Vedic mantra is his mission
Honouring a worthy scholar ... Sri Jayendra Saraswati conferring the title, `Vidya Seva Ratna' on Pooram S. Sathyamoorthy.
THE CHANT of Upanishadic and Vedic manthras emanate from this Vedic learning centre throughout the year. The acharya of the patasala, Pooram S. Sathyamurthy Iyengar Swamigal, is a voluntary retiree from Government service.
Born on April 21, 1937, at Pudukottai, Pooram Sathyamurthy graduated through H.H. Maharajah's College there. He worked at the Madras Port Trust as a junior assistant. When he rose to the position of office superintendent in 1992, he lost his sight on account of retinal detachment. He took voluntary retirement from his service and settled down in Thiruvallikeni. This disability did not deter him from his mission for Vedic propagation. He takes under his wing anybody coming to learn with fervour and dedication. So far, 110 learners have come under his tutelage.
A connoisseur of music, he also had an inclination for writing short stories in Tamil. As a freelancer, he contributed his first short story to a local Tamil weekly for children, Ding-Dong.
Even today, he contributes short stories to the monthly, Manjari.
Pious and devoted, he has been teaching parts of "Yajur Vedam", much required for conducting temple rituals, for the past 16 years. A dedicated acharya, he is keen that each of his disciples should acquire and retain divine knowledge in a few months. The periodical choral recital (Parayanam) conducted at this patasala helps attain fluency and memory retention.
In recognition of his dedicated service to society, particularly in Vedic teaching, the Veda Vyas Sabha Trust, Chennai, recently conferred on him the title, `Vidya Seva Ratna' and also presented a scroll, in the presence of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Sri Jayendra Saraswathi.
Those interested may contact Pooram S. Sathyamurthy, No. 8, South Mada Street, Triplicane, Chennai-600005. Phone: 28441218.
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