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ThirumazhisaiAzhwAr Thirunakshthram- Thai makam-23rd Jan

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Sun Jan 23 2000 - 17:57:57 PST


Dearest BhAgawathAs,

Jan 23rd Thai makam is ThirumazhisaiAzhwAr's Thirunakshathram. Please visit 
Sri Mani's Srivaishnava Home page, for the brief biography on this AzhwAr 
(excellently written by Sri Dileepan few years back).

He had studied first, buddhism, then Jainism and later became a saivite 
calling himself as "sivavaakkiyar, till he was transformed by pEyAzhwAr into 
a great bhaktha of Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayanan. (He had even composed a 
pAsuram "sakkiyam kaRROm; samaN kaRROm; sankaranaar aakkiya aagama 
noolaRindhOm; etc..)

The AzhwAr was so straightforwarded, outspoken, fearless and established the 
oneness and supremacy of Sriman nArAyaNan and sri vaishNavam. He became an 
exemplary Sri vaishNava AcharyA and it is told that he spent about 700 years 
meditating on TiruvallikkeNi perumAL Sri vEnkata krishNan.

Here's Thirumazhisai Vandha jOthi's Naanmukhan Thiruvandhaadhi, 1st and 
96th. Beautiful...

First.. Thaniyan on Thirumazhisai AzhwAr's Naanmugan Thiruvandhaadhi

NaaraayaNan padaitthaan naanmuganai* naanmuganukku/
yEraar sivan piRandhaan ennum chol*- seeraar/
mozhi seppi vaazhalaam nenjamE!* moi poo/
mazhisaip piraan adiyE vaazhtthu.

NarayaNan created Brahman (the four headed one). From this BrahmA,
Siva was born. Such greatest TRUTH was asserted by ThirumazhisaiAzhwAr. 
Recite his pAsurams and get saved, Oh Mind!. Praise ThirumazhisaiAzhwAr's 

AchAryAs enjoy this AzhwAr's works, and address them as the sword
that has been taken out of its cover (from the waist band) to destroy
"other" non- truthful, false notions and doctrines and to establish that 
Sriya:pathi Sriman NarayananE is Parathvam and AzhwAr has NOT still put the 
sword back (since the false notion still lingers...!!).

Since the 1st pAsuram starts with "Naanmuganai", this work is called
"Naanmugan Thiruvandhaadhi (NMT in short).

1.NarayaNan created BrahmA (naanmugan- four faced one); BrahmA
(thus became the instrument) and created the universe starting with
Sankaran. And this I have been blessed to announce in this most
important truth. Oh People! you all see, understand the truth in
this and don't let it get out of your mind. MahOpanishad declares this
truth that Narayanan is the One who cause of creation for all dEvAs
through BrahmA whom He first created.  (Thus, AzhwAr implies, "by getting to 
know the Creator, and the births of BrahmA and Sivan, you all can get rid of 
your future births".)

96.iniyaRindhEn eesaRkum naanmugaRkum deivam/
inyaRindhEn Emperumaan unnai- iniyaRindhEn/
kaaRaNan nee; kaRRavai nee; kaRpavai nee- naRkirisai
naaraNan nee; nangu aRindhEn naan/

(A LOVELY pAsuram! An assertive POSITIVE Truth strongly given to us by the 
One who had searched everywhere; went into Saivism, Buddhism, Jainism, etc.. 
and was initiated by pEyAzhwAr; He has blessed us with these GREATEST TRUTHS 
THOROUGH RESEARCH ON OTHER SECTS TOO! And found the Ultimate Parathvam in 
Sriman Narayanan!)

EmperumaanE! I have now known about You, who is the Lord of BrahmA  and  
Sivan; who is my Lord also; (Swami Sri Ramanuja says: akila
jagadh Swami; asmath Swamin) who is the Cause of all worlds; who is the 
essence of all that has been known; all that we are going to know; who is 
Sriman Narayanan, the One who is so merciful to protect (us), without 
expecting anything (from us); You have such Grandest Most auspicious 
attributes with You!); - All of these knowledge- I HAVE NOW (BEEN BLESSED 

Thirumazhisai Piraan's ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam


Narayana Narayana

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