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CD ROM kaimakryam for AzhwArs and the 108 Dhivya Desams: Status report

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sun Mar 26 2000 - 09:24:56 PST

Dear BhakthAs : 

Many thanks for your generous support of
both the ThridhaNdam Replacement for SriperumbhUthUr 
Udayavar's archA moorthy and the CD ROM kaimkaryam 
on the Life & Works of AzhwArs /108 Dhivya dEsams .

AdiyEn is pleased to report the status of the fund raising
pledges on this fifth day after the announcement of these
two sacred kaimkaryams :

(1) The Silver ThridhaNdam replacement kaimkaryam :

The target was $500 . We have now received pledges  
for Six Hundred Dollars. This kaimkaryam is more than
fully subscrbed now . The Silver Smith will be visiting 
Sri PerumbhUdhUr to take measurements of the current 
ThridhaNdam next week .He will start the work on
replication for samarpaNam , if at all
possible around the Thirunakshathram of 
AchArya RaamAnujA . ADIYEN'S SINCERE THANKS TO
EVERY ONE OF YOU , WHO HAVE COME FORWARD TO 
PARTICPATE IN THIS KAIMKARYAM .THIS CAMPAIGN 
IS CLOSED NOW.

(2) We have received pledges totalling $2,500 sofar
for the AzhwArs CD ROM & Dhivya Desam project .WE ARE
NOW AT THE HALFWAY MARK OF THE NEEDED $5,000 .

There are 25 more $100 slots left for particpants. It will be
a blessing , if we can have the rest of the required funds 
before the Sri Raama Navami day (April 12 ) . You are 
welcome to contribute in US Dollars or in Indian 
Rupees . The individual pledges have ranged from 
$35 to $250 . If 25 BhakthAs pledge 100
each , we can initiate the kaimkaryam on 
Srirama Navami day in India .All of you have 
great reverence for the Sri VaishNavite AzhwArs , 
their dhivya Prabhandhams and the 108 dhivya dEsams that 
they have performed MangalasAsanams . Please help
with your pledges to have the educational outreach 
on the Life and works of the AzhwArs . Excellent
graphics , video clips and photo images and audio
clips will constitute the content besides a lot of
informative texts . Thank you most sincerely for your
participation to make this kaimkaryam a success .

It is my pleasure to include one of the many moving 
Paasurams of the AzhwArs here.The AzhwAr is NammAzhwAr 
and he is performing MangaLAsAsanam for ThiruvenkatamudayAn .
The paasuram is ThiruvAimozhoi Sixth decad , second one.
NammAzhwaar cries out in the fourth line of 
this paasuram :

" AaRA anbil adiyEn unn adi sEr vaNNam aruLAyE "

The text of the translation of this moving Paasuram 
by Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan is as follows:

" Oh Lord of Thiruvenaktam ! You wield the chakram
that can pierce with unimaginable (fiery) fury to fell ,
the cruel asurAs to pieces and particles , and to dust
and unidentifiable earth even . You are the King of
Gods (SarvEsvaran).The muddy ponds on Your hill
hold up arrays of red lotuses , almost filling 
the whole surface , giving a picture , to the viewer ,
of so many fires , as if reflected on the water from
your halo as the Lord of superb splendour. MY LOVE TO
BECOME YOUR SERVANT IS UNQUENCHABLE. I CAN NOT FORBEAR 
THIS STATE OF WAITING FOR LONG . PLEASE GRANT A COURSE 
SO AS TO MAKE ME REACH YOUR FEET. JUST GRACE ME 
TO THAT EFFECT." 

The beauty of the Tamil words defy translation :

" ThirunEmi valavaa! DhaivakkOmAnE ! sERAr sunait 
thAmarai senthee malarum ThiruvEnakatatthAnE ! --
adi sEr vaNNam aruLAyE!"

In this proposed CD ROM , we hope to weave in tightly
the selected text , images, audio and graphics 
along with the quizzes and limited videos of uthsavams 
at some of the dhivya dEsams . The goal is learning
about our dear AzhwAr's mystic anubhavams .
This would be the second in the series of 
CD ROMs designed and developed under the auspices
of the International RaamAnujA Society .

Please particpate and help realize this dream
of educational outreach on Sri VaishNavam for
BhakthAS of all geenrations.

Daasan , V.Sadagopan 
  


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