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From: B. Narasimhan (naaranan_at_md3.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Mon Apr 05 1999 - 07:26:19 PDT
Sri Mathe Ramanujaya Namah !! Sri Mathe BalaDhanvhi Maha Kuruvae Namah !! Details of the Shri Vainava conference held on 4 th April, 1999. **************************************************************************** ******** Dear Devotees, We have pleasure in giving a gist of the proceedings of Sri Vaishnava Conference held at Chennai on Sunday the 4th April 1999 as already informed before. With the invocation song by Sri Venkata Varadan from Divya Prabhandam, the conference was inaugurated by Justice Sri N Krishnaswamy Reddiar . He vividly explained the salient features of Sri Vainavam and also expressed the desire to unite the various vaina organisations for serving the community in a coherent way. His Holiness Sri Tirukovilur Jeeyar presided over the conference and eloquently spoke about the sri vaishnava sampradaya and stressed the need of the bhagavat bhagavotmars untiring efforts to propagate the visistadvaita philosophy expounded by Sri Emberumanar. Subsequently many scholars viz. Sri K A Varadan, IAS, Sri T S Ramaswamy, Sri L Sadagopan , Sri Parakala Ramanujam Sri Venu Raja Narayanan Dr J Parthasarathy, President of Vainava Illakia Kazagam, Sri Raghu Veera Bhattachariar, Sri U.Ve. A V Rangachariar, gave scintillating and thought provoking lectures on Sri Vaishnavism and expressed many new ideas for propagating this unique philosophy. Details of each of the speakers will follow in due course. In the afternoon session, His Holiness Sri Sri Sriman Narayana Jeeyar released the economy edition of Divya Prabhandam Book and blessed the devotees with His benedictory address and mangalasasanam urai. A brief of His speech will follow shortly. The conference was well attended by Sri Vaishnavas coming from different parts of Tamilnadu and also from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and also from Northern states. A unique feature is the participation by many bhagavathas and thirukulothars in large number. The succes of the conference was mainly because of the untiring efforts of Thirumal Editor Sri U.Ve. Ramanujachariar who has been the master of ceremonies, introducing the speakers to the audience and expressing views now and then about the theme of the conference. In the age of 75, his service for the cause of Vainavam cannot be expressed in mere words. It is only Lord Sriman Narayana showered His grance and blessings on Sri U.Ve. Ramanujachariar,known as SE RA, which enable him to make this Conference a grand grand success. He took sincere efforts in helping Sri T.Bhashyam of Sri Vainava Peravai to bring out this economy edition of Divya Prabhandam. The book is a treasure to be kept in every Sri Vaishnava’s residence. It costs only Rs.50/-. Sri T.Bhashyam, President of Sri Vainava Peravai, Chennai undertook an herculean task by planning and coordinating for the successful conduct of this Conference in Chennai. Words fail to express our grateful thanks to him for his yeoman service for the cause of Sri Vaishnavism. We will post with some more details about the conference, its deliberations and resolutions passed today, shortly. On the whole, this conference created an awareness amongst the public in general and Srivaishnavas in particular for taking some more efforts for propagation of the philosophy of Sri Ramanuja . On seeing the message through Internet, some of our devotees sent messages and expressed their overwhelming support to Sri Vaishnava Peravai and other institutions in any manner. The message of Sri Sudarshan Parthasarathy from Singapore was very encouraging. Similarly Vijay Anand Rajagopalan also expressed is happiness over conducting such conference. All of them needed copies of Divya Prabhandam Book released at this Conference. More details will be posted about this in course of time. Adiyen Elayavalli Narasimhan Aravinda Lochana Ramanuja Dasan.