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From: Raghavans (
Date: Fri Nov 28 1997 - 11:17:53 PST

Thanks for your reply.  I have sent a similar information based on the tradition I knew
about.  I am not a well read person with respect to the philosophy.  However,
I am somwhat familiar with some practices regarding utsavams in perumal koil.
We have put some of those practices and traditions in Sri Venkateswara Temple
in Aurora Illinois.  I hope you had occasion to read about Balaji Abhishekam on
first Sundays of every month.

Once I am extending invitation for Sri Vaishnava Bhaktas to join us this 
year during Adhyayanotsavam.  In reply to your question, to the best
of my knowledge, this is the first time Ahyayanotsavam is celebrated
in this country.  We are not reciting all the 4000 pAsurams.  We have selected
about 1400 of these for the five days between Dec 30th to January 3rd.

The program includes the following.

Dec. 30:  Amalanadhipiran, Adaikkalappattu, Upadesaratnamalai, Iyarppa Satu
	murai pAsurams.
Dec. 31: Mudal,  Irandam, Moonram Tiruandadis, Periyazhwar Tirumozhi, Mudal
Jan 1, 98. Because of Muttangi Seva to Lord Srinivasa on January first only the
                 following will be recited on this day.
                Periyazhwar Tirumozhi, irandm, moonram, nAlAm, and AnjAm Pattukkal

Jan 2,      Tiruppavai, Nacchiar Tirumozhi, PerumAl Tirumozhi and Tirucchanda Viruttam.

Jan 3rd. TirumAlai, Kanninum sirutthAmbu, Siriya Tirumadal and IrAmanuja NooRRandadi.

	Because January 3rd is the conclding day, it was decided to include Siriya
	Tirumadal and IrAmanuja NoRRandadi following many traditions to conclude
	prabhandam recitations with these two prabhandams.

              After sAtturmurai, selected desika stotra mala will be recited each day.

	These stotras include:  Bhagavadyana Sopaanam, Dasavatara Storam,
	Gopala Vimsatihi, Goda Stuti, Hayagreeva Stotram and Raghuveera Gadyam.

	On January 2nd in the evening session mukundamAla is being recited as 
	an exception.

	We have prepared copies of prabhandams in Tamil, marked appropriately to
	indicate where reciters stop and continue the recitaiton in Goshti format.  This
	will be made available to those who want to participate.  If all those who want
	accommodation during this period and who want to participate, please contact
	me (Raghavan) in this email address. (Vatsan or by phone (847-548-7015) or
	call Dr Krishnamachari at (630-355-2848).


Venkatesa Dasan.

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>     001 - (Va - Recitation of the divya prabandham
>     002 - "muralidhar rangaswamy" < - Subhashita Nivi-5
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> From: (Vasudha Narayanan)
> Subject: Recitation of the divya prabandham
> Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 10:32:49 -0500 (EST)
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> Respected members of the bhakti group:
> There was a query a few days back about the suspension of the
> nityanusandhanam in the month of Karthikai.  Sri Sadagopan had kindly asked
> me to answer it.  I apologize for not replying earlier-- I was in San
> Francisco for a conference.  It was wonderful going to the Livermore temple;
> I also the pleasure of meeting Sri Mani and thanking him for the cyber-space
> hospitality he has provided.
>         Perhaps the first thing I should say is that the traditions in
> temples differ and this is particularly so for the Andhra region.  Thus,
> even something that is fairly commonly accepted in Tamilnadu (ie the
> beginning of the Tirumoli tirunal on Margali Amavasai/pratamai) is not
> followed in one or two temples in Andhra where they begin it automatically
> at the beginning of Margali, ie around the middle of December.  Second, in
> order for the festival calendar not to get too much out of line,
> *occasionally* in Srirangam (and only there, because of the very, very
> crowded festival schedule) they begin the recitation-- the adhyayanotsavam--
> one cycle earlier.  This happened in 1995-96 I think-- so the Tiruvaymoli
> tirunal began one (waxing) ekadasi cycle before everyone else celebrated
> Vaikuntha ekadasi.  I mention these points because (a) the anadyayanam cycle
> is connected with the recitation of the entire divya prabandham in the
> temple and (b) there is no complete agreement on these subjects.  If I leave
> out something vital in this post, please do correct me.
>         Briefly put, the suspension of the regular cycle of recitation
> *generally* begins on Kaisika ekadasi day in Kartikai.  The regular
> recitation schedule resumes after Kurattalvan's tirunakshatram (Tai Hastam).
> There are some variations on this, including the stopping of regular
> nityanusandhanam in amavasai of Kartikai or beginning of Kartikai itself in
> some places and resuming it after the adhyayanotsavam is over.  The general
> rationale is that after the proclamation of Namperumal summoning Sri
> Nammalvar in the month of Kartikai (in earlier days he was apparently
> brought from Alvar Tirunagari until bad weather prevented it once), the
> whole of Srirangam temple is in the fervour of preparing for the
> recitation/experience of the entire prabandham as enacted by the araiyars.
> The prabandham is an anubhava grantham and during the adhyayanotsavam it is
> quite something to see it depicted by the araiyars with abhinayam.  The
> recitation and visualizing of araiyar sevai begins with the Tirumoli tirunal
> (Margali amavasai), reaches a height during the Vaikuntha ekadasi (Mohini
> alankaram for Namperumal and the the commencement of the Tiruvaymoli
> tirunal), and culminates with the Tiruvaymoli sattumurai, Nammalvar Moksham,
> Araiyar brahma-ratham, and the fast paced iyarpa recitation.  Since the joy
> and excitement of these days of celebration are overwhelming, the regular
> nityanusandhanam is put on hold.
>         I have some further details of the recitation schedule in the
> extensive interviews I taped between 1986 and 90 but have not had the time
> to consult them now.  Some of the salient information from these
> conversations are in my book The Vernacular Veda.
>         By the way, are there any temples in this country which follow the
> entire recitation of the divya prabandham in Margali?  In Atlanta they had
> the Gita Jayanti last year (on ekadasi) with overnight recitation of the
> Bhagavad gita.  I would be very happy to know where they follow the
> traditional schedule of reciting the divya prabandham (there are none as far
> as I know).
> With best wishes, Vasudha
> --------------- MESSAGE bhakti.v002.n383.2 ---------------
> From: "muralidhar rangaswamy" <>
> Subject: Subhashita Nivi-5
> Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 17:22:56 PST
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> Dear Friends,
> I shall present the fifth set of tweleve verses from the Subhashita Nivi
> in this post. This set of twelve verses describes the ways of the
> unworthy. This is the last set of verses characterizing evil persons.
> 1. One who is hard of heart, misanthropic,inaccessible and lacks
> compassion will be shunned by worthy men, though he may be high born.
> 2. A shallow muddy pond will not be useful for quenching thirst even 
> though fed with pure rain water from the skies.
> 3. A loner lacking natural goodness and tolerance cannot be reformed.
> 4. Though tolerant, pure and cool sandalwood trees deter people from 
> coming close, due to the serpents they harbor.
> 5. Even as the Ganga and Yamuna turn and twist in their course when they
> reach the low plains, the minds of even noble and lofty men get affected
> by associating with men of low caliber.
> 6. Some are born to ideal parents and appear noble but, in reality, they
> are uneasy of mind, averse to friends and friendly to enemies; like the
> blue lily sprouting in pelucid waters but closing its petals before the
> Sun (life-giver, a friend) and blossoming bright before the moon (which
> is blemished).
> 7. Association with a hypocrite who puts on a show of renunciation but 
> is deeply wedded to worldliness and pleasures will only lead to sin.
> 8. A serpent croaking like a frog, a tiger sporting a cow's head and a
> flattering enemy should not be trusted and must be avoided. They are out
> to cause destruction only.
> 9. Reptiles inimical to one another will combine to attack innocent
> cratures. Evil-minded people will similarly unite to destroy pure souls
> and are ever immune to punishment.
> 10. The truly wise and good men would not serve those who have scant 
> respect for human values, lack tolerance and good behavior and who do 
> not honor their parents and elders.
> 11. Reposing confidence in an enemy, keeping soma juice in the vessel of
> one who eats meat meant for consumption by dogs, pouring Ganges water on
> a skull, living righteously amid sinners, knowledge in an immoral person
> and scriptural learning by the uninitiated are all abnormal phenomena 
> and hence are impure. They do not do any good and
> are definitely harmful.
> 12. In one's quest for wealth, one can cross the ocean, or climb
> mountains, or even take to alchemy or learn martial arts; but one should
> never approach haughty, rich men; for such an action is humiliating and
> destroys one's confidence and self-respect.
> Namo Narayana,
> Muralidhar Rangaswamy
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