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thiruppaavai verse 2 clarification

From: Mani Varadarajan (
Date: Thu Nov 19 1998 - 15:31:18 PST

Dear Members,

What exactly is the meaning of the words
"aiyamum, piccaiyum, aandhanaiyum kai kaatti"
that occur in the second verse of the thiruppaavai?

I know Andal is generally saying that she and
her fellow observers of the paavai nonbu will 
give generously. But what is the distinction
between the three groups of recipients?

I would appreciate both literal Tamil meanings
as well as further elaborations by the acharyas.

tirukacci nambi daasan