Mudivida kadanilai Arunachala
The knot of ego is so complex that I don’t know its beginning or end, please help me untie the knot like a mother would help a child Arunachala, isn’t it your duty to do so?
Arunachala, I don’t have the skills to untie or cut the ego-knot that is responsible for all the misunderstandings in this word, as I don’t have the knowledge to do it. But you are more compassionate than a mother, isn’t it your duty to do it on my behalf? asks Bhagavan (Annai naer kadanilai = mother equal duty don’t you have, literally).
It is this knot that is responsible for all the miseries arising from our delusions that blind our intellect. It makes the ever-blissful natural state get tangled up with the body which is a repository of sorrows, and mistakes itself (the natural state) for the body. This is referred to as the knot that knows not the head or tail (mudi adi kaaNa mudi = mudi means head, knot and also hair. Adi is bottom or end. kaaNa is not seen).
Untying this knot liberates one from the birth-death cycle of samsara. Until then the soul has no liberation. Since the jiva is the form of the knot, it cannot untie itself. Without the guidance and grace of guru it will not happen.