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Fwd: Thuppul Nityardhanam Trust - Why sponsor nityardhanam and annadan am ??? By Shathakopa Thathacharya

From: Ram Anbil (Ramanbil_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Oct 23 2001 - 18:06:35 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas:
Please find enclosed excerpts from my write up way back on
18th July 1997 regarding Sri Sudarsana Thathachar Swami,
Sri Srinivasa Thathachar Swami and Sri Satakopa Thathachar Swami
which appeared in the Internet sites at that time.


"Date: Fri Jul 18, 1997 5:24 pm
Subject: FACE TO FACE WITH ACHARYAS - PART II

“(16) SRI SUDARSANA THATHACHAR SWAMI (met on 27th April 1997) Another 
Nonagenarian devotee of Swami Desika, he is teaching batches of Vidhyarthis 
to recite Veda paying them stipends. In spite of his failing health and 
falling support, he has been running with an unparalleled missionary zeal a 
Veda Paaraayana Goshti with the help of a dozen Swamis most of them over 70 
years of age to whom he pays a monthly honorarium of Rs.1000/- each. Sri 
R.RAJAN and Sri Rajamani of Ahobila Mutt and Sri Venkatanathan (Rajan's 
Son-in-law) who is a Sishya of Poundarikapuram Andavan  Asramam are all 
serving as the other Trustees of the project.

(17) SRI SRINIVASA THATHACHARYA and SRI SATAKOPA THATHACHARYA (27th April 
1997) The duo are the trustees of "Sri Vilakkoli Perumal, Thooppul Vedanta 
Desika Nityaradhana Trust", totally devoted to Kainkaryam, they ensure 
proper conduct of daily Poojas and recitals, monthly Sravanam festivals,and 
Annual Vidwat Sadas at these temples”

They have requested bringing to your attention about their kainkaryams and 
are seeking  your help for the same. Those who wish to help this noble cause 
may kindly contribute their mite as stated in the note of Sri C.G. Balaji 
Swamin.
Dasoham
Anbil Ramaswamy
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>Subject: Thuppul Nityardhanam Trust - Why sponsor nityardhanam and annadan 
>am ??? By Shathakopa Thathacharya
>Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2001 15:06:19 +0530
>
>Swamy Deshikan Thiruvadigale Sharanam !!!
>
>Sriman Shathakpa Tathacharya writes on the significance of sponsoring
>Thiruvaradhanam and Annadanam. Please read on...
>Bhagavat Aradhanam - The Yagna to perform ! In Kruta Yuga, when Dharma
>flourished at its helm, Yagnas were prevalent everywhere; the fruits that
>the Yagnas bore made the land and its people a very prosperous and happy
>lot. But alas, as time advanced, Dharma stood like an innocent cow whoose
>legs were being chopped off. Come the Kali Yuga, and the Dharma was akin to
>a cow standing on one leg, the other three being victims of time. In this
>Yuga, the only form of Yagna possible is Bhagavat Aradhanam. Vedas say
>'Aradhanam to Vishnu and His devotees is superior to all other Aradhanas'.
>Invoke Him and perform pooja to Him as one would treat a King who has
>pleasantly surprised you by condescending to be your guest. The Lord is
>bathed, dressed and fed in splendour to make making Him as happy as
>possible.Then His blessings are invoked before bidding Him a good
>sleep(YogaNidra) till tommorrow. This kind of Aradhanam may be done to
>ArchaMurthis - idols in temples - or Saligramas - form of Sriman Narayana
>kept at homes.
>The Agama Shastras define the various roles in any Yagna. The Yajamana
>-owner- of the Yagna sponsors the Yagna and hence receives all the fruits.
>The Rithvik -tool- performs the Yagna on behalf of the Yajamana and he is
>paid 'Dakshina' for that; hence he has no share in the fruits borne by the
>Yagna. Here, in the temple pooja, the Archakas are the Rithviks and 
>Yajamana
>is the Donor of the Day. What are more can you ask for? The Lord is there
>for Bhagavat Aradhanam and Acharya for Bhaagavat Aradhanam.There is all the
>infrstructure for the Yagna ready for you and all you have to do is mail a
>small contribution to collect a large and most wholesome blessing that you
>can get Kali Yuga !
>
>The importance of Annadhana- Donating food to the needy
>Vedas say - Aham Annam, Annamadhantham Adhmi. I am food; I eat those, who
>eat me without sharing me with others. It has been practice from yester 
>days
>to feed Bramhanas and Deshantris - travellers on pilgrimage- beforing
>partaking food. But, in the fast moving times of today, finding such
>deserving people even once or twice a year(during ceremonies of late 
>parents
>etc.) has become a herculean task. We earn, cook and consume all the food 
>by
>ourselves, thus inflicting upon ourselves more and more curses from the 
>food
>and hence all the sorrows of todays materialistic world.
>Here's an oppurtunity to donate food to the most needy and deserving -
>devotees of the Lord who are badly in need of food. At the temple, twice
>everyday, food offered to Lord DeepaPrakasha and Lord Hayagriva is offered
>to Swamy Desika and then distributed to the devotees who are present.
>Amongst these devotees, the needy poor and travellers are given lots -
>enough to satisfy their hunger for a meal. By donating to the fund, you
>would be performing a worthy Annadhana on a day. Jump at it! and get rid of
>your sins collected due to selfish hogging of food all these days!
>What we eat has a lot of bearing on how we think and behave in life. Eg.
>Partaking Thamasik food - eg. meat,eggs etc.- leads to thamasik behaviour
>viz. sleep, laziness, incoherence,delusions etc. whereas eating Satvik food
>- vegetarian food (rice and vegetables as specified in Desika's Ahara
>Niyamam) offered to the Lord- gives rise to Satvik thoughts - ever
>remembrance of the Lord and our relationship with him. Similarly, it is 
>well
>known that eating the leftovers of Bhaagavata is very auspicious because it
>will cause one to cultivate devotion like the Bhaagavata himself.
>The food that is distributed here is not mere Anna - or cooked Rice-, but 
>it
>is the Prasadam of the Lord and a Bhaagavata Sesham - the leftovers of a
>Bhagavata's lunch. The Bhaagavata being none other than the Swamy Desika -
>one of Lord's most favourite devotees. What more can you ask for by
>participating in this deserving Annadhana !
>
>vAzhi vyAkhyAmuddirak kai !!!
>
>
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