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Re: Azhwars

From: Rajaram Venkataramani (
Date: Mon Feb 25 2002 - 11:50:22 PST

The meaning given by SrI Sadagopan and SrI Madhavakannan correlate. But I see SrI Balaji has given a completely different meaning as protector. While this is an appropriate glorification, is it justified literarily ?
My original question remains unanswered in part and I realize because the question is ambiguous. However, thanks the ambiguity in my question, the opportunity to hear the descripion of the meaning of the name and glimpse in to the elevated state of pure devotion they are in came about. Let me restate my original question :
The azhwars lived in different times. How is that the twelve were chosen to be named so ? Who did that  and when ?
Yours humbly
Rajaram V. 
  Madhavakkannan V <> wrote: SrI:
SrImathE Ramanujaya namah:
Dear Sri Rajaram,
AzhwAr (a Tamil word) means "one who immerses himself..".
We too are AzhwArs (we have immersed ourselves in samsaaric affliction) and 
we run after sensual, transitory pleasures and run amuck on materialistic 
AzhwArs have immersed themselves deeply in the Bhagavth anubhavam, 
forgetting (rathar ignoring) all other vishayam..

Trust it answers your question.
Namo Narayana
----Original Message Follows----
From: Rajaram Venkataramani 
Subject: Azhwars
Date: Sun, 24 Feb 2002 18:26:53 -0800 (PST)

Dear Bhagavathas -

Could some one tell me how the name azhwar came to be associated with the 
azhwars ?

Yours humbly

Rajaram V.

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