Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Brightening the alley....

Priya arangan adiyar,

As evening fell, grandma lit up a lamp in her room.  Her son wanted to go to the field and lit his lantern from grandma’s light.  On the way to the field, he met an inn-keeper who lit his lantern from that of the former.   The inn-keeper reached his home and lit his lights from the lantern. People who stopped by his inn lit their lights in turn.  And so did the light go about lighting several lamps - the light that was lit in the lamp of grandma.

Light is a very common need for all of us as it dispels the darkness.  Our acharyas knew of another light, the light of knowledge that dispels the darkness of ignorance.  The light of knowledge has been carried over several generations undiminished and illuminating the lives of several devotees.
A near parallel to this was witnessed at Uraiyur where the lamps from Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam lit other lamps during the month of Margazhi.   To an eager audience, chi.Sriram of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham provided an introduction to the "Maarimalai muzhanjil" while chi.Raghavan explained the word meanings, first hand. Sriram is one among the foremost students of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and has been learning from the age of 5. Now, while pursing his undergraduation, he still learns the tenets of Sampradayam from SBK and is also volunteering for many of the kainkaryams. The knowledge that went through his ears has got deposited in his heart and he is now putting the knowledge to practice by physically involving in the kainkaryams. Raghavan, pursuing his Chartered Accountancy is a dedicated volunteer who has taken upon himself the kainkaryam of planning and supervising the Gurukulam students (along with Sriram). Chi.Aniruddhan delivered a discourse explaining the meanings in detail. Aniruddhan too, is a dear child of the Trust. Now he has grown into a man, but still remains a child to all of us at the Trust. As a child learning divya prabandham and stotra paadam, he showed great dedication. He also had the spark to give lectures from a very young age and SBK created a platform for him to express his gnyanam. Today, Aniruddhan still learns and implements the teachings of the Acharyas by dedicating a fixed time daily for the physical kainkaryams of the Trust. Chi.Balaji and Chi. Mani Balaji of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam spoke on "Anru ivvulagam" with eloquence. Their learning of divya-prabandhams and their love filled anubhavam of their own Gurukulam deity made frequent impact in their upanyasams. It was not their memory that came to play but their hearts.

There is a saying that the tree must be bent when young.  There is no better time to receive spiritual education than when one is still young.  The students of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam expend their youthful energies for this purpose. The effort of the students in understanding and explaining the meanings of Thiruppavai was well appreciated by the audience.

Our acharyas have graced commentaries to explain the beautiful meanings of Thiruppavai.  Learning this meaning from elders, the students of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and Gurukulam shared their education with others - an act of disseminating the light received and bringing more light.

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