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Editor's Note - 20 (January 1, 2010)

Rededicating Our Services On A Little Milestone

Dear Fellow-Bhagavathas,

With the grace of the Divya Dampathis and Swami Desika, www.svdd.com has completed three years and in the process taken a small step of note. What started as a purely temple website with the accent on temple Uthsavams and photo gallery when it was launched on the 30th December 2006 (a Vaikunta Ekadasi day), has seen a steady and sustained evolution with regard to design as well as content. This led to a greater and global reach and wider acclaim if your ‘Valued Views’ is any indication.

That the website is now a name to reckon with in the Sri Vaishnava cyber world has its bearings in your tremendous support. Also the views of Sri Anbil Ramaswamy, President, Swami Desika Darsana Satsangam, U.S.A. posted in the Editor’s Note – 10 is a great source of encouragement to us in our devout journey. For us who are blessed to be entrusted with this small Bhagavath Kainkaryam, it has been an ennobling and fulfilling experience.

You must by now have an idea of the ideals and values for which we are striving for in our efforts. As we cross the small milestone, we rededicate our services at the feet of the Lord and our Acharya. God willing, we wish to continue this journey of ours (of course, with you), as earnestly as we can.

We have a few new features lined-up for the ensuing months which will be notified in due course. Please be on the constant look-out.

A new feature has been introduced in our Gallery section recently, which the discerning would have noticed, pertains to the presence of thumbnail view (a set of seven photos) below the full view of each snap. This, we hope, would enhance the visual experience to a great extent.

We propose to provide soon audio clippings of the ThirupPavai discourse performed at the Temple under the auspices of Vedaparayana Sabha by Mannargudi Sri U.Ve. Rajagopalacharyar Swami, Asthana Vidwan, Sri Ahobila Mutt.

Active learning is always preferable

‘Trail Our Glorious Sampradaya’, the Monthly Online Quiz and its Juniors’ version are synonymous with our website. The former was started in April 2007 with a view to enabling Bhagavathas imbibe the values of our hallowed tradition, especially the Visishtaadvaitha philosophy and keep them in constant touch with its salient tenets. The quizzes have been well received and more and more new participants are taking part in them. They help the participants learn plenty of new things along the line as they develop the habit of referencing. There is immense satisfaction to be had from expressing what one has learnt or one already knows. Thus taking part in the quizzes constitutes what can be called ‘active learning’.

However, of late, there is apparently this tendency in some of you to stop short of actually participating in the quizzes in spite of following them and trying to unscramble the questions. This may be referred to as ‘passive learning’. The drawback in this is, over a period of time, the learning process will stop in the absence of the ‘personal touch’ obtained through active participation. For this reason, we request each one of you to be actively involved in the learning process through your participation.

We have always maintained that all those who obtain top score are on par with the actual prize winners and that the prizes are just token appreciation. So, keep participating in the quizzes, without emphasis on prizes. This, while broadening the knowledge base will make your interest in our sampradaya count. Starting January 2010 quiz, recognition for regular participation is also in the offing. A consistent and valid e-mail ID is a pre-requisite.

Check before sending for ‘QMIY’

A lot of enthusiasm is seen in the ‘Quiz Master In You’ programme. But more often than not the questions sent are the ones which had already figured in our earlier quizzes. The participants are requested to check our ‘Archives’ pages thoroughly before sending in their question(s). The search option (Ctrl + F) is an effective tool for this.

We invoke the divine grace for a very happy, prosperous and healthy New Year 2010 for all of you.

Meet you in the next Note.

எங்கள் தூப்புல் பிள்ளை பாதம் என் சென்னியதே!

Natteri P. Srihari (a) Lakshmi Narasimhacharyar

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