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TKT (Continued from Yesterday).

From: V. Sadagopan (
Date: Fri Feb 02 1996 - 06:21:10 PST

With the Azhwaar"s blessings, I will complete the 
comments on the remaining  Pasurams of TNT 
and conclude with Thirunedumthaandakam(TNT) 
in the nex tposting.

Pasuram 13 of TKT: Here  the Azhwar describes his
experience after the Lord appeared to him as he closed
 his eyes in fear. He says that he "devoured " the beauty
of the Lord, who showed up inside his closed eyelids.
 He confesses that he was  afraid that  the appearance of the Lord
would evaporate and  disappear like the water ,when hot iron 
is dipped into it .Instead, he says that the  "hot and thrilling "experience
of the Lord's appearance inside his closed eyelids stayed there
and  caused the utter  destruction of his ancient sins.
The queasy  thought of  his  unfitness to utter the Lord's name
 disappeared. He says that a great desire rose inside
 him to open his eyes and enjoy the beauty of the Lord of Srirangam.
He says that his sins were gone now  and that he 
became engaged in the delectable experience of tasting  the 
physical beauty of  Lord Ranganatha.

FOURTEENTH PASURAM: In this verse, he thinks of the Lord 
of Thirukkudanthai and laments over the days of yore lost in
chasing worldly pleasures instead of spending his time 
reflecting on the supreme principle resting on the bed of Adisesha 
on the banks of holy river Cauveri. He experiences the mood of 
Nirvedam here. 

Azhwaar is in an exalted mood of offering Kainkaryam to the Lord.He 
thinks of incidents related to the Vibhava Avatharams of the Lord.He  
offers first  Snaana Alankaram and then Garland alankaram. In the 15th
pasuram, he thinks of Ramaavatharam and the incidents of Sundara 
Khandam. That thought elvates his sense of Bhakti to the Lord in the
spirit of the statement " Bhakthyaa Saastraath Vedmi Janardhanam". 
That heightened Bhakthi leads  to Jnanam , which took the form of 
scent-laden , perfumed water fit for the Thirumanjanam of the Lord. 
Azhwaar says that he conducted Thirumanjanam (Snaanaalankaram)
for the Lord with that perfumed water constituted by Divya Jnanam.
In the 16th verse, He decorates the Lord with exquisite flower garlands 
made up of his  words serving as the fragrant flowers. He says
 " Emperumaanaarkku Ennudai SorkaL ennum Thuya Maalai Kondu 
Sootuvan Thondanehneh. "

SEVENTEENTH PASURAM: Here, the Azhwaar expains his positon 
based on his knowledge of the Saastraas. He says that the Gopis  got
the boon of Moksham by kainkaryam to the Lord; others got  the same
result by baiting the Lord like Sisupaalan ;Kamsa reached the Lord through
his fear and constant thoughts based on  his fear of HIM. As for himself,
 Azhwaar reveals that he will follow the route of Bhakti and Prapatti instead
of the other routes . He recommends the same approach to us out of his
concern for us as our Achaarya. 

EIGHTEENTH PASURAM:  Here, Thirumangai celebrates Bhakthi Yogam 
and the Ashtaanga Yogam that precedes it. ThisJewel of a  Pasuram on 
Bhakti Yogam  can also be considered as an indeirct
 mangalaasaasanam of Deepaprakasan (ViLakkoLi Perumal) .
He reveals that the final stage(Dhyaanam) of the Ashtaanga Yogam(Yama, Niyama,
Aasana,Praanaayama, Pratyaahaara, Dharana and DHYANA ) , RESULTS in the 
visualization of the resplendent Lord ( Darsana Samanaakaaram).
The successful practioners of Bhakthi Yogam thus  enjoy the Lord as a Splendid
and bright flame of a lamp in their minds(fruits of  of Savikalpa Samaadhi).

NINTEENTH PASURAM: The Sarvesvara Tattvam of the Lord is saluted by the 
Azhwaar in this Pasuram. He salutes Hara Saapa Vimochana Murthy of 
Kandiyur Divya Desam along with the presiding Archa Murthys  of other 
sacred sites such as Srirangam, Thirumeyyam, Kanchi, Thirupper and Mallai.
>From the incomplete  Darsana Samanaakaram state(resembling direct seeing) of
Bhakthi Yogam, the Azhwaar goes on to the ACTUAL   experience
of feasting one's eyes on the Subhaasrayam (Thirumeni) of
 the Archamurthys  of  the different Divya Desams.

Azhwaar points out the benefits of recfiting the twenty verses of TKT. He 
touches on the Nityasuri tattvam in this verse. Our Sampradhaayam 
asserts that the Nityasuris are blessed to enjoy the same measure of
 Aanandham as the Lord Himself enjoys at Srivaikuntam. Azhwaar states 
that the recitation of the 20 verses of TKT would result in one attaining the 
state of Nityasuri , which leads one to enjoy Brahmaanandam at the same level
enjoyed by Sri Vaikunta Naathan. 

Thirumangai Mannan Thiruvadigaleh Saranam

Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari sadagopan

the Lord  
the different divya Desams.