Sunday, August 28, 2011

CARD GAME TO WARD OFF TENSION ALONG WITH SIN !

On a sleepy Sunday noon, amidst the desolate streets of Srirangam, a devout volunteer of Srimaan Trust entered an apartment to handover a set of Sampradaya books asked by a donor. Finding the door no. and finally the owner, the volunteer was greeted with great warmth despite the oddity of the time of his visit.


The donor introduced his spouse, parents (all of whom were enjoying their summer siesta) and finally the cynosure of his eyes, his ‘children’. 3 in no. and studying in 2nd, 6th and 9th grades respectively, these lively children were engaged in one activity which seemed to engross all their senses and turn them oblivious of the volunteer’s presence. They were playing ‘WWF Cards’ (for those of you who aren’t aware of this, please break open your child’s wardrobe or peek into his cupboard or find it from the internet. A very addictive form of game with the single greatest benefit of blowing out your time and incidentally your brains too).


The donor cut a severe glance at them and turned his attention to the volunteer. He lamented that these kids spent their Sundays religiously playing this card game which had turned into an obsession for them. If he snatched away the cards, the kids would coolly tread to the next door and start afresh from their friends cards. The donor wished these children would spend time productively and at the same time entertainingly.


The volunteer came back contemplating the conversation with the donor and in a couple of days an idea struck him. These children want entertainment. They want to enjoy. They want to be together. They want thrill. They want suspense. They also want to kill time. Why not introduce a similar card game with Divya-desams and azhwars as the theme? A game in the lines of WWF Cards but with Emperuman,the creator of muscle as the entertaining factor and not the muscle wrenching wrestlers. Even the adults can play and enrich their knowledge of Sampradayam. So much spirituality can be injected into the human heart through such a game!


Thus, with meticulous planning and discussions, Srimaan Trust has come out with "Sampradaya playing cards". A set of 108 cards (each card depicting each divvy- desam). These cards are to be equally distributed among the players and the game would begin!


It is to be remembered that The Jagadacharya Shri Ramanujacharya was greatly impressed by children who played games involving Emperumaan.


The game would benefit the whole of your family in the following ways:

  • Gain mastery in :
    1. Knowledge of each divya-desam.
    2. Name of Perumal and Nachiar.
    3. The total number of pasurams for a divya desam.
    4. The chapter( pathu) and padhigam in which it features.
    5. The Azhwars who’ve sung for the divvy-desam.
    6. The geographic distribution of Divya Desams since each card contains the Naadu (location) to which the divya desam belongs.
    7. Posture and direction of each divya desam Emperman.
  • Cleanse the minds of the players since every throw of card would make them chant the name of the divya desam and emperumaan.
  • Bring joy to SrimanNarayanan since a mortal (whether with Bhakthi or not) chants His name and His Divya-desam when playing the game.
  • Have the sevai of each divya desa perumal each time the card is used.
  • The air would be kept pure and pious where the name of Divya Desams and the Perumals of those divya desams keeps reverberating.
  • The cards can be played while travelling on Yatra and note about the divya desam travelled to can be penned down on the back of the card for future reference.
  • The cards can be easily handled owing to their palm size. The description of a divya desam in a book cannot be torn and taken to that divya desam but these cards are easily separable and can be carried easily.
  • These cards can also be used for conducting quiz competitions among the children of the family.
These cards can be the best set of gifts that you can give to anyone be them young or old.

Please place your order(s) at the earliest and keep ready the Navarathri gift now itself !

A clean sweep of Prarabdham !

Keeping our dwelling places very clean is of paramount importance to each one of us. Hence, every morning we engage ourselves or a maid on our behalf to do this work with utmost perfection. When it comes to the dwelling place of the Supreme Being, each one of us has the responsibility to keep it clean too as His place is nothing but our place.

Was it for Himself that He has descended His abode and settled amidst the most vulnerable planet in the Universe? A planet where in addition to the natural calamities, planned human calamities rock in succession? The sole object of His stay amidst us has been to redeem us from the clutches of Samsara. We have been caught in the web of samsara by our own deeds. He out of utmost benevolence and unconditional grace has conspired to save us.

Coming to the point, keeping His place clean is as important as keeping ours blemishless. But who will do this kainkaryam? Just as the responsibility to run the State vests with every citizen but out of practical difficulties a Head is appointed to look after the affairs of the State, the very same head is also to shoulder the responsibility of keeping the Temple of Lord clean. It was for this reason that the King of Thiruvananthapuram kept the now richest temple (quite amusing, the temple was already the richest with the coruscant Ananthapadmanabham adorning it. The media of course, is oblivious of this) clean with the golden broomstick. Tradition holds that the King would enter the sanctum sanctorum of the Lord every day pre dawn and would sweep the floor with a golden broomstick. Even now, the descendents of the King keep up to the tradition. Namazhwar in the second decade of the last Patthu of Thiruvaimozhi beautifully sings the Glory of Thiruvananthapuram wherein Azhwar states
“If We Go Here (Thiruvananthapuram) And Do Some Mopping And Cleaning Up Kainkaryam At The Temple Entrance, All Our Irremovable Sins Will Simply Disappear”

But since such a tradition does not (if there has been such a tradition in present day Tamil Nadu, please enlighten us) exist in our State, it is upto each individual to show devotion in cleaning up the temple premises.

The founder acharya of Srimaan Trust, Sri Parasara Badrinarayana Bhattar swamy recently travelled to Salem to do upanyasam for a month. While discoursing on SriGunaratnakosham, a work dedicated by Sri Parasara Bhattar on the glory of SriRenganachiar, Swamy took up the 50th shloka starting with ‘ Mathar Mythili….’ and made a deep exposition of it.

Here Swamy ParAsara Bhattar addresses Sri Ranganayaki as “Maathar-Mythili”. Oh My Mother Mythili! You took on the incarnation of Sita to accompany Your Lord during RaamAvathAram. You were kidnapped by Raavanan and he incarcerated you in Ashoka Vanam and put ugly and cruel Raakshasis as Your guards. They tormented you and committed so many apachArams and goaded you to marry their king, Raavanan. Among all the Raakshasis was one by the name Thrijadai, who was the daughter of VibhishaNan. She had a dream in which she saw Raavanan being destroyed by Lord Ramachandran and His retinue of Monkeys and bears. She woke up from her dream and counseled her fellow raakshasis to save themselves from the wrath of Lord Raama by performing complete surrender at the sacred feet of Seetha. Now the scene shifts from Sundara Kaandam to Yuddha Kaandam. The same Hanuman, who had witnessed the ill treatment of Sita Devi by the Raakshasis, has another opportunity to witness the greatness of Sita Piratti.The time was after Ravana Samharam. The place was Ashoka Vanam in Lankai.Hanuman had rushed to Piratti’s side to let Her know that the destruction of Raavanan at the hands of Her Lord had taken place. There HanumAn saw all the Raakshasis, who had committed the offense of causing pain to Piratti. Hanuman was mighty mad at them and sought the permission of Piraati to destroy those Raakshasis. He pointed out that the demo nesses have no repentance over the treatment they meted out to Piratti in their role as her jailors. He argued that all of the Raakshasis deserve to be killed:

The most merciful Saranaagatha rakshaki, Seetha Piratti counseled Hanuman against such rash deeds with these very famous words:
paapAnAm vaa SubhAnAm vaa vadhArhaNamatapi vaa

Kaaryam kaaruNyamAryENa na kascchinnaparAdhyathi

Meaning:

“Compassion should by a noble soul towards sinners as well for the good, nay, even for those deserving death. There is none who never commits a wrong”

Hanuman understands the power of the earlier appeal of Thrijadai on behalf of theoffending Raakshasis to Sita Devi. The most merciful Mother remembered that appeal and protected the Raakshasis.


But in the case of Emperumaan, He extended His grace to only those who unconditionally surrendered themselves to Him like Vibheeshana who left every belonging at Lanka and sought Emperumaan’s Thiruvadi and Kaakasura who was made to surrender himself unto the feet of Lord.


Thus when compared to the grace of Piratti which is like an unfathomable ocean, that of Emperumaan is only a handful of it!

Explaining thus the meaning of the Shloka, the Founder Acharya appealed to the gathering at Salem to come to Srirangam and undertake kainkaryam at the Thiruvadi of Piratti, Azhwars and Acharyas. In response, last Sunday, 50 volunteers from various socio-economic backgrounds visited Srirangam from Salem and drenched themselves in the Sannidhi Cleaning Kainakaryam. Singing the praise of SriRenganachiar, they devotedly swept, washed, cleaned, and dried the Sannidhi of Piratti, Thiruppan azhwar, Kooratazhwan and a few others. Amongst them, a woman by name Rukmini, mother of a 4 month old baby, immersed herself in the kainkaryam despite the need to attend to her child every now and then. The scene evoked great satisfaction on the faces of the onlookers itself as though they were involved in this kainkaryam and as if their houses were cleaned. Some even volunteered to participate.

Hope you too derive the same satisfaction reading this and seeing the photos. During your next visit to Srirangam, we request you to participate in the Kainkaryam of cleaning your Original House.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Visesha Aadi Poora Theerthavari for Thayar

The Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam vidhyarthis performed, Visesha Aadi Poora Theerthavari for Thayar at Kollidam River.


FIRST DAY – Angurarppanam and Mruthsanghrahanam were performed orthodoxically and Navadhaniya Seeds dipped in milk were sowed in the sand.


SECOND DAY – Garuda Pradhishtai, Garuda Dwajarohanam, Berithadanam were performed just like it is performed at temple. In the evening Thayar was taken in pallakku on shoulders on all Thiruveedhis.


THIRD DAY – Thayar purappadu in pallakku was performed.


FOURTH DAY – Thayar was taken on shoulders to Kollidam chanting Agama Manthras. When they reached the river, Thayar was placed in Asthanam on the river bank, covered with vasthram on 3 sides and performed Punyahavasanam. After Punyahavasanam, the holy water from the kalasa (Vessel) was sprinkled on all the participants.


After completion of reciting Agama Slokas (Pancharathra) and Sadagopam was taken on shoulders by the vidhyarthis and got into the deep part of the river and dipped then by dipping themselves into water chanting slokas.


Then Thayar was taken back on shoulders to Gurukulam after about 2 hours. Ammangar and Kainkaryasree members participated in this vishesha aadi poora theerthavari.


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APPRECIATION FOR APPRENTICES ALL OVER!

SriRamayanam is the oldest epic which shows the value of Bharath culture and teaches the way of life to be led. It imbibes the best characters to everyone, a son, a daughter, a wife, a father, a mother, a brother, a friend, whatever may be the situation Lord Narayana incarnated as a man to show how a man should live in the way of Dharma. It has gone into the blood in our hereditary of the highest teachings of SriRamayanam. To say simply SriRamayana is an explanation of the Vedha itself in a simplified form.

Everyone of the mankind should read SriRamayanam and even tiny percentage of people follow it, observe it in their lives, the whole world shall become most lovable place to live.

To teach SriRamayana specifically to students of all age, Srimaan Trust planned to conduct State Level Contest every year in Sriramayanam to students from 1st std. to 12th std. Special books are prepared to teach in the catechism way i.e in Q & A method. Books are prepared separately for each khandam with about 500 questions and brief story. The trust has prepared the books based on Sri Valmiki Ramayanam which is the most reliable, authorized one.

Any how to feed more information and to create interest in hearing stories, our Trust provides some kainkaryaparas to attend different schools (Whoever are interested) to give a brief lecture on SriRamayana story and the Q & A. A team of senior (Lowkika Students with basic spiritual knowledge from Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham) students were selected to visit a number of schools at various centres.

The performance of the students is very pleasantly welcomed by the students as well as the teachers and the interest they showed has become a tonic for the team. The team visited almost all centres and gave very beautiful narration. But it is not the full story! The team of students have already been trained by our Swami for last few years to perform Upanyasams on various topics. Will there be any doubt for them to get the full attraction wherever they go?

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90otm637W5o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h2aGIhlVnA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZkaycOTQos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAde_oiesIw