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From: sadagopan iyengar (sadagopaniyengar_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sun Mar 11 2001 - 04:21:07 PST

    Srimate SrivanSatakopa Sri Vedantadesika Yatindra
Mahadesikaya Nama:

TeliyAtha Marai NilangaL telingindrOmE-5

Continuing with the Ambhasya PArE mantra, the first
vakya ends with a mention of yet another attribute of
Paramatma-« MahatO MaheeyAn », meaning greater than
the greatest.  The Upanishad is so enamoured of the
theme of the unsurpassed greatness of the Parabrahmam
that it is emphaszized at several other places-for
instance,”aNOraNeeyAn mahatO maheeyAn aatma guhAyAm
nihitOsya jantO:” and again , “yesmAt param nAparam
asti kinchit”,etc.
                 This greatness can be considered at
two levels- in the physical sense of being bigger than
the biggest, Paramatma is said to bigger than the
biggest known physical entities like this universe,
because he encompasses and transcends this universe,
and indeed several other universes like ours. This is
indicated by Sri Nammazhwar thus, at the fag end of
Tiruvaimozhi-“ soozhndu agandru aazhndu uyarnda
mudivil perum pAzhEyO, soozhndu adanil periya en para
nan malar sOdheeyO”.
             The other aspect of greatness is by
virtue of attributes-gunAs-. Emperuman,  being the
repository of ananta kalyAna gunAs, is greater than
the greatest. 
..To say that a person is greater than the greatest
,does not preclude the existence of an Equal. This
doubt is clarified in Tiruvaimozhi, with the Azhwar’s
sreesookti
“oppAr mikkArai ilaiAya mAmAyA”, declaring that
SrimanNarayana is not only greater than the greatest,
but he does not also have anybody equal to Him
(samAbhyadhika daridra :).This is reiterated in
“tannoppAr illappan” and “uyarvara uyar nalam udayavan
“,etc.

                  The first mantra ends with saying
that the Paramatma enters all  living and lifeless
organisms and dwells in them-“
samanupravishta:PrajApati:charati garbhE anta:”. This
portion of the mantra is also to be found in the
Taittriyiya AranyakA and in Atharva veda, and  with
slight variation elsewhere, as-“antha;
pravishta;sAsthA janAnAm sarvAtmA” etc. Without this
Divine inner-dweller or AntaryAmi, beings would be as
good as lifeless. Not content with creating beings,
Paramatma ,out of His infinite mercy and soulabhyam,
enters their souls: Kurugoor Nambi is so impressed by
this act that he mentions this with fervour, any
number of times-
“TirumAl vandu en nenju niraya pugundAn’
« iruppEn endru en nenju niraya pugundAn »
« en nenjum uyirum uLkalandu »
« en nenjatthu uLLirundu »
« em mAya aakkai idanuL pukku » « nilai peyarAn en
nenjatthu eppOthum emperumAn »
« en manatthuL irundAnai » etc,etc.
  
- to be continued- dasan,sadagopan

Srimate Sri LakshmiNrsimha diva paduka sevaka
SrivanSatakopa Sri Narayana Yatindra Mahadesikaya
Nama:
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