Veda Samrakshana – 2012 & 2013

Om Sri Gurubyo Nama:

Om Sri Mahaganapataye Nama:

Raso Vai Sah: रसो वै सः

God is the one who enjoys the ultimate rasa, and its rapture

It is now a little more than a year since we made our individual contributions towards “Veda Rakshanam” as directed by Sri Mahaaperiyavaa in his Deivaththin Kural. Last year when I took up this exercise, I thought we would collect roughly around Rs 6 Lakhs based on some crude calculation – it didn’t work. We made only Rs 4.5 lakhs. This basically translates to approx Rs 4000 per month to a patasala. I don’t have to tell you how much it costs us to run a basic family. Here we are talking about family of the vedic scholor, vidyarthis and some cows etc. Considering all these, Rs 4000 per month is definitely falls shorter than their average needs. One thing I want to emphasis here is the contributions split between India and outside of India. Surprisingly, we made 60-40! Given the conversion rate, I was expecting more contribution from folks in US.

The funds collected in 2012 was put on a FD with a bi-yearly interest accrual at 9.5% apr effective mid-July, 2012. First installment of interest was received during mid-Jan 2013 (roughly 20K). We considered totally 3 padasala and we chose one. Other two were not considered due to few reasons. First one has started receiving support from wealthy NRIs from US since January. Second one was rejected due to lack of proper administration, lack of trust with the people who run. So we chose Thogur padasala to be supported through this blog. This is a rare Jaimini vaishanava padasala, run as a gurukulam – very small town called Thogur near Trichy- very dedicated , who takes care of the vidyarthis like their kids – supporting 15 cows etc. Actual amount will be transferred to them in the next couple of weeks. If anyone wants to know the details, please email me at mk.netid@gmail.com.

Now moving on to 2013….

Since Jan 2013, I have been receiving inquiries from several of our readers about initiating similar drive in 2013 ! Although work pressure kept me busy for a long time – still keeping me busy. More than that, I was very hesitant to come and ask again. I am not used to doing this….Even now, I am nervous J Anyway, let me gather some courage to ask your feedback on what you think. Before I ask, I am asking all your opinion on this. Before that, please read on to understand change in the contribution amount based on Periyava’s upanyasam. do this, then I want to structure the contribution in alignment exactly with what Mahaperiyava said. Those who have a copy of “Sri Periyava Kural” may listen to this plea of His Holiness, on track 6, Volume 1, titled “Veda Rakshanam”. Here are His words::

I am asking you to give me one “sampathi daan”. Everyone should study Vedas daily and make your children do it – let this be on one side. It is no doubt an important duty. There is another work much more important than this. You should help to run Veda Patashalas continuously uninterrupted. For this purpose, you should give financial help both to students and the teachers. Further, you should establish many more schools to teach the Vedas, to teach their meaning and to conduct tests on those subjects. During the period of studies, the students should be given stipends. On passing examination, suitable prizes depending on marks obtained, should be given. Veda can exist only if you do so. For all these, funds are necessary. Every month, on the day of your birth star, put one rupee* in a Savings Box, remembering me (am I not asking you to give?). On your birthday, add another five rupees**. At the end of the year, send the accumulated amount to Veda Rakshana Nidhi Trust., You are spending a lot, You pay taxes, This is the tax I levy on you. For me you have to pay a rupee a month. Thus, if everyone does this, just like the saying “many drops of water make an ocean”, Veda Rakshana Nidhi Trust will become self-sufficient”.

* – now adjusted to US $1 and Rs 10; ** – now adjusted to US $5 and Rs Rs 50

I am told that one gets 13 birth stars in one year – I am terrible in Tamil stars and months – never able to understand 🙂

If you A family of 4 following Sri MahaSwamigal’s above scheme could contribute up to $64 or Rs 2400 per family/year – hope my calculation is correct. As opposed to Mahaperiyava’s direction, I am collecting it up front as opposed to waiting for the end of the year.

As always, I want to do this collaboratively. Can you all please respond to this poll to let me know your thoughts in contributing $64 or Rs 2400 for this cause in 2013?

I am fine with any outcome of this poll. In my opinion, the outcome is already decided by Periyava and we will get to know what it is after this poll is over!

Let me guarantee you one thing – the funds collected are/will-be well accounted-for and not even expenditure on account of local town bus-fare would be debited to that.

Let me end this note with my favorite topic – nithya karma::

It is said Vedas are the very breath of Sri Mahavishnu. And for Sri Mahaaperiyavaa it was/is “Veda Rakshanam”. In his Deivaththin Kural Sri Mahaaperiyavaa has emphasized on all of us the importance of performing our Nithya Karma Anushtaanams regularly or at least our Sandhyavandanam of which Gayatri Japam is a part. He almost pleads with us to perform 1008 Gayatri everyday, if not at least 108, or 54 or 12 being the barest minimum. Regardless of veda samrakshanam or not, let us do our nithya karma without fail and not letting down our dear Periyava!

Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara



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  1. I am very much happy to do this kainkaryam as advocated by MahaPeriyavaa. I live in California. Please reach out to me in the email ID. Alternatively you can please send the US Address and I will send the cheque, which ever works best for you.

  2. Shri mahesh, great. mahesh… uncomparable efforts.. mahaperiva correct aa daan ungala chose pannirkar… veda samrakshanathukku…. periva vaakku, ellarum follow pannanum…thanks for reminding us… and giving us a opportunity to follow his directions.. but i have a suggession….only very few of his devottees are in your link… there are lots of lots of his devotees who wish to follow this veda samrakshanam, who dont have access to mails. think of this. how to accept their contributions? need to do something. pranams.

  3. although there is no need of difference between smaartha and vaishnava paathashaalas, please give first preference to smaarta paathashaalas, as the vaishnavaites give only second or third preference to vedas in their philosophy.

    • the contribution is based only on the kind of hardship, # of vidyarthis, kind of current support, sincerity of the vadhyar etc. To Periyava all are equal.

  4. Dear mahesh, please don’t fix any condition for minimum contribution, because there are so many people who are ready to contribute whatever they can inspite of their financial difficulties. they should not be discouraged.

  5. Dear mahesh, please give the details of the bank to which DDs should be sent to.Nothing pleases mahaaperiyavaa than doing service for veda, because he is the veda purusha

  6. Your mailing address in US would be appreciated, Mahesh’ji.

  7. Dear Mahesh,
    ” Infact I was waiting for your call”- what I meant was ” I was looking forward for this kind of contributions calls ”
    Jaya Jaya Sanakra ! Hara Hara Sankara!

  8. mahesh

    you are doing a great job! u r doing waht many of us desire to do but not able to do
    God bless u my boy

  9. Hello Mahesh,

    Please send me the bank details. I would like to contribute as well(kkollenkode@gmail.com)

    Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara

  10. Please resend the details about how to send dd/cheque for the drive. At no point this drive should be stopped for what ever reason.
    Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara.

  11. dear mahesh !

    i will be very happy to contribute for this nobel cause! i am in singapore now and may i know how can i pay you??
    you can reach me by malolanhari@gmail.com

  12. give me bank details

  13. Please count me in. on the other hand, its surprising to see that people living in abroad didn’t contribute much. Can we have a banner added in this site about the “vedharakashana drive” and link to this page. I think many people have the right intent to contribute. But as this page gets pushed when latest articles or interviews are published, people tend to forget..

  14. That’s a great step you have initiated Sri Mahesh. I intend contributing Rs.6012/- (@ Rs.501/- per month). I am mentioning the amount here with the regret that at the moment I am unable to contribute more than this or you can say I do not have the heart to give more than this. My prayers that Sri Vedamaata should Bless us all with the required wealth and the heart to support Veda Rakshanam very dear to Sri Mahaaperiyavaa in greater measure. Namaskaram to all the members elder to me in age and my Blessings to the younger ones.

    Sri Aiyer Raju Sreenivasan
    Trikaala Sandhyavandani &
    Nitya Sahasra Gayatri Upasaki

  15. Didnt know about this last year. Good to know at least now. Please do share the bank details to transfer the money.

    Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankar

  16. Hari Om Sri. Mahesh,

    Couple of suggestions:

    1. I was talking to a few of my friends and we thought if there is an option somewhere 24x7x365 where the Vedarakshana contribution message/post is constantly visible (may be some where in the header section or where ever appropriate) so people who come to this blog has the visibility and ability to contribute any time. The reason being this message will go down to the bottom of pages in another couple of weeks and one does not have the necessary visibility to contribute even if he/she wishes to.

    2. The inflation is way too up now and I’m not sure how you arrived at your calculation of Re 1 now becoming Re. 10. I think Sri Sri Maha Periyavas message was in the early or late sixties and now it should be atleast 30 times, minimum 20 times. This means Re.1 now becomes Re. 20 so it should be atleast Re. 4800 p.a instead of Re. 2400. Same goes for the $ calculations. I also understand your point of we start with a minimal contribution and go from there.

    3. Is there a way you can direct the total contribution out of this to Sri Kanchi Mutt and they direct to the necessary Patasalas/Vidhyarthies. I belive we can also mention the Patasals that are in genuine need and they will help streamline this more appropriately. I’m aware Sri. Sankara Mutt is funding a lot of Veda patasalas/goshalas and Veda Vidhyarthies. My neighbor who is an Vaishnava Veda Vidhyarthi is regularly receiving funding every month from Sri Kanchi Mutt.

    Just my thoughts!

    Hari Om!

    • Hari Om Sri. Mahesh – Why are still my posts still awaiting moderation ? I see a couple of posts publised after this, I would like to get your and devotees views on the same. Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara.

    • I have made this post sticky – will stay on top till I change it. On the other topics – there is no minimum or maximum contribution! Thanks for your concern.

  17. I humbly suggest that the folks abroad AT LEAST need to contribute to a dollar-a-day program per family towards Veda Rakshanam and other kainkaryams of Sri Matam. It is done in a lot of temples here for the expansion here etc. and I have been contributing to one such temple since 2005 (though I was out of the country for almost 1.5 years), I did not stop this contribution and I’m sure a lot of people in this forum would be doing it similarly.

    If 20 people can do it, it’ll come to $7200 which is almost “half” of the kainkaryams that our Sri Matam is carrying out for the welfare of all the causes it has undertaken – protecting vedas, cow protection, old age homes, taking care of village temples, celebrating all the festivals like Sri Rama Navami, Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Sri Sankara Jayanthi and the Jayanthi Mahotsav celebration of all our Sri Sri Sri Periyavas.

    Most of the folks here pay EMI’s to the tune of $2000 every month for funding their homes or whatever else be the reason. Do we not have a dollar to spare to our Guru Peetam every day for the “ultimate protection” of this world? We did not study vedas for whatever reason and now do not have the guts to enroll our children in Veda Patashala despite following our Mahan’s teachings. At least, can we NOT partake a dollar every day from our earnings towards such a cause. All we need is to channelize the funds that’s going somewhere into this cause which is going to be for our “own” benefit.

    I have not said anything new here, most of you in this forum would be more educated and more devoted than me. There are 1340 followers of this blog. Even If only 10% of them live abroad and even 50% of those living abroad make up their minds to pay a dollar-a-day, that would be 67 people contributing a dollar-a-day for every 365 days and that would be $24,455 a year and that would be approx Rs. 12,22,750.

    Jaya Jaya Shankara Hara Hara Shankara.

  18. Very good idea.Please let us know the Bank details to send our contribution.

  19. Please let us know where we can contribute for this cause. Thank you.

  20. His wish is my command – though I am too small to understand the REAL meaning and reason behind this order. If one person sets aside and contributes rupees twelve or thirteen every year, and receives prasadam the same twelve or thirteen times a year, then I would think that the postal charges would exceed the contribution. Of course one does not have to limit oneself to this small amount. Still, what is the intention of the Periaval in specifically stating such a small amount? I am unable to comprehend. Maybe, in some Janmam yet to come, with the Periaval’s anugraham, I will understand.

    • Hari Om Sri. Chandra Ravikumar – The same question was asked by the madam manager during his times and Sri Sri Maha Periyava explained it beautifully. It is in the lines money is not the only criteria but faith on Veda Rakshanam should also be built up. If you some one could post that experience it would great. Hari Om!

  21. In fact I am waiting for your call.
    Jaya jaya Sanakra ! Hara Hara Sankara !

    • you’re waiting for my call? I completely do not recall anything right now….too much of work etc….Please send me an email – i am good at email replies…

  22. I AM IN

    • //Surprisingly, we made 60-40! Given the conversion rate, I was expecting more contribution from folks in US.//

      Very true statement. I have been observing it and thinking of the same for some time. பணம் வர வர மனம் சுருங்கும். This proverb I read some where. I live abroad too and hope Sri Sri Maha Periyava blesses this malady does not catch up with me. I sincerely request all the folks living abroad to show more heart for this effort that Sri. Mahesh has undertaken. Hari Om!

    • Dear Magesh sir
      Thanks for your golden message from tomorrow i will saving the money per day 10 rupees for Veda Rakshana and i have plain to send every deepavali and pongal kindly send bank details Jaya jaya shankara hara hara shankara

  23. when are you commencing please?what are the modalities for remitting from India?i have voted -FOR
    w

  24. இதை மகாபெரியவள் சொல்லுவது போல வரி என்றாலும் சரி அல்லது காணிக்கை என்றாலும் சரி, இந்துவாக, அதிலும் பிராமின்ஸ் ஆக பிறந்தவர்கள் எல்லோரும் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து இதை ஒரு பெரிய யக்னத்தை போல நடத்தி காட்ட வேண்டும் அதுதான் பெரிவயவாளுக்கு நாம் தரும் மரியாதையை ஆகும். இந்த உலகில் முடியாதது எதுவும் இல்லை என்று சொல்லும்படி நாம் நடத்தி காட்ட வேண்டும் என்பது எனது கோரிக்கை . எல்லாம் அந்த பெரியவாளின் ஆசிர்வாதம்.

  25. Mahesh,

    I have always admired your work and have constantly felt that why I could not have thought of all these and devoted time despite the fact that my father has taken these type of works as his life mission and is doing it admirably given his age. Carry on the good work. Please do let me know how I can be helpful in the second avataar..

    On a friendly note, I want to point out your usage of the words “rejected” while evaluating which patashala to support. I believe such an evaluation goes against the wishes of Mahaperiyava; what you must have wanted to state was “not considered” in place of “rejected”. If possible please amend it.

    Best regards
    Raja, Dubai

  26. Maha Periyava Padam Charan!! Thanks Mahesh for taking this initiative this year. It is a great blessing to be part of this veda samrakshanan.

  27. Mr. Mahesh,

    Can you please add / post the details of where, when and how to make the contribution?

    Regards

  28. Veda rakshana-Great idea.Pl let us have the bank details( bank name, branch, act no,IFSC code etc) to remit.This is a convenient option. Otherwise the address to which the DD to be sent be pl given.
    As for Tamil month and star, well, it is not complex at all. If one knows to read Tamil, Panchangam is as easy to read/look for any info incl star birthday as the daily newspaper.

  29. Great idea. Please inform details through blog or email. Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

  30. Mr. Mahesh very good scheme. I am just giving the tamil version of Periyava upadesam, i thought we can feel and understand the upadesam more when read in tamil

    அதாவது ஒவ்வொருவரும் மாஸா மாஸம் தங்கள் ஜன்ம நட்க்ஷத்திரத்தன்று என்னை நினைத்துக் கொண்டு (நான் தானே கொடுக்கச் சொல்லிக் கேட்கிறேன்) ஒரு ரூபாயை ஒரு உண்டியில் போட்டுவிட வேண்டும். ஒரு வருஷம் ஆனதும் இந்த 12 ரூபாயை வேத ரக்ஷண நிதிக்கு அநுப்பிவிட வேண்டும். இப்படி அனுப்புகிறவர்களுக்கு இங்கே மடத்தில் நடக்கிற பூஜைப் பிரசாதம் விபூதி, குங்குமம், மந்திராக்ஷதை மாஸா மாஸம் அவர்கள் ஜன்ம நக்ஷத்திரத்தன்று அனுப்பி வைக்கப்படும். வருஷந்தோரும் இந்த தர்மத்தைப் புதுப்பித்துக் கொண்டிருந்தால், சந்திரமெனலீசுவரப் பிரசாதமும் நிற்காமல் அகத்தைத் தேடி வந்துகொண்டிருக்கும். எத்தனையோ செலவு செய்கிறீர்கள். வரிகள் (tax) கொடுக்கிறீர்கள். இது நான் போட்டிருக்கிற டாக்ஸ். மாஸம் ஒரு ரூபாய் எனக்காகக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும். எல்லோரும் அப்படிச் செய்தால் பல துளி பெறு வெள்ளம் என்று வேத ரக்ஷணத்துக்கும் பெரிய பலம் கிடைக்கும்.

    Mr. Mahesh am sending my little contribution of Rs.5000/- to periyava feet (please send details of remittance mode).

    Ramesh

  31. Rs2400 for such a great cause,as directed by Mahaperiyava is Nothing.Pls take my name.First.In this context,an incident in my life with Mahaperiyava which I wish to write.pls give me your mail as I wd like to narrate in more details of that incident with Mahaperiyava!

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