Sri Ganapathy Subramanian, devotee of Triplicane Periyava is known to our blog readers through his articles on Valmiki Ramayana, Mahaperiyava, and meaning to Shankara stothrams on his blog http://valmikiramayanam.in/ many of which I have shared here. I have a very high regard for Ganapathy – as a person, his simplicity and more importantly, following the teachings of his Guru, Sri Triplicane Periyava.
Last year around April time-frame, I shared a post about meeting him and his plan to do Valmiki Ramayana parayanam and teach Mooka pancha shathi full time. By Mahaperiyava’s grace he is able to stay that course he has chosen.
In the same month Sri Balaperiyava asked a few who had His darshan to learn and chant mooka pancha shathi and the connection happened through this blog. Ganapathy started online mooka pancha shathi classes and the word spread and as of this week, Ganapathy has completed 4 batches of mooka pancha shathi classes, each taking about 15 months and has another 4 more batches on going. I am writing this to announce that he is starting another batch in January first week and if Mahaperiyava wishes, he wants to start a new batch every two months. So if you are interested to learn this wonderful stothram on Kamakshi devi, send him an email at email@example.com.
There will be 2 classes of 30 min each in a week and it goes like this for 15 months. Timing is arrived at based on the particular batch students’ convenience. The focus in this class is to learn to chant the stothram correctly and completely. For meaning you can go to his blog where he has given the meaning of around 250 slokams, all of which he has connected with Mahaperiyava in the spirit of Gurumoorthi is Kamakshi. As a student you also get an opportunity to attend his daily mooka pancha shathi parayanams to fine tune the chanting. But Ganapathy wants me to add that those who express interest should be really keen and committed to attend regularly and learn fully.
As one of his students, I can say this – this is a no-nonsense class – I mean it. We start on time, class starts right at that moment – no chit-chats, no time wasted – we barely even say good morning/evening – straight dive into the class! He is very patient and particular about pronunciation to get perfect – not speed. Eventually you get the speed by practicing at home. I thoroughly enjoyed and so are my other friends. One most important thing that we need here is “pure commitment”. If you signup, stay committed until you finish – otherwise, don’t join – by dropping out, we only mess-up the rhythm of the class.
Although, Ganapathy is not doing this with commercial intent, any vidhyai becomes fruitful by giving our sambhavanai to the acharya. From that perspective, we all gave our dakshina – whatever made sense to each of us – no lower/upper limit.
Pl reach out to Ganapathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) and learn this wonderful work and the potent of each slokas are quite powerful. I will tell you that you will thank me greatly after you’re done with the class.
Let Kamakshi bless us all!