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From: A.Bharat (
Date: Sun Mar 05 2000 - 05:11:55 PST

Dear BhAgavatOttamas,

It quite often occurs that when one is reading
something and suddenly comes across something
interesting,on the same day one sees a similar
reference at another place!

ADiyEn was going through the "SIlamillA cchiriyanElum"
stanza (4.7.1) of SwAmi NammAzhwAr and its absolutely 
delectable Eedu when the following explanation caught 
aDiyEn's eye:

Quoting Sita's Sundara kAnDa wail ,"Tam padma dala
patrAksham.......dhanyAh paSyanti me nAtham" Swami
NambiLLai in his inimitable language says-
<NADAga kkoLLaikoLLA ninradu kiDeer en Sarakkai
enrALirE> "she says- the whole country is looting
my belongings!"(i.e.,all of them are able to gaze
at his lotus eyes and leaf-colured body-they are
indeed fortunate-unlike me!).

Here the Arumbada Jeeyar asks the question: in the
VAlmIki text it is said that only Dhanyas gaze at
him ;so how could SwAmi Nambillai translate it as
"the whole country"?

And answers: the intention of Sita(and VAlmIki)is
to say <ME nAtham yE paSyanti tE dhanyAh>" any one
who gazes at my Lord is Dhanya";so the adjective
applies to the whole KOsala country.

And within hours of reading this beautiful explanation
aDiyen received in the latest Digest Sri Sadagopan's
most entrancing series on his travels and THERE while
detailing SwAmi DESikan's anubhavam of the Lord of
Hastigiri he says:
Swamy Desikan salutes the Bhaagavatha GhOshti assembled
to have His sevai and declares that these BhagavathAs
are dhanyAs ( the blessed Ones ) :

" Varadha Tava vilOkayanthi DhanyA : "

Obviously here also SwAmi NambiLLai's perception holds
good.Any one who is fortunate enough to gaze on the
HastiSaila Lord is a Dhanya!

And so are we all who get this daily opportunity to
participate vicariously in Sri Sadagopan's travels
and share his anubhavam.

Sri EberumAnAr tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam!

- aazhvaar, emberumaanaar, desikan, jeeyar tiruvadigale saranam -
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