thiruvAimozhi – 9.8 – aRukkumvinai

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Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

See nampiLLai’s introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

See nampiLLai’s introduction.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

In the eighth decad, AzhwAr desired to attain emperumAn through a gataka (messenger) in this manner, out of his great urge in attainment of the goal, saw emperumAn revealing his merciful presence in thirunAvAy as paripUrNan (one who is complete) and highlighted the following aspects of his:

  1. his presence in divine abodes to eliminate the hurdles in experiencing him
  2. his glorious enjoyability
  3. his distinguished relationship
  4. his being the target of eternal service
  5. his completeness in having divine consorts, associates, paraphernalia etc
  6. his obedience towards his devotees
  7. his completeness in being the lord, protector et al
  8. his bestowing the knowledge to enjoy him
  9. his incomprehensible lordship over all
  10. his being with a very pleasant form

Meditating upon these, AzhwAr contemplates in his mind in many ways thinking “There will be a day when I reach the merciful abode of such sarvESvaran”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction

After thiruvadi (hanuman) went and worshipped sIthAp pirAtti and before he returned to perumAL, pirAtti had many desires; in this decad, AzhwAr talks about his desires similar to those of pirAtti, before his messenger reaches emperumAn and brings him. AzhwAr became distressed since he had informed emperumAn of his sorrow and yet emperumAn did not arrive immediately; due to sending messenger, meditating upon his qualities and clarity in mind, he firmly believed “He will certainly come and accept me and take me to thirunAvAy which is a well-settled abode”; but since he did not reach there immediately, he became anxious and desired in many ways thinking “Can I enter there? When will I enter there? Will I able to see him to the full satisfaction of my eyes and serve him after reaching there?”

For those who firmly believe in “ISvara is both upAya (means) and upEya (goal)”, when their taste in the goal reaches its peak, until they reach the goal, they will keep contemplating these desires. This contemplation of the desires cannot be avoided for him [AthmA], will be pleasant and will match his svarUpam (true nature). periya mudhaliyAr (ALavandhAr) would constantly recite this decad due to the urge in attaining the goal; hence this decad is known as “periya mudhaliyAr thiruvAimozhi“. Alternatively, there are some who say “AzhwAr thought that the messengers who were sent there did not return and hence he himself sets out to go to emperumAn‘s divine abode”.

Each pAsuram is discussed subsequently.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

About Sarathy Thothathri

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 portal, which is a humble offering to our pUrvAchAryas. is part of SrI varavaramuni sambandhi Trust ( initiatives.

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