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srIvaishNava guru paramparai

srIvaishNava guru paramparai Understanding our spiritual teachers

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srIvaishNava guru paramparai

Prefacesri: srimathE rAmAnujAya nama: srimadh varavaramunayE nama: sri vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama: lakshminAtha samArambhAm nAtha yAmuna madhyamAm asmadhAchArya paryanthAm vandhE guru paramparAm I worship the glorious guru paramparai which starts with sriman nArAyaNan, has nAthamuni and yAmunAchAriar in the middle and ends with my Acharyan. This divine slOkam was rendered by kUrathAzhwAn to glorify our guru paramparai. According to him, asmadhAchArya means emperumAnAr because emperumAnAr was his AchAryan. But in general, asmadhAchArya means ones own AchAryan.

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srIvaishNava guru paramparai Our dharisanam is called emperumAnAr dharisanam by NamperumAL as maNavALa mAmunigaL identifies in upadhEsa rathina mAlai. It was emperumAnAr who reestablished the sanAthana dharmam (eternal way of life) during his life time. He took the message from his predecessors nAthamuni, ALavandhAr, etc and presented it to everyone in a very simple manner. Guru and AchArya are synonyms. Guru means one who clears the ignorance. AchArya means one who has learnt sAsthram, follows it himself and also makes others follow the same. Guru paramparai means unbroken lineage of AchAryas. Our srivaishnava guru paramparai starts with none other than sriman nArAyaNan himself as we see in this lakshminAtha samArambhAm slOkam. It is out of the unbounded mercy of sriman nArAyaNan, he himself takes up the responsibility of clearing the ignorance in the minds of samsAris (jIvAthmAs who are bound in this material world) to rescue them and give them the ever lasting blissful life in paramapadham. So he became the first AchArya in our guru paramparai and taught the valuable meanings in sAsthram. Thaththva jnAnan mOksha lAbha: declares sAsthram. By acquiring real knowledge we get liberated. All the real knowledge we have now, has been received through this unbroken chain of spiritual teachers. So, it is very appropriate to know more about our AchAryas and discuss about their lives and instructions all the time. This is a humble effort from adiyen to discuss our glorious guru paramaparai as explained in 6000padi guru paramparA prabhAvam (written by pinbazhAgiya perumAL jeeyar), charamOpAya nirNayam (written by nAyanAr AchAn piLLai), yathIndhra pravaNa prabhAvam (written by piLLai lOkam jeeyar) and other granthams. adiyen is also very grateful to all the grantha kAlakshEpa AchAryas who imparted this valuable sampradhAyam knowledge to adiyen. adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan Email: sarathy.thothathri@gmail.com Web: http://ponnadi.blogspot.com , http://guruparamparai.wordpress.com kArthigai bharaNi (Dec 31st, 2012) (1st release)

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srIvaishNava guru paramparai

asmadhAchAryan

Srimath paramhamsa ithyAdhi pattarbhirAn rAmAnuja jeeyar (29th pattam, vAnamAmalai mutt)

varthmAna swAmy

Srimath paramhamsa ithyAdhi kaliyan rAmAnuja jeeyar (30th pattam, vAnamAmalai mutt)

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srIvaishNava guru paramparai

ContentsIntroduction ............................................................................................................................................ 7 Periya perumAL .................................................................................................................................. 10 Periya pirAttiAr...................................................................................................................................... 11 sEnai mudhaliAr (vishwaksEnar) ............................................................................................................ 13 mudhalAzhwArgaL................................................................................................................................. 15 NammAzhwAr ....................................................................................................................................... 22 ANdAL ................................................................................................................................................... 25 nAthamunigaL ....................................................................................................................................... 33 nAthamunigaL ....................................................................................................................................... 33 uyyakkondAr ......................................................................................................................................... 36 maNakkAl nambi ................................................................................................................................... 38 ALavandhAr ........................................................................................................................................... 40 periya nambi ......................................................................................................................................... 45 emperumAnAr....................................................................................................................................... 48 kUrathAzhwAn ...................................................................................................................................... 55 aruLALa perumAL emperumAnAr .......................................................................................................... 64 embAr ................................................................................................................................................... 67 parAsara bhattar ................................................................................................................................... 71 nanjIyar ................................................................................................................................................. 78 nampiLLai .............................................................................................................................................. 83 vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai ....................................................................................................................... 92 periyavAchAn piLLai - vyAkyAna chakkaravarthi..................................................................................... 95 piLLai lOkAchAryar ................................................................................................................................ 99 azhagiya maNavALa perumAL nAyanAr................................................................................................ 104 kUra kulOthama dhAsar ...................................................................................................................... 108

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srIvaishNava guru paramparaithiruvAimozhi piLLai ............................................................................................................................ 111 azhagiya maNavALa mAmunigaL ......................................................................................................... 116 ponnadikkAl jIyar................................................................................................................................. 131 eRumbi appA ....................................................................................................................................... 137

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IntroductionemperumAn sriman naryanan who is sriya:pathi (husband of sri mahalakshmi), one who lives eternally in srivaikuntam with his divya mahishis (sri, bhU, nILA dhEvis) where he is served by nithysUris like ananthan, garudan, vishwaksEnar, etc is full of auspicious qualities. Srivaikuntam (paramapadham) is a place of eternal bliss, but when emperumAn is enjoying there, his heart is with the jIvAthmAs in samsAram (since they are suffering there). All jIvAthmAs, a) nithyan always in paramapadham (never been to samsAram due to karma), b) mukthan one who was in samsAram but liberated now and c) badhdhan one who is in samsAram bound by karma, are subservient to emperumAn and have the same relationship with emperumAn (owner owned and father son relationships primarily). It is out of this relationship alone emperumAn is helping all badhdha jIvAthmAs constantly to bring them to Srivaikuntam and engage them in eternal kainkaryam. As sAstram explains, one needs to have real knowledge to be liberated. Real knowledge is clearly/crisply explained in rahasya thrayam. The one providing this real knowledge that liberates the jIvAthma from this bonding in samsAram is called acharyan. Since this position of acharyan is very glorious, emperumAn himself wants to be an acharyan. That is why he became the prathama (first) acharyan. It is explained by our pUrvAchAryas that emperumAn took the position of acharyan in 3 places:

emperumAn took the form of Narayana rishi (acharyan) in badrikAshramam and revealed thirumanthram to his own avathAram Nara rishi (sishyan). emperumAn revealed dvaya maha manthram to periya pirAtti (sri dhEvi nAchiar) in vishnu lOkam (thus starting our srivaishnava guruparamparai). emperumAn, as partha sarathy, revealed charama slOkam to Arjunan in kurukshetram.

Periya perumAL and periyapirAtti in thiruvarangam are the same as Sriman Narayanan and Sri Mahalakshmi. So starting with Periya perumAL, our OrAN vazhi guru paramparai goes in this order:

Periya perumAL Periya pirAtti sEnai mudhaliAr NammAzhwAr nAthamunigal uyyakkondAr maNakkAl nambi ALavandhAr periya nambi emperumAnAr embAr bhattar nanjIyar

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nampiLLai vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai piLLai lOkAchAryar thiruvAimozhi piLLai azhagiya manavALa mAmunigal

azhwars (other than nammAzhwAr) and several other acharyas als