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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Fri Jul 11 1997 - 12:53:20 PDT
Dear bAgawthALs, I am reposting this thala purANam with some additions. I thank Sri KrishnamAchAri for his feedback. This thread is expected to go up to atleast 10 parts. I can understand the eagerness in many (I received feedbacks so far on the first 3 parts from 3 persons) as Lord Oppiliappan is their kula daivam. I appreciate all the sentiment and encourage all of them to come out and write about their understanding of our kula deyvam. In the meantime let me assure you that my previous post on this thalam contained many such information and that I will try to cover the details to the best of my knowledge. I am ready to include any new information that anyone wishes to add to this effort. Sriman Sreyesh sArangan is working on the complete web site of this thala purAnam and the site is expected to be ready by end of this month, as per Sri VS. Regards SR ******************************************************************** part 3 - sErAtha poruL ellAm sErththa perumAL At the time when NammAzhvAr arrived here, it is said that he was kind of wondering about 80 of his own pathams used in his pAsurams that he had delivered already and felt that certain aspects of these paasurams were not quite clear to himself. It is believed that the Lord appeared to NammAzhvAr here and cleared NammAzhvAr's doubts on such paaurams that had "munnukkum pinnukkum muranaana poruL". (i.e. certain pAsurams had certain meanings that may be derived as contradicting one another; It is conceived that the very purpose of NammAzhvAr avathAram was to deliver "theLiyAtha maRaiyellam thELiya Othi". i.e., vedhams were interpreted by each samayam in their own way to validate their own path. NammAzhwAr delivered thamizh vdham to clarify all these and validate that Sriman NArAyana is the only param as per vedham. Keeping this in mind, the blessings Lord Oppiliappan made to NammAzhwAr is the most important step in NammAzhwAr's mission of "theLiyAtha maRAiyellAm theLiya Othi"). The Lord also made him realize that HE is present in those paasurams as antharyaamim. Hence NammAzhwAr sung in praise of the Lord as "sEraatha poruLkaLellaam sErththa perumaL". It seems the Lord was overjoyed and embraced Azhwaar here and pOkaatha oorkaLin (i.e. Divya Desams) sevaiyellam saathithaar. Besides, Lord also offered NammAzhvAr the darshan of various other kshEthrams here itself in viNNagaram in the forms of the LORDS of various other kshEthrams that NammAzhwAr hadn't gone. NammAzhvAr delivered pasurams only on 36 kshethrams of the 108 DD's. The Lord also offered the five darshans of HIMselves here to NammAzhwAr (incidentally the four such avathaarams due to their placement with respect to thirviNNagaraan in the center can also be equated to his "4 vyookams" or the expanse of the universe in either direction. Vishnu is one who is ever and "all" pervasive in these forms in the universe). As per "pancha ratra" and as accepted by all the three major schools (advaitha, vishitaadavithaa and dvaitha) Lord Vishnu was the only present at the time of creation and everyone else were created from HIM. This statement is validated by the paasurams of thirumangai on this Lord which explains the order of creations unfolding from HIM and also the ending of such creations in HIM. In essence these pAsurams of thirumangai envelopes the entire "cosmic universe" and all the "science" that has been discovered so far and to be discovered. In his pAsurams, NammAzhwAr also defines various attributes (SathGunAs) of the Lord in both "nErmaRai" and "ethirmaRai". It is beleived that these 10 exclusive and brilliant nammAzhwAr pAsurams form the basis in validating Sri VishishtAdvaidham over Sri Advaitham on the interpretation of "gunA" aspect (popularly known as attributes) of param in the vedham. Some of the arguments presented by Swami Desikan in "satha dhOshAni" can be derived from these 10 pAsurams itself. (it is not satha dhooshani as known to many. Many non srivaishnavas who are not familiar with this, are of the opinion that there 100 dhooshanais or insults inflicted on other mArgams, by hearing a name like this and interpreting it this way. But in satha dhOshAni, ie., Swami dEsikan came out with 100 dhOshams or attributes or gunAs for brahmam as derived from vEdham and hence it is named as satha dhOshAni) There is a Desikan sannithi prior to crossing the dwaara baalakas (who look real to me) and I often meditate to the Lord in front of Swami Desikan. Sri Boomi Devi Naachchiyaar samEtha Sri sErAtha poruL ellAm sErththa perumAL Oppiliappan thiruvadikaLe saraNam. Sampath Rengarajan note : Two years back Sri PD had a "desire" to do kainkaryam for Swami Desikan's pasurams. I also had such "desire" (simultaneously) to do kainkaryam for Swami Desikan's pasurams, when I was at this place in front of Swami Desikan. I conveyed this to Sri PD when I returned from India and he said he had this in mind for sometime and we both worked together, typed and presented Swami Desikan's entire prabandam in electronic form in our web. I am thankful to Sri PD for his leadership and Sri Mani for offering the site and encouragement for this project.