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some doubts on siRiya thirumadal

From: Vijay Triplicane (vijayt_at_acuson.com)
Date: Mon Mar 25 1996 - 18:06:43 PST

Sri Varadhan had brought up an interesting subject for discussion. Before going
into the details of ninda stuthi and all i have a basic doubt here. can anybody
please clarify.

For the sake of clarity i have cut and pasted the relevant portion from
smadal.txt. 
---------------------------START QUOTE-------------------------------

siRiya Thirumadal - thirumaNGgai aazhwaar
-----------------------------------------
kaaraarvarai kongai kaNNar kadaludukkai
seerarsudar chutti seNgaLuzhipperaaRRu                          1

peraaramaarbin perumaamazhaikkundhal
neeraaraveli nilamaNgaiyennum -- ip                             2

paaroor solappattamoonnanre -- ammoonrum
aarayilthaane aramporuLinbamenru                                3

aaraarivaRRinitaiyadhanai eidhuvaar
cheeraar irukalayum eithuvar -- chikkenamathu                   4

aaraanumundembaal enbadhuthaanadhuvum
oraamaiyandre? ulagathaar sollumsol                             5

oraamaiyaamaaradhuvuraikkenkeLaame
kaaraarpuraviyezh poondhathaniyaazhi                            6

theraar niraikadhiron mandalathaikkendu pukku
aaraavamudhamaNgaydhi -- adhuninrum                             7

vaaradhozhivadhannundu -- ahunirka
yeraarmuyalvittu kaakkaippin povadhe? 



Sri. Varadhan writes:


In the above few lines(top 6), our aazhwaar describes Bhoomidevi and says that there
are three purushaarthaas for the people that inhabit this earth - aRam, poruL
and inbam (i.e dharmam, arththam and kaamam).


 'aaraarivaRRinitaiyadhanai eidhuvaar
  cheeraar irukalayum eithuvar '

   Here aazhwaar says that kaaman is the one that has the most 'sirappu' among
    the three purushaarthaas.  (My understanding is that 'kaamam' here is
    bhagavath
     vishaya kaamam )
      Those who have attained this purushaartha will have had attained
       the other two purushaarthaas.
---------------------------------END QUOTE----------------------------------
My question is this:

arraar ivaRRin idai adhanai eydhuvar      
cheeraar irukalaiyum eythuvar.


Doesn't this "ivaRRin idai adhanai" mean the center of these three which is
poruL? (aRam - poruL - inbam) OR am i missing something????

In the last few lines the aazhwaar even doubts the existence of mOksham and
thereby highlights the significance of the archaa moorthy in this earth. 
Could this be bcos the aazhwaar takes the role of an innocent bhaktha ( a girl)
for whom all those concepts of mOksham and everything is like greek and latin
and hence chooses the one easy maargam to reach HIM which is uncontrolled love
towards HIM. 


'adhunirka
yeraarmuyalvittu kaakkaippin povadhe?'


There is a saying "irukkarathai vittuttu paRakkaRathai pidikkiRaarp pOl" in
tamil which is what the aazhwaar probably means here. The muyal is in our domain
i.e. on the land and kaakkai is flying high....

So whichever u understand easily and feel that u can do better, u can proceed
and do that is what he signifies here.