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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sun Apr 07 1996 - 06:36:38 PDT
The Bhagavad anubhavam of Bhadrachala Ramadas poured forth from his heart and lips in the form of many krithis and Divyanamas. They are mostly in Telugu with the exception of two in Sanskrit. The simple language used for these Bhakti-laden songs captured the minds of paamaraas and Pandithaas . Professor P.Sambhamoorthy, the great musicologst has classified Ramadas krithis into three categories: 1.Those composed before his incarceration 2.Those composed during his incarceration 3.Songs composed after his release He can be outspoken in his conversations with Rama like Thirumangai in his Madals .Saint Thyagaraja adopted this style in his anubhavam of Sri Rama. The song "Ishvaku Kula Tilaka" referred to by Rajiv is an example of such a mood. Another example of this type of plain talk is provided in his Kambhoji krithi ,"Adarana Leni ": Ennaga Sabari Yengili Bhakshanamu Chesinathi Vyabichari Nivu Ninnu Nammagarraadu ! Ninnu Daiva Manaraadu ! Nijamu na mata Devuda ". At other times, he will beg tenderly for Rama to appear before him(Ramararaa Sita --Anandhabhairavi) , Oh Rama Ni Nama Memi Ruchira --Purvikalyani). He will say in one Krithi , "Takkuvemi Manaku (Surykaantam Ragam )" and explain: "What do we need, When Rama is at our side? " in a mood of Maha Viswasam, an anga of Saranagathi. Elsewhere, he will appeal to Sita Devi to come to his rescue and speak to Her Lord as an expression of Her Purushakaaram. Two such songs are Ramachandrulu Naapai(Asaaveri) and Nanu Brovamani Cheppaveh (Kalyani). Sri Balamurali"s soulful rendering of these two Krithis in a 1977 recording are moving. He begs Sita Devi this way: " O Mother, My mother! When You are alone with your Lord and my Father after the day"s events, Please speak to him on my behalf and create a compassionate mood in Him. Please Remind Him of my sufferings and and ask Him to cast His merciful glances at me. Thru another Krithi , he will experience Karpanyam (another anga of Saranagathi) and will say "I do not know in which way you are going to come to my rescue. O Paramatma! How can I succeed in swimming in these Samsaric Ocean without your help? (Ea Theeruga Nanu Daya Choochedavo -Mayamalava Gowlam ). Using Madhyamavati ragam, he will cry his heart out for the protection by Rama (Pahi rama Prabho )>. Examples of some other Krithis reflecting his moods of Bhakthi (Sanchaari Bhaavas) are: 1.Nirveda and Dainyokthi(Despondency and Plaintive pleading): In Paluke Bangaramayena(Anandhabhairavi), He asks the Lord: " O Rama! Why wont you speak to me? I wont forget the chanting of your Taraka Nama even in my sleep". He is said to have received the Taraka Nama Upadesam from Bhaktha Kabir Das , another great Rama Bhaktha in his dream .Kabir Das preceded Ramadas by two hundred Years. After receiving his Upadesam , Ramadas sung his Danyaasi Krithi " Taraka Mantramu " , where he proudly announced that He has been blessed and that he has found his salvation. He made his first trip to Bhadrachalam by boat and at one bend of the river caught his first glimpse of the Lord"s temple on the Badra Hill and sang with ecstacy "Idhigo Bhadradri " in Varali Ragam. At this temple, Sri Rama has Sita seated on his left thigh and carries chakram in the left hand and sankham on his right hand. Lakshmana stands by in vigil to serve His brother. Ramadas landed from the boat and offered his profound salutations to Sri Rama and sang in Suryakantam " Takkuvemi Manaku". Like Swami Desikan , he expressed here his Vairagyam and said " What else do I need , when Ramachandra is at our side?" He sang Pallandu to the Lord like Periyaazhwaar in his Kurunji raga krithi, "Ramachandrayya " and hailed " O Rama living in the heart of your devotee Ramadas, May ALL auspiciousness befall You." The Bhagavad Anubhavam and the Bhakti Prakaaras (Forms of Devotion ) of this great Rama Bhaktha set an example to other great Rama Bhakthas like Saint Thyagaraja. Sri Hanumat Lakshmana Sametha Sitarama Parabrahmaneh Nama: Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan Panguni Krishna Paksha Visakam. Sankatahara Chathurthi Dinam.