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Enlightening lectures

SUGANTHY KRISHNAMACHARI

Speakers explain concepts with simple examples.



On Vijay TV : Damal Ramakrishnan.

Following the overwhelming response to its Bhakti programme in June last year, Vijay TV organised the second edition of ‘Bhakti Tiruvizha’. The packed-to-capacity Narada Gana Sabha hall saw scholars speaking on a wide range of topics.

Damal Ramakrishnan (he was conferred the title ‘Pravachana Tilakam’ at the age of 11 by the Kanchi Paramacharya), spoke on Saranagati Tatvam, which is the crux of Visishtadvaita. He explained the six types of Saranagati — Sthala, Sanga, Bhagavatha, Acharya, Piraatti and Bhagavath Saranagati. Together with other devotees, one should offer prayers at religious sthalas. In a lecture that was concise and to the point, Saranagati Tatva was illustrated with suitable examples and stories, including one from the life of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

Essence of the Vedas



Ilampirai Manimaran.

Ilampirai Manimaran quoted from the Thevaram and Thiruvachakam to show how the Nayanmars had emphasised the power of the Panchakshara mantram, essence of the Vedas. ‘Vedham naanginum meipporulaavadhu Naathan naamam Namashivaayave.’ Ilampirai, who has retired as Professor of English and Principal of A.P.C College, Thoothukudi, is well known in the Southern districts. Those who missed her lecture at Narada Gana Sabha, can catch her at Ayodhya Mandapam in May, during the Kanchi Paramacharya’s Jayanthi, when she gives a religious discourse for four days. Anantapadmanabhachariar’s discourse was on “Ramanujanum Ramanujarum,” the title referring to Krishna, the younger brother (anuja) of Balarama and the Acharya. The aim was to juxtapose the author of the Gita and the guru who wrote a commentary on it.



Anantapadmanabhachariar.

Anantapadmanabhachariar explained the Jeevatma-Paramatma concept in consonance with Visishtadvaita, with simple examples. Take his cricket simile, for example. The three stumps are the qualities of Satva, Rajo and Tamas. Ahankaram and mamakaram are the bails; punyam and paapam the two umpires, with the Lord Himself being the third umpire; the eleven fielders — the sum of the five karma indriyas, the five gnana indriyas and the mind (manas); the runs — one’s good deeds, with no balls and wides being the punyas one acquires unwittingly; the bat — the Sastras; and the ball — worldly pleasures. The batsman is the Jeevatma, who battles these odds with the guidance of the coach, in this case the Acharya!

‘Bhakti Tiruvizha’ discourses will be telecast on Vijay TV, from Feb. 23, weekdays, 5.30 p.m.

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