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JET USA California December Celebrations

From: raghu M (rmudumbai_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Dec 12 2000 - 09:06:45 PST

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Raghu ramanuja dasa
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Dear Devotees of Bhagavan Ramanuja,
The following is an article published in the News Papers here.
The HTML version has been posted at http://vmudumbai.tripod.com

Jai Srimananrayana,
Vamsi Ramanuja Dasa

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Jeeyar Education Trust(JET)-Vikasatarangini, California
celebrates the month of December with Sri Sudarsana Yagam,
Sri Sudarsana Laksha Archana, Divya Prabandhotsavam &
Sri Yagam.

Jeeyar Education Trust is an organization established by
His Divine Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana
Jeeyar Swamiji. His Holiness is the first traditional
Jeeyar (Sri Vaishnava monk) to have visited United States,
Canada, Europe and other Asian countries in order to spread
the message of Ramanujacharya.

Jeeyar Education Trust - Vikasatarangini, California
organized numerous events during the weekend of
December 2nd for world peace, prosperity and happiness.

With Divine Blessings of His Divine Holiness Sri Sri Sri
Tridandi Sreemannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji Maharaj,
His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Iyengar Swamiji had come to US
to represent Jeeyar Educational Trust- Vikasa Tarangini
organizations in the World Peace conference organized by
UN. His Holiness Venkatesh Swamiji is one of the few
disciples of His Divine Holiness Sri Sri Sri Jeeyar Swamiji
Maharaj who is personally trained towards guiding us souls
towards our Lord.

After attending the conference His Holiness Sri Venkatesh
Swamiji was impressed by the interest of people out here in
US. While answering the curious questions of the kids and
elders His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Swamiji was approached
by a few to personally guide them and dispel the obstacles
in their spiritual path.  Several programs were conducted by
His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Swamiji in US during his short stay.

His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Iyengar Swamiji, was invited to
Bay Area and seeing the curiosity and eagerness of the
organizers Sri Venkatesh Swamiji extended his stay for another
one week and moved his journey to India further by one week.
December 2nd and December 3rd were the auspicious days and
will be marked in the history of Bay Area as being one of
the most enlightening events conducted in this land.

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Events
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On December 2nd, 2000 Saturday the programs were started in
Sriman Vishnu Reddy's house. Sriman Vishnu Reddy is the JET
incharge of the CA branch. Sri Yagam was conducted for
Health, Wealth and Prosperity of the world.

DivyaPrabandhotsavam, an event to celebrate Thirunakshatrams
(Bithday) of Alwars was presided over by the Swamiji. Next
the venue was Sunnyvale Temple.  Laksha Sudarsana Archana
for world peace was conducted and the program started
around 4:15PM with samoohika Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram
Parayan and a discourse about greatness and importance of
Sri Sudarsana Bhagavan in the Vedic Tradition.

It was a treat to watch over 250 bhaktas chanting
Sri Sudarsana Maha Mantra for over one hour. Sri Sudarsana
Bhagavan blessed all the participants present at this unique
event.  People were really impressed with the Divine Energy
flowing through the auditorium and requested His Holiness
Sri Venkatesh Swamiji to conduct more such mass
chanting/meditation events.

On December 3rd Sri Sundarsana Yagam was conducted in
Sri and Smt. Bulusu's house in accordance with the Vedic
Tradition. Once again it was treat to all the people who
attended this function.

With the blessings of His Divine Holiness Sri Pramukh Swamiji
Maharaj and His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana
Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji Maharaj Sri Maha Lakshmi Deep Utsav
was conducted to pray Sri Lakshmi Narayana to give strength and
power to all our acharyas of this world so that no evil falls
on them and they spread the divine message of our Poorvacharyas
more effectively and in a much more rejuvinated way. Sri
Venkatesh Swamiji gave a discourse on the importance of a
spiritual master (acharya) in one's life. Sri Venkatesh Swamiji
fluently quoted from scriptures clearly highlighting
the need for the right guru and mentioned that even when God
incarnated on this earth, he needed guru like Bhagavan
Ramanujacharya, in one of His avatars. It was followed by mass
chanting of Sri Maha Lakshmi Mantra by all the devotees.

Right before Mangala Harathi was a Vedic Chanting by
Sri Srinivas Iyengar Swami and Mantras from Samaveda were chanted. Most 
devotees were amazed to learn that Sama Vedam is very musical when chanted.

At the end Mangala Harathi was performed by the Panditji of the
Temple, Sri Venkatesh Swamiji and all the four hundred devotees
or so who attended the function. Devotees merrily sang
'Jai Jagdish Hare', 'Sriya: Ka:ntha:ya & Pallandu Pallandu'.
The celebration at Sri SwamiNarayana Temple reminded everyone of
the festival of lights, Deepavali.

JET USA thanks all the volunteers, participants and sponsors;
with speacial thanks to organizers:
Smt&Sri  Vishnu, Smt&Sri Bulusu, Smt&Sri Rajendra,
Sunnyvale Temple, Sri Jimitbhai and Sri Swaminarayana
temple organizers in making this event a grand success.

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About HH Sri Venkatesh Iyengar Swamiji
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His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Swamiji  was born in 1962 at
Srirangam. He is the founder  of Sri Sudarsana Seva Samiti,
and resides in Bangalore, India. At the very early  age
of 12 years, he learnt the entire Dravida Veda. Later
he studied Sanskrit Vyakarana  and was awarded Siromani
title by Madras University. He was also trained in several
scriptures and Upanishads and Itihasas.

With Blessings of HDH Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Sreemannarayana
Ramanuja Jeeyar Swamiji Maharaj He served as Adhyapaka in
the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Tirumala Tirupati. Having been
inspired by the Divine order of Sri Ranganatha, and with
the blessings of  HDH Sri Sri Sri Jeeyar Swami Maharaj he
conducted 108 Sri Sudarsana Yagnas and several   Sri Maha
Lakshmi Yagams. Each yagna was conducted for a minimum of
3 days and maximum of 12 days throughout India and Nepal.
In addition to these 108 yagnas, he also conducted over
200 Sri Sudarsana Homams of one day  durations in India,
Singapore, Malasiya, Hongkong, United Kingdom, France and
Switzerland. At present he is  the  General Secretary of
Vikasa Tarangini, the social service organization formed
by HDH Sri Jeeyar Swami Maharaj. He has dedicated his
life to protect and promote the Vedic Culture and the
philosophy of Vishistadvaita.

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Upcoming Activities
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His Divine Holiness Sri Sri Sri Jeeyar Swamiji Maharaj is
conducting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Parayanam in Mumbai,
India which is expected to be attented by 10 million
people. Again His Holiness Sri Venkatesh Swamiji has been
picked by  Sri Jeeyar Swamiji Maharaj to organize this event
and to act as His channel for spreading the Divine Energy
into this world.

One can learn more about activites of JET (Jeeyar Education
Trust)and Vikasatarangini from http://www.chinnajeeyar.org


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