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:



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Grand beginning.


Priya arangan adiyar,

Vijayadasami is an important festival celebrated by people across the whole country. Some consider it as the day on which Sri Rama killed Ravana at Lanka and rescued Sita Devi. It is also believed that Pandavas completed their agyathavasam (living in disguise) on this day and gathered their weapons and came out of their hideout. At Srirangam and many other divya desams, on Vijayadasami day, Emprumaan would ride on the kuthirai vahanam and would shoot arrows at Vannimaram to signify his victory over adharmikas in order to save the dharmikas. Generally, this day is considered to be auspicious for beginning new studies/activities. Even for Acharyah, this year’s Vijayadasami has been a memorable milestone during which the new campus of Acharyah school at Melur road was inaugurated.

The function started with Sudarsana homam at the new premises which was performed by none other than the Gurukulam students. The Gurukulam students were very enthusiastic in making the arrangements for the function. It was inspiring to see young children executing tasks which are complex even to elders. After the Purnahuti and Goshti Sattrumarai, new kids were admitted in Acharyah and once again Gurukulam students performed the aksharabhyasam for them. Following this, parent-teacher meeting session was held.

The teachers and volunteers at Acharyah then elaborated about the way in which the syllabus is prepared for the kids at Acharyah. It is not like writing an essay/article, but it involves a lot of research for making an authentic study material which is also graspable by the kids. Indeed, so much importance is given for preparing the syllabus because Acharyah is not a school where the children are forced to learn their subjects. It is a school where kids love to come. At the same time, their knowledge and curiosity for learning is so tremendous. The beauty of Acharyah is that it blends the Montessori system of education with the esteemed spiritual knowledge which aids in overall development of the child. It is not an exaggeration if we say that the kids at Acharyah have good realization of what they learn. Once, each child at Acharyah was given a fruit and was asked eat it without anyone’s knowledge. One of the kids immediately retorted that it was impossible to do that since Emperumaan is omnipresent and one cannot eat without His knowledge.

Later, one of the parents shared his experience about Acharyah wherein he mentioned that he had put his wards even in the so-called best schools of the city; even then, he wasn’t satisfied with the quality of education he was providing them. In his search for an esteemed institute for his kids, he had come to Acharyah and he extremely satisfied with his decision.

Finally, our Founder Swami shared a few words with the parents of Acharyah. In his speech, he made an appeal to the parents to volunteer for the betterment of Acharyah. Following this, the textbook and workbook were distributed to all the kids. With a humble beginning in 2009, Acharyah has come upto what it is now. This occasion is really a milestone in the growth of Acharyah. Let us pray to the Divine couple for more and more such milestones in future.

The beautiful photos of the function are here :

https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/VijayadasamiVidhyarambamHomamAcharyahNewBuilding?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCPWgybjz37HnMg&feat=directlink

Monday, November 12, 2012

Spiritual levitation


Priya arangan adiyar,

In Chapter 2, Shloka (Verse) 7, Arjuna asks, "My soul is oppressed by a sense of frustration. My mind is unable to determine what is right. I am requesting you to tell me definitely what is for my good. I am your pupil. Teach me. I have surrendered myself to you."

However, Lord Krishna does partially answer Arjuna in Chapter 11, Shloks (verses) 53-55 after exhibiting His cosmic form, "It is not possible to see me as you have done through the study of the Vedas or by austerities or gifts or by sacrifice; it is only by one-pointed devotion (Bhakti) to me and me alone that you thus see and know me as I am in reality and ultimately reach me. It is he alone who dedicates all his notions and actions to me with a knowledge of my superiority, my devotee with no attachment and who has no enmity to any living being that can reach me". Bhakti therefore, is the only way to the true knowledge of God and the surest way to reach Him.          

It is the result of this Bhakti in previous births’ that little Aravind has been blessed with such learning power in such a young age. Having received the basics of magic from his father Ramanujam and the qualities of dedication from his mother Srividhya ,Aravind Srikanth is into performing magic at a young age of 10. Into his 5th Standard, Aravind Srikanth has earned laurels since his young age. Newspapers across have captured his ongoing feats. 

The root for such a captivating learning surfaces from his spiritual orientation by his parents, who committedly inculcated these learnings into him from a very young age. His deep interest in spiritual learnings’ have also elevated his learning to recollect the names of the deities of all divya-desams just my a mere mention of the divya desams name. His spiritual learnings has opened up way to to his compassionate self too. In the recent month of August 2012, Aravind Srikanth rode blind-folded on a bicycle to create awareness against the use of plastic by all.

Aravind Srikanth had recently visited the gurukulam. He performed a magic show for the students of our gurukulam. The students of our gurukulam got an opportunity to watch the show and got a sneak peak into the efforts of spiritual learning, dedication and compassion of another student of their age.

Please look at the pictures here :

https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/MagicShow?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCKzc8JOX_YyiTw&feat=directlink

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Boarding the train...


Priya arangan adiyar,

“The more choices we have, the greater the need for focus” wrote an author. The need for focus is something very important if we wish to lead a full life. One might ask why at all focus? The concept of focus comes into play only when we have a goal to achieve. For most of us, goals come and disappear in short spans. It is because most of us have goals that are like bubbles, too short lived. They come, disappear, all within a blink. Our goals are also disjointed. They are compartmentalized. Like, at school, we need to top in class. That becomes a compartment. Our thoughts don’t hover above that. Once out of that compartment, we get into another altogether different compartment and dwell within its steel doors with no thought on what next. But is our life not whole? From birth till death it the same life that we live. We carry the same name and the same figure (giving in to the ravages of time, of course). How then do we keep goals that are so short lived and disjointed? When we are positive (most of us are) that we are going to live a complete life, should we not keep the end of our path in mind before determining the ways to tread. When we plan for a trip to Dwaraka, it is Dwaraka that will determine the train we board. What would we call a person who catches Howrah Express (which goes to Kolkata) when his destination is Dwaraka?

Most of us fumble because we do not know the destination. This category of people can be understood. Succumbing to the options life has thrown on them, they hang on to what they get and stay satisfied. But what about people who have know spiritual living is true living. What about people who have definitely seen through the shallowness of this material world. Sadly, such people among us live exactly the same life as the other category. The knowledge or realization that has dawned upon them is crystallized as knowledge without turning into action. A realization that merely is in the form of vapour.

But there are some people who have realized not only the true destination but gone out of the way to catch the correct train that leads to the desired destination. One such personality is Shri U.Ve.Bharathan Swamy of Thirukkoshtiyur, now residing at Srirangam.

Born into a pious family with a traditional background, Swamy’s parents were completely into a loukeeka way of life. He too was soaked in material comforts from childhood. An occasional visit to the temple was all that happened in the spiritual arena. But during his high school days, a limited exposure to the works of our Acharyas installed the sampradaya thought in him. Post school education, he took up Professional course in the field of commerce and at the same time his love for carnatic vocal and instrumental music made him take music seriously. He learnt music under great veterans in the field. But the sampradaya thought sown in his mind grew into a veritable tree of thirst, the thirst for true life beyond the illusion created by the money and material enveloped world. He understood what was there at the end of this path. And he understood which train would take him there.

And he caught that train. Learning sampradaya texts and living the ways prescribed under the sastric texts. This meant leaving a lucrative career that was to come. This also meant giving up the passionate music as a prospective means of livelihood.

Swamy straight went to the Sanskrit college, Mylapore, Chennai and enrolled for Shironmani course in Meemamsa sastra. Side by side he also mastered Nyaya sastra and learnt the intricacies of Saahitya. Out of the college in flying colours, he denied well paid jobs in colleges across states and opted to study Sribashya of Sri Ramanujacharaya under the feet of Vidwath Shiromani Shri U.Ve. Nrisimhachariar swamy of Srirangam.

And today he lives a pious life immersing himself in more Granthams of our Poorvacharyas and exchanging knowledge with Bhagavathas day in and day out. He is one of the few vidwans today having a deep understanding of Sanskrit texts and a deep wish to propagate sampradayam to the masses. He has also written Sankrit translations Thiruppavai and its meaning. In addition, his deep knowledge of Music can go on to impress a lot of people and draw them to sampradayam.

A youngster with such a vision is rare to find. He is a definite inspiration for all of us not knowing our destination and also to those who know the destination but find it difficult to board the right vehicle. This swamy was recently honoured under the Vidwath Vandanam scheme of Srimaan Trust. The children of SBK swarmed around Him and listened to his wisdom drenched words and honoured him.

The photos of the vidwath vandanam is here in this link :


Let the divine couple shower their divine blessings on you and all forever.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

To give is to be.

Priya arangan adiyar,

The methods of the Lord are inscrutable.  On one hand, the expected fails to occur and on the other hand, some unexpected good comes seeking.  The bottom-line of all the actions of the Lord are aimed ultimately at the redemption of the souls.  We have nothing but His grace for our well being.

Therefore, it is a matter of great joy when people take a favourable outlook on tradition and seek to learn about Him.  What can be greater than young people exhibiting excitement to know about Him and serve Him.

Six months ago, Srimaan Bhattar Kuzhaam had a new child in its midst.  The child is very devoted to the Lord and displays great enthusiasm and interest in learning.However, the family that the child hails from is very poor.They struggle hard every day to make both ends meet.

Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham has conceptualized that it is important to cater to the spiritual needs of the people.  At the same time, we cannot be found wanting in help and compassion for those in difficulty.  It is  for this purpose that the programme of "anuyagam" is being pursued, where people in need are supplied with food provisions.

This month, SBK decided it best to help the parents of the devoted child who were in want, and provisions were given to them.  The photos can be seen at :

https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/AnuyagamSep12?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJ7725bxj6SLdw&feat=directlink

While in the world outside we are taught to ask "What is in it for me?", the children at SBK have learned to ask themselves, "What good can I do to others?"  Shall we join them?