Śrī Kṛṣṇavāgīśa – A Prayer to Śrī Krishnamacharya with Translation

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śrī kṛṣṇavāgīśa yatīśvarābhyām saṃprāpta cakrāṅkaṇa bhyāṣyasāram |

śrī nūtnaraṅgendra yatau samarpitsvam śrī kṛṣṇamāryaṃ guruvaryamīḍe |

virodhe kārtike māse śatatārā kṛtodayam yogācāryaṃ kṛṣṇamāryaṃ guruvaryamahaṃ bhaje ||

“I offer praise to one who is disciplined, Guru Śrī Krishnamacharya, whose great teachers were
Śrī Kṛṣṇa who taught him mantra and initiated him into Cakrāṅkaṇam
(the ritual of prostrating and receiving Śaṅkha, right side and Cakra left side, on the shoulders).
Śrī Vāgīśa who taught him the essence of Śrī Bhyāṣyam (Vedānta) and
Śrī Raṅganātha (Raṅgendra) who initiated him into Bharaṇyāsam
(to place at the Lord’s feet or how to surrender to God).
Born in the year Virodha, during the month of Kṛtika, under the star Śatatāra,
this teacher of Yoga, Guru Krishnamacharya I salute.”

The convention is to speak about the guruparamparā and not describe or or speak about the teacher’s contributions.

Śrī Krishnamacharya’s three teachers are:

1. Śrī Kṛṣṇa Brahma Tantra Parakāla Svāmi
He was the head of Śrī Brahma Tantra Parakāla Mutt in Mysore from 1877 until his death, in 1912.
(The Śrī Brahma Tantra Parakāla Mutt was a monastic order established in South India. It was the first monastery of the Sri Vaishnava sect of Brahmin Hindu society. The Śrī Brahma Tantra Parakāla Mutt was first established by Śrī Brahmatantra Svatantra Jeeyar, a disciple of Śrī Vedanta Desika.)

2. Śrī Vāgīśa Brahma Tantra Parakāla Svāmi
He was the successor to Śrī Kṛṣṇa and was head of the Mutt from 1912 until his death in 1925.

3. Śrī Raṅganātha Brahma Tantra Parakāla Svāmi
Born in 1884 he was a classmate of Śrī Krishnamacharya and was the successor to Śrī Vāgīśa from 1925 until his death in 1967.

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