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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_compuserve.com)
Date: Sat Oct 19 1996 - 05:47:43 PDT
OCTOBER 19, 96-- SEVENTH DAY OF NAVARATHRI ********************************************************* In a brilliant piece set in Raga Naarayana Gowlai and TaaLam Aadhi, Dikshitar has a SampoorNa Ramaayana Krithi . He salutes the various incidents described by Srimad RamaayaNam from the birth of Rama to the destruction of RavaNaa. The svarupam of this ragam associatied with the sacred namam of Sriman NarayaNaa is not much in vogue today in concerts due to the ascendance of ragas Kedara Gowlai and Surutti. Dikshithar however made sure that the true from of this sacred Raga is captured in this Krithi . PALLAVI : SRI RAMAM RAVIKULAABDHI SOMAM SRITHAKALPA BHUROOHAM BAJEHAM ANUPALLAVI : DHEERAAGRAGANYAM VARENYAM DHEENA JANAADHAARAM RAGHUVEERAM NARADHAATHI SANNUDHA RAAMAYANA PAARAYANA MUDHITHA NAARAAYANAM (SRI RAMAM ) CHARANAM : DASRATHAATHMAJAM LAKSHMANAAGRAJAM DHANAVA KULA BHEEKARAM SRIKARAM KUSA LAVA THAATHAM SITOHBHEDHAM KUVALAYA NAYANAM SUDHARBHA SAYANAM SUSARA CHAPA PAANIM SUDHIMANIM SUNRUTHA BHASHAM GURUGUHA THOSHAM DASA VADHANA BHANJANAM NIRANJANAM DHAANA NIDHIM DAYAA RASA JALA NIDHIM (SRI RAMAM ) (Meaning ) : May I have blessings of meditaing on Sri Rama of limitless auspicious qualities and subha Charitam ! He is the moon that causes the tides of Surya Kulam to rise with Joy . He is like a kalpaka tree to his devotees in his boon-granting power. He is the first among the valorous ones ! He is the anaatha Rakshakan, who comes quickly to the rescue of those, who seek his refuge . He is the crown jewel of the dynasty of Raghu Kulam . He is the Sriman Narayanan , who accepts with delight the recitation of Srimad Ramayanam by Rama Bhakthas , a tradition that goes back to sage Naarada. He is the son of Dasaratha (Daasarathi ) and the eleder brother of Lakshmana . He is the father of Kusa and Lava , who sung Ramayana to the accompaniment of Vina in his court. He is the one , who is offering his Darsanam as Sita Sametha Raman in Pattabhisheka Kolam . He is the destroyer of the evil Asuraas . He has the eyes that are like the blue lotus that greets the moon with joy. He laid on the sacred grass at ThiruppullaaNi and requested the assistance of Samudra Rajan for completing his avathara mission (ie), RavaNa Samhaaram . He is the mighty Kodhanda Raman known for his beautiful hand holding the mighty bow of Kodhandam. He is the essence of Jnana , which shines as the brilliant lamp on the hill . He is a Satya seela (Dharmo Vigrahavaan ) and the embodiment of righteousness . He is the ocean of mercy and the greatest benefactor through his generosity of boons to devotees . May this Lord of limitless, auspicious GuNaas be the object of my meditation ! V.Sadagopan P.S : This krithi is a Naama Kusumaanjali to Sri Rama by Dikshitar . He installs Sri Rama on a golden throne in his heart and meditates upon the legendary incidents described by Sage Valmiki . With Prema Bhakthi , Dikshitar offers the ambrosia of Svara and sahityam . He travels on the royal road (Raja Margam ) of Rama Bhakthi like many that preceded him such as sages Naradaa , Valmiki and his students Kusa and Lava and offers his Nada Naivedyam to Sri Rama . Like Saint Thyagaraja , he seems to point out that the blessings of meditation on Sri Rama is the real blessing to be coveted by us whole heartedly . He seems to say like Saint Thyagaraja in his Kannada Krithi " Ideh Bhagayamu gaaka -yemi yunnadhiraa! Rama !" ( This alone is the real blessedness to be sought after - to meditate incessantly your holy feet with the whole heart ) .