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From: V.Srimahavishnu (vsri_at_iitk.ac.in)
Date: Fri Jun 11 1999 - 01:24:59 PDT
lakshmI nrusimha charaNau SaraNam prapadyE. Dear BhAgavtas, namO namah. As it is well-known and widely accepted, Sri annamayya was the disciple of AdivaNN SathakOpa jIyar of ahObilam mutt. He had had another AchArya called "Ghana VishNu". According to a book published by TTD, it is Ghana VishNu who performed samASrayaNam to annamAchArya. This doesnt seem to be correct. I came to know from Sri Tallapaka Satyanarayanacharyulu of Tirumala that they traditionally belonged to Sri Ahobilam mutt. Sri T S does the kainkiaryam of singing the kIrtanas of his mUlapurusha during suprabhATa sEvA and "pavaLimpu" sEvA during which the Beloved Son of vaikhAnasas is sent to His nAga paryankam. In addition to rahasya trayam, Sri annamayya received the 32-syllabled "nrusimhAnushtup" mantra from Sri SathakOpa dESikan. SrI annamyya used to chant this incessantly just like SrI AnandALwAn used to recite kaNNinuN SiRuttAmbu and SrI Periya JIyar dvayam. In the opinion of Sri Peddibhotla Subbaraya Sarma, a great scholar of advaita school of thought, SrI annamayya could compose 32000 kIrtanas only due to chanting the anushtup mantra which is 32-syallbled. While most of SrI annamayya's kIrtanas are on the Lord of TiuruvEngadam and alarmEl mangai, most of the remaining ones are on mAlOlan, by Whose grace (thru SrI SathakOpa yati) He could become an exponent of ViSishtAdvaitam. It is due to the extensive research done by Sri Veturi Prabhakara Sastri, another vidwAn of advaita school of thought, that most of SrI annamayya's works esp. almost all on mAlOlan, have seen light. SrI annamayya's works are the true essence of SrI rAmAnujar's and SrI dESikar's preachings and are in simple Telugu. SrI annamayya has been an inspiration for later VaishNava bhaktas like SrI rAmadAsu of Bhadrachalam and SrI tyAgarAju. In his kIrtana "malasI jUdarO maga simhamu", SrI annamayya salutes the Male Lion wandering in the forests of "pedayaubaLam" (upper Ahobilam),VEnkatagiri and vEdAchalam (Vedadri, Krishna Dist.). I will write on Sri sundara narasimhar at Lord SrInivAsa's temple, Tieumalai, in my next posting. rAmAnujArya divyAjnA vardhatAm abhivardhatAm dAsan Vishnu PS: Most of you might have seen the Telugu film "annamayya" or its Tamil dubbed version "annamAchAryar". While the theme of the film and the motive behind its shooting are very good, most of the incidents seen in the film did not take place at all and they have re-written SrI annamayya's life-history.