Day 12: Mud and milk…

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Translation of Paasuram #12 by Dr. V.K.S.N Raghavan:

Oh Younger sister of the rich cowherd, whose house is rendered muddy and slushy by the profuse milk flowing from the udders of the (unmilked) She-buffalo, who thinks of her calf, and with great affection spots out abundant milk! Even when we have come all the way to the entrance of your house, unmindful of the heavy dew-fall on our head, and even when we sing (in chorus) to our heart’s content, the glory of the dear Lord (viz)., RaamA, who has slain angrily the emperor of LankA in the south, nevertheless, you do not respond to us at all and have not opened your mouth. At least, kindly get up now! Why do you prolong your sleep? People in all other houses have already woken up.

The essence according to Sri Mukkur Azhagiyasingar:

“We should offer arghyam, and padhyam to great souls who perform sankeerthanam of Govinda’s names, and respect them as devotees of the Lord. We should recognize that all of our sins disappear at the mere sight of these devotees, and we owe them all respects.”

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