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Tuesday, September 11

Banana Leaf Rice, The Malaysian Kollywood Ultimate Dish




Ever wonder what is banana leaf rice all about? Where actually does the term "banana leaf rice" came and originated from? Checked thru Wikipedia.com  and below is mentioned :








Coming to simple definition, Banana leaf  (ellai sapaade) rice is originated from South India and is often served with an assortment of vegetables, pickles, curry, meat and appalam (papadam). For dessert, rasam (Indian herbal soup), mooru (sour buttermilk) or paayasam (sweet milk pudding) is served in most restaurants.  Banana leaf rice meaning white rice serving on a banana leaf, and traditionally eaten with hands.

In Tamil Nadu, they call it “Virundhu Saappadu”. It means a feast meal. During the feast meal, the guests sits on a mat and the meal is served on a banana leaf which is spread in front of the guests. The dishes are served in a particular order, and each dish has its own specific spot on the leaf. Everyone starts together and ends the meal together. 

In another interesting term, banana leaf rice are combination of below 6 taste buds :

  • Sweet: Jangiri, payasam.
  • Salty: Salt and pickle 
  • Sour: Tamarind, nellikai [Indian gooseberry].
  • Bitter: Fenugreek, tumeric.
  • Pungent : Black pepper, Garlic, ginger, mustard.
  • Astringent: Lentils, tomato, tumeric, cabbage, coriander leaves.






Friday, September 7

Adi Shankracharya & Guru Paduka Stotram (Guru Paadukabhyam Stotram)





What is Guru Paduka (Guru Paadukabhyam) Strotram ?


Guru Paduka Stotram, also known as Guru Paadukabhyam, is a great devotional prayer written by Adi Shankaracharya. This devotional prayer is dedicated to the Sandals of the Teacher (Guru) which is  salutations to his guru, in this case meaning the Lord. The English language translation of the first verse means:
Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
Which is a boat, which helps me, cross the endless ocean of life,
Which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru,
And by worship of which, I attain the dominion of renunciation.



Who is Adi Shankracharya?



Adi Shankracharya was born to a Brahmin couple Shivaguru and Aryamba who lived in Kerala in 788 A.D. He studied all the four Vedas, when he was still a child. At 7, he mastered all the holy shastra and upanishads. At the early age of 8 he renunciated the world. He met Shri Guru Govindanath of whom he became an ardent disciple and who conferred on him the degree of 'Acharya' meaning professor for his knowledge about Adwait philosophy, Upanishads and other Shastras.










He established Mathas or monasteries at Badrinath, Dwarka, Sringeri, Puri and Kanchi. The heads of the Mathas are named after him while the sanyasins who are his followers are called Dashnamis as they are known by the ten appellations namely, Teerth, Ashram, Vana, Aranya, Giri, Parvat, Sagai; Saraswati, Bharati and Puri.




 
Shankracharya has also been called 'Shanmat Sthajianacharya' because he founded the following six religious culls: 

(i) Ganapatyan, 
(ii) Kaumaram, 
(iii) Vaishnavam, 
(iv) Sauram, 
(v) Saktani and 
(vi) Shaivam. 





His literary works include commentaries called Shankar Bhasya. The philosophy that was systematized by Shankracharya was the Adwait philosophy. In other words, he was a philosophical genius who created Vedanta, the end (or conclusion) of the Vedas. It is this philosophy that dominates Hinduism today. It rests on the wisdom of the three basic Hindu texts: the Upanishads, Vedanta Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita. Shankara's Vedanta philosophy taught that the world is illusory, or maya, and only the transcendent ultimate reality, the Brahman, is real. You may search for his biography thru search engine or read Shankara Vijayam (biographies of the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankara).

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Guru Paduka Stotram - Adi Shankaracharya




Guru Paduka (Guru Paadukabhyam) Strotram and Meaning :


 
Anantha samsara samudhra thara naukayithabyam guru bhaktithabhyam,
Vairagya samrajyadha poojanabyam, namo nama sree guru padukhabyam,


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru, which is a boat, which helps me, cross the endless ocean of life, which endows me, with the sense of devotion to my Guru, And by worship of which, I attain the dominion of renunciation.


Kavithva varasini sagarabhyam, dourbhagya davambudha malikabhyam,
Doorikrutha namra vipathithabyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam

 

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
which is the ocean of knowledge, resembing the full moon,
which is the water, which puts out the fire of misfortunes,
and which removes distresses of those who prostate before it.


Natha yayo sripatitam samiyu kadachidapyasu daridra varya,
Mookascha vachaspathitham hi thabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam

 

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my Guru,
which makes those who prostate before it,
Possessors of great wealth, even if they are very poor,
and which makes even dumb people in to great orators.


Naleeka neekasa pada hrithabhyam, nana vimohadhi nivarikabyam
Nama janabheesthathi pradhabyam namo nama sri guru padukabyam


S
alutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru
which attract us, to lotus like feet of our guru
which cures us, to the unwanted diseases
and which helps fulfill the desires of those who salute.

Nrupali mouleebraja rathna kanthi sariddha raja jjashankanyakabhyam
Nrupadvadhabhyam nathaloka pankhthe, namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which shine like gems on the crown of a king
which shine like a maid in the crocodile infested stream
and which makes the devotees attain the status of a king.

 

Papandhakara arka paramparabhyam, thapathrayaheendra khageswarabhyam
Jadyadhi samsohana vadaveebhyam namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which is like a series of Suns, driving away the dark sins
which is like the king of eagles, driving away the cobra of miseries,
and which is like a terrific fire drying away the ocean of ignorance.


Shamadhi shatka pradha vaibhavabhyam samadhi dhana vratha deekshitabyam
Ramadhavadeegra stirha bhakthidabhyam, namo nama sri gurupadukabyam

 

Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru
which endows us, with the glorious six qualities like Shama,
which gives the students, the ability to go into eternal trance
and which helps to get perennial devotion to the feet of Vishnu.


Swarchaparana makhileshtathabyam, swaha sahayaksha durandarabyam
Swanthachad bhava pradha poojanabyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

with bestows all desires of the serving disciples
who are ever involved in carrying the burden of service
and which helps the aspirants to the state of realization


Kaamadhi sarpa vraja garudabhyam, viveka vairagya nidhi pradhabyam
Bhodha pradhabyam drutha mokshathabhyam, namo nama sri guru padukabyam


Salutations and Salutations to the sandals of my guru

which is the Garuda, which drives away the serpent of passion
which provides one with the treasure of wisdom and renunciation
which blesses one with enlightened knowledge
and blesses the aspirant with the speedy salvation





Wednesday, September 5

Sri Mariamman Temple, 12th Mile, Puchong



I'm always fond with temples and will get excited if saw one around Malaysia. Nevertheless, it is difficult to find particular God/Goddess temple around Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, when you have offering for your idol God/Goddess. Venturing to find a Sivan temple in Puchong for my prayers, we found a temple at the roadside of Puchong highway named Sri Mariamman Temple, 12th Mile, Puchong, Selangor. I was told by a friend that this temple do have a shivan lingam and due to my curiosity, i planned to check out by myself with Ju. The temple architecture kind of old and at the entrance of it, you will be amazed with 1008 shivan lingam small statues with big Kamatchi lamp. There was a billboard of Resident Evil advertisement middle of temple. Take note "MIDDLE OF THE TEMPLE" --> BILLBOARD. Cool uh? 




Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman board

Near to main God/Goddess entrance


108 Shiv Lingam statue with Kamatchi Amman lamp





108 Shiv Lingam statue with Kamatchi Amman lamp


We was amazed with the temple. From Shivan Lingam to Kaliamman, you can find all the god/goddess in this temple. And the vibration of this temple is pretty strong as the statues are crafted of karungkal (black stone which Hindu believe that is the proper method to craft god/goddess statues) and each statue are more than 4 feet tall which made them look lively. The archanai itself cost RM4 which explained why it is expensive : given with one ghee lamp, incense sticks (oothupathi) , one banana with betel leave in a plastic bag (comes in a package), and lastly due to less visitor to the temple. 



Lord Vinayagar
Goddess Mariamman
Lord Murugan with Goddess Valli and Goddess Deivanai



Part of the temple

Shiva lingam statue
Lord Venkatachalapathi
Lord Hanuman
Goddess Nagamma 
Lord Muneswaran consort
Lord Muneeswaran
Amma's oonjal
Navagrahas


Nevertheless, we was amazed the temple was build in 1883 which is 129 years old! In one moment, I felt blessed to visit the temple and the other side, upset as felt , the temple monument should be well kept by our Hindu community. If you have time, please do drop a visit to the temple as I can see crowds at Srinivasa Perumal temple (it is 5 minutes drive from Sri Mariamman  temple). I understand Lord Perumal favorable by everyone and Srinivasa Perumal temple architect are well kept, but same time, it only build after this Sri Mariamman temple. I guess it is a time for me to introduce all the rarely mentioned temple in my next article. By then, please educate and show the next generation what is temple all about. Bring them for a visit to exposed them who is Lord Vinayagar , etc. Tell them the story of each God/Goddess and when you do so, please be well equipped with knowledge in order to provide them correct explanation. Not just a story of an elephant , but how, where and the right way to pray and read mantras.



Build in 1883, tamil year, saali vaahana year


One of the statue








Tuesday, September 4

Beware of Internet Scam!!!


I'm blogging this incident since one of my girlfriend M, has nearly been cheated by a scam group. M is in early 30's and currently her family and friends was looking for a bridegroom to settle down in life. Therefore, she registered thru a well known matrimonial sites and there, she get to know a guy named Prasham Lucas. There, they started to keep in touch via emails and phone. Below are the trails email from him which i think i need to include for people to assume not to judge a book by it's cover : 



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----- Original Message -----
From: M2809356
To: M1329569
Hello, how are you doing? Hope you are doing fine? I am honoured to meet you here at this point in time. I have gone through your profile and I am captivated by it, I would like to establish communication with you, if you wouldn’t mind and see how things go with us or if we match with each other. I will be happy to read from you as soon as possible. Take care and have a lovely moment. God bless.
Prasham Lucas




---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Prasham Lucas" <prashamlucas@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Reply from M1329569

Dear,

Thanks for such an awesome email. I am very happy after reading your email. I have come to know even with my success in business and what I have presently. I do lack something in my life. I am going to be the happiest man in the world if I can find someone that will make me to be happy again. I was thinking that my life has come to an end. But at long run I started feeling for myself and registered on the site. Thank God that I did because it gave me the opportunity to meet you. To tell you more about myself, I love going to the beach, playing games and watching the sun set at the coast of the beach keeps me smiling and lovely. I had education qualification from the National University of Ireland were I had my Bachelors and Masters in Architecture, I have my second Master in Management from United Kingdom where I live temporary today. I do an own business which centers at outsourcing of goods and services and as do little contracts.  I regard myself as been mentally and physical fit. I would like us to forget some of our shortcomings in life and try to see what we can work-out from this present relationship. I want you to accept me into your life if we happen to know each other better, I want you to regard me as part of your family as I will do same too. I might not be too good in expressing myself because I believe that action speaks louder than word. I think it’s time for us start calling to hear the sound of our voice. Call me on this phone numbers +447624192359, in case you want to send me an sms you can use this +447856008690. Take care my dear and hope to be hearing from you soon , send me your pictures too.

Regard

Prasham Lucas
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This was his trail emails which made her to assume that he was a gentleman. Therefore, their conversation and getting to know go nearly two weeks when he mentioned to settle down in Malaysia and looking for a house to buy in Kuala Lumpur. Before i continue, let me describe about  Mr P (Prasham Lucas). He is from Ireland, 32 years old, working in U.K as a freelance consultant (trading business which we described as scam now).

Continue with the story, Mr P made a sudden decision to bank in US 150,000 in my friend's account and  request her to find a house as soon as possible. Mr P requested for her bank account and she was hesitating about it. Lot of questions appeared in her mind and playing safe side, M only gave him her address for him to deliver it thru parcel. Aware with Malaysia's bank rules and regulation, one from other country cant transfer that kind of huge amount of money, he informed L that he will go thru United Nations Security Council. This nearly made her to think he was serious about transferring money.

The next day, he called and informed that he has informed U.N and anytime she will received a call from them. Weirdly, M receive a call after 3 days from a lady name Ria claiming she is from Sabah U.N warehouse (which we realize, there is only one U.N branch in Damansara throughout Malaysia!). Best part, she receive the call from a hand phone number (010-9746066) and she spoke with funny accent of Bahasa Melayu), M started to have strong doubt when Ria request her to collect the parcel and request M to pay RM 5 k. M told her that she cant pay that amount of money since the recipient has settled the payment from his end. M called P and he started to be panic when mentioned about her uncle in security force and hang up the call. At the end, M realize it is a scam group and relieved from falling into the money scam. Below are the pictures, emails and calls that has been traced for other women precaution.

Mr Prasham  Lucas contact information with picture: 

•    www.tamilmatrimony.com, profile id is M2809356
•    Email address : prashamlucas@yahoo.com
•    Contact Number : 


1.    +447624192359
2.    +447856008690
3.    +9900087463
4.    +9900093281
5.    +9900024224

So called Ria from SABAH U.N :
 

  • 010-9746066 

Below is so called Prasham Lucas pictures and so called of his Irish mother :











M has finally took action by lodging a police report and reported to the matrimonial site as well.  We was surprised when the policemen ask her if the person is from Ireland when she was explaining what had happened. The force team receiving many scam cases and many Malaysian women had fall into their prey since it is operated by a big group of people.

Therefore, ladies out there, please take extra caution of getting to know a person thru dating or matrimonial sites. M has escaped from getting cheated but you may be the next victim. This scam group are believe are African as mainly from Sudan and they are located in all over the world. If you happen to know these contact information and people in the pictures, please do inform take extra caution step to lodge a police report. They will be using different name and details to prey on the victims, therefore, please do take note and be alert.