Madhura Geetam – Prayer Series: 17

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.

 How do I ask, O Radhe?

Eppadi Kettal

 This is the last song in the Prayer series. Mahans have composed the divine compositions to show us how to pray. We do not know what to pray for and how to pray. Just for a second, let us imagine that the Lord comes and stands in front of us. Do we know what to ask for? Even if we do ask for something do we know if that is the best for us in the long run? Hence, in this song “Eppadi kettAl” set in Bhimplas raga, Sri Swamiji prays to Radha devi to show him how to pray to Lord Krishna.

rAgam: bhImplAs
thALam: Adi
Pallavi
eppaDi kETTAl kaNNan aruLvAnO
appaDi kETka endanukku aruLvAy rAdhE

Anupallavi
prEmaiyin rahasiyam aRindavaL nIyanDrO
prEmikanin hrudayamum nIyE andrO

charaNam
kAdum kAdum vaittArpOl sollit taruvAyE
vEReduvum unai nAn kETkavE mATTEn
madurapurivAsini mAdushrIyE
sUduvAdu onDraRiyA sundari nIyE

Meaning
How do I ask such that Krishna will surely bestow his grace?

O Radhe! Please bestow your grace so I can ask so.

You know the secret of Divine Love (Prema)
You are the heart of Premika (Krishna)

Could you please teach me in secret the divine secret
I will not ask you anything else.
O Madhushri! The dweller of Madhurapuri
You are the divine beauty devoid of any deceit.

Sowmya Balasubramanian, Fremont CA

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