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Dip 1- in the enjoyment of Sri Ramanujacharya

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Apr 12 1999 - 02:42:52 PDT

Sri:

SrImathE Ramanujaya Namah:

Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

April 21st is Thirunakshathram of Sri Ramanujacharya (Chitthirai Tiruvaadhirai). It is adiyEn's intent to call you all and enjoy immersing ourselves in the most merciful, most auspicious, greatest kalyANa guNAs of YathirAjar- Udayavar- Emperumaanaar, Sri Ramanujacharya. We will take a dip in the deep Ocean of His kalyAna guNAs again and again everyday until 21st, (till we catch cold and His Feet!)

Sri Ramanujacharya with His towering personality- Fair complexioned- with dwAdasa oordhva pUndram (12 ThirumaN), the pristinely pure saffron sanyaasi robe (that adds beauty to the fair complexion further), the dark tresses curly hair of sikhA which is so charming on His moon like Divine smiling face laden with dayA on us, (Charming Most graceful Thirumukham), the white bright pooNool (yagnOpaveedham), the strong thridhaNdam, the lovely Lotus feet- Oh Lord! What a sight It could have been, to those Srivaishnavas must have been blessed with! 

How nice it would have been to witness Sri Ramanujacharya, walking so gracefully with such an enchanting personality, with his group of sishyas of calibre like KooratthAzhwAn, MudaliANdaan, Embaar, Boy Paraasara Bhattar, Kidaambhi Acchaan, and others…. What a sight! Once, even Periya Nambhi (who had initiated Sri Ramanuja with Pancha smaskaram) saw this group coming in the front and prostrated on the ground falling flat. When asked, he said "It appeared to me as if Alavandhaar is coming with his sishyas!  

This scene of Divine Beauty of Sri Ramanuja reminds me of Embaar's poem on the azhagu of Ramanuja and declares in the end "illai enaaku edhir; illai enakku edhir; illai enakku edhirE!  "There is none equal to me; none equal to me; none equal to me!". 
True! 

There is NONE equal to us FOR BEING BLESSED WITH Sri Ramanuja (sampradayam)!     

 EmbAr's description: 

parppOm enatthigazh pai~nkazhal unRan pallavamE viralum/ paavanamAgiya painthuvaraadai pathintha marunkazhagum/ muppuri noolodu munkail yEndhiya mukkOlthan azhagum/ munnavar tandhidum mozhikaL niRaindhidu muruval nilAvazhahum/ kaRpagamE vizhi karunai pozhindhidum kamalkkaNN azhagum/ kaarisuthan kazhalsoodiya mudiyum kana naRRsihai mudiyum/ yeppozhudhum ethiraaJan vadivazhaghu yen idhayatthuL uLLathaal/ illai enakku edhir; illai enakku edhir; illai enakku edhirE!"

Embar's enjoyment of seeing Sri Ramanujacharya's lotus  feet , tender fingers reminding one of the creepers, sacred safforn robe, most auspicious pooNool, thridandam , His enchanting smile laden with dayA , large dark eyes reminiscent of wish yielding kaRpaka maram (tree), the kudumi (sikhA) formed by abundant tresses is simply beautiful .  EmbAr declares that  there is no one equal to him; since YathirAjan's Divine Beauty lingers in his heart.

YathirAjar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Narayana Narayana

Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan

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