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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Krishna is partial to love and devotion rather than erudition

त्वद्भक्तिस्तु कथारसामृतझरीनिर्मज्जनेन स्वयं
सिद्ध्यन्ती विमलप्रबोधपदवीमक्ळेशतस्तनवती॥
सद्यः सिद्धिकरी जयत्ययिविभो सैवास्तु मे त्वत्पद
प्रेमप्रौडिरसार्द्रता द्रुततरं वातलयाधीस्वर॥१०॥
श्रिमन्नरायणीयं दशकं॥२॥
tvadbhaktistu kathārasāmṛtajharīnirmajjanena svayaṁ
siddhyantī vimalaprabodhapadavīmakḻeśatastanavatī||
sadyaḥ siddhikarī jayatyayivibho saivāstu me tvatpada
premaprauḍirasārdratā drutataraṁ vātalayādhīsvara||10||
śrimannarāyaṇīyaṁ daśakaṁ ||2||

"My Gurvaayurappa, the Lord of the abode of wind,  unlike the difficult paths of action and knowledge, the bhakthi
( loveladen devotion) to you just produces very quick results in the shape of reaching your lotus feet without any difficulty, because such devotion finds its own results by reciting your glory and   listening to the flow of nectar of your sublime lores.  Such devotion spontaneously and without any hard labour  finds its way to the realization of You as the supreme soul, and leads us to the emancipation from worldly woes without any delay. My beloved Lord Guruvaayurappa, may you be pleased to bless me without any delay  with   that devotion alone which on the mere contemplation of your Lotus feet lifts me to unparalleled levels of ecstasy  and melts my hardened mind."

Bhattathiri, the learned scholar as he was, started with an erudite description of the various paths one can follow to attain Krishna and with finality of logic concluded that only devotion with sublime love to the Lord can take us to Him very quickly. In the concluding stanza of the second dashakam or Narayaneeyam, the  ardent lover and devotee of Guruvayurappan  comes to the surface pushing back the erudition of the poet, and now he is almost cringing for the love of the Lord, and declared that he wants only that devotion and nothing else. This is in sharp contrast to most of the other dasakams in narayaneeyam where Melpathur  concluded with a request for removal of his own physical ailments.

Krishna is partial to love and devotion rather than erudition.

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

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