- This for Hindu children of Kalakkadians only
Courtesy: Ravi, Kalakad
When I was child around, 60 years back, my elders taught me, and I thought that I should pass on to my younger for the welfare and achievent. This is only a part of life, which will give you mental energy like Complan or Horlicks gives you physical energy.
For those children who wnat to know more and do not know any other language except English, please mail me separately so that I will send you a pocket book full of slokas (free) transliterated in English.
I am sure, you would be reciting daily, before the assembly of deities at home. If not, better start now. You will enjoy more, when you know the meaning.
Nirvighnam kuru may Deva
Sarva karyeshu sarvada
"Swamin, remove the obstacles to all my actions, you with a curved trunk , mighty body and magnificence of a million suns.
"Very simple, right? Easy to learn and easy to understand the meaning.
First, the word by word meaning:.
Vakra - curved
Thunda - trunk
Mahaa kaaya - with large, Big, strong body.
Surya koti - milllions of suns
sama prabha - equal splendour, opulence
Nirvighanam kuru - make obstacle-free
Deva - God!
Sarva karyeshu - in all work
Sarvada - always
Charm of the hymn:
'Vakra budhi' - you would have heard, your father using this adjective, while talking about someone, who doesn't think or talk properly, who thinks Topsy Turvy . You , of course, are not a vakrabudhi.
If you were, you would not be sitting before the deities and recite hymns. Your budhi, intelligence, is straight like a stick. Ganpathi's trunk also is straight but he curls it . Why ? To tell you, "look, I have a straight trunk which I curl but I can bring it back to its original shape. You are born and blessed with good 'budhi' or intelligence which, at times, might go astray. Bring it back, as I do."
You remember, in the 'Agajanana padmarkkam' slokam, you prayed to the Eakadantha Baghavan, who gives anaekam to his devotees ? One of the 'aneka, many blessings, include 'salbudhi-good mind, good intelligence, good thoughts. You pray for that, you will get it.
His body is huge; if there is a road- block on your path, be assured that however huge and indomitable is the obstruction, He will smash that or minuscule it and push it below his seat. You see a small animal below his seat?
What are these road blocks, you may wonder. You are good in your studies, have prepared well for the examination. Still, it is possible that on the day of your test, you are retained to your bed by a viral attack or reach late the center for some unexpected cause. Gone in the wind, all your efforts. I had exactly the same blockade just a day before my degree exam and I could not move out of my house. It is not difficult for you to guess the result. Fut, gone the efforts put in all the years ! Mind you, I was a good student.
Such obstructions are bound to occur at several stages in life, for you or any other person.We pray the Lord Vigneswara to help us, by removing those.
"You will not ask the stupid question, as we, some elders do, 'what is the guarantee that my prayer will help me to tide over problems?"
No guaranty at all.. What I explained to you is purely on the basis on faith and faith doesn't work or stamp paper agreements or even oral assurances. Faith is just faith. Now, you are a child. Go by the advise of your parents who are the best well-wishers of you in this world.
"I want to question them, now itself," you might be a 'mondi' as I was, in your age. You know what my father used to say ? "To ask question, you should have the basic knowledge of the topic. I am now giving you that knowledge ." So, what I am teaching you now is only to gain that basic knowledge.
All the best in your process of learning.
Now comes the most important part. Concentration and meditation.. You would have heard the 'sabdam', or sound, ॐ 'Ohm'. The mantras of mantras, the Gayathri mantrams, starts with this sound, Many other important mantrams too do so. ॐ is the moolamantram, the root of all our mantrams. We believe, before the universe came into existence, there was only Ohmkaram, the sound Ohm. The symbol, ॐ represents that sacred sound and the Vakrathunda Ganapathy with the brilliance of 'koti surya prabha', million suns, is considered to be the the magnified form,. Try to draw that picture in your mind and concentrate . At this stage, don't worry about the various weapons and other attributes of the god, which might confuse you. Look at his face, big ears, crooked trunk which is bent in the form of Ohm and the all pervading 'jothy', brilliance.
Done? Wonderful. Go and play. While playing, concentrate on play and while praying concentrate on prayer, om the idols before you. You don't do research on the stotram. That is only a tool to help you in meditation. Even with out stotrams and idols, you can worship, you can meditate . But not now. A child of your age had done that too. His name is Druva son of king Uthanapaada.. The third present singular present 'is', I used, as Druva is still shining as a star in our sky.
Another child was Prahlaada, son of Hiranyakasipu. But every child is not born with the 'budhi' of Druva or Prahalada. Don't worry about that . Your budhi is bright enough to learn the stotras, to study and come up well as a good human being.. And if it get twisted like 'vakra thunda', Mahaganapathi will bring it back to normal shape .
Concentrate on prayer, while praying ; not on your new ball or bat..
While playing, concentrate on your your ball, bat, ground and co-players and not on prayer or idols.
Concentrate on your teacher and what he teaches, while in a class room and not on anything else including the prayer or pooja.. Training your mind to concentrate on the praticular act you are involved in, at a particular time, eases the work of Mahaganapathy, The possibility of obstacle formation on your way will be minimum. Your parents, teachers, god -all are happy. And above all you will be happy.
Study well, play well and behave well.
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