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The Lotus Feet

The journey of a devotee is always not smooth. It is almost similar to the experience of the devotee heading towards Palani during Thaipusam. When tired and exhausted after long hours of bare-foot walking, without food and shelter, he leans upon the shoulder of his companion who gives the strength to go forward. Similarly, the […]

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Arunachala Ramana and Kanchi Paramacharya

The eternal power which the Brahman represents, the source of knowledge, that illuminates the whole universe is manifested as Arunachala and shines brilliantly at Tiruvannamalai. The name Arunachala spells truth, knowledge and bliss. While Kailash is considered as the seat of Lord Siva, Tiruvannamalai Mountain is considered as Siva Himself. It is believed that liberation […]

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Sri Ramana Maharshi, The Eternal Guru

The young age is a very important stage in one’s life.  This is the time, like a flower that blooms in the morning, the inherent qualities of the youth unfold, when the perfection within manifests and the urge for spiritual knowledge develops.   All that he needs is a stimulus, like the brilliant rays of the […]

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Dharmamigu Chennai

There are many factors that contribute to Chennai’s greatness and the prime one is the culture, the tradtion and the spiritual values it upholds. Almost every day, one finds some cultural activity like dance, drama or music taking place somewhere in the city. It is the city, where Lord Kapaleeswarar flanked by Karpagambal resides. There […]

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Thaipusam at Palani

The advent of ‘Thai’, the auspicious Tamil month, heralds a new era of happiness and prosperity. This month is significant in many respects. On this day, also known as Makara Sankranti, the sun changes direction towards north (uttarayanam). It is on this day, the traditional Pongal festival is celebrated with immense enthusiasm. The word ‘pongal’ […]

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Power of Silence

“Salutations to Sri Dakshinamurti, who is ever in youth, who is surrounded by aged disciples, the most enlightened among Masters, whose hand signals the ultimate end of knowledge, who ever appears in bliss, who is ever established in Self and who conveys the eternal truth, the Brahma Jnana through silence.” (Mouna Vyakya prakatitha Para Brahma […]

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What is Special About Krishna’s Flute?

While pasturing the cattle in the forest near Vrindavan, in the company of Balaram, Krishna started playing his flute. As the sweet sound of music, flowed from the flute of Krishna, resonated all over the land, it created a divine air in the atmosphere. Hearing the music, all the activities that men and women were […]

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Arunagirinathar and Thiruchuzhinathar

  Arunagirinathar was born in 16th century and Sri Ramana Maharshi appeared around three centuries later. While Arunagirinathar was born at Tiruvannamalai, graced by Muruga and went all over Tamil Nadu and beyond, Sri Ramana Maharshi born near Madurai reached Tiruvannamalai and never left from there. Blessed by Muruga, Arunagirinathar adopted the path of devotion […]

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Thiruppugazh, the Musical Way of Worship

All our family members, trained in Thiruppugazh, were rendering the Bhajan at the temple nearby. A family bhajan in a temple? I will begin at the beginning. We are ardent devotees of Lord Muruga. Our devotion grows only stronger every time we feel that God is putting it to test. Once, my brother-in-law left my […]

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Arunagirinatha! Oh! Arunagurunatha!

The hill that wards of sins, karmas and Vasanas, the hill that represents the element of fire, the hill that liberates the soul at mere thought, It is Tiruvannamalai hill, the abode of Arunachala. Here, at this sacred place appeared, a brilliant star. He was Arunagiri, the embodiment of devotion. Muruga appeared before him with […]