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From: M.N.Ramanuja (
Date: Mon Nov 12 2001 - 05:04:09 PST

Dear Sri Sadagopan Avl,

   Though adiyen had some hesitation while sending the remarks, adiyen was
relieved that they were all accepted kindly by you, except for one guna
Aghatitha ghatanA samarthya. I was a bit taken back. I made a survey of
that Tiruvaimozhi VI-3 dasakam vyakhyanams, in this context and then
SriRangarajastava of Sri Parasara Bhattar. In the vyakhyanam I found the
word Aghatithaghatana used twice in the arayirappadi and in
dramidopanishattatparyaratnavali quotation. There was no reference to
Narasimhavataram or any other avataram but only reference to God's
sarvavyapakatvam "antarAtmataya sarveshu vastushu vyaptha:". His own
declaration in Geeta " na tadasti vinA yatsyaat mayA bhootam charAcharam".
 On account of His Vishnutvam, God is in everything concrete and abstract
He created, and in that line, He is in all types of things from one end of
the spectrum of creation to the other end, opposites included. This does not
come as a big surprise or capability to my mind. That is it is taken for
granted. But for devotees like Parasara Bhattar, the slokas dealing with
Narasimhavataram viz.,

NakhAgragrastepi dvishati ....tanu:
Viruddhe Vaiyyagree sughatitha samanadhikarane
nrisimhatve bibhradvarada bibharAmAsitha jagat.

where Bhattar eulogises the beautiful combination of previously uncombined
lion head and human trunk.

NriharidasayO:pashyannoutpattikam ghatanAdbhutham
naram uta harim drishtvaikaikam samudvijate jana:
Iti kila sitaa ksheera nyAyEna sangamithangakam
sphuta satA mahA damshtram rangEndrasimham upAsmahE

(both in Uttarasatakam)

where SriBhattar says that in narasimhavatAram after seeing lion head and
human body combined like sugar and milk people hate to see any other form
  So adiyen had this in mind when I wrote about aghatita ghatana. Since
You were also describing the 12 gunas with respect Malolan only, I thought
that my remarks would be relevant more to Narasimhar than to "Nalkuravum
Shelvum  " etc.
    However , though there are two distinct meanings for aghatitha ghatana
a) happening of unprecedented events and b) combination of things that
previously were never combined, I find that the latter meaning is
generally used by Acharyas.

With regards
Adiyen dasan

On Mon, 5 Nov 2001, Sadagopan wrote:

> Dear Sri Ramanuja :
> It is most welcome that you added the corrections
> in intrepretations for four of the 12 attributes
> of BahgavAN narasimhan . I welcome your corrections .
> Any time in future, please feel free to catch any
> mistakes .Thanks in advance.
> (9) Aghatitha GhatanA SaamArhtyam : Swamy NammAzhwAr's
> ThiruvAimozhi (VI.3) on Sri ThiruviNNagarappan is all about
> the eulogy to this unique saamarthyam of the Lord .
> Here Swamy NammAzhwAr pays tribute to the Lord's
> saamarthyam in being inside polar opposites . I stay
> with this view .
> >> 9. Agatitha GadanA Saamarthya Pradarsakathvam ( Unique
> >>    ability to unite polar opposites in Him )
> >>
> >

> >9)  Agatita Gadana saamarthya -  Actual word is aGhatitha  Ghatanaa
> >saamarthyam - which is the ability to make something happen, that has
> >not happened before, that has been unprecedented. Never had He come out of
> >a pillar before.  That He made possible now.
> >
>Ramanuja >
> >
> >

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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