- Author:J. Rangaswami
Publisher: Sharada publishing house
- Year of Publication:2014
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Srivaishnava philosophy of the post-Ramanuja period had an interesting growth. What was adumbrated by Ramanuja in his Gadyas received a detailed and categorical exposition at the hands of great teachers like Pillai Lokacharya and Vedanta Desika. The compositions of the mystic saints Azhvars received greatest attention during this period. Works highlighting the essential doctrines under the name Rahasya were composed in Manipravala (Sanskritised Tamil). This may be described as the golden period of the Manipravala style. Since many Sanskrit words do not have a correct parallel in Tamil, ancient writers resorted to this method of blending Sanskrit and Tamil. This gave the Tamil language, a rare charm and dignity. Pillai Lokacharya wrote 18 Rahasyas. Of these, the Srivachanabhushana, Tattvatraya and the Mumukshuppadi are important, and among them the first work is the magnum opus of the great writer. The credit of commenting on this important Rahasya text goes to Manavala Mamuni (1370-1444).