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Issue 101
5108 Kali Era , Vyaya Year,Jyesta month
1928 Salivahana Era,
Vyaya Year,Jyesta month
2064 Vikramarka Era, Vyaya
Year, Jyesta month
2006 AD, June

Suryanrayanateerthulu Puranam (1876-1947)1


Suryanrayanateerthulu was born in Gavaravaram village in Visakha district in a poor Brahmin2 family in 1876. He studied Telugu and Sanskrit languages. He published Kameswari, a journal from Vijayanagaram for some time. Later he moved to Chennapttanam (Chennai) and changed his last name (family name) to Puranam. He served in Vavilla's book publishing company for some time. Then, he moved to Andhrapatrika office and worked there until he retired due to illness.

He wrote profusely, but only few were published. His writings include lavanyamayi (translation of Bankimchandra's Bengali novel), soundaryalahari, yuddhabhayanivarana stoatram, and several essays in Bharati literary journal.

Couple of verses from yuddha-bhaya-nivarana stoatram:

Ka|| mA iMDiyAku jApA
nIyula rAkuMDa jEsi nirbhItulamai
hAyiga(n)gAlamu gaDapaga(n)
jEyumu; mAkiMta mElu cEyumu mAyI!

Ka|| raMgUnu nASanamainadi
siMgapuramu Satruvulanu(n)jE(n)jikkenu; da
kkuMgala dIvulanennO
ceMguna dATinavi ripula jEtiki mAtA!


1) Source: "naa vaagnmaya mitrulu" by Kameswararao Tekumalla.

2) Poor Brahmins: Historically Brahmins have been not only ascetics, sages and priests for millennia seeking welfare of the society, but also secular clerks, merchants, agriculturists, artisans, etc. They were also very poor. The average Brahmins have been poor, even in the mythology, along the side of a few rich and eminent Brahmins. Ancient Sanskrit literature including Ramayana, Mahabharata, Panchatantra (poor Brahmin) etc. is replete with the stories of poor Brahmins, e.g., Lord Vishnu takes the form of a young Brahmin Vamana and asks the mighty demon emperor Bali for alms; Sunasyepa's parents were so poor that they sold their son to King Harischandra who needed a substitute for his own son to complete a sacrifice; Dasaratha accidentally killed the only child of a poor blind Brahmin couple. Demon Ravana, in the disguise of a Brahmin beggar, deceived Sita and abducted her, while the eminent Brahmin sage Vashista advised as the head priest and adviser to emperor Dasaradha in Ramayana; One of the favorite disguises for Pandavas in Mahabharata was begging Brahmin desguise, despite the fact that eminent Brahmins like Dronacharya and Kripacharya were rich and powerful warriors and ministers in the Assembly of Hastinapur (Delhi) empire; - to name a few from mythology. In the modern democratic India, the Brahmins are still not only poverty stricken, but also shunted out of every opportunity, despite the fact that Prime Ministers like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Venkatanarasimharao Pamulaparti (PVNRao), and Vajpayee have been Brahmins - and today, Brahmins also perform jobs such as janitorial, coolie, rickshaw-puller jobs, e.g., there are 50 public toilets in Delhi, all of them are cleaned and looked after by Brahmins. French journalist Francois Gautier explains the sad state of Brahmins in India today. See also the status of Brahmins in Andhra Pradesh.


"Good Karma" a power point presentation
From 'Life's Little Instruction Book by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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