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  • Ram Anbil
    SRI RANGA SRI ======================================================================== Vol.I /Issue 1 Dated 8th October 2000
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 8, 2000
      Vol.I /Issue 1 Dated 8th October 2000
      In this Issue
      1. Launching of Electronic Journal �SRI RANGA SRI� � Editorial
      2. Srimukham Blessings from Yathisreshtas
       Prakritam H.H. Azhagiya Singhar
       Prakritam H.H. Poundarikapuram Andavan
       Prakritam H.H. Parakala Matam Jeeyar
       Prakritam H.H. Sri Rangapriya Yathi
      Sri Ranga Sris Cha VardhathAm/
      Sri Ranga Sris Cha VardhathAM//

      Dear Bhagavatas:

      I returned on 3rd October 2000, after a hectic trip to India where I
      visited several Divyadesamas, met with almost all Yathivaras, AchAryas and
      scholars, discussed with Editors of Religious publications like
      Nrisimhapriya, Hayagriva Priya, Sri Ranganatha Paduka, Kanchi Perarulalan,
      Sri Desika Seva etc, and several others.

      As most of you know, before coming to U.S.A., it was my good fortune to have
      undergone intensive and extensive Kalakshepam courses for over 15 years on
      Grantha ChathushTayams at the feet of Yathivaras and AchAryas like �
       Prakritam H.H. 45th PaTTam Azhagiyasinghar (in his PurvAsramam),
       Prakritam H.H. ParavAkkoTTai Gopala Desika Maha Desikan Srimad
      Aandavan of PouNDarika puram Aasramam,
       AchArya SriBAshya Simhasanam Purisai NaDAdur Krishnama chariar
      SwAmi (Editor, Nrisimhapriya Journal of Ahobila Matam),
       AchArya Sri SrivatsAnkachariar SwAmi (Former Principal, Madras
      Sanskrit College and now in French Institute, Pondicherry)
       and many others.
      As mandated by them through blessings and MantrAkshadais,
      I came to U.S.A. for spreading our Siddhantam among those interested. It is
      my pleasure to have serialized my book � Hinduism Rediscovered� housing
      inter-alia, �Srimad Rahasya Traya SAram� of SwAmi Desika, through the
      Electronic Journal of �Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam�(SDDS) Volumes I and
      II, archived at www.srivaishnava.org/sgati by Sri Venkatesh Elayavalli.

      I was overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of the readers, who
      honored me as President of SDDS in the first ever Srivaishnava Conference
      held at Buffalo, New York in December 1996.

      The Yathivaras and AachAryas whom I met during the current trip to pay my
      obeisance advised me to continue what they termed as
      �good work done by me as mandated by them�. They assured me that our
      Sampradayam is so vast and deep that any number of media (electronic, print
      etc) outputs would be required to propagate the doctrines, tenets and
      practices thereof.

      Srimad Andavan of Poundarikapuram Asramam named the new journal as �SRI
      RANGA SRI� and advised the launching on the Tirunakshatram day of Swami
      VedAnta Desikan on 8th October 2000. And, this was approved unanimously by
      all the other Yathivaras and AachAryas, as can be seen from their �SRIMUKHAM
      BLESSINGS� featured below separately.

      Srimukhams containing Anugraha Bashanams for the new journal
      Received so far from Yathi Sreshtas reproduced hereunder:
       Prakritam H.H. Azhagiya Singhar
       Prakritam H.H. Poundarikapuram Andavan
       Prakritam H.H. Parakala Matam Jeeyar
       Prakritam H.H. Sri Rangapriya Yathi
      Received so far from AchAryas will be reproduced in the next issue.
       AchArya Purisai Krishnamachariar Swami (Editor, Nrisimhapriya)
       AchArya Seva Srinivasaraghavachariar Swami (Editor, Desika Seva)
       AchArya Srivatsankachariar Swami
       AchArya V.S.Karunakaran Swami
       AchArya M.K. Srinivasan Swami
       AchArya Anantha Narasimhachariar Swami
      Promised to send - Srimukham awaited (will be reproduced as and when
       Prakritam H.H. Srimushnam Srirangam Srimad Andavan of Periyasramam
       Anantha Narasimhachariar Swami (Srikaryam of PP Asramam)
       Natteri Rajagopalan Swami (Editor, Sri Ranganatha Paduka)
       T.C.Srinivasan Swami (Editor, Hayagriva Priya)
       Uruppattur Soundararajan Swami ( Chairman, Hayagriva Vidya Peetam
      and Editor, Kanchi Perarulalan)
      Requested � Response awaited � (will be reproduced if and when received)
       H.H. Vanamamalai Matam Jeeyar
       M.A..Venkatakrishnan Swami (Editor, Geethacharyan)
      Accordingly, it is my duty and honor to inaugurate the new Electronic
      Journal as the official journal of SDDS on this auspicious occasion of Swami
      Desikan's Tirunakshatram day.

      The new journal will feature high quality articles from AchAryas and eminent
      scholars on the tenets of our Siddhantham. Besides general topics relating
      to our Sampradayam, special sections will be devoted to the �Grantha
      ChathushTayams� under the titles-
       �SriBAshayAmrutham�
       �GitAmrutham�
       �PrabandAmrutham� and
       �DesikAmrutham�
       A �QUESTION BOX� to which readers may address their doubts and
      queries is also proposed to be included, For those questions for which, we
      are not able to provide ready answers, we will secure and make available
      authoritative replies from AchAryas back home.
       A �QUIZ PROGRAM� is also proposed to be started, By way of �Reader
      participation�, readers may be requested to provide answers for the queries
      posed by us. The best or the correct answers will be published in a
      subsequent issue.
       Due to the need to educate younger generations (and indeed some
      parents too!) on our SatSampradAyam, it is proposed to provide a separate
      section entitled-
      with graded lessons explaining the basics of our tradition.

      It is my pleasure to invite you on board to participate both as readers and
      contributors to �SRI RANGA SRI� and receive the grace of Divya Dhampathis,
      Yathisreshtas, AchArya Sarvabhoumas and other scholars who have blessed this
      effort as aforesaid wholeheartedly and unanimously and have pledged their
      support at all times.
      Anbil Ramaswamy
      Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam. (SDDS) and
      Editor and Publisher �SRI RANGA SRI�
      Srimukham Blessings from His Holiness
      45th Pattam Srimad Azhagiya Singhar,
      Sri Lakshmi Nrisimha Divya Paduka Sevaka
      Srivann Satakopa Sri Narayana Yathindra Maha Desikan
      SRI AHOBILA MUTT Sri Anbil Ramaswamy
      Camp: Delhi Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam,U.S.A.
      1638 Omara Lane, Smyrna, GA- 30082, U.S.A.
      Dated 1st October 2000

      We are happy to learn that Sri Anbil Ramaswamy Iyengar, President, Swami
      Desika Darsana Satsangam, U.S.A. is launching a new electronic journal
      entitled �SRI RANGA SRI� on the auspicious occasion of Tirunakshatram of
      Swami Vedanta Desikan on Sunday, 8th October 2000.

      Every Srivaishnava is expected to study and propagate the tenets contained
      in the Grantha Chathushtayam � the four holy scriptures belonging to our
      Sampradayam viz., Sri Bashyam, Gita Bashyam, Divya Prabandams of Alwars and
      the Sri sooktis of Swami Desikan especially Srimad Rahasya Traya Saram. We
      are pleased to know that with this in view, �SRI RANGA SRI� will present
      separate sections entitled �Sri Bashyaamrutham�,
      �Gitaamrutham�.�Prabandaamrutham� and �Desikaamrutham� besides general
      topics related to our Satsampradayam.

      It is gratifying to note that special attention will be paid to educating
      our kids, youth and old alike. We are glad to note that he will be guided by
      a Board of Advisors consisting of AchAryas and Scholars both from India and
      abroad, whose articles will be featured in �SRI RANGA SRI�

      Sri Anbil Ramaswamy Iyengar, a Paramaikanthin, has himself undergone
      intensive and extensive Kalakshepam courses and has written many books on
      our Sampradayam in English and Tamil in easily understandable format. With
      his editorial and communication skills, we are sure that the journal would
      grow from strength to strength in serving and promoting the spiritual needs
      of our community.

      We invite all Bhagavatas to encourage and assist in his efforts, as a
      service to Ahobila Mutt and receive the blessings of Sri Lakshminrisimhan.

      We offer our heartfelt prayers to Sri Lakshminrisimhan to bless him and all
      those connected with his efforts with long life, prosperity, peace of mind
      and perfect physical health to be able to continue their kainkaryam to
      BhagavAn, Bhagavatas and AchAryas.

      We offer our �Mangalasasanams� to this end with the invocation-
      �Sriman Srirangasriyam anubadravam anudinam samvardhaya�
      �Sriman Srirangasriyam anubadravam anudinam samvardhaya�
      Srimukham Blessings from His Holiness
      Paramahamsetyadi Prakritam. Paravakkottai Srimad Andavan Gopala Desika Maha
      Desikan of Paramahamsetyadi Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan Ashramam,43-A/13
      Ashramam Road, Srirangam 620 006, Tamilnadu, India.
      Dated 19th September 2000
      Sri Anbil Ramaswamy who is at present staying in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
      has acquired deep knowledge of our Srivaishnava Sampradayam at the feet of
      Yathivaras and AchAryas through Kalakshepams for a long time. He is,
      therefore, eminently suited to start the new Electronic Internet journal
      �SRI RANGA SRI� of which he will be the Editor and publisher.

      This journal will carry high quality articles of our Srivaishnava AchAryas
      and erudite scholars based primarily on the four holy scriptures of �Sri
      Bashyam�, �Gita Bashyam�, �Bhagavad Vishayam� and �Srimad Rahasya Traya
      Saram� collectively celebrated as �Grantha Chathushtayam�

      We offer our prayers to Divya Dhampathis that everyone should subscribe and
      read the contents of SRI RANGA SRI and be benefited by imbibing Sath
      Vishayams and Sad Aachaarams. Through Narayana Smaranam, we offer our
      �Mangalasasanams� for the continuous publication of this noble journal..
      Narayana Narayana
      (Sd) Srimad Andavan, Poundarikapuram Swami Asramam, Srirangam.
      Srimukham Blessings from His Holiness
      Srimad Lakshmi Hayagriva Divya Paduka Sevaka Srimad Abhinava Vageesa Brahma
      Tantra Swatantra Parakala Maha Desikan,
      Sri Brahma Tantra Swatantra Parakala Swamy Mutt, Krishna Vilasa Road, near
      Jagan Mohan Palace, Devaraja Mohalla, Mysore � 570 024
      Ref: SBSPM/MYS/MISC/Vol.I Dated 24th September 2000
      To Sri Anbil K. Ramaswamy 22 Prithvipakkam, Ambattur, Chennai 600 053.
      Respected Sir:
      As desired by your letter dated 14/9/2000, 2 articles in Kannada and
      Srimukham in Sanskrit are sent herewith -through Courier- for your kind
      disposal. H.H.Swamigal conveys his blessings on you and your family for good
      health and prosperity and Phala Mantrakshadai is sent herewith.

      As our Srikaryam was away from Headquarters for about 10 days, there is a
      delay in sending the articles and Srimukham.
      Thanking you, Sir
      (Sd) Secretary
      Sri Brahma Tantra Swatantra Parakalaswamy Mutt Sri Laksmi Hayagriva Divya
      Paduka Sevaka H.H. Srimad Abhinava Vageesa Brahma Tantra Swatantra Parakala
      Maha Desika�s Divya Anugraha Srimukham.
      Sri Vidyaa Sri Param Tattvam ViswO jayathu Sarvadhaa/
      AnayA jeevanam nityam BhAthu VidyAmayam mudhA//
      Meaning : The Supreme Lord (Paratattvam) is personification of knowledge.
      He is �Sri Vidya Sri� .Let this knowledge illuminate the world everywhere.
      �Sri Vidya Sri� is our lifeline and heart throb.
      Let Sri Vidya Sri shine happily and grant us eternal joy.

      Lakshmi HayAsyam Aaraadhami Aham SamprArthya thanmahE/
      Sri Vidya Sri Swayam lOkE SandesAm BhAsathAm swayam//
      Meaning: We pray heartily to the lustrous Lakshmi Hayagriva that Knowledge
      which alone is real wealth should shine well in this world forever.

      This journal named �SRI RANGA SRI� deserves to be enjoyed by one and all in
      the world. We are delighted to learn that Sri Anbil Ramaswamy, Iyengar is
      the Editor of �SRI RANGA SRI�, because he has not only mastered the
      intricacies of our Veda and Vedanta in depth but has also the proficiency
      to explain them in English in a simple and understandable format for the
      benefit of those who know and can understand only that language.

      We offer our �Mangalasasanams� through Narayana Smriti that this journal
      �SRI RANGA SRI� should grow from strength to strength, spread all over the
      world and illuminate everywhere.Subham.
      Srimukham Blessings of His Holiness
      Srimad Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya Sri Sri Rangapriya Maha Desikan,
      Ashtanga Yoga Vignana Mandiram, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
      Dated 25th September 2000
      We are highly pleased to learn from the Acharya Nishta devotee, Sri Anbil
      Ramaswamy, the Founder- President of Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam that the
      said Institution has undertaken the blessed work of publishing a new
      electronic journal called �SRI RANGA SRI� for a world wide propagation of
      the knowledge of the most exalted Acharya Sri Venkatanatha Vedanta Desika,
      for the supreme good of all beings, with an active assistance and
      cooperation of Srivaishnava fraternity.

      With Narayna Smaranams and Smaranas of the holiest feet of AchAryas, we
      raise our hand in benediction over the proposed undertaking.

      The title �SRI RANGA SRI� gracefully given by His Holiness Srimad Andavan of
      Poundarikapuram Ashramam is most befitting. The proposed magazine sings the
      glory of Sri Ranganatha and the Siddhantam dearest to Him and well
      established and propagated with all the fire and strength of his soul by the
      revered Acharya, Venkatanatha who was graced with the title �Vedanta
      Desika�(the most revered teacher of Vedanta) by the Divine couple, Sri
      Ranganatha and His Consort at the temple town par excellence viz.,

      Sri Vedanta Desika was an Acharya par excellence endowed as he was with a
      vision and mission of the highest order and erudition and exemplary conduct
      in tune with them. He dedicated his whole life for establishing on a
      rocklike foundation, the Siddhantam of the crest jewel of AchAryas,
      �BhagavAn RamAnuja�. His numerous works On the philosophy and religion of
      VisishtAdvaita and Srivaishnavism, devotional lyrics, Kavyas in Sanskrit,
      Tamil and PrAkrit bear testimony to this.

      His unique service in defense of Sri RamAnuja Darsana is certified by the
      following observation of a great Acharya of the rival school. �I can tear
      into pieces this philosophy of VisishtAdvaita. But, what is to be done?
      Acharya Vedanta Desika has built impregnable fortress to protect it from all

      He was held in high esteem not only by his devotees and scholars of his own
      school but also by very great teachers of rival schools. Most renowned
      AchAryas of Advaita and Dvaita schools namely Sri VidyAranya and AkshObhya
      Muni, invited him to give the verdict of a judge on their own
      interpretations of a Vedantic text. He is also known as a �Philosopher among
      poets and a poet among philosophers�.

      His devotion to Sadaachaaram and Satsampradayam are also well known. In
      spite of the words of praise showered on him from all sides, he was the very
      embodiment of humility and worked with indefatigable energy for the
      protection and propagation of the Vedanta Siddhantam dear to him, without
      caring for name or fame, gain or glory.

      He also prayed that the entire brotherhood which had taken refuge at the
      feet of Sri RamAnuja should live and work in amity and without envy and
      jealousy, venom and rancor � �AnyOnya vaira Janani vijahAtva AsooyA�

      May the Srivaishnava fraternity be bound with silken threads of affection
      being inspired by the life and works of this great teacher and work for the
      success of �SRI RANGA SRI�.
      (Sd) Sri Sri Rangapriya Sri Sri
      Srimukhams from Acharyas will follow in the next issue Vol.I/Issue 2

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