periya thiruvandhAdhi – 60 – pErndhoRu nOkkAdhu

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AzhwAr, fearful that his heart, due to past impressions, would not engage with matters related to emperumAn, despises it.

Let us go through the pAsuram and its meanings:

pErndhonRu nOkkAdhu pinniRpAy nillAppAy
InthuzhAy mAyanaiyE en nenjE pErndhengum
thollai mA vennaragil sErAmal kAppadhaRku
illai kAN maRROr iRai

Word by Word Meanings

en nenjE – Oh my mind!

thollai – ancient

mA – expansive

vem – cruel

naragil – in the hell of samsAram

sErAmal – not to be trapped

kAppadhaRku – to protect

engum pErndhu – even if one enters any other place

maRRu Or iRai illai kAN – you would see that there is no other protector


pErndhu – leaving him

onRum nOkkAdhu – not looking at anyone else

In thuzhAy mAyanaiyE – only the amazing entity who is wearing thuLasi garland

pin niRpAy – follow him

nillAppAy – get destroyed, not following him


pErndhu onRu nOkkAdhu In thuzhAy mAyanaiyE pin niRpAy nillAppAy – Either follow emperumAn, who is donning the sweetly fragrant thuLasi garland, without desiring anyone else, or in line with your nature of being independent, get trapped in the bottomless crevices of worldly pursuits and suffer.

AzhwAr tells his heart further “Before you choose either of the two paths which I have just mentioned, listen carefully to the matter that I am going to tell you now”.

en nenjE thollai mA vennaragil sErAmal kAppadhaRku engum pErndhu maRROr iRai illai kAn – Wherever you go in this cruel hell of expansive samsAram which has been following [us] from ancient times, there is no refuge other than that emperumAn who is donning the thuLasi garland, to protect you; knowing this, either follow that emperumAn or engage in worldly pursuits as per your wishes and get destroyed.

We will take up the 61st pAsuram next.

adiyEn krishNa rAmAnuja dhAsan

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