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Re: Periya Thirumozhi 9.1: Please enjoy Sri Murali's excellent supplement!

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Fri Jun 02 2000 - 03:22:08 PDT


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Dearest Bhagawathas,

Sri Muralidhar Rangaswami had sent this personal e-mail to me (the content 
of which is given below). It is his excellent aubhavam, supplementing to 
adiyEn's ramble on Periya Thirumozhi 9.1. His reference to Vedic hymns and 
Swamy Desikan's sthOthrams vis-a-vis the pAsuram's meanings is enjoyable. I 
only want all of you to share my enjoyment of reading his nice post.

Thanks, Sri Murali. I feel I need to write such ramble more often, so that 
it brings out such great posts.. After all, my translations can be poor. 
(and wrong too); But the pAsurams are Nam Kaliyan's.. Aren't they?


Narayana Narayana


Dear Sriman Madhavakkannan Swamin,

Adiyen thoroughly enjoyed your summary of Kaliyan's wonderful
verses. Each verse is profound and pregnant with meaning. Kindly permit
Adiyen to share a few ramblings.

The three Agnis referred to in verse 1 are Ahavaneeyam,
Gaarhapathyam, and DakshiNagni. The connection of this salutation to the
Chakram in the Lord's right hand becomes instantly apparent. In the
Sudarshana Ashtakam, Swami Desikan extols the Chakram as
"Savanatejastrayeemaya" indicating the abov aspects. The Azhwar seems to 
suggest that people well versed in the three Agnis are present at this 
Kshetram only on account of the Lord's right hand bearing the Chakram.

Verse 2 is again a brilliant illustration of the Pida Pariharam
( for Bhaktas) and Pida Pradanam (for Dushtas) aspects of the
Lord's Sudarshana Chakram. In an Upanyasam, U.Ve. Sri Mukkur
Lakshminarasimhachariar Swamin alluded to the fact that the
Gandharva, Hu Hu, was blessed with Moksham on account of clinging to the
foot of a Bhagavata (Gajendra). In fact, Hu Hu was granted Moksham even
before Gajendra himself! Such is the Lord's love for His Bhagavatas.

Verse 3 is a marvellous salutation of the Matsya Avataram. H.H.
Sri Rangapriya Mahadesikan Swami blessed Adiyen a few years back
with the Salagramam of Matsya Murthy. At this time, H.H. said "Matsya
murthy alone causes the waters of MahapraLaya and at the same
time is capable of tiding over these waters. This is indicated in the
Narayana Upanishad salutations NarayaNE PravartantE NarayaNE

Verse 4 provides a glimpse of the great Prowess of Lord Varaha.
In the Vamana Avataram, the Lord had to take two giant steps in
order to cover the entire Universe (Bhumi Piratti). However, Varaha
effortlessly held Bhumi Devi on his tusk. The union between
Lord Varaha and Bhumi Piratti immediately brings to mind His
role as Yajna Varahan. In this context, it may be noted that Bhumi
Piratti is glorified as "ShrungE ShrungE YajnE YajnE
VibhishaNII" in the Bhu Sooktam. The Yajna referred to here is that of
protecting those who perform Prapatti at the feet of the Divine Couple.
This Yajna is performed by the Lord. Bhumi Piratti lends her support
to the Lord in this Yajna by rendering the yaaga shala fertile
through her appeal to the Lord to forgive the sins committed by the
supplicant. This verse also reminds Adiyen of the Varaha Charma
Shlokam. Swami Desikan has blessed us with a most beautiful
commentary "Rahasya ShikhamaNi" on the Varaha Charma Shlokam. Srikaryam
Swami of Our Ashramam has splendidly summarized this work in Kannada.

5. This verse reminds Adiyen of the Vamana Avataram which
blessed us with the sacred Ganges river. Swami Desikan magnificently
salutes this aspect in verse 85 of the Daya Shatakam. The elevated,
exalted, eternal protection offered by the Trivikrama Padhukas is very
much like the Ganga river, which cleanses all who bathe in it,
regardless of caste, creed, sex, background or attainment. The
other important facet of the Trivikrama Padhuka is that it strikes a
telling blow to the pride of the arrogant ones (who show
disrespect) and at the same time elevates the humble supplicant. It may be 
remembered that Mahabali contemptuously ridiculed Vamana for the
latter's request of 3 paces of land. In two paces the Lord took
possession of all of Bali's acquisitions, leaving no room for
the third pace! When Mahabali reverentially offered his head as the
resting place for the third pace, he was blessed with Moksham.

6. This verse reminds Adiyen of Swami Desikan's anubhavam of
Parashurama in verse 86 of the Daya Shatakam. The blood from 21 generations 
of Kshtriyas is described by our paramacharyan as an alankaram of vermillon 
on Parashurama.

7. This verse reminds Adiyen of the Rama Charma Shlokam. Related
references from Swami Desiukan's works include "Sakrut Prapanna
janasamrakshaNa dIkshitha" from the Mahavira Vaibhavam and
"Sakruda vEkshaNAth tath kshaNAth" from the Daya Shatakam.

8. Verses 8 and 9 remind Adiyen of the Vishwaroopa darshanam,
exhibited by our Lord, as extolled in the Purusha Sooktam. It
also brings to mind the 32 syllabled Charma Shlokam, which is the
condensed essence of all Brahma Vidyas, which contain Upasanas for
attaining our Dear Lord.

Thank You very much for a most stimulating post which stirred up
these reflections in Adiyen. Please pardon Adiyen for his indulgence.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan
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