Week-long religious retreat concludes today
PATHANAMTHITTA: The Sreevallabha Temple in Thiruvalla witnessed unprecedented rush as thousands of devotees turned up to take part in the 23rd Srimad Bhagavatha Sathram, the week-long religious retreat organised by the All India Srimad Bhagvatha Sathra Samiti, on Saturday.
According to Sathram Nirvahana Samiti leaders, not less than 55,000 people have taken part in the Annadanam (free meals) on the temple premises on Friday.
The week-long religious meet that began on last December 25 will come to a close on January 1. Tantri Akeeramon Kalidasa Bhattathiri performed the Ashtadravya Ganapati Homam at 4 in the morning.
The discourse series began with the talk on `Rajasooyam' by P.K.Madhavan of Killikkurisimangalam at 9 a.m.
According to Dr. Madhavan, a man of good deeds, living with holy men gradually acquires faith in religion, besides gaining a desire to hear the word of God. ``When the joy of devotion to the Lord takes hold of the mind, man frees himself from the bondage of the world. His ego is dissolved and doubts vanished.''
Delivering a discourse on `Kuchelavrithom,' Perumpully Kesavan Namboodiri, said that constant remembrance of the lotus feet of Sri Krishna purifies the heart, drives away the evils and nourishes true love and spiritual wisdom. Addressing the Sathram, Sambasivan, renowned neuro-surgeon and religious scholar, said that the light of the inner consciousness which exists as the `self' of man is also known as the Purusha which is self-luminous and eternal. The universe of name and form is an outcome of the Prakriti (primordial nature) energised by Her nearness to the Purusha, he said.
``When the moon is reflected on the ocean, the waves of the ocean make it appear restless, but in reality the moon is steady and calm. It is the water that is restless. Similarly, the attributes of the non-self are superimposed upon the self and the ignorant man who, through Maya, identifies the attributes of finitude and bondage with his self, where as his bondage is never in the true Self,'' he said.
Delivering a discourse in the afternoon, Swami Swaprabhananda, president of the Sree Ramakrishna Ashram in Pala, said `Srimad Bhagavatham' popularised the truths contained in the Vedas. He said that Sree Ramakrishna had aptly observed that the Bhagavatham was being fried in the butter of knowledge and steeped in the honey of love. The Bhagavathom is the essence of Vedanta and the truth it contained is pure and absolute, he said.
Dr. Raman of Kozhikode Medical College, Swami Chidananda Puri of Kozhikode and Thottom Krishnan Namboodiri also delivered discourses.