thiruvAimozhi – 8.6.1 – elliyum kAlaiyum

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Introduction for this pAsuram

Highlights from thirukkurukaippirAn piLLAn‘s introduction

No specific introduction.

Highlights from nanjIyar‘s introduction

In the first pAsuram, AzhwAr says “sarvESvara (lord of all) is the one who would mercifully eliminate my sufferings; his abode is thirukkadiththAnam”.

Highlights from vAdhi kEsari azhagiya maNavALa jIyar‘s introduction

In the first pAsuram, AzhwAr says “The abode of sarvaSEshi (lord of all) who has come to do unsurpassed favours, is thirukkadiththAnam”.

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.


elliyum kAlaiyum thannai ninaindhezha
nalla aruLgaL namakkE thandharuL seyvAn
alliy andhaNNandhuzhAy mudi appan Ur
selvargaL vAzhum thirukkadiththAnamE


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

elliyum kAlaiyum – without any distinction between night and day
thannai – him (who is the benefactor)
ninaindhu – remembering
ezha – to be uplifted

(due to being nirhEthuka (unconditional))
nalla – distinguished
aruLgaL – unconditional mercies (for arrival in close proximity, entering in the heart, eliminating hurdles, giving experience etc)

(as said in “thArEn piRarkku un aruL ennidai vaiththAy“)
namakkE – exclusively for us
thandhu – granting

(further, continuously)
aruL – mercy
seyvAn – bestow

(as AzhwAr desired in “dhAmath thaN thuzhAyk kadi sEr kaNNip perumAn“)
alli – having flowers
am – attractive
thaNNam – cool
thuzhAy – being decorated with thiruththuzhAy (thuLasi) garland
mudi – having divine crown
appan – lord, the benefactor’s
Ur – (distinguished) abode
selvargaL – bhAgavathas (who have the wealth of kainkaryam to bhagavAn)
vAzhum – (due to continuous experience, joyfully) living
thirukkadiththAnam – thirukkadiththAnam.

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

emperumAn exclusively grants us his unconditional mercies to uplift me by making me remember him without any distinction between night and day and further bestows his mercy; the abode of such lord, the benefactor who has divine crown decorated with attractive, cool thiruththuzhAy garland with flowers, is thirukkadiththAnam where bhAgavathas are living.

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

  • elliyum kAlaiyum – To be uplifted always thinking without any distinction between night and day about emperumAn, who is the benefactor.
  • nalla aruLgaL – The mercy which was granted by emperumAn for his own sake, without seeing my faults and his omniscience. AzhwAr is not just thinking that emperumAn is granting this mercy to eliminate the suffering he went through in the previous decad “mAyakkUththA”.
  • namakkE thandhu aruL seyvAn – AzhwAr thinks that even nithyasUris have not received such benediction from emperumAn as said in thiruvAimozhi 7.10.5palar adiyAr munbaruLiya” (granting his grace in the presence of many servitors).
  • alli am thaNNam thuzhAy mudi – emperumAn manifested the form which was desired by AzhwAr in the previous decad as in thiruvAimozhi 8.5.3 “moy pUndhAmath thaN thuzhAy kadi sEr kaNNip perumAnE!” (Oh emperumAn who is greatest of all, being the lord with the divine crown which is well fitting your head, who is wearing distinguished, dense, attractive, radiant, cool, very fragrant thiruththuzhAy garland!).
  • Ur – Since such benefactor is residing there, AzhwAr is saying that thirukkadiththAnam is the ultimate destination for us.
  • selvargaL vAzhum – Those who constantly enjoy bhagavAn unlike AzhwAr who had “mAyakkUththA” (suffering in separation) and “elliyum kAlaiyum” (joy in union); as said in SrI rAmAyaNam bAla kANdam 18.28 “lakshmaNO lakshmI sampanna:” (lakshmaNa who is endowed with wealth of kainkaryam), these are the ones who have the wealth of kainkaryam.
  • elliyum … – this is the abode of appan (benefactor); thirukkadiththAnam is the abode of those who have the wealth of kainkaryam; the benefactor who is wearing a crown decorated with cool, attractive thuLasi, will grant us distinguished mercies and shower his grace upon us.

In the next article we will enjoy the next pAsuram.

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