Monday, December 3, 2007


In his Thiruvaimozhi, Nammalwar appreciates the beauty of the Lord in the pasuram, 'mudichhodhiyai un mukachhoti malarndaduvo?...'. He asks whether the face is radiant because of the brilliance of the Crown, or because of the radiance of the face, the Crown is dazzling? Whether His feet induces radiance in the lotus pedestal or the lotus below is illuminating the feet? he Lord is beautiful and so He is called Sri Kallazhagar. This hill is called Vrushabadri and the stream Silambaru makes it eminent. How did this stream originate? The Lord took Sri Vamana Avatar and in the process He took Sri Trivikrama Avatar and grew gigantically. He lifted His left foot to measure the upper worlds and it went beyond the Seventh world, Satya Loka , which is the abode of Brahma. [As we welcome a guest in our house by washing guest's feet,] Brahma wanted to wash the feet of the Lord and with rain god Varuna in his pot [kamandalam], washed the foot. Part of the water washed the noopuram or silambu [an ornament worn on the ankles of the feet]. This portion of the water came from the sky and branched as two steams. One became Vaigai river in Madurai and the other flows as a stream here and so it is called, Silambaru. It is also called Noopura Ganga. Here one important festival is celebrated annually. This is on the Shukla Dwadasi of Tamil month Aippasi [Oct-Nov]. Sri Kallazhagar, comes up the hill, from His sannidhi, and rests on a rock where the Silambaru comes as a waterfalls. Origin point of the river is not known. The water falls on His crown and we can enjoy seeing the Lord behind a water screen. This is called Thotti Thirumanjanam.
[Due to the unannounced power cut, I could not listen to the remaining portion of the lecture today - 3rd December, 2007. So for the time I will reproduce the Gita sloka 12 with the available comments in a website]

yuktah karma-phalam tyaktva
shantim apnoti naisthikim
ayuktah kama-karena
phale sakto nibadhyate

"The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled."

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