Thursday, September 29, 2016

Sri Padmanabha Tirtha ( 1318-1324 )

Sri Padmanabha Tirtha is foremost among the direct disciples of Sri Madhvacharya. He was a distinguished scholar and was recognized and honoured by people of those times as 'The first disciple of Sri Madhwacharya'.
He has the greatest honour of lecturing on the Vedas before an assembly of great scholars and was acclaimed to be a master in expounding the meanings of the Vedas. He is known for his learning, intelligence, everlasting devotion, and detachment to worldly affairs, service to His guru, etc. With all these extraordinary qualities, he has rightly succeeded Sri Madhva in the pontificial seat of Sriman Madhvacharya to which almost all the present day mathas trace their root.
Sri Padmanabha Tirtha's name  before initiation into Sannyasa by Madhvacharya, was Shobhana Bhatta. He was a renowned Advaita Scholar, accomplished logician and had immense faith  in Veda, Mahabharata and Puranas. He is said to have hailed from a region close to the river Godavari Punatamba, Paithan, Maharsadhtra.
He has won over many a great scholar in debates and refuted all the prevalent systems of philosophy before he met and  was defeated by Sri Madhva in a famous debate. His defeat at the hands of Sri Madhvacharya  made the Shobhana Bhatta to renounce the world and accept sanyasa from Sri Madhwacharya.
We feel  how blessed Sri Padmanabha Tirtha was to have had the opportunity of being the direct disciple of the Sarvajna Jagadguru Sri Madhwacharya himself.
After he drank the 'makaranda' - nectar called Brahmasootra Bhasya from Madhva, Sri Padmanabha Tirtha found other's Bhashyas  shallow.
He was so impressed by the teachings of Sri Madhwacharya that he used to enthral the audience by comparing the works of Sri Madhva to a divine Kalpavriksha, capable of fulfilling all of one's desires. His conviction in the doctrine of Sri Madhva can be known from his statement before the audience that the result one gets by studying the works of Madhva is beyond words and thoughts.
He was accredited to be the first to write a commentary, on the great Bhasya of Sri Madhva, which ably brings out the true meaning of the Bhasya. The prolific commentator of Madhva, Sri Jayateertha, honours this great saint in his magnum opus Sriman Nyaya Sudha and pictures him as the serene land, auspicious enough to be the home of the lord of Laxmi, and an ocean which gave rise to a bunch of invaluable pearls called Sannyaya Ratnavali.
Sri Jayateertha owes his scholarship to Sri Padmanabha Tirtha while saying
पद्मनाभ तीर्थाख्ययोगिनोस्तु दृशे मम |
तत्तवमार्गे गमनम्  विना यदुपजीवनम्  ||

I adore Sri Padmanabha Tirtha and look upon him as my guide, without whom, we hardly can pass through understanding of tattvavaada of Acharya Madhva. 
His line of succession via Sri Lakshmeedhara Teertha is present Sripadaraja Matha, Mulabagilu, Kolar District of Karnataka. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sri Vyasa Tatvajnaru ( 1750-1800)

Sri Vyasa Tatvajnaru
Sri Vyasa Tatvajna tirtha is a free ( Bidi Sannyasi) sanyasi, not with Mathadhipatya, chosen by him, which shows his Jnana, Bhakti and utmost Vairagya. He was born as Ayiji Venkataramanacharya son of Narisimhacharya a great Scholar & disciple of Bhuvanndra Tirtharu of Sri Raghavendra Mutt. He, like other Scholars had scant regard for Haridasas.
One day his wife was singing a Kritiof Gopala Dasaru:
Vagatanadalli Sukhavilla adanoolenendare bidadalla
hagaraNa jagadolu migilaayitu pannag shyana nagaranivasaa |
He was very much impressed by this Devaranama. But his Ego as Sudha Paundit did not allow him to meet Bhagnna, whom he thought a good AStrologer of that region. One day, he has to go there to know hisson'sfuture. Gopaladasaru said: 'Achaarre, Barree, Magana chniti hatyadenu? Ava bhaala dooda Vidvamsa agtana bidri, chinti byada'. He sent Venkataranarsimhacharya home with due respects. After listening to this Kriti with depth of Spiritual thought, he was artraced to Dasaru. His son was already in his company.
One day it was almost midnight. Dasaru &; Venkataramana had not done Sandyavandanam, which he never missed. Dasaru understood his dilemma. He said: Look at the Sky. Sun was just setting down. Both completd their Sandyavandane.
Meanwhile Sri Bhuvanendra Swamiji was informed about this brilliant Boy of Ayiji. He sent word to him. Gopala Dasru advised him to take Sanyasa. Sri Bhuvanendra ( Vasudhendra) was ready to nominate Venkataramnacharya as hissuccessor. He taught him Shastra. Panditya & Jnana were ripe in him. After a few days he started moving with Dasaru. He preferred to remain out of Mutt. His Guru appointed another Shishya as his succesor.
One Example of his Kriti:
ನ್ಯಾಯವೇನೈ ಇದು ಮೂಢ
ಜಯ ಬೇಡುವೆ ಗಾಢ |ಪ|
ಜನರನೆರಹಿಕೊಂಡು ಕಪಟ
ವಿನಯಗಳನೆ ತೋರುತಲಿ
ವನಜನಾಭನ ಗುಣಗಳ ಹೆಳಿ
ಧನವ ತರುವುದಿದು ಮೂಢ |೧|
ಗುರು ಸಮೀರ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರವನು
ಪರಧನ ಬಯಸಿ ಅವರಿ
ಗರುಹಿಸುವುದಿದು ಮೂಢ |೨|
ಈಶನುತನಾದ ನಮ್ಮ
ದಾಸರ ದಾಸ್ಯವ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ನರರ
ದಾಸನೆನಿಸೋದಿದು ಮೂಢ |೩|
Sri Vyasatatvajna Swamiji has wriitten many Tippanees on Jayatirtha & Vyasaraja works. His Rasarajnee on Nyayasudha Sudha is famous Tippani. Later he settled down in Veni Sompura on the banks of Tungabhadra and continued his Tapas, Dasa-Vyas koota Services. He attained Haripada there on Shravana Bahula AShtamee, this year on 22 Aug. Let us seek his blessings. I will post more about his krits later.
'Venu Soma Pura' is sanctified by its association with deity Shodasubahu Narasimha Deva and Saint Vyasa Tatvajna Teertha the great devotee of the Lord Vishnu, Prana Devaru installed by Sri Vyasa Raja.
Dharmo bhavatu saddharma: MaaragaNaasaantu maargaNaa: |
vahinee vaahinee RAjan ! Syaadaraati paraajayah||
A Riddle given by Sri Vyasa Tatvajnaru to the local ruler Rama BHoopaala when he was attacked by two armies on either sides. He said: Let your KshatriyaDHarma be genuine( BOw be strong) Let TUngabhadra - Krishna overflow, you will win over. It was schorching March. Yey there was a folld overnight. The enemies whom he feared were killed without war. Such is Tapobala Of Sri swamigaLu.
ಗ್ರಂಥಗಳು -
* ಮಾನಸಸ್ಮ್ರುತಿ ( ಉಪಾಸನಾಭಾಗ )
* ಸಪ್ತಮಸ್ಕಂದ ಭಾಗವತಕ್ಕೆ ಮಂದನಂದಿನಿ ಎಂಬ ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನ
* ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ ಸಾರ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ
* ಶ್ರೀಮನ್ಯಾಯಸುಧಾ ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನ
* ಉಭಯಾನೌಚಿತಿ
* ಸುಧಾದ್ಯುಕ್ತಿರಹಸ್ಯ
* ನ್ಯಾಯಮೃತ ಮಕ್ಷಿಕಾವ್ಯಜನ
* ತಾತ್ಪರ್ಯಚಂದ್ರಿಕಾ ಶರದಾಗಮ
*ಅದ್ವೈತ ಕುಟ್ಟನ
* ನ್ಯಾಯದಮನ
* ಕುಲಿಶ
*ಶ್ರೀಮದ್ಬಿಷ್ಣುತತ್ವನಿರ್ಣಯಕ್ಕೆ "ಲಘುಪ್ರಭಾ" ಮತ್ತು " ಗುರುಪ್ರಭಾ" ಎಂಬ ಎರಡು ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನಗಳು.
* ಯತಿಪ್ರಣವಕಲ್ಪ ವ್ಯಾಖ್ಯಾನ

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kamalesha Vithala Dasaru ( 1710-1782)

                                                       (Kamalesha Vithala Dasaru)
Ananda Dasaru was born in Cheekalaparavi  on the banks of Tungabhadra river, near Guntakal in Andhrapradesh. He was a Kulakarni, a Village Accountant by profession at Surpur. Hence the name Surapurada Ananda Dasaru was his popular name.  He  lost his parents in early childhood and shifted to Surpur, for formal Schooling those days. Ananda, along with his brother Sesha were educated with the help of the local ruler of that province, later joined his secretariat as a Clerk-Kulakarni there.
Meanwhile he studied basic Sanskrit & some texts under Vidvan Rajacharya, a scholar of repute those days. After the advent of British Empire, Supur province was annexed to Nizam State.  Ananda was taught Music by a Shrivaishnava teacher, which he mastered in a short time. Once it so happened that the Ruler of the Surpur province tested his ability in Music before well known scholars of his times, and was profusely honoured for his genius.
Sri Shreesha Vithala Dasaru, a close disciple of Jagannatha Dasaru visited Surpur and was happy to see young Ananda as a a singer, composer and a devotee of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. He gave him Ankita as “ Kamalesha Vithala’. As a born poet and a gifted singer, he had mastered Music in his younger days. A handsome person he was, he was popular and liked by many people both scholars and laymen in his surroundings.
Later he left this job and began touring nearby Kshetras like Kolhapur in Maharashtra. King Shivaji had visited the place and was surprised with the melodious songs of Kamalesha Vthala and granted him royal honours. He is also reported to have met Krishnaraja Wodeyat at Mysore palace, who after 2 years of waiting honoured him. He travelled to Mantralayam to seek blessings of Sri Guru Raghavendra. He has composed many melodious songs on Guru which are very popular to this day. Kamalesha Vithala dasaru met close disciples of Sri Raghavendra, Ibrahimpur Krishnacharya, Srirangam Ramacharya, ಯಲಮೇಲಿ Hayagreevacharya, and more. Sri Ananda Dasaru served at Mantralayam for over a decade and returned to his home town Surpur, where he spent his last days.
 He had several shishyas and the prominent among them were Gundacharya, Guru Bheemesha vithaala, Madaka Shira Bheema dasaru and Kamalapathi vithala dasaru. ಶ್ರೀ ಕಮಲೇಶವಿಠಲ ದಾಸರು  lived  in Surapura with his preceptor  ಕೇಶವವಿಠಲ ದಾಸರು .
His krithis are highly popular for their literary, musical and philosophical content.
ಧರಣಿದೇವರಿಗೆ  ನಿರುತಾನ್ನವನೀವ
ವರ ಹರಿಹರ ಭೀಮಾಚಾರ್ಯರ|
ಹರಿದಾಸರಿಗೆ ಮಂದಿರವಾದ ಇಭರಾಮ
ಪುರದಲಿ ಮೆರೆವ ಕೃಷ್ಣಾಚಾರ್ಯರ
ಶಿರಿಪಾದ ಪುತ್ರ ಪಂಡಿತರೊಳಗ್ರೇಸರ
ಶ್ರೀರಂಗದ ರಾಮಾಚಾರ್ಯರ ಸುರಪುರ
ಶ್ರೀ ನರಹರಿಪಾದಾಂಬುಜ ಶಿರಿಯೊಳ್
ಮೆರೆವ ಅಸ್ಮದ್ ಗುರು ರಾಜಾಚಾರ್ಯರ ||
---- ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ರಾಯರ ಪಾದಾಂಬುಜ
ಆರಾಧಕರ ಕೊಂಡಾಡಿರೋ||
- ಸುರಪುರದ ಆನಂದದಾಸರು.
Once Sri Ananda dasaru was in Ganadhaalu at the Sanctum of Sri Panchamukhi prANa dEvaru for anushTAna for several days. Suddenly he remembered that next day was shrAvaNa krishNa dwitIya, the Aradhana of his beloved gurugaLu - Sri Raghavendra Tirtharu. He left for Mantralayam, with Tungabhadra in floods. When he was to  cross the river Tungabhadra, the river was overflowing.   
He requested and boats man to take him to Mantralaya. Owing to the spate and the force of the water the boats man refused as it was unsafe. Sri Ananda dasaru pleaded with the oarsman, who after much insistence, placed the boat into the river. After travelling for some time, the water started entering the boat, though the oarsman struggled hard. Ananda dAsaru felt that his end had come but the strong desire to participate in the rAyara ArAdhana at Mantralaya could not be reduced even at this critical juncture. He started praying Sri Guru Raghavendra.  
Surprisingly enough, then  two Brahmins wearing only a loin cloth  came crossing the river, tied a rope to the boat and started pulling the boat. Ananda dAsaru was really surprised to see this. The oarsman was also surprised and expressed gratitude to this kind act of the two Brahmins. Sri AnandaDasaru reached the banks of Mantralaya. There he thanked them and asked the two Brahmins, "Who are you? What are your names? I am really grateful to you, you have really saved our lives". By hearing this, the two Brahmins replied that their names to be Raghappa and Vaadappa. They both said that in Mantralaya Sri Ibharamapura’s Appavaru and several Gnyanis had gathered and requested Ananda dAsaru to go to the Matha  immediately and then disappeared. Ananda dasaru soon realized that the two Brahmins were none other than the Great Divine Saints of Sri Mantralaya - Sri Raghavendra tirtharu and Sri Vadeendra teertharu. Tears rolled down from his eyes. When he reached the matha, Ibharampura’s Appavaru was there and welcomed him with a smile and said, "Oh dAsare, you have escaped by the danger of being drowned in Tungabhadra by the Paramanugrha of Sri Raghavendra tIrtharu". Aparoksha Jnani Ibharamapura’s Appavaru knew what had actually  happened.
This is supposed to be the last song he composed before his demise.
ಬೇಡುವುದೇನ ಭವವಿಮೋಚನ
 ಆವ ಸಾಧನಕೆ ಆವುದು ಕಡೆ
ತವ ಪಾವನ ಪಾದವ ಸೇವೆ ದೊರೆತಮೇಲ್|
ಅಮರೇಶನ ಪದ ಭ್ರಮಿಸಿಸುದಕ ಸಿರಿ
ಕಮಲೇಶ ವಿಠಲನೆ ನಮಗೆ ದೊರೆತ ಮೇಲ್||
Many of his kritis are sung even today and they are highly popular. He spent his last days at Supur & passed away on Bhadrapada Shuddha Dwadashi September, 1782.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sri Prasanna Venkatadasaru ( 1680- 1752)

ಶ್ರೋತವ್ಯವು ಇದೆ ಮಂತವ್ಯವು ಇದೆ ಧ್ಯಾತವ್ಯವು ನಮಗೆ |
ಪೂತವು ಹರಿಗುಣಗಾಥೆಯು ಮುಕುತಿಯ ಪಾಥೇಯವು ನಮಗೆ||
ಶ್ರೀಮದ್ ದಶಮಸ್ಕಂಧ ಭಾಗವತ ಭೂಮಿಪ ಪರಿಕ್ಷಿತನು ||
ಧೀಮಜ್ಜನಗುರು ಶುಕಮುನಿಗೆ ನಮಿಸಿ ಪ್ರೇಮದಿ ಕೇಳೀದನು||
ಈ ಮುಕುತಿಯ ಪಥ ಸಾಧನವು ಖಳ ಪಾಮರರಿಗೆ ದೂರ |
ಶ್ರೀಮಹಾಲಕುಮಿಯ ರಮಣನ ದಾಸರ ಸ್ತೋಮಕೆ ಸೌಖ್ಯಕರ ||
Sri Prasanna Venkata Dasaru  was born in 1680 at Bagalkote,  on the banks of the river Ghataprabha. Bagalkot in Vijayapura  District.  He was born in a small family of his Parents, Two brothers, one of them, elder married.The elder brother was Raghavendracharya and younger one was Venkanna. Kaveramma was the name of the brother's wife.
Raghavendracharya had the privilege  of  little education while his father was alive, along with Pourohitya in the village.  It was not difficult for him to meet the family demands. In addition to this, he was earning some from Agriculture, shared with brothers, inherited from their ancestors. Venkanna’s parents passed away when he was very young. Naturally, he had no formal schooling and worked hard in the fields.
Venkanna's sister-in-law was a very a rude  woman.  She asked him to do all jobs at home and field, at her beck & call, and she never fed him on time. He almost had no playful childhood with family burden on his shoulders.
Venkanna, by nature was a calm boy with  patience, doing all jobs which has been assigned to him, but once he lost his patience and calm,  showed his anger,  when he was not fed properly by his sister-in-law and  insulted by his sister in-law’s cruel treatment at home. also she ill treated him. He left home without telling even his brother.
Venkanna was a boy who had undeterred faith in God. He had learnt a few devotional songs just by hearing them from those who sang on festive occasions. Most of the evenings,  he  attended religious lectures and recital of the stories of Sri Hari's devotees although he would be completely exhausted  by doing domestic & farming work.  He had  keen  interest to listen to the stories of Bhaktas. Though he was not very clever in learning,  he had wisdom devotion to Lord Sri Hari and understood what the scriptures related..
Once it so happened much to his surprise, a Divine voice called him to Tirupati abode of Lord Srinivasa and  he left home.  He was very much eager to see the Lord of Seven Hills and get his blessings. On his way to Tirumala, Venkanna reached the  holy town of Sri Raghavendra Swamiji,  Mantralya, situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra. On account of divine presence of Guru Raghvendra swamy, Mantralaya is indeed  the abode of 'mantras'. Reaching the place of  hallowed presence of Guru Raghavendra, Venkanna felt happy  as if he was in the very presence of Srinivasa. He wished to stay for three days there, however and extended  his stay up to  three years there. Venkanna was blessed by the holy sight  of Sri  Raghavendra Swami in his dream,  who said " Venkanna! Lord Srinivasa is waiting for you. Go there my boy immediately".
Venkanna was extremely happy  by this  dream. He left Matralayam, to Tirumala Hills, with a group of pilgrims.  While he  started to climb the Hills, at one of the cliffs it looked as though Lord Srinivasa's large image had been carved out of it with round smiling face, bearing a beautiful crown, with four hands and a bold stature. Venkanna raised  both his hands in prayer  and cried aloud " Hare Srinivasa Srinivasa"!. He went to Kapilatirtha and Galigopura and had darshan of Kapilesaraswami and Lord Narasimha.
Along with other pilgrims Venkanna entered the temple of Srinivasa. When he  stood  before the majestic, graceful image of the Lord,  his joy knew no bounds.  He lifted his hands high up in salutation and  scremed in sheer joy,  "Srinivasa!!!". He gained normalcy from ecstasy,  only when the temple servants thrashed  him with a rolled up deerskin, asking him to leave the place. Venkanna emerged from the inner shrine and went around it on the outside. He saw some of the Haridasas and others engaged in Samkirtanam  singing the glories of God. He joined with them. After some time the priests brought food offered to God and distributed it among those that had gathered there.
The inspiring darshan of Lord Srinivasa, participation in the Samkirtan congregation, prasadam distributed by the archak every afternoon made Venkanna extremely happy and made him stay for four years on  Tirumala Hills.
One night Sri Raghavendra Swami appeared  again in Venkanna's dream and said "Venkanna God will soon give His darshan to you". Venkanna sat up startled and cried: ‘  Where is my Lord? where is my Srinivasa!!. He was in the silent dark mantap where he slept.

ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಮುನಿರಾಯರ ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ।
ಜಾಗಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಮಾಡಿ ನೀಗೋ ಬವಣೆ ।।
ಹಿಂದಿನ ಮೂರು ಜನುಮಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ।
ಇಂದಿರೇಶನ ವಲಿಸಿ ಮೆರೆದು ಬಲು ।
ಕುಂದಿಲ್ಲದ ಪುಣ್ಯ ಗಳಿಸಿ ಸುರತರು ।
ಮಂದ ಭಾಗ್ಯರಿಗೆ ಹಂಚುತಲಿಹರು ।।
ಭೂತ ಪ್ರೇತ ಸಕಲಾದಿ ಶಕುನ ಭಯ ।
ಘಾತಚಕ್ರ ಜಾತಕದ ಪೀಡೆಗಳು ।
ಗತಿಸುವವೀಯತಿ ಕರುಣೆ ತೋರಲು ।
ನಿತ್ಯ ತುತಿಸೆ ನಿಜ ಮುಕುತಿ ನಿಶ್ಚಿತವು । ।।
ಕಲಿಬಲ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿ ನಲುಗಿದ ಜನಕೆ ।
ಸುಲಭದ ಮುಕುತಿ ದಾರಿಲಿ ನಿಲಿಸಿ ।
ನಳಿನನಾಭ ಪ್ರಸನ್ವೇಂಕಟನಾಜ್ಞೆಲಿ ।
ಸುಲಲಿತ ಮಹಿಮೆ ತೋರಿ ನಲಿವ ಗುರು
ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರ ಮುನಿರಾಯರ

 ಸ್ಮರಣೆ ಜಾಗಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಮಾಡಿ ನೀಗೋ||
Early next morning,  as usual he joined the crowd to have darshan of Srinivasa. He was in the forefront of the group that entered the inner shine. Outside it had begun to rain. Venkanna had darsan at close quarters. Gazing at the blissful image of Srinivasa, tears of joy swelled in Venkanna's eyes. Instead of the image, there appeared a big tambura and a hand playing on its strings!!.  Suddenly, he saw the form  of Purandara Dasaru there. There appeared a small image of Srinivasa in the master's heart. There was another big image of the Lord standing behind him. A ray from that image emerged and entered deep  into Venkanna;s heart. He was thrilled to highest degree and broke down with joy and horropilation. Lord Srinivasa came close to  him and scribbled with a darbha grass,  on his tongue, the word Prasanna Venkata and disappeared.
Venkanna got up and  stood looking at the  majestic image of Srinivasa and began to  sing in his praise in a mellow voice. Formerly he used to come for darshan and walk out quietly. Seeing him singing  a melodious song  on that day,  made the gathering of Dasas & devotees  surprised. Now Venkanna was not just the old himself, he seemed to have forgotten the world around  him. With tears of joy, he went on singing one song after another,  with dancing steps using his hands as cymbals.
The same night, the Mahant of the temple had a dream. Lord Srinivasa showed Venkanna to him and said: "This is Prasanna Venkata Dasa, my great devotee. Treat him with all Temple  honour, make arrangements for his comfortable stay". Later Mahant met Prasanna Venkata Dasaru  on the temple platform,  prostrated and conveyed the message of his dream and invited Prasanna Venkata Dasaru  to have darshan of Sri Venkateshwara. Venkanna  just uttered "Srinivasa all this is your will!". From that day onwards, Venkanna became Prasanna Venkata Dasaru  and he got respect and honour during his stay  on  Tirumala.
His brother came to know all these miracles happened to Venkanna, from pilgrims  and went to Tirupathi, requested him to return  to his house. The people of Bagalakote were glad to see their Venkappaiah coming out as Prasanna Venkata Dasaru. He adorned his head with  a saffron turban, which also covered his back, strings of tinkling bells tied round his ankles. He had tambura hanging by the shoulder in front and a pair of clatter-cymbals in the left hand.
Sri Prasanna Venkata Dasaru went round in the town every morning singing glories of Sri Hari and teaching people the moral path that would lead them on to reach the Happy Abode of Vaikunta.

ಸತತ ಕಳ್ಯಾಣವಚ್ಯುತ ಭಟರಿಗೆ 
ರತಿಪತಿಪಿತನಂಘ್ರಿರತ ಮಹಾತ್ಮರಿಗೆ ||
ಅರಿಗಳ ಸಖರಕ್ಕು ಅತಿವಿಷಮೃತವಕ್ಕು
ಶರಧಿ ಗೋಷ್ಪದವಕ್ಕು ಶರಘಾತ ಬೆಂಡಾಕ್ಕು
ನರಹರಿಯ ನಾಮವನು ನಂಬಿ ಭಜಿಪರಿಗೆ ||
ಆಧಿವ್ಯಾಧಿಗಳಿಲ್ಲ ಅಶುಭವಾರ್ತೆಗಳಿಲ್ಲ|
ಕ್ರೋಧನೃಪಭಯವಿಲ್ಲಾ ಕಾಕುಮತಿಯಿಲ್ಲ||
ಖೇದ ಮನಕಿಲ್ಲೆಂದು ಖಿನ್ನತೆಯು ಮುಖಕಿಲ್ಲಾ|
ಶ್ರೀಧವನ ನವಭಕುತಿಶೀಲರಿಗೆ||
ಪಾಪತಾಪಗಳೋಟ ಪರಿದು ಬಹು ಎಡರ್ಗೋಟ
ಆಪತ್ತುಗಳಿಗೋಟ ಆಲಸ್ಯಕೋಟ |
ಕೋಪದಾರಿದ್ರ್ಯಕೋಟ ಕಲಿವ್ಯಸನಮದಕೋಟ
ಶ್ರೀಪ್ರಸನ್ವೇಂಕಟನ ನಂಬಿ ಭಜಿಪರಿಗೆ ||
Sri Prasanna Venkata Dasaru used to spend his  time in meditating upon God's greatness, in singing His glory and in composing songs and stories of God. "Samastanama manigana shatcarana" is one of his longer poems, which is almost like Sri Vishnusahasranama. "Naradaru Korvanji Vesha talida caritre" is full of humour, telling how Narada Maharshi put on the role of a sooth-sayer woman,  and assured Rukmini Devi that Sri Krishna only would be her husband. He has rendered into simple beautiful Kannada stories from  Srimad Bhagavatam. The themes dearest to his heart are those about the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna. His ankitha as Haridasa is "Prasanna Venkata".
Many of his songs are familiar to people in North Karnataka. In Bagalkote, each year  his punya dina is celeberated on Bhadrapada Masa Suddha Dvadashi of 1752.  Even today one can see in Bagalkot the single-stringed accompaniment ( Ekatari)  used by Sri Prasanna Venkata dasaru.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

At Kuala Lumpur

I had made up my mind to travel after a long time from my hibernation at home due to various reasons, little & prolonged illness being one among them! My daughter  took  me to that Island Country of prosperity, mixed cultures, unexpected weather et al., but as an extremely beautiful place of interest.
This Malaysian capital has recorded History of not earlier to 1800s. People thronged there in search of livelihood from neighbouring China, Sri Lanka, India and a group of Islands, nearby.
Kua Lumpur derived its name as a City in the confluence of two rivers. Gombak & Silent river! In the language of Malaysia, Malayan, it means " muddy waters", which has developed in leaps and bounds in less than Two centuries.
Labourers from nearby India, China & Hing Kong, Indonesia came here for then newly discovered loads of Tin Ore, Lime Stone, various other ores, enough to make this a rich country for Mining Industry.                                                            
 The early rulers were Muslim Kings, along with few Indian businessmen and Chinese investors. In less than a century, Malaysia developed as a Tourist spot of attraction with neighbouring China Sea, more than 150 islands, highlands... which made British settlers to build Fort George and Ship Industry. Ores were shipped from here as labour was very cheap.
The Central Market, one of Kuala Lumpur's Market places is a one stop Market for local items like White Coffee, Oats, Berrys, Cinnamon and dry fruits.
There are several Buddhist shrines here in Penang, and they were early settlers.

Kuala Lumpur has at least 17-20% of Indian population, most of whom are Tamils, Muslims, and very few Telugu people, and scanty Kannada speaking people.
Many Indian temples have come up during the Pillais, who were rich miners & business men from Tamil Nadu, also Chettiars,and Srilankans.
There are quite few Mariyamman Temples, Srinivasa Perumal, Pulliyar Ganesha, Shiva temples. The famous Batu Cave, has a Cave temple of Murugan, Subrahmanya...Pattu= Ten lime stone made caves are known as Batu Caves, where a gentleman from Pillai family has made huge contribution to improve the natural Cave,  the entrance to which looked like Vel of Murugan.

Buddha Image , Penang.

 I could  see Indians in Temples, Little India, Times Square, and quite a few other places near the sea.
Twin Towers built during Colonial Regime is no less interesting. T he towers were designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli. They chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur. Planning on the Petronas Towers started on 1 January 1992 and included rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design. Seven years of construction followed at the former site of the original Selangor Turf Club, beginning on 1 March 1993 with excavation, which involved moving 500 truckloads of earth every night to dig down 30 metres (98 ft) below the surface.
The construction of the superstructure commenced on 1 April 1994. Interiors with furniture were completed on 1 January 1996, the spires of Tower 1 and Tower 2 were completed on 1 March 1996.
Statue of Cornwalils, George Town, Penang.
Being the capital city of Penang, George Town plays an important role especially in the political and economic welfare of the population of the entire state. It is the seat of the state government where almost all of their ministries and agencies are based. Most of the Malaysian federal government agencies and departments are also located in George Town. The Penang State Legislative Assembly is located between Light Street and Farquhar Street near Fort Cornwallis.
Kuala Lumpur has numerous Malls, to make available all their fashion needs, clothing, Crats made by Chinese artisans... All Malls have tight security most of the time since a huge number of tourists from other countries  visit 24/7 here. 
Currency in Malaysia is Ringgit, almost Rs 20/in India equals a Ringgit here. 
Generally Malays local or otherwise live with their parents, and there is no control over population, probably due to rich oil refineries, and following Islam, though Moderate Muslims are local Malaysians. 
Soon you land in KL international Airport.. you are lost! They have English Boards... but seldom clear.. I learnt few words- Basuk= Entry, Keluar= Exit..Bandaraaya- Municipal Corporation.. Jalan= Street..Putra=Native ..Puteri= local ladies... Jaya= Nagar...Kanak-Kanak= KIds( Chille-palle ) Awas= Caution... Customs- Kastams..Condominium- large Apartments..DudukDuduk= Seats.. Salamat- Welcome.. More.. later:)
RM ringgit tandas - toilet. Wanita lady..lelaki Man !!
These are some words I learnt during my Month-long stay at this warm place, with people sporting a head gear, a typical Malaysian dress for Men & women, greeting people with a little smile on their small, pale face. 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Sri Raghavendra Swamy's kindness

॥ ಓಂ ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಘವೇಂದ್ರಾಯ ನಮಃ ॥
This happened in 1984 September 20th, Wednesday. I was mentally so much stressed out due to my father & brother's death, doing only Aparakriyas without any Festivities at home. Added to this my job was in danger at Indian Express, due to my absenteeism! I decided to run away from home, leaving behind my wife & two kids, son still an year old. All my relatives ridiculed me as useless son of a great father. Of course they were partly true. Breaking the family tradition of Govt Job, as Teacher or in a Post Office, I had joined a newspaper. My fate was hanging on my head as Manager Shankaran Nair had warned me if I continued to be irregular, I may lose my job or transferred to the most dreaded Chandighar Office, where life was under threat to all scribes.. My relatives never knew how working in a newspaper is! Yes. I started by walk to Mantralayam from Bangalore with a bag of a Madi Panche, two Shirts & a Panche.
 I don't exactly remember why I did so.I walked through night only to take a break near Gutty AP, in the mid-night. I was asleep when some one woke me up seeing my dress and face, looking like a man with some education.. they tried to speak to me, but I was silent. The person Mr Narayana Rao, Editor of Tamasoma, Shivamogga, discovered that I had some learning! He pulled me into his car & we reached Mantralayam by morning. Puja had just started and I watched reluctantly Sri Sujayeendra Swamiji worshipping. I had decided to fast, but Rayaru did not allow! Rao introduced me to Swamiji as a 'Scholar'. That evening, a scholar who was supposed to deliver Lecture was absent or late.
 One of swamiji's staff asked me I can speak on whatever I knew or heard about Rayaru. I reluctantly accepted ans spoke about an hour on Mantartha Manjari, as scholars like Raja Acharya were watching me. Audience were listening with rapt attention, as if I was posesed by some great scholar. It was recorded on tape by my new friend Narayana Rao. Swamiji was pleased and introduced me to the then Prinicipal, later Sri Suyateendraru, to make arrangements for me to stay as long I desire. But I was in a dilemma as I had less interest in association with any Matha. My father's words reminded me: Do not talk about fallacies of living Sannyasis. Worship brundavanastha Yati, who will certainly guide you to a better path. I politely refused to stay, and decided to return to Bangalore. My suicidal thought had vanished! I had dream where a blackish Brahmana asking me to get back..Ayogya! Hendati Makkalannu Bittu yaako bande? Nale horadu... I was sweating in fact. I requested Swamiji to give me Mantrakshate. He smiled and said: Hogi banni.. Rayaru Kapaaduttare! He gave me Dakshina,Mantakshate & Sesha Vastra. I was back to Bangalore, where I saw my son, in high fever & wife crying he may not survive. Rayaru then blessed me in a strange way. I got job in Times of India, resigned IE and joined there. Apekshita PradaatanyO Raaghavendraanna Vidyate. TRue to to the core by 200%.