Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thiruppavai Pasuram 14 - Ungal Puzhakkadai

In this 14th Paasuram of Thiruppavai, AndAL and the gopis awaken a peculiarly talented girl who is very fluent and eloquent in her speaking powers and can persuade anybody with her talents.

Thiruppavai Pasuram 14

UngaL puzhakkadai thOtaththu vaaviyuL
Sengazhuneer vaay nekiLndhu aambal vaay koombinakaaN
SengaR podikkoorai veNbal thavaththavar,
ThangaL thirukkOil sangiduvaan pOkinRaar
EngaLai munnam ezhuppuvaan vaay pEsum
Nangaay! ezhundhiraay! naaNaadhaay naavudaiyaay!
Shangodu sakkaram Endum tadakkaiyan
Pangaya kaNNaanai ppaadElOr embaavaay.

Outer, Explicit Meaning of this Pasuram 14

In the pond located in the backyard of your house, the Red Lotuses have opened their mouths (petals) and the Blue Lily flowers have closed their petals.

The saffron-color-clothes wearing sages with their white shining teeth are going to their temples to blow the conch.

You promised to awaken us earlier, you modest girl! Are you not ashamed, oh chatter-box!

The Lord who holds the conch and the wheel (chakram) in his hands; let us sing His praise, oh My Dear!

Inner, Implicit Meaning of this Thiruppavai Pasuram 14

The flowers referred to in the pond point towards the abodes of knowledge. When one reaches his teacher, the ignorance from his heart vanishes and the awareness of the supreme knowledge blooms in that place.

Ignorance is compared to the blue lily flower and the illumination to the red lotus.

The AchAryan is the abode of knowledge. Wearing glowing clothes of illumination, they concentrate on their inner awareness of the Supreme Being. The conch blowing is their act of spreading the knowledge to their sishyans (students).

Goda Devi and the gopis remind the sleeping girl (who is spiritually more elevated than them) that she had promised to impart her experiences of God to them.

The literal meaning of the words "naaNaadaay" and "naavudaiyaay" should not be taken here. Nangai refers to a modest person and so a modest person can't be selfish or cunningness. They are free from bad qualities and have a tremendous influence on others with their commanding and pleasing voice.

Goda Devi tells here that the AchAryan takes us from the ignorance to the illumination through the knowledge of the Supreme Being who holds a conch and chakram in his hands to save and bless the people.

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