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Re: Invitation for Swami Desika's Tirunakshatram - Sept. 29, 2001

From: Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan (vijayaraghavan_s_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Wed Jun 27 2001 - 05:51:24 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas:

The town of Buffalo - famous for Niagara Falls (which  could have entered 
the Vibhuti Yoga of Bhaghavat Gita) - is once again getting ready to host 
the 'Acharya Vaibhavam Conference'.

You may recall that we were very fortunate to host the the first ever 
Srivaishnava Conference in USA (under the auspices of Swami Desika Darsana 
Satsangam formed on the Vedanta Desika Tirunakshatram day in 1996).  We were 
very blessed at that time to have Shri Anbil Swamigal, Shri Sadagopan, Shri 
MG Prasad, Shri Sampath Rangarajan, Shri Muralidhar Rangaswamy and so many 
other Bhaghavatas blessing the conference.  It was a momentous occasion for 
Sri Vaishnavas.  The Bhakti list was just then growing strong and through 
Emperuman's grace it is going 'stronger and stronger'.  It provided a 
fertile ground where the seeds of Sri Vaishnavism could grow in the American 
soil. It brought the like-minds to gether and the synergy of 'like-minds' 
made the conference possible.

Devotees at Buffalo are eager to host yet another conference this year. The 
most important part of this program will be the Acharya Paduka Aradhanam 
that will be conducted by the 'Ramanuja Mission Inc.'.  There could not be a 
better way of celebrating the Acharya Vaibhavam than by showing our 
gratitude to our acharyas.

The Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York has volunteered to host the 
conference this year. "Sri Ramanuja Mission of Srirangam Srimath Andavan 
Ashramam". and "Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam" (SDDS) will join with the 
"Hindu Cultural Society of Western New York" in holding this conference.  We 
will hold the conference on Sept. 29, 2001.

The Conference will be entitled “Acharya Vaibhavam Conference”.
We cordially invite all bhagavathas and SriVaishnava Organizations to join 
us in celebrating the great Acharyas of our satsampradayam.

All Bhagavatas are cordially invited to attend the celebrations and receive 
the blessings of Divya Dhampatis and Acharyas.

The tentative program is given below.
>Updated details will be posted in due course.
>
>Looking forward to your participation and cooperation.
>
>Dasoham
>Anbil Ramaswamy
>(for and on behalf of the organizers)
>========================================================================
>SWAMI DESIKA’S TIRUNAKSHATRAM FALLS ON
>FRIDAY, 28TH SEPTEMBER 2001.
>BUT, WE WILL BE CELEBRATING IT ON
>SATURDAY, 29TH SEPTEMBER 2001.
>
>7.30 am to 8.00 am:  Suprabatham.
>Playing Audio recordings of the rare Hayagrivar 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. "Sinddora 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 200 pm: Lunch
>
>SWAMI DESIKA TIRUNAKSHATRAM CELEBRATIONS:
>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: Tea 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: Dinner
>
>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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