When you come to know it, it is blissul deliverance from bondage.

A few posts ago I wrote shortly about Tyagaraja’s lyriv, ‘BantuReethiKolu veeyavayya Rama’ in raga Hamsa Nadam.
Except this sole lyric there are no major older works in this raga. This raga indeed is said to have been created by Tyagaraja. It is normally treated by many to be the descendant of raga Mecha Kalyani, but occassionally treated as the descendant of Neetimathi, when shatsruti dhaiwatam is also included in the constituent notes..Even when it is so included, its role is normally.very minimal.
When i began turning the pages of my music note book, I find a few other ancient lyrics of Annamacharya, set to tune in recent times in Hamsanadam, like, , “Telisite mokshamu, teliyakunna bandhamu.”, “Poojalandaroo chesayde pushpayagamoo.” and Viswa prakasunaku”. The latter two have been set to music by Garimella Bala Krishna Prasad and the first one by his great Guru, Sri Nedunuri Krishna Murthy garu, who though nearing his nineties still actively sings and teaches music.

The first and the third of these lyrics are deeply philosophical, while the second one describes, Pushpayagamu, the elaborate, festive worship of the magnitude of a Yagam, of The Lord Srnivasa with a large volume flowers. I will attempt to give my translation of the first lyric into English.

“Come to know of it and you are free. And if you are ignorant of it, you are still in bondage.Life is as illusory as a dream to the learned one.
Is there great bliss over and all over again to him? Or, is there, sorrow beyond it, to the one who doesn’t have a care for his own body, the one who knows the ultimate philosophy, that is,What-You-are ?
When we look at it, what is sin, and what after all is a good deed or class act, to an yogi who does his duty with out a thought for its benefit to himself ?
Is there ambrosia or nectar or when you think of it, is there a bitter poison, for that great one who has cut himself away from everything and doesn’t crave for food even?
Are there any enemies, or may be,kith and kin even, for the discerning one,who has turned away from this disgusting world?
He may have thousand-times-thousands of ordained duties vested in him, he doesn’t show any fright or forgetfulness, the blessed one who believes in the Almighty. He keeps the Lord Sri Venkateswara ever, in his mind,
Where is near and where is far,for this servant of The Lord ?”

Truly a succinct explanation of Sthita Prajgnya, defined by The Lord himself in his Gita. Isn’t it?

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