A Brahman, whose profession was singing the glories of the Lord, was once reciting  Srimad Bhagavatham in the house of a patron. A thief broke into the house where the recital was going on and hid himself in the deep corner .


Perforce, he had to listen to Srimad Bhagavatham. The singer was now  describing the ornaments worn by  little Krishna which was adorned by Yashoda . He described the various ornaments Yasodha  decorated  on  little  Krishna before sending Him out with the cows.

The thief  was  excited and thought that he should meet that lad  and rob all the ornaments at one stroke instead of struggling every day with petty stealing. He waited till the entire chapter of Srimadbhagavatam was recited and left the place. The thief wanted to know where this boy was. He, therefore, followed the Brahmin and waylaid him. The Brahmin was frightened and feared that he would lose even the small amount collected as dakshina and told the thief, “I do not have anything with me”.


The thief  replied that he was not keen to have any of his belongings but wanted some  information about that lad he was claiming to have the best ornaments adorned  who used to go out for grazing the cows.  He checked him to take him to that place where the lad was grazing those cows . The Brahmin was in a fix now .  


He replied  the thief, that all particulars of the the cute lad was in a book which is at his old house . He accompanied  the  the thief to his house, and looked in some book and told, “In Brindavana, on the banks of Yamuna, in a green meadow, two boys  come in the morning. One  is dark like the cloud with a flute, and the other fair clad in white silk. The dark one will have all the ornaments I had described.” The thief believed the brahmin  and set out to Brindavana immediately. He located the beautiful  place , climbed up a tree and waited for the boys to arrive.


The sun rose. Faint melody of the flute wafted along the morning breeze. The enchanting music could then be heard closer and the thief spotted two boys coming. He got down from the tree and went near them. The moment he saw the most beautiful appearance of the little Krishna , he forgot himself for a moment, folded his hands and shed tears of joy. The tears were from his heart and it was chilling . He wondered which wretched mother had sent these radiant boys,  chiseled to perfection, loaded with ornaments to the riverbank. He couldnt take his eyes off from the divinity .The transformation started .Tears were rolling  . Since the thief had carefully listened to the story of Krishna as told by the Brahmin, he noticed that Krishna was not wearing one particular piece of ornament described by the Brahmin.  His love to the little  lad was so engulfing that he even wanted to adorn Krishna with that missing ornament, which he  was prepared to steal from any jeweller  and enjoy the sight to his heart’s content. Just as the clouds cover the bright sun, wicked thoughts developed in his mind again.


He approached the boys …..shouting, “Stop,” he held Krishna’s hand. The moment he touched  Lord Krishna all his previous karma was wiped  like  a cotton getting burnt in a fire …. and  with all humility  he inquired lovingly, “Who are you?”

Krishna  looks at him, innocently and tells  I am frightened by your looks.Please leave my hands ..” The thief with remorse tells  Krishna, “It is my evil mind which is reflected in my face. If you are frightened I shall go away.”  Please dont say  I must leave you …


The Natkat Krishna reminds the  thief,  the purpose  of his coming before he forgets .He cooly mocks at him .


.Here, take my ornaments.” Confused the thief  replies , “Will not your mother scold you, if you gift away all your ornaments to me?” Krishna  with a smile  says , “Do not worry about that. I have plenty of them. I am a bigger thief than you. But there is a difference between you and me – however much I steal, the owners do not complain. I am lovingly called “Chitha Chora”. Though you are not aware of it, you have a previous ornament in your possession, the “Chitha”. I shall steal it now and take the same with Me.” So saying both the boys vanished.


To  his surprise  the thief  found a bag full of ornaments on his shoulder. He brought it to the Brahmin’s house and told him what had  all happened. The Brahmin was  now frightened and took the thief inside and opened the bag. To his utter amazement he saw all the ornaments described by him  as being worn by Krishna in the Bhagavatha, in the thief’s bag. Shedding tears of joy, the Brahmin asked the thief to take him to the place where he saw the dark boy.


The thief obliged and both of them waited in the same place where the thief accosted the boy the previous day. Suddenly the thief exclaimed, “Look, here they come!” However, the Brahmin could not see any one. Stricken with remorse, he said, “Swami, when You  decided to give darasinam to  a thief, why not me?


Lord Krishna out of abundant compassion reply was soothing … “You are reading  Srimad Bhagavatha just as another story  whereas  the thief on the other hand, believed what you had told him. I manifest only for those who surrender to Me.”

Glories to the thief who saw LORD ….

Lets leave our chittha to Chittha chora .
Hare Krishna

Adapted from a discourse by  a Sant

MaNavALa MAmuniyae! Innum Oru NootrAndirum!………………

Lord Sriman Narayana  incarnated in  several   avatharas in this world, for spreading the message of the liberation for the jeevatma  from this material bondage .

Anathya swaroopam
Anathya swaroopam

Unsatisfied ,  LORD summoned His serpent couch, the nitya-soori (eternally free soul) .


 Adisesha, and instructed,

My dear Adishesha !  

“Go down to the mortal world and spend  there for 200 years, and through your exhortations, empower the people with knowledge about their true nature and make them come to..


My world, so that they enjoy eternal bliss”.


Accordingly,  Adishesha appeared as “Swamy Ramanuja” in the age of Kali, where adharma  was in the forefront due to the karmic vasanas .

Swamy Ramanuja followed LORDs directives by spreading the divine message of  Azhwars …..

and the true knowledge to seek Lord’s mercy  and disappeared at the age of 120.


The Lord was not satisfied  with the developments and felt the mission was not complete .

Hence he once again advised  Swamy  Ramanuja  to complete the original assignment of remaining in this material world for complete  200 years and uplift the jivaatmaas .


With implicit obedience, Adishesha  who appeared as Swamy Ramanuja once again appeared as Swami maNavALa mAmunikaL.


AdisEsha, in his previous incarnation as Swamy Ramanuja, was very much attracted to Nammazhvars’s appearance and his divine outpouring (thiruvAimozhi), and hence, earned the appellation “mAran adipaNindhu Uynthavan”.



In keeping with this overwhelming love for Nammazhvar, the second time around, AdisEsha selected Azhvar Thirunagari as the place most suited for his birth. He appeared   in the month of Aipassi and star Moola   falling on Nov 11th 2018 this year and was named “Azhakiya maNavALapperumAL nAyanAr .


It should be noted that Swami MamunikaL excelled as the disciple of none other than the famous SriSailesha (Tiruvaimozhi pillai), SrisailEsha erected a temple at Azhvar-thirunagari for Swami Ramanuja and installed Sri Ramanuja’s idol, which had been presented to Sri Madhurakavi Azhvar and lay buried at the foot of the famous Tamarind tree.



Sri Sailesha after clearing the wild vegetation at Azhvar-thirunagari  took all initiatives in bringing back the sacred deity which was lost during invasions .

Sri SailEsha also brought out the buried deities  of Swamy Ramanuja’s Bhavishyad Acharaya vigraha .


Sri Ramanuja’s temple at Azhvar thirunagari was handed over to Swami Manavala Mamunikal in due course of time, and daily thiruArAdhanam (ritual worship) was performed by Swami mAmunikaL.SriSailEsha ordered his ardent disciple Swami Manavala Mamuni, who had learnt all sastras from him to study and propagate the divya prabandham ( azhvar’s 4000 hymns and their commentaries).


He wished that living in Sri Rangam and propagating the true tenets of the Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya as given in the hoary aruLiccheyal (divya prabandham) was the need of the hour.


The devoted disciple that he was, Swami Mamuni did act according to the commandments of his teacher. So Sri Rangam, the citizens of Srirangam & the Lord of Sri Rangam – all of them begot the good fortune of counting Swami Mamuni as one amongst themselves.

Swami Manavala Mamunikal came to Sri Rangam as a gruhastha (householder). Swami Manavala Mamuni accepted asceticism (sanyAsa Ashrama) later for a total involvement in the spreading of his Acharyars desire .

jai giri goverdhan

Lord Ranganathar ( Peria Perumal ) had a desire which he wanted  Swami  Mamuni to accomplish in Srirangam.


He seized the golden opportunity of Mamunikal’s arrival to the city of Sri Rangam & ordered him to give a public discourse on the Eedu (36000 padi), the super-commentary of Swami Nampillai on Thiruvaimozhi along with other commentaries, in  alluring style for having the good fortune of being trained by the esteemedAcharya Sri SailEsha (Thiruvaimozhip pillai).


In order to accommodate unhindered conduct for the kAlakshEpam (discourse) all festivities of the temple  was kept in abeyance . History tells us that for a whole year, Namperumalhad enjoined cessation of all festivals  at Srirangam, world renowned by the name kOil, a temple that is considered to be the foremost amongst the 106-Divya desams.

The above-mentioned, spiritually uplifting event occurred on the final kalakshEpa (discourse)-day, the day adorned, interestingly, by the Ani thiru-moola star. So, SriVaishnava-world attaches equal importance to this Ani moola auspicious day also, in a manner akin to the day of Sri Mamunikal’s appearance, SriAippasi Thirumoola day. Swami mAmunikaL, with implicit obedience, accepted LORDS directives to perform service to the Lord.


On the concluding day of Swami mAmunikaL’s wonderful lectures on thiruvAimozhi and Eedu,  Lord appeared amidst the august assembly of mAmunikaL and sri vaishnavas, in the guise of an archakar’s (priest) a small boy from getting proximate presence to Swami mAmunikaL’s seat, recited the following stanza in His inimitable, majestic voice resembling the thunder of a rumbling cloud,


“SriSailEsha dayA pAthram dheeibhakthyAdi guNarnavam
Yetheendra pravaNam vandE ramyajA mAtharam munim”

He kept a palm leaf containing the above sloka on a golden plate full of flowers, fruits, coconuts and other sacred components of guru dakshiNa (token of appreciation) and after offering it at the holy feet of Swami mAmunikaL, ran towards the sanctum sanctorum & disappeared.

To add to this magnificent miracle, Periya Perumal, the Lord Ranganatha Himself, immediately ordered through the archaka –‘let this slOka be recited at the beginning of all divya prabhanda recitations; just as a Vedic recital begins and ends with the sacred ‘Om’, so also all recitals of the tamil veda, the divya prabhandam, shall commence and end with ‘srI SailESa dayA pAtram’.

adiyArgaL vAzha arangka nagar vAzha
sadakOpan thaNdamizh nUl vAzha * – kadal sUzhndha
mannulagam vAzha * maNavALa mAmuniyE *
innum oru nURRANdirum *

These holy lines extols Swamys contributions to continued existence and prosperity of Sri Vaishnavaism, the followers, their holy temples, scriptures, traditions, and the well being of the whole world, and concludes with the prayer, that the great Manavalamaamuni live for another hundred years for that purpose.

The apparent conflict between 100 years and perpetuity is resolved, when one understands the key link of devoted Sri Vaishnava devotees, their ongoing practice of the prayer and traditions as a “Vaazhaydi Vaazhai”, for the perpetuation of the faith. So 100 and more years down the line there will be faithful chanting the same for the future.

At an advanced age Swamy  Mamunigal hearing the  Divya prabandam from his disciples   left his eternal body and became the Nitya Asuri.

He attained Thirunadu on Ruddothkari year (1444), Masi Month, Krishna Paksha Dwadeshi on Thiruvona Nakshtram, Saturday. His ardent  disciples carried the eternal body in Pushpa Pallaku  and keeping  in Padmasana posture and brought it a place in Cauvery River they did the Addakam on the banks of river Cauvery .The  place was known as Dwarasan Porpadukai.

Swamy Manavala maamunigaley thiruadigaley  sharanam

Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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