Our community is spread across the world, right from the United States to small villages in Dakshina Karnataka. Back in our original land, the Tulunadu, we have many “Gurus”, who guide us in every aspect of our lives. In this section, we publish the literal blessings from these Gurus of our Guru Mathas, and make it accessible to all our people living in different parts of the world.
Blessings by Shri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji, Pejavara Adhokshaja Matha
Sri Sri Madhwacharya, the founder of Popular Madhwa Philosophy and the founder of Srikrishna Temple at Udupi, Sri Sri Vadiraja Swamiji of Sode Mutt, Sri Sri vijayadhwaja Teertha, Pandit Trivikramacharya and so many Vaishnava Saints have come from Udupi Shivalli Tradition. Their teachings and preachings are ideals of our life, which should be properly perceives and practiced in our daily life. Our traditional inheritance is the Dharma and Samskruthi as enunciated in their treatises which should be respected preserved and practiced. Shivalli Brahmin have a long tradition behind them which is special to themselves. As time passed the strong tradition of Shivalli Culture started eroding. Which should be strengthened and preserved for the future.
Sri Sri Mdhwacharya said – the life is transient but the fruits of life can be be devided broadly in three – Vidya (Knowledge), Karma (Work), Suta (Nest generation).
Knowledge is the Philosophical knowledge of Religions scriptures. It influences our culture which will still be deposited in our Atma and carried to forward to our next birth.
Karma is good doings in our daily life, the fruits of which are also carried to our next births.
The third fruit is our future generation. Our sons and daughters who may learn the greatest things of shivalli philosophy and ideology which will be carried forward down to ages. The teachings and preachings of our ancient sages and seers should reach down our sons and grandsons and this is called descending tradition.
This work is done by the website shivallibrahmins.com which collects various peaces of information of this shivalli tradition, keeps the same in the proper order. I wish the benefits of this website should reach every member of shivalli community and guide him in proper direction.
Lord Krishna bless us all.
Sri Sri Sri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji Sri Pejavara Adhokshaja matha,
Sri Jagadguru Madhwacharya Mahasamsthaanam, Udupi
Blessings from Sri Sri Sri Vidya Prasanna Teerthaa Swamiji, Subrahmanya Matha
The Brahmin community is an inseparable part of the traditional Hindu Society. In the larger Brahmin community, the Shivalli Brahmin community has a long history. There are several views regarding its origin. According to one view, the Shivalli Brahmin community came to Parasurama Kshetra (Dakshina Kannada) from a North Indian location called “Ahichatra”, at the invitation of King Mayuravarma. This view has been mentioned in “Grama Paddhati”, compiled by Bhattacharya. Another view is that the Shivalli Brahmins came to Dakshina Kannada from Ananthashayana of Kerala. The word “Shivalli” has originated from the word Shreevari which means the surrounding Gopuram of the temple. As the Shivalli Brahmins were working in the temple surroundings, they must have got this name. Gradually the word Shreevari got transformed into Shivalli. Naturally there is the view that Sri Anantha Padmanabha is the family diety to all Shivalli Brahmins. There is also the opinion that Sri Thirupathi Venkatramana is our family diety.
Our community has been worshipping several sub-deities. Our elders have preserved several ancient customs and traditions. However, due to the lethargy of the younger generations many of these customs and practices are getting lost. In spite of that, it is a matter of pride that the Shivalli community has preserved many ancient customs and practices. We can discover several laudable practices in our community. The practice of purifying the ground with cow dung special conventions regarding rice (musure) and saliva taints are some of the examples for this. They cannot be found in any other communities or cultures.
Dwaita , Adwaitha and Vishishtadvaitha are the three main branches of the Hindu philosophy. The founder of the Advaitha philosophy, the world famous saint Sri Shankaracharya was born in the State of Kerala. The propogater of Vishishtadwaitha, Sri Ramanujacharya belonged to Tamilnadu. The founder of Dwaitha philosophy, the world Saint Sri Madhvacharya was born in Karnataka, and it is a matter of pride to us that Sri Madhvacharya was born in the Shivalli Brahmin community. The Shivalli Madhva Brahmins and the Shivalli Smartha Brahmins together form the Shivalli Brahmin community.
In the recent years, there is a tendency among the people of our community to go away to distant places in search of jobs. For the Shivalli Brahmins, talent remains the only basis for life. In fact ours is a generous community, which has shown tolerance and love to all people. However many non-Brahmins level several complaints and criticisms at us.Some of these complaints are that we have monopolized knowledge and have flourished; exploiting the lower castes. However these complaints are baseless. People continue to criticize Brahmins, envying their talents. As a result, Brahmins are being deprived of scope and opportunities. However by the grace of God their position in the society has gone up in proportion to an increase in attacks on them. They have been able to elevate themselves educationally and socially. As a result of this, a large number of them have gone to foreign countries.
The Brahmins must, in fact give guidance and direction to others. However now some Brahmins, mingling with other people, are lowering their own position. It is the responsibilitiy of the Brahmins to raise the other people to their own heights. But now we are degrading ourselves. We are slowly losing our ancient traditions and practices. Our young men and women are not willing to guard our tradition. At the same time it is consoling to note that here and there, some people are making some attempts. Due to worldly attractions and involvement of our people in commercial activities, our culture at present is facing many difficulties. We have given up the custom of dining on the floor. We use dining tables instead. Similarly every morning after a fresh bath, the prayer practice too is left behind by many Brahmins. Gayatri Mantra is the greatest of all mantras. Even the German people have realized its greatness and are thinking of patenting it. This alone indicates the greatness of this “Mantra”.
Muscle power is the strongest power of all. However instead of depending on it, Brahmins are now depended mainly on the spiritual power – “Brahma Tejo Balam Balam”. The Brahmins can acquire this spiritual power only with the help of “Gayathri Japam”. The daily practice of this Japam enkindles our mind – “Dhiyoyonah Prachodayath”. We don’t understand why Brahmins find no time to practice Gayathri Mantra everyday. Indeed it is saddening to notice that Brahmins are going away from this Mantra.
The Yoga tradition, which is a part of the ancient culture, is now attracting the foreigners. The foreign institutions are giving serious attention to Yoga. This just reminds to us that every thought, theory and practice of Indian culture is a model and example to the whole world. If man does not preserve the values of our tradition he is bound to lose peace. The Shanti Mantras, which have come down from the Indian Tradition (Om Shanthihi Shanthihi Shanthihi ) are spreading peace. If man must upgrade himself in life, he must have peace. However these peace hymns are disappearing. At the absence of these hymns there cannot be peace in the society. A Brahmin must practice minimum conventions. Everyday he must practice Gayathri Japam 1000 times, or 100 times. Every day thrice or at least twice he must practice Japam. Minimum he must practice Gayathri at least 10 times everyday. If possible, he must practice Krishna Japam and other Japas. Unless he practices Gayathri 10 times and Ashtakshari, it is futile being born as a Brahmin. It is painful that being caught in the storm of the modern attractions, we have gone so far away from our culture that it is becoming impossible to return.
Once there was a dead body on the sea shore. A crow came and sat on it in order to eat it. While it was pecking at it, the corpse was carried to the middle of the sea by the waves. Being busy in eating the flesh of the corpse, the crow was unaware of it. When it finally opened its eyes, it was at a point from where it was impossible to return. Similarly being caught by the enchantment of the worldly pleasures, not being aware of where we are, one day we will be at a point from where it is impossible to return. Not only we will be far away, but even our children and grand children will be distanced from our culture and tradition. It would be impossible to acquire that tradition again. We must think about this problem seriously. There is an urgent need to preserve and protect our traditional values. Life does not just mean the worldly life filled with worldly pleasures. Our community must understand that the spiritual life is far more superior and greater than this worldly life. We also know that quite a number of youth are showing interest in the spiritual life.
Even in Kerala, the King and Monarchs have appointed Shivalli Brahmins as priests in temples in Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram etc. It clearly shows that there is a lot of respect to our practices. It is very painful that the practices, which have upheld us in the society, are being relinquished by us. This is a sad truth, which must be seriously pondered upon.
It is encouraging to note that some of our youngsters are interested in our traditional values. When some people tried to find a way to transfer information regarding the Shivalli Brahmins to all the members of the community, who are spread in different parts of the world, the answer that they found was website. The fear that the fast degeneration of the Shivalli culture would soon result in the total disappearance of this community, has inculcated the editor of this website to initiate this project. Now the Shivalli youths are posed with questions regarding their backgrounds, traditions and practices. They have the responsibility of answering these questions properly and efficiently. However due to lack of enough information regarding our history, they may fail to carry out this responsibility and may find themselves in a fix. If the lack of such information should be solved, the Tulu Shivalli Madhva community and Tulu Shivalli Smartha community together must seriously study their background and tradition and collect information about them. With this purpose, this website is started.
A large number of the young men and women of our community are spread all over the world. Those youth must assist in developing and improving our community. They can help the community by promoting the educational development of the poor Shivalli Brahmins, and by sponsoring ‘Samoohika Upanayanas’ to the Shivalli children. Most importantly, the Shivalli Brahmins must marry within the community and avoid inter – community marriages. That way they should safeguard the purity of the community. We must understand that inter community and inter-caste marriages will seriously harm our tradition. So our values must be spread across our community.
We are greatly delighted at the start of the website, which intends to throw light on our history and life style and to develop and strengthen our organization. We wish that it would link and unite all the members of our community, who are scattered all over the world, and its message would reach all.
Invoking Shrimannarayana Smaranas,
Sri Sri Sri Vidya Prasanna Teerthaa Swamiji,
Srinajjagdguru Sri Madvacharya Maha Samsthaanam,
Sri Samputa Narasimha Subrahmanya mutt,
Subrahmanya, D.K. District, Karnataka.
Blessings by Shri Shri Vishwaprasanna Teertha Swamiji, Pejavara Adhokshaja Matha
Blessings by Shri Vidyasagara Teertha Swamiji, Krishapura Matha
ಧರ್ಮಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಯ ಬಗೆಗೆ ಜಾಗೃತಿ, ನಮ್ಮ ಪರಂಪರೆಗಳ ಇತಿಹಾಸ, ಅನೂಚಾನವಾಗಿ ಪಾಲಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದಿರುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಚಾರ ವಿಚಾರಗಳು, ಅಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮಿಕ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಸೇವೆಗೈದ ಮಹನೀಯರ ಚರಿತ್ರೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮೌಲ್ಯಯುಕ್ತ ಕೃತಿಗಳ ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಇವೇ ಮೊದಲಾದ ವಿಷಯಗಳ ಬಗೆಗೆ ಜಗತ್ತಿನಾದ್ಯಂತ ಇರುವ ತುಳು ಬ್ರಾಹ್ಮಣ ಸಮಾಜಕ್ಕೆ ಅರಿವನ್ನು ಮೂಡಿಸುವ ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನವು ಶ್ಲಾಘನೀಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡ ತಮ್ಮ ಕಾರ್ಯ ವೈಖರಿಯು ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಲಿ, ತುಳು ವಿಪ್ರ ಬಾಂಧವರು ಅವುಗಳ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯುವಂತಾಗಲಿ ಮತ್ತು ಭಗವತ್ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆಯನ್ನು ಮೂಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವಂತಾಗಲಿ ಎ೦ದು ನಾವು ಆಶಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.
ಶ್ರೀ ಶ್ರೀ ವಿದ್ಯಾಸಾಗರ ತೀರ್ಥ ಸ್ವಾಮೀಜಿ, ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾಪುರ ಮಠ, ಉಡುಪಿ
ಶ್ರೀ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾಪುರ ಮಠ,