800 Interviewed on Student Visa Day at U.S. Embassy


U.S. Embassy arranges a “Student Visa Day” for the aspiring students who desire to study in America. The applicants appeared in large numbers and around 800 students were made to give interview test.

Dressed in attires sporting U.S. university logos, the embassy staff interviewed students applying for visas to pursue higher education in the U.S.

Tips and information on academics and campus life were provided to the applicants.

Speaking at the event, Embassy Charge d’ Affaires Michael Pelletier said: “As you prepare to pursue your studies, I want you to know that you are not only contributing to your personal future, but you are also making a major contribution to the links that bring India and the U.S. together through people-to-people ties.”

Consul General Cynthia Haley noted: “The United States has some of the world’s finest educational institutions and we are seeing record numbers of visa applications.”

Since October 2013, a record number of students have applied for U.S. visa and issuances have increased by 40 percent as compared to the same period in 2013, the embassy said. Nearly 100,000 Indian students are currently studying in the U.S., it said.

According to the aspirants at the embassy, the flexible education system in the U.S. is what attracted them.

“I find the American higher education system to be much more flexible when compared to the system we have in place here. In U.S. , you get two years to decide the subject you want to do your major in but that is not the case here,” said Shaurya Dhankar, who was one of the students to get a visa.

Dhankar is headed to University of California – Los Angeles to pursue his under-graduate course in electrical and electronics engineering.

Agreed Kamakshi Bharadwaj, who too got her visa approved and was looking forward to the prospect of getting exposure to a new country and its culture.

“My uncle and aunt live in the U.S. and I have heard a lot about the country. I am now ready to experience it first hand,” said Bharadwaj, who would be leaving for George Mason University in Virginia in July to pursue under-graduate course in computer sciences.

With inputs from IANS.

Less Educated Indian MPs in 16th Lok Sabha


In the 16th Lok Sabha election, the percentage of MPs with below matriculation education qualification has increased to six in this year’s election, compared to three percent in the previous Lok Sabha election, said a Policy Research Studies.

Uma Bharti

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Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Uma Bharti is one such strong woman political leader who proved that despite low educational qualification, are still a great leader.

A firebrand leader and Hindutva mascot, Uma Bharti has studied only till the 5th standard mainly because of poor family background.
This is the second time that the saffron clad leader, often referred to as ‘sadhvi’, has become a Union minister in an NDA government. Bharti came to prominence during the Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi movement. She had served as Minister both in the state of Madhya Pradesh and as Union Minister in the Cabinet.

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Lok Sabha BJP MP from Daman and Diu state, Lalubhai Babubhai Patel is just 8th Pass and failed SSC Exam from Shree Somnath Kelvani Mandal High School Debhel in Daman. An active member of All India Backward Classes Employees Federation and Cultural Secretary, he was appointed to the Committee on Home Affairs. He has visited many countries like Dubai, Singapore and Thailand.

Jual Oram

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Hailing from a poor tribal family at ‘Kendudihi’, a village in Orissa’s Sundargarh district, Jual Oram created history by becoming the first union Tribal Affairs minister of India.

Oram was a face-saver for BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha polls being the party’s lone winner from Odisha. Coming to his educational qualification, this Union Minister has just completed his Higher Secondary education and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. A lover of sports who always remained concerned for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden, Oram had worked for about six years in a public sector company with his diploma in electrical engineering before he decided to join politics. He had also played a significant role in strengthening BJP’s organization in Odisha during his tenure as the state party unit president.

Kanwar Singh Tanwar

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The Super-rich MP in 16th Lok Sabha, Kanwar Singh Tanwar, is one among the less educated parliamentarian who studied only till the 7th standard. A dropped out of Government Secondary School Fatehpur Beri, New Delhi, he is known to ride the “wave”. He joined Bahujan Samaj in 2008 when Mayawati was the soaring high in her political career and jump to Congress in 2012. With the UPA government going hayward and a Narendra Modi wave sweeping across the country, Tanwar switched himself to the BJP in February and landed a party ticket to contest the Lok Sabha polls from Amroha in UP with yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s backing.  With assets worth 150 crore, Tanwar is one of the richest MPs in India.

Innocent

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An actor—cum comedian and parliamentarian, Innocent who studied till 8th standard from SN School, in Kerala is one of the least educated politicos.

He won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Chalakudy Lok Sabha constituency (comprising of 3 assembly constituencies in Thrissur district and 4 assembly constituencies of Ernakulam district) in Thrissur district as an independent candidate supported by the Left Democratic Front. Apart from being a politician, he is one of the most successful and leading comedy actors of Malayalam cinema. He is noted for his witty mannerisms and dialogue delivery in the typical Thrissur accent that easily grabbed the attention of the masses.

Gopal Chinayya Shetty

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BJP MP from Mumbai north Constituency Gopal Chinayya Shetty completed his education only till the 7th grade from Lady of Remedy High School, Poinsur, Mumbai in 1969. In the 16th Lok Sabha, he wins with a margin of 446582 against his immediate rival Sanjay Brijkishorlal Nirupam of INC. Shetty has 10 cases pending against him, including that of criminal intimidation, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property and rioting. Prior to venturing into politics, Gopal Chinayya worked in Municipal Corporation.

Source – IndiaTV

Innovative Ways Gold Is Smuggled In India


Indians have for centuries been obsessed with gold and as such smuggling this precious metal is spreading like wild fires. So, when it comes to sneaking gold into the country, Gold traders in India are now probably getting more and more innovative. This has increased after facing with heavy custom duty on gold imports by the government. Most of the traders are believed to be sneaking in gold through unexpected mediums.


Women Smuggler 

These days, women are used to smuggle gold in the country. The smugglers chose the easiest and safest way of smuggling in gold that is in the form of jewellery.

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The official said, “The smugglers started using women as carriers. We started noticing passengers, especially women, wearing too much jewellery. But we can’t check every passenger and many of them still manage to clear the Customs,” reports Hindustan Times. Most recently, airport officials nabbed a woman who was traveling from Dubai to Delhi in Spice Jet flight at IGIT airport. Around 900 grams of gold was recovered from her underwear whose worth is 25.02 lakh in the international market.

Body Parts Deployed

Did you ever wonder that body parts too are deployed for smuggling gold? Yes, it is definitely used.

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From travelers loaded head-to-toe in jewelry to passengers who conceal carbon-wrapped gold pieces in their bodies, such method is one of the unique ways how this yellow metal are smuggled in the country. In 2013, a man, traveling from Air India flight from Dubai to Kerala was nabbed by custom officials at Kokijhod airport of Kerala for hiding 800 grams of gold in his colon.  As per the official report, the seized gold was worth 25 lakh.

A flower vase

Customs officials have discovered hidden gold in the most unlikely places like a simple flower vase. This was brought by a passenger from the Gulf and turned out to have four sheets of gold weighing a little less than a kilogram hidden inside. Searching for hidden gold among the luggage of hundreds of passengers is akin to hunting for a needle in a haystack, said the Customs officials.

Gold loaded cartons

Just some weeks back, Customs officials stumbled upon yet another innovative smuggler. He tried to smuggle in gold in the form of pins stapled on cartons. The incident has now made the Customs department more vigilant and they are now treating this latest episode as a case study.

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In one of the instances, gold weighing 440 gm worth 11 lakh was found hidden under a carton carried by Abdul Mohammed and another flyer Shaikh Tahoor had stashed 3 gold bars inside his socks and 4 bars inside his cell phone battery pocket. The gold carried by Tahoor weighed 816gm valued at 20.51 lakh, said the Customs officials. Abdul Sattar aroused the suspicion of customs officers at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The three cardboard boxes that he had brought along had an unusually high number of stapler pins. Though they were painted grey, it took the officers little time to realize they were made of gold. Weighing 6 grams each, the pins were 754 grams of gold, worth 20 lakh.

Others

Recently, the customs officers seized around 8 kg gold worth 1.9 crores from as many as 10 passengers who were aboard the Singapore-Chennai-Mumbai Air India flight. In another instance, gold biscuits were found hidden inside a consignment of mobile phones at the NSCBI airport in Kolkata.

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And also the 40 Battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) confiscated 2.8 kg of the precious metal hidden inside the tyres of a bicycle. The haul was valued at over 82 lakh.
“Gold and narcotics operate as two different syndicates but gold smuggling has become more profitable and fashionable,” said Kiran Kumar Karlapu, an official at Mumbai’s Air Intelligence Unit. He further added, “There has been a several-fold increase in gold smuggling this year after restrictions from the government, which has left narcotics behind,” reports Hindu.

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Flipkart Acquires Myntra; To Invest $100 Mn in Fashion Biz


Marking the biggest consolidation in the e-commerce space in India, homegrown e-retailer Flipkart has acquired online fashion retailer Myntra in an estimated 2,000 crore deal. While the companies did not disclose the deal size, sources suggest the deal could be worth about 2,000 crore. “It is a 100 per ent acquisition and going forward, we have big plans in this segment. Flipkart and Myntra are getting together to create one of the largest e-commerce stories and together we will dominate the market,” Flipkart co-founder and CEO Sachin Bansal told reporters.

Asked about valuation, the companies declined to comment. “We, at Flipkart, believe that we want to be leaders in every segment and fashion is a category of the future, this acquisition will help us become leaders in this category,” he said. Sachin said Flipkart will invest $ 100 million (around 600 crore) in its fashion business in the near-term. Flipkart, which started in 2007 as an online bookstore, sells products across categories, including fashion and electronics. It also sells white goods and furniture.

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The move is expected to help Flipkart strengthen its apparel portfolio and compete more aggressively with peers like Amazon and Snapdeal. Myntra will continue to operate as a separate entity with its co-founder and CEO Mukesh Bansal joining Flipkart board and heading the fashion business. “It was very essential to keep Myntra a separate entity and preserve its culture. I’m here for the long haul and we will continue to grow in the market,” Mukesh Bansal said.

India’s e-commerce market has seen huge growth in the past few years as more people log on to the Internet to shop. While apparel and electronics are bestsellers for most e-commerce firms, categories such as home decor and household items are also popular. The industry, estimated to be worth about $ 3 billion currently, has firms such as Snapdeal, eBay and Amazon which follow the marketplace model.

Led by increasing Internet penetration and youngsters shopping online, Flipkart’s annualized sales crossed $ 1 billion (over 6,100 crore) a year ahead of target. It had estimated to reach the billion dollar mark for gross merchandise value by 2015. Flipkart, which also operates under the marketplace model allowing retailers to offer products on its platform, has since its inception rose over $ 500 million from investors. The Bangalore-based firm, founded by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, counts Naspers, Tiger Global, Accel Partners, Dragoneer, Morgan Stanley, Sofina and Vulcan Capital among its investors.

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75 Percent MPs Are Graduate In 16th Lok Sabha


About 75 per cent of MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha have at least a graduate degree, while 10 per cent are only matriculates.

This is slightly less than the 15th Lok Sabha in which 79 per cent had a bachelor’s degree.

At the same time, the number of MPs with just a matriculate degree has decreased to 10 per cent from 17 per cent in preceding Lok Sabha, according to a report by PRS Legislative Research.

The number of members with a doctoral degree has increased to six per cent in 2014 polls from three per cent in the 15th Lok Sabha.

Interestingly, the percentage of MPs elected in the 2014 general elections who do not have a matriculate degree is significantly higher in comparison to the 15th Lok Sabha.

“75 per cent of the 543 MPs elected in the 2014 general elections have at least a graduate degree. This is slightly lesser than the 15th Lok Sabha in which 79 per cent of MPs held at least a graduate degree,” the report noted.

Also, in the 16th Lok Sabha, 27 per cent of MPs elected have listed agriculture as their primary occupation, followed by political and social work and business.

In comparison, in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, 28 per cent MPs had listed political and social work as their occupation, 27 per cent had listed agriculture, while 15 per cent had listed business.

Going back to the very first Lok Sabha that was formed in 1952, the single largest occupation of members was that of lawyers, followed by agriculture and business.

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Gmail May Soon Get a Complete New Look #Google


Gmail is one service that most people rely on every day for personal as well as professional mailing.

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The new report suggests that Google is apparently testing to bring in latest features for Gmail web interface featuring more of white spaces and the absence of the new tabs feature. The mails classification icons which are reflected as tabs and the menu at the left side are now hidden. Not just this, the forthcoming version of Gmail includes Hangouts chat menu placed at the top right with a drop down list of chat contact and a big Search box in the middle.

Scrolling down on the right hand side towards the bottom, there are email and reminder creation buttons that are round in shape and are created to enable users to store numerous unfinished messages or reminders.

Coming to the inbox, Gmail developers are also trying to develop a new feature called Pinned, which will allow users to keep important emails front and center at the top of their inbox. This feature includes an enclosure that will instantly shift emails back to their original place with a single tap—perfect for viewing incoming mails instantly.

However, nothing is confirmed from the Google side about the release of this leaked new interface.

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U.S. Maintains Silence on Modi’s Visa Status


The U.S. continued to maintain silence on granting a visa to BJP leader Narendra Modi, whose party-led NDA is projected by exit polls to form the next government in India. “We don’t speak on visa acceptances, applications, etcetera, so I don’t have anything for you on that,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily news conference.

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“We view our relationship with India as one that’s vitally important for economic, strategic reasons, and one that we look forward to continuing to grow in the future,” she said when asked about the issue of visa for Modi, who is BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. In 2005, the U.S. State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to the U.S. on the ground of alleged human rights violations after the 2002 Gujarat riots.

 

The U.S. has repeatedly said there is no change in its long-standing visa policy relating to Modi but he is free to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant. Last year, Modi’s plans to address by video a University of Pennsylvania conference were scrapped following opposition from Indian-American professors, alumni and students. However, in a sudden u-turn in February, the U.S. signaled the end of its boycott of Modi when its ambassador to India Nancy Powell met him in Ahmedabad.

 

U.S. Officials have since said whoever is elected India’s next leader would be welcome to the U.S. “We look forward to working with the leaders chosen by the Indian people to advance this important partnership and to set an ambitious agenda,” Psaki said.

She refused to comment on the results of the exit polls according to which Modi could be the next Prime Minister. Meanwhile, a top American expert has said the prospect for a dramatic resuscitation of Indo-U.S. relations under a Modi government in India looks less than promising, which he mainly attributed to visa issue related to him. “Today, both Modi and the United States are trapped in a catch-22: in understandable pique, Modi has declared that he will never apply for an American visa again and there is no way to revalidate his now-expired visa if he will not apply anew,” said Ashley Tellis, from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a prestigious American think-tank.

 

 

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Narendra Modi vs Priyanka Gandhi: Mannerisms vs perceptions


They say politics is just a game. Be the player rather than the played. A large part of this game is managing people and you can really hone your HR skills but a big chunk of the politics is managing perceptions. The art lies in managing a positive perception of yourself by the people and creating perceptions of negativity around your competitors. The art of managing perceptions has changed and it’s now a 24×7 job in India as well. 

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Leaders are crafted, packaged and sold to the public. It helps that there are so many more mediums to reach the electorate and get your message across. The communication technology revolution that the Rajiv Gandhi led Congress government unleashed in India in the 1980’s has now sprawled to every corner of India. Perceptions are easier to create and manage nationally now than ever before.

Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare’s movement utilised it first-hand best nationally and Arvind could go on to create a pan-India platform. The results in New Delhi surprised all, maybe even the Aam Aadmi Party.

Modi’s campaign team has taken it to another level and the electorate of India, a little tired of the now jaded Congress government, has taken complete advantage of it. You can blame the palace guards for protecting Rahul Gandhi from governance but sometimes the leader has to decide things for themselves. In the scenario of today’s general elections, Arvind is a marginal phenomenon on television but Modi has grown to be larger than life.

If we wind back to the early 1990’s Pramod Mahajan and Narendra Modi were the prime architects of LK Advani’s rath-yatra which culminated in the not just the demolition of the Babri Masjid but also several riots across India with thousands of deaths to follow. Modi as the head of Gujarat’s BJP government presided over the last decades worst riots in India in 2002. However communication technology has changed a lot of people’s perception about him. He has gone from the RSS’s lunatic fringe chief minister who presided over mass murders in Gujarat in 2002 to the messiah of development in 2014 by virtue of better use of communication tools available to the BJP and Team Modi. The perception is managed to this extent that one of their candidates, Paresh Rawal (a well-known actor) said a benevolent dictator in India was fine for Modi.

The Congress had 10 years of mostly good governance where they did great things to help India grow further. A silent Congress more than anything else could suffer big reverses only because perception has been created that they did not perform. Now don’t get me wrong, the last three years have been tough for India but the government of the day chose not to speak much to its citizens even during this time. They tell you in times of great crises the greatest of leaders speak up to its electorate and spoke the loudest.

Who can forget Indira Gandhi’s greatest speech ‘Mere ek ek khoon ka katra agar iss desh ke liye kubaan ho jaye…’ it was made at a time when Punjab was still burning in the aftermaths of Operation Bluestar even though large scale terrorism there was on the wane. Atal Bihari Vajpayee called Indira Gandhi ‘Maa Durga’ post the partition of Bangladesh and Pakistan, the war that India won under the late Gandhi.

Now cut to present times, Arvind Kejriwal’s motley crew could create a massive wave in New Delhi, formed the government, but could not manage to sell his resignation as a ‘tyaag’ for the higher ideals he espouses today. If he had managed to do that, this election would be a different story but today especially in eastern UP he has to live with the title ‘Bhagoda’. If we look around the world, Barack Obama has a well crafted image. Bill Clinton’s image of being an efficient economy manager saved him from further embarrassment in the Monica Lewinsky scandal

If we look around today Team Modi has made best use of the all available means of perception management while the Congress, a late starter, has managed to catch up somewhat. AAP’s dedicated volunteer force has been working very hard on twitter, face book and other forms of digital media. The sheer scale of the BJP campaign to give Modi a very clean scrub in these elections is commendable and note worthy. His speeches are crafted, his interviews fixed, his pregnant pauses a reminder of Vajpayee and his symbols all keep pushing into us that he a steroidal Hindu but with a magic wand of development of India. His choice of Varanasi as his second safe constituency, his plastic cheap white lotus symbol, his ‘Maa Gange ne bulaya hai’ are all crafted to suit his audience but could have been used by his competitors, instead he has got a free run so far. 

His nearest competitor, these days as I see it is Priyanka Gandhi, is neither a post holder in the Congress party nor a candidate from any of the constituencies going to polls. Her mannerisms, her retorts (‘Is desh ko chalane ke liye Chappan inch ki chhati nahin, dariya jaisa dil chahiye’), her dress sense, her television presence and the way she is comfortable with the citizens of the country are all things that make her a great leader to craft for image-gurus in times to come. We should look forward to some more of her and maybe a lot of her starting in the near future.

As for now, let’s look at two more weeks of elections left in India in which small symbols, mannerisms and who says what is starting to matter a lot as constituencies have tight three or four cornered battles in the very important area of eastern Uttar Pradesh or Poorvanchal.

Author : Gaurav Kapoor

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Whatsapp Now Has Half A Billion Users! Saw Fastest Growth In India #Android


WhatsApp, the instant messaging service now has 500 million active users across the world, beating even Facebook by length to become fastest growing service ever when it comes to rate of user acquisition.

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In an official blog the company on Wednesday also revealed that its users share 700 million photos and 100 million videos each day. On April 1 the company also declared that its users have shared 64 billion messages within 24 hours, creating a new record.

“Thank you all, half a billion people throughout the world are now regular and active users of WhatsApp,” the post read. “In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work – because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.”

WhatsApp is way ahead in the race than its owner Facebook by acquiring 419 million users in the first four years after its launch whereas the social networking giant which bought instant messenger for whopping $19 billion had 145 million users, according to ReadWrite, a technology news website.  

Jan Koum, the CEO of WhatsApp said to Recode, a website that includes tech news, out of these 500 million users, about 48 million users are Indians, which is also the fastest growing user base for WhatsApp. In Brazil, the messaging app has 45 million users. Alltogether, WhatsApp and Facebook now possess nearly 1.5 billion active users, offering the networking giant a huge reach, especially on Smartphones.

In spite of the large user base, it is still unclear that how Facebook can monetize WhatsApp. The messaging service doesn’t host any advertisement and both CEOs have mentioned that this is not going to change anytime soon.

 “In spite of its rapid growth, we have not yet thought of monetizing WhatsApp,” Koum said to Recode. The main focus is on offering clean and usable instant messaging service, “there is no sufficient money and celebrities in the world to convince people to use worthless products. Nowadays people are so tech savvy. People look for a better user experience”, Koum added.

Koum also informed that the free voice call service on WhatsApp will make available to the users in the following months.

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TOTAKASHTAKAM – for Stress Relief #Spritituality #Hinduism


VIDITAKILA SASTRA SUDHA JALATHE

MAHITOPA NISATKATHI TARTHANIDHE

HRDAYEKALAYE VIMALAM SARANAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||1||

 

O THOU, THE KNOWER OF ALL THE MILK-OCEAN OF SCRIPTURES! THE EXPOUNDER OF THE TOPICS OF GREAT UPANISADIC TREASURE-TROVE! ON THY FAULTLESS FEET I MEDITATE IN MY HEART. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

KARUNA VARUNALAYA PALAYA MAM

BHVASAGARA DUKHA VIDUNAHRDAM

RACAYAKHILA DARSHANA THATVANIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||2||

 

O THE OCEAN OF CAMPASSION! SAVE ME WHOSE HEART IS TORMENTED BY THE MISERY OF THE SEA OF BIRTH! MAKE ME UNDERSTAND THE TRUTHS OF ALL THE SCHOOLS OF PHILOSOPHY! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVATA JANATA SUHITA BHAVITA

NIJABODHA VICARANA CHARUMATE

KALAYESHVARA JIVA VIVEKAVIDAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||3||

 

BY THEE, THE MASSES HAVE BEEN MADE HAPPY. O THOU WHO HAST A NOBLE INTELLECT SKILLED IN THE INQUIRY INTO SELF-KNOWLEDGE! ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND THE WISDOM RELATING TO GOD AND THE SOUL. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

BHAVA EVA BHAVANITI ME NITARAM

SAMAJAYATA CHETASI KAUTUKITA

MAMAVARAYA MOHA MAHAJALADHIM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||4||

 

KNOWING THAT THOU ART VERILY THE SUPREME LORD, THERE ARISES OVERWHELMING BLISS IN MY HEART. PROTECT ME FROM THE VAST OCEAN OF DELUSION. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

SUKRTE DHIKRETE BAHIDHA BHAVATO

BHAVITA SAMA DARSHANA LALASATA

ATIHINAMIMAM PARIPALAYA MAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||5||

 

DESIRE FOR THE INSIGHT INTO UNITY THROUGH THEE WILL SPRING ONLY WHEN VIRTUOUS DEEDS ARE PERFORMED IN ABUNDANCE AND IN VARIOUS DIRECTIONS. PROTECT THIS EXTREMELY HELPLESS PERSON. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

JAGATIMAVITUM KALITAKRITAYO

VICHARANTI MAHAMANA SASCHALATAH

AHIMAM STURIVATRA VIBHASI GURO

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||6||

 

OH TEACHER! FOR SAVING THE WORLD, THE GREAT ASSUME VARIOUS FORMS AND WANDER IN DISGUISE. OF THEM, THOU SHINEST LIKE THE SUN. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

GURUPUNGAVA PUNGAVA KETANA TE

SAMATAM AYATAM NAHI KO’PI SUDHIH

SARANAGATAVATSALA TATTVINIDHE

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||7||

 

O THE BEST OF THE TEACHERS! THE SUPREME LORD HAVING THE BULL AS BANNER! NONE OF THE WISE IS EQUAL TO THEE! THOU WHO ART COMPASSIONATE TO THOSE WHO HAVE TAKEN REFUGE! THE TREASURE TROVE OF TRUTH! BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

 

VIDITA NA MAYA VISHATAIKAKALA

NACHA KINCANA KANCANAMASTI GURO

DRUTAMEVA VIDEHI KRUPAM SAHAJAM

BHAVA SANKARA DESIKA ME SARANAM ||8||

 

NOT EVEN A SINGLE BRANCH OF KNOWLEDGE HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD BY ME CORRECTLY. NOT EVEN THE LEAST WEALTH DO I POSSESS, O TEACHER. BESTOW ON ME QUICKLY THY NATURAL GRACE. BE THOU MY REFUGE O MASTER, SANKARA

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