Oct 18, 2016





In Shirdi and in every Saibaba temple we used to see/hear a slogan like this. "Ananta Koti Brahmanda Nayaka Rajadhiraja Yogiraja Parabrahma Sri satchidananda Sadguru Sainath Maharaj ki jai." These words are very descriptive of the true nature of sri sai maharaj of shirdi.

That is to say - Who is Sai maharaj? What is his real nature? What is his avatar karya? And so many things in detail.Let us go to a detailed view of the above slogan.

Actually the sentence include nine descriptive words which includes,

1.Ananta koti brahmanda nayaka
2.Rajadhi raja
3.Yogi raja
ki Jai

1.Ananta koti brahmanda nayaka:-
God created this universe. In this universe there are many millions of His creations. Because he created everything, He has every right over it. He is the creator of it. Maintainer of it. He destroys it if he likes it. One who has every right to control over this entire universe He is Non other than the Guru God, the Sai Baba of Shirdi. So he is the universal controller of this entire universe, which consists of not only this earth and 84 lakhs of creators over it, but millions and millions of earths, suns, stars etc etc... one who has control and who can command over all these millions of bramandams is the God the Sadguru Sai Baba. So he is the ananta koti brahmanda nayaka.

2.Rajadhi raja:-
The ruler is called the king-Raja. the ruler of some area has control over his area. Like this this total world is ruled by so many rulers. One who has control over all these rulers is generally called the ruler of the rulers.he is the rajadhi raja. Sadguru Sai maharaj is the king of kings, and the rajadhi raja.

3.Yogi raja:-
the king rules some physical area. But the yogis area is different. He is also a ruler. He rules his mind. He has control over the mind. There are so many yogis in this world. who is the king of all these yogis is yogiraja. He is Sai Yogiraja!

Nirakara Parabrahmam. He is the creator, maintainer and destroyer of the universe. He is there before the creation of this universe. He is there every where in this universe. He will remain even after the destruction of this universe. Because he is the cause of it. He is invisible. He is Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent. Veda told about him as nirakara, nirguna parabrahmam. He was the sound AUM. Even if he is nirakara nirguna, he has every control over this universe. Guru sakshat parabrahma. Sai Maharaj is Sakshat parabrahma.The universal father.

Para brahman is nirguna and formless. But this Sri is visible. This is the creation. Pancha bhutatmakam. the earth, the sky, the air, the fire and the water.This creation includes this world, the galaxies, the stars and 84 lakh living creatures etc. What we can see is called by this Sri.This is also called prakriti, the nature. What is invisible and the cause for this universe, the Anantha Shakti which is indicated by parabrahmam is Sai Baba. And which is his creation, that is visible to all is called by Sri is also SaiBaba.
Baba used to say to the question "who are your parents?", "God is my father and the World is my mother. To them I was born". Here we can clearly understand that the invisible parabrahma indicated by Om is the father and the visible world is the mother. Sri Sai Baba is the incarnation of the invisible and the visible, we have to understand this.

This word indicates godhood. This is very popular in Hindu Vedanta. This consists of three words. SAT CHIT ANANDA. SAT is the truth.Which will not be affected by anything. That will remain always. Sai is Satsvarupa. CHIT is Knowledge. It is the most powerful. Among 84 lakhs jeevarasis God presented his special quality of his to human beings to a limited extent. Knowledge is all Knowing .Knowing everything is the another quality of God. Sai Baba knows everything. So Sai is Chit swarupa. Ananda is the blissful nature of God. If we realise God that same bliss will be enjoyed by us. Bliss is God's own nature. He will bless us with this Bliss. Bliss is God. Sai baba always stayed in this bliss. He is the ananda svarupa. So Satchidananda is the right word to analyze the true nature of Sai Baba.

Sadguru. Guru is the person who will remove the darkness of ignorance and present the brightness of knowledge. Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Guru Maheswara and the same Guru is Parabrahmam also. Sat is the truth which not change with situations. It is the truth.That is the only thing that remain as it is always i.e. before and after creation. Guru who will lead the lives of his followers to the anantha tatvam is the real guru. And Sri Saibaba is the real Satguru.Through out his lifetime he tried to modify and make his devotees suitable to reach the godhood, the satguru is one who reach that state and who make his followers to reach the same state. Hence, Sai baba is the real sadguru.

Sai is a name given to him by a person called mahalsapati. It came to his mouth out of emotion and not given after proper verification. But it is the name chanted by millions of people. To analyse the name SAI., it consists of two words Sa+Ayi. Sa means saguna. Ayi means Mother. Automatically the name includes mother.It is truly appropriate for Baba. Sakara means with a form. Akaram. Ayi means amma. We particularly need not mention the love and affection of mother towards her child. Mother to a child is to The incarnation of love and affection.If the total love and affection of the total motherhood taken a form,no doubt it will take the shape of sri SAIBABA of Shirdi. It is a conformed fact told by direct devotees of Sai Baba that Sai is the incarnation of love. Once again we can tell after gone through his teachings that he really the incarnation of love. The next word Nath which means some thing like Burden taker. In the context of Sai Baba -to quote his words "Cast all your burdens on my shoulders, I will bear them". He is the real burden holder of the total universe. So he was the real SaiNATH.

Maharaj means a great personality. Yogi. Sadhu. Siddha Purusha, God incarnate. If we want to describe Sai maharaj words are not sufficient. Baba used to say "My treasure is full and overflowing. I can give you what all I have. But no one is ready to take the cartful of what I can give". Sai maharaj is such an avatar particularly incarnated to bless the real happiness along with worldly happiness. Meher baba used to say if you know Sai Baba as much I know about him you will feel that he is the Perfect Master of this Universe.That is our Sai Maharaj.

So now we can tell with full vision on sai maharaj,


Oct 10, 2016


  1. Ask yourself what you can do about the sources of your stress. Think through the pros and cons. Take action where you can.
  2. Keep a positive, realistic attitude. Accept that although you can't control certain things, you're in charge of how you respond.
  3. Stand up for yourself in a polite way. Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs, instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive.
  4. Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try breathing exercises,meditation, prayer, Yoga, or Tai chi.
  5. Exercise regularly. You'll feel better and be more prepared to handle problems.
  6. Eat healthy. Avoid too much sugar. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. When you're stressed, you'll probably want less-nutritious comfort foods, but if you overdo them, they'll add to your problems.
  7. Try to manage your time wisely.
  8. Say no, where you can, to things that would add more stress to your life.
  9. Make time for hobbies and interests.
  10. Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  11. Don't rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to help against stress. Ease up on caffeine , too.
  12. Spend time with people you love.
  13. Talk with a counselor or take a stress management  class for more help.

Oct 7, 2016



1) Open all windows in the house and allow fresh air and sunshine to enter the house. Free flowing air and sun are negative energy removers
2. Dispose of all the old unwanted things lying in the house. Clutter is a negativity magnet. It attracts and accumulates negative energy in the house.
3). Walking barefoot in the house helps all your negative energy to be absorbed by the earth.
Grounding is important to keep the energy balance in our body.
4) In the olden days, footwears were kept out of the house. People used to enter the house only after washing feet with water. This action ensures that all the negativity remains outside or are grounded by earth and does not enter the house. Now it has become difficult to keep the footwear outside. So preferably remove them near the entrance door.
5) Go out in the open air. Take walks in the garden or open ground. Being amongst nature re-energizes or charges you fully.
6) Sweeping the floor also ensures that the negative energies are shaken and moved out with the dirt.
7) Rock salt is another negativity remover. Wash or mop your floor with a fistful rock salt in a bucket of water. This ensures that every nook and corner of the house is rid of negative energy.
8) Potted plants or trees around your house or society also ensures more positive energy in the house and area.
9) Bathing or Soaking your legs and hands in rock salt water once in a while removes the negativity attached to your body and cleanse your aura.
11) Repetition of Prayers, increases the positive vibrations in the house. 100%
11) Keep your thoughts, action and speech Positive. Negative thoughts will bring in negative vibes. So avoid all negative thoughts, speech and actions.
12) Keep your house well lit and illuminated. Light removes negativity.
13) Keep faith in God and in yourself.
You are the Creator of your own destiny by the Choices you make.

Oct 6, 2016


 Ayi girinandini nanditamedini visvavinodini nandinute
 Girivaravindhya shirodhinivasini vishnuvilasini jisnunute
 Bhagavati he shitikanthakutumbini bhurikutumbini bhurikrute
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Suravaravarshini durdharadharshini durmukhamarshini harsharate
 Tribhuvanaposhini shankaratoshini kilbishamoshini ghosharate
 Danujaniroshini ditisutaroshini durmadashoshini sindhusute
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi jagadamba madamba kadambavanapriyavasini hasarate
 Shikharishiromani tungahimalaya shringanijalaya madhyagate
 Madhumadhure madhukaitabhaganjini kaitabhabhanjini rasarate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi shatakhanda vikhanditarunda vitunditashunda gajadhipate
 Ripugajaganda vidaranachanda parakramashunda mrigadhipate
 Nijabhujadanda nipatitakhanda vipatitamunda bhatadhipate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi ranadurmadashatruvadhodita durdharanirjara shaktibhrute
 Chaturavicharadhurinamahasiva dutakrita pramathadhipate
 Duritadurihadurashayadurmati danavaduta krutantamate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi sharanagata vairivadhuvara viravarabhayadayakare
 Tribhuvanamastaka shulavirodhishirodhikritamala shulakare
 Dumidumitamara dundubhinada mahomukharikrita tigmakare
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi nijahunkriti matranirakrita dhumravilochana dhumrashate
 Samravishoshita shonitabeeja samudbhavashonita bijalate
 Shivashivashumbhani shumbhamahahavatarpita bhutapishacharate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Dhanuranusangaranakshanasanga parishphuradanga natatkatake
 Kanakapishanga prishatkanishanga rasadbhatasringa hatabatuke
 Krutachaturanga balakshitiranga ghatadbahuranga ratadbatuke
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Jaya jaya japyajaye jayashabda parastutitatatpara vishvanute
 Jhana jhana jhinjhimijhinkritanoopura sinjitamohita bhootapate
 Natita natardhanatinatanayaka natitanatyasuganarate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi sumanah sumanah sumanah sumanoharakantiyute
 Shrita rajani rajani rajani rajani rajanikaravakravrute
 Sunayanavibhra marabhra marabhra marabhra marabhra maradhipate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Sahitamahahava mallamatallika mallitarallaka mallarate
 Virachitavallika pallikamallika shrillikabhillika vargavrute
 Sita kruta phullisamullasitakruntallaja pallavasallalite
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Aviralaganda galanmadamedura mattamatangajarajapate
 Tribhuvana bhooshana bhootakalanidhi roopapayonidhirajasute
 Ayi sudatijanalalasamanasa mohanamanmatharajasute
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Kamaladalamalakomala kantikalakalitamala bhalatale
 Sakalavilasakalanilayakrama kelichalatkala hamsakule
 Alikulasankula kuvalayamandala maulimiladbakulalikule
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Karamuralirava vijita koojita lajjita kokila manjumate
 Militapulinda manoharagunjita ranjitashailanikunjagate
 Nijagunabhoota mahashabarigana sadgunasambhruta kelitale
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Katitatapitadukoolavichitra mayookhatiraskrita chandraruche 
 Pranatasurasura maulimanisphuradamshulasannakha chandraruche
 Jitakanakachala maulipadorjita nirbharakunjara kumbhakuche
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Vijitasahasra karaikasahasra karaikasahasra karaikanute
 Krutasurataraka sangarataraka sangarataraka soonusute
 Surathasamadhi samanasamadhi samadhi samadhi sujatarate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Padakamalam karunanilaye varivasyati yonudinam sashive
 Ayi kamale kamalanilaye kamalanilayah sakatham na bhavet
 Tava padameva param padamityanushilayato mama kim na shive
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Kanakalasatkala sindhujalairanusinchinute gunarangabhuvam
 Bhajati sa kim na sachikuchakumbha tatiparirambha sukhanubhavam
 Tava charanam sharanam karavani natamaravani nivasisivam
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Tava vimalendukulam vadanendum alam sakalam nanu kulayate
 Kimu puruhuta purindumukhisumukhibhirasau vimukhikriyate
 Mama tu matam sivanamadhane bhavati kripaya kimuta kriyate
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute
 Ayi mayi dinadayalutaya krupayaiva tvaya bhavitavyamume
 Ayi jagato janani krupayasi yathasi tathanumitasitare
 Yaduchitamatra bhavatyurarikrutadurutapa mapakrurute
 Jaya jaya he mahishasuramardhini ramyakapardini shailasute

Mar 6, 2016


The magic of transforming a length of white cotton cloth into a bright myraid magic of colours is this art called TIE and DYE.

This is the method used in our traditional Bandhini work of Gujarat and the Madurai Sungidi sarees of Tamil Nadu.

I will try to explain this process which may seem complicated but is relatively easy .

We use resistance technique to preserve colors in areas where the design requires ,using "tying " technique and then "Dyeing "the fabric.

Hence the name -TIE and DYE.

Once you master the basics,you can create umpteen number of patterns .

You need ...

  • White cotton fabric -destarched.
  • Threads,ropes ,stones,lentils of various sizes and shapes.

  • Direct dyes of desired colors
  • Salt
  • Fixing agent
  • A Large basin to boil water and to be used as your dye bath


  • Take a well ironed cotton cloth of required size.
  • Keep  a tiny round dhal in the center.Tie the dhal with a fine thread firmly.
  • The basic circle is fixed in your cloth now.
  • Now,gather the cloth and tie in equal distances where you want the white color to be fixed.
  • Now , add a few liters of water in a metal vessel ,and mix some yellow color to a paste with hot water and add to the bath.Add a handful of salt to the dye bath.
  • When it is fully dissolved,add the cloth and boil well,stirring now and then for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the dye bath and soak in cold water to which a teaspoon of fixing agent is added.Let it stay for a few hours.Dry without opening the ties.
  • Now,the whole cloth will be yellow.
  • Tie up areas where ever you want yellow to be preserved.
  • Now use a similar method and dye the cloth in red color.
  • Next,preserve the red areas and dye it in dark brown.
  • Soak your cloth in fixing agent for a day and rinse well in plain water  .
  • Dry the cloth.
  • Open up the knots patiently taking care not to tear the cloth.
  • Now you will see various hues and patterns coming alive in this fabric right before you....
  • Press the cloth and use it as your duppata,cushion cover,table cloth etc.

Some more Tie and Dye posts to follow soon...

Feb 17, 2016

50 ways to be more healthy,happy and stress free in life

1. Take A 10-30 Minutes Walk Every Day.
And While You Walk, Smile.
2. Sit In Silence For At Least 10 Minutes
Each Day.
3. Sleep For 7 Hours.
4. Live With The 3 E's -- Energy,
Enthusiasm, And Empathy.
5. Play More Games.
6. Read More Books .
7. Make Time To Practice Meditation, Yoga,
And Prayer. They Provide Us With
Daily Fuel For Our Busy Lives.
8. Spend Time With People Over The Age Of
70 & Under The Age Of 6.
9. Dream More While You Are Awake.
10. Eat More Foods That Grow On Trees And
Plants And Eat Less Food That Is
Manufactured In Plants.
11. Drink Plenty Of Water.
12. Try To Make At Least Three People
Smile Each Day.
13. Don't Waste Your Precious Energy On
14. Forget Issues Of The Past. Don't
Remind Your Partner of His/her
Mistakes Of The Past. That Will Ruin Your
Present Happiness.
15. Don't Have Negative Thoughts Or
Things You Cannot Control. Instead
Invest Your Energy In The Positive Present
16. Realize That Life Is A School And You
Are Here To Learn. Problems Are
Simply Part Of The Curriculum That Appear
And Fade Away Like Algebra Class
But The Lessons You Learn Will Last A
17. Eat Breakfast Like A King, Lunch Like A
Prince And Dinner Like A Beggar.
18. Smile And Laugh More.
19. Life Is Too Short To Waste Time Hating
Anyone. Don't Hate Others.
20. Don't Take Yourself So Seriously. No
One Else Does.
21. You Don't Have To Win Every Argument.
Agree To Disagree.
22. Make Peace With Your Past So It Won't
Spoil The Present.
23. Don't Compare Your Life To Others'.
You Have No Idea What Their Journey
Is All About. Don't Compare Your Partner
With Others.
24. No One Is In Charge Of Your Happiness
Except You.
25. Forgive Everyone For Everything.
26.. What Other People Think Of You Is
None Of Your Business.
27. GOD and time  Heals Everything.
28. However Good Or Bad A Situation Is, It
Will Change.
29. Your Job Won't Take Care Of You When
You Are Sick. Your Friends Will.
Stay In Touch.
30. Get Rid Of Anything That Isn't Useful,
Beautiful Or Joyful.
31. Envy Is A Waste Of Time. You Already
Have All You Need.
32. The Best Is Yet To Come.
33. No Matter How You Feel, Get Up, Dress
Up And Show Up.
34. Do The Right Thing!
35. Call Your Family Often.
36. Your Inner Most Is Always Happy. So
Be Happy.
37. Each Day Give Something Good To
38. Don't Over Do. Keep Your Limits.
39. When You Awake Alive In The Morning,remind

yourself a that this day is a special gift for you from God.
40.Do not do something to live up to the Joneses.
41.Do not always be hooked to your gadgets.
42.Get some time off for yourself,however busy you may be.
43.Have a helping of fresh fruits every day.
44.Stash off a small amount for the rainy day every week.
You will be surprised how big it grows in a few years.
45.Keep in touch with  your old friends and associates.
46.Check your vital parameters once every month even if you feel fine.
47.Undergo a complete medical check up once in 2 years.
48.Sometimes,things may go wrong even if you are 100 % careful.
Take it easy.That is life.
49.Take off some time for your aged parents.They are not eternal.
50.Think positve.Surround yourself with positive people.

Jan 2, 2016


Here is my favorite Kerala Mural

of Lord Ganapathi....

I present this mural 

along with Sri Muthuswami Dikshitar's

Sanskrit verse on the Lord...

along with it's meaning in English....

Maha Ganapathim Manasa  

Ragam: Nattai
Talam: Aadhi
Parent Ragam: Chalanattai (36th melakartha)
Aa: S R3 G3 M1 P D3 N3 S
Av: S N3 P M1 R3 S
Composer: Muthuswamy Dikshitar
Language: Sanskrit


mahaa gaNapatim manasaa smaraami | 
mahaa gaNapatim 
vasishTa vaama dEvAdi vandita || 


mahaa dEva sutam guruguha nutam | 
maara kOTi prakaasham shaantam || 
mahaa kaavya naaTakaadi priyam 
mooshika vaahanaa mOdhaka priyam || 

Core meaning: 

Mahaganapathy! My namaskarams to you. I meditate on You, the Great God Ganapathy. You are the one who is worshipped by great sages such as Vashishta and Vamadeva. You are the son of the Great Lord Shiva. You are always adored by 'Guruguha', Lord Skanda. You have a beauty and shine with the brilliance of a thousand 'manmadhas' -  Cuipds. You are the embodment of peace and tranquility. You love great poetry and drama. You have as the vehicle, as a mount,  a small mouse. You love the modhakas, a variety of sweet made of rice and coconut.  I bow to thee. My lord, Maha Ganapathy.

The stories here : 

Mahadevasutham : He is the son of the Great Lord Shiva. How Ganesha was born as the son of Shiva is an interesting story in itself. For the complete story, check out : The Birth of Ganesha : Story

Mahakavya Natakathipriyam: Lord Ganesha is the one who wrote Mahabharatha. This is an interesting story. Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharatha, needed someone who could write as fast as he could recite the slokas of Mahabharatha. He chose Ganapathy as the right person who could do it. Lord Ganesha agreed with one single condition : Vyasa should tell it as fast as he could write it! Vyasa also agreed and put a condition back : Ganesha should write the slokas only after understanding the meaning of the sloka. Ganesha agreed. Vyasa told it real fast and in between slokas, describing the slokas, he would put in one sloka which could have very subtle meaning. This, Ganesha had to decipher and it took slightly more time. This gave Vyasa a little more time to compose the next set of verses and be ready to dictate. Refer this for a little More on Vyasa 

Vyasa is revered for his contributions. He is seen as Lord Vishnu himself. The Vishnu sahasranamam says :

"Vyasaya Vishnu Roopaya,
  Vyasa Roopaya Vishnave"

It is no wonder that for Lord Ganesha accepted such a person's request.

Lord Ganapathy broke one of his tusks to be used as the pen. Elephants love their tusks. The tusk is the pride of any elephant. And yet, Lord Ganesha sacrificed it to be used as the pen to write the great epic. That shows how much love he had for the poetry and dramas. He used the great Mountain of Meru (Himachala) itself as the writing pad.

He uses Mooshika - the mouse as his vehicle. The mouse stands for ignorance and greed. It tries to nibble away at almost everything that it sees. When you pray MahaGanapathy, you will become the master of ignorance and greed as much as Lord Ganesha himself is.

(Verse courtesy-Internet)

Jun 22, 2015


Here is my 3-D mural of Lord Balaji/Venkatachalapathi,Sreenivasa...

The base is wood and I have used uncut stones

(Tanjore painting stones) to embellish the crown,jewels etc.

 and add to its richness...

Jun 16, 2015


Here are a couple of fancy candles (moulded wax candles) made by me...

Jan 9, 2015


Here is a simple yet strikingly attractive thread work done by me ....

Anyone who sees it for the first time will think it is a piece of simple embroidery.


This is a simple thread work which is done without a stitch!

I drew the outline of the design on a felt cloth fixed on a hardboard...

Took a few skeins of embroidery thread ...cut the thread into pieces of desired sizes to fill up the designs...and the pieces were neatly stuck to fill up the design with fabric glue...

What you need to master this work is just loads of patience...