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abhinava dESika- SrI UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 17

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Tue Jan 22 2002 - 00:59:24 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 ||

[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]

In the last post, there was a left out portion:-(. Apologize for the 

>  The Lady doctor refused to treat  the patient as the injuries were all 
>very serious and the rule requires only a male (*) patients, except in an 

(*) left out : ......the rule requires only a male <<doctor  should attend 
to male >> patients  ....

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


The previous year, before coming to Madras, Our Swami was invited to
Tiruvallore for Tiruppavai Upanyasam.  It served a double purpose.  He could 
earn some money and more than, he could worship Lord Viraraghava Perumal for 
one by whose grace only, his parents got him as son.  It was a good omen 
that he started his Upanyasam series with the blessings of Lord Viraraghava 
Perumal.  The Tiruppavai commentary written by Our Swami is considered the 
best of all the commentaries written by others so far.

Sri.U.Ve.Tirukallam Swami used to say that by reading one page of the 
commentary of Our Swami, he can do Tiruppavai Upanyasam for more than a 
month.  You must hear him praise Our Swami’s genius, for example the 
interpretation, Our Swami had given, for the word `UYYUMAARU’, in the 
Pasuram “Vaiyatu Vazhveeral”.

After reaching Tiruvellore for a month’s stay and on hearing that Sri
Injimedu Alagiasingar Swami was camping there, he proceeded to the
Mutt to pay his regards and worship Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha, and get
their blessing before starting the Upanyasam.  Sri Alagiasingar Swami
was very much pleased and arranged to send all the provisions etc.
from the Mutt, for one month, for the use of Our Swami.  He even asked all 
the pundits connected with the Mutt, to attend the Upanyasam and instructed 
them not to miss the great opportunity given to them to hear a great genius. 
  The local Astikas and the Vidvans of the Mutt came in good number, which 
included the present Alagiasingar, the 44th Jeer of the Ahobila Mutt, in his 
Poorvasramam, as he was staying in the Mutt itself.  On the second day of 
the Upanyasam, the  Present Jeer stood up and requested Our Swami to include 
Swaapadesam also in his daily lectures.  The next day Our Swami did not 
attempt Swapadesam; but the 44th Jeer stood up again and remarked that, no 
doubt, the Upanyasam contained lots of novel interpretations, of course, 
acceptable to all in our  Sampradaya, but definitely needs the Swapadesam 
also as it is customary by all Upanyasakas to do that.

Our Swami told the assembled audience that the Sampradaya Swaapadesam, given 
by all the Pandits, did not appeal to his mind as it did not contain a 
continuity of thought for the entire Tiruppavai, but only in disjointed 
bits, differing in thought, from Pasuram to Pasuram.  But the 44th Jeer , 
insisted that Our Swami could give a thought about that so far and after 
reaching home, prayed to his Acharyas and Sri Andal to bless him with some 
new ideas.  After some thought, suddenly, one idea struck him which was 
quite appealing.  He developed the same and formed in his mind a good 
Swaapadesam, which can be a continuous one for the entire Tiruppavai.  The 
same was included in his Upanyasam from the Fifth day onwards.  The 
Swaapadesam was that the 30 pasurams, describe the Pancha Kala Prakriya (in 
the correct order) of a Sri Vaishnava.

(More details can be had from the book on Tiruppavai written by Our Swami).  
The entire audience including the 44th Jeer accepted the Swaapadesam as a 
superb one and praised Our Swami.  Every day, the Vidwans from the Mutt, 
used to come to Our Swami and tell him that though they were, in the 
beginning more or less forced to attend the Upanyasam, they later felt that 
they were benefited immensely and
would have lost a good opportunity to learn many few things if they
had not attended the lectures.  At the end of the 30 day series, the
present 44th Jeer spoke for half an hour about the wonderful experience they 
were having for the past 30 days, by hearing Our
Swami’s Upanyasam.

On hearing this happy conclusion of the Upanyasam, Sri Injimettu 
Alagiasingar also praised Our Swami.  During the stay at Tiruvallore Our 
Swami one day heard some people remark, that, in spite of the presence of 
Sri Alagiasingar, the town did not get the usual monsoon and the crops had 
failed.  It so happened that that day happened to be the day for the Pasuram 
“Ongi Ulagalanda” Our Swami in the middle of his Upanyasam referred to the 
remarks about the failure of monsoon, he heard earlier in the day, and said 
that it was not
sufficient if a great man was present in the village but only when the 
villagers worshipped him and look after him well, God would be pleased and 
bring monsoon, rain and prosperity to the village and told them to throng in 
good number and worship the Alagiasingar and Lord Lakshmi Nrisimha.  (Our 
Swamy, heard, that, after he left, there was good rain and the Alagiasingar 
also praised Our Swami for his AARJAVAM and the CHAMATKARAM.


The next year (1953), after retirement Our Swami accepted the
invitation from Madras throughout Pulavanur Sri U.Ve.Parthasarathy
Iyengar Swami and proceeded to Madras for a stay of one month only.
On the opening day of the Upanyasam series at George Town, he was
received, on arrival at the pandal, by Sri.U.Ve.(Sir) S.Varadacharya
Swami  (Judge), Sri Desika Darsana Ratna Deepam, Sri.U.Ve.V.V.Srinivasa 
Iyengar Swami, Sri.U.Ve.V.T.Rangaswami Iyengar
Swami and many other leading Vaishnavites of Madras.  Inaugurating the 
Tiruppavai Upanyasam Series, Sir S.Varadacharya Swami said that
Even though they had been inviting Our Swami to settle in Madras
permanently he did not so far agree; but that year he had come for a
short stay of one month for the Tiruppavai Upanyasam.  He also said
that they had not abandoned the hope of persuading Our Swami to change his 
mind for a permanent stay in Madras.

Then Sri V.V.S.Swami remarked that it was known to everybody that they had 
formed a committee to collect finance for Our Swami’s publications.  He 
requested Our Swami to make up his mind, this time, to stay in Madras 
permanently.  By doing so, Sri.V.V.Swami argued, Our Swami would be doing a 
great service to Sri vaishnava Sampradaya, as there were many, who were 
eager to do Kalakshepam under Our Swami and to enrich their knowledge in 
Vedanta Shastra and increase their Gnana Bhakti and Sraddha in our 
Sampradaya.  Madras, he said, was not so bad as Our Swami thought and 
certainly not a city to be avoided.  It is also a Divya Kshetra and there 
were no qualified Acharyas in Madras.

He asked Our Swami to take pity on the Astikas in Madras city and change his 
earlier decision.  Then he requested Sri.V.T.R.Swami to make all the 
arrangements for a comfortable stay in Madras in case Our Swami decided to 
come to Madras.  He also said, in a joking manner, that they were trying to 
bring a high class Gajendra for Tirupathi and as himself and Sir S.V.Swami 
were very old, it was the duty of Sri V.T.R.Swami, being a local elephant, 
to look after him well.  Sri V.T.R.Swami also agreed to do so, as per the 
directions of the elders present.

The Upanyasam series was then inaugurated and at the end of the first day’s 
Upanyasam, people from Mambalam and Tiruvallikeni, who came there to hear 
the Upanyasam, praised Our Swami.  Then they requested Our Swami to 
undertake Upanyasams in Mambalam and Tiruvallikeni also, as otherwise, the 
residents of those localities would be denied of the great fortune to hear 
Swami’s Upanyasam which the George Town people were having.  Though this 
would involve a hectic programme of rushing from one place to the other 
after the Upanyasam, Our Swami could not disappoint the eager Astikas.  
Finally it was arranged that George Town would have Upanyasam in the 
mornings; while Mambalam would have it between 6-00 and 9-00 p.m. and 
Triplicane would
have it after 9.00 p.m.  The response from all those places were very
overwhelming. Some of the more ardent Astikas, who used to attend all the 
three Upanyasams, remarked with great admiration  about Our Swami’s capacity 
to give different meanings at all the three centers for the same Pasuram.  
Among the regular visitors, was the Present Srimad Thirukkudanthai Andavan 
Of Srirangam Periasramam, in his Poorvasramam (a very popular Upanyasaka 
himself and a good Rasika of Prabandas) known as Sri Kannan Swami.

At the end of the Series, he stood up spoke in his own style, and explained 
to the audience some of the special interpretations which Our Swami had 
given to them and praised Our Swami’s Vidwat.  He
also said that Upanyasakas, like him, did Upanyasam for the sake of
earning a livelihood while the Upanyasam of Our Swami was for the
emancipation of the Jeevatma to help him attain the Eternal Bliss, the 
Moksha.   Hereafter, Upanyasaka like him who attended the Upanyasams would 
have enough matter (heard from Our Swami) which would be sufficient for 
Upanyasams for months together.

Immediately after Tiruppavai Satumurai, some Astikas stood up and
made repeated requests to Our Swami to stay permanently in Madras.
They said that for one month they had been hearing wonderful Upanyasa
with new interpretations to Tiruppavai hitherto not known to any
pandit and such of those who would have the good fortune to do Vedanta 
Kalakshepa under him would be the luckiest.  Sri Poondi Achyuta Gopalachar 
Swami, a sishya of Sri Koliyalam Swami to live with his family without 
detriment to his Achara.  He estimated that there would be at least 25 
sishyas who would come forward for the Kalakshepa.  Sri K.Bhashyam Iyengar 
Swami (Ex-Minister) who was attending the Tiruppavai Upanyasas very 
regularly, came to Our Swami and expressed his desire to talk to Our Swami 
leisurely and that he would come to Our Swami’s residence at Madras.  Our 
Swami’s Revered Acharya had been getting regular reports of the Tiruppavai 
Upanyasa and also about the request of the Astikas for Our Swami’s stay in 
Madras for the sake of conducting a Kalakshepa Goshti.

He also heard that Our Swami had been hesitating to make a decision and the 
reasons for the same.  The Revered Acharya sent word to Our Swami, not to 
hesitate accepting the offer and asked him to shift his residence to Madras 
at once.  He argued, that though a Prapanna is prohibited from asking for 
any worldly pleasures from Sriman Narayana, he is permitted to request HIM 
to grant Bhakti, Gnana and Sraddha.  When such a request is made to an 
Acharya, he should not refuse to grant the same without valid reasons.  
There could not be a better way of serving God than to help an Astika to 
increase his Bhakti and Gnana.  He said that it was the accepted habit among 
the Acharyas, with Sishyas waiting for Grantha Kalakshepa, to reduce that 
time allotted normally for even Nityakarmanushtana, to the barest minimum.  
He opined that if a suitable place could be secured for him it would be 
quite possible for a grihasta to stay in Madras without much sacrificing his 

The command of his Revered Acharya could not be disobeyed and so Our
Swami decided to settle in Madras for the time being.  He moved into
the portion allotted by Sri Achyuta Gopalachar Swami in the Makara
masa itself and started the Kalakshepa of Srimad Rahasyatrayasara.  On the 
first day a good number of Sishyas were present.

How did the kalakshepam go? Let us wait for the next post:-(
AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo Narayana
aDiyEn dAsan

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