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RE: [sv-rituals] Significance of NAmam

From: Naresh Ramarajan (ramaraj_at_fas.harvard.edu)
Date: Tue Apr 09 2002 - 21:30:42 PDT

NamaskAram to all,

"Paarppanin pattaigal perumaalin paadhamenraal, perumaalin pattaigal
pin-evarin  paadham? "

The archakar at the pittsburgh temple told me he had this question asked
to him by one naasthika. Basically, it means, " if the thiruman srichurnam
on a brahmin's forehead is the lord's feet, whose feet are on his
forehead?" of course, pattaigal here means thiruman srichoornam and is
used for alliteration rather than meaning the saivaite marks.

the archakar replied to him saying
" perumaalin pattaigal paarpanin paadham, paarpanin pattaigal perumal
paadham"

basically, saying that perumal in his grace and mercy, shows that to the
bhaktha that humility is the most important guna by wearing the bhakta's
feet on his forehead. I found this to be a very convincing, moving and
beautiful explanation.

thanks for letting me throw in my two cents,

Naresh Ramarajan.

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On Wed, 10 Apr 2002, Anand Sampathkumar wrote:

> SrI:
> NamO Narayana:
>
> Dear Smt. Gita / Vaidhehi / Nappinnai:
>
> There are few theories for your question.
>
> 1. Perumal first, stands as an example, to
>    show us as a Sri Vaishnava, hence he sports
>    Thiruman Sri Choornam. [Lets avoid the common
>    term "NamAm" and refer this with reverence as
>    Thiruman and Sri Choornam or Urdhva Pundaram only].
>
> 2. Sriya:Pathi Sriman Narayanan, in his unending
>    karunyam and sowlabhyam, wanted to have
>    "Samasrayanam" done on him by Bhagavad Ramanuja
>    and came in the form on a boy and had Pancha Samskaram
>    done by none other than the greatest Acharya.
>
>    Hence, as one undergone Pancha Samskaram, Perumal
>    sports Thiruman and Sri Choornam.
>
> However, it is generally referred that in Sri Vaikuntam
> Perumal as Para Vasudevan sports Kasturi Thilakam, while
> His Archa Thirumeni sports Urdhva Pundaram.
>
> Hope this 2 cents worth sharing by AdiyEn dispels your
> Doubts.
>
> dAsan
> Anand Sampathkumar
> 10th April 2002
>
> Srimad Azhagia Singar Thiruvadigale Saranam
> Shrimate Shri Seetha Ramachandra Parabrahmane Nama:
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: vaidhehi_nc [mailto:vaidhehi@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 02:25
> To: sv-rituals@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [sv-rituals] Significance of NAmam
>
>
> Dear All,
>          I am gita(alias vaidhehi/nappinnai)already introduced
> myself from my other acc(nappinnai_nc@y...). My fundamental doubt is:
> Why should PerumAL wear His own feet on His forehead(or rather why
> should we put nAmam on Him)? Can anyone clarify my doubt?
>
> NAmam(be it Thenkalai/Vadakalai) basically represents:white lines-
> PerumAL's pAdam & red/yellow line - Sri.
>
> AzhwAr EmperumAnAr ThiruvadigaLE saraNam
> gita
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