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.
Oh Lord! Bestow a boon on me!
‘Mama mAya durattyayA’ – (My Maya is difficult to cross) – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, Verse 14
Lord Krishna says to Arjuna that his Maya is all powerful and difficult to overcome. But he adds that those who surrender to him find it easy to cross.
Maya is so powerful that it deceived even Narada Maharishi into believing that the illusory world was real. As a result, all the mahans are wary of Maya and pray to the Lord to escape its clutches.
Sri Swamiji too has a similar prayer to the Lord in the song “Dayai ondru seiyya”, set in Anandhabhairavi raga. The lyrics and its meaning are presented below.
Ragam: Anandha Bhairavi
dayai ondru seiyya veNDum kaNNA – nI enakku
taTTAmal – dayai
un mAyai enum peyai oru gaNatil vilakki – dayai
paTTam paNam padavi pugazh kAmam enDru
alaindiDum manadai tiruppi
bhakti bhajanam bhAgavatam jnAna
vairAgyam endrAkki (dayai)
O Krishna! Please bestow a boon on me
By pushing away the ghost called Maya in a second… (please bestow a boon on me)
My mind goes after position, wealth, power, fame, desire…
But steer it away from them, and instead make it dwell on
Devotion, kirtan, Bhagavatam, self-knowledge and dispassion
Sowmya Balasubramanian, Fremont CA