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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Nov 15 1996 - 14:55:05 PST
Dear Members of the Bhakthi group : Today is Friday. This morning I had the good fortune of hearing the majestic renditon of Daya Sathakam by Sangeetha Kalanidhi Srimathi Mani KrishNaswamy , the mother of our own dear Sri Sudarshan of Bahrain .. I am fortunate to have received a copy of this exquistely rendered work of Swami Desikan from another dear member of this group . The musical scholarship of the artist trained by giants like Mysore VasudevAchAr and Tiger VaradAchAr is astounding . Her exemplary uccharaNam of the Sanskrit text of Swami Desikan is a thrilling experience to hear . It was a moving experience . The occasion also reminded me of the song of ANNamAcharya about Thirumanjanam for Sri Alamelu MangA on a SukramVaaram day. I thought I will continue today with the AzhwAr's anubhavam of Daya of the Lord of Seven hills on this Sukra Vaaram instead of roaming with Sri Ramachandra in the depths of DaNdakAraNyam . We will therefore focus on the forst section of the fifth decad of Thiruvaimozhi in this posting . I will start this posting with a slokam of the Ashta sloki of ParAsara Bhattar , which is appropriate for the occasion . This is the sixth verse of Ashta Sloki composed by Bhattar to teach us the meaning of AshtAkshari : IsAnAm jafadhAm adhIsa dhayithAm nityAnapAyAm sriyam samsrithAsrayaNOchitAkila guNasyAngri harerAsrayE I ishtopAyatayA sriyA cha sahithAyAthmEsvarAyArtayE karthum dAsyamaseshamaprathihatham nityam tvaham nirmama : II ( Meaning ) : Sri Devi ( Lakshmi ) is the empress ( Soverign Goddess ) of ALL the worlds, as NarAyaNa is the emperor. She is the inseparable consort of His. We offer our prostrations at Her lotus feet to empower ourselves to acquire the means of access to the Lord's feet for our SaraNAgathi . May I be blessed always to perform service devoid of ego to the Lord , who is the embodiment of Dayaa. . The hundred verses of the fifth decad is a gigantic celebration of the Lord"s matchless and limitless Daya GuNam . Almost every subsection of this decad brim with the mood of celebration of Lord's AnukampA and KaruNA . Section 5.1.1 ( kaiAr chakkaratthu yen karumANikkamE ) salutes the Lord's magnanimous qualiy as Para Tantran ( who obeys the wishes of BhakthAs/ Yathoktha Kaari ) because of His daya for His devotees . Swami Desikan describes His nature as that of a KaruNA paravasan , who is overcome by His profound mercy to help the suffering ChetanAs . MaNavALa Maamuni state in his 41st paasuram of Thiruvaimozhi NuRRanthAdhi that the Lord out of His infinite compassion blesses even those , who have not expressed genuine Bhakthi towards Him (Poli Bhagavathars) , who pretend that they love him through the practice of Kapata Bhakthi .Out of his infinite humility, AzhwAr reveals that the Lord blessed him for expressing his vyAjamAtra abhilaashai . AzhwAr says that he did not declare proudly that he was the servant of the Lord , but he only said casually that the Lord has accepted him as His servant . Even that was sufficient for the Lord to bless him fully out of his infinite compassion . That vyAjam (half-hearted pretext ) was sufficient for Him to rush to accept him says the AzhwAr .The Lord's blessing of Prapatthi was Nirhethukam (without any quid pro quo consideration ) , NirupAdhikam ( without any condition or clauses ) . This is so because He is Nirapekshakan ( he does not want any return ) . AzhwAr hints that the Lord thinks that this AyOgyan ( unfit one ) deserves the fruits of Prapatthi because he is unable to practise the requisitesofthat effort . Such is His boundless Daya ! Parasara Bhattar intreprets NammAzhwAr's feelings expressed in this section as follows : " I am a fraud, a liar. I am guilty of soul-theft ( AatmaabahAram ) and thought that this soul is mine , where as it is His property . It is not possible for me to control my desires, discipline my senses , to shake off my sorrow over not realizing my mundane yearnings or to make a distinction between the soul and the body .This lowliness, attachment to this perishable body and weakness to do anything in the direction of Moksham necessitates me to place myself as the object of your mercy totally. That is what I said half-heartedly. He called me to His abode fulfilling His assurance offered in His charama sloka. Such is His Nirhethuka KrupA ! " AzhwAr states in 5.1. 7 ( AmmanAzhipirAn ) , that the Lord's love for me(us) is the same irrespective of mine(ours) being feigned or true. " yemmA pAviyarkum vidhi vAykkinru vAykkum kandeer ". AzhwAr says that he sat in a corner , raised his hands in false spirti of pathos and cried " O Lord ! You came rushing to save an elephant in distress! Do n'"t You know how much I suffer ? " That was all I did . He took it seriously as a true complaint , came and rescued me. Now my love has become true love as a result of His Nirhethuka Dayaa. It is clear that His love for me is the same irrespective of mine being feigned or not. He is the supreme Lord. I am the smallest, the most despicable . If his limitless Dayaa can be extended to me even, then I can attest that any sinner , even the WORST can reap my Lord's AnukampA . In 5.1.9 , Azhwaar describes his condition and the extraordinary grace of the Lord to come to his rescue in his hour of need . Azhwaar says : " aavaa yenru aruL seythu adiyEnodumAnAnE ". Sri V.N. Vedantha Desikan translates this Paasuram this way : " I recall the time . I was helpless. It was very much like the plight of a ship caught in a strong cyclone and totally helpless to reach the shore safely . --Just at that time , He came with His divine charm and effulgence , the chakrA and SankhA , with overflowing mercy for me. He took me into His fold. I enjoy His company as any one in His heavenly paraphernalia. What a great Mercy ? Now His merger with me is a FAIT ACCOMPLI ." AzhwAr goes on to say in the next verse that he learnt that it was NOT his effort that secured the happy union between the Lord and him ; rather it was His special effort . AzhwAr says that that the Lord seems to exult over the thought that all His efforts have now been fructified and AzhwAr has become His own . AzhwAr confides that he has detected a distinct glow in the Lord's face over His achievement . Thus ends the the first ten Thirumozhis of decad 5. AzhwAr ThiruvadigalE saraNam Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri SadagOpan .