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Shot @ a temple in Kanchipuram
Sricharanam Alias Naamam:
Sricharanam is a misnomer for the word SrichurNam. SrichurNam is the red namam in the middle of the white namas(ThirumaN) that is adorned by members of the Sri Vaishnava tradition (includes Pancharatra,Vaikhanasa, Bhagavada Srivaishnavas). Refer Parashara Smriti which gives a very detailed explanation on ThirumaN, SrichurNam, where to wear, when to wear, how to wear and what should be chanted while wearing the same.
The Sanskrit word Churnam means a powder(mixture). This particular Churnam, dark orange in color is made of special traditional biological components that are meant to have positive scientific and spiritual impact on the 'Agna chakra' (at the temple on the forehead). As it represents the goddess mahalakshmi(Sri) this Churnam is often called as Sri-Churnam. In order to understand its significance one must understand the overall facts behind ThirumaN "the holy clay". Besides being a paraphernalia or an identification, The ThirumaN (the white marks) SrichurNam has high impact on improving ones spiritual prowess.
The SrichurNam, which traditionally signified the wearer's devotion to lord Vishnu, is also an important identifying mark. Iyengars are a caste of Tamil Brahmins in India who are over 600000 in number. Worn by a priest, ascetic, or worshiper it shows the Hindu tradition (sampradaya) he follows. Looking at the Thiruman SrichurNam, it is even possible to identify the Iyengar subsect to which the wearer belongs.
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In an age of nothing, at a time when we stand at the brink of our own destruction?
Strengthen your belief in yourself, in the future of humanity, in the things of this world that cannot be easily perceived.
Awaken that which lies dormant now within your soul. Re-ignite the flame of your consciousness, and measure the strength of your conviction.
Reveal the lie.
Renounce your hatred.
Seek, find and embrace the truths you are fortunate enough to discover. Cherish them. Use them to anchor you in the sea of chaos that is the world we live in.
When twilight draws near, when you are pushed to the very limits of your soul, When it seems that all you have left are the dead remnants of the fabric of your life?
When something good begins to happen, your preconditioned beliefs suddenly kick in and your mind finds way to sabotage things.
Keep focused, don't allow the negativity to overwhelm you, change in any form whether it's a companion, a new job, a step closer to a dream etc can be scary but Why not embrace that fear and trust in yourself, your abilities, take that leap of faith and move forward.
It's better to have tried then to sit and wonder what could have been