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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Thu Jul 03 1997 - 17:49:47 PDT
Dear Divya MaNi PaadhukhA SevakAs : Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Divya PaadhukhA Sevaka SrivaNN SatakOpa Sri NaarAyaNa Yatheendhra MahA Desikan is the 45th and current Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam . He completed on November 21 , 1996 his Seventieth birthday . This special anniversary (Sapthathi ) was celebrated by all aasthikAs, Vaidhikha SreshtAs and AchAryAs at Thirupathi . A commemorative souvenir celeberating the scholarship and Kaimkaryams of this most merciful Aacharya Saarvabhouman was released at that Mahothsavam in Thirupathi . Sri Krishna Kalale met the Jeeyar recently and brought back two souvenir issues . H.H , the Jeeyar instructed Sri Krishna Kalale to make some of the extraordinary infromation assembled in this souvenir on the internet for the benefit of Sri VaishNavAs of the World . Sri Kalale wrote to me and asked me to undertake this Kaimkaryam. The wish of H.H , the Jeeyar is my command and therfore , I have notified Sri Kalale that nothing will please me more than fulfilling the wishes of our most revered Jeeyar . I will begin the postings wiht this note. What is assembled in the souvenir is of wide interest to all Sri VaishnavAs rooted in Bhagavadh RaamAnuja SiddhAntham . Hope you will find these postings useful as valuable source material . I seek the special blessings of H.H , the Jeeyar at the outset to complete this Kaimkaryam that is dear to his heart. In an earlier posting , I included details on the peetathipathis of four Acharya paramparais of Sri VaishNavism , all of which are derived from Sri Bhagavadh RaamAnujA and his poorvAchAryAs going all the way upto Sriman NaarAyanan Himself . Please add the ParakAla Matam tradition as the fifth AchArya parampara that I missed to mention . The links among these uninterrupted chains of AchAryAs are profound and sacred . In each of these AchArya paramparAs , by Bhagavadh sankalpam , a great AchArya is "found "and he ascends the throne of that particular Acharya Paramparai and serves as a beacon for SadAchAram , Saddharmam and SanmArgam . Such AcharyAs remind us through their many daily activities that Bhagavadh, Bhagavatha sEvA is the ultimate goal of a human being . Tirelessly , such AchAryAs travel to the divya desams and homes of the sishyAs , bring their aarAdhana Moorthys to these blessed homes , perform pancha samskArAs during these Vijaya YaathrAs , give pravachanams , initiate scholarly sadas to preserve the fine points related to the tattvams and most of all through ManthrOpadesams make all of us become the brides of Sriman NaarAyaNA through their power of tapas . This sacred act of our wedding to Sriman NaarAyaNA performed by our most compassionate AchAryAs has been celebrated by AzhwArs in their Sri Sookthis and by Sri RaamAnujA through his SaraNAgathi Gadhyam and other AchAryAs of his tradition in many of their granthams and sthothrams . In this context , Swami Desikan has been prolific and has blessed us with many saraNAgathi granthams and eulogies such as NikshEpa RakshA , NyAsa TilakA , NyAsa DasakA , NyAsa Vimsathi , SaraNAgathi Deepikai , AbhayaprAdhAna saarA , Adaikkala patthu in Tamil ( Praptthi dasakA in Sanskrit ) , GithArtha sangrahA , Charama sloka surukku , paramapadha sObhAnA , Achyutha SatakA , Rahasya SikhAmaNi and finally the magnum opus , Sri Rahasya Traya Saaram . In Achyutha Sathakam set in PrAkruthA language , Swami Desikan appeals movingly to the Lord of Thiruvaheendrapuram for help and succor and begs the Lord to accept him as " the bride " at the marriage function of BharanyAsam( Aathma NikshEpam , SaraNAgathi , Prapatthi ) . In the Rahasya grantham , Rahasya SikhAmaNi , Swami Desikan deals with the greatness of the Prapatthi doctrine and reminds us that the PrapannA , who has performed Prapatthi under a SadAchAryA need not of his or her own accord peform anthimasmrithi at the last moments of their lives on this earth. I would like to make reference to yet another work of Swami Desikan known as the (Sri ) SampradhAya Parisuddhi in the context of my postings related to the 70th birthday souvenir of H.H , The Jeeyar of Ahobila Matam . In this work , Swami Desikan discusses the importance of AchAryAs in our sampradhAyam , the tattvAs and AchArya Paramparai from NammAzhwAr to Sri RamAnujA and his successors. A paasage quoted often from(Sri ) SamprAdhAya Parisuddhi that emphasizes the unity of thought that runs thru the different AchArya ParamparAs that are based in Sri Bahgavadh RaamAnuja samprahdAyam is as follows : " Sri BhashyakArarudaiya sishya sampradhAyangaLil onrilum artha-virodham illai ; VakhyayOjanAbhedhamE uLLadhu " Swami acknowledges that there is no basic conflict of thought in substantive tattvAs among the different Sri Vaishnava achArya paramparAs and the differences are limited to interpretative aspects. This passage is often cited to celebrate the significance of the Guru ParamparA and their undrlying unitive relationships. H.H , the Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt deeply believes in the above statement of Swami Desikan and respects " the unity in diversity " theme that runs through the different sampradhAyAs of Sri VaishNavism and works closely with the other AchAryAs to spread the message of Bhagavadh RaamAnujA SiddhAntham . All the Jeeyars of other paramparAs were present at the 70 th anniversary of the H.H , the Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt to celebrate his scholarship and Kaimkaryam and wish him pallANdu .. One of the most moving articles in the Sapthathi malar is the one describing his acceptance of SanyAsa Aasramam from the hands of his AachAryA , H.H , the 44th Jeeyar of Ahobila Mutt on October 21, 1991 at the age of 64 . The 44th Jeeyar is the great MahAn , who built the south gopuram for Sri RanganAthA , which could not be completed even by kings for hundreds of Years . I met H.H , the 45th Jeeyar at Bangalore soon after his initiation and he jokingly referred to his acceptance of the Aasramam at the time , when people are retiring from active life and that he was taking on the full administrative and spiritual leadership responsibilities for the 600 year old Matam . Since that time , he has provided extraordinary leadership and has travelled across India to bless His SishyAs many times that culminated recently in the opening of the new Ahobila Mutt building at Thirupathi , a function presided over by the President of India . The illustrious kaimkaryam of H.H , the 45th Jeeyar was applauded by the President of India as matchless. It is not often that we have the opportunity to learn about the details of hte Aasrama SveekaraNam function of a Yathi that includes Jeeva Srardham , prEksha manthra upadesam and the other rigorous rites of pasage into the order of Yathis . These infromation points would be of interest to many of you . I will cover this topic and other items covered in the Sapthathi malar such as Pancha SamskAra ceremonies performed by this AachArya Saarvabhouman , the tightly orchestrated daily activities of the AchAryA , which were described movingly earlier by Sri jagannAthan during his travels with his/this AchArya . There are many invited scholarly articles by great Sri VaishNavAs in this malar . I will include excerpts from them as I make progress with my lekhana Kaimkaryam . I will start with the salutation to the many MangaLa Moorthys that are enshrined in the silver mantapam of the Ahobila Matam , where Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan (MaalOlan ) presides . He is surrounded by many ancient divya mangaLa aarAdhana moorthys of our poorvAchAryAs . I am hoping that many of the rare pictures of the Aasrama SveekaraNam and ArchA moorthys of the Divya Desams could be added to the archives of the Ahobila Matam home page and the CD Rom project archives on the 108 Divya Desams respectively. Sri ParthasArathy Dileepan should be back soon from his archival material collecting trip to India on the 106 Divya Desams for the CD ROM project and can relate to these valuable image archives. ahObilE gArudasaila madhyE krupAvasAth kalpitha SannidhAnam I LakshmyA samAlingitha vAmabhagam Lakshminrusimham SaraNam prapathyE II Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Divya PaadhukhA sevaka Sri vaNN satakOPa Sri NaarAyaNa yatheendhra MahA DesikAya Nama : Oppilaippan Kovil VaradAchAri Sadagopan Isvara samvathsaram , Mithuna Maasam , KrishNa Paksham , Chathurdasi , Mrugaseersham .