This stanza clearly tells us of the highest Purushaartha
(the end of human life),explaining the meaning of PARAI.
Asking for Parai is a pretext; as the cowherds proposed
this "nonbu' for getting rain and as it came in handy for
Gopis(Andal) to keep looking at the face of Lord Krishna
for as long as they liked,they accepted it.Their real
intention is to get KAINKARYA (eternal service)at the
lotus-feet of the Lord.The word NARAYANANE used in the
first stanza was explained in the previous verse;the
word PARAI is explained here.
Both "Means" and "End" are the same in Sri Vaishnava
Sampradaaya;it is Sriman Narayana himself.If those who
take Him as the "Means' have contact with other "Means"
like Karmayoga etc,it is akin to pollution due to contact
with a dead body(because Karma Yoga etc are by nature
inert and need His Presence to give Result).And if they
consider their act of Surrender to the Lord
(Prapatti) itself to be the "Means", it is like accretion
of sin due to contact with a chandaala(because anything
which has the taint of the ego pollutes the purity of
Similarly regarding the "End" also there are two mistakes
which need to to be avoided: 1)Desiring other mundane
things from Him,which would be like desiring to eat poisoned
or contaminated food; and 2)serving the Lord for one's own
enjoyment rather than exclusively for His pleasure(Swaartha
Kainkarya),which would be like eating food left over from
another eater (Uchchishtha Bhojana).
Both these types of Purities (UPAAYA SUDDHI and UPEYA
SUDDHI) need to be strictly ensured by a Prapanna.The
previous verse (28) speaks of UPAAYA SUDDHI -"UNTANNAI..
..PUNNIYAM YAAM UDEYOM"- You ALONE are our Means.The
present verse enjoins UPEYA SUDDHI - "UNAKKE NAAM AAT_
SEYVOM" -We serve you for the sake of your happiness
ALONE,and we derive happiness on seeing your enjoyment.
Even the least trace of selfish enjoyment is to be
totally erased in the service of God.It is just as in
the case of sandal paste,cool breeze,flowers,ornaments
etc which give pleasure to man,without themselves feeling
any;the only difference being that man not being inert like
them feels happy looking at the pleasure of the Lord.
Krishna ordered His servants to bring the huge kettle-
drum (PARAI).Then Andal says,"O Wonder! you have not
understood us.We require only your everlasting,most
enjoyable service.We wish to be always born alongwith you,
and keep company with you always to serve you.(Like
Lakshmana who served Rama whether He was in Ayodhya
or in the forest.).Kindly guard us from evincing
interest in anything except you."
Just as the body serves a man,the Soul,which is the
body of the Lord (Yasya aatma sareeram),should serve
Him.This is the natural law.This is the message of
Andal in this crowning verse.