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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Fri Dec 01 1995 - 10:33:24 PST
"amalaanaathipiraan thantha adikalE pORRi, uyar thiru thamizh maRai chaarum thantha uththama muniyE pORRi, maRaiththu MaRai porul thantha, maraa thirup pugazh sEr paanaazhwaar - thiruvadikaE pORRi Sampath Rengarajan In continuation of the information that thirup paanaazhwaar's thiru nakshthram is coming, there were some thoughts that may now be shared with the group. Our senior Sri Vaishnavas have believed that swami desikan had a special place in his heart for thirup paanaazhwaar among all the other aazhwaars. Thirup paanaazhwaar's thiru nakshthram and Lord Sri Krisha's thiru nakshthram are same and is "rohini" (though the month's are different). Kannan is the supreme being in playing the flute. Our Aazhwaar having been brought up by "paanars" also mastered music. Swami Desikan mentioned in the chapter "guru param paraa saaram" of Srimath Rahsya Trasaaram that "sarvechwaran paraangusa parakaalaathi roopaththaalE abinavamaaka oru thasaavaathaaram paNNI ..." implying that the "Lord of all" created yet another dasaawathaaram through the aazhwaars. In conjunction with this statement of Swami Desikan and the thiru nakshthram of aazhwaar, one can conclude that thirup paanaazhwaar is a revisit of krishnaa avathaaram. Sri krishnan offered us the supreme nectar of Sri math bagwath geetha while being on the platform of his charriot or thiruth thEr, and thirup paanaazhwaar delivered the essence of the vedaa in "amalanaathi piraan" as seated on the thiruth thOL of " loka saaranga muni" and in a posture of "abinava". Aahwaar's birth comes in the middle of the kaarthigai festival when the place is decorated with jyothi mayam all around. Some refer to him as "kaarthigaiyil uthiththa jothi". In a similar context Swami Desikan delivered "bagwath dyaana sObaanam" starting with "antharjyOthi .." and referred to the Jyothi in Sri Rangam. The reference for "bagwath dyaana sObaanam" is such that it is "based" on thirup paanaazhwaar's "amalanaathi piraan". Swami Desikan also delivered a rahasya grantham named "munivaahana bOham", as a detiled elaboration or "vyaakyaanam" for "amala naathi piraan". It is in this rahasyam that Swami Desikan expalins the unique style and composition of the "amala naathi piraan" that the first letter of the first three songs starts with the pranavam syllabals "a", "vu" and "ma". Swami Desikan also empahsised that these ten songs has the esssence of "thamizh maRai" (4000), and hence the essence of all the vedas, or contain the essense of all the vedaanthaarthangaL. Some of the Swami Desikan (abimaanis) devotees even feel that it is this eedupaadu or "exclusive mental association with thirup paanaazhwaar" being the reason that swami desikan's thiru vullam engaged in delivering the "Sri paathukaa sahasram on Lord ARangan and Sri Dasaavathaara sthothram on the thasaavatharaa moorthy's at the sannithi west of Arangan's koil. Sri paadukaa sahasram is also a composition of the 1000 names of Lord Vishnu or "pEraayira mudaiyaan". It is also considered that Dasaawathaara sthothram is the popular relief or sarva nivaarani from all the planetary doshams or navagraha dhoshangaL. It is believed that, If some one would do a thyaanam on Aazhwaar and Swami Desikan and read or chant on this holy day of rohini, swami desikan's "bagwath dyaana sObaanam" and aazhwaar's "amalanaathi piraan", it is certain that this will pave way for the "aNYNYaanam" to leave and "aathyaathma nYaanam" to come in for them.