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From: usdeiva (usdeiva_at_ix.netcom.com)
Date: Wed Aug 06 1997 - 17:44:48 PDT
Many thanks to Sri Krishna Kalale for introducing SrI iLaiyavilli bhUvarAhAchArya svAmi to the 'bhakti list'. May I supplement Krishna's note with my own tribute? As a savant of the 'sampradAyam', the svAmi has the best of pedigrees, and none of them wasted. It is awesome that one should have all of the excellences flowing from the 'sampradAyam', viz., nativity of AzhvAr-tirunagari; birth in a pUrvAchArya family; a teaching career in Sanskrit; the most enviable of all, having a devoted audience (in that splendid city of Bangalore) for his continuing discourses. The upanishad recommends that when one prays to have a male offspring, one should wish for a son 'who will recite the vEda after me' (yO vEdAn mAm anubravIta). It is a well-known incident of history that the progeny of great men merely come into their progenitor's property, and rarely care to inherit their parents' intellectual or artistic or spiritual legacy. It is a matter of namperumAL's grace that our svAmi's son, chiranjIvi SaThakOpan, has eagerly received his father's spiritual equipment; he lives in Srirangam and, despite being a very senior Accounts executive in a well-known group, has remained an unfailing member of namperumAL 'adhyApaka gOshThI'. I happen to have made SaThakOpan's valuable acquaintance after my retirement and return to Srirangam; I trust I'd be able to renew my acquaintance with bhUvarAhAchArya svAmi who was a year senior to me in the Srirangam High School. aDiyEn rAmAnujadAsan T.S. Sundara Rajan.