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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Tue Feb 09 1999 - 18:37:58 PST
>Your doubt on "SaaLagraamatthu adigaLai" in the last pAsuram, I >understood (mostly I am wrong!) as the Emperumaan of SaaLagraamam - >because adigaL in this context does not mean "adiyaars" i.e BhagawathAs; >it means: the Lord (?- How?) The reference for me is: GandhiyadigaL; We >do not refer to the servants of Gandhi nor do we refer to feet of >Gandhi. (Perhaps, in this pAsuram, we can refer to the adigaL (Feet) of >SaaLagraamam Emperumaan. But the hitch is AzhwAr refers to SaaLgraamam's >(the Divya dEsam's) adigaL (Lord). So in all probability, the word >refers to Emperumaan (Lord) of SaaLagraamam. > >Where else we can get this clarified? only from Sri Sadagopan or Sri >Anbil Ramaswamy? (mama, please!) > >Narayana Narayana > >Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan > Dear Sri MadhavakkaNNan and Sri NaarayaNan : At the outset of this note enjoying the postings of Saalagraama Paasurams of Kaliyan , let me say that Sri madhavakkaNNan's intrepretation is correct .I will first summarize the mind set of Thirumangai , when he arrived at the divya dEsam of SaalagrAmam and how it led to the phala sruthi containing the words, "Saalagraamatthu adikaLai ". The questions that Sri NaarayaNan raised and Sri MadhavakkaNNan responded to are very legitimate aspects of understanding/analysing the use of Tamil words by Tamil Pulavara like Thirumanagai .After all his other name is naalu kavip pulavar .Context and sandhi are important to intrepret the words they use . I know there are many Tamil Scholars in this group like Srimans Dileepan , Rengarajan , Varadhan , Anbil Swamin , Viji Triplicane et al . Since my dear friend Sri MadhavakkaNNan referred to my name as a reference , I have no choice but to respond .Rest of the members more knowledgable than myself are invited to comment and enrich the discussions. Thirumangai is a great rasikar of Sri RaamAvathAram . When he reaches SaalagRAAMAm , he is immediately struck by the word RAAMA ( the Taaraka , pOshaka naamam ) housed inside the name of the Divya Desam . He rememberd the sahasra naama phala sruthi slOkam : Sri Raama RaamEthi RamE raamE manOramE Sahasra naama tatthulyam Raama Naama varananE Sri Raama Naama VarAnana Om Nama Ithi Lord SivA was responding there to the query of His dear Consort , Paarvathi , who had asked : What is the laghu upAyam(laghu aarAdhanam) to salute (meditate ) on the glories of the thousand names of VishNu .Her husband revealed the secret and gave Her the UpadEsam : The One word (naamam ), " Raama " is equivalent in mahimai compared to all the thousand names of Sri VishNu sahasra naamam . Reminded by the Raama naama mudrai inside the name of the divya dEsam of SaaLag-RAAMA-m , Thirmangai took the counsel of the Lord , who resides in the HimAlayan snow ( KailAsam ) and focussed on the celebration of Sri Raamachandran in the very first paasuram and identified the divya dEsam as the one that houses (grAmam) the Lord , who constructed sEthu and travelled over it to Lankhai to cut off the ten heads of the Mahaa- aparAdhi RaavaNan in the battle field : " malai koNdu alai neer anaik katti mathiL neerilankai vALarakkar talaivan talai patthu aRutthu uhandAn SaalagRAAMam adai nenjE " In the second paasuram , AzhwAr continued with the celebration of the valour of the Raghu Veeran: " Ilankai podiyA vadivAi saram thuranthAn " (the one who transformed the great city of Lankai into dust with the power of His arrows ). In the third Saalagraama paasuram, AzhwAr pointed out that the Jagath-kAraNa vasthu is offering sEvai for us in the form of Sri RaamA (arakkarkku yej~AnRum salavan ) there. In the fourth Paasuram , Raama Naama dhyAnam continues : " tErA arakkar thEr veLLam seRRAn ".In the fifth paasuram, azhwAr's mind shifts to the incident with SoorpaNakA , another RaamAvathArA incident .Thereafter, he shifts to Sriman NaarAyaNA's other incarnations such as KrishNan , Narasimhan and the BhakthAs , who crowd SaalagrAmam to have the blessings of Sri Raaman , who with the power of His KodhaNdam sent an arrow to pierce the seven Saal trees to convince the doubting SugrIvan about His strength to handle Vali in battle .The divya desam of " Saala + gRAAMAm " was once full of tall Saal trees (dense wood trees like teak )associated with the incident in the avathAram of the Raghu Veeran . He now arrives at the Tenth (phala sruthi) paasuram containing the word " SaalagRAAMAtthu adikaLai" . He told us that his paasurams ( Tamil Maalai) coming out of his vaak are about saluting "SaalagrAmatthu adikaLai " paRRiyathu . He said " SaalagrAmatthu adikaLai oli seytha Tamizh maalai ivai " ( these paasurams arising out of his mouth are about the Sarva Swami presiding over the divya desam of Saala gRAAMAm , Sri RAAMAchandran , the recitation of whose name is equivalent to the recitation of the thousand names of Sriman VishNu-NaarAyaNan . So he suggested to the VirakthAs ( ulhatthu aarAr )and VivEkis( aRivu udayAr) , who want to have the boon of residence in Sri Vaikuntam recite his SaalagRAAMA Paasurams celebrating Mainly RaamAvathaaran . The recommendation of his Phala sruthi is " nall naadu arasu aaLa ,pEr aayiram OdhuminkaL " ( O wise and vairAgyasAlis ! If you want to live in our Lord's Sri Vaikuntam , please recite these paasurams about our Sarava Swami with thousand names at SaalagrAmam . They are equivalent to reciting the thousand names of the Lord of Sri Vaikuntam ) . If you can not do that , atleast recite these ten paasurams of mine about the archA mUrthy of SaalagrAmam in any haphazard manner ( ivayE pithaRRuminE) not worrying about Krama paatam . Thus , "SaaLagrAmatthu adikaLai " means about the Jagath-kAraNa , Jagan Mangala mUrthi , the Sarva Swami residing at Saalagraamam as Sri Raamachandran . The other intrepretation that comes to my mind is the Ponnadi of the Lord . When one has sEvai of the Lord in ArchA , the eyes have to move PaddAdhi KesAntham ( From the sacred feet of the Lord to the Face having the glorious dark tresses of kEsam . Thirumnagai followed that Krama sEvai and focussed on the sacred feet of the Lord . Yet another intrepretation is the visualization of what is under and on the KaDaki river bed ( Nadhiyin adiyil uLLavai ).Those resting there are the SaalagRAAMA mUrthams . Surrounded by RaamA mUrthams and KrishNa mUrthams and Nrusimha mUrthams , AzhwAr thinks of Saalagraamatthu adikal as the Lotus feet of Sriman NaarAyaNan . NaarAyaNa , NaarAyaNa , NaarAyaNa Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan P.S : Divya prabhandham is indeed an anubhava grantham !