Thursday, March 31, 2011

O my spirit, Transcend all boundaries!


Aniketana – Kuvempu

Listen to the song here:



O nanna chetana
Aagu nee aniketana!
O my spirit,
Transcend all boundaries!

Roopa roopagalanu daati,
Naama kotigalanu meeti,
Edeya biriye bhaavadeeti,
O nanna chetana,
Aagu nee aniketana!

Transcend all forms,
Transcend all identities,
Even as sentiment pierces the heart,
O my spirit,
Transcend all boundaries!

Nooru matada hotta thoori,
Ella tatvadelle meeri,
Nirdigantavaagi aeri,
O nanna chetana
Aagu nee aniketana!

Blow away the chaff of a hundred castes,
Transcend the limits of all philosophies,
Rise beyond the horizons,
O my spirit,
Transcend all boundaries!

Elliyoo nilladiru,
Maneyanendu kattadiru,
Koneyanendoo muttadiru,
O anantavaagiru!
O nanna chetana
Aagu nee aniketana!

Do not stop anywhere,
Do not be bound by narrow walls,
Never be content in reaching the finite,
O be eternal,
O my spirit,
Transcend all boundaries!

Ananta taan anantavaagi,
Aagutihane nityayogi,
Ananta neen anantavaagu:
Aagu, aagu, aagu, aagu,
O nanna chetana
Aagu nee aniketana!

The eternal always remains eternal,
A yogi becomes eternal,
You are eternal, be always eternal:
Be, be, be, be eternal,
O my spirit,
Transcend all boundaries!

This is my daughter’s school song and when I read it in her diary it was indeed an awakening for me.  As a kid at school I read Kuvempu poems but now I see the true greatness of the poet. Learn more about Kuvempu here:



4 comments:

Sarita said...

beautiful...

ಸುನಿಲ್ ಮೈಸೊರು said...

saavira sala kelidru ..hosadage kelutte..wa entha artha. Salute you kuvempu .- sunil mysooru

NanuPrashant said...

Nicely translated English..truely awakening n inspiring song..thanks for blogging this one.

diga said...

Thanks for the translation. Great song that many know, but few understand the deep meaning.