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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Wed Feb 22 1995 - 17:16:06 PST
Sowhaartham ----------- In this continuing series of twelve posts, twelve of the many guNaas that are innate to Brahman is discussed with illustrations from aazhvaar paasurams. These twelve guNaas demonstrate God's eternal love for us jeevaathmaas. They are sowseelyam, vaathsalyam, maardhavam, aarjavam, sowhaartham, saamyam, kaaruNyam, maadhuryam, gaambeeryam, owdhaaryam, chaathuryam, and sthairyam. The subject of this post is sowhartham. sowhartham: desiring only the best for all (anaivarukkum nanmai thara virumbugai) In srimad bhagavath geethai our Lord hints at this quality with "SuHrudham Sarvaboothaan^aam," (geethai 5.29). Nammaazhvaar presents the same sentiment in thiru vaaymozhi 1.5.3 with "ellaa evvuyirkkum thaayOn" (mother for all and every life.) With this aazhvaar is actually pointing out His sowhartham to all of us. Given below is the entire paasuram. maayO NnigaLaay nadaikaRRa vaanOr palarum munivarum 'neeyO NnigaLaip padai' enRu niRain^aan mukanaip padaiththavan sEyO Nnellaa aRivukkum; thisaika Lellaam thiruvadiyaal thaayOn ellaa evvuyirkkum thaayOn thaanO ruruvanE. -- thiruvaay mozhi 1.5.3 "O! Lord, you created the four headed brahma; you then gave him the needed powers, and commanded him to create the celestial Gods like indhiran, agni vaayoo, etc., the saptha rishis , nithya soorigaL, and all other creatures of this universe; you are beyond the reach of intellect; you spanned all the worlds with your divine feet (vaamanaavadhaaram); you are the mother of all beings, great and small; you are eternal. maayOnigaLaay = the exalted, nadaikaRRa = accomplished, vaanOr palarum = indhiran, etc., etc. munivarum = saptha rishis, yOnigaL = worldly beings sEyOn ella aRivikkum = transcends intellect Or oruvan = eternal (Lord) thaayOn = span thaayOn = mother In this paasuram our Lord's sowseelyam (covered earlier) is also apparent with "ellaa evvuyir." The Lord does not make any distinction among the creatures. As the Mother he wishes only the best for all creatures, great and small, without distinction. .... to be continued ---------- This and other posts to follow in this subject are based on the aruL mozhigaL of the 45th azhagiya singar of sri aHObila madam, sri vaN satakOpa sri naaraayaNa yatheendhra mahaa dEsikan, published in sri nrusimhap priyaa starting with bava varusham, chitthirai maasam, (April 1994), and commentaries of aazhvaar prabhandams published by The Visishtadvaita Pracharini Sabha, 27, Venkatesa Agraharam, Mylapore, Madras, 600 004.