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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Tue Jul 22 1997 - 05:16:05 PDT
Part 5 : thAL iNaiyan thankurukoor sadagopan Nammaalwaar kaaNminkaL ulakeer enRu kaN mugappE nimirntha thaaL iNaiyan Rannaik kurukoor sadakOpan sonna aayiraththuth thiruviNNagar paththum vallaar kOnai yinRi viNNOrk kenRum aavar kuravarkaLE "kAnmin ulageer ! enak kaN mugappE nimirntha thaaL" i.e. "It seems Lord's holy feet *said* to bolooga vaasis during vaamana avathaaram, that "Hi folks of this boolOgam, watch this" and while saying it seems the holy feet also grew and rose to reach beyond the "vaan" ulagam. i.e.., It grew so much that for those eyes of the boolOga vAsis then, the holy feet crossed their limits and vertically beyond the rim of their eyes (i.e. kaN mugappE). One can wide open their eyes and see the horizon all around while standing on a plain land or on a sea shore. However this 'area' of human perception on the horizon is dictated by earth's curvature.(horizon is literally the place where land and sky seemed to meet each other and live in union as per a tamil kavi). When looking at this scenario of thiruvikkrama avathAram with a rational mind and with some scientific thinking, one may conclude that, when this feet was placed on the whole of the earth first, the contact patch of this holy feet with the earth must have been on the northern crown of the spherical globe. According to some observers this part must have been the only land that was inhabited then. As per vAmana purANam, this feet "blacked out" the whole earth then. Like everyone, Emperor mahAbali could not even see the thiruvikkrama avathAram as he was also trapped under this feet that enveloped the whole area over the earth. Later he pleaded to Lord to show him this magnificient sight and the Lord obliged him and offered HIS thiruvikrama avathAra darshanam once again in thiruk kOviloor. (When nammAzhwAr concluded in his decade on the 10th pAsuram on the holy feet that enveloped this earth, Thiru mangai continues this sentiment by discussing the next event of this avathAram i.e. placement of the "second step" using the other holy feet at the "ether world", in his *first* paasruam on this Lord Oppiliappan as "paNdai nam vinai keda enRu thoNdarum amaraarum" i.e. the Devas anticipating this holy feet for yugAs waited to cleanse their sins as this holy feet was placed on their lOgam - this will be dealt in the next paragraph). Coming back to this verse by Nammaazhwaar, he equates himself to this holy feet in this verse saying "kan mugappE nimirntha thaaL iNaiyan". We all have been knowing/reading that "nammAzhwAr" is being called as "sadAri" and being equated to "HIS Holy feet" in many literatures including Sri RanganAtha pAdhuka sahasram. In "sri sampradhAyam" he is equated as the contact link (achAryAL) between us and the Lords holy feet that we seek to belong. The basis for such litertures is provided by Sri NammAzhwAr himself through these verses on Lord Oppiliappan and hence these 10 pAsurams are of very great importance to all Srivaishnavs of "Sri" sampradhAyam. Azhwaar also asks us to look at HIS majesty (in thiruvikkrama avathAram as seen in thiru viN Nagaram)in this pAsuram. In this last pAsuram azhwAr says " if you chant these 10 verses delivered by me "self, who is equal to such Holy feet of Lord thiru viNNagaraan that rose in front of the eyes of boolOga vaasis , (and as the "thaaLinaiyan", assures that) one who worships HIM will surely become a member of the elite group of viNNvar's achAryALS or leaders. This being Lord Oppiliappan or thiru viNNagaraan (Vin - sky , nagaran - city ; in Sanskrit this lord is prayed as vyOma pureesan- VyOma - ether; puri eesan - the Lord of ether space or vAn ulagam) is the same as Lord thiruvikkraman who connected boolOgam and vaaNulagam with his two holy feet alone. Here the same is seen in the moolavar sannidhi where Sri boomaadevi (representation of boolOgam) and thiru viNNagaraan (lord oppilaar appan or vyOma pureesan) are in kalyaanak kOlam symbolizing this instant of thiruvikrama avathaaram. The moment Lord placed HIS holy feet on the earth, all the earth's souls and creatures that were ever created on earth and thrived using the earth's resources belonged to HIM from then on. This is the feeling one must get prior to having baranyAsam, ie., all our souls were HIS property and owned by HIM and that the main purpose of life is to serve Sriman NArAyanA only. (Please read my post on my baranyAsam for more details). The kalyAna ursavam for this Lord is a very special offering one can perform, as this kalyAna ursavam symbolises this holy moment of thiruvikkrama avathAram each time it is performed. It is conceived that as similar to dEvas, we can get our sins removed instantly at this moment if we pray to this Lord in "kalyAnak kOlam". thaL iNaiyan kurukoor sadagOpan thiruvadikaLE charaNam Sri Boomi Devi nAchchiyAr samEtha Sri Oppiliappan thiruvadikaLE charaNam. Sampath Rengarajan Addendum to the previous part: In this part, the aspect of this Lord was discussed as the same Lord who gave "charanaagathi" to boomidevi in varaahaa avathaaram. This is symbolised by the posture by which mother Sri boomi devi is seated in front of the Lord with folded legs and praying our Lord, and the Lord's abayahastham pointing towards HIS holy feet that was placed on the earth. This Lord has a unique prapatti slokam delivered for him as similar to Lord RanganAtha.