மெய்ப்பொருள் நாயனார் புராணம்
கைத்தலத்திருந்த வஞ்சக் கவளிகை மடிமேல் வைத்துப்
புத்தகம் அவிழ்ப்பான் போன்று புரிந்தவர் வணங்கும் போதில்
பத்திரம் வாங்கித் தான்முன் நினைத்த அப்பரிசே செய்ய
மெய்த்தவ வேடமே மெய்ப்பொருள் எனத் தொழுது வென்றார்
meypporuL n^AyanAr purANam
kaiththalaththirun^tha vanycak kavaLikai maDimEl vaiththup
puththakam avizppAn pOnRu purin^thavar vaNaN^gum pOdhil
paththiram vAN^gith thAn mun n^inaiththa apparicE ceyya
meyththava vEDamE meypporuL enath thozuthu venRAr
(muththanAthan) Keeping on lap, the deceitful book of palm-leaves held
in hand, as if opening the book, when the realized one (meyypporuL)
saluted, taking out and did what he had earlier planned.
(meypporuL nAyanAr) worshipped the form of true austerity
as the truth itself, and won !
1. muththanAthan who could not win meypporuL nAyanAr in
war cunningly came as if he is a devotee of Lord shiva and
when meypporuL nAyanAr bowed down worshipping that form
of devotee, he stabbed the nAyanAr.
If one goes through the events it may be felt appropriate
to say muththanAthan won by killing nAyanAr. But cEkkizAr says,
meypporuL nAyanAr won ! How ? Even if it is enemy when one
comes in the glorious form of devotee, by worshipping that and
for which sacrificing even the life, meypporuL nAyanAr stands
extremely high in our reverence and in devotion to God.
muththanAthan, whose life nAyanAr protected even after he
stabbed him, would have spent all his life in guilt and shame
that stands even after his death. Obviously meypporuL won.
2. In this regard one could observe how closely cEkkizAr
adheres to the holy recitals of the previous saints.
The words "thozuthu venRAr" maintain the glory of the
original thiruththoNDaththokai verse of cundharar,
"vellumA mikavalla meypporuL". (cundharar has used such
apparently contradictory adjective in some other cases also.
"kalaimalin^tha cIr n^ambi kaNNappar", "n^ATTam migu dhaNDi".
If one carefully analyses excellency of these statements
could be understood.)
3. There are people who cheat in the name of religion.
muththanAthan is an example of such people in sacred form
but ill motive behind. Masses tend to worship such people and
when they get cheated blame the whole of religious community.
One can see a very clear contrast in the life of this great one.
If one tries to adore people for what good things they have
rather than blindly imagining victimizing themselves, there
would be no need for blaming. meypporuL nAyanArs reverence
is for the holy form in which muththanAthan had come, rather than
on any wrong assumption. So he did not blame when the enemy
performed his real cruelty, rather even in that stage he saved
muththanAthans life because he was still on the holy form he
really adored. Definitely he won - all our hearts !
4. How deeply involved was cEkkizAr in the life of nAyanmArs
could be felt from this song. His heart felt very pained to say
muththanAthan killed meypporuL nAyanAr. Still he needs to say
that somehow. He heart quivering he has said, "muththanAthan
did what he intended to do"
5. kavaLikai - bundle (of palm leaves); ap paricu - that way.