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Satabhisheka pravachanam by prakritam ParakalaSwami

From: Srinath Chakravarty (
Date: Wed Apr 18 2001 - 12:49:44 PDT

Sri lakshmi hayagriva parabrahmaNe namaH

Lakshmi nAtha samArambhaam nAtha yAmuna madhyamAm |
asmad aachaarya paryantaam vandE guru paramparaam ||

Sree Raamanujasya charanou SaraNam prapadyE
sreemate vEnkatesAya vEdaanta guravE namaH
Srimad Abhinava RanganAtha parakala mahAdesikAya namaH
SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya NamaH
Srimad abhinava vageesha parakaala swaaminE namaH

Dear bhaktas:

adiyEn is grateful to Sri. Muralidhar Rangaswamy for summarizing
the pravachanam given by prakritam swami srimad abhinava vageesha
parakala desikan, on the auspicious occasion of the Satabhishekam of
Poundareekapuram Srimad Andavan Sri Gopaladesika mahadesika
swami, held last month in Srirangam [Vikrama: panguNi rohiNi, SaShti].

Sri. Muralidhar Rangaswamy's knowledge in Sampradayam and Samskrit
has resulted in so many wonderful articles on the online discussion
that readers like me can learn from and enjoy - he has studied Sanskrit
under Sri. Rangapriya mahadesikan swami [who received sanyaasa
mantropadesam from the previous (35th.) swami srimad Abhinava
Ramanuja parakaladesikan].  Sri. Rangapriya SwamigaL is also a close
contemporary of prakritam Poundareekapuram Srimad Andavan swami,
the two of them having undergone (in their respective poorvasramas)
vedanta kalakshepam at the feet of 33rd. Parakalaswami Srimad Abhinava
Ranganatha brahmatantra swatantra mahadesikan.  Both these future
yatheeswarars obtained great brahmagnyanam through the anugraham
of 33rd. Parakalaswami - and they still maintain very close ties.

It is a well known fact, that while Sri. Rangapriya swami was cured of
his speech impediment as a child by Sri Srinivasa Mahadesikan Swami,
[the founding Acharya of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam], the
present Poundareekapuram Andavan Swami continues the Parakala
mutt tradition of hayagreeva upasanam through a lakshmi hayagreevar
sannidhi within the asramam's inner precincts.

Such cross-pollination of vidwat and acharya anugraham have resulted
in the existence of mahacharyas/yatheeswarars in our midst today, who
tirelessly strive to propogate Sri. sampradayam.  Let us all take a
to reflect not on the differences, but the overwhelming commonalities
among the various acharya paramparais of Sri. sampradayam. Let us
then, pay our tributes to the Jeer of the oldest monastic institution in

Swami Desikan's tradition, by honoring his 67th. thirunakshatram.

adiyEn hereby appeals to bhaktas to get involved and peform such
kainkyaram at this opportune moment.  We only have a couple more
days to send our kulam/gotram/nakshatram information to Parakalamutt.
Let us do so in earnest, and thanks for your involvement. Please see:

Following is the wonderful summary of Jeer's pravachanam by none
other than Sri. Muralidhar - whose family is extremely close to Parakala

Swami, who as a child learnt Swami Desikan stotrams from prakritam
parakalaswami (then in poorvasramam), and who as an infant was
indulged by swami ("swaami ivarai thooki viLaiyaadinaar"!!).....

SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya NamaH

Adiyen's recent trip to India for attending AsmadhAcharyan's
SathAbhisheka MahOthsavam was memorable for a number of reasons.
Adiyen's visit commenced with a magnificent darshanam of Bhagavan
Lakshmi Hayagrivar at the Nanganallur Hayagrivar Temple, which paved the
way for a number of memorable Bhagavat, Bhagavata, and Acharya Sevais
and Anugrahams. In this posting adiyen wishes to summarize the upanyasam
of H.H. 36th Jeeyar of Parakala Matham on the occasion of
AsmadhAcharyan's Sathabhisheka mahOthsavam.

H.H. Prakritam Jeeyar Swami began the upanyasam with a prayer to his
Aradhana Murthy, Bhagavan Hayagriva, from Swami Desikan's Hayagriva
Stothram salutation "dishanthu mE dhEva sadhAthvadhIyA:
dayatharangAnucharA: katakshA: shrOthrEShu pumsAm amrutham ksharanthIm
sarasvathIm samshrita kAmaDhEnum". This verse unfailing confers the
benefit of unmitigated flow of speech since it is the condensed essence
of the Udgita Vak embodied by Bhagavan Hayagriva.

H.H. continued "I was extremely sick recently. Thus, when the mahOtsavam
celebrations commenced, I was doubtful of my attendance. However, at the
last minute due to the grace of Bhagavan Hayagriva, I was able to get
relief from my sickness and attend this celebration. I have known this
Swami (prakrutham Andavan Swami of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam) for
a long time. Swami spent time at Parakala Matham for Kalakshepam under a
purvacharya and His Bhakti for Bhagavan Hayagriva is enormous. I am
convinced that it is His Bhakti for Bhagavan Hayagriva, which granted me
relief from my sickness and enabled my presence for this occasion. This
Swami is known for his Atma GuNas-most notably Daya. This makes Him an
ideal Acharya in the manner of Lord Krishna.

The Narayana Upanishad glorifies Lord Krishna as BrahmaNyO DevakiputrO
BrahmaNyO MadhusUdhanOm. What is it that makes Kannan the Parabrahman
and carry out his role of GitAcharyan to perfection? Undoubtedly this is
due to the fact that Kannan is none other than Bhagavan Hayagriva
incarnate. Why? The presiding deity over all knowledge is Bhagavan
Lakshmi Hayagriva and this includes nyAsa vidya, which extols the
doctrine of SharaNagati (the path of unconditional, total surrender to
His Lotus feet). The path of Prapatti is enunciated in the Svetshavtara
upanishad salutation "Yo brahmaNAnAm vidhadhAti...". What does Shveta
Ashva mean? It means a white horse? What does this denote? None other
than Bhagavan Hayagriva. Thus it is Bhagavan Hayagriva, who is out of
his mercy and desire to bless mankind with the central message of the
Upanishads, (i.e., the Bhagavad-Gita and specifically the Charma
shlokam) chose to reveal his paratvam as Kannan.

Let us now consider the avataram of Bhagavan Nrusimha. His avataram is
no doubt athyAdhbhutam. He is glorified in the dashavatara stothram as
"yadruccha harE". How did this avataram come about? Not to protect
Prahlada or to destroy HiraNyan to free the Devas from his persecution,
but to uphold the words of His Bhagavata, Prahlada. his aspect is
extolled in the Srimad Bhagavatam salutation "Satyam vidhAthum
nijabhruthya bhAshitham..."Let us focus on nijabhruthya Bhashitham. Who
is the presiding deity of speech? It is none other than Bhagavan
Hayagriva. Therefore, it is again Bhagavan Hayagriva who was responsible
for the avataram of Bhagavan Nrusimha.

With this, I once again salute the greatness of this Swami (Srimad
Andavan Swami of Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam) and thank Bhagavan
Hayagriva for having brought me here. Narayana, Narayana"

-Srinath C.

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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