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rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – avathArikai (Introduction)

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Based on mAmunigaL‘s and piLLai lOkam jIyar‘s avathArikai

sriya:pathi (srI mahAlakshmi’s husband), parmakAruNikan (one with immense mercy), sarvEswaran (emperumAn who controls everything), was being the object of complete enjoyment for those in nithya vibhUthi (srIvaikuNtam),

paramapadhanathan

but He saw that in leelA vibhUthi (the section of the universe that is for His playing where AthmAs spend time based on their karmas), where jIvAthmAs in the matter that is a mixture of three characteristics of sathva (tranquility), rajas (action/anger), and thamas (laziness/idleness), are spending time on activities that draw them more and more into samsAram (cycle of worldly existence) and are sucked in to that huge vortex and not finding the shore to climb out to, even though they are equally eligible to enjoy the nectar of happiness that is emperumAn which is enjoyed by nithyasUris (who are in srIvaikuNtam forever, who have not been affected by karmas);

emperumAn, feeling terrible about this, determined that He would alert them about their relationship with Him and save them out of the ocean of samsAram, and so in the beginning of kali yugA arranged for nammAzhwAr’s avathAram, and blessed him with unblemished inner knowledge (mayarvaRa mathinalam),

nammazhwar-madhurakavinammazhvAr – madhura kavi

… and nammAzhwAr, using that knowledge, was immersed in sarvEswaran’s true nature, form, characteristic, and wealth, and as it overflowed, to address that, he blessed the world with dhivya prabandham, and blessed the knowledge to madhurakavi AzhwAr.

Based on that, madhurakavi AzhwAr sang “mikka vEdhiyar vEdhaththin uL poruL niRkap pAdi en nujuL niRuththinAn” [kaNNinuN chiru thAmbu 9] (he explained the inner meanings of the vEdhas and made me understand its inner meanings), and (so), “thEvu maRRaRiyEn” [kaNNinuN chiru thAmbu 2] (do not know any, other than nammAzhwAr) (charama upAyam – final means, that is AchArya abhimAnam);

Later as sriman nAthamunigaL requested for those great meanings, nammAzhwAr crossed the limit of archai (vigraham/statue) and opened his divine mouth and gave all of the meanings and inner meanings to nAthamunigaL, and through him is how this sampradhAyam (culture/ways of srIvaishNavas) came to be.

nammazhwar-madhurakavi-nathamuninammazhwAr with madhurakavigaL and nAthamunigaL

So this chain of AchAryas giving advice and correcting the sishyas was available to His devotees; as emperumAn wished to propagate all these meanings and inner meanings to all the people in this world, the world which is of the nature that encourages ignorance, He commanded thiruvananthAzhvAn (Adhi sEshan), and so he descended into srIperumbUthUr; he learned all the sAsthras, and as told by dhEvap perumAL through thirukkachchi nambigaL he understood very well about the truth, ways, and goal; and through the compassion of periya perumAL, he was given full control to manage this world and srIvaikuNtam, and nurtured the sampradhAyam grown from nAtha/yAmuna muni by understanding the inner meanings of truth, ways, and goal, and was advising these to his close sishyAs like kUraththAzhwan, and was living in srIrangam.

ARu_vArthaidhEvapperumAL gave the six truths to emperumAnAr through thirukkachchi nambigAL

During that time, thiruvarangaththu amudhanAr, even though he was well versed in all the sAshthras, was not knowing about the sath-sampradhAyam (tradition as propagated through nathamunigaL as explained above). So, emperumAnAr due to his causeless mercy (nirhEthuka krupai) reformed him through kUraththAzhwAn; and amudhanAr surrendered to AzhwAn, who showed him emperumAnAr’s divine feet as the means, and so amudhanAr considered those divine feet as everything, and was immersed in them all the time; (thus kUraththAzhwan performed purushakAram/recommendation).

Koorathazhvan_In_Piratti_thirukkolam (Large)kUraththAzhwan in pirAtti (srI mahAlakshmi) thirukkOlam (attire)

As that experience of the mind was overflowing, the opportunity arose for amudhanAr to use the words to express his love, and also due to his extreme kindness that the other devotees need to get this meaning and knowledge and experience it easily, that knowledge overflowed as 108 pAsurams in the thamizh poem form of ‘kaliththuRai anthAdhi’, which included emperumAnAr’s divine name in each pAsuram; and so this was happily followed by the great preceptors as ‘prapanna gAyathri’ and so is being (mandatorily) recited every day with love by the prapannas (ones who are surrendered to emperumAn).

emperumAnAr_ThirumEniyil_pUrvacharyargaL (Large)All pUrvAchAryas depicted as part of emperumAnAr’s divine thirumEni (form)

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rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – thaniyans

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vyAkyAnam for thaniyans  (invocations) – by piLLai lOkam jIyar

1st thanyan (invocation)  – by vEdhap pirAn bhattar:

munnai vinai agala mUngil kudi amudhan
ponnam kazhar kamalap pOdhu iraNdum – ennudaiya
chennikku aNiyAgach chErththinEn then pulaththArkku
ennuk kadavudaiyEn yAn

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aVathArikai (introduction)

(adiyEn) wore in my head, as a decoration, the two beautiful divine lotus feet of amudhanAr of mUngil kudi; (so) as my accumulated karmas are decimated, why would adiyEn be answerable to the yaman, etc., of the south side?

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vyAkyAnam

  • munnai vinai agala – All my ever-accumulated good and bad karmAs due to good and bad deeds, are removed – how?  due to amudhanAr’s thiruvadi (lotus feet) was set in my head.
  • mUngil kudi amudhanperiyAzhwAr said ‘vEyar thangaL kulam’, and amudhanAr is said to be  belonging to ‘mUngil kudi’.
  • pon am kazhal kamalp pOdhu iraNdumamudhanAr’s two divine lotus feet that makes us to be longed for, and which Is beautiful,
  • ennudaiya chennikku aNiyAgach chErththinEn – For his (amudhanAr’s) head the decoration is rAmAnujar’s lotus feet (105th pAsuram); for me amudhanAr’s lotus feet.
  • chennikku aNiyAgach chErththinEn – placed in my head as a decoration.
  • Like said by “chemmA pAdha paRputh thalai chErththu” [thiruvAimozhi 2-6-1]. There it is a prayer/request; here it is an accomplishment/success.
  • then pulaththArkku – yaman and his servants at yamapuram.
  • ennuk(u) kadavu udaiyEn – why would I be responsible for experiencing the fruits of good and bad karmas? Since my karmas have gone, there is no experience of its fruits. So there is no interaction between me and those who give me to experience the fruits of karmas. Like there is no connection between nectar and poison, there is no connection between those who are related to thiruvarangaththu amudhanAr’s divine feet, and those in the south side (yaman and his servants).
  • yAn – adiyen, who decorated my head with amudhanAr’s divine lotus feet.

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2nd thaniyan (invocation) – by vEdhap pirAn bhattar:

nayam thaRu pEr inbam ellAm pazhudhu enRu naNNinar pAl
sayam thaRu kIrthi irAmAnusa muni thAL iNai mEl
uyarndha guNaththu thiruvarangaththu Ongum anbAl
iyambum kaliththuRai anthAdhi Odha isai nenjamE

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avathArikai

Dear mind! Please agree to recite the rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi that is made of kaliththuRai anthAdhi (grammar for a form of thamizh poetry), created by thiruvarangaththu amudhanAr who is having ever growing bhakthi (devotion) towards rAmAnujar who has got the greatness of getting victory to those who reached him and followed based on his advice that the enjoyment given by the senses are useless, and kept their minds away from it.

vyAkyAnam

  • nayam tharu(m) pEr inbam ellAm – The bliss that comes from enjoying the pleasures of senses. ‘nayam’ – vishayam – object of senses. Like said in ‘nANAmai naLLEn nayam [mudhal thiruvanthAdhi 63], here also it is talking about the pleasure of senses like sound, taste, etc. (shabhdhAdhi). Even though they provide low level pleasure, it says ‘pEr inbam’ (higher level bliss) as per the opinion of the illiterate.
  • naNNinar pAl – In the matter of those who reached the support of (emperumAnAr)
  • pazhudhu enRu – after inquiring that these are to be gotten rid of
  • sayam thaRu keerthi irAmAnusanemperumAnAr would help them achieve victory (out of) the samsAram. It is AzhwAn and amudhanAr who left the lowly pleasures and reached emperumAnAr. And amudhanAr said “akkAdhal aLaRRil azhundhum en Aviyai vandhu eduththAn‘ [42] to imply emperumAnAr saved him from lowly pleasures. Also, “kAmAdhi dhOsha haram Athma padhAshrithAnAm rAmAnujam yathipathim” [yathirAja vimsathi 1]. This is the greatness of emperumAnAr, getting us victory. Like said in “sayap pugazhAr” [thiruvAmozhi 3-1-11].
  • irAmAnusa muni thAL iNai mEl … – It is asking the mind to recite the prabandham that was created as a vAchika kainkaryam (service through words/speech) towards rAmAnujar’s two divine feet. That is clear from how it is the main topic of the prabandham as set in the beginning, middle, and end of the prabandham, so to emphasise this aspect – ‘irAmanusan charaNAravindham’ [1], ‘ramAnusan than iNai adi’ [50], and ‘rAmAnusan adip pU mannavE’ [108] – all mentioning emperumAnAr’s divine feet.
  • uyarndha guNam – Unlike others, the character of being involved in charama parvam (last level/stage) of being subservient to AchAryan.
    • When there is difficulty in this world in finding people devoted to emperumAn, it is very rare to find those who are immersed in AchAryan’s well-being and sing praises on him, so (author of thaniyan is) praying his mind to agree to recite rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi. Could say – since there is nobody to be found to listen to this request, he is requesting his mind itself.
    • Or, it is also recited as “nayam thaRu pEr inbam ellAm pazhudu inRi naNNi nam pAl sayam thaRu kIrthi irAmAnusa muni” – that is, as we considered all the enjoyments to be emperumAnAr only and so reaching him for his support, he would give victory for us from the samsAram.
    • Or, it could be attributed to emperumAnAr that he ignored the lowly pleasures as – ‘nayam tharu pEr inbam ellAm pazhudhu enRu’. (naNNi) – he surrendered to nArAyAnan. (nanpAl) – having good characteristics – that surrending to emperumAn is considered by emperumAnAr as the goal. (sayam thaRu kIrthi irAmAnusan) – not only for himself, even those who surrendered to emperumAnAr are able to win the samsAram by his help.

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3rd thaniyan – by vEdhap pirAn bhattar

sollin thogai koNdu unadhu adippOdhukkuth thoNdu seyyum
nal anbar Eththum un nAmam ellAm enRan nAvin uLLe
allum pagalum amarumpadi nalgu aRu samayam
vellum parama irAmAnusa idhu en viNNappamE

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avathArikai (introduction)

Oh rAmAnuja who won over the other six philosophies! As the dear disciple thiruvarangaththu amudhanAr performs vAchika kainkaryam to your divine feet by keeping in his mind the (108) pAsurams created with beautiful words, adiyEn plead that such name of yours (from these 108 pAsurams), be also set in my tongue at all times – day and night.

vyAkyAnam

  • sollin thogai koNdu – deciding on the way of doing the prabandham; or, using the union of words,
  • unadhu adippOdhukku – to dhEvarIr’s divine lotus feet
  • thoNdu seyyum – he (amudhanAr) creates the poems (pAsurmas) as a vAchika kainkaryam
  • nal anbar Eththum – amudhanAr who is ananyaprayOjana bhakthi yukthar (~devoted to you without expecting any other benefits);   anbar – one having bhakthi towards emperumAn; nal anbar – one having bhakthi towards AchAryan. Or, including amudhanAr all the devotees of rAmAnujar – then ‘sollin thogai’ would mean collection/group of words having rAmAnujar’s divine name.
  • un nAmam ellAm – all the divine names that he/they recite due to the ecstasy based on bhakthi; since there is only one name that is rAmAnujar, the plural form ‘names’ here is to be taken as all the pAsurams of this prabandham having the name of rAmAnujar.
  • endhan nAvin uLLE – inside the tongue of me who is eager to recite such divine names
  • allum pagalum amarumpadi nalgu – Like said in “naL iruL aLavum pagalum nAn azhaippan” [periya thirumozhi 1-1-5] (will say day and night the name of nArAyaNa) , please help to have your name set in me whether day or night.
  • aRu samayam vellum parama – oh the great, who won over all other six philosophies; this is same as what amudhanAr says in a pAsuram here ‘kURum samayangaL ARum kulaiya’ [46].
  • irAmAnusa – the name having four letters/syllables, bigger than the name of nArAyaNa, please help for all your names to stay in my tongue, whether day or night. {amudhanAr sang in this prabandham ‘iravum pagalum vidAdhu endhan sidhaiyuLLE niRaindhu oppaRa irundhAn” [47] (emperumAnAr is there is my mind day and night …); if we are able keep his divine name in our tongue day and night, then he would fill our minds day and night?}
  • idhu en viNNappamE – this is my plea.

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4th thanyan – by sOmAsiyANdAn

ini en kuRai namakku emperumAnAr thirunAmaththAl
muni thandha nURRettuch chAviththiri ennu nuNporuLaik
kani thandha chenjchol kaliththuRai anthAdhi pAdith thandhAn
punithan thiruvarangaththu amudhAgiya puNNiyanE

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avathArikai (introduction)

With us having the essence of sAvithri manthra which itself can be said as the essence of all the vEdhas, which could be suitably named as prapanna gAyathri, with all the one hundred and eight pAsurams having the divine name ‘rAmAnujan’, that is provided to us which is a great help of amudhanAr, there is no deficiency for us in this and the other world.

vyAkyAnam

  • ini en kuRai namakku – there is no loss – in this world we say the divine name of rAmAnujan – ‘solappugil vAi amudham parakkum – rAmAnusan enRu solluminE’  (43) said amudhanAr – in amudhnAr’s mouth, the amudham (nectar) would secrete upon saying his name. (or the nectar that are the granthams that came from rAmAnujar); Since his name helps in getting mOksham, there is happiness not only in this world but in that world also. So, what worry is there for us hereafter?  AraNya kANdam – lakshmaNa mentions to rAmA that he wonders how bharathan tolerates the cold sarayu river when taking bath in the wee hours; this makes rAmA forget himself and he talks of even going back to ayOdhya to care of bhArathA. He asks lakshmaNA to talk more about “bharathan the chief of ikshvAku”. So rAmA’s opinion is that it is like a nectar (amudham) to talk about rAmA’s brother (anujan), bharathan.  He (emperumAnAr) is also rAma anujan! Talking about him also is sweet and so helps us in this world.
  • emperumAnAr thiru nAmaththAl – The author of this thaniyan, sOmAsiyANdAn loves to use the name ‘emperumAnAr’, hence he says that name in this thaniyan instead of saying rAmAnusar. “sOmAsiyANdAn ’emperumAnAr’ enRAl thirunAmam niRam peRumAp pOlEyum’ [eedu for thiruvAimozhi 6.5.7] (the name ’emperumAnAr’ gets its full meaning when it is said by sOmAsiyANdAn). There is an issue with emperumAn’s divine name – it helps to tie us in the samsAram as well; but emperumAnAr’s divine name does not have that problem since it helps us only in getting mOksham.
  • muni thandha – sarvEswaran is referred to as ‘muni’ – root from manana shIla: – as emperumAn thinks deeply about helping the AthmAs. After creating brahmA, He first gave him gAyathri manthra with praNavam, and then the vEdhas. That manthra is recited 108 times. Its inner meaning is praNavam – it consists of a (அ) – for emperumAn, u (உ) for pirAtti (one who connects/recommends), and ma (ம) – devotees. u is also udaiyavar who connects/recommends. emperumAn likes his adiyAr’s (devotee) name more than His name – this prabandham recites rAmAnujar’s name 108 times in the 108 pAsurams.
  • Now, by thathsavithurvarENyam it talks about nArAyANan in the solar world; He gave sAvithri mathra and removed the darkness of this world through the sun; rAmAnujar is rAmAnuja divAkarar (sun that is rAmAnujar) who removes the darkness from our minds.
  • The essense of thirumanthram is sEshathvam (subservience) to His adiyArs.
  • ‘nin thiruvettezhuththum kaRRu nAn uRRadhum un adiyArkku adimai’ [periya thirumozhi 8-10-3] (~ learning the thirumanthram, I became subservient to your devotees).
  • kali thandha senjchol . . . – kali: smartness/power – here the prabandham gave us the divine names.
  • senjchol – sweet words. spoken words that are congruent with the thoughts and actions. This is how eedu explains senjchol in thiruvAimozhi 10.6.11 as well. So, it can be concluded that all the three senses are in union when we recite the prabandham rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi.
  • kalith thuRai anthAdhi – in the thamizh poetry form of ‘kalith thuRai’.
  • senjchol kalith thuRai anthAdhi – anthAdhi makes it is easier to know the next pAsuram. (last part of previous pAsuram becomes first part of current pAsuram and so on).
  • pAdith thandhAn – amudhanAr gave this for the future generations (us) to enjoy and immerse in the glories of rAmAnujar.
  • punidhan – amudhanAr who is pristine; the pristine way in which he gave us this prabandham; will make the opposite type of people to become pristine; amudhanAr praises the punidhan who praises Lord parasurAma [56].
  • thiruvarangaththu amudhAgiya puNNiyanE – Virtuous thiruvarangaththu amudhanAr.irAmAnusan mikka puNNiyanE’[91] – virtue that came from the great virtuous emperumAnAr.

pAsuram words are to be arranged as – virtuous thiruvarangaththu amudhan gave us the kaliththuRai anthAdhi using the names of emperumAnAr, so what problems do we have from now on?

This thaniyan is recited in thirunArAyaNapuram temple only.

pillailokam-jeeyarpiLLai lOkam jIyar

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