thiruvirutham - thiruvAimozhi sangathi - book release

srimathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srimadh varavaramunayE nama:
sri vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama:

srIman nArAyaNan blessed AzhwArs with divine blemishless knowledge. Among the AzhwArs, nammAzhwAr is the leader and is known as vaishNava kula pathi. nammAzhwAr is popularly known as "vEdham thamizh cheytha mARan" (வேதம் தமிழ் செய்த மாறன்). He blessed us with 4 dhivya prabhandhams viz thiruvirutham, thiruvAsiriyam, periya thiruvanthAdhi and thiruvAimozhi. These 4 prabhandhams bring out the essence of rig, yajur, atharvaNa and sAma vEdhams.

 Front wrapper of the book with nAchiyArs samEtha polindhu ninRa pirAn, AzhwAr, emperumAnAr, jIyar - AzhwAr thirunagari

azhagiya maNavALa perumAL nAyanAr identifies in his AchArya hrudhayam chUrNikai 51 that, just like rig vEdham expanded itself into sAma vEdham when added with divine sounds and tunes, each pAsuram in thiruvirutham (which is rig vEdha sAram) expanded into thiruvAimozhi (sAma vEdha sAram).

azhagiya maNavALa perumAL nAyanAr

While nAyanAr identified this, there is not much information available in our pUrvAchArya works which show the direct link. In the recent past (last 100 years or so), some great srivaishnava scholars have attempted to bring out this link between thiruvirutham and thiruvAimozhi. One such swamy is srI U.Ve. vai, mu. satagOpa rAmAnujAchAryar who established showed the connection between the two prabhandhams. As part of his simple translation/purports to thiruvirutham book, in the end, he added a section where this link is shown between each pAsuram in thiruvirutham to a particular padhigam in thiruvAimozhi where the same message is conveyed.

Our grand father "kainkarya srImAn" AzhwAr thirunagari sri U.Ve. AthinAtha iyengAr swAmy attained AchAryan thiruvadi on November 22nd, 2012. On the occasion of his iyal gOshti (December 4th, 2012), we released this book which contains the sangathi (relationship) between thiruvirutham and thiruvAimozhi.

A brief note on this swAmy:

Back wrapper of the book - srivaramangA nAchiyAr samEtha dheivanAyakan, ponnadikkAl jIyar

srI U.Ve. AthinAtha iyengAr swAmy was born in the year 1922 in the great thiruvamsam (family lineage) of komANdUr iLayavilli (a cousin of emperumAnAr like embAr - son of emperumAnAr's mother's sister's son). komANdUr iLayavilli is well known for giving up his own life due to the deep sorrow in separation after seeing a divine svapnam of emperumAnAr ascending to parampadham. The ancestors of this swAmy were living in thiruchithrakUdam and at some point took shelter of vAnamAmalai jIyar swamy long ago. He is also the younger brother of asmadhAchAryan srImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi pattarpirAn jIyar swamy (vAnamAmalai mutt - 29th pattam) in his pUrvAshramam. asmadhAchAryan used to say that our grand father was brought to the mutt right after his upanayanam during the times of srImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi chinna kaliyan swAmy (vAnamAmalai mutt - 25th pattam) and had his pancha samskAram done. Some time after that he started performing various kainkaryams at the mutt ranging from thirumadappaLLi, thiruvArAdhanam, jIyar swAmy antharanga kainkaryam (confidential services), etc. During the times of chinna rAmAnuja jIyar swamy (27th pattam), AthinAtha iyengAr swAmy performed all kainkaryams to jIyar swAmy and remained a close confidante for that swAmy. He was also performing manthra pushpam kainkaryam to dheivanAyakan emperumAn every day. Overall, He served emperumAn and 6 jIyar swamys continuously for more than 75 years.

25th pattam swamy to 30th pattam swamy - the jIyar swAmys who gracefully accepted kainkaryam from srI U.Ve. AthinAtha iyengAr swamy

He was well versed in ubhaya vEdhAntham and vaidhIha karmAnushtAnams. His AchAram and anushtAnam are unparallel to anyone else. He led a very simple life without leaving vAnamAmalai unless it is absolutely necessary. Even during his final days (when he was 90 years old), he used to go to the pond inside the mutt there, take bathe, bring water in a pot to his thirumALigai, perform sandhyAvandhanam, thiruvArAdhanam, etc and also go to the temple and mutt for his regular kainkaryams. Even on the final day when he was conscious and able, he did thiruvArAdhanam to aranganagarappan (vAnamaAmalai mutt thiruvArAdhana perumAL) and returned home. Many wondered his commitment and life style and on his demise commented that "an era is ended in front of us". Such was his greatness. He was always an inspiration for us. He lived a long life without ever having to step into a hospital (except just once for a cataract operation) or taking any medicines. Even during his final days, he stayed peacefully and emperumAn took him away from us without giving him any difficulty.

srI U.Ve. AthinAtha iyengAr swAmy

He was recognised and awarded by varthamAna kaliyan rAmAnuja jIyar swAmy in 2003 during lakshdvIpa mahOthsavam. Also, he was awarded the title "kainkarya srImAn" by kinchithkAram trust of vELukkudi krishNan swAmy in 2009.

srImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi kaliyan rAmAnuja jIyar swAmy honouring AthinAtha iyengAr swAmy with kainkarya srImAn award on behalf of kinchithkAram trust

It is a great fortune and blessing for us to be born as his grand sons and we took the opportunity of his iyal gOshti to quickly compile and release the thiruirutham - thiruvAimozhi sangathi book. This book can be downloaded from the following link:

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