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(in the life of Swamy Desika)


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Pillai Antaadhi
(translation by Sri Madhavakkannan)


Sri Nainacharyar, the only son of Swami Vedanta Desikan, was born on AvaNi Rohini (the same Nakshathram of Kutti KaNNan). He is also known as Kumara Varadacharya. He studied Vedas, and other traditional literature along with Brahmatanthra Jeeyer, who later established the Parakala Mutt at Mysore.

After Swami Desikan attained Paramapadham, his son, went all over India, and defeated several scholars of other faiths in debate, clarified doubts in practice in certain temples and helped propagate and recite Swami Desikan's works on appropriate occasions. He is credited to have performed miraculous deeds to win against magicians and evil-minded persons.

Sri Nainacharyar wrote several works such as "Pillai Anthaadhi" (Tamil), Adhikara Chinthamani, Sri Desika Prapatthi, Sri Desika Praarthanasathakam, Sri Desika Vigrahadhyanam, Sri Desika Mangalam, etc.. (in Sanskrit). Pillai anthaadhi is 20 verses of Tamil Prabhandham..

A great one, where he pours out his indebtedness and bhakti to his father and AchArya Swami Desikan in high lyrical terms. Scholars claim that it is in the lines of Ramanuja NooRRandhaadhi.

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Translation of Pillai Anthaadhi
(based on Oppiliappan Koil Swami U Ve Sri Ramadesikacharyar's Tamil commentary)

Thaniyan (Dedicatory verse) on Sri Nainacharya (Sri Kumara Varadcharya):


seeraar_thoop puRpiLLai yandhaathi yenRu sezhundhamizhaa
NnEraaga vEdhaantha dhEsigar thaaLiNaik keezhmozhindhaa
NnEraar maRaipporu Lellaa medutthiv vulaguyavE
seeraa giyavara dhaariyan paadhan^ thuNain^amakkE.

Let Varadacharya's Feet be our guide, who wrote in Tamil, at the Lotus Feet of his great father, the unparalleled Swami Sri Vedantha Desika, a prabhandham called " Pillai anthaadhi".

1.


maamalar manniya mangai magizhndhuRai maarbinanRaat
toomalar soodiya thollaruL maaRan RuNaiyadikkeezh
vaazhvai yugakku miraamaa Nnusamuni vaNmaipORRuNY
seermaiya Nnengatoop puRpiLLai paadhamen senniyadhE

The Feet of Thooppul PiLLai (Swami Desikan) lie on my head. He extols the illustrious Sri Ramanuja, who had spent his whole life blissfully at the Lotus Feet of MaaRan (NammAzhwAr), who, in turn had worn on his head always the Lotus Feet of the Lord (in whose chest stays or resides the Divine Goddess MahAlakshmi...

2.


senni vaNangach siRupani sOraveNG kaNNiNaigaL
senni vaNangach siRupani sOraveNG kaNNiNaigaL
ven^n^ara gangaLum veeya viyan_gathi yinbamEvath
thunnu pugazhudaith thooppuR Rurandharan RoomalartthaaN
manniya naaLgaLu maagungon maan^ilath theern^amakkE

The Lotus Feet of Thoopul thalaivan (Master), - will They adorn our heads? Will our eyes be with joyful tears? Oh worldly people! Will our paapams be destroyed? Will we get a taste of SrivaikunTam in this life (by wearing the Lotus Feet of AchAryan)?

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3.


maan^ilath thOthiya maamaRai manniya naRkalaiga
Laanavai seppu marumporu Latthanai yEyaruLun^
thoon^eRi kaattu miraamaa Nnusamunith thOththirancey
yoonami Rooppulam maanOr pugazhinRi yuyvillaiyE

The whole of ours is not of any use, if we don't sing in praise of Thooppul PiLLai, who spread the message of Sri Ramanuja, the greatest AchArya Saarvabhoumar, who had in tun taught us the inner meaning and correct interpretation of sruthis.. and explained the path to attain mOksham.

4.


uyyum vagaiyilai yutthara vEthiyuL vandhuthittha
seyyavaN mEviya seeraru LaaLaraich sindhaiseyu
meyyava Nnendhai yiraamaa NnusanaruL mEvivaazhu
maiya Nnilanguthoop puRpiLLai yaayndha poruLanRiyE

Let us have in our minds the greatest truths and doctrines taught and explained by that greatest soul (Thooppul PiLLai), following the footsteps of Sri Ramanuja.. , keeping and enjoying the Most beautiful Form of PeraruLaaLan Varadan, who appeared in Utthara VEdhi, with Periya PiraaTTi, PerundhEvi Thaayaar on His Chest.

5.


anRiv vulaginai yaakki yarumporu Noolviritthu
ninRuthan NneeLpugazh vEngada maamalai mEviyumpin
venRip pugazhtthiru vEngada naadha Nnenunguruvaay
ninRu nigazhndhumaN mEninRa nOyga davirtthananE

Our AchAryan is none other than a human form of the Lord of Seven Hills. He took this form to remove the sorrows of people. Those days, The Lord had created the worlds. Then he gave the world saastras. But all that didn't help. He came as the Lord of Thirumala to take us all..

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6.


vitthagan vEthiyan vEdhaantha dhEsiga Nnengatooppun
meytthava Nnutthaman vEngada naathan viyan_kalaikaN
moytthidu naavin muzhakkodu vaadhiyar moolamaRak
kaitthava NnenRuraith thEn_kaNdi lEnen kaduvinaiyE

I am tied (married) to his path. As I utter the greatness and guNAs of my AchAryan, who is competent and quire well versed in each and every art, who is a master of Vedas, who is born in thooppul, called " Venkata Nathan" and whose arguments and words chase the opponents away, and as I actually think and meditate on Him, I see the end of my paapams completely.

7.


vinaikaa Lumakkini vERO ridanthEda vENdumenaich
chinamEvi munpOR sithaikkum vagaiyiNG garithukaNdee
reneni liraamaa Nnusamuni yinnurai sErunthooppuR
punidharen pundhi pugundhu thigazhndhu porundhinarE

Oh Paaapams! Go somewhere else! You can not stay anymore here at my place. I will not bear any more your stunts and I won't yield to your temptations. Because my mind now is filled with thoughts of Thooppul Pillai, who followed the teachings of Sri Ramanujacharya. I have no fear now.

8.


porundhip puvithaniR poyvaazhkkai pooNginRa pooriyargaa
Lirundhu naragi Nnidarkedu maaRRai yaRikinRileer
porundhum poruLonRu kELeerpoNG gummiv vidarkkadaRku
varundhaathu thooppunmaa poorudan paadham vaNanguminE

In this transitory life, transient world, you all crave to live, Oh worldly people! Do you not know that this life is just a stone's throw away from the fearful hell? Listen to me.. Note my words.. Pay attention! I will now tell you all the means to get rid of all this sinful life, once for all.. Offer yourself and your obeisance to the Lotus Feet of Thooppul Vedanta Desika.

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9.


vaNakka modukkam vazhakka mozhukka mirakkancEru
miNakka muRakka mizhukku mazhukku migandhun^iRkuNG
guNakkula mOngu miraamaa Nnusan_guNaNG kooRundhooppu
laNukkanaip piLLai thanaiyara Naaga vadaipavarkkE

Paapams of any kind will go away if one chooses the devotee of Sri Ramanujacharya, Sri Vedanta Desika, born at Thooppul, as his AchArya with utmost greatest humility, obeisance. Such a person, will be blessed to be stuck to the traditional values and strict discipline in anushtanams; have care and concern for every living jIvAthmA; bad companies and darkness will be dispelled.

10.


adaipavar theevinai maaRRi yarudarun^ thooppulaiya
vidar_tharu mippiRa vikkada Ranni lamizhndhavennaik
kadaiyaRap paasaNG kazhaRRin^in RaaLiNai kaaNUmvaNNa
mudaiyava NnEyaru LaayuNarn^ dhaar_thangaL kaRpagamE.

Oh Most graceful Thooppul AchAryA! Here we are surrendering at Your Feet. We are drowning in the ocean of samsaaram. Pulled by pleasures and desires. Please remove our sins and save us. Please immerse us in your coolest rain of dayA and mercy. Show us Your Feet, Oh KaRpaka maramE! Keep us there for ever and ever.

11.


kaRpaga mEyenRu kaasini yOraik kathikkamaattEn
veRpidai yEn^inRu vendhavath theeyilum vEvamaattEn
paRpala kalaivalla paavala NnEpaththa rEththunthooppu
laRpudha NnEyaru Laayadi yEnuk karumporuLE.

I will not flatter and praise the worldly people to sky high; as KaRpakam, etc.. I will also not stand on top of the mountain and perform thapas. Oh Thooppul PiLLaiyE! Please bless this adiyEn. That is what I crave and just long for.

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12.


poruLaana thonRumen NniRporun^ thaathathu manRiyandhO
maruLE miguththu maRaiyavar nalvazhi maaRRin^inREn
ReruLaar maRaimudith dhEsiga NnEyenga tooppuRREvE
yaruLaa yiniyenak kunnaru LEyanRi yaaRilaiyE.

My mind is full of darkness and anjnAnam. I am in darkness. Oh Vedanta DesikA!.. I tend to discard the traditional paths, as put forth by our Poorva AchAryars. I know no other means and ways to follow but hold Your Feet, seeking Your kataaksham. You alone can see me through.

13.


aaRaaga veNNu marungaru maNYNYaanaNG kaadhalkoNdu
vERaaga niRkum viragenak killai viratthiyilai
thERaathu thiNmadhi seeraar gathiyiluNY semponmEni
maaRaatha thooppunmaa lEmaRa vEnini ninpadhamE.

I have no jnAnam. I don't claim even. I have no knowledge /capacity to perform Karma, jnAna and Bhakti Yogam. I am not inclined towards sanyasam. Even easy saraNAgathi is beyond my reach. Oh Lord of Thooppul! I have just come to Your Feet! Your grace is the only route to attain the Goal.

14.


ninpathan^ thannilum nErE yenakkillai yanbukaNdaay
ninpadha monRiya vanpari lun^n^Esa millaiyandhO
venpadi kaNdini yanpaya NnEthami Rooppulendhaa
yunpadi yEyaru Laayudha vaayenak kunnaruLE.

I don't bend myself to Your Feet even. I am not devoted sincerely to Your disciples even though they are all around me. I don't know as to what I need to do and what can I do now (with so many apacharams), but to pray in this condition of mine, and hope for Your merciful glance. That will make me more worthy. Will you please bless me?

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15.


unnaru LanRi yenakkoru naRRuNai yinmaiyinaa
lenniru valvinai neeyE vilakki yidhangaruthi
manniya naRRiru mandhira mOdhum poruNilaiyE
ponnaru Laalaru Laaypugazh thooppuR kulaviLakkE.

Oh Shining Chief of Thoppul! I stand here before You. Please help to remove and evil and good deeds and their actions/fruits. I don't know what is in store for me for my future. Please bless me to understand the meaning of Thiru ashtAksharam which will lead me to Parabhakti, ParajnAnam and Parama bhakti.

16.


viLakkaagi vEngada veRpinil vaazhum viraimalaraaL
vaLakkaadhal koNduRai maarban RiRaththu munadhadiyaar
thuLakkaatha lillavar thanga diRaththilun^ thooymaiyeNNik
kaLakkaadhal seyyu nilaikadi yaaythooppuR kaavalanE.

Oh Thooppul PiLLaiyE! Please bless me to have intense Bhakti towards ThiruvEmkatamudiayaan, who most lovingly had Periya PiraaTTi AlarmEl Mangai Thaayar in His Chest, (born of Lotus flower); Please also bless me to have most purest thoughts and devotion towards The Bhagawathas who have intense bhakti to towards the Sriya: Pathi.

17.


kaavala rengaL kadaambik kulapathi yappuLaar_than^
thEmalarch chEvadi sErndhu paNindhavar thammaruLaa
Nnaavala runthen vadamozhi naRporuL peRRan^ambi
kaavala thooppuR kulaththara sEyemmaik kaaththaruLE.

Oh My Saviour! My protector! Who sat at the Feet of AppuLLaar! (Chief of Kidambhi lineage). Oh Thpooul Pillai, who had the grace of AppuLLaar's grace! Who had learnt from him, the essence and meanings of Sanskrit and Tamil Vedas! Oh Perfect great genius! We pray for Your grace and kattaksham!

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18.


arudaru maaraNa dhEsiga NnEyanga tooppuRREvE
varukavi thaarkkika singamE vaathiyar vaazhvaRuththaa
yirukaiyuNG kooppi yuraikkumiv viNNappa monRukELaa
yuruva venakkaru LaayeNNu muLLamun RoNdaraiyE.

Oh Lord of Thooppul! Oh Most Merciful, most affectionate, and kind AchAryA, full of grace! Oh Great Poet! And master of all languages! Oh Most handsome Vedatha DesikA! I am here praying to You with folded hands, palms glued to each other, asking You "May my mind ever be filled with bhakti towards the Bhagawathas at Your Feet!".

19.


thoNda rugakkun^ thuNaiyadi vaazhin^in RoomuRuval
koNda mugamvaazhi vaazhi viyaakkiyaa muththiraikkai
vaNdiru naamamum vaazhi maNivada muppurin^ool
koNdaseerth thooppuR kulamaNi yEvaazhi ninvadivE.

The Bhagawathas- at Your Feet, who enjoy being at Your Feet,- May Those Feet of Yours long live! May Your smiling face and Your Pristinely pure face long live.! May Your kind hand long live! Oh shining jewel of Thooppul! May that Oordhva puNdram (ThirumaN) on Your lustrous face long live! May that most beauiotiful immaculate Form with Sacred thread (PooNool) long live!

20.


vadivazha kaarndhavaN tooppulvaL Lanmen malaradimE
ladiyava rOthavan^ dhaathi yirupadhu maayndhuraiththEn
Ridamuda Nneedhaith thinandhoRu maadharith thOdhumanbar
mudiyidai nEr_padun^ thooppulam maanpadha maamalarE.

May Your Most Beautiful Form long live in the hearts of million Bhagawathas (at Your Feet) I composed these slOkas with bhakti and great humility so that those who read these slOkas (or their meanings) will meditate His (Swami Desika's) name and remember His graceful Form, bend their heads at His Lotus Feet, (which are always in my heart and on my head)


SimadhE Nigamaantha MahAdhEsikaaya nama:

- Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan

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