thiruvAimozhi – 7.4.9 – anRu maN

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Previous pAsuram

Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

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

Ninth pAsuram. As srushti (creation) is also distinct for bhagavAn [and not done by anyone else], AzhwAr is considering it to be a victorious act. As per “appan – mudhal ulagam seydhadhum – anRu“, the great benefactor initially created the universe [material realm in manifested state] during the first srushti [i.e. after total deluge, the creation begins once again]. To support this concept “maN nIr …”  [the creation of five great elements which is part of samashti srushti [initial creation up to five great elements, before the variegated creation commences]] is highlighted here; alternative explanation –  as the previous pAsuram and next pAsuram talk about krishNa’s activities, we can construe that as AzhwAr is thinking that only after winning over bANa, the universe came into existence [previously, it was as good as non-existing], he is talking about that here; it is not sufficient to just raise the crops; only when the crops are protected, they are said to be created.

pAsuram

anRu maN nIr eri kAl viN malai mudhal
anRu sudar iraNdu piRavum pinnum
anRu mazhai uyir dhEvum maRRum appan
anRu mudhal ulagam seydhadhumE

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

appan – the great benefactor, who is the creator of the universe
mudhal – initially
ulagam – universe
seydhadhum – created
anRu – during that initial creation
maN nIr eri kAl viN – the five elements starting with earth etc which are the causes
malai mudhal – the mountains etc which are worldly objects
seydhadhum – created
anRu – during that time
sudar – moon and sun
iraNdu – both
piRavum – other radiant objects
seydhadhum – created
anRu – during that time
pinnum – further
mazhai – rain
uyir – creatures which depend on the rain
dhEvum – the dhEvas who grant the rain
maRRum – other creatures
seydhadhum – created
anRu – during that time

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

During the initial creation, the great benefactor, who is the creator of the universe, created the universe; he created the five elements starting with earth etc which are the causes and the mountains etc which are worldly objects; he created both moon and sun and other radiant objects; further he created rain, creatures which depend on the rain, the dhEvas who grant the rain and other creatures. Implies that AzhwAr is talking about the initial creation after total deluge instead of subsequent creation.

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

  • anRu … – He created both cause [five great elements] and effect [variegated creation].
  • sudar iraNdu – He created the moon and sun.
  • piRavum – Other radiant objects such as starts etc, and further, the cloud which pours rain;
  • mazhai mEgam – Other souls which survive based on the rain, and the dhEvas who create rain, and other animals/plants.
  • appan – the creator of all.
  • anRu mudhal ulagam seydhadhumE – Do I have to identity all of these individually? On the day, emperumAn punished bANa and eliminated multiple kings [and remained as a singular king for all], he created these; alternative explanation – on the day when the state was as said in thaiththirIya upanishath “sadhEva” (only sath existed, and emperumAn vowed “bahusyAm” (let me become many)).

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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Disciple of SrImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi pattarpirAn vAnamAmalai jIyar (29th pattam of thOthAdhri mutt). Descendant of komANdUr iLaiyavilli AchchAn (bAladhanvi swamy, a cousin of SrI ramAnuja). Born in AzhwArthirungari, grew up in thiruvallikkENi (chennai), presently living under the shade of the lotus feet of jagathAchArya SrI rAmAnuja, SrIperumbUthUr. Learned sampradhAyam principles from (varthamAna) vAdhi kEsari azhagiyamaNavALa sampathkumAra jIyar swamy, vELukkudi krishNan swamy, gOmatam sampathkumArAchArya swamy and many others. Full time sEvaka/servitor of SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam. Engaged in translating our AzhwArs/AchAryas works in Simple thamizh and English, and coordinating the translation effort in many other languages. Also engaged in teaching dhivyaprabandham, sthOthrams, bhagavath gIthA etc and giving lectures on various SrIvaishNava sampradhAyam related topics in thamizh and English regularly. Taking care of koyil.org portal, which is a humble offering to our pUrvAchAryas. koyil.org is part of SrI varavaramuni sambandhi Trust (varavaramuni.com) initiatives.

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