We can worship Sri Kanakavalli Thayar. We do not need kanakam [gold]; but we certainly need Golden hued Sri Thayar, as mentioned in Sri Sooktham and other Upanishads. As described by Alwars, we need those dazzling and soft Divine feet of Sri Thayar! Sri Thayar is also called Sri Vasumati [ஸ்ரீ வசுமதி]. In olden days this place was called Dharmasenapuram. This place was ruled by a King, Dharmasena and he brought up Sri Vasumati as his daughter. The Lord desired to marry Her! So, in the guise of an Youth, the Lord requested the King to get his daughter married to Him. The King was reluctant to part with his Daughter; immediately, the Lord made a promise that after marriage He would stay with His Wife, in father-in-law's place itself! Those of sons-in-law among us and staying in in-law's house might take strength from Sri Veeraraghava! After the Divine marriage, the Lord and Sri Thayar are gracing from this place. This Kshetram is being administered by Srimad Azhagiyasingar, the Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt. The Jeer is similarly administarting many temples and we are all able to worship the Divine Couple. The temple is kept very neatly and all employees in the temple are doing their duties very sincerely. All festivals are celebrated very enthusiastically. In the Naalayira Divya Prabhandam, Alwars have mentioned the names of 108 Kshetrams and they are called Divya Desams. This Kshetram has been praised by Thirumazhisai Alwar and Thirumangal Alwar. Swami Vedanta Desika has composed a stotram on Sri Kingruhesa! Tirumangai Alwar was praising the Kshetrams in North. As he entered South, in the Second Century [இரண்டாம் பத்து] itself, he praises this Kshetram. In the pasuram 'munnor thoodhu.. [முன்னோர் தூது..]', he mentions the Lord is lying down here, after His messenger service for Pandavas! The Lord as Sri Rama, sent Hanuman as messenger to Sri Sita and later destroyed Lanka by His bow! Same Sri Rama acted as messenger for Pandavas. Swami Parasara Bhatta, son of Swami Koorattalwan, and who lived during Swami Ramanuja's life time, was more an admirer of Sri Rama than of Sri Krishna! One of his disciples told Swami Parasara Bhatta, that Sri Krishna was more humble and showed greater simplicity, than Sri Rama! Swami Parasara Bhatta instantly replied quoting this pasuram and said that none asked Sri Rama to go as a messenger; also He sent Hanuman as a messenger. Therefore, in no way Sri Rama's greatness was lesser! The person who asked Swami Parasara Bhatta, was surprised how he could quote that pasuram even before he could finish his question and reply! He concluded that Swami Parasara Bhatta had already prepared this answer! Now we will see sloka 15. In the previous sloka, the Lord stated what the consequences were, if a person died when satva quality was predominant. Such a person, in his next birth would be born amidst persons having atma gyana and having no blemishes of ignorance; thus he continues to acquire more and more atma gyana. In today's [19th March 2009] sloka, the Lord mentions what would be the consequences, when a person died with either rajo or tamo quality predominant:
rajasi pralayam gatva
tatha pralinas tamasi
"When one dies in the mode of passion, he takes birth among those engaged in fruitive activities; and when one dies in the mode of ignorance, he takes birth in the animal kingdom."
Why only one sloka for both rajas and tamas qualities, while one full sloka for satva quality? These two qualities -rajas and tamas- are to be discarded, then why waste one more sloka! We have to regard rajo and tamo qualities as our enemies and satva quality as our freind. Rajasi = [when ] rajo [quality, was prominent], pralayam gatva = [if the person] reached death. Here pralayam does not mean the occasional deluge but the daily happening death among living beings. Karma-sanghi = [those] involved in Karmas, like performing various yagnas to attain swarga, etc. Jayate = is born [among such people]. He is reborn amidst persons interested and performing Karmas for reaching Heaven and enjoying life for greater length of time than on this Earth. This is because at the time of death, that person had rajo quality dominating. We have seen rajo quality has the symptoms of lust and desire. Tamasi = [person with] tamo quality, pralina = dying, mudha-yonishu = in senseless species, jayate = [he is] reborn. When tamo quality is predominant at the time of death, a person is reborn in inferior species like animals, where there is no scope for development of intellect. That is he is reborn with the darkness of ignorance. When we act senselessly, we are chided as 'mudha' [மூடன்]! Thus the three qualities dominant at the time of death, result in rebirths in various circumstances - satva amidst intellects, rajo amidst haughty group and tamo amidst inferior animals, with no scope for development of intelligence. We will now take leave of this Kshetram.