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Sri Vilakkoli Perumal, Thoopul/ThirutthaNkA dhivya Desam: Nithya AarAdhana kaimkaryam for VilakkoLi PerumAL and Swamy Desikan : Part X: Seventh SlOkam

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 19:03:48 PST


Dear BhakthAs:

Today , adiyEn will cover the Seventh slOkam 
of Sri SaraNAgathi DhIpikai , where Swamy Desikan
continues with the thoughts about Sarva-vidh 
mentioned by GIthAchAryan in the 15th chapter of 
Srimath Bhagavath GItA : 

visvam SubhASrayavadhIsa vapus-ThvadhIyam
  sarvA giras-Thvayi pathanthi tathOsi sarva:
sarvE cha vEda-vidhayas-Thvathanugraha-arTA:
  sarvAdhikas-Thvamithi tatthvavidhas-tadhAhu:

Prior to covering the meaning and the additional 
comments , adiyEn would like to invite your attention to
supporting the NithyArAdhana kaimkaryam at ThUppul and
ThirutthaNkA dhivya Desam. Please consider support
for this kaimkaryam from every part of the globe. 
NigamAntha MahA Desikan's message is for every one
of us. Any amount of support is most welcome.

(meaning of the 7th SlOkam ): Oh ViLakkoLi PerumAnE !
just as your ThirumEni (Divine body) known as
Dhivya MangaLa Vigraham serves as Your body, 
the entire gamut of chEthanams(sentients) and 
achEthanams(insentients),ALL serve as Your body.
Whatever word one uses to describe any object ,
finally , ALL those words end by pointing at You
as their (objects') indweller (antharyAmi).
Therefore You manifest as ALL objects and
beings  of this world. Vedaas prescribe many 
karmAs. Why? It is for performing AARAADHANAM 
You have ALL objects of Your creation as
Your body, You stand as the boundary of ALL
words , You are worshipped by ALL karmAs .
Therefore , those , who clearly understand 
the true tatthvams recognize and salute You 
as Para Devathai (Supreme Being without equal
or greater ). 

Additional Comments:
 Swamy Desikan addresses the Lord of ThirutthaNkA 
as "Isan" or SarvEsvaran. Later he is going to
justify why he calls Him as "Isan " and "SarvAdhikan".
The reasons adduced are:

1. SubhAsrayavath Visvam ThvadhIyam Vapu:
The Lord is JagadhAdhAran . The tatthvam that
Brahman is the Sareeri of ALL sentients and 
insentients is the central doctrine of 
VisishtAdvaitham. SubhAsrayam means that
it is subham (auspicious) and can be experienced
by DhyAnam . BhagavAn's body (dhivya mangaLa vigraham)
is the most auspicious and this SubhAsraya ThirumEni
of PurushOtthaman has the ubhaya lingam of
akhila hEya pratyanIkathvam ( completely free from
any and all blemishes) and anatha-kalyAna guNam
(limitless auspicious attributes). This eternal ,
spiritual divine body (dhivya mangala ThirumEni) ,
which is SarIram for the Lord ; all the ChEthnams
and achEthanmas also form His body.Such a bodily form
of Isan/Isvaran is admitted by all the Upanishads ,
the VedAnthams.  

2. SarvA girA: Thvayi pathanthi; tatha: Sarva asi.
" Sarva Deva namaskAram Kesavam prathi-gacchathi"
is the echo of this statement of Swamy Desikan.
GirA: means Veda manthrams as well as words and
Naamams of the Lord. All of these words finally 
fall at the feet of the Lord. It is like the flowers
used by ArjunA to perform the worship of Siva ended 
at the Thiruvadi of the Lord .Arjuna placed those flowers 
on the head of Lord Sivan and the next day, the very
same flowers were seen at the sacred feet of his
Friend and Mentor, KrishNan .Same for all NaamAvaLis
and salutations directed at other gods; they all end up 
with Kesavan.

3. SarvE vEda Vidhaya: cha Thvadh anugrahAth arTA:
Sakala veda karmAs (rituals) prescribed in Karma 
KaaNDam and performed by the people are indeed
for gaining the anugraham of SrIman NaarAyaNnan,
who stands in His archA form at ThirutthaNkA.  

4. tath Tvam adhika: 
"oppAr MikkAr ilan" says the AzhwArs. There is no One 
Equal to or Greater than SrI DhIpa PrakAsan blessing us 
in the form of Archai of SrIman NaarAyaNan at ThirutthaNkA.  

5. tatthva Vidha: (ittham ) aahu:
In the earlier slOkam , Swamy Desikan stated that
that Jn~Ani who understands PurushOtthama Tatthvam 
is celebrated by GIthAchAryan as "Sarva Vidh ". 
Here , NigamAntha MahA Guru asserts that Jn~Ani, who
understands that the Lord as the One having the entire 
universe as His sarIram , who is the boundary of all
words , who is the grantor of the Phalans of Vedic rituals , 
the ultimate reciever of all AarAdhanams and who
comprehends that there is no other God , who is equal or 
greater than Sriman NaarAyaNa standing in ThiruttaNka
will be saluted as " tatthva Vidh ".

In the next sOkam , Swamy Desikan will salute
the Lord of ThirutthaNkA as ShADgunya sampoorNan.

Sri Maragathavalli SamEtha Sri DhIpa PrakAsa ParabhramaNE Nama:
Swamy Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam,
Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SaThakOpan(Sadagopan)

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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