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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Mon Sep 20 1999 - 07:39:31 PDT
Dear BhaagavathAs : What a wondeful two days of sathsangam it has been this past weekend ! Srirangam came alive here and the majestic sound of AchArya Sookthis in general and those of Swami VedAntha Desikan in particular reverberated in the air and were echoed back by the ancient mountains of the Taconic and Palisade ranges .BhakthAs from Many states ( New York, New Jersey , Connecticut , Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Texas , Vermont , Maryland , Virginia , Pennsylvania et al ) were assembled . Many subha Sakunams (auspicious signs) were witnessed indicating the Sarvesvaran's sanklapam (that of the Supreme Lord resting at Srirangam ) to see to that His Temple will come into being in time for the 21st century as a special gift to us for the new millenium . AdiyEn is sure that the many BhakthAs who participated in this MahOthsavam have individual experiences to relate to about this Bhakthi-filled event of two days. AdiyEn requests them to share their experiences and post them for the benefit of other BhagavathAs , who could not be with us . The Dozen highlights of the meeting are: (1) On this sacred PurattAsi Sanik Kizhamai (PurattAsi Saturday dear to ThiruvenkatamudayAN), a magnificient and saampradhAyic (traditional)Thirumanjanam for Swami Desikan( an avathAram of the GhantA of Sri Venkatanaathan) , AchArya RaamAnujA , Sri RanganAthA , Sri RaamachandrA , Sri VeNu GopAlan, Sri Sudarsana-Narasimhan and Lord SrinivAsan was conducted to the acompaniment of Veda paarAyaNam and Divya prabhandham . The uthsava moorthys glowed with a special effulgence after their sacred bath .Sriman Poondi Vijaya Raaghavan , the President of RaamaanujA Mission blessed the ghOshti with a majestic voice leading the divya Prabhandham recital. The Veda paarAyanam was led by Sri Venkat Kanumalla , the Aaradhakar of the Sri RanganAthA Temple . (2) The release of the AchArya RaamAnujA CD ROM was released in front of Swami Desikan by AdiyEn and the first copy of the offically released CD ROM was presented to Sri Venakt Kanumallla for his untiring efforts to keep the Sri VaishNavA flame alive at Sri RanganAthA's Temple for all of the BhagavathAs representing many sampradhAyams .The development costs for this pioneering CD ROM project on AchAryA RaamAnujA as an educational project for the benefit of the GLOBAL Sri VaishNavA Community has been fully funded by Sri Ahobila Matam of North America . A vast amount of the life and works of Bhagaavth RaamAnujA and his SiddhAntham is covered here . Planned release of second volume will cover additonal material from His glorious life especially for the benefit of young Sri VaishNavAs including Questions and answers for the Younger generation . Approximately 200 BhakthAs have extended so far their valued support for this project thru financial support and they will all receive their copies once the reproduction is completed soon .Other BhakthAs interested in acquiring their own copies are requested to contact me (914-762-6690) or tru e-mail at the above address . (3) The third agenda item was the ofifcial release of the Volumes 4-6 of the Audio CD ROM of the SthOthrams of Swami Desikan by Sri Poondi Vijaya Raaghavan ,President of the RaamAnujA Mission of Virginia . The disciples of Srimath Andavan of PeriyAsramam have funded this project . The first three volumes were released in April,99 during Sri RaamAnuja Jayanthi at the Sri Balaji Temple at Bridgewater, NJ . Sriman Shyam Sunder Srinivasan and Sri VenakatanAthan SrinivAsan , two disciples of PeriyANDavan have recorded these 28 sthOthrams of Swami Desikan with their clear , mellifluent voices with great attention to correct Sanskritic pronunciations and stops . The whole project has been supervised brilliantly and executed effectively by Sriman Nadadur Madhavan of Sri Ramanuja Mission . The cover graphics designed by him are a treat to one's eyes ( Pictures of Divya desa EmperumAns and Swami Desikan).Please contact Sri Madhavan (Nadadur@erols.com ) or adiyen on details about acquisition of these invaluable CD ROMs to learn and recite the most auspicous sthOthrams of Swami Desikan starting from Sri HayagrIva SthOthram and concluding with Sri YathirAja sapthathi .The First copy of the Volumes 4-6 have been presented by Sri Poondi Vijaya Raghabvan to Sri Venkat Kanumalla in recognition of his many services to Sri vaishNavA Community . (4) The crowning event of the morning was the Special tele-upanyAsam by His Holiness, te 45th Jeeyar , Sri VaNN SatakOPa Sri NaarAyaNa Yathindhra MahA Desikan of Sri Ahobila Matam . H.H is staying now at ThiruvahIndhrapuram for his ChAthurmAsyam and his auspicious voice came over as amrutha mazhai (nourishing nectarine rain ) over the air waves few feet away from the ThirumALigai of Swami Desikan at ThiruvahIdhrapuram , where the great NigamAntha Desikan , the VedAnthAchAryan, the Sarva Tanthra Svathanthrar had spent 40 years of His 100 year old life on and off . Lord DevanAthan and Sri Hembjavalli of this divya desam and Swami Desikan in his ArchA form created by him and consecrated by his son , Sri Kumara VaradAchAr were hearing this upanyAsam (tribute to Swami Desikan's Vaibhavam ) as their own BhakthAs were hearing at Singapore and all over USA assembled at Pomona , NY and from Massachusetts to Hawaii. This special Tele-upanyAsam was heard on tnhe banks of both the Atlantic Oceaan and the Pacific Ocean .AdiyEn welcomes some one , who heard this UpanyAsam to summarize it for the benefit of others , who missed it . (5) After a lunch break, the afternoon sessions started with the welcome and introduction to the sessions by adiyEn covering the 5 tainyans for Swami Desikan .At the end of the recitaiton and explanation of the first Taniyan , it was wonderful to note that the Temple KainkaryaparALs carried the ArchA vigraham of Swami Desikan to the conference site. Freshly garlanded and with noothana vasthram , Swami Desikan radiated His divya Tejas and took His position as SabhA Naayakar to listen to the tributes paid to Him . (6) Sri MuraLi Kadambi of Lucent Corportaion was the first speaker in the afternoon . He brought forth the fine points about NyAsa Dasakam . This grantham is very important for us in so far as we recite it in our daily aarAdhanam .Additional information on NyAsa dasakam and saraNAgathi related sthOthrams of Swami Desikan ( NyAsa Vimsathi , Adaikkala Patthu , NyAsa Tilakam, SaraNAgathi Deepikai ) are archived in the Bhakthi and SaraNAgathi archives of 96-98 .AdiyEn has also created a special domain home page (http://desikan.homepage.com) for housing Swami Desikan's and other AchAryAs' works under one heading .That special domain will be populated on Swami Desikan's birthday that falls on PurattAsi Sravanam day ( September 21, Tuesday ) , which also happens to be an EkAdasi day and Vaamana Jayanthi day. AdiyEn will include postings pertinent to Swami Desikan including the prolific writings of Swami Desika Bhaktha Rathnam , Sri SrinivAsa RaghavAcchAr Swamy of Chennai .AdiyEn will also construct with the help of data base experts an index of postings available on the net regarding Swami Desikan's Sri Sookthis on the Bhakthi and saraNAgathi Archives .It will be wonderful to have the real audio of Srimath Azhagiya Singhar's UpanyAsam on Swami Desikan there coutesy of Sri Ahobila Matam . (7) Sriman Anbil Ramaswamy , the President of Swami Desika Darsana Sathsangham and the Publisher of SaraNAgathi Journal folowed next and addressed the audience on "Swami Desikan's NaicchAnusandhAnam and Saathvika AhankAram .With elaborate quotations from the many Sri Sookthis of Swami Desikan , Anbil Swamy demonstrated the dayA of Swami in pleading with the Divya dampathis on our behalf. Both Sri Shyaam Srinivasan and Sri Venkatanathan Srinivasan recited the appropriate slOkams cited by Anbil Swamin , one of the well known disciples of PoudarIkapuram Andavan Aasramam .He had so much outstanding material that had to be compressed unfortunately due to pressure of time . (8) Sri Sampath Rengarajan of Ford Motor Company , Michigan gave next a scintillating presentation on Swami Desikan's Tamil Prabhandhams and focused on one KuraL VeNNpaa of Desika Prabhandham from Rahasya padhavi/Amrutha Ranjani: moonRiloru moonRu mooviraNdu munnAnkum thOnRat tholayum Thuyar The essence of this KuRaLLVeNNpAa is : When One understands the meanings of the three rahasyams ( AshtAksharam,Dhvayam and Charama SlOkam ) and perform prapatthi ,SamsAra dukkham will be banished without fail . Sri Rengarajan , the Co-Chair of this conference expounded the subtle meanings of this powerful prabhandham . (9) Sri MuraLi Rangaswamy , an expert in antenna theory and dedicated sishyar of PoundarIkapuram Andavan homed in on the many beautiful messages enshrined in Swami Desikan's master piece , "DayA Sathakam ". With a careful choice of the many pertinent slOkams , Sri Rangaswamy celebrated the Sri Sookthi extolling the DayA Devi of ThiruvEnakta- mudayAn on His PurattAsi Saturday . (10)The final presentation for the day's sessions were by a devout Desika Bhakthar from Massachusetts , who focused on the mastery of the SaamAnya and VisEsha saasthrams by Swami Desikan before the age of 20 and the many celebrated incidents in Swami's life during his stays at Srirangam , Kaanchi and ThiruvahIndhrapuram . It was a fitting finale. (11) The days events were concluded with a recitation of the special sthOthram on Lord Achyutha DevanAthan of ThiruvahIndhrapuram by Swami Desikan in rare Prakruthis language. Not more than a handful in the world can recite this sthOthram in its entirety in PrAkrutham . Srimans ShyAm Srinivasan and VenkatanAthan SrinivAsan are among the select few .In this lalitha sambhAshaNam , Swami Sesikan takes on the role of Sri Venakata Naayaki and follows the path of ParAnkusa Naayaki and ParakAla Naayaki to reveal Her longing for the union with Her Lord Achyuthan . That was a beautiful recitation in front of Swami Desikan's ArchA Vigraham . (12) At the conclusion of the above sessions , many particpants travelled to the Sri RanganAthA temple site under construction and under the golden rays of the clear summer evening had the darsana SoubhAgyam of the majestic Archa Vigraham of Moolavar , periya perumAl reclining on His serpent bed on the Banks of Hudson River and in the middle of fertile forests and tall mountains . All of us climbed up the ladder next to have the darsanam of Para VaasudEvan and the authentically constructed PraNAvAkAra VimAnam by expert silpis from TamilnAdu headed by Sri Baapu . The glorious sight of Para VaasudEvan with PrayOga chakram and the most merciful glances is an image that will forever reside in one's mind .The PraNavAkAra VimAnam is surrounded by the dasavathAram statues exquisitely sculpted by Sri Bapu a la the dasAvathAram archais in the DasAvathAram temple constructed by Thirumangai AzhwAr at Srirangam . With Sri RanganAthan's grace ,adiyEn has no doubt that the Temple for Sri RanganAthA to grow further the spirtual aspirations of ALL SRI VAISHNAVAAS in USA will be realized in the year 2000 . I will cover the second day's events in a companion post . Let us not extend the discussions on " the Billion Dollar Questions " any further and rededicate ourself to live in harmony celebrating the Kuladhanams bequeathed to us by our AzhwArs and AchAryAs . AdiyEn will conclude this posting with two meaningful prayers reflecting the mood of Swami Desikan in this context : naasthi pithrArjitham kimchith na mayA kimchithArjitham asthi mE hasthisailAgrE Vasthu PaithAmaham Dhaanam --Sri VairAgya panchakam :slOkam 5 (meaning): My father did not leave behind any accumulated wealth. Neither did adiyEn accumulate any wealth.But , adiyEn has in my possession a great wealth accumulated and left behind by my grand sire, Lord BrahmA that stands on top of Hasthi Giri known as Sri VaradarAjan . maam madhIyam cha nikilam chethAchEthanAthmakam savkaimkaryOpakaraNam Varadha SvIkuru svayam --Sri NyAsa dasakam : SlOkam 7 (meaning): Oh Lord VaradhA!Please make adiyEn the instrument of Your Kaimkaryams and have those Kaimkaryams performed by adiyEn. Further , please use adiyEn's children , wife , other relatives as well as my house , gardens and other property for Your Kaimkaryam and accept them as instruments through Your own sankalpam . That is the essence of the sessions of the First day . Those who have taken the second mortages on their houses to support this temple constrcution and the Bhakthan , who travels every weekend 1000 miles round trip to perform the AarAdhanam and then supervise the Temple construction and the scores of BhagavathAs that contribute to accelerate the progress of the Sri RanganAthA Temple construction are the most laudable sevants of the Lord. AdiyEn prays for the dust from their feet to rest on my head ! Daasan , Oppilaippan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan Convener , Swami Desikan Thirunakshathrma Celebrations , 1999 .