SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam is made of a rich philosophical/value system. Even young children have a great role to play in this sampradhAyam. Right from the young age, children should be nurtured with the wonderful value system, devotion, renunciation, etc.
piLLAi/piLLai (in thamizh) means a child as well as a new comer to the sampradhAyam. SrIranganAthan himself is called as kOyilpiLLAi – kOyil refers to SrIrangam and piLLAi refers to krishNa. periya perumAL (mUlavar at SrIrangam) is often explained as kaNNan emperumAn and namperumAL (uthsavar at SrIrangam) is often explained as SrI rAma.
In thiruppAvai, 7th pAsuram, ANdAL says “piLLAi ezhunthirAi” – here piLLAi is explained as a new-comer to bhagavadh vishayam.
thirumangai AzhwAr explains in periya thirumozhi that “kaNapuram kaithozhum piLLaiyaip piLLai enReNNap peRuvaRE” (கணபுரம் கைதொழும் பிள்ளையைப் பிள்ளை என்றெண்ணப் பெறுவறே) – One who worships thirukkaNNapuram, even he/she is a small (or ones own) child, one cannot think them like a child – he/she should be thought as a SrIvaishNava.
SrI rAmAnuja observed children playing in SrIrangam. They were enacting the activities at the temple and at one point they called out for SrI rAmAnuja. As he was there, he immediately went in front of them and accepted the honors as he would do in the temple in front of SrIranganAthan.
Similarly, when he met a small girl outside thirukkOLUr (dhivya dhEsam near AzhwAr thirunagari), he enquires from her why she was leaving town. At that time the girl rhymes off wonderful philosophical points and SrI rAmAnuja is amazed at her brilliance and knowledge in sampradhAyam principles. This conversation is famously known as thirukkOLUr peN piLLai rahasyam.
He meets another small girl while going to AzhwAr thirunagari and asks her how far is AzhwAr thirunagari from where he was. She very cleverly says it is very near-by citing nammAzhwAr‘s pAsuram. He becomes delighted to hear that and greatly appreciates her.
He also acknowledged the greatness of parAsara bhattar even when bhattar was a small child and instructed his sishyas to treat bhattar like himself.
Finally, when mAmunigaL completed bhagavadh vishaya kAlakshEpam in front of namperumAL, emperumAn himself appears as a small boy, accepts mAmunigaL as his AchArya and submits him the most famous “SrISailESa dhayApAthram” thaniyan.
piLLai is also a honorary term for advanced scholars. For example, vadakku thiruvIdhi piLLai, periayavAchAn piLLai, nAlUr piLLai, nAlUrAchAn piLLai were few AchAryas who had the title “piLLai” in their name itself.
Thus, children could be nurtured to grow from innocent level to highly intelligent level through proper education in this glorious sath sampradhAyam principles. This website is our first step towards building a rich repository of resources to educate children and new comers in this wonderful philosophy, value system, discipline, etc.
We request the parents and elders to engage their children in such spiritual activities and develop their knowledge in our sath sampradhAyam. Though this website is primarily focussed on children, there is a lot of interesting puzzles, presentations, etc., that are very useful all sections of SrIvaishNavas. Kindly make use of the resources to the fullest extent. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. Happy Learning!
adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan