Narayaneeyam – Dasakam 3 – Sloka 2 – பிணி தீர்க்கும் பெருமாள்

Link to Chanting in Sanskrit

https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwd4oib5kjhpr03/3-2.mp3?dl=0

Sanskrit Verse

गदक्लिष्टं कष्टं तव चरणसेवारसभरेऽ

प्यनासक्तं चित्तं भवति बत विष्णो कुरु दयाम्

भवत्पादाम्भोजस्मरणरसिको नामनिवहा

नहं गायं गायं कुहचन विवत्स्यामि विजने

Meaning in Tamil

வாட்டிடும் இப்பிணி வேதனையால்

நாடவில்லையே என் மனம்

ஆனந்தக் களிப்பூட்டும் உன் பணிபுரிய,

அடியேன் என்செய்வேன், அந்தோ!

காட்டிடு கருணைதனை கடையோன் என்மேல் – உன்

பொன்மலர் பாதமிரு பற்றி போற்றிப் பணிந்து

பேரின்பமடைவேன் உலகோனே கருமருவு குகை வசித்து,! 3.2

Link to chanting in Tamil

https://www.dropbox.com/s/85erhrsu6sc9y2t/Dasakam%203.2.m4a?dl=0

English Transliteration

gadakliShTaM kaShTaM tava charaNasevaarasabhare(a)-

pyanaasaktaM chittaM bhavati bata viShNO kuru dayaam |

bhavatpaadaambhOjasmaraNarasikO naamanivahaanahaM

gaayaM gaayaM kuhachana vivatsyaami vijane ||

Tamil Transliteration

க₃த₃க்லிஷ்டம் கஷ்டம் தவ சரணஸேவாரஸப₄ரே(அ)-

ப்யநாஸக்தம் சித்தம் ப₄வதி ப₃த விஷ்ணோ குரு த₃யாம் |

ப₄வத்பாதா₃ம்போ₄ஜஸ்மரணரஸிகோ நாமநிவஹா-

நஹம் கா₃யம் கா₃யம் குஹசந விவத்ஸ்யாமி விஜநே || 2||

Meaning in English

O Lord Vishnu! tormented by this painful disease, what a pity, my mind is not inclined to revel in the joy of worshipping at Thy lotus feet. Be merciful to me, so that I may retire to a secluded beautiful place and enjoy the bliss of meditating on Thy lotus feet immersed in chanting Thy innumerable names.

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words (http://narayaneeyam-firststep.org/)

गद क्लिष्टं – by diseases tormented

कष्टं – what a pity

तव चरण – Thy feet

सेवा-रस-भरे अपि – even for the intense joy of serving

अनासक्तं चित्तं भवति – my mind does not feel interested

बतalasविष्णो – O All-pervading Being!

कुरु दयां – be merciful (to me)

भवत्-पाद-अम्भोज-स्मरण-रसिक: – (I) becoming immersed in worshipping Thy lotus feet

नाम-निवहान्-अहं गायं गायं – I will keep singing Thy countless names

कुहचन विवत्स्यामि विजने – in some secluded place, (I) will dwell

Carnatic Musing 40 – Sadachaleshwara – Raga Bhoopalam

Composer:

Muthuswamy Dikshithar. Pl ref http://musicinfoguide.blogspot.com/2007/08/muthuswami-dikshitar-1775-1835.html

Audio Link:

Take your time and listen to this wonderful rendition (including raga Alapana and Swaram) by Trichur Brothers.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/dhndiepa4lq3eij/Trichur%20Brothers%20-%20sadAcalEshvaram%20bhAvayEham%20-%20bhUpaLaM%20-%20dIkshitar-SJJ3RaOjVBE%281%29.mp3?dl=0

Sanskrit Verses

सदाचलेश्वरम् – रागं भूपाळम् – ताळं आदि

पल्लवि

सदाचलेश्वरं भावयेऽहं

चमत्कार पुर गेहं

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

गिरिजा मोहम्

अनुपल्लवि

सदाश्रित कल्प वृक्ष समूहं

शरणागत देवता समूहं

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

उदाज्य कृत नामधेय वाहं

चिदानन्दामृत प्रवाहम्

चरणम्

चमत्कार भूपालादि प्रसाद –

करण निपुण महालिङ्गं

छाया रहित दीप प्रकाश –

गर्भ गृह मध्य रङ्गम्

समस्त दुःखादि हेतु भूत –

संसार सागर भय भङ्गं

शम दमोपवृत्यादि संयुक्त –

साधु जन हृदय सरसिज भृङ्गम्

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

कमल विजय कर विधृत कुरङ्गं

करुणा रस सुधार्णव तरङ्गं

कमलेश विनुत वृषभ तुरङ्गं

कमल वदन गुरु गुहान्तरङ्गम्

variations –

करण निपुण – कर निपुण

शम दमोपवृत्यादि – शम दमोपरत्यादि

Meaning in Tamil

பல்லவி

திருஆரூரில் உறை அசலேஸ்வரனை

அன்னை உமையவளின் அன்பனை

எந்நேரமும் பணிவேனே நான்…..திரு ஆரூரில்

அனுபல்லவி

அன்டியவருக்கு எந்நேரமும் அபயம் அருள் கற்பக மரம்

வின்னவர் குழாம் சரனடைந்து போற்றும் பாதம்

தன்னீரை பசுந்நெய்யென மாற்றிய நாமம்

அமிழ்தெனப் பொழியும் பேரின்பம் …..திரு ஆரூரில்

சரணம்

சமத்கர அரச வளம் காரண வித்தக மகாலிங்கம்

நிழல் விழா தீப ஒளிக்கருவறை நடு உறையும்

அல்லலின் வித்தாம் பிறவிப்பிணி அச்சமகற்றும்

கட்டுண்ட சலனமிலா மனமுடை நல்லோரின்

கமல மலர் இதயம்தனை கருவண்டெனச் சுற்றிடும்

கமலமலர் கரமதனில் பொன் மான் ஏந்தும்

அலையெனப் பொங்கும் அமிழ்தெனும் கருணை ரசம்

அலைமகள் மகிழ் மாயவன் துதிக்கும்

விடையொரு பாகனாய் விளங்கும்,

கமலமுக குருகுகனின் அன்பனெனும்…….திருஆரூரில்

English Transliteration

pallavi

sadAcalESvaraM bhAvayE(a)haM

camatkAra pura gEhaM

(madhyama kAla sAhityam)

girijA mOham

anupallavi

sadASrita kalpa vRksha samUhaM

SaraNAgata dEvatA samUhaM

(madhyama kAla sAhityam)

udAjya kRta nAmadhEya vAhaM

cidAnandAmRta pravAham

caraNam

camatkAra bhUpAlAdi prasAda –

karaNa nipuNa mahAlingaM

chAyA rahita dIpa prakASa –

garbha gRha madhya rangam

samasta duHkhAdi hEtu bhUta –

saMsAra sAgara bhaya bhangaM

Sama damOpavRtyAdi saMyukta –

sAdhu jana hRdaya sarasija bhRngam

(madhyama kAla sAhityam)

kamala vijaya kara vidhRta kurangaM

karuNA rasa sudhArNava tarangaM

kamalESa vinuta vRshabha turangaM

kamala vadana guru guhAntarangam

variations –

karaNa nipuNa – kara nipuNa

Sama damOpavRtyAdi – Sama damOparatyAdi

Meaning in English

I meditate (bhAvayEham) on Lord Sadachaleshvara, He who has his abode (geham) in Chamatkarapura, and is the beloved (moham) of Girija.

Like a Kalpa tree (vrksha), He is always (sadA) a refuge (Ashrita) for everyone(samUham=group), including the  celestials (dEvatA  samUham) who seek sanctuary(sharanAgata = literally, they who come to His feet), he who is known (nAmadhEya, literally titled) as the one who turned water (uda) to ghee (Ajya), he is like a flow (pravAham) of nectar (amrtam)  of bliss (chidAnanda).

He is Mahalinga (shiva) who causes (karaNa) the well-being (prasAda) of king (bhUpAla) Chamatkara etc (Adi).

His shadow-less (chAyA rahita) sanctum (garbhagRha madhya rangam=the inner room in the middle of the house) is lit by a lamp (dIpa prakAsha). 

He removes (hetu bhoota, literally causes to be past) all sorrows (dukha) etc (Adi) and removes fear (bhaya bhanga) of this ocean (sAgaram)  like life (samsAra).

Like a bee (bhRnga) which hovers (implied) over a lotus (sarasija), He hovers  over the hearts (hrdaya) of good people (sAdu jana) who are tranquil (shama) and self-controlled (dama), senses etc (unsure: cannot findpavrti in dictionary)  in unison (samyukta).

His lotus-like (kamala) victory-giving (vijaya kara) hands (implied) holds (vidhRta) a deer (kurangam),

he is like a nectar-filled (sudha maya) wave (taranga) of compassion (karuna rasa).

He is worshipped (vinuta) by Vishnu (kamalesha), he is mounted (turangam) on a bull (vRshabha), he is dear to the lotus-faced (kamala vadana) Guruguha (subrahmanya).

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words

पल्लवि

सदा – always

अचल- mountain (that which doesn’t move)

ईश्वरं – lord

भावये- worship

अहं – i

चमत्कार पुर – According to the Skanda Purana, Tiruvarur is also called Chamatkara-pura, after a king who ruled the place

गेहं – resides

गिरिजा – மலைமகள், Goddess Parvati

मोहम्. – loves

अनुपल्लवि

सदा- always

आश्रित – to the surrendered

कल्प वृक्ष समूहं – grove of wish fulfilling trees

शरण आगत देवता समूहं – (the one in whom) the  legions of Devas seek refuge,

उद-आज्य कृत नामधेय वाहं – the one bearing the name and fame of converting water to ghee,

चित्-आनन्द-अमृत प्रवाहम् – the  flood of bliss of consciousness

चरणम्

चमत्कार भू-पाल-आदि प्रसाद -करण निपुण महा-लिङ्गं – the one in the form of a great Linga, adept at bestowing grace  to the King Chamatkara,

छाया रहित दीप प्रकाश -गर्भ गृह मध्य रङ्गम् – the one at the centre of the sanctum lit  by  a lamp that casts no shadow,

समस्त दुःख-आदि हेतु भूत -संसार सागर भय भङ्गं

शम दम-उपवृत्ति-आदि संयुक्त -the one who removes the fear of the ocean of Samsara (worldly existence) which is the root cause of all misery,

साधु जन हृदय सरसिज भृङ्गम् – the honey bee that hovers  in the heart-lotus of saints endowed with tranquility, self-restraint, endeavour etc.

कमल विजय कर विधृत कुरङ्गं – the one who holds a  deer in his hand that surpasses a lotus (in beauty)

करुणा रस सुधा-अर्णव तरङ्गं – the wave from the ambrosial ocean of compassion,

कमला-ईश विनुत – the one worshipped by Vishnu (lord of Lakshmi),

वृषभ तुरङ्गं – the one who rides a bull,

कमल वदन गुरु गुह-अन्तरङ्गम् – the one dear to the lotus-faced Guruguha.

kshEtra – tiruvArUr – acalESvara – araneri

uda Ajya – lamp lit with water – nami nandi aDigaL – Tamil Website

Comments:

• This kriti is in the second Vibhakti

• The phrase ‘camatkAra bhU-pAla-Adi prasAda’ contains the Raga Mudra

• According to the Skanda Purana, Tiruvarur is also called Chamatkara-pura, after a king who ruled the place

• The reference to converting water to ghee is connected to the Saivite saint  Nami Nandi aDigaL (one of the 63 Nayanmars), who took up a challenge from the Jains who were occupying the place to light a lamp with water.

• The reference to the lamp not casting a shadow is again from the Skanda Purana. Shiva appeared before King Camatkara and told him that the lamp would not cast a shadow in the sanctum sanctorum.

Meenakshi Pancharathnam – Sloka 1

Audio Link

https://www.dropbox.com/s/47wfb8xjqyhkxog/MPM%201.mp3?dl=0

Sanskrit Verse 1

उद्यद्भानुसहस्रकोटिसदृशां केयूरहारोज्ज्वलां

विम्बोष्ठीं स्मितदन्तपङ्क्तिरुचिरां पीताम्बरालङ्कृताम्

विष्णुब्रह्मसुरेन्द्रसेवितपदां तत्त्वस्वरूपां शिवां

मीनाक्षीं प्रणतोऽस्मि सन्ततमहं कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् ॥१॥

Meaning in Tamil – தமிழாக்கம்

உதிக்கும் செங்கதிரொளி ஓராயிரம் கோடி நிகருடன்

ஒளிமிகு கைவளைகாப்பு அணி நறுந்தொடையுடன்

கொவ்வைச் செவ்வாய் கோர்வை முத்துப்பல்வரிசை உதிர்

குமிண் சிரிப்புடன் பொன் பட்டாடை அணிந்து

அரங்கனும் அயனும் அமரனும் போற்றிடும் பாதமிரண்டுடன்

மெய்ப்பொருளின் பொங்கும் மங்கல உருவுடை

அங்கயற்கண்ணியே, அடிபணிவேன் யான் அனுதினமுமே

கருணைக்கடலே ! 1

ஆயிரம் கோடி உதயசூரியனின் ஒளிக்கு ஈடான ஒளியை உடையவளும்; வளையல்கள், மாலைகள் போன்ற அணிகளால் ஒளிவீசுபவளும்; கோவைப்பழங்கள் போன்ற இதழ்களை உடையவளும் புன்னகை புரியும் பல்வரிசைகள் உடையவளும்; பொன் பட்டாடைகளால் அழகு பெற்றவளும் திருமால், பிரமன், தேவர் தலைவன் போன்றவர்களால் வணங்கப்பட்ட திருவடிகளை உடையவளும் உண்மைப் பொருளானவளும் மங்கள வடிவானவளும் கருணைக்கடல் ஆனவளும் பெரும் செல்வம் ஆனவளும் ஆன மீனாட்சியை அடியேன் எப்பொழுதும் வணங்குகிறேன்.

Meaning in English

1.1: I meditate on Devi Meenakshi Who is rising (in my mental vision) with the splendour of Thousand Million Suns, shining with Bracelets and Garlands (matching the splendour of the rising Suns),

1.2: She is rising with a Smiling Face, (appearing beautiful) with Lips Red like Bimba Fruits, and having beautiful Rows of Teeth; She is adorned with shining Yellow Garments (which are again matching the splendour of the rising Suns),

1.3: Vishnu, Brahma and the king of Suras (i.e. Indra Deva) are serving Her Lotus Feet; And Her Auspicious Form is of the essence of Eternal Consciousness (Tattva),

1.4: (Seeing that vision) I Bow down again and again to Devi Meenakshi, Who is an Ocean of Compassion.

English Transliteration

Udyad-Bhaanu-Sahasra-Kotti-Sadrshaam Keyuura-Haaro[a-U]jjvalaam

Vimbo[a-O]sstthiim Smita-Danta-Pangkti-Ruciiraam Piita-Ambara-Alangkrtaam |

Vissnnu-Brahma-Surendra-Sevita-Padaam Tattva-Svaruupaam Shivaam

Miinaakssiim Prannato-[A]smi Santatam-Aham Kaarunnya-Vaaraam-Nidhim ||1||

Transliteration in Tamil

உத்³யத்³பா⁴நு ஸஹஸ்ரகோடிஸத்³ருʼஶாம் கேயூரஹாரோஜ்ஜ்வலாம்

பி³ம்போ³ஷ்டீ²ம் ஸ்மிதத³ந்தபங்க்திருசிராம் பீதாம்ப³ராலங்க்ருʼதாம் ।

விஷ்ணுப்³ரஹ்மஸுரேந்த்³ரஸேவிதபதா³ம் தத்வஸ்வரூபாம் ஶிவாம்

மீனாக்ஷீம் ப்ரணதோ3ஸ்மி ஸந்ததமஹம் காருண்யவாராம்நிதி⁴ம் || 1 ||

Meaning of the Sanskrit Words (Meanings from greenmesg.org)

उद्यद्भानुसहस्रकोटिसदृशां (Udyad-Bhaanu-Sahasra-Kotti-Sadrshaam): Who shines like Thousand Million rising Suns

उद्यद् (Udyad) = Rising

भानु (Bhaanu) = Sun

सहस्र (Sahasra) = Thousand

कोटि (Kotti) = Ten Million

सदृश (Sadrsha) = Like, Resembling, Similar to

केयूरहारोज्ज्वलां (Keyuura-Haaroa-Ujjvalaam): Who is adorned with bracelets and garlands

केयूर (Keyuura) = Bracelet worn on the upper arm

हार (Haara) = Garland

उज्ज्वल (Ujjvala) = Luminous

विम्बोष्ठीं (Vimba-Osstthiim): Who has beautiful Lips like Bimba Fruits

विम्ब (Vimba) = Bimba Fruit

ओष्ठ (Ossttha) = Lip

स्मितदन्तपङ्क्तिरुचिरां (Smita-Danta-Pangkti-Ruciiraam): Who smiles gently and has beautiful rows of Teeth

स्मित (Smita) = Smiling

दन्त (Danta) = Teeth

पङ्क्ति (Pangkti) = Row or Set

रुचिर (Rucira) = Pleasant, Charming

पीताम्बरालङ्कृताम् (Piita-Ambara-Alangkrtaam): Who is adorned with shining Yellow Garments

पीत (Piita) = Yellow

अम्बर (Ambara) = Clothes, Apparel, Garment

अलङ्कृत (Alangkrta) = Adorned, Decorated

विष्णुब्रह्मसुरेन्द्रसेवितपदां (Vissnnu-Brahma-Surendra-Sevita-Padaam): Whose Lotus Feet is served by Vishnu, Brahma and the king of Suras, i.e. Indra Deva

विष्णु (Vissnnu) = Sri Vishnu

ब्रह्म (Brahma) = Sri Brahma

सुरेन्द्र (Surendra) = The Lord of Devas, Indra Deva

सेवित (Sevita) = Served

पद (Pada) = Foot

तत्त्वस्वरूपां (Tattva-Svaruupaam): Who is the embodiment of the essence of Existence

तत्त्व (Tattva) = True or Real State

स्वरूप (Svaruupa) = One’s own nature

शिवां (Shivaam): Who is Auspicious

शिव (Shiva) = Auspicious

मीनाक्षीं (Miinaakssiim): Devi Meenakshi

प्रणतोऽस्मि (Prannato-Asmi): I [always] bow down [to Devi Meenakshi]

प्रणत (Prannata) = Bowed to, saluted reverentially

अस्मि (Asmi) = I am

सन्ततमहं (Santatam-Aham): I always [bow down to Devi Meenakshi]

सन्तत (Santata) = Always

अहम् (Aham) = I

कारुण्यवारांनिधिम् (Kaarunnya-Vaaraam-Nidhim): Who is an ocean of Compassion

कारुण्य (Kaarunnya) = Compassion, Kindness

वारि (Vaari) = Water

निधि (Nidhi) = Sea, Receptacle

Mind and Guruguha Bhakti – A Carnatic Perspective of Vedanta

Palani Murugan

Preamble

Around the Christmas period in the month Marghazhi (December 26th to be precise), we were travelling by road from Dindigul to Coimbatore via the holy place of Palani. We saw a continuous stream of people walking on barefoot all along the stretch of the highway that led to Palani. It was clearly an indication that the bhakti filled festival of Thaipoosam is not far away.

“Thaipoosam is an important festival observed by the Hindus of southern India during the Tamil month of Thai (January – February). Outside of India, it is celebrated mainly by the Tamil speaking community settled in Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and elsewhere around the world. Thaipusam is dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan, the son of Shiva and Parvati. Murugan is also known as Karttikeya, Subrahmanya, Sanmukha, Shadanana, Skanda and Guha. It is believed that on this day, Goddess Parvati presented a lance to Lord Murugan to vanquish the demon army of Tarakasura and combat their evil deeds. Therefore, Thaipusam is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. Thaipusam is celebrated during the full moon in the Tamil month of Thai and commemorates the birthday of the Hindu deity Murugan.”

All along the drive I was thinking if I could relate this bhakti oriented activity with the Advaita Vedantic mindset that I have been focusing on over the last couple of years and come out with some learning that will be immensely satisfying. In other words, I need to link Guha (Bhakti) with Sankara (Advaita); the Manifest with the Unmanifest; the Son with the Father. Looks simple; but impossible without a Guru.

That thinking took me to another Guruguha, one of the trinity in Carnatic music world. Yes, Muthuswamy Dikshithar provided me, the link for relating Bhakti with Vedanta.

Here is that link

Audio Link

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cayaurvs20rng42/Muthuswamy%20Dikshitar%20Kriti-%20Manasa%20Guruguha-%20Anandabhairavi-%20Rupakam-%20DK%20Pattamal-WXfG6a5FsEI.mp3?dl=0

Now let us study this Kriti (composition)

Sanskrit Verses

पल्लवि

मानस गुरु गुह रूपं भजरे रे

माया-मय हृत्तापं त्यजरे रे

अनुपल्लवि

मानव जन्मनि संप्राप्ते सति

परमात्मनि निरतिशय सुखं व्रजरे रे

चरणम्

सत्व गुणोपाधि सहित सदाशिवं

स्वाविद्या समेत जीवोद्भवम्

तत्वं तामस युत विश्व वैभवं

तारकेश्वरं आनन्द भैरवम्

(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)

नत्वा श्री गुरु चरणं कृत्वा नाम स्मरणं

जित्वा मोहावरणं मत्वा त्वदेक शरणम्

English Transliteration

Pallavi

mānasa guru guha rūpaṃ bhajarē rē

māyā-maya hṛttāpaṃ tyajarē rē

Anupallavi

mānava janmani saṃprāptē sati

paramātmani niratiśaya sukhaṃ vrajarē rē

Caraṇa

satva guṇōpādhi sahita sadāśivaṃ

svāvidyā samēta jīvōdbhavam

tatvaṃ tāmasa yuta viśva vaibhavaṃ

tārakēśvaraṃ ānanda bhairavam

(madhyama kāla sāhitya)

natvā śrī guru caraṇaṃ kṛtvā nāma smaraṇaṃ

jitvā mōhāvaraṇaṃ matvā tvadēka śaraṇam

Meaning in English

Oh mind, worship the form of Guruguhan. Give up the agony of the heart caused by illusion.When human birth has been obtained, attain the perfect unsurpassed bliss of the Supreme Being ( don’t waste the opportunity) He is SADASIVA, full of SATVAGUNA;All living beings are born out of Him as the result of the impact of AVIDYA. The universe with its TAMASIC qualities is again a manifestation of His greatness; He is TARAKESVARA and ANANDA BHAIRAVA. Prostrate on His feet ; Mediate on His name; Conquer the veil of illusion and Think of Him as your sole refuge.

Meaning in Tamil

பல்லவி

போற்றிடுவாய் மனமே குருகுகன் வடிவம்தனையே

அகற்றிடுவாய் மாயைவிளை இதய நோவதனையே

அனுபல்லவி

அரிய மானிடப் பிறவியெடுத்த நீ,

அடைந்திடு நாடி இறையருட் பேரின்பம்தனை

சரணம்

நற்குணப்பண்பின் வடிவான சதாசிவன் அவன்

அகஇருள் விளை உயிரின உருவகமூலம் அவன்

இருள்நிறை இவ்வண்டம் கடந்த பேரொளி அவன்

காக்கும் கடவுளாம் ஆனந்த பைரவன் அவன்

மத்தியம கால சாகித்யம்

குருகுகனின் பாதம் பணிந்து நாமம் துதித்து

இருள் மாயத்திரையகற்றி அடைக்கலம் அவன்

ஒருவனே என நினைந்து ….போற்றிடுவாய் மனமே

Understanding the Kriti

Right at the beginning of the Kriti (Pallavi), Muthuswamy Dikshithar relates Jiva, Jagat and Isvara through their manifestations Mind, Maya and Guha. He “straight away instructs the mind to strive for higher goals – “Oh mind!!(“rE mAnasa”) meditate on (“bhajarE”) guha, the form of guru and abandon (“tyajarE”) the delusionary (“mAya-maya”) sorrows and afflictions of the heart/mind (“hRttApam”). He straightaway equates a guru as a form of the Lord Himself and commands the mind to worship him and meditate on him.”

Continuing, Dikshithar in the anupallavi, says “Having obtained the human birth form, go,take the path and try to attain the unsurpassed bliss associated with the supreme consciousness” – a reference to the Isavasya Upanishad Slokas which outline the paths that one can pursue for understanding the “Atma Svaroopam”.

In the caraNam, dIkshitar describes the Lord as ” The form of everlasting consciousness (“sadASivaM”), the one endowed with (“sahita”) with qualities of (“guNOpAdhi”) satva. The one from whom all the living beings (“jIva”) are born (“udbhavam”) as a result of their own ignorance (“sva avidya”). His greatness (“vaibhavaM”) symbolises the truth (“tatvam”) that lies beyond this world (“viSva”) filled with tamasic qualities (“tAmasa yuta”). He is tArakEswara, the Lord who helps cross this ocean of samsara. He is the form of Anandabhairava, radiating ever-lasting bliss”. Again I am reminded of the Shanthi Sloka and the first Sloka of Isavasya Upanishad – Isavasyam idham sarvam.

In the madhyamakAla sAhityam, Dikshithar says “Worship (“natvA”) the feet (“caraNam”) of the auspicious preceptor (“shrI guru”). Chant and meditate on his name (“nAmasmaraNam”). Conquer (“jitvA”) the sheath/veil (“AvaraNam”) of delusion/desire (“mOha”). Surrender to him as the sole (“twadEka”) refuge (“SaraNam”).” Pray, meditate, get mind control, come out of ignorance, surrender and reach Sat Cit Ananda – the very process that takes you to your SELF and reveals that “Tat Tvam Asi” which is the essence of Vedanta.

Vantage View – A photographic Pranaam 🙏

Today is Thai Pongal. They say தை பிறந்தால் வழி பிறக்கும். The dawn of the Tamil Month of Thai is expected to bring in solutions to all our issues. Happy Pongal to all.

The day is also called Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan or Maghi or simply Sankranti (also known in Bangladesh as Poush Sankranti), It is a harvest festival day in the Hindu Calendar, dedicated to the nourisher Aditya or Surya (Sun). It is observed each year the day Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregoriyan Calendar. It marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara rashi (Capricorn). A very special day indeed for us.

On this auspicious day, here is my photographic Pranaam to Aditya.

Everyday during my walks in the early morning and in the evening, I was always under the impression that I had the best views of our nourisher “Aditya” the Sun and receive his Golden Blessings.

Somedays I get young guests joining me to share the gallery.

But never did I realize that there are always some “special beings” who had the vantage view, negating my “superior view” about myself. Here are these special ones.

No wonder we say “आदित्यहृदयं पुण्यं”. The Sun has a noble heart indeed.

Have a great day. God Bless. இறை அருள் பெருக. வளமுடன் வாழ்க !

Narayaneeyam – Dasakam 3 – Sloka 1 – நாம ரூப பக்தி

Link to the Audio for Chanting

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9uy9v6twmp9nj8f/3-1.mp3?dl=0

Sanskrit Verse

पठन्तो नामानि प्रमदभरसिन्धौ निपतिता:

स्मरन्तो रूपं ते वरद कथयन्तो गुणकथा:

चरन्तो ये भक्तास्त्वयि खलु रमन्ते परममू

नहं धन्यान् मन्ये समधिगतसर्वाभिलषितान् II

English Transliteration

paThantO naamaani pramadabharasindhau nipatitaaH

smarantO ruupaM te varada kathayantO guNakathaaH |

charantO ye bhaktaastvayi khalu ramante paramamuu

nahaMdhanyaan manye samadhigatasarvaabhilaShitaan || 1

Tamil Transliteration

பட₂ந்தோ நாமாநி ப்ரமத₃ப₄ரஸிந்தௌ₄ நிபதிதா:

ஸ்மரந்தோ ரூபம் தே வரத₃ கத₂யந்தோ கு₃ணகதா₂: |

சரந்தோ யே ப₄க்தாஸ்த்வயி க₂லு ரமந்தே பரமமூ-

நஹம் த₄ந்யாந் மந்யே ஸமதி₄க₃தஸர்வாபி₄லஷிதாந் || 1||

Meaning in English

O Bestower of Boons! I consider those devotees of Thine most fortunate, who always chant Thy sacred names, and so revel in the ocean of Bliss. Contemplating on Thy divine form they are engaged in narrating Thy divine stories. Moving about freely, they are immersed in the joy of Thy thoughts. They, indeed, have fulfilled all their desires in life.

Meaning in Tamil

உன் திருநாமங்களை மீண்டும் மீண்டும் உரைவோர்

மூழ்கித்திளைப்பர் பேரானந்தக் கடலினிலே, வரதனே!

உன் வடிவம் உள்நிறுத்தி உரைத்திடுவரே,

உன் மகிமைமிகு திருவிளையாடல்களை, உலகோனே!

கட்டின்றி நகரும் அப்பக்தர்குழாம் எந்நேரமும்,

மட்டின்றி திளைத்தனரே உன் பேரின்பக் கடலிலே, கண்ணா!

கடந்தனரே வாழ்வதனின் தம் ஆசைக் கடல் அனைத்துமே

கண்டனரே தமை உலகில் புண்ணியரென, குருவாயூரப்பனே! 3.1

Mahara Sankaranthi – Pongal Special


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Narayaneeyam – Dasakam 3 – Introduction

Guruvayurappan

The greatness of The Supreme Reality-The Brahma Tatwa is of the nature of the Pure Consciousness, is without parallel or comparison, is totally free of time and space limitations, and is always free of Maya. This was brought out in Daskam 1. That Brahma Tatwa which is not easy to grasp in the beginning, but the realisation of which, is the highest purusharth (i.e. liberation), that very Reality shines right in front in concrete form in the Guruvaayur temple as Lord Krishna. Through this first Daskam, the transcendent and immanent (Nirguna and Saguna) nature of the Brahman is brought out.

The reality of the Brahman is not a question to be solved by dialectic which the vast majority of the human race will be unable to understand. Dialectic in itself and without reference to personal experience cannot give us conviction. Only spiritual experiences can provide us with proof. Narayana Bhattathri has brought out his spiritual experience at the Guruvayur Temple for the benefit of ordinary humans like us. In Dasakam 2, the sweetness of the form and the devotion to that form was brought out clearly.

Now in Daskam 3, Bhattathri brings out his personal health issues and earnestly appeals to the Lord to help him. In that process he amplifies the various aspects of Bhakti and the significant gains that devotees acquire through Bhakti Marga.

We will commence our study of the Slokas. Each Sloka will be covered in a blog.

The first Sloka of Dasakam 3 will appear on the Vaikunta Ekadasi day of 13th January 2022.

The subsequent blogs will appear on every Ekadasi day at 0400 Hrs (IST) and will contain a link to the Chanting Audio .

Each blog will cover the Sloka, transliterations in English and Tamil and the meaning of the Sloka in English and Tamil.

An important message here: Except for the translation in Tamil which is an expression of my limited understanding of the Sloka, everything else is what is available in the public domain.

Happy New Year 2022

The Year 2021 is coming to an end shortly. The threat of Covid-19 and its variants continues and as we find ways and means to mitigate the consequences of this pandemic, we should continue our vigil and care.

On a personal note, God has been extremely kind. With His Grace and blessings from elders, I could continue my journey of learning. Whatever I could assimilate, I could bring them out through my blogs and books and they have been well received.

From a modest beginning in 2019, prabhusponder.com now has over 250 followers, 18000 visitors from around the world (over 35 countries) and 36000 views. This only reinforces that I need to learn more and share more.

So, here is a big THANK YOU and a sincere prayer for the New Year 2022.

GOD BLESS