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Alazhia Manavala Mamunighal - Part 5

From: B. Narasimhan (
Date: Sat Apr 17 1999 - 11:07:23 PDT

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

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"
"Manavalamamuniyae innumoru nootrandirum"

(Glory to the faultless intellect of Sri Manavala Mamuni
Oh! Sri Manavalamamuni! Let your glory shine for yet another

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
(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.