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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 55

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pAsuram 55

Ar vachana bhUdaNaththin Azh poruL ellAm aRivAr
Ar adhu sonnEril anuttippAr – Ororuvar
uNdAgil aththanai kAN uLLamE ellArkkum
aNdAdhadhu anRO adhu.                                                              55


Word by word meaning

uLLamE – Oh the mind!
aRivAr – those who know and keep
Azh poruL ellAm – all majestic distinguished meanings
vachana bhUdaNaththin – of SrI vachana bhUshaNa mahA sAsthram,
Ar – who are there?
anuttippAr – Those who put it in practice
nEril – in its steps (kramam)
adhu – that SrI vachana bhUshaNam
sol – says,
Ar – who are there?
Or oruvar – Those who understand its meaning and follow it in actions too, there may be one or two somewhere;
uNdAgil – if present
aththanai kAN – then that much only is there;
adhu – understanding its meanings and following it
aNdAdhadhu anRo – is not reachable,
ellArkkum – for everyone
isn’t it?


In the previous pAsuram he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) divined about its greatness such that it got the divine name of vachana bhUshaNam. In this, he divines to his mind about those who understand about its meanings, and about those who follow that in actions mentioned in that grantham.

Ar vachana bhUshaNaththin Azh poruL ellAm aRivAr – Who would know all the deep meanings of SrI vachana bhUshaNam diving deep inside it? Even for those having any amount of big knowledge, trying on their own effort is hard for entering or going through it, isn’t it?

First, it is rare that one would know the difference between this and other granthams, and learn this. If on the one side they did do this, understanding its meanings would be rare.

Even if they understood with great difficulty a little bit of apparent meanings, those knowing its deeper meanings would be hard to find isn’t it?

Azh poruL – Like said in ‘malaigaLum mA maNiyum malar mEl mangaiyum sankamum thanguginRa alai kadal [periya thirumozhi 2.8.5]’ (Ocean having in it the mountains, best kauthubha gems, pirAtti (thAyAr), and conch), the place where gem is formed is such that it is the ocean that would be having small items like gems, pearls in it; only the experts would dive into it and fetch them; for others it would be hard to go even approach the sea-shore;

in the same way, this which is ‘vachana bhUshaNa vArirASi’,  is also having the deep meaning of ‘AchArya abhimAnamE uththArakam [SrI vachana bhUshaNam – 450]’ (love/care of AchAryan towards the Sishya is the only means for us to attain the ultimate goal of eternal kainkaryam to bhagavAn).

This too can be known only if AchAryan would teach about it, as said in ‘aRiviththEn Azh poruLai [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 1]’ (starting to advice you the deep meaning (that SrIman nArAyaNan is the supreme)); as said in ‘vAkya sangathirithyAdhi Srutham vinA mahathAmapyasakyAni [yathIndhra pravaNa prabhAvam page-129]’ (If sentences, union/congruence of them, meanings are not heard/learned, it would be difficult to explain even for learned ones), this is hard it is to learn.

Even there too (at SrIvaikuNtam), periya pirAttiAr, as said in ‘sezhunkadal amudhinil piRandha [periya thirumozhi 2.7.1]’ (incarnated during churning ocean for nectar), would be of use (for purushakAram).

Here too, in SrI vachana bhUshaNam, starting from ‘purushakAra vaibhavam’ till ‘AchAryAbhimAnam’, even though all the meanings told in the six prakaraNams (sections) are deep, they are secondary to the last prakaraNam (section) that talks about charamOpAyam (last means – servitude to AchAryan) , isn’t it?

That is why it is starting from ‘thirumAmagaL than seer aruL ERRamum’, and divines as end meaning – ‘manniya inbamum mAgathiyum guruvennu nilai peRum inporuL thannaiyum [Sri vachana bhUshaNam thaniyan – 16]’.

This part of the grantham is a central gem like a main stone on a priceless ornament.

In the vyAkyAnam for ‘AchAryAbhimAnamE uththArakam [SrI vachana bhUshaNam – 450]’, jIyar divined ‘iththanaiyum aruLichcheygaiyaip paRRa adhishtikkaiyittuk koNdu vandhadhu. keezh adangalum mEl adangalum idhin nishtaiyai sthApikkiRadhu’ (~ It has been building up to divine this (deep) meaning here; earlier and later sections are presented for establishing this).

That is why this is the deep meaning.

In the same way he (aruLALap perumAL emperumAnAr) divined a pAsuram starting from ‘vEdhamoru nAngin uL podhindha meyp poruL’ (the true meaning present inside the four vEdhams), and ending with ‘theedhil saraNAgathy thandha than iRaivan thALE araN Agum ennum adhu [gyAna sAram – 31]’ (is ….. that the divine feet of AchAryan is our protection).

Or, starting from ‘pERu tharuvikkumavaL than perumai ‘ and divining as ‘nal guruvin vaNamiyOdellAm vachana bhUdaNamadhil thERida namakku aruL [SrI vachana bhUshaNam thaniyan] ’, out of the meanings said in six prakaraNams (sections), sentient needs to understand the most important meaning for reaching the goal, as he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is saying that everything should be researched and understood.

It goes with the previous explanation of Azh poruL ellAm to say – when defining self it should be understood as a disciple with the mentioned qualities; when understanding about AchAryan, it should be understood as one who is a shadpadhan as shown in the six prakaraNams (sections). So, one should learn all the deep meanings.

Even though the meanings are felt by the greatness of just the words in this grantham, it is rare to see those who reach true goal by having true faith in this, compared to those who create improper meanings, and get surrounded by harm (anarththam), as said in ‘sarvArthAn viparIthamcha [srI bhagavath gIthA – 18.32]’ (understanding in opposite wrong ways about sidhdham and sAdhyam).

This goes with what is said in ‘AmARu aRivudaiyAr Avadhu aridhu anRE [periya thiruvanthAdhi – 37]’ (It is rare to become one having the true/required knowledge, isn’t it?). So, he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is saying ‘aRivAr Ar’.

Now it is talking about rarity of those who follow it in action (after knowing its meanings).

Ar adhu sol nEril anuttippAr – When it is hard to find those who know it, does it not go without saying that is harder to find those who follow what was learned?

anuttAnam – is – staying in the state of what it teaches, as said in ‘kaRRu adhanukkAm nilaiyil nillum aRindhu [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 56]’. That is, having the state of AchArya abhimAnam (loving/loved by AchAryan), as said in ‘madhurakavi soRpadiyE nilaiyAgap peRROm [Arththi prabandham – 55]’ (~ got the state of madhurakavi AzhvAr (~ being subservient to AchAryan getting his love and loving him)). In this, all the meanings are present in short, isn’t it?

adhu sol nEril anuttippAr Ar – Instead of following the wrong understandings of its meanings, who are there that follow properly according to true meanings of it? It is hard to have those who would obediently follow the ways of vachana bhUshaNam, isn’t it?

Even if there are those who would learn and follow other sAsthrams, those who would follow according to this SAsthram (SrI vachana bhUshaNam) is rare, isn’t it?

He who divined it himself divined its way as ‘Unam aRa Achariththu irukkum nALenai ninaindhu’ that is, divining the ways to follow with unblemished actions according to the meanings of this parama rahasyam (~ greatest secret), and due to that always be thinking about AchAryan.

{vyAkyAthA (commentator) of this prabandham, piLLai lOkam jIyar divines}:

He who understands its deep meanings, and follows it in practice in the way it has said, is the one who got without fail, the grace of (piLLai) ulagAriyAn; having such greatness of knowing and following them, is our periya jIyar that is our maNavALa mAmunigaL only here, isn’t it?

maNavALa_mAmunigaL_thiruvaheendhrapuram-closupororuvar – maNavALa mAmunigaL – thiruvayindhirapuram

Now, as a question to his (maNavALa mAmunigaL’s) divine mind, as: is it not possible to find more such people in this big world which is suitable for many such things, he answers:

Or oruvar uNdAgil aththanai kAN uLLamE – For knowing and following this, like a rare medicine, if there may be one or two mahAthmAs (greatest ones), then that would be it.

Or oruvar – prathivAdhi bhayankaram aNNan, and who learned along with him in pAta sAlai (traditional school) that is ‘senthamizh sEr’ pattar pirAn jIyar – his staunch disciple who knows nothing else, is azhagiya maNavALa jIyar, who is subservient to him, isn’t it? As said in ‘aNNanai eNNil maRRoruvarai eNNAdhu en aNiviralE’, aNNa who is SrIvaishNava dhAsar respected madhurakavi dhAsan aNNa – if a few like them are there, that is all there is.

As said in ‘sa mahAthmA sudhurlabha: [srI bhagavath gIthA – 7.19]’ (such great person is very rare), and ‘sudhurlabhA bhAgavathA hi lOkE‘ (It is hard to find bhAgavathas in the world anywhere), and ‘thathrApi dhurlabham manyE vaikuNtapriyadharsanam [bhAgavatham 11.2.26]’ (I think it is rare to see one who is fond of SrI vaikuNtam),

it is hard to find those that follow emperumAn, isn’t it.  Given that, it is much harder even, to find those who follow AchAryan, isn’t it?

For being subservient to emperumAn we can see a kingdom that was always saying ‘rAmA rAma’, as said in ‘rAmO rAmO rAma ithi [SrI rAmAyaNam – yudhdha kAndam – 131.37]’. But, for being subservient to AchAryan, there is just one that is bharathan’s brother SathrugnAzhvAn only, isn’t it?

As said in ‘uNda pOdhu oru vArththaiyum uNNAdha pOdhu oru vArththaiyum solluvAr paththup pEr uNdiRE, avargaLaich chiriththiruppAr oruvar uNdiRE [SrI vachana bhUshaNam 408/9]’ (~ there are ten (AzhvArs) who would speak lovingly when emperumAn gives them His dharSan, and they would be angry/upset when that does not happen; whereas madhurakavi AzhvAr who is always getting the grace of his AchAryan (such are AchAryas) nammAzhvAr, would be laughing at those other AzhvArs; and there is only one such;) ,

and as said in ‘vaduga nambi, AzhvAnaiyum ANdAnaiyum iru kaRaiyar enbar [SrI vachana bhUshaNam – 411]’ (~ vaduga nambi who is focused only on emperumAnAr would call as trying to be in two places at once, about kUraththAzhvAn and mudhaliyANdAn who have devotion towards emperumAn also),

so in this way, as said in ‘guru bhakthOththamOththama’ [devotes of a guru are excellent of the excellent), having those with wealth of being excellent of the excellent as devotees of guru are one or two people only, isn’t it?

uNdAgil – Implies that getting one or few is rare. If what cannot be found is found, that is all it would be.

uLLamE – Oh mind which is decorated with (the ornament that is) SrI vachana bhUshaNam! You are the one who understands the deep meanings in it, and follows it in action based on what it says, isn’t it? (as commentary given by piLLai lOkam jIyar)

If asking – Why? Would it not happen except for one or few?

Then –

ellArkkum aNdAdhadhu anRo adhu – If there are SrI vaishNavas, it is being hard to learn its majestic meanings by one’s own knowledge and the practicing of what it says is being hard to do in action as well. aNdAdhadhu -> not containable; because of that also it is hard to do (aSaktham). For anyone it is rare to follow as said, isn’t it.

adhu – shows that it is hard to get to its deeper meanings, and inability to follow its instructions.

It is said, ‘lOkAchAryakruthE lO(ha)kahithE vachanabhUshaNE | thathvArthadharsinO lOkE thannishtAscha sudhurlabhA: || jagadhAchAryarachithE SrImadhvachanabhUshaNE | thathvagyAnancha thannishtAm dhEhi nAtha! yathIndhra mE [SrI vachana bhUshaNam thaniyan](Those who are dedicated to the principles of vachana bhUshaNam of (piLLai) lOkAchAryar are rare in the world. Oh yathIndhrA! You please grant me the knowledge of truth (thathva gyAnam), and ability to follow it in action (anushtAnam), as given in vachana bhUshaNam divined by (piLLai) lOkAchAryar).

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 41

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pAsuram 41

theLLArum gyAnath thirukkurugaip pirAn
piLLAn ethirAsar pEraruLAl – uLLArum
anbudanE mARan maRaip poruLai anRu uraiththadhu
inbamigum ARAyiram.                                                                41


Word by word meaning

thirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn,
theL Arum – (who is having) full clarity in
gyAnam – knowledge,
pEr – (by the) special (periya)
aruLAl – grace of (kataksham)
ethirAsar – SrI bhAshyakArar,
Arum – with full of
anbudanE – devotion
uL – in his divine mind,
anRu – during that earlier time
uraiththadhu – divined
poruLai – grand meanings of
mARan – what nammAzhvAr divined, that is
maRai – dhrAvida (thamizh) vEdham, thiruvAimozhi,
migum – the vyAkyAnam which is full of
inbam – sweetness, is
ARAyiram – ArAyirappadi vyAkyAnam (having 6000 sets of 32 letters).


Earlier, starting with ‘piLLAn nanjIyar … thiruvAimozhiyaik kAththa gunavALar [upadhESa raththina mAlai – 39]’, where he divined the list of each of the five AchAryas separately, out of that,

in this pAsuram, as said in ‘kurugaippirARku anbAm ethirAsar [bhagavath vishayam thaniyan]’ (emperumAnAr who is most dear to thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn),

by the limitless kindness of emperumAnAr who is ‘prapanna jana kUtasthar [AchArya hrudhayam – 36]’ (head of the people who performed SaraNAgathy (surrendered to emperumAn)),

the count of groups of words vyAkyAnam authored by thirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn is shad sahasram (six thousand),

says maNavALa mAmunigaL.

azhwar-emperumanarAzhvAr and emperumAnAr – AzhvAr thirunagari (thirukkurugUr)

theLLArum gyAnath thirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn – Having suitable complete wisdom in clarity of knowledge for authoring the first vyAkyAnam for thiruvAimozhi, that is thirukkurugaip pirAn piLLAn.

ethirAsar pEr aruLAl – By the limitless kindness of emperumAnAr, as said in ‘un perun karuNai thannai [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 70]’. This is the reason for him doing the vyAkyAnam.

uLLArum anbudanE – That is, not doing it for kyAdhi (fame), lAbham (profit), etc., due to the limitless love for thiruvAimozhi. Due to unlimited compassion towards the sentient.

mARan maRaip poruLai – As said in ‘aruLinAn avvarumARaiyin poruL [kaNNinuN chiruththAmbu – 8]’ (essence of that rare (difficult to acquire/learn) vEdham), it being AzhvAr’s, in the form of vEdham, being hard for others to identify its meanings, such thiruvAimozhi’s meanings was divined as ArAyiram (in six thousand sets of 32 letters).

It was written with love, that suits with ‘avAvil anthAdhi [thiruvAimozhi 10.10.11]’ ().

anRu uraiththadhu – that is, listening from bhAshyakArar and thinking through it, getting clarity of the meanings, is when he had authored the vyAkyAnam.

If asking what its count is –

inbamigum ARAyiram – As said in ‘amar suvai Ayiram [thiruvAimozhi 1.3.11]’ (well-fit sweet and sound meaning), being fully interesting and sweet (rasa ganam), being delightful to the devotees, it is set in the length of delightful six thousand that he divined. That good taste is obtained from the mUlam (original text – thiruvAimozhi), isn’t it?

Since it is done with love, this would also be delightful, isn’t it?

Since he is loved like a son of paurANikar (well versed in puraNams, that is, emperumAnAr), he has written it in the count of SrI vishNu purANam of six thousand, isn’t it?

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhESa raththina mAlai – 32

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pAsuram 32

mannu thirumazhisai mAdath thiruk kurugUr
minnu pugazh villipuththUr mEdhiniyil – nanneRiyOr
Eyndha paththi sArar ezhil mARan pattar pirAn
vAyndhu udhiththa UrgaL vagai                                                                      32


Word by word meaning

mEdhiniyil – In the world
nal neRiyOr – those in good AchAryAbhimAna nishtai (having AchAryan as everything)
Eyndha – being together (for)
paththisArarthirumazhisaip pirAn,
ezhil – beautiful
mARannammazhvAr, and
pattar pirAnperiyAzhvAr,
vagai – detail
UrgaL – of the places
udhiththa – they incarnated
vAyndhu – as a group, are:
mannu – the well established
thirumazhisaithirumazhisai, and
mAdam – having belvederes/balconies (mAdangaL)
thirukkurugUr – (that is) thirukkurugUr (AzhvAr thirunagari), and
minnu – (having) shining
pugazh – greatness (that is,)


mannu thirumazhisai etc. – In this pAsuram he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining that these are the places of incarnation of thirumazhisaip pirAn, and of thirukkurugUr kArimARan that is, nammAzhvAr, and of SrIvillipuththUr pattar pirAn, that is, periyAzhvAr.

mannu thirumazhisai – (In this pAsuram) as he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining the places of incarnation in the same order as their months of incarnation, even though (in the previous pAsuram) after thirumaNdangudi (of thoNdaradippodi AzhvAr who incarnated in the month of mArgazhi) he had not divined about thirumazhisai (thirumazhisai AzhvAr’s incarnation being next to mArgazhi that is the month of thai) (instead in that previous pAsuram he had divined next at that time about thiruvanjikkaLam of kulasEkara AzhvAr related to mAsi month that comes after thai), but here it is to be noted that the ones given are in a sequence.

Or, it can be taken in this way: as he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) had divined earlier as ‘pugazh mazhisai ayyan aruL mARan [upadhESa raththina mAlai – 4](where, after thirumazhisai Azhvar, mARan that is nammAzhvAr was mentioned for the order of incarnation) – for that togetherness also, (here he is mentioning them one after the other).

mannu thirumazhisai – This place is having the ever-present relationship of SrI jagannAthar and (thirumazhisai) AzhvAr, and is being mahIsAra kshEthram thus making the earth lighter – such thirumazhisai. (as when rishis wanted to know a place where they could do their penances etc., and when thirumazhisai was placed in one plate and rest of the places was placed in another plate in the balance, the other places were lighter compared to thirumazhisai, so thirumazhisai was the chosen place for them).

This is south of thiruninRavUr, and near to that place.

thirumazhisai_azhvar_at_thirumazhisai_editedthirumazhisai AzhvAr – thirumazhisai

mAdath thirukkurugUr – As said in ‘mAda mALigai sUzhndhu azhagAya thirukkurugUr [thiruvAimozhi 4.4.11]’ (beautiful thirukkurugUr that surrounds us with palatial galleries), having the decorations and setup as a beautiful city of (AzhvAr) thirunagari.

nammazhvar_bavishyadhAcharnammAzhvAr with nAthamunigaL

minnu pugazh villipuththUr – that is – since ‘pArAr thol pugazhAn pattar pirAn [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi 2.3.13]’ divined his incarnation here, SrIvillipuththUr is having bright (significant) greatness in all directions;


medhiniyil – in the world. As said in ‘SrInagaryAm mahApuryAm thAmraparaNi uththarE thadE | SrIthintriNI mUladhAmnE SatakOpAya mangaLam(we prostrate to satakOpar (nammAzhvAr) under the tamarind tree in thirunagari (AzhvAr thirunagari) situated on the northern banks of river thAmraparaNi), these are the kind of places where these ‘SrImAn’s incarnated;

If asking who they are –

nanneRiyOr Eyndha paththi sArar – (followed by those having good ways)  – ‘nanneRi’ (good ways) is – AchArya abhimAnam – that is, steadfast in those ways, thirumazhisai AzhvAr is followed lovingly by those like kaNikaNNar and perumpuliyUr adigaL who have surrendered to the AzhvAr who knows the correct path.

In this way, it is paththi sArar (bhakthi sAra), that is, thirumazhisaip pirAn who is worshiped by these ananya prayOjanars (not expecting any benefit other than AchAryan);

Or ‘nanneRiyOr’ could also be applied to the mentioned list of AzhvArs. Then it would be (kaNikaNNar, perumpuliyUr adigaL, and)  madhurakavi AzhvAr and ANdAL (respectively). It is they who worshiped in fitting ways to the counterpart (AchAryan?) like proper disciples.

ezhil mARan – (nammAzhvAr) – It is – jagadhAbharaNar that is vakuLabharaNar. ezhil – beauty

pattar pirAn – SrI bhatta nAthar – that is periyAzhvAr.

These three AzhvArs are such that it is very difficult/rare to get them in this earth, and they incarnated for the protection of the sentient, and this is the detail of the places of their incarnation.

These places are in the west, north, and south of SrIrangam which is in the east.

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 16

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pAsuram 16

inRaip perumai aRindhilaiyO Ezhai nenjE
inRaikku en ERRam enil uraikkEn – nanRi punai
pallANdu pAdiya nam pattar pirAn vandhu udhiththa
nal Anilyil sOdhi nAL                                                                      16


Word by word meaning

Ezhai – (Oh) the ignorant
nenjE – mind!
aRindhilaiyO – Do you not know
inRai – today’s
perumai – greatness;
enil – If you are asking
ERRam en – what is the greatness
inRaikku – of today,
uraikkEn – I shall tell you;
nal – (It is) the good
Aniyil – Ani month (vaiSAka)
sOdhi nAL – svAthi star day (in which)
nam – our
pattar pirAnperiyAzhvAr
vandhu udhiththa – incarnated,
pAdiya – (and who) divined the song of
pallANduthiruppallANdu (prabandham)
punai – that is having / made of
nanRi – goodness.


Furthermore, he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is divining to his mind about the greatness of Ani month (vaiSAka) svAthi star day in which periyAzhvAr incarnated, divined thiruppallANdu through which to revive the world, and having the greatness of referred to as ‘AzhvArgaL ellAraiyum pOl allar periyAzhvAr (srI vachana bhUshaNam – 251) (periyAzhvAr is not like any other AzhvAr (in the sense that periyAzhvAr sang pallANdu (long live) to emperumAn, compared to other AzhvArs who were usually pleading emperumAn to take them to SrI vaikuNtam; and more));

And so maNavALa mAmunigaL wishes to divine in a big way using five pAsurams about this AzhvAr’s greatness.

inRaip perumai aRindhilaiyO Ezhai nenjE –

Oh my mind you who without knowing the difference between the star days mentioned earlier and this star day, and who is fond of those other star days!

If comparing him to them it is ‘parvatha paramANuvOttai vAsi [thiruppallANdu vyAkyAna avathArikai?]’ (Difference between a mountain and a small atom/particle), then should you not be knowing that such difference is there in his star day also? Reason for ignorance is your poverty (of knowledge);

If so, if you asked what is the excellence of today, then hear what I say as I know its excellence very well.

nanRi punai etc. – That is, alas, the subject who is always wished well by the ever active nithyasUris who fear for emperumAn’s safety (even) in the place where time is immaterial (SrI vaikuNtam), has divined his appearance here with his soft beautiful auspicious divine body (dhivya mangaLa thirumEni), as target of the eyes, in this place where kali (yuga) is ruling and where there are offending enemies – so becoming very sad, AzhvAr took the bells from the elephant’s back (as he was sitting on it as arranged by the king for proving the superiority of SrIman nArAyaNan as the one and only one to go to, to escape from this material world), and setting the tune he sang thiruppallANdu to add glory to emperumAn – such bhatta nAthar (head of the learned) who is our head incarnated such that the Ani (vaiSAka) month’s svAthi star gained the greatness that is not present for any other (star days).

So, learn the greatness of this day which is wonderful in every which way, and become fond of it.

nanRi punai(nanRi -> goodness) (punai -> put/tie together); Goodness put together in his pallANdu. Goodness put together on emperumAn by his pallANdu. It is to be said, ‘thAn mangaLam AdhalAl [upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 19] (auspicious (thiruppallANdu)), and ‘pallANdu enRu kAppu idum [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 15] ((periyAzhvAr who puts together protection (mangaLASAsanam) to emperumAn through pallANdu).

pattar pirAn – (head of the learned) – by this it has talked about the way he established the supremacy of emperumAn and destroyed placement of that in others.


pallANdu pAdiya – by this it has talked about the way of his care for the divine beautiful body of emperumAn.

By this, it is clear that Isvaran’s (one who controls) svarUpam (nature) etc., are under the control of this AzhvAr.

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English Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 14

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ERAr vaikAsi visAkaththin ERRaththaip
pArOr aRiyap pagarkinREn – seerArum
vEdham thamizh seydha meyyan ezhil kurugai
nAthan avadhariththa nAL                                                       14


Word by word meaning

Ar – filled with
Er – beauty
vaikAsi – (is the) month of vaikAsi
visAkaththin – star day of visAkam;
pArOr – (For) those in the earth
aRiya – to know
ERRaththai – its glory,
pagarginREn – I shall say (about it; that is),
Arum – filled with
seer – glory
vEdham – that is vEdhas
seydha – is divined
thamizh – in thamizh language
meyyan – (by the one who is) truthful
ezhil – (who is the) beautiful
nAthan – master, that is nammAzhvAr;
avadhariththa – (it is his) divine incarnation
nAL – day.


He who is having other AzhvArs as his parts, who divined the popularity of meanings of vEdhAnthams through thiruvAimozhi, who is the head of (AzhvAr) thirunagari, that is nammAzhvAr – for everyone in the earth to know this AzhvAr’s incarnation day of visAka star, I shall divine about it in an exclusive way, says maNavALa mAmunigaL.

ErAr etc. – In the pAsurams till now he had divined about the months in the calendar order, now since there is no incarnation of AzhvArs in the month of panguni, and even though in the month after that which is chiththirai there are incarnations of madhurakavi AzhvAr and emperumAnAr, since he is currently listing the ten AzhvArs’ incarnation details, he has skipped them and is starting here with ‘ErAr vaikAsi’.

vaikAsi having beauty is about – Since it is mAdhava month (spring) it is having the period of blossoming flowers. The place of incarnation is rich in ‘koththalar pozhil [thiruvAimozhi 6.7.1] (groves full of flowers in bunches), and in ‘kuyil ninRAr pozhil [kaNNinuN chiruththAmbu – 10] (cuckoos joyfully singing near the groves), so it is said as ‘ErAr vaikAsi visAkam’.

‘ErAr’ (full of beauty) is also an adjective for visAkam. Then it is to be decorated as ‘thiru visAgath thirunAL’ (auspicious day of visAkam). In all the dhivya dhEsams it is celebrated with consuming milk and fruits. That is, ‘pAl mAngAi’.

About such day’s greatness –

pArOr aRiyap pagarginREn – (saying for everyone in the world to know) – I shall talk about the glory of vaikAsi visAkam that is AzhvAr’s incarnation day, for everyone around. His (maNavALa mAmunigaL’s) love is making him talk to ensure that there is no one who would not love about this (day).

Now it talks about the reason for all these –

seerArum, etcGreatness for vEdham are – not created by anyone {so no bias, etc.}, always existing {eternal – available at all times}, and faultless {so can be followed} – and so it having the wealth of being the ultimate reference/authority. AzhvAr too said ‘sudar migu suruthiyuL [thiruvAimozhi 1.1.7]’ (abundantly radiant vEdham (being self-evident/reference)). It is also about the second part of vEdham which talk about nature, form, and qualities of sarvEsvaran referred as para brahmam who is the husband of lakshmI. It is to be said, ‘yaSruthEruththaram bhAgam chakrE thrAvida bhAshAyA [parAnkusa ashtakam – 7]’ (he (nammAzhvAr) who created in thamizh the second part of vEdham that is upanishath).

vEdam thamizh seidha – Creating it in thamizh is – as said in ‘eidharkku ariya maRaigaLai Ayiram in thamizhAl seidharkku ulagil varum satakOpanai [rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 18] (satakOpan who incarnated and created in sweet thamizh one thousand pAsurams that represent the hard vEdhas), vEdhas have limitations for learning, it is not possible for all sentient ones to learn and reach the true goal.

nammAzhvAr provided its meanings in detail in sweet thamizh for everyone to be able learn and use it and reach the true goal. It is to be said ‘vERu onRum nAn aRiyEn vEdham thamizh seidha mARan satakOpan [kaNNinuN chiruththAmbu thaniyan], and ‘arumaRaigaL anthAdhi seydhAn [thiruvAimozhi thaniyan], to say the same.

meyyan – All that was divined are based on vEdham so we have the faith in it.

ezhil kurugai nAthan – As saying ‘kurugUrch chatakOpan’, (satakOpan of kurugUr), for all these the reason is being born in that place (kurugUr that is AzhvAr thirunagari). Even though there is one emperumAn named ‘Adhip pirAn’ there, everything happens there under the mastership of this AzhvAr only. Even though he is the paran and AzhvAr is the jIvan, it is Azhvar’s leadership that He is establishing there. As said in ‘nalan idai Urdhi paNNi vIdum peRuththith than mUvulagum tharun oru nAyagam [thiruvAimozhi 3.10.11]((benefit of learning this padhikam would be that He would) make one be involved in subservience to emperumAn and His devotees, will give mOksham, and make one like a head of all His three worlds) {such is emperumAn, that he makes this AzhvAr as the head}.


ezhil kurugai – (beautiful kurugai (AzhvAr thirunagari)) – Having the decorations of a city. That is, like ‘kunRam pol maNi mAdam (thiruvAimozhi 4.10.1) (having buildings tall like a collection of mountains), ‘mAdalar pozhil [thiruvAimozhi 3.4.11]’ (dotted by blossoming groves), ‘sErth thada [thiruvAimozhi 1.2.11]’ (having dense set of ponds), and ‘Er vaLam [thiruvAimozhi 5.1.11] (having fertile/abundant paddy etc., fields)’. It is also said as ‘kattezhil then kurugUr [thiruvAimozhi 6.6.11](kurugUr having the beauty of protective walls).

As said in ‘jagathAbharanam vakuLAbharanar’, he is like a jewel for the world, and the beauty to this place can also be due to his incarnation there.


ezhil – (beauty) – is like a adjective to AzhvAr, and can also be about the beauty that came due to his srIvaishNava decorations – gyAna, bhakthi, vairAgyam.

ezhil kurugai nAthan avadhariththa nAL – As said in ‘Urum nAdum ulagamum thannaip pOl [thiruvAimozhi 6.7.2]’ (he (AzhvAr) can make the place, country, and the world to always babble emperumAn’s name and other things), such AzhvAr ‘s day of incarnation.

AzhvAr who can show the way for the people in the samsAram (material world) to attain true goal, incarnated; similarly this great day among all the different days has come for us.

So due to his extreme kindness, maNavALa mAmunigAL has revealed this precious secret for us.

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English Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dhAsan

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upadhEsa raththina mAlai – 12

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pAsuram – 12

thaiyil magam inRu thAraNiyIr ERRam indhath
thaiyil magaththukkuch chARRuginREn – thuyya madhi
peRRa mazhisaip pirAn piRandha nAL enRu
naRRavargaL koNdAdum nAL                                                     12


Word by word meaning

thAraNiyIr – Oh the residents of this earth!
inRu – this today
thaiyil magam – is thai month (pushya/paushal thaisya/pausa), magam star day (magha).
chARRuginREn – I shall say
ERRam – (about the) glory of
indhath thaiyil magaththukku – this thai month, magam star day:
peRRa – having
thuyya – pure/virtuous
madhi – knowledge, that is,
mazhisaip pirAnthirumazhisai AzhvAr
piRantha – divined his incarnation
nAL enRu – is this day –
nal thavargaL – those having good asceticism / penances
koNdAdum – would say this, and praise/celebrate
nAL – the day.


He is divining for the people of the earth to know about thirumazhisaip pirAn’s incarnation in the month of thai (pushya/paushal thaisya), in the star day of magam (makha).

thaiyil magam inRu thAraNiyIrHaving the greatness as said in ‘thai oru thingaLum [nAchchiyAr thirumozhi 1.1]’, today is magam star day in pushya (thai) month.

Oh those in this world! As said in ‘EkAm dharaNimAchrithau [yudhdha kAntam 5.10]’ (we are in the same earth)’, you are having the fortune to be born in the world where thirumazhisaip pirAn incarnated.

ERRam indhath thaiyil magaththukkuch chARRuginREn – What? Only mAsi (magha) magam (magha) is considered the grand star day; what is great about thai (pausa) magam (magha)? If you asked so, then listen to me as I explain its greatness for it to become popular in the whole world.

Saying that these are the greatness, by showing the following –

thuyya madhi peRRa, etc – that is, having pure/virtuous knowledge by the grace of sarvEsvaran he got unblemished knowledge (mayarvaRa mathi nalam [thiruvAimozi 1.1.1]), he the head of the place thirumazhisai, incarnated on this day – is so celebrated by the ascetics.

thuyya madhi – His knowledge (given by emperumAn) is enjoyed by himself too, as he says ‘en madhikku viNNellAm uNdO vilai [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 51]’ (is there any price for my knowledge?)

Purity of mind is – Not having the blemish of mind that considers other demi gods as superior/desired. This is said in ‘mananaga malam aRak kazhuvi [thiruvAimozhi 1.3.8]’.

thirumazhisai_azhwar_thirumazhisaithirimazhisai AzhvAr at thirumazhisai

This is said very clearly by thirumazhisai AzhvAr in various of his pAsurams such as the following.

thAdhulAvu konRai mAlai thunnu senchadaich chivan nIdhiyAl vaNangu pAdha [thiruchchanda viruththam – 9]’ (One wearing konRai flowers, and having dense red hairlocks that is rudhran would properly prostrate – Oh you (emperumAn) having such divine feet!)

From ‘pOdhil mangai bhUthalak kizhaththi dhEvi’ to ‘vEdha nUl OdhuginRadhu uNmai alladhu illai maRRu uraikkilE’ [thiruchchandha viruththam 72 to 88], (~ srIdhEVi and bhUdhEvi are your consorts; the son from his lotus nAbhi is His son; one having half his body as the woman and having bull as his vehicle is emperumAn’s grandson; saying about this (parathvam) in any other way is falsity),

uLLa nOygaL thIr marundhu vAnavarkku aLiththa em vaLLalArai anRi maRRor dheivam nAn madhippanE [thiruchchandha viruththam – 88]  (Instead of the most generous emperumAn who gave nectar to the dhEvas to cure their problems, would I consider the other demi-gods as anything worthy?)

Starting with ‘pAr migundha’  – to – ‘seer migundha ninnalAl Or dheivam nAn madhippanE [thiruchchandha viruththam – 89]’, (Instead of you (emperumAn) who performed so many wonders to get pANdavas win over the dhuryOdhanA’s group, would I go to any demi-gods?)

Starting from ‘nAnmuganai nArAyaNan padaiththAn nAnmuganum thAn mugamAi sankaranaith thAn padaiththAn’ – to – ‘pidhiru manamilEn pingyakan thannOdu edhirvan avan enakku nErAn’ [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi 1 to 84], (nArAyaNan created brahmA, and he in turn created Sankara (shows that emperumAn is the god who is the root of all creations), (I do not have the mind that sickens by going into worldly matters; even though I may be equal in knowledge to paramaSivan, he would not equal me as I am forever a servant of emperumAn)

kallAdhavar ilangai kattazhiththa kAkuththan allAl oru dheivam yAnilEn [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 53],  (He who destroyed lankApuri that was inhabited by the ignorant/bad rAkshasas, that is srI rAman – I would not consider any one other than Him as a god)

ini aRindhEn eesarkkum nAnmugarkkum dheivam ini aRindhEn emperumAn unnai [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 96], (I have understood very clearly now (ini aRindhEn ini aRindhEn), that you are the god of brahmA and rudhran)

and so in all his prabandhams, in the start, middle/in-between, and in the end (which signifies that it is important), without any hesitation, like he is referred to as ‘uRaiyil idAdhavar’ (not putting the sword back in its holder, that is, he does not mince his words), he has clearly divined to us what is important and what is not, isn’t it?

mazhisaip pirAn piRandha nAL enRu – in this way he is having divine knowledge; such is his birth – two births in one (after getting the true knowledge is the new birth).

nAl thavargaL koNdAdum nAL – Since this AzhAr is son of a rishi, he (maNavALa mAmunigaL) is saying ‘day that good sages/ascetics celebrate’, as AzhvAr’s birth day.

Birth of others is like ‘anRu nAn piRandhilEn [thiruchchandha viruththam – 64]’ (that physical birth of me was not the real birth (since did not gain true knowledge)).

piRandha pin maRandhilEn [thiruchchandha viruththam – 64]’ is how this AzhvAr’s divine birth is which is when getting true knowledge of our relationship with emperumAn – after that have not forgetten about it)

piRandha nAL enRu – That day is such that it would be celebrated with prapaththi (surrender) by those who have gained the true knowledge.

(thavam -> surrendering to emperumAn; nal thavam (good thavam) -> subservient to his devotees.)

thavam -> prapaththi. It is to be said, ‘thasmAn nyAsam EshAm thapasAm athirikthamahu: [thaiththiriyOpanishath nArAyaNa valli 24-50]’ (so this saraNAgathy is said to be above the other means like sathyam, etc.) , and ‘sArvE thava neRi [thiruvAimozhi 10.4]’ ().

So surrendering and ‘vErAga Eththi [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 18]’ (praising/being immersed in emperumAn’s exclusive aspects), is how this AzhvAr’s ‘thapas’, that is prapaththi is.

nal thavam (nal thavargaL) -> AcharyAbhimAna nishtA (being most dear to AchAryan); it is to be said ‘maRRavaraich chArththi (chARRi) iruppAr thavam [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 18] (ways of srIvaishNavas who are subservient to other srIvaishNavas (would win the ways of those immersed in praising emperumAn)).

Having such ‘nal thavam’ are – AzhvAr’s disciples like kaNikaNNar, and perumpuliyUr adigaL.

By this it is concluded that for those having attachment in AchAryAbhimAnam, this day is to be specially nurtured.

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English Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dhAsan

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rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 12

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Introduction (given by maNavALa mAmunigaL)

(amudhanAr) says he would befriend only those who do not befriend anyone other than emperumAnAr who in his heart has kept the divine feet of thirumazhisaip pirAn.

Introduction (given by piLLai lOkam jIyar)

The previous four pAsurams are a section where it is about getting to the devotees of emperumAnAr who is a devotee of the AzhvArs; he who lived along the same time as the first three AzhvArs (mudhalAzhvArs), and who based on advice and reformation by pEyAzhvAr had understood about thathva (truth), hitha (means), purshArththa (goal), yAthAthmya gyAnam (knowledge of inner meanings of self, emperumAn, etc)., is thirumazhisai AzhvAr; emperumAnAr has placed, and worships, thirumazhisai AzhvAr‘s divine and enjoyable feet in his heart; and there are devotees who have surrendered to such emperumAnAr’s  ultimate enjoyable divine feet ; there are gyAnIs who have the mental strength to not depend on anyone other than such devotees; and adiyen am a bakthA for only such gyAnis, says he (amudhanAr).

idam koNda kIrththi mazhisaikku iRaivan iNai adippO
dhadangum idhayaththu irAmAnusan am poRpAdham enRum
kadam koNdu iRainjum thirumunivarkku anRik kAdhal seyyA
thidam koNda gyAniyarkkE adiyEn anbu seivadhuvE                          12


Word by word meaning (given by maNavALa mAmunigaL)

idam koNda – Present all around the earth
kIrththi – is the excellence
mazhisaikku iRaivan – of thirumazhisaip pirAn;
iNai – having the beauty of togetherness
adippOdhu – is the adorable flower that is his divine feet;
idhayaththu – having such a heart
adangum – (where AzhvAr’s such divine feet has) settled down
irAmAnusan – (is) emperumAnAr;
am – (his) distinguished
pon – and which is available for everyone to surrender to
pAdham – (is his) divine feet;
enRum – at all times
kadam koNdu – (they) think that it (the divine feet) is the goal for their nature
iRainchum thiru – having the wealth of worshiping (such divine feet of emperumAnAr);
kAdhal seyyA – not be friends with
munivarkku anRi – other than those who meditate about the above;
thidam koNda gyAniyarkkE – gyAnis having such extremely determined mind;
adiyEn anbu seyvadhu – adiyen befriend only (such gyAnis)

kadam = kadan -> way to do
dhidam -> dhruDam -> determined mind
koLgai -> having such thing


idam koNda kIrththi – To test the greatness of his excellence of qualities that is spread all over the world, rudhran along with pArvarthi came and discussed in length and went away surprised by seeing his prowess;

and in kanchIpuram when after an old woman served him for some time he gave her youthfulness and loveliness;

(and because of that) and as AzhvAr started leaving from his town due to lowly troubles (from the king) and was going towards the south, as emperumAn who was lying down in that place also started to go with him, AzhvAr requested him (later) to go back to the temple, and emperumAn did what was mentioned, and emperumAn continues to show that he did so by the name of ‘sonna vaNNam seydha perumAL’ (yathOkthakAri – perumAL who did as was mentioned);

and in chOzha maNdalam as he was going through an agrahAram (royal donation of land to brahmins), a few people were reciting vEdhas, and they stopped it when they saw this AzhvAr {since they considered him not eligible to hear the vEdhic sound}, and as AzhvAr moved further they were not able to remember what came next in recitation, and they got surprised and went and called back AzhvAr, and AzhvAr took a black grain and split it to indicate it {next vEdhic word to continue from}, and the brahmins were able to recollect it – and this is a famous incident;

(amudhanAr) is saying ‘idam koNda kIrththi’ by thinking about all such greatness of AzhvAr.

idam koNda kIrththi – As said in pAsuram ‘niRpadhum Or veRpagaththu [thiruchchandha viruththam – 65]’ , his excellence/fame that is spread in all directions;

mazhisaikku iRaivan – Being a swAmi (master) of the dhivya dhEsam called thirumazhisai, and being identified by that name; that is, thirumazhisaip pirAn.

emperumAnAr-thirumazhisai AzhwAremperumAnAr with thirumazhisai AzhvAr

iNai adippOdhu – lotus flowers that is, the two divine feet that are most enjoyable and comforting; pOdhu = padhmam : lotus.

adangum idhayaththu irAmAnusan – In the atom sized mind, the pervasive divine feet could be fit in – emperumAnAr having such a region of heart {large heart}.

am poR pAdham – the divine feet (of such emperumAnAr), which is like a container of loveliness, which is distinguished, and which is desired, and which is available for everyone to surrender to;

enRum – at all times

kadam kOndu iRainjum – as said in ‘nasamsayasthu thadh bhaktha paricharya rathAthmanAm’ (~for the devotees of emperumAn’s devotes there is no doubt about attaining emperumAn), ‘gururEva parambrahmam’, and ‘nIkkamillA adiyAr tham adiyAr adiyAr em kOkkaL [thiruvAimozhi 8.10.10] (~the devotees of the devotees of the devotees of emperumAn are my lords), (so) it is emperumAnAr’s divine feet that is considered as to be attained; those who are determined to do so;

thiru munivarkkanRik kAdhal seyyA – having such infinite wealth, and always thinking deeply about such help of emperumAnAr; as said in ‘“thruNIkrutha virinchAdhi nirankusa vibhUthaya: rAmAnuja padhAmbhOja samAsrayaNa sAlina: “ [prArththanA panchakam – by kUraththAzhvAn] (One who is dedicated to rAmAnujar’s lotus feet would ignore all the worlds (of leelA vibhUthi) as a grass/dust); except such people who don’t praise other than based on the deepest secret from sruthi, smruthi, ithihAsams, and purANas that is about charama parvam (ultimate state (of being devotee ((of devotees) ));

thiDam koNda gyAniyarkkE – only to the knowledgeable learned people who have such determination in their minds; thiDam – dhiDam = dhriDam -> strong will; koNda – having such;

{Examples of such gyAnis, who were devoted to emperumAnAr: }

This is a famous incident: One day, azhagiya maNavALan (srI ranganAtha) on a vAhanam came near emperumAnAr’s Mutt, emperumAnAr came out and fell on His feet and went back in to the Mutt; he saw that vaduga nambi did not come out and do the same but stayed inside; and asked, “Why did you not come out to worship namperumAL?”; and he replied, “If I came out to worship dhEvarIr’s perumAL, then the preparation of milk for my perumAL would be affected, isn’t it?”.

Due to the trouble of krimi kaNda chOzhan, emperumAnAr went to mEl nAdu (thirunArAyaNapuram / mElkote); AzhvAn went to that fellow’s assembly and won the kudhrushtis (who misinterpret vEdhas), and returned to kOyil (srIrangam) and was living there – during that time one day as he went to visit periya perumAL, the king’s men policing the entrance to the temple saw him and informed him about king’s order of ‘do not allow anyone inside the temple who is having the connection of rAmAnujar’, and some others of them said, he (AzhvAn) is a person of higher knowledge/qualities, let him in’; AzhvAn listened to their conversation, felt terrible about himself, and retreated, and said the knowledge and darshan of emperumAn outside of relationship with emperumAnAr is not for us; and so after that he did not go back to the divine feet of periya perumAL until emperumAnAr returned to kOyil; this is also well known.

(I am subservient) to such strong willed and noble people.

adiyEn anbu seivadhuvE – adiyEn: me who is of the nature of having subservience up to the devotees. anbu seivadhuvE – I befriend such devotees and be devoted to them.

jIyar also prayed for this, in “vAchA yathIndhrapAdhAnu chinthana paras sathatham bHavEyam” [yathirAja vimsathi].

From srI u.vE. thirumalai nallAn chakravarthy rAmakrishNa iyengAr’s ‘amudha virundhu’:

‘idam’ could refer both to this world and the other world (srIvaikuNtam). thirumazhisai AzhvAr‘s fame is spread in both this world and the other world.  emperumAn‘s nature is to protect; jIvAthmA‘s nature is to be a recipient of that protection; this gyAnam is fully understood mainly by thirumazhisai AzhvAr; no body else in any place seem to have understood as much as understood by him in this world (svarUpa gyAnam);

Now, are there anyone in parama padham who have such clear knowledge like him? Even though the AthmAs there have got clear knowledge, they did not get such gyAnam from out of this world that creates darkness in mind. So since even while living in this world AzhvAr got such knowledge, so how can others there be equal to him?

How about emperumAn who is the lord of both the worlds? Does his knowledge equal that of this AzhvAr? No, because since there is no one who can protect Him, he cannot fully understand the meaning of this knowledge.

So, only this AzhvAr‘s fame (of being subservient) is spread in all the worlds.

idam – place of stay – In thiruvekkA, emperumAn stayed in the place shown by AzhvAr. Such fame.

idam – emperumAn, from His places of Uragam, pAdagam, thiruvekkA, came and stayed in the heart of thirumazhisai AzhvAr;

idam koNda kIrththi – can be attributed to thirumazhisai; when dhEvas wanted to know a best place where they could go and do noble deeds, the scale tipped to the side of thirumazhisai with all other places kept on the other plate of the scale.

am poR pAdham – pon : gold.  A golden vessel would stay usable as is even if any kind of people touch it; similarly emperumAnAr‘s divine feet can be reached by anyone. It is sarva samAshraNIyam.

iRainjum thiru – seeking, wealth;  seeking (emperumAnAr‘s divine feet) itself is the wealth; even though seeking emperumAn is also considered wealth, as said in ‘gajAntham aishvaryam‘ (pinnacle of wealth is maintaining and feeding an elephant), pinnacle of wealth here is going up to seeking the AchAryan.

thiru munivarkku anRik kAdhal seyyA – Similar to “maRandhum puRam thozhA mAndhar [nAnmugan thiruvanthAdhi – 68] (~won’t worship others even by mistake)”.

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Translation: raghurAm srInivAsa dasan

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