Namakkal: MARCH 10, 2012

At Namakkal

On the evening of 10th March, Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamiji arrived at Namakkal and had Darshan of Kannika Parameshwari temple. In His Anugraha Bhashanam, the Jagadguru said that we regard people related to us or our friends as those who will help us in times of difficulty. But the Shastras opine that a person’s true friend is none but himself – “आत्मैव ह्यात्मनो बन्धुः”. The Shastras say that it is only one’s own Dharma that brings about some transformation in the situation. And the fruits of one’s own actions are beneficial only if the actions are Dharmic. Thus Dharma and Adharma are indeed man’s real friend and foe. And since both Dharma and Adharma are put forth into action by man, man is his own friend or foe. Hence one must never attribute one’s own joy or suffering to be the result of others but to one own’s actions. The Shastras hence say that happiness and sorrow are not bestowed upon us by anyone, and to think so is foolishness –

सुखस्य दुःखस्य न कोपि दाता ।
परो ददातीति कुबुद्धिरेषा ॥

Lord Rama was Dharma personified – रामो विग्रहवान् धर्मः. The Lord needs nothing. He is ever fulfilled and bliss-personified. Then why must even the Lord adhere to Dharma? It is only to show others the importance of Dharma that the Lord in His incarnations such as Sri Rama adhered to Dharma. That is why the Pattabhisheka Sarga of Yuddha Kaanda of Valmiki Ramayanam describes that everyone had the name of Rama on their lips –

रामो रामो राम इति प्रजानामभवत्कथा ।
रामभूतं जगदभूत् रामे राज्यं प्रशासति ॥

The Jagadguru expressed joy at being in Namakkal after 24 years and blessed the gathering

On 11th Mar, the Jagadguru had Darshan at Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy temple and at the Anjaneya Swamy temple.


Anugraha Bhashanam at Namakkal