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    On Dec 9, 2007 Janani Bala wrote:

    Naanaati baduku naatakamu Kaanaka kannadi kaivalyamu Puttutayu nijamu povutayu nijamu Nattanadimi pani naatakamu Yetta neduta gala dee prapamchamu Katta gadapatidi kaivalyamu Kudichae dannamu koka chuttedidi Nada mamtrapu pani naatakamu Vodi gattukonina vubhaya karmamulu Gadi daatinapude kaivalyamu Tegadu paapamu teeradu punyamu Nagi nagi kaalamu naatakamu Yeguvane Sree vaemkataesvarudaelika Gaganamu meedidi kaivalyamu In this song,Annamayya points out the nature of the daily life. Every day life is a drama. Birth is also true so is the death. In between what we see is drama. Ultimate is Kaivalyamu. Time keeps reminding us of the ultimate goal, liberation to reach Lord Venkateshwara. This day to day (nAnATi) life (batuku) is a drama (nATakamu) What is to not seen clearly (kAnaka kannadi exactly means something which is seen yet not seen; for instance an object at a far off distance) is liberation/salvation (kaivalyamu) C1:To be born (puTTuTayu) is truth (nijamu), to die (pOvuTayu literal meaning is to go; to leave) is truth. All the work (pani) in between these two (naTTanaDimi) is a drama. That which is right in front (yeTTa neduTagaladI) is the world (prapaNcamu). That which is the ultimate last (kaTTakaDapaTidi) is liberation. C2:To partake/relish (kuDicEdi) rice/food (annamu), to wrap around (cuTTeDidi) a cloth/saree (kOka), this conjured-in-the-middle (naDamantrapu) work (pani) is a drama. When one crosses beyond (gaDidATinapuDE) the above mentioned dual duties (vubhayakarmulu) only then there is liberation. C3:There is no break (tegadu literally means it doesn't cut/snap like for instance to say a rope doesn't cut) to sin (pApamu). There is never completion (tIradu) to good/holiness (puNyamu). All this laughing (and also laughable) (nagi nagi) time (kAlamu) is a drama. Above (yeguvane literally means at a higher place) there is only ONE VenkaTEShvara. That which is even beyond (mIdidi means one which is above; here in percepetion) the sky (gaganamu) is liberation.

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