Srimate ramanujaya namaha
Priya arangan adiyar,
"Discovering One’s Identity" continues...
While this holds good for the self, how ironic then that more desirous of the identity of subservience is the Lord Himself! Who could He be subservient to, from whom all are manifest, by whom they are sustained and into whom they lapse into? But by His supreme will and abundant love for His devotees, He lets Himself to become subordinate to His devotees. While the self gains himself through subordination to Nārāyaṇa, it is as if Nārāyaṇa gains Himself through subservience to His devotees.
In the divyadesam of Thiruppāḍagam, we are enthralled by a magnificent and majestic view of the Lord, His transcendental form sparkling with dominance and mastery over the worlds. Strangely however, this Supreme Being is not revered as Nārāyaṇa or Kṛṣṇa. He goes by the dāsya nāma of Pāṇḍava Dūta, the messenger of Pandavas! He wears this name as an honour shedding insight on His divine and deep relationship with His devotees, that only a devotee can relate to.
As we stand in endless wonder at the Lord showcasing His identity by subordinating Himself to His devotees, we are also met with the sight of the divine servants of the Lord who fulfill the other half of this relationship. They are as deserving of our worship as He is. They are the ways through which the Lord reveals the existence of the relationship beyond the books and narratives.
Srimaan Trust honours such people who provide us with insight into our own true selves. As part of Vidvad-vandanam, this month, we pay our respects to Sri Thirumalai Svami for his enduring Aruliccheyal Kainkaryam at Thiruppāḍagam, to Sri Sridharan Svami of Azhvar Thirunagari for his services at Nanguneri Sri Vanamamalai Mutt and Sri TD Muralidharan Svami of Mumbai for his active propagation of our tradition through discourses, books and other forms of media. The pictures can be viewed at: