Pillaiandathi – Paasurams 10 and 11


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Shri Kumara Varadarya was Swami Desika’s son. He learnt all the meanings under Swami’s thiruvadi and was Swami’s ardent disciple. At the peak of his Bhakti, Shri Kumara Varadarya has shared all the greatness of Swami as experienced by him. This great work is in Tamil and is called Pillai Andhadhi.

Pasuram – 10



O Thuppul Lord, who washes away the sins of those who seek refuge at your holy feet with your rain of mercy! O AchAryA, who corrects the unsaastraic conduct of those, who seek your benevolence! O Kalpaka tree for those, who understand your limitless dayA and bless them with all the boons that they seek! I am deeply immersed in the bottomless ocean of samsArA and am roiled by it more and more. Please bless me with the boon of your sevA, which will lead to the total destruction of my current sufferings.


Until now, NayanArAchArya praised the kalyANa guNAs of his aachArya, Swami Desikan . From this paasuram onwards, the author of PiLLai AndhAthi addresses his AchAryA directly and prays for his grace and seeks specific boons.

Pasuram – 11



Oh Swamy Desikan who has incarnated at Thuppul with an amalgam of most auspicious attributes, which evoke the adoration of all devotees. Oh Thuppul aRbhuthanE! Your mastery of all vidhyAs has led to your recognition as the supreme leader among the poets. adiyEn will not foul my mouth by praising human beings for the sake of insignificant gains of a material kind. adiyEn will not climb the mountains to do severe penance to gain the boon of enjoying svarga bhOgam. adiyEn seeks the bliss of Moksham only. Swamy! You are the only one, who can enable adiyEn to realize this deeply held desire. Please bless me with that boon!


The first line of this paasuram is inspired by the 21st and 35th Paasurams of RaamAnuja NooRRAndhAthi (“Nidhiyai pozhiyum” and “ nayavEn”). The second line is a take off on the 14th paasuram of RaamAnuja NooRRandhAthi. Both PiLLai andhAthi and RaamAnuja andhAthi salute the AchAryans as “aRbhuthan”, the one with wondrous anantha kalyANa guNams and vichithra sakthi . Both could show the path to Moksham through one or together of the two upAyams and redeem the samsAris. Therefore, KumAra VaradAcchAr states his disinterest in insignificant gains like material well-being or svarga bhOgams and asserts his interest in Moksham alone. For gaining that Moksha siddhi, KumAra VaradAcchAr prays to his AchAryan to instruct him on the path to ever-lasting sukham of Moksham and ParipoorNa BrahmAnandham in Sri Vaikuntam.

Courtesy: Sri Oppiliappan Koil Sri Varadachari Sathakopan

to be continued…

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