Ramanujacharya served his Acharyas with devotion.
Everyday, he would boil milk for Tiruvaranga Perumal
Arayar. He would check to see if it had just the right degree
of warmth. Tiruvaranga Perumal Arayar was so pleased
with Ramanuja’s service that he said “You have
demonstrated how a sishya should behave towards his
Acharya. All my wealth I give to you.”
The wealth that he was referring to was Nammazhvar’s
Thiruvaimozhi. It need not necessarily follow that an ideal
student also turns out to be an ideal Acharya. But in
Ramanuja’s case, he was both an ideal student and an ideal
Acharya, said Kidambi Narayanan in a discourse.
One day, in Srirangam, Ramanuja noticed a man called
Pillai Urangavilli holding an umbrella over his wife’s head.
Pillai Urangavilli was oblivious to everything else around
him. He presented a curious sight. Ramanuja asked him
why he was holding an umbrella over his wife’s head. Pillai
Urangavilli replied: “My wife’s eyes are so beautiful that I
want to shield them from the rays of the Sun.”
Ramanuja asked him if he would give up being obsessed
with his wife’s eyes if he showed him a pair of eyes more
beautiful than his wife’s. Pillai Urangavilli agreed.
Ramanuja then showed him Lord Ranganatha’s eyes,
which had been praised by Tiruppanazhvar as large and
elongated. Ranganatha’s eyes caused a change of heart in
Ramanuja could just have ignored Pillai Urangavilli’s
obsession. But he was so kind and so anxious to redeem
Pillai Urangavilli that he showed him the Lord’s beauty and
turned his thoughts towards the Lord and steered him in
the path of bhakti. Thus Ramanuja was not only an ideal
student, but also was an ideal Acharya.