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thirup pAvai - part 8 - mArgazhi

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Tue Dec 22 1998 - 05:49:32 PST

Dear bAgawathAs,                           mArgazhi sravanam day 7
                                           5:30 AM
ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

mArgazhi - from purAnAs

      According to swa anubavam the 30 verses are  grouped  into 6  
categories each having 5 pasurams for them. The first 5 categories  
are the 5 angams of saranAgathi or prapatti and the  last  is  the Athma 
samarpaNam angam of such. The first pAsuram itself deals with 
the essence of all these such as,

[1] prApyam or upeyam or the end palan or result and

[2]  prabhAgam  or  upAyam  the path or means or the way to attain
such end result We will deal it later.

     mArgazhi is the month  referred in Srimad Bagwad Geetha (SBG)
by Lord Sri Krishna that

"mAsAnAm mArgaseershOsham" - SBG -10.35.

The  order in which  this is  presented  in SBG  gives  some  more
insights.  We don't want to get into a SBG study here.  However, a
quick insight is attempted  with  reference to the word  mArgazhi.
It is to be seen that the "sAmavEda  bruhad sAmam" that is rich in
its  contents  as well as being  the most  melodious  part of sAma
vedam,  "Gayathri  manthram"  the  essence  of such sAma vedam and
mArgazhi  month and  vasantha  kAlam (spring season) are listed as 
HIS viboothi yOgam.  Thus  being  in  the  company  of  the  other 
viboothis that are primarily  the  brahma   rahasyam, the mArgazhi  
month  is  also understood  as one of them ie as a brahma rahasyam
in itself. When "vedam" is the "nAdi" for the  lord, it   is  also 
to be noted that all these  4 viboothis are created from the thiru
muga maNdalam of Lord Amalan when srushti began. The  "thiru  muga 
maNdalam" is  the  final "prathyakshana darsanam" that many AzhwAr  
pasurams will present to those who can do anusanthAnam of the same 
with proper understading and devotion and  visit  the divyA desams
and do kaimkaryams as directed by their AchAryAs.

     Certain  vyAkyAna  karththAs  interpret that Lord krishna has
delivered  (it is after all HIS thiru uLLAm) about   Sri   ANDAL's   
vaibavam ahead and that HE delivered the reference to the mArgazhi month 
in SBG. Such that ANDAL will be incarnating   and  observing  "pAvai 
nOnbu" to  attain  HIM  and  as  well  as  awaken  all  the  bAgawathALs 
(thOzhiyars or jivaatmas) in company to  do  the same, 
by delivering the nool "thirup pAvai" in  mArgazhi.   ie.,  thirup pAvai 
will pave a new  "ilakkaNam"  for the very last  word of SBG known as 
"saranAgathi".   Thus   it  seems   the  Lord  wanted  to acknowledge 
the month itself as HIS viboothi and hence HIS siddham
(for delivering thirup pAvai through Sri ANDAL) as well.

     Certain  other  vyAkyAna  karththas  goes  even  prior to Sri
Krishna  avathAram.  When Sri vibeeshaNa  azhwar reached the banks
of  kauveri,  Lord  Ranganatha  wanted to stay there for  multiple
reasons.  i.e., in answer to the prayers of chandiran and kauveri.
However,  it is said that the Lord  wanted to rest  there and wait
for Sri ANDAL to be incarnated.  HE waited in such a way (posture)
that HE was  looking  "forward"  to the South  direction  where in
srivillipuththur  Sri ANDAL will be  incarnating  and will deliver
the thirup  pAvai and help  perform  "pAvai  nOnbu" in mArgazhi in
doing saraNagathi and attain HIM.

     The month of mArgazhi  has some unique  characteristics.  The
time which is 3 hours and 30 minutes prior to sooryOdhayam  is the
beginning  of  brahma  muhoorththam.  It  is  believed  that  Lord
nArayanan's  srushti of Brahma himself took place this time.  This
is the time the  Lord's  thiru  uLLam  decided to start the srusti
again.  This is the best time thus to please  the Lord and get HIS
blessings as well.  That is this time is considered  the best time
to do "aathma saathanam".

ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sampath Rengarjan

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