Nee maayeyoLago ninnoLu maayeyo…

This is a popular Dasara Pada, composed originally by Kanaka Dasa a saint from Karnataka. However, this is often heard by devotees in the melodious voice of Vidyabhushana, earlier a pontiff, now leading a family life often referred to as ‘Sangeetha Vidya Nidhi’. Hailing Lord Krishna, this is what Kanaka Dasa had to say, the meaning of which follows the lyrics –

Nee maayeyolago ninnoLu maayeyo ||2||
Nee dehadoLago ninnoLu dehavo
Nee maayeyoLago ninnoLu maayeyo
Nee dehadoLago ninnoLu dehavo
Nee maayeyoLago ninnoLu maayeyo

Bayalu aalayadaLago, aalayavau bayaloLago ||2||
Bayalu aalayaveraDu nayanadoLago… nayandoLago…
Nayana buddhiya oLago, buddhi nayanada oLago ||2||
Nayana buddhigaLeraDu ninnoLago… Krishnaaa…

Saviyu sakkare oLago, sakkareyu saviyoLago ||2||
Saviyu sakkare yeRadu jivheyoLago… jivheyoLago
Jivhe manasina oLago, manasu jivheya oLago ||2||
Jivhe manasugaLeraDu ninnoLago… Krishnaaa…

Kusumadali gandhvao, gandhadali kusumavo ||2||
Kusuma gandhagaLeraDu aaghraaNadoLago… aaghraaNadoLago…
Asamabhava kaaginele aadi keshavaraya ||2||
UsuraleNNaLavallaa ella ninnoLago… Krishnaaa…

Nee maayeyolago ninnoLu maayeyo,
Nee dehadoLago ninnoLu dehavo
Nee maayeyolago ninnoLu maayeyo…
Nee maayeyolago ninnoLu maayeyo… ninnoLu maayeyo… ninnoLu maayeyo…

Meaning –

Are you a creature of illusion? or illusion your creation?
Are you a part of the body? Or is the body a part of you?

Is space within the house? Or the house within space? Or are both space and the house within the seeing eye? Is the eye within the mind? Or the mind within the eye? Or are both the eye and the mind within you?

Does sweetness lie in sugar, or sugar in sweetness? Or do both sweetness and sugar lie in the tongue?
Is the tongue within the mind? Or the mind within the tongue? Or are both the tongue and the mind within you?

Does fragrance lie in the flower? Or the flower in fragrance? Or do both the flower and fragrance lie in the nostrils? I cannot say, O Lord Adikeshava of Kaginele, O! peerless one, are all things within you alone?

Source for the meaning/translation to English – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanaka_Dasa

- Bhajana Mandali.

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