This is a very important pasuram.Even after waking up
all from Nanda to Balarama,when Krishna does not open
His lips,they realise their folly in not waking up
first NAPPINNAI,the chief queen and Purushakara (recom-
mending authority) during His sojourn in this world
as Krishna.They do it in this verse.
Nappinnai is Sri NEELA DEVI,the other two being SRI
DEVI (Rukmini) and BHOO DEVI (Satyabhama).Nappinnai's
name is not found anywhere in the Puranas and in
Sanskrit poems except in SRI YADAVABHYUDAYAM of Sri
DESIKA,where she is referred to as Neela; and in the
stotras of Sri KURATTAZHWAN.See also the "Taniyan"
of Sri Andal -"NEELA TUNGA..." by Sri PARASARA BHATTAR.
As we are sinners and the Lord is known for His "Swaa-
tantrya" (acting according to His own will),it is
necessary to approach Him through somebody who is very
near and dear to Him and whose advice is infallible.
Hence Nappinnai's intervention is is essential.
She is addressed as Nanda's daughter-in-law,because she
thinks that that is what gives her prestige and status
in society.Sita,when asked by Hanuman said," I'm the
daughter-in-law of Dasaratha first,and then only the
daughter of Janaka." So to an Indian woman Andal's
exhortation is: "After marriage a girl should always
prefer herself to be referred to as the daughter-in-
law of her father-in-law; which means that the welfare
of her husband's family should weigh more with her
than that of the family of her origin.This attitude
would enhance her own prestige and bring immense joy
to her own family."
This pasuram was the special favourite of our Acharya
Sri Ramanuja.He was in the habit reciting to himself
Tiruppavai stanzas while he went for his Maadhukara
Vritti (for collecting the alms the householders used
to give) .Once just as he reached the door of his Guru's
house he was meditating on this verse.While the last
line " SEERAAR VALAI OLIPPA etc " was on his lips the
door opened to the clinking of the bangles of the
daughter of his guru.Sri Ramanuja thought that it was
Nappinnai herself who opened the door and overwhelmed
with jubilation promptly prostrated himself before her.
The terrified girl ran to her father and narrated the
incident.The guru TIRUKKOTTIYUR NAMBI exclaimed,
"Jiya! were you reciting UNDU MADAKALIRU ? "
What an understanding between the Teacher and the
taught ! May that relationship save us all!.