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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 58

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pAsuram 58

sachchampiradhAyam thAm udaiyOr kEttakkAl
mechchum viyAkkiyai(gal) [thAn] uNdAgil – nachchi
adhikariyum neer vachana bhUdaNaththukku aRRa
madhi udaiyeer maththiyaththarAy.                                        58

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Word by word meaning

uNdAgil – If available
viyAkkiyai thAn – that is, the vyAkyAnams (for SrI vachana bhUshaNam) such that
sachchampiradhAyam thAm udaiyOr – those involved in sath samprathAyam
kEttakkAl – would listen/learn
mechchum – and they all would consider it as good, (then)
madhi udaiyeer – Oh intelligent ones! that is
aRRa – dedicated
vachana bhUdaNaththukku – to SrI vachana bhUshaNam,
neer – you
nachchi – like it (such vyAkyAnam)
adhikariyum – and learn it
maththiyaththarAi – while being neutral (to know pramANams).

vyAkyAnam

Those who were advised by him (maNavALa mAmunigaL) as addressed by ‘uyya ninaivu udaiyeer’ in earlier pAsuram, as this advise was fruitful, if they asked, your highness have said for many times ‘vachana bhUdaNaththin Azh poruLaik kaRRu’, and ‘vachana bhUdaNaththin vAn poruLaik kallAdhadhu ennO’, in positive and negative ways; what is the means by which we could learn its meanings? then he responds that if those with earnest interest in sath sampradhAyam would create / appreciate wonderful vyAkyAnams, then learn that and understand through that.

Or, he is saying also as – if a vyAkyAnam for SrI vachana bhUshaNam is available with or without anyone asking for it (apEkshA nirapEkshamAga), then learn that through research and use it.

sachchampirdhAyam thAm udaiyOr kEttakkAl – That is, as said in ‘Odhi Odhuviththu AdhiyAy varum [periya thirumozhi 3.5.6]’ (for time immemorial they have been reciting and teaching), ones having involvement in continuing sath sampradhAyam, like him as said in ‘vAkyAnalangkruthivAkyAnAm vyAkyAthAram [uththara dhinacharya – 2]’ (he who describes the sentences in SrI vachana bhUshaNam),

and as said in ‘vAkyasangathi vAkyArtha thAthparyANi yathA Srutham | vyAkurvannEva pUrvEshAm varththamAna: padhE padhE svamanIshikayA naiva kalpayan kinchidhapyayam| gupthAn sarvAn guruthvEna gUd(h)AnarthAnadhIdhisath [yathIndhra pravaNa prabhAvam page – 129]’ (Relationship of sentences, meanings of them, and abstracts … he learned them),

if they heard, that is those who have learned vyAkyAnam of vachana bhUshaNam very well, and who listen to it regularly at AchAryan’s sannidhi (presence/assembly); if you heard; that is you who have known the meanings of sampradhAyam very well;

mechchum viyAkkiyai thAn uNdAgil – Like all the well learned ones who heard seethA charitham that is SrI rAmAyaNam were fondly saying ‘ahO geethasya mahAthmyam/mAdhuryam [SrI rAmAyaNam – bAla kANdam 4.16] (the melody and the meaningful verses, wow! superb!),

and like those said in ‘kEttu ArAr vAnavargaL [thiruvAimozhi 10.6.11]’ (~nithyasUris would listen to the prabandham from mukthAthmAs going from here, and cannot quench their thirst for it), as they would fondly listen to thiruvAimozhi which is ‘sevikku iniya senchol [thiruvAimozhi 10.6.11]’ (beautiful words that are like nectar to the ears),

in the same way,

if those who nurture the sath sampradhAyam, hear such vyAkyAnam of SrI vachana bhUshaNam, and then say ‘wow there is such a vyAkyAnam’ – if there is such vyAkyAnam

In other words, mechchum viyAkkiyai thAn – a vyAkyAnam for it that is respected by those who are respected;

vachana bhUdanaththukku aRRa madhi udaiyeer – you the knowledgeable ones who are dedicated to SrI vachana bhUshaNam;

It is said ‘vachObhUshA vyAkyAruchira varayOgIndhra rachihA vachObhis sarvEshAm varanigamasArais subahuLA | ga(m)bIrA vAkyArthairapi phalitha sathsangathigaNai: prasannA vE svArtham prakatayathu thasyaiva krupayA [varavaramuni kAvyam]’ (The beautiful vyAkyAnam for SrI vachana bhUshaNam with the divine words of maNavALa mAmunigaL, which is of best instructions of vEdham, and which is having complete and deep meanings of sentences – for me who has come here, I pray that he shows us its meanings out of his kindness);

Agil – By the ‘yathi’ sabdham (‘if’), it shows that it is hard to find such vyAkyAnam.

If you get what is very difficult to get, then,

nachchi adhikariyum neer – You who are having the wish to reach goal as experts of SrI vachana bhUshaNam, learn such vyAkyAnam with interest. It has become such that now he does not have to say ‘kallAdhadhu ennO kavarndhu [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 57] (why are they not learning with interest).

vachana bhUdanaththukkaRRa – the vykAyanams of vachana bhUshaNam that you could appreciate;

madhi udaiyeer maththiyaththarAi – when learning with interest, you who are having the mind which is an instrument that can discern, be neutral and research it, learn such that it completes your learning.

By this, is establishes that one should accept only those vyAkyAnams that are nurtured by AchAryas who are with sath sampradhAyam.

sachchampiradhAyam kEttakkAl mechchum viyAkkiyai thAn – They are like those who learned from nAlUrAchchAn piLLai, starting from thiruvAimozhi eedu, and the meanings of its essence in SrI vachana bhUshaNam – they are thirunArAyaNapuraththil Ay, thiruvAimozhi AchAryar, nallapa nAyan who is Ayi’s disciple.

As said in ‘mARil mudumbai ulagAriyan vachanak kalanum, mARan karuththin maNavALan vArththaiyum vallirukkaich cheerumpadi thiruththAzhvaraith thAdhan therindhenakkuth thERumpadi uraiththAn thiruththALgaL en chenniyadhE’ (~ He who learned and explained me for me to progress, who learned vachana bhUshaNam of the unsubstitutable mudumbai ulagAriyan (piLLai lOkAchAryar), and the words of Azhagiya maNavALp perumAL nAyanAr about the inner thoughts of nammAzhvAr (AchArya hrudhayam) – I bow my head to the divine feet of such thiruththAzhvarai thAdhan,

and in ‘AchAryahrudham samgya nibandhanasya vyAkhyAmakArshIth [varavaramuni champu]’ (Authored a vyAkyAnam for AchArya hrudhayam).

thirunarayanapuraththu_ay_jananyacharyarthirunAyAryanapuraththu Ay jananyAchAryar

It is Ayi who authored first vyAkyAnam for the dhivya prabandhams of SrI vachana bhUshaNam and AchArya hrudhayam; following him only the other vyAkyAnams were authored. It is well known that, like them, in the sannidhi of nAlUrAchchAn piLLai, he learned the meanings of thiruvAimozhi eedu and other dhivya prabandhams, and SrI vAchana bhUshaNam and such rahasya granthams.

It is also well known that he (Ay) authored a vyAkyAnam for SrI vachana bhUshaNam.

It is said ‘athishtitha chathurkrAmAchArya dhEvapathErgurO shArthairlEbhirE yEna sarvE sadhdhrAvidAgamA: [varavaramuni champu]’, about nAlUr piLLai’s teaching of the meanings.

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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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

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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.

vyAkyAnam

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),

and

‘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

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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
nampiLLai
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.

vyAkyAnam

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 – 47

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pAsuram 47

nanjeeyar seydha viyakkiyaigaL nAliraNdukku
enjAmai yAvaikkum illaiyE – tham seerAl
vaiya kuruvin thambi mannu maNavALamuni
seyyumavai thAmum sila.                                         47

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Word by word meaning

nanjeeyar
seidha – divined
viyAkkiyaigaL – vyAkyAnams (commentary / meanings)
nAliraNdukku – for a few only,
illai – not
enjAmai – without skipping anything,
yAvaikkum – (not) for all dhivya prabandhams.
thambiDivine younger brother
vaiya kuruvin – of piLLailOkAcharyar
mannum – who is well established
maNavALamuniazhagiya maNavALap perumAL nainAchAryar (nAyanAr), {subsequently in the vyAkyAnam, there is mention of this being both nAyanAr and  vAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar }
tham seeral – by his auspicious qualities
seyyumavai thAmum – the vyAkyAnams he/they authored
sila – are for some dhivya prabandhams only.

vyAkyAnam

He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining that, in this, AchAryas like nanjeeyar also divined the authoring of vyakyAnams for a few dhivya prabandhams, saying ‘nanjeeyar seydha viyAkkiyaigaL nAliraNdukku’.

That is, unlike periyavAchchAn piLLai doing vyAkyAnam for all the dhivya prabandhams, earlier  nanjeeyar mercifully authored vyAkyAnams for a few dhivya prabandhams only.

nanjeeyarnanjeeyar

nAliraNdukku – is not exact numbers but it is just a word. That is, it indicates that it is ‘a few’. He divined later in this pAsuram as ‘sila’ (a few) which means the same here.

What is seen as his authoring of vyAkyAnam, are available for thiruppAvai and kaNNinuN chiruththAmbu only. If any more are there (found), consider that as well.

enjAmai yAvaikkum illaiyE – That is, it is Not the case that he authored vyAkyAnams for dhivya prabandhams without anything skipped. ‘enjAmai’ is (not having shortcoming, not getting destroyed) like said in ‘enjAmal vaiththadakki [periya thirumozhi 2.10.1]’ (without getting them destroyed He kept everything in his stomach).  ‘illaiyE’ -> the ‘E’ shows certainty (thERRam).

tham seerAl vaiya kuruvin thambi – When it comes to aruLichcheyal (dhivya prabandhams), compared to all the other AchAryas, (azhagiya maNavALap perumAL nAyanAr) having deep focus, by his wisdom and other auspicious qualities, like said in ‘kAththa kuNavALar [upadhEsa raththinamAlai – 39]’ (AchAryas of auspicious qualities who saved thiruvAimozhi ), it is by his greatness that he too divined vyAkyAnams for a few prabandhams.

As said in ‘mannu padhinmar maRaip poruLil mARan seer, thunnu madhurakavi soRporuLum anna nadaiththingaL mukavalliyurai semporuLum then mudumbai, engaL maNavALarkkiRai [?]’ (?), is how his focus is.

pillailokacharyar-nayanarpiLLai lOkAchAryar and his divine younger brother nAyanAr

vaiya kuruvin thambi – Reason for all this greatness is – being born after piLLai lOkAchAryar. That is, the much celebrated piLLai lOkAcharyar’s divine younger brother is azhagiya maNavALap perumAL nayanAr (nAyanAr); him having the relation that creates nobleness. Like saying king’s son, for him too the identity is ‘jagathguruvarAnuja’ [AchArya hrudhayam thaniyan]’ (piLLai lOkAcharyar’s younger brother). Similar to ones like ‘thambiyudan dhasarathyAnAnum [yathIndhra pravaNa prabhAvam – 25]’.

mannu maNavALamuni – being well established in the meanings, who is popularly known as ‘vAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar’.

vadhi-kesari-azhagiya-manavala-jiyar

In this way both of them (nAyanAr and vAdhi kEsari jIyar) – seyyumavai thAmum sila – have done vyAkyAnams for a few prabandhams. By ‘thAmum’ it connects with the few prabandhams mentioned earlier (by nanjeeyar).

It is seen that nainar (azhagiya maNavALap perumAL nAyanAr) has divined vyAkyAnams for thiruppAvai and kaNNinuN chiruththAmbu, and jIyar (vAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar) has divined svApadhEa vyAkyAnam (inner meanings) for thiruviruththam. If there are any further more, they can be considered as well.

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 46

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pAsuram 46

periyavAchchAn piLLai pinbuLLavaikkum
theriya viyakkiyaigaL seyvAL – ariya
aruLichcheyal poruLai Ariyargatku ippOdhu
aruLichcheyalAyththu aRindhu.                                           46

Word by word meaning

periyavAchchAn piLLai seyvAl – Since periyavAchchAn piLLai authored
viyAkkiyaigaL – vyAkyAnams (commentary explanation of meanings)
pinbuLLavaikkum – for other three thousand (of the dhivya prabandhams)
theriya – for everyone to know,
ippodhu – at the current time
Ariyargatku – AchAryas later to him
aruLichcheyal Ayththu – are able to explain/divine
ariya – the difficult
poruLai – special great meanings (arththa viSEshangaL) of
aruLichcheyal –
aruLichcheyal (dhivya prabandhams) of AzhvArs

vyAkyAnam

Starting with (the pAsuram of ) ‘piLLAn nanjeeyar [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 39]’, as he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) wanted to, he showed about those who authored vyAkyAnams for dhrAvida (thamizh) vEdham that is thiruvAimozhi, and about the count lengths of those vyAkyAnams; and now regarding the other prabandhams that are related parts of thiruvAimozhi, he is divining who all authored them, and that periyavAchchAn piLLai divined vyAkyAnams for all of them.

periyavAchchAn piLLai – Since there are his divine son nayanArAchchAn piLLai and nAlUrAchchAn piLLai, here he is specifically mentioning periyavAchchAn piLLai.

periyavachan-pillaiperiyavAchchAn piLLai

pinbuLLavaikkum theriya – Other than thiruvAimozhi which is ‘satakOpa vAngmayam [thiruvAimozhi thaniyan]’ (filled with nammAzhwAr‘s divine words); that is starting from thiruppallANdu through siriya/periya thirumadal, the twenty three dhivya prabandhams; for them –

theriya vyAkkiyaigaL seyvAl – As he considers only the growth of others as his being, since he authored the vyAkyAnam for understanding clearly –

ariya aruLichcheyal poruLai – As said in ‘ariya innisai [periya thirumozhi 1.2.10]’ (hard to sing), and in ‘aRiviththEn Azh poruLai [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 1]’ (shall start saying about the deep meanings), this is how the difficulty/greatness of meanings of dhivya prabandhams is.

As said in ‘senchol kavi [thiruvAimozhi 10.7.1]’ (poem that is of beautiful words), and ‘sevikkiniya senchol [thiruvAimozhi 10.6.11]’ (beautiful words that are sweet to the ears), and ‘sencholAl eduththa dheiva nanmAlai [periya thirumozhi 1.1.10]’ (divined a divine garland using beautiful words), and ‘senthamizh [periya thirumozhi 2.8.2]’ (beautiful thamizh (pAsurams)), starting from the time of hearing it, they are of unbounded sweetness, due to being thamizh language they are being very soft ones, and are very easy;

still, it is difficult to determine the meanings, isn’t it?

Having such difficulties and greatness (arumai perumai), the meanings of aruLichcheyal (dhivya prabandhams), Ariyargatku ippOdhu’ – for the AchAryas after (periya)AchchAn piLLai , or, ippOdhu – also – after he divined the vyAkyAnams, or, for those living at the same time as him, since he divined (earlier) at that time, it is being possible for latter ones to divine/explain them.

As said in ‘ariyadhu eLidhAgum [iraNdAm thiruvanthAdhi – 22]’ (what is difficult would become easy), due to the grace of periyavAchchAn piLLai, ‘aruLichcheyaLAyththu aRindhu’ – that is, by his extraordinary vyAkyAnams, for meanings that are very hard to know, it is now possible for others to understand, enjoy it themselves, and divine as advice to others.

Compared to other AchAryas, isn’t this the distinguishing greatness of him (periyavAchchAn piLLai)?

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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.

vyAkyAnam

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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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 43

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pAsuram 43

nampiLLAi thammudaiya nal aruLAl Eviyidap
pin periyavAchchAn piLLai adhanAl – inbA
varu paththi mARan maRaip poruLaich chonnadhu
irupaththu nAlAyiram.                                                                       43

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Word by word meaning

nampiLLai
thammudaiya – by his
nal aruLAl – good grace
Eviyida – commanded,
pin – after that
adhanal – due to that precept
periyavAchchAn piLLai
chonnadhu – divined
mARan maRaip poruLai – meanings of thiruvAimozhi (that came due to)
paththi – devotion (that came due to)
inbA – delightful
varu – bhagavath katAksham (to nammAzhvAr);
irupaththu nAlAyiram – (vykyAnam for it is) – irupaththu nAlAyirappadi (24,000).

vyAkyAnam

He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining that, after that, based on nampiLLai’s order, periyavAchchAn piLLai divined a vyAkyAnam that is three times bigger than the one said in previous pAsuram (onbadhinAyirappadi vyAkyAnam of nanjeeyar).

nampiLLai thammudaiya nal aruLAl Eviyida – Being one who enriches the sampradhAyam, who is glorified as as ‘kAruNyapUrNam kalivairidhAsam [nampiLLai thaniyan]’ (being full of kindness, having the name of thirukkalikanRi dhAsar dhAsyam nAmam nampiLLai), being a krupAmAthra prasannAchAryar (teaches purely based on looking at the pitiable state of those sentient who are interested in learning and following), that is nampiLLai,

being interested only in being beneficial to others, with his grace as said in ‘koLvadhilaiyAgiya kuLirndha aruL thAn [SrI vachana bhUshaNam thaniyan]’, asked him to do a vyAkyAnam for thiruvAimozhi; as per that, based on the precept that is only due to grace, (periyavAchchAn piLLai) thought of it as ‘kriyathAm ithi [SrI rAmAyaNam AraNya kAndam – 15.7]’ (it shall be built), and as ‘kUvip paNi koLLAy [thiruvAimozhi 8.5.7]’ (call me in front of you and divine your acceptance of my servitude),

periyavachan-pillaiperiyavAchchAn piLLAi

pin periyavAchchAn piLLAi – after such a command, as said in ‘paraVanasmi [SrI rAmAyaNam AraNya kANdam 15.7](adiyen dhAsa bhUthan), being a servant of that one,

adhanAl – based on the command of the AchAryan – by this it distinguishes him from naduvil thiruveedhip piLLai bhattar, and vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai who wrote vyAkyAams on their own accord (after listening to kAlakshEpams of nampiLLai).

adhanAl inbA varu paththi mARan maRaip poruLai – If what is desired to be done very much is decreed to be done, then one would rush for it. For thiruvAimozhi too which is ‘pAlOdu amudhanna Ayiram [thiruvAimozhi 8.6.11]’ (being most enjoyable like the mix of milk and nectar/food), such a decree was made for doing vyAkyAnam. That is why he authored vyAkyAnam for thiruvAimozhi that was created by the devotion instigated by emperumAn (that is, inbA varu paththi mARan maRaip poruLaich chonnadhu).

inbA varu paththi – The matter (emperumAn) to think about is sweet, as can be said as ‘susukham [srI bhagavath gIthA 9.2]’ (pleasant/sweet to follow in action), the devotion (bhakthi) is being of unlimited happiness, AzhvAr who is apt (prApthar) and respected/confidential (Apthar), by the force of overflowing devotion like a flooding river, divined thiruvAimozhi which is thamizh vEdham, and periyavAchchAn piLLai divined its meanings as a vyAkyAnam for it.

irupaththu nAlAyiram – is the meanings of thiruvAimozhi of paththi (devotion) mARan.

Like saying ‘kAdhal kurugUrch chatakOpan [thiruvAimozhi 2.1.11]’ (having uncontrollable love that is nammAzhvAr of AzhvAr thirunagari), since this came due to ‘inbA varu paththi’ (grace through which the devotion came), it incarnated as ‘bhakthAmrutham [thiruvAimozhi thaniyan]’ (as nectar for devotees). In this way, the unbounded sweetness that is the meanings of mARan‘s thiruvAimozhi, is of twenty four thousand.

As said in ‘chathurvimsathsahasrANi SlOkAnAm ukthavAn rushi: [SrI rAmAyaNam bAla kANdam – 4.2]’ (rushi divined it having twenty four thousand slOkas), the count of one that is best of ithihAsams, that is, SrI rAmAyaNam, is how periyavAchchAn piLLai divined his vyAkyAnam.

inbA varu paththi mARan maRaip poruLai – As said in ‘irAmAyaNam ennum paththi veLLAm [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 37]’ (~ flood of devotion that is rAmAyaNam), is how this (thiruvAimozhi) is also of flood of devotion. So its vyAkyAnam is also formed in the same way (of count).

‘SrI rAmAyaNam enRum thiruvAimozhi enRum iraNdu mahA prabandhangaL uNdu’ (there are two great prabandhams named SrI rAmAyaNam and thiruvAimozhi) – is how these two are said as equivalent isn’t it?

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 39

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pAsuram 39

piLLAn nanjIyar periyavAchchAn piLLai
theLLAr vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai
maNavALa yOgi thiruvAimozhiyaik kAththa
guNavALar enRu nenjE kURu.                                39

pAsuram 39

Word by word meaning

nenjE – Oh mind,
kURu – you shall say, thatn
piLLAnthirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn, and
nanjIyarnanjIyar, and
periyavAchchAn piLLaiperiyavAchchAn piLLai, and
theL Ar – one who is having clear mind, that is
vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLAi vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai, and
maNavALa yOgivAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALach chIyar (jIyar)
are the ones
kuNavALar enRu – having great qualities, who/as they
kAththa – protected
thiruvAimozhiyaithiruvAimozhi prabandham
(through their vyAkyAnams).

vyAkyAnam

Now, thiruvAimozhi which is the meaning of dhvayam, was given birth by the ‘mother’ satakOpan (nammAzhvAr), and was spread by the affectionate mother rAmAnujan as said in ‘eenRa mudhal thAy satakOpan, moimbAl vaLarththa idhath thAy rAmAnusan [thiruvAimozhi thaniyan]’, and in the same way he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) too was growing it;

due to their grace, matching their opinions of its meanings, through creation of vyAkyAnams for thiruvAimozhi which is the essence of dhivya prabandhams, those who protected it are piLLAn et al, says maNavALa mAmunigaL, starting this pAsuram with ‘piLLAn’.

pillan_055_4762658378_lempeumAnAr overseeing and blessing piLLAn’s marriage

piLLAn he is: As emperumAnAr was thankful to thirukkOshtiyUr nambi for his great mercy, he gave nambi’s name (kurugEsar / thirukkurugaip pirAn) to his sishya as thirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn, whom he considered as his son; such is this person who has the greatness of having the name of nambi, and because of that, he was being important than others for him (emperumAnAr), and learned from him (emperumAnAr) all inner meanings of vEdhAntham, and was knowledgeable in all sAsthras, and grew thamizh and samskrutha vEdhanthams as ubhaya vEdhAntha pravarththakar (one who enriches/spreads it).

nanjIyar – he is: loved as ‘nammudaiya jIyar’ (our jIyar) by the divine son of fully knowledgeable kUraththAzhvAn, that is bhattar who knows all the SAsthrams; and (nanjIyar) learned all the meanings in the sannidhi (presence) of bhattar, without any doubt or confusion, and after that explained thiruvAimozhi a hundred times and due to that had the sadhAbhishEkam (honour of completing a hundred).

nanjeeyarnanjIyar

periyavAchchAn piLLAi – he is – surrendered to the divine feet of nampiLLai who is like the incarnation of AzhvAr, and for avoiding the hurdles for any kainkaryams to his AchAryan he had left all the other goals/achievements along with any trace, and learned and heard all the meanings clearly in his AchAryan’s sannidhi, and being liked very much by his AchAryan.

periyavachchan_pillaiperiyavAchchAn piLLai

theLLAr vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai – Having such great clarity in spreading the meanings of thiruvAimozhi, and due that, earning the phrase of ‘sakrushNa dhvayau [thiruvAimozhi bhagavath vishaya thaniyan]’ (nampiLLai having vadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLai and periyavAchchAn piLLai), and being talked together with periyavAchchAn piLLai for doing personal kainkaryams to nampiLLai, excelling as per precept, and being abhimAna nishtAgragaNyar (one of the leading in loving (the AchAryan)).

vadakkuthiruveedhipillaivadakkuth thiruveedhip piLLAi

maNavALa yOgi – he is – To be said as ‘abhayapradharAja puthrar’, he fully reached the divine feet of periyavAchchAn piLLai ‘s divine son nayanArAchchAn piLLai, and learned the full and inner meanings of sampradhAyam, rahasyams, and dhivya prabandhams from his teachings, and also learned all the SAsthrams as part of these, and being able to win over other philosophies, and having the talent of speech as can be said as ‘vAdhi kEsari’. That is, vAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar.

vadhi-kesari-azhagiya-manavala-jiyarvAdhikEsari azhagiya maNavALA jIyar

Such people as mentioned above –

thiruvAimozhiyaik kAththa – that is, having the great quality of protecting well by doing their individual vyAkyAnams for thiruvAimozhi which is the best in pramANams (references/base) – protecting it from those having less knowledge.

They authored the vyAkyAnams starting from ArAyirappadi (vyAkyAnam having the length of 6,000 groups of words), and ending in panneerAyirappadi (12,000 groups of words), and this is explained by him (maNavALa mAmunigaL) himself clearly in later pAsurams.

kAththa gunavALar enRu nenjE kURu – Oh the mind which is prostrating the qualities of such people who are having the quality of protecting it through the greatness of their vyAkyAnams.

As an outlet of your happiness for their vyAkyAnams, always say about their qualities like said in ‘thadhvAchAvadhathi [thaiththiriyam AraNyakam 1.23] (he is saying that by his mouth). Other parts of us are the pathway for the mind. According to that, he is saying ‘kURu’ (say it).

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 36

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pAsuram 36

theruLuRRa AzhvArgaL seermai aRivArAr
aruLichcheyalai aRivArAr – aruL peRRa
nAthamuni mudhalAm nam thEsikarai allAl
pEthai manamE uNdO pEsu.                                           36

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Word by word meaning

aRivAr Ar – Who knows
seermai – the greatness of
AzhvArgaLAzhvArs
theruL uRRa – who have divine knowledge?
aRivAr Ar – Who knows
aruLichcheyalai – the greatness of dhivya prabandhams that they divined?
allAl – – Except
nam – our
thEsikaraiAchAryas
nAthamuni mudhalAm – starting from SrIman nAthamunigAL
aruL peRRa – who got the divine grace of AzhvArs,
pEthai manamE – Oh the ignorant mind
pEsu – you think through and say, (whether)
uNdO – whether there can be anyone else (who know the greatness of AzhvArs and AchAryas).

vyAkyAnam

In the previous pAsuram as he divined that those who do not know the greatness of distinguished pramANams (dhivya prabandhams), and its authors (AzhvArs) are to be given up, it is established that only those who know the greatness of these are the only ones to be regarded.

So when asked – who are those that are to be regarded, he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) replied – is there anybody else – it is our nAthamunigAL and other AchAryas.

perumal_koil_rappaththu_uthsavam_2015_nammazhvar_madhurakavi_azhvar_nathamunigal_DSC_0691aruL peRRa nAthamunigaL with aruL mARan (nammAzhvar) – (dhEvap)perumAL kOyil

Ones in the previous pAsuram and the ones in this pAsuram are like those who abuse and praise respectively.

theruL uRRa AzhvArgaL seermai aRivAr Ar – Since they are same in getting divined the unblemished knowledge (mayarvaRa mathi nalam (thiruvAimozhi 1.1.1)), being ‘theruL uRRa AzhvArgaL’ (AzhvArs having divine knowledge) is being their identity.

Nature of AzhvArs

– As said in ‘gyAnAnandha mayasthvAthmASEshOhi paramAthmana: [SrImath bhAgavatham]’ (AthmA is of knowledge and bliss (gyAnAnandham) and servant of paramAthmA),

– by His grace got the state as said in ‘uNarvum uyirum udambum maRRu ulappinavum pazhudhEyAm [thiruvAimozi 8.8.3]’ (knowledge that captures information, life, and body)

– have understood the apex of truth (thathva yAthAthmyam) as said in ‘uNarvenum perum padham therindhu [periya thirumozhi 1.1.1]’ (took a step in to the big state that is gyAnam (knowledge)), and ‘meymmaiyai miga uNarndhu [thirumAlai – 37]’ (got knowledge of Athma svarUpam as is), and ‘thAmaraiyAL kELvan oruvanaiyE nOkkum uNarvu [mudhal thiruvanthAdhi – 67]’ (the gyAnam (knowledge) would only surrender to the husband of – thAyAr who was born in the beautiful lotus flower), and ‘uNarndha mey gyAniyar [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 60]’ (the assembly (gOshti) of learned gyAnis of truth), and ‘gyAninas thathvadharSina: [SrI bhagavath gIthA – 4.34]’ (gyAnis who saw in their mind the svarUpam of AthmA),

– and due to that being saviour (thArakar) for Isvaran, and being the best of gyAnis (learned ones), as said in ‘gyAnIthvAthmaiva mE matham [SrI bhagavath gIthA – 7.18]’ (In case of gyAni he is the life itself of me), and ‘aRivAr uyir AnAi [thiruvAimozhi – 6.9.8]’ (Oh You having gyAnis as your AthmA!),

– while others are after artha (objects/wealth), kAma (desires), and having ignorance/in the dark, and live around like mad/drunk, these (AzhvArs) do not have any trace of darkness (in mind) as said in ‘maruL il … vaN satakOpan [thiruvAimozhi 2.10.11]’, and by that strength search for the bright mOksham, and get to SrIvaikuNtam. In AzhvArs’ case aren’t they full of knowledge about the five things that one should know (artha panchakam).

theruL uRRa – is – being rooted in that (the aforementioned).

In this way they are being like ‘nAttArOdu iyalvu ozhindhu nAraNanai nANNi [thiruvAimozhi 10.6.2](gave up interaction with the people and got SrIman nArAyaNan).

seermai – is – Compared to those who have got the knowledge of AthmA, AzhvArs are better like the difference between an atom and a mountain (parvatha paramANuvOttai vAsi), and having the greatness of having distinguished birth/life, activities (vruththam), and knowledge.

That is, the greatness explained in ‘AzhvArgaL ERRam [updhESa raththina mAlai – 34]’.

seermai – greatness/glory.

In the vyAkyAnam of ‘thirumanthraththinudaiya seermaikkup pOrumpadi [mumkshuppadi – 3]’, it was divined as ‘gauravam’ (dignity).

nAyanar (azhagiya maNavALap perumAL nAyanAr) also divined ‘idhukku mUlam … patta pOdhu ezhu pOdhu aRiyAdhirundha prabhAvam [AchArya hrudhayam – 93](describes about the greatness of AzhvAr).

AzhvArs’ greatness is as said in ‘viNNuLArilum seeriyar [thiruviruththam – 79]’ ((those who are always worshipping emperumAn) are greater than those in the other worlds), and ‘pErALan pErOdhum periyOr [periya thirumozhi 7.4.4]’ (mahAthmAs who recite the divine names of the One having greatness) , and ‘mikka seerth thoNdar [periya thirumozhi 11.1.9]’ (SrIvaishNavas who are ananyaprayOjanars (not expecting any other benefit from him)).

Or, considering the phrase ‘theruLuRRa AzhvArgaL seermai’ as being theruLuRRa is their seermai (being given divine knowledge is their greatness).

He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is saying that except those whom he is going to list, who would know the greatness of the aforementioned.

AzhvArgaL seermai aRivAr Ar – Are those who do not by habit distinguish between dhEham (body / prakruthi) and AthmA, going to go to the level of those who have understood the glory of their (AzhvArs’) divine knowledge, in order to know their (AzhvArs’) greatness?

aRivAr Ar – Or are the unfavorable (prathikUlar) who think that dhEham is Athma, going to be able to know the greatness of AzhvArs who are favourable (anukUlar).

So, he is saying ‘aRivArAr’ sounding like it is rare (to find who know the greatness).

Furthermore, who would know the greatness of the prabandhams that are authored by the AzhvArs which convey the meaning of prapaththi?

aruLichcheyalai aRivAr Ar – Who would understand the greatness of its meanings and welcome and inculcate their divine verses that are dhivya prabandhams?

The word ‘seermai’ (greatness) is to be applied to this phrase also from previous phrase – it was divined as ‘AzhvArgaL ERRam aruLich cheyal ERRam [upadhESa raththina mAlai – 34]only isn’t it (thus greatness is applicable to both). When understanding the greatness of prabandham phrases like ‘theruL koLLach chonna Or Ayiraththu [thiruvAimozhi 2.10.11]’ (~ among the one thousand pAsurams said with divine knowledge), and such, it would imply that AzhvArs have been graced, isn’t it?

Would those who attend to pleasuring words based on their svAthanthriyam (feeling independent from emperumAn), celebrate the dhivya prabandhams of limitless enjoyment by understanding that the prabandhams are part of gaining their svarUpam (true nature)?

The limitless enjoyment is as said like in ‘pAlOdu amudhu enRa Ayiram [thiruvAimozhi 8.6.11]’ (~ among the one thousand pAsurams that are enjoyable like the mix of milk and food), and ‘thoNdarkku amudhu [thiruvAimozhi 9.9.10]’ ((said this thiruvAimozhi) as nectar for devotees) , and ‘sencholAl eduththa dheiva nanmAlai [periya thirumozhi 1.1.10]’ (divine garland made of beautiful words).

It is part of gaining svarUpam is as said like in ‘paththarAgak kUdum payilumin [thiruvAimozhi 3.6.11]’ (can become devotees so practice (this decad of thiruvAimozhi)), and ‘uriya thoNdar Akkum [thiruvAimozhi 6.9.11]’ ((those who learn this decad) it would make them ananyArha SEshabhUthar (subservient to Him only)).

In these, maNavALa mAmunigaL understands the meaning of AzhvArs, and explain to us.

Furthermore, he is saying those who understand its greatness are; (of dhivya prabandhams) :

aruL peRRa nAthamuni mudhalA(m) nam thEsikarai allAlThey are – starting from nAthamuni who got the grace of ‘aruL mARan’, they are in the seat of AchAryan, and enriching the dhivya prabandhams with their passion – they are: the AchAryas shown in ‘nAtham pankajanEthradhEvAdhipAth [bhagavath vishayam thaniyans](nAthamunigaL uyyakkOndAr … dhEvarAjar (nAlUrAchchAn piLLai)).

((up to) nam dhEsikar) – His (maNavALa mAmunigaL’s) dhEsikar (AchAryan) is thirumalai AzhvAr (thiruvAimozhip piLLai), as said in ‘dhEvap perumAL kaik koNdaruLum thirumalai AzhvAr’ (thirumalai AzhvAr who is graced by dhEvap perumAL).

He (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is saying ‘nam’ dhEsikar due to his state of devotion (towards his AchAryan / AchAryas).

srivaishna-guruparamparai

aruL peRRa nAthamuni – aruL – grace; nAthamunigaL got the grace of AzhvAr (nammAzhvAr), as well as the grace of mannanAr (emperumAn at kAttumannAr kOyil where he performed kainkaryam).

Only those who are the targets of grace of bhagavath and bhAgavathas would understand the greatness of AzhvArs and the greatness of dhivya prabandhams and live, isn’t it? Is it possible for others to understand?

pEdhai manamE uNdO pEsu – Oh young mind! Is there anyone other than these able ones? Try to say and see if possible. There is no such meaning. So, he says no one occurs to the mind. By this, it says that what cannot be known with own efforts, would be known without any effort for those who are graced (by emperumAn and His devotees).

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 13

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pAsuram 13

mAsip punarpUsam kANmin inRu maNNulagIr
thEsu iththivasaththukku Edhennil – pEuginREn
kolli nagark kOn kulasEkaran piRappAl
nallavargaL koNdAdum nAL                                           13

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Word by word meaning

maNNulagIr – Oh residents of this earth!
kANmin – Realize that
inRu – today
mAsi – is the month of mAsi (magha)
punarpUsam – and star day of punarpUsam (punarvasu);
(E) edhu ennil – if asked what is the
thEsu – grand value
ith thivasaththukku – of this day,
pEsuginRen – I shall tell you about that; that is,
kolli nagark kOn – he who is the head of the place kolli,
kulasEkaran – that is, kulasEkara AzhvAr,
pirappAL – due to his incarnation
nAL – on this day,
nallavargaL – noble people
koNdAdum – celebrate (it).

vyAkyAnam

He is divining the enrichment of knowledge of the ignorant ones, about the greatness of srI kulasEkarap perumAL who divined his incarnation during mAsi (magha) punarpUsam (punarvasu).

mAsip punarpUsam kANmin inRu maNNulagIr – As said in ‘mAsi munnAL (nAchchiyAr thirumozhi – 1.1), it can be considered as having greatness that is not present in any other day – that is mAsi (magha) month’s star day of punarpUsam (punarvasu), Oh see that those in this world – that day is today for you all!

inRu – The one that occurred in the past and will in the future is appearing as today for him (maNavALa mAmunigaL) due to his regard/fondness.

mAsip punarpUsam – It was in chiththirai month punarvasu star day that chakravarththy thirumagan (srI rAman) divined His incarnation. ‘ellai il seerth dhayarathan than maganAith thOnRiRRu adhu mudhalAth than ulagam pukkathIRA [perumAL thirumozhi 10.10]’ – (From His incarnation as a son of dhasarathan of limitless fame, till the time when He returned to paramapadham, that is, AzhvAr gave us the summary of srI rAmAyaNam),  is how this AzhvAr lets us know about rAman’s glory; and his star day also has become the same.

Like how those born in the lineage of kings should have a grand star day, this AzhvAr’s incarnation is having such connection with emperumAn.

kulasekarazhwarsrI kulasEkarap perumAL

maN ulagIr – Oh the ones in this earth who are involved in the enjoyments of this world, and not paying attention to emperumAn and his devotees! Avoid your distractions and listen to the meanings I am talking about. Those in the other world are best in their true knowledge. Having less knowledge and as said in ‘uNdiyE udaiyE ugandhu [perumAL thirumozhi 3-4] going eagerly after food only, clothes only (and other comforts only) and being ‘mAranAr varivenchilaikku At cheydhu [perumAl thirumozhi 3-3](Surrendering to the beautiful bad arrow of manmatha and enjoying this material world), — for such people as you only is it required for me to advise.

{notice how the vyAkyAthA (piLLailOkam jIyar) is using the respective AzhvAr’s prabandham itself to show the meanings of upadhEsa raththina mAlai}

If you asked, ‘For your highness to advise us regarding this, what is great about this day?’, then –

pEsuginREn etc. – As he said about himself in ‘kolli kAvalan kUdal nAyakan kOzhik kOn kulasEkaran [perumAL thirumozhi 2.10] (king of the place of kolli, of madhurai, and uRaiyUr, that is kulasEkaran), such chEra king, is kulasEkara AzhvAr; the day got its significance due to his incarnation, and due to that (we) are able to get relation of the good; kulasEkaran’s birth is not of body but of life/AthmA – he said ‘UnERu selvaththu udal piRavi yAn vENdEn [perumAL thirumozhi 4-1] (I who has realized the good from the bad, would not want the birth in the body that grows rich in meat everyday, etc.).

The king kulasEkarap perumAL wished to be an animal or a plant living in thirumalai (thiruppathi)

– are how his his likes and dislikes are set.

Being amicable to be subservient (to emperumAn and his devotees) – that is a birth; this is as said in ‘Azhi am kaip pEr Ayarkku ALAm piRappu [periya thiruvanthAdhi – 79]’, and having ‘(un) viNNAttuth thEsu’ (regardless of the kind of birth in this world, if one has the devotion toward emperumAn, then such birth would be having the greatness/luster of your other [higher] world).

In this way, due to this AzhvAr’s incarnation that is amicable to subservience, this day gets its luster.

So this day is –

nallavargaL koNdAdum nAL – (celebrated by noble ones); they are ‘kolli kAvalan sol padhikkum kalaik kavi pAdum periyavar [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 14]’ (the noble ones who recite the pAsurams of kulasEkara Azhvar as an outlet of their love for him);

nallavargaL – they take care of others’ spiritual wellness like of their own.

nAL – a day is one that is celebrated by such people.

This AzhvAr, as said in ‘ellaiyil adimaith thiRaththinil enRu mEvu manaththanAm [perumAL thirumozhi 2.10]’ ((kulasEkara AzhvAr) having the mind of being at most subservient, (to emperumAn’s devotees’ devotees’ …)), is of such goodness, and due to that, for them he had put his hand inside the pot of snake (to prove those devotees’ innocence when they were blamed for a lost jewel in AzhvAr’s palace) – having such greatness of character;

This day is nurtured and celebrated by those srIvaishNavas who have lost themselves to such quality of this AzhvAr and are good to his lotus feet.

Now,

srI kulasEkara AzhvAr wanted to be some animal or plant or, ANYthing in the hills of thirumalai (thiruppathi), as he said in :

inbamarum selvamum ivvarasum yAn vENdEN [perumAL thirumozhi 4.1] (I do not want the wealth that would go into enjoying various things, and I do not want this kingdom that enables them),

and in –

uruppasi than am poR kalai algul peRRAlum AdhariyEn [perumAL thirumozhi 4.3] (Would not want it even if I got the beautiful decorated parts of UrvaSi (consort of indhra who is the king of dhEvas)),

– Thus this AzhvAr wishes to be something, anything in the hills of thirumalai and with such wishes he serves emperumAn.

Similarly,

srI gOvindhap perumAL (embAr) too is described in the same way, as said in ‘thruNIkrutha virinjchAthi nirankusa vibhUthaya: [varavaramuni mukthakam – 7]’ (gives no importance to those like brahmA, and is having the greatness in the worlds), ignores all lowly affairs,

and as said in ‘hrudhi nArAyaNam pasyan nAbhyagachchathrahassadhA yassarvadhArathEchchApi gOvindham tham upAsmahE [embAr thaniyan, guruparamparA prabhAvam – 528]’ (He who is always seeing nArAyaNan, and was not able to see any place as private for happiness with his wife, we worship such gOvindhar (embAr)), and so for other enjoyments he is of the view that there is no dark and private place (since he sees nArAyaNAn’s brightness everywhere),

so, for this AchAryan also the punarpUsam (punarvasu) has become the star day of his incarnation.

embar_madhuramangalamembAr – madhuramangalam

As said in ‘arasamarndhAn adi sUdum [perumAL thirumozhi 10.7](falling at the feet of srI rAma pirAn who is seated with majesty in his throne), like this AzhvAr who seeks the feet of srI rAman, embAr too is like a shadow of rAmAnujar’s divine feet.

In the case of distaste for other demi gods, he (embAr) matches thirumazhisai AzhvAr.

embAr too is of two births in one (brAhmaNa).

Due to all of these reasons, this pAsuram says about the greatness of this star day being of muppuri (three auspicious things happening in a similar way).

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English Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dhAsan

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