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Thiruvaaimozhi 6.3- Ponnappan, MaNiappan, Mutthappam, thanoppaarilappan

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Wed May 13 1998 - 18:46:50 PDT


Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Before starting this set of pAsurams, as routine kaimkaryam of mine to 
BhagavatOttamAs, please be advised that the cassettes on AzhwAr pasurams 
on Oppiliappan will be sent very soon to the contributors by Sri Sampath 
Rangarajan, as a part of his kaimkaryam for ThiruviNNagarappan. He is 
also going to bless us with his inimitable excellent style of meanings 
of those pAsurams. I am sure these ten pAsurams will be sure to be 
there, for its beautiful reference to ThiruviNNgaran, Oppiliappan. So, 
what I write is only a preview of the treasure that is going to come 
from this learned mahaan, a devotee of Oppiliappan. In fact, I did not 
wish to even write this. But, I am sure the Lord is equally pleased when 
a kid wrongly prostrates with its feet in different direction and head 
in another direction away from the deity. 

In the last decad, AzhwAr was angry at the Lord for not turning up so 
long and refused to let him be with "her" and asked Him to go away. 
Emperumaan showed His Divine exquisite beauty and His suffering too 
(being away from ParAngusa nAyaki) and appeased her. AzhwAr is surprised 
pleasantly at her transformation and how she was flabbergasted by 
Emperumaan's such Great guNA of making things that are opposite to each 
other join and merge like this. (i.e. She was angray a minute ago and 
now, she has fallen for Him). He shows her and tells "Even the ones that 
do not like me get transformed and change. See." and shows her the 
vruttha vibhUti gathvam. (i.e The One who has within Himself as His 
wealth and belonging -all that is contradictory to each other).

All contradictory things become one within Him and in front of Him. That 
is vruttha vibhUti gathvam. He is there in everything. That is 
Emperumaan's beauty. His greatness. AzhwAr sings His such most 
beautiful, wonderful guNA that is housed in ThiruviNNagaraan. (than 

Here AzhwAr narrates Emperumaan's sarvAdhipathya SarvEshwarathvam. He 
explains His Parathvam. 

1. nalkuravum selvum narakum suvarkkamumaay,
velpagaiyum natpum vidamum amuthamumaay,
palvagaiyum parandhaperu maanennai yaaLvaanai, 
selvammalgu kudiththiru viNNagark kandEnE.

Various matters that are contradictory and opposite to each other- in 
all of them Emperumaan resides and manifests. The Poverty and the 
riches; The hell and The heaven; The enmity and the friendship; The 
pioson and the amirtham (nectar); - like that all that is opposite to 
each other in nature- in all that Emperumaan is there. In order to 
capture me and rule me, for me, He is majestically appearing at 
ThiruviNNagar, where (Spritually) wealthy families live. (like Our 
dearest Sri SadagOpan, who hails from this place.)
(NampiLLai expalins beautifully: why AzhwAr wishes to sing His vruttha 
vibhUti gathvam? because: the prince not only visits his father's palace 
and feels proud, but also visits the big, huge, terrifying prisons which 
also belong to his father and feels graet about his father.- what an 

2.The sorrows and pleasure that one experiences in this world are all 
Emperumman only. The confusion and worry (that comes due to our not 
getting something that we wish) and the satisfaction (that we obtain by 
accomplishing what we desire) is all He alone. The anger and the cool 
(mind) is He. Is that alone? He is the One who gives so much heat while 
simultaneously He is the One who cools as a shadow.(like what He was 
during NrusimhAvataar as agni to HiranYakasipu and the cool moon to 
Prahlaada). Like that Emperumaan who is there in such opposite things is 
A RARITY to be understood and seen. He is the One who rules me. that 
ruler of mine stays gracefully at ThiruviNNagarm. (Periyavaacchaan 
PiLLai interprest the confusion and worry as the anjnAnam (ignorance) 
and the satisfcation as the jnAnam (divine knowledge)). (Here AzhwAr 
says in this "kaNdu kOdarkaRiya Perumaan" -means the One who is not 
possible to be seen, while in the last pAsuram, he says "palvagaiyum 
parandha perumaan" means: The One who manifests in everything. i.e: Ther 
is nothing in which He does NOT exist. If there is an object or any 
matter, He is in that.) 

3.People who live in cities, those who live in suburbs, - He exists in 
all of them uniformly. He alone is the jnAnam; and the ignorance as 
well. He is the unbounded, light that spans everywhere. He is the 
darkness as well. The earth is His form and so is the sky, His form. 
Such Lord, The One who is there in all such opposite kinds, is there 
beautifully showing Himself at ThiruviNNagar. There is NO OTHER MEANS 
FOR ANY ONE EXCEPT (talikg about) His Brightest Illuminating KalyANa 
guNAs. Is He NOT our Protector and Saviour for our redemption?
4.The puNNyams and paapams (virtues and sins) are all pointing at Him 
only. The fruits of puNNyam (the enjoyment and being together) and of 
paapam (the separation) are all His forms, too. He alone is our 
permanent thinking on our objects of desire and our (intentionally) 
forgetting what we do not like. To be and Not to be is He. THIS 
BHAGAWAAN ALONE is not bound by karmAs. He is the Lord, who is so 
beautifully standing at ThiruviNNagara Divya kshEthram.

5.Dishonesty and Honesty is all His vibhUtis; He is both DARK and WHITE. 
(Dark Cloudy hued Colour on the white Milky Ocean). Truths, lies; Youth, 
Old age; Ancient, Modern- they all is He. All three worlds as the three 
gardens are being taken care of by Him, The ThiruviNNagaraan, who stays 
at this Divya sthalam so gracefully. (The Directors, and that which is 
being directed by them- like BrahmA, Sivan, Indran, et al are all under 
His control.)
6.Emperumaan has got all three worlds under control. The Parama Padham, 
which is different from these three worlds - for that also, He alone is 
the Chief. He is the One who is both anger as well as Happiness. He is 
The One who is both SrIdEvi, and mUdEvi. He is the One who is both fame 
as well as notoriety. He stands at ThiruviNNagar, where even dEvAs come 
to greet Him with utmost respects and pay obeisance to Him. SUCH 

7.Emperumaan, has got the Suddha satva, illuminating, Shining, body 
(with no binding to Prakritti). He is also the same one who has the 
tri-guNa (satva, raja, tamO guNa  bounded by Prakritti maNdalam) filled 
world as His body. He alone is the antharyaami in all these things as 
well as those things themselves (in which He resides). (A simple 
definition of VishishtAdvaitA). He shows Himself in those lives living 
in the world. He is the One who took avataars as Rama and KrishNA, and 
others. He stays in such avataars for ages after ages. (means: HE STILL 
misleads people by NOT letting them  know His nature and guNAs fully. HE 
IS THE ONE WHO IS AT THIRUVINNAGAR, who is worshipped by BrahmA,  and 
nothing else, but His Feet, that can enable us reach the shores (of 
samsaaric ocean). (ThiruvaLLuvar says: PiRavip perungadal neendhuvar 
neendhaar iRaivan adi sEraadhaar- means: Those who reach His Feet, will 
be able to cross the Ocean of births; Those who don't will NOT.)    

8.Bhagawaan, gave the protection and refuge for dEvAs, while He became 
the yamA for rAkshasAs. He is The One who has His bhaktAs under the 
shadow of His Lotus Feet and HE DOES NOT KEEP THOSE WHO ARE NOT HIS 
BHAKTAS UNDER HIS LOTUS FEET. He is appearing gracefully at 
ThiruviNNagar. The One who supports me gives me asylum, My Perumaan, 
KaNNa Perumaan is My Father.

9.ennappan enakkaayikuLaay
  ennaip peRRavaLaay,
ponnappan maNiyappan
  muththappanen appanumaay,
minnappon mathiLsoozhthiru
  viNNagarch chErndhavappan,
thannoppaa rillappan
  thandhanaNnthana thaaLnNizhalE.

(An excellent pAsuram, so sweet, so lovely) Emeprumaan is my appan 
(father). He is also my sevilitthaay (baby sitter?) and my Mother as 
well. He is My Father , who is  my Gold, My Pearl, My "maNi" (the pupil 
of my eye). he is The One who is at ThiruviNNagar, surronded by big 
Golden ramparts. THERE IS ABSLOUTELY NONE EQUAL TO HIM. (He is oppaaril 
appan- oppiliappan). Such Great Lord has granted me the shadow of His 
Lotus Feet for my redemption. There is no other means for me except 
taking refuge under His Feet.

10.The shadow, the scorching heat (from the sun), is all His forms only. 
Magnanimity, Cheap (mentality); lengthening and shortening (our lives) 
is all He. He alone is the One who is "janghmam" as well as "sthAvaram" 
(moving and non-moving). The changes that one gets during their lives- 
He is not at all bound by such changes or karmAs. Such Greatest 
Bhagawaan is there at ThiruviNNagar. There is NO REDEPTION or SUPPORT 
for me, except His Lotus Feet. Please see those Feet.

11.`kaaNmiNnga Lulageer!' enRu
  kaNmugap pEnNimirndha,
thaaLiNaiyan dhannaik kurugoorch
  sadagOpan sonna,
aaNaiyaa yiraththuththiru
  viNNagarppath thumvallaar,
kONaiyinRi viNNOrk
  konRumaavar kuravargaLE.

"Oh Guys! See!" and He raised His Feet to the entire haight and length 
of universe during His Trivikramaavataar and asked us to see His Lotus 
Feet. They came right in front of eyes for us to see. (We need not even 
make any extra effort to see. Those Feet grew right in front. "kaN 
mugappE nimirntha". What an enjoyment!.   - "Swami Desikan says : O 
Ranganaatha PaadhukhE ! During the occasion of  Maha Bali's injusticeto 
the DevAs , you participated in the incidents of TrivikramAvathAram. You  
grew with your Lord's Lotus foot  and shot upward  into the sky. When 
the left foot of the Lord speeded up with explosive velocity ,at that  
time , Brahma  washed with great  reverence 
your Lord's sacred foot as well as  yourself firmly attached 
to that left foot . There was not enough water however 
to wash the growing foot . The naadham emanating from the rapid upward 
sanchAram of your Lord"s left foot spread all over the universe and 
removed the fears of 
the DevAs about Maha Bali permanently . 

About Such Parama kAruNikO bhagawaan, Emperumaan - NaamAzhwAr 
Thirukkurugoor SadagOpar has sung 1000 pAsurams. Out of thoese 1000, 
readers of these ten, which are sung on ThiruviNNagarappan, than 
oppaaril appan, oppiliappan, will be respected even by NityasuRis. 

Ram Ram

With Best Regards

NarayaNa dAsan madhavakkannan

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