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From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Jan 26 2001 - 03:06:44 PST

SrImathE Gopaladesika mahadesikaya namah:

Dearest Srivaishnavas,

Please accept adiyEn’s dhaNdavath praNAmams at your feet.
As promised in the last post, let us “sEvicchufy” our AchArya lineage. Let 
us pay our obeisance to the greatest Guru paramapara.

Given below is an extract from Sri Nrusimhapriya of 1997 issues on Swamy 
Desikan’s YathirAja sapthathi (first 12 verses)- translated to English by 
Sri U.Ve. V.N Vedanta Desikan SwAmy  (from Tamil Commentary by Villivalam 
Sri U. Ve. Narayanacharya SwAmy)

1. I pay obeisance to the First and foremost AchArya, the Consort of 
MahAlakshmi. He is the Head of the Family, which the whole Universe 
constitutes. He is a singular AchAryA, who is Himself, the first reciter of 
Vedas, and also the author of Paancharaathra Saasthra.

2. I now pay obeisance to the Spouse of the Lord, MahAlakshmi, who is never 
ever separated from the Lord; who is incapable and also unaware of any 
punitive action / treatment whatsoever and who is the embodiment of gracious 
benediction, and who always exchanges plans with the Lord for the good of 
the Universe and beings.

3. I pay my respects to VishvaksEnar, the Consort of Soothravathi. He is the 
Commander-in-chief of the Lord. At the tip of His disciplining ward (whip) 
the whole universe stays put in proper place and is rightly led on.

4. We mediate on ShaTaari, (NammAzhwAr) whose garland of VakuLa flowers gets 
its fragrance exuded into the fluent flow of poetry - a work of literature 
at which the Vedas, having been tired of imparting codes of life, even 
ineffectively, can safely rest and relax now, since AzhwAr's works will 
suffice and do the same job more effectively!

5. I hold as my Naatha (master) the seer Naathamuni, in whose hands the 
essential crux of the Vedas acquired a clarity of understanding - to call it 
HasthAmalaka, as one would say with this Natha available for me, I can not 
be "anaatha" (forlorn).

6. I obey PuNdareekaakshar (UyyakkoNdaar), who ever stands on the mental 
contour described by Nathamuni, our master at all times, and who is of 
unalloyed Saathvika Character, even like avataars of the Lord.

7. We meditate on Raamamisrar (MaNakkaal Nambhi), who is forbearing, who is 
dangerous to unholy persons, who had forsaken taste for lust and anger, - 
who thus was the fourth Rama (i.e- unlike: (1) Parasuraama- who was not 
forbearing, (2) Ramabhadra -who was dangerous to PuNyajanas (euphemism for 
Raakshasaas), and (3) Balaraama, - who was used to drinking liquor.)

8. We shall bathe in the holy waters of Yamuna (Alavandhaar), who has 
severed all connections with mean passions and attachment, who stood 
steadfast in safeguarding the Saadhus, and in whom the things emphasised by 
Krishna were present perfectly. (A second meaning: We shall bathe in the 
holy waters of Yamuna river, form which poisonous snake had been removed, 
which is close to Brindhavanam, and in which Krishna was interested.)

9. I place myself at MahapoorNar (Periya Nambhi) whose extreme daya enslaves 
him to itself (daya) (he becoming an abject servant of Daya quality) who 
gave us the Great Ramanuja, thereby making the hope of the Prime creator 

10. May Sri Ramanuja-muni, accept my humble prostration - he whose works 
performed the service as the woman- attendant for the Veda- lady (who has 
captivated the Lord and is His consort), this Veda- lady holding the Lord 
under her spell, in a dependent manner- so to say.

11. I praise Yathiraja, who shines with a Yajna Upaveetham, on His chest and 
with the OordhavapuNram who is really the fruit of the Good deeds of all 
worlds, who has a thridaNda, in His hand, and finally has a tuft of hair on 
the Head. He is the saviour of the Vaishnavites, surrendered unto Him, 
guaranteeing for their salvation.

12. The Lord's five weapons (Chakkra, Sankhu, Gadha, Khadga, and Saarngha) 
have unitedly taken the incarnation of Sri Ramanuja. He is therefore harsh 
on the enemies (say of our religion). That AchArya is sure to protect us.

After Sri Ramanuja, the most important disciples (descendents) of Ramanuja 
are: PiLLAn, VishNuchitthar, NadAdhUr ammAL, AppuLLAr and Swamy Vedanta 


Sri embAr, Parasara bhattar, Numjeeyar, NampiLLai, Vadakku 
thiruveedhipiLLai, PeriyavAcchAnPillai, PillailOkAryar, SrIsailar 
(ThiruvAymozhipiLLai), Sri Manavala mamunigaL.

we will look at these paramparais (lienages) in the subsequent posts 

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