thiruvAimozhi – 2.2 – thiNNan

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Highlights from thirukkurugaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

AzhwAr out of great love towards emperumAn‘s supremacy, explains that with examples.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

In the second decad, AzhwAr explains about following aspects of bhagavAn’s incarnations which reveal his supremacy and simplicity which lead to him being most enjoyable (as indicated previously):

  • he being the controller of all (not just in parama padham but even in his incarnations – applicable for all aspects)
  • he being the cause to remove unwanted aspects and bestow desired aspects (for his devotees)
  • he being greater than all
  • he being worshippable by all
  • his lotus-eyed nature that reveals his supremacy
  • his resting in the milk-ocean to protect his devotees
  • his ability to connect disconnected aspects (i.e., making impossible things work)
  • he being the protector in all manners
  • he being the cause for the creation, sustenance and annihilation of the universe(s)
  • he being approachable by all dhEvathAs

Thus, AzhwAr explains emperumAn‘s supremacy over all, his easily approachable nature and his charming nature which increase the sweetness of him.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nampiLLai‘s introduction.

Highlights from nampiLLai‘s introduction

In previous decad, the distress which AzhwAr experienced (in separation from emperumAn) is beyond explanation. When the ocean is burning, is it possible to cool it down by pouring water? He was thinking that he would die in distress. But subsequently,  emperumAn manifests in front of him and AzhwAr’s distress completely disappears. On analysing the reason for that (such disappearance of the distress),  the bliss of seeing bhagavAn is unlike any material joy. bhagavAn’s greatness is such that, just like one cannot think about anything else in separation, even in union, one cannot think about anything else than him.

AzhwAr analyses the reason for such greatness and finds out that emperumAn being filled with all auspicious qualities is the reason. And for that (having all auspicious qualities), his being the supreme lord is the reason. AzhwAr said “uyaravaRa uyarnalamudaiyavan” (filled with auspicious qualities) first and immediately realized “ayarvaRum amarargaLadhipathi” (leader of nithyasUris). So, AzhwAr mercifully explains such supremacy of bhagavAn which he realized.

piLLAn says – since previously AzhwAr realized kAraNthvam (being the cause) in thiruvAimozhi 2.1.10 “mUvA muthalvA” (youthful cause of all), here he is further explaining that attribute.

A question arises here – “emperumAn‘s supremacy is explained previously by AzhwAr. Why is he repeating it?”. AzhwAr cannot stop speaking about emperumAn (and his qualities). emperumAn too is so great that he cannot be explained just once. And in matters related to bhagavAn, repetition is not a defect. AzhwAr can simply enjoy emperumAn‘s single quality. emperumAn too is capable of giving blissful experience (to AzhwAr) on the same quality again and again and make AzhwAr feel as if he is enjoying a new quality. thirumangai AzhwAr too said in periya thirumozhi 8.1.9 “paNdivaraik kaNdaRivadhu evvUril yAm” (where did I see him before?) and nammAzhwAr himself says in thiruvAimozhi 2.5.4 “eppozhudhum nAL thingaL ANdu Uzhi UzhidhoRum appozhudhaikku appozhudhu en ArAvamudham” (every day, year, time after time, he feels nectarean every such moment).

Still, there are differences.

  • Previously, in the first decad (of first centum), when AzhwAr explained emperumAn‘s supremacy, it is svAnubhavam (self-experience); here, he experiences emperumAn’s supremacy while trying to explain that to others to establish the principle clearly in others’ minds.
  • There, he explained in affirmative terms; here, he is explaining it in both affirmative and negative terms.
  • There, he explained it following Sruthi (vEdham, upanishath); here he explains it following ithihAsa and purANas.
  • There, his supremacy in parama padham is explained; here, his supremacy in incarnations is explained.

Each pAsuram is discussed subsequently.

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