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Date: Tue Jan 04 2000 - 02:45:27 PST
Dear Sri vaishnava perunthagaiyeer, Why I started with "mal aaNda thiN thOL" for offering my comments, is in line with the anvayam of the paasuram 1 as given by Sri Periyavaachchaan Pillai, which is "mallaaNda thiNdOL maNivaNNaa, PallaaNdu pallaaNdu pallaayiraththaaNdu pala kOdi nooraayiram un sEvadi sevvith thirukkaappu". To continue on "mallaaNda thiNdOL" 8. aaNdaaL says "senrangu thennilangai seRRaai thiral pORRi" 24- oh krishnaa, in your previous avathaaram of Sri raama, you went to lankaa in the south and conquered the king of lankaa with your thiral- valimai- exhibited the power of your shoulders in sending arrows that killed raavaNaa- salutations to that thiral- the power of your shoulders. 9. Single handedly Lord Raama conquered the 14000 raakshasaas in the aaraNyam with his kothandam only- this message was carried to raavaNa by his sister- when she described raamaa's valour, the thOl valimai was also described. Such thiN thOL. 10. Swami periyavaachchaan piLLai gives a meaning "midukku" for "mal"- in samskrit can we consider this as ghaamBheeryam?- in English majesty or grace. The shoulders of raama is said to have the ghaambheeryam and have a beauty of their own. "sukumaara kumbha gambeeram"-Swami desikan says in his raghuveera gadhyam. 11. "ichchaa mohi mahaa baahum raghuveeram mahaabalam gajEna mahathaayaantham raamam chathra vruthaananam" - this slokam is used daily during thiru aaraadhanam-The shoulders are described as "mahaa baahu" in this slokam- which is thiN thOL in tamil. Like this the list can be extended. Now let us take the next word. "maNi vaNNaa"- the Lord naaraayaNan is addressed by this name "maNi vaNNaa". 1. He is having the kousthubha mani in his chest. That maNi is giving bright shine all around. So the person who is adorned with this kousthubha maNi is maNi vaNNan. 2. Another maNi is also there in his chest- the sthree rathnam- periya piraatti- agalagillEn enru- due to her swarna maya kaanthi (brightness of gold) he also shines with his blue colour- who adds brightness and colour to whom is a point for a lengthy discussion- so he is maNi vaNNan. 3. In krishna avathaaram he fought for syamanthaga mani and had it. He only donated it to King sathraajith and however it came back to the Lord. So one who adorned with the syamanthaga mani is maNi vaNNan. 4. Sri vishnu sahasranaamam dhyaana slokam is- "ksheerOdhanvath pradEsE suchi maNi vilasath saikathEr moukthikhaanam maalaa kluptha sanastha spatikha mani nibhair moukthikhair maNdithaanga:". In the milk ocean the Lord is adorned with pearls and other rathnams which are better than the spatika maNi - colourless spatika maNi- such a person is maNi vaNNan. Who is that rathnam - paarkadalil paLLi koLLUm paraman sriman naaraayaNan- so he is that maNi- blue coloured lord in white coloured ksheerabhdhi- a beauty even to imagine of the colour contrasts- he is also adorned with the pearls and others -spatika maNi- colourless rathnams- which reflects the shine of the pearls he is wearing and his own plus the swarna kaanthi of his consort in his chest- now which colour is more bright- each clouding the other or all at a time bright and shining- so is there any wonder calling maNivaNNan -so for one who thinks of him of having a particular colour, he appears he is of that colour. 5. In thiruppaavai also aandaaL addresses "maalE maNi vaNNaa in 26th paasuram- 2+6=8. 26th reminds ashtaaksharam -so there is no wonder aandaaL in her 26th paasuram starts with maalE- thirumaalE- oh Sriman naaraayaNa! Oh maNivaNNaa! 6. In 1-2-17 seethakkadal group of paasuram "paruvam nirambaamE paarellaam uyya thiruvin vadivokkum dhEvaki peRRa uruvu kariya OLi maNi vaNNan" says periyaazhvaar. uruvu- body kariya- black in colour oLi- bright light maNivaNNan- the person called maNivaNNan- or one who has the colour and brightness of the mani- nava rathnam- special stones. Black in colour but bright- kariya oLi- oh- what a contrast in statement- or it appears to be contrast- is black itself bright or the rathnams adorned by the black pearl give the brightness to black coloured lord- for the lord anything is a special and specials for us are ordinary for him. So uruvu kariyathu aanaal oLi migunthathu. 7. thuRRi Ezhulagu uNda thoomaNivaNNan- 4-4-2 of thiruvaaimozhi- so every aazhvaar is fascinated by this two words- so no wonder peryaazhvaar places this thirunaamam of maNi vaNNan in the first paasuram itself. Rest we will see in next post Dasan Vasudevan M.G.