Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #29
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:
All of us have been cumulating sins from time immemorial.
Our Lord because of his over whelming mercy wants us to
enjoy eternal happiness and wants to help us out. To achieve
this objective our Lord gives us a form and the capacity to
think, so that we will take up either Bhakti or Prapatti
Having got the capacity to think all we have to do is to
realise that our Lord is the ultimate and surrender at his
Our Alvar, Shri Nathamunigal and Shri Alavandar spread
the teachings of Sri Vaishnava tatvas. This helped many
people to perform Prapatti and to take refuge at the feet
of Sriya: Pathi and be redeemed.
At this juncture there were also many atheist and
misinterpreters of Vedas who created problems for our
Sat SampradAyam. Our Lord Peria Perumal felt that only
Shri Ramanuja would help solve this crisis and so asked
Shri Peria Nambi to teach all the Vedanta Sastras [taught
by Shri Alavandar] to Shri Ramanuja. Our Lord added that
Shri Peria Nambi had to spread our siddantham through
Peria Nambi having been instructed by Sriya: Pathi decided
to go ahead and meet Ramanuja instead of waiting for him.
He started to Kanchi and on his way landed in Madhurannthakam.
Our Lord, Kanchi Varadaraja Perumal at the same time instructed
Shri Ramanuja through Thirukachi Nambi to take refuge in
Shri Peria Nambi.
So, Shri Ramanuja also came to MadhurAnthakam.
Shri Peria Nambi performed PanchasamskAram to Shri Ramanuja in
Madhuranthakam itself and taught the mantras.
It is interesting to note that we can still see the
discus( Shri Sudharshana) and conch (Shri Panchachanya)
that was used by Shri Peria Nambi to perform
tApa SamskAram to Ramanuja.
Later Shri Peria Nambi taught Shri Ramanuja all vEdAntaarthas
which he had learnt from Alavandar.
Thus Peria Nambi, through Udaiyavar has helped all of us.
Shri Peria Nambi thus fulfilled our Lord's Agnya and there
by gave us the greatest pokisham - Ramanujar, he is truly
Sri Peria Nambi is one of the five Acharyas of Shri Ramanuja.
The others are: GoshtipOrna, SrisailapOrna, MAlAdharA and
Sri Ranga- gayakendra (Tiruvaranga Perumal Araiyar).
Swami Desika salutes to this Acharya, who was an important
Acharya of Shri Yatirajar thus:
DayAnighnam YatIndrasya dEsikam pOrNamAsraye !
Yena vishvasrujo vishNo: apOryata manOratha: !!
-- Yatiraja Saptati (9)
Swami Desika seeks refuge at the lotus feet of Shri
Peria Nambi, who was the most compassionate guru and
the chief preceptor of YatIndra.
Shri Peria Nambi initiated all the mantras to Shri BhasyakArar
and thus fulfilled the order of our Supreme Lord Vishnu.
......to be continued!
Peria Nambi tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi