Thursday, November 28, 2013

Time well spent

Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar

Time is a valuable resource made available to us for a specific duration of time.  Its value is well recognized by several intellectuals.  There are several prescriptions for judicious use of this limited resource.  Yet, the best laid plans fall apart in the face of the swiftness and uncertainty of the world.

However we engage the time available to us, the results of the engagement are far from satisfactory or provide us momentary pleasure.  The latter puts bare the irony of our existence when we seek to escape reality by temporary distractions.  Yet, we are accustomed by habit to fall prey to the same forms of engagement over and over again.

A little wisdom sees through the unworthy nature of these engagements and seeks a more meaningful use of whatever time is available.  In the answer to this lies one of the important ideas taught by our elders -  that time ought to be spent in experiencing the auspicious attributes of the Lord.   

It is not necessary to impose what comes naturally and is desirable.  Even if every reason for engaging in this activity is removed, it still remains that the thought of the auspicious attributes of the Lord is extremely pleasing and enjoyable, and hence desirable.  

Srimad Bhagavatam says that the wise immerse themselves in the nectarine pass-times of the Lord and stay removed from the afflictions of samsara.

Having known that this engagement is both desirable and useful, the immediate next question is on how to go about this piece of advice.

We are fortunate to have several great saints before our times who have experienced the glories of the Lord through His grace and sung from the depths of the experience, that there is little to invent for our simple selves.  Most of their experiences are condensed in the form of delectable stotras.  

The stotras have formed an extremely useful medium of reaching the esoteric essence of Vedanta to all people.  Once learned, they allow us to reflect on these meanings and experience the Lord through them.  That the stotras are the distilled essence of the wisdom of our acharyas endears them to all of us.  

Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan Svami of Secunderabad is a noble soul who appreciates the importance of stotrams.  He is a disciple of incumbent pontiff of Srimad Andavan Asramam.  He devotes his time to teaching stotrams to young children.  Svami Vedanta Desika has been prolific in gracing us stotrams and they are the main focus of our svami.   During the months close to Margazhi, the focus shifts base to Thiruppavai.  For the children who attend these classes, their learning of the children is tested by conducting competitions.

When this author spoke to the svami, he insisted that this was only made possible by the kindness of Srimathi Padma Venkatesan who had allowed the use of her premises for conducting these classes for any period of time, and the guidance of Sri U Ve ES Mukundan Svami of Desika Stotra Pata Ghoshti in Secundarabad.  

Srimaan Trust, as part of its monthly Kainkarya Vandanam, honoured this noble soul for his significant contribution towards making the ageless hymns of our elders popular among young children.  This would enable people to engage their spare time in more meaningful ways.  We hope that Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan Svami’s kainkaryam sows the seeds of devotion in many more hearts and attains even broader reach.  

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