Arththi prabandham – 50

SrI:  SrImathE SatakOpAya nama:  SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama:  SrImath varavaramunayE nama:

Introduction

People who were referred in the earlier pAsuram, were ready to take refuge under the lotus feet of SrI rAmAnuja. mAmunigaL gives them another piece of critical advice wondering why are they wasting their time doing insignificant, inconsequential and trivial things. He says that upon chanting the names of SrI rAmAnuja, they are destined to get the most coveted prize that anyone could ask for.

pAsuram 50

avaththE arumandha kAlaththaip pOkki aRivinmaiyAl
ippavaththE uzhalginRa pAviyargAL palakAlam ninRu
thavaththE muyalbavar thangatkum eydhavoNNAdha
andhath thivaththE ummai vaikkum sindhiyum nIr ethirAsarenRu

Word-by-Word Meanings:

pAviyargAL – Hey!!! sinners!
aRivinmayAl – Out of sheer ignorance
uzhalginRa – (you people are) dwelling
ippavaththE – in this mundane world and
avaththE pOkki – wasting (just like that)
arumandha kAlaththai – the precious time when the names of SrI rAmAnuja could have been chanted and meditated easily
andhaththivaththE – paramapadham that is being described by the Sruthis as “parama vyOma:”
eydhavoNNAdha – is a place that cannot be achieved by even
muyalbhavar thangatkum – those who try their hands hard at it
thavaththE – by means of thapas (penance).
nIr – you people
palakAlam – at all times
ninRu – with undivided attention
ethirAsarenRu sindhiyum – think about him (SrI rAmAnuja or yathirAja) in your heart (the effort is super small yet the result is humongous).
umami – If you people (nithya samsAris) do it, then
vaikkum – it will keep you people one among the elite cream of nithyasUris.

Simple Translation

mAmunigaL talks to the worldly people, “There are many people who are striving to reach paramapadham out of their hardcore penance and steadfastness. They are unable to reach there. You people , on the contrary, have wasted all your time doing trivial, insignificant and unimportant things. Yet, there is an easy way out for you to reach paramapadham. Chant and meditate upon the names of SrI rAmAnuja. It will elevate you to paramapadham without fail.

Explanation

mAmunigaL calls out the people in this world , “hey sinners of this world! You have wasted all the golden time earlier in life where you could have chanted the glorious names of SrI rAmAnuja. Those times have gone and looking back at it, you can realize that they were wasted just like that. In spite of that, there is something so coveted and valuable waiting for you people with your smallest of your efforts. Allow me to explain. paramapadham is a place that is celebrated in the Sruthis as “thath aksharE paramavyOma:” In that place, nithyasUris reside. This place is the ultimate place as the name would suggest (paramapadham). There are many people who indulge themselves in steadfast penance striving to get to this place. Even to those people it is not something that they can get out of their volition or efforts. Yet, there is an absolute easy way to reach there. The way is nothing but chanting and meditating the glorious names of SrI rAmAnuja in your heart. This will automatically take you there. The effort is very trivial yet the result or prize for that is the ultimate that is nothing but paramapadham.

adiyEn santhAnam ramanuja dasan

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