thiruvAimozhi – 1.7.11 – kudaindhu vaNduNNum

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the end – AzhwAr says that this decad will eradicate all the difficulties which are obstacles for bhakthi.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr explains removal of the great disease of samsAram (material life) as the result of this decad.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

In the end – AzhwAr says that this decad will eradicate the attachment for ulterior benefits which are obstacles for experiencing bhagavAn.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

Similar to nanjIyar‘s introduction.


குடைந்து வண்டு உண்ணும் துழாய் முடியானை
அடைந்த தென் குருகூர்ச் சடகோபன்
மிடைந்த சொல் தொடை ஆயிரத்து இப் பத்து
உடைந்து நோய்களை ஓடுவிக்குமே

kudaindhu vaNdu uNNum thuzhAy mudiyAnai
adaindha then kurukUrch chatakOpan
midaindha sol thodai Ayiraththu ip paththu
udaindhu nOygaLai OduvikkumE


Word-by-Word meanings (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

vaNdu – beetle
kudaindhu – submerged
uNNum – eating the honey
thuzhAy – thuLasi
mudiyAnai – sarvEsvaran who is having it on his head
adaindha – (by all means) rich
then – most benevolent
kurukUrch chatakOpan – nammAzhwAr‘s
midaindha – closely knit
sol – words
thodai – having poetic meter
Ayiraththu ippaththu – this decad among the thousand pAsurams of thiruvAimozhi
nOygaLai – great disease (of actions which are result of ahankAra, wealth, lust)
udaindhu – breaking them
Oduvikkum – will make them leave instantaneously

Simple transalation (based on vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s 12000 padi)

emperumAn‘s divine head is decorated with closely placed thuLasi leaves that are filled with honey in which beetles are submerged while drinking it. The most benevolent nammAzhwAr who is from AzhwArthirunagari  glorified such emperumAn in this decad which is among the thousand pAsurams of thiruvAimozhi which are compiled with beautiful words and poetic meter. Such decad will eradicate the great disease of samsAram after breaking it into pieces.

vyAkyAnams (commentaries)

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s vyAkyAnam

See vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s translation.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s vyAkyAnam

See nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s vyAkyAnam as documented by vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai

  • kudaindhu vaNduNNum thuzhAy mudiyAnaiemperumAn who is wearing divine crown which is decorated with thuLasi garland – the beetles which entered the garland seeking honey (like delving into an ocean), happily consumed the honey and even after all the honey was extracted, stay there not wishing to leave. Such emperumAn is glorified here.
  • adaindha thenkurukUrch chatakOpan – Just like those beetles were unable to back out of the honey in thuLasi leaves, AzhwAr is unable to withdraw from enjoying bhagavAn. Such AzhwAr mercifully compiled this decad.
  • midaindha sol thodai Ayiraththu ippaththu – Though the pAsurams are an outpouring of overflowing emotions of AzhwAr, the words too want to participate in the service and request AzhwAr to use them in his pAsurams.  For those who can recite this decad among the thousand pAsurams, their sins which make them think aiswaryam (wealth – worldly pleasures), kaivalyam (self-enjoyment) as the goal, will scoot.
  • nOygaLai udaindhu Oduvikkum – Even while (the effect of) those sins leave him – they won’t leave as a whole. They will be broken into pieces and driven out as explained in periya thirumozhi 8.10.7 “vaLLalE! un thamarkku enRum naman thamar kaLLar pOl” (Oh most benevolent! for your devotees, yama dharmarAja’s assistants are like totally unwanted [they won’t even approach them]).

Final summary from nampiLLai:

  • In the first pAsuram, AzhwAr censured the kEvalar [those desiring for self-enjoyment].
  • In the second pAsuram, AzhwAr explained the attitude of emperumAn towards those who are fully existing for him.
  • In the third pAsuram, when asked “Of these two categories, which one do you belong to?”, AzhwAr replied “I just enjoyed you and my obstacles got removed”.
  • In the fourth pAsuram, AzhwAr asked “What reason can I give to leave emperumAn who transformed me like this?”.
  • In the fifth pAsuram, AzhwAr said “when the gOpis of AyarpAdi leave krishNa, I will leave him”.
  • In the sixth pAsuram, when asked “What if he leaves?”, AzhwAr replied “I will not allow that”.
  • In the seventh pAsuram, when asked “What if you leave him?”, AzhwAr replied “He will not let me leave him”.
  • In the eighth pAsuram, when asked “did he not let you be separated from him in samsAram until now?”, AzhwAr replied “now that I have approached him with nappinnai pirAtti’s [nILA dhEvi’s] recommendation, even he himself cannot leave me”.
  • In the ninth pAsuram, AzhwAr said “why does this question [of leaving him] even arise? Once we have mixed together, it will be impossible to separate us”.
  • In the tenth pAsuram, AzhwAr said “I will eternally enjoy the auspicious qualities and will not become tired”.
  • Finally, he explains the result for those who practices this decad.

Thus ends the English translation for thiruvAimozhi 1st centum 7th decad.

AzhwAr thiruvadigaLE charaNam
emperumAnAr thiruvadigaLE charaNam
piLLAn thiruvadigaLE charaNam
nanjIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam
nampiLLai thiruvadigaLE charaNam
vadakkuth thiruvIdhip piLLai thiruvadigaLE charaNam
periyavAchchAn piLLai thiruvadigaLE charaNam
vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam
jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam

In the next article we will enjoy the next padhigam (decad).

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