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thiruvAimozhi – 3.7.4 – udai Arndha

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In fourth pAsuram – AzhwAr says “Those who are servitors of SrIvaishNavas who are attached to the divine ornaments of emperumAn, are my lords”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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.


udai Arndha Adaiyan kaNdigaiyan udai nANinan
pudaiyAr pon nUlinan pon mudiyan maRRum pal kalan
nadaiyA udaith thirunAraNan thoNdar thoNdar kaNdIr
idaiyAr piRappidai thORu emakkem peru makkalE


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

udai Arndha – fitting with the waist
Adaiyan – having divine garment
kaNdigaiyan – being the one wearing ornaments in the neck
udai nANinan – being the one who is wearing a waist string on top of the garment
pudai Ar – placed on one side
pon nUlinan – being the one with golden yagyOpavItham (sacred thread)
pon mudiyan – wearing an attractive crown
maRRum – and
pal kalan – many different ornaments
nadaiyA udai – having them naturally
thirunAraNan – nArAyaNan who is SrImAn
thoNdar – for those who are servitors
thoNdar kaNdIr – those who are servitors of
idai Ar – permanent
piRappu idai thORu – in every moment of every birth
emakku – for us
em perumakkaL – distinguished supreme lords

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

nArAyaNan who is SrImAn (husband of SrI mahAlakshmi) is having garment/dress which fits well with his waist [perfect fit]; is wearing ornaments in the neck; is wearing a waist string on top of the garment; is adorned with golden yagyOpavItham placed on one side; is wearing an attractive crown and having many different ornaments naturally; those who are servitors of the servitors of such emperumAn, are our distinguished supreme lords permanently in every moment of every birth.

The lordship of bhAgavathas is explained through these first four pAsurams.

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

  • udai Arndha Adaiyan – Looks like the waist blossomed into the waist garment. “kauSEya pushpitha katIthatam” (the silk garment in the waist appears to have blossomed from the waist). SrImath bhAgavatham kANdam 10 “pIthAmbaradhara:” (one who is wearing yellow garment) [nampiLLai goes on to explain the whole SlOkam. This SlOkam is usually recited as part of thiruvArAdhanam during manthra pushpam]. thAsAmAvirabhUth – While roaming around in SrI brindhAvanam, he hid himself to see how restless they [cowherd girls] become. When he realized that “they cannot sustain the separation anymore”, he appeared in front of them. thAsAm – Like a drought-stricken land blessed with heavy rain. smayamAna mukhAmbuja: – his lotus like face would be like this [with a beautiful smile] when he sees them [the cowherd girls] cannot sustain in his absence. pIthmAbaradhara: – His yellow garment is so soothing that it relieves the girls from their anger out of separation [love-fights]. The yellow garment is such that, after having the wounds in the heart healed, there will be constant meditation/discussion about the beauty of the yellow garment itself. This is the main routine as explained in thiruvAimozhi 3.1.1padichchOdhi Adaiyodum palkalanAy nin paim pon kadichchOdhi kalandhadhuvO“. sAkshAnmanmathamanmatha: – As said in SrI rAmAyaNam ayOdhyA kANdam “pumsAm dhrushti chiththApahAriNam” (SrI rAma who captures the eyes and heart of men too).
  • kaNdigaiyan – To stop the beauty of the garment escaping through the top, there is a ornament in the divine neck. It pulls AzhwAr upto the neck and makes him enjoy the beauty there. kaNdigai – necklace which is worn on the neck.
  • udai nANinan – waist string. When enjoyed fully, the waves of beauty from the neck push down, AzhwAr stops and enjoys the middle portion [of emperumAn‘s divine body].
  • pudaiyAr pon nUlinan – Not needing another ornament in its side, like a lightning in a dark-cloud, one who is having the divine sacred thread. As AzhwAr immerses in the ocean of beauty, he holds on to the sacred thread as a support.
  • pon mudiyan – As said in thiruvAimozhi 3.6.10 “thEr kadaviya perumAn” (emperumAn who rode the chariot), one who is crowned to serve his devotees. [double-meaning] If one holds on to a nUl [nUl also means SAsthram], he is sure to reach the head [being liberated]. ponmudi – attractive crown.
  • maRRum pal kalan nadaiyA udai – one who wears many other ornaments naturally. Once the head is reached, all other enjoyments will naturally follow.
  • maRRum pal kalanAzhwAr becomes speechless [stunned due to the joy and thus unable to further elaborate in detail about each ornaments]. Since there are infinite ornaments, he cannot completely list them; but he cannot stop glorifying his beauty. This is AzhwAr’s trouble.
  • thiru nAraNan – The relationship with SrI mahAlakshmi is like the perfect fit of those ornaments to emperumAn. It is said as in thiruvAimozhi 10.10.2 “mArvaththu mAlai” (garland in the chest). As the thiruvAbharaNAzhwArs [divine ornaments] are eternal free souls of paramapadham, one who controls/owns them is called thirunAraNan.  AzhwAr is saying “the lords of this world is this divine couple” .
  • thoNdar thoNdara kaNdIr – Like the divine togetherness of thAyAr and perumAL being the ultimate state of SEshithvam (lorship), these bhAgavathas are staying in the ultimate state of SEshathvam (servitorship).
  • idai Ar … – In every moment of every birth, without any break. Instead of manifesting decorated beauty externally [as done by emperumAn] and enslaving us, they are our natural [without any such condition] lords. Alternatively – For those who are surrendered to SrIman nArAyaNan, I am wondering “how amazing it is to see them taking shelter of the divine couple together” and declaring that I am their servant. Even if they don’t think themselves as my lords, they are our lords [in my opinion]. Our distinguished lords.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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thirumAlai – 20 – pAyu nIr arangam thannuL

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avathArikai (Introduction)

In the previous pAsuram when the samsAris heard AzhwAr’s involvement with periya perumAL and his resultant suffering [his tears preventing him from seeing the wonderful form of periya perumAL], they told AzhwAr “who don’t you keep aside this involvement with emperumAn and enjoy like us, taking care of food and clothing so that you will not have to bother about the body melting and you can be steady and firm like us?” AzhwAr responds saying “we realise after seeing periya perumAL in this sleeping posture that he is doing this for our sake. We know our svarUpam (basic nature); how can we be like you, not being involved with emperumAn related matter, and exhibit our ahankAram and mamakAram (ego and possessiveness) like you?”

Let us look at the pAsuram and its meanings.

பாயு நீர் அரங்கம் தன்னுள் பாம்பணைப் பள்ளி கொண்ட
மாயனார் திரு நன் மார்வும் மரகத உருவும் தோளும்
தூய தாமரைக் கண்களும் துவரிதழ்ப் பவள வாயும்
ஆயசீர் முடியும் தேசும் அடியரோர்க்கு அகலலாமே.

pAyu nIr arangam thannuL pAmbaNaip paLLi koNda
mAyanAr thiru nan mArvum maradhaga uruvum thOLum
thUya thAmaraik kaNgaLum thuvaridhazhp pavaLa vAyum
AyasIr mudiyum thEsum adiyarOrkku agalalAmE


Meanings of Words

pAyu nIr – surrounded by [the river] kAviri in which water is flowing
arangam thannuL – in  thiruvarangam [SrI rangam]
pAmbu aNai – in the bed of thiruvananthAzhwAn [AdhiSEsha]
paLLi koNda – lying, asleep
mAyanAr – emperumAn’s, with wondrous activities
thiru nal mArvum – the supremely great chest where pirAtti [SrI mahAlakshmi] resides
maradhagam uruvum – colour of thirumEni [divine form] like emerald stone
thOLum – divine shoulders
thuvar idhazh – red-coloured divine lips
pavaLam vAyum – coral like divine mouth
Aya sIr mudiyum – crown with unparalleled greatness, for a very long time
thEsum – the radiance (as a result of all the aforementioned aspects)
adiyarOrkku – for his followers (who know their svarUpam, basic nature)
agalalAmE – can they be lost?

vyAkhyAnam (Explanatory Notes)

pAyu nIr arangam – instead of being at an elevation, requiring construction of a dam and forcing water to go up, thiruvarangam (SrIrangam) is at a lower level so that water will flow naturally. Water is used as a metaphor to denote all substances that purify and which are clear. This temple is the repository for such substances. As mentioned in SrI rAmAyaNam bAla kANdam 2.5 “agarthdhamidham thIrtham bharathwAja! niSAmaya I ramaNIyam prasannAmbu sanmanushyamanO yathA II´- hEy bharathwAja! Look at this river which is without mud, beautiful, and clear like the minds of good people. Thus water is taken as a simile for good people.

thannuL pAmbaNai – in order to prevent any irritation to his divine body, which is softer than a flower, by the water, he has spread AdhiSEshan as a mattress on top of the water. periyAzhwAr said the same in periyAzhwAr thirumozhi 5.1.7 “veLLai veLLaththin mEl oru pAmbai meththiyAga viriththu” – spread AdhiSEsha on top of the white water, as a mattress.

paLLikoNda mAyanAr – his way of sleeping is wondrous. sIthA pirAtti tells hanuman in SrI rAmAnyaNam yudhdha kANdam 28.25 “vAyasEna thathasthEna balavathkliSyamAnayA I sa mayA bOdhitha: SrImAn sukhasuptha: paranthapa: II – SrI rAmapirAn, who was sleeping comfortably, (due to which) who was so handsome, and who burns his enemies, was woken up since that kAkAsuran kept troubling me.  Thus pirAtti enjoyed his sleeping posture. The word mAyA denotes something wonderful. The word mAyanAr [used here by AzhwAr] denotes emperumAn who is wondrously beautiful.  paLLikoNda mAyanAr …… agalalAmE – if emperumAn were in standing posture or sitting posture, it would have been possible for one to leave that place. nammAzhwAr says in thiruvAimozhi 5.8.1  “ErAr kOlam thigazhakkidanthAy” displaying such a beautiful form, you were lying, and kulaSEkarap perumAL says in perumAL thirumozhi 7.2 “AnaiyiRkidantha kidakkai kaNdidappeRRilEn”  – I have not been fortunate to see you lying as an elephant;  when he is in lying posture is it possible for anyone to leave him and go?

thirunal mArbum – his chest, made greater by the presence of pirAtti. What was the greatness due to pirAtti, to his chest? The marks left by her feet with sempanju [ a paste prepared from red cotton, used to dye women’s feet] and the garlands discarded by her were always there on his chest and this was essential in deciding emphatically that he is the paramporuL [supreme being]. parASara bhattar says in SrI guNa rathna kOSam 4 “vEdhAnthAs thathvachinthAm murabhi dhurasi yathpAdha chihnais tharanthi” – by looking at which pirAtti’s marks of divine feet on the chest of emperumAn, the vEdhAnthams bring to an end the discussion on who is the supreme being … Another explanation is: as nammAzhwAr said in 6.10.10 “agalagillEn iRaiyum enRu” – I [pirAtti] will not leave his chest even for a moment, his chest becomes great because pirAtti will not leave it even for a moment.

maradhaga uruvum – his form which has the radiance of emerald green, bathing the eyes of the beholder with a coolness.

thOLum – unlike his chest and form which needed adjectives to bring out their greatness, his shoulders are great, by nature. His shoulders provide a float to those who were sinking after seeing the beauty of his chest and form.

thUya thAmaraikkaNgaLum – the divine eyes which cast a gracious look on both pirAtti and demons such as  hiraNyan without any difference. The reason for this is the causeless mercy in emperumAn’s eyes. In SrI bhagavath gIthA 5.29, krishNa says “bhOkthAram yagyathapasAm sarvalOkamahESwaram I suhrutham sarvabhUthAnAm gyAthvA mAm SAnthimruchchathi II” – the one who accepts rituals and penances, the one who is the lord of all the worlds, the one who is the friend of all living creatures – knowing such a person [emperumAn] everyone attains peace. Thus irrespective of whether the person is a friend or a foe, emperumAn remains friendly with everyone. In jithanthE SlOkam 1.2 it says “dhEvAnAm dhAnavAnAmcha sAmAnyamadhidhaivatham I sarvadhA charaNadhvanthvam vrajAmi SaraNam thava II” – I take refuge under your divine feet which are available for holding on to , by both devotees of SrI vishNu and those who do not have any devotion towards him. Thus for both celestial and demoniac persons, the relationship with him is the same. Despite this, the reason for the troubles faced by demons is entirely due to their faults. The wind, which is beneficial to everyone, dries up lotus. Since AzhwAr has used the adjective thUya thAmarai (pure lotus) for his divine eyes, the lotus would equal emperumAn’s divine eyes only in terms of softness, coolness and fragrance. But when one looks at the flood of grace which is there in emperumAn’s divine eyes, the lotus can never equal that.

thuvaridhazhp pavaLa vAyum – with reddlish lips and mouth with coral-like row of teeth. The colour of the teeth is due to the reflection from the reddish lips. chAndhOgya upanishath 3.14.2 says “avAkya nAdhara:” (due to profundity) not talking to anyone and not regarding anyone. It appears that from such a state of supreme being, periya perumAL losing his profound state, gives words of comfort to those who attain him. Another interpretation is that thuvaridhazh refers to the petals of drum-stick flower and hence his lips are like the petals of drumstick flower and coral. His lips smile at the chEthanas (sentient entities) who, thinking about their faults, are afraid to approach him and tell them “do not fear”.

Aya sIr mudiyum – crown, being ready and with greatness for a very long time. Aya refers to being ready for a long time. sIr refers to great wealth. Starting from thirunan mArbum up to Aya sIr mudiyum the gracefulness of periya perumAL’s different divine parts of the body was highlighted.

thEsum – with this word, samudhAya SObhA, the grace of his total divine form, is highlighted.

adiyarOrkku agalalAmEAzhwAr asks, “when we look at the greatness of the physical form of periya perumAL, is it possible for people like us with svarUpa gyAnam (knowledge about the true nature of AthmA) to leave? “Only those who have carried out such terrible sins that they cannot enjoy this, and those who are enslaved by ego and possessiveness can leave. By using the term AmE in the end, he is emphasising that even samsAris will say “yes, it is not possible for you people to leave”, highlighting the greatness of emperumAn’s physical beauty and the involvement of AzhwAr in enjoying that beauty.

In the previous word Aya sIr mudiyum, the vyAkhyAthA says that “Ayam” means gold and with a shortened phoneme, it becomes Aya and Aya sIr mudiyum thus refers to emperumAn’s golden locks which are great.

We shall now go on to the 21st pAsuram.

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