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Greatness of MadurAntakam Swamigal

From: Vijayaraghavan Srinivasan (
Date: Wed Nov 24 1999 - 10:08:43 PST

Dear Bhaghavata UttamAs

As most of you know, achAryAs occupy a unique place in our Sampradayam.  Our 
prAkrutam Azhagiyasingar in his upanyasam once quoted Swami Desika and said 
“AchAryAth iha dEvatAm samadhikAm dhanyAn na manyAmahE”.  It is not possible 
for one to repay one’s achAryA’s upakArams.   They are in fact, EmperumAn 
Himself (PramAnam: sAkshAth nArAyanO deva: krutvA martya mayIm tanum,  
magnAn udhdharatE lOkAn kArunyAth shastra paninA).

For a better part of this century, Madurantakam Veeraraghavachariar Swamigal 
rode our sampradAyic scene like a colossus.  He served our sampradAyam in 
several capacities.  He was a contemporary of  uttamur Veeraraghavachariar 
swamigal, Villivalam NarayanAchAr Swamigal and other great mahAtmAs of that 
period and used to preside over many of the vidwat sadas.

Swami’s centenary celebration is being planned at  Srirangam where he spent 
the later part of his life.  This centenary celebration will once again 
bring to the forefront Swami’s contribution to our sampradAyam.  It will 
also bring the present day achAryAs and other great scholars in a great 
congregation.  100s of vedic scholars will be honored.  Many poor 
bhaghavatAs will be fed.  It is a great opportunity for all of us to share 
in this kaimkaryam.  I would request all of you to come forward with 
generous donations to pay tribute to one of the greatest mahAns that blessed 
the land of Bharat during this century.

You can make your cheque payable to SMSA Inc. and mail it to any one of us 
(Shri Sadgopan, Shri Mani Varadarajan, Shri Murali Rangaswamy, or Shri 
Madhakkannan or myself).  We need to let the organizers know about our 
collections as it would help them properly budget the expenses for the 
program.  Therefore, we would appreciate a quick decision from you.


Vijayaraghava Dasan
Buffalo, NY

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