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nAcciyAr tirumozhi V- kuyil kUvudal 3

From: Kalyani Krishnamachari (kkrishnamachari_at_lucent.com)
Date: Tue Dec 15 1998 - 21:16:26 PST

			SrI:
      SrI ANDAL samEta SrI rangamannAr tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

             nAcciyAr tirumozhi V- kuyil kUvudal
      pASuram 5.3 (fifth tirumozhi - pAsuram 3 mAtali tEr munbu)


A. Translation from SrImAn SaDagOpan's tamizh treatise:

Oh cuckoo! You and your mate live in the grove enjoying the 
fresh fragrance from the budding flowers, and listening  
to the great tune "kAmaram" generated by the bees!  As 
indiran's sArati mAtali served as rAma's charioteer and drove 
it in front of the deceitful rAvaNa, my Lord used His 
powerful arrows to sever rAvaNan's primary head repeatedly 
several times. I don't see Him coming to me now from any 
direction. Please do warble sweetly so that my blue-hued 
Lord will come to me!

mAtali tEr munbu kOl koLLa 
mAyan irAvaNan mEl SaramAri
tAi talai aRRaRRu vIzhat toDutta
 talaivan vara engum kANEn
pOdalar kAvil pudu maNam nARap
 poRi vaNDin kAmaram kETTu un
kAdaliyODuDan vAzh kuyilE! en
 karu mANikkam varak kUvAi

B. Some additional thoughts (from SrI PVP):

tEr munbu mAtali kOl koLLa:  Whenever  indra fought with 
rAvaNa, indra lost and ran with his back to rAvaNa; so 
mAtali never had the chance to face rAvaNa during the 
fight while driving indra's chariot. Now, the story is
different;  since rAma is fighting with rAvaNa, mAtali 
is sitting boldly in the chariot facing rAvaNa and driving it.

mAyan irAvaNan: He is a deceitful fighter. That is why 
sItA pirATTi says: "yadantaram simha sr*gAlayOr vanE" 
(the comparison between rAma and rAvaNa is similar to the 
one between the lion and the fox in the jungle) - rAmAyaNam - 
AraNya  kANDam 47-45.   She also refers to rAvaNa as "tvam nIca
SaSavat smr*ta:" (you are like the lowly rabbit compared to 
rAma who is like the mighty elephant) - rAmAyaNa - 
sundara kANDa 32-16.

Sara mAri:  The shower of arrows.  vAlmIkI  refers to this 
as "Saravarsham vavarsha ha" - He showered the rain of arrows -
yuddha kAnDa 92-18.

un kAdaliyODu uDan vAzh kuyilE:  goDai continues the contrast 
between her life of separation from the Lord and the life of 
the cuckoo which is enjoying life with its lover, smelling 
the beautiful flowers and listening to the melodious songs 
of the bees.

tAi talai aRRaRRu vIzhat toDutta - It looks like it was 
rAma's pastime to keep severing rAvaNa's head repeatedly.     


sarvam SrIman nArAyaNAyEti samarpayAmi.

adiyEn,
Kalyani Krishnamachari