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thirup pAvai - thirup pAvai jeer - part 2

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Fri Dec 12 1997 - 05:49:44 PST

Dear bAgawathALs,

Sri ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

     It is reported in achArya vaibavam that Sri Ramanujar used to
deliver the bAshyams for Sri Brahma Sutra,  upanishads, and Srimad
bagwad  Geetha  during  the day time.  In the  evenings  and early
night  time, it seems he used to request  the  "aRaiyar"  to chant
thiruppAvai.  While   listening  to  these  30  terse  verses  his
emotions  used to be high  and his eyes  pour  tears (bakthi para
vasak kaNNeer) in  plenty wetting his thiru aadai (dress) even.

     Once a person had asked him,  "Swamin, you have  delivered so
many  vyAkyAnams  for  many  nools.  Why  didn't  you make one for
thirup  pAvai  ?  ".  Sri  Ramanujar  was  telling  it  seems  "en
pOnRavar  ithanai sollath  thagunthathu  aNRu.  mugavaay  izhantha
moodar ithanai unarAr.  mullaik kodi pONRu  menmaiyAna  paNbudaiya
magaLirE   ithanai   unarvar".  ie.,  People  like  me  cannot  do
vyAyAnams  for this.  And  certain  foolish men who had lost their
identity (ie., who has strayed from the path of  purusharthakaram)
are not  eligible to chant these  either.  Those woman who had not
lost their nature of being tender and kind as similar to the trunk
of the jasmine plant only knew and would  understand  this nool".
It seems
he added that many  boologam  mangaiyar who are not performing the
nOnbu aren't  going to be doing
this.  Even vaikunda  mangaiyar such as periya  piraati, nila devi
wouldn't  know this as they want to keep the lord for  themselves.
However,  gothA piraati who is sharing these with all others of us
may tell this and learn  from  this.  meaning  She is the only one
who can  deliver  this  again  for us.  Due to this  extraordinary
attachemnt  Sri  Ramanujar  had with thirup  pAvai and ANDAL, he is
also known as "thirup pAvai jeer".
	 There are few incidents in emperumAnAr Sri Ramanujar's
vaibavam that demonstrates his intense attachment to Sri ANDAL and
thirup pAvai.

Sri ANDAL thiruvadaikaLE saraNam
Sri Boomi dEvi thAyAr samEtha Sri Oppiliappan thiruvadikaLE
Sampath Rengarajan