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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 81
« on: August 30, 2009, 11:05:19 AM »
Verse No. 75 of Sri Soundarya Lahari is interpreted in different
ways by various commentators.  This Verse describes the Mother's
breast milk.

Tvam stanyam manye Dharani dhara kanye hrdayatah
Payah paaraavaararah parivhati saarasvataam iva;
Dayaavatya dattam dramila-sisur aasvaadya tava yat
Kavinaam praudhaanaam ajani kamaniyah kavayita.

O daughter of the Mountain King!  I fancy that Your breast milk
is the milk-ocean emerging as poetic inspiration from Your heart.
For, it was by drinking it, so graciously given by You, that the
child of the Dramila country became a noted poet of Siva among
great composers!

The identity of this Dramila sisu, the child south of Vindyas, that
is Dravida, has given rise to many interpretations.  That child is
Sankara himself, maintains the two commentators Lakshmidara
and Kaivalyasrama.  This is based on the story that Sankara was
given breast milk by Mother Katyayani in the temple near Kaladi,
when Sankara was about 5 or 6 years old.  But the question remains
that Sankara however gifted might he have been, with Katyayani's
milk, would call himself a great poet.  He was the embodiment of
humility.  Added to this, none of the Sankara Vijayam biographies
give this account.

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman and Kanchi Sri Chandrasekara
Saraswati, the eariler Chief Pontiff of Kanchi Math, who passed
away in 1990s say that this reference is to Saint Tiru Jnana
Sambandhar, the great poet of Seerkazhi.  Jnana Sambandhar
when he was three years old, was given breast milk by Uma,
when he was crying on the banks of the temple tank.  He
started singing melodious Tamil poems on Siva immediately.
This story is also available in Periya Puranam, the story of 63
Siva Saints by Poet Sekkizhar.  We can therefore take that the
reference is to Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, who lived about 100 years
before Sankara.  He is also considered as an avatara of Skanda.

In Sri Ramana Gita, where Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri says
that Bhagavan Ramana is an avatara of Skanda, has stated
that He is the third avatara of Skanda, after Tiru Jnana Sambandha,
Kumarila Bhatta. 

Dramila which means Dravida country refers to all lands south
of Vindya.  It might refer to Andhra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and
Kerala, all of which are south of Vindhyas.  Hence reference to
Tiru Jnana Sambandha and also to Sankara hold water.  Dravida
is not a race.  This is the creation of British writers to divide Indians
into Aryans and Dravidans.   Arya merely means one who is pure.
Dravida means who lives in south of Vindhyas.


Incidentally, Bhagavan Ramana was given the abhishekam milk
of Mother Unnamulai, Apeetakuchamba, when He was staying
inside the Arunachaleswarar Temple, during His first two years
in Tiruvannamalai.   Once Bhagavan Ramana, while reading Tiru
Jnana Sambandhar's Tevaram, has shed tears stating, "Is he
not Siva's son?"

Arunachala Siva.