Thursday, December 25, 2014

Periyaazhvaar prays in advance to the Lord of Srirangam

துப்புடையாரை அடைவது எல்லாம்
சோர்விடத்துத் துணை ஆவர் என்றே

ஒப்பிலேன்  ஆகிலும் நின் அடைந்தேன்
ஆனைக்கு  நீ அருள் செய்தமையால்

எய்ப்பு என்னை வந்து நலியும்போது அங்கு
ஏதும் நான் உன்னை நினைக்கமாட்டேன்

அப்போதைக்கு இப்போதே சொல்லி வைத்தேன்
அரங்கத்து அரவணைப் பள்ளியானே – Periyaazhvaar Thirumozhi - 4-10-1

Periyaazhvaar in this verse offers his 'advance' thanks to the Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam. He says that while knowledgeable ones have the benefit of seeking his help anytime when they want, he is not sure if he is so blessed and worthy of such a request.

Citing the example of the Elephant King whom he saved when in distress, Periyazhvaar presents his case before the Lord of Srirangam. He says that when he is in the death bed and when he may need the Lord's help, it is likely he may not remember the Lord and all the good things that the Lord has done for him in his life.

Hence, here in advance, well ahead of the time of need, Periyaazhvaar conveys his sincere prayers when all is fine and thanks the sleeping Lord of Srirangam for all that he has given him in his life and to take care of him  when in need!!

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