thiruvAimozhi – 2.1.8 – iruLin thiNivaNNam

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the eighth pAsuram, not knowing the difference between land and water due to darkness, parAnkusa nAyaki reaches a salt-pan (where sea-salt is prepared) and asks it “did you also become flattened and are suffering for showing attachment towards emperumAn like me?”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, parAnkusa nAyaki sorrowfully asks a salt-pan “did you become attached towards emperumAn‘s compassion?”.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

Eighth pAsuram – Retracting from the darkness, parAnkusa nAyaki walked aimlessly and reached a salt-pan, which too is dark and walked in to it. Seeing it overflowing like those who cross the boundaries and send messages to their beloved, she asks “Oh poor thing! Did you get captivated in krishNa’s act of killing sakatAsura?”.


இருளின் திணி வண்ணம் மா நீர்க் கழியே போய்
மருளுற்று இராப் பகல் துஞ்சிலும் நீ துஞ்சாயால்
உருளும் சகடம் உதைத்த பெருமானார்
அருளின் பெரு நசையால் ஆழாந்து நொந்தாயே?

iruLin thiNi vaNNam mA nIrk kazhiyE! pOy
maruLuRRu irAp pagal thunjilum nI thunjAyAl
uruLum sagadam udhaiththa perumAnAr
aruLin peru nasaiyAl AzhAndhu nondhAyE ?


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

iruLin – of the darkness
thiNi – dense
vaNNam – having the color
mA – big
nIr – having water
kazhiyE – Oh salt-pan!
pOy – very
maruL uRRu – bewildered
irAp pagal – during night and day
thunjilum – even if [they] end
nI – you
thunjAy – not sleeping
Al – thus
uruLum – rolling
sagadam – wheel
udhaiththa – kicked (with his lotus feet)
perumAnAr – great person’s
aruLin – quality of compassion
peru – big
nasaiyAl – attachment/desire
AzhAndhu – immersed
nondhAyE – feeling pain?

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

Oh salt-pan that has huge water which resembles dense darkness! You look bewildered and are not sleeping even if night and day end (change).  Thus, did you become captivated with the compassion of the great person (krishNa), who kicked the rolling wheel (sakatAsura) with his lotus feet, and did you feel pained?

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

  • iruLin thiNi vaNNam – fearsome darkness; not darkness mixed with some light – after extracting all light and making it as dense as a diamond. It is also explained as – Oh salt-pan that has the color of dense darkness and lots of water!
  • pOy maruL uRRu – greatly bewildered. Your bewilderment matches that of those [AzhwAr et al] who are blessed with unblemished knowledge/devotion.
  • irAp pagal … –  Even time which is endless may end; but we are not sighting an end for your suffering.
  • uruLum sagadam udhaiththa – The wheel of  the same cart which was kept as protection for krishNa, being possessed by an asura, started rolling towards krishNa. Even his own mother was not there to protect him; angered by not having been nursed (out of such anger), krishNa kicked the wheel and killed the asura and thus gave the lord to the universe [by protecting himself, he gave himself to us]. Hoping that such upakAraka (great saviour), will also help his beloved.
  • aruLin peru nasaiyAl – [our] attachment is correspondingly greater with respect to [his] compassion.
  • AzhAndhu nondhAyE – did you become flattened by his compassion and thus feel pained [due to separation from such compassionate emperumAn]?

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