Friday, November 26, 2010

Vedic Maths Coaching to Srimaan Trust Students

Following the article about our Trust in the Pengalmalar of Dinamalar, a volunteer came forward to teach the children of our SRIMAAN BHATTAR GURUKULAM and SRIMAAN BHATTAR KUZHAM, a novel method of arithmetic called Vedic Maths

The volunteer has been impressed by the various services of our Trust and wants to offer his share to the students’ society. His method of teaching Vedic Maths seems to minimize the efforts needed to memorize the tables and to solve the sums of addition, subtraction etc. in an easier way.

An introduction class was conducted on 14th November 2010 which proved to be successful in receiving appreciation from students and parents.

The volunteer has offered to conduct classes on Sundays for gurukulam and bhattar kuzham students. May he and his service be blessed by Acharyah!

Check out a few photos from the inauguration function:

You can also view the videos of this function here.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Emberumanar Arranges and Steers Forward Everything!

A Sacred Desire Fulfilled!

The fivefold sacraments (Pancha Samskara) should be performed on every Srivaishnava by an Acharya, so have directed all our Purvacharyas. A student of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam, Chi. Srinivas of Hyderabad was due to undergo this sanctifying ceremony. As his Acharya was in Hyderabad, he had to spare a few days for the same and the student as well as our Swami and Ammangar didn’t want his curriculum disturbed.

Hence Swami arranged to perform the function at Srirangam itself and the acharya of the student understood the situation and accepted to make a visit to Srirangam. Acharya of the student, modest and humble came over to Srirangam and administered the sacraments on the student to qualify him with the inextricable relationship with Paramathma.

After the ceremony was over, the acharya swami enquired and heard of the kainkaryams undertaken by our Trust and was much impressed and pleased. He evaluated the children’s performances and praised our Swami and Ammangar for their selfless kainkaryam for the uplift of Emberumanar Dharshanam. He also assured of his full cooperation in the kainkaryams of the Trust.

A quick photo of the function are attached here:

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Basking in Holy Luminescence

The parents think…

How good does it feel when our children are with us for a festival but they hop from shop to shop to buy the sweets and savouries to celebrate the festival? Or does it not hurt when they prepare their own delicacies when we are around the corner?

Such were the ruminations of Periya Perumal and and SriRenganachiar on the eve of Deepavali. In such a magnificent residence ( Thiruvaranagam PeriyaKoil) of theirs, where, with every striking hour a new Prasadam is piously prepared, why should their children residing in close vicinity(read Srirangam) arduously cook their own Deepavali Bakshanams? Can’t the flower like Thirukkai ( Hands) of SriRenganachiar not dish out aromatic items for her dearest children?


Zap go the orders….

Instantly went the instructions to Her beloved son Sri Parasara Bhattar who immediately passed on the news to His descendents and thus the atmosphere at SriKoorathazhwan sannidhi was set abuzz with feverish festivity ! The sole aim being the preparation of Deepavali Bakshanams inside the Koil and under the strict supervision of SriRenganachiar and its distribution to the Kainkarya paras and also the less-privileged school goers of Srirangam.

Experts called in..

Srivaishnavites known for their expertise in Srivaishnava cuisine and also the subtleties of Koil Aacharam were invited and the preparations began in grand style. 4 hours of non stop soaking, stewing, mixing, cooking & frying followed and finally the much awaited Baadusha, Mixture, …………..? were geared up for consumption. 2000 pottalams(packets) of Badushas and 100 kilos of Mixture were readied drenched in the reverberation of Dvayam continuously uttered by the volunteers of Srimaan Trust.

Supervisors show the Green card…

The prasadams were placed before SriKoorathazhwan and Sri Parasara Bhattar whose Thirumukha mandalam seemed pleased as a sign of satisfaction as regards the quality of preparations . Overjoyed , the Descendents of Parasara Bhattar along with the volunteers of Srimaan Trust headed straight to the Thirumaaligais of Acharyapurushas adorning the streets of Srirangam and humbly served them the Bakshanams. Every A.Purusha family accepted the Prasadams with great warmth. One family was so joyous that they exclaimed they’ll stop all preparations at their Thirumaaligai from the following year and anticipate the Prasadam from the premise of Their eternal Parents!

Grace of The Couple permeates….


After the Divine exchange with the Kainkarya-para families , the volunteers paced their feet to Aranganayaki and South Ranga School . Addressing the congregation of over 1000 children, the volunteers explained the importance of Deepavali celebration and stressed the need to inculcate the Athma Gunas ( basic human qualities) embodied in our Scriptures. The children were rapt in attention and imbibed the crux of the teaching. The Volunteers ended the interaction with the distribution of Sweets and Mixture.

Needless to say, this Deepavali brought huge smiles in the Thirumukhams of SriKooratazhwan, Sri Parasara Bhattar , Kainkarya-Paras , the less privileged Children, volunteers …………….and of course the initiators of this whole happening, the Ever lovely and grace radiating Eternal Couple!

A few photographs from this divine occasion are shared below:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

DEEPAWALI KONDATTAM – Phase - I

Srimaan Trust is conducting weekly Spiritual Classes on every Friday for more than 4 years at South Ranga Middle School, Srirangam.  The students are being given the spirit and knowledge of spirituality and all the teachers cooperate very much in the mission.

As usual this year also Srimaan Trust arranged to issue Sweet and Savory pockets to school children on 02.11.10. All the children of South Ranga Middle school were issued of Sweet and savory pockets prepared at Sri Koorathazhwan Sannidhi. Smt. Suguna Teacher introduced Smt. Vijaya a dedicated sponsor of Sath kainkaryams without revealing her identity. The Headmistress and Teachers attended the function with appreciation and thankfulness.

The hall was filled with light from the happiness in the faces of the children. The Headmistress thanked the Trust for its continuous service to provide spiritual knowledge for the children added with appreciable prasadams every week.

May Sri Kuresa bless them with wisdom of Srivaishnavism ! You can view a few photographs from this divine occasion here:

Monday, November 1, 2010

A writeup on Gurukulam students visit to Gopurapatti

God is Omnipresent. “Engum vulam kannan” reverberates azhvar as declared by PrahladAzhvan in the puranas. Then why do we need to go to a temple to worship the supreme Lord?

In our house we have many rooms. All rooms are constructed in a similar way with cement and concrete and floors are tiled, still each room is given a different name and we prefer to cook only in our kitchen and read only in our reading room. Will you feel comfortable to take a bath in your kitchen or chat with your friends in a bathroom? Similarly though the Supreme Lord resides in each and every object in this world still it gives a pleasant feeling to give him a specific form and name and worship him as namperumal or Devaperumal in a serene atmosphere inside a temple.

Anyone cannot construct a house, it needs a well trained civil engineer who has learnt the nuances of constructing and designing the houses to lay proper foundation and provide a safe place for us to live. Similarly building a temple is also an art and has to be learnt under proper guidance. The pancharatra and Vaikanasa Agamas elaborates in detail on the temple architecture. Agamas are part of sastras that gives details about the temple worship from building the temple, placing the deity inside and then performing various rituals to maintain the sanctity of the temple.

An engineer constructs a house but when does it become a home? Difference between house and home is that house is just a neatly designed/constructed place that provides a roof for living. But home is a place where people dwell with certain code of conduct, principles, peace and harmony. House is just a insentient object but a home has life in it. So just building a temple is not enough so the agamas continue to explain the way the deities are placed and given life and procedures of samprokshanam etc. Does the duty of the mother end with just giving birth to the child? No. She needs to take care of the child with utmost care, bath the child, feed the child and give the child all it needs and mainly her love for it.

So the agamas then proceed to teach how the Lord has to be awoken with suprabhatham (Thirupalliyezhuchi), followed by thiruvaradhanam (morning, afternoon and evening prayers) and thirumanjanam (divine bath) and bhogam (feeding the Lord). The appropriate ways and times of worship are detailed in the agamas. Not stopping with the daily affairs the agamas also give details of the monthly celebrations and yearly special occasions viz., Brahmotsava, vasanthotasava, pavithrotsava etc.

So any novice cannot just enter the sanctum santorium of the supreme Lord and become a aradhaka. Only well trained people in the agama who are eligible to learn the same as detailed by the sastras can perform thiruvaradhana to our Supreme master who with utmost love and care for all of us has descended down in the form of archa roopi in various divya kshetrams.

Thhe Agama sastra. Thereby Agama learning is a very important field in the vaidhika education. Unfortunately the greatness of this education has not been realised by many in the past decades and hence there has been a sharp decline in the number of archakas who are well proficient in tereby a sad state has resulted in remote villages where many temples remain without proper aradhakas and some archakas take care of more than one temple in view of improving their revenue. How sad that the emperumans so close to the heart of azhvars and acharyas are now without anyone to take care of.

Keeping all this in mind, Our Srimaan Trust started the Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam in Srirangam to train small kids in the various fields of Vaidhika and Lowkika education. The students of this gurukulam stay full time and learn Vedas, Agamas and divya prabhandham combined with their academic education. Part of the students who are getting training in pancharatra agama have now completed their initial course of study and hence have learnt to do suprabhatham, thiruvaradhanam and thirumanjanam to the Lord and have now entered into the next course- Lessons onBrahmotsavam.

Theoritical learning can only enhance our knowledge but practical sessions enable one to experience reality. By the divine grace of namperumal and periya pirattiyar these small budding future care takers of emperumans got a very rare but interesting opportunity to put their learning into practice not just to the Lord in their gurukulam but to the emperuman in a real temple premises. Wow! What a challenging practical experience to the small kids!

Gopurapatti is a divya kshetram near Srirangam, where the Lord reclines on His serpent bed very similar to Periya perumal in Srirangam. The temple after renovation, is dwelling after completion of samprokshanam very recently.( SEE THE PICTURE OF GOPURAPATTI EMBERUMAN ATTACHED HEREWITH) Our Gurukulam budding archakas visited the temple very early in the morning last Monday well prepared for worshipping the Lord as per the agamas. Prasadam was prepared and taken in hand. Starting with waking the Lord with Suprabhatham each step by step procedure was done by the gurukulam students (9 of them are specializing in Agama) under the able guidance of their teacher. The satisfaction and happiness in the face of the kids who returned back cannot be explained by mere words. Enthusiasm filled each one of them. They seemed to have got more clarity and have developed greater desire to learn more and more.

Hope by the divine grace of the divine couples these kids will be blessed to get more such opportunities to learn, perform and become well trained Agama experts to take care of the divine kshetra emperumans close to the hearts of our revered azhvars and acharyas and thereby become wonderful guides to all the devotees who come to worship the Supreme Lord. Let them become torch bearers to remove the darkness of ignorance from the minds of the visiting devotees.

Let us all give our heart felt mangalasasanams to these children and also try to help in what ever way we can.

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