Sunday, March 24, 2013

Carving the future society

Priya Arangan Adiyar,

It is common to hold debates among students in schools. And a classic topic is to debate about whether science is a boon or a bane. During the debate, one group would argue that science enables us to minimize our work and improve standard of living while the other group says if science gets into wrong hands, they can misuse it etc. But before addressing this topic, we should ask ourselves as to what makes us say science is a bane. Science is just a tool which can be used by anyone to perform good as well as bad deeds. So it’s the intention of the user to perform bad actions. The next question would be why should people who are knowledgeable choose to support bad actions? Then one shall realize the importance of ethics and values and a system of education which imparts those ethics. Even in ancient times, there was a very elaborate system of warfare whose consequence may be devastating.

But when preceptors used to teach those skills to their pupils, they also highlighted the ethics to be followed while using those skills and weapons. But in today’s society, the lack of ethics and morals is causing great harm for development. Thus, imparting moral values to the younger generation is the need of the hour.

Traditionally, our ancestors have spread morals through short stories from Ithihasas and Puranas. Emperumaan Himself has descended upon this earth to teach the purpose of our life and the need to lead an ethical life. All we need to do is, to take that hint from Him and adhere to the values and ethics found in these epics. One such an epic is the SriRamayana. SriRama is a trend setter and a role model for all of us in practicing dharma in our lives. He has showed us the virtues of being noble through his incarnation as a human.

At Srimaan Trust, imparting of morals happens through SriRamayanam contest conducted annually at various cities in the state. Children from the age of five years upto fourteen years participate in the contest which has two rounds. The first one is a written test round and the second round is an oral contest where children chant slokas from SriRamayanam.

Recently, SriRamayanam contest was held at Trichy on 3rd and 4th of February. The contest was also held at Madurai and Karur on 24th February and 2nd March respectively. There were students from various schools who took part in the contest. There are participants from all the strata of our society, crossing all barriers of religion, creed, caste, gender etc. They eagerly participate year-after-year due to the kind of positive experience they get. This is a humble effort we are making to nurture young minds who will lead the country in future.

Please find below the link for the photos:

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

Friday, March 15, 2013

From within....

Srimate Ramanujaya nama:

(A drop of gratitude)
We often come across Bhajan groups being severely criticized. The reason would often turn out that there are many members who are ignorant of the rules of pronouncing the names of Lord and hence utter the names violating the grammatical rules of the language. In this context, a beautiful and simple shloka is worth examining.
“ Moorkhaha vadati vishnaaya
Vidwan vadati vishnave
Ubhayosthu phalam tulyam
Bhaavagrahi janardhana”
As per the Sanskrit language, nouns have cases-endings like Nominative, Acquisitive and each noun has them different based on the ending of the word. For example, the word Raama: ends with ‘a’ and hence follows certain ways of being used in the language under different contexts. When someone addresses Raama in the context “for Raama”, the word ‘Raamaaya’ (4th case ending) is to be used. But the word Vishnu is different. It ends with ‘ UHh’ and hence has a different set of case-endings and hence an address to Vishnu in the tonality of “for Vishnu” would be ‘ Vishnavae’ (4th case ending).
A learned scholar made his entry into the sanctum sanctorum of the beautiful temple of Poori and stood before Lord Jagannatha in great veneration. Since the Lord standing there as Jagannatha is none other than Vishnu, he addressed the Lord “ Vishnavae namaha” (Namaskaaram for Vishnu). This happened every day. Standing just opposite this learned pundit was an uneducated villager who too appeared there every day. He did not know the grammatical rules of Sanskrit. His faint knowledge indicated that the Lord standing as a wooden structure along with Balarama and Shubadra was Lord Vishnu incarnate. But he had learnt only the grammatical forms of ‘Raama’ as a child. So he erroneously addressed the Lord “ Vishnaya namaha”. The learned scholar observed this every day.
In a few years, both of their mortal bodies fell and both of them reached the Supreme Abode of the Lord. Standing before the Lord, the scholar was astonished to see the ignorant villager a companion here too. He asked the Lord “Oh Lord! I understand that I have attained your Abode. I am a learned scholar of all the sastras and have been at Your service all along. But this villager had been constantly misspelling Your Divine names every now and then. How could he attain this glorious abode?” and the Lord said “I don’t read what comes from your lips. I read only your heart. If there is a spot of true love in it for Me, I grant the spotless SriVaikuntam”. Hence both of you are here to serve Me for eternity.” The Lord absorbs the Bhaavam of the person uttering His name. After all, any word and any letter that exists in the atmosphere is His. But the person uttering the Lord’s name needs to take care while chanting His name.
The excellent “Prasanna Venkatesha Perumal Koil Sahasranama and Bhajana Mandali” has been in the kainkaryam of spreading the SriVishnusahasranama and Naama sankeerthanam for the past several years. It consists people of different age groups. From 7 year old children to 70 year old elders, each of them participate in the chanting sessions with great fervour. These people also join hands and collect money for temple renovation and repair works.
It was a pleasure honouring them. The photos of a few of them are here :

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lost in love...

Srimate Ramanujaya nama:

( A drop of gratitude)
There resided a very old Srivaishnavite in a divya desam. Age had laid its icy hands on his faculties. His vision had vanished. His ears heard little. His love for the Lord though, remained intact. He had mastered the Divya-prabandhams as a young man and passed his time devouring the sweet ecstatic outpourings of the Azhwars. He always carried about him, his nut wallet and in it, he had kept a Salagrama deity as his constant companion. When by accident, the tiny nut-alike salagrama deity mixed up with the nut, and entered his mouth while chewing the nut, he would of course feel the hardness of the deity different from the nut. He would then, with utmost reverence take Him out, wash with water, dry with his already dust laden robe, dress the deity and taking the cymbals ( taalam) in his hands, sing a beautiful verse from the sugary Tiruvaimozhi of Saint Namazhwar and then lull the little Salagrama deity to sleep. This confusion and the ensuing events happened almost on an everyday basis. A young Srivaishnavite, noticed the happenings with absolute astonishment. With rage running through his veins at such an irreverent blasphemous treatment to the Supreme Being, he hastened to the old person and reproached him severely. He demanded the desecrated Salagrama moorthi and the old man obliged succumbing to guilt. The young Srivaishnava was very happy at obtaining the Lord and he took Him home and started worshipping in all strict details of ceremonial worship. But the Lord appeared in his dreams on the very first night itself and said “ Ye fool! I was happy where I was. I had the felicity of becoming bathed in the nectar-like saliva of his holy mouth, very holy due to the constant chanting of the hymns of My dearest Azhwars. And I also had the supreme delight in listening to the sweet verses from the divya prabandham which he warbled to me. But now, you have deprived me of all this happiness and subjected me the tedious trials of your dry formal worship.” Put into great apprehension by this dream, the young Srivaishnavite forthwith restored the Salagrama to the former old custodian, who accepted the deity with love pouring out as tears and pasurams. Nevertheless, the old story of Salagrama entering his mouth as nut continued and the Lord remained in Bliss!
The Lord takes supreme pleasure in listening to the rapturous outpourings from the love-smitten and love-soaked hearts of His Devotees. Such devotees were the Azhwars. And hence, we give so much of importance to their verses. Just by pretending to carry streaks of their Bhakthi by chanting their words, we receive the Grace of the Supreme. What if someone live his entire life chanting their works and serving Lord? Sri Sundaram swamy is in his 80s now. But from the days of childhood, he has been in love with the words of Azhwars and of course, the Lord encased within them. Spending his time as the adyapakar in Sri Venkatesha perumal koil, Perumbur, he has succeeded in creating a large group of ardent devotees there.
He couldn’t grace the occasion due to the age factor and his son accepted the honour on his behalf.

The Sripaadam thangigal of Sathyanarayana koil were also honoured. The first brahmostavam of the Perumbur temple mentioned above was successfully completed by this group.It was a time when none had accepted the proposal and these people stepped in to conduct the utsavam. It was the very grace of Lord Venkatesha that both the honours happened on the same day. The sripaadam thangigal, unlike others, don’t restrict themselves to a specific temple. Even if there is an utsavam in another temple clashing with theirs, they make arrangements to conduct both. A great chance to honour them.
The photo of the representative can be viewed here :

Monday, March 11, 2013

On Vijay TV : 13th, 14th & 15th March - Dont miss!!

Priya arangan adiyar,
We are aware of the new young Srivaishnava star arising in the land of Namazhwar. This little child has kept listeners in great awe and inspired many with his excellently sculpted upanyasams. The child's single-minded love for Sampradaya knowledge is a pleasure to witness. Sri Elayavilli Shatajith has arrived.
Making note of the article that was published in Shakthi vikatan and listening to the 3 minute telephone speeches organized by the Shakthi vikatan group, the organizers of "Bhakthi Tiruvizha" of Vijay TV had invited the child from Azhwar Thirunagari and made him deliver a lecture. The same will be telecast on three days. The details are hereunder :
DATES       : 13th, 14th & 15th of this month.
TIME           :6:45 AM TO 7:15 AM
Please watch the same and make the children of your house too watch the same. 


Priya Arangan Adiyar,

It is that period of the time in a year where ‘money spent’ could actually mean ‘savings’ unlike the usual money spent = expenditure. Bhaaratham, the land of mystics, has always been a giver to the world. From gifting precious philosophies to the world, it has also held in its bosom, refugees from across the world, thus giving them life and hope. “ Paropakaaratham idham shareeram” “ This body is meant for service” is not a mere dogmatic saying of the Indian Land. Our own ancestors have lived by the saying. The sastric pearls revealed by the Supreme Being through the Rishis have been weaved together with the fine thread of paropakaram. As per the sastras, the day should begin with feeding the sparrows and other birds in and around the house. The early morning “kolam” laid at the entrance of the house has an embedded purpose of providing food to the ants and other tiny creatures. From dawn till dusk, every act has been designed to include a concealed ‘selfless service’. In service, our society basked in happiness.

The makers of the Indian constitution, though did not capture the true spirit of selfless service in entirelty, have given a small space for it in the form of tax savings against donations. For this, they have set a framework of rules within the Income Tax Act,1961. Contribution to Trusts having 80G registration can alone enjoy tax exemption/deduction.

Our Srimaan Trust has registration under 80G. Any contribution to the Trust is eligible for 80G deduction. It is to be noted that the contribution should be made within 31.03.2013 for availing the deduction for 2012-13. 

Our Trust has sailed innumerable people through difficult times.

Seldom do acts come with multiple benefits. But your contribution to the Trust will :

Save you income tax and help retain your money with you. Money in your hand is worth thousands with the Income Tax Department.

Bring smile in the faces of hundreds of children fed and looked after by the Trust.

Turn your donation into an investment in the heart of the Supreme Being from where your spouse, son, daughter will receive perpetual dividends in the form of good grades, excellent health, worthy jobs and overall prosperity.

Set you apart from the average man who thinks only of himself neglecting the needy.
Considering such multiple benefits in the offing, WE EARNESTLY REQUEST YOU TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR TRUST!

You can :

Ø EASIEST Make account transfer at the click of a mouse to :
A/C No:6125 01 123322

Ø   EASIER Send us a cheque addressed to :
Srimaan Trust
231, South Uthara Street, Srirangam Trichy - 620 006.

Ph: 0431-2431109

Ø   EASY Our volunteers are spread across four southern states. Just drop in a mail and we can seek possibility of a personal meet to collect your contribution if the volunteer lives in and around your place.

Come to Srirangam for the auspicious Panguni Uthra utsavam from 18-Mar-2013 to 27-Mar-2013, worship the divine pair and visit our trust.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Jubilant work...

Srimate Ramanujaya nama:

"Thondin aaradhanai"
( A drop of gratitude)

Remote REACH….


Hailing from the Thiruvamsam of one of Manavala Mamunigal’s ashta dik gajam’s, the dedication of Sri Paravasthu Padmanabhan swamy can never go unnoticed. Wherever born, a rose would spread its fragrance in its entire locality. Similar is Sri Padmanabha swamy. From the time he mastered the Divya-prabandham, he has been teaching them, irrespective of whether he lives in a divya desam or not. From 2004, he has been unceasing in his endeavour to spread the knowledge of Azhwars in and around Valasarawalkam. Very many Aasthikas have learnt under him and are now travelling to unheeded divya desams and performing kainkaryam. And they are also looking after the local temples. SriPadmanabha swamy is also performing the celebrated thadeeyaradhanai kainkaryam at Thirumalai-thirupathy during the purattasi utsavam. Swamy is a sthalathar of Thirumalai.

If we can hear the celestial tone of divya prabandha gosha in and around valasarawalkam, the credit should primarily go to this great swamy.

It was an excellent experience to have him among us for the thondin aaradhanai kainkaryam.

Seek His blessings here :



Many people ask why worship the omnipresent Lord in temples? If He is omnipresent, can’t we simply stay where we are and worship Him? 

A simple, general yet effective answer to this question is “Air is everywhere. But we need a fan to feel its presence.” Having a material temple and a vigraha made out of a earthly elements is a splendid proof of the Lord’s love for His Bhakthas. Our acharyas beautifully explain that by making Himself an inhabitant of a specific place and making people quantify His presence to a specific structure ( i.e we say Namperumal dwells in Srirangam. When we travel to Srirangam, we say Namperumal is not everywhere in Srirangam, but in the temple. And in the vast temple, we are shown Namperumal in a small Garbha Graha! ). Oh! What mercy should the Supreme Being have to kill His basic characteristic of omnipresence simply to help His children realize Him. The ordinary man has forgotten that the Supreme Being is omnipresent. The atheist cites this very reason ( the assumed discrepancy  and tries to stab the theist). The Lord is enduring all this only for our sake! Are we all equipped enough to see through our hearts, spot the Paramatma and worship Him? Not at all. Most of us know not what organs are wrapped up within the skin. How then will we spot the athma and then the paramatma within it? And who knows this better that the resident of our athma? Hence the Supreme Being’s decision to take up a divya mangala vigraha and a place of residence in the form of a temple.

And hence our Azhwars and Acharyas have inexplicable love for Archavatharam and the temple that houses Him. Thirumangai Azhwar robbed to build His temples. And the activity of renovating His temple has been credited as one of the most auspicious kainkaryams
The Emperuman residing in the divya mangala vigraha is not a mere piece of sculpture. Namazhwar, while describing Thiruk-kannapuram says Lord Sowrirajan may seem false for those who worship Him superficially. But to the true Bhaktha, He shows Himself. And to the temple of this beautiful Lord Sowriraja, Shri Raghavachariar swamy conducted a memorable samprokshanam involving enormous resources. A samprokshanam of that magnitude needed the complete support of the residing deity and Sri Raghavachariar swamy got it by His sheer devotion. This swamy has also done the jeernodharanam and samprokshanam of Sri Virudunagar Varadarajar sannidhi.

The day we honoured him, he explained the intricate details of the sculpture of Sri Thiruk-kannapuram temple and it was a pleasant hair –raising experience to hear the details.

Seek His blessings here :