Renovation works are going on and so devotees are blessed with luck. Sri Bhaktochita normally arrives at the top of the hill for Panguni Utthiram festival. At that time we can worship the Lord and Sri Thayar on the same platform. But because of renovation works, Sri Utsavar Lord is on the top of the hill for the past more than an year, along with Sri Thayar! Sri Thayar is seated with right hand in abhaya mudra and left arm in varada hastha pointing to Her divine feet. Her name is derived from amrutam meaning immortal nectar and valli means creep. She is like a creep, granting amruta phala or fruits of amrutam, meaning She grants what we desire and much more! Acharyas have composed 100 verses poem on Her. Sri Moolavar is Sri Amrutaphalavalli and Sri Utsavar is Sri Sudhavalli. Sudha also means amrutam! Milk ocean was churned to get amrut. But the main purpose of the churning was for the Lord to get back His Sri Thayar, to adore His chest! It appears She emerged from the Milk ocean and arrived here near Lakshmi Theertham. In the last sloka we saw that atman resides in the body, but is different from the body, unaffected by body's nature. Chalam - body - is always changing and achalam - atman - is always constant and changeless. Atomic and everlasting is atman; while peceptible and destroyable is body. Atman is imperceptible. Atman does not have any of satva, rajo and tamo qualities. Therefore, atman is actionless, unlike body which is full of action because of the influence of satva, rajo and tamo qualities. This was told by the Lord as atman is nirgunatvat. But He also told that atman is na lipyate - not affected or influenced by the body. This may create a doubt. After all atman is associated with one body or the other for infinite time, how it can remain without the influence of body? If a rod or stick is kept in salt for long time, we have seen those objects taste salty, against their nature! We know the thread used to tie jasmine flowers, also get that scent. Thus association will surely have influence. Therefore, will not the disadvantages of body, influence atman? This doubt is answered by the Lord in sloka 32! Sri Krishna emphatically denies any influence of body on atman. He explains this with an illustration. Now sloka 32:
yatha sarva-gatam sauksmyad
"The sky, due to its subtle nature, does not mix with anything, although it is all-pervading. Similarly, the soul situated in Brahman vision does not mix with the body, though situated in that body."
Sri Krishna cites an example. Space is spread everywhere. But is it influenced by any? Space is in air, water and in the sky. Space is in our body. But space in an object is not affected by the object. Space in water is never wet! Space in an elephant does not behave like an elephant! Thus space -akash- is never influenced by the object in which it is there! Why it is so? Because of the imperceptible nature -sookshmam - of space. If a thread carries the scent of the flower, which is tied with, it is because thread is perceptible. It has a surface area on which flower is able to pass on its scent. Space has no dimensions and so no surface, and can never be perceived! Therefore, no other object can influence on space any characteristic. On the same analogy, atman is also imperceptible and so can never be influenced by the body in which atman is resident, in spite of infinite time of association. Yatha = just as, sarva-ghatam = every where present, akasam = space, sauksmyat = being imperceptible or atomic, nopalipyate = is not affected or influenced [by the objects in which space exists], tatha = similarly, sarvatra = in every, vastitho = object, deha = of bodies, atma = soul or atman, nopalipyate = is not influenced [by the body's nature]. Atman is inside body; but body's nature has no effect on the atman or soul. Because atman is imperceptible, like space. We can perceive and understand atman only by shastras. Amrutam is atman as it is never destroyable. Sri Thayar presents one amrutam - our atman - to another Amrutam - the Lord - as fruits of our devotion.