Upanyasam on ‘Sugreeva Saranagati’

Adiyen got an opportunity to render an upanyasam on the topic ‘Sugreeva Saranagati’ @ Sri Erikatha Ramar Sannidhi, Madurantakam on 23rd March 2018 during Sri Rama navami utsavam. It gave me an opportunity to go through the excellent commentary on Srimad Valmiki Ramayana – ‘Ramayana-bhushana’- by one Sri Govindacharya. This commentary is also known as Govindarajiyam. I have tried my best to collate some inputs from Abhayapradanasaram also.

The link to the upanyasam is as below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1qa59psL_dAQRLDqCwq7axg5cqq8XYp5V

Srimate Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikaya namaH

श्रीमते श्रीरङ्गनाथपरब्रह्मणे नमः

श्रीमते रङ्गरामानुजाय महादेशिकाय नमः

परमपदकैङ्कर्यपदवीं प्राप्ताः ह्यः अस्माकम् आचार्यवर्याः श्रीरङ्गं श्रीमदाण्डवन् स्वामिनः श्री रङ्गरामानुजमहादेशिकाः अतीव कुशाग्रमतिमन्तः एवं परमकृपालवः सन्तः गतेषु एकोनत्रिंशद्वर्षेषु बहून् शिष्यान् सप्रियं शासितवन्तः । बहुभाषाप्रवीणाः सन्तः स्वीयहास्यभावेनापि सर्वान् अपि आकृष्टवन्तः । यद्यपि तेषां सन्निधौ सम्यक् परिचितः नासं  तथापि महाभाग्यमेकं प्राप्तवानहमिति विषयः महते प्रमोदाय कल्पते । किमिति चेत् हेमलम्ब वर्षे आषाढमासे यदा आचार्याः श्रीभूतपुर्यां सुनिर्मिते नूतने आश्रमे एकान्ताः आसन् तदा मन्मन्दमत्या आचार्यविषये द्वादशपद्यानि रचयित्वा तेषां सन्निधौ सविनयं समर्पितवान् । मम गुरुवर्याः श्रीमुकुन्दाचार्याः अपि तत्रैव आसीत् तस्मिन् समये । आचार्याः पद्यानि पूर्णतया पठित्वा आमोदितवन्तः इति विषयः महते प्रमोदाय कल्पमानः अस्ति मे । सार्थानां पद्यानां जालसङ्केतः अत्र एव दीयते । पठित्वा सर्वेपि मोदन्तु –

http://nakulasya-sughosha.blogspot.in/2017/09/acharya-stuti-malika-on-hh-srimadh.html

Seminar paper on Isvara tattva

An astika is someone who believes in the existence of God and a nastika is one who does not. This is the common man’s understanding about the terms astika and nastika. If this basis were to be applied to the दर्शन- darshanas (systems of philosophy) some of the astika darshanas like Sankhya would not qualify as astika darshana as they do not conceive of a principle called Isvara or God. They are able to account for the existence of the manifested world comprising of Sentient and non Sentient beings with merely two principles – प्रकृति and पुरुष (Prakrti and Purusha). So from the view point of philosophy the mere acceptance of existence of a permanent atma and non refutation of the Vedas can said to be basis for the classification of astika and nastika darshanas. This article, which was presented in a seminar at Madurantakam Patashala sometime in 2014, briefly discusses how each astika school (Nyaya, Vaiseshika, Sankhya, Yoga, Mimamsa and Vedanta) defines the Isvara tattva.

The link to the article is is https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5TNRFElGMV1UFVvajNpYkRsLXZWMjFXbDNia05GMnBDdjVr

Research article on Lord Vamana

In the year 2005, I presented a research paper on Lord Vamana in a 2 day National Seminar on “LORD VAAMANA in Art, Literature, & Religion” held at Mysore during 23-24 March 2015. The paper was titled “Lord Vamana in the Bhagavata Purana”. This paper brings out the meaning of the word Vamana – it does not mean a dwarf – and also details how the Bhagavata Purana glorifies the avatara as such. The link to the paper is as below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ksIn8kR6DqSOFRghl-shKCtloXrJA1Np

 

About Sree-Ramanuja-Vidyalaya

Stotra class is in progress

Adiyen (Dr Sreeram Jaganathan) has been teaching (santhai ) the stotras of Swami Desika at home for more than a year now. With the blessings of Lord Hayagreeva and Swami Desika and my Gurus Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar, Srikaryam Swami, Sri Ahobila mutt, and Sri E.S.Mukundachariar of Secunderabad, Sree-Ramanuja-Vidyalaya was inaugurated at our gruham on the 26th of January 2018. The focus of the Vidyalaya is two fold – one is to teach Sanskrit, Stotras, Prabandham and Sampradaya (by adiyen), and Carnatic music (vocal and violin by Smt Anusha Sreeram, adiyen’s dharmapatni).

Though we have been teaching for sometime without any banner or name, the idea of starting Sree-Ramanuja-Vidyalaya occurred sometime last year. It was formally inaugurated by Adiyen’s Guru Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar with his address to the kids. The Kids recited Sri Goda Stuti as a ghoshti and obtained his blessings. The kids who won the competition on Sri Goda Stuti, which was conducted by adiyen earlier, received their prizes from the Srikaryam Swami.

The link to the address of Srikaryam Swami is – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1n_8N8zHedc9TVQV36ha0yu-OZIP7R1pj

The link to the recitation of Sri Godastuti by the students as a Ghoshti is –

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dwQJyG8NOpxeA7RWEQYxrf6qd4vExw_U

My daughter and wife sung two pasurams from Tiruvoimozhi during the inauguration. The link to the audio file is https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5TNRFElGMV1NktyNFMwdV9ZdW5sbkt6SDlCUlVSOWVTWkdN

A highlevel overview on darshanas in general

The Indian systems of philosophy are called as darshana – दर्शनम् in Sanskrit. The usual explanation given to the term darshana is दृश्यते अनेन इति दर्शनम् – The tattvas or principles of truth are seen or known through them, hence they are called darshanas. The eye and mirror are also called as darshanam in an ordinary sense as we see or know things through them. In this very short lecture, given to my students, a very high level overview of the astika (orthodox) and nastika (heterodox) darshanas is given with a special emphasis on Visistadvaita. The link to the lecture is – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5TNRFElGMV1VGp2ZXZOblFsRGc