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Monday, July 12, 2021

Sri Parthasarathi Kodai Uthsavam 4 2021 - செவிக்கின்பம் ஆவதுவும் செங்கண்மால் நாமம்

Today 13th July 2021 is Makha nakshathiram – that of Thirumazhisaipiran and would have been day 4 of the Kodai utsavam – chinna mada   veethi – through Gate aam - Kulakkarai purappadu for Sri Parthasarathi  Perumal and rendering of Nanmukhan Thiruvanthathi of  Thirumazhisai Alwar. 

Due to corona there is no thiruveethi purappadu, though we are able to have darshan of Emperuman inside the temple.  Obvious Q – is when would Covid end and when would there be purappadu again ? – and would people be more responsible this time. 

British media especially BBC tries to ridicule India and posts as if things are worst and totally out of control – their orchestrated campaign peaked when thousands attended Kumbh Mela – and they were questioning why such events be held !! – but now more than 65000 people inside and few more thousands on the streets at Wembley – the holding of Euro 2020 and more so the worst crowd behaviour do not find any mention in BBC and other media!! – is not  football just a game ?

India today  reported 37,154 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours, pushing the country's caseload to 3,08,74,376. Some good news is –among  these, Chennai reported 165 positive cases -  and today morning newspapers reported that not  a single person in Chennai succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. After 139 days, the district witnessed zero covid deaths on Sunday. Another 19 districts in Tamil Nadu also recorded no Covid deaths on 24 hour recording !!

After Italy lifted the Euro 2020 trophy against England in an epic finale to the European Championships at Wembley, violence ensued onto the streets of London with disgruntled England fans unleashing mayhem onto their Italian counterparts. The aftermath of the match  saw the ugly side of England sports fans who began to physically, verbally, and racially attacking their Italian counterparts. The streets of London saw vandalism and violence which escalated to physical brawls between some groups. In some visuals, English fans were seen insulting Italy's national flag by stomping on it.  Nineteen police officers were injured when they "confronted volatile crowds" in the capital after the game and 49 people had been arrested for a "variety of offences".  England's Football Association (FA) released a statement in the early hours of Monday morning condemning the online racist abuse of players.   

           British authorities had  warned against large gatherings ahead of the Euro 2020 football final, fearful of the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant that has fuelled outbreaks across the world. Many nations have been forced to reimpose curbs as they battle outbreaks accelerated by the variant.  On average, Britain has been reporting about 410 cases per million people over the past week, one the highest cases in the world per capita. As the United Kingdom prepares for dropping most of the pandemic-induced restrictions on July 19, experts are concerned about the government's approach amid rising cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) on Friday warned that “things will get worse before they get better.”  On Friday, the UK reported more than 35,000 infections, the highest in over five months.   Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has branded the July 19 reopening as “Freedom Day” but experts are worried about the message.

Here is something from a USA news site :  What do you think was riskier during the pre-vaccine days of the pandemic: having your lonely parents over for dinner or going to a beach filled with dozens of strangers? Or how about going to the doctor for a prescription refill versus playing baseball at a nearby park? (may not be a relevant Q in India as people still live in joint families – but pertinent in Western World). When it comes to catching COVID-19, outdoor activities, in general, are safer than indoor activities!    But if you chose the beach or baseball as riskier, you are not alone. Two new studies show that people consider activities that they think are immoral or unreasonable as riskier — even when they’re not. “Our moral judgments change our factual judgments about the world,” says philosopher of science Cailin O’Connor of the University of California.  Accounting for moral and other biases in public health messaging is vital to combatting the spread of infectious disease, she says. It’s well-established that people rely on emotions and beliefs to make decisions.  These mental shortcuts, or heuristics, tend to take precedence during periods of uncertainty, as the right decision can be far from clear.

Well, there is clearly, very clear difference in how the Western World morality and ethics is reckoned and how it happens in India.  We reside with our people, pray God and are generally happy and contented.

Thirumazhisai Azhwar  tells us : - the sweetest music to ears if the name of Lord Sriman Narayana who has beautiful red eyes; He and His feet are the  refuge of all humanity, whom I have arrived and praising with poetry.  He is the centric of all poetry, worthy of it (for praising others, one would only make wrong exaggerated comparisons) -   Come to think, it is the very substance of the Vedas.

செவிக்கின்பம் ஆவதுவும் செங்கண்மால் நாமம்,

புவிக்கும் புவியதுவே கண்டீர்,- கவிக்கு

நிறைபொருளாய் நின்றானை நேர்பட்டேன், பார்க்கில்

மறைப்பொருளும் அத்தனையே தான்.

செவிக்கு இன்பம் ஆவது  புண்டரீகாக்ஷனான எம்பெருமானுடைய திருநாமமே; அந்த இனிய திருநாமமே  இப்பூவுலகில்  வசிப்பவரெல்லாம் கவலையற்று  ஒதுங்குவதற்கு  இடமாகவும் அமையும்.  மகா புருஷனான ஸ்ரீமன் நாராயணன் ஒருவன் மட்டுமே பாசுரத்திற்கு நிறைந்த பொருளாயிருப்பவன் .  அவனையே தெய்வாதீனமாக அடையப்பெற்றேன், ஆராய்ந்து பார்த்தால் வேதங்களில் தேர்ந்த பொருளும் அவ்வளவே. எம்பெருமானைத் தவிர்த்து மற்றையோரைச் கவிபாட நினைத்தால் சொற்களையும் பொருள்களையும் திருடித் திருடிக் கவிபாட வேண்டும். அங்ஙனன்றிக்கே எம்பெருமான் கவிக்கு நிறைந்த பொருளாயிருப்பன், என்கிறார் நம் திருமழிசைப்பிரான்

Reminiscing good olden days, here are some photos of Kodai uthsavam day 4 at Thiruvallikkeni divaydesam on 27.6.2017.

adiyen Srinivasa dhasan
Mamandur Veeravalli Srinivasan Sampathkumar

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