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Pudukottai Sri Sanjeevi bhagavathar

RADHE KRISHNA 18-03-2012

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Sri Sanjeevi bhagavathar is Pudukottai Sri Gopalakrishan bhagavathar's son. Sri Sanjeevi Bhagavathar's son Ravi Bhagavathar has taken up the Mantle of following his father's and grand father's path. Sathguru Sri Gopalakrishna bhagavathar was born on 14-10-1892 (corresponding to the 30th day of the month of purattasi in the year nandana),the place was the village of vallavari in arantangi taluq of

Tanjore Dist, Friday, krishna paksha navami, aslesha star, a male child, after three females, to the pious Sundaresayya and Meenakshi ammal. The child was named Venkata Gopalakrishnan. When the child was three years old Sundaresayya moved to the village Swarankadu in Pattukottai Taluq. When the boy was five years his father passed away and he grew up under the care of his brother-in-law Venkatakrishnayya. Till his 15th year he learnt Telugu Sanskrit and music from his brother-in-law and also received initiation in Mantras. At this time he married his uncle's daughter Mangalanayaki. At the age of 23 he got one son (Sri Mani) and another at his 28th age (Sri Sanjeevi). More at


HIS Holiness was born in Mandana Misra Agraharam at Kanchi as the son of one Kesava Panduranga. Sri Sri Sri Bhodendral's former name was Purushottama. It was He who stressed the efficacy of devotion as a means to liberation in Kali. He therefore undertook the great task of Nama Siddhanta, or establishing the supreme efficacy of reciting the names of Bhagavan in many of his writings, chiefly in Namamrta Rasayana and Namamrta Rasodaya. His mission of Nama Siddhanta was pursued with equal vigor by Sri Sri Sri Sridhara Venkatesa, or Ayyaval of Tiruvisainallur and by Sri Sri Sri Sadguru Swami of Marudanallur. It was the Nama Siddhanta of Sri Sri Sri Bodhendra that was ultimately responsible for the evolution of Bhajana Sampradaya as an institution in the religious life of the Hindu community in South India. Sri Sri Sri Bodhendra Swamigal performed Tatanka Pratistha at Jambukeswaram and while returning to Kanchi he attained videha mukti at Govindapuram on Full Moon day in the month of Proshtapada of the cyclic year Prajotpatti (1692 AD). It is said the spiritual presence of Bodhendra still abides at his Adhisthana at Govindapuram. It is said that in the calm silence of the night a melodious voice uttering Rama Nama is heard rising from subdued tones to a crescendo, and then fading into silence again.
From Kamakoti .org

Whats the Use of Performing a Bhajan, whats in it for me....the eternal question???

The following code of conduct is ideal for those who are aspiring to sing Bhajans. This is not an intention to slight someone or demean anyone at all. Radhe Krishna!

Way to Sing Bhajans

1. Chant the lord's name with love.

2. Sing with Bhaava (inner feeling), else, the whole activity of Bhajans is rendered useless.
What you get from singing Bhajans?

Bhajans are highly sacred. Bhajan singing makes the heart sacred. What is important is that it should come from the heart. Bhajan is not just rhythm, tune and beat. You should sing God’s name with love. You will see the manifestation of divinity with your physical eyes when you sing HIS glory with all love. Sing from HEART. This is the only way to get HIM into your HEART.

Bhaava (inner feeling) is the quintessence (purest and most perfect form) of Bhajan singing. The heart of the lord is like "soft butter". However to melt this soft butter, we need to show the warmth of Bhakthi and devotion expressed through Bhaava (inner feeling). Only a Bhajan (prayer) sung with full Bhaava (inner feeling) can melt the heart of the lord. It is the cry of devotee with deep yearning (compassion) for the lord. Which makes the lord run to the rescue of HIS devotees? This is the effect of Bhaava.

Even Ice takes some time to melt but God’s heart melts instantaneously when you chant HIS name with love.

Cultivate Bhaava in Bhajans:

Whenever a Bhajan appeals to us, we usually take the first opportunity available and proceed to sing it during a Bhajan session.

Is This The Way To Sing Bhajans?

The answer is No! The song you sing is an offering at the lord's lotus feet and has to be prepared with due diligence (showing care and effort) and care.

How to cultivate Bhaava:

1. Select a Bhajan: Choose simple Bhajan, which suit your voice. It is the feeling with which you sing that matters, not the complexity of the tune.

2. Register the lyrics: Memorize the words of the Bhajan. Understand properly the meaning of the words or lyrics of the song. Learn to pronounce each word the right way.

3. Register the tune: Hear the Bhajan a number of times until the tune gets registered in your mind. Learn the raga on which the Bhajan is based. Understand the entire spectrum of the associated raga. Listen to some Bhajan or songs based on this raga. This will help one to get the feel of that raga which is necessary for the proper exposition of that raga and in turn the perfect rendering of the Bhajan.

4. Learn the tala (The beat): Learn the tala or the beat to which the song has been composed. One must pay special attention to the laya or the tempo of the song.

5. Practice 100 times
Practice 100 times

Does one really need to practice 100 times to get Bhajan prefect? Let us examine.

After the first 25 times you are able to get the lyrics, tune and rhythm perfect.
After the next 25 times you get the Bhajan into the mind. Now you are able to sing effortlessly.
After the next 25 times you get the Bhajan into your blood. You know the meaning of each word when you sing.
After the next 25 times you get the Bhajan into your heart. You are able to have a unique conversation with the lord when you sing.

6. Arrive in time; maintain silence before Bhajans:
"Where ever my glory is sung, I install myself there".
Give some time to prepare yourself mentally before Bhajan

7. Have no ego:

Sing to express (your devotion) not impress (with your musical talent). Pray to the lord before singing, for HIS grace, so that you can sing the song as an offering to the lord rather than with an intention to display your musical talent.

Bhajan must be a felt experience.
Do not sing with one eye on the song that makes the effect on the listeners, and the other, on the effect it makes on the GOD.
Let your heart pant for GOD; then, the raga (musical tune) and tala (musical beat) will automatically be pleasant and correct.
Do not allow even one vice (immoral conduct or weakness) like the vice of conceit (personal vanity) to enter and ensconce (establish or settle comfortably) itself in your heart.

Sing for the Lord, not the Listeners.

Bhajan done with egoistic pride is as harsh as the crow's caw (harsh cry of crow). So, try to avoid the ego marring your sadhana (practice), even to a small extent".

Do you want to drive away GOD through your Bhajan?

Some people may laugh at all this Bhajan and call it mere show and exhibition and recommend instead quiet meditation in the silent recess of the shrine room. But coming out in company and doing Bhajan like this helps in removing egoism; one should not be afraid of jeering, nor feel ashamed to call out the name of the lord. One gets inspired by the devotion of others."

Use Bhajan as an activity to remove ego.

8. Bhajan is not the place to practice silence:

When a man has fallen into a well and is unable to get out, he does not mutter to himself. He shouts loudly to get men to save him! What do you do to drive away birds sitting on a branch? You clap your hands loudly. Similarly, sing the names "Radhe Govinda, Gopala, Hari Narayana aloud, and clap your hands with vigour (physical or mental strength or energy) so that the birds of evil passion, Kama, krodha (anger) and lobha infesting your mind will fly away.

When you sing without the thrill of ecstasy (over whelming joy or rapture), I do not derive any joy. Bhajan must spread good will, love, ecstasy it must cleanse (make clean or pure) the polluted atmosphere; it must invite all to share in the joy and peace. Be sincere feel in your hearts what you are singing by your voice. The motion will express itself through the raga and tala it chooses. You need not worry about the raga being appropriate or the tala being accurate. When Krishna is prompting you to sing, the raga and the tala can never be wrong.

Devotees who attend Bhajan turn their looks this side and that side without concentrating on Bhajan. If they are not interested in the Bhajan, why should they come at all?

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Posted by Anand at 17:36
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Subu, 6 June 2009 17:01
Nice article. In a Naamasankeertanam or a Bhajan, there is food for the heart as well as the intellect. Bhajan complements silent practice of meditation and enables you to perfect yourself through observation of the enire gamut of human behavior in a satvik environment. When you see great singers fall prey to petty ego issues, or chorus fighting for the mike, the several bhaktas who themselves cannot sing, dont understand raaga or taala but sit listening with tears streaming down their cheeks, all these become things to learn from and ponder about.

About practicing 100 times, I see the sentiment behind that, the applicability of that is restricted to the few who are serious about leading or being a part of the main chorus. The more important criteria is what you mentioned earlier in the post - the bhakti, the bhava. Rest God takes care of.
Anonymous, 1 October 2009 18:42
may i know in which order of gods and goddess should bhajans be sung??
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