Nama Article 17th December 2014
ஆண்டாள் நாச்சியார் அருளிச்செய்த திருப்பாவை
வையத்து வாழ்வீர்காள்! நாமும் நம் பாவைக்குச்
செய்யும் கிரிசைகள் கேளீரோ! பாற்கடலுள்
பையத் துயின்ற பரமன் அடி பாடி
நெய்யுண்ணோம் பாலுண்ணோம் நாட்காலே நீராடி
மையிட்டெழுதோம் மலரிட்டு நாம் முடியோம்
செய்யாதன செய்யோம் தீக்குறளை சென்றோதோம்
ஐயமும் பிச்சையும் ஆந்தனையும் கை காட்டி
உய்யுமாறெண்ணி உகந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.
Excerpts from a discourse by our Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji on ThiruppAvai
'Părkadalul paiyathuyinra paraman adipădi' - What does she say at first? She could have at first explained the way of worship and then spoken about Năma Sankîrtanam. But it is only later does she say, 'neiyunnom, pălunnom, nătkăle nîrădi, maiyitezhudom, malarittu năm mudiyom' (we will not consume ghee or milk. We will bathe in the early hours of the morning. We will not plait our hair and wear flowers in them nor apply collyrium to our eyes.) What does she sing at the outset? 'Paiyathuyindra paraman adipădi'. What is the quintessence ('tărtparyam') of the 'nonbu'? It is only Nama Sankîrtanam. All the rest come only later. Even today if we visit Northern India we do not find procession of the deity being taken as is done here in this part of the country. There is no elephant 'văhanam', horse 'văhanam', etc. They are accustomed to only one type of 'utsav' (festival). What is it? They keep performing Năma Sankîrtanam incessantly --- "Jai Jai Govinda Jaya Hari Govinda". In the whole of the tenth chapter in Bhăgavatam, what do the Gopis do? Some pretext is needed to hold an Utasav everyday - if (baby) Krishna has turned and fallen on his stomach immediately it is celebrated with an Utsav! Krishna opens His eyes wide and looks at us. So an Utsav. What kind of Utsav is celebrated? 'JAI JAI GOVINDA! JAYA HARI GOVINDA!' This Năma Sankîrtanam is the only Utsav. Since Năma Sankîrtanam was being performed incessantly, it remained a prosperous village ( 'Sîrmalgum ăipădi') of the cowherds. What was the reason for the village of the cowherds ('ăipădi') being so prosperous? It was because they were ever engaged in performing Năma Sankîrtanam.