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Gita and Tiruvaymoli [Sri Velukkudi Krishnan]

From: Mani Varadarajan (mani_at_be.com)
Date: Mon Jun 07 1999 - 10:31:25 PDT

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Mr. Mani Varadarajan
Fm: Velukkudi Krishnan.
7th June 99.

While I was going through one of the archives, I saw a question from one of 
the bhaktas about the connection between Gita and the 4000 prabandhams. Let 
me share a piece of vyakyana by a great acharya.

In the 8th song of Kanninunsirutambu Madhurakavigal says "arul kondadum 
adiyavar inbura arulinan avvarumaraiyin porul, arul kondu ayiram intamizh 
padinan arul kandeer ivvulaginil mikkade". This is a stanza which says that 
the Krupa of Nammalwar is greater that this world. Out of the 4 acharyas viz 
Nampillai, Nanjiyar, Perivacanpillai, and Nayanar three have given one 
meaning except Nanjiyar. The common vyakhyana given by three is :

arul ..... maraiyin porul - nammalwar sung Tiruvoimozhi as the essence of 
vedas to the delight of prapannas.
arul.....padinaan - With the causeless blessings (nirhetuka krupa) of the 
Lord, he sung 1000 versers in sweet Tamil. For both these kriyas (verbs) ie 
arulinaan and padinaan the karta is Nammalwar.

However Nanjiyar gives a beautiful interpretation :
arul.....maraiyin porul - Gitacharya sung Gita as the essence of vedas to 
the delight of prapannaas/ seshabhootas.
arul.....padinaan - With the causeless blessings (nirhetuka krupa) of Lord 
Gitacharya, Nammalwar sung 1000 versers as the essence of Gita. Here for the 
Kriya arulinaan, the Karta is Gitacharya and for the Kriya Paadinaan, the 
Karta is Nammalwar.

This goes to prove that Tiruvoimozhi is the essence of Gita. Gita is made 
for a select but Tiruvoimozhi if for all. This is why Nayanar in his Acharya 
Hridayam 189th Sutra says "Mananchey ellaiyil......anrodiya Gita samam" and 
goes to explain that Tiruvoizmozhi is equal to Gita in 18 aspects. Further, 
he explains in 5 sutra as to how Tiruvoimozhi is better than Gita. This is 
big topic on its own.

Who else other than Krishnathrushna tatvam can give the essence of Krishna's 
sayings ? Nammalwar's own verse goes to establish his Paramabhakti for 
Gitacharya "Anru ther kadiviya peruman kanaikazhal kanbadu enru kol kankale 
?"

Regards.