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abhinava dEsika- Sri UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 1

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Sat Dec 29 2001 - 03:11:06 PST

SrI:
Sri Padmavathi Sametha Srinivasa Parabrahmane Namaha.
Sri Perundhevi Sametha Devadhiraja Parabrahmane Namaha.
Sri Bhagavad Ramanujaya Namaha.
Srimate Rangaramanuja Maha Desikaya Namaha.
Srimate  Abhinava Desika Vatsya Satchakravarti Uttamur SRI VEERARAGHAVARYA 
MAHA DESIKAYA NAMAHA

Thanian (Invocatory verse on Sri UttamUr swamy written by Swamy's AchAryan 
Sri Kozhiyalam Swamy himself)

adbhutham-yasya-vikrAntham vEda-vIthi-viSOdanE |
aparam-nigamAnthAryam prapadyE vIrarAghavam ||

Sri Abhinava Desikan- Sri U Ve UttamUr Veeraraghavachariar Swamy has
blessed us with many , many granthams , which need to be cherished. Thai
Swathi is Swamy's Thirunaksathram (Feb 4th) and adiyEn wants to post to the 
members Swamy's divya charitham. Before getting into the nectarine
biography of Swamy, let us enjoy the uniqueness of Swamy's vyAkhyAnaam
(commentary) on periyAzhwAr pAsurams

Fifth ThiruppallANDu Paasuram ( aNDaikkulatthukkapathiyAhi):
Swamy explains that the four paadhams of this paasuram contain the coverage 
of the four chapters of Brahma Soothram (SaarIraka Saasthram). By choice of 
the word " aNDaikkulatthiRkku adhipathyAhi", AzhwAr refers to the saaram of 
the first adhyAyam of Brahma Soothram : Our Lord is the Sarva-KaaraNa, Sarva 
Swamy .The passage "asurar irAkkatharai-kaLaintha" refers to the sAram of 
the second adhyAyam . The reference here is to the "asurar irAkkatharai " 
and this relates to the rejection of Veda Baahya and vipirItha Jn~Anam based 
mathams(Kudhrushti Mathams). The third adhyAyam refers to kaimkaryam in a 
spirit of VairAgyam and the observance of Sath Karmams like Naama 
sankIrthanam ( ThoNDaikkulatthuLLIr vanthadi ThozhuthAyiram naamam 
solli).The fourth adhyAyam is referred to as the Phalan of proceeding by 
archirAdhi
Maargam and singing PallANDu at Parama Padham ( paNDaikkulatthai tavirnthu 
PallANDu pallAyiratthANDenmin ).
(as written by SrI Satakopan Swamin, USA in one of earlier posts few years 
ago)

This Biography article was written in Tamil by SrI PayyampADi 
VEnkatavaradAchArya SwAmi ; English Translation by SrI R.VenkatAchAri 
(SohattUr- Vankipuram -Oppiliappan Sannidhi), a disciple of SrI UtthamUr 
SwAmi. Appeared in the souvenir released during the SatAbhishEkam (80th 
birth anniversary) of SrI UtthamUr swAmi on 10th Feb, 1977. )

(Avataram: Durmukhi samvatsara-Makara masa-Swati nakshathra, 26-1-1897).
(Place: Uttamur village-10 miles from Madhurantakam town-Chingleput Dt.
TAMIL NADU- INDIA)

The Lord, Almighty Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayana takes an Avatara to bless 
his Bhakthas. An Acharya takes an avatAra not only to wipe out the sorrows 
of all who seek his feet, but also to show them the path for Eternal Bliss- 
mOksha.  That is why Vedas proclaim "Acharya Devo Bhava" and "Devamiva 
Acharyam Upaseeta".  That is why our great Acharya, Sri Nigamanta Guru, 
vehemently said ("AcharyAdiha DevatAm SamadhikAm AnyAm na manyAmahe") that 
in this world, there is no other Devata, which is superior to an Acharya.

Vedas, Smritis, Itihasas, Puranas and other Pramanas proclaim that if a
person does not get the blessings of an Acharya, he will not get Moksha,
even though he may possess all the material wealth; on the other hand, One 
who has the blessings of an Acharya, will not be prevented from attaining 
the Eternal Bliss-Moksha, even though he has committed the most heinous 
crime.

Our Acharya Parampara starts from Sriman Narayana and Sri Nigamanta Guru
stands in the middle as the "Crest Jewel". In that guru parampara, OUR
SWAMI, Sri U.Ve.Abhinava Desika UttamUr Veeraraghavarya Mahadesikan, stands 
aloof as a Supreme Acharya-Par Excellence-as an undisputed and universally 
accepted GUIDING STAR for our Sampradaya and as the ABHINAVA AVATARA of Sri 
Nigamanta Guru and in no way inferior to the original Avatara in Knowledge, 
Acharya, Anushtana, and VairAagya.  This will be very clearly understood if 
one goes through the various incidents and happenings in OUR SWAMY's life.

It will be an amazing experience to us if we find out how Our Swami was
prepared by the various doyen in all the shastras to fill the
post of a Guiding Star and to augment and supplement the great work done by 
the Nigamanta Guru in this Abhinava Avatara.

BIRTH:

Our Swami, Abhinava Desika was born in a village called UTTAMUR
(Uttamanallur), 10 miles away from Madurantakam town, Chingleput District in 
Tamil Nadu, as the son of Sri.U.Ve.SRINIVASARAGHAVA CHAKRAVARTI SWAMI, who 
was the Ekadhipati of that village at the time.  He was well known for his 
family background, wealth, Acharya, Anushtana, Knowledge, etc.

KULAM:

Srivatsa - Tirumalai Nallan Chakravarti Vamasam.

TIRUMALAI:

As the ancestors of Our Swami settled in Tirumalai, to do the Nitya
Kainkaryam to the Lord of Seven Hills, Sri Tiruvengadamudaiyaan, they got 
the title "Tirumalai".

NALLAN:

One of the ancestors of Our Swami, once saw a Brahmin's dead body being
washed ashore in floods in Vegavati river near Kanchi and took
the trouble of arranging PrEta-Samskara (funeral rites) for the dead body. 
Not knowing that this act is equivalent to that of  performing many Asvameda 
Yagas, the local people boycotted him.  But Sri Devadhiraja Swami enshrined 
at the Kanchi temple, had different ideas; called him and proclaimed that he 
may be considered "Bad for the world -But Good for me" -"Oorukku Pollan, 
Emakku NALLAN" ? Tanian slokas starting with "Vega Vegopaneetam etc etc", ? 
are available to prove the above incident.

CHAKRAVARTI:

Puranas hail, that Lord Tiruvengadamudaiyan gave the "Sudarsana-Panchajanya" 
to one Tondaimaan Chakravarti, who as, in his previous birth, born as 
Rangadasa,  He was doing Pushpa Kainkaryam to Lord
of Seven Hills by supplying flowers to Vikanas Maharshi who was doing Pooja 
to Lord Tiruvengamudaiyan.  God was so pleased with Rangadasa that he 
blessed him to be born as a King in his next birth. The Lord gave him 
Sudarsana-Panchajanya for worshipping him and hailed him "CHAKRAVARTI". This 
is the Sanka-Chakra handed over to Sri Bhashyakara by our Swami's ancestors 
who were also alled "CHAKRAVARTIS" as they continued the Kainkaryam to Sri 
Tiruvengadamudaiyan after Tondaiman Chakravarti.

SRIVATSA GOTHRAM:

It is well known that the Nityasuri, SRIVATSAM on the chest of Lord Sriman 
Narayana, the permanent abode of Sri Lakshmi, was born as Sri Vatsa 
Maharishi.  Sri Valmiki, Brughu, Chyavana, Dadheechi, Udanka, and Sownaka 
rishis belong to the Srivatsa Gotram.

We will enjoy the greatness of Swamy's ancestors in the next post.

SRIMATE VIRARAGHAVARYA MAHA DESIKAYA NAMAHA
SRIMATE RANGARAMANUJA MAHA DESIKAYA NAMAHA
SRI BHOOMI DEVI SAMETA SRINIVASA PRARABRAHMANE NAMAHA
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Regards
Narayana Narayana
NarayaNa dAsan madhavakkannan


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