Urudhiyayi iruppai Arunachala
Arunachala! Please make sure that my mind does not wander all over the place through my five senses (indriyas) thus slipping away slyly, escaping from you.
The indriyas (the five senses) because of the vasanas anchored deep in the heart/mind (uLLam) cheat you and escape outwards. Arresting their outward movement is not possible without your grace. Hence Bhagavan is seeking Arunachala’s grace to for the mind to get a firm hold on the Self (uLlathin Mel urudhiyai iruppai). Since the mind has nothing to hold onto inside, it goes outward through the five senses. So please transform it into your form, then there is no room for cheating, says Bhagavan.
Unai yemaatri has two meaning. Yematri means to cheat, and unaiye matri means ‘yourself change’. Unai is you, unaye places an emphasis meaning you yourself. Maatri is to change, transform.
You are Atma swaroopa, the form of Atman. May the runaway mind not cheat you, the Atma swaroopa, and go after material things through the deluded senses. May it stay anchored in your true form in the heart firmly.