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abhinava desika-SrI UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham-7

From: srivaishnavan (madhav.vasudevan_at_sg.abb.com)
Date: Tue Jan 08 2002 - 15:57:55 PST

SrI:
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
VIRARAGHAVARYA MAHA DESIKAYA NAMAHA

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]

AN UNFORGETTABLE INCIDENT:

One day at Madurantakam, Sri.U.Ve.Goshtipuram Swami, Sri
Sowmyanarayana Maha Desikan, took Our Swami to the temple of Sri
Bhashyakara (inside the Sri Rama temple) and made Our Swami stand at
the feet of Sri Bhashyakara and uttered the following words: "Swamin.
I pray to you to bless the youngster (Our Swami) standing at your 
feet, so that he may become the future GUIDING STAR for spreading the
Visishtadvaita Sidhanta and Srivaishnava Samparadaya". The prayer 
from Sri Goshtipuram Swami was so spontaneous that tears rolled down 
his eyes. What a noble act done by one of the great acharya, Sri
Goshtipuram Swami: How could Sri Bhasyakarar ignore such a request? 
We now know, how Sri Bhashyakara blessed Our Swami. We now have 
amongst us with full of Sowlabhya and Sowseelya that necessary 
qualities for a great Acharya, our Universally Accepted Great 
Acharya, Sri Abhinava Desika, on his SATABHISHEKAM day as 
an "Acharya, Par Excellence" to bless us all. After 
that incident, Our Swami made it a habit to visit Sri Goshtipuram 
Swami at Mambakkam village.

Sri U.VE Paramhamsa Parivrajaka Sri Injimedu Alagiasingar Swami, in 
his Poorvasramam, used to visit Sri Goshipuram Swami every now and 
the. During one such visit, Our Swami was also present. He used to 
meet Our Swami at Mannargudi Sadhas and used to admire the knowledge 
of Our Swami. He asked Our Swami to join the Veda Patasala in 
Mannargudi as an Instructor in Vedanta granthas. Our Swami could not 
accept the offer. Later on in one of his visits to Kil-Tirupathi, he 
called on Sri. U.Ve.Mahamahopadhyaya Kapistalam Swami, to pay his 
respects. On his request, Our Swami stayed with him for a few days to 
correct and give suggestions to the book, VYASA SIDHANTA MARTANDA. On 
his way back, he halted for the night at Chittoor (Andhra State) 
There he met Sri Viraraghavacharya, Vakil, who is the son of 
Sri Kapistalam Swami.

Our Swami was persuaded by him and by Sri Anantasayanam Iyengar Swami
to Stay in Chittoor for some time. There, Sri M.Ananthasayanam
Iyengar Swami (Ex Governor) studied Srimad Ramayanam, Brahma
Sutra-Shankara Bhashyam, and Mimamsa Prakarana Granthas. Sri (Vakil)
Viraghavacharya and others studied other Sampradaya granthas. He also 
gave discourses in the evenings and Srimad Bhagavatham was done very 
elaborately in his Upanyasam and the Astikas of Chittoor were very 
much pleased. In the meantime, Sri D.T.Tatacharya Swamy wanted to 
publish our Swami's book MIMAMSA NYAYA PRAKASA VYAKHYANAM and wrote a 
letter to Our Swami. Even though the above book was written during 
his stay in Tiruvaiyaru, Our Swami did not publish the same, as he 
felt that his Mimamsa Guru, Brahma Sri Chinnaswami Sastrigal may feel 
offended, as his Guru himself had published a commentary from Benares 
for the same book. But Sri D.T.Swami's commentary was an elaborate 
one and this will be a valuable guide to students who want to study 
the subject in detail. Finally Sri D.T.Swami succeeded and the same 
was published, in series, in Udyana Patrika.

Sri A.V.Gopalacharya, a leading Vakil from Tiruchirapalli and 
Matatraya Pandit and a critic, who has great regard for Our Swami, 
wrote to Our Swami saying that he had suggested to the authorities at 
Mysore to appoint Our Swami as the Examiner for Rajakiya Vidvat 
Parishad. Our Swami agreed to this and when the request came from 
Mysore, he not only set question papers for the students but also 
corrected all the answer papers. They also requested him to come to 
Mysore for conducting Oral Tests. During his stay in Mysore, Sri 
Parakala Mutt Swami wanted to hear the commentary written by 
Our Swami, called Acharya Bhashya Taatparyam. After hearing the same 
Sri Parakala Mutt Swami was so much pleased that he called for a 
Sadhas in honour of Our Swami so that local Vidwans could hear Our 
Swami. At the Sadhas, Our Swami was asked to speak on SAMANYA NIRUKTI 
and BHATTA DEEPIKA. 
During discussions, the Principal of Tirunarayanapuram Vidyasala, Sri 
Vaidhyanatha Sastrigal wanted to know whether Our Swami could reply 
to points raised at random from any page from the grantha. Our Swami 
took the challenge and answered all the questions very convincingly 
so that all present including Sri Sastri praised him.

On the final day of the Sadhas, Brahma Sri Virupaksha Sastri, (who 
later became Sringeri Madathipati) raised a point, saying that 
certain portions in SATA DHOOSHANI were wrong and wanted Our Swami to 
give his explanation.
What happened... then? Let us wait for the next post..:-(
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo Narayana
aDiyEn dAsan
 




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