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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Tue Mar 07 1995 - 12:02:39 PST
12/12 sthairyam ---------------- 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 chaathuryam. sthairyam: steadfastness in fulfilling a promise Emperumaan kaNNan promised His thiruvadi mOksham if we surrender to Him. sthairyam being one of His dhivya guNaas we can be sure that He will fulfil this promise. At the prospect of vibeeshNan joining their fold, sugreevan threatened to return to kishkindhai with his vaanara sainyam. Yet, Lord Rama did not vacillate and was determined to fulfill his promise of granting refuge to anyone who would surrender to Him. Such is His sthairyam that even periya piraatti cannot shake loose His conviction. See how periaazhvaar attests to this so beautifully in the following paasuram. \bt thannadiyaar thiRaththakatthuth thaamaraiyaaLaakilum sidhakuraikkumEl ennadiyaar adhu seyyaar seydhaarEl nanRuseydhaar enbarpOlum mannudaiya vibeedaNaRkaam madhiLilangaith thisain^Okki malarkaN vaiththa ennudaiya thiruvarangaRkanRiyum maRRoruvarkku aaLaavarE? -- periaazhvaar thiru mozhi 4.9.2 \et "periya piraatti, i.e. Lakshmi, (thaamaraiyaaL) by nature is compassionate and tolerant of our misdeeds. It is She who recommends to the Lord to grant mOksham for us (thannadiyaar thiRatthakatthuth). By chance if She complains (sidhakuraikkumEl) , perhaps to ascertain the intent of emperumaan, our Lord will assert, "my devotees won't do such things, (ennadiyaar adhu seyyaar), even if they did, I say they did good," (seydhaarEl nanRu seydhaar enbarpOlum); such is the determination of our Lord ranganaathaa; His lotus eyes fixed in the direction of vibeeshNan's sri lankaa; why would anyone take refuge with others?" -- This concludes the series of posts on just twelve of the infinitely many kalyaaNa guNaas that are intrinsic to emperumaan. Our poorva aachaaryaas and aazhvaars have celebrated these guNaas in many ways. For more on these and other guNaas, interested individuals may refer to sri gadhya thrayam by sri raamaanujaa and the commentaries on gadhya thrayam. ---------- 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.