Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #103
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:
"SrimAn VenaktanAthArya: kavithArkika kEsarI!
VedAnthAchArya varyO mE sannidhatthAM sadhA hrudhi"!!
Divya DEsa Prapti Parva, the next parva in phala Kanda
is the eighth step to the transedental World.
For time immemorial the Jiva had involved himself into
activities unacceptable to his svaroopam as a result of
which he had to hang around in the samsAra. That life is
an endless trouble! Having got rid of his troubles, this
Jiva takes up the extraordinary archirAdhi mArgam and
goes to paramapadam. He immerses himself in the clear,
sweet smelling cool water of the viraja river. His
Sookshma sarIram which came along gets destroyed.
Amaanava, with his pure hand, now touches this mukta.
This touch relieves the mukta of his old samsAra feelings.
This Jiva is now in the paramapadam, the same place as
that of the Lord!!! He gets a form like the Lord =>
without any link to Prakritti.
It is impossible for a person without the required
qualifications (vivEkam, mental urge, vairAgyam, and fear
as explained in the earlier postings) to reach Srivaikundam.
Only a paramaikAntin who does not worship anybody other
than our Lord and who does not seek anything other than
Bagavad/ bAgavatha kainkaryam can get Moksha. Nitya soories
always keep seeing paramapadam (their gjnana never
Srivaikundam is not affected by time => there is no concept
of nAzhigai, day, month etc. Srivaikundam is million times
brighter than Sun or Agni. This divine lOka is always bright,
it has no limitations what so ever. It is impossible to
comprehend the Sweetness of Srivaikundam. Even great yogis
cannot think, speak or measure its greatness. Every thing in
Srivaikundam is Suddha sattvam. The chetana now enters this
place of unending happiness!
After the chetana crosses the viraja river he is received,
welcomed, respected, loved and worshiped by those residing
There are two water bases "aram" and "Nyam". This chetana
sees the perfect gardens, the mountains (full of ratnas),
rivers and lakes all full of suddhasatva. Earlier he had
thought about these briefly after having read about them
from the upanishads, Sri pAncharAtra sastras, Sri vaikunda
gadyam etc. Now, he is blessed with a direct vision!
He sees yet another poigai called JarammadIyam. In a world
of endless extreme happiness this Poigai is like a flood of
happiness surrounding it. After this he approaches a beautiful
divine arasa maram named sOmasavanam. The nithya soories keep
prostrating to it!
Later the Lord sends 500 apsaras from Srivaikundam to welcome
this mukta. They organise themselves in batches of 100's and
offer him garlands of suddhasatvam, fragrant powders, dresses
etc. At that time the sound of the tirucchinnam and valampuri
changam reverberate everywhere. These apsaras do mangalAsasanam
to the mukta. He is treated like a prince! They adorn him
with different kinds of ornaments appropriate to visit
>From there he approaches a tree called "tilyam". After this he
reaches "sAlajyam" a default mantapam. Later he arrives at a
divine stAnam called "aparAjitam". At that time Srivaikuntanathan's
divine fragrance, divine essence and divine tEjas comes to him.
His body becomes extremely bright like the fragrance of
pArijAtha flower, amrutham and sun God melted and combined together!
He approaches Srivaikundam which is far greater that the
vishnu lOkas viz., AmOdam, pramOdam and sammOdam in the
The nithyasoories welcome him. He approaches the Gopuram adorned
with flags. There are two dvArapAlakas in the entrance of the
Gopura gate by name Indra and PrajApathi. They offer their
salutations to him stating that, " You, who are a dasa to the
Lord is a Swamy to us"! They request him to enter into the
Gopura vAsal. This Gopura vAsal is always open to people who
seek refuge in the Lord!
He proceeds beyond it. There are beautiful big streets, with
the thirumAligai's of nithya soories on either side. The
thirumAligai's are arranged in a row and look like mountains
of ratnas. The nithyasoories consider the muktas arrival as
their bAgyam and take him to their thirumAligai. They offer
water to his feet in an appropriate manner.
Goddess Sri, Bhoomi and nIla Devi come with their attendants
and welcome the mukta with the fragrant powders which had
adorned Lords thirumEni. They offer him poorna kumbam and
mangala deepam and welcome him.
The above write up is based on "Rahasyartha Vivaranam" by
Shri RamadEsikachAriyar Swami.
"Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE!
SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !!"
...To be continued!
dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi