R10. RAMANUJA TOOK SANYAS

a poem by Rajaram Ramachandran, India - poetry writer, author, poet

SRI. RAMANUJA

As advised by Kanchipurna
To meet Guru Mahapurna
Ramanuja started towards
Srirangam, the divine place.

Mahapurna from his side left,
With an intention to meet,
Ramanuja in order to bring him
To lead the temple at Srirangam.

Halfway through, they both met
In the temple of Lord Vishnu at
A place called Madhurantakam,
Unexpectedly at that same time.

Instead of going to Srirangam,
Ramanuja returned with him
Back to his place Kanchipuram
To become a Vaishnava under him.

It was here Guru Mahapurna
Who gave initiation to Ramanuja
As a full-fledged Vaishnava
Chanting its religious Mantra.

The seals of conch and discus,
Were applied on both his arms,
As a proof of his admission
Into the Vaishnava religion.

During this time, Ramanuja,
Learnt from Guru Mahapurna
Four Thousand verses in Tamil,
Known as Divya Prabandham well.

One day, the wife of Ramanuja,
Insulted the wife of Mahapurna,
While both were drawing water,
From the well at the morning hour.

Mahapurna with his wife left,
Without informing his student,
As they both couldn’t tolerate
This unfortunate sad incident.

Ramanuja sent his wife then,
To her parents for protection,
And took sanyas in the name
Of Yatiraja, at that crucial time.



R09. THREE FOLDED FINGERS
SRI RAMANUJA
R11. DEPARTURE TO SRIRANGAM

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