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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #1


SrI:
Shrimate Shri Lakshmi Nrusimha Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Seetha Ramachandra Parabrahmane Namaha:
Shrimate Shri Ramanujaya Namaha:
Shrimate Nigamantha Maha Desikaya Namaha:
Shrimate Shrivan Satagopa Shri Narayana Yateendra Mahadesikaya Namaha:

It was a divine command through Shri Madhavakannan that Adiyal
should post notes of Shri Nigamantha Maha Desikar's works
to commemorate this year's [1999] Thiru Nakshathram of
Swami Vedanta Desikar. The idea is that we start our day - for
the next 108 days - with reading a note on our greatest Acharya.

We are starting on a countdown mode. It is exactly 108 days
for Shri Vedanta Desikar's Thiru Nakshathram and Adiyal shall
post 108 notes on Swami starting today.

Adiyal believes this is a divine command that shall make
this effort see fruit.

Before going ahead, a brief note on Shri Vedanta Desikar.

Swami Desikan is the outstanding sishya of Bhagavad Ramanuja.
He is a conglomeration of all virtues and no vices besides
being a philosopher and a poet. Above all, he is an ardent
devotee of Sriya Pathi. He had absolute mastery of arts and
all his works reflect deep understanding and great knowledge.

Lord Sri Ranganatha was so pleased with Swami Desikar's
knowledge, his teachings and works that the Lord conferred
the title 'Vedantacharya' and what more, Lord's consort 
Mahalakshmi conferred the title 'Sarva Tantra Svatantra'.

Swami Desikar's immense knowledge helped establish Vedanta
in firm basis. He propounded our sampradaya in no uncertain
terms and defeated other doctrines with ease.

Swami Desikar established the greatness of Shri Ramanuja's
philosophy, thus: 'Yathipathi matham sarvathastapayithva'

Swami Desikar translated his abundant knowledge in to 
innumerable works and also wrote commentaries on the works
of our great masters. His works are the greatest treasure
for millions of generations and we can easily refer him
as the greatest 'Vallal'.

There was one Appayya Dikshitar - who on his own merit was
a great Advaitan and a critic. On reading the works of Swami,
and immersing in its charm and Swami's reasoning, Appayya Dikshitar
conferred the title 'Kavi Tarkika Simha' - the Lion among poets -
on Swami.

Appayya Dikshitar praised him as follows: 

Itham Vichintyas Sarvatra Bhaavaah Santhi Padhe Padhe | 
Kavi Taarkika Simhasya Kavyeshu Lalitheswapi ||

Appayya Dikshitar was moved by the poetic excellence of 
SwamiDesikar. He experienced Kavitarkika Simham's
excellence, even in a soft and simple composition.

Swami went on to work more and more and in an attempt to
bring out the truths expounded in Upanishads, Gita and
Brahma Sutras, Swami Desikar wrote independent works like
Nyaya Siddhanjanam, Tattva Mukta Kalapa and Nyaya parishuddhi.

Even for Swami Desikan, there were many who held different
Views, in those days.

Shri Bharadwaja Srinivasacharya had been holding different and
rather opposite views compared that to Swami. Shri Bharadwaja
Srinivasacharya had not even visited or met Swami but still 
carried on his different opinions that dangerously trekked on
creating aparacharams to Swami.

Later, Shri Bharadwaja Srinivasacharya happened to read
Nyaya Parishuddhi. This grantham made him realise the greatness
of Swami Desikar.

Thus wrote Shri Bharadwaja Srinivasacharya:

Yethat samayan aham Vimatya
Mathi Bhedam  Vivasha prapattyamana:
Swam Avanchayam Anja sadhya deivath
Nigamantharya Nibhanthathaprabuttaha!!

In the above he confesses that he had a prejudice on Swami 
based on listening to others and felt bad that he did
apacharam to Swami Desikan. He went on to add, that it is
na´ve to think that he can do apacharam to Swami - as 
any apacharam aimed at Swami is actually aparacharam on
himself. He expressed relief that his life did not end
with that Dosham to Swami. 

This brief introduction on Swami, completes the posting
for Day One. Shall see you tomorrow.

Shri Ranganayaki Sametha Shri Ranganathan Parabrahmane Namaha:

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi