Today 23 July 2013

Karkkidakam 7 ( Uttara Malabar )
Nakshatra (Star ) Thiruonam
Tithi : Prathipada
Krishna Paksha

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Karkkidakam :-Masam, which starts on 17th July and ends on
16th August. As the name specify, this holy month is destined for undertaking pious
Vratham and recitation of Adhyathma Ramayanam Kilippattu:
the epic life of Lord
Sree Rama, which is the most virtuous and conversant contribution from Thunjathu
Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, called as the Father of Malayalam Language. He was born in
Malappuram district in Kerala about 450 years ago.

The tradition of reciting Ramayanam started from 16th century, when Ezhuthachan
wrote Adhyatma Ramayana in the form of Kilippatuu ( narrated by parrot ) in pure and simple Malayalam language which easily
accepted by common people of Kerala, to whom, the grammatically moulded
Manipravalam style of literatures was not at all perceivable at that time. The Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippatuu was uncomplicated
and also simple to understand by the lay men.

Through Ramayanam Kilippatuu, Ezhuthachan gave Malayalam Language an innovative
measurement and trail, which is following till now.

The ferocious plunge of the rains in the month of Karkkidaka brings out many discomforts in the forms of ailments, scarcity,
dearth, destructions etc.

During this month the agrarian population of Kerala receives a
retarded production in crops and other rural food products.
The month of Karkkidakam is often referred as “Panja Masam” (the month of extreme
scarcity) in traditional Malayalam language.

A shade of discontent will make its triumph due to these factors. Ramayana recitation during
this time is considered as a propitious practice that will mend all the discomforts and agony both to the individuals and community.
An unrivaled spiritual solace can be attained through the habitual and devoted reading of Ramayana during the 31 days of Karkkidakam.
Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippatuu is recited in homes and temples during the month of
Karkkidakam.

The reader should sit in the front
of lighted lamp (Nilavilakku) and read the verses in particular rhythm. It is recommended
that the book must be completed on the last day of Malayalam Month.Marriges, new undertakings etc are not held during the month of Karkkidakam.
Sheer spirituality is not the subject matter for observing the Ramayana month.

More than that it is a commitment to our own traditional customs and beliefs, which is now days are
seen thinning due to the less practices and follow ups.The rapid moving life styles and
trends, which is the result of generation gaps and imitations to western cultures, is gradually
altering the living model of the society.

Ramayana reading has now becoming rare in many of the Kerala homes, predominantly in
the city life. It has not completely ended as certain houses sternly pursue the Ramayanam
month rituals. Almost in all the temples especially Vishnu temples, Ramayana is
recited during the month of Karkkidakam.

Grandmothers in houses regularly recite Ramayana on these occasions.

Karkkidakam Month 2012
Date Day Speciality
July 16 Monday Karkkidaka Masa (month)
begins
Dakshinayana Samkramam
Karkkidaka Seeveli at Thiruvananthapuram
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple
Smakranthi Vanibham Begins at Pakkil
Dharmasastha Temple Kottayam
July 18 Wednesday Amavasi, Karkkidaka
Vavu, Pithrutharppanam
July 21 Saturday Amrutha Lakshmi Vrata
July 22 Sunday Naga Chathurthi
July 23 Monday Garuda Panchami, Sashti
Vratam,
Irinjalakkuda Koodalmanikya Temple Illam Nira
July 24 Tuesday Sashti Vratam
July 25 Wednesday Irinjalakkuda
Koodalmanikya Temple Illam Nira
July 27 Friday Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva
Temple Chothi
July 29 Sunday Ekadasi
July 30 Monday Pradosham
August 2 Thursday Pournami,
Pilleronam
Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan
August 3 Friday Vara Lakshmi Vratam,
Chinmayananda Swami Samadhi Day
August 10 Friday Gokulashtami
August 13 Monday Ekadasi
August 15 Wednesday Pradosham,
Swathnathrya Dinam
August 16 Thursday Karkkidakam/Ramayana
Masam ends, Aadiyaruthi
August 17 Friday Chingam 1, Kollavarsharamb
ham.
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Hey ! Raam ! om Sri Ram! Jai Ram!


om Sri Ram! Jai Ram!
Jai Jai Ram!!!
This year, many of us will be celebrating the ‘Sri Rama Navami’ on the 1st of April, which ironically coincides with the ‘April Fool’s Day’. Therefore in honour of this Rama Navami day, let us try to introspect as to, who the real fools are.

Among the many foolish things which people indulge in, the human act of finding faults with Avatars, Spiritual Masters, Mahatmas and Saints, is the most foolish, as man is trying to judge someone who is beyond his limited intellect, by doing so. The tongue was gifted to us by God, not for meaningless gossip, but for chanting the Divine Name, which would gradually free us from bondage.
The ignorant subjects of Ayodhya gossiped and spread rumours unaware about the purity, chastity and greatness of the Divine Mother, Sita. Sriramji was FORCED to send her to the forest, due to the disgraceful comments passed by the ignorant masses in Ayodhya. Now too, people instead of chanting the Lord’s Name, continue to gossip as to why Sri Rama sent Sita to the forest.

So too our Divine AMMA has carried out numerous charitable activities like constructing more than 5000 free houses for the tsunami victims, more than 2000 houses for the Gujarat earthquake victims, 715 houses for the north Karnataka flood victims, pensions for more than 50,000 widows, scholarships (Vidyamritam) for more than 25,000 children etc. and yet, the people, who are immersed in the ocean of ignorance, continue to criticize her.
Sriramji was accused of belonging to the so called superior ‘Aryan’ race who were renowned for suppressing the Dravidians. But this is far from truth. The lord, while in exile accepted Guha, a mere tribal man and a boatman as his 5th brother, Sugreeva who was half man and half monkey as his 6th brother and Vibheeshana, the demon prince as his 7th brother. Moreover Sri Ram Ji even accepted the fruit offered by Shabari, who first guilelessly bit the fruit herself, in order to know its taste. The purpose of the lord’s Avatar was not only to destroy the evil demons and bestow Dharma, but also to integrate the diverse beings existing in this universe into one cosmic family. It is said that all the beings in the universe like Gods, Humans, Demons, Vanaras, Gandharvas, Kinnaras, and Yakshas etc took part in Sriramji’s coronation like one cosmic family. So too in Amritapuri, people from all nationalities live as one universal family.

Our Divine Lord Rama was subjected to other accusations as well. Why did Rama kill Vali hiding behind a tree? It must be noted that when Sri Rama was sent to the forest, he remained a KING, though in exile. He therefore had the bow with him even in the forest as it is a king’s duty to uphold Dharma. At that time Kishkinda was under the territory of Ayodhya. Vali, the ruler of Kishkinda had grievously wronged his younger brother, Sugreeva. Vali suspected and questioned the brotherly devotion of Sugreeva, who was in fact totally guileless and innocent. Vali chased Sugreeva to the forest and took away Sugreeva’s wife, making her his own, forgetting that a brother’s wife is equivalent to a daughter or a sister. Therefore this unrighteous king, Vali had to be killed. However Vali could be killed only in hiding, due to a boon which Vali had acquired, which gives him half the strength of his opponent who fights him face to face.

Again, why did Sriramji send Sitaji to the forest? It is commonly believed that Sri Rama decided to abandon Sita, the embodiment of purity and chastity due to the criticism of ONE ignorant Dhobi or washer man. On the contrary, Sriramji knew that if a mere washer man could so loudly and fearlessly criticize him; it was because the washer man was merely repeating the general opinion of the other people of Ayodhya. This led the Divine Lord to conclude that there were many among his subjects who were dissatisfied with Sitaji being their queen. He therefore made up his mind to send Sitaji to the forest as a righteous king would.
A human being has 2 kinds of Dharma or duties, namely: Mukhya dharma or main duty and Gauna dharma or secondary duty. A king’s Mukhya Dharma is to act according to the welfare of his subjects. On the contrary, for a common man, protecting his wife and children is the main duty. A righteous king would always regard the well being of his subjects as the most important need. Such a king gives only secondary importance to family, for; his subjects are most dear to him. Therefore, The Divine Lord Rama, the epitome of righteousness, and the ideal king, sent Sita to the forest for the general well being of the society.

Sriramji’s specific instruction to Lakshman, while sending Sita to the forest, was: “Take Sita to the forest and leave her near Sage Valmiki’s hermitage”. Mother Sita was expecting when she was sent to the forest. Thus Her sons, Luv and Kush, who grew up in the peaceful Ashram atmosphere, received the best training and education from Sage Valmiki himself.
Thus we see that every single action of an Avatar or Mahatma has a deep lying meaning behind its seemingly meaningless looks. We, after earnest introspection, tend to find oceans of knowledge hidden behind every thought, word and action of such Great Souls.

Let us pray to Amma and the other Great Masters to bless us with the Right Understanding, Faith and Strength to walk the Path pointed out by them, to reach the Ultimate Goal, which is Absolute Freedom, Peace and Bliss.
Om Tat Sat

Rama Rama Rama !

Hey Ram !

King Dasharatha had three wives, namely Kausalya, Sumitra, and Kaikeyi. The queens were beautiful, royal, graceful, and faithful to the king. Simplicity, selflessness, modesty, and willingness to sacrifice their everything for the king and the kingdom all such virtues, typical of Indian Womanhood, were embodied in them. They never complained about inconvenience, suffering, pain, and deficiencies any time, although such situations were rare in a royal house.

However, despite a long married life, none of the queens was blessed with motherhood. Silently, as is every Indian woman’s wont, they longed for their own son or daughter. The king was also aware of the undercurrent of gloom all around the palace and the kingdom. As was customary in those ancient times, the king was advised to perform sacrificial rituals (called Yagna). Accordingly, arrangements were made for the vast resources required for such Yagna. Due invitations were sent to the most learned and expert ‘Pandits’ and Brahmins who would perform such a Yagna.Many months passed by in these rituals, and at last the Yagna-Devata (The God) was pleased and the rituals and sacrifices bore fruits. Out of the Yagna-Kunda arose one Divine Form who said:

“O king, I am very much pleased with your deep faith and devotion in me. I offer you these four fruits which would fulfill the desires of the royal family. Your queens would bear sons in due course of time after ingesting the fruit.”

The king, the queens, and for that matter whole of the kingdom of Ayodhya was agog with pleasure and joy that knew no bounds. Kausalya and Kaikeyi received one fruit each, and remaining two came to the lot of Sumitra.

Hey Ram !


In due course of time Rama was born to Kausalya, Bharata to Kaikeyi, and Sumitra gave birth to two sons–Laxmana and Shatrughna.

The palace was filled with joy and merriment. The queens were overjoyed with the arrival of these four lovely princes. Rama was born of the eldest queen and hence attracted special attention, as the eldest son always had the first claim to the royal throne.

The four brothers grew under the loving care of their parents and relatives in the royal comforts of the palace. There was no want nor deficiency of any kind. All the four princes were sharp, intelligent, brave, and healthy. They were obedient and respectful towards their parents and teachers; and the love amongst these four brothers knew no precedence.

As they grew up, the old king made arrangements for their best education in humanities, art, science, and expertise in war-games. They acquired all special skills in archery, etc. at the holy feet of their teachers: Vashishtha and Vishwamitra.

Years passed by and the children grew in lovable, bold, and brave adolescence. Their command over bow and arrow was not to be equaled by anyone on the earth. (Sri Rama was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the savior of the universe, who had come to the earth to eliminate the evil and restore Dharma – righteousness. But this divine play cannot be known to many. Only a few sages were aware that Divinity had taken birth on this earth. Rest (like us) including the king, the queens, the citizens of Ayodhya took Rama and his brothers as ordinary humans.)

Rama and Laxmana defeat the demons

Meanwhile the forest dwelling rishis and sages encountered great obstacles and difficulties in performing their rituals of Yagnas. The evil tendencies in the form of demons used to interfere in their practice and rites by way of beating up the rishis and their associates. Moreover, the demons used to pour blood and flesh in the sacrificial fire which made the Yagna ‘impure’.

Therefore, a delegation of such rishis and sages led by the great sage Vishwamitra requested king Dasharatha to send Rama and Laxmana to their rescue. They convinced the king that although Rama and Laxmana were young and inexperienced, their bravery was unparalleled and unchallenged. These two brothers alone were capable of fighting the mighty demons and teach them a lesson for ever.

The tender heart of the Mother tried to resist this tough request. No mother wants her beloved son to take to such an arduous task at such a tender age. But the noble and dutiful king acceded to the just request of the rishis.

Thus the first encounter was on cards where fight between the good and bad tendencies was to occur. Of course the truth and good always prevails. And as such the young princes defeated the demons and returned to Ayodhya in due course of time. The fame and glory of Sri Rama and his brothers spread all over Ayodhya as well as to far off places.

The mighty demon king Ravana in far off Lanka also learnt about this upcoming force, a challenge to his supremacy.