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From: Velukkudi Krishnan (velukkudi_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Jun 14 1999 - 11:16:51 PDT
Fm: Velukkudi Krishnan Tiruvoimozhi pillai Vaibhavam. (Koorakulothama dasar vaibhavam - included) Namah srisaila nathaya kuntheenagara janmane Prasada labdha paramaprapya kainkarya saline. (Let my pranams be for Tirumalai azhwar, the one who was born in Kuntheenagara and who attained the befitting kainkarya through the grace of his Acharya) Tiruvoimozhi pillai was named as Tirumalai alwar (Srisailesa) by his parents. His avatara was 41 years before the avatara of Manavala mamunigal. It was vibhava year (1290 A.D) vaikasi visakam. So was he called Satakopa Dasa. His avatarasthalam was Kuntheenagaram near Madurai in poorvasikai kulam. It is interesting to note that all the brahmin alwars were poorvasikai. Chilhood. Srisailesa's mother pleaded with their acharya Pillai Lokacharya, to bless her child. Acharya blessed and performed panchasamskara. Years grew and so the brilliance of the child. In these days, the Pandya kind died and his son was a minor. Recognising the intelligence of srisailesa, the ministers made him the representative of the prince. Tiruvoimozhi pillai steered the kingdom in a glorious path. Acharya kataksham. During islamic invasion, pillai lokacharya and others took Namperumal and fled out of Srirangam. They wandered and reached Jyotishkudi where Pillai lokacharya reached his last days. All the disciples, surrendered in their acharyas feet and requested as to what would be their future - whom do they treat as their acharya ? Pillai lokacharya could do nothing else than to remember Tiruvoimozhi pillai. He blessed him to become Darsanapravartaka leaving his duties as a king. Pillai lokacharya also advised Koorakulothama dasa to teach Rahasyas to Tiruvoimozhi pillai, Tirukannangudi pillai and Tiruputkuzhi jeer to preach tiruvoimozhi, Naloorpillai for the rest 3000, Vilanjolai pillai for saptha kadai. After ordering so, Pillai lokacharya attained swaacharyan tiruvadigal on Jyeshta suddha dvadasi. Nammalwar samrakshana. Again during islamic invasion, Nammalwar was taken from Thirukurugoor to Malai nadu (Kerala). In a low valley of the high raised mountains of Mutharippu, alwar was kept safely in a box robed with chains. A great sole, Thozhappar, went to Madurai and gave this news to Tiruvoimozhi pillai. He in turn, after the invasion was over, sent a letter (srimukham) to Malayala king through Thozhappar. The King of Tiruvananthapuram, respected the letter and rendered all help to bring up alwar. Thozhappan went down the hills to its depth, sent up alwar and while climbing up, fell and attained paramapada. Even today their vamsa is called "Alwar Thozhappar". Malayala King reached alwar safely to a place called thirukkanambi. Alwar was there for some time. Koorakulothama dasa and tiruvoimozhi pillai. Srisailesa's mother , could not bear the demise of Pillai lokacharya and so she followed him to the abode. Srisailesa was taken care by his aunt (chiria thayar). Koorakulothama dasa ( as per his acharyas oder) made up his mind to severe srisailesa from his duties and bring him to sampradaya. Koorakulothama dasa's avatara was in Srirangam, in Koundinya gotra, in Ipasi tiruvadirai. He got panchasamskara from Vadakku thiruveedi pillai. Tiruvoimozhi with commentaries, Sribhasya, Srutaprakasika were all blessed to him by Pillai lokacharya. Rahasyas were blessed by Azhagia manavala perumal nayanar. One day Koorakulothama dasa went in front of Tiruvoimozhi pillai chanting Alwars Tiruviruttam. Tiruvoimozhi pillai, being a tamil lover, requested for the meaning. Koorakulothama dasa denied disrespectfully. The rajasevakas tried to punish K. dasa. Tiruvoimozhi pillai stopped it and told this incidence to his aunt. She iterated the connection between K. dasa and Pillai lokacharya. Tiruvoimozhi pillai was inclined to surrender to K. dasa and to start learning. However the time was not ripe. On a day, when Tiruvoimozhi pillai was going on an elephant, K. dasa stood on a high raised place and showed his real self. Tiruvoimozhi pillai realised him as Pillai lokacharya himself and surrendered immediately. K. dasa also embraced him and decided to start the teachings as per the wish of their acharya. to continue...