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abhinava desika- Sri UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham-5

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 16:04:32 PST

Sri Padmavathi Sametha Srinivasa Parabrahmane Namaha.
Sri Perundhevi Sametha Devadhiraja Parabrahmane Namaha.
SrimathE Bhagavad Ramanujaya Namaha:
SrimathE Nigamantha Mahadesikaya namaha:
Srimate Rangaramanuja Maha Desikaya Namaha.
Srimate  Abhinava Desika Vatsya Satchakravarti Uttamur SRI

SrImAn venkatanAthAryaH kavitArkika kesarI |
vedAntAcArya-varyome sannidhattAm sadA hRdi ||

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

adbhutam yasya vikrAntam vEda vIthI ViSOdhanE |
aparam nigamAntAryam prapadyE vIrarAghavam ||

Let us continue with the divya charitham of Sri UttamUr Swamy.

[Article in Tamil by SrI PayyampADi VEnkatavaradAchArya SwAmi ; English
write up (based on Tamil) 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]


Our Swami had the accidental meeting of Sri U.Ve.Raghavacharya Swami
(who was no other than his revered Acharya, Sri Koliyalam Swami Sri
Rangaramanuja Maha Desikan, in his poovasramam) who was the Antaranga
Sishya of Sri Tirupathi Swami,  by whom Our Swami's Samasrayanam was
performed.  The meeting took place in Kandiyur at the temple of Sri
Hara Sapa Hara Perumal.  Sri U.Ve.Raghavacharya Swami was in the
middle of his Upanyasam in the evening, which used to attract a huge
and learned audience.  After the Upanyasam, Our Swami fell at his feet and 
felt extremely satisfied, as his visit to the Kandiyur temple was purely 
accidental.  Sri.U.Ve.Raghavacharya Swami (Koliyalam Swami) happened to be 
an elder cousin of our Swami, as the grand mothers of both were sisters at 
Paiyambadi Village.  Our Swami, after exchange of family news, requested him 
to come to Kargudi and stay in his humble cottage, for a few days, Sri 
Koliyalam Swami readily agreed and moved into Kargudi.  Sri Koliyalam was 
noted, even in his Poorvasramam, for his very strict observance of Acharam.  
As he did not know much about Our Swami's Achara habits, at such an early 
age, instructed Our Swami, on that day, not to touch anything in the 
kitchen.  At Our Swami's request, Sri Koliyalam Swami started the Anhika 
Kalakshepam.  Within a few days, the Acharya found out that Our Swami, 
though quite young, was in no way inferior to him in his young, was in no 
way inferior to him in his Achara vyavahara.  So with great joy, he 
permitted Our Swami to enter the kitchen without any restriction and do 
Sisrusha for him.

At that time Sri Koliyalam Swami said that whenever he visited
Madurantakam, he used to do Bhagavadaradhanam only in Our Swami's
Father’s house; and that he was not surprised that Our Swami was also
trained by his father in the same strict manner.  He said that a Tiger would 
not give birth to a cat.  He also expressed that Knowledge may be acquired 
by many but to combine it with Achara and Anushtana was rare and was fully 
satisfied Our Swami is having both in full measure.  As it was holiday at 
the college, Our Swami requested him to start the Kalakshepam of Sri 
Bhasyam.  Sri Koliyalam Swami postponed his visit to Srirangam and moved 
into a different house in Kargudi and decided to stay for two months for the 
sake of giving Sri Bhasya Kalakshepam with Srutaprakasika commentry.  As 
usual Sri Koliyalam Swami did his Unchavritti in Rayampettai village and 
devoted his entire time for Sri Bhasya Kalakshepem.  As the proverb goes, 
“Only a snake knows the legs of another snake” so also only a Genius could 
spot another Genius.  It took no time for Sri Koliyalam Swami. He used to be 
amazed at the capacity of Our Swami for quick grasping and his analytical 
mind and the instructions in Vedanta Shastras went on with great vigour and 
the basement for the life of this Abhinava Desika as the Supreme Acharya was 
laid on solid ground.  During the course of SAMANVAYADHIKARANA in Sri 
Bhasyam Sri Koliyalam Swami, one fine morning, decided to enter into the 
Turiyasramam (sanyasam); and the subsequent story is well known to all of 
us; and more elaborately written in the Sashtiabdapoorti Malar of Sri 
Koliyalam Swami in Our Swami’s article, `Acharya Vaibhavam’.

While waiting for the Sweekaram of Sanyasam at Srirangam, at the
Ashramam of Sri Poundarikapuram Swami called our Swami and questioned
him on certain matters in Tarka Shastra and he was amazed at the
profound knowledge of Our Swami and congratulated Sri Koliyalam Swami
in acquiring such a worthy Sishya.  Such were the greatness of those
Acharyas whose only aim and Purushatra was to wait and grab at the
earliest chance to get a worthy Sishya and spare no efforts to impart
and propagate Sri vaishnava Sampradaya without expecting anything in
return, themselves living on Unchavritti.

Sri Swami had to return in Tiruvaiyaru, as the college reopened.  Next time 
during the next holidays, when Our Swami went to Srirangam to pay his 
respects to revered Acharya, Sri Koliyalam Swamy, he was told that he has 
already left on a pilgrimage walk to Tirumalai hills after becoming a 
Sanyasi and nobody knew either his route or his whereabouts at that time.  
Our Swami had to come back to Kargudi thoroughly disappointed at his 

[what happens next?- we will see in next post...:-)
Namo Narayana
aDiyEn dAsan

Narayana Narayana
NarayaNa dAsan madhavakkannan

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