Friday, February 24, 2017

Ultimate Spiritual pilgrimage to Kailash is a dream of millions of Hindus (including Jains and Buddhists) in their life. A new second route via Nathu la (Sikkim) had been successfully opened by our Prime Minister Modi. This route makes the senior citizens and those who can’t undertake the arduous trekking to undertake the yatra by vehicles. The Uttarakhand route takes 28 days and Nathu La route takes 21 days and the average expenses on both routes are 1.6 lakh and 2 lakh respectively per pilgrim. Addressing a Press Meet in Chennai, he said that the Kailas Yatris who have undertaken this yatra before, have come together and are trying to encourage more and more pilgrims to undertake this world's most ancient pilgrimage ( it finds mention in Mahabharata) and the indescribably beautiful divine experience. The new twitter handle-@KailasManas2017 has been created for answering all enquiries and they are propagating the Ministry of External Affairs' website for this pilgrimage for authentic details. Presently just a thousand yards-tris go from both routes in a year, why can’t we increase it to five thousand next year and twenty thousand later? He asked and said with due encouragement and facilities this is not a difficult goal. He said that Shiva being the first President of Tamil Sangam at Madurai and ages later Thiruvalluvar presented the Thirukural to Tamil Sangam at Madurai - hence the beautiful spiritual connect makes him to try this year to have the Thirukural chanting on the shores of Lake Mansarovar , which will be a global event and first time in the history. Appealing the Tamilnadu government to sponsor 133 Tamil youths to represent 133 chapters of Thirukural to go to Kailas Mansarovar and chant Thirukural before the divine presence of Shiva, he asserts that this could create an incredible confluence of two great icons of Tamil Sangam in the holy region. A novel work of translating Thirukural into Tibetan language is underway that helps pilgrims going on pilgrimage can distribute Thirukural to Tibetan friends. He appealed Tamilnadu Government to form a state level Kailas Mansarovar Yatra Committee and encourage more harris from Tamilnadu by announcing yatra financial help to them like other state governments as well as construct a Kailas Mansarovar Bhawan in Chennai for the facilitation of yatris.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Language is a sense of pride, Nationalism and an identity of an individual and society. Some anecdotes from the life of  Shri Subramania Siva and Shri Rama Desikan on linguistic nationalism in Tamilnadu. 'Matri Basha Diwas' is celebrated across the country today.
Subramania Siva even while engaging himself in the freedom struggle, he did not give up or forget Tamil language and worked for its growth. He passionately wished that everyone should love their mother tongue. Hence he had written "The life of a country is to be found in its language. Those who give up their mother tongue can be said to be committing suicide because of foolishness or of madness. If committing suicide is a crime against the state, he who begins to kill himself and his society by neglecting his state language is a person who commits crimes a thousand fold. Though the law of the country does not include these murderers in the list of criminals, they are culprits according to the laws of creation followed by that All-Powerful Deity who rules over the whole universe as the sole Empress" He never made a distinction between the domination of the British Imperial government and that of the English language. He wished to drive out the British Government along with its language; he deeply longed for it and sincerely worked for it.
Sriramadesikan, Sanskrit scholar and Indian medicine expert 

S.N. Sriramadesikan is a living legend known for his outstanding contribution to Sanskrit and Tamil literature for over six decades in varying capacities both at the State and the Centre levels as research scholar, lecturer, principal, editor and publisher.

The honours and awards he has received over the years are many but every one of them is a unique recognition for a singular achievement in an exclusive field. His tour de force is a comprehensive and well-researched translation of ancient Ayurveda Sanskrit texts into Tamil, when he was personally chosen by the then Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran and appointed to serve as Special Officer for about 13 years in the State Government Department of Indian Medicine and Homoeopathy.

These Tamil translations of Ashtanga Sangraham and Charaka Susruta Samhitas of 25,000 verses running into six volumes of 6,400 pages have been prescribed as text-books for students in Ayurveda Colleges. Kamakoti Peetam conferred on him the title, ‘Ayurveda Bharati' and Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam the title of ‘Abhinava Sushruta Vishruta' in due recognition of his services.

The honours

Even today he wistfully recalls the day MGR wrote in his own hand the Government Order appointing him for this herculean task, which would have scared away lesser men. Another honour which came to him unsought is the title of Kalaimamani awarded by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1993 on a personal direction from the Chief Minister Jayalalitha, who was deeply appreciative of his contribution to literature and allied fields. Yet another monumental work of his is a scholarly well-annotated translation of Bharata's Natya Sastra from the Sanskrit original of 6,000 verses and it is today a text which is a boon to aspirants for making a career as a dancer. The work has been published by the State Government responding to an insistent demand for a scientific treatise on this ancient art and is received well both in India and abroad.

Translating with ease

Apart from these classic treatises, Sriramadesikan has composed in Sanskrit ‘Desika Mani Satakam' and ‘Krishna Katha Sangraham' and also rendered into Sanskrit Tirukkural, Naaladiyar, Bharati's works, Pathuppattu and Ettuththogai of Sangam literature, Silappadikaram, Avvaiyar's Needi works, Tiruppavai and so on. It is no easy task to translate and interpret the manners and modes of utterances of another age.

A perfect translation is no doubt a miracle and not many translators acquit themselves creditably. Sriramadesikan is a pioneer in the sense that he could go back with ease from Tamil to Sanskrit without any hitch and convey the beauty. On the occasion of the release of his translation of Kamba Ramayana Bala Kandam into Sanskrit, C. Rajagoplachari spoke and lauded the author but could not resist taking a dig at the rationale of the reverse pilgrimage from Tamil to Sanskrit! But it was only such works that could carry the glory of Tamil to the North, particularly into the sanctum of Sanskrit scholars in Benares and Mathura. Sriramadesikan's service in bringing about this awareness has evoked appreciation from various quarters.

He has published original works in Tamil and also well-balanced articles of literary criticism. Presidents, Governors and Chief Ministers of many States have honoured him in one form or another. President Rajendra Prasad while on a visit to the south heard him enter a strong plea for support to Sanskrit. A Sanskrit Commission was set up and its recommendations led to the creation of centrally funded and managed Vidya Peetams for Sanskrit learning and research.

The late Sri Prakasa, a Sanskrit scholar who was State Governor, used to send for him now and then only to have the joy of conversing with him in the language. Not to be left behind, Governors K.K. Shah and Patwari engaged his services for learning the language.

It was President V.V. Giri, a staunch admirer, who took the initiative to confer on him the highest honour of President's award for Sanskrit Proficiency in 1971. Uttamur Viraraghavachariar, an outstanding Sanskrit and Tamil scholar of the last century, hailed as Abhinava Desika, who taught and initiated Sriramadesikan into the world of Sanskrit, was the first to receive the President's award after its institution.

The veteran, vibrant and vivacious, entered 91 on June 18. His admirers and students are planning an event to commemorate the occasion. A date will be fixed depending on his health.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Most religious groups in USA rate Hindus fairly warmly, according to “polling and analysis” posted by Washington DC headquartered Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, on February 15.

Asked to rate a variety of groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100, Americans’ feelings toward Hindus have shifted from relatively neutral place of 50 in 2014 on the thermometer to somewhat warmer rating of 58.

Americans aged 18-29 put the Hindus at 64 on the thermometer, which is higher than Jews, Atheists, Evangelical Christians, Mainline Protestants, Muslims and Mormons. Jews gave Hindus a thermometer rating of 70, which is highest given to Hindus by any religious group.

Hindus were rated at 70 by those who had personal connections with someone in the Hindu community, as compared to 54 given by those who had no such connection.

But only 22% of Americans say they personally know a Hindu.

These were among the findings of a new Pew Research Center survey of 4,248 adults conducted between January nine to 23 on the Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel.

Meanwhile Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, congratulating the American Hindu community on climbing higher on the warmth scale; urged them to continue with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, advised Hindus to focus on inner search, stay pure, explore the vast wisdom of scriptures, make spirituality more attractive to youth and children, stay away from the greed, and always keep God in the life.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Statement of RSS Sarkaryawah Shri Suresh (Bhayyaji) Joshi

Bharat has been a pioneer not only in spiritual sciences but also in empirical sciences. From Aryabhatta and Varahamihara, there has been a long, unending stream of scientists, Bharat has contributed to the world. In recent decades Bharat has made long strides in the field of aeronautic space technology on its own, its successful deployment of 104 satellites into the designated orbit, setting a new record, from Sriharikota yesterday, has, apart from adding one more feather to the cap of ISRO, also announced its rolein Bharat as a strong but benign contender in the field at international level. We take this opportunity to congratulate the authorities, scientists and all others who have been involved in this mission.

Released by

Gopal Arya
Central Office Secretary, Keshav Kunj Jhandewala
New Delhi

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had successfully launched 104 satellites on a single PSLV today. PSLV-37 mission broke the earlier records, thus making our nation proud. “We are not looking at it as a record or anything. We are just trying to maximise our capability with each launch and trying to utilise that launch for the ability it has got and get the maximum in return” said A S Kiran Kumar, ISRO Chairman. Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, RSS Akhila Bharatiya Sah Sarkaryawah tweeted, “Congratulations to ISRO for successful launching of 104 satellites into orbit. Entire nation is proud of our space scientists. Great mission.”

"Hearty Congratulations to team for making the nation proud for successful launch of record number of satellites in one go: " said Dr.Manmohan Vaidya, RSS Akhila Bharatiya Prachar Pramuk. 

It will be appropriate to remember and recall our great scientists-astronomers like Aryabhatta with scientific temper; now with rejuvenated vigor.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bharat Kissan Sangh Tamilnadu called for a protest demo today at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai. Around 220 people participated from 14 districts raising their voice to look into the life of farmers in the drought hit state.

இவ்வாண்டில் மழை 80% பொய்த்துவிட்டதால் தமிழ்நாட்டில் அனைத்து மாவட்டங்களும் கடுமையான வறட்சி நிலவுகிறது.  ஏரி குளங்களில் நீர் இல்லை மாடுகளுக்கு குடிநீர் மற்றும் தீவனங்களுக்கு கடும் தட்டுப்பாடு நிலவுகிறது.  ஆகவே மாடுகளை காப்பாற்ற இயலாது அடிமாடுகளுக்காக விற்கவேண்டிய துர்பாக்கியம் ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது.  மொத்தத்தில் விவசாயம் பொய்த்துப்போனதால் 200க்கு மேற்பட்ட விவசாயிகள் கடந்த சிலநாட்களில் தற்கொலை செய்து கொண்டுள்ளனர்.
மழை பெய்யும் என எதிர்பார்த்து நம்பிக்கையுடன் முழுமையாக கடன்பெற்று செலவு செய்து, நடவு செய்யப்பட்ட பயிர்கள் கருகிவிட்டதால் மேலும் பலர் தற்கொலை செய்யும் அபாயகரமான சூழல் நிலவுகிறது. 

இந்த காலகட்டத்தில் மத்திய மாநில அரசுகள் நிலமையின் தன்மை உணர்ந்து விவசாயிகளை காத்திட தேவையான நிவாரணங்களை உடனடியாக வழங்கிட வலியுறுத்தி இன்று சென்னை வள்ளூவர் கோட்டத்தில் ஆர்பாட்டம் நடைபெற்றது.

இப்பேரிடரில் இருந்து விவசாயிகளை காத்திட பாரதிய கிசான் சங்கம் வலியுறுத்தும் கோரிக்கைகள்.
1. ஏக்கர் ஒன்றுக்கு ரூபாய் 30 ஆயிரம் நிவாரணமாக வழங்கக்கோரியும்,
2. போர்கால அடிப்படையில் ஏரி, குளங்கள், அணைகளில் ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளை அகற்ற கோரியும்
3. மத்திய அரசின் நதிகள் இணைப்புத்திட்டத்தை முனைப்போடு செயல்படுத்தும் குஜராத், மத்தியப்பிரதேசம், ஆந்திரபிரதேசம் போன்று தமிழக அரசும், மத்திய அரசும் இணைந்து தேசிய நதிநீர் இணைப்புத்திட்டத்தை செயல்படுத்தக் கோரியும்,
4. விவசாயத்தில் அன்னிய நேரடி முதலீடு, மரபணு மாற்றுப்பயிர் போன்றவற்றை தடை செய்ய கோரியும்,
5. விவசாய நிலங்களை, விவசாயம் அல்லாத பணிகளுக்காக மத்திய, மாநில அரசுகள் கையகப்படுத்தும் பொழுது, புதிய நிலம் கையகப்படுத்தும் சட்டத்தின் மார்க்கெட் மதிப்பில் நான்கு மடங்காக் விவசாயிகளுக்கு நஷ்ட ஈடு வழங்கக் கோரியும்,
6. நெல், கரும்பு, தேங்காய் கொப்பரை மற்றும் அனைத்து விவசாய விளைபொருட்களுக்கு M ஸ் சுவாமிநாதன் கமிஷன் பரிந்துரைபடி உற்பத்தி செலவுடன் 50 சதவிகித லாபம் சேர்ந்து கொள்முதல் விலை நிர்ணயிக்கக் கோரியும்,
7. மழை பொழியை கேள்விக்குறியாக்கிய வேலிக்கருவேல் மரங்களை போர்கால அடிப்படையில் அகற்றவும், மழையை ஈர்க்கக்கூடிய சுற்றுச் சூழலுக்கு உகந்த சுதேசி மரங்கள் (புங்கன், வேம்பு, ஆல், அரசு) அவ்விடத்தில் நடவு செய்து பராமரிக்க கோரியும்,
8. தமிழகத்தை சிக்கிம் மாநிலம் போல் இயற்கை விவசாய மாநிலமாக மேம்படுத்திட தமிழக அரசு காலகெடு நிர்ணயித்து விவசாயத்துறையை முடுக்கிவிடக் கோரியும்,
9. பசுவினங்களை காத்திட மாமிச ஏற்றுமதியை தடை செய், பசுவதை தடைச்சட்டத்தை குஜராத், மகாராஷ்டிரம், மத்தியபிரதேசம், இராஜஸ்தான், சட்டீஸ்கர் மாநிலத்தில் அமுல்படுத்தியது போல் தமிழகத்திலும் அமுல்படுத்திட கோரியும்
திரு ஆர் சுந்தர்ராஜன், மாநிலத்தலைவர் தலைமையில், திரு M ண் வைத்தியநாதன் மாநில பொருளாளர், திரு எ ண் கலியமூர்த்தி, மாநில செயலாளர் முன்னிலையில், திரு ஸ்ரீகணேசன், அகிலபாரத செயற்குழு  உறுப்பினர், திரு T பெருமாள், அகில பாரத செயலாளர், திரு என் எஸ் பார்த்தசாரதி, மாநில செயலாளர், திரு என் டி பாண்டியன், மாநில துணை தலைவர், திரு M ராமமூர்த்தி மாநில துணைதலைவர் சிறப்பு உறையாற்றினார்கள்.

A book speaks of decline of the river bank civilization of Chennai

It was not a just book release function though a book titled ‘THE GODS OF THE HOLY COOVUM’ was released last week in Chennai. The book traces the tragic history of how a 72 km river that bifurcates Chennai metro lost scores of Shaivite and Vaishavite temples along its banks over the centuries. Today Coovum River is reduced to stinking drainage. The relics of the temples give ample evidence to the water management capabilities of our forefathers as well as desilting techniques adopted in those ages. Priya Bhaskaran who has authored the book is the editor of an e-magazine ‘Aalayam Kanden’ (I had darshan of temples). It is worth mentioning that Venkatesh Ramakrishnan who had mapped Coovum River also participated in the function.

Yunus, the Chennai Champion of Yoga 

Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Ambattur is one of the over 30 educational institutions inspired by RSS in and around Chennai. Recently, Mohammed Yunus, class 9 student of the School participated in an all India Yoga Competition in Salem organized by CBSE and emerged the topper. He was declared ‘Champion of Champions’. The school focuses on nurturing Yoga and with that end in view got together scores of schools in neighbourhood for a yoga festival wherein puranic episodes like Markandeya’s devotion for Lord Shiva was depicted through a combination of popular yogasanas demonstrated by school children.

From Burma via Tamilnadu to Kerala

Thoothukudi, a port city in the Southern Tamilnadu witnessed an influx of Muslims from Myanmar a couple of years ago. It was claimed that they were looking for jobs after being driven out of their country. Today these Rohingya Muslims make a beeline to Kerala where there is a recent spurt in Jihadi outfits. Some of the outfits are systematically carrying out propaganda to accommodate the Burmese Muslims. This has rung alarm bells in the security set up of the country. The Centre has promptly alerted Kerala Government of this new migration pattern.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Commemorating Shri Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Birth centenary a seminar was organized by Tamilnadu Thinkers Forum and India Foundation in Chennai. The programme began with a melodious song by Smt Pavithra Srinivasan. 

Emphasizing on Integral Humanism, Shri Bhagwati Prakash Sharma said that both Capitalism and Socialism are detrimental to jeopardise the world at large with the growing of terrorism on the world map and global warng which is extending beyond repair. Society has become an individual Sovereignty where individual life, their freedom has taken toll on the society, in turn in country and the whole world in totality. The concept of give and take policy in families should be extended to society; society to country and to the world at large.

Condemning the westernised way of thinking that slowly got imbibed in our ways of life, Shri H. Raja emphasized on society being the collection of individuals should function together without any conflict. 
Highlighting on how Deendayal Upadhay was always different from the western thinkers like Darwin, Freud, Karl Marx, Shri Aravindan Neelakantan said the family set-up in our country always accepted the less earning capacity with the others in the family. Democracy was not taken from the westerners and this was proved while drafting the Indian Constitution, he said.

Shri S.P. Singh threw light on how introduction of our ancient glory/culture of our country in education was declined by Nehru Ji. “To break the unshakeable religious foundation and study method in vernacular language the Britishers introduced English language as the method of learning , to prove that India has no History, Education and Civilisation later the teach and the taught medium was changed to vernacular language. It was Shri. Atal Bihari Vajpayee who introduced free education to each and every one in 1965. He insisted the need for a katha period for the children to know about the heroes who fought for our independence from their state and country” he said.

Speaking on integral humanism and gender justice, Kumari K S Yashaswini made the audience to spend their thinking on real women empowerment, and appealed for more participative democracy.

Speaking on Integral Humanism and Economics, Shri M R Venkatesh highlighted on how economy and culture are interlinked and concluded his speech saying that, ostentatious spending is frowned upon.

Smt Saraswati Rajamani who served under INA-Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and Shri Su Pa Narayanaswamy, Member, Netaji Balak Sena were felicitated by Shri Mukunda, Shri Ram Madhav and Shri Mithrananda.

Shri C R Mukunda, RSS Akhila Bharatiya Sah Baudhik Pramukh stressed on three points – namely Rashtra, Youth power and Vyakthi Nirman. Rashtra being nation/nationalism, chithi being atma or soul of a nation creates the Nationhood. Concept of Rashtra should be percolated to take Bharat forward. Vast potential youth force should be channelized towards nationalism. Speaking on Vyakthi Nirman, equating Government with Society he concluded that it is always the individual – family – society – country takes Bharat forward.

Lastly the speech was delivered by Shri Ram Madhav Ji, “In 1947, though we had native wisdom and institutions we did not internalise the idea and the west copied them. It’s America who has the cessation rights for Texas and California in their Constitution. Our Nation’s strength has been created in open skies, on the banks of great rivers, its scope being wide. Happiness of the Individual is not in wealth but in attainment of eswara, universal well-being, realising the ultimate, we don’t believe, we reaiise richness. How quoted Rama Rajya is a participatory democracy where every individual participates. Our country needs to go deeper into wisdom than political thoughts. On security of women he said they are all goddesses in disguise for protection sake they should not be restricted and respect woman as a woman. Lastly he insisted that we need unchanging eternal values, ever changing social order values for the betterment of our society”.

With a vote of thanks by Shri Sudharshan, the seminar concluded.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

RSS Sarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat visited Barrack No.1 of the Betul District Jail in Madhya Pradesh, where RSS second Sarsanghachalak Guru Ji Golwalkar was detained for three months in 1949 after RSS was banned following Mahatma Gandhi’s Assasination.

Shri Mohan Bhagwat is on eight day long tour in the state of Madhya Pradesh, where he will be addressing Virat Hindu Sammelan at Betul. Large number of tribals are expected to attend the sammelan.

RSS Chief was in the barrack for about 20 minutes along with Shri Suresh Soni and other Sangh leaders and paid tributes to Golwalkar portrait which was put up in the barrack.

Monday, February 6, 2017

RSS Chennai organized an informal get-together of families of RSS swayamsevaks at ‘Sakthi Karyalaya’ on 5.2.2017. Around 1587 men, women and children from 671 families had a chit-chat with Akhila Bharatha, Prantha/Kshetra Adhikaris. 

Colourful Rangolis within the Karyalaya and outside gave a pleasant festive look. A prominent display and pushpanjali to Ramanujar Ratham to mark its millennium year is the highlight of this year. 

Traditional games like pallankuzhi, paramapadam, ammanai etc. kindled the enthusiasm among visitors. Ayurveda and Patti Vaidhiyam (traditional medical advice) had a great impact among the visitors.

Shri Subramanya Bhatt, Akhila Bharathiya Kudumba Prabodhan Pramuk lit the lamp and inaugurated the event. Pushpanjali were rendered to the ‘kolu’ (display) of freedom fighters and to Maa Suryanarayana Rao. Shri Sethumadhavan, (Akhil Bharathiya Dharma Jagran Pramuk), Shri Pa Ra Krishnamurthy (Akhil Bharatiya Pramuk – Samskar Bharti), Shri Sthanumaalayan (Kshetra Pracharak), Shri U Sundar (Vidya Bharati), Shri Ramagopalan, Hindu Munnani and Prant Adhikaris were present. 

Display and demo by young students on the concept of Hinduism and Science was well received by the visitors. Games to youth like ‘Uri Adhithal’ attracted many. Young girls drew rangoli and displayed their talent. Quiz kindled the forgotten facts. Within 10 minutes, one is made aware of and speak small sentence in Samskritam by Samskrita Bharati Karyakarthas. A power-point presentation on less cash economy drive attracted many swayamsevaks. Music, Bhajans made the environment pleasant. Chit-Chat with adhikaris made the day memorable. Some families brought their eatables and distributed it to swayamsevaks. A common arrangement was also made for the dinner and a ‘traditional thamboola bag’ for the families leaving karyalaya. 

At the end of the program, Swami Swatmananda, Vellimalai Ashram who was the chief guest, appealed swayamsevaks to keep meeting each other and get motivated. Shri Subramanya Bhat insisting on the practice of family values, highlighted the importance of Bharatiya Bashas to be practiced at home and society.

With Sangh Prarthana, the program ended.