SrI: SrImathE SaTakOpAya namah: Dearest Srivaishnavas,Today- VaikAsi VisAkham- is Sri NammAzhwAr Thirunakshathram. Sri Sadagopan mama of New York has already written beautifully on AzhwAr?s work (on ThirumOhoor Divya Desam PAsuram).
Let us dwell on the common thaniyan that we (are supposed to) recite everyday: (which is also sloka 5 of SthOthra rathnam of Sri YamunAchArya- Alavandhaar)
maatha pithaa yuvathayas thanayaa vibhuthi: sarvam yadhEva niyamEna madhanva-yaanaam, aathyasya na: kulapathEr vagu-Laabhi-raamam sreemath dhadhangri-yugalam praNa-maami moordhnAFor my vasmam, the feet -which are always like the Mother, Father, the spouses, the children; the wealth, the bhOgyam (pleasure); those feet of our Kula pathi Sri NammAzhwAr, (SrI SaTakOpar) wearing magizha maalai (garland of magizha flowers), I prostrate completely (saashtAnga praNamams) to those lotus feet (of SrI SaTakOpar).
From the days of conception, forgetting all her body pains, suffering, themother takes care of us sacrificing all her pleasures. Whatever one says- however much one ignores, the mother mercifully take care of the child. moonRu bhuvanatthu porul muRRUm kodutthu yEnRa vazhipaadhu iyaRRidinum en thaay oru naaL vaLartthathaRkku iyaiayAvE... says one poet .. Even if one pays back the three worlds at the feet of one?s mother praising her, it does not equate to one day of her taking care of us- so great are mothers. Adi Sankarar had mentioned: ku puthrO jAyathE.. kwachithapi ku mAthrO na jAyathE.. [There can be bad son; but never can there be a bad mother].
Father takes us in his arms, grooms us with love, affection, teaches us, and disciplines us. During youth and later, the spouse takes care of us like the mother and father and is loving, caring .. (may be those days.) At old age and even after death, the children pave the way for alleviating pains (with pithru tharpaNam..)
Sri NammAzhwAr stood in all these places as bandhus and bhOgam as well for my lineage (meaning right from nathamuni- janma vamsam and vidhyA vamsam).
Swamy desikan says: maasil manantheLi munivar vagutthadhellAm maal ugantha Asiriyar vaartthaikku ovaaa. The words of great sages and rishis (who have clear mind- and jnAnam) can never be equal to the greatest divine utterances (prabandhams) of AzhwArs ? (maal ugantha Asiriyar) as they are blessed with mayaRvaRa mathi nalam (clear and unambiguous knowledge -jnAnam).
The prabandhas of AzhwArs are like upabruhmaNam to clarify our confusions and to understand Vedic truths undoubtedly and clearly. AzhwAr?s (especially NammAzhwAr?s) works (1) enable us understand Vedas and secrets enshrined in them better and crystal clear. (2) Not only do they give enjoyment, happiness to reciters; they also give the same extent of enjoyment (if not more) to listeners as well and enable everyone involve in KalyANa guNams and dhivya mangala vigraham of Emperumaan Sriya: Pathi Sriman Narayanan. (3) Since they are all in chaste clear Tamil language, everyone can read.
He is Kula pathi (Srivaishnava kula pathi) for having initiated and blessed my grand father Sri Nathamuni with jnAnam and with 4000. He is the prapanna jana santhAna kUTashthar. Without Sri SatakOpar, our paths would have been hidden by the non vaidika and wrong vaidika religions which are built strongly by others and stood as walls on our paths. SrI SatakOpar came in like the ankusa (spear) to tame the angry mighty elephants (of other religions) and establish Parathvam and correct path (of saranagathi to the Lotus feet of PerumAL). Hence he is called ParAnkusa.
In SrI YathirAja Sapthathi , Swamy desikan salutes Swamy NammAzhwAr this way:
"Yasya Saarasvatham srOthO vakuLAmOdhavAsitham surhtInAm visramAyAlam SaThArim tamupAsmahE "(We worship Swamy NammAzhwAr , whose vaak filled with the fragrance of Mahizhampoo flower is the sufficient resting place for the VedAs). NigamAntha MahA Deikan has revealed to us that Bhagavath PrApthi and Moksham is possible only through the grace of Swamy NammAzhwAr (ParAnkusan).
Through his own words, Swamy Desikan has told us in upakAra sangraham): "thanith thirumAl thALil talai vaitthOm SaThakOpan aruLinAlE"(We placed our head at the Thiruvadi of the Lord through the grace of Swamy NammAzhwAr).
Swamy NammAzhwAr (in onRum dhEvum.. patthu)? unambiguously and very clearly established Parathvam of Thirukkuruhoor Adhipiraan. And the Lord Adhipiraan was so pleased that through Archakar, He adorned Swamy NammAzhwAr?s chest with His makizha maalai (vaaguLAbaharNam) ? which never ever fades on his chest. The fragrance always remains.
YamunAchArya mentions here the feet of SrI SatakOpar (NamMAzhwAr) which are adorned with makizh malai? One may wonder how? The chest was adorned by PerumAL?s gift Makizha maalai. Seeing that, devotees living therein, BhAgawathas coming to see AzhwAr, also pay their obeisance to their heart content, offering the same flowers at His (SrI SatakOpar?s) feet. ? thus Yamumamuni mentions rightly so. Also it is told, Sri Nathamuni (and later Yamunamuni) had the dhivya paadhukas of NammaazhwAr with magizh maalai in his perumAL saanidhi.
Like Gajendra, VibheeshaNan, LakshmaNan are all prefixed with SrI, due to their servitude and sEshathvam at all times, SaTakOpar is also prefixed with SrI sabdham. SrI SataKopar also had desired for eternal servitude at the feet of Srinivasan (ozhivil kaalamellam udanaay maani vazhuvilaa adimai seyya vENdum naan). For AzhwAr ? KaNNan is everything. uNNum sOru, parhum neer thinnum veRRilai ellAm kaNNan. For us, AzhwAr?s ThiruvaDi is everything. The likes of mAtha, pithA, spouse,m children, bhOgyams, wealth, and everything ? is nothing compared to the goodness of SrI SatakOpar?s feet (to us). Whay is it so? He is the one who broke the strong walls of other religions and paved the path (or cleared the hurdles) and showed the archiRadhi maargam. He is the one who through Nathamuni- passed on the divine 4000; he is the one who let us have the uninterrupted (avicchina) achArya parampara. He is our Kula pathi. Kula pathi means: the one where all branches end. Actually EmperumAn Sriman Narayanan should be the Kula pathi. He is. But Sri SatakOpar is our Kula pathi- from whose works and whose deed, we had the prapatthi saasthrAs reestablished.
His pair of feet alone is adequate. AzhwAr anubhavam is greatest. Enjoyment of AzhwAr?s lotus feet are even greater than AzhwAr?s anubhavam.
Alavandhar says: Everything is AzhwAr?s feet. YadhEva ? He did not say: ya yEva.. Like CharaNou SaraNam pradhyE? Here, AzhwAr?s feet are to be mediated upon and surrendered to. Thus AzhwAr?s feet are our mAthA, Pitha and everything.
NammAzhwAr composed the following: 1.Thiruviruttam as the essence of Rg vEdA (100 verses) 2.ThiruvAsiriyam as the essence of yajur vEdA (seven verses) 3.Periya ThiruvandhAdhi as the essence of atharvaNa vEdA (87 verses) 4.ThiruvAimozhi as the essence of sAma vEdA (1192 verses)Swamy Desikan writes in Prabandha saaram: (listing down Swamy NammAzhwAr?s works)
munnurraittha thiruviruttham nooRu paattum muRaiyinvarum Asiriyam Ezhu paatum manniyanaR porutperiya thiruvanthAdhi maRavaadhapadi yeNbatthEzhu paatum pinnuraitthadhOr thiruvaaymozhi yeppOdhum pizhaiyaRa AyirattthorunooR Rirandu paattum innilatthil VAIKAASI VISKHAM thannil uezhiRkurugai varumaaRaa irangu neeyE. Sri Brahmmathanthra jeeyer writes: vaisAkE thu visAkAyAm kuruhApuri kaarijam | paaNdya dhESE kale rAdhou SaTarim sainyapam bhajE|| Third Brahmathanthra jeer?s vaazhi thirunaamam on NammAzhwAr: mannu pugazh Thiruviruttham nooRu sonnAn vazhiyE maal paadhatthu Asiriyam yEzhu aLitthAn vaazhiyE munnum anthAthi padhiRRu yettu yEzhu IndhAn vaazhiyE mundhai Ayira maRaiyai mozhindha vaLLal vaazhiyE kanni madhil thirukuruhoor vandha piraan vaazhiyE kaasini VAIKAASI VISAKATTHU udhitthAn vaazhiyE mannu poruL naal vEdham thamizh seydhaan vaazhiyE magizh maNakkum kuruhaiyarkOn MALAR ADIGAL VAAZHIYE. NammAzhwAr ThiruvaDigaLE SaraNam Regards Namo Narayana dAsan _________________________________________________________________Download Norah Jones, Eminem and more! http://www.msn.com.sg/ringtones/ at only S$36 including GST
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