Seerai aLitharuL Arunachala
Arunachala! Destroy the fame and name of my deluded self (ego), and make me realise my real resplendent, limitless blissful self under the blanket of your grace.
‘Seerai’ is a morphed version of ‘seelai’ which means saree (a traditional garment worn by women in many parts of India). Here it means the garment that covers the body and the metaphorical cover of the five sheaths. ‘Azithal’ that is destruction here is ‘avizhthal’ which means disrobe/remove garment. Nirvanam has two meanings. On physical level it means nakedness/nudity. In spiritual sense it means Atman swaroopam (true form of Atman). Seerai azhithal (destruction of name and fame) refers to destroying the deluded sense of self that takes material things like name and fame for real.
‘Arutcheera’ (aruL seerai) means the garment of grace. It is the work of grace to make one ‘naked’ in that sense. Since atman is wearing clothes of delusion, Bhagavan asks Arunachala to remove that garment, and since that makes the self naked immediately, he asks for the ‘blanket of grace’ that is arul seerai. Nakednes is being as you are, there is no state higher than this.