periya thirumadal – 10 – munnam thisaimuganai

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munnam thisaimuganaith thAn padaikka – maRRavanum
munnam padaiththanan nAnmaRaigaL ammaRaidhAn               10

Word by word meaning

munnam thisaimuganaith thAn padaikka – even as he created brahmA during the time of creation (after deluge)
maRRavanum – that brahmA too
munnam nAnmaRaigaL padaiththanan – he obtained the four vEdhas (from supreme being)
ammaRaidhAn – those vEdhas


ammalarmEl munnam thisaimuganaith thAn padaikka – during the time of srushti (creation), emperumAn created brahmA, whose four heads appeared like four lotuses, from his navel which itself was like a lotus.

maRRavanum – Was it not said that once sarvESvara (lord of all) created brahmA, that brahmA wondered  about emperumAn ”Is he sarvESvara?”  and occupied the earth on the sides, above and below as mentioned in purusha sUktham 1-5 “thasmAdh virAda jAyatha I virAjO adhi pUrusha: I sa jAthO athyarichyatha I paSchAth bhUmimathO pura: II ” (brahmANdam (a huge ovoid) formed out of that vishNu; brahmA formed inside that; once he was born, that four headed brahmA occupied earth on the sides, top and bottom)?

munnam  padaiththanan nAnmaRaigaL – it would appear that brahmA created the four vEdhas. vaidhikas (followers of vEdham) have said “vEdham was not created by paramapurusha (sarvESvara); he too, just like one after awakening from sleep thinks of the earlier events, thought of the collection of vEdhas which had been there before creation and instructed such vEdhas to nAnmugan (brahmA)” thus confirming that vEdhas are not born out of the intellect of purusha (sentient entity) and that they are apaurushEyam (not by purusha). Thus, to say that brahmA created vEdhas will go against the grain of what vaidhikas have said. It will also go against the vEdha vachanam (saying of vEdha) as said in thaiththirIya upanishath nArAyaNavalli “yO brahmANam vidhadhAthi pUrvam yO vai vEdhAmScha prahiNOthi thasmai . . . ” (whosoever created brahmA initially, whosoever instructed him the vEdhas …). How to interpret this without being antagonistic to vEdha and vaidhika saying? Just as it is commonly said that a person, after his birth, inherits wealth from his father, the word padaiththa (as stated above, munnam padaiththa) could be interpreted as both created and inherited.   Thus, here the meaning is that brahmA inherited the vEdhas from sarvESvaran, after he was created.

In the next article, we will discuss the next part of this prabandham.

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