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Swami Desikan's Thirunakshatthiram

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_HOTMAIL.COM)
Date: Wed Sep 30 1998 - 02:31:07 PDT

Sri:

SrImathE nighamAntha MahAdEsikAya Namah:

Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Purattasi ThiruvONam, (Oct 1) is Swami Vedantha Desikan's 
Thirunakshathram. I was simply admiring the greatness of our Dearest 
AchAryA - and his "all" master pieces (all of them are really great 
ones!). We need many more births to read them even once and understand 
them. I just felt like thinking loud as to how we can repay at all for 
what our AchAryA has done for us. 

1. Make a personal commitment- Commit ourselves to reciting few (at 
least one sthOthram of Swami Desikan) of his sthOthra nidhi (or 
Hayagreeva sthOthram on monday; Dasaavathaara sthOthram on tuesday- like 
that also, we can plan to fit into our "tight" (useless) schedule. and 
Start off right now from today on his thirunakshathram, as an offering 
to our Swami. (Those who do not know any sthOthram, can also read 
Adaikkalappatthu , which is in Tamil- (I can send a copy, if someone 
needs it).  

2. Donate funds: There are projects for which funds are being raised by 
members, (namely, AchArya Ramanuja CD ROM, H.H Ahobila Mutt 600 th 
centenary Celebrations, Gadhyatrayam cassettes, etc.).- One can allocate 
a little of their earnings and contribute to celebrate AchAryAL 's 
Thirunakshthrams. That is bhAgawatha, bhagawath and AchArya kainkaryam. 
Just from your home, you can do all these kaimkaryams by such 
contributions.

3. Distribute articles: Whatever you know, or have in terms of books, 
private articles regarding Sri Vaishnava sampradayam, distribute among 
bhakthAs, who may not have time/resources to get them. Please take 
copies and distribute freely. If there is any interesting book that you 
have read, please send that info to the Group. (Like Sri Anand's 
SamasrayaNam, Bhakti & Prapatti, etc..) 

4. Hold Srivaishnava gatherings at home. Please call few families for a 
light snacks session, and discuss about Sri Ramanuja Siddhaantham/ our 
rich traditions, enjoy AzhwAr's pAsurams, Swami Desikan's slOkas 
meanings, Biography of AchAryALs, discuss the hot topic of Bhakti group 
even and share opinions, recite VishNu Sahasranaamam, etc.. -That will 
have an impression on our children's minds and they grow also as Sri 
vaishnavas. Let us try to attempt towards that track. 

5. Call your spouse, children and collectively recite few sthOthrams in 
front of the altar/Pooja room and prostrate on the ground, once in the 
morning, once before dinner and once before going to bed. (teach them 
few simple slOkAs, too)

6. At any cost, LET US NOT SKIP Sandhyaavandhanams. All the above five 
points can be skipped; But not this point please. (Again, your boy will 
do only if he sees you doing it now- )

May Divya Dampatis and AchArYAL bless us and shower Their grace to guide 
us.  

Please forgive me, if I sound hurting.

Swami Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
 
Narayana Narayana

Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan

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