Commentary on the Four Hundred Names

The Glorious Commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam – The Fourth Centum ==================================================================================== युगादिकृद्युगावर्तॊनैकमायॊमहाशनः। अदृश्यॊव्यक्तरूपश्चसहस्रजिदनन्तजित्॥३३॥ ====================================================================================   301) yugAdikRut (युगादिकृत्) Thence, the boundless wonder of Bhagavan is shown with the ensuing divine names. The divine form of Bhagavan as a baby lying on a banyan leaf is instantiated for expounding Bhagavan’s marvellous deeds. At the end of Brahma’s day, a partial

Read more

Commentary on the Third Hundred Names

The Glorious Commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam – The Third Centum 201) sarvadRuk (सर्वदृक्) Bhagavan sees all the creatures – that are supportive, opposing as well as neutral to Him – befittingly in order to control them. Hence, He is called ‘sarvadRuk’ – the one who sees all entities. The root ‘dRush’ (दृश्) gets the ‘kvin’ (क्विन्) adjunct and ‘ku’

Read more

Sri Venkatesa Mangalasasanam

Śrī Veṅkaṭeśa Maṅgalāśāsanam – by Svāmi Prativādi Bhayaṅkaram Aṇṇā Mangalasasanam is the supreme state of devotional love where one is removed from all selfish interests.  For a mangalasasanapara, the well being of the Lord is the only concern.  In this prabandham, Svami Anna sings benediction to Lord Srinivasa in the lines of Thiruppallandu of Svami Periyazhvar.  Mangalasasanam is recognized as

Read more

Sri Venkatesa Strotramala – Introduction

Sri: Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama:   Sri Venkatesa Strotramala – Svami Prathivadi Bhayankaram Anna An introduction is hardly the need for these works – Sri Venkatesa Suprabhatam, Stotram, Prapatti and Mangalasasanam. The hymns are extremely popular, chanted, listened to and sung.  It is only one of the few hymnal renditions that has also been translated to other languages.  Lord Srinivasa, who

Read more

Tiruvayimozhi – Eedu Avathaarika

In Sri Vaishnava Sampradayam, the Commentaries mainly on the work of Nammalwar’s Tiruvayimozhi is known as ‘Bhagavad Vishayam‘. For Bagavad vishayam Kalakshepam since there are five commentaries done by five aacharyas. One of the commentary is the Eedu which is basically complete set of notes collected by Sri Vadakku Thiruveedhi Pillai from Sri Nampillai’s kalakshepam. This Eedu has however flown through more

Read more

Commentary on the second hundred names

The Glorious Commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam – The Second Centum 101) achyutaH (अच्युतः) (also repeated in 320, 557) The one who does not get separated from such surrendered souls is called ‘achyutaH’ – the infallible. The scriptures say thus in this regard: “Since I never gave up anything in the past, I am called ‘achyuta’” “I never get separated

Read more

Sri Kamasikashtakam

śrī-kāmāsikāṣṭakam śrīḥ śrīmatē rāmānujāya namaḥ śrī nigamānta-mahādēśikāya namaḥ śrī vādibhīkara-mahāguravē namaḥ śrīmān vēṅkaṭanāthāryaḥ kavitārkika-kēsarī | vēdāntācāryavaryō mē sannidhattāṃ sadā hṛdi || Svāmi Vēṅkaṭanātha is endowed with the wealth of ātma guna-s.  He is a lion among poets and logicians.  He has been blessed with the title of Vēdāntācārya.  May this preceptor dwell always in my heart. Śrī-kāmāsikāṣṭakam is the composition

Read more

Commentary on the First Hundred Names

The Glorious Commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam – The First Centum Therefore, we begin to construe the thousand names of the Lord denoting His various forms namely para (as seen in the Supreme abode Sri Vaikuntham), vyUha (as seen in the milky ocean) and vibhava (as seen in the various incarnations) in light of the authoritative texts such as Pancharatra

Read more

Amalanadhipiran – English Translation

Taniyans (Invocatory Verses)   Sanskrit Sloka (by Mahapurnar) Apada cudamanubhuya harim sáyanam Madhyekaveraduhitur muditantaratma | Adrstrtam nayanayor visayantaranam Yo niscikaya manavai munivahanam tam ||   Meditate I shall upon saint Munivahana who swore, His eyes shall none else behold anymore, Having seen the Lord Hari, feet upwards, in splendor galore, Tween twin branches of, Kaveri, in sweet repose.   Note:

Read more

Commentary on the Introductory Verses

The Glorious Commentary on Sri Vishnu Sahasranama chapter begins – The Poorva Peethika Although not questioned, Sage Vaishampayana – out of utter affection – volunteered to speak thus to Janamejaya, who had a very peaceful mind having heard repeatedly from various learned people about the glories of the Lord, in order to enlighten him on many more esoteric meanings as

Read more

Upadesa Rathinamalai

Sri: Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Srimad Vara Vara Munaye Nama: Manavala Mamunigal, the one with unswerving devotion to the feet of his master Thiruvaimozhippillai (who inturn is comparable to the celestials in his expression of disinclination towards all things material), learnt under the tutelage of his illustrious preceptor, the special meanings of Thiruvaimozhi and of the other Divya Prabandhams, along with

Read more

Arthi Prabandham

Introduction Arthi Prabandham was Manavala Mamunigal’s swansong before he attained Acharyan thiruvadi. He authored this prabandham solely for prapannas, who, when caught in the quagmire of samsaric afflictions, find themselves unsuitable for performing gnana yoga, karma yoga, bhakti yoga or sharanagathi. By projecting himself as a jivatma caught in the web of samsaric afflictions, Mamunigal, through this prabandham, immediately strikes

Read more

Devaraja Mangalam

When Manavala Mamunigal undertook divya desa yatra to the city of Kanchi, he stayed there for some time and delivered discourses on Sri Bhashyam to his disciples. At the request of his disciples to glorify the Lord of Kanchipuram, Mamunigal composed thirteen sweet verses in praise of Devapperumal which came to be called Devaraja Mangalam. We will enjoy the commentary

Read more

Yatiraja Vimsati

Saint Vara Vara Muni, the last of the ‘Poorvacharyas’, that grand galaxy of preceptors, was known as Alagiya Manavala Nayanar, before he took to be holy order of Sanyasa. One day, his immediate preceptor (Acharya) Thiruvaimozhippillai (Srisailesar), while meditating on the great qualities of Saint Ramanuja, pondered over those stanzas of Thiruvarangathamudanar (Amudanar of Arangam) depicting Ramanuja as a staunch

Read more