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"peRREn, peRRathum piravAmai" - part 2

From: Sampath Rengarajan (srengara_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Tue Oct 19 1999 - 19:25:04 PDT

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE charanam
Sri BoomidEvi thAyAr samEtha Sri Oppiliappan thiruvadikaLE charaNam
"peRREn, peRRathum piravAmai" - part 2

Dear bAgawathAs,

In  our  perception  this is the literal first or surface meaning.
The pAsuram  that  precedes describes  thirumangai's "pulambal" or
"cry" wherein he pours  out  as  to  how he  was  stuck   with the
pleasure of a woman and that  he  is now pleading for release from
all his annyAnams associated with that.  So the meaning of getting
a birth in which one can attain this "piravAmai"  or  "not  to  be
born again status" in sequence is a physical  meaning. Whereas the
"pleasure" of association with  woman  specifed  in  the  previous
pasruam is also a surface level meaning and it can be interpretted
as the gunA or karma bhAvam that were prevalent due to  "prArabtha
karmas"  in one's case. I  donot  imply  that AzhwAr had prArabdha
karmAS. The interpretaion  on these lines or this layer of meaning
is intended for jivAtmAs.

In  some  oblique  way  this  can  only  refer to Prapatti, since
Prapatti and Bhakti  Yoga  are  the only 2 upAyas that can confer
moksha. Out of these only Prapatti or Saranagathi  can  guarantee
this in one lifetime. So the word "peRREn" or "obtained" can only
refer to Prapatti. We have heard  of Prapatti being a marriage to
Bhagavan.  It could also be such that Prapatti being  referred to
as birth of a nyAnam (the nyAnam that our  jivans or souls belong
to HIM and HE owned, them Owns them and will continue to own them
for ever, and we  have  nothing  to  do  intellectually  once  we
surrender  this  "we" or "I" to HIM abosluetly) or obtained.

The  other  meaning of this is, I obtained (peRREn is both giving
birth and "obtained"  in  Tamil) "piRavAmai" ie state of no birth
because I was thinking of you  at  the  time of my birth. (As per
Swami dEsikan when one is seen by Lord  Vishnu  during  HIS birth
will not be born  again). The parama bAgyam  of  seeing  Lord Sri
Vishnu happens to mahAns only at the time of the birth. The three
births are physical  birth (Most who are not mahAns  donot   know
what one thought or at the time of the birth due to the effect of
shata vAyu). The second  birth ( dwijan) ie at the time of brahma
upadEsam. The third birth (prapatti) ie.,   becoming  a prapannan
or  at  the   time  undertaking   prapatti  as "obtained" through
AchAryan. Realising "peRREn"  during  the moment of  second birth
lead one to third birth. If one can not realise peRREn, at   both
1st  and  2nd birth or the 3rd stage is the next chance..

Srimadh Azhagiya singar thiruvadikaLE charanam
Sri BoomidEvi thAyAr samEtha Sri Oppiliappan thiruvadikaLE charaNam
adiyEn
Sampath Rengarajan

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