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Many of the Telugu knowing persons appreciate the sweetness in the poetry of Bammera Potana. Bhakti flows through most of the stanzas. Potana is a gifted scholar and a Bhakta. He writes in his introduction that he was instructed by Lord Sri Rama, to translate SriMadBhagavatam from Sanskrit into Telugu. He was one who was not attracted by wealth and worldly comforts even though he was poor. It is said that he refused to give away his work for any remuneration even to their king. The king failed in his attempts to get this work forcibly.

Since the school books hardly cover these stanzas school children are deprived of learning these stanzas. In the olden days some of the stanzas of Potana were recited as prayer stanzas in elementary schools. Bhakti gets imprinted in the tender minds. Our culture will get enriched with Bhakti. Here is an attempt to help the kids and interested elders to learn one stanza once in a while and to make the children around them get interested in them. The theme of each stanza will be included in this attempt.

An appeal to the readers is to organise recitation competitions in these stanzas amongst children of different age groups and make them explain each of them. This would go a long way in building their attitudes, character, and conduct.

SriKaivalya Padambu cherutakunai....

Sri Kaivalya Padambu cherutakunai..
This stanza is the first one from Canto 1.
The poet starts with a prayer to Lord Sri Krishna in the form of a child
who was musing his mother Yasoda. He describes the Lord as the
one who was the protector of the worlds from the Rakshasas(like
Hiranyaaksa, Hiranya Kasipa) and establishes Dharma which was
eroded by the Rakshasas, one who is always anxious to help his
devotees (as he did for Gajendra, Prahlada, Droupadi and many
others), one who controls the emotions ( Udreka) of the Rakshasas
(like Bali who was pushed down to Patala who was trying to occupy
the chair of Indra prematurely), one who creates different worlds by
nicely rotating his eyes, and the one who gives immense pleasure to
his mother Yasoda as a kid. The poet says he worships this child to get

Every human being has taken this form to achieve Moksha - liberation
from the birth and death cyle. Here is a stanza by Potana, as he aspired
for the same. We too can pray like him.

see next Stanza ValinaBhakti Mrokkeda

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