Nama Article 23rd December 2014
ஆண்டாள் நாச்சியார் அருளிச்செய்த திருப்பாவை
கீழ்வானம் வெள்ளென்று எருமை சிறு வீடு
மேய்வான் பரந்தன காண் மிக்குள்ள பிள்ளைகளும்
போவான் போகின்றாரைப் போகாமல் காத்து உன்னைக்
கூவுவான் வந்து நின்றோம் கோதுகலமுடைய
பாவாய் எழுந்திராய் பாடிப் பறை கொண்டு
மாவாய் பிளந்தானை மல்லரை மாட்டிய
தேவாதி தேவனைச் சென்று நாம் சேவித்தால்
ஆவாவென்று ஆராய்ந்து அருள் ஏல் ஓர் எம்பாவாய்.
'Devãdi Devanaich chennru nãm sevithãl' - Or is it that you are waiting for Him to come searching for you? Don't! You go in search of Him. Only then will you get Him. You have to take the trouble of finding Him out." Slog! Struggle! Suppose we desire to grow a garden. We have to till the soil, sow the seeds, water it regularly, trim the plants, etc. Great joy is indeed experienced when these flowers, grown out of such arduous labour are offered to the Lord. Is this not true? There is a special joy in offering such flowers and fruits, born out of our labour, to the Lord. Instead can this joy be experienced when we buy some flowers with money? We will not be involved deeply in things bought for a price. Is this not true? The joy is multifold when a mother attends to her child herself, like waking up the child from bed, bathing and dressing the child, feeding it, taking the child out, etc. But if someone else (a servant) does all these while she loiters around can she experience this happiness? Where is the joy in it? It means that she has no 'rãsikya hridaya' (soft, enjoyable heart).
In matters relating to God we should tire out our body. We should perform Giri Pradakshina, climb Tirupathi mountain by foot. Go in search of Bhagavãn's place, fall down in prostration; When our body is made to endure such troubles it removes our bodily sins. Mental trouble taken removes sins committed mentally. Mental trouble means 'tapas', Bhagavan Nãma, the thought of Bhagavãn. When we chant His Nãma all the verbal sins are erased out. Verbal sins are those impure words that were uttered by our tongue. 'Devãdi Devaniach chenru nãm sevithãl' - Ãndãl says, "So, come, let us all go in search of Krishna. Only then can we enjoy Him."
'Ãvãven trãrãindu arulelorembãvãi.' - Bless us enthusiastically. Remember to bestow us with what we seek, with the words, "Did you not seek these from ME? Here, I give them to you!" And to the friend, Ãndãl informs, "Do you know what Krishna has promised us? He has promised to hold Tirupãvai competition while we perform the 'nonbu' and reward us!"
'Pãvãi! Pãdip paraikondu' - "Some reward has been assured. If you fail to join us Krishna will refuse the reward on the pretext that you had not joined us on the eighth day of the 'nonbu'! So, please come out. Join us."
Later, Ãndãl is going to plead with Krishna, 'Yãm vanda kãriyam ãrãindu arulelormebãvãi' - "Krishna! I am not an intelligent person. I may demand something foolishly. Analyse my prayers and grant only that which is good for me" But, here 'Ãvãven trãrãind darulelo rembãvãi' - she warns Him, "The performance of 'nonbu' for rains is the excuse given to the world. Please do not consider this as the truth and blessing the land with rains do not say that you have answered our prayers! Do not disappoint us. You know our intention. Kindly understand our heart's desire ('manoratham') and fulfill it!"