Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The farmer's invocation...

Srimate ramanujaya nama:
Priya arangan adiyar,

The aadi month is generally the sowing season in Southern India. During this season, the monsoon would arrive and flow of water abundant in rivers and other water sources. The farmers plough their fields making them ready for cultivation .They procure fresh seeds to sow in their fields. Sometimes, the seeds are first sown in a more protected environment and are later transported to the rough unprotected fields. After preparing themselves with the entire inventory, they begin farming with a prayer. We celebrate this day as Aadi Padhinettam Perukku (18th day of Aadi). People offer their obeisance to major rivers on this day and pray to Emperuman for abundance and prosperity.

We might be aware that Emperuman manifests Himself in five forms namely Para, Vyuha, Vibhava, Antaryami and Archa. Even though Emperuman manifests Himself in different forms, is He not the same omnipotent entity? If so, what could be the differences between all these forms? Is it the same  Emperuman seated in Sri Vaikuntam with His divine consorts and the pantheon of Nityasuris who is also residing as Vyuha Vasudeva in the midst of Thirupparkadal (milky ocean)? How different are they? Interestingly, a farmer might be able to appreciate the difference quite easily. When we sow a seed in a pot, the seed sprouts and a sapling manifests from that seed. After some days, we might transfer the sapling to a garden by transplanting. Once the sapling is transplanted, it has  to be watered, nourished and finally harvested from the garden. Similarly, the most inherent manifestation of Emperuman is in Sri Vaikuntam similar to a sap sprouting from a seed. Emperuman descends from Sri Vaikuntam to Thirupparkadal in the form of Vyuha Vasudeva just the plant which is transplanted to a garden from a pot. And when Emperuman takes Vibhava avatharams, He descends from Thirupparkadal and is born among us. He also pervades all space in the form of Antaryami. In spite of all these forms,He manifests in Archa Thirumeni so that we can interact with Him. In all these forms, His divine qualities are unchanged like how the features of plant are same whether it is grown in a pot or grown in a garden. Emperuman takes these different forms without diminishing any of His attributes and at the same time, He also makes Himself available for us.

The children at Srimaan Bhattar Gurukulam would have had this on their mind while designing a theme for Aadi Perukku utsavam for their Emperuman at Gurukulam. They performed a purappadu for Emperuman in different vahanams. The commander in chief for Emperuman Sri Selvar adorned Indra Vimanam. It is said that Emperuman descends from Sri Vaikuntam in Indra Vimanam. The children also performed Garuda sevai for Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal and it is to be noted that Emperuman descends from Thirupparkadal in Garuda Vahanam. When Emperuman appeared on this earth as Sri Rama, it was Tiruvadi(Hanuman) who performed various feats for Sri Rama like how Periya Thiruvadi(Garudan) serves Srimannarayanan. To commemorate this fact, Sri Kasthuri Rangan, the main deity at the Gurukulam campus, perched Himself on Hanumantha vahanam and Andal adorned the yanai vahanam. The children also conducted Serthi Thirumanjanam for Emperuman and Thayar and performed Thiruvaradhanam later, in the evening.

The farmer has to wait a long while to reap the harvest. On aadi perukku day at the Gurukulam, the seed of love for the Lord was sown;it grew into the tree of different kainkaryams and the fruit of bhagavat anugraham was reaped by all from the dawn to the dusk of the same day.

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