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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Tue Aug 31 1999 - 17:29:00 PDT
Dear Bhaktas, As many of you know, the present Jeeyar (Azhagiya Singar) of Sri Ahobila Matham, Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikan, is giving a series of lectures via telephone teleconference. The present series is on Madhurakavi Alvar's "kanni-nun-ciruttaambu". There have been several of these upanyAsams, but I only heard my first one last Saturday. Let me tell you, it was *outstanding*, and those of you who know me know that praise is not something I give easily. Srimad Azhagiya Singar explains every word in great detail (the last upanyAsam covered just half of one paasuram), following the purvaachaarya commentaries and adding explanatory remarks and anubhavams of his own. His style is very easy to follow and brings out many nuances of meaning in the text. If you can understand Tamil and are interested in a lecture from a scholar-acharya steeped in our tradition, you should definitely listen to Srimad Azhagiya Singar's lectures. This month, one lecture a week is planned, and I encourage all who can follow Tamil to listen in. Sri Azhagiya Singar is an enthusiastic speaker and encourages questions from all at the end. Interested members should contact P. Dileepan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mani P.S. It is also helpful if seriously interested members have the text of the commentaries at their disposal. For those who have the book, the Swami mainly follows the commentary of Azhagiya Manavaala Perumaal Naayanaar, though he frequently intersperses the explanations of other acharyas.