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INVITATION FOR "ACHARYA VAIBHAVAM CONFERNCE"

From: Ram Anbil (Ramanbil_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 13:09:26 PDT

INVITATION FOR "ACHARYA VAIBHAVAM CONFERNCE" TO CELEBRATE THE
TIRUNAKSHATRAMS OF TIRUVENKATAM UDAIYAN AND HIS GHANTAVATARA,
SWAMI VEDANTA DESIKA
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Dear Bhagavatas:

Please see the enclosed announcement regarding the grand Celebration
of "Acharya Vaibhavam" jointly organized by "Swami Desika Darsana
Satsangam" (SDDS),  " Sri Ramanuja Mission" and "The Hindu Cultural
Society of Western New York" on 29th July 2001 (Saturday) at Buffalo,
New York.

This is primarily for celebrating the Tirunakshatram of Swami
Desikan, Ghantavataram of Tiruvenkatamudaiyan, which is also that of
Tiruvenkatamudaiyan Himself. This also marks the 5th Anniversary of
Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam (SDDS) and the first Anniversary
of "Sri Ranga Sri" electronic journal.

This is a personal invitation to you and your family and friends to
come and receive the blessings of the Lord and our Acharyas. We
earnestly request you to please make a note of the event in your
Calendar and make it convenient for you to attend.

All arrangements will be made to pick up / drop off out-of station 
attendees, besides comfortable stay, food etc.Please plan your trip early 
enough and inform us.

Please confirm your RSVP by contacting anyone of the following:

Anbil Ramaswamy, Phone: (770) 434 - 9596
Email: Ramanbil@hotmail.com
(SDDS)
Poondi Vijayaraghavan, Phone (732) 287 - 9062
Email: gcl@aol.com
(Sri Ramanuja Mission)
Vijay Srinivasan, Phone:(716) 688 - 1635
Email: Vijayaraghavan_s@hotmail.com
(Hindu Cultural Society)

Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy
President, Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam (SDDS) and
Editor & publisher, "Sri Ranga Sri"
(For & on behalf of the Organizers)
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Srimathe Nigamantha Mahadesikaya Namaha
Srimathe Bhagavathe Bhashyakaraya Mahadesikaya Namaha
Sri Ranganatha Divyamani PadukabhyAm Namaha

Dear Bhagavathas,

Prathishtaapitha Vedantha: Prathishiptha bahirmatha: |
Bhooyaa: Thraividhyamaanya: Thvam Purikalyanabhajanam ||
Swami Sri Desikan was thus blessed by Sri Nadadur Ammal (Vatsya
Varada Guru) the nephew of Sri Ramanujar, when Swami Sri Desikan was
five years old.
A free translation of this is
"You will establish Vedanta on a firm basis and refute the doctrine
of its opponents. May scholars well versed in the Vedas hold you in
great esteem. May you be the recipient in a great measure of all that
is auspicious." (Note: A mural depicting this incident can be seen on
the ceilings of Sri Varadaraja Swami Temple in Kanchipuram even
today).

Swami fulfilled the blessings of his pracharya (acharya's acharya) and
went on to establish himself as KAVITARKIKASIMHAM (the lion among
poets and logicians); VEDANTHACHARYA (foremost in exponent of
Vedanthic teachings) and SARVA THANTRA SWATANTHRA (full independence
in all sciences) Swami Sri Desikan's greatness in the field of
Vedanthic literature has no parallel. Swami has composed over 127
works in various languages including Sanskrit (67), Tamil (24),
Manipravalam (35), and Prakrit, a simple form of Sanskrit (1).

Swami Sri Desikan was a devout follower and systematic exponent of
Sri Ramanuja Siddhantham. It is in the works of Swami Sri Desikan
that the system of Sri Ramanuja Siddhantham shines in its
philosophical glory and ethical excellence.

This year Purataasi Thiruvonum marks the 733rd thirunakshathram of
Swami Sri Nigamaantha Maha Desikan, one of the greatest acharya's of
Sri Vaishnava Sath Sampradhayam. To commemorate the Thirunakshathra
Celebrations, an "Acharya Vaibhavam Conference" is being planned on
SEPTEMBER 29, 2001AT BUFFALO, NEW YORK

Please scroll below for the tentative program. which includes -
* Sri Hayagriva and Swami Desika Suprabadham
* Sudarsana Homam
* Tirumanjanam, Alamkaram and Poolangi Seva
* Acharya Paduka Thiruvaaraadhanam
* Nivedanam and Prasadams
* Speeches by Bhagavad Ramanuja - Desika Sampradaya Scholars
* Childrens' plays
* Kalyana Utsavam
* Various group recitals from Desika Stotras and Azhwaar Prabhandams
* Kalakshepam of "Srimad Rahasya Traya Saram"
	A Question - Answer session etc.
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The tentative program is as follows:
SWAMI SRI DESIKAN'S THIRUNAKSHATRAM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th 2001.

7.30 am to 8.00 am: Suprabatham.
Playing Audio recordings of the rare Hayagriva Suprabatham and Swami
Desika Suprabatham composed by Thritheeya Parakala Swami
+ Group recitation of Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatham.

8.00 am to 9.30 am: Sudarsana Homam
A 10 minute talk on Sudarsana Homam by Sri Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan
+ Group recital of Sudarsana Ashtakam.

9.30 am to 11.30 am: Tirumanjanam, Alamkaram and Poolangi Seva
Group recital of Sikshavalli and Purusha Sooktham
+ * At Tirumanjanam: Periyazhwar Tirumozhi 2.4 "Neeraattal" containing
"Vennai Alaintha kunungum",
* At Alamkaram: Nammazhwar's Tiruvoimozhi 4.3 "Kovai Vaayaal"
containing "Poosum Santhu enn nenjame" and
* At Nivedanam: Andal's Nachiar Tirumozhi 9. "Sindoora Sempodi
containing "Naru Narum pozhil"

11.30 am to 12.30 pm: Paduka Aradhanam and Sattrumurai.
A 10-minute talk on the importance of Paduka Aradhanam by Sri
Muralidhar Rangaswamy
Group recital of Iyal sattrumurai, Vazhi Tirunamam, Acharya Thanians
and Acharya Sambhavanai.

12.30 pm to 2:00 pm: Prasadam

2.00 pm to 2.30 pm: Keynote address on Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja
by Sri Poondi Vijayaraghavan Swami

2.30 pm to 3.00 pm: Keynote address on Swami Desika (to be finalized)

3.00 pm t0 3.20 pm: Talk (to be finalized) + Desika Mangalam.

3.20 pm to 3.30 pm: Break

3.30 pm to 4.00 pm: Childrens' play arranged by "Hindu Cultural
Society of Western New York" (Host organization).

4.00 pm to 6.00 pm: Kalyana Utsavam: Group recital of "Varanamayiram"

6.00 pm to 7.00 pm: Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam - Group recital

7.00 pm to 8.00 pm: Prasadam

8.00 pm to 9.30 pm: Kalakshepam of "Srimad Rahasya Traya Saram"
by Sri Anbil Ramaswamy
+ A Question and Answer group discussion, if time permits.
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