Monday, December 10, 2012

Light in the Alley of Darkness

Priya arangan adiyar,

In Saranagathi Deepika, Svami Desikan extols the Lord thus : 
“dIpastamEva jagatAm dayitA rucistE  dIrgham tama: pratinivartyamidam yuvAbhyAm”
The Lord is the only “Light of the Worlds”.  His consort, Mahalakshmi is the radiance exuding from this Light.  Together, they dispel the prolonged darkness(of ignorance) in the world.  

The Vedas, Rishis, Azhvars and Acharyas generally refer to ignorance as darkness.  The samsara mandalam is called “iruL tharumA gnAlam” or the world that envelops its inhabitants with the darkness of ignorance.

The Lord incarnates severally to this world to dispel the darkness.  He teaches us, and shows us the right way through His words and actions.  In His commitment to save us, He comes to live in the midst of us in the form of ArchAvathAram.  He is the “Light” to which the souls must throng in the alley of darkness that is samsara.

In Srirangam, Lord Periya Perumal reclines on His serpent couch as the ornament of the worlds.  He waits for every single inhabitant of the samsara mandala to reach Him.  For the students of Srimaan Bhattar Kuzhaam, He is the Light in their midst.

For Thirukkarthigai celebrations, the students of SBK wore the dresses given by the Trust for Deepavali.   They lit lamps at Swami Parasara Bhattar Thirumaligai and a few other places.  A sight to behold as the Light of Srirangam stood decorating a constellation of smaller lights around Him.  

The illuminating photos can be viewed here :

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