SrImathE Gopaladesika mahadesikaya namah:
After Nammazhwar anubhavams of Thiruvaymozhi [on
Thiruvenkatamudaiyaan], let us take up his other works
namely Tiruviruttham and Periya anthAthi.
Todays verse on ThiruvEnkatam from this wonderful
work is the 31st verse of Tiruviruttham
Let us continue to enjoy.
isaimin_gaL thoodhen Risaiththaa
asaimin_ga LenRaa lasaiyinko
thisaimin miLirum thiruvENG
misaimin miLiriya pOvaan
vazhik koNda mEgangaLE ! 31
[In earlier Thiruviruttham verses before 30th]
Paraankusa nAyaki had sent the swans, the bees as the
messengers to Her Lord. They did not go and hence she
had asked the clouds to pass her pitiable plight to
Him. They too did not go. So, she appeals to them
again in this verse.
On the mountain of ThiruvEnkatam, most beautiful
glittering invaluable gem stones glow everywhere in
all directions like the lightning. Over this cool
gigantic mountain, you all crawl like a lightning
striking now and then! You never heeded to my plea to
go as my messenger to the Lord.. oh my dear clouds!
You are all blessed and most fortunate to go near Him
in that lovely ThiruvEnkatam; and I am not blessed. So
at least place your [blessed] feet on my head.. if I
make such a fervent appeal, would you at least go now?
SrI Satakopan Swami adds in this context the inner
meaning on such messengers -sent by AzhwArs namely
Parankusa Naayaki [NammAzhwAr] and Parakala Naayaki
The inner meaning of this appeal to the birds is that
the AchAryan is the most appropriate messenger(one who
intercedes with the dhivya dampathis). Swamy Desikan
has elaborated on the ten messengers chosen by
ParAnkusa Naayaki in the amchiaRaiya madanaaraay
[Thiruvaaymozhi 1.3] decad( Dr. V.N.Vedanatha
Desikan's arrangement of Swamy Desikan's Taathparya
RathnAvaLi SlOkam ):
1) Narai Pakshi(Crane): It symbolizes a bird , which
is always seen in the company of its mate just as
AchAryAs are always united with the Lord on a mental
2)KuilkaL (Nightingale): Sweet voice ; AchAryAs have
nectarine voices and interpret sweet Sri Sookthis for
the ears of sishyAs.
3)AnnankaL ( Swans): Beautiful Gait;the SadAchAram and
exemplary anushtAnams of the AchAryAs are implied
4)AnRil Birds(ChakravAka Birds) :Blue Hue; AchAryAs
have soulabhyam (Ease of access for their sishyAs)
just as their Lord, Neela mEgha VarNan, KaNNan.
5)Kuruhu Bird (Sarasa Bird): they are always eager to
find food for their children . AchAryAs like Kuruhus
enjoy the Lord and share that enjoyment with their
sishyAs through UpadEsam.
6) VaNDU ( Large Bees): they have marks in the form of
lines suggesting a disc . AchAryAs like VaNDukaL bear
the insignias of the Lord ( Disc and Conch).
7) KiLi/pet Parrot: state of Youth. AchAryAs like
parrots have the blemishless bhaavam of the young
ones. They never boast about their greatness and
8) Poovai bird /Saarika Bird: a bird that is nourished
by the food lovingly presented by its mistress.
AchAryAs are like Poovai birds in that they are
nourished by the dhravyam presented by their loving
9) Vadai KaaRRU ( the chill breeze ): The quality of
coolness. AchAryAs like Vadaik KaaRRU bless the
SishyAs with their cool anugraham.
10) Nenjam (Mind): The quality of intimate
relationship with its mistress. AchAryAs like mind are
very close (antharangam) to their sishyAs , while
being intimate with their Lord as in the case of
Thirukkacchi Nampi to Lord VaradarAjan of
Swamy NammAzhwAr uses Bhairanga Vasthus ( exterior
objects: the different birds ) and antharanga vasthu
(intimate objects) like Mind to send the various
messages to the Lord .AchAryA's PurushakArathvam is
celebrated here (DesikAs-tathra DhUthA:).
Links to the ThiruvAimozhi Pathikam of I.3.1-11:
1) amm SiRaya Mada NaarAi--TVM: I.4.1 ( The AchAryAs
have the twin wings of Jn~Anam and anushtAnam).
2) munn seytha muzhu vinayAl Thruvadikkeezh kuRREval
munn seyya muyalAthEn ! inam ahalvathuvO vithi ?--TVM:
I.4.2 (Due to unadulterated sins, adiyEn did not
engaged in antharanga kaimkaryam to my Lord. adiyEn
repents over this now and am suffering. Is it fair to
keep me away from such antharanga kaimkaryam now ?)
3)Yenn solli yaan solluvEn ? --TVM: I.4.4 ( How can I
describe my suffering with understandable examples to
persuade you to go on a mission for me ?).
4) Pozhil yEzhum nalhi kAtthu aLikkum ThAnn,
VinayERkku nalha aahAthu thAnO ?--TVM: I.4.5 ( Why
would not my Lord, who befriends Jeevans in all His
seven worlds and removes their sorrows display
friendship to me, the sinner?).
5. Aazhi Vari VaNDE ! ( The circling bee with six
legs: This represents the dhvaya Manthra Nishtar, the
AchAryar. According to Sri UthtamUr Swamy , the six
legs connoting the six ways of SaraNAgathi / shadvidhA
They extract the honey from the Saasthrams and bless
the world with their efforts.
6. Vinai aRRathu yenn seyvathO? --TVM: I.4.9
(What can I do, who is devoid of BhAgyam?. In every
one of this decad's paasurams, the AparAdha sahathvam
( the forbearance of the trespasses by us) of the Lord
is referred to and appeals are made to that Lord of
infinite mercy to unite her (ParAnkusa Naayaki ) with
Him. According to the observation , DesikAs Tathra
DhUthA: (The AchAryans are the Messengers there),
AchAryAs are invoked to do the intercession with the
Lord.The help of PrAchAryAs (AchAryAs of AchAryAs) and
the entire Guru ParamparA are sought to achieve the
goal of union with the Lord.
Swamy NammAzhwAr instructs us that understanding of
this decad of ten paasurams embellished with letters
(Yezhutthu),Soll (Words and Sound), Meaning ( PoruL) ,
Grammar (Yappu) and metres and similes (alankAram) in
strict accordance with the rules of Tamizh poetry
would assure us the wealth of Sri Vaikuntam and the
bhAgyam of eternal service (nithya Kaimkaryam ) there
to the dhivya dampathis...
AzhwAr ThiruvaDigaLE SaraNam
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