You are here: Sri Vaishnava Home Page : Bhakti List : Archives : April 2000

Madhurakavi AzhwAr's "adiyEn" and "en"

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Mon Apr 17 2000 - 21:52:57 PDT


Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Today is Madhurakavi AzhwAr Thirunakshathram. adiyEn would like to enjoy 
AzhwAr’s gem (the packed) of 11 pAsurams KaNNinun chiRutthaambhu. These 11 
pAsurams of Madhurakavi’s on his achArya- NammAzhwAr- are the link for us. 
The chanting of these 11 pAsurams- 12000 times by Sri Nathamuni, blessed him 
(and us) with the entire Naalaayira Divya Prabhandham, presented to him by 

Madhurakavi declared that there is no other God that he knows of, other than 
Sri SatagOpar- NammAzhwAr. (dEvu maRRaRiyEn..)

Here let us look at the beauty of his words.. and anubhavam.

… periyavaN kurugoor nagar nambhikku aaL uriyanaay “adiyEn” peRRa nanmaiyE..

He says.. “adiyEn is blessed to obtain the grace of Kurugoor Nambhi..”

Next pAsuram AzhwAr says.. ‘annaiyaay atthanaay “ennai” aaNdidum thanmaiyaay 
saTagOpan “en” nambhiyE..”

Here AzhwAr uses the word “en” (not adiyEn..). Why? What I could think of 
and enjoy is: AzhWar is proud that Sri SatagOpar belongs to him and he is 
“his” achAryan, his mother, his father.. his perumaan. This is similar to 
saying em perumaan, em perumaanaar and not adiyEnin perumaan.

When AzhwAr sings about being blessed to obtain his grace, he feels humble 
and says “adiyEn” (this servant) ; whereas when he addresses SaTagOpar, he 
uses, “en”. (my)

Same with next pAsuram: anbanaay “adiyEn” sadhirtthEn inRE..” Today “adiyEn” 
(this servant), who has been running behind others, is now blessed to be the 
loved disciple of Kurugoor Nambhi.. Here, you may notice that when AzhwAr 
says that he has become the loved sishya of Sri SatagOpar, he uses the word 
“adiyEn”, menas no ahamkara, mamakaram.

While the next pAsuram, he says.. “enRum “ennai” igazhivilan kaaNminE..” he 
will never ever look down at me.. ( not adiyEnai.. ennai… Because, I AM 
proud to be the sishya- beloved sishya of Sri NaamAzhwAr and hence, he will 
not leave me.

adiyEn’s humble submission to “en” MadhurakaviAzhwAr on his 

Madhurakavi AzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
NammAzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam

Get Your Private, Free Email at

Your high school sweetheart-where is he now?  With 4.4 million alumni
already registered at, there's a good chance you'll
find her here. Visit your online high school class reunion at:

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
To Post a message, send it to:
Visit for more information