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Inputs for CD ROMs : Part X.2--> Taniyans for Madhura Kavi AzhwAr's Prabhandham

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Tue Feb 13 2001 - 19:41:15 PST

Dear BhakthAs:

AdiyEn will cover the two Taniyans--one in Sanskrit and 
the other in Tamil--created by Swamy Naathamuni out of his 
gratefulness to Madhura Kavi and his powerful Prabhandham ; 
Swamy Naathamuni had the rarest of blessings of being 
initated into the divine collect by Swamy NammAzhwAr himself 
as a result of reciting Madhura Kavi's prabhandham .Next ,
adiyEn will cover the insightful tribute of Swamy Desikan
to " Thunpu aRRa Madhura Kavi " ( blemishless Madhura Kavi).

Sanskrit Taniyan
avidhitha vishayAnthara: SatArE:
 upanishadAm upaghAna-mAthra-bhOga:
api cha guNavasAth tadhEkasEshee
 Madhura Kavi: hrudayE mamAvirasthu 

(meaning): May Madhura Kavi Azhwar be forever resident 
in my heart! Madhura Kavi is that celebrated AzhwAr ,
who had no interest in Isvaryam , Kaivalyam or Bhagavath- 
Anubhavam since his mind was totally occupied by the thoughts
about his AchAryan , Swamy NammAzhwAr . His AchAryan's sambhandham 
was the only one that mattered to him .His sole enjoyment 
was the singing of the four prabhandhams of Swamy NammAzhwAr
every where as the four Tamil Vedams instead of studying 
the Upanishads or the dhivya Prabhandhams of other AzhwArs.
Madhura Kavi considered Swamy NammAzhwAr as his Lord (sEshi)
and with that sEshathva jn~Anam , he was forever engaged in
the dhyAnam of the kalyANa guNams of "his Lord" . May that 
illustrious Madhura Kavi , who celebrated his AchAryan's 
prabhAvam through his "KaNNInuNN SiRutthAmpu" prabhandham 
be the revered occupant of my heart lotus !

Tamil Taniyan
vERu onRum NaanaRiyEn Vedam Tamizh seytha- 
 Maaran SathakOpan vaNN KuruhUr --yERengaL
VaazhvAm yenRu yEtthum Madhura kaviyAr yemmai
 aaLvAr avarE araN

(meaning): Madhura Kavi AzhwAr is our Lord. He is our
refuge. He is the one , who declared that his mind
will not focus on any thing except Swamy NammAzhwAr.
He is the one , who declared emphatically that Swamy
NammAzhwAr, born at ThirukkuruhUr in the vamsam of 
MaaRan and who blessed us with the essence of Sanskritic 
Veda-VedAnthams in Tamil language ,is the sustenance 
for his kulam. That Madhura Kavi is our Swamy and
the cause for our sustenance.

Swamy Desikan's moving tribute to Madhura Kavi
There are 11 paasurams in KaNNinuNN SiRutthAmpu
Prabhandham of Madhura Kavi. The last paasuram is 
a Phala Sruthi describing the fruits of reciting 
this prabhandham.In the rest of the ten paasurams,
Madhura Kavi conceded that all the relationships 
that he should have with BhagavAn are instead with 
Swamy NammAzhwAr. Swamy Desikan captured this unique
disposition of Madhura Kavi in one insightful paasuram 
of his Prabhandha Saaram:

Inbatthil iRainjuthalil isayum pERRil
  ihazhAtha pall uRavilirAgam maaRRil
tann paRRil vinai Vilakkil tahavOkkatthil
  tatthuvatthai uNartthutalil tanmai aakkil
anbarkkE avatharikkum Aayan niRka 
  arumaRaikaL Tamizh seythAn thALE koNDu
thunpaRRa Madhura Kavi thOnRak kaattum
  tholl vazhiyE nall vazhikaL thuNivAhatkkE

Pada URai( Word by word Meanings)
Inbatthil = in gaining(experiencing ) bliss

iRainjuthalil= in performing SaraNAgathi

isayum pERRil= in granting desired purushArthams

ihazhAtha pall uRavil  = in sustaining many types 
                         of durable relationships

irAgam mARRil = in destroying attachment to other matters

tann paRRil = in giving His hand (Jn~Anak Kai)

vinai vilakkil = in banishing the paapa -puNyams

tahava Okkatthil = in exhibiitng deep compassion(dayA)

tatthuvatthi uNartthutathil = in generating clear

tanmai aakkil = in blessing the jeevan with many qualities
                similar to His( above ten being 
                the anugrahams of the Lord for the Jeevan)

anbarkkE      =  That Lord , who incarnates in this world
avatharikkum     solely for those , who have bhakthi for Him 

Aayan niRkka =   while that Sulabha-Gopaalan is waiting
                 to bless him (Madhura Kavi) with His 
                 anugraham , Madhura Kavi let go of Him  

aru MaraikaL Tamizh }
SeythAn tALE koNDu  }          = and took refuge instead at 
                               the sacred feet of Swamy 
                               NammAzhwAr --who transformed 
                               the Sanskrit VedAs into pure 
                               TamiL-- for gaining the above 
                               ten anugrahams granted normally 
                               by the Lord Himself

Thunpu aRRa  Madhura Kavi 
thOnRak-kaattum tholl           = That ancient path (AchArya
VazhiyE thuNivArkatkku            abhimatham) travelled by              
nall VazhukaL                     Madhura Kavi and described in 
                                  his prabhandha paasurams for 
                                  the benefit of the people of
                                  this world , is the noblest 
                                  path to be travelled by those 
                                  with unalloyed AchArya VisvAsam .

Madhura Kavi was born before Swamy NammAzhwAr , when Lord had 
incarnated as KrishNaBhagavAn and He was ruling from DhvArakai.
This was at the end of dhvApara Yugam. Swamy NammazhwAr
was born on the 43rd day of Kali Yugam that follows dhvApara
yugam. While the Lord was in this world , Madhura Kavi did
not elect to seek Him out , but waited and sought refuge later
at Swamy NammAzhwAr's Thiruvadi deliberately.He sought all
the ten anugrahams normally granted by the Lord from 
his AchAryan Swamy NammAzhwAr , since AchAryan was every 
thing for Madhura Kavi and he restricted all his sambhandhams
to his AchAryan. The aasrayaNam of his AchAryan was the only
thing that mattered to Madhura Kavi.He performed upadesam
for us that without AchArya Sambhandham and AaasrayaNam , 
Bhakthi and Prapathti would not become fruitful. As a tathtva 
Jn~Ani , Madhura Kavi practised the truism , " AchAryavatthayA 
mukthou" (because of having a SadAchArya sambhandham alone ,
one gains mOksha Siddhi).

Swamy Desikan thus summarized in his inimitable way 
the essence of Madhura Kavi's ten paasurams and 
the noblest of paths advocated by him for our ujjevanam.

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan     

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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