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The Philosophy of Kalaripayattu Weapons

Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh with Sword   The Philosophy of Kalaripayattu Weapons Author Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh           Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh is an Indian Martial arts Guru, renowned for his expertise in ancient Indian martial arts, kalaripayattu. He is a fifth-generation Kalaripayattu Guru, who leads Agastyam Kalaripayattu, boasting a remarkable legacy of 127 years. Beyond martial arts, he is also a filmmaker, media personality, and writer, with a strong commitment to promote Kalaripayattu as a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.   Kalari weapons             K alaripayattu isn't just about physical combat; it embodies a profound philosophy of discipline, self-control, and respect for life. Weapons training teaches practitioners to be responsible and ethical warriors, emphasizing the importance of preserving  life and using their skills for protection only when necessary.  Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh with Sword and Shield               Kalaripayattu, originated in t

Agasthyar sidhar In Ramayana

  Agasthyar sidhar Agasthyar sidhar In Ramayana Gurukkal Dr. S Mahesh N amaste           In Ramayana, we find the meeting of Agasthya and Rama at two points. The portion which I recited now is from Aranyakandam. It is the section of the epic in which Sri Rama, Sita Devi and Lakshmana are travelling through the forest. They visit Agasthya’s ashram. This episode illustrates Agasthya seeing Rama for the first time and the joy it brings him.            Agasthya appears later at a totally different location in the epic. Where? There Agasthya teaches Rama the Aditya Hridaya Mantra which praises the Sun God. In part that I recited, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana are in the forest with Sutheeshna and they reach Agasthya’s ashram. We can see Agasthya appears in Ramayana, Mahabharata, the Vedas and the Upanishads.As we are now celebrating Ramayana month of Karkidaka in Kerala,             it is auspicious to reflect on Agasthya’s important presence in the Ramayana.           Agasthya has