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Experiencing Swamy Desika -- #56

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"!!

'madura' is the next quality in the series of
kalyAna gunas as described by Shri Alavandar.

'madura' can be understood as being beautiful,
nectarine, sweet etc. Experiencing our Swami is
certainly sweeter than the sweetest experience.

Swami's mAduryam was evident in his talks, works
and even in his Physical appearance. Swami was sweet
to everybody and spent his life happily. Because of
his sweet (madura) words he lived as madurakavi!!

In terms of physical height Swami was slightly short.
An opponent commented on Swami's height as
'AkArO krashva:'. swami instantly replied as
'AkArO dIrggayEva' - meaning the alphabet 'A' of 'AkArO'
is long (dIrgam) unlike 'a' which is short !!!
This explains swami's sense of humour, his knowledge
and nectarine talks.

Every aksharam in every work of Swami is maduram.
If we have to explain the sweetness of swami's works,
it is humanly impossible.

Let us have a glimpse of one of the nectarine
Slokas of Swami:

"Bhaktahpriya twayi tatha  parivarthamane
Muktha Vidhana vidhatistava poorvamaaseeth!
Haaravali: paramatho rashana kalapaha
Dhara kanasthathanu moukthika noopora sri:!!"

Swami Desika speaks of the Trivikrama avatAra
of our lord.

Swami narrates that our Lord has now started growing,
he is growing in such a fast pace. The speed in which
our lord is growing is unimaginable. Swami Desika
proves his poetic genius in this Sloka too!

To enjoy Swami Desika's experience of enjoying
this avatAram, lets now fix our focus on the
stars in the sky.

The stars were close nit and looked like pearls spread
above our Lords head. This was like a pearl crown to
our Lord (muttu kreedam). The next moment, our lord
grew further, now the string of pearls were around
Lords neck resembling a chain (haaram), even before
we can grasp this sight fully, these pearls appeared
to be a pearl waist band (odiyAnam). In a flash When
our lord grew more, these pearls became an anklet to
our lord's lovely feet.

Oh!! What an experience !!!

Swami's face was full of Brahma tEjas. He had a
glittering golden body and posed the vyakyAna mudra which
exposes the inner meanings of the Upanishads. Swami had
authoritative books in his hand. Swami was extremely
beautiful with all this in his jIva dasa.

Shri Kumara varadarya says that the same beauty which was
seen in the jIva dasa of Swami is seen in the archa
avatAra also. Shri Kumara varadarya's heart was moved at the
beauty of Swami Desika, which made him do mangalAsasanA to
Swami thus:

"sempon mEni mArAda toopulmAlE" and

"nintU muruvalkOnda mugam vAzhi
vAzhviyAkyA muddiraikai
vAzhi nin vadivE"

Shri Kumara varadarya could not resist seeing the beauty
of our Swami and so did mangalAsAsanam to his own father.
Such is the Sweetness of Swami's physical beauty.

Swami's mAduryam can hence be viewed in various

"Kavi Taarkika Simhaaya Kalyaana guna SaalinE!
SrimatE VenkateshAya VedAnta Gurave nama !!"

...To be continued!

dEsikan tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

Praveena nAmni Ramanuja dasi