thiruvAimozhi – 2.6.6 – unnaich chindhai

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the sixth pAsuram – when emperumAn mercifully asked AzhwAr “What more shall I do for you?” AzhwAr replies “Have I not acquired anything? I have acquired everything”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

Subsequently, AzhwAr says that by acquiring this servitude towards emperumAn, all his desires are fulfilled.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

Sixth pAsuram – AzhwAr says “After emperumAn being someone who would appear instantaneously on the request/vow of his devotee, do I have anything to do?”


உன்னைச் சிந்தை செய்து செய்து உன் நெடு மா மொழி இசை பாடி ஆடி – என்
முன்னைத் தீவினைகள் முழு வேர் அரிந்தனன் யான்
உன்னைச் சிந்தையினால் இகழ்ந்த இரணியன் அகல் மார்வம் கீண்ட – என்
முன்னைக் கோளரியே முடியாதது என் எனக்கே

unnaich chindhai seydhu seydhu un nedu mA mozhi isai pAdi Adi – en
munnaith thIvinaigaL muzhu vEr arindhanan yAn
unnaich chindhaiyinAl igazhndha iraNiyan agal mArvam kINda – en
munnaik kOL ariyE! mudiyAdhadhen enakkE


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

unnai – you (who are apt lord and helper)
sindhaiyinAl – by his heart/mind
igazhndha – ignored/insulted
iraNiyan – hiraNyakaSipu’s
agal – wide, spacious
mArvam – chest
kINda – one who effortlessly tore
en – my (who is the best example for wanting hurdles to be removed)
munnai – superceded (his devotee prahlAdha’s thoughts)
kOLariyE – Oh one who appeared as narasimha (half-lion half-man incarnation)!
unnai – you (who are helper of the needy, apt and sweet)
sindhai seydhu seydhu – constantly meditating upon
nedu – (out of such devotion) great
un – words that highlight your qualities
mozhi – thiruvAimozhi
mA – having greatness (matching it)
isai – with music
pAdi – singing
Adi – dancing (to the tunes of the singing)

due to the joy acquired for all three senses (mind, speech and body),
en – my
munnaith thIvinaigaL – sins accumulated since time immemorial

as said in chAndhOgya upanishath “nOpajanam smaran” (AthmA will not contemplate about the material realm)
yAn – I
muzhu vErarindhanan – eliminated completely from the root (once nature of self is realised as completely dependent on bhagavAn, as the joy is for the AthmA, elimination of hurdles can also be attributed to self)
enakku – for me
mudiyAdhadhu – impossible
en – what is there?

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

Oh you (who are apt lord and helper) who superceded your devotee prahlAdha’s thought and appeared as narasimha, effortlessly tore the wide chest of hiraNyakaSipu who insulted you with his heart! By constantly meditating upon your great qualities, (out of such devotion) I started singing the great thiruvAimozhi  which has the words which highlight your greatness with matching great music and dancing; by thus engaging all my three senses (mind – meditating, speech – singing, body – dancing), my sins which have been accumulated since time immemorial were eliminated completely from the root. For such me, what is impossible to achieve?

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

  • unnaich chindhai seydhu seydhu – meditating upon you without any break due to your sweet nature
  • unnai – you, who iare enjoyable and apt [master] for me
  • sindhai seydhu seydhu – Instead of meditating upon you as a matter of following orders in bruhadhAraNyaka upanishath “nidhidhyAsithavya:“, I am constantly meditating upon you due to your sweetness.
  • un nedu mA mozhi isai – greatness (indicated by nedu and mA) is adjective to mozhi (pAsuram) and isai (tune) respectively. Greatness of the poem and the tune are explained here. Singing the pAsuram where the words and tune are boundless and such tune/words make one dance.
  • en … – I eliminated all my accumulated sins without any trace. muzhu vEr – down to the root. It is also explained as eliminating even along with the side roots (which grew along).
  • arindhanan yAn – though, bhagavAn eliminates those sins, since AzhwAr is the enjoyer of the result, he says he himself removed the hurdles too.
  • unnai … – Oh you who helped long ago!
  • unnaich chindhaiyinAl igazhndha – hiraNyakaSipu did not insult emperumAn with words alone – deep down his heart, he insulted emperumAn. From this, it can be understood that – to give up on someone, emperumAn sees if they commit mistake from deep tinside heir heart; but to pursue someone, he just looks for them even pretending as friends.
  • iraNiyan agal mArvam kINda – Since the well-fed body of hiraNyakaSipu is no match for narasimha’s nails, he effortlessly tore hiraNya’s chest.
  • en munnaik kOLariyEAzhwAr thinks that emperumAn‘s incarnation as narasimha is to help him specifically. kOL – pride, radiance. As said in narasimha dhyAna SlOkam “mahAvishNum“, it indicates pride; as said in the same SlOkam “jvalantham“, it indicates radiance. When one does not consider a favour done to emperumAn’s devotees as something that was done to themselves, there is no bhagavath sambandham (relationship with bhagavAn).
  • mudiyAdhadhu en enakkE – When you are readily appearing to fulfil the vow of your devotee, what is impossible for me? [nothing is impossible].

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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