Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Mahaswamy

Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Mahaswamy

Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Swaminah (born Srinivasa Sastri; 19171989) was the Jagadguru Shankaracharya (ecumenical pontiff) of one of the most important Hindu Advaita Mathas in India, the Sri Sringeri Sharada Peetham. A "matha" is a seminary and monastery for followers of the Hindu religion.
Srinivasa Sastri was born in
Basavanagudi, Bangalore to Venkatalakshamma and Rama Sastry on November 13, 1917. The family was an extremely pious Telugu-speaking smartha brahmin family belonging to the Mulukanadu subcaste. Even as a young boy, Srinivasa Sastri exhibited extreme dispassion, a hallmark of great ascetics. When offered the opportunity to stay in Sringeri and study the Hindu scriptures under the tutelage of the then Jagadguru, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati, he quickly accepted and settled without ado into a life of austerity and scholarship.
Sri Chandrasekhara Bharati eventually announced that Sri Srinivasa Sastri would succeed him as the next Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Sringeri. The sacred
initiation ceremony was held on May 22 1931. The Acharya named his holy successor designate "Abhinava Vidyateertha". Srinivasa Sastri was only thirteen years old at the time of his initiation into Sannyasa (Asceticism).
From then until his
mukti in 1989, Sri Abhinava Vidyatheertha Swaminah navigated the affairs of the Sringeri Matha with sagacity and immense dignity. Under his supervision, the activities of the Matha expanded all over India. Apart from offering spiritual guidance to the throngs of the faithful, he also expanded the charitable actions of the mutt, including the construction of a state-of-the-art medical facility, the "Sharada Dhanavantari Charitable Hospital", to serve the population of Sringeri and surrounding areas.
The Jivanmukta(One who is liberated while alive) Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Swaminah attained videhamukti on
21 September 1989. His Adhishtana stands in the Narasimha Vanam at Sringeri
Sri Abhinavatheertha swamigal's biography is available in the following book named as Yoga Enlightenment And Perfection and the same book is named as Yogmum Gyanumum Jeevanamukthiyum in tamil
The following is an exposition of Karma Yoga by Achryal, throug parables one of the many is given here as sample for you .
A woman doted on her young son and took great care of him. One day ,she woke up with intense headache and nausea,neverthe less she attended to her child's morning requirements without any laxity. That day,she found the rice prepared by her to be slightly over cooked.Promptly she started to cook some more rice , her husband noticed this and told her, You are sick and in pain why do you want to strain youself? The rice ready is quite eatable, for that she said I want to give my son the kind of rice he is used to and the over cooked rice I shall consume it. Out of deep love for her child the woman did her very best for hm. Likewise , a Karma-Yogin, by virtue of his devotion to GOD, performs his duties to the very best of his ability and refrain from adhrama.
The lord has declared in the Bhagwat Gita, Perform your prescribed duties, for action is superior to inaction.Moreover, even the maintainance of your body will not be possible through inaction. Man becomes bound by all his action except those done by him of the sake of God. O son of Kunti, perform actions for God without being attached.....By performing his duty without attachment, a peron attains liberation.(through the purifiction of his mind).

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