periya thiruvandhAdhi – 56 – varavARu onRillaiyAl

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When asked “How is it that one, who is very difficult to approach for everyone, is such simple for you to approach? “ AzhwAr says “I too do not know [the reason for that]”.

Let us go through the pAsuram and its meanings:

varavARu onRillaiyAl vAzhvu inidhaL ellE
oruvARu oruvan pugAvARu urumARum
AyavardhAm sEyavardhAm anRulagam thAyavardhAm
mAyavardhAm kAttum vazhi

Word by Word Meanings

oru ARu – in any means

oruvan – any jIvAthmA (sentient entity)

pugAvARu – not allowing to enter

uru mARum – transforming his basic nature and qualities

Ayavar thAm – as krishNa who was born in the clan of cowherds

sEyavar thAm – being at a far away distance (for dhuriyOdhana et al)

anRu – at one point in time

ulagam thAyavar thAm – one who measured all the worlds

mAyavar thAm – emperumAn who is an amazing entity

kAttum vazhi – the means that he showed

vara ARu – the way it came

onRu illaiyAl – nothing is manifesting

vAzhvu indhAl – (our) life is very sweet

ellE – how amazing is this!

vyAkyAnam

varavARu onRu illaiyAl – there is no means that I have for emperumAn to come on his own and take residence in my mind.

If no activity had been performed as means, would the benefit be small? AzhwAr responds  . . .

vAzhvu inidhAl – the benefit is very huge.

ellE – how amazing is this!

oru ARu oruvan pugAvARu urumARum – the implication is that emperumAn keeps taking incarnations by transforming his nature, his divine form and his qualities so that one (jIvAthmA) need not analyse whether he has any means for attaining the benefit and without the jIvAthmA having to enter any means. Did emperumAn not say in charama SlOkam (SrI bhagavath gIthA 18.66) to leave aside all means and to attain only him! The opinion here is that while his followers pANdavas enjoyed the end benefits, emperumAn observed the means of going [to dhuriyOdhana] as their messenger, driving [arjuna’s] chariot, taking the arrows on his chest [during the war] etc.

Ayavar thAm sEyavar thAm – kaNNa (krishNa) who told arjuna to attain him, remained as his charioteer while at the same time he made dhuriyOdhana et al fall as prey for arjuna’s arrows and remained very far from them.

anRu ulagam thAyavar thAm – while he could be very far from those who do not have affection for him, he could measure the worlds, when he decides, and become very close to everyone.

mAyavar thAm kAttum vazhi – the means shown by emperumAn who has amazing nature, divine form, qualities etc. This should be added to the verse varavARu onRillaiyAl vAzhvinidhAl to get the apt meaning.

We will move on to the 57th pAsuram next.

adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan

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