Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #104
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"!!
We were in the Divya DEsa Prapti Parva, in phala Kanda
the eighth step to the transedental World. We saw that
Goddess Sri, Bhoomi and nIla Devi welcome the mukta
and offer him poorna kumbam and mangala deepam.
The mukta then approaches the divine golden vehicle. At
that time he gets all divine fame. Like the Lord, he also
becomes an embodiment of fame. He then reaches the
ThirumAmani mantapam. There he is welcomed with love and
respects by kumudar, the head of the people in the sabhai
and by the eight dvArapAlakas (sandar etc). Later,
Vishvaksena, the head of the chEtanas instructs the
nithya soories who are incharge of the sabha mandala
administrations. Vishvaksena asks this Jiva also to join
the kainkaryam. This Jiva offers salutations frequently
and goes to the front side of the thirumAmani mantabam
and climbs up.
Garuda (Peria Thiruvadi) stands in from of the Paramapada
nAdhan. His thirumEni makes one feel that it is the huge
mEru mountain (but made of gold) having two wings. His
thirumEni is all divine. Garuda's thirumEni is full of
tEjas that the reflection of Peria pirAtti who sits on the
Lord's chest and the Lord can been seen on him as if he is
a mirror to the Lord. The Jiva offers salutations to this
There, a beautiful ghosti of nithyasoories sit and discuss
about the kalyana gunAs of the Lord. In fact they even
enter into arguments as to which kalyAna guna of the Lord
is superior etc.. Their Love towards the Lord is so
great that even in Srivaikundam they worry if something bad
would happen to the Lord! Eternal happiness is evident in
Nithya soories. The dreams of this Jiva now comes true. He
was always eager to join the group of bAgavatAs and is now
Later, the nithyasoories take different shapes for doing
kainkaryam viz., kudai, sAmaram, weapons, ornaments. They
take up a shape according to their work and serve from
their respective places. This Jiva now reaches the peak of
his wishes and wants to do all sorts of kainkaryam. He
He sees his PoorvAcharyas near Lord's simhAsanam. On seeing
him the Acharyas are happy and feel that the efforts taken
by the Lord to refine this Jiva's soul has materialised!
This Jiva states that but for his Acharyas he could have
never choosen the right path. He makes a request to the
PoorvAcharyas to place their feet on his head since they
were instrumental in showing him the correct path and
he prostrates to them with gratitude. The Archarya-sishya
relationship is eternal !!!
Our EmberumAN rules both the leela vibhuti and the Nithya
vibhuti. He is ever youthful and is a sArvabauman in
Srivaikundam. The divine simhAsanam in which he sits
is like a great cot with unlimited brightness. The Jiva now
approaches that simhAsanam.
Some PramAnas state that, belonging to samsAra mandal and
paramapadam, the foundation of all creations prakruti-mahAn
-AhankAra, are parts of the sinhAsanam. The Paryankavidyai
states that the tatvas that were existent or those that are
yet to come are its parts. The PancharAtra sastras state that
Dharma, artha etc are the parts of the sinhAsanam.
This way, the Jiva clearly sees that the Lord has made all the
tatvas into one SinhAsanam for his enjoyment.
There is a superior Lotus. It is as bright as Thousand crore
suns and spreads such brightness. It has eight petals which
see the eight directions. In that, vimalai, utkarshini, gjnana,
kriyA, yOgA, satyA, prapvI and yIshAnA stand in a row, hold a
sAmaram in their hand and perform kainkaryam. On the front
side of the Tamarai kAi a girl named anugrahai does tAmaram.
Seeing these girls perform kainkaryam the Jiva gets great
happiness. He had always wanted the Lord and Piratti to order
him to do the sAmaram for them. Now he feels that he can do it.
There is a big kAi in the middle of this lotus. When one sees
the width and height of it, one feels that even if a lakh of
golden garlands join together it will not be sufficient even
for a small portion of paramAnuvin.
On top of tha kAI, ThiruvananthAyvAn in an extraordinary way
shows his divine appearance with unchanged while colour.
ThiruvananthAyvAn has enough gjnanam and strength to bear the
Lord who is the AdhAram for all vasthUs. He takes different
forms based on the situation and performs all kinds of
kainkaryams. Because he performs the work to be performed by
a seshan(slave), he has been awarded the name seshan.
Our Lord has no constraints based on place, time or Vasthu.
ThiruvananthAyvAn's greatness is so much that he controls this
unconstrained Lord in a small portion of his lap. This is the
reason why he is called as ananthan!
Though our Lord has all kinds of divine fragrance, AdisEshan
adds his divine fragrance too! Adiseshan is very soft and
serves as a appropriate seat for the Lord and PirAtti when
the three worlds offer salutations. The thousand padams of
AdisEshan look like thousand full moons made to stand in a
line. The glow of the ratnAs in the padams look like the
early morning sunlight. The Jiva prostrates to this
This Jiva also wants to enjoy all these bOgas!
ThiruvanantAlvan's katAksham (with his 2000 eyes) falls on
this Jiva. This is like a nectarian rain to him!
He now sees the ParamapadanAdhan who is on ThiruvanantAlvan.
The Jiva now has unending gjnana and is capable of seeing
anything. He moves very close and reaches the Lord.
The above write up is from the book "Rahasyartha Vivaranam"
where Shri RamadEsikachAriyar Swami deals with Swami Desika's
"Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE!
SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !!"
...To be continued!
dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi