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Apoorva Ramayanam-III

From: selvaraj viswanathan (vselvarajfca_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sat Jan 19 2002 - 08:19:09 PST

Apoorva Ramayanam – III.
“kO gunavaAn?” – Sowsheelya guna

Guha sakyam

Valmiki, in Srimad Ramayanam, states “thathra raja
guho nama Ramasya Athmasamas sakA”, in the context of
Sri Rama reaching Ganga and Guha following at the Sri
Rama’s feet. “Ramasya Athmasamas sakA” is a very gem
of presentation. The act of Sri Rama hugging Guha on
seeing him is also mentioned as “tham Arththas
samparishvajya Guho RaghavamapravEth”.

Periyalvar refers to the sakyam as “GuhanOdu Gangai
thannil sEranintha thOzhamai kondathum Or adaiyAlam”.
Kamban writes:

“GuhanOdum aivarAnOm munbu, pin kundru sUzhvAn
maganOdum aruvarAnOm, emmuzhaiyan pin vantha
aganamar kAthalaiya! NinOdum ezhuvaranOm
pugalarunch kananthanthu puthalvaraR polinthan unthai”

Sri Rama states Sri Dasaratha not satisfied with four
sons, sent us to the forest and we got Guha as a
brother in Ganges shore, SugEva  in the hills and
VibhEshana! We got you as the brother here – thus your
father got seven sons. The word “unthai” is to be
noted – Sri Rama does not state “enthai” – my father
or our father, he states “unthai” – your father. This
is an example of Perumal mixing with his devotees
fully.

Sri Thirumangai Alwar referes to “Ezhai Ethalan
kEzhmagan ennathu irangi(periya thirumozhi 5-8-1)
referring to Guhan. Such being the qualities of Guha,
being born in lowly hunter caste, with no rational
sense, and natural antagonistic feeling to living
creatures, Sri Rama, being born in Surya kulam
Ikshvagu vamsam, Lord of all Iswarya, maha budhiman
and the chakravarthi thirumagan, mixed with him taking
Guha as he is, as in the words of the Alvar
“sEranintha thOzhamai”.

To be continued.
Adiyen Sri Vaishnava Dasan - Selva narana ramanujan

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