Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #38
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:
Shri Nammalvar had mentioned about the 'arrival'
of Swami Desikan in Thiruviruttham. We did see
this in our sixth posting.
"naanilam vaaykkoNdu nannIraRamenRu kOthukoNda,
suvaiththumizh paalai, kadanthaponnE! kaalnilam
thOyndhu viNNOr thozhum!
kaNNan vekkaavudhu, am poon thEniLanjOlaiyap paaladhu
ep paalaikkum sEmaththathE!!
In the third and fourth lines of the above paasuram
Nammalvar mentions about ThiruthaNkaa (thooppul),
where Swami Desika were born. Our Kulapathi addresses
Swami Desika as a person from Thoopul who will help
every body by giving them all time well being.
It makes a wonderful reading when we see that
Shri Nammalvar, who had his avataara long before the
advent of Swami, had mentioned about the emergence
of Swami Desika.
In ThiruneduntAndakam, Thirumangai Alvar states:
"vilakkoliyai maradakattai thiruttangAvil vekkAvil
tirumAlai pAdakEtu valarttadinAl payan petren varuga!
enru madakkiliyai kai koopi vanangugirAlE!"
Our elders say that the kili (parrot) specified in this
refers to Swami Desika. This goes well, as we watch
Swami referring to himself as "Just as Appear trained
a parrot" .
Swami refers to himself as a bird thus:
"AkrushtavAnitibavAna anukambamAna; sOtrAnubatta
saguni kramata: swayammAm"
Swami was regarded for his contribution and immense
value to the Acharya Goths. Swami ensured that the
efforts and teachings of our AcharyAs were directed
in the proper form, ensured the spread of proper
jnana and removed the ignorance from one's mind.
Shri Thirumangai Alvar has an unique place as he was
taught the Thirumandiram by our Lord himself. As our
Swami has done an extensive work on the Thirumandiram
our elders say that this whole Sri Sookthi is on
In the Thiruppavai paasuram "mAri malai muyanjil..."
Andal, prays to Lord Krishna.
Elders have stated that:
"Koppudaya Siriya singAsanathilirundu"
"moorinimirndu muzhangi purappattu"
"arivuttru yAm vanda kAriyam ArAyndhu arula"
are Andal's mention of Swami Desika.
Like "karnE sa yEsha KavitArkika simmanAta:" ,
our kavitArkika Simham, the lion among poets and
logicians rocked all the other doctrines!
Lord Sri Ranganatha was so pleased with Swami Desikar's
knowledge, his teachings and works that the Lord conferred
the title 'vEdAntachArya'
Like our PoorvAcharyAs, the main objective of Swami Desika's
avatAra was also to protect Bhakti and prapatti.
Due to all the above auspicious attributes of Swami Desika
our elders state that Andal has also mentioned about Swami!
.......To be continued!
Nammalvar, Thirumangai alvar, Andal tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi