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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Thu Mar 02 1995 - 18:21:49 PST
10/12 owdhaaryam ---------------- In this continuing series of twelve posts, twelve of the many guNaas that are innate to Brahman is discussed with illustrations from aazhvaar paasurams. These twelve guNaas demonstrate God's eternal love for us jeevaathmaas. They are sowseelyam, vaathsalyam, maardhavam, aarjavam, sowhaartham, saamyam, kaaruNyam, maadhuryam, gaambeeryam, owdhaaryam, chaathuryam, and sthairyam. The subject of this post is owdhaaryam. owdhaaryam: munificence Our Lord's munificence differs from the benevolence of others in many ways. As He grants all our wishes His abundance is not diminished in any way, (2) His generosity is like that of a parent to a child, i.e. He feels his wealth is for our welfare, and (3) His gives without making us feel indebted. There are numerous paasurams celebrating owdhaaryam, vaLLal thanmai. Here is one from namaazhvaar. koLLum payanillaik kuppai kiLartthanna selvatthai, vaLLal pugaznthu_num vaaymai izakkum pulaveergaaL, koLLak kuRaivilan vENdiRRel laamtharum kOthil,en vaLLal maNivaNNan thannaik kavi solla vamminO. -- thiruvaay mozhi 3.9.5 Aazhvaar chides those who sing insincere praise (vaaymai izakkum) of worldly lords expecting trashy material rewards (kuppai kiLartthanna selvam). The aazhvar invites them to sing in "praise our munificent Lord maNivaNNan; your words of praise will be real; and He will give you all you desire." "koLLak kuRaivilan," is interpreted in two ways. (1) Giving and receiving in worldly realm is a zero-sum activity. But when the Lord gives, his abundance does not decrease (koLLak kuRaivilan). (2) The praises heaped upon worldly lords are full of exaggerations. Their merit is always less than the accolades. But, in the case of Lord maNivaNNan, the adulation he receives (koLLa) are never greater than his mettle (kuRaivilan). "vENdiRRellaam tharum" also distinguishes Lord maNivaNNan from others. The resources of worldly lords are finite. Thus, even if they are willing, they are incapable of granting all our wishes. Being the supreme lord of all, sriman naaraayaNaan is the only one who can grant whatever one may wish, without exception, "vENdiRRellaam tharum," including mOksham. .... to be continued ---------- This and other posts to follow in this subject are based on the aruL mozhigaL of the 45th azhagiya singar of sri aHObila madam, sri vaN satakOpa sri naaraayaNa yatheendhra mahaa dEsikan, published in sri nrusimhap priyaa starting with bava varusham, chitthirai maasam, (April 1994), and commentaries of aazhvaar prabhandams published by The Visishtadvaita Pracharini Sabha, 27, Venkatesa Agraharam, Mylapore, Madras, 600 004.