Govindan becoming Vaishnavite from Saivite Though Ramauja was always surrounded by Kurathazvan, Muthaliyandan, Periya Nambikal and other disciples, he missed his brother Govindan who saved his life. He wanted to bring him to Srirangam and change him to vaishnavite sampradayam. Then he thought that Sri Sailapurnar alias Thirumalai Nambikal who was his uncle was the right person to fulfill his wish. He wrote a letter to him and sent it through a vaishnavite disciple. When Thirumalai Nambikal received the letter, he left for Sri Kalahasthi with a few of his disciples. He resided near the tank where Govindan used to come and take bath. One day Govindan saw Thirumalai Nambikal and others. Thirumalai Nambikal was giving vyakyanam to sastras and Prabandams and the others were listening with rapt attention. Govindan also happened to hear it while plucking flowers. He was very much attracted when he heard the vyakyanam for Thiruvaymozi. He approached Thirumalai Nambikal and told him that he also wanted to become a vaishnavite. Nambikal was very glad to hear this and he took him to Tirumalai with him. There he gave him Dhiksha as per the Vaishnava sampradayam. When Ramanuja came to know this he felt very happy. Ramanuja obtaining Thirumanthratha Upadesam from Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal Periya Nambikal had taught Ramanuja the meaning of Dvayam, Gitartha Sangraham, Vyasa Suthram, and Pancharathra Agamam. One day he told Ramanuja about Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal who was very dearly loved by Alavandar. He was a very famous Vaishnavite scholar and Alavandar had taught him a lot more to him. Periya Nambikal told Ramanuja to go to Thirukoshtiyur and get all the upadesams that he was taught by Alavandar. So one day Ramanuja went to Thitukoshtiyur and prostrated before Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal and requested him to explain Thirumanthrartha rahasyam and other secrets of Veda manthras. Thirukostiyur Nambikal was not impressed and he just told Ramanuja to come the next day. Ramanuja went to Thirukoshtiyur 18 times, but Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal did not accede to his request. Hence Ramanuja turned his attention in maintaining and upgrading the services of the Srirangam temple. He built thirumadapalli for cooking prasadam, planted flowerplants and trees for making garlands to the Deities. He also built a dispensary and a library for the devotees and other people. The Choza king also helped him in building and maintaining all these things. Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal came to know about the temple rituals and other services initiated by Ramanuja. Now he was very much impressed about Ramanuja’s selfless service and flawless administration of the temple. He sent one of his disciples to Ramanuja with a message that he should come alone with his thridandam and pavithram to receive his upadesam. Ramanuja who was waiting for this golden opportunity immediately left for Thirukoshtiyur with Mudaliyandan and Kurathazvar. When Thirukoshtiyur Nambikal asked wjhy he had brought those two with him, as he had told him to come alone. Ramanuja told him that he had only obeyed his order for Mudaliyandan was his Thrithandam and Kurathazvar was his Pavithram. Nambikal was surprised to hear Ramanuja’s cleverness. He told that he would teach them Thirumathrartha rahasyam on one condition that they should not teach the same to anyone else. He told them that the manthram would help them to attain moksha. He had agreed to teach Thirumanthrartham because they were fit to receive it for the tremendous spiritual knowledge they had possessed. Further he told them that if they taught it to others they would go to hell. Ramanuja’s face dazzled more than before after acquiring Thirumanthrartha upadesam. Though he wanted to return to Srirangam, his legs pulled him towards the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comffice:smarttags" /><st1lace><st1laceType>temple</st1laceType> of <st1laceName>Thirukoshtiyur</st1laceName></st1lace>. On his way he was calling all the people to follow him to the temple where he would offer them a priceless gem. On hearing this lot of people followed him and after reaching the <st1lace><st1laceType>temple</st1laceType><st1laceName>Ramanuja</st1laceName></st1lace> climbed at the top of the gopuram. A big crowd was gathered in front of the temple. Mudaliyandan and Kurathazvar were speechless. Ramanuja told the crowd that he would chant the Ashtashara Narayana manthra, that would fetch mukthi to all those who chanted it. He told that he would chant it thrice and all of them should follow chanting the same. The people were enthralled to hear this and they all chanted the manthra in one voice. They all prostrated before him for his great deed and returned home happily. Ramanuja wanted to go to Thirukoshtiyur Nambi’s house to thank him for his benevolence. In the mean while Nambikal was filled with rage when he came to know that Ramanuja broke his promise. As soon as he saw Ramanuja, he shouted at him telling that by breaking the promise he had committed a greatest sin and also guru dhroham. But Ramanuja answered him calm and quietly that he very well knew that he had committed the biggest sin and for that he would be punished to go to hell. Yet he thought that a lot of people would attain moksha by chanting the Narayana manthram and he alone would reach narakam and he did not mind. He chanted the following slokam: Yathishye eka evaaham narake guru pathakath Sarve kuchanthu bavatham krupayaa paramam patham! The meaning is;” that I am the only one who will go to narakam because I had broken the promise to my guru, but I feel happy that thousands of people will attain mukthi by chanting this manthram.” When Nambikal heard this reply he felt ashamed for his narrow mindedness. He hugged Ramanuja and those who witnessed this also felt very happy. Nambikal conferred the title ‘Emperumaanaar’ to Ramanuja. He also made his son Sowmyanarayan Udaiyavar’s disciple and sent him with him. To be continued Emperumanar Thiruvadikale Saranam!