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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Mar 30 1996 - 19:55:00 PST
Dear Members of the Prapatti group; I am delighted to read the many responses to Sri Varadhan"s query on the Ninda Sthuthi aspects of the Eros or Madal Literature of Thirumangai. The most recent posting of Sri Badri has cleared up many of the points . Hence I will focus on yet another aspect of this Azhwaar"s mercurial moods, when he does not hesitate to offer Ninda Sthuthi to The Lord, when he gets frustrated. This is the case, when Thirumangai arrives at IndaLoor with great expectation to have the Darsanam of Parimala Ranganathan in the Veera Saynam pose. He does not get the Darsanam and feels spurned. He heckles the Lord , who was not responsive to his passion to enjoy Him and says : AASAI VAZHUVAATHU YETTHUM EMAKKU INGHU IZHUKKU AAYTTHU ADIYORKKU DESAM ARIYA UMAKKEH AALAAY TIRIHINROMUKKU KAASIN OLIYIL THIHAZHUM VANNAM KATTER EMPERUMAAN VAASI VALLER INDALUREER VAZHNTEH POM NEEREH We are totally dedicated to your service and we are travelling from place to place singing your glory and doing Kaimkaryam to you .The whole nation knows of our disposition as your servants. In this Ksethram of Yours celebrated as IndaLur , please show/bless us with the sight of your golden hue.You know very well the difference between the qualities of devotion of your Bhakthas . Why wont you bless us with your Darsanam? When You can not bless us who are dear to you, what is the point of You being here in Archa ? You may as well join with your Para Rupam and stay in Sri Vaikuntam. There you can stay happily ever after . Why does such misfortune come our way? what did we do to deserve such treatment. He gushes forth additional harsh words to the reluctant Lord and continues in a mood of Ninda Sthuthi at Indaloor. The spirit here is the same as in the Madal ,where "an ardent love that lays bare its whole heart is spurned " and thus takes the lover (Azhwar ) to dramatize the acute "Psychosis set up by his faith in Saranagathi " and eggs him on to engage in Ninda Sthuthi. Bards engaged in Bhagavad Anubhavam never "composed anything in any meter or in any Raga (melody or tune) unless it expressed the sentiment fully."Thirumangai's composition of the Madals in Kali Vemba fits this describtion. Another Bard, who spent in his days on this earth in the Anubhavam of Sri Ramachandra chose a specific raga reserved for expressing Ninda Sthuthi in a state of dejection over the Lord turning a deaf ear to his appeal. This Raga is Hameer Kalyani .The two krithis of Saint Thyagaraja illustrate the use of Hameer Kalyani for capturing the mood of Ninda Sthuthi.These songs are: 1. MANAMU LEDHA ? TANAVAADANI ABHIMANAMU LEDHA? KAANAMURAA NEEVELA NIRMOHINI KAANA RUCHI TELIYU KUSA LAVA JANAKA. O Father of Lava and Kusa! Do n't you have any shame? Do not you have any affection for me as one belonging to You? It is rare to see some one like you, who have no attachment and who are hard hearted. 2 NEE DAASAANU DASUDANANI PEREH YEMI BHALAMU? BEDHA DAASULENTHU NEEKU PREMA LEKA POYEH SARIVAARILO NANNU CHOWKA JESITHIVI GAANI KARUNIMPA LEKA NEETHU KARMAMA NEVU GAANI ROSAMU LESAMU LETHAAYA RUCHIRA VAKKULA POYEH DAASULA PROCHITIVATA THYAGARAJILALOH "No doubt I am known well as the humblest of your devotees; but of what good is it? You have lost all love for the poor and holy ! You have slighted me among my compeers. while not showing me your grace, You callously dispose of me by attributing my difficulties to my Karma. Have You not in the least any feeling of indignation? All sweet words have abandoned You. Still they say that You protected devotes in the Past. Thus goes the Ninda Sthuthi of the two great Saranaagathas in their mood of anger and frustration at the delay of the Lord not listening to their sincere appeals. Sri Ramachandra Para Brahmaneh Nama: Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari sadagopan .