Sri Suvrateendra Teertharu

Sloka : 
Sanskrit :
सुशीलॆंद्र कराब्जॊत्थं सुशान्त्यादि गुणार्णवम् ॥
सुधाप्रवचनासक्तं सुव्रतींद्र गुरुं भजॆ ॥

Kannada :
ಸುಶೀಲೇಂದ್ರ ಕರಾಬ್ಜೋತ್ಥಂ ಸುಧೀಂದ್ರಸುತಸೇವಕಂ|
ಸುಧಾಪ್ರವಚನಾಸಕ್ತಂ ಸುವ್ರತೀಂದ್ರ ಗುರುಂ ಭಜೇ ||

Telugu :
సుశీలేంద్ర కరాబ్జోత్థం సుశాన్త్యాది గుణార్ణవమ్ |
సుధాప్రవచనాసక్తం సువ్రతీంద్ర గురుం భజే ||

HISTORY

Huli Krishnacharya who was specially blessed by Susheelendratheertha with sanyasa was the eldest son of Huli Hanumanthacharya who imparted lessons on Vedantha to Sukrutheendratheertha and Susheelendratheertha.Huli Hanumanthacharya belonged to Harithasa Gothra. His family had close association with the Mutt ever since. They were all scholars of the Mutt. Each of the descendants of the family had become a scholar studying under the elders. In the same tradition, Hanumanthacharya also attained scholarship studying under the guidance of his father Huli  Bheemacharya. Hanumanthacharya acquired a profound knowledge in Nyayashastra. Knowledge of Vedantha in particular had become acquired through inheritance in the family.

Huli Krishnacharya also became a scholar studying Nyaya and Vedantha Shastras under the guidance of his father. Moreover, he studied the great books on Nyayashastra under the guidance of Kapisthalam Deshikacharya, a celebrated scholar in Nyayashastra and professor of Nyayashastra at Venkateshwara Sanskrit college at Tirupathi.Krishnacharya not only attained great scholarship but also allied himself with the administrative matters of the Mutt which he dealt with discreetly. Krishnacharya played a pivotal role in assisting Susheelendratheertha in the conduct of the famous conference of scholars at Nanjangud and in the celebrations at Udupi. Krishnacharya’s loyalty to the Mutt was peerless. It was his great ambition to see its all round progress. He had no respect for the rivals of the Mutt. Despite, he was foeless, righteous, one who confined his feelings to himself and an erudite scholar. He was simply unassuming. Susheelendratheertha had the greatest affinity for well disposed and tranquil Krishnacharya. He used to involve Krishnacharya whom he had with him always, in all important tasks. During his last days, Susheelendratheertha had Krishnacharya by his side and confided in him all the secrets of the Mutt. He also enlightened Krishnacharya about all the aspects of sanyasashrama and urged him to shoulder the future responsibilities of the Mutt. Krishnacharya was taken aback at this. He declined saying that he did not merit such a responsibility. He pleaded that his family life still had a long way to go. But  Susheelendratheertha’s decision was irreversible. His special grace itself dispelled all the doubts of  Krishnacharya. Krishnacharya who had sanyasa from him was named ‘Suvratheendratheertha’.Suvratheendratheertha was in the peetha just for seven years. Though he was himself a Dewan in his poorvashrama, he spent most of his time in Japa, Tapa, pooja, teaching and discourses. Srinivasamurthyacharya, poorvashrama son of Sukrutheendra theertha supported the swamiji in all matters and it was he who looked after all the affairs of the Mutt. All the seven years of his tenure, the swamiji used to be on his tour. Once he came to Mulbagal, the abode of Sreepadaraja. Dayanidhitheertha, the pontiff of Sreepadaraja Mutt accorded special honours to the swamiji. Further he proceeded towards south. The swamiji was accorded a grand and unprecedented reception at Srirangam. As a result of the unique ascetic prowess Sumatheendratheertha exhibited in the past there, the Mutt had been regularly receiving special honours from the temple. Then the swamiji who had holy dip at Cauvery and worshipped Ranganatha daily for sometime there, proceeded to Kumbhakonam with a sense of fulfilment.

With the help of Dewan Srinivasamurthyacharya and his poorvashrama younger brother Bheemacharya, the swamiji had all arrangements made at Kumbhakonam for celebration of Mahasamaradhana of his guru and holding a conference of scholars on a large scale. The Sameera Samaya Samvardhinee Sabha held at Kumbhakonam deserves to be etched in golden letters in the history of the Mutt. All the famous scholars of 1930 in South India had converged at the conference. Towering scholars such as Elathur Krishnacharya, Kapisthalam Deshikacharya, Virupaksha Shastri (who later became the pontiff of Koodali Sringeri Mutt), Abhinava Bhanabhatta, R.V.Krisnamacharya, Doddaballapuram Vasudevacharya, Tiruvadi Vijayeendracharya, Vaidyanatha Shastri, Chakravarthi Iyengar had adorned the conference. The arrangement for  Mahasamaradhana had been done well under the supervision of Srinivasamurthyacharya. All the three days of the conference witnessed special debates in Nyayashastra. The phrase पशुना यजते in Vyuthpatthivada became the topic for debate. When the discussion became hot, the swamiji intervened and gave apt and acceptable interpretation. Even Kapisthalam Deshikacharya lauded the grand and majesticeloquence and style of interpretation of the swamiji.

Though he was a Srivaishnava “Swayam Acharyapurusha”, he rose to prostrate before the swamiji and dedicated to the swamiji his extemporaneously compiled hymn:
सोमात् सॊम्य निसर्गतां सुरतरॊरौदार्यमंभोनिधेः
गाम्भीर्यं मरुतां गुरॊश्चतुरत्तां स्थैर्यम् हिमाद्रॊरपि ।
सारोद्वारनयेन सारसभुवा संगूह्रुसंमॊदतः
स्रुष्टॊयं जगातीतमे विजयते श्रीसुव्रतींद्रॊगुरुः ॥

The entire gathering hailed. This was a great victory for the Mutt. Dedicating all these to Sri Gururajanthargatha Vijayeendra, the swamiji continued his tour. After being honoured by the rulers of Shivaganga and Ramanadu, he went to Rameshwara. Theswamiji after his holy dip in Rama Sethu and worship at the shrines of Rameshwara and Sethumadhava at the end of his tour proceeded towards Mantralaya. On his way to Mantralaya, the swamiji visited Venisomapura where he had the darshan of Vyasatattvajna and proceeded towards Gadwal province. The queen of Gadwal who did special honours tothe swamiji prayed to him to celebrate the festivities of Chathurmasya Navarathri there only. The festivities of Navarathri went on with pomp and geity at Gadwal. Whenthe swamiji was at Manvi, Sri Gururaja appeared in his dream and ordained him to return to Mantralaya. Accordingly, the swamiji arrived at Mantralaya. He took ill a few days after his arrival at Mantralaya. Instead of improving, his condition turned severe. The swamiji purported that Sri Gururaja wanted him to return to Mantralaya only to grace him with place in his sacredvicinity. On the fourth day of Vaishakha Shuddha in Sreemukha Samvatsara, the swamiji bestowed sanyasa on Dewan Srinivasamurthyacharya, a scholar of the Mutt. Next day the swamiji administered Pranava Mantra to him and named him ‘Suyameendratheertha’. Blessing his disciple, the swamiji said, “You will have the absolute blessings of Sri Gururaja and you will have the fortune of doing special service to Sri Gururaja. Be here in Mantralaya only and continue doing your service. Let your endeavours be fruitful always”.The swamiji chanting the name of Lord Hari attained eternal peace on the sacred day of Vaishakha Shuddha Ekadashi. The very fact that the swamiji was blessed with his eternal abode in the sacred vicinity of Sri Gururaja itself is a proof of the swamiji’s ascetic excellence. The swamiji really is the most fortunate to have had such special blessings of Sri Gururaja. It is needless to mention separately that the swamiji is a unique soul particularly when whatever offered as Hasthodhaka to Sri Gururaja also stand offered to him.  

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