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From: Velukkudi Krishnan (velukkudi_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Nov 09 1999 - 10:42:19 PST

Fm: Velukkudi Krishnan
9th Nov. 99.

Arangan tirumuttrathu adiyargale,
Let us continue on the Srisailesa mantra prabhavam. Adiyen earlier wrote 
that this sloka of Ranganatha is said to be a mantra by Pillai lokam jeer 
swamy.

The word mantra means :
1.  " mantAram trAyata iti mantra: " - 'that which protects one who chants 
or thinks about it.' i.e. we keep tirumandiram in our nitya anusandhanam and 
it protects us. Even the Lord himself is called as Mantra: . Tirumangai 
alwar in his tirunedunthandakam : "andanar mattu andi vaitha mandirathai 
mandirathal maravadu enrum vazhdiyel vazhalam mada nenjame." andanar - 
brahmin, madu - wealth (vedas are the wealth of brahmins-brahmanAnAm dhanam 
veda:) andi - vedantam. andi vaitha mandiram -   bhagavan. mandirathal - 
tirumandirathal vazhthavendum. In this song both bhagavan and tirumandiram 
are called as mantram by alwar - as both of them protect anyone who thinks 
about them. In sahasranama also we come across "mantra: candrAmsu: 
bhaskaradyuti:"

2. Mantra also means "matri guptabhashaNe" - that which is a rahashya. Of 
course we know, tirumandiram is the first of the rahasya.

Now, Pillai lokam jeer and other poorvacharyas establish that Srisailesa 
mantram qualifies/excels in both these meanings. The similarities are :

1. Tirumantram and Srisailesa mantram are both told by Srimannarayana 
himself.
2. Both would protect one who chants them. The Lord protects us. Everyone 
prostrate before the Lord. If he in turn says "ramyajamataram munim vande", 
it is clear that he shows us the feet of MM for our protection. Lord's 
upadesa is to salute Himself in tirumantram. But his anushtana is not so in 
Srisailesa mantram. He salutes MM. Will the world give weightage to upadesa 
or anushtAna ? (preaching or conduct). Obviously anushtana. Thus, Srisailesa 
mantram protects even the protector himself.
3. Pranavam, the first word of tirumantram is recited before and after vedas 
-it is also said omkara prabhava veda:. Srisailesa mantram is recited before 
and after the tamil vedas.
4. Om connotes seshatvam of the jIva i.e. jIvAtmA's servitude towards the 
Lord. akArArthO vishnu: ... makArArthO jIva:. Om says that jIvAtma who is 
said by 'ma' is the servant to the paramAtma who is said by 'a'. In each 
phrase of Srisailesa mantra this meaning (seshatvam) is found. Let us see 
how it is:

SrisailEsa dayapatram - SrisailEsa = Lord Srinivasa = 'a'. dayApAtram - one 
who is bestowed with His kripa = jIva = 'ma'. So 'ma' is the servant of 'a'. 
SrisailEsa would actually mean tiruvoimozhi pillai. Even in this case 
acharya is none other the Lord himself "sAkshAt nArAyanO deva:...". So he 
can also be denoted by 'a'

dhIbhaktyAdi gunArnavam - wisdom and devotion. In our sampradAya - jnAna 
would in fact mean seshatva jnAna only. Devotion would also come to a 
servant only. So both these denote seshatvam.

yatIndra pravanam - Who is a yatIndra ? one who unites the jIvatma with the 
paramAtma with his upadesa = a bhagavata or an acharya. pravanam - servitude 
to a bhagavata or an acharya. A person is acclaimed as a servant to the Lord 
only if he is a servant to a bhagavata. bhagavatseshatvam is fulfilled only 
if he is a bhAgavata sesha. This is the inner meaning of om. So this also 
connotes seshatvam.

ramyajAmAtaram munim - ramyajAmAta = azhagiya manavalan = ranganatha  = 'a'. 
muni = one who meditates (mananam karoti iti muni:)= jIva = 'ma'. So one who 
always thinks about ranganatha as his Lord is His sesha.  This phrase also 
denotes seshatvam.

Since all the four parts of SrisailEsa mantram explains the meaning of Om , 
this is praised as a mantram.

SrisailEsa mantram is not only equal to tirumantram. In fact it excels. 
tirumantram is a rahasya. But since it is a part of veda - any one who has 
the right to chant veda can chant tirumantram. He may be a karma or jnAna or 
bhakti yogi. Hence in the true sense it is not a rahasya. But is that the 
case with SrisailEsa mantra ? No. Only  prapannAs chant this. So this truly 
is the rahasya. Moreover the Lord first propounded tirumantram. Realising 
its limitations, later on brought out SrisailEsa mantram in his anushtanam.

After all these, will anyone have a doubt that SrisailEsa dayapatram is THE 
MANTRAM. Let us all chant on Ippasi moolam the greatness of MM - acharya of 
the prathamacharya.

SrisailEsa dayApatram dhIbhaktyAdi gunArnavam
yatIndra pravanam vandE ramyajAmAtaram munim.

Manavala mamunigal tiruvadigale saranam.

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