Posted in Aarthi Prabandham, Manavala Mamunigal's Works

Aarthi Prabandham – 31st & 32nd Pasurams

31.
aru samayach sediyadhanai adiyaruthAn vAzhiyE
adarndhu varum kudhittigaLai aRathuRandhAn vAzhiyE
serugaliyaich siRudhum aRath theerthuvittAn vAzhiyE
thennarangar selvam muRRum thiruththivaiththAn vAzhiyE
maRai adhanil poruL anaiththum vAimozhindhAn vAzhiyE
mARan uraiseidha thamizhmaRai vaLarthOn vAzhiyE
azhagArum ethirAsar adiyiNaigaL vAzhiyE

In this verse, Mamunigal praises the scholarly genius of Ramanuja that defeated the six philosophical schools propagated by foreign forces. He dedicates this verse to praise Ramanuja‘s scholarship. “May Ramanuja, who defeated those who misinterpreted the essence of the Vedas, live long!” “May Ramanuja, who drove out Kalipurusha, the person instrumental in propagation of such false faiths, live long!” “May Ramanuja, who, through his reforms, set the administration of Sri Rangam temple in order, live long!” “May Ramanuja, who conveyed the esoteric meanings of the Vedas through his scholarly works like the Sri Bhashyam, live long!” “May Ramanuja, who was instrumental in spreading the message of Thiruvaimozhi (also known as Dravida Veda), live long!” “May the beautiful feet of Ramanuja live long!”

32.
sankara pARkara yAdava bhAtta prabhAkarar thangal madham
sAyvuRa vAdhiyar mAykuvar endru sadhumaRai vAzhndhidunAL
vengali ingu ini veeRu namakilai endru migaththaLarnAL
mEdhini nansumai ARum enath thuyar vittu viLangiya nAL
mangayarALi parAngusa munnavar vAzhvu muLaiththidu nAL
manniya thennarAngApuri mAmalai maRRum uvandhidunAL
sengayal vAvigaL soozhvayal nALum siRandha perumpudhoorch
seemAn iLaiyAzhwAr vandharuLiya nAL thiruvAdhirai nALE

In this verse, Mamunigal glorifies the birth star of Ramanuja, i.e. Thiruvadhirai. He praises this auspicious day as birthday as the day on which: (i) The misleading faiths propagated by Sankara, Bhaskara, Yadhavaprakasa, Kumarila Bhatta, Prabhakara and many others were rooted out of existence; (ii) The Vedas celebrated the uprooting of those faiths that misinterpreted their message; (iii) The earth celebrated the riddance of Kalipurusha and others who performed gross misdeeds; (iv) The Prabandhams of Thirumangai Azhwar, Nammazhwar and other Azhwars celebrated as Ramanuja established their epistemological authority; and (v) The divya desams of Srirangam and Thirumalai – the abodes of Azhagiya Manavalan and Thiruvengadavan respectively, rejoiced. In essence, Mamunigal glorifies the day on which Ramanuja took birth in the sylvan surroundings of Sriperumbudur – a hamlet that has lakes (with beautiful fishes) which are in turn surrounded by cultivable lands.

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