Thiruppavai – 4 – Azhimazhai

Azhi mazhaik kaNNA

ஆழி மழைக் கண்ணா

On seeing the girls performing the pAvai nOmbu, the rain dhEvathA comes to them and waits for their command with the intention of doing a part in the activities of bhAgawathAs. On this, the girls asked him to bring rain so that the world should feel “O! the nOmbu has commenced and the rain has come” and gave it written in a piece of paper for remembrance (kai Olai seidhu kodukkiRArgaL).- கை ஓலை செய்து கொடுக்கிறார்கள்.

The dhEvathAs are thus give a helping hand to srIvaishnavites. They are bound to so.

On a question that why srIvaishnavites do not approach dhEvathAs, sri kUraththAzhwAn replied that the question should be, ‘why dhEvathAs do not approach srIvaishnavites?’

How come that srIvaishnavites who are longing for being with Lord KrishNa can approach other dhEvathAs for these matters is another question raised. The response is that, on the contrary dhEvathAs approach srIvaishnavites for kainkaryam.

Is it possible that dhEvathAs who are on an elevated pedestal descend to do kainkaryam for srIvaishNavites. When Lord KrishNa Himself descend into the AippAdip peNgaL and do as per their wishes, can’t dhEvathAs do this?

This can be clearly understood from thiru mazhisaip pirAn’s pAsuram “thiRambEan min kaNdIr thiruvadithan nAmam, maRandhum, puRam thozhA mAndhar” ‘nAnmugan thiruvandhAdhi 68.

The king of yama lOka yamarAjA advised to his emissaries that “beware when you see srIvaishnavites. If you show your supremacy on them, my supremacy will be lost”. On this, they enquired, “All along, we were thinking that you were our lord. is there anybody else?”. “Yes, those devotees who do not even worship other dhEvathAs even by loss of memory, are to be worshipped. Hence, when you see such type of devotees, give them respect and go pass their way pleasantly” is the instructions given by yamA.

The same sentiments are expressed in the pAsuram-s “avan thamar evvinaiyarAyinum…naman thamarAl arAyap pattaRiyAr” mudhal thiruvandhAdhi 55, “mARuseidha vAL arakkan” thiruch chandha virutham 116 and “vaLLale undhamarkenRum naman thamar kaLLar pOL’ periya thiru mozhi 8-10-7.

It may, thus be, inferred from the above explanations and quotes that:
a. dhEvathAs are inclined to do kainkaryam to srIvaishnavites,
b. In fact, they rever the srIvaishnavites whenever they meet them or otherwise,
c. The question should be what should be their attitude when they see us rather than our attitude when we see them and hence, the rain dhEvthA approaching the AippAdip peNgaL for this kainkaryam is fitting within the sreevaishnavic parlance.

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