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From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_best.com)
Date: Wed Feb 10 1999 - 12:58:31 PST
We are really blessed to have members who ask such good questions and give equally good and profound answers. It is very heartening to see such discussions started by Sri Madhavakkannan's Periya Thirumozhi kainkaryam. His post on the first thirumozhi (vaadinEn) induced me to read the commentary of Sri Periyavaaccaan Pillai. This vyaakhyaanam is truly a gem of a work; the more one reads it, the more one feels that even the title "vyaakhyaana chakravarthi" (emperor among commentators) is not a suitable plaudit for the great acharya. Coming back to the vaadinEn paasuram, where Alvar bemoans his past and declares his good fortune at receiving the divine name "Narayana", Sri PVP comments on the word "naamam" (name), and the proper conditions for reciting the Lord's name: By specifically using the word "name", this paasuram says that the "right place" is whatever place one is in, the "right time" is whenever one desires to say it, and the "right person" is simply one who declares "Let's say it!". Nanjiyar once asked Bhattar, "Does one have to be pure/ purify oneself (ritually or otherwise) before reciting the tirumantram?" "No," he graciously replied. "Should one take a dip in salt water before taking a bath in the Ganga? Its greatness gives you everything you need; won't this itself (the tirumantram or the Ganga) remove all the impurity that you think disqualifies you?" [original below] What a wonderful statement of the greatness of the mantram! Never be hesitant or concerned about your purity or worthiness, the commentary says. thirumangai aazhvaar thiruvadigaLE SaraNam Mani ------------ Original text: "naamam" engaiyaalE irundhapadiyE udhdhESyam, iccai piRandhapOdhE kaalam, colluvOm enRavan adhikaari engiRadhu. "thirumanthram collumpOdhu prayatharaaykkoNdu colla vENumO vEndaavO?" enRu jeeyar bhattaraik kEtka, "vENdaa", enRu aruLicceydhaar. "gangai aadappOm avanukku naduvE oru uvarkkuzhiyilE muzhukippOkavENumO? in nanmai ellaam uNdaakkappugukiRadhu, keezhayOgyathai iththanaiyum pOkkamaattaadhO?" enRu aruLicceydhaar.