thiruvAimozhi – 2.5.9 – solleer en ammAnai

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In ninth pAsuram – As AzhwAr was unable to speak about emperumAn, he completely stopped speaking; subsequently, out of desire (to speak about him), calls everyone and starts engaging in a conversation with them.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr says “If you are able to speak about the unsurpassed sweet emperumAn, please do so”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

In ninth pAsuram – AzhwAr who withdrew after deciding that he cannot speak about emperumAn, out of utmost desire calls everyone and starts speaking to them.

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

Ninth pAsuram. AzhwAr will not stop speaking about him saying “I cannot”.  He says to samsAris (worldly people) “Can you all together speak about my lord?” [Previously AzhwAr said no one can speak about emperumAn; now he is calling out again to see if there is some intelligent ones who may be capable of doing that].

pAsuram

solleer en ammAnai en Avi Avi thanai
ellaiyil sIr en karumANikkach chudarai
nalla amudham peRaRkariya vIdumAy
alli malar virai oththu ANallan peNNallanE

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

en – for me
ammAnai – being the lord
en Avi – for my soul
Avi thanai – being the soul
ellai il – boundless
sIr – having qualities such as saukumAryam (beauty) etc
en karumANikkach chudarai – one who allowed me to experience his blue emerald like form
solleer – speak (if it is possible to do so for all of you together)

when asked, the reason for being unable to speak about him,
nalla – being distinct (from worldly nectar)
amudham – eternally sweet nectar

even for great yOgis
peRaRku – to attain
ariya – difficult
vIdumAy – the controller of the eternal land (of paramapadham – spiritual realm)
alli malar – in lotus flower
virai oththu – most enjoyable like the fragrance
peN allan – like he is different from women (due to him being a man)
AN allan – he is different from all men other than himself (due to him being purushOththama – supreme man)

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

Do so if you can speak about emperumAn who is my lord, who is the soul of my soul (paramAthmA – in-dwelling super soul), who is having boundless qualities such as beauty etc and who allowed me to experience his blue emerald like form; (when asked, the reason(s) for being unable to speak about him) he is eternally sweet nectar which is distinct from worldly nectar; he is the controller of paramapadham (spiritual realm) which is difficult to attain (even for great yOgis); he is most enjoyable like the fragrance in lotus flower; like he is different from women (due to him being a man), he is also different from all men other than himself (due to him being purushOththama – supreme man) .

Hence it is to be understood that it is difficult to speak about 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

  • solleer en ammAnai – Oh ones who are able to enjoy worldly (lowly) pleasures and explain about that! can you speak about him?
  • en ammAnaibhagavAn who manifested his divine qualities and activities and thus engaged me in proper servitude towards him.
  • en Avi Avi thanai – one who is the antharAthmA (in-dwelling super soul) of my AthmA (soul).
  • ellai … – Even if one can understand the limits of the qualities of his divine svarUpam (true nature) [such as gyAnam, Anandham etc], one can never understand the limits of the qualities of his divine vigraham (form) [such as saukumAryam etc]. Also explained as AzhwAr saying “emperumAn who allowed me to experience his unlimited auspicious qualities of the divine svarUpam (true nature) and  his cool divine blue emerald like beautiful form.
  • nalla amudham – eternal and most enjoyable nectar. Also explained as best among available nectar.
  • peRaRku ariya vIdumAy – being the mOksha purushArtham (liberation – the fourth goal desired by AthmAs [dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth); kAma (enjoyment) and mOksha (liberation) are the four goals desired by AthmA generally].
  • alli malar virai oththu – For his sweetness, he is comparable to the fragrance of the lotus flower.
  • AN allan peN allan – Not like any other man.  Just like he is unlike any other woman, he is also unlike any other man. This indicates that, he cannot be compared to any one.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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