A highlevel overview on darshanas in general

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

Lecture on Upanayanam and Sandhyavandanam

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 –


Stotra recitation by adiyen’s youngest stotra class student

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)! 🙂

Upanyasam on Godastuti

Upanyasam – Godastuti

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.

Part 1 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1cOUBNypPXB1V1WBTlU15Moo5lk2_LizD