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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Jul 25 1997 - 07:21:55 PDT
Dear Mr . Layne Little : VaNakkam .Thanks very much for your note.I am delighted to know of your Graduate studies in Tamil at Berkeley . Best wishes to you in your academic program . I agree that AndAL's outpourings thru her two master poems have a profound and lasting message for all of us . I went to school at ANNAmalai University at Chidambaram , where Sri Ramalinga SwamigaL attained union with the cosmic dancer , NatarAjA . His poems are the distillation of the intense bhakthi he had for Sri NatarAjA . Hope you will be able to meet some great Tamil scholars in India and visit the temples of AndAL at SrivillipputthUr and that of Sri NatarAjA at Chidambaram . By copy of this note , I have advised Mr. Mani Varadarajan , the owner of the Bhakthi private list about your interest to join this mailing list . I have copied the other members as well since your introduction about your interests would be helpful to them .You should be hearign further from Sri mani VaradarAjan . With Best wishes , V.Sadagopan By ---------- Forwarded Message ---------- From: INTERNET:email@example.com, INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org TO: V. Sadagopan, 75041,3037 DATE: 7/24/97 7:47 PM RE: Tiruppavai Received: from dfw-ix8.ix.netcom.com (dfw-ix8.ix.netcom.com [188.8.131.52]) by dub-img-4.compuserve.com (8.8.6/8.8.6/2.2) with ESMTP id TAA08546 for <email@example.com>; Thu, 24 Jul 1997 19:47:31 -0400 (EDT) Received: (from smap@localhost) by dfw-ix8.ix.netcom.com (8.8.4/8.8.4) id SAA13122 for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Thu, 24 Jul 1997 18:47:28 -0500 (CDT) Received: from ala-ca33-02.ix.netcom.com(184.108.40.206) by dfw-ix8.ix.netcom.com via smap (V1.3) id sma013085; Thu Jul 24 18:47:21 1997 Message-ID: <33D7E7D8.66DA@ix.netcom.com> Date: Thu, 24 Jul 1997 16:40:08 -0700 From: Layne Little <email@example.com> Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: So. Asian Studies (Tamil) @ Berkeley X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.0C-NC320 (Win95; U) To: email@example.com Subject: Tiruppavai vaNakkam, My name is Layne Little. I am a Tamil graduate student at Berkeley, and have since my early youth been blessed with the sweet ecstacy of being immersed in aanjaneyaavin aruL. I was intriged to read your discussion of Tiru Andal's bridal mysticism. Tiruppavai has made such a profound impact upon me, though my Tamil is limited I have always enjoyed her composition and contemplated the elements that follow perfect suit with the great mythologist Lord Rangan, who first outlined the stages of the Hero's quest. I particulary love how she draws the hearer into the quest through emploring her pavai-friend to awaken and begin the quest; for the soul sleeps until the heart's call is heard. Such a classic vision of the quest is also induced in the Cittar tradition in works such as Ramalingar's AaNi pon ambalttae, but this quest is through the mansion of the soul. Western alchemical tradition provides a striking parralel to this work in the story known as 'the Mystic Tower'. Where the seeker like Ramalingar is guided through the 7 level tower of the soul. The same kind of numerical significance in evidenced in Tiruppavai by the number of verses parraleling the solar cycle, as her lord Narayan will ever be proclaimed by the eternal radience of the sun. Please send me information regarding participation in Sri Vaishnava discussion group. I'de be happy to share correspondences with other traditions or confine my discussion to Tamil Vaisnava tradition. Jaya Sri Ram!