Sri Sukrutheendra Teertharu

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
सुविद्वत्कमलॊह्लसमार्तांडं सुगुणाकरम् ।
सच्छास्त्रासक्तहृदयं सुकृतींद्र गुरुं भजॆ ॥

Kannada :
ಸುವಿದ್ವತ್ಕಮಲೋಹ್ಲಸಮಾರ್ತಾಂಡಂ ಸುಗುಣಾಕರಮ್ |
ಸಚ್ಛಾಸ್ತ್ರಾಸಕ್ತಹೃದಯಂ ಸುಕೃತೀಂದ್ರ ಗುರುಂ ಭಜೇ ||

Telugu :
సువిద్వత్కమలోహ్లసమార్తాండం సుగుణాకరమ్ |
సచ్ఛాస్త్రాసక్తహృదయం సుకృతీంద్ర గురుం భజే ||


Venkataraghavendracharya, the poorvashrama elder brother of Suprajnendratheertha had three sons. Venugopalacharya, the eldest of them was a scholar in four Shastras. Acharya had his education in Nyayashastra under one Nyamagondlu Shamacharya, a famous scholar and studied Shastras under one Huli Hanumanthacharya, his close associate and relative. Venugopalacharya’s majestic personality, piety and austerity added greater glory to the excellence of his scholarship. Besides his younger brother Krishnacharya stood with him in all his endeavours. Venugopalacharya  who came in the poorvashrama eldest lineage of Sri Gururaja was the eldest son. Thus he became the pontiff of the Mutt as ‘Sukrutheendratheertha’. The quotation from the Geethaशुचीनां श्रीमतांगेहे योगोभ्रष्टोभिजायते aptly applied to the swamiji who was a descendant of poorvashrama family on the one side and on the other in the tradition of Sri Gururaja.(उभयवंशाब्धिचन्द्रम)The swamiji’s unmatched brilliance arising from performance of regular poojas, imparting of knowledge in his poorvashrama itself grew more effulgent.

It was a virtual feast for the scholars to listen the swamiji teach. The train of lines and quotations from the Shastras gushed cogently from swamiji like the flood of the Ganges without he even taking  a cursory look at the books. In his tour of Tamilnadu, scholars like Srimushnam Gopalakrishnacharya, Subbarayacharya, Krishnacharya of Mayavara were amazed to hear swamiji’s lecture. The scholars of Thothadri Mutt had no answer to the questions posed by Huli Krishnacharya who was a close associate of the swamiji in his poorvashrama and his disciple. Even a great scholar like Elathoor Krishnacharya was not confident in his reply to the questions the swamiji raised about Deepika. In his poorvashrama, Sathyadhyanatheertha, the famous pontiff of Uttaradi Mutt was astonished at the scholarship of swamiji.Though the swamiji lived for a short period, the fame of his scholarship had spread across all corners. The swamiji attained the Lotus feet of Lord Krishna on the tenth day of Ashwayuja Shuddha in Pareedhavi Samvatsara. The last moments of the swamiji were very strange. As soon as his health began to wane, the swamiji sent for the local officials and said, “You are the representatives of the king. My end is imminent. I have entrusted the Mutt in succession to my poorvashrama younger brother Krishnacharya. It is your responsibility to apprise the king of this development and obtain the esteemed concurrence of His Highness. Krishnacharya is quite competent to steer the administrative machinery of the Mutt to greater glory. Let my connection with ‘Being’ cease now”. Thus saying he got absorbed in the meditation of Lord Hari. Beckoning some disciples nearby he said, “Look here. Pranadeva has left the navel and has moved upwards”. Thus narrating the different stages of the breath as it moved upwards and chanting the name of Lord Narayana, the swamiji departed from the world. This amply demonstrates the transcendency of his ascetic powers and profoundly premonitive vision.


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Source : Gurucharite



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