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:

திகழும்தன் திருவருள் செய்து உலகத்தார்-
புகழும் புகழ் தானதுகாட்டித் தந்து என்உள்-
திகழும் மணிக்குன்றம்ஒன்றே ஒத்துநின்றான்
புகழும் புகழ் மற்றுஎனக்கும் ஓர்பொருளே?

tikaḻumtaṉ tiruvaruḷ ceytu ulakattār-
pukaḻum pukaḻ tāṉatukāṭṭit tantu eṉuḷ-
tikaḻum maṇikkuṉṟamoṉṟē ottuniṉṟāṉ
pukaḻum pukaḻ maṟṟueṉakkum ōrporuḷē?

English translation of verse 8.7.5:

Nothing more praiseworthy do I deem than the grace radiant,
Shed by the Lord, gleaming inside me like an emerald mount
And revealing to me the praises of the inhabitants
Of the worlds, heaped on Him, on this account.


“Is there indeed anything more praise-worthy than this superabundant grace of the Lord in standing within me firmly, gleaming like an emerald mount?”, asks the Āḻvār, Again, this grace is twice-blest, in that the Lord feels exultant over the bestowal of His grace on the Āḻvār and the latter is also bubbling with jubilation over his being the object of the Lord’s extra-ordinary love. And yet another phase, the third one is the chorus of praise sung by all the worlds for this act of grace galore on the part of the Lord and what is even more impressive is the revelation of this fact to the Āḻvār by the Lord Himself.

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