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Re: MahA VidvAn Sri U.Ve. PerukkAraNai Swamy ' ThiruppAvai Monograph: Selected Excerpts: Part VIII-> Vyatthu VaazhvIrkAl Dinam :Second day of Dhanur Maasam
Date: Mon Dec 18 2000 - 16:46:11 PST

SrImathE GopAladEsika MahAdEsikAya Namah:

Dear Sri SatakOpan mama,

Thanks for your excellent outpourings of translations from Sri PerukaraNai
Swamy's book. Please keep it up.
I was reading Sri Ahobilamutt 44th pattam Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar's commentary
on ThiruppAvai last night. Simple and very easy to understand.

I would like to share two things: (just for enjoyment, as supplemental post)

1. pAsuram: 2- Vaiyatthu.. (This was also beautifully explained by Sri Anand
Karalapakkam to Smt Praveena, at Singapore a couple of years ago, which she
spoke in a NAMA event later): InjimEttu Azhaigiya Singar (42nd pattam) it
appears used to narrate a story on this about "Anthanaiyum kaikaatti"..
(meaning: if one is not able to offer anything, at least he needs to show (kai
kaatti) someone so that the person gets benefitted).

Some one who never used to offer anything to anyone and always used to show his
right point finger "go to that house; go to this house, etc.,", dies and is
taken to yama. Yama looks at his good (?) deeds. None at all; except showing
this finger (kaikaatti) . He orders severe punishment of roasting and burning
etc., for him, while his finger gets ROYAL treatment placing it in
airconditioned environment. Within a few seconds, yama dhUthAs say that
"MaharAj! we are sorry. The next door guy's name is also the same. We made a
mistake and brought this guy here." So, he is released. Before leaving
YamalOkam, he asks, "why I was made to suffer and finger was given such great
treatment?". Reply was : "you did good deed by showing to needy, others who can
offer help to them. That's why. " So he is convinced that such good deed alone
can help.

He comes back (punar janmam) and now he is sure as to what to do. Next day one
beggar cae "aiyA! please offer some food". Our hero, immediately realising  the
treatment his finger received, bends his hip towards the neighbour's house for
pointing, extends his head (for pointing) to other beggar. Thereby instead of
using the finger alone, he has started using the entire body to point with a
view to getting Airconditioned treatment for the whole body, without actually
offering anything to needy people.

2. pAsuram 3 -Ongi ulagaLandha utthaman pEr PAdi- All commentaries talk and
refer this only to Trivikrama avtaar. However, Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar, saying
"it is different; But it si Sri ANdAL's command to write this" (for enjoyment).
Utthaman can not refer to Vaamanan. He can not be Utthaman because He came as a
small Boy, dwarf from; with an intenet to deceive Mahabhali. He simply asked for
three measures of earth with His feet and immediately grew huge. He also cheated
by hiding MahAlakshmi (who resides ever in His Divine Chest) coming as
Brahmachari. Also Vaamanan came in for devathaatharam Devendran. Thus, Sri AndAL
would not have had Vaamanan when she wrote Utthaman. Also she did not write:
"Ongi kaalaalE ulagaLantha.. She only said "ulagaLantha".

She refers only to Sri Krishna, whom she is praying to, for rain (as vyAjam) and
for showing us the path of Saranagathy in accordance with His assuring words of
CharamaslOkam: It is He who grew so huge showing His ViswarUpam to Arjunan (Ongi
ulagaLantha) in the battle field. It is He who made Arjunan see the flowers that
he had offered on Sivan's head, lying at the feet of Sri Krishna. He is Utthaman
(PurushOtthaman), as He compassionately blessed us with Charama slOkam and the
entire GitA.

I just wrote from memeory. Just for enjoyment. Anything good is due to Sri
Mukkur Azhagiyasingar's commentary. All faults are mine. Please forgive me for
any errors and apacharams.

Sri ANdAL ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

NarayananE namakkE paRai tharuvaan
Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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