periya thirumadal – 12 – thonneRiyai vENduvAr

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thonneRiyai vENduvAr vIzhkaniyum Uzhilaiyum                             12

Word by word meaning

Or thol neRiyai – that paramapadham (or archirAdhi mArga, the way to reach paramapadham) is distinguished and is existing for a very long time
vENduvAr – those who desire to attain
vIzhkaniyum Uzh ilai ennum – fruits which had ripened and had fallen on their own as well as leaves which dried up


Or thonneRiyai vENduvAr – those who wish to get rid of samsAram (life in materialistic world) and desire the matchless joy of mOksham. Or – unique. Or thol neRiyai vENduvAr – those who desire the unique, anciently spoken of mOksham. The word neRi refers to the path as well the place that the path leads to. It will not be a mistake to consider it as referring to the path itself. If that place is desired, wouldn’t the path which takes one to the place, also be desired? vENduvAr – could there be those who desire such mOksham, considering it too as an object! When there is a fruit on hand, will anyone look up at a fruit which has to be plucked with a tool? AzhwAr is thus expressing his displeasure for that benefit (mOksham).

Next, he describes the means adopted by those who desire for attaining that benefit, mOksham.

vIzh kaniyum – the fruit which has dropped on its own. Since the fruit has fallen on its own, it is not a healthy fruit (in other words, fruit without any juice).

UzhilaiyumUzh refers to withering as well as to being ancient. This refers to a leaf which has fallen even when it was tender and has become dried up fully, as well as to an old leaf, which has withered after it has become old. The opinion in this is that here too, it is not healthy (it is a fully dried leaf, without any nourishment).

In the next article, we will discuss the next part of this prabandham.

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