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thought for the day- pg 66- ASHTALAKSHMI STOTRAM (Page 30)

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Posted: 10 February 2014 at 8:07am | IP Logged
there are lot of books like gita
but every book says the same

do your duty 
without attachment

try to invest your precious time 
in god

do or  think  good
dont do or  think evil





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Posted: 10 February 2014 at 8:27am | IP Logged
rama i meant something which is consider as holy book, like for muslims its Quran,Bible for christians, torah for jews.

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that is what i too said ashuz
i consider thiruvasagam too as a holy book
 some consider bhagavatham holier than BG
it depends

narayaneeyam is considered equal to bhagavatham for keralites
12 thirumuraigal

all about lord shiva is another set of holy books

above all these even BG

BHAGAVATHAM  is the holiest


it is said that once in a life time you are ought to read this book
its about vishnu and his various forms ( avatars)

there is an interesting story regarding this bhagavatham will put it on TFTD one day


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Of the large number of disciples who had the rare and inestimable privilege of serving the great Acharya Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada, four stand out prominent. Each one of them was unrivalled in his own way: Padmapada for intense devotion, Totaka for exemplary service, Hastamalaka for supreme self-realisation and Sureshwara for deep learning


In the land of the Cholas, on the banks of the Kaveri, there was a devout Brahmana called Vimala. He was blessed with a boy. While in his teens, he mastered all the Vedas and showed an extreme distaste for worldly life. He earnestly hoped for a guru who would lead him across the ocean of samsara. Refusing to marry, he travelled with the purpose of finding such a guru. Fortunately for him, Sri Shankara was staying at Kashi, expounding his inimitable Bhasyas. The boy Padmapada resplendent with Brahma-Tejas ran to him and threw himself at his feet. The Acharya perceived the learning, courage and earnestness of the newcomer. He accepted him as his disciple. He initiated him into the Sanyasa Ashrama under the name of Sanandana.

He was first of Shankara's disciples. He was first in more than one sense. His unrivalled devotion so pleased the teacher that, in appreciation of his earnest search for truth, the Acharya took the trouble of explaining to him his works thrice. This partially engendered in the other disciples a feeling of misgiving, which the Acharya immediately took care to eradicate.

When Sanandana and a few other disciples were once on the other bank of the river Ganga, the Acharya called them to come to him. No boat was available. But Sanandana, secure in faith and grace of the Acharya, stepped on the water and began to walk. Struck with his devotion, the divine Ganga showed her admiration by placing lotuses on the water to support his feet at every step. To the astonishment of all, he unconcernedly crossed over to the other bank where he was duly rewarded by the embrace of the Acharya. It was a mark of affection, which no other disciple had ever received. In memory of this incident, he was henceforth known as Padmapada at the desire of the Acharya.

Even before becoming a disciple, he was in the centre of the world of Vedic, traditional scholarship of his times. It is however not the revelation of his great scholarship, but the great challenge he faced, the course he opted, of flowing generosity and atonement, and the prophetic understanding he displayed that made him great as a person.



this is sheer guru bhakthi
padmapadacharya didnt worry about the river nor its depth
the moment his guru called him
he ran on the river

that bhakthi is what we should learn from him

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Yaa Ramadi I have heard about this story of Padmapada. Big smile. But is it Bhakti or Faith. When he ran to answer his guru's call he didnt worry because he had so much faith in his guru that his guru will not allow anything bad to happen to him.

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Originally posted by thala

that is what i too said ashuz
i consider thiruvasagam too as a holy book
 some consider bhagavatham holier than BG
it depends

narayaneeyam is considered equal to bhagavatham for keralites
12 thirumuraigal

all about lord shiva is another set of holy books

above all these even BG

BHAGAVATHAM  is the holiest


it is said that once in a life time you are ought to read this book
its about vishnu and his various forms ( avatars)

there is an interesting story regarding this bhagavatham will put it on TFTD one day
oh now i get it.i thought there is only 1 book which is superior to all,thats why i asked again
and thanks again for all wonderful stories

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Thanks Rama for the thread.  Nice thoughts.
I chant Sivapuranam (Namah Shivaya Vaazhga) on Pradosham days without understanding its meaning completely Big smile, studied in Bangalore so cannot fully understand the meaning of the phrases.


I have heard this Padmapadacharya story.  Nice to read it again and also know about the temples you have mentioned. 

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Posted: 10 February 2014 at 10:23pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by shruthiravi

Yaa Ramadi I have heard about this story of Padmapada. Big smile. But is it Bhakti or Faith. When he ran to answer his guru's call he didnt worry because he had so much faith in his guru that his guru will not allow anything bad to happen to him.

again the same explanation
bhakthi- you dont expect your guru to save you if you drown in the river
faith- you believe that even if you drown your guru will save you

padmapada falls under the first category
he didnt think of anything
he just ran to his guru when he called 
thats all

he didnt even think that he would get drowned if he stepped into the river
if he had thought of the river
he wouldnt have been padma pada


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