Well, I am not so sure if I totally relate/agree to the lines of this poem, however I can truly see the angst that the poet ( Kamal ) has about god. If a superior power (god)  existed (I hope he does exist), he wouldn’t see people suffer like now. The poem clearly reflects the maturity and stature of the great person that Kamal hassan is. Hats off… its a wonderful poem… starts at 3.00 in the video

Poet: Kamal Hassan

கிரகனாதி  கிரகணங்கள்  அப்பாலுமே ஒரு அசஹாய சக்தி உண்டாம்
 ஆளுக்கு ஆள் ஒரு போளிப்பிறை கிறுக்கியும் ஆருக்கும் விளங்காததாம்

grahanaadhi grahanangal appalume oru asahaaya shakthi undaam,
aalukku aal oru polippiraikirukkiyum aarukkum vilangaadhadhaam,

I am told, that somewhere beyond all the planets, there is an invincible power (God),
although there are numerous accounts(in the literature) of this power, no one knows (understands) it yet, 

அதைப்பயந்ததையுணர்ந்ததைத் துதிப்பதுவன்றி பெரிதேதும் வழியில்லையாம்

athai bayandhu, athai unarndhu, athai thuthippadhu vanri peridhedhum vazhi illayaam,

it seems you don’t have a choice other than to dread it, feel it , and sing praises of it,

நாம் செய்த வினையெலாம் முன்செய்ததென்பது விதியொன்று செய்வித்ததாம்
அதை வெல்ல முனைவோரைச் சதிகூடச் செய்தது அன்போடு ஊழ் சேர்க்குமாம்

naam seidha vinai ellam mun seythathendradhu vidhi ondru seyviththadhaam,
adhai vella munaivorai sadhi kooda seidhadhu anbodu ool serkumaam,

it seems that all the ill (bad things) that we do(or go through) now, is due to “fate” and a consequence of past karma ( in previous birth),
and people who try to challenge their “fate”, shall be (lovingly) taught a lesson (brought down by inflicting pain/damage) through deceit,

குருடாகச் செவிடாக மலடாக முடமாகக் கரு சேர்க்கும் திருமூலமாம்
குஷ்டகுஹ்யம் புற்று சூலை மூலம் குரூரங்கள் அதன் சித்தமாம்

kurudaaga sevudaaga maladaaga mudamaaga karu serkum thirumoolamaam,
kusta guhyam, putru, soolai, moolam endra kroorangal athan siththamaam,

it seems this holy power seeds the wombs with the blind, deaf, infertile , handicapped ,
(if god is all powerful and truly running this world, why are deaf, blind, infertile and handicapped people born, is he so heartless)
why do dreaded diseases like leprosy, cancer, stomach ailments, piles exist, are all this its work? ( when it is unhappy with you),

புண்ணில் வாழும் புழு புண்ணியம் செய்திடின் புதுஜென்மம் தந்தருளுமாம்
கோடிக்கு ஈஸ்வரர்கள் பெரிதாக வருந்தாமல் சோதித்து கதி சேர்க்குமாம்
ஏழைக்கு வரு துயரை வேடிக்கை பார்ப்பததன் வாடிக்கை விளையாடலாம்

punnil vaalum pulu punniyam seithidin pudhu janmam thandharulumaam,
kodikku eswarargal perithaaga varundhaamal sodhiththu gathi serkumaam,
elaikku varum thuyarai vedikkai parpadhadhan vaadikkai vilaiadalaam,

even if the worm that lives in wounds does good deeds, it seems it will be blessed with a better/new life (rebirth as a better organism?),

the wealthy are not made to suffer much, they are let off after having  tested them for some time by this power and made to reach their goal,


however the hardships and the turmoil that poor people go through is just being witnessed by this power (to no avail), its projected that  it is a usual drama (game) played by this power so that these people worship it more.

நேர்கின்ற நேர்வலாம் நேர்விக்கும் நாயகம் போர்கூட அதன் நின் செயலாம்
பரணிகள் போற்றிடும் உயிர்கொல்லி மன்னர்க்கு தரணி தந்து அது காக்குமாம்

nerkindra nervellam nervikkum naayagam por kooda adhanin seyalaam,
paranigal potridum uyir kolli mannarku tharani thandu adhu kaakumaam,

it seems that every things that ever happened, is happening, or will happen is by the will of this power, even the wars that are being fought  are its acts,

this power gave power to all the evil kings (who killed innumerable lives) that were glorified by poets in the past and protected them when they were doing all the damage, ( what kind of a power is this?)

 நானூறு லட்சத்தில் ஒரு விந்தை உயிர் தேற்றி அல்குலின் சினை சேர்க்குமாம்
அசுரரைப் பிளந்தபோல் அணுவையும் பிளந்து அணுகுண்டு அது செய்வித்ததும்
பரதேசம் வாழ்கின்ற அப்பாவி மனிதரை பலகாரம் செய்துண்டதும்
 பிள்ளையின் கறியுண்டு நம்பினார்க்கருளிடும் பரிவான பரபிரம்மமே

naanooru latchathil oru vindhai uyir thetri alkulin sinai serkumaam,
asurarai pilandha pol anuvaiyum pilandhadhu anugundu seiviththadhum,
paradesam valgindra appavi manidharai palagaaram seidhundadhum,
pillayin kariundu nambinaarku arulidum parivaana para brahmmame,

among 40 million sperms, only one sperm wins (gets life) and fertilizes the egg, ( how can life be so unfair if it is run by this just power that we call god),

this power is portrayed as the one which killed all the evil forces in the world, is it also the reason why now we are able to break open atoms and make atomic bombs (are all these too its grace?),


all the innocent people who are living in the farlands ( I think referring to the srilankan tamil genocides) were killed and eaten as snacks by this power (what was this power doing when these innocent lives were killed?),


on the contrary, to disciples who killed their own sons to feed this power, it graced them with boons, it is truly the ultimate power (sarcastically) ( referring to Chiruthonda Nayanar)

உற்றாரும் உறவினரும் கற்று கற்பித்தவரும் உளமார தொழு(ம்) சக்தியை
உற்றாரும் உறவினரும் கற்று கற்பித்தவரும் உளமார தொழு(ம்) சக்தியை

utrarum uravinarum katru karpithavarum ulamaara tholu sakthiyai,
matravar vayyu bayam kondu nee potridu, atrathai undendru kol,

Since your parents, your relatives  your teachers are all preaching and forcing their belief on you, go on and start  worshipping this power just as they do,

do it for the fear they have instilled in you about this power, even though you haven’t seen it, start firmly believing that it exists,

ஆகமக் குள(ம்) மூழ்கி மும்மலம் கழி அறிவை ஆத்திகச் சலவையும் செய்
கொட்டடித்துப் போற்று மணியடித்துப் போற்று கற்பூர ஆரத்தியை

aagama kulam moolgi mumalam kali, arivai aathiga salavaiyum sei,
kottadithu potru maniyadithu potru karpoora aaraththiyai,

as was sermoned to you, immerse yourself in ponds ( and let go of your toxins)  to wash off all your sins, get you mind laundered  with the existence of this power,

let the worship begin by beating the drums and ringing the bells, also do  the camphor ritual  

தையடா ஊசியிற் தையெனத் தந்தபின் தக்கதைத் தையாதிரு
உய்திடும் மெய்வழி உதாசீனித்தபின் நைவதே நன்றநின் னை.

theiada oosiyir thayyana thandha pin thakkathai thayyadhiru,
uydhidum meivali uthaseeniththapin naivathe nandrenin nai,

however remember that, you were given a needle  to stitch your clothes which were torn at revealing places(solve problems in earth) , instead don’t go on to use it to adorn the carpet ( which is of no value, only ornamental value)(referring to god worship),

however if you don’t want to hear all this and want to still focus on stitching the carpet instead of focusing on your self, then please go ahead (once you see the disappointments of your thoughts you will realise)

Comments

    1. ganesh g

      theiada oosiyir thayyana thandha pin thakkathai thayyadhiru,
      uydhidum meivali uthaseeniththapin naivathe nandrenin nai,

      however remember that, you were given a needle to stitch your clothes which were torn at revealing places(solve problems in earth) , instead don’t go on to use it to adorn the carpet ( which is of no value, only ornamental value)(referring to god worship),

      however if you don’t want to hear all this and want to still focus on stitching the carpet instead of focusing on your self, then please go ahead (once you see the disappointments of your thoughts you will realise)

      I couldnt understadn this can u make it clear please

      1. Sucheendra

        Hi Ganesh, this is my perspective on what the poet means.

        Let us say that your clothes have been torn at revealing places, compromising your integrity and decency. Now lets say you are given a needle. Now instead of stitching your clothes, if you focus on stitching a carpet which has only ornamental value, does it make sense?

        Similarly, when we know that our human society has so many serious issues for which we need to find solution to, why should we focus on idol worship and dividing people based on religion etc.,

        If some one points out this perspective and you choose to ignore it, please do. It is only at your loss.

  1. Vijay

    Superb..just dont have words to applaud…guess other way of looking at Kamal’s anger is try and see if there are answers to why and how things around us happen..great stuff

  2. Kumanan

    Unnul endrum brahmana sakthi undu…

    Nee naathigana….illai Pulithol potriya “AATHIGANA”?

    Unn pechelam unn suyanalavadiku vithu…
    Nalavanai nee irundhal Naatin nadapuku vithidu…

    Nee tharkam panalam aayiram ….UNN MANADHAI KEL KAMAL…Paramakuduiyil nee yaar?
    Inraikum “Hassan Family” Endru unn attaipalagai kuriyiaaga irukiradhu…

    Nee verum “PARPANIYA SOOTHIRATHAI ” kayandu unnai thaka vaithu irukirai….Udhaaranam “MAHANADHI”
    “AATHUKU VANDHUTU PODA” vaigai karaiyil enra vasanam….

    Mel thatttu vargam ….yendral adhu ” brahmanan” dhan yendru Nathigam pesugira ungal karthu poi….

    ” Grahanaadhi grahanangal appalume oru asahaaya shakthi undaam”

    SHAKTHI = “IYARKAI” (Cosmic Energy…Kamal for you to understand…Mr.KNOWALL – as u think abt urself)

    Nee veroru oruvathilum….vaarthailum….jodithirukire.,,,vaarthai….

    Puriyadha bashyil …..aangilathuil sonnal (Oru Common Layman) ku ….puriyaadha baashayil….unn kavidhai yematraginra oru mudhal padi…..

    Sadhitha unn sagaptham….arignar anna pol irundhadha?????

    nee perunthirayil nadilkalam…..aanal…unn pechil then ozhugum brahmana mozhiyai…mudhalil nindhi….

    Unn vazhakayil…thirayil sonna varthaigal agatri….
    Unmai vazhakaiyil nigazhthu…..

    “UNNAL MUDIYUM THAMI”

    Manidhanai “UNNAMAYIL” Ninai…pin nee naathigan yendru pesu …..

    Komali kamal…..

    1. Tamil Rasigan

      Hi Kumanan,
      Although I dont approve of your harsh comments to the great actor. I understand that people have misconceptions. I am hesitant in publishing this comment, but I think it provides a new perspective.
      Thanks

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  4. Thirumalai Parthasarathi

    பிள்ளையின் கறியுண்டு நம்பினார்க் அருளிடும்
    பரிவான பர பிரம்மமே

    this refers to the story of Chiruthonda Nayanar. Shiva disguised as a sage came to this house and asked for man flesh, without knowing what to do the nayanar and his wife cooked their son and gave it to shiva disguised as a sage. After eating the food, the sage asks for their son to come and then the couple were helpless. The sage then called the boy’s name and the boy came alive and kicking from the room running to the sage.

      1. Thirumalai Parthasarathi

        You have actually done a great work registering and translating this wonderful poem. A big thank you for doing this. 🙂

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