Saturday, December 10, 2005


I am very sorry for not updating the blog for quite sometime :(.. Quite busy with some visa work and so bit tied up here..I wasnt able to meet my blogger friends last saturday due to heavy rain. But I will definitely meet them before I leave to London. I have extended my stay for 2 more weeks due to the above mentioned visa work that needs to be sorted for my mother.

If you guys are visiting Tiruvanamalai, try to visit the small murugan temple on the hill near the mulaipaal theertham. You can see an orange flag flying over the temple and it is directly situated behind the main temple gopuram. You just need to walk up for about 10 minutes or so to reach this temple. This temple was built by my uncle who passed away recently. The murugan statue is the most beautiful murugan I have ever come across in my life. There is a young saint who is maintaining the temple and daily poojas are performed by him. He told me that during kirthigai about 1500 litres of milk are used for abhishekam and I went what! Even though I felt it was like wasting all the milk in the name of God - but from another point you see that He is the one who gives us everything. I couldnt take pics of the temple since I didnt take my camera - but I plan to visit the temple again probably next week. I will make sure that I take pics of the temple and the deity. When I went to the temple, it was karthigai somavaram - so they were performing a special abhishekam to the deity in the evening. After the abhishekam, they gave kesari and sundal to some sivan adiyars and I also joined them (me being a sivan adiyar too ;) )!
That was a blissful moment eating prasadam with the devotees of the Lord and it should be experienced! Then we were also served tea after the prasadam. I spent almost 7 hours or so in that temple and also did some meditation on a nearby rock..It was just blissful..Its a must see temple if you go to Tiruvanamalai.


At December 10, 2005 7:23 AM, Blogger Priya said...

ore bhakthi pizhambaa...
hmm ensoi...

At December 10, 2005 7:35 AM, Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

arjuna avargaley,

kandhu vatti kaaran eetikaran kitte irundu kooda thappikalam , ana enga kitte irundu thappikavey mudyadhu


At December 10, 2005 8:17 AM, Anonymous Parvati said...

@Arjuna: Good to hear about your extension of stay in India. Hope all works out well for your mother's visa.

Enjoy your trip to Thiruvannaamalai and stay in Madras! Chennai, Chennai.

At December 10, 2005 9:30 AM, Blogger Jeevan said...

Nice,that u are going to stay another 2 weeks. When i go to Thiruvannamalai i will visit the mulaipaal theertham Murugar temple.

At December 11, 2005 6:54 AM, Blogger krishna said...

Dear Friend

Anticipating the pictures..
Hope you are collecting the blessings of
Subrahmanya for all of us...:)

Anyways,,the reason why we offer lots of things to gods and do lots of abhisheka is the concept of "Sacrifice" -coming straight out of the Vedas. Only if u are able to let go of all the material things , u can let go of your heart to him ..rite????

At December 12, 2005 6:26 AM, Blogger WA said...

Krishna, but that does not stop me from questioning myself if I should be offering it to someone who is hungry instead.

At December 13, 2005 2:07 AM, Blogger krishna said...

Wicked Angel..

Your questioning doesn't seem to be so very relevant to what i was recounting.

If you find a poor person, your DUTY is to help him but not many can do that. If you are able to do that ,it is only because of his katAksham, which is very good and I was not making a point to keep ritually offering to god when someone right in front of you is suffering from pangs of hunger/pain.

Serving the poor is serving God that is to be done out of compassion, which is one of the anantha kalyana gunas of the great God. So, by offering our service to him, we are indeed going to be more compassiate and helpful. HE is the one who has got INFINITE mercy and so by offering to him and praying to him , we are only going to get better. He will show us what is right and what is wrong. Let us all seek HIS blessings by offering worship and prayers so that we can get to a position where we will be able to help lots of souls that are weak in the one/more of the three planes, physical, mental and spiritual.

As Srimad Bhagatham clearly guides us...

Shravan Kirthanam Vishno: Smaranam PADA SEVANAM ARCHANAM VANDANAM (serving the lotus feet of Lord,offering prayers and worship) daasyam ,sakhyam AATMA NIVEDANAM, ie .finally
surrendering everything unto him.

By offering service to Sitarama who is the best among the compassionate , one can only get more compassionate not just to the other poor HUMANS but even to the tiniest of ants that trod in the walkways.

Offering to a poor person shouldn't stop you from offering to god. Offering to God and following other eight ways to bhakthi is our duty without which it is hard to get his KatAksham.

But yes, if you see a person struggling for food or life or needing any kind of help, you should help him as another kind of Kainkaryam and worship him again by offering prayers for giving an opportunity to help another person in need. By doing such self-less service your sins get dissipated and you accumulate punyam.

You can help the poor man by offering food,clothing etc and may be you can give him some money or may be you can get him a job or you may offer intellectual service (all these you got it for yourself ONLY by his KaTAksham) but how can you offer a soul the greatest of helps, helping someone to elavate spiritually. Only if you know about his Tathvam , you can help other thousands of souls that are suffering from materialistic pangs. Who can get to know his Tathvam?? Only those who are very dear to him .. These are the great souls that have sacrificed everything by following the nava vidha bhakthi maargaas.

Hope all that explains.


At December 13, 2005 5:50 AM, Blogger Ram.C said...

so, are you planning to visit thiruvannamalai for karthikai?

At December 13, 2005 6:45 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Prabhu karthik - sure I will definitely meet u :)..

Ram - no boss - not going :(

Others - thanks for dropping in ur comments :)

At December 14, 2005 7:18 AM, Blogger Aatma said...

Dai thirumbiyum prasadam ma - man u are having fun there and i am working - life is so not fair ;)

At December 15, 2005 11:58 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Atma - he he he :))


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