SrI: SrImathE satakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
vyAsa and parAsara come back to ANdAL pAtti’s house after playing with their friends. They find ANdAL pAtti arranging fruits, flowers and nuts in a plate:
vyAsa: pAtti, whom are you arranging these fruits and flowers for?
ANdAL pAtti: vyAsa, It is time for srIranganAthan’s procession and he visits us on the way. When someone visits us as our guests, especially elders, it is our duty to take care of them, while they are with us. That too when a grand eternal king visits us, we need to ensure that he is taken care of thoroughly.
parAsara: Oh sure, pAtti. Then, I will give the fruits to srIranganAthan, when he arrives.
ANdAL pAtti: That’s so nice of you, parAsara. Come, let’s wait at the entrance for his arrival.
parAsara : pAtti, What does he hold on his left hand?
ANdAL pAtti: He holds a mace in his left hand, parAsara. In the archAvathAram of srIranganAthan, he has four hands. On the other left hand over his shoulder, he holds a conch and on the hand seen above his right shoulder, he holds a sudharsana chakram. He shows his weapons to inform us, that he is always around to take care of us and to destroy our difficulties.
vyAsa: What does the right hand signify, pAtti?
ANdAL pAtti: That’s a nice question. His right hand is directed affectionately towards us to say that “I am here to take care of you, so don’t fear” and also to let us know his affection for all of us. Just like how a cow runs to a calf, when the calf needs her, no matter how the calf might have behaved before.
vyAsa: Ok, pAtti. Then, what does he have over his head?
ANdAL pAtti: It’s a crown, vyAsa. It shows that he is the owner of everything in this world.
parAsara: The crown looks very good, pAtti. It fits very well with his adorable face
ANdAL pAtti: Yes, he has the most adorable face. He is always happy being with us, that too when he is between children like you, he is even happier.
parAsara: Yes, pAtti. I saw him from a very close distance. I could also see him smiling and his feet even closer.
ANdAL pAtti: Oh, that’s nice parAsara. We usually say “lotus feet” due to its tender and beautiful nature. His smiling face indicates that he is easily he has descended joyfully to be with us. His lotus feet are so firmly placed over the pItam (lotus flower base), which means that he has come down for us and he will not leave us. So, today, we have seen some of his main auspicious qualities in his archAvatharam form namely vAthsalyam (motherly forbearance – him showing his hand in protecting us), svAmithvam (supremacy – long crown), sauseelyam (mixing freely with us – ever-present smile in his beautiful face) and saulabhyam (easy approachability – his lotus feet which is easy to hold on to).
vyAsa and parAsara stand in awe and their eyes follow the procession as it goes past them.
Author: jayakrishNan rAmAnuja dAsan – edited by sArathy rAmanuja dAsan