|You are here: Sri Vaishnava Home Page : Bhakti List : Archives : February 2000|
Date: Thu Feb 17 2000 - 02:18:15 PST
Sri Venkata Gurave Nama: Srimathe Ramanujaya Nama: Respected members of Bakthi List, In the last post, while explaining the meaning of word "NarayanAya" and "Nama:", there was a question raised that if the term "Nama:" means that one is not for "oneself" and indeed a seshi or a servant of Lord, then how correct is that one can seek for "Kaimkaryam" for 'himself' from the Lord? Swami Pillai Lokachar explains that how it is correct for a person to pray for Kaimkaryam quoting Alwar's Pasurams. 108-115 1. Like Kulasekara Alwar prays that "I be a stairway(door step) in Tirumala and keep enjoying His coral like lips for ever" alwar here prays that he rather be an achetana vastu ( a lifeless object) and enjoy his beauty. As the basic nature of an Atma is to do service to Lord, it is not wrong to pray this kaimkaryam. 2. Nammalwar says that "We should do a blemish less kaimkaryam to Lord of seven Hills". this anxiety to do a blemish less service is born not out of ahamkaram that "I do a good service" type. this is due to the svarupam of atma to do a "perfect" service to Lord born out of Love. 3. Again Nammalwar says "for those who have once seen you, is there is any sleep?" he quotes the nitya soories who are always awake (sada pasyanthi). for a realised person (who knows the nature of Atma and Lord) who has not seen him yet, he has no sleep till he attains Him Further after such realisation, he feels that all his days have been wasted without knowing him.(Pazuthe pala pagalaum poyina) After Attaining him, he is overwhelmed by His beauty and His nature and never closes his eyes(sada pasyanthi), again there is no sleep for him. 3. Thirumazhisai alwar says, till such time I did not realise him, I was not born, after realising him, I will not 'forget' this relationship. For realised souls, there is no sleep as they are focussed on attaining Him and after attaining Him, they are focussed on Service.. hence servitude would be prayed for by an Atma in all times, in all nations and in all situations. We sum up the meaning of Thirumantram. Thirumantram revisited Thirumangalya sutra, (adorned by women after marriage), has 16 layers of cotton and in two parts. Similarly, for Srivasihnavas Thirumantram has eight letters and three words. OM, Nama:,NarayanAya. hence for all atmas the lord is our pathi who owns us and hence protects us. Hence from Thirumantram one understand that 1.I am Lord's servant and wholly owned by him 2. He is a protector and creator this universe 3. I pray Him for doing all sorts of Kaimkaryam(service) to Him who is in everything we see and who is the cause of everything. With this Thirumantra Prakaranam of Mumookshapadi is complete. Sri Pillai Lokachar thiruvadigale Saranam. Dasan K.M.Narayanan PS. Respected members, One of the major component of Mumookshapadi is complete with 13 posts. Many at times I was overwhelmed by beauty of the original, hence written elaborately on some topics. I request you to kindly guide me and advice if the pattern is OK. I am planning to relocate out of Calcutta in coming weeks. I will start series on "Dvaya Prakaranam" from March 2000. I am extremely thankful to our member Dr.T.A.S Viajayaraghavan swami of XLRI who sent me jeeyar's vyakyanam on this work as soon as I started the series. But for his help, I could not imagine how can one finish writing on Mumookshapadi. I once again thank the Peria Piratti who enabled me to be in association of Baghavatas like you. Dasan K.M.Narayanan ---------------------------------------------------------------- The information transmitted is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential and/or privileged material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient is prohibited. If you received this in error, please contact the sender and delete the material from any computer.