Joy of little flowers

Doing daily `Nitya Karmas` (duties) is of paramount importance for a devotee. `Nitya Aaradhana` is performing daily aaradhana to Sriman Narayana.  Calling myself, a devotee to Narayana is blatant and pompous because for a true devotee, `bhakti` (devotion) flows like liquid with laminar flow, whereas my `bhakti` is erratic and menial. I always dream of becoming like Prahalad, NamAzhwar, Yamunacharya, Ramanujacharya, Vedanta Desika who worshipped him with `trikarana suddhi` (thoughts, words, and deeds) in all three ways (Karma, Gnyana, and Bhakti yoga). But even they proclaim how too untidy they are to worship blemishless and pristine Lord Vishnu. Yamunacharya in his heart ravishing, `Stotra Ratnam` says, न धर्मनिष्ठोऽस्मि न चात्मवेदि न भक्तिमान् त्वच्चरणारविन्दे । अकिञ्चनोऽनन्यगतिः शरण्य त्वतपादमूलं शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥ 22 "Oh You worthy of being sought as refuge! I am not one established in Dharma, nor am I a knower of the self. I have no fervent devotion to Your Lotus-feet. Utterly d

Mind being mindful

  Mindfulness is focusing our thoughts on what we are doing. Being mindful is a state of bliss and the easiest one that everyone can do. It is as simple as, when we sweep the floor, we only mind that and if we diverge on other thoughts, just put it back whenever it is realized. Sikshavalli (Taittiriya Upanisat) स्वाध्यायान्मा प्रमदः Don't be heedless on recitation of sacred texts सत्यान्न प्रमदितव्यम् धर्मान्न प्रमदितव्यम् कुशलान्न प्रमदितव्यम् भूत्यै न प्रमदितव्यम् देवपितृकार्याभ्यां न प्रमदितव्यम् Don't fail to pay attention to truth and one's duties Don't be inattentive to propriety and well-being Don't be unmindful of what is offered to God and ancestors  श्रद्धया देयम् । अश्रद्धयाऽदेयम् Gift should be offered with attention and willingly and not the other way Example from Srimad Ramayana When king Dasaratha broke his wish of installing Sri Ram as the prince regent, family priest Vasistha asked Sri Ram to observe fasting  to Lord Sri Ranganatha (family deity o

A short note on Narayana Upanisat

  A short note on Narayana Upanisat Upanisat (also referred as Vedanta ) are the last parts of the Vedas that give cogent information on the objective of the Vedas and the absolute knowledge (knowing about the Supreme Personality) to be known by everyone Upanisats are considered as venerate sacred texts and many gnanis have given wonderful commentaries on them. Being a rookie myself, I would like to ask the readers to kindly excuse me for my blatant act of writing notes on these pristine texts with my limited knowledge