Monday, March 31, 2008

SVS 35

Possessor of Unabated Wealth

We are at Sri Rangam. Nidhi = wealth, avyaya = never diminishing. In Swami Madwa [of Dwaitam philosophy] bhashyam, this name is considered as two separate names, Nidhi [Wealth] and Avyaya [Core of Surya, the Sun]. Sri Ranganatha is the Wealth stored between the two rivers [Kollidam and Kaveri]. He grants all the needs of His devotees, but His wealth remains in tact and there is no reduction in them. Swami Alavandar was the grandson of Swami Nathamuni, who wanted his grandson to realize the wealth of God. Swami Alavandar, was ruling a territory and he had no inclination to God. But to carry out the wishes of his Acharya, one of the disciples of Swami Nathamuni, Swami Manakkal Nambi by name, devised a plan. He supplied to the kitchen of Swami Alvandar some greens [tuduvalai] daily and Swami Alavandar relished the preparation, not knowing who supplied that vegetable. Once Swami Manakkal Nambi, stopped the supply to know the reaction. As expected Swami Alavandar asked the cook as to why tuduvalai greens were not prepared. When the cook said that the person supplying had halted, Swami Alavandar wanted to see him and Swami Manakkal Nambi could meet him. At that time he revealed to Swami Alavandar, that his grand father had left a precious treasure and that he wanted to hand over that. Swami Alavandar desirous of acquiring more wealth, accompanied Swami Manakkal Nambi, who took him to Sri Ranganatha at Srirangam. With His grace, Swami Alavandar realized what he had missed all those days and transformed into an Acharya. So, He has this name of Unabated Wealth.

Friday, March 28, 2008

SVS 34

Preferred Destiny of all living beings.

Swami Vedanta Desika says Aaradha arulamudam podindha koil. Koil in Sri Vaishnava sampradayam denotes Srirangam. [Similarly Thirumalai denotes Thiruppathi and Perumal koil denotes Kanchipuram]. Aradha = never diminishing, arul = merciful, amudam = Amrit or the Life saving Nectar - Sri Ranganatha.
Bhoothadi = without exception, all living beings or atma. He is liked by everyone. Aaravamudan. None despises Sri Krishna for all His mischiefs. Rather, everyone admires those. In Ramayana, when Dasarartha asked the assembly of his people, whether he could pass over the Reign in favour of Sri Rama, at once, spontaneously, all in a chorus, said that they wanted to see their Sri Rama, on the Coronation elephant in procession in the streets of Ayodya. Valmiki says Sri Rama was so likable, that males thought they were women. His qualities attract us to Him. Even enemies like Sisupala, are attracted by His enchanting beauty.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

SVS 33

Everlasting; bestower of Constant and Everlasting results; blesses Consistently.

Today's[ 27th March 2008] lecture is from Amma Mandapam, on the banks of river Kaveri, in Srirangam. The Lord Sri Ranganatha visits this place yearly twice - one on Padhinettam perukku, in Aadi month and second on Chitra pournami, for enacting Gajendra Moksham.
Sthanu means steady like a rock and never changes. He grants the permanent Moksham. He is steady and He grants us the everlasting Moksham. When Sri Rama entered Dhandakaaranya along with Sri Sita and Lakshmana, many sages came to welcome Him. Sri Rama noticed that many of them had lost their limbs and other organs, as the rakshasas there wanted the sages not to perform any pooja. He took a vow, therefore, to destroy all those who harmed righteous persons. Sri Sita, when alone with Sri Rama, asked how He was justified to destroy rakshasas, who did no harm to Sri Rama. At that time speaking out His mind, He declared that He might abandon Sri Sita or Lakshmana, but not His vow to save sages and good persons. Thereby He stood on firm ground to protect good people.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SVS 32

Donates auspiciousness to all.

We see a small Ivory piece of an Ivory palanquin, used for the Lord of Devar malai, long ago. Such remnants and other Vahanams here, bring to us the sad decline of once a grand temple that flourished here. All these have happened because of our indifference and only Lord Sri Narasimha should motivate us to bring the earlier Majesty of this temple. It is requested that all persons listening should light a lamp and chant Sri Vishnu Saharanamam and pray for early renovation of this temple. It is believed that our requirements would be fulfilled if we offer sarkarai pongal to Sri Lakshmi Narayana here, on a Monday.
Shiva is the 3rd Divine Name in this 4th sloka. Shiva means auspicious. Bhadram, Kalyanam, Mangalam and Shivam denote auspiciousness. Because He is an embodiment of Mangalam and so He is able to shower Mangalam on all those approaching Him. Swami Desika says in Sri Sthuthi, that She blesses Mangalam in matters that become auspicious. He removes all bad things and establishes Mangalam and so He is Shiva. This is the 27 th Divine name and the digits add up to 9, a favourite number of Sri Narasimha. Mantra Rajan has 9 words and 32 syllables.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

SVS 31

Destroyer of evils to living beings which are Body to Him.

Today's[25th March 2008] lecture is from the pond in Devarmalai, called Brahmatheertham. This sacred water, believed to originate from Sri Narasimha in the temple, is capable of washing off all great sins. Due to quarry works nearby, for the last one week or so the water flow has dried up. We can only pray for what has happened due to our indifference.
Last name was sarva, as in Saraswati and this is sharva as in Shiva. Not as in Shanmuka. Both papa and punya entangle us in this samsaram and so both are not helpful to reach Vaikuntam. Swami Desika says what is the use if the handcuffs are of iron [papa] or of gold [punya]? Either way no release for freedom. As Sharva, He destroys both papa and punya so that we are able to ascend to Moksham. Mere surrender unto Him will enable even the worst person to get Moksham. Ghantakarna, a very bad person, realizes his wrong doings and falls at the feet of the Lord and offers with Bhakti, undesirable meat to the Lord, not knowing such things are not to be offered.He was given Moksham along with his brother.

Monday, March 24, 2008

SVS 30

Motivator in all moving and stationery matters [charaacharam] of Universe.

We are listening to the lecture from Devar mari, now called as Devar malai, near Kulithalai, in Karur district. When the Lord taking Sri Narasimha avatar came out after killing Hiranyakasipu, all the devas wanted to honour Him and so by blocking [ in Tamil mari] Him, they worshiped. So, this place is known as Devarmari and got transformed to Devar malai. It is 700 years old ancient temple. It is difficult to see temples of such heritage in shambles. We pray Him to bless for an early renovation and start of poojas regularly. Lord Narasimha, here welcomes with one hand, as we are all afraid of approaching Him; because we have been committing papa continuously. So like a father welcoming a prodigal child, He is welcoming to bless us. Like in Triplicane and in Gadikachalam.
Today's Divine Name is the First in the 4th sloka, which contains 12 Names. At a first glance, it might appear, all these names denote Sri Paramashiva. Swami Sankara bhagavatpada, while commenting about these names, says that though these names are attributes of Shiva, in accordance with Veda, sabrahma sashiva: sendra: soksharaparas swarat, all are Vishnu. He is Brahma, He is Shiva, Vishnu is Sriman Narayana, Vishnu is Indra, etc. He is all. Hiranyakasipu asks Prahlada : stambe nadrusyate? [Not seen in the pillar?]. For this Prahlada's reply was stambena drusyate! [ Appearing as Pillar itself!]. Bhaktas will see Him every where and as everyone. Like the minutest atma is pervading all over the body, He is pervading all the Universe and so He is all.

Friday, March 21, 2008

svs 29

Superior to all Chetanas - Baddha, Muktha and Nithya.

We are listening to the lecture today [21st March 2008] from Devar malai, in Karur. Here the Lord is Sri Narasimha, described as Adyatbhutam [ most enchanting] in Srimad Bhagavatham. But the temple requires extensive renovation and repairs. Purushottama means He is superior to Baddha, Muktha and Nithya jeevatma. It can also be said as purusheshu utthama, or Supreme among males or superior to males. Actually, He is the only One, Who is Purusha. All others are sthree or females. Baddhas are jeevatma like us who are in this samsaram, bound by our karma and experiencing papa/ punya. By bhakti yoga or by saranagathi, some ascend to Vaikuntam and then those atman are called Muktha or the released. Permanent residents in Vaikuntam and who are serving the Lord intimately, like Anantha [Adisesha], Garuda, Vishvaksena,etc., are called Nithya. Thus the jeevatma are in trillions and trillions. It includes all living beings like humans, plants, insects, etc. Purushottama means superior to all these.
We have seen Seven names in the 3rd sloka:
yogoyogavidham netha pradhana purusheswara
naarasimha vapu sriman kesava purushottama [3]

Thursday, March 20, 2008

SVS 28

Destroyer of worries

Today's [20th March 2008] lecture is from Thathachari gardens, famous for mango fruits, in Srirangam. Here Lord Sri Ranganatha arrives every year in the Tamil month of Masi and rides the Garuda vahanam.
Kesava has many interpretations.
  • Klesa nasana or destroyer of our worries
  • Killer of the demon Kesi [who appeared as a horse to kill child Sri Krishna in Gokulam]
  • Ka = Brahma, Isa = Shiva. Lord of both Brahma and Shiva.
  • Possessing beautiful flock of hair.
As per shastras, we are to chant certain divine names before an action. For example, Hari while getting up from sleep, Govinda, while eating, Kesava, while starting to go out, Madhava, before retiring to bed, etc. Chanting thus will make us happy and peaceful.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

SVS 27

Most beautiful in Sri Narasimha Avatar.

Brahma was born to[created by] the Lord. But the Lord in Sri Narasimha Avatar appeared from a pillar. So, Swami Vedanta Desikan says, in a way, the pillar is the grand mother of Brahma!! Now, the name Sriman describes the beauty of Sri Narasimha. Alwar says azhagiyanthane, ariyuruvamthane - that is Narasimha form is beautiful. Sri Narasimha is called Sri Azhagiya Singam in temples. By performing pooja or aradhana for Sri Narasimha, the pontiffs or jeers of Sri Ahobila Mutt are also called Azhagiyasingar. Swami Bhattar says Sriman is He Who is Sri Narasimha. Though milk is tasty, sugar mixed milk is sweeter and once sugared milk is tasted, mere milk will not appear tasty. Similarly, the Lord has appeared as a Man or a Beast, but once we worship this Combination in Sri Narasimha, then this form will always be sought for. He appears a terror to sinners. As devotees we need not be afraid of Him.
Sri denotes Lakshmi, and is the Goddess of wealth. The Lord is the possessor of all wealth - both Nitya vibhoothi or Vaikuntam and Leela vibhoothi or our Universe. It is because He is the Darling of Sri Lakshmi. Sri or Bhadram means Auspicious. He possesses Sri and blesses all with auspicious qualities and so He is Sriman.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

SVS 26

Appeared as a combo of Lion and Human forms.

Before the start of Mahabharatha war, both Duryodana and Arjuna, came to Sri Krishna to seek His help. As Sri Krishna was sleeping, they had to wait. Duryodana, full of ego, thought it fit to sit near the Head of the Lord; while with only service to the Lord in mind Arjuna sat at the feet of the Lord. Knowing all and pretending to sleep, the Lord first saw Arjuna and gave what he wanted, ignoring Duryodana. Therefore, when we worship the Lord [as in Srirangam], we have to start first worshiping His feet. Thiruppanalwar also teaches us this important lesson in his Amalanadhipiran pasurams.
While chanting, some say Naarasimha and some others say Narasimha. Both mean the same and so both are acceptable. The Lord took the avatar of Narasimha to rescue child Prahlada. Hiranyakasipu asked his son Prahlada as to where was his all pervading Lord and asked whether He was in a particular pillar. The child ridicules at the foolish question; for Hiranyakasipu says all pervading Hari and then asks whether He was in a pillar. We should search for Him in our heart or inside, rather than searching Him outside. Sri Nrusimha is easy to approach, provided we are like Prahlada. All epics like Bhagavatham, Vishnu Puranam, Nrusimha Puranam and Varaha Puranam hail Sri Narasimha avatar. He bestows our prayers instantly. Srimad Azhagiyasingar, Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt says samalingitha vama bagam. With Sri Lakshmi on His left lap, He is embracing Thayar and She also is embracing the Lord. This is to assure the devotees, that the Thayar is always there to ensure His mercy and compassion. Satyam vidhathum says in Bhagavatham, as the Avatara is described. He will keep up His promise. In praise of Sri Narasimha is Nrusimha tapaniyopanishad. While commenting on this Adi Shankara tells that just as the lion is king among animals, so is this Sri Narasimha avatar among all avatars. While the names Viswam and Vishnu, denote the all pervasiveness of the Lord, Sri Narasimha also pervaded all objects. In fact, all the names in SVS are Sri Narasimha oriented. The last divine name is Saravapraharanayudha, meaning possessing weapons even while not having any weapon. Thus in Sri Narasimha avatara, He used His nails as weapons to kill Hiranyakasipu.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SVS 25

Ruler of Prakruthi and the jeevatman in it.

We are in Srirangam, described as Bhooloka Vaikuntam, spread with greenery and canals, rivers and ponds. But the picture at present is causing worry and it is requested that all should try to preserve the greenery, Srirangam is praised for by Alwars.
Pradhana = prakruthi. On one side of the celestial river Viraja is Vaikuntam and on the other side is prakruthi, which includes our universe also. Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says, starting from Brahma loka [a.k.a Satya loka] all other worlds are Prakruthi and everyone here experiences rebirth. Only those in Vaikuntam, never have rebirth. Purusha = atman or jeevatman. Iswara = ruler. The Lord is the Ruler of Prakruthi [Achit] and Atman [Chit].
Another interpretation is, Pradhanapurusha denotes Prajapathi or Brahma. Ruler or Leader of Brahma is Sriman Narayana. The Lord formed a lotus flower from His navel and in that He created Brahma. Brahma was taught Vedas by the Lord and with that knowledge Brahma created all in the Universe. Thus Brahma becomes the First or Pradana Purusha [atman].

Friday, March 14, 2008

SVS 24

Bestower of Moksham to persons practicing Bhakti yoga.

Today's [14th March 2008] lecture is also from Sri Ahbila Mutt, Triplicane, Chennai.
Sudarsana mahajwala kotisoorya sama prabha
Agyanantha me deva vishnor marga pradharsaya ||
By this sloka it is prayed to remove ignorance from us. Yoga Nrusimha on the other side is seated on the hood of a serpent and holds Four Chakras in Four arms. He has Three eyes - Tapana [Sun], Indu [Moon] and Agni [Fire].
Shastras mention two ways to reach Vaikuntam:
1. Bhakti yoga
2. Saranagathi or total surrender.
Those performing Prapatti or Saranagathi, pray that they did not possess any skill to reach the Lord and so He Himself should get them Moksham. In this category all ordinary persons, like us, come. This was indicated in the last Divine name Yoga, where He is the Means to reach Him. There are persons who practice the difficult Bhakti yoga like Upakosala vidya, Sad vidya, Dhahara vidya, Sandilya vidya, etc. These are mentioned in Vedas clearly as ashtanga yoga. Netha means guide to accompany. So these people who practice Bhakti yoga are guided by the Lord to get them Moksham.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

SVS 23

He is the Means to reach Him as Destination.

Today's lecture is from the sannidhi of Sri Sudarsana, in Sri Ahobila Mutt at Triplicane, Chennai. Sri Sudarsana is gracing with Sixteen arms holding Sixteen types of weapons. On the other side Sri Nrusimha is in the Yoga form. Worshiping here will remove all our confusions and fears.
This is the first name in the seven names in third sloka. Here Yoga means that He is the upayam or means to reach Him. To reach Vaikuntam, He alone is the means. In the Charama sloka of Gita [ sarva dharman...], Sri Krishna tells Arjuna, 'maasucha' ['don't worry']. He tells that Arjuna should do his prescribed duty sincerely dedicating to the Lord and surrender to Him, alone. He will release Arjuna from all sins and reach Him to Vaikuntam. Swami Desika says that the Lord, reclining as Sri Yatoktakaari, in Kanchipuram, is gracing as Sri Varadaraja. It means that by worshiping the Lord here, one can reach Sri Varadaraja and get all our needs granted. Swami Pillai Lokacharya says it is like 'pullai kaatti pul iduvar pola' If there is an obstinate cow unwilling to come to the grazing area, then by first showing hand full of grass, it is enticed to come to the grass field. Similarly, by admiring His images in temples, we are captivated by Him and we reach Him in Vaikuntam.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

SVS 22

Never diminishing pleasure of Mukthas as they immerse in the pleasure of the company of the Lord.
Today's [12th March 2008] lecture is also from Sri Ahobila Mutt, Triplicane. Here two great Acharyas -Swami Vedanta Desikan and Swami Adivann Satakopa Jeer - can be worshiped. Every year for about twenty days the Birthday celebrations of these great Acharyas are conducted. Since Swami Desika got mantropadesam from Sri Lakshmi Hayagriva, worshiping Swami Desika would ensure success in our scholarly pursuit.
Akshara means never declining or always bountiful. His benign qualities are bountiful. His reign of His kingdom is bountiful. He is bountiful to bestow welfare and prosperity on His devotees. Even by granting Himself to His devotees, He is still bountiful to grant further. Akshara also means no blemish at anytime. Mahatma Uddhava asks sage Maitreya, disciple of sage Parashara, to describe the auspicious qualities of the Lord. With that question Maitreya is overwhelmed by ecstasy and his memory went to Vaikunta and so after a great pause he replied Uddhava. Akshara means letters or alphabets. Because, the sound attributed to each letter remains he same for ever. Similarly, the Lord remains same for ever. His devotees also never feel any want in life. When He is there to grant much more than what we want, where is the need to go to anyone else and beg? This is His great concern. In this second sloka we saw His Eight names:
poothatma paramtma cha muktanaam paramamgathi |
avyaya purushosakshi kshetragyo aksharaeva cha || (2)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

SVS 21

Knower of the Destination of Mukthas, Vaikuntam, the permanent wealth.

We ar today [11th March 2008] listening to the lecture from the Sri Ahobila Mutt sannidhi in Triplicane near the Chariot shed and near Sri Parthasarathy temple. Sri Nrusimha graces with the Godess of auspicious qualities, Sri Maha Lakshmi. Sri Nrusimha with Sri MahaLakshmi on His left lap -Sri Malola - is a special form for worship. We are sure to be blessed with Mangalam - all benign things in life. All our desires will be fulfilled.
Mukthas - the released souls- attain Him as the destination [Muktanama paramagathi]. Kshetragya means He knows the Vaikuntam well. Vaikuntam is also known as Ntyavibhooti or Ayodya or Aparajita or Suddhasatvam. In Varaha purana, the Lord shows the grandeur of Vaikunta to sage Agastya. River Viraja separates Vaikuntam from the Universe or Prakruti. Kshetram also means our body and as the controller of this, He is Kshetragya. He knows this Kshetram also. Kshetram means earth. By cultivating the earth and by proper seeding we reap good harvest. Similarly, by proper upkeep of this body and with Bhakti if we seed, we can harvest good crop. In the Brahmasoothram, the last soothram is anavruttisabda. It means the place from where there is no more return to this world is there ; that is Vaikuntam and He is the Lord of that Loka.

Monday, March 10, 2008

SVS 20

With Supreme bliss, looking at Muktas having supreme bliss.

Today's [10th March 2008] lecture is also from Thillaisthanam, where Sri Srinivasa is gracing along with Sri Alarmelmangai Thayar. The Idol of the Lord here is captivating and brings peace to our mind. An unique feature of this Kshetram is the sannidhi of Anjaneya. Hanuman appears with the right hand holding up a pot of Amrutam. Normally in all other places Hanuman is seen with Sanjivi mount or a mace.
Sakshi means knower or viewer. He is so happy to see His devotees, who have reached Vaikuntam and become Mukthas, having boundless joy of serving Him and being in His company. Bhagavan is addressed as sarva gandha and sarva rasa. Rasa means taste. He is the cause for all tastes in all matters. Mukthas taste His company without interruption. This delights the Lord. It is said that the Lord is waiting in expectation at Sri Vaikuntam, for every atman to arrive. Parents are delighted greatest when their children listen to them and grow. Devotees similarly listen to His teachings and arrive at Moksham and so He gets the parental pleasure. Avyaya, Purusha, Sakshi, Kshetragya and Aksharaeva are all names around the experience Mukthas get in Vaikuntam. Thenthirupperai is one of the Navathiruppathi, near Alwar Thirunagari. The Lord is Sri Makaranedunkuzhaikadhar. Normally Garuda sannidhi is just opposite of the sannidhi of the Lord. But in this Kshetram, it is slightly away, to enable the Lord to have a view of the street in front of the temple. The Lord is delighted to see children playing in the street. So, He is Sakshi here. He is also the witness for whatever we do. We can never do anything in secret. Swami Nathamuni, grand father of Swami Alvandar, in his Nyaya satvam, says He is present in every organ, including mind, and watching us. There are Six witnesses for the Supremacy of the Lord as the Protector of all - Prahlada, Vibheeshana, Gajendra, Panchali [Draupati], Ahalya and Dhruva.

Friday, March 7, 2008

SVS 19

Bountiful Lord. Delights Muktas by His association.
Today's [7th March 2008] is from Thillaisthanam Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple. Like many Divya Desam situated on the banks of Kaveri, there are some endeared Kshetrams. Among such endeared Kshetrams we saw Kalyanapuram and Pudhu Agraharam. Now we are in Thillaisthanam. Though we use this word purusha to denote males, here it is interpreted as He Who donates excessively. Purusha name occurs twice in SVS. Avyaya, which we saw earlier, means infinite capacity and so can never get reduced even after a largess. In Tamil, Alwar says kolla kuraivilan. As a continuation, therefore, here the Lord is called Purusha, Who bestows gifts generously. He gifts Himself to His devotees and Mukthas. Gopikas desired to have Him only and He bestowed that to their satisfaction. He is called Varada. Will He grant varam [request] or varams [requests]? When we pray, we ask what we immediately need, but the Lord is so bountiful, that His largess includes much more . Purusha also means the motive for our atma, which controls our body.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SVS 18

Always associated with Muktas.
Mukkur Sri Lakshmi Narasimhachariar Swamy is a Mahatma and has had the sakshatkaram of Sri Narasimha. He had performed many yagnas and chanted the mantras millions times. We are at the sannidhi of Sri Yagnamurthy, the pooja idol of Mukkur Swami. Having born in a respectable family, he became the son-in-law of Vidwan Thirukkallam Sri NarasimhaRaghavachariar Swami. His lectures on SVS is well known.
The Lord's greatness and the special attributes that are conferred on Muktas are explained in the next Five Names. Avyaya means He never lets down those who reach Him. Once atma reaches Him, even if His consort Sri Lakshmi requests, no atma will be sent back to earth. Once the highest place is reached, never will He send anyone back. Atman going to any of the 14 worlds in the Universe, has to come back to the earth again. But reaching Vaikuntam or Paramapadam, will stop returning to the Universe once and for all. In Bhagavad Gita Sri Krishna tells Arjuna that starting from Brahma loka to the lowest place, nothing is permanent and none can avoid the recycle of births; but those who surrender and reach Sri Krishna , will ever remain in Moksham. Avyaya also means defect less or indestroyable or with no beginning or end.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

SVS 17

Destination of those attaining Mukthi.
We are at the sannidhi established by Sri Mukkur Swami. His way of Thiruvaradanam, was a treat to see. Many have reached the noble path by his lectures. We are blessed to have today's [5th March 2008] lecture in this sannidhi. The Lord confers the highest position to those who attain Moksham. Only, a person capable of giving a thing can grant the same. When we surrender in saranagathi, in the presence of an Acharya, He grants that supreme position with guarantee of no return to samsaram. Vedas mention that jeevatma are classified into three groups - baddha, muktha and nithya. Baddhas are all of us bound by karma and living in this Universe. By His mercy, some of these baddhas get Moksham or Sri Vaikuntam. Such atma are called muktha or the released [from samsaram]. Anantha [Adisesha], Garuda, Vishvaksena, etc., have never been born in this samsaram and are in Vaikuntam for ever. They are classified as Nithya. They ar in the continuous and intimate service of the Lord. He is the One and Only, Who knows the cure for our sufferings of repeated births, says Alwar. He is the Doctor and He is the medicine. Parama gathi means there is no superior path to Moksham.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Without an atma for Himself. Master of Himself.
Today's [4th March 2008] lecture is from the sannidhi established by Maha Narasimha advaryu, Abhinava Sukhabrahma, Mukkur Sri Lakshmi Narasimhachariyar Swami, in Venkatesan Street,T.Nagar, Chennai. Sri YagnaMoorthy, worshiped by the Swami, is gracing the devotees. The Lord here has graced hundreds of Yagna. We will pray Him for showering His blessings on all.
The last name Poothatma showed that He has no blemish and He is the repository of all auspicious qualities. Parmatma means there is none superior to Him. Alwar says that He has none equal and superior. Alwar further says that He Himself can not estimate His greatness. Paramatma also means the destroyer of enemies. He has no enemies; but will destroy those who harm His devotees. Mukkur Azhagiyasingar, the 44th Pontiff of Sri Ahobila Mutt and who constructed the tall Rajagopuram in Srirangam, says that Sri Narasimha is simple [shanta roopi] to be worshiped by devotees; but is seen ferocious [ugra roopi] for wicked persons. Yet another meaning also is there. Sri Mahalakshmi is called Parama, for Her merciful looks. Parama also means exalted. An highly esteemed Person can be associate with similar highly esteemed Person. So She is with the Lord. Paramatma means Atma of Sri Lakshmi or the Darling of Sri Lakshmi. Here atma means very dear.


Unlike jeevatma which is karma bound, full of purity.

Today's [3rd March 2008] lecture is from Thillaisthanam, near Thiruvaiyaru. This is the first name of the eight names in the second sloka. This is different from earlier name Bhoothatma. We may have a doubt that in Bhootatma, we said that the Lord resides in every atma. Atma resides in a body because of past karma - good deeds and bad deeds. Does this mean Paramatma also is bound by karma to reside in another atma, which is already in a body? By being in a body, atma gets impurity. Does the Lord also get impurity, by residing in a body? Poothatma addresses these doubts. Pootham means 100% purity. At no time and at no place, the Lord is bound by Karma. Unlike us, who are born as a result of our past Karma, He has no association of any Karma. We get our bodies as a result of our past karma. He is residing in us as Antharatma, only to guide us in the right pah of Dharma. Just like the relationship of our atma and body, so is the relationship of God and our atma. Upanishads say that there is a tree on which two birds are sitting One bird eats the fruits of the tree while the other is simply watching. That is, the bird which is eating is our atma and the tree is our body. The other bird which is only watching is the Lord. How is it possible that when both- jeevatma and Paramatma - are residing in the same body, only jeevatma is affected by the actions and not the Paramatma? We eat greasy dishes like sarkarai pongal or halwai. After eating, we wash the hand with soap to remove the grease. But we never apply soap to the tongue, which is also a part of the same body and which was part of the eating process. Similarly, karma affects the jeevatma but not Paramatma, though both reside in the same body. He remains always pure and with no blemish whatsoever.