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nAcciyAr tirumozhi XII maRRu irundIrgaTku - general introduction

From: Kalyani Krishnamachari (
Date: Sun Dec 10 2000 - 20:20:39 PST

      SrI ANDAL samEta SrI ra’ngamannAr tiruvaDigaLE

                           nAcciyAr tirumozhi XII–
maRRu irundIrgaTku

General Introduction to nAcciyAr tirumozhi XII – maRRu

A. From SrImAn SaDagOpan's tamizh treatise:

godai continues to live based on two hopes:  1. His
word that He will not forsake His devotee under any
circumstance; and 2. Even if He slips from His word
because He is svantantran and can do whatever He
likes, He has another trait in addition to His
svAtantryam;  He is subservient to His aDiyArgaL, and
since she is periAzhvAr’s daughter, she can depend on
this association; He cannot forsake periAzhvAr and
hence his daughter.  So she is bound to reach Him. 
But time flies and no sign of bhagavAn; godai’s tApam
increases by leaps and bounds, and she wants to reach
Him immediately and wants to go to His temple and ask
Him why He is torturing her like this. Since she does
not have energy left in her body anymore to go
anywhere by herself, she pleads with her folks to
please take her to His places like mathura, AyarpADi,
gOkulam, dvArakai etc., find where He is right now,
and entrust her at His Feet.  This is the topic of
this tirumozhi – maRRu irundIrgaTku.

B. Additional thoughts from SrI PVP:

perumAL has svAtantRyam, but He also is bound by
ASrita pAratantRyam.  When it comes to periAzhvAr, His
svAtantRyam will lose out to His subservience to His
devotee, periAzhvAr.  Since ANDAL has taken refuge in
periAzhvAr, she is bound to attain Him.  With this
conclusion, she has taken refuge in periAzhvAr.  She
chose periAzhvAr’s sambandham instead of directly
depending on Him because she was not sure about how He
will exercise His svAtantRyam, left to Himself.  This
is how she rested her hopes on her association with
periAzhvAr as her definite savior in the just
concluded tirumozhi.

In the current tirumozhi, she is going back to
approaching Him directly.  Why?  Because she is
thinking aloud about His svAtantRyam again, and is
concluding that it is because of His unquestionable
svAtantRyam that He has no choice except to protect
His devotees.  Everything in the Universe is His
property, He is the sole Owner of everything, and if
He does not protect His belonging, He is the loser and
no one else;  so He has no alternative except to
protect it;  because of His svAtantRyam, He can
protect anything He wants any time He wants, and there
is no one who can stop Him.  So His svAtantRyam is the
precise reason that He has no choice except to be the
sole Protector of His belongings. 

Normally, an owner doesn’t do things to loose his
belongings. Thus, His svAtantRyam becomes an upAyam
for us to reach Him and not to loose Him.  When we
wish to do something, He makes sure that there is no
obstacle in our path and this is made possible only
because He is a svAtantRyan. Thus, feeling happy on
the one side about her being periyAzhvAr’s daughter,
gOdai tries to hold onto emperumAn also in the
eleventh (tAM ugakkum) pAsuram. 

In spite of her reaching to Him again, He did not come
and solve her pangs of separation from Him. She could
wait for Him till He comes; that is her svarUpam. But,
her wish is to get to Him at the earliest possible
moment. Now, she starts doing things that are contrary
to her own svarUpam to attempt to reach Him without
waiting for Him to come to her.   She wants to go to
Him and see His face herself;  but, she doesn’t have
the strength to walk and go to Him.  She starts
thinking that her folks, feeling sorry about her sad
plight, will have to act like ISvaran or periyAzhvAr
and help her achieve her goal. Since she cannot walk
and He will not come to her, she thinks it is the duty
of her folks to take her to Him. She now pleads with
them: please take me to mathurA, AyppADi and other
places where my nAthan is.

C. Additional thoughts from SrI UV: 

Listening to gOdai’s firm belief in emperumAn’s words,
her folks tell her that she should rather try to wait
patiently like periya pirATTi waited in aSOka vanam. 
They are not able to explain godai’s condition to the
rest of the townfolk, and are totally frustrated and
exhausted.  So they are advising godai to hide all her
thoughts and act normal.  She obviously is unable to
do that, and unwilling to do it also.  She
contemplated on going to tiruara’ngam and try to
relieve her folks of their predicament because of her,
but she was worried that the same story will repeat
itself if she goes to tiruara’ngam; if emperumAn does
not immediately accept her there,  then the elders
will be subjected to the same predicament in a
different place. So she decides that it is best if she
goes directly to kaNNan wherever He is, and considers
this to be the best solution for all.  So in the
current tirumozhi, she is pleading with her people to
take her to wherever kaNNan is, and leave her there.  

D. Additional thoughts from SrI PBA:

godai tells her people:  “You are not in a position to
understand my condition;  I am experiencing the
intense desire to reach Him, and all the words you are
telling me are in vain.  I am not in a position to
respond to your words you tell me in the spirit of
telling me what is good for me.  Just take me to the
vicinity of the places where kaNNan will be, and drop
me somewhere in that region.  This is the best you can
do for me”. 

PVP= SrI periyavAccAn piLLai
PBA= SrI prativAdi bhayankaram aNNangarAcAriyAr
UV  = SrI uttamUr vIrarAghavAcAriyAr

sarvam SrIman nArAyaNAyeti samarpayAmi.

kalyANi kRshNamAcAri

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