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:

கிறி என நினைமின் கீழ்மை செய்யாதே,
உறி அமர் வெண்ணெய் உண்டவன் கோயில்,
மறியொடு பிணை சேர் மாலிருஞ்சோலை,
நெறி பட அதுவே நினைவது நலமே.

kiṟi eṉa niṉaimiṉ kīḻmai ceyyātē,
uṟi amar veṇṇey uṇṭavaṉ kōyil,
maṟiyoṭu piṇai cēr māliruñcōlai,
neṟi paṭa atuvē niṉaivatu nalamē.

English translation of verse 2.10.6:

Desist from base deeds and remember
‘Tis good to think solely of traversing the road
Which leads to Māliruñ Cōlai where live together
Herds of deer and young ones and stays our Lord,
Who from hanging hoops ate up all the butter.

Notes

(i) The Āḻvār advises people to divert the mind from sensual pleasures and fix it on the route leading to ‘Māliruñ Cōlai’ where Lord Kṛṣṇa stays on, to grant ‘darśana’ to us, the post-incarnation beneficiaries.

(ii) Even as the deer and the young ones stay together, it behoves us to stay on with the Lord, our eternal Father and Mother, rolled into one.

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