Arththi prabandham – 12

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emperumAnAr-thiruvAimozhippiLLai-mAmunigaLemperumAnArthiruvAimozhip piLLaimAmunigaL


In the previous pAsuram, maNavALa mAmunigaL requested SrI rAmAnuja to bless him with the state of vaduga nambi. sri rAmAnuja asked him, “Oh!!! maNavALa mAmunigaL! You are asking me to bless you with vaduga nambi‘s state. In order for me to do that, what is the relationship that you and I have? Is there a relationship in the first place between you and me?” maNavALa mAmunigaL replies to this imaginary question that he posed himself and says “Oh! emperumAnArE!!! Yes. There is a relationship between you and me. The relationship is established via adiyen’s AchAryan thiruvAimozhip piLLai.

pAsuram 12
thesam thigazhum thiruvAimozhip piLLai
mAsil thirumalaiyAzhvAr ennai
nEsaththAl eppadiyE eNNi ninbAl sErththAr
ethirAsA appadiyE nI seydharuL


Word-by-Word Meanings:

thesam – All the worlds
thigazhum – bright and sparkling with glories
thiruvAimozhip piLLai – thiruvAimozhip piLLAi, whose very existence and sustenance is by means of thiruvAimozhi, as revealed by his name
mAsil – the one who is devoid of blemishes that stems from regarding oneself as AchAryan
thirumalaiyAzhvAr – who is also known as SriSailanAtha
ennai – me, who is recipient of his infinite compassion
nEsaththAl – out of his mercy
eppadiyE eNNi – he thought of how will I be liberated
ninbAl – at your divine lotus feet  that is the sole refuge of all
sErththAr – how he got me at your lotus feet
ethirAsA – emperumAnArE
appadiyE nI seydharuL – You also should bless me and get me liberated

Simple Translation

In this pAsuram, maNavALa mAmunigaL requests SrI rAmAnuja to liberate him by his divine blessings. maNavALa mAmunigaL raises an imaginary question in mind in which SrI rAmAnuja asks him the reason / relationship that he shares with him in order for him to bless. maNavALa mAmunigaL answers that the relationship between him and SrI rAmAnuja has been established by thiruvAimozhippiLLai, the AchAryan of maNavALa mAmunigaL. He says that it was thiruvAimozhippiLLai who showed mercy upon him and thought of an idea to liberate him. Subsequently, he showed maNavALa mAmunigaL the lotus feet of SrI rAmAnuja and take them as the sole refuge in order to get liberated.


maNavALa mAmunigaL in the first two lines of this pAsuram, explains the glories of his beloved AchAryan thiruvAimozhip piLLai. He says to emperumAnAr, “Oh! emperumAnArE! adiyEn’s AchAryan thiruvAimozhip piLLai surrendered at the lotus feet of nammAzhvAr. Subsequently, he surrendered at your lotus feet. He did not take refuge at any other person who is  not regarded as “SEshi” or master, that includes SrIvaishNava pUrvAchAryas only. He was a person who was replete with knowledge, devotion towards spiritual matters and hatred in mundane materialistic pleasures. His fame and glory was not confined to just one place but it spread across all directions in the world. As could be evinced from his name, his very sustenance and existence was through thiruvAimozhi. If thiruvAimozhi was removed, he would not live any more. He did not have any blemish including the likes of proclaiming himself as an AchAryan which is considered as a cruel deed. He, who is also known as “SailanAtha”, who showed extreme mercy and compassion towards me and thought of ways to liberate me. Subsequently, he was very happy and showed me your lotus feet in order to get liberated. adiyEn requests you to kindly show mercy upon me and liberate me from the bondage of this materialistic place.

adiyEn santhAna rAmAnuja dAsan

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