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Aarthi Prabandham – 29th & 30th Pasurams

29.
sAruvAga madhaneeru seidhu samaNach chedikkanal koLuththiya
saakkiyak kadalai vaRRuviththu migusangiyakkiri muRiththida
mAru seidhidu kaNAdhavAdhiyargaL vAi thagarththu aRamiguththu mEl
vandha pAsupadhar sindhuyOdum vagai vAdhu seidha ethirAsanAr
koorum mA kurumadhathOdu kumArulan madham avaRRin mEl
kodiya tarka saram vittapin kurugiya mAyavAdhiyarai vendrida
meeRi vAdhil varum pArkkaran madhavilakkadik kodiyeRindhu pOi
mikka yAdava madhathai mAyththa peruvIrar nALum miga vAzhiyE

In this verse, Mamunigal praises the scholarly genius of Ramanuja who was instrumental in establishing the supremacy of Vishishtadvaita over other competing philosophical schools.  Mamunigal extolls the scholarship of Ramanuja who, through his works like the Sri Bhashya, defeated the Charavaka School – the epistemological foundations of which rested on the assumption that only those that can be physically seen can be true. In addition, Mamunigal extols Ramanuja’s might i) In incinerating the philosophical foundations of the Jains, ii) In being instrumental in evaporating the entire ocean called Buddhist Philosophy, (iii) In decimating the mountain of Sankhya Philosophy and grinding it to dust, (iv) In defeating the Ganathavadins through the power of his speech, (v) In driving away the invading Pasupathas through his arguments (by comparing it with the incident in which Rudra ran away the arrows of Banasura), in addition to mentioning Ramanuja’s triumph over the Prabhakaras, Kumarila Bhatta, the mayavadins and finally his first teacher Yadhavaprakasa.

30.
seerArum ethirAsar thiruvadigaL vAzhi
thiruvarayil sAthiya sendhuvarAdai vAzhi
yErArum seyyavadivu eppozhudhum vAzhi
ilangiya munnool vAzhi iNaitholgaL vAzhi
sOrAdha thuyya seyya mugachchodhi vAzhi
thoomuRuval vAzhi thunai malarkkaNgal vAzhi
ErARu thirunAmam aNindha ezhil vAzhi
ini thirupOdu ezhil nyAnamuthirai vAzhiyE

The feet of Ramanuja, that contains the best of divine auspicious qualities, may that live long! The saffron robe that Ramanuja wraps around his body, the one that can even put the brightness of the sun to shame, may that live long! The body (thirumeni) of Ramanuja, which glitters in bright red colour, may that live long! The sacred thread (upaveedham) that runs around his body, the one that appears like lightning in the background of a dark cloud, may that live long! Oh Ramanuja, may your mighty shoulders (which are adorned with basil garlands), which can retrieve people from the depths of samsara and the compassion that drives you to their rescue live long! May your divine face, which bears a bright smile, live long! May that smile on your face (which resembles that of a bud in bloom) due to your continued service to the Lord and due to the love you have for your devotees, live long! May your divine eyes, which sparkle when one glorifies “Sri Ranga Sri” and “Srivaishnava Sri” and when you see your devotees, live long! May the twelve thirunamams (dvadhasa urdhva pundrams) on your body live long! May the beauty of your body posture, in which you are seated in Padhmasana with a mudra of knowledge, live long!

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