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Adaikkalappatthu meanings from Sri Sadagopan

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Sat Sep 12 1998 - 07:23:37 PDT


Dearest Sri Mani,

Your each and every post on "Pancha sUkhthams" were simply superb, Mani. 

As requested by you, please find below the emanings written by Sri 
Sadagopan for Adaikkalap patthu, for Saranagathy journal.

Adaikkalap patthu is really a yet another damn good set of verses form 
our dearest Swami Desikan.


Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan


Swami Desikan was moved to perform SaraNAgathi after the unmatched 
nectar-like experience of tasting the subhAsrayam and the anantha 
kalyANa guNams of Lord VaradarAjA presiding over Hasthigiri . He used 
the Tamil metre of KocchahakkalippA to direct the flow of his emotion , 
which rushed forth as the gushing water from a dam that collapsed . 

Prabhandham 1 : Bhakti mudalAmavaRRil --- 
I surrender my soul at the sacred feet of PeraruLALan , who resides at 
the most important of the seven cities that bless their residents with 
Moksham . I have come to the realization that I am powerless to attain 
moksham through the difficult-to-practise Bhakthi yOgam as upAyam . I 
have hence chosen Prapatthi at the lotus feet of Varadhan as the saving 
grace for me and am performing saraNAgathi . This act of mine 
(performance of SaraNAgathi at the Lord's feet as the helpless one with 
no other recourse ) is like the deed of the evil-minded KaakAsuran , who 
committed grave apachArams to the Lord's consort and was yet saved by 
the Lord , when he fell at the feet of the Lord as a saraNAgathan 
without any other recourse . 

Prabhandham 2 : sadaimudiyAN -- 
Here again ananya gathithvam is celebrated in another way . 
I am offering my prapatthi at the sacred feet of PeraruLALan while fully 
cognizant of the fact that the power and wealth of even BrahmA and SivA 
are evanascent and transitory and fully dictated by their karma 
visEshams . Once their accumulated puNyams are over , their status as 
powerful demi-gods disappear . Knowing their alpa sukhams fully well, I 
am not enamoured of such status and power . I seek therefore the lasting 
bliss of moksham and nithya kaimkaryam in the Lord's Sri Vaikuntam 
through my prapatthi. 

Prabhandham 3 : TanthirangaL-- 
Here , Swami Desikan points out that all are eligible to perform 
Prapatthi at the lotus feet of the Lord of Kaanchi and receive the boon 
of Moksham from that act of self-surrendeer . 

I meditate on the glorious attribute of VaradarAjAn , who blesses all 
without discrimination , when they perform prapatthi unto Him . These 
are the virtuous ones , who understand the difficulties of practising 
Bhakthi yOgam and understand well the equal qualifications of all to 
perform prapatthi to gain the boon of Moksham . They do not seek any 
other means than prapatthi and observe their varNAsrama dharmams without 
slipping . They utter thereafter the prapatthi manthram (svanishtai ) or 
follow the utterances of their AchAryAs ( AchArya Nishtai ) and perform 
their prapatthi to the Lord , who accepts it with joy and rewards them 
with the boon of mOksham . 

Prabhandham 4 : kaahamirAkkathan ---- 
Here the reference is to Maha Viswasam that leads to the fruition of 
one's prapatthi . 
I offer my prapatthi at the holy feet of VaradarAjan inspired by the 
thought that He granted the boons of samsAra bhOgam and Moksham as 
desired by them to the offending crow , VibhishAnAN , Drowpathi , 
Kshathrabhandhu , GajEndran , KaaLiyan , Sivan , BrahmA and all the 
dEvAs . 

Prabhandham 5 : uhakkumavai-- 
Here , Swami Desikan reveals that he has performed the prapatthi at the 
Lord's feet in the proper manner with the five angAs of Prapatthi .The 
words of the prabhandham connected to the five angams are : 

uhakkumavai uhanthu -- AanukUlya Sankalpam 
uhavAvanaitthumozhindhu--PrAthikUlya Varjanam 
mihat thuNivu peRavuNarndhu-- mahA visvAsam 
kAvalena varitthu-- gopthruva VaraNam 
puhalillAt tavamaRiyEn -- kArpaNyam

With these words , Swami Desikan points out that he has performed aathma 
samarpaNam with its five limbs . 

Prabhandham 6 : aLavudayAr -- 
Here, Swami Deikan refers to the four kinds of Prapatthi : Svanishtai , 
Ukthi nishtai, AchArya nishtai and BhAgavatha nishtai. Swami says that 
he has performed prapatthi at the lotus feet of Varadhan , who grants 
the boon of Moksham to one , who has performed any one of the four kinds 
of Prapatthi . 

Prabhandham 7 : umathu adigaL adaihinREn--- 
The meaning of the Abhaya MudrA of Varadhan is ceelbrated here . 
The Lord is resplendent at the sight of the prapannA and blesses him to 
enjoy all of His Isvaryam and looks at the prapannA with great 
compassion and reveals through the gesture of Abhaya MudrA that his 
one-time praaptthi alone is sufficinet to enjoy all of that bliss . I 
surrender my aathmA to that glorious and merciful Lord , who grants such 
matchless boons . 

Prabhandham 8 : thiNmai kurayAmaikkum ----- 
Here , the conductance of one's life in the post-prapatthi period is 
described by our ParamAchAryA . I repeately reflect on the meaning of 
the Lord's sarama slOkam and the assurances given by Him there to the 
one , who has performed prapatthi . I remind myself that as a prapannan 
, I must have unshakable faith in the assured fruits of my prapatthi . 

I pray for the further enhancement of my bhakthi and Jnaanam . I shall 
never forget my utter servititude to You and You alone. I shall stay in 
a happy and tranquil mood with the knowledge of the essence of the 
rahasyArthAs . I will bear my days on the earth without agitation over 
the delay in realizing moksham . I will forget the sorrows of SamsAram 
that is inevitable during the days on earth after performing my 
prapatthi at Your saced feet . This way , I will spend my post-prapatthi 
life . 

Prabhandham 9 : Suruthi ninaivu --- 
As a prapannA , I worship always the Lotus feet of PeraruLALan with a 
tranquil mind calmed by the clear understanding of the meanings of 
Sruthis , Smruthis , AzhwAr's Sri Sookthis , AchAryA's Sri Sookthis that 
deal with the sookshmArthams of VedAnthams . 

Prabhandham 10 : ThirumahaLum Thiruvadivum --- 
I have joined without fail the majestic and glorious feet of the Lord , 
who is never separated from His beloved consort. He has the most 
bewitching beauty. He is an ocean of mercy . His dayA for His devotees 
is unmatched. He is omniscinet . He is easy of access to His devotees . 
He has the chEthanAs and achEthanmas as His body . He is the supreme 
Lord of all of this universe .He is the one , who creates , protects and 
destroys all of this world and its beings . These auspicious attributes 
will never part company with the Lord . I have now joined with this 
PeraruLALan of such anantha kalyANa guNa vaibhavam . 

Pala sruthi Prabhandham --11: aaRu payan vERillA --- 
These ten verses dealing with my SaraNAgathi at the sacred feet of the 
Lord of Kanchi will shine without any faults forever. BhagavathAs seek 
the Lord as upAyam and palan . They observe prapatthi once at His feet. 
The fruits of the one time prapatthi however lasts forever and is most 
enjoyable . Understanding the above truths and the sigmificance of such 
a prapatthi , I have performed my own prapatthi and sung about them in a 
manner matching their blemishless aathma samarpaNams . 

Sri PerumdEvi ThAyAr Sametha Sri Varadaraaja ParabrahmaNE Nama : 

Swami Desikan ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam 
Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan 

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