Oh Lord HayagrIvA! I etch in my mind Thy right hand that also holds a Japa Maalai, which resembles a ghatee-yanthram, a machine used for pumping water from the well for irrigation purposes. The movement of the beads of Japa Maalai in Your right hand is blessing Your upAsakAs by bringing up of the nectar of Jn~Anam from Your inner depths.
The ghatee yanthram is known as “Kavalai yERRam”. It is a configuration of buckets tied together with a rope over a rotating wheel. As it dips into the well, water gets filled in the first bucket and comes up for distribution to the irrigational canal; at the same time, the next bucket goes down to fill itself with water and this event repeats itself continuously. Copious amounts of water are drawn from the well with this simple mechanism used by the farmers. Swamy Desikan compares the movement of the beads of the japa Maalai on the right hand of Lord HayagrIvan to the operation of this Ghatee Yanthram. In Lord HayagrIvan’s case, the nectar of Jn~Anam is brought out from His inner depths for the benefit of His UpAsakAs. When we think of Sri Srirama DesikAcchAr Swamy’s use of the words, “Muhanthu Muhanthu VeLiyil kottuvathu pOl” one is reminded of ANDAL’s ThiruppAvai Paasuram passage praying to Aazhi Mazhaik KaNNan for aruL Maari (the life giving waters in the form of rain, which is AchArya SadhupadEsam) :
“Aazhi Mazhaik KaNNA! –AazhiyuL pukku MUHANTHU kodArtthERi –thAzhAthE Saarngamudaittha saramazhai pOl Vaazha Ulahinil peythidAi”.
Our DesikEndhran is Lord HayagrIvan and His movement of Japa MaalA in His right hand like Ghatee Yanthram is a salutation to His Parama KaaruNIka AchAryakathvam. Those who are the objects of Lord HayagrIvan’s kaaruNyam thru His manthrOpadesam become “mithunavAn”, a blessed One fit to enjoy the bhOgams in this and the other world (iha-para sukha anubhavams). The term “MithunavAn” is found in AruNa KEthukam Passage in TaittirIya AaraNyakam (22nd anuvAkam).
To be continued…