Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spiritual Camp -Part II

Priya arangan adiyars,

 Spiritual Camp -Part II    continues...............

          The children went on a field trip to Madhurakavi Nandavanam which is a very guarded and private garden of Namperumal. This is where very special flowers are grown for the daily use of Namperumal including plantain trees (Vazhaimaram) from which Naaru is used for making garlands for Him – Lord of the Universe.  It is impossible to get into this divine garden but the authorities were very kind and gave special permission to the camp kids to get an insider’s view of Namperumal’s Empire in Srirangam.

The fundamentals of philosophy as presented by Emberumanar were presented to kids in a simple and fun manner in the form of spiritual games. Children as young as 5 yrs played addictive games familiarizing themselves with the concepts of Paramatma, Jeevatma and the three types of Jeevatma. They also learnt the concepts of chit and achit in the form of group games.
During the second half of the camp the campers started working on their projects. One has to be there to truly appreciate the level of spiritual content that was being shared in a camp that is mainly meant for youth.  The Bhattar group was prepared in acting out numeral 1 to 10 in Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam.  The Azhwan group was divided into different teams and they were given esoteric topics to research and present in whatever way they desired. For e.g. some topics were Thirukkolur Penpillai Rahasyam, Thiruvallikkeni Penpillai Rahasyam, Kaisika Puranam, topics from Vishnu Puranam, Nava Vidha Sambandam and more.  It was both exciting and challenging for the volunteers to keep up with the energy of the campers whether they rehearsed for the stage performance with the Bhattar group or they streamlined the Azhwan group youngsters’ enthusiastic ideas for the respective projects. 

Youngsters from the Azhwan category were so involved in their project topics that parents were calling up at 10pm asking to send their wards home, when actually the youngsters in question were actually working on their projects at a mentor’s home! They only left after their parents called up 2-3 times asking them to come home. Another team came up with the idea of doing a play for their topic on their own. They prepared the script on their own and rehearsed without any prodding from an adult. In the evening, one could see the campers scouting around the temple town looking for material for their topic. 
The little ones in the Bhattar category very diligently memorized and practiced any number of lines given to them for memorization. The dedication, interest and enthusiasm of these kids were very inspiring to the volunteers. During the course of these 10 days, the faculty/volunteers formed a family like bonding having spent good part of the day together under one roof. When we realize that we are all children of God, atma bandhutvam is formed and is stronger than any deha bandhutvam we all share with our blood relatives.  Such atma bandhutvam is eternal and always sweet and never sours because it is a spiritual relationship not material.

     Don't forget to see the photos below:

1. Coaching in Camp
 

2. Visit to Madurakavi nandavanam

Sunday, May 27, 2012

SPIRITUAL PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT SUMMER CAMP(May 1st to 11,2012)-ANUBAVAM -PART I

Priya arangan adiyars,


Children are the assets of the society since they will become good citizens in future. They will be the torch bearers to uphold cultural, moral and spiritual values in the days to come. Indeed, it’s rightly said that ‘Child is the father of man’ which essentially means that the behavior and conduct of a man is dependent on his childhood. The very purpose of Srimaan trust is to mould the children into role models who will propagate spiritual values of our Sampradayam in the future. One such an effort is the ten-day spiritual summer camp for the children of age 6 to 15 years.

Every summer, as the academic year draws to a close, parents start looking for summer camps for their wards to attend.  On Apr 30th 2012, all roads led to Srirangam and children from all parts of South India headed to the Spiritual Personality Development summer camp. But don’t be fooled, this is not one among the other summer camps that one finds in the newspapers or pamphlets.  This summer camp is a truly unique camp and it attracts those who are interested in Sampradayam and culture. This summer May 1 – May 11 about 120 children and youth of ages 4 – 15 attended this camp.  The fee for the camp may have been free but its value is immeasurable. They also provided free food and accommodation for out station campers.
On May 1st, the stalwarts of Sampradayam from Parasara Bhattar Thirumaligai, Periya Nambi Thirumaligai etc blessed the children that they should become future leaders of Sampradayam as they grow up. The spiritual personality development camp offered Sriranga Mahatmiyam, Samskritam, Sri Ramayanam, Sri Bhagavatam, Azhwargal Vaibhavam, Acharyargal Vaibhavam, Do’s and don’ts of Sampradayam, Arulicheyal interspersed with projects and field trips. It is worthy of mention that this entire camp was organized and conducted by graduates of Bhattar Kuzhaam (a part time spiritual course run by Srimaan Trust for the past 12 years and counting) who are all pursuing college level courses along with professional  training. The volunteer faculty members had come from all walks of life from across Tamil Nadu staying here for the entire span of the camp.
The camp was in full swing from May 2 onwards. The campers were divided in two groups based on age Bhattar - upto 10yrs and Azhwan – 11-15 yrs. Further the campers were grouped by gender as Srivilliputtur, Thirumalai 1 & 2, Kovil, Perumal Kovil, Thirunaraiyur and Uraiyur. A day during the camp begins at 9am. It starts with all the children reciting the names of Alwars and Acharyas in the entire Guruparamparai (lineage of Acharyas upto Emperumaan Himself). Our Poorvacharyas have selflessly shown us the right path for which we need to express our gratitude by always chanting their names. Then Morning Prayer followed by attendance and then about an hour of santhai on Kanninun Siruthambu followed by other classes.  Post lunch session was dedicated to field trip or project.
            The mentors switched groups every hour approximately with only a break for lunch and ending the day at 4pm. There are no words to describe the vibration of the atmosphere where there was so much spiritual knowledge being shared and discussed.            There were children from 4 yrs onwards and content was presented to them in such a manner that even they were engaged all day in a positive way. True to Andal’s divine words “Koodi irundu Kulirndu”, these mentors and mentees spent good part of the day immersed in discussing, pondering, learning, wondering about the leelas of Sarveswaran Srimannarayanan. They were learning and discussing stories of Dhruva, Prahladha, Ajamila ,Ambarisha from Sri Bhagavatam , details of Rama’s route of travel in Sri Ramayanam, details on the history of Srirangam etc.
         There is no doubt that the Lord would’ve descended to be amongst His devotees in Krishna Mahal – the venue. 

To be contd…

Friday, May 25, 2012

Charity as a way of life

Priya arangan adiyars,

A leaf out of one of the rooted stories of Mahabharata, Yakshaprasna. - Yaksha throws up this question to Yudhistara, (to be answered correctly to release his brother’s) - “What are the main abodes of religion, success, heaven and happiness?” ‘Charity, ‘Truth’ and ‘Good morals’ are the main abodes of our most revered religion and the key driving factors of human happiness too, answers the very humble Yudhishtara.

As evidenced by the above reference from our greatest epic Mahabharata, one of the most important thing that anyone from any background could do is to improve one’s’ life and the life of others is by practicing charity. It’s importance lies in the fact that it inspires you to ‘GIVE UP’ to ‘ GIVE TO’ others or to contribute back to the society that we live and grew up in, around us, to elevate oneself to the highest level of human purpose.

Inspired by this very thought was our spontaneous donor, who took that beginning step towards implementing charity in true sense. The donor had read as a matter of fact in one of the corporate websites that we all pay 12.36% as service tax to the Government – leave aside, whether done willingly or unwillingly. Second, being the most visible way out chosen by the tax payers.

Going beyond this obvious invading thought of expenditure, the donor considerably merited the cause of charity as a noble cause in comparison to forced expenditure and willingly acted upon it too. Eventually, donated a considerable share of his earnings’ for the noble cause of our Trust, supporting the very practice of charity for a noble cause - as a way of life.

Imagine our society that lives up the standards of such timeless appeal of the practice called Charity – for a noble cause. Why not each of us walk that extra mile to GIVE UP a bit of us to GIVE TO our society in our own little ways making a difference to oneself and to others’ ? How difficult is it to part with a negligible 1% of our earnings for a noble cause around us? It’s time to think and to act upon such thoughts too and live up to what Lord Krishna quotes in Bhagavad Gita – ‘Selfless service/Charity provides preparation, discipline, and purification necessary for renunciation.’

 We are herewith attaching a letter received from one of our divine donor for you to view and follow in (y)our life.  As requested by the donor, we are not showing his/her name.  Only because of such divine donors like you all  we are able to do so many charitable activities. Hence, kindly support us forever and bring more from your connections for the divine cause.

https://picasaweb.google.com/srimaantrust/Charity?authkey=Gv1sRgCPP03Yuy4IyKxAE

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spiritual treat to our eyes -Annual Day function of SBG and SBK held at Srirangam

Priya Arangan adiyars,

During the hot summer there was a spiritual treat by the children of Srimaan Trust in connection with the Annual Day of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham(SBK) and Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam(SBG) at Srirangam South chitra street on 29th April 2012.  The programme commenced with the prayer by our children followed by wonderful welcome address by Smt.Gomathy Venkat, who has got the bagyam of belonging to the Tiruvarangatamudanaar vamsam (one who has given Prapanna gaayatri "Ramanusa nootrandaadi" to us all)

Chief guest Sri.T.M Srinivasan, Correspondent, E.R High School, Trichy appreciated our ambition of imbibing spiritual values in young minds.  He gave an excellent address with moral values from Sriramayana as the function also contained the prize distribution of the State Level Sriramayana Contest.  He also gave away the special prizes for Sriramayana contest which included a muslim boy and 2 girls under the age limit of our contest.

 Another chief guest Dr.Devanathan a famous urologist of the city expressed his immense happiness on our selfless service during his keynote address. 

Our Founder Sri. U.Ve Parasara Badrinarayana Bhattar Swamy requested the public to involve their children and themselves towards our kainkaryams.  “In this scientific world of chaos, Sri Ramanuja Dharshanam is the need of the hour and it must be seeded in the young minds as early as possible” is the message. 

Our Annual Report read by our Senior SBK Student Sriram made a clear view of our activities to the public.  There was also a power point presentation of our activities. 
Our children’s performance of Thirukkolur Penpillai Rahasyam drama and Dasavatharam dance spell bounded the audience.  The function went on with the recitation of prabandham starting from the tiny tots till the trainees, i.e. the various age group of our Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham Students. 
 
Annual day function ended up with the glorious award ceremony to Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam. students. The boys who bagged the awards are as follows: 

1.  Manathukkiniyaan –chi. Madhavan - One who is perfect in intelligent, emotional and spiritual quotients and thus has won everyone’s heart.   
2.  Velvi Vithagan – chi.Srinivas – One who excels in Agamam.
3.  Palthuraivan – chi.Niranjan – One who is interested and involved in all the activities and does everything with perfection.
4.  Valarum Kavignar – chi.Sriram – One who is very creative to write haikoos in thamizh.(It is very sad to note that this boy lost his father in Nepal accident recently)
5.  Uzhaippukku anjaadhavan – chi.Rangarajan –one who possesses endurance for heavy physical work.

On the whole this annual day function proven our selfless service with the grace of our Divine Couple to the society once again and thus it ended with simmering bliss.

Press reporters and the public were amazed by the performances of our children which came true because of our dedicated truthful volunteers.

See the photos below :
Treat to our eyes and ears!! See the Video link below:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ICON FOR PARIPOORNA ATHMAGUNA PURTHI


Priya arangan adiyar,

Sri U.Ve Ammal Sowmyanarayanachariar swamy, simply called as Melathirumaligai swami, is a typical srivaishnava leading his life as Udayavar wished.  He can be called as the specimen for paripoorna athma guna poorthi.  Humanity is born with the swami and everyone known to him will say the swami possesses Humility as his ancestral property.

Having a very large circle of sishyas especially poorvasikaas(Periyazhwar, Thondaradipodi azhwar belongs to this great cult) the swami performs sampradaya kainkaryam in a highly devotional method.  The swami was closely related to Sri Sudarsanar U.Ve Krishnaswamy iyengar (SriVaishnava Simham) of Purthur and he used to go to Puthur daily to help the Puthur swamy in editing, proof reading etc of his famous monthly magazine “Srivaishnava Sudarsanam”.

During the Brahmothsav festival of Thiruvellarai, the swami used to arrange a number of swamis from various divyadesams to assemble and make sathas.  He also used to arrange Thadhiyaradhana for hundreds of srivaishnavites along with residential facilities.  Being a well versed Adhyabaka of full 4000 Divyaprabandhams and Sthothra Padams and one of the NalayridaAdyapaga of Srirangam Temple the swami has got a number of students throughout the year. 

It is really a pleasing experience to hear the swami reciting Sthothra Padams and Divyaprabandhams in his blessed sweet voice.  The swami has brought up his son Sri Vishnu Chithan swamy (for whom marriage is being held today at Tiruvellarai) also in the same high manner and is becoming an expert in Ubayavedantam. One of the swami’s products is Sri Parthasarathy, a shishya who has risen as the head of Veda Patasala.

It is very difficult to narrate all about swamy and in a nut-shell he can be referred as a role-model for the students as well as the veterans of the sampradaya.

We have been blessed with the chance of honouring and revering the swamy at out Vidhwath vandhanam. The swami’s introduction will induce the children of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and the swami’s blessings will fetch the good results.

Kindly see photos in the below link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/srimaantrust/VidhwathVandhanamApril2012?authkey=Gv1sRgCP61zvzAyYDZYA



Saturday, May 19, 2012

The leader who follows...



Priya arangan adiyar,

A close relative of a Company’s high official is in need of an approval. He approaches the concerned honest official in the Company (an official ranking far below that of his relative). He submits the available documents. But they are not complete to get the approval. The officer, a stickler to his duty, rejects the approval plan stating the insufficiency of documents and lack of other related approvals as the reason. This man, fuming with anger, ascends to the top floor where his big shot relative sits and throws the rejection order on the desk. He screams from the depth of his esophagus asking an explanation for the treatment meted out to him. The official, the top man, who has every intangible power to move people in the organization like pawns in the chess board, is taken aback. He glances at the file, mentally noting down the name of the ‘rejecting officer’ and reading the list of reasons for the rejection. Pulling out the pen from the deep abyss of his pocket, he simply writes ‘approve’ and attaches his undecipherable signature and hands the file back to his almost weeping relative. The relative, with retribution in heart, jumps down the floors and appears before the officer. With a glint of pride writ all over the face, he put the same file back on the hands of the official. The official is shaken. He has acted justly and according to his duty and within his powers. He has followed the norms laid down for him. But the big shot official had show utter disregard for his fellow officer. He has superseded the laid rules. With a heavy heart, the approval is granted, for his stomach or family cannot revolt.

Let us see this scenario now. Brahma is vested with so many powers and duties by Emperuman. A Hiranyakashipu, with the might of his penance, gets the sight of Brahma. Falling prey to the moha of having a grand following, Brahma orders Hiranyakashipu to ask him for a boon and Hiranyakashipu gladly asks the following boon :

“O my lord, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you. Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky. Grant me that my death not be brought by any being other than those created by you, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets. Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the living entities and presiding deities, and give me all the glories obtained by that position. Furthermore, give me all the mystic powers attained by long austerities and the practice of yoga, for these cannot be lost at any time.”

In a fix, angry over his thoughtless promise to grant anything asked, Brahma succumbed to the benediction. Sriman Naranayan, the Creator of the Srishthi kartha, the one who takes order from none, the one who gets things done by his mere sankalpam looked worried. Why should He, the omnipotent, worry? Could he not supercede the boon given by Brahma. It was a mistake by Brahma for which he himself had so much of repentance. Emperuman could have appeared in an instant before Hiranyakashipu and torn him apart. What did Emperuman think then? Well, He never breaks the laws He creates. He never gives up His servants even if they act recklessly and without application of mind. Emperuman is the essence of great Leader. We don’t need a Jack Welch to teach leadership. Even Brahma would have not remembered the innumerable conditions laid by Hiranyakashipu. But there our Emperuman was, noting every aspect of the boon, like a barrister keenly jotting down points to find some loophole in law and win the case for his client. Choosing an appropriate time, on the correct day, in a fear evoking form, within the framework of all the conditions laid down by Brahma, Emperuman came as Narasimha and put an end to Hiranyakashipu. Neither Emperuman was like our star top official nor was Prahlada like the revengeful relative.

When Emperuman, so diligently adheres to and values the words of His creation (Brahma and other devathas), is it not for us to follow His words and the words of His representatives in the form of Azhwars and Acharyas? 


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An unexpected loss to us all.


Priya arangan adiyar,

The Nepal air crash has claimed the life of a devoted Srivaishnavar Sri Sudarshana Bhattar, paramparai archakar at Thirukkudandhai aaravamudhan sannidhi (Saarngapani sannidhi). He is the father of Sriram, a very brilliant and promising child of our Gurukulam. This swamy has been at Kainkaryam at various temples and is known for his services at Srinivasar temple at Fanaswadi, Mumbai. The whole family is known for its unrelenting dedication at the temples of Emperuman.

The plane crash has been a shock to the whole of our Srivaishnava fraternity.The agony of this bereavement to the family, especially the spouse and children( Sriram and his sister) is beyond words. Till date we, the donors and volunteers of Srimaan Trust were only foster parents of Sriram. But from today we are to replace his father, though we know how difficult a task it is. The whole hope of their family was pinned on the life of Sri Sudarshana Bhattar..the education of His elder sister, her marriage... all these dreams.Our Founder Acharya and Ammangar spoke to Sriram and his family and comforted them. Swamy re-iterated the fact that our own parents are foster parents and the true parents Namperumal and Srirenganachair will always be with the child and family. In times of difficulty, we are to seek solace under the loving fingers of Srirenganachair.

Let us all pin our hopes on Namperumal and Nachiar and pray them to give utmost strength and resilience to the family and child in the midst of this unforeseen calamity. Financial support to the family at such a time is invaluable.Let us do what we can. The trust email id can be contacted for giving support.

Sri Sudarshana Bhattar had been to Srirangam recently to participate in the Annual SBG parent teachers meet. His speech there evoked great emotion among other parents and teachers. He moved with all the students of the Gurukulam in an exceedingly amiable manner. The photos and videos taken on his visit is here in this link.

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Photos:


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

What else is to be learnt?


Priya Arangan adiyar,

Though Namazhwar is lovingly called “Krishna Trishna Tathvam” by our Poorvacharyas, He had immeasurable love for SriRamapiran too. In the seventh centum, fifth decad of Thiruvaimozhi, Azhwar revels in the bountiful grace of Sriramapiran. Azhwar chronicles the incidents in the life of SriRamapiran and magnifies the qualities that make Emperuman the most endearing Piraan.

கற்பார் இராமபிரானையல்லால் மற்றும் கற்பரோ
புற்பாமுதலாப் புல்லெறும்பாதியொன்றின்றியே
நர்பால் அயோத்தியில் வாழும் ஸராஸரம் முற்றவும்
நற்பாலுக்கு உய்த்தனன் நான்முகனார் பெற்ற நாட்டுளே

“Will those in quest of Knowledge seek to know any but SriRamapiran,
Who did instill love great for Him even in the smallest ant and tiny grass in Ayothya, the blessed city,
Things still and mobile, with no effort on their part,
Of all the places in this world, created by Naanmukham (Brahma)? "

When Iramapiran went into exile, even the inanimate objects got fretted in grief. The trees shrunk, the leaves withered, the tanks ,the ponds,the lakes and the water bodies boiled up in utter grief that no one could go near them. And when Emperuman retraced His steps back to the land of Ayodhya, the trees started bearing fruits out of season, the orchards were in full blossom bespeaking the enthusiasm and exuberance of their joy over the Lord’s home-coming. Such was the spell of love cast upon all things, still and mobile and all creatures in the blessed Kingdom of Ayodhya by SriRamapiran. This God-love of unfathomable magnitude was generated in them by the sole spontaneous Grace of Lord and without any effort on their part. They never pursued the paths of umpteen disciplines laid down by Sastras for cultivating it. It is not one’s spiritual learning and deep erudition that secure the final goal of Moksha but the Lord’s sweet to spontaneous grace and non-resistance of his infux of Grace on the part of the beneficiaries. Of all the places within the creation of Brahma, there is only one place called Ayodhya where all things and beings from the biologically superior to the most inferior, subsist on the passionate love for SriRamapiran, in total replacement of the normal source of sustenance like food,water etc. and so can anyone long to know of any but Lord Rama who instilled such love out of His sweet, spontaneous grace? In the next 9 pasurams azhwar beautifully narrates the greatness of Emperuman and shoots thought provoking questions at the general public.

In the land of this Namazhwar, the very soul of SriRamapiran, is it not appropriate for the air to reverberate with the name of SriRamapiran. With the view to impress upon the children in and around Azhwar Thirunagari, Srimaan Trust took efforts to conduct SriRamayana competition there. It is to be noted that in the past few years, there has been a great influx of Christian missionaries in these places resulting in the conversion of a significant number of people from our Faith. We hope this effort of the Trust will contribute in reclaiming people back, if not , at least stall the rate at which conversion is taking place .

Around 1000 Children from the following schools participated in the written competition :

Malaviya Nursery and Primary School            –   Azhwar Thirunagari
Kamalavathy Nursery and Primary School    –  Aarumuganeri
KG Nursery and Primary School                       –   Kuruvikkulam
Hindu Middle School                                             –  Tirunelveli

And many students from Nava Thirupathy came directly (not through their schools)

Around 100 children were selected for the final competition (recitation). The final function was held at the ground attached to Malaviya Nursery and Primary school. The Chief invitees were Sri U.Ve. Vidwan Atthan Appu Shatakopachariar swamy, Sri U.Ve.Vidwan Elayavilli Bhuvarahachariar swamy and Sri U.Ve.Vidwan Elayavilli Sriraman swamy. Our Founder Acharya honoured these revered vidwans. Sri Atthan swamy stressed the importance of Sriramayana in the light of the sacrifice of Piratti. Sri Bhuvarahachariar swamy took a few shlokas from SriRamayana as an illustration to show the wealth of spiritual knowledge encased in SriRamayana.Sri Sriram swamy focused on how the Sriramayana competition is opening new unexplored spiritual avenues among the children in the remote villages. The competition is paving way for a deep bonding among the students in different social and financial strata of Thirunelveli and suburbs.Our Founder Acharya reiterated the need for parents to involve children in spiritual activities. The first three prize winners received gold coin, silver coin and memento respectively .Every participant in the competition bagged a complement from the Trust.

This was followed by honouring all the volunteers, Judges and teachers of Sriramayana. Their efforts are the intangible assets possessed by the Trust. Hence, all of them were honoured appropriately. The Ammangar of Karkolam thirumaligai of Azhwar Thirunagari was the chief co-ordinator of the competition from its very beginning. Her dedication and
involvement was appreciated by the Founder Acharya.

This was followed by the recitation of Pasurappadi Ramayanam by all the children. The words of Azhwars and Acharyas knit together by Vyakyana Chakravarthy Sri Periyavacchan Pillai made the air aromatic. The function concluded with this very recitation. May the Land of Namazhwar bring us more SriRama Bhakthas !

The photos of the competition are attached for your kind viewing :


And the videos to watch
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Unwinding spiritually!


 Priya Arangan adiyar,

For any society, the children are the building blocks. If they are groomed well, the society is sure to progress in the right path and achieve excellent results. But for that ,the persona of children should be charted with utmost care and forethought. Their individuality should never be axed. With their individuality, follow- worthy thoughts should be embedded into their system. The character traits of the future architects should be chiseled, pruned and brought to a shape that can help society at large. Building them spiritually will be the best path to do this.

Keeping these in view, a Camp has been organized from May 1st and will continue for ten days. The inauguration took place on May 1st with the launch of ‘ Bheri Thadanam’  Cd by Sri Therazhundur SriRaman Bhattachariar swamy. Swamy is an expert in Pancharatra Aagamas and is down to earth when it comes to accessibility. The Cd is about the beginning of Brahmotsavam for Emperuman where each of the Devathas are invited to be part of the celebration. An invitation from the parent to  His children. The stothram on the Devatha is recited, song is sung and dance related to the Devatha is performed ( as per aagamas). These were the practices which has unfortunately been lost now. The CD tries to bring them back. The Gurukulam children have had the baghyam of reciting the verses along with SriRaman Bhattachariar swamy.

Another CD was released at the same function. It speaks the greatness of Srirangam (Srirenga Mahatmyam) as contained in Brahmanda Purana. The Upanyasam has been rendered by SriRaman Bhattachar swamy and compiled by his illustrious son, SriBalaji. These are works that have seen the light of day due to the tireless efforts of SriRaman Bhattachar swamy and His son.

The turnout of participants in the camp was 95 on the first day and this has gone to 125 now. The purpose of the Camp was explained on the first day. Each of the volunteers who will engage the children were introduced. A few topics on which the children are receiving knowledge are  Sriramayanam,Ithihasas , Puranas and character orientation,Spiritual arts and crafts ,Things to be done and to be avoided, SriBhagavatham Srirenga Mahatmyam , Divya Desangal Azhwargal and Acharyas and Spiritual games. The children are completely enjoying the stay at Srirangam. Frequent dips in Cauvery and Collerom, Namperumal and Thayar to visit and the wonderful company of other children……….

The experience at the Camp shall be updated very soon……

Sunday, May 6, 2012

First convocation day of ACHARYAH

Priya Arangan Adiyars,

By the grace of Lord SriRenganatha and SriRenganachiyar, tenth of April 2012 turned out to be the first convocation day of Acharyah, school for Leaders.

Acharyah has been in the path of enlightening young minds for the past three years.  Children who were in our Montessori Spiritual environment got their achievement records on that day.  Our founder Parasara Badrinarayana Bhattar swamy presided the function.  Correspondent of Sree Vageesha Vidhyashram Aadur Madhavachariyar swamy was the guest of honour.

Aadoor Madhavachariyar swamy told that the name ACHARYAH itself stands for a place for enlightment.  He explained the true Sanskrit meaning of the word ACHARYAH.

He explained the value of gurubakthi by a story of Sri Krishna.  He praised a lot about our children learning both sampradhayam and science.  He also appreciated the designing of achievement records.

He also announced his full support towards ACHARYAH in each and every step of our development.  He promised us and also asked us to approach him whenever we need any help.  He blessed the children who have stepped up into the ocean of life in the boat of ACHARYAH with humility as their paddle.  This humility will enlighten them towards Emberumanar Dharshanam.
Ten of our children got their achievement records with humility and confidence from Sri Madhavachariyar swamy.  Our guest of honour worshipped Namperumal’s lotus feet to shower his choicest blessings on the young ones and the school.

All our parents were immensely pleased on the occasion.  Our Founder Swamy addressed the gathering narrating all our endeavors in our path and also gave them confidence about our plans in future.  Small poetries were written about all the children of our school.

Our children were examples for our motto: SURRENDER AND SURVIVE.  All the parents who have made their children surrender themselves on the lotus feet were thanked by us.
On the whole, this function gave a pleasant leading for the forthcoming academic year.

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