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From: Praveena (may2192_at_mbox4.singnet.com.sg)
Date: Tue Jun 29 1999 - 08:57:23 PDT
SrI: Shrimate Shri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha: Shrimate Shri Seetha Ramachandra Parabrahmane Namaha: Shrimate Shri Ramanujaya Namaha: Shrimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namaha: Shrimate Shrivan Satagopa Shri Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikaya Namaha: Shri Manakkal Nambi was entrusted with the task of finding Shri Yamunacharya. Shri Yamunacharya was now having a royal status. Shri Manakkal Nambi took the order's of his Acharya as his primary objective in life and took all efforts to search out for Shri Yamunacharya. Shri Manakkal Nambi having located Shri Yamunacharya did indirect service to him in order to gain an entry. Shri Yamunacharya learnt about Sri Vaishnavam and Divya Prabhandam from Shri Manakkal Nambi. Shri Manakkal Nambi taught Yamunacharya the secrets embedded in Bhagavad-Gita. Shri Yamunacharya, having learnt the secrets of Bhagavad-Gita from a SadAcharya, has given us the essence of Gita in a nut shell in his Gitarthasangraha ( 32 stanzas). Swami Desika has also given us Gitarthasangraha. Our swami has rendered nineteen works in tamil. Gitarthasangraha, is the fifteenth work and contains twenty one stanzas. This again gives the essence of Gita all the eighteen chapters of Bhagavad-Gita. Let us immerse ourselves into the first Sloka of Shri Alavandar's Gitarthasangraha : SvaDharma-jnana-vairAgya sAdhyaBaktyekaGocaraha ! nArAyaNah param brahma GiTaSastre samIritah !! Swami DEsika has rendered the above Sloka in Tamil: Karumamum jnanamum kondeyum kAdhaluk-KOrellakkendru Arumarai uttchiyul Aadharitthodum Arum biramam Thirumagaloodu varum thirumAl enru than uraithan tharumamugandha dhananjayannukkavan sArathiye!! This Sloka tells us the whole gist of Gita Sastra. The subject matter of the Gita Sastra is Sriman Narayana, Sriman Narayana is Para Brahman. Gita has been addressed as Sastra because it speaks only the truth. This highest Brahman - Sriman Narayana is attainable by Bhakti alone [Bhakti eka Gochara], meaning Lord Sriman Narayana comes within the range of Bhakti alone or Lord Sriman Narayana is both Upaya and Upeya. Bhakti is attainable only by performing the duties of ones own vArna and Asrama (Swadharma), by the acquisition of true knowledge - the knowledge of the seshatvam of the jiva, and by Vairagya - turning away from allegence to anything but the Lord. All these are explained fully and clearly [Sameerita] ......To be continued! AlavandAr tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi 29th Jun 1999 P.S: A few postings on Swami Desika could not be sent due to "Bhakti Vocation". Since the idea was to post one mail per day, Adiyal has posted only today's posting. However, the postings can be sent as privately if requested.