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abhinava dESika- SrI UttamUr Swamy Divya Charitham- 22

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Mon Jan 28 2002 - 00:58:15 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]


The khandana grantha for Sata Bhooshani, with the name of PARAMARTHA
BHOOSHANA, was shaping well.  The cost was estimated at Rs.10,000/- or more. 
  Sri K.Bhashyam, who was trying to raise funds approached the 44th Jeer of 
Ahobila Mutt, who was at that time camping at
Pushkaram.  The Jeer felt very pleased at our Swami’s effort and
immediately donated Rs.5000/- the amount which Sri.K.Bhashyam had asked.

(Earlier Srimad Alagiasingar had donated Rs.500/- for the commentary
on Vaiseshika Darsana). The book was progressing very fast and Our
Swami wanted to release the book in Tiruvellore as he was born only
with the blessings of Lord Sri Viraraghava Perumal.

The Government of India wanted to institute an award, valid for the
lifetime, for the most leading Sanskrit Scholar every year.  For
selecting the most suitable candidate for the opening year of the
Award, the government requested Brahmasri K.Balasubramania Iyer to
suggest the most suitable scholar in Sanskrit.  He never had the
hesitation to suggest Our Swami as the most suitable and deserving
scholar.  (presumably the impression he formed when he had the
opportunity to hear Our Swami’s lecture in Sanskrit college in the
Sammelanam presided over by Jagad Guru Sankaracharya Swami of Kanchi
Kamakoti Peeta and organized by himself helped him to make this
decision).  After suggesting the name, he met Sri.K.Bhashyam
(Ex-Minister) an ardent Sishya of Our Swami and requested him to give
the details of all the publications done by Our Swami, to be sent to
the government in case they asked for more details.  Sri K.Bhashyam
came to Our Swami and told him of the good news and both admired the
impartiality of Brahmasri Iyer in suggesting Our Swami’s name along,
without any alternative even though he himself was a leading Advaitin.

Our Swami wanted to thank him for his greatness in person and
accompanied Sri K.Bhashyam to his house for that purpose and gave him
all the details of his publications.  Brahmasri Iyer was very much
pleased and got convinced that his selection was the best one and that there 
was no other scholar available with a genius anywhere near Our Swami, to get 
the First Award.


The landlord of the house, in which Our Swami was a tenant, wanted to
extend his house to fetch more rent, and reluctantly requested Our
Swami to vacate as early as possible.  Our Swami knew that the
Landlord’s need was a genuine one and wanted to vacate at the
earliest.  One day he met the Astrologer Sri Seshadriachar Swami
casually who predicted that he would get a house, very likely of his
own, in the northern direction from the house in which he was living.
Our Swami was going in that direction and found the name Nathamuni
Street, which appealed to him.  While walking through the street, a
casual friend met him and told him that a particular house was vacated only 
a few days before.  When Our Swami went there and enquired, he was told that 
they had no intention to let it out, as they wanted to sell it.  Our Swami 
immediately made up his mind to purchase, if found suitable.  After 
inspection and a little bargain, the sale was settled.  With Sri 
K.Bhashyam’s help the deed was written and the house purchased.  What a 
coincidence that the name of the street is the name of the first (after 
Alwars) Pravartaka of Our Sidhanta.  The number of the house was No.25, and 
we know No.25 relates to the Jeevatma tatva.  The person staying inside the 
Jeevatma, we all know, is Paramatma as  Antaryamin.  Does it not show that 
it was the wish of God HAYAGRIVA to select the house No.25 as his permanent 
abode.  Today we find, Lord Hayagriva occupying every nook and corner of the 
house in the form of His Divya Sri Suktis as an All Pervading Antaryamin of 
Number Twenty five.


Sri V.T.Krishnamachariar Swami, one came to Madras and was discussing
with his friends, about the publishing activities of Our Swami, about
whom he had heard a lot.  He felt that Sri.K.Bhashyam was getting old
and should not be burdened with more work and he wanted to do
something substantial for the publication to progress without any
difficulty.  He called his friends, Sri Anantasayanam Iyengar Swami
(Governor) and Sri D.R.Swami (Advocate) and after discussion, decided
to start a Registered Sabha and gather members in good number so that
the membership fees would form the basic fund to start its
activities.  They decided on the name of Visishtadvaita Pracharini
Sabha and Sir V.T.K.Swami expressed his desire that, mainly, Our
Swami’s books should be published in addition to other books on our
Sampradaya.  They also decided to ask Sri.V.S.Jagannathan, who just
got retired as an officer from Burmah Shell and who was also the
nephew of Sir V.K.T.Swami, to be the Secretary.  Sri.V.S.Jagannatha
Iyengar was very enthusiastic and enrolled more than 1,000 members,
and since then, had been managing the affairs of the Sabha in an
exemplary and efficient manner.  This Sabha undertook to take over the 
publications of the 4000 Divya Prabhandams, first.  This gave Our
Swami a great financial relief, and he felt very happy that his
Raksha (commentary) could be completed without any further hitch for
all the 4,000 Pasurams.

AchAryan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo Narayana
aDiyEn dAsan

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