SrI varavaramuni dhinacharyA – Introduction

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(Introduction) In this Sloka, Devaraja Guru, also known as Sri Varavara Muni Dasa, worshipping his Acharya Mamunigal, prays to complete this Stotra without any hindrance. As per Sastras, a Guru is considered as an Avatara of Sriman Narayana and a disciple must always chant his name; should always be at Guru’s disposal; show utmost devotion; love all that he loves; express grief when the Guru is struck with grief; must reminisce Guru’s names and attributes; just like a devotee to celestial God and just like a servant to King, the disciple should be obedient to Acharya and do all services with reverence. It is the bounden duty of a disciple that he takes pride in becoming his disciple, to follow Acharya’s footprints, think, hear and propagate his attributes to others. Erumbiappa was well aware of these tenets for a disciple. He was not content despite composing Sathakam, Kavyam, Chambu and other works on Mamunigal. Sastra says that one has to describe the Acharya’s daily routine activities. Having belief in Sastras with Acharya bhakti, Erumbiappa began to write the daily rituals of Mamunigal and prays for its successful completion.

This work reveals the qualities of knowledge, daily activities and absence of worldly desires of Mamunigal, who purifies the entire Ghosti by his presence. This work also purifies the groups of Sri Vaishnavas, who practices satva guna, when they take Tadheeyaradhana by reciting this Stotra before taking food. It is believed that in a big gathering of Tadheeyaradhana, if there are some  people with lesser knowledge and traditional practices, it degrades the purity of the place and Mamunigal is known for sanctifying all and also the place. Hence, this Stotra is called Panktipavanam, that which sanctifies the ghosti.

Translation by Dr M Varadarajan


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