Mahaperiyava in His speech “En Kaaryam” while talking about the need for vedic education for all boys; how to do it on top of regular school life etc. He also says that He has never seen anyone who have learnt Sanskrit/veda not performing well in the school. He wanted each kid to learn vedas to the extend that he should be in a comfortable position to do basic homams/pujas by himself.…..He also talks about the significance of a mother’s role in ensuring such milestone.
All these are true in Anirudh’s case. Like this article says, Anirudh is a normal teenager – listens to music, watches movies, hangs out with his friends, eats out but with an extraordinary passion for vedas. At 16, he has completed a significant portion of Yajur vedam. He is learning from one of the well-learned acharya – Brahmasri Vengalathur Mani Ganapadigal. Last time, when I was in India, I attended one of his vedam class and these kids were just rocking – felt happy for the kids. His teacher has taken his students to several events where they can chant udaga shanthi, manhanyasam, ganams etc and trained them so well…His parents deserve a great deal of appreciation in helping Anirudh meet this height. Both Jayashree and Sundar are both quite knowledgeable in the vedas at least to the extend of appreciating the importance of what Anirudh has taken up. I know his mom for more than 20 years!
Now, after a long stretch of being a student, Anirudh is taking vedam classes at Adambakkam with all the blessings from his teacher. He is teaching kids and some adults on correcting sandhyavandhanam mantras, sukthams etc at his house. The local temple is asking him to come do the same in the temple for others to benefit as well. I am sure he is teaching his dad too!
Great job Anirudh – you are truly a model kid! You followed Mahaperiyava’s teachings fully and His blessings will be with you always!
Kudos to his parents for bringing up a great kid….
P.S – Don’t know why this article was titled poorly by the author in Adambakkam Times!