The Case of Shri Jayendra Saraswati


Recalling the Kanchi Sankaracharya Case

By S Gurumurthy

Published: 28th November 2013 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 28th November 2013 02:44 AM

When the Principal Sessions Court in Pondicherry on Wednesday (November 27) acquitted the Kanchi Sankaracharyas, Jayendra Saraswathi and Vijayendra Saraswathi, and all the others charged with the murder of Sankararaman, my mind recalled the arrest of the Sankaracharya in November 2004 and the unprecedented vicious atmosphere created by the Dravidian ideologues and parties, secular media and even liberal intellectuals against the Acharya. They sat upon the Kanchi Mutt, held the Acharya guilty and more and spread all kinds of unmentionable canards about him and the Mutt and hurt beyond words the millions of peaceful spiritual followers of the Mutt, who cried in silence with no one to console them.

No debate on the Sankaracharya judgment will be complete without recalling the vicious and hurtful discourse against the Acharya and the Mutt and how the ancient institution and its faithful underwent the all round assault and pain silently. When the entire spectrum of secular, human rights and liberal megaphones had turned against the Mutt and the Acharya and desecrated them, it was only The New Indian Express which stood for what it believed was right– namely that the Mutt and the Acharya were being hounded without basis and the case itself was groundless. The judicial verdict exonerating the Acharyas and all the others charged with the crime implies that the entire case was misdirected.

Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswathi leaves a court in Puducherry after being acquitted in the sensational Sankararaman murder case. (PTI)

But, based on counter investigation, The New Indian Express said so within days of the arrest of the Acharya. “The Case Is Dead. Who Will Do The Funeral And When?” This was the title of third of the five articles on the Sankaracharya case that appeared in The New Indian Express. This article appeared on November 24, 2004, exactly 12 days after the seer’s arrest on the auspicious Deepavali day. The article opened thus: “On counter investigation, we found the case against the Sankaracharya not just slippery, but actually groundless from day one. Not just that. It involves a bit of fabrication too. Yes the fabrication to fix the Acharya. The police are running for cover. They may not give up yet and may fabricate more to put the case which is dead on life support system. But the case is irretrievably lost.”

The dramatic turn came on Wednesday in the Kancheepuram Magistrate court. The two criminals on whom the police had exclusively relied to name the Sankaracharya as an accused in the case have actually turned to accuse the police as the fabricators of the case itself. The court judgment now pretty much says the same thing. The New Indian Express carried four more articles in my name on the Sankaracharya case. The first article titled “As the Sankaracharya stands like Abhimanyu” [NIE 23.11.2004] captured the Dravidian political and secular media theatre in the state which were hounding the hapless Acharya stung and stunned by the heinous charge against him.

The Acharya was damaged more by the false news items planted by the police which the willing secular media and Dravidian megaphones lapped up to defame and discredit the Acharya. Another article titled “Unless the Case is Reinvestigated, Justice will not be Done” [26.11.2004] detailed how on the procured testimonies of hardened criminals the state was telling the judiciary that the Sankaracharya was “the worst criminal”. The fourth article dated 3.12.2004 was on how the case had ceased to be an investigation into a crime and had become a vicious campaign to demolish the Acharya himself. The article ended thus: “Even if, at the end, I am entirely proved wrong, I cannot shirk my duty to alert the public and sensitise the authorities about the destruction of too many values involved in this investigation which is gradually turning into a battle between the silent and silenced Kanchi Mutt on the one hand and police and its associate, the media megaphones on the other. It is no more an investigation into crime….it is now a larger design to defame and discredit the Mutt itself.” The final article titled “Will the Secular Media Heed Justice Reddy’s Warning?” appeared on January 14, 2005. This article was on the judgment of Justice Narasimha Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court before whom a frivolous writ had been filed by some labour union on the basis of media reports linking some deaths [which
had taken place six years ago on the premises of a mill, from where the
Acharya had been arrested] to the Acharya.

Disposing of the writ, the judge said the petitioner swayed by the media did not want to lag behind in the unprecedented process of denigration of the Kanchi Mutt, an ancient, prestigious and glorious institution with almost a 2,500-year history. He added that it was sad that an institution of such glory was targeted and persecuted in an organised manner in an independent country, by “not only individuals, but also a section of the institutions, such as the State and the Press”. He also noted that the proponents of human rights, fair play and dignity to individuals and institutions have maintained stoic silence, adding “a powerful section is celebrating or watching it with indifference” the “perfidy against the Mutt” that had shocked the nation and beyond”. He noted that the “amount of disrepute and sacrilege inflicted on Sri Jayendra Saraswathi has no comparables adding that harshest possible words were used directly or in innuendo against him” and “today he is subjected to similar treatment as was Draupati in the Court of Kauravas”. That was the state of the Acharya and the Mutt when The New Indian Express stood for truth against tsunami of vicious campaign against the Acharya.

The reward for these articles was an arrest warrant against me and almost a search on The New Indian Express and even the Thuglak magazine, which had carried the Tamil version of the articles. As usual the judiciary came to the rescue and passed orders restraining the state. I was questioned by the Superintendent of Police who led the investigation. When I asked him why he was suspecting the Acharya to be the offender, he said that the victim had been sending highly offensive letters to the Acharya and therefore he had a motive to eliminate him. I asked him whether he thought of the possibility of someone inimical to the Acharya eliminating the victim to put the blame on the Acharya. He was blank. I told him that the criminal investigation has to exhaust all the possibilities before opting for one particular view. That is precisely what the police in the Sankaracharya case failed and neglected to do. The result was a huge and costly lapse — and great hurt to a noble institution and to its silent and peaceful faithfuls. The Sankaracharya case verdict is a lesson for all– the police, state, media and the liberals –every one of them sided with the police and against the Acharya. Will they now introspect?

http://newindianexpress.com/nation/Recalling-the-Kanchi-Sankaracharya-Case/2013/11/28/article1915161.ece


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acharyas views


In1931, Paul Brunton asks Paramacharya, “There is darkness everywhere. People are suffering. There is no peace. Why does the Creator not come to redeem the world?” Paramacharya replied, “Before the turn of this century HE will appear. HE will look like an ordinary man in appearance. HE will be unable to bear the sight of suffering in the world and will tap the indwelling divine spirit in everyone.”

“Do not blame people so much as the environments into which they are born. Their surroundings and circumstances force them to become worse than they really are. That is true of both the East and West. Society must be brought into tune with a higher note. Materialism must be balanced by idealism; there is no other real cure for the world’s difficulties. The troubles into which countries are everywhere being plunged are really the agonies which will force this change, just as failure is frequently a sign-post pointing to another road.”

Paul Brunton continues, “You would like people to introduce spiritual principles into their worldly dealings, then?”

Paramacharya replies, “Quite so. It is not impracticable, because it is the only way to bring about results which will satisfy everyone in the end, and which will not speedily disappear. And if there were more men who had found spiritual light in the world, it would spread more quickly. India, to its honour, supports and respects its spiritual men, though less so than in former times. If all the world were to do the same, and to take its guidance from men of spiritual vision, then all the world would soon find peace and grow prosperous.”n 1931, Paul Brunton asks Paramacharya, “There is darkness everywhere. People are suffering. There is no peace. Why does the Creator not come to redeem the world?” Paramacharya replied, “Before the turn of this century HE will appear. HE will look like an ordinary man in appearance. HE will be unable to bear the sight of suffering in the world and will tap the indwelling divine spirit in everyone.”

“Do not blame people so much as the environments into which they are born. Their surroundings and circumstances force them to become worse than they really are. That is true of both the East and West. Society must be brought into tune with a higher note. Materialism must be balanced by idealism; there is no other real cure for the world’s difficulties. The troubles into which countries are everywhere being plunged are really the agonies which will force this change, just as failure is frequently a sign-post pointing to another road.”

Paul Brunton continues, “You would like people to introduce spiritual principles into their worldly dealings, then?”

Paramacharya replies, “Quite so. It is not impracticable, because it is the only way to bring about results which will satisfy everyone in the end, and which will not speedily disappear. And if there were more men who had found spiritual light in the world, it would spread more quickly. India, to its honour, supports and respects its spiritual men, though less so than in former times. If all the world were to do the same, and to take its guidance from men of spiritual vision, then all the world would soon find peace and grow prosperous.”


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The Sanctity of Puri Jagganath Kshetra


Two ‘Kshetras’ (holy places) in this world (‘Bhoo loka’) are spoken of by the Vedas. One is Seshagiri (the Hill Sesha) with the Srinivasa Perumal in Tirupathi and the other one is Jagannatha Kshetra in Puri.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to say, “The waters of the Ganga, the dust (‘rajas’) of Vrindavan and the Prasada of Puri – all these three are ‘Brahmaswaroopa’ – verily the Brahman.
What is it that one should never eat and that is to be totally avoided?
It is that which a cat leaves after eating a little. The Shastras say that the worst sin is earned by consuming what a cat has left after eating a little.
The same Shastras say that the Puri Prasada can be taken even from the cat’s mouth and eaten! So pure and special is the prasada of Puri Jagannatha kshetra.
Kanchi Mahaswami Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati Swamiji would never drink even a drop of water before completing Sri Chandramouleeswara Puja. Until then not a drop of water would go into Him. But when someone brought Prasad from Puri Jagannatha Kshetra, Maha Periyava who might not have even brushed His teeth snatched it from his hands and took it! One should take this Prasad in this manner without any second thought.
According to ” Skanda Purana” Lord Jagannath redeems the devotees by permitting them to partake his Mahaprasad, to have His darshan and to worship him by observing rituals and by offering of gifts. Mahaprasad is treated here as ‘Anna Brahma’. The temple kitchen has got the capacity to cook for a lakh of devotees on a day. Mahaprasad is cooked only in earthen pots and medium of food is fire wood only.
The steam-cooked food is offered to Lord Jagannath first and then to Goddess Vimala after which it becomes Mahaprasad. This Mahaprasad is freely partaken by people of all castes and creeds without any discrimination. The items offered include cooked rice, dal, vegetable curry, sweet-dishes, cakes etc. Dry confectioneries are prepared of sugar, gur, wheat flour, ghee, milk and cheese etc.
Mahaprasad consolidates human bond, sanctifies sacraments and grooms the departing soul for its journey upwards.
Such is the greatness of Puri Prasad!
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Source: namadwaar.org and other sites.


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செம்புல என்ன இருக்கு?


செம்புல என்ன இருக்கு?

முதியவர்கள், நோயாளிகள், நிறைமாத கர்ப்பிணிகள் கோயிலுக்கு வரமுடியாமல் இருப்பார்கள். இவர்களுக்கும் கடவுளின் அருள் கிடைக்க வேண்டும் என்பதற்காகவே கோயிலில் உற்சவர் சிலையை வைத்தார்கள். விழாக்காலத்தில் இந்த சிலைகளே வீதி உலா வரும். இவை செப்பு விக்ரகமாக தாமிரத்தில் செய்யப்பட்டிருக்கும்.

இதற்கான காரணத்தை வாரியார் சொல்கிறார்.

மின்சாரத்தால் தான் வீட்டிலுள்ள எல்லாக் கருவிகளும் இயங்குகின்றன. அதற்குத் தேவையான மின்சாரத்தை ஒயர் மூலம் கம்பி வழியாக வீட்டுக்கு கொண்டு வருகிறோம். ஒயருக்குள் செம்புக் கம்பி இருக்கும். அதுபோல, மந்திர சக்தியால் உயிரூட்டப்பட்ட உற்சவமூர்த்தியில் இருந்து, நாமும் ஆற்றலை (சக்தி) பெற வேண்டும் என்பதற்காக செம்பில் வடிவமைத்தனர். இந்த சிலைகளுக்கு அபிஷேகம் செய்த பால் போன்ற பொருட்களை சாப்பிட்டாலும் நமக்கு சக்தி கிடைக்கும். ஒற்றைச் சிலைக்கே இவ்வளவு சக்தி என்றால், கோயில்களுக்குள் சென்றால், எத்தனையோ செம்புச்சிலைகளைக் காணும் பாக்கியம் நமக்குண்டு. அவற்றை வணங்கும் போது அபார ஆற்றல் பிறக்கும். அதனால் தான் தினமும் கோயிலுக்குப் போய், நல்ல மனதுடன், களங்கமற்ற பக்தி செலுத்தும் போது, அவர்களின் திறமை அதிகமாகி, எல்லாத்துறையிலும் மிளிர்கிறார்கள்.


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Easy ways to meditate


Easy Ways To Meditate

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Written by Neha Chandna – Dietician, Nutrition Educator, Exercise Counselor with an M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management from SVT. She has worked with corporates such as HDFC and Standard Chartered as well as BPOs and MNCs on the Right ways of eating and living!

When people are asked to meditate, they widen their eyes and scrunch up their nose, because they would need to sit quietly in a corner for an hour or so trying to think of nothing. The word ‘meditation’ gives you the picture of someone sitting straight like a Yogi with fingers in a mudra in front of a peaceful lake or atop a mountain. But really, meditation does not mean just that. It has to do with relaxing, being with yourself, clearing your mind off all the thoughts that weigh you down, being in the moment completely and feeling every bit of it, breathing slowly and smiling at the stillness. You can start with simple mind-relaxation techniques rather than the classic seated ones. All you need to do is smile, stop and admire nature, smell the roses, and you will see the stress just melt away.

Here are few simple ways of meditating:

Focus on your breathing: Be it in the train, car, or office, all you need do is just focus on breathing and let the thoughts come and go. Do not focus or ponder on any thought. Do it for 15 minutes and see how relaxed you feel.

Listen to music: Listen to whatever you feel like – a melodious track, instrumental music, or a romantic number – any music that takes you to your dreamland and helps you to forget all your worries.

Enjoy the tea/coffee/green tea: Rather than just gulping your drink down, stand at your balcony or terrace, look at the trees, and slowly sip your drink. Enjoy the me time!

Go for a long drive: Drive alone with your favourite music. Let yourself loose and go where the road takes you.

Take a walk: Walk along the beach or on some green grass. Chant Om or any other mantra to purify your mind and soul. Feel the breeze over your body and let the negativity move away along with it.

Create art: Set aside some time from your busy schedule to create some form of art. Paint, draw, craft, stitch or anything of your choice will help you feel happy throughout the week.

Cook: The most relaxing thing you can do for yourself is cook something that you’re good at. Put your heart into it and let your family members feel your love for them.

Go for a massage: The best way to unwind your mind and body is to go for a good deep-tissue massage, get rid of all pain from your body, and feel rejuvenated.

Choose one thing to do everyday to get into the simple meditation mode without a lot of hassle. Your worries might not end, but your patience and tolerance to deal with them will definitely improve.

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