Sri Tridandi Sri Mannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji (Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji) is a Hindu pontiff. He is considered one of the foremost preachers and popularizers of Sri Vaishnavism.The Crusader of Peace His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji was born on Diwali day, the Festival of Lights, on 3rd November 1956 at Arthamur Village near Rajahmundry in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India. Born to pious parents Sri Venkatacharyulu and Srimathi Alivelumanga Thayaru, He had His early education in the Oriental School, Gowthama Vidya Peetam Rajahmundry. It was the call of the Divine that made the young Srimannarayana Ramanujacharyulu to take up the ascetic order of JEEYAR(Lion) at a very young age of 23 years. Today He is reckoned very high among the monks of the India and abroad as the pioneer and Crusader of Peace.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar was born as Srimanna:ra:yana:cha:ryulu on Deepavali –an important Hindu festival signifying the Lord Krishna’s victory over demon Narakasura(also known as triumph of light over darkness) — in Arthamuru, near Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh, India. At the nearby Gowthama Vidya Peetam, he was trained in the Hindu scriptures and the Vaishnava tradition. Eventually, at the age of 23, he took the oath to become an ascetic and consequently, became a Jeeyar (who got control over the senses)(or Lion).
Sri Swamiji is one of the youngest acharyas in India, who mastered different branches of the Vedic Dharma. In 1980, H.H. Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji attained Siddhi and H.H. Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji took over the spiritual lineage. In 1981, Swamiji became the full-fledged head and acharya of Srimad Ubhaya Vedantha Acharya Peetam, Nadigaddapalem. Sri Swamiji went to Badarinath the abode of Lord Narayana and did penance, reciting the all-powerful Ashtakshari Maha Manthra. Since then, Sri Swamiji has developed the spiritual activities in a manifold way.
Sri Swamiji is highly regarded as a profound Sanskrit scholar, Realized Soul, an epitome of Learning & Enlightenment. He started the JET (Jeeyar Educational Trust) in 1982 at Sithanagaram,Guntur Dist. India, with units in Hyderabad (1983) India, Narayankund Nepal (1985), Rajahmundry India (1991), Madras India (1993) and JET USA Inc. USA(1995).
In 1984, he started the Vedic University, under the Jeeyar Educational Trust (JET), to help students learn Vedas, the Upanishads and the related Vedangas. The tuition is free and a comfortable student life is ensured. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji has also launched several Vedic projects as well as a computer center. He consistently performs key Hindu liturgy (yagnas), seeking peace and happiness for all. On one occasion, he even performed a yagna for rains to grace the drought-hit state of Andhra Pradesh (from 1985 to 1988) for nine days. On the ninth day, rains supposedly lashed the state.
Sri Chinna Jeeyar is also known to attract several thousands of volunteers for his spectrum of services — including school education (mostly for tribals), homes for the aged, orphans, disabled and the dispossessed.
“Vikasatharangini” a Youth Force, started by Sri Swamiji with hundreds of youth forming its core, has been instrumental in executing several Spiritual and Social projects. All the virtuous ideas and plans of Sri Swamiji for the spiritual upliftment and enrichment of Humanity are executed by different units of Jeeyar Educational Trust.
Under extension programs, a similar school for young children to import the Vedic Agama lore was started at Jaggaiapet in 1990. The unique feature here is that, in additional to Agama sastra, a Thathva Sastra College was also started at this place, to teach spiritual courses, to whoever joins, with all facilities and attractive stipend. In order to conduct research into Vedas, Sri Swamiji has launched a Vedic project by involving great vedic scholars in it. As a step in this direction, a computer center was also started by Sri Swamiji to conduct Vedic research.
In addition to the above mentioned programs for the spread of the Vedic Dharma, Sri Swamiji has also undertaken unique programs to relieve the people of India from misery and calamity. The following samples of unique programs will illustrate Sri Swamiji mission and the extent of its fruitfulness.
For about four years i.e. from 1985 to 1988 there was a continuous and constant failure of rains in Andhra Pradesh. The state in general and Hyderabad in particular were reeling under the conditions of drought. Sri Swamiji was merciful enough to perform a Varuna Yagna in Hyderabad for a period of 9 days. From the last day of the yagnam (i.e. Poornahuti day) miraculously there were a heavy rains.
H.H. Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji performed 108 Rama Kratus spread over 9 years all over India and Nepal mainly to propagate Rama Nama and Undertook a unique program and envisioned to complete 108 Yagnas. Out of these 105 Swadhyaya Jnana Yagnas were completed by H.H. Pedda Jeeyar Swamiji and the last 3 Yagnas remained unperformed. Our beloved Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji accomplished the cherished mission of H.H. Pedda Jeeyar Swamy. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji conducted the last one in Thirumala with 1008 Kundas for 7 days in February in 1980 immediately after taking Sanyasam.
Another unique Yagna was performed on 26th February 1996 at Pittalavanipalem, in Guntur (Dist.) with 1008 Kundas collected from 1008 villages of Guntur district alone. Kalasa Snapana, a Vedic ritual was performed. A large number of devotees, about three lakh, thronged the ritual site. This Yagna was performed on a 24-acre farmland and all the 3,00,000 devotees were served delicious food.
Elaborated version: Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swami is the purvasrama grandson of Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja (Pedda) jeeyar who took him (then an adolescent of sixteen) to badrinath and initiated him into Tirumantra meditation practices. Distinguishing himself in Sanskrit studies, he underwent comprehensive training in the Sanskrit and Dravid Sahitya and Vedanta including Sribhashyam and Bhagavadvishayam under Sriman TK Gopalacharya at Vasudasasramam. As a vibrant bachelor, he took to Sanyasa Asrama in February 1980 and accomplished all the goals left unreached by the Pedda Jeeyar Swami.
The Paramahamsa Parivrajakacharya has been on foot delivering the divine message of Saranagathi (surrender), Seva (service) and sacrifice (offering Tyaga). He convinces people by his able presentation in a simple language that can be understood by the humanity are service to God (Madhava seva ga maanava seva). God is present in all worldly beings alike. Hence, when your serve God, you will be simultaneously serving humanity. Do every activity thinking and feeling that you are serving God. Do everything in the name of God. Feel at heart that you are serving God by doing your duty as worship (Kainkarya) to God. Then all that you do becomes Yoga and Yaga. The feeling that everything your do is only by the benediction and benevolence of God would gradually reduce and finally remove your ego and ‘mine’ feeling (Ahamkara and mamakara) and make you a humble instrument in the hands of God. In his opinion, the government should not also administer the temples. These activities should be left to the people concerned and this is the real secularism as enshrined to our constitution.
Sri Jeeyar Swamy, with smiling eyes, shorts people: Be selfish and enlarge your selfishness to your soul, your family, your society, your Nation and ultimately the entire world!’ The advice impresses the audience and they nod in acceptance of the same for following it up in their day to day lives. Sri Jeeyar quotes extensively the slokas, anecdotes, stories, situation from the Valmiki Ramayanam, Mahabharatam, Bhagavatham and other puranas and not surprisingly he brings in latest findings in science and technology to drive home a specific point. Though the Swamy is a wandering Sanyasi, having little time at his disposal to observe the daily life of ‘family people’, he narrates every minute detail of every day happenings in the family and society and thus emphasizes with the audience and demonstrates his transparent sincerity and compassion.
Sri Jeeyar Swamy consecrates many temples with Srirama and Sri Venkateswara murthis with their consorts and Alwars including Sri Andal and thus these new temples become Divya Desams. He also helps renovation and consecration of dilapidated temples. His Gnana Yagnams on Bhagavadgitha, Sri Ramayana, Tiruppavai, Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram, Isavasya,Mandukya and Kathopanishads attract thousands of people in Jagatyal, Vizianagram, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Madras, Srirangam, Rourkela, Jamshedpur, Nepal and other places.
Sri Jeeyar Swamy founded a Vedic University at Seethanagaram, which oversees Krishna River at Vijayawada. Boys aged between seven and fourteen years learn Vedas and Agamas under expert teacher. At Jaggaiahpet, Tattva Sastra Kalasala is run for both ladies and gentlemen between the age of 20 and 45. During their two year training, the young men and women belonging to different communities were trained in Upanishads, Bhagavadgitha, Brahmasutras, Nalayira Divya Prabhandham including Tiruppavai, Yoga and Pranayama, Sanskrit, rural development etc. The first batch of young men and women were in the last leg of their two year course when they were deputed for a month’s training in rural development to Bhagavathula Charitable Trust, a premier agricultural and community development organization in haripuram (Visakhapatnam dist.) At the valedictory function of the training programme, this writer could personality gauge the soulful impact of training on the twelve women and eight men who were to work in different village centers as multifaceted organizers working for the physical, mental and spiritual development of villagers. The Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanams are extending assistance to these post-training projects.
A pancha ratragama Kalasala is also being run at Jaggaiahpet (Krishna dist) for training Archakas and Ritwiks to conduct daily worship and special ceremonies in temples. Another Vedic school has been recently started by him at Somasila (Nellore Dist).One more vibrant unit of Jeeyar Educational Trust is Vikasa Tarangini, an organization of devoted and dedicated volunteers across the country, ever ready to serve the common folk in towns and villages through their three fold programme of education, devotion and service. Sri Jeeyar Swami also wrote many books in simple Telugu on religious matters and Ramanuja Vani, a book publication Trust distributes the books and audio and video tapes conveying the message of Sri Jeeyar Swamy to thousands of devotees at nominal cost. He conducted Brahma Yagnas on a very grand scale during Godavari, Krishna, Tungabhadra and Kaveri Pushkaralu.
Crowning all his activities, an unique Vedic sacrifice, Sri Maha Vishnu Yagam aimed at universal peace, harmony and welfare of mankind was conducted at Tirumala Hills for a full fortnight in October 1994.In this grand Yagam, with 1008 Homakundas and 12 Ishtis, a record number of 3000 ritwiks and 300000 devotees participated. The Sri Yaga conducted by Sri Jeeyar Swamy at Tiruchanur, near Tirupathi, for five days during March 1995 attracted a large number of devotees. Sri Jeeyar Swamy visits USA and other countries on his mission of divine love, dedicated service and eternal peace.
It was on auspicious day Bhishma Ekadasi, More than a lakh of people sat on the Ramakrishna Beach sands of Visakhapatnam in a mood of reverence and excitement. The sea waves were touching the feet of divine murthis, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna, whom Sri Sri Tridandi Sreemannarayana Ramanuja jeeyar Swamy worships daily in his Tiruvaradhana. The jeeyar Swamy performed Mangala Harathi to the deities and started chanting Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram. The huge gathering of men and women followed suit, reciting sloka by sloka from the bottom of their hearts. No armed or even unarmed police were slighted anywhere on the long beach to control the mob. The sea of humanity was more silent and disciplined than the Bay of Bengal whose waves were moving rhythmically a few yards away. For every ten slokas of Sahasranamam, there was Mangala Harathi. After an hour and a half, the young and dynamic jeeyar Swamy concluded his holy recital and divine message with a salutation ‘jai Sreemannarayana’ which was echoed by the huge gathering. The viswasanthi Virat Vishnu Sahasrana Nama Parayanam conducted on the vast sea sands where, as the adage goes not even a grain of sand could drip and drop on the land which was virtually covered inch by inch with people’, was a part of the nine day Geetha Sahasra Nama Tarangini programme conducted by Jeeyar Swamy at Bullayya College campus packed to its full capacity of about 60000 people.
On all the nine days, the press and people who thronged day in and day out to have the blessings of Jeeyar Swamy observed him working 22hours a day, with practically no pause or rest or sleep. He takes a handful of Bhiksha(food) once a day only when his programme coordinator, Sriman TP Sriramachandracharya persuades the devotees flocking around him to leave Sri Jeeyar Swamy alone for a few minutes. However, people are surprised at the range and depth of his knowledge of outwardly as well as inwardly and other worldly matters. During his discourses, he descends to the level of mundane understanding of day to day affairs of the people and elevated them to the higher spiritual plane slowly and steadily, as a beacon light leads the sea-borne ships (more deeply steeped in Samsara) to the harbour (of detachment and devotion ‘prapatthi’). This is the exact reason why people trong in thousands at his Gnana Yagnams. Besides, there is an added if not the main attraction. Sri Jeeyar Swamy guides people an Anusandhanam and Anushtanam of spiritual texts and dharmic practices. People get not only a minds-on and hands-on experience but also heart to heart communication and communion with the great Acharya. This amply demonstrates that the Jeeyar is a seer and savant who have taken upon himself the noble mission of educating, enlightening and elevating people from their material and mundane existence to the sublime and divine effulgence. The grand spectacle of Virat Parayanam enthralled the devotees at Madras beach and Vijayawada also.
There is no wonder, great scholars like Sriman Sribhashyam Appalacharya hail Sri Sri Sri Srimannarayana Ramanuja jeeyar Swamy as Apara Bhagavad Ramanuja. His charismatic personality itself is a crowd puller. His shining hair with crowning tuft, his ever smiling and radiating countenance, his illuminating Tirunamam, his awe-inspiring gait, his bare wide shoulders, his saffron colored apparel, his white flag-aloft Tridandam, his melodious voice, his aakarnantha nethramulu (lotus-petal like eyes), his innocent and divine looks, his pink lotus feet, his amruta hastham bestowing blessings, teertham and prasadam to thousands of devotees every day-standing and smiling although, his soothing and comforting words to numberless devotees, all in a word swami vaibhavam attract Abalagoplam (people from all walks of life including children ) to his divine presence. He is a wandering saint and apostle of God who is always on pilgrimage to every nook and corner of the country. He regularly visits Nepal (Janakpuri), Badrinath etc in the north and Vanamamalai (Kerala), Srirangam (Tamilnadu), Melkotai (Karnataka) etc in the South besides touching many towns and villages of Andhra Pradesh. In 1990, when terrorism was rampant in Punjab, he made padayatra bare-chested and bare-footed along with the students of Veda Viswa Vidyalaya in the heart of Amritsar city, Kurukshetra and other areas conveying the message of peace and ahimsa. His recent humanitarian services to the flood affected people of Konaseema area are exemplary. His personal visits to these areas brought succor to the affected people and kindled divine hope in their hearts.
Born on the auspicious day of festival of lights (Deepavali) in the rising star Swathi, Sri Jeeyar Swamy will continue to light Dharma jyothi in the hearts of thousands of common folk with his illustrious and inspiring Murthi Matva and illuminating and universal Narayana Tatva.