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Grand old man of THAMIZH
Has enough been done to perpetuate the memory of U.Ve.Sa, who gifted priceless literature to posterity?

It is important that February 19 is remembered for on this day in 1855 was born a man who did so much for Tamil as a language. But he never got his due. Not even a university named after the person, whose crusade was to restore lost literary treasure.

Most speakers of Tamil will know U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer as ‘Thamizh Thatha.’ Some may have heard of his untiring efforts to bring the Sangam period literature back into circulation and accessible to the larger population and thereby contribute substantially to Tamil being accorded the status of a classical language. But very few would have read his brilliant autobiography, ‘En Charitram.’ The 762 pages of simple and easy to understand Tamil are divided into several chapters and sub-chapters. All of them reveal leadership lessons to which young children should have access. Ways to incorporate sections of his book into education, making it more accessible to those who may not feel comfortable reading Tamil will be the finest way to remember this great scholar.

Among many reasons, the book deserves to be clubbed with the finest autobiographies ever written, for three reasons:

The initial chapters and to some extent the later chapters, are vivid, with factual descriptions of daily life in the 1830s–1870s in Thanjavur district. While political history of this time is well recorded, the daily lives are not – simple details of wedding ceremonies (the groom paid for the expenses and a bride price), schooling (4 a.m.-5 p.m. with each student having to supply his own sand everyday) give a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary folks. His family was deeply entrenched in music and we have information of stalwarts such as Ghanam Krishna Iyer, Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan as well as patrons of those days (often with house address details) in Ariyalur and other areas. His pilgrimage to attend the 1878 consecration of Madurai Meenakshi temple speaks of the Vaigai with water and flanked by coconut groves, hardly imaginable today!

From an inspirational point, his life is yet another example of how persistence, perseverance and ethical living are the surest way to lasting success though money will come slowly.

The indigent circumstances of the family did not prevent them from holding on to values. In a moving passage he speaks of how a friend of his father taunted him for choosing Tamil over English. He then decided to learn from Meenakshisundaram Pillai (whose portly but radiating appearance is fondly described). He went about the task in a systematic manner of reading his texts and cultivating the friendships of those who knew him and could get him a meeting. His description of his guru’s death and his own move to Kumbakonam from Tiruvavaduturai are deeply moving even after 137 years when read by someone several generations later.

Finally is his ability to look at everything with hope and positivity. There are times when he faces difficulty, but things do get better and he does his own bit. Particularly illustrative is the patience he had in comparing different versions of ‘Sivaka Chintamani’ and bringing it to press despite many obstacles.

As his 160th anniversary approaches, perhaps we will see an audio book, and parts of the text in school texts and an account of the descendants of the many people he mentions, including Ariyalur Sadagopa Iyengar, Senganam Vridhachala Reddiar, Judge Muthusamy Iyer and his colleagues in the Kumbakonam college – Gopal Rao, ‘Ladu’ Sesha Iyer, R.V. Srinivasa Iyer, B. Hanumanth Rao and of course his guru, Meenakshisundaram Pillai, Thyagaraja Chettiar, who got him to Kumbakonam and Salem Ramasamy Mudaliar who inspired him to look at Sangam literature.

(The writer may be contacted at pradeepandanusha

Interview with Annamalai Swami - Tiruvannamalai 1993

Interview with Annamalai Swami
Tiruvannamalai 1993 India
Conducted by Madhukar Thompson

Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Regarding Kindle Reader
« on: February 18, 2013, 07:09:15 AM »
Sir, I have just got a Kindle Paperwhite. I will use it for a few days and let you know how I find it.

Dear Nobody

Thanks for ur reply .Hoping to get a proper feedback from you regarding Kindle Paperwhite .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:11:00 PM »
The fruit that occurs from sincere and devoted worship is indeed very great. If the worship is performed merely for showing off to others, one only gets limited results. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:59:26 AM »

Arunachala / Re: Power of Arunachala-kshetra
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:57:44 AM »
An Excellent Pic of Arunachala that I found on the net :


Fate and Free Will :

"Forgetfulness or non-forgetfulness is not a part of your destiny. It is something you choose from moment to moment. That is what Bhagavan [Ramana Maharshi] said. He said that you have the freedom either to identify with the Self and have the understanding that the body is performing its predestined activities, animated and sustained by the power of the Self, or you can identify with the activities of the body and the mind, and in doing so forget the Self. If you choose the latter course, don't blame God or God's will, or predestination. God did not make you forget the Self. You yourself are making that choice every second of your life.""*

Annamalai Swami

Here is the thread where you can discuss about what you read here :
It is called Pointers from Bhagwan - For Discussion

General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:15:15 AM »

Your quote from Annamalai Swami is wonderful and sums up Bhagwan's Teaching in a Nutshell .I have added this quote in my Pointers from Bhagwan's Thread .

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:55:01 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Subject of Marriage
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:58:02 PM »
These forum discussions are addictive. Even though we gain something its a great sucker of our entire energies an focus. We must regulate ourselves.


You wanted to avoid watching TV but now got caught in Net/Forum Discussions . I had already mentioned the example of a person known to me who did the same i.e avoided TV and landed up with the same problem as you ( i,e got caught up in net addiction ) .

The problem is neither in Net /Forum/TV /Cell Phone but how we regulate them as your own statement says .
Anyway being an Arunachala Forum , nothing goes waste . All discussions here definitely have some impact in due course .I myself found lot  of value in many of yours posts and comments here .

Om Peace .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:56:48 PM »

Subramaniam Sir
Can you share any specific recollections .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:29:15 PM »
Great and rare experience recalled. The picture is really astounding. Only Maha Periyava could observe so minutely and teach us. All of us, who saw Arjuna’s penance sculpture will be content with seeing Arjuna and some elephants> Only Maha Periyava could point to the presence of Vishnu Temple and a sage doing Maathyaanhikam. What Grace! Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

காஞ்சி மஹா பெரியவருடனான எனது அனுபவங்கள் – டாக்டர் தியாக. சத்தியமூர்த்தி


சிறு வயதிலிருந்தே அவரை தரிசித்திருக்கிறேன். தொல்லியலாளரான பின்னர் அவரைப் பார்க்கப் போனபோது, “நீ என்ன வேலை பார்க்கிறாய்?” என்று கேட்டார். அப்போது கோவில்கள் திட்டப்பணியில் தொல்லியல் துறையில் செய்யும் பணிபற்றிச் சொன்னேன். “நீ மகாபலிபுரம் போயிருக்கிறாயா? அங்கு என்ன பார்த்தாய்?” என்று கேட்டார். நான் பஞ்சபாண்டவர் ரதம், மகிஷாசுரமர்த்தினி என்றெல்லாம் சொன்னேன்.

“அங்கு பல்லவர்களுடைய கடிகாரம் ஒன்று இருக்கிறதே, அதைப் பார்த்திருக்கிறாயா?” என்று கேட்டார். ஏதோ விளையாட்டுக்குச் சொல்கிறார் என்று நினைத்து, “பல்லவா காலத்தில் ஏது பெரியவா கடிகாரம்?” என்று கேட்டேன். “இருக்கு. இருக்கு. நீ அடுத்தவாட்டி போறப்போ நல்லா பார்த்துட்டு வா!” என்றார்.

மறுமுறை போனபோது, “கடிகாரம் பார்த்தாயா?” என்று கேட்டார். “இல்லை பெரியவா, எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை” என்றேன். “அர்ஜுனன் தவம் பார்த்தியா?” என்று கேட்டார். “பார்த்தேன்” என்றேன். “அந்த அர்ஜுனன் தபஸ் சிற்பத்திற்குக் கீழே நதி ஒன்று ஓடிக் கொண்டிருக்கும். சின்ன விஷ்ணு கோயில் ஒன்று இருக்கும். பக்கத்தில் ரிஷி ஒருவர் உட்காந்து கொண்டிருப்பார். கீழே அமர்ந்து சிலர் வேதம் சொல்லிக் கொண்டிருப்பார்கள். ஒருவர் ஆற்றில் நனைத்த துணியைப் பிழிந்து கொண்டிருப்பார். மற்றொருவர் நின்று கொண்டு மாத்யான்னிஹ வந்தனை செய்து கொண்டிருப்பார். (அதில் ஒருவர் இரண்டு கைகளையும் கோர்த்து விரலிடுக்கால் உச்சியிலிருக்கும் சூரியனைப் பார்க்கிறார்) பனிரெண்டு மணிக்கு இந்த விஷயம் நடந்தது என்பதைச் சிற்பி தெரிவிக்கிறார். அதைத்தான் ‘பல்லவ கடிகாரம்‘ என்று சொன்னேன்” என்று பெரியவர் சொன்னார்.

பெரியவரின் நுணுக்கமான பார்வையைக் கண்டு எனக்கு பிரமிப்பு ஏற்பட்டது. இப்படிப் பல அனுபவங்கள்.

டாக்டர் தியாக. சத்தியமூர்த்தி, தமிழகத்தின் தலைசிறந்த தொல்லியல் ஆய்வாளர்களுள் ஒருவர். தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், கர்நாடகம், குஜராத், டெல்லி, ராஜஸ்தானம் என இந்தியாவின் பல பகுதிகளில் தொல்லியல் ஆய்வுகளை நிகழ்த்தியவர். இந்தியத் தொல்பொருள் கள ஆய்வுத் துறை (Archaeological Survey of India) மூலம் இவர் ஆற்றிய பணிகள் குறிப்பிடத்தக்கன. தமிழகத்தில் ஆதிச்சநல்லூர், மகாபலிபுரம் போன்ற இடங்களில் இவர் செய்த ஆய்வுகள் முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்தவை. ஆய்வு, பயிற்றல், கருத்தரங்கு எனப் பல வேலைகளில் இடையின்றி ஈடுபட்டிருப்பவரைத் தென்றலுக்காக அரவிந்த் சுவாமிநாதன் சந்தித்தார். அந்தச் சந்திப்பிலிருந்து…

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:36:41 AM »
It is not possible for a person whose mind is ever dedicated to God to be preoccupied with transient, mundane difficulties. Neither will such a person get unsettled by difficulties. God will give him the strength to face and surmount his problems. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:30:52 AM »

Happy to note that your cousin has underwent a very successful operation . Congrats to the Team of Doctors who made this possible . Thanks also to the Almighty for making this possible .
Really happy to hear this . Keep us updated about his further progress and hope he returns back to normal life soon .
Om Peace .

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