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AchArya thirunakshattiram celebrations

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Date: Mon Sep 11 2000 - 19:38:19 PDT

srImathE saTakOpAya namah
srImathE rAmAnujAya namah
srImathE vEdAnta dEsikAya namah
srIman vara vara munayE namah

Dear bhAgavathAs,

SrI rAmAnujA Mission, Inc., of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Periyashramam 
and Jeeyar Educational Trust USA, Inc.(JET USA) of SrI SrI SrI 
Tridandi SrIman nArAyANa rAmAnuja chinna jIyar svAmi are pleased to 
announce the celebration of the thirunakshattirams of svAmi Sri vEdAnta
dEsikan (1268 - 1369) and svAmi Sri maNavALa mAmunigaL (1371 - 1443) 
on October 28th and 29th 2000 at SrI. venkatEsvara svAmi temple, 
Aurora, IL.

HH Sri Rangaramanuja Maha Desikan (Sri Mushnam Andavan) and 
HH SrI SrI SrI Tridandi SrIman nArAyANa rAmAnuja chinna jIyar svAmi 
have blessed us all to proceed with the function.

This joint celebration is organized with the following objectives in
mind:

1.To seek the blessings of our great AchAryAs by celebrating their 
thirunakshattirams and following their teachings.
2.To promote unity among people wanting to follow the vEdic tradition 
having different AchArya lineage (paramparai) with focus on the common 
theme - our divine lineage to Sri Ramanuja (emperumAnAr).
3.To create interest and provide support for families interested in
following the vEdic sampradAyam

With the above three objectives in mind, the agenda is tailored to 
have the following key items:

1.Focus on the teachings of our AchAryAs and their humility and 
lifestyle. There are 4 short plays - on SrIman nAthamuni, svAmi 
Sri Ramanuja (emperumAnAr), svAmi Sri vEdAnta dEsikan and 
svAmi Sri maNavALa mAmuni - focusing on their teachings

2.Talks on the above AchAryAs will follow the plays with focus on 
what their teachings are and how they are applicable to us

3.Open panel discussions on (i) relevance of temples and their role 
in the current age (ii) how to follow our sampradAyam with 
appropriate compromises in this country

4.Songs/dances by members of our sampradAyam focusing on perumAL/AchAryA 
vaibhavams - This was included to promote an interest in the cultural 
aspects of our sampradAyam that are essential in developing interest 
among our youngsters.

5.Temple celebrations (utsavams) with recitation of divya prabhandham, 
vEda pArAyaNam and recitation of stOtra pAdam

We extend our humble invitation to each and every bhagavatha living 
in this country to attend this celebration - the first of its kind in 
the United States. 
October 8th is the thirunakshattiram of svAmi srI 
vEdAnta dEsikan (purattAsi thiruvONam)
November 1st is svAmi srI  maNavALa mAmuni's thirunakshattiram 
(aippasi mUlam). 
Also around October 28th, we have the following key thirunkashatirams - 
November 4,5,6 - poygai, bUtham, pEy AzhvAr thirunakkshattirams
Nov 4th - svAmi srI piLLai lOkAchAriAr
October 26th - dIpAvaLi

This period is a very auspicious period for
all of us with so many AzhvAr/AchArya thirunakshattirams 

There is a web page for registration and information - 
the URL is jeeyar.cc.uic.edu

We request bhAgavathAs to give us your thoughts and ideas as to how to 
make this successful - We request as many people to volunteer as
possible
for the various tasks that are listed on the web page.

AzhvAr emperumAnAR dEsikan jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam
srI rAmAnuja dAsAs
PooNdi vijayarAghavan - President, srI rAmAnuja Mission Inc.,
Chitra mAdhavan - President, JET-USA Inc.

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