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Radhe Krishna! By the grace of Sri Sri Anna and Sri Radha Krishna completed the Full transcription today
on Gokulashtami day - 1st September 2010.

Om Namo Narayanaya!

This is a verbatim transcript of Sri Guruvayurappan Vaibhavam Upanyasam, a divine rendering by Paranur mahatma Sri Sri Krishna Premi Anna. I was blessed with this upanyasam just after my recent trip to Guruvayur and felt an unexplained urge to write it as a blog and wanted to share this divine upanyasam with like minded people.

Also an excuse for listening again and again to savour every pearl in the oysters of the words flowing from Sri Sri Anna's mellifluous voice while writing them down. Yet another reason for those folks who wish to read in English.


Krishnaya Vasudevaya Devaki Nandanayacha
Nadagopa Kumaraya Govindaya Namonamaha!
Namapankaja nabhaya namapankaja maline
Namapankaga nethraya namasthe pankajankraye!
Gopika Jeevana Smaranam Govinda Govinda!!

With the divine grace of Bhagavan Sri Krishna, here are assembled many sadhus. Satsangham, the company of truth is possible only by the grace of God. If we have done crores of punyam in various births, the merit (punyam) will result in heavenly happiness or the worldly happiness but the satsangha benefit or bhagyam will only be got by the divine grace of bhagawan Sri Krishna. Otherwise it is not possible. Are there not sadhus in this world? There are many sadhus present, but the mind to use their company wisely is not present within the people. A sadhu will be close by, even present in our own home, yet we wont use them wisely. Bhaktha Prahlada was not understood by Hiranyakashipu, the gain that prahlada obtained was not got by Harinyakashipu. Kamsa never gained the satsangham that was with Sri Akrurar although he was close to him. But Kamsa never understood Akrurar. Likewise many people even being in the midst of the company of the sadhus wont understand them and wont use their satsangham. Only with the blessings of Sri Krishna, will the company of the sadhus have its merit and use. Whomsoever has the grace of Sri Krishnan will benefit from the satsangham and will have the use of the company of the sadhus. What will be the benefit from the sadhus, if we ask, then the answer is Sri Krishna kathai. Those who say Sri Krishna kathai are the sadhus. Those that perform the vaidheegha karma purohitars (conducting of family sacraments - priests), sastrigals are also sadhus, pandits who have studied the sastras are also sadhus, sathyasandhan (wedded to truth), sishtacharyas (righteousness) who dont stray away from the path of dharma are sadhus too, those that perform the ashtangayoga abhyasa (the 8-fold yoga) are also sadhus. Those who inquire into the atma and wish for it are also sadhus. But those who perform satsangham, bhagavannamakeerthanam, bhagavatha pravachanam, bhagavatha katha sravanam are called as the only sadhus as the bhagawan in the satsangha mahatmiyam and its significance, Sri Krishnan himself does the upadesham to Sriman Uddhavan in the bhagavatham.

na roDayathi maM yogaHa
na saayathi maM yogaHa
na sanKyam dharma eva ca
na swaDhyayas tapas tyaGo
nesta-purtam na dakshina
vritani yajnas chandaMsi
tirthani niyama yamaH
yatha varunde satsangHa
sarva-sangapaho hi maM

Hey Uddhava, I am obtainable only by satsangham....na rodayathi maM yogaHa = just by yoga....I wont be obtained, not by dhanam (wealth) or dharmam (charity or service), nor by tapas, nor by soul awareness, nor by sanyasam but only by satsangHam, I am always obtainable. But this doesnt mean that the bhagawan is not obtainable either by dhaana, dharma, karma or sanyanas or association with them and obtainable only by satsangHam. The bhagawan doesnt say these practices are not the means. The bhagawan means that beyond these types of means, (thinking of a different type of sadhu), the bhagavan mentions that I am obtainable by satsangHa. Now who is that sadhu? The bhagawan says,

paThanto nAmAni
pramadabharasindhau nipatitAH
smaranto rUpaM te
varada kathayanto guNakathAH

- Bhagavan namam and sankeerthanam,
in the ocean of bhajanananda we are immersing ourselves. When we are singing the namas....pramadabharasindhau nipatitAH....we are immersed also in the ocean of samsara and experiencing several difficulties, the people are getting an opportunity to fall into the ocean of namasankeerthanam saying 'Krishna Guruvayurappa', Vaikuntapathe!, Vasudeva!, Gokula nandana! Brindavana Vihari! Dwarakadeesha!. Only by saying these namas do we get to be immersed in the ocean of bhajanamrutham.


smaranto rUpaM te varada kathayanto guNakathAH' -

between the namam and roopam there is a synchronous relationship, when we say the namam, immediately the rupam will be remembered. When elephant is described as a namam, immediately the picture of the elephant is remembered isnt it!

"yena kena prakAreNa namashrayaha",

thats what we should become, we should protect the nama. How we should protect, whether with or without ruchi, while for some, immediately the taste of nama will be obtained, whereas for others after lots of effort but the effort for getting the ruchi is prema (love).

evam-vrataH sva-priyah-nAma-kIrtyA

jAtAnurAgo druta-citta uccaiH
hasaty atho roditi rauti gayaty
unmada-van nrtyati loka-bahyah

In Srimad Bhagavatham, Kavi Yogeeswarar says....
evam-vratah sva-priyah-nama-kirtya (namakeerthanam is a vrattam)....
nama parata saadhana nahi (as the Maharashtra sadhus say),

there is no other sadhana apart from nama

....evam vrattaha - to attain the bhagawan this is the only way.

kalau nastyeva nastyeva
nastyeva gatir anyathaHa!

We should protect the nama. Upanishad says,....

'etad alambanam srestham'.... 
'etad alambanam param'....,

the namam is the alambanam (support/take hold of). Its hard to take hold of the parmatma, he is everywhere, what then is the procedure, the answer is in....'tasya vaachakaH praNavaHa' - Om!....is the vacHakam and the namam to take hold of. Amongst the many namas, praNavam is one of the namam and praNavam is the hold to get Brahmaswaroopam. What then is the mahimai (significance) between namam and praNavam? praNavam is the alambanam for obtaining brahmaswaroopam as shown by the upanishads and the same upanishad told the mahimai of the bhagavan which is the namam. More than 1 Lakh japam of praNavam is equivalent to saying "Narayana, Narayana" namasmaranam. For praNava japam there is a stipulated order, but for the namasmaranam there are no limitations, anybody can say it. Ajamilan chanted Narayana and attained Mukthi. Narayana namasmaranam has so much significance than the Omkaram....omkara lakSha adhikaM....

Such a namasmaran everyday morning in the sannidhanam of the bhagavan - NARAYANA SHARAS as its termed, to be drenched in the sharas early morning, bhakthas await here in the early hours of the morning for krishna darsanam is a great sight by itself. All these people say "Narayana, Narayana, Narayana, Narayana"....awaiting all night waiting for the early morning....nidra vasana ramaneeya mukaravindau....little kids still in their disturbed sleep, they were woken up by 3.00am or 4.00am....Uthishto Uthishta Govinda uthishta garudadhwaja Uthishta kamala kantha thrilokyam mangalam kuru....,people await the wakening of the bhagawan chanting "Narayana, Narayana". When the door is opened, now the people who have been saying "Narayana Narayana" so far will now suddenly exclaim "Krishna! Guruvayurappa!", "Krishna! Guruvayurappa!", Krishna! Krishna!. Why, more than a lakh praNavam is Narayana namam, more than a lakh Narayana namam is Krishna Guruvayurappa, Why, due to the love. If Narayana is said, there is fear and respect for the bhagawan's immense power as also because it is perumal, bhagavan, whereas the love for little kutti krishna, its our unnikrishnan, guruvayoorappan, we could rush and hug the bhagawan as the swaroopam is. We would not feel like saying "namo namaha narayana" then. We would like to parmalinganam krishna, hug and lift him up, such would be a desire then and therefore when they say Krishna Guruvayurappa, the upanishad's Om praNavam is being said to the prabhramham. Saying Narayana is told in the puranams, the same bhakthas say "Krishna Guruvayurappa" here in Guruvayur.

There are many Krishna Kshetrams, Udipi Krishna Kshetram, Mannargudi Krishna Kshetram is in our Tamil Nadu, many Krishna Kshstrams in Guruvayur itself, in the North there is Gokul where Krishna came into being, then there is Brindavanam where Krishna ruled - Dwaraka is there, Nagadwara of the panchadwaras is there, Puri Jagannatham, Pandaripuram and likewise there are so many in our Bharata Desham. Even then the correct address for Sri Krishna is "Krishna Guruvayurappa". Other addressing forms are there - Gokula Nandana, Dwaraka Deesha, Brindavana Vihari but the correct address is Krishna Guruvayurappa, the reason arose from this question, Did Sri Krishna become Guruvayurappa or Guruvayurappa is Sri Krishna?

Everyone generally would think that Sri Krishnan is himself Guruvayurappan. But the truth is Our Guruvayurappan was born as Sri Krishna in Gokul. Guruvayurappan existed before Sri Krishna. Krishna came afterwards. Similarly it is said, in Srirangam bhagawan Ranganathar existed before Sri Rama. Bhagawan Sri Ranganathar himself then came into being as Sri Rama. Therefore for krishna an idol has been setup and this is a kshetram of krishna is what everyone generally thinks. But Guruvayurappan came into being as Sri krishna is a great surprising fact. Since Guruvayurappan is in Guru Vaayu puram, but actually once upon a time Guruvayurappan was in Madurai, this is told in Madurapuri, Kartikeya Mahatmiyam - Madurayam KartiKe masi poojeyam aDhikesavam. There is a sannidhi called Adhikesava perumal in the times of kamsa and before that its is present. This Adhikesava perumal temple even today exists in Madurai. But the Adhikesava murthi has left from that place. In Madurai, Devaki and Vasudeva were praying to the Adhikesava murthi that their troubles should be over. What their trouble was that, after their marriage they did not have Grihapravesam, instead they had Karagrihapravesam (Put into Jail). So in their lives within the jail, many children were born and each were done to death by kamsa who had slaughtered them. They had no peace and they prayed to the kshetram Murthi bhagawan Adhikesava -

devakyAm devarUpiNyAm
viShNuH sarvaguhAshayaH
AvirAsiid yathA prAcyAm
dishiinduriva puShkalaH
tamadbhutam balakamabujekshanam,
chaturbhuja shankha gadadyudhayudam
shri vatsya lakshmyam
gala shobhi kaustubham,
pitambaram sandra payoda saubhagam
maharya vaidurya kiritakundala

tvisha parishvakta sahasrakuntalam
uddhama kanchanagada kankanadibhir
virochamanam vasudeva aikshate


saying thus, the bhagawan in all his glory with shankam chakra padma gadadharan as a child, this slokam and the murthi inside if we see then its Guruvayurappan. That chaturbhujam adbhutam child, devaki asked that instead of this chaturbhuja roopam she wanted a child roopam and the grace was given thus and was the murthi was ordered to be taken to Gokulam. The bhagawan appeared in the chaturbhujam roopam (having four hands) and talked to Devaki and Vasudevar and then gave a grace as a child form as well and therefore we see Guruvayurappan in child form one time and as the chaturbhujam roopam another time. In chaturbhujam roopam, shankam chakram gada padma (conch, discus, mace, lotus) as told in the bhagavatham. Next moment we see the form as the child of Devaki. The bhagavan in Gokulam, herding the cows and playing with it, performed raasakrida and then after performing many leelas returned to Mathurapuri and due to the troubles caused by Jarasandha left Mathura and came to rule in Dwaraka taking all the Yadavas with him. There was no one in Mathura now. When taking everyone will they forget the murthi of Sri Adikeshava. Maybe other people who have taken up jobs in Delhi, America may forget Sri krishnan in the villages. All the people in the villages have gone to take up jobs in the city. The thought hasn't come to them that there is a krishnan in the village and from our earnings we could send Rs.10/- every month atleast. Many don't have the thought. They cannot take the krishnan with them also. But not Devaki and Vasudevar, they had prayed to the Adiskeshava vigraham, our Sri Guruvayurappan and they would not part with that and they could never think of leaving it in Mathura. So when they left Mathura and came to live in Dwaraka they brought that with them. They built a very nice temple in Dwaraka and the bhagavan also lived throughout with Devaki and Vasudevar in Dwaraka and performing aradhanas. But by the curse of a brahmana, all the samastha yadavars, who in fact were the devas alongwith the bhagavan, showing the world that whole generations will be destroyed by consuming intoxicating liquids, went heavenwards. Bhagavan went on pravaasa kshetram to Vaikuntam taking Rukmini with him, Dwaraka became deserted and the sea engulfed it. But the Adikesavan vigraham (idol) which was in Dwaraka also fell into the sea, Adikesan now being a very ancient murthi being much before the krishna avataram was then picked up by Vaayu Bhagavan (Wind God) and Guru bhagavan (Brihaspathi) with their hands from the sea depths and then coming over the surface of the sea, they were thinking that they need to find a place to consecrate the idol and they were bringing it with them. There were huge waves and amongst the waves, our bhagawan Sri Guruvayurappan is coming as if swimming on the waves. Guru and Vaayu are bringing it. The place they arrived was 'Rudratheertham' where bhagawan Shiva revealed to Prachethas, the 'Rudra Geetham' to worship bhagawan Mahavishnu. When the Rudra Geetham was told, the bhagawan would present himself and readily bestow boons, but then we should not ask boons such as asked by Ravana, bhattadri teaches us how to ask for boons,

tulayama lavenapi
na svargam napunar-bhavam
bhagavat-sangi-sangasya
martyanam kim utasisah

Half a second, in Guruvayur, if we get to hear the bhagavath satsangham bhAgyam thats enough. But more than Brahmalokam, Vaikuntam, Kailasham - napunar-bhAvam, there wont be so much joy, why, because the bhagawan of that Vaikuntam is here - Hantha! Bhagyam Jananam, everyone can just go to Guruvayur which is Vaikuntam and just see, why would anyone then wish to really go to Vaikuntam. When such a bhagyam is here, then for even half a second of satsangham, hearing the divine leelas of the bhagawan, namasankeerthanam cannot compare with Bhakthi purushArtham, thus the bhagawan Siva peruman teaches. Siva peruman then calls Guru and Vaayu near to him and behests them to consecrate the idol at this place, the bhagyam of the people, told in the words of the upanishads, is told by Hantha! Bhagyam Jananam. Neither any of the characteristics of a Yeti, Yogi, Vaideeka Brahmanan or any such but mainly by jananam. All the people, can just come, see and obtain brahma sakshatkaram here itself. What Brahma sakshatkaram that can only be obtained over yugas with severe austerities can very easily be obtained when you come here - Hantha! Bhagyam Jananam. Just have to come thats all. This is even a bigger task than a ashTaanga Yoga...everyone smiles.:-). Just have to come here thats all. What happens if we come, once we come - Hantha! BhAgyam JanAnaM! Then in this Janma this cannot be forgotten. Its our bhagyam Sri Krishnan is consecrated here. Thats why, here in Guruvayur, not just due to Sri Krishnas representative is Guruvayurappan, but Guruvayurappan himself is here, the same archAvataram bhagavan who performed all the leelais in Gokulam and Brindavanam, in this age of the Kali, people need to have the satsangham here.

paThanto nAmAni
ramadabharasindhau nipatitAH

smaranto rUpaM te
varada kathayanto guNakathAH

2 comments:

V.V.Subramanian said...

"A brilliant presentation.Helps to recall actual visit to Guruvayur,in fact relive those heavenly moments.Some brief write up on each strip will enhance its value and appreciability manifold.Congratulations on this work of love and devotion.Look forward to more such.
Guruvayurappa saranam"

Vidya said...

Truly blessed you are Sir, that you could see Guruvayoorappan and attend many satsangams!
Thank You for this enlightening post.
Jai Sri Ram

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By the grace of Sri Sri Anna and Sri Radha Krishna completed the Full transcription today on Gokulashtami day - 1st September 2010

RADHE KRISHNA

Listening to Anna Bhagavatham CD06

In Bhagavatham Sri Sri Anna says, 'About King Parikshit Maharaj and the coming of KALI. When you hear about Krishna premi anna telling about the feeling of Lord Krishna leaving the pandavas (Vanjitoham Maharaja - Lord Krishna has left this bhoomi), you will definitely cry. When Arjuna comes to meet Yudhisthira he has lost all his strength and he is so down and when he says, Krishna is no more with us. All Strength and the parakramas was all his and now I have lost it, I thought it was all my doing but now I realise that this is all his valour and nothing was mine. This feeling of despondency felt by Arjuna touched my heart very much as the feeling that Lord is no longer with us is a very very sad thing, the feeling of a great loss. This bhakthi told by Sri Sri Anna touched me so much. Also when Krishna premi anna tells about Vidura (parama Bhagavatha Purushar), Vidura it seems went to theertha yatra (he is so great, he has not done any pavams in his life at all but still he is going). Vidura also tells Dhrithirastra (Dhristhirastra doesn't go to satsang even in old age and he is always materialistic now enjoying the service done by bhima who brings him nice food and takes care of him in his old age (even his own son would not do that), Vidura says which brought tears to my eyes - 'Yaru yaraiyum kapathale anna, kapathindirukirathu Avane tHan, Hari'. He says 'Atma Bandhu is Lord Hari'. He is the one who is saving all of us. Every minute. Nobody can save anybody. Nobody does for anybody. Only HIM. During my times of difficulty, I shared this wonderful discourse relating to the bhakthi being expounded with so much bhava that only Sri Sri Anna can bring about in oneself. Again although Dhristhirastra did many pavams, just by listening to bhagavatham and by listening to vidura to attend satsangham, he got transformed in a kshanam and it is said he attained Mukthi exactly the same what Bhishma could attain only through Yoga and he attained salvation in the end in a kshnama equivalent to Bhishma. Such is the power of satsangham. Also Sri Anna describes about how king Parikshit with all his greatness was still not able to defeat Kali. Now he says in Kali even just thinking about listening to bhagavatham itself is 'param puniyam', even if we walk on the street where the bhagavatham is being told its 'param puniyam'. What can I simply say, only listen to the Entire CD09 which is so divine MANY MANY times....and how lucky I and my family have been blessed with this hearing ability atleast...........Anand

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