4. vAraNam paiya ninRUrvadupOl - as the trudging elephant in rut
|Coutesy: PBASE ramanuja dasargal|
This is from Periyazhwar Thirumozhi 1-5-1. "thoDar changiligai chalAr pilArennat thUnguponmaNiyolippa paDumummadap punal chOra vAraNam paiyaninRu uRvadu pOl uDankUDi kiNkiNi AravArippa uDaimaNi paRaikaRangat thaDanthALinai koNDu cArngapANi thaLarnaDai naDavAnO".
Lord Krishna walks unsteadily as a child. As He walks, His anklets ring "kiNkiN". The small jewels around His waist swing across and sound a gentle music. The small child sweats at His small effort. Periyazhwar finds comparison to this scene in an elephant in rut. As the passionate elephant breaks free and trudges along, the chains bound to its feet sway about making clashing sounds, the bells hung about its neck on a golden rope make music in their sway and the waters of rut exude from its face. Having sung the Thirupallandu on the back of an elephant using its very bells for the music, Periyazhwar makes a most beautiful comparison indeed!