This pasuram which brings out the caharacteristics of
a SriVaishnava is considered to be the very essence
of Tiruppavai by our Acharyas.
The girl who is woken up begins to sing.
1.YELLE ILANKILIYE -the implied sense is that the speech
of the devotees is most welcome.
2.INNAM URANGUDIYO -It is wrong to indulge in other things
if the company of Bhagavatas is available.
3.CHIL ENRU AZHAYENMIN - Not a single harsh word should
be used with the Bhaktas.
4.NANGAIMIR PODARGINREN - Devotees should be addressed
5.VALLAI UN KATTURAIGAL - Even the chastisement by a
Bhakta (which will always be constructive) should be
6.VALLEERGAL NEENGALE NAANE THAN AAYIDUGA - owning others
mistakes as one's own is the hallmark of a Sri Vaishnava.
For ex. Bharata holds himself responsible for Rama's
7.OLLAI NEE PODAAY - Separation from devotees even for a
second is unbearable.
8.UNAKKENNA VERUDAYAI - The path laid down by one's
ancestors is to be followed,not what is dictated by
one's own mind.
9.ELLAARUM PONDAARO PONDU ENNIKKOL- seeing a congregation of
devotees is the most desired fruit in this life.The enjoyment
is not complete even if one devotee is missing.Their sight
and touch are all contributory factors to one's enjoyment.
10.VALLAANAI..etc - Singing His virtues,valour,victory etc
are vital to a Sri Vaishnava as a means of pleasing other
Srivaishnavas; as such it results in the service of
These ten commandments (golden rules) are to be cherished
as they constitute the acid test for testing whether one
is really a Sri Vaishnava.