"Rich in ghee, O Savitr, through thy overlordship,
Be the bounteous region rich in milk, for us.
The firm among the quarters, lady of Vishnu, the mild,
Ruling over this strength, the desirable,
Brhaspati, Matariçvan, Vayu,
The winds blowing together be gracious to us.
O Prop of the sky, supporter of the earth,
Ruling this world, lady of Vishnu"
Looking at other attributes,
firm in the quarters, in the directions,
she rules over this strength, the desirable.
Other clues about her
is that the winds blow
together with Brihaspati, Matarishvan and Vayu
and with them
she props or supports or sustains
and rules the earth.
Looking at each of these to know what texture or stature, NIla has, let us analyse further.
She is firm in her quarters, firm in her directions.
Brihaspati, Matarishvan and Vayu blow with wind!
From the other verses from the same chapter in which NiLa suktam is found,
we gather the following.
Brihaspathi prepares the ground
and places the agni on the ridge of earth,
full of light, for every expiration, inspiration.
Vayu is the Universal Life force.
Matarishvan is all Space (all the directions) and carries everything in this earth.
All these descriptions plus the meaning of Pinnai
make me conclude
that the NIla in form and works
is the magnetic sheath enveloping the earth.
Upanishads say that there is a name, form and work
associated with every deva or celestial being, physically and metaphorically.
If we say the sun god,
the name sun is associated with a form (which we see)
and it represents some activity as can be seen or felt.
This is at the perception level of the physical world.
Metaphorically, the Sun is also the All pervading God,
with a name, form and works.
Applying this version to NILa,
there must exist in nature the Pinnai,
the later born of the earth.
She must also fulfil the role of Vishnu patni as His Vital level of existance.
The magnetic envelop of the earth
was the later born!
When the earth came into existence,
this sheath was not there.
It came up later.
But without this sheath,
the earth could not have become a place for life.
The earth or Bhu devi is described in Bhu suktam as "Hiranya garbhini",
the one who contains everything in her womb.
She is described as not just the land form
but also as one who has the waters and the air (jalasayani, vaayumati).
The Bhudevi contains all that is within her or on her.
But when did she start containing everything with her
in such a way that she was able to become 'sarva siddhyai',
by making them usable?
It was only after the earth became protected with a magnetic sheath
that had fixed directions
at North and South.
It will be interesting to relate that
everything connected with growth or its opposite
is talked by the vedas
in terms of North and South (uttar or dakshin) only.
No other planet in our system of Sun
could sustain life,
nor could they lead a least bombarded journey,
like our earth,
there is no protection to them from harmful
solar flares and cosmic waves
that continuously bombard their surface.
The earth is special.
All those who are eagerly working on
to find life elsewhere in this Universe
must first know
that no life can sustain,
if there is no Triad
in terms of Bhu, Bhuvah and Svah!
A sheath of Vayu helps in protection.
But the sheath of strong magnetic covering anchored at two directions
as two horns of the BULL
is the real cause for thwarting away any attack
to the body of the earth
by cosmic flares.
This sheath is supposed to be indigo in colour!
This sheath was "pinnai" born from the earth.
This sheath makes it possible
for life to thrive on earth
and extract all wealth from it.
This sheath acts as a medium between
the earth (Bhu)
and the wealth (Sri)
that is derived from it.
This sheath is fixed on the yajna kunda of earth by Brihaspathi.
This sheath is supported by Matarishvan
This sheath contains and supports wind and everything else under it.
In short, the earth without this sheath can not have become a place for life to thrive.
The Lord Chose this earth, as His Bhu.
The NILa was fixed on her.
Therefore He becomes the IRai (Lord) of these two.
"nar puvi thanakku IRaivan,
aayar paavai Nappinnai thanakkirai" (Periya Thirumozhi)
He created the Puvi (earth), therefore He becomes its Lord.
Her thunai (companion) is Nappinnai or NILa.
Therefore He is Lord for her too.
But He is "inban" sweet-heart for Lakshmi, the wealth or prosperity
or the Svah level symbolism of Lord Himself!
As per texts,
NILa must be represented in physical form.
She was Nappinnai in physical incarnation,
in colour, nature of birth and works.
Nappinnai was born in ayar kudi.
Aai in Tamil means mother.
The mother and the sect of aayars are known for giving -
giving milk and ghee without any fuss,
like the NILa without whom we can not live
but whose presence we hardly notice.
Nappinnai came to be Lorded by krishna,
after he won the bulls by embracing the horns of the bull
and rode on the bull with his chest thrust in between the horns,
as though they were the breasts of Nappinnai.
The earth also is running fast in space and it needed to be controlled or tamed.
The Lord (Vishnu) is riding on it holding NILa by her breasts
represented by the two poles,
and thrusting himself in between the poles,
thereby covering the earth away from all dangers
and with Bhoo and NILa firmly under His control
He too is going along with them in what is known as Leela vibhuthi!
When He is riding Bull of earth like this,
His dearest consort,
is sure to rule the world,
with prosperity of any and every kind becoming a reality.
The taming of the bull resembles the speeding off the earth with Nila
embraced by God!
The sleep of
resembles the 'sthana giri', called poles
on which the Lord as
It is in the early hours before sunrise,
the aurora lights in indigo and blue hues dance in the poles
as though it is a kuravai-k-kootthu.
Below them lies the world with sky as the limit.
Beyond them , it is
The ghee offered by this NILa is all the faculties of Rajas arising from the 5 elements,
which can never escape from her.
A continuous churning of these vital factors occur inside her
giving rise to new thougthts,
She is best realised at night,
so too Nappinnai is remembered at night.
The dark outer space seems to sleep on her,
like krishna sleeping on the kongai of Nappinnai.
The picture is complete with vishnu
fixed on this 3 fold Triad -
of whom the two are perceptible
and NILa alone non-perceptible.
That is why the birth and life of Nappinnai
also was made less perceptible.
Only those aspects of NiLa
that are needed to be remembered,
recollected and eulogised
have been associated with Nappinnai.
At the physical level,
and danced with her the Kuravai-k-kootthu.
At the ethereal realms too,
He is continuously dancing with the speeding earth and her younger sister, NILa
as though He is constantly dancing to keep the earth in equilibrium.
This is the cosmic dance of Kuda-k-kootthu in which the dancer
ably balances the pots on his head while dancing.
The balance or equilibrium is the essence of kuda-k-kootthu.
The Lord is doing that
by holding the earth at its poles (horns) and
riding on her with Himself present everywhere!
That is the symbolism.
That seems to be the symbolism!