Swamy Velukkudi Krishnan’s wonderful talk with Mr.Cho Ramaswamy.

Journalist Cho Ramaswamy interviews Velukudi Krishnan in the second episode of travel show Sri Ramanin Padhayil telecast in Vijay TV (Sundays 10am).

Update : All the episodes can be watched here – youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsSTkBgqx7os9FRlz8J0wee-9IiWUeYxB

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Velukkudi Krishnan Swamy’s interview in The Hindu

The Hindu newspaper carried a wonderful interview with Swami Velukkudi Krishnan. Here are some excertps

“My grandfather wanted at least one of his five sons to be brought up the traditional way, acquiring knowledge in Vedanta and Sastra and spreading Dharma…”

Swami begins the interview with the above words. When asked about quitting a well paid job in an MNC to be more involved in Upanyasams, Swami said

“Please don’t call Upanyasam my profession. It is just sharing my own experience. It is neither a trade nor a job. Experiencing the Brahman is bliss and I only want to share it with everyone. Spiritualism does not need special skill or intelligence. Nor can you achieve salvation by memorising the 4,000 verses. The Lord only expects unconditional love. Throughout his life, my father was only trying to make people understand this. If you read the works of the Acharyas, Azhwars and Nayanmars you will see that love was the underlying factor of all their immortal works.”

Swami says the following words when asked about his 2 sons,

“My duty is to make them enlightened bhaktas and not trained orators.”

Through the above words, Swami subtly tells how a Sri Vaishnaav should live. As a Sri Vaishnava it’s one’s duty to teach his children the way of Bakthi and the irrelevance of this materialistic world. But deciding on what finally they should become is in hands of Sriman Narayana. We should just do our duty of teaching to our children and leave the rest to Sriman Narayana. Swami finishes the interview with the following words

“Many feel that Bhakti is for the old. On the contrary, one should attain Atma Gnanam at a very young age like Prahalada. The Bhagavad Gita is one text that should be read by everyone. Assimilating the content may be a difficult task initially, but constant reading will lead to eternal bliss. Tiruppavai too helps in fostering Gnanam.”

The complete interview can be read in The Hindu Website – www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-fridayreview/article554281.ece

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.

Found Site : saranagathi.org

saranagathi

Another gem of a Sri Vaishnava site. Something really close to the ideal Sri Vaishnava home in the Virtual World. Saranagathi.org has lots of content including a Learning Section on Sri Vaishnavam, along with the usual categories of Audio, Video and Books. But the most interesting & appreciable feature is the Social Networking feature of the site. You can join as member in the site, create your own blog and interact with other members too. Probably it is the only Sri Vaishnava site offering robust Social Networking features. Members include Sri Velukkudi Swami & Sri AnanthapadmanbaChary swamy themselves (a little difficult to believe though).

Sri Velukudi Swami on Saranagathi.org

Sri Velukudi Swami on Saranagathi.org

These are some of the sections and their contents in the site.

Videos : Upanyasams from eminent swamis like Srimad Azhagiyasingar, Srimad Aandavan swami, Sri Velukkudi Krishnan Swami, Sri Ananthapadmanapacharya swami and Sriman Akkarakani Srinidhi swAmi. Discourses include Azhwargal Vaibhavam by Velukkudi Swami, Dhinam oru Dhivya Naamam by Sri Ananthapadmanapacharya swami, Thirupaavai Upanyasam by Srimad Azhagiya Singar swami and much more.

Audios : Has a large collection of Velukkudi Swami’s upanyasams, Divya Prabhandam chanting by Sri Sevilimedu swami, Sri Annamacharya Kirtis by M.S. Subbulakshmi, Malladi Brothers, Nitya Santhoshini & Unnikrishnan.

Learning : Article to get a clear understanding of what Sri Vaishnavam. Sri Vaishnavam Basics and Principles, Samasrayanam, Bhakthi and Prapatti, VishistAdvaitham Tutorial are some of the articles under Must Read Section. Links for lectures in other sites can also be found in this page.

Books : Sri Vaishnava e-books include Srivaishnava Dhinasari, Prahalada Stotram, Sri Stuti, Bhu Stuti, Godha Stuti, Hayagriva Stotram, Thiruchinna Malai. Links for more e-books in other sites are also available.

Sri Vaishnava Calendar :  Unfortunately inspite of many Sri Vaishnava sites that are available, Sri Vaishnava Calendars in many sites aren’t updated regularly (Our blog is no exception too. We regret it.). But the calendar in saranagathi.org is regularly updated and contains dates for major Srivaishnava events such as Perumal, Alwars, and Acharyas thirunakshatrams and other important festivals celebrated by Srivaishnavas.

Visit the site and you are most likely to find lots of really useful information and links. 

English translation of Sri Velukkudi Swami’s Gita Upanyasam

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There is no doubt that there are a lot of wonderful Sri Vaishnava Websites & Blogs on the net. We found another such wonderful blog. The blog created by Sri TG Saranathan of Sri Rangam contains translation of Sri Velukkudi Swamy’s Geeta Upanyasam that is telecast daily as Kannanin Aaramudhu in Podhigai TV. Swami’s Upanyasam is easy and simple to understand for everyone. But for people who do not know Tamil this is a wonderfulplace to look for Swami’s Upanysams. The translations are posted almost everyday, so anyone who has missed out to see the Upanyasam on TV can catch-up on this blog.

The Blog – www.saranathantg.blogspot.com

Swamy Velukkudi Krishnan’s UK & America tour upanyasams

Swamy Velukkudi Krishnan recently completed a tour of The United Kingdom, The United States & Canada. A comprehensive collection of Swamy’s upanyasams are available for download at www.vedics.net. Apparently, the Upanyasams will be available for only for a limited amount of time. So please download them at the earliest.

Kinchitkaram Trust’s blog

Kinchitkaram Trust Blog

We all would like to interact with Sri Velukkudi Krishnan swamy to clear our doubts and express our views on Sri Vaishnavam. Now we have got the opportunity to do so. Kinchitkaram trust have started their much awaited blog and Sri Vellukudi swamy has also posted for first time. Swami’s post is interesting, its regarding the periods of Mudhal alwars & Sri Krishna. Visit the blog & send in your comments. Am waiting eagerly for the reply for the question from swami.

Meanwhile the theme of the blog (Its a WordPress blog!) is tad dull. I hope the theme is changed to spruce up things.

Link – http://kinchitkaramtrust.org/blogs/