Faith

Bhava of humility

In the Tiruppavai, when Andal empathises with the exceptional bhakti bhava of the Gopis for Krishna, she highlights the salient features of Bhagavata dharma as well, pointed out Velur Sri Vijayaraghavachariar in a discourse.

For instance, the observance of the Paavai Nombu becomes an occasion to ensure that individual love for Krishna is extended to His devotees as well, and the atmosphere becomes spiritually charged. In the Pasuram ‘Nayakanai Ninra,’ Andal and the Gopis reach the house of Nandagopa and request the gatekeepers there to open the gates and let them in. The verse is in the form of a dialogue between the gatekeepers and the Gopis, where both parties are staunch devotees of the Lord. The gatekeepers serve the Lord by protecting Him and the house from dangers and evil.

Krishna is always under threat from Kamsa and they are extra cautious in this matter. Moreover it is too early and risky for the girls to be around. Andal is aware of the protocol and is respectful to the guards of the Lord and humbly seeks their permission. The Gopis introduce themselves as young girls who are eager to see Krishna and wish to wake Him up from slumber. They are innocent and unlearned and only know that they love Krishna and wish to seek Him. The epithet “Mayan Manivannan” indicates their intuitive awareness of Krishna’s Paratva. That Supreme Lord has come down as the son of Nandagopa to be available for the common and simple people. They inform the guards that Krishna had already asked them to meet Him in the morning and collect some items such as the drum etc, for their Nombu.

The entire exchange shows the bhava of humility that always governs the thought, word and deed of the true devotee, regardless of the kind of service one is engaged in.

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