Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Retreat in heat.... - II

Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Amalanadhipiran Santhai
This is a short Prabandham by Thiruppana Azhwar with just ten verses which contains the fathomless beauty of Periya Perumal. The children were taught this Prabandham so that they can recite it from their hearts, the next time they see Periya Perumal. This Prabandham starts with a note of making oneself a devotee to Bhagavathas (adiyarkkenai atpadutha). So the importance of Bhagavatha sambandham was also revealed to them through this santhai.

Azhwar Acharya Vaibavam
As mentioned previously, the glory of the life of Azhwars and Acharyas is something which cannot be explained by words. Their lives cast a profound impact on our thoughts and our way of living. The children at the camp were also taught about these Vaibavams and were made to realize the subtle values underlying these vaibavams.

Vidwan lectures
Each day at the camp, there were lectures on various topics in our Sampradayam which were taken by prominent Vidwans in Srirangam. Smt. Jayasree Ammangar taught the children about the greatness of Sripadatheertham and its importance in our Sampradayam. Kapisthalam Sri U.Ve. Srinivasachariyar  Swami conducted a detailed lecture about the greatness of Bhagavathas. Thiruppullani Sri U.Ve. Sundararajan Swamy discussed about the subtle concepts of Paramathma and Jivathma and even more subtle ways of establishing their existence and attributes. The children were very eager to listen to such sessions and they got a good opportunity to develop an understanding on the ideals of our sampradayam.

Sripadatheertham of Acharya Purushas
Srirangam has ever been the capital city (Rajadhani) for Sri Vaishnavites and naturally that means all Acharyas would be lingering around Srirangam like how a bee goes around a sweet-smelling flower. Thus, Srirangam has a long tradition of housing the descendents of great Acharya Purushas. How blessed are the inhabitants of Srirangam! They get the association of the land which was once walked over by great Acharyas and the land which still being walked over by their descendents. As an effort to make the children realize this fact, they were taken to various Thirumaligais in Srirangam and they were made to interact with the Acharya Purushas about their lineage,their kainkaryam etc. And more importantly, they performed Padha Poojai and even took the Sripadatheertham.

Find below the excellent photos for your eyes.

Day1:
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Day2:https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/SummerSpiritualCampMay2013Day2?authkey=Gv1sRgCLGF94rkx7PxugE
Day3:https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/May7SummerSpiritualCampMay2013Day32013?authkey=Gv1sRgCLWIzpLZ3_y14gE
Day4:https://picasaweb.google.com/117130310845842769959/SummerSpiritualCampMay2013Day4?authkey=Gv1sRgCOu0xfeP8bDPPw

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Retreat in heat.... - I


Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:
Priya arangan adiyars,

Easy fruit from difficult seed sowing…..

In the pursuit of knowledge, flow of proper information facilitates the understanding of a certain theory. This information passes down generations and enlightens the people about that theory even after several years. And in general, the preceptors of the theory would have taken mammoth effort to establish such a notion. But the students of the succeeding era get acquainted with the theory much easily than those preceptors. For example, Newton had spent years to establish his theory of gravitation, but now it has just become a child’s play. This is possible due to a tradition in which flow of knowledge across generations takes place systematically.

  Such an excellent tradition of Acharya-Sishya Parampara exists in Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam. Our Purvacharyas have never left a stone unturned to clearly establish Vedic tenets to us. Sri Periyavachan Pillai has written the meaning for all the divine 4000 hymns sung by Azhwars. But a certain portion of the vyakyanam for Periyazhwar Thirumozhi was lost due to termites but Swami Manavala Mamunigal rendered vyakhyanam for the same thereby leaving us totally informed of the meanings of Azhwars’ works. Our Purvacharyas have not just espoused the meanings of Divya Prabandham but also took them into their life and made it a part of their living. The glory of their lives is something which we cannot express by words. Such a glorious tradition containing very valuable knowledge should definitely be passed down to the future generations.

As an attempt for working towards this mission, Srimaan trust has been organizing spiritual camps for school children during the vacation time. And which theme is more apt than the life history of Azhwars and Acharyas? It is due to their benevolence and tireless efforts that we have this tradition today!

Namperumal inaugurates…
The camp started on May 4th in which more than one hundred children participated. It was a grand inauguration blessed by Namperumal Himself as Viruppan thirunaal utsavam was going on. Even great Acharyas from the lineage of Sri Periya Nambi and Sri Parasara Bhattar graced the occasion. There were some children who even came from other cities to take part in the camp. In all the stage was set for a new experience for the children who would have otherwise been whiling away the time at home in pursuits other than the pleasurable spiritual pursuit...........The children were very eager for the upcoming days and the days did turn out to satiate their hunger.

(.....to be continued)
 

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Monday, May 20, 2013

The thunderous arrival !


Sri:
Srimate Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

In the dazzling congregation of Kings and Princes, where the enormity of their crowns overshadowed the enormity of their big masculine faces, where the ornaments and sparkling garments adorning them made the huge mass of lamps and lanterns look like sparks of fire from a matchstick, there sat the young boy in the midst of His Guru and younger brother. But the very look of the eldest son of Dasharatha made brows rise. The Queen and the elderly women liked this young warrior instantaneously. The young women spoke in whispers. The King Janaka had his doubts. One by one, the Kings flexed their muscles to lift the Siva Dhanus. Some fell gracefully, while some with a nasty thud. In all, all the haughty Kings mortgaged their pride and lost it unaware. And as the King Janaka, a worried man, thought it a futile swayamvar of his daughter, the scion of the Surya clan, softly got off His cozy seat and seeking the blessings of His present Guru Vishwamitra, strode towards the centre of the enormously long hall wherein was placed the Bow that made many a kings bow.

Amused were the onlookers, especially the Kings and Princes who felt valour was the virtue of the one with pomp and exhibitionism. But this dark and handsome boy seemed a thorough gentleman. His gestures seemed the definition of civility. His tone was as soft as a mother’s. Though the skin bore enough signs speaking of a recently concluded deadly battle, the pride from victory seemed distant from the eyes. As all the eyes centred on the boy, the cynosure of the King’s eyes, His beautiful daughter, awaited the conclusion of the event with anxiety. And everything happened so suddenly. The boy made it to the centre of the hall and making a cursory glance at the gathering and the King organizing the swayamvar, glanced at the Bow. And in an instant, He picked it up and stuck the string to the string groove effortlessly. A child’s play ,at the speed of lightening. Slowly, it dawned on the gathering that the Young man was victorious where Kings with a repertoire of glossy records had failed miserably. It struck them that someone far younger than them proved valorous. A sun rose in the horizon and now they were aware of it. But this sun was so different. It burnt only when it had to. Otherwise it seemed cooler than moon. And all of them stood up to recognize this fact and respect it.

Lord Rama had arrived, in style.    

To the relief of King Janaka and the limitless Joy of Seetha, the Lord had succeeded. But the Lord was as calm as calmth. Sri Thirumangai azhwar says “ Villirutthu melliyal thol thoyndhai yennum, vehka vil tuyil amarndha vendhe yennum” in his Thirunedunthandakam. “The Lord completed the Siva Dhanus feat, had a dip and out of fatigue sleeps on the Aadisehha in Yatothakari”. Where did the Lord have a dip?  Seetha devi  knew the strength of Lord Rama’s shoulders once she stood witness to swayamvar event. She also knew a few of His virtues when He acted solely under the advice of His Guru. But when the King and the Sage declared marriage for Lord Rama, He stood up and protested. He protested that for marriage to happen, one person had to mandatorily come. King Dasharatha. What virtue! Where can we find someone so devoted to his father? And hearing the Lord speak so, Seetha devi was blown off by this “treasure trove of virtues”. And in an instant, she turned liquid in form ( uruginaal) and the Lord bathed in this liquid Seetha. Out of the fatigue, He now sleeps in Thiruvehka.

And on the arrival of Lord’s father and the whole of their family, the wedding of the Supreme Being as Lord Rama and the Supreme Mother as Seetha Devi took place with the blessings of one and all present there.

With a wish to replicate the celestial marriage of Lord Rama and Seetha Devi on the divine Birthday of the Lord (Ramanavami), a devout aasthika Sri Balaji from Chennai through Smt Pushpalatha Seshadri ( another devout aasthika) called up the Gurukulam and asked if we could put the wish to execution. The children of the Gurukulam are excellent in performing kalyana utsavams. Their involvement in the activity is enormous. And some of the children from Vishakapatnam can perform Seetha Kalyanam very well. Hence, a decision to send 7 children was made and they arrived at Adayar (@ the house of SriBalaji) on the evening prior to SriRaamaNavami. And the Kalyana utsavam was performed for the divya mangala vigrahas of the Lord and Piratti kept for thiruvaradhana at the premises in Adayar. With the celestial tunes from the Vedas and Divya prabandham, the place was electrified with Bhakthi.

The children had their annual exams just a few days ahead of the SriRaamanavami. Yet, they came to Chennai for the Utsavam. The organisers of the Kalyana Utsavam took excellent care of the children and their devotion to Satsampradayam was very evident.

In all, the Divine Couple did feel satisfied that the children and the organizers remembered the Holy Wedding Ceremony that took place @ the Grand Palace of King Janaka.  

For the picture of Lord Rama and His family, click here :
   

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Learning by rote?



Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:
Priya arangan adiyar,

We usually ask the question “what is the use of mindlessly by hearting something and vomiting the same when asked?” “ One should understand a thing. There is no necessity to have things in rote memory”.

Well, while it is true that mere by hearting is of little use, when it comes to learning Spiritual works, understanding the texts and committing it to memory, both hold equal importance. The shlokas from Aagamas or the verses from the Vedas carry two effects, one by the meaning they convey and by their mere recitation. Hence, our ancestors have made it mandatory to remember as well as understand these works. What about the works of the Azhwars? They do not carry any Vedic mantras in them. Why should they be memorized? Well, filling the heart with the lovely and pure Bhakthi laden words of the Azhwars cleanses the soul. By committing to memory the words of the Azhwars, we can befool Emperuman into thinking we are like the Azhwars! And what will He not give someone like the Azhwars (even if an imposter)?  

The Gurukulam children are learning the Aagamas, Vedas, divya prabandhams, English, Sanskrit, Tamizh, Science, Math, Geography, Mridangam,Veena and very many subjects. To test the level of learning and the knowledge retained by the children, a series of exams were held for the children.

Sri Krishnan swamy from Vanamamalai graced “Iramanusan Ponnadi” (Gurukulam) and conducted the exam with great fervour. Sri Krishnan swamy is a great veteran in the field of divya prabandham. He, along with his elder brother  have participated in various kainkaryams and have themselves taken up kainkaryams in many divya desams.

The gurukulam children are in different phases of learning (as per their age and group). Hence it took some time to assess the learning of the children. At the end of the tests, Sri Krishnan swamy was very satisfied with the performance of the children. To share his experience, he insisted the children never to forgo reiteration of the past learning. Half an hour a day must be devoted to reciting what has been learnt. But swamy was very impressed with the devotion and love of the children for anything sampradayam. This, he feels, will make them true and long lasting persons in the kainkaryam of Emperuman. Sri Krishnan swamy conducted the exam for Vedas too.

Snaps of Divya Prabhandha and Veda Exam :



Aagama exam was conducted by the Srirangam Koil Narasimhan Bhattar, one who has the privilege of touching and doing kainkaryam for the Lord of Srirangam. The children learning aagama have a penchant for it. Anything they see, they see with the eyes of the aagama student. Hence, their learning and knowledge base gets greatly enriched. And what they learn, they immediately try it on their “Kasturi Rangan” (gurukulam deity)!.

Snaps of Aagamam Exam :



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The celebrated nexus - Final

Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

The volunteer, with little exhausting from the continuous flow of words, went on to quote a few verses from the works of the Azhwars to describe the depth of Tamizh used by them. The words of Andal, Thiruppanazhwar and Kulasekarazhwar were neatly broken down to explain how Tamizh got benefited from the avatharam of Azhwars and of course, how the Lord of Thiruvarangam loved the Tamizh of the Azhwars. In the Periazhwarthirumozhi, Periazhwar gets under the sleeve of Yashoda and watched Lord Krishna through her eyes. Many a women come to the house of Yashoda and heap complaints on the mischievous and notorious Krishna for thieving the butter prepared in their houses. Yashoda looks at Krishna and laments that she cannot hear the words of neighbours criticizing Him. When Sri PillaiUrangavillidasar (foremost disciple turned wrestler of Sri Ramanuja) came across this verse, he too couldn’t bear the criticism heaped on Krishna by the vile women (vile!!). In a childlike manner he would say “Which lock did Krishna break? Which gem did he steal? You folks keep whining always! There is so much of butter and so many cows in His own house.  He just inadvertently treads into the house of others and seeing the butter hanging from the top thinks it as His own house. And the little fellow does not know these women can create a storm from a mere breeze!” Such was the love of Periazhwar as Yashoda and Sri Dhanurdasa as Yashoda for Krishna.

The audience applauded both the content and the volunteer who delivered the content effortlessly and with a touch of expertise. In reality, the volunteer has an unflinching love for Tamizh and is in deep pursuit of its study.

It was a very pleasant evening knowing the nexus between the celebrated Lord Ranganatha and the celebrated language Tamizh. Just as ThirumangaiAzhwar joined both palms saluting the Parrot with the words “I benefited by nurturing you”, the Founder Acharya and the other volunteers exclaimed “The world benefited by the Trust nurturing you”.

Friday, May 10, 2013

The celebrated nexus - II


Sri:
Srimathe ramanujaya nama:

Contribute for feeding the adiyars in Vaikasi Brahmotsavam. Click for details.

Priya arangan adiyar,

(.... continued)

And then there is this excellent historic event where Kambar, the Lion among Tamil poets, came to Srirangam with him mouth full of Poem and heart full of bhakthi for Emperuman. And standing before the sannidhi of Srirenganachiar, looked over from within the golden manes by Metazhagiyasingar (Narasimhamoorthi) sitting at a great height, Sri Kambar orchestrated the Tamil Ramayanam Ramavatharam, popularly known as Kamba Ramayanam. Thiruvarangam was where the Arangetram (debut on stage) for the Tamil work happened with the Thiruvarangan listening to it. And Kambaramayanam  has been declared the unparalleled work ever and Kambar, the unparalleled poet in the history of Tamizh literature.

Kambar, a very sensitive poet, was a Srivaishnavite in his sensibilities. His work reflects his understanding of Srivaishnavishm. Lord Rama, Seethapiratti and SriLakshmana left Ayodhya to fulfill the boons granted by Dasharatha to the mother of Bharatha. And across the Sarayu, they came across the boatman-hunter Guha and struck an eternal friendship with him. Lord Rama became Guha’s Lord. And while the threesome rested in the shade of Guha, Bharatha and his brother came prancing at a distance like horses in absolute distress. Kambar captures the mood of Guha with so much of beauty that we get transported to the very Sarayu shore. The news of the imminent arrival of Bharatha and Shatrugna makes Guha nervous and scornful. ButGuha reflects on seeing the duo walking towards them “Well... Bharatha looks just like Rama (nambiyum naayakanai okkindraan), the one following his footsteps looks just like Lakshmana (ayal nindran thambiyayum okkindraan thava vedam thalai nindran), the misery in their faces is untold” and then realizing his erroneous train of thought Guha exclaims "Oh! Will the ones born after Lord Rama do any vice?"(emperuman pinpirandaar ezhipparo pizhappendran) and after seeing the interaction of Bharatha with the Lord and witnessing the loads of tears and loads of love showerd on Lord, Guha exclaims “aayiram ramar nin keezhaavaro!” (can 1000 Ramas match you, Bharatha?). This sentence of Guha by Kambar celebrates the divinity and the glory of Bhaagavatas which is the very essence of Srivaishnava sampradaya.

(...to be continued)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Celebrated Nexus - I


Priya arangan adiyar,

It was the eve of Tamizh New year and the Srirangam temple authorities thought it perfect to organize a discourse in the celebrated Rangavilas mantapam of Srirangam temple. But they wanted it to be different, in the sense, they wanted a girl child to discourse. Our Trust has, since its inception, imparted sampradaya knowledge to a lot of girl children. Many girls have learnt the intricate aspects of Sampradayam and can discourse on various topics. It is not only knowledge but the cultural etiquette they have absorbed in this age of mindless pop culture. Knowing this well, the temple authorities came to our trust requesting for someone to discourse. It was a baghyam for the Trust to get involved in organizing a discourse inside the temple on the auspicious occasion of Tamizh New Year and accepted to send a volunteer to do the upanyasam. And when asked what topic to discourse on, the volunteer immediately and very aptly said “Tamizh and Ranganathar”.
And thus, at 5p.m, when the heat began to diminish its ferocity, the Rangavilas mantapam was packed with many Bhakthas for the interesting topic “Tamizhum Aranganum”.
The volunteer began by discussing what a language was. A language is the ability to acquire and use complex communication system. What makes a language a classical language? She beautifully quoted from the ancient Tamizh grammar work that a “Uyar thani chemmozhi” ( classical language) should reform according to times, draw into it the special words from other languages and even when stripped off the influence of other languages, stand on it own leg. Which Indian language carries this trait? Undoubtedly Sanskrit. But also Tamizh. These two classical languages are the basis for most other Indian languages. But for a certain period of time, Sanskrit ranked first. The reason was that, though Tamizh had all the elements of an exquisite and complete language in it, there was no Tamizh work that spoke in length the greatness of the Supreme Lord Sriman Narayana. But the Tamizh language bagged the first position once the Azhwars took birth in the banks of various rivers in the South. Their works were like the crystal clear water bodies that showed the true essence of the Vedanta. Tamizh encased in it the 64 arts and the Lord of Srirangam has within Him the Tamizh language due to the works of the Azhwars.
It is known to everyone that the most number of pasurams of the Azhwars have been dedicated to the Lord of Srirangam . But there are many other authors who have outpoured all their knowledge and skill in the glorification of the Lord of Srirangam. One such person was Sri Pillai Perumal Iyengar, a Tamil scholar of spectacular erudition. His life history itself is an example of His single minded devotion to the Lord of Srirangam. While he was working in the court of the King, on the day of Namperumals thiruther(car), he had a vision of fire breaking out in the ther. Sitting at the court, he, with his upper garment, put off the fire. The king seeing the Swamy swaying his uthreeyam in his court, was amused and asked him the reason for his behaviour. Iyengar narrated the happening to the king. The king was further amused and doubted the validity of the happening. But when the King got news from Srirangam that fire broke out in the ther and SriPillai Perumal Iyengar appeared there and put off the fire, the King was flabbergasted and his respects for the divine poet grew manifold. And Iyengar’s works on Lord Ranganatha are celebrated as one of the most monumental works in the history of Tamizh literature.
(….to be continued)  


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The secret...

Priya arangan adiyars,

After a certain age in our life, we tend to learn certain things. We learn that each moment, each forthcoming tick of the clock needs to be planned and executed accordingly. We time our sleeps,  time our food and  time our talks. Even the occasional free time is planned free time. While doing so, we miss something vital in life. What is that? We miss life.

From the time of our birth, we come across so much in the artistic output of the Supreme artist. We are completely blown off by the unimaginable array of colours that bewitch our senses in this world. Every living form carries so much of colour, so beautifully painted, so deep yet so light. Symmetry in every living and non living entity pleasantly shocks us. We tend to think of the amount of rigorous plan that would have gone into the making of the entire universe. It just goes beyond our comprehension. We are to infer that the Supreme Soul would sit biting His lips and nails wondering about His creations.But do you know the secret behind the creation of the Supreme Being? Do you know why everything in His creation is so very lively and so very attractive? The Supreme Being has a trait which never gets diluted with the passage of time. It is called “Spontaneity”. This spontaneity in every activity makes His craft special. Spontaneity is the essence of being live. His decisions are made in that spur of the moment. Else will He not become a creating machine devoid of the touch of ‘now’? Will He not work like the computer coded in every limb? With fear, worry and anxiety filling our minds, the simple and true sign of life, “spontaneity” seems to be ever lost in us. Hence, our own creations don’t carry the magic that it ought to. Our lives have lost life. Look at children. What makes us like children other than their inherent innocence? It is our inability to predict their next action that makes them the centre of attraction. It is their “spontaneity” that sets them apart from our own lives and puts them in the Supreme Being’s league. They don’t plan what they have to speak, they don’t plan how to behave. Neither do they plan for unforeseen contingencies. They live in the present and only in the present.

The children of Acharyah are growing under the shade of Lord Ranganatha and Srirenganachiar. Their lives are jolly in the sense they learn with open minds. They enjoy everything that happens around them with no preconceived notions set in their minds. The school for the children closed on 14th of April with the Annual day function.

The experience of a teacher is shared here:

“It was early in the evening when the sun kissed the sky with its thinning orange rays. Srirangam was sultry beyond words. The entire temple town was like a furnace. Yet, the air around Acharyah was profuse with the fragrance oozing from the various scents applied on the children. The school looked like the creation of a freestyle drawing with the children dressed in various colours splashed across the entire corridor. As parents and visitors entered the front doors, the little chirpy children were ushered into a place behind the stage. The children were embellished in such a manner that even parents found it hard to recognize their wards! The Chief Guests, Sri Muthuswamy, Retired Professor, National College, Trichy, his wife Smt Revathy Muthuswamy, Director of Bharatha Natyalaya and Sri Manivannan, Deputy Director of All India Radio arrived at the school sharp on time and occupied their seats on the podium. Sri Periyanambi swamy and Sri Parasara Azhagiyasinga bhattar swamy, in the usual exhibition of their interest in the children, made entry into the hall which was dimly lit to give prominence to the activities on stage. With the prayer began the function.



“Wish of the fish” (video)
 
Little fishes in a sea wish to see the world outside the salty sea and goes up the sea. Children dressed up as fishes and joyed at the world outside the sea. A rhyme drama.
“Bhaktha Prahlaada” 
 
A devotional rhyme depicting the ferocious king, his pious son and the most ferocious Lord Narasimha. The little girl playing Narasimha started crying onstage due to the mask. The cry of the child made it the best Narasimha!
“Enge en kannan”
 
Dance – to the tune of Thiruppavai pasuram “orutthi maganai pirandhu”.
“Siragodindha paravai” (video)

Tamil Drama- Bird loses its wings. Seeks refuge under trees. None offer shade except the Banyan tree. And come winter, the leaves of all other trees fall off while the banyan tree stands with its pride intact. Theme – God helps those who help others. 
“Vaatavaranam rakshata”
(Preserving the environment)

Sanskrit drama- A Ceeper looks sad. Seeing this, a  child asks why? Creeper complaints the earth is not giving any food. child asks earth ‘Why not giving food?” Earth says “I don’t have any since no rain”. Rain says “Clouds don’t hold me anymore”. Cloud says “No trees on earth.” And when the child finally asks the trees, they say “You men simply cut us. How can we help the environment then?” The child admits the mistake and vows never to cut or allow others to cut trees. Theme –Men are the only convicts in environmental hazards.
“Prince & the Polestar”
 
English drama- Druvan charitra was enacted. The children playing Naarada and Druva spoke in mikes kept at opposite corners of the stage. And while delivering their dialogues, both of them forgot their lines! And both came to the centre of the stage and discussed each others lines and went back to deliver them correctly! It was amazing!
“Gujarath folk dance” (video)

Children dressed in bright colours and dresses made with glass, dance to Radha sametha Krishna song. 
“Planet dance”
One child was the sun and did dress like it. Each child dressed like each planet came on stage and ambulated the sun singing the characteristic feature of itself! Education, playfully.

Convocation of UKG children
The children moving out of the U.kg were beautifully honoured with the “Prapanna Bhaagai” ( A crown worn by great Srivaishnava scholars, especially yogis)
 

The exhibition of talent and co-ordination enthralled the audience. The ease of the children and lack of any inhibition was a treat to watch. Of course, as teachers, we had our own trouble in controlling the energy levels of the children. But that is a joy too. The Chief Guests enjoyed every moment of the event. Smt Revathy addressed the gathering saying she was a dance teacher herself and had never entertained a child below 5 years for any dance class. But here at Acharyah, she was awestruck to witness 2.5 year olds dance to tune with a beautiful rhythm. She also pointed out that the children seemed to understand far beyond their age. They could not only comprehend many things but could also express their reaction after comprehension. As she appreciated the children, two toddlers sitting in the front row rose and clapped thunderously acknowledging her for her appreciation of them! Sri Manivannan and Sri Periyanambi swamy wished for the perennial growth of Acharyah.

The founder acharya was eloquent in his address. He said “ A mother undergoes great pain when a child grows in the stomach. Physical pain and the pain of the mind. And at the time of delivery, the pain is untold and makes the mother vow never to deliver a child again. But the moment the mother sees the face of the newborn, all her pain vanishes like magic. Similar is the case with the children of Acharyah. The entire year, the mothers and teachers shouldered enormous hardship for the children. Today, the delivery has happened when the children exhibited their talents and qualities.”

Awards were handed over to children based on the traits exhibited by them throughout the year. Children were not awarded based on their marks or grades. Awards were only for virtues. Similarly teachers too were given awards based on the peculiar quality that enhanced their function as teachers. Not only that, the spouses of the teachers were also given awards since their contribution was definite, though indirect.

In addition, every person, like the auto driver of the children, the electrician, the maid were given awards based on their service. The children of Gurukulam too were awarded.

The entire programme ended late, but with a refreshing beginning, both for the children and the parents.

For a splash of colourful photos, click here: