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From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_ford.com)
Date: Tue May 07 1996 - 14:20:07 PDT
Having quoted all the references from paasurams I want to take the liberty in quoting Nammaazhwaar's paasuram 3315: soozhkaN taayen thollai vinaiyai aRuththun adisErum oozhkaN tirundhE, thooraak kuzhithoorththu enainNaaL aganRiruppan?, vaazhthol pugazhaar kutandhaik kitandhaay! vaanOr kOmaanE, yaazhi NnisaiyE! "amuthE! aRivin payanE! ariyERE!" 5.8.6 nammazhwaar in thiruvaaymozhi in which he said "amuthE !aRivin payanE!" ie the ultimate use (payan) for our knowledge (aRivu) is to seek the Lord in everything we do. Though it is wonderful to dwell in the sweet meanings of the paasurams and their poetical style beauty etc, I wanted to use my limited Tamil Knowledge in playing around with these two words (kooththaadu) that prompted these posts and seek to explain that though these words directly mean entertainment dance, they also have an inner meaning in it. kooththaadu can be split as koottu + aadu wherein koottu can be meant as a sum of people or a group of people summed up in some fashion as described by Sri Badri in a circle and hands joined. There is one type of aadidravidar dance practiced even this day among certain tribal population of nilgris. The other meaning can be derived when this word is split as koodu + aadu. This is like koodi aadu that is join hands and dance and this can be just suitable for two people dancing. The third such meaning which I think is very much meant here by aazhwaars and also practiced by many Krishna worshippers who are also the followers of Lord Chithanya mahaaprabu and till date some gaudiya mutt followers and others also believe in this tradition which is *part* of their goal called as krishna prEma. Koodu + aadu = koodu is unite or seek union in aadu is dancing with Sri Krishna. This is seeking to serve SriKrishna and in turn when Sri Krishna is pleased, one is also blessed by SriKrishna to also dance in union with Sri Krishna in an escalated emotional sense which is tuned into this mode of eternal cosmic dance of Sri Krishna. I may be wrong in use of words in explaining this tradition and supreme goal (I seek the forgiveness of the members and the krishna worshippers around for this enthusiastic attempt of mine,) but I request Sri Jagannath if he may explain this little bit more clearly and enlighten the philosophy of sri krishna prema. It is important for us to know because it is considered by some of us that such Krishna prema (example aazhwaar himself seeks to it) is to be in par with our (srivaishnavaas of most southern school) state of mOksham. In other words it can be said that this is what is their destiny they seek. Thus by saying the first word kudamaadu is the maargam which is dwell (dwell or live can be equated to aadu or dance) under the unique shadow of the umbrella provided by Sri Krishna (by which one will simply be loyal only and only to SriKrishna and practice what ever Sri Krishna preached in Srimath Bagwath Geethaa) and kooththaadu ie seek to (serve and) dance in union with Sri Krishna in the elevated emotional and eternal cosmic dance. Thus the first word (kudamaadu) can be treated as the maargam and the second word (kooththaadu) can be treated as the destiny. It is said that when SriRaama and annchnEyaa crossed the ocean there was a symbolic message embedded in it for all the samsaarins to understand. Similarly it is also said that when SriKrishna provided the govardana as umbrella there was a hidden message covered up in this episode as well and that such hidden meanings are some what touched by my above split and play of tamil words. Sri amrith kada valli thayaar samEthara kudak kooththaadi perumal sri sathurbuja goPalan thiruvadikaLE saraNam Sampath Rengi note for Badri: As an aside, I am sure you will also appreciate this reference from one of the songs of 80's. I am assuimg that as you are also from Tamil Nadu and would have followed the same song. One of the great cinema poet and lyrics writer kavignar "Kanna"daasan wrote in one of his movie philosophical song "aattuviththaar yaaroruvar aadaatharO kanaa aasaiyennum thottililE aadaathaarO kannaa nee nadaththum naadagaththil ...." where in he captured these very sentiments by saying Krishna is the controller who makes us all dance in this samsaaram and we seek to serve and dance with him.