Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Krishna Kainkaryam

Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Kainkaryam is the highest wealth of a devotee. A devotee awaits the opportunity to engage in service. Performing service is not an artificial imposition on any person. A deep reflection upon the scriptures would reveal that to serve is natural. In fact, we are ever in service of someone or something. Sometimes, we think we are in control of other objects which serve our purpose. But, a little experience and insight would reveal that, to the contrary, we are under the control of these lures. When this analysis proceeds in this direction, we will end up understanding that we and our faculties find purity of purpose only in service of the Lord. That is the natural state of all souls and matter; everything else is confusion.

The great seer Nārada, who was enlightened in all scriptures, realized that śeṣatvam or service is the true nature of the soul. The Bhāgavata Purāṇa says that Devarṣi Nārada, who had no desires otherwise, was haunted by one desire. It might surprise us that such a sage would be desirous of something. The scripture says, “nāradaḥ kṛṣṇopāsanalālasaḥ” - Nārada was ardently desirous of serving Krishna.

Here the word ‘upāsana’ does not mean passive devotion or meditation. It means service. This can be understood by noting that the Purāṇic verse says “abhīkṣṇaṃ dvāravatyām avātsīt”. Seer Nārada used to stay frequently in Dvāraka as he was desirous of serving the Lord. It is only to serve that one needs to be present close to the recipient of service (śeṣi). Passive forms of devotion or meditation do not demand intimate physical presence such as that between Lakṣmaṇa and Rāma. Is it not this intimately close presence that was referred by Āzhvār as ‘uḍanāy manni’! Hence, here upāsana means service. No less a seer than Nārada, who has been celebrated in Sri Ramayana as tapaḥ-svādhyāya-nirataḥ, vāgvidāmvaraḥ and munipuṅgavaḥ, bore great interest in serving Krishna after all his study, penance and meditation.

This message is reinforced by Śukācārya, who is himself a great devotee of the Lord. He asks Emperor Parīkṣit, “Rājan! ko nu indriyavān mukundacaraṇāmbujaṃ na bhajet?” Which person, O King,  possessed of the faculties (of senses and body), does not engage in kainkaryam at the lotus feet of Mukunda? The word ‘indriyavān’ indicates that the faculties of our body are provided for the purpose of engaging in service of the Lord.

Excited to serve  Krishna, aren’t we?

Though the vibhavāvatāra of Krishna is over several hundreds of years ago, He continues to present Himself out of grace in numerous shrines through the mode of Arcāvatāra. He creates the opportunity for people of all times to serve Him in this image form.

The lore tells us that the great devotee Akrūra cherished the time when he went to fetch Lord Krishna in a chariot car. The ​"Thanga chapara vaahanam" was restaged on the occasion of Sri Jayanthi by the students of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam. The students relived the service of the Lord by decorating Him beautifully and celebrating
​Sri Krishna jayanti​
. The procession went through the uthira and chiththira veethis of Periya Perumal.  

ko nu indriyavān mukundacaraṇāmbujaṃ na bhajet?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The lovely link...

Srimate ramanujaya nama:
Priya arangan adiyar,
A Prapanna (one who unswervingly aims to attain salvation), after his pancha samskaara (the ritual of being recognized as a prapanna by a Realized soul), should pass his time till attainment of  paramapadha, by doing Bhagawath, Bhaagavatha, Acharya kainkaryam. Though Kainkaryam is divided into 3 types, all of them are ultimately meant to appease the Supreme God since doing Kainkaryam to Bhaagavatha  or acharya is also for the Preethi of the Lord. Kainkaryam to the Bhagawan in a direct manner has certain restrictions. Not everyone can avail the same. But Kainkaryam to His adiyars and one’s acharyan has no strings attached whatsoever.
A few souls are very fortunate to be eligible for direct Kainkaryam of Perumal. But mere eligibility need not make a person a devoted kainkaryasri. One has to “Perform” kainkaryam. Kainkaryam to the Lord at temples is not an easy affair. It requires enormous amount of physical and mental strength. Above all, absolute love and commitment towards the Lord is a pre-requisite.
Sri M.M Srinivasan Swamy of Melkote, born in 1952 is one such devoted kainkaryaparar. Born into Mudumbai vamsam, he mastered the Divya-Prabandham from his father (who was a great scholar in Sanskrit and then Principal of the acclaimed Melkote Sanskrit University; a wonderful master of the Divya Prabandhams too). His youth was spent in attending the temple kainkaryams as well as spending time at the Revenue Department for Jeevanam. He recently joined the Adhyapaka kainkaryam (Divya Prabandha recitation) at Melkote temple. On normal days, he spends 3 hours at the temple. During utsava times, which is more frequent than normal days, he spend 8-10 hours at the temple. This swamy was recently honoured by our Trust. Let us Pray Lord  Thirunaranan to give him complete strength in the vocal cord to carry out such kainkaryam!
The lesson we should learn from this swamy is that we need to select a kainkaryam which is Pleasurable to Bhagawan and perform it incessantly. Kainkaryam is the only act which implies that we still remember the day of our Pancha Samskaaram and the vow to serve the Lord! Remember the link.
Click her for the photos of the honour :

Friday, November 7, 2014

Celebration of victory!!

Srimate Ramanujaya nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Vijayadasami is an important festival celebrated by people across the whole country. It is special because only on this  day Sri Rama killed Ravana at Lanka and rescued Sita Devi. It is also learnt from Mahabaratha that Pandavas completed their agyathavasam (living incognito) on this day and gathered their weapons and came out of their hideout. At Srirangam and many other divya desams, on Vijayadasami day, Emprumaan would ride on the kuthirai vahanam and would shoot arrows at Vannimaram to signify his victory over adharmikas in order to save the dharmikas (click the link to see our Namperumal on vijayadasami day: This day is very clearly proved to be auspicious for beginning new studies/activities.
On the auspicious day of Vijayadasami, which fell on 4th October 2014 a regalia took place at Acharyah - School for Leaders. Our vidhyarthis of Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam took the responsibility of making this aesthetic event a grand success. Our Gurukulam vidyarthis planned, prepared and executed each and everything needed for the function. They enthusiastically performed vidhyaramba homam. Since the children of the gurukulam are budding adiyars and  expect nothing and are purely performing for the growth of Acharyah children, the Lord of Srirangam was extremely. Moreover, punctuality, precision, devotion and dedication of the boys were stupendous. Chanting of the mantras vibrated throughout the campus. That was a great exhibition of the boys' proficiency in Sri Pancharatra Agamam ! In addition to that they also did aksharabyasam for the newly joined tiny tots of Acharyah. Parents, members of the staff and children of aacharyah took part in the event with great enthusiasm and got the blessings of Namperumal and Sriranga Nachiyar being showered on them. The holy function came to an end with the distribution of prasadham. Let the sacred frequency stay with all of us, including divine supporters of our Trust like yourselves, for ever.

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