rAmAnusa nURRanthAdhi – 89

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Introduction (given by maNavALa mAmunigaL)

As he wished to praise emperumAnAr, he prays to emperumAnAr about a fear he has got related to that praising.

Introduction (given by piLLailOkam jIyar)

In previous pAsuram – amudhanAr showed his faith as he wished to praise emperumAnAr as a lion who incarnated to destroy the tigers that accepted but mis-interpreters of vEdhas and made people be bewildered and destroyed their being.

In this pAsuram – thinking about his earlier ways, and looking at the divine face of emperumAnAr who is having quality of being available to everyone (amicable), he says – it may bring shame to you if I who is completely inferior, praise you, who is having greatest glory; it is better only if I don’t praise you. But if I don’t praise you then my mind would not rest. Given this, I am always staying with fear as to whether you think in your mind – ‘mUrkku pEsuginRAn ivan’ [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi – 5.1.1]’ (~He is talking foolish).

pORRarum seelaththu irAmAnusa nin pugazh therindhu
sARRuvanEl adhu thAzhvu adhu theeril un seer thanakkOr
ERRamenRE koNdirukkilum en manam Eththi anRi
ARRakillAdhu idhaRku en ninaivAy enRittu anjuvanE           –  89


pud-1emperumAnAr reforming piLLai uRangAvilli dhAsar and ponnAychchiyAr

Word by word meaning (given by maNavALa mAmunigaL)

pORRarum – Like saying ‘nALum en pugazh kOvuna seelam [thiruvAimozhi – 9.3.10]’ (even if I continue forever, how much of your qualities can I  praise about?), it is hard to finish praising (about emperumAnAr),
seelaththu irAmAnusa – Oh emperumAnAr having such quality of being available to everyone!
sARRuvanEl – Such that the whole world hears, if I talked (about you)
therindhu – by discerning
pugazh – the auspicious qualities
nin – of your highness,
like how if a lowly person praises the qualities of sage vaSishtar then that praise would bring shame to those qualities,
adhu – that  (my talking about you)
thAzhvu – would be lowly;
Or ERRam enRu koNdirukkilum – Even if I am in the state of thinking that it would be superior
un seer thanakku – for the qualities of your highness,
adhu theeril – if I do not praise you that way,
Eththi anRi – but other than by praising your qualities
en – my
manam – mind
ARRakillAdhu – cannot withstand;
My state is like said in ‘mUrkkup pEsuginRAn ivan enRu munivAyElum en nAvinukku ARREn [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi – 5.1.1]’ (~ I am not able to control my tongue (from praising you) even if you say ‘he is talking foolishly’ and get angry at me).
en ninaivAy ­– what your highness is considering in your divine mind
idhaRku – about this –
enRittu anjuvan – thinking so, I am fearful.

(sARRuvan – Praising such that it becomes known to everyone).  (SARRu like saying ‘paRAi sARRu’)


pORRarum seelaththu irAmAnusA – Oh emperumAnAr! Having the quality of mingling with common people, how much ever high level one may be in, it would be hard for them to finish praising you;  emperumAnAr’s quality of mingling with lowly/common people (sauSeelyam) is seen in the cases of piLLai uRangAvilli dhAsar and the mute. Even if it is possible to completely talk about the quality of amicability of emperumAn which is said in ‘nALum en pugazh kOvuna seelamE [thiruvAimozhi – 9.3.10]’ (even if I continue forever, how much of your qualities can I  praise about), and ‘Seela Esha: [athimAnusha sthavam] (Oh what a conduct this is! (that He incarnated as human)),

it would be difficult to finish praising about emperumAnAr’s quality of amicability – is how amudhanAr’s mind is thinking, you see.

nin pugazh therindhu sARRuvanEl – like His divine feet as said in ‘thathvEna yasya mahimARNava SIkharANuSSakyOna mAthum api Sarva pithAmahAdhyai: [sthOthra rathnam 7] (which SrIman nArAyaNan’s auspicious qualities that is the ocean, whose single drop itself is not known by other demi-gods, I prostrate to such emperumAn), and,

yasyAsthE mahimAnamAthmAnaiva thvath vallabhObhi prabhu: – nAlammAthumiyath thayA’ (Even if this lord may be your husband, one cannot say up to the limit of his greatness) [chathu: SlOkI 2], since He is of unlimited incarnations like said in ‘SeshOva sainya nAthOvA SrI pathirvEththi sAthvikai: – vidharkyAya mahA prAgyai: [yathirAja mangaLam]’ (Is he Adhi SEshan? Is he sEnai mudhaliyAr? (Only) Sri:pathi (emperumAn) would know; others continue to wonder about that), and so is having great value,

and as said in ‘namathpraNama maNdanam nava kashAya kaNdAmbaram thrithaNda parimaNditham thrividha thathva nirvAhakam – dhayanchithadhrukanchalam dhaLitha vAdhi vAk vaibhavam SamAdhiguNa SAgaram SaraNamEmi rAmAnujam’ (~he is praised by everyone, wearing safron cloth, holding thrithaNdam (three sticks together), establishing the three thathvams (chith, achith, eeSvaran), beautiful eyes that show him as having identity as kindness, glory of speech that wins opponents, have controlled inner and outer senses, is ocean of qualities, we prostrate such emperumAnAr) , after I understand fully well about the qualities of amicability, kindness, etc., of your highness who lifts every one up from this world, and if I praise you for the world to know about those qualities;  therindhu – analyse/research; sARRu -­ making it known to everyone.

adhu thAzhvulike how if a lowly person praises the qualities of sage vaSishtar then that praise would bring shame to those qualities, my praising you so would bring shame to your highness. AzhvAr too divined so in prathama parvam (first stage – devotion towards emperumAn), “imaiyOr palarum munivarum punaindha kaNNineer sAntham pugaiyOdu Endhi vaNanginAl – un perumai mAsUNAdhO mAyOnE [thiruvAimozhi – 1.5.2]’;  jeeyar too in using opposite phrase divine similarly, as ‘hantha thavadhagra gamanasya yatheendhra nArha: [yathirAja vimSathi – 12] (~I am not eligible to come in front of you. Oh! what a state I am in!)

adhu theeril – If I avoided doing the praise which brings shame to you;  theer – avoiding.

un seer thanakku Or ERRam enRE koNdirukkilum – As said in ‘thruNeekrutha virinchAdhi nirankuSa vibhUthaya: | rAmAnuja padhAmbhOja samASrayaNasAlina:’  (~ for ones who have gotten to the divine feet of emperumAnAr,  even the sathyalOkam that is the abode of brahma is like a grass/straw (insignificant)).,

to the sentient who have surrendered to you, you who is said as ‘thathitharANi thruNAya mEnE’ (who thus considers everything else as a piece of grass (insignificant)), they would get the equivalence of your highness due to the very glorious auspicious qualities of yours;

even if I avoid praising you so that it would add to greatness of such auspicious qualities,

en manam Eththi anRi ARRakillAdhu – As said in ‘chanchalam hi mana:’ (nature of mind is to be restless), and, ‘ninRavA nillA nenju [periya thirumozhi – 1.1.4]’  (mind does not stay in one matter), my mind which is very unstable, and very wavering, and which cannot know about the greatness of yours as is, it does not realize that praising you is an insult in the form of good behavior, and it does not withstand itself without praising you.

idharku en ninaivAy enRittu – that is, I am thinking what may be in your mind about my adventurous act,

anjuvavnE – and am fearful by fully comparing the greatness of your highness and lowliness of me.  My state is like said in ‘mUrkkup pEsuginRAn ivan enRu munivAyElum en nAvinukku ARREn [periyAzhvAr thirumozhi – 5.1.1]’ (~ I am not able to control my tongue (from praising you) even if you say ‘he is talking foolishly’, and get angry at me).

So, he says – I am afraid about what may be the thinking of your highness about this.

From AzhwAr thirunagari SrI u.vE. vidhwAn thirumalai nallAn chakravarththi rAmakrishNa iyengAr’s ‘amudha virundhu’ :

nin pugazh therindhu sARRvanEl – AzhvAn in his athimAnusha sthavam, thinking about amicable character of emperumAn as he incarnated here for us to see, had praised – ‘Seela: ka Esha: [athimAnusha sthavam]’ (Oh what an amicable quality of character this is!); amudhanAr being his disciple, is saying it is hard to fully praise the amicable quality of emperumAnAr.

adhu theeril … koNdirukkilum – It is not going to add to his greatness if I praise about it; if I who am lowly, praised, then it would bring shame to those qualities; so I think I should keep quiet.

en manam … ARRakillAdhu – Even if I avoid praising, my mind would not rest without praising you. I am not able to control my mind which attempts to praise you as it has got involved in you.

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Translation: raghurAm SrInivAsa dasan

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