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Status of Vedanta Deshikan CD (Multimedia encyclopedia)

From: Balaji CG (
Date: Mon Jan 14 2002 - 00:25:30 PST

Swamy Deshikan Thiruvadigale Sharanam !!!

On this auspiscious day of Pongal, adiyEn wishing everyone the best in their
spiritual and personal endeavours, would like to publish the status of the
ongoing Multimedia / Encyclopedia CD on Swamy Deshikan.

Swamy Deshikan CD owes its concept to the making of the multimedia CD "Sri
Ramanuja" by Dr. Sadagopan and Dr. Alwar.

The CD 's prime objective is to reiterate and bring out the glories of Swamy
Deshikan in an electronic form. The CD estate has been categorized
abstractly as -

Life of Swamy Deshikan
Works by Swamy Deshikan
Works on Swamy Deshikan

The Works on Swamy Deshikan was the first to be started with. So far with
the help of devout bhagavathas around 50 works have been accumlulated on
Swamy Deshikan. These works are rare gems composed by Swamy Deshikan's
seniors, juniors, later day acharyas, scholars et al. Some notables among
these are the works of Nayanacharya, Brahmatantra Swatantrar, Annan,
Doddayacharya, Sahasranamam of Thirukkudanthai Deshikan and the magnificent
Vedanta Deshika Vijaya Champu with 540 verses and 94 gadyams on Swamy
Deshikan !!!!!. 
A few more works that are known to be extant like Deshika kavacham,
Suprabhatam (3rd Parakala Swamy), Thirumanjana Kattiyam, Laali, Deshika
Yechcharika, Vimshati Ratnamala, Abda malika stotram etc are being searched
for and with the grace of Acharyas, must be available very soon.

These works are at present in the process of transliteration, review etc by
Dr. NSA of Bangalore. These might come out as a book much before the CD.
This book has been pledged to be supported by many generous bhagavathas
across the globe. With Swamy Deshikan's anugraham, this might well be
released on the day of thirunakshatram of Srimad Poundarikapuram Srimad
Gopala Deshika Maha Deshikan at Srirangam.

Regarding "Works by Swamy Deshikan", many eminent scholars and writers have
been given a few responsibilities in this regard. Work is in progress with
still many works to be covered.

The chapter "Life of Swamy Deshikan" will be starting very soon. The main
source for this would be the work Muvaayirappadi Guru parampara prabhavam of
Tritiya Brahmatantra Swatantra Swamy. The pannirayirappadi guru parampara
prabhavam of Dvitiya Brahmatantra Swatantra Swamy is being searched. It
shall make a great source as it is more descriptive in terms of Swamy
Deshikan's life. Life of Swamy Deshikan shall be very detail (around 200
pages with muvaayirappadi) and shall be captured with full pictures and
voice. Though at present only the documentation work is going on. The
multimedia works should start only when the documentation is completed with
review and corrections. It shall also host the life accounts of all the
poorvacharyas of Deshikan till Paraman.

It is also being thought to completely bring out all the existing works of
Swamy Deshikan in this CD. This will basically be achieved by photo scanning
all his available books (original sources only) and storing them as pictures
with a viewer interface. This will enable anybody to view or print any work
of Deshikan in its original form.

Music and Video clippings of Swamy Deshika utsavams are being thought of but
have not been assembled yet. Bhagavathas having such sources could please
contact me.

Looking at the abundance of information on Swamy Deshikan, it does well seem
that it might be referred to as CDs and not CD in future :-).

Review support of eminent vidwans and scholars of this group would be
required in the making of this CD(s).
Any sources, pictures, videos, articles etc on Swamy Deshikan and his works
are welcome to be included in this CD. Bhagavathas in possession of such
sources could contact me.

In this same note, I would also like to request all bhagavathas to
participate in the Nityaradhanam of Thuppul Deshikan. The contribution would
be 1500 Rs (or equivalent US$ ~30) towards a day's aradhanam. This would be
conducted every year on that day in the name of the donor or whoever the
donor wishes to nominate. Interested Bhagavthas might contact me for the
forms and could send them to Thuppul. Bhagavthas who have received the forms
already, kindly send in your samarpanams at your earliest convenience.

Shall keep everyone updated.


vAzhi vyAkhyAmuddirak kai !!!
vedAntasUri charaNau sharanam prapadye 

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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