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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sat Jan 30 1999 - 19:11:26 PST
>Dear BhakthAs : I am attching excerpts from my summary of the 2nd UpanyAsam of Srimadh Azhagiya Singar of Ahobila Matam . It is slightly long in content and may or may not be of interest to every one.Those , who wish to have the complete Text , please send me a note and I will forward it to You. Best Wishes, V.Sadagopan > >We were blessed with the second anugraha Bhaashanam / >Upadesam of H.H. The 45th Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam on >Jnauary 16 , the day before the Thirunakshathram of >H.H The 42nd Jeeyar , Sri Sriranga Ranganatha Satakopa >Yatheendhra Mahaa Desikan . H.H. The 45th Jeeyar was at >the Vedantha Desikan Mantapam at Mylapore , Chennai >during his sanchaaram and took the time at the end of >a busy day full of official duties to bless us with >his upadesam . The subject was the essence of the sixth >Chapter of Swami Desikan's Srimath Rahasya Thraya Saaram (RTS): >Paradevathaa paaramaarthyaadhikhaaram . > >The long title of the afore-mentioned Sixth chapter of >RTS breaks up into two words , Paradevathaa and Paaramaarthyam . >The word Paradevathaa refers to the Supreme Most Being . >The word Paaramaarthyam stands for the True State (uNmai nilai ). >In this sixth chapter of RTS , Swami Sri Desikan establishes >unequivocally that Sriman Naaraayanan is the true Supreme Being >with the help of Pramaanams from Sruthi , Smruthi ,Ithihaasams >Divya Prabhandhams and the Poorvaachaarya's Sri Sookthis . > >In his own unique and inimitable style and clarity , >H.H.The 45th Jeeyar focussed on the following key points >of the 6th chapter of RTS : > >1. Comprehension of Para Tattvam is the true Jn~Anam . > ( Para Tattvam =Knowledge of the true svaroopam > of our Lord as the Supreme One. Para Tattvam is > one of the triad of tattva thrayam. The others are > chethanam and achethanam , which are part of the body of > Isvaran , the Para Tattvam ). > >2. Without Sadaachaarya Upadesam , it will not be > possible to understand Para Tattvam , which is > the same as paramaartha Tattvam . > >3. Achaarya Bhakthi is essential to understand the upadesam > on Para Tattvam . The Jeeyar cited the example of two disciples of > the same AchArya (viz)., Sanjayan and Dhriuthiraashtran . > Latter gave a lot of Guru Dakshinai with ego and the former > listened to the upadesams of his Acharya with great Bhakthi > and understood the true nature of Lord Krishna as Para Devatha > ( the supreme One ). Dhriuthiraashtran could not succeed in > gaining a true understanding of the Lord's status as Para Devathai > because of his vanchaka buddhi and ostentation .Therefore , > Dhriuthiraashtran ended up by playing games with the Lord and > lost every thing ultimately . > >4. H.H The Jeeyar pointed out that the true comprehension of > Para Tattvam is very difficult ; even more difficult > is the comprehension of the divya dampathis as the manifestors > of the doctrine of Ekaseshithvam ( mithunam's anyOnya lakshyam ). > They are Veda Prathipaadhya dampathis and have to be worshipped > jointly as " bhaavaaroodhou Bhagavathi yuvaam Dampathi > dhaivatham na: ". He commented that if BHAGAVATH GITAA is > the TREASURE given to us by the Lord as Para DevathA , > BHAGAVATHI GITAA is the TREASURE given to us by ANDAL , > the Patta Mahishi of the Lord . The Jeeyar instructed us > that we should not meditate separately on one of the dampathis > and they have to be meditated upon as the divine pair (mithunam ). > The Lord then becomes Sriman Naaraayanan and Sriya: Pathi . > This paradevathaa Mithunam are our true refuge and they > inquire about our yoga Kshemam and and compete with > each other to liberate us from the horrors of Samsaaram > and bless us with Mokshaanugraham . 5 to 9 ( Left out) >10. H.H. The Jeeyar quoted the most illustrative >statement of Ahirbudhnyan ( Lord Sivan ) in >the manthra Raaja padha SthOthram to shed light >on the Para Tattvam of Sriman NaarAyaNan : > >dhAsa bhUthA; svathassarvE hyAthmaAna: ParamAthmana: >athOahamapi tE dhAsa: ithi mathvA namAmyaham > >(meaning ): Oh Lord NarasimhA ! All the Jivans in >this universe are natural dhAsAs of Yours. As one >of these dhAsAs belonging to Jeeva vargham , I am also >Your servant . Understanding this realtionship clearly , >I offer my slautations to You as my supreme Master . > >11. Our Lord differs from BrahmA RudhrAdhIs in >a very important way .Latter are SamAdhika sampannars >( they have many equals and superiors ). In contrast , >Sriman NaarAyaNan is SamAdhika Dharidhran ( He is poor >in the matter of having any one , who is His equal >or superior ).VyAsa Maharishi's upadEsam , " na dhaivam >KesavAth param , na VaasudEvAth paramasthi Paavanam ," >has to be kept in mind in this context .Sri KulasEkara >AzhwAr's VitthuvakkOttammAn Paasuram passage is >also equally revelatory here : > >" VitthuvakkOttammA ! ninnayE thaann vENdi niRpan adiyEnE " > . >Bhagavathi GitA passage : "NaarAyaNanE NamakkE Parai >TharuvAn" is equally important for us to understand the >doctrine of para dEvathA PaaramArthyam elaborated by >H.H. The Jeeyar following the lines of reasoning used by >Swami Sri Desikan . This then is the central >message of the Second UpanyAsam of His Holiness , >The 45th Jeeyar of Sri AhObila Matam . > >Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari SadagOpan .