Prahladha Bhakthi vijayam(contd)
Act 4. Lord Hari offers boons and Prahladha wants only devotion to his feet.
( Lord Hari who had come before Prahladha is greatly pleased. He blessed Prahladha and requested him to ask for any boons. Prahladha replied to him that when Lord who was like the wish giving tree was himself present before him, Where was the need to have another twig of grass. He asked only being able to serve the feet of Lord Hari ,.. Lord Hari in turns blessed Prahladha becoming greatly pleased with him.)
Prahladha on seeing Hari started praying to him and the Lord wanted to show the world the greatness of his devotee .Lord Hari felt that it was interesting to converse with those who appreciate . He wanted to give salvation to Prahladha but he wanted the other pious people to understand the greatness of the soul of Prahladha and he spoke the following words to Prahladha .
“I am the God who is above all and has all. I would like to fulfill all your desires and so ask any number of boons that you want from me .” Prahladha then replied”Oh Lord I was enjoying thegreat sight of yours. Are you trying to distract me , by putting a twig in the sweet drink which I am drinking now.Suppose I started asking for you useless thinks , my mind would never get satisfied. So please do not grant me any boons but please do protect me . “ saying this Prahladha sang the following Krithi.
18.Nannu brovakanu vidavanuraa Rama
(Prahladha says that he will compel Lord Hari to protect him.)
Nannu brovakanu vidavanuraa Rama
Unless you protect me , I would not leave you , Rama
1.Kasunu vedhukaga ganna rathnamu reethi,
Dosamu dolagimba dorikidhivi Gaani
1.Just like getting a gem when searching for a coin,
I have got you for getting all my defects removed.
2.Ambali thinu vela amrutha mabbina reethi,
Dumburu sannutha dorikidhivi gani
2.Just like while drinking gruel , getting nectar ,
Oh Lord who was praised by Dumburu , I have got you.
3.Cheyyalasina vela theppa dorikina reethi ,
Ayya napaliti kamarithivi gaani
3.Oh Lord like a getting a boat when hands have lost their strength,
You have come and sat near me.
4.Aada poyina theertha meduraina reethi,
Needu jodu leni ishtudavaithivi
4.Just like the sacred water to which I was going to take bath,
Coming before me you who are matchless have become my friend.
5.Sikku bove vela cheeralabbinna reethi ,
Okkimaa intiki vachithivi gaani
5.Just like getting a Sari when my self respect was about to go,
You yourself have come out and have come to my house.
6. Aagama nigama chayartha mu neevani ,
Thyagaraja nutha dalasi yunnanu Rama
6.I have decided that you are the meaning of Vedas and Sastras,
Oh Rama who is worshipped by Thyagaraja.
Lord Hari was greatly pleased and wanted to test him further and told him, “Oh Prahladha , devotees like you are very rare and that is why , I love you too much. If later people ask you , what did you get by seeing me and suppose you reply , nothing, would not those people start laughing at me, This would affect my fame as the boon giver. So you have to ask for some boons and accept them.” Prahladha was greatly confused and Lord Hari sings the following Krithi.
19.Adugu varamula nichedhanu
(God replies to Prahladha)
Adugu varamula nichedhanu
I would give you all the boons that you ask.
Adugadugu nine dalachusunaanu ,
Adbuthamaina bhkthiki sokkinaanu
For every second I have been only thinking about you,
And I have become completely attracted by your devotion.
1.Dhana kanakamulu yennaina neeku,
Dara puthrulu saogasaina indla,
Chanuvuna nosagudhu samsayamela,
Thanuvu chikkaganela , Dhanava bala.
1.However much you ask wealth and Gold , I would give you,
However much you want wife and children I would give you,
Do not have any doubt in that, Oh son of a Rakshasa,
Do not become thin sorrowing for these.
2.Akrama danujula gotti nee,
Yapadalanu dala metti,,
Vikramamuna bahu vigyadhigaa , vidhi-,
Chakradhula battamula nosakedhanu.
2,After destroying the Rakshasas who do evil deeds ,
I would remove all the dangers which are coming to you ,
And make your valour and fame spread everywhere,
And also give you the position of Undra or Brahma
3.Vaaji gajandho likamulu neeku,
Varamaina mani bhooshanamulu ,
Rajika nosagaka rava thalalenu vara,
3.I who am the friend of Thyagaraja ,
Would not waste even in a minute ,
For giving you with joy horses, elephants ,
Palanquins , auspicious gems and ornaments.
When the lord was singing like this the sages like SAnaka say that attachment to pleasures arise because of illusion. Prhladhe could not bear the worlds of cheating and illusion of the Lord Hari. And he tells the lord that , he was one who never forgets the devotion to the sacred feet of Lord Hari and says that Lord Hari himself is the ornament to his mind and sings the following Krithi.
20.Varija nayana nee vadanu nenu
(Prahladha says he does not want material things)
Varija nayana nee vadanu nenu,
Varija nayana brovu
Oh Lotus eyed one , I am yours m
And so lotus eyed one protect me.
SAreku maayaa sagarmandhu ,
Neraka munikedu nemamu lethu
I do not have any intention of ,
Getting drowned in the ocean of illusion.
1.Dhana kanakamulanu Dhara puthrulu gai-
Koni maravanu ravithanayuda gaanu
1,I am son of Sun God to take wealth , gold ,
Wife and sons and then forget you.
2.Vaji radhamulanu varamu Gaikoni ,
Rajula nadasu partha Raju nayb Gathu.
2.I am not Arjuna to take from you , horses,
Chariots and others and use them to fight with other kings.
3.Nee japamulu nava nidhulow Thyaga-
Raja vinitha durasala dagalathu.
3.Oh Lord who is being saluted by Thyagaraja ,
Since chanting your name is equal to nine types of wealth ,
I would not get involved in evil desires.
Prahladha then asks the lord, “what is the use of the pleasures of the world to me and I am not interested in asking any boons .Please protect me . “ Then Prahladha described to the Lord his extreme detachment to pleasures and says that he understood that the God was tempting him and wants to keep his firm decision not to ask for any boons . He then sings the following Krithi, whixh details his wants from the Lord.
(Prahladha then prays the lord and tells him what he wants.)
Ragam Deva Gandhari
Than mayame gavaleraa
I want to meditate on you ,
And become one with you .
Thana guhalo thaanudedu,
I would like to know the place that you hide,
In the cave called my mind.
1.Nee marma ma akshaname nichayamai thelusunraa
1.Immediately at that time I would definitely come to know
2.Yenanu mayaavela nevanko theliyadhuraa
2. At that time I would not know the illusion where the “I” has gone.
3.Tholi karmame balamu thoya koodadhu vidhiki
3. The past Karma is very strong and we cannot find fault with Brahma
4.Prakruthi swabhavamulu prajwalinchusu nunda
4. The natural tendencies would be shining greatly
5.Lakshyamu jeyaru madhilo lakshantharamulakaina
5 I would not bother about it in my mind about,
One hundred thousand road blocks that may occur
6.Mringina kallaku ruchula melu ghanevaarevaru
6.To the half closed eyes who is there to see ,
The richness of the taste objects .
7.Bhoothamulaidhunu neevu poraa jeyugannavu
7.You would be engaged in rolling the five elements,
8.Niravadhi chayyapai neevu nithyananda mununnavu
8. You would you be in the state of eternal bliss on the bed of serpent
9.Sri Thyagarajuni chapatti rakhinchedhavu
9.You are holding the hand of Thyagaraja and are protecting him.
The Lord replies, “I would give what is desired by you as t you are one who is detached from the senses. I would not even appear before those devotees who call me with a view to ask for pleasures in this world as well as in heaven. But I do want you to rule your kingdom . So go and live peacefully and live in your city. I want you to ask me further boons. “Prahladha feels upset and sad and sad and asked the lord, “Oh Lord , please do not chat me by promising more and more boons “ Lord Hari once again smiled in a deceitful manner at his devotee who was crying and spoke.”Ypu are one who has complete control over your five senses and have a mind which is not agitated and so I have to give you more boons.. I have a long way to go and I want to give any special boon which no body has got . So please ask.” The upset Prahladha sings the following Krithi and asks yhe Lord “Why this decirt towards me?”
22.Oh Rama, Rama Sarvonnatha
(Prahladha feels sad of the deceit of lord Rama)
Ragam Naga Gandhari
Oh Rama, Rama Sarvonnatha nee kipu-
Do ravanchana yelaraa karunakara
Oh Ram,a , top most of all. Oh merciful one.
Why this partiality now?
1.Veda siramulella nadaranatho nee-
Vai daivamani nammaga nammithi.
1.The Upanishads with support believed,
That you are the God and I also believed in it.
2.Peddalaina vari yoddhane sathyamu .
Kaddhani nammithini sammathini
2.I believed that truth would shine among
Great elders with all my heart.
3.Bandhu rathnaaa dhayasindhu neevani sathya,
SAndhuda vanu kontini , rammantini
3.Oh best among relatives, ocean of mercy , Believing,
That you are the guardian of truth , I wanted you to come.
4.Bharathu charya sahacharunitho nindaaraa,
Garagusu balikithive gasithive
4.Did you not talk in detail about to your companion Lakshmana ,
With a melting heart about his conduct and thus protected him.
5,SAthimatalu sadhaa gabijooche vini sam-
Mathini gowgalinchina Shubanana
5.Hearing always about the news of your virtuous wife ,
From Hanuman , OH lord who has an auspicious face ,
Did you not whole heartedly embrace him.
6,Munu bhaktha kotulu Goniyaada neevu,
Varala brochinathi ledhaa mariyaadhaa
6.In earlier days when crores of your devotees sang your praises,
Did you not protect all of them ? Is it proper for you not to do that now?
7. Yi jagathini THyagarajuni Brochuda ,
Kee jala mika thalanu nee velanu.
7.I cannot tolerate the tricks you are playing,
Not to protect Thyagaraja in this world.
Prahladha who heard the words of Hari signaling his intention to go away becomes agitated and spoke to Lord Hari like this, “Did I do great and difficult penance to get a wife or wealth or kingdom or power to subdue an enemy ? Oh Lord you are my only refuge. How can I bear to see you go away from here.” He then prays Lord Rama further and requests him to destroy all his sorrow and prays him further by singing this Krithi.
23,Sri Rama , jayarama Srungara Rama
(Prahladha requests the God to destroy all his sorrow)
Sri Rama , jayarama Srungara Rama,
Oh Rama , Oh victorious Rama , Oh sensuous Rama
1.Garavamuna brovu Karuna samudhra
!, Oh ocean of mercy which protects with great concern
2.Naaloni jail neekela thosadhuraa
2.Why is it that you are not understanding my sorrow
3.Manasichi naathonu Mattade dhepudu
3.When are you going to talk with me heart to heart
4.Thala neevela nika jalama Sri Rama
4.I cannot tolerate this, Is this your trick?
5. Balimini valachithe chalama Oh Rama
5.Are you angry with me thinking this is forced devotion.
6.Yi soukhya mee bhagya mendhaina galathaa
6.Can this pleasant life and luck be obtained any where else
7.japamemo thapamemo aparadhamemo
7.I do not know what is chanting and what is penance. Is this an offence?
8.Pankaja nayana , naa kumkuma neeve
8.Oh lotus eyed one , My luck is yourself only
9.Avanijadhipa naa sogasevaridhe Rama
9.Oh Lord of Sita , who is responsible for my beauty?
10.Neevu nimishamu leni bavuka mele
10.Without you for a minute, What is the need of this fortune?
11.Thoshimpa konnalu dochune Rama
11. Oh Rama when will you make up your mind to make me happy?
12.Yella saukhyamulu manasolladhe Rama
12.Oh Rama my mind then will not search for all pleasures
13.Payagaa menu sakhamayeno Rama
13.Without getting you , have I become half of myself?
14.Yiyantha meechandha mendhaina galadhaa
14. Is this beauty and greatness found any where else?
15.Koorchu vethalarchu kadatherchuve Rama
15, Please pardon me , destroy my sorrows and save me.
16.Mikkili mrokki che jikkithi Rama
16.Oh Rama by saluting you greatly , I became yours
17.Rajillu Thyagarajadhi vinutha
17.Oh Shining Lord praised by Thyagaraja
After This Prahladha experienced the divine joy and felt peaceful and courageous and realizes that when God himself is there before him, where was the need to sorrow or worry further . He sings the following Krithi.
24.Saraseeruha nayana nee Kadakshi me
(Prahladha says just a look from the lord is sufficient .)
Saraseeruha nayana nee Kadakshi me,
Chalu sajjana jeevana
Oh Lotus eyed one , your glance is sufficient ,
For me , Oh Lord who is the support of good people
1.Meenamarba kula kaminchi kannatlu ,
Dhana mee Lankanu dhaya joochi natlu
1.Look at me like a fish seeing its babies and the cool way,
You looked at Lanka before giving to Vibheeshana
2.SAdhu sangathi nenu salpinayatla ,
Madhurya bhojana madu jesinatlu
2.Look at me ilike my getting the company of good people,
And as if I have eaten sweet food.
3.Dhana kanakamulelladagiliniyatlu ,
Dhinamu durasulu jelaginayatlu
3.Look at me just like I god gold and wealth,
And as if I have left out all my evil desires .
Brahmendra pattanubhava mandhinatla
4. Look at me just like I sat in the throne ,
And I have experienced the position of Brahma and Indra.
5.Nalugokka padhi bhuvana melinatla,
Kalugu kulamulella gata therinatla
5. Look at me just like I ruled all the fourteen worlds ,
And as if all my clan members have got salvation
6.Rajeeva bhava nutha , Ramaneeya charitha ,
Rajillu Sri Thyagarajaadhi vinutha
6.Oh Lord worshipped by Lord Brahma who has a pretty story,
And one who is praised by the shining Thyagaraja and others.
On hearing his sincere appeal spoken with devotion and Bhakthi , the Lord Harei was glad and spoke as follows.”Oh pure one , Suppose I am always with you , what would you like to do ?If you tell me , I would grant all those boons .” Prhaldha was moved by the offer of the lord and with a choked voice told him, “ I would like to be always with you and do service to you, adorn you with beautiful jwellary and offer you several fragrant scents” and sang the following Krithi.
25.Vaddha yundedhe bahu melu
(Prahladha says that It would be sufficient if the God is near him.
Vaddha yundedhe bahu melu
Your being very near to me is great,
Oh Lotus eyed one
Addhambu momugala ranga ,
Oh lord like a mirror like face ,Oh matchless handsome one
1,Bangara poola boojinthu ,
Baagugaa ninnu sevinthu ,
SRungainchi kelagalindhu ,
1.I would worship you with golden flowers,
And I would serve you extremely well,
I would decorate you and hug you,
And I would move near and worship you.
2.Mungalane natiyinthu ,
Mudhu matala delinthu ,
SAngeethamu vinupinthu ,
2.I would dance before you ,
I would speak dear words before you,
I would make you hear songs,
And I would attain great joy.
3.SAthamathrama neeyenthu ,
JIthanmu gaani bodhendhu ,
THatharamu deerchu kondhu,
3.Oh Lord who is the truth which lives in everything,
My mind would no go any where else except near you,
I would satiate my hunger for you , and say,
You are the one who was obtained easily by Thyagaraja.
Lord Hari listened to Prahladha and understood his true devotion to him and spoke like this to him. “I have kept on my lap and blessed you with all that you want and removed all the doubts in the mind of Devas , In what other way should I show my kindness to you?” Prahladha told him that unless he does continuous service by worship, decoration and offer , his mind would not be satisfied “ and sings the following Krithi .
26.Theerunaa naloni Dugdha
(Prahladha asks hari whether his anguish would come to an end)
THeerunaa naloni Dugdha
Would the anxiety in my mind ever end
SAramou nee Pada saarasamu nadhu hrudha-
Yara vinadhamuna betti kattukoka.
Unless I keep your lotus like feet ,
On my heart and tie it there/
1Kamma vilthuni kanna kanthi galigina hare,
Mummaru palannamu bujimba betti ,
Kammanividem bosagi kadu rathnamula merayu,
THamma padi kenu batti thnibudu niluvakanu.
1.Oh lustrous Hari who gave birth to cupid,
Unless I offer you three times milk rice,
Offer you sweet thamboola and stand before ,
You holding a spittoon which is studded with high quality gems.
2.Anudhinamu needhu [adabjamu;a nothusunu .
Kanakamayamou surati karamunidi visari,
Ghanamains phanithalpamuna nunji padusunu ,
Ganulara sevinchi kalamula gadabakanu.
2.Unless I daily massage your divine feet ,
Fan you holding a fan which is golden,
Make you li down on the high quality bed of serpent,
Sing before you and see you to my eyes satisfaction ,
And spent my time.
3.Rajathi Raja sura raja vanditha pada ,
Sri Janaki Ramana srungara jaladhe ,
Rajadharudagu Thyagaraja poojithudanusu ,
RAjillu nee keerthi rajigaa bogadakanu
3.Oh king of kings , whose feet is worshipped by Indra ,
Consort of Janaki , ocean of charm ,
Till I praise you, who is shining ,being worshipped ,
By Thyagaraja wearing a crescent to my heart’s content
Then Prahladha addressed the Lord Again requested him never to leave him and Lord Hari spoke to him as follows.”I have blessed you as one of my great devotees and there is no devotee of mine who is as great as you.” Hearing this Prahladha thinking it was the proper time made the following request “Please bless me with true devotion to you like the king of elephants and the blessed Garuda,” Lord Hari who could understand the mind of Prahladha spoke as follows., “When I want to make you as my equal , why this boon of making you my slave . Ask me any other boon except that .”
The sanaka and other sages then told , “Prahladha has become a Guru to his own master ..”And Prahladha replied Lord Hari as follows , “ Is is it not true that all four types of wealth were attained by my penance? Please grant me pure devotion to you, because I will only serve you. Oh Lord I do not have any attachment to Dharma and I do not want any wealth, Let things happen due to my past Karma , The only boon that I need is great devotion to your feet . Oh Lord Who carried the Mandhara mountain on your back why are you chiding me . Are you trying to test me further ?Is It fair on your part?. Please raise me up to be your devotee”. After this with a heavy heart Prahladha again asked God why he is angry with him, by using this Kriti,
27. Ramabhi Rama Raghurama , Oh Rama
(Prahladha again asks god, why he is angry with him)
Ramabhi Rama Raghurama , Oh Rama
Oh Rama, Oh mind stealing Rama , Oh Raghu Rama , Oh Rama
Thamasamulela Sita mano Ramana
Why this anger , Oh Lord who steals the mind of Sita
1Pagajeyutela naa pala neethu,
Vagalela vida jalavu , Gajebdra pala
1.Why are you showing all your enmity on me?
Would you not leave your cheating nature,
Oh Lord who saved the king of elephants .
2. Nee sommu nenaduga ledhu nindu ,
MOsamou parapanchamandasa lethu
2.Iam not asking for your property and I do not ,
Like this worls which only gives disappointment
3.AAsa neeyeda thanaku podhu nija,
Dhasa rakshaka ninu vinaa gathiledhu
3.I would never lose my love towards you ,
Oh lord who protects his true devotees ,
I do not have any protection except you .
4.Nee sari samana mevarilalo Rama,
Neeraja dalaksha chikkithiraa nee vala lo
4.Oh Rama , there is no one who is equal to you,
Oh Lord with eyes like lotus petal, I have been caught in your net.
Vallaneramugani nay neeku veraa
5.I do not know that you are a cheater, You are ,
Though you think that I am a wrong one,
Am I in any way different from you ?
6.Sripathe nanu maruvadagunaa , idhi ,
Papame gaani yedabhaya manasagunaa
6.Oh consort of Lakshmi , Is it just for you to forget me,
Though this is my old Karma , would my mind allow me to forget you?
7.Aajanubahu karameeera, Sri thyaga-
Rajuni bhavabdhi datinchi parameera
7.Oh Lord whose hands touches his thight , please give me your hand ,
And give me a boon that this Thyagaraja would cross the ocean of Samsara
Hearing these Lord Hari wanted to know about the path of Bhakthi as enunciated by Prahladha. Prahladha says that he would not like to show devotion to any other God except Hari. He further told that his mind is completely immersed in you . He then sang this Krithi welcoming kindness on the part of Hari.
28.Dhaya rani , Dhaya rani , Dasaradhi Rama
(Prahladha is elated that Rama is becoming kind .and expresses his happy mind)
Dhaya rani , Dhaya rani , Dasaradhi Rama
Let kindness come, let kindness come ,
Oh son of Dasaratha , Oh Rama
1.Vivarimpadaramaa Raghu veera aanandamu?
1.Oh hero of Raghu clan , is it possible to describe , this joy?
2.Dalachithe menella pulakarincheni Rama
2.When I think about hairs stand erect all over my body, Rama
3,Kanugonnanandamai kanneru nindedini
3.Due to the happiness in seeing you , the tears are flowing.
4.AAsinchu vela jagamantha thrunamaiyeni
4.Due to my love towards you , this world has become a mere twig
5,Charana kelagili vela chelaka mai marecheni
5,When I hug your divine feet, I am forgetting myself completely
6.Chetha nundaga naadhu chinthalu tholigeni
6.When you are near me , I forget all my worries
7,Marma heenula gooda karma Mana naiyeni
7.i thing it is my Karma that I am joining with people ,
Who do not know your secret.
8.Thanakai sri Ramavathara mathithivo?
8.Have you taken this incarnation of Rama for my sake
9.Navanti Dasula bri=ova vedalithivo
9.Have you started only protect devotees like me
10.Moodu moorthula kadhi moolamu neeve Rama
10.Oh Rama , you are basic root of all the trinity of Gods
11.Sri Thyagarajuni chelikadu neeve Rama
11. You are also the closest friend of Sri Thyagaraja
Lord Hari then wanted to know the mind of Prahladha , He told him that he is not responsible for his mental sufferings and he asks him whether he knew that heart of God melts on sufferings of the devotee. He requests Prahladha to explain his mind fully in such a way that all people can understand it . Then Prahladha realizing that there is no other option explains his inner most thoughts to Hari. Then Prahladha praises Lord Hari in various ways and sings the following song:-
29,Dhaya seyavatyya sadaya Ramachandra
(Prahladha requests him to bless him with joy).
Ragam Yadhu kula kambhoji
Dhaya seyavayya sadaya Ramachandra
Oh Ramachandra, immediately show me your mercy
Dhayanu konchamaina naadu ,
DAlasuchunna Sita sukhamu
Grant me a little of that kindness,
Which is a small portion of kindness ,
Shown by you to Lady Sita.
1,Kshithi nadhula rakayu , sam-
mAthi leka Sri Saketha ,
Pathi radeyana vacchunanina ,
SAthiki galgina yanandamu
1.Give me that happiness Of Sita , which she got
When she Got the answer “He would come”,
When she became sad and asked, “Why has the king,
Of Saketha not come so far?”
2.Cheliyaro navale nathi, naku,
Galaremo raledhani jail,
Thelisi mrokku koni vela ,
Balimini nedhuraina Sukamu
2. Give me that pleasure when you appeared there suddenly,
When Sita was asking her girl friends, “Oh friends , To my lord,
How many ladies are there like me?And still he has not come”
Making her friend pitying on her after understanding her sorrow.
3.KOnchemi rioopamaa villu,
Vancha koodaka pono yani ,
Yenchi jail jandhamenu,
Banji kanipincha katla.
3,Please show your grace to me ,
Like when you showed your Viswa roopa(mega form),
To Sita when she was worrying thinking that you who were ,
Looking like a boy would not be able to bend that Bow.
Natti janakaqjanu bottu
Katti karamu battu vela,
Kanthaku nna sukhamu thanaku
4.Grant me that pleasure that you gave ,
To Sita when you held her hands tightly ,
When you got married to her ,,
Though it was extremely difficult ,
For any one to get married to her.
5.KOrina varalanu nay nee-
Reethi brothunani sapha-,
Varalaku deliya jeyu ,
5.Please make the people of world ,
Understand how you would protect ,
All those who surrendered to you ,
And shower your grace on this Thyagaraja
Prahladha requests Hari with the same type of devotion that Sita had on him . He says that if what Sage Narada has taught him properly he should not deceive him. Then Prahladha fell at the feet of Lord Hari and felt as if a son is saluting his mother . Then the sages blessed Prahladha and that he had become similar to one who has crossed the ocean if Samsara . Lord Hari also realized that Prahladha was totally immersed in devotion to him. Then the Lord lifted Prahladha and kept him on his lap and then hugged him.Then Lord Hari told him that he argued with him only to know his mind. And then the Lord blessed him in all ways. Prahladha then worshipped him