thiruvAimozhi – 4.4.11 – valvinai thIrkkum

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the end, AzhwAr says “Those who learn this decad will be relieved from the difficulties of samsAram (material realm) and will remain in thirunAdu (paramapadham, spiritual realm) where there is no question of separation from bhagavAn”, with great glories to be respected by all.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

Highlights from periyavAchchAn piLLai‘s introduction

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.

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

See nanjIyar‘s introduction.


valvinai thIrkkum kaNNanai vaN kurugUrch chatakOpan
sol vinaiyAl sonna pAdal AyiraththuL ivai paththum
nal vinai enRu kaRpArgaL nalanidai vaikuntham naNNith
thol vinai thIra ellArum thozhudhezha vIRRiruppArE



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

val – hurdles which prevent devotees to be with him (emperumAn)
vinai – all sins
thIrkkum – of the nature of driving out (as said in SrI bhagavath gIthA 18.66 “sarva pApEbhyO mOkshayishyAmi”)
kaNNanai – krishNa
vaN – abundant with all wealth
kurugUr – leader of AzhwArthirunagari
SatakOpan – nammAzhwAr
sol vinaiyAl – service in the form of words
sonna – mercifully spoke
pAdal – verses in the form of songs
AyiraththuL – among the thousand
ivai paththum – this decad
nal vinai – distinguished deeds
enRu – considering them
kaRpArgaL – those who learn
nalan – bliss of experiencing bhagavAn
udai – having
vaikuntham – paramapadham (spiritual realm)
naNNi – reach
thol – ancient
vinai – faults such as ignorance etc
thIra – not affected
ellArum – all the residents of paramapadham, i.e. nithyasUris
thozhudhu – humbly worship (to manifest their devotion towards devotees)
ezha – rising very briskly
vIRRu iruppAr – will be seated in a distinguished manner (manifesting their SEshathva sAmrAjyam (the kingdom of servitude towards bhagavAn))

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

nammAzhwAr, the leader of AzhwArthirunagari which is abundant with all wealth, engaged in service in the form of words about krishNa, who is of the nature of driving out all sins which put hurdles for the devotees to be with him, mercifully spoke this decad among the thousand verses in the form of songs; those who learn this decad considering them to be distinguished deeds, will reach paramapadham, which is having bliss of experiencing bhagavAn. Such individuals will not be affected by faults such as ignorance etc; they will be worshipped humbly by all the residents of paramapadham (nithyasUris), rising very briskly, and will be seated in a distinguished manner.

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

  • valvinai thIrkkum kaNNanai – Even if the parents abandon children, those who are dear will not abandon them. krishNa who is of that nature,  removes the hurdles for his devotees which cause separation from him.
  • vaN kurugUrch chatakOpan – Most magnanimous AzhwAr. It is his magnanimity which is helping even us today, to enjoy bhagavAn’s qualities.
  • sol vinaiyAl sonna pAdal – Service by speech. Three explanations – 1) out of overflowing devotion, AzhwAr cannot just stop speaking about him, 2) AzhwAr spoke being forced by bhagavAn’s qualities, and 3) by the act of speaking.
  • AyiraththuL ivai paththum – Among the thousand pAsurams, this decad where AzhwAr looked at objects resembling emperumAn and became mad considering them to be him. Such madness, does not occur in everyone; that being the case,
  • nal vinai enRu kaRpArgaL – Those who learn/practice this only for its purifying ability [i.e., considering it only as the means and not knowing it to be the sweetest goal]; also explained as – those who learn this considering it to be a distinguished decad.
  • nalanidai vaikuntham naNNi – Reaching the paramapadham where there is no question of separation from bhagavAn.
  • thol vinai thIra – being relieved from sins that follow since time immemorial.
  • ellArum thozhudhu ezha – to be worshipped by nithyasUris who are asprushta samsAra gandha (those who are never touched by samsAram (bondage)). They will be served and revered by even those paNiyA amarar (those who do not bow infront of anyone other than bhagavAn and bhAgavathas), and be honoured as said in thiruvAimozhi 10.9.10 “padhiyinil pAnginil pAdhangaL kazhuvinar” (in their residences, with all the upachArams (reverences), they washed the feet of the mukthAthmA who is arriving newly). Like it is said in thiruvAimozhi 1.1.1thozhudhezhen mananE” (Oh my mind! worship him and rise), As AzhwAr who was as said in thaiththirIya upanishath “asannEva” (When a person does not know about God, he is as good as matter), became uplifted by worshipping him, nithyasUris uplift themselves by worshipping those who sing nammAzhwAr‘s thiruvAimozhi.
  • vIRRiruppArE – As bhagavAn has the throne of supremacy, these devotees have the throne of servitude. vEdham says “sasvarAt bhavathi” (that mukthAthmA becomes independent). vIRRu – distinguishing factor.

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.

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