Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

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student-rasika
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#1 Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by student-rasika » 07 Sep 2017, 06:23

Hello,

I would greatly appreciate a translation of Purandara Dasa's song in Kannada, "Enna paliso karunakara." Pt. Bhimsen Joshi popularized this song, listen to him singing it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbEqCu9c80E. Here's the Trichur Brothers' lively take on the composition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDh69N-wjuc

Here are the lyrics. I don't know Kannada, so I apologize for any errors:

Pallavi: enna pAlisO karuNAkara

Anupallavi: pannaga shayana gadAdhara

Charanams:
dEvaki nandana hari madhu-sUdhana
asurAntaka muralI-dhara
visaruva-nAbha sarvE shanemuni
mAnasa sancAre mAdhava

parama puruSa pura dAsana vAhana
duritA nava vaTavAlana
sarasIja-bhava girijA-vallabha nuta
vara sujanAvali pAvana

kAvana pita mucakunda varadana
jIva-nayana nArAyaNa
shrI-vatsalAncana gurumayi-pati-suta
jIvana-sakha shri kRiSNa
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#2 Re: Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by Sachi_R » 07 Sep 2017, 09:00

Here is a more correct version:

ĕnna pāliso karuṇākara
pannagaśayana gadādhara

devakinaṁdana harimadhusūdana
asurāntaka muraḽīdhara
bisaruhanābha sarveśanĕ muni-
-mānasasaṁcāra mādhava

paramapuruṣa uragāśanavāhana
karuṇārṇava vaḍavānala
sarasijodbhava girijāvallabhanuta
varasujanāvaḽipālana

kāmanapita mucakuṁdavarada rā-
-jīvanayana nārayaṇa
śrīvatsalāñchana gurumahīpati
jīvanasakha śrīkṛṣṇana

sāhitya: mahīpatidāsaru
gāyana: ḍā. bhīmasena jośi


The composer is not Purandara Dasa but Mahipati Dasa.
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#3 Re: Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by Sachi_R » 07 Sep 2017, 09:28

Meaning

ĕnna pāliso karuṇākara - Protect/nurture me, Oh Ocean of Mercy!
pannagaśayana gadādhara - The One who lies down on the giant serpent, and wields the mace!

devakinandana harimadhusūdana - Son/Delight of Devaki, Hari! Slayer of the demon Madhu,
asurāntaka muraḽīdhara - The one who spelt doom to the demons, wielded the flute,
bisaruhanābha sarveśanĕ - the one with a lotus in His navel,
munimānasasañcāra mādhava - the one who dwells in the minds of the meditators, of beloved of Lakshmi!

paramapuruṣa uragāśanavāhana - Oh Divine Lord, the one who rides on the bird Garuda who eats snakes,
karuṇārṇava vaḍavānala - Oh Ocean of Mercy, Oh Raging fire that dries up the ocean of worldliness,
sarasijodbhava girijāvallabhanuta - the one who gave birth to Brahma in His navel, the one to whom Girija's beloved Shiva bows down,
varasujanāvaḽipālana - the one who takes care of the long list of virtuous and merited devotees,

kāmanapita mucakundavarada - The Sire of Kama/Manmatha, the one who graced the devotee Muchukunda,
rājīvanayana nārayaṇa - the lotus-eyed Narayana!
śrīvatsalāñchana gurumahīpati - the one who sports the Srivatsa birthmark, Oh Teacher of this poet Mahipati Dasa,
jīvanasakha śrīkṛṣṇane - My life companion, Oh Sri Krishna!
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#4 Re: Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by rshankar » 08 Sep 2017, 00:44

Beautiful! Thank you.

Can "sarasijodbhava girijāvallabhanuta" be interpreted as 'one to whom Siva (girijA vallabha) and brahma (sarasijOdhbhava) bow down to (nuta)'?
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#5 Re: Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by student-rasika » 08 Sep 2017, 00:56

Thank you all for the speedy reply! Much appreciated.
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#6 Re: Translation of Enna Paliso Karunakara (Purandara Dasa) please!

Post by Sachi_R » 08 Sep 2017, 07:59

Ravi, yes, one can interpret it that way. Perhaps that was intended too.

It didn't strike me as a native Kannada speaker because Kannada poetic construction doesn't work like that, this type of construction is more a Samskrita thing ☺️
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