The merger!

Water, one of the dearest subject for Ripples and for me. Here is another dimension to water.

The water, in most forms, is rarely considered as the final stage and rather used as example to seeking the destiny in next stage. Like a river attaining destiny while reaching the sea, a drop attaining destiny by becoming a pearl, the drop on lotus leaf and so on..

The crust of earth is basically split into two, surface covered by water and land.

Just like the water being omnipresent in many ways, the land / soil could be represented in many many ways. Rocks, boulders, mountains, sand, soil and so on.

When water meets many of those, the water retains its nature as water, just as the other component retains its own nature. Or the reaction happens to one of them while the other remains the same.

Whereas when water meets a certain kind of soil, the water and soil bonds together and becomes mud, where the water attains the color of soil and the soil becomes almost liquid, losing its dry and solid state.

Thus, merged the heart of two, in love, inseparable and into one, by losing itself. And together they could be created into new formations, which isn’t possible to be attained by either water or soil independently.

This is the example given by an anonymous poet to describe love at first sight. And the richness of the thought paved way to name the poet after this example.

யாயும் ஞாயும் யாரா கியரோ,
எந்தையும் நுந்தையும் எம்முறைக் கேளிர்,
யானும் நீயும் எவ்வழி யறிதும்,
செம்புலப் பெயனீர் போல,
அன்புடை நெஞ்சம் தாங்கலந் தனவே.

-செம்புலப் பெயனீரார்.

What is my mother to yours?
How is my father relatednto yours? Although you and I knew not
each other in any way,
just as red earth and pouring rain:
the love-filled hearts merged.

(Kuruntokai – 40)

[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuṟuntokai]

Could you stop for an instance?!

Movie: Iruvar
Poet: Vairamuthu
Singers: Unnikrishnan, Bombay Jayashree
Music Director: A.R.Rahman
Song Sequence: (1)-(2)-(2)-(3)-(2)-(2)-(4)-(4)-(5)—(5)-(6)-(7)—(7)-(8)-(1)-(4)-(2)-(9)-(9)-(10)-(11)-(11)-(12)

(1)நறுமுகையே நறுமுகையே நீ ஒரு நாழிகை நில்லாய் 
செங்கனி ஊறிய வாய் திறந்து நீ ஒரு திரு மொழி சொல்லாய்

Narumugaiyae, narumugaiyae, nee oru naazhigai nillaay
Sengani ooriya vaai thiranthu, nee oru thirumoli sollaai

Oh fragrant bud that is ready to bloom, could you stop for an instance!
Open your red honey dripping lips and utter a few precious verses!

(2)அற்றை திங்கள் அன் நிலவில் நெற்றி தரள நீர் வடிய 
கொற்ற பொய்கை ஆடியவள் நீயா ?

Attrai thingal annilavil, netrith tharala neervadiya,
Kotrappoigai aadiyaval, neeyaa?

On a full moon night, with water droplets dripping down the forehead
the one bathing (playfully) in the waterfall, was it you?

(3)திருமகனே திருமகனே நீ ஒரு நாழிகை பாராய் 
வெண்ணிற புரவியில் வந்தவனே வேல் விழி மொழிகள் கேளாய்

Thirumaganae, thirumaganae, nee oru naazhigai paaraay,
Vennira puraviyil vanthavanae, vaelvizhi moligal kaelaay

Oh handsome young man! Oh handsome young man! could you look here for an instance!
The one who came riding a white horse, listen to what my spear like sharp eyes say!

(4)அற்றை திங்கள் அன் நிலவில் கொற்ற பொய்கை ஆடுகையில் ஒற்றை பார்வை 
பார்த்தவனும் நீயா ?

Attrai thingal annilavil, kotrappoigai aadiyaval, otrai paarvai paarthavanum.. Neeya?

On a full moon night, when I was bathing (playfully) in the stream – The one who laid his eyes on me, was it you?

(5)மங்கை மான் விழி அம்புகள் என் மார் துளைத்ததென்ன ?
(6)பாண்டி நாடனை கண்ட என் மனம் பசலை கொண்டதென்ன ?
(7)நிலாவிலே பார்த்த வண்ணம் கனாவிலே தோன்றும் இன்னும் 
(8)இளைத்தேன் துடித்தேன் பொறுக்கவில்லை 
இடையில் மேகலை இருக்கவில்லை

Mangai maanvizhi ambugal en maarthulaithathaena?
Paandi naadanai kandu ennudal pasalai kondathenna?
Nilaavilae paarththa vannam, kannaavilae thoandrum innum
Ilaithaen thudithaen porukkavillai
Idaiyil maegalai irukkavillai

Why did the arrows from your deer like beautiful eyes pierce my heart?
Why does my body become hysterical after catching a glimpse of the Paandian king?
The silhouette that I saw under the moon light, still lingers in my dreams!
I withered, I turned restless, and I could not wait any longer,
Even the golden ornament that adorned my hips did not stay in its place (and slipped due to turmoil of waiting for her lover),

(9)யாயும் ஞாயும் யாராகியரோ நெஞ்சு நேர்ந்ததென்ன?
(10)யானும் நீயும் எவ்வழி அறிதும் உறவு சேர்ந்ததென்ன?
(11)ஒரே ஒரு தீண்டல் செய்தாய் உயிர்க்கொடி பூத்ததென்ன?
(12)செம்புலம் சேர்ந்த நீர் துளி போல் 
அம்புடை நெஞ்சம் கலந்ததென்ன?

Yaayum gnaayum yaaraagiyaro, nenju naernthathaena?
Yaanum neeyum evvazhi arithum uravu saernthathaena?
Orae oru theendal seithaay, uyir kodi pootthathaena?
Semboolam saerntha neerththulipoal
Ambudai nenjam kalanthathenna?

Were my mother and your’s related to each other? how is it that our hearts blended together?
How did I and you meet and how did we bind in a relationship?
Just with a single caressing touch, how did you make my life blossom?
Just like the red soil (earth) and the water from the rain blend (beyond seperation),
Our hearts have blended together in love!

Your smile!

அணிந்த பொன் நகையின் அழகு தோற்றது..
நீ அணிவித்த புன்னகையின் முன்னே..

The beauty of jewels were a shade dull,
Compared to the smile you made me adore..

[Bharathi Vasana kavidhai] Sakthi – Happiness Part 8

8

We sing praise of Parasakthi.
How was she formed?
That’s what is not known.
Isn’t she the born mother; from the almighty “self”.
From what was she formed?
How did she form from the almighty “self”? Don’t know.
Creation is not known to the eyes.
Not known even to the wisdom.
Death is known to the eyes; But not known to the wisdom.
Life is about praising the Sakthi; The benefit of this is attaining pleasure.
For the heart to be clear; For the life force to have speed and heat; For the body to have peace and strength.
Living is getting the blessings of Maha Sakthi.
We are living.
We again praise the Maha Sakthi, who makes us live.


This is the final part of the prose-poetry Sakthi. The original version of this post will be available shortly in http://www.lyricaldelights.com. The other versions are available in the above link.

[Bharathi Vasana kavidhai] Sakthi – Happiness Part 7

7

Snake charmer is playing the flute.
Is the music born in the flute?
Is it born in the hole (Of the flute)?
Is it born in the breath of the snake charmer?
It’s born in his heart; Exposed through the flute.
Heart doesn’t sound by itself.
Flute can’t flow music by itself.
Heart doesn’t merge with the flute.
Heart merges with breath.
Breath merges with flute.
Flute plays.
This is the play of Sakthi.
She sings in the heart. It resonates in the holes of the flute.
Matching the unmatchable and creating harmony in it — Sakthi
Small boys* are calling out for alms.
Who created symphony between charmer’s flute and voice of those boys? Sakthi
“Jari^ for sale; Jari” a passerby shouts out, in the same rhythm.
Ah! I found the essence.
The life of charmer, life of those kids and the life of that Jari merchant is being played by the same Sakthi.
Instruments are many. Instrumentalist is one.
Appearances are many. Sakthi is one.
Hail thee!

^Jari – The border of Saree is woven with golden threads. When the Saree wears out, the Jari is reused.


The Tamil version of the above translation will be available shortly at http://www.lyricaldelights.com

Food for thought

குறள் 412:
செவுக்குண வில்லாத போழ்து சிறிது
வயிற்றுக்கும் ஈயப் படும்.

விளக்கம் 1:
செவிக்கு கேள்வியாகிய உணவு இல்லாத போது (அதற்க்கு துணையாக உடலை ஒப்புமாறு) வயிற்றுக்கும் சிறிது உணவு தரப்படும்.

விளக்கம் 2:
செவிக்கு உணவாகிய கேள்வி கிடைக்காதபோது, வயிற்றுக்கும் சிறிது உணவு இடப்படும்.

English Couplet 412:
When ’tis no longer time the listening ear to feed
With trifling dole of food supply the body’s need.

Couplet Explanation:
When there is no food for the ear, give a little also to the stomach.

Transliteration(Tamil to English):
sevikkuNa villaadha poazhdhu siRidhu
vayitrukkum eeyap padum

[Bharathi Vasana kavidhai] Sakthi – Happiness Part 6

Sakthi

First part: Happiness

6

Snake-charmer plays the pipe.
“Beautiful music is of sorrow” so we had heard.
But the music sung by this charmer is sweet,
yet, not of sorrow feeling.
This is like a debate by the learned people.
Like a novelist adding line after line
which are short and filled with meaning.
What is this charmer debating about?
“thaanathanthath thaanathanthath thaa-thanath
thaanathandana thaanathandana thaa–
thanthanathana thanthanathana thaa”
Like that he is playing variety in loops.
What is the meaning of this?
A child said the following meaning for this:
“I adorned flowers to Kali.
A donkey came to eat them away.”
In the name of Sakthi, I built this body.
The pain from sin is eating this away.
I surrendered to Parasakthi.
The pain vanished.
Parasakthi started to live on my soul with light.
Let her live long.


Note: Sakthi literally means Power and also the name of Goddess.

The Tamil version of the above translation is available at http://www.lyricaldelights.com