The most revered srivaishnava Acharyar Swamy Parasara Bhattars was conducting a class at his Gurukulam .
He was explaining the three stages of love to LORD …
Recollection , Trance and Rallying …
Recollection is recollection of all the past ravishments of soul ..vouchsafed by LORD
Trance or Fainting is consequent on desolation at this recollection not yielding to the present enjoyment
Rallying is the sudden lucidity whilst in this state of trance which is considered as a extreme advanced state in devotion which our Azhwar’s possessed..
Bhattar continued with an example from Swamy Nammazhwars hymnal 1000 verses called Thiruvamozhi dedicated to LORD Ranganathar of the Holy Capital SriRangam ..
Swamy Nammazhwars amorous longing and panting to see LORD found vent in a pasuram ( song ) of his in which Azhwar considers himself to be a mistress in love with LORD and seized with deep emotions swoons .
The speechless heart at such juncture is however revealed orally through another person which Azhwar himself adorns as a mother of the helpless daughter and describing the latter’s condition to her neighbors are out poured on the spot …..
Day and night she does not sleep
In floods of tears her eyes swim
Oh Discuss …Oh Conch she cries …
And clasping her hands , and bowing to them
Oh Lotus eye one…she weeps and reels
Ah !! how is that without you I can bear
She pants and feels all earth for HIM
Oh Lord Ranga abiding where
waters abundant flow …and where fish
maddened with joy all leap and dance
How …and How with my daughter will you deal …
Bhattar meditated on this verse and with intense emotion placed both his palms over his head and shed tears ……………………………..
Stone hearted we are … ……..how are we going to realize the depth of Azhwar’s love as uttered in this divine pasuram …..we who cannot realize in the least of his sentiments ……..we who cannot understand his heart ……. …
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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