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:

கண்டேன் கமல மலர்ப்பாதம் காண்டலுமே
விண்டே ஒழிந்த வினையாயின எல்லாம்
தொண்டேசெய்து என்றும் தொழுது வழியொழுக
பண்டே பரமன் பணித்த பணிவகையே.

kaṇṭēṉ kamala malarppātam kāṇṭalumē
viṇṭē oḻinta viṉaiyāyiṉa ellām
toṇṭēceytu eṉṟum toḻutu vaḻiyoḻuka
paṇṭē paramaṉ paṇitta paṇivakaiyē.

English translation of verse 10.4.9:

Beheld have I the Lord’s lotus feet and the moment I saw them,
Root and branch have all my sins been cut out and unto Him
Deep love in me has been engendered; Him I do adore
With no break, true to His dictates, as of old.


The Āḻvār gratefully acknowledges the Lord’s spontaneous grace, which enabled him to behold His lotus feet which are not accessible even to the exalted Celestials in the upper regions, despite rigorous penance for ages. The moment he saw the Lord’s lovely feet, all his accumulated sins of ages got blotted out, in toto, true to His promise, “Ahaṃ tvā sarva pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi” (Bhagavad Gītā XVIII—66). Although Lord Kṛṣṇa had said, in His ‘Song Celestial’, no more than this, the Āḻvār, endowed by the Lord himself with spiritual knowledge, full and complete, elucidates the full import of the Lord’s promise in question. He says that the word “Mokṣayiṣyāmi” does not mean mere emancipation from bondage, the dreadful cycle of birth and rebirth, but eternal service unto the Lord, as well, in keeping with the subject’s essential nature, as the Lord’s exclusive vassal.

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