Then swami moved on to the second pasuram of Tirunedunthandakam. In the previous posting we had talked about Perumal’s swarnamaya(golden) Tirumeni. So captivating is His roopam(form) that even enemies cannot stop praising Him. Mandodari who came to the battlefield when her husband Ravana was killed by Rama should have hurled curses at Rama but she sings His glories as The one holding Shanku-chakram and the ever victorious one who is always with Sri. Likewise Vaali who falls prey to Rama’s arrows asks the reason for being targetted that to in hiding. SriRama tells Vaali that he deserved to be punished for not honouring the saranagathi of his brother Sugreeva and being an animal he warranted being hit from a hidden quarter. Convinced at the reasons Vaali wants to offer something to adorn Rama’s Tirumeni. Peacock feathers, ivory tusks, tiger nails are all made as offerings to Perumal and SriRama accepted a garland made up of Vaali’s nails.
Vedas list the yaagams to be done for different devathas in “Devatha Khandam”and the results that are obtainable. It is true that devathas have certain powers but they are limited. Among the 33 crores of devathas three reached the finals in deciding who was Paradevatha( The ultimate God) Tirumangaiazhwar analyses the swaroopam( form)and swabhavam( nature) of each of the three and concludes that “The ocean hued One “is Paratatvam. The panchabhuthams are prithvi,up, tejas, aakasham and vayu (earth, space,water,fire and wind) and this is what all living entities are made up of but Perumal’s Tirumeni is aprakrutham( spiritual)
The panchabhuthas are His creations. He has the form of para, vyuha, vibhava, hardha and archa which have been already discussed. 33crores of devathas do not fall in this category. Brahma is Shristikartha(creator) Vishnu is rakshakan(protector) and Shiva is samharakan(destroyer). Obviously our interest will be in getting protected. The first being to be created was Brahma and he was created by Vishnu. Vishnu taught him the Vedas and commanded him to create. He is prajapathi but not the ruler of the entire creation that is samashti and vyashti. So Brahma is not the first creator, it is Vishnu who delegated the act of creation to Brahma, Thirty three devathas are the asta vasus(8vasus), ekadasha rudras(11 rudras), dwadashadityas(12 adithyas) and the 2 aswini devathas. but they are not trouble free and it is Perumal who ends their woes.In Srimadh Rahasyatrayasaram Swami Desikan by the proccess of elimination arrives at the nishkarshanam(conclusion) that Sriman Narayana is the Paramapurushan.Next azhwar discusses the roopams(forms) of the trio. All three have beautiful forms. Brahma is golden in colour, Shiva has the colour of fire and Vishnu is ocean-hued. Brahma and Shiva sworship Vishnu without batting their eyelids for crores of yugams and attain moksham. It is Lakshmipathi alone that stands as Paratvam.
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