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From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Mon Mar 18 1996 - 17:39:24 PST
For our faith to be secure we need a thorough understanding of why Sriman Narayana is the supreme Lord and why others, such as Siva, are not. Therefore any reasoned article that addresses this issue must be welcome in this group. However firm our faith may be, however deep our learning may be, misunderstanding and ray of doubt do creep into our minds from time to time. To remove this malady articles that address the "parathvam" of Sriman Narayana are required on a regular basis. In this regard I would like to present what I learnt about the following beautiful paasuram of pEyaazhvaar  that was quoted here recently. thaazsadaiyum neeNmudiyum oNmazuvum sakkaramum, soozaravum ponnaaNum thOnRumaal, soozum thiraNdaruvi paayum thirumalaimEl enthaikku, iraNduruvum onRaay isainthu. In this paasuram pEyaazhvaar compares the attributes that are unique to the two gods Vishnu and Siva, and concludes that both sets of attributes are fit for our Lord Sriman Narayana (thirumalai mEl enthai). Note that the "thirumalai mEl enthai" is none other than Sriman Narayana is already answered by pEyaazhvaar in the 62nd paasuram preceding this one. It is incorrect to suggest that pEyaazhvaar intended an equality of form between Lord Sriman Narayana and Siva. While Siva's form is fit for our Lord of Thiruvengadam, the converse is most emphatically not what aazhvaar implies. Thus, the aazhvaar states in this paasuram, without ambiguity, the uniqueness of our Lord Sriman Narayana's supremacy. Articles clearing any doubt about the supremacy of our Lord Sriman Narayana must be welcome in this group in spite of the fact that our group is blessed with highly learned scholars and people of extraordinary faith. The recent flurry of censure could have been avoided if quotations from our poorvaachaaryaas were used in stead of, or at least in addition to, western sources. I seek the forbearance of this group if my understanding is in any way flawed. pEyaazhvaar thiruvadigaLE saraNam -- dhaasan Parthasarati Dileepan  No musical ecstasy comes even close to Srimathi M.S. Subulakshmi's rendering of this pEyaazhvaar paasuram. If there is interest I can make a wav file of this and make it available from my ftp machine.