SRIMAN NARAYANA, SRI LAKSHMI AMMA (DAYA DEVI) AND THE HOLIEST OF HOLY WORKS OF THE REVERENTIAL AZHWARS ( MYSTIC SAINTS ) OF THE SOUTH OF INDIA. ( Part 13 / 21)
SRI PERIA AZHWAR / SRI VISHNU CHITTAR - PART 13/21
Peria in Tamil means big, our dearest Peria Azhwar is lovingly called Peria azhwar because of his most exalted status. He most lovingly took the role of our dearest Yashoda amma (kept enacting the leelas of mother Yashoda, the way she bathed little baby Lord Sri Krishna with the greatest difficulty , how she beautifully combed his jet black curly , most lovely locks/hair and adorned them with the most fragrant flowers, how she so lovingly fed him annaprasadam etc) and was always concerned about the safety of our divine most little baby Lord Sri Krishna.
Then , his foster daughter Andal amma ( she is the only female azhwar), we will read about her works next, was very lovingly taken care of by our dearest Vishnu chittar and she is none other than Bhuma devi amma married our most beloved lord Sri Krishna/ Lord Sri Ranganatha and hence he had the unique most distinction of being a father in law to our most loving creator Lord Sriman Narayana too.
IMAGINE THIS MOST BEAUTIFUL MARVEL!. SON ON ONE HAND AND SON- IN LAW ON THE OTHER OF OUR CREATOR LORD SRI KRISHNA PLUS FATHER OF OUR ANDAL AMMA WHO IS NONE OTHER THAN OUR BHUMA DEVI AMMA. Isn't it very apt to lovingly call him Peria azhwar because of his supreme most exalted position.
My dearest spiritual brothers and sisters, each one of us love our dearest of dear Lord Sri Krishna as SARVESWARAN (ALL IN ALL) but whilst caring for him , we take up other roles too , we think of our little baby Lord Sri Krishna as our child, our dearest best friend, our guide , our mentor and above all our dearest of dear Lord Sri Govinda as our only well wisher in the entire cosmos who will not bear to see a single drop of tear in our eyes, and each and every moment , he will ensure, our life is over brimming with happiness, peace and best health. JAI HO PRABHU!
Some of the very fine message of our dearest of dear Sri Peria azhwar/ Sri Vishnu Chitar :
- As always, as with our other adoring azhwars too, continuously , our Peria Azhwar has his mind on Lord Sri Vishnu and hence he is also popularly called Vishnu chittar. Not one moment ,does his mind wander away from the glories of our dearest lord Sri Govinda. He nurtured a beautiful garden in which he very meticulously grew the most scented beautiful multi hued flowers, our most pious Tulasi leaves and various other flora. He then, beautifully weaved them into divine garlands whilst singing the divine most glories of our Lord Sri Govinda and then very lovingly adorned our loving lord SriGovinda with these beautiful fragrant garlands with the best divine patterns. What a doting service!. Our lord Sri Govinda is alankaara priya , he loves to adorn himself with very best vastrams, beautiful fragrant flowers etc and exactly as per our lords desire our dearest Vishnu chittar conducted this loving service, Such are the exalted mahatmas , they know the accurate desire of our lord and carry out each of their actions totally as per our Lord Sri Govinda's desire and ordain.
- Just like his daughter and our most adoring mother Andal amma, he always included ,in his divine service, every one. He always sang the glories of our dearest of dear Sri Govinda in a large group ( divine Goshtee). Our lord Sri Krishna loves when very huge numbers of his devotees sing in chorus and perform all his services so lovingly in a very big group. Don't we too find immense joy to sit with our spiritual brothers and sisters and weave beautiful patterns of garlands, prepare delicious annaprasadam in groups, sing together with fun dancing and admiring the beauty of our lord Sri Krishna in a very huge group?
Does not our joy's multiply manifold times when we sing in chorus, our divine lord Sri Krishna's glories and chant his holiest of holy names with all our friends?. Our dearest Vishnu chiitar and our mother andal amma always keenly desired every jivatma should be permanently redeemed from the cruel cycle of birth and death and wanted us to abandon the torturous and vicious cycle through PRAPATTI (TOTAL UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER). Their message to us ,was for us to permanently attain Sri Parmapadam, and as a servant of servant of our divine Lord Sri Govinda serve unto his divine beautiful lotus feet. SUCH BEAUTIFUL SELFLESS AND NOBLE ARE OUR PERIA AZHWAR AND OUR DIVINE ANDAL AMMA.
- Our Vishnu chittar had the unique and single most distinction of blessing our lord Sri Krishna. He sang the holiest of holy verses of PALLANDU ( blessings, benedictions to our lord Sri Govinda). This is truest to a core that a doting mother is ever eager for the safety of her child and also fervently wishes no evil befall her child and hence she keeps praying for the safety of her beloved child and keeps blessing her child countless times. Our dearest Vishnu chittar, too, took up the role and always visualized the entire universe's most compassionate mother Yashoda amma's care , concern and worry of the safety of our lord Sri Govinda. Our Yashoda amma is the most blessed mother, one who experienced the highest happiness in every leela of our most loving little baby Sri Krishna which our dearest Devaki amma missed because of the dire circumstances due to the evil Kamsa , her brother. Hence they always refer that the one who takes care of a baby adoringly is more fortunate and truly a mother than a mother who merely gives birth.
Whilst he sang the verses of blessings for our Lord Sri Krishna, he gathered with him all the four types of people as mentioned in our divine most bhagavad Gita by our Lord Sri Madhava himself, one who seeks our lord purely for the sake of material gratification, second the one afflicted with disease, third one who is inclined towards our lord for gaining some knowledge but the last one who is a gyani (AN ENLIGHTENED SOUL) who is forever in search of the eternal wisdom of PRAPATTI and wants to LIVE ,PRAY AND SURRENDER UNTO THE DIVINE LOTUS FEET OF OUR SOLE CREATOR LORD SRIMAN NARAYANA, THE GYANI WILL NEVER BOW HIS HEAD TO ANYONE AND WILL SPEND EVERY MOMENT FOR OUR LORD'S PLEASURES, HE ENSURES THAT EVERY OF HIS ACTION BRINGS THE GREATEST HAPPINESS TO OUR LORD SRI KRISHNA, HE WANTS TO ETERNALLY SERVE OUR LORD SRI KRISHNA ANYWHERE, HE IS NEITHER BOTHERED FOR PERMANENT SALVATION NOR IS WORRIED FOR ANY WORLDLY PLEASURES, HIS SOLE CONCERN IS TO LIVE EVERY MOMENT OF HIS LIFE FOR AND ON BEHALF OF OUR DEAREST PARMAATMAN OUR LORD SRI KRISHNA AND OUR MOST BELOVED SRI MAHALAKSHMI AMMA.
Our dearest Vishnuchittar, in the very beginning itself, ahead of assembling before our lord Sri Krishna , does not want to admit the other three categories of people whose sole purpose is self gratification but after cautioning them very severely and also getting an unconditional promise from these worldly people running only behind material possessions , that they will mend their ways, then only he grants them permission to join his divine group which will be qualified to bless our dearest Lord Sri Krishna.
To this day, in all the Srivaishnava temples in South India his most beautiful par excellence highly evolved benediction to our lord to ward off all evil eyes is sung in large groups, it is our top most priority to protect our lord Sri Govinda first, rest will follow only after that. Isn't it so ethereal that, we who ,cannot move our little finger without our divine creator Lord Sri Krishna's ordain and mercy, are in a very big group blessing him? Beyond any words , only transcendental experience. The other three categories first argue with our dearest Peria azhwar for their non inclusion and then realize their folly and fall at the divine most lotus feet of our lord Sri Govinda begging our lord's pardon for their lack of wisdom and selfishness.
He also praises our lord Sri Govinda, with the highest gratitude ,that all our lord has bestowed on us, unconditionally, undeservedly and unasked due to his DIVINE MOST GRACE AND MERCY AND NEVER ON OUR NON EXISTENT MERIT. He mentions that the delicious annaprasadam dripping with pure ghee, the wonderful divine pitaambari vastram (golden divine robe worn by our lord Sri Krishna) and the most scented Tulasi garland which our lord has bestowed him with, is already adorned by our Lord Sri Govinda and after adorning our creator ,after partaking of prasadam by our lord , we fully relish the annaprasadam, which is totally free from all material contamination.
WHAT A LOVELY DIVINE THOUGHT? If every of our day is spent very lovingly in the divine most service of our most beloved Lord Sri Govinda and whist serving him , first we offer our lord Sri Govinda with everything and after he partaking of each of our offerings we enjoy the same for ourselves.
CAN'T THINK OF A MORE DIVINE BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT THAN THIS AND ALSO WHILE ENJOYING EACH ONE OF US MUST EVER REMEMBER THAT WHATEVER IS BESTOWED ON US , IS OUR LORD SRI GOVINDA AND SRI MAHALAKSHMI AMMA'S DIVINE MOST GIFT TO US AND WE DEFINITELY MUST ETERNALLY SERVE THEIR DIVINE LOTUS FEET FOR ALL WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR US. SATYAM, SATYAM PUNAH SATYAM. WE WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO ANYONE ELSE IN THIS ENTIRE COSMOS, FOR WE KNOW FOR SURE AND WE HAVE FULLY ENDORSED AND REALIZED THE SOLE SUPREMACY OF OUR LORD SRIMAN NARAYANA AS THE ONLY CREATOR WHO IS THE HIGHEST SINGLE MOST AUTHORITY TO GRANT US PERMANENT SALVATION AND NONE ELSE CAN DO THAT. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE TRUTH TOTAL PRAPATI ( VOLUNTARY LOVING UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER).
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SRIMAN NARAYANAM CHARANAM SHARANAM PRABHADYE, SRIMAN NARAYANAYA NAMAHA.
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TO BE CONTINUED