Bhakti Song 70 – Touch me again

மீண்டும் தொடு

கேளாயோ இன்று

கதறலை இங்கு

கதறிடும் ஏழையின்

குரலை

பாவியே நானும்

பக்தியே காணோம்

பரிதபித்தே வந்தேன்

நானும்

உன்சித்தம் செய்ய

உடன்பட்டேன் இல்லை

அதனாலே குருடானேன்

வாழ்வில்

காணாதோர் காண

காண்போர்கள் வீழ

வந்தாயே புவிக்கு

நீயும்.

காணாதவன் என்றே

கதறியே வந்தால்

கண்திறப்பாய் நீயும்

இன்று.

காண்கின்றேன் என்றே

பெருமிதம் கொண்டால்

குருடனாய் நிற்பேனே

என்றும்.

நீதொட்ட குருடனாய்

நான்மாற இங்கு

நம்பியே வந்தேன்

அருளை.

வேறொன்றும் வேண்டேன்

வீணே இப்புவியில்

ஒருமுறை தொடுஎன்னை

மீண்டும்.

04-11-1994.

 

English Translation

Won’t you listen

To the wail of this poor one

Who raises

His voice today?

 

I am a sinner

I don’t have bhakti

I came

with much pity

 

I didn’t agree

To do your will

Therefore I became blind

In life

 

You came to the world

Those who don’t see to see

And those who claim to see

To fall

 

You will open my eyes

If I come lamenting

That I cannot see

If I brag that I can see

Then I will remain blind

Forever

 

I came believing

Your grace

To become that blind man

Whom you touched

 

I don’t want any other thing

Unnecessarily on this earth

Touch me one more time

Again.

 

04-11-1994.

 

Comments

I like this story in Uttaraveda – John chapter nine, particularly verse 39, “The blind will see and those who see will become blind.” This is a remarkable eye-opener for me. Recently one young man came to see me with Chakaravarthy (11-7-14). In my talk with him I said, “When we think, talk or share, immediately we refer to some scripture or some quote from a famous person. But to many questions in life, though others’ experiences and answers may guide us, it cannot be the solution to our problem. We must take that guidance and find our own answer that best suits our need.

Several times I see that too much reading blinds us to see the truth as it stops us to question further. Those who are struck with dogmatism may think that they see but they do not. This does not mean I am promoting postmodern relativism, where each individual is her own law and she can decide anything in her life based on her experience. Humans, as social beings, need to accommodate others needs and views, with which relativism may not agree. But dogmatism on the other end thinks and says, “I have seen, therefore I know it.”

And thankfully, for me our Lord is such a guru and acharya who warns me that I have seen or I have attained. My bhakti in the Lord, giving a firm ground, encourages me to wait for the Lord to show more which I haven’t seen so far. All my reading and understanding of Muktiveda makes me to further ask and wait for the Lord to show further still further about His greatness, mercy and grace.

15-7-14