In this series, we present, each month, a prayer kirtan composed by His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. These kirtans underline the importance of prayers and show us how to pray.
O Krishna! I Must Always be Devoted to You
Mahans always wish to be in the thoughts of the Lord. Devotees like Meera, Tukkaram, Gorakhumhar, Senanayi, etc were immersed in the thoughts of the Lord that they were completely oblivious to their surroundings.
Through several of her songs, Meera has expressed how she wants to lead a life devoted to Krishna. She says she wants to dance and sing the Lord’s glories and his names, read His leelas and listen to them.
hari guN gAvat nAchUngI prabhu guN gAvat nAchUngI
apanE mandir mE baiTh baiTh kar gItA bhAgavat vAchUngI
The songs composed by Mahans are not ordinary compositions. Mahans compose them when they are in an exalted state. These songs not only give us a glimpse of their state, they also teach us what and how to pray for a life devoted to the Lord. Sri Swamiji too has composed several such songs. This month, we will see “Eppozhudum nAn”, set in Darbar, in which Sri Swamiji prays that he must always sing, dance and celebrate the Lord and must never waver from this path even in the face of the toughest tribulations. The lyrics and the meaning of the song are given below.
Eppozhudum Nan Ippadiye Irukka
eppozhudum nAn ippadiyE irukka
nI aruLa venDum kaNNA kaNNA
Un mun amarndu unnai pAdiyum Adiyum
konji konji nAn koNDADiDa veNDum
mAyaiyil mUzhgiyo manavedanaiyinAlo
pAzhum inda uDal kETTinAlO
vENDAda kavalaigaL ennai paTRi kolvadAlo
vAzhum varai nAn vazhuvavE kUDAdu
To always lead a life in this way,
O Kanna! Please bestow your grace on me
I must sit in front of you and sing and dance,
Dote on you and cherish and celebrate you.
Drowned in Maya or in my own despairs,
Or owing to tribulations of this mortal coil,
Or as a result of unnecessary anguish,
Until my last breath, I must never falter!
Sowmya Balasubramanian, Fremont CA