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Date: Tue Mar 18 1997 - 18:44:54 PST
Dear bAgwathALs, today the 19 of march the kal garuda sErvai is being celebrated in nAchiyaar koil. Last year when wrote the thala purAnam for this temple presented two of the 5 varnanais of swami desikan from garuda panchAsath. I had then promised to present the rest for another garuda sevai. I am preseting two more of the varnanai now. *********************************************************** Sarpa Naasa varNanaai He squeezes and wrinkles his eyebrows and starts off (flying) flocking like a thunder bird and trembles the sky and earth both at the same time. With his round shaped eyes, and bent charming (nErthiyAna) pointed nose, sharp nails and canine like sharp teeth, he served the Lord as the victorious chariot (in Srimad bAgwatham and during gajEndra mOksham and narakasura vatham). Seeing such Garuda, the snakes attempts to run away and he pecks them easily. Such garudan must save us from the dangers. Due to his (garuda's) relationship as the brother of aruNan, Indra gained some guts and pleaded to garuda to spare the snakes that he (indra) uses to mount the horses in his chariot known as indra vAhanam. Shiva is worried in himself that if garuda will take away the naan or tang or string of the bow known as siva danus. Lord Vishnu also *kindly* told him to keep his eyes off adiseshan, HIS bed. Thus the garudan who is capable of destroying all the nAgAs may also be merciful to us. When he sees his refelction in the siro rathnam the precious stone on the sirus or head of the snakes, he thinks that they are using their "padam" in a defensive posture to save themselves from him. Thus he shows mercy for them. At the same time When he moves around, his shadow also moves paralell and he doubts that there is another garudan coming to compete him and gets angry and comes pounding. Such Garudan must nullify the pApa rAsis (sinful fate) of us. Due to his long breathing the stars and the galaxies have been sucked in, and they fall on his face due to this suction created by his breathing. While they fall they arrange themselves similar to a pearl necklace with several strands in it. Due to his powerful flocking the ocean water was split and he appeared between such split waterfold as if he is residing in a cave. His sharp eye sight with very long focus served as a messenger for his teeth to spot the snakes. He uses his body to compress his hip (a typical bird movement when they take off and fly) and flock and jump and thump on them. Such garudan must save us. He flies between pAthALa lOkam and Brahma lOkam very rapidly and suddenly charges like a thunder fall and touches the thershold of pAthALam without anyone to challange or hinder him from his rapidly changing course. Such Garudan must remove our garpa vaasam in karmas. He splattered all the siro rathnams or the precious stones on the head of snakes. He sharpens his curved beak on the turtle's shell that is stronger than mountains, and rushes fast to harvest those snakes who are created like a cultivated crop on the soils of pAdhALa lOkam. Such Garudan must teach us good conduct. On seeing his rapid speed certain nAha paththinis had premature delivery or akAla prasavam. From a small atom to lord brahma shivered, and all the oceans were agitated, and everywhere the loud noise was echoed when he was flocking rapidly. The sharp ears of snakes were deafened. The hills extended upward not bearing the decibals of vibrations created by this noise and poked open the curtain of the sky. Such rapid speed must bless us. The sea opened and never closed again. Due to lightening speed of his flocking the sun rays couldnot cross the barrier posed by the speed of the flocking and hence sun rays could not penetrate to pAdhAlAm. (He is faster than light !) In this situation, Garudan appeared as if the kasturi concentrate or lava of kasturi was painted on him due to the coating of all the poisons oozed out by the snakes he captured in his beak. And with this kOlam or appearance he returned to his place as his realtives were praying and receiving him. Such Garudan should save us. All his realtives compete among themselves and pray him in a chorus and unison voice and the dEva gaNas that are essential for the booloOgam plead for their life. Sarpa rAjan offers him " I will send one snake per day" and garuda accepts such offer and the compassion thus is born in the mind of garudan who is the brother of arunan. Such garudan must save us. All the bones of the snakes are crushed and heaped in one place, and in a nearby another place the blood is overflowing and all the skin are peeled off and the special stones are scattered all around. And in such a place each day one snake arrives as per the turn and he plays around sometime with such snake for sometime. Such Garudan, must provide us the welfare and wellbeing in our lives. alaNkAra varNanai The snakes are featuring his body as its jeweleery and amsams that constantly present all over his body. adiseshan and kuligan are his left and right bracelets (2). Vasuki is his holy thread or poonul (3). dhakshagan is his waist band (4). kArkodan is his aaram (5). On his left and right ears padma mahApadmar are the kuNdalams or thOdus (7). sanka pAlan is his kreetam (8). Such Garudan must save us. Inside their head the poison is spread as the oil on the head or the padam and the thread or thiri like tongues are there and the precious stones glitter. WIth such appearances the snakes always shake their head in sway similar to taking "aarthi" for garudan. Such snakes must fulfill our wishes. The snakes that are his Abaranams appear to taste the amirtham that is hidden and spread all over his body. Such snakes are pressed as they cling onto his body with a feeling of animosity and shyness as well. When the pathni rudrai hugs garudan with love, these snakes are pressed further. Such snakes must be there for our good. On the several studded stones or special rathnams the snake sanka bAlan appears in reflection in several folds and as many moorthis. Due to this he appears as if he is ready to save his inam or clan of snakes that are living in puRRus. As simialr to the "sarath kaala mEham" that surrounded the golden mountains he must provide us all the kshEmams. The karNa paasa rays of garudan that defeats the snakes and make them to coil themselves and shrink themselves similar to a kuNdalam. Such snakes open their mouth slowly to breath. This appearance and their reflection from the mirror like beak of garudan and such appearances looks as if they attempt to hide somewhere. Such must remove our faults. The snake that appears like a garland on his chest circles its tail and head and features with its stone in their head. Its belly is white and other places are black and mixed in color. All over garudans body there are scars due to the vajrAyudam and such scars are like uneven bumps and dips in his skin. These snakes rub on these bumps and dips and are lying silently as if they are sleeping. Such snakes must get rid off our sins. The snake that features as his poonal changed its colors and always sleeps in happiness due to its association with the garlands that are on garuda's chest and are inflated and blown out each time he breathes in and out. Such snake must reduce our fear to nil. One of the sarpam that is appearing as his bracelt, thought his arms was the strong branch of a sandalwood tree. The association with the lava of kumkumam of rudhrai sukeerthis, made it long for the fragrance and dances with its padam and makes it thus look beautiful. Such snake must destroy our paapa raasis. The snake that is adorning the waist appears to hug his waist in sorrow due to its relatives inside his stomach and also due to quenching his hunger that made him ate all his relatives. Such snake breathes long and such must keep our causes of samsAra away. The snake that is pressed onto his red colored dress, with its precious stone and due to the glittering light of the waist band appear more reddish as similar to reflection of a lightening through the evening clouds around vindya mountains. Such must bear with our naturally occuring faults that are boundless. Sri pakshi Rajan thiruvadikaLE charaNam Sampath Rengarajan Note : there is an analysis that is coming out of this that I will present later.