Divine revelations of lOkAchArya - conclusion

srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:
srI vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama:

Note: srI U. vE. gOpAlakrishNa dhAsar (kOnAr) who was living in chennai and a sishya of kOil kandhAdai vAdhUla aNNan swamy compiled a set of beautiful phrases/sentences from nampiLLai's eedu (documented by vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai) vyAkyAnam long ago. kOil vidhwAn srI U. vE. R narasimhAchAryar swamy (paramapadhavAsi) wrote simple thamizh meanings for those phrases/sentences. This book (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByVemcKfGLucbWJNTUMzVS1KTzA/edit?usp=sharing) was originally released on 7-1-68 and was re-published by puthur raghurAman swamy (editior: srI sailEsa dhayApAthram magazine). In this series we are relishing this great compilation with the english translation for the same.

periya perumAL

prapanna jana kUtasthar - nammAzhwAr

jagadhAchArya - emperumAnAr

So far, in several articles we enjoyed the divine revelations of nampiLLai from his eedu mahAvyAkyAnam. The glories of nampiLLai and his eedu vyAkyAnam for thiruvAimozhi are well established. nampiLLai was the target of the divine mercy of nanjIyar. Under nanjIyar, nampiLLai studied all the essential principles of our sath sampradhAyam. The relationship and conversations between nanjIyar and nampiLLai are most enchanting. In many incidents, nanjIyar (even though being the AchAryan) glorifies his own sishya nampiLLai for his beautiful
way of explaining the meanings of pAsurams. nampiLLai's expertise in samskritham literature and thamizh literature is unparallel. He had fully mastered the various literatures and was able to correlate several incidents from srI rAmAyaNam into the principles explained in thiruvAimozhi. As srI rAmAyaNam was one of the most commonly accepted pramANams (valid reference), our pUrvAchAryas always cited examples from srI rAmAyaNam to explain AzhwArs pAsurams.

nanjIyar - nampiLLai

nampiLLai's eedu vyAkyAnam for nammAzhwAr's thiruvAimozhi is the most celebrated work of our pUrvAchAryas. dhvaya mahA manthram is most dear to our pUrvAchAryAs. thiruvAimozhi is explained as the divine meanings of dhvaya mahA manthram itself. Thus dhvaya mahA manthra anusandhAnam with contemplation on the divine meanings of thiruvAimozhi was naturally the most pleasing one for our AchAryas.

nampiLLai kAlakshEpa gOshti

nampiLLai was regularly lecturing at srIrangam periyakOil in the eastern side of the sannidhi of periya perumAL. His lectures were so enchanting that periya perumAL himself would climb up from his lying position to have the vision of nampiLLai lecturing and hear the lecture. vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai documents the upanyAsams (lectures) of nampiLLai as is and had the manuscripts in his thiruvArAdhanam (daily worship). Once, incidentally nampiLLai looks at the manuscripts and becomes overwhelmed with joy by the way the lectures were documented. Yet, he is upset that vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai had compiled this without his permission. He takes those manuscripts away and gives them to eeyuNNi mAdhava perumAL and asks him to teach it to most deserving sishyas only. He also informs that this vyAkyAnam will be revealed to the entire world at an appropriate time by a great personality. From eeyuNNi mAdhava perumAL it gets transmitted up to thiruvAimozhi piLLai (the way it was transmitted is explained in eeyuNNi mAdhava perumAL charithram). mAmunigaL learns the same from thiruvAimozhi piLLai and fully memorises the same. He starts lecturing on the same regularly to his sishyas.

mAmunigaL eedu kAlakshEpa gOshti - srIsailEsa dhayApAthram thanian

periya perumAL considers that the right time has arrived to reveal the divine meanings of eedu vyAkyAnam and decides that the most appropriate person to do that is mAmunigaL. He orders mAmunigaL to lecture on eedu vyAkyAnam (along with other vyAkyAnams of thiruvAimozhi) in front of him just outside is sannidhi. mAmunigaL feeling greatly honoured and with great humility, begins the lecture series and namperumAL along with his dhivya mahishis and AzhwArs/AchAryas listen to the kAlakshEpam for a whole year stopping all other uthsavams. On the concluding day of Ani thirumUlam, emperumAn takes the form of a small boy, submits the "srIsailEsa dhayApAthram" thaniyan (glorificatory verse) to mAmunigaL and accepts him as his AchArya.

nampiLLai - vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai - piLLai lOkAchAryar - nAyanAr

vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai teaches the principles of eedu vyAkyAnam to his divine sons piLLai lOkAchAryar and azhagiya maNavALa perumAL nAyanAr in great detail. nampiLLai was given the name lOkAchArya by kanthAdai thOzhappar (explained in nampiLLai vaibhavam). nampiLLai blesses vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai with a divine son and out of gratitude vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai names his son as "piLLai lOkAchArya" in memory of his AchArya (nampiLLai lOkAchArya). piLLai lOkAchAryar writes a divine rahasya grantham named srIvachana bhUshaNam. This grantham is compiled using the words of AzhwArs/AchAryas fully. That is why its named as such - srIvachanam means the words of pUrvAchAryas and bhUshaNam means ornament. This grantham is a divine ornament made of pUrvAchAryas words. This grantham captures the essential principles of nampiLLai's eedu vyAkyAnam. azhagiya maNavALa perumAL nAyaNar (who is the second son of vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai born out of the blessings of srI ranganAthan) compiles AchArya hrudhayam which explains the same principles in the most beautiful way. mAmunigaL has written beautiful commentaries for these rahasya granthams. As we have observed already in the series of articles - we can see every word of nampiLLai is reflected in piLLai lOkAchAryar's and nAyanAr's words and are beautifully explained by mAmunigaL in an excellent manner.

Thus, we can understand that:
  • bhagavAn revealed the most essential principles of sAsthram through nammAzhwAr in the form of thiruvAimozhi
  • mAmunigaL writes beautiful commentaries for these rahasya granthams explaining the divine and most esoteric principles of our sath sampradhAyam. Not only that he leads a life which exactly demonstrates these high principles in the most dignified manner. 
  • mAmunigaL also delivers elaborate lectures in front of namperumAL, his nAchiyArs abnd AzhwArs/AchAryas in periya kOil (srIrangam) for a whole year.
  • srI ranganAthan, the most benevolent Lord, himself becomes the sishya of  mAmunigaL (the most benevolent AchArya) and completes the OrAN vazhi AchArya paramparai.

We are so fortunate to have such glorious literature in our sath sampradhAyam. It is an ocean of nectar. If we have the taste for this nectar we can fully submerge into this ocean of nectar and be fully involved in bhagavath anubhavam. The more we study our pUrvAchArya works, the further it will enhance our kainkaryam to bhagavAn, bhAgavathas and AchArya. So, let us engage in studying our pUrvAchArya works together as much as possible. Not only our pUrvAchAryas documented these granthams for the future generations to understand and follow the divine principles, they fully lived a life that is most consistent with the divine principles which are most pleasing to bhagavAn. 

 kOil vidhwAn srI U. vE. narasimhAchAryar swamy

adiyen takes this opportunity to offer adiyen's sincere praNamams to sri U.vE. gOpAkrishNa dhAsar (kOnAr) and kOil vidhwAn srI U. vE. narasimhAchAryar swamy for documenting these divine words of nampiLLai. adiyen is also thankful to gOmatam srI U. vE. sampath kumArAchAryar for teaching bhagavath vishaya kAlakshEpam and explaining the wonderful connection between nampiLLai's works and piLLai lOkAchAryar's and nAyanAr's works very often. adiyen is also thankful to vELukkudi srI U. vE. krishNan swamy for teaching many pUrvAchArya granthams over the last several years.

adiyen prays at the lotus feet of dhivya dhampathi, AzhwArs/AchAryas and asmadhAchAryan (srImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi pattarpirAn vAnamAmalai rAmAnuja jIyar) to engage adiyen in more such enriching kainkaryams to study, document and follow the glorious literature of our pUrvAchAryas as much as possible.

AzhwAr emperumanAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam
jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam
AchAryan thiruvadigaLE charaNam

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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