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Date: Tue Aug 04 1998 - 07:10:32 PDT
I am thankful to Sri. Dileepan for having this discussion on the Lords of Thirumala, Thiruvarangam, and others. Although, I must admit that my first impression was that this discussion would cause more heartaches, I am pleasantly surprised that it is only improving the quest for knowledge. In this regards, I thought I would add my two cents of worth. I am glad Sri.Mani views this from Sri.Ramanujacharya's viewpoint. Isn't it true that when our Paramacharya was making a trip to Thirumala, he refused to climb the seven hills of Thirumala, since he thought he was not pure enough to make the trip and instead preferred to stay at the foothills, which houses all our azhwars. It was only after a good bit of convincing that he agreed to climb the seven hills. Does this mean that the Lord of Thirumalai is higher than others, since, he (Sri Ramanuja) did not hesitate when it came to visiting other divyadesams. Somehow, we tend to forget that but for Varaha Perumal, Thiruvenkatan would not be in Thirumalai. Does this mean that if an azhwar sang in praise of Thiruvenkatan, he was indirectly singing the praise of Varaha perumal? So, that must count as twice as much, compared to other Perumals! Now, on the other hand, our picture of the Lord of SriVaikuntam, is the reclining posture, the anantha sayanam. So, this would mean that the Lord of Thiruvarangam is higher than Thiruvenkatan. >From my limited knowledge of the Divya Prabhandams, the single best description of the Lord came from Thirupannazhwar. Although, the azhwar refers to Thiruvenkatan as he starts in his praise of Sri Ranganathan, he describes every aspect of this perumal so vividly and well, that it brings tears to one's eyes. I am not sure if Perumals at other Divyadesams have been equally praised, from toe to head (literally)? All these discussions only reinforce my happiness and joy that I am but an extremely insignificant part of this Sampradayam, which can not be described in words, but only experienced. I sincerely thank all of u, in putting up with all the gibberish.. Please, forgive me if I have wrongly misinterpreted. srinivasan.