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SaraNAgathi gadhyam – 7th chUrNai

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avathArikai (introduction)

Would not whatever we had given up, as mentioned in the previous chUrNai, be a great loss to us, asks periyavAchchAn piLLai. He responds that they are not, as bhagavAn himself is all these things to us.


thvamEva mAthA cha pithA thvamEva
thavmEva bhandhuScha gurus thavamEva
thvamEva vidhyA dhraviNam thvamEva
thvamEva sarvam mama dhEva dhEva

Explanatory Note:

thvamEva mAthA cha pithA thvamEvathvam – you; Eva -only; mAthA – mother and pithA – father. cha – and. Unlike a father who starts wishing and doing good for the child after the child is born, the mother starts protecting and loving the child right from the time that the child is conceived in her womb. Hence precedence is given to the mother. bhagavAn is also the father as it is the father who is equally responsible for the formation of the child. In our sampradhAyam (traditional beliefs), the entire creation is carried out by bhagavAn and not by pirAtti, and hence bhagavAn acts both as mother and father.

thvamEva bandhuScha – you are like relatives. Relatives are those who ensure that the person does not go the wrong way in life, control him and guide him in the correct path. bhagavAn is also the antharAthmA (pervading within the AthmA). Thus he guides the person always and acts similar to the relatives.

gurusthvamEva – you are like AchArya (teacher). The sound “gu” in guru means ‘darkness’ and the sound “ru” means ‘negates’. Thus a guru negates darkness – in other words he enlightens. bhagavAn removes ignorance in this samsAram (materialistic world) and grants mOksham (liberation) and hence he is the guru.  In our sampradhAyam, he is the first and primary AchAryan, as mentioned in our guruparamparai (lineage of AchAryas). He provides all the implements and aids for us to get interested in reaching him – he gave vEdhas (fountainhead of knowledge, divided into rig, yajur, sAma and atharva), SAsthra (religious treatise), purANa (ancient literature such as vishNu purANam, gAruda purAnam etc), ithihAsa (epics such as SrI rAmAyaNam and mahAbhAratham), created AzhwArs and AchAryas to explain what he had told or done in vEdha, SAsthrapurANa and ithihAsa, showed his exalted thirumEni (physical form as seen in archA mUrthi, as evidenced in various dhivyadhEsams) –  he does all these things so that we move away from the worldly pleasures in this samsAram and take the initial steps towards him . As seen earlier, he does not create desire in us for us to reach him, but develops the desire once we show the initial spark. He is indeed a great teacher, guru.

thvamEva vidhyA – you are the knowledge preached to us. How can he be “knowledge”? He provides the vEdhas which provide knowledge. Since various parts of vEdhas and vEdhAnthas (upanidhaths, the end part of vEdhas) are under his control and he is the entity explained or propounded in these, he is indeed the knowledge.

dhraviNam thvamEva – you are the wealth. Here wealth does not indicate only monetary wealth but all the entities which are enjoyed – for example, garland, sandal paste, food stuff, property etc. Not only the perceptible entities, but even the imperceptible entities such as parabhakthi, paragyAnam etc (which we had seen in chUrNai 5) are called as wealth. His exalted feet are the path for us to reach him and these are considered wealth.

thvamEva sarvam – whatever has been left unsaid is also you.

mama dhEva dhEva – Having given up everything to hold on to you, you are my lord and master. You are the lord of nithyasUris and mukthAthmAs in SrIvaikuNtam and you are my lord too.

Let us now move on to chUrNai 8.

Translation by krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan.

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 28

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pAsuram 28

AzhvArgaL thANgaL avathariththa nALgaLilum
vAzhvAna nAL namakku maNNulageer – Ezh pArum
uyya ethirAsar udhiththaruLum chiththiraiyil
seyya thiruvAdhirai                                                                                         28

pAsuram 28

Word by word meaning

nALgaLilum – Compared to the divine star days
AzhvArgaL thAngaL – in which all the AzhvArs
avathariththa – graced their incarnation,
maNNulageer – Oh those in this earth!
namakku – for us,
vAzhvAna – that can give us true life
nAL – is the divine star day
ethirAsar – (in which) emperumAnAr
udhiththu aruLum – graces by incarnating
chiththiraiyil – in the month of chiththirai (chaithra),
seyya – in the beautiful
thiruvAdhirai – star day of thiruvAdhirai (ArdhrA),
Ezh pArum – for those in all the seven worlds
uyya – to attain true goal.


For all the people in the world to attain true goal, emperumAnAr graced his incarnation; such divine star day is a huge wealth compared to the divine star days and months of all AzhvArs, says maNavALa mAmunigaL, for all kinds of people to know.

AzhvArgaL thAngaL avathariththa nALgaLilum – Having the quality of being given unblemished knowledge (mayarvaRa mathi nalam [thiruvAimozhi 1.1.1]) by sarvEsvaran, due to which through their dhivya prabandhams they were able to correct the village, country, and the world; that is, they had incarnated to help the world.

Compared to such divine days of their incarnations,

vAzhvAna nAL namakku maN ulageer – (better day for us, Oh the people of this earth) – that is, as said in ‘mangaiyarALi parAnkusa munnavar vAzhvu muLaiththidu nAL [Arththi prabandham – 32]’, the day of incarnation of emperumAnAr helps enrich those of AzhvArs, so it would be a more important day for us for us to attain true nature and proper being;


vAzhvAna nAL namakku maN ulageer Unlike you (the people of the earth) who are after material wealth etc., and who would be away from this (star day?), we who consider them as immaterial (like giving no importance like how one would ignore some grass), and have surrendered to emperumAnAr’s divine feet (rAmAnuja padhAmboja samASrayaNa SAlina:), and saying ‘thanthai nal thAy thAram thanayar perum selvam en thanakku neeyE ethirAsA [Arththi prabandham – 3]’ (Father, good mother, wife, brothers, huge wealth is all you for me ethirAsA), we consider him as all the wealth, so the divine star day of his incarnation also is a big wealth for us.

That is, instead of it (the day) being the reason for our true living, it in itself is our true living.

maN ulageer – As said in ‘AvirabhUdhbhUmau [varavaramuni mukthakam – 6]’ (appeared on the earth), and the same is said in ‘maNNin thalaththu udhiththu [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 95]’, Oh the people of this earth who have born in the world where such emperumAnAr incarnated – you are having such a fortune! You also be considering this always as your true life.

Now, he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining what this day is, as ‘Ezh pArum uyya ethirAsar udhiththu aruLum chiththiraiyil seyya thiruvAdhirai’.

That is, as said in ‘uNmai nal gyAnam uraiththa [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 73]’ (emperumAnAr who preaches the true knowledge), due to his advice/preaching and giving knowledge, those in all the worlds became true being, and reached the true goal – such emperumAnAr who is the head of yathis, divined his incarnation in chiththirai month and beautiful thiruvAdhirai. So –

vAzhvAna nAL namakku maNNulageer Ezh pArum uyya – here ‘pAr’ being earth, and ‘Ezh pAr’ being earth that is the head of seven dhvIpams (islands). By this, it thinks about all the worlds. Like said in ‘anaiththulagum vAzhap piRantha [Arththip prabandham – 41] (~born for all the worlds to live the true one).

People of all the worlds getting the true life due to his incarnation is: as said in ‘thadhuparyapi bAdharAyaNas sambhavAth [SrI bashyam 1.3-25]’ (after this it becomes/happens like this, says bAdharAyaNa), which implies that worship of brahmam happens in the other worlds as well, and any doubts in sAsthras which mandates such things are cleared very well by emperumAnAr through SrI bAshyam, as said in ‘thaththuva nUl kUzh aRRadhu [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 65](SAsthras that convey the truth in existence became clear of doubts and were able to convey the correct meanings), and so they learned without any doubts and got the true life.

Even though this is for matters related to those in the earth, it also helps those in the divine worlds.

When he (emperumAnAr) had divined his visit to SAradha peetam, sarasvathi had asked him about her doubts and got them clarified, and as said in ‘sankai keduththu ANda thavarAsA [periya thirumozhi thaniyan (related to emperumAnAr)]’ (~ clarified the doubts and ruled us), she celebrated him, showed the grantham ‘bhOdhAyana vruththi’, and later when SrI bAshayam grantham was graced to her she had kept SrI bAshayam on her head, is all well known isn’t it?

If all learned sarasvathi who is the wife of brahmA who is the head of all the dhEvas and who lives in sathya lOkam, would do something like this, then it goes without saying that those in all the worlds also would also celebrate this.

Or, as said in ‘sa bhrAthuch charaNau gAd(h)am nipIdya raghunandhana: | sIthA muvAchAthiyasA rAghavancha mahAvratham [SrI rAmAyaNam ayOdhyA kANdam 31.2]’ (famed and key of clan of raghu, that is iLaiyaperumAL (lakshmANan), fell fully at his elder brother’s feet, holding them by both hands, in the presence of sIthA pirAtti, pleaded as follows to SrI rAma who is staunch in accepting refuge and saving them), and so the head of nithya sUris that is iLaiyaperumAL (lakshmaNan) had started as a request for doing kainkaryam (service)

– such ways was followed as it is by his reincarnation that is emperumAnAr, as he said ‘SrIman! nArAyaNa! thava charNAravendhayugaLam saraNamaham prapadhyE [gadhya thrayam – srIranga gadhyam]’ (Oh periyA pirAtti accompanied nArAyaNa! I am strongly accepting your divine lotus feet as the means), and followed his (lakshmaNa’s) ways; and not stopping there, he divined it through SrI gadhyam that is gadhya thrayam, for others to follow such ways. Isn’t this the proper way for helping all the worlds to reach true goal?

Ezh pArum uyya ethirAsar udhiththaruLum – By the appearance of mere sun of this world, outer darkness of physical world goes away. rAmAnujar is one who possesses the light that is knowledge – due to such sun’s appearance all the worlds’ darkness (ignorance) is destroyed, as said in ‘ulagiruL neenga [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 9], and ‘sarvalOka thamOhanthA’ (removed darkness of all the worlds).

emperumAnAr_thondanUr_0001emperumAnAr and his disciples

It is said ‘arka: svakara samparkAth dhivA hanthi bhahisthama: | santhasthu dharsanA dhEva bhahiranthardhivAnisam’ (~sun, by its rays, removes outer darkness during the day. Saints, by just the sight remove inner darkness as well), and ‘nikhilakumathimAyA sarvareebAlasUrya: [yathirAja sapthathi]’ (after night which gives all wrongs to mind, young sun that appears when it dawns).

In [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi– 49] starting from ‘Anadhu semmai’ which ends with ‘irAmAnusan ith thalaththu udhiththE’, the great happenings due to emperumAnAr’s appearance can be seen in its meanings.

ethirAsar udhiththu aruLum chiththiraiyil seyya thiruvAdhirai – Like the sun entering the ArdhrA (thiruvAdhirai) star, emperumAnAr too appeared in ArdhrA (thiruvAdhirai). It is the time when crops are set; here too the crop that is AthmA got the brightness set for their true knowledge. Like said in ‘AdhithyAjjAyathE vrushti: [brahma purANam 29.4]’ (Sun instigates rain), here too there is rain of krupai (by this sun).

{vyAkyAnam for this pAsuram is longer than for earlier ones. Perhaps the vyAkyAtha (commentator) piLLailOkam jIyar too has rained more special meanings to this pAsuram for us}

chiththiraiyil seyya thiruvAdhirai – In the month of chiththirai when flowers blossom is the time when he incarnated in the beautiful thiruvAdhirai star. The beauty for it is based on the incarnation of emperumAnAr who is ‘azhagArum ethirAsar [Arththi prabandham – 31].

‘seyyA’ thiruvAdhirai – Based on the incarnation of SrImAn (emperumAnAr) who is of reddish hue, this thiruvAdhirai is also reddish. Like said in ‘subhaga: SrImAn’, his nature is also like reddish sun.

thirukkachchi nambi also divined ‘sivandhu valiya nediyarAy [guruparamparai](reddish, strong and tall (description of emperumAnAr)).

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English Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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