upadhEsa raththina mAlai – Simple Explanation – pAsurams 55 and 56

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai

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pAsuram 55

Fifty fifth pAsuram. He tells his heart that it is rare to see one who has fully understood the meanings of SrIvachana bhUshaNam and rarer still, to find one who lives as per it.

Ar vachana bUdaNaththin Azh poruLeLLam aRivAr
Ar adhu sol nEril anuttippAr – Or oruvar
uNdAgil aththanai kAN uLLamE ellArkkum
aNdAdhadhanRO adhu

Oh heart! Who is there who has understood the inner meanings of this divine text SrIvachana bhUshaNam? Who is there who lives as per the tenets of this divine text? Understand that there may be, at the most, one or two persons who might have understood its meanings and might be living according to it. Isn’t it very difficult for all to reach this stage? Even though there may be pearls and other gems in the ocean, there will be very few who could dive into the ocean and fetch them. There will be many people standing on the shores of the ocean and looking at it. In the same way, while there may be many people who would have understood the meanings of this grantham superficially, there will be very few people who would have understood the inner meanings. Even if they have understood, there will be much fewer people who live in a detached manner from those pursuits which SAsthras have banned, who show compassion towards those who have carried out offence and who live their lives considering the divine feet of AchAryan as everything for them.

pAsuram 56

Fifty sixth pAsuram. In this, he instructs those who have sathva guNa (purely good qualities) to follow the meanings of this SrIvachana bhUshaNam.

uyya ninaivudaiyIr ungaLukkuch cholluginREn
vaiya guru munnam vAy mozhindha – seyya kalai
yAm vachana bUdaNaththin Azh poruLai kaARRu adhanuk
kAm nilaiyil nillum aRindhu

Oh those who wish to be uplifted! I will tell you such that you could fulfil your wishes. Learn the deep meaning of SrIvachana bhUshaNam, which is getting AchArya’s affection and be anchored firmly in this. This has been mercifully stated by piLLai lOkAchAryar in his grantham and which shows it to those who seek the real meaning of truthfulness.

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