vEdham. One who does not know thiruppAvai is just a burden for this earth.It is seen that, every mArgazhi month, thiruppAvai is recited, lectured, spoke about andwritten about every where. Right from a 3 year old child to a 90 year old elder can beseen engaged in thiruppAvai anusandhAnam. Such is its power and attraction. And allof that is because,ANdALpresented all the essence of the sAsthram in these 30pAsurams.So, what is the essence of sAsthram? It is explained bynammAzhwArin the simplestterms in thiruvAimozhi 4.6.8 -
"vEdham vallArgaLaik konNdu vinNnNOr perumAn thiruppAdham panNi" (
meaning one should take the help of the experts ofsAsthram (pUrvAchAryas) and approach emperumAn through nithyasUris (periyapirAtti, etc) and serve the divine lotus feet of emperumAn. NammAzhwAr who wasblessed with divine blemishless knowledge explains the essence of sAsthram in suchsimplest terms. If only every jIvAthmA understands this and puts it into practise, they willdefinitely accomplish the ultimate goal of blemishless eternal service to emperumAn.azhagiya manavALA perumAL nAyanArwho is the younger brother of piLLailOkAchAryar, has done a wonderful elaborate vyAkyAnam for thiruppAvai. His expertisein aruLicheyal is unparallel to any one. For example, he has explained all of the rahasyathrayam (thirumanthram, dhvayam and charama slOkam) fully using the words fromaruLicheyal in a beautiful prabhandham called aruLicheyal rahasyam.