#1664 - Thursday, January 1, 2004 - Editor: Jerry
#1664 - Thursday, January 1, 2004 - Editor: Jerry
R.K. ShankarI AMA Highlights original translation in progress.Dakshinamurthy Stotra: "Shapelessness situated on the right side".About a month ago, I happened to go to the Sri Ramana Kendra in Chennai
Then, I happened to sight a text with commentary by Sri Bhagawan
Needless to say, I was thrilled and I purchased it instantly.
The name of this text is "Dakshinamurthy Stotra"
In Sanskrit, it means the "Shapelessness situated on the right side".Originally, this text was composed in Sanskrit by Adi Shankaracharya.
Once, Bhagawan Sri Ramana happened to render the Sanskrit verses into Tamil. Not only that, Sri Bhagawan also wrote the meaning and commentary for them.This contains 12 verses.The 1st verse pronounces auspiciousness as is customary.The 2nd verse sets out the purpose of the advent of Lord Siva as the young
Sage Dhakshinamurthy.The next 3 verses talk about the world.The next 3 verses talk about the seer.The next 3 verses talk about the scene.The last verse talks about the all-encompassing Self.Yours in Sri Bhagawan
RK Shankar~ ~ ~Dhakshinamurthy Stotra in Tamil - Verse 1 - Sri Bhagawan's Tamil Meaning translatedLet us Praise that dhakshiNAmUrthy, the Supreme Father,1 who is 'having the Opening to Delight',
2 who Delights in the Self alone,
3 who is the Embodiment of Delight,
4 who is with a Hand with fingers closed in the fashion of Sealing in
Brahman as it were,
5 who is the pre-eminent among Spiritual Masters abiding surrounded,
by the foremost among spiritual disciples, who are Rishis resting in
6 who is a small boy,
7 who is of the Form of the Supreme Brahman, and
8 who denoted the Supreme Brahman by the Expounding that is Silence.
Dhakshinamurthy Stotra Verse 2Translation of the Import Gracefully Suggested by Sri Bhagawan
in respect of Dhakshinamurthy Stotra Verse 2
The Self and the Ego1 Salutation to that Dhakshinamurthy, who became the Primordial Spiritual
2 He, who sees "He, the Self" alone as existing, while knowing the Self,
3 [like seeing oneself alone after waking up from sleep]
4 having seen the world as existing outside oneself,
like dream occurring by sleep caused due to the ignorance of the
5 even though the becoming of the world was existing within the Self,
6 like the city seen inside a mirror.
Translation of Sri Bhagawan's Import of His Tamil DMS 3Dhakshinamurthy Stotra # 3The Self is the Primal CauseThe Import Gracefully Suggested by Sri Bhagawan
1 Salutation to that (Spiritual) Preceptor, Dhakshinamurthy,
2 He, who, by (the Power of) His Self-Will,
3 like the Siddha (one endowed with 8 supernatural faculties) and the
magician (one skilled in magical arts),
4 by the subjection to work, time and space, appearing falsely due to Maya
6 later spreads outside "as the mysterious many",
7 this world that existed (before) without differentiation in the Self,
8 like the seedling (existing) before (sprouting), inside the seed.
Dhakshinamurthy Stotra - Verse 4 - Sri Bhagawan's Import translatedThe Import Gracefully Suggested by Sri BhagawanSalutation to that (Spiritual) Preceptor, Dhakshinamurthy,
1 whom those of penance attain,
2 by having directly seen (He,) whom,
(one) does not again drown into this ocean of transmigratory existence,
3 (He) who proclaims those adjoining Him by the Vedic Statement 'That Art
4 whose True Lustre alone, 'shines clear' in things rising up falsely.
Dhakshinamurthy Stotra 7 Translation of the Import granted gracefully by Sri BhagawanThe Self alone is the Eternal ExistenceThe Import Gracefully Suggested by Sri Bhagawan
Salutation to that Eternal Lord of the Universe, Dhakshinamurthy,
1 He, the One, who abides always, and who becomes the 'Individual' by the
screening of the Illusion,
2 like the (Ever-Existent) Sun and Moon "captured (covered over)" by (the
shadow that is reckoned as a planet according to Indian Astrology) Rahu,
3 who sleeps when the expanded mind subsides, and
4 who reveals the Self-Existence as "(I) slept before (i.e., prior to
waking)" when the mind expands and awakes.Yours in Sri Bhagawan
RK ShankarEditor's note: I know it may seem shlockly to follow Ramana's hard marble of knowing with a piece on New Years resolutions, but here goes...Our Voice: New Year is time for action .Make a positive impact on the
lives you touch this yearThe Desert Sun, January 1, 2004Following is an interesting anecdote -- something to contemplate as we
embark upon the first of the 366 days of this year (don’t forget the
bonus day in February).There is a story of a retired executive, who, along his spiritual
journey, recognized the importance of doing a good deed every day --
not just to appease his own conscience, but to contribute a bit of
goodness to the world. Since his days were, as are most peoples’,
filled to the brim with responsibilities and activity, he wanted to
make sure that he could accomplish his goal each and every day. So he
wouldn’t forget to perform these daily acts of kindness, he had a
unique alternative to the string-around-the-finger method.His solution: a green marble, which, every morning, he would place in
his right front pocket. During the day, he was aware of its presence,
and would roll the marble around in his pocket as a reminder to look
for an opportunity to do good. When he performed an act of kindness, he
moved it to his left hand pocket. When he went home and took the marble
from his left pocket and put it up on his dresser, he would feel that
he, at least for that day, made the attempt to make the world just a
bit better. He carried this marble with him from 1982 until his death
last year.When his daughter removed the marble from his pocket for the last time,
she noticed this orb was no longer perfectly round; its smooth surface
was worn from years of handling, thousands of kind deeds -- the legacy
of its existence. At his funeral, his grandchildren handed out green
marbles in remembrance.Here’s to a healthy and happy 2004. May your green marble always be
If you are inclined to grind that hard marble down and watch it turn into an utterly interior-scented smoke, read on...David OllerAlices RestaurantIncense MakingWelcome to the new people who have joined us for the incense-making
I should probably start back at the beginning, so everyone is on the
The approach I'm going to take is much different than what most
people are accustomed to seeing. Most people are accustomed to what I
call the "Betty Crocker" method of making incense, because it is
largely based on recipes using measures. The problem with this style
is incense ingredients vary greatly in potency and aroma. Measures
can only be applied where there are standards. If I was going to bake
a cake, some kind of recipe with measures would be essential, but if
I'm making the mustard-glaze I mentioned before I don't need
measures. I can't taste a cake until it's baked, but I can taste the
glaze as I simmer it on the stove, and taste is the final judge -- or
smell in the case of incense.
For this reason we are going to start with "powdered" incense.
Powders can be adjusted. Powdered incense is also a great stle of
incense burning in its own right. Burning powders is best done using
the "Incense Trail" or "Incense Seal" method. It originated at
Nalanda in India, and was taken to China by Vajrayana monks. There it
was applied to use in timekeeping, and that passed on to Japan as
Incense Clocks, still used today in some monasteries. It is also used
by Shingon monks for ceremonies in what is called an Egoro.
What you will need to burn your powdered incense:
If you look on internet where Makko Incense Powder is sold you will
find those retailers normally sell what is called a Koh Press. Simple
Koh presses are easily made yourself. Hardware stores sell 3/8"
square dowels. You cut (2) pieces 1 3/4" long, (1) piece 3/4" long,
and you clue them with Elmer's wood glue in the shape of a square
horseshoe. Next cut a piece 1 1/2" long and glue it on top of the all
three pieces to use as a handle. Look at the pictures on the
retailers pages and you can see what it looks like, or you can buy
one for about $6.00
There is also a Ceramic Koh Press with a round design that is sold by
200 hands gallery. This is the one I personally use today, even
though I have a few wooden ones here as well. I like the round design
because it is more efficient using space and burns about 15 to 20
minutes longer than the square style. I think it costs about $12.00
Many of the incense bowls out there today will work just fine. Be
careful that you don't use a flat bottom bowl that can burn your
table. Bowls with legs are what I recommend. Picking a bowl you might
consider other ways you might be using it. For example, the Kodo Kai
Kodo Cup will work just fine, and you can also use it to hold sticks,
or use for Kodo style burning, but it is much more expensive than
other bowls. If you are not going to be doing Kodo then cheaper bowls
might be better for you.
The Ash used in incense trails is usually ash from previously burned
incense or incense powders, so when you begin to burn powders you
will begin to accumulate more ash which should be saved to make
another bowl/ash set. This ash CAN NOT be used for Kodo. Ash for Kodo
is pure Rice Chaff ash and never ash mixed with ash from burned
incense or powders. However, rice chaff ash can be used for incense
Makko can be obtained from several retailers.
My recommendation here is the Ayurvedic grade powder with is usually
a low grade Sandalwood powder without the oil removed. The majority
of Sandalwood powders are from leftover processing of essential oil.
The best Sandalwood powder is taking the Sandalwood Chips and
grinding them yourself. However for this presentation I want you to
start by using the ones that are already powdered. You will
understand as these lessons progress.
Okay, that's pretty simple, and we are going to first learn to make a
really good smelling Sandalwood incense, actually much better than
99% of the commercial products, and much cheaper for the quality.
From there, just like taking a mustard-glaze and turning it into
hundreds of different Bar B Que sauces, we will learn to make
hundreds of unique incense recipes, from some simple basics, and best
of all, you will be creating your own recipes, not following Betty
Okay, to help those of you just getting started, we are going to give
you a little extra help.
For a limited time, if you buy the Ceramic Bowl & Koh Press
combination from 200 Hands Gallery (Cost $36.00) Esoterics LLC will
throw in for free:
2 ounces sandalwood powder
1 box Rice Chaff ash
4 ounces of makko powder
You can find the bowl & Press set at:
This should give you everything you need to get started.Incense Making - What You Will Need
Dear List,Here are the items you will need to participate in this incense-
making lesson.To beginRequired:1. Bowl & Ash
2. Koh Press (Anykind, even something simple you make yourself)
3. Makko powder
4. Sandalwood powder
(Suggest trying different ones from different sources)Optional:1. Sandalwood oil
2. Mysore Sandalwood chipsNext Lesson (Items in addition to those above)Required:Cloves or clove powder
Cassia or Cassia powderOptional:Patchouli oil
Benzoin PowderIn lesson #3 we are going to go from powdered mixtures to learning to
make cones, sticks, and kneaded (neriko) incense. I'm also going to
introduce a form I think is much better than cones, and much easier
to make than sticks.Some items you may want to consider for lesson #3Honey (Tupelo prefered)
Mortar & Pestle (Porcelain type about 6")
Flour sifter* I'll give instructions on powdered charcoal at a later date
(suprise)Included in these lessons are how a West Texas Irish girl taught me
how to make Glazes and Bar B Que Sauce. I will also include Tularosa
Tortillas & Sopas.David
While we're playing with your senses, try this, yummmmBobby G.'s Veggie Chili For Semi-Hermitsfrom HarshaSatsangh Magazine: http://www.harshasatsangh.com/
Take a big onion and chop it up to sautee. Take a very large skillet
and pop in a lot of Virgin Olive Oyl. No matter how much she screams,
brown that onion really good.Take two packs of veggie burger from the freezer, God bless the Seventh
Day Adventists for the Morning Star products. It will soak up any
amount of oyl. Sprinkle liberally with some spicy hot sauce. Anything
but the tasteless Tobasco flamethrower brand. Crystal is my favorite.
Lots of taste without the unnecessary tissue trauma.Then scorch that veggie burger and onion mixture good. This is supposed
to be bad for you.And you can forget the ideal BMI for a little while. That's the Body
Mass Index for the regular people out there. You others can forget that
too.Here is the hard part, put in two fifteen point five ounce cans of
Bush's Chili Magic-chili starter. Umm, ummm, umm. Mix that up good and
sizzlin' hot. Then pour in two fourteen ounce cans of stewed or diced
tomatoes. Crystal sauce those tomatoes and mix it up.Turn down that heat and simmer it for around thirty minutes. It is
really good in an ice storm like today.Ummm, ummm, ummm. I can smell it now. I mean I really can smell it now.
It will feed four gluttons, one time or one semi-hermit glutton, four
times. I like mine with saltine crackers and catsup. Figger on restin'
a spell after supper. Ummm, ummm, ummm.LoveBobby G.Bob Graham is a long time contributor to both the HarshaSatsangh and
NondualitySalon mailing lists. He is an established painter. More of
his paintings can be seen in the Spring 2002 edition of HarshaSatsangh
Magazine. http://www.harshasatsangh.com/The images were taken by the author.
Lady JoyceNDSPlease feel free to visit my website at www.omshaantih.comI have finally started linking pages and trying to organize it...My big New Year's Resolution, to link a few pages!!!Took me all day long to figure it out!Miles to go before I sleep...Am I having fun yet?Love,Joyceps...Lord Shiva made me do it :-)Gill EardleyAllspiritInspirationHappy 2004
Do you recall, it doesn't seem five minutes since we were saying
it would soon be the year 2000? And here we are in 2004 already.
We are off to Slalely, in the north east of England, near to
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, in the morning, until Sunday evening. All
seven of us are going and we are looking forward to the break,
and hoping we may even get some snow. I will have my camera
with me just in case.
I haven't really written, or replied to, any email over the holiday
period, (other than an odd message) so I am sorry if you have
written and I haven't replied. My husband is back to work on Monday,
the children back to school on Tuesday, and Matthew and Lauren
back to uni some time in the week. So I will have more time to sit and
write, and will catch up next week.
I want to wish each and every one a 2004 filled with inner peace,
love, joy and happiness. And thank you to all who share with me,
it means a lot.