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From: usdeiva (usdeiva_at_ix.netcom.com)
Date: Wed Sep 03 1997 - 19:51:31 PDT
Mani Varadarajan wrote: > > This short post was triggered by a conversation > with Dileepan yesterday morning. > > One of the things prospective parents put the > most thought into is what to name their newborn > baby. Periyalvar [Andal's father] has some > strong suggestions of his own, at least when > it comes to a baby boy. [The analogue for a > female child naturally follows.] > > This set of ten paasurams comes from periyaazhvaar > thirumozhi 4.6.x. Addressing his words openly to > the people of the world, he dissuades them from > naming their children after trivialities, for > the sake of money, a sari, or a handful of this > and that. The Alvar probably observed many people > naming their child after a minor divinity or earthly > monarch with the hope that the family and child > would prosper accordingly: > > kaasum kaRaiyudaik kooRaikkum angOr kaRRaikkum > aasaiyinaal angavaththap pEridum aadhar_kaaL! > kEsavan pErittu neengaL thEnith thiruminO > naayakan naaraNan tham annai narakam pukaaL. > > Name him "Kesava" and rejoice, O people of the world! > Lord Narayana will never push such a person's mother > into hell. > > >From a very practical standpoint, I think this is > Periyalvar's way of establishing a particular connection > with the Supreme Lord at the very onset of life. Is > not naming the child after Him and His the simplest > and quickest way of beginning the infant's ascent from > mere mortality to its rightful position as a spark > of the Divine, of and belonging to the Lord Himself? > > Mani ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear Mani, Many thanks for this posting. I had acquired a Tamil booklet on the names to give Muslim children, and I have recently come by one on the names for Christian children. I'd love to compile one of my own, though 'bAlAji' (supposedly signifying tiru-vEnkaTam-uDaiyAn) would not be in my compilation. No body could succeed in establishing that tiru-vEnkaTam-uDaiyAn is NOT perumAL, but the puerile and unscholarly snipings continue, despite the numerous evidences (inter alia of SilappadhikAram, the Tamil post- sangham classic, from a non-vaishNava author) affirming the Lord only as vishNu. The next thing to do, when you are not succeeding, is to obscure or confuse the issue. 'bAlAji' as a name is the very absurd gimmick on this issue. Not a single classical author has taken note of this 'name' and it is evident that it is not worth researching on its origin. Best wishes from T.S. Sundara Rajan, @ Memphis.