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Sri Parakala Matham Vaibhavam - V

From: Rajeev Karamchedu (rkaramchedu_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 12:52:54 PDT

Sri:
Sri Laxmi Hayavadana Parabrahmane Nama:
Sri Vakula Bhushana Maha Desikaya Nama:
Srimate Ramanujaya Nama:
Srimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Nama:
Srimate Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Maha Desikaya Nama:
Srimate Brahmatantra Swatantra Parakala Guru Paramparaayai Nama:

Dear Bhaktas

In the last posting, we read about establishment of Sri Parakala
Matham and the charitram of Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra Jeer
as the prathama Jeer of this sacred Matham. In this posting
we continue to explore the incredible kaimkaryams of
Swamy Desikan and the Acharya Paramparai of the Matham.


Swamy Brahmatantra Swatantra Jeer - Srikaryam of
Kanchipuram Temple (...Contd.)
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During his days in Kanchipuram, Swamy Brahmatantra Swatantra
Jeer was invited to a debate on Vedanta by a scholar from
Kashmir. The debate started with Sri Thirumalai Srinivasacharya
as the judge. After many days of debate, Sri Brahmatantra
Swatantrar finally won. Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra had such
profuse knowledge in Sri Bhasyham, that Swamy Deshikan hailed
him as “Paryaaya Bhashyakaara” (Bhashyakaara reincarnated again).

The Title: Brahmatantra Swatantra
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After 1360, when the muslim invaders were driven away, Swamy
Deshikan returned to Srirangam along with his disciples. Once
some scholars had come from Kashi to Srirangam to have disputation debates 
on Vedanta. Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra upon the direction
of Swamy Deshikan, participated in the debate and overthrew all his
opponents’ arguments into thin air with his powerful intellect and
divine anugraham of Swamy Deshikan. Swamy Deshikan greeted his
dearest disciple who returned victorious after many days of debate.
He then conferred on him the title “Brahmatantra Swatantra”
(one whose is a master or an authority on Vedanta) and also
hailed him as “Brahmatantra Adhyaapaka”.

At Srirangam, there was a new problem after the maha samprokshanam.
Many people belonging to other philosophies protested against the
conduction of Thiruadhyayanotsavam during Maargazhi and demanded that
the divinity of Azhwars be established before doing so. Swamy
Deshikan successfully established the divinity of Azhwars and made
arrangements for the re-establishment of Azhwars inside Periya
koil and also conducted the Thiruadhyayanotsavam in great grandeur.
It was during this time that Sri Brahmatantra Swatantrar proclaimed
the following:

"poorvam tat parakalanaatha yatiraaDaachaarya siddhaantitam |
srii rangEddhyayanOtsavam pratihatam bhUya: pratishThaapayan |
vEdaantadvaya bhaashyamapyakalu sambhaarya sadvigrahaaM -
SchaakalpaM nigamaantadEsikamaNir jiiyaadajayyaatmadhii: || "

(MEANING)
“Victory to the great Nigamanta Deshika who successfully
re-established the adhyayanotsavam of Sriranganatha, which was
established by Parakala guru (Thirumangai Azhwar), and renewed
by Yatiraja, and which had stopped in between. Victory to
Vedanta Deshika who, successfully re-established the authority
and authenticity of ubhaya vedantam and the great Azhwars, with
his unmatched intellect.”

Swamy Deshikan then composed his magnum opus Srimad
Rahasyatrayasaram, and taught the same to his disciples with
Sri Brahmatantra Swatantrar being in the forefront. After
having studied this great work at the feet of Deshikan,
Sri Brahmatantra Swatantrar was fully equipped to lead as
a paramacharya of Ramanuja Sampradayam.

It was Ranganathan’s divine proclamation then that Swamy’s
taniyan "ramanujadayapatram ... ... vedantadeshikam" which
shows his greatness should be sung at temples, homes and at
the beginning of prabandha goshti.

Sri Brahmatantra Swatantra swamy composed a psalm on his
paramaachaarya Swamy Deshikan that runs as

"nama: padimadam bhUyaattasmai vEnkaTasUrayE |
yadvaagamrutasEkEna sanjeevitamidam jagat ||
bhagavantamivaananta kaLyaaNa guNa saagaram |
vEdaantadEsikanaumi vEnkaTesha gurUttamam || "

(MEANING)
"I bow to the divine feet of that Vedanta Deshika by whose
divine words of wisdom, this dead world came back to life.
I bow to the great Vedanta Deshika who is rich with all
auspicious divine attributes like Paramatma Sriman
Narayana."


(Contd.)

Sri Laxmi Hayagriva Divya Paadukayai Namo Nama:

--rajeev

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