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TO MY LOVELY SATSANG FAMILY

Radhe Radhe!!

May this New Year bring in bountiful goodness and prosperity your way!

The Kalpatharu Day Mass Prayer took place in a very grand and festive manner at the Kotai Mariamman Temple Ground at Dindigul, Tamil Nadu. More than 10,000 devotees took part in this grand gathering. As the entire audience raised their hands and clapped blissfully to the tunes of the melodious and sweet Mahamantra, it was a sight to behold! It was as sweet as honey to the ears and my heart was overjoyed.

500 years back, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu said, ‘He is indeed the most fortunate, who chants the Mahamantra even once in his lifetime.’ He said ‘Nama is the only way’. There are many suffering till date without understanding the truth in these words. We are extremely blessed and fortunate that we are treading this path.

My kith and kin in all parts of the world, have risen early every Margazhi dawn, and chanted Mahamantra in the streets of their cities and villages, gathering and motivating everyone in their neighbourhood, with the sole intent of making me happy and pleased. My blessings to each and everyone of you!!

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True grace of Guru

“I have been trying to ascend the corporate ladder for many years without success. I prayed to my Guru for blessings in this endeavor and by the grace of the Guru, I finally succeeded this year. ” Stop and think. We have heard many people attribute their wealth, status, success, etc. to the
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BEING CONSCIOUS

In spiritual life there are two things – being subject-conscious and being object-conscious. Thinking of Bhagavan is being ‘subject-conscious’. Thinking of what the aspirant has achieved — his progress, his spiritual experiences so far, etc. — is being
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GRATITUDE- THE RIGHT WAY

Generally, we are thankful to one who has done us a good turn. When we stand to gain due to another’s help either financially, materially or physically we feel grateful to him. We revere this person who has helped us. If the help was a timely one, we feel moved. But this alone cannot be a sign of
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WHAT A WONDER !

Among the astikas (those who have faith in our scriptures) we find that some follow astrological planetary movements and its influence on their life very carefully. In fact they are very concerned about the influence of faraway planets like Saturn on their lives. If the influence is malignant, they
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IS IT A WONDER ?

One cannot come into being in this world without a mother and a father. Parents even do a lot of menial service to the child like cleaning up when the child dirties itself. They also provide for the physical, emotional and intellectual growth of the child. This momentous work done by parents is
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WELL WISHER OR OTHERWISE

It seems a common trend to talk at length about always wishing well for fellow human beings. It is definitely a noble thought and needs to be executed, undoubtedly. But an unbiased introspection of the tendencies of most men leaves us baffled. Let us consider the life of a man who consumes alcohol.
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JNANA VS BHAKTI

When someone wishes for Jnana, they want it out of fear of the society, or the fear of the ‘Samsara’ (the vicious cycle of births and deaths). However, when we see the case of great ‘bhaktas’ (devotees), they revel in the love for God and sing His praises, right from their
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MASTER OF ALL GENIUS

Sri Sandeepani was the Guru of Lord Krishna. He was one who knew all the Vedas, the Six Agamas, and all the Shastras. It was his longtime desire and thirst to have a student who can learn all of it from him. However he did not find such a capable student as all of his students could acquire only a
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THE GLORY OF TAMIL

The greatness of Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Mahatmya) is beautifully outlined in six chapters of Padma Purana. In that, it has been said that Bhakti had its roots in the Dravida Desha and spread to other states. This was a representation of the fact that the first three Azhwars were the foremost
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WITNESS FOR RAMAYANA

The great Tamil poet Kambar who penned the Kamba Ramayana in Tamil, first rendered the epic in Srirangam Temple. Why so? Lord Sri Ranganatha was the family deity (kula devata) of Raghu Vamsa and hence was the witness of all that happened in the life of Lord Rama and every other king of the Raghu
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