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From: Rengarajan (vasanthi_at_umich.edu)
Date: Sun May 03 1998 - 11:35:20 PDT
Bhaktha kodi bAgawathAs, adiyEn's namaskArams to your thirup pAtha kamalanagaL. Pancha Sriman nArAyana kshEthram : There are four kshEthrams around this divya dEsam within the vicinity of 4 miles. Most of them are situated in the south of this divya dEsam. Those 4 sthalams and this thiruk kannan kudi divya dEsam are all collectively called and known as "pancha Sriman nArAyana kshEtthram". Though the other 4 sthalams are not part of 108 divya dEsams there is a speciality associated with this group of 5 that each Srivaishnava must visit them without fail. This divya dEsam thiruk kaNNan kudi alone has the unique nature of being both a "pancha Sri krishna aaranya kshEthram" and "pancha Sriman nArAyana kshEthram". There are also "pancha Sri Ranga kshEthrams" that adiyEn have written about in the past in this net in addition to the "mukthi offering 12 Srinivasa kshEtrhams". Interested readers may read it from the archives. The "pancha sriman nArAyana kshEthrams" are: 1. In south west Sri Varadha nArAyanan in periya aalatthoor 2. In South west Sri dAmodara nArAyanan in thiruk kaNNan kudi 3. In South west Sri yAdava nArAyanan in keevaLoor 4. In Southwest, Sri Deva nArAyanan in dEvoor 5. In South Sri Aanatha nArAyanan in Abarana thAri It is conceived that the five "Swaroopa niroopaka vishEshanam" of Lord Sriman nArAyana are related to each one of this pancha Sriman nArAyana kshEthram. A simple attempt is made to present some definitions on the "Swaroopa niroopaka vishEshanam" in the following. Without attempting to reveal the identities individually for each of these ksEthrams, it is left to the readers to learn from the self explanatory definitions to corelate. vishEshaNam: EmperuMan has unlimitted and unmeasurable guNAs in HIM. Every objects has some charecter or the other in it. If some of such charecters alone differentiates that objects from the other then such charecter or gunams are known as vishEshanam. A closer word may be uniqueness or speciality. EmperumAn's "eswarath thuvam" is differentiated from jivAtma's or chEthanan's guNams and its association with achEthanam, by the "vishEshaNams" or uniquness of the paramAtma. Such 'vishEshaNam' of paramAtmA are classfied in to two types genrally in scriptures. 1. Swaroopa niroopaka vishEshanam 2. niroopith swaroopa vishEshanam (*) It is imperative to explain the swroopam or nature of a vastu by certain vishEshana guNam of that vasthu. Without explaining these guNas it is impossible to understand the nature of that vasthu. Such vishEshana gunAs that are a must for identifying the nature or swaroopam of such vasthu or known as swaroopa niroopaka vishEshnam. Having identified and explained the true nature or swaroopam of a vasthu, it is required to use certain other gunAs to explain the pride and utthama thuvam of that vasthu. Such gunAs are known as niroopitha swaroopa vishEshanam. EmpurumAn's swaroopam or true nature is often explained in the scriputures using five vishEshanams known as "HIS swaroopa niroopaka vishEshanams". They are explained in Swami dEsikan's arttha panchagam as follows: "amalan aviyaatha sudar aLavillA Aramutham" ............. 1. Arttha panchagam 1. Amala thuvam: A state that has no 'dhOsham or kuRai'. ie., 'kuRai onRum illA govindhAn'. "Amalan aathi pirAn" delivered by thirup paan AzhwAr has more details on the state of "amalan". It is not possible to simply include the entire details of each of these gunAs in this series (**). 2. sathya thuvam: Always unchanged nature. This is cited by the word "aviyAtha" in the above pAsuram. ie invariant in nature. 3. NyAna thuvam: A state of having complete knowledge always. Such state is cited by the word "sudar" in the above pasuram. 4. ananthath thuvam: A state in which it is impossible to state by pointing to a desam that "HE is here"; and a state in which it is impossible to indicate a time and state that "HE is present in this time"; and a state in which it is impossible to identify a vasthu and state that "HE is in this vasthu"; Such unmeasurable and unquantfiable and unidentifiable state are collectively known as "anantham". Such state is explained by the word "aLavillAtha" in the above pasuram. 5. Aanantha thuvam: As one who is always an Aanantha (Bliss ful or one with immeasurable happiness) swaroopi. Sri pancha Sriman nArAyanan thiruvadikaLE saraNam Sampath Rengarajan note: (*) 2. niroopitha swaroopa vishEshanam - sowseelyam, vaatsalyam, and kaaruNyam are some of the infinite thiruk kalyAna gunAs of the Lord that constitute HIS "niroopith swaroopa vishEshanam gunAs". (**) Interested persons may read from poorvaacharya vyaakyaanams and commentaries from Sri VS, Sri AR and adiyEn. adiyEn is not quoting these personal works as references due to mere self propagandae or of that sort. adiyEn is not aware of anyother suitable references that are easily available for interested readers. That is all. adiyEN donot have the time to present this monograph currently as adiyEn have other tasks in Sri bagwath vishaym that are to be fulfilled. Most of the learned scholars are aware of such. So please forgive me for quoting such references often. There are many readers who often follow up by requiring further details.