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Re[2]: Thiruvaaymozhi 9.3- Narayanan- avanE avanum avanum av
Date: Thu Aug 27 1998 - 13:53:18 PDT

                           SrimathE NArAyaNAya namaha

On Date:    8/27/98 1:38 PM

Sri Muralidhar wrote :

Dear Bhaktas,

Thanks to Sri Madhavakannan Swamin for another nectarine
shower of NammAzhwar's Anubhavam. Please read again and again the
summary of verse 8 in this set. The Azhwar has specifically
stated that there is no difference between Parama Padam and
Tiruvenkatan. This constitutes the necessary and sufficient condition to
establish Tiruvenkatan as the foremost DD. Hopefully, there will
be more "floor-crossers" after reading this wonderful verse!

Namo Narayana,

Muralidhar Rangaswamy


     Well, please do read the next verse (No.9) where in NammAzhwAr says in
     the last two lines

     ".. pazhudhil tholpughazhp pAmbaNaippaLLiyAi
         thazhuvumARu aRiyEn unathALgaLE"

     Very clearly this is our Arangan in his mind and he also says "He
     doesn't know any other feet to surrender". Here thazhuvudhal is to be
     interpreted as surrendering.

     He might have said there is no difference between paramapadham and
     thiruvEngadam but see whose feet he is referring to surrender. Well
     now this seems that NammazhwAr while he did surrender in his 6th decad
     to ThiruvEngadamudaiyan, he is also surrendering to Arangan with this
     paasuram. He also says "ThannoppArillappan", about the ThiruviNNagar
     emberumAn and adds "..ninRa AdhippirAn niRka, maRRai theivam
     nAdudhirE", meaning why are you going to any other perumAL leaving the
     great AdhippirAn at Thirukkurugoor.

     He also praises, Thirukkudanthai ArAvamudhan as the best. This pAsuram
     is a real classic. In the 5th decad 8m pathigam, 8th verse, the AzhwAr

     "..thaLarAvudalam enadhu Avi sarindhu pOm pOdhu
        iLayAdhu una thAL orungap pidithup pOdha isai neeyE".

     Meaning :- when my soul is getting out of my body when my life is
     nearing its end, please do grant me the boon of making it to your

     What does these point out to. All the AzhwArs have praised one
     emberumAn as the best when they sing about Him and the other as the
     best when they sing about the other.

     But if this is the case what is the basis of deciding which is the
     best divya dEsam. It is certainly on the whole single prabhandams of
     Thondar-adip-podi-AzhwAr dedicated to just Arangan and the mixed
     reflections of ThiruppANAzhwAr where he can no longer resist thinking
     of Arangan while singing about SrinivAsan.

     Once again a classic case of starting with thiruvEngadamudaiyAn and
     ending with Arangan by NammAzhwAr too.

     I am certain there will be no floor crossers.

     Sri RanganAyaki thAyAr samEtha Sri RanganAthan thriuvadigaLe saraNam.

     adiyEn RAmAnuja dAsan

     Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh