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thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 25 - eettupookkal nadamAdum puL veLiyil !

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Thu Dec 09 1999 - 07:13:45 PST

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam

thiru adhyayana sEvai - part 25 - eettupookkal nadamAdum puL veLiyil !

Dear bAgawathAs,

koottukkuL idamAdum guru chEtthiram
eettupookkal nadamAdum puL veLiyil
kangaL thadumArum minnal oLiyil
mownam thAn oru mozhiyAgum

meaning: The worms or pupa  inside their "koodu" suddenly  felt a
bright  light  penetrating  their  nest  and was making even  its
intermediate home bright. Such home itself  now became their guru
kshEtthiram.  They  cannot  move  out  until they are in the next
stage of their growth or parinAmam.  However,  due  to  AchAryALs
grace they  get  to  participate  in  the  "saranagathi thatthuva
viLakka ursavam" from whereever  they  are.  That light came from
Sri nAdhamuni's desire  to  conduct  the ursavams in an elaborate
way to propagate saranagathi  thatthuvam to all Srivaishnvas. The
flowers that are in yield, in the  current  season were all doing
penance standing on one  leg  ie.,  their  single  stem. Suddenly
their wish was granted by Sri SriRamanuja  and  his  Sri Ramanuja
udaiyArgaL. So they started walking  on the grass marching toward
the AyirangAL mandapam to  witness the  uthsavam  and  learn  the
saranagathi thatthuvam. When Sri namperumAL appears on this first
day of thiru nedumthAndagam, HIS face is expressing a very bright
light.  The  mAnida  or  human  eyes  are  used  to  seeing  only
lightening for a brief time.  If  the  creator  of all lightening
comes around and stands and shows HIS thiru muga mandalam  for  a
while the human eyes are unable to even see it. Those eyes of all
jivAthmAs are stumbling. ie Sri namperumAL  also come faster than
lightening to  participate  in  this  thiru athyayana uthsavam on
this first day, as this is HIS most favourite ursavam. On hearing
the  details of the pAsurams of thiru nedun thAndagam, everyone's
annyAnam is cleared  as  similar to how vEdhanthi was silenced by
Sri Bhattar. Mownam or silence  becomes their bAhsai and everyone
keep their silence as perumAL hears thiru nedunthAndagam.

It is said thirumangai AzhwAr delivered the thiru  nedumthAndagam
and the thiru kuRunthAndagam  and  madals  only  after  the  holy
revelations about thiru utthama  nambi and thiru kArthigai deepam
as per the  ANgyai  of Sri  Arangan. It  is said the Sri nAdamuni
once wanted to do upadEsam of yOga sAdhanam  to Sri  uyyakkONdAr.
Sri uyyakkoNdAr replied, "piNgidakka maNam puNaralAmO?"  ie There
are those samsAris who are nyAna soonyAs and are  around  us   as
similar to "nadaip piNam" or a dead body that can only  walk  and
functionally is incapable of realising the purpose of their life.
When we have  such nadaipiNam around us, how those  of us who are
sent by  Lord  to show them the prapatti mArgam, can choose those
sAdhanams that brings pleasure to one's individual  soul  alone ?
Is n't it we are supposed to do "thirutthi pANi kOLLanum?"

Sri  nAdha  muni  was  very  pleased  with  this  suggestion.  He
immediately thought about the AzhwAr's pAsurams that discusses in
elaborate details on the saranAgathi thatthuvam. He took  several
steps to incorporate those pasurams  in  several  of  the  temple
rituals. It  is  said  that  Sri  nAda muni  expanded  the  thiru
adhyayana  ursavam  started  by Sri thiru mangai.  Sri  Ramanujar
introduced many of his shishyALs such as AzhwAn, AndAn, embAr and
aruLaLap perumAnAr and made  them  take  a  lead  role  in  these
thiru adhyayana uthsavam  celebrations. During this uthsavam many
of the several vyAkyAnams of pasurams are  enacted in a very easy
to understand way. It is done so such that many samsAris can  see
these simple abinava  nAdagams  and easily understand the purpose
of the life and seek a sadhAchAryAL and do saranagathi.

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RangarAjan thiruvadikaLE saraNam
thiruk kudanthai Rengarajan

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