Friday, December 20, 2013

Isha Upanishad and Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyaar

December 11th was a batchmate's birthday, a proper tambrahm who had married a mallu christian. Was exploring, her birthday and realized that it was birth anniversary of the great poet Subramanya Bharathi in 1882, Osho in 1931 also Vishwanathan Anand in 1969.

Just, the previous week, had gone to Chennai and then to Trichy unreserved in bus. Surprisingly, just as the bus started after a halt some place after Villupuram on the way to Trichy from Tambaram, Bharathiyaar's kaakai siraginile was playing soothingly. A pleasant surprise, considering that places where buses halted way back in 2000, used to play the most unmentionable songs, with unpalatable remixing.

காக்கை சிறகினிலே நந்தலாலா - நின்றன்
கரிய நிறம் தோன்றுதையே நந்தலாலா

பார்க்கும் மரங்களெல்லாம் நந்தலாலா - நின்றன்
பச்சை நிறம் தோன்றுதையே நந்தலாலா

கேட்கும் ஒளியில் எல்லாம் நந்தலாலா - நின்றன்
கீதம் இசைக்குதடா நந்தலாலா

தீக்குள் விரலை வைத்தால் நந்தலாலா - நின்னை
தீண்டும் இன்பம் தோன்றுதடா நந்தலாலா

source: hiox

The poet sees divinity in crow's feathers, trees, all sounds, he even relishes caressing fire. Was wondering, what if Mahakavi and author of Ishavasya upanishad met, what kind of discussions would they have.

Our upanishad teacher would state succinctly in one line ॐ ईशा वास्यमिदँ सर्वं यत्किञ्च जगत्यां जगत् । and, MahaKavi would beautifully elaborate it with touching examples, that God is in this, in that and so on. To perceive divinity in all things and beings! easier said than done...

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