Monday, January 9, 2012

Sharing Knowledge...

The Gurukulam children are, with great thirst, learning the various facets of the Sampradayam. In a day, they think of Emperumaan so many times that His thought shall ever bind to their soul and propel them into noble action. It is for the creation of Beings with the “Vaasudeva Sarvam” thought that the Trust has been working day and night. Of course, it is only His Grace that can produce such individuals. But we, on our part can create an environment that shall instill pure devotion in the minds of the children. And these children shall definitely turn torch bearers of the cause of unpolluted Bhagavat Bhakthi.

With the view to prepare the children to express their thoughts cogently and confidently, they were made to share their knowledge to public at Uraiyoor, with the divine Grace of Kamalavalli Nachiar and Sri Thiruppan azhwar. This shall make them adept in communicating their thought to the public at large and impress upon the people the greatness of our sampradayam.

A video link is here. Though the audio is not too clear, please do watch the video and bless the child :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmXEx9N11Yk&feature

A Tale of transformation...

Vidya or education has many facets. It caressingly protects us like our own mother; shows us the right and wrong path lying before us and induces us to pick the right one; just like a man besotted by every aspect of his beloved mistress and who nourishes ever happening around her, it transcends the mind enveloped in ignorance to enjoying every aspect of life with zeal and zest; it tramples upon the anxieties and worries brewing at the bottom of the mind; it fetches us good name and immense popularity among the people. What can education not achieve?Thus education is like the “Kalpaka Vruksham” that bestows anything prayed for.

With the Grace of Namperumal, the only Kalpaka Vruksham that, in addition to showing every want, grants itself to its Bhakthas, Srimaan Trust has been trying to give education or support children who desperately need education through the Vidya Sahayam scheme. This scheme is as old as the Trust. From the year 2000, many children who couldn’t afford education have been extended support. Not for one or two years but for their entire schooling and graduation. Today each child has turned into a responsible adult ready to contribute to the society. Along with the school education, these children were trained in SBK so that they carry with them lofty morals and the seed of Sampradayam.

And now, we have children( of course adults, but for us ,the old and boisterous little ones only) who have become teachers in schools and colleges illuminating the minds of innumerable students; we have children who have ventured into research, we have children holding important posts in Financial institutions and children into business. But all of them retain one trait. The deeply entrenched feeling that their lives are pledged to Emperumaanar Darshanam. This has led them to teach Sampradayam to their associates at offices and people in their neighborhood. Slowly and steadily their youthful yet mature insights are bringing new faces into the fold of Emperumanar Darshanam. And we, the volunteers, as spectators of this slow magic woven by Namperumal, swing hither thither in irrepressible raptures!

Now the number of children receiving Vidya sahayam has increased manifold. We fervently pray the omniscient Emperuman to show these children the right path as He has show for the past student. And those souls filled with love for educating the children and helping chart their career, please do help.

Inspiration from a child....

“Though small in size and perceivably timid and meek, the cub of a lion fights and ascends the wild mighty elephant and finally kills it. In this world, when it comes to achieving things, age is never an impediment.”

Here a cub ventures to internalize and share the esoteric meaning of the Mighty Thiruppavai, a divya prabandham that eclipses the works of all other Azhwars and stands testimony to Andal’s prowess and ability to pack inconceivable sashtrarthams in simple pasurams.

One of our Donors and Volunteers from Thiruvallikkeni shares his anubhavam here very succinctly:

Krishnan in Bhagavad gIta says "மாஸானாம் மார்கஸீர்ஷோஹம்" (maasaanaam maargasIrshOham) meaning "Of the months I am Margazhi".Even though kannan emperumaan said that in "dwaapara yugam" itself, it was not until BhU dEvi came down to srivilliputhur as Andal in kali yugam out of her mercy as the child of போகத்தில் வழுவாத புதுவையர்கோன் (bhOgaththil vazhuvaatha puthuvaiyarkOn), and recited thiruppaavai during this month, it became extremely popular. What more, our purvaacharyaas specifically emperumaanaar, bhattar, etc were so immersed in thirupaavai anubhavam which can be seen in many ஐதிஹங்கள் (recorded incidents). Due to these reasons this month has become a synonym for பகவத்/பாகவத அனுபவம் (bhagavath/bhaagavatha anubhavam) for srivaishnavas. This is one of the reasons srivaishnavas dont generally organise any family functions during this month to avoid any external disturbances and immerse thoroughly in the Krishnanubhavam through Thiruppavai.

In thirupaavai vyaakyaana avathaarikai, periyavaachan pillai builds a hierarchy where samsaarigal are the lowest level and Andal is at the highest level. Rishigal, azhwargal and periyazhwar are layered in between. Similarly, our purvaacharyaas have said thiruppaavai is "வேதம் அனைத்துக்கும் வித்து" (vEdham anaiththukkum viththu) - this is not said about any other prabhandham. And also, even though this prabhandham is so deep in knowledge it is also recited in every nook and corner in every town/village. There are also several places where we have upanyaasam (lecture) of thiruppaavai during this month. So, similar to emperumaan, thirupaavai also has பரத்வம் (parathvam) and ஸௌலப்யம் (soulabhyam). It has great in depth meanings and is easily approachable by even a 2 year old child (yes literally).

Chiranjeevi Elayavilli Satajit's lecture series on thirupaavai at Nampillai Sannidhi, Thiruvallikkeni is nectar to the ears, to say the least. He is only 6+ years old and comes in an illustrious family of vidwaans. Satajit's great grand father is Vaikuntavaasi Alwarthirunagari U.Ve. Elayavilli Satagopachariar swamy (praised by Kanchi Swamy as "Sri Sukthi rathnakaram"). His grandfather is U.Ve. Elayavilli Bhuvarahacahriar swamy (One of the few ubhaya vedhanta vidwans of current times - while living in Bangalore he did grantha kaalakshepam for 35+years every day). His Father is U.Ve. Elayavilli Sriraman swamy - groomed under the guidance of Bhuvarahachariar swamy and fully engaged in pravachana kainkaryam.

Satajit's upanyasam is by Sri U.Ve. M.A. Venkatakrishnan swamy. Alteast 30 - 40 people (including several young children who are our future pillars) are attending his upanyasam every day. This is happening at 4 : 30pm everyday. Adiyen prays to Rukmini sametha Sri Parthasarathy, azhwar/acharyas that Satajit's upanyaasa kainkaryam grows many fold and become one of the stars of our sampradaayam for the next generation.

And this what thirupaavai can do - it reaches every one and can make a vidwaan even out of a playful child.

Children like Shatajith are an inspiration to our children ( first to us). With hardly any time to prepare elaborately, this child has courageously decided to share its anubhavam of Thiruppavai.Stage fear or inhibition seems to be out of his dictionary.The child travels with his father everyday and patiently listens to his upanyasam that runs to almost 2 hours .While returning, he puts forth his doubts to his father on what was discoursed and gets clarified.Let us endeavour to make our children take interest in Sampradayam.Whether we are there to guide them in their lives, our Sampradayam will definitely stay glued to their hearts and guide them in every action.

The videos and photos can be viewed here :
http://s1111.photobucket.com/albums/h464/satajit2/Thiruppavai2011-12/