Prahladha Bhakthi vijayam (contd)
Act II-Prahladha beseeches the Lord
Prahladha then starts praying to Lord Hari in various ways . At that time sage Narada arrives there and describes the great qualities of Lord Hari. He tells about a dialog between Lord Hari and Goddess Lakshmi in which Lord Hari expresses his desire to immediately come to earth and see his great devotee called Prahladha. Goddess Lakshmi expresses his reservations but Lord Hari convinces her and starts his journey to meet his great devotee Prahladha.
The act starts with prayers of Prahladha addressed to Hari as he is convinced by the words of the ocean king. He describes the God Hari in great detail by several prose poems(Dandakams) . He then sings the following Krithi which is a prayer addressed to Lord Hari.
8.Vandanamu Raghu nandana sethu
(Prahladha prays to Lord Vishnu)
Vandanamu Raghu nandana sethu,
BHaktha chandana Rama
Oh Lord who gave joy to Raghu clan, who built the bridge in Sethu ,
Who gives coolness like sandal to his devotees, I salute you.
Sri Dhamo nadho Vadha maa nay,
Bedhama ithi MOdhamaa Rama
Oh Lord who gives wealth , Is this an argument ,
Or are we different or does it give joy to you.
1.Sri Rema hrucharamaa brova,
Barama Raya bharama Rama
1.Oh Lord who is in heart of Lakshmi , Is it,
Difficult to protect me , Shouls I carry message to you, Rama.
2.Vindini nammu kondini chara-,
Nandini rammandini Rama
2.I have heard about you and believed in you ,
I have surrendered to you and asked you to come , Oh Rama
3,Odanu Bhakthi veedanu orula ,
Vedanu neevadanu Rama
3.I would not run away , I would leave devotion to you ,
I Would not request other Gods as I am yours , Oh Rama
4.Kammani videmi mamani varamu,
KOmmani paluka rammani Rama
4.Oh Rama please summon me so that , I can offer you,
Sweet Thamboola and get your boons
5.Nyayayama Neekaadhayamaa intha,
Heyama muni geyama Rama,
5.Is this just, do you get any profit due to this ,
Ohr am I a hated one , Oh lord praised by sages, Oh Rama
6.Chhodumi ,kapadu mee mamu ,
Podi migaa goodumee Rama
6.Please look at me , save me ,
And please join with me properly oh Rama
7.Kshemamu divya dhamamu , nithya,
Nemamu Rama Namamu Rama
7.Your diving place is the safety and daily,
Rule is to chant your name , Rama
8.Vegaraa Karunaa sagaraa sri,
Thyagarajuni Hrudayakara Rama.
8,Oh ocean of mercy come quickly ,
Oh Rama who has taken the heart of Thyagaraja as his home.
Prahladha then tells Lord Hari that he has full faith that he would rush to see him. When in spite of several prayers Lord Hari does not appear before him, Prahladha is greatly upset. He expresses his great sorrow in several slokas. IN those he tells about himself about how he learnt the science of knowledge and the art of war .But in spite of all those his mind was always wedded to Sri Hari , and he came to the conclusion that Lord Hari pervaded everywhere , Due to his , Hiranya Kasipu tried to kill him in various ways using elephants , snakes and fire , He felt sad that Lord Hari did not make his appearance at that time before him . He feels that he is an ordinary person and not a great one and his trying to reach the Lord was an impossible endevour .Then he sings the following Krithi.
9.Yetla kanu konthuno sri hari nine
(Prahladha wants to know how he would he find God Hari)
Yetla kanu konthuno sri hari nine
How will ever find out Sri Hari
Chutlara gadiya vaku naamadhiloni,
Jali delipi vibhunitho delpuvari
How will I find in the surrounding half a mile ,
People who know about my sorrow and tell it to Hari.
1.Daralo galugu sampdhala rosi thanuvunu ,
Marachi Harini goodu Maharajulaku gaka
1.How will those people who sacrifice all the wealth of this earth ,
Forget their body and merje with Hari who are great find out
2.Malayani madhamuna deliyakuntini gaani,
Yalanade sadhayuni nanusarinchaka bodhine
2.I was ignorant of everything due to never decreasing pride,
And even during that time did not care to follow Hari
3.Chinna prayamu naade sri Hari pai naasa ,
Konna jeevudaganu Kodanda pani ne
3.Oh Lord holding Kodanda . did not I fall in love,
With you from my very early age.
4.Yi janma bhagya mee sommulelaa pra-
Yojanamaa Thyagaraja vinuthuni ke
4.What is the use of this birth , this wealth ,
And this luck? How will I see Hari,
Who is being prayed by Thyagaraja
Prahladha continues to be sorrowful due to his inability to see Lord Hari .He wonders why Sage Narada taught him about the principles of God and wonders why the king of ocean saved him. He wonders why he has developed a great love towards Lord Hari.. He then sings the following Krithi.
10.Indhukaa yeethanoovanu sakina
(Prahladha wonders why he has been protected.)
Ragam Punnaga varali
Indhukaa yeethanoovanu sakina
Was this for this sake that this body was protected.
INdhu mugudu raka hrudhamu pagulaga,
Nandarilo jail jemdhaneeyani yandha.
Was it for others seeing that when the moon faced ,
One did not come , My heart broke in to pieces.
1.Pamula kemenu balugattigaa nunda,
Nemo karanamani penchusuntine.
1.I was thinking why my body was not,
Losing its strength in spite of being bitten by snakes.
2. Manakela nepamani manninchiro leka,
Thanuvu bellamu gadhu thaladhu daiva.
2.Did they pardon me thinking “what is our profit?”,
But this body is not jiggery and God cannot tolerate it.
3.Naa jayamunu joochi nammare devuni,
Rajillu Sri Thyagaraja vardhudu thaa
3,. In spite of seeing my victory, people did not,
Believe in God, Did the God who blessed Thyagaraja ,
Protect me for this?
When Prahladha was wailing like this Sage Narada arrived before sages like SAnaka and told them about Prahladha .He told that Prahladha was a great devotee who was sorrowing due to his inability to see Lord Hari . He told them that Lord Hari was aware of this and he was about to go to Bhooloka to see his devotee . He requested them to accompany him to see this great devotee who was sorrowing. After telling this Sage Narada singing in his great Veena called Mahathi was going to place of Lord Hari . On his way he passed very near to Prahladha who was moaning about his fate .Prahladha heard the sound of Veena played by sage Narada and spoke as follows:-
“Oh Lord Hari of great qualities, I am hearing the sound of divine Veena and feel that a great sage is coming near to me .Let me able to see that great soul.” And after that he sung the following Krithi:-
11.Nijamaithe mundhara niluvumee vela
(Prahladha recollects several events and says that,
If my devotion is true , God should appear before him..)
Nijamaithe mundhara niluvumee vela
If it is true , stand before me
Ajudaina hari hayudaina naa BHakthiyu,
Whether is is Brahma or Indra with a golden horse ,
If my devotion
1.Ghasi jendhuchu nenu Garbhamulonunda ,
DEsiga varudu upadesinchina della
1.If the great sage advised me , when,
I was in the womb of my mother with sorrow is true
2.Unnatha muna nundi padadhrosina vela,
Urvi devi nannethi brochina dhella
2.When I was dropped from very great heoights,
If Goddess earth caught me and protect me is true
3.Naga Nagamulu nanu Badhinchaga ,
Thyagaraja nuthudu nannu gaasina dhella
3.When serpents and serpents were giving me trouble ,
If The God praised by Thyagaraja has protected me is true
AS son as he sang this Sage Narada appeared before his devotee and disciple Prahladha. The next Krithi describes about the arrival of this great sage near Prahladha .
12.Narada muni vedalina sugunathisayamu vinare
(Tells about the great arrival of sage Narada and advices given by sage Narada .)
Narada muni vedalina sugu-,
Please hear the great wonders ,
Of sage Narada coming.
SAreku Sri Hari pada sarasamula dhyaninchusu ,
Narayana nama mulanu parayana monarichusu
Without stop meditating on the divine lotus feet of Hari,
And going on trpeating without break the names of Hari ., comes Narada
1.Bedha bedha rahithamagu ,
Vedantha rasa bharithudaa,
Haladhamu meeraganu Prah-
Lathunaku Subhamu delupanu
1,Narada immersed in the essence of Vedas,
Which teaches to differentiate and to unify,
With very great joy told Prahladha ,
The news that was good.
2.Kaduthella dehamuna ba-
Sidi veene meryaga dha-
Neda bayani prematho ,
Nadu kadu guku vayinchisu
2. With the golden veena ,
Shining when kept on his white body,
And playing it for every step ,
Without stopping it even for little while
3.Rajillina sri Thyaga-
Raja sakhuni marmamulanu ,
Yi jagadhini vinna vari,
Ke jayamu jayamu jayamani.
3. Saying , “Victory, victory, victory,
To those of the world who hear the secret ,
About the shining friend of Thyagaraja “
Narada came .
AS soon as sage Narada arrived, Lord Prahladha fell at the feet I of the sage with great devotion and he praises the sage for his greatness and divine qualities. He prays sage to bless him so that he would be able to see Lord Hari. Seeing his great devotion sage Narada praised the great qualities of Prahladha,. He requests him to forsake all his sorrows and assures him that Lord Hari would appear before Prahladha soon. Then sage Narada describes The Sri Vaikunta , the place of residence of the God Hari. HE then praises the God by recounting his great qualities,. He also told Prahladha that he heard Lord Hari telling Goddess Lakshmi about his intention to visit Prahladha Hearing these Prahladha became very happy and shed tears of joy . He then wants to know whether Goddess Lakshmi responded positively . He also wanted to know about the decision taken by them.Then he addresses the following Krithi to sage Narada.
13.Ippudaina nanu dalachinaaraa Swami
(Prahladha feels happy at being given recognition and sad to think about the past)
Ippudaina nanu dalachinaaraa Swami
At least now did the God think about me?
Krupaku bathrudananu keerthinvhinaaraa
Did he praise me who saying that I am fit to receive his grace.
1.Dhayachsi naa mata lella naa,
THallitho balikina kolla ,
Nayamgavinti neevalla nedu ,
Naa manasuna nenatho challanaye.
1.I am going to hear from your tougue ,
All the words that he mercifully told about me,
To my mother Goddess Lakshmi,
And due to that My mind has cooled down a lot.
2.Unnatha dhaya kasa konti nenu ,
Bhannamulaku balayaundi ,
Kannulaaraa mimu gandi nedu ,
Karnamruthspu matta vindi
2.Desiring for his mercy , I underwent ,
Many a suffering and today I have seen you,
To my eyes full and heard words from you,
Which were like nectar to my ears.
3.Balu roopamulu thanu bhooni nannu ,
Bhadhinji vedka joochina ,
Palumaru nannu nechina punya,
Papamu Hari chanthaghani yemandhu.
3.He took very many forms and troubled me,
And watched it as if it is fun , he deceived me ,
Many a time and the sin and blessing ,
I have to say , belonged to Hari only ,
What else can I tell?
4.Bhoomini buttagalenu bhooyo ,
Bhooyo harini namminanu ,
THamasamunu thalalenu vara,
4.I do not want to be born on this earth,
Again and again and I have only put my faith ,
In Hari and I would not be able to tolerate ,
Acts full of base actions, Does the friend of Thygaraja,
Remember me at least now.
Then Prahladha requests Sage Narada to relate him the entire conversation between Lord Hari and Goddess Lakshmi . Sage Narada tells as follows “Lord Hari described you and told the Goddess about his desire and intention to visit you .Goddess Lakshmi became sorrowful thinking about her impending parting with the Lord . She told her Lord that though she was his consort and dressed herself to be with him , he had just told her that he is going to earth to see his devotee , She further asked him whether he does not have any other job except protecting his devotees all the time .She then told him about the pangs of separation she suffers every time he goes to earth to see his devotee. At lat Goddess Lakshmi was convinced about the need for Lord Hari to remove the sorrow of you . Oh child you are blessed and soon Lord Hari himself would come and bless you.”