Acharyas initiate all the followers of Vedic tradition with Srimannarayana Ashtakshari Mahamantra. This is also referred to as Thirumantram, Mantrarajam or Mantrabrahmam. This mantra has the power bestow a seeker with the abilities required to achieve any results he desires. The famous Indian musician and composer (vaggeyakara) Annamayya said in one of his songs, ‘అన్ని మంత్రములు ఇందే ఆవహించెను..’ [All mantras indwell in this mantra]. Ashtakshari Mahamantra is known to yield faster results than any other mantra. That is why, believers of other mantras tend to join ashtakshari mahamantra along with their other mantras to achieve faster results.
Birth of Ashtakshari mahamantra:
Badari kshetram in Himalayas is the most pious and pleasant place. It is situated closed to 10,250ft above the ground level atop the mountains. God Himself incarnated in Badari as two forms, one as a teacher and another as a student to show the world – the right qualities that a teacher and student should possess to carry out their jobs successfully. As a teacher, God Himself taught this Ashtakshari Mahamantra to a student (also Himself in another form). Badari is therefore considered the birth place of this mantra for the sake of us. Up in Vaikuntam, the elaborated essence of this mantra is revealed to Lakshmi Devi by Narayana Himself as Dwaya mantra. Later in Dwapara Yuga, Krishna gives out the Charama Sloka to Arjuna which clearly states the way to lead life – not compromising on the essence of the same initial Ashtakshari Mahamantra.
This mantra gives us the best gift,God Himself to us. Scholars and elders say, ‘If one can meditate upon this mantra understanding its meaning and the power of each syllable, it bestows all benefits to the seeker.’ It is an 8-letter mantra with the softest and pleasant touch carrying the deepest and richest wealth of wisdom!
It was in 1017 AD when Sri Ramanujacharya (an avatar of Adi Sesha Himself ) descended to this earth. He understood that it was not easy for commoners to get initiated with this mantra and understand its significance because of stringent rules in place. His heart could not hold the truth that this powerful mantra was accessible only to few. Considering the significance of the mantra and how greatly one could benefit from understanding its meaning, Ramanujacharya established an easier way of accessing it for the common people. He initiated 74 eligible acharyas with the mantra and sent them across the breadth and width of the nation to share the wisdom, and thereby relieve them from suffering. They travelled across and explained the meaning of the mantra which revealed the truths of existence to all the aspirants.
The lineage continued from Ramanujacharya to many great acharyas including Manavala Mahamuni and Srimannarayana Ramanuja Jeeyar Swami (Pedda Jeeyar Swami – the Guru of our own Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji). Today, Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji is travelling across the globe to glorify its beauty and power.
Bhagavad Ramanujacharya further elaborated the essence of Vedic wisdom through 9 great scriptures. Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji’s acharya, Sri Pedda Jeeyar Swami and equivalently knowledgeable scholar, Sri T.K. Gopalacharya Swami have both learnt the 9 scriptures from Mandasa Ramanujacharya. They both stayed under the shade ofSri Vasudeva Kshetram, Mandasa, near Palasa in the district of Sri Kakulam.
As we all know, Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji spent all the time and resources needed to rebuild the fallen structures of this ancient Sri Vasudeva Kshetram. Swamiji made sure that the authenticity of the material and architecture is preserved, stressing on protecting our history through these great places.
Sri Vasudeva Kshetram is now getting ready to celebrate the 1003rd Thirunakstram of Bhagavad Ramanujacharya. We invite you all to take part in whatever way that you are able to, and feel one with this pious place. The celebrations start on the28th of April and go on till the Thirunakstram day, the 9th of May 2019. Interestingly, Sri Shankaracharya Jayanti also is on the same day this year!
The event will commence with the Jyoti Prajwalana by Sastra Ratnakara, Sastra Vidwanmani, Presidents Award recipient, Sri Samudrala Venkata Rangaramanujacharyulu