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thiru adhyayana uthsavam - At newyork - A Summary (part9)

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Sun Jan 09 2000 - 04:58:59 PST

Srimadh Azhagiya Singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri Rangarajan thiruvadikaLE saraNam

Dear bAgawathAs,

"idi" or thunder failed to match this kOsham. The entire hall was
vibrating. It sounded as if the the roof was all giving its  way.
It  was  as  if several  powerful explosions began to occur in  a
synchrnosied way simultaneously  for the  next  45 minutes. Every
one  were  walking slowly  as  Sri  nammAzwAr's ascendance on the
silver lining of the path continued slowly  in oyyAra nadai.  The
bearers held the pallakku in their hands  and not on shoulders to
symbolise kaitthAngal sEvai. As each and every line was thundered
in muzhakkam, even iron heart started to extract water  in  their
eyes. "irumbAna ithayangaL kooda eeram  kasinthathu  ippOthuthAn".
Slowly  the  ascendance   was  inching  and   there were wet eyes
every where. For some the words will not come out their mouth and
instead the water was  pouring from their eyes. Even those who do
not know tamil cried. There were so many water falls from so many
eyes as  everyone  of  them  was pouring and making niagara falls
smaller. The patthARu made upto 64 feet and there was a left over
portion of the path uncovered.  adiyEn threw my shAlvai to  cover
the last few  feet of the silver path  prior to  ascendance.   As
the ascendance reached  towards the last but one  pasuram  of the
last pathigam, the gOshti  was stopped and "thirai" or screen was
put.

Sri nammAzhwAr was now within half feet from perumAL.  Even after
the  gOshti  was stopped the water in the eyes of many could not.
The  outpouring continued for many with "thEmal" and  words would
not come out. Some were shell shocked and words will not come out.
Inside  the  thirai  Sri nammAzhwAr  first  did   prostration for
perumAL. Then his head was kept on the  feet  of  Sri namperumAL.
5 cartons of  thulasi arrived  during  the  whole  day. Thanks to
many volunteers from Boston, california, Florida, canada etc..Sri
nammAzhwAr was covered with "thulasi"  completely.  Some  of  the
bAgawathAs put thulasi inside the  thirAi  on Sri nammAzhwAr. The
heap of  thulasi  mountain  came  upto the hip of Sri namperumAL.
After this the thirai was opened. Now SrinammAzwAr was completely
covered and it was as if he has vanished.

Sri bAlAji bhattar appealed    the  aruLappAdu  as  "Sri Ramanuja
adiyAr's vinnappam. for lOka  kshEmam  SrinamperumAl must give us
back Sri nammAzwAr". He pleaded a few times.  Then Sri namperumAL
pronounced  "thanthOm, thanthOm  thanthOm". Three  people  hiding
behind perumAL gave this divine voice and it sounded as  if these
voices are actually coming from SrinamperumAL HIMself. The screen
or "thirai" was put and the perumAL and others were covered again.
Sri nammAzhwAr was erected vertical, clearing all the thulasi and
was seated at the feat of perumAL. The  thirai  was  opened.  The
aitheekam was such  that  Sri nammAzwAr was performing a vishEsha
ArAdhanam at Srivaikundam.  A vishEsha arAdhanam was performed on
behalf of Sri nammAzwAr to Sri namperumAL. Now, the thulasis that
covered Sri nammAzwAr were given in heaps to all  the  bAgawathas
as a special and vishEsha  prasAdham. This time an aruLappAdu was
issued to the gOshti to bring back Sri nammAzhwAr. Sri nammAzhwAr
was mounted on the pallakku again quickly. As a mark of his visit
to Sri viakundam he was adorned with the thulasi malai of Sri nam
perumAL for his return journey to boolOgam. The  gOshti began the
thaniyan  and  then kanninum sirutthAnmu pathigam. The gOsthi was
this time breaking the skies and dEvas were all assembled to  see
this kan koLLak kAtchi of Sri nammAzhwAr coming back to boolOgam.

will continue......

Srimadh Azhagiya Singar thiruvadikaLE saraNam
Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri Rangarajan thiruvadikaLE saraNam
thiruk kudanthai Rengarajan
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