nAnmugan thiruvandhAdhi – 50 – kURRamum sArA

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In the previous pAsuram, AzhwAr instructed others to recite the divine names of sarvESvaran (lord of all) to reap the benefit of having been given a tongue. In this pAsuram he says that he has no ills since he has taken the divine names of emperumAn in his heart and sheds all his worries.

Let us go through the pAsuram and its meanings:

kURRamum sArA kodu vinaiyum sAra thI
mARRamum sArA vagai aRindhEn ARRang
karaikkidakkum kaNNan kadal kidakkum mAyan
uraikkidakkum uLLaththenakku

Word for Word Meanings

kadal – in thiruppARkadal (milky ocean)
kidakkum – reclining
mAyan – amazing entity
ARu karai – at kapisthalam on the banks of river kAvEri
kidakkum – reclining
kaNNan – krishNa’s
urai – the divine charama SlOka (ultimate hymn)
enakku – for me
uLLaththu – heart
kidakkum – is registered

kURRamum sArA – fear of yama (deity of righteousness) not approaching
kodu vinaiyum sArA – cruel sins not approaching
thI mArRamum sArA  – bad reputation not approaching
vagai – means
aRindhEn – I knew


kURRamum sArA vagai aRindhEn – I knew the means by which yama will not come near me. It is apt to recall here some pAsurams from dhivya prabandham such as nAnmugan thiruvandhAdhi 68 “thiRambEnmin kaNdIr” (yama tells his messengers “What I now instruct you, do not go against”), thiruvAimozhi 10-2-1 “kedum idarAyavellAm kEsavA enna nALum koduvinai seyyum kURRin thamargaLum kuRugakillAr” (by reciting the divine name kESava, all the hurdles will disappear; the messengers of yama who indulge in cruel punishments every moment, will not come anywhere near and will run away), thirumalai 1nAvalittu uzhitharuginROm namanthamar thalaigaLmIdhE ” (we are walking on top of the heads of yama’s messengers, raising svictorious slogans), periya thirumozhi 8-10-7 “vaLLalE! un thamarkkenRum namanthamar kaLLarpOl” (Oh the magnanimous one! the messengers of  yama will hide from your followers just as thieves would hide themselves ) and SrIvishNu purANam SlOkam 3-7-14 “svapurushamabivIkshya” (having observed the supreme being).

koduvinaiyum sArA vagai aRindhEn – I also knew the means by which terrible sins, which cause yama to come near me, will not approach me.

thI mARRamum sArA vagai aRindhEn – I also knew the means by which ill reputation such as “he is a dhEhAbhimAni (one who mistakes physical body for soul); he is a svathanthrAbhimAni (he thinks that he is independent); he is a dhEvathaNthara paran (he worships other deities); he is vishayAntharaparan (he is after worldly pursuits); he is upAyAntharaparan (he goes after other means to attain emperumAn))” will not approach me. thImARRam – calamity; evil

What is the basis for knowing such means?

kadal kidakkum mAyan ARRangaraik kidakkum kaNNan uraikkidakkum uLLaththu enakku – kaNNam (krishNa) lies in kapisthalam on the shores of the river kAvEri in order to be accessible to all those who cannot approach him at thiruppARkadal (milky ocean) where he normally reclines as an amazing entity who is approached by brahmA et al; such krishNa, during the mahAbhAratha war had said, as mentioned in SrI bhagavath gIthA 18-66sarva dharmAn parithyajya mAmEkam SaraNam vraja I aham thvA sarva pApEbhyO mOkshayishyAmi mA Sucha: II” (leaving aside all the means for attaining mOksham, along with their traces, hold on to me alone, as the means; I will liberate you from all sins; don’t feel sad). These words will always be in my heart. Thus I knew the means by which yama, cruel sins and ill reputation will not approach me.

kadal kidakkum mAyan – he is an amazing entity who reclines in the milky ocean where he can be approached only by a few people such as those living in SvEthadhvIpam (another planet like ours).

ARRangaraikkidakkum kaNNan – just as in a town, when a person goes in search of another and doesn’t find him easily, he goes to the riverfront and waits for him there (since everyone comes to the river for their needs), emperumAn also reclines near the river bed, waiting for those who have desire in him to come there to worship him.

kaNNan – krishNa, who becomes the matter for everyone’s eyes.

kaNNan urai – the charama SlOkam recited by krishNa. Alternatively, we can construe this as emperumAn’s divine names which refer to his svarUpa (basic nature), rUpa (divine form), vibhUthi (wealth) and chEshtitha (divine activities).

uraikkidakkum – the heart where his divine names rest. In other words, to me who has the knowledge about him.

kaNNan uraikkidakkum uLLaththenakku kURRamum sArA – for me, who has his instructions “sarva dharmAn parithyajya” (letting go of all means) in my heart, there is no fear about yama which haunts those who are engaged only in their varNASrama dharmam (doing whatever is ordained in the vEdhas for one’s classification and status).

kaNNan uraikkidakkum ….. koduvinaiyum sArA – there is no scope for me who is fully engaged in krishNa’s instructions, to have any connection with pApa / puNya (vice / virtue) which would befall those who observe certain deeds desirous of end results, which those deeds would give them.

ARRangaraikkidakkum – this implies certain qualities such as simplicity which are referred to in emperumAn’s utterance of the word mAm (in the charama SlOkam), which are known as ASrayaNa saukaryApAthaka guNas (those which facilitate his followers to attain him).

kadal kidakkum mAyan – this implies certain qualities such as gyAna sakthi which are referred to in his utterance of the word aham (in the charama SlOkam) which are known as ASrithakAryApAthaka guNas (qualities which facilitate his carrying out the activities of his followers).

We will move on to the 51st pAsuram next.

adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan

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