His Holiness Sri Chinna Jeeyar SwamIJI
The Crusader of Peace His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji was born on Deepavali 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. We have heard several stories and legends about God incarnations, Godman, and Acharyas in the past, but very rarely can we come into the living presence of divinity like, His Holiness Tridandi Srimannarayana Ramanuja Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji.
Our Sri Swamiji, a profound Sanskrit scholar, Realized Soul, an epitome of Learning & Enlightenment, and embodiment of Divine Sampath (Divine Wealth) 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 (1994).
Born: Di:pavali day in 1956
Parents: Sriman Venkatacharyulu & Smt Alivelumanga Thayaru
Birth Name: Srimannarayanacharya
Acharya: Maha Mahopadhyaya Sriman T.K. Gopalacharya Swamy Varu
Monkhood: From the age of 23
A spiritual teacher
HH Sri Swamiji is ever cheerful, ceaselessly active and is unmindful of His bodily comforts but always concerned about others welfare. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji radiates hope and joy wherever He goes. His discourses are profound, given in a language even a child can understand. He comes down to the level of the audience, who is swayed by the rhythm of His language and are enthralled by the beauty of His diction.
From five in the morning till midnight or even later, Swamiji is busy spreading the message of Vedas, Upanishads and messages of great seers tirelessly. He never says ‘no’ to people who want to see Him even at midnight. He is unmindful when it comes to attending to His needs but very active in attending to others’ needs. Such Swamijis are rare, and people who have met Him are blessed indeed.
For the inquisitive, He is an unparalleled spiritual teacher; for the intellectuals, He is an erudite scholar and philosopher; for the suffering parts of the world, he is the ambassador of peace; for the grief stricken, He is an ever-helping and inspiring leader, an eloquent speaker, a reservoir of divine qualities; and a uniquely distinguished representative of world’s most ancient but ever fresh Vedic knowledge and practices.
He is the embodiment of rare virtues, an epitome of boundless love for humanity and a holy saint with deep intellectual and spiritual sensitivity. He shares a deep concern and compassion for a society which to such a large degree lacks real spiritual dimension. Acharya is one who practices first, and then preaches. Sri Swamiji exemplifies what He preaches. H.H. belongs to such a highly esteemed line of Sanyasis and monks of the followers of Sri Ramanujacharya, called Jeeyars.
In 2011, during HH Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji's Thirunakshatram celebrations in Houston, JET released a DVD named as "Truth". It captured the divine life and history of our acharya. Check out the 3 part video series to experience the divinity of our acharya.
Any devotee can observe excellence in all aspects of His living. Right from Swamiji’s tidy dressing, His refined way of speech, unsurpassable perfection in Sri Vaishnava mark on the forehead, the affection in the way Swamiji addresses people in general, the elegance in the manner of His distributing thirtham, the lucidity and potency in His speech that can uproot ignorance in the receptive… everything can be conspicuously observed and learnt from. At the same time, He is the embodiment of detachment and renunciation. He is beyond any influence of the material world and its properties, “gunas”. His presence permeates a strange feeling of divine happiness and peace in everyone around. Every morning, it’s an inexplicable joy to see the glowing face of Swamiji. Swamiji wants to inculcate in our people, young and old, awareness of our heritage. He is always on the move most of the time meeting people and listening to their worldly and spiritual problems. Devotees get relief by just looking at His radiant, ever smiling face. His cool look cleanses our mind and raises our sight from the mundane to the divine. Blessed are those who have come under the influence of the revered Swamiji.
In the time of great terror and turbulence in north western parts of India, H.H. held a walkathon with Vedic chants which effected in restoring a peaceful ambience very quickly. At times, when southern parts of the nation were drought stricken, H.H. applied ancient Vedic techniques to bring rains. Hundreds of thousands of youth inspired by His motivation are working round the clock in serving the humanity wherever and whichever form they can. In earthquake and Tsunami affected areas, thousands of young volunteers under the guidance of H.H. were the first to reach out for help and rendered unparalleled services which were looked with awe and reverence even by the govt. of India. Under His auspicious guidance free educational services, free health services, free food services, cancer awareness activities, relief activities and services for environmental protection are shaped and run successfully across the globe. The first ever Junior College and Degree Colleges were opened for the blind under the guidance of His Holiness in India.
To explain clearly the tenets of this Universal Tradition, He took the bold step to go out of India. In doing so, He was circumspect not to deviate even a little from the rules relating to the conduct of a Sanyasi (monk) to give valid elucidation to the various spiritual exercises. His infectious smile, His radiance, the simple dress and sweet speeches have hypnotized many. Within India, Swamiji has established a Vedic University. He has conducted innumerable Vedic rituals Yagams and Homams for humanity’s prosperity and welfare. He has enlisted youngsters to propagate the message of Sri Ramanuja and has given discourses on a variety of subjects. He has emphasized the efficacy of chanting God’s names and has made people recite the Sri Vishnu Sahasra Namams. In Vizag, Vijayawada, Guntur etc., it was a rare sight for Gods to see several hundreds of thousands of people rendering hymns in congregation. Millions of people live on the great morals spread and strengthened by His Holiness.