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Re: The Strange Snake-2

From: TV Venkatesh/FXSLF/SEC/SANMAR (
Date: Tue Nov 27 2001 - 19:22:37 PST

srImathE rAmAnujAya namaha
srImadh varavara munayE namaha

wrote :

Like other nitya suris, Ananta is also sent by
Emperuman to this world, as a part of His untiring
efforts to wean away mankind from evil and make them
toe the right path. The following sloka proves this-
 "anata:prathamam roopam, Lakshamana: tu tata:param
   Balabhadra : triteeyAstu kalou Ramanuja :smrita : 
For being of service to the Lord whenever He takes an
avatara, and to spread the light of knowledge, Sesha
in born in this world first as Lakshmana, next as
Balarama, and finally, in this Kali Yuga, as Sri
Ramanuja.   Sri Vatuka Nambi, one of the Bhashyakara's
closest disciples, describes Sri Ramanuja as an
incarnation of Sesha- "Sesha roopa pradarsaka:" in Sri
Ramanuja Ashtotthara sata nAma stotram.   And the
Divya Soori Stotram authored by Sri Brahmatantra Jeer,
immediate disciple of Swami Desikan,affirms
this-"Sesha moortim Ramanujam bhajE".

Dear Sri Sadagopan,

Thanks for the vivid and lucid presentation on Sri AdisEshan, the first and
the foremost of the nitya sUris who is endless as attributed to his title
All the treatises were really wonderful and left me admiring the whole
article and the style with which you wrote.

However, one point that you missed out, probably, is that, Sri Ananthan had
the greatest privilege of all, by being the AchAryan of Sriman nArAyaNan

Sri rAmAnujA was NOT THE FINAL avatAra of Sri Ananthan. As is known to
everybody in the world, the final avatAra of Sri Ananthan is the
re-incarnation of Sri rAmAnujA himself as Sri maNavALa mAmunigaL. Recent
articles posted by Sri T.A. Varadhan, based on the yathIndra pravaNa
prabhAvam, of Sri piLLai lOkam jeeyar, the most authoritative biographies
of swAmy maNavALa mAmunigaL, confirms this world renowned fact.

Actually Sri rAmAnuja wanted to live in this world for 200 years. But as he
was able to live only for 120 years, he took punaravathAra as swAmy
maNavALa mAmunigaL and lived very close to the balance 80 years. It is the
reason swAmy maNavALa mAmunigaL is referred to as "yati punaravathAram",
yati here referring to Sri rAmAnuja.

It is also a well known fact that swAmy maNavALa mAmuni exhibited his true
form twice during his lifetime in this bhoolOkam. One is when, his AchArya,
Sri thiruvAimozhip piLLai, admiring his knowledge, asked him, "Oh! the
greatest of greatest!!, may you please let me know who you are in your true
form, for I am sure that you are not an ordinary being. You MUST be an
avatAra purusha". swAmy maNavALa mAmuni said immediately, "Oh my great
teacher!, I did not want to show my true form to any body in this world for
it is very fearsome. However, as you have commanded as my AchAryan, I am
obliged to do so. So please take a look at me without any fear". Saying
this, swAmy maNavALa mAmuni took his AchAryan to a secluded place and
exhibited his true form. Sri thiruvAimozhip piLLAi, thus had the great
bhAgyam of the true vision of his greatest sishyA who later became the
AchAryan of Sriman nArAyaNan Himself by virtue of his equalled/unparalleled
knowledge and deeds,through which he saved the AzhwAr's aruLicheyals which
was on decline due to some people not accepting it and on the whole Sri
VaishNavism. I do not remember the second incident and may request Sri T.A
Varadhan to bring out the same, as he is currently writing about swAmy
maNavALa mAmuni's vaibhavam in the list.

It is nothing but a beautiful fact that none other than the greatest snake
of all, Sri Ananthan, was the only qualified one, in his final avathAram as
swAmy maNavALa mAmuni, to have become the AchAryan of Sriman nArAyaNan
Himself, thereby completing the "AchArya ratna hAram", starting from Sriman
nArAyaNan. Nobody, including Sri Ananthan himself, even as the prodigious
swAmy emberumAnAr, could not get this distinction.

AzhwAr emberumAnAr jeeyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam
adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,
Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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