Friday, October 30, 2009

The Hindu-hatred of Tamil TV channels.


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Electronic Media and Hindu Sentiments – I

Thamizhchelvan
26 Oct 2009

[Tamil Hindus have noted an increasingly anti-Hindu bias in the electronic media. Recently, a programme telecast by Vijay TV of 'Star TV' Group on 11 October, in Tamil, ridiculed the Hindu cultural practice of married women wearing Mangalsutras and insulted Hindu women. There is growing concern that this is part of a concerted socio-political move to defame and delegitimise all aspects of Hindu tradition in public life – Editor]



The sanctity of Mangalsutra

'Mangalyatharanam' or the tying of Mangalsutra is the most important ritual in the Hindu marriage. The Mangalsutra, sacred symbol of marriage in all Hindu groups, is known as 'Mangala Naan' or 'Mangala Mani' or simply 'Thaali' in Tamil. Even an ordinary thread soaked in turmeric solution and tied with a small turmeric piece is considered as Thaali, because turmeric is attached with divinity, as it is one of the important ingredients in puja; hence the turmeric thread has the sanctity of a Mangalsutra.



"Musical instruments (Nagaswaram, Thavil) are played at the time of the tying of Mangalsutra at full volume, so that any bad words being mouthed by anyone in the marriage hall may not fall in the ears of the bride and bridegroom. The Mangalsutra is tied around the neck of a woman so that she is recognised by all as one who is married to another man and respected. A married woman should never desire another man. The 'Thaali is like a Veli' (Mangalsutra is like a fence) protecting her, and she must not transgress it. Tamil Nadu even had a king by name 'Thalikku Veli'…



Agni (fire) plays the role of 'witness' in the marriage ritual, a witness not only for the wellbeing of the couple, but also for their character. If they are not sincere to each other and become characterless, Agni burns their heart and mind and punishes them. That is also reason a woman of character is known as "Karpukkanal" ('Karpu' = chastity; 'Kanal' = Agni).



The groom puts three knots while tying the Mangalsutra around the neck of the bride to ensure her character: the first knot indicates that she is obedient to her husband, the second that she is docile to her parents and the third that she fears God. It can also be termed as "Kaappu" (protection) that she gets from her husband, parents and God. Both the bride and bridegroom are tied a "Kaappu" in their hands symbolizing that she is ensured of her protection and he assures her his protection.



Hinduism is the only religion which projects woman as Devi and her husband as a devotee (bhakta) making their life happy.

Hey Hinduism! You have made the life happy by projecting the woman as Goddess and laying a fencing of chastity around her! I love you like my life!" - Poet Kannadasan in "Meaningful Hinduism" (Arthamulla Inthu Matham)



It is our culture to look upon a married woman as a mother. The Mangalsutra is not a decorative item. It is a symbol of culture; it is a symbol of divinity; it is a symbol of chastity; it is a symbol indicating the sanctity of marriage; it is a symbol projecting the renowned Bharatiya Hindu culture.



Our culture survived the oppression of Islamic and Christian invaders for centuries. But in the half century since independence, particularly the last three decades, our culture has undergone severe changes for the worse. Westernization and the assault of anti-Hindu forces, continuing alien system of education, self-centered politicians and their misrule and the irresponsible foreign-controlled mainstream media have together taken a heavy toll on our cultural heritage, driving it along the path of destruction.


Christian Media House insulting Hindus



As a milestone on this destructive path, Chennai based 'Vijay TV,' part of Rupert Murdoch's media empire (Star TV Group), has been telecasting a programme titled "Neeyaa Naanaa" (You or Me – Tum aur Mein) every Sunday for over two years. It is produced by another Christian production company called Mercury Creations; the CEO is one Antony. The programme is anchored by one Gopinath, also a Christian. It is basically a discussion forum wherein two teams (one 'for' and one 'against') debate a subject before a chief guest (a supposed celebrity), and finally the chief guest and anchor declare their 'verdict' in conformity with the 'motive' of the producer firm.



It has been noticed that this company invariably takes Hindu oriented subjects for discussion, and demeans Hindu culture, insults Hindu tradition and wounds the religious sentiments of Hindus, planting seeds of poison in the minds of gullible viewers (mostly Hindus) so that they suspect and distrust their own cultural heritage and religious traditions.



A few weeks ago, for instance, the channel telecast a debate: "Do we need to worship the Kula Devatas?" The debate was organized between 'elders' and 'youngsters', elders talking about Kula Devata worship and youngsters against it. The programme would certainly have impacted upon the innocent minds of the next generation against Kula Devata worship.


Similarly sensitive topics like, "Why not we have Tamil archana in temples?", "Why should we have only Brahmins as archagas in Agamic temples?" have been debated with the motive of ridiculing Vedic and Agamic principles and to project only so-called Brahminism as Hinduism. These topics were utilized to the hilt to create a rift between Purohits and Pujaris and alienate worshippers of village deities. Another topic "Which is better, arranged marriage or love marriage?" saw Hindu customs ridiculed.


Normally, the participants, who are supposed to talk in favour of the production company's motive, are handpicked by the company; even if the other team's participants perform better, their arguments get edited. This writer has had the personal experience of participating in one such programme, anchored by the same Gopinath.



Unfortunately, most participants are Hindus who simply come to show their faces on television without realizing that they are also playing a part in the denigration of their religion and culture. For such persons, seeing themselves on the TV screen is a big achievement, to boast about in the neighbourhood. This is a reason for the obsession with sending children to so-called 'Reality Shows', which smack of indecency and even vulgarity.



Vijay TV's audacious show

The last debate telecast by Vijay TV must be viewed in this backdrop and the topic debated on Sunday, 11 October 2009, between 9 pm and 10 pm (primetime Sunday) was, "Should the Mangalsutra be necessarily worn by women?"

In course of the debate, the sacred Hindu custom was ridiculed in demeaning terms and the Mangalsutra termed as just an 'ordinary thing' which need not be worn. Some of the outrageous comments made by the anchor and some participants include:



- Wearing the Mangalsutra is only a superstition; it doesn't have any sanctity attached to it; the Mangalsutra is just an ordinary thing.

- Most women do not wear it nowadays.

- Women who go out for jobs do not want to show themselves as 'married' and hence they conceal their Mangalsutra inside their blouses.

- A lot of women do not wear it while sleeping at night.

- Many women do not wear it while going out and prefer to leave it at home.

- It is like a dog's license hanging round the neck. The Mangalsutra is only a marriage license and doesn't have any sanctity (comment by a Christian lady)

The arrogant Gopinath asked a participant who supported wearing Mangalsutras if she would remove hers if a doctor asked her to do so before a surgery. The lady replied that she would obey the doctor and wear it again after the surgery. The anchor teased her, "Will you do whatever the doctor says?" which made her squirm in embarrassment.



In a shocking incident, one lady simply removed her Mangalsutra and handed it over to the anchor when he asked for it. Chief guest Nirmala Periyasamy, a former news reader in SUN TV, who belongs to the school of Dravidian thought, gave the 'Best Participant' prize to this lady. When the prize was handed over, the anchor forced the other participants to applaud her for her 'courage' and 'rational' thinking.



It was obvious that this lady and others who spoke against the sanctity of the Mangalsutra were handpicked by the production company and that the arguments of the opposite team have been edited sharply. The anchor openly bullied participants who spoke in support of wearing the Mangalsutra and the sanctity attached to it. One can imagine the adverse impact this programme could have made on the minds of young girls and innocents in semi-urban and rural areas.

(To be continued…)

The writer is a freelancer

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Electronic Media and Hindu Sentiments – 2



Even rationalists couldn't disown Mangalsutra



In the last seventy years, the Dravidian racist organizations and political parties have been trying their level best to alienate Tamils from the Hindu fold, by propagating that 'Tamil culture' is totally different from 'Hindu culture' and all that jazz.

This kind of campaigning increased manifold since 1967 with the help of official machinery after the State came under the rule of Dravidian parties. The so-called self-respect marriage was the first step taken by Dravidian racists towards this objective. Its aim was to denigrate Hindu tradition. It is a different matter that self-respect marriages have been a great failure.



The self-respect marriages happening now are sans purohits, Agni and Vedic Mantras, but not without Mangalsutra. Dravidian leaders who claim to be products of EV Ramasamy's and Annadurai's schools of Dravidian thought, have been brazenly presiding over self-respect marriages, blessing couples by personally handing over Mangalsutras to them. A recent example was the conduct of 84 marriages on the 84th birthday of Chief Minister and DMK President M Karunanidhi, wherein he blessed 84 couples by gifting Mangalsutras.



Silent Tamil parties and effete Hindu organisations

Though the 'Thaali' has become an integral part of the life of Tamil people, it was quite evident that the agenda of Mercury Creations was to poison the minds of the Tamil people and create a sense of hatred against the habit of wearing Mangalsutra. It is very sad that this programme, which insulted a great culture and ridiculed a divine tradition, has not stirred any protests so far.



It may be recalled that "Tamil" political parties made actor Kushboo's life miserable for stating in an interview to "India Today" that there was nothing wrong in premarital sex, by demonstrating in front of her house with footwear and broomsticks and filing a flurry of cases in all courts across the state, forcing her to render a public apology. They said Kushboo had insulted Tamil women and demeaned Tamil culture.

But by remaining silent now, they have indicated unwillingness to protest against Christian companies. Thus, those who showed bravery against a hapless woman for conveying an opinion do not have the courage to act against a rich and powerful media house. Another fact we can infer from their silence is that these 'Tamil' parties have not come out against Vijay TV because they also run their own newspapers/magazines and TV Channels on the common plank of anti-Hinduism.



But why haven't Hindu organizations protested? Was it because of incapacity, disunity, lack of cadre strength? Even the women's wing of the BJP has not bothered to take note. They could have at least issued a press statement. There is a fear among the Hindu intelligentsia in Tamil Nadu that what the propaganda of Dravidian parties failed to achieve – to alienate Tamils from the Hindu fold – may well be achieved by the weakness of Hindu organizations! Hindu bodies must realize this and pull up their socks. As news about this outrageous programme has spread across the state, Hindus expect these organizations to launch statewide protests and force Vijay TV and Mercury Creations to render a public apology, failing which these organizations must take the legal course.



Individuals rose to the occasion



Though political parties and other organizations kept quiet, concerned individuals registered their protests in no uncertain terms. They contacted Mr. Sriram, CEO of Vijay TV and Mr. Antony, CEO of Mercury Creations, over telephone and protested against the telecast of the concerned programme and demanded a public apology. Sriram attended a call or two but later instructed his Secretary to avoid the phone calls. But he could not dodge the persistent Radha Rajan (Editor, www.vigilonline.com) to whom he said, "We just telecast the programme and we are in no way connected with the production. I will ask the producers to speak to you." But Ms. Rajan gave him a piece of her mind and asked if he would telecast any kind of filth if it comes with money, without any social responsibility.



Antony contacted Radha Rajan and asked her audaciously, "So many movies have come showing scenes of removing the Mangalsutra. Did you question those producers or protest against them? Why are you protesting now?" When Radha Rajan blasted him for his arrogance, he tried to mislead her saying, "I belong to the 'Thevar' community and Pon Muthuramalinga Thevar is like a God for me". But when she pointed out that he could not hide the fact that he was a 'Thevar Christian,' he replied, "We have just aired the opinion of the participants," and without showing any remorse disconnected the phone.


Two other Hindu activists, Mrs. Uma Ananth and Mr. Venkat, also called Sriram and Antony and demanded a public apology. Parameswaran of Hindu Munnani strongly condemned the telecast of such an outrageous programme and demanded a public apology from both. Gautham from Kanyakumari called up Antony and blasted him for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. He asked him if he had the courage to produce programmes demeaning a minority community's culture. Antony reportedly told Gautham, "It was not a deliberate act. We have just aired the opinions of the participants. Moreover, I am a devotee of Vaikundanathar and so I would not hurt the Hindus". Antony, apart from 'acting' as a devotee of Muthuramalinga Thevar and Vaikundanathar, showed no remorse to those who spoke to him.


However, realising that the protests were increasing, Antony approached Sri Ramagopalan ji, Founder President of Hindu Munnani. He refrained from discussing this issue with Sri Ramagopalan ji but invited him to be chief guest for a future programme on 'Siddhars'. As Ramagopalan ji was unaware of the issue he consented to this request. As Antony was leaving the Hindu Munnani office, he got a mouthful from Parameswaran who reached there by chance and later informed Ramagopalan ji about the issue.



Columnist BR Haran, who learnt of Antony's visit to the Hindu Munnani, urged Sri Ramagopalan ji to take up the cultural atrocity with Vijay TV and ensure their apology via 'scroll' on the screen the whole of Sunday 18 October. He suggested Ramagopalan ji organize a protest demonstration in front of Vijay TV office, and urged Sri Vedantam ji, International Vice President VHP, to support the protest.



Shri Ramagopalan ji called Sriram and asked him to render a public apology for telecasting the said programme which had hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindu majority. Sriram had the temerity to tell Ramagopalan ji that he had sent a report to his Head Office at Hong Kong and could act only as per their advice. The same reply was given to Uma Ananth when she demanded an apology.



When the Television Company and Production Company are Christian institutions working with an anti-Hindu agenda, what can employees like Sriram do? Still it is sad that Hindus work in such companies at the cost of their dignity and self-respect, without being able to do anything when their own culture and religion are degraded in front of their eyes.


Meanwhile, Chennai based advocate R Subramaniam sent a legal notice to Vijay TV-CEO Mr. Sriram (Respondent-1), Mercury Creations-CEO Mr. Antony (Respondent-2) and Vijay TV Anchor Gopinath (Respondent-3) with copies to the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu and Commissioner of Police, Chennai City. He condemned the first three respondents and demanded a public apology before telecasting the next episode of the programme, failing which he requested both the DGP and CoP to take immediate action against them.



The offence committed by Vijay TV and Mercury Creations is violative of Sections 153(a), 153(b) and 295(a) of the Indian Penal Code and they deserve punishment in accordance with those sections.

(To be continued…)

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Electronic Media and Hindu Sentiments – 3

Thamizhchelvan

28 Oct 2009

The Hindu hatred of other media houses



Denigration of Hindu culture, demeaning Hindu traditional rituals, hurting religious sentiments of Hindus, ridiculing their beliefs as blind superstition, have all been perpetrated for years by a major section of the mainstream media, both print and electronic. Most maintain an anti-Hindu stance and work on a common principle of 'Hindu hatred.' While the print media publishes news and articles insulting Hindus, the electronic media telecasts programmes belittling them.



Most media houses are subservient to alien forces, as they are allegedly funded by them and act as per their instructions, which are seemingly hostile to our national interests. Another pertinent aspect is that most employees of these media houses are Christians, Marxists, Muslims, secularists and Dravidian racists (Tamil Nadu) and hence don't have any qualms in being subservient to their masters and acting against the Hindu majority. Although some Hindus also serve as employees in such places, they are helpless.



Vijay TV telecasts a programme "Nadanthathu Enna?" (What happened?), which has stiff competition from "Nijam" (Truth) of SUN TV and "Nambinaal Nambungal" (Believe it or not) of Zee-Tamil. All three channels compete in denigrating Hindu culture, tradition and beliefs thereby hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus. The programmes focus on Hindu festivals in villages and tribal areas and belittle their rituals and traditional practices.


The ruling DMK's "Kalaignar TV" is catching up with others in denigrating Hindus. When other channels present special programmes on Hindu festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi and Vijaya Dashmi, Kalaignar TV would present the programmes as 'Holiday Special'! Despite the fact that majority of the viewers are Hindus, the channel would not mind insulting them.



PMK's "Makkal TV" (Peoples' TV), which claims to be serving the cause of 'Tamil' – it is true it has never used a single English word so far – is blatantly anti-Hindu. It distorts 'Hindu culture' and sells it to the viewers as 'Tamil culture' in an attempt to alienate Tamils from the Hindu fold. The anti-Brahmin slant is visible and in the guise of hurting Brahmin sentiments, it actually hurts Hindu sentiments. One Prof. Nannan from the Dravidian school of thought has been teaching the Tamil language through his programmes wherein he denigrates Hindu culture and religion at will.



The Hindu hatred of these channels is more visible in 'Mega Serials', as most serials are produced and directed by Christians, Muslims, Leftist intellectuals and Dravidian racists. Temples are shown as places of conspiracies, family feuds and lovers' parks, while Churches are shown as places of holy love, Mosques as places of peace and tranquility. Hindu Swamis will be shown as evil men, Padris and Maulvis as men of love, peace and goodness. Brahmin priests are shown as jokers in many serials and all serials will have at least one Brahmin family specifically included to insult the community. Hindu women sit before these idiot boxes watching all serials from 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm. with total addiction.


The support to Christians and Muslims is blatantly visible in almost all channels. Not even a single channel is without propagation of Christianity and Islam. Even the State-owned Doordarshan allows propagation of Christianity and Islam in the name of 'secularism'. Telecasting religious festivals is different from telecasting religious propagation. But all channels including Doordarshan allow propagation of Islam and Christianity, which is against secularism and violates the Constitution.



The 24x7 English Channels are equally bad when it comes to denigration of Hindus. They openly exhibit their anti-Hindu stance in news presentation and debates. At every opportune moment, they successfully create a bad impression about the Hindu ethos by choosing people who hate Hinduism as panelists during discussions connected with Hinduism. The Ice Lingam at Amarnath Shrine, Makara Jyoti of Sabarimala, Kumbh Mela at Prayag, Mahaprasad of Puri Jagannath, dress code in Guruvayur and no-entry for women in Sabarimala, are some of the subjects chosen by these channels for debate, utilizing them to the hilt to denigrate Hindu traditions.


An analysis of all these and many other programmes would confirm that the mainstream media in India is indeed anti-Hindu. All channels create a sort of suspicion and distrust about Hinduism in the minds of people, particularly youngsters, misleading them and making them hate Hindu culture and tradition.


Suggestions from Hindus

This writer received more than a dozen calls on 12 and 13 October, complaining about this particular programme aired by Vijay TV. Other activists and organizations also received calls. Parameswaran of Hindu Munnani was told of the confused state of mind of women in rural areas as they saw urban women removing the Mangalsutra on the screen. Many Hindus questioned the motive of the channel and demanded if it would telecast programmes debating Christian and Islam oriented topics, as suggested below:



- Is it necessary for Muslim women to wear burqa and cover their faces?

- What is the need for circumcision of Muslim children?

- Why do Muslims beat their chests during Moharram?

- What is the benefit of Ramadan fasting?

- Why should Christian Padris wear long white robes?

- Why should Christian couples wear their respective rings even after their wedding?

- Why are Dalit Christians not allowed to become Bishops?

- Why are Dalit Christians allotted separate places in Churches and given separate burying spots in the cemetery?

- Why are Dalit Christians not allowed inside the Churches of upper caste Christians?

- Why are Muslim women not allowed inside Mosques?

- Why has Jesus, who was believed to have resurrected and is expected to come back to earth, not come even after 2000 years?

- Christians, who ridicule Hindu Gods as 'Satans' and demean Hindu culture and rituals as blind beliefs and superstitions, are yet adopting the strategy of 'inculturation', why?

- Is it right for Mosques to run without 'Tamil' worship? Why are Tamil Muslims and Muslim converts who do not know Urdu or Arabic not allowed to pray in Tamil?


Many such topics can be suggested for the benefit of the media. Will TV Channels come forward to telecast debates on these topics? Will newspapers and magazines have the guts to publish articles on these topics? These topics have been proposed, not to hurt the sentiments of Christians and Muslims, but to expose the cowardice, arrogance, malicious intentions and Machiavellian agenda of print and electronic media, and to make readers and viewers understand the pain and trauma of the Hindu majority.



Responsibility of Government

The media's irresponsible conduct will harm society and prove detrimental to peace and harmony. As this evil had not been nipped in the bud, it had grown manifold. The government cannot afford to remain silent. If the media continues to function in a biased manner with hatred towards a particular community, the Police must take immediate action and ensure that the perpetrators are punished as per the law of the land. The government should take steps to control and regulate the media in the interests of peace and harmony.



The authorities must take immediate and necessary action against Vijay TV and Mercury Creations to serve as a salutary lesson to the rest of the media. Only then will they understand their social and moral responsibility.



Conclusion

Hindus must realize that the maintenance and protection of their culture and tradition is more important than showing their faces on TV and act accordingly. They should boycott media houses which denigrate their cultural heritage and religious tradition and hurt their religious sentiments.


I urge readers to kindly contact Mercury Creations (Mr. Antony-CEO) at 0-9840712192 and Vijay TV (Mr. Sriram-CEO) at 044-28224696 and 044-28214201 and record your protest and condemnation and demand a public apology. Readers can send letters to Vijay TV, 15 Jagannathan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai – 600034. Readers can also send protest letters by e-mail at http://app.indya.com/feedback/starfeedback.asp?channel=star Mails can also be sent to STAR TV at csmail@startv.com and ceo@starnews.co.in and to the Information and Broadcasting Ministry at osd.inb@nic.in and mib.inb@sb.nic.in


(Concluded)


The writer is a freelancer

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Aaicchiar kuravai is Tamil version of Bhasa’s Balacharitha.


 

The deep rooted Hindu Dharma was followed unitarily in North and South India for all times in the past. This can be ascertained as we go into olden Tamil texts. At the moment I am working on worship of Vishnu in Sangam texts and will be bringing out a separate blog on it. Before I could do that I feel so excited to share information on the oldest dance form known to exist in Sanskrit literature to be having a parallel in Tamil lands too.

 

Bhasa is the most celebrated playwright of Sanskrit whose period is noted before the start of the Christendom – as he was quoted by Kalidasa who lived around 2000 years ago. One of the celebrated dance- drama of Bhasa is the "Bala charitha" of the story of Krishna's younger days narrated in Harivamsam. It is about the dance of Krishna and Baladeva with the girls of Gokulam. This dance had a female character accompanied by Krishna on both sides or with Krishna and Baladeva on two sides! The philosophical import of this is that He (Krishna) is on all sides and comes in any number of forms as wished by the devotee. Another way of explanation is that wherever the devotee looks at, there Krishna will be seen. The distinction between Krishna and Baladeva is some rimes blurred in Tamil texts - as we see in some verses of Pari paadal, where it is said that Krishna Himself is Baladeva ( as avathara of Vishnu)

 

 

This dance form is such that the Gopika is accompanied by Krishna and Baladeva on her sides. Who is this Gopika is a matter of debate. Is she Radha or some girl of Gokulam?

 

 

In the 58th chapter in Brihat samhita on the description of the images of Deities for installation, Varahamihira tells about how to carve the image of Baladeva. After describing his image (with plough in one hand, eyes dim with pride, a pendant and body, white like conch shell, moon and stem of lotus), he says that Baladeva and Krishna must be installed with a image of a beautiful woman in between (he does not say the name of this woman) with her left hand in her middle and with a white lotus in her right hand.

 

 

This combination forms the core players in Bala charitha. This is also the core theme in Aaichiar kuravai described in Silappadhikaram.

In ஆய்ச்சியர் குரவை in மதுரைக் காண்டம், Mathari tells her daughter Iyai not worry about the bad omens. When a similar occurrence happened, Krishna danced with Pinnai. Let us also dance the 'Bala charitha' drama.

 

 

 

"மகளை நோக்கி மனமயங்காதே மண்ணின்
மாதர்க்கணியாகிய கண்ணகியுந்தான்காண
ஆயர்பாடியில் எருமன்றத்து மாயவனுடன் தம்முன் ஆடிய
வாலசரிதை நாடகங்களில் வேல் நெடுங்கண்
பிஞ்ஞையோ டாடிய குரவை யாடுதும் யாமென்றாள்.."

 

 

This dance drama is popularly known as Kuravai in Tamil, about which we have good exposure from Mullai-k-kali of Kalithogai.

This is a group dance. The Balacharitha mentioned as above in Silappadhikaram has 7 actors – all girls with some of them adorning male role as Krishna and Baladeva.

 

A similar dance form called Koodiyaattam exists in kerala too. Browse this link for details.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koodiyattam

 

This is also based on Balacharitha of Krishna and acted by either all males or all females.

It is also like 'Kuravai' – a combined dancing – and so it is Kooodi – aattam!

This dance form traces its origin to Bhasa's Bala charitha.

 

 

The Aaichiar Kuravai also is an enactment of Balacharitha.

It also deserves the antiquity attributed to Bhasa's Balacharitha.

 

 

More than that, my mind is fast sifting the information I have been writing time and again on the migration of people of Dwaraka to the South (Tamil lands) after the deluge (with the onset o Kaliyuga and departure of Krishna).

The Aayars of Madurai in Silappadhikaram – who were they? Were they the descendants of immigrants from Dwaraka?

The Aayars of Kalithogai seemed different. They identified themselves as olden clan who shifted to mainland along with the Pandyan king when the sea engulfed the land of Thennavan (Kuamri).

Were the people of kalith thogai different from the aayars of Silappadhikaram in their origin?

 

 

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For information on Bhasa:-

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bh%C4%81sa

 

 

 

Diseases caused by poorva janma karma - Part 1



Part 2 can be read here (on diabetes)
Part 3 can be read here (on rheumatism)
Part 4 can be read here (skin related diseases) 
Part 5 can be read here (digestive system related) 
Part 6 can be read here (head and face)
Part 7 can be read here (heart, kidney etc)

In the previous post we saw how Mrithyu reaches one by means of disease. Any disease does not spring up suddenly one day. The death – causing disease is ingrained at birth itself in the form of some weakness and vulnerability. When the respective planetary dasa or bhukthi runs, it triggers the blow-up of the disease.


Though the cause of a disease is traced to a deficiency or some such factor, the kind of suffering one experiences can not happen unless a related karmic reason is there as a causative. Ayurvedic system traces such causes for certain diseases so that in addition to medicine, the related propitiatory remedy can also be suggested to reduce the impact of the karmic cause. The book called 'Vaidhya Chinthamani" traces the acts in previous birth that follow one in the next birth and gets manifest as a disease. In other words, certain acts (karma) are identified as causatives of certain diseases. Such karmic diseases have to be treated with remedial measures in addition to medicine. The wisdom of Vaidhya Chinthamani is given below as a table.



Disease
Previous karma
Remedy
Tuberculosis
  • Deceiving the master
  • Disobedient to elders
  • Harming Brahmins
  • Intercourse during eclipse
  • Donation of cloths
  • Recital of Vishnu sahasranamam
  • Fire sacrifice with Aidragni hymn
Leprosy
  • Murdering a Brahmin
  • Intercourse with the wife of master
  • Black marketing medicines
  • Poisoning followers and others
  • Kushmanda homa
  • Donation of idols of sun and ox
  • Worship of Shiva
Eye diseases
  • Looking at women with passion
  • Causing injury to eyes of others
  • Feed blind people with pudding made of rice, pulses and milk
  • Donation of idol of kite bird
Ulcer in genitals
  • Contempt of master
  • Donation of an idol of elephant
Headache
  • Hatred for Brahmins
  • Donation of sacred thread.
Fits / unconsciousness
  • Killing master / guru
  • Killing employer
  • Japa of Ashtakashari for 5 lakh times
  • Donation and worship connected with Mercury and Jupiter
Ulcer
  • Cutting trees
  • Stealing vegetables
  • Donation and worship connected with Moon and Mars.
  • Donation of pearls and corals weighing 6 carats
Hernia
  • Obstructing others from doing worship or good deeds
  • Donation of idol of Vishnu
Vomiting
  • Spoiling the good deeds of others or food by deliberately putting hair or insects or allowing to be touched by crows and dogs
  • Donation of rice and ghee
  • Feeding 50 Brahmins
Chronic cough and phlegm
  • Stealing
  • Stealing poor man's money deceitfully
  • A penance is recommended.
  • Helping the poor
Nausea
  • Illegal affairs / contact with women
  • Donation of gold
Throat diseases
  • Theft
  • Robbing public property
  • Worship and donation connected with Mercury and Venus


General remedial for
  • Fever – Worship of Rudra
  • Chronic diarrhea – Rudra and Varuna hymns
  • Ear diseases – Hymns of Sun / Adhithya
  • Dumbness / speech difficulties – Donation of idol of Saraswathy & worship and donation pertaining to Mercury.



Related post:-

Blindness & leprosy and Sun worship

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Karunanidhi versus kaalam!


The advertisement for the free health insurance scheme by the Tamilnadu government has raised quite a stir with Ms Jayalalithaa questioning the ‘rational’ credentials of Mr Karunanidhi. (News report at the end of this article). The ad is quite interesting in that those who designed it have unknowingly incorporated all the core concepts of Lord of Death with an allusion to the way the DMK government functions.


The ad says “காலம் வீசும் கயிற்றைத் - தடுக்கும் கலைஞர் காப்பீட்டுத் - திட்டம் .”



The entity mentioned in words in “kaalam’.


The illustration shown is “Yama”!


The beneficiary who is supposed to be protected by this scheme is afflicted by “Mrithyu”!


These 3 entities – kaala, Yama and Mrithyu – though understood as same, are different.


Bhagawan Sri Krishna identifies Himself as Kaala and Yama in Bhagawad Gita. But Mrithyu is a totally different entity.

Krishna says that He is ‘Kaala” among the reckoners -“Kaala: kalayathaamaham” (BG 10-30)


Kaala is Kaala purusha who meticulously keeps track of time. The zodiac around us is recognized as the Kaala purusha. The 360 degree shell that is enveloping the visible universe is the Time keeper at the macro level.


Kaala is everywhere starting from the micro level to the macro level. At the micro level, ‘truti’ is the minutest time which is being recorded in the Universe.


Truti is the time taken by a needle to pierce a lotus leaf! By the time we take one inhalation and one exhalation (one count of prana), 60 trutis are gone. Even the minutest action done by our body, our thought, the word spoken and the action done in the truti is recorded by Kaala by means of its angas (parts) which are 26 in number. This includes our atman (jeeva) and the Paramathman (God). The rest (24 in number) include the Natural forces in us and around us such as the 5 elements, the 5 senses, the different levels of forces in our body and those in Nature in the cosmos.


No one can escape the results of actions done from truti time onwards. The Courts may let go an offender, or a Karunanidhi may let loose the criminals on the birth days of leaders, but Kaala will not show any leniency. Whatever one does – both good and bad – will be recorded and corresponding result will come back to the person in this birth or in future birth.


The solacing information is that, though the record is automatically being done, the fructification of the karma takes some time – mostly transferred to the next birth. That gives some time and scope for rectification. Repentance and rectification do help in reducing the impact of the karma done, so that when it actually fructifies, it comes with reduced impact.


Usually the bad karma (sin) is returned as Disease.


There is a saying “Poorva janma krutham paapam Vyaadhi roopENa peeditham


The paapam (sins) done in the previous birth catches one in the form of disease.

In this comes the role for Mrithyu!


Mrithyu is a female. She is Mrithyu Devi.

She is formed from the body of the Four faced Brahman.


Here we must know the difference between Brahman and the Four faced Brahman.


Brahman is the All pervading, omni potent and omni scient Supreme God who is identified as Narayana. It is in Him all worlds exist and He dwells in all of them. This two-way connection is the meaning of Narayana. He is the Witness and also the facilitating God at whose behest the worlds, different universes and numerous Gods carry out the function of keeping up the universes. The foremost among such numerous gods are the Three-some Brahma – Vishnu – Shiva who heads the portfolios of Creation, sustenance and Devolution. The Brahma of this trio is known as the Four faced Brahma.


Brahma means that which grows and that which is big. There is no limit to growth. Therefore it is Brahma. Brahman also means the same. This four faced Brahma takes care of the Creating job in a particular system of Universe (there many universes with their own Trio) by growing big on all four sides. That is why he is known as the Four faced Brahma.


At the beginning of a kalpa (Brahma’s day), creation was initiated by him (analogous to Big bang). The particles (prakrithi) keep expanding and moving. This resulted in over crowding. Brahma thought of destroying the worlds so that they can be regenerated and further growth can be made possible. So from his body he created a woman called Mrithyu Devi who was clad in half black and half red dress!


When Brahma ordained her to kill the created beings, she felt sad and shed tears for the kind of portfolio given to her. Brahma collected the tear drops in his palms and consoled her. But she refused to kill the beings and went on to do penance again and again until she came to accept the role given to her.


But she was still hesitant to do the job of killing beings or bringing death to them. That is when Brahma said that her tear drops collected by him would reach the people as disease. When Time comes (as recorded by Kaala), the disease will bring out death of the person. By this promise by Brahma, Mrithyu Devi was spared of bringing out death directly by herself. This story is narrated by Narada to Akambanan in the 364th chapter of Shanthi parva in Mahabharatha.


Thus, disease as cause of death is associated with Mrithyu Devi.


The Mrithyunjana japa prays for death as a natural and painless happening just as how the flowers and fruits get detached from the plant naturally due to ripening.



The aim of any program of good health must begin with building up the defense mechanism of the body. The body must be disease free. The present government’s liquor policy is something that is a complete anathema to welfare and good health of citizens. The harm it is doing to millions of people by making them addicted to liquor is more serious and wipes off whatever help the government seeks to do by way of health insurance.


With Mrithyu getting settled in a person and Kaala keeping up the clock, the role for Yama comes when Kaala stops the clock. Krishna identifies Himself as Yama among the subduers. “Yama: samyamathaam aham” ( BG 10-29) Yama is he who is skilled in controlling beings.


What is meant by this? It means that Yama can not be influenced by anyone. He is impartial and does his job without any fear or fervor – this is something impractical for the leadership at the helm in Tamilnadu! This nature of Yama is described in many puranas. But there was an occasion when Yama could not do his job. It is mentioned in Skanda purana. When a king called Keerthimaan was ruling, all his subjects were dharmic due to his influence. As a result all the people were attaining Moksha. This left Yama without job and he complained of this to Vishnu. Vishnu assured that the world will not be like that always. As long as Keerthimaan was there, people also would be like him. Once he leaves the world, the people also would change.


From this it is known that Dharmic life defeats the designs of Yama.


If a person leads a dharmic life, Mrithyu devi can not approach him with diseases.


But Kaala will do his job unhindered. Once he stops the clock for a dharmic person, the person will reach the non-returnable abode. Mrithyu and Yama can not come near such a person. This is the import of what is death and why death and the role of Yama or Kaala or Mrithyu.


A king (Keerthimaan) was instrumental in making his subjects freed from Yama and Mrithyu. This information is given as a dictum by sage Kashyapa to Ilan in the 73rd chapter of Shanthi parva of Mahabharatha.


The sage says that the sins of the subjects reach the ruler. The ruler is responsible for making people upright and dharmic. If the subjects behave wrongly or in adharmic ways, the king is entitled to correct them by all means. His ultimate aim is to make the people dharmic and lead a sin-free life. If they behave otherwise, it means the king has not been effective in checking them. All the misdeeds and ill-behavior of such subjects are therefore the result of the inefficiency and improper action of the ruler. Such a ruler will bequeath the results of all the misdeeds of his subjects.


This is how Dharma works.


The numerous ways of corruption that has permeated the Tamil society from the level of ministers to common man – and lately to the extent of even killing the Democratic way of polling by selling votes for a price - will have to be answered by the ruler, according to the way Destiny or Dharma devan works. Dharma deva is another name for Yama! He sees no discrimination. He is ruthless. The ‘rational’ Chief Minister has to understand the rationale of this simple Dharma and the ways of Dharma deva.


The Tamil kings had a good grasp of Dharma and the way Yama operates. 25th patalam of திரு விளையாடல் புராணம் (“பழி அஞ்சின படலம் ”) tells about the Pandyan king Kulotthungan who received the blessings of Lord Somasundara to see how Yama functions. The Tamil society has come a long way by adopting dharmic way of life. The rulers had been adept in making the people upright so that Mrithyu did not enter their country. It is obvious that those who call themselves as Dravidas and Dravidian leaders have eschewed the path of Tamils.


Lastly, a word for those who want to know how to outwit Yama and Mrithyu.


The method for this is narrated by sage Panchashika to the King Janaka in the 364th chapter in Shanthi parva of Mahabharatha.

The sage recommends that by doing ‘daanam’ and ‘yajyam’, one can overcome these two.


Daanam means charity.


Yagyam are many. But japa yagjyam is the best among all yajnas. Krishna identifies Himself as Japa yajna among all yajnas.

Japa is the continuous repetition of a mantra or even a nama of the lord.

Those who are initiated into Gayathri japa has to do it everyday for protection against Mrithyu and Yama.

Those who are not, can adopt a japa for the God they like very much.


Shiva panchakshari or Narayana ashtaakshari or the japa on any god they adore, say on Muruga or Ganesha or Devi or Rama or Krishna will do. This must be done in multiples of 9. 108 is the ideal number for japa.


In this kaliyuga, nama-smarana or japam of a name of God will bring excellent results.


Let Daanam and japam be the two eyes of the people!

- jayasree

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From

http://www.dc-epaper.com/DC/DCC/2009/10/26/ArticleHtmls/26_10_2009_004_019.shtml?Mode=0#

Jaya raps Karuna on `God of Death' ads



CHENNAI

KALAIGNAR HEALTH SCHEME PROPAGANDA


AIADMK general secretary Ms Jayalalithaa on Sunday charged that chief minister M. Karunanidhi had been maintaining an image of being a `rationalist' while remaining a `believer.' She also condemned Mr Karunanidhi for releasing advertisements in which "the chief minister has shown himself as a power that could prevent Yama, the God of Death."


A few days ago, Tamil Nadu government released advertisements lauding its free public health insurance scheme in which the God of Death was shown to be prevented by the scheme named after the CM and it had slogans which praised the CM as one who prevents the God of Death from throwing his `rope of love.' Ms Jayalalithaa said the advertisements had brought to fore the belief of Mr Karunanidhi who maintained an image of a `rationalist.' "When chief minister cannot even stop Tamil Nadu's rights being taken away, how can he stop Yama from throwing his rope over lives?" asked the AIADMK supremo in a statement here.


She said Mr Karunanidhi had abandoned his rationalist ideals to further his own interests. "He continues to call himself a rationalist.


But his family members are consulting astrologers and follow their advice. As a result of this, Mr Karunanidhi is wearing yellow shawl. He has not given a proper explanation till date for his wearing a yellow shawl," said the AIADMK chief.


"Chief minister has accepted the Poorna Kumbham respect offered by Angala Parameswari temple at Thirukkuvalai. He reportedly prayed at that temple.
Why is he projecting an image of an atheist and condemn the DMK party cadre who sport tilak on their foreheads?" asked Ms Jayalalithaa.


She charged that the chief minister invoked the name of Lord Yama to appeal to the belief of common people. "He will go to any extent to showcase himself as a protector of the interests of the people in the state.
This is just an example," she noted.


She accused chief minister of adopting `double standards' in public life.

Eclipse effect on Mantralaya floods?


It is really sad that a flood had ravaged Sri Raghavendra swami's abode.

Astrologically, I will attribute this to the much talked about Solar eclipse that happened at sun rise on 22-07-2009.


The effect of that eclipse was that there will be a fury of the waters and the affected persons will be religious ones, hermits, hermitages and spiritual people.

The effect will take place within 3 months of the eclipse as the eclipse happened in Chara rasi.

Let me explain this in detail.



The result of an eclipse in our system of astrology is analyzed in two ways –

(1) The eclipse is divided into 3 parts - the beginning, the middle and the end of the eclipse. The effect of the eclipse is judged from the part of the eclipse that is seen in a country. If an eclipse starts in a country, the result will be sufferings to the people. If the eclipse attains its fullness or maximum in a country, there will be destruction in the country. If the end of the eclipse is seen in a country, the people will benefit. The people who experience these effects are judged by the 2nd point given below.


(2) The day is (ahas – between sunrise and sunset) is divided into 7 parts for the solar eclipse and night into 7 parts for the lunar eclipse. There are groups of people who come under each of these 7 parts. We have to see in which part of the day / night, the eclipse starts in a country. The group of people for that part of the day / night will receive the results as per the 3-fold classification mentioned above.


The groups of people for the 7 parts are –

  1. People who work in temples & worship, who do homas and fire worship, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), hermits, engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, inmates of Ashrams.
  2. Farmers, Agriculturists, traders, Police and defense personnel, warrior class and army chiefs.
  3. Artisans, artists, shudras (cleaners etc), mleccha (including foreign visitors /dignitaries) and ministers.
  4. This is middle part of the day. The central head of the country or the centre of the country or the Capital of the country will be afflicted. The king (head of state), Prime minister or prominent leaders will perish.
  5. Weaker sections, ministers, women folk, workers in king's palace / government and doctors
  6. Downtrodden people, destitutes, slum dwellers.
  7. Robbers, unethical elements in the country border, thieves and political opponents.


The solar eclipse of 22-07-2009 happened in Cancer, a watery sign and a chara rasi.

Watery sign shows heavy rains, cyclones and floods.

Chara (movable) rasi shows that the effect will take place within 3 months from the eclipse.



The eclipse began in India.

As told above, if it begins in a country, there will be sufferings to the people.

The eclipse happened in the first part of the 7 part classification.

That means the affected persons will be among the people who work in temples & worship, who do homas and fire worship, Brahmins, priests (agni-hotri), hermits, engineers, people whose work uses fire like goldsmiths, inmates of Ashrams. Usually mutts, hermitages, Acharyas, Mutt heads and temples will be affected in this case of eclipse seen in the first part of the day.



In addition there were other indicators on that day of eclipse.

Jupiter signifying temples and mutts was in the junction of signs on the day of Solar eclipse.

It was at 0 degrees 58 minutes Aquarius which was the 8th sign from Cancer.

There is Balya-avastha degenerating into Marana – avastha at that point for Jupiter which was retrograde. That is an additional indicator of something not good for temples, mutts etc.



Now about the critical point of locating the place that is affected by the eclipse in this way:-

We go by two methods.

(1) The direction of the sign – starting from Aries, the directions go east, south, west and north continuously.


(2) The star sign of the state / local unit.



The eclipse in Cancer was in opposition to Capricorn. Capricorn was receiving the full effect of the eclipse.

North (cancer) and South (Capricorn) of India would face threat of floods from this eclipse.

The effect took place in the solar month of Virgo which is South in direction.



The floods ravaged the temple / mutt and Goshala when Moon was in Revathy – the star of Andhra Pradesh and opposed Sun in Virgo.

The eclipse took place in Pushya, the star of Saturn.

When all the 3 (Sun, moon and Saturn) got together in opposition to each other, the tragedy struck.



Jupiter was in the constellation of Mars at the time of eclipse.

At the time of floods, Mars had 8th aspect on Jupiter and also had 4th aspect on Virgo, where sun and Saturn were posited in opposition to moon.



Beyond all these astrological vulnerability to Mantralaya, the much revered place by all, there must also exist some chronic or self-ingrained factor to make this Abode suffer like this. One probable reason has been cited by the people of Mantralaya.



Some senior citizens at Mantralaya and Raichur believe that the devastation has something to do with the shifting of Manchalamma temple last year. Manchalamma is the "Grama Devatha" and provided place for Sri Raghavendra swamiji's Brindavan. Till date, a temple has not been built for Manchalamma which could have something to do with the devastation, believe these residents.


This factor must be solved immediately.



http://indmusings.blogspot.com/2009/10/mantralayam-flood-mantralayam-floods.html