May 14, 2008 - First Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhari Year - Sri Rajagopala Perumal Temple in Komal near Kumbakonam
The first Vishnupathi auspicious time period of the Sarvadhaari year occurs on late night May 13 and continues into the morning of May 14, 2008. Observe this occasion according to the Siddha worship procedures described in the May 2008 issue of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, the Ashram monthly magazine, released in April 2008.
The temple of honor during this Vishnupathi is the Sri Rajagopala Swami Perumal Temple in Komal near Kumbakonam.
Mothers Rukmini, Satyabhama and Lord Sri Rajagopala Perumal are the divinities of honor during this Vishnuapthi.
Komal is a village near Therazhundhur on the Kumbakonam - Aduthurai - Therazhundhur route in the state of Tamil Nadu in the south of India.
The nine hour period from 0130 hours to 1030 hours IST on May 14, 2008 is of great spiritual importance. As we have pointed out elsewhere in AUMzine (articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and other articles), spiritual aspirants can make great spiritual progress by following specific worship procedures revealed by the Siddhas for this particular time period. The Sathguru, Guru Mangala Gandharva Venkataraman, has been revealing these Siddha procedures for many years now. We hope that Vaishnavites and Narayana devotees everywhere will make it a point to observe this most important Vishnupathi worship procedure as revealed to us by the Siddhas in all Narayana temples everywhere.
The Vishnupathi time period occurs once in three months. Thus there are four Vishnupathi time periods in each varusham (year). Since each varusham repeats once in 60 years, each of these Vishnupathi periods occurs once only in 60 years. In other words, if you miss celebrating the First Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhari varusham (year), you'll have to wait 60 years for the next one! Hence seize the moment and celebrate each Vishnupathi on its day in accordance with Siddha procedures.
The Vishnupathi auspicious time period marks that time in a different era during which Lord Narayana performed miracles for the sake of His devotees. Each of these auspicious Vishnupathi time periods should be observed by devotees using a specific set of Siddha worship procedures.
For May 14, 2008, these pooja procedures have been
described in the May 2008
issue of Sri Agasthia Vijayam, the Ashram monthly magazine.
Please refer to this issue for details and do the Vishnupathi pooja as described therein.
As with all poojas, the Lord blesses the devotee with both spiritual and material wealth.
The May 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine
also describes the great spiritual events that happened during the first
Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhaari year during various yugas.
So make sure you read this issue of the magazine.
The May 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine also describes the great spiritual events that happened during the first Vishnupathi of the Sarvadhaari year during various yugas. So make sure you read this issue of the magazine.
The Importance of Go Pooja (Cow Pooja)
Why worship cows, one may ask. Sathguru Venkataraman made it a point to teach us that mother cow is the place of residence of all deities, divinities, devas and devatas. We don't say that all deities and divinities reside in a human, but we do say that all deities and divinities are embodied in mother cow. This is because the cow is the very symbol of saatvik nature - calm, tranquil, serene and peaceful always. So the deities like to reside in her and this is the reason that worship of mother cow is held in such high regard by the Siddhas. Lord Krishna Himself described the benefits of Go Puja to Sri Brahma.
The benefits of Go Pooja are many. When done properly, it can easily marshal the protective power of all the deities and divinites for the welfare of families, societies and nations. In particular, cow worship can bring about unity in a family and put an end to constant bickering. It can reform husbands who have fallen in the grip of bad habits and children who have fallen into evil ways. Furthermore, the benefits derived from Go puja can never be misused. They can only be used for good purposes. This is a specialty of Go Pooja. [More on Go Pooja (cow pooja).]
Sri Krishna as Gopala in Komal
Once Sri Brahma, in an act of arrogance and defiance, used his maya power of delusion to hide the cows of Brindavan that were so lovingly tended to by Lord Sri Krishna. This resulted in much chaos amidst the villagers, but Lord Krishna decided to teach Brahma a lesson by creating a brand new set of cows. Seeing this power of creation wielded so effortlessly by the young Sri Krishna, Brahma realized his folly and begged forgiveness at the Lord's feet. He also restored the cows that he hid with his maya shakti.
Brindavan now had a bit of a problem on its hands. It had twice the number of cows all of a sudden - the Gokula cows hid by Brahma and the Gopala cows created by Lord Sri Krishna. But this problem was just a stage set up by the Lord who transcends time and place for yet another divine leela. In a trice, the Lord magically transported the Gokula cows and the Gopala cows to the southern and northern halves of Komal and tended to them in this village made sacred by His blissful and playful presence!
Once when the Universal Mother Parashakti took the form of a cow in Komal, Lord Sri Krishna took form yet again as Gopala to stand guard.
There was also a time when Mothers Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvati took human forms in Komal to personally experience the vagaries of the human heart, mind and body and the problems arising therefrom. They did this to show us that it is by suffering through problems that one can overcome the karma that caused them in the first place. The Mothers then blessed humankind with remedies through the Siddhas.
Thus the blessed land of Komal is charged with divine potency.
Go Pooja at the Rajagopala Swami Temple in Komal
On this Vishnupathi pooja day, follow the pooja procedures given by the Siddhas of the Agasthiar Lineage as revealed in the May 2008 issue of the Ashram monthly magazine. Some of these pooja procedures are given below:
May we all be showered with the blessings of Mothers Rukmini, Satyabhama and Lord Sri Krishna Raja Gopala on this Vishnupathi day.