Sunday, March 13, 2016

Training the Mind

Sri:
Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:

Priya arangan adiyar,

Our mind is like a lake that gets perturbed depending on the nature of the circumstance. It is excited by fear, anxiety, worry, merriment or joy depending on the occasion. Our acharyas advised us to keep good company because the sentiments evoked by devotees tend to direct the mind towards the truth and cultivate noble values. For the same reason, they advised us to keep away from avarice. Today even modern science confirms that the circuits in the brain that get re-inforced often have a propensity to get triggered again in the future. If we cultivate the right habits and nurture the right values, our mind becomes more inclined to behave and think in like ways in the future also.


The Lord offers this opportunity at redemption by introducing us to the preceptor or acharya. The acharya provides guidance to nurture the individual in noble ways. The acharya also creates opportunity for the individual to find himself/herself in circumstances that enhance mental occupation with the divine. It is therefore a very great moment when an acharya himself provides an opportunity to celebrate and creates the context for engaging in spiritual activities.

Srimaan Trust recently participated in the celebrations of the Shatamana Utsavam of His Holiness Sri U.Ve.(vaikuntavasi) Parasara Sudarsana Bhattar svami. Our Founder Acharya had his first kalakshepams under the Holy Feet of THIS MAHATMA. With heart-felt joy it is to be noted here that this great Swamy gave away prizes to Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham students on its first year of completion, which happened 16 years before.

NOW, HIS 100th year celebration is celebrated in a grand manner at Srirangam from 1st Dec 2015 to 4th Dec 2015. Spiritual discourses, goshti, tirumanjanam etc were conducted by the organisers of this function. The festival involved active participation from all wings of Srimaan Trust -Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam, Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham and Aacharya school. The divine kids of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham chanted Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam. They also conducted a dance programme on Andal and Kalinga Narthana Vaibhavam. A drama was presented which showcased the highlights from Sri Svami's life to offer chance of learning lessons for a spiritually oriented life. There were also music programmes. The students of Aacharya school and Srimaan Bhattar Kuzham participated in a debate on the relative significance of the Lord and the acharya.

It is no doubt true that the mind must be cultivated in good ways. It is even more important to do it early in life when it is more receptive. By these activities, the young participants in the above events will assuredly find themselves trained in the noble ways of tradition, and equip themselves to handle the distractions of the world.

The pictures taken during these events can be viewed at https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOtTwgAtx02W1YJFobBAAq1oe8tGDHbKGAOXMavxEfGrmu5oXuCBjqolYKhJaY-5Q?key=ZlBFenZmLXBJZFdKZU9EV2ltUE9GSWo1TjdmT2Nn.

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