Nattam aadinai en Arunachala
Arunachala, after removing the attachments of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ completely, in the resulting pure heart space, you danced in pure bliss as the rightful sole proprietor, what a wonder is that!
Note: Mottai adiththal is the act of tonsuring one’s hair which is a sacrifice devotees of various deities make as a token of gratitude.
The mind that is devoid of the obstacles of ‘me’ and ‘mine’ and the consequent egoistic tendencies, by the grace of Arunachala, shines as pure, whole, expansive space (para veLi) because the ego has been ’tonsured’. As Arunachala has successful ‘tonsured’ the ‘me’ and ‘mine’ (mama kaaram), he now dances in that expanse as the rightful owner, says Bhagavan.
Another meaning: mottai azhithu where mottu refers to a bud, azhithal means making it blossom (usually azhithal means destruction). Bhagavan expresses the same sentiment in verse 27 ‘mana salasam alarthidu Arunachala’ and marvels at Arunachala’s grace that came as a reward for this verse when He ‘tonsured’ his ego and danced in the resulting expanse. Since the ego is destroyed without destroying the form, self realisation results.
My note: ‘mottai adithal’ or tonsuring one’s head is sign that one is willing to lose the crowning glory at teh risk of looking ‘ugly’ (as a full head of hair is considered important for one’s looks) and to surrender by bowing down to the deity.