This preceptor has produced nine works, which are like inestimable divine
gems. Shreeman Nigamanta Maha Desika in his work "Sankalpa Sooryodayam" says
"Trimsadvaaram Sraavita Saareeraka Saastraha" about himself meaning, "Swamy
Desika has taught the Shree Bhaashya of Bhagavat Ramanuja thirty times". Even
after this, Swamy Desika in this work "Yatiraja Saptathi" says "Parichita
Gahana Samyameendrasya Sooktaha:" meaning, the works like Shree Bhashya are
tough and are deep in knowledge-contents, even when they are learnt again and
again. A disciple of Bhagavat Ramanuja and an extraordinary scholar named
"Nadadur Ammal" who is Vatsa Varadaacharyar says "Ikva pathi vidushaam eshaa
prowdi sriya: prabhunaa sape" menaing, "who else other than the Vidhvaans
(scholars) of Ramanuja Sampradayam (philosophical system) can understand the
glory and depth of Shree Bhasya of Bhagavat Ramanuja? This I swear on Lord
Vishnu!" These statements of these great scholars clearly indicate the
greatness of Bhagavat Ramanuja's divine works. This article "Experiencing
Bhagavat Ramanuja Yatiraja's Divine Works" is going to be presented in the
email networks as a series, in portions. The aim of the article is to make an
attempt to outline the greatness of Bhagavat Ramanuja's divine works.
Bhagavat Ramanuja was born at ShriiperumputhUr that is in South India
1000 years (approx.) in an orthodox family. By the divine grace of Bhagavat
Yamunacharya (an eminent Shree Vaishnava preceptor of that time), Bhagavat
Ramanuja reached Shree Rangam to meet Bhagavat Yamunacharya but was
disappointed to see only the mortal remains of Bhagavat Yamunacharya. By God's
grace, Bhagavat Ramanuja came to know the final wishes of Bhagavat
Yamunacharya. He fullfilled the three wishes of Bhagavat Yamunacharya.
Bhagavat Ramanuja wrote commentary on Brahma Sutra, Gita and established the
Visistadvaita Shree Vaishnava philosophy and practice. He made his disciple
Tiru Kurugai Piran Pillan to write a commentary "Tiru Aaraayira Padi"
(Bhagavat Vishayam) on Shree Satakopa Namalwar's Tiru Vaai Mozhi. He named the
sons of Shree Kooratalwar as "Parasara" and "Vyasa" and through them made the
names of Bhagavat Parasara and Bhagavat Vyasa to shine in the world with their
original glory. He lived a very long life and dedicated his entire life for
reestablishing and spreading the Visistadvaita Shree Vaishnava philosophy and
practice. He is called "Udayavar", "Emberumaanaar", "Lakshmana Muni",
"Yatiraja" and "Shree Bhaashyakaara" each name denoting his excellence.
The divinity, sweetness, and the nature of imparting knowledge are
extraordinarily present in the works of Bhagavat Ramanuja. Swamy Desikan told
"Yati pravara bhaarathi rasabharena neetham vaya:" meaning "Swamy Desika spent
his entire life by learning and enjoying the divine sweetness and knowledge
enshrined in the works of Bhagavat Ramanuja. Through this article series, I (Ramanuja dasan Hari)
try to make the readers to enjoy them by presenting a drop from the works of
Bhagavat Ramanuja which are like a ocean.
Bhagavat Ramanuja is recognized as "Shree Vaishnava Siddhaanta Nirdhaarana
Saarvabhowman" meaning the monarch who established Visistadvaita Shree
Vaishnava philosophy and practice. The nine divine works of Bhagavat Ramanuja
The Visistadvaita Shree Vaishanava philosophy and practice are clearly
established in these nine extraordinary works. We take up portions from one by
one to enjoy them through this series.