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Swamy Desikan-2 (Thooppul maNdapam kaimkaryam appeal)

From: Madhavakkannan V (srivaishnavan_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Fri Jul 06 2001 - 05:29:09 PDT

SrI:
SrImathe Ramanujaya namah:
SrImathe Nigamantha mahadesikaya namah:
SrImAn venkatanAthAryaH kavitArkika kesarI |
vedAntAcArya-varyo me sannidhattAm sadA hRdi ||

May the glorious Venkatanatha, the greatest of teachers of Vedanta, and the 
lion among poets and debaters, reside forever in my heart.

Dearest Srivaishnavas,

I am continuing on my appeal and posts on Swamy Desikan.

Recently there was an appeal (sent by Sri VK Sudharshan) forwarded by Sri 
Diwakar Kannan on Thoopul MaNdapam kaimkaryam by Smt Shantha Kalyanarangan 
of Thoopul trust. Sri Lakshmi N. Srinivasa also has created a web site for 
this trust and also for this special kaimkaryam for Thoopul Pillai.

URL: http://www.geocities.com/lsriniva/thoopulappeal.html

It is my humble request to please contribute your mite towards this 
kaimkaryam, as remembering Acharyan, and talking alone will not suffice.

Swamy Desikan wrote original works on Sanskrit and also commented upon the 
works of Ramanuja and Yamuna. He wrote poems, religious works. He wrote 28 
sthothrams. A mere reading of the list of his works is breathtaking. He 
wrote 18 works in Tamil, 29 works in MaNipravALam ( a great mix of Tamil and 
Sanskrit). He also wrote naataka grantham, rahasyagrantham etc.

His aim in writing is more than one.

Dr. V Varadachari says:

Firstly, the system of unparalleled Great VisishtAdvaita Srivaishnava SrI 
should be kept on a firm basis and stronger footing.

Secondly, the Nyaya tatvam of Sriman Nathamuni which deals with the topics 
of Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Meemaamsa, and treated in a manner to interpret the 
doctrines in the light of the Vedantha system.

Thirdly, Ramanuja's concepts and theories were attacked by opponents
relentlessly. The refutations need to be answered, counter attacked and
dismissed then and there.

Fourthly, the writers after SrI Ramanuja were not in a position to evolve 
the metaphysical, logical theories consistent with the teachings of 
Ramanuja. They required to be given shape in the light of Emperumaanaar's 
teachings.

Fifthly, some of the Acharyas after Ramanuja did excellent service to
Srivaishnavam by their expositions of Tamil 4000 Divya prabhandham of
AzhwArs, but could not establish their position in an unshakable
foundation.

It only Swamy Vedantha Desikan who not only established SrI
Ramanuja sampradayam on firm footing with his various works; also He
repulsed the attacks on the importance of Naalaayira Divya prabandham and 
placed them on par with Vedas, as the fountain source for the Vedantha
system.

SrI Vedantha Desika is the author of 120 works. His style is inimitable for 
its depth of ideas, sweetness, simplicity and ease; it is majestic, 
sometimes tough. He was a great admirer of Adhikavi Vaalmeeki and Kalidasa. 
His poetic work Hamsa sandhEsam, though similar to Kalidasaís mEgasandhEsam, 
is original in many respects. (we will see them in detail later). Daya 
sathakam is a unique composition wherein he personifies grace (Divine grace- 
daya), without which Lordís other qualities are of little value and help to 
suffering mankind- Swamy says. AbhIthi sthavam is an invocation for the 
Lordís protection from evil forces from both within and without. His GodhA 
sthuthi is a piece of place of great lyric beauty and merit and talks of Sri 
GodhAís influence with the Lord through love and Desikanís surrender to Her 
compassion.

SthOthra granthas:
===============
Hayagriva stOtram
dasaavataara stOtram
Bhagavath dhyaana sOpAnam
dayA sathakam
abheethi sthavam
vairAgya panchakam
Devanaayaka panchAsath
Gopala vimsathy
SrI Sthuthi
BhU sththi
GodhA sthuthi
nyAsa dhasakam
nyAsa vimsathy
nyAsa thilakam
saraNAgathi DIpikA
Achutha sayayam (achutha sathakam)
varadarAja panchAsath
ashtabhujaashtakam
kAmAsikaashtakam
vEgAsEthu sthOthram
paramartha sththi
dhEhaleesa sththi
Raguveera Gadyuam (mahA veera vaibhavam)
sudarsanaashtakam
shodasAyudha stOtram
Garuda dhaNdakam
Garuda panchAsath
yatirAja sapthati

Tamil Prabandams
================
amrutha ranjani
adhikAra sangraham
amrutha swAdhini
paramapada sOpAnam
paramatha bhangam
mei viradha mAnmiyam
adaikkalappatthu
artha panchakam
SrI vaishNava dinasari
Thirucchinna maalai
panniru nAmam
thiru manthiracchurukku
dwayachurukku
charama sloka cchurukku
Gitaartha sangraham
mummaNikkOvai
nava maNi mAlai
pandhu (lost)
kazhal (lost)
ammAnai (lost)
oosal (lost)
Esal (lost)
Prabandha sAram
AhAra niyamam.

VedAnta granthas
================
mImAmsA pAdukA
sEsvara mImAmsa
satha dhUshaNi
adhikaraNa sArAvaLi
tatva tIkA
nyAya parisuddhi
nyAya siddhAnjanam
tatvamuktha kalApam
nikshepa rakshA
sachcharitra rakshA
srI pAncharAthra rakshA
vAditraya kandanam
dramidOpanishad tAtparya rathnAvaLi
dramidOpanishad sAram

BhAshya granthas (Commentaries)
==========================
chatus slokI Bhashyam
SthOthra rathna Bhashyam
Rahasya rakshA
GitArtha sangraha rakshA
tAtparya chandrikA
IsAvAsyOpanishad BhAshyam
sarvArtha siddhi
adhikAraNa dharpaNam (lost)

KAvya grantas:
==============
hamsa sandesam
subhAshita nIvi
yAdhavAbyudayam
pAdukA sahasram (1008 verses)

Rahasya granthas:
================
sampradAya parisuddhi
tatva-padhavi
rahasya padhavi
tatva navanItham
rahasya navanItham
tatva mAtruka
rahasya mAtruka
tatva sandEsam
rahasya sandEsam
rahasya sandEsa vivaraNam
tatva rathnAvaLi
tatva rathnAvali pratipAdya sangraham
rahasya rathnAvaLi
rahasya rathnAvaLi hrudayam
tatva traya suLakam
rahasya traya suLakam
abhaya pradAna sAram
rahasya sikAmaNi
anjali vaibhavam
pradhAna satakam
upakAra sangraham
sAra sangraham
munivAhana bhogam
madurakavi hrudayam (lost)
paramapada sOpAnam
paramatha bhangam
hasthigiri mAhAthmyam
SrImath Rahasya Traya Saram (MAGNUM OPUS)
SarA sAram
VirOdha parihAram
NigamaparimaLam (lost)
Tirumudiadaivu (lost)

nAtaka grantam (Drama)
==============
Sankalpa SooryOdhayam

anushtAna grantams
=================
Bhagavath-AarAdhana vidhi


Even to read the above list will take so much time. Swamy alone can compose 
so many works in one lifetime. When we see /enjoy later these works 
individually later, we will realize that what sweetness, depths, literary 
values, rhythms, grammars, variety of meanings they contain! How true are 
those words and fully in accordance with Sri Ramanujaís works and Vedas and 
saasthrAs! We will have to read to believe it!

Isn't it appropriate to refurbish the maNdapam of The Greatest Acharya
saarvabhouman ThUppul Pillai? Please contribute your mite.

Please donate according to your shakthi. The money can be sent to "Thuppul 
Trust" and the address is:

Thuppul Trust
Old No.20, New No.24, Thiruvengadam Street
West Mambalam, Chennai-600033, India
Phone No: 91-44-4741559 / 91-44-3715771

Please contact Sri. V.K. Sudharshan at vksudarsh@vsnl.com or Sri Lakshmi N 
Srinivasa  lsriniva@hotmail.com (He can collect and send it as single amount 
in USA).

The address:

Lakshminarasimhan Srinivasa
3 Old Towne Road, #212
Ayer, MA-01432

For those in the South East Asia, please send to me at 
srivaishnavan@hotmail.com .

Please pass on this kaimkaryam to as many people as possible in order to 
complete the same.
kavi-tArkika-simhAya kalyANa-guNa-SAline |
Srimate venkateSAya vedAntagurave namaH ||

Salutations to Sri Venkatesa, in whom all perfection resides, who is the 
teacher of Vedanta and the lion among poets and debaters!

Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Regards
Narayana Narayana
adiyEn Narayana dAsan madhavakkannan

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