The 1,000th year anniversary of Sri Ramanujacharya would kick off in Tamil Nadu in the year 2015, said Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja, Chinna Jeeyar Swami on Sunday.
Speaking at an event organised by the Jeeyar Educational Trust and Vikasa Tarangini, the Chinna Jeeyar Swami said that the celebrations would go on for a year. “It is Sri Ramanujacharya who made it possible for not only the Brahmins but even non-Brahmins to do poojas at temples in TN. And, in 2015, we are going to celebrate his 1000th year, which will be celebrated in TN for a year.” He requested Governor, K Rosaiah, who inaugurated the event, to extend all help for the celebrations and poojas.
Speaking on ‘Sneham’ (friendship), the Chinna Jeeyar Swami said, “Friendship is a feeling that can be enjoyed but cannot be measured in any terms. Only when the person is in need, a real friend shows his friendship. So, every friend should make use of the opportunity of the other friend’s need to help and support him. A real friend will not be afraid of extending good advice to or correcting the friend’s mistake.”
Addressing the participants, the Governor said that there were several preachers who preach the ways of life but only a few had the quality to attract the listeners. Chennai, he said, was lucky to have Swami Srimannarayana Ramanuja who could captivate the audience with his take on friendship. He added that there was no better person than the Swamiji to deliver the talk on friendship.
The programme started with a Lakshmi Narayana Pooja, where 100 people participated, followed by a Prajna workshop for teachers.