Kalagnanam...

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Righteous Indignation

“Nadi Veethi Namundu Natintura Kolmi !
Nandimandalamandu Chtintura !
Sandhi teliyanatti baddu kukkala Batti !
Bandhinchi bakula Kummintura !
Siva Govinda Govinda !
Hari Govinda Govinda !

‘At the centre of the road, in front of me
I shall plant a furnace to burn them alive’
I shall proclaim throughout this land of Nandimandalam
Those lying wretched dogs have no reconciliation.
I shall catch hold of them
Fetter them and pierce them with daggers.
Oh ! Siva Govinda Govinda ! Hari Govinda Govinda !
(This last line is the burden of the chorus songs entitled ‘Govinda Padas)

Distinction of Caste and Creed

“Ekulamani nanu Vivaramadigite
Emani telupudu lokulaku ?
Lokulaku – palugakulaku –
Durmargulaku – eedushtulaku?
Phala bhagamuna elalu paduchu
Bhavamu gannadi na kulamu ;
Muttuna buttina dee kulamu ;
Muttantuna berigina dee kulamu ;
Muttulo Sivudu, muttulo Brahma
Besi kannu Siva kasiga nunnadi !!Kasiki!!
                         By Siddappa

Alas, How do I answer the evil – natured, malicseious, wicked public who enquire into the details of my caste? This caste of mine is that which, singing country carols entertain the serene thought seated on the forehead (Sahasrara in the yoga terminology) of the Supreme Self. This caste of mine is that which was and brought up by contact with this mundane world. Lord Shiva is in contact; Lord Brahmam is in contact. The caste (Kula) of mine knows pretty well the very origin of the Trinity of Gods. (In the yoga terminology. ‘KULA’ stands for Kundalini, the Serpant Power).

(Siddappa, the most faithful devotee of Veerabrahmam greatfully admits that what little he speaks is, but an echo of the invaluable teachings of his revered Guru. As such his compositions are also quite dseful to get at the noble thoughts of Veerabrahmam. Hence a few songs of Siddappa duly find a place in this collection of renderings. The following is an illstrious song, testifying that Siddappa gave wide publicity to the principles of his Guru).

“Pada sevakuda, Pada rakshakuda; Guru
Pada renuvuku arhudanu;
Vinna matramuna cheppa vachchitini
Annalara meeru teliyaraya;
Jati neetulu, Janma maranamulu
Vuchi vuchi Jokottaraya;
Veera vakyamidi dara bosite
Indandu kondari Kandadaya !”

- contd. Page No.5

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