thiruvAimozhi – 1.9.4 – udan amar

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr explains in the manner in which emperumAn engaged with him.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In fourth pAsuram – AzhwAr says that krishNa who is sarvEsvaran, athyAscharya bhUthan (most amazing person) and my master, climbed up my hip and sat there.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr says that bhagavAn who is complete and the protector of all sat on my hip.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

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

Fourth pAsuram – AzhwAr says that emperumAn is supreme; he is capable of performing impossible tasks; such emperumAn sat on my hip just like he sat on mother yasOdhA’s hip and considered that as his fortune.


உடன் அமர் காதல் மகளிர் திருமகள் மண்மகள் ஆயர்
மட மகள் என்று இவர் மூவர் ஆளும் உலகமும் மூன்றே
உடன் அவை ஒக்க விழுங்கி ஆல் இலைச் சேர்ந்தவன் எம்மான்
கடல் மலி மாயப் பெருமான் கண்ணன் என் ஒக்கலையானே

udan amar kAdhal magaLir thirumagaL maNmagaL Ayar
madamagaL enRu ivar mUvar ALum ulagamum mUnRE
udan avai okka vizhungi Alilaich chErndhavan emmAn
kadal mali mAyap perumAn kaNNan en okkalaiyAnE


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

udan – being together
amar – having
kAdhal – love
magaLir – his consorts
thirumagaL – lakshmi (who has amazing rich form)
maNmagaL – bhUmi dhEvi (who is embodiment of forbearance)
Ayar mada magaL – (most-suitable) nappinnai who is having great family heritage and great qualities
enRu – being the main and well known
ivar – these divine consorts
mUvar – three
ALum – ruling over (protecting)
ulagamum – universe/world
mUnRE – three layers – 1) from pAthALa lOka to svarga lOkam, 2) jana lOkam, thapa lOkam, sathya lOkam, 3) mahar lOkam
avai – (during praLayam/annihilation) those
udan – without any distinction
okka – evenly
vizhungi – consumed
Alilai – on banyan leaf
sErndhavan – lying down
emmAn – (by doing this) being my lord and master
kadal – in kshIrArNavam (milk ocean)
mali – having the glories of resting
mAyam – with amazing qualities/activities
perumAn – one with naturally unlimited qualities
kaNNan – krishNa
en okkalaiyAn – (like on yasOdhA) sat on my hip

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

bhagavAn krishNa is seated with his three well-known, primary and divine/lovable consorts srI mahAlakshmi, srI bhUmi dhEvi and srI neeLA dhEvi (nappinnai), who rule over the three worlds. He consumed those three worlds evenly during (total) annihilation without any distinction and lay down on a banyan leaf and thus won over me and became my master. Such kaNNan emperumAn who is having the glories of resting in kshIrArNavam (milk ocean) with naturally unlimited qualities, sat on my hip (like he sat on mother yasOdhA’s hip).

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

  • udan amara kAthal magaLir – divine consorts who have great love to be always with bhagavAn. They always feel as stated in thiruvAimozhi 6.10.10 “agalagillEn iRaiyum” (I will not leave even for a moment).

Who are they?

  • thirumagaL – periya pirAttiyAr (srI mahAlakshmi) – the principal consort of sarvEsvaran, the empress and the one who says as stated in srI rAmAyaNam yudhdha kANdam 116.45 “na kaschinnAparAdhaythi” (there is no one who does not commit mistakes).
  • maNmagaL – srI bhUmi pirAttiyAr (bhUdhEvi) – the one who teaches emperumAn “should you even see the mistakes?” and the one who is the origin of forbearance.
  • Ayar madamagaL – nappinnai pirAttiyAr (neeLA dhEvi) – the one who keeps emperumAn engaged by her beauty etc., and hides the mistakes of others.
  • Another explanation – thirumagaL is his wealth; maNmagaL is the place where it (the wealth) grows; Ayar madamagaL – the one who enjoys that wealth.
  • ivar mUvar – Individuals who are separately available to establish bhagavAn‘s supremacy and to be the purushakAram (mediator).
  • ALum ulagamum mUnRE – lOkam could indicate the residents of the lOkam and three indicates the three types of chEthana (jIvAmthmAs) [viz nithya – eternally free souls, muktha – liberated souls, badhdha – bound souls]. It could also mean the top, middle and the bottom layers of a single universe.
  • udan avai okka vizhungi – Without missing anything, consuming them all at once and protecting them inside his stomach. Since paramapadham is eternal, this only applies to the bound souls in the material realm.
  • Alilaich chErndhavan – After consuming everything and having them in his stomach, he rested on a banyan leaf. This means he has agaditha gatanA sAmarthyam (achieving the impossible) [i.e., consuming everything which is huge and then lying down on a banyan leaf which is so small].
  • emmAn – by such act, he won over me. He acquired me through pathrAlambanam (dual meaning – by climbing on a leaf, by writing in a document to be my master). This act of accepting is even more impossible in comparison to the act of lying down on a banyan leaf since I was completely staying away from emperumAn. He transformed me to be totally existing for him only.
  • kadal mali mAyap perumAn – Descending into the kshIrAbdhi (milk ocean) and resting there without any defects and having amazing qualities/activities. Also explained as one who is having more amazing aspects than an ocean.
  • kaNNan – manifesting all those aspects in this form of krishNa
  • en okkalaiyAnE – He sat on my hip Just like he sat on mother yasOdhA’s hip.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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