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SrImathE Nigamantha Mahadesikaya namah:
SrImAn venkatanAthAryaH kavitArkika kesarI |
vedAntAcArya-varyo me sannidhattAm sadA hRdi ||

May the glorious Venkatanatha, the greatest of teachers of Vedanta, and the 
lion among poets and debaters, reside forever in my heart.

Dearest Srivaishnavas,
Let us continue to enjoy the sthOthra granthas of Swamy Desikan [in 
alphabetical order]
nyAsa vimsathi- [the score of self surrender and exposition on it]

Nyasa vinsathi is a Hymn in Sanskrit of 20 +2 verses on the doctrine of self 
surrender [saranagathi]. In this, Swamy Desika deals with several of its 
useful aspects, both as an independent means and as an auxiliary to bhakti 
yoga. This sthOthra opens with definition of an ideal acharya (instructor) 
(1 and 2); and definition of an ideal disciple [sishya] (3);
The first advice of the teacher to pupil [4]
The qualification for prapatti [5]
Its greatness [6,9]
Intense faith (maha viswasam) as an important auxiliary [7]
The proper way of life of a prapanna [8]
Some objections about the doctrine of Prapatti and its angas and replies to 
objections [10-12]
Different kinds of Prapatti as an independent means and as an auxiliary to 
bhakti yoga.
The sthOthra concludes with two slokas in which Swamy Desikan describes the 
form of Prapatti adopted by him at the lotus feet of Sri Varadaraja of 
Kanchi, and the last sloka particularly will be an example for others who 
may desire to do prapatti for attaining a fruit [21 and 22]

Traditions record that the vyAkhyAna chakravartthi Sri Periyavaacchaan 
PiLLai who was a senior contemporary of Swamy Vedanta Desika made a request 
to Swamy Desikan in Srirangam to write sthOthra grantha on Prapatti in 
Sanskrit which may be useful for future generations. It is the utter 
humility of our Acharyas having highest regards for each other, in spite of 
their greatness. [we need to emulate them in every walk of life]. Swamy 
Desika took it as the command of Lord Sri Ranganathan himself and happily 
took the order of vyAkhyAna chakravartthi and wrote nyAsa vimsathi- 20 
verses on nyAsa.

Swamy Desika also wrote a commentary for this sthOthra quoting several 
ancient works in support of the authenticity of the doctrine of Saranagathi. 
Tattva muktha kalapa is the only other work of his for which Swamy wrote a 
commentary as well. That is for the tattvas [reals], and nyAsa vimasthy is 
for Hitha [uPAya - means]

Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Namo narayana
kavi-tArkika-simhAya kalyANa-guNa-SAline |
Srimate venkateSAya vedAntagurave namaH ||

Salutations to Sri Venkatesa, in whom all perfections reside, who is the 
teacher of Vedanta and the lion among poets and debaters

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