Vakuppu

In his first song, Arunagirinathar prays Lord Vinayaga to give him the right vision to reach the Lotus feet of the Lord. (Ninathu Thiruvadi). In his Kandhar Alamgaram, Arunagirinathar prays that Muruga’s Lotus Feet should appear before his eyes (Thiruvadiyum Thandayum….K.A.102) The ultimate aim of the devotee is to liberate himself from the cycle of life and death and rest eternally at peace at the Lotus Feet of Muruga. Among the 18 Vakuppu songs which Arunagirinathar composed, the first one is Seerpatha Vakuppu which seeks the Lotus Feet of Lord Muruga. Here, he says: “Even while carrying on this body with all its stains, let me aim at liberating myself by seeking the feet of those sages who have transcended the world of attachments, who symbolize the Vedic mantras and who ever remain in Siva Yoga.” (Udalum udal uyirum…..3, 4). In another stanza, he says: “Struggling in the ocean of Samsara, I am carried away by the strong waves of family and caught in the swirling water of birth and death. Your sacred feet alone would serve as a steady raft to reach me to the state of knowledge, the Lotus feet where Devas bow their head. ( (Uravumurai manaivi…7, 8) It is believed that one who seeks the Lotus Feet of the Lord becomes free from fear of death, free from the effects of Karma and attain immortality (Amritatvam).

In the concluding lines, he says: “I seek the Lotus Feet of Muruga whose spear has shattered the Krownja Mountain and the heat emitted by it made the ocean turbulent (Madiya Malai 29). “I seek the Lotus Feet of Muruga who holds the powerful Vel, the Lord who resides at Tiruthani the holy place where three different flowers bloom at three times” (Muniyum Vadivelan..30). I seek the Lotus feet of Muruga who is the son of Bhavathi, the source of wealth, fame, knowledge, courage and vairagya (detachment), son of Madhura vachani who speaks the language of sweetness, Bairavi, who is beyond time, Yuvathi, who is ever in youth, Gouri, who is fair as white-ash (vibhuti), Uma, who is the symbol of Pranava Mantra, Trisuladhari, who holds the three sharped weapon, Trisul, Vanasai, who is seated on the lotus, Amalai, who is pure and stainless, who is known as (visayai) Durga, (Madhupati) Kali, (tripurai) the leader of all the three worlds, (punithai), pure, (vanithai) embodiment of beauty, (abhinavai) ever-green, (anagai) and beyond sin. I seek the Lotus feet of Muruga, son of the ever-lasting beautiful Devi, the leader of Kurinji region, who stands witness to all lives, who dispels fears and provides solace and comfort, who permeates the four Vedas, who exudes the benign grace; whose feet alone I worship with reverence.

The Vel Vakuppu describes the power of the Vel which almost reflect the image of Valli. While the broad and pointed portion of the Vel looks like the heavy bosoms, the lower portion of the Vel resembles the slender waist of Valli. Arunagirinathar says: “I worship the Vel which broke the strong chain by which Soorapadman bound Indira, the Vel that rescued sage Nakkeerar from the evil spirit, Karkimukhi and the Vel which helped the saints to ward off the ill-effects arising out of Karma. (Surarkku Muni). In the concluding portion, the saint-poet says: “I worship the Vel which did such great wonders and miracles, which belonged to Muruga, the Supreme Lord of Tiruthani, who is unparalled in his compassion, the Lord who resides in the heart of devotees, the leader having the mighty peacock as his transport.”

In the Velaikaran Vakuppu, Sri Arunagirinathar says: “He, who released me from the captivity of my body that came as a result of my karma and he who showed me the way for Jnana and liberation is Muruga, the Lord of Justice. (Ezhayin irattai vinai….12)
In his ‘Perutha Vachana Vakuppu”, Arunagirinathar beautifully explains what Maha Vakya stands for. “That which permeates all over the three worlds, where the sun travels, that which is revealed in scriptures, that which causes universal happiness and that which encompasses all is the great verse of truth which Arumuga symbolizes. (Arukkan Ulaviya jaga…)

Arunagirinathar has rendered total of 18 Vakuppu. One may have done many acts, out of ignorance, either in earlier birth or in this birth, but whatever the nature of action, he has to suffer the consequences of it. However, there is hope for one who chants Pazhani Vakuppu with devotion as the grace of Muruga would indeed mitigate his sufferings to some extent. Pazhani Vakuppu conveys the prayer that no consequence of karma should come near the devotee. (“Entha Vinayum Anukamale”) and ends with the words “Then Pazhani Murugesane”.