Archery is a very inventive unique art. Unlike most arts, Archery needs a foreknown target. Unless the target is pre-known, an arrow cannot be released. Games like cricket or baseball do not have a goal specified before the game itself. The ball is played instinctively when it arrives at the batsman. A missed hit is not considered as any absence of talent but if an arrow misses its target, the player is taken to lack enough skills!
Our lives too are similar to this game of Archery. We have a desire to learn the art, but we do not know about the goal and the method to strike it. And when we become aimless, we lose the skill to play the game of life! Isn’t that sad?
Dear readers, we have to our rescue our dear Mother Andal. Andal saves us from this ocean of confusion by teaching us the purpose and procedure of the Art called “The Vow of Dhanurma:sam”. The wonder of this art is that when the arrow is released, the arrow-head gets fixed inside the object and becomes part of it, such that the arrow cannot be separated from the target-object ever!
Oh! But what is so wonderful about this ? One can appreciate the analogy here, only by knowing about the Archery being referred to by Andal.
Andal tells us, that the Omka:ram is like the Bow. A:tma (Soul) is Dhanurmasam the Arrow . And the goal is Bramha.