Free read Ã eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ñ NammalvarBut if it serves the divine "it will stay in vaikunta and eatthink of God Madhura kavi realized *the divinity of this "will stay in vaikunta and eatthink of God Madhura kavi realized *the divinity of this kavi was himself a great devotee when he asked Nammalvar *divinity of this childMadhura kavi was himself a great devotee when he asked Nammalvar right uestion and made him speak Immediately he took him for his Acharya Teacher Guru Nammalvar consented to being his guru instructed him in the doctrines of Vaishnavism and thereafter glorified Lord Vishnu He composed on the spot a thousand hymns praising Vishnu each one starting with the last word of the previous poem We owe it to Madhurakavi for setting them to music Madhurakavi became the Alvar s student and went on to compose poems about his prodigal masterHis contribution of four works numbering 1296 hymns #to the four thousand of the divya prabhandham # the four thousand of the Divya Prabhandham the entire fourth thousand and part of the third thousand these works are TiruvAymozhi 1102 verses Tiruviruttam 100 verses TiruvAsiriam 7 verses and Periya Tiruvanthadi 87 versesThe subject matter of the four works was certainly the five principles namely the Lord the soul the means the end and the obstacles to spirituality Through all this ran a thread of the acme of devotion to Lord Krishna Whatever Krishna ate whatever He drank whatever betel He chewed was the dearest to the saint The supreme object of life was to be at the Lord s lotus feet and to serve him eternally in blissful love Therefore seek Him all your life praise Him surrender to Him speak of His glories and exploits revel in His majesty and continue the recitation of His names This was his message to the world at large Like the Buddha who appeared in the northernmost part of India and finally engulfed not only India but Asia and the whole world by his teachings Nammalvar was the star of the southernmost part of India whose work engulfed the whole world of Vaishnavism. Philosophic hymns and love poems through recurring voices roles and places They also enact a progression from wonder at the Lord’s works to the experience of loving him and watching others love him to moods of uestioning and despair and finally to the experience of being devoured and possessed by
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It S Crazy How Theys crazy how they reference these huge stories in ust a few lines Love poetry was very touching as well A great book on one of the foremost alwars nammalwar and his Great poems but the Ramanujan s afterword is what you read this book for Although the has a few great poems it feels uite dry to read Many metaphors and similes must have been lost in translation For example the metaphor dark as the sea has been used multiple times in the translation but I am not uite sure if the original #Meant Dark As The #dark as the of the sea Bhakti poetry is that sublime set of poems that those who are really divinely inspired can write and enjoy And this selection of Bhakti poems are absolute gems taken as samples from that vast treasure trove There are uite a lot of verses that have touched my heart left me dewy eyed I Flirting with the Forbidden (Moreau Siblings just loved this anthology It s ever too hard to translate poems and especially those poems that contain in them oceans of emotions and devotion It takes courage to even attempt such a translation For the courage he had and the skill he exhibited the pioneer A K Ramanujan must be praisedIf it sounds a bit odd in places it s not the poet s fault nor the translator s The reason isust the difference in the languages and the gulf of differences in the cultures The afterword is what the book is worth for where the author atempts to explaintrace a mosaic of esoteric philosophy syair Nammalvar memuja Vishnu sangat berpengaruh di selatan India This is the kind of book you can read in an hour but the endnotesappendix section will keep you occupied for much longer if you care about all those details And they are pretty necessary to understand some of whats going on poetically if you dont understand Tamil This is an incredible selection of po. The poems in this book are some of the earliest about Visnu one of the Hindu Trinity also known as Tirumal the Dark OneTradition recognizes twelve alvars saint poets devoted to Visnu who lived between the sixth and ninth century in the Tamil speaking region of south India These devotees of Visnu and .