thiruvAimozhi – 1.7.5 – viduvEnO en viLakkai

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In fifth pAsuram – AzhwAr asks “How can I leave emperumAn who attracted me through his causeless mercy by showing his beautiful divine eyes just like he did with the cow-herd girls even though I was ignorant about him and was attached to matters other than him?”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr says that after knowing about the favours done by emperumAn to him, he cannot leave him.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

Fifth pAsuram – AzhwAr says that he will leave emperumAn when the gOpis of AyarpAdi (gOkulam) will give up krishNa and desire for paramapadham [which does not happen – they are so attached to krishNa only].


விடுவேனோ என் விளக்கை என் ஆவியை
நடுவே வந்து உய்யக் கொள்கின்ற நாதனை
தொடுவே செய்து இள ஆய்ச்சியர் கண்ணினுள்
விடவே செய்து விழிக்கும் பிரானையே?

viduvEnO en viLakkai en Aviyai
naduvE vandhu uyyak koLginRa nAdhanai
thoduvE seydhu iLa Aychchiyar kaNNinuL
vidavE seydhu vizhikkum pirAnaiyE?


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

en viLakkai – One who lights up the lamp of knowledge which makes me understand the nature of my true self
en Aviyai – my soul
naduvE – in-between
vandhu – entered (seeing the right time/opportunity)
uyyak koLginRa – uplifting me (so I don’t perish)
nAdhanai – being the master
thoduvE  – mischievous pastimes
seydhu – performed
iLam – having youthful state (which is not qualified to be used by anyone)
Aychchiyar – cow-herd girls’
kaNNinuL – inside [their] eyes
vidavE seydhu – engaged in cunning/subtle acts (which are known to krishNa and gOpis only)
vizhikkum – glancing/meeting of eyes
pirAnai – the one who gives favours
viduvEnO – can I leave him?

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

How can I leave emperumAn who is the one who lights my true knowledge, who entered my soul at the opportune time to uplift me, who is the one performing favours such as the mischievous pastimes with the youthful cow-herd girls by exchanging subtle glances, etc, with them [and there by attracting them to be totally dependent on him]?

pirAn here indicates the favours done by emperumAn in manifesting these divine activities to AzhwAr.

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

  • viduvEnO en viLakkaibhagavAn, due to his causeless mercy, who revealed his true nature, forms, qualities and wealth to remove my ignorance about my own self. Why is he saying “en viLakkai” (my lamp)? Would he not shine for others and remove their ignorance? No one has attachment towards emperumAn like AzhwAr has. Only when there is attachment, bhagavAn will shine. viLakku (lamp) is that which shows itself as well as other things – bhagavAn too showed him para svarUpam (nature of bhagavAn), svasvarUpam (nature of AzhwArjIvAthmA who is subservient to bhagavAn) and virOdhi svarUpam (nature of the obstacles) [In arumpadham, it is explained that this highlights artha panchakam – by explaining para svarUpam – upAya svarUpam (he, being the means) is also explained and by explaining svasvarUpam – kainkaryam (service as the goal) is also explained].
  • ennAviyai … – my soul (me) which neither realised the existence of the self nor has attachment towards bhagavAn.
  • naduvE vandhu – arriving without any reason (causeless mercy). Though I was running behind worldly pleasures, he came to my rescue.
  • uyyakkoLginRa – he does not give up after accepting me, he nurtures me. As explained in thaiththiriya upanishath, Anandhavalli, previously I was in the state of “asannEva sa bhavathi” [as good as non-existing] and transformed as in “santhamEnam thathO vidhu:” (due to knowing brahmam, others know him to be existing).

emperumAn asks AzhwAr, “You told ‘en Avi‘ (my AthmA), why should I uplift your AthmA?”.

  • nAdhanai – Whose property is being destroyed here? Is there anything like “me”? Because you are the owner, you uplifted me.

When asked “Why should anyone try for the benefit of someone else?”, AzhwAr says “who tried for the uplifting of the cow-herd girls in AyarpAdi?”.

  • thoduvE seydhu – Steals etc., and gets caught intentionally so that many girls (who got affected by him) will come and see him get caught.
  • iLa Aychchiyar – By saying Aychchiyar (cow-herd girls), AzhwAr differentiates them from men; By saying iLavAychchiyar (young cow-herd girls), AzhwAr differentiates them from older-women. Men can protect themselves and older-women are protected by their children [young girls are helpless and thus protected by krishNa himself]. Also men and older-women have less attachment towards krishNa in comparison to the young cow-herd girls of AyarpAdi.
  • kaNNinuL vidavE seydhu vizhikkum – glancing at the girls which can only be understood by them. AzhwAr himself says in thiruvAimozhi 9.10.9 “thUdhu sey kaNgaL” (eyes which can transmit messages).
  • pirAnaiyE – just like he mesmerized those girls and made them to be totally surrendered to him, he did the same to me. How can I leave him?

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