Archive for February, 2017

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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Vittala Salaho Swamy

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A very simple and amazing composition by Sri Purandara Dasaru on Lord Vittala. Just few sentences, and you can learn it in few minutes.

ವಿಠಲ ಸಲಹೋ ಸ್ವಾಮಿ
ನಮ್ಮ ವಿಠಲ ಜಗದಂತರ್ಯಾಮಿ ||ಪ ||

ಎಡಕೆ ವಿಠಲ ಬಲಕೆ ವಿಠಲ
ಎಡಕೆ ಬಲಕೆ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ||೧ ||

ತಂದೆ ವಿಠಲ ತಾಯಿ ವಿಠಲ
ತಂದೆ ತಾಯಿ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ ||೨ ||

ಬಂಧು ವಿಠಲ ಬಳಗ ವಿಠಲ
ಬಂಧು ಬಳಗ ವಿಠಲ ವಿಠಲ || ||೩ ||

ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಠಲ || ೪ ||

ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ
ಜಯ ಜಯ ವಿಠಲ ಜಯ ಹರಿ ವಿಠಲ ||

Vittala salaho swamy
namma Vittala jagadantaryami ||pa||

Edake Vittala balake Vittala
Edake balake Vittala Vittala ||1||

Tande Vittala taayi Vittala
Tande taayi Vittala Vittala ||2||

Bandhu Vittala balaga Vittala
Bandhu balaga Vittala Vittala || 3||

jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya jaya hari Puranadara Vittala || ||pa||

jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala
jaya jaya Vittala jaya hari Vittala ||

 

And listen to the song here by:

Rayaru in Mom’s Dream

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About a few months back, my dad had severe cough and cold, as usual he went to a Doctor close to home and got medicine. Even after a week his symptoms never improved, and he started having swelling in this throat and could hardly swallow anything. The Doctor suggested seeing an ENT specialist.

ENT specialist did ultrasound and found out he had stones in his salivary duct glands. Since there was lot of infection due to puss formation, they decided Dad needs to stay in the hospital for couple days to get rid of the infection first. Dad was in the hospital for 5 days, got better and better. The ENT surgeon suggested getting the stones removed by Surgery. Dad was against surgery and kept saying he didn’t want to have one at the age of 83.

Like I have told you all, Mom and Dad are great devotees of Rayaru. Every sloka, stotra I know I have learnt from them. So, when I called my parents, my Mom told me she will do Rayara seva for 3 days if he cures dad without having surgery. I told my Mom ” Amma, why are you testing our Rayaru by saying such things. We are all humans, such things happen to our body, the surgery is very simple, please don’t ask Rayaru that”. Mom was adamant.

Dad stayed in the hospital for 5 days, came back home, they consulted an Ayurveda Doctor and started getting treatment. Dad started getting better, could eat better, and things went back to normal. My Sister visited India end of December, they traveled to Tirupathi with her and almost everyone forgot about the seva they had promised Rayaru.

Last week as we were driving to SBAT for Madhwa Navami festival, my mom told me the amazing incident. Saturday early morning Rayaru came in her dream, gave her threee bananas and asked her ” Amma, seve maduthini antha helidyala, marathe bitteya?”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, “Amma, you told me you are going to do seva, did you forget?”)..

Mom couldn’t understand for almost few hours what the dream was, and after taking shower and when she was reciting Rayara stotra she said it flashed to her that Rayaru came and asked for her to complete the seva she had promised. As mom was telling me her dream, I kept telling her” Amma, yentha bhakthi ninnadu, Rayaru bandhu ninna nanna seve madu antha helabekadare”( for those of you who don’t understand Kannada, I said Amma, your bhakthi is great, how fortunate you are for Rayaru to come in your dream and ask to complete the seva”).

I was a little worried how Mom was going to do the seva at this age. She started the seva on Monday last week, completed three days of Seva, on Thursday she performed KanakabhiShekha for Rayaru at 4th T block temple, and also had food at the temple. Mom and Dad are just amazed by our Rayaru’s grace. They can’t stop telling the same incident over and over again. The surgery was something which was bothering both of them very much, and at for Rayaru to have listened to them shows how karunamayi our beloved Rayaru is.

I mentioned this dream of Mom yesterday during our Monthly Satsangha. And I had to share with you all my extended family as well.

This shows that if you have complete faith in our Beloved Rayaru he will protect his devotees. Rayare Gathiyu Namage – Guru Rayaru is our ultimate saviour. Guru Sarvabhowma Ki Jai as I always say.

Lunar Eclipse – Friday Feb 10th 2017 – USA

There is a lunar eclipse on Friday Feb 10th 2017 in USA. The Eclipse will take place in Ashlesha Nakshatra. So, if you are of that Nakshatra, please follow the instructions as posted on the Krishna Vrindavana web site.

I have attached link below for the same.

Shree Madhwa Navami Celebrations in USA

Hope you all had a chance to attend and perform the pooje to our Guru Shree Madhwacharyaru. We visited the SBAT temple on Saturday, and attended the pooje there. Below are some pictures from the temple, and pooje pictures from my home done today.

Pooje to Lord Bhaktha Anjaneya.

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Madhwa Navami :

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Rayara Brindavana.

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Today pooje at my home:

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Updated: Sri Madhwa Navami – Feb 5th 2017

This year Madhwa Navami is on Sunday February 5th 2017.  It is the most important day for all Madhwa’s. For those of you residing in the DC area, SBAT is celebrating Madhwa Navami on Saturday February 4th 2017. SSVT is celebrating it on Sunday February 5th.

Prathamo Hanuman Nama Dwitheeyo Bheema Eva cha
Poornapragna Treetiyasthu Bhagavat Karya saadakaha

We all do know the famous sloka from Sri Madhwacharya:

vande vandyam sadaanandam vaasudevam niranjanam
indiraa pathimaadyaadi varadesha vara pradam

I can write detailed information about Sri Madhwacharya, but it would all be incomplete.

So, I have compiled useful links for those of you who are interested in knowing more and more about this great philosopher and our Guru.

1. Madvacharya
2. tatvavada.org
3. dviata.org
4. Madhva.org
5. Interesting links from dvaita.org
6. Sri Madwacharya’s works can be found here.
7. All Posts on Our Gurugalu

I have posted the lyrics for Sri Madhwa Nama and a pdf about Sri Madhvacharya’s lineage here at my blog:

  1. Sri Madhwa Nama
  2. Madhvacharya’s Lineage-GURU CHARITE
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