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thirup pAvai - part 48 - nArAyaNaNE - nOnbukkAna manthram

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Wed Feb 03 1999 - 04:08:31 PST

Sri ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

nArAyaNaNE namakkE paRai tharuvAn.

thirup pAvai - part 48 - nArAyaNaNE - nOnbukkAna manthram

	It was  somewhat conceivable that certain Aaychiars were 
revealed of the paratthuvam in lord Sri Krishna, while being  in
AaypAdi itself.  The word "nArAyaNaNE" has  induced  many to dig 
into find the purpose for using this  word.  Such  findings  are 
from many different angles and  according  each  one's state  of  
mind and their own  affiliations  and devotions.  ie.,  It  is a 
big question going through many in their  mind  as  to  why  Sri 
ANDAL used Sri nArAyaNa   nAmam  here  suddenly  and  we  intend 
to analyse some of the  vyAkyAnams and   our  own  anubavam  and  
arrive  at  some  observations. ie., We are trying to cover some  
of  the  aspects covered by a few that are suitable to  our  own 
anubavams. Sri  ANDAL  has  called  everyone of the Aaychiars to  
come and  join  her  for  doing  the nOnbu (saranAgathi).  There 
must be a manthram that serves  as an  "angam" for   each  nOnbu  
including  "pAvai" nOnbu. Some consider that Aaychiars were told 
to chant  the  nArAyaNa  nAmam itself as the  manthram  for  the 
"pAvai" nOnbu they  are  all  observing.  Hence   such reference 
to nArAyaNa  nAmam  was adopted  there  by ANDAL,  as  cited  by  
some vyAkyAna kartthAs. 

	It is stated  earlier  that  those  Aaychiars donot know 
their idakkai and valakkai ie., they are very ignorant that they 
donot even know which  is  their  left  hand  and which is their 
right hand. "Even though  we  agree  that  the  paratthuvam  was 
revealed to certain  Aaychiars,  it may  have  been  a  blissful 
experience at the time of Sri gOvardhana giri vaibavam, and  one
may not necessarily  remember  Lord  Sriman  nArAyaNa  in  their 
every day Aaychiar's life. ie., They cannot remember  such  name 
every  instant  when  they  see  and look at Sri Krishna's eyes. 
Those eyes are  seductive  and  have  their  own yielding nature 
such that the Aaychiars  will forget their ownself". This  being 
the  case why would our Aaychiar  (Sri  ANDAL  in  such  bhAvam)  
remember  just after seeing "kathir mathiyam pOl mugatthAn", the  
name of paratthuvam ie.,  Sriman  nArAyaNA. A question is raised 
as to how they can choose the nArAyaNa nAmam as  their  manthram 
when they are so  ignorant. 

	As per a vyAkyAna karttha, the vEdAs  roar  these  thiru 
nAmam as "viswam nArAyaNam", nArAyaNam  mahAjgnEyam",  "nArAyaNa  
param  brahma..  nArAyaNas  sthitha:", and  EkO  havai  nArAyaNa 
Aasseth", sakshoos chathrashta  vyanja nArAyaNa..",  and  "mAtha   
pithA  nArAyaNa" divyO  dEva  EkO  nArAyaNa"..  The  supposition 
is such that since  vedas  were  prior to Sri KrishnA in AaypAdi 
and that chanting of veda manthram  is prevalent  in  AaypAdi as 
well, the Aaychiars must have been told of the nArAyaNa nAmam. 
	He also adds that since certain  vaidikAs used  to chant 
as "namO nArAyaNAyEthi manthrA", and "nArAyaNa saptha mAtthiram" 
in their  prayers, Aaychiars must have observed  the  same  from
that  as  well.  However,   the  reference  to  certain  AzhwArs 
inspiring them couldnot  have been possible as they were neither 
contemporarian   nor   predated.   Moreso,  even  if  available, 
Aaychiars couldnot have understood   the   esoterics  of  AzhwAr 
pAsurams in tamil when they  are  referred  as some  who are  so  
ignorant.  (idakkai valakkai aRiyAthavar). It is referred  above
that as per certain vyAkyAna kartthAs Aaychiars may have  chosen  
this  thiru nAmam  as  their  manthram  for   the "pAvai" nOnbu.
However one of the main understanding here is that after  mantra  
uapdEsam from AchAryA, the  jivAtmA  is  reminded  of  the thiru 
AshtAkshara  mantram as one of the main manthram for a prapannA. 
ie., Those who have observed the nOnbu (saranAgathi)  may  dwell 
in thiru   AshtAksharam  as  presecribed  in  shAstras.  Such is  
conceived by  alluding  to  the  nArAyaNa nAmam here. ie., Since  
the thiru ashtAkshram is based  on  the  nArAyaNa  saptham,  the  
citing of this thiru nAmam itself is understood  as a  reference 
to thiru ashtAkshram. 

Sri ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sampath Rengarajan 

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