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Shrimatam camp Schedule - updates:
9 Oct - Puja at Kamakshi Kalyana Mandapam, Kanchipuram
10 & 11 Oct - Puja at Prasan Vidya Mandir, Periya Manikara St, Chengalpet (Near Chengalpattu Bus/Railway station)
11 Oct evening- Camp returns to Shrimatam, Kanchipuram
12 Oct onwards - Puja at Shrimatam, Kanchipuram

Camp Adayapalam - Photo Gallery
Camp Adayapalam - Visit to Arani Shiva Temple- 7 Oct. 2015
Camp Adayapalam - Visits to village temples - 6 Oct. 2015
Yuva Sankeerthan - 11 Oct. 2015
Camp Adayapalam - Agrapalayam Village visit - 6 Oct. 2015
Camp Adayapalam - Attimalaipattu Village visit - 6 Oct. 2015
Camp Adayapalam - Medical Camp - 6 Oct. 2015
Camp at Adayapalam - Update - 3 & 4 Oct. 2015
Camp at Adayapalam - Update - 2 Oct. 2015
Camp at Adayapalam - Temple Visit- 2 Oct. 2015

Shrimatam camp at Adayapalam 29 Sep. 2015 onwards

Camp at Adayapalam - Update - 29 Sep. 2015
Camp at Adayapalam - Parayanam of Appaya Dikshitar's works commences- 29 Sep. 2015
Arrival at Adayapalam - 28 Sep. 2015
Vishwaroopa Yatra performed - 28 Sep. 2015
Sama Veda Sabha Purti - 28 Sep. 2015
Sama Veda Sammelanam commences at Shrimatam - 23 Sep. 2015
Vishwaroopa Yatra - 28 Sep. 2015

Gautama Maharsi who composed the Nyaya-sutra is called "Aksapada". He was always so wrapped up in thought that he was often oblivious of the outside world. We call scientists, professors and such people "absent-minded" and retail jokes about them. Gautama too was absent-minded. One day as he was walking along, brooding over some philosophical problem, he fell into a well. Isvara then rescued him and fixed eyes to his feet. Thus, as he walked, he would be guided by the pair of new eyes. That is how he came to be called "Aksapada", one with eyes on his feet. So goes the story.

Vatsyayana wrote a bhasya for the Nyaya-sutra and Uddyotakara a vartika. Vacaspatimisra, who was a great non-dualist, wrote a gloss called Nyaya-vartika-tatparya-tika. Udayanacarya write a gloss on this gloss: it is known as Tatparya-tika-parisuddhi. He also wrote the Nyaya-kusumanjali. To recall what I said before, he was foremost among responsible for the decline of Buddhism in India. Jayanta wrote a commentary on the Nyaya-sutra called Nyaya-manjari. Annambhatta wrote the Tarka-samgraha and himself wrote a commentary on it called Dipika. Usually students of Nyaya start with the last-mentioned two works.

It is believed that the Ravana-bhasya, a commentary on Kanadas Vaisesika-sutra, is no longer available. However, a bhasya-like work called Padartha-dharma-samgraha by Prasastapada is still extant. Udayana has commented on it. Recently, Uttamur Sri Viraraghavacariyar wrote a book called Vaisesika-rasayana.

Vaisesika came to be called "Aulukya-darsana". "Uluka" means an owl-the English word "owl" is from "ulu". What belongs to, or what is concerned with, the owl is "aulukya". Kanada himself was called "Uluka". If Gautama, always lost in thought, fell one day into the well, Kanada was so absorbed in his philosophical investigations by day that he had to go begging for his food at night. He got the nickname of "Uluka" from this fact, that is he was not seen during day time and went about at night. (Bhagavan says in the Gita. that the night of the ignorant man is the day of the wise and enlightened man, jnanin. So all jnanins are owls in this sense).

Vaisesika is also called "Kanada-sastra" after the name of its founder, Kanada. Not the Tamil "kanada". A scholar has said jocularly that Kanada founded his system after having seen (kandu). Grammar and Vaisesika are believed to be of great help in the study of all subjects. So the saying:

Kanadam Paniniyam ca sarvasastropakarakam.

Like grammar (which originated in Nataraja's damaru), Nyaya and Vaisesika are also connected with Siva. In the Vaisesika treatises obeisance is paid to Mahesvara who is regarded as the Paramatman. The Saiva schools hold the view that Isvara is the "nimitta" or cause of the universe.

About "Hindu Dharma"
"Hindu Dharma" is a book which contains English translation of certain invaluable and engrossing speeches of Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi MahaSwamiji (at various times during the years 1907 to 1994).
For a general background, please see here