Vidvan Sri.T.E.S.Raghavan – an interview by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan

Vidvan Sri,T.E.S.Raghavan
The Editor paying his respect to Sri Raghavan Swami

Ever since adiyen took up the role of The Editor for the English Spiritual magazine Vainavan Kural, there was a desire to interview some of the Srivaishnavites who are rendering or have rendered service in the fields of Temple Kainkarya, Sampradaya, Academics etc.  Today (11-03-19) I had the opportunity to  visit Vidvan Sri.T.E.S.Raghavan, 89 years old, living at No.1, Hanumanta rayar koil Street, Triplicane, Chennai -5. His brother Sri.Narasihman and his daughter-in-law were present during the interview and they were kind enough to share some anecdotes and information about the author.

It was a very interesting experience to have met this nonagenarian (well almost) and I was amazed at his scholarship and energy.

Fecilitated by H.E.Sri Rosiah, ex-Governor of Tamilnadu
Sri Raghavan Swami with his brother Sri Narasimhan

The feeling about the absence of recognition and money in the careers of those who pursue literary aspirations was very much evident in the voice of the elderly Srivaishnavite. Art forms are hardly recognised and appreciated, and  literary art is the least appreciated and recognised form of all arts. As a writer myself, I can empathise with the elderly author.

Sri.Narasimhan, the author’s brother shared some interesting information about their ancestors and spoke very encouragingly about his elder brother. The audios of the interview, sharing of anecdotes are all shared below. The author needs to be recognised for his contribution to the Hindi Sahitya especially for his translation of the entire Thirukkural in to Hindi.

H.E.Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam’s letter of appreciation

He has written a doha each for all the 1330 Thirukkurals besides rendering their meanings in Hindi. H.E.Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-President of India has appreciated the author’s effort with his kind hand written words.

Sri Raghavan, who has translated some of the stotras of Sri Vedanta Desika in to Hindi (these have been published in the past by TTD in their journals), has also attempted to write some dohas on the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam but due to his age, he has left them incomplete. Those who are interested to buy his book on Thirukkural can do so by contacting his daugter-in-law at 044-28442126.

recording of Interview with the author is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1f0MszMZGaUh7FCOPV8BbIv641QbW-yQb

The author happily rendered a subhashita before the author left and its recording is

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PalMeH4nuJFSlgO4vhmIGQN5ZS4762Sp

recording of Sri Narasimhan talking about his brother

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1huvdLRu-0CI7G66FmvFF5x7LA6FUPT7I

recording of Sri Narasimhan talking about his grandfather

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18Kz1Q0RleIbGzbp_e_xB-17M-9K1AC3Y

The excerpts from this interview will be published in the March edition of Vainavan kural – English version.

Dasan,

Sreeram.

Upanyasam on Virataparva by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan @ Choolaimedu Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Temple

Adiyen is indebted to Sriman.Srikant Sampathkumar of Choolaimedu for giving an opportunity to render an upanyasam on the topic ‘Virataparva’ on 10th of March 2019 between 4.30 pm and 6 pm @ Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal koil on Choolaimedu High road. The topic is huge and the time was limited. Hence adiyen had to rush with the Sanskrit verses. This was the first time on this topic. Could be improved next time though. Overall it was a great opportunity to go through the wonderful Virata parva. The Satsangha led  by Sriman Srikant is doing wonderful kainkarya at this temple.

The link to the upanyasam is as below:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1MmQDr2wME2hPji6eYEOy3iyMkv8dRT56

regards

DAsan

Sreeram.

Lecture by Dr.Sreeram Jaganathan on family values to students of Chaitanya Techno School, Mandaveli

With the Principal, while giving the talk

As a part of their Smart living program, The Chaitanya Techno School, Mandaveli had invited me to give a lecture to their 9th and 8th standard students on the topic – family values on the 7th of March 2019.

felicitation by the Principal

The Principal, Smt Aparna, has been taking many such initiatives to inculcate moral values in her school children. My students Veeraraghavan and Sudarshan are working as Sanskrit teachers in the school and that’s how I was known to the Principal and this opportunity came by. It was very refreshing for me to interact with those young minds. There were two half an hour sessions on the same topic – one each for 9th and 8th students. The former was recorded and it is shared as below.

The link to my talk is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IUjqN4trRxf5hy-CfJuGxNS2CAV2YzEc

The link to the feedback from Principal is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1El9eNGojlibQ9R5IF_SmQYHL7eukNSx9

The link to the feedback from a couple of students is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=18rNcZTAitMVwVL6eSk3UoQdTDVQ4DdOd

The link to vote of thanks given by Veeraraghavan is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1l1ttX76aSnjv8qVn31-aVpX4AbH-h-li

Sharing this for the benefit of more minds,

regards

Sreeram.

Weekly program on basics of anushthanam for Srivaishnava men by SRV

A cross section view of the participants

On 03-03-2019, with Acharya anugraha, Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya (SRV) began a weekly in-person-attendance-program on the basics of anushthanam for Srivaishnava men @ Samrakshana Yoga Centre, 13/11, Sri Ranga nivas, First cross street, R.A.Puram, Chennai – 28. SRV profusely thanks the benevolent couple – Sriman Parthasarathy and Smt Vedavalli Parthasarathy dampati for accomodating this program in their premises.

Sri Bhaktavatsalam Swami teaching the audience along with his sishya Sri Vasudevan Swami

 

Sri U.Ve.Bhaktavatsalam Swami is the chief instructor of the program and he is assisted by his disciple Sri.U.Ve.Vasudevan Swami. Twenty eight participants took part in the inaugural session.

 

 

Srikaryam Swami extending his anugraha bhashanam

 

Dr.S.Padmanabhachariar, the Srikaryam swami of Sri Ahobila mutt, gave an anugraha bhashanam and explained in a simple manner why one needs to follow the injunctions of sastras and the importance of nitya anushthanams. Sree Ramanuja Vidyalaya extends its gratitude to all the above mentioned three Acharyas. The link to some of the photos and videos of the session is as below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PzBa2GaJm4U-VG7QCAmIEcchmOKeeTVf

DAsan

Sreeram.

Moral stories for kids – vishvasam

Story telling session – sharing of moral values

Adiyen periodically narrates stories to children during stotrapatha classes to instill a sense of morality and knowledge of sampradaya in them. This session is on the concept of faith or vishvasa using modern analogies and in a manner kids can understand and ultimately ending up the session with a note on vishvasa in Emberuman.

The link to the recorded audio of the interactive session is

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JCJAIqq9zR9jg_kXW4bNZjmt3ZEURim4

DAsan

Sreeram.