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Re: Abhishekam

From: Parthasarati Dileepan (MFPD_at_UTCVM.UTC.EDU)
Date: Sat Nov 04 1995 - 08:59:52 PST

On Fri, 3 Nov 1995 17:48:12 -0800 Mani said:
>Sri P.B. Annangarachariar explained the principle behind
>the ArAdhana and abhiSekam in an upanyaasam of his. Why do
>we ask the Lord to wake up, why do we bathe him, feed him,
>etc.? Does he sleep, eat, or need to cleansed in any
>conventional sense? Of course not! PerumaaL is the abode
>of all purity and goodness, parama sattva samaaSrayaH
>according to Sri Yaamunacharya. Sleep is only for those
>who fatigue or are lazy; eating is for those who are
>hungry or who are gluttons; bathing is for those who
>need to be cleaned. PerumaaL is in no need of any of
>these things.

     Reading this I am reminded of the explanation given
     by Sri Srivatsangachar for our Lord Sriman
     Narayana's amalathvam.  The amalathvam here
     means not just that Lord is free of any and all
     blemishes, but also He cleanses the blemishes of
     all who surrender to Him.

-- Dileepan