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Re: MahA VidvAn Sri U.Ve. PerukkAraNai Swamy's ThiruppAvai Monograph: Part XI-> An introduction to the many layers of meanings of ThiruppAvai as background for the Fifth Paasuram .

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Dec 19 2000 - 16:38:33 PST

Sriamthyai Godhayai Nama:
SrimathE RaamAnujAya Nama:

Dear BhakthAs:

adiyEn has covered sofar the first four of six
pentads of ThiruppAvai. Tomorrow ,adiyEn will
cover the special meanings of the fifth paasuram.
This is an appropriate time to describe breifly
the natural divisions into which the meanings of
ThiruppAvai have been classified.
The total thirty paasurams of ThiruppAvai have been 
grouped in to six sets of five by AchAryAs (5x5+5=30). 
These six sets of five focus on the following six topics:

(1) First Five: The ways/steps to perform NOnbhu 
    are described.

(2) Second Five: Maidens , who have recently fallen in love
    with the Lord are awakened.

(3) Third Five: Those , who are deeply in love with KrishNan
    for a long time and born in great kulam are awakened.

(4) Fourth Pentad:At NandhagOpan's house , DhwAra PaalakAs,
    NeeLai and KaNNan are awakened.

(5) Fifth Pentad: The Maidens prepare KrishNa to a state
    in which He can listen to their appeal .

(6) Sixth Pentad: Krishnan is ready and the Gopis reveal
    the purpose of their visit and pray for the boons of
    eternal kaimkaryam . 

These sets of six paasuram pentads have also been 
described to carry five sets of other meanings:

(1) Laksha panchakam (pentad) to salute the five laks
    of maiden at AaypAdi , who particpated in the vratham .

(2) AvathAra panchakam dealing with the five states of
    the Lord ( Param in First Paasuram , VyUham in second ,
    Vibhavam in the third, AntharyAmi in the fourth and 
    ArchAvathAram in the Fifth paasuram of today .

(3) The third set of meanings relate to artha Panchakam
    ( The Lord, The Jeevan , the means , the Phalan of 
     SaraNAgathi and the obstacles that stand in the way 
     of attaining that Moksha Siddhi).

(4) The fourth set of meanings focus on the Karma ,
    Jn~Ana , Bhakthi Yogams and the two ways of
    Prapatthi Yogam ( Sva Nishtai and AchArya Nishtai).

(5) The fifth level of meanings comes under the title of
    Kaala panchakam , which is the five divisions of
    time of the day for a Sri Viashnavan : Abhigamanam ,
    UpAdhAnam , Ijyai , SvAdhyAyam and Yogam .Please 
    refer to Sri VaishNava Dinasari postings on 
    the Bhakthi list for additional information.

(6) The sixth level of meanings focus on BhAgavatha
    Svaroopa panchakam :

    (a) SathkAra Yogya PradhAnar 
    (b) SallAbha Yogya PradhAnar
    (c) SahavAsa Yogya PradhAnar
    (d) Bheethi Yogya pradhAnar
    (e) Preethi Yogya PradhAnar (Bhakthi paravasar)

The above are five different kinds of BhaagavathAs
known for one or other unique features in Bhagavath-
BhAgavatha Bhakthi.

Inview of these glories, ThiruppAvai has assumed 
the role of a rare dhivya prabhandham .It contains 
the quintessence of the meanings of the Major 

Additional information on artha panchakam concepts
and their coverage in ThiruppAvai Paasurams as well
as the deeeper meanings referred to in this
introductory posting for the first set of five 
paasurams can be accessed in the 1996 Marghazhi
postings archived in the Bhakthi List under
AzhwArs/ANDAL section.Sri Venkat Iyengar's 
home page on SrivilliputthUr has also valuable 
additional information including beautiful
images of ANDAL and RangamannAr.Please enjoy them.
Sri Venakt Iyengar of Bharain has audio files
of the ThiruvallikkENI GjOshti headed by 
Sriman M.A. VenkataKrishNan Swamy reciting 
melodiously the Paasurams of ThiruppAvai in
the most traditional manner.

Tomorrow , adiyEn will cover the fifth Paasuram
( Maayanai Mannu Vada Mathurai Mainthanai) of

ANDAL ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam ,
RaamAnuja Daasan Oppiliappan Koil V.SatakOpan          

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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