Monday, July 29, 2013

Love at first sight and Harvest without labour! - Final


Sri:

Srimate ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

(....continued)

The “Gunakara Dasarathi” of Tirumala

In the Vishnu Purana, Parasara Muni says that the Lord is the repository of all auspicious attributes.  His form is divine and He manifests Himself in various forms for the benefit of the souls.

His auspicious attributes and divine form are the object of constant blissful experience of the residents of Vaikunta.  However, in order to make Himself accessible to all walks of people, He descended to this world taking the form of Lord Rama.

As Lord Rama, He was worshipped not only by excellent men and demi-gods, but also by monkeys and hunters.  His devotees cut across all differences of birth or habits.

For similar purposes, is the Lord manifest in Tirumala.  Incidentally, here too, He lets Himself be worshipped not only by the best of men and demi-gods but also by monkeys and hunters as has been experienced by the  Azhvars in numerous hymns.  As a light lit upon the hill offers its radiance far and wide, the auspicious attributes and divine form of Lord Srinivasa shine most brilliantly from the hill top of Tirumala.

The most famous hymns on Lord Srinivasa, which are recited by all people around the world including Suprabhatham, Sthothram, Prapatthi and Mangalasasanam, are composed by Svami Prathivadi Bhayankaram Annan.

In one of these hymns, Svami PB Annan experiences Lord Srinivasa as Lord Rama Himself in the following manner:


sumukhaṃ suhṛdaṃ sulabhaṃ sukhadaṃ
svanujaṃ ca sukāyam amoghaśaraṃ
apahāya raghūdvahamanyamahaṃ
na kathañca kañcana jātu bhaje!

Lord Rama has a beautiful countenance.   His love for all is immense.  He is easily available to His devotees.  He graces them with all auspiciousness.  He is our saviour whose arrows are unfailing.

Describing the auspicious qualities and form of Lord Rama, Svami declares that he will never seek anyone than Him.

Sri Ramayana is replete with various incidents that beautifully showcase the auspicious attributes of Lord Rama, the manner in which He rescues His devotees, His charming personality and enchanting form that moves the
hearts of all from rishis to rakshasas.

The devotees of Lord Rama are always blessed by His grace.

No sooner had the students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam performed the Sita  Kalyanam and worshipped Lord Rama than they left to Tirumala.Leaving the same night to Tirumala, the students participated in the Satrumurai of Lord Thiruvenkadamudaiyan.  The students offered benediction by chanting the verses of the Azhvars in front of the Lord, and participated in the distinguished assembly of Srivaishnavas of Tirumala, who serve Him at all times in all manners.

Returning back, the students performed Visvaksena Aradhanam, Punyavachanam and Agni prathistai before going to perform Sudarsana Homam. The spiritual experience continued as Sri Therazhundhur Raman Bhattacharyar Svami delivered a discourse.

Concluding their Tirumala pilgrimage, the students returned to Srirangam. 

The incidents of this episode can be viewed here :

Friday, July 26, 2013

Love at first sight and Harvest without labour! - II

Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

(....continued)

Doing one’s job with utmost dedication

The mind does not stay still.  At one moment, it is thinking of something.  The very next instant, the thoughts travel thousands of miles, even foraying into the impossible.  It appears as if the mind is constantly trying to get out of line with the work that one is doing. Everybody complains about their inability in focusing and concentrating on the work being done.

But, there is one person, who is very focused in doing His work.  He is dedicated to performing one job in the best possible way.  Though He is already fulfilled in every possible way, He does the job meticulously and is constantly thinking about what to do and how to do it.

That somebody is none other than Srinivasa, who stands on Tirumala.

Bhagavad Bhashyakarar refers to Srinivasa as ‘vinata vividha bhūta vrāta rakṣaika dīkṣaḥ’. Srinivasa is exclusively occupied in protecting the souls.  He is obsessed in this task and can think of nothing else than doing good to the souls.  No wonder everyone loves Srinivasa.

The reason for protecting the souls is His mercy.  In Daya Satakam, Shri. Vedantachariar says,

hitamiti jagad-dṛṣṭyā kḷptaiḥ akḷpta-phalāntaraiḥ
amati vihitaiḥ anyaiḥ dharmāyitaiḥ ca yadṛcchayā |
pariṇata-bahucchadmā padmāsahāya-daye! svayam
pradiṃśasi nijābhipretaṃ naḥ praśāmyadapatrapāḥ ||

The mercy of the Lord is engaged in the very delicate task of inventing excuses to do good unto the souls (pariṇata bahu chadmā).  One may perform actions that are considered good or may do things with a different intention which turns out to be considered good, or may do  some random action that accidentally produces good ends or just any random action itself with no apparent good. The dayā of Srinivasa works on all the above and invents some excuse or pretext to bestow welfare upon us.

This extraordinary mercy of the Lord flows out without any hindrance because He is forever associated with Piratti - Padmāvati. That is brought out in the hymn by the word ‘padmā sahāya’.

What can be better than worshipping the Lord with His consort?  With this intention, the students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam visited Tirumala.  At Pellur village, close to Tirumala, the students organized Sita Kalyana vaibhavam to celebrate the togetherness of divya dampatis.  On the morning of the 12th of July, they commenced the utsavam performing with dedication the various respects and procedures of Bhagavat-Bhagavatha-anugnai, Punyahavachanam, and Snapana homam.  This was followed by 108 Kumbha Sthapanam and Thirumanjanam.  Offering upacharams to the Lord, the students offered thaligai followed by ghosti and satrumurai.

Early evening, the same day, the students conducted the much anticipated Kalyana Utsavam of the Lord with His consort.  At the end, the newly wed divine couple graced the devotees through a procession.

The devotees of the Lord who had gathered to witness the spectacle felt spiritually fulfilled to have witnessed this event.

Do you also want to catch some of the experience?  Take a look at the album here:

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Love at first sight and Harvest without labour!


Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,


No.  We are not talking about the story of romance between some individuals.  

And no again, we are not talking about a new technique in agriculture where it is possible to reap rich harvest with little effort and overcome food inflation.

These are the words used charmingly by Svami Desikan in Daya Satakam.  

nayane vṛṣācalendoḥ tārāmaitrīṃ dadhānayā karuṇe ! dṛṣtaḥ tvayaiva janimān apavargaṃ akṛṣṭa pacyam anubhavati |

Look yonder at that hill.  On top of it, there is a brilliant light.  From that source of brilliant light, emanate cool rays.  Oh wait! We know what it is. That body of luminescence is the moon.  It delights the hearts of all.  The Moon falls in love with someone at first sight.  That person attains great bliss.  

You may ask, “What is going on here? Is there a point to this?”

The moon in the above passage is none than the beautiful Lord of Tirumala, Srinivasa.  Out of mercy, His glances are cool and fall upon His devotees.  The first sight of grace, which is jayamana kala kataksham, creates satvika tendencies in the individual.  He leads them by His loving grace and grants them to the great bliss of moksha.  

This attainment of moksha without effort but through the grace of the Lord is as wonderful as a farmer reaping a rich harvest without engaging in any effort.

How is this possible?  There is another farmer who does all the work.  This farmer is none but the Lord Himself.  He is called as vṛṣaśaileśa-kṛṣīvalaḥ or Srinivasa, the farmer of Tirumala.  He, by the copious showers of merciful grace, irrigates the crops of atmas and enables them to mature spiritually.

The students of Srimaan Gurukulam got an opportunity to obtain a blissful experience of this Lord of Tirumala.  Various programmes were planned by the students over two days in and near Tirumala.

Please await elaborate description of the events in the coming mails.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Heart that knows only love...

Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya namaha

Priya arangan adiyar,

As beings in this mortal world, we all suffer from three kinds of miseries (known as thaapathrayam) which arise due to our physical senses, or due to the devathas, or due to other forces. But we need someone who is capable of saving us from the heat of these miseries. It is our Acharyan who gives us good knowledge through his advice (upadesam) and guides us through this tough world and shows the path for eternal bliss. Thirumangaiazhwar compares the knowledge due to sastras to that of moon light, which dispels ignorance (darkness) which also graces us with its cool rays at the same time. The extent to which an Acharyan is committed to the upliftment of His sishyan can be seen from the life history of Sri Pillai Pillai Azhwan.

Sri Pillai Pillai Azhwan was a sishya of SriKoorathazhwan .He was well qualified in Vedas and had good knowledge of the sastras but also had the habit of committing the sin of commenting about other Bhaagavathas with no reason whatsoever. The Lord would bear any insult to Him but not to His Bhakthas. Hence, He never tolerates those who think, speak or act with hostility towards His Bhakthas. Knowing the gravity of this apacharam on the part of his sishya, SriAzhwan wanted to reform His sishya and asked him to part with this defective trait. He asked Sri Pillai Pillai Azhwan  the vaak dhaanam that he would never comment on bhaagavathas by manas,vaak and kriya.   SriAzhwan was full of karunai for His sishya that He could not bear the sight of him committing such a sin and the prospective punishment it ought to fetch. How can we even express our gratitude to such a selfless Acharyan who takes all kinds of efforts to connect us with the Supreme? There have been many such Acharya Purushas in our Guru paramparai and it is our duty to pay our humble obeisance to them whenever possible.

Our Trust has been honouring such Acharyas par excellence through the “Acharya Vandhanam” scheme for the past 13 years. Recently, Sri U.Ve K.K.C.Singarachariyar Swami belonging to the lineage of SriDoddaiyachariyar Swami, who himself a descedant of Sri Mudhaliyandan was honoured by the Trust. SriSingarachariyar Swami  is the sthalathar( one of the families vested with the control of the temple affairs) at Thirukkadigai (Sholingur) and performs Adhyapaka kainkaryam, Veda parayanam and Thiruvabharana kainkaryam (decorating the Lord) at this Divya Desam. It is a privilege to honour such an esteemed Acharya Purusha at the campus of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam this month. The children of Gurukulam were very gifted to seek the blessings of such a committed kainkaryaparar.

So are you, the supporters of these kainkaryams and readers of our mails.

The Photos of the kainkaryam are hereunder :

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Divya Thambadhigal

Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Our body is an essential resource with which we are able to perform various activities. Right from birth, or even before, upto the time we grow up into a complete individual, our needs are taken care by parents, especially mother. Even before our birth, we lie as an embryo in our mother’s womb as inanimate as any other thing. We grow up there due to the nutrition and care provided by our mother. After the birth, needless to say, our mother feeds, bathes, sings lullabies and what not. We grow under her care wherein we learn to crawl, sit, stand, walk and talk. The kind of immense care and affection shown by our mother is just unexplainable through words.

But Thirumangai Azhwar in his Periya Thirumozhi says that Emberuman’s holy name showers more love, affection and care even than a mother. This is because a mother, in general, takes good care of the bodily needs of her child but not their spiritual needs. Moreover, we are related to this mother only since the beginning of this birth, whereas Emberuman is related to us since time immemorial. Similarly, the relationship with Bhagavathas is also very beneficial since they care for our spiritual well-being apart from our material well-being. Indeed, that is the reason they are even known as athma bandhu. One such a relation is the relation between Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and its students.

Recently, a Bhattar Kuzham student got married. She belonged to one of the earliest batches of Bhattar Kuzham students who used to take part in all the activities of the trust. She had pursued an M.Sc in Mathematics and is working as a teacher. However, their family is not from a strong financial background and their mother has some health problems. So Srimaan Trust had helped that family in many ways. Now our Srimaan Trust decided to support the financial needs for the marriage. The volunteers of the Trust had gathered at the wedding reception to present the cheque to their family.

As said earlier, athma bandhus care not only for material needs, they go a step further and cater to the spiritual needs. Whenever there is an auspicious occasion, it requires the mangalasasanam (wishes) of other Bhagavathas. Having this in mind, an upanyasam on the topic was “Divya Thambadhigal” was also performed by another student of Bhattar Kuzham itself. Even though the term “Divya Thambadhigal” is commonly understood to refer to Periya Perumal and Pirattiyar, it is not restricted to them alone. Even Srivaishnava Thambadhigal who lead an esteemed life engaged in Kainkaryam also befit the term Divya Thambadhigal. The student then quoted classical examples for such Divya thambadhigal from the Srivaishnavite tradition some of which are shared below.

As we all know, Azhwan had lost his eyes at the court of Krumikantan due to the words of Nalooran. But later, Azhwan requests paramapadam even for that Nalooran. Such was the care which Azhwan had for his sishyas. Similarly, an incident relating to Azhwan’s Dharmapathni Andal shows a similar trait in her. There was a king named Veerasundara Brahmarayan who was a sishya of Azhwan, exiled Parasara Bhattar and committed a big blunder. Bhattar stayed at Thirukoshtiyur during that time. Once that king passed away, the residents of Srirangam were rejoicing Bhattar’s return. But Bhattar’s mother Andal lamented that Veerasundara Brahmarayan passed away without absolving his sin. This is just one example of the Srivaishnava lakshanam exhibited by Azhwan-Andal thambadhi.

Once a group of Srivaishnavites arrived at the Thirumaligai of Selvanambi. But he is not there at the Thirumaligai at that time and there is no rice available for cooking prasadam for Srivaishnavites. So his dharmapathni takes the paddy meant for sowing for preparing prasadam for the Srivaishnavites. Later, Selvanambi asked for the paddy meant to be sown for which his dharmapathni replies they have already been sowed. She says that she had sowed them in paramapadam along the banks of Viraja river and hearing that Selvanambi was very pleased.

Even in Emberumanar vaibhavam, we come across the vaibhavam of Dhanunurdasar and Ponnachiyar who were competing each other in being dedicated to Emberumanar. Paruthikollai Nachiyar had even dared to the extent of giving up samanya dharmam (ordinary rule) in order to follow visesha dharmam (special rule) of performing Thadheeyaradhanam for Srivaishnavites. The list of such Divya Thambadhigal is literally endless, out of which a few of them were elucidated in the upanyasam.

As an athma bandhu for the newly wed couple, we pray to the “Divya Thambadhigal” to bestow these noble virtues to them and make them lead a life which befits the term Divya Thambadhigal.

Kindly click the below link for few snaps taken during our own family function:
 

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Monday, July 8, 2013

For All, He stands

Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,


The sun had just risen.  The skies were clear with freshness.  The birds were up as usual and commenced their chirping and singing.  The flowers blossomed as if one were stretching oneself out of slumber.  The bees were charmed and hummed to make their joy known.
The celestials had gathered in large herds with flowers and preparations to worship their king.  There were those who sang songs and strung beautiful verses to render a morning hymn as a greeting to their lord in whom lay the well-being of the fourteen universes.
Served carefully by several attendants lay a spectacle, that beholds even the untrained eye.  Alit by the luminescence of sparkling gems standing on the hoods of a thousand headed serpent whose body was warped into a cozy settee was couched the dark hued gem...  in whom lay the well-being of the fourteen universes.
Rising to the songs of His attendants and gracing them with His lustrous glances, He allowed Himself to be taken to a special court for festivity. 
The attendants fetched sacred water from the wells for His bathing ceremony, carrying the same around in royal procession.  The fervor and excitement was palpable in their movements. After the bathing was completed, He was decorated with preparations from sandal paste and ornaments of gold.  His consorts adorned beautiful new dresses as the Emperor of the Universe proceeded to His throne to administer the worlds... because in Him lay the well-being of the fourteen universes.
The next day too tuned out similarly and the service reached its climax with the recital of sacred hymns, after which, the gathering that had assembled to witness the delightful sight was rewarded, in addition, by being bestowed the sacred food partaken by their lord.
Now, for some details ... The attendants in the above narrative are none other than the students of Srimaan Gurukulam, who serve their dear Lord Kasturi Rangan.  It is the narrative of a two day event of JyEshtabhishekam and Thiruppavadai celebrated on successive days over the last week. 
The Lord was taken to the JyEshtabhisheka mandapam after regular thiruvaradhanam and a glorious thirumanjanam was conducted.   He was adorned with chandana alankaram and decorated with sparkling gold pieces that the Gurukulam students had arranged with devotion.  The following day, He was offered Thiruppavadai followed by Ghoshti and Satrumurai.  Prasadam was distributed among the devotees.
It is indeed a wonder of our Lord, who is most charmed by even our sparing devotion, to become the object of attention, service and worship of the Nitya Suris as much as of the demigods, of the demigods as much as of ordinary people like us.  
How far would He be from the effervescent devotion and enthusiasm of our Gurukulam students?  Wouldn’t He be overjoyed with such company? Find out in these pictures :

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Queer Inundation - II

Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:


Priya arangan adiyar,

(….continued)

The rooms were crowded with children and there was non-stop sound echoing from the rooms. At a distance from the room, it sounded as the random ramblings of restless children. But when at an audible distance, we realized it was the group discussion of the children on the pronunciation and meaning of important shlokas from SriRamayana earmarked for their recitation. Rooms were separately allocated for children belonging to Baalakandam, Ayodhyakandan and Aaranya kandam respectively.

The exam started at 10 :15am with the Judges occupying seats close to the blackboard and the children in the benches. Each child was asked to introduce himself/herself to the class and each child went on to discourse upon its ancestry! It was a delight to watch innocent kids talk thus. And then each child was asked to recite the following :

Important shlokas from SriRamayana (Valmiki) with their meaning

(One girl went on to enact the shlokas with ample actions to the delight of the viewers. Click here for Sriramayana in action)

Samkshepa Ramayana (this is the first SriRamayana to have been composed)

Paasurapadi Ramayana (A garland of Pasurams from Nalayira DivyaPrabandham detailing the incidents from SriRamayana)

Each child was tested for his/her memory, pronunciation and body language. But beyond that the Bhakthi in the children as expressed by them was also included in the assessment.One child was so deeply filled with Bhakthi for SriRama that the Judges and the onlookers were moved to tears. Even if the child had recited wrongly, she would have been awarded lot of marks (But the child was excellent in her recitation bagging the first prize in her group).Click here for SriRamayana in Bhakthi.

When we went to one room to oversee the progress, we only heard a voice reciting a shloka with none in view. But we finally zeroed in on a child sandwiched between two Judges. The child from the 1st Standard was a very cute little toddler reciting SriRamayana in his own ‘ baby talk’ (Mazhalai – there is no English word to match mazhalai. Babble is negative. Such is the greatness of Tamizh).

By 12 noon, all the children completed their recitation and were anxiously seated with their parents. The volunteers assembled all the children in one big room. The volunteers , along with the judges assessed the performance of the children and the Prize list was prepared. SriGomatam Madhavachariar swamy, a veteran in the Srivaishnava tradition arrived at the school at 12 p.m. He was accompanied by his Dharmapatni. They were to distribute the prizes for the children. Both of them were made to occupy places in the room where the children had assembled. And once they entered the room, the children recited the entire Sampkshepa Ramayana in chorus. We felt as though SriRama along with His family would come and listen to their energy-filled recitation. Click here for the chorus SriRamayana.

The Chief Guest,SriMadhavachariar swamy was introduced by a volunteer. The C.G asked the children “Did you recite SriRamayana or Mahabharatha”. The children instantly replied SriRamayana. He said “Yes. But you also recited Mahabharatha!”. Mahabharatha, the longest epic poem cannot be recited by anyone. The saaram of Mahabharatha is in Bhagavath Geetha, the essence of which is in SriVishnuSahasranamam. But what if that too is difficult to recite? When asked what was the essence of SriVishnu Sahasranamam, what can give the effect that the recitation of SriVishnuSahasranamam can give, Shiva told Parvathi “ SriRama rama ramethi……”. SriMadhavachariar swamy now asked the children “What did you recite today? The entire recitation was “SriRaama naamam”. Hence you have, by an ingenious way recited the whole of Mahabharatha today!”. The hungry faces of the children lit up by this explanation and their hunger dissipated.

Following this excellent speech, he distributed the prizes for all the children. No child went home bare handed. The C.G. further asked many children to participate in the competition and wished the children and volunteers to continue this joint effort.

The function ended with the proposition of the vote of thanks by a volunteer. The volunteer pointed to the other volunteers who were all women homemakers. He told the parents the pressure under which these volunteers had worked for the success of SriRamayana competition. Who was SriRama to them? Any relative like their great grandfather? Were they descendants of SriRama? No. Then why should they all work for this competition putting aside the assignments of their children or the need to go shopping? Well, the relationship they shared with SriRama was the same as the parents and onlookers shared with Him. He is the eternal father of all of us. Hence, the volunteer entreated the parents to volunteer. (We are very happy to inform that a child studying in 5th standard, inspired by the speech, has admitted 10 other children for the competition.)

As the children and parents were moving out of the school, a small child who did not participate in the competition was standing at a corner and crying. He was the sibling of one of the participants. This little fellow was not yet eligible for the competition. When asked why he was crying, he cutely asked “Prize for me?” in maximum mazhalai. So we carried him into a room and gave him a water bottle as prize. His face showed some sort of reconciliation. As we persuaded him to move out of the room, just at the entrance, as though recollecting something, he turned towards us and asked us “Certificate?” leaving us blinking!!!!!

For the photos click below :

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For the videos, click here :

 Other videos :

English explanation to shlokas - http://youtu.be/b0D7MjDHzkQ

General :

http://youtu.be/zOiQW-NRLYA
http://youtu.be/54P4oRNz32M
http://youtu.be/Ed2ZfxzlP04
http://youtu.be/8qbAPuN9_h8
http://youtu.be/8NlhM8390h0
http://youtu.be/hL65ig_LtnM



 






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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Queer inundation - I


Sri:
Srimate ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

We often experience a lull before a storm; which means before the wind starts blowing bringing with it very many things, there would be a calm atmosphere. An unusual peace would waft in the air. And then the storm would strike unexpectedly. Such a storm struck in Triplicane recently on the 30th of June.

As all of were waiting at the Hindu Senior Secondary School at 10 am with the sun desperate to warm us to its gratification, a group of children in the age group 4-14 stormed into the school. To our relief, they did not carry sand or dust or iron poles or anything harmful in their hands. Their hands carried the Samkshepa Ramayana and the Pasurapadi Ramayana books and their necks were decorated with the water bottles meant to negotiate the quickly rising temperature.

It was the Chennai Centre’s Second Phase of the SriRamayana competition conducted by our Trust. Started in 2007, the competition has made children rise from the level of ignorance to the level of good knowledge about SriRama and his history. 

The day prior to the competition, six volunteers visited the school and made arrangements for the competition. It is to be mentioned that all the six volunteers were women who had a family to look after. Despite that, they made it a point to spend time on the work of SriRama, who is none other than the eternal father of each of us. The volunteers prepared a list of all the participants, the stationery required, food requirements of the children and the prizes for the winners.

Sharp at 9 am all the volunteers arrived at the school and completing the arrangements, calmly awaited the storm that was to come. The children who came looked like dolls dressed for the occasion. All of them wore the traditional marks on their forehead which made them look very cute. With them came their siblings, mostly younger ones who brimmed with unrestrained energy displaying a variety of emotions from singularity to serenity.

Once the children settled in the class, a downpour was witnessed unlike the torrential downpour following a storm….

( to be continued)


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