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abhinava dESika - SrI UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 12

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 16:18:10 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]


At Sholapur, Scholars from other Siddhantams had started a propaganda that 
Sri Vaishnava Sidhanta of Sri Ramanuja is Avaidika, that is, it does not 
reflect the true meaning of Vedas and Upanishads.  Lacking proper persons to 
counteract the above propaganda against Sri Vaishnavism, the local 
Vaishnavites came to Our Swami on a deputation and invited Our Swami to 
visit Sholapur.  Our Swami went there and gathered all important scholars 
and spoke for three days and explained to them that the Sri Vaishnava 
Sidhanta is the only one that reflects the entire meaning of the Upanishads 
and the Vedas; and not even a word from the Vedas are rejected major 
portions of Upanishads  as unnecessary.

Quotations from the Upanishads were profusely supplied by Our Swami
that the audience was stunned at the wide knowledge of Our Swami and
the masterly way he engaged in driving home to the audience, his point of 
view.  Every query from the scholarly audience was answered
satisfactorily and the pundits present, including the opponents,
agreed that the mistake was theirs only as they did not go through all the 
Pramanas in detail and acted rather in a haste in criticising the 
Siddhaantha of Sri Ramanuja.  They finally apologized for their mistake and 
thanked Our Swami for the brilliant lecture for three days.

Finally Our Swami had to explain to them that Sri Ramanuja Sidhanta is  the 
only one which does not depend on YUKTI VADA and goes only on
Pramanas. On that memorable day, Our Swami realised that the cause for the 
above misunderstanding lies only with us, in not publishing books on our 
Siddhantha in Devanagari Script so that the scholars in North India  and 
throughout the world could not get a chance to study our Sidhanta and 
compare. This mistake could be eliminated only by a wide, mammoth and 
elaborate publication campaign of our Sidhanta.  That realisation culminated 
on Our Swami, making a Sankalpam with Satvikatyagam, to concentrate on 
publishing a chain of Granthas under the banner of “Ubhaya Vedanta Grantha 
Mala”.  We will discuss about the staring of the organisation Ubhaya Vedanta 
Granthamala  at a later stage.

Today, on the auspicious day of the SATABHISHEKAM of Our Swami, we
Visishtadvaithins and of Sri vaishnava Sampradaya, looking back, are in a 
happy position that the mammoth task has been achieved
to a great extent which no single human being would even venture.  We
are thoroughly convinced that no doubt Sri Vedantha Desika had definitely 
taken an Abhinava Avatara to establish the superiority of our Sidhanta and 
Sampradaya, and that this Sidhanta is the Only and Only One which is fully 

PUNAHPUNAHA, etc.  Our Abhinava Desika Swami’s books are the culmination of 
his masterly study of all the granthas so far
written on this Sidhanta by all the Acharyas before him.  The original Sri 
Suktis, especially of Sri Desika, have been well and thoroughly scrutinised; 
all the mistakes in the publications corrected and correct version of the 
Originals have been published by him.  Also the most important commentaries 
of our ancient Acharyas have been reprinted  with suitable foot notes 
wherever necessary; and whenever such commentaries are not available,  new 
commentaries in Tamil and Sanskrit have been added and published so that the 
objections raised so far, and likely to be raised at a later date have been 
fully met at suitable places.

Today, we can find before us the EDIFICE of Sri Bhagavad Ramanuja Sidhanta 
as propounded by Sri Nigamanta Guru standing on a solid foundation in the 
form of “Granthas of Sri Abhinava Desika”.  All we have to do is to possess 
and safeguard theses books and spread them to the four corners of our 
country and of the world.

The scholars in other languages especially English, Hindi, Kannada and 
Telugu should come forward just to translate these books and spread Our 
Sampradaya.  If this is done, we are quite sure, Sri
Ramanujacharya and Sri Vedantha Desika will be thoroughly satisfied that the 
purpose of this Abhinava Avatara has been fully achieved.  There are still 
quite a few books which needs Our Swami’s scrutiny and on this happy 
occasion, let us pray to Lord Sriman Narayana to give Our Sri Abhinava 
Desika Swami the full life span of Hundred and odd years ( as that of Sri 
Desika himself) and continued good health and strength to continue the 
sacred task of Grantha Nirmana.
Rest - to be continued in next post..
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo Narayana
aDiyEn dAsan

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