Velandy Manohar, MD
02 07 21
I begin this awesome abhyasa [Discipline-in this case Spiritual Practice] by seeking Adi Guru Sankaracharya’s[[The author of Advaita School of Hindu Philosophy] anugraha [Divine Blessing]. But first I bow to ancient seers who left us the blessed legacy of the Vedas by acknowledging and sharing this plea to the God of ancestors.
Namo paramam Rishibhyo, Namo paramam Rishibhiyaha
“आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वत:”
Aa No Bhadraha, krutvo Yantu Vishwataha!
Let noble thoughts come to us from every side. Rk Veda I: 89:
“Hrudaye kalaye vimalam Charanam,
Bhava Sankara Desika me sharanam”
On Thy faultless feet I meditate in my heart,
Be Thou my refuge O Master, Sankara!
When I had the high honor and distinct privilege to chant prayers at the end of Selection committee meeting on 02 07 21 I chanted Shlokas #1, # 2, #8 audibly, my emotional experiences in the long stressful meeting didn’t permit me to chant the following shlokas audibly # 3, #4, #9 and #10 which I chant regularly at home or wherever I may be morning noon and night and I didn’t want to extend the meeting to re-equilibrate myself. VM.
Om Poornam-Adaha Poornam-Idam, Poornaath-Poornam-Udachayte
Poornasya Poornam-Aadaaya Poornam-Eva-Avashissyate ||
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi ||
1: Om, That is Full, This also is full and from this Fullness emerges that Fullness,
2: Taking Fullness from Fullness, Fullness Indeed Remains.
3: Om Peace prevail in the three spheres.
Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya |
Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya |
Mrtyor-Maa Amritam Gamaya |
Om Shanti, Shanti Shaantih ||
1: Om, Lead us from Unreality (of Transitory Existence) to the Reality (of Self),
2: Lead us from the Darkness (of Ignorance) to the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge),
3: Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality.
4: Om Peace prevail in the three spheres.
Samaano Mantra, Samiti Samaani; Samaanam Manasah Chittameshaam; Samaani Va Aakuti; Samaanaa hrudayaani Va; Samaanam astu vo mano yato vasu sahaasati
Let us be united; Let us speak in harmony;
Let our minds apprehend alike.
Common be our prayer; Common be the end of our assembly;
Common be our resolution/purpose; Common be our deliberations.
Alike be our feelings; Unified be our hearts; Common be our intentions;
Perfect be our unity.
Rk Veda: X, 191-3,
Subhasita 1 [ Sanskrit aphorisms]
Durjanah Sajjano Bhooyaath, Sajjanah Shantim Aapnuyaath
Shaanto Moochyeth Bandebhyo, Muktaascha anyaan vimochyet.
May the wicked become virtuous, May the virtuous attain tranquility. May the Tranquil be free from bonds. May the liberated help undo the bonds of others.
Sarve Janana Sukhino Bhavantu
May all Humanity be blessed with Comfort and Joy.
5. [Sanskrit Aphorisms]
क्षमा बलमशक्तानाम् शक्तानाम् भूशणम् क्षमा ।
क्षमा वशिक्रुते लोके क्षमया: किम् न सिध्यति । ॥
Forgiveness is the strength of the weak. forgiveness is the ornament of the
mighty. if the world is conquered by forgiveness, what cannot be accomplished by forgiveness?
Nobelist Rabindranath Tagore:
"Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as a guest.
The Fourfold Way of India (1924); this has become paraphrased as "Truth comes as conqueror only to those who have lost the art of receiving it as friend."
Om! Saha Na Vavatu, Saha Now Bhunaktu, Saha veeryam Karavavahai, Tejas vinavadheetham Astu, Ma Vidwisha vahai. Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.
Om! Oh! Mind and speech enable me to grasp the Truth that the Vedas teach. Let not what I have heard forsake me. Let me continuously live my days and nights in my studies. I am thinking of the Truth. I speak the Truth. May That – the Truth protect me. May That –the Truth protect my teacher. May that protect me, May that protect my teacher.
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥa, Sarve santu niraamayaha, Sarve Bhadraani pasyanti, Mā kaścit dukkha bhāgbhavet.
Sarve Janana Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantiihi
May there be happiness in all, May there be peace in all, May there be completeness in all, May there be success in all. Om, May all be happy. May all be healthy. May we all experience what is good and let no one suffer. May peace prevail in all the spheres. May all Humanity be blessed with Comfort and Joy. May everyone, in the whole world, be happy. May peace prevail in all the 3 spheres.
I offer with reverence of all my prayers, my thoughts, words, feelings and wishes to Almighty God who permeates all aspects of my existence and interactions in all domains.
Brahmārpanam Brahmahavir Brahmāgnau Brahmanāhutam Brahmaiva Tena Gantavyam Brahmakarma Samādhinā
“Brahman is the offering, Brahman is the oblation, by Brahman is the oblation poured into the fire of Brahman; Brahman shall verily be reached by him who always sees Brahman in all actions.
Srimad Bhagvad Gita 4:24.Gita Bhaasya- Adi Guru Srimad Sankaracharya.
Priyataam Pundarikaksha, Sarva Yagneswaro harihi, Tasmin Tushte, Jagat Tushte, Prinite Prinitaam Jagat.
Beloved Lotus Eyed Lord of the Sacrifice, when You are satisfied the world is satisfied and when You are pleased the whole world is pleased with our sacrifice.
Om Tat Sat Sree Krishna arpanam Astu
Om Tat Sat Sree SatyaNarayana Swamy arpanam astu
Velandy Manohar, MD