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From: Sunder Kidambi (Sunder.Kidambi_at_analog.com)
Date: Tue Dec 12 1995 - 06:50:33 PST

 
Dileepan writes:
> The time for performing
> prapatti is not when we are about to leave this world, but right here
> and now.  Even the exalted soul Periaazhvaar was fearful that he may
> fail to remember our Lord's thirunaamam when Yama's agents are
> upon him.  In ten beautiful paasurams of Periaazvaar Thiru mozhi
> (4.10.1 - 4.10.10) aazhvaar repeats this theme "appothaikku
> ippOdhE sollivaiththEn."  The first of these 10 paasurams is:
> 
> thuppudaiyaarai_adaivadhellaam
>      sOrvidaththuththuNaiyaavarenRE
> oppilEnaakilumn^innadaindhEn
>      aanaikkun^ee_aruLseydhamaiyaal
> eyppu_ennaivandhun^aliyumpOdhu
>      angu_Edhumn^aanunnain^inaikkamaattEn
> appOdhaikku_ippOdhEsollivaiththEn
>      arangaththaravaNaippaLLiyaanE!
> 
> "The meek surrender to You, confident that
> You will save them when their strengths are gone;
> I am of no merit, yet I surrender unto You,
> with unshakable faith that You will save me,
>        like You saved GajEdran.
> O! the Lord of Sri Rangam, slumbering upon the snake-bed,
> when old age is upon me, I won't think of You;
> So, let me surrender unto You, right here and now.

I thought I should mention a related stanza from Kulashekara Azhwar's 
Mukundamaala.

krishna tvadeeya padapankaja panjaraantham
adyaiva me vishatu maanasa rajahamsa.h |
praanaprayaanasamaye kaphavaatapittai
kantaavarodhana vidhau smaranam kutaste ||


Sunder