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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Fri Nov 15 1996 - 18:30:36 PST
sarveshAm kila dharmANAm uttamO vaishnavO vidhi :I rakshatE bhagavAn VishNu : bhakthAnAm aatma sariravath II Dear BhakthAs of ThiruvenkatamudaayAn : In the section 5.2 , AzhwAr performs pallAndu to Sri VaishNava Samriddhi or the growth of the VaishNava assemblies . He suggests that one is really existing by attaining VaishNavathvam. Otherwise , he becomes nonexistent ( Abhoothan ) or it does not matter whether he exists or not. He goes on to state that as a result of the VaishNava samriddhi , the distinction between parama Padham and samsAram has disappeared . The kritha Yuga Dharmam of VaishnaVam has become abundant as a result of people understanding the Paratvam of Sriman NaarAyanA . AzhwAr reveals that one should worship those converted by one as VaishNavas ( Mevi Thozhudhu uyyumin neerE ) .NammaazhwAr states that all of this auspicious developments happened because of Lord's DayA arising out of his deep concern for the suffering chetanAs . He removes the sins of the chetanAs ( agha Vimatanam ) and descends down to save those suffering souls. AzhwAr conveys the message of the following slokam : yatra ashtAkshara samsiddhO mahA bhAghO mahIyatE I na tatra sancharishyanthi vyAdhi dhurbhiksha taskarA: II ( In the regions where AshtAksharam is recited , there will be no diseases, famine or thefts. As a result of the abundance of those BahgavathAs reciting the sacred mantram of the Lord, the unrighteous Kali Yugam will take on the features of the righteous Krutha Yugam ) . In the section 5.4 , Azhwaar according to Swami Desikan's analysis in Dramidopanishad SAram celebrates the Daya aspect that makes Him take the Vow (DheekshA ) of protecing this world and its beings ( Jagath RakshaNam ) . IN section 5.5 , Azhwar reminds us according to Swami Desikan's Dramidopanishad Taatparya RatnAvaLi that the Lord out of His compassion for the BhakthAs never leaves their minds . He resides there permanently. Section 5.7 is a grand statement on the Daya of the Lord , which casts Him in the role of Akinchana SaraNyan . He is the Aapath Bhandavan and Deena SaraNyan. These Pasurams are about Thothadri Nathan of Srivaramangai( noRRa nOnbilEn., nuNNarivilEn). Here , AzhwAr describes his state as a weak one without the strength obtained through the practice of karma or Jnana yogam. As a result , he does not have the prerequisite to seek Bhakthi Yogam. He says that his own diagnosis of his grave deficiencies make him fearful about his salvation prospects. Hence , he cries out loud and pleads urgently to the Lord to have daya for his state and count him for protection. AzhwAr states here emphatically that he has not performed any sadhanAs and is not competent to perform them. I have developed a taste for You and You must help me. The Lord comes to the rescue after that sincere pleading of the AzhwAr and prayer to receive his lovable service to Him. In a spirit of joy from the realization of his prayers being answered by the DayALu , AzhwAr says : " O Lord ! You have come and occupied my heart as if it is the most preferred residence for You. It is marvellous. Please do not leave me at all ". AzhwAr concludes this section of the fifth decad with a magnificient statement on the essence of SaraNAgathi. ParAsara Bhattar comments this way on the pasuram 5.7.10 : " O Lord of Srivaramangai ! You taught me that I must cling to Your feet as Upaaya. This UpAya will propell me to my goal. What return shall I render You for having helped me with this enlightenment ? If I were to place my soul at Your disposal , as a kind of gratitude, that soul is already Yours from time immemorial ! O Daivanayaka of Srivaramangai ! WHAT CAN I SURRENDER TO YOU THAT IS NOT ALREADY YOURS ? Section 5.8 houses the famous pasurams on Thirukkudanthai AarAvamudhan ( aarAvamudE adiyEn udalam--), which are the ones associated with the effort of Nada Muni to recover the lost nAlaiyira divya Prabhandhams with the help of NammAzhwAr at Thirukkurungudi . Swami Desikan points out in his Dramidopanishad Saaram that these paasurams celebrate His svarasa krutha daasya bhavam. (i-e) out of His compassion for the BhakthAs , he makes their love for Him delectable (Bhogyam ) . Section 5.9 deals with His AnyOnyam and His proximity to the BhakthAs to protect them quickly. These paasurams are addressed to the Lord of ThiruvallavAzh , which I have covered in my postings on the MalayALa divya desam series. In paasuram 5.9.10 , AzhwAr uses the word AruL four times , each time meaning yet another aspect of His Daya and grace. They refer to His KrupA , Vaatsalyam, KaruNaa and Preethi . In the concluding section of this decad beginning with " PiranthavArum VaLarnthavArum--" , Azhwar celebrates the Energy -giving daya of the Lord, when one is overcome by the SamsAric ills. He recognizes the Lord as the Sakthi Prathan according to Swami Desikan . In pAsuram 5.10.8 , AzhwAr movingly salutes the magnificient Daya of the Lord this way : " Whenever I hear about your heroic deeds, my heart melts in emotional attachment to You . My eyes shed streams of tears. This tenderness on my part is because of my realization of what you have been all along doing for the whole of mankind and the world. ". Thirukuruhoor SatakOpan Thiruvadigaleh SaraNam Oppiliappan Koil VaradAchAri Sadagopan .