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My New year started with a Big Bang

Things always happen in a big way for me. This New year day was not an exception. The pick up started two days before, with a series of fare well parties hosted by the physician friends of my nephew Ramu, for his parents who were leaving back home after a stay of 6 months in Vancouver. The hosts, mostly from Andra Pradesh enjoyed my company too as I could speak in their mother-tongue.The best way to gain the friendship of any one in a foreign land is to say a few words in the language which his mom spoke to him first.

The next one was a big bang – a ‘sadyogatham’ aaseervadam, ‘blessings’ from a Big Brother in another continent abusing me in sudha Samskritam, deva bhasahi or the language of those in Heaven. The act which merited an abuse from His Holiness was my New Year greetings ! He doesn’t consider Jan 1, as the dawn of New year.  For him and “all other Brahmanas and Hindus of every persuasion,  Nandhana Samvatsaram,13th April 2012 ” is the New year day.

As far as my limited knowledge goes, it is not so. The 13th April is celebrated as the Pongal, thamizh puthandu orTamil varshapirappu and there ends the matter. For all the routine business of the ‘lesser souls’ English calender is followed. Till the next April 13th, they do not think about the varushapirappu because there is no need for that. And remember, the Tamil varshappirappu is only for those who speaks Tamil and not for all other Brahmanas and Hindus !
I have seen this argument in other Brahmin fora too. All our documents, personal and official , right  from the birth certificate to the certificate of death are in dates of the ‘English’ calender. Our electricity,gas, telephone,water bills and election dates too.Tell me one occasion when we, ‘ Brahmanas and other Hindus’  follow the Nandana samvasatsaram or any other Tamil or Malayalam or Telugu year? 
For janma nakshtram or shradham or any good and bad occasions, we mention the Nakshatram orThithy but instantly relate that to the “English’ calendar dates. Especially for those who live in countries where English is the predominant  language, where their children and grand children speak mostly in English, why do they feel shy to accept greetings on the English New year day ? You speak English, write English, think in English and subscribe to a group whose name is in English letters.I 123 or 4 B or US Brahmins, but when I come to your house to greet you on the dawn of Jan, you turn your face or turn it towards me only to insult me !! Why this hypocrisy ?.

Wishing him on a ‘wrong day’ was not the only crime committed by me. There are many:

I.“the much-trumpeted Rudrabhishegam to the avathaaram of Maruthi Aanjaneeyaswamy Hanuman, he of the Supreme Chalisa whose greatness supersedes all our four Vedams.”

It is true that I shared my happiness on a rare occasion in my life with my net friends and if it is a crime, my heart felt apologies to him. You all greeted me, blessed me, sought my blessings and if I apologize to you, I am discrediting your messages of well-wish. 
 I never said that the  Abhishekam was done for Anjzneyaswamy. .Here is the relevant  para :
” On the left is the Lingam where abhishekam is performed, next ‘ashtow bujanghi’, then Sree Rama with Sita and Laxmanan, then Radha and Krishnan and at the right extreme Venkitachalpathy. Nandi and garuda await at the sannidhies of the Lingeswara and venkiteswara respectively. Two steps below to your left is Govardhan Dwarakesh and to the right  Kumarswamy. There are two rooms on the sides of the hall, where the  idols of Mahaganpathy, Sarswathy, Padmavathy, Sri Laksmi , Anjaneya and jain theethankaras  are installed.

2. “for elevating the towering  Nagna Mahavir as equal to, if not superior to, the consecrated deities at Greater Baltimore Temple, in particular the recipient (same shape, same deity as the one at Brihadeesvara Temple in Thanjavur)  .
Where have I ‘elevated’ the ‘nagana Mahavir ‘ ‘as equal to, if not superior to ‘other deiteis ? You have read the above para of my listing the deities.

Then comes the biggest joke- “the Supreme Chalisa whose greatness supersedes all our four Vedams.”
No, Sir.This is another lie. I have never said so. Please go into the I123 or any other archives and if you can show that I had said that  the Chalis’s greatness supersedes our vedams, I will throw my yegnopaveethjam. And if  I gain the bet, he who made a false claim,should also undergo the same punishment.  

There are many assaults on me such as  I am a “Great Joker who can outperform any cirque mondiale contortionist entertainer” etc but I ignore them as blabbering of an unsteady mind .
I am not unused to his verbal assaults. But, when I came to your gates with New year wish and a picture of  Brahdeeswarar, when all of you raised from your seat and prayed. ‘Hara, Hara, Mahadeva ‘  he insulted Him by abusing me.
The Brahadeeswarar will pardon the one who ignored Him. He is “kripasamudram, sumukham,thrinaetram “
any way my New Year Day was spent in three flights and four air stations, happily as usual. 
Love and regards,
sperinkulam
from Ocala,Florida
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A blessed soul, on our behalf, is pouring sanctified milk on the Mahalingam of the Mahadevar at the great Brihadeeswara Temple. Amazing isn’t it ? Pouring milk  and water on a head which carries the sacred Ganga !Let that milk falling down from the Mahadevar and Maheswari’s  head and body which sanctifies ‘the aapathala nabhasthaladi bhuvanam’ enrich your soul, invigorate your body!Another year is at our threshold. Let us receive her with open hands; we are known for welcoming our guests with ‘ arkhya pushpadi’ respects. This guest will soon become a part of our family soon and we will learn to live with her. Let her be friendly to us. Let we too enjoy her company. Let her association become pleasantly memorable.WELCOME 2012.HAPPY NEW OUR TO YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.Sivasubramaninan from Vancouver
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Attachment(s) from Sivasubramanian Perinkulam
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Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2011 03:34:53 -0800
From: [email protected]
Subject: Re: [Iyer123] Welcome 2012 — with a sting
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Dear fellow-Iyers, fellow-Braahmanas and fellow-Pattars
Sure   “Let we too enjoy her company.”
In fact enjoy also the august company of him, who grandly sneers at a disembodied “blessed soul”  —  not a highly-qualified and pious Sivaachaariar, not a living human priest named kurukkal, learned in the Vedas and in the prayogams applicable to temple rites  — “pouring sanctified milk on the Mahalingam of the Mahadevar at the great Brihadeeswara Temple. Pouring milk  and water on a head which carries the sacred Ganga !” (What sheer eloquence!)
And “let we” enjoy the company (and the new-era preaching, screeching, and teaching) of him to whom — Nothing is sacred.  Nothing is beyond being besmirched, being ridiculed in public.  Nothing is so ludicrous as the sight, the temerity and the stupidity, of other Hindus worshipping their time-worn and eroded gods once held in high esteem in a vanished age.
“Let we” look forward to a good beginning, to an even better Gregorian/Christian/English year —   for mud-slinging at, and sarcasm against, Hindu gods and their devotees;   for elevating the towering  Nagna Mahavir as equal to, if not superior to, the consecrated deities at Greater Baltimore Temple, in particular the recipient (same shape, same deity as the one at Brihadeesvara Temple in Thanjavur)  of the much-trumpeted Rudrabhishegam to the avathaaram of Maruthi Aanjaneeyaswamy Hanuman, he of the Supreme Chalisa whose greatness supersedes all our four Vedams.
“Let we” wait and enjoy more antics from this Great Joker who can outperform any cirque mondiale contortionist entertainer.And let us lesser souls meanwhile wait piously, patiently, perfectly calmly,  for 13th April 2012,  Nandhana Samvatsaram,  Uththaraayanam,  Varsha Ruthu, Mesha Maasyam,  Krishna Paksham,  Ashtami Thithi,  Brugu Vaasaram, Pooraashaada Nakshathram  —  to welcome the “real” new year, along with all other Brahmanas and Hindus of every persuasion.S Narayanaswamy Iyer
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