[Advaita-l] conduct of true devotee of bhagavan ramachandra
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Thu Apr 12 03:09:31 EDT 2018
Satguru Tyagara explains in his kirtana "bhaktuni charitaM', how Ramachandra's devotee
should conduct himself. This is sung in bEgaDa rAga composed in Adi tALa.
bhaktuni cAritramu vinavE manasA sItArama
(A)shaktilEka tA gOrucu jIvanmuktuDai Anandamu nondu
japa tapamula tA jEsiti nanarAdu adigAka mari kapaTAtmuDu manamai
balkarAdu upama tanaku lEka unDavale nani yUra yUra tirugAga rAdu
capala cittudai yAlu sutulapai sUreku bhrama kArAdan hari
bhava vibhavamu nijamani yencagarAdu adigAka mari shiva mAdhava-
bhEdamu jEyagarAdu bhuvana-mandu dAne yOgyuDanani bonki poTTa
sAkaga rAdu; pavanAtmaja dhrtamau sItApati pAdamulanu Emara rAdanu hari
rAjasa tAmasa guNamulu gArAdu adigAkanu avyAjamunanu rAlEdana gArAdu rAjayOga mArgamu
nI cittamu rAjUcuTa viDavaga rAdu rAja shikhAmaniyaina tyAgarAja sakhuni marava rAdanE hari
O Mind! Let me tell you how a true devotee of Rama conducts himself. Eschewing all
attachment to mere sensual pleasures, he enjoys in this very life the bliss of heaven.
He will be so humble that he will never boast of his spiritual attainments.
He will not have even a tinge of deception or hypocrisy polluting his mind.
He will not cherish any desire for fame and name. He is least concerned with what others think of him.
He will be alert in curbing blind affection and attachment to his family.
He is ever conscious that wordly prosperity and happiness are short-lived like a
bubble which may burst at any moment.
He will not differentiate between Vishnu and Siva, regarding them as twin aspects of the
same Supreme God-head.
He will not pose himself as the repository of all virtues nor will he trade on such a
claim for acquiring and amassing wealth. He will ever retain in his memory the
vision of Rama's feet held by Sri Anjaneya. He will avoid lethargy or excessive activity
and maintain equanimity. He will, without reason, never entertain or give expression to a
grouse that he is not getting any profit. He will constantly engage himself in treading the
royal path of devotion to salvation. Never giving up seeking the way to the
Lord's mind, reaching him, never to forget even for a moment Hari, worshipped by
Siva adorned with the crescent.
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