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From: Ramaswami Vasudevan (aurum_at_cadvision.com)
Date: Sun Jan 25 1998 - 21:42:44 PST
Dear members, This time I'm not here in the midst of any flaming discussion- but just a musing on Periazhvaar's verses.In the last ten verses of his works 'chenniyOngu than ' Alwar says' Unnudaiya vikramam onru ozhiyAmal ellAm ennudaiya nenjagham pAl suvar vazhi ezhudi kondEn' These lines say that Azhvaar has noted down the magnanimous qualities of the Lord & it's there to stay in his mind-is the simple meaning. 'ennudaiya nenjhagham' -within the vicinity of my mind.nenjagham-also implies there is something called-puranenju.It's that frame of mind given to all vulgarities of emotions& passion.So Azhvaar has assigned for the Lord his 'nenjhagam'.He doesn't stop with this.'nenjhagam paal'- into the deep travails of his mind he has inscribed His thirunaamams.'suvar vazhi ezhudhi konden-like the walls of a temple painted with numerous verses so is his mind with praise-vikramam of the Lord..But then, how does he record this? 'onru ozhiyAmal ellAm ezhudinEn'-onru,like we generally startwith one-onru,&then onru palavaagi,pallaayiramAgi&he goes on to say'onru ezhudhinEn,Oyaamal ezhudhnEn,ozhiyaamal ezhudhinEn,onru ozhiyaamal- ezhudhinEn, onrum ozhiyaamal ezhudhinEn.He has not missed out on any of the 'vikramam'.The propensity of Azhvaar's mind is now inconceivable.Why should Azhvaar go to such lenghts,he has already enjoyed Lord in delectable perspectives in his previous verses.We have the answer in the 9th verse.'pani kadalil palli kOllai pazhagavittu Odi vandhen manakadallil vAzha valla'.When Azhvaar sets the field,his mind reverberating His praise,God has forsaken the comforts of 'thirupaarkadal ' &has descended to ascend in Azhvaar's mind.In just a whiff of the moment the Lord is out of the portals of Dwaraka,Madhura -'Odi vandhen manaththil'.to be enthrowned in Azhvaar's mind. For an extended anubavam we can look at this interpretation.It seems,God too, is given into His own thoughts & wonders'what's the big fun hanging out in Vaikundam,PArkadal& other such abodes-.the same couch, the same conch.the same flawless devotees-but out there in the world are these hapless mortals-greiving,groaning.grumbling,grudging&who is there to rescue them.If I were to linger in heaven alone what will happen to My attribute of'Saranaagadha rakshakan' for here there are no sinners &hence no redemption.&lo,if the Azhvaar says,'Unnudaiya----------ini engu pOkindradhE' the Lord has no choice but to quit Vaikundm etc,. to be enthroned in His devotees mind. In these closing chapters Periazhvaar has established our Siddaantham on a firm footing.In the very first verse he says,'ennaiyum en udaimaiyum nin chakkara pori'-so we begin with bearing on ourselves the Replica of Sangu&Chakkaram to approach SrimanNarayanan.We move on the next step Saranaagathi. Once we accomplish this,God will accept us-'nee ennai kai konda pin'& will rescue us also as seen in 'piravi ennum kadalum vattri'.Gone are all our wordly attachments& the Assurance comes in the words'thunbamellAn chum ENadhe kai vittOdi' With regards, Subadra Vasudeavan.