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.

Sri Mahaveera Vaibhavam – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit and citations from Srimad Ramayana

Sri Raman with Sita Piratti, Ilayaperumal and Siriya thiruvadi at Thiruvendipuram

Sri Mahaveera Vaibhavam or Sri Raghuveera Gadyam is a prose-stuti or gadyakavya of Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan. Sampradaya says this stuti was composed by Sri Desika on the archa murti of Sri Rama of the divya kshetra Thiruvendipuram. Consisting of 94 churnikas the stuti begins with the words ‘jaya jaya mahavira’. Swami Desikan has himself named this stuti as Mahaveera vaibhavam vide the line ‘pathata mahaveera vaibhavam sudhiyah’ in the concluding verse of the work.

Adiyen, with whatever meagre knowledge in Sanskrit that has been acquired, has attempted to narrate the meanings of this wonderful piece of prose-poetry with special emphasis on the basics of Sanskrit.

The recordings are done in parts. The link to the audio file of the first part that contains the introduction and meanings of the first 19 churnikas is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Mkvn83oOMquFMYsVta7Vjpg-hMy0FjkB

The link to the audio file of the second part that contains the meanings of the choornikas from 20th to 36th is as below

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

The link to the audio file of the third part that contains the meanings of the choornikas from 37th to 54th is as below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1D_jycYrxdBLzLxqFAgEXvlBlsZjodMKo/view?usp=drivesdk

The link to the audio file of the fourth part that contains the meanings of the choornikas from 55th to 76th is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1KYMseJInj4hU9EpdWhw685Cat_Bf4byW

The link to the audio file of the final part that contains the meanings of the choornikas from 77th to 94th (the last) and the two slokas thereafter is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HotynXxoDuhUz4M8lVBfb9zCcFb10T6F

Please find below the YouTube link to adiyen’s recitation of Sri Mahavira Vaibhavam

Adiyen’s recitation of Sri Mahaveera Vaibhavam

DAsan

Sreeram.

Srimad-Rahasyatraya-Sara-adhikara-namavali – a metrical composition

Swami Desika – a pencil sketch by adiyen

Srimad Rahasyatraya Sara, considered to be the magnum opus of Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan, is a comprehensive work in manipravala, a mix of Sanskrit and Tamil, and is about the three rahasyas or mantras that are very central to the philosophy of Vishishtadvaita. There are 32 adhikaras or chapters in this work. Adiyen was requested by a bhagavata to compose a metrical work mentioning the names of those 32 adhikaras in anushthup metre (sloka metre) so that bhagavatas can easily memorise and remember them. There should be a work available already in this regard already composed by our poorvacharyas. Adiyen has also done one, whatever be its worth. The link to the document is as below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IclyoR1cFZANGRVBK7uk4JhbDnnFacNh

DAsan

Sreeram.

Sri Gopala Vimshati – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Sri Gopala Vimshati is one of the 28 stotras composed by Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan. It has twenty one verses in all, the last one being the phalastuti. In the 20 mellifluous verses, Desikan brings out his anubhava of the beautiful form of the naughty Balakrishna that are rich in sabda alankara as well.

The link to the consolidated audio file of the introduction and the first seven verses is as below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-sH0zIm4Kan-bDZ3mWOSJiQpVHR-T5nL

The link to the consolidated audio file of the next 7 verses – from the 8th to 14th is as below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1chCHnkRzRL-SUEhMs-fv5sinHF1v9KAp

The link to the consolidated audio file of the last 7 verses – from the 15th to 21st is as below.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1A5cqWKUsnxArphV9tvErL85gyJobe0lN

Dasan

Sreeram.

Sri Bhustuti – meaning with emphasis on Sanskrit

Sri Bhustuti is a stotra in Sanskrit  by Vedanta Desika on Bhudevi or Bhumi piraatti as we hail her, who is one of the consorts of Emberumaan. It has 33 verses in all, most of them in the famous vasantatilaka vrtta or metre.

Referring to a few commentaries Adiyen has given the meaning of the verses in Tamil stressing upon the basics of Sanskrit that are required to enjoy the verse from a language perspective. The anvaya or prose order of the verse and the vibhakti or case endings of the words deployed in the verse are shared in the audio recordings.

The audio recording of the first part that covers introduction and the first 6 verses is as below.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hgoz07kRct3pV94zKp8wKZPzPCxajXj4/view?usp=drivesdk

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 7 to 12 is available in the link below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17u2BtNTLB5S6tppbATzKrOsQNUhN9OsZ/view?usp=drivesdk

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 13 to 18 is available in the link below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ET1dSTJoeOE7s4ZV0JLy_ErGgqVfHVNN/view?usp=drivesdk

The audio recording of the meanings of verses from 19 to 25 is available in the link below

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w0YhQ-r3YwjrST88_MW_rxPK6v6kCcZF/view?usp=drivesdk

The audio recording of the meanings of last set of verses from 26 to 33 is available  in the link below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ezcZW_JBK7a-vaCe-OPNI2FuxSA-LCDb

Dasan

Sreeram

 

 

Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya’s Summer camp for kids – 21st and 22nd of May 2018 – an update

Namaste to all,

Group photo of the participants of Summer camp with Srikaryam Swami of Srimad Andavan Ashram and Sri E.S.Mukundan Swami, convener of the camp

Adiyen is very much pleased to share that with the grace of the divya dampati and acharyas, a two day summer camp for kids on ‘sampradaya’ was successfully organised by ‘Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya‘ at the ‘Samrakshana Yoga Kendra’, R.A.Puram on the 21st and 22nd of May 2018 with an overwhelming participation from all quarters! Adiyen wishes to offer pranams and dhanyavadas to Smt & Sri E.S. Mukundan Swami and his excellent team, the kids, their parents, sponsors and volunteers. There were 35 wonderful kids in all who participated in the two day camp.

A brief account of the activities of the camp is as follows:

  1. After registration of the participants, a tasty breakfast was served to the kids and volunteers.
  2. After the breakfast the program began at 9 am. Sow.Hiranmayee Sreeram sang a prayer and it was followed by a welcome  address by adiyen. The link to the video is as below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14ZyAyYVOZCGx_cvsyTYKA3wMeMA8UHRo
  3. Sri U.Ve. E.S.Mukundan Swami, adiyen’s guru, gave his welcome address to the kids and gave an overview about the activities of the camp.

    Sri.E.S.Mukundan addressing the kids

    He divided the kids in to groups that were mentored by Sri.Mukundan Swami, Smt.Rama Mukundan, Chi.Prasanna Venkatesan, Chi.Aniruddhan, Smt.Divya and Smt.Radhika (the last four being students of Swami). Smt.Poornima Shyam also volunteered and guided the kids in story telling and skit presentation.

  4. The kids were taught stotras of Swami Desika like Kamasikashtam, Paramarthastuti, Sudarshanashtakam etc.

    One of the groups mentored by Smt.Rama Mukundan
  5. The mentors narrated incidents from Swami Desika’s life and the kids had to tell them in their own words individually. The link to the videos of some story telling session is as below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oZwwrQ6iHrO_rP5I3NFCmDWOVzlcsxkn    https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lV3430i-FARzS8sCtMuK8ZAtQ5hesP_4  The kids had to enact skits on some of the incidents from the life  of Swami Desika. The links to some of the skits is as below:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sZ1IkiTid4wmWz6hMfNnLmE5vzhMkDah https://drive.google.com/open?id=1tdWHUrNJ290hpfpcTqj9Imef4w9laoWA
  6. Sri E S Mukundan Swami personally mentoring adolescent kids

    Sri E.S.Mukundan Swami personally mentored kids who were above 13 years of age on the nuances of life considering their adolescent age. Some of the points that he covered in an one hour plus talk were  – ‘what should be their priorities of life, how to handle difference in opinion with parents, how to convince parents in such situations, at other times give in to parents by understanding their situation, gratitude towards parents for all the difficulties, struggle they go thru for kids, how to interact with between friends from other gender, where to set the limits in friendship, not to get carried away by wrong ideas, not to succumb to peer pressure, keeping up the pride and respect of parents at all times , etc.

  7. Madhyahnikam

    The boys performed Madhyahnikam under the guidance of Sri.E.S.Mukundan Swami.

  8. Nice lunch was served – thanks to the sincere efforts of Smt.Ramya ably helped by Smt.Lakshmi and other volunteers.
  9. Srikaryam Swami of Srimad Andavan Ashramam giving his anugraha bhashanam

    After lunch the Srikaryam Swami of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashram, Sri.U.Ve.Vaduvur Veeraraghavachar, gave an anugraha bhashanam to the kids and interacted with them.

  10. A group photo was taken with the Srikaryam Swami and Mukundan Swami being seated in the middle.
  11. The kids were asked to write ‘rama-nama’ during their free hours in the camp and the kid who wrote maximum rama-nama-s was congratulated specially.
  12. In the afternoon the stotra learning was continued and the evening was wonderfully spent with bhajans. A short video of the bhajans is as below.  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1jrYS4RRpgkaAa69uEFltD_vU5tZuQQGB https://drive.google.com/open?id=1O8_OCoOp1cMUtXnaXFq6lnpfSUi2KRze https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hZ74pZbkWixIV8JDdDxQXyhifjpU2P6-
  13. After the bhajans there was a dance performance by students of Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya – a complete in-house production of our vidyalaya. Song written by adiyen, set to music and sung by Smt.Anusha, adiyen’s dharmapatni, accompanied on the violin by our daughter, Sow.Hiranmayee, and choreographed and performed by Sow.Padmasani, Sow.Pooja, Sow.Deekshita and Sow.Pavithra. The link is pasted below.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/12oNuAO29jEGo4ZOYw32pUqSoq5gItj3-/view?usp=drivesdk
  14. The boys performed saayam-sandhyavandanam under the guidance of Sri.E.S.Mukundan Swami.
  15. Games time

    Some games were played to break the monotony and the kids enjoyed it.

  16. Dinner was served at the camp and the kids returned home around 8 pm and arrived at around 8 am for a delivious breakfast.
  17. The activities were repeated on the next day in a more or less same fashion.
  18. Towards the end of 22nd May the kids gave group recitation of the stotras learnt. The link to the video is as below: https://drive.google.com/open?id=13MxT7PMOPUxzlpYVUJDkh9MAzR4U0bxV
  19. A valedictory function was organised to give away mementos to the mentors, sponsors and volunteers. The kids were given a certificate of participation along with a jute bag. The link to a short video is as below  https://drive.google.com/open?id=16cfIgdlS1YEAzpReGBFv4mY5N56myzYu https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sSazSrVjrevsmUpJA1ipKcLfVX180tzD
  20. Sow.Vibha gave her feedback about the camp in an excellent manner. The link to the video is pasted below.  https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1Tr8p97APNrwF4OuP0zlT33PGNZjWkTva
  21. A sumptuous meal was then arranged for everyone.
  22. The camp was enjoyed by one and all and a request has been places to repeat it every year.
  23. Two of the youngest participants reveling in their company

    Two of the youngest participants enjoying their company during the camp.

  24. Rest of the photos can be viewed in the below link:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1yNpvorFX8nAGxBRT41IEIfK6FA1Rv5U6
  25. This camp was made possible by the kindness of many many noble souls. Adiyen’s anathakoti pranams to them.

Daasan

Sreeram.