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Sri RanganAyaki SamEtha Sri RanganAthan's samproKshaNam : March 15 ,2001 at Srirangam and The dhivya Dampathi's SamprOkshanam at their Pomona , NY Temple on may 27 ,2001...Part I

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 15:27:37 PST

Dear Sri RanganAtha BhakthAs: 

MahA samprOkshaNam at Srirangam
Tomorrow( March 15) is a blessed day at the Srirangam 
Island in the middle of Ubhaya KaavEri . MahA samprOkshaNam 
will be performed there .Today , Srimath Azhagiya Singar will
be visiting the Srirangam YaagasAlA , where consecration 
ceremonies are underway for tomorrow's major event.

SamprOkshaNam Here at Sri RanganAthan's temple (Pomona, NY)
During the coming labor day week end , on May 27 , 
MahA SamprOkshaNam for Sri RanganAyaki SamEtha 
Sri RanganAthan will take place at His Pomona , 
NY temple on the Western banks of river Hudson .

Sriman Venkat Kanumalla , who has devoted his life 
to this temple along with other BhakthAs has extended 
already an invitation to you all to participate in 
this MahOthsavam. DhAnyAdhi , Jala and SayanAdhi Vaasams 
for the Lord would have been completed by that time 
as a part of this MahOthsavam. 

The beauty of Periya perumAL in the reclining pose 
(Sayana ThirukkOlam )at Pomona is insatiable 
(aparyApthAmrutham). His Young ThirumEni reminds one of 
Baala Sayanam of ThirucchiRu Puliyoor .This is 
a special feature of this PerumAL at Pomona, NY. 

The Uthsavar has prayOga Chakram like Para VaasudEvan 
sanctifyig the PraNavAkAra VimAnam both at Srirangam 
and Pomona ,NY. This Uthsava Moothy had the Hastha Sparsam 
of the great MahAn , Vaikunta Vaasi , HH MukkUr Srimath 
Azhagiya Singar(Vaikunta Vaasi)of the 44th Pattam 
at Sri Matam. This indeed is the MahAn , who completed
the construction of the giant Southern Gopuram for
Sri RanganAthan at Srirangam.

May I join with Sri Venkat Kanumalla and the Members of
the Temple Board for all of You to set aside time 
and be with all the BhakthAs and receive the dhivya Dampathi's 
blessings on this sacred samprOkshaNam day (May 27)?
After ten years of dedicated work and support by BhakthAs 
from every where in USA and India  , we are fast approaching
the great day of MahA samprOkshanam.

Back at Srirangam , India
MahA Lakshmi has been reunited now with the Lord on His
Chest and the controversies are over. When one reflects on
the two slOkams of Swamy Desikan's Bhagavavth DhyAna 
sOpAnam(BTS) , where he enjoys the beauty of Periya perumAL 
limb by limb , there is abundant evidence for Sri Devi's
unquestionable abode on His sacred chest :

SrivatsEna PraTitha vibhavam SRI PADHA NYAASA DHANYAM 
Madhyam bAhOr maNivara ruchA ranjitham RANGADHAAMNA:
--First half of the sixth slOkam , BTS

KaanthOdhArairayamiha bhujai: KankaNa jyA kiNAnkai:
--First half of the 11th slOkam , BTS

(Meaning of slOkam 6 ):" My mind goes to contemplate on 
THE CHEST. It has the reputation of an insignia of 
SrivatsA hair-curl mark. I would further say , IT HAS 
It has the cover of dazzling brilliance from 
the KousthubhA gem. And then there are the fragrant 
ThuLasi garlands and Vaijayanthi MaalA too. The pearl-
necklace is also there with the pearls having the cool
appearance of the Moon. Totally , it is a cool effect
that comes from THE CHEST of Sri RanganAthA , that  
quenches my mental heat !
--Dr.V.N.VedAntha Desikan's translation

SlOkam 11 quoted above is about the Uthsava Moorthy
and MahA Lakshmi's sacred presence there on 
Her Lord's CHEST .

(Meaning of slOkam 11 : Sri U.Ve.SrirAma DesikAcchAr Swamy):

Lord RanganAthan's ( NamperumAL's) sacred hands have 
the beauy to steal the hearts of those , who have the BhAgyam
to have their darsanam. They pour without let the boons 
that one seeks. Those hands bear the marks (VADUKKAL/Thazhumbhu) 
of having worn AabharaNams and weapons during His VibhavAtharam
as Sri Ramachandran . HIS CHEST IS THE ABODE OF LAKSHMI.His 
four hands are like four protecting bars ( ThAzhppALkaL)
for Mahaa Lakshmi's abode on His chest.Those four arms rest
around Her.When one witnesses the weapons on His hands ,
all the fears are banished.This Lord(Moolavar) reclining on 
Adhi Seshan is also offering darsanam to us as Uthsava
Moorthy in front of Him with both the consorts
on His side(besides MahA lakshmi at His Vakshasthalam).
This Moolavar and Uthsavar have taken their abode 
in the middle of the island formed by KaavEri
river as well as in my Hrudhaya Pundareekam 
(heart lotus).

The fifth Paasuram of ThiruppANar's AmalanAdhipirAn
Swamy Desikan composed Sri Bhagavadh DhyAna sOpAnam
emulating the anubhavam of ThiruppANar at the aasthAnam
of Lord RanganAthan . ThiruppANar's original paasuram
that inspired Swamy Desikan is the fifth one (PaaramAya
Pazha Vinai--).Sri Vaikunta Vaasi D.Raamaswamy Iyengar's
translation of this poem goes this way and provides 
the testimony of ThiruppANar for Vakshasthala Lakshmi :

" Having cut asunder the firm hold of ancient and 
heavy load of sins on me , He (the Lord) has made
me His (Exclusive) slave: not only that , He has 
entered into me. (For achieving this ), What great 
and severe penance has been performed by me 
(or by Him), I do not know. (But this I see):
LAKSHMI and the garland (Vaijayanthi VanamAlai) that 
has captured and captivated me."

One can adduce additional evidences (PramANams) for
the inseparable presence of MahA Lakshmi on Sriman
NaarAyaNan's CHEST in general and at Lord RanganAthA's
chest at srirangam. Fortunately , BhagavAn has concluded
His leelAs ,tested us and is enjoying the residence of
His dear Consort on His chest (ahalahillEn iRayumenRu--).
He has forgiven the aparAdhis ,who questioned 
His Consort's inseperable residence on His Chest.

Back at Pomona , NY
Here at the dhivya Dampathi's temple in New York,
Sri RangarAja MahishI illumines Her Lord's 
vakshasthalam as "Sriranga harmya Tala MANGALA-
DHEEPA REKHAA". Please join all the BhakthAs as
Her children to have Her sEvai and that of Her
Divine Consort , who can not be without Her 
even for a fraction of a second .MahA Lakshmi
is the embodiment of His divine splendour and
without Her , " He would be unidentifiable 
without His true essence (svaroopam)"according to
Sri ParAsara Bhattar, who has followed the way
shown by YaamunAchAryA , RaamAnujA and KurEsA 
in the matter of comprehending Lakshmi Tatthvam.
She as Lakshmi is the Lord's identifying mark
( Lakshmaa or Chinnam). Lakshmi Tanthram ,
VishNu PurAnam and Srimadh BhAgavatham
attest to Her unique role as the resident 
of His Vakshasthalam and explain why He is
known as SrinivAsan.  

AchArya RaamAnujA paid tribute to this "SRINIVAASA-
TATTHVAM" of the Lord this way at the very beginning
of hismagnum opus, Sri BhAshyam:

" Sruthisirasi VidheepthE BrahmaNi SRINIVAASE
  Bhavathu mama parsmin sEmushi Bhakthi-roopaa ".

(Meaning): Translation by Dr.N.S.Anantha RangAchAr Swamy:

" May my mind be filled with devotional knowledge 
towards the Supreme Brahma , LORD SRINIVAASAN ,
who is exquisitely revealed in the Upanishads ,
who sports in creating , protecting and destroying
the entire universe , who has taken the one vow of
redeeming the hosts of beings , that devote themselves 
onto Him." 

Here AchArya RaamAnujA identifies the "Sruthi Sirasi
Vidheeptha Brahman" as SRINIVAASAN OR THE LORD ON
Perukkaaranai Swamy on his commentary on this section
of Sri BhAshyam points out the significance of 
the name (SrinivAsan) that AchArya RaamAnujA 
cose to address the Supreme Brahman :
" athra cha Paratatthva-asAdhArana Brahma-
sabdhArtha: Sriya: PathithvEna Viseshitha:
--SRINIVAASATHVENA VisEshithasyaiva BrahmavidhyA-
vEdhyathvam ithyuktham bhavathi". The commentator 
points out that the learning of brahma VidhyA 
is made especially possible by the SrinivAsathvam
of the Supreme Brahman. It is Her residence on
His chest and comprehension of this doctrine
makes it possible for any one to learn Brahma-VidhyA.

May Sri RanganAyaki SamEtha Sriranga SrinivAsan
accept this mangalArchanaa and accept His 
SamprOkshaNam at His temples at Srirangam 
and Pomona , New York and bless us all through
His nithya Vaasam at both of His abodes.

NaarAyaNa , NaarAyana , NaarAyaNa 
Srimath Azhagiya Singar PaadhAngri rENu,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan      


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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