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abhinava dESika Sri UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 9

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 17:23:01 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]


As a Professor, Our Swami had a lot of spare time.  Giving lectures to 
students was like drinking water for Our Swami and called for no
preparations as he was thorough in all the subjects.  So he devoted
more time on his cherished subject, Grantha Nirmana.  Though the book
ACHARYA BHASHYA TATPARYA, the commentary on Sri Desika’s
Isavasyopanishad Bhashya, was written very much earlier, the same was
published at about this time.  After publication, on going through
this book, Sri Kapistalam Swami praised the book very much.  Sri
Injimedu Alagiasingar Swamy also was much impressed and wanted Our
Swami to send one copy to him and another copy to the Madurantakam

Almost, at about the same time, the publication of the commentary
called “MIMAMSA SUDHASVADAM”, on the book, “Mimamsa Nyaya Prakasa”, a
Prakarana grantha, was done and this commentary got wide publicity and was 
very well appreciated.  Brahmasri Ramachandra Dikshitar of
Mylapore Sanskrit college, and other Mimamsa authorities praised Our
Swami for this publication.  After this Our Swami wrote and published
“SUKHA PRAVESINI” a detailed commentary on Tarka Sangraha, which
fulfilled the need of the students of Tarka by supplying SAABDA BHODHA for 
each sentence of the original, in the age-old customary way of doing 
Pravachanam.  This also helped students to understand the NavIna Tarka 
Granthas easily in Siromani classes.

This was the time, Our Swami had to face the calamity of his wife’s
death who left behind only three daughters and no son, to perpetuate
the Vamsa Parampara.  Our Swami was very much immersed, at that time,
in the task of bringing to print the grantha, “PARAPAKSHA NIRAKRITI”
written by Sri Koliyalam Swami.  The Revered Acharya, was well aware
of Our Swami’s predicament and found no other way than to advise Our
Swami to marry again.  Our Swami had to agree to his Revered Acharya’s 
command and agreed to marry, if a right alliance was available. 
Sri.U.Ve.Ketandapatti, Bharadhwaja Gotra, Madapusi, Middai, Rangacharya 
Swami, who was an `Antaranga Sishya’ of Sri Koliyalam Swami who used to 
travel with him in his Yatra and who was of immense help during such trips, 
offered his daughter in marriage to Our Swami with great enthusiasm, after 
obtaining the blessings of Lord Tiruvengadamudaiyan.  The marriage was 
conducted soon and even though Our Swami’s second wife was very young, she 
was very well trained in running the house with strict Achara habits.  Our 
Swami was very lucky with his first wife, as she co-operated with her 
husband with full Acharam and naturally Our Swami was a little apprehensive 
in marrying again.  But to his good luck, he found that his second wife was 
in no way inferior to the first wife in Acharam.  Upto this day, Our Swami 
has been getting maximum co-operation and full satisfaction from his second 
wife in running the house with strict Acharam; so that even in trying times, 
Our Swami never had any difficulty to pursue his `Acharyakam’ and was able 
to fulfil the needs of a chain of Sishyas coming to him both for Pancha 
Samskaram and Bharanyasam.  This second wife’s name is Sow.KAMALA and only 
to indicate this Mangala Sloka at the beginning of this article contains the 
words, “Kamala Griha Medhinam.”

Coming back to his college career, at Tirupathi college, the working
hours were upto 10 A.M. in the morning and started again only at 2.00
P.M.  So Our Swami had to do his Ijya and Bhagavadaradhanam after 10
A.M. and as Our Swami was very particular about his rituals, it used
to take most of his time in the fore-noon; with the result that he
could not spare much time in helping Sri Kapistalam Swami to
scrutinise his granthas and to offer his remarks and suggestions.  Sri 
Kapistalam Swami, with all earnestness advised Our Swami to finish the Ijya 
rituals, in as concise a manner as possible, as it was not good for his 
health if he took food at such a late hour in the day, after remaining with 
empty stomach throughout the morning.  He said that Shastras definitely 
permit for the reduction in ritual times to the minimum, especially when one 
is engaged in such important work of Grantha Pravachana and Grantha Nirmana. 
  He also said that even Sanyasins used to reduce their Abhigamana Aradhanam 
to the barest minimum when the Grantha Kalakshepam was ahead of him with 
Sishyas waiting for him.  It is alright for ordinary Astikas and Vaidikas 
who have no occupation of Grantha Pravachanam or Grantha  Nirmanam etc., to 
devote more time for the rituals and not for persons who are fully qualified 
and dedicated to the noble task of Grantha Pravachanam and Nirmanam, which 
is itself considered as the most important Bhagavadaradhana.

Sri Paramahamseyadi Garudapuram Swami also used to advise Our Swami exactly 
on the same lines.
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