Pathcithai praNanodu Arunachala
Arunachala! When there were so many people, you took me as a target, locked your sight on me and aimed your sharp Brahmasthiram (a powerful arrow that has no corresponding weapon, hence deadly) at me, and devoured me while still alive. You are a life-eater (Uyir uNNi).
While there were millions of beings in your creation on this earth, you aimed your arrow at me and devoured me completely. With your Brahmasthram you destroyed my ‘I am the body’ identification and devoured my ego (because of this trait you have a nickname as a ‘life-eater’).
‘Latchiyam or lakshiyam’ means aim or objective. Earlier also Bhagavan said ‘kuriyaai ennai koLa kurai en seidhen’. Asthiram is the arrow/weapon which locks on the target with great accuracy and completes the job of destroying (the ego/body identification while the person is alive). Arunachala’s weapon of grace similarly has the divine capacity to target the ego and body consciousness and kill it, says Bhagavan.
When Bhagavan says Arunachala devoured the jiva (uyir) while he was still alive he means the lord destroyed out the ‘I am the body’ identification and blessed him with moksha. He also says in Arunachala Padhigam, ‘innuyir bali koLum igdhen’ verse.