Srimad Bhagavad Gita lecture 55 by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan Setlur

The audio link to the 55th part of the lecture by Adiyen on Sri Ramanuja’s bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita is as below – A recap to the introduction and
meaning of the 1st ten verses of the 15th chapter was given and the meanings of the verses from the 11th until the end of the chapter are covered in this lecture.

The link is as below:



Srimad Bhagavad Gita lecture 54 by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan Setlur

The audio link to the 54th part of the lecture by Adiyen on Sri Ramanuja’s bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita is as below – The introduction to the 15th chapter and the meaning of its 1st verse was revised and the meanings of the verses until the 10th of the 15th chapter are all are covered in this lecture.

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Srimad Bhagavad Gita lecture 53 by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan Setlur

The audio link to the 53rd part of the lecture by Adiyen on Sri Ramanuja’s bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita is as below – The meanings of the 7 verses from the 21st until the 27th from the 14th chapter, the introduction to the 15th chapter and the meaning of its 1st verse are all are covered in this lecture.

The link is as below:



Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi Upanyasam @ Secunderabad

Adiyen had the opportunity to render a 9 day upanyasam @ Keyes High School, West Marredpally, Secunderabad. Sri Desika Sabha, Secunderabad had organised the upanyasam and adiyen extends anantha koti dhanyavathangal to the Sabha – especially to Sri Navalpakkam Seshadri Swami who had approached adiyen with the opportunity (Sri Navalpakkam Vasudevachar gracefully recommended adiyen’s name; adiyen’s anatha koti dhanyavathangal to him).

The audio recordings were uploaded to YouTube by Sri Veeravalli Raghunathan Swami (US). Adiyen’s anatha koti dhanyavathangal to that Swami as well for his self-less kainkarya to the srivaishnava sampradaya at large.

Adiyen was overwhelmed by the hospitality extended by the Srivaishnavas of Bhagyanagaram (Secunderabad). My namaskarams to them (especially to Smt and Sri Vasupradha Ranganathan dampati and their son Dharaneedharan for hosting adiyen during the stay)

the link to the youtube videos is given as below:

Emberumanaar darshanam was the topic for first three days, Sri Yatiraja Vaibhavam for the next three days and Sri Ramanuja Nootrantathi along with Sri Yatiraja Saptati for the remaining days.



Upanyasam on Amrtaasvaadini rahasyangal @ Sri Poundareekapuram Andavan Ashram, Srirangam by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan on 27-04-2019

It was sheer grace of Acharyas that adiyen was commanded by H.H.Poundareekapuram Andavan (Paravakkottai Chinnandavan) to render an upanyasam on Amrtaasvaadini rahasyangal on Sri Nigamanta Mahadesikan on the 27th of April 2019. With the training and blessings of adiyen’s kalakshepa acharyan Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar (Srikaryam, Sri Ahobila mutt), the upanyasam went off well at the Ashram of H.H.Srimad Andavan which was followed by a splendid darshan of Rangarajan on Hamsa vahanam! Adiyen’s Mahabhagyam. The upanyasam gave adiyen an opportunity to learn something.

H.H.Srimad Andavan gracefully sat through the entire upanyasam

The link to the recorded audio of the upanyasam is as below




Violin concert by students of Smt.Anusha Sreeram as part of Sri Rama navami celebrations

Smt.Uma Ganesh and Sri Ganesh were generous enough to offer their premises for a violin concert by students of Smt.Anusha Sreeram as part of Sri Rama navami celebrations on the evening of 13th April 2019. Chi.Pradyuth, their son, is a student of Smt.Anusha Sreeram and he was also part of the performing team.

Guru and her disciples

Please find below an account of the event. The YouTube link is shared below the write up.

The following students of Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya performed in the concert.

  • Shrivats Gopal
  • Shreyaas Sanjeev
  • Sivasubramanian S
  • Nithyashree S
  • Srinidhi Pennathur
  • Hiranmayee Sreeram
  • Pradyut G and
  • Priyanka Haresh

The programme began with the vasantha varnam – ‘Ninnukori’ composed by Sri Thachur Singrarachari in Aadhi Thaalam. This was followed by an invocation in Hamsathvani Ragam – ‘Vinayaka Ninnu’ composed by E.V.Ramakrishna Bhagavadhar in Aadhi Thaalam.

The next one was ‘Teleserama’ in Poorna chandrika Ragam – In this keertana Sri Sadguru Thyagaraja commands the Manas to chant the divine Rama Nama which is the only way to get rid of pains and vains.

a happy Guru

A Thematic Presentation ”EKAIKA RAGA KRITIS FOR OUR EKA PATNI VRATAN” followed next. on some of the ekaika raga kritis composed by Thyagaraja on Rama.

First was the song Meluko Vaiyya , Bowli Raga where in, Rama is woken up by Tyagaraja to protect his creation.

Second was ‘Manasa etulorthune’ in Malayamarutham Raga in which Tyagaraja  advises the Manas to chant the Taraka Nama to escape from the Dwigunas (Rajas, Tamas)

a cross section of the audience

Third was ‘Manavyalakincharadhate’ in Nalinakanthi in which Thyagaraja emphasises that rather than drowning in the sorrow of Karma, he yet again commands his Manas to concentrate on the Divine Human Form, the Ramaavatara.

Fourth is the one in which, being fed up with the manas which is still naive, Thyagaraja in ‘Aada Modi GAlade’ in Charukesi raga expresses his displeasure as Rama doesn’t respond to his calls as he is no where near Hanuman, the true Rama Bhaktha

a cross section of performers

In the next song, ‘Bantu Reethi Golu’, in Hamsanaadham raga, Thyagaraja pleads Rama to accept him as his Sevaka.

‘MARUGELARA’ in Jayantha Sri Ragam, Deshadhi Thalam was the next. In this Thyagaraja pleads with Rama to come out of his hidden form. He stresses that he will never worship any other divine form other than Raghava.

The concert was concluded with mangalam in Sourashtra Ragam.

The primary aim of organising this concert is to let the students have a feel of performing before an audience. There are definitely many areas of improvement in the way these budding artistes have run their fingers and bows on one of the most challenging instruments of music. We welcome any kind of constructive feedback.

after the concert



Vidvan Aashukavi Sriman U.Ve.Meyyur Narasimhachari – an interview by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan

Sriman U.Ve. Meyyur Narasimhachari

The karma of some of us is linked and that is why we are attracted to some people without a reason even. Otherwise how, myself, a reserved face to strangers would have been attracted to the 86 years old Sriman Meyyur Narasimhachari, the elderly Srivaishnava who goes about his daily visit to the Sri Vedanta Desika Devasthanam, Mylapore in a very quiet manner? The attraction was mutual, I should say. Once my Guru and mentor Dr.S.Padmanabhan introduced us to each other. From then on the hoarse or gravelly voiced would stop and enquire ‘Enna Sreeraman! Sowkyama irukkera?’. He would often handout a piece of paper that would contain some verses in Tamil neatly handwritten and photocopied. The verses would be on Lord Srinivasa or Swami Vedanta Desikan or other acharyas. I would wonder how many would even read them in full, forget about appreciating it. Ofcourse I would run through it quickly and pass on my acknowledgement and appreciation to the blessed poet – He began writing only after retirement with the grace of Lord Hayagreeva – in his own words.

The blessed dampati

The dampati, should have been married for atleast 65 years) are an excellent example of how a married couple should live, especially to the younger couples of modern times who find it a challenge to get along even quite early. Listen to the words of Smt. Vijayalakshmi at the end of the audio file (given at the end of this article) wherein she speaks proudly about her understanding husband! (Her voice is a bit feeble though)

When I was waiting in the hall of the typical agrahara house with a mittham etc the attention of my eyes was grabbed by this picture of Padmavathi Thayar. I assumed it was a photograph and moved on to the next object. Only when the Swami said that it was his painting that was done some 50 years ago I was amazed! Narayana! can this be a painting? I assumed it was a photograph! What a talent! He has painted Swami Desikan also! (see below)

Sometimes when Emberuman chooses to bestow his grace on someone he does not limit it at all. Please see the art work that he has done in soap pieces that we would use to only take bath! As typical of him he has gifted them all but these three – matsya, kurma and a bhanjika. He is so unassuming and casual about his talents! Once in his office days his piece of ingenuity won him the first place in an art exhibition! Alas! those were the days sans technology! Else we could have saved so many things for posterity!

Swami Desikan reincarnated in archa form with the wonderful fingers of this Swami, keeps blessing him daily!

This Swami has composed about 300 poems in Sanskrit in different vrttas, around 3500 verses in Tamil, about 120 songs in Tamil that can be set to music (some of them have been set to music and performed in the past). He has completed the grantha-chatushtaya kalakshepam (all after retirement).

Swami seeing me off after the interview

Having so many compositions in his forte he is a gifted sishya who has been extolled by his Acharya, who is no ordinary scholar, but mahamahopadhyaya, mahavidvan Perukaranai Chakravarti Swami in his forewords to Swami’s books ‘Thirumayilaith Thirumal Shathakam’ (100 pasurams) and ‘Thiruvinnagar Pamalai’ (273 pasurams).

H.H.Poundareekapuram Anadavan has also rendered his srimukham to the latter book. He has published his carnatic compositions in two parts under the title ‘Gaanasudharnavam’. He has composed 3000 pasurams about various divyadesa perumals. He recited some of his pasurams with his childlike enthusiasm for the delight of the listeners.

‘khyatilaabhapoojaasu vimukho vaishnava janah’ – It would not be an exaggeration to praise this bhagavatottama with the above words! He has been writing so much without an eye on any recognition! He continues to write still, photocopy it and shares it with like minded bhagavatas! Adiyen could only express a wish that adiyen would arrange through someone to have all his compositions typed atleast to present them through a blog or website!! I wish someone takes up this contemporary poet’s compositions for some research work!

Swami is being honoured before the interview

The link to the audio file of the interview is

It is really high time this Swami gets recognised for his contribution to Tamil and Sanskrit poetry.



Srimad Bhagavad Gita lecture 50 by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan Setlur

The audio link to the 50th part of the lecture by Adiyen on Sri Ramanuja’s bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita is as below – The meanings of the verses from 21st until the end of the 13th chapter are covered in this lecture. The next lecture will happen on the first Tuesday of June 2019.

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