Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 30

[sc:t]thiru-mA-magaL[sc:/t] [sc:b] I cannot hide my pleasure while talking of this term [sc:q]thiru-mA-magaL[sc:/q]. While referring to periya pirAtti, it is commonplace to see that ‘thirumagaL’ is being often quoted. When ‘thiru-mA-magaL’ is mentioned it is felt that periya pirAtti is indeed giving divine vision to us. It is no secret that sri kaliyan liked this term and repeatedly quoted this

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 29

mAnidam kavi pAdal? ..pallavan kOne paNindha paramEsura viNNagaram. swAmi nam AzhwAr has proscribed singing in praise of mortals and has prescribed talking high of the Lord and Him alone. This being so, is it not surprising to observe that kaliyan has praised pallava king who has done service to the Lord of paramEsvara viNNagaram or sri vaikuntha nAdhar kOil at

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 27

THE IDENTITY CONUNDRUM The mother of parakAla nAyaki was reporting parakAla nAyaki’s situation to the Lord of thiru-idavendhai. The Lord appeared in front of parakAla nAyaki. The appearance was wonderful. The person who destroyed thirupuram-shiva and brahmA were indeed awed and surprised to see the appearance. The splendour with which the Lord emerged was indeed amazing. The looks and attributes

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 26

enRum inthoNdarku innaruL puriyum idavendhai endhai pirAn It was seen in the preceding postings that the thiruthAyAr of parkAla nAyaki enquires about the divine mind and thinking of the Lord regarding parakAla nAyaki. Having queried for the nine pAsuram-s, it is observed that the thiru-mozhi gets completed in the tenth pAsuram. Does it mean that AzhwAr had to contend with

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 25

  vun manathAl en ninaindhirundhAi parakAla nAyaki’s mother initially perceived that AzhwAr;s desire towards Lord despite peirya pirAtti’s presence is not fair.  Next she talked about the beauty of thirumangai AzhwAr. Now, comes the subject matter. the distress of AzhwAr is pointed out to the Lord at thiru-ida-endhai and asks the Lord ‘What is in Your mind! Oh Lord?” Be

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 24

வாலிமயம் வானோர் வணங்கவும் பக்தர் தம் பால் அகல்துன்பம் இன்பம் மிகவும் – மால்சேர் பிரிதியடை நெஞ்சே ! என்னுங்கலியன் நம்பால் அருவினை அகற்றும் முற்றும். இது இரண்டாம் திருமொழியான , வாலி மா வலத்தொருவனது என்ற பதிகத்திற்கான, பெரிய திருமொழி நூற்றந்தாதி. வாலி என்று தொடங்கி, முற்றும் என்று முடிவதைக  காணலாம். அடுத்த திருமொழியான திருவதரிப் பதிகம், முற்ற என்று ஆரம்பிப்பதை நோக்கலாம். கலியன் நம் பால் என்று மூன்றாம் அடியில், ஆழ்வார் மங்களாசாசனம் கண்டு கொள்வது. பொருள் பார்ப்போம். இமையோர் வணங்க,

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 23

 வாடி முன் வீழ் பொருட்கிரங்கி மாலருளால் மந்திரத்தின் பீடு பொருள் கண்டு கலியன் தொண்டீர்  நாடுமெந்தை சீர்குடந்தை  என் அமுதாம் தாயிலேற்றம் செய்சொல்லைச் சேர உயிர் வாலியதாம். இது முதல் திருமொழிக்கான ‘பெரிய திருமொழி நூற்றந்தாதி’.  வாடி என்று தொடங்கி – வாலியதாம் என்று முடிவதைக்  கண்டு கொள்வது. கலியன் என்று இரண்டாம் அடியில் திருமங்கை  ஆழ்வாரைப்  பற்றி ப்ரஸ்துதம். இப்போது, இந்த முதல் திருமொழியின் பொருளுக்கு வருவோம். முன், இவ்வுலக விஷயத்தில் ஊன்றிய கலியனை, எம்பெருமான், நிர்ஹேதுகமாக  திருமந்திரம் கொடுத்தருளி  வாழ்வித்ததை நாம்

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 22

நாமமா? மந்திராமா? கலியன் திருமொழி தொடங்கும் போதே நாராயணா என்னும் நாமம் என்கிறார். இது திருமந்திரத்தைக் குறிக்கும் என்று முன்பே கண்டோம். ஆனால், இதை மந்திரம் என்று சொல்லாமல், நாமம் என்று சொல்லுவான் என்? Nanjeeyar raises a query whether one needs to follow proper procedures and rituals before chanting. Sri Bhattar’s reply came back fast. “Should a person going to take bath in Ganges need to take bath in

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 21

WHERE IS THIS THATHVAM NURTURED? In our philosophy, there are three thathvam-s, chit , acit and eeswaran. Sri Parasara Bhattar time and again comments that the Eeswara thathvam is nurtured under the care of Tiruvananthaazhwan, under the control of the cane of Sri Senapathi aazhwan and under the shelter and protection of Sri Garudaazhwan . 1. Tiruvananthaazvaan’s bed has several

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 20

THE PYTHON PARADOX The dark clouds were dense in the sky. These were threatening to transform into a big downpour. The confrontation of these clouds resulted in a big thunder and the sounds reverberated throughout. The pythons are large in size.  They mistook the clouds – larger like elephants – sounding like elephants – for the elephants and advanced, as

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 18

“kAyA vEAngai/pAyA vEAngai” காயா வேங்கை /பாயா வேங்கை In tamil when a word of same meaning is expressed a suitable adjective is added to indicate the correct meaning. For example, the word ‘vEAngai’ in tamil has got more than one meaning. One is the vEangai tree. Another is tiger. Hence, when the word ‘vEangai’ is mentioned to mean tiger- an adjective

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 15

WHY DIVYA DESAM ? WHY THIRU-PIRITHI first? Kaliyan’s greatest realisation was Tirumanthiram, God Given Gift, out of causeless mercy. Thirumanthram, talks of not just His Supremacy and Greatness but also His easy accessibility, His omnipresence. Rakshakathvam is hallmark of Thirumanthiram. Emperuman descends down to the earth and settles down in divine spots and takes care of us similar to a

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 14

Is Thiru-p-pirithi Joshi Mutt? Joshi mutt is at present being celebrated as Thiru-p-pirithi Divya desam. Thirumangai Aazvar in second Tirumozhi commences a ten for this  Divya Desam with ‘vaali maa valathu oruvan..’”வாலி மா வலத்து..” paasuram. Having worshipped at this shrine more than a couple of times, I had patted myself on the back with pride. Sri Puthur swami however, opines

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 13a

Dear srEvaishNavites, I make it a point to write daily as far as possible as that keeps me in touch with our sacred works. However, the preceding posting regarding service to the Lord of thiurmala ‘adimaith thozhil pUNdAyEa” made me ecstasic and as the opportunity beckoned and Lord blessed, I visited thirumalA for the brahmOtsavam yesterday and followed up the

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 13

Thirumanthiram and Prapannan A doubt may arise from the prescription that Thirumanthiram may be chanted/thought at the time of Atma’s release from the body. When we say “Anthima Smriti Varjanam“, is it appropriate to chant Thirumanthiram during thunjam and thuyar? We are firm that anthima smrithi is not necessary. So why is this prescribed? Well, for prapannan who chants for

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 12

THIRUMANTHIRAM FOR ALL SEASONS AND REASONS Thirumangai Azhwar prescribes Thirumanthram for one and all, for all reasons and seasons.(final pasuram of first Thirumozhi) Think of Thirumanthiram when the soul leaves body –thunjum pOdhu azhaimin – துஞ்சம் போது. Think of Thirumanthiram when misery strikes – thuyar varil ninaimin – துயர் வரில் நினைமின். Does it mean that Thirumanthiram is only for misery

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 10

Classical Cases of Clan transformation Can a person of lower birth attain higher status or higher clan by virtue of being a SrivaishNavite? Yes, Thirumanthram can grant this. Swami Periyavachan piLLai gives four such cases where even enlightened souls of lower birth have been treated with great reverence. 1. Dhamaputrar who is supposed to be enquiring into dharma saasthram and

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 9

குலம் தரும் It was seen that Tirumanthram gives one good clan. How is it possible, the clan is decided by birth. How come this is possible? Well, due to the Lord’s divine connection, the clan becomes elevated and the original clan vanishes automatically. The elevation to the better clan is thus declared as ‘kulam tharum” Is there a precedence for

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 8

WEALTH -செல்வம் தந்திடும் Wealth accumulation is capitalism says communists. Wealth is welfare say welfare economists. Wealth is that which creates more wealth say some economists. Wealth is one which gives enduring economic benefit -This is the accountant’s version. Health is Wealth – WHO. It can be observed from the above that the doctrine of wealth is based on materialism and

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 7

  One of the benefits of Thirumanthram as described by Thirumangai Mannan – caresses and caters to us better than the mother. ‘பெற்ற தாயினும் ஆயின செய்யும்..’ As we know, mother is the best one to think of welfare of the child; sacrificing for the offspring right from birth till the end, how can Thirumanthram be better than this? This is

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 6

THE EFFICACY OF THIRU-MANTHIRAM – நலம் தரும் சொல் Earlier we had seen that Thirumanthiram yields the results even if chanted without knowing the meaning. Now, what are these benefits: Kaliyan lists out this in a nutshell in this pasuram குலந்தரும் செல்வம் தந்திடும் அடியார் படுதுயர் ஆயின எல்லாம் நிலந்தரம் செய்யும் நீள்விசும்பு அருளும் அருளொடு பெருநிலம் அளிக்கும் வலந்தரும் மற்றுந் தந்திடும் பெற்றதாயினும் ஆயின செய்யும் நலந்தருஞ்

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 5

naNNAtha vAL avuNar and kaN sOra venkuruthi நண்ணாத வாள் அவுணர் , கண் சோற வெண்குருதி Tirumangai aazhvar’s immense devotion to devotees is established by his words in ‘vuRRathum vun adiyarkku adimai’ Two tirumozhis are dedicated for this purpose 1. naNNaadha vaL avunar — 2-6 and 2. kaN sOra venkuruthi -7-4 We shall elaborately discuss on these when we peep into these

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 4

திருமந்திரத்தின் தேறிய கருத்து  நாராணாய என்னும் பிரயோகம் வந்தால், உடனே அத்ன் பொருள் , நம்மாழ்வார் தன் பாசுரங்களில் தெரிவிப்பதைக் கண்டோம்.  இங்கு ‘மற்றெல்லாம் பேசிலும்‘என்ற சொற்கள் உயிரானவை. அதாவது, நாம் முன்பு பார்த்தது போல், எம்பெருமானுக்கும் , நமக்கும் , இயற்கையான உறவு, அவனுடைய ரக்ஷகத்வம், அவனுடைய நீக்கமற எங்கும் நிறைந்திருக்கும் தன்மை, யாவும் இத்திருமந்திரத்தில் , வெளிச்சம். ஆனால், ஆழ்வார், இதைப் பற்றிப் பேசாமல், ‘உற்றதும் உன் அடியார்க்கடிமை‘ என்று இவ்வர்த்தத்தை நிர்ணயிக்கிறார். இது எப்படி? அதாவது, திருமந்திரத்திற்கு பல அர்த்தங்கள்

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 3

maRRellAm pEAsilum மற்றெல்லாம் பேசிலும் Having seen that swAmi nam-AzhwAr-s explains the meaning of thirumanthram whenever ‘thirumanthram’ is mentioned, here is one such pAsuram: “orAyiramAi vulagEazh aLikkum .. nArAyaNan nangaL pirAn avanEa” 9-3-1; ஓராயிரமாய் உலகேழ் அளிக்கும்.. நாராயணன் நங்கள் பிரான் அவனே In the above pAsuram nArAyana sabdham is spelled out. In the very next pAsuram the meaning is explained: “avanEa agal gnAlam

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 2

empirAn endhai எம்பிரான் எந்தை, The sixth pAsuram of periya thiru-mozhi: “empirAn endhai enakku arasu ennudai vAnAL, ambinAl arakkar verukkoLa nerukki avar vuyir segutha em  aNNal, vambulAm sOlai mA-madhiL thanjai mAmaNik  kOilEa vaNaNgi, nambikAL vuyya nAn kaNdu koNdEan  nArAyaNA ennum nAmam” எம்பிரான் எந்தை, என்னுடைச் சுற்றம் எனக்கரசு என்னுடை வானாள், அம்பினால் அரக்கர் வெருக்கொள நெருக்கி அவர் உயிர் செகுத்த எம்மண்ணல், வம்புலாம் சோலை மாமதிள்  தஞசை மாமணிக்

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Peep Into Periya Thirumozhi – 1

THE PERIYA THIRUMOZHI People often ask me why I relish periya-thiru-mozhi ghOshti/sEvai in a special manner. Even very learned devotees think that Periya-thiru-mozhi is a vast expanse of description of the natural resources of dhivya-dhEsam. Several years back, one of the srIvaishNavites questioned me why I chose to attend particularly periya-thiru-mozhi in the “Eka dhina nAlAyira” ghOshti. In fact, the

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