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[sv-poetry] Sri Vilakkoli Perumal, Thoopul/ThirutthaNkA dhivya Desam: Nithya AarAdhana kaimkaryam for VilakkoLi PerumAL and Swamy Desikan : Part XV: Twelfth SlOkam

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Mar 22 2002 - 12:49:31 PST


Dear BhakthAs:

Today , adiyEn will cover the Twelfth slOkam 
of Sri SaraNAgathi DhIpikai , where Swamy Desikan
pays tribute to the righteous ones who relate to
Lord ViLakkoLi PerumAL as Sarva Vidha Bhandhu and 
perform SaraNAgathy to Him:

ThvAM Matharam cha Pithram sahajam nivAsam 
  Santha: samEthya SaraNam suhrudham gathim cha 
nisseema nithya niravadhya Sukha-PrakAsam
  DheepaprakAsa savibhUthi guNam visanthi

--SrI SaraNAgathi DhIpikai: SlOkam 12

(Meaning): Oh ViLakkoLi PerumALE! Those saadhu janams,
who have a clear understanding of the Tatthva Thrayam
( Jeevan-Prakruthi-Isvaran) perform SaraNAgathy to You
as a result of recognizing You as their Comforting Mother , 
guiding Father, supportive Brother , the basis for
their existence  and as their Parama PurushArTam .
Their SaraNAgathy lands them in SrI Vaikuntam , where
they enjoy the uninterrupted Kaimkaryam to You.
There , they are immersed in the ParipoorNa BrahmAnandham
of enjoying You as abode of Jn~Anam and Aanandham
(Sathyam Jn~Anam anantham Brahma), as the Lord of both 
LeelA and Nithya VibhUthis (Ubhaya VibhUthi Naatan)and as 
the treasure house of limitless auspicious attributes
(kOsam of anantha kalyANa GuNams).  

Additional Comments on the first two paadhams of this slOkam:

The First two Paadhams of the SlOkam are:

Thvam Maatharam cha Pitharam sahajam nivAsam
SANTHA: SamEthya SaraNam suhrudham gathim cha

anvaya kramam (prose order)is: " DhIpaprakAsa ! SANTHA:
ThvAm Maatharam , Pitharam cha sahajam , nivAsam , 
suhrudham , gathim cha SaraNam samEthya ".

The Importance of the word "SANTHA:" in Desika SampradhAyam
The word "Santha:" is very important for Swamy Desikan.
He starts his SrI RanganAtha PaadhukA Sahasram (RPS)with
"Santha:" and ends it with the same word (santha:).

The first slOkam of SrI RPS beginning with "Santha:" is:

SANTHA: SrIranga-pruTveesa charaNa-thrANa sEkharA:
Jayanthi Bhuvana-thrANa padha-pankaja-rENava:

(Meaning): Those great ones ( periyOrkaL/Santha:) 
who adorn with joy the Paadhukais of Lord RanganAthan
on their heads not only reach the supreme bliss (Sadhgathi)
but also grant others sakala purushArthams .Those Santha: 
are the ones worthy of supreme adoration.

The last (the 1008th) slOkam of RPS ending up with "SANTHA:"
takes this form :

Jayathi YathirAja Sookthi:Jayathi Mukundhasya PaadhukA YugaLee
tadhubhaya dhanA: thrivEdhim avandhyayantha: jayanthi bhuvi SANTHA:

(Meaning): The SrI sookthis of YathirAjar(Sumathi) are 
victorious over the granthams of Veda Baahya mathams 
and Kumathis. The pair of Paadhukais of BhOga-Moksha 
dhAyaka Mukundhan are victorious over all samsAric 
sufferings . Those Santha: (SadAchAryaas),who consider 
the PoorvAchArya SrI Sookthis and the twin Paadhukais of 
the Lord as THEIR WEALTH do not get entrapped
in the vithaNDA vivAdhams of Kumathis ( those with muddy
minds in understanding the true purport of VedAs) and shine
victorious in this world by performing upadEsams to their
disciples on the Tathva-Hitha-PurushArTa Jn~Anam and
help them also to reach Sadhgathi.

SANTHA: here stands for SadAchAryAs , the truly noble 
AchAryAs saluted by Swamy Desikan , who lit the lamp
of SampradhAya DhIpam to bring the DhIpa PrakAsan before
the eyes and the minds of their sishyAs . 

Swamy Desikan pays tribute to such SANTHA: at the end 
of AchArya KruthyAdhikAram of Srimath Rahasya Thraya Saaram:

MaruLaRRa Desikar vaan uhappAl intha vaiyaamellAm
  iruLaRRU IRaivan iNai adi pooNDu uya yeNNuthalAl
TerUL uRRa sem-thozhil selvam peruhi SiRanthavar paal
  aruLuRRa sindhainAl AZHIYAA VILAKKU yERRinaRE

(Meaning): Those Jn~Ana Moorthys without any trace of 
nescience (MaruL aRRa Desikar/Santha:) with their own desire 
to enter Parama Padham as well as their intense desire
to get rid of the nescience and viparItha Jn~Anams of
their sishyAs are the most merciful . Out of their DayA,
they show that the Lord's Thiruvadi as the sole upAyam 
(means ) for Moksham and enhance the Kaimkarya sampath
of their SishyAs by lighting the nandhA(eternal) ViLakku of
Sath sampradhAyam in the minds of their disciples. 

Swamy Desikan points out further that such Santha:
(SdaAchAryAL) not only uplift their sishyAs but also
save themselves by following the commands of their 
Lord , the First AchAryan in the Guru Paramparai 

Such is the power of the word Santha: used by Swamy
Desikan in the 12th slOkam of SrI SaraNAgathi DhIpikai.

What do the Santha: do further at DhIpa PrakAsan's sannidhi?
"Santha: ThvAm Maatharma , Pitharam , Sahajam, NivAsam ,
Suhrudham , Gathim cha (mathvA) saraNam SamEthya" is what
they do. Those Santha: consider You , DhIpa PrakAsA ,
as their Mother, Father, Brother , Friend , Abode and 
Target for reaching . In the context of all these 
relationships , they (Santha:) perform SaraNAgathi
at Your ThiruvadikaL. The fruit of that SaraNAgathy
is the full enjoyment of You , the Lord at SrI Vaikuntam .
The anantha kalyANa guNams of the Lord that are being
enjoyed by the SanthA: is covered by the concluding
two lines of this Twelfth SlOkam .

Additional comments on the last two lines of this slOkam:
" Nisseema Nithya niravadhya Sukha PrakAsam 
  DhIpa PrakAsa SavibhUthi guNam visanthi"
are the next two lines celebrating the object of
the SanthA's enjoyment (paripoorNa BrahmAnandham)
at SrI vaikuntam .The rhyming of Sukha PrakAsan
with DhIpa PrakAsan is music to the ears (parama
MaadhUryam).The Ubhaya LingAdhikAram of Brahma 
Soothram is covered here.

SrI Vaikunta Naathan's (DhIpa PrakAsan's) Bliss and 
Jn~Anam are Limitless ( nissema) , eternal (nithyam)
and free from sorrow of any kind( niravadhyam). 
The Sukha PrakAsam resulting from the combination 
of the anantha kalyANa GuNams and akhila hEya 
Prathyaneekathvam ( free from blemish of any kind) 
makes DhIpa PrakAsan of ThirutthaNkA Dhivya desam ,
an object of ParipoorNa BrahmAnandham as Para Vaasudevan
(SrI Vaikunta Naathan) at His Supreme abode of Param Padham.

Thus concludes the powerful Twelfth SlOkam of
SrI SaraNAgathi DhIpikai celebrating SadAchAryALs,
Sath SampradhAyam and Guru paramparai starting 
from the PraTamAchAryan , SrI DhIpa PrakAsan .
Many other unique SrI VaishNavite doictrines are
also covered here in the short space of one slOkam .
This is the greatness of Swamy Desikan and that is
why the uninterrupted continuation of NithyAradhanams 
for Him  at His birth place and for His sontha agrahAram 
PerumAL (DhIpa PrakAsan) is so important for us all.
Sri Maragathavalli SamEtha Sri DhIpa PrakAsa ParabhramaNE Nama:
Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SaThakOpan(Sadagopan)

P.S: adiYen continues to appeal to you all
to support the NithyArAdhana Kaimkaryam at ThUppul,
the avathAra Sthalam of our beloved AchAryan ,
Swamy VedAntha Desikan. Please contact me about
status of the Kaimkaryam and details on how you
can support this once-in-a-life time Kaimakryam
to our ThUppul Desikan , the avathAram of the Bell
of ThirVEnkatamudayAn.

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