Oppida vaayaen Arunachala
Arunachala! What is the use of this life (birth) which does not engage itself in self enquiry to understand the subtlest of the truths? And what is the use of the mouth that cannot compare this useless life with something equivalent?
What is the use of this mouth that tries to compare this useless life with that of other lives (jivas)? What to compare this life with when there is no experience of gnana?
Thupparivu is detective work done secretly. Here it means a jiva subjugating all the thoughts by following them (like a detective) to the source where they end, namely the ‘I’ thought and discovering its true form (by going back the way it came).
Even a lowly dog finds its owner by his scent. I don’t even that ability (to find you), what then is the use of this life, asks Bhagavan.
Another meaning: Since I don’t have the necessary skills of following the clues (thuppu = clue), I could not reach you. Why don’t you bless me with your grace so I can surrender to you completely?
Note: thuppu means clue, thupparivu is the ability/knowledge to follow the clues to find something. Among its other common meanings, it means to spit. Vaayaen means why this mouth. It also can be taken as ‘why won’t you come?’ where the root word is vaa meaning to come.