God on the Hill: Temple Poems from Tirupati by Annamayya, Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman

By Annamayya, Velcheru Narayana Rao, David Shulman

The devotional poems of Annamaya (15th century) are might be the main obtainable and common fulfillment of classical Telugu literature, one of many significant literatures of pre-modern India. Annamaya successfully created and popularized a brand new style, the quick padam music, which unfold through the Telugu and Tamil areas and could turn into a huge car for the composition of Carnatic song - the classical song of South India. during this e-book, Rao and Shulman supply translations of a hundred and fifty of Annamaya's poems. them all are addressed to the god linked to the recognized temple urban of Tirupati-Annamaya's home-a deity who's occasionally often called "god at the hill" or "lord of the seven hills." The poems are couched in an easy and obtainable language invented by way of Annamaya for this goal. Rao and Shulman's stylish and lyrical glossy translations of those attractive and relocating verses are splendidly readable as poetry of their personal correct, and should be of significant curiosity to students of South Indian heritage and culture.

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The god on the hill held her in his arms. She’s sleeping, a half-open flower.  , : paluku denela talli paval iñcenu . Vishnu is the father of Manmatha, god of desire.      You’re both inside and outside, leaving no gap. You keep searching, inside and out. You are the wind that breathes. You are the life of pouring moonlight. You ripple over the deep black ponds. Soaked in the fragrance of unfolding jasmine, you seem like water far away. You are the wind that breathes. You hold court in the mango grove.

Seduce him. Let him be strong. He’s made love to you. Don’t point out his flaws. Be loving. That’s your true talent. Patience is policy.  , : orupe nerupu summī vuvidalaku      Let him be as big as he wants. He’s a man, after all. If he looks at a woman, he wants to be friends. If you turn on your charm, he’ll connect. If you send a signal, you’re together. Why does he play hard to get? He’s a man, after all. If you smile a little, he turns shy. Then he’ll take any chance to touch you in certain places.

Now you’re the god on the hill. Easy to reach. Are you crazy?  , : vennalu don˙gilunāti verrivā nīvu . Krishna yearned for the poor man Sudāma’s gift of a handful of pounded rice; in exchange, he made Sudāma wealthy.      Lord, it’s up to you to discipline my mind. You live in me. It’s like an elephant out of control. It goes crazy again and again. It’s like mercury, never contained, always slipping away. You live in me. It’s like a deer in the wilderness. The more you try to catch it, the more it runs away.

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