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From: Sadagopan (sgopan_at_computer.net)
Date: Thu May 27 1999 - 18:27:57 PDT
Dear BhakthAs : In this posting , we will cover the tenth slOkam dealing with the resplendent , bejewelled crown of the Lord of Thirukkudanthai .Sri GopAla MahA Desikan lingered for quite a while enjoying the SaamudhrikA - lakshaNam filled face of AarAvamudhan .Then he reluctantly moved his gaze to the Kireetam that is symbolic of the Lord's status as SarvEswaran . This slOkam is as follows : naanA rathna prathitha mahimA srimadhApeeDanaddha: sarvEsathva prakaDana chaNO nirmithO thulya hEmnA I mAlyOnneetha sthira ParimaLO vaidhikAkhyE vimAnE vaasasthAnE hrudhi lasathu mE SaarngiNa : tath kireeta: II The emphasis here is on the last two words of that crown of the Lord of Thirukkudanthai , who holds the bow named Saarngam in His hands ( SaarngiNa: tath kireeta:). What about that Kireetam ? Our AchAryan prays for the memory of that crown of SaarngapANi to reside forever in his mind ( hrudhi lasathu mE ). Then our AchAryan asks for another boon about additional places of residence for that lustrous and beautiful crown of the Lord . Our AchAryan wishes also for that holy crown to stay forever in the original place of residence of the Lord , which is the Vaidhikha VimAnam ( VaasasthAnE vaidhikhAkyE lasathu )at Thrukkudanthai . The crown can not however reside at both places at the same time .That is , it an not be at the mind of the AchAryan as well as at the Vaidhikha VimmAnam . Our AchAryan therefore gives precedence for that crown adorning SaarngapANi to reside under the Vaidhikha vimAnam and then the memory of that Vaidhika VimAnam containing that splendid crown to become enshrined in his mind/heart (mama hrudhi CHA lasathu) .The emphasis is on the word "cha" , which means also .The crown according to the Acharyan should rest in its formal residence as a priority and then in his mind/heart region . What else is so special about that kireetam ? It is found to be wound with the garlands of Tulasi and fragrant flowers (maalyOnneetha sthira parimaLa : SaarngiNa: tath kireeta :). The fragrance of that Kireetam is permanent .It is not because of the fragrance of the flowers or ThuLasi , but it is the natural gandham (fragrance ) of the Kesam of the Sarvagandhan that imparts the permanent fragrance to the flowers and ThuLasi constituting the garlands wrapped around the Kireetam . The crown itself is made of pure gold , which has no equal in its lustre ( athulya hEmnA nirmitha: ). It has many rare gems enmeshed in its body ( naanA rathna prathitha mahimA ). There are emeralds , pushpa raagams , spotless diamonds , VaiDUryam , sapphires and other precious stones in that crown . This multi-splendored , gem-bedecked golden crown adorning the siras odf AarAvamudhan is a clear indication of His Supermacy as the Lord of the Universe ,SarvEsvaran ( sarvEsvarathva prakatana chaNa :). This uniquely sacred and beautiful crown announces as it were ,the supermacy of AarAvamudhan as the dEvathi dEvan and the Lord of all chEthanams and achEthanams . This ThiruvabhishEkam (Crown ) establishes without doubt that AarAvamudhan is the ultimate Master of this universe and all its beings . NammAzhwaar attests to the SarvEsvarathvam of the Lord of Thirukkudanthai with the salutation : " thodu kadal kidantha venkEsavan kiLaroLi maNi mudi Kudanthai venkOvalan". AzhwAr points out that the radiance emanating from the gems adorning that kireetam spreads everywhere and attest to His SarvEsvarathvam .That crown is made out of unalloyed gold (maRRoppAraiyillA aaNip Ponn = matchless pure gold ) and its beauty is further enhanced by the fragrant garlands of green ThuLasi , colorful wild flowers , Jaathi mullai and Jasmine etal .These garlands encircling the Lord's crown have nithya parimaLam because of their association with the hands of BhaagavathAs like VishNucchitthar and ANDAL . That is why the Lord's crown and His beautiful head wearing the illustrious crown with garlands has been saluted as " SurabhI krutha chAru mouLee ". ANDAL's (SooDikkoduttha NaachiyAr's ) garland adorning the Lord's crown entitles Him to have the nAmam of " GOdhaiyAtti kuzhal amarntha maNam amarntha PerumAL ". AzhwArs in their mangaLAsAsanams pay tribute to that ThiruvabhishEkham adorned by the fragrant garlands . One example of their anubhavam is : " TaaLiNai mElum , nann mArbhilum , SUDAR MUDI MELUM --puNaintha TaNNam ThuzhAi udaya ammAn ". That resplendent Crown is closely associated with the concept that the Lord is the Veda Purushan ( the Master of the fragrant VedAs ). It reveals His Vaidhika nature . It is therefore no wonder that the VimAnam at Thirukkudanthai of this Vaidhika Purushan is revered as Vaidhikha VimAnam . Thirukkudanthai Desikan prays in this slOkam for the special blessing of that Veda Purushan's Kireetam to shine forever in His heart as it shines under the Vaidhikha VimAnam . Thirukkudanthai Desikan's adoration of the Kireetam of Sri AarAvamudhan follows very closely the anubhavam of Lord RanganAthA's kireetam by Swami Desikan in his Sri Sookthi , Sri Bhagavath DhyAna sOpAnam (9th slOkam ): maalyairantha: sthira parimaLai: vallabhA: sparsa maanyai: kupyac chOLee vachana kutiali: kunthaLai: slishtamUlE rathnA peeDa dhyuhti aBaLithE Rangabarthu : kireetE raajanvathya: sthithim adhigathA vrutthaya: chEthasO mE One can hear the echos of these word groups from Swami Desikan's slOkam on the kireetam of the Lord of Srirangam in Thirukkudanthai Desikan"s eulogy across centuries on AarAvamudhan . here are four examples of such echos : Swami Desikan Thirukkudanthai Desikan ************* ************************ 1. rathna aapeeDa dhyuthi saBaLithE 1. naanA rathna prathitha mahimA 2. mAlyairantha: sthira parimaLai: 2. mAlyOnnetha sthira parimaLai: 3. Vrutthaya:chEthasO mE 3. Hrudhi vilasathu mE 4. vallabhA: sparsa Maanyai: 4. SrimathA peeDa naddha: In the next slOkam , Thirukkudanthai Desikan sums up his anubhavam of the beauty of the different limbs of AarAvamudhan from His lotus feet to the radiant crown ( PaadhAthi kEsAntha sthuthi ). Sri KomaLavalli SamEtha Sri AparyApthAmrutha SwaminE naam: Daasan , Oppiliappan Koil VaradaachAri Sadagopan PramAthi VaikAsi Sukla Shashti .