Punmozhi koLa varuL Arunachala
Arunachala! Your ears which have heard the sweetest compositions by great devotees that could melt the bones (of those who heard). Now please listen to my tasteless lowly words also and grace them.
The songs sung by great devotees that are sweeter than honey have the power to melt even the bones (enburugu is split as elumbu urugu = bone melt) of those who hear them, not just their hearts.
Bhagavan, in utmost humility which is the hall mark of great beings, says to Arunachala that ‘your ears that have heard the sweetest songs sung by devotees such as Tiruvasagam by Manickavasagar and Thevaram by Gnana Sambandar, now with those same ears hear my humble submissions and grace them’.
Listening is placed on a higher plane than learning. It is said that the greatest wealth is that of being able to hear (holy names, prayers and songs). And God’s ears listen to the songs and prayers of his devotees and shower his grace on them.
Bhagavan says to take only the Bhakti essence of his songs (in aksharamana malai) and ignore the mistakes if any in them. Since it is Arunachala’s nature to forgive and accept his devotees’ offerings, Bhagavan is praying for acceptance of his song(s).