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Monday, June 22, 2020

praying Acarya Ramanujar ~ Aani Thiruvadhirai 2020

June 21 was a day to remember – but not exactly this year !    Pele and Brazil endured a miserable experience at the 1966 World Cup as they exited the competition in the group stage. However, they put that behind them in spectacular fashion in Mexico four years later. In only one game, a 1-0 triumph over defending champions England in the group stage, did they fail to score at least three times, while the Selecao cut apart Italy in the final. Thus in 1970 on this day, Pele opened the scoring and, after Roberto Boninsegna equalised for the Azzurri, Gerson, Jairzinho and Carlos Alberto scored in a second-half blitz. Brazil became the first team to win the World Cup three times, claiming the Jules Rimet Trophy outright as it was replaced for the 1974 tournament.

Brazil, the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hot spot after the United States, officially passed 50,000 coronavirus deaths on Sunday (21.6.2020), a blow for a country already grappling with more than 1 million cases, rising political instability and a crippled economy.  Brazil now has a total of 1,085,038 confirmed cases and 50,617 deaths, up from 49,976 on Saturday, the Health Ministry said. Experts say the true numbers are a lot higher because of a lack of widespread testing.  Latin America’s largest country has typically recorded more than 1,000 deaths a day, but usually registers fewer on the weekends. Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Feb. 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday. Since first arriving in the country, the virus’ rapid spread has eroded support for right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro and has raised fears of economic collapse after years of anemic growth.

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic has set off an unprecedented response from the global scientific community to find a vaccine, according the World Health Organization’s latest count, 13 experimental jabs are being tested in humans and more than 120 others are in earlier stages of development.  Biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, including AstraZeneca Plc and Moderna Inc, have been ramping up production and promising supplies of millions of doses of their experimental vaccines before the year end. In India, drug firm Glenmark Pharmaceuticals on Saturday said it has launched antiviral drug Favipiravir, under the brand name FabiFlu, for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate Covid-19 at a price of about Rs 103 per tablet. The drug will be available as a 200 mg tablet at a maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs 3,500 for a strip of 34 tablets, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said. 

Gold and silver prices jumped in the opening trade amid surging Covid-19 patient count across the world, putting a question mark over a quick recovery in economic conditions.   Gold in the national capital rose on Friday by Rs 144 to Rs 48,334 per 10 gram in-line with gain in international prices of the precious metal, according to HDFC Securities. Silver also gained Rs 150 to Rs 49,160 per kg. Globally, gold jumped to its highest in more than a month on Monday as investors sought the safe-haven metal after surging Covid-19 cases intensified concerns over a delay in global economic recovery.

Gold prices in India today extended gains, hitting a new high amid a global rally. On MCX, August gold futures rose 0.7% to Rs.48,289 per 10 gram. Tracking gold, silver also posted strong gains. July silver futures on MCX rose 1.2% to Rs.49,190 per kg. Gold and silver prices had surged 1.2% and 1.5% in the previous session. In global markets, gold prices today hit a one-month high as a surge in coronavirus cases dented investor sentiment towards riskier assets. Worries about a delay in global economic recovery prompted investors to seek the safe-haven metal. Spot gold was up 0.4% at $1,749.54 per ounce after earlier hitting $1,751 during the session. US gold futures jumped 0.6% to $1,763.80 per ounce.

‘Ananthah sarasi dhere  Ramye  Bhoothapurivare’ – on the bank of Ananthasaras the temple pushkarini, is the temple of Sri Adhi Kesavar.   Boothapuri, better known now as Sri Perumpudur is the most divine place for us –  the place where our Greatest Acharyar “Emperumanaar, Bashyakarar” the reincarnation of Aadi Sesha and Sri Lakshmanar was born,  in the year 1017  to Kesava Somayaji and Gandhimathi couples. 

                                Worshipping Sri Ramanujar at his Avathara sthalam and elsewhere will cure us of all sins and rid all diseases, keeping away mental distress and strain.

Our Srivaishnavism hails Ubhaya Vedabta – there are philosophies restricted to having their scriptures in either Sanskrit or Tamil ~ Sri Vaishnavism has Sanskrit and dravida vedantha in equal parlance. .. .. and we have the noblest of preceptors  - Swami Ramanujar – the King of all hermits guiding us the path.

Glory to num Iramanusan !  ~ today is Thiruvathirai nakshathiram in the month of Aani  – we hail the birth star [monthly] of our Great Acarya Swami Ramanujar.  22.6.2020 -  இன்று ஆனி  மாச திருவாதிரை நக்ஷத்திரம் ~ எம்பெருமானார் ராமானுஜர் திருவவதார தின - மாச சிறப்பு.  திருவரங்கத்தமுதனார்  - மானுடர்களை,  மேகம்போலே வர்க்ஷிக்கிற உதாரனே!’ என்று (அதிவாதமாகச்) [exaggeration] சொல்லி புகழ மாட்டேன் என்கிறார் !!   

People naturally get attracted to poems, nay not the variety the modern day blokes write for Cinema.  Poets tend to exaggerate.  In philosophy, poiesis (from Ancient Greek) is "the activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before."  Poiesis is etymologically derived from the ancient Greek term that  means "to make".  Figurative language refers to the color we use to amplify our writing. It takes an ordinary statement and dresses it up in an evocative frock. It gently alludes to something without directly stating it.  A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not really applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, the cliché is ‘like the moon !’

கவிதை - என்பது அழகியல் உணர்ச்சியுடைய, ஓசை சந்தத்துடன் கூடிய  இலக்கியக் கலை வடிவம் ஆகும்.  பல சிறந்த கவிஞர்கள் ஏழ்மையில் வாழ்ந்ததாய் வரலாறு உரைக்கிறது.  அரசவை கவிஞர்கள் அரசனை, சந்திரனுக்கும் கடலுக்கும் ஒப்பிட்டு, அவர்களை மிக உயர்வாக போற்றி பாடி பரிசுகள் பெற்றனராம்.  திருவல்லிக்கேணி மண்ணிலே வாழ்ந்த பாரதியார் அப்படிப்பட்டவரல்ல ! -   இன்றைய சினிமா பாடலாசிரியர்கள் போலல்லாமல் பாரதியார் உரைத்தது : - 'நமக்கு தொழில் கவிதை; நாட்டிற்கு உழைத்தல்;  இமைப்பொழுதும்  சோராது இருத்தல்".   புகழ்ச்சி அனைவருக்கும் பிடிக்கும் - அனாதி காலமாகவே அளவைஉயர்த்தி புகழ்தல் வழக்கில் இருந்துள்ளது போலும். 

ஸ்ரீவைஷ்ணவர்களுக்கு ஒரு சிறப்பான பிரபந்தம் 'இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதி' - இது திருவரங்கத்து அமுதனார் அருளிச் செய்தது.  நம் திவ்யதேசங்களிலே - ஆழ்வார் ஆசார்யர் சாற்றுமுறை தினங்களிலும், முக்கிய நிகழ்ச்சிகளிலும் 'இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதி'  சேவிக்கப்பெறுகிறது.  திருவரங்கத்தமுதனார் திருவரங்கத்திலே மூங்கில் குடியில் பங்குனித் திங்கள் அஸ்த நன்னாளில் அவதரித்தவர். திருவரங்கக் கோவில் பணிகளைச் செய்துவந்த இவர்,  திருவரங்கத்து திருக்கோவிலை நிர்வாகம் செய்து,  “பெரிய கோயில்நம்பி” எனும் பெயர் பெற்று திகழ்ந்து வந்தார். ஸ்ரீமத் ராமானுசர் கோயில் வழிபாட்டு முறையினை ஒழுங்குபடுத்தினார்.

எம்பெருமானாரை தவிர ஒரு தெய்வத்தையும் வணங்க மாட்டேன்; எந்த மானுடரையை உயர்த்தி கவி பட மாட்டேன், என உடையவரையே தஞ்சமாக கொண்டு அமுதனார் பாடிய இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதியில் இருந்து ஒரு சிறப்பான பாடல் இங்கே: -

நயவேன் ஒரு தெய்வம் நானிலத்தே சில மானிடத்தைப்*
புயலே எனக்கவி போற்றி செய்யேன், பொன்னரங்கமென்னில்
மயலே பெருகும் இராமனுசன்  மன்னு மாமலர்த்தாள்*
அயரேன் அருவினை என்னையெவ்வாறின்றடர்ப்பதுவே?

Thiruvarangathu Amuthanar in his glorious work contemplates that he shall seldom offer worship to any other God on earth, will not praise some mortal with high sounding words like  ‘you are akin to a cloud that gives rain’ – one shall never forget the lotus feet of our Acharyar  Sri Ramanujar who unbountiful love flows like a cloud on the mere mention of holy Thiruvarangam.  To those, karma can never approach nor do any harm.  

At the start, Corona global update is understandable but what was the relevance of Gold and Silver prices ! – wonder what ?

The photos here are of 7.5.2019 – 8th day of Sri Ramanujar Avathara Uthsavam morning purappadu at Thiruallikkeni.  Usually it would only be Periya mada veethi purappadu but it was curtailed to be chinna mada veethi + kulakkarai due to an asantharpam – looking back, that was great as compared to what we are experiencing now – No darshan due to Covid 19.  It was Akshaya Tritaya day.  Emperumanar adorned ‘kashaya pagai’ – a crown of saffron cloth for the Yatis.   In the evening of the  the 8th day of the Uthsavam,  it is  ‘yaanaivahanam’ for Udayavar -   and the yaanai in Thiruvallikkeni is silvery.   Last year,   Jewellers reported better footfalls on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya  with many reporting up to 25 percent sales volume over the previous year. Lower retail prices of gold, and the marriage season boosted consumer sentiment in spite of the day being a working day, industry sources told news agencies. Retail gold prices were trading around Rs 32,000 per 10 grams. Today it is around Rs.49000/- but buyers are vastly reduced.  This year Akshaya tritiya was not exactly a windfall for Gold traders as brick-and-mortar outlets had to remain closed due to nationwide lockdown, yet some bought Gold online !

உய்ய ஒரே வழி, உடையவர் திருவடி.  நம் ஆசார்யர்  ஸ்ரீ ராமானுசரின்
புகழ் பாடும் இராமானுச நூற்றந்தாதியினை  கற்று, பாடி  அனுபவிப்போம்.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan.
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar

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