ABOUT SWAMI NADANTA
( DR. ARJUN KARUNAKARAN)
THE MEPPAD MADOM GURU PARAMPARA:
Lord Shiva delegated Sage Durvasa to revive the principles of Shiva Agama Shastra.He branched it into Advaita, Dvaita and Dvaitadvaita.The knowledge was imparted to the little Princess of Ayodhya.Though holding Nepal genesis, she instigated it in North Kerala as a Yogini.Her tradition was initially diffused by Siddha Yogeeshwara Kumaras.Later Amritanda Yogi and at present his embodiment, Sri Nadanta.
SRI KRISHNADATTA NEELAKANTA PARASHRAYAR:
Literally the nomenclatures,
'Krishanadatta' depicts 'the one who is gifted by the blessings Lord Krishna' and 'Parashraya' designates 'the Brahma Kshatriya who took refuge on Para' or 'the one who is elevated to the divine morale of Brahman with the blessings of Para'; whereas 'Neelakanta indicates Swamiji's Lord Shiva. Swamiji is entitled as Nadanta Ananda Natha whilst the deeksha and Pari poorna kalalsham ceremony, amidst his Sri Vidya Sadhana culmination.
'Nadanta' refers to 'Nataraja, an incarnation of Shiva and the god of dramatic arts'. The etymological meaning, 'end of the sound' portrays the phase when Nada dissolves into Energy for the attainment of Samadhi (Contemplation). 'Ananda Natha' connotes 'the one who experiences bliss in Natha Tradition, whose origin is from ancient Siddha Sampradaya'.
Swamiji's mother akin to Nayar Warrior family named Puthiyottu Illam, subsequently renowned as Puthiyaveettil possess the genealogy of Kolabari Gotra like Bunts in Karnataka titled as Yajmane/Yashmanan.Hence they inherit the copious heritage of Naga Vamsha (Surya Upavamsha) and Chandra Vamsha through their Pandya lineage (Pandya Dhanajaya). Swamiji Father cognates with Meppad Gurukkal, Parashraya Brahmins from Kulangeradathu illam, the Ayy Naga Kshatriyas aggrandized to Brahmins by Adi Keshava (Kshatropeta Dvija) of Angira Ambarisha Yuvanswa Trayarshaya Rishi pravara/Harita Gotra, trained under Guru Atreyas. 'Parashraya Brahmana' signifies 'the one who take refuge or depends on Para Shakti'.
In Kerala, most of the Brahmins were Vaishnavas and Shaivas.
The scarcity of Shaktas were on account of their non-veg rituals in Yamala practices and Atharava Veda Sampradaya.
Eventually they lost their recognition, when Shaktism and Kolathiri kingdom deteriorated in North Kerala.
Later the Rajgurus of Kolathiri/ Parashraya Brahmins were degraded as Parasharars (Brahmins born to Shudras), because of their Pancha Makara practice. Henceforth the custom of marrying Shakta Shudras warrior caste also emerged.Though the term "Meppad" is familiar, Vayum Kulamgaredathu Meppad Mana linked to Maha Mangala Chakreshwari, Yogini Jnananethra Amba (transfiguration of the Princess to Rajmata and Yogini ultimately) and Siddha Yogeeshwara Kumaras endures as a mystery yet.The present Acharya Neelakanta Parashryar ( Arjunan Gurukkal), Swami Nadanta Ananda natha mastered the uttermost cultural practises of Meppad Mana.