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Manavala mamunigal tirunakshatram - Ippasi moolam

From: Velukkudi Krishnan (
Date: Fri Nov 05 1999 - 10:02:47 PST

Fm: Velukkudi Krishnan.

Dear Prapannas,

SrisailEsa dayApAtram dhIbhatyAdi gunArnavam
yatIndra pravanam vande ramyajAmAtaram munim.

It is known to one and all that the above srisukti was submitted to the feet 
of Swami MM by none other than Lord Ranganatha. Namperumal wanted to hear 
tiruvoimozhi kalakshepam from Swamy MM. He conducted kalakshepam of 
tiruvoimozhi starting on the paritapi year 31st day of avani sukla caturdasi 
friday. It continued for 1 year and the sattumurai was on aani moolam. For 
this one year all the utsavams of namperumal were stopped.  During the 
sattumurai, namperumal appeared as a 5 year old archaka boy and recited this 
sloka in praise of his acharyan i.e. MM. Why did he choose MM as his 
acharyan. Here is an interesting logic.

During Ramavatara Viswamitra was Rama's guru who teached mantras. But was he 
the right guru for such a great being like Rama ? No. He himself was a 
person who fell prey to kama and krodha. We know that he became the father 
of Sakuntala and in another instance he even forgot his nitya anushthana. So 
Rama was  not fortunate enough to get a right guru who would be apt for his 
prabhavam. Rama waited till the next avatara.

Saandipana was Krishna's guru. When the vidyabhyasa was over , Krishna 
wanted to give guru dakshina anything that his guru wanted.  Initially, 
saandipana refused to accept anything. When Krishna insisted, he consulted 
his wife and kept a request to Krishna. To search and bring back his lost 
son. (odu vaimayum uvaniyarpirappum unakku mun tanda anthanan oruvan - 
kaadal en magan pugalidam kanen - kandu nee taruvai - kodil vaymayinan). 
Krishna even though fulfilled the wish of his guru, was sad. Why ? Would it 
not be fitting for a guru to request Krishna for moksham and kainkarya. 
Leaving that he requested for a wordly pleasure - son. So, krishna had to 
again wait till his next avatara.

Lord Ranganatha is the representative of Rama and Krishna. Thondaradippodi 
alwar in his tirumalai first says " silayinal ilangai setra devane 
devanavan" then adds " kattrinam meytha endai kazhalinai panimineere".When 
we said to alwar that both are not possible because Rama and Krishna belong 
to a different yuga and we are in Kali yuga , alwar gives the solution " 
kaattinan tiruvarangam uypavarkku uyyum vannam". So Ranganatha is 
undoubtedly the representative of Rama and Krishna.

Ranganatha decided not to miss the bus atleast in this avatara - i.e. to 
have a guru commensurate with his own mahima. Thus, he selected MM as his 
guru. This is evident from the taniyaan that Ranganatha has submitted to the 
lotus feet of Swami MM. Srimannarayana is the prathamacharya in our 
sampradaya. MM is the acharya for the prathamacharya. Everyone prostrates 
before the Lord and say Namaha or vande. The Lord himself is uttering 
"vande" towards MM here. Such is the greatness of MM in our sampradaya.

Both the acharya and sishya stand out for their beauty (handsome). Sisya is 
azhagiya manavalan. Acharya is azhagiya manavala muni.

Srisailesa dayapatram is praised as the mantra, stotram and pranamam  
recited of Ranganatha. I will write as to how it is a mantra ( as told by 
our poorvacharyas) and how it is held in high esteem than tirumantram.

Swamy manavala mamunigal tiruvadigale saranam.

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