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nAcciyAr tirumozhi - kAmanai vENDudal 6

From: Kalyani Krishnamachari (
Date: Mon Jul 06 1998 - 20:49:21 PDT

                SrI ANDAL samEta SrI rangamannAr tiruvaDigaLE SaraNam

                      nAcciyAr tirumozhi - I - kAmanai vENDudal.
                      pASuram 6 - uruvuDaiyAr iLaiyArgaL.

A. Translation from SrImAn SaDagopan's tamizh treatise.
Thus, ANDAL kept conversing with manmathan, and days rolled by.   The 
month of mAsi (mid-Feb.  to mid-March) was over, and the month of pa~nguni 
(mid-March to mid-April) had already arrived.  The 45-day maNDala pUjA that 
she started for kAmadevan was over already and she had not yet been blessed 
with the union with her kaNNan by kAman.   Godai suddenty gets a doubt - 
May be all these poojAs that I did for manmathan in my capacity as a girl, 
were flawed and were not done by following the proper rules.   If I had done 
them properly, manmathan would have united me with kaNNan by now.  I don't 
even know where kaNNan is.  I might have missed certain pooja rules, because 
I am a small girl.   I will seek the advice of those with expertise in kAma 
SAstrA so that they can advise me on the proper procedures as laid in the 
SAstra-s to achieve my ishta kAmya prApti (getting my desires fulfilled).  
Those experts would be young people with a beauty that even you would admire.
With their blessings, I will pray to you with a clear mind on this day of 
uttara star in panguni month.  Oh manmathA! in return for my vratam, please 
make the beautiful, red lotus-like eyes of my lover (whose appearance is like 
the dark clouds of the rainy season and whose color is like that of kAyAmpoo 
and who has the brilliance of kAkkaNampoo), turn towards me and bless me.

uru uDaiyAr iLaiyArgaL nallAr
   Ottu vallArgaLaik konDu vaigal
teruviDai edir koNDu pa~nguni nAL 
   tirundavE nORkinREn kAmadevA
karuvuDai mugil vaNNan kAyA vaNNan
   karuviLai pOl vaNNan kamala vaNNat
tiruvuDai mugattinil tirukkaNgaLAl
   tirundavE nokku enakku aruL kaNDAi

B.  Some additional thoughts:

Just as those who seek bhagavt-guNa anubhavam seek the guidance of those who
are sAttvic in nature, ANDAL seeks the help of the experts in kAma-SAstra to
seek the blessings of kAman who is the expression of rajO-guNa.  ANDAL
describes His brilliance which removes the darkness from the innermost
corners of our minds.  She is asking kAman to ensure that kaNNan just does
not just turn His eyes towards her like someone surveying a beautiful
garden, but looks at her with the special katAksham - that of bhagavAn who
longs to have the darSanam of His bhakta;  it is not just that ANDAL wants
to have His darSanam, but it is also that bhagavAn longs for the union with
His devotee.  

sarvam SrIman nArAyaNAyEti samarpayAmi.

Kalyani Krishnamachari