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Re: svAmi mudali-ANDAN (Part 3)
Date: Tue Jan 18 2000 - 11:44:03 PST

In a message dated 1/9/00 1:10:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< AzhvAn (together with periya nambi) substituted 
 for uDaiyavar to answer the vicious summons of the 
 bigoted chOzha ruler; AzhvAn won the debate but the eyes 
 of AzhvAn and periya-nambi were nevertheless gouged out 
 by the mean loser. >>

Dear Sri Sundararajan
May I add a few words to your brilliant write up on Andan and Azhwan?
The following is from the Introduction for the "Panchasthavam"
by Prof. Srivatsankachariar Swami
Anbil Ramaswamy
"When Nalooran was deputed to gouge the eyes of Azhwan,
the latter addressed Nalooran - 
" I do not need these physical eyes that had the durbhaghyam 
of seeing such a Bhagavad Dveshi like you". 
So saying, he gouged his own eyes with his 
"EzhuthANi" - a stylus used for writing on palm leaf.
Here was the mahAn who lost his 'darsanam' for the sake 
of our 'Darsanam" as can be seen from Guruparampara Sara etc."