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Re: Sri Nigamanta Mahadesika: Biography

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Wed Sep 22 1999 - 00:09:30 PDT

    SrImAn venkatanAthAryaH kavitArkika kesarI |
    vedAntAcArya-varyo me sannidhattAm sadA hRdi ||

    May the glorious Venkatanatha, the greatest of
    teachers of Vedanta, and the lion among poets and
    debaters, reside forever in my heart.

Dear Sri Mani,

You have narrated very beautifully the biography of AchArya saarvabhoumar 
Swamy Desikan. Swamy's works mark an outstanding milestone in the history of 

Your mention of Paduka sahasram, composed by Swamy (presumably in the one 
yaamam of night (4 hours??) is phenomenal. In fact, yesternight (on 21st), 
adiyEn just attmepted reciting the Paduka sahasram first time (listening to 
audio cassettes), and starting at 6.45 p.m, I could complete 1008 only at 
12.45 midnight. It took six long hours for reading the Paduka sahasram and 
IT TOOK SWAMY DESIKAN one yaamam for composing the 1008!! "oru jaaN 
kattaiyil aayiram Ottai pOtta Thooppul PiLLaiyE PiLLai."

Tryly, An avtaar! VishNu gaNTaavataar!! Even reading the mere list of all 
his works, takes about ten to fifteen minutes depending on how much twist 
your tongue can take..

The brillinace, the depth of scholarship, the originality - simply 
unmatched.. Anu doubt that may arise in us, at this age, has already been 
covered by Swamy.. (somewhere in his works..).

Indeed, in the hands of Swamy Vedanta Desikan, Srivaishnavam, the doctrine 
of Sri Bhagavadh Ramanuja, was further greatly strengthened and developed 
beyond one's imagination.


Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Narayana Narayana

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