Thursday, May 23, 2024

No perfect being on this earth: say Seeta and Goda


Tiruppavai by Godadevi from Tamil

VaiyathuVazhveerkal! Nanum Nam Pavaikku  

SeyyumKirisaikalKeleero! Paarkadalul

Paiyya-th-thuyindra param Adi Paadi

Neyyunnom Paal UnnomNaatkaleNeeradi

Maiy-ittEzhudom Malar Ittu Naam Mudiyom

SeyyadanaSeyyom Thee KkuralaiSenrodhom



 English Translation from By Madabhushi Sridhar

For bliss of world, come dear, join this divine mission.

To sing at the lotus feet of VaikunthaNatha of Milk Ocean

Forsake ghee and milk and forget not bathing in early hours.

Forsake flowers and eyeliner, avoid give facial make up.

Listen to elders, do not do the don’ts, do only the good.

Hurt not, donate as much as you can.

For salvation, engage with noble thoughts, awake, let us all go.

Goda explains the NaaraayanaTatwa as His first location, Sthana,in her first Paashuram (Poem No.1). The Lord told Gopikaas about the ultimate, omnipotent, and omnipresent power of Naaraayana. His omnipresence is indicated by names Vishnu, Vasudeva, and Naaraayana. Vishnu means one who pervades the universe. Vasudeva signifies that he resides and shines in every inch of the creation.

Second song of Goda discloses that second abode of Bhagavan, that is Paalakadali, the Ocean of Milk. He is smaller than the smallest, Annu (micro cell)among the Annus, and at same time bigger than the biggest, Mahat or Brihat. He is the embodiment of five elements. Body of every creature consists of the same five elements. Earth is one of those five.  It is difficult to be peaceful on this Earth.

In this song, Goda is setting the rules and regulations for the NaaraayanaVrata. Do’s and don’ts are prescribed. We need to gain knowledge from elders as to what to do and what not to do. Many Gopikaas joined Goda, ready to learn about their mission.

Also read: Aiming to reach ultimate Lord Naaraayana

Madabhushi Sridharacharyulu

Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Author is Dean, Professor of law at Mahindra University at Hyderabad and former Central Information Commissioner. He published a number books in English and Telugu.


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