Archive for November, 2018

Benefits of Vishnu Sahasranama

We had our November satsangha yesterday at Ms. Vani’s house in Herndon, Virginia. As I have told several times, we recite Vishnu Sahasranama followed by taratamya stotras and slokas.

Once we finished, Ms. Padma talked about the video she had listened in Facebook about the Benefits of Vishnu Sahasranama. I asked her to send the link, listened to it from start to finish to today. This is a gem of a video and couldn’t help posting it here in my blog.

We all recite Vishnu Sahasranama, but to literally understand the significance as told by our Acharyaru is truly amazing. Listen at your leisure. This was the very first time we heard about Dr. Vyasanakere Prabhanjanacharya, and his discourse is mind blowing. Blessed to have technology sow we can listen and learn from great scholars.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=642133839521531&id=519343811438492&_rdr

And if you have a facebook account, listen at the below link:

https://www.facebook.com/madhwacharya4youth/videos/642133839521531/

Updated:ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 20th 2018

ತುಲಸೀ ಹಬ್ಬವಿವಾಹ ಉತ್ವಾನ ದ್ವಾದಶಿ – Uthwana Dwadashi/Tulasi Habba – November 20th 2018 Tuesday
Last year’s pictures:

 

Close up of our little Tulasi Plant:

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Lighting of Agarbathi:

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Aaruthi for Tulasi.
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Tulasi Pooje Preparation 2013:IMG_2807

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Uthwana Dwadashi – Tulasi Habba or Tulasi Pooje is celebrated a fortnight after Deepavali. It signifies the day Tulasi married Lord Vishnu. On this day, Tulasi katte is decorated like a bride. Amla trees are planted along with the tulsi plant.

Pooje to be done in the evening.

What’s Tulasi?

In most Hindu homes, you find a Tulasi plant growing out of a Tulasi katte . Tulasi is considered to be a holy plant and is worshiped every morning. Tulasi has medicinal value and is often used as a herb in curing the common cold and cough.

So what’s Tulasi Habba?
Tulasi came out of the ocean during Amrita Manthan as a younger sister of Lakshmi. She too was devoted to Lord Vishnu and wanted to marry him. But Lakshmi who was already married to him did not like the idea and cursed her to become a plant. Thus the tulasi plant was born. But the all merciful Lord Vishnu took pity and fulfilling her wish declared that when he will be in the form of a saligrama, found in most temples and madhwa houses, she will remain close to him in the form of a tulasi leaf. Therefore even today a saligrama will have a tulsi leaf along with it. In front of every Hindu home there will be a tulasi katte in which a plant grows round the year.
Although the prayers are offered to Tulasi everyday by watering the plant in the morning and lighting an oil lamp before it in the evening, on Kartik Shukla Dwadashi there will be an annual Tulasi Pooja in the evening when the tulasi katte will be beautifully decorated with clay lamps.

Attached below is a screen shot of the Tulasi Vivaha Slokas and Procedure as printed in the Uttaradi Matta Panchanga. If you click on the image a bigger picture will display which has the words very very clear.

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Here is the link for all the Tulasi slokas at this weblog.

1. Slokas

2. Daily Tulasi Pooja Procedure

3. Tulasi Sankeerthaney Lyrics and Audio

4. Devaranama on Tulasi – ಒಲ್ಲನೋ ಹರಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳನೋ

5. Vrundavanadevi Namo Namo Lyrics

6. Tulasi Pooje Songs

Some Updates

It has been almost more than a month since I wrote anything in my blog. October was a tough month for us. October 19th Friday we performed satsangha at my house. I was hoping to post pictures and the details before flying to Nice, France to speak at a conference on Sunday October 21st.

On Saturday night our time 9.30 PM, we received news that my Husbands eldest brother had suffered a massive heart attack and lost his life.

My brother-in-law was a staunch devote and performed all festivals, rituals as dictated in our scriptures. On Saturday which has ekadashi, he had fasted. Dwadashi, he woke up early morning at 3.45pm, cooked chaturmasya food, and was performing Devara pooje. He was about to perform Saligrama pooje, when we suffered a massive heart attack, collapsed and lost his life in front of God, doing god’s pooje.

It was a huge shock for all of us. Everyone I talked to said they had never heard anyone who lost their life performing God’s pooje. My brother in law was crazy about God. Never ever in my 27 years of married life did I ever hear him complain about God. He always said ” we are reaping what we did in our previous birth, why should we ever blame god”. I have never seen anyone filled with so much Bhakthi and loved doing anything and everything to God.

It was a huge shock, we attended all the 13 days rituals and returned back to USA on November 8th. We didn’t celebrate Diwali. It was too shocking to even light lamps. When the mind is not in the right frame, what festival can you do?

It is almost close to 4 weeks, and we are slowly accepting the fact that he is no more. It is so unbelievable, how can you just lose your life one day, just doing pooje, I cannot even think about it. The more I relive that day, the more I become depressed.

Life is so short, you are alive one day and dead the next day. It has been tough. Many of you asked why there were no updates, hence I thought I should share the challenges we faced the past 1 month.

I will start posting soon, especially the Tulasi Habba coming on 20th. Even if we are not allowed to celebrate, we can perform  festivals on a small scale.

Make sure you tell your loved ones every single day, you love them, you miss them, and you care for them.

Thanks so much for all your support.

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