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Blogging on the grace of Lord Ranganathaswamy of Srirangam:


Ranga, the reclining deity of Srirangam in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu boasts of the biggest tower in Asia and one among the biggest temple complexes. The deity installed in the temple in stone form is called Ranganatha while the idol used for taking out in processions is called Azhagiya Manavalan. Ranga is said to be the most beautiful idol in the world, in the eyes of Azhwars. Ramanujacharya (whose 997th birthday falls on May 4, 2014), says that the Lord Rangaraja is most kind father of all living beings. Ranga is the only deity who has been sung by all the ten azhwars. How can ordinary persons like us describe all the good qualities of the lord in one small blog? Ranga deserves millions of blogs :) View some photos of Srirangam deities from Facebook


On January 5, 2014, I heard my daughter singing the above song. So below image shows the lyrics of this song, which is also dear to me ;)

What was the objective of creating a blog in my name?
This is a question I have asked myself at different points of time and I got different responses - show off my blogging skills, dedicate a page to show what a selfless lawyer I am, show how a devout should be living his life, concentrate on the spiritual aspects of life etc. etc.
Since, my priorities in life change per the circumstances, currently, I have decided to restrict my personal blogging activities and concentrate on the most important thing in the life of a soul - realisation of one's true self. The very first sentence of the Brahma Sutra written by Sage Badarayana many millenniums ago was "Athatho Brahma Jignasa". Here is my start of blogging on Brahmam
The world is full of people following religions of different hues and of some atheists who deny existence of god. My take on religion is that be whatever form of god one worships or not worship, in the end (after death) everybody reaches the same place, from which we started our journey. Be it 1st century Jesus or 8th century Mohammed or 8-13th century Hindu trio Shankara-Madhwa-Ramanuja, god may be called by different names, but the soul is always misled that it is independent from the creator.
Again, unlike me, there are people who do not believe in the concept of soul at all. Its difficult for me to prove hypothetically that the soul does exist. Just like the rest of the mass, its my "BELIEF" that counts, for following any particular philosophy. (Please note that there is huge HUGE difference between religion and philosophy)
Below is my first attempt at realizing the soul: i.e., blogging with the aim of crossing the ocean of the materialistic world in small steps ;)

Trip to Anandalwar Temple on Sunday - February 15, 2015

I started with the spiritual aspects of my journey



The above image is of the newly coronated Jeeyar of Yadugiri Yathiraja Mutt. In his poorvashrama (prior to becoming Sanyas) he used to work in Iskcon as editor of Kannada monthly. I know him during his days at Malleswaram when he was bringing out Yogakshema magazine with my uncle Ananthachar (I used to meet my uncle Ananthu and had also met the person who shares my name)

Even when the Jeeyar is bowing or prostrating, he is not supposed to keep his staff on the ground. It is always held aloft.


The other part of the blog is continued below:





Below is my blog on my trip to Tirupati

Below is the frame for one of my favourite songs ever (in Kannada)