Update : Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara Aaradhane – March 16th 2017

Vyasa Theertha or Vyasa Raja, the Raj Guru of Vijatanagara Emperors is the earlier avatar of our beloved Raghavendra Swamy. Vyasa Raja was born sometime in 1460 in Bannur near Mysore and entered Brindavana in Nava Brindavana in Hampi in 1539.
Vyasa Rajaru has composed numerous songs, and was the guru of Sree Purandara Dasaru and Sree Kanaka Dasaru.
Vyasa Raja was entombed in the Brindavana in the middle of Nava Brindavan. The day was Saturday and the date March 8, 1539. He  was 90 years old or a little more at the time of leaving the mortal world.

A few pictures of Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara Aaradhane from Nava Brindavana and Shimoga. You can see Shree Vyasa Raja Thirthara alankara as a King. So, beautiful. Thanks again to the webmasters for posting such wonderful pictures.

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Update : Sree Vadiraja Aaradhane – Sunday March 15th 2017

Wednesday March 15th is our great gurugalu Sree Vadirajara Aaradhane. So, attached below are all the details required to get the blessings our Great Gurugalu Sree Vadirajaru.

Sree Vadirajara Brindavana in Sonda. Image courtesy: http://www.raghavendramutt.org.

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Shri Vadiraja Thirtharu

Shri Vadiraja Thirtharu

Attached below is the prayer to say and get the blessing from Sree Vadirajaru

Tapo Vidya Virakthyadi

Sadgunuoughakaranaham !

Vadirajagurun vande

Hayagreeva dayasrayan !!

#BeBoldForChange

Today is International Women’s day. The UN theme for 2017 is Empowering Women: Empowering Humanity #BeBoldForChange. What better way to celebrate it than by writing a blog post about breaking the stereotype messages we hear all the time?

I am bold and strong being a woman.

I am bold and fierce being a Senior Principal Consultant in the Security Consulting world, which is dominated by Men.

I am bold and loving and caring being a Mom, in spite of having missed a few award ceremonies and a few tennis lessons for my Daughter.

I am bold and a loving Wife, and still cry on the shoulders of my amazing Husband.

I am bold and still scared while driving at night, and call my Husband.

I am bold and an amazing cook, but still crave for a plate of food to be handed to me when I return from a long day at work. I enjoy every bite of it when handed to me by none other than a Man my Husband.

I am bold and a woman, and Mentor many men at work.

I am bold and a Hindu, and still believe in the Supreme Lord Krishna.

I am bold and a staunch devote of my beloved Guru who is again a Man.

I am bold and a confident woman, and speak at many events and conferences which is filled by Men.

I am bold and adventurous and travel alone for Work.

Who says that being a woman means doing the stereotypes? I have broken several barriers, and push my Daughter, my Mentees, woman I work with, woman I met in my everyday life to break those barriers, and still be a woman.

To quote from the blog I wrote for my Company with minor changes:

This International Women’s Day, based on the theme I want to challenge women around the world to be brave and bold. Be BRAVE and be BOLD, sign up for new challenges which you have never accomplished. Challenge yourself to break the stereotypes.

I will close this post by a famous quote from our 44th President of the United States Barack Obama “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

 

Update: Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday – March 9th 2017

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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 .

March 9th 2017 is Pushya Nakshatra and Thursday.

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.

 

SRI RAGHAVENDRA SAPTAAHA MAHOTSAVA HOSUR – LIVE WEBCAST

If you have a few hours or even few minutes to spare, watch the live webcast of our Beloved Rayaru Saptaaha celebrations.

Live Webcast Timings between 27th Feb 2017 to 05th March 2017

SESSION 1 : MORNING 6:00 AM TO 7-30 AM 

SESSION 2 : 8-30 AM TO 12:00 NOON 

SESSION 3 : 3:00 PM TO 10 PM

Below is the link:

http://www.saptaaha.com/live-webcast/

Red Bell Pepper Chutney

During the Satsangha in February, Ms. Rekha had prepared Red Bell Pepper Chutney. I also got a cup of the remaining Chutney and had it with Green gram dosa the next day. It was very delicious, and I emailed Rekha for the recipe. This is Ms.Rekha’s recipe I tried this week, and had it again with Green gram dosa. The Chutney is very delicious, very healthy since you have peanuts, sesame seeds and bell pepper. I also didn’t add onion since we had the dosa on a Thursday. And we also didn’t add any seasoning. But, if you have guests coming, definitely add it. I am sure it will taste even more delicious. Thanks Rekha for the wonderful recipe.
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Ingredients:
  • 1 red bell pepper (chopped about an inch size)
  • 1 onion (optional) I did not use it.
  • 1 or 2 dried red chillies per your taste, I used 6 red chillies.
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup Sesame Seeds (Til)
  • 1/4 cup dried desiccated cocounut ( I use 1 Tbl spoon)
  • Tamarind, Jaggery, salt to taste
  • Seasoning – 1 tsp oil, mustard seeds, hing and curry leaves.
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Method:
  • Saute bell pepper, onion(optional) and red chillies with a pinch of oil (literally a pinch)till they turn soft.
  • Let it cool.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and blend with water.
  • If you want to add seasoning, heat a small pan, add oil, and the rest of the seasonings and add to the Chutney.
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