History of Sri Vyasatatvajna Teertharu – Part 4/n

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History of Sri Vyasatatvajna Teertharu – Part 4/n

Continued from Part 3

Apamrityu parihaara of Ieji Acharya’s son by Adavi Acharyaru:

Shri Acharya’s son Ieji Gopalakrishnacharya was suffering with severe fever like illness which was incurable through medicines. Shri Ieji Achaarya deemed Shri Jayatirthacharya (Adavi acharyaru, poorvashrama of Madinoor Shri Vishnu Teertharu) fit to do Ugra Narasimha mantra japa to cure the apamrityu dosha inherent upon baalaka Gopalakrishna. Shri Adavi Acharyaru performed rigorous Ugra Narasimha japa without food or water for 7 days on the banks of Tungabhadra river. It was the final day of the mandala. Milk, curd, ghee, honey and fruits were kept ready for panchamrita to Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna. Extremely hot weather prevailed as it was the time of Vaishaakha masa. Shri Adavi Acharyaru completed the given task. He came back hungry and famished. Eyes had turned blood red resultant due to the Ugra Narasimha Mantra japa. Such is the power of Dwaatrimshadakshara Ugra Narasimha mantra japa. It trickles the senses into something beyond our control and converts into the manifested supernatural. Shri Adavi Acharyaru returned from the river and headed straight towards Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna temple and offered the entire panchamrita to the bimbaroopi paratma by consuming all the dravyas kept for panchamrita. During the same time, aparoksha jnaani Shri Ieji acharya was involved in paatha in his griha. Acharya suddenly started instructing the students and disciples to start reciting the veda mantras (Aapyaayasvasame…) that are chanted during the time of panchamritabhisheka. Acharya then presided with his disciples towards Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna temple. Shri Ieji Acharya informed Shri Daasappa daasaru and Shri Sheenappa Daasaru who were present at the temple: “Daasare ! Panchaamrita is completed “. To which Daasaru replied: “Ahehe paadamahireva jaanaati” meaning “a snake’s action is understood only by another snake”.  Onlookers at the temple were fraught with what just happened and questioned the whereabouts of panchamrita as they were all witness to the incident that just took place. Shri Adavi acharyaru had consumed the entire panchamrita and was asleep behind Shri Krishna’s idol. Shri Ieji Acharya understood the banter and prayed Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna reciprocates Brahma Jnaani and Aparoksha jnaani’s(Ieji Acharya’s) prayer by chundering out all the panchamrita padaarthas consumed by Shri Adavi Acharyaru from the Shilpashaastraviruddha Swapnalabdha Shri Santaana Venugopala Krishna’s mouth. The panchamrita dravyas seemed fresh when they came out of the Lord’s jaws. Shri Ieji Acharya performed mahamangalarathi, mahanaivedya, mahapooje and then prayed Shri Krishna to eradicate the Apamrityu dosha inherent upon his son Gopalakrishna. Shri Ieji Gopalakrishnacharya is recovered and later the shodasha samskaara kriyas such as brahmopadesha, vivaaha is performed and he too carries out the tradition of nityagnihotra parampara lineated by Shri Ieji Venkataramacharya. He has composed many Haridasa sankeertanas with Ankita “Tande Vasudeva vitthala”.

Pandemic in Tirupati area and parihara of the same:

Shri Ieji Acharya after completion of one of the Nyaaya Sudha Mangala Mahotsavas in the Brahmotsavam at Tirumala was due to return to Venisomapuram. There was a maari upadrava(pandemic) prevalent in Tirupati area during that period. The citizens made a request to  Shri Ieji Acharyaru to minimize the effects of the same. Shri Ieji Acharyaru prayed Shri Maarikamba Shri Durga Devi by composing the following Stuti :

Durgastutipada
Raaga:
Saaranga
Taala:
Aadi taala

Anjeesuvudyaakamma kanjodbhavanamma nee |
anjeesidare loka anjadiruvude || # ||

kunjaragamane naavanjanaadeviyali |
sanjaatanaada prabhanjananaNugaru |
kanjanaabhana paadakanjakke vimukha |
sanjeeli charisuva punjaru kadime  || 1 ||

ninnanne nambi naavinnu samsrutiya |
bannava kalakondu chennagi jagadi |
dhanyaraadevendu manadi bayase |
anyarandadale neenammanna noduvare || 2 ||

sirinaarasimhanna varabhaktiyali neenu |
karavasha maadipe paravene ninage |
parameshthi modalaadamarara nee poreve |
siri vaasudevavitthalanna toramma || 3 ||

The prayers yielded in fruition and the Maarikamba upadrava (Pandemic) or the spreading capacity was the disease was reduced significantly and the citizens of Tirupati rejoiced due to the same. Shri Ieji Acharya returned to Venisomapuram thereafter.

Ieji Acharya’s Paaduka mahime and Garuda Nadi snaana:

Once a grihastha from Ieji had invited Shri Ieji Acharya at his home. The disciples of Shri Acharya had already reached Ieji village beforehand. Shri Ieji Acharya and his apta shishya Shri Adavi Acharyaru were to go on Horse. Shri Ieji acharya was travelling on horse and Shri Adavi Acharyaru was on foot. It was vaishakha masa and Shri Adavi Acharyaru was barefoot. Shri Ieji Acharyaru noticed this and gave his padukas to his favoured disciple. Shri Ieji Acharyaru reached Ieji before Shri Adavi Acharyaru. Shri Adavi Acharyaru had wrapped the padukas in a shawl and carried on his head for the entire 12kms journey instead of wearing it as ordained by his guru. Shri Adavi Acharyaru handed over the paadukas back to Shri Ieji Acharyaru once he reached Ieji. Amazed, Shri Ieji Acharya questioned as to why he didn’t wear the paadukas. Shri Adavi Acharyaru promptly replied that the experience of carrying the paadukas on the head made him feel as if each footstep was as cold as a Chandrika(moonlight). Shri Ieji Acharyaru blessed Shri Adavi Acharyaru that “Let your shishya sampattu be double the size of what we possess” and the same is evident as Shri Vishnu Teertha is more renowned than Shri Vyaasatattwajna Teertharu (poorvashram Shri Ieji Venkataramacharyaru).

It was eclipse time and Ieji Acharya and his disciples were preparing to return to Venisomapuram as it is considered auspicious to perform spiritual austerities during the period of eclipse at Samudra or River. The villagers requested Shri Ieji Acharya to stay back and bless the people of the village. Shri Ieji Acharya stayed back and completed the spiritual austerities in the local stream of water that flowed in the agricultural lands of Ieji. The stream of water was then known as Garuda river as named by Shri Ieji Acharya.

Brahmarakshasa janma parihara of Kalluru Bhimacharya:

Among many disciples and scholars who were patrons under Shri Ieji Acharya, one of them was Shri Kalluru Bhimacharya. Kalluru Bhimacharya wanted to perform seva at Mantralaya Shri Gururayara Sannidhana and get blessed. He asked for permission of the same from Ieji Acharya. Ieji Acharya being an aparoksha jnaani forbid him from going to mantralaya as he knew the future events that would take place. Upon repeated insistence from Bhimacharya, Ieji Acharya permitted him to go to Mantralaya but with a warning as to not make a hasty comment on the pilgrims at Mantralayam.
Whilst he was doing his seva at mantralaya, he noticed a vaidika brahmin chanting the hymns of Brahmasutra Bhashya with an incorrect pronunciation. Since, Kalluru Bhimacharya was a learned pandit, he could not tolerate the mispronunciation and he pointed out the mistake outright by yelling at the vaidika brahmin. This led to dejection in the vaidika brahmin.  This is where Bhimacharya’s knowledge failed him and this is the reason Shri Ieji Acharya hesitated to give him permission to go to Mantralayam. Dharma is extremely sensitive. Bhimacharya could have informed the vaidika brahmin about his mistake in a one to one discussion privately however, he chose to yell at him angrily in public which led to Bhimacharya incurring the sin equivalent to Brahma Hatya Dosha. Bhimacharya completed his seva and returned to Venisomapuram with Shri Rayara Phalamantrakshate.
Bhimacharya bowed at the holy feet of Shri Ieji Acharya to obtain his blessings. Shri Ieji Acharya asked Bhimacharya to show the mantrakshate brought from Mantralayam. The Mantrakshate had turned pitch black in colour instead of the Kumkum red. Shri Ieji Acharya informed Bhimacharya that he had incurred the wrath of Brahma hatya dosha and his lifespan had shortened due to the same. Acharya gave mantrakshate to Bhimacharya and asked him to return to Kalluru, his hometown. Few months later, Kalluru Bhimacharya was infected with an incurable disease and passed away. The soul became a Brahma Rakshasa due to the wrath of Brahma Hatya Dosha. The Brahma Rakshasa roamed around in the forest and finally found refuge in a peepul tree (arali mara) at Venisomapuram itself. Even as a brahma rakshasa, it used to point out the mistakes that the disciples and students made nearby that peepul tree. The brahma rakshasa used to cry since it couldn’t approach effulgent and ever radiant Shri Ieji Acharya to liberate itself from the Brahma Rakshasa janma. The Brahma Rakshasa made a request to Shree Daasappa Daasaru – brother of Shri Gopaladasaru to liberate itself. Shri Daasappa Daasaru informed that this janma shall be liberated by none other than Shri Ieji Acharya only and asked the Brahma Rakshasa to fall at the holy feet of Shri Acharya after Acharya’s bahirdeshakriya (daily bodily rituals). The Brahma Rakshasa followed the orders of Daasaru and fell at the feet of Shri Acharyaru. Shri Ieji Acharyaru knew instantly that this was all the plan of Daasaru and asked Daasaru: “it’s all your advice isn’t it!”. To which Shree Daasaru replied stating that: “After all Bhimacharya was your beloved disciple and he can be liberated by you alone”.  Shri Ieji Acharya replied in affirmative and asked the Brahma Rakshasa to come the succeeding morning during snaanahnekka of Shri Acharya near the river bank. As informed, the Brahma Rakshasa promptly presented itself during the said time. Shri Acharya gave one Sooryaarghya phala to the Brahma Rakshasa and performed prokshane(sprinkled) on the Brahma Rakshasa entity thereby liberating it from the said birth.

Scholarly debate and victory by Neerina Narsappa:

Frequent Scholarly debates between scholars from different schools of thoughts persisted during the reign of Gadwal King Somabhoopala (Somanadri). During one such debate between a scholar from Kashi and the scholars from Gadwal samsthanam, the Kashi scholar had gained an upper hand as he had raised questions which were unanswerable by the scholars from Gadwal Samsthanam. The scholar from Kashi apprised the King to give Jayapatra as the scholars of the land had failed to provide answers to his questions. The King thought of Ieji Acharya at that moment to preserve and protect the name of Vidwadgadwala samsthanam. He sent a message regarding the same to Ieji Shri Acharya and asked the scholar from Kashi to wait for a day more. Meanwhile, Shri Ieji Acharya and his disciples were in the process of travelling to Nyaaya Sudha Mangala mahotsava at Tirumala. There was a worker who used to prepare water bath to Acharya by the name Neerina Narsappa. He used to listen to teachings of Shri Acharya from far even though he didn’t understand what was being taught.
Shri Acharya had observed this and called Neerina Narsappa. Acharya does the unimaginable and asks him to go to Gadwal and preserve the name and honour of VidwadGadwal by debating with the Kashi Scholar. He obtained mantrakshate and set out to Gadwal. The next day during the time of the debate, he remembered his Guru Shri Ieji Acharya and kept the Mantrakshate on his head and started debating. The divine Mantrakshate started working its charm and in no time Neerina Narsappa had turned into Pandita Narsappa as he spoke fluent Samskritam and won the debate with the Kashi scholar thereby preserving the name and fame of VidwadGadwal. Shri Narsappa obtained Jayapatra from the King and presented it at the Lotus Feet of Shri Ieji Acharya. Shri Ieji Acharya was filled with Gaiety and blessed Shri Narsappa. Shri Narsappa requested Shri Ieji Acharya for the Shaastras’ knowledge to reside permanently in him. Shri Ieji Acharya blessed him and gave him the boon that he requested and renamed him as Shri Pandita Narsappa.

Agni amsha sambhoota Shri Ieji Acharya:

Shri Ieji Acharya and his disciples were returning from Dinni village. Villagers from Dinni had invited Acharya since Acharya’s grandfather Dinni Janardanacharya was a famous kashi scholar who had resided in Dinni Village. En route, disciples decide to rest the horses and halt nearby a farmland where there is a water stream flowing. The horses wander about and eat some of the grain crops in the nearby farmland. The owner of the farmland notices the same and chains the horses in his farmland. The disciples apologize to the owner regarding the horses’ behaviour and request him to release the horses. Repeated requests yield no fruit. The owner was stubborn in his argument and refuses to release the horses. Shri Ieji Acharya was riding his horse behind and reaches the spot in due course of time where the horses are tied up. Shri Acharya tries to reason with the land owner. The owner was simply trying to make an argument and was in no mood to listen to Shri Acharya. The owner yells at Shri Ieji Acharya in vulgar language. Hearing this, the calm and composed Shri Ieji Acharya loses his temperament. He takes an iron rod nearby and bends it with ease using his one hand. Shri Ieji Acharya’s innate soul from his previous birth who was a kshatriya speaks to the owner and blurts out in a fit of rage: “Who do you think I am? Don’t you know Drishtadyumna ?”. At this moment, the owner is terrified with fear and is shivering. He runs away stating that “I don’t want your horses. You keep what’s yours.”
Shri Ieji Acharya and his disciples returned to Venisomapuram. Shri Ieji Acharya contemplates as to revelation of his Innate soul i.e., Agni amsha. Usually, the Gods who incarnate in Bhooloka do not overstay once their Moolaswaroopa(innate nature) is revealed to the world. He mentioned the same to Shree Daasappa Daasaru (younger brother of Shri Gopaladaasaru).  Daasaru informed acharya to complete Vanaprasthashrama and Sanyashrama as entering into a new ashrama is considered equivalent to taking a new birth according to smritis. Shri Acharya agreed and immediately proceeded towards Tirumala to complete the 12th Nyaaya Sudha Mangala mahotsava.
In this way Shri Acharya completed 12 Nyaaya Sudha mangalas during his Grihasthrama period. The remaining 6 Nyaaya Sudha Mangalas were completed in his Sanyaashrama period.

to be continued…

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