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Beginner’s guide – Who is srIman nArAyaNa?

SrI:  SrImathE satakOpAya nama:  SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama:  SrImath varavaramunayE nama:

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ANdAL pAtti takes parAsara and vyAsa to srIrangam temple.

srirangam-temple

vyAsa: Wow, pAtti, its a huge temple. We haven’t seen anything like this big before. We have heard about kings living in such huge palaces. Are we going to visit a king?

ANdAL pAtti: Yes, We are going to visit the king of all, rangarAjan here. rangarAjan (the king of srIrangam), we fondly call him as periya perumAL and namperumAL in srIrangam. periya perumAL in the lying posture over Adhi sEshan shows his supremacy or swAmithvam. He waits for his devotees to visit him and showers his blessings when they visit him, whereas namperumAL exhibits saulabhyam, one who is easy to approach, he understands the difficulties of some of his devotees, who might not be able to visit him, therefore he visits them as part of his puRappAdu (savAri/procession). In srIrangam almost throughout the year, we will have namperumAL visiting his devotees and showering his blessings on them.

parAsara: pAtti, but we thought perumAL stays in vaikuntam, how come he is here as well?

ANdAL pAtti: Yes parAsara, what you heard is right. perumAL is in vaikuntam and he has also come here to be with us. I’m sure you might have heard about the various forms of water: liquid, steam and ice. Likewise, perumAL has five forms, they are para, vyUha, vibhava, antharyAmi and archai. The form that perumAL has taken in srIrangam is known as archAvathAram. avatharam means coming down or descending. As I told you earlier, we pray for the well-being of everyone in this world. srIman nArAyaNa came here as an answer to our prayers. He has a great affection for all of us and prefers to be with us, that is also one of the reasons for his presence as srIranganAthan here.

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pAtti, vyAsa and parAsara leaves the sanctum Sanctorium after worshipping periya perumAL.

vyAsa: We have also started to like him, after hearing more about him from you, pAtti. Moreover, he looks like us pAtti.

ANdAL pAtti: He not only looks like one of us, but he also lived like one of us. In vibhava form, he renounced his supreme vaikuntam to be with us and was born and lived like us as srI rAma and krishNa. Many of us have special liking for either srI rAma or krishNa, so he decided to continue to be with us as krishNa in periya perumAL’s form and as srI rAma in namperumAL’s form. periya perumAL is always seen lying in a deep thought, thinking about his devotees and namperumAL is always in the middle of us, enjoying the love shown by his devotees.

All three of them reach their home.

vyAsa and parAsara: OK, pAtti. We are going to the playground now.

ANdAL pAtti: Play carefully children and do remember to talk about srIman nArAyaNa as much as possible with your friends as well.

Authors: jayakrishNan rAmAnuja dAsan – edited by sArathy rAmanuja dAsan

Introduction to srIvaishNavam

SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:

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ANdAL pAtti is reciting thiruppAvai, when parAsara and vyAsa comes running towards her.

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parAsara: pAtti, we have a doubt. We keep hearing about srIvaishNavam, please tell me what does that mean.

ANdAL pAtti: Oh, very nice question parAsara. srIvaishNavam is the eternal path which outlines srIman nArAyaNa as the supreme lord and his followers worship him with full faith.

vyAsa: But pAtti, why srIman nArAyaNa? why not some one else.

ANdAL pAtti: vyAsa, that is a good question. let me explain. srIvaishNavam is based on vEdham, vEdhAntham and dhivya prabhandhams of AzhwArs. All of these are called pramANam – pramANam means authentic source of information. All these pramANams unanimously explain that srIman nArAyaNa is the cause of all causes. We are supposed to worship the supreme cause. That supreme cause is explained as srIman nArAyaNa. That is why srIvaishNavam fully focusses on srIman nArAyaNa.

vyAsa: That is good to know pAtti. So, we understand that we are also followers of srIvaishNavam. Generally, What are we supposed to do pAtti?

ANdAL pAtti: We regularly worship perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc.

parAsara: pAtti, you said we focus fully on srIman nArAyaNa. But why worship thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc?

ANdAL pAtti: That is a very good question parAsara. thAyAr is the divine consort (wife) of perumAL. See, perumAL is our father and thAyAr is our mother. We worship them together only. Often, you offer praNAmams to both your father and mother – so similarly, we also worship perumAL and thAyAr together. AzhwArs and AchAryas are dear devotees of srIman nArAyaNa. They had very strong devotion towards srIman nArAyaNa. They were the ones who clearly highlighted the glories of perumAL and thAyAr – so we worship them too.

vyAsa: What else we do pAtti?

ANdAL pAtti: As srIvaishNavas, we understand everyone is children of perumAL and thAyAr. So, we pray for the well being of everyone. We help others in their devotion towards srIman nArAyaNa.

parAsara: How do we do that pAtti?

ANdAL pAtti: Oh, that is very easy. Whenever we meet any one we discuss with them only about perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs and AchAryas. By understanding the greatness of perumAL, thAyAr, AzhwArs, AchAryas, etc – they will also develop devotion. That will be very beneficial to everyone.

vyAsa: This is very nice pAtti. what a wonderful way to spend our time? Thank you so much pAtti. Today we learnt some basic things about srIvaishNavam.

ANdAL pAtti: It is very nice of both of you to ask such intelligent questions. perumAL and thAyAr will be very happy for both of you. Come, let us have some prasAdham now.

Author: sArathy rAmAnuja dAsan

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samskrutham – introduction

srI:
srImallakshmInrsimha para bhramhaNE nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

Priya Bandho,

It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the team who are interested in
developing the language Samskritam. Samskritam is one of the ancient languages.
The Indian culture and tradition are mainly rooted and established in this
language. The early texts namely the Vedas , Upanishads, Puranas , Itihasas etc.
are found in this language.

Further the greatness of this language has been accepted and honoured by the
whole world.

Why to learn (Sanskrit) Samskritam ?

  • To go to source granthas and have deeper perspective of the same.
  • To have a firsthand experience of the granthas composed by our PurvaAcharyas
  • To keep the thread connected to the forth coming generations of our sampradaya and works related to it.
  • To have a great joy in reading and understanding the granthams in original version as our purvas did.
  • To have a better understanding of the terminologies and concepts in the sampradaya.
  • To improve the pronunciation of the Mantras or Slokas for more benefits.
  • And many more….

Script
Language as such has two major uses. One is to speak and the other to read or
write. For speaking a language script is not essential. For reading and writing the
script plays a vital role. A language can be easily represented in various other
scripts.
For example – adiyen Ramanuja dasan Devarir samskritam katrukkolla iruppadu
romba nalla vishayam.
The Tamil sentence has been represented in English roman script. Still we can read
it and understand as we know Tamil also.
Thus a language has a concept called script and this is used for reading and writing
purposes. Sanskrit has various forms of representations in different scripts. A few
worth mentioning here are Devanagari, Nandi nagari, sharada granthakshara etc.
The grantha script mainly developed in the dravidadesha.
The script we use is Devanagari which is widely used by majority of people who use
samskritam.
Scheme of work

  • Firstly the alphabet will be introduced and by regular practice the way of
  • writing and the form written have to be registered.
  • Pronunciation of individual letters and combined letters
  • Formation of small words
  • Different types of words (Parts of speech)
  • Rules of Sandhi
  • Declension of nouns
  • Tenses and moods
  • Conjugation of verbs
  • Syntax
  • Compounds

Lessons will be prepared based on the above concepts and posted in regular
intervals. As much as possible the explanations and examples will be derived based
on the sampradaya granthas.
Sessions will be there to clear the doubts and to provide clarity in the concepts.
External links will also be suggested. Regular worksheets will be given and
occasional tests will also be conducted.

Outcome of learning Samskritam

  • One becomes better by learning samskritam
  • Due to the proper pronunciation of the letters positive vibrations take place
  • Listening to upanyasams of the adhikaris will be more pleasurable.
  • Daily puja rituals will be made more meaningful.
  • Atmatrupti

These are some points mentioned here and many more adhrishta phalas are there
which will be reaped by the readers time to time.
The next phase will be the alphabet introduction that is the aksharamala.
In samskrita seva
Adiyen
Koil Kandadai Anandheri Narayana dasan
drrnarayanan@gmail.com

Find Matching Pair

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

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  1. Find similar images in the grid by clicking over the hidden blocks.
  2. Once you find a similar pair, the blocks would automatically disappear.
  3. At the end of the game, you would be able to clear all the blocks.
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Concept and design: indumathi rAmAnuja dAsi

srI rAmA and hanumAn – hanumAn returns to srI rAmA

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

hanumAn (thiruvadi) returns to srI rAmA and conveys the message about where sItA pirAtti is kept hidden. hanumAn (thiruvadi), also brings the chUdAmaNi (head ornament) that sItA pirAtti sent to be shown to srI rAmA. Finish the puzzle below to see the devout hanumAn return the chUdAmaNi and get the blessing of srI rAmA.

hanuman brings chudamani

srI rAmA is extremely pleased with tiruvadi’s devotion and hugs him for bringing back promising news about sItA pirAtti. Make the puzzle below that captures the famour rAmA Alinganam, the wonderful hug given by srI rAmA, that hanumAn cherishes to this day.

rama alinganam

So great is the devotion of hanumAn (tiruvadi), that even today hanumAn is supposed to be present at any place where srI rAmAyaNam is recited or discussed. Like hanumAn, let us also keep srI rAmA, sItA, lakshmaNA in our hearts forever.

sita ram heart

bolO sItA rAm ki jai!

hanumAn and srI rAmA series

srI rAmA and hanumAn – hanumAn meets sItA pirAtti

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

After crossing the ocean, hanumAn lands in lankA and meets lankiNI, at the entrance of Lanka, where sItA pirAtti appears to be hidden by rAvaNA.

hanuman meets lankini

hanumAn wins over lankiNI and then searches for sItA pirAtti all over lankA. After a lot of searching, hanumAN finds sItA pirAtti in a garden called ashOka vanam, in great sorrow, under a tree. hanumAn perches himself upon a branch above the trees that sItA pirAtti is sitting on and starts reciting the entire story of rAmA until the time of sItA’s adbduction, so that sItA pirAtti can trust hanumAn. sItA pirAtti is then intrigued and starts talking to hanumAn, asking about how srI rAmA is. See the puzzle below to see the discussion between sItA pirAtti and hanumAn.

hanuman meets sita

After exchanging all that has been happening with srI rAmA, hanumAn is about to leave lankA, but gets captured by rAvanA’s people and is taken to rAvaNA’s palace. hanumAn challenges rAvaNA, who sets fire to hanumAn’s tail. Make the puzzles below to see how hanumAn sits in rAvanA’s durbAr and what hanumAn does when his tail is set on fire.

hanumAn sits on his tail and threatens rAvaNA

hanuman tail seat

Thinking hanumAn is arrogant, rAvaNA sets fire to hanumAn’s tail! hanumAn burns lankA down with his tail on fire!

lanka dahan

srI rAmA and hanumAn – hanumAn meets srI rAmA

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

hanumAn, one of the most important characters of srI rAmAyaNA met srI rAmA and srI lakshmanA, after rAvaNA kidnapped sItA pirAtti. srI rAmA and lakshmaNA are wandering around the forest in search of sItA piratti and happen to come across hanumAn. Put the puzzle together, to see the meeting of hanumAn and rAma-lakshmaNA.

hanuman meets rama lakshmana (2)

hanumAn becomes friends with rAmA and lakshmaNA and also introduces them to his king, sugrIvA. With the help of the monkey king sugrIvA, rAmA arranges search parties for finding sItA pirAtti. hanumAn is the head of the search party that heads in the Southern direction. After reaching the Southern ocean shores, the monkeys realize that someone has to cross the ocean to see if sItA pirAtti is on the other side. jAmbavAn, another mighty monkey decides to reveal hanumAn’s powers (the one hidden by the curse of the rishIs) and tells hanumAn that he can grow bigger, in order to be able to cross the ocean. Make the puzzle below to see how hanumAn grows bigger!

hanuman becomes big

hanumAn flies across the ocean, with the monkeys bidding him adieu.

hanuman flies across the ocean

And crosses the ocean, facing many hurdles. See one of the hurdles faced by hanumAn, by finishing this puzzle.

hanuman hurdle

krishNa series – asuras in krishNAvathAram

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

 krishna asura

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2. Click and drag from the first letter to the end of the word

3. See that the list of words decreases!

4. Puzzle ends when there are no more words in the list

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krishNa series – names of krishNa

srI:
srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

 

1148BabyKrishnawithYashoda

 

Playing instructions:

1. Find the word you are looking for

2. Click and drag from the first letter to the end of the word

3. See that the list of words decreases!

4. Puzzle ends when there are no more words in the list

Hidden Words

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