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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Wed May 21 1997 - 20:12:49 PDT
Dear Narasimha BhakthAs : I was out of town for a couple of days and saw on return home the excellent essay of Sri Murali Rangaswami. I join with him to offer my salutations to Sri Narasimha on this day , Which happens to be NammAzhwAr"s Thirunakshtram (Vaikasi Visakam ) . I will offer my salutations thru two Krithis of our great composers , Saint ThyagarAjA and Sri Dikshithar. I was listening to the Bilahari Song of the Saint as I was returning home from Washington D.C sung by Srimathi Jayalakshmi . It was moving . Here is the text and meaning of this song : Pallavi : Narasimha Nanu BrovavE Sri Lakshmi Anupallavi : KoramAlina narula gonuiyAdanu nEnu Parama Paavana NaapAli Sri Lakshmi CharaNam 1: Needhu bhakthAgrEsarudu PrahlAdhutOka Kanakakasipu vaadhu kOrvaka ninnu SaraNani yaadhu kOmana gAchinAvu (Narasimha ) CharaNam 2: yenthakani sairinthu ,nee mansanthu teliyanidhi yedhi? lokula nindhakOrvaka ninnu kOrinandhu kEnthani karuNa choothuvO? (Narasimha ) CharaNam 3: nee japamu , nee smaraNa , nee padha pooja, nee vaari chelimi yOsagi raajigA daya cheyu ThyagarAja sannutha ! taramu gaadhu ( Narasimha ) The VairAgyam of our Sadhguru comes thru in this song . In the pallavi and anupallavi vAkhyams ,Saint ThyagarAjA prays to Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan to protect him and states that it is his disposition not to flatter the chaff of humanity . This declaration of this great BhakthA of Lakshmi Narasimha Murthy is very much in the spirit of Swami Desikan 's statement in the 1st slokam of Vairagya PO : Kshubhyath Kshudhra NarEndra chAtu rachanA dhanyAn na manyAmahE ( We shall not think highly of those , who consdier themselves blessed to be able to praise the deluded chieftains of a little land with their praise couched in beautiful words ) . Sri Dikshithar in his LalithA raagam song " HiraNmayeem Lakshmeem " expreeses his own distaste for seeking the succor of the lowly humans for his livelihood this way : " HiraNmayeem Lakshmeem sadhA bhajAmi heena mAnava asrayam thyajAmi " In the three charaNams , the saint reminds Prahlada Vaadan that He came to the rescue of the foremost devotee of His , when he was unable to put up with the torments of his father, HiraNyakasipu . He reminds the Lord that PrahlAdan took refuge at the Lord's feet and Lakshmi Narasimhan responded instantly and saved the parama Bhagavathan , PrahlAdan and destroyed the evil asurA king , who committed Bhagavatha ApachAram . ThyagarAjA complains that he can not bear anymore the Lord's indifference to his appeals to be saved and asks the Lord how He plans to deal with him . He says : O Lord ! You are a sarvajnA ! You are omniscient ! I have been driven to your feet by the maatsaryam and jealousy of the worldly people all around me . I have appealed for your protextion as Sarva Rakshakan . Let me see how you are going to display Your mercy to me in these circumstances . I can not bear any longer your indifference " . In the third charaNam , the saint begs for the DayA of the Lord and asks for the boon of His anukampA in a large dose , so that he can perform the nAma japA of the Lord , dhyanam of His anantha KalyANa guNAs , and engage in the paada sevanam and seek the company of the BhakthAs and BhagavathAs of Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan . The sentiment expressed is very similar to that expressed in Saint ThyagarAjA's DhainyOkthi krithis such as " Kaala HaraNa MelarA ? HarE ! SeethArAmA ! , where he asks the Lord for the reason for His delay in blessing him . He compares his hopeless situation in this Sudha SaavEri krithi to the plight of birds that roam round and round and finally seek the shade of the tree for their rest . Likr them , he says that he has wandered day in and day out (dina dinamanu tirigi tirigi dikkulEka charaNujocchi). When we remember that this Rama ChaithanyA thought of Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan as SeethAraaman in PrahlAda Bhaktha Vijayam krithis , we can have a coherent understanding of his appeal to Lord lakshmi Narasimhan and appeal to him to be given the same treatment as PrahlAdA . The Second Krithi of Saint ThyagarAjA in Raagam Palamanjari ******************************************************************** Our Saint chose Palamanjari raagam to salute Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan . This is a shorter krithi : Pallavi : Sri Naarasimha maam paahi KsheerAbdhi KanyakA ramaNa Anupallavi : DheenArthi nivAraNa bhavyaguNa tithi tanaya timira Surya trinethra CharaNam : PrahlAda ParAsara Naarada Hrudh pannkEruha neeraja bhandhO aahlAdha kara bavarOga samhAra Varadha ThyagarAjAdhi vinutha (Sri Naarasimha ) He chose sanskrit this time to appeal to Lakshmipathi saluted by Sahasra naamam as Naarasimha Vapu SrimAn . He recognizes Him as the banisher of the ills of His BhakthAs ( DheenArthi NIVaRAnA ) . His merciful and compliant nature is saluted as Bhavya GuNa . He eulogizes the Lord as the destroying Sun that removed the darkness of Hiranyakasipu , the son of asura maathA , Tithi . He visulaizes the Lord with the three eyes of Surya ,Chandra and Agni as seen by the Upanishads. He describes the Lord as the Sun that makes the heart lotuses of PrahlAda , ParAsara , Naarada blossom . He recognizes the Lord of ThiruallikENi as the Aahlada Varadan with AahlAda hastha mudrA inviting the Parama Bhakthan , PrahlAdA to come near. He salutes the Abheeshta Varada swamy , Naarasimhan as the BavarOga SamhAra Varadhan . Saint ThyagarAjA had visited the Temple of Sri Parthasaarathy and TeLLiyasingham at ThiruvallikkENi during his KshethrAdanam and this Palamanjari song seems to have been composed during such a visit as one understands from the reference to TeLLiyasingha Murthy as Aahlada karan . The Bilhari song appears to be composed during the occasion of his visit to KatikAchalam or ShoLingar (Shozhasinhapuram ) , one of the 108 divya desams . Sri Dikshithar's Mohana Raaga Krithi on Lord NarasimhA ***************************************************************** Sri Dikshithar had great manthra siddhi . The Lord at ShoLingar is known for his VaraprAsada anugraham for those , who perform Nrusimha manthra japam . Dikshithar like Saint ThyagarAjA climbed the hill of Katikaachalam and beged the Lord to appear before him and protect him . It is only great men , who can command the Lord to appear before them .The Lord as YathOkthakAri does oblige His dearest devotees . Dikshithar addressed the Lord in his Mohana Raaga Pallavi : Narasimha aagaccha , Parabrahma puccha sveccha svaccha ". While asking for " the impossible " in a daring manner , Dikshithar humbly reminded himself that the Lord is the parabrahmam and as one, who fulfills His wishes with His volition (Svath sankalpam ) . Dikshithar further recognizes the Lord as Parama Svathantran . He salutes the Akkarakkani of Katikai as the parisuddha svarupan and as the supreme Lord worshipped by the trimurthys and Indran . Dikshithar reminds us of the Lord as the protector of the foremost of His devotees , Prahlaada . He salutes the Lord seated on the top of the hillock of KatikAchalam as the foremost among the brave and most auspicious. He recognizes Him as the one , who lifted the GovardanA hill during KrishNAvathAram with his lotus soft hands. He recognizes Him as the benefactor of Yoga AnjanEyan seated opposite him in his own temple with four hands adorned by the Visnu chinnams: disc and the conch . Tej LaavaNyam of the Lord with theface of the lion and the body of a human is visualiazed by Dikshithar . He also salutes the Varadaraaja perumAl , who has aseparate sannidhi at this divya desam with the naama: kari Giri Varada . There are many brilliant thoughts housed in the chaste Sanskrit krithi of Dikshithar . We can easily spend a lot more time prying open the multiple meanings behind each of the chosen words of salutation to KatikAchalEsvaran . I will just quote the song for now : Pallavi : Narasimha aagaccha , Parabrahma Puccha sveccha svaccha Anupallavi : Hari hara BrahmEndraadhi poojithaathyaccha Parama Bhagavatha PrahlAda bhakthEccha CharaNam : Dheera tara KatikAchalEsvara sowratara hema koteesvara veera vara Mohana vibhaasvara maara vara maanava Hareesvara Mura hara naka dhara sarasija kara parama purusha pavanaja subhakara suruchira kari giri Varada vira sarasa Guruguha Hrudaya sahachara ( Narasimha aagaccha ) When Sangeetha kalanidhi Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer renders this song , the listener gets goose pimples . Sri Lakshmi narasimha ParabrahmaNE Nama : Oppiliappan koil VaradAchari Sadagopan P/S : I will offer my salutation to Sri NammAzhwAr tomorrow inview of the lateness oft he hour.