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Re: Feb 2, 2002: BaguLa Panchami Dinam: AarAdhanam for Sadhguru ThyAgarAja Swamy at ThiruvayyARu : Part I

From: suderson (suderson_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 21:02:15 PST

Anantha praNama to all Bhagavathas.
Prostrating at the feet of SrimAn SatagOpan Swami,
adiyEn would like to submit two points.

1. 108 NAMAVALI BASED ON ST. THYAGARAJA’S
COMPOSITIONS:-
The pancharatna kriti ‘jagadAnandakAraka” (raga –
nAttai) is a composition of nAmArchana. This has been
vividly and elaborately elucidated by sri Satagopan
swami in his tamil book on the pancharatna kritis
(compiled through letters to his sister). This seems
to be another anubhava of the swami in the same lines.


2. ST. THYAGARAJA AS A PRAPANNA :-
Vedas do mention worship of devathas, scores of rishis
and munis who have seen directly sriman nArAyanA
(sAkshAtkArA Darsanam) have sung the praise of other
devethas. It is, hence, more appropriate to understand
their view point. They do not worship the other
dEvthAs as paratathva, but as parama bhAgavthas or
AchAryas. Like Lord Shiva is considered as the AchArya
who advised the RamatAraka Mantra. ThyagarAja swami,
for example, in the kriti “Seethamma mAyamma” says
“ParamEsha Vashishta parAsara nArada Sounaka Suka
surapati lambhOdara guha sanakAdhulu” – who are these
– they are-“ BhAgavata agrEsarulu”- then what – hence
they are “parama bhAndhavulu” to us. The pancharatna
kriti “endarO mahAnubhAvulu” (Sri ragam), is also
fully dedicated to Bhagavatas. Then people do question
that he has sung compositions on the dEvathAs overtly
also. We must go little deeper into those
compositions.
For example. let us take the kriti “Sri gaNapatini
SevimparArE” in SourAshtra ragam. Lyrics in the last
stanza says “ anayamu hari charaNa yugamuLanu
hridhayAmbujamuna nunchi, vinayamunanu thyagarAja
vinuthudu vividha gathula thitthaLAngumani vedalina –
sri gaNapatini SevimparArE”. Here he extols GaNapati
as one who has firmly installed SRIHARI in his heart
and one who joyously dances singing His praise. This
BhAgavatha in GaNapati is extolled in this kriti.
Unlike few other composers that eulogise anyone and
everyone as “MoolAdhAra moorthy” or “praNava swroopi”
etc., It is very important to record that Swami
ThyagarAja never eulogises these Devathas as
paradEvatha but worships them as paramabhAgavatha that
guides us through our life to attain the paratathva in
Sri Rama. To worship such BhAgavathas is perfect even
as per AzhwAr as stated in thiruvAimozhi in the verses
 “payilum sudroLi moothiyai … payilum thiruvudayAr
evarEnum avar kaNdeer, payilum pirappidaithOrum emai
Alum paramarE”.

Seek the blessings of the all the bhAgavathas, if
there are mistakes in my words, sincerely request to
correct me and enlightenme.
DAsanudAsan
Suderson

--- Sadagopan <sgopan@computer.net> wrote:
> SrI:
> 
> Dear BhakthAs of SrI RaamachandrA :
> 
> Today is a blessed day. Besides being the
> Thirunakshathram
> of Swamy KUrEsar , it is also the AarAdhanam day for
> one
> of the greatest Raama BhakthAs at ThiruvayyARu on
> the banks of Cauvery river . Sathguru ThyAgarAja
> SwamigaL 
> is that apoorva Raama Bhakthar, who performed
> NithyArAdhanam 
> for Janaki SamEtha Raamabhadran , conversed with Him
> in 
> the madhura BhAshai of SangItham from dawn to dusk .
> 
> At his resting place (brundhaavanam) on the banks 
> of 
> Cauvery ,SrI Raama Naama SankIrthanam reverberates 
> all the time. The archA Moorthy of Lord Rmachandra 
> worshipped by Saint ThyagarAja is today at his
> relatives'  
> home at Varahappiyer Lane in the City of ThanjAvoor.
> 
> 
> In this posting adiyEn will have a Raama Naama
> AshtOttharam 
> (108 dhivya Naamas of Lord Raamabhadran ) culled
> from 
> the Naamakusumams enshrined in Saint ThyagarAjA's
> krithis. 
> In subsequent postings, adiyEn will focus on some of
> 
> the beautiful krithis of the Saint on Lord Raama .
> For Saint ThyagarAjar ,  the whole world was 
> Raama Mayam.The meanings of the many naamAs 
> chosen by the Saint are deep and are straight 
> from Upanishads and Srimadh RaamAyaNam of Adhi Kavi 
> ValmIki. It is no wonder since Saint is saluted as 
> the avathAram of Sage VaalmIki.There are some strict
> 
> VaishNavAs , who criticize Saint ThyagarAja as not 
> a true VaishNava because he sang about Gods other
> than 
> Sriman NaarAyaNan at one stage of his life . All of
> this 
> does not hold water with me . Any one qualified
> enough by 
> His or Her "Tapas" and NithyAnushtAnam to have had 
> the parama bhAgyam of the SaakshArkhAram (direct
> darsanam ) 
> of Lord Raamachandran with His family members 
> ( SitA pirAtti, LakshmaNa Swamy and HanumAn) not
> once , 
> but twice in his life time is beyond any of these
> criticisms. 
> Such critics commit only BhagavathApachAram to one ,
> 
> who is so dear to SrI Raamachandra Para Brahmam. 
> All these aside,let us enjoy the dhivya NaamAs used
> by 
> the Saint to salute the Lord of AyOdhyA .
>  
> Some 28 years ago , Sriman PurushOtthaman
> of Andhra pradhEsh SangItha Naataka Academy 
> wrote a beautiful monograph on the Krithis of 
> Saint ThyaagarAjaa .He culled and classified 
> the dhivya NaamAs used by the Saint in his krithis 
> into number of categories such as :
> 
> 1. RaamA as the Lord of the Universe:"
> CharAchArAthmaka ,
>    LOkadhAra , SakalAdhAra " et al.
> 
> 2. Parama Purusha ( Lord Supreme): " ApramEya ,
> DEvadhidEvan, 
>    ParAthparan, SvaprakAsan" et al
> 
> 3. Lord of the VedAs and Aagamas (Veda Purushan):
> "Nigama-
>    sArArthan, Aagama moolan.."
> 
> 4. Lord as Srushti KarthA ( Jagath KaaraNan ): 
>    " AkhilANDa KOti BrahmANDa Naayakan...."
> 
> 5. Lord Eternal( Saasvathan):" Aadhimoolan,
> SanAthanan,
>    PurANa Purushan..."
> 
> 6. Lord Ineffable: " VaachamAgOcharan "
> 
> 7. Protector of the Meek and the Good (Bhaktha
> Rakshakan): 
>    "Aasritha ParAdhInan, Aapath BhAndhavan ,Bhaktha
> Sulabhan,
>    Sritha Jana pOshakan..."
> 
> 8. The grantor of Moksham: " Bhava Thaarakan , Bhava
> Roga haraNan,
>    SaraNyan ..."
> 
> 9. Sarva Parisuddhan: "AkaLankan , NirdhOshan ,
> Nirmalan...
>    NirvikAran , Raagarahithan..."
> 
> 10. Peronification of Fullness: ParipoorNan ,
> ParipoorNa Kaaman..
> 
> 11. Source of Auspiciousness: " Sreekaran, amitha
> Subhakaran ..."
> 
> 12. Embodiment of Mercy: " AvyAja KaruNA saagaran,
> DhayA Sindhu,
>     GhruNAkaran, krupaalavAlan , KaruNA Jaladhi..."
> 
> 13. Source of Bliss: "NithyAnandhan , Charama Phala
> Prahdan.."
> 
> 14. Source of Sarva MangaLams:" KshEma-karan , 
> SukhAspadhan ,
>     Sukha-dAyakan".
> 
> 15. Remover of all Sins:" Paapa VimOchanan, Paapa
> thimira VibhAkaran,
>     AgaharanPaapa HaraNan.."
> 
> 16. Souce of DharmA:" DharmAthmaa.."
> 
> 17. Source of Divine Wisdom & Sanctity: "Sujn~aana 
> nidhi,
>     PuNya SlOkan.."
> 
> 18. Abode of Festivity:" NithyOthsavan, NithyOthsava
> Roopan.."
> 
> 19: Grantor of Boons: "Kaamitha-Paladhan,
> Varadhan.."
> 
> 20. Dweller in the heart of learned: "Budha Jana
> vidhAran,
>     Budha ManOharan.."
> 
> Saint ThyagarAjA's celebration of the Supreme and
> unmatched beauty 
> of Sri Raamachandran and describtion of the
> soundharyam of 
> His limbs and faculties as  well as His dhivya
> guNams as 
> the Son of DasaraTan, the prince of AyOdhyA ,
> SeethA's husband 
> are beautifully described by SrI PurushOtthaman in
> his 
> scholarly book. 
> 
> As for myself , I will select a One Hundred and
> Eight
> NaamAvaLi from the Krithis of Saint ThyagarAjA 
> and place it at the sacrd feet of Lord Raamachandran
> on this specail day . I would leave the mapping of 
> the selected naamAms to the individual krithis of 
> the Saint to the readers. I will refer to the RaagAs
> of 
> the Krithis next to the Naamams for easy mapping. 
> 
> Selected Raama Naama KusumAnjalis of Thyaga Brahmam 
> **********************************************
> 1-10:
> *****
> 
> ( PraNavam) SeethAvarAya Nama:/ DevaghAndhAri
> (    "    ) AathmA RaamAya nama:/ DevaghAndhAri
> (    "    ) Taaraka CharithAya Nama:/ ThOdi
> (    "    ) AkhilANDakODi BrahmANDa NaaTAya
> Nama:/Balahamsa
> (    "    ) KaruNAkarAya Nama:/SankarAbharaNam
> (    "    ) SrIkAnthAya Nama:/Udhaya RavichandrikA
> (    "    ) SaakEtha RaamAya Nama:/KaraharapriyA 
> (    "    ) Aaptha SulabhAya Nama:/Bhairavi
> (    "    ) Gaja Raaja RakshakAya Nama:/AabhOgi
> (    "    ) GhAna LOlAya nama:/Kannada GowLA
> 
> 
> 11-20: (Please add PraNavam before the individual
> Naamams
>
*********************************************************
> -- TaruNAruNa-nibha CharaNAya Nama:/KedAra GowLai
> -- Sath-bhaktha-BhAgadhEyAya Nama:/AtANA 
> -- ParipoorNa KaamAya Nama:/Poorvi KalyANi
> -- Paapa HaraNAya Nama:/HusEni
> -- Kuvala-DaLa NayanAya Nama:/Naattakurinji
> -- SarvOnnadhAya Nama:/ Naaga-ghAndhAri
> -- SrI ThyagarAja PrEmAvathArAya Nama:/ThOdi
> -- Aagama MoolAya Nama:/Bhairavi
> -- SOmArka LOchanAya Nama:/DharbhAr
> -- SrI Raama-Raamaaya Nama:/GOpikA Vasantham
> 
> 21-30:
> ******
> 
> -- PhaNi SayanAya Nama:/BhouLi
> 
=== message truncated ===


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