SrIvachana bhUshaNam – sUthram 125

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avathArikai (Introduction)

When asked “Just as a son will offer dhakshiNai (fee offered in respect) during gOdhAnam, after receiving the same from the father, can the AthmA offer something to bhagavAn, which was received from him previously?” piLLai lOkAchAryar mercifully explains.

sUthram 125

avan thandhaththaik kodukkumidaththil adaivilE kodukkil anupAyamAm, adaivu kedak kodukkil kaLavu veLippadum.

Simple Explanation

While offering what was already given by bhagavAn, if it is done in the proper way, that is an improper means; if it is done an in improper manner, one’s robbery will become known.

vyAkyAnam (Commentary)

avan …

avan thandhaththaik kodukkumidaththil

As said in SrIvishNu dharmam “vichithrA dhEhasampaththir ISwarAya nivEdhithum | pUrvamEva kruthA brahman hasthapAdhAdhisamyuthA ||” (Oh brAhmaNa! To offer oneself and other materials, AthmA previously got connected to the amazing body with hands and legs) and in thiruvAimozhi 3.2.1annAL nI thandha Akkai” (During the time of creation, having merciful heart, you gave me a body), the body and senses which were originally given by him, must be engaged in mediating upon him, worshipping him, offering obeisances to him etc as said in SrI bhagavath gIthA 18.65manmanA bhava madhbhakthO madhyAjI mAm namaskuru ” (you be the one who keeps his mind on me, one who is my devotee and one who worships me; you offer your salutations to me) and SrI bhagavath gIthA 9.14sathatham kIrthayanthO mAm yathanthaS cha dhrudavrathA:” (always being engaged with devotion in singing about me, having firm will).

adaivilE kodukkil

Offering it thinking that it is bhagavAn’s property. If given this way,


Since it is an act of merely returning his property to him and will not count as something given by the individual, it will not be an upAyam (means) for the result.

adaivu kedak kodukkil

Offering it thinking that is owned by the individual self. If given this way,

kaLavu veLippadum

Stealing bhagavAn’s property will come to light. His offering will be similar to stealing rAjamahEndhranpadi (a divine crown of periya perumAL) and subsequently offering it in a grand assembly to periya perumAL himself.

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Disciple of SrImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi pattarpirAn vAnamAmalai jIyar (29th pattam of thOthAdhri mutt). Descendant of komANdUr iLaiyavilli AchchAn (bAladhanvi swamy, a cousin of SrI ramAnuja). Born in AzhwArthirungari, grew up in thiruvallikkENi (chennai), lived in SrIperumbUthUr, presently living in SrIrangam. Learned sampradhAyam principles from (varthamAna) vAdhi kEsari azhagiyamaNavALa sampathkumAra jIyar swamy, vELukkudi krishNan swamy, gOmatam sampathkumArAchArya swamy and many others. Full time sEvaka/servitor of SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam. Engaged in translating our AzhwArs/AchAryas works in Simple thamizh and English, and coordinating the translation effort in many other languages. Also engaged in teaching dhivyaprabandham, sthOthrams, bhagavath gIthA etc and giving lectures on various SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam related topics in thamizh and English regularly. Taking care of portal, which is a humble offering to our pUrvAchAryas. is part of SrI varavaramuni sambandhi Trust ( initiatives.

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