thiruvAimozhi – 2.1.10 – vEvArA vEtkainOy

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srirama-separation

Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In tenth pAsuram – On seeing emperumAn who united with her to remove her fatigue, parAnkusa nAyaki prays to him “You should never leave me”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, emperumAn who is sarvakAraNn (the cause of all) arrives there on seeing parAnkusa nAyaki‘s suffering and parAnkusa nAyaki prays to him “you should never fail me”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

pAsuram

vEvArA vEtkai nOy mellAvi uL ularththa
OvAthu irAp pagal unpAlE vIzhththu ozhinthAy
mAvAy piLanthu maruthu idai pOy maN aLantha
mUvA muthalvA! ini emmaich chOrElE

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

vEvArA – not satisfied torturing
nOy – disease (love-sickness)
mel – week (due to separation)
Avi – AthmA
uL – like dried leaf
ularththa – to dry it completely
irAp pagal – night and day
OvAthu – incessantly
un pAlE – in your qualities
vIzhthu ozhinthAy – one who captivated me
mA – the horse’s (that was the enemy of those who approach you)
vAy – mouth
piLanthu – tore
maruthu – (twin) arjuna tree
idai – in-between
pOy – entered
maN – the earth (to make it fully subservient)
aLanthu – measured
mUvA – being every youthful
muthalvA – Oh the cause of all!
ini – going forward
emmai – us
chOrEl – never fail us

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

Oh emperumAn who tore the mouth of kEsi (horse), who crawled in-between the twin trees and measured the earth, who is the cause of all! my already tender/meek AthmA has further fully dried up by being tortured by love-sickness and you made me fully subservient to you by showing your qualities! Now onwards, please don’t fail [leave] me ever. In this, AzhwAr contemplates how emperumAn eliminated the obstacles and sustained him.

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

  • vEvArA vEtkai nOy – If started torturing, it will not stop with just torturing once. Unlike other diseases (of the body), this love-disease (of love-sickness of separation from bhagavAn) is never ending [since this affects the AthmA which is eternal].
  • mellAvi – Like her tender body, AzhwAr‘s self too is very tender in nature.
  • uL ularththa – As said in srI rAmAyaNam ayOdhyA kANdam 85.17 “… gUdOgniriva pAdhapam” (like drying of the leaves in a tree by the fire inside the tree-hole), it tortures from inside (AthmA) to outside (body). AthmA is said to be adhAhyam (incombustible – unable to be burnt – srI bhagavath gIthA 2.24), yet it cannot be burnt only by material fire [the anguish of separation from emperumAn will hurt the AthmA]. As said in srI rAmAyaNam sundhara kANdam 35.44 “… mahathA jvalathA nithyamagninEvAgni parvatha:” [Oh revered sIthA! having not seen you, srI rAma is in anguish like a huge/burning mountain of fire].
  • OvAthu irAp pagal – Just like the eternal disease, the night and day also seem to be so long.
  • un pAlE vIzhthu ozhinthAy – two explanations:
    • You captivated me towards you from whom no one can return.
    • You captivated me towards you and yet you are staying far away without being friendly.
  • mAvAy … – two explanations:
    • [Focus on mUvA – being still energetic, looking to help] Having casually tore kEsi’s mouth, having entered in-between the twin-trees, having recovered the land by conquering [measuring] over that land that was grabbed by mahAbali – after having done so much favours, feeling that you have not done enough, you are looking forward to help everyone.
    • [Focus on muthalvA – cause] Having done all of these, as if you have not done anything, you performed creation, etc., of the universe, etc.
  • ini emmai chOrElE – two explanations:
    • AzhwAr requesting emperumAn to arrive at him just by eliminating the obstacles like he eliminated kEsi, etc.
    • parAnkusa nAyaki faithfully requesting emperumAn, seeing the great dangers she is facing in not uniting with him.
  • ini – Even if the past is gone, at least in future she wants to be united with emperumAn. It is also explained that – AzhwAr is feeling for the lost time with emperumAn until now. srI rAmAyaNam yudhdha kANdam 5.5 is quoted here: “na mE dhukkam priyA dhUrE” – I am not grieving for my dear (sIthA) being far away; if I took up a journey, I can easily reach her; “na mE dhukkam hruthEthi vA” – I am not grieving that this separation was caused by a rAkshasa, by cutting off his head, that grief will be eliminated; “EthadhEvAnusOchAmi”  – this is my only grief; “vayOsyA hyathivarththathE” – [that is,] I can never bring back the lost time. So, AzhwAr‘s state of separation from emperumAn is like srI rAma‘s separation from sIthA pirAtti.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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