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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sat Jun 12 1999 - 13:11:35 PDT
Dear BhakthAs : Here is a brief description of the contents of the Grantham section : 2.1: VedArtha Sangraham Sri RaamAnujA created this grantham right in front of the Lord of Thirumalai , Sri VenkatAchalapathy and placed it at His holy feet . This is an original and detailed work on the contents and significance of the important texts of th VedAs and selected Upanishads .Our AchAryan also quotes from the smruthis and Saathvika PurANAs in recognition of their validity as pramANams and rejects the views of MeemAmsakAs and other rival schools such as Advaitham , Bhaaskara , Yaadhava PrakAsa and places Sri VisishtAdvaitham on its high pedestal and establishes the parathvam of Sriman NaarAyaNA .He elaborates on the real Tattvam , Hitham ( means of attaining Brahman ) and PurudhArtham ( the supreme goal of one's life ) and argues brilliantly for Sriman NaarAyanan as the material and instrumental cause of this universe and its beings . This grantham section is visualized as nine gems (nava rathnams ) for navigation purposes with the side bars of "philosophical Significance" and "Tell me More " for detailed information on these granthams with appropriate audio clips of the original texts. The VedArtha sangraham section starts with the singing of the mangala slOkam set in SahAnA raagam . We see Sri RaamAnujA standing Before Lord SrinivAsan of Thirumalai with anjali hastham and presenting this grantham as samarpaNam at His lotus feet .He concludes this grantham with a statement that agaditha gatanams (irreconcilables)have been reconciled ( Sarvam Samanjaasam ). Few select passages from this grantham and their meanings are given and excerpts are sung in SankarAbhAraNam and Vaachaspathi raagams. 2.2 and 2.3: VedAntha Saaram and VedAntha DhIpam These two are brief commentaries on the Brahma SoothrAs. VedAntha Saaram gives the essential meaning of each of the SoothrAs and adhikaraNAs for the benefit of the beginner in the study of our sampradhAyam. VedAntha DhIpam discusses the main purport of each SoothrA and stays away from the complex and terse analysis housed in his magnum opus , Sri BhAshyam . In the CD ROM , we hear the majestic , original commentary of AchArya RaamAnujA of the first and the last Brahma Soothrams in the VedAntha Saaram section .In the section on the VedAntha DhIpam , we hear our AchAryAs' original commentary on the last soothram . The accompanying graphics are soulfully rendered . 2.4 : Sri Bhaashyam This is the celebrated and voluminous work of AchArya RaamAnujA dealing with the Brahma soothrAs of Sage BadarAyaNA .Using the select passages of Sruthi , Smruthi , Paancha Raathra SamhithAs and PurAnAs , AchArya builds the edifice of Sri VisishtAdvaitham and rejects Adhi SankarA's advaitham and BhaaskarA's BhEdhAbhEdham and other rival schools .The commentary of the first soothram itself is so elaborate that it is a sacred text by itself . AchArya RaamAnujA follows BodhAyana Vrutthi on BadarAyaNa SoothrAs , AlavandhAr's Siddhi Thrayam and Aagama PrAmANyam as well as the teachings of his five AchAryans . The splendid graphics , the clear texts accompanying this section of the grantham help beginners as well as the initiated to appreciate the grandness of this grantham . The philosophical significance section points out that the heart of the poet (RaamAnujA ) mingles with the mind of a dialectician . The recitation of the majestic prose of AchArya RaamAnujA leaves one in a state of thrill . Elaborate introduction to the First Soothram , the definition of the concept of PurushOtthaman and a mesmerizing rendering of the commentary on the last soothram are included in the CD ROM. As one hears these passages , whether one understands their meanings or not , the effect is like waves of bliss washing over us and making us filled with Aanandham . 2.5 : Sri GitA BhAshyam This grantham is a detailed account of the brief work of AlavandhAr on Sri Bhagavath GItA revered as GitArtha Sangraham . The prapatthi doctrine is incorporated in the commentary on the Charama SlOkam of GitA by AchArya RaamAnujA . He establishes the absolute supermacy of the personal God priniciple( Sri KrishNaa ) over the impersonal attribute (nirguNa Brahman ). The section starts with the Mangala slOkam sung in the Raagam Aananda Bhairavi and a tribute to AaLavandhAr for his GithArtha sangraham on which this grantham is based .One sees Lord standing in front of ArjunA 's chariot in the middle of the battle field blessing the bewildered ArjunA with GithOpanishad . The "Tell me more " section contains outstanding rendering of Charama slOkam in reassuring and majestic RaagA Naattai . This section ends with a tribute to Sri Paarthasaarathy ( yathra YOgIswara: KrishNo--) rendered in MeLa Raagam , Karahara PriyA . 2.6, 2.7 and 2.8: The three Gadhyams Beautiful recitation of the sections of the three gadhyams in rakthi raagams , beautiful , eye-filling graphics of the Divya dampathis of Srirangam in their sErthi sEvai on panguni Utthiram day and animation of Blue (the Lord's color ) and Gold ( Sri RanganAyaki's hue) flowers falling on them as PushpAnjali are memorable images that get etched in the onlooker's minds .The dialog between Sri RangarAjA and the YathirAjA are recorded in a brilliant manner. Extensive recitations of the lilting and majestic passages have been recorded. One has to close one's eyes and enjoy these recitations filled with Bhakthi and BhAvam. The distinctions between the three gadhyams are described in the Philosophical significance sections . The selection of the tranquil raagam , SankarAbharaNam is very appropriate for reciting passages of Sriranga Gadhyam. In the Sri Vaikunta gadhyam section , the beautiful graphics shows us the trance of AchArya RaamAnujA and his visulaization of Sri VaikuntanAthan with His Devis seated on Adhi Seshan in Sri VaiKuntam. This is an evocative scene that is extremely beautiful to experience.Lengthy passages from the text are recited in a grand manner . The three sections on the three gadhyams alone are a delight to the eye and ear . The philosophical significance sections explain that the purport of SaraNAgathi gadhyam is the SaraNAgathi doctrine (self-surrender or Prapatthi ); Sriranga gadhyam is identified as Sri RaamAnujA's adoration of Sri RanganAthA with bhakthi and preethi . Sri Vaikunta gadhyam is described as Sri RaamAnujA's enjoyment of the supreme bliss of Sri Vaikuntam as experienced by MukthAs (liberated souls ). 2.9: Nithya Grantham The ninth and the final work of AchArya RaamAnujA is a brief account of the daily anushtAnams of a Sri VaishNavA . Fifteen main points are identified by AchArya RaamAnujA to worship Sriman NaarAyaNA in the time honored way prescribed by the VedAs , smruthis and PurANAs . The religious practises of a Sri VaishNavA that make him or her dear to the Lord are covered here as adumbrated in the 12th chapter of Srimadh Bhagavadh GitA . This way of worship is therefore called , " Bhagavadh- AarAdhana prayOgA "and sets the stage for the next important section on how to perform the AarAdhanam for Sriman NaarAyaNA by an initiated Sri VaishNavan . Graphics are connected to the ArchA murthy of ThirunArAyaNapuram and an excellent introduction to Nithya grantham is housed in the " Philosophical Significance " section . The nectarine content of this section of the CD ROM dealing with the nine granthams of the great AchAryA , their purport , the audio clips on the original passages is hard to describe . Blessed indeed will be the owners of this CD ROM to enhance their Bhagavath-BhAgavatha Bhakthi and growing their ruchi for kaimkaryam to the divya dampathis. In the subsequent postings , I will cover the AarAdhanam section , Vaibhavam of AchArya RaamAnujA and the two rare videos dealing with Thirumanjanam for RaamAnujA at Melkote and the Vaira Mudi sevai of Selva PiLlai ( sampath KumAran ) of ThirunArAyaNapuram . Daasan, V.Sadagopan P.S :Those who would like to support the purchase of the license of Macromedia Director license for enabling us to release this CD ROM and use that license for creation of the other three CD ROMs in plan ( Swami Desikan , AzhwArs and the 108 Divya Desms ) are requested to forward their contributions to Sriman P.Dileepan at 1908 Presswood Drive, Hixson, TN 37343 and copy me on their notes. These contributions are 100% Tax deductible .We need $ 599 more to reach the target of $750 to purchase this software license for Director 7.0 Version for our use in the above projects . Our plans are to reproduce 1,000 copies of the CD ROM on AchArya RaamAnujA for the use of the community both here and abroad . Those who have alredy contributed to the Kaikaryam (some 100 BhakthAs ) will get a copy of the RaamAnujA CD ROM before the end of summer or sooner .Those who wish to acquire one or more copies for themselves , family and friends are requested to contact me or Sri Dileepan .