Teachers of Śrī Vaiśṇavas

Prapanna Pārijāta | Servant’s Heritage

The name Prapanna Pārijāta was given to the work by the author himself. This book was written by Śrī Vatsya Varadaguru (more popularly known as Nadadoor Ammal) who was the preceptor of Vedanta Deśika’s preceptor, a Saint of 12th century. The name Prapanna Pārijāta author himself defines thus: “That is to say, the essential requisites of a virtuous character have been collected here from various sources.” So I have taken here Pārijāta in the meaning of Spiritual Heritage or Treasury.

Rahasyatraya-saram-vedanta-desikan

This collection is dedicated to the fundamental, most important life’s work of Vedanta Deśikan (1268–1370) about the fundamental doctrines, teachings and philosophy of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism. The present classical work is known as Śrīmad Rāhasyatraya Sāram, which could be translated as The Essence of the Holy Three Secrets – referring to the 3 fundamental Secrets-Mantras of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism – Tirumantra, Dvaya Mantra and Charama Shloka - a whole compendium of Śrī Vaiṣṇava philosophy as contained in those Three Secrets.

Light of Rāmānuja’s School | Śrīnivāsa

This is a very detailed and lucid compendium on all most important tenets of Viśiṣṭādvaita or “Qualified Dualism” school of understanding as founded by great Āchārya Śrī Rāmānuja and transmitted and practised in Śrī Vaishnavism. The name of the present work is “The Light of Rāmānuja’s School” or “Yatīndra-Mata-Dīpikā” by Śrīnivāsa Āchārya, who lived probably in the beginning of the 17th century. “The Light of Rāmānuja’s School”  purports to be a manual to present a lucid outline on the Viśiṣṭādvaita philosophy and religion.

Tattvatraya | Manavala Mamunigal

Manavala Mamunigal is known as the leading Light of Teṅkalai or Southern school of Tamil Vaishnavism in 15th century and closely referred and studied up to this day, along with his root preceptor - Pillai Lokacharya (1205–1311). The current work of Manavala Mamunigal – Tattvatraya or The Three Principles of Truths – is dedicated to the 3 Essential Principles or Truths constituting the Universe –  1. Cit – Sentient Beings; 2. Acit – Non-Sentient or Material Things; 3. Īśvara – the Blessed Lord, Bhagavān, Controller of All

Śrīvacana Bhūṣaṇa | Piḷḷai Lokācārya

Piḷḷai-lokācārya who preferred a solitary and tranquil residence moved to a temple of Lord Narasiṁha in the outskirts of Śrī Raṅgam and it was here that he delivered discourses on Dharma to all who would listen. He taught in a very simple and skilful manner which is reflected in his writings. Piḷḷai-lokācārya opposed all differences based upon, caste, gender, nationality etc. He exemplified the doctrine that the universe was the body of the Lord and all beings are necessarily a part of Him.

Śrī Hayagrīva Stotra | Swami Deśikan

Śrī Hayagrīva Stotra by Swami Deśikan. Lord Hayagrīva is one of the Avatars of Para Vāsudeva. In this Embodiment, the Śrī Hayagrīva’s face alone is that of a majestic horse and the body is like that of a human, except that it is pure sāttvic emanation. He is the embodiment of Prāṇava (Oṁkāra). He is the First Lord of all Vidyās (wisdoms). Śrī Hayagrīva recovered the Vedas and returned them to Brahma Deva and restarted His Yoganidrā as Hayagrīva.

Śrī Stuti | Swāmi Deśikan

Śrī Stuti is a devotional text dedicated to Śrī, our Divine Mother and consort of Lord Nārāyaṇa, also known as Lakshmi Devi or in South-Indian tradition of Śrī Vaiṣṇavism often known as Perundevi Thayar. It is believed that reading and studying Śrī Stuti can bestow many kinds of riches to devotees – both spiritual and material. It is also filled with profound philosophical and devotional meaning. While there have been several texts known as Śrī Stuti, this is the one handed down through Swami Vedanta Deśikan, one of the most revered Gurus of Śrī Vaiṣṇava paramparā of 13th century.