sarvaprakArENa sarvEShTasiddharthyamatyaMta
mArdrENa cittEna saMsEvamAnaM

sadAbAlabAlOpamAnaM tava
SreepAdaMbhOjadAsAnudAsaM sadA pAhi
mAM pAhi jIyAdbhavAnastu me SreeH sadA
namastE namastE vachastE shirastE karastE
yashastE namastE namastE namaH

The meaning of the stotra goes like this:

O king of Sanyasis, O Ramachandra’s worshipper, O Raghavendra Guru, protect me

Please do reside within me, please do get me to your place. Protect me in all ways, all worlds, and allways. I am praying to you to fulfill my smallest desires, I am the smallest among small being. I am the follower of your lotus feet, please protect me.

Victory be yours. May I be protected by your grace. I salute to you. I salute to you once again. I salute to your granthas. I salute to you who prays to Lord Hari. I salute to your hands which worshipped Lord Hari, and composed and studied Guru Madhwacharya’s granthas.

I salute to you who is praised by one and all in this world. I salute to you, I salute to you once again.

I tried my best getting the message out, if you know Sanskrit, please do correct the meaning. Hope you all recite this amazing stotra to get the blessings of you beloved Rayaru.

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