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From: Sunil C. Karandikar (sunil.karandikar_at_msceb.com)
Date: Wed Sep 22 1999 - 06:34:59 PDT
SrI: Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha: Shrimate Ramanujaya Namaha: Shrimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namaha: SrimAn VenaktanAthArya: kavithArkika kEsarI! VedAnthAchArya varyO mE sannidhatthAM sadhA hrudhi! Dear bhagavathas, namo narayana. adiyen's pranamams. adiyen is extremely glad to inform all of you of our grand Thirunakshatram celebrations of Lord Thiruvenkatamudaiyan and our dearest acharya kavitarkika simham Swami Desikan at Bahrain. Incidentally this is our second anniversary for our Desikan satsangh. For the new members of the net here is a quick update: Desikan club/satsangh was started two years back by sri.Sudarshan (who is now in kuwait) and sri Chary and other like minded devotees. The purpose of this group is recite desika stotras on every sravanam thus enjoying the poetic brilliance and bakthi anubhavam of Swami desikan.This satsangh activities are continuing without break for the past 2 years and yesterday was the second anniversary. Satsangh activities are like oasis for the bhagavathas here in this desert and we long for any such gathering. The celebrations have started with recitation of pancha suktham and followed by desikan stotras Hayagriva stotram and Daya sathakam. This year also the celebrations have taken place at sri. chary swamin's residence and although it was a week day the hall was overflowing with desikan admirers. We have recited pallandu, amalanadhipiran , kanninun siruththambu and select verses of Thiruvoymozhi ( uyarvara uyarnalam (1.1), Ulagam unda peruvaaya (6.10) and muniyE nanmuganE (10.10) ).On desika prabandham we have recited Adaikkalappathu and prabandha saram. Sri Chary swamin has performed thiruvaradhanam for saligrama moorthys. It is a great treat to watch him performing thiruvaradhanam.The shraddha with which he offers argyam baadhyam etcc and his interaction with perumaL will make you feel that Sriman Narayana has descended from vaikuntam and accepting our offerings in person. It is so real! so real! We were in great ecstasy!! We had an elaborate sattrumurai for this special evening with various Upanishad passages, ithikasas like Ramayana,Bhagavat gita and from the four important granthas for srivaishnavas namely Sri bhashya, Gita bhashya, Srimad rahasya traya sara and Bhagavad vishayam. This is followed by usual prabhanda and desika prabandha pasurams. The sambhavana collection of this evening will be sent in for " Thiruvallur Veeraraghava perumaL pandiyan kondai kaimkaryam" and all the bhagavathas have generously contributed for this kaimkaryam. While still on the divine mood, prasadam was served which was prepared keeping ekadasi in mind. Sri Chary swamin who was on nirjala till that late (10.30PM) with all the hectic preparations, surprisingly did not show any sign of tiredness and he kept mingling with everyone of us. This could be certainly due to divine blessings of Lord Srinivasa and Swami desikan. Our desikan satsangh has grown in size over the couple of years. adiyen could see lot of new faces and every one is commited to keep this satsangh active with monthly gatherings. All the devotees in bahrain have one prayer to our dear Swami desikan: " Please bless us to continue this kaimkaryam and keep us amidst of bhagavathas all the time. Please guide and use all of us as instruments to spread our glorious sampradayam thus helping lots and lots of ignorant souls to overcome this samsara sagara and become prapannas to perform eternal kaimkaryam to Sriman narayana at his abode, vaikuntam." Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE! SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !! N.B:After the celebrations are over sri.Chary swamin broke the sad news of his decision to leave bahrain shortly. What a great loss it would be for the srivaishnavas here in bahrain. We have learnt a lot from him apart from recitation of desika stotrams. He was like a ready reckoner for all of us to clear our doubts on our sampradayam. He is a true srivaishnava in every sense, and a good example for us in following anushtanams.adiyen understands that he will settling down at madras and let this association continue over email. Sri.Chary swamin, we will be missing you a lot and shall seek your blessings to continue the desikan satsangh and other kaimkaryams here in bahrain and please pardon us for any of our inadvertant apacharams that might have been commited during our association. Azhagiyasinger tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam adiyen dasan, venkataraghava dasan.