SrI: SrImathE SatakOpAya nama: SrImathE rAmAnujAya nama: SrImath varavaramunayE nama:
Since he had obtained what he had desired, in order to spend his time purposefully, AzhwAr looks up at the expansive sky, which is the possession of emperumAn. He saw the countless stars there and thinks “Are these [the stars] flowers which the celestial people scattered when emperumAn measured the worlds with his divine foot? ” One conclusion that we can draw out of this is that even when AzhwArs see normal events, these would appear to them to be connected to emperumAn always. periyavAchchAn piLLai, the commentator for this dhivya prabandham (divine composition) quotes an incident from the lives of our pUrvAchAryas (preceptors): siRiyAchchAn would tell nampiLLai “Just as for samsAris like ourselves, when we attempt to enjoy bhagavath vishayams (matters related to emperumAn) they would appear to have some connection with SabdhAm etc (the five sensory perceptions), for AzhwArs, even whey look at events which happen in samsAram as a routine, these would appear to be connected to bhagavath vishayam and they cannot extricate themselves from such matters”.
Let us go through the pAsuram and its meanings:
iRaimuRaiyAn sEvadimEl maNNaLandha annAL
maRai muRaiyAl vAnAdar kUdi muRai muRaiyin
thAdhilagu pUththeLiththAl ovvAdhE thAzh visumbin
mIdhilagith thAn kidakkum mIn
Word by Word Meanings
iRai muRaiyAn – one who has the relationship of being ISvaran (controller) for us
maNNalandha – when he measured the worlds (which are his possessions)
annAL – during that time
thAzh visumbin mIdhu – on the expansive sky
ilagi kidakkum mIn – stars which are scattered over an expansive area, emitting lustre
vAnAdar – celestial entities
kUdi – together
muRai muRaiyin – standing in an orderly way
maRai muRaiyAl – in the method mentioned in the vEdhas (sacred texts)
sEvadi mEl – on those divine feet
thAdhu ilagu pU theLiththAl ovvAdhE – appear scatted like flowers which are lustrous due to their pollens
iRai muRaiyAn maNNaLandha sEvadimEl – emperumAn measured the worlds in order to establish the fact that he possesses these worlds. During that time, on his divine feet . . .
The rest of the pAsuram mentions about what kainkaryam the celestial entities carried out to those divine feet . . .
annAl vAnAdar kUdi muRai muRaiyin maRai muRaiyAl thAdhilagu pUththeLiththAl ovvAdhE thAzh visumbin mIdhu ilagikkidakkum mIn thAn – stars which are scattered on the expansive sky, emitting lustre, appear like the flowers shining due to their pollens, which celestial entities such as brahmA, rudhra, indhra et al, standing in a line and following the way mentioned in the sacred texts, proffered to the divine feet of emperumAn when he measured the worlds
We will take up the 62nd pAsuram next.
adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan
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