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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 49

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pAsuram 49

Angavar pAl peRRa siRiyAzhvAn appiLLai
thAm koduththAr tham maganAr tham kaiyil – pAngudanE
nAlUr piLLaikku avar thAm nalla maganArkku avar thAm
mElOrkku eendhAr avarE mikku.                                                     49


Word by word meaning

Angu – In that place,
avar pAl peRRa – as he got from nanjeeyar {must be nampiLLai or vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai}
siRiyAzhvAn appiLLaieeyuNNi mAdhavap perumAL (his another name)
thAm koduththAr – himself gave it
tham maganAr tham kaiyil – to the hands of his divine son named padhmanAbhap perumAL;
pAngudanE – In the same way
avar thAm – that padhmanAbhap perumAL
nAlUr piLLaikku – to one named nAlUr piLLai;
avar thAm – he himself
nalla maganArkku – to good divine son nAlUrAchchAn piLLai;
avarE – he himself
eendhAr – by grace gave it
mElOrkku – to the noble ones of later time
mikku – in a big/special way.


He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) divines about how this vyAkyAnam was carried out in sampradhAyam way, starting from nampiLLai’s grace, as obtained by eeyuNNi mAdhavap perumAL who has got the divine name of siRiyAzhvAn appiLLai, (who gave it to padhmanAbhap perumAL, who gave it to nAlUr piLLai, who gave it to nAlUrAchchAn piLLai, who after praying to dhEvap perumAL and getting the command of dhEvap perumAL spread it to several of next generation including) thiruvAimozhip piLLai, who is the AchAryan of maNavALa mAmunigaL, with this pAsuram Angavar pAl peRRa siRiyAzhvAn appiLLai.

Angu – In front of him, being in divine assembly (gOshti); or, from the situation of getting it from the divine hands of vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai;

avar pAl peRRa – Being the chief of gOshti, and being the principal one doing upanyAsam of eedu – from such nampiLLai, he (eeyuNNi mAdhavar) got the meanings like getting wealth, as said in ‘uRu perum selvamum [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 19]’. The scene of that place, the preceptor, and the grantham! (oru dhEsamum dhEsikarum kOSamum irundhapadi).

siriyAzhvAn appiLLai thAm – His (eeyuNNi mAdhavap perumAL) other name (siRu pEr) being this. Such is the wealth that he got, he –

thAm koduththAr tham maganAr tham kaiyil – Like how one would show their savings, he that is mAdhavap perumAL, passed it on into the hands of his divine son who is identified as padhmanAbhap perumAL. That is, after bestowing the meanings of eedu muppaththARAyiram (36000 padi), he handed over the SrIkOSam (text) in his divine hands as well. That is why it is said ‘mAdhava padhmanAbha [eedu thaniyan]’.

In this way they both were advising this grantham in OrAN vazhi, and not publishing the SrIkOSam but nurturing it in kOyil AzhvAr (pUjA room) as part of their thiruvArAdhanam (daily worship), based on the condition of nampiLLai; this is how the eedu of thiruvAimozhi was handled.

In this way, protecting it like protecting wealth, this was taken care of in the thirumALigai (divine house of SrIvaishNavas) at perumAL kOyil (kAncheepuram), bhattargaL thiruveedhi (name of the street).

pAngudanE nAlur piLLaikku avar thAm – That is, surrendering to the divine feet of padhmanAbhap perumAL, and with his (nAlUr piLLai) obeisance to that feet, prostrating, speaking with pleasant words, etc., made him happy as said in ‘kurukkaLukku anukUlarAi [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi 4.4.2]’ (well disposed to do services to AchAryan), so in this way, padhmanAbhap perumAL who was pleased by the obeisances and services, decided to bestow eedu that had been forwarded along one-on-one, to nAlUr piLLai whose services served as the means.

So he took him in front of pEraruLALap perumAL, and thinking that he should get an authentic vow that he would not reveal it to anyone, and so through archakar he requested for SrI SatakOpam to be pressed on his (nAlUr piLLai’s) divine head;

he (nAlUr piLLai) who understands the intention of minds, understood the way in which it was pressed in the head to imply that the text should not be released to anyone, (but) he looked at dhEvap perumAL’s divine face, and as said in ‘aruLALar thiruvadiyai UnRinavar’ (one who pressed the SrI satakOpam of dhEvap perumAL), showed him the sign, pressing it in the head;

and emperumAn who understands everything, felt it in his divine mind, and after thinking through he gave divine command through archakar, ‘you shall propagate this to everyone’, and the AchAryan padhmanAbhar who heard this, and as it is not happening according to the old ways, accepted ‘thiruvuLLam Anapadi’ (as your divine mind wished), and after that, with happiness, he divined it (to nAlUr piLLai).

As he (nAlUr piLLai) wished to propagate it to everyone, with that idea in his divine mind, he who is focused only on the welfare of others, had done things like pradhakshiNam (circumambulating emperumAn’s sannidhi), doing namaskArams (prostrating), etc., and more.

And since this emperumAn is ‘arthithArtha paridhAna dhIkshitha’ (vowed to fulfill the desires of the devotees), He commanded like this (for propagation of eedu).

That is why, ‘since nAlUr piLLai got it by his prayers, he is referred as ‘sumana: kOlEsa dhevAdhipAn [bhagavath vishaya thaniyan]’  (kOlavarAhap perumAL being his another name).

Isn’t it in the same way thiruvAimozhip piLLai had SrI ranganAtha’s divine feet on maNavALa mAmunigaL , and propagated the eedu of thiruvAimozhi.

It is to be said as ‘charaNAbja samarppaNAth | dharSayan sugrahAnArthAn dhramidOpanishathkirAm’ (~ placing unto your lotus feet, show the meanings of thiruvAimozhi that are known).

nalla maganArkku avar thAm – That nAlUr piLLai, as emperumAn fulfilled his prayers,  showed his gratitude as when he got a divine son he named him as ‘dhEvap perumAL’; such son who got this name, who learned everything, and being so, such –

nalla maganAr – nAlUrAchchAn piLLai’ (being other name), his father divined him the eedu saying – you propagate this. Like father like son in auspicious qualities.

Or, (to explain the phrase of pAsuram by combining the words differently), for ‘ivar aruLALar thiruvadi UnRiyavar [bhagavath vishaya thaniyan]’ (one on whose head SrI satakOpam (SatAri) of SrI dhEvarAjap perumAL was well pressed meaning well blessed, one who pressed on the SrI SatakOpam of srI dhEvarAjap perumAL),

the word ‘ivar’ (he) could refer to padhmanAbhar, having his divine grace could be said for nAlUr  piLLai, and saying ‘thiruvadi UnRiyavar’ as by nAlUr piLLai saying to nAlUrAchchAn piLLai as per divine feet of peraruLALar to be set on the son, and in that say ‘thiruvadi UnRina dhEvap perumAL kaikoNdu aruLum thirumalai AzhvAr [bhagavath vishaya thaniyan] (thiruvAimozhip piLLai who was lovingly accepted by nAlUrAchchAn piLLai (who is the son of nAlUr piLLai), as his disciple), that is talking about thiruvAimozhip piLLai – and so they divine as the meaning for this phrase. This line of explanation would match very well with that of ‘melOrkku eendhAr avarE mikku’.

mElOrkku eendhAr avarE mikku – that is, unlike the aforementioned way of passing this one to one, by his generosity, he who is given (eedu) by the grace of kOlavarAhap perumAL, he having the (other) name of dhEvap perumAL (as named by this divine father) , (that is, nAlUrAchchAn piLLai), divined the obtaining of thirumalai AzhvAr (thiruvAimozhip piLLai), and starting from him he divined eedu to thirunArAyaNapurththil Ay, thiruvAimozhi AchchAn piLLai as well. That is why it used the plural word ‘mElOr’ (future noble ones).

This information is in his thaniyan too – ‘thrEdhApravarthya bhuviya: prathayAm chakAra [nAyanArAchchAn piLLai thaniyan](he who made it popular in the world by divining to the three).

It is said too ‘SrISailanAtha gurumAthru gurUththamAbhyAm SrISUkthi dhESikavarENa cha yasthridhaivam [nAlUr piLLai thaniyan]’ (thiruvAimozhi’s bAshyam that is eedu sath sampradhAyam, which got enriched by the three, that is thiruvAimozhip piLLai, thirunArAyaNapuraththu Ay, and thiruvAimozhi AchchAn..).

thiruvaimozhi-pillaithiruvAimozhip piLLai

avarE mikku – by this, their requesting (for it) could be considered as excessive – such was the way he himself gave them the meanings after getting them, due to his generosity.

Not only that, maNavALa mAmunigaL himself has mentioned in the vyAkyAnam of ‘mARRuth thAi [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi 3.9.4]’ (like the mother), about nAlUrAchchAn piLLai teaching the meanings of all the prabandhams to thiruvAimozhip piLLai (such was that piLLai’s generosity and interest).

In many places of periyAzhvAr thirumozhi vyAkyAnam by maNavALa mAmunigaL, he divines ‘nAlUr piLLai prasAdhiththathAga AchchAn piLLai aruLich cheyvar’ (nAlUr AchchAn piLLai would say that this (meaning) was divined by nAlUr piLLai).

Due to thiruvAimozhi such was the Acharya-sishya relationship between that father and son, such relationship could also be seen in the cases of – kUraththAzhvAn bhattar, periyavAchchAn piLLai and his sons, vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai piLLai lOkAchAryar, (eeyuNNi) madhavarpadhmanAbhar, and nAlUr piLLainAlUrAchchAn piLLai.

As said in ‘thirumalai AzhvAr theevinaiyOm thammaik kuruvAgi vandhu uyyak koNdu [Arththi prabandham – 46]’ (~ thiruvAimozhip piLLai accepted the lowly me and came as AchAryar and saved me)), He who is accepted by thirumalai AzhvAr (thiruvAimozhip piLLai), who is said as ‘dhEvap perumAL kaik koNdaruLum thirumalai AzhvAr’, such maNavALa mAmunigaL got the meanings of thiruvAimozhi and all dhivya prabandhams, and after that he spread it in the world, isn’t it?

(He got the meanings from his AchAryan as said in) ‘AryAScha SrISailanAthA dhadhigatha SatajithsUkthi bhAshyO mahimnA [bhagavath vishya thaniyan?]’ (by the greatness of the vyAkyAnams of nammAzhvAr SrISukthi learned from thiruvAimozhip piLLai),


‘AsisrayadhayambhUya: SrISailAdhISadhESikam | aSEshAnshruNoth dhivyAn prabandhAn pandhanachchidha: [yathIndhra pravaNa prabhAvam – 57](This azhagiya maNavALap perumAL reached an AchAryan named thirumalai AzhvAr. From him, he learned the meanings of all dhivya prabandhams that break the bondage of births).

It is said, ‘yE(a)vApya saumyavarayOgi varAchchatAri SrIsUkthi bhAshya madhi thathprathitham vithEnu: | thAn bhattanAtha munivAna mahAdhriyOgi vAdhUla vamsyavaradhAryamukhAn bhAjAma: [bhagavath vishya thaniyan?]’ (From which guru that thiruvAimozhip piLLai learned, all of the prabandhams without leaving even one, he crossed the bounds of dhivya prabandham learning and learned again?)

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 48

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pAsuram 48

seerAr vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai ezhudhu
ErAr thamizh vEdhaththu eedu thanai – thArum ena
vAngi mun nampiLLai eeyuNNi mAdhavarkkuth
thAm koduththAr pin adhanaith thAn.                                         48


Word by word meaning

vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai,
seer Ar – who is having greatness
ezhudhu – merciful writing of
Er Ar – fully distinguished
thamizh vEdhaththuthiruvAimozhi’s
eedu thannai – eedu, that is muppaththARAyirappadi vyAkyAnam (36,000 padi vyAkyAnam);
mun – earlier
thArum ena – asked to give it
vAngi – and obtained it,
pin – and later
thAm – that nampiLLai
koduththAr – mercifully gave
adhanaith thAn – that eedu
eeyuNNi mAdhavarkku – to eeyuNNi mAdhavar.


So, as he vowed earlier he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) explained that there are these vyAkyAnams, and now, that which is said as ‘nampiLLai cheppu neRi [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 44]’ (meanings of thiruvAimozhi as explained by nampiLLai), which is having in itself the meanings of all dhivya prabandhams, which is having the greatness that by listening to it once then it can be concluded as everything is listened – he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) thinks that he should divine such eedu’s history also, and so he divines two pAsurams about that too, for every one to know,

– and he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining that history in the order in which it is said of bhagavath vishayam starting with – ‘ivar eedu aLiththaRku Eyndha mAdhavar [bhagavath vishya thaniyan]’ (from nampiLLai to (eeyuNNi) mAdhavar, and so on).

seerAr vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai – Him having full of greatness is – by the grace of AchAryan, he was able to understand and write the divine meanings that the AchAryan divined, and having the maturity of knowledge etc., so that he is able to help others.

Or, when ‘seerAr’ is taken as adjective to ‘thiruveedhi’, as said in ‘seerAr nedumaRugu [periya thirumozhi 7.9.10]’ (having great and long streets); that (place) is being complete with the wealth of srIvaishNava SrI including him.

vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai – differentiates from naduvil thiruveedhip piLLai. It is the north street from his street where he is divining his presence. It is close to AdhikEsavap perumAL kOyil (temple) that is near rAjan thuRai (in SrIrangam). In this way he is in a different place from where he is divining the vyakyAnams. So that itself became an identity for him.

For his AchAryan nampiLLai too, the identity is ‘mAdath thiruveedhip piLLai’, isn’t it?

It is like saying ‘kOyilil vAzhum vaittaNavan [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi 5.1.3]’ (living by your temple, am a SrIvaishNavan (having that strength/pride (midukku)).

In this way what he who is being identified based on the place that enriches the knowledge, (who wrote the eedu, now nampiLLai asked him to give it) –

ezhudu ErAr thamizh vEdhaththu eedu thannai thArum ena vAngi – that is, he wrote ‘nampiLLai cheppu neRi [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 44]’ (meanings of thiruvAimozhi as explained by nampiLLai). So, considering that he simply documented nampiLLai’s words , he was also mentioned along with piLLAn and others. It implies that this is all nampiLLai’s divine work, isn’t it?

ErAr thamizh vEdhaththu eedu thanai – As said by ‘ErArndha thamizh maRai ’ (thamizh vEdham, that is thiruvAimozhi, is full of beauty), the beauty here is that having greatness that is not present in anything else, that is, full of beauty from the combination of words and meanings, and for that thamizh vEdham (thiruvAimozhi) the eedu vyAkyAnam being ably attractive like a decoration for it.

Based on that, ‘being beautiful’ can be an adjective to eedu as well.

eedu thanaith thArum ena vAngi – In this way, writing such an eedu muppaththARAyiram (36,000 padi) vyAkyAnam which attracts the minds, and placing it in front of nampiLLai, at that time (he) opened and performed divine eyeing, became very happy, ‘but you wrote during my time and without my permission, so handover the grantham which was written in this way’, saying so he got it from his divine hands, –

mun nampiLLai – at that time, nampiLLai. That is, during the time when the proper relationship between AchAryan (master) and Sishyan (disciple) were in vogue; nampiLLai who was managing those principles very well;

eeyuNNi mAdhavarkkuth thAm koduththAr pin – he kept it with him in his own presence, and then gave it to eeyuNNi mAdhavar. That is, incarnated in the lineage of ‘eeyuNNi’, after surrendering to his (nampiLLai’s) divine feet, was given his AchAryan nanjeeyar’s divine name that is mAdhavap perumAL , and being his much loved disciple.

nampillai-goshti1nampiLLai thiruvAimozhi kAlakshEpam – eeyNNi mAdhava perumAL is facing 2nd from right

thAm koduththAr pin – Being known as ‘mAdhava sishyar’ (disciple of nanjeeyar), and his identity being tied to that as said by the words ‘seemAdhavan adikku anbu seyyum [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 3]’ (being devoted to the divine feet of SrI mAdhavan (here it implies nampiLLai being being devoted to nanjeeyar whose original name is mAdhavAchAryar)), and he who conducted upanyAsam for thiruvAimozhi such that it can be the count of thirty six thousand as written,

and gave it to him as his (receiver’s) gain.

Like distributing one’s own wealth to one’s own preferred people, he gave it in the hands of him, saying, ‘without revealing this to anyone, constantly meditate upon it’. He gave this great wealth to mAdhavap perumAL. {This name implies husband of SrIdhEvi who represents wealth – he is giving this eedu wealth to the person named so}.

pin – after (vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai) kept it in front of him.

adhanaith thAn – the text that was written without his permission, that one.

So, in this way he gave the great meanings to (eeyuNNi) mAdhavap perumAL, saving it with him for helping everyone (connected to him) later.

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 44

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pAsuram 44

theLLiyadhA nampiLLai cheppu neRi thannai
vaLLal vadakkuth thiruveedhip – piLLai indha
nAdu aRiya mARan maRaip poruLai nangu uraiththadhu
eedu muppaththARayiram.                                                                     44

pAsuram 44

Word by word meaning

theLLiyadhu A – With clarity
(what) nampiLLai
cheppum – divined about
neRi thannai – the ways (meanings),
vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai
vaLLal – having audhAryam (generosity),
indha nAdu – (for) those in this world
aRiya – to know,
uraiththadhu – divined
nangu – well
mARan maRaip poruLai – the meaning of thiruvAimozhi of nammAzhvAr,
muppaththARayiram – which is muppaththARAyirappadi (36,000)
eedu – called eedu.


He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) divines that, after that, vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai divined as vyAkyAnam for (nam)piLLai’s explanation of dhivya sUkthi (thiruvAimozhi – divine words), and it is ‘eedu muppaththARayiram’.

theLLiyadhA nampiLLai cheppu neRi thannai – Being clear, deep/profound, and having the expertise in discerning what is required and what is not, such nampiLLai’s way of dhivya sUkthis,

cheppu neRi thannai – by this it implies that except the way in which he (nampiLLai) divined, he (vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai) does not know of any other ways.

As said in ‘gurupramANI kruthachiththavruththaya:’ (Direct the activities of the mind keeping guru as pramANam (reference)), is how he is following his AchAryan, isn’t it?

vaLLal vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai – Not for just those living during the same time, but for even those in later generations also to know and reach true goal, he wrote the eedu – vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai having such generosity.

vadakkuthiruveedhipillaivadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai

indha nAdu aRiya – Like said in ‘nAdu nagaramum nangu aRiya [thiruppallANdu – 4]’ (for the villages and cities to know), including those having knowledge and not having knowledge, for every on in the country to know, and get involved.

mARan maRaip poruLai – meaning of thiruvAimozhi which is AzhvAr’s, and which is in the form of vEdham. It is as said in ‘mARan senthamizh vEdhaththin sezhum poruLai [sampradhAya chandhriakai – 11]’ (~ beautiful meaning of nammazhvAr’s beautiful thamizh vEdham).

nAdaRiya nanguraiththadhu – Like he (nammAzhvAr) divined thiruvAimozhi for making ‘Urum nAdum ulagamum thammaip pOl [thiruvAimozhi 6.7.2] (~ the village, country and world like him), he (vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai) also divined eedu very well for the world to know.

eedu muppaththARayiramIt is an additional twelve thousand compared to periyavAchchAn piLLai’s vyAkyAnam, is what he has divined.

eedu – meaning. He divined the meanings, and to get involved in it.

In the grantham of anthimOpAya nishtai it is divined ‘idhu thAn sruthaprakASikaiyil’ [Srutha prakASikai is a detailed commentary for emperumAnAr‘s SrIbhAshyam]. That is, eedu vyAkyAnam’s count matches SruthaprakASikai’s count.

As said in ‘gurubhyO(a)rhdha: sruthassapdhaisthath prayukthaichcha yOjitha: [SrIbhAshya sruthaprakASikA thaniyan] (Heard from Acharyas, and the words used by them are included – such..), here too vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai has included the words heard (from nampiLLai), and authored the vyAkyAnam, isn’t it? nampiLLai’s ways of explanation is the one that vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai has divined in vyAkyAnam.

In a later pAsuram as he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is going to say ‘ezhuthErAr thamizh vEdhaththu eedu thanai [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 48]’, vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai has the involvement of documenting it only (as the original author is nampiLLai who lectured this).

Even though this vyAkyAnam was compiled before sruthaprakASikai, it is okay for the count of this to be referenced with that grantham (since there is a match in the count).

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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