ஸ்ரீராமஜெயம் By the grace of my acharyan, SitaRam and Velukkudi Swamin we have come to the concluding post of this blog series. This blog is on the series telecasted on Vijay TV called "ஸ்ரீ ராமனின் பாதையில்! "Famed Spiritualist Swami Velukudi Krishnan re-visits all the places visited by Sri Rama. A travel show, Sriramanin Padhaiyil would feature all of His Holiness & the real importance of Sri Ramar. Do check the BLOG ARCHIVE link on the right side for the links to all the episodes. Check Key Takeaways blog post in my other blog which summarizes the key takeaways from this series. ----------------------------------------------------
Key takeways from the Sri Ramanin Padhayil series
Episode 1 1. Following Ram's footsteps means living life in the path of dharma as lead by Ram. 2. Following Ram's footsteps also means travelling to destinations/ punya kshetram's visited by Ram. 3. Yatra means "ithan moolam sellugirom", like minded people travelling with a goal towards a goal is Yatra. 4. Everyone(even animals) will help us if we follow path of dharma, if not even our own brother will disown us. 5. Going on a Yatra is a type of Karma yogam 6. Krishna advised us and gave us "Bhagavad Gita" and that is nothing but all the dharma's which was followed by HIM in Ramaavataram
7. What we get when we go on a Yathra ?
1. Koodi iruthal yathirai yin payan.
2. Time away from Mechanical, mundane, materialistic life is what we get from Yathirai.
3. During Yathirai Just say rama namam and live a different life..
4. Tolerance comes in automatically when we live together.
5. We are going to places which are filled with Sanithiyam, filled with positive vibration which has been visited and where many rishi's lived.
6. Kootu prathanai, same goal, kootu muyarchi - positive attitude.
7. More than listening ramaynam when we see it in person - then "He is my Rama" attitude comes in. Bhakthi increased.
Episode 2 1.Whatever we do, need to think that we are not the kartha(Seibhavan) instead we are the karanam(karuvi). 2. Not controlling the senses will lead to disaster. Mandodari says this at Ravana's death bed that not controlling his senses killed him and not Ram. 3. Ram uses the arrow called viveka Gyana to remove the 10 bad qualities we Jeevatma possess which includes the 5 karma indriya's and 5 gyana indriya's. Episode 3 1. Through Guru / Acharyan's we understand GOD. 2. Sriram is Paramapurusha and SriRamayana is veda 3. Sanatana Dharma - Sanatana means "anadhiyanadhu" meaning "without date of origin". 4.Sanatana Dharmam explains about the Siddha Dharma ( GOD himself) and Sadhya Dharma ( Means to Worship GOD). 5.Siddha Dharma is explained in the Vedantam. Sadhya Dharma is explained in the Vedam. 6. Ithihasa purana's help us in understanding the meaning of the Veda's so that it is easy for us to practice them. 7. Vedam and Ithihasa Puranas are the only way to understand Bhagawan who cannot be understood through our senses.So lets start appreciating and respecting the Veda's and the Ithihasa Puranas. Veda's and Ithihasa Puranas teach what we don't know and what we don't understand through our senses.Veda's and Ithihasa Puranas are full of truth and they convey the truth in a straight forward manner. Episode 4 1. Rama Nama mahimai which can transform a thief to a great Maharishi. 2. Don't lie and Don't steal -> these are basic quality of a yogi 3. Intelligence is immaterial to reach GOD. It is just wish/willingness to learn. 4. The basic of all dharma is irakkam. 5. Following foot steps of Ram means the following
6. Sanatana Dharma's Crux is Mukthi through Bhakthi 7. More than Raman, Rama namam has more magimai. Episode 5 1. Raman Nadantha Padhayil - Culturally, Geographically, Philosophically - We need to follow Ram along all the above lines 2. Ayodhya is one of the 7 mukthi sthalam Episode 6 1. Dhanam need to be done during yatra since Dhanam at punya kshetram has many fold benefits. 2. Secret behind Ram’s birth is to lead by example to show us how we should live. He showed us that we should respect elder’s words. 3. Secret behind Bharath’s birth is to show that a jeevatma’s role is to follow the orders of the Paramatma 4. Secret behind Lakshman’s birth is to serve Bhagawan by all means 5. Secret behind Satrugnan’s birth is to serve the people who serve God. 6. Saying Rama Namam is equivalent to saying 1000 names of Vishnu Episode 7 1.Samayal seithu perumalukku kandu arulap panni sapidavendum. Episode 9 1. Meditating on Ram and reciting Rama namam helps in controlling Kamam and Khrodham. 2. Kamashram : Stay away from Lowkika kamam and stay focussed on Krishna Kamam 3. Tadaka Vanam : To get rid of ahankaram, mamakaram one need to acquire knowledge. 4. Siddhashram : The responsibility to protect me is HIS responsibility. HE is the protector and HE is the means too. Episode 10 1. Munne panna pappathai azhithu vidugirar, Innimel(Saranagati ku pinnar) pana pogum pappathai - otti vidugirar. To emphasize this Marisanai Otti vittar, Subhaguvai Azhithu vittar. 2. Do not pollute water bodies 3. Yatra basically is to take us to places which will help us in improving our brahma gynana. Episode 11 1. Saying Pasuram from Periazhwar Thirumozhi 4.7.1 to 4.7.11 is equivalent to having holy bath in Ganga Episode 13 1. MaHALAKSHMI plays a greater role in calming down Perumal when he is angry with the Jeevatma's because of the mistake. SHE mediates and makes HIM shower the blessings to the jeevatma's. 2. Whenever we visit temples, we first need to go and visit Thayar sannadhi and then perumal sannadhi. Episode 14 1. Bhagawan takes avataram to guard the sadhu's, to kill the evil and to restore dharmam peruman takes many avataram 2. MaHALAKSHMI plays a greater role in calming down Perumal when he is angry with the Jeevatma's because of the mistake. SHE mediates and makes HIM shower the blessings to the jeevatma's. 3. Whenever we visit temples, we first need to go and visit Thayar sannadhi and then perumal sannadhi. ---------------------------------------- TBD :: Need to update for some of the episodes ------------------------------------------------------ Episode 21 1. The Ithihasa and puranas are for us to learn the rules(kotpadugal) and moral's to follow in our lives. 2. Sita is full of Karunai and she does not get angry on her child i.e we jeevatma's. Though Ram has karunai he has kovum too. Mahalakshmi kataksham is key for us and through her to reach HIM. 3. The food cooked by the women in the house is what perumal likes and he wants us to offer him the food cooked by the women. 4. Athithi satkaram is a key dharmam which needs to be followed by every women/sthri/illathu arasi. Sita showed us all these. 5. Men also need to learn cooking. Learning to cook and offering the food to perumal is a key dharma which need to be followed by men and women. Episode 22 1. Getting health problems is very common and part of the Samsaram, we need to develop the ability to be patience and face the problem. 2. Try to live with nature without disturbing nature Episode 23 1. To gain knowledge and to foster bhakthi one need to seek/gain knowledge with due respect from learned people(acharya's) who know about atma/paramatma. There is no use in thinking that i know everything. 2. Obeying and listening to elders is the most key aspect when we think of following Ram's foot path. Elders think for our good from our childhood. 3. Visiting places related to Ram i.e traveled by Ram while make us realize that we dependendent on HIM, we shall get rid of ego, we shall get rid of our ignorance and we shall all gain Rama bhakthi. The greatness of the place and the vibrations in those places will bring this change in us. 4. Virunthombal is part of our dharmam Episode 24 1. Following Ram's footpath is challenging and one need to keep trying and need to stay focussed to reach the end goal. 2. Seek Ram through Sita and getting the ultimate goal of vaikunta kainkaryam is sure. - "Sita devi pattri ramanai patra vendum"
Episode 25 1. Ramayanam is nothing but Ram showing us all the great guna's for us to follow. 2. Visiting the places related to Ram and thinking about him and acting/following his foot path reduces our papam/sins. 3. A couple need to learn from how they should live looking at Ram and Sita who were examples of aniyonyam and lived by example all the dharma to be followed in a married life. 4. Ram is reachable, Ram is full of Sattva Guna, ram's nature is to help and protect everyone. This is what Ram has left for us to follow and practice and it is a great treasure he has given us. 5. From a small seed a big banyan tree grows. Similarly, if we follow small small good habits it will lead us to good path. Small habits like truth, patience, porumai, speak softly, reachable - these five things are like 5 vatam. We will all benefit and we will be beneficial to others too like a banyan tree. 6. Offer what you have with full heart and mind. 7. when we offer thulasi we need to say "Hey Kesava piriye unnai perumalluku Samarpikaren" yendru solli thulasiyai perumalluku samarpika vendum. This will help us to get rid of all our trouble. Perumal becomes happy due to this act of us since we offered Thulasi to him Episode 26 1. Saranagati is the key message in Ramayanam. Vibhishana saranagati at Thirupullani and Vibhishana got kainkaryam. Jataya saranagati resulted in moksham for Jataya. 2. We all jeevatma's are in helpless state where we cannot find way by ourselves to attain moksham. It is only through Ram's Karunai we can attain moksham. So we pary to ram and he will rescue us and will give us the highest abode. Episode 27 1. Worship our mother Lakshmi everyday saying 'Padhma priyE Padmini Padma hasthE PadmAlayE Padma daLAyadhAkshi visva priyE VishNu manOnukulE tvath paada padmam mayi sannidhathsva" 2. Ram didn't eat the fruits given by Guhan but he ate what Sabhari gave. Sabhari was waiting as per the orders of her acharyan. Ram had to accept the fruits from sabhari else the acharyan's words would not come true. Even Ram acts so that the words of an acharyan comes true. 3. The incident of Ram giving moksham to Sabari explains us that Ram is paramatma. 4. Bhagawan does not differentiate between his bhakthas. Ram ate what Bharadwajar gave and also what sabhari gave. The attitude and bhakthis is what is important.
Episode 28 1. When Ram was with Sita he forgives but when Ram was alone he punishes. Vali got punished. 2. Ram accepted Sugreevan as his friend and as brother too. We should not decide anything based on the outward apperance, status. We should not look bad on others or illtreat others because of their status or how they are. 3. We need to learn from Hanuman about Rama bhakthi. 4. Who we are does not matter and how we are w.r.t Bhakthi without ahankaram is all that matters. Episode 29 1. Ram was so caring about monkeys. He gave them rules so that they are safe when they travel towards lanka. 1. Travel through the jungle i.e western side of western ghats without disturbing the people, 2. do not eat anything given by others instead take fruits from trees and eat, 3. There might be challenges while travelling so stay together and adjust so that they can overcome the challenges. All these are applicable for us too - do not distrub others, nature, think about the source before eating anything, stay together to overcome challenges.
Episode 30 1. Greatness of Rama Namam - equivalent to the 1000 names of Vishnu 2. Follow rams foot path to remove our sins and to enrich our lives 3. It is a challenge to cross some troublesome phases of life. During such times bhakthi, perumal, azhwar, azcharyas, divya desam, kainkaryam will all help us to overcome and cross the challenge.
Episode 31 1. Sriram is Paramapurusha and SriRamayana is veda 2. We all jeevatma's need to do Saranagati at HIS feet 3. Ram protects all the Saranagatha's(Jeevatma's who do Saranagathi) irrespective of defects and mistakes. 4. Bhagawan himself is a bridge for us to take us from this side - samsaram to the other side - Vaikuntam. Reach HIM through HIM. 5. Sethu snanam - Sankalpam, tharpanam. After bath in a punya kshetram do not go back and have a bath at home on the same day. Think of our ancestors, rishi's and Vibhishana Saranagathi while taking bath at sethu. Episode 32 1. Ram accepts his bhakthas in spite of mistakes and defects. 2. Forgive a person even if there is some good things and desert only after giving many chances 3. Ram walked all throughout India so that we all can go and visit those punya sthalam to get rid of our sins. 4. Help a person even if he is your enemy, without any hatred like the male bird which gave itself as a feast to the hunter who killed the female bird. 5. Bhagawan yentha bhagavanidathil yevan abhacharam padugirano avanai konde than anda bhagawadhanai angeegaram pannuvan. 6. Piratti's role and the need of Piratti sambhandam before Saranagati at Perumal's feet. Seek HIM through HER. 7. Srirangathar's link with Ram and history Episode 34 1. Everyone(even animals) will help us if we follow path of dharma, if not even our own brother will disown us. 1. Not controlling the senses will lead to disaster 2. A wife should not complain about your husband to a third person 3. Protect the person who had come to you seeking help 4. A couple need to stay together all through the life as per the oath done during Sapthapathi in front of Agni during the wedding ceremony. 5. Sita scores more than Ram in protecting us (jeevatma's) since she does not even wait for us to seek refuge. -------------------------------------------------------I consider this a great bhagyam to have blogged great articles about SitaRam. We have read, heard and seen Ramayana in various manner. But trying to understand Ramayana by following Sri Ram's footsteps culturally, geographically sounded divine to me and that urged me to blog. There might be mistakes please forgive me for the same. Let me know so that I can correct the same. The translation is very simple and at places not translated so that the essence as told by Swamin is not lost. The power of the language and words used makes it more interesting and powerful and divine. Detailed blogging of each and every episode was possible only because of the wish and blessings of Sita-Ram. Praying to Lord Ram and Jagath Matha Sita for all the blessings to all the readers of this blog. - JAI SEETHA RAM Happy New Year 2014.
Meaning: The river KAvEri is the very same Viraja River flowing in VaikuNTham and the temple in Srirangam is VaikuNTham itself, the abode of VishNu. The lord of Srirangam is none other than VAsudEva Himself. The VimAnam is in the form of PraNava—the life-sustaining mantra. The towers are like the vEdAs and t he Lord RangasAyi is enunciating the import of the PraNavam.
Vibhishanan bringing perumal from Ayodhya to Srirangam
Sriranganathan who is the meaning of the PRANAVAM(OM) is there between the two cauvery rivers at Thiruvarangam. All the azhwars have sung Pallandu(pasuram) on this perumal. First among the 108 vaishnava thiruthalams. All our acharyas have come and lived at Srirangam. This is famously referred as BHOO LOKA VAIKUNTAM. The perumal who is at srirangam today, has been worshipped by Ram and was in Ayodhya. After Rama pattabhishekam, everyone takes leave from Ram. Ram wanted to give something to Vibhishanan. At that time, Ram gave the perumal he was worshiping and the vimanam as a gift to Vibhishanan. Along with the perumal( yezhuntharula pannikkondu) vibhishanan started from Ayodhya on his journey to Lanka. While he was travelling , it was the month of Panguni and Panguni Brahmotsavam was supposed to be done. He didn't had time to reach lanka and do the brahmotsavam. So Srirangathil yezhunthuarula panninan vibhishanan. After the 9 days festival, perumal had to start from the place towards lanka. Perumal was not willing to start and expressed his wish to stay. Vibhishanan agreed for perumal's wish and he went alone to Lanka. Perumal was happy that Vibhishanan agreed. Avanai katadshithukondu then(south) disai lankai noki pallikondu irukiran. Arangan avanai katadshikirar azhagiya manavalan. Ranganathar is reclining facing south blessing Vibhishanan at Srirangam.
Yatra group at Srirangam
We reached that Srirangam on the last day morning. We did vidhivalam in the morning by doing bhajan and singing songs on Ram, Ramanujar, Azhwar's pasuram. All the people who came for the yatirai did the veedhivalam. In 2006 veedhivalam happened with kollatam, Gummi, song, dance. But in 2010, the ayodhya verdict was supposed come in Allahabad. We saw that we had doubts on whether we would be able to worship ayodhya temple. That got postponed and the verdict was on the day we reached srirangam. So we could not go around the town like we did in 2006. We were not allowed to use loud speaker, or gather. But we all went to Ramanujar's Sannidhi at Srirangam. We had come on a trip after visiting Ram and we had the darshan of Ramanujar too. We did Parayanam at Ramanujar's sannidhi in a great manner along with Upanyasam and we were all very much happy and satisfied. We also had the bhagyam of having darshan of Ramanujar. So in 2010 SriRamaninPadhayil got over at Ramanujar sannidhi at Srirangam. But in 2006, we were at Ranga vilas mandapam at south entrance in srirangam and Srimath Paramahamsyethyathi Sri Ranga Narayanar Jeeyar came and gave blessings to all and also spoke few words(anugraha bhashan). Everyone in Srirangam temple and town came and made this event a great success. Let's watch what happened at Sri Ranga Vilas Mandapam. Then we had arranged for Sri Rama Pattabhisheka Bhajanai. Wonderful bhajanai and you all have to watch this important thing. Lets watch the same. After the bhajan there was an important message which was shared and then Sri Ramanin Padhayil yatra got over. Let us wait and watch the same.
Core CRUX of Ramayana
One important slogam, Ram followed (nal Vazhi)disciplined path and even monkey helped Ram. Ravanan followed (theeyavazhi) indisciplined path and even his brother left and went away. This is all Ramayanam is about. All that is told in 24000 slokas is the above meaning. Sloka : Yanthin nyaya pravarthasya thriyan chobita sahayatam apan thanantam Gachchatam soga roopi vimunchathi (need to correct this Slogam : TBD) We should not do anything against shastram and need to follow the righteous path. Mandodari cried in front of Ravana's dead body that it was not Ram who killed Ravana instead Ravana didn't control his senses and that killed Ravana. Key Takeaway 1. Everyone(even animals) will help us if we follow path of dharma, if not even our own brother will disown us.
Then the last rites were performed for Ravana. Then Ram sent his men to inform Sita and get her back. Vibhishanan and Hanuman went to meet sita.
Greatness of Sita
Vibhishanan and Hanuman went to meet sita. It was Hanuman who went first to meet Sita since he had seen her earlier. It is only Hanuman who had the Bhagyam to meet Sita when she was in Ashoka van and later to inform the news of victory. Hanuman is seeking a place in the hearts of our mother Sita. Sita will always remember Hanuman since it was Hanuman who helped Sita to meet Ram again. Hanuman vanthar, vizhunthu sevithar, Raman vijayaraghavan, Vibhishanan Pattabhishiktan, Ravanan maanduponan seithi sonnar. Aanandathale thondai adaithuk kolla seethaiyale pesa mudiyalai kannilirunthu jalam kottarthu. Hanuman just asked for Sita's permission to kill all the 700 rakshashi's who troubled Sita. Hanuman continued to say that he will grow big to thrash all the rakshashi's and kill them at one short. Then Sita replied "Hanuman being born in the monkey clan will not understand the forgiving attitude like people who are born in Ishvagu kula. All these rakshashi's have seeked refuge at our feet and it is our duty to safeguard them." Then hanuman started to think that he is also associated with Ram of Ishvagu kulam and he must be knowing some of it. Seetha understood what Hanuman was thinking and said "All these while you have been Rama dasan and you have not yet see Ram-Sita." One can understood about how to protect(rakshikardu) only from Sita-Ram and not just Ram alone. She said "Naan serunthal annno Raman Ramaththuvathai perugiran". Hanuman was stunned on hearing this from Sita who was so bold and Hanuman understood that she is DevaDevaMahishi. Sita questions Hanuman "Have you not committed sin or have i not committed sin or has not Ram committed mistake?". Again Hanuman started to wonder what Sita was saying. Then Sita started to explain "Your mistake is that you don't know to protect the person who take refuge at your feet. This is a big blunder as per our ishvagu kulam. You do not know about Saranagatha rakshathvam, you are just a monkey. " ( Pranan parithyaji -- meaning Virodhiyai rakshikanum na pranananai vittudanam.). One should even sacrifice life to protect an enemy once the person had asked for protection. Then Hanuman asked what mistake did Ram did. Sita replied "When Ram married me he did take oath that he will not leave me(my hands) and will protect me forever. (This is the procedure done during Sapthapadi - in the end the bride and the groom takes oath(Sathya pradignai) infront of the Agni bhagawan that they will not leave each other). How could Ram leave me alone like this. This is what the mistake on Ram". The more curious Hanuman asked "Devi what is the mistake you have committed ?". Sita replied " I am complaining bad about my husband to you, a third person this is my mistake since it impacts my pathiviratha thanmai and wrong to complain about my Bhartha to a third person". Thus Sita explains Hanuman that all rakshashi's need to be protected since they have taken refuge at her feet. Parasara Bhattar in Sri Guna Rathna kosam says Raman than kalil vizhunthu saranam saranam yendravargalai rakshitthan - kakasuran, vibhishanan. The rakshashi's didn't do saranagathi like them but still Sita did protect all of them. So Sita scores more than ram. ( Sita ghosti scores more than Ram Ghosti) TBD:: Sloka to be added Sita ippadi rakshanam yenbhathai katti koduthal, purushakara bhoothaiyaga irunthu nadathi koduthathu intha rakshashigalai rakshiththu koduthathu. Key Takeaway 2. A wife should not complain about your husband to a third person 3. Protect the person who had come to you seeking help 4. A couple need to stay together all through the life as per the oath done during Sapthapathi in front of Agni during the wedding ceremony. 5. Sita scores more than Ram in protecting us (jeevatma's) since she does not even wait for us to seek refuge.
SriRamanin Padhyayail - Song
Do check the video for the song
SriRamanin Padhyayil - Bhajan of RamaPattabhishekam
1. Hari Narayana 2. Karpar rama piranai allal matrum karparo 3. Rama ra ra Seetha 4. Dasaratha nandana rama ram dasamukha mardhana Rama Ram 5. Jyachi Vamsa kula dharma rama deva 6. Dasaratha Nandana 7. bhImahA mAruti bala bhImahA mAruti 8. Jai Hanuman Jai Hanuman 9. Saketh 10. Mangalam
lokaabhiraamam shriiraamam bhuuyo bhuuyo namaamyaham.h || Meaning I again and again salute that Rama who is ever beautiful, Who destroys all dangers and gives all sorts of wealth. Aabhathugal vilaga, nanmaigal athanaiyum pera, Sriramanin thiruvadigale thanjam. Ram is the nayak of this desam. Dharma murthi, porumaiyin adaiyalam, sathiyathin chinnam. avanai vinchinal avanai kai piditha seetha devi. Ivargalai deivangal yendru koorava allathu manithargalukkul deivam yendru koorava. Yarukkum Ramanai ninaithal naa(tongue) thazhu thazhukatha irukkathu, kangal aanandakaneer vadikathu irukkathu. We have read about that Ram in many stories and we have read Ramayanam too, we have heard Kathakalakshebham and we have seen in films and dramas. There was a long time wish. SriRamanin Padhai avar vazhunthu kattiya uyarntha panbhugal. Avar panbhugalai padikirom, avar yengu vazhuthar yendru ketkirom, athan padi nadaka virunbhugirom. Anal avar vazhuntha idathukku sella vendama ? athai kandu angu irunthu santhosa pada vendama ? yenbhathu rombha nalaya aasai. Avar vazhunthu kattiya padhayil panbhugalai kadai pidikka vendum, avar nadanthu kattiya padhaiyil oorugalukku sellla vendum, Rendu pathaiyum vendum. Vazhunthu kattiya pathai and nadanthu kattiya pathai. Intha rendu pathaiyum serthu parka yerpadu panna pattathu than "Sri Rama Anu Yatra" yennum Yatirai. Old people, ladies, people with health problems everyone joined this yatra. Everyone was happy without any problem. This yatra happened some 4 and 10 years ago. Can this just get over like that ? There are many lakhs of Rama Bhakthas and wanted all those bhakthas to have the bhagyam of watching those places related to Ram this program was telecasted.
First for all those people who watched this wish that you understand the ideologies which Ram followed and showed us. May i also understand the same. May you all have the bhagyam of visiting those places which Ram walked and lived. FIrst let us sing Pallandu for the Seetha-Ramar and pay our thanks. From Ayodhya to all the places where Ram had been, we sing pallandu for all the Ram's in all those places on behalf of all of you.
Pallandu,pallandu pallayirath aandu*
Pala koti noor ayiram*Mallanda thin tholl manivanna*
Un sevadi seviithirukappu*Adiyom odum ninodum*
Piru indri ayiram pallandu*Vadivay nin vala marpinil *
sudar azhiyum Pallandu*Padai por pukku muzhangum ap panchasanniyamum Pallande.
Let us all sing the Pallandu.
People of all ages would have watched this program - old, children, youth. All the places we saw are true - Katchi ondru ondrum mei. Athai nera poi seivithal thane kidaikum. Next thanks to Star Vijay TV who made arrangement to watch this program from our houses, May we wish Sita-Rama anugraham to all those thondargal and kainkaryaparargal in Star Vijay TV. In the last 34 weeks, we have been through a sweet yatra in Sri Ramanin Padhayil. Sacred Yatra. We had done this yatra with all our family members from our house itself. May all those who were part of this yatra get the arul of Seetha-Ramar and in particular get the arul of Anjaneya swamy. Ramaya Rama Bhadraya Ramachandraya Vedhase Raghu Nathaya Nathaya Sitayah Pataye Namaha Meaning : I bow down to him whom I know as Rama, RamaBhadran, Ramachandran, Raghunaathan, Naatha(my overlord) and husband of seetha. mangalam ko:sale:ndra:ya mahani:ya guna:thmane: chakravarthi thanu:ja:ya sa:rva bhauma:ya mangalam
Anaivarukkum nanmai yerpadattum, neengatha selvam niraiyattum. Samasta sanmangalani santu Sarve Janaha Sukhino Bhavanthu Samasta sanmangalani santu srimathE ramya jAmAthru munInthrAya mahAthmanE | srirangavAsinE bhUyAth nithyasrIr nithyamangaLam
Note : This episode was the concluding episode and it has lots of bhajan. Do check the video for sure.
ஸ்ரீராமஜெயம் This episode was a recap of all the places we have seen from Bittoor till Srirangam.. Do check the video for sure. Slogam Ramaya Rama Bhadraya Ramachandraya Vedhase Raghu Nathaya Nathaya Sitayah Pataye Namaha Meaning : To Rama, Ramabhadra, Raghunatha(These are different names of Lord Rama),the Lord, the Consort of Seetha, our salutations to him. To all the viewers of this program "Sri Ramanin Padhayil", today is an important day. The yatra group has reached Srirangam for Rama Pattabhishekam. Srirangam perumal prathistai was done by Vibhishanan between the two banks of the river cauvery when he was trying to carry the perumal gifted to him by Ram while he was on his way back to Srilanka. Ranganathar is here in this temple at Srirangam from that day. We can have darshan of that perumal and all of us can relate us to the days of Ram and Ram avatharam. HE is the perumal who was reclining at Ayodhya and he is the suthradhari behind this entire kavyam of Ramayanam. Aranganai sevikum pothu, avar kangalum vayum ithu varai naam sevithathai oliyum oliyum maga nammakku therigirathu. Arangan koora koora avar vazhi katta naam BIttoorilirunthu thodangi naam Srirangam vantha varai anaithu idangalaiyum ninnaithu parpom, kangalal parpom, kathugalal ketpom. This recap is for all those who might have missed some of the episodes. Wish everyone watches all these places and lock them in your thoughts.
Today we had the bhagyam to see all the places of Sri Ramanin Padhayil yatra. It is a great bhagyam for me too. If in case you have not seen these places in person because of reasons like age do not worry since you have seen it here and one can keep meditating on this. Next week is the concluding episode of this series with jeeyar swami, pattabhishekam, arangan. If you have still missed all these, there is one more way where you can buy the Sri Ramanin Padhayil Calendar for 2014 released by Kinchitkaram Trust. Lets meet in the concluding episode. ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம்
Slogam explaining Core of Ramayana - Ram's words to Sugreeva
मित्र भावेन सम्प्राप्तम् न त्यजेयम् कथंचन | दोषो यदि अपि तस्य स्यात् सताम् एतद् अगर्हितम् ||६-१८-३ mithra bhavena samprAptam na tyajeyam kathancana dosho yadyapi tasya syAt satAm etat agarhitam - yuddha kandam 18.3 Meaning : "By any means, I do not desert anyone who arrives with a friendly appearance, even if he has a defect. His acceptance is irreproachable in the eyes of good men" Note : In spite of all the objections raised by SugrIvan and others about granting protection to VibhIshaNan , the brother of Raavanan , Lord Raamachandran granted abhaya PradhAnam ( granting protection)to VibhIshanan with those words.
1. Ram accepts his bhakthas in spite of mistakes and defects. 2. Forgive a person even if there is some good things and desert only after giving many chances
Forgive even if there is some good things, desert only after giving many chances
The above slokam was told by Ram during Vibhishana Saranagati. As part of Sri Ramanin Padhayil, we have been watching all the places starting from ayodhya. The core section/core meaning which ramayanam tells is what is told in the above slogam(Ramayanathin thiranda porul - Karu). If someone takes refuge at Ram's feet saying "Saranam", Ram does not look into things like - " is he a bhakthiman ? how much does he give ? what good acts have the person done ? ", instead what Ram looks into is -"Whether the person was willing to seek Ram ? Is there some trace of bhakthi ?(Bhakthi thulirthu irukiratha ?) ". Let's see how we behave. In spite of many good action from a close friend we shall end up moving away from that friendship if the friend commits some mistake. But Ram is so different in his behavior/action. Even if the person has done some good deed Ram accepts that person without looking into the bad acts. But if Ram does not want to protect one then he does so only when the person commits many mistakes. How do we behave ? Let's think. Orutharai nam yetrukka vendum yendral avar rombha naal nallavaraga irunthu proove pannanum. Anal orutharai naam uttudavendum yendral avar konjum thappu pannum pothe kovam vanthu vittuduvom. Intha thanmai maravendum. So what do we need to learn from Ram ? Orutharai yetrukkolla sila nanmai irunthalum yetrukkola vendum. Orutharai kai vida vendum yendral niraiya theemai purinthu irunthal than kai vida vendum. This great moral is what we understand from following ram's padhai(foot path).
Yatra Group at Thirupullani Dhanushkoti Rameshwaram
Ramanin Padhai is at Thirupullani, Dhanushkoti, Rameshwaram. We are almost to the end of this program series.
Ram's Saranagathi to The King of Ocean
Vibhishanan came and did Saranagathi, Ram accepted the same. Then Vibhishanan asked Ram to do Saranagathi to the Kadal aarasan. For three days Ram slept on the shore and did Saranagathi. Facing towards East, Ram sat and requested the king of ocean to pave way for them to cross the ocean. But the Samudrarajan didn't understand and hence Ram had to frighten the ocean with his bow and arrow saying "If you are not paving way to me, hye ocean i will just dry you with a shot of an arrow and then the monkeys can walk and go to lanka". Slogam - Sagaram sosaishyamki .. Yuddha kandam : Sargam 21 : Sloka 22 चापम् आनय सौमित्रे शरामः च आशी विष उपमान् | समुद्रम् शोषयिष्यामि पद्भ्याम् यान्तु प्लवङ्गमाः || ६-२१-२२ Meaning : Ram says "The Ocean is not appearing himself before me on kind words. O, Lakshmana! Bring the bow and the serpentine arrows. I shall dry up this ocean, so that our monkeys can cross it by feet." As soon as the king of the ocean heard these words of Ram, he got frightened and came out with his wife. Immediately Ram cooled out and asked him to pave way for them to go.
Why Ram had to build a bridge ?
Kurathazhwan when explaining this says in Athimanusha sthavam - Slokam 26 : tvam dakshiNasya nivasan udadhE: taTEapi dUrAnthara uttara payOdhi mahAntareepE | daityAn nijaika Sara-pAraNayan, kimEtAm lankAm sthitO atra kurushE na kila sma bhasma || Meaning from sadagopan.org : Here, KurEsar salutes the GuNam of the Lord known as Dhairyam (Courage). He says: "Oh Lord without birth! You engaged in Prathisayanam at ThiruppullANi and waited for permission from Samudra Raajan to build a dam over him to reach the island of Lanka to engage RaavaNan in battle and destroy him. Samudra Raajan ignored You thinking that You are just a human being. You got enraged at the insult of the King of oceans and got ready to send Your fiery arrow to dry up the waters of the oceans. Samudra Raajan was now afraid for his life and appeared with his wives before You and performed araNAgathy and begged to be spared. You informed the king of Oceans that Your arrow was set and can not be withdrawn; You asked him to suggest another target. Samudra Raajan begged You to send Your unfailing arrow at the inhabitants of a remote island in the north, who were abusing him. You obliged and Your arrow destroyed them from an immense distance. If that (Your power) is so profound and far reaching, how can adiyEn understand your inaction in not destroying RaavaNaa and his army, which were not far away from your position in ThiruppullANi. Sethu Bhandam and the invasion of LankA look in this context appear like window dressing. You could have reduced to ashes RaavaNAdhis from the banks of Sethu itself but you chose not to. Why is that? Rama unnai patthi yennamo ninaithundu irunthen. Raman villai yetrinar kadal mela yeiya pogirar. Raman bhanam veenaga poga koodathu. Amoga bhanam. Raman chattunu marittar. Yarai yethiri nu ninaitheno avare kai koopi kondu vanthapirpadu nanban agi vittan. Hye Kadale unnaku yaaravathu virodhi irunthal sollu intha ambha avargal peril yeigiren. Kadal sollitru - "Bharatha desathinudaiya vada merku disaiyil, palai vanam thandi oru idal irukirathu. Angu thirudargal vasikkirargal. Avargal amrutha mayamana thaneerai kudithu attakasam seigirargal. Rama un ambhai avargal mel vittudu. Raman disai mari nindru vada-merkku disai noki yeithan, motha bharadathai thandi poi vizhuntha ambhu avargalai azhithathu. Kurathazhwan ketkirar ivalavu thooram ambhu yeitha mudinthathe, athe pola kizhakku noki nindru kondu angirunthe ravananai nokki ambhu vittu irunthal oru nimishathil kathai mudinthu irukkume. Yen seiyavillai ? Ivvalavu periya anai katta venduma ? yendru kettar. Raman padhil kooravillai anal nammkku bhathil theriyum. Antha aanai kattinal than oru punniya kshetram oruvagum. Angu poi niradi makkal papam kazhithu kollatum. Intha yennathodu Raman palam katti irukirar. Namum antha yennathai purinthu kolla vendum. So ram wanted a punya kshetram to be here at Sethu where he has travelled and where he himself had built the bridge. (Thiruvadi patta idam, kaiyal kattina idam). Inda bhakthiyin mudirchi pothum, bharatha desathil anaithu Rama bhakthargal athuku than yengi irukirargal. Raman Thiruvadi patta idam Sethu. Antha sethu vai than naam darisikka pogirom.
3. Ram walked all throughout India so that we all can go and visit those punya sthalam to get rid of our sins.
Dhanushkoti & Pambhan Bridge
Danushkoti yendra mukhiyamana idam. Angu poga vendumanal, Pambhan palathai thanda vendum. This bridge is made up of two bridges. There is one bridge to travel by rail and one to travel by road. In 1914 the railway bridge was built during the British period. Till 1964 the bridge in the middle had two diversion one towards Rameshwaram and one towards Danushkoti.
During the 1964 cyclone there was a huge accident and one of the train got stuck in the cyclone. The tracks were also totally destroyed during that accident. So one cannot go towards Danushkoti using that track now but we can go towards Rameshwaram. Wonderful Cantilever bridge which opens up when the ships need to travel. People of all ages love to watch this bridge. The current road bridge is recent and earlier even before the train track everyone need to come to a place called Mandapam. Going to kasi rameshwaram was a practice followed for a long time. From Mandapam one need to go by parisal or thoni/boat to the Rameshwaram island which is away from the main land. These bridges are to travel from the mainland to the island. Now we are having the darshan of Danushkoti. There was a temple here long ago which is not there now. Dhanush Koti (corner) - Ram destroyed the bridge using the edge of his arrow. Why did Ram destroy the bridge ? Why this place is known as Dhanush koti ? let us hear more on this.
Dhanushkoti - Name reason
As part of Sriramnin Padhayil, we started from Danushkoti and we went to the Gandha Madhana Parvatham. The route is wonderful travelling through the kadal. Raman himself is a Guna Kadal. We are just trying to cross this ocean of waters. We discussed that Ram destroyed the bridge which he had built using the edge of his arrow. Why ? When he went back to ayodhya he didn't even get down and he traveled in the pushpaka vimanam. If so when did he get down and come here ? We can answer this question in two ways. 1. Raman palam kattuvatharku munbhaga, than villin oru nuniyai ikaraiyil thattiyum, mattrum oru nuniyai akaraiyilum thatti irukkalam. Rendu pakkamum Dhanush koti ya irukkalam. Just 30 KM from Dhanushkoti we can reach the Thalai Mannar area of Lanka. Ikkaraikum akkaraikum, than neenda deiva thanmai porunthiya villal raman thatti irukkalam.
3. Moondravathu karuthu, mithila purikku sendru Raman seethaiyai kalyanam pannikkolla villai murithar. Appave Dhanusha Dham yendra idathil Villin oru munai vizhunthathu yendru parthom. Appa anga irukkkum mahanth yenna sonnar, intha vill moondru paguthiyaga vedithathu athil ondru Dhanusha dham, mattrondru Dhanush koti allavukku poi vizhuunthathu. Anga moorika patta villin oru paguthi ingu vishuntha padiyal ithu dhanush koti yendru vadake iruppavargal ninaikirargal. Yeppadiyum irukkattum, Azhwar than pasurathil koorugirar, (TBD) Periya neer padaithu athil angu vurainthu kadaithu adaithu udaithu Periya neer - kadalai padaikirar, angu urainthu - Kadal ulla idathil perumal sayanam pannugirar adi shesha padukaiyil, athai kadaithu - thiruparkadalai kadainthan amudham, mahalakshmi yedupatharkaga, adaithu- athe lakshmi/Seetha deviyai Ravanan sirai vaikka atharkaga kadalai adaithan palam kattinan. Udaithan - Palam katti ikkaraiyil irunthu akkarai varai sendru, rama-ravana yutham mudinthu pushpaka vimanathil sellum mun Raman intha palathin pathaiyai Udaithan yendru azhwar koorugirar. Periyavachan pillai yennum urai asiriyar who lived some 700-800 years ago, avar solluvathu - intha palam inimel puniya bhoomiyaga irukka vendum, ithu pokkuvarathuku udaiyathana idamaga irukkakudathu, makkal ithai vananganum, raman thiruvadi pattathu yendru irukka vendum yenbhatharkaga, vera yentha payanukkum ithai payan paduthal koodathu(e.g Raman padukai cannot be used by us and we need to worship), Raman thiruvadi patta idam punya kshetramaga irukkattum yendru ramane udaithan yendru sollugirar. Now we have answers to all the questions we had in this pasuram. Unmaiyai unmayaga ramabhakthargal therinthu kondal kavalai illai. Ramane arbhuthamaga kattinar antha palam idam thodangina ithu than yendru Dhanushkoti yai sollugirargal. TBD : Azhwar pasuram - "Manathullan maa kadal neerulllan malaral thannathullan "
Gandha Madhana Parvatham - Viewpoint
From there we came to Gandha Madhana Parvatham. Oru kundru(hill) and on the top is a temple with ram's Thiruvadi. THe mahatmiyam of this place is that Ram had stood on this hillock to have a view of the entire surrounding before he decided how to proceed to lanka, how far is the sea, how far are the monkey group, from where should the bridge be built, after building the bridge where to reach, All these Survey was done from this hill top. Then the entire monkey trooups assembled here in front on this place. It was a huge group and had assembled in a large area - crores of monkeys had come. Kambhar says that there were 52 crores of monkey when they returned to monkey which included female monkeys who joined them on the way at Kishkinda. Even if we consider half of it still it is a huge crowd. Must have been huge crowd which one cannot think - amanushyamana karanam.
Next is Ramar Sannidhi built by a Nepal king. Let us see about that and then how many days did they take to built the bridge and how Ram spent the entire time given by Seeta. Let us see.
Rameshwaram - Ramanathan
Sri Rama Rama Rameti, Rame Rame Manorame; Sahasrenama tattulyam, Rama Nama Varanane
Parvathi Paramasivanidam Ketka. Ramanathan, Rameshwaran are the names of Shivan. Vada mozhiyil rendu vithamana samasangal kooruvargal. Antha rendu vithathilum porul kooralam.
1. Ramasya Nathaha yaha saha Ramanathaha 2. Ramaha Nathaha Yasya saha ramanathaha Ramnukku thane anaivaraiyum kakkum yennam athunale thane ivvidathil palam katti, ikkaraiyilirunthu akkaraiku ponar, seethaiyaiyum katthar, arakargalin rajyathaiyum meetukkoduthar. Appadi patta Rama namathin perumai parasivanarukke theriyum yendru adi sankara bhagavath padar koorugirar. There is a Rameshwaram kovil, one of theJyothirlinga temple which is also among the 275 temples which were sung and is a significant Siva kshetram.
Nepal - Ramar Temple
On the way, there is a wonderful temple - Ramar Sannidhi. This is a nepal temple. Before 2000 years ago, A king from Nepal had come with with lots of Saligramam and has built this temple. Beautiful temple. A local pandit is talking about the mahatmiyam of the Rameshwara Kshetram, let us hear from that.
As from the words of Pandit.. In ramanyanam, Hanuman Ramayanam, it is said that Hanuman who was calling Rama Rama changed to calling SitaRama Sita Rama at this place by accepting Ram-Sita as his Father- Mother. This is the place where he started the SitaRama Japam. Rameshwaram is a place where one can do parikaram for problems like Vamsa vruthi, Kula Vruthi, Vivaham agathavanga, Vivaham agi pirinthavangal, graha dosham. Belief is that 150% the problem will get solved. Important thing which is told here is that Dasarath came with kula guru Vashistar and his wives during Adi Sethu Madhava kalam. Dasarathar did the puthra kameshti yagam and Chaturvedi Lankeshwaran Ravanan's father had helped in this yagam. One part of that prasadham obtained during the yagam was given to Anjana devi through Jatayu pakshi. Hanuman was born because of this. First this kshetram was known as "lankapuri". THen it was known as "Sethu madhava puram" when Lankeshwaran did pooja with Brahma guru for shivan's shapa nivarthi, requesting him to accept Ganga and they did arpanam of Ganga to Shivan. Agasthiyar had come to Dakshina Bharatham, at that time it was known as "AgasthiyaPuram". This was a small temple at that time. Around 2000 years ago, a king from Nepal had come here when the mughal's invaded. He came with Saligramam from Kandagi and wished to have a temple of Ayodhyapathi in a grand manner. He did the prathistai of the moorthy with the rocks(kandagi Sagar) from the Gandaki river. We are doing kainkaryam for 14 generations and we are following the sevai as told by our elders. There is one Saligrama Murthy too at this place. Murthy is made out from the kandagi Sagar rocks. Here we have Sita, Ramar, Lakshmana, Sugreevan and Anjaneyar known as Sita Ramar Panchayutam.
We heard the kshetra Mahatmiyam of Rameshwaram. If we look at the map of Rameshwaram, one one side is the main land of India and on the other side is the island Rameshwaram. The Pambham bridge connects these two places. One of the rasigar said, if we keep a bow at the center of the pambhan bridge the bow will run to reach the two corners i.e main land and the island Rameshwaram. The brdige is in the shape of a bow which is interesting and great thing praise worthy too. This is a great example to teach the kids. Not just for kids but great scientist and researchers including NASA of USA has been tryign to find about this place. NASA has released a satellite picture which is very famous and they say that "There is a bridge in this place. If one travels further into the sea, there is a formation in the sea bed. The formation of rocks are little different and unusal.
We know about Nalan-Neelan who held and trouched each rock and gave it to the monkey who built the bridge. The king of ocean had told and ordered that the rocks will float if they are touched by Nalan-Neelan. Hence these rocks did float at this place. Using that as a bridge Ram went from this side to the other side. The bridge was around 100 miles in breadth i.e 10 Yojanai agalam and 100 Yojanai neelam i.e 1000 miles in length. The immediate question which will be asked is that the length and breadth are wrong since srilanka is so close by. The story we are talking is 17 lakhs years old. At that time the land of srilanka might have been huge and could have been farther south too. This is the measurement given as per those days physical land. Ram has built the bridge in 5 days. What is the nature of the bridge ? we have not gone inside the sea to see that but there are locals who had seen the bridge by diving into the sea. Let's hear from that person.
Local person on Ramar Bridge
From here to Lanka is 22 KM from here . The sea bed(manal parappu) is at 12 KM. Beyond that it is full of sea water for 10 KM and we reach lanka border. Ramar bridge is 3 KM from a place called Kunthukkal i.e from the shore it is 3 KM in the sea. This is known as Ramar palam as per iydigam. Ramar palam can be seen for 1/2 KM. We cannot see from the shore. One needs to dive into the sea, with glasses one can see the Ramar bridge. Kunthukal is called so because "Ramar Mithitha idam" - place Ram's footsteps are there. From that place called Kunthukal the Ramar bridge starts and it leads us to Srilanka. There are no other path way in between.
Kainkaryam by Monkey's and Squirrel's
Thondaradipodi Azhwar's Thirumalai Pasuram : “Kurangugal malaiyai noka kulithadam purandit odi” “Tharanga neer adaikal utra salamila anilum pole”“marangal poye valiya nanje vanjanen nenju thannal”“Aranganarku aat seyadhae aliyathen ayarkindrenae” [Thirumalai Pasuram: 898] All the monkeys have done so much bhagyam and they all helped Ram and built the bridge in 5 days. The monkeys took the rocks one by one and made them float on the sea. But we need someone to do poochu vellai(Cementing work). When the Sitthal gets the bricks ready, need a kothanar to do the cement work. All the squirrels saw the monkey's dropping the rocks in the sea and thought that the monkeys were not good in architecture work since just piling rocks will not result in a bridge. For that all the squirrels used to wet themselves in the sea water and then they came to the shore and rolled on the sand and they used to go back to the rocks in the sea and used to take off the sand so that the rocks along with the sand resulted in bridge as if it was cemented. Udirtha manal kalavai mathiri irunthathu. The bridge was neither built because of the rocks laid by the monkey nor was it built because of the sand brought by the squirrels. The bridge was built because of Ramaanugraham. But the monkey's were so focussed and happy in doing kainkaryam/service to Ram. At that time, one small squirrel asked Hanuman "You guys do not know about building bridge. Should we not reach lanka before noon so that it is not late for Ram's lunch. Ram is not like us and he is a raja kumaran. So he cannot stay hungry and hence we need to cross fast and need to search Sita faster. So do the work faster. " Hanuman replied "Who are you ? small creature and you are ordering me. I am anjaneyar". Then the squirrel replied "Sitthal kal adukkanam, Masthiri poosanam, Masthiri sollarathai thane sitthal kal adukkanam. Kothanar sollara padi than kal adikarava adukkanam. Nanga than kothanar, yenna nanga than poochu vellai pannarom. Kurangual kal podareenga. Kothanar sollara padi thane sitthal ketkavendum. Athunala naan sollarapadi ne kelu." Hanumar was stunned on listening those from that squirrel. With such interesting converstations this bridge was built with joy and happiness. On one side it is the monkeys and squirrels and on the other side Ramanin athimanista shestitham - to show that he is Thirumal. Similarly the ocean king also wanted to do service to Ram and he had his share in getting this bridge completed. Such great effort by many resulted in building this bridge in 5 days. All these while we were talking about the bridge which leads to Lanka.
Next is the pambhan bridge is also a significant one. This is the second biggest national bridge. Railway track is almost 2 KM in length, 2.3 KM length road bridge. All these built with great care and it is very helpful for all of us to go and have darshan.
Ram went from this side to the other side, Hanuman carried Ram, Angadhan carried Lakshman. THey travelled as they built the bridge and reached the shore. They spent 1 day in discussion and next 7 days the war happened.
How did Ram did it in 1 month the time given by Sita ?
We had discussed that Sita had given 1 month time for Hanuman,
Meaning : "O Rama! I shall hold my life for a month. I cannot survive after a month I am telling you the truth."
When Hanuman went to meet Sita, Hanuman gave the ring of Ram to Sita and Sita in return gave her Choodamani to Hanuman to proove that Hanuman met Sita. We did dscuss about all this and Hanuman giving the Choodamani to Ram while we were at Malyavan Parvatham at kishinda. When Hanuman was about to start, Sita says that she will live only for 30 days and ram had to come within 30 days. Did Ram come in 30 days ? lets calculate. After Hanuman came back from Lanka 1 day - discussion at Mahendra giri on how to proceed with Angadhan on whether they shud go and inform Ram or fight themselves. 3 day - Entire monkey clan ran and reached kishkinda. 3 day - Then they had to inform Ram and fix a date and start with the trooups. 5 days - For the entire trooups to reach the shore at Rameshwaram it took 5 days. 1 day - vibhishana saranagathi 3 days - Ram did Saranagathi to King of the oceans 5 days - Bridge was built in 5 days 1 day - discussion at lanka on how to proceed and fight. Angadhan was sent as a messenger to Ram. 7 day - Fight between Ram and Ravana Till now totally 29 days got over. On 30th day Ram rescued Sita and within a day they reached Bharadwaja Ashram in the pushpaka vimanam on the way back to ayodhya.
On one side we have seen the temples in the island of Rameshwaram like Danushkoti, Nepali Ramar temple, Kothandaramar temple, Sethu, Gandha madhana parvatham. Now we need to start from this place and before that there is some important information's, please listen.
1. Verse stated to be of Bharatamuni, defining prapatti.
Prapatti is a prayer for help to another capable person with faith, by one who is unable tofulfill his desire on his own.
2. Next is "tvamvopAyabhUto me" from (ahirbhudnya samhita, 37-31) tvamevopAyabhUto me bhavati prArthanAmati: | SaraNAgatirityuktA sAdeve asmin prayujyatAm || Meaning : “Be my upAyam.” This prayer is called SaraNAgati. Let it be performed to the Lord. The above two explains about Saranagathi - saranam ithi agathi hi Saranagathi. Rama unnudaiya thiruvadigalai thavira naan nargathi pera veru vazhi theriyavillai. Ullagathil yethanaiyo margangal irukkalam, anal athu yellam yen muyarchiyil sathika vendiya vazhigal. Un thiruvadi irukkum pothu naam yen veru muyarchiyil iranga vendum. Bhagawan nammai padaithavar, avar yeppothum nammai kapatharku kathu irukirar. Naam than avarai maranthu, yengo suttrik kondu irukkirom. Intha unmai purinthu, Rama un thiruvadigale saranam, yendru pattri vittal namakku bayamum thevai illai, bharamum irukkathu. Sri Vedantha Desigan says "Nir bhayo Nir bhayosmi ". TBD Intha uyaruntha karutthu, athu nadantheriyathu Vibhishana Saranagathiyin pothu.
Yuddha Kandam : Sargam 18 : Sloka 24
श्रूयते हि कपोतेन शत्रुः शरणम् आगतः ||६-१८-२४ अर्चितः च यथा न्यायम् स्वैः च मांसैर् निमन्त्रितः |
Meaning : "It is narrated how by a dove, its enemy ( a fowler) when it came for a refuge, was received according to rules of hospitality and was invited for a feast with its own flesh."
It is known as Kapothopaakyanam. There were two birds(dove) - one female and one male. Oru vedan oru paravaiyai adithu vizhthivittan. Pranan poi vittathu. Only the male bird is alive. It was rainy season and the hunter was tired searching for food. The hunter came and sat under a tree on which the male bird was sitting. The male bird should have thrown the stones or something on the hunter since he killed the female bird. The bird didn't do that instead it thought that because of the rainy season, this hunter could not find any food. To manage the cold the hunter had also lit fire under the tree. The male dove which was sitting on the tree felt sorry for the hunter that he could not find food and the dove went and fell down into the fire and made itself food for the hunter. Ram explains this to sugreevan. Ram and Sita are the male and female dove. HUnter is Ravanan. Ravanan just took sita but here in the story the hunter killed the bird. Also in the story, the hunter who killed the bird came back, but here Ravanan didn't come back and it is Vibhishana who has come seeking refuge. Also the hunter would not have said "Saranam" but here Vibhishanan had seeked refuge saying "Saranam". Also I need not give my life like that male bird did and all i need to do is just to accept Vibhishana and need not give my life like the bird. Even if the situation was different ie. if Ravana had killed Sita and if Ravana had come here and if Ravana didn't say Saranam still Ram should have given his life. In spite of doing all that the world will only say that all Ram did a bird had also done and there will be no greatness in me doing this Sugreeva. Can i not get the praise a Dove got ? After saying so Ram continued "After i win the war and when i get back to Ayodhya, Vashistar will ask me what all happened. I will have to explain everything to Vashistar. While narrating i will say that a person called vibhishana seeked refuge and said "saranam" and i didn't accept him. Vashistar will reply "Being born in Ishvagu kulam, if you do not have the attitude of protecting someone who said "Saranam", now i order you to go back to exile for 14 years". Vashistar might send me again to exile saying so. I cannot come back to exile again and at least for this i need to accept Vibhishanan. " Ram explained so to Sugreevan and proceeded to accept Vibhishanan. Raman called sugreevan to proceed to accept Vibhishanan. "Bhagawan yentha bhagavanidathil yevan abhacharam padugirano avanai konde than anda bhagawadhanai angeegaram pannuvan." Hence Ram asked Sugreevan to bring Vibhishana. Vibhishanan also came and did saranagati.
4. Help a person even if he is your enemy, without any hatred like the male bird which gave itself as a feast to the hunter who killed the female bird. 5. Bhagawan yentha bhagavanidathil yevan abhacharam padugirano avanai konde than anda bhagawadhanai angeegaram pannuvan.
Yuddha Kandam : Sargam 18 : Slogam : 33 सकृद् एव प्रपन्नाय तव अस्मि इति च याचते ||६-१८-३३ अभयम् सर्व भूतेभ्यो ददामि एतद् व्रतम् मम | Sakrudeva prapannaya tavasmeeti cha yachate; Abhayam sarvabhutebhyo dadamyetad vratam mama. Meaning : "He who seeks refuge in me just once, telling me that I am yours', I shall give him assurance of safety against all types of beings. This is my solemn pledge". "I remove all fears of all beings even if they come to Me only once and seek My refuge; calling themselves as Mine-This is My vow. " -Sri Ramachandra's vow Meaning of Rama Charama Slokam as follows :
yetad vratam mama – Ithu yennudaiya unmaiyana vratham. Intha yedutha seyalil irunthu oru nalum mara matten.
"Sakrudeva prapannaya" - Oru thadavai saranagathi pannavanai kurithu. "Cha yachate" - Sugreevan again expressed his disagreement of Ram accepting Vibhishana since this Saranagathi is happening without Piratti in place. "Lakshmihi purushakaarathve nirdhista parama rishibhi" - Piraittiyai munnitu thane perumanidam saranagathi. Here Piratti is not there with Ram when Vibhishana did Saranagathi so it cannot come true said Sugreevan. Vyakyathar explains "Chavuk kule piratti adakkam". Ram actually said "Cha yachate"..Cha karathukule pirattiyai adaki avalai munnitu than unnai pattrinen yendru Raman sonnan. Vibhishanan did have Piratti Sambhandam. Piratti(Sita) actually went to Lanka to do anugraham to vibhishanan and to bless him and to send him to Ram. Without her anugraham saranagati cannot come true or cannot happen. Ram explained so to tell that Vibhishana did have Sita's anugraham too. Such wonderful thoughts. Raman thiruvadigale pugal, athuve namakku thanjam, Rama Namame namakku yepoththum thondaiyil irukka vendum.
6. Piratti's role and the need of Piratti sambhandam before Saranagati at Perumal's feet. Seek HIM through HER.
Yatra group starting from Sethu to Srirangam
After knowing all these great meaning, we took leave from this place from Adi Jagannatha perumal, Darbha Saya Ramar( Who is showing the same thirukolam for us like how he slept on the darbai for 3 days on the shore). Now we need to travel towards Srirangam where we had darshan of perumal, Rama nama bhajan, Parayanam of pattabhisheka sargam. On one side we were all happy that we are going to go to Srirangam and on the other side we all had heavy heart that the yatra is going to get over in a day. Varutham kalandha anandam. Anandam mudinthu poida porathe nu varutham. We started late night from Thirupullani and reached Srirangam. The buses can't come inside srirangam and hence to stop outside the 8 veedhi's. The yatrikas some of them went to relatives place and others went to the place we had arranged. Then we all assembled at 8 AM for the bhajan. You all must be thinking that pushpaka vimanam went to Ayodhya and why did we all went to Srirangam ?. We wish we could have gone to Ayodhya to do the pattabhishekam but that is not possible. Even in our yatra, ram had gone to Lanka which we could not go due to logistic issues. I wish you all should travel to Srilanka and see all the places related to Ramayanam. So we took leave and reached Srirangam. Why Srirangam ? Because the perumal for whom Ram had done aradhanai was given to Vibhishana by Ram himself. Vibhishana came with the perumal along with the vimanam to Srirangam on the way to Lanka. Then between the two cauvery at Srirangam along with the pranavakara vimanam SriRanganatha perumal was installed( yezhunthu arulapattar). We have seen this many times.
History of Srirangam Perumal
1. Perumal came out from the Thirupaarkadal 2. Then he was at Satya Logam with Brahma 3. Then he was at Ayodhya 4. Now through Vibhishana he is at Srirangam.
Ram gifting vibhishana after Pattabhishekam
Yuddha Kandam: Sargam 128 : slogam 90 विभीषणोऽपि ध्र्मात्मा सह रैर्नैरृतर्षभैः || ६-१२८-९० लब्ध्वा कुलधनं राजा लङ्कां प्रायान् महायशाः | vibhiiShaNo.api dhrmaatmaa saha rairnairR^itarShabhaiH || 6-128-90 labdhvaa kuladhanaM raajaa laN^kaaM praayaan mahaayashaaH | Meaning :The righteous and the renowned king Vibhishana too, after obtaining the treasure of his race (kingdom of demons), followed by those foremost of demons, returned to Lanka. ikshvAku-kula-dhanam labdhvA lankAm prAyAt vibhIshaNah. labdhava kula dhanam lanka praya... aradhaya jagannatham ish. Yendru Ramane indha vimanathode vibhishananidam koduka innikivaraikum naam anaivarum sevithu irukirom. Key Takeaway 7. Srirangathar's link with Ram and history Now that we have reached Srirangam next is we need to do Pattabhishekam. Before that we have seen this yatra in 32 episodes and we have two more episodes to go. One of them is going to be a recap of all the places we have seen from Ayodhya since some of you might have missed some of the episodes. Let us see that recap episode next week. Aavalodu katthu irungal. ஸர்வம் ஸ்ரீ கிருஷ்ணார்ப்பணம்