Spiritual Tourism - Heavens on Earth - Incredible Guruvayur
A haven for Bridal Mystics, Guruvayur is known for its legends and
its ability to generate blissful experiences. This is where the great poet Melpathur wrote a Treatise on the
Lord ( the Narayaneeyam ). Guruvayur was also adorned by the Poet Laureate,
Poontanam, who composed the Jnanapana, a great poem in Malayalam.
The great poet defined
the Cosmic Man or the Lord thus
That which is Timeless
That which is eternally Free
That which is the Aim of all sciences divine
That which is the Alpha and the Omega
That which is All in All,
The Condensed Absolut Being, Absolute Knowledge, Absolute Bliss is the Lord, who
sports in the garden of the Upanishads !
Destructive Form as Time Eternal, as the Zodiac, was defined by the poet
Thy True Form is as Time !
Chakram The Kala Roopam !
With wheels twelve
Wheels of thirty degrees
Three hundred sixty
Is the Zodiac Eternal
The Tropical Zodiac !
The oblique line that beareth
Planets and constellations !
Known as Kala Chakra, Jyotis Chakra !
Tenanted by Twenty Seven
Constellations is this Sidereal Circle !
Like fishes, planets swim
In this Mighty Circle
In this Mighty Zodiac
In this Bha Chakra !
How great Thy movement as Time
With speed supernal, cruel
To disseminate Karma to all
How amazing, how remarkable !
Legend has it that Jupiter, Guru and
Saturn, Vayu chose this place to incarnate. The Seers predicted that this place
will become a Heaven on Earth, attracting pilgrims the world over. The great
philosopher, Sankara, worshipped the Lord at this temple. Most of the VIPs of
the world, the Indian PM, CMs etc have all graced this temple.
After describing the Indescribable,
the poet asked for the Lord's forgiveness. Defining Deity in terms of
humanity, is like defining the Center in terms of the Circumference !
ignorance I have defined Thy Glory
Forgive this transgression of mine !
I defined the Indefinable
I spoke about the Ineffable
not mistakes genuine?
I have spoken about Thy Plays
In this book which deals with Thee
Narayaneeyam, Ode to the Lord
Hearing Thy Plays are enough
For Self Realisation divine !
The Mahatvam yadi ha nigadhitham Vishwanatha kshamedha ...........)
The poet appreciates the Form of the Lord, instead
of the Formless Absolute.
Thy Captivating Form
Which Thou revealed to me
That Form is more lovable
Than even Thy Form Unmanifest !
( Avyaktam The
Another poet beloved to
the Lord was Jayadeva. His Ashtapadi, 24* 8 lines, starts with a Hymn to the Ten
Incarnations, which is given in the video above ( Dasavatara). It is
said that Ashtapadi was written partly by Jayadeva and partly by the Lord
Thou held Vedas Fourfold
Effortlessly, as a boat
During Great Deluge !
O Thou with lovely hair
Who assumed form of Fish
All glory is thine !
O Lord of the Cosmos !
Lust, greed, anger, jealousy
Sloth, covetousness, glutony
Whose emblems the demons are
Drona, Bheeshama, Jayadrada et al
Be an instrument in My Hands !
Dronam cha Bheeshmam cha
Karnam thadanyaanyapi yoddha veeran
Maya hathastham jahi maa vyadhishta
Nimitta matram bhava Savyasachin !
The Birthday of the Lord
How can the Birthless and the Deathless, the Eternal
Principle, have a birthday? This philosophical problem is solved thus. In Bridal
Mysticism, where the Self is the Lover, Self is the Bride, a human form is given
to the Divine. This is anthropomorphisation. He is the Consort in the form of
the Ishta Devata or Tutelary Deity ! The Birthday of the Lord of Guruvayur falls on the
8th lunation, Ashtami, on the asterism Rohini !
There is only one Book
which can claim a birthday of its own. It is Narayaneeyam, which was
consecrated to the Lord on Vrischika 28th and this day is observed as
Narayaneeyam Day. Melpathur was not only a poet and scholar, he was
an astronomer, astrologer and mathematician as well, belonging to the Kerala
School of Astronomy, Mathematics and Astrology !
On the first day of the Festival, ( which was on 23rd
Kumbham ( Aquarius ) this year ) , 20 elephants took part in a race. The Ninth day is Pallivetta, when
the Lord goes hunting. The Tenth Day is Arattu, when the Lord takes bath in the
Temple pond, witnessed by millions !
Guruvayur figures amongst the top five places for Spiritual Tourism. They are in order, Vatican,
Guruvayur and Sabarimala.
Before the more famous
Kathakali, Krishnanattom flourished as an original Art.
Note - The same sages
who declared "I am the Universal Truth, Aham Brahmasmi" devised the Exoteric System of
Temples. The Esoteric does not mean the denial of the Exoteric. The Deity
Itself is Absolute Being - Absolute Knowledge - Absolute Bliss, Sat Chit
Ananda ! Sankara, Aurobindo et al encouraged Bridal Mysticism or Bhakti
Yoga, Moksha karana samagryam bhaktir eva Gareeyasi. We have uploaded
hundreds of Sacred Music videos on this site for you to enjoy, in different
languages, as Music transcends language ! Amongst the 18 sciences of
Philosophia Indica, Musicology or Gandharva Veda is the 17th Science. The Primordial Sound manifests
as Music, Poetry and Dance. Poetry is Sabda Veda. Dance is Nritya
Veda ! Also Bridal Mysticism or Bhakti
Yoga knoweth no language, as it is the Language of the Heart !