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Re: small doubt

From: vtca (vtca_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Mon Feb 11 2002 - 10:36:32 PST

Dear BhagavatOttamas,

Recently there had been some correspondence regarding the 
meaning of the word "iyengar". The word "i" denoting
five is also a Tamil word (not Sanskrit, Telugu and
Kannada alone). I am attaching a mail on the subject
forwarded by adiyEn's brother Sri TCA Sadagopan.

adiyEn madhurakavi dAsan
TCA Venkatesan

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Sri TCA Sadagopan writes:

The title Iyengar denotes "A Person who performs the PANCHA 
SAMASKARAMS in their daily routine". Such eligibility occurs to them 
after the ritual of "Samaachrayanam" by a worthy and True Aachaaryan. 
The Pancha samaskarams are : 1. Daily Snanam (in the morning and 
evening) with application of Urthva Pundaram, 2. Nithyaanusandhaanam 
(including Manthra pushpam, Sandhya vandanam, Perumal amudhupadi) 3. 
Aacharyan tiruvadi saranaagati or sambandam, 4. Vaishnava Ghoshti 
kainkaryam (including adhithi samaaradanai) and 5. Bhagavat 
prabhatti. ( Thayar & Perumaal sevai). 

Just as a person perceives this world through the 5 sensory organs of 
Mey, Vaai, Kann, Mukku, & Sevi, an Iyengar perceives his world 
through these 5 samaskaraas, taking these as the Angaas for spiritual 
life. Thus the name Iyengaars - meaning "I" (5 in chaste Tamil - 
like "ai aindum ariyaada maanidarai") "Angaars" - Angangalai 
udaiyavar.





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