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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #12

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:

Lord Vishnu along with consort Sri or Lakshmi
occupies the Supreme position. The importance
of our Mata is so great that our system of
thought itself is referred to as 'Sri Vaishnavism'.

Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu have divine
discussions on the well being of all. As a result
of the discussion, Goddess Mahalakshmi, with
incomprehensible greatness, out of her concern to
us taught the philosophy of our system to
Shri Vishvaksena.

Shri Vishvaksena is the head of the Nithya soories and
Muktas. The place where they reside is called
Bhoga Vibhuti, Aprakrata lokam or Sri Vaikuntam.

Below this is the Prakrata Lokam or Leela Vibhuti.
There are crores of Andas, with each Anda having 14
Lokas. Baddas, bound by the ropes of punya and papa
live here.

The Leela and Bhoga vibhuti behave as per the rules
and regulations of Divya Dampati's. Next to them Shri
Vishvaksena supervises it. Thus, every thing is under
the control of the 'Senkol Atchi' of Shri Vishvaksena.

Our Divya Dampati instructed Shri Vishvaksena to impart
the Tatva, Hitha and Purusharta to Shri Nammalvar. Because
of this great upakaram done by Shri Vishvaksena, we worship
him as our Acharya.

In our Guruparampara, Lord Vishvaksena forms the bridge
between the celestial gurus and the gurus, who appeared
in the human form.

So, why is it that, the Divya Dampati's don't come directly,
why is it that we have Acharya's in human form who give us
the upadesham? Well, that's again because of us. Even
if the Divya Dampati come and say that they are the ultimate
realities, and that they can grant liberation, most of
us will not take it. Just as a diamond is used to cut another
diamond so also a jivatma can be easily corrected by
another Jivatma.

Swami Desika offers his pranams to Shri Vishvaksena thus:

Vande vaikuntha-senanyam Devam sutravati-sakham !
Yadvetrasikharaspande Vishvamethad-vyavasthitam !!

Let me pay my humble adorations to the Lord Vishvaksena
(Senaimudaliyar), the commander-in-chief of all the
celestial forces of Lord Sriman Narayana, who has for
his beloved consort Goddess Sutravati, and at the
movement of whose vetra (Whip) -tip this whole cosmos
is just established as what it is.

When Lord Vishvaksena was instructed by Divya Dampati's to
teach our system of Philosophy to Shri Nammalvar, Goddess
Sutravati urged him to do it at once. So, as a sign of gratitude
for this great help, Swami Desika salutes to both Lord Visvaksena
and Goddess Sutravati.

All the hindrances in the way of Mumukshus in attaining
Moksham, will be removed by Shri Vishvaksena.

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi