Kalyana Gunas of Perumal

Sri Rama and Guha

A bagavatha enquired about the Kalyana Gunas of Perumal in a comment and adiyean stumbled upon this wonderful series of articles explaining them in a very beautiful & clear manner. Please do take time to read each of them.

Blessed Creatures…

We are all humans and we consider ourselves lucky to be so, which is quite true. But there are many instances where some animals have been far more luckier than ourselves.

  1. Squirrel – In Ramayana, a humble squirrel helped Lord Sri Rama build the bridge to Lanka. Seeing their devout service, Sri Rama affectionately patted on its back. How many of us would be lucky enough to be affectionately touched by the Lord Himself? Size and power really doesn’t matter when it comes to Bhakthi!
  2. Jatayu – In Ramayana, Jatayu valiantly fought against Ravana to save Sita Devi. After Jatayu left for Moksha, Lord Sri Rama himself did the last rites for the bird, just like a son. No words to say how lucky Jatayu Maharaj was.
  3. The Vanaras – An entire army of vanaras helped Lord Sri Rama fight Ravana. How lucky would the vanaras be to see and talk to The Lord himself. And none could be more blessed than our Hanuman, the true eternal Bhaktha.
  4. Cows – The cows that Sri Krishna herded should be really blessed. Unlike others who were with the Lord in the times of war, the cows were with Sri Krishna when he was living peacefully in Brindhavanam. They had to just listen to the soulful music from Sri Krishna’s flute and rest under Sri Krishna’s lotus feet. What a bliss!!
  5. 5 horses that Sri Krishna used to drive his chariot in Mahabharata. Sri Krishna himself fed and took care of the horses.
  6. Gajendra Alwar – He called and The Lord came flying. No more words.
  7. Aadalma – While all others were with The Lord Himself, Aadalma was the horse of one of the most devout bakthas of The Lord – Thirumangai Alwar. It is with this wonderful horse that Thirumangai Alwar visited the 106 divyadesams (in earth). If you help The Lord, He is happy, but if you help his devotee, He is even more happy!!
Please feel free to add to the above list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

My thoughts : Inception

No doubts. This is a Hollywood movie in this blog on Sri Vaishnavam. But Why? This critically acclaimed movie, I felt has a lot of things depicted that has been well said ages before in our Literature. Here go my thoughts on this movie and our culture.

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Join hands with Kinchitkaram Trust

Swami Velukkudi Krishnan’s Kinchitkaram Trust has yet again come up with another unique initiative. This comes after some of their unique projects like Translating the Commentaries for the Divya Prabhandams to English, a school for young children interested in Sri Vaishnava philosophies and many more. Now this is a project where we all can co-ordinate. The Trust is inviting volunteers to join hands with them and that too one can join online. Its as simple as that.

Here’s the link to enroll as a volunteer – http://www.kinchitkaramtrust.org/new.volunteer!input.action

Please spread the word to like minded people.

Never Too early : Article from The Hindu

When it comes to bhakti, it is never too early to start. Even a foetus is capable of hearing the name of the Lord, and such early exposure to the Lord’s name is desirable.

The Apastamba Sutra says that after the seemantham ceremony is over, it is important to sing with the veena as accompaniment.

The verse that is sung should emphasise that Lord Narayana is our king, that we are governed by Him.

But will the child inside the mother’s womb absorb this? It will, and we have the example of Prahlada to show us the efficacy of reciting the Lord’s name even to a foetus, said V.S. Karunakarachariar.

When Hiranyakasipu is away, Indra tries to abduct Hiranyakasipu’s pregnant wife Kayadhu. Sage Narada stops him and rescues Kayadhu, who accompanies the sage to his hermitage. There every day Narada sings of the greatness of Lord Narayana, while he plays the veena. So it is as if the instructions given in the Apastamaba Sutra are being followed on a daily basis.

Later when Prahlada is confronted with his father’s cruel deeds, he does not lose heart. His father is not only enraged at his son’s words of praise for Lord Narayana, but also wonders who taught his son to speak thus. Prahlada replies that his words do not come from an instructor. The Lord who resides in him is the one who speaks the words. Thus even at a young age, Prahlada knew that the Lord resides in every one of us.

He tells his fellow students also to recite the name of Lord Narayana. They refuse, but he exhorts them to do so, saying that even if they are not inclined to do so, could they not do it to please him?

This in fact is the way to get children to develop bhakti. Parents could tell their children, that whether they believe or not, could they (the children) not recite the Lord’s name at least to please their parents? The child then will begin to worship the Lord to please its parents.

In course of time, the child will, without being told, worship Lord Narayana of its own volition.

So to start with, the child worships only to comply with a parental request, but in course of time it develops true bhakti.

– Article from The Hindu

Swami Koorathazhwan 1000th year celebrations Details & Invitation

As you must have known, Swami Koorathazhwan’s 1000th year celebrations will take place from January 25th – February 3rd at Kooram (Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu). Here is the invitation for the Utsavam. The details of the Utsavam is given after the invitation. 

Click here to know about Donating for the Celebrations

The following are the utsavam details for the 10 Day function.

  • Day 1 | January 25
    • 6am – Aasthaanathil Irundhu Yezhundarulal followed by Thirupallaandu thodakkam & theertham
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Mudhal thiruvandaadhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam)
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Periazhwar Thirumozhi mudhal pathu (1 to 100) ghosti, saathumurai & theertham.
    • 6.30pmVeethi Purappaadu in Tholukkiniyaan – Periazhwar thirumozhi ghosti (iranddaam pathu – from 101).
    • 8.30pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Mudhal Pathu Ghosti (1 to 100) and Saathumurai.
    • 10pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 2 | January 26
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Irandaam thiruvandaadhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam) 
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Periazhwar thirumozhi moondraam pathu (till 300) ghosti, saathumurai & theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Yaali Vaahanam – Periazhwar thirumozhi ghosti (Naangaam pathu – from 301).
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Irandaam Pathu Ghosti (101 to 200) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 3 | January 27
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Moondraam thiruvandaadhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam) 
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam with Udayavar (thiruvaadhirai)
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Thiruppaavai & Periazhwar thirumozhi saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Simha Vaahanam – Naachiyaar thirumozhi Thodakkam & ghosti
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Moondraam Pathu Ghosti (201 to 300) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 4 | January 28
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Naangaam thiruvandaadhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam) 
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam with Ramar (Punarvasu)
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Naachiyaar thirumozhi saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Kamalaasana Thotti – Perumal thirumozhi Thodakkam & ghosti
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Naangaam pathu Ghosti (301 to 400) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 5 | January 29
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Thiruvirutham Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam) 
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Remaining perumal thirumozhi, Thiruchandavirutham, and mudalaayiram saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Oonjal & Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Soorya Prabhai Vaahanam – Thiruvirutham ghosti
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Eyenndhaam Pathu Ghosti (401 to 500) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 6 | January 30 | Vellai Saathupadi for Udayavar & Kaashaaya Saathupadi for Azhwan
    • 7am – Peria Thirumozhi Thodakkam & Ghosti.
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku in UDAYAVAR THIRUKKOOLAM – Thiruvaasiriyam following by Perial Thirumozhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam, and Bhattar Kuzhaam programs)
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam with Udayavar
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – PeriaThirumozhi mudhal pathu (1 to 100) saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Oonjal & Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Gudhirai Vaahanam – PeriaThirumozhi Irandaam pathu ghosti (from 101)
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Aaraam Pathu Ghosti (501 to 600) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 7 | January 31
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pavazhakkaal Chaparam – Peria Thiruvandhaadhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 10.30am to 12.30pm – 1000th Year Mahotsava Celebrations (Jeeyar’s anugrahabaashanam and a Vidwaan’s upanyaasam)
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – PeriaThirumozhi till moondraam pathu (till 300) saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Oonjal & Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Chandraprabhai Vaahanam with Naachiyaar thirukkolam – PeriaThirumozhi Naangaam pathu (from 301)
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi yezhaam Pathu Ghosti (601 to 700) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 8 | February 1
    • 7am – Veethi Purappaadu in Pallakku – Thiruvazhikotrikkai & PeriaThirumozhi Ghosti, followed by PerumalSannishi mandagapadi, Aandaal Sannidhi Mandagapadi (Pooram) & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 2pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – PeriaThirumozhi Eyendhaam pathu (till 500) saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Oonjal & Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Yaanai Vaahanam – PeriaThirumozhi Aaraam pathu (from 501) ghosti
    • 9.00pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Irandaam Pathu Ghosti (701 to 800) and Saathumurai.
    • 10.30pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 9 | February 2
    • 7am – THIRUTHEAIR – Veethi Purappaadu – SiriyaThirumadal, PeriaThirumadal, followed by PeriaThirumozhi Ghosti (approx 250 paatu), followed by thaayaar Sannidhi Mandagapai (Uthiram) & Mangalaasaasanam
    • 2.30 or 3pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 3.30pm to 5pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – PeriaThirumozhi Oanbadhaam pathu (till 900) saathumurai and theertham.
    • 7.30pm – Vaahana Mandapam Yezhundarulal
    • 8.00pmVeethi Purappaadu in Hamsa Vaahanam – PeriaThirumozhi Pathaam pathu (from 901) ghosti
    • 9.00pm – Thirumozhi Saathumurai
    • 9.30pm – Thiruvaaimozhi Onebadhaam Pathu Ghosti (801 to 900) and Saathumurai.
    • 11.00pm – Sayanam in Kannaadhi Arai.
  • Day 10  | February 3 | Saathumurai day
    • 7am – Mangalaasaasanam with KooranaathaPanjaasathu, Kooresa Vimsathi, Ethiraja Vimsathi, DaatiPanjagam, few other slogams about Azhwan.
    • 7am – Virudhu in Perumal Sannidhi with SriVaigundastavam ghosti.
    • 9am – Veedhi purappaadhu in Pallakku with Sundarabaahustavam ghosti.
    • 3pm – Thirumanjanam
    • 4.30pm – Thiruppaavai Saathumurai – Thiruppaavai ghosti, saathumurai, theertham and Athimaanushastavam & Sristavam ghosti.
    • 9.00pm or 10pmGrand purappaadu in Tholukkiniyaan with Raamaanusa Noortrandaadhi ghosti, Ennai Theevatti & VaanaVeadikkai
    • 1.00am – Thiruvaaimozhi Pathaam Pathu Ghosti (901 to 1000), Ubadesarathinamaalai ghosti, followed by Saathumurai and Varadharajastavam ghosti.
    • 4am – Saathumurai theertham.
  • 11th day, 12th day & 13th day – Vidaayathi, followed by PushpaPallakku on 13th day evening, followed by Aasthaanathukku Ezhundarulal.

Swami Koorathazhvaan 1000th Thirunakshatram

Swami Koorathazhvan

Swami Koorathazhvaan Vaibhavam in Short

The ever liberated and liberated sould are always enjoying the supreme Lord Sriman Narayana in Sri Vaikuntam. Although the souls living in this world are also eligible to have this enjoyment, they due to their sinful deeds are unable to have such an experience; as a result, they live in this world. The Lord, with a view to correct the denizens of this world and receive their services, has out of compassion, manifested himself as Sri Rama and Sri Krishna.Even by such an effort, the Lord was unable to correct the human beings. So, he though that they could be brought round and made serviceable only through other human beings. So, he thought that instead of correcting them from this Supreme position as their master, it would be easier for him to this by placing himself in a lower status as a subservient person. He also opined that instead of correcting them from the position of their perceptor, it would be easier to correct them by Himself becoming a disciple and thus practically implementing His own teachings.

Accordingly, Sri Thiruvanantazhvan (Adisesha) manifested as Sri Ramanuja, while the Lord manifested Himself in the village Kooram, as Sri Koorathazhwan in the “Saumya” year in the month of Pushya under the asterism “Hastha”. Swami Koorathazhwan became a foremost disciple of Sri Ramanauja.

Our toungues cannot sing the glory of Sri Koorathazhwan. He brough to light the secret teachings of the Upanishads through his compositions, Panchastavam. Sri Ramanuja felt that he would certainly attain the highest abode, purely by virtue of his association with Azhwan!

From Vedics.org site

Swami Koorathazhvaan’s 1000th Thirunakshatram falls on 3rd of February 2010. A committee has been formed to celebrate Swami’s Thirunakshatram in a very grand manner, befitting for Sri Ramanuja’s foremost disciple & an incarnation of Sriman Narayana himself. The celebrations planned include the following

  1. Release of Books on Azhwan’s life history in several languages.
  2. Release of CD’s on Panjastvam Discourses.
  3. Release of Banners & Books that depict Swami’s life in a Pictorial format.
  4. Azhvan’s history in Dance & Drama format during the celebrations.
  5. Annadhanam to the poor & needy.

Apart from the above a lot more has been planned to celebrate Swami’s 1000th year of appearance. We are lucky to be in this time and celebrate Swami’s Avatar. We kindly request you to take part in the celebrations & provide financial and any assistance in whatever way possible. Every small help will be of great use. The committee in charge of the celebrations is

Sri Koorathazhwan 1000th year Mahotsava Committee,
19/37, Rathinakudil Apartments,
TP Kovil St,
Triplicane, Chennai – 5.
Ph – 044 28441110 | azhwan1000@gmail.com | www.kuresan.com

Honorary Patrons of the Committee include Sri.U.Ve.Parasara Azhagiyasinga Bhattar swamy, Velukkudi Sri.U.Ve.Krishnan swamy, Sri.U.Ve.Akkaarakkani T.A.Srinidhi swamy, Sri.U.Ve.K.B.Devarajan swamy and many similar prominent figures.

Cheques can be drawn in favor of  “Sri Koorathazhwan 1000th year Mahotsava Committee” and sent to the above address.

Invitation for Swami Koorathazhwan 1000th Thirunakshatram Celebrations.