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.
The meanings of the verses of Sri Hayagreeva stotram, composed by Sri Nigamantha Desikan, has been rendered by adiyen in Tamil with a special focus on sharing the basics of Sanskrit. The recording is made available in four parts.
The link to the audio of first 6 slokas is as below:
The ‘Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam’ which was composed by adiyen and shared earlier has now been set to music – composed and sung by Smt.Anusha Sreeram, accompanied on the violin by Sow.Hiranmayee Sreeram (our daughter). To suit the composition which is a pancaratnam, five ragas have been chosen. The ragas are suddha saveri, revathi, brindavani, valaji and hamsanadam – all five being audava ragas – ragas that have five notes!
Dedicated to the divine thiruvadi of Kavitarkikasimham literally during our visit to Satyagala. My wife and daughter sang at the sannidhi of Swami Desika at Satyagala on 25th of April 2018. This picture is of the peepul tree (perhaps not the same tree, may be a new one planted in its place or an offshoot of the old one) on the banks of Kaveri under which Swami Desika is said to have done tapas during his 12 year stay in Satyagala.
Adiyen, with pen names Nakula and Mukunda Padmanabha Dasa, has composed a poem titled ‘Sri Vedanta Desika Stotra Pancaratnam‘ that mentions the names of all the 28 stotras composed by Swami Desika. This follows the order as given in the book published by LIFCO. All the 28 names can be found, but in most places the names appear in an indirect manner in the poem. This is partly due to the limitations of rules of prosody and partly due to adiyen’s limited intellect as well. The chandas or meter of the poem is same as the famous one on Vinayaka – ‘mudaakaraatta modakam‘, made famous by M.S’s singing. Aidyen’s other compositions are made available in https://nakulasya-sughosha.blogspot.in/
Feedback on mistakes welcome!
This is only a first draft and I shall be revising it based on feedback and as and when adiyen’s pratibha improves!
The stuti is available in Tamil script in the link below. Meaning of the stuti in Tamil is also given verse by verse.
Sri Vairagyapancakam, a stuti of 6 verses, is a composition of Swami Nigamantha Mahadesika. Swami declares in this verse that his only wealth is Lord Varadaraja of Kanchi, acquired by Pitamaha (grandfather or Lord Brahma) and that neither he nor his father have accumulated any material wealth. The stuti seems to be a retort to an invitation to Swami, who was living a life of renunciation by choice, by one of his childhood friends to decorate the court of a famous King and be happy materialistically instead.
The link to the audio file which gives the rendition of meaning of Vairagyapanchakam by adiyen with special emphasis on Sanskrit is as below:
The meaning of the stotra Sri Sudarsanashtakam, a composition by Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan on the glorious discus or Cakra or Sudarshana, foremost weapon of Emberumaan is rendered in the audio file whose link is given below. Some sources declare Sri Sudarshana or Cakkarathalwar to be an embodiment of Emberumaan Himself.