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thirup pAvai - part 28 - "mEgamum thirumEniyum"

From: Sampath Rengarajan (
Date: Sat Jan 09 1999 - 05:27:40 PST

thirup pAvai - part 28 - "mEgamum thirumEniyum"

Sri ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam

Dear bAgawathAs,
	It is very popular in tamil poetry to compare clouds  to
many  of  our  subjects. One can in fact sit outside their house 
and  imagine the cloud to be of any shape or form that they have 
in their mind and such will appear to them as if they are seeing 
a shape  or  form.  ie.,  "mEham"  or clouds in tamil also means  
that "karppannikku ettiya oru uruvam" or a shape or form that is 
conceivable to our imagination. While  water has the capacity to 
fill in any  shape  or  form, clouds  can appear in any shape or 
form to suit  one's own imagination.  

	In tamil  poetry the word clouds is used in almost every 
"love" theme. The clouds are sometimes sent as a "thoothuvar" or 
messenger for love (mEga sandEsam). In fact  there was  a  tamil 
poet by name "kaLa mEgap pulavar". The silvery  white clouds are 
normally referred to   female    lover.  "venmEgam"   is  always 
referred to a  female  lover  ie.,  "malligai  mAlaigaLai soodik  koLLum  
veLLi  mEgankaL", ie., those silvery clouds who wear the  garlands of 
jasmine flower.  Men  are  always  referred  to   as kArmEgam.  
Sometimes  clouds  are  called  as   "muhil  or muhil 
inangAL". Often  the  face  of  a female lover is also referered 
to "muhil".

	In thirup pAvai, each and evrey word has  several  inner
meanings. Many are born out of "swabanubavams".  Sometimes, some 
combination of few words arranged in some order gives us a inner
meaning in thirup pAvai. In a next level, some pasurams arranged
in some form gives more inner meanings in thirup pAvai that  are
not  derived from  external  meanings.  As  similar  to "AchArya 
thatthuvam" and "mantra upadEsam", this line provides  an  inner 
meaning on "arcchA rupam" of Sri Ranganathar while referring  to
Lord Sri KrishnA's thirumEni. kArmEni kathir mayam pOl mugatthAn
refers to the "ArchA rupam" of Lord Sri RanganAtha with whom Sri ANDAL's  
wedlock  is  finally   realised.  The  black  in  color thirumEni of Sri 
RanganAtha's ArcchA rupam has a  radiance  that
always comes out of HIS face. "Amalan Adi pirAn" prabhandam  and 
Sri bagawadh dyAna sOpnAm of Swami Desikan  expresses  in  great 
detail  about  the  beauty of  the  "ArcchA  rupam" of  Lord Sri 
RanganAtahar. It is felt 9swanubavam)  that   this "kArmEni"  is 
referred to Sri Ranganataha and "kathir mayam pOl mugatthAn"  is 
referred to Sri namperumAL. 

Sri ANDAL thiruvadikaLE saraNam 
Sampath Rengarajan  

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