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Re: Selected excerpts from MahA VidvAn Sri U.Ve. PerukkAraNai Swamy's ThiruppAvai Monograph: Part XXX-> Twenty Fourth day : " ANRIVVULAHAM ALANTHAAI " Dinam

From: Sadagopan (
Date: Mon Jan 08 2001 - 02:15:44 PST

Srimathyai GodhAyai Nama:
SrimathE RaamAnujAya Nama:

Dear BhakthAs:   The ThiruvadikaL (feet)and the ThirukkaikaL 
(hands) of the Lord are the key limbs , which are behind His 
majestic gait and unparalleled generosity to bless us 
with what we seek according to Abhinava Desikan . Hence ,
the Gopis praise His gambeera Nadai and boon-granting hands .
Indirectly ,they praise His souseelyam , Soulabhyam and 
Paraakramam (valour).Since Thrivikrama , Raama and 
KrishnAvathArams are dear to them , they take instances 
from these avathArams to salute His nadai with 
Srimath GaambhIryam and His auspicious vara-dhAna
hastham .His valor is also saluted separately.

BhagavAn has four kinds of gait ( chathur-Vithaa gathi)
according to JnaanyAcchAr Swamy with special attributes :

(1) Rishabatthin serukku ( majesty)
(2) Mattha Gajatthin Thimirppu ( the abandon of the elephant
    in rut)
(3) Puliyin Urattu ( Tiger's speed and control like a wound wire)
(4) Simhatthinudaya parAbhibhavana saamarthyam
   ( The confident and powerful gait of a Lion
    as the King of the jungle and conqueror of
    all beasts) 

The Gopis want the Lord to walk to the throne 
from His bed side and make them blissful through 
the enjoyment of His different gaits as He takes 
the steps .

Lord KrishNaA accompanied by Nappinnai reaches 
the throne room , sits on the simhAsanam and
the Gopis are overwhelmed by their darsana 
soubhAgyam and sing pallANDu for His Thiruvadi
along the lines of PeriyAzhwAr ( Unn sEvadi sevvit-
thirukkAppu ).

Their pallANDU for the Dhivya Dampathis seated on
the throne is described by Upanishad BhAshyakArar 
this way :" Tatha: SimhAsanE upavishtam KrishNam
aalOkya MangaLAni prayunjathE " ( MangaLAsAsanam
is performed by the Gopis to the Lord seated on
His SimhAsanam). Then they take the next step of
stating the purpose of their visit to seek saamagriyAs
(accessories)for the observance of the Vratham of Paavai 
Nonbhu and pray for eternal kaimkaryam to Him ( sarva Kaalam
Tvath PadhAnamEva sthuthva , vrathOpakaraNam Vaadhya 
VisEsham icchantha: samAgathavAn , TathO dayAm Kuru).

Literal Meaning of the Paasuram( Dr.V.K.S.N.Raghavan):
(Slowly and gradually , the young gopis could find
Lord KrishNA (1) sleeping (2)getting up and (3) walking
towards them .In the meanwhile , when He walks , they 
perform mangaLAsAsanam for His ThiruvadigaL:" Earlier--
on that day (long ago) You meausred this Universe 
( with this pair of feet); ( now we hail) protection
and glory to such a pair of Your feet . Earlier(long ago),
You went there to LankA in the Southern region and killed 
RaavaNA , the aparAdhi; ( we proclaim) protection and
glory to Your enormous vanquishing power.You gave a kick 
to sakatAsurA ( the asuran, who came in the form of
a cart to crush You) and You destroyed Him with Your 
Thiruvadi; (we hail) glory and safety to Your fame.
(Bending Your feet in stiff posture) You threw the calf
(vathsAsuran) like  a fierce rock-like stick against
another demon (KappittAsuran) , who had taken the form 
of a wood-apple tree , so that both of them were kiled
simultaneously ; (we hail) glory and safety to Your 
victorious anklet and feet (that performed this miracle).
You have lifted aloft the GovardhanA mountain just as an
umbrella ; (we sing) hail and safety to Your pristine 
merits and grace . You hold  in Your hand , a powerful 
spear that completely subjugates and eradicates Your 
enemies;(we sing)" hail and glory to that spear in Your
hand " --thus , indeed , do we hail and sing Your miraculous
deeds , valour and auspicous ThiruvadikaL. We have come to
Your side today now to offer our prayers and to seek 
the drum (paRai)from You , So Please be compassionate
to us , who seek eternal Kaimkaryam to You.

PerukkAraNai Swamy's anubhavam
This Paasuram is one of the most auspicous one
in ThiruppAvai. That is why we recite it twice .
Since the prayer is in the form of a PallANDu ,
it can be recited many times more.

The gana prEmai ( deep affection ) of the Gopis
for their Lord poured forth in the form of 
MangaLAsAsanam and PallANDu . They forgot what
they came for .First , they hail the Thiruvadi 
that measured the Universes as Thrivikraman
(anRivvulaham aLanthAi adip pORRi ). This is 
the third time ANDAL refers to Thrivikraman's
mysterious deed ( Ongi UlahaLantha , ambarmUdarutthu
Ongi ulhalantha and anRivvulaham aLanthAi here ). 
The anusandhAnam for three times is perhaps to
remind us that Vaamanan begged for three feet 
of land from Emperor Bali.She seems to say 
that MahA Bali could not succeed in granting
three feet of land , but She gave Him three
feet/adis ( Each ThiruppAvai Paasuram has eight 
feet or Yettadi ). She devoted one adi in each 
of the above three paasurams to salute the magnificent
deed of Thrivikraman, which is hailed by the VedAs
as "ThrINi padhAn VichakramE").The Gopis say :
" anRu ivvulaham aLanthAi!adip pORRi! inRu Yaam 
vanthOm " .After saluting MahA Bali VrutthAntham ,
the Gopis saluted the valor of the Lord in destroying 
RaavaNan as Raaman , SakatAsura vadham and the wonderous
deed of lifting Govardhana Giri to teach Indran , normally
an anukoolan , an unforgettable Lesson .  

The Inner meanings of this Paasuram( PerukkAraNai Swamy)
We have arrived today to sing pallANDu for Your
valorous deeds in Vibhavam and to seek eternal
kaimkaryam to You in Parama Padham (YenRenRum 
unn sEvakamE yEtthi parai koLLa inRu yaamm 
vanthOm ) . Please have dayA for us (irangu).

We hail the spear like , sharp-edged sankalpam 
of Yours ,which banishes obstructions  to 
gaining Moksha Siddhi ( venRu pahai kedukkum 
ninn kaiyill vEL pORRi). 

We hail Your lofty guNams as Sri VaikuntanAthan
as the SarvEsvaran seated under the white umbrella
(yEka ChakrAdhipathi with svEtha Chathram); { kunRu
kudayAi yedutthAi guNam pORRi}in Parama Padham.

We hail your heroic deeds that destroy like a powerful
daNdam thrown at  our PuNya Paapams ( KuNilA kanRu
yeRinthAi , Kazhal pORRi).

" Sakatam ponRa uthaitthAi puhazh pORRi": we hail
Your glories that destroy the manOrathams of Jeevans ,
which are the causes behind the naraga-Svarga anubhavams!

" angu senRu tenn Ilankai seRRAi thiRal poRRi": Hail to
Your sakthi which is manifested through Your presence 
in the universe as antharyAmi , VibhavAtharan and 
AchAryan and for conferring the power of vivEkam
to ward off the moksha virOdhis !

" anRu ivvulaham aLanthAi adip pORRi": Hail to Thee ,
who created all these Universes and their beings and
for making Your Thiruvadi as UpAyam for our Prapathti!

We are eulogizing Your powers of creation , power to
control our sanchala manas , power of Your guNmas 
that save us from enjoying the fruits of Paapa-puNyams ,
power to banish mOksha VirOdhis . We besseech You through 
our prayers to give us the VrathOpakaranams and to
listen to our request for eternal kaimkaryam at Your
holy feet;have mercy on us.

ANDAL, Azhagiya Singar ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
RaamAnuja Daasan, Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan  



           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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