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Path shown by Azhwars

CHENNAI : Tremendous effort is required to unravel the meanings hidden in the revelations of the eternal truth in the Upanishads by the Vedic seers. Acharyas and preceptors have tried to interpret and simplify these revelations to be accessible to the common folk. But the Azhwars have scored as preceptors because their hymns in Tamil convey their direct experience of the Supreme Being, who is extolled in the Vedas as the eternal truth, pointed out Natteri Sri Rajagopalachariar in a discourse. Each Azhwar's personal experience of God shows that He is accessible through sincere and humble devotion.

Periazhwar sensitised us to the Lord's infinite mercy and compassion when he spontaneously sung "Tirupallandu" to the Lord wishing Him longevity and protection against evil. He inculcated a unique Bhava of loving care for Him who is in truth the protector.

Andal taught the truth about the enduring relationship between every Jivatma and the Lord that continues unbroken through many births. One can meditate on this bond of master and servant that exists between the Lord and us and finally reach Him. Kulasekarazhwar taught by example the value of Vairagya (ability to renounce worldly objects even when in the midst of it).

Tirumazhisai Azhwar affirmed the truth of the Almighty and the need to remain focussed on Him without distractions. Thondaradipodi Azhwar stressed the path of worshipping God's devotees and taught lesson of humility without which it is impossible to realise God. Tiruppanazhwar's involvement in the Lord's beauty in His Archa form is inspirational. Tirumangai Azhwar instilled the practice of visiting the Lord in the many temples as a means to realise Him. While Poigai Azhwar demonstrated that the Lord is the essence of the Vedas, Peyazhwar extolled the power of uttering the Lord's name and Peyazhwar revealed the truth of the Lord's consort, Goddess Lakshmi.

Nammazhwar propagated the principle of surrender as the means and end of attaining liberation and Madhurakavi Azhwar taught the essence of Acharya Bhakti.

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