Srimathe Ramanujaya Namaha,
Adiyen would like to add some nourishment to this thread conversations with Acharya ThiruvAdi Bhalam and Velukkudi Swami’s Aasirvadham from Swami’s Upanyasam “Thirukkolur Pen Pillai Vaarthai“, but the below writings taken from SriVaishnava blog, though content is same as what we have heard in Swami’s upanyasam
அவன் வேண்டாம் என்றேனோ அழ்வானைப் போலே!
avan vENdAm enREnO AzhvAnaip pOlE
[Azhvan here means Swami KoorathAzhvan]
Due to the trouble caused by the Chola king, Swami Ramanuja had left Srirangam for Thirunarayanapuram. Periya Nambigal had given up his life and KooraththAzhvan Swami lost his eyesight. After performing the final rites for Periya Nambigal Swami, Azhvan returned to Srirangam.
One time, unable to bear the separation from Swami Ramanuja, Azhvan was in deep despair. To console himself, he went to the Srirangam temple to have the darshan of Sri Ranganatha (NamPerumal).
However, due to Chola king’s anger against Swami Ramanuja, the Chola king had decreed that no one
who was associated with Ramanuja should be allowed inside the temple. Therefore, a gatekeeper at the temple stopped Azhvan from entering. Another gatekeeper said “Even though Azhvan is associated with Ramanuja, he is full of good qualities. Therefore, he can be allowed inside”, and told Azhvan that he could go in.
Azhvan replied “I should be allowed to see the Lord because of my relationship with my
acharya and not because I have good qualities. Seeing the Lord while breaking one’s connection with one’s acharya is not required”. Saying so, he refused to go inside the temple and went back.
Thirukkolur Ammal is saying “Did I show interest in the relationship to my acharya to the extent of saying NO to even Sriman Narayana, like Kooraththazhvan did?”
This is the history behind any devotees going to get Namperumal sevai, so devareer (a true devotee) under Acharya lotus feet not able to get dharshan of Ranganatha/NamPerumal is not a surprise, since the History repeats.
So adiyen will recommend devareer to follow:
இங்குபால் பொங்கும் என்றேனோ வடுகனம்பியைப் போலே!
ingu pAl pongum enREnO vaduganambiyaip pOlE
Vaduga Nambi (Andra Purna) was one of the close disciples of Swami Ramanuja. His faith in his acharya was unshakeable and superceded even bhagavad bhakti. This is known as Madhurakavi nishtai (also known as Charamopaya nishtai) – the acharya bhakti
shown by madhurakavi Azhvar toward Nammazhvar. It is said that he would call Mudhaliyandan and Kooraththazhvan as “iru karaiyar (சேற்றில் ஒரு கால், ஆற்றில் ஒரு கால்) meaning that one keeping their one leg in dirt and another leg in pure river)” – meaning that they believe in both their Acharya (ஆற்றில்) and the Lord (சேற்றில்). His take was that one should place their faith completely
in one’s acharya alone (as both the means and the end) and no one else.
One time while he was engaged in preparing milk for Ramanuja at Srirangam, Namperumal’s veedhi procession was occuring. As Namperumal came outside
Ramanuja’s mutt, everyone went out to have His darshan. Ramanuja was outside and noticing Vaduga Nambi’s absence called him to come outside. Vaduga Nambi refused saying that if he stepped out, then the milk he was preparing for Ramanuja would overheat, overflow and lose its flavor. Such was his acharya bhakti of Swami Vaduga Nambhi.
So when we already know that the SriRanganatha (NamPerumal) has such STAINED history from past to present, let’s be alert and stick to CLEAN history Swami Ramanujar’s ThuruvAdi.
This is also called as “Vaduga Nambhi Nishtai“, which is adiyen’s preference.
Adiyen Srinivasa (DhoddayAcharyar) Dasan
Velukkudi Sri Krishnan Swami Thiruvadigalaey Sharanam,
Acharyan Thiruvadigalaey Sharanam,
Thirukkolur Pen Pillai Ammal Ki Jai,
Vaduga Nambhi Swami Thiruvadigalaey Sharanam,
Ramanujan Yellarayum Aandananey,
Sri RangaNayaki Thayar Samedha Sri Ranganatha NamPerumal Ki Jai.