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From: B. Narasimhan (naaranan_at_md3.vsnl.net.in)
Date: Sat Apr 17 1999 - 11:07:23 PDT
Sri Sri Mathe Ramanujaya Namah Sri Mathe BAlaDhanvhi Maha Guruvae Namah Dear devotees Please read the corrected thaniyan in the previous article as >>"Sri Sailesa daya phatram , dheebhaktyAdi guNaarNavam >>Yathindrapravanam vandhe ramyajaa maataram munim" and not as sent earlier. Sorry for the typing mistakes. Alazhia Manavala Mamunighal - Part 5 (article by Sri V.V.Ramanujam, published in Sri Panchajanya magazine) The congregrational chant of many religious texts as well as the study, is also begun with this invocatory verse at the head. Pujas end with the supplication :- "Poyyilada Manavalamamuni pundi vazhi pugazh vazhi vazhiye" and "Manavalamamuniyae innumoru nootrandirum" (Glory to the faultless intellect of Sri Manavala Mamuni and Oh! Sri Manavalamamuni! Let your glory shine for yet another century) Expounding the Divyaprabandham texts in accordance with the views of the poorvacharyas was the field in which the Jeeyar excelled. He wrote commentaries on (i) the first four hundered and ten verses of Perialwar Thirmozhi - since the early commentary by Periavachan Pillai had been lost. (ii) the Ramanuja Nootrandadi of Amudanar (iii) three of the Rahasya texts of Lokacharya referred to earlier (iv) the AcharyaHridayam The last is the work of AlagiaManavala Perumal Nayanar, the younger brother of Sri Lokacharya and sets forth the inner meaning of the teachings of Satagopa and other Alwars, soaked as they are in their experiences with the Divine. But for these lucid commentaries it would be highly impossible to understand the with the most valuable texts, particularly those written as terse aphorisms. Varavaramuni composed three Tamil poems (i) Upadesa Rathna Malai, a necklace of gems of the purest ray serene dealing with the essential knowledge for Vaishnavas. (ii) Thiruvaimoozhi Nootrandadi - of a hundered verses each conveying the central idea of one decad of the one hundered decads making the original Sahasrageeth text (iii) Arthiprabanda - a poem addressed to Ramanuja, poignantly imploring the master to end the worldly existence of the supplicant and transport him to the Divine abode of the Lord as His servant.