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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Thu Apr 30 1998 - 12:34:52 PDT
To commemorate Sri Ramanuja Thirunakshatram, adiyen wishes to undertake an 18 brick kainkaryam to support Sri Ranganatha Temple as well as make a contribution to the English speaking Srivaishnava community of North America. adiyen has obtained the blessings of Sri V. Sadagopan and Dr. Venkat Kanumalla for the launching of this project. There is currently a good book out in English on Srimad Bhagavad Geeta by Dr. V. N. Gopala Desikan. However upon reading the Tamil book by the late Sri. U. Ve Thirukullam Narasimharaghavachariar, adiyen found that the book was divided into four sections for each chapter. One chapter is called the Parama Saaram and presents that chapter in soap opera style dialogue requiring no knowledge of in-depth philosophy. The philosophy is conveyed through the emotions and words of the actors in the play (Dhritarashtra, Sanjaya, Arjuna and Sri Krishna). It is this part that adiyen wishes to translate in 18 postings on the Bhakti list. It will be published as a booklet once the postings are completed. The other section is an elaboration on Sri Alavandaar's Gitartha Sangarham. The third section is a verse by verse commentary with emphasis on the main points of each shloka as well as brief statements about Sankara and Madhwacharya's interpretations. The last section deals with the Puranas' narration of benefits of chanting each chapter. About the author. Sri Thirukullam Narasimha Raghavachariar was born in Thirukullam in 1924. He had his early education in Thirukullam, middle education in Tirupati and finally obtained a Shiromani degree in Sanskrit from Madhurantakam oriental college. He was one of its first graduates. He later did Kalakshepam under Srimad Injemedu Azhagiya Singar and spent the rest of His life specializing in lecturing on Srimad Bhagavad Geeta alone. This book is the result of a lifetime of such specialization. After Srimad Mukkur Azhagiya Singar received instructions in a dream to build the Raja Gopuram, simply by giving these lectures Sri Narasimharaghavachariar raised two hundred thousand rupees for this project at a time when people were still scoffing at the idea. adiyen prays to Sri Thirukullam Narasimharaghavachariar Swamy who attained Paramapadam in 1982, to bless this kainkaryam with an accurate portrayal of the drama in English as well as the resources needed to construct the temple. The first chapter will placed at the feet of Bhagawath Ramanuja at Sri Ranganatha Temple on Saturday May 2, and will be posted to the Bhakti list next week. This translation will be useful for both those who have read the philosophy and for those who are new to the subject and would like a presentation in layman's language. If anybody finds this translation useful and would like to give a dakshina to the Acharyas who made this possible, then please visit, http://dileepan.busi.utc.edu/ahboard.html Finally for Sri Ramanuja Thirunakshatram, if anybody wishes to buy a book on the life of Sri Ramanujacharya in English, it is available for $15.00 Please make your check to Sri Ahobila Muth 1908 Preswood Drive, Hixson, TN 37343.