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Periya Thirumozhi 10.4- "Come and eat "ammum"- on Your "Happy Birthday"

From: Madhavakkannan V (
Date: Tue Aug 22 2000 - 06:30:06 PDT


Srimathe Gopaladesika mahadesikaya Namah:

Dearest Sisters and Brothers,

Today is SrI Jayanthi- our Kutti KaNNan’s “Happy Birthday.”. We need to 
celebrate it, paying obeisance and surrendering to His little red lotus 
Feet. ThirumangaiAzhwAr comes to our rescue singing now Kutti KaNNan’s 
pAsurams (switches from rama avtaar to kriishNa avtaar).

The scene: YashOdhA finds herself waiting for the little;e darling of hers 
to come in and drink her milk. Kutti KaNNan is about 1 to 1-1/2 years old 
(let us assume). He still drinks ammA’s milk (as the children used to drink 
till about three years)

She calls Kutti KaNNan, who is playing probably outside, to come in and have 
her milk. Enjoyable ten. More so, today. (toddlers generally call food and 
milk as “ammum- or mummum. AzhwAr uses the word “ammum”.)

1. Oh ParipoorNanE! (Due to Nandhan’s being blessed with a Divine Child like 
You) Oh my sweetest darling, who is like the nectar for my enjoyment! Our 
Kula nAthA! KaNNA! Drink my breast milk that will do good to You. Come 
running eagerly with your black flower bedecked hair on Your Head dancing 
(due to the speed of your run). Take my breast, (full of milk), in your 
hand, place it in Your mouth and drink.

2. Oh NambhI (PaoorNanE), the One who is of the form of wavy ocean! Ruddy 
lined large eyed SelvamE! (My darling!) Red lotus (like) mouthed KuttI! My 
breasts have been engorged with milk. Even after I have called You, I have 
not seen You. Where and what are You playing with those cowherd children?

3. NambhI (PoorNanE!, the One who plays on the streets with cowherd boys who 
are equally rich and beautiful (like You)! I thoroughly enjoy Your play on 
those streets with all those mischief that You perform! The milk is coming 
out of my breasts and is getting wasted. Come to my lap, take the breast in 
Your mouth and drink dear.

4. All men and women in the world perform “thapas” (penance) to be blessed 
with a good child. That thapas itself has become a personification in You, 
darling, who is the Cause of the Universe! Oh male elephant like KuttI! I 
will catch the crescent moon from that red sky (twilight) and give You to 
play with. Come and sit on my lap, and desirously drink my breast milk.

5. My son, who has the collyrium (“mai”) like dense, dark hair! The one who 
crawled (walked) between the two trees! One who performed most wonderful 
acts! The One who can eat any amount of butter (veNNai) without spilling! 
Such greatest Lord! This milk secretion and breasts engorgement- I cannot 
endure any longer. PurushOtthamA! Eat “ammum” (milk). The One who measured 
the Universe! Come, eat “ammum”.

6. You don’t do what Your aged Boys do. (They cannot even walk straight- You 
walk along with mortar and went between the trees). You have “kapatam” 
(mischief) in your heart (unlike other children- You are a “chOr” (thief)). 
Even while seeing and looking at You, You cheat and do some mischievous, 
wonderful deeds. (maayaavI!). My heart melts and breast milk flows out. Do 
not show signs of sleep- come and drink milk.

7. NambhI, the one who sucked the life itself along with the breast milk of 
the cunning Poothanai, who came with a “fake”, pretending motherly love. Oh 
Divine Consort of the most feminine Nappinnai PiraaTTi and BhUmi PiraaTTi! 
My darling strong son! Eat my “ammum”.

8. If You do some mischief, You father will get angry. And I am even capable 
of hitting You with a stick in my hand to cause pain on Your ThirumEni 
(Divine Body). When Your cows come back in the evening, the Devas from the 
sky are flabbergasted as to how much wealth we have. Come inside before they 
cast their evil glance on You. Also, the evening is the time for asurAs to 
gain more strength. Hence, do not stand there, outside. Come darling, the 
One who has ChakrA in Your resplendent hand! Come here.

9. Oh Chief of Cows! My SwamI! The most merciful NandhagOpan’s son! Yuva 
raja (Prince ) for all our relatives! Most Auspicious, grandest, greatest 
One! The One who goes to the forests for rearing groups of cows! Male 
elephant (like strong One)! My son, who gives me greatest pride and 
happiness! Why are You here without drinking my breast milk?

10. Most beautiful shouldered Kailyan, has sung this excellent ten pAsurams 
(that has got all grammar and qualifications of removing the samsaaric 
afflictions). This ten is on YashOdhA PiraaTTi’s pleading Kutti KaNNan, 
saying, “Come and eat “ammum”. Those who recite (or read) this ten, with 
interest, will be considered on par with Nithyasooris.

Our hugs and kisses to our darling Kutti KaNnan.
ThirumangaiAzhwAr ThiruvadigaLE SaraNam
Sarvam SrI KrishNArpaNam

Narayana Narayana
AdiyEn Narayana dAsan madhavakkannan

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