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From: Venkatesh K. Elayavalli (vke_at_cypress.com)
Date: Fri Nov 26 1999 - 09:09:42 PST
Dear members W continue with the translation of Sri Pillai Lokacharya's Archiradhi by Ms M. S. Ramesh ----- The overwhelming desire of God to extend His hand in assistance and support to the soul which strives to attain salvation is also reflected in a pasuram of Nammalwar (Pasuram No.3621). In that pasuram, Nammalwar says that he wanted to enjoy and attain (anubhavam) the Lord. But he found to his dismay that Kaat Karai Appan (This is the Perumal in one of the divyadesas in Kerala) was a more tough master and He, before Nammalwar could attain Him, succeeded in ensuring that he completely absorbed Nammalwar. He says that Baghavan won in that race and so Kaatkarai Appan was a "kodiyan" i.e. a more capable person than the devotee himself. The affectionate anxiety and desire of Perumal to see that this reformed soul reaches Paramapada is compared to the feeling that Dasaratha the emperor had when he wanted to celebrate the pattabhisheka of Rama and had invited Vasishta, Vamadeva and other rishis, in order to advise him on the plan of action for performing the pattabhisheka. Similarly, it is said that God calls the devas staying in Paramapada and requests them to accompany this chetanan i.e. devotee seeking salvation to Paramapada. The entire route to Paramapada is beautified. The streets and the houses enroute are also beautified. Perumal ensures that the punya i.e. the good done by this soul i.e. chethanan is made much of. He ensures that from the day the enlightenment has dawned in the mind of the soul, he controls kama, krodha and other ills. Perumal also ensures that the sin that the soul had committed in its earlier days due to ignorance, as also the sins that he may commit as long as the soul is attached to the mortal coil, gets reduced- in its impact. While describing the manner in which God reduces the burden of the sin and increases the content of the punya done hy the soul which is striving to attain Paramapada, the author compares it to the situation when Rama let loose the arrow meant for Samudra raja on the enemies of Samudra Raja. This is a story in Ramayana when Rama was waiting to cross the ocean to reach Lanka. He spent three days on the banks of the ocean. But He found that Samudra Raja did not come and meet Him as requested. He got angry. He was about to let loose an arrow saying that he would completely dry up the ocean itself. Coming to know of this, Samudra raja along with his wife came and fell at the feet of Lord Rama and sought saranagathi. He said that He who created the ocean could not also be the person who destroys it. The moment Samudra raja along with his wife sought saranagathi at the feet of the Lord, the Lord calmed down. It is said that the arrow which He had kept ready to let loose on Samudra raja was, at the behest of Samudra Raja let loose on the demons who were residing in a particular island in the ocean and causing trouble to Samudra Raja. Thus, the arrow meant to destroy Samudra Raja was diverted to destroy the endmies of Samudra raja. Similarly the author says that the moment we seek saranagathi at the feet of the God, He will ensure that our enemies get killed and that our punya gets multiplied so as to enable attainment of salvation. God thus helps a great deal in giving a push to the soul which is striving to have swarga anubhava. It is said that God seated on Garuda appears before this chetanan. At that time, Perumal looks like a blue cloud on an effulgent golden coloured mountain. The devotee has the anubhava i.ec the enjoyment of this Thirumeni of Perumal i.e. beautiful divine' sight of His glorious figure. Perumal then calls the baghavath kainkarya parars i.e. those doing service to Him and asks them to welcome this chethanan. With God's blessing this "bashya karananas" of the devotee gets merged with the "antah karanas" of the devotee. The speech gets submerged to the mind, and in turn the mind becomes a part of prana and prana becomes part oftejas. The soul which is striving to become one with God, is desirous of staying near paramatma even as a weaiy traveller who has suffered due to the heat of the harsh blazing Sun heaves a sigh of relief on reaching the shade of a tree. This chethanan heaves a sigh of relief as soon as he reaches the protective ambit of the eternal truth viz. Vasudeva and is able to forget all the troubles and turmoils that he underwent in his life. To be continued ........