The Indian systems of philosophy are called as darshana – दर्शनम् in Sanskrit. The usual explanation given to the term darshana is दृश्यते अनेन इति दर्शनम् – The tattvas or principles of truth are seen or known through them, hence they are called darshanas. The eye and mirror are also called as darshanam in an ordinary sense as we see or know things through them. In this very short lecture, given to my students, a very high level overview of the astika (orthodox) and nastika (heterodox) darshanas is given with a special emphasis on Visistadvaita. The link to the lecture is – https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5TNRFElGMV1VGp2ZXZOblFsRGc
This lecture on the importance of Upanayanam and Sandhyavandanam in English was delivered sometime in June 2017 at the house of Sri. S.Ranganathan in Mandaveli, arranged especially for his grandson whose upanayanam was scheduled a week later. The brilliant young boy not only listened keenly but also participated in the lecture with his questions and answers to my questions which was very rewarding! The link to the lecture is –
One of the purposes of this website is to teach the basics of Sanskrit through the works of Swami Vedanta Desika. The hyperlinked audio file consists of explanation of the stotra – श्रीकामासिकाष्टकम् – Srikamasikashtakam – with special emphasis on Sanskrit.
Glad to share the recitation audio of Sri Vegasetustotram by Srivallabhan V of class LKG, adiyen’s youngest stotra student. He is the grandson of one of the daughters of Abhinava Desikan Sri Uttamur Swami. Blessed is Adiyen that he learns Desika stotras from Adiyen. His brilliance is very much evident even now as being quite young he misses many of the classes. It is so much joyful to hear the mazhalai-filled recitation of the stotra.
Instantly adiyen’s dharmapatni prompted me to give a gift to him which he is proudly displaying (crayons)! 🙂
The Srikaryam of Sri Ahobila mutt, Dr.S.Padmanabhan, delivered an upanyasam on the topic ‘Adhikara Sangraham’ @ Sri Ahobila mutt, Triplicane on 24th of February as part of the 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Desika. The recording of the first part was already shared.
The Srikaryam of Sri Ahobila mutt, Dr.S.Padmanabhan, delivered an upanyasam on the topic ‘Adhikara Sangraham’ @ Sri Ahobila mutt, Triplicane on 17th of February as part of the 1000th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Desika. It is likely to continue in the forthcoming thiruvonams.
As a part of the celebrations of the 1000th birth anniversary of Bhagavad Ramanuja, Adiyen renderd an upanyasam on Sri Yatiraja Saptati of Sri Vedanta Desika on two consecutive thiruvathirai’s at Sri Ahobila mutt, Triplicane.
During the month of hevilambi-margazhi, with the blessings of my Guru Dr.S.Padmanabhan, Adiyen had the opportunity to deliver an Upanyasam on Sri Goda stuti of Sri Vedanta Desika, at Sri Ahobila mutt, Triplicane, on a pasuram a day basis. Somedays more than one was delivered. The recordings have been collated and divided in to three parts. The links are provided below.
As a part of the Varshika mahotsavam of pratishtha dinam celebrations at Ahobila mutt, Selaiyur -upanyasam of adiyen’s Guru – Dr.S.Padmanabhan, Srikaryam of Sri Ahobila mutt.
As a part of the 750th birth anniversary celebrations of Swami Desikan, Sri Vedanta Desika Devasthanam is arranging for an upanyasam for every Thiruvonam. This recording is of adiyen’s Guru – Dr.S.Padmanabhan, Srikaryam of Sri Ahobila mutt.