thiruvAimozhi – 2.5.11 – kURudhal onRu

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

AzhwAr says “those who practice this decad will enjoy emperumAn in paramapadham as highlighted in this decad”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

AzhwAr explains attaining parampadham as the result for reciting this decad.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

In the end – AzhwAr says “if there are people who can practice this decad, they will reach parampadham and enjoy eternally”.


கூறுதல் ஒன்று ஆராக் குடக் கூத்த அம்மானைக்
கூறுதலே மேவிக் குருகூர்ச் சடகோபன்
கூறின அந்தாதி ஓர் ஆயிரத்துள் இப் பத்தும்
கூறுதல் வல்லார் உளரேல் கூடுவர் வைகுந்தமே

kURudhal onRu ArAk kudak kUththa ammAnai
kURudhalE mEvik kurugUrch chatakOpan
kURina andhAdhi Or AyiraththuL ip paththum
kURudhal vallAr uLarEl kUduvar vaikundhamE


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

onRu – one quality
kURudhal – if spoken
ArA – cannot be fully spoken
kudak kUththu – [emperumAn who is having] auspicious qualities such as SeeLa (simplicity) which is manifested by him dancing like a cow-herd boy with pots
ammAnai – master
kURudhal – to explain (as is)
mEvi – set out
kurugUrch chatakOpan – AzhwAr (who became knowledgeable and devoted to emperumAn by the grace of emperumAn)
kURina – mercifully explained
andhAdhi – anthAdhi style (First word/sentence of a pAsuram relates to the last word/sentence of previous pAsuram) in which the structure of the pAsurams cannot be corrupted
Or – unique/matchless
AyiraththuL – among the thousand pAsurams
ip paththum – this decad
kURudhal – to recite/speak
vallAr – able
uLarEl – if present
vaikundham – paramapadham (spiritual realm)
kUduvar – reach

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

Even if attempted, our lord emperumAn‘s qualities such as SeeLam (simplicity) which are manifested through kudak kUththu etc, cannot be spoken of fully. nammAzhwAr who was blessed by emperumAn with knowledge and devotion, set out to speak (as it is) about such emperumAn’s qualities; AzhwAr thus sang this decad among the distinct/matchless thousand pAsurams which are in anthAdhi style which cannot be corrupted. Those who are able to recite these 10 pAsurams will reach paramapadham.

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

  • kURudhal … – When set out to speak about his nature, as mentioned in thaiththiriya upanishath Anandhavalli, it is impossible to completely explain his nature. Here AzhwAr is not speaking about his supremacy which cannot be explained; AzhwAr is actually saying that emperumAn‘s act of dancing with pots as a cow-herd boy cannot be explained fully.
  • ammAnai – One who manifested his kudak kUththu, thereby making me fully exist for him. mahAbhAratham bhIshma parva “vishnOr jishNOr vasudhEvAthmajasya” (vishNu (omni-present), jishNu (victorious) who appeared as the divine son of vasudhEva).
  • kURudhalE mEvi – vEdham withdrew itself highlighting inability to speak about bhagavAn – but AzhwAr pursues such task and sets out to do it nicely. In the eighth pAsuram he said “nAn solluvadhen? solleerE” (How can I speak? You speak if possible) and immediately in the  ninth pAsuram he said “solleer en ammAnai” (speak about my lord) – that is AzhwAr’s nature.

Did he just attempt to speak or did he succeed speaking about bhagavAn?

  • kurugUrch chatakOpan – Since he is nammAzhwAr who was blessed divinely by emperumAn, there is no doubt about his ability to glorify emperumAn.
  • kURina andhAdhi … – The 10 pAsurams in this prabandham which are as glorious as the object of this prabandham – which is emperumAn himself.
  • kUduvar vaikundhamE – Instead of not achieving the goal as said in thiruvAimozhi 2.3.10adiyAr kuzhAngaLai udan kUduvadhu enRukolO?” (when I will reach the divine assembly of nithyasUris agreeing to their principles?) and instead of suffering in separation as in thiruvAimozhi 2.4AdiyAdi“, immediately on reciting these pAsurams, they will attain the goal which I attained by tiresome prayers. When father’s wealth is present (which was acquired by him with great difficulty), the son would simply enjoy the wealth. No need to suffer like AzhwAr; those who learn/practice this decad, can simply participate in AzhwAr’s result.

Finally, nampiLLai summarizes the contents of this decad briefly.

  • In the first pAsuram, AzhwAr explained how emperumAn came along with his entourage and united with him.
  • In the second pAsuram, he said “after uniting with me, his divine form, divine features and divine weapons became radiant”.
  • In the third pAsuram, he said “emperumAn united with me in such a manner that he would feel existing when being together with me and in separation he would feel as though non-existing”.
  • In the fourth pAsuram, AzhwAr ridiculed the metaphors given to him (his features) since they are no match for him.
  • In the fifth pAsuram, he skipped the metaphors and directly enjoyed bhagavAn.
  • In the sixth pAsuram, he said “Such distinct emperumAn enjoyed me like mukthAthmAs (liberated souls) would enjoy him”.
  • In the seventh pAsuram, AzhwAr said “emperumAn assumed the forms of SrI rAma, krishNa et al for my sake”.
  • In the eighth pAsuram, AzhwAr said “He does not have the ability to speak about emperumAn”.
  • In the ninth pAsuram, AzhwAr, seeking out for company, set out to speak about emperumAn.
  • In the tenth pAsuram, AzhwAr said “Even to speak about a single quality of emperumAn united with me thus, is very difficult”.
  • In the end, AzhwAr explains the result for those who recite this decad and completes the same.

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

In the next article we will enjoy the next decad.

adiyen sarathy ramanuja dasan

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