thiruvAimozhi – 1.10.10 – maRappum gyAnamum

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Previous pAsuram

lotus-eyed-krishna-2

Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In tenth pAsuram – When asked “What if you tried hard to forget him?”, AzhwAr replies “How can I forget the one who watchfully glances at me always and resides in me eternally to ensure that I don’t forget him?”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr says “When he is trying hard to ensure that I don’t forget him, how can I forget him?”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

In tenth pAsuram – AzhwAr says “When he is making efforts to ensure that I don’t forget him, how can I forget him?”.

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

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

pAsuram

maRappum gyAnamum nAn onRu uNarnthilan
maRakkum enRu senthAmaraik kaNNodu
maRappaRa en uLLE manninAn thannai
maRappanO ini yAn en maNiyaiyE?

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

maRappum – forgetfulness
gyAnamum – remembrance/knowledge
onRu – one
uNarnthilan – when I don’t know

(after giving knowledge about himself)
maRakkum – that “AzhwAr will forget”
enRu – considering

(To bless)
sem – reddish
thAmarai – Like a lotus
kaNNodu – with the eye(s)
maRappaRa – ensuring that forgetfulness does not occur
en uLLE – inside my heart
manninAn thannai – one who arrived to stay eternally
en maNiyai – the most easily approachable emperumAn who can be tied in a cloth like a precious gem and enjoyed
ini – now on
yAn – I
maRappanO – how to forget?

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

When I don’t know about forgetfulness and remembrance, emperumAn, after blessing the knowledge about him, considering that “AzhwAr may forget about this”, with his merciful reddish lotus-like eyes, entered my heart to stay there eternally to ensure that I never forget him. How can I forget such emperumAn who is like a precious gem which can be enjoyed fully [he is so simple that he places himself under the full control of his devotees for their enjoyment].

vyAkyAnams (commentaries)

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s vyAkyAnam

See vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s translation.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

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

  • maRappum gyAnamum nAn onRu uNarnthilan – two explanations:
    • Only If I considered myself as a chEthana (sentient), I could forget; Only if I thought about him, I could forget him [I had never contemplated upon him before].
    • AthmA is the abode for both gyAnam (knowledge) and agyAnam (ignorance); Before I was like achith (insentient – which had no knowledge).
  • maRakkum enRu sen thAmaraik kaNNodu maRappaRa en uLLE manninAn – Thinking about me (who is so ignorant), he pretended as if I contemplated upon him with my own efforts, said “Now that he has become knowledgable about me, I cannot let him forget me”, glanced me with his cool beautiful divine eyes, stayed in my heart eternally ensuring that I never forget him.
  • manninAn – Staying in me, as if there is nothing else existing outside.
  • maRappanO ini yAn en maNiyaiyE – When one gets a precious gem, would they throw it out instead of tying it tightly to their cloth and preserving it?
  • maRappanO ini – When he has the tool [his beautiful divine reddish lotus-like eyes] to keep me always remembering about him, how can I forget him? Since time immemorial, I could never think about you; Similarly, going forward, I can never forget you.
  • yAn – I who never remembered you before.
  • en maNiyaiyE – When bhagavAn himself makes available, like a radiant precious gem handed over which can be enjoyed fully, will I ignore him?

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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