pUrva dhinacharyA – 18

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Thathasthath sannidhisthambhamula bhuthala bhushanam /
Prangmukham sukhamaseenam prasada madhurasmitham //

(w to w) Thatha – After performing Tiruvaradhanam to Aranganagarappa,  thath sannidhisthambhamula bhuthala bhushanam  – decorating the place by sitting close to the pillar in the Sannidhi, Prangmukham  – facing in the East, sukham – suitably (symbolizing a tranquil mind), aseenam – Mamunigal  who is seated, prasada madhurasmitham  – with a gentle smile derived out of a clear mind …….

(commentary) After performing Tiruvaradhanam as stated in earlier Sloka, it is to be noted that the performance of meditation of Dvaya Mantra is also implied, as this is also included in the daily necessary rituals. Sage Parasara says that after doing three times Tiruvaradhanam, without any sloth, one has to think of Dvaya Mantra, otherwise called Mantra Ratna  with meaning either 1008 times or 108 times and if even that is not possible at least 28 times till the end of one’s life. In this way, one has to remember that when Mamunigal was meditating this Mantra, his mind united with his Acharya Emberumanar’s feet . Mamunigal’s face is combined with beauty and gentle smile, as his mind is pure and clear without any distress.  The Sastra says that when one has to do good work, it should be done facing either East or North.  Hence, Erumbiappa says parangmukham sukhamaseenam.

Translation by Sri U.Ve.Dr.M.Varadarajan Swami, MA, MA, PhD

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