Activities of Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya

NOTE ON ACTIVITIES OF SREE RAMANUJA VIDYALAYA SINCE INCEPTION

Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya has been functioning since the 26th of January 2018 on an informal basis. Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan, B.Sc, M.B.A., M.A, M.Phil, PhD (Sanskrit) and his wife Smt.Anusha Sreeram, B.Sc, M.Sc (IT), M.Music founded the Vidyalaya together to impart value based education to kids during pre and after school hours.

Dr.Sreeram has been teaching Stotras, Basics of Veda, Gita, Sanskrit, moral values and ethics through stories from puranans, itihasas and other sources. He has been mentoring the young minds by instilling self-confidence in them, building on their personality by improving on their listening, understanding, communication and other related skills.

The students are encouraged to speak on a weekly basis on some topic or narrate a story to train their thinking and communication skills. They are taught to think in multiple languages by helping them with the nuances.

Around 50 kids are learning Stotras, Sanskrit etc from Dr.Sreeram. A number of adults are also learning from him. He gives weekly lectures on topics like the Srimad Bhagavad Gita etc to quite a few adults who are interested to know the age-old wisdom that is contained in such texts.

The main idea in imparting such education is to make kids be rooted in tradition yet can adopt themselves to the changing times. They will grow up to be mentors themselves and would motivate their peers wherever they go to study or work.

Smt. Anusha has been teaching Indian classical music (carnatic) – vocal and instrumental (predominantly violin) to many children during their after school hours. There are around 30 students who are learning from Smt.Anusha.

Smt.Anusha gives lectures on music to equip her students with the theoretical knowledge that will complement their performance skills.

Besides offering the above classes and lectures, the Vidyalaya has been organising summer camps for kids to impart traditional knowledge and to make them morally, ethically and spiritually equipped to take on life as they grow up.

Opportunities are given to the kids to showcase their prowess in traditional areas of learning and classical arts. Competitions are also conducted to motivate them. This camp has been happening for two years now.

The Vidyalaya also conducts programs for adults on traditional rituals.

A Trust in the name Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya was formed on 26th July 2019 by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan (Managing Trustee), Dr. S.Padmanabhan (Trustee) and Sri. E.S.Mukundan (Trustee) with an idea to reach out to many more kids and adults and to run the classes on a full-fledged basis in a more organised manner. A fulltime modern patashala (for boys) combining Vedic education with modern education has been functioning since the 8th of October 2019. There are two full time students and three part time studnets. Some more full time students are expected to join in April 2020. Next step would to be to extend the patashala for girl children without compromising on the Sanatana dharma injunctions.

Planning is underway to rope in many professionals and teachers to impart education on a variety of topics including ancient Indian languages like Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada etc. A bank account has been opened in the name of the Trust and funds are being collected from noble minds. Dr.Sreeram can be contacted on +91 9940086253 and sreeramanujavidyalaya@gmail.com. The Vidyalaya has a website www.sreeramanuja.com that is in the process of being renovated.

Sri Dehaleesha Stuti – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Vamana transforming in to Trivikrama in the fingers of Sri Keshav

Sri Dehaleesha Stuti, consisting of 28 verses is a beautiful piece of poetry on Sri Dehaleesha, the presiding deity of Thirukovalur located on the scenic banks of Pennaiyaar. The right leg of the Emberumaan goes up to the space while his left leg is well placed on the earth. The usual places of his conch and discus are also interchanged. This is the kshetra wherein the Emberumaan rejoicing in the very close company of the first three Alwars – Poigai Alwar, Bhudat Alwar and Peyalwar, blessed them and made them sing the first three thiruvanthathis out of the unbound bhakti towards Him.

Besides narrating the scenic beauty of the place, the birth of Ganga, the coming together of the three Alwars on a rainy night in a dehali (threshold of a house) and the divine leela of Emberumaan with them, the transformation of Vamana in to Trivikrama etc, Desika very nicely discusses the aspects of prapatti and the outlook of a prapanna in general.

The meanings of the verses have been rendered in Tamil with a special focus on Sanskrit (to help beginners) and the recordings are shared in parts in the following links,

Introduction and the first six verses

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ARtgbP-RmlLqWUPoh4ESmAgg57TZEq3l

verses 7 to 12

https://drive.google.com/open?id=15eJ3Ml1jCZdXQYwdOvAHOQweFMd1cBJM

verses 13 to 18

https://drive.google.com/open?id=171KLheAbHpusj2bIKK-zilOdZjKSCd8v

verses 19 to 24

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AJ9r0dCupuC-MJ9zdNCP5cLIpjj2-nUW

verses 25 to 28

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AUA4JeQwPznYp89eGDFUTxMRM2UfMLAT

Acharya Krupa

Dasan

Sreeram.

Srimad Bhagavad Gita lecture 65 (final in the series) by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan Setlur

With the krupa of adiyen’s Kalakshepa Acharyan Paruthipattu Devanarvilagam Vangipuram Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar, the weekly lecture series of the Gita Bhashya of Bhagavad Ramanuja has been completed today (24-09-2019) that began sometime in the first week of November 2017.

In this lecture the meanings of the verses from 65th to the final (78th) verse have been covered. Also, the meanings of the verses from 23rd to the 32nd (final) of Gitartha Sangraha of Srimad Yamunacharya were also shared.

Participants of the lecure along with adiyen (plus Sri Ranganathan who took the photo)

The link to the audio recording of final session of lecture series is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1v-Khi56lmuD7e7VqWtEPnFMRMoMiQjmL

Srimate Ramanujaya namah

Dasan

Sreeram.

Upanyasam on Swami Desika’s Devaperumal Anubhavam @ Sri Desika Sabha, Mumbai

Adiyen being honoured by Sri U Ve Saranathachar Swami and Sri Govindachar Swami, Mumbai

It was adiyen’s atyanta bhagyam to have got the opportunity to render a three day upanyasam on Swami Desikan’s anubhavam of Devaperumal at Sri Desika Sabha, Mumbai. It was the krupa of adiyen’s acharyan Sri U Ve Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar and his elder brother Sri U.Ve.Saranathachariar that this opportunity came by. The recordings of the 2 hour a day – three day upanyasam is available in the following links.

Day 1 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mDZioyZOYsADivhOzkfWCCl9ZtnykJ1C

Day 2 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1mHrLTjhahhU5zC6Ngl6RRcdcfuWOSnLx

Day 3 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1fiHnDKw9Am7v6b5Me6j94lIYBiRIt-QX

Dasan

Sreeram