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Guru Namasivya's Poems: (15-A)
« on: September 24, 2008, 01:58:55 PM »
72. O Annamalai!  You wear 'arugu' grass and  crescent moon.
In Madurai streets*, you were carrying and selling firewoods for
the sake of devotee.  You are always seated  in the hearts of devotees
who praise you for ever.

(* This is a story from Tiruvilayadal Puranam, describing the
64 divine plays of Siva in Madurai, for the sake of devotees.  This
Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam, is by Sage Paranjoti.  There was one poet
and singer called Hema Nathan, who came from another country,to Madurai King and challenged that if anyone could sing as nicely as him, then he (Hema Nathan) would be a slave to that singer.  Otherwise, the
singers of  Madurai should stop singing songs. The contest was arranged for the next day.   One Bana Pathran, th great musician of Madurai was selected by the king to challenge Hema Nathan.  Bana is a Siva devotee and was praying to Siva to help. He was praying to Siva, since everyone said that it is difficult to win over Hema Nathan. Siva, came as a wood cutter, carrying firewood and stayed on the portal of guest house, where Hema Nathan was staying.  The wood cutter, Siva, started singing: " I am the raga and I am the tala of divine Tamil songs..."  Hema Nathan was aghast about on hearing the music, came out and asked who he is. He (Siva), said that he is delivering firewood to the house of Bana Pathran and he knows a little music by listening to Bana Pathran.  Hema Nathan developed a cold feet and ran away from Madurai.  Bana Pathran was conferred the title in the absence of Hema Nathan and was given gold and land by the king!)
to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.