Tiruvaymoli (Thiruvaimozhi): English translation

by S. Satyamurthi Ayyangar | 388,514 words

This is the English translation of the Tiruvaymoli (or, Thiruvaimozhi): An ancient Tamil text consisting of 1102 verses which were sung by the poet-saint Nammalvar as an expression of his devotion to Vishnu. Hence, it is an important devotional book in Vaishnavism. Nammalvar is one of the twelve traditional saints of Tamil Nadu (Southern India), kn...

Tamil text and transliteration:

திறம் உடை வலத்தால் தீவினை பெருக்காது,
அறம் முயல் ஆழிப் படையவன் கோயில்,
மறு இல் வண் சுனை சூழ் மாலிருஞ்சோலைப்,
புறமலை சாரப் போவது கிறியே.

tiṟam uṭai valattāl tīviṉai perukkātu,
aṟam muyal āḻip paṭaiyavaṉ kōyil,
maṟu il vaṇ cuṉai cūḻ māliruñcōlaip,
puṟamalai cārap pōvatu kiṟiyē.

English translation of verse 2.10.5:

Do not your energy dissipate and your sins multiply.
Better go to the mount close to Māliruñ Cōlai,
Surrounded by cascades, neat and lovely,
Where stays the Lord, bent on protection
Of His devotees, holding the discus, that benevolent weapon..


The Āḻvār brings on a par with ‘Māliruñ Cōlai malai’ another mount around. He advises that all one’s energy, that might otherwise be dissipated on selfish pursuits breeding endless sins, could as well be used up in going on a pilgrimage to the said mount.

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