Vol. 11 No. 2 July 2004 (For Private Circulation Only)

The Vedas with their six auxiliaries and knowledge of sciences may be on one's lips; one may have the gift of poesy; and may compose good prose and poetry; but if one's mind be not attached to the lotus feet of the Guru, what thence, what thence, what thence, what thence?

- Adi Sankara Bhagavatpada in Gurvashtakam
Kanchi Kamakoti Peethadhipatis Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and Pujyashri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal observe CHATURMASYA VRATA at Sankara Math, Kanchi, from 2.7.2004 to 28.9.2004. During Chaturmasya Advaita Sad as, Veda Vidwat Sadas, Veda Parayanam and Annadanam will be conducted. All devotees are requested to participate and receive the blessings of Pujyashri Acharyas.
Jagadgurus Pujyashri Acharyas of the Kanchi Math with Srimad Azhagiyasingar of Sri Ahobila Math.



ADI SANKARA ADVAITA RESEARCH CENTRE, Mylapore, Chennai celebrates the 70th Jayanti of Jagadguru Pujyashri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal on 2.8.2004 at 4.30 PM at the Sastri Hall, Luz, Mylapore. There will be a programme of devotional music by Smt. Vijayalakshmi Subramanian & Party. Dr. NV Devi Prasad, Principal, The Madras Sanskrit College presides and speaks about the Acharya. Thiruppugazh Chelvar Kavimamani Shri Madhivannan speaks on "Guruvai Varuvai". All are welcome.


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'Suswara' Group rendering devotional music on 25.4.2004 at the beginning of the Seminar on the "Three Systems of Vedanta".
Scholars (from R to L) Dr. R. Krishnamurthy Sastrigal (Advaita), Shri T.S. Raghavendran (Dvaita) and Prof. M. Narasimhachary (Visishtadvaita) at the Seminar on 25.4.2004. .
Pujyashri Acharyas dedicate and bless the Sir C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar School - The Grove at Chennai on 9.6.2004. Dr. (Smt.) Nandita Krishna offers obeisance to the Acharyas.




1. A true Hindu has Sakti at heart, Siva sign at his forehead and name of Vishnu on his tongue. He becomes the Guru of the world.

2. The Supreme Being is one. Vinayaka, Muruga, Ambal and Vishnu are the manifestations of the one and same Paramatman.

3. "The Truth is one. The wise speak of it by different names." Hinduism is like the Great Indian Ocean. Follow the Hindu Dharma to lead a blissful life.

4. Get up early in the morning and perform yogasanas to purify the body. Recite the names of the Lord to purify the mind.

5. By listening to moral instruction, puranic and historical stories and narratives, we should strive to purify our souls.

Inauguration of the new Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital (KKCTH)

Acute illnesses in children, such as severe asthma, severe pneumonia, complicated infections, uncontrollable seizures and severe trauma, including head injuries, require immediate specialized care, The PICU at KKCTH has been completely renovated into a purpose built unit to provide the best possible care for critically ill children.

The facilities available include intensive monitoring, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, advanced modes of ventilation (including non invasive ventilation) and renal replacement therapy. In addition to 10 ICU beds, there are 7 High Dependency beds that can accommodate patients who require closer monitoring but do not need full intensive care. The aim is to provide scientific, evidence-based care at a reasonable cost, without compromising on quality.

The new unit was rededicated to the children of India by Their Holinesses of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham, Sri Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal and Sri Sankara Vijayendra Saraswati Swamigal. These new facilities will enhance the facilities already available at Kanchi Kamakoti CHILDS Trust Hospital in providing quality acute care and intensive care in a teaching hospital environment.
Pujyashri Acharya visiting the PICU at Kanchi Kamakoti Childs Trust Hospital, Chennai.
Pujyashri Acharya rededicating the new Paediatric ICU.
The parayana of the moola of the Brihadaranyaka Vartika (on Sankara Bhashya) of Sureshwaracharya was done by 8 people (brahmacharis, grihastas and sanyasins) from 5th to 12th June, 2004 at the Kanchi Math premises (8 hours a day) in three sessions headed by Dr. R. Krishnamurthy Sas'trigal, ex-Principal of Sanskrit College, Chennai. This is the first time in the recent past that the parayana of the vartika is done. Vedic and Vedanta Pandits from Mathur of Karnataka also participated in the parayanam. The participants were blessed and honoured by Pujyashri Acharvas
Our rulers often proclaim that "a secular state means a state that does not concern itself with any religion, that it does not mean that the government is opposed to religion as such, and that the prosperity of all religions is acceptable to the state." But in actual practice what do we see? The Government's actions are not opposed to any religion barring Hinduism. The Hindu religion has become a no-man's land.
Sri MANGALAMBIKA, Sri Adi Kumbheswarar Temple, Kumbakonam
According to legend, aeons ago Brahma had made a pot out of earth and nectar (amrita) and filled it with nectar and seeds of creation and placed it at the sacred Meru mountain. The great Deluge dislodged the pot and it floated towards south and rested at a spot. Lord Siva (as a hunter) aimed his arrow to break the pot. The nectar spread over a sizable area and filled two sacred tanks, the Mahamakham and Potramarai tanks. Lord Siva created a linga out of the nectar and earth and entered it as Adi Kumbheswara. Goddess Parvati adorns His left as Mangalambika, the bestower of all auspiciousness. As she incorporates the power of all the 51 Shaktipeethams, she is called as Mantrapeetheswari.
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