Helping the deserving students for higher education


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Education has become a costly affair and poor deserving students belonging to other castes are not able to meet the financial demands of educational institutions.

we are planning to assist meritorious students with some financial aid for their higher education. we welcome all philanthropists, well wishers, charitable organisations to join us in this endeavor and contribute liberally to assist deserving students from economically weaker sections without any distinction of caste creed or colour
Ranjani Geethalaya(Regd.)
(Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Regn No S/28043 of 1995)
A society for promotion of traditional values through,
 Music, Dance, Art , Culture, Education and Social service.
REGD OFFICE A-73 Inderpuri, New Delhi-110012, INDIA
Email: ranjanigeethalaya@gmail.com
web: http://ranjanigeethalaya.webs.com (M)9868369793
all donations/contributions may be sent to
Ranjani Geethalaya ( Regd) A/c no 3063000100374737, Punjab National Bank, ER 14, Inder Puri, New Delhi-110012, MICR CODE 110024135  IFSC CODE PUNB00306300

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Ranjani Geethalaya(Regd.) (Registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Regn No S/28043 of 1995) A society for promotion of traditional values through,  Music, Dance, Art , Culture, Education and Social service. REGD OFFICE A-73 Inderpuri, New Delhi-110012, INDIA Email: ranjanigeethalaya@gmail.com  web: http://ranjanigeethalaya.webs.com (M)9868369793 all donations/contributions may be sent to Ranjani Geethalaya ( Regd) A/c no 3063000100374737, Punjab National Bank, ER 14, Inder Puri, New Delhi-110012, MICR CODE 110024135  IFSC CODE PUNB00306300

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MAHA PERIYAVAA AS GODDESS ANNAPOORANI


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Mannargudi Sitaraman Srinivasan 19 December 17:34
Maha Periyava as Lord Annapoorani!!!
Paramacharya as Goddess Annapurani(from the book titled Maha Periyavalh Virundhu by Raa. Ganapathi, pages 97-110)
Even during the 1920s Paramacharya hosted a dinner for the Muslims, whose sense of unity and patriotism ran high in those days.
Two hundred Muslim youths from an Islamic Youth Forum performed an exemplary service in the Mahamaham festival of 1921 in Kumbakonam. Paramacharya, who was camping at Patteesvarm nearby, heard about it and sent some Matam officials to bring the Muslim youths to him.
The youths were very happy that Shankaracharya had called them to his presence. They stood before him showing utmost reverence.
Paramacharya praised their seva and heard the details about their Forum. He inquired their personal details such as native place, education, occupation and family of all the two hundred youths individually, and made everyone of them immensely happy. He also presented a silver cup as a memento from Kanchi Matam for their seva.
Like the cherry on the ice cream, Paramacharya ended the interview with a tasty, three-course dinner to the youths.
*** *** ***
In the year 1924, Kaveri and Kollidam were overflowing with floods that threatened to merge them into a single river. Tiruvaiyaru and its surroundings were the worst affected by the floods. At that time, for nearly fifteen days, cartloads of cooked food were sent from Kanchi Matam for the thousands of poor people in the area. The food was served by the Congress workers under the supervision of Lawyer Sarangapani Iyengar, leader of the Tiruvaiyaru Congress Committee.
The daily culinary needs of SriMatam were reduced to the minimum, in order to use the stored provisions for feeding the poor. They worshipped the great sage who fed them as God.
The press praised this social service as the largest till then by a Sanatana Religious Institution.
*** *** ***
During the last days of the year 1931, the persecution of the Congress workers by the British government was at its peak. People and organizations were warned of stern action against any support for the Congress members.
Paramacharya was camping at Arani in the North Arcot district. A group of Congress members wanted to meet him. The Matam officials informed the sage that his meeting the Congress workers might create problems for SriMatam.
Paramacharya heard their apprehensions with concern and then said calmly, “Ask all the members of the group to come here. Also arrange for feeding them from SriMatam.”
The stunned Matam officials carried out the orders of the sage with consternation, but there was no problem from the government.
When the Manager brought the happy news of no reaction from the British government, Paramacharya said, “If I were to close the doors on people who want to meet me, I would not be fit to carry the title Jagatguru and sit on the throne of this Peetam.”
*** *** ***
Paramacharya used to quote the Tamil saying ‘Feed everyone, without any distinction’ (yArkkum idumin, avar ivar eNNanmin) and explain that no distinction of any kind must be entertained in offering food. He would be delighted to explain the Keralite tradition of feeding even the thieves at night! This custom existed in the place called Cherukkunnam, Kerala, in the Annapurani temple. After feeding the bhaktas in the temple, food packets were prepared and kept tied to the trees in the night, for the use of any prowling thieves.
Paramacharya also took delight in explaining the reference in the Sangam Literature of how the Chera king Udhiyan Cheraladhan earned the name Perum Sotru Cheraladhan(the king who was the chief host) by feeding the opposite camps of the Pandavas and the Kauravas during the Mahabharata war.
Kannappan the hunter fed Shiva Mahadev. Guhan the hunter fed Sri Rama. Here, the hunters named the Senjus of the Srisailam forest area were fed by the Paramacharaya!
During the 1934s, when the road transport facilities were very scanty, Paramacharya was traveling with his entourage in the desolate forests of Srisailam. Somewhere on the way, they came across the Senju hunters. Mistaking them for their foes, the hunters raised their bow and arrows initially, but when they saw the sage with his divya tejas, they realized their mistake and became friendly.
The people who came to oppose their passage became their security guards, carrying their luggage and watching over their camps at night time. Only after safely seeing off Paramacharya and his entourage at their next destination, the hunters assembled before them to take leave.
Paramacharya ordered the manager to give them some cash, but they refused to touch the money. The leader of the group said something to the manager, who nodded his head in disapproval and spread out his hands.
Paramachara snapped his fingers and called the manager to attention: “What is it that he asks for and you refuse?”
“They want to show their dancing skills before Periyavaa”.
“So you told them that I can’t see their dance because it was your opinion as manager that it was beneath the dignity of SriMatam.”
There was not any trace of anger in Paramacharya’s words. The manager was silent.
And the Paramacharya, who would not witness the performance of even the great and popular dance artistes, gave them permission to dance before him, with a condition: that while any of their males could dance, only those females who hadn’t attained puberty could join the males in dance.
Paramacharya asked them, “you might have different types of dances to suit different occasions: one for Swami (God), one for victory, one for sports and so on. What type of dance are you going to perform now?”
They gave a telling reply: “We are going to perform the dance reserved only for the closest of our relatives.”
Paramacharya witnessed their dance, blessed them, and hosted a nice dinner for them.
*** *** ***
A wealthy landlord in Thanjavur district had undertaken the biksha on that day. Paramacharya had ordered him to prepare a large number of laddus.
Only a small group of people which included SriMatam officials and the family and relatives of the host was present for the dinner on that day. The landlord couldn’t understand the reason for the large number of laddus. Perhaps Paramacharya wished to send the pack to an orphanage or a vedic institution, he thought.
Contrary to his wont, Paramacharya supervised the diner’s rows. He ordered for serving two and more laddus to each diner, even if they were in excess, ignoring the individual’s protests.
After making another strange announcement, Paramacharya went to his room. The anouncement was that it was not compulsory to eat all the laddus though Periyavaa himself ordered it, and that the excess numbers might be wasted!
Nobody could understand the strange announcement from Paramacharya who usually advises children that anna lakshmi should not be sent to the dust bins. Everyone had to leave the excess number of laddus on their banana leaves.
Since it was an order from Paramacharya, the laddus were made professionally, embedded with cashew nuts, dry grapes, clove, and cardamom. Now these embeddings from the leftover laddu globes were winking at the landlord, who tried to pacify his mind that Paramacharya wouldn’t order anything without a valid reason.
Later, during his conversation with the host, Paramacharya told the landlord, “Go and check the backyard where the leftovers are thrown.”
When the landlord went to the backyard, he saw familes of the kurava clan avidly eating the left over laddus. As they saw the landlord, they heartily thanked him for the tasty dish that was never before served to them.
The landlord felt happy and grateful. When he returned to Paramacharya, the sage said, “As per their kula dharma, these kurava clan prefer only ucchishtam. They wouldn’t consent to have an anna dhanam. Such is the rule among them. Don’t they have the same mouth and stomach as we? It occurred to me to give them the same kind ofladdus that we have in our dinner. And I thought only you could do it well. Now, only you have their good wishes.”
*** *** ***
After the maravas and the kuravas, it was the turn of paraiyas.
Paramacharya was travelling in the Kodavasal–Koradacherry route. On the way in Tirukklambur, the slum people met him and submitted their humble offerings.
Paramacharya heard their welfare and woes. Unhurriedly, he discussed the details with the manager as to what SriMatam could do to mitigate their woes, either in their own capacity or with the charity of affordable devotees.
The managers and the other officials started worrying about the ensuing delay for their next camp and the following pujas. The god of the poor, however, seated himself among them, and ordered dhotis and saris for every nandan – nandini from the local textile shop. If that shop didn’t have the required goods, Paramacharya ordered them bought at Kodavasal. He also ordered prepartion of thick sambar rice under the shades of the trees.
The manager was worried that the two or three hours time spent in these activities would delay reaching their next camp and that it would be very tedious for Periyavaa to undertake the long puja thereafter.
When he started to express his feeings, Paramacharya said simply, “this is also a puja.”
*** *** ***
Two years after his Varanasi trip, when Paramacharya was returning, he had to camp for three days in the Kyonjer samastanam of the hilly areas. His heart overflew with campassion at the pitiable conditions of the tribals in the area. He told the manager, “for all the three days we stay here, we should arrange to feed them.”
The manager hesitated with a request, “Those people are over a hundred and fifty families. We don’t have the facilities to cook food here.”
“Then give them as uluppai“, replied the sage.
Giving as uluppai is giving supplies of food articles, vegetables and fruits. For three days the tribals enjoyed the bounty of SriMatam.
In the same way, Paramacharya ordered serving three days supplies to the suffering employees of a circus company in Ilayattankudi, that was closed down.
*** *** ***
It seems that there was only one occasion in the history of SriMatam, when rice and other food supplies were carried on the back of the SriMatam elephant! Paramacharya, the udAra murti created history with such an incident, to fill the udarams of the poorharijan people.
It was November 1940. The village was heavily flooded when Paramacharya reached Tiruchettankudi from Tirumarukal. News reached his ears that over five hundredharijans in the area were suffering, as a hailstorm lashed on.
Paramacharya hastened the officials to rush them food supplies, but was informed that it was not possible for bullock carts to pass through the rain inundated roads.
“Then you send the supplies on the back of the elephant. This place is known as Ganapateesvaram,” said Paramacharya, poining out the harmony. “So Pillaiyar will be happy that an elephant partakes the jana seva.”
*** *** ***
The dog, according to shastras is of a low birth. The Guardian of Shastra also extended his bounty to the dogs.
In the year 1927, a dog came to SriMatam camp on its own and started keeping vigil. After his biksha was over, Paramacharya ordered that the dog be fed. Strangely, after tasting the food from the matam, the dog stopped accepting food from anyone else.
The dog used to trot under the palanquin known as mena which carried Paramacharya. Sometimes it would run between the massive, moving legs of the elephant! When the palanquin was parked, it would step aside to a distance and watch the sage descend and walk, wagging its tail.
At one time, the officials thought that the dog had become mad and ordered a servant to leave it in a village, about forty kilometers away from their camp. No sooner had the servant returned, than the dog also had got back to the camp! From that time, until its death, the dog kept vigil and also kept a vow not to take food until it had a darshan of Paramacharya.
As he resumed his divine duties after a short rest following his biksha, Paramacharya would first inquire if the dog was fed.
*** *** ***
There was an incident when Paramacharya served food for an entire army of dogs.
He was observing chAturmAsyam at Vasanta Krishnapuram near Tirukkovalur in the year 1947. The peak of Tiruvannamalai hill, about twenty kilometers away, was visible from that place. Paramacharya used to perform a puja for the mountain that was Lord Siva’s form at where he stayed, with a darshan of the peak.
During one such puja, when he was meditating, a dog came and put its mouth to the water in the kamandaluh. The people around were very much upset by this happening, and a devotee who was a retired government official, threw a stone at the dog, which ran howling, and stopped at a safe distance.
Paramacharya’s eyes opened at the anxious hubbub. He looked at the people aroud him and ordered: “Collect all the available dishes from the houses of the agrahAram. Also bring bucketfuls of water.”
The volunteers group that included retired official went around and brought the food and water. As Paramacharya gestured, the dog that was standing at a distance came near and stopped hesitatingly. As he gestured a second time, soemthing very strange happened.
An army of dogs came from nowhere and calmly arranged themselves in a row, without showing any signs of hurry for the food that was before them. Paramacharya offered food and water to the dogs through the retired official who had stoned the dog earlier.
*** *** ***
Since the beginning of 1964, Paramacharya asked the rice donors to send the rice bags to the Rameswaram branch of SriMatam. This seemed rather strange and the manager took exception to the excessive collection of rice bags at their Rameswaram branch. There were even occasions that suggested that the manager was not at all happy with the decision and might have an argument with the sage. Paramacharya, however, was adamant, and ensured that 250 bags of rice were stocked in their Rameswaram branch.
During the month of December 1964, Rameswaram was hit by a severe cyclone. The Pamban bridge was uprooted and Dhanushkoti town sank in the ocean. It became impossible to send food supplies to the Rameswaram island, overcoming the rage of the ocean.
The 250 bags of rice that was stocked by Paramacharya in the Rameswaram branch of SriMatam helped to fill the stomach of thousands of people who suffered from the nature’s fury
origionally Posted by Ramani Vishwanaath Ramalingam

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Art of Giving

Here is the samskR^tam wisdom verse (suhAshitam) that your first paragraph beautifully explains:

pibanti nadya: svayameva nāmbha:
svayaṁ na khādanti phalāni vṛkṣā: |
nādanti sasyaṁ khalu vārivāhā:
paropakārāya satāṁ vibhūtaya: ||

su.bhā. – sajjanapRaśaṁsā (51/170)

nadīṣu jalaṁ bhavati | parantu nadya: svayameva tat jalaṁ kadāpi na pibanti | vṛkṣeṣu phalāni bhavanti | te vṛkṣā: api svayameva tāni phalāni kadāpi na khādanti | jalavarṣaṇena sasyāni yathā samyak pravṛddhāni bhaveyu: tathā kurvanti meghā: | parantu te svena vardhitāni sasyāni svayameva na khādanti | evameva sajjanā: svasamīpe vidyamānānāṁ sampattīnām upayogaṁ svayaṁ na kurvanti | api tu paropakārārthameva tāsāṁ viniyogaṁ kurvanti | 



पिबन्ति नद्य: स्वयमेव नाम्भ:
स्वयं न खादन्ति फलानि वृक्षा: ।
नादन्ति सस्यं खलु वारिवाहा:
परोपकाराय सतां विभूतय: ॥

सु.भा. – सज्जनप्रशंसा (५१/१७०)

नदीषु जलं भवति । परन्तु नद्य: स्वयमेव तत् जलं कदापि न पिबन्ति । वृक्षेषु फलानि भवन्ति । ते वृक्षा: अपि स्वयमेव तानि फलानि कदापि न खादन्ति । जलवर्षणेन सस्यानि यथा सम्यक् प्रवृद्धानि भवेयु: तथा कुर्वन्ति मेघा: । परन्तु ते स्वेन वर्धितानि सस्यानि स्वयमेव न खादन्ति । एवमेव सज्जना: स्वसमीपे विद्यमानानां सम्पत्तीनाम् उपयोगं स्वयं न कुर्वन्ति । अपि तु परोपकारार्थमेव तासां विनियोगं कुर्वन्ति ।


There is water in the rivers, but the river never drinks its own water.  There are fruits on the trees, but those trees also never eat their own fruits. It is through rainfall that all plants and trees grow lusciously, but the clouds never eat the plants brought up by their own water.  In the same way, Virtuous People use their abundances such as wealth, knowledge, etc. not for themselvesbut for others.

പിബന്തി നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ നാംഭ:
സ്വയം ന ഖാദന്തി ഫലാനി വൃക്ഷാ: | 
നാദന്തി സസ്യം ഖലു വാരിവാഹാ:
പരോപകാരായ സതാം വിഭൂതയ: || 
സു.ഭാ. – സജ്ജനപ്രശംസാ (51/170)
നദീഷു ജലം ഭവതി |  പരന്തു നദ്യ: സ്വയമേവ തത് ജലം കദാപി ന പിബന്തി |  വൃക്ഷേഷു ഫലാനി ഭവന്തി |  തേ വൃക്ഷാ: അപി സ്വയമേവ താനി ഫലാനി കദാപി ന ഖാദന്തി |  ജലവർഷണേന സസ്യാനി യഥാ സമ്യക് പ്രവൃദ്ധാനി ഭവേയു: തഥാ കുർവന്തി മേഘാ: |  പരന്തു തേ സ്വേന വർധിതാനി സസ്യാനി സ്വയമേവ ന ഖാദന്തി |  ഏവമേവ സജ്ജനാ: സ്വസമീപേ വിദ്യമാനാനാം സമ്പത്തീനാം ഉപയോഗം സ്വയം ന കുർവന്തി |  അപി തു പരോപകാരാർഥമേവ താസാം വിനിയോഗം കുർവന്തി |
பிப³ந்தி நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ நாம்ப⁴:
ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந கா²த³ந்தி ப²லானி வ்ருʼக்ஷா: | 
நாத³ந்தி ஸஸ்யம்ʼ க²லு வாரிவாஹா:
பரோபகாராய ஸதாம்ʼ விபூ⁴தய: || 
ஸு.பா⁴. – ஸஜ்ஜனப்ரஸ²ம்ʼஸா (51/170)
நதீ³ஷு ஜலம்ʼ ப⁴வதி |  பரந்து நத்³ய: ஸ்வயமேவ தத் ஜலம்ʼ கதா³பி ந பிப³ந்தி |  வ்ருʼக்ஷேஷு ப²லானி ப⁴வந்தி |  தே வ்ருʼக்ஷா: அபி ஸ்வயமேவ தானி ப²லானி கதா³பி ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஜலவர்ஷணேன ஸஸ்யானி யதா² ஸம்யக் ப்ரவ்ருʼத்³தா⁴னி ப⁴வேயு: ததா² குர்வந்தி மேகா⁴: |  பரந்து தே ஸ்வேன வர்தி⁴தானி ஸஸ்யானி ஸ்வயமேவ ந கா²த³ந்தி |  ஏவமேவ ஸஜ்ஜனா: ஸ்வஸமீபே வித்³யமானானாம்ʼ ஸம்பத்தீனாம் உபயோக³ம்ʼ ஸ்வயம்ʼ ந குர்வந்தி |  அபி து பரோபகாரார்த²மேவ தாஸாம்ʼ வினியோக³ம்ʼ குர்வந்தி |

 
Here is a beautiful message for most of us which I humbly believe not only as to be nice to have but how nice if we are able to practice!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Art Of Giving
 
“Rivers do not drink their own water, nor do tree eat their own fruit, nor do rain clouds eat the grains reared by them. The wealth of the noble is used solely for the benefit of others!
Even after accepting that giving is good and that one must learn to give, several questions need to be answered.
 
The first question is:
When should one give?
 
We all know the famous incident from Mahabharat.
Yudhisthir asks a beggar seeking alms to come the next day. On this, Bhim rejoices that Yudhisthir his brother, has conquered death! For he is sure that he will be around the next day to give. Yudhisthir gets the message.
One does not know really whether one will be there tomorrow to give!
The time to give, therefore, is now.
 
The next question is:
‘How much to give?’
 
One recalls the famous incident from history.
Rana Pratap was reeling after defeat from the Moghals. He had lost his army, he had lost his wealth, and most important, he had lost hope, his will to fight. At that time, in his darkest hour, his erstwhile minister, Bhamasha, came seeking him and placed his entire fortune at the disposal of Rana Pratap. With this, Rana Pratap raised an army and lived to fight another day.
The answer to this question how much to give is:
“Give as much as one can!

The next question is:
‘What to give?’
 
It is not only money that can be given away. It could be a flower or even a smile.

It is not how much one gives but how one gives that really matters. When you give a smile to a stranger that may be the only good thing received by him in days and weeks!


“You can give anything but you must give with all your heart!”
 
One also needs answer to this question 
Whom to give?
 
Many times we avoid giving by finding fault with the person who is seeking. However, being judgmental and rejecting a person on the presumption that he may not be the most deserving, is not justified.
 
“Give without being judgmental!”

Next we have to answer:
‘How to give?’
 
Coming to the manner of giving, one has to ensure that the receiver does not feel humiliated, nor the giver feels proud by giving.

In giving, follow the advice ‘Let not your left hand know what your right hand gives? Charity without publicity and fanfare is the highest form of charity.’

‘Give quietly!’
While giving, let not the recipient feel small or humiliated. After all, what we give never really belonged to us. We come to this world with nothing and will go with nothing. The thing gifted was only with us for a temporary period. Why then take pride in giving away something which really did not belong to us?
Give with grace and with a feeling of gratitude.

“What should one feel after giving?”
 
We all know the story of Eklavya. When Dronacharya asked him for his right thumb as “Guru Dakshina, he unhesitatingly cut off the thumb and gave it to Dronacharya.
There is a little known sequel to this story.
Eklavya was asked whether he ever regretted the act of giving away his thumb. He replied, and the reply has to be believed to be true, as it was asked to him when he was dying.

His reply was “Yes! I regretted this only once in my life. It was when Pandavas were coming in to kill Dronacharya who was broken hearted on the false news of death of his son, Ashwathama, and had stopped fighting. It was then that I regretted the loss of my thumb. If the thumb was there, no one could have dared hurt my Guru?

The message to us is clear.

Give and never regret giving!
 
And the last question is:
‘How much should we provide for our heirs?’
 
Ask yourself ‘are we taking away from them the gift of work? – A source of happiness?
The answer is given by Warren Buffett:
“Leave your kids enough to do anything, but not enough to do nothing!”

would conclude by saying:
 
Let us learn the Art of Giving,
and quoting the Saint Kabir:
 
“When the wealth in the house increases, when water fills a boat, throw them out (for good causes) with both hands!”
This is the wise thing to do!
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  Truth is always like oil in water.
  No matter how much water you add to depress it,
  it always floats on Top…
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ANNADHAANA MAHAATMIYAM


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Annadhana Mahathmiyam
A tale goes that Once Upon a time there lived a Rich man lived, he used to perform Annadhanam/poor feeding every day. Slowly his wealth started depleting but still he continued his Annadhanam. He was on his death bed, So he called his wife and took a promise that even after his death she will continue the Annadhanam. Then the old man died and his wife continued the good work, but her teenaged son got wild started asking why she is doing Annadhanam and squandering the little wealth they had.  He asked his mother what is the Thatparya of Annadhanam. Mother advises her son to go to a forest and meet the wise sage over there and find out the things which he wants to know. Then the Boy starts his journey to the forest. 

It is afternoon and he meets a man near a mango tree. They both introduce themselves and the man in forest tells he is also going to meet the sage, But unfortunately he cannot move even a single step and he is trying to move since so many decades and he is not able to do so. He requests our boy to find out the Parihara from the sage. They were under a beautiful Mango tree which had lot of fruits. Since it was afternoon and boy was hungry. He plucks one Mango and was about to eat then his newly acquainted friend warns that these fruits are Poisonous and not to eat them. The tree felt very bad and started crying that nobody eats the fruit and like a true mother she is feeling bad that none of her child partake the fruit because it is poisonous.  She request the boy to find out the reason from sage. 

He starts walking towards the sages hermitage and the night befalls, meanwhile the boy meet’s a hunter and and hunter asks the boy to stay for night with him and then proceeds to hermits hermitage later on. Boy agrees and hunter takes to his house on top of the tree. Hunters wife chides him for bring in a guest to house and says there is only meals for two persons and place for two persons to sleep and she tells she will not sacrifice her luxury of meals and good place to sleep. Then Hunter gives the food to the boy and also asks him to sleep in the house. Hunter sleeps out side the house without having the food. But unfortunately hunter falls down and he is eaten by a tiger. 

Next day boy gets up and proceeds to the forest and he is able to reach the hermit. As the sage is a trikala Gnaani he tells to him that he cannot answer his questions, but a son born to the ruler of this Place will answer his questions and He instructs the boy to go to Ruler and tell him that the ruler is going to be blessed with a Male Child and raja asks the Boy what does he wants in return as a boon. Boy tells that once his son is born let him be brought in golden Plate and he will ask three questions to the new born. Then After ten months, the queen gives birth to a beautiful Male child. then the Child is brought to the court in a Golden plate as desired by the Boy. 

The boy tells to the Prince that he want, to get three questions clarified including the personal one, but first let the prince answer to the queries of the others first, this shows the boy is not selfish person.  First question he asks regarding the man who was unable to walk. For that prince tells that man is too learned and he has not done Vidya Dhannam to other then tells if does Dhannam, he will be able to move. 

For the second question about the Tree Prince tells that there was a rich man who was greedy and a miser and he did not give it to the needy and he has buried the wealth under the tree and since is it sinful money the fruits are becoming Poisonous, If the tree donates it to someone the fruits will become eatable. 

Then Boy asks the Prince the Mahatmiyam of Annadhanam, for that Prince asks him to see him properly, but boy says he could not recognise him, for that prince tells he is the same hunter whom he met on the way and since he did Annadhanam of his share of food he is born as a prince, and at the same time a Pig out side the palace has given birth to a piglet and it is his wife who was selfish and because of her deed in past birth she is born as Pig and by virtue of doing Annadhanam one time he attained the birth at Rajas Palace. Such is the power of Annadhanam. 

Boy thanks the Prince and proceeds back to tree he repeats what Prince has told and tree asks the boy to dig the Treasure and take it. Then he repeats to the man what Prince has told for him and immediately the man says that he will gladly accept the Boy as disciple and teaches and does Vidya Dhannam. Now the boy is a scholar and wealthy man. He goes back to his mother and continues the Annadhanam which his father did. 
 The Moral is We should distribute our Vidya,Wealth and Anna. Then only Punya will come.

 
Jabali Muni.
 
SarvE bhavanthu sukhinah sarvE santhu niraamayaah
Sarve bhadrANi pasyanthu maa kaschit duhkhabhAg bhavEt. 

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We still have a few good human beings around who are doing some yeoman service without expecting anything in return….


God Bless Such Souls !!!!!
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‘I don’t feed beggars. They can look after themselves. The mentally ill won’t ask anyone for food or money,’ says N Krishnan who has been feeding them thrice a day for the past seven years.
For more information on N Krishnan’s trust, log on to: http://www.akshayatrust.org/
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Left 5-star job to feed the mentally ill

Krishnan feeds 400 mentally ill people on the streets of Madurai three times a day, every day, all 365 days of the year.
The 28 year old has been doing this for seven years via a charity called the Akshaya Trust.

A look into the kitchen reveals a spotlessly clean room.. Sparkling vessels stacked neatly, groceries and provisions all lined up in rows — rice, dal, vegetables, spices — all of the best quality.. One would think this was the kitchen of a five star hotel.

Maybe Krishnan achieves that effect because he was once a chef at a five star hotel in Bengaluru.

“Today’s lunch is curd rice, with home made pickle, please taste it,” he says, serving me on a plate made of dried leaves.
The food is excellent.
I change the menu for different days of the week. They will get bored if I serve the same food every day,” he says with an enthusiastic and infectious smile.

Image: N Krishnan feeds a mentally ill person on a Madurai streetPhotographs: A Ganesh Nadar05extor2

Krishnan feeds 400 mentally ill people every day
Krishnan cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner with the help of two cooks. He takes it himself to his wards on the street each day.

“I don’t feed beggars. They can look after themselves. The mentally ill won’t ask anyone for food or money. They don’t move around much too. I find them in the same place every day.”

That morning he put the food in a large vessel, the pickle in a smaller one and loaded it into a Maruti van donated by a Madurai philanthropist.

Ten minutes later we stopped near a man lying on the ground by a high wall. Krishnan put the food next to him. The man refused to even look at it, but grabbed the water bottle and drank eagerly. “He will eat the food later, looks like he was very thirsty,” said Krishnan.

At the next stop, he laid the dry leaf-plate and served the food. He then scooped some food and started feeding the mentally ill man himself. After two morsels, the man started eating on his own.

We then crossed a crowded traffic signal and stopped the vehicle. On seeing Krishnan, four individuals moved slowly towards the Maruti van. They stood out in the crowd with their dirty, tattered clothes and unshaven beards.
They knew this Maruti van meant food. But they did not hurry, knowing that Krishnan would wait for them.
Krishnan served them under a tree and carried water for them. “They are not aware enough to get their own water,” he explained.

And thus we went around the city till the Akshaya patra was empty. Of course, it would be full again for dinner later in the day.
Image: Krishnan’s wards often approach him when they see his food-laden van05extor3

Past 7 years
As we returned, a startling fact hit me. Not a single mentally challenged person had thanked Krishnan. They did not even smile or acknowledge him. Still Krishnan carried on in a world where most of us get offended if someone doesn’t say thank you, sometimes even for doing our jobs.

The food costs Rs 8,000 a day, but that doesn’t worry him. “I have donors for 22 days. The remaining days, I manage myself. I am sure I will get donors for that too, people who can afford it are generally generous, particularly when they know that their hard earned money is actually going to the poor. That is why I maintain my accounts correctly and scrupulously.”
He then pulled out a bill from the cabinet and showed it to me. It was a bill for groceries he had bought seven years ago. “This bill has sentimental value. It is the first one after I started Akshaya.”

The economic slowdown has resulted in a drop in the number of donors. Earlier, they sustained meals for 25 days.
Software giants Infosys and TCS were so impressed with his work that they donated three acres of land to him in Madurai . Krishnan hopes to build a home for his wards there. He has built the basement for a woman’s block which will house 80 inmates, but work has currently halted due to a lack of funds05extor4

Five idlis

This, however, is not the sum of his good deeds. Krishnan also performs the funerals of unclaimed bodies in Madurai . He collects the body, bathes it and gives it a decent burial or cremation as the need may be.

He gets calls, both from the municipal corporation and general hospital for the funerals.

He recalls with a little prompting how one day he saw a mentally ill man eating his excreta. He rushed to the nearest restaurant and bought the man five idlis. The man ate voraciously, and then smiled at him. The smile made Krishnan want to do it again and again.

Krishnan has not married and wonders if anyone would want to marry a man who spends his days cooking food for others. He is firm that his life partner has to agree to this kind of life.

His parents were initially shocked, but are now very supportive of their son. They advise him about the cuisine and also about how he can streamline the process.
One wonders why he left his job in a five star hotel to bury the dead and feed the mentally ill. To this he just smiles and says, “I like doing it.”
For more information on N Krishnan’s trust, log on to: http://www.akshayatrust.org/
Mr. Krishnan is doing this

** by not political motive, because they can’t vote

** by not doing a conversion, because they don’t know what they are

** by not having expecation in future, because they wouldn’t remember him even they become normal

** not spoiling the beggars by giving freebies

He is doing his duty without having any expectation, he is also become God, by the will and doing his duty!

We are proud to see you and feel still there are great human hearts around us. 
T H A N K you Mr.Krishnan !

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In today’s materialistic society, charity is often seen as low priority. 
 

However the reality is that the community we live in has a huge influence on us personally – it fosters safety, responsibility and sustainability – so it is important that we take our community seriously for the greater good of humanity and for our own personal benefit.

Most importantly though, you’ll gain an appreciation for what REALLY matters – and it’s not fame or fortune!

After-all, there are many high-profiled people who are great believers in charity and the planet. Bill Gates donates millions of dollars to charities, Bob Geldoff and U2’s Bono are great crusaders against world poverty, and many other celebrities offer money and their time to a variety of causes. 

Yes, these people have the money to give and their image has done pretty well out of their endeavours – but at the heart of their generosity is the genuine desire to make a difference. And they do.

But, you don’t need lots of money or fame to contribute to the community – we all can.

It is my honest belief that we should all help those less fortunate than ourselves – and trust me, if you have the resources to be able to read this article on-line, then there are lots of people out there who are less fortunate!

Whether this help is financial through appropriate donations or through donating your time as a volunteerdoesn’t really matter, but we should all feel some social responsibility to do something.

Everyone can do something. YOU can do something. If you don’t have the time, DONATE. If you can’t afford to donate money, VOLUNTEER and offer your time or services.

Making Donations

As a general guide, aim to donate 10% of your income to charity. You may have heard the phrase, “Charity starts at home” – so make sure your budget can afford it! 

Some things to keep in mind when choosing a charity:

  • Pick a cause that you believe in the most – all charities are worthwhile, but which ones are YOU passionate about?
  • Look around your, there are thousands of poor people desrve to be helped out, there are so many families which are not having food, money for education, warm clothes, fan for cooling, shelter to stay, basic comodities. Go help them, help them on weekly, monthly basis. Consider the ways they can get their jobs back so that they are not depenedant on anyone anymore Work on the preventive actions to reduce poverty and poorness.
  • Payment terms – do they have a ‘subscription’ donation system where you’re set up to make regular donations? Do they have a minimum donation acceptable? Do they accept all payment options? Do they provide a written receipt (they should!)? An of course, is this all acceptable to your finances.
  • Can you claim donations for this particular charity as a Tax Deduction? What are the particular tax laws in your country?
  • What does the charity do with the money – are you concerned that too much of the money is spent on administration fees and staff costs?
  • Of the charities you’ve investigated, which one gives the biggest ‘Bang for your buck’?

And of course, encourage your children to give some of their money to charity too – little kids love putting money in donation boxes, and you may be surprised how well older children understand the concept of giving to charity


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One of the basic differences between God and humans is,
God gives, gives and forgives.
But the human gets, gets, gets and forgets….& still not Happy ?
Always Be Thankful to GOD for giving us a wonderful Life….
CHARITY
True charity brings prosperity to the donor. “The way to receive is to give”. Sacrifice is a synonym for success.
The phenomenon of colour substantiates this law of nature. Science explains this truth. Light is constituted of seven colours- violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. When an object is bathed in light the seven colours impinge upon the object. Some objects absorb all the colours. Those objects appear black. Some objects throw back, reflect all the colours. Those appear white. When an object absorbs six colours and reflects one colour only, then that object appears in the particular colour that it gives away. For example, a lotus appears blue because it absorbs all other vibgyoric colours except blue. Strange as it may seem but that is the phenomena of colours. An object gains the colour it gives away.
Learn this wonderful lesson from nature. Give away, sacrifice, renounce everything and you become white, pure and perfect. Take in, aggrandize, and accumulate you become black, impure and imperfect. This is the law.
Give the unfortunate more than they expect and do it cheerfully…the more you give, the more GOD will give you.
Values are related to each other as if they are members of a Great Family.
From Peace & Happiness emerges Inner Joy.
From this state of Wholeness Love awakens and with it the desire to Share & Give.
Two of its relatives are Tolerance & Respect.
All values have a shared origin which unites them – the Peace of Spirituality.
When you lose Peace you begin to lose Everything…!
Courtesy – Sudhaji, Dubai

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