Sunday, December 23, 2012

The ship & its course

Priya arangan adiyar,

 A quote on education runs thus, “The purpose of education is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate the deserts.”   Modern education is a challenge for humankind – an indispensable part of living yet inadequate and wont of supplements.

It is important for us to watch carefully the direction that modern education drifts to.  There was a time when education involved understanding the truths of the world and their relevance to our lives.  As the world takes the aid of materialistic consumerism as its mechanism for survival, its impact on education is already evident.  There is a tremendous urge to see people coming out of the education system well-equipped with the arts of the trade on whose tides the world rides.
 
While it seems an innocent, even justified expectation, the results can be disastrous if left unchecked.  The direction of flow is flawed.  The correct flow of thought must be based on fundamental morals and ethics that guide our minds in the right directions. The application of education must be based on genuine need. Once set on the right course for the right destination, the mind equips itself with the fuel needed for its exploration.
 
A ship however meticulously built and championed by the best of sailors is sure to run into trouble if it is not headed towards the right course or if it seeks to serve the wrong purpose.  For all our advancements and successes, we must not end up directing all our honed faculties to achieve the wrong result.
Education must serve to de-mystify and delight the mind; not confound it.  Taking a worldly view, it must elevate us to a more purposeful existence. 
 
The above observations on education are out of sheer concern.  What good are we to generate well equipped miscreants out of our system?
 
It is unambiguous from the state of current affairs that education with values and purpose must be promoted and pupils who are set on such a course sustained to serve as worthy examples of life as humans.
 
Srimaan Trust extended its helping hand under the umbrella of Vidya Sahayam – to help the cause of education – towards two financially-challenged girl students who count among the most dedicated devotees and kainkaryaparas. The Trust is making its humble efforts in lighting up the lives of many such deserving children. Lighting the life of a child will go on to educate a whole family and extend the benefits for generations to come.
 
Pictures are here :

Friday, December 14, 2012

Unfolding before you this Margazhi.




"Thondin aaradhanai"
( A drop of gratitude)

Priya arangan adiyar,

A girl child; Revered in the entire South India and many parts of North India. The child stands as the sole successor of “ Panchopa laksha mkudi” ( 5 lakh Gokulamfamilies). The child also stands as the sole successor of the clan of the ten members constituting the “ Anjukindrakudi” ( Azhwars). The child whose simple words stayed entrenched in the hearts of all the Acharyas and made entry into every discourse and writing of theirs.The child who has also secured a whole month exclusively for the celebration of her outpourings.

Andal, the child saint of the South has no parallel in the Indian tradition. Composed in simple Tamizh that can be mastered by children even before they learn to utter the names of their family members ,Thiruppavai, her most celebrated work has secured such a high place in the spiritual tradition that even the gigantic Vedic texts seem relegated to lower positions. This, Sri Godadevi achieved by the sheer strength of unparalleled love for Emperuman and clarity of thought and purpose. The entire society has lapped up Thiruppavai and has made efforts to imbibe the import of the text. Come the month of Margazhi, every person irrespective of their caste finds themselves in a spiritually exalted state. To quote an example, people of the fishermen community (both men and women)and people living in the slums, who are exempt from following the traditional practices of aacharam or doutham, get up in the brahma muhoortham , bathe ( including hair bath everyday) and head to the nearby Sannidhi of Perumal during DhanurMasam. Only after the Thiruppavaigoshti followed by theerthaprasada distribution do they gulp their everyday dose of coffee. Such has been the impact of Thiruppavai in every rung of the society irrespective of the spiritual development attained by them.

One of the important messages of Thiruppavai is to follow the footsteps of the spiritual masters, and conduct ourselves as they conducted themselves.  The Thiruppavai itself is replete with esoteric meanings that are brought out to the masses by learned scholars year after year.  A strong undercurrent in the teaching of Thiruppavai is the importance of associating with devotees or bhagavathas, and holding them on the highest pedestal of veneration. 

Srimaan Trust offers a unique experience to devotees – an opportunity to know and act as it has been known.  From this year, Srimaan Trust is organizing Thiruppavai discourse. The aim is to spread the greatness of thiruppavai across our country. Many temples in the North (looked after by Aasthikas of the North) have a sannidhi exclusively for Andal and many people have learnt Thiruppavai ( even without knowing Tamizh). Hence the resolve to establish a tradition where the whole of India sings the glory of Andal, atleast in the month of Margazhi.As a beginning, Thiruppavai is being organized at Chennai.Hand in hand with the discourse, our Trust intends to honour the venerable devotees of the Lord who have been serving Him selflessly for many years (by Manas, Vaak and Kaayam) one each on all the thirty days of the Margazhi Month.  This programme is called “Thondin Aradhanai” or “Worship of Service”. 

Upanyasa: Thiruppavai

Upanyasakar : Sri U.Ve. Elayavilli Sriram Swamy

Venue : Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal Koil, Mettupalayam Road, West Mambalam ( close to Aadikeshava Perumal Koil on Kodambakkam High Road)

Date : 15/12/2012 to 14/01/2013

Time : 7p.m. to 8 : 30pm

Contact No : 09840128785, 9841582890

Each one of you, living in Chennai or visting Chennai in this Dhanur masam is requested to attend this event and carry the blessing of Goda devi and her devout adiyar being honoured. Your voluntary service at this divine event is welcome.

The list of 30 persons in various kainkaryams to be honoured this year has been attached here in the link :


The banner prepared for the event is here in this link : 

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Light in the Alley of Darkness


Priya arangan adiyar,

In Saranagathi Deepika, Svami Desikan extols the Lord thus : 
“dIpastamEva jagatAm dayitA rucistE  dIrgham tama: pratinivartyamidam yuvAbhyAm”
The Lord is the only “Light of the Worlds”.  His consort, Mahalakshmi is the radiance exuding from this Light.  Together, they dispel the prolonged darkness(of ignorance) in the world.  

The Vedas, Rishis, Azhvars and Acharyas generally refer to ignorance as darkness.  The samsara mandalam is called “iruL tharumA gnAlam” or the world that envelops its inhabitants with the darkness of ignorance.

The Lord incarnates severally to this world to dispel the darkness.  He teaches us, and shows us the right way through His words and actions.  In His commitment to save us, He comes to live in the midst of us in the form of ArchAvathAram.  He is the “Light” to which the souls must throng in the alley of darkness that is samsara.

In Srirangam, Lord Periya Perumal reclines on His serpent couch as the ornament of the worlds.  He waits for every single inhabitant of the samsara mandala to reach Him.  For the students of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzhaam, He is the Light in their midst.

For Thirukkarthigai celebrations, the students of SBK wore the dresses given by the Trust for Deepavali.   They lit lamps at Swami Parasara Bhattar Thirumaligai and a few other places.  A sight to behold as the Light of Srirangam stood decorating a constellation of smaller lights around Him.  

The illuminating photos can be viewed here :

https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/Thirukkarthigai?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPO5i5W3t62Sag&feat=directlink


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Register/Support for Nandhana year Margazhi Camp (Dec25 to Jan01) at Srirangam for age group 4-15

Priya Arangan Adiyar,

Margazhi (Margaseersha) is a special month for Sri Vaishnavas for it has been greatly celebrated by our Purvacharyas. It was during this month, the cowherd women (Ayargal) of Vrindavan performed vratham to attain Krishna which was later adopted by Sri Andal which gave birth to the excellent treatise called Thiruppavai. The essence of Thiruppavai can summarized as “gathering Adiyars and visiting Emperumaan to seek Kainkaryam from Him and ever be involved in it”. This was Andal’s request even as a young girl child which has surpassed the actions of all other Azhwars!

Indeed that is the age to inculcate Bhakthi and Kainkaryam. It is at that tender age, Dhruvan got the vision of Emperumaan whose abode was undisclosed even to Indra and Brahma. Emperumaan showed mercy for His young devotee Prahalada and manifested in the form of Nrusimha to save Prahalada and bestow His grace on him. These young icons are role models for all other children in this world.

Srimaan Trust, in keeping up with its rich tradition of moulding children into role models who will uphold and propagate Vedic values and culture in the future, is organizing a week-long Spiritual Winter Camp from December 25 to January 1 in Srirangam.

The camp will be similar to the spiritual summer camp organized earlier in the year where nearly 120 children between the ages of 4-15 participated and enjoyed divine bliss for 10 days. This winter camp is more special since it occurs in the month of Margazhi, which is the  purest of all months, as professed by Sri Krishna himself in the Geetha.

With the divine sounds of Andal’s Thiruppavai vibrating across Srirangam and other temple towns, it is no surprise that this year’s camp theme is Thiruppavai itself.

About 100 students are expected to participate in this camp. About 10-15 volunteer faculty and 10 more volunteers will run this camp. The students will be split into groups of 3-4 and each group will immerse themselves in one pasuram from Thiruppavai and at the end of the camp, they will have the most indepth knowledge of the pasurams based on the explanations given by our Purvacharyas. In addition, the students will be involved in various activities such as

●     Learning Thiruppavai and Goda Chatussloki by heart
●     Creating models on select Thiruppavai pasuram stories
●     Spiritual worksheets, drawing, coloring
●     Making flower garlands, kolams, learning recipes
●     Oratorical and dance presentations
●     Spiritual plays
●     Field trip and many more

Srimaan Trust provides this wonderful camp experience for free. In addition, the trust also provides free food and accommodation to outstation children, faculty and volunteers. No amount of monetary support can measure up to the values that the children will inculcate during this camp, values that will guide them to be model citizens of our society.

Well-wishers of the trust and those supporting the growth of our glorious Vedic heritage are requested to support this noble cause. The trust needs this support to continue mentoring our children with the right values.

Interested adiyars can register us through email and for further details contact our volunteers (Anirudh - 9047674222, Sriram - 8526127997, Raghavan - 9790212844).

Let the divine couple shower the divine blessings on you & all forever.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The gift of faculty

Priya arangan adiyar,
 
The ability of reasoning is a special gift bestowed to the humans which makes the birth as a human very valuable. All other beings on this world are just able to sustain themselves and indulging in activities required for the same. They gather food, store it for future, find a shelter to stay etc. But they do not seem to perform anything beyond these routine activities. As humans in today’s world, our lives begin with the childhood days where we are sent to school to learn various subjects. We even specialize ourselves in particular stream after our schooling. When we are sure of having acquired sufficient skills, we search for a good employment to sustain ourselves in this world. Indeed from that instance, our life proceeds in a manner very similar to other creatures on the world. Then where are we striking a difference between them? How do we justify that a human birth is valuable?

As mentioned earlier, the power of reasoning is a great attribute in humans. It is indeed a gift because we can analyze the purpose of our birth and understand our swaroopam of being subservient to Emperumaan and His devotees. This realization results in getting immersed in kainkaryam and thereby making our life purposeful. While there are lot of people who are striving hard to attain this realization, there are some are some who have already reached that state. Those are the people who are venerated by everyone as “Vidwan”. A Vidwan is indeed not someone who has knowledge (Jnana); it is rather someone who puts that knowledge to practice (Anushtana). One such a person has been recently honoured under Vidwathvandhanam.

Sri U.Ve Srinivasacharyulu Swamy, who is also the father of one of the students in Gurukulam paid a visit to Srirangam recently. He is rendering kainkaryam at the temple in Dwaraka Thirumalai, a place in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. He performs the parayanam of Sri Ramayanam regularly. He also gives spiritual lectures and discourses at that temple. Even during his visit, he recited the verses of Sri Ramayanam both at Srirangam temple and Gurukulam. We might know that Sri Ramayanam is just the incarnation of the Vedas. So it is very nice to perform Sri Ramayana parayanam everyday. When we perform such parayanam, we also motivate others around us to practice that anushtana. In that way, Srinivasacharyulu Swamy has motivated everyone in knowing more about Sri Ramayanam and performing parayanam regularly. It is indeed true that Sri Ramayanam will spread across all worlds as long as mountains and rivers exist on this earth.

The children of the Gurukulam are now learning every aspect of pious living from the Acharyas and Vidwans who visit the Gurukulam every time. It is indeed an opportunity bestowed upon them by the Divine Couple.

The excellent photos of the Vandanam is here in this link :
 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kalpalateva vidya....

Sri:
Srimate Ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Knowledge is a celebrated virtue which gives shape to one’s personality. One may possess a lot of wealth or fame; still it might happen that he may not be genuinely respected by the people. Even in our lives, there are some occasions where we are forced to give respect to someone under various circumstances. But only when the person is knowledgeable will we feel like respecting him/her. There is a verse in Sanskrit which also mentions the same. According to this verse, a foolish person is honoured within his own family, a headman is honoured within his village, and a king is honoured within his country. But a learned scholar is honoured everywhere.

Moreover, all material riches can fade away over time as a matter of fact, in this universe. A wealthy man might end up being a pauper struggling to gather food for his survival! A person might look beautiful in the teens, but with age, all that beauty destroys. But never is a scholar robbed away of his knowledge. That is why knowledge is regarded as a treasure greater than other worldly wealth. So it is our duty that we honour scholars and seek them to impart their knowledge treasure to us.

In the usual practice of honouring scholars through Vidwathvandhanam, Srimaan trust got the opportunity to honour Puthur Sri U.Ve. Raghuraman (Balaji) Swamy. He has learnt under the guidance of stalwarts such as Sudharsnar Sri. U.Ve. Krishnaswamy Iyengar, Sri. U.Ve. Gomadam Sampath swamy, Koil Vidwan Sri. U.Ve. Narasimhachariyar swamy, etc. He is well versed in both Tamil and Sanskrit  literature and is engaged in many kainkaryams relating to grantha paripalanam (protecting and publishing purvacharya granthas). He is a sanskrit teacher by profession. He has started a monthly magazine named "Srisailesa dayapatram" and this magazine is full of valuable texts (vyAkyAnams, etc). He has also already published Amalan Adhipiran vyakhyAnams, Arulicheyal rahasyam, Thirumazhisai Annavappangar swamy's granthas, etc to name a few. It has been a pleasure for the Trust to honour a Vidwan of this caliber. The children of SBK were very happy to have honoured swamy and imbibed the enthusiasm that is very characteristic of him.  

For the photos of the vidwath vandanam, please see the link below :
https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/VidhwathVandhanamPuthurBalajiSwamiOct12?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCODpwaeCosaBWw&feat=directlink
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Kainkaryam – An invaluable treasure!!


Priya arangan adiyar !

Andal, an Avathara of Bhoma Devi, was born among us with a sole intention to share the teachings of Varaha Perumal to Bhoma Devi in Krutha Yuga. The entire upadesam made by Varaha Perumal to Bhoomi Devi was shared with us by Andal through Thiruppavai and Nachiyar Thirumozhi. Though Thiruppavai is a small prabandham, it contains crux of Vedas in a lucid form. In Thiruppavai, Andal calls ‘Govinda’ three times in last three paasuram from the penultimate one. In these three paasuram Andal asks Krishna to give the opportunity to eternally serve Him. Such a selfless service to Namperumal is nothing but Kainkaryam.

Out of all forms of Kainkaryam, KAyika Kainkaryam (Physical performance of Kainkaryam) is the most special and significant form. This is shown by Andal in 5th Paasuram of Thiruppavai – ‘thumalar thuvithozhudu (offering flowers), vayinAl pAdi (singing in praise of Krishna), manathinAl sindithu (meditating about Krishna)’. In the order of priority, Andal places kAyika kainkaryam in first over vAchika (Kainkaryam through words) and mAnasika kainkaryams (Kainkaryam through mind). So which is the best form of kainkaryam? This need not be debated now since it was already concluded by the Sriman Bhattar Kuzham students in the debate conducted on occasion of Centenary celebration of paternal uncle of the present day MudhaliAndAn Swami in Melkottai. Though six months has passed since the Melkottai trip, the essence of the debate was not only remembered but was also practiced by Sriman Trust students and Volunteers.

Sriman Bhattar Gurukulam children and volunteers of the trust had taken part in cleaning UlAndal Sannidhi in Srirangam last Sunday. Each one of us would also like to clean and maintain Sannidhis right? The reason being, while cleaning Sannidhis, we not only clean the abode of EmperumAn, but we also get into the contact of the dusts that adorn the devotees’ feet who had visited the Sannidhi. Such a Kainkarayam would have truly delighted Andal. Sriman Bhattar Kuzham, Gurukulam, Trust and volunteers possess kainkaryam as a priceless wealth and often engage in it. By the grace of the Divine Couple, let the wealth grow boundlessly!!!

The photos of this wonderful kainkaryam are hereunder :

https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/ULAndalSannidhiCleaningOct12?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOjWtuil_qvq6AE&feat=directlink

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The big old banyan tree


Priya Arangan Adiyar,

There is a big old banyan tree.  It is loved by many.  A small child comes about swinging in its roots. The elderly take shelter from the heat.  Some people hold meetings under it.  There are many birds living in the tree.  They live with their small ones and nests;  so do the squirrels.  A wide variety of life forms benefit from the banyan tree and live in harmony with one another.  Several ups and downs are shared by all the 'refugees' of the banyan tree.

This big old banyan tree is our Srivaishnava tradition that has come down from times immemorial and treasured and protected by great saints and acharyas.  We all live under its shade obtaining spiritual benefit from it.  There are no aliens to this tradition.  Everyone can relish the goodness in their own way. 

Srimaan Trust aims at creating the opportunity for more people to enjoy this shade.  It is difficult to obtain the life of a human being.  It is difficult still to be a spiritually inclined person who is interested in Bhagavad Vishayam.  Everyone must benefit from the monumental good that we can happily inherit from our acharyas. They have accumulated a huge spiritual wealth for all of us to relish with no special effort.

Those who are under the shade must also carry the experience to the rest of the world.  That is where volunteers come into the picture.  By the merciful grace of Namperumal and Nacchiyar, Srimaan Trust is blessed with a small group of volunteers who serve with great dedication.  A good number of them are youngsters and children, whose enthusiasm drives the goals of the Trust.  They are still pursuing their education.  Unfortunately, the current power situation in Tamil Nadu is not completely conducive to their educational progress.

There are many inhabitants of the big banyan tree.  When someone faces a trouble, the others come to help.  We are fortunate to have some very good souls amidst us, who are always willing to help.  Two emergency lamps were donated by them.  Sriman Senthamarai Kannan, who had earlier given his house (for free) to be used as the erstwhile Gurukulam premises, presented the two emergency lamps to the volunteer students Krithika and Swetha, both of whom are pursuing CA.  They are extremely devoted volunteers and so are their parents.

The Srimaan Gurukulam students need at least eight more emergency lamps.   You have a chance to touch their lives and provide light to their education and aid their progress. We encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss this.  
Pictures taken can be seen at https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/HelpForNeedyEmergencyLightForNeedy?authkey=Gv1sRgCJ6k__fn5LK9Ew.



Monday, November 19, 2012

The subtle demarcation.



Priya arangan adiyar,

A person of deep spiritual learning can be described in short as “Complete”. The state of being complete is each man’s private perspective and attainment. The person who lives solely for material benefit would never reach satisfaction. At every point in life, the lack of something material in his possession would haunt him and rob him of his inner peace. It is natural that such a thing happens since every man cannot possess every material object in this world. Thus the seeker of worldly pleasure cannot see himself as complete lest we see him as complete. But a man in the path of spirituality finds this amusing. He has param vidya (spiritual knowledge) in his possession. The inspiration from param vidya charges him to fare successfully through the straits of joy and happiness in life. He effortlessly detaches himself from the forces of attachment, hatred, jealousy, ego, greed and anger. The only attachment he has is with the Supreme persona which is a permanent unbreakable attachment. Thus he becomes complete from his own perspective, whether or not from the third man’s perspective.

Vidwan, a person of spiritual learning, is one who has gone through the rigors of dwelling in a gurukulam where lofty ideals are intrenched in his heart. He learns a lot on how to lead life and more importantly how not to. These principles go so deep into his heart that even if his guru wishes him to transgress them, he would politely abstain. It is a state where no external force needs to drive him to be pure and exhibit good morals. His own self reaches an exalted level. This is what modern education should thrive to achieve.

The son of Brihaspathi, Kachchha desired to learn the ‘Sanjivani vidya‘ (power to resurrect a dead man) and for this he approached the rival guru Shukracharaya. The guru accepted him. During the years of learning, the daughter of Shukracharya fell in love with Kachchha and was smitten by his innate charm. She proposed him but he politely refused stating that she was his guru’s daughter and hence a sister to all the students. But she was so overwhelmed with love that she turned a deaf ear to Kachchha and pressed his to marry her. He again refused and not for a second think of sacrificing his character to please her. The girl rushed to her father’s aid. The Acharya, with sympathy in his heart for her, summoned Kachchha and insisted him to accept her hand in marriage ignoring his duty. Kachhcha stood where he was and never obliged. The guru, enraged by this disobedience threatened him that he (Kachchha) would forget the Sanjivani vidya. But still kachchha remained undeterred . He politely replied “Acharya, I would rather relinquish my Sanjivani vidya than be a stain on the very order of discipleship” and left the gurukul forgetting the Sanjivani vidya but adding a permanent feather to the tradition of discipleship.

It is such people who show the fine demarcation between the right deed and the wrong one when paths go intertwined.  
 
Shri R. Anantha Narasimachariar swamy (Vaikuntavasi) was one such persona who learnt Sampradayam by rigorous training under Acharyas and also learnt the loukeeka ropes with elan.

He was the former principal of Seshasayee Institute of Technology (SIT) and a Sanskrit scholar par excellence. His visionary leadership inspired many to turn into successful entrepreneurs and set a path for many others in life. 

Anantha Narasimachariar swamy joined SIT as a lecturer in civil engineering department in 1955, and became its head in 1958, before taking over as vice-principal of the institution in 1964. He became the principal in 1974 and remained in the post till retirement in 1991. 

Proficient in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, English and Sanskrit, Anantha Narasimachariar swamy inspired students with his down-to-earth demeanour. He was instrumental in getting the Diploma in Paper Technology programme started at SIT for the first time in South India during 1983-84, with support from Seshasayee Paper Board. 

Several alumnae occupying top positions in the paper industry, government service and entrepreneurs in the construction and manufacturing sectors attribute their success to his inspiring leadership. Anantha Narasimachariar swamy led major initiatives that accorded a thrust to polytechnic education in Tamil Nadu.

Swamy was an authority in the Vishistadvaita Siddhanta. He provided lucid explanations to the various works of our Acharyas particularly Sri Ramanujacharay and Sri Vedanta Desika through Audio Cassettes under the auspices of Srimad Andavan of Poundarikapuram Asramam. His last work was on "Yathiraja Saptadi"in a set of 7 Cassettes.

Srimaan Trust wished to honour the veteran during His days in this Bhoomi. But it couldn’t materialize. Now, Swamy was honoured under the “Vidwath Vandanam” Scheme of the SBK. His daughter received the honours.
 
The photo of swamy and the honour done to him are hereunder:





Saturday, November 17, 2012

Divine Donor from the donor's clan.



Priya arangan adiyar,

Sri Mudaliyandan Swami was one of the prime sishyas of Swami Ramanuja. Sri Ramanuja considered him as his Tridhandam which is inseparable from a Srivashnava sanyasi. Koorathazhwan and Mudaliyandan were equally bosom to Sri Ramanuja. When Ramanujacharya entered sanyasam, he took the oath that he had relinquished everything except Sri Mudaliyandan. When others enquired about it, Sri Ramanuja explained that only if he could refrain from wearing Tridhandam, would he relinquish Mudaliyandan. Such was Swamy Ramanujacharya’s attachment to Sri Mudaliaandan.

During Sri Ramanuja’s stay at Melkote, a village (Salagrama) was found to have only avaidikas who were against the Vedic culture. SriRamanuja made Sri Mudaliyandan dip his feet in the lake which was the main supply of water for all the villagers. The people consumed the water (Sripadha Theertham) and at that very instant a transformation happened in them and they all came and prostrated before Ramanujacharya and adopted his dharshan.

Even Sri Koorathazhvan once made a comment with sorrow that even though he had been blessed with by Sri Ramanuja in all respects, he missed the blood relationship with Sri Ramanuja which Sri Mudaliyandan had.

Sri Mudaliyandan’s athma gunas cannot be explained in full and only could be sensed through the life history of Sri Ramanuja and his disciples.

The vartamana Mudaliaandan ­­­­­­­­­Swami born in the lineage of Sri Mudaliyandan is filled with athma gunas as a legacy from Sri mudaliyandan. The swami visited our Gurukulam sometime back and witnessed the utsavam of the children for their deity Sri Kasthuri Renga perumal. The swami was much impressed in seeing the student’s total involvement and volunteered to arrange for vahanas to be used in uthsavams. He didn’t allow any delay in ordering for the vahanas, collecting them and delivering them to the students. Such is the steadfastness of Swamy in conducting the affairs of Sampradaya which is a hallmark of His kula kootasthar.

The students were very greatful and happy for his compliment and the interest he took in the utsavam conducted by them. Let us all pray for the well being of Swamy and the continuity of the kainkaryams He has undertaken.

Cute Vahanam's Picture find below:



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Incident of the divine manifestation.


Priya arangan adiyar,

Our Sanathana Dharma strongly believes in eradicating inner as well as outer imperfections by destroying undesirable elements and enriching positive energies in the environment. To attain the goal of energizing and protecting the inner self and environment, our sanathana dharma has given a significant place to homam.

Homams are powerful ancient fire rituals that have been performed in India by the Vedic sages for ages. The Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, in Bhagavad Gita quotes, "This creation is a yagna". Yagna also means sacrifice and by this He meant that creation is an eternal flow of birth and death. It is a sacrifice where one’s death gives way for the birth of another, continuously, something gets sacrificed for something to arise. This is one way the Vedas interpret the creation and in the purview of the Vedas, the homam is but a miniature model of this Universal Sacrifice.

As a sadhaka participates with all his heart and as various offerings like molten butter, herbs, sticks of certain trees are offered into the sacrificial fire along with the powerful chanting of mantras, the energy generated enables the sadhaka to tune into The Supreme Being whereby his prayers are answered. Further, the presence of fire has an immediate bearing on the Sadhaka’s Kundalini and the energy fields of that place which makes prayer all the more easier.

Conducting a homam brings more values to the family. Different scientific experiments have already proven that homams destroy harmful bacteria in the environment.

The Srivaishnava clan does not perform any act which has a specific selfish end. This sampradayam only prays for the well being of the Supreme Soul. Why should a mother be requested to lend her child what it wants? She knows it herself and will give the child what it needs at the appropriate time. That is how our Emperuman is. Who better knows what we need when than Him? Hence, though there are a number of Homams which have a direct Vedic sanction, we abstain from performing them in the fear that our Swaroopam will get seriously mutilated (i.e. the state of Being for Him and expecting only Him).

But even in this subtly thoughtful sampradayam, a lot of importance is given to one Homam. The reason is that the prayer to the deity of the Homam can bestow one with everything material and also health so that the recipient can use them for Sampradaya purposes. When the end is pure, the means becomes untainted. And this Homam is the all-powerful Sudharshana Homam. This homam is generally performed to accomplish any task successfully and also for prosperity. Other benefits include removal of negative energies, healing of the body and mind. This is a very powerful and  anyone aspiring for overall growth and success can opt for this homam. The yantra used in the homam has the power to dispel all negative thoughts and attract positive thoughts essential for success.

Sudharshana is the personification of the Discus held by Lord Vishnu. Lord Sudharshana is the chief deity of this powerful Homam who uses his mighty weapon “Chakra” to grant immediate relief to the sufferings of his devotees. Also, the  sins are abolished by his grace. 

With a view to protect and bring prosperity to all the kainkaryaparas, donors of our Trust and children, Srimaan Trust conducted Sri Sudharshana Homam at the newly rented premises of Acharyah. The Homam was conducted by our own Gurukulam children all alone even in the absence Sri Raman Bhattachariar swamy. The Gurukulam children displayed extreme devotion and care during the Homam. The Agni in the Homam grew in stature with every recitation of the powerful Sudharshana Bheeja mantram. When the last portion of the Homam was nearing the end, some people expected Lord Sudharshana or Lord Narasimha to show up in the Agni. But they didn’t show up. It was another who showed up.

Lord Krishna. With a beautiful peacock feather in His hair and beautiful arms holding a long flute with two hands and one holding the Discus and Conch, Sri Baala Krishna appeared in the Homam. The gathering was completely astounded. The children’s excitement knew ho bounds.

Later, we asked Sri Raman Bhattachariar swamy the significance of deities appearing in Homams. Swamy explained that the seven tongues of the Agni (saptha jihva) would join hands and turn into the deity being propitiated, provided, the Homam is performed without flaws. When we asked him why should Lord Krishna appear in a Sudharshana Homam, he replied that the very Sudharshana mantram used during the Homam contains Krishna, Govinda, Gopijana Vallabha, etc. describing Krishna himself. The Sudharshana in the hands of SriKrishna is generally invited in the Homam. But the shraddha and care of the children brought the holder of the Sudharshana itself in the Homam. Baala Krishna for the Baala Pandithas.

What can we say on the children? We have no words. You too wouldn’t have any. We all can only pray for their bright future in kainkaryam. Click the below link for the photos: