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Sri RaamAnuja NooRRandhAthi & Thiruvarangatthu AmudanAr: AchArya RaamAnujA Thirunakshathram:His 983rd Blessed Birthday celebrations : Part I

From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Sun Apr 30 2000 - 18:23:09 PDT

SrimathE RaamAnujAya Nama:

Dear IrAmAnusa BhakthAs :

We will be celebrating Our matchless Sri RaamAnujA's 
birthday with pomp and circumstance on May 7 , 2000
at USA and May 8 at India . This is an occasion to
pass and reflect on the great Kula dhanams left behind
for our Ujjeevanam by Udayavar . The recent CD ROM released
by The International RaamAnujA Society attempts to pay tribute 
to the magnificient Life and illustrious Dhivya Sookthis of 
AchArya RaamAnujA (http://www.geocities.com/irscd)

The wonderful home pages created by Sri Madhavakkannan 
and Sri Achutharaman of Singapore for AchArya RaamAnujA
(http://members.tripod.com/~Sriramanujar) is an 
outstanding summary of our Great AchAryan's dhivya charitham ,
His Sri Sookthis , His Dhivya MangaLa Vigraham at Srirangam
and the tributes paid by Swamy Desikan ( YathirAja Sapthathi),
MaNavALa MaamunigaL ( YathirAja Vimsathy) and IrAmAnusa-
NooRRandhAthi ( Thiruvarangatthu Amudanaar) .In the last tribute 
(IrAmAnusa NooRRandhAthi) consisting of 108 paasurams , 
coverage has been upto 85 Paasurams sofar.

There are other Kaimkaryams  that are either underway 
or have been completed this first year of this new millenium
by the International RaamAnujA Society with the strong
participation by the members of the Bhakthi and
MalOlan Net:
 
(1) MudaliyANDAn SamarpaNam at ThriunArAyaNapuram(Feb 11,2000)

(2) "Golden" ThridhaNDam for the Hastham of Moolavar
    at SriperumbhUthUr ( MAY , 2000)

(3) Anubhavam of Sri Thirukkudanthai Sampath Rengarajan 
    on the individual paasurams of IrAmAnusa NooRRandhAthi
    ( Starting from May First week of this year). 
 
(4) Two Silver Vattils for the daily ThiruvArAdhanam
    of ThirunArAyaNan at Melukote , where AchArya RaamAnujA
    performed prathishtai for the Moolavar 900 years ago.
    This vattil SamarpaNa kaimkaryam is in memory of adiyEn's
    dear parents ,Parama PadhavAsis , Sri Poundarikapuram
    VaradAchAr Swamy and Srimathi AlamElu ammAl, who have nurtured 
    adiyEn in the Ubhaya VedAntha sampradhAyam of AchArya RaamAnujA ;
    this Kaimkaryam is hence a personal one and the SamarpaNam
    should also take place in May 2000.

Coming back to item 3 , it will be wonderful to have 
the Bhakhti-laden postings of Sri Sampath Rengarajan
on the individual Paasurams of IrAmAnusa NooRRandhAthi
in the days to come and their solkkattu and
artha gouravam . As a part of this celebrations,
adiyEn will post  two postings on the author
of the AchArya-Bhakthi filled paasurams of the NooRRandhAthi
and the four taniyans for this final prabhandham of
the blessed collect of the Four Thousand.

Life of Thiruvaranagatthu AmudanAr (TVA)
****************************************

We will commence this posting with the Vaazhi
ThirunAmam for Sri TVA:

YenthAthai KoorEsar iNaiyadiyOn VaazhiyE
yezhil moongirkkudi viLanga inghu vanthOn vaazhiyE
nanthAmal YathirAsar nalam puhazhvOn vaazhiyE
nann Madhura kavinilayai naNNinOn vaazhiyE
painthAma Arangan padham paRRinAn vaazhiyE
Panguniyil attha naaL paaruthitthAn vaazhiyE
andhAthi nooRRettum aruLinAn vaazhiyE
aNiyarangatthamudanAr adiyiNaikaL vaazhiyE

This Vaazhi ThirunAmams salutes the pair of
sacred feet of Thiruvarangatthu Amudanar ,
who had KurEsan as his AchAryan .His birth
at ThirumUngirkkudi on Panguni Hastham day , 
his ever-lasting tribute to AchArya RaamAnujA 
in the form of 108 paasurams set in the kalitthuRai 
andhAthi form are recognized. The most important 
part of this Vaazhit thirunAmam identifies AmudanAr
as the One , who attained the status of
Madhura Kavi in illustrious AchArya Bhakthi.

Madhura Kavi declared in his Prabhandham:
"tEvu maRRariyEn" ( I do not know of any God
other than my AchAryan, Swamy NammAzhwAr).
AmudanAr's AchArya Bhakthi asserted itself 
in the following words of his Prabhandham ,
where he declares that AchArya RaamAnujA 
is his sole succor and sustenance :

" pERonRu maRRillai ninn CharaNanRi ,
  appERaLitthathaRkku aaRu onRumillai,
  MaRRa SaRaNanRi.." (45th paasuram )

Here AmudanAr states that Sri RaamAnujA's
sacred feet are his UpAyam and Phalan and 
he can not describe in words the greatest 
help given by Sri RaamAnujA to him . AmudanAr
states that there is nothing else to be 
attained as a treasure except the sacred feet 
of AchArya RaamAnujA for one's ujjeevanam ,
whether they are scholars steeped in Vedhic
lore or common folk without such austere
training. 

There are four Taniyans for IrAmAnusa nooRRandhAthi
attributed to Vedhap PirAn Bhattar , SOmAsi ANDAn 
and another author .We will salute AmudanAr through
these invocatory paasurams (Taniyans) and cover 
the charithram of AmudanAr , the contemproary of
AchArya RaamAnujA , in the next posting .

Taniyan 1 by Vedhap PirAn Bhattar:

munaani vinai ahala Moonkirkkudiyamudhan,
 ponnang kazhark kamalap pOthiraNDum--yennudaya
sennik kaNiyAhac chErthinEn, tennpulatthArkk-
 kennaik kadavudayEn yann 

(Meaning): All of adiyEn's ancient paapams 
have been banished with the smaraNam of 
the sacred feet of AmudhanAr. He was born in 
the village of Moonkirkkudi. His sacred feet are
the most desirable and lovely like the lotus 
flower. AdiyEn is wearing them as the abharaNam
for my head.How can adiyEn become the target
now of the Yama kinkarAs and their tortures ?
No way.

Taniyan 2 by Vedhap PirAn Bhattar:

nayam taru pErinbhamellAm pazhuthenRu naNNInar paal
 sayam taru keerthi RaamAnusa Muni thALiNai mEl
Uyarntha guNatthut ThiruvarangatthamudhOnkumanbAl
 iyampum KalitthuRaiyandhAthi Odha visai nenjamE

(Meaning): Here , the prayer is to one's nenju
to agree to recite the sacred prabhnadham of
IrAmAnusa nooRRandhAthi of AmudhanAr.

EmperumAnAr is the glorious One , who blesses
us with victory over the afflictions of SamsAram ,
once we seek His sacred feet as refuge after
clearly recognizing that the material pleasures
are evanescent and ephemeral. Oh My mind, Please 
agree to recite the Prabhandham of AmudhanAr set
in kalitthuRai metre in the form of an andhAthi ;
AmudhanAr's dhivya prabhndham originated from
his saraNAgathi with MahA visvAsam at the sacred 
feet of RaamAnujar and the love that flowed from that
sacred rite taking the shape of RaamAnuja 
nooRRandhAthi is for our ujjeevanam.

Taniyan 3 by SOmAsi ANDAn :

sollin thohai koNDu unathadip pOthukkut thoNDu seyum
 nallanbharEtthum unn naamamelAm yenRan naavinuLLE
allum pahalum amarumpaDi nalhu aRu samayam
 vellum Parama, IrAmAnusa! ithenn viNNappamE 

(Meaning): Here SOmAsi ANDAn wishes his tongue 
to recite the ThirunAmams of IrAmAnusan eulogized 
by His adiyArs.

Oh RaamAnujA , who has the glory of winning over
the six darsanams and demonstrated that they are
no match to Sri VaisNava darsanam ! This is my 
prayer to You ! May Your ThirunAmams celebrated 
by your adiyArs in their paasurams stay on my tongue 
day and night for my enjoyment and ujeevanam.

Taniyan 4 used in mElnAttu Thiruppathis:

iniyenn kuRai namakkemperumAnAr ThirunAmatthAl 
  muni tanatha nooRRettu SAAVITHRI  yennu nuNNporuLai
kani tantha senjcholl KalithuraiyandhAthi paaDithanthAn
  punithan ThiruvarangatthamuthAhiya PuNNiyanE 

(meaning): We have nothing missing in our lives , now
that we have the prapanna Saavithri -- the 108 pasurams
of RaamAnuja nooRRandhAthi celebrating our AchAryan's
sacred name set in kalitthurai andhAthi, blessed by 
the puNya moorthi , ThiruvarangatthamudanAr . Meditating
on the deep meanings of this Prabhandham , we do not
have any more wants in this world . We do not 
lack any thing. 

SrimathE RaamAnujAya nama:
Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan  

         

 
  
 


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