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Volume: 1 10th July, 2009
Issue 13
Nachiketanjali Friday

Aum shanno Mitrah sham Varunaha


Shanno bhavatvaryama
Shailaja, 4th Class. is a confident, Nikitha, 4th Class is an adorable
strong, bright little topper, who little girl. She is a perfect mixture Shanna Indro Brihaspatih
loves to be challenged. Shailu of sweetness, and childishness Shanno Vishnu Rurukramaha
aspires to become a Police who is also good at her
Namo Brahmane namaste Vaayo
Officer. schoolwork.
Tvameva pratyaksham Brahmaasi
Tvaameva pratyaksham Brahma vadishyaami
Rutam vadishyami satyam vadishyami
Tanmaamavatu tadvaktaaramavatu
Avatu maam avatu vaktaaram.
Aum Shantih Shantih Shantih! -Taittiriya Upanishad (I.1.1)
Meaning: May the sun God Mitra and other Vedic Gods - Varuna, Aryamaan,
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The greatest Guru is your Inner Self. Truly He is The greatest Guru is helpless as long as the disciple is
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the Supreme Teacher. not eager to learn.
EDITORIAL CONTENTS Page No. A Tribute to The Seer!
Tribute 3 A philosopher is one who tickles your condemning man, but by helping him
Message by Swamiji 4 intellect whereas a spiritual teacher is to call forth the divinity that is within
Mataji's Message 6 one who touches your heart. There are him.”
Upanishad 7 but few great men who could touch both “I am what I am, and what I am is
Guru Pournima 8 of these and change the course of your always due to him. Whatever in me or
Publications 12 life and Swami Vivekananda is in my word s is good and true and
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undoubtedly one such great prophet. eternal came to me from his mouth,
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4th July 1902 was the day when the his heart, his soul. Sri Ramakrishna is
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Great yogi who practiced all the four the spring of this phase of the earth’s
Quotes by Nisargadattaji
forms of yoga to perfection, attained religious life, of its impulses and
EDITORIAL BOARD Samadhi leaving his legacy behind to activities. If I can show the world one
Editor understand which fully, we might take glimpse of my Master I shall not live in
Subhadra K. many more years. Only He could capture vain.”- Swami Vivekananda on Sri
Editorial Consultants: the essence of Upanishads and gist of Ramakrishna
Gita, combine with his vision and hand “It may be said that when he began to
Annapurna R.
to the common man, in simple language speak it was of ‘the religious ideas of
Sowja A. a panacea for all human diseases. And the Hindus’, but when he (Swami
Dear Readers! It should be noted that all famine, in fact like medicine, His words are many Vivekananda) ended, Hinduism had
miseries and wars first find their place times uncushioned, harsh and potent;
Recently I read some literature on been created.”-Sister Nivedita beloved
in the minds of men before they He undauntedly lashed into hypocrisy disciple of Swami Vivekananda
Greek Olympics and was amazed to and superstition to unfold the truth to
manifest as physical realities. Make Swamiji’s power packed words have
note the spiritual aspect underlying the the world.
man’s mind a repository of peace and been tremendously effective in
biggest sporting extravaganza on To celebrate this great seer’s short yet inspiring people. From His teachings
there will be peace on earth. That is
earth. The legend is that Gods the brightest life is presented here an the energetic younger generations
exactly what the Olympics did to excerpt of His teaching, His reverence
themselves started the Olympic Games derive much needed direction,
ancient Greece. Men who were to His Guru and His disciple Sister
in 776 B.C and at some point when courage and pride which can lead the
fighting each other were made to meet Nivedita’s tributes to Him. nation back to her golden age. I
Greece faced civil wars, famines, and “…the Vedanta lays down that each
in unity inside the sanctuary of Olympia earnestly opine that Swami
natural disasters, the athletic games man should be treated not as what he Vivekananda’s books should be
to offer adoration to God and strive for
stopped and the king went to the Greek manifests, but as what he stands made a part of our schools’
a common goal. An interesting fact
God Apollo to enquire the Medium for. Each being curricular
about the games is that they always stands for the
what they should do to overcome books so that
took place on the day of the full moon divine, and, India will be
disasters. ‘’Start immediately the
of July. The Hindu festival of Guru therefore, the home of
athletic games! ‘’ was the emphatic every teacher
Pournima too is celebrated on the same lions that can
message and the king obeyed which should be lead the world.
day. Could this just be a coincidence?
saved Greece from decline. helpful, not by
Subhadra K.
The stronger the desire, the easier Take care of the most important; the lesser
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comes the help. will take care of itself.
Message by Swamiji things. Are they created out of its attraction though you are hungry,
God has created love in this emptiness or silence? You can drop and this is because of emptiness.
universe but instead of every thing by understanding what You don’t need to drop anything in
understanding the true meaning of silence is! Recently I bought a new your life, but you can always fill the
love you are trying to experience it watch. Is it necessary? I am a vacuum with silence. Now how to
externally. You are only seeing the sannyasi and should not wear all experience that silence? Try to
creation of attraction in this this. But the desire to buy this watch meditate, analyze things and
The law of attraction is very difficult universe. There are two poles of did not arise from attraction, it came develop more clarity about your
to understand. Attraction is created attraction- North and South. You are out of silence. Similarly you also try goals in life. Unless you are a good
when there is vacuum or emptiness not trying to go beyond it. God has to understand if all the objects sadhaka you will not understand
in your life. You know very well the also created ‘Silence’ which is around you are from emptiness or the difference between emptiness
wind moves towards vacuum space. hidden in this beautiful Universe. Silence. and silence. They might look
There has to be a vacuum for the When something sprouts from this Some people commit suicides identical but never the same.
wind to move. Similarly when you silence, it is true love. What breaks because they experience Suppose there are two glasses of
have vacuum or emptiness in your is attraction! What does not break emptiness. That very moment their water, one filled to the brim and
life you get attracted to certain is silence! Once you understand the minds are blocked or choked and other empty and when they are
objects or people. When you don’t meaning of true love there is no they take extreme steps. All placed at a distance of 20 or 30 ft
feel emptiness probably you may question of breaking any extreme steps are taken only away from you, both the glasses
develop love. Now try to assess relationship. because of the vacuum created in might seem to be empty. It is very
yourself and your relationship with Now start looking around you and their lives. When someone tries to difficult to identify which glass is
people around you and find out if observe how many different types suppress you all the time in your full. Silence is also the same.
the attraction is due to vacuum or if of objects you have created for life, you have a sudden outburst In emptiness your mind doesn’t
it is true love. yourself. Your house, car, relatives, because of the vacuum created in function but in silence it works at
Sometimes vacuum is created in your status in the society, spiritual you. When you are hurt, even the its best. So just try to observe your
your life when you lose a close or social organizations… so many food that is kept in front of you loses actions and find out if they are
relative or friend. In that state of coming from silence or vacuum.
shock you get attracted to Once it is clear then you slowly
something but, this type of develop functioning in the silence
attraction is only temporary. These state which is very important. Try to
days children are separated from contemplate on how you have spent
parents, husbands from wives or your life. Is it with attraction or true
vice versa because of this temporary love…?
attraction.

Clarify your mind, Purify your heart, Sanctify your


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life. This is the quickest way to change your life.
A person suffering with cataract can TAITTIRIYA UPANISHAD
not see clearly. He can not see the
beauty of the universe and can not Taittiriya Upanishad is from Yajurveda.
enjoy the world to the fullest. Cataract
Taittiriya Upanishad is one of the widely
which forms a curtain between
recited and practiced Upanishads and
darkness and light hides the true vision.
owns the prestige of being commented
You need to get operated to gain true
Message by vision. You can not operate on yourself. by Adi Shankaracharya who divided the
You need a professional expert for Upanishad into three parts, Sikshavalli,
ADHYATMIK PRANETA
surgery. We are all suffering from Anandavalli and Bhruguvalli. Many
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnuhu mantras chanted in rituals even today
cataract, which is the ignorance of self
Gurur Devo Maheshwaraha Anandavalli: The significant concept
and the world. Here the doctor is Guru, are taken from this Upanishad.
Gurur sakshath Parabrahma, the one who is perfect in doing surgery. included in this part is that of Pancha
Sikshavalli :- Matters pertaining to
Guru, the knowledgeable, the Knower Kosha, according to which the ancient
Tasmai Sri Gurave namaha. education like Brahmacharyashrama’s
of the Brahman, is the only one who philosophers have distinguished
I prostrate to my Guru, who is Brahma importance, rules, order of vedic
can perform the surgery. Not any one Human Existence into five sheaths
(creator), Vishnu (Sustainer), Shiva chanting, pronunciation and meditation
else. that constitute the gross, subtle and
(destroyer)and Guru is Paramatma of Om are included in this part of the
causal bodies. Brahman is the
Himself. Our tradition has given the ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means Upanishad. A student who is ready to
highest place to the Guru. Why do you innermost untouched by any of them.
remover. Guru means the remover of return home after completion of vedic
think a Guru is necessary? I am not Attachment to any one sheath causes
darkness. When you take birth from studies at Gurukul receives a special
talking about that teacher where you loss of freedom.
your mother’s womb that is your first exhortation from his Guru as a
are pursuing your education. Today’s birth, when you meet, come across or Bhruguvalli: the third part includes
Convocation Ceremony Address which
teacher is imparting only information take initiation from Guru, that is your the practical teaching of Varuna to his
but not the real knowledge. Though is included in Sikshavalli. The prescription
second birth. Second birth is necessary son Bhrugu. Through performing
Swami Vivekananda was brilliant and includes guidelines on how to lead the
to lead a meaningful and happy life. austerities, step-by-step Bhrugu
had a sharp intellect, he had a Guru. next phase, the householder’s life
Guru helps you to see the unknown and advances from the sheath of food
Incarnations like Rama, Krishna and the true world which is pure and according to the Dharma. Concepts like
‘Satyam vada Dharmam Chara’ and through the sheaths of Prana, mind,
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had Gurus. glorious. As long as you are unaware of
Because, Guru plays an incomparable ‘Matrudevobhavah, Pitru devobhavah, intellect, ultimately to realize that the
the real world so long the human birth
role in disciple’s life, our Vedas say that Acharya devo bhavah’ are found in this sheath of Bliss is the ultimate truth.
is not utilized to the fullest.
Guru is Paramatma himself. Sant Kabir discourse. Do not neglect studying and Taittiriya Upanishad mentions and
says that Guru is not only the physical body, he is teaching, Do not neglect prosperity, Do emphasizes on the food and its relation
Guru Govind dono khade, beyond body and mind, he is infinite, not neglect personal welfare, Charity to supreme reality. Taking due care
endless and all pervading. His is the should be given with faith, Give an and respect of the role of food in our
Kake lago paye, ocean of true love; his single drop of
acceptable gift to Teacher are some sustenance and by following Dharma
Balihari guru apne love can transform the life of many.
other important farewell teachings while leading a worldly life one can
Govind diyo dikaye. Guru is the Paramatma himself.
delivered by the Guru. realize the truth of Self.

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CELEBRATIONS
The 7th July of 2009 will be marked as a very eventful day in the by Him on this day. Guru is hailed as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
history of Nachiketa Tapovan. On this auspicious morning of Guru Guru and God are one because the Almighty and His medium of
Poornima, Tapovan launched Yuvanjali, the flyer of Yuvanjali, the manifestation cannot be different. At Nachiketa Tapovan Guru
website of Yuvanjali and the flyer of Vanaprastha Ashram. With the Poornima is celebrated in the holy presence of Swami
launch of Yuvanjali we shall witness a whole new era of expression Nachiketananda who by revealing the ‘Guri’ (target) has
of Yuvashakti! Guru Poornima or awakened, elevated and
Vyasa Poornima is the full moon transformed the spiritual
day in the Hindu month of ‘Ashada’ seekers who sought His
and the day marks the birthday of the guidance. ‘Guri’ here refers to the
great sage Veda Vyasa. Even the writing Atmic Principle or the principle of
of the eighteen Puranas was completed the Self.
To know, to do, or to
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create you must give your heart to it.
As per the tradition, the day’s celebrations the Yuvanjali’s flyer was the next highlight
started with the Homa performed by Swami of the day’s celebrations. Kudos to Siri who
Shivanandamayi with absolute devotion, not only worked relentlessly to accomplish
amidst the chantings of “Om Namah the timely and successful launch but also
Shivaya”. As explained by Mataji, a Homa or coined the term ‘Nachiketas’ for the youth
Havan is performed because it acts as a members of Yuvanjali. The website which
bridge between one’s Atma and the was chiefly designed by Surabhi was also
Paramatma. When performed with ‘Bhava’ launched by Swamiji. There can’t be a
it becomes a spiritual journey through which better start than this for Yuvanjali under
the transformation of consciousness from whose banner the youth began to work even
worldly to higher states takes place. before the start!
After the homa, Mataji announced the news of The Nachiketas came up to the dais and
the development of Nachiketa Tapovan’s expressed their thrill, excitement and hope at
Vanaprastha in the Kodgal Ashram. As the name Swamiji’s idea and the subsequent launch of
denotes Vanaprastha Ashram is a haven for Yuvanjali and pledged their commitment to
spiritual aspirants who start to gradually make it a nationally visible and active youth
renounce the worldly attachments, practice force.
karmayoga and advance in the path, seeking
The best was yet to come and that was
the ultimate truth. The Vanaprastha flyer was
Swamiji’s Guru Poornima discourse! Swamiji’s
released by Swami Nachiketananda.
address gave a perfect spiritual touch to the
At 10:25a.m. Swamiji launched Yuvanjali, the end of the day’s celebrations which was only
youth wing of Nachiketa Tapovan by unveiling the beginning of a new chapter!
the logo which is designed by its prenatal
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