Thank you Tajjalan ji...very succintly put. Bringing the pairs here, confirmed many of the understanding. Thank you for taking part. It means a lot
The reflection on windshield is another excellent representation of reflected Consciousness; nice analogy.
Here are my thoughts (I am a mere student...I struggle with my learning):984. अन्नादः – One who eats the ‘food’
As Annam (983) He became the food for the sense organs. All of creation with its objects and relationships are projections upon the Absolute Substratum. So too, the jiva, that experiences the joy of the senses, is also Narayana, says Gurudev.
So from the micro standpoint, the jivatma (the Self functioning through the BMI) is the enjoyer of the creations of the Self in the larger plane, the entirety of Creation. Thus the Self is both enjoyer (as the jiva) and the enjoyed as the sense objects. As jivatma, it is the enjoyer/eater of the food.
What the jiva eats is out of the creation of the Lord. This is the jivatma’s appreciation of the Lord’s creation. That was how in the earlier naam, the Lord Himself became Annam.
As for the Lord, all commentators say, He enjoys the devotee, hence He is annaadah – “One Who eats the food”. In the last naam itself Gurudev pointed out that if used as a verb, then Annam means He who eats – and He eats the entire world at the time of dissolution. Hence now we can say He is Annadah, One who eats, consumes.
There is a figurative way to approach this – just a thought. As annam and annaadah,we can see the Lord as the object of devotion and say devotees enjoy Him in devotion, and He enjoys His devotees who adore Him. The examples of this instantaneous reciprocal consumption of love that come to mind is Draupadi and Krishna – She called out to Him in anxiety, He responded to her devotion instantly (on the third call). Gajendra raised his trunk with a lotus to Vishnu Bhagawan when his leg was in the mouth of a crocodile, and he could try no harder. In surrender he called out to Bhagawan, and Bhagawan came rushing to him. The devotee and the object of devotion are fused almost, here. That is exactly how Annam and Annaadah are: As Annam He is food for the equipment; as Annaadah He is that same Self operating through the jiva (jivatma) consuming that food. Likewise, devotion.
In the context of Yagna, it is devotion that we contribute to a yagna, the spirit of devotion we feel is what renders the yagna successful (as we sacrifice for the Lord, considering Him to be the receiver of my offering, sacrifice, and no other as beneficiary or result); and the receiver of that devotion is the Lord Himself, who consumes what is being offered. What we offer in a yagna comes from Him; the devotion we feel is His grace. The receiver of our offering is the Lord Himself, He consumes it (even if conveyed through deities). Hence He is annaadah.
And finally eva ca
: Bhishmapitamah says, Food is He, the Consumer of that Food too is He. Or That same Lord it is who also consumes all that is offered. In fact if we link this to Yagnaguhyam then we see that what Bhishma ji is saying is, that the most essential and biggest Truth to be realised is the result of all yagnas, and the effort and offering we make to this yagne (any yagna) comes from the Lord (as Annam) and is consumed by the Lord (as Annaaadah.)
That was how we learnt that He is Yajnabhuk – 979
– the One receiver of all that is offered. This came to us as a learning very early in the sahasranaama when Bhishma told us the Lord is Bhoktaa – 143
and Gurudev said …. the instruments of experience (the sense organs and the BMI) and their experiences ie, the joys or the sorrows or both, are made aware by the Lord Himself. For He is the real Bhokta and not the intermediary jiva. [Just as even if a deity is offered a yagna, the recipient eventually is the Lord; hence the real Bhokta is the Lord even if the BMI receive the offering of a joy or sorrow.]
To quote more precisely: “The pure Self expressing through the gross, subtle and causal bodies, becomes the waer, dreamer and deep sleeper, experiencing all happenings good and bad, as the individuality in that living person. Purusha (Consciousness) comes to experience the endless modifications that come out of Prakriti……. And the Self becomes the Enjoyer or Sufferer (consumer) of the actions of matter.”
This really explains for us Annaadah. Om Bhoktre Namah! (143)
Then again, in Sandhimaan – 202
, another very profound learning came to us: that He is the conditioned enjoyer. “… the Light of Consciousness functioning in the mind and intellect, is the individuality (Jeeva), that comes to suffer the good and bad results of the actions. ….” And here comes the most apt explanation by Gurudev: “ Thus not only that it is He who is the Giver of the results, but It is He again, who is the enjoyer or the sufferer of the results.” Here too Gurudev says He is the One illumining all actions, the very Law of reaction Itself; the ensuing experience in all actions, of all people, at all times.” Hence this Sandhimaan (the enjoyer of all actions) is That Annaadah ( who eats the food – and then experiences the enjoyment or suffering).
As we can see, consuming is broken into – eating + experiencing.Om Annaadaay Namah!
ॐ अन्नादाय नमः
Salutations to the enjoyer of those who enjoy Him