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svAmi maNavALa mAmunigaL vaibhavam - intro

tavaradhan_at_yahoo.com
Date: Sat Oct 13 2001 - 09:51:03 PDT

srImathE SatakOpAya namah
srImathE rAmAnujAya namah
srImathE anantArya mahAguravE namah
srImathE vara vara munayE namah


dear bhAgavathAs,

22nd of october is the thirunakshattiram of 
svAmi emperumAnAr's avatAram, the only AchAryA 
after svAmi emperumAnAr that Lord RanganAthA 
Himself  chose as His own AchArya, and to whom 
the Lord Himself composed a salutation as the 
AchAryA's shisyA, the foremost bhakta of  
svAmi rAmAnuja, yatIndrap pravaNar -  
svAmi maNavALa mAnunigaL.

I was asked by many people to gather information
about this greatest AchArya and share it with
our e-community. Being in India, it is easier
to gain access to more information, and get
the information validated through an authentic
source.

Over the next few days, I will attempt to 
paraphrase from a tamizh/sanskrit book that is
the authentic history of the srIvaishNAva 
sampradAyam after svAmi nampiLLai called
yatIndrap pravaNap prabhAva.

The book 6000ppadi guruparamparA prabhAvam 
is the earliest known book (after rAmAnuja)
written about the srIvaishNava guruparampara, 
and it contains information about the 
guruparampara from perumAL, thAyAr, the AzhvArs, 
through srIman nAthamuni, ALAvandAr, svAmi 
rAmAnuja and continues through svAmi embAr, 
svAmi parAsara bhattar, svAmi nanjIyar and 
svAmi nampiLLai. This was written by svAmi
pin pazhagiya perumAL jIyar, an immediate
sishya of svAmi nampiLLai.

the book yatIndrap pravaNap prabhAvam,
written by svAmi piLLai lOkam jIyar,
a shishya of svAmi maNavALa mAmunigaL
is the earliest work on the guruparampara
after svAmi nampiLLai, and covers the
lives of svAmi nampiLLai, svAmi 
vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai, svAmi
piLLai lOkAchAriAr, svAmi periyavAccAn
piLLai, svAmi azhagiya maNavALap perumAL
nAyanAr, svAmi thiruvAymozhip piLLai 
and svAmi maNavALa mAmunigaL. This
book contains authentic historical
documentation of various key events
in the history of our religion during
those AchAryAs lifetimes.

There has been a few reprints of this
book, copied from the original palm leaf
manuscript. Such publications happened
in 1865, 1891, 1907 and 1908 in tamizh
as well as telugu. After that, there 
were no further publications till 1991
when Dr.VV Ramanumjam published the
book in 1991. In 2000, the second edition
of this publication was published with
meanings of the sanskrit stOtrAs quoted
in the original.

I will attempt to paraphrase some key
parts of the book relating to svAmi
maNavALa mAmuni's life, and His 
greatness.

Any mistakes, needless to say, are mine
and mine only.

AzhvAr emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE saraNam,
adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan,
thirumalai anandAnpiLLai varadhan


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