[Advaita-l] Centenary Jayanthi Mahotsavam at Sringeri
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Thu Oct 19 22:46:13 EDT 2017
On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 3:20 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
> A Rare Discourse by Sri Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal in Tamil:
> Muktikku Bhakti Vazhi
> Parables of Acharyal
> The fields of two farmers were identical in size and had similar kinds of
> soil. They worked equally hard, tilled their lands well and sowed seeds of
> uniform quality. The rainfall over the fields was neither excessive nor
> scanty and so the crops grew well. At the appropriate time, they commenced
> their harvesting. Before they left for their homes on an evening, they were
> able to behold with joy large heaps of grains, the result of their efforts.
> There was hardly any difference in the yields obtained by them.
> That night, while they slept, there was a very heavy downpour on one land
> and only a light drizzle on the other. The next morning, when they went to
> their lands, one was dismayed to find that the rain had ruined his grains
> while the other felt relieved that his heaps of grain were intact.
> Thus, notwithstanding the similarity in their efforts, the results they
> obtained were markedly dissimilar. It was the unfavourable destiny of one
> farmer and the favourable fate of the other that led to the loss of the
> former and the gain of the latter. Those who have faith in the Veda-s and
> śāstra-s and are logical do not regard the experiences of humans as just
> Two students wrote an examination. The boy who had studied better answered
> all except two questions well. The other managed to answer just two
> questions correctly. The examiner was an impartial but lazy man. He
> scrutinised two of the first boy’s answers. They happened to be the
> incorrect ones. Assuming the other answers too to be incorrect, he awarded
> the boy low marks.
> Then, he took up the second boy’s answer book. The answers he selected for
> checking happened to be the correct ones. Taking it for granted that the
> remaining answers were also correct, he awarded the boy concerned high
> marks. On seeing the results, the boy who had studied better grieved, while
> the other rejoiced. Thus, hard work fetched a poor result and poor
> preparation yielded good marks. Here too the hand of destiny is seen.
> Dyumatsena was destined to be blind and live in a forest. By Sāvitrī’s
> efforts, he regained his sight and his kingdom. Aśvapati was not destined
> to have sons, but obtained them. Satyavān was to die young, but he lived
> long, he sired sons and ruled the Shalva kingdom for many years. This story
> is a striking example to show that what is destined to happen can be
> markedly changed by human effort.
> Mārkaṇḍeya was fated to die at the age of 16 but lived on because of his
> devout worship of Lord Śiva. Śuka, the son of Vyāsa, was such a great yogin
> that he attained disembodied liberation at the time of his choice. Numerous
> instances of the alteration of the course of fate by personal effort and by
> the grace of God can easily be cited.
> Neither destiny nor personal effort singly determines the course of human
> life; there is great interaction between the two.
> Destiny or actions of the past that have begun to fructify, human effort
> and divine grace together govern what happens now. Manu has compared
> destiny and personal effort to the two wheels of a chariot; a chariot
> cannot move on a single wheel.
> Excerpted from the chapter 'Fate and Freewill' in the book 'EXALTING
> On Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 11:11 AM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
>> A unique ' Smarana Saptaham '
>> on the occasion of the Centenary Jayanthi Mahotsavam of
>> Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal
>> ( 35th Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham )
>> at the holy land of Sringeri
>> from Wednesday, 11th October to Wednesday, 18th October, 2017.
>> in the divine presence of
>> Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahasannidhanam
>> and Jagadguru Sri Vidhushekhara Bharathi Sannidhanam
>> A Photo Exhibition on the Life of the Jagadguru will be on display at Sri
>> Sharada Prasada behind Sri Sharada Temple, Sringeri
>> Daily at 4 p.m. Bhajans by leading singers from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra
>> Daily at 6 p.m. Lectures on the greatness of Jagadguru Sri Abhinava
>> Vidyatheertha Mahaswamigal by distinguished speakers
>> Jagadguru Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal inaugurates on 11th October,
>> 2017 at 5 p.m.
>> Participate in the Mahotsavam and be blessed
>> For details - 90031 92825 / 94441 83001 / 98407 12172
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