History of Sri Vyasatatvajna Teertharu – Part 6/n

Shree ShreedhaVittala Dasaru
July 20, 2021
Rajagopala Stuti
August 30, 2021

History of Sri Vyasatatvajna Teertharu – Part 6/n

Continued from Part 5

Sanyaashrama Sweekara:

Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu, was the 25th Pontiff (Peethadhipati) in the lineage of Jagadguru Shri Madhvacharya Moola Mahaa Samsthanam, Shri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt and 9th in lineage from Shri Raghavendra swamy himself. Since a peethadhipati is ordained the title of Parivrajaka, he is always on tours to spread the tenets of the Madhwa Philosophy and Sanatana Dharma. On one such tours, Shree Bhuvanendra Teertharu reached the abode of Shree Santana Venu Gopalakrishna at Venisomapuram. Shri Ieji Acharya considered that this was the right time for him to enter the Sanyaashrama, the ultimatum in the path to self-realization. Acharya had already completed the preceding three ashramas i.e., Brahmacharya, Grihastha and Vaanaprastha. He deemed that it is the will of the almighty to be the shishya of Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu and requested Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu to ordain him with sanyaashrama and preside him with Pranava mantropadesha. Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu informed in affirmative and instructed Shree Ieji Acharya to author a commentary on Seventh Chapter of Shri Bhagavata purana as Guru Kaanike. Shri Ieji Acharya completed the task with utmost dedication and authored the masterpiece commentary “Mandanandini” to the famed Bhagavata 7th canto (Saptama Skanda) and offered the same to Shree Bhuvanendra teerthaantargata Shri Moola Raama Devaru. Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu was extremely delighted with the composition and decided to ordain Shree Ieji Venkataramcharya with Sanyashrama . Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu renamed Shri Ieji Acharya as Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu. Thus, in this way Shri Ieji Acharya became Shri Ieji Swamigalu (Ieji Swamulavaaru). The following verses from Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertha karaavalambana stotra composed by Chincholi Krishnacharya describes the aforementioned incidents:

paripaalanamedhayaa yam
kritvaa gururdaragakairabhishekavantam |
vyaasaditatvaviditi prakarotsamaakhyaam
tatvajnateertha mama dehi karaavalambam ||

Shree Vyaasa Tattwajna Teertharu (Ieji Swamigalu) carried out the spiritual austerities and rituals without fail whilst also being engaged in paatha pravachana. Shree Bhuvanendra teertharu informed Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu that he should worship the Shodashabahu Shree Narasimha Idol until his life span. Shree Ieji Swamiji followed the orders of his guru and even today when Shree Rayara Mutt pontiffs visit Venisompuram, the shodashabahu Narasimha idol is to be opened and worshipped which was handed back to Raghavendra Mutt after the life span of Shre Ieji Swamigalu.

One can notice the tenets of Sanaatana dharma wherein the Guru Shishyas stayed together even after entering their respective Brindavanas: Shree Bhuvanendra teertha’s moola brindavana – Rajoli, Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertha’s moola brindavana – Venisomapura, Shree Subodhendra teertha’s mrittika brundavana (Moola brindavana of Shree Subodhendra teertharu is situated at Nanjanagudu as subsequent pontiffs of Rayara Mutt were under the shelter of Mysore Wadiyars) – Gundrevula on the opposite bank of Tungabhadra river situated at Venisompura. This uncanny proximity(distance of just 10-15kms between all three brindavanams) of the great Jnaanis exhibit to the world the affection and devotion Guru – Shishyas mutually possessed during the time they lived in and during the time they are still living in their respective brindavanams devoting themselves at the holy feet of the Almighty.

Tungabhadra altering its course:

As Ieji Swamiji turned old and wiser, his physical ability to travel to the Tungabhadra River for daily austerities turned difficult. He requested Tunga devi that he cannot make it to the river for daily austerities. In return, Tunga devi gave Swapna soochane (vision in dreams) and asked Swamiji to draw a line using his Danda Kaashta(stick used by sanyasins). As informed, Shri Ieji Swamiji drew a line wherein his travel time got reduced. The consecutive day, the river had formed its new distributary nearby. The same can be seen even now wherein an island filled with stones and boulders is present and there is larger basin on the other side of that island whereas the smaller basin resides nearer to Venisompuram.

Extinguishing the fire of Hampi Virupaaksha Chariot:

Shri Ieji Swamiji was busy in paatha pravachana on one fine day. Suddenly, Shri Swamigalu stopped the paatha and started throwing water with his hand into the open space. The astonished disciples asked their guru as to what was happening to which he replied that Virupaksha Chariot at Hampi is lit with fire, and he is trying to extinguish the same. Few devotees who had witnessed the same at hampi passed by Venisompuram after some days. These devotees confirmed that an external force came and rescued the fire mishap at hampi which was Shree Vyaasattwajna teertharu himself.

Wiping out an entire army of soldiers with the power of Mantras and Ishitva Vaak siddhi of Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu:

The Nizam of Hyderabad had planned to annex the territory of Gadwal from King Somabhoopala as some miscreants had ill-informed the Nizam that King Somabhoopala was not giving the ally tax due to Nizam in proper time. This enraged the Nizam of Hyderabad, and he sent an army of soldiers to Gadwal kingdom immediately to lay siege and capture the Gadwal Fort. King Somabhoopala had shortage of troops and was not prepared to wage a war at this time. The King sent a letter to Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu to save his kingdom. Shree Ieji Swamigalu read the letter calmly and composed 18 shlokas and sent the reply letter alongwith mantrakshata back to King Somabhooopala who was eagerly waiting at Gadwal. During this time, the soldiers of the Hyderabad Nizam had taken shelter in the barren Krishna River. Since it was peak summer and there was very less water in the river, the soldiers had taken shelter in the Krishna basin near Gadwal. The aparoksha jnaani self-realized Shri Ieji Swamigalu asked the king to entrench the letter with 18 shlokas and the mantrakshata a few miles before where the enemy army took shelter in the river basin. The King followed the orders promptly. The shlokas which were noted down in the script start as below:

Dharmo bhavatu saddharmaha, maarganaassantu marganaaha |
vaahinee vaahinee raajan syaadati parajayaha ||

The unbelievable had happened and by the time of dawn, the entire army of soldiers had washed off in the flowing river of Krishna which usually wouldn’t flow during the peak summer. We need to understand from this that it was the will and the prayers of Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu who had mastered the Vaak indriya and was a siddha purusha in the sense that he had mastered ishitva(one of the eight siddhis) as that’s what had saved the Gadwal kingdom from the Nizam’s eonslaught. This incident is recorded in Mahabubnagar district gazeteer(1976) alongwith the entire 18 shlokas which were uttered on that fateful day by Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu.

Shree Ieji Swamiji’s disciples and shishyas gained prominence and won many rewards and appreciations in the debates organized by Pune’s Prabhune Ramashastri and the debates conducted at Arani Samsthanam through which the name and fame of Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu spread through the length and breadth of Southern Bharata desha.

Works in the field of Vedanta (Vyaasa saahitya):

1. Laghu Prabha – Commentary on Vishnu tattvavinirnaya (published)

2. Guru Prabha – Commentary on Vishnu tattvavinirnaya (unpublished)
3. Rasaranjani – Commentary on Shree Nyaayasudha (published)

4. Samayaadri Kulisha – Commentary on Shree Nyaayasudha (published)
5. Sharadaagama – Commentary on Shree Taatparya Chandrika (published)

6. Vyajana – Commentary on Nyaayamrita. It is a befitting reply authored in response to Nyaayamrita Makshika written by an Advaitin (published)

7. Mandanandini – Commentary on Bhagavata Purana, 7th Canto (published)

8. Maanasasmriti – Independent work on Maanasa Pooja paddhati (published)

9. Asaddharma prakasha (unpublished)

In his life span of 96 years, Shri Vyaasatattwajna teertharu has composed many Haridaasa keertanas(around 350), many Suladis and Ugabhogas through his Ankita Vasudeva vitthala thereby contributing significantly to the field of Hari Daasa saahitya as well. He has extolled and prayed Shree Jayateertharu at Gajagahvara through 3 of his kritis which have the Ankita – Vasudeva vitthala.

Shree Vyaasatattwajna teertharu remains the foremost proponent to have followed all the 4 ashramas i.e., Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyaashashrama. The next proponent to have followed in the same footsteps is Shree Aranyakacharyaru (Shree Madinooru Vishnuteertharu). Other prominent disciples of Shree Ieji Swamigalu include Shree Mahabhashya Shreenivasacharya (Poorvashrama son of Uttaradi Mutt pontiff Shree Satyapriya teertharu), Shree Vamana Pyaatee Kaneekalluru, Shree Chincholi Krishnacharyaru etc.

Shree Vyaasatattwajna Teertharu transcended to the holy feet(haripaada) of the Almighty on the auspicious day of Raudri Samvatsara, Shraavana Krishna Paksha, Ashtami (Krishna Janmashtami), Tuesday, 15th July, 1800 in Venisompura. 

|| Shri Krishnaarpanamastu ||

Pushkar Parthakudi
Pushkar Parthakudi
Divangata (Late) Shri Ieji Shreenivasacharya is a Shiromani scholar from Shri Venkateshwara Oriental Research Institute, Tirupati. He is anuvamshika in Ieji Acharya's lineage.He served as an Adhyapaka at Shri Gurusarvabhouma Vidyapeetha. The translation is carried out by the author's maternal grandson Shri Pushkara Parthakudi, Bengaluru

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