Today His Holiness Srimad Srinivasa Mahadesikan (also called as Srimad Poundarikapuram Andavan)- kainkarya dhinam.
Let us meditate on the lotus feet of our unparalleled Swami.
Sri Narayana Yogindra Varadaarya Kripaasrayam /
Rangesa Paada Vinatham Srinivaasa Munim Bhaje //
I hail Srinivasa Muni who obtained the full grace of Sri Narayana
Yogindra Varadaarya, who always bowed at the feet of Lord Ranganatha.
It is pertinent to mention here of just two sweet anecdotes illustrating Srimad Andavan Poundarikapuram Swamys depth of knowledge and a wealth of interpretations whether it be Swamy Desikans Srisukthis or Bhagavath Bhashyakarars Sri Bhashya or Gita Bhashya or any grantha whatsoever. The article will remain incomplete without recalling these incidents. One relates to Sri CM Vijayaraghachariars personal experience. Late one night at Srirangam, East Utthara Veedhi Sri Vijayaraghavachariar while bringing back to his mind the explanation of Acharya Srimad Andavan on the Abheethi sthava sloka 7:
ramaa dhayitha rangabhUramaNa na thasya yamavasyathaa narakapaatha bhIthi krutha:
It proclaims Swamy desikans declaration of Lord Ranganathas certain protection to Prapannas from falling into the clutches of Yamakinkaras if they chant this sloka.
Sri CMV Swamy could not digest it. He found it difficult to understand, As to how one sloka could be so specific to Sri Ranganatha;s protection!
Perhaps, swamy would have said this due to Bhagavath Abhimaanam and abhimaanam towards Swamy Desikans abhIthis sthavam. thus, he was pondering and was having a sleepless night.
Srirangam Divya Dampathi appeared in Acharya Srimad Andavans dream and said, Your sishya has got a doubt on SrI Vedantha Desikans sthuthi on Us.
Go and explain the greatness and speciality of this sloka. Within an hour, Srimad Andavan knocked at the dorr of Sri CM Vijayaraghavachariar and right there at the door step, explained the meaning of sloka and greatness of the compassion of Divya Dampathi with tears rolling down his cheeks. This is a proof of his depth and clarity and explains how Lord Himself was prathyaksham (visible to his eyes) to him. Swamy desikan has packed into this sloka all the Beejaaksharaas contained in the Praanaprathishta Manthra and Saannidhyaachana manthra installation of energizing mantras pertaining to Lord Ranganathan
Acharyan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Writeup by : Sri Madhavakannan