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asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE GuruparamparAm-4

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jan 05 2001 - 05:34:13 PST

SrI:
SrImathE GopAladEsika MahAdEsikAya Namah:

Dearest Srivaishnvas,

Please accept adiyEn’s dhaNdavath praNAmams at your feet.
I am simply amazed by the excellent and emotional outburst of Sri Sudharsan 
Parthasarathy on asmadhAchAryan. Thanks Sri Sudharsan for your great write 
up.

Swamy Desikan describes the greatest qualities of AchArya in nyAsavimsati 
slOkA 1:

1.Sound philosophical jnAnam obtained (learnt) through the greatest lineage 
of his AchAryAs
2.Having an undisputed clear knowledge on sAsthrAs;
3.Free from any sins and attachments;
4.Complete knowledge of Vedas, its subsidiaries and ithihAsAs
5.Deep unshakable faith in Brahman (Almighty- unsurpassed unparalleled 
Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayanan)
6.possesses sAtvic guNA;
7.Always speaks truth
8.lives in accordance with the manner laid down in sAsthrAs;
9.free from jealousy, show etc..
10. having control over sense organs
11.friendly and affectionate towards all;
12.Compassionate towards all;
13.helps the disciples who err, correct them and make them follow right 
track as laid down in sAsthrAs
14.wishes for everyone’s welfare at all times.

Our Greatest AchArya parampara as mentioned earlier starts with Sriman 
Narayanan.
The lineage is:
Sriman Narayanan.
Sri Mahalakshmi
Sri VishvaksEnar (sEnai nAthan- commander in chief)
Sri SaTakOpar (nammAzhwAr)
Sri nAthamuni
Sri puNdarIkAkshar (uyyakkoNdAr)
Sri rAmamisrar (maNakkAl nambhi)
Sri yAmunAchAryar (ALavandhAr)
Sri mahApUrNar (Periya nambhi)
Sri rAmAnujar (udayavar- EmperumAnAr- yathirAjar)

This AchArya paramparA also is nicely recited by Swamy desikan in the 
following Tamil prabhandham.

ennuyir thandhaLitthavaraich charaNampukku
yAnadaivE avargurukkaL niraivaNangi
pinaruLAl perumpudhUr vandha vaLLal
periyanambhi ALavandhAr maNakkAl nambhi
nanneRiyai avarkku uraittha uyyakkoNdAr
nAthamuni saTakOpan sEnainAthan
innamudhatth thirumagaL enRu ivarai munnittu
emperumAn thiruvadigaL adaiginREnE.

What an excellent sweet prabahndham!

asmadhguru paramagurUn yathivarapUrNau sayAmunam rAmam
padmAksha nAtha saTajith sEnEcha ramA ramApathIn vandhE.

(Given below is an extract from a post written by Sri N Krishnamachari on 
nyAsa vimsati- thanks to Sri Krishnamachari for his permission)
svAmi deSikan concludes the stotra with a gist of how he was led to
prapatti, and how he lives his life as a prapanna after performing prapatti. 
This concluding Slokam is included as part of the nitya-anushandhAnam at the 
end of the nyAsa daSakam which is recited during the nitya 
bhagavad-ArAdhanam.

samSArAvarta vega praSamana Subha-dr*k deSika prekshito'ham
samtyakto'nyairupAyair-anucita cariteshvadya SAntAbhisabshih     |
niS-Sankhah tatvat-dr*shtyA niravadhika dayam prArthya samrakshakam
tvAm nysya tat-pAda padme varada nija-bharam nir-bharo nir-bhayo'smi  ||

"I chose a good AcArya who could instruct me on how to get out of the whirl 
of samsAra, and had his divya kaTAksha.  Because of the AcArya's teachings, 
I obtained the knowledge that could help me analyze and understand the 
difficulty of bhakti yoga and the realization that prapatti is the only 
recourse open to me, which I could perform easily, and attain the desired 
moksham by performing it once and only once.  I learnt the facts about 
prapatti and so had no doubt whatsoever about its efficacy.  I sought refuge 
of peraruLALan with pirATTi as the sole refuge who could protect me.  I 
surrendered all responsibility for my protection at the feet of peraruLALan 
and performed prapatti at His feet.  Since I am now living the life of a 
prapanna, I feel completely relieved of all responsibility for my self from 
that point.  Since all my acts from that point on have been directed to only 
kaimkaryam for bhagavAn, there is nothing more to fear about any 
accumulation of karma.  So I continue to lead a life of nishkAmya kaimkaryam 
to bhagavAn while spending the rest of my life in this world, and deriving 
infinite happiness from it".

I humbly request with my folded hands to each Bhagawatha of this list, to 
contribute your mite for the 81st Jayanthi celebration. Please pay your 
obeisance by contributing your mite and donate generously to the cause of 
the 81st Tirunakshatram celebrations planned for March 24-31, 2001. 
Contributions from the USA are tax exempt. Please mail your checks to:

SMSA Inc,
c/o Smt. Nagu Satyan,
7821 W Alder Drive
Littleton, CO 80128

Please indicate on the memo of your check that your contribution
is for Srimad Poundarikapuram Ashramam.

For those in India, please send the cheque or drafts in favour of "S.P.A.V 
Truct, 81st Jayanthi a/c and send to Srikaryam, Srimad Poundarikapuram 
Andavan Ashramam, 43- A/13, Asramam Road, Srirangam, TRICHY.  PIN 620006, 
India.
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Regards
Narayana Narayana
AchAryan Thiruvadi nArAyaNadAsan madhavakkannan
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