THE OCEAN OF COMPASSION..LORD SRI RAMA


One is reminded with the divine incident when Sage Valmiki requests Narada to name a person who is known for having all the sixteen opulent qualities. Narada unhesitatingly replies that Lord Sri Rama, the Emperor of Ayodhya is the embodiment of all the sixteen qualities. Among the sixteen great qualities Goodness Honesty Sweetness Simplicity
Compassion , Strength , Humility , Bravery , Valour, Talent , Prowess, Success , Memory , Trustworthiness , Heroism, Genuinity we humans get attracted to the quality of Daya(compassion) as it is only due to Lords mercy , our pile of sins are forgiven and thus redeemed from the cycle of birth and death.

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Lord Sriman Narayana  incarnated as Lord  SRI RAMAR to personally demonstrate  the world the teachings of Vedas  and adhere to the path of DHARMA in all circumstances.    Azhwars, acharyars, and innumerable saints and advanced  devotees like Tyagarajar, Bhakta Ramadas,  Kabirdas,  Tulsidas, Kambar  and countless  worshipped Lord Rama who personally blessed them  all. Our elders suggest us to read Srimad Ramayanam, especially the first sargam in Sundara kaandam  for  self realisation .

pattabhishekam Nammazhwar in  his emotional out pourings “Thiruvaimozhi 7-5  reveals  “kaRpaar Ramapiraanai allaal maRRum kaRparO?…”

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Sri Rama ruled the  entire world from Ayodhya for 11,000 years and when he was reminded by Brahma through Dharmaraja to return to Sri Vaikuntam, Lord Rama shed all the royal robes and walking barefoot from the royal palace, clad in  pure white holding dharbha reached the banks of Sarayu  to ascend to Sri Vaikuntam.

The Lord  took everything (the Grass, the creeping…

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………The Lord of Thirumeyyam……… ( Aadhi Rangan) ….. “Lord as the personification of truth”,


 This  Vaishnava Divya desam temple is believed to have been built during the 7th century by the Pandyas . A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple has a five-tiered  gopuram and  the gateway tower is  located behind a fort .

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Thirumeyyam is one of the eighteen Pandya nadu divya desams located near Tiruchirapally . It is about  13 miles from Pudukkottai on Pudukkottai-Karaikudi route and takes about  two  hours car drive from srirangam to reach this place.  

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As the temple opens late around 7.30- 8.00 a.m., one can plan to have Viswaroopa darshan in Srirangam in the early hours and reach this place. The temple is administered by Pudukottai Endowment Department whereas the fort is under the control of Archeological Department.

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This cave temple  is slightly older and dated to closing decades of seventh century. The temple has a main gateway on the east in the lowermost wall with shrines for guardian deities like Ganesa, Hanuman and Bhairava.

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There is a moat around the lower wall. On the top of the rock is bastion with cannon of british origin.

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The other side of the  Fort has three rock-cut temples, two of them dedicated to ParamaSivan and the third to  Sri Maha Vishnu

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 Lord ( Perumal)  in this big temple is glorified as Meiyappar/Sathyamurthy  and Goddess   ( Thayar) as  Ujjevana Thayar

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Lord MahaVishnu who protected Satya devathai from asuras’ atrocities- the Lord  who answered Adiseshan’s prayers in removing his tamasic qualities- the Lord who blessed Chandran and consented to prevail over Chandra mandalam,- the Lord of Lords who granted Garudan’s wish to remain as the divine vehicle for the Lord, the Lord with whose cool benevolent grace Dakshagan was redeemed from curse,  the Lord who bestowed moksha to Satyavratha rishi and King Pururuvas- the Lord who appeared to King Indradyumna ordering him to construct a temple for HIM resides at this holy place 

Divya desam Perumal gives darshan in two forms  as Meiyappar also known as Adi Ranganathar in Sayana Thirukolam (sleeping posture) and as Satyamurthy in Nindra thirukolam(standing posture) under Satyagiri vimanam on the banks of Satya theertham /Kadamba pushkarini) a satyavanam (venu vanam).

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As the Lord is the personification of truth, HE is  glorified as Meiyappar/SAtyamurthy and the place came to be known as Thirumeyyam.

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 The temple consists of an ardha-mandapa in front of  the rectangular sanctum Along with the LORD  , other deities like Garuda, Chitragupta, Markandeya, Brahma, the Devas, the Vasus, and the Kinnaras give darshan . There are two demons near the  lotus feet of the Lord .

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Legend reveal that Lord Ksheerabhidhinathar in  sayana thirukolam ( sleeping posture )  at this temple.   Thirumeyyam is considered to be the largest and older than Sri Ranganathar at Srirangam.  Hence the Lord is also known as Adi Rangan.

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While Lord was in Yoga Nidarai(yogic sleep), two demons  named Madhu, Kaitapa were creating trouble .Goddess Sridevi took asylum in Perumal’s chest while Bhudevi resorted to Perumal’s thiruvadi ( lotus feet ) .

 Adiseshan who did not want Perumal’s slumber to be disturbed, chased away the rakshasas by emitting   poisonous fumes  which is beautifully depicted on the wall behind the deity   .

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The      ( demons )  rakshasas are seen fleeing away near Perumal’s feet.  

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Adiseshan apologized to Lord ( Perumal)  as  he felt guilty for having done this act without Lord’s  permission.  The compassionate Lord  placed HIS right hand on Adiseshan as a mark of gesture and love   . 

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A lotus stalk emerging from the navel of Perumal and on the lotus ,chatur mukha Brahma seated on along with  33 crore devatas worshiping the Lord is beautifully depicted on the walls.

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Apart from the above , Chitraguptan, Markandeyar, Brahma, Madhu, Kaitapar along with devatas can be seen inside  while having darshan of Lordships . 

There are  deities  of  Sudarshanazhwar , Andal, Narthana Krishna on the left side and Sri Lakshmi Narasimhan on the right side in the Moolasthanam.

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UTSAVA MURTHY-SATHYAMURTHY WITH SRIDEVI,BHUDEVI, ANDAL

 The utsava murthi-Lord Meiyappar along with ubhaya nachiyars  give darshan in the Moolasthanam.  The Moolasthanam is on a pedastal and one has to climb about 4 steps to have a closer view of the  ever compassionate gigantic Perumal.

 

 For devotees Lord ‘s  thirumukham(face) and Thiruvadi(feet) can be viewed from outside through two small window  openings.

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Lord Satyamurthy’s sanctum is to the right side of Lord  Meiyappar sannidhi.  The utsava murthi  gives darshan along with Sridevi,Bhudevi and Andal.

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LORD MEIYAPPAR ALONG WITH SRIDEVI,BHUDEVI INN STANDING POSTURE

Ujjevana Thayar has a separate shrine.  As the name depicts, the goddess gives ujjeevanam to the devotees.  The childless couple offer special prayers to this Goddess  for progeny . 

Opposite to Satyamurthy’s sanndihi is Garuda bhagavan’s sannidhi.

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GARUDAZHWAR SANNIDHI OPPOSITE TO MEIYAPPAR SANNIDHI, THIRUMEYYAM

 On the right side , we can have darshan of Sita-Ramar along with Lakshmanan in a separate sannidhi opposite to which is Hanuman’s sannidhi.  Andal gives darshan on the left side in a separate shrine.

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Brahmotsavam is performed for 10 days during Vaigasi(*May-June) culminating on Visagam (10th day with Theerthavari on that day).  

Garuda utsavam on 4th day of Brahmotsavam attracts huge crowds.  

The Thiru-ther utsavam on 8th day is equally important.  

Perumal appeared to Satya maharishi on Vaikasi-Pushyam day.

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Thiruaadipooram, Adhyayana utsavam during Margazhi(Dec-Jan), Sri Krishnashtami are few festivals which are performed grandly. The temple follows vaikhanasa agamam .

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  • Sathyagireeswaran( ParamaSivan) and Satyamurthy(Vishnu) temples are carved out of a single rock within the fort.

CAVEAsuras  defeated the  devas and started ruling the world inflicting troubles on  all living beings. There was no place for sathyam(truth) and dharmam(righteousness). Dharma devathai took the form of a bull and reached Azhagar koil for prayers while Satya devathai took the form of a deer and entered venu vanam(as this place was full of bamboo trees) and meditated on Lord Vishnu for help. 

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Lord  Maha Vishnu appeared before Satya devathai and promised to annihilate the asuras and restore satyam and dharmam.  Satya devathai prayed to Perumal to stay at this place forever.  Hence, we see the Lord here as Truth personified. HE is known as Satyanathan and the utsavar is known as Mei-appan(Mei in tamil means truth)……

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  Adisesha, the foremost servitor of the Lord assumes various forms and does kainkaryam to Perumal and Thayar eternally.

 A verse in Prabhandam  goes like ….

Sendral kudaiyam,

Irundhal sinhAsanamam,

nindral maravadiyam,

 neelkadalul endrum punaiyam

(, manivillakkAm ,

poompattAm,  

pulgum anaiyam thirumArvukku aravu).

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Freely translated,

Adisesha acts as Umbrella when the Lord walks, he becomes simhasanam for the Lord to sit, he becomes padhukas to hold the tender lotus feet of the Lord when HE walks, he is the cosy bed and pillow  on which the Lord rests in Vyuha form in Thirupaarkadal , he acts as light to the Lord and as silk cloth for the Lord.  As Lakshmana , the service what he rendered to Sri Rama is remarkable.

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The thousand hooded Adisesha came down from Ksheerabdhi and traversing through the bowels of earth reached this place. 

Assuming the five hooded form , Adisesha contemplated on the Lord at this place .Lord  appeared  and granted his wish to give darshan in Sayana Thriukolam as HE is in Thirupaarkadal.

Hence,we  have darshan of  the  Lord as Ksheerabdhinathan.

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 Legends reveal that once , Sathyavatha Maharishi  was doing penance sitting on Chithrasilai under a banyan tree named Pathiravadam near Pushpathirai river at the foot of the Himalayas.

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 He went into the woods for collecting sticks for daily  homam ( havan ) .

  He unknowingly cut his finger in the process , which he was unaware as it did not cause any pain or blood oozed. 

By the time he returned to his hermitage, the finger grew . 

Gandharvas observed this strange incident  to Indran.

Indran and his brother,Upendra  disguised as hunter and a boar  came into the vicinity of the Rishi’s ashram . 

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Mahavishnu who had taken the form of boar appeared as if he was hit by the arrow reached  the ashram and sought asylum. 

Tracing the foot prints of the boar,  the hunter approached the rishi and requested him to tell him about the whereabouts of the boar so that he could save his family who were on the verge of death due to starvation. 

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The rishi was in a dilemma because if he told the hunter  about the boar’s hiding place, the hunter would kill the boar and he would not be able to keep up his promise of protecting the boar. 

The rishi ,who was an embodiment of knowledge, philosophically explained the actual truth and advised the hunter to refrain from this crime.

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  Lord Vishnu and Indra appeared in their true forms before the rishi and praised him for his devotion.  Lord Vishnu advised him  to go to Sathya kshetram and continue his penance and  assured him of salvation along with Pururavas Chakravarthi.

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 The rishi expressed his gratitude towards the rock named Chithrasalai on which he sat, the banyan tree which gave him shelter and the river Pushpathirai in which he had bath.  Perumal replied that the rock  and the banyan tree would be transported on Iravatam, Indra’s elephant to Satya kshetram and the river would appear there as theertham.  River Pushpathirai now flows as Satya Pushkarini, the rock is now the big cave in which the temple is built and the banyan tree is the sthala vruksham.

Thirumangai azhwar has composed  several pasurams on great Lord in Peria Thirumozhi  . Azhwar  quotes LORD of Thirumeyyam in several pasurams while glorifying the LORDSHIPS in other divya desams which shows is deep affection to our LORD here . Azhwar  refers our Lord at Thirumeyyam  as  Lord Rama . 

Lord holding  the Kodandam Bow that  pierced seven sala trees  is memorable . Azhwar has a deep desire  to hug the Lord’s broad chest at least once for his valor .

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In another pasuram , while glorifing Srinivasa Perumal at Thirunaraiyur who happens to be Azhwar’s acharyar,   Azhwar glorifies the Lord at Thirumeyyam as the one who in  Krishnaavataram  burnt the Kandava vanam. In  another pasuram Azhwar takes the role of a mother whose daughter is in  deep love with Perumal and  suffering from pangs of separation. 

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The mother  says that her daughter is lamenting by taking the names of Lord of  Thiruvenkatam, Thiruneermalai,Thirukannapuram, Thirumeyyam and  asking the whereabouts about Thirumeyyam.

In another  pasuram  , Azhwar compares the dark complexioned  Lordships residing at Thirumeyyam to the dark sea, mountain, dark clouds ready to pour rain,  compares to Kuvali flower(dark flower) and says that the hands which do not fold in front of Thirumeyyam Perumal are not considered to be hands at all. 

 

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“Adiyen” … Ramanuja dasan ……….. ……… The bounden duty of every vaishnava is to proudly say …… I am Swamy Ramanuja dasan


                    The gem of a work presented to us by Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanujar is        ” SRI BHASHYA”.  

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The illustrious Sri Vaishnava preceptor  Swamy Alavandar  wanted  Swamy Ramanujacharya to take over spiritual leadership of the Sri Vaishnava community.

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Swamy Ramanuja set off to meet Alavandar as per the instructions , but before the meeting could materialize,  Swamy Alavandar departed from this world.  Swamy Ramanuja  was sad  for the sudden turn of events .

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He noticed that three of  Swamy Alavandar’s fingers remained folded.  Swamy Ramanuja asked the  Elders  assembled there why  was  it  so.   They  replied that Swamy Alavandar had three unfulfilled wishes. On inquiring further it was revealed that the great Acharyar  Alavandar wanted to write a commentary for Brahmasutra, but he could not get round to doing it because of his  busy occupations .

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Hence the first folded finger indicated this unfulfilled desire. Secondly, he wanted to do something to honor the contributions of the revered  sages Vyasa and Parasara and thirdly, he wanted to write a commentary on Nammazhvar’s Thiruvaimozhi.

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Swamy  Ramanuja instantaneously  promised to carry out all  the three wishes unfulfilled by Swamy  Alavandar.   Miraculously , all the  fingers  restored its normal course  .

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Swamy  Ramanuja’s Brahmasutras   is glorified  as Sri Bhashyam.   Ramanuja named  his disciple Kooratazhvan’s sons Parasara Bhattar and Vedavyasa Bhattar, thus  the second wish of Alavandar was fulfilled. Upon the command of  Swamy Ramanuja, his disciple Sri Kurukesa (Pillan) wrote a commentary for Thiruvaimozhi. Thus  Swamy Ramanuja ensured that all of  Acharyar Alavandar’s   three wishes were fulfilled.

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 The efforts made by Swamy Ramanuja to take up the important task of his Acharyar must be cherished by every vaishnava . The comprehensive commentary of this outstanding work was given the name Srutha Prakashika

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The legendary Acharyas after our Jagath Acharyar who explained this beautiful commentary were    Kurukeshwaran disciple of Swamy Ramanuja  , Vishnuchittar disciple of Swamy  Kurukeshwaran  , Varadacharyar disciple of  Vishnuchittar and Sudarshana bhattar disciple of  Varadacharyar ( Nadaadhoor Ammal)

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 The great devotee  of Lord Varadarajar of Kancheepuram ” Swamy Nadaadhoor Ammal wrote a book with all the understandings gained from the Elders in the form of arguments answers and counter arguments about the great work Sri Bhashya.

This work was called as PRAMEYAMALA .

He continued his writing with monumental works like Tatwa sara and Prapanna Parijata.  Swamy was respected as  the most authoritative commentator on Sri Bhashya and several disciples used to approach him for learning the esoteric truths .

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A great devotee and an obedient disciple Sudarshana suri was keen to meet the Acharyar for the same . He traveled to Kancheepuram after taking permission from his  aged mother . Always attentive and serving his Acharyar Ammal he was learning the rich truths from the commentaries daily.  He was always  there  to attend the class , no matter even If he  had already attended the same .That was his interest . He was always in the mood of being near to his Acharyar serving him .

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One day  it so happened all the disciples were awaiting for the class to begun . Acharyar also had come . But he was waiting for Sudarshana  arrival . The disciples were upset for the special care given to Sudarshana  The disciples expressed their unhappiness for the special care given to Sudarshana  as they found him to be a dull witted person attending  the  same classes repeatedly  without any knowledge.

The next day Ammal conducted the class as usual . He paused at a verse … and looked at Sudarshana  and said ……..

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My Child !  Please repeat what was explained  about  this verse  . Sudarshana bhattar obediently  got up and with folded hands  replied ..

Acharya … Please command me !!!  Which adhikarna  ? This verse was given wonderful explanations in every discourse .Please tell me which explanation are you seeking ? The first class OR the last class ?

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The disciples were dumb folded . Ammal continued . My child ! Please tell me both of them ..

Sudarshana   explanations was a continuous flawless flow of words that mesmerized all the disciples .He was simply excellent in reproducing the content as explained by his Master ..

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Acharyar praised him for his comprehension  diction and dedication . All the disciples rushed towards Sudarshana and requested him to elucidate all the meanings .

 

Sudarshana attempted to codify all the texts and bring together the various commentaries of  Elders  as the gem Sri Bhashya.. The disciples all together edited the various commentaries of the Acharyas and hence the name   …

 

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                                                  SHRUTA PRAKASHIKA  ….

                        THAT WHICH IS HEARD HE MOST AUTHORITATIVE

This treasure is considered as a full mail of diamonds for Sri Bhashya like a kavacham ( shield )  This great commentary has provided answers to various onslaughts made on it in the form of questions and the doubts raised by people with limited vision .Because of this lovely work Sri Bhashya withstood firmly the many arguments and counter arguments of mayavadis  .

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Once this wonderful work was completed Sudarshana seeking blessings of Acharyar  returned to Srirangam . He was shocked to see the tyranny of Ulugh Khan  the Moslem rulers . There was chaos everywhere  .

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The tyrants were pulling down the towers of the mandapams .The people were living in deep fear .The palm leaf manuscripts stored in the houses of advanced  srivaishnavas were being burnt .

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Many elders lost their lives saving the treasures of commentaries .  Sudarshana  was sad . He carried the manuscripts to his aged mother and pleaded her to save this jewel  which was his life breath .   He approached the elders to contribute his services in protecting the LORD ..

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 The young Swamy Desikar , Swamy Sudarshana  and other Acharyas assembled , and met Swamy Pillai Lokacharyar  inside the  Srirangam temple .They all  concluded it was  Ulugh Khan  the army commander sent by Tuglak who was creating this  tyranny to loot the temple   . They had to take a quick decision  .

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All of them informed the  temple priests for staying beside the deities at all cost , and gave some important  tasks to be completed without any delay . 

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.Swamy  Lokacharyar called the Chieftain and the Elders  of the temple and  advised them what could be the steps  that  may have to take facing the invader inside the temple .The   objective was not to confront the enemy but to focus their efforts to ensure that the moola virat  was not desecrated.

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All of them decided that they shall form three groups . One group shall be headed by  the eldest  Swamy Pillai Lokachariya,   who shall carry the deities of Lord Ranganatha and His concerts in a covered palanquin and proceed southward with few disciples .

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Sudarshana  who had just arrived  took up the task of erecting a stone wall in front of the  main sanctorum to  misguide the invaders . Thus a  stone wall was constructed with support of many disciples in a short time  .

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Swami Desika who was the youngest among the Acharyas was requested  by Shri Sudarsana  to go with the third party and somehow save himself so that he at least might be left to propound Sri Vaishnavism and the teachings of Jagatha Acharya Shri Ramanuja.

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There was not much time left . Sudharsana  entrusted his two  young  sons and manuscript “Sruta prakaasikA” to  Swami Desika asking him to save this treasure for future generations    Swami Desika earnestly    prayed LORD that this great work  must at any cost  be saved . Swami  as instructed immediately took up the directions from Sudharsana Suri and was about to leave  towards northward with the little boys . 

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At the temple town , all of them decided in one voice that  they will not oppose the army  , but behave as if nothing is so serious ..   There was a regular update about the Invaders  who were approaching . The people  were in two moods  whether they should remain in town or flee. 

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Who was to decide and advise them? The people  were utterly confused .They decided to take counsel from Lord Ranganatha himself then decided to appeal to the LORD  Himself  . They all dropped chits (Tiru Ulla seettu) expressing their opinion and  with  devotion they drew up one chit which said that all could remain at Srirangam  itself.

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They decided in was the Lord’s order and remained facing the situation bravely.The same evening, the  invaders marched inside the  Srirangam town from Samayavaram  . Thousands of the town’s  citizens were  harassed and injured .The terror in which  the enemy looted the prosperous town   speaks about the bravery of the srivaishnavas there  .

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It was a very sad plight and the  bloodbath that followed who resisted will make one cry  for our great forefathers who sacrificed their lives . This had been recorded in the History of Srirangam Temple known as Koil-Ozhugu . The  sad  bloodshed of 12,000 Sri Vaishnavas at  Sri Varahaswamy Sannidhi makes it the worst day in the temple town .

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Inside the Hall , Swamy Desikar  saw heaps of corpses lying around . He somehow braved the boys to lie down unnoticed to give an impression that no one survived . The little boys stretched underneath  along with some of them and our dear Swami also lay down next to them along with the holy book.

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Swamy Desikar thus concealed the two boys and himself amidst a heap of corpses and passed the night with caution . The enemy troops assumed that they were corpses and did not bother to probe. Observing the enemy troops moving away , Swamy  Desikar slowly took the frightened boys before dawn unnoticed in North-Westerly direction .

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He suddenly saw some gaurds chasing them. He managed to  hide near the mud rocks at the banks of river kaveri. With caution ,  hiding the young boys beneath the mud rocks he dug one yard deep pit in the sands of the river and buried the great work  giving mother kaveri a rare tribute .

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He somehow managed to lay down covering himself with the kaveri sand escaping any detection . When the gaurds moved  he regained his position  and quickly moved away to Satyamangala  with  the treasure book and the small kids . He made few copies of the manuscripts and taught the contents to all his disciples .

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 Our Poorvacharyas have struggled to give us this treasure and hence It is the bounden duty of every vaishnava to proudly say….. 

                                                      Adiyen Ramanuja dasan …..    

 

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  I am Ramanuja dasan … and thus protect /propogate the works of our Poorvacharyars and our sampradaya ..saying .


All glories to Swamy Pillai LokaAcharyar

All  glories to Swamy Sudarshan suri

All glories to Swamy Vedanta  Desikar…………

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All glories to Poorvacharyas for their abundant mercy …

“shrImAn venkaTa-nAthAryaH kavitArkika-kesari |
vedAntAcharya-varyo me sannidhattAm sadA hridi |
kavithArkika simhAya kalyANa guNa Saline
Srimathe vEnkateSAya vEdhAntha guravE namaha

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan …..

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Adapted from a discourse shared by an advanced devotee .

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Master !!! Should I let go the water in my palm looking at the clouds for the water ? ‘Uuyiya orey vazhhee Udayavar thiruvadi…’


Few hundreds year ago at Srirangam  inside  an Ashram , the  revered Srivaishnava  Acharyar Swamy Aaachaan was delivering a discourse to his disciples .

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Trailokyai Ammal  happened to be there  hearing the Master speak .

Acharyar begun .. My dear children ……

The best means to salvation is LORD himself and to attain  is two fold .

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One by Bhakthi or loving him with all the energy of ones own will and the other,  is Prapatti   loving him with all the force derived from the Supreme LORD himself …

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When you resign from your own will and place all your hopes in the sweet will of the providence the process  of change begins  .

Many spiritual texts advises that surrender to the lotus feet of the Supreme is the best means to attain Moksha .  

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The Taitriya Upanishad explores the  different paths and the effectiveness for attaining  Moksha ..

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Satyam     Practice of Truth

Tapas     Reducing  bodily needs

Damas   Control of one’s senses

Sama   Control of inner senses

Daanam   Giving liberally

Dharma  Practice of duties

Agneyah  tending sacred fires

Agnihotra  offering to devas through fire

Yagna    sacrifices

Maanasa   meditation

Nyaasa   surrender

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Among all the above paths Surrender is the Ultimate . Bhakthi needs to be practiced for a long duration until the prarabdha karma gets exhausted .

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Bhakthi needs Jnana and shakthi and its a continuous sustained attempts whereas Prapatti is total surrender  to LORD in any state .

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Trailokyai Ammal liked the  discourse  .

She sincerely approached  Master and requested him to allow her to attend classes . Acharyar allowed her for the dedication .

Ammal served the disciples and the Master with care and affection simultaneously listening to the esoteric truths ..

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One day,  it was informed that a revered Acharyar from Tirumala had arrived .

Ammal loved Tirumala very much .

The hymn of Nammalvar on Tirumala always made her swoon in imagination  to the holy place .

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She took  permission from her Acharyar to take blessings from the Acharyar who had arrived .  With great anxiety she met the revered  master .

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Offering obeisances repeatedly she seeked a favor to serve him all the while  during his stay .The Master was none other than the great Swamy AnanthAzhwan who had spontaneously agreed to leave to Tirumala to serve Lord Venkateshwara as per Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja’s  command .

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Days passed , Ammal was taking care of all the needs of Acharyar and had to take leave when Swamy proceeded back to Tirumala. 

Aaachan looked at Ammal and asked her ,

My Child ….

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Tell me ….whether Swamy taught you  lessons which was not covered by me  past so many years.  Ammal responded ..

Yes ! Master …

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I learn t the most important lesson from Swamy Anantha Azhwan. Seeking  refuge from the lotus feet of Acharyan. is ultimate , whereas your  honor  said we need to seek lotus feet of Supreme Lord .

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She continued … trust at the lotus feet of the savior my Acharyar will give sure protection and hence decided to seek the lotus feet of Acharyar who she could directly see .

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She elaborated …Master !!! Should I let go the water in my palm looking at the clouds for the water ? Achaan agreed with her innocent talk  and praised her devotion …

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Another incident took place  in Srirangam ….

It so happened a dumb and deaf person approached Swamy Ramanujar and appealed in a moving manner unable to utter a single word .

The ever merciful Acharyar was moved .

He  clasped his hand with the person and both proceeded inside the Ashram. He closed the doors of his personal room. All the disciples were wondering who could  be the new person  ? There was  silence ….

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Swamy Kooresa arrived to find out who was the person Acharyar clasped his hands with Noticing he has gone inside the private chambers of Acharyar he felt he was a great Mahaan . It took some time .

Very inquisitively he peeped inside the chambers from the key hole.

Inside Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja in sign language was asking the dumb person what was his desire . It looked the person was holding swamy’s feet tightly with tears seeking refuge and pleading Acharyar to place his feet on his head and bless him . Acharyar with compassion placed his lotus feet on his head and blessed him .

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Koorath Azhwan observed this . He bemoaned that he was not as fortunate as the deaf dumb person to get that total grace of Jagath Acharyar Swamy Ramanuja…

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There is a beautiful saying in tamil ……………………………….                              

 ‘Uyiya oreyy vazhi Udayavar thiruvadi’

meaning …..

..‘To achieve salvation the surrender at the  lotus feet of  Swamy Ramanuja is the only way’.

Swamy  Pillai Lokachariar  says in his wonderful work…..

” Sri Vachana Bhushanam ……….. ‘Acharya Abimaname Uththaragam’ –

meaning … 

“Acharyan feeling happy about his disciple  and  showering  his grace can be the Saviour of the highest kind”.

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Adiyen Ramanuja dasan

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