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From: Sadagopan (
Date: Mon Jan 29 2001 - 19:14:27 PST

Dear BhakthAs: This will conclude the input
on the write up for PeriyAzhwAr.

Tell Me  More Section on PeriyAzhwAr's prabhandhams
ThiruppallANDu of PeriyAzhwar and PeriyAzhwAr Thirumozhi
are the two prabhandhams of this AzhwAr.Together , they 
constitute 473 of the Divine collect of Four thousand.
The meanings of the 11 paasurams of ThruppallANDu are 
summarized below( Dr.K.C.VaradAchAri's translation): 

(1)For many years and everlasting years and many thousands 
of years and crores of hundreds of thousands of years let Thine
red feet's beauty be protected ! Oh Lord of emerald blue
hue with shoulders that vanquished the wrestlers ! 
PallANDu to You !

(2) Let Thou along with ourselves , Thine inseperable 
servants live everlasting years! Let Her (Sri) adorning
Thee as ornament resting on Thine right chest , live for 
everlasting years ! Let the luminous blazing sharp disc
in Thine right hand , which is capable of annihilating 
foes be preserved for ever lasting years . PallANDu
to Thine conch (paanchajanyam) whose sound pierces 
through the clanging din of weapons in battle .

(3) Oh Ye who are fit to do service and are ready , come and
carry the mud and fragrance (for God's worship). We will not
admit into our fold , those who serve others( kings and emperors)
for food .For in seven births , we have not been serving any other.
We have sung eternal years to Him (RaamA) , who in battle
utterly destroyed LankA , the seat of rAkshasAs.

(4) Come Ye and join us , giving up desire for everything 
else, before being lost in the world of sorrow, those who
are having a mind to come and join us. Come with a mind to
chant with devotion , "Namo NaarAyaNAya " (Surrender to
NaarAyaNAya) so that the country side and the town may know.
Sing Ye eternal life to the Lord!

(5) Oh Ye who belong to the community that serves the Lord
Master of the senses(HrishIkEsA) , who is the Ruler of all
the worlds , who uprooted the whole host of the asurAs , come 
and touching His feet utter His (occult) names, abandoning 
the old grooves and giving up all sense of I and Mine , sing 
" Let there be thousands of years of life for Him ".

(6)Myself, my father , hi father and grandfather , for several 
generations are doing all services continously , to Him , 
who in the hour(star of) ThiruvONam (SravaNam) , slew 
the foe taking the form of Man-Lion ,and we shall sing to
our heart's content , "Eternal Life for Thousand years to Him".

(7) All our families have to serve Thee , who art the abode of
the Disc that has red luminosity greater than those of 
the celestial lights. Long life eternal do we sing to Thee,
who art the Master , who ordered the Disc to cut asunder 
the thousand shoulders of BaaNAsuran , the master of an army 
capable of wonderful warfare ,such that blood flowed out of them.

(8) I sing everlasting years  to Thee, who grantest me excellent 
ghee-mixed food, excellent service , beetel nuts filling my hands , 
flower garland to adorn my neck , ear-rings for my ears , 
sandal-paste for my body , and who art capable of making me pure , 
and who has the foe of hooded serpents for thine ensign (GarudA).

(9)Wearing the cloth , which Thou hast worn and discarded ,
taking the food remaining after Thou has eaten , wearing 
the garland of TuLasi that has adorned Thee and given to me ,
thus do we , worshippers of Thy feet ,performing assidously 
the tasks allocated to us in which-ever directions ,
sing eternal years to Thee , who art lying on the luminous
serpent , during the period of ThiruvONam.

(10) On the day when , Oh Lord , we were connected with
the word (mantram) that made us Thine slaves (inseparable
from Thee) , then itself there resulted to us Thine slaves
renunciation of all attachments. To Thee do I sing eternal
years , who was born on an auspiciousday in MathurA , and 
who broke the bow and danced on the head of the five-hooded
serpent fierce.

(11) Like Selva-Nambi , faultless , ruler of the people of
jewels , ThirukkOttiUr ,  a hill of pride and lord of wealth ,
am I Thine eternal slave. Uttering ccorrectly ,"Surrender
to NaarAyaNA " and pronouncing Thine many names , O Lord ,
who art pure in myriad respects, I shall sing to Thee
eternal years, eternal years.

B. PeriyAzhwAr Thirumozhi
There are 462 Paasurams in this Prabhnadham in
34 decads.Normally , each decad has 10 to 11 Paasurams.
When PeriyAzhwAr attempts to describe the beauty of
the baby Krishnan from foot to head ( paadhAthi kEsAntham),
he could not contain his joy and spills over to 21 paasurams
( Decad 1.2). 

The commentary for all paasurams except the last 40 of 
PeriyAzhwAr Thirumozhi by PeriyavAcchAn PiLlai 
were consumed by white ants. Hence ,MaNavALa MaamunigaL 
wrote a scholarly commentary to replace the lost one. There 
are additional commentaries for this prabhandham by Utthamur 
Swamy and others.

Sage ParAsarar in his PurANa rathnam (Sri VishNu PurANam)
has covered KrishNa charithram in the 5th canto only. 
Sukha Brahmam has covered KrishNAvathaara Leelais in
the 10th canto of his Srimath BhAgavatham. Both described
the KrishNa leelais like a charithram . PeriyAzhwAr entered 
into the stories and took the part of YasOdhA and enjoyed 
the Lord's leelais as His mother and elsewhere took on 
the role of the love-stricken Gopis and engaged in 
Bhagavath GuNAnubhavam.He thus surpassed the anubhavams of 
Sages like Sage ParAsara and Sukha Brahmam.He was GarudAmsar 
and carried the Lord during the Bharatha yuddham as His
chariot at Kuru KshEthram.He heard GithOpanishad from
the lips of PaarthasArathy there. PeriyAzhwAr's daughter 
refers to this as " Meymai PeruvArthai Vittuchitthar 
kEttiruppAr ". Here "Vaarthai " referes to Thiru Manthram.
"peru Vaarthai" is the manthra rathnam , Dhvayam;"Meyami
Peru Vaarthai " is the Charama slOkam of Bhagavath GithA.
Such is the greatness of PeriyAzhwAr . Andal accepted Her
father as Her AchAryan for that reason.

Additional Information on PeriyAzhwAr's Prabhandhams
A sampling of extended analysis of individual decads of
PeriyAzhwAr's prabhandhams available in the Bhakthi list 
archives are assembled below (It is however not Exhaustive):

(1)Srivilliputthur and Taniyans for PeriyAzhwAr: V.Satakopan 

(2)Life of PeriyAzhwAr and History of Srivilliputthur:
   Sri MadhavakkaNNan ( Bhakti archives : October 97/0111.html)
   and by V.Satakopan ( Bhakti Archives:july 97/0063.html) 

(3)Thiruppallandu Comments( Dec97 Bhakti archives/0135.html) 
   by V.Satakopan

(4)NeerAttam/Thirumanjanam for Bala Krishnan by YasOdhai:
   Decad 2.4( Bhakthi archives:Dec 97/0109.html) by V.SatakOpan

(5)PoocchUttal of Bala KrishNan after NeerAttam by YasOdhai:
   Decad 2.7(Bhakthi archives:Dec97/0110.html) by V.SatakOpan

(6)Kaapiduthal/Saayam rakshai by YasOdhai:Decad 2.8
   (Bhakthi archives Dec97/oii3.html)by V.SatakOpan

(7) ThiruvaNN PuruDOtthamam Dhivya Desam MangaLAsAsanam:
    (Bhakthi archives:June 99/0186.html) By Sri MadhavakkaNNan

(8) Valedictory address to ThiruvenkatamudayAn: Decad 5.4
   "SenniyOngu Paasurams" (Bhakti archives/Dec97/0074) by

PeriyAzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam ,
Daasan ,Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SatakOpan   





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