Old Tamil Poetry

Translations of Tamil Poetic works that span 2000 years

Thiruvempavai – 3

“Oh’ pearly white toothed girl! You said you’ll wake up early
to sweetly chant “My lord, my sweetheart, my elixir”;
wake up  and open your door now!”

“O’ good mannered girls! You observe ten practices*!
You’re senior devotees of Eesan; Will you not bear
with slip ups of new devotees and guide us?”

“Don’t we know how much you love him?
Will good-natured people not sing the praise of our Sivan?”
That’s all we want, our friend.”

முத்து அன்ன வெள் நகையாய்! முன் வந்து, எதிர் எழுந்து, “என்
அத்தன், ஆனந்தன், அமுதன்” என்று அள்ளூறித்
தித்திக்கப் பேசுவாய், வந்து உன் கடை திறவாய்’.
`பத்து உடையீர்! ஈசன் பழ அடியீர்! பாங்கு உடையீர்!
புத்து அடியோம் புன்மை தீர்த்து ஆட்கொண்டால், பொல்லாதோ?’
`எத்தோ நின் அன்புடைமை? எல்லோம் அறியோமோ?’
`சித்தம் அழகியார் பாடாரோ, நம் சிவனை?’
`இத்தனையும் வேண்டும் எமக்கு’ ஏல் ஓர் எம்பாவாய்!

The girls come and wake up their friend. They say “Yesterday you promised us you will wake up before us, and be sweetly chanting “My lord, my sweetheart, my elixir”. But now you are still asleep. Come, open your door and join us”. She replies “O’ girls. You are all good mannered.You observe the ten practices of Shaivism. You are senior devotees of my lord. Will you not be a little more patient with new devotees like me and guide me in the right practices”. They reply back “Don’t worry. We were just teasing you. Don’t we know how much you are in love with our lord? Those of good heart will sing the praise of our Sivan. We want you too to join us. That’s all we want from you, our friend.”

*Ten external practices of Shaivism – (புறத்திலக்கணம் பத்து)
Wearing Vibhuti
Worship elders
Sing hymns of Siva
Utter Siva’s monikers
Do Siva Poojai
Do altruistic deeds
Listen to myths of Siva
Worship in Sivan Temples
Eat only at the house of Sivan devotees
Help devotees of Siva

Some commenters say பற்று – ‘adherence’ morphed to பத்து. In that case, the translation would be “You have great love for him” instead of “You follow the ten practices”

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