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81st TN Celebrations of H.H. Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan Swami

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (rangaswamy_m_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jan 12 2001 - 06:55:29 PST

Sri:

SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Dear Bhaktas,

Adiyen is sumbitting this appeal to you for support of the 80th 
Tirunakshatram Celebrations H.H. Srimad Andavan Swami of Srimad 
Poundarikapuram Ashramam. Why should all shishyas and Abhimanis come 
together for this cause? The answer is most eloquently provided by 
Swami Desikan's Mahaveera Vaibhavam salutation "PadhukAgriyAbhisheka 
nirvarthitha sarvalOka Yogakshema" and the Ramayana salutation 
"AdhirOhArya pAdhABhyAm pAdhukE hEma BhUshithE ethEhi sarvalOkasya 
yogakshemam nidhAsyatha:" 

Let us first examine what is it that is denoted by the Padhukas. Swami 
Desikan establishes in the Padhuka Sahasram that the Padhukas denote 
Satari Soori or Swami NammAzhwar and SadAcharyas in his line. Next, 
the term AgriyAbhisheka denotes first coronation. Therefore, the 
Padhukas beget a status even greater than the Lord Himself.

The term Yogakshema is composed of the words Yoga and Kshema. Yoga can 
denote 
(1) Recovering Something that is lost
(2) Begetting something that one has never had
(3) Union
(4) Path

Kshema denotes preservation of present state. In the Mahaveera 
Vaibhavam salutation, Swami Desikan glorifies Bharata for 
performing the Pattabhishekam for the Padhukas of Lord Rama and 
thereby ensured the welfare of the entire universe.  It must be borne 
in mind that during even the reign of Lord Rama was not free of 
mishaps.  
(1) Lord Rama had to mete out punishment to one belonging to the 
fourth caste for engaging in Veda Adhyayanam. 
(2) Lord Rama had to account for the untimely demise of a Brahmin's 
son. 
Whereas, during the reign of the Padhukas only auspiciousness 
prevailed everywhere. The coronation of the Padhukas was the 
forerunner to the coronation of Sugriva, VibhishaNa, and Lord Rama 
Himself as Sethurama upon successfully constructing the great causeway 
across the mighty ocean (this incident is glorified in one 
shlokam of the Ramayana). Even the previously stalled coronation of 
Lord Rama was completed only after the coronation of the Padhukas. It 
is no secret that the foremost desire of Lord Rama himself was to see 
the the coronation of the Padhukas. Testimony in support of this fact 
can be seen from Swami Desikan's Padhuka Sahasram salutation 
"Abhishechanikam BhAndam chakrE rama pradakshiNam". Since, this is the 
desire of Lord Rama himself, is it not incumbent on the Lord's Bhaktas 
to uphold this desire? Hence, it is the duty of every Srivaishnava to 
actively participate and support the Tirunakshatram Kaimkaryam of H.H. 
Srimad Andavan Swami of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam. Lord 
Rama's greatest regret was that He was unable to witness the 
coronation of thePadhukas. Therefore, participation in the 
Tirunakshatram Kaimkaryam of H.H. confers upon an individual a status 
which makes the Lord himself envious!

Let us now focus on the four meanings of the term Yogam:
(1)Recovering Something that is lost: Every baddha jivan is immersed 
in an ocean of sin on account of bondage to Samsara through karma. As 
a result the baddha jivan loses its true identity, i.e., (i)its 
existence is solely for the purpose of performing kaimkaryam at the 
behest and for the pleasure of Paramatma (Lord Narayana)(ii) The 
jivatma is the property of the Paramatma, who is the Sheshi, Swami for 
the jivatma(iii)The surest way of restoring the property to its 
rightful owner is by performing SharaNagati at the Lord's lotus feet. 
Sadacharyas facilitate a baddha jivan to realize their true identity 
by setting an example through Anushtanam, upadesham, Kalakshepam and 
their Sri Sookthis containing blissful Anubhavams of the Divya 
Dampatis.
(2) Begetting something that one has never had: The bliss of eternal 
Kaimkaryam for the pleasure and at the pleasure of the Divine Couple 
is something that a baddha jivan has never experienced. Sadacharyas 
assure a Baddha jivan of this benefit by blessing them with 
Bharanyasam.
(3)Union: Sadacharyas in the line of Swami NammAzhwar are forever 
engaged in contemplation of Lord Narayana and his endless glory. The 
Padhukas are never separated from the Lord's feet. So too Sadacharyas 
are immersed in thoughts of Lord Narayana every moment. Their union 
with the Lord's feet assures baddha jivans of union with Lord Narayana 
as a result of Acharya Sambandham.
(4)Path: The easiest path for attaining Lord Narayana is through an 
unconditional, total surrender to His lotus feet (SharaNagati). 
Sadacharyas in the line of Swami NammAzhwar are foremost exponents of 
this path and thus ensure that baddha jivans are forever freed from 
the infinite cycle of births and deaths.

H.H. Srimad Andavan Swami of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam, shines 
forth as the beacon light among Yathivaras, being the embodiment of 
every word described herein. He continues to reform and redeem 
countless baddha jivans, while strictly upholding the principles and 
practices of PurvAcharyas. The 81st tirunakshatram celebration of 
H.H. has been planned for March 24-30, 2001. Adiyen invites all 
Bhaktas to attend this celebration and receive the blessings of 
H.H.Several projects are being undertaken as part of this celebration. 

Adiyen appeals to all Bhaktas to contribute generously to this great 
cause. Contributions from the USA are tax exempt. Please send your 
checks to 

SMSA Inc,
c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan,
7821 W Alder Drive
Littleton, CO 80128

Please indicate on the memo of your check that your contribution
is for Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam. 

For those in India, please send the cheque or drafts in favour of 
"S.P.A.V Trust, 81st Jayanthi a/c and send to Srikaryam, Srimad 
Poundarikapuram Andavan Ashramam, 43- A/13, Asramam Road, Srirangam, 
TRICHY. PIN 620006, India.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan


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