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From: Bharadwaj, Jaganath (jbb0_at_nreca.org)
Date: Fri Oct 24 1997 - 06:17:13 PDT
>During the course of this nadhOpaasanA , >Saint ThyagarAja celebrated the glory of the Lord , saluted >His naama mahimai , His rUpa mahimai , argued >with Him about His "indifference " , blamed his own >inadequacies that stood in the way of the Lord's grace , >expressed his visvAsam in the Lord as the saraNAgatha >rakshakan , saluted the parama bhakthAs of the Lord >such as PrahlAdhA , NaaradhA , HanUmAn and begged >the Lord to bless him with mithya kaimkarya Sri . > >This typo added a humorous touch to this wonderful description. It reminds >us of the time when Ravana Kumbhakarna and Vibheeshana did penance to >propitiate Brahma. Kumbhakarna wanted to ask for Indra's asanam. Indra got >scared that he would lose his position and went and pleaded with Saraswati. >She obliged and sat on Kumbhakarna's tongue. When it was time to ask for the >boon Kumbhakarna asked for Nidrasanam instead and so he slept from then on. >It was only on the pleading of Ravana to Brahma, that the latter relented and >said that Kumbhakarna could wake up for one day, every 6 months. The 3 >brothers epitomize the 3 gunas. Ravana was in Rajo guna, Kumbhakarna was in >Tamo guna and Vibheeshana in Sattva Guna. > >adiyen > >jaganath.