VIJAY TV BHAKTHI THIRUVIZHA SEASON 12, DAY 3 – DHARMAME VELLUM BY PROFESSOR ILLAMPIRAI MANIMARAN – Part 1
With weekend household chores I never expected to attend the Sunday programme but my description of Saturday’s programme got my sister Sundari, who happened to be in town, very much interested. We planned to leave home early, take an auto and reach Narada Gana Sabha by 4.30 pm. But as usual God had better plans for us. Ranga had been out for the day returned early and surprised me. With the result, we comfortably travelled the 10 km by car.
The three of us managed to reach the venue only by 5.45 pm and missed most of Suchitra’s performance. The second programme at 6 pm was discourse by Professor Ilampirai Manimaran. The topic was “Dharmame Vellum”.
Of course when the topic is Dharmam, it has to be about Dharmaputra – Yudhishtra. The Professor first narrated an episode that happened during the vanavasam of the Pandavas. A deer had taken the arani kattai (the wooden sticks used for lighting the fire of the yagna) of a Rishi and the Pandavas went after the deer to retrieve the sticks. They searched for the deer for a long time but could not find it. Yudhishtra was very thirsty and asked his brothers to find water. On climbing a tree, they saw a river at a distance.
Dharmaputra sent Sahadevan to get some water. When he did not return, he asked Nakulan to go in search of him. Like this, all the four brothers went and when none of them came back, Yudhishtra himself went. He reached the river and was shocked to find all his brothers lying dead. His throat parched, Yudhishtra tried to drink some water from the river before finding out about his brothers’ deaths. That’s when he heard a voice. A Yaksha came before him and wanted Yudhishtra to answer some questions before taking water from the river. He also said that he had so instructed Yudhishtra’s brothers but they did not listen to him. The ever patient Yudhishtra was ready to answer the Yaksha’s questions. Professor Ilampirai Manimaran detailed the Yakshaprasnam beautifully.
Very happy and satisfied with the answers given by Yudhishtra, the Yaksha reveals himself as Yamadharma and blesses Yudishtra, declaring that the latter is a Dharmavan.
Yamadharma further asks Yudhistra if Yama is ready to bring one of his brothers back to life, who will Yudhishtra choose. Yudhishtra once again establishes that he is a Dharmavan by asking Yamadharma to bring Nakulan back to life. When Yama asks him why he chose Nakulan and not Bheema or Arjuna, Yudhishtra beautifully explains that he, Kunti’s son is alive. If Nakulan comes back to life, then it will be one of Madhri’s sons who will live. Pleased with his explanation, Yamadharma brought all four of them back to life.
More about Professor Illampirai Manimaran’s talk on “Dharmame Vellum” on my next blog.
Here is the you tube link
Here is the you tube link