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,
The audio link to the 51st part of the lecture by Adiyen on Sri Ramanuja’s bhashya on the Bhagavad Gita is as below – The meanings of the first ten verses from the 14th chapter are covered in this lecture.
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
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:
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.
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.
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:
After registration of the participants, a tasty breakfast was served to the kids and volunteers.
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.
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.
The kids were taught stotras of Swami Desika like Kamasikashtam, Paramarthastuti, Sudarshanashtakam etc.
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.
The boys performed Madhyahnikam under the guidance of Sri.E.S.Mukundan Swami.
Nice lunch was served – thanks to the sincere efforts of Smt.Ramya ably helped by Smt.Lakshmi and other volunteers.
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.
A group photo was taken with the Srikaryam Swami and Mukundan Swami being seated in the middle.
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.