Significance of Nammazhwar (Nammalwar)

What is the significance of Nammazhwar (Nammalwar)? Anything associated with Sri Narayana is pleasing to the Azhwars and anything unrelated to Him is disliked by them. The Lord, who wants humanity to have the benefit of Nammazhwar’s Tiruvoimozhi, chose not to grant his request to be freed from Agnana, Karma, and the mortal coil, till he (Nammazhwar) has finished the work.

To make him forget his yearning for moksha, at least momentarily, the Lord revealed, one by one, His innumerable auspicious attributes, which enthralled him. Nammazhwar, lost in the blissful experience, sang His glory but soon renewed his request.

Sri.K. Varadachariar said in his exposition of the 68th verse, which begins with “Maya Vaamanane” that Nammazhwar was completely at a loss to understand why the Lord has not taken him to His feet, even though he has expressed his desire to get liberated from samsara. When he has expressed his desire to get liberated from samsara. When he came to know that the Lord wants to have His desire to be fulfilled through him, Nammazhwar wondered why he should have been chosen for their Brahma Gnana. Insted of giving a direct answer to the Azhwar’s question, the Lord revealed His magnificent and gigantic from pervading the entire universe.

The Lord chose to sidetrack the question because He was keen that Nammazhwar should completete his monumental work uninterruptedly. In this context, the lecturer drew a comparison from the Mahabaratha where Sri Krishna evades two of the three questions of Duryodhana as to why He had taken food in the house of Vidura, disregarding Bhishma, Drona and himself. The Lord gave the reason for His not dining with Duryodhana, leaving the other two queries unanswered. The Lord disregarded Duryodhana because he was unrighteous.



Sri Varadhachariar said Sri Krishna’s ways of manifesting Himself are indescribable. When Akrura was taking Sri Krishna and Balarama to the court of Kamsa at the latter’s bidding, he saw the vision of Sri Narayana reclining on Adishesha on the surface of the Jamuna waters, where he had gone to perform his mid-day ablutions. The puzzled Akrura looked back at the chariot, where he saw the two divine children as he had left them. Such is the “Maya” of the Lord.

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