Lord Narayana Incarnates As Sri Naryana Das


Dr. N.T.S. Yajulu was Pandit Narayana Das’ family physician. A scholar in English, Sanskrit and Telugu; a writer, poet and connoisseur of arts, he paid the following tribute - in poetry and prose - to Pandit Narayana Das on the occasion of his birth centenary.

Lord Narayana Incarnates As Sri Naryana Das


Dr. N.T.S. Yajulu

NARADA’S PRAYAYER:

“Yeda Yedahi Dharmasya- glanirbhavathi Bharatha,
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Dharma Samsthapanarthaya, Smbavami Yuge Yuge”


Narada:

Oh Narayana, I am much pained
To tell you, that Satan’s spell has made humanity blind
God’s paradise is lost to mankind
And it has to be at once regained.
Humanity is today heading to a crisis
With Adharma and Sin, rushing to a nemesis
Of utter destruction and annihilation
Of all life, and light of God’s creation.

This is Kaliyuga and we must hasten
To re-establish Dharma, morale, truth and love
And enable humanity light and life to outlive
The raids of Satan on earth

Lord Narayana! You must again take rebirth
On earth and set the world right.
Today the world is groping in the darkness of night
Of sin sway of animal might.

Today the world pays no more heed
To poetry or song of Geeta, which few read,
But even today, humanity has still a heart
For the enchantment of music and concrete art
Which instead of abstract reasoning, about the Absolute Reality, which is spiritualism

Leads us into the concrete comprehension of the Almighty
At unity in the diversity, by perfection of art to transcendentalism
Which is that state of bliss
Which even the modern world maddened with materialism
Does not like to miss
Humanity wants delight, Anandam
All art perfected gives that Anandam
Which is real and lasting and “Anandam is Brahama
Anandam is the Lord’s Vibhuti
So, Art giving Anandam shows us the Lord in his Vibhuti

Incarnate, O’ Rapture, O’ Jagad Jyothi, beam and glow
Far and wide with Dharma, the world will be set right
As Lord Krishna you have shown to humanity
Through your Geeta your poetic capacity;
You have not exhibited your artistic ability
Now through music dance and Laya, show your beauty
Of a charming personality, with genius and versatility
For the sake of Manavabhyudaya
Lord Narayana! You delight in serving humanity as a Dasa
So take rebirth now calling Yourself Narayana Das
As a celebrated unique pioneer Haridas,
To serve humanity’s peaceful needs,
To inspire war-sinned broken soul to nobler does,
To reshow on earth, Divine Dharmic seeds
To breed in Mankind nobler creeds
Through Harikadha performances as the panacea
For the ills of the mind, to usher in Ramarajya: Real Utopia,

Narayana:

I have heard and I always hear,
When Earth Oppressed by Night’s fear
Sends her cry of agony to Me.
O Narada dear, I choose to bid thee
Carry my Saviour word to waiting Earth;
“My Rapture shall descend in a new Birth”

THE PROMISE FULFILLED

Narada:

That day, it was darkness all round
When nothing about could be found,
From the East there came a mystic sound
Booming 'Om, Om, Om', descending from high to the ground.
(Humanity said “‘OmItyekaksharam Brahma”.
It’s the Lord coming to re-establish Dharma)
The word is God and the word came
And Lord Narayana came
From out of the pitch darkness and gloom of light
Something mysterious came to Sight
A huge and widespread beam of light
Incandescent luminous and bright
Hallowed as of Heaven glowing high
Slowly descended down from the Sky
When Satan heaved a desperate sigh
Of despondency: At the truth of Narada’s prophecy,
When he saw the hallowed sight
Of Lord Narayana’s coming light
The dense fogs and mists cleared away.

The dark clouds disappeared, and Satan gave way
Under the incoming light, as it reached the ground,
When all things could be seen and reality found.
The light slowly moved to the East
Leading many a saint seer sage and priest
All the holy elders and thousands of the wise
Of humanity, towards what looked like a mystic sunrise

Informed by Narada:

Knowing it to be Lord Narayana’s divine light
Coming on earth, to dispel the darkness of worldly night

Humanity:

Oh, Lord Nanayana!
We plead inability to rise to the heights of Mukti,
To day humanity is not Moksha minded
For with rationalism, science it is Satan blinded
Materialism: has effaced humanism
Satanism has taken the place of spiritualism
Satan enlarges the beast,
In man preaching that the Scriptures are stories of the past
Today Science Marches ahead of soul
And man has forgotten his divine role.
Satan sets up storms and mutiny
One the ship of “Human Destiny”
Seeking to embark humanity on the ‘Ship of Death’
And make the world “A waste land”.
There is no peace on earth. Satan’s hand both command
In air, at sea, and on land
Mankind are no more kind, tortured in Satan’s school
And man has become not God’s but Satan’s tool:
So pray, redeem humanity, from the clutches of Satan
Liberate us, and save us from the conflagration
Which has started raging Mankind
We humbly pray to thee, in devotion
We are frail men, pray forgive our Sin,
Thou art an ocean of kindness, pity and mercy
Pray give to the world peace: Shanti
And to us Moksham
Sadhimam Twam Prapannam”.

Lord Narayana:

Dear children. Don’t worry
You will be happy. Be merry
For I am come to take up Satan’s challenge
I will outwit him and will ere long harbinger
An era of love, truth and Dharma on earth
For which I am now taking rebirth
It, with your Self-effort, you plead inability
To obtain liberation and attain Mukti
From these mortal cages
Heed the words of prophetic sages.
Like Nrayana Das,
In whose form, I will come as a Haridas
And will inspire you, and make you wise
And help you to rise, and realise
All the truths of the words, you have said in praise of me
By your abject surrender; by the Service you render
Unto humanity, whereby you most serve the Almighty
By your implicit faith in me: Bhakti
You ensure from me, your Purusharthas and Mukti.
This comes from me, as my mercy and grace
To ensure humanity & world by Shanthi or Peace.

“Look there, at the village Ajjada near Srikakulam I will be born.
As Narayana Das this very morn.”
And the Viswarupa of Lord Narayana till then seen
Merged into the rising Sun at Jagad Jyothi Dawn.
And anon, Lord Narayana, with all his Divinity
Is born, as Sri Narayana Das; as the son of Divinity
As a commanding enchanting personality
With a unique individuality
Of his multifaceted genius and versatility.

Sri Narayana Das like all Sidhapurushas
Like Tyagaraja, Bhakta Pothanna and Tulasi Das
Like Kabirdas and Purnadhar Das
Was and ardent bhakta and devotee
Who dedicated himself for uplifting humanity
Enrolled in the “Brotherhood of immortals”
As a prophet of God & pioneer Haridas
Sri Adidhatla Narayana Das
Who like Wordsworth, has soared high
And again come back nigh
To the level of the masses, enabling them also to soar high
And so, hailed for all times
Revered and respected in all climes
For having catered Divinity & Spirituality
Unto millions of humanity
The highest service which any human
Can render unto mankind under the sun
Is to ensure Moksha, the highest and most exalted
Of the four Purushardhas coveted
By man, as the greatest achievement
As the noblest and sublimes attainment.

Sri Narayana Das’ Emporium Of Erudition And Art

Every selfless service of utility
For the welfare of humanity
Is an act of nobility,
And a spark of Divinity

Such is Sri Narayana Dss’ legacy
Handed over to humanity
Through his emporium of Erudition and Art.
The music college, and Harikatha cult, he did start
Ordained by the Almighty
For ennobling humanity
To spirituality and Divinity
To humanism Love Truth Pity and Nobility
Through the Light of Religion and Philosophy.

All children of Mother Vani and the Muses
Set at varied, divinely ennobling roles
For humanities peaceful uses
And for enlarging their souls.
In the lake, Several Swans are seen swimming
Paramahamasas and Sidhapurushas brimming
With light of philosophy and spirituality
And with their love ennobling humanity
Giving up to all that seek at that Alter
Heaven’s, enlightening and ennobling nectar
For the tank, from which any one can drink deep
But baptised into Heaven’s lap
They may be lulled into mystic sleep.

Reared here are the richest and rarest flowers of the World
Multi-petalled lotuses of Learning, with philosophic dew pearled
Literary Sahasraras with helloed auras
Various other flowers fragrant with rich radiant hues
Tender, and glowing with Divine dews
Which never wither, are always fresh and bright
With the philosophic dew pearls on the, glowing heaven’s light.

If you like, pray handle the flowers with great care
Lest, by rough handling the delicate petals may tear
And the honey with which the bud is full
May fall on arid sands and spill
It is only delicate bees with skill
That can drink deep to satiety and fill
By rough handling, the sweet luscious fruit which the flowers will bear
Will be lost to humanity and will no more be three.

There find indigenous medicines of Ayurveda, given free
Made from many a Himalayan herb or tree
As panacea for all the ills of the World,
Against gauntlets of challenge, which Mrityu has hurled,
On humanity, paining with disease and poverty
Everyone can use them with safety and impunity.

Many a broken heart or soul
Is repaired, reset and made whole
Giving God’s singular gift, the blessings of health;
Full enjoyment, of the joys of life, happiness and bliss, Divine Wealth
Next proceed to mother Vani’s literary and musical mansion
Where innumerable Kavi kanyakis are said to function
Like Angels, they come forth beaching all
Welcome, to enter, the literary and musical stall
But beware of them, for they breathe the mystic fragrance
Of religions and philosophic incense,
By breathing the fragrance of the musical literary flowers
Blooming on the encharming spiritual bowers
Reared at the approaches to the huge Kavya Towers
And watered by Mother Vani and the Muses, from the Divine Rivers
Flowing from the heart and soul, as a genial current
Whose course is, by music, mystically and heavenly bent,
You may forget yourselves, like the “Lotus eaters” in the embrace and charms
Of the Kavi kanyakis and Mukti kanthas, welcoming you with extended arms,

And he hypnotized, unwittingly one by one
Like sun flowers, turning always towards the sun
Jagad Jyothi” struck dumb captivated in these golden arms.
With their enlightening warmth, and bewitching charms,
These Kavi Kanyakis have come from many a clime
Beautiful bonny in youthful prime
Like fragrant inflorescence in full bloom.

Some, Come, courting make up, in the literary green room
Of Sri Narayana Das from the occidental into the Oriental costumes
And anon in Sanskrit and Telugu aprons they loom
Larger, nobler, more beautiful and fair,
Like brides, well groomed, with bewitching locks of hair
In saree, blouse and Eastern Vest
On an ennobling pious spiritual breast
With poetic paints of religious gold
As embodiments of beauty, in admiration to behold
With newer champs and enchanting graces
Of spirituality on their lovely luscious, pious faces
And as each one of them dances to rhythm and sweetly sings,
We see in each a deity a Mukti Bhama an Angel on wings
Soaring into the sublime realms of heaven
Of transcendentalism, which to few only is given
By the invigorate imaginative make up
By Sri Narayana Das, slumbering souls at once wake up
To life, spirituality and religious rigour
The Kavi kanyakis of Kalidas and Shakespeare
Both of kindred kind, to Sri Narayana Das equally dear
With their muses and uses of the East and West
Were honoured by him, to see in which attire, they looked their best
Occident or orient, in different moods, in the honours nine
As to who looked comparatively, more charming and divinely fine,
Whether by the English, Sanskrit or Telugu Dressed
The elite or artists were more impressed.
The Navarasatarangini compares each form
By tenets of poesy as to their greater charm
By their closely adherence to truth and human nature
As to who of the three, was the fairer creature.

The beautiful Kavi kanyaka of Omar Khaiyam
Rubiyat
dressed in Persian style did also come
To be dressed by Sri Narayana Das in Oriental style
To be enabled to sing in Sanskrit and Telugu to dance and smile
In ecstasy, rapture of divine love and bliss
Made more lovely and charming in her oriental dress
Soaring to heights of transcendentalism
Drunk deep with the wine of Spiritualism
With deep delight, and deeper insight
To God himself, in philosophic flight
To the sublime heights to which Omar Khaiyam reached
And of which ennobling humanity he has preached.
To this Sri Narayana Das has also reached
Both these great philosophers
Are immortalized through this verse,
Which under its seeming levity
Runs deep into Divinity
By showing us this newer light
Sri Narayana Das ennobles us to its Divine Light
Fitzgerald’s costume of the West
Fails to show the deeper Vest and breast
Browning’s rejoinder to Fitzgerald’s light
Some weighty to undo the harm, and sets things right
Preaching “The best is yet, to be the last
Of the first, for which the first was made”
Meaning that the animal adolescence of early age
Is for fastening the rose of old age
Then only the ripe fruit of maturity
Gives to humanity its sweet juice of Divinity.

There’s Panini’s daughter, a grammarian come
To Sri Narayana Das, who extended to her a hearty welcome
By a philosophic discourse in Sanskrit she has become
A Mukti kanta seeking moksham, taking the Name “Tarakam”.
Prof: Geldner of Germany praised her
To the skies, and conferred on her teacher
Sri Narayana Das, the title of ‘Kavi Sekharam’ (Poet King)
To him, several other pupils did also come
To all whom, Sri Narayana Das bade welcome
So that, they might all live in company
With his own Kavi kanyakis, who too are many
Receiving tuition to perfection, in Sanskrit and Telugu
And trained to mastery of his Harikatha cult, quite new
As ennobling Mukti Bhamas.

They are expert musicians, and sing, in verse or song
In Kirthanas and Yaksha ganams small or long
And have danced to rhythm, tune and laya, at Divine call
In many a Ganasabha or Harikatha hall
Expounding philosophic discourses with exquisite charm
In Telugu or Sanskrit, rendering many a religious theme
From the scriptures or Puranas set in story form
Preaching to millions, Dharma and belief in the Supreme
Below in an inventory
Of the literary works in which literary mastery
And artistic proficiency has been acquired
By the Kavi Kanyakis, who are all soul inspired
In Sanskrit is Harikathamrutham
Which in it has Sri Krishna Jananam,
Dharma Samsthapanam, and Pitrubandha Vimochanam
Three hundred and ten Riks, from Rigveda, in song come
As do Kasi Sathakam and Ramachandra Sathakam,
Dasa Vidha Raga Navathi Kusuma Manjari
With ninety ragas, set to laya, comes flowery
Vyakarana Sangraham in Grammar a special study
Purushardha Sadhanam in prose gives an idea of society.
Dambhapura prahasanam and Sarangadhara
Are taught for enacting Drama
Aesop’s fables, are translated into Telugu, for girls and boys
By name “Noorganti” as stores for children to rejoice
In Telugu, for Katha kalakshepam do come
Dhruvacharitra, Ambarishopakhyanam,
Markandeya charitramu and Gajenndra Moksham
Bhishma Charitram, Harischandropakhyanam
Seethakalyanam, and many a devotional Sathakam
Like Mrityunjaya Siva Sathakam
Mukunda Sathakam, Satyavratha Satakam
And Suryanarayana Sathakam
Translations from Sanskrit to Telugu have come
As Bhagavad Geetha Verses, to easily understand them
As did Lalitha Saharanamams
And Atcha Telugu Palukubadi Synonyms.
A pure Telugu words dictionary
By name “Seema Paluku Vahi
And several other original literary works have also come
For enriching Telugu literature, all so welcome.
The Rishi’s Kavi kanyakas are many
Are never sold for money
Some are married to God
Some to great souls like God
Some to serve the Muses
And mother Vani for their ennobling uses,
Some to enrich the Telugu literary Deity
And all, for serving humanity
Many need to be redeemed from manuscript privacy
Kanyachara” and enlarged into print publicity
To better serve humanity,
This is ours, the State’s and the Government’s sacred duty.
For improving, intellect, memory and thought
Ashtavathanam and Sathavadhanam are taught
To those who are intelligent
And have the necessary mettle and talent
All these literary works promote, Indigenous arts and scholarship
Helping, even the young, or masses, to understand, pray or worship.
By the tuition of Sri Narayana Das and his literary instil tuition
By the inspiration from these Mukti Bhamas enabling us to emulation.

Many a literary challenge can be impromptu met.
Such material and tuition, we can nowhere else get
As we can from this “Profound scholar and great poet”
“Master Musician”, “Laya Brahma” and enchanting dancer
“Savant of Hindu Religion and philosopher”
“Andhra Literary hero” and “Atapatala Meti
Who has no equal “Nabhuto Nabhavishyati
The great ‘Harikatha Pitamaha
The Sangeetha Sarasa Kavitha Kalaprapurna
The ‘Sangeetha Sahitya Sarvabhouma
This Angel in human form, with his literary genius and versatility.

Verily he is a prophet of God.
Sent on the earth, heavenly clad
With commanding personality, and Divine charm
Whose “Feast of reason and flow of the Soul”
At each Harikatha performance shows his prophetic role,

And has left to humanity this rich heritage
Through all his works, of perfected literary art and spiritual rage
For us to walk aright in his light
To realise, emulate, and Seek Moksham at Heaven’s gate.

There see, seated on this dais, in the Music Hall
Immortal Sri Narayana Das, as Principal, inspiring all
His poetry was pregnant with thought
And fascinating with imagination
His music was marvellous, melodious and encharming
His message was ennobling
His life was inspiring

Highly honoured by Zamindars and Rajas
Richly rewarded by learned Maharajahs
About which there decorating the central musical and literary hall,
Is the gallery of photos affixed to each wall.
Commemorating his greatness and proficiency
Of the scenes of Sanmanams, honouring his versatility
There’s the Sanmanam Scene at Mysore
The like of which there are many more.
Presenting him with a pair of Kashmir Shawls, is shown
The Mysore Maharaja giving Rupees one thousand and sixteen
And a Mysore Veena to Sri Narayana Das in the Scene
Mounted on an elephant of the Mysore State
Honoured, for his genius, versatility and his literary feat.

There in Madras Ganasabha, as he melodiously sings,
We see him presented with a pair of diamond rings

There Pithapur Rajah is seen presenting
A Royal Robe and a Kaizar (Sword) Honouring the ‘Poet King’
There is seen Challapally Zamindar personally decorating
Sri Narayana Das with Gandapenderam,
Golden anklet honouring him
For his genius and appreciating
His versatile talent heavenly lent.

Immortal Narayana Das

Lokassamastah Sukhino Bhavantu” is God’s wish and plan. Attainment of the four Purushardhas is the ambition of Man. To fulfil the above aspiration, many practical philosophers are created by God, setting themselves as examples for the future generations.

Born in 1864 of pious parents, Sri Narayana Das was bred up in the rich traditions and culture of Hinduism and even at the age of five was conversant with Puranas, Bhagavatham, Ramayanam and other scriptures. By early tens he was well initiated into Sanskrit and the Vedas. During his School career he studied the Upanishads too. He gave up his college career in the early classes, as he felt that the regimented and limited college curriculum was a bar to his formative genius thirsting for versatility. He soon acquired mastery over various languages and literatures of Sanskrit, Persian, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Telugu and English. He had an inborn, gifted taste for the fine arts, and soon acquired proficiency in music, poetry, dancing and laya (Keeping time). He set himself to his divinely ordained prophetic task as a Bhagavathar (Bhagavan as Avathar) developing and perfecting the new cult of Harikatha even at the age of 20, and thereafter produced innumerable original Kathaganams and Yakshaganams tuned to Music rhythm and laya with verses, dialects, prose compositions, of a very high literary order, adopting several religious and philosophic themes into story forms written in Telugu or Atcha-Telugu, Sanskrit and Hindi.

Thus Sri Narayana Das reawakened millions to spirituality, religion and philosophy by his unique Harilatha performances and in addition promoting the Harikatha cult through a galaxy of trained and devout pupils, inspiring them to his prophetic principles; and they carry on his lighted torch and cater the brilliant light of his spiritual torch. Far and wide, to millions of posterity, ennobling them to perfection, right life, realisation and moksha even in these modern days of materialism, which pooh-poohs religion and philosophy as obsolete.

Hail, Hail to thee! Oh, Harikatha Bhagavathar!
Verily, thou art immortal, shining bright as a literary Star!
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanti!


Reproduced from the "Harikathapitamaha Srimadajjada Adibhatla Narayana Dasa Satajayantutsava Sanchika" (1967), the souvenir published by the Samskruthi Samithi, Chirala to commemorate the great man's birth centenary.

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