Friday, April 24, 2015

Thirunakshatram of Swami Mudaliandan on April 25, 2015

Swami Mudaliandan



AMSAM                               Lord Rama

ACHARYA                           Ramanuja

SISHYAS                             Embar, Kandadaiandan

YEAR OF BIRTH                1027

LIFE SPAN                         105

BIRTH MONTH                 Chithrai

BIRTH STAR                      Punarvasu

YEAR OF DEATH              1132

PARENTS                          Ananta Dikshitar & Nachiyar ammal (Sri Ramanujar’s sister)

PLACE OF BIRTH            Varadarajapuram, Purushamangalam, 

NAMES                             Dasarathi (given by parents), Yathiraja's paduka, Nam Vadhoola Desikan                                               (given by Sri Ranganthar), Vaishnav Siro Bushaa, Aandan (given by                                                     Swami Ramanujar), Tridandam (given by Swami Ramanujar), Sri                                                          Vaishnava dasar (given by Sishya's)

GOTHRAM                      Vadoola kulam

WORKS                          The taniyan for Mudal Tiruvantati,   & Dhaati Panchakam

TANIYAN
1) paadhuke yathiraajasya kathayanthi yadhakhyayaa |
thasya dhaasharatheh paadhau shirasaa dhaarayaamyaham ||

2) ajahadh bhaagineyathvam paadhukaathvam thridhandathaam |
sampraaptham yathiraajasya vandhe dhaasharathim gurum ||

3) shrE vaishnavAnAm dhAsathvam svAmithvam prabuthAm svayam |
vaadhoola kuladhaureyam vandhe dhaasharathim gurum ||

4) shree vaishnava siro bushaa sree ramanuja paduka |
shree vadhoola kulothamsaha sri dasarathim gurum ||

Desikan's words on Mudaliandan(in manipravalam)
oru malaiyil ninru, oru malaiyil thaavum simha shareeraththil janthukkaL pole bhaashyakaarar samsaaralanganam paNNa avarOdundaana kudalthudakkaale naam udhdheerdaraavuthomenru muthaliyaandaruLi-ch-cheytha paasuram".

Meaning
When a lion leaps from a mountain to another, all the creatures that live on his body go with him. Even so, when Udayavar transcended this world, all of us who are associated with him benefit from this as well.

LINKS
http://www.mudaliandan.com/thanian.php

http://anudinam.org/2012/04/28/tirunakshatram-of-swami-mudaliandan/

http://www.ibiblio.org/sripedia/ramanuja/archives/may04/msg00033.html

http://www.mudaliandan.com/vaazhithirunamam.php

http://www.mudaliandan.com/dhaatipanchakam.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kandadai

http://www.srivaishnava.org/sva/mudali.htm

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thirunakshatram of Kidambi Apullar on April 24th, 2015

Kidambi Apullar

Swami Desikan - Srirangam
ACHARYA Kidambi Rangarajacharya. 

SISHYA Nadadoor Ammal- Swami Desikan

YEAR OF BIRTH 1220

LIFE SPAN 75

TAMIL MONTH Chithrai 

NAKSHATRAM/STAR ThiruvAdhirai

YEAR OF DEATH 1295

PARENTS Kidambi Rangarajacharya.

PLACE OF BIRTH Kanchipuram

NAME AT BIRTH AthrEya Ramanuja, Vaadhihamsaambuvaahar

GOTHRAM Atreya

WORKS Nyaya kulisha

LINKS

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SriRangaSri/conversations/messages/2452

http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/nov97/0138.html


A SMALL WRITE UP ON KIDAMBI APULLAR

One of Nadadoor Ammal’s disciples was Kidambi Apullar. He was a descendant of Kidambi Achan who did service to Ramanuja by taking care of his kitchen.  Kidambi Achan was one of the four SriBhashya simahasanadipatis established by Ramanuja to whom he had also given some Rahasya granthas. Achan’s son was Kidambi Ramanujar. His son was Kidambi Rangarajar

Kidambi Rangarajar's son Kidambi Appullar was born in Vikrama varsham year 1220 AD in the month of Chithra and star of Thiruvadirai. Being born on the birth day of Swami Ramanujar, his parents named him as Ramanujar too. Since even as a child he showed an ardent interest in all types of learning like Thirukurugai piran Pillan, everyone was astonished at his intellectual capacities and said ‘Appillano’ and this name stuck with him since then.  Over time this name morphed into ‘Appullar’. 

He did his initial learning under the guidance of his father Kidambi Rangarajar. Then he did kalakshepam under Nadadoor Ammal. By his education, sharp intellect, excellence in speech, he won many debates and earned the name “Vaadihamsambhuvaahar”. 


Of the two works he wrote, only Nyaya Kulisam is the only one available now. The other one is now not available. In the work Nyaya Kulisam, the four doctrines of Vishishtadwaita Siddhanttam have been discussed. Apullar passed away in 1295 AD.

Thirunakshatram of Swami Ramanuja on April 24, 2015

Swami Ramanuja

Ramanuja - Srirangam
 AMSAM              Adiseshan, Parthasarathy

ACHARYA      Peria Nambigal (Mahapurna), Thirukkotiyur Nambigal (Ghoshtipurna),                      Periya Thirumalai Nambigal (Shailapurna), Tirumālai Aandaan                                                              (Maladhara) Perumal Arayar (Vararanga)

SISHYAS      Kooratazhwan, Embar, Mudaliandan and hundereds more

YEAR OF BIRTH     1017

LIFE SPAN              120

TAMIL MONTH      Chithrai

NAKSHATRAM      Thiruvadurai

YEAR OF DEATH             1137

BRINDAVANAM       Srirangam

PARENTS               Kesava Somayaji & Bhoomi piratti (Kanthimathi)
 
PLACE OF BIRTH       Sriperumbudur

NAME AT BIRTH       Ilaya Perumal,

GOTHRAM       Atreya

SPOUSE               Rakshakambal

WORKS
Sri Bhashyam, Vedartha Sangraham, Vedanta Saaram, Vedanta Deepam, Gita Bhasshya, Saranagati gadyam, Sriranga Gadyam, Vaikunta gadyam,  Nityam.

LINKS
"en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramanuja‎            

http://www.ramanujamission.org/Content/Srimath_Andavan_Ashramam/acharya_parampara.php    

http://www.vangeepuram.com/page5.html                              

http://www.saranagathi.org/acharyas/ramanuja/articles/life.php                            

http://gaudiyahistory.com/ramanujacarya/                      

http://ramanuja.org/sri/Web/Ramanuja        

http://gaudiyahistory.com/ramanujacarya/

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB3VBaQxnxc‎

http://www.saranagathi.org/acharyas/ramanuja/

http://www.saranagathi.org/acharyas/ramanuja/articles/life.php

http://sadagopan.org/index.php/categories/cat_view/54-acharyas/58-sri-ramanuja

Thirunakshatram of Acharya Kidambi RamanujapPillaan on April 24, 2015

Acharya Kidambi RamanujapPillaan

ACHARYA Kidambi aachan

SISHYA         Kidambi Rangarajacharya

TAMIL MONTH Chithrai

NAKSHATRAM ThiruvAdhirai

PARENTS Kidambi aachan

PLACE OF BIRTH Kanchipuram

NAME AT BIRTH Atreya Ramanuja

TANIYAN
Aatreya Gotraambadhi Poorna Chandram Aachaara Yukthaam Aatma Gunopapannaam |
Nathaarthi Hridh Desika Ratna Soonum Raamanujaarya Gurum Aasrayaamah ||

LINKS

http://www.ibiblio.org/sripedia/srirangasri/archives/jan07/msg00108.html                      

http://www.srivaishnava.org/sgati/volume1/v01019.htm                                      

http://periyathiruvadi.blogspot.in/2007/01/acharya-parambara

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 16

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Fold Austerity 14-19
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 16
Swami Uyyakondar
Manah prasadah saumyatvam mounam atman vinigraham I
Bhava sam shuddhih iti etat tapah manasam uchyate II sloka 16
मनः प्रसादः सौम्यत्वं मौनं आत्मन् विनिग्रहं I 
भाव सम् शुद्धिः इति एतत् तपः मानसं उच्यते II श्लोक 16

Serenity of the mind, gentleness, silence, slef control and purity of disposition - This is called as the mental austerity.

Eschewing depression and confusion and being established in a blissful calmness is serenity of mind. Being kindly disposed towards all is gentleness. Keeping all mentation in a state of equilibrium is silence. Control of the mind is superior to the control of the tongue and the body. Permitting pure thoughts and noble emotions alone to crop up in the mind is self control mentioned here. What is in  the mind expresses itself as words and actions. HE who has mastery over his mind never utters an unwanted word and never does an undesirable action. When a person's temperament is congenial and attitude felicitous, he is said to be imbued with purity of disposition. Maintaining this benign state of mind under all circumstances is austerity of mind 

Thirunakshatram of Acharya Engal Azhvaan on April 22, 2015

Engal Azhvaan

Swami Ramanuja

ACHARYA Ramanujar, 

SISHYA Thirukurugaipiran Pillan
Nadadoor ammal(vatsya varadachariar- for sribhashyam)

YEAR OF BIRTH 1106

LIFE SPAN 100

BIRTH MONTH Chitrai 

NAKSHATRAM Rohini 

YEAR OF DEATH 1206

BRINDAVANAM Kollakonda, Srivilliputtur

PLACE OF BIRTH TiruveLLarai  or  SvEtagiri

NAME GIVEN AT BIRTH Vishnucitta / Ammalaryar (coz of being acharya to ammal)

GOTHRAM Poorvashika Sozhiyar

WORKS
Sri Vishnuchiteeya (commentary on Vishnu Purana),  
PramEya Sangraha, sangatimAla, Taittireeya upaniShad BAShyam and Gadyatraya BAShya. 
sArArtha  ChatuShtayam, and Sarangathi maasam.

LINKS

http://www.srivaishnavan.com/upload2.8/vishnupuranam.html#Two                               

http://ammalacharyadasan.webs.com/engalazhwanvaibhavam.htm                                

http://srirangapankajam.com/archives-engal-azhwan/                                   



https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/srivaramanga/JqvqlrYEI0Q/4yxsc6eE9WcJ                                              
http://guruparamparai.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/engalazhwan/

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thirunakshatram of Swami UYYAKONDAR on April 21, 2015

UYYAKONDAR



AMSAM                                 Gajananar- asst to viswaksenar

ACHARYA                               Swami Nathamuni

SISHYA                                   Swami Mannakal Nambi

LIFE SPAN                              (Prabhava Varsham) 886 -991 AD OR 826-931  AD,  105 yrs

TAMIL MONTH                        Chithra

NAKSHATRAM  /STAR             Krithika

PLACE OF BIRTH                     Tiruvellarai

NAME GIVEN BY PARENTS      Pundarikakshar (Padmatchar/ Aravinda dasar/ Rajawachar/ Anadadasar)

GOTHRAM                                Shadamarshana 

WORKS                                   Andal thaniyan

LINKS
http://ramanujadasan.wordpress.com/tag/uyyakondar/       

http://anudinam.org/2012/04/23/today-chittirai-month-kartigai-thirunakshatram-of-sri-uyyakondar/                   

http://www.srivaishnavam.com/acharya.html        



www.srirangapankajam.com/archives-uyyakondar/‎

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 15

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Fold Austerity 14-19
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 15

Swami Ramanuja
An udvega karam vakyam satyam priya hitam cha yat I
Swadhyabha abhi asanam cha eva vaakmayam tapah uchyate II sloka 15
 अन उद्वेग करं वाक्यं सत्यं प्रिय हितं च यत् I 
स्वाध्याभ अभि आसनं च एव वाक् मयं तपः उच्यते II श्लोक 15

The speech which causes no excitement, which is truthful, pleasant and beneficial, and also the practise of sacred recitation - These are said to form the austerity of speech.

The harm donethrough speech is often more painful than that caused by physical violence. Words of excitement and words that hurt people should be avoided by all means by a spiritual aspirant.

Truth in some cases is unpleasant to hear and vice versa. The best course is to present the truth in as pleasant  a way as possible. But there should be no deviation from truth for the sake of pleasantness. If it comes to it, even at the cost of pleasantness, truth alone should be ever upheld.

Flattery is often in tune with  truthfulness and is very pleasant to hear. May a sadhaka employ it in his dealings with people? No. Flattery has to be scrupulously avoided. Harsh words have not done as much harm to society as undue compliments have. Even great men have fallen victim to flattery and gone off their moorings. The words utteredought to be pleasant and beneficial but never pandering to one's vanity. Beneficial words form a benediction and they alone must be spoken always.

The vedas are the oldest books known to humanity and they are held most sacred because of their dealings with matters spiritual. Chanting them daily with proper intonation is not only a perfect vocal training but it is also a sanctifying agency to the student. This book, However, is not within the reach of all. Fortunately, there are many sacred books in all languages. a devotional reading or chanting of them daily, forms an aspect of spiritual discipline.

All the four phasesof traiing the tongue dilated here, put together form the austerity of speech.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 14


The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Fold Austerity 14-19
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 14

Ramanuja at Tirumala

Deva dvija guru prajna puajanam shaucham arjavam I
Brahmacharyam ahimsa cha shariram tapa uchyate II sloka 14
देव द्विज गुरु प्राज्ञ  पूजनं शौचं आर्जवं I 
ब्रह्मचर्यं अहिंसा च शरीरं तप उच्यते II श्लोक 14

Worship of the gods, of the twice born, of teachers and of the wise; purity, uprightness, continence, and non-injury - these are said to be the austerity of the body.

Tapah means showing proper respect and honouring devas, brahmins, acharyas and men of great wisdom; purity, by such acts as bathing in sacred waters; oneness of action by body and mind; (like, not prostrating before somebody, while inwardly hating and cursing him); being free from activities like looking at women, with lust; not injuring other living beings. 

Useful metals are extracted from melting ores. Old and scrap metals are renewed by the same process of melting. The life of a man can similarly be  renewed and rejuvenated by tapas and austerity. It is a boon with which man is endowed so that he may reform and recreate himself into a higher order of existence. Blessed is the man who applies himself to this spiritual means so that he may emerge from manhood into godhood. Man is constituted of the body, speech and mind. When these three components  are modified by tapas, man automatically changes for the better. 


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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 13

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Kinds of Food 8-10
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 13


Vidhi hinam asrushta annam mantra hinam adakshinam I
Shraddha virahitam yagnam tamasam pari chakshate II sloka 13
विधि हीनं अस्रुष्ट अअन्नं मन्त्र हीनं अदक्षिणं I 
श्रद्धा विरहितं यज्ञं तामसं परि चक्षते II  1श्लोक 13

They declare the yagna to be tamasika which is contrary to the ordinances, in which no food is distributed, which is devoid of mantras, gifts and shraddha.

All good acts which are conducive to public welfare are emphatically enjoined in the sastras. Therefore they maybe all undertaken even without consulting the sastras. But whatever act is harmful, it is prohibited by the scriptures which are infallible guides. Therefore the sastras necessarily come in for guidance whenever a doubt arises about teh validity of an action. 

Beings depend on food for their existence.  Voluntary distribution of it is tehrefore a mark of consideration and regard for beings. Cherishing beings with food is a form of worship of the Almighty. 

Mantras are the external indications of the solemn determination and noble intents behind an action. An undertaking which is devoid of elevating ideas is more mechanical than human. 

Reverent gifts are to be made to those who participate in  a yagna with an attitude of service. Gifts are also to be made to other deserving people and to good causes.

Above all if a holy undertaking be devoid of shraddha, it is to be eschewed as vainglorious and demoniac. The tamasika type of people undertake yagnas full of these defects.

Austerity is a holy means for the human to emerge into the divine . Its characteristics are mentioned in the next few stanzas. 


Saturday, April 11, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 12

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Types of Worship  11-13
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 12


Abhi samdhaya tu phalam dambha artham api cha eva yat I
Ijyate  bharat sreshta tam yagnam viddhi rajasam II sloka 12
अभि संधाय तु फलम् दम्भ अर्थम् अपि च एव यत् I 
इज्यते भरत श्रेष्ट तं यज्ञं विद्धि राजसं II श्लोक 12

That which is performed, O best of Bharatas, in expectation of reward or self glorification, is known to be Rajasika yoga.

It is no true worship that which is done in a bartering spirit. The man offers an oblatiuon to the Lord and appeals to him for a favour or mercy or a miraculous cure for a disease. There is another man who offers worship for show, for advertisement or self glorification. All these forms of worship are of rajasika nature, more detrimental than helpful to the spiritual progress.

Friday, April 10, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 11

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Types of Worship  11-13
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 11


Aphala akankshibhih yagnah vidhi drushtah yah ijyate I
Yashtavyam eva iti manah samadhaya sa sattvikah II sloka 11
अफल आकाङ्क्षिभिः यज्ञः विधि दृष्टः यः इज्यते I 
यष्टव्यं एव इति मनः समाधाय स सात्त्विकः II श्लोक 11

That yagna is sattvika which is performed by men desiring no fruit, as enjoined by ordinance, with their mind fixed on the yagna only, for its own sake.

A mother who serves her baby expects no reward. She finds satisfaction in service. The good and the holy worship the Lord expecting nothing in return. This divine act is inherent in them. Again their adoration is quite in tune with the ordinance of the scriptures. All forms of yagna resolve themselves into the  adoration of the almighty. The sattvika men are given to this kind of worship. 

While the Pandavas were in exile this pertinent question was put to Yudhishtra by Queen Draupadi."Why should these series of trials and tribulations befall you who are an embodiment of Dharma.?" The reply besspeaks the mental calibre of the man concerned. "Behold! O Queen, the yonder majestic Himalayas. I cant help adoring them, Sorrow finds no quarters in my mind given to this adoration". Yudhishtra was made of such stuff as this. And this verily is the way of the sattvika.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

135th Thirunakshatram of Kozhiyalam Swami on April 8, 2015

Kozhiyalam swami



SISHYAS Sri Uttamoor swami, Sri Nelvai Sowmyanarayana Swami,                                                                     Sri R.VenkatAchAri swAmi,  

TAMIL MONTH & STAR Panguni Anusham

NAME AT BIRTH Sri  RangaRAmAnuja

YEAR OF BIRTH 1880

WORKS
1. UPANISHADS    : Beda SAmrAjyA,  
2. BRAHMA SUTRA  : Madhu VidyA , Para Paksha NirAkriri ,Tattva PrakAsA,  Tattva DeepikA , Chatussutri VichArA .  
3. RAHASYAS      : Ukti Nishta ParitrAnA , Samasyamana SuktyArtha NishkarshA  
4. AHNIKAM       : Laghu Ahnikam Heyopadeya DarpanA, Jayanti ParanA, Jayanti NirnayA, Yaj~nopavIta MimAmsA
5. ARCHA         : HastIsa VaibhavA  
6.  AchArya Mangala MAlikA
7. PAtha ShodanA  
8.  Poornatva VichArA  
9. Upayukta SANGRahA


LINKS
http://www.ramanuja.org/sv/bhakti/archives/mar98/0081.html                            https://vedantadesika.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/srimad-paramahamsetyadi-sri-kozhiyaalam-swami.pdf                      
https://vedantadesika.wordpress.com/category/acharya-vandanam/                             http://anudinam.org/2014/03/20/kozhiyalam-swami-thirunakshatra-mahotsava-patrikai/      
http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/fr/2002/03/29/stories/2002032901150400.htm
                                                           

Monday, April 6, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 10

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Kinds of Food 8-10
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 10



Yaat yamam gata rasam pooti paryushitam cha yat I
Ucchishtam api cha amedhyam bhojanam tamasa priyam II sloka 10
यात् यामं गत रसम् पूति पर्युषितं च यत् I 
उच्छिष्टं अपि च अमेध्यं भोजनं तामस प्रियम् II  श्लोक 10

That which is stale, tasteless, stinking, cooked overnight, refuse and impure is the food liked by the tamasika.

Discrimination has to be used in regard to food cooked overnight. There are certain kinds of food which can not be used immediately after cooking, but have to be kept for hours or even days before being used. There are others which have to be consumed soon after preparation. The fitness for consumption or otherwise of a food article is self-revealed. A fruit kept long loses its attractive colour as it gets rotten.The putrid food produces foul odour. Old food becomes stale. The spoilt food becomes tasteless. The food already tasted by somebody is unfit to be taken by another. The remnants left over in the plate by one individual are unfit to be served to another. People with a tamasika disposition are heedless to all these restrictions. They help themselves to any impure or rotten food without the least hesitation. Their attainments are indicated by the sort of food they take and the manner in which they partake of it.

The way in which adoration is made to the Almighty is another indicator of the spiritual attainments of people. It is being elaborated as follows in the next sloka. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Thirunkashtram of Swamy Setlur Srivatsangachariar





SETLUR SWAMI



Today Panguni Chithrai is also the thirunkashtram of Swamy Setlur Srivatsangachariar who is a great scholar and acharya living in our times.

Thirunakshtram of Seva Swamy

Thirunakshatram of Seva Swamy



ACHARYA U Ve Navalpakkam Sri Nrusimha Tatayarya Mahadesikan & Kalakshepam with Sri U Ve                                   Uttamur Swamy

SISHYAS Many sishyas

YEAR OF BIRTH 1923

TAMIL MONTH & STAR Panguni Chithrai

YEAR OF DEATH 2001

PARENTS         Srinivasachariar & Ranganayaki

PLACE OF BIRTH Nallur near Tiruvanaamalai

NAME AT BIRTH N. Srinivasa Raghavachariar

GOTHRAM Apullar vamsam

SPOUSE Kanakavalli / MARRIED IN 1943

WORKS http://www.sevaonline.org/html/list.html

LINKS

http://www.sevaonline.org/html/profile.html                                                 

http://sripedia.appspot.com/group/oppiliappan/archives/aug2009/19090

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 9

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Kinds of Food 8-10
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 9

Sita Rama at Chitrakoot
katu amla lavana ati ushna teekshna ruksha vidahinah I
Ahara rajasasya ishtah dukha shokha amaya pradah II sloka 9
कटु अम्ल लवण अति उष्ण तीक्ष्ण रुक्ष विदाहिनः I 
आहार राजस्य इष्टः दुख शोख आमय  प्रदाः  II श्लोक 9

The foods that are bitter, sour, saline, over hot, pungent, dry and burning are liked by rajasika and are productive of pain grief and disease.

There is a tingling and burning in the tongue; the eyes get bloodshot and tears trickle down profusely; thenostrils water copiously; the head reels; the stomach burns -  these are the characteristics of the rajasika foods. They tell upon the duration of the life of the consumer; they are definitely injurious to spiritual practices. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

1 Gita Sloka Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 8

The entire content of this mail is from Shri V N Gopala Desikan's  Srimad Bhagavad Gita, published by Vishishtadvaita Research Centre, Chennai and The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Chidbhavananda published by Ramakrishna Mission

The Three Kinds of Food 8-10
1 Gita Sloka  Every Day - Chapter 17 - Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga - Sloka 8


Ayuh sattva bala rogya sukha priti vivarshanah I
Rasyah snigdhah sthirah hrudyah aharah sattvica priyah II sloka 8
आयुः सत्त्व बल रोग्य सुख प्रीति विवर्षणः I 
रस्याः स्निग्धः स्थिरः हृद्यः आहारः सात्त्विकः  प्रियाः II श्लोक 8 

The foods that augment vitality, energy, vigour, health, joy and cheerfulness, which are savoury and oleaginous, substantial and agreeable, are liked by the sattvika

The food that adds to the cheerfulness is also a promoter of good appetite. The food that is substantial gives prolonged sustenance. The.  non-substantial food gets quickly digested. It gives no vigour to the body, But the food that is hard to digest weakens the digestive organs and hinders longevity. Time and place have their part to play in the consumption of foods mentioned here. Breakfast should necessarily be light. Supper should be so adjusted that while going to bed at night the digestive organs also have the much needed rest.Attention maybe paid to the partaking of warmth giving foods in cold countries and of those that have a cooling effect in hot countries

Eat as much as you require in the day time; but reduce the food as much as you can at night.
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April 3rd 2015 - Thirunakshatram of Acharya Nanjeeyar

NANJEEYAR

Periya Piratti & Swami Nanjeeyar thirunakshatram


ACHARYA          Parasar Bhattar

SISHYA          Nampillai (Nambur Varadarajar)

YEAR OF BIRTH 1113 (1054)

LIFE SPAN         95

TAMILMONTH & NAKSHATRAM          Panguni Uttiram

YEAR OF DEATH 1208

BIRTHPLACE Thirunarayanapuram

NAME AT BIRTH Madhavacharya

WORKS
Thiruvaymozhi OnbathinAyirappadi Vyakhyanam

Thiruppavai IrAyirappadi Vyakhyanam

Kanninun Sirutthambu Vyakhyanam

Thiruppallandu Vyakhyanam

Vyakhyanams for the Thiruvandhathis

Saranagati Gadya Vyakhyanam"

LINKS
http://www.acharya.org/acharya/nanjeeyar/snjv.html             http://acharya.org/articles/ananj.html                                          http://www.srivaishnavan.com/upload2.8/vishnupuranam.html#Two

April 3rd 2015 - Panguni Uttiram Serthi - Thirunakshatram of Ranganayaki Thaayar


Panguni Uttiramwhich falls on April 3rd this year,  is a very important day in the Hindu calendar. 


 







For vaishnavites, it marks the day of Andal's marriage to Rangamanar. It is also the thirunakhstram or birthday of Ranganayaki Thaayar (or divine mother) of Srirangam. 

The Ramayana also mentions this day as the wedding day of Rama & Sita at Janakpuri. In all major divyadesams and temples, there is a the Divya Dampati's serthi sevai - i.e the divine couple are placed on the same peetham or pedestal  and together they bless the devotees.



Almost a millenium ago, Swamy Ramanuja, exulted on receiving the serthi darshan,  sought moksham from Namperumal & Thayaar at Srirangam through his 3 works called as gadyams - saranagathi gadyam, sriranga gadyam & vaikunta gadyam. This dialogue between namperumal and ramanujar is enacted even today at Srirangam. Forever after that, the rules of moksha changed - only those who desired moksham and had acharya sambandham and therefore were Ramanuja dasas/dasis could reach vaikuntam.  

Here are some links that explain the festival and describe it as it happens at Srirangam

http://www.ibiblio.org/sadagopan/gallery/pu08/pu08.pdf           

http://www.srihayagrivan.org/ebooks/071_pk.pdf 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SriRangaSri/message/16154

http://www.vedics.org/index.php/about-us/item/174-vijaya-panguni-uthiram