R14. VISIT TO KASHMIR

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

SRI RAMANUJA

Ramanuja popularized Tamil Veda,
To fulfill his first promise to Yamuna,
Whose three right fingers were folded
Even after death, which he noticed.

It was his second promise to write
A commentary on the famous text
Of Badarayana’s Vedanta Sutras,
On the merits of devotional paths.

On the devotional Vaisnavism,
Sage Bodhayana’s book became
An authority on this subject,
And he was searching for it.

He went by walk to Kashmir,
To find this rare book there,
In the library of Saradapitha,
Once the seat of Adi Sankara.

The Pundits gave him an excuse,
That it was eaten away by white ants,
For they feared he might destroy,
With his skill, the Advaita philosophy.

But by Goddess Sarada’s mercy
With the book he went back silently,
But they caught him on the way
And took back the book forcefully.

On his way, during four nights,
He had studied all the pages,
And came to know, by heart,
Its contents as a God’s gift.

Back to Srirangam, he wrote
His commentary on the text.
Explaining the Vedanta Sutras,
In the name of Sribhasya.

It was God’s will that played,
In his role as the Temple Head,
Thus he made every task possible,
That was considered impossible.

It was his desire to undertake,
All India pilgrimage by walk,
Along with his close disciples,
To share his ideas with others.

R13. THE TAMIL VEDA
SRI RAMANUJA
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