Know Your Roots
Nourish – Strengthen
It is a unique opportunity for Hindus to transform their lives through knowledge of Sanatana Dharma.
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Dharma Moolam is offering a Free “Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam meaning in English” program for adults.
With The Blessings of
Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peeṭadhipati, Jagadguru Pujyasri Shankara Vijayendra Saraswathi Shankaracharya Swamigal
Glimpses of Divinity
On this day (February 13) in the year 1907, Sri Mahaperiyava took Sannyasa. He lived 100 years to show how a Sanyasi should live in this world. Once, one of his attendants told Him that he saw some abuse about Mahaperiyava written on a stone. This stone was on the way to a river, in which Mahaperiyava would do His daily snaanam. The attendant also said that he had erased whatever was written. He felt that Mahaperiyava would pat him on his back for what he did. Instead, Mahaperiyava was a bit upset and told him, “I very rarely get an opportunity to correct myself, now you have deprived me of such an opportunity too!”
In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna talks highly of a person to whom abuse and praise are the same –तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिः / तुल्यानिन्दात्मसंस्तुतिः (tulyanindā-stutiḥ / tulyānindātma-saṃstutiḥ)
tulyānindātma-saṃstutiḥ– as someone who is very dear to Bhagavan, and as a person who is beyond the three gunas (Satva, Rajas, Tamas). If at all anyone needs to know how such a person would be, we just need to look at Sri Mahaperiyava.
तुल्यनिन्दास्तुतिर्मौनी सन्तुष्टो येन केनचित् | अनिकेतः स्थिरमतिर्भक्तिमान्मे प्रियो नरः ||12-19||
tulyanindā-stutir-maunī santuṣṭo yena kenacit | aniketaḥ sthira-matir-bhaktimān-me priyo naraḥ ||12-19||
समदुःखसुखः स्वस्थः समलोष्टाश्मकाञ्चनः | तुल्यप्रियाप्रियो धीरस्तुल्यनिन्दात्मसंस्तुतिः || 14-24||
sama-duḥkha-sukhaḥ svasthaḥ sama-loṣṭāśma-kāñcanaḥ |tulya-priyāpriyo dhīras-tulya-nindātma-saṃstutiḥ ||14-24||
मानापमानयोस्तुल्यस्तुल्यो मित्रारिपक्षयोः | सर्वारम्भपरित्यागी गुणातीतः स उच्यते || 14-25||
mānāpamānayos-tulyas-tulyo mitrāripakṣayoḥ | sarvārambha-parityāgī guṇātītaḥ sa ucyate || 14-25||
Let us remember this great Mahan on this day
सकृत्स्मरणमात्रेण भवरोगविनाशके | श्रीचन्द्रशेखरपादाब्जे भासेताम् हृदि मे सदा ||
sakṛt-smaraṇa-mātreṇa bhava-roga-vināśake |śrīcandraśekhara-pādābje bhāsetām hṛdi me sadā ||
–“Remembering MahaPeriyava” by Sri Chandrasekharan Raman
Arya Shatakam Class Announcement
First Session on Friday, December 3 @ 8:30 Pm EST
With The Blessings of Periyavas and Ambal, , Dharma Moolam Mooka Pancha shati – Arya Shatakam class will begin shortly. Arya shatakam, having 100 shlokas, is a part of Mooka Panchashati written by Mookashankarendra Saraswati Swamigal of the Moolamnaya Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam on Sri Kanchi Kamakshi Amba. Mahaperiyava has referred to Mookapanchashati as one of the three uttama stuthis on Kamakshi Devi. The phalan of chanting Aryashatakam is Vaak vilasam – Intelligent speech. Sessions will be 30 minutes long & We will learn the 100 shlokas of Arya Shatakam over the next few months & will have the concluding session on Vasanta Navaratri in April, when the participants will take turns in chanting all the 100 shlokas.
We are planning for sessions on Friday evenings – To register & give your preference for class timing please fill out the survey form. https://forms.gle/iY6UzYVdXxYyNcoF6
Program Outline For Sunday Session
We will see meanings for Lalitha sahasranamam in English. Lalitha Sahasranama beautifully describes the different swarupams of Ambal, Her Vibhutis, her Leelas etc. It also presents an encyclopedic view on various sastras such as Vedanta, Upasana, Tantra etc. The class is in English, from 10:30 AM EST and will be for 45 mins to 1 hour through Zoom.
Online sessions will be conducted by Dr. Shyam Panchapakesan.
Dr. Shyam Panchapakesan, a native of Thiruvaiyaru, Thanjavur Dt in Tamilnadu, is very passionate about following and teaching the values of Sanathana Dharma to the interested. He conducts regular shloka classes such as Devi Mahatmyam, Mooka Panchasati etc. Being a student of Vedanta, he conducts classes on Vedantic works such as Vivekachudamani as well. Some of his classes are uploaded in his channel “Stotra Samvardhini” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf1Ia8j-6f-kT8Y3S8-YEzg
He is currently doing his Post-Doctoral research at Yale University in Molecular Biology.