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Sriman Sadagopan Swamin's Tribute to H.H. Srimad Azhagiyasingar
Date: Fri Nov 02 2001 - 10:02:42 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Adiyen thoroughly enjoyed the tribute of Sriman Sadagopan Swamin to 
H.H. the 45th Jeeyar of Ahobila Matham on the occasion of the 75th 
Tirunakshatram. With the permission of Sriman Sadagopan Swamin, 
adiyen is submitting a follow up contained below.

The number 75 is also interesting in that 7+(5x5)=32. This represents 
the number of Brahma Vidyas, the number of apacharams to be avoided 
as well as the sum total of the aksharams from two of the most 
important mantrams of Vedic origin, i.e., the Gayathri Mantram and 
the AshtAkshara Mantram. Sriman Sadagopan Swamin eloquently covered 
these aspects (Gayathri Mantram and the AshtAkshara Mantram) in his 
tribute to H.H. Adiyen wishes to focus on a couple of important 
messages embedded in the number 32. 

First, 32 is the number of aksharams contained in the Charma Shlokam 
of GitAcharyan from the Bhagavad Gita. This sacred Srivaishnava 
rahasyam is famous for its unambiguous and forthright advocation of 
the principle of SharaNagati-the doctrine of unconditional, total 
surrender to the Lotus Feet of Lord Narayana. The Upanishads contain 
prescriptions in the form of 32 Brahma Vidyas, which reveal paths for 
attaining Lord Narayana. However, the requirements contained therein 
are quite onerous and difficult to practise. Therefore, GitAcharyan 
out of his compassion has used 32 aksharams pregnant with meaning to 
provide a simple means for attaining Him and serving Him eternally. 
Performing SharaNagati at the Lord's Lotus feet can be accomplished 
in several ways. However, the most popular and practically feasible 
route is through one's Acharya. In this respect, H.H. Srimad 
Azhagiyasingar exemplifies the Charma Shlokam in that He has redeemed 
and continues to redeem countless Baddha Jivans from a seemingly 
endless cycle of births and deaths. It is important to note the 
usage "Ma shucha" (do not fear) in the Charma Shlokam, which ensures 
a Prapanna of freedom from the fears of AdhyAtmika, Adhibhowdika and 
Adhi Daivika afflictions and results in eternal Kaimkaryam for the 
pleasure and at the behest of the Divine Couple. H.H. Srimad 
Azhagiyasingar is a pre-eminent practitioner of administering the 
rite of Bharanyasam and assuring Baddha jivans of "Ma shucha".

Next 32 is the number of Aksharams contained in the sacred Nrusimha 
Anushtup Mantram. This mantram again represents the condensed essence 
of the 32 Brahma Vidyas. There are nine Padams employed in this most 
sacred mantram for Bhagavan Nrusimha. Each Padam dwells on a unique 
aspect of Lord Narasimha. Very briefly, Bhagavan Nrusimha is 
described in this Mantram as 
(1) One who has vowed to totally destroy those who are opposed to His 
(2) One who is endowed with unmatched valour
(3) One that enters everything sentient and insentient, i.e., that by 
knowing which everything becomes known and that by not knowing which 
nothing becomes known (reflecting the message of teh Chandogya 
Upanishad salutation "tat tvam asi")
(4) One who is the fire at the end of time, i.e., the Kala anala
(5) One who has faces in all directions, i.e., several paths (Brahma 
Vidyas) lead to Him
(6) One who has the combined features of Man and Lion
(7) One who is awe-inspiring, fearsome, majestic
(8) One who affords protection
(9) One who represents Death for death itself
Proper prayogam of this Mantram obtained through upadesham from a 
qualified Acharya confers the benefit of practising the 32 Brahma 
Vidyas. Therefore, it is the favored Mantram of mumukshus. 
Elaborations on the significance of this Mantram can be found in the 
upanyasams of Parama Pada Vasi U.Ve. Sri Mukkur 
Lakshminarasimhachariar Swamin's upanyasams and books (Kurai Onrum 
Illai Govinda and Matapalli Mahatmyam). H.H. Srimad Azhagiyasingar is 
an authority in the nuances of this Mantram.

Adiyen will take part in the Kaimkaryam for Srimad Azhagiyasingar by 
sending a modest contribution to Sriman Dileepan Swamin.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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