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Teliyatha Marai Nilangal Teligindrome-14

From: sadagopan iyengar (sadagopaniyengar_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Mar 31 2001 - 22:14:51 PST

    Srimate SrivanSatakopa Sri Vedanta Desika Yatindra
Mahadesikaya Nama:

  Teliyatha Marai Nilangal Teligindrome-14

    The eleventh mantra of MahaNarayanopanishad, which
also occurs with slight variations in the SvEtAsvatara
and Katha Upanishads, reiterates the imperceptibility
of Paramatma to human faculties. No human eye can ever
see Him nor behold His glorious form.
  " na sandrisE tishttati roopam asya, na chakshushA
pasyati kascha nynam"
   
 That Emperuman is beyond the grasp of human organs is
reflected in the following lines of Tiruvaimozhi-
 "kaNgal kAndarku ariyanAi"
 "katkilee"
 "kANalum aaGAn"
 "kANbAr aar em eesan kaNNanai"
 "katkariya piraman sivan indiran endru ivarkatkum
  katkariya kaNNan"  etc.
   
However, a Paramatma who always remains beyond human
perception is like a full moon in a desert, with
nobody to appreciate its beauty. Hence, in His
infinite mercy and soulabhya, He makes Himself visible
and attainable to those who meditate on Him with
undistracted minds. Such yogis , adopting Bhakti or
Prapatti, and with Him  as their sole refuge,  are
able to see Him in their minds.

   Thus the Upanishad says, "HridA maneeshA manasAbhi
kluptO ya Enam vidu: amruta: te bhavanti"

 This calls for total concentration on Emperuman, to
the exclusion of all other ephemeral human
relationships, the type practiced by Sri Nammazhwar- "
chintayAlum sollAlum seigaiinAlum dEvapiranaiyE tandai
tAi endru adainthA vaN kurugoor satakopan". This
pasuram is perhaps the basis for Sri Alavandar's
sreesookti "MatA pita yuvataya: tanayA: vibhooti:
sarvam yadEva niyamEna mad anvayAnAm".
  That Emperuman can be seen with such undiluted
concentration , and that those who know Him thus
attain liberation from bondage, is brought out by the
following panktis of Tiruvaimozhi-
  "patrudai adiyavarkku eLiyavan"
  "karutthukku nandrum eLiyanAi"
  "kaNNuLLE nirkum kAdanmayAl thozhil"
  "en KaNNanai kandukondu nilai petru ennenjam
petrathu needuyirE"
 "arindu arindu tEri teri yAn enadu AviyuLLe
nirainda gyAna moortiyAyai ninmalamAga vaitthu
pirandum setthum nindru idarum pEdamai teerndu
ozhindEn" etc.

The Upanishad stops with saying that Paramatma can be
seen by perseverent yOgis in their minds'eye: it is
silent on the form and shape of the Parabhrahmam that
is seen thus. This omission is rectified by Kari
Maran, who describes vividly, for our benefit, the
Divine Form that framed itself in his mind.  
 First and foremost, Azhwar sees Him( in his  mind's
vision) accompanied by PirAti, who is His inseperable
consort. He describes his vision thus-
 "oNtodiyAL Tirumagalum neeyumE nilA nirpa
  kanda sathir kandu ozhindEn adainthen un tiruvadiyE"
  
 Here is an enchanting description of Bhagawan's
tirumEni as seen through the bhakti-filled mind of 
Parankusa Nayaki (" en nenjinAl nOkki kANeer")-
 "sanginOdum nEmiyOdum tAmarai kaNgalOdum, senkani vAi
ondrinOdum"
 "minnum noolum kundalamum mArvil tiru maruvum
  mannu pooNum nAngu tOlum"
"vendri villum tandum vALum chakkaramum sangum"
"tokka sOdi tondai vAyum neeNda puruvangalum, takka
tAmarai kaNNum"
 "kOla neeL kodi mookkum…..neela mEnium nAngu tOLum".
Such is the indescribable beauty of  Emperuman's
aprAkrita diva mangala vigraham that , after a few
futile attempts at an adequate description, Sri
Nammazhwar gives up and says " en nenjinAl nOkki
kANeer".

   To be continued-dasan,sadagopan.

Srimate SriLakshmiNrsimha divya paduka sevaka
SrivanSatakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya
Nama:
 


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