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From: Narasimhan, Arvind (CTS) (NArvind_at_chn.cts-corp.com)
Date: Tue Nov 09 1999 - 15:48:16 PST
srimate ramanujaya namah Dear devotees, In view of the ongoing Manavalamamunighal's thirunatshatinam celebrations, we would like to share some gems on the glory of the achariyan's thaniyan shared by Sri U.Ve.Kanchi Maha vidwan Sri PB Anangracharya swami in his writings, quoted by Sri U.Ve. Velukkudi V Krishnan swami in his recent discourse. *************************************************************************** Manavalamamunighal and Azhagia manavalan. It is well known that Swami Manavalamamunighal thaniyan was spontaneously presented by Alagia manavalan the presiding deity of Sri Rangam. Our poorvachariyars are known to relish every iota of Emperuman's kalayana gunams as revealed by Him to the 12 Azhwars and other rishis, and this taniyan is no exepcetion. That Emperuman whose lotus feet is sought after by great maharishis, had this particular desire to embrace the lotus feet of an acharyan by becoming a Sisyan !. When Emperuman desires something, he had to Himself descend as the desired to have complete joy in that rasa. Sriman Narayanan wanted to enjoy the role of acharyan, he himself got incarnated as an excellent disciple - Naran at Badrikasramam. When our Perumal wanted to enjoy thiruvaradhanam, he needed himself as Charavarthi Thirumagan to worship his archai, Alagia manavalan. Though our Emperuman was always the best sishayan, he hardly had the best archariyan. Visvamitrar and Sandipani muni in Rama and Krishna avatharam did not meet His expectations. As usual to have complete joy of being a sishya, it so appeared to Emperuman that only he should descend as a perfect achariyan. We will see this thaniyan of His Holiness Sri Manavalamamunigal in this context SrisailESa dayApatram dhIbhaktyAdi gunArnavam yatIndra pravanam vandE ramyajAmAtaram munim 1. SAILESA DAYAPATHRAM :- This can be taken as Chakravarti Thirumagan becoming a servant of Sugrivan. Saila = mountain = riSyamUka parvatam. sailEsa = owner of this mountain = matangar . dayApatram = matangamunivar's kripa = on sugriva. Sugriva escaped death only due to this parvata. So saiEsa dayapatram = sugriva. Rama first said sailEsa dayapatram vande. (lOkanatha: purA bhUtva sugrIvam nathanmichati) However Sugrivan forgot to keep up his promise to assist Ramar and Laksmanar to find mother Sita as soon as he became the king of Kishkinda. Thus Ramar, who is known for keeping up his word found difficulty to owe this kalyana gunam to his abimana natha Sugrivan. He was not happy with saluting sugriva. Now with SRI + SAILESA DAYAPATHRAM, (MM = bestowed with the grace of tiruvoimozi pillai) He celebrated MM as his achariyan and glorifies him as one who is the faultless recipient of SriSailesar causeless mercy. 2. dhIbhatyAdi gunArnavam Emperuman next celebrates that his achariyan is the abode of a countless auspicious kalayana gunams. Again Chakravathi Thirumagan sought the favour of samudrarajan( who rules the ocean), who is the abode of opulent wealths like pearls,. Pavazham, and other precious gems and did saranagathi to him - arnavam vande - However Ramar who promises to protect any one who even surrenders to him once could never owe this kalyana gunam to his then natha Samudhrarajan who never even heeded to Emperuman's request, inspite of Ramar waiting for 3 days at the seashore. Again Rama was not happy by having samudra raja (arnavam ) as his natha. Our Lord rejoices that his achariyan MM is the abode of Bhakthi, Jnanam, Vairaghyam and other countless kalyana gunams. Thus Emperuman takes refuge of MM' who is the source of gem like kalyana gunams leaving Samudrajan whose gems - pearls and diamonds have little value thence. 3. YATHINRAM VANDE vs YATHINRA PRANAVAM VANDE Now Alagiamanavalan sought Sri Ramanujar as his achariyan when Emperumanar stamped him with shanku. and chakram at thirupathi( Ramanujar defended that Lord of Tirumala Hills Sri Thiruvengadamudayan was Sriman Narayana Himself against the claims of the Saivaites who falsely proclaimed Tirumala Hills to be the abode of Siva, by doing panchasamskaram to the deity ) Srinivasa = ranganatha. Again he had a problem !!. As Emperuman, He always reveals Himself the best only to those who are devoted to his devotees, (adiyarkku adiyar) rather than to his own direct devotees. Emperuman showed Himself more to Nammazhwar's blessed disciple Madhurakavi alwar than to even NammAzhwar. "tirithandakilum teva piranudai kariakola tiruuru kanpan naan." Madhukavikal who was bent upon not looking at polinda ninra piran now says that he saw him. Why ? Nammalwar is crying and longing to have a glimpse of the Lord but the Lord never came before him. Now he is wanted giving darsan to Madhurakavikal who does not want to see him. "madbhakta bhakteshu prIti: abhyadhiko bhavet.' arul peruvar adiyar tam adiyanerku azhiyan arul taruvan is the verse of nammalwar. Now Yatirajar was Emperuman's direct devotee, much like Swami Nammazhwar. Finally Nammperumal celebrates MM as "YATHINDRA PRAVANAM" - whose Thirumeni is nothing but the limitless mercy of Swami Ramanujar in visible form. To conclude, Emperuman justified that HIS achariyan Manavala mamunighal was the abode of all perfections, in as much as : 1. Manavala mamununighal is the faithful disciple of SriSailesar who comes in the venerable Srivaishnava acharya paramparai. Sishyar alagia manavalan would receive all praises sung on Him with grace since He is now associated with this unparalleled Sri vaishnava sampradayam through Manavalamunighal 2. Manavala mamunighal is the abode of countless nitya kalyana gunams. If somebody praises the nitya kalyana gunams of Alagia manavalan, he can rejoice that all his good qualities are due to the mercy of his acharyan Manavala mamunighal alone. 3. Most importantly Manavala manunighal is the embodiment of "RAMANUJA BAKTHI" and Bhagavath Ramanujar being the special favourite of Sri Ranganathar. JIYAR tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam!! JIYAR tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam !!