Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Giving our children a balanced diet

Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:
Priya arangan adiyar,

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that He incarnates to protect the good and end the wicked - paritrāṇāya sādhūnāṃ, vināśāya duṣkṛtām.  To an average reader, this may appear to be a statement in redundancy.  When the wicked are destroyed, aren’t the good saved at once?  Why should the two be stated separately?  Why should sadhu paritranam be stated before dushkrta vinasanam?  Won’t the latter guarantee the former?

Svami Ramanuja explains this apparent redundancy of reasons beautifully.  The destruction of the wicked, as put above, is rightly the secondary reason for His incarnations.  It is not to kill the demoniac that He manifests Himself.  It is only a side effect.

The main reason is to display His numerous auspicious attributes - thirukkalyana gunams - to the people and captivate them, thereby redeeming them into devotees.  

While the normal human being would rely on food and drink to nourish his body, what better than the Kalyana gunams of the Lord can nourish the soul?  As much as it is important to feed nutritious food
 to children in order that they have healthy physique, it is also important to feed them, right from an early age, the auspicious qualities of the Lord.  Only then can one claim to have provided a truly balanced diet.  Then the children would be able to put their faculties to righteous use.

Sage Valmiki asked Sage Narada, “Who is the One with auspicious attributes?”, to which the latter narrated the Sri Ramayanam recounting the numerous auspicious qualities of Lord Rama.  In order to take Rama to the young ones and feed them with nectar of His kalyana gunams, Srimaan Trust has been engaged in conducting Sri Ramayanam Contests in several places.  

This year, the children who had scored more than sixty marks in the first phase of the contest were invited to take part in the second phase.  They were given slokams from Sankshepa Ramayanam, important slokams from Valmiki Ramayanam and Pasurappadi Ramayanam.  The children, cutting across all walks of the society, participated in this phase of the contest with great interest showcasing in word and spirit the message of the Ramayana, the universal appeal of His glory.  

Here are some of the pictures taken during the second phase of the contest in Madurai and Trichy​.

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

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