gyAna sAram – Introduction

srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:

gyAna sAram

thaniyan (invocation)

srI aruLALa perumAL emperumAnAr was a sishya of emperumAnAr and he surrendered to the divine feet of that Acharyan. He learned and understood all the vEdhas and other sAsthras from his AchAryan. So he had understood very well about the fundamental truth of reaching the Supreme Lord and attaining the ultimate happiness. He always stayed with emperumAnAr, near his divine feet, and doing all kainkaryams for his AchAryan’s happiness. srI aruLALa perumAL emperumAnAr, one with such a guru bhakthi, due to his huge kindness wanted all the people to achieve religious benefit by understanding all the thathva discourses that he had heard from his AchAryan.

So based on emperumAnAr’s instructions, he writes ‘gyAna sAram’ in simple clear thamizh language using veNpA (grammar of a type of thamizh poem) that could be understood by everyone, and gives us all, the essence of what he had heard about the Supreme Lord’s true nature, about the ways to reach Him, and about the ultimate happiness one gets after reaching Him.

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