Sri Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji
The ardent torchbearer of Sri Vaishnava tradition- Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji was the spirit who brought back the ideals of Sri Ramanuja to life in the 20th century surmounting caste and creed. Himself a patriot, he supported freedom fighters in many respects.He was the key integrator of people considered traditionally as low class into the main fold of the society. They were taught divine rituals followed at temples for conducting poojas. Some of them were elevated even to the post of priesthood, a revolutionary act well ahead of times in 1930s. He renovated centuries old temples that were in ruins and brought Sri Vaishnavites under one umbrella. Even leading atheists changed their perspective after meeting him and felt a sense of atonement. His faith in Vedas is so strong that he was able to provoke rains and stop the showers with havan for the wellbeing of all living beings.He was one of the greatest scholars to give definition on yajnas-the actions and sastras-the knowledge.
Chinna Jeeyar- A glimpse into his Holiness
Born as one of the brightest sparks on the colorful festival of Deepavali, the widely celebrated festival throughout India, His Holiness Chinna Jeeyar has upheld the spiritual the Vedic knowledge by establishing and nourishing spiritual institutions across the world. With utmost sincerity and dedication, students are taught six of the eleven existing Vedic branches to inculcate traditional and moral values, paving the way for them to emerge as Vedic scholars of distinction. Swamiji has always strived for the communal harmony and welfare of the public by embarking upon diversified yatras and performing havans. He has played a preceptor’s role in building reputed educational institutions for the needy and providing better healthcare through the establishment of sophisticated medical institutions.
INSPIRATION FOR THE SACRED MISSION.
“Sri Ramanuja’s doctrine of equality propelled me to take up the life’s mission of constructing this Statue of Equality-an equality of gender, caste, religions and race in the benevolence of the Almighty.
Serve all beings as Service to god – instilled the altruistic spirit in me and shape my outlook towards the world. It is a magnanimous feat of Sri Ramanuja to break open the shackles of caste system when it was ingrained deeply into the hearts of people, centuries ago.
Worship you own, resect all – needs to be the intrinsic part of one’s life for a peaceful world. Bringing forth Sri Ramanuja’s doctrine of selfless service to the universal attention and propagating his ideals for the betterment of the society is a divine call of the conscience with the blessings of my GURU. His steadfast principles captivated me to envisage this mission to be accomplished for his 1000th birth anniversary in 2017, realizing it for a divine person who played a monumental role in diminishing disparities among humans.”
Sri Ramanuja- A Saint Nonpareil
Heavenly Stars rarely descend on Earth. Sri Ramanuja was one of the spiritual boons to show the path of divinity to the people. Born in Sriperumbudur, in 1017 A.D. He pioneered social and spiritual reform in public life and dispelled confusion created in the society. He steered back Vedic interpretation to the right course and made them available to commoner. He was a saint who combined devotion and dedication for the upliftment of the human race. He was against the prevailing caste hegemony and applied tilak to thousands of untouchables, lifting them on par with the rest of the classes. Not caring for the pains of naraka he disclosed the sacred mantra to the masses crossing certain limits imposed during those times. Delighted guru titled him with the coveted “ Em-perum- anar” you are ahead of us. Sri Ramanuja named subjugated classes as Thirukkulathar-race of auspices.
Statue of Equality
The universe we inhabit is for each and everyone of the beings created by the Almighty. The pancha bhoothas or the five elements-earth, water, fire, air and sky, create a viable atmosphere for our existence. Each form of nature is indispensable in it own right for the humans to conduct their life in peace. Likewise the caste system deeply enmeshed in the society is just for the social good terms of one’s professional and not to indiscriminate the fellow beings. The weeds of inequality have to be eradicated and the seeds of universal equality need to be sown in the human minds. The conditions appear ripe no with the impending arrival of Sri Ramanuja’s millennium for the restoration of rights to all human beings regardless of their birth. The statue of equality is the natural raison d’etre of the moment to serve as the paragon of equality. Statue of equality is a millennial commemoration to unfurl our egalitarian flag and be united for the millenniums to come.