upadhEsa raththina mAlai – Simple Explanation – pAsuram 66

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai

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pAsuram 66

Sixty sixth pAsuram. He responds to his heart which presumably asked him whether there is anyone who could be cited as an example for the concepts explained in the earlier pAsurams.

pinbu azhagarAm perumAL sIyar perundhivaththil
anbu adhuvumaRRu mikka AsaiyinAl – nampiLLaik
kAna adimaigaL sey annilaiyai nannenjE
UnamaRa eppozhudhum Or

pinbhazhagarAm perumAL jIyar, without any desire in attaining paramapadham, which is a huge place, due to the great affection which he had towards his AchAryan, nampiLLai, carried out apt services to him. Oh heart! Keep thinking about this state, without any fault, constantly.

pinbazhagarAm perumAL jIyar was a dear disciple of nampiLLai. Though he was a jIyar [one who had renounced everything in the world and accepted sannyAsASramam, the state of one who has renounced] during the time of nampiLLai himself, he was carrying out services to the divine form of nampiLLai. Once when jIyar had a health issue, he went to the medical practioner in that place and took medicines from him, thus relieving himself of the health issue. This led to a discussion on whether a SrIvaishNava, especially a sanyAsin could nurture his body by taking medicines. Several people gave several reasons for such an act. One AchAryan said that jIyar did not have the heart to leave namperumAL. Another said that he did not wish to leave SrIrangam while yet another said that he did not have the heart to leave the kAlakshEpa gOshti (gathering of people who were listening to the discourses) of nampiLLai. They then went to nampiLLai and asked him the correct reason for jIyar’s taking care of his body by consuming medicines. nampiLLai called jIyar himself and asked him to reveal the real intention behind consuming the medicines. jIyar replied that when nampiLLai returned after taking his daily bath in kAviri, jIyar would have the fortune of seeing the drops of sweat which would drop down from his divine back and that since he did not want to lose the opportunity of seeing that, he consumed the medicines, thus revealing his unlimited devotion towards his AchAryan. mAmunigaL reveals this here. Just as SrI madhurakavi AzhwAr was for nammAzhwAr and vaduga nambi was for emperumAnAr, this jIyar was, for nampiLLai.

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