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abhinava dESika Sri UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 10

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Sun Jan 13 2002 - 16:13:48 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]

While at Purshkaram, Our Swami had the opportunity to teach Tarka
Sangraha to quite a few youngsters in addition to older pundits who
gathered in good number for Vedanta Kalakshepam.  Many such
youngsters, now grownups, who wanted to pursue their studies under Our 
Swami, tried their best throughout the good offices of Sri
Balamukundachariar of Pushkaram.  But they found that Our Swami was
bent upon serving ONLY Tiruvengadamudaiyan as a Professor in HIS
college.  So some of the youngsters from Pushkaram were sent to
Tirupathi by Sri Balamukundacharya Peetha to study at Tirupathi under
Our Swami.  One such Sishya, Sri K.Sridharachariar, stayed on for a
longer time.  He finished his Tarka Siromani in four years and then
studied Vedanta for four more years, which included Sri Bhashya, GEETA 
Bhashya etc. and took notes in Sanskrit for Srimad Rahasyatrayasara.

He also got all the necessary `Upadesa’ to do Pancha Samskara and
Bharanyasa etc. and became qualified for doing `Acharyaka’ in Sri
Desika Sampradaya.  He himself underwent the Bharanyasam under Sri
Koliyalam Swami and proceeded on his mission to North India.  Sri
Viraraghavacharya, who is the Head for the Uttara Ahobila Jalariya
Mutt, was also a student under Our Swami, for Tarka Sangraham in his
younger days.  The above mentioned Sridharachariar Swami is acting
under him as the Acharya – Representative of the Jalariya Mutt,
travels to all places where Sishyas gather to perform Pancha Samskara
and Bharanyasa and is doing good service in spreading Sri Desika
Sampradaya.  Whenever opportunity arises, Sri K.Sridharachariar used to 
visit Our Swami to pay his respects.  He was responsible for
collecting a lot of donations from the members of Pushkaram Mangniram
Saitji and other Astikas who became his Sishyas, for many of Our
Swami’s publications, from time to time.  One of Sri Pushkaram
Balamukundachar’s disciple, Sri Bhagavadachariar, ( who had earlier
studied Vyakarana and Vedanta under Sri U.Ve.Neelameghachariar, a
Sateerthya of Our Swami and who was a leading Acharya in North India)
came to Tirupathi to study Tarka Shastra and brought with him the
manuscripts of the full Sanskrit version of Srimad Rahasyatrayasaram,
written by Sri U.Ve. Neelameghachariar Swami.

Our Swami  went through the same and after scrutiny and suggestions, the 
book was later published from North India. Sri Bhaghavatachariar, is now a 
leading Acharya, doing Pravachanam and propagate on Sri Vaishnava Sidhanta 
under the name of Swami Anirudhachar and like K.Sridharachar Swami also 
never failed to come and pay his respects to Our Swami when opportunity 

At Tirupathi College, Our Swami more or less kept a nursery for young
talents.  Youngsters passed out of the college creditably in Tarka
Shastra, and other Siromani classes.  Most of them, by association
with Our Swami, developed a taste for Vedanta Adhyayana and approached Sri 
Koliyalam Swami, Sri Injimedu Alagiasingar Swami, Sri Navalpakam 
Narasimhachariar Swami etc. for Vedanta Kalakshepam and became ardent 
Sishyas for them.

Our Swami’s efforts in that direction used to be very much appreciation by 
those Acharyas.  Even Advaita Acharyas from Karnataka, Andhra and other 
states appreciated Our Swami’s effort in
turning out scholars to be well versed in basic Shastras like Tarka
and Mimamsa etc. and who ultimately approached them for Vedanta

During the tenure of office as a Professor in Tirupati college, Our
swami alwasys felt that students in Tarka Siromani classes never used
to fare well in NYAYA KUSUMAJALI, an important book for Tarka Siromani 
examination, in spite of intense coaching.  The study of this grantha, Nyaya 
Kusumanjali, is a must for the understanding of many Vedanta Granthas of Sri 
Vedantha Desika. Our Swami prayed to Lord Hayagriva to bless him with the 
knowledge to write a commentary for the above book.

The result was a CHAYA VYAKHYANAM for Nyaya Kusumanjali which is a
commentary in simple understandable sentences after the main grantha
was codified and subdivided into different chapters showing very
clearly the Anvaya Samasta Pada Vigraha Prakara and Poorva Paksha
Siddhanta Vibhaga.  This book was very well received both by the
students and by the teaching staff and pundits alike.  By that
time, some students in the college, brought to Our Swami, a concise
and short commentary, written by some pundit in Andhra Desa, in
manuscript stage and requested Our Swami to print the same along with
Our Swami’s book.  Sri K.V.Rangaswami Iyengar Swami, who was the Director in 
the Education department of the Devastanam, on
hearing the attempts of the students, met Our Swami and advised him
not to accede to the request of the students as the policy of the
Devastanam education department was not to encourage students in such
matters and if an occasion arose in which the students had to be
chastised it will indirectly affect Our Swami also as the

He also said that while at Madras, he heard very much
about Our Swami’s talent from many pundits including Our Swami’s
Mimamsa guru, Brahmasri Chinnaswamy Sastriar, who was at that time the 
Principal of the College; and that the Devastanam will have no
objection in Our Swami publishing as many books as he wants, on his
own.  Our Swami could not but agree to that advice and had to refuse
the request of his disciples and finally published his own book
To be continued......
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo narayana

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