thiruvAimozhi – 1.4.9 – nAdAtha malar

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the 9th pAsuram – AzhwAr requests the cool wind – After informing emperumAn “Can you let your subservient person die down like this?”, if he still ignores me, you should surely finish me.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, parAnkusa nAyaki looks at the cool wind which returns from emperumAn and tells it “After informing him about me, you have returned to kill me”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

Similar to nanjIyar‘s introduction.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

9th pAsuram – When parAnkusa nAyaki was thinking as in (the previous pAsuram) “sAyalodu maNi mAmai thaLarnthEn nAn” (I have become tired losing my color, luster, etc), a cool wind touches her body. Seeing its nature, she thought that there is something to it, just like thArai said “sugrIva was struggling a little while ago being beaten up by vAli – but the same sugrIva has returned with a great roar – there must be something to it (i.e., having the support of srI rAma))”. When a king would send his servants to torture those who disobey (or defame) the king, those persons may try to give some wealth, etc., to the servants to avoid the torture, parAnkusa nAyaki tells the cool wind “you go and inform him about my plight and if he does not care about my offerings, then you can return to finish me”.


nAdAtha malar nAdi nALthORum nAraNan than
vAdAtha malar adik kIzh vaikkavE vagukkinRu
vIdAdi vIRRiruththal vinai aRRathu en seyvathO
UdAdu pani vAdAy uraiththIrAy enathu udalE

Word-by-Word meanings (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

Udu – In between (him and me)
Adu – occurring/travelling
pani vAdAy – Oh cool wind!
nAdAtha – rare (difficult to find)
malar – flowers
nAdi – seek out
nALthORum – daily
nAraNan than – unto nArAyaNa (who has eternal relationship with everyone as master)
vAdAtha malar adik kIzh – unto the fresh lotus feet of emperumAn
vaikkavE – on offering
vagukkinRu – engaging (the senses)
vIdu – in separation
Adi – occurring
vIRRiruththal – being alone
vinai aRRathu – unfortunate situation
en seyvathO – what is the result of it?
uraiththu – telling him (and if he gives unfavourable answer)
enathu udal – my body
IrAy – kill it so it does not exist

Simple transalation (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

Oh cool wind which is travelling in between him and me! while I should be offering rare flowers unto his lotus feet daily and engaging my senses in the same, my unfortunate situation is that I am living alone in separation from him. After informing this to him and if you do not get positive feedback, please  finish my body. vIdu here means separation. From this, we can understand that if the AchArya is harmful to us due to some reason, he is still worshippable by us since he is the one who will deliver us.

vyAkyAnams (commentaries)

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s vyAkyAnam

Similar to vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s translation.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s vyAkyAnam

Similar to nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

  • nAdAtha malar nAdi – Some say this (flower) relates to “Athma pushpam” (the flower of AthmA which has certain auspicious qualities). Instead of that, nanjIyar explains this as highlighted in thiruvAimozhi 4.7.8 “eNdisaiyum uLLa pUk koNdu” (bringing flowers from eight directions) – bringing flowers that are rare to find.
  • nALthORum – Without any break. For the AthmA whose true nature (of servitude) is established by kinchithkAram (little service), break in such service is an obstacle.
  • nAraNan – One who is sarvaswAmy (master of all) who deserves to be served always
  • vAdAtha malar adik kIzh – unto the lotus feet which looks like fresh flowers. Even while being separated (in suffering), the lotus feet are so relishable and thus cannot be given up.
  • vaikkavE – to keep
  • vagukkinRu – present for that only. As explained in srI rAmAyaNam ayOdhyA kANdam 40.5 “srushtasthvam vanavAsAya” (sumithrai says to lakshmaNa – “you are created to accompany (and serve) srI rAma in the forest”. Similarly, the purpose of jIvAthmA‘s existence is to serve the most appropriate/deserving, easily approachable and ever relishable lotus feet of emperumAn.
  • vIdu Adi vIRRiruththal vinai aRRathu en seyvathO – Just like sEshabhUtha’s (jIvAthmA/servitor) true nature is established by rendering service, sEshi’s (bhagavAn/master) true nature is established by accepting such service. vIdu – leaving/separating. vIRRiruththal – being seated comfortably (in separation). vinai aRukkai – terminating my good fortunes.  Two explanations are given:
    • Instead of accepting my service, he is enjoying in separation from me. What can I do seeing this act of him?
    • Being separated from him and also being given up by my relatives (and thus separated from them too), what can I do?
  • UdAdu pani vAdAy – Just like a servant/messenger will travel transport messages between two parties, the cool wind is travelling back and forth between me and emperumAn. Also explained as: Udu – inside, Adugai – travelling. Reaching upto the inner quarters of emperumAn or you who were near us during the times we were together.
  • uraiththu – When you tell him “this parAnkusa nAyaki (jIvAthmA) is born only to serve you eternally”, if he is like “I don’t even want the kainkaryam from her”, you return back and finish my body which cannot bear the separation from him.

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