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Srimath Azhagiyasingar's Tele-upanyAsam on Feb 17,2001: The NINTH Paasuam of KaNNinuNN SiRutthAmpu of Madhura Kavi : Part I

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Sun Feb 18 2001 - 18:40:49 PST

Dear BhakthAs:

HH Srimath Azhagiya Singar offered at the outset His salutations 
to Malolan and then recited Madhura Kavi Prabhandham's Taniyan.

HH mentioned that He missed the opportunity of KaalakshEpam
to this group due to the rigors of recent sanchanaarams and that 
the opportunity to have aanandha sallAbham with this devout 
group of overses sishyAs was very much missed by Him.

HH pointed out in His prefatory remarks that the ninth paasuram,
the topic of today's discussion is a deep and delightful one
( adhbhutham) because it focused on one of the highest
Sri VaishNavite doctrines, Bhaagavatha Seshathvam celebrated by
Swamy NammAzhwAr in His two ThiruvAimozhi (TVM)Paasurams:

1) Payilum SudaroLi-- TVM:3.7

2) NedumARRkkuadimai--TVM:8.10

(EmperumAnAr used to tell His KaalakshEpa GhOshti
that the meanings of the above decads were executed
earlier in to action by Sathruganan , the Nithya Sathrugnan.
Eedu avathArikai discussed earlier by Srimath Azhagiya Singar 
has covered the saamyam/identity between Madhura Kavi-
NammazhwAr relationship to that of Sathrugnan-Bharathan.
The essence of Sathrugnan's life was victory over his 
inner enemies and practising BhAgavatha Seshathvam 
through Kaimkaryam to Bharathan.Again EmperumAnAr used to
say :" Bharathan was the one, who did not know any one 
except PerumAL/Raamachandran.His glory arose form that 
BhAgavath Seshathvam.He thus became dear to the Lord.
Sathrugnan did not know of any one or any thing except
BharathAzhwAn.This is what made Sathrugnan revered for
all times and dear to the Lord through this practise
of BhAgavatha Seshathvam ." These celebrations of 
Bhagavatha Seshathvam is referred to by PeriyAzhwAr 
as well as Thirumangai AzhwAr in their Paasurams:
"KesavA PurudOtthamA kiLar SothiyAi KuRaLAvenRu
PesuvAr adiyArkaL yenthammai viRkavum PeruvArkaLE"
(PeriyAzhwAr Thirumozhi:4.10) and " URRATHUM UNNADIYAARKKU
ADIMAI "(Periya Thirumozhi:VIII.10.3)   

AdiyEn will now provide a summary of these Paasurams of
Swamy NammAzhwAr to serve as essential background
for the themes emphasized by HH the Jeeyar based on
the commentaries by Nanjeeyar , Azhagiya MaNavALa 
PerumAL Naayanaar for the ninth Paasuram of Madhura Kavi's 
Prabhandham. Prior to that , here is the ninth Paasuram of
KaNNinuNN SiRutthAmpu , the topic of today's upanyAsam:

Mikka Vedhiyar Vadhatthin uttporuL
  niRkkap Paadi yenn nenjuL niRutthinAn
Takka seer SaThakOpan yenn NampikkALL-
  pukka kaathal adimai payan anRe

The ancient path of AchArya Bhakthi that constitutes 
the corner stone of Sri VaishNavA theology is celebrated
resoundingly  again by " Thunpu aRRa Madhura Kavi" in this
paasuram .Swamy Desikan summarized brilliantly the essence
of this ninth paasuram as creating clear comprehension of
the Tatthva Jn~Anam ( Tatthuvatthai uNartthuthalil).
HH the Jeeyar elaborated on this theme and connected it
to Swamy NammAzhwAr's celebration of the supermacy of
BhAgavatha Seshathvam in His Thriuvaimozhi decads 3.7& 8.10.

Adiyen will now sumamrize the upadEsam housed in 
these ThiruvAimozhi Paasurams , which is central 
to the understanding of this paasuram of Madhura Kavi.
Srimath Azhagiya Singar in His inimitable style covered
enormous ground and the purpose of the focus on Swamy 
NammAzhwAr's Paasurams by adiyEn is ONLY to include some 
additional information on the centrality of these paasurams 
celebrating Madhura Kavi's BhAgavatha Seshatham and 
AchArya Bhakthi enshrined in His Prabhandham. AdiyEn will 
select key passages from Swamy NammAzhwAr's Paasuram 
that was taken to heart by Madhura Kavi AzhwAr 
and practised by Him .

Payilum SudaroLi Decad (ThiruvAi Mozhi: III.7)
1." Paramanai --payilum ThiruvudayAr yavarElum
   avar kaNDEEr --yemmaiALum PARAMARE"( Those puNyasAlis,
   who enjoy the wealth of uninterrupted devotion to
   the Lord are my unsurpassed Masters)...Paasuram 1

2. "ThUmaNivaNNan Tannai--paNiyumavar KaNDEEr --
    nALum piRappidaithORu YemmaiyALudai NaatharE"
    ( Those BhaagavathAs , who perform Kaimkaryam 
    for the Lord are inded my Masters every day 
    and in every birth)...Paasuram 2

3. "Piraan Tannaip Paadham PaNiyavallAraip paNiyumavar
    KaNDEEr , Othum piRappidai ThORu Yemmai AaLudayArkaLE"
    ( Birth after Birth , adiyEn would wish to be in service
     to BhAgavathAs performing Kaimkaryam to the Lord inspite of
    " Vedic reproof "against rebirths. This is due to my conviction
     that subservience to the devotees of the devotees of
     the Supreme Lord is the most cherished boon)...Paasuram 3

4. " ThoNdar ThoNdar KaNDEEr idayAr piRappidaitthORu
     Yemakku Yemm perumaKKaLE " ( adiyEn holds as my
     Masters in every birth of mine , the servants of 
     the servants of Sriman NaarAyaNan)...Paasuram 4

5. " ThUmaNivaNnan YemmAn tannai--uLLatthu koLLUm avar
     kaNDEEr salippu inRi AaNDu yemmai sanmasanmAtharam
     kApparE" ( adiyEn  totally cherishes the power of
     the BhAgavathAs as my unparalleled protectors and
     perceptors .Their sakthi, Krupai and Vaibhavam 
     will safely deliver me across the ocean of samsAram)
     ..Paasuram 6

6. "avar kaNDEEr yempalpiRappidai ThORu yenthozhukulam
    thAnkaLE" ( Those BhagavathAs ,who sing the vaibhavam of 
    the Lord , wherever they are ,will belong to my AchArya
    kulam )...Paasuram 8

7. "ChaNDALarkaL aahilum , MaNivaNNaRkkAL yenRu uLL kalanthAr 
    adiyAr thamm adiyAr yemm adikaLE " ( Even if they are 
    the lowest of ChaNDALaas , they are regarded by adiyEn
    as worthy of worship ,if they consider themselves 
    as servant to the servants of BhaagavathAs )..Paasuram 9

8. " Yenthai PirAn Tanakku  , adiyAradiyAr tammadiyAr  
     tamakku adiyAradiyAr tammadiyAradiyOnkaLE "
     ( adiyEn and my posessions are servants to the servants
      of the servants of the servants of the servants of 
      the servants of the servants of Sriman NaarAyAnan )
      ...Paasuram 10

9.   In His phala sruthi paasuram , Swami NammAzhwAr reminded 
     us that this decad is about the greatness of the Lord's
     devotees ( tadhiyALs/BhAgavathAs) and a clear comprehension 
     of the upadesam contained in these pasurams will be freed
     from the cycles of births and deaths ...Paasuram 11

adiyEn will complete the central meanings of "NedumARkkadimai"
(ThiruvAimozhi : VIII.10) in the next posting in preparation 
for the coverage of Srimath AzhagiyaSingar's upanyAsam . These 
two decads were referred to us by Sriamth Azhagiya Singar 
in the context of His UpanyAsam on the Ninth Paasuram of
Madhurakavi's Prabhandham .

Srimath Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadkaLE SaraNam ,
Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradAcchAri SatakOpan  


           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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