Faith

Free from faults

The Divya Prabandha hymns and stotras such as the Vishnu Sahasranama sing the Lord’s glories in myriad ways to hail His auspicious qualities; and like the Vedas, they too accept that these are still inadequate to express His ineffable supremacy. Yet, what overwhelms all bhaktas is the Lord’s Saushilya, His inherent nature that springs from His boundless compassion that makes Him accessible to the erring jivatmas, pointed out Mukkur Sri Srinivasan in a discourse.

In his hymn Amalanadipiran, Tiruppanazhwar hails the Lord as ‘amalan,’ ‘vimalan,’ ‘nimalan’ and ‘ninmalan,’ adjectives that emphasise total purity that has no contact with any doshas whatsoever. This is his spontaneous outburst when he enters the sanctum sanctorum of the Srirangam temple and beholds the captivating form of the Lord. He is amazed and wonderstruck that His sacred lotus feet have of their own accord entered his eyes to shower His divine grace on him. Why else should He, who is ever free from any blemish, choose to enter the hearts of jivatmas who are full of faults, and always tormented and harassed by evil thoughts? This is because God is above doshas and even when He incarnates, He does so out of His Sankalpa and remains unaffected by all the objects and doshas in creation while the jivatma is bound by doshas in every birth owing to past karma.

The Upanishads make use of the analogy of two birds living together in a tree to explain the coexistence of the jivatma and the Paramatma in every being. While the jivatma gets affected by samsara, the Paramatma is unaffected. How can there be such disparity in reaction to the pulls of samsara? This is explained by the example of ghee that lends its stickiness to the hand when one handles it, while the mouth or tongue does not feel sticky when one partakes of it.

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