Day 11: Milking herds of cows…


Translation of Paasuram #11 by Dr. V.K.S.N Raghavan:

Oh Golden Creeper of a girl (the scion among the  maidens of this group)! You are a jewel among the cowherds, who are:

(1) master craftsmen in the milking of ever so many groups of young milk cows (at a stretch)
(2) skillful in warfare, namely , very much able to go against and destroy their (strong)opponents and routing their strength and
(3) thoroughly blemishless! Oh charming peacock-like (beautiful) damsel with the hips resembling the hood of a cobra!

May You come (and join our fold). When we–your kinswomen and friends –have come and entered the open front yard (without roof ) of your house , and when we are singing (in chorus) the names of the Lord of dark cloud-like hue, what are you fast asleep for, without even moving or giving any response, Oh rich and young girl?

The essence according to Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar:

“We should welcome relatives and strangers even if they are poor or uneducated, and set aside our scholarship and wealth when we interact with them.”


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