thiruvAimozhi – 4.8.9 – mEgalaiyAl kuRaivillA

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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, parAnkuSa nAyaki says “There is no use of my body which is not liked by emperumAn who is meditating upon the ways to uplift all beings as he eliminated the many shoulders of the enemy of his devotees, bANAsura, and reclined on thiruvananthAzhwAn (AdhiSEshan)”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, parAnkuSa nAyaki says “What is the use of my body which is not liked by krishNa who eliminated the hands of bANAsura who is an enemy of his devotees?”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

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

Ninth pAsuram. parAnkuSa nAyaki says “What is the use of my body which is not liked by krishNa who eliminated the hands of bANAsura who is an enemy of his devotees, and who contemplates the means to uplift everyone?”.

pAsuram

mEgalaiyAl kuRaivillA melivuRRa agalalgul
bOga magaL pugazhth thandhai viRal vANan thuyar thuNiththu
nAgamisaith thuyilvAnpOl ulagellAm nangodunga
yOgaNaivAn kavarAdha udambinAl kuRaivilamE

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

mEgalaiyAl – her beautiful clothes
kuRaivu illA – perfect
melivu uRRa – having shrinkages (due to the union with anirudhdha)
agal algul – having wide distinguished waist region
bOgam magaL – for ushA who is having enjoyable femininity
thandhai – father
pugazh – having fame
viRal – without any shortcoming in valour, bravery etc
vANan – bANAsura’s
buyam – shoulders (which have the itch to fight)
thuNiththu – severed

(after fulfilling the purpose of his avathAram)
nAgamisai – reclining on the ancient serpent bed
thuyilvAnpOl – pretending to sleep
ulagellAm – all worlds
nangu odunga – to give shelter in the goodness (of attaining him)
yOgu aNivAn – one who contemplates the means
kavarAdha – not liked
udambinAl – body
kuRaivilam – what is the use?

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

kaNNan emperumAn severed the shoulders of bANAsura who has no shortcoming in his valour, bravery etc and is having the fame of being the father of ushA who is having enjoyable femininity, who is having wide distinguished waist region and is having shrinkages in her perfectly beautiful clothes; [such emperumAn, after fulfilling the purpose of his avathAram] reclined on the ancient serpent bed, pretending to sleep and contemplates the means to give shelter in the goodness (of attaining him) for all worlds; what is use of my body which is not liked by such emperumAn? yOgu – upAyam (means).

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

  • mEgalaiyAl kuRaivillAvangip puraththu nambi [a disciple of bhagavadh rAmAnuja] said “ushA’s dress makes her look very beautiful”.
  • melivuRRa – Having a tender nature. One cannot bear the loneliness during separation [from perumAL]”.
  • agal algul – having wide waist.
  • bOga magaL – Girl who is qualified to be enjoyed.
  • pugazhth thandhai – bANAsura, who is famous to be known as the father of ushA. Or he is famous for his valour, bravery etc.
  • viRal vANan – majestic/prideful bANAsura. While one should have his sathva guNam (mode of goodness) prominently visible in the presence of a dhEvathA (emperumAn), even that time, itching to fight, bANAsura is quite prideful that he was seeking for a matching enemy for him – he is such a majestic person.
  • buyam thuNiththuemperumAn eliminated his hands thinking that he has crossed all the boundaries. Even though bANAsuram has committed enough mistakes and deserved to have his head cut off, krishNa did not kill him thinking that “ushA cannot become fatherless”.
  • nAgam … – Only after eliminating the very many hands of bANAsura, emperumAn reclined or enjoyed.

Why is it said “thuyilvAnpOl” (pretending to be sleeping)? Is he not really sleeping?

  • ulagellAm nangodunga yOgaNaivAn – After intending to eliminate others like bANAsura who could oppose him, emperumAn will remain in yOga nidhrA (meditation) thinking “What is the means for these worldly people to reach me by being surrendered to me?”.
  • kavarAdha – While emperumAn cares for everyone else but me, what will I do with my body? Her body is meant for him. She also likes her own body because it belongs to him. Just as emperumAn himself remains as said in jithanthE sthOthram “bhakthAnAm” (my forms etc are for the sake of my devotees), her body is meant for the lord.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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