(Firstly I would like to apologise to readers for not posting for a long time.)
A Sri Vaishnava has sent me the following mail, which I feel has a very strong message about Sri Vaishnavism. The mail as I got it…
When we go through “Message of Sri Ramanuja – His last 82 Statements” we find that most of the messages are a sort of repetitive nature stressing the importance of Srivaishnava Adiyars. If we sift through the great works of Divya Prabhandam we learn that importance is given only to Adiyars with no differentation (the sub sect Vadakalai or Thenkalai did not exist then).
1.0 | We will start with a Nammazhwar Pasuram
Payilum sudar olli Murthiyai
Pangayar kannannai, payilezhi
Nam parkadal serndha Paramanai,
Payilum Thiruvudaiyar everenum,
Avar kandu payilum pirapidai thorum
Emmai alum paramare.
Any one who praises Bhagawan Vishnu who has flower like eyes and sleeping in the Parkadal is an Adiyaar. Adiyaars praise Bhagawan and are blessed with kadaksham of Thayar Lakshmi. Such Adiyaars, whomsoever they are, they govern Me.
2.0 | Again another Nammazhwar pasuram
Kulanthangu Jathigal nalilum
Keezh Izhindhu ethinai thalilaga kandargal aginum,
Valamthangu Chakarathu Annil Mani vannarku
AAzh endru Ull kalathar
Adiyaarthum Adiyaar em Adigale.
Even if some one is born in a Jathi considered lower than lowest of the four varna/ jathi, as long as they extoll the priase of the Lord who adorns the Sudharsana in his right hand, Adiyen is an adiyaar to such devotees. There is no Jathi for Adiyargal. Bhagawat Geetha also mentions that by birth one does not belong to any higher Varna. It is only by one’s deeds that some one attains a higher position.
3.0 | Periyazhwar’s famous Pallandu pasuram
Adiyomodum Noninodum Privindri Aayiram….
He has placed Adiyaar first for his company.
4.0 | KulesakaraAzhwar’s famous Pasuram on Thiruvengadmudaiyan
Chediyaya valvinaigal thirkum Thirumale Vengadawa,
Un kovilin vasal
Adiyaarum , vanavarum armabiyurum kidnathu iyangum
Padiyai kidanthu Un pavala vai Kambene.
The pride of place to worship the LORD is given to Adiyaar ahead of Vanavar (Devadhaigal).
Learned scholars may give many more examples and instances like Thirupanazhwar’s Story, Periya Nambigal performing Sarama anthima kiriyas to Mara Ner Nambi etc. In all his life Udyavar stood for One ness of all before Srimand Narayana and had in his Sishyas fold people from all walks of life. He perfomed samhasranam to those who came to him with no differentiation.
So eight years from now When Udyavar’s 1000 th Birth Anniversay would be celebrated by the Srivaishnava Community the best way to do it would be to bury the hatchet between Vadakalai and Thenkalai and serve in unison. There are lot of good points and exclusive works that could be pursued in the respective sect to promote academic learning and attain higher level of Scholarship. The need of the hour is unity and mutual respect between the two sects.