Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #106
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"!!
After having a complete anubhavam of Lord's Thirumugam, the Jiva
enjoys the Thirukkayuttu (neck).
Lord's Thirukkayuttu looks like a changu. It is of fertile colour
because of the blue glow of Lords thirumEni. The mukta offers
salutations to this Thirukkayuttu and is involved in its beauty
which swallows all the lokas during pralaya.
The thirutOlgal (shoulders) of the Lord gives us, all the four
fruits viz., Aram, porul, yinbam, veedu in plenty. But the Lord is
not satisfied with this. With the help of Lord's thirutOlgal, the
Lord hugs one who performs even a small service. Isn't the tight
hug of the Lord greater that having all possible wealth!! The Jiva
equates Lord's thirutOlgal to that of a garden of karpaga trees.
Our Lords ThirumArbu (chest) which is made of maragada ratnas attracts
the Jiva next. Our Lord's srivatsam (thirumArbu), kausthuba ratnam,
vanamAlai etc adds beauty to the chest. Periya PirAtti who is never
separated even for a second reside in this right ThirumArbu.
This way, the Jiva enjoys the ThirumArbu and gets enslaved to it.
The Thiruvayuru (stomach) of the Lord is very considerate to us. When
the danger of mahA pralayam comes, the Lord keeps and protects this
whole prapanjam in His Thiruvayu. Even after the Lord swallows so many
things like clouds, sea, mountains, worlds etc. it looks like the Lord's
stomach is still not full!!!
Lord's thirumEni stands like a maragada mountain. The PitAmbara on
the Lord looks like the maragada mountain surrounded by the
brightness of the mAnikka.
Every thing in our Lord is beautiful. Even the Lord's kanaikAl is so
beautiful that the Jiva losses himself in its beauty. If one prostrates
to Lord's kanaikAl, he can escape from the samsAra mArgam.
VedAnthas praise our Lord's thiruvadi. Lord's Thiruvadi is common for
all Jivas. Everybody enjoys the beauty of Lord's feet as if it is
a common property. Lord has the changu and chakaram inscribed on
The lotus that is below Lord's thiruvadi, bears them. On seeing the
Lord's feet inscribed on the Lotus, one feels whether the thiruvadi's
brightness itself has blossomed into a lotus!!!
Lord's thirumEni is like a black mAnikkam, Lord's ThirumArbu is like
a pOigai. ThiruvAi, thirukkangal, thirukkaigal, thirunAbhi, thiruvadi,
thirupItAmbaram ... are all beautiful, like a forest of Lotus!
Lord's thirumEni complexion is like the colour of Blue clouds. Lord's
ThiruvAbaranam is like a lightning that does not move. Each of this
ornaments are the deities of the tatvas in the world.
The Lord holds thiruvAyiyAlvan and thiruchangAzhvan on his 2 hands.
The beauty of both thiruvAzhi's and thiruchangu increases when it
combines with the other.
After enjoying Lords thiruvAbharanam, thiruvAyudam and divya mangala
vigraham completely, the mukta now starts enjoying the Lords kalyAna
gunas. A lot of qualities shows Lords greatness. Many reflect his
simplicity. On seeing the kalyAna gunas of the Lord, the Jiva feels
that there is nothing greater than that gjnanam, happiness etc.
The mukta also enjoys the kalyAna gunA of the Lord which attracts
The Jiva now proceeds near ParamapadanAthan's thiruvadi. The Jiva
prays to the Lord to grant him his thiruvadi. On seeing him The Lord
because of his karuna places the thiruvadi on this muktas head. All
the desires of this chetana, not to worship any other devata and to
always perform eternal kainkaryam to the Lords thiruvadi now gets
satisfied. The Jiva relishes the happiness of having been blessed
by Lord's feet. He dwells in this happiness.
At that time the Jiva wants to enjoy a closer association with Lord.
This ParamapadhanAdhan stands as the gadhi for people who have no other
gathi. The Jiva catches hold of his thiruvadi and climbs the cot of
the ParamapadanAdhan. The Lotus eyed Lord who is our protector,
mother and father, consider the mukta like a son who sits on their
lap and hence they feel happy. The Lord grants him all his svabAvas.
He accommodates this Jiva below his two thiruvadI's.
The Jiva considers itself as being Lord's seshan. Our Lord is a seshi
to everybody. Though the Lord knows about the Jiva's current state of
happiness he wants the Jiva to speak this out. The Lord hence questions
the Jiva as to "who is he?" The Jiva is reminded of the pitiable plight
he was earlier in. But now, because of Lord's karuna, he has got so many
attributes of the Lord and is grateful to the Lord. He requests the Lord
to eternally accept the kainkaryams that he performs.
The Lord who along with the PirAtti listens to the requests of this mukta
and is extremely happy. The Lord's happiness is like the pride of the
father when he listens to his son speak for the first time! The Lord
immediately looks at pirAtti. Lord does all the acts only in accordance
to PirAtti's mind. Then PerumAL and PirAtti bless the Mukta. Thus the
mukta receives the blessings of the sarvasEshi Perumal and pirAtti.
The Lord by his very nature knows everything => his svaroopam, svabhAvam
Now, the mukta also gets the capacity to see these things directly. This
is parabhakti. He gets an anubhavam to directly see and because of this
process is continuous he acquires paragjnanam.
This anubhavam keeps on increasing. This is paramabhakthi. So, what kind
of an anubhavam is it? It is a complete and clear anubhavam. There is no
time limit and this is permanent. The mukta is so happy with this anubhavam
that he does not seek anything else. Endless happiness overflows. Due to
Bhagavad anubhavam there is overflowing happiness at all times and so a
desire arises in him that he wants to perform all kainkaryams.
The mukta can take up a body also in order to perform kainkaryam, or if he
wishes he can also take many forms. All these forms are suddha satvam.
Kainkaryam can be performed even without sarIram. The mukta can jump with
enthusiasm, dance, sing etc and demonstrate many leelas. We can go round
and round and do pradakshanam to the Lord. If the Jiva wants to perform
kainkaryam along with his relatives (mother, father and other relatives)
by his sankalpa he makes them appear => he can be with them and enjoy! We
can always live with the Lord. When the Lord takes avatAras, the mukta can
also accompany the Lord to this leela vibhuti. His knowledge does not
even in leela vibhuti. After the objective of the visit is satisfied, just
like the Lord, the mukta also ascends to Srivaikundam. He sings sAma gAnam.
He also surrounds the Lord and sings Pallandu.
Swami Desika finally states that the muktas sing the paasurams of our Alvars
in Srivaikundam for thousands of years. This way they please themselves and
more importantly please Sriya:pathi!!!
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